A Resurrection?

I said in my previous post that Bray Wyatt has jumped the shark as a character. That may still be true but what happened today may throw a dent in that. Chris Jericho, who hasn’t been seen in WWE in over a year, made an appearance. Long story short, the Wyatt Family attacked him. Erick Rowan rammed him into the corner before pushing him into a vicious big boot from Luke Harper. Bray left him laying with a Sister Abigail.

The promos that these two (Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt) can cut make me very optimistic about this feud. Jericho’s probably coming back just to elevate Wyatt (who clearly needs it) because it’s not like he hasn’t done everything there’s to do in the WWE.

That may be the issue. Jericho has lost to the likes of JTG, Ryback and Fandango CLEANLY. These are under-carders. Their wins over Jericho haven’t exactly made them big stars. JTG stayed JTG. Ryback was turned into a heel punching bag for the great CM Punk. Fandango got injured and hasn’t really been the same.

I could see Bray feuding with Dean Ambrose down the line and I’m sure that would be a great feud with legendary promos. But that’s a future that may never happen. Right now, Jericho seems to be the guy that’s just here to salvage Wyatt.

It makes no sense but why not try it?

A Eulogy

The beginning of the end

The beginning of the end

Last night, John Cena became a 15-time World Champ. He won like it was nothing. He no-sold the whole match but that’s another story. It’s not the first time this happened.

Since Cena was the winner, I’m here to talk about the loser of the ladder match yesterday – Bray Wyatt. Spare me the lecture about how it was a ladder match and nobody’s ever a clear cut loser. A few months ago, I saw Wyatt as someone who was gaining a lot of momentum. He was going to be in a program with John Cena. He was going to have a match with him at Wrestlemania and he was going to win. Then reality hit me.

He didn’t need that win. His “legacy” would’ve been secure without it.

Then Wyatt started singing in every promo. It was sleep-inducing if you didn’t change the channel. I didn’t expect it to play a big role in the buildup to the Extreme Rules match with Cena but it did. There was an opening segment the go-home RAW with a bunch of kids singing “He’s got the whole world.” I swear that had to be some of the 10 worst moments I’ve ever seen on TV. This wasn’t “so bad it’s good.” This was cringe-worthy bad. Then the match happened at the PPV. It was the biggest disappointment on the show. The ending involved a little kid scaring Cena because Rowan, Harper and Wyatt apparently couldn’t do that themselves. It made the whole stable look weak.

Cena was obviously going to win the Last Man Standing match at the next PPV. If Wyatt didn’t win the briefcase or the title at Money in the Bank, he was done. And here we are today. He has neither. He has no more interesting faces to feud with and it doesn’t even look like he’s in the title picture. Alberto Del Rio symbolically super-kicked him out of the match yesterday. He has jumped the shark as a character.

 

 

It Was Jealousy All Along

I’ve seen many shoots by Jim Cornette where he talks about Vince Russo. It’s an obsession. It still hasn’t stopped to this day.

Russo was on Stone Cold’s podcast today and he told a story that made me think. Bruce Prichard had gone to WCW so now Creative was just Vince McMahon, Russo and Cornette. Cornette sounds like he’s stuck in the 80s – the era of the territories. Russo, from his booking, was apparently the type who always wanted to try something new. He’s a visionary in ways that Cornette never was. Russo told this story about how him and Cornette would always argue and it would take time away from writing the show. Then he says he went to Vince and basically asked him to choose between him and Cornette.

The next time Russo met with McMahon, Cornette was nowhere to be found. That was a win for Russo and certainly a win for the fans. People were bored of the crap Cornette had taken a part in writing.

Cornette was phased out for Russo and it still irks him to this day. There’s nothing in particular that Russo did. It’s just one of those “I don’t like him” situations. And the “why” that would explain that situation has already been answered. Russo will be remembered for not only the negatives but a lot of the positive stuff he contributed to the edgiest era in wrestling. Cornette may have been a good manager for tag teams in the 80s but outside of that, he’s a footnote. His Smokey Mountain Wrestling promotion didn’t last more than 3 years. His ideas on wrestling have been said to be antiquated by people from Shawn Michaels to Kevin Steen. He has been fired by every promotion he has worked for – look at the common denominator. His stubborn ways may make people respect him but the fact is nobody wants to do business with him.

You know, it’s easy to be too entertained by his shoot interviews to see the jealousy but give it time and you will.

The Rollins Turn

If Seth Rollins is just joining Evolution so he can plot against Triple H, that’s a bummer. The Shield have demolished the NAO and Kane. They have beaten Evolution on back to back PPVs. And now they have nowhere else to go. They’re not the nWo. They don’t have enough membership to split into two factions who will feud with each other. They’re not gonna run roughshod over the whole roster and bring about another wrestling boom. And I know that because I can count on one hand how many times The Shield have gotten monster reactions from the crowd. It would be cool if Ambrose turns on Reigns next and they all just become singles stars. If the WWE’s serious about Reigns being the next big thing, they can have him in programs with Rollins and Ambrose to build him up. Bringing back The Shield would be a cop out out of what could be a very good story. Back when Daniel Bryan joined the Wyatt Family, the WWE copped out of that two weeks later just because they heard people chanting YES at a college basketball game. We know head is very popular everywhere but does that mean Al Snow should ever have main-evented a PPV?

I’ve been a big proponent of breaking up The Shield since before Wrestlemania. They’re all very talented guys in their own way and I think each of them can be main-eventers. It would be great if WWE kept moving with Rollins’ betrayal of the group. It’s the most intriguing thing that has happened in wrestling this year.

It’s About Time

John Cena did it. Batista did it. Why can’t Daniel Bryan?

