Though the Daily Show with Jon Stewart has been highly talked about this year with it being Jon Stewart's final year on the show and also following Stewart's appearance on Raw. Also his short feud with Seth Rollins, Jon Stewart showed that not every guest star is their to waste TV time and promote themselves. But little do most people know Seth Rollins wasn't the first superstar to be mentioned on the Daily Show in this "era." Former Manager Zeb Coulter beat Seth to the punch as he was mentioned on the Daily Show back in the Summer of 2013. Now let's go back now:
"Yesterday on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, current WWE manager Zeb Colter was mentioned due to his promo this past Monday on Immigration. John Stewart is against Zeb's views on immigration and actually praises the WWE for having a civilized discussion about it. Below is the blurb from the show about John's response to Zeb also another mention of WWE came in the Moment of Zen on this weeks edition of the Daily Show."
Remember back near the end of 2013 when rumors of TNA Wrestling getting sold were running rampant around the internet wrestling community. Though nothing happened as a result of this things got very close to happening, but it seemed to fall through be for anything could.
As of this writing one party is currently out of the running for purchasing TNA, now this undisclosed party was never the leader but was one of the rumored buyers that surfaced online. A different party however that met with TNA executives a few weeks ago has been the key party still interested is still in play. The main company is still in the mix and is talking positively about making the deal but it doesn't disclose a specific time period within which they want to close the deal. The new details that surfaced are that the undisclosed party wants full ownership of TNA as oppose to buying a percentage of the company.
The thing I believe that maybe holding things up is that it seems like the Carter Family may want to retain majority ownership of the company. But like I mentioned above the possible buyers want full ownership of the company not a percentage.
Also an interesting note, if the sale takes Jeff Jarrett is expected to gain even more power within the company since "he is more than likely a big factor in getting the deal going."
As of this writing former UFC fighter Phil Baroni is making headlines as he is trying to break into pro-wrestling at the age of 38. Phil is famous for his trash talking with former UFC fighter Frank Shamrock back in the day & though Phil has competed in his fair share of big matches he more often then not came up short. The last fight Baroni had was in July of 2014 apart of Bellator where he lost to Karo Parisyan by Knockout. Since then Phil has been training to become a pro-wrestler at the Future Stars of Wrestling training camp. Phil is being trained under the likes of current TNA Star Kenny King, D'Lo Brown, & Mike Modest.
All three of these men worked quite well in the ring and I think they give the new blood the ability to learn a mix of both the old school & new school styles of wrestling. This is the second former UFC fighter to make the jump which I as interesting because this might be the start of more former UFC fighters making the jump, it will be interesting to keep an eye on.
The name of the game is 5 Star Wrestling and the gameplay for this game will be based around the of "Ring Psychology" which in my opinion is a lost art in the sport today. If your unaware what I mean by ring psychology then for one that proves point that it is a lost art in the business today, but think of it like this if Rey Mysterio is facing The Big Show then Rey would work on Big Show's legs to try and chop Show down to his size.
The other unique aspect of this game is that they are not affiliated with any major wrestling company which means that there are No known talent in the game. However, they do have parodies of most all the major names in the wrestling business both past and present. Some names in the game are: Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Jeff Hardy, The Rock and others as parodies to prevent a backlash from each company.
Some other information about the game can be found here
Though it was months ago, this former wrestler is still in the news, but for a different reason. CM Punk near the end of 2014 was a guest on Colt Cabana's Podcast "Art of Wrestling." This is the edition of Colt's podcast in my opinion should be referred to as "The Podcast Heard Round the World" because it was on that podcast where Punk told his story as to why he left the WWE in January of 2014. Now join me as we go back and relive this monumental podcast.
As most of you guys and gals know for the last year, almost we as fans have wondered what happened that fateful night in Cleveland, OH back in January of this year. For those who may not be aware of the specifics, I am talking about the night that CM Punk finally had enough and went home for what we thought was a vacation. But now almost a full year later details have finally came out after a certain podcast came out in the middle of last week where Punk told us what happened. A couple of bullet points from that podcast:
Points about CM Punk:
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Some Bullets Points now of things not just about Punk, but also about WWE:
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The fact of the matter, I disagree totally with what the WWE did and how they handled this, because if they were to handle this in January or the early part of the year then they wouldn’t look so bad now. I don’t support them and I am shocked they handled this the way they did and though I know at least one person will say “that’s just one side.” Well that’s the only side we have and if WWE cares so much then maybe they should tell their side, but they won’t. I also figured doing this the way I did would be different than what everyone else did so even though I sort of ripped the WWE I did it in a different way. Now feel free to tell me what you think about what happened and if WWE should tell their, and completely ignore the fact that it would be a publicity nightmare for them. Let me know your thoughts @WrestlingExpres on twitter.
A couple of months ago there was talk going around the internet wrestling world that Tough Enough would be returning after WrestleMania 31. If you have never heard of Tough Enough then you have missed out as it you an inside look at what it took to become a "WWE superstar." Tough Enough first started back in the summer of 2001 and was won by Maven Huffman & Nidia. After three years of consecutive seasons Tough Enough went off the air following the 1 million dollar Tough Enough in 2004.
Then in 2011 Tough Enough made it's return to television this time on the USA Network as a lead in to Monday Night Raw on Monday's. This time around Tough Enough looked totally different there was a new set up, new trainers, new location, and also a new feel from the others. The re-launched Tough Enough was hosted by Steve Austin and the other trainers consisted of Booker, T, Bill Demont, & Trish Stratus. However, neither the winner of the show or the show overall had much staying power and the show ended after one season.
