Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of #WWE #Raw

BandwagonI had a full weekend but my favorite part came Saturday evening when exiting the Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Bluejackets game. Two things really amused me during the game. My girl and I walk past the sign up area to sign up for the “Arch City Army”, which is a faction of hard core Jackets fans, going to our seats every game. Since this game involved the Penguins, there were plenty of Pittsburgh fans in attendance including myself. The first derogatory thing told to me was to “Go home…to Pittsburgh.” After living in Columbus for 14 years, I still get this comment. I’m not going anywhere people. Deal with me rooting for the Penguins. The full season ticket holder that sits beside me seemed shocked that I wore my colors even though I told at Opening Night that I would be dressed in black and gold. What an idiot.

The second part was why I mentioned walking past the Arch City Army. After the Pens won 3-0, the best chant they muster was “Bandwagon! Bandwagon!” which is hilarious on multiple levels. You’re the only Bluejackets fans left in the arena. Looks like your bandwagon already left the arena so you’ve got no back up. Second, do you realize that the last time the Penguins won a Stanley Cup was 2009? That’s four years ago if you can’t do the math. You don’t stay on a band wagon for that long. When you’ve been rooting for a team for that long, you’re just a fan. The Pens have enjoyed a great regular seasons but have been terrible in the playoffs. Even last year ended with a miserable sweep to the Boston Bruins.

The “Bandwagon” chant also got me thinking after the Pittsburgh Steelers got dismantled by the New England Patriots. I wore my Pirates hat to the game because it used to be the best way to say “I’m a hard core Pittsburgh fan. You can’t call me a band wagon fan.” I’m starting to think now that I’m going to have wear Steelers gear since they’re the only losers in town. Time to review Raw after that rant which really could have been it’s own post. Let’s roll.

Lenny-Squiggy-laverne-and-shirley-19107748-640-480CM Punk kicks off the show then we get more review from last week. The Wyatt Family gets their entrance. Evidently, this is good for business. Luke Harper is Punk’s opponent. Jerry Lawler isn’t buying that it’ll stay a 1 on 1 match. Smart man. I’m not sure why Punk is going with the Squiggy look. Not surprised Harper got the call. He was good when I’ve seen him. Holy cow, Mitchell Cool is an idiot. Rowan doesn’t look like Michael Myers. Break time. Punk finally makes a come back. His neck breaker looked really bad. Punk ends up “stealing it” with a roll up. Rowan attacks Punk. Bray Wyatt joins in. Daniel Bryan makes the save with a chair. HHH gets more air time because the WWE makes content for their website. If it’s important, it makes it to TV. Could you imagine the CEO of Apple being taped saying “Finish him” to people mugging one of their employees, JBL? They’d be in as much trouble as Richie Incognito.

Renee Young talks to CM Punk. He knows that he’ll always be out numbered. Punk knows he’s not the only one who has a problem with them. Weird that Bryan didn’t pop in. Paul Heyman is on the phone. He appears to be in a Russian gulag because this interview isn’t on Skype. Heyman cries and hangs up. Ryback gets to take on the Great Khali to get some heat back. We get a break first. Lovely.

Khali is out powering Ryback early. I guess Ryback isn’t strong enough to give Khali Shellshock. Meat hook clothes line for the win. Ryback drags Santino out of the ring. He tosses Marella into the barrier. Just what the doctor ordered. We get more Big Show tape. JBL makes the same claims about jail. Evidently the authorities in those municipalities and the WWE don’t feel the same. Kofi Kingston shows up for Eric Nelson’s birthday, if he’s still alive.

Alberto Del Rio is his opponent. Del Rio is putting the boots to Kofi early. He needs to get heat back too if he’s going to take on Super Cena again. The crowd is still pulling for Kofi even though he’s been MIA for a while now. Del Rio misses the enziguri. Del Rio makes one of the lamest kick outs ever. Kofi goes for the SOS. Del Rio turns it into the cross arm breaker for the win. Nice counter. Dear lord, they go through Big Show’s charges with video packages. JBL has no answer for the charges other than he hates lawyers. That’s some weak sauce.

