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Mandy Rose Will Be A Big Deal, And It’s Easy To See Why

Mandy Rose is headed for big things in WWE, and it’s easy to see why. Appearance is still part of the game in professional wrestling, and she exceeds that standard. The rest can be taught.

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I was raised as a Catholic. Like many Americans raised in the faith, I haven’t been the best one over the years. I don’t go to church as often as I should. I haven’t always turned the other cheek or treated others the way I would like to be treated.

Sometimes, I wonder if there is a God. When you turn on the news & see what’s going on in the world, it’s tough not to have your faith challenged. What kind of God would allow the atrocities that happen every single day? If God is there to protect us, why would there be hunger across most of the world? Why would He empower those that embrace the deadly sin of Greed? Why won’t He make His people understand that we are all His creations, and that He loves us all equally? Doesn’t He?

It’s easy to question the existence of God in 2018. Until I see Mandy Rose, and I realize that there is a God.

God is good.

I’m not here to tell you that Mandy is going to be one of the great female workers of her generation. Her matches have been fine so far. She looks like she knows what she’s doing. But to be perfectly honest, I’m going to cut her a lot of slack in this area. You know why? Because when I see Mandy Rose on my television, or on my computer screen, or on my Android, I get a funny feeling in a certain area of my body.

I’m not supposed to talk about that in 2018. Things are different now, you see. WWE isn’t going to have a swimsuit magazine featuring their female Superstars. They’re not sending them to tropical locations for photo shoots & DVD productions. (Come to think of it, they really should have done this while the men were wrestling in Saudi Arabia.) They still have Dance Contests, but you won’t be seeing any Swimsuit Contests or Wet & Wild matches or anything like that.

WWE isn’t alone in this presentation shift. 411Mania isn’t populated with random pictures of celebrities. I’m not doing the 411 Wrestling Hot 100. When I do Top 5s for The Chairshot I’m not ranking people based on how attractive I think they are. We judge people differently now than we used to. The #MeToo & #TimesUp movements have helped ensure that.

Don’t get me wrong. In many cases, I think political correctness is a good thing. Many on the right decry the PC culture, mostly because they want to be able to use certain terms to describe certain types of people. I have zero sympathy for their inability to get away with bigotry. When I look back at some of the things WWE presented during the Attitude Era & the 2000s, I’m happy that they went PG. Some of the stuff they pulled was 100% not ok, and didn’t accomplish the goal of presenting compelling television. Knowing Vince McMahon’s sense of humor, they’d still be trying to do Hot Lesbian Action & Katie Vick type angles today if they didn’t go PG.

I, for one, will gladly put up with the lack of blood in matches if it spares me from wrestlers sleeping with transvestites as storyline fodder.

I do think there’s one area where we’ve corrected ourselves too much. Sexual harassment is a tricky thing to figure out for most of us. I think we all know that extreme cases that can lead to prison time are certainly unacceptable. If a member of the opposite sex says no, we should stop trying. There are grey areas however. Like, say you’re a wrestling columnist that’s never going to meet anybody you write about.

From where I sit, my writing about Mandy Rose’s attractiveness, or anybody else’s, should be fair game. I admit that the Hot 100 was borderline, and that the variety of “Ultimate Babe” tournaments were iffy at best. Currently, I wouldn’t consider producing such things unless the price was right. With that being said, I don’t see the crime in pointing out that Mandy Rose will have a successful career in whatever she does because she’s smoking hot.

If we’re being perfectly honest, attractive people rule the world.

We might not act like we judge based on appearance, but we clearly do. Stores with attractive salespeople get more traffic than ones without. If Roseanne Barr looked like Tomi Lahren, she might still have a TV show. The Trumps are certainly easier to put up with when we’re looking at Ivanka or Melania instead of Donald. Look at the cable news channels that constantly talk about these people…you’re not seeing too many ugly people hosting, are you?

We all have personal examples of this, so here’s mine: I’m on a dating website because I’m in my early to mid 30s & still single. I don’t get a lot of messages from women, and messages I send rarely get a response. Why? Because the first thing you see on a profile is the picture, and that’s when you decide if you’re interested or not. When most women see a picture of me, or see me in person, they decide they’re not interested within a couple of seconds.

