Greetings and Happy Holidays to all! My chestnuts are roasting so let's get this show on the road.
Enjoyed several elements of MNR from snowy Albany, New York.
For the record, I'm happy WWE did not cancel MSG or Albany due to the weather. Folks that did not want to endure the travel issues certainly should have stayed home, I likely would have, but those that could make the trek were likely looking forward to the holiday events and were willing to risk any travel inconvenience.
BTW from what I know the Garden had 14,500 tickets distributed for Sunday night in the Big Apple Blizzard. I don't know how many of the tickets were used but that's the actual number distributed so it was a heck of a crowd in extremely inclement weather.
Canceling events for any reason usually works out to be a damned if you do, damned if you don't proposition. Some will bring out the soap boxes to proclaim bad judgment while others, if the event is canceled, will raise hell because they had planned to attend an event for weeks.
Jerry Lawler defeating Miz somewhat surprised me but John Morrison igetting nvolved certainly enhanced my interest in the Falls Count Anywhere, WWE Title bout next week between the two former tag team partners. The Miz-Morrison match will be in Phoenix where I will be attending the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night. I'll just miss the WWE in the desert as we head home on Sunday for a little B-Day observance back in Norman on Monday.
King had all kinds of travel woes on Monday including getting separated from his luggage. He told me that he did not take a jacket or coat with him on this trip, he hates 'em, but that he did "bring a hoody.....and gloves." Classic.
It's always smart to episodically produce TV where one can anticipate 'next week's main event' for 7 days.
John Morrison is beginning to garner more attention and the physicality that he is currently bringing to his bouts is money. Morrison is on a journey to become a long term headliner and I, for one, hopes that he gets to his destination.
The Orton vs. Sheamus match was the kind of bout that I used to love to call. Physical, intense, close, hard fought and where winning is earned and losing isn't a killer. I really like both of these athletes.
The CM Punk/Nexus affiliation is intriguing. More questions than answers which is good. There is strength in numbers and it certainly puts the 'hero,' John Cena, in an uphill struggle. Punk is excellent both in the ring and on the mic and I look forward to seeing how the Cena-Punk scenario plays out over time. If they don't get it on until the Royal Rumble match, I wouldn't be offended. Sounds like Cena-Punk could theoretically be a solid WM27 attraction. Time will tell.
Plus, I'm anxious to see how Punk rehabilitates/re-positions Nexus' TV persona.
Josh Mathews works well with Michael Cole. Josh has worked diligently to improve his game and he's succeeding. Mastering the art of commentary in today's marketplace of pro wrestling isn't easy.
An emailer asked me what I thought about former WWE star Jeff Hardy's 'plea agreement' to a variety of charges filed against him in North Carolina. I know only what I occasionally read on line about this unfortunate matter but if a plea agreement can bring this issue to an end and Jeff can move on with his life then it might be a good idea. Those types of decisions are better made by lawyers and the individuals involved and not by folks, like me, who are on the outside looking in.
Lots of crazy rumors floating around the MMA message boards about Brock Lesnar these days. Some fans feel that Lesnar is looking to leave UFC and return to WWE. That decision would floor me. It doesn't seem to make sense at this time for Lesnar to leave UFC as there is too much Octagon money on the table for Brock to walk away at this time. I just can't see the athletic freak going back on the WWE road for any significant length of time especially with young children at home and Brock being most comfortable when he is in the Minnesota woods enjoying family life and hunting.
Don't get me wrong, as a fan I would embrace a Lesnar return to WWE and it 'might' happen on a sporadic basis some day but not any time soon.
I still think that UFC's best bout for Lesnar's 1st fight in 2011 with the best story behind it that could be easily enhanced/marketed with smart TV production is Brock vs. Frank Mir. I know that some MMA aficionados aren't of the same opinion. However, MMA fans would engage this well promoted 'rubber match' once the hype started that I can assure you.
WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan was the best, three tool wrestling talent that I ever saw. No one before or since 'The Wease' could wrestle, manage, and broadcast as good as the Indianapolis native. Tuesday the Bobby Heenan DVD is being released by WWE and I wholeheartedly encourage one and all to buy this DVD because A. it's really good and B. it would lift Bobby's spirits to know that he's not been forgotten and that fans still love him.
Heenan's natural timing on the mic was priceless as many fans can vividly remember when he managed and then when he partnered with Gorilla Monsoon as those two HOF'ers were arguably the best broadcast tandem ever.
Old time fans will also remember that Heenan's in ring efforts as a wrestler were grossly underrated. Bobby coudldabsorb a classic, ass whipping that delighted fans for years.
I loved working with Bobby on WWE Challenge and several other WWE productions including WM9 in 1993. As a partner, Bobby was so unselfish and I looked forward to each day that we were able to collaborate. Our TV chemistry was immediate and unexplained, unplanned and unrehearsed. Bobby was a genius who made everyone he worked with better.
Let's hope that the Bobby Heenan DVD gets the attention that it deserves as it goes on sale Tuesday. 'The Brain' deserves a break not to mention a thanks from wrestling fans.
Buying this DVD is one way to accomplish both.
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