Archive for March, 2012

Silva vs. Sonnen 2:Too little too late?

Posted in commentary, MMA on March 27, 2012 by wtfhwrestling

This past week Dana White had a press conference and announced amongst other things(UFCs return to MTL and Toronto being most exciting for me) a rematch for the middleweight title.   Chael Sonnen has taken every opportunity to stand on any available soapbox and pretty much demand this fight.  A fight he lost cleanly to submission.

In the past Anderson has been given flack for facing less than stellar opposition as well as playing with people to keep fights marketable.  I find this fight in the second category.  The only contenders Silva really has are Munoz, Henderson and possibly Belcher.  Sonnen did “earn” his title shot with his last w but it seemed more like a WWE style warm up match than an evenly sided number one contender match.  Silva however has made short work out of everyone he’s faced thats not Sonnen so is that enough reason for a rematch?  Or to shut Sonnen up and into retirement?  No way lots of never were fighters have excuses for why they haven’t been champions.  Sonnen was one in WEC maybe he needs to just keep that glory and forget about his one “tainted” title fight loss.   Chaels not alone in post Silva whinings either James Irvin and Chris Leben have both boasted on record a lot that they too will have their time to rematch the Brazilian champion.   Even though those rematches would be unproductive and a waste of Silva and the fans time.  Which makes me wonder is this a waste of our time too?  I like that they saved this fight for Brazil but otherwise are there even any fans out there who still think Chael stands a chance?  For the love of competition I’d much rather see him match with Munoz or even GSP if they can ever sign that fight.  With the years moving on for the ever aging Silva one has to wonder how long the UFC will keep feeding him walk over matches and not epic wars that will cement his legacy in Octagon history.

Wrestlemania 28:From Smith Harts perspective

Posted in commentary on March 19, 2012 by wtfhwrestling

As they say that hindsight is 20/20, I wanted to write my perspective of Wrestlemania 28 in advance of the actual event as I think that this event has been booked poorly, for the most part, since day one.   I don’t mean to write this to sound negative, but more as constructive criticism because as I have said many times, I am still waiting to see a Wrestlemania that exceeds its own hype.

The Rock vs. John Cena
This match truly is a dream match for practically anyone in the WWE universe, yet I feel that this feud has fallen quite flat. Rather than focusing this feud on personal animosity and hyping it on very real emotions, we have seen personal attacks from each man wrapped inside a series of jokes and musical sketches. I don’t recall humour being added to the Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant feud, and very little humour was ever presented in the build to Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock. Both of those matches have stood the test of time in terms of legacy, yet indications are saying that fans are not emotionally invested in this match.  In order for the fans to feel that emotional investment, they have to believe like whoever it is they are backing in this feud, is truly in danger of losing.  Now, 2 weeks out from the event, rumours are rampant that The Miz will interfere in some form in this match. Although that could lead the company in multiple directions following Wrestlemania, I hardly see interference being a part of any match being considered the greatest/biggest of all time. I wish these 2 phenomenal mega-stars the best, but for the fans, I hardly feel this match has been given the proper build-up with which to live or exceed the hype of a match that has now been more than a year in the making.  I truly hope that WWE concedes to having these men, verbally duke it out on an edition of Piper’s Pit on the go home edition of RAW leading into Wrestlemania. And I personally expect both men to give the performance of a life time.
 
