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The Chairshot Staff Picks: WrestleMania XXXV

WRESTLEMANIA XXXV 

The Grand Daddy of them all is finally here! WrestleMania XXXV has provided us with a stellar card. Eight title matches, two battle royals, two 4-way tag title matches, no holds barred, a retirement match and the first ever women’s MAIN EVENT at Mania. Let’s see how clearly The Chairshot staff can see into Vince’s crystal ball…

Women’s Battle Royal

  • Abe Odeh – Ruby Riot
  • Brad Jay – Nikki Cross
  • Brandon King – Lacey Evans
  • Bobby Fernandes – Sonya Deville
  • Carol Cassada – Lacey Evans
  • David Levin – Sonya Deville
  • Harry Broadhurst – Asuka
  • Jason Shufletowski – Mandy Rose
  • Kevin Carrol – Sonya Deville
  • Korey Gunz – Mandy Rose
  • Main Event Zone – Lacey Evans
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Lacey Evans
  • Rey Ca$h – Lacey Evans
  • Rob Bonnette – Asuka
  • Sarah Hirsch – Asuka
  • Scott Mcleod – Alexa Bliss
  • Steve Cook – Asuka
  • Steven Mitchell – Asuka
  • Tiffany Carter – Naomi
  • Miranda Morales – Sonya Deville
  • Elisa Maria – Asuka
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Mandy Rose
  • Dave Ungar – Lacey Evans
  • DPP – Nikki Cross
  • Andrew Balaz – Shana Baszler
  • Chris Platt – Asuka
  • Greg DeMarco – Rhea Ripley

Tunney’s Take: Seems like a good spot for Lacey Evans to begin her assent to the top of the Women’s division. My pick is Lacey Evans

The Chairshot – Asuka-25% Lacey Evans-25% #UseYourHead

Andre The Royal Giant Memorial Battle Rumble

  • Abe Odeh – Kevin Owens
  • Brad Jay – Andrade
  • Brandon King – Braun Strowman
  • Bobby Fernandes – EC3
  • Carol Cassada – Andrade
  • David Levin – Curt Hawkins
  • Harry Broadhurst – Gronk
  • Jason Shufletowski – Braun Strowman
  • Kevin Carrol – Braun Strowman
  • Korey Gunz – EC3
  • Main Event Zone – Braun Strowman
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Braun Strowman
  • Rey Ca$h – Braun Strowman
  • Rob Bonnette – Braun Strowman
  • Sarah Hirsch – Braun Strowman
  • Scott Mcleod – Otis Dozovic
  • Steve Cook – Braun Strowman
  • Steven Mitchell – Braun Strowman
  • Tiffany Carter – Braun Strowman
  • Miranda Morales – Braun Strowman
  • Elisa Maria – Braun Strowman
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Braun Strowman
  • Dave Ungar – Braun Strowman
  • DPP – EC3
  • Andrew Balaz – Colin Jost
  • Chris Platt – Colin Jost
  • Greg DeMarco – Braun Strowman

Tunney’s Take: I’m joining my brothers in war(PODisWAR). If David Arquette can be WCW world heavyweight champion, then a co-anchor from SNL’s Weekend Update can win this. My pick is Colin Jost

The Chairshot – Braun Strowman-58% #UseYourHead

Buddy Murphy(c) v Tony Nese

  • Abe Odeh – Murphy
  • Brad Jay – Nese
  • Brandon King – Murphy
  • Bobby Fernandes – Murphy
  • Carol Cassada – Nese
  • David Levin – Murphy
  • Harry Broadhurst – Nese
  • Jason Shufletowski – Murphy
  • Kevin Carrol – Murphy
  • Korey Gunz – Murphy
  • Main Event Zone – Nese
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Murphy
  • Rey Ca$h – Nese
  • Rob Bonnette – Murphy
  • Sarah Hirsch – Murphy
  • Scott Mcleod – Murphy
  • Steve Cook – Murphy
  • Steven Mitchell – Nese
  • Tiffany Carter – Murphy
  • Miranda Morales – Murphy
  • Elisa Maria – Murphy
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Murphy
  • Dave Ungar – Murphy
  • DPP – Murphy
  • Andrew Balaz – Murphy
  • Chris Platt – Murphy
  • Greg DeMarco – Murphy

