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Wrestling News and Discussion - eWrestlingNews.com CommunityenSat, 20 Dec 2014 05:23:49 GMTvBulletin10http://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/images/misc/rss.jpgWrestling News and Forum- eWrestlingNews.com - Blogs - scribbler_jones
Kharma: Woman of Mass Destruction
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 05:44:30 GMTHello, all! Scribbler Jones here again, back from wandering the forums and all my miscellaneous doings to blog once more. And I wanted to pay tribute...Hello, all! Scribbler Jones here again, back from wandering the forums and all my miscellaneous doings to blog once more. And I wanted to pay tribute to arguably my favorite female wrestler... Kia Stevens, formerly known as Awesome Kong and now called Kharma.
I know, there are a lot of people clamoring for this woman. And why not? But you're probably wondering why do I care about Kharma? To me, Kharma is a powerful woman. And not just in the physical sense. She is driven and is hungry to succeed. Aside from being a wrestler, she was a social worker - showing that she cared about community and those around her. She also owned a business involving vending machines, so she understands business very well. As one can tell, there's a lot more to Kia than just her wrestling career. But in her career, she has left her mark in numerous promotions, including SHIMMER, Ring of Honor and numerous other indy circuits in several countries - and has held many titles in the process.
When I look at wrestling (read: WWE programming) and I see their Divas (whenever they allow them to be seen in the ring) I always flash back to Kharma's debut when she would show up, destroy someone, and put the fear of Kharma in them. I don't see her as a female Big Show - Kharma is quick on her feet and has used a variety of power moves that most other female wrestlers can only dream of (the Awesome Bomb is one of my favorites!) I won't even lie about it: I love big women. I don't really care about the small, dainty, oh-so-pretty Divas that run around and play at wrestling. Kharma is not of that mold. She does not come out in a skimpy outfit and prance around. She comes out like a lion ready to feast on the under-armored and under-prepared gladiator awaiting her. And you know what? She's still sexy as hell doing it. Kharma represents the powerful, confident woman who knows who she is, what she wants and how to get it. Even with her recent tragedy, she is still following her calling. Nobody can knock that. Ever. And that just makes her even stronger for the experience.
By the way, I know most of you guys probably have already seen her work from previous promotions, but for those who haven't - YouTube her. Look up "Awesome Kong" and just see what she is capable of.
And yes, I know she's taken. Bite me. I can still look.
So there you have it. My personal tribute to one of the soon-to-be-greatest female wrestlers there are (if she's not already.) Damn, can't wait for her to come back and tear through the Divas division. Hope Eve's at the front of the Impact Buster line. Alicia Fox should get next.
Thu, 15 Mar 2012 01:25:16 GMTHello again people, sorry I haven't written in a while. Been busy and hadn't really had any new ideas for a blog lately. Before I begin, I apologize about the facts I was unaware of in my last blog about Miz and Jericho. I admit that there's still a lot I haven't seen or am aware of yet, but I hope to get around to it. Still, feel free to comment as you see fit.
I want to share my thoughts about WWE's latest Tag-Team darling pair: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. Individually, both have traveled interesting roads. R-Truth started out in WWE as a rapping, dancing crowd favorite and went on to become an unhinged character who is not quite in touch with reality. Kofi is a high-flying sensation who recently was part of the team Air Boom until his partner misbehaved and Kofi was left out on a limb. And now, both men are in a somewhat impromptu and unconventional team.
My initial thoughts about this were, I admit, not very nice. I thought that this was yet another shot in the dark for another tag team to keep the division going. The two men don't seem to have a lot in common character-wise to me. I understand that R-Truth can get some air and has a daredevil streak, but I haven't seen a lot of that from him lately. But I can see some potential for the team being successful. First, both men are pretty high energy. Most of that is Kofi, I think, but I understand that R-Truth can turn it up too. Next, the two make an interesting odd couple. The oddball hellraiser and the acrobatic showstopper, one could say. These could play out to make the guys a popular dark horse team for the fans.
I do have some reservations yet and still for this duo. Individually, they get pop... but what about as a team? Will they mesh? Also, where will they go in terms of storyline? How will they interact? How will R-Truth's unstable character come into play with Kofi's character?
