We have a return guest on FGB Radio. John LaRocca (@LaRoccaJL), president of Premier (@premierwrestle), a Bay Area independent wrestling company, joins me to discuss a bunch of wrestling and MMA topics.
Here’s what we discussed:
- Monday night’s WWE Slammy Awards.
- Daniel Bryan’s amazing reaction from his hometown crowd
- The go-home segment and whether it worked in getting people to buy TLC
- WWE’s rumored online network
- WrestleMania 31 in the Bay Area
- UFC on Fox 9 including all of the top fights (I failed to mention the time of the show on Fox which is 5PM Pacific)
- The entire Premier wrestling card on Sunday
- Roland Alexander
Once upon a time, some of the best parts of a WWE live show experience was after the cameras were off. Guys like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Chris Jericho would go on for another 20 minutes to give the fans something extra special.
While I haven’t been to too many TV tapings over the years, I did go to a Raw taping and Smackdown taping in 2013 and the show ended right when the TV portion ended.
After the Slammy Awards last night, Booker T, Stephanie McMahon, and CM Punk in his underpants gave fans something extra.
It’s rare that you see Stephanie McMahon act the fool, but thanks to Booker T, she does.
Earlier in the fall, there was scuttlebutt that the WrestleMania 31 location was between the Bay Area and Philadelphia. In 2014, the San Francisco 49ers open up the brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., which will also cater to huge mega-events. With better weather and also hosting Super Bowl L which fits the WWE pattern of holding WrestleMania in stadiums right before the Super Bowl comes to town, there was a feeling that the Bay Area had the inside track. Continue reading →
I thought HBO did a fantastic job with their last 24/7 series on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios fight. They told the perfect comeback story. However, the fight didn’t do fantastically when it came to getting people to buy it on PPV. Vince McMahon might say that it wasn’t the right attraction.
The goal of these shows is to draw more eye balls to the fights; to make them feel like they are more important than they really are.
In episode one of All Access: Broner vs. Maidana, I thought they did a solid job of telling a tired story. It’s the flashy boxer vs. the ethnic puncher. But really, the key for Showtime should be to get Broner over to the masses. I think he comes off a little too much as Floyd Mayweather light. But it’s going to be that way until he distinguishes himself as the real deal. Beating someone as tough as Maidana would be a good step.
Episode two is out on Friday.
Check out the full video of All Access: Broner vs. Maidana:
I missed Friday night’s live viewing of UFC Fight Night from Brisbane, but sure did hear how great the main event was. Some have called it the greatest heavyweight fight in UFC history. It was officially scored a majority draw, but I wanted to look at it with my own eyes and score the Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva fight.