Tunney’s Take: I see Buddy Murphy more likely to have a Mania moment here in defending than Nese winning 205 gold. My pick is Buddy Murphy

The Chairshot – Buddy Murphy 21-7 #UseYourHead

Usos(c) v The Bar v Rusev & Nakamura v Black & Ricochet

  • Abe Odeh – Usos
  • Brad Jay – Rusev & Nakamura
  • Brandon King – Usos
  • Bobby Fernandes – Black & Ricochet
  • Carol Cassada – Usos
  • David Levin – Rusev & Nakamura
  • Harry Broadhurst – Usos
  • Jason Shufletowski – Black & Ricochet
  • Kevin Carrol – Usos
  • Korey Gunz – Usos
  • Main Event Zone – Usos
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Usos
  • Rey Ca$h – Usos
  • Rob Bonnette – Usos
  • Sarah Hirsch – Black & Ricochet
  • Scott Mcleod – Usos
  • Steve Cook – Usos
  • Steven Mitchell – Black & Ricochet
  • Tiffany Carter – Usos
  • Miranda Morales – Usos
  • Elisa Maria – Black & Ricochet
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Usos
  • Dave Ungar – Usos
  • DPP – Usos
  • Andrew Balaz – Rusev & Nakamura
  • Chris Platt – The Bar
  • Greg DeMarco – Usos

Tunney’s Take: I just have a feeling that there will be a title change here, don’t ask me why lol. Maybe the Usos are on their way to RAW. My pick is The Bar

The Chairshot – The Usos-65% #UseYourHead

Sasha & Bayley(c) v Nia & Tamina v Natalya & Beth v IIconics

  • Abe Odeh – Nia & Tamina
  • Brad Jay – Sasha & Bayley
  • Brandon King – Sasha & Bayley
  • Bobby Fernandes – Sasha & Bayley
  • Carol Cassada – Sasha & Bayley
  • David Levin – Natalya & Beth
  • Harry Broadhurst – IIconics
  • Jason Shufletowski – Sasha & Bayley
  • Kevin Carrol – Sasha & Bayley
  • Korey Gunz – Sasha & Bayley
  • Main Event Zone – Sasha & Bayley
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Sasha & Bayley
  • Rey Ca$h – IIconics
  • Rob Bonnette – Sasha & Bayley
  • Sarah Hirsch – IIconics
  • Scott Mcleod – Sasha & Bayley
  • Steve Cook – Sasha & Bayley
  • Steven Mitchell – IIconics
  • Tiffany Carter – Sasha & Bayley
  • Miranda Morales – Sasha & Bayley
  • Elisa Maria – Sasha & Bayley
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Sasha & Bayley
  • Dave Ungar – Sasha & Bayley
  • DPP – Sasha & Bayley
  • Andrew Balaz – Sasha & Bayley
  • Chris Platt – Nia & Tamina
  • Greg DeMarco -Sasha & Bayley

Tunney’s Take: I can see any one of these teams walking out of Mania as champions. Now when you put the emphasis on TEAM, one pairing stands out. My pick is the IIconics

The Chairshot – Sasha & Bayley-72% #UseYourHead

Bobby Lashley(c) v Demon Balor

  • Abe Odeh – Demon
  • Brad Jay – Demon
  • Brandon King – Demon
  • Bobby Fernandes – Demon
  • Carol Cassada – Demon
  • David Levin – Demon
  • Harry Broadhurst – Demon
  • Jason Shufletowski – Demon
  • Kevin Carrol – Demon
  • Korey Gunz – Demon
  • Main Event Zone – Demon
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Demon
  • Rey Ca$h – Demon
  • Rob Bonnette – Demon
  • Sarah Hirsch – Demon
  • Scott Mcleod – Demon
  • Steve Cook – Demon
  • Steven Mitchell – Demon
  • Tiffany Carter – Demon
  • Miranda Morales – Demon
  • Elisa Maria – Demon
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Demon
  • Dave Ungar – Demon
  • DPP – Demon
  • Andrew Balaz – Demon
  • Chris Platt – Lashley
  • Greg DeMarco – Demon

Tunney’s Take: Nobody thinks Demon Balor is going to lose here, not even Platt. My pick is Demon Balor

