The Art of Wrestling – Santino Marella

The WWE did a good job of ripping off an Italian soccer jersey, which happens to be on sale right now for $14.98, so they figured they’d take their chances with another iconic image from Italy for their next shirt.  That image was Ferrari’s shield and the WWE have done a good job melding it with Santino’s personailty.

Ferrari's regular shield.

Ferrari's regular shield.

 The new shirt is being sold here, while a similar shirt with a much smaller logo is being sold by Ferrari here.  The close up image for Santino’s shirt can be found here, which shows that they have deviated from Ferrari’s shield by making it flat at the top instead of arced.  The shield is longer on the sides and more rounded at the bottom to accomodate the image of Santino that has replaced the iconic prancing stallion.  They have moved the lettering up and replaced the initials for Scuderia Ferrari, the original name of Ferrari, with S M.  The WWE chose to make the bar above the shield flat and instead of striping the colors from top to bottom have gone horizontal which is more like the Italian flag.

The Italians come up with good designs, so the WWE may s well rip them off.

The Italians come up with good designs, so the WWE may as well rip them off.

On the back of the shirt,  the WWE has used Ferrari’s other signature design element which is the script Ferrari that extends the top bar of the F all of the way across the remainder of the word and terminates by stopping before the I.  Because Santino’s I is closer to the middle of his name, they have changed the location of the break and continued the bar until the end of his name.  The WWE used 1 on the back of his soccer jersey design so they continued it’s use on this shirt.

The WWE used the same lettering.

The WWE used the same lettering.

 

The only element that I can’t connect to Ferrari is the Marella family crest on the left shirt sleeve.  The WWE did use the same lion’s head on his soccer jersey shirt though, so they are being consistent.  I tried to find the history of the Marella family crest but had no luck other than finding out that it is the feminine version of Marello and that the base of the name, Mare, is Italian for sea.  One would expect to have a fish as a symbol then, but it isn’t nearly as tough looking as a lion.

The WWE did a good job of adapting Ferrari’s symbols to suit their needs and came up with another great shirt for Santino.  I just wish it was on Top 10 sales list on WWEshopzone.com because it deserves to be. – Kevin

CNN.com reports Chris Nowinski’s findings, he can kiss WWE HoF goodbye!

This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!

"This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!"

CNN.com today has a feature-length story about the long-term damage to the brains of athletes who have suffered concussions. The findings come from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTSE), which receives and studies dead athletes’ brains solicited by the Sports Legacy Institute, started by former WWE wrestler and “Tough Enough” contestant Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu (their last names sound like an argument). The story quotes Nowinski’s inspiration for starting the foundation:

In one moment, his dreams of a long career wrestling were dashed by a kick to his chin. That kick, which caused Nowinski to black out and effectively ended his career, capped a career riddled with concussions.

“My world changed,” said Nowinski. “I had depression. I had memory problems. My head hurt for five years.”

Nowinski began searching for studies, and what he found startled him.

“I realized when I was visiting a lot of doctors, they weren’t giving me very good answers about what was wrong with my head,” said Nowinski. “I read [every study I could find] and I realized there was a ton of evidence showing concussions lead to depression, and multiple concussion can lead to Alzheimer’s.”

The story also says five out of five brains studied by CTSE show the damaging effects (known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE) of multiple concussions (a two-photo slide show is available on this page and, yuck, that beat-up brain is in bad shape), and that “the [protein] tangles [in the damaged brains] closely resemble what might be found in the brain of an 80-year-old with dementia.” No wonder Chris Benoit killed his wife and kid Sophia on “The Golden Girls” was always angry.

According to the article, the NFL’s official statement (*yawn*) says “Hundreds of thousands of people have played football and other sports without experiencing any problem of this type and there continues to be considerable debate within the medical community on the precise long-term effects of concussions and how they relate to other risk factors.” I’m sure Vince McMahon’s reaction to the findings will be slightly less diplomatic, knocking papers out of everyone’s hands and then shouting, “Now ask me a question! Huh? Huh? Awww, you gonna cry?” -Eric

ROH Fans Are Going To Be Unhappy

roh_blood_rev00Well, well, look who is all grown up now. Apparently someone decided to take a chance on ROH and have given them a television show all their own. ROH announced this earlier today what had been rumored for a few weeks. HDNet will be the exclusive home of ROH starting sometime this year probably. The details were not revealed but supposedly this is a definite project. For those of you who do not have HDNet it was founded by glory hog Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban. HDNet is supposedly footing a large portion of the bill for the show but here is hoping some of that money goes towards cleaning up the dirtball  elitist douche bags who attend the show. Pretty sure when this announcement was made at least three unemployed ROH die-hards, yes that is redundant, cried in their giant bowl of fruit loops and actually pushed themselves away form their World of Warcraft expedition.

Congrats Jordan Smith; Rumble by the Numbers

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Winner winner chicken dinner!

First, hats off to Jordan Smith, who was one lucky dog, got No. 8 in the Royal Rumble Game, and that man, Randy Orton, won the whole she-bang!