Randy Orton comes out first. Lawler is ready to announce his opponent when Orton gets on a mic. That was as bland as it could be. Big E Langston is his opponent. My boy Dolph Ziggler & the Miz got crushed. No surprise really because the only thing Orton had right was that the WWE Universe didn’t truly have a choice. We got 3 guys the WWE wants him to face. (Next Day Edit: Well, it’s really 1 guy that the WWE wants Orton to face and 2 guys that aren’t a stretch to face Orton.) Langston shoulder blocks him out of the ring. After tossing Orton to the outside a third time, we get a commercial. Orton finally gets control shortly after the break. Big E missed a spear. Yikes. That is a large gentleman doing that. Orton gets to bore us with a reverse chin lock. Big E shoulder blocks Orton in the corner. JBL gets no sold on a comment. Splash by Big E for a near fall. This is some bizarro world baby face match. Dominant showing by opponent, baby face makes a heroic comeback for the win. No way Big E wins this one. Hanging DDT by Orton. The ladies are loving the “New face of the WWE”. RKO out of the Big Ending. Why is Big Show getting so much air time?

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Stunt Granny Conversation: The Walking Dead – Season 4 – Indifference

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Kevin: Are we going to have our somewhat zombie free discussion?

Jeremy: Ahh you referring to last night’s show? What little zombies there were sure made an impact.

Kevin: Yes sir, I am referring to last night’s episode of The Walking Dead titled Indifference.

Jeremy: Very formal. Did they have to kill the hippie chick? Why not the doofus?

Kevin: That whole scene seemed very much like wrestling. This couple has gone at least several years without getting killed but they happen to get killed within minutes of meeting Rick & Carol? I saw that coming a mile away. Just to cheese it up more, she had retrieved her vegetables from their greenhouse.

Jeremy: I was waiting for them to turn on Rick and Carol, which was the drama for me. They were given guns after all. They did make a point of bringing up her gimpy leg. It made me laugh when that was left behind. Not sure it was supposed to though.

Kevin: And his weak shoulder. I’m sure the zombies were just targeting those body parts. They never should have worn wraps. They’re like bull’s eyes for zombies.

Jeremy: Splash them in blood next time to give them a fighting chance.

Kevin: Ha. That would be one way to deal with them. I did love the talk Carol and Rick had while our favorite hippie chick was getting pulled apart.

Jeremy: Yes, as they discuss life and death issues the poor hippie is being dismembered 190 feet away.

Kevin: At least they got a couple of extra tomatoes out of their gabbing. I thought it was interesting that they had flipped roles in opinion for the most part.

Jeremy: Carol has become the most interesting person in the show. She was steadfast in her views. She reminded me a lot of Shane. Rick is back to his timid actions like they were on the farm.

Kevin: Shane was exactly who came to mind for me too. It’s still weird that she killed and burned two people the episode before they had an entire cell block full of people who were sick. Her form of justice didn’t do any good.

Jeremy:  Right and that is what Rick tried to point out so weakly. She killed them without thinking. She acted irrationally where Shane had his stance buy them couldn’t handle it. Carol albeit messy had her plan but didn’t think it through. She did try to justify her actions which I agree with if they were that bad off physically. Rick viewed her as a loose cannon.

Kevin: Which is where his waffling was weird to me. Sometimes, people make bad choices. It seemed to me more like this was a bad choice by Carol more than a pathological problem like Shane had.

Jeremy: Well she did start teaching weapons class to kids behind everyone’s back. She has gone out on her own already. At this rate she may become more aggressive. She even gave the one girl a knife inside the quarantine. He noticed it was gone when he unrolled the knives in the car.

Kevin: I guess she was moving that way even further. Is that the first person to get booted from the show without dying?

Jeremy: Well Merle comes to mind but he ended up returning and going walker. The closest I can think is the black neighbor who returned last season. I cannot remember his name. But he wasn’t a regular. Also, the Governor.

Kevin: I think that was more my point, none of the characters who were in the group have gotten that part of a sendoff. Merle and The Governor were both bad guys who got away. I really don’t remember the black neighbors name anyway.

Jeremy: Got ya but so you really think this is the end of her? Hell, Rick was looking in the rearview mirror constantly. I was waiting for her to appear or for Rick to crash.

Kevin: I think she’ll be back but I’m not sure she’s a hell fire bringing kind of a person. Of course, I’m not sure why you’d want to come back with a disease ravaging the entire place. Would the girl in the sick block pull her back in?

