My Two Centsss – WWE, Paige & Charlotte Have Nothing to be Sorry For + Will Survivor Series Even Happen?
What a crazy week it has been. From the Friday the 13th attack in Paris, to the loss of wrestling legend Nick Bockwinkel to the divas main-eventing Raw with a contract signing, there is an endless list of topics I want to talk about. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy with my student teaching (I don’t want to read and correct all those essays, I really don’t), that I had originally planned to share my Survivor Series picks with all of you and call it a day. However, the internet has been waging over with each other since last Monday’s Raw went off the air, and I think it’s time for me to get my hands dirty.
In my honest opinion, there was absolutely nothing wrong with Paige’s comment about her Survivor Series opponent’s – Charlotte – brother Reid Flair. In fact, that was probably one of the best parts about last Monday’s Raw (three great wrestling matches excluded). On Twitter, I was laughing at the WWE for giving the divas the main-event slot for the go-home edition of Survivor Series. Not because they were scheduled to compete, but for a contract signing, which 99% of the time is boring and predictable, regardless of which genders are involved. Plus, it’s not like last year when Stephanie and Brie Bella’s contract signing for their SummerSlam match main-evented Raw a week or two before the big show. No offense to Paige and The Nature Girl, but their feud isn’t as hot as Brie vs. Steph was, nor is it as highly anticipated, since we’ve seen both women wrestle many times over the years (unlike Steph, who was about to wrestle her first match in over a decade!). For the life of me, I just couldn’t get why they would have the divas main-event the GO-HOME episode of Raw with a CONTRACT SIGNING. I seriously debated tuning out after the Del Rio vs. Kalisto match (which was horrible…Del Rio has been a major flop both in-ring wise and character-wise since his return).
But man, am I glad I stayed up until 11:06. If WWE wanted to get people talking about the divas match taking place at Survivor Series, then mission accomplished. If the WWE wanted to give the fans something different in the main-event slot of Raw, then mission accomplished. If the WWE wanted to firmly establish Paige as a dastardly heel and Charlotte as the sympathetic babyface days before their Survivor Series match, then mission accomplished. Hell, if they wanted me to look forward to Paige vs. Charlotte this Sunday, then job well-done. Even though Charlotte nearly botched the segment with her crying and moments of amnesia, Paige’s crude comments and the cat-fight which ensued more than made up for it.
I find it hilarious that so many people were offended by Paige’s comment about Reid. In fact, a post on the WWE Memes Facebook page summed it up perfectly:
1999: The Undertaker ‘hangs’ The Big BossMan. The general reaction? “Sweet.”
2006: Randy Orton tells Rey Mysterio, ‘Eddie’s down there…in hell.’ The general reaction? “Whoa! Edgy!”
2007: Mr. McMahon’s limo explodes and he is ‘killed’. The general reaction? “WTF?…LOL”
2013: Paul Heyman impersonates the late Paul Bearer and CM Punk disposes of Bearer’s ashes. The general reaction? “What a great heel! Now I’m pumped for Punk vs. Taker!”
2015: Paige tells Charlotte, ‘Your little brother didn’t have much fight in him, did he?’ The general reaction? “OMG! HOW DARE WWE BE SO TASTELESS TO TAKE A SHOT AT REID FLIAR LIKE THAT! HOW DISRESPECTFUL! THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES! I’M DONE WITH THIS COMPANY!!”
My reaction falls along the lines of, “LOL! That’s some great heel work.” I just don’t understand where all this hate is coming from. People do understand this is what wrestling – or sports entertainment – is about, right? How many times have we as fans complained that the storylines were stale because the PG-rating limits what the performers can and cannot say? I know I have. Let me ask you this: had Paige stuck to the standard formula of, “I am a better wrestler than you, all you people suck, etc.” would that have made you care about her title opportunity this Sunday? I doubt it. The same people who are complaining about her Reid Flair comment would be complaining about how it was a lame way to end the show and that the divas revolution is still a joke. Instead, WWE tried something different and I applaud all the participants involved for it.
