Over the summer, World Wrestling Entertainment enjoyed a renaissance of sorts as it finally promoted CM Punk, making the fan favorite the company’s top headlining superstar as he replaced the entertaining, albeit stale, John Cena. The move thrusted the wrestling business into the mainstream, with Punk’s worked-shoot interview giving him the notoriety that allowed him to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Bill Simmons‘ B.S. Report.
Punk’s initial main event storyline centered around a blurring of the lines between real life and wrestling life, as he won the WWE Championship at Money In The Bank, left the company the following day when his contract expired, only to return two weeks later.
But as Grantland‘s David Shoemaker pointed out last week, “real life” storylines in wrestling can only last so long before they return to the unreality that is professional wrestling. So with Punk’s character now returning to the true wrestling world, the question is can WWE turn the momentum from the Summer of Punk into something sustainable? And if so, how? Continue reading
After a four hour pregaming session at the only bar open on Labor Day in Columbus’ Arena District, BBR, I retroactively come to you live from Nationwide Arena for my first experience at a pro wrestling event in over nine years. I’m joined by my friends Scott, George, Alec, Dustin, and Rob, all of whom vary in their interests in the male’s version of the soap opera. The main show we’re here for, WWE Monday Night RAW, doesn’t start until 9 p.m., but that doesn’t prevent us from arriving an hour early for some pre-RAW festivities. Continue reading
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There’s not really anyway to sugarcoat it: I am officially recommitted to my life as pro wrestling fan. My DVR is currently loaded with episodes of WWE Monday Night Raw, Friday Night Smackdown, and TNA Impact, and I regularly check wrestling rumor sites such as Wrestlezone.com and WrestlingInc.com.
I am not embarrassed about this, rather I’m somewhat excited to revisit this fascinating world with a different perspective than the one I had when I was a 10-year-old boy.
As I write this, Money In The Bank, one of the most hyped, non-Wrestlemania Pay-Per-Views that I can remember happening, is getting started, and as a newly recommitted wrestling fan, I only feel that it’s right that I share a few thoughts about it. Continue reading
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TMZ reported some sad news today, as apparently former WWF and WCW superstar “Macho Man” Randy Savage passed away after suffering a heart attack while driving in Tampa Bay, Fla. earlier today.
As an avid wrestling fan in the late ’90s, I caught the Macho Man at the tail end of his career, but I was very familiar with him thanks to his part in my favorite wrestling stable of all-time- the nWo Wolfpac, as well as his 1999 feud with Kevin Nash, and his unforgettable Slim Jim commercials, which were a staple of each episode of Monday Night Nitro.
Over his career, Savage, who was born in Columbus, Ohio, won 10-world championships, and was best known for his legendary match with Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III.
With the WWE hosting the Over the Limit pay-per-view on Sunday, I wouldn’t mind seeing Savage being honored with John Cena using the Macho Man’s top-rope elbow drop in his main event with The Miz.
I think that Savage’s fellow Wolfpac member, Kevin Nash did a nice job summing up his thoughts on the Macho Man’s passing via twitter. My thoughts go out to Savage’s family.