Jeremy: The girls may provide a tug but it makes me think that is what Rick was looking for. She became so unattached she wouldn’t name her own daughter. She had something there to fight for and didn’t. When she returns and I am sticking to that, it won’t be in anger. Her removal will have huge consequences for the entire group.

Kevin: Any type of consequences that come to mind specifically?

Jeremy:  Well Daryl. Ugh, not consequences good god. I meant effects. Daryl loses his closest friend. If Rick decides to tell Tyreese he may go off again. The two girls now have no parents again.

Kevin: That is a triumvirate of problems. Rick has got to explain why she is gone so it’s not like he can get around it unless he flat out lies to the group.

Jeremy: Yeah he can’t lie and say she died. At least he shouldn’t if he has learned anything. It will also look very suspicious for him to return without her. Even though Rick talks her up about being stronger and a survivor now is so hollow. She was given some sundries and agent off on her own after all that time inside a group.

Kevin: That wasn’t much of a severance package. I did like how she groveled a bit to try and stay in the group by complimenting his tenure as leader. Carol was right in telling him that he needs to be a farmer and fighter.

Jeremy: Yes she was fine.  I hate then fact she finally becomes a compelling and strong woman and now she is seemingly gone. Guess that means they got me emotionally involved. Damnit.

Kevin: The only thought in my brain that we haven’t covered was of course they’d get rid of someone when they become interesting. Par for the course.

Jeremy: Yeah but she will still be back. So, how long do we have to go with two black guys on this show? I am ready for Bob to die already.

Kevin: Of course the scum bag who has a drinking problem sticks around. With all of his near death experiences already this season, I’m sure he’s bound to get offed this season.

Jeremy:  I wanted Daryl to just push him in to the skin eaters. Just be done with him. You have that collection of brutality and Bob. Seriously fuck Bob.

Kevin: There was no reason to keep him around. From what I can tell, he had no real job at the prison.

Jeremy: No he had just gotten there when this season started. Daryl even tried to prop him up only to immediately get let down. That was damn fine acting as well.

Kevin: I’m not sure how I could shoot a scene in which I had to bump heads with another actor while trying not to fall off of what looked like a rickety roof. But when you’re that pissed, you do tend to invade someone’s space so it was spot on.

Jeremy: Enjoy how everyone gas some sort of secret from each other. Even though they depend in each other they still won’t be honest with each other.

Kevin: I don’t even think the writers wrote it poorly. It tells you how stupid people would be even in that dire of a situation.

Jeremy: No the writing so far has been spot on. Good pacing and surprising events. Can’t ask for much more.

Weekend Rewind – TNA, Will They Be Bought?

Smashing-PumpkinsJeremy and I addressed the TNA sales rumors on the Audio this past Friday. Janice Carter, mother of Dixie Carter, emphatically denied them later that day proving that once again, we have a mole inside of TNA. Prowrestling.net was still standing behind their sales story even after this news. We don’t care who’s right because we’re either going to continue watching a train wreck or be hopeful that a new owner can come up with better ideas than the current regime.

To confirm that things are going swimmingly for Impact Wrestling, TNA announced on Saturday that the Impact Zone at Universal Studios will now be broadcast from Soundstage 19 instead of the old Soundstage 21. This is important because they are moving from a stage that is 22,000 to one that is 16,500 or a 25% reduction in size. This would be like the WWE deciding that instead of using Madison Square Garden that their new home base is back in the Hammerstein Ballroom where they debuted Raw. I’m sure TNA is perfectly happy with this turn of events.

The last in the trilogy of news pieces on Dot Net about TNA this weekend was revealing that one possible buyer could be Billy Corrigan of The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s possible that he is just going to buy part of the company. Corrigan currently owns Resistance Pro Wrestling in Chicago and he had interest in buying ECW. It would be interesting to watch some of his current promotion to get a glance at how TNA might be run in the future but I’m having a hard time getting through website. The opening page starts things off poorly by featuring a giant picture of R Pro Champion “The Ego” Robert Anthony and his giant nipples. By going to their website’s merchandise tab, I can see that he has a similar infatuation with former WWE employees that TNA has. By looking at their roster, at least none of them are on the roster. At least it looks like they’d make the roster a manageable size unlike TNA.

We will keep an eye on the TNA sales situation, unless we’re having a Siamese Dream about Stunt Granny booking TNA. – Kevin

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