7 months ago I had just gotten out of rehab. I was finally getting clean off of pain pills that I became addicted to after I had reconstructive surgery on my hip. I was starting over. I needed to find a new job but my wife wanted me to take a month and just focus on staying sober. well, while in rehab I had made the decision to start a podcast, a wrestling podcast to be exact. So, my second day out of rehab I ordered a $129.99 microphone off of Amazon. That microphone changed my life forever.
I started a DAILY Morning Show podcast, now known as “Indy Wrestling Radio” & begin bitching and moaning and sometimes praising the WWE 5 days a week. I made contact with a group of writers & podcasters from SocialSuplex.com who helped me get my foot in the door. the let me write 4-5 articles for their website. lol I remember working so hard on those articles, I loved ever damn minute of it, too.
I was Facebook friends with an indy wrestling personality named Bry Willingham. Her and her husband work together on the indy circuit, mainly for Imperial Wrestling Revolution. I had seen them at a show in Indianola where he had faced Jack Swagger. they played their characters to a T. Well, I didn’t actually know Bry, but we were facebook friends. So, a month after that show, I finally worked up the nerve to message her and ask if they were hiring. To my amazement they were! They were in search of a Publicist.
Well, I had written 4 articles by this point so I explained to her how I’m probably overqualified to be a publicist now that I’ve written a ton for Social Suplex, but that I would love to interview for the job. She set me up w/ the owner of the promotion.
I GOT THE JOB!
Now, to be honest, the story could of stopped right there and I probably would be happy for a long time. I just did what so many people on reddit and twitter and facebook only dream of doing, I got a JOB IN WRESTLING! I WORK IN THE BUSINESS! But, that wouldn’t make for a very good blog, just saying.
That day started some of the best 7 months (& counting) of my life. That is what this blog is going to be about. I’m going to start w/ my first day on the job, what it was like to go from “Fan to Employee” along with improperly ran companies, to well ran companies, to living my absolute dream, and much much more.
Since that beautiful day 7 months ago, I was on the ground floor of getting a wrestling promotion on TV (you won’t believe some of the shit I’m gonna spill when we get to that point in the timeline.) I’m helping create a wrestling web series in Dallas where I will also be the color commentator. I’ve started training to be an in ring performer, something I never though I’d do, and so on.
Having this blog is a part of the dream, to have an outlet to share my thoughts and actually have people that would want to listen/read about my story into the business that we are all so in love with. I cannot wait to start sharing all of these stories with you along with mixing them with everything I do in wrestling now, AND TRUST ME, I do a little bit of everything in “The Business”
the goal is to blog twice a week, so please, stay tuned!
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Predicting The Card: WWE WrestleMania 35 (Round 2)
The date is November 23, 2018, less than a week removed from WWE Survivor Series 2018. Greg DeMarco checks in with his top match predictions for the big event in New York City!
Survivor Series is behind us, meaning it’s time to update our WrestleMania speculations! October 7 was the date of my last WrestleMania speculations, and a lot has changed. Namely, Roman Reigns is off beating leukemia, with no timetable set for his return. We also have a new injury to Triple H, and there’s also talk of an injury to Samoa Joe. And who can forget Becky Lynch!?!?
Injured WWE Superstars & Their Expected Return Dates
So between the growing injury report, title changes, and Survivor Series fallout, we are ready to update our WrestleMania predictions!
Brock Lesnar (champion) vs. AJ Styles
Last time I called for a Shield Triple Threat here, with Roman Reigns walking in as Universal Champion. Reigns obviously vacated that championship, and Brock is the new champion. Reigns’ announcement left WWE with big void to fill–the WrestleMania closer.
As I referenced on a recent Greg DeMarco Show, WWE (and any company worth its salt) books backwards from a set ending. This is why the WrestleMania focus is typically set by the week after the prior year’s event itself, to give the booker, writing teams and agents a focal point to guide their decision making. When Reigns steps away, the first order of business was “What do we do at WrestleMania?”
I believe the answer to that question was AJ Styles.
Survivor Series went from AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns to AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar to Daniel Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar–and the latter delivered an amazing and unique match that isn’t getting the love it deserves.