Even more laughable is the fact that WWE had to issue a statement in response to all the hate. I’m sorry, but if you were so offended by the angle that an apology from the WWE is the only thing that made you feel better, then you probably shouldn’t be watching WWE. Go watch some more kid-friendly shows like Dora The Explorer or The Teletubbies where everyone gets along and no mean things are ever said. Since clearly, some people have some growing up to you. It’s because of people who get offended so easily that we can’t have nice things, like an edgier WWE. I can’t even blame WWE; why should they try to stretch the envelope a little if the reaction is going to hurt them? I’d understand some of the hate if it was a comment directed towards the recent terrorist attacks in France, but come on. Let’s not get all mad and storm to our room because a dead person is mentioned. People die all the time in real-life. If you can’t handle that, maybe you should open your mind a little more.
Speaking of the terrorist attacks, the hot topic right now is whether tomorrow night’s Survivor Series Pay-Per-View will even take place. If you haven’t heard yet, the hacking group ‘Anonymous’ says ISIS is planning an attack on the site of Sunday’s PPV. Apparently, both WWE and the FBI are taking the threat very seriously, as a thorough investigation is now underway. So the question is, will Survivor Series go on?
Of course it will. Come on, this is Vince McMahon we’re talking about. He’s one of the most stubborn S.O.B.s on the planet. He had one of his most beloved employees (Owen Hart) die towards the beginning of a PPV, in front of thousands of people, and insisted the show go on. The SmackDown after 9/11 was the first largest gathering of people in the United States since the terrorists made their mark on contemporary history, and I bet you Vince didn’t think twice whether to cancel the show or not. Hell, the only reason why the post-Royal Rumble Raw from earlier this year didn’t happen was because the city decided to shut down due to snow and bad weather. I guarantee you that if the mayor had not personally shut down travel across the city, the show would have went on. So is Vince McMahon going to cancel a PPV event because of some unconfirmed threats? To quote the man’s theme song, “No chance in hell.”
Personally, I don’t buy these bomb threats for a second. The fact that several places have been ‘targeted’ is pretty much confirmation that Survivor Series in Atlanta, Georgia is safe. The whole point of these attacks is to hurt innocents when no one is expecting them. So, if the whole world knows when and where you’re planning to do something, chances are you’re not going to do it.
Mind you, I don’t blame WWE or the state of Atlanta for taking these threats seriously. I can imagine why some people – fans, citizens, wrestlers, employees – may be nervous heading to the arena for Survivor Series tomorrow night. But I don’t think they have anything to worry about. The way I look at it, you’re just as lucky to die by heading to Survivor Series tomorrow night as you are by taking a plane to get there. Even taking a bus or driving a car nowadays can be deadly. It’s sad, but the world we live in is a dangerous place. There are psychopaths everywhere, and equipment can fail us at any moment. As a wrestling fan, I would be okay if my last breath in this world took place at a wrestling PPV, as opposed to being stuck on a plane, crashing to the ground, or on a sinking boat, in the middle of the ocean. In other words, I’m not going to let these ISIS ***holes stop me from living life to the fullest, and neither should you.
Since I don’t like ending on a morbid note, why not quickly share my Survivor Series picks with you?
-Paige over Charlotte to become Divas Champion
-Tyler Breeze over Dolph Ziggler thanks to Summer Rae interference
-TBA Babyface team (Dudley Boyz, Cesaro, Neville & Ryback?) over TBA Heel team (Kofi, Big E & Cosmic Wasteland?). Survivors = Cesaro, Bubba & Neville
-Wyatt Family over The Brothers of Destruction
-Ambrose over Owens
-Reigns over Del Rio
-Ambrose over Reigns; Sheamus cashes in to become World Heavyweight Champion (which leads to a feud with both Shield guys until the Rumble)
I have a lot of mixed feelings about Sunday’s show. It still makes no sense why they didn’t make The Wyatt Family vs. Kane & Undertaker a 4-on-4 or a 5-on-5. I REALLY hope this show isn’t as bad as Survivor Series 2013 was, when it was The Big Show taking on Randy Orton in the main-event for the world title and a last-minute tag team elimination match featuring jobbers taking place as well. I thought WWE had learned from 2013’s atrocity by booking a great main-event last year in Team Cena vs. Team Authority. Oh, well. Hopefully my prediction of Ambrose winning the tournament only to drop the title to Sheamus doesn’t come true, but how can Sheamus NOT cash-in? What better time to ‘pick the bones’ than after your opponent has wrestled not one, but TWO grueling matches, while you have been taking it easy for over a week. Sadly, it will make no sense kayfabe-wise for Sheamus NOT to cash-in on Sunday.
That being said, #Ambrose4Champ!
