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
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.