I'd like to see where this team goes from here... especially after Evan Bourne comes back. I wonder if Evan will do a jealous heel turn - feeling that Kofi passed him up for someone who wasn't on his level - and bring it to Kofi, maybe getting his own partner to replace Kofi and retalliate - which could give us a nice tag team feud. Only time will tell, I guess...
]]>scribbler_joneshttp://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/entry.php?41097-R-Truth-and-Kofi-Kingston-Can-t-Handle-the-BOOM!What If: We Came to Break the Walls Down... JeriMiz
Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:27:34 GMTWhat's happening everyone? Scribbler Jones with another What If Mash-up idea. This one, I think, would be a little more possible than my last one. Once again, just spitballing, but who knows?
This time, I'm taking a look at two of the more disenfranchised Superstars of the WWE. Two of the most controversial loose cannons that have made their mark on RAW... The Miz and Chris Jericho. First, let's look at The Miz. He first came into existence as a reality television star who dreamed of making it big in sports entertainment. Then, one day, he got his big break after winning the Tough Enough challenge. He made his name in the WWE as a brash, cocky upstart who was widely disliked. Yet, he reached a turning point in his career when he won a Money in the Bank match, and went to become "the most must-see Champion" after claiming the WWE title belt. Of course, he had also won several Tag Team titles with former partners John Morrison and the Big Show, but this was his crowning achievement. Next, we have Chris Jericho. Extremely talented wrestler who made his name across the world. Gained fame in WCW and then in WWE. Arguably the winningest IC holder that the company has known, on top of many other accolades. Outspoken, controversial, and a conspiracy theorist. A man who has been the WHC holder and known what it was like to stand on the mountaintop. These two men have a lot in common: two heels who can easily raise the crowd's ire, but also have enough on their in-ring resumes to make them serious threats. What else do they have in common? They both know what it was like to be at the top of the heap... and to be at the bottom after it all. Once The Miz lost his belt, he began a steady slide towards mediocrity - eventually relegated to teaming up with unstable R-Truth in a bid to fight a corporate conspiracy that eventually never materialized before becoming little more than an afterthought (and getting got by R-Truth and "Little Jimmy.") Jericho lost his title and was drafted to RAW, where his jealousy of John Cena got the best of him, and he too faded into a degree of obscurity before leaving for a time. Now, these two men are at a point where they are watching people come up and over them... and they can't be happy about it.
I can see these two not hitting it off to begin with. Neither Miz nor Jericho are "people" people. But I can see something happen that would change their perspectives. For example, two of their worst enemies - CM Punk and John Cena - either partner up or keep doing their solo things and simply get more reaction or opportunity than they do. Miz and Jericho will look at each other and realize a spooky truth: they have a lot in common. They both have monstrous egos, both are first-rate performers, and they both want to buck the system. So they decide that, for now, a partnership should be formed for the sole purpose of setting the WWE on fire.
I think this would be a good tag team to watch. Jericho would be the technical man, while Miz would come in for the direct, more physical approach. What I think would really help sell them is this: both men are quite hated and have a talent for facilitating a lot of heat - both men can do some above average promos, but I think that they can really deliver if allowed to do so. I can see these two tearing Epico and Primo in half - the current Tag Team champs are good at tag team tactics, but Miz and Jericho have much more experience and would stoop to lows I think that Epico and Primo couldn't to win. Cue dominant Tag Team title run here. With them holding the belts, I think the division would pick up stock, as both men are capable of being excellent tag team specialists. With more people (theoretically) tuning in, this would facilitate more quality tag teams being formed to challenge them. Jericho and Miz would sell themselves just on making the crowd hate and loathe them and coming to see someone hopefully take them down a notch. Of course, Miz and Jericho have plenty of shock factor power. Have them do something crazy to get attention (spray paint one of Alberto Del Rio's expensive cars, convince R-Truth that Little Jimmy hates him, kidnap a Diva, masquerade as the camera crew to blindside some fools after a match, anything...) and that will draw even more attention and heat. After this runs its course, eventually the team will implode. Both men will realize that success is once again in their grasp, but one thing stands in their way... each other. Both characters are too well known for petty jealousy and having a taste for retribution for them to not see each other as threats to their greatness. And so the inevitable ego-fueled fight will happen. I can see Miz finally making his face turn here, while Jericho delves a little further into the madness and anger that lurks inside him, making his heel persona really pop.
Again, just a scenario I cooked up while listening to another YouTube mash-up. Be nice if it could happen, but sadly unlikely. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this and be sure to comment!