The Chairshot – Demon Balor 27-1 #UseYourHead

Samoa Joe(c) v Rey Mysterio

  • Abe Odeh – Rey
  • Brad Jay – Joe
  • Brandon King – Rey
  • Bobby Fernandes – Joe
  • Carol Cassada – Joe
  • David Levin – Joe
  • Harry Broadhurst – Joe
  • Jason Shufletowski – Joe
  • Kevin Carrol – Rey
  • Korey Gunz – Joe
  • Main Event Zone – Joe
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Joe
  • Rey Ca$h – Joe
  • Rob Bonnette – Joe
  • Sarah Hirsch – Joe
  • Scott Mcleod – Joe
  • Steve Cook – Joe
  • Steven Mitchell – Joe
  • Tiffany Carter – Joe
  • Miranda Morales – Joe
  • Elisa Maria – Joe
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Joe
  • Dave Ungar – Joe
  • DPP – Joe
  • Andrew Balaz – Joe
  • Chris Platt – Rey
  • Greg DeMarco – Rey

Tunney’s Take: I have really enjoyed Samoa Joe as US champ. Notice the past tense there. I see a big win for Rey and a great match from these two Sunday. My pick is Rey Mysterio

The Chairshot – Samoa Joe 22-6 #UseYourHead

Shane McMahon v The MiZ

  • Abe Odeh – MiZ
  • Brad Jay – MiZ
  • Brandon King – MiZ
  • Bobby Fernandes – MiZ
  • Carol Cassada – MiZ
  • David Levin – MiZ
  • Harry Broadhurst – MiZ
  • Jason Shufletowski – MiZ
  • Kevin Carrol – MiZ
  • Korey Gunz – MiZ
  • Main Event Zone – MiZ
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – MiZ
  • Rey Ca$h – MiZ
  • Rob Bonnette – MiZ
  • Sarah Hirsch – MiZ
  • Scott Mcleod – MiZ
  • Steve Cook – MiZ
  • Steven Mitchell – Shane
  • Tiffany Carter – MiZ
  • Miranda Morales – MiZ
  • Elisa Maria – MiZ
  • Patrick O’Dowd – MiZ
  • Dave Ungar – MiZ
  • DPP – MiZ
  • Andrew Balaz – MiZ
  • Chris Platt – Shane
  • Greg DeMarco – MiZ

Tunney’s Take: Shane is about due for some time off. The MiZ is red hot right now on the mic, with his reality show and with the fans. I see MiZ back in major title contention soon. My pick is the MiZ

The Chairshot – The MiZ 26-2 #UseYourHead

Randy Orton v AJ Styles

  • Abe Odeh – Styles
  • Brad Jay – Styles
  • Brandon King – Orton
  • Bobby Fernandes – Orton
  • Carol Cassada – Orton
  • David Levin – Double Count Out
  • Harry Broadhurst – Orton
  • Jason Shufletowski – Orton
  • Kevin Carrol – Styles
  • Korey Gunz – Orton
  • Main Event Zone – Styles
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Styles
  • Rey Ca$h – Orton
  • Rob Bonnette – Styles
  • Sarah Hirsch – Styles
  • Scott Mcleod – Orton
  • Steve Cook – Orton
  • Steven Mitchell – Styles
  • Tiffany Carter – Styles
  • Miranda Morales – Orton
  • Elisa Maria – Orton
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Orton
  • Dave Ungar – Orton
  • DPP – Styles
  • Andrew Balaz – Orton
  • Chris Platt – Styles
  • Greg DeMarco – Orton

Tunney’s Take: Dave Ungar told me this was his most difficult match to pick. I agree! As far as the actual in ring matches Sunday, this is what I’m looking forward to most. My pick is Randy Orton

The Chairshot – Randy Orton 16-11-1 #UseYourHead

Roman Reigns v Drew McIntyre

  • Abe Odeh – Roman
  • Brad Jay – McIntyre
  • Brandon King – Roman
  • Bobby Fernandes – Roman
  • Carol Cassada – Roman
  • David Levin – McIntyre
  • Harry Broadhurst – McIntrye
  • Jason Shufletowski – Roman
  • Kevin Carrol – Roman
  • Korey Gunz – Roman
  • Main Event Zone – Roman
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – McIntyre
  • Rey Ca$h – Roman
  • Rob Bonnette – Roman
  • Sarah Hirsch – Roman
  • Scott Mcleod – Roman
  • Steve Cook – Roman
  • Steven Mitchell – Roman
  • Tiffany Carter – Roman
  • Miranda Morales – Roman
  • Elisa Maria – McIntyre
  • Patrick O’Dowd – McIntyre
  • Dave Ungar – Roman
  • DPP – McIntyre
  • Andrew Balaz – McIntyre
  • Chris Platt – Roman
  • Greg DeMarco – McIntyre

