It’s semi-finals time which means that this is the last Tuesday night show of the season. It was a very solid season and it went by pretty quickly. Continue reading
All it took was a milquetoast WrestleMania for Raw to actually be entertaining for most of the three hours? The show was even good before it started if you take into account all of the drama that happened before the show.
Which leads us directly into…
The Rock no-shows Raw.
Well, no-show might be harsh. Or it might not.
Here’s what we know: Continue reading
At WrestleMania 27, The Rock came back be the “host” of the show. This was actually plan B. The original plan for WrestleMania 27 was to have the Undertaker face the then UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar as the main event of the show. Because Brock Lesnar was supposed to lose this match, Vince McMahon also wanted to book himself in a wrestling match against Dana White. When White balked because he couldn’t associate himself with pro wrestling or else people would start thinking the UFC wasn’t real, McMahon mentioned that they could do it for real. Thankfully, White also turned that down.
When Vince couldn’t get what he wanted, he decided to dial up an old friend, none other than Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock. The Rock’s last match was in 2004 at WrestleMania XX. It was eight years since he was last in the ring. What WrestleMania 27 turned out to be was a precursor to WrestleMania 28, which featured The Rock vs. John Cena billed as “Once In A Lifetime”. Continue reading
It’s the second of the quarterfinals nights and Uriah Hall’s second fight which should be fun.
Bubba McDaniel is in pain because of how many times he fought in a short time and he looks drained (and probably has the Uriah Hall flu). Bones told Clint Hester to be ready just in case.
Josh doesn’t think Jimmy will stand up with him. He said that Jimmy will shoot from halfway across the cage because he’s afraid to stand.
Bubba wants to make sure he’s healthy enough to find. He is worried about his kidneys. If he’s healthy enough, he’s fighting. Continue reading
It was yet another uninspired edition of Raw. I’m not sure what they’re waiting for. Or maybe they think they’re putting on compelling TV. But this has been the worst WrestleMania build in years.
The Rock vs. John Cena in a verbal debate.
The main event segment featured The Rock and John Cena going toe-to-toe on the mic, but this time, they weren’t the only ones in the ring. Mick Foley, Booker T, Dusty Rhodes, and Bret Hart were Hall of Fame question askers. They had questions for the two combatants and they wanted answers. Jerry Lawler MC’d it. Ric Flair was supposed to be there but was sent home because of health reasons.
The segment went on forever. There was some good, but also some bad. It was really a summary of what’s bad about the product right now. The Rock was really good in trying to get across why he’s better than Cena. But he’ll always be good at that. John Cena was horrendous at trying to get over why he’ll win. He didn’t really have an answer other than an excuse. Booker T asked him why he thinks he can beat Rock this time. Cena answered that it was because he had to until the Rock egged him on a bit. He then went on to say that he beat himself in the match and that it was his mistake that allowed the Rock to win. This is the opposite of what he should say. He came across as a bitchy whiner and it only gave Rock’s character more reason to gloat. Continue reading
Mick Foley has always been a great storyteller — both in a wrestling ring and in book form. Starting with his first autobiography, “Have A Nice Day”, the stories he told were so good that I always wondered what they would sound like if he read them aloud. On Thursday night at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, that wonder became reality.
As a longtime Mick Foley/Cactus Jack/Mankind fan (and hey, Dude Love has always been good with me), I had to check him out. The great Cactus Jim of this very website and my friend Tommy Walton came as well. Before the show, I spotted Dave Meltzer who came with former Bay Area WWF ring announcer Stu Ganz and they sat near us. I got Dave’s ear about what was going on in wrestling and MMA. If you are a wrestling or MMA fan and get a chance to talk shop with Dave Meltzer, like the Nike slogan says, “Just do it.” I always have a great time when I get a chance to talk to Dave and he’s always obliged, no matter how annoying us wrestling fans can be.
Before the show, Foley held a meet and greet. He mentioned later in the show that he usually does them after the show, but he had a red eye to catch. He had some old school Cactus Jack t-shirts for sale and some photos to sign, but I just took a picture with him as you can see above. Cactus Jim did the “Bang, bang” pose, but I wanted the later Foley pose which was the culmination of a dramatic promo that ended with a “Yeah~!” and a thumbs up.
I wouldn’t necessarily categorize Foley as a standup and I don’t think he would either. The guy who came on before him, Sal, is a standup. Sal told quick hitting jokes with definitive punchlines and he moved quickly. He told a very funny joke about Hulk Hogan’s sex tape that Foley said he would later steal for sure. Continue reading