Undertaker vs. Triple H = Shawn Michaels special guest referee.
Although the build has been sufficient and the subsequent match, I expect to be phenomenal, this is the 3rd match between these 2 men, and the 6th match that involves any pairing of the 3 men involved at Wrestlemania. For 3 guys that complained early in their careers that the “old guys” refused to put them over, it is amusing to watch as they only want to work with each other at this stage of their careers.  I maintain that the Undertakers streak is much more mythical than mystical, especially considering the calibre of opponents that he has faced (Mark Henry, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Giant Gonzales, A-Train); but for whatever legacy the streak will leave behind when the Undertaker is finally said and done, I feel his legacy would be much firmer helping to build and develop the stars that will carry the company for the next 20 years (Sheamus, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Harry Smith, John Cena, Brock Lesnar and maybe even Brodus Clay eventually).  Even though a cliff-hanger from last years’ WM bout paved the way for this sequel, the sad fact is both Hunter and Taker had alternative feuds set that could have made this year’s Wrestlemania so much better than what is being presented.  However, instead of following the other possible feuds that would have involved these 2 protagonists, they hit the brakes and regressed going in a direction that seems much more self-serving, which I will refer to later in this blog. Even though I am not invested into this match, I still hold hope that this match can be commentated on by Jim Ross and Mick Foley as I believe they can provide the best insight for this match given their respective histories with both men.
 
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Who is the best in the world? This is a feud that seems to be all over the road, appearing almost directionally impaired. At first everyone expected this feud to simply be for the belt following Jericho’s Royal Rumble victory, which never happened. Then it appeared they would simply feud over being the best in the world. Lately the feud seems to be more of a personal attack on Punk by Jericho about his personal life and history rather than a chase for the championship.  This lack of focus has begun to take me out of what easily could be the best match on this card and even one of the best matches of all time. I sincerely hope these 2 are given the time and freedom to deliver an incredible mat classic. They both deserve it as do the fans of professional wrestling.
 
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
With all due respect to both men, this match almost seems like a throwaway match, which is pathetic considering the ability of both men.  The feud between the 2 is almost non-existent, with more emphasis being placed on the character development of Daniel Bryan.  About the only thing attaching any emotion for anyone in this match is the berating treatment of AJ by Bryan, which has absolutely nothing to do with Sheamus. The running joke I keep hearing is that this match may be bumped to the preshow much like it was last year when they wrestled for the U.S. championship. The only difference being that the big guy is now the babyface, and the little guy is the heel.
 
Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny
Although I can hardly disapprove of a multi-personality tag or novelty match to utilize the enormous roster crossed with the limited time constraints, I hardly think Teddy Long is the man to challenge John Laurinaitis. First let me say that I have never been a fan of the character of Teddy Long and have always thought that so many numerous, meaningful and established names (Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Santino Marella, cousin Roddy Piper or even my favourite brother Bret Hart) could fill that role with so much more ability, yet Teddy keeps his job year in and year out. Having said that, I can’t emotionally invest myself into this, because even if I was able to support Long as a character, the fact is that even though both men are “General Managers”, Laurinaitis still supersedes Teddy as Johnny is an executive on top of that, making him Teddy’s boss in the process.  I think for this match to be truly successful, both authority figures need to be on the same playing field.  Having said that, with talent like Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Santino Marella, Zach Ryder, Mark Henry, Christian, Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga and others continuing to evolve it is important to include such matches as these so that they can have a platform on this grand stage to display their abilities.
 
Randy Orton vs. Kane
This feud would appear to have been built out of nothing and seems to be going nowhere. It sort of reminds me of the lack of focus and off the wall booking of Kane vs. Kurt Angle at WM 18. No doubt that both men deserve a spot on the card at Wrestlemania and perhaps they are well-suited to work with one another, but with such little emphasis this match, seems more like a bathroom break than a feature contest.
 
Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes
This may be the match that I object to the most as both men had heavily-rumoured matches that would have drawn much more significantly and given the audience much more to look forward to. I see neither reason nor any logical tie that brings these 2 men into the ring with one another at Wrestlemania and may end up being one of the more ludicrously booked matches in recent Mania history. About the only thing that has made this match salvageable is the very real exploitation of Big Show’s Wrestlemania record which I believe could have been a great marketing ploy for a future Wrestlemania with a better built person to feud with such as a Kane or a Randy Orton.
 
