I Lost My Smile

If you frequent this blog, I’m sure you’ve noticed the lack of updates over the past week.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, I’ve been unable to keep up with ProRasslin.com the way I’d like.  I sincerely wish I could dedicate more of my time and effort to maintaining a regular posting schedule, but right now, it’s just not something that I’m able to do.  I hope to resurrect this site someday soon, but for at least another couple of weeks, updates will be few and far between, if there are any at all.  I want to thank everyone who has visited over the six month life span of ProRasslin.com.  You’ve allowed me to share what I love, and for that, I am indebted to you.  Any updates that do spring up here will be posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages, so if you’re a fan of this site, I encourage you to follow both.  I hope (and believe) that this is not the end of ProRasslin.com, but rather just a hiatus.  After all, this is wrestling.  Nobody stays retired in wrestling.

I’M BACK BABY!!!

WWE, TNA, Wrestling

God darn you CM Punk.  I was all set to stop watching wrestling.  And you leaving was going to be the nail in the coffin.  Then you had to deliver some great promos and stay with WWE, which means I had to keep watching.  DARN YOU!!!  So anyway, I’ve been gone for a while, here are some quick hits!!!

- Very upset at Punk losing the title.  I know Del Rio was written in to be champ at SummerSlam to get ready for the tour of Mexico, but sometimes plans have to change.  Punk is the biggest thing in the world of wrestling right now, and the WWE should have taken advantage of his popularity by keeping him on top for longer.  I hope he wins the belt back from Del Rio after the Mexico tour.  That being said…

-  I can’t put my finger on it, but Del Rio looked natural as champ on Monday.  He had a great match against Mysterio and cut a good promo to start off Raw.  I think Del Rio has all the tools to be a great champ; the ability, the look, the charisma, the mic skills.  I just don’t know if the fans will buy him as champ.  I’m not sure he’s built up the credibility in their eyes to be a believable champion.  Time will tell if he turns out to be a Sheamus or Brock Lesnar.

-  Speaking of Sheamus, I’m digging his face turn.  It’s a good change up for the guy and could provide a fresh start to his career.  He really had nothing to do in a heel-heavy WWE, but as a face he could be a strong force.  I dare say he could be the next Batista, but better in-ring skills.  I’m afraid he’ll be jobbed out to Mark Henry in their feud, but after that I expect big things from him.

-  Michael Cole is awful and he’s got to go.  A few weeks ago while JR was actually calling a match, Cole said something along the lines of “What is this, a radio broadcast?” poking fun at the fact that JR was calling the in-ring action and not bickering like a school girl.  His little heel gimmick was funny at first, but now its awful.  He doesn’t call the matches, he barely comments on the matches, and he doesn’t put anyone over except the Miz.  All he does is cause stupid little fights with Jerry and JR and makes fun of them for calling the matches.  Just go away already.  JR may be old, but he’s one of the best ever, and at least he knows the names of the moves.

-  Randy Orton winning the title AGAIN is simply awful.  At least Christian was given more than one week to be champ.  Real nice WWE.  Thanks for giving Christian plenty of time to show what he can do in the main event scene.  Rumor is they are fighting one last time in September.  Hopefully Christian will win decisively and be given a chance to run with the ball.

-  I’ll wait on ripping on the return of Kevin Nash….for now.  As long he stays out of the ring I’m totally fine with it.  Nash hasn’t done anything meaningful since the original Outsiders, and he hasn’t wrestled a good match since….well I guess around that time?  Its 2011, no one cares about the Kliq anymore.  Not to mention the fact that the majority of fans out there watching don’t know what the Kliq is.  Boy did Nash sound bad during his latest promo.  Punk really schooled him.  I really hate Nash for his stupid backstage politics and for making a glass ceiling in WCW, but he did give me one of my favorite memories in wrestling ever….

-  Back to Punk, he said he wasn’t mad at Del Rio for cashing in his MITB case cause he himself did it before.  OK, but shouldn’t he still be mad at losing his title?  I guess he has bigger fish to fry with Nash/HHH/Steph, but I hope he makes his way back to the title picture soon.  It just makes sense.

-  I understand wrestling is scripted, but come on, how bout some common sense.  The night Mysterio won the WWE title, HHH said both he and Cena agreed to fight that same night.  Really?  You mean to tell me that Mysterio, a guy that fought 3 matches in the span of 7 days agreed to fight a fourth match?  And that Mr. Goody Two Shoes, John Cena, would take advantage of Mysterio, who like I said, was fighting his fourth match in 7 days?  Puh-lease.

-  I may still be watching the WWE, but I haven’t watched TNA in forever.  The product is too bad.  Anyone know what’s going on there?

