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The #GloriousBomb


For those that haven’t seen it, the #GloriousBomb trend going across Twitter is one of the greatest WWE related Internet trends I’ve seen in many years. Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa are freaking hilarious. Which is your favourite Glorious Bomb? 

Check below for the entire compilation.

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What happened to good old storytelling in the WWE?

From my other blog folks!

The Entertainment Patrol (and general musings)


Times have changed somewhat in the WWE. For me, wrestling has meant different things. Back in the early 90s when I was just a kid, it was about larger than life heroes. It was about Hulk Hogan pulling his shirt apart and planting his opponents with the leg drop of doom. It was about the pride of Manchester the British Bulldog and the sinister Undertaker, accompanied a big old hearse and Paul Bearer.

I took a rather long sabbatical from wrestling only to return to it once more in the year 2000, just after WrestleMania 16. Gone were the bold and bright tights and the outlandish gimmicks and in its place an edgier grittier product. You had The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and guys like Chris Jericho. The audiences had also changed. Shows were more violent and the valets wore skimpier clothing. My eyes near FELL OUT…

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Byron Saxton getting bullied on WWE Ride Along

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I don’t know how many of you have caught the most recent episode of WWE Ride Along available on the WWE Network but I found this week’s latest episode featuring Byron Saxton, Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield to be quite intriguing.

Now as you will undoubtedly be aware, the WWE has made a big deal in recent years over their anti-bullying partner, Be A Star which has featured on numerous WWE produced programmes. It’s an initiative that does it’s utmost to counteract bullies in schools. Hence, you can imagine my surprise watching this week’s Ride Along where JBL and Michael Cole constantly berate and mock Byron Saxton on their recorded car journey. So what’s the story here WWE? I’m curious. Is this show intended not to be watched by young adults? because the message I’m getting here is that it is pretty much okay to humiliate your colleague or peer. Hell, in the end, they left Saxton at a service station and drove off to the hotel. Some might say I’m being overly sensitive and I know Saxton is a grown adult but for young kids, this really isn’t the example you want to set.

As always, your thoughts are appreciated…

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Anyone else getting tired of New Day? A Clash of Champions PPV Review

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So I caught up on the Clash of Champions today and I have to say I was, for the most part, pleasantly surprised by the quality of the show. Yes, on paper the card was something like a glorified RAW and yes, I had very little expectation going into it. Yet it delivered. Here are my top pros and cons from the inaugural RAW PPV for 2016.

PROS:

  1. The overall quality of the matches: – I guess this isn’t something I should be surprised about. After all, the quality of the wrestlers involved in the show were hardly lacking when you’ve got Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, Chris Jericho and so on. But like I said, I wasn’t expecting much. So it was enjoyable to have some quality matches on the show. There were obviously specific matches that I thought were better than others but yeah, good job on a high quality PPV, wrestling wise. Just please don’t repeat these matches again at the next PPV. Keep it fresh!
  2. The Women’s Championship Match: Okay, this match was top draw. And sure, while this isn’t the first great match in the women’s division this year, we haven’t quite had the high quality matches that we expect from the Four Horsewomen that we’ve come to expect in NXT. Maybe it’s the Bayley factor but this match was great. The chemistry was perfect. Charlotte looks really good and some of the moves were downright vicious, Good on you girls! Let’s have some more of the same.
  3.  Chris Jericho: Jericho was immensely entertaining  yet again at Clash of Champions. The guy has got heel down to a fine art. I could help but chuckle as Y2J barged his way into the main event match between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins hearing him shout “He’s my BEST FRIEND!” It was like schoolyard antics yet it worked perfectly.

 

CONS:

  1. New Day: I am really getting tired of the New Day now. I’m not saying that they haven’t been entertaining but I’ve just about had enough now. And it’s not just the gyrating…. Anyway, what really bothered me about the New Day at Clash of Champions was the fact that they went over at the expense of Gallows and Anderson yet again. It’s like deja vu. I remember nearly a year ago when New Day were facing the Dudley Boyz and all I could think to myself was that the Dudley Boyz should go over to get properly stuck in within the tag team division. At that time, the logic was that the New Day went over the Dudley Boyz because the company really wanted to add credibility to New Day by beating one of the greatest tag teams in the history of professional wrestling – and I get that. Skip a year ahead. New Day are a machine. They’re hard to beat. Gallows and Anderson on the other hand are trying to make a name for themselves in the WWE universe and they’ve done their fair share of jobbing to other talent while they’ve been here. Now, it’s time to put the belts on them. It’s time to say – YES THEY ARE ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD TAG TEAM. And as the match kicked off, Gallows and Anderson looked every bit like a team that looked dangerous to New Day. Did New Day put them over though? No! They instead held onto the titles again so that they can reach their 400 day milestone. Obviously them reaching this milestone is a big deal to the WWE. Whether or whether not this means they will disband after they lose the titles or not I don’t know. But damn do I want them to make the Tag Team division feel like it’s an open one. And as for Gallows and Anderson. Their time is running out because when the Revival eventually do make their debut on Raw, then they’re no longer going to be the most badass team in the division.  The clock is ticking WWE and if you’re not careful, you’re going to blow it.
  2. Cesaro vs Sheamus ending: Let me start off by saying that the ending of this match was an unfortunate one and not due to bad booking. Cesaro after all took a really bad bump in the match and could have done some serious damage to his neck. Unfortunately, after having some less than exciting matches in the build up to the latter matches in this best of 7 series,  the finale finally delivered and the match had the hallmarks of a potential match of the year candidate. Sadly for the two competitors, it never managed to end the way we wanted it. I’m assuming that the ending was to cover up for the nasty bump Cesaro took because if it wasn’t, ending it the way they did was a very bad idea as I think we’re about ready for a conclusion for this one.
  3. Kevin Owens is not being given the Championship reign he deserves: Let’s face it. KO has been pretty bad ass since he’s been in the WWE. And KO has very rarely needed to do the whole “cheat to win” thing to pull through in matches. He’s just not that sort of guy. He’s a bad ass. So as you can imagine, I am rather disappointed to see KO now being reduced to the man that needs help to win matches. And yeah, I get that Seth Rollins is the “future” but come on WWE. KO won the title by a screw job and now he’s retaining by a different screw job. Give the man some credit!
  4. Roman Reigns: I am not going to go into too many details about this but you know,  the whole Reigns winning the US Championship feels like the WWE once again trying to force Reigns on but this time they’re doing it by the back door. I am just wondering how long it will be now before Reigns goes over Owens cleanly again and we get a situation where the US Champion looks stronger than the Universal Champion. It’s going to happen. You know it is. Lucky us!

