Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Road to WWE Wrestlemania 33: Week 3

This week on the Road to Wrestlemania titles changed hands, friendships were shattered, and the feuds for Wrestlemania are becoming are more obvious. On Monday Night, the Festival of Friendship was the big thing that was being promoted. Chris Jericho looked like he was having a good time but Kevin Owens wasn't. The segment ended with a vicious beat down that sent Chris Jericho to the hospital. The other beat down that took place in that segment was Owens attack Gillberg. Gillberg returned as part of Jericho's jokes. Earlier in the night the cameras caught Kevin Owens talking to Triple H in what looked like a pretty serious conversation. I wonder if Kevin's conversation Triple H had anything to do with the attack on Jericho. Speaking of Triple H and attacks, Samoa Joe made his presence known again when he attacked Sami Zayn. Samoa Joe is being pushed very heavily right now and I will be curious to see where his career goes from here. Monday Night ended with a highly contested Women's Title match between Charlotte Flair and Bayley. This was another classic encounter for the Women's Division and the night ended with Bayley holding the championship high. My worst fear is that Bayley will drop it Fastlane and they play hot potato with the title for 5 months like they did with Sasha Banks and Charlotte. Fastlane is just a few short weeks away so hopefully things will be different. 

Tuesday Night we felt the fallout from the Elimination Chamber where the new WWE Champion Bray Wyatt addressed the crowd. Before he could really start his celebration John Cena and AJ Styles came out  and both demanded their one one rematch for the WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan came out and made a triple threat match for title as the main event of the night. Before the match began Luke Harper came out and attacked Bray Wyatt which left little doubt that he's definitely on his own. This was incredible Wrestlemania worthy main event and title match. Styles and Cena have some of the best chemistry I've seen in a long time. It's almost disappointing that they won't be involved in the WWE Title match at Wrestlemania. The night ended with Randy Orton coming out stating that as long as Bray Wyatt is WWE Champion he will not fight him at Wrestlemania. I will be curious to see how this story plays out over the next few weeks. One thing I always enjoy about Smackdown is the fact that they use all of their women on a regular basis. Even Carmella who isn't wrestling right now is in a comedic storyline with James Ellsworth. I just enjoy the Smackdown Women's Division as a whole more then I do Raw's. The one feud that is intriguing heading into Wrestlemania is Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin. I feel like Dean will be able to do more with Corbin then he did with Lesnar last year during Wrestlemania season. Ambrose and Corbin are both intense individuals and it will make for a great Intercontinental Title match at Wrestlemania.

Following Smackdown we moved over to the WWE Network for 205 Live. I love how Alicia Fox is involved with some of the main stories on the show. I think it's a great fit for her considering she's not highlighted on Raw as much anymore. She makes Noam Dar's matches really fun and entertaining to watch. Even though Dar lost to Rich Swann it's just so funny to see Dar and Fox together. Gran Metalik who was in the finals of the Cruiserweight Classic made his much anticipated debut against Drew Gulak. I can honestly say that I was not very impressed. I don't know if it was the different styles or what but I couldn't get into it. Neville continued his reign of terror by defeating TJ Perkins in a highly contested bout. I really love that Neville and Jack Gallagher are feuding. Both show different sides of the U.K. culture and have very different personalities. I can't wait to see how the Cruiserweight Division plays out heading into Wrestlemania.

Speaking of the United Kingdom, it was really great to see WWE UK Champion defend his title against Trent Seven. This was a treat to see and a really entertaining match. I hope we start seeing more use of the UK stars soon. The tag team division in NXT is in need of some serious depth. The Authors of Pain, The Revival and DIY are the only teams really being highlighted right now. TM-61 is out of action, and Sanity have feuds with multiple singles wrestlers. I truly believe The Revival and DIY are ready to be on the main roster and when that happens whats left of the NXT Tag Team Division. The same thing could also be said for the Women's Division. Eventually they are going to have bring some new women into the fold because Asuka, Petyon Royce, Billie Kay and Ember Moon are all going to be main roster ready within the next year. I have a feeling after Wrestlemania is over it's going to get tough for NXT because so many are ready to be called up. 

We have saw three titles change hands, a friendship destroyed and a Royal Rumble winner refusing to challenge the champion at Wrestlemania. These next few weeks are going to interesting. I am looking forward to the Battle Royal on Smackdown next week to determine the new number one contender to Bray Wyatt and the WWE Championship. Check back next week to see how it all unfolds.

Matches of the Week
Raw: Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley for the Women's Championship
Smackdown: Bray Wyatt vs. AJ Styles vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
205 Live: Neville vs. TJ Perkins
NXT: Tyler Bate vs. Trent Seven for the WWE UK Championship

Monday, February 13, 2017

Teddy Long to be Inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame

Holla Holla Playa the WWE Hall of Fame has it's newest member. Teddy Long has been in many roles during his thirty year career. Many fans know him for his time as Smackdown General Manager. His legacy and impact in sports entertainment long before he came to WWE. From 1985 to 1998 he spent time as a referee and manager in NWA and WCW. He was the replacement referee for the Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat at Chi-Town Rumble where Steamboat won the title. Long became a manager later on that year. The most notable tag teams that he was with in his time were Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) and The Skyscrapers(Sid Vicious, Dan Spivey and "Mean" Mark Callous). Long managed Callous before Paul Bearer managed The Undertaker which is something most people forget in the history book. He did end up managing Doom to the Tag Team Championships in WCW. It was a title reign that last 281 days which was the longest tag title reign in the 90's for WCW.

