Friday, August 28, 2009

Old Is Cool With The AWA Reruns

It has been enjoyable to watch AWA wrestling on ESPN classics. It's fun to see a lot of young rookies back in the day, having seen a very young Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, and Mick Foley. If it is also good to see the old style of wrestling with old timers like Chief Wahoo McDaniels and Baron Von Rashcke. It does my heart a lot of good.

This period of an AWA wrestling is set in the late nineteen eighties. Just after Wrestlemania III is Verne Gagne's response to the rise of the WWF. It is interesting to see wrestlers who are iconic on the WWF and then wrestle for the AWA. An enjoyable recent rerun was Sergeant Slaughter who attacked by the Iron Sheik, and then to Slaughter's rescue came Guerrero Brothers- Hector, Mondo, and Chavo Sr. Which again shows the generational change since this period of wrestling.

For me personally, I stay up late to catch AWA just for a promo or match with the Baron. They just don't make them like him anymore.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Khali Vs. Kane = Good

I have been enjoying this feud been The Great Khali and Kane. It was a bit odd how Kane started it, but it looks like The Great Khali is ready to finish it.

This is a very good fued for Khali as he needs something after his turn to face with his comedic bit of kissing. That was fun and a unique way to turn someone to being a face. Now, we get to see him back in action, I do hope he has worked some on his wrestling moves though. I think it would be good for big men like him to study with old school wrestlers about holds and other tools they use to use back in the day. Face it, Khali will not be in a ladders match any time soon. But if he had a bag of holds he could pull from, then part of the match could be him doing his holds with would be devastating because of his strength. Then the other parts could be his opponents using acrobatics to chop him down.

Of course, this would necessitate him wrestling more MVP's or Shelton Benjamin's, rather than Kane's. But a speed versus strength match is has more opportunities than a strength versus strength match.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

TNA Suffocating Homegrown Talent

TNA has run into a long standing problem with crowds. It is easy to draw a crowd, but the way you draw a crowd is the way you are going to keep it. That is why one can buy a crowd, but a bought crowd has to keep being paid. In the case of TNA wrestling, the crowd was bought with the Main Event Mafia. Now, it has a problem because it has to try and grow its "organic" talent- A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, etc. They are cheaper and being younger have the longevity to grow TNA. Main Event Mafia you get what they bring, where they are is the most you will get out of them.

It is unfortunate that it takes time to grow talent, and in the mean time the bills continue. And an investment in ready-made talent does have a short-term payoff. But what has happened is that Matt Morgan, AJ Styles, and Samoa Joe are stale with little prospect of any immediate creativity. And with the Main Event Mafia, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, and Mick Foley, TNA singles action is in a stalemate with itself. Only TNA tag-team has any life to it.

A company cannot buy their way into growing, ask the WCW.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Lame Return of DX

The reintroduction of DX was a lackluster. With Triple H and Shawn Michaels coming out in full bluster mode only to be waylaid by Legacy. DX did not even have the opportunity to speak, and it is that in-ring talk that is their strength. I can understand WWE creative wanting to build the feud for Summerslam, but this was not the way to do it. It would actually have been better for DX to return at Summerslam. With Triple H and Shawn Michaels showing such weakness as to be jumped man to man and being unable to recover, makes DX look weak. This flies in the face of all the hype that the WWE has put into the return of DX.

Ultimately, I don’t mind the WWE bringing DX back, mainly because the last time they used them I believe Triple H was injured. That left Shawn Michaels alone and after Triple H was healed, DX was not reformed. Then there was a one-night return somewhere down the line. But DX needs to be near invincible due to their savvy, and not simply jumped by a pair of lackeys.

Monday, August 24, 2009

WWE Guest Hosts

Guests host for WWE Raw on Monday nights has been enjoyable. I do not know about the longevity for the guest host format, but it could go until to end of the year or until Wrestlemania. Oddball guest hosts have been the most enjoyable like ZZ Top. Then having an athlete like Shaquille O'Neill or past WWE superstars make a lot of sense to guest host. What has not been making a lot of sense are actors who have no bearing on wrestling. Seth Green and Freddie Prinze Jr. were a bust. Jeremy Piven was able to bring something with his charisma and a short theme to the show, but thus far he has been the exception. If the WWE would reach further for guest hosts then that would help this gimmick come off better.

The highlight of these hosting shows has been Santino. Funny when he can easily outshine someone like Freddie Prinze Jr. He can keep these segments up until it ends, then return to a new theme with his unaware character. It's a gimmick that will not stale quickly, provided WWE creative doesn't wear it out.

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