SummerSlam Reactions: Undisputed

WWE, TNA, Wrestling

What I should have titled this post is “SummerSlam Reactions (kind of),” because, well, I didn’t see the whole show.  In fact, I only saw the main event.  And that’s pretty much what I’m going to discuss here.  Sure, the World Heavyweight Title changed hands, and yes, I do think the outcome of the Divas Title match deserves some discussion, but SummerSlam’s closing ten minutes were absolutely insane, and a post devoted to dissecting the events that transpired therein is in order.  Beyond the jump you’ll find a paragraph or two recapping the rest of the evening, my lengthier reaction to the wildness that wrapped up the biggest party of the summer, and why I can’t wait for tonight’s Raw.  Continue reading

Marchie Archie seeks Legal Counsel

My, oh, my.  This is quite good.  You’ll remember a few weeks (months?) ago when I first told you of my love for Robert Evans, otherwise known as R.D. Evans in Ring of Honor, or as Archibald Peck in Chikara.  Well, in the latest Chikara podcast, Barrister Evans is introduced to Mr. Peck.  In the vein of Mick Foley’s classic promo in which his characters cross paths via the magic of video editing, Robert Evans’ personas have had their first interaction.

And it is awesome.  Ol’ Archie isn’t too happy about not being allowed to compete in this year’s Young Lion’s Cup, which has drove him to seek legal advice from the Barrister.  If the end of the video is any indication, we can expect more from these two (?) in the coming weeks.  World’s are colliding!

Impact Wrestling Reactions: It’s Lame! It’s Damn Lame!

WWE, TNA, Wrestling

Last night’s Impact was…well…not good.  Like, at all.  Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan formed a new coalition of suck.  Immortal backed down from Simon Diamond.  Jeff Jarrett hosted one of the worst in-ring segments in recent memory.  Scott Steiner was in the main event, damn it.  If you’re a TNA fan, and you were trying to convince a WWE purist that Impact isn’t that bad, this would not be the show you used as evidence.  Because it was that bad.  But hey – the Knockouts are hot.  More after the jump.  Continue reading

Gathering of the Wrestling Legends

WWE, TNA, Wrestling

What you see above is a picture of the Headbangers, Mosh & Trasher, posing rather violently with a fan.  What you see below is a trailer for the upcoming Legends of Wrestling supercard to be hosted by JCW at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival this year.  And yes, the Headbangers are, indeed, a part of it.

I was quick to dismiss JCW’s attempt at a Legends of Wrestling show, as I am with most shows of its nature, because it seems like more often than not, the “legends” aren’t legends at all.  Instead, they’re usually guys like, well, the Headbangers.  And this show isn’t really different in that regard.  Rob Conway is booked.  So are Viscera, Balls Mahoney, and Tracy Smothers.  Hell, even David Penzer gets a mention.  For my money, though, this card separates itself from most of its type in the way the talent is booked.  All of the former ECW wrestlers are scheduled together in one match (that happens to promise a mystery addition.)  All of the former WWE semi-jobbers are thrown in a battle royal together, too.  Even Memphis Championship Wrestling is represented in a 4-way match pitting Jerry Lawler against Koko B Ware, Kamala, and Dutch Mantel.  The rest of the undercard isn’t bad looking, either, as it’s composed mostly of notable rematches or “dream matches” pitting wrestlers from different eras against each other.

And then there are the two matches that will coax me into ordering the show.  In the main event, two of the best brawlers of their generation will collide as Roddy Piper goes one-on-one with Terry Funk in an I Quit match.  I have to believe that one will get wild, and fast.  Also booked for the show is a tag match pitting The Outsiders against the New Age Outlaws.  This is a match that a lot of people, myself include, dreamed about in the late 90s, and although none of these guys can go like they used to, I’m still excited to see it finally happen.  Mick Foley will be calling the action all night, too, so that’s a plus.  The show will run you $14.99 and will be available at PsycopathicLive.com tomorrow.

Hammerlocks are Bad Ass

So says Daniel Bryan.  And I’m inclined to believe him, being the submission connoisseur that he is.  Here, the American Dragon tells us why the hammerlock is one of the most underrated moves in wrestling, we get a demonstration on how to properly apply the hold, and things wrap up with a hammerlock music video set to clown music.  Why not?

This is my first exposure to Danielson’s YouTube channel, and I probably would have subscribed anyway just because he rules so hard, but after watching a few of his other videos, I’m so blown away by the awesomeness that I don’t know what to do with myself.  In his introductory video, he promises that he’ll use the channel to bury people, stressing the point repeatedly as he threatens to bury Shawn Michaels, William Regal, Roderick Strong, Colt Cabana, and a plethora of others.

And let’s be real for a minute.  I already told you that this one has a hammerlock music video set to clown music, right?  Subscribe away, friend-o.