June 27th, 2002. WWE Smackdown was on the air with Kurt Angle in the ring calling out anyone who was willing to take on the “very best in the business”. Inspired by a Vince K. McMahon speech of ruthless aggression, John Cena hit the ring. Throughout the match, he looked impressive. He managed to counter the “Angle Slam” and an ankle lock submission, however eventually he lost to a hard amateur-style pin. Since then, he’s won almost every single championship in WWE. You think with 11+ years of WWE service, he would actually learn how to wrestle!
The November issue of 911Wrestling Magazine is now available. It includes photo galleries of Indy Divas Jessie Belle Smothers, Sassy Stephanie, and Amber O’Neal. This double issue includes covers for Amber O’Neal and Francisco Ciatso.
Articles include Brock Lesnar, Tattoos, CM Punk, Simon Sez and Justin Michaels.
Plus read about wrestling’s new 7 foot Monster.
David Dexter reports that an unauthorized biography of CM Punk has been released today called “Best in the World: The Unauthorized Biography of Phil Brooks”. It’s being promoted as the first of its kind in looking at Punk’s life and career.
Sports Entertainment Publishing said the eBook would be a digital exclusive and would not go to print.
Welcome back everybody to the column that DIDN’T have a season-ending injury in NFL Training Camp- Chair Shots! Now I’m back from vacation, rested and tanned after a few days at the beach, but I did manage to catch a little bit of Monday Night Raw last week. It was a pretty decent show, with Daniel Bryan getting about 40 minutes of wrestling time, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is a topic that’s probably going to split a lot of my readers down the middle. So follow the bouncing ball as I tell you of my jubilation, which was followed week after week with utter indifference.
A look back at the first year of Ring of Honor.
ROH World Championship Scene:
The June 22nd show was dedicated to crowning the first ROH Heavyweight Champion. The tournament involved sixteen men. Spanky, Douglas Williams, Low Ki and Christopher Daniels won their respective semi-final matches which would lead to a 60-minute Ironman match at the July 27th show.
Check out the colorful photos — and costumes — from CM Punk‘s exciting appearance at the Wizard World NYC comic convention.
See the photos here:
Courtesy of WWE.com:
As CM Punk prepared to battle at WWE Payback in his hometown of Chicago, WWE.com presented sixteen instances that helped define “The Best in the World,” including another unforgettable Illinois moment when Punk left WWE with its most prestigious title.
View the video list here:
Ten guys who would’ve been worked well in the original Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Without a doubt CM Punk would have been a staple of ECW television for many years had Extreme Championship Wrestling continued on. The idea of a Punk/RVD feud in 2001 would surely be a money maker for the company and would probably produce matches that we would all remember for years to come. Punk’s ability in the ring and ability to get himself over on the microphone makes him the perfect guy for Paul Heyman to push ECW forward.
So, what does it take to be a “Paul Heyman Guy”? Every day, I get calls, emails and tweets from people who want to know how to join the select group of those who can genuinely be called “Paul Heyman Guys.”
Here is a recent interview with WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino, who spoke with ‘Inside The Ropes’:
Thoughts on Billy Graham’s recent comments about him:
“I think I feel sorry for him. I think he’s done so much drugs throughout his career that his brains been burned out because he speaks of things he knows nothing about. For example in my own situation, he knows very well that when I spoke about WWE and was very critical about them, that he had heard me say if they changed everything that I would change my mind. He heard me from years ago saying yes I would. He’s been critical of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York and he wanted out of that because he got mad at somebody, I don’t know who. He recently was appalled at CM Punk because he said something about me wrestling in the Garden once a month. The things that Billy Graham says, I really have no idea why he says them. He talks about things without really knowing all the facts. I just think there’s something wrong with the man.”