Dear Pro Wrestling Father Christmas
aka Sports Entertainment Santa,
I’ve been a very good wrestling fan this year, and most years since roughly 1990. Let’s not talk about 1992-1997, or 2002, or 2007-2009. I lost my way a little bit during those years. I’ve been really good lately though, and I have a list of things I’d like this year. You won’t find any turtle doves, but maybe a few frog splashes. It contains no gold rings, but maybe a big gold belt. There will be no pipers piping, with all due respect to the Hot Rod Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Without further ado, my first wish(es).
1st Day of Christmas Wish: A Women’s Royal Rumble Match.
We’ve reached a funny point in our country where wrestling fans are more progressive about equality for women than the general public, if the presidential election is any indication. Women’s wrestling has been on a steady rise over the past decade, starting with the TNA Knockouts, then the Four Continue reading
With New York City and Los Angeles, Chicago doesn’t come in first in a lot of city-based statistics. When it comes to baseball, however, that’s an entirely different story. Chicago is the MVC for the MLB. There is no more valuable city to baseball this season than our very own 606.
The two best records in all of baseball belong to the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago White Sox. These crosstown rivals are generating headlines across the nation for their hot starts. While it is fun to celebrate the early success, and they get to keep these early wins for the rest of the season, let’s take a closer look with the help of some stats* to see who has a better chance of keeping it up the rest of the way. Continue reading
Guys, I’m excited. Wanna know why? Continue reading
At WrestleMania, Shane McMahon faced The Undertaker inside Hell In A Cell with control of RAW on the line. This had many people speculating about whether WWE was going to use this storyline as a catalyst to do another Brand Split, into RAW and SmackDown like they did back in 2002. RAW & SmackDown doesn’t get me too excited. Those are different colors with the same flavor. It works with beer on St. Patrick’s Day but doesn’t work for year-round wrestling. What I’d like to see is two separate major brands that would make the fans feel like they had more of a CHOICE again. I want WWE & NXT.
WWE could keep RAW on Mondays, and NXT could have SmackDown. The rosters would combine at Pay-Per-Views / Network Specials. The rosters would never have inter-promotional matches on TV, only at the special events & maybe the Slammys (which should maybe be moved off of RAW, retooled, & put onto the Network anyway). WWE would maintain its “sports entertainment” flavor, and NXT would maintain its “pro wrestling” vibe. WWE would stay PG, NXT would be TV-14. This is the trick used by Disney where they don’t release Rated-R movies under the “Disney” label, but they release Rated-R movies under studios they own (For example: “Deadpool” from Disney-owned Marvel Studios). WWE can still be a family-friendly brand, whereas NXT can have more freedom. Continue reading
Here’s who I’m picking and who I’m rooting for at NXT TakeOver Dallas Continue reading
Here’s who I’m picking, and who I’m rooting for, at WrestleMania 32. This final card has been pulled from CBSSports.com. All images are from WWE.com. Continue reading
Golden Truth (Goldust & R-Truth) & Stephen Amell
The Cosmic Wasteland (Stardust & The Ascension)
Consequence: Win or lose, Stardust becomes Cody Rhodes again, embraces his brother in the ring after the match.
Match #2 Continue reading