Monday, January 28, 2013

ACW Guilty By Association 7 Run Down


SUPERFANS UNITE

Hey guys. First off, sorry this post is going up much later than expected, but it is finally all finished and all my thoughts are placed on this pretty little webpage for your enjoyment. So here's my thought and rundown for ACW's big 6-Year anniversary show "Guilty By Association 7" that happened last week in beautiful Austin, Texas.

JACK JAMESON, RICKY ROMIDA AND MACHIKO DEF. JASON SILVER, JEFF GANT AND KILLAH KASH IN AN ANARCHY TELEVISED MATCH

The team of Silver and Gant lost one of their biggest advantages early, as after dominating Jameson and Romida early in the match, Kash once again left his partners high and dry. This would give the team of Jameson, Romida and Machiko the chance to pick up the win, giving Jack and Ricky a bit of momentum going into their tag team match later on in the evening.

Before going into the main show, ring announcer extraordinaire Barry Savant provided a nice introduction to the event, talking about the progression of Anarchy into what it has become and how all of us spreading the words with our tweets and blogs (Hey, thats me) help this company grow.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NWA-Branded Outlaw Wrestling New Years Revolution Run-Down



Am I Standing By The One And Only Funaki? INDEED!
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the National Wrestling Alliance affiliated Branded Outlaw Wrestling event entitled New Years Revolution, held at the Woodlawn Gym in San Antonio, TX. This group will be running events for exactly one year next month, and I have first-hand witnessed them constantly improve in that year, so I thought it would be a good idea to give my thoughts on this show. Their last event of 2012 was stellar, so there was a lot to be expected for their first of 2013, so here we go.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tweets Of The Week for January 14th 2013


It's time for another week of the "Tweets Of The Week", profiling the 5 best tweets for the week of January 14th, 2013. Let's start things off.

#5: Dolph Ziggler showing why MTV needs to bring back Cribs, just to do an episode with Dolph Ziggler and then they can go away to TV purgatory again.



#4: Portia Perez with a news flash. You suck.



#3: Pierre Abernathy with side credit to the insight of Gary Jay.



#2: The man with the second greatest ripcord maneuver in wrestling, Khris Wolfe, letting us into the heart and soul of professional ass-kicker Brock Lesnar.



#1: And finally, skipping and Chuck Taylor (the shoes, not the wrestler) enthusiast AJ, who isn't the only one that notices a certain lacking quality of their bodyguard, Big E. Langston



What other wrestlers are your favorite to follow on Twitter? Did I miss any really good tweets? Tell me in the comments below.

Until then,

The Wrestlefan

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Fan's Guide: Tips To Being A Indie Wrestling Fan


A Couple Of These Guys Should Probably Read This Column

Ok, this is a post that I actually wanted to do for a little while now. I’ve seen a lot of blogs that deal primarily with the product that is on television or the independents. Even on the podcast I am apart of (The Wrestling Mayhem Show), that is what a majority of our time is spent talking about. While there is definitely a place for it, I wanted to make this blog from the perspective of a fan, so I thought it would be a great idea to give a guide of what to do as a independent wrestling fan. Some of these apply to mainstream pro wrestling as well, but these are mainly meant for attending independent wrestling shows. Luckily, Texas has some really awesome wrestling fans that I have gotten to know, and they really don’t need to learn these rules. But I hope that these things that I have learned from frequenting the independent scene can be passed onto others who want to be even better fans. So, lets start it off.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Finally, El Generico Gets His Due

A Long Overdue Grab

So if you do not follow any independent pro wrestling fan on the internet, this will be the first time you’ve probably heard the big report that WWE has signed the one and only El Generico to a developmental contract. And just like any time that the big group up north makes a grab from the independents, it is met with a whole lot of positive and negative reactions from the fans.