Second, let’s see if WordPress can handle a little HTML, shall we? Here’s this year’s Royal Rumble by the numbers:

NO. WWE SUPERSTAR!! ENTRY TIME ELIM TIME BY WHOM
01. Rey Mysterio 00:00 49:23 Big Show
02. John Morrison 00:00 19:32 Triple H
03. Carlito 01:32 07:50 Vladimir Kozlov
04. MVP 03:18 07:16 Vladimir Kozlov
05. Great Khali 04:51 06:52 Vladimir Kozlov
06. Vladimir Kozlov 06:21 09:17 Triple H
07. Triple H 08:07 58:33 Randy Orton
08. Randy Orton 09:50 WINNER WINNER
09. JTG 11:28 23:51 Undertaker
10. Ted DiBiase 13:04 58:24 Triple H
11. Chris Jericho 14:38 52:13 Undertaker
12. Mike Knox 16:31 49:23 Big Show
13. The Miz 18:03 19:32 Triple H
14. Finlay 19:41 49:48 Kane
15. Cody Rhodes 21:20 58:30 Triple H
16. Undertaker 22:59 55:57 Big Show
17. Goldust 24:38 26:06 Cody Rhodes
18. CM Punk 26:15 48:56 Big Show
19. Mark Henry 27:46 31:17 Rey, kinda
20. Shelton Benjamin 29:18 33:49 Undertaker
21. William Regal 30:53 35:39 CM Punk
22. Kofi Kingston 32:26 39:35 The Brian Kendrick
23. Kane 34:05 52:45 Legacy
24. R-Truth 35:57 48:14 Big Show
25. Rob Van Dam 37:30 51:48 Chris Jericho
26. The Brian Kendrick 39:06 39:46 Triple H
27. Dolph Ziggler 40:42 41:13 Kane
28. Santino Marella 42:17 42:30 Kane
29. Hacksaw Jim Duggan 43:54 47:00 Big Show
30. Big Show 45:30 55:47 Randy Orton

Well technically that means Santino was in for longer than one second, so if anyone protests, I could refigure these numbers for the time the wrestler actually got into the ring. Until then, have a good night and come back for plenty of Royal Rumble review/coverage!

2009 Royal Rumble Random Draw Kick-Ass Pick’ Em (Kinda) Game

We dont worry too much about copyrights around here.

We don't worry too much about copyrights around here.

You know that game Dusty talked about on a recent audio where his friends came over for the Royal Rumble, they all picked numbers from 1 to 30 out of a Baltimore Colts fitted cap, and whoever had the number of the man who won the Royal Rumble match got bragging rights and a date with their attractive cousin? Well, Stunt Granny wants to share that fun with you! For this game (which is totally not affiliated with WWE), all you need to do is leave a comment on this post saying you’re interested in playing. DEADLINE IS 3 P.M. CENTRAL, SUNDAY, JAN. 25. At that time, Eric will randomly draw numbers from 1 to 30 in the order you signed up (don’t worry, the four of us won’t play); once he gets to the end of the list, he’ll start from the top again, making it first-come, first-served. So if 10 people sign up, everyone gets three numbers. If 29 people sign up, everyone gets one number, but the first person to sign up gets an extra number. We have nothing to give you, so all you’ll win is the chance to gloat in a comment. But *what a comment!* So sign up today, then order the 2009 WWE Royal Rumble (we’re totally not affiliated with WWE), and take a spot on the edge of your seat! Whoa!

An oldie but a goodie: Don Muraco, Mr. Fuji do stand-up

Last week on WWE 24/7, an old episode (duh, there aren’t any new episodes) of Tuesday Night Titans featured a clip of Don Muraco and Mr. Fuji doing stand-up comedy. Lots of people have probably seen this (as well as Fuji Vice and Fuji Bandito, et al), but it’s still worth sharing. Watching Gene Okerlund is just as funny as listening to the horrible stand-up routine. I’m certainly not trying to shill here, but if you can afford the $7.99 a month, WWE 24/7 is worth it just for classics like this. -Eric

The Art of Wrestling – Valentine’s Day

The WWE has some new deals for Valentine’s Day and ladies, nothing quite says “I love you” more than a package that includes a CM Punk t-shirt, a personalized teddy bear and of course some personalized candy.  The Punk shirt itself is nice and simple with his taped fists and forearms in white with black highlights and a black background.  The back is also nice and simple but the WWE screwed up the stars on the back.  Punk’s tights have a six pointed stars while the back of the t-shirt has five pointed stars.  I’m not exactly sure where they got the lightning bolt design either after scouring more of his pictures on WWE.com to see if it was one of his tattoos.  The bolts do provide an implied X on the back but they could have done without them.  The lettering for “CM Punk” is a good replica of his lettering for “straight edge” on his stomach.

No more fun bags for CM Punk

No more fun bags for CM Punk

The personalized teddy bear could be used in so many ways.  Let’s see what message CM Punk would send to his former girlfriends: Daffney – I wish you were Unger me, Traci Brooks –   Is this stuffed with the same thing as your boobs? and Maria – What’s the name of your goat again?

Hey, my scarf matches Punk's shirt colors.

Hey, my scarf matches Punk's shirt colors.

Just in case they were thinking of of sending him some candy, let’s get their thoughts: Daffney – 2 Small, Traci Brooks – No’ Mo’ 4 U and Maria – I Kissed Hef. – Kevin

Think Chicago Cubs about the goat joke.

Think Chicago Cubs about the goat joke. Thanks to Playboy for the picture.

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