Another great day in the carefree life of a 'retired' man who's enjoying the cold of winter in our cozy home in Norman, Oklahoma home of the 9-2 @Oklahoma_Football Sooners.
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I watched WWE Survivor Series Sunday night from Boston. No, I don't get them for free and never have but who's complaining? I get asked this question every PPV weekend. I pay my way and don't condone people stealing including PPV's from any company.
Highlight of the PPV for me was the spotlight placed on Roman Reigns who pinned four members of the opposition with the same move, a nice, snug SPEAR. Reigns has "it" and has always been high on everyone's list of hopeful, future WWE main eventers. The son of WWE Hall of Famer Wild Samoan Sika has transformed his former nose tackle body into a more healthy, appealing and more marketable one since signing with WWE's developmental program.
The former Georgia Tech defensive lineman has a natural aptitude for the product and a very business like approach to his vocation. Unless something totally unforeseen occurs to this young man there is no reason that with great mentoring and promotion that Roman Reigns shouldn't be headlining PPV's soon in WWE as in some time in 2014.
I've found the 2nd generation grappler to be intelligent and highly motivated to be great. His athletic background helps push him to want to be on the 'first team' aka a main event , high earner.
I'm very proud of Roman and expect him to keep pushing himself in all phases of the game to continue to improve and be the long term asset that he and the WWE want and need him to be.
Soon...I expect that the other two Shield members will also be more in the spotlight as both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are also marketably skilled and have excellent futures, as well.
Hopefully with Reigns re-establishing the SPEAR as his finisher, WWE will begin restricting other talents from using the 'go to' maneuver.
Bothers me to read some tweets @JRsBBQ regarding Big E Langston who I got to know well in NXT and who I feel has a very significant upside. 'E' is another talented, educated, dependable athlete who is so much more than a former power lifter. The former state high school wrestling champion and D1 football lineman at Iowa has great feet and agility plus he's another student of the game and takes his preparation and in ring progress seriously.
For the record, I wasn't overwhelmed about the Big E post match, 'pandering' promo. I thought it could have been done just as effectively in a much shorter length of time but it didn't kill me. The upside is that Big E can talk including not having to be provided scripted lines that so many talents grow dependent upon.
Some fans need to exert a little more patience while young talents such as Reigns and Big E evolve to the next level.
Same goes for the Wyatts who aren't even in 'waist deep water' yet.
Enjoyed the old school fundamentals of the Punk/Bryan vs. Wyatt tag team match. Tag team wrestling is far from dead and with a little effort and creativity it would be considered 'new' to younger fans who haven't experienced great, tag team wrestling in their lives.
Speaking of tag teams, the Rhodes Brothers and the Uso Brothers have been extremely impressive in recent weeks. I know their father's are proud of their sons.
Ironically, Swagger and Cesaro may have the most athletic potential to be a dominating tag team as any duo in WWE in years. To show you how old school that I am I don't like the fans chanting along with the villains as in "We The People" as it feels like a fan favorite presentation/gimmick.
Not sure what to make of a title unification match, if that's where WWE is headed, with Cena and Orton. A unique way to end the show that certainly presented more questions and speculation than answers. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I'd expect that particular matter to be at the center of attention on RAW Monday night.
I would have liked to have heard more unfiltered talk from the HOF panel. That would help differentiate from the normal, Monday Night RAW soundtrack.
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Nice win for my Sooners Saturday at K-State after going into the game as a 5.5 point road underdog. Next is Bedlam, OU vs. Oklahoma State on Saturday December 7 when WWE HOFer Jerry Brisco will be in town to watch his highly rated, talented Cowboys battle my Sooners.
Great hospitality in Manhattan, Kansas at KSU. THANKS TO ALL. But it was cold as hell. :)
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