Jeremy’s Blog: First Person Perspective of The Streak Ending

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Witnessing the end of the Streak was the literally, yes I mean literally, a top five moment in my life. It wasn’t that I was against the Streak or disliked the Undertaker. Quite the contrary actually; the Streak was one of WWE’s greatest creations whether it was intentional or not. It was on the border of becoming more important than the actual WrestleMania event. If it had to end it needed to end in spectacular fashion and it did.

Not one person in the Superdome expected the streak to end. As The Undertaker made his entrance my girl said ‘If Undertaker wins I am going to be really annoyed.” Kevin and I responded with the same sentence; “Be prepared to be annoyed.” We couldn’t have been more wrong but yet being wrong was never so satisfying.

At first the end of the match seemed botched. From our vantage point it appeared as if the referee accidently continued his count and slapped the mat for a three. It appeared as if he was waving his arms back and forth calling off his count. I was so stunned with the three count I don’t recall hearing the bell ring immediately after the count.

After watching the match on YouTube, since the WWE app doesn’t work on the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, it was clear the referee counted three and called for the bell. His arm motion was to make sure the match was called as finished and to ensure Brock Lesnar did no further damage to The Undertaker. There is really no explanation on how the scene could be viewed so radically different other than denial.

WWE perfectly milked the situation. There was no music playing to signify the victor let alone that the match had ended. There was no over the top celebration by Brock Lesnar. He perfectly sold the length and the physical nature of the match. Paul Heyman entered the ring but didn’t jump up and down in celebration. From our seats and our view of the ring it simply looked like he was in the ring to explain to Brock that the match finish was botched and they were stalling

There were no replays of the pin fall in the Superdome. The crowd was left waiting for some sort of result and the time passed slowly. Even though on television it was a mere 30 seconds in person those 30 seconds felt like minutes. Finally the wait came to a screeching halt when the video screens displayed the historic 21-1.

It had to be the most significant if shortest groan in history. There was no loud gasp. There was no screaming. There was no fainting, well, at least not around us. There was just silence. Of course there were a few of us cheering and clapping but that wasn’t done to be the cool kids in the crowd. I cheered and clapped with a strong vigor because I had no idea what do to with myself.

We had taken for granted the fact that in a field where everything is predetermined that the crowd really doesn’t know the outcomes. The finishes of WrestleMania 30 seemed obvious. The smart fan had it all figured out and gave this match no chance. This includes this very sites contributors. There was no way The Undertaker’s streak was coming to an end plain and simple.

The crowd eventually tried to chant “bullshit” but it never caught on. The energy in the building had been buried in an avalanche of shock. All of the preconceived notions of knowing it all were gone. Not one person considered the fact that Brock would win and now that he had there was nothing but a mass mental sort circuit to process what had just happened.

It was such an incredible sight to behold. It was a powerful moment. It was so shocking it made us all feel bad for the divas match that was up next.

There will be arguments and debate for a long time about whether or not The Undertaker should have lost. The fact though is that it provided one of the most memorable and entertaining moments for it audience. It has now made the fans guess at all turns now. If anything, the end of the streak gave us all that much. -Jeremy

Ultimate Warrior, dead at 54 #RIPUltimateWarrior

Saturday, the hall of fame. Sunday, the biggest show of the year. Monday, who knew it would be a farewell speech. Tuesday, gone in an instant.

When I was 9 years old, I wrote the Ultimate Warrior a letter – I don’t recall if I sent it – telling him he was my second favorite wrestler, right behind Hulk Hogan. I’ve spent 24 years since, guilt-riddled over even thinking that was a good idea. I’ve finally discovered the root of my guilt: Ultimate Warrior, for all of his quirks, beliefs and idiosyncrasies, was a man of conviction, unwavering in his beliefs, even if they, at best, didn’t line up, or at worst clashed head-on, with the general public’s way of thinking. Anyone who declares in a public forum that “Queerin’ don’t make the world work” certainly has an askew vision of reality (and shouldn’t be forgiven for some of his statements simply because he’s dead), but whether his comments were shocking, stimulating or spot-on, they were never suspicious or lacking in fortitude.

I grew up on Warrior’s psycho-babble – which made more sense in the context of pro wrestling – and was hypnotized by the paint, the promos, the tassles, the mullet, the muscles and the, as Vince McMahon would say, frenetic energy. At age 9, that sort of thing explodes at you out of the TV screen. Warrior is probably the reason I grew out my rat’s nest of a head of hair when I was in third grade, and he was definitely the cause of my playground press slams and classroom clotheslines. I may have cheered Hulk Hogan in “The Ultimate Challenge” at WrestleMania VI, but Warrior was quite the runner-up.