]]>scribbler_joneshttp://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/entry.php?40839-What-If-We-Came-to-Break-the-Walls-Down-JeriMizWhat If: The Cult of Cenation... John Cena and CM Punk
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:15:10 GMTHi again folks, Scribbler Jones here again. I was watching some YouTube mash-up themes for various WWE superstars and just got to thinking of some...Hi again folks, Scribbler Jones here again. I was watching some YouTube mash-up themes for various WWE superstars and just got to thinking of some oddball ideas. Let me start by saying: these are just some ideas I thought of, but am pretty sure they will never see the light of day; yes, I know a lot of people will jump to conclusions and not even hear me out; and I'm perfectly fine with that. With that mini-rant out of the way...
One particular mash-up I saw was a combo of John Cena's theme and CM Punk's theme. I liked it, and got to thinking... WHAT IF? First, let's take a quick look at both of these guys. First, there's John Cena. The chosen face of WWE (by WWE.) His character is that of a larger-than-life, family friendly, nigh-invincible superhero who promotes hustle, loyalty and respect. No matter how much hate is thrown his way, nothing can corrupt him or keep him down. Next, there's CM Punk. The outspoken anti-establishment anti-hero. The WWE's pipe bomber. A charismatic figure whose words can wound an opponent almost as badly as his kicks and Anaconda Vise. These two sit on opposite sides of WWE's paradigm - they even had a vicious rivalry (that Punk won, may I happily add.) So what could possibly drive them to work... as a team? The same thing that can bring two hated enemies together easily: a bigger and nastier enemy. And on RAW, I think that bigger threat could be John Lauranitis.
Looking at the current storyline, Big Johnny is making a bid to control not only RAW, but Smackdown. It's conceivable that, in doing so, he will look to recruit Superstars to stand with him... and to destroy those who refuse him. It's no secret that CM Punk hates him with a passion, but it also stands to reason that Cena, being the "hero" that he is, will not suffer the will of such a malicious and deviant and overall not nice person (the kids are watching after all) and will stand up to Big Johnny. In turn, Johnny will take out his wrath on both guys, undoubtedly using his lackeys as muscle. I suspect that David Otunga (aka the Harvard Stooge,) Dolph Ziggler (aka The Guy with the Odd Pink Fanny Scarf,) Jack Swagger (aka the All-American Reject,) and Alberto Del Rio (aka the Guy who Can't Really Have That Many Cars,) will play the role of Johnny's enforcers, as each of them has some connection with Cena and Punk and/or some beef with them from the past that can be played on. I think that this would be an interesting setup, with both Cena and Punk being squeezed individually (maybe being screwed out of a title shot/defense, repeatedly attacked at random, etc.) to the point that they realize that, as much as they hate each other, they hate Johnny more. So they partner up to survive and take the fight back to the New RAW Order.
I know on paper it looks a bit contrived, but potentially I think it could go over. Both men have serious star power and are quite controversial, but I think it's their opposing nature that could prove interesting. Of course, you can't have them get along and be a cohesive unit: the two despise each other, after all. But this could give them an opportunity to shine also: have them try to outdo the other and put more into the conflict than their partner, like they're competing against each other while trying to cooperate. Maybe even do a couple of promos where they face off and talk about how they dislike each other - maybe even almost walk out on each other and have the viewers believe that they will really implode... and that the future of RAW, maybe even of WWE, is going down the pooper as a result. Of course, in the end, Punk and Cena will stand triumphant, and weather the storm of Johnny's animosity and lack of mid-management skills. And then the real fight begins... John Cena and CM Punk finally implode, now that the enemy that brought them together has been dealt with. Maybe have Punk go back to being the awesome, scathing heel that he is famous for to go after Cena again... or allow Cena to embrace the dark side from watching Punk become more popular and beloved than he is...
Anyways, this has been a What If Mash-Up brought to you by Scribbler Jones. More to come later. Tell me what you think!
]]>scribbler_joneshttp://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/entry.php?40817-What-If-The-Cult-of-Cenation-John-Cena-and-CM-PunkCrisis Management: The GM of Both Brands?
Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:14:08 GMTSup everyone, Cousin Scribbler again! So I was catching up on the Elimination Chamber results (sadly, I was not surprised by any of the results......Sup everyone, Cousin Scribbler again! So I was catching up on the Elimination Chamber results (sadly, I was not surprised by any of the results... pity... but that's another rant for another time...) and noticed that one of the themes that came up was "who should be GM of bot RAW and Smackdown?" I find myself slightly intrigued by the idea. I'm sure it may have been done before at some point, but still it would be somewhat different to see it happen. Or would it? Would WWE truly benefit from this storyline?
First, let's look at the contenders for the title. On the one hand, we have John Lauranitis, current GM of RAW. Former wrestler in his own right, big guy in talent relations, blandly insufferable persona. On the other hand, we have Theodore "Teddy" Long, current GM of Smackdown. One of the longest-running GMs I've seen, somewhat likeable, actually has superstars come to his aid when he gets in over his head (like when he suspended Mark Henry.) Everyone hates Johnny, everyone (sorta) likes Teddy. To me, this is a bad sign for Teddy. In wrestling, it's usually the likeable guys that get screwed and lose. I'm sure a lot of people would like to see Teddy be the dual GM... which is why I'm sure creative will give the title to Laryngitis. Oh wait, Lauranitis you say? Oh, okay then. The two are similar. Sound the same, irritating, can live without them... just saying... Anyway, creative knows that people can't stand "Big Johnny" and despite this will tune in regularly in hopes that he will finally get what he deserves and maybe be fired from his position. But I'm betting that Johnny's character kisses enough ass for the higher ups that he manages to survive. Teddy, as we've seen, isn't so much a spineless twit: he did look Mark Henry in the eyes as he suspended him, knowing that Mark could probably fold him up and use him as a stress ball. Unfortunately, in the corporate world, having guts is not always popular with one's superiors - this could be played out in the storyline somehow, maybe that Teddy refused to play ball and is deemed unsuitable.
Next, let's look at the supporters of the competition. As I noted earlier, John seems to have quite a following, despite it being the usual heel suspects. However, I didn't see many people stand up for Teddy. This too could play out. Maybe John has his followers form a semi-stable, not to compete per se, but to come out or do backstage segments trying to promote him and undermine Long. Maybe even interfering in Smackdown affairs and matches in an effort to make Teddy seem unfit and incapable of keeping order - if they could prove that Teddy can't control Smackdown, then he would definitely be unfit to control both brands. Teddy, on the other hand, is in a bind unless he can find his own people to counter them. Perhaps he could rely on... Santino. Or not. He would definitely need more muscle - perhaps in the form of Sheamus. Not sure Orton would be willing to get involved (doesn't play well with others.) Maybe he could recruit some talent from RAW. After all, I don't think anyone hates Johnny more than CM Punk. Who knows?
But let's take a look at what the point of having one GM could be. I don't think it would really be a big thing to look for. Either John gets to harass people on SD too, or Teddy would come to RAW trying to be the good GM. I can't see how that would dynamically affect things as is. It could be a setup for a major storyline and some good PPV material. Maybe at one of the big events (Survivor Series? Bragging Rights?) have a five-man elimination tag main event. In John's corner, you could have Christian, Swagger, Ziggler, Del Rio and Mark Henry. In Teddy's corner, maybe Santino, Sheamus, CM Punk, and a couple of other faces who would likely support Long (Khali? DiBiase?) The prize: the winning team's sponsor becomes GM of both brands. I think it would give WWE another opportunity to try to make a story that would be more engrossing than just passively interesting. But again, I just can't see what the gain would be from having one GM for both brands, nor do I see it lasting very long at all. That's just me.
If you all have any thoughts or opinions, you know what to do! Til next posting...
]]>scribbler_joneshttp://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/entry.php?40767-Crisis-Management-The-GM-of-Both-BrandsEric Young: Funny Business... or All Business?
Sat, 18 Feb 2012 07:10:06 GMTEric Young has been an interesting character to me, in both positive and negative ways. The first thing anyone will notice about EY is this: the man...Eric Young has been an interesting character to me, in both positive and negative ways. The first thing anyone will notice about EY is this: the man (his character, at least) is a bit... unusual, let's say. The first time I saw him was when I began watching TNA, which was when he was running around with Orlando Jones. Since then, I have watched him work and progress, and my thoughts are a bit mixed on him.