Maria Menounous & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres
It really does sadden me that in era filled with such talented female performers, that the divas division is relocated to cheapened publicity stunts. I recently watched a Legends of Wrestling Roundtable where the panel condemned Snooki (even though I disagree) as one of the worst celebrity involvements in wrestling history, yet I feel that Menounous is being booked in the same vein, yet with less celebrity influence or physical acumen.  Essentially in return for her promoting Wrestlemania on her TV show Extra, the WWE promotes her upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Seems like a win/win cross-promotion for those 2 parties. Yet at the expense of the hard working WWE divas land the all essential the WWE Universe.
 
IF I WERE TO BOOK THE EVENT
 
 
John Cena vs. The Rock
Yes I would keep this match, although I would have put much more focus on it for future generations to really regard it as the greatest match of all time.
 
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
This match to me seems like a natural fit especially for an event of this magnitude.  Much like Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit both worked alongside one another to build their careers from the bottom up and what better way to solidify their journey than the ultimate climax on the grandest stage of them all.  Furthermore, the potential feud of the straight edge superstar vs. the vegan dragon could be penultimate in my opinion given that they are so evenly matched physically. I also think, and have thought for many years that having multiple champions is needless and detrimental to the logical impression of the business and I think that this could have been a title unification match which would have added further drama to an even greater degree to help make this one of the greatest matches in WM history. Sadly instead, this match and potential feud was given away if not over-killed on free TV, 3 weeks in a row to help build opposing feuds for this years’ Wrestlemania.
 
Chris Jericho vs. Undertaker
Perhaps I may be the only one, but this I thought would be the logical feud to develop following Jericho’s hyper-kinetic return to WWE in January.  Weeks of promos depicting the end of the world, leading to the highly anticipated return of Jericho would have made much more sense had the end of the world, been Jericho’s mission of ending Undertaker’s streak, which in today’s modern WWE is promoted to be much more important than any championship.  Further to that, Jericho and Taker have never really had a heated program, and I know the given abilities of both men could have created an all-time Wrestlemania classic.
 
Team Johnny vs. Team Triple H
For months leading into Wrestlemania right up until the night Undertaker returned, the feud being built was between Executive VP John Laurinaitis and Executive VP Triple H over control of the company and the primary show, RAW. Odds are, following Wrestlemania, that the feud will continue.  For me nothing is left to be proved between Taker and Hunter, but a world of hurt, passion and pride could and in fact does exist in a feud between Hunter and Johnny.  The participants in a multi-person match could have loosely remained the same; the difference here is the generals leading them into battle.
 
Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust
This match was first rumoured as being lobbied for, back in the autumn of 2011. I personally feel this match could have driven some serious buy rates for WWE. Although the personal rivalry between 2 brothers has been done before, it has never been done with this kind of dynamic. Surely it would never match the success of Owen vs. Bret, but surely it could be more successful than the ill-fated Jeff vs. Matt Hardy feud.  Goldust is one of the most successful IC champs in history, and a chase for the IC belt would be sensible. The personal rivalry of 2 brothers who never really grew up together and had separate mothers could have gotten vastly personal with many dimensions available. Then the very real possibility that after 20 years in the business, that Dustin may be looking to retire soon and in the process wanted to pass the torch to his brother in one final contest would have been the ultimate and stipulation end to an illustrious albeit bizarre career.  Furthermore considering that Booker T & Goldust were a popular tag team in the early 2000’s in WWE and considering the late 2011 feud between Cody and Booker, the feud had natural building blocks to launch off of.  Imagine if you will, the American Dream Dusty Rhodes guest refereeing this contest between his two sons.
 
Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal
This is the kind of celebrity involvement WWE should be striving for and considering Shaq made it very public he wanted to do this, I think WWE missed the boat on a potentially huge drawing card (pardon the pun). Shaq’s involvement against someone like the Big Show could have been the equivalent of Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson & Floyd Mayweather.  Big Show would have been the perfect candidate for this not only due to his massive size, but also due to the history built between the two men, when Shaq hosted Raw in 2009.
 
