Posts Tagged ‘Brock Lesnar’

Chained Up For The Chain Gang

February 18, 2008

The creative team might not pull the punch in the storylines, but hell, I have to admit they are full of surprises. Well guys, pardon me for this late update today. I was sitting for my media examination, which I’ve been muggling for days.

Anyway back to the topic! I got the results out for No Way Out but haven’t been able to watch it yet. With Orton loss to Cena through a DQ, it is likely that an angle between Cena, Triple H and Orton will continue. This will set up huge ground for Cena to win the title at Mania.

It is said that the writers are considering putting Jeff into the title chase as well but no words have been confirmed. Wrestlemania 24 is 42 days away and that means Randy can hold the title till then. Initially, Randy was complaining that his spot light was not bright and long enough. Till Mania, he would hold the title for 170+ days, and that makes him second only to Cena’s title reign for their generation, beating Brock Lesnar and Edge. Bet he is grinning somewhere now.

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Off The MainStream: 2nd

February 12, 2008

If you are wondering where is RAW’s DAMM nice man, Ron Simmons, he has recently took up WWE’s rehab offer. Simmons is currently staying at a rehab center in Atlanta along with Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall. Just earlier today, Jake has expressed his gratitude to the company. I’ve updated his blog link at WM.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are expecting their 2nd child sometime this summer. The couple already have a baby daughter together. Current WWE Champion, Randy Orton is also expecting to be a dad for the first time. With Cena taking over, it would be a good time for him to take a break for his family.

WrestlingMAT has learned that AAA is trying to sign Booker T and Rob Van Dam for a huge show next month. AAA, which is one of the top wrestling promotions in Mexico, really wants both superstars to make an appearance at the Rey de Reyes show in Monterrey. Ron Killings would be there too.

WWE will be expanding to the China market soon, which will be good news for Asian wrestling fans. Recently they received a prestigious award for its community outreach in China. They have also signed Miss China, Angela Fong to WWE. She will report to Floria Championship Wrestling first before debuting in main rosters.

Kurt Angle recently discussed how WWE like to over work talents on a Radio talkshow. Angle also said that when he worked for WWE that he would only get to come home about five days in a month. Then they asked him about Brock Lesnar and Kurt surprisingly semi-complimented him by saying he was a good in ring competitor but then stated that he was a “mental midget,” claiming Lesnar could not do well under pressure. Apparently, Lesnar has been cool about this.

Lexi Pillman, step daughter of the late Brian Pillman is close to making her wrestling debut. Kind of interesting that she would choose to join the wrestling business given that she have good paper qualifications.

Austin: “I Am Not Coming Back”

February 10, 2008

Despite popular demand, Stone Cold Steve Austin has ruled out the possibility of coming back to wrestle full time. In a recent interview with a renowned press, Steve Austin has claimed that his old injury is the main reason.

A combination of burnout and frustration started to build within Austin during the early part of 2002. In his mind, his storylines were not coming together. The bright shining spotlight was dimming as the Rock went Hollywood, Hulk Hogan came back to the company, and Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar began commanding attention. He hated it.

“People think what they want about pro wrestling, I don’t care if everybody likes it or not. I love it! And to get to the top, you can’t just be some dummy. To go to the top in your chosen field and what you choose to do, it means something. No one can take that from me or anybody else in wrestling, like I said, whether they understand or like wrestling or not. Sometimes, we still fight for that mainstream. We struggle for it. But… I can’t go all day long with this”

He added, “I’m pretty much done with wrestling. I had a blast, and it was the best job I had in my entire life. When you had my type of style, which was very aggressive, you’re going to have wear-and-tear, but I feel really good. If I really wanted to and needed to I can probably get two more hard years in the ring, but at this point it’s not worth it. After 10 years, when I’m in my 50s, I want to feel this good. So it’s time to hang it up.”

For those who are hopeful for Austin to change his mind and put himself in a match with Hogan at Wrestlemania, maybe you should have a second thought on it. Though he claimed that his physical condition is an issue, we know where he wants to head now.

Ever since his departure, his focus has been on hollywood. But he had few success there. The critical response to Condemned was negative. Rotten Tomatoes listed the film with a 17% rating, Complaints against The Condemned included accusations of plot holes, sexual objectification, preachy tone, and massive amounts of violence untempered by comic relief. It also received a 0/4 from the New York Post.

The $20 million USD-budgeted film failed at the box office, by most reasonable standards for such calculation. It debuted with a $3.8 million dollar opening weekend in the US. The film lasted only 4 weeks in theaters and closed with a total of $7.4 million dollars

“Making action films make a whole of sense to me. Don’t try to be too artsy and creative or silly. That’s not a good move at first. Do something I’m comfortable in and what people want to watch. That’s what we’re looking for.”

Well, though we might not have a Hogan/Austin match this Wrestlemania, it would be interesting to see The Rock and Austin face off in the wide screen. Austin has been in talks with WWE on his second film. Perhaps The Rock would be in it too.

“I’m open to work with anybody that is out there. I mean, he was too. I have no idea what his thoughts are. I want to do cool movies with people that I can learn from. The great directors and the great actors. So whoever they put me on the same set with is to be seen.”

With Austin and Hogan match likely to rule out, we can still anticipate him to make an annual appearance at Wrestlemania 24.

Column Of The Week: Rumble Equals Champ

February 10, 2008

The Royal Rumble is a platform designed to escalate anyone into the main event spot at Wrestlemania. It is a given opportunity from the company to let stars become superstars. It has been almost 21 years since the beginning of this sporting extravaganza.