The first thing that comes to my mind is: he is TNA's Santino Marella. Just with a little less rhyme and much less reason. He comes across to me as somewhat out of touch with reality (he believed that he had to defend his TV title against actual TV stars...) and quite clueless. In some ways, it works for him. I can see where opponents would look at him and either underestimate him because they think he's mentally unarmed, or be totally confused and nervous because they don't know what to make of him. The hillbilly beard, the almost vacant look he always seems to have, all of these traits point to him as almost being Impact's village idiot. But his in-ring skills suggest otherwise. He shows flashes of brilliance when doing his thing, so I think that he is either (a) playing dumb or (b) he's socially inept, but technically dangerous.
At times, he is very amusing, but I worry that he is becoming underrated by fans and viewers. Him pairing up with ODB kinda lost a few cool points with me.
What I'd like to see (and this is my humble opinion, mind you) is one of two things happening: he either totally loses his mind, or shocks everyone and comes out as a frighteningly intelligent and calculating person. I could see either storyline beginning with something like him suffering head trauma and going into a coma or something similar, which would take him off the radar for a few weeks to make people wonder "What's going on with EY? When is he coming back? IS he coming back?" Then he reappears in dramatic fashion. For the first scenario, maybe he escapes from the hospital he was in (against the hospitals orders) and crashes the episode of Impact acting totally delirious, maybe even conversing with an invisible friend or some other off-the-wall thing he could do. His take on reality becomes outrageously skewed, and at random times he totally loses his grip on it. This, I think, would scare his enemies to death: going toe-to-toe with a raving lunatic? Not a fun scenario at all. Have him doing way out things, like hiding under the ring to ambush other wrestlers mid-match or doing commentary with Tenay and Taz (without their permission) and talking to his invisible friend while standing on the announce table.
For scenario number two, the blow to his head actually makes all of the jumbled pieces of his mind fall into place. He feels awake for the first time in years, maybe even describing his previous condition as some sort of mental issue he's dealt with over the years but is now remedied. And now that he's come to his senses, it's time to do something very important: change things in TNA so that not only does "wrestling matter," but "Eric Young matters." No more unassuming half-wit amusing the crowd with cartwheels and improv comedy... Playtime is over. Cue the heel turn. Show EY as a devastatingly cunning and smart man with lethal in-ring techniques, a man who can see into his opponent and know how to own them from the get-go. A man who is willing to cripple and maim to meet his goals and to make sure he is never a joke again. Perhaps he could establish a stable of other like-minded people who were jokes (Robbie E, anyone?) but are now ready to do to TNA what Nexus did to WWE. Have them wreak havoc, but subtly doing EY's bidding... until he turns on them and scatters them to the wind. He eventually captures the big title and has a suitable reign until - ironically - another blow to the head sends him back to normal and he loses the title, going back to the odd little hillbilly again.
Eric is another wrestler that I like and have high hopes for, but would like to see pushed farther. Even if he does not pick up championship gold, I see an engaging performer and a savvy technician. Again, just my thoughts. What are yours?
]]>scribbler_joneshttp://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/entry.php?40741-Eric-Young-Funny-Business-or-All-BusinessJustin Gabriel, the Capetown Werewolf
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:27:50 GMTHi everyone, Scribbler Jones here. I haven't written in a while, sorry about that, but I wanted to speak and share my opinions of another WWE Superstar that caught my eye recently: the South African Sensation, Justin Gabriel.
When the Nexus hit the scene and wrecked shop every Monday on RAW, I was particularly interested in the guy who always jumped to the top turnbuckle and went for the 450 Splash. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of diving-type finishers, but this guy got my attention. Not just the move, mind you. I was intrigued in the fact that he was one of the smaller guys in Nexus - as opposed to Barrett and Sheffield and the like. I liked his look and his moves from what little I saw on NXT (I just never really got into NXT so I didn't see much of him in action because I never really watched it.) From there, I watched as he went on to join The Corre (aka the Nexus of Smackdown.) And from there, I've been keeping up with him as he moved on to forging his own singles career.
First, I'm a fan of the Capetown Werewolf. I like the fact that he seems to have a devil-may-care attitude in the ring, and I like the fact that he's a great face without having to pander super hard to the crowd - he just seems like a naturally likeable person. I even liked those studded wristbands he wore (miffed that he doesn't seem to be wearing them anymore... bummer) because they gave him a slight rock star/unconventional appeal. And he seems well-educated in the ring (that one time Heath Slater tried to arm drag him and he landed on his feet = priceless.) Overall, I'm cool with Justin Gabriel.
Admittedly, there are some things I'd like to see done with Gabriel in the future. For one thing, I'd like to see them do more to sell him as the "Capetown Werewolf." Nothing too out there, mind you. I see Gabriel as a cool and collected guy - until the heat of battle gets to him. Then I see his persona changing slightly. Not like "psycho" Randy Orton, but a little more subtly... He becomes more reckless, more daring, more dangerous. I see him ramping up the high-impact, high-risk moves and launching some super-impressive and innovative counter moves (like countering a military press into a reverse hurricanrana! -sigh- I can dream...) and his personality becomes a lot more devil-may-care, like "who gives a #### let's do this!" If creative wanted to work this outside of the ring, maybe toy with the idea of Justin balancing his calm, fun-loving side with his more adventurous and daredevil side.
Next - and not quite as major - I would like to see him pick up at least one or two additional special moves. Kind of like Kofi adopting the S.O.S. (aka the Ranhei.) The 450 won't always put away the opponent, and it will be neat to see Justin win (or at least "change the momentum" as the announcers do so love to say) with a new move. Just saying.
In short, I like the South African Sensation and would like to see his character fleshed out even more. Any thoughts?
]]>scribbler_joneshttp://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/entry.php?40732-Justin-Gabriel-the-Capetown-WerewolfWhere is the Barrett Barrage Headed?
Thu, 01 Dec 2011 06:45:46 GMTYup, it's Cousin Scribbler again with more thoughts on WWE. It's funny - I'm a TNA fan through and through, but I actually seem to be giving WWE a lot of thought. Not all of it is positive - mainly I'm musing and ranting about what I don't like about it (generic, short-lived tag teams; obvious and retarded blown spots - I'm looking at you, Swagger; and the lack of a "wow factor") and wondering what's next for the Superstars who seem to be going somewhere, but knowing WWE, they will probably be shelved and ignored once they stop trending on Twitter. One such talent is Wade Barrett.
I wasn't always big on the guy. I didn't really watch that season of NXT, and while I found the idea of invasion that the Nexus offered appealing, I knew that it wouldn't really go places so I kinda passed it over. To some extent, I do like Wade because in some ways he reminds me of another wrestler I admire: William Regal. I've always liked the British type of character: the stiff-upper-lip demeanor, the accent (yes, I know) and the "devious gentleman" persona. Wade has some of these qualities, but not as much as Mr. Regal. Wade piqued my interest when he kind of bottomed out: after Nexus was taken from him and the Corre fell apart around him. In my opinion, Barrett has great potential. He seems able to work the leadership role well (although that could use some work) and I like the idea of a Superstar who has both intellectual aptitude and physical firepower.
With the push he's been getting, I have some hopes for Wade. I've seen him as a former big-time player (very short term) who rose quickly and fell hard, who would want that power and influence more than anything else. Wade had gotten by before using subordinates and lackeys, but now he's got to scratch and claw his way up on his own. I think this would be a great way to showcase what he's capable of. If done correctly, Wade could be the next big thing for Smackdown.
What scares me is that it won't be done correctly. I get the feeling that Wade will ride out this push, but either creative will goof up a storyline and the push stalls out as a result, or they will just get lazy and Barrett will stagnate (again) because they decide to ship him off to Superstars. I want Wade to be great. The WWE could use some new power players - nothing against Punk and Orton, but some new talent heavyweights could make a world of difference. Barrett would be just what the doctor ordered.
Let's just hope the doctor isn't asleep on the job.
]]>scribbler_joneshttp://forum.ewrestlingnews.com/entry.php?39948-Where-is-the-Barrett-Barrage-HeadedThe Handsome Hellion: Cody Rhodes - From Dashing to Undashing to Dangerous
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 19:00:54 GMTYes, I know I haven't posted much recently - busy, busy, busy... but I felt the urge to post about a WWE Superstar that recently grew on me.
Overall, I'm not a big fan of WWE. As of late, I've been bored by the time I get to the second match of Raw. But I do keep up with the few Superstars that hold my interest. I'm a big CM Punk fan, a big Randy Orton fan... but interestingly enough, I didn't think I would become a Cody Rhodes fan.
I still remember when Cody was one of Orton's tag-alongs in Legacy. First time I saw him, I thought that he was just there as merit to his dad's legacy and nothing more. Then came Mr. Dashing. The ladies' man. The guy who, in the middle of a match, would do his all to protect his most valuable asset: his face. Voted by the Divas (so they say) as the handsomest one of WWE, Mr. Rhodes ran with it, reminding us that no matter how homely we were, that we could strive to reach his level of suave attraction. And then came the horrible accident... Rey Mysterio, a 619 gone awry... and the WWE's most handsome face (so they say) was shattered, along with the psyche of the young Superstar. Cody went from an extroverted playboy-type pretty boy to a dark, brooding introvert who believed that he was hideous and revolting... but not as repulsive as the hypocritical members of the WWE universe, who watched his fall from grace and pointed and laughed. Ironically, Cody becoming a self-depreciating deviant got him places - he has improved and become quite marketable. Now he is Intercontinental Champion - and brought class back to the title by reviving the white-bordered classic look (which I must admit I like!) I didn't get to see how he lost his mask, but I like the new direction it birthed: Cody is even more confident than ever. Buoyed by the IC title and being free of the grotesque demon that he wore on his face, Cody seems to be making a splash.
I do see a couple points of opportunity for improvement with him though. The first: his laugh. I like the idea of casting Cody as a debonair madman (of sorts) but the laugh sounds too artificial and scripted. Give it some feeling, maybe downgrade it to a maniacal snicker, and I think it will get over.
Next, make him a little more sinister. I think that it would fit him well: a man freed from his self doubt, who now wants to take out his pent-up aggression and hate on those around him. Maybe even make it so that now he's dashing again, ensure that he remains that way by seeking out others who may be handsome - whether only by his perception or not - and making them "undashing" so that they will know what hell felt like for him. Something like when he takes a hit to his face, he snaps back to his "undashing" days, gets dark and violent, and does some epic stuff. I know this will likely never happen, but I would like to see him enter a situation where he is so violent and sadistic that even Orton would take pause.
I look forward to seeing where WWE takes Cody from here. I hope they maintain this push for a good while and give him some excellent (or close) matches and feuds. Though I'm a Booker T fan, I hope Cody takes him to the Cross Rhodes.
Sat, 13 Aug 2011 22:41:30 GMTLet's get right to it: I love TNA.
Most people have their preferences when it comes to wrestling, just like people have their preferences when it comes to sports teams, music bands, toilet paper, whatever. Me, I'm a TNA guy.
First, it's not mainstream. I am an unconventional person at heart; just following trends because other people follow them doesn't suit me. I like what I like. Granted, TNA is pretty big - it's on TV after all - but it's not as mainstream as WWE.
Second, I think that the performers of TNA offer better performances. I watch WWE and a lot of the stuff there (a) doesn't really grab me and (b) the wrestlers seem to wrestle better. Aside from a few so-so episodes I saw, every show entertains me. Each match holds my interest. I find WWE's wrestling a bit... well, stale. There are times when I wonder how many Superstars have more than five moves in their arsenal. Yes, I know that Cena will hit a fisherman's suplex, then come through with two flying shoulder blocks, a spin-out powerbomb, a Five Knuckle Shuffle and look for the FU - wait, I'm sorry, an Attitude Adjustment. In TNA, the wrestlers are more likely to go for moves that you won't see every show and won't always use the same move to end a match every night.
Third, TNA has more old-school people. Sting, Hogan, Tara (Victoria in her past life) and RVD are a few. WWE has a lot more new faces, but I don't see them really doing much to make them big and they just don't appeal to me (what the hell makes Dolph Ziggler so perfect anyway? Is it because he carries a loud, yappy dog to the arena? Huh? That's Vickie Gurerro? Could've fooled me...) And TNA gives me more "WTF" moments than WWE does. The AJ vs Bully Ray match at Slammiversary? EPIC.
Fourth, TNA's people aren't so gimmicky. The characters are more believable to me. On the contrary, I find it hard to believe that a Mexican aristocrat who probably swims in a giant pool of money would come out to wrestle in his spare time. If I were that rich, I would hire my own wrestler and have him go do it. But that's just me.
There you have it. I enjoy watching WWE at times - I am a big fan of Randy Orton, CM Punk and a handful of others, but TNA is where it's at for me.