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Why A Heel Randy Orton Is Best For Business

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Well huzzah everybody, Randy Orton is back and he’s an asshole again!

After about five years, Randy Orton is finally back to his heelish ways. There was much speculation about what direction he was headed after his Extreme Rules interference, but after the July 17th episode of Smackdown, we can all but confirmed that Randall is back to his best character traits.

Randy Orton’s past heel runs have painted him as merciless, maniacal and even psychologically unstable at points. And any of those are far better than the veteran babyface character he’s been lazily displaying for the past few years. It’s great to see that fire back in his eyes as he gets back to what made him such a megastar for the WWE in the first place.

The Jeff Hardy Assault

If you haven’t yet seen Orton’s attack on Jeff Hardy from the most recent Smackdown, I strongly suggest you take a peek at YouTube very soon. The assault was like none we’ve seen before; in addition to slamming Hardy’s head against steel steps, throwing him over the announce table and ruining his chance to regain the US title, Orton also put his finger in Hardy’s earring hole and wrenched the life out of it. That’s something new.

Not only did the ear spot look incredibly painful, it got us to question why Orton was doing this and why Orton has such a bone to pick with Jeff Hardy of all people. Orton even kept saying to Hardy “Ask me why I’m doing this, just ask,” while his finger was in Hardy’s stretched ear lobe. Orton then dropped Hardy and yelled “Where’s Shinsuke,” leading to even more confusion here.

The most interesting thing about Orton’s continued assaults on Jeff hardy, is that we have no idea why he’s even doing it in the first place. This is a great storytelling device to get the audience to tune in each week. Unpredictability, confusion and the unknown are element that have been sorely missed from WWE storylines in the past few years.

Return to Heel

Heel Orton is the best Orton, period. Randy Orton has seen many high profile matches in his lengthy WWE, but I can barely remember any in which he was a babyface. Orton’s heel persona’ have elevated him to become a staple in the WWE, and someone that reeks of importance. After boring us for many years with general ring laziness and losses to Jinder Mahal, I’m happy that he’s finally back to what he does best.

Time will tell what creative has for him, but for now he may just be the most interesting thing on WWE television, and hooray for that.


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The Book Club: Rebooking The G1 Climax

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Welcome to The Book Club! This is where I try to take current talent, storylines, and events and book them to their maximum potential.  To get a better understanding, you can read through last week’s installment on Roman Reigns.  This week we’re taking a look at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax 28 which just concluded on Sunday.  For an in-depth breakdown of every night of G1 action, check out the coverage of The Chairshot’s Andrew Balaz and Mathew Sarpraicone. If you watched and followed along for the past month you’re probably thinking that there isn’t really anything that needs to be improved on.  And I agree.  New Japan has a knack for consistently providing the best product in the world.  With that being said, instead of wiping the G1 clean and stating how it should have been booked, I’m going to give a few proposals on how it could have been booked.  Whether these proposals are better than what actually happened are completely up to you.

Proposal #1: The Path of Kota Ibushi

In the first booking article I wrote back in May, I stated how I hoped Kota Ibushi would win the G1.  My feelings remained the same up until the start of the tournament.  If you’re reading this then you probably know that he lost in the finals.  My big goal would have been to save the Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega match for the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 13.  Keeping Hiroshi Tanahashi in the finals is fine with me but I probably would have booked Ibushi to win.  In order to preserve the match against Kenny and still have Ibushi win the finals, I would keep everything the same except move Ibushi to the A Block and Tanahashi to the B Block.  If you watched the final night of the B Block then you heard the commentary team mention how the venue was above capacity just because of the Omega-Ibushi main event event.  Imagine if you could channel that type of demand for a match and pair it with a 5 month build to the Tokyo Dome.

Proposal #2: Kenny Omega Loses His First Match

We saw Taiji Ishimori defeat Will Ospreay in the first night of the Best of the Super Juniors.  This was shortly after Ishimori was revealed as the new Bone Soldier of the Bullet Club.  I thought we would see something similar since Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa turned on the rest of the Bullet Club right before the G1.  The win wouldn’t have been without outside interference, of course.  Tama did win his first match but didn’t beat Kenny and didn’t finish with a great record.  I was a little disappointed because I thought this would be the start of a big push for him.  I understand that Tama and Bad Luck Fale cared more about their impact than scoring points but I think their top priority should have been to ruin Kenny’s tournament hopes.  Regardless, Kenny Omega starting the tournament 6-0 as the company’s new champion was still a strong choice.

