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The Unlikely Feud Between Sami Callihan & Eddie Edwards

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It all started on IMPACT Wrestling in March, Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards. There weren’t any implications in the match, it was all that Impact, fans, and Edwards knew it was just another match. Edwards won the match and the sadistic Callihan was not having it. Callihan is known for being hardcore. At times he is not the prettiest wrestler in the squared circle. You won’t see any technical submission holds or acrobatic flips, but you’ll get a Callihan who enjoys to inflict obscene amounts of pain to his opposition. 

Callihan began a vicious assault on Edwards. Which ended up with Edwards flat on his back and Callihan placing a chair over him and grabbing a bat. The bat that not only end up colliding with Edwards face and resulted in blood and breaking bones, but sparked buzz across sports media outlets, even TMZ. Becoming on of the most talked about feuds in Impact wrestling in a long while. Callihan became the heel with the most heat in wrestling. Even measuring ups to the likes of current heels Cody Rhodes and Tommaso Ciampa. In this unlikely feud and showed that it’s more like Callihan vs everyone that would get in his way. The Callihan was unapologetic to fans, wrestlers, and wrestling critics. He took pride in the act and would state that anyone defending Edwards would suffer the same fate. 

The plan originally was to have the chair placed on Edwards and Samihit the chair with the bat. It was a botch, a brutal botch and Impact aired every minute of it. Impact had this footage since the January taping and aired it in March. No punishment was handed out to Callihan. Even going as far as adding dramatic music and sick sound effects when showing the incident over and over again. 

Impact would then set up a six man tag match with oVe and Sami Callihan Vs. Moose, Eddie Edwards and the hardcore legend himself Tommy Dreamer in an anything goes match at the Redemption PPV. I have to say that this was every bit as bloody as you could expect a match featuring the Innovator of Violence. Punishment was given and taken from both sides, but ultimately Dreamer (of all people) would cost his team the victory by getting pinned by Callihan. 

Edwards enraged by the loss and the constant mental and physical pain Callihan had to put him through snapped. He pounced on Sami attacking and tangling  him up in the ropes. Before beating Callihan, brutality with a kendo stick. It was suppose to be Eddie’s moment! He was suppose to defeat the villain and be the superhero of sorts. It wasn’t. Eddie began swinging the kendo stick at whoever was in his way and ultimately swinging and hitting his wife, Alisha. 

This past week on Impact, Edwards still consumed with rage, bragging that he put Callihan in the hospital. Called out oVe and stated that if they didn’t come out he [Edwards] would b putting their wives in the ER as well. So much for learning from your mistakes, Eddie. The Crist brothers would show up and attack Edwards for what he said about their wives, but during the attack the cameras cut to a battered and bruised Callihan showing up at Alisha Edwards hospital bedside stating “I just want to talk.” 

We are then shown Edwards abandoning the brawl at Impact and going to protect his wife at the hospital. As he arrives at the hospital, where no one tries to stop the crazed Edwards, the camera crew adding  suspenseful music to heighten the drama. Checks on his wife, Alisha who is fine goes off in search of Callihan. He finds him in no time and begins to beat the helpless Callihan. Only to leave when the doctors state that the police are there. And so here we are, Eddie Edwards continues down this dark path of madness and revenge. No one capable of reaching the depths of darkness that he has sunken to, not even his own wife. Will Sami and Eddie end each other’s career? Will Alisha leave her crazed husband who is a man possessed with revenge? Is anyone going to get punished for their actions? Hard to say in wrestling world.

 

One thing is for certain and that is that Impact is slowly, but surely getting a sense of where they stand in the wrestling world. This feud is just the beginning of things to come for Impact. Anything is possible when it comes to Eddie Edwards. 


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MadMan: She’s Handing Out Blues Better Than A Namesake Will

Madman decided to follow his blue dragon back towards the titans! Let’s see what black magic he weaves in this edition.

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Madman decided to follow his blue dragon back towards the titans! Let’s see what black magic he weaves in this edition.

I may not be in regular rotation, but when they give me a chair, I swing for my fences. As a decades-long consumer of the art, I don’t have many left. The only Home Runs WWE has placed within my scope, can be found in Women’s Division on both Monday Night Raw & SmackDown Live.

The year I began watching wrestling, some very interesting circumstances took place surrounding cable television. WTBS; (Atlanta), WAS the home of The NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions. At least until “Black Saturday,” which ultimately saw Vinnie Jr. Hijack the famous 6:05 time slot. This nearly cause riots among cable viewers opposed to McMahon’s product and presentation.

Though the million dollar ransom The Crocketts paid to get their flagship spot back on the dial gave the head of Titan Sports the backbone to finance WrestleMania, which helped to wreck most of the territories. Hell, it can be argued somewhat convincingly upon its 30th Anniversary, Vince himself ruined his biggest display’s pristine intentions for two consecutive years with Lesnar beating the streak instead of Bray Wyatt; and, Sting losing his ONLY Mania match because someone else had the right bride on their marriage license.

Despite the objections of both smarks and sheep in certain cases, we must respect the history of this pop culture institution. IF WrestleMania is Woodstock, it is only appropriate that Tito Santana opened the show with a victory!

In recent years, there has been only one person on The Main Roster who has matched the swag of Santana’s initial accomplishment without even trying, and she wrestled in the last Mania Match I cared about. Finally got tired of giving fans The Blues. She’s ready to deal some out in the form of steel chairs and God knows what else.

“Cut Her talent LOOSE!” We kept screaming. “A REAL run with Gold, PLEASE?” Like a kid aching just before Christmas. As with Solis, she was a true pro, until the strangest thing I’ve ever seen in the modern art form washed over us.

