If you missed part one of our two-part WrestleMania 30 for 30 on WrestleMania X-Seven, check that out before listening to this one.
As we talked about in part one, many people call this the greatest WrestleMania of all time.
We covered the following in part two of this WrestleMania X-Seven podcast:
– All of the matches one by one
– Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle in a mat classic
– Whether we liked TLC 1 or TLC 2 better
– Vince vs. Shane and some kudos for Shane
– Background information on Austin/Rock II
– Lots of short bios on the Gimmick Battle Royal contestants by Draven
Most Outstanding Wrestler Of The Year
Duan: CM Punk
Punk’s turn back heel and the pairing with Heyman, have refreshed him as a character. He’s had a hand in most of the compelling TV WWE produced in 2012, and the decision to have him carry the belt through the entire year has been the right one from an artistic perspective.
Alan: Kazuchika Okada
RAINMAKER BABY!!! 2012 was the year of Kazuchika Okada. I’ve never in my life seen a wrestler do what he did this year. He just came out of nowhere and became THE guy in Japanese wrestling. I write this hours before the biggest match of his career where he will no doubt rock the Tokyo Dome and become IWGP heavyweight champ again (Ed. Note: whoops). The sheer amount of epic matches this guy had in 2012 is ridiculous. Twice against Karl Anderson, twice against Naito, twice against Tanahashi and also one with Hirooki Goto. All bonafide MOTYC’s for me. Tack all that on to the buckets of charisma, the awesome look, the poise, and of course Gedo, and you have the total package.
Big D: Daniel Bryan
Defended the World Championship at Wrestlemania and lost it in 18 seconds and became the most popular guy of the weekend in a match that was meant to bury him, then went on to work a number of title matches throughout the summer followed by transitioning into a sports entertainer alongside Kane in one of my favorite acts of the year. Has had consistent great matches all year. Can’t go wrong with this man.
GG: CM Punk
In a day and age in US wrestling where whomever is at the top of the card really doesn’t swing the box office one way or another, you have to give this to CM Punk just based on the idea that he’s still WWE’s most consistently entertaining wrestler all while having good matches all year long. And the guy held the title all year long.
Pro Wrestling Show Of The Year
Consistently boring that is. As if the show wasn’t already a chore to watch, the slow pace of the show of late where they save any big storyline advancement until the third hour makes the first two hours really unwatchable. And by that third hour, you’re so fatigued that I’m not sure it’s worth it.
Also, because Raw is so long, it makes me less interested in watching any other WWE TV for the rest of the week. I’ve started Smackdown every week for the last two months and haven’t finished one show.
1. I’ve figured out why I hate Sheamus so much.
In reality, Sheamus should be over by a ton. He’s fun, he wins, and he’s decently charismatic. But there are two big problems here. He undercuts all the heels so no one takes the heels seriously. At the start of this show, Dolph Ziggler was in the ring explaining why it is idiotic for him to have to face John Cena for his briefcase and Sheamus interrupts him. The Big Show then came out and actually cut a great promo about how he’s an ass-kicker. And of course, Sheamus undercuts him and makes jokes.
Now, people may say that John Cena does this all the time and that’s exactly right. It makes Cena annoying. Except, Cena didn’t start acting like that until he was way over. Sheamus isn’t. So he not only comes off as a Cena knockoff, but he also does it while not having the same equity that Cena does. Sheamus could not only use a heel turn, but he could use some time away. They won’t do that because they see him as Cena’s equal on Smackdown, but he’s just going to burnout. Cena won’t burnout because he’s seen as an absolute star. Sheamus isn’t there. He’s not even close.
He had a long match with Dolph Ziggler (yes, again) which went to a DQ finish after a chair shot. And then he booted Ziggler to hell into the chair, rendering it meaningless.
We quickly went over week 14 in the NFL as there weren’t many big match-ups as the biggest one is Monday Night between the Patriots and Texans.
We discuss Juan Manuel Marquez’s big knockout win over Manny Pacquiao and go through the entire fight. We also discuss Pacquiao’s future and whether or not we’ll see the two of them together in the ring again for fight number five.
We discuss all four fights on UFC on Fox 5 and talk about the two guys who may have gained the most from their performances. We also wonder what the next fight may be for Benson Henderson.
Finally, we talk about the TLC PPV and the injury to CM Punk which changes things for the show.
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1. There was some good wrestling y’all.
John Cena and Sheamus as a tag team was pretty fun. They are goofy and made for each other and as a team, they worked well together. On the other side, Dolph Ziggler and Big Show were good as well. They wrestled a fun TV match, but the finish left a lot to be desired if you were actually interested in seeing Dolph Ziggler and John Cena wrestle at the PPV.
The four-way between Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Wade Barrett, and Antonio Cesaro was a great look at guys who WWE should be pushing really hard in 2013, especially Barrett and Cesaro. It was my favorite segment on the show and my favorite Raw match in several weeks.
Even the Team Hell No vs. The Prime Time Players was a quality wrestling match.
2. The show felt like it was five hours, not three.
Thankfully, there was fun wrestling because most of the talking segments were extended far too long and we had far too much of Miz talking. He’s supposed to be a babyface. Yet, he’s the world’s worst babyface. Actually, if he was still supposed to be a heel, I’d say it was his most effective run ever. That’s how bad he is as a babyface.