Proposal #3: Same B Block, Different Outcomes

This proposal works as an alternative to the last one.  Kenny Omega won his first six matches but lost his last three.  That worked just fine but I would have had his final three opponents be Zack Sabre Jr., Tama Tonga, then Kota Ibushi.  News broke last month that Kenny had been wrestling with a fractured heel.  With this news public, the heel would have been the perfect target for Zack Sabre Jr.  He could have targeted it with submissions throughout the match which would eventually lead to a referee stoppage.  This would then give Tama Tonga a path to cleanly defeat a hobbled Omega.  They could have a rematch for the belt later when Omega is healthy and able to retain.  That leaves us with the Ibushi v Omega match.  I mentioned wanting to preserve that encounter.  I would accomplish that with a draw via an assault from the Firing Squad.  The assault would need to be long and violent enough to warrant a draw like the one in San Francisco.  The points would also need to be in a situation like in the A Block to where Ibushi only needs a draw in the final match to win the block.  Even though it makes sense, I ultimately decided against this idea because calling off that main event would basically be robbing the capacity crowd of their money.  That’s why I preferred the option of moving Ibushi to the A Block so his bout with Omega could wait for Wrestle Kingdom.

Proposal #4: Chris Jericho

I didn’t mind Jericho not being part of the G1.  He has a ridiculous schedule and his mystique within NJPW remains in tact.  However, it would have been nice to see him make an appearance on the final night to target his next opponent.  Kazuchika Okada and Jay White have the perfect characters at the moment to match Jericho’s insanity.  There’s already a story going on between Okada and White for control of CHAOS.  Maybe the Intercontinental Championship could alternate between the three of them until the score can be settled between two of them at Wrestle Kingdom.

Proposal #5: The Kick Out

Kevin Kelly addressed it during their match.  Kota Ibushi is the only person on record to kick out of Kenny Omega’s One-Winged Angel back in DDT.  Now that they’ve grown much closer since then, Kota should remain as the only person to do it.  The reasoning could be that perhaps Kenny doesn’t want to hurt him or that only Kota knows the intricacies of Kenny’s moveset like no other.  I wouldn’t have been surprised if it ending up happening in their match last week.  If they meet again on a big stage, Kota Ibushi kicking out toward the end of an arduous match would be beautiful.

Proposal #6: Juice in the A Block

Chris Jericho’s absence from the G1 means the second biggest belt in the company was left out of the blocks.  The B Block had three champions and the A Block didn’t have any.  I thought that was a bit of a peculiar decision.  Those that defeat champions during the G1 usually get rematches for the title later on.  That means the A Block competitors didn’t have any consolation belts to chase on their journey.  Since Juice Robinson lost many matches due to his injured hand, he may have been better served as the only champion in the A Block.  They tried to create the narrative that he has a long line of opponents waiting for title shots after the G1 but Kenny Omega and Hirooki Goto are bigger names that suffered losses to similar people.  So it would make more sense for guys like ZSJ and Ibushi to chase Goto instead.  In fact, Tomohiro Ishii has already hinted at a rematch for Kenny Omega’s heavyweight strap.  If Juice was the lone champion in the A Block, it truly would have felt like him versus the world.  He’s a bright babyface on the rise and just won his first championship.  Successful defenses against everyone in the A Block would have been a fun thing to get behind in the coming months.

 


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RING RIFFS: Arn Anderson vs. Johnny B. Badd – Boxer vs. Wrestler Match

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Welcome to Ring Riffs! Where we take the absolute worst of professional wrestling and wrap it up in a neat little episodic package for your entertainment…and my own sense of masochism.

***WARNING***If you are easily offended by words, or if you are generally a good parent who doesn’t want their children exposed to potty-mouthed anger, viewer discretion is advised.

Ring Riffs is my video love letter to everything absolutely horrid about professional wrestling. We are all aware that, like any form of entertainment, there is the best of wrestling and the worst of it. We nerd-rage over matches and moments that are beneath our expectations of what wrestling should be – but over time, those terrible moments become inside jokes and memes for us to point and laugh at, wondering exactly what life-altering drugs were ingested by those who believed their ideas would get over with the wrestling fanbase.

So here we are, and here I am, ready to exploit the bottom of the barrel when it comes to wrestling matches. There is an entire galaxy of terrible matches for your entertainment…and for my punishment for the evil things I have done in my life.

Episode #8 continues of my tortuous month of reviews for WCW Uncensored 1995 – there’s a Boxer vs. Wrestler Match between Johnny B. Badd and Arn Anderson afoot: and it’s inconsistencies kicked me when I was down.