Once his time in WCW was over he went to WWE and started off as a referee. His time as referee had some tragic moments. He was in the ring the night Owen Hart died and when Darren Drozdov was paralyzed. Fortunately Teddy Long briefly resumed the role of a manger for names like Mark Henry, Rodney Mack and Jazz. In late 2004, he became the Smackdown General Manager which last on and off for nearly 10 years. His feuds for power included Eric Bischoff, Vickie Guerrero, and John Laurinaitis. He became well known for the "Teddy Long Tag Match," a term that was developed because whenever wrestlers interfered or brawl he would put everyone involved in a tag team match. Teddy Long always had a great presence and energy whenever he was in his role of General Manager. He made it fun to watch Smackdown and was never at a loss for words. Teddy Long has earned his place in the WWE Hall of Fame. He worked his way from the bottom to the top and he did it with class. Congratulations to Teddy Long on being the newest member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Teddy Long with Doom(Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) during their time as WCW Tag Team Champions

The Corner of Controversy and Criticism: Charles Oakley, Kevin Durant and UFC 208

This week was undoubtedly a crazy week in the world of sports especially in the NBA. This past Wednesday Charles Oakley was in attendance at Madison Square Garden for a Knicks game. Oakley is a legend in New York, giving ten years of his career on the Knicks team. He was sitting a few rows from court-side where reportedly being a little loud. Not even four minutes into the game he was asked by security to leave and that they were under orders to remove him from the building. Oakley did not leave quietly as he proceeded to shove security guards which led to his arrest. The Knicks have been in utter chaos the entire season. They have big contracts that no one wants and they have a President who constantly slams their franchise player. I thought the problems between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony were the worse thing that could go on with the Knicks until Oakley showed up. The way that James Dolan and the Knicks P.R. department handled the situation was absolutely pathetic. They are making assumptions that Oakley has an alcohol problem when there has been absolutely no proof of such a claim. Then we fast forward to the weekend when James Dolan had Latrell Sprewell sit by him court-side in the Knicks game against the Spurs. In my opinion this move was made to save face since there is so much heat on him. As far as I am concerned Sprewell is a coward for playing into Dolan's horrible mistakes. I really wish the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would step in and take some action against the Knicks before things get even more out of control. 

Another highly covered situation that took place this past week was Kevin Durant's return to Oklahoma as a member of the Golden State Warriors. He left the Thunder this past season after spending eight years with the team and having a great teammate with Russell Westbrook. The Thunder already traveled to Oakland twice and lost both games. Durant has had great performances all three times he's played his former team but then again he has three other superstars to back him up. The reception that Durant got from his former home crowd was less then loving and warm. I couldn't have expected any less. It's no different from when Lebron left Cleveland for Miami. What did Durant think was going to happen? More importantly what is Durant's mom thinking? I have no doubt that Wanda Durant is a really good person but for her to come out and say it's not right the way Thunder fans treated him this weekend when he made his return is absolutely absurd. Your son makes millions and millions of dollars playing a sport that he excel's at. He is set for life and probably has made sure you and other family members will never have to worry about anything financially. I am sure being his mom you never want to hear son be called names or treated poorly but he turned his back on a team and city that was very good to him. He had it made in OKC and he turned his back on all of that just so he could join the team he couldn't beat. The reason I will never fully respect Durant and LeBron James is because they had to leave their respective teams to get help from other superstars to win. If they are as great as everyone thinks how come they can't make those around them better? They should have been able to win with whoever they had around them. In his entire career Michael Jordan never asked to be traded, never demanded that the Bulls sign someone and he made everyone around him better. Years from now are people going to be able to say the same thing about Lebron James and Kevin Durant?

The angriest person this week wasn't even Charles Oakley or the Thunder fans. Dana White was less then thrilled about how UFC 208 went down on Saturday Night. It was suppose to be a historic night at the UFC crowned the first ever UFC Women's Featherweight Champion. The fight was between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. There was some controversy in this fight due to the fact Randamie struck Holm after the bell in multiple rounds. Each time looked pretty intentional and may effected how Holm approached the rest of the fight. Holm wants an immediate rematch and I think Dana should give it to her. Dana was not happy about the decision of Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson. It was a good fight but Brunson was clearly the aggressor and had more significant moments in the fight. This is why you can't leave the fight in the hands of the judges. You never know what they are going to decide. I really wish there was a different way to determine a clear cut winner in these fights because so many times the judges get it wrong. I feel like ever since UFC changed ownership in July things have not been as good as they were when the Fertitta Brothers owned it. I also feel like this was a very lackluster card which I hope is not a sign for the future. Hopefully the company can rebound with UFC 209 which looks like a really great fight card that will not having any controversies like UFC 208 did.

What a crazy week with lots of emotion that consisted of anger and disappointment. There is a lot to look forward to this week like the return of NASCAR with The Clash at Daytona. The sports world will also be watching to see if the UConn Women's Basketball can win their 100th straight game. It will be a history making week with NASCAR's new rules and format. It will be a celebration if UConn can win 100 straight. Until next week remember Controversy Doesn't Come Without Criticism! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Results, Recap, Review of WWE Elimination Chamber 2017

Tonight was Smackdown's last major stop before Wrestlemania and it took place at the Elimination Chamber. The Elimination Chamber and No Way Out were once monumental pay-per-views that would lead up to Wrestlemania. Smackdown has been considered the land of opportunity so who would seize the opportunity to shine on the grandest stage of them all? Here are the results of tonight's Elimination Chamber event.

-Preshow: Mojo Rawley defeated Curt Hawkins 
-Becky Lynch defeated Mickie James
-Apollo Crews/Kalisto defeated Dolph Ziggler
-American Alpha wins the Tag Team Gauntlet to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
-Nikki Bella and Natalya ended a double count out
-Randy Orton defeated Luke Harper
-Naomi defeated Alexa Bliss to win the Smackdown Women's Championship
-Bray Wyatt wins the Elimination Chamber to win the WWE Championship

The opening match was the veteran Mickie James taking on  Becky Lynch. James had a great match back in the Summer with Asuka at Takeover which led to her getting a WWE contract once again. Mickie James looks great and still can get it done in the ring. I love how Smackdown does the complete opposite of Raw. Smackdown brings stars from the past to help get the younger stars over where Raw brings old stars to make money an beat the younger stars. We go from the women to what was suppose to be a 2 on 1 handicap match. Before Kalisto could join Apollo Crews in the ring Ziggler attacked the masked superstar before the match started. I like the Ziggler heel turn because it was long overdo. Before Ziggler could defeat Crews, Kalisto came back out to help Ziggler get the win. After the match was over Ziggler attacked Kalisto and Crews leaving his mark on the night. 

