FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE: WWE Light Heavyweight Division?
Remember the Light Heavyweight division in WWE? This is one part of WWE/WCW programming I truly missed. It wasn’t always the show stealer; however it provided a great mix to tag team, and heavyweight type matches. With minor shows such as Main Event, and Superstars, there isn’t really a lot of viewership, basically because nothing usually happens worth talking about. If a Light Heavyweight division was created as a staple to these shows, this could give people a reason to actually tune in. Who in the WWE could compete in such a division?
The legendary Mysterio has been exciting crowds for what seems forever. This lucha libra is getting older, and is more prone to injury, but still draws a crowd. He could bring a lot of attention to a Cruiserweight Division. Arguably the greatest light weight of them all.
Here we go again, another CM Punk disagreement with management. Hard to believe, I know. About a year ago, while writing for another publisher, I wrote about how Punk was the unrivaled best in the world.
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!
Editor’s note: OWW is pleased to welcome Steve Cheeseman to the staff. Steve will write a weekly opinion column entitles “Falls Count Anywhere”. Here is his first edition…
Should Vince McMahon Buy TNA?
Since the end of WCW, promotions everywhere have had to fight an impossible war with Vince McMahon’s WWE just to get by. TNA was no exception. Since its inception in 2004, by then promoter’s Jerry and Jeff Jarrett, it’s been an uphill battle. Drifting from FOX, to Webcast, and now Spike TV, there has been very little stability. With the Jarrett’s, Eric Bishoff, and now Dixie Carter running the show on and off screen, it’s looked more like a WCW replica. Especially seeing as the bulk of the screen time over the last ten years has gone to aging former WWE/WCW superstars way past their prime, such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, and Booker T. Sting is the exception to the legends, as he still gets plenty of pop, and doesn’t look like he’s going to have a stroke with every move. There is some great talent with TNA. Bobby Roode, James Storm, Austin Aries, Chris Sabin, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Also, how about Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle. They are still great talent when healthy. However, the product being produced is simply boring, and it shows. Lately, there have been reports of talent not getting paid, as well as medical costs not being covered. This is very unfortunate. So what could be done?