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John Cena is NOT The Greatest Wrestler Of All Time

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This is one of those opinion pieces that I am passionate about. When talking about the greatest wrestlers of all time, please do not lump John Cena in a category he does not belong.

After listening to a lengthy conversation the other day amongst wrestling fans over how superior the 16-time world champion was to any other performer in the history of professional wrestling, I felt the need to use my words instead of my voice, which would have cussed out these neophytes for their lack of knowledge.

There is Cena, who is a superstar and one of the greatest performers of all time. Then there are wrestlers like Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers, Ric Flair, Jack Brisco, The Funks and many others who put this business on the map. Cena helped it become more mainstream because of WWE’s constant need to move away from the purity of wrestling and step deeper into the sports entertainment abyss.

There are few who have enjoyed the success Cena has through his popularity and prowess in the ring. There is no denying he is the ultimate star, who has made the transition as this generation’s Hulk Hogan look seamless. But in a “wrestling match” can he hold a candle to those who open the door for him to walk through? The answer is a resounding “No.”

It’s a resume many would be proud to have. There are 25 championships throughout his career, 16 world titles. He is a five-time United States Champion and a four-time world tag team champion. Most wrestlers would do anything to have half the championship success as “The Champ” has had.

After beating A.J. Styles for his 16th title at the 2017 Royal Rumble, I wrote a column on another website stating the win was hollow, anti-climatic and an insult to how Flair was by far a superior champion. I still believe that today. WWE has done a better job if respecting their brand titles with longer championship reigns. There is little doubt in my mind Cena’s run as company champion is done with.

With Cena’s age (41), his movie career and other business dealings and the company’s desire to move forward (unless the company needs to move more tickets so they bring in aging veterans to get us all amped up a bit), the debate will continue about Cena and his place in wrestling history.

Is he a great performer? One of the best of all time. Is he the greatest champion of all time? Not even close. Cena has never been a wrestler first and performer second. Just like Hulk Hogan. Just like The Rock. Just like Triple H. All three are on a list of the greats of all time. Some would debate if that’s because of wrestler or entertainment.

For Cena, it’s about entertainment. The rest continues to be an open debate.

 

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Joe’s Lucha Libre Weekly: News & Analysis (12/9/10)

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What happened in CMLL, AAA, and the world of Lucha Libre this week? Joe Dinan has you covered!




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Last Friday Arena Mexico

So this was the Legends of Mexico show or Leyenda de Mexicana. The main event was a legends match which… wasn’t exactly good. It’s fun to see legends in the ring, and that’s why the fans were there but judging from a match point of view they couldn’t really move well. The match included Rayo de Jalisco, Atlantis, and Blue Panther vs Mascara Ano 2000, Canek, and Villano IV. In fairness Blue Panther can still move really well for his age. Rayo, Blue Panther, and Atlantis won the match. There was a 6 man tag titles match between Los Guerrero’s facing Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. Los Guerrero’s retained their titles. Mano Negra, Solar, and Felino faced off against Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada who hasn’t been in Arena Mexico for 25 years, and Negro Navarro. That match was okay.

Arena Puebla Monday Show

The main event saw Rush and Terrible facing Volador and Diamante Azul. Volador and Azul won the match and at the end Terrible wanted to face Volador in a match. That’ll happen in the future I assume. Co Main event saw Atlantis, Soberano, and Valiente facing Felino, Bucanero, and Cavernario. It was a fun match with the latter winning.

Arena Mexico Tuesday Show

The main event of this show saw Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero facing Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja. This was a fun match which saw the latter winning. I feel like they’re setting up an Atlantis match with Sanson out of this. Titan, Triton, and Esfinge faced off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto. It was a really fun match with Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto winning. Misterioso defeated Black Panther in a lightning match as well.

Arena Mexico Friday

The card this Friday sees the main event being Volador Jr facing Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match. It doesn’t appear that the heavyweight championship is on the line. Atlantis, Valiente, and Azul face Rush, Terrible, and Cavernario in the co main event. This really isn’t that big or important of a show based off the match card. I don’t expect the attendance to be over 10,000 this week.




AAA

AAA was live on Twitch on December 2nd. Every title was on the line but the story during the show was Brian Cage sent in a video message with Melissa Santos explaining in Spanish that he had a ton of injuries and couldn’t make it to the show. I think that was just to save face since Fenix also couldn’t wrestle because Cage just worked a match on Wednesday. Fenix comes out to cut a promo and explain things. The fans boo him because AAA stupidly kept promoting the match knowing for 9 days that Fenix wasn’t going to wrestle. He even mentioned it on their Lucha Capital show on Facebook the previous Wednesday. The false advertisement and use of card subject to change to trick the fans is bullshit. Subject to change means the card changes if an injury or last minute thing happens. It’s not a free pass to advertise matches you know you’re never going to do. Anyway on to the card.

