Posts Tagged ‘wrestling’

Ahhhh, the greatest Thanksgiving tradition of all. No, not turkey, family, or football — it’s wrasslin’. Or at least it used to be. The Survivor Series took place on Thanksgiving from 1987-1990. In the spirit of things, the intro to Survivor Series ’89 features the wrestlers and exactly what they are thankful for. The answers, as you can imagine, are pretty interesting and range from “polka dots” (Dusty Rhodes) to “sardine stuffing” (the Bushwhackers) to “weqjerkljfdksjfdklfjds” (Ultimate Warrior). The cherry on top of it all is Vince McMahon’s spirited announcing of every single Survivor Series participant. Oh, how I long for the days of a full card of elimination tag-team matches complete with team captains and goofy team names.

Thinking back to Brock Lesnar’s first stint in the WWF, one moment sticks out. Not the botched shooting star press at Wrestlemania XIX or getting booed on his way out the door at Wrestlemania XX, but a match against the Big Show on Smackdown. Why’s that, you ask? Because his superplex off the top rope literally collapsed the ring. It’s an incredible physical feat, especially when you see how much bigger the Big Show is than him. With Lesnar’s eventful first month back in the books, let’s hope he has a lot more moments like this.

I’m in Miami for the Showcase of the Immortals, or as you might know it Wrestlemania XXVIII. Things are going to be a little light this week but hopefully there will be plenty to report back on. The main event event is The Rock vs. John Cena, an epic clash between two men who represent different eras in wrestling. The last time we saw a battle like this was 10 years ago, when the Rock was the current star and he faced off against Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The crowd at the Skydome was insane that night and hopefully the atmosphere will be just as charged on Sunday.

Slobberknocker: Empty Arena Match

Posted: March 23, 2012 by Keith Stone in videos
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Smackdown Hotel, corner of Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive. No, Mankind can’t talk. He’s a little tied up right now.

With Wrestlemania less than two weeks away, there’s no better time to look back at some of the classic matches the Rock has had. The Empty Arena Match against Mankind has to be right at the top. Shown during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII and filmed in an empty Tucson Arena, the duo battled their way in a falls count anywhere contest for the WWF Title. In 20 minutes, just about everything you could ask for in a match occurs. McMahon returning to the commentary table and simultaneously shilling for the WWF and rooting for the Rock in the most homoerotic way possible. Mankind falling down several sets of stairs. The Rock shoving Mankind into an oven and asking, “Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?” Mankind attacking the Rock with a bag of popcorn. All the while, Earl Hebner barely cracks a smile while the Rock is putting together a comedic performance that rivals Jim Carrey in the 80’s. Classic ending too with some fantastic camera work. Nobody but these two guys could pull off quite a match.

Trailer Park: Bending the Rules

Posted: March 2, 2012 by Keith Stone in videos
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I have a new policy. Anytime WWE Studios releases the trailer of one of its “movies,” it’s going in the Trailer Park faster than you can cook up a batch of crystal meth. Their latest foray into “film making” is Bending the Rules “starring” Edge and Jamie Kennedy. Edge “portrays” Blades who appears to be an easygoing, dimwitted police officer who doesn’t mind bending the rules (get it?) while Kennedy “plays” an uptight, straitlaced lawyer who’s forced to embark on a case with Blades. See how that works. They’re opposites. Honestly, I think Edge has potential but maybe as a secondary character paired with a legit actor who can raise his game. It’s like wrestling. Unfortunately, Jamie Kennedy is the Brooklyn Brawler.

Brandon Jacobs, you just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next? I’m going to a TV taping of TNA Impact Wrestling!

All Brandon Jacobs wanted to do was watch his buddy James Storm in action and have a cold celebration beer after a big win. But after Bully Ray stole his brew and spit it in Jacobs’s face, it was like Super Bowl XLVI all over again as the big man threw Bully Ray to the ground like he was a Patriots linebacker. It’s just a shame D’Lo Brown did such a fantastic job holding Jacobs back or someone may have been killed. Now it appears that following in the long tradition of New York Giants entering the wrestling ring (I’ll never forget the time Y.A. Tittle fought Killer Kowalski), Brandon Jacobs is going to get a shot at Bully Ray for real. Better brush up on those mike skills before then. Now let’s get some more beers.

Chris Jericho made his dramatic return (sort of) to the WWF the other night but has yet to utter a word, as he is seemingly too caught up with excitement and emotion to speak. I love Jericho as a good guy although it looks like he’s heading back to the dark side, perhaps to show the fans that they shouldn’t blindly cheer for somebody because they’re smiling. It’s way too early to figure out where this is going but I’m sure a big blowout at Wrestlemania is in the cards. If he doesn’t take on the Undertaker, how about a feud with CM Punk, WWF’s reigning “real” superstar? Either way, let’s take a look back at one the of the best moments of his previous incantation: a run-in with Bob Barker that Happy Gilmore would have been proud of.