The one thing I enjoyed about this pay-per-view is that all the tag teams and all the women were involved. The tag team gauntlet proved that Smackdown has a little more depth then Raw does. I don't like how they made The Ascension look so weak. Right before they came out The Uso's put a big time beat down on American Alpha which didn't make sense. You should not be able make a come back that quick after a beat down like that. I hope The Ascension can get some momentum rolling after this week and eventually win the tag titles. They were one of the most dominant teams in NXT and since they got to the main roster things have not been good for them. One thing that's been fun to watch is the rivalry between Natalya and Nikki Bella. I love when rivalries have a personal twist to them because it brings more reality to the show. It looked like Nikki was struggling for a minute but she finished match strong. I am glad they left this rivalry open for an exciting conclusion.

One of the best stories that has taken place in recent memory is the Wyatt Family story. I love that Randy Orton joined Bray Wyatt because Orton needed something to get his momentum going again. Orton's career has been sub-par since Wrestlemania 30 when he last held the WWE World Championship. Orton won his second Royal Rumble last month which added to his of accolades. I also believe that it's time Luke Harper goes on his own. When Harper was on the independent scene as Brodie Lee he proved to be a top notch performer that can hang with the best. Harper proved tonight that he can definitely go at it alone. Since the NXT call-ups during the draft I feel like Alexa Bliss has been the most successful. She is really coming into her own as a performer and has gotten the most out of her opportunities. I am so happy for Naomi in her victory but the last couple of minutes of the match was a bit of a botch fest. Hopefully when they have their rematch it won't end in multiple botches.

In the main event, six men entered the new Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship and the right to be in a prime spot at Wrestlemania. I like the new set up of the chamber but the one thing I was disappointed that they covered up the surface outside of the ring. However they made up for it a little with some of the spots they did in the match. I was really surprised to see Styles and Cena start off the match. Each man that was in the match had some great highlights. Baron Corbin was eliminated first by Dean Ambrose which didn't set well with The Lone Wolf. Corbin attacked Ambrose after the elimination allowing The Miz to pin Ambrose. The Miz was the next one eliminated after Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment, The final three came down to Cena, Styles and Wyatt. Cena surprisingly wasn't the last man eliminated. It came down to Bray Wyatt and AJ Styles which was actually a good match-up. I would mind seeing more of Wyatt and Styles in the future. At the end of the night it was Bray Wyatt walking out the WWE Champion. 

The Elimination Chamber was a good pay per view and the matches were decent.but there was nothing that stood out for me. As of right now the WWE Championship will be Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton. However there are seven weeks left until Wrestlemania and anything can change. I am going to give Elimination Chamber a 6 out of 10. I applaud the effort of the Smackdown roster but in my opinion they are making Smackdown looking like the B show headed into Wrestlemania. I will be curious how the Smackdown side of things go until Wrestlemania. In three weeks we go to the Raw side of things with WWE Fast Lane. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Road to WWE Wrestlemania 33: Week 2

This week on the Road to Wrestlemania there were things that I was happy to see and things that just make me shake my head. Monday Night Raw saw the in ring debut of Samoa Joe. In the opening segment he signed his contract and cut a really great promo. He was interrupted by Roman Reigns who challenged him to a fight which took place later in the night. I think Joe had a great in ring debut on Monday Night. He got the win after Braun Strowman interfered in the match. Earlier in the night Mick Foley made Reigns vs. Strowman for WWE Fastlane. The biggest disappointment is that Goldberg will be challenging Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Title which no doubt set up Goldberg vs. Lesnar 3 at Wrestlemania 33 for the title. I feel like this does nothing for the future of the business and this is the part of Wrestlemania season I despise. The one thing that I enjoy is watching Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho. They have had good matches and I foresee Jericho defending the United States against Zayn at Fastlane. The tag team division is slowly starting to heat up again. The Club is feuding with Sheamus and Cesaro but interference from Big Cass cost Sheasaro a chance to win back the tag titles on Monday Night. Next week we will see another title match as Charlotte defends the Raw Women's Title against Bayley. 

Tuesday night Smackdown took place from Seattle which is near the hometown of Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan. He was cutting a great promo before he was interrupted by The Miz, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles. Bryan set up a fatal four way between the four that Corbin ended up winning. I like that they are pushing Corbin because he's hungry and wants to be the best. Another thing I enjoy is all the women of Smackdown being involved in high profile feuds. There will be three women's matches at Elimination Chamber which is really unheard of but it's great to see them getting a chance. The Main Event of Smackdown featured the legendary rivalry of John Cena and Randy Orton. I love how overtime Orton has been able to evolve himself a little bit here and there. He was in Evolution as the Legend Killer and had some really memorable matches. He led Legacy and became the Apex Predator that became one of the all time greats in WWE history. Now he is in the Wyatt Family and making a push towards the WWE Championship.

Once Smackdown was over it was time for 205 Live. At the beginning of the show we learned that Tony Nese was injured on Monday Night Raw and was unable compete in the fatal five way. Mustafa Ali and Ariya Daivari competed to see who would replace Nese in the match. Ali won and moved on to the main event later in the evening. The fatal five way ended up being a really great match. I was pleasantly surprised that Gentleman Jack Gallagher won the match and earned himself a Cruiserweight Title shot against Neville. I think Gallagher is the most entertaining person in the Cruiserweight Division. I honestly hope he becomes Cruiserweight Champion and gets a match at Wrestlemania.

The fallout from Takeover San Antonio continued as Sanity attacked Tye Dillinger after he refused to join them again. Tye had some help in the form of Roderick Strong and No Way Jose which led to a 6-man tag later in the evening. Sanity ended up winning the match but I think a feud between Roderick Strong and Eric Young might be brewing. The Revival had an awesome 2016 but were left off Takeover. They are still down in NXT but this week they called out The Authors of Pain and got a sneak attack on them to make their point. The new NXT Champion Bobby Roode came out and celebrated his glorious win. I will be interested to see who his challenger is at Takeover Orlando. Nakamura is currently injured and there is no one that really stands out as the number one contender. Next week on NXT, the United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate will defend against Trent Seven in what should be an excellent match,

This concludes weeks two on the Road to Wrestlemania. This Sunday is Smackdown's final pay-perv-view before Wrestlemania. Everyone on the show will be fighting to get a spot on the biggest show of the year. Tune in next week to find out what takes place in week 3 on the Road to Wrestlemania. 

