Top 5 Stale Wrestlers in WWE

Santino - staleGetting on WWE television is tough, but staying on is even harder. You hit the right note with your character and resonate with the fans, and you get to come back again and again.

I like to compare it to the wet cloth rule. Each time your character gets on TV you twist the cloth and wring some water out of it. Eventually all the water in the cloth will be gone, and you know you’ve run out of steam.

Below is my pick of five WWE wrestlers who need some kind of change to their character. But first, I want to take a look at two men. One who would have made this list if it was written a few months ago, and one who makes EVERYBODY’S stale list.

Lets start with Alberto Del Rio. This rich aristocratic Mexican snob was doing the same thing every night, whether it be his entrance, his matches, and his persona. He then started to stick up for his announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, and the fans began seeing a different side of him. Throw him into a feud with the big bully Big Show, and all of a sudden Del Rio is a different person. Ricardo is having more fun announcing Albertoooooooooooooooooooo…(etc.), giving the crowd something to sing along to, and get the “Si! Si!” chant over. Now Del Rio is becoming a sympathetic character to the fans, and using his smarts to win matches.

On the other side we have John Cena, who has become as stale as two week old bread, left on a table, in a bag that’s half open. Of course, Cena is the easiest to pick on when it comes to staleness. He’s the baby kissing good guy who can be serious but likes to break the fourth wall every once in awhile. He makes fun of himself, and he tries to be funny. The main thing missing from Cena is what made him big in the first place. He was a nameless face when he first arrived in the WWE and didn’t really get noticed until he dressed up as Vanilla Ice for Halloween. Then he became the rapper who would always talk in rhyme to make fun of his opponent, wear bling, and make a pest of himself. He was something new, and even though he was a heel, there were many deep voices in the crowds chanting “CENA! CENA!”

Just take a look at this video to see how over Cena used to be with the crowd that now loves to chant “CENA SUCKS!”

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SummerSlam 2012 Preview

WWE’s event of the summer is upon us, with the 25th anniversary of SummerSlam giving us plenty of star names and big matches. With both World Titles on the line, the Tag Team Championships, the Intercontinental and EVEN the United States Title, this is the true night of champions, and the WWE perhaps going in the right direction.

Oh, and “the most dominant force to step into the WWE ring” Brock Lesnar is looking to follow up on his last “fight” with John Cena, taking on a man with a huge personal vendetta against Lesnar, Triple H.

Let’s go over the show, match by match, in my predicted order.

0. Free YouTube Match – United States Championship Match – Champion Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro (w/ Aksana).

Of note, Santino Marella has been US Champion for 166 days, a longer reign than such names as Eddie Guerrero, Diamond Dallas Page, Tully Blanchard, Dusty Rhodes, and even Paul Jones.

Antonio Cesaro, formerly Claudio Castagnoli of “indy wrestling” fame, has the look and theatrics that the WWE loves, surprising none of Claudio’s fans.

It’s amusing to see the US title up for grabs between these two men, as Antonio Cesaro has teased turning the US title into the retired European championship, which would be very fitting (and quite great) for his character.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Santino Marella. Why? This is a YouTube match. There’s not going to be too many people watching. If/when Cesaro wins the title, it should be a big deal and on Pay Per View. Of course…

WHO WILL WIN: Antonio Cesaro. Because Santino has held the title since March 5th, a great trivia question would be “Who is the current United States Champion?” With so little hype the title has received with Santino as champion, giving it to Cesaro will up the title’s recognition.

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FGB Radio – Elimination Chamber Recap & UFC 144 Preview

Jason aka @dadrrtywhyteboi and I are back to go over WWE’s Elimination Chamber PPV and preview UFC 144.

Elimination Chamber was definitely better than the Royal Rumble and set more seeds for WrestleMania 28, but it wasn’t a blow away PPV by any means. CM Punk, nor John Cena, nor Chris Jericho was the star of the show. The star of the show was Santino Marella who got the biggest pop of the night and played that underdog character perfectly yet again.

UFC 144 is a four-hour extravaganza! Okay, this isn’t WrestleMania IV, both literally and figuratively. This show should be damn great. Jason and I preview all of the main card matches.

Thanks for listening.

Right click to download or stream below.

Video – Santino’s Foreign Exchange Episode 1

I don’t imagine I’ll embed many videos from WWE’s new YouTube site, but this show looks like it can deliver a few chuckles weekly as long as they keep it short.

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2012 Royal Rumble Preview, Part 4 — Match by Match Preview

And now the time of year where everything gets put on hold for one Pay Per View. An event I have watched many more times than any number of the WWE WrestleManias.

I’m talking the Royal Rumble. Two men enter the ring, and approximately two minutes later somebody else comes in. If you get tossed over the top rope and BOTH of your feet touch the floor, you’re eliminated. After 30 people (man, woman, rooster, tugboat, or mantaur) have entered the ring, the last person with both feet solidly in the ring gets a promise of a title shot at WrestleMania.

The Royal Rumble match itself usually lasts over an hour long, and has a cavalcade of gimmicks, feuds, and moments all rolled into one. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out FGB’s Royal Rumble Preview, of our writer’s Favourite Moments, Most Surprising Moments, and our pick for who’s going to win.

The 2012 Royal Rumble has a surprisingly strong undercard, with both the WWE and World Heavyweight Title being defended. Also John Cena will face off against “The Prophet of Hate” Kane in a match not unlike Professor Moriarty trying to convince Sherlock Holmes to join him, so they can rule London together. Because we’re all tired of the Star Wars references.

Oh, and I’m sure there’ll be a few other undercard matches that haven’t been announced yet.

Let’s run down this sucker match by match.

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WWE 2010 TLC – Randy Orton Vs. The Miz

From what I remember, last year’s TLC PPV was a pretty fun show. But the way they’ve booked this show has been one big cluster. None of the matches were built up all that well and thus, when my kids asked me what was on the show, I could only name two or three matches. And is Daniel Bryan actually not on this show? Terrible.

I still think this show will be above average. They need to create some momentum going into Royal Rumble, so I’m excited to see it nonetheless.

My kids and Eddy Zucko are with me tonight. We’ll make predictions before each match.

1. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler

Brian: Dolph Ziggler
JJ: Kofi Kingston
Zucko: Kofi Kingston
GG: Kofi Kingston

All three guys are super athletic so this was fun while it lasted. But it was a pretty safe ladder match.

Kofi had a fantastic move early on where he catapulted himself from the middle of the top rope like Rey doing the West Coast Pop. The ladder was in the middle of the ring and Swagger was near by. He swung his knees and hit Swagger with his knees through the middle part of the ladder. Vickie tried to go up the ladder to win it for Dolph, but Kofi grabbed the ladder while she was near the top and scared the daylights out of her and me.

All three guys fought on top of the ladder for the belt. Finally, Swagger and Kofi were up top and both grabbed it and dropped the belt. Dolph, who was thrown off the ladder by Kofi just before, crawled over to to grab the belt.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

2. LayCool vs. Natalya and Beth Phoenix

Brian: Natalya and Beth
JJ: Natalya and Beth
Zucko: Natalya and Beth
GG: LayCool

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