Lady Shani won the title in the first match. Keyra was supposed to be in the match to make it a 5 way but she was at a WWE try out in Chile. So it was a four way and Scarlett Bordeaux left the match mid way through. So Shani won the match after Faby had a spat with the ref. The next match built on the angle of Mascara and Maximo. Mascara and his team win the match further continuing the feud. There’s talks of Maximo and Mascara being in a hair vs hair match.

Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Angelikal who is now called Myzteziz Jr, as AAA La Parka pronounced him earlier in the show (Have fun typing Myzteziz.), faced Porde de Norte for the 6 man tag titles. The story going in here was the former team beat Porde de Norte 3 straight times so conventional thinking is they won’t win this match, but they actually did, crowning new champs. There was an impromptu match afterwards where Vikingo was taken out by the OGTs and La Parka replaced him. They still beat the OGTs, later we learned this match was because there was no Fenix vs Cage match.

Pagano and Joe Lider faced Ciclope and Miedo Extremo and Texano and Rey Escorpion for the tag titles in a hardcore match. It wasn’t as hardcore as the previous matches but it was still pretty hardcore. Texano and Rey retain their titles. Fantasma faced Drago to defend his Latin American championship. The story of the match was Fantasma was dominating and Drago just kept kicking out and Drago basically rolled him up for the win. As said before Cage and Fenix didn’t wrestle.

The main event was between Blue Demon Jr and Killer Kross facing Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown. Scarlett came out with Kross to distract. Vampiro came out to stop her but Kross kills him. Kross and Blue Demon ended up winning and Scarlett was hitting Wagner after the match. You know she’s going to get hers soon. Better not show anyone in the United States. They’ll complain to Roshfrans.

AAA on Twitch 12/8

There’s a show on the 8th which isn’t much of a star driven show. The main event features Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano facing Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Rey Escorpion. I’m sure Scarlett Bordeaux will be by ring side for that. The Co-Main event sees the OGTs facing Porde de Norte. That’s Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana. Aerostar will face Monster Clown in a special singles match. Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo and a luchador surprise who might just be Myzteziz Jr will face Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans.




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The 2018 WWE Slammy Awards (If They Existed)

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The WWE Slammys…aren’t happening! But you don’t have to go hungry as Steve Cook has you covered! See what he’s awarding for 2018.




Remember the Slammys?

Of course you do! The Slammy Awards were WWE’s answer to the Oscars, Emmys & all the other award shows I don’t watch. They seem to come & go in spurts. The first two took place in 1986 & 1987. After seven years away, the Slammys came back for 1994, 1996 & 1997. Eleven years passed, and starting in 2008 the Slammys had their longest run of success, taking place once a year through 2015.

Then they stopped. We’re not sure why, other than Vince McMahon seems to lose interest with the idea every so often. Some of the Slammys shows were better than others. I enjoyed the 96 & 97 editions that took place the night before WrestleMania, before WrestleMania Weekend was a thing. I remember the Dennis Miller-hosted edition not going so well, proving once and for all that Todd Pettengill was a superior performer. The later editions were fun for the most part though.

I feel that one thing missing from WWE these days is fun. Bringing back the Slammys would be a good way to liven things up on the Red Brand. If there were Slammys this year, here are some of the categories & winners I think we would have…

WWE Network Show of the Year: Something Else To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

I’m still kind of amazed that WWE agreed to this. One of the most popular wrestling podcasts for quite some time has been the one that Conrad Thompson hosts with former WWE creative team member/talent relations employee/talk show host/whatever the hell else he did there back in the day Bruce Prichard. Whether or not Bruce tells the truth 100% of the time, the stories he tells have been interesting enough to keep people coming back. WWE decided to bring Bruce & Conrad in-house for a show on the Network similar to the podcast. By “similar” I mean three hours shorter and with less curse words.

If you’re like me, your interest in podcasts depends on the topic. There were episodes of this I was very interested to watch. There were episodes I didn’t bother with because I didn’t care about the topic. I’m just amazed that this existed, and I have no idea if they’re coming back for a second season, but if they are I’ll click on the episodes of stuff that interests me.

Which is a step up from most WWE Network shows.




Surprise Return of the Year: Shawn Michaels returns to the ring at Crown Jewel

The controversy surrounding this event almost made us forget that this actually happened. For years, Michaels swore up & down that he would never come back. He did in 2018. Most of us assume it was the sweet Saudi blood money that did it, but he claims it was the interesting opportunity to work with HHH, Undertaker & Kane again. People claim a lot of things.

OMG Moment of the Year: Daniel Bryan kicks AJ Styles in the groin

Daniel Bryan

You could really do a group pick for this and include all of the times AJ got hit in the groin in 2018. Or you could have a separate Slammy Award for Best Strike to AJ Styles’ Groin. I think Daniel’s takes precedence over the others, as it actually led to Styles losing the WWE Championship. It also led to Daniel saying he hoped his daughter would kick a hundred men in the groin, which was pretty hilarious.




Double-Cross of the Year: Dean Ambrose turns against Seth Rollins

Dean Ambrose Seth Rollins WWE

Out of all the face/heel turns this year, the one that took place the same night that their mutual friend announced that his leukemia had come back has to take center stage. The turn was pushed ahead to that night to get the biggest response. Yet, I feel like it also had the effect of getting people to turn off the show, which makes sense to some degree. As depressing as Roman Reigns taking time off to deal with a disease was, his fans surely would have stuck around to see his friends. Once one turned on the other, why care? I think WWE made that one episode of Raw so depressing that people didn’t want to come back.

It didn’t help that future episodes were dominated by the presence of Baron Corbin. I mean, seriously, what the hell? If this was all Vince’s idea I support the existence of the XFL to keep him busy.

“Tell Me You Didn’t Just Say That” Insult of the Year: “I don’t respect Brock Lesnar, and I damn sure don’t fear that b*tch.” – Roman Reigns

The Big Dog was on fire this night.

“This is Awesome!” Moment of the Year: WWE Evolution

Evolution

We would need a moment on the Slammys for WWE to pat itself on the back for the Women’s Evolution, and what better way than to give the first all-women’s PPV the Moment of the Year award? Makes sense to me, and there were a fair share of “This is Awesome” chants that night.




Hashtag of the Year: #TheMan

Becky Lynch Face Of WWE

Has anybody in WWE owned Twitter like Becky Lynch has this year? Absolutely not. She has been Straight Fire on that platform throughout 2018, and eventually it translated to the ring. When I first saw her trying to get “The Man” over as a nickname I rolled my eyes, but I’ll be goddamned if everybody else didn’t go along with it, and eventually I did too.

Rivalry of the Year: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair WWE Women

Early on, these two promised not to be like Sasha Banks & Bayley, who will probably get votes for Worst Feud of the Year wherever people do these things. At the time, it was insinuated that Charlotte & Becky’s friendship was stronger, but I think most of us knew that it wasn’t. Sasha & Bayley’s temporary struggles were more awkward because their friendship was real. No matter what happened, they couldn’t quit each other. We’ve all had friendships like that. Maybe something happens that should make it end, but we keep hanging on due to our love for the other person.

Becky was quicker to quit Charlotte, even if Charlotte still seems to think there’s something there. I think that helps the feud, honestly. Sometimes mutal hate isn’t as strong as unrequited hate, especially if the matches go along with the story.

Match of the Year: Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

WrestleMania 34 Kurt Angle Ronda Rousey Stephanie McMahon Triple H

This match had a lot of things going for it. It was Ronda’s first match. It was a rare wrestling appearance from Kurt, Triple H & Stephanie. There was definitely car wreck potential, but it was an entertaining piece of business. NXT has had tons of five-star matches this year, and I’m sure some of you are wondering why I’m not listing one of them. I think this one would get the votes from the WWE Universe, and the people backstage.




NXT Superstar of the Year: Velveteen Dream

Dream seems like the cool kid with the NXT fans these days, so I assume he’d get the vote.

Breakout Star of the Year: Braun Strowman

Braun Strowman

I feel like at some point this would have been the actual answer, now it’s kind of default because I can’t think of anything better. Maybe Drew McIntyre?

Tag Team of the Year: Sasha Banks & Bayley

Sasha Banks Bayley WWE

Another one I have no idea about. Most of the options on the men’s side have had mixed success this year. The Usos & New Day have been kinda there. The Bar’s had some good stretches. Most of the good teams on Raw have broken up. It seemed like Sasha & Bayley were going to break up for months, but they stuck together. If I’m giving Charlotte & Becky rivalry of the year, giving Sasha & Bayley tag team of the year makes sense.

Right? Sure.




Woman of the Year: Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey Triple H Intergender Wrestling

A lot of women have had good years. One would expect the Raw women’s champion with the most mainstream appeal to get the vote though. It’d also give her rivals another reason to hate her, which is always good.

Man of the Year: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns

There are a couple of legitimate candidates here. AJ Styles held the WWE Championship for most of the year. Seth Rollins has been burning it down throughout 2018. At the end of the day, I think Reigns gets the votes. I assume they don’t bring him back for this, so Ambrose can accept on his best friend’s behalf and do something heelish to continue that story.

Now doesn’t this sound like a better way to spend three hours than most recent episodes of Raw have been?




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