Fast forward 24 years, a lot of good matches, and a few stinkers. Let’s even skip past the WWE-produced DVD that dragged Warrior’s character through the mud (although that documentary is great for a laugh or 12.) When it was announced that Warrior was being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, I think we all let out a sigh of relief. Our hero made amends with his old boss/sometimes nemesis, and he was coming back home.

Due to timing, the only WWE Hall of Fame speech I was able to watch live this past Saturday was that of the Ultimate Warrior. Despite looking physically shaky, including sweating like a sinner in church, his speech was well delivered and well received. He bit his tongue in this public forum and spent more time applauding the positives than dwelling on the negatives. He did the same thing Monday night on Raw when given the microphone again, despite still appearing somewhat unhealthy – note that the production team attempted to not capture Warrior walking up the stairs and through the ropes. Not a clue if Warrior suffered from any physical ailments, but his hobbling and tremoring may have told a story.

I’ll say this, too, about Warrior: I won’t pretend to be upset about his diatribes against Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and others, as those were their business and none of mine. However, Warrior had always been completely complimentary of the fans, never bad-mouthing us as a whole. For all of the people who have said Warrior was “bad for business,” it’s clear he never took his fans for granted.

The timing of Ultimate Warrior’s death is just as bizarre as the life he led, but in a serendipitous way, maybe the past week gave him closure. I feel miserable for his wife and two young daughters who, I presume, never got to see their dad wrestle, and definitely never saw him at the peak of his popularity. He has a beautiful family, and I’m guessing he doted on them like any loving husband and father should. Stunt Granny sends its condolences, and we cherish the multi-colored memories. -Eric

Wrestlemania XXX Preview: HHH vs. Daniel Bryan

triple h daniel bryanJeremy & Kevin are just about finished with this marathon. We’re getting to the two matches that are interconnected. How did they think the hype was for this match? Did it come together after a rough start because of CM Punk’s supposed spot on this card? Has this been the best mic work from HHH is recent memory? Is he great for mocking fans of our ilk? Would Steve Jobs ever handcuff then beat one of his employees? So then why is it so effective for HHH to do that? Isn’t Hunter proclaiming this the “Reality Era”? Daniel Bryan gets the second part of the show. How did he hold up his end of the bargain on the microphone? Did his Yes Movement crowd take away from some valuable time? Jeremy & Kevin wrap up by talking about the match itself. Where will this one be on the card? How tired will the winner be? Could this be the highest quality match of the evening? We’ve got some quality for you when you hear our earth shattering predictions.

 

 

WrestleMania XXX Preview Shows
WrestleMania XXX Preview: WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
WrestleMania XXX Preview: Bray Wyatt vs John Cena
WrestleMania XXX Preview: Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
WrestleMania XXX Preview: Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
WrestleMania XXX Preview- Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
WrestleMania XXX Preview- The Shield vs The Corporate Kiss Asses

WrestleMania XXX Preview: The Shield vs. The Corporate Kiss Asses

kane shieldJeremy & Kevin are back to talk about the newly reunited Shield taking on the randomly thrown together team of Kane & the New Age Outlaws. Would we be looking forward to this match more if it was a three way match between Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns? Why exactly did the WWE decide not to pull the trigger on their break up? Was it because of CM Punk leaving? Will the Shield’s problems re-appear at Wrestlemania? The Corporate Kiss Asses have been pushed into this match when the Authority disavowed their actions from several weeks ago. Has that helped the story line for this match? Why would anyone not keep up on their Director of Operations? The Corporate Kiss Asses all have a laundry list of accolades but can they keep up with the Shield in the ring? Should we believe that Billy Gunn & Road Dogg can all of a sudden keep up when they couldn’t keep up with the Usos? Even though Kane’s character is still entertaining, can he make up for what the New Age Outlaws lack? Don’t worry, this podcast isn’t lacking anything so click on the link below.

 

 

 

WrestleMania XXX Preview Shows
WrestleMania XXX Preview: WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
WrestleMania XXX Preview: Bray Wyatt vs John Cena
WrestleMania XXX Preview: Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
WrestleMania XXX Preview: Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
WrestleMania XXX Preview- Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

WrestleMania XXX Preview: Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

Vickie-Guerrero-Divas-Championship-Invitational-for-WrestleMania-30Jeremy & Kevin are here to join you for a match that will surely act as a buffer between much more important matches. At the time of this recording, the rules of this Invitational were not defined. Since they were defined, our analysis has not been substantially changed. We are at least glad that Vickie Guerrero didn’t make it an elimination style match. Which of these ladies did Jeremy & Kevin forget were on the roster? Are they glad any of them are in this match? Will the Diva’s Division ever enjoy a renaissance like the tag team division or is Total Divas the best anyone can achieve? Even though we like to do predictions at the end of the show, is there anyone to pick other than AJ Lee or Naomi? Could Naomi’s big win happen in such a terrible multi-woman match? Will AJ continue to be made fun of for being proud to be Diva’s Champion if she wins? Find out that and more when you click on the link below!