AJ Styles is the perfect story for WrestleMania. Signed to be a mid-carder, AJ has exceeded expectations within WWE, and has shown the ability to deliver in all scenarios. A Royal Rumble win and subsequent match with Brock Lesnar would have MetLife Stadium rocking, delivering the ultimate feel-good moment for WWE and likely the top highlight in a career full of highlights for AJ Styles.
Before you ask, yes I have read the rumors of Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins at ‘Mania. Doesn’t mean I believe them!
Raw Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey (champion) vs. Charlotte Flair
Becky Lynch has set the world on fire, and I am among her top fans. But I also live in a place called reality, and I don’t see this match changing at all. I called this match last time, and for months everyone has been calling for this match to close the show (I don’t think it does).
The finish of their Survivor Series match served only to continue us on our path to Rousey-Flair at WrestleMania 35. Rousey said herself (in a red-carpet interview before Evolution) that she wants to take time off and have a family. She’s also struggling with life on the road.
WWE is building Charlotte Flair’s legacy. She ended Asuka’a “streak” at WrestleMania 34, and she is going to serve Ronda Rousey with her first loss at WrestleMania 35. Becky will be just fine, as another round of Becky-Charlotte after WrestleMania will do big business, and likely see both women main eventing house shows and possibly a pay-per-view along the way.
Becky Lynch vs. Nia Jax
Talk about things changing! In my first round of WrestleMania predictions, I said we’d get Asuka challenging Becky Lynch. I assume Becky will end up dropping (or forfeiting) the Smackdown Women’s Championship soon enough, and I think Asuka is still in a championship match at WrestleMania.
But Becky Lynch vs. Nia Jax is MONEY. I know it’s not Lynch-Rousey, which we may have been robbed of thanks to that errant punch thrown by Nia Jax. But assuming Rousey-Flair is in stone (as I am), the next best thing is for Becky Lynch to get her hands on Nia Jax in front of 90,000 rabid fans in the New York/New Jersey area. Nia is finally settling in as a heat magnet, and “The Man” is the true people’s champion.
Becky doesn’t need Ronda at WrestleMania, Becky sells this WrestleMania match on her own–and that’s the biggest compliment you can give a WWE superstar.
Daniel Bryan (champion) vs. The Miz
I was originally going to slot Shane McMahon in as The Miz’s opponent, but I think that storyline gets tied up sometime during the TLC-Royal Rumble-Elimination Chamber run.
I had Miz pegged as your challenger for the WWE Championship (then held by AJ Styles) along with a Royal Rumble win. Now that AJ is in a different position, it only makes sense that Miz–who is creeping closer and closer to being a babyface on a daily basis–to emerge as Bryan’s challenger. Bryan will have his supporters over WrestleMania Weekend, but Miz has emerged as a favorite of the internet fanbase himself. This match can steal the show, and is worthy of a top spot at WrestleMania.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
I originally went with a Shield Triple Threat for WrestleMania 35, but that might have to wait a year. Instead we continue the issue between Ambrose and Rollins.
This is a much better match for Rollins, in my opinion. Yes, Lesnar is the money match, but Ambrose and Rollins will deliver big time, and the street fight stipulation only helps things.
I considered Hell In A Cell (which happened at WrestleManias 29 and 32), but the street fight makes sense here. If Roman is able to, an appearance either helping Rollins or celebrating at the end makes total sense as well.
The Undertaker vs. John Cena
No change from last time–to me this seems as “set in stone” as Rousey-Flair. (Mainly so I can be doubly wrong? Maybe…)
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
One thing that really stood out to me in Eric’s injury report today was that both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are expected back by WrestleMania. I was racking my brain to figure out what the company would do with Drew McIntyre, and this provided the answer.
Owens and Zayn will get a heroes welcome upon return, as that is the standard return pop for WWE superstars these days. Ziggler and McIntyre are amazing as heels, and I would bet money on Drew getting a mega-push after WrestleMania. McIntyre vs. Styles could be a major program for the company. It’s fresh, it’s exciting, and it would deliver.
I’d expect Kevin & Sami to go over (on Ziggler), with McIntyre turning on his partner and ending their year long alliance in the process.
There’s a lot more ground to cover outside of those matches. You have Shane McMahon, Asuka & the Smackdown Women’s Championship, United States Championship, Braun Strowman, Triple H (if he’s back), and more. This will be another packed WrestleMania for sure, so get ready for 5+ hours of action next April!