Tunney’s Take: Vince wasn’t impressed with him enough in the first go around and I just don’t see things changing that much. Him being McIntyre of course. Roman with a feel-good win here. My pick is Roman Reigns

The Chairshot – Roman Reigns 19-9 #UseYourHead

Kurt Angle v Baron Corbin

  • Abe Odeh – Corbin
  • Brad Jay – Angle
  • Brandon King – Angle
  • Bobby Fernandes – Corbin
  • Carol Cassada – Angle
  • David Levin – Angle
  • Harry Broadhurst – Angle
  • Jason Shufletowski – Angle
  • Kevin Carrol – Angle
  • Korey Gunz – Angle
  • Main Event Zone – Angle
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Angle
  • Rey Ca$h – Corbin
  • Rob Bonnette – Corbin
  • Sarah Hirsch – Angle
  • Scott Mcleod – Corbin
  • Steve Cook – Angle
  • Steven Mitchell – Angle
  • Tiffany Carter – Angle
  • Miranda Morales – Corbin
  • Elisa Maria – Angle
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Angle
  • Dave Ungar – Angle
  • DPP – Angle
  • Andrew Balaz – Angle
  • Chris Platt – Corbin
  • Greg DeMarco – Corbin

Tunney’s Take: Listen, I’m still holding out hope we get Angle v Cena. My pick is Kurt Angle

The Chairshot – Kurt Angle 20-8 #UseYourHead

HHH v Batista

  • Abe Odeh – HHH
  • Brad Jay – HHH
  • Brandon King – HHH
  • Bobby Fernandes – HHH
  • Carol Cassada – HHH
  • David Levin – HHH
  • Harry Broadhurst – HHH
  • Jason Shufletowski – HHH
  • Kevin Carrol – HHH
  • Korey Gunz – Batista
  • Main Event Zone – HHH
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – HHH
  • Rey Ca$h – HHH
  • Rob Bonnette – HHH
  • Sarah Hirsch – Batista
  • Scott Mcloed – Batista
  • Steve Cook – HHH
  • Steven Mitchell – HHH
  • Tiffany Carter – Batista
  • Miranda Morales – Batista
  • Elisa Maria – HHH
  • Patrick O’Dowd – HHH
  • Dave Ungar – HHH
  • DPP – HHH
  • Andrew Balaz – HHH
  • Chris Platt – Batista
  • Greg DeMarco – HHH

Tunney’s Take: I just don’t see this being HHH’s last match, plain and simple. My pick is HHH

The Chairshot – HHH 22-6 #UseYourHead

Daniel Bryan v Kofi Kingston

  • Abe Odeh – Kofi
  • Brad Jay – DB
  • Brandon King – Kofi
  • Bobby Fernandes – Kofi
  • Carol Cassada – Kofi
  • David Levin – Kofi
  • Harry Broadhurst – Kofi
  • Jason Shufletowski – Kofi
  • Kevin Carrol – Kofi
  • Korey Gunz – Kofi
  • Main Event Zone – Kofi
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – DB
  • Rey Ca$h – Kofi
  • Rob Bonnette – Kofi
  • Sarah Hirsch – Kofi
  • Scott Mcleod – Kofi
  • Steve Cook – Kofi
  • Steven Mitchell – Kofi
  • Tiffany Carter – Kofi
  • Miranda Morales – Kofi
  • Elisa Maria – Kofi
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Kofi
  • Dave Ungar – Kofi
  • DPP – DB
  • Andrew Balaz – Kofi
  • Chris Platt – DB
  • Greg DeMarco – Kofi

Tunney’s Take: Another difficult prognostication here. Could this be how the unraveling of the New Day begins? My pick is Daniel Bryan

