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I Did Not Care For John Cena vs. The Undertaker

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I’ll admit it: I was on the “No Match” bandwagon. I didn’t think Undertaker & John Cena were actually going to have an unannounced match at WrestleMania 34. It sounded like something you’d spend at least a couple of weeks advertising. I figured Undertaker would show up in some form or fashion, and there might even be some physicality between he & Cena, but they’d hold off on the match itself until a later date.

They actually had the match. After Elias came out to have his WrestleMania Moment by being cannon fodder for Cena, Undertaker made the Undertaker entrance. He ran through all of his Undertaker moves. Cena had a very brief flurry of offense, much like how the Brooklyn Brawler would get a few shots in during his matches. One Tombstone Piledriver was enough to put Cena away, which is saying something since it took a bunch of them to end Shawn Michaels’ career. I didn’t time the whole thing out, but it felt like the entrance took longer than the match. The Superdome has a long ramp, you see, and Triple H & Stephanie McMahon had already used motorcycles so it wasn’t like Undertaker could go that route.

Not that the match time mattered.

Many people thought this was a wonderful bit of nostalgia. They got to see the Dead Man again, by cracky. They don’t like it when you ruin their fun by wondering what the point of John Cena building this thing up for weeks only to get squashed by a guy that wrestles maybe once a year. To them, the point is obvious. IT’S THE MOTHAFREAKIN UNDATAKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you’ve been keeping up with my work on The Chairshot & its spiritual father ProWrestling.biz, you may have picked up on the fact that I’m an old school kind of guy. I occasionally yearn for the way wrestling was. The lions’ share of my WWE Network viewing involves Prime Time Wrestling. Recently I’ve been going through the All Star Wrestling they added, and am loving me some Lou Albano, Fred Blassie & other WWWF stars of yesteryear.

I love old wrestling. With that being said, I’ve never understood the fascination people have with old wrestlers stepping back into the ring. To me, it comes down to a couple of factors:

At a certain point, you stop being useful.

Admittedly, there isn’t a set age for this. Goldust is still going strong after thirty years. Nick Bockwinkel was amazing in his 50s. Jerry Lawler still does some interesting stuff, and of course Terry Funk was Terry Funk. Most people reach a point where the returns diminish to nothing. We saw Undertaker reach that point against Roman Reigns. He was fine enough doing his own moves for three minutes on Sunday, but can you trust him to do more than that? Probably not.

We have these guys’ entire careers on WWE Network

Why would we want to watch Undertaker try to wrestle in 2018 when we can fire up any of his PPV appearances over the least thirty years? Seems inefficient to me.

The Undertaker

Legend booking can be tricky.

The long-standing theory of booking wrestling legends & the long-standing practice of booking wrestling legends is two different things. The theory is that you use your legends to get over the new talent. Every old school wrestling booker will tell you this is the way to success. In practice, it’s rarely ever happened. Bill Watts wasn’t jobbing on his Last Stampede against the young, fresh Midnight Express in Mid-South Wrestling. Fritz Von Erich & Verne Gagne won their promotions’ heavyweight championships in (one of) their retirement matches. Hulk Hogan would still be dropping the leg on people if he was still physically able to, brother.

So as much as I’d like to rail against WWE for their current practice of having their legends feud with each other & treat their current roster as not worth their time, I can’t do it. It’s not like other promoters did better.

Besides, the majority of longtime wrestling fans don’t want to see their favorite old wrestlers putting over these new fellas. Every WWE celebration show features legends making most of the current wrestlers look like ineffective buffoons, and the majority of the fans are all about it. Some of us wonder what’s going to happen when today’s crop of wrestlers become the people that are supposed to be legends, but most of us aren’t worried about that. It’s decades down the road.

I’m a bit more optimistic than some. I do think we’ll fondly remember guys like Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman & other current favorites. Someday Old Man Bryan will be putting young whippersnappers in the Yes Lock while we chant “YES”. Heck, Roman Reigns might actually be universally accepted when he’s main eventing WrestleMania at 60 years of age.

Hopefully it won’t be a rematch with the Undertaker.

At the end of the day, Undertaker throwing John Cena around for three minutes doesn’t really hurt anything. The whole angle was a drop in the bucket of a seven hour show. I guess it isn’t so bad to have a portion of WrestleMania every year dedicated to legends matches. Maybe I was too harsh when I said the whole thing was a waste of time on Sunday. After all, even if it was, it was only three minutes wasted.

Did I just hear myself say THREE MINUT-oh wait, they can’t come back. My bad.


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)

Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?

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Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?

Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!

Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.

I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!

The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament  had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.

Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.

Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.

I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.

I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked  about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.

So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!

That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!

 

 


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Carol: Are Wrestling Crowds Disrespectful?

Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

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Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

Every week wrestlers put their bodies on the line as they step into the ring to put on a show for the fans. These wrestlers do their best to make sure they put on an entertaining match; however there are some fans who make it impossible to enjoy the show.

This past Monday on RAW was a perfect example of how fans can ruin a show. Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella competed in an elimination match to determine the number one contender for Becky Lynch’s championship at SummerSlam. At times, the match moved slowly, but the ladies put on a decent bout that ended with Natalya being declared the winner.

But the women were overshadowed by the crowd, who broke out into a “this is awful” chant. Alexa Bliss took to Twitter after RAW to admonish the crowd for their disrespectful behavior. Many believe that stars like Alexa should stop acting like a crybaby and tough it up.

However, I’m siding with Alexa on this issue and I believe the crowd was very disrespectful.

These days wrestling fans are very vocal in their opinions, and I’m not just talking about the ones on social media. I’m talking about the ones who buy tickets to shows, then try to hijack them by doing stupid stuff to draw the attention away from the wrestlers.

Who can forget during the 2017 SummerSlam PPV when fans began playing with a beach ball?

Cesaro, who was part of the tag match, went into the crowd and ripped the beach ball. The incident sparked outrage with everyone. WWE banned beach balls from their events, while Cesaro and Seth Rollins criticized the fans in attendance.

Aside from the beach ball incident, there’s also the fans who continue to chant CM Punk’s name during events. CM Punk was a favorite with the WWE Universe because of his famous pipebomb. When he left WWE on bad terms, fans sided with Punk and whenever the company is in Chicago, you can bet there will be plenty of Punk chants in the crowd.

Why fans continue to partake in this type of behavior is anybody’s guess. Maybe they want to be cool, but in reality they’re looking at idiots.

When you go to a wrestling show, you’re supposed to have fun and watch your favorite wrestlers. It’s one thing to cheer the babyfaces and boo the heels, or even chant “this is awesome” during a match. But don’t chant “this is awful” or play with a beach ball.

Not every match is going to be a five-star spectacular, and you may not like it. But don’t act rude during by chanting someone else’s name or calling the match awful. The wrestlers are just doing their job and the last thing they need is the crowds breaking their concentration. Imagine how you’d feel if you were performing in front of a big crowd and all they did was tell you how untalented you were.

These types of fans not only ruin the show for the wrestlers, but also the other fans who paid money to enjoy the event.

So my advice to all those fans out there. If you want to talk about how bad a match is or how untalented a wrestler is, stay home and complain about it on social media. Don’t spend a lot of money to go to a wrestling show just to act like a jerk and ruin it for everyone else.


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