Fans and insiders alike FORGOT about Social Media! Don’t get me wrong, it’s still here. Can’t get away from it. Hell, I’m doing a roll-in on the internet right now! If you’ve been fans of us long enough, you’ll realize that last sentence was not a botch! Seriously, this thing felt like the territories back in the day. No one knew a damn thing! Even some of those paid to know were flipping a coin every five minutes. Thanks for the constant stress, you ancient prick!

Come on folks. If you know my current wrestling HEART at all, you KNEW the last Chair Shot on her return was coming from her Super Mark in Middle America! When older dudes at this circus describe what true fandom is like; they’ll often say: “That’s bulls***, that’s bulls***, that’s bulls***, BUT THAT’S REAL!”

For her boatloads of fans and the woman herself, Christmas is here! The Stamford’s latest Blues enthusiast is very real, And WWE’s Black Magic Woman IS BACK! Line ’em up. they’re all falling. Charlotte & Ronda too. To The Man and those in charge of her Twitter Account, thanks for keeping the possibility top of mind when things first got weird. We never gave up, but you will! MISSED YOU LADY BANKS!


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Mad Man’s Spinal Tap & 20 Questions

Back to back weeks we see the Mad Man come to play in our sandbox. Does this article go to 11? Are the retread concepts, just hollow nowadays?

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Back to back weeks we see the Mad Man come to play in our sandbox! Does this article go to 11?

When you have decades of experience watching the art form, your eyes and thought processes change. It’s the reason my colleagues can break down pending news and angles we haven’t seen yet. Mr. Meltzer made a cottage industry out of it. A ton of people on The Internet are trying to follow suit. Then, there are fans like me. As much as I love twitter, Professional Wrestling fans were never meant to receive “spoilers” every day.

This is NOT a “Back in my day…” thing. My eyes have changed too. However, I am focused more on WWE’s calendar when watching Stamford’s offering. If I think about wrestling. it’s very simple. My suspension of disbelief is gone for very few performers. In fact, I would say it’s gone for most fans. If we know it’s a work, why are scripts and outcomes still based on the assumption that we don’t? If I have seen a gimmick before, I am VERY hard to impress. Make me believe you can beat somebody; and stand out doing so, or I will chew you up and spit you the Hell out.

For those who say I should keep my mouth shut because I can’t perform and never have, I DON’T CARE! Saint Dave gets a pass, and y’all still watch the current product like his lap dogs and clones, despite “knowing’ the outcome? I don’t watch for the outcome anymore. Based on character development and pushes, I can see that coming. Call me a hypocrite and I will play 20 Questions with you. Can you get me to the finish line without looking like an idiot or a laughable copy of someone else?

Su Yung is 5’6’’ish. Marks and sheep world wide are transfixed and petrified? Make up aside, why? She is impersonating three legends with no unique move set and doing it very badly. Without her zombies, can she beat anybody? Mr. Calloway used druids. He was 6’10’’ and did not need them to kick your ass. Mick Foley put himself and you through HELL before using The Mandible Claw. You had no choice but to take it. The Great Muta was arguably the best Rising Sun performer of all time. He had a move set most American fans had never seen before. The Mist was believable in his hands because audience and opponent were spinning trying to keep up with him. Where is Su Yung’s Mysticism? As much as fans love her, there are no OMG moments in her matches, and her gimmick is predicated on them.

She is far from the only example. Twitter went crazy about a month ago because a top name on the indies put something in her opponent’s mouth during a match. Outside of a prison fight, when would this EVER HAPPEN? Why is this necessary? If this is a work, why would any girl allow someone to do this? Tell me why either woman gets hired again without the parrot response? Same question applies to Joseph. Dude ain’t pickin’ up anybody like that in real life. I dare him to pick my wheelchair up with his finish. He would be in traction.

Tony Schiavone is our crazy wrestling fan uncle. Our memories of him when we were kids and teenagers all ROCK! He is without question one of the best to ever call the action. God Bless Conrad Flair for bringing him back to the art form. Among other fun stuff, he now does commentary for MLW. With tongue firmly planted in cheek; I must say, I have a slight problem with him. I understand that it is his job. He continues to put MJF over because?? I get the gimmick. It’s just OLD! He is ripping off The Miz. One look at him, and you can see that. “I have more money than you.” So did DiBiase. And if you did, you wouldn’t need the $50.00 a night you made before Tony started calling your matches because you’d be paying him. Just wait until Mike retires before you go to New York.

Finally, we arrive at the biggest tent. Vinnie’s circus was on The West Coast in The House of Hot Rod & Billy Jack Haynes. Sheep under 25 are now asking a three-worded question. The only help you’ll get from me is to say that he may have been the father of Modern Independent Wrestling. Sometimes, it wasn’t his choice, and he is still fighting demons today.

Back to this week. Didn’t Spinal Tap all stand in the Center Ring around a month ago and do a babyface promo? “It’s our fault. We’ll do better for you. This is YOUR product.” First, I believe Stephanie as a babyface as much as I believe Saint Richard as a babyface. Shut up and go home as a shoot. Second, as big a moron as Vince is, he’s NOT leaving the person carrying the big top out of WrestleMania! Outside of the obvious, Becky’s leg is a work. SHE WAS LIMPING ON THE WRONG ONE ON MONDAY! Seth Rollins is hurt as a shoot. He WASN’T at Monday Night Raw. If Becky wasn’t cleared, she wouldn’t be on either show. So WHY is everybody going apes*** over this?

Sometimes, I can’t tell which group is Spinal Tap?

Is it the group on stage or the sheep who believe what they’re watching? I truly wish this art form was treated more like real competition.


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