The Chairshot – Kofi Kingston 23-5 #UseYourHead

Brock Lesnar v Seth Rollins

  • Abe Odeh – Lesnar
  • Brad Jay – Rollins
  • Brandon King – Lesnar
  • Bobby Fernandes – Lesnar
  • Carol Cassada – Rollins
  • David Levin – Lesnar
  • Harry Broadhurst – Lesnar
  • Jason Shufletowski – Lesnar
  • Kevin Carrol – Rollins
  • Korey Gunz – Lesnar
  • Main Event Zone – Lesnar
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Rollins
  • Rey Ca$h – Rollins
  • Rob Bonnette – Rollins
  • Sarah Hirsch – Lesnar
  • Scott Mcleod – Rollins
  • Steve Cook – Lesnar
  • Steven Mitchell – Rollins
  • Tiffany Carter – Rollins
  • Miranda Morales – Rollins
  • Elisa Maria – Rollins
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Rollins
  • Dave Ungar – Lesnar
  • DPP – Rollins
  • Andrew Balaz – Lesnar
  • Chris Platt – Rollins
  • Greg DeMarco – Rollins

Tunney’s Take: Let me get right to the crazy here. This Universal title is not long for Lesnar. That doesn’t mean that Rollins will be the S.H.I.E.L.D. member to take it. RAW the next night or maybe at the next Saudi event, Vince’s favorite Roman Reigns will be victorious. My pick is Brock Lesnar

The Chairshot – Seth Rollins 15-13 #UseYourHead

Ronda Rousey(c) v Charlotte Flair(c) v Becky Lynch

  • Abe Odeh – Charlotte
  • Brad Jay – Becky
  • Brandon King – Becky
  • Bobby Fernandes – Becky
  • Carol Cassada – Becky
  • David Levin – Becky
  • Harry Broadhurst – Becky
  • Jason Shufletowski – Becky
  • Kevin Carrol – Becky
  • Korey Gunz – Becky
  • Main Event Zone – Becky
  • Mathew Sarpriacone – Becky
  • Rey Ca$h – Becky
  • Rob Bonnette – Becky
  • Sarah Hirsch – Becky
  • Scott Mcleod – Becky
  • Steve Cook – Becky
  • Steven Mitchell – Becky
  • Tiffany Carter – Becky
  • Miranda Morales – Becky
  • Elisa Maria – Becky
  • Patrick O’Dowd – Becky
  • Dave Ungar – Becky
  • DPP – Charlotte
  • Andrew Balaz – Becky
  • Chris Platt – Charlotte
  • Greg DeMarco – Becky

Tunney’s Take: The WWE Universe finally gets something they want. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Becky is always better chasing in my mind. Fighting against the odds and the establishment. I don’t see her holding either or both titles long but… My pick is Becky Lynch

The Chairshot – Becky Lynch 25-3 #UseYourHead

WrestleMania is a one of kind spectacle, so lose yourself in the moments provided. Once again, a BIG thank you to everyone for participating. My name is PC Tunney(@PCTunney) and you’ve been enjoying another edition of The Chairshot Staff Picks, only on THECHAIRSHOT.com #UseYourHead


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Cook’s Top 5: Royal Rumble Diesel Pushes

The Royal Rumble is right around the corner, and someone’s Diesel Push might be on the way! Steve Cook looks back at the Top 5, including Diesel himself!

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The Royal Rumble is right around the corner, and someone’s Diesel Push might be on the way! Steve Cook looks back at the Top 5 such pushes, including the man himself, Diesel!

You guys might have heard about this. The Royal Rumble is coming up on January 31! Thirty men & thirty women will compete in battle royals to determine who will get a title shot at WrestleMania. The winners will certainly receive a boost in attention and esteem, but there are other ways to stand out in a Rumble match.

One way: Eliminate a bunch of people!

It’s known by us geeks as the Diesel push. One individual, typically a large one, runs over the competition in a short amount of time and helps get rid of some of the deadwood in the ring. An important part of any Royal Rumble.

Here are the top 5 recipients of the Diesel Push! (There are six listed)

5. Great Khali (2007)

Khali always got things done in short order. This is why it doesn’t surprise me that 7 eliminations in 3:45 is the craziest stat in Royal Rumble history. The man knew what his job was, and he didn’t waste any time. He was also self-aware enough to know that his stamina wasn’t the best, he had a good number at 28, so if he threw everybody out as quickly as possible, he had a pretty good chance.

The downfall in Khali’s strategy? Undertaker was number 30. Tough break, kid. It probably looked really good to Khali when Miz pre-teaming with John Morrison came out at 29, and hopefully 30 would be somebody in that same category, but nah, it was Undertaker.

4. CM Punk (2011)

We all know that CM Punk’s push in WWE became bigger during 2011. We don’t know if that was originally intended or not, but things seemed to be picking up for him at the Rumble. At the time, Punk had taken control of The Nexus from Wade Barrett, so he had plenty of backup to support him during matches like thus one. Which he needed, since he drew #1. Fortunately, many of his Nexus minions also drew low numbers, so he was able to last thirty-five minutes and eliminate seven people.

The difference between this & most Diesel pushes: Punk was already a bit of a star at this point. He became a bigger one later in the year. The Rumble probably didn’t have much to do with it, but it didn’t hurt either.

3. Shayna Baszler & Bianca Belair (2020)

The 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble saw a pair of dominant women. Shayna Baszler was rewarded a little earlier. She got a Raw Women’s Championship match against Becky Lynch at WrestleMania. The less said other than that sentence, the better.

Bianca Belair eliminated the same number of women that Baszler did, which was eight if you’re scoring at home, or even if you’re alone. It took some time, but as I write this here & now, Belair is finally getting to show her skills on main roster TV. Completely outclassed Bayley on an obstacle course, proving to be a superior athlete. Doesn’t always translate to pro wrestling, but I won’t deny Bianca’s athletic ability.

Two Diesel pushes in one match is a bit much, but I see what they were going for here.

2. Roman Reigns (2014)

The Shield had been picking up momentum throughout 2013, and it seemed like they were on the verge of big things. Maybe a face turn, maybe the group splitting up, probably both because that’s usually what happens when members of a group start getting over. The 2014 Royal Rumble provided a good opportunity to make the Shield members into stars on their own. Seth Rollins entered second & lasted over forty-eight minutes. Dean Ambrose had a solid showing at over thirty-three minutes.

However, it was the Big Dog that stood out from the pack. Roman Reigns entered fifteenth and was the last person eliminated by the winner, Batista. Prior to that, he set a Royal Rumble record, eliminating twelve people. Including Rollins & Ambrose! The record lasted until the Greatest Royal Rumble match, where Braun Strowman eliminated thirteen people. There were fifty people in that match though, so it wasn’t quite as dominant.

Reigns’ performance was somewhat overshadowed by the lack of Daniel Bryan and the match ending up being CM Punk’s last, but it was still an important part of his push to the main event.

1. Diesel (1994)

It’s a tough call between the original recipient of the Diesel Push and the Big Dog. Why do we go with Diesel? For me, it’s where both men started from. Reigns was already seen as a viable future star in the eyes of many fans. We tend to forget it now since the fans turned on Reigns once he got the push, but the man got over pretty well with the smart fans as a Shield member, even with the other two members having more indy cred. You could tell Roman was going places.

Diesel? Well, he was tall and had good hair. He was barely even a wrestler though! Diesel came into the WWF as Shawn Michaels’ bodyguard, and spent most of his time prior to the 1994 Rumble backing up the Boy Toy. To be honest, most of us that had seen Diesel’s run in WCW as Vinnie Vegas were happier to see him in the bodyguard role than as a wrestler. He wasn’t seen as a future main eventer or world champion or anything like that, until the Rumble match.

After the Diesel push, Kevin Nash was ready to shine.


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Rob: Has Pro Wrestling Become Too Soft?

The Undertaker took the online wrestling community by storm with his comments on the current product, and Rob offers some perspective!

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The Undertaker took the online wrestling community by storm with his comments on the current product, and Rob offers some perspective!

So……the Undertaker had some things to say about how the kids today just aren’t doing it the way they did back in his day, and that it’s hurting the product.  In short he said it was harder to watch now because it was soft, and the guys weren’t real enough men – they spend too much time trying to look good and do things like play video games instead of packing heat.  Uhh………yeah………ok, Mr Callaway.

