Thursday, January 31, 2013

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I wrote a dvd review the other day for Tricycle Offense, the multimedia blog I contribute to. It is a look at the 3-disk documentary that WWE released about the late '90s wrestling group the New World Order aka nWo. While looking through the articles I have written there, I realized that I forgot to link here to a review I wrote months ago about the Undertaker: 20-0 dvd set. So, I'll put the links to those two below.

nWo: The Revolution ... The 3-man supergroup that debuted at Bash at the Beach 1996 took the wrestling and mainstream world by storm and made WCW the coolest wrestling promotion in the world for a while. It also helped usher in the super-hot "Attitude Era" in WWE.

The Undertaker: 20-0 ... He debuted at Survivor Series 1990, but The Undertaker made his mark at WrestleMania, going 20-0 in big-time matches at WWE's premier pay-per-view event. Disk 1 is a documentary looking at his matches, while disks 2, 3 & 4 features all 20 matches in their entirety. I look at the documentary and also rank all 20 matches in order of what I thought were the best.

There's those. Check them out if you're interested in that kind of thing. Even if you're not interested, but you're bored or something, check them out anyway.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Rock is the new WWE Champion

The Rock has not held gold in the WWE since 2002. His return to WWE over the last two years has broken records and brought new and old fans to the product. His earlier returns have been sporadic and - criticized by some - mostly "via satellite." He came back earlier this month and all signs look to him being pretty much a full-time wrestler for the company through this year's WrestleMania, the company's biggest show of the year.

By virtue of winning the Royal Rumble match, John Cena has secured a shot at WrestleMania for the WWE Championship. This will be a rematch of last year's "Once in a Lifetime" match between Cena and The Rock. Why the rematch? Well, last year's WrestleMania was the most-purchased pay-per-vew in WWE history, as well as the highest-grossing event in company history. It makes dollars and cents. See what I did there?

Where does this leave CM Punk? He was, after all, WWE Champion for 435 days, the longest reign in well over 20 years - or longest reign in the "modern era" as Punk called it. We'll get to that later.

For now, just soak in the fact that The Rock is back on top of the WWE. These are interesting times for WWE in the coming months. The ratings have been up, but can Rock continue to bring people back to the product? If so, then his reign is a success. Let's see what happens.

I'll get more in depth with this subject over at Tricycle Offense later.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pipe Bomb, part deux ... oh, and The Rock came back too

On the first episode of Monday Night Raw in 2013, CM Punk unleashed his second "pipe bomb" promo and met face-to-face with his Royal Rumble opponent, The Rock.

Unlike his initial pipe bomb promo in 2011, which saw Punk become an antihero for speaking his mind about his problems with WWE (and garnering a lot of mainstream attention for doing so), his second go-around was a lot more storyline driven. Punk is now a heel and was expressing his dissatisfaction with the fans for turning on him.

Punk did, however, make several good points about how fickle the fans are, and how it pays more to be funny and kid-friendly in the WWE than to be the best wrestler in the world, mentioning the watered-down WWE versions of Daniel Bryan and Brodus Clay.

He also made a great point about his one-year-plus reign as WWE Champion and how extraordinary it is in this day and age. Bruno Sammartino has the longest championship reign at 7-plus years, but in 1970's era WWE, the title was defended only once a month, if that. Punk may have been exaggerating when he said that if he defended once a month he would reign for 30 years, but the reality is that reigns of that nature don't exist anymore and what Punk is doing is very special.

Cue The Rock.

When The Rock came back last year for one more match at WrestleMania, everybody thought the world-famous movie star had a break in his schedule and came back to have some fun. His match against John Cena broke WresleMania buyrate records and led to a successful DVD compilation looking at their feud.

Over the summer, The Rock returned to Monday Night Raw and announced that he had a title shot at this January's Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Speculation ran rampant about what was going to happen. The most logical thing is that Rock will win the title from Punk and then lose to John Cena in a rematch at WrestleMania 29.

People wondered how Rock could win the title and not be a full-time WWE wrestler during the most important months of the WWE calendar - the build to WrestleMania. Well, to answer that, respected wrestling news site has released what is believed to be Rock's upcoming WWE schedule, and he is basically a full-time wrestler for the next few months. He will be appearing on nearly every episode of Monday Night Raw from now until WrestleMania.

He could very conveivably become the WWE Champion later this month.

The best thing going in WWE right now is CM Punk. One of the best things ever is The Rock. This feud has already taken on a much more serious tone than Rock's last feud with Cena. This will be a huge deal and the television leading up to the Royal Rumble will be very entertaining to watch.