Top 5: Things I Learned From WWE Survivor Series 2018
WrestleMania… Faces and Heels… what was learned from WWE Survivor Series 2018?
Greg DeMarco is back with the things he learned from WWE Survivor Series 2018–five of them!
After a really fun and insightful NXT Takeover War Games, the main roster took the stage to see if they can “keep up.” I use quotes because I find that notion hilarious, but I know it’s out there so I’ll roll with it.
But I learned some things from Survivor Series as well, and they’re equally important. Let’s have a look, eh?
5. We’ve Hit The Reset Button On AJ Styles
It’s kind of a soft reset, but it’s still a reset… or headed towards one.
It’s easy to see that the original plan for this event was AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns, but Roman’s well documented condition forced a change of sorts. That brought us here.
Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship was necessary so the WWE can make their plans with AJ Styles. The man appeared on 32 straight WWE PPV events until Survivor Series, not missing a beat since his debut. He loses his WWE Championship on Tuesday, isn’t on the Survivor Series card, and has a 365 special on the network right after.
Here’s what I see: AJ will lose to Daniel Bryan at WWE TLC, and go on to win the Royal Rumble. He then gets Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, giving the internet smark happy crowd a moment they’ll cherish forever. Him not being there tonight was merely a step in that direction.
4. WWE Sees Money In Becky Lynch vs. Nia Jax
I know everyone thinks we are getting Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, but I never believed that to be the case. And after Survivor Series, I can’t see how anyone thinks that’s the case. It’s merely wishful thinking. The company laid the foundation for Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair II at WM35, and that path is crystal clear now.
But what about the real People’s Champion, Becky Lynch? My initial thought was her being challenged by Asuka at WrestleMania 35, but it seems like that isn’t happening. What could happen?
Becky is a pro, and WWE was smart enough to see there was money in Nia vs. Becky. And much like AJ Styles, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Don’t be shocked if Becky’s next match is the Royal Rumble, where she takes out Nia Jax and charts a course towards Met Life Stadium.
I know everyone wants to see Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch, but we are actually in a place now where we could see Ronda-Charlotte, Becky-Nia, plus Asuka in a Smackdown Women’s Championship Match, all at WrestleMania. That’s a huge win.
3. The Miz Is Brilliant
Yes, The Miz ultimately met his demise in the Men’s Elimination Match, but it wasn’t until AFTER he basically owned Shane McMahon in the process.
We all know Shane’s crazy, right? He did his trademark elbow from the top rope through a table on Braun, and that’s probably the 15th time he’s done it. That doesn’t include a career full of other crazy spots.
Miz, like the rest of us, knows this, and used it against Shane by getting him to do Coast 2 Coast twice after he was visibly hurt.
Why? Because Shane ain’t saying no!
Miz knew he was opposite Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley. He knew that even if Team Smackdown won, they still had two more matches against Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar to win just to TIE.
So what did Miz do? He manipulated the manipulator, and likely set the ball in motion for his WrestleMania match.
And that’s why The Miz Is…Brilliant.
2. The Tag Team Division Is Still Really Good
The Kickoff Match was crazy entertaining, and The Bar vs. AOP was a fun battle of brutality before Big Show, Drake Maverick, and pee got involved.
That shows me that if we can carve out even a little more television time, the tag teams can be an asset. Makes me want to check out a house show, were tag team wrestling is the norm.
Maybe it’s time for a #TagTeamEvolution?
1. Faces And Heels Are Dead
This isn’t a new statement, but it needs to be the end of the discussion.
It’s over. Done. There are no more faces and heels. WWE doesn’t need them. More importantly, the WWE fans don’t need them.
The fans, both in the arena and on social media, reacted to drama. They reacted to twists and turns that made the show interesting. They didn’t care because Daniel Bryan was working heel, they cared that it was fresh. They didn’t care because Charlotte Flair “turned heel,” they cared because it was different. Becky Lynch is different. People are finding ways to be more edgy, and it’s clicking.
As the company moves into their new television deals, we might see entry into a new “era.” Little more attitude, little more aggression, little more edge.
It’s also real life. Most people have face and heel tendencies. Many TV characters aren’t 100% good or evil anymore. It makes total sense for WWE to follow suit. My only concern is that the one group that will have the most trouble with it is the internet fans.