Earlier this week, I made some inflammatory remarks on my personal Facebook page and looking back on those remarks as well as the other content I shared there, I’ve decided to no longer update my personal Facebook. I then wrote a really lengthy post explaining to everybody why I’m quitting Facebook and the reasons behind my frustration with the platform as well as my own life. I want to share that post with you guys here as well.
I want to thank everyone who reached out after my angry post, which I took down. I want to end things here on a better note than I did, so I’ll explain some things before I go.
A List of Grievances
Financial and emotional strain eventually took their toll on me and my grades started to slip. A lot. I decided to switch majors to something I was passionate about and my grades began to improve. I wanted to take easy courses to help really get my GPA up, but then apathy set in. Everything was TOO easy. I lost my motivation, my drive. I then transferred to a different school to work on more specific aspects of my major. I was challenged a bit more, but noticed that old habits were creeping up on me again, so that’s when I decided to make a change.
Enough Is Enough
“Kill your distractions.” – TheAndySan.
Been awhile since I blogged last, huh? That might change in 2017…
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On this week’s edition of the Weekend Wrestling Podcast, we go over Hell In A Cell 2016 predictions for tonight, the debacle that was this week’s episode of Raw, the No-Chin Music Heard Round The World, and Mother Nature Mickie James making her return to the WWE facing Asuka at NXT Takeover: Toronto for the NXT Women’s Title!
Sadly, I didn’t watch Lucha Underground this week, so there’s no review for it in this episode, but I’ll resume reviewing it next week.
I’ve just been really busy with midterms and big projects these past couple of weeks, so this podcast is a lot more off the cuff than usual. I really like the feel of this episode, so I’ll be using this format from now on, but better organized and less of me skimming through some things. Again, I was really busy this week, so apologies for rushing through some topics.
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Non-WWE Wrestling News (From SEScoops)
Billy Corgan’s Lawsuit Hearing Delayed
The first hearing in the case of Billy Corgan’s lawsuit against TNA, originally set for October 20th, has been rescheduled for October 26th. The temporary restraining order that Corgan got against TNA last week will be reevaluated at that hearing, and the judge will hear his request for a temporary injunction. With the lawsuit sealed, it’s still unclear what specifically he’s trying to stop.
The Fight Network’s Parent Company Confirms ‘Working Capital Loan’ to TNA
The Fight Network has issued the following statement:
Toronto – Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. (“Anthem”), the parent company of Fight Network, today confirmed that it recently made a working capital loan to fund the operations of TNA Impact Wrestling. Fight Network is a licensee of TNA programming for broadcast in the U.S., Canada and other international markets, and is also the exclusive licensee of TNA for streaming Internet-delivered TV.
Fight Network has also offered to provide TNA Impact Wrestling with funding to repay the loans made by Mr. Billy Corgan and is positioned to provide additional transitional assistance to the company.
“TNA is a strong property for Fight Network and as a licensee and global distribution partner we have a keen interest in seeing the company not only survive but continue to grow and thrive, alongside our own growth,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Anthem. “We are hopeful that the company can soon get back to doing what it does best, which is to produce great wrestling content.”
Note that this only takes care of the debt to Corgan and not TNA’s debts to Aroluxe Media, Audience of One Productions, American Express, The Navarre Corporation, etc. But it’s a life raft that will presumably lead to the resolution of Corgan’s lawsuit.
Bubba Ray Dudley Continues To Tease A WWE Return
The Dudley Boyz bid farewell to the WWE Universe on RAW back in August, the night after SummerSlam. The two were laid out by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, leading many to believe their departure was a storyline to set up a feud between the two teams. Since then, Bubba has been working independent dates while D-von is now working as a producer backstage. Over the past week, Bubba Ray sent out several tweets indicating he is getting the itch to step back in a WWE ring.
Paige Comments On Her Surgery: 3 Screws In Her Neck, Hernia Worse Than Expect
Paige underwent successful neck surgery on Wednesday and is now starting the long road to recovery. The procedure was performed in Tampa by Dr. Juan Uribe, the same surgeon who operated on Tyson Kidd’s neck. Paige revealed the damage was worse than expected and her neck has been ‘straightened out’ with the help of 3 screws.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho come out to cut a promo to begin the show. Owens said that Raw General Manager Mick Foley clearly has a vendetta against him, putting him in the HIAC match in an attempt to shorten his career.
Jericho then goes off on the referee for his match against Rollins that he lost last week, and of course puts him on The List.
I love that Jericho put some decals on the back of his List, and it’s great how over The List is!
Owens then says that he’s already replaced Rollins as The Man and that he’s gonna retire Rollins at HIAC. #RedesignRebuildReclaimRetire
Rollins comes out to make fun of Jericho’s scarf, mustache, and trunks, calling him Sparklecrotch.