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Jordan Fox Blog: My Life in Wrestling

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Wednesday August 15th, 2018

Quick shout out! Yesterday’s episode of my show Indy Wrestling Radio has already gotten over 500 downloads!! So thank you to all the listeners!!

Disclaimer – Sometimes you might wonder what the point of the stories are… I’ll be honest, sometimes there isn’t going to be any meaning to what I’m blogging. I just simply want to share these really cool moments I get to experience. I get to experience these wonderful moments because I work in “The Business.” I work in wrestling, that might not mean much to a non fan, but to wrestling fans, being a full time wrestling employee, like I am, is the Holy Grail.

I don’t have a “shoot” job. The wrestling business is my job & this blog details the fun I experience in our wacky world of wrestling… ENJOY!

On Sunday I had my first show with Heroes of Wrestling which is based out of Royse City Texas, which is 30 miles outside of Dallas.

That sentence alone is incredible when all things are considered. I finally got clean & sober, 8 months now. My time in Iraq, time as a flight paramedic & 7 years as a fulltime firefighter have not been easy on the body or mind. I was been left with PTSD that was so crippling at times that I began to self medicate.

I know what people think about PTSD, they either think “I’ve seen dead bodies, what’s the big deal?” or they’ll feel so sorry for you that they won’t take you seriously, you’ll get the whole “Ahhhh, good for him.” I hate that. The first one is the worst, the “I’ve seen dead bodies” one. I’m not discounting that you’ve seen some shit, I actually feel sorry for you, I don’t wish that upon anyone but to think because you have seen screwed up shit & you don’t have nightmares doesn’t mean that I should be judged because I wake up terrified thinking I smell human flesh burning. I’ve seen so many things that I wish I hadn’t, I couldn’t begin to name them all, but the smell of human flesh burning is that one, that one thing above all else I would take away from my memory if given the chance.

Anyway, back to wrestling. I was, am still am, in a boot on my left foot because I rolled my ankle at the wrestling academy that I’m attending in Tulsa. Anyway, the show was absolutely great. I got to meet a ton of new guys & call their matches. It was a lot of fun, A life experience that every wrestling fan should experience.

The night started off with me getting ready in the locker room & as I was pulling my hair back, my friend & stablemate, Malico, came to me & said we need to shoot something short for our MadWorld web series we are developing. During the 30 second clip he called me by my character name for the first time, Sly. I was over the moon. Something I’ve worked so hard towards & dedicated so much time to felt like it was starting to come together at that moment. It couldn’t of come at a better time either, with me being somewhat depressed that I can’t train for a few more weeks because of my ankle.

I called my first “bull rope match” which featured Randy Wayne & Graham Bell. Holy shit these two guys are tough. That was a lot of fun. I had met both guys earlier in the evening & both were really cool to talk with. I was in a couple of group convo’s with Randy & you can tell he knows a lot about the wrestling business so I hope to pick his brain more as I get to know him better. I didn’t want to be the douche bag that asks him for advice on the first night lol.

Andy Dalton & Will Allday had a great match. I got to kinda shoot the shit with Andy for a little while but I didn’t get to talk to Will a ton. My partner on commentary, Wil Rigdon said that he was from Booker T’s school/promotion, Reality of Wrestling. It was obvious that wherever he was training, they are amazing because the guy was great. Both guys were. I actually watched a match of Andy’s on Twitch randomly so it was cool meeting him.

Brock Baker, who had a very entertaining match with Chandler Hopkins that night as well, & Will Allday are in the middle of a feud & it was a lot of fun being on commentary as that unfolded. I wanna say that Rigdon said that Brock Baker is a Booker T guy as well.

I called a match that featured a former WORLD CHAMPION! The fan in me still can’t believe that. The match was Tim Storm vs Bam Bam Malone. Bam Bam was a really cool dude, as was Brysin Scott who I got to kinda BS with for awhile. he had recently won a promotions title so I got to see his new hardware & pick his brain a bit.

AND, in a really cool moment, my good pal Malico faced off against Barrett Brown & it was great. Two world class athletes going head to head like that while I get to call the action from 12 feet away, it’s indescribable. I met both guys on my first night in wrestling, so I love when I get the chance to work with either of them. I obviously don’t get to work with Barrett as much but it’s a blast when I do get to.

It was a ton of fun. I’m still a fan, even though I work in wrestling full time between commentary, TheChairshot.com & podcasting, I’m still a huge fan & anytime I have the opportunity to “suspend my disbelief” I’m going to take it.

These guys are stars & still on the rise, so go check them out on social media! Thanks to everyone for checking out this weeks blog entry!

 

Stay strong & Too Sweet

 

 


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