Saturday, August 24, 2013

WWE 2K14 symposium; amazing train wreck

Over SummerSlam weekend in Los Angeles, WWE and 2KSports held a 60-minute symposium featuring a star-studded lineup of WWE superstars to talk about WWE 2K14, the newest video game that will be released later this year.

Jim Ross, one of the greatest announcers of all time, hosted the event. Panelists included former World Champion Dolph Ziggler, current "It Guy" Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Paul Heyman, Mick Foley, Ric Flair, and Steve Austin

The idea for the panel was to discuss the "30 Years of WrestleMania" feature on the game. You can recreate some of the greatest moments from the history of WrestleMania. And the panelists were there to talk about those greatest moments. It starts out promising - Dolph Ziggler talks about how he hasn't stolen the show at WrestleMania yet, but he will one day. Daniel Bryan talks about how he is in awe of wrestling in front of over 80,000 fans. Steve Austin reminisces about wrestling against Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 and his matches against The Rock.

Paul Heyman gives a great speech about how he wanted to see Flair vs Hogan at WrestleMania and how he hopes to one day see Daniel Bryan vs CM Punk main event the biggest event of the year, saying they have the chemistry of Flair vs Steamboat and Austin vs The Rock.

The train wreck aspect comes in when you consider that Ric Flair pretty much admitted to being drunk while he was on the panel. And Jim Ross had to tweet the next day that he wasn't drunk, despite the fact that he slurred his words a little bit (he blamed his Bell's Palsy) and held up a drink when he came on stage and jokingly said, "This is Snapple!"

It's great to watch. It's completely unscripted and raw. There was a loose script that JR kept trying to steer everybody back toward, but Paul Heyman eventually got up and ripped the script apart.

Flair was on a roll. He made fun of Hulk Hogan's back surgeries, Daniel Bryan's beard, TNA, Bret Hart being a whiner, and did a hilarious impression of Curt Henning, to name a few. He also strongly implored everybody in attendance to never get married.

In the beginning at least, Flair told a great story about WWE giving him a new Hall of Fame ring after he buried his original one in his son's casket after his death a few months ago. "I walked in and Triple H said, 'I need to talk to you in private.' I thought, 'Oh shit, I'm in trouble already.'"

Flair wasn't in trouble that day, but he did get in trouble Saturday, August 17, 2013. His off-color comments and salty language reportedly led to WWE canceling a surprise appearance at the SummerSlam pay-per-view.

The first 20 minutes or so are mostly introductions of the panelists, which is entertaining in its own right. Then, Flair starts to take over around the half-hour mark. He is very giggly and keeps trying to tell long stories, despite JR constantly warning him about the time constraints. "But, I gotta tell this story!" he keeps saying.

Check it out if you want to see a group of people having fun and not worrying about the political consequences, check it out. It's the best kind of train wreck: entertaining and hilarious.

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