Let me just start by giving you an idea of how I felt when I found this story out. Like I’ve mentioned before, the internet was my main way of following independent talent since I lived in Corpus Christi, a city with little to no indie wrestling. From watching his various works in companies like ROH, Chikara and many other top companies, El Generico became one of my favorites. And as I began to watch more, my view of him progressed from him being an ungodly hilarious comedy character into seeing him as an absolutely amazing professional wrestler. Living in Texas, I knew that there was a good chance I was never going to get to see him perform, and then while venturing the internet in December of 2011, I saw he was wrestling in Austin for a little promotion called Anarchy Championship Wrestling. Now, I am a devout “Fanarchist”, and because of following this company I’ve seen many other great talents I never thought it was possible that I could see. But going back to the show, when I walked into Mohawks, Generico was standing by the merch stand selling his 8x10s and t-shirts and I decided to stop by to buy his signature blue El Generico t-shirt (which I wear all the time now). Then Generico offered his hand for a handshake and I remember being so petrified that I awkwardly forgot to even reach my hand out. I’m usually never nervous when it comes to meeting wrestlers, but I remember the only thing going through my mind was, “Holy crap I am about to shake hands with El Generico”. This was the guy that constantly gave me a laugh and entertained me across my computer screen that I was finally getting to meet in person, and I pretty much went into shock.

That is the effect Generico has had on me, which is why I was so happy when I heard the news about his recent signing. Not too long ago, I watched the first round match from PWG’s Battle Of Los Angeles 2011 with Generico vs. Claudio Castagnoli, and that excites me in so many ways as far as the opportunities that come with bringing in a star like Generico. However, many people are talking about how they fear that WWE will repackage the character, making “El Generico” gone for good. I won’t go too long into this, because you can read the post I did about a week ago titled “A Great Wrestler Does Not The Indies Make”, but Generico will still be the great wrestler no matter what WWE gives him. I’ll ask this question. Are stars like Claudio Castagnoli, Chris Hero or Jon Moxley that much different from the way they are now in the WWE? Besides the definite name changes, these men have all gotten to keep the qualities and the styles which have made then so successful on the independents. There is no doubt they will be changing the name of El Generico for the whole “rights to ones name” issue, but I highly doubt that they will remove his mask or change his style in any major way. Sure, we won’t see a lot of him dropping people on their heads with a BRAINBUSTAH, but Generico is so much more than one move.

Also, I see Generico as an amazing money making opportunity for the WWE. Since bringing him in, WWE has tried to capitalize on their younger market by pushing someone like Sin Cara, expecting to see him get a large following, followed by a great deal of merchandise being bought, to the level that people did when Rey Mysterio was first brought in. So far, it hasn’t been as successful as they wish it could be, and I think the character of El Generico could be the perfect way for WWE to get to this goal. Generico is one of the few people that WWE could grab from the independents that target the “indie wrestling fan base” as well as young children, and they would be idiots if they didn’t run with it.

Overall, as an independent wrestling fan, I must be proud and hopeful that someone that I have known as good for so long is getting recognized and getting the opportunity for some major success. Yes, I will miss the fact that I could see him wrestle in a bar in downtown Austin for only $15. But, I am excited to know that I could pay $60 dollars to see him wrestle in an 18,000 person packed arena for the entire world to see. So Mr. Generico, I salute you and I cannot wait to see you tear it up inside a slightly larger squared circle, that way so many others can see what a lot of us thought about you for so long.

Until then,

The Wrestlefan

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tweets Of The Week for January 7th 2013


Pro wrestlers are known for being the absolute best or the absolute worst when it comes to social media. But I decided I wanted to highlight some of the week’s best in a column that I call “Tweets Of The Week”, a compiled list of all of the 140 character maximum postings by pro wrestlers that made me laugh, made me think or made me question why I ever loved two people rolling around in tights in the first place. So let’s start it off.

#5: Robert Evans reiterating the fact that he is a true renaissance man. (Wrestler turned barrister manager of wresters, turned marching band wrestler, turned Mixed Martial Arts wrestler, turned cowboy wrestler, turned screenwriter)



#4: The monstrous Mr. Touchdown working on possible rehabilitation. Keep a close eye though.



#3: I give you the light sense of humor of William Regal.



#2: Chuck Taylor explains it better and more succinct than I ever could.



And at #1: I know I’m already breaking the rule for this column the first week in, but the “Tweet Of The Week” is actually gonna be “Tweets Of The Week” courtesy of the Ring Of Honor World Champion Kevin Steen. This past Saturday in Baltimore was the most recent Ring Of Honor TV Tapings, and throughout the night, Steen kept his Twitter followers updated with all of the weird on goings occurring backstage, which birthed these gems.