Natalya vs. Beth Phoenix
These 2 ladies have been teaming together as the Divas of Destruction for the better part of a year now, and in the nearly 3+ years they have been in the company together have never once had a match against one another. Recently in tag matches, heated glances could be seen between the two blonde bombshells, which seemed to be the seeds that could have grown into a blossoming feud.  However the superfluous need of a publicity stunt curtailed what could have been the greatest women’s match in WWE history.  Why someone like Maria Menounous couldn’t have simply been a guest referee or ring announcer for this match eludes me.
 
Tyson Kidd vs. Michael McGillicutty
Although I realize the unlikelihood of an NXT feud making the card at Wrestlemania, these 2 young studs of the business have built and developed an incredible feud on NXT, getting personal with great promos and having a few incredible matches, which I think would set the perfect tone as an opener for Wrestlemania. Here are two of the most under-utilized and underrated talents available in the world today and giving them the opportunity to showcase what they are capable of would to me, be much more important than any inevitable backstage sketches involving farcical dancing, bowel gas or Mae Young`s lusty sexual advances.
In conclusion please feel free to offer your Wrestlemania perspectives. Please feel free to send me any feedback on this. WWE may or may not care what their audience wants to see, but you know I do.

In any event, Wrestlemania brings the entire wrestling world once a year to celebrate this spectacular industry. This year I will be hosting a wonderful Wrestlemania party in Toronto that will feature the Rock’s uncle Ricky Johnson as well as former TNA/WWE diva Shelly Martinez.  More guests are being confirmed daily. I encourage all fans who will not be in Miami to view this directly to join us at the Arizona Bar & Grill, 215 Carlingview Drive in Toronto.

SCORE FIGHTING SERIES weigh in pics

Posted in MMA on March 15, 2012 by wtfhwrestling

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All seemed to go smoothly today as the athletes for tomorrows SFS card in Hamilton weighed in for their respective bouts.  The Will Romero Jeff Harrison bout as well as the Ryan Dickson,Brandon Johnson fight I had reported earlier seem to be off.  There are still ten scheduled fights so the sold out crowd won’t be starving for any action anyways,even if it would have been nice to see our local boys do well(amongst the others).

Chikara GREEN ICE match ups announced

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2012 by wtfhwrestling

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CHIKARA PRO presents…
“Green Ice”
Saturday, March 24th
TRIO Sportsplex (161 Cityview Blvd, Vaughan, ON)

visit www.chikarapro.com for more details

FINAL FIGHT!

Posted in MMA with tags , on March 13, 2012 by wtfhwrestling

 

This weekend Mirko CRO COP Filipovic had what was billed as his FINAL FIGHT.  Being the legend he is I thought I’d share the link even though I haven’t posted any kickboxing in the past.  Ray Sefo vs. Cro Cop is a big enough match up to the kickboxing community but to know its Cro Cops last fight makes it even more important(if Cro Cop does remain retired).

Bob THE BEAST Sapp also fought internationally this weekend in what SHOULD be his final fight lol.  Sadly Bob would rather cash cheques than bow out graciously like his onetime opponent did this past weekend.

Tapout Burlington now open

Posted in MMA on March 13, 2012 by wtfhwrestling

Two weeks ago Ontario’s freshest MMA facility finally opened its doors.  A lot of people had lost faith in the venture but the state of the art gym has been open for business pretty successfully.  Trainers include Craig Hudson who is fighting on the next SCORE card and K1 vet Jan Kazuba (who you can finds on youtube KOing Shonie Carter).  I’ve been numerous times myself and can’t say anything but good things.  If you’re in the areas and looking for a gym facility similar to that of The Ultimate Fighter you should sign up soon.  Prices go from 79 a month to 100 down 100 a month April 1st so get down there sweat your ass off and tell em who sent ya.

Meet a Legend next week

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2012 by wtfhwrestling

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