Matches of the Week
Raw: Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho and Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
Smackdown: Baron Corbin vs. AJ Styles vs. The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose
205 Live: Jack Gallagher vs. Noam Dar vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali vs. TJ Perkins
NXT: Sanity vs. Tye Dillinger/Roderick Strong/No Way Jose

Review of The Hurt Business

In 2016, a documentary was released to theaters for one day only. It was a documentary similar to a wrestling documentary that came out years ago called Beyond the Mat. This documentary was about the world of MMA. The documentary focuses on the origins of MMA, the violence and the struggle. When I saw the documentary was listed on Netflix I knew I absolutely had to watch it. The documentary features the stories and lives of 50 mixed martial artists, their families and other personalities in the business. I did not know how deep MMA ran and how hard the life of someone trying to make it really is. One notable name that was not in this film is Dana White. I think the reason for that is because I think he wants people to be ignorant and think this is a glorious lifestyle where you can make a great living. This documentary proves that mindset couldn't be anymore wrong.  It's very disheartening to see what some of these fighters go through. The documentary was filmed at points from 2012 to 2015 so some of the big stories that happened in 2016 were not in the documentary. However this was a very powerful documentary.

One of the main stories were the careers and lives of Jon Jones and Rashad Evans. Jones and Evans were once teammates at Greg Jackson's MMA Academy. When Evans went down with an injury back in 2011 Jones stepped in and took Evans title shot. Jones ended up defeating Maurício Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title and held the title for nearly four years. One of his title defenses was against Evans which ended the bad blood that they had over Evans feeling betrayed. Since the loss it seems like Rashad has had a lot of struggles with multiple fight losses and injuries. From watching the documentary it seems like he's not the same person he was when he was with Greg Jackson. Another person who has struggled in life is Sara McMann who had a successful career lost her brother in 1999 and lost her fiance in 2003. She raises a daughter and wants to make sure she is around to raise her daughter. These are just a few of the fighters who have struggled and paid the price in all aspects of life.

After watching the documentary I realized that MMA is a lot like the NFL in terms of injuries because of the violence. I almost think MMA injuries are worst because of the lacerations, broken bones, and the violent blows to the head. The NFL doesn't allow helmet to helmet hits anymore which has made it safer. You're not going to eliminate punches to the head in MMA otherwise it would be all submission and grappling. Guys like Mike Guymon and Gary Goodridge suffer all the time with depression, thoughts of suicide and memory loss. This is one of the many reasons why politicians use to be against the UFC and some still are today. The UFC made many changes like weight-classes and rules on what you can and can't do in a fight.

When it comes to MMA, making a livelihood it is really hard. Fighters on the preliminary card make an average $30,000 a fight. Those on the main card make an average of $50,000 a fight. If you're the main event the average pay is $500,000. Obviously some fighters make more then others depending on their star power and how much they can draw. The revenue split in the UFC is 85% to the company and 15% to the fighters. This is the largest gap of any of the sports organizations in America. The big of four of MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL the revenue split is almost 50-50 across the board. The question I always asked is how a one dimensional fighter like a Floyd Mayweather can make into 10 and 100 million dollar range per fight but a multi-dimensional fight who has train harder can't even make one million dollars a fight? It really does not seem right or fair that the fighter of the UFC are not taken care of like athletes in the other sports organizations. The documentary of The Hurt Business showed me how real the struggle is for these men and women who devote their lives to this sport.

If you are an MMA fan I would highly suggest you watch this awesome documentary. It really gives you a whole new perspective on the UFC, Bellator and MMA in general, I think once you are done watching this it will give you a new appreciation and respect for what these fighters do for a living. The Hurt Business is definitely in my top 5 of all time sports documentaries. If you have Netflix this is one documentary you should take the time to watch.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Rock N Roll Express to be Inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame

Before there were the Young Bucks, the Hardy Boys and The Rockers there was the Rock N Roll Express. Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson started tagging together in 1983 down in Memphis. Their first big rivalry was against The Midnight Express who was managed by Jim Cornette. During the mid 80's The Rock N Roll Express feuded with the Four Horsemen until their departure in 1988. They headed to the AWA where they had a brief feud with The Midnight Rockers(Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty).In the 1990's the Rock N Roll Express traveled all over. They went back to the NWA, Smokey Mountain Wrestling, UWA, WCW, and the WWE. During that time they feuded with the Heavenly Bodies, The Gangstas, Harlem Heat, The Faces of Fear, and the Dynamic Duo. During their time as a tag team they had over 30 tag team title reigns in the various promotions they worked at. They were also named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 1986. 

The Rock N Roll Express recently appeared on Total NonStop Deletion at the Hardy Boys compound. It was a very nice tribute to the team who paved the way for some many great tag team you've seen over the last twenty years. They competed in TNA once before in 2003 where they feuded with an up and coming team called America's Most Wanted. They made everyone they worked with better and developed some of the first really good tag team moves. Even though the Morton and Gibson did not spend much time in WWE they made an impact over the last 30 years. They deserve a spot in one of the best hall of fame's that there is. Congratulations to the Rock N Roll Express on being the newest members of the WWE Hall of Fame.

The Corner of Controvery and Criticism: Super Bowl 51 Edition

On Super Bowl Sunday, a lot of history was made and a lot of people are talking about it. Tom Brady solidified himself as possibly the greatest Quarterback of all time. He has won 5 Super Bowls, a 4 time Super Bowl MVP and had the most passing yards in the history of the Super Bowl with 466 yards. This adds to his resume of being a time MVP and two time Offensive player of the year. Bill Belichick is also in the history books as quite possibly the greatest NFL coach of all time. It doesn't matter who Belichick coaches and what type of player they are. He can make a nobody into a superstar. Before this year most people did not know much about Chris Hogan, James White, and so many others in the past. Look at the year Brady went down with an injury. In 2008, Matt Cassel filled in for Brady and took the Patriots to an 11-5 record. After Cassel left New England he never played as well in Kansas City, Minnesota, or Dallas. It's the Bill Belichick system that makes these players so great and which led this years Patriots team due the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. This was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history which as many fans calling it the greatest Super Bowl game in the history of the NFL. There are others though who aren't so convinced or enthused by the result of Super Bowl 51.

Each year I hear more and more that the NFL is rigged and I hear plenty of conspiracies about how sports are ran. This year really had me wondering. How does a dominant Falcons team blow a 25 point lead in the fourth quarter? Did they forget how to play football for the last 15 minutes? What people don't understand the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and every other sports organization is just like any other business. They have to do what makes them the most money. Many people thought the Patriots were the favored to win the game. Well the Falcons got a 25 point lead making viewers very shocked including myself. By the fourth quarter it seemed the game was over and people I talked to said they shut the TV off. They turned if off because they thought the game was over. Throughout the fourth quarter the Patriots became the unfamiliar underdog and forced the game into overtime. How can you script that any better? The Patriots sent the game into overtime and won the very first overtime game in Super Bowl history. They had scored 31 unanswered points to win the game. It's funny that the numbers 3 and 1 stand out because of what's gone on the last year in sports. In the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead which resulted in the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship. In the 2016 MLB World Series, the Cleveland Indians blew a 3-1 series lead which resulted in the Cubs won the World Series. Maybe the NBA and MLB found a formula to draw ratings, and the NFL decided to follow the trend. I don't know if sports are rigged or not but a lot of people think otherwise. Sports are entertainment but they are also in the business of making money. I've seen a lot of situations where the conspiracy theorists might be on to something. Super Bowl 51 will go down as the most history making Super Bowl of all time capping off a crazy 2016 NFL season. 

My bold prediction for the 2017 season is that the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys will be in Super Bowl 52. Both teams have a lot of great young players which put both teams in a position to win for a long time. Until then there a lot of things to look forward. In three weeks time the Daytona 500 returns. The landscape of NASCAR has complete changed and the sport had a complete overhaul in the offseason. Major League Baseball is starting up soon as well and last season ended in incredible fashion. The Cubs ended a 108 year drought of not winning a title. They built a young team that will be great for the foreseeable future, My early prediction for this season is that the World Series will be the Cubs returning to take on the Boston Red Sox. Lastly, we have WWE's version of the Super Bowl in April. Wrestlemania 33 will be taking place in a legendary football stadium in Orlando. The Citrus Bowl will play host to it's second Wrestlemania. The last time they hosted was in 2008 where the legendary career of Ric Flair came to an end. Whose career will be defined and whose will come to an end? Before you know it these events will have come and then the debut of the NFL Spring League will be here. For the first time ever the NFL will be hosting a spring league featuring notable NFL free agents. There will be names like Vince Young, Johnny Manziel, Ray Rice and others. Maybe one of these free agents will be playing in Super Bowl 52. Until then, remember controversy doesn't come without criticism. 

WWE honors every team or athlete who wins a major championship. It's a gesture representing the greatness of sports and the athletes involved! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Road to WWE Wrestlemania 33: Week 1

This week began the Road to Wrestlemania and on April 2nd the WWE will be in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. The Road to Wrestlemania started on Sunday at the Royal Rumble. I can say I was honestly disappointed with how the Royal Rumble turned out. I really felt the Rumble match was a let down and the booking of it was absolutely terrible. I kept telling myself that I hope the end of the road would be better then the start of the road to Wrestlemania. During these next couple of months I will be bringing you in-depth coverage of Raw, Smackdown, NXT, and 205 Live on the Road to Wrestlemania. Each week I will be talking about the storylines, matches, dirt-sheets and more leading up the biggest day of the year for WWE.

On Monday Night Raw, things kicked off with Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman. Strowman interfered the night before during Owens match with Roman Reigns. Strowman showed video of Owens promising him a title shot if he retained the title against Reigns. Strowman got his title match but before it happened he took out Chris Jericho at the commentators title leaving Owens all alone. Before Strowman could win the title Roman Reigns came out and laid waste to both Strowman and Owens. Speaking of Jericho, his night was already bad due to his loss to Sami Zayn in a non-title match. It appears that Jericho could be defending the United States Title against Zayn presumably at Fast Lane. One thing that's been talked about for a long time is Seth Rollins versus Triple H. At Takeover Rollins interrupted the show which led to him not even being on the Royal Rumble show. That was part of the disappointment but it made to a good ending for Raw. As Rollins was about to get in the ring, he was attacked out of nowhere by Samoa Joe. Raw ended with Joe standing tall over Rollins. The most obvious story going into Wrestlemania is Goldberg versus Lesnar 3. Lesnar showed up to Raw to challenge Goldberg for one match at Wrestlemania. It was announced that Goldberg would be on Raw next week. 

The following night on Smackdown the show started off with a huge announcement for the Elimination Chamber. John Cena will defend the WWE Championship inside the chamber against AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, The Miz, Baron Corbin and Dean Ambrose. John Cena came out to discuss his championship victory until Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton interrupted him. Wyatt and Orton were going to attack Cena until Luke Harper intervened. This setup a tag match between Orton/Wyatt and Cena/Harper. I loved the psychology and story behind this match. The Wyatt Family is the best thing that is happening on Smackdown right now. The one thing that sticks out to me on Smackdown is how better the Women's Division is from an overall standpoint. All the women are involved each week and it's just not centered around 2 or 3 women. I think Alexa Bliss is the most improved out of any of the NXT call ups since the WWE Draft. Hopefully this Wrestlemania season she is rewarded. The Main Event of Smackdown was Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles who have had some great matches in the past. I still believe Styles should have been the WWE Champion heading into Wrestlemania but unfortunately the powers to be don't think so. I personally would love to see Styles in a big time match that he deserves. Dean Ambrose also deserves a big time moment and the match they had on Smackdown proves. it. Smackdown ended with Corbin taking out Ambrose and The Miz following an incredible match between Ambrose and Styles.

Tuesday night concluded with 205 Live which is a great show but reports are saying viewership isn't so great. One thing I noticed from Monday is Austin Aries was taking some shots at Tony Nese on the mic. It carried over on 205 Live where Aries has been a regular on commentary since he's been injured. I think an Austin Aries-Tony Nese match-up would be incredible. The Main Event of 205 Live was a tag team match with Cedric Alexander teaming up with Jack Gallagher and Neville teamed up with Noam Dar. All four men have some great stories going right now. Gallagher is arguably the most entertaining part of 205 Live while Neville has seen his career resurrected due to this show. I absolutely love the storyline between Alexandar, Dar and Alicia Fox. For awhile there were no storylines on the show but the stories are getting better and more intriguing. Towards the end of the match Neville walked out on Dar which I like. It shows Neville doesn't need anyone and he is doing it all on his own. I like the way 205 Live is headed but other people need to get behind it as well.

On Wednesday night the NXT tapings aired and they recapped the events of Takeover San Antonio. The one thing that caught my eye was the debut of United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate. He took on NXT standout Oney Lorcan.  This was a very physical match which is good because it needs to be more physical. I like enjoyed the aggressiveness of both competitors. I really enjoyed the tribute they paid to Corey Graves time in NXT. He turned a huge negative into a huge positive and has become one of the best commentators WWE has ever heard. It was fitting that Graves last night featured an Elias Sampson match. He gets so worked up about Sampson it's so funny to listen to. NXT ended with Sampson losing to No Way Jose and ending Graves time in a NXT on a high note.

This concludes the first week on the Road to Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando. Each week I will list my favorite match of the week from each show so people can see who is putting in the work and making the most out of their opportunities. With that being here are matches of the week:

Matches of the Week:
Raw- Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho 
Smackdown- Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles 
205 Live-Neville/Noam Dar vs. Cedric Alexander/Jack Gallagher
NXT- Tyler Bate vs. Oney Lorcan

Check back week for more on the Road to Wrestlemania 33. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Results Recap, Review of WWE Royal Rumble 2017

Tonight was the 30th annual Royal Rumble. I have always loved the Royal Rumble match because it starts the Road to Wrestlemania. This year's Royal Rumble match was absolutely stacked and going into it I was hoping for some surprises. Before I begin with my thoughts here are the results of the Royal Rumble.

-Pre-Show Match: Naomi/Nikki Bella/Becky Lynch defeated Natalya/Mickie James/Alexa Bliss
-Pre-Show Match: Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson defeated Cesaro/Sheamus to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Titles
-Pre-Show Match: Nia Jax defeated Sasha Banks
-Charlotte Flair defeated Bayley to retain the Raw Women's Championship
-Kevin Owens defeated Roman Reigns to retain the WWE Universal Championship
-Neville defeated Rich Swann to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
-John Cena defeated AJ Styles to win the WWE Championship
-Randy Orton wins the Royal Rumble

The opening match of the night was Charlotte and Bayley for the WWE Raw Women't Title. Charlotte and Bayley always have great matches but this match was very anti-climatic. I personally think this was a blow-off match in preparation for Wrestlemania so hopefully when Wrestlemania rolls around that Women's Title match for Raw will be epic. The Universal Championship between Kevin Owen and Romans had some very memorable spots. I don't understand why people keep hating on Reigns. The guy has improved so much and he deserves to be where he is at. I was really surprised to see Braun Strowman interfere in the match, I thought for sure that Chris Jericho was going to find a way out of the cage and help Owens out. It was good to see a little shakeup in the how the match ended.

When it comes to shakeups, I absolutely love how Neville has turned his career around being a heel. A lot of people are sour on the Cruiserweight Division and 205 Live but it's guys like Neville and Swann that make the division fun and exciting to watch.  I am glad to see Neville finally be put into the spotlight in some way, shape, or form. Last year at the Royal Rumble AJ Styles debuted and he's been in the spotlight for the last year. This last year Styles has been solid and I never thought he'd win the WWE Championship that quick into his WWE run. AJ Styles had a great first year but John Cena has had a great 15 years.  I respect what John Cena has done but I hate when guys who work a reduced schedule or only show up a few times a year get the spotlight. John Cena has now tied Ric Flair for the most World Championships. I have got mixed emotions about it because Ric Flair worked his ass off in the ring whereas Cena works hard outside the ring. I really felt Styles deserved to be WWE Champion heading into Wrestlemania.

In the Main Event, the 30-man Royal Rumble Match would determine who would go on to be in a title match at Wrestlemania. The Royal Rumble had some interesting participants like Jack Gallagher, and James Ellsworth. I was shocked that we didn't see any real surprises. I am strongly disappointed that there was no legends and no NXT call ups. Something about the Royal Rumble match was very lackluster. There was nothing epic about it. The Royal Rumble usually has a lot of great moments but this year there wasn't anything that stuck out. The Road to Wrestlemania be a lot better then what the start of it did. I am giving the Rumble a 6 out of 10. Hopefully Elimination Chamber and Fastlane will provide us with some better moments.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Results, Recap, Review of WWE NXT: San Antonio 2017

Tonight NXT took over San Antonio and as always NXT Takeover usually have the habit of setting the bar for the weekend. During the pre-show Corey Graves announced that would no longer be the commentator for NXT. His duties include Raw, 205 Live and hosting various specials on the WWE Network. Graves will be replaced by former ROH legend Nigel McGuiness who recently signed with WWE and did the play by play for the WWE UK Championship Tournament. Before WWE I begin with my thoughts here are the results of tonights show.

-Eric Young defeated Tye Dillinger
-Roderick Strong defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas
-Authors of Pain defeated Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa to win the NXT Tag Team Title
-Asuka defeated Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce and Billie Kaye to retain the NXT Women's Title
-Bobby Roode defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the NXT Title.

The opening match of the night was longtime NXT veteran Tye Dillnger against Sanity's Eric Young. Tye Dillinger is such a great performer. He makes whoever he faces look so much better. Tonight he made Sanity look really great. I think it's time for Tye to move up to the main roster. He's done everything there is to do in NXT so it's time for him to go to Raw and Smackdown. Andrade "Cien" Almas and Roderick Strong are two veterans who are going to help the brand in a lot of ways if they are used the right way. Strong and Almas had a great match and showed why they are in NXT. With performances like that they can bring a lot to the brand and teach something to younger talent. 

Since their arrival in NXT Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano have been two of the best performers in the company. From their match at the Cruiserweight Classic to their rise in the tag team division they have been absolutely fun to watch. The tag team division is very interesting right now. TM-61 is out with an injury and the Revival should moved up to the main roster. Other then The Authors of Pain there is really no one left in NXT Tag Team Division. With the Authors of Pain winning the titles I will be really curious to see who dethrones them because as I said there is really no tag teams left. The women's division is in a place where the tag team division is and that is the depth is not where it should be. The WWE Draft really hurt NXT's depth but they are slowly rebounding with Peyton Royce, Billie Kaye and Nikki Cross. You also have Ember Moon and Liv Morgan who are not to far from behind. Asuka continues her undefeated streak and I think it will be awhile before she's dethroned.

In the Main Event, NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defended the title against Bobby Roode. Both men deserve to be on the main roster. I personally did not care Bobby Roode's entrance. It was a complete rip off of what Ric Flair in the late 80's. I think they could have done better with both entrances. This match up was intriguing because the styles and personalities are so different. Unfortunately for NXT stanards this was not the greatest NXT Title match that they have ever had. The match started off really slow but got more intense as time went on.  I really felt like this main event along with the rest of the show was really toned down. A friend that I watch with said he thinks Vince is telling Triple H to tone it down so the main roster doesn't look bad on the big pay-per-views. I am going to give NXT Takeover San Antonio a 7 out of 10. It was a solid show but not the typical quality of a standard NXT show. Hopefully they can rebound for Wrestlemania weekend.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kurt Angle to be Inducted Into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame

It's true! It's True! The first inductee named to the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame is a man who personified intensity, integrity, and intelligence. Before Kurt Angle broke into a WWE he was already a legend. He was a NCAA Division 1 Champion in 1990 and 1992 along with being an All American during his time at Clarion University. His greatest achievement outside of pro wrestling took place in the 1996 Olympic Games where he won a Gold Medal in freestyle wrestling. Once his Amatuer Wrestling career was over he began to think about the world of pro wrestling. He attended an episode of ECW shortly after the Olympics but had no interest in ECW due a controversial angle they did while he was in attendance. This would not be the last time we saw Kurt Angle in a pro wrestling setting.

Kurt Angle made his WWE debut at Survivor Series 1999 where he defeated Shawn Stasiak. In Kurt Angle's first full year in WWE he won the Intercontinental Championship, European Championship, WWE Championship and won the King of the Ring tournament. Not to many in pro wrestling can have a great first year like Angle did. He took on the likes of Austin, The Rock, Triple H and The Undertaker. King of the Ring played host to some of Angle's most classic encounters. In 2001, he had an incredible street fight with Shane McMahon that left both men with multiple injuries One year later he did something that very few people have been able to do. He made fellow Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan tap out to his famous submission the ankle lock.

When I think of Kurt Angle in the middle of his prime I think of his battles with Brock Lesnar. He and Brock had the amateur background in common which made them fierce competitors inside the ring. His matches with Brock at Wrestlemania 19, Vengeance 2003, Summerslam 2003 and their Iron Man Match on Smackdown are matches that will always be remembered as classics. He also had classic matches with the likes of Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Shawn Michaels. He did not have a bad match any of these guys. Angle had an incredible 7 year run in WWE but Angle's career was very far from over.

In a shocking move Angle debuted for TNA Impact Wrestling in October 2006. He instantly feuded with Samoa Joe and ended Joe's undefeated streak. During his 10 years at Impact Wrestling he feuded with Sting, Scott Steiner, Christian, AJ Styles, Bobby Lashley and many others. His most intriguing rivalry was with Jeff Jarrett because it was so personal. Even though it was personal they kept it professional and ended up having some great matches. He also wrestled in New Japan where he worked with the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Masahiro Chono, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tomohiro Ishii. Since his departure from TNA Impact Wrestling early last year he has been on the independent scene taking on the likes of Zack Sabre Jr. and Cody Rhodes.

Kurt Angles accomplishments are many in his 18 year career. He has had 22 championship reigns, won the King of the Ring, King of the Mountain, and is recognized by many pro wrestling publications. I am personally excited that Kurt Angle has returned to the WWE family and is taking his place into the WWE Hall of Fame. It is something that is well deserved and well earned. Congratulations to Kurt Angle on becoming the newest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Results, Recap, Review of WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament.

This weekend marked a historic event for the WWE. It was the crowning of the first ever United Champion. The UK has such a rich history of wrestling. In terms of WWE two of the greatest matches in WWE history took place in the UK. The first match I think is Bret Hart and Davey Boy Smith at Summerslam 1992. The second match is Shawn Michaels and John Cena on Monday Night Raw in April 2006. These matches set the bar very high for a WWE U.K. product. Could these 16 men raise the bar even higher in this tournament? Before I begin with my thoughts here are the results:

-Trent Seven defeated H.C.  Dyer in a First Round Match
-Jordan Devlin defeated Danny Burch in a First Round Match
-Sam Gradwell defeated Saxon Huxley in a First Round Match
-Pete Dunne defeated Roy Johnson in a First Round Match
-Wolfgang defeated Tyson T-Bone in a First Round Match
-Joseph Connors defeated James Drake in a First Round Match
-Mark Andrews defeated Dan Moloney in a First Round Match
-Tyler Bate defeated Tucker in a First Round Match.

The opening match of the tournament featured Trent Seven and H.C. Dyer.  Dyer has a lot of athletic ability to him and can really move around the ring.  I absolutely loved Trent Seven’s first impression in WWE. He has some brutal chops and a beard that is just impressive as his in ring talent. Seven is highly respected all over the U.K. and it shows. Finn Balor has his influence on this tournament with his protégé Jordan Devlin. Devlin took on Danny Burch on the first round. Devlin and Burch were both very hard hitting. This match ended in controversy because it looked Burch kicked out before 3 but Burch got busted up bad in the back of his head. Devlin made a statement early and superkicked Burch after the match was over. I was actually surprised Burch didn't go over considering he's been in NXT in the past.