Now look, we can talk about the ring work – I for one think that there are way too many matches that look more like a gymnastics floor routine than what’s supposed to be a fight, from the indies all the way up to the WWE.  If he wants to stick to that than I think he’s worth listening to.  But that’s not what he focused on.  No, he spoke about how guys used to carry guns and knives in their bags, and that guys ‘handled stuff’ back in the day, and weren’t so occupied with grooming or playing video games with each other.  And that the changed behavior over the last few years has made the overall wrestling product harder to enjoy.  Help me out here but I don’t see how playing video games with each other and paying more attention to how you look, smell, etc makes for a worse wrestling product.  The ring action, sure.  The promos, which I didn’t see mentioned in the quotes I saw, sure.  Whether or not you do your hair…..really?  Does he not remember the many male wrestlers of days gone by who were sold to women fans as good looking men they’d want to go home with?  The Von Erich boys, the Rock on Roll Express, Ravishing Rick Rude, the Fantastics, Magnum TA?  Does he not remember commentary damn near yelling out loud ‘HEY LADIES, AREN”T THESE DUDES HOT?’ when those guys and many others were in the ring?  Does he not remember guys like ‘Gorgeous’ Jimmy Garvin, who was a proverbial man’s man but also had his valet (his real life wife Precious) spraying his hair while he was cutting promos?

But I got another question:

What kind of locker room does he think should exist? 

One where guys are dropping dead before the age of 50 or are concussed into oblivion?  Or one where they can work longer and not look pathetic if they so chose, or move on early if they want?

One where guys like Darren Young and Jake Atlas have to stay in the closet or where they can be out and accepted, where a guy like Randy Orton with his own checkered history will come up to them and say ‘if anyone gives you any crap, let me know?’

One where guys mostly keep each other out of trouble by doing things like……playing video games together or one where they’re out closing down the bar every night, getting into it with the police, etc.?

One where the men engage in all kinds of trifling behavior towards the women on the roster or one where they get along well enough for there to be genuine friendships where people look out for each other and even form some lasting romantic relationships?

And lastly in regards to guys carrying knives and guns instead of video games, do you want a locker room where guys work things out in a more civilized manner or one like where Bruiser Brody was stabbed to death?

Now he’s not the only one who says this kind of stuff.  A lot of guys from his generation have offered similar sentiments and there are a lot of podcasters who pine for the days when things felt more real and what not.  Well if we’re gonna keep it 100 a lot of those gave off more gravitas and sounded more real because they were legit living hard, messed up lives.  Drug problems.  Alcoholism.  Multiple marriages and divorces.  Bad relationships with their children.  Broken homes and childhoods that they were still traumatized over.  Failed careers in other professions.  I don’t know about you but I think it’s a plus that more of the guys seem to be living and working in such a way that they’re able to avoid those things.  I’ll take hearing Kofi and Xavier talk about their kids on the New Day Pod than a bunch of stories about how they were out boozing and cheating on their spouses in between shows.  The latter can be romanticized by guys who tell good stories and all, but the reality is a lot more grim (for good reference take a look at the ESPN documentary on Ric Flair).

And this goes beyond pro wrestling.  A lot of those old guys in our lives who say the same kind of things have suffered the same fates as their counterparts in the wrestling business.  It’s not healthy, full stop.  Just because you can’t relate with the guys who aren’t living and playing like you did 10, 20 years ago doesn’t mean that they’re doing it wrong.  As for the guys being ‘too pretty’ now…..it’s a lot easier to get opportunities to do things outside of wrestling if you look good, are well groomed, etc.  Acting gigs, TV gigs, magazine covers….you think Xavier Woods would have gotten a hosting job on the relaunched G4 network if he looked and groomed himself like Abdullah the Butcher?  Do you honestly think New Day would be more popular if they looked and acted more like what you consider to be real men?  I don’t see it.  And in an entertainment industry where women have to look damn near perfect just to get an interview I don’t think that men choosing to look as good as they possibly can is a negative.  And let’s not pretend that any of New Day can’t put their ring work alongside any guys from any era.  The video games, the gear colors and everything else don’t mean a damn thing as far as their abilities go.

Look man, time stops for no one.  Things change, and in this case I think they’ve changed for the better.  That he can’t see a trail several miles long of broken families, broken bodies, and premature death behind the ‘right way’ that he speaks of is kinda sad.


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