It's a big day around here....after months and months or working on it we hope to pick up our first shipment of JR's Main Event Mustard today. With that in mind, here are some random thoughts.
Three hour MNR's are unique to engage for the full three hours but I enjoyed the Philly Raw/KOR presentation overall. My attention span isn't what it used to be but is your's?
Loved the Miz-Lawler show closer in the impromptu TLC bout for the WWE Title. I thought a really solid story was told, that the pacing of the match was at a level that could be easily processed and, equally as important, retained, and the closing moments had ample twists and turns that made a somewhat predictable conclusion appear to be up for grabs.
WWE Champion Miz' persona as a resourceful, athletic, brash, self confident, young man who is beatable on most given nights was illustrated perfectly on Raw IMO. Personally, I like those attributes in an antagonist champion. Miz's verbal skills are getting better and better and he has the opportunity to become one of the biz's best all time talkers before all is said and done if he keeps improving.
King celebrated a birthday in style and the only thing that could top Monday night's main event is for Jerry to finally get his first Wrestlemania match and this year in Atlanta would be special for the WWE Hall of Famer.
It felt like the three man announce booth worked better in Philly even though it wasn't a three man booth for the full three hours with King wrestling in the main event.
It will be interesting TV next Monday to see how Michael Cole interacts with The King on Raw considering what occurred between the two on Raw where Cole, arguably, 'cost King the WWE Title.'
Sheamus winning the KOR wasn't a total shock but a total shock also wasn't necessary for me to enjoy the tournament.
Thought John Morrison had a good night too especially when he was more physical than finesse.
BTW...the Lawler video package was money. Great job of editing and presentation. This established method of building up a match or a performer is just as effective today as its ever been. It was great stuff that as a viewer that I would love to see more of in the future. It certainly made some of the younger viewers aware of who the King is/was other than just being a long time announcing fixture on Raw and a WWE Hall of Fame broadcaster. Lawler's body of work inside the ring is what he's most proud of and deservedly so.
I talked to a friend recently who spoke with Bobby Heenan last week and 'The Wease' is at home, he was home for Thanksgiving, after getting out of the hospital where he was rehabbing his 2nd broken hip. Bobby was in good spirits which is a testament to his character considering all the challenges that he has faced. I hope to see Bobby on one of my next trips to Tampa when I visit FCW.
The thing I remember most about being around Leslie Nielson is that he rarely was without his 'fart cushion.' He loved to create noise 'o flatulence and would do it any time and any where. By all accounts the recently deceased actor was a joy to work with and truly enjoyed his WWE experience. I remember as a kid watching a young Leslie Nielson play the lead on a weekly, Disney TV show entitled 'The Swamp Fox.'
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I think that the upcoming GSP-Josh Koscheck fight will be an exciting presentation and profitable for UFC. GSP is the ultimate hero, seemingly squeaky clean who will be fighting in his hometown of Montreal before a packed house of rowdy, loyal, fellow French Canadians.
Because of his skill level notwithstanding fighting at home, GSP should win the fight as most predict.
However, Koscheck has done a helluva job creating and enhancing his bad boy persona that continues to encourage fans to want to see the antagonist get his ass handed to him on PPV. Koshcheck is arguably selling PPV's just as efficiently as GSP but in a much different manner.
No great hero IE GSP can be as great or as profitable to the company that's paying them wants them to be unless they have a great adversary with which to compete/perform. It's been that way in sports and in entertainment for generations. It's an established element of basic, human nature and it isn't going to change no matter how much those that seemingly live on MMA fan boards what to declare.
Koscheck has helped make himself extremely relevant going into this fight and has helped to build an easy to follow storyline for casual MMA fans while embellishing the former amateur star's cocky, self assured, arrogant Octagon persona. I don't know Josh Koshcheck personally so I can't speak to how he is in 'real life' but his TV persona is on the money especially when it's such a stark, polar opposite as GSP.
I was reminded that Koscheck is somewhat akin to the young, brash, talented Shawn Michaels who was so good at his in ring persona , which at times was perpetuated outside the ring as well, that fans longed to see HBK 'get his.' Many MMA fans are anxious to see GSP destroy Koscheck in a decisively physical manner in Montreal on PPV.
MMA aficionados who say that GSP would sell just as many PPV's no matter who he fights are 'pet coon goofy.'
Speaking of UFC, how much will over reactive fans respond to Brock Lesnar being shown and mentioned on Raw Monday night in the context of being a former King of the Ring winner? Lesnar to WWE? No way. At least, not any time soon.
Strikeforce on Showtime on Saturday nights will do much better when Showtime people fully understand how to promote a fight and to make stars. BTW stars cannot be 'made' via sporadic appearances on premium cable. As a MMA fan, I want to see Strikeforce do well but trying to gain a foothold via premium cable and without a weekly or semi regular 'free' TV show isn't likely going to happen.
It seemed that many MMA fans use to raise more hell regarding the referees in the fight game but that angst has seemingly turned to the judging which seems to be inconsistent and erratic at best more often than not. I realize that judging is a subjective and thankless job but MMA judging is too inconsistent. That's got to be an area of concern for MMA executives as well as for fans of the genre.
Cast my vote for the Ted Hendricks Award for college football's best defensive end. There are some impressive athletes in the running this year that will be announced in a few days.
Will be attending the OU-Nebraska Big 12 Conference Championship Game this Saturday night at Jerry World in Arlington, Texas which is also the home to this year's Super Bowl.
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