And the winner of all tweets for the visual alone:


So there it is, the first week of “Tweets Of The Week”, which I plan on doing every Monday. What are some amazing tweets from pro wrestlers you think I should include? What pro wrestlers are your favorites to follow on Twitter? Leave a comment below answering those questions or to tell me anything else you’d like to see me talk about.

Until then,

The Wrestlefan

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cena To Grace Cereal Boxes: A Sign Of Promos To Come


Last Years Joke About To Become A Reality

Original Story from 411Mania

In a move that should excite wrestling fans and cereal lovers alike, Post Cereal has made the announcement that John Cena will be replacing Fred Flinstone on upcoming specially-marked boxes of their signature cereal, Fruity Pebbles. Cena was originally featured on a section of the box around this time last year, with Post trying to capitalize on the promos between John Cena and The Rock, where Rock stated that Cena’s constant color changing wardrobe made him resemble a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.

Now before you go all, “Stop complaining! WWE is a moneymaking business! Blah Blah Blah”, I understand Posts decision to put Cena front and center on their products. I know first hand that when children who like wrestling, which is a lot of them, walk through a store and see anything with a pro wrestlers face on it, they will yell, scream, bite and do everything in their power to get said thing. I know because I was one of those kids. Post could very well put John Cena on the front of Bran Flakes and kids would demolish the cereal aisle in the supermarket. There is no denying that.

The problem I have is not necessarily with Cena getting put on the cover. I hold no true attachment with Fred Flinstone where I’m upset with him being shafted, especially since this is only temporary. The problem I have is that Cena would not even be considered to be a replacement if it wasn’t for last year’s very anti-climactic and redundant promos from The Rock that lead to a not-so great match at WrestleMania. Last year, instead of trying to develop build to a encounter that was to be a dream match by many, Dwayne Johnson decided that it would be better to get catchphrases and buzzwords to trend on Twitter, because it meant that he was finally back and important again.

The question I have is, does Post also realizes that besides the comments about Cena’s rainbow attire, that the extended series of promos between the two featured Rock referring to Cena as a “Kung-Pao Bitch” (Side Note: I’m not pissed, but if PF Changs tries to form a partnership with WWE as well, then I’ll be truly pissed.)? Do they also realize that their new cover athletes counter argument towards these insults was to “Blow him like a purple pinwheel” and how The Rock shouldn’t be on Witch Mountain, but Brokeback Mountain? Oh, and not to mention, that The Rock’s retort was to call Cena a “Yabba-Dabba Bitch”, a play on Fred Flinstone’s catchphrase. You know, the guy that is represented on the damn cereal box! I would think that a profitable company like Post would do some research into their entire promos, instead of hearing just a catchy buzzword and jumping on at the first smell of possible exposure or revenue. Hell, Kelloggs dropped Michael Phelps the minute it was revealed that he smoked marijuana. How are these possible PR problems any different?

No matter this story, I’ll still continue eating Fruity Pebbles, mainly because they taste like a rainbow exploded in your mouth and it is the king of soggy cereal. But, with the high possibility of “Rock Cena 2” happening again, this also seems to be a sign of more pandering, more attempts to make idiotic lines trend, and the mind numbing promos that will be occurring for the next 12 weeks of build to this years WrestleMania. The Rock returns this Monday just in time for his “well-earned” title shot at the Royal Rumble, so I hope I am proved wrong, but I do not expect to be.

What do you think? Leave a comment below telling me if you agree or if I’m full of it. And remember, there’s no in-between on the internet.

Until then,

The Wrestlefan

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Great Wrestler Does Not The Indies Make


He's Not The Greatest Because He Did It For Less Money

In case you didn’t know, this is Antonio Cesaro, the current United States champion of the WWE. And if you follow me on the internet, you will know that he is one of my favorite wrestlers currently on WWE television. I’ve said before that I will wait throughout whatever WWE wants to place in front of me for three hours on a Monday Night (including John Cena quite literally pooping on peoples parade), just to get to the Antonio Cesaro match and watch him go straight beast mode on someone. He has brought great matches out of some not so great wrestlers, to the point where I am actually excited for the match he is having on Main Event with The Great Khali of all people. But as many of you know, Antonio Cesaro use to go under a different alias. He was once Claudio Castagnoli, former multi-time champion in companies such as Ring Of Honor, Chikara, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Combat Zone Wrestling and many, many more. And in those companies, Claudio exhibited all the traits that made me such a fan of him currently.