Now after four years the rumors are back again and this time actually merit through news stories from USA Network that say USA wants Tough Enough to come back. Right now all we can do is wait, but I for one would love to see Tough Enough return to TV, but this time make it nothing like it was last time. The information is limited all I know is it is suppose to start up again following WrestleMania 31 I don't know anything else. All we can do is wait and while wait let's take a trip back in time to watch Tough Enough Episode 1 Season 5:
(I do apologize, but wasn't able to find it on YouTube at least I found it though)
Back in the later years of WCW when the company was closing in on the end they finally decided to start bring in some new talent to give them a push. In around the middle of 2000 Power Plant graduates came to WCW collectively known as The Natural Born Thrillers. (For more info click the link)
Now follow as I jump back to the year 1963 when the WWWF started after Vince McMahon Sr. & Toots Mondt broke away from the National Wrestling Alliance. The first WWWF World Champion was "Nature Boy" Buddy Roger, but Rogers only held the World title for 22 days before losing it to Bruno Sammartino. Now I am not going to champion by champion as Bruno held the title for over 2803 days. Let's jump to late 1973 when then World Champion Pedro Morales squares off against Stan "The Man" Stasiak. Even though Stan only held the title for a little more then a week legacy he left in Portland wrestling on the business lived on through his son Shawn.
Shawn Stasiak or the man from Planet Stasiak is one of the many people to really disappear from wrestling following the end of not just WCW, but the Invasion storyline. Shawn in my book had potential written all over him, but he just couldn't talk that good which was the only thing bad about him. Now ten years after begin away Shawn is ready comeback and duplicate what his father did in 1973 and that becoming the WWE World Champion. How would he make history well a father-son combo have never won the World title in the WWE or any major company for that matter. Just seeing Shawn get back in the ring would be good in my book because I think their almost no chance he ends up in the WWE. Check out what this once promising young star has been up to since he left wrestling.
Do you think WWE should give Stasiak a shot?
With the recent goings on with Samoa Joe and TNA, also the fact that he is still in the news considering his possible signing with WWE. I thought looking back at the last big talent who walked away from TNA was very fitting and a great idea:
AJ Styles: Is TNA Still in His Future:
As of this writing, some people within TNA Wrestling believe that TNA could have AJ Styles comeback for the Lockdown PPV in April to face Magnus. The only problem is that he isn't under contract with TNA anymore and they haven't be able to reach an agreement thus far. Also another thing that could stop a comeback is his dates on the Independents because it's not like if he resigns he will just throw them aside and not show up to them. I think TNA made a mistake by allowing AJ to leave, Yes after the botch at ROH's event over the weekend, you might think otherwise, but that was just one mistake. AJ Styles is still a solid wrestler in the ring and a decent hand on the microphone.
I also think he was the backbone of the TNA roster, and will be missed sort of like a Benoit, Guerrero, Malenko or Saturn was missed in WCW when they went to WWE. Now that might be a strange comparison, but let me explain, when in WCW and then WWE the team later called the Radicalz was the backbone of the roster. They were the guys that the writing staff could count to go out and have a good match. Like TNA could count on AJ to go out and have a good match. Now that's gone and they need someone new to step up and become what AJ was in the company.
One final thought, I personally don't think AJ Styles returns anytime soon to TNA. To the point of this post I don't know if TNA is still in AJ's future and right now I don't think anyone can really tell you the truth except AJ Styles because in my book only he really knows. I do think that maybe AJ could be back by the end of the year in TNA, but not right now as far as I can see.
It doesn’t matter the stigmas, it doesn’t matter, or the question I am proud to be a fan of this business. I look back at the last section I posted and I say to myself, I know a lot about wrestling and I am proud of that, I am proud of the fact that I can share my knowledge of wrestling with family and friends alike. I will always be proud of the fact that over the last 16 years I have become one of if not the biggest fan, you will ever meet in this world and the passion I have for this business is unbridled.
You can call me a mark, a nerd, a loser, someone in need of a life; you can call me anything you want, but don’t be jealous I have a passion for something un-waivered and unmatched to anything in this world. I guess with what this post was about was not only fill you all in on Who’s Writing this, but also to fill you guys in on important this business is to me. Truth be told I love this business and am damn proud of the fact that I love this business and cherish the knowledge I have about it and continue to gain about it.
Now when Brock won the title I was one of the biggest supporters of Brock winning the World Title back at Summerslam and not being there every week, because I had the Old School perspective on things and thought and still do think that the World Champion shouldn't be featured every week and should be thought of as special. But not having the World Champion on the show for months at a time isn't good for the championship or the guy holding it. I think every expected this when Brock won the belt, but I think they should have worked on getting Brock some more appearances when he won the title so he was seen more often.
However, they are just focused on keeping Brock happy even though it is very likely that Brock will be leaving in March after Mania 31 so they should use that as a reason for Brock do them a favor and work more as a champion. Fact is that because Brock and Heyman haven't appeared on TV since after Night of Champions which is hurting Brock's momentum and the importance of the World Title. But also it somewhat helps the tile because it is making people want Brock to lose the title more considering they want to see the champion so if anything people are looking forward to Brock loosing the title more considering he is never there. Below is an excerpt from an article written about the topic:
"It’s easy to see why WWE made the call to put the belt on Lesnar at Summerslam. He was—and still is—a great monster heel. He was also the man who destroyed The Undertaker’s legendary streak at Wrestlemania 30, practically guaranteeing WWE had to continue pushing him to the moon. WWE undoubtedly felt Paul Heyman would be an appropriate replacement for his client on Raw and Smackdown. With Heyman around to do the talking, you surely wouldn’t need the former MMA fighter on television every single week. Alas, three months on from Lesnar’s title victory, it’s clear the writers made an egregious error in putting the belt on him." For the full article, please visit: