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Posted On August 15, 2011By Mike ShannonIn Columns

WWE SummerSlam 2011 Review

-We are LIVE! from Los Angeles, CA (home of the hottest, stupidest women on Earth) -Some tool from Tool plays the National Anthem on his guitar and sucks at it. Six Man Tag The Miz, R-Truth & Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston, John Morrison & Rey Mysterio Truth and the Miz cut promos before the match but the crowd isn’t too interested in either guy. Kofi takes Miz over with a monkey flip and tags in Morrison for a double flapjack and a two count. R-Truth tries his luckRead More

Posted On August 11, 2011By Jared GebhardtIn Columns

The Wrestling Genius: What Makes a Champion

For the first time ever we have four major champions, spread over three brands, and two companies. Kurt Angle the TNA world champion, Christian the World Heavyweight Champion, and Cena/CM Punk are the co-WWE Champions. Now with the build up to Summerslam I fought and fought myself to come up with a column about Summerslam, but couldn’t get an idea out of my head. What makes a champion, a champion? What separates these four guys from literally hundreds of pro wrestlers around the world? It is something more than aRead More

Posted On August 10, 2011By Steven PachecoIn Columns

One Count Kickout – SummerSlam or Bust

Follow @OneCountKickout on Twitter The One Count Kickout Blog The Summer of Punk is going by quickly and with SummerSlam looming on the horizon the time is not long for the so-called “Battle of Champions.”  CM Punk continues to light the world on fire with his hard hitting, cutting to the bone shoot style promos as of lately.  Triple H has managed to insert himself into the main event stirring up familiar conversation about his ego and John Cena remains in the main event picture trying to maintain a feudRead More

Posted On August 4, 2011By Steven PachecoIn Columns

One Count Kickout – Divas Get Their Due

Follow @OneCountKickout on Twitter Visit the One Count Kickout Blog The so-called “Summer of Punk” is in full effect although the fire set off by his promo a few weeks back and his victory at Money in the Bank has begun to settle down.  The whole idea of a revolution that would turn the current state of wrestling around seems less likely to come through than it did originally, but of course most of us were too busy being caught up in the emotion of someone saying all of theRead More

Posted On August 4, 2011By Jared GebhardtIn Columns

The Wrestling Genius: Time to Give Some a Chance

One of my favorite songs of all time is Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, and I don’t care who knows that fact. Tiny Dancer to me is a beautiful ballot that blends beautiful heartfelt lyrics with the perfect performer to pull it off. Yet this great song according to Elton John when performed live “went over about as well as a lead zeppelin”. That is until the movie Almost Famous pushed it into the main stream, and made an entire generation of people who really didn’t know or care who EltonRead More

Posted On August 2, 2011By Mike ShannonIn Columns

WWE Raw Review – August 1, 2011

-We are LIVE! from Indianapolis, IN (home a basketball team no one cares about) -For people who’ve been asking, I’m totally digging “Cult of Personality” because I’ve been a big Living Colour guy for a long time. I’m not sure how that’s different from being a Paul Heyman guy though. -Of course, CM Punk kicks us off to a big pop. It’s pretty easy to understand why people are cheering for him now: Fans love winners. Punk ran his mouth about leaving WWE with the world title, verbally slapped theRead More
MONDAY NIGHT WAR CLASSICS – Week 1: Lex Express Arrives in WCW (09/04/95) By Octavio Fierros, ofierros@sbcglobal.net The Lex Express took a different route and unexpectedly arrived in WCW, specifically Bloomington, Minnesota, the site of the debut WCW show Monday Nitro. Lex Luger surprised the world of wrestling by appearing on WCW TV after just hours of wrestling his last WWE match. In the world where Internet was uncommon and wrestling newsletters were the only source of information, this was a major shocker. Luger was wrestling without a WWE contractRead More

Posted On July 27, 2011By Steven PachecoIn Columns

One Count Kickout – Living Color

OneCountKickout on Twitter One Count Kickout Blog Million’s of fan’s complaints and grievances have become one man’s revolution.  Shockwaves within a single wrestling organization are not unheard of.  Frankly they are in the business of trying to create shockwaves, of trying to galvanize their viewers with fantastic occurrences that make you put the controller down on the table for the next few weeks, months or even years.  More rare, however, is an action, storyline or person who not only radiates shock and intrigue through their own company but manages toRead More

Posted On July 27, 2011By Jared GebhardtIn Columns

The Wrestling Genius: Trust the Process

As many of you who have read my column know I’m a father, and for those of you new to my writing let me tell you, I’m a father. Being a father is a challenging thing, everyday you have to watch what you say, what you do, how you do it, because your kids idolize you. As a father I watch my kids grow, I can shape how they grow, but I also have to understand that there will be growing pains. There will be moments where you let themRead More

Posted On July 26, 2011By Mike ShannonIn Columns

WWE Raw Review – July 25, 2011

-LIVE! from Hampton, VA (home of…aww, who the hell cares?) WWE World Title Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz Hmmm, the placement of this match makes my Sportz Entertainment Alarm go off. Michael Cole then goes ahead and guarantees a new champion tonight…well ok then. Rey breaks out a hurricanrana early but a second one is countered and Miz dumps him to the turnbuckle. Awesome Clothesline in the corner gets two and we hit the chinlock. You know in wrestling video games when your guy is standing still and he kindRead More