 

WrestleMania XXX Preview Shows
WrestleMania XXX Preview: WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
WrestleMania XXX Preview: Bray Wyatt vs John Cena

WrestleMania XXX Preview: WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match

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Jeremy & Kevin have a special week set up for everyone. After taking a year off of doing match by match previews for Wrestlemania, they’re back at it again this year because they will be attending the event. They start with a match that has already been pushed to the pre-show, the defense of the Tag Team Titles by the Usos against The Real Americans, Rybaxel and Los Matadores. Let’s start with the obvious fault in this show, who predicted that this match would stay on the main card when they recorded over the weekend? What reasoning was given because this match had pre-show written all over it? Don’t worry, Jeremy & Kevin do get around to wondering how the tag team division went from humming along for the first time in years to becoming part of the pre-show especially since the Usos finally got their big win over the New Age Outlaws. Does anyone know how Los Matadores got into this match? For that matter, how did Rybaxel get in it? Who else has noticed that Jack Swagger is winning all of a sudden? Is it just a build up for their break up after Wrestlemania? Your tag team of Jeremy & Kevin end with their predictions for who wins this match. Click on the link below.

Eric’s Blog: @WWE must change the stipulation of WrestleMania 30’s Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan match

“Nice amateur booking, ya piece of crrrrrap!”

WWE has stumbled all over itself since August 2013, trying to book Daniel Bryan as a main-eventer to capitalize on his huge popularity while keeping the attention on pretty much anybody else around him. From playing second banana to Randy Orton and Triple H to being leapfrogged by Batista, WWE is only now “getting it right” in the eyes of the fans, who have latched onto the concept of “the face of WWE” in a way decision-makers never intended.

It seems to me that Daniel Bryan was not originally slotted to be a part of this chapter of the “face of WWE” angle. The likely plan was for Bryan to be pissed enough at CEO and part-timer Triple H to wrestle and beat him at WrestleMania 30 in a really good match…and that’s about it. At the other end of the card, Randy Orton would have heelishly attempted to “save face,” if you will, against the returning hero, Batista (although who in the hell would have believed in either of them as the face of the company?). When WWE fans shit all over Batista’s return and jeopardized plans for the main event of the biggest show of the year, WWE had to call an audible and add the popular Bryan back into the angle.

Elements of what I assume were the original plans are still there; Triple H screws Bryan time and time again until the Goat Face challenged the King of Kings to a match. Triple H finally said yes. (“YES!”) But now, with Batista going over like a fart in church and Bryan’s popularity at a fever pitch (WWE Extreme Rules: The Fever vs. the Fart!), they had to add the obvious stipulation: If Daniel Bryan beats Triple H at WrestleMania 30, Bryan will be added to the show’s headline match versus Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

That’s very white of them, except that there’s no drama whatsoever. If Triple H wins the match, absolutely nothing happens. Worse, nothing changes – Hunter is still the big mean CEO, Bryan is still the underdog with the beard, and we still get the Orton-Batista match we don’t want.

WWE needs to change the stipulation of the Hunter-Bryan match so that if Hunter wins, he’s added to the title match. And there are a million ways to get there:

  • “Orton, you’re a whiner! Batista, no one likes you! I’ve universally beloved! I would make a better champ!”
  • “If this company is going to have a face, it oughta be the COO and the 1,800-time champion!”
  • “I gotta regain control of this circus, and the best way to have control is to have the title!”
  • “Bryan, you are so undeserving of a title shot, that I’m making myself eligible to motivate me to kick your ass even worse.”

And 9,999,996 more.

What this does is literally scare fans into thinking Triple H is so egotistical that he would really add himself to the title match at the expense of not just Daniel Bryan but the entire (ahem) WWE Universe. Hunter has a history of doing such things. It shouldn’t be enough for someone with Hunter’s background to simply keep Bryan out of the match. He should crave his own chance at the title, an outcome that would smash Bryan’s spirits like a hairy bug.

WWE needs to create the threat of this big, bad bully pulling the rug out from under the underdog. So again, keep things the same so it’s as plain as the noses on our faces that Bryan will win, or change the stipulation so that, nearfall after nearfall after nearfall, we’re on the edges of our seats.

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