On This Night, Everything Goes Extreme!
So it’s the first big event after WrestleMania 29 and WWE wants to push it by making it extrem’! It’s a good choice considering some pretty big names are absent from the card. Rumors of The Rock and The Undertaker being at the show were quickly laid to rest about a month ago, and now even CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler will be absent from WWE’s annual “extreme” pay-per-view. But – and this is a big but – the match stipulations for this year’s card seem to be pretty interesting and hopefully that’ll help create a memorable night.
Let’s face it, Paul Heyman is a genius who generates tremendous heat. You may not agree with everything he says or does, but you cannot deny his talent. He has an innate ability to get the best out of every wrestler he’s associated with – the master of minimizing weaknesses and maximizing strengths. The greatest evidence of his genius is the creation of Extreme Championship Wrestling.
That’s why I find it clever that WWE chooses not to call Heyman’s stable a stable. Heyman’s clients (if you will), CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, are separate and distinct. They are billed as clients, never seen or mentioned as a faction. This way, each wrestler has the opportunity to shine equally, without there being a dominant member. Yet, the team’s glue is the shrewd advisor. This is a refreshing twist to the traditional wrestling stable, i.e. The Dangerous Alliance of the 90’s.
Since winning the first season of NXT in 2010, Wade Barrett has been poised to take the next step and become a major force in the WWE. However, for one reason or another, this leap to superstardom has not quite materialised and his vast potential has yet to be fully utilized.
His position as leader of the Nexus catapulted him into the main event scene and he was soon competing against the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton and Edge. Following the breakup of Nexus his position within the WWE went on a downward trajectory and just when he was threatening to build up some fresh momentum a partially dislocated elbow put him out of action for six months. Prior to his return in August 2012, the WWE released a series of vignettes which hinted at a probable push for the Barrett barrage. But yet again this has not been forthcoming and whilst he has had a series of stellar matches and managed to capture the Intercontinental Championship, he has failed to break the proverbial glass ceiling and in recent months he has seemingly been demoted to the position of “jobber to the stars”.
This week, the guys have an exclusive interview with Mickie James from Impact Wrestling! Find out some interesting facts about the video for her new single, “Somebody’s Gonna Pay” as well as her feelings with the current phase of the company and her rivalry with Velvet Skye. All this and so much more on Running The Ropes, the official podcast of the Unchained Wrestling Network, the premiere show of KJCC Real Campus Radio, and a part of the SNS Radio Network!
Okay, let’s cruise on by Rumor Mill Drive for a moment and make a pit stop at good ol’ Assumptionsville U.S.A. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that “The Animal” Dave Batista is returning to the WWE for sure. Recent reports indicate The Animal has expressed interest in possible feuds with big names such as Triple H, Brock Lesnar or Randy Orton.
On one hand, there is no doubt that any of these feuds would generate considerable buzz with the WWE Universe. On the other hand, they are all predictable. Just playing devil’s advocate, would any of these feuds be the best for business in the long run? If Batista feuds with any of these men, once again, the gigantic black and yellow polka dot elephant in the room will be ignored.
Well, congratulations are in order and it’s about time. Dolph Ziggler is the new World Heavyweight Champion. It’s only fitting for the bleach blonde show-off to be the defender of the big gold belt – since its introduction in 1986; the belt has been synonymous with one man – “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
From someone born and raised in Flair country, Mr. Space Mountain was the measuring stick. Slick Ric could get his butt handed to him one night, and convince you that it never happened in his promo the next night. Now that’s gangster, folks.
Clearly Flair wasn’t always the victor. Hell, on many nights he wasn’t. As is the case with Ziggler, his rise to stardom was not meteoric. Yet win, lose, or draw Flair could wrestle anybody. What’s more, he made them look better than they could ever look with anybody else. His consistency was unparalleled. Even in his prime, winning or losing was irrelevant to him. But why?
Too Damn Good, For Too Damn Long!
This week’s Raw was awesome for one too many reasons. The biggest of all – without a doubt – was the cashing-in of the Money In The Bank briefcase by the ‘Show Off’, Dolph Ziggler! It had the perfect atmosphere courtesy of the earth-shattering New Jersey “chant mob”, who not only brought-forward their “We Want Ziggler” chants from WrestleMania 29, but also caused the arena to explode when the ‘bleach-blonde superstar’ pinned Alberto Del Rio to become the new World Heavyweight Champion!
The Gretest Sports-Entertainment Spectacular Comes Home!
We’re literally just hours away from the grandest show on Earth, WrestleMania! It’s that time of year for wrestling fans everywhere. Rivalries come to a peak, titles change, champions are crowned, and legends are made right here at WrestleMania. The build-up to this year’s massive WWE PPV – in their home turf, no less – may not have been as intense as expected, and some matches may not have been what people predicted, but I’m going to trust in WWE and anticipate one helluva good show. After all, it’s the biggest show of the year, so you can’t blame me for being extremely excited.