YOUR Two Centsss: Despite all the controversies, are you pumped for Survivor Series? Why or why not?
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- James Storm wrestles tonight for Renegade Championship Wrestling in Chatsworth, Georgia, which the independent promotion is advertising on Facebook as his “final trip to RCW before becoming full-time with the WWE.” The promotion is also billing Storm as a ‘current WWE superstar.’
Despite debuting in NXT in October, WWE has not indicated whether Storm is a full-time performer.
- It was announced on Wednesday that John Cena will host American Grit, a 10-episode military-themed reality competition show slated to air on Fox. The show splits “16 of the country’s toughest men and women into four teams as they work together to face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges.”
Here are photos of Cena on the set of American Grit with Nick “The Reaper” Irving, an Army Ranger recruited to be a mentor on the show.
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- Birthdate: 12/9/1968 (age 46)
- Height: 6’0″
- Weight: 240 Ib
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In a major wrestling news, TNA has announced that it is moving networks in the US to Pop, starting with a live two-hour broadcast event on Tuesday 5 January 2016 and then airing weekly on Tuesdays at 9m (ET/PT). Of course, later that month fans in the UK will have the opportunity to see TNA up close and personal as the Maximum Impact 8 Live tour rolls into Manchester, London and Birmingham (tickets here). Not only this but the tour just got better with the addition of one of Britain’s most exciting rock bands, Chasing Cadence. The rock quintet will play their first ever acoustic sets for fans before TNA‘s double TV taping events
One key star who fans will be clambering to see is the legendary Kurt Angle. On a tour of the UK to promote TNA‘s tour and to do his own speaking tour with Triple M Promotions (see here), Kurt proved to us that the three ‘I’s’ which he used to invoke – intensity, integrity, intelligence – were not just a storyline gimmick but rather a true reflection of this incredible man’s character.
Angle was keen to talk politics with James Cleverly MP and Tulip Siddiq MP and you can listen to his thoughts on politics our podcast including his revelation that “perhaps someday I want to run for mayor – maybe Senate” but if wrestling is your interest then read on!
Why are you in the UK?
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I’m in the UK because I have a tour which I think is phenomenal. It’s kind of a Q&A with the fans. You go and see a city, we’re doing six cities, sign autographs, take pictures and then the fans get to ask you any question they want. I’ve never done it before but some of peers have and it’s going to be pretty cool. I’ve never had fans able to ask me anything! We’ve never done it in the United States and for the first time ever Jim Ross (JR) and I are going to do it together at Wrestelamania weekend. Hopefully it works out because I’d love to do it in the states. If it works with me, he wants to tour it worldwide. You guys are ahead of the game and we have to catch up.
Oh with Edge! The great thing about it – Vince McMahon came to me and said “listen, you’re going to lose cos you’re going bald. Your hair is receding so we’re going to go ahead and just shave it off tonight but don’t tell Edge! We’re going to make him think he’s losing”. Poor Edge. He had this long beautiful hair all the way down and he was real stressed out all day. He was even in the stands at one point almost crying and I couldn’t tell him because Vince didn’t want him to know. So we didn’t change the finish until right before the match. He went from the saddest kid in the world to being happy. He kept coming up to me saying “I don’t think I look good bald, I don’t know why they want me to do this”. It was pretty cool, to play a rib on Edge the way we did. I was all for going bald, so I was willing to do the job that night so I could get rid of my hair – what hair I had left.
You fought Lashley at Wembley on the last tour, how was it working with him?
That was the first time we had ever touched in the ring and I had such magical chemistry with him. He’s a beast too. I was scared to death. I had just come back from my knee surgery and they wanted me to win the title. I’m said “I’ve been out of here, what are you guys thinking”. What happened was, I believe, the network wanted me to be champion. I think that’s the reason why. Because at that point in my career, I didn’t need another world title but they wanted me to have a run on our new network and get it going. I was glad to drop it to EC3 a few months later. The kid deserved it. He’s a brilliant kid and he’s going to have a big future.
If not him, who’s your pick for the TNA world title series?
Lashley. I feel bad for him, because he was picked as unbeatable for a good year and then we had him do 5 or 6 ‘jobs’ after I beat him. This kid is a beast. He looks like he’s 300 pounds, he can…
- As noted, hacker group Anonymous has revealed several potential terror attack targets that the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, Daesh) may be planning to hit this Sunday, including the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view in Atlanta.