The question is, does a Rumble win equals to being a heavyweight champion? Let’s us analyze. If Vince decides to let you have the honor of winning the Rumble, it means he feels comfortable enough to market you. It means you will be use as an important tool to sell for the biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania.

In the past, that doesn’t equal to being a champion. But in recent years, it has become a more favorable position to slot you into the champion spot. Historically speaking, here are the results.

15 past Royal Rumble winners has been compared. It is concluded that a strong 70% chance of Rumble winners becoming a champ. With the last 8 years having consistent winning rate, we can conclude Cena’s chance with Randy as almost absolute victory.

The Backlash
Many of us are wondering why there is this tradition for Rumble winners to be the champ. The platform itself was set up to give a chance to face the champion at the grandest stage of em’ all. Not to walk out as a definite champion. More importantly, such tradition has killed the anticipation for the main event at Wrestlemania.

The Wrestlemania main event has been always the center of attention. It is The Beast vs The Monster, The Fire vs The Water, which makes us tear ourselves apart as to who to support. Now, it is almost definite that since Cena has won the Rumble, we are just merely waiting for a conclusion to come. Let’s picture this, you are watching a movie and you already know the ending. Such perception really burns the story into bits.

Creativity
Competition really equals to creativity in some extent for this company. If you look at the table, 2001 was the start of the monopoly of WWE and the fall of WCW. In other words, Vince no longer need to please the viewers with excitement. All he need is to please himself. As long as he see it fitting, thats the law. Fans across the globe has always been slamming wrestling creativity as one of the worse. The irony itself is that they are selling poor entertainment stories and yet we are still watching it. That’s definitely something to laugh at.

Personal Thoughts
Hopefully with TNA intense competition, it can spark some creativity juice to WWE. Major events such as Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania should be given much thoughts in the story before laying them down in black and white. In WWE, there have always been this saying “Never say Never”. I guess we can bleminshed it for now.

Column Of The Week: Why Lashley Why?

February 3, 2008

The most breaking news on January was Bobby Lashley Departure. He was the man, a multi-time champ and perhaps one of the most talented and good natured wrestler.

This was the guy that Vince McMahon built an entire brand (ECW) around him. This was the guy that Vince McMahon chose to put in the highest profile match at Wrestlemania last year. This was the guy that Vince was particularly fond of, who will be future hall of fame.

Now, this was also the guy who turned his back on the company.

Why Lashley Why?
There are a few reasons speculating his departure. Although Lashley only stated “that circumstances beyond his control has led to the departure”, we felt it was something more.

1) Bobby Lashley girlfriend, Kristall Marshall, a former Smackdown diva was released unknowingly by WWE late last year. Although there are no claims that she was the triggering factor, she remained a high possibility. It isn’t a mystery that Lashley is a Mr. Nice Guy who seems to be pushed around.

2) Too Stress To Be The Man
Very few people outside of WWE were aware that Bobby Lashley was unhappy. Then again, that’s not a surprise since very people inside the company weren’t aware either. To be the champ, you always have to overwork. That’s the key. Former WWE superstar, Kurt Angle, have also stressed his grievance on tight schedule of the company before.

3) Try New Things
Unlike other wrestlers, Lashley is fond of real style fighting. He is not grounded to wrestling because that’s an entertainment or that’s marketable. He is grounded to his interest. Lashley have always expressed interest to pick up other forms of fighting, so don’t be surprised if you see him elsewhere of wrestling.

Complications
Lashley was actually cleared off injury since December last year, the time where his gf was released. The company decided to hold him till Royal Rumble where he was supposed to return at no.30 instead of John Cena.

With that set, Lashley will then face Triple H at Wrestlemania. It would also mean, Triple H Vs Randy for the WWE Title at No Way Out, instead of participating in the Elimination Chamber. With heavy changes on the storylines for RAW, Smackdown also faced obstacles to push Taker to be with Edge at Wrestlemaina. Now, for the first time in WWE history, Both RAW and Smackdown will have EC on the same night. Guess it is something to look forward to.

With Lashley departure, words are going around backstage on who to replace Lashley. Right now, WWE are keen to push youngster such as Randy, Cena, Batista, CM Punk, Edge and Mysterio. It is likely that either Kennedy or Jeff would take his place.

Future
The official statement has still not been released by WWE. If you pray and believe in miracle, perhaps Lashley will not leave. Management team are going one by one to persuade Lashley to stay and that includes Shane Mcmahon. Now it is said that Vince, has personally gone down to see him.

Vince is trying to lure Lashley to sign on a reduced schedule contract, like Taker and Michaels. If Lashley insists to leave, it is likely that he would face the same contractual clause which forbids him to work for another wrestling company in a given time. Which means, either TNA or WWE wouldn’t get him.

That leaves him to join UFC, a renowned martial art organization. If so, fans will definitely turn their attention to UFC since Brock Lesnar has recently signed on. A Lesnar vs Lashley would sure set to be world class. The marketing value of that match would outweigh anything else, even bigger than Wrestlemania.

It is a pity that a well-groomed wrestler is leaving. Unlike many other wrestlers, Lashley’s fate in the company was good. He was given great chances to excel and never faced the fate of being an underdog.

The only thing i can comment is, perhaps the lack of ability to handle stress level is detrimental. Lashley is already 32 years old, but maturity comes with experience and not with age. Like Kurt, Lashley is more into wrestling than to entertainment. Maybe that’s why.

As a final note, WrestlingMAT would like to extend our well wishes to Bobby Lashley. May you enjoy success.