Hometown boy Sam Gradwell took on Saxon Huxley in match that had the crowd very vocal and against Huxley the entire time. Gradwell finished off Huxley with a beautiful diving head butt. I like Gradwell's attitude and demeanor in the ring. The guy I was most excited to see in this tournament is Pete Dunn. Dunn has made a name for himself all over the U.K. and he definitely deserved to be in this tournament. Roy Johnson reminded of a cross between Rich Swann and R-Truth. He has a ton of charisma but it was no match for Pete Dunn's brutality. Dunn has an extreme submission style that hurt me just watching it. I really enjoyed Pete Dunn's first match on WWE programming .

Well if you want personality you have to look no further then Wolfgang and Tyson T-Bone. With names like that I had a feeling it might be a hard hitting contest. I really was impressed with Wolfgang's high flying ability. I always enjoy when the big men of this business can move like a Cruiserweight. I think that makes you more of a threat when you can move like that. Tyson T-Bone has a very intriguing story but I wasn't quite sold on him. I was glad to Wolfgang win the match and move on int the tournament. Another hometown boy James Drake took on Joseph Connors in a match that had similarities. I've seen storytelling and psychology on just about everything in a match but never on the ear. Connors is missing part of an ear and it was a focal point in the match. Drake dominated most of the match but Joseph Connors victory came out of nowhere. 

I thought it was brilliant of WWE to get Mark Andrews in this tournament. Andrews already has exposure from being involved with TNA Impact Wrestling. Andrews opponent was 19 year old Dan Moloney who was the youngest person in the tournament. This match definitely had a contrast of styles. Moloney is more of a power house while Andrews a true high flyer. I could see Mark Andrews heading to 205 Live or NXT to get some real mainstream exposure. Andrews moved on to the second round with an impressive Shooting Star Press. The Final match of the first round was between Tucker and and Tyler Bate. Tyler Bate is another 19 year old in this tournament and he has some of the same uniqueness that Jack Gallagher has. Bate and Tucker had the best overall match of the night. It sucked to see one of them get eliminated. Tyler Bate got the victory to end the first night of competition.

Before things could go off the air Pete Dunne attacked Sam Gradwell to send a message that he was going after the UK Title. Night two of the tournament would feature the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals. Before I begin with my thoughts on night two here are the results of night two:

-Pete Dunne defeated Sam Gradwell in a Quarterfinal Match
-Mark Andrews defeated Joseph Connors in a Quarterfinal Match
-Wolfgang defeated Trent Seven in a Quarterfinal Match
-Tyler Bate defeated Jordan Devlin in a Quarterfinal Match
-Pete Dunn defeated Mark Andrews in a Semifinal Match
-Tyler Bate defeated Wolfgang in a Semifinal match
-Neville defeated Tommy End
-Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunn to win the WWE UK Championship

The opening match of the night was a continuation of how the tournament ended last night. Pete Dunne took on Sam Gradwell. Gradwell came out very full of emotion and dominated the early part of the match. I loved the story telling in this match when Dunne started focusing on the back of Gradwell. Dunne has proved himself to be the ultimate bad boy in this tournament flyer. We went from an ultimate bad boy to an ultimate high flyer. Mark Andrews took on a very intriguing Joseph Connors. Connors was trained by Robbie Brookside and Dave Taylor who were both very physical in their day. I saw a lot of their style in Connors during this match but the high flying antics of Mark Andrews proved to be too much in this match.

In another match of personalities we saw Wolfgang take on Trent Seven in a very entertaining match. Both are very agile, athletic and are very smash mouth on how they approach a match. I personally was very shocked to see Wolfgang get the win over Trent Seven. Many people including myself thought for sure Seven would be in the finals. I think Wolfgang has a great story and a great set of in-ring skills that will carry him a long ways, The final match of the quarterfinals was between Jordan Devlin and Tyler Bate. I really like Tyler Bate and what he brings to a match. Jordan Devlin and Pete Dunne established themselves as the two big heels in this tournament which made for very great storytelling. I am glad Tyler Bate moved on to the semifinals and they didn't go with a political move and make Devlin move on.

The Semifinals started off with Pete Dunne and Mark Andrews. Pete Dunne is such an aggressive heel and I think he is someone that Triple H has his eyes on. It should be known that Dunne and Andrews had their first match together so they knew each other really well before this tournament began. The familiarity made for a great match, Pete Dunne is easily the most disliked guy in this tournament but the fans love his style. Another couple of crowd favorites were Wolfgang and Tyler Bate. There was such a contrast in styles in this match but the young Tyler Bate proved his resiliency and determination might not be able to be matched. I was shocked that Bate was able to hit the Tyler Driver on Wolfgang for the win. After the match Pete Dunne attacked Bate to try and get an advantage for the finals.

Before the finals began Neville came out to address his countrymen and how he has been forgotten. Neville had to take on a big challenge in one of the newest NXT stars Tommy End. Tommy End made a first great impression on WWE programming. I loved this impromptu match and the fact it gave Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate a break. The break and wait was finally over and we moved on to the finals. Bate and Dunne had great matches leading up to this finals match. Dunne obviously was the ultimate heel in this tournament and Bate was really loved by this crowd. I feel like the UK Tournament had more storytelling in it then the Cruiserweight Classic and the finals along with the entire tournament showed it. It's hard to believe that the first ever UK Champion is only 19 years old, This kid has a bright future ahead as do all the other participants of this tournament. If rumors are true and WWE follows up with an Asian Championship and Latin American Championship then there are going to be some great things to come,

I am so glad I took the time to watch the tournament. It was such an educational experience learning about British Wrestling, their fans and their culture. It was also entertaining to hear Nigel McGuiness on commentary because he is such influence on how British wrestlers have been perceived in the last decade. WWE has made it's mark in the UK and it's a mark thats going to be felt for a very long time.