Jamie Lithgow, Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
In ‘This Week in Wrestling’ Jamie shares what Raw taught him this week, Craig talks about New Day while Brian shares with us the best wrestling related images he’s come across this week. All that and much much more in the latest edition of This Week in Wrestling…
“Hold On A Minute Playa…”
- So Hulk Hogan has apologised for using offensive language. That’s a start, but what’s he going to do about the bigoted attitude behind his words?
- The Undertaker has been resurrected… yet he cannot die…?
- John Cena is a four time US Champion, his current reign has lasted almost four months…. yet WWE still have to Photoshop the belt on his match graphic
- If Big Show’s punch is so devastating why does it never leave a bruise?
- Paul Heyman cut a promo in the centre of the ring for 10 minutes, and Triple H didn’t think to have security already in place?
- Brad Maddox is alive! Did you see him?!
- The guy at Raw who has been waiting to catch Cena’s shirt for 13 years is still waiting
- The Taker vs. Lesnar marketing ball is rolling… better change those posters then…
- Kevin Owens; welcome to the mid-card
- John Cena (who is overdue a new t-shirt) vs. Seth Rollins, for the WWE Championship? I think we all know where this is going….
I’d planned on address this week’s big story of Hulk Hogan’s departure from the WWE. Sometimes, though, others beat you to it by absolutely nailing it. Booker T, over to you.
Big E. Stylin and Profilin’
In Praise of New Day
I was really down on New Day at the start. I couldn’t help but ask “what is this?” and “what is this all about?” It seemed like something that was just so out of place, a thrown together stable to give three guys something to do but was never going to get over.
How wrong I have been.
In the past I criticised how the WWE debuted Xavier Woods. I had liked him in NXT and they brought him up but with nothing meaningful to do and it wasn’t long before he became lost in the shuffle.
Many probably thought he needed a near miracle to really make it on the main roster, I certainly thought he needed something pretty big.
When New Day first appeared I didn’t for a moment think that was the answer.
But they’ve gotten themselves over.
Xavier is the most interesting on paper of the three and in reality that’s also the case. His ‘commentary’ at ringside is hilarious and wildly over the top but is hugely entertaining. Kofi is still a very competent in-ring performer who has the ability to put bums on seats and entertain while Big E. is imposing and brings brawn to the trio.
All in all the WWE have stuck three good workers together and despite a slightly silly gimmick, the three have worked hard and are reaping the rewards to the extent I was actually disappointed when the dropped the tag titles and that was after being a little gutted when they won them.
So, yeah, I confess: I’m a New Day fan. WWE has a track record of not giving stables much time before breaking them up which results in at least a couple of the members losing their way.
Well Cena’s Win Wasn’t Universally Popular…
NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks was a fan first…before anything else…
In case you missed it…former WWE and TNA wrestler Serena Deeb retired from wrestling on July 10th, 2015 in Japan…
One of the earliest pics of Mark Calaway (The Undertaker) starting out in pro wrestling…
You may not see John Cena, but he sees YOU! Especially when you are eating bacon….
That time when the IWC went silent….
Here’s some rare footage of the former WWE Intercontinental champion Marc Mero aka Johnny B. Badd (in WCW) when he was a Golden Gloves Boxer…
Do you think pro wrestlers eat and SLEEP pro wrestling? In Japan, legendary Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger put that theory to the test….at least the sleeping part…
This Past Week on the Blog
On Monday we had part 3 of wrestlers no-selling death, Tuesday saw us look at the life and times of Woman, Wednesday we asked Whatever Happened to The Barbarian, Thursday’s Top Five focussed on moments that helped launch a superstar into the main event scene and we rounded of the week by marking the 20th anniversary (sorta) of ‘In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks’.
Next Week on the Blog
In tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon we discuss the Intercontinental Title division, we have the latest installment of ‘Wrestling with Sin’, we look at the career of Monty ‘Billy Gunn’ Sopp and much more.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ columns can be read here.