This Week in Wrestling 2014 week 7

WWE's "new era" closely resembles the previous one, and the one before that... (Image courtesy of www.wwe.com)

WWE’s “new era” closely resembles the previous one, and the one before that…
(Image courtesy of http://www.wwe.com)

Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow & Brian Damage

Craig, Jamie and Brian dissect the last 7 days of wrestling action in ‘This Week in Wrestling’. We find out what wrestling taught us this week, what Mark Henry merchandise you can buy your baby, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Express Kickstarter project, Craig’s thoughts on WWE’s first steps into the podcasting world and so much more.

What Wrestling Taught Us This Week…

Jamie

  • Six guys staring at each other for a couple of minutes is considered a satisfactory segment these days. And WWE wonder why business is down…?
  • Sheamus is less ginger than he used to be. Maybe he’ll become more tolerant to the sun too…?
  • Having barely broken a sweat since returning, Batista is already being held together with electrical tape.
  • Announce desks must stay intact because WWE is a publically traded company.
  • The Usos have revolutionised how people tag in and out of matches.
  • In a couple weeks Jack Swagger, Cesaro and Zeb Colter won’t be the only ‘Real Americans’ in town…
  • Your soul is a body part.
  • The character of Stephanie McMahon is in no way pointless.
  • The 30 day clause for WWE Titles must have been forgotten along with several of the titles themselves.
  • Big E is no longer a Langston and Cesaro is no longer an Antonio. Why? Cause Vince McMahon said so!
  • A three hour Raw broadcast can be viewed in 30 minutes.
  • According to John Cena WWE is heading in a new direction, and then he wrestled Randy Orton in the main event…

WWE Top 10

Name Won Lost Tied PCT
Diego** 19 2 0 0.905
Fernando** 19 2 0 0.905
Eva Marie 7 1 0 0.875
John Cena 21 6 1 0.768
CM Punk (Left Company?) 30 8 5 0.756
Natalya 35 13 1 0.724
Christian 20 8 0 0.714
Alberto Del Rio 49 19 3 0.711
Rob Van Dam (on hiatus) 17 7 2 0.692
Sheamus 23 10 2 0.686

For the full table click here

Tonga Fifita (King Tonga/Haku/Meng)
Brian

Arguably one of the toughest men in the business…Fifita is a former tag team champion with Andre the Giant..has also competed in WCW, Puerto Rico and Japan. Fifita has since retired and is now a manager at a car spa in Florida.

Then
tonga-fifita-picture-3
Now
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WWE debut in the world of podcasting
Craig

This week the WWE launched their first official podcast ’30 Years of Wrestlemania’ and the only real surprise being that it took the company so long.

For starters I like the concept as Renee Young hosts a weekly countdown to Wrestlemania where she interviews some of the stars that have made the show the spectacle that it is. And where better to start than Mr. Wrestlemania himself Shawn Michaels?

During the best part of an hour Renee interviews Shawn Michaels about his moments from the event’s history, his favourite non-HBK moments from the show’s history and the last thing Michaels did before his infamous zip slide entrance at Wrestlemania 12.

It’s very much worth checking out and Ms. Young is a fantastic host of the podcast.

Rock-N-Roll Never Dies’ a Rock ‘n’ Roll Express Documentary
Craig

Fans of the legendary duo of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson have until tomorrow to donate to a Kickstarter project to fund a documentary on the pair’s 30 year run as The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.

You can donate at various levels and receive everything from a 8×10 photo of the team right through to a name in the credits or on the front cover of the DVD as an associate producer.

You can help Michael reach his target of $7,500 by donating to the project here.

The Undertaker’s…errr…basketball days

(Image courtesy of boards.sportslogos.net)

(Image courtesy of boards.sportslogos.net)

Gingers have more fun?
Craig

As someone “afflicted” with ginger hair I did enjoy this tweet from Sheamus

That’s what parents do!
Craig

Thanks to Brian for finding this one… That’s right, parents can buy their babies a Mark Henry “That’s What I Do-Do” onesie… It’s certainly creative if nothing else…

(Image courtesy of WWE.com)

(Image courtesy of WWE.com)

What we’ve watched this week

Craig

A match featuring Daniel Bryan and Antonio Cesaro before they were in the WWE…

Claudio Castagnoli v Bryan Danielson from ROH’s Northern Navigation – Toronto, Ontario 7/25/08

Next Week on The Blog

Craig and Jamie continue their look at the 1998 Monday Night Wars, we have part two of Gary’s defence of Triple H and Brian looks at cameo appearances on WWE tv from household wrestling names before they got their break and much much more.

All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ columns can be read here.

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