This brings me to the point of this post. I follow independent wrestling a great deal, to the point that I am the spear-header for the indie wrestling news segment on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. When my fellow Mayhem Show co-hosts bring up a name of someone they have heard of for the first time, I am usually able to give them a brief synopsis of the stuff that they have done and some of their attributes. It’s very pro wrestling hipster-esque of me, but I like to share my knowledge with other people. But let me say that just because I spend a great deal of my time following independent wrestling and wrestlers, does not mean I automatically think that all indie wrestling is great.

Normally, I tend to get behind certain wrestlers as opposed to certain companies. While certain companies on an independent level can be defined as better than others, there is great talent intermixed throughout, and that also goes for televised wrestling products. However, I do feel very strongly that in order to develop your own opinions about what is good and what is bad, you need to see a little bit of everything. I watch everything from WWE, to TNA, to local promotions, to promotions states away, to international promotions, because your best pro wrestling experiences and your worst teach you about what you love and appreciate. That being said, not every indie wrestler is the greatest pro wrestler in the world. I’ve been to small independent shows where the best on the show is still not as great as WWE’s worse and vice versa. At the same token, just because a wrestler is on television does not automatically make them better than someone wrestling in front of only a fraction of the crowd.

And just because you have wrestled for those smaller crowds does not mean you are automatically my favorite. Take for example Dean Ambrose, the newest arrival from the independents to WWE television. As much as I appreciate Ambrose, while I followed his stuff on the independent scene, I was never that compelled by his work in the way most other fans were. A large portion of it occurred in Combat Zone Wrestling, and looking back on his matches, they were no different than a lot of the infamous wrestling that occurred in CZW at the time. Then there are his widely talked about promos, where he pulls his hair, rubs his face, talks in a mumbling voice and then starts to scream, and at times I found them more comical then truly serious. One of my favorite examples of this is a promo he cut for a IPW storyline he was doing with Drake Younger, where Moxley continually harasses and gropes this female interviewer and says weird stuff to make you think that he is crazy. When I watched it for the first time, I couldn’t help but laugh the entire time because of how ridiculous it was, which was not the goal of the promo. Rather than me thinking he was a deranged psychopath who is dangerous, I thought he was ridiculously hilarious and over the top. And just because something makes you laugh in wrestling, doesn’t always mean its good.



Don’t get me wrong though. I am very happy for Dean Ambrose’s recent success and opportunities in a company that pretty much every pro wrestler desires to be in. But I tend to hear a great deal about how bringing in Ambrose to the main roster is a way for the WWE to make the internet wrestling community “wet in the pants”, and for me, that’s just not the case. The same goes for Cesaro, who I would be enthralled with whether he was wrestling in front of 18,000 or 180. Claudio Castagnoli and Antonio Cesaro are the same phenomenal wrestler and no sole company that he has worked for has defined him. However, I am still devout in keeping up with the independents and talking them a great deal. But that is because they are the ones that need people talking about them. WWE doesn’t need us on the internet discussing their on-goings to be successful. In fact, they may be more successful without. I am lucky enough to see amazing independent athletes like ACH, Davey Vega or Rachel Summerlyn every month, and I make a strong effort to tell as many people as I can about them. But they are as much my favorite wrestlers as the likes of Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and so many others on TV.

Overall, the moral somewhere within this is to love the wrestlers you wish to love, no matter how the environment around those wrestlers defines them. Great wrestlers are great wrestlers and bad wrestlers are bad wrestlers. I encourage you to explore all of the wide variety that professional wrestling has to offer and decide for yourself which are which.

Those are just my thoughts. I would love to hear what yours are so leave a comment telling me what you think. What equates a good wrestler? Do you tend to follow wrestlers or follow companies?

Until then,

The Wrestlefan