The local CBS affiliate in Atlanta reports that the FBI is taking the threat very seriously. They issued this statement to Action 2 News:
“The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event. While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time. We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe.”
Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Butterworth told Channel 2 that his agency is working closely with the FBI, the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center and others in evaluating the threat.
Furthermore, Channel 2 reports that the Atlanta Police Department is talking about “replanning the event.”
WWE issued this statement on the threat:
“WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled as planned while we investigate the matter with federal, state and local authorities.”
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Former TNA World Champion Eric Young was recently interviewed on the latest edition of Busted Open Radio to discuss TNAs upcoming move from Destination America to Pop TV. Below are the highlightsOn TNA moving to Pop TV and comparing TNA to NickelbackIts a big, fat, juicy, delicious ray of sunshine. Theres no mystery all the guys know, all the people in the office know theres been a black cloud over the company. Whether its deserved or undeserved, thats all in the eye of the beholder I suppose. But I think somewhere along the line we became kind of too big Former TNA World Champion Eric Young was recently interviewed on the latest edition of Busted Open Radio to discuss TNAs upcoming move from Destination America to Pop TV. Below are the highlightsOn TNA moving to Pop TV and comparing TNA to NickelbackIts a big, fat, juicy, delicious ray of sunshine. Theres no mystery all the guys know, all the people in the office know theres been a black cloud over the company. Whether its deserved or undeserved, thats all in the eye of the beholder I suppose. But I think somewhere along the line we became kind of too big
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Triple H has just posted an update on the status of WWE Survivor Series. He issued a Tweet at 3:30pm EST noting the WWE Survivor Series PPV will still go ahead as planned. The article from International Business Times claiming the event was under threat has gained world wide media attention . Triple H tweeted the following:
@TripleH: .@WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled as planned while we investigate reports with authorities.
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WWE Superstar John Cena is advertised for the January 5, WWE Smackdown television tapings, which will be the shows first weekly showing on its new home, USA Network.WWE will be leaving SyFy after five years with the likes ofReigns, Sheamus, Del Rio, Wyatt, Ambrose, Owens, Ziggler, Harper, and Strowman as also appearing.WWE Superstar John Cena is advertised for the January 5, WWE Smackdown television tapings, which will be the shows first weekly showing on its new home, USA Network.WWE will be leaving SyFy after five years with the likes ofReigns, Sheamus, Del Rio, Wyatt, Ambrose, Owens, Ziggler, Harper, and Strowman as also appearing.
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Tyrone Nurse took the vacant British super-lightweight by out-pointing rival Chris Jenkins second time around.
Although it was similar in terms of style and graft to the pair’s drawn first encounter, the big difference came when the decision went to the judges after 12 rough and tumble rounds.
Nurse (32-2-1-KO6) was down in the fifth but eventually took a unanimous decision – 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 – and the title he – and many – thought he’d won first time around.
“I thought I won the first six,” he told Sky Sports.
“Especially when I dropped in and he held on for dear life. I couldn’t see after he headbutted me! Ha ha. I’m a 12-round fighter now though and was a lot fitter this time than I was last time.
“Fair play to Chris. He caught me with a cracking shot. It was a good close fight and I don’t think it was as wide as that. I thought it was unlucky first time but this was a great fight and I enjoyed it.”
Jenkins gave it his all again but he didn’t make the best start, getting caught in a clinch and emerging with a deep cut over his left eye in the third, but it wasn’t long before he landed the best shot of the night.
A clinical right in the fifth landed flush and left Nurse trying his best to stay up, but he was down on all fours and forced to take the count.
It didn’t take the Yorkshireman long to recover and, for the next few rounds, there was little to choose between them. Jenkins kept coming forward, Nurse remained elusive and landed plenty of counters, leaving little between them – just like their first fight.
But slowly Nurse seemed to take control and in the 10th Jenkins suffered another nasty cut, this time over the right eye.
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WWE is reportedly planning on holding the 2016 Money in the Bank event in Las Vegas, Nevada at the new Las Vegas Arena, according to ProWrestling.NET. The 2015 event was held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.The date of the 2016 event will be announced within the next month.WWE is reportedly planning on holding the 2016 Money in the Bank event in Las Vegas, Nevada at the new Las Vegas Arena, according to ProWrestling.NET. The 2015 event was held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.The date of the 2016 event will be announced within the next month.
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