I thought this line was clever initially, but when he had to explain it to Jericho and then kept on repeating it in hopes that the crowd would start chanting it, which they eventually did, it killed it for me.
Props to Jericho for selling Sparklecrotch not only in this segment, but in the match that followed!
Jericho then put Rollins on The List, and in order to put a rift between the two, Rollins said that Jericho should put his friendship with Owens on The List. After some more verbal jousting, Jericho told Owens to go in the back so he can beat Rollins on his own, and after he walked to the back, the match got underway.
I really love the dynamic between Jericho and KO, and I’m sad that WWE is creating tension to tease a split between the two. I’m sure they’d have kick-ass matches against each other, but they work too well as a team and I don’t want to see them split this early. Now this early split could be so Jericho has an out to go on tour with Fozzy in 2017. It’ll be a dark day for WWE when Jericho decides to go on tour with Fozzy, as he’s been the most consistently entertaining performer in the company.
CHRIS JERICHO vs. SETH ROLLINS
Lots of near-falls and finisher-counters here. Owens later came out to stand at ringside to watch the match, despite being explicitly told by Jericho to stay in the back.
Rollins got into a Walls of Jericho and was reaching for the rope for the break, but Owens pulled the rope away. The ref caught him and was scolding Owens for a bit and made Jericho break the hold.
After countering some more finishers, Rollins eventually hooks in the Pedigree for the win. Owens then walks to the back.
After the match, we see a quick throwback clip of Goldberg beating his first opponent in WCW, Hugh Morrus. This is the first of four clips that they aired to not only get the nostalgia-gasms going, but to help fill in younger viewers who may not know about Goldberg. And I think they were effective in building up Goldberg’s eventual arrival mainly because they were short and sweet.
We then see the interview Lita did with Charlotte earlier in the day.
It’s stuff like this that really drives the point home of why Charlotte is the top female performer in WWE today. Her promos are leaps and bounds above the other women, and she sounds totally natural on the mic. The other women, and let’s face it most of the men too, sound like they’re very obviously reading off a script. I really wish they’d let the people who can talk do their thing without reading lines verbatim. Just give them bullet-points and let them go. If they say something that rubs the company the wrong way, then punish them so that it discourages others from doing the same, just like they did with the Blood Ban when they went PG.
Backstage, Jericho is visibly upset with Owens for coming to the ring when he said not to. Jericho stopped mid-sentence when he almost called Owens a stupid idiot. They continue to argue when Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon clips the mic and tells them to basically get their shit together because she needs them for Survivor Series to lead the charge against Smackdown.
I’m curious to see who they’ll be teamed up with at Survivor Series.
SHEAMUS (w/Cesaro) vs. BIG E. (w/Xavier, Kofi Kingston)
The match was largely forgettable, except for Cesaro on Facebook Live and going out into the crowd. Sheamus then got mad and yanked his phone away, which got some loud boos. Cesaro then got his phone back, and Shemus said to record the best Brogue Kick ever. Big E then surprised Sheamus with a corner splash and a schoolboy for the win.
We then see another throwback clip of Goldberg vs Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Title, where Goldberg became the first and only undefeated man to win the WCW World Title.
After that, we go to the announcers interviewing Paul Heyman via satellite. Heyman then advises Goldberg to not accept the match against Brock Lesner, because if he does, it’ll “piss Brock Lesner off”.
Pretty short, but it does the job in getting the crowd hyped up for Goldberg.
Then, we cut to Byron Saxton interviewing three lanky jobbers who call themselves The Mile High Club.
Full disclosure here, I don’t watch any of these shows live. I watch Raw and Smackdown on Hulu, which cuts out a good portion of the fluff. So I haven’t seen any of these Braun Strowman or Nia Jax squash matches before, and I was wondering why they decided to leave this match in on the Hulu version of Raw.
BRAUN STROWMAN vs. MILE HIGH TRIO
The match begins with Strowman looking like a beast throwing these guys around and pulling off some brutal offense. He got the win via a big-ass powerslam and dropping one of the other guys on top while he pinned them both.
If this match followed the same rules of the Triple Threat at No Mercy, then that pin wouldn’t have counted, but hey, #RawLogic.
Strowman then cuts a promo on Foley once again to say if he won’t give Strowman the competition he wants, then he’ll go into the back and find some himself. Then Sami Zayn’s music hits and they have a staredown in the ring. Zayn shoved Strowman, which prompted him to shove poor Zayn from the ring to nearly through the guardrail. Zayn sold it like a million bucks.
Backstage, Zayn was asked why he would pick a fight with Strowman, and he replied that because nobody else will.