Posted On July 21, 2011By Steven PachecoIn Columns

One Count Kickout – Game Changer

One Count Kickout Blog Follow @OneCountKickout on Twitter Sometimes art imitates life, and other times, inspires it.  This past Monday while WWE was knee deep in their process to insult the intelligence of it’s audience by pretending for five seconds, let alone the entire two hours of the show, that John Cena would get fired, we heard that familiar song and witnessed the return of “The Game” Triple H.  Of course this wasn’t the return that many expected.  There was no sledgehammer in hand, leather jacket, wet hair and angryRead More

Posted On July 20, 2011By Jared GebhardtIn Columns

The Wrestling Genius: The WWE Enters a New Era

Coming off the best pay per view not named Wrestlemania that I’ve seen in many years Monday held so much promise. How would they incorporate CM Punk into a show he is “no longer” a part of *wink wink*. Okay first things first, I’m getting ahead of myself. I want to say there has never been a wrestler with a crowd in the palm of his hand quite like CM Punk had that Chicago crowd. My friend Tom and I were in awe of it and my friend Aaron textedRead More

Posted On July 19, 2011By Mike ShannonIn Columns

WWE Raw Review – July 18, 2011

-So John Cena claims he’s been fired, Sin Cara has been suspended for a Wellness Policy violation and CM Punk is the world champion…BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!?!? -LIVE! from Green Bay, Wisconsin (home of lucky football teams and ugly people) -We are joined at the start of the show by Vince McMahon, sporting an AWESOME purple suit, and John Laurinaitis (who will be referred to as “Johnny Ace” because it’s easier to type and I love reminding people about the Dynamic Dudes). Vince announces that there will be aRead More

Posted On July 18, 2011By Mike ShannonIn Columns

Money in the Bank 2011 Review

-We are LIVE! from Chicago, IL (an awesome wrestling town who will boo the ever-loving crap out of Cena tonight). Smackdown Money in the Bank Match Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Kane vs. Heath Slater vs. Daniel Bryan I guess they had to put the Miracle Jobber Connection of Gabriel and Slater in there but I have as much of a chance of winning as they do. Huge brawl to start until Kane clears the ring but he takes a ladderRead More

Posted On July 16, 2011By Dave CunningIn Columns

Why CM Punk Is The Best Performer in Wrestling Today.

Walk with me for a few minutes. Wrestling used to consume me. A friend introduced me to the show — err, athletic competition, around 1992, around the age of 10. He got me hooked. It was incredible; the athletes, the moves, the pursuit of championships, it all seemed so…legit. I’d tune in every Saturday at 3:00pm to watch Superstars, All-American Wrestling, or whatever feed Canada was lucky enough to sign a deal to get. It got infuriating hearing about all the Pay Per View extravaganzas going down that weren’t viewableRead More

Posted On July 15, 2011By ArchangelIn Columns

I Propose a Toast… with Pepsi

Bear with me on this one.   Now, there is less than 0% chance that this scenario would ever play out in today’s WWE, but I’d like to share a solution to a number of problems that have been bugging me since, well, 2006. The problems namely being the brand extension, the diminished value of WWE championships, and any frustration built up inside of me that have stemmed directly from WWE creative blowing the numerous potentially great storylines over the years.   CM Punk is red hot right now, andRead More

Posted On July 13, 2011By Jared GebhardtIn Columns

The Wrestling Genius: MITB Vegas (fake) Odds

It feels good to be back and doing something that I love. For those of you who don’t know my hiatus was due to me being displaced by flooding, the worst my home town has ever seen. Still displaced but things have settled down enough that I can get back to my column. I’ve had quite a few of you ask my thoughts on CM Punk’s amazing promos, and where I think he’ll end up at the end of all of this. My feeling is what I’ve felt all alongRead More

Posted On July 10, 2011By Steven PachecoIn Columns

One Count Kickout – Who is Sting?

@OneCountKickout on Twitter One Count Kickout Blog For a long time now, Sting has been the pillar supporting the major companies which have stood against the corporate juggernaut that is WWE.  His days in the NWA are legendary, his feuds with Flair and the horseman bring about fond memories of a time when wrestling was wrestling.  During his tenure in WCW he was one face which despite it’s many sizes, shapes and colors always seemed to elicit interest from the fanbase.  Despite whatever negative thoughts people may have in regardRead More

Posted On July 9, 2011By Jim LaMottaIn Columns

Dr. Wrestling:CM Punk on Raw

Last week on Raw, it took CM Punk nearly six and half minutes to change the way that the audience viewed the show on that particular episode. Fans and even ESPN analyst, Jim Rome took notice of what was not just another wrestling promo. It seems as though Punk said, not only what was on his mind, but also expressed the opinion of a lot of fans. Many people thought that Punk strayed from the script in a shoot promo, but while he probably did express his real life frustrationsRead More