It's been a interesting weekend. Here are a few things that I can recall and a few things that I learned....
Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz is a badass. Diaz is arguably Strikeforce's biggest and most entertaining star. He can strike, he can submit people and he can talk plus he's unpredictable. Some say that he's a pain in the ass to deal with but I'm still a fan.
MMA strategy can be prematurely overrated. The way Diaz started out against Evangelista Santos was a head scratcher....and then it was over. Diaz wins by submission. The kid from Stockton is fearless or so it seems. I want to watch him fight again.
Three man MMA teams need to practice together more and to use less pronouns. Plus, they still narrow cast as if every viewer knows all the nuances of the MMA game. We don't. Their job is to help the whole class learn the game not just the 'smart kids."
Strikeforce missed a free hour of TV time on Showtime that they could have utilized not to mention why didn't Strikeforce have one, competitive women's fight on their Saturday night card? Strikeforce can use the female fighters to further differential themselves from UFC.
Allowing the audience to know who the women are as human beings will help facilitate more female viewers and Strikeforce needs all the viewers that they can muster.
Strikeforce TV people aka Showtime did a better job in producing Saturday night's show than their last televised train wreck. The upcoming heavyweight tournament got some nice promotion and built a fair level of anticipation.
Why don't we hear from the participants who fight for titles before the fight? How about a 30-60 second sound byte or even a personality profile? Who are these fighters and how can the average 'Joe' relate to them?
At 48 years of age Herschel Walker is a physical marvel and as long as he is not over matched inside the cage he can remain an attraction that garners valuable publicity for Strikeforce. That is until Herschel moves on to his next physical challenge. What could be left for #34, one or two more fights max?
No MMA color analyst can touch Joe Rogan. He adds humor, knowledge, and knows how to simplify his analysis so the lay fan can get it. Even though MMA is a serious sport adding a touch of humor and pop culture to the mix isn't a bad thing.
Diaz vs. Cyborg got my juices flowing to call a MMA fight. I love physical intensity and fights with an edge and seemingly a personal issue. This one felt that way especially with Diaz doing some talking while fighting. I wish Showtime mics would have picked up some of his sound bytes.
Helluva shot of Cris Cyborg crying after her husband lost his main event, title opportunity. That's real, organic drama. She will become a bigger fan favorite because we actually saw the 'human side' of this female freak of a fighter. BTW out of training Cris Cyborg is a large lady.....in all due respect.
The Boston WWE fans at WWE's Royal Rumble came through big time with a full house at the home of the Celtics. Great job 'Bean Town' as the late, great Gorilla Monsoon would have said.
I loved the Tom Brady line from the Miz but expected it later in the show. It made me laugh and it was for the live audience primarily as most NFL fans don't like Brady any way.
Miz wins and retains his WWE Title ala Ric Flair and the NWA Title back in the day which add credence to my 'expert opinion' that Miz is a 'beatable champion.' That's not a knock on Miz and anyone who actually understands the biz should know such.
John Morrison's leap of faith to the security wall and show of athleticism will be on many future Royal Rumble highlight packages. I thought Morrison might last a little longer in the RR match but that one interval served Morrison well.
Dolph Ziggler reminds me somewhat of the great Pat Patterson of many years gone by not to mention that the athletic Ziggler has some Mr. Perfect traits as well. Ziggler can become very, very good in time especially when he becomes more comfortable on the mic. However with heat seeking missile Vickie Guerrero aligned with Dolph, Ziggler's need to talk isn't a priority....yet.
Great ovations from where I was sitting at home in my old La-Z-Boy for both Booker T and Kevin Nash. Good to see both men looking physically fit and the Boston crowd ate up both stars surprise appearances. I have no idea if their Royal Rumble appearances were one offs or if they will be hanging around WWE at least on a part time basis. Both have skills that they can add to the mix even if they don't step back into a wrestling ring.
Ezekiel Jackson is VERY strong but when the powerhouse single handily eliminated the World's Largest Athlete it seemed to fly under the radar. Jackson is one guy that does need increased mic time. Zeke has an intimidating look.
Vickie Guerrero may not be called a manager or valet but that's essentially what she is for Dolph Ziggler. With that said, Vickie is very good and is as disliked a TV persona as anyone on either roster along with Michael Cole.
The Sign Guy gets great seats. I wonder if he can get me a pair for the Super Bowl. I need two Rick.
Who would have thought going into the Royal Rumble Match that Hornswoggle would have had such a featured role? Will Horney's success bode well for his hometown Green Bay Packers team in SB45?
I learned that the NFL All Star game has become as compelling as the no defense played NBA All Star game and that the State of Hawaii likely lost a bundle on the game by the looks of all the empty seats in Aloha Stadium.
CM Punk had a MVP like performance Sunday night and impressed me on numerous exchanges both athletically and with his facial expressions. Looks like Punk vs. Orton is going to be on the WM27 menu unless I'm wrong and, BTW, that happens frequently. Bottom line....good night for Punk.
I learned that the King has apparently developed a great deal of patience with his colleague Michael Cole as a couple of times I thought Jerry was going to at least verbally cut loose on the 'Voice of the WWE.' Cole seems bullet proof but is walking a thin line with Lawler.
I suggest that Cole needs to be careful when dealing with King or he just might find himself in a situation that has Cole singing 'A Stranger in Paradise.' Speaking from one as has had some painful in ring experience those moments aren't always so positive.
I learned that Steve Austin is excited about hosting Tough Enough and as we all are awaiting to see who his trainers are going to be. Austin should be highly entertaining in this natural, free flowing environment.
Yours truly is finishing my last voice over session with THQ for the WWE All Star Video Game this Tuesday afternoon here in Oklahoma. This game is going to kick ass and is a fantasy booker's dream. I hope to be able to work with THQ and do all I can to promote this very important project not only for WWE, THQ but for yours truly as well.
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