I’m glad that they’re finally doing something with Strowman other than the usual squash matches that he’s been doing since the brand split several months ago. And I’m also especially glad that Zayn is finally doing something! After his feud with Owens was blown off, he’s been lost in the shuffle up to this point. Which is sad considering how over he was in NXT, how likeable he is even on the main roster, and just how good of a worker he is. I’m not sure if this will either lead up to a feud or if Zayn will be just another victim to Strowman.
Rusev and Lana come out to show off Rusev’s family via slideshow, just like their wedding. I was hoping that his family would get cheers of “Mama Rusev” or something of the like, but they just booed the whole time. I laughed hard when Rusev defended his mother with “Don’t you dare boo my mother!”.
Then Roman Reigns comes out to interrupt the segment, and it’s so blatantly obvious that they do this segments to get Reigns cheers when he walks out to the ring. It’s just sad how hard WWE Creative is working to get people to like this guy. Just turn him heel already so that we can cheer him and he can turn back organically.
After some jaw-jacking, Rusev kicks Reigns in the head, throws him into the barricade, and then into the ring steps. Rusev then brings the steps into the ring and threw Reigns into them again. Rusev then slaps on The Accolade with Reigns on the steps.
We then get another Goldberg throwback clip to him spearing The Rock back in 2003.
Then we cut to Lita interviewing Sasha Banks earlier that day. Sasha does her usual “Women’s revolution this, little girl that” filled promo.
To be fair, it did do its job in saying that Sasha isn’t afraid of Charlotte and that they’ll make history together in The Cell.
We then see the final Goldberg throwback clip of the night, where he beat Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship.
T.J. PERKINS & CEDRIC ALEXANDER & RICH SWANN vs. BRIAN KENDRICK & DREW GULAK & TONY NESE
A couple of good spots here, but this was clearly designed to hype up the TJP vs Kendrick Cruiserweight Championship match at HIAC, so everyone else was secondary in this match.
Kendrick got the win via a Captain’s Hook on Swann. Guess he couldn’t handle that 😉
I did like how Nese was holding TJP back to prevent him from breaking the hold on Swann, and TJP was really selling the helplessness of being unable to save Swann from the dastardly Kendrick. Still waiting for some unorthodox tricks from The Crafty Veteran.
After seemingly inhaling some helium, Stephanie apologized to Foley for answering Shane’s challenge without first consulting him. Foley then suggested a Raw main event of Jericho vs. Owens vs. Rollins for next week. Steph said she doesn’t like it, she loves it. He offered a high-five and said they have a connection. She asked if it was like the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection. They did a leaping high-five and Foley walked away.
I really got flashback to when Stephanie first had an on-screen role back in the day as the preppy well-behaved daughter of Vince McMahon. Stephanie was really trying her damndest to come off as a bubbly babyface here, and it was pretty well-executed, but all of us fans see through the ruse and are just waiting for the other foot to drop.
We then get to the main event; Goldberg’s response to Lesner’s challenge. The buildup to this was so well done, from the clips throughout the show and when we get to see the man walking from backstage to the ring. In addition to the usual backstage staff, there were loads of wrestlers on the sides cheering him on as well. You could see everyone’s face light up and it was such a great moment! Best of all, the Denver crowd was hot for Goldberg, chanting his name the whole time!
He looked choked up from the massive pop he got, but he was anything but choked up when he got on the mic! He thanked everybody for the warm welcome after being out of the WWE for 12 years. He said that this moment is special because his wife and son are able to see him live in the ring for the first time. He’s been traveling around the world promoting WWE 2K17, and it made him think about what he missed about the business, other than kicking ass, was being a superhero for kids around the world.
He then says that he’s ruffled some feathers in the company and began to wonder if he should just keep it in the video game. Then, he said that Lesner challenged him to a fight, via Heyman, and he thought to himself if he had one more left in him. Goldberg end the promo saying that not only is Brock Lesner next, he’s last! He then goes out of the ring to hi-five and hug kids as the show closes, a very touching end to an emotional segment.
As I’ve said before, the build-up to this segment was so well done and the payoff made me feel like a little kid again, back in the day watching wrestling with my dad on the weekends! It’s pretty obvious that Goldberg didn’t need to memorize a script like everyone else, and that’s what helped sell this promo so well! Can’t wait for Lesner’s response next week!
AJ Styles Says He Wants Shawn Michaels At Royal Rumble 2017
WWE World Champion AJ Styles wants to face the currently-retired Shawn Michaels at Royal Rumble. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, “The Face That Runs The Place” said he wants Michaels in the Heart-Break Kid’s hometown of San Antonio, TX, where the 2017 Royal Rumble will be hosted.
“I’d love to learn from him, but who’s to say if that’s going to happen,” AJ explained. “Right now, it’s all speculation and rumors that I’m finding out like everyone else is, but man, what a match that would be.”