I’m not bit-ok, maybe I am a little bitter about it, but it’s the truth. Men, women, it’s the same either way. Most people are more interested in a physical connection than an intellectual or spiritual one. There was a woman I had a pretty good connection with at work, which was a bit problematic because our company frowned upon inter-workplace relationships. She ended up leaving, which kind of stunk, but it meant there was a chance for something more. Until she hooked up with some hot young thing she met on the Internet. I don’t think she’s actually met the guy yet, but obviously it’s a strong connection because he looks good and that’s all that really matters to most people.

And hey, it matters to me too.

While we’re continuing to be honest, let’s admit that our favorite wrestlers of the opposite gender are also the ones we find the most attractive. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you of Roman Reigns’ popularity with the ladies, as the reasoning behind that goes without saying. Alexa Bliss is a very charismatic talent, but I see as many comments about her biscuit butt as I do about her promos. I’ve seen people talk about how Bayley secretly has the best body in WWE, so even the most innocent persona in WWE isn’t safe from being objectified. Heck, even Kevin Owens gets it from people that are into bears. Let’s not discuss AJ Styles’ popularity among the gay community.

Sonya Deville certainly has her fans. She has a unique look & brings something to WWE that nobody else has before. But if we’re talking about the classic image of beauty that WWE has pushed for the past twenty years, we’re talking about Mandy Rose. Mandy follows in the footsteps of Sable, Sunny, Trish Stratus, Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson, Maryse & countless other beautiful blondes that I’m forgetting at the moment.

There will always be an audience that likes blondes with blue eyes, tanned skin & ample bosoms. As long as that’s the case, Mandy Rose has a great chance of success in WWE. I’ll be rooting for her because…well, I think that’s pretty obvious.

Because I think she’s hot. See, admitting it is the first step to freedom. I promise you it isn’t that hard. Well, not as hard as it is when I see Mand-


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Greg DeMarco: Box Office Brock Lesnar And The New WWE

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After a hard-hitting WWE Money In The Bank, Greg DeMarco offers perspective on Brock Lesnar winning the Money In The Bank briefcase and the obvious shift in the WWE product & presentation.

I know you read that headline and wondered what in the hell I was smoking. Brock Lesnar leaves Hartford with the Money In The Bank briefcase, and I’m calling it a new WWE? I have to be insane, right? Well, that perspective is 100% wrong. (I mean…I may be insane–but not for that reason!) WWE Money In The Bank was shock and awe from start to finish, and you have every reason to be excited. The reactions I am seeing prove that the online community doesn’t want to enjoy WWE. Hopefully, for me, some mainstream fans will read this article too!

Box Office Brock Lesnar

I know what you’re thinking…same ol’ sh*t, right? I can’t say I agree. On the technicality side, Brock Lesnar has never held the Money In The Bank briefcase, so it’s wrong there. But I get it, you’re tired of seeing Brock on top. The truth of it is, he’s Box Office. And WWE needs box office.

What is “Box Office,” exactly? It’s the ability to get fans to spend money, which is how WWE makes money. Brock Lesnar sells the WWE product–to fans, to viewers, to advertisers, and to networks. Wrestling Twitter is a vocal minority, and appeasing them got WWE nowhere with WrestleMania 35, or as I was calling it for the months leading up to it, “HappyMania.” Brock is back, and I think it’s fantastic.

Disagree with me? Great, but the sold out crowd in Hartford blew the roof off the joint when his music hit, so they obviously agree. Brock will likely cash-in in advance, proclaiming his championship opportunity for WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia on June 7. Then we get to give the briefcases a rest, as we continue to shuffle the rosters up and use fun words like Wild Card (bitches…yeehaw!).

One prevailing thought I have seen is that the other seven guys in the match busted their asses for no payoff. I can’t agree with that either–their payoff is a paycheck. They’re businessmen. Those who complain about how they are booked don’t get the business. And as All Elite Wrestling is proving, they don’t take too kindly to people complaining about booking, either.

A New WWE?

I know a lot of people don’t see it, because they’re too worried about booking. But the WWE product shifted tonight. And as dangerous as it is, I hope it sticks.

The product got way more physical at WWE Money In The Bank–way more physical. It started with the Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match, which in reality doesn’t need a gender specific distinction. Money In The Bank describes both ladder matches tonight, as both delivered in both brutality and story. Everyone put their bodies through hell during those matches, and they deserve to be praised.

But it didn’t end there:

  • Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe…brutality.
  • Shane McMahon vs. The Miz…brutality.
  • Tony Nese vs. Ariya Daivari…brutality.
  • The entire segment with the Women’s Championships…brutality.
  • Roman Reigns vs. Elias…brutality.
  • Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles…brutality.
  • Lars Sullivan and The Lucha House Party…brutality.
  • Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens…say it with me…brutality.

Sense a theme, here? WWE provided a more physical product, and did things that make sense. Yes, there were botches that everyone wants to blame on the refs. In each instance, it appeared to me that the talent messed up, and the commentators covered by blaming the officiating. And that makes sense to me. You didn’t think they were going to blame the wrestlers, did you?

It’s really funny that this comes after AEW reveals that they’ll present a more realistic, athletic oriented product after the onset of their TV deal. It’s probably the single bad move they’ve made (okay, maybe second to the whole PAC/Page ordeal), announcing their plans to the world and giving WWE a heads up on what’s coming so they can beat AEW to it.

Seriously, it’s like they went “Here’s our formula!” without even realizing WWE had a high profile PPV to air 6-days before Double Or Nothing. C’mon guys… #UseYourHead.

At the end, it looks WWE is going back to what works for them: giving the fans what they need, and not what they want. Imagine going to the doctor and misdiagnosing yourself. Would you rather the doctor provides you with what you want and now what you need? You’d sue that doctor for malpractice! It’s getting to be that same way with WWE. Prescribe to us what we need, Vince. Even if we don’t like the taste when it goes down, it’s for the best in the end.


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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 5/19/2019

Best of Super Juniors 26 and Money in the Bank are the big things this week. Let’s see what matches made the cut, and if there were any surprises!

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Best of Super Juniors 26 and Money in the Bank are the big things this week. Let’s see what matches made the cut, and if there were any surprises!

Last week was an interesting week since it wasn’t a normal Top 5 and we had two Sami Callihan matches. When it came down to it though, IMPACT: oVe Rules 8 Man: oVe vs Tommy Dreamer vs Fallah Bahh vs Rich Swann vs Willie Mack, won the vote for the week. I’m always a happy when less popular matches or companies get a fair shake in the rundown.

Either way, let’s see exactly how much New Japan shows up and if anything from Money in the Bank was worth a watch!

 

5. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: Ryusuke Taguchi vs YOH

Taguchi has been having a crisis of character so to speak. He’s become more of a comedy wrestler who’s history doesn’t really inject respect or fear into his opponents. YOH is up and coming, and was trained by Taguchi in the New Japan Dojo. So YOH is trying to establish himself beyond the tag realm and Taguchi is trying to refind himself.

We saw an interesting match. Taguchi showed a little of both worlds from comedy to more of his extensive moveset. YOH was a walking reference to older wrestlers; he even mastered the Paradise Lock apparently. Taguchi picks up the win with the variation of the Dodon that he used to remove Prince Devitt from New Japan. Very good match.

Winner: Taguchi via Dodon’s Throne

Rating: ****

 

4. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 4: Will Ospreay vs Rocky Romero

This was a little similar to the earlier Taguchi match. Rocky had something to prove. CHAOS members, and Rocky is perceived as being past his prime, but he wanted to prove he can still hang. It’s been 3 years since his last BOSJ, how does the most decorated Junior Tag wrestler fair against the Aerial Assassin?

We got a great match. Rocky had numerous hope spots, hit the Forever Lariats, his half of Strong Zero and reversed the Stormbreaker first attempt into a legit Huricanrana. Ospreay turned out too be just a little too big, a little too athletic and a Shooting Star Press followed by a Stormbreaker ends this great match. Very good.

Winner: Ospreay via Stormbringer

Rating: **** 1/4

 

3. IMPACT: Michael Elgin vs Rich Swann

From My Analysis:
So damn this main event went 2 commercial breaks, but it was really solid. Swann wouldn’t stay down and even had great hope spots. A Super Frankensteiner countering the Avalanche Powerbomb, Lethal Injection, 450, but Elgin kicked out. Swann tried a top rope Phoenix Splash, and missed. Elgin hits Splash Mountain, and Rich kicks out. Elgin rolls to the outside, catches Rich and repeatedly Powerbombs him into the post. Kid Ref tries to get the match back in the ring, Elgin pushes Kid Ref and Powerbombs Swann again for posterity. Kid Ref calls for the DQ and then runs for his life. This was a great match, the “non-finish” is rather annoying coming out of a roughly 25 minute match. But love him or hate him, Elgin can wrestle.

Winner: Swann via DQ

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Honorable Mentions:

NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 3: Dragon Lee vs SHO
Winner: Dragon Lee via Desnucadora
Rating: ****
WWE MiTB: Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre vs Baron Corbin vs Finn Balor vs Ricochet vs Andrade vs Randy Orton vs Ali vs Brock Lesnar
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Rating: *** 3/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 1: Dragon Lee vs Taiji Ishimori
Winner: Ishimori via Bloody Cross
Rating: *** 3/4
WWE MitB: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Kevin Owens
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise
Rating: *** 1/2
NXT UK: Ligero vs Jordan Devlin
Winner: Devlin via Snap Saito Suplex
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: Robbie Eagles vs Rocky Romero
Winner: Eagles via Ron Miller Special
Rating: ***
SmackDown Live: Randy Orton vs Finn Balor vs Andrade vs Ali
Winner: Andrade via Hammerlock DDT
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 2: El Phantasmo vs Bandido
Winner: Phantsmo via Greetings from Chasewood Park
Rating: ***
205 Live: Tony Nese vs Ligero
Winner: Nese via Running Kneese
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: Fall Count Anywhere: Braun Strowman vs Sami Zayn
Winner: Zayn via Claymore
Rating: ***
NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 4: Ren Narita vs Robbie Eagles
Winner: Eagles via Turbo Backpack
Rating: ***
WWE MitB: The Usos vs Rowan & Daniel Bryan
Winner: Usos via Double Uce
Rating: ***

 

2. WWE MitB: Universal Championship: AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins (c)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Now it’s Rollins who has to come up with something else to put Styles away. Fans rally up as Rollins stands. Rollins still has the tried and true, “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks then runs, but Styles dodges to roll Rollins to a Calf Crusher! Rollins endures but Styles cranks back hard! Rollins rolls it back and kicks Styles away! His leg is free but it is hurting! Styles crawls away but Rollins pursues. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins escapes with one good leg! Styles gets back up and waits for Rollins. Rollins stands and SUPERKICKS Styles down! Both men are down again, but fans rally and duel again. Styles and Rollins crawl for each other to start throwing hands! Rollins hits, Styles hits, repeat. Rollins CHOPS but Styles punches again.

Fans duel, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins dodges to enziguri! And dodges the Pele! Mule kick! Curb Stomp countered! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives THE Styles Clash?! No one can believe it, but the fans are loving it! Styles grits his teeth as Rollins starts sitting up. Styles goes to the apron, takes aim and springboards. Phenomenal misses! Revolution Knee hits! And then, SUPERKICK! Styles is on his face, but Rollins gets back up! CURB STOMP!! Rollins put so much into that, he has to crawl to a cover! Rollins wins!!

Winner: Rollins via The Stomp

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. NJPW BOSJ 26 Night 1: SHO vs Shingo Takagi

This match has had a great build all year. SHO is the power of Roppongi 3k, and throughout the LIJ and Roppongi feud for the Junior Tag Titles, we always saw SHO try to go at Shingo. Shingo called him out a little and this is a great rivalry. SHO has something to prove, but Shingo doesn’t want to be upstaged by someone who was a Young Boy only a few years ago.

We saw the story unfold beautifully. Shingo dominated early, until SHO fired up and showed he wasn’t just going to roll over. As the match progressed SHO started to anticipate Shingo’s moves and stay a step ahead. Both men hit all of their signature moves, and neither wanted to really budge. This was just so well done, and more of a heavyweight style because they are both bigger Juniors. Shingo edged out SHO by hitting Last of the Dragons after numerous Pumping Bombers. But damn this was great.

Winner: Shingo via Last of the Dragons

Rating: **** 1/2

 

Thoughts:

Shingo and SHO, there is no other answer. This has been a feud that started at the end of last year and persisted through the entire year so far. Long term booking is always fun, and when both men put on a great story telling match, it’s even better. Plus there’s no guarantee it’s over since SHO still has to surpass Shingo to feel completed.

Don’t sleep on Ospreay and Romero though, that was a great match, just didn’t quite match up to SHO and Shingo.


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