 

So what’s my overall rating for this show? Well, despite some negatives, the action was overall pretty good. So I’m going to give this PPV a B-

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Cathy Kelley makes Booty-o treats for Clash of Champions

If Cathy Kelley were to become anymore awesome, it would have to be because she did something epic like suggesting a recipe for a delicious PPV style snack. OH WAIT! She did!

Thank you Cathy Kelley! You are very dreamy. 

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Cody Rhodes to debut in TNA imminently


I kinda want to write – who cares? But actually, Cody has potential. So it will be interesting to see where this goes. 

Cody had all the makings of a major WWE superstar early on in his WWE tenure but the Stardust gimmick really stunted his growth and arguably what killed his future with the company. The reason being that while Goldust’s character was unique and boundary pushing, Stardust was a cheap knock off. 

TNA has the potential to do big things with Cody. Will they do it right? Well if their past is anything to go by, then it’s debatable. BUT, they did manage to make Christian as a believable main eventer and have done equally well with Ethan Carter and Drew Galloway, two guys I was very high on in the WWE. 

It will be really interesting to see how this plays out. 

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Top 10 WWE Entrance Themes of All Time

Today’s top 10 is the top 10 entrance themes of all time in the WWE. Disagree? Please share your favourites.

10. Vince McMahon – Jim Johnston’s “No Chance in Hell”. 

Reason? This iconic entrance theme was synonymous with the Attitude era and indeed many a great feud, in particular with Mr McMahon’s feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Was one of the first theme songs that got me on my return to WWE viewing. 

9. D’Lo Brown – Jim Johnston’s “The Real Deal” 

To this day, I still like this tune. It’s everything the Attitude era was. Badass! It’s just a pity D’Lo’s career never really took off although the Droz incident likely played a role in that. 

8. Degeneration X – Run DMC’s “The Kings”

Although it was only DX’s entrance theme for a short period of time, I still prefer it to the original and more popular entrance theme. Again, it’s really edgy and high tempo. I always thought it well represented DX although it isn’t as “renegade” as the DX band version. 

7. Undertaker – Jim Johnston’s “The Ministry”. 

While the Undertaker has had many great entrance themes over the years, I think the Ministry of Darkness theme stands out above them all. Plus I really love the guitar. It certainly gave you more of what you’d expect from Taker than Kid Rock or Limp Bizkit. You can keep on Rollin. You know what time it is. 

6. Mark Henry – Three 6 Mafia – “Somebodies Gonna Get it”

Ultimate badass song. Henry is a beast and needs to be marketed as such. The opening of this song screams impending doom. Mark Henry is going to kick some ass!

5. Kane – Jim Johnston’s “Out of the Fire”. 

Legendary tune and one which really blew me away when I started watching the WWE for a second time. The pyros certainly add to it as well as the lighting but it really helped to shape Kane’s aura as a big red monster. 

4. Edge – Alter Bridge’s “Metalingus”

If you are going to be the Rated R Superstar, you need a badass entrance tune. Alter Bridge sure delivered with one high impact rocking tune here with Metalingus. I fell in love with this song as soon as I heard it and still love it now. 

3. Bobby Roode – CFO$’s “Glorious”

GLORIOUS! No I won’t give in. I won’t give in till I’m VICTORIOUS! Really do I need to say more?

2. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Disturbed’s “Breaking Glass”
After a major injury, Stone Cold came back in 2000 with a bigger edgier version of his entrance theme and boy did it ROCK! Austin was pissed. He wanted to find out who ran him down. And this theme said it all. 

1. Hulk Hogan – Rick Derringer’s “Real American”

The ULTIMATE entrance song. What can I say? Hulkamania was running wild with this song and every time I hear it I want to cup my ear and flex muscles. And I’m not even a real American. 

I hope you enjoyed this countdown! Much love!