I heard he was going to appear at RAW next Monday. And that would be great if it was to relinquish the WWE title but that’s probably not gonna happen. He has a neck injury that’s not healing as well as doctors thought. Him wrestling a match at Money In The Bank would almost be like that AFC title game a few years ago. Philip Rivers and the Chargers finally won a playoff game and then another to earn a trip to New England. Rivers had a torn ACL and had an operation on it but he still played. Think about how stupid that was. Bryan wrestling a match with a bad neck would be just as stupid. What can he do? Definitely not a diving headbutt. Or a missile dropkick. Or a suicide dive. Isn’t that the majority of his move-set?

Let’s look at things in kayfabe. Stephanie keeps trying to get Bryan to relinquish the title. And the sad thing here is that even in kayfabe, Stephanie is right. Daniel Bryan should give up the title. It’s not like he’s just hurt, he’s injured. When John Cena got injured, his 380-day WWE title reign had to end. When Batista got injured, he had to go on Smackdown and relinquish the World Heavyweight title. It’s about time Bryan does the same thing. He’s a guy who only got where he got because of fans who thought they were bigger than the show. This was not a “We Want Flair” situation like what WCW had in ’91 and ’92. That was actually justified. This was a bunch of fans thinking that because they paid for tickets, they could dictate what happened in the show. And it’s too bad they apparently did. Otherwise, Batista would be the champion right now. WWE gave Bryan as much exposure as they could give any man. They had the YES movement for him. They had Occupy RAW for him. They had all these t-shirts for him. They even had him pin John Cena clean in the middle of the ring but it wasn’t enough. He had to have a legit reign as WWE Champion. What did people expect to happen next?

The Road to Success of Brandon Frame

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“It gave me a new passion and purpose. I had five corporate job offers and I turned them down,” said Brandon Frame. What he was referring to was working with younger kids. He turned down a $60,000/year corporate job to teach at The Fessenden School, an all-boys boarding school in West Newton, Massachussetts for $25,000/year.

Frame, 26, is a graduate of Morehouse College. He is the Chief Visionary Officer of TheBlackManCan, a website that promotes a positive black male image. He founded the Morehouse Marketing Association in 2009. He goes to churches, schools and organization all over the US to give inspiration to black youth. Frame recently wrote his first book, “The Black Man Can,” which he shares at each of his speaking engagements and academies. Also, he received a Ujima Award last June for his commitment to black youth.

Frame did not meet his father until he was 18. He was raised by a single mother in Hartford, Connecticut. Frame said “She gave me the initiative and she made me an ambitious person.” With that ambition, Frame always looked for new opportunities which is something that was reinforced by his grandfather, whom he had a strong bond with. He was told that good is not enough and that he had to work twice as hard to get things done.

“I always pondered ‘what-if’ questions when it came to my father. What if he was there to raise me as my mother was doing? What if he was there to give me a perspective of what it was like to be a man?” said Frame. This is where his grandfather would come in.

He went to Morehouse College to be a business major but he discovered a mentoring program that changed his life. “He started speaking at churches in the Hartford area because by word of mouth, he had been recognized as an inspirational speaker. Throughout college he was doing just that at some black schools and churches in Atlanta,” says Frame’s grandmother, Betty Davis. Davis mentioned she wasn’t surprised when her grandson accepted a lower-paying job. It involved teaching young men, black and white, and that’s what he had a passion for.

One of the challenges Frame had was that he was torn he couldn’t do much about the situations many kids were in. “Many of these kids grew up without fathers,” said Frame. And the issues weren’t only at home but in school. Frame said, “You can’t control what happens with their education. Some of these schools they were in were low-functioning. The reading level wasn’t that high. It’s just unfortunate and I don’t think high school should ever be about remediation.”

Frame advises any aspiring journalists to, “Create a market for yourself. If you want to be a journalist, write a blog. I want someone to have a certain amount of readership for their blog. I want to know what they can bring and how they can contribute to my organization. It could be about sports. It could be about anything. I’m just looking for someone with a track record.”

He boasts a resume very few people have but it doesn’t seem to be enough. “My journey’s nowhere near over,” says Frame. “I hope the work I do can be effective in fighting that negative image of black men that we’re bombarded with. If that happens within the next few years, I know I’m going down the right path.”

“The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story” Review

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The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story is a book that goes in depth about life in the wrestling business. It’s not as glamorous as it’s portrayed to be on TV. The wrestlers don’t make as much money as people may think – or even the wrestlers themselves may think if they’re on the independent scene. Bob Holly wrestled for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) for 16 years. Before that, he wrestled in Memphis (TN) and Mobile (AL) for 7 years. Holly shows in this book how acquainted he is with the wrestling industry.

Holly was never really the focus of the show when he was in the WWE or down south wrestling in Memphis and Mobile. Everyone knows that pro-wrestling is scripted. Some people are scripted to win their matches. Others aren’t. Holly was one of those people. In wrestling, the term for that is “jobber.” A “jobber” is simply there to make other talent look good and that’s what’s Holly’s job was. He’s writing from the perspective of someone who wasn’t a superstar in the business. He’s writing for the hardcore wrestling fans who want to know what happens before and after the show is over.

Holly’s writing is very informal. It’s like he’s speaking to you. It’s a very to-the-point style of writing. He wrote the book chronologically, from his childhood to him becoming a dad as a teenager, being a bar fighter and meeting someone who got him into the wrestling and finally, to his life after wrestling.

Readers will be able to relate to this book at many different points – one of them being the backstage politics of the wrestling business. Backstage politics are part of everyday life. They’re rampant at work. Co-workers can make or break each other and it’s no different in wrestling. If someone important thinks you don’t have what it takes to succeed, then you don’t have a chance of moving up in the company. Holly goes into this in a lot of detail, as he does throughout the book in general. If you’re interested in learning about the wrestling business, this book would be a great place to start.