Sep 172017
 

Cellular phones are becoming such an integral part of our everyday lives these days. We rely on them for so much…keeping up on social media, keeping in touch with family and friends, getting sports scores, weather updates and important news tidbits all on the go. Most of the time, it’s great to be up on everything going on in your world all on this singular device you can keep in your pocket. Tonight wasn’t one of those times for me.

After leaving work tonight, I made a stop for a soda at a 7-Eleven for the ride home. Just before putting the car back in gear to leave, I checked my phone and saw a notification from Google telling me that legendary wrestling manager and commentator, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan has passed away at the age of 73. Boy can that put a real damper on your day. And I’ll say this…I’ve been looking for a reason to write another one of these columns recently and coming up empty, but while I’ve now found a reason to write one, I really hate that I have to add yet another entry to my “Career Retrospective/Tribute” section here. Continue reading »

Aug 212017
 

It’s been called the WrestleMania of NXT by none other than the man behind the scenes running the whole operation, Triple H. This year was NXT’s third trip to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY to run their biggest show of the year and as usual…they didn’t disappoint!

A little backstory here…I was at the first one of these things two years ago when Bayley defeated Sasha Banks for the NXT Women’s Title, Finn Bálor successfully defended his NXT Championship in a ladder match with Kevin Owens and Jushin “Thunder” Liger wrestled in a WWE ring for the first and only time of his career to date. Continue reading »

Jul 082017
 

So here we are, another 2 weeks removed from the last WWE Pay Per View…this time, it’s Money In The Bank, and I honestly had to sit here a minute to try to remember which one it was! Normally, trying to remember the name of the last Pay Per View is (and should be) a fairly simple thing to do since something notable usually happens on these shows…except for the most part these days, nothing notable really happens on these shows anymore. They’re just filler, and as I mentioned in a past writing here, it’s really hard to get psyched up for one of these shows every two weeks now. However, I stand corrected this week…if given the proper build with the right storytelling, one can get excited for a non-big 4 Pay Per View!

Welcome to WWE Great Balls of Fire weekend! Continue reading »

Jun 252017
 

For those of you who have known me for a good length of time, I’ve had a number of websites I’ve created and maintained over the years. The one that I had maintained probably for the longest period of time (aside from this one) would be b-d-p.net. I recently came across a lot of the content from that old site and decided to bring it back to life by posting it here. It can all be found under the category “B-D-P.net Archive” listed just to the right here. It’s all stuff I wrote between 2001-2004 (so far). I’ll continue to add more stuff as I find it.

Be warned, my perspectives from those days was quite a bit different than they are now. For example, I found a set of pay per view predictions where I called Jacqueline a waste of roster space and William Regal was not deserving of the Intercontinental Title. Clearly, not opinions I still have to this day, but I figure for what it’s worth…if you want a good laugh, go check out that stuff!

Thanks for reading!

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Jun 022017
 

So last weekend, I finished my review of the previous weekend’s festivities surrounding the Backlash Pay Per View. Now, looking ahead to this weekend, it’s Pay Per View time again for WWE as the Raw brand presents Extreme Rules. Now maybe it’s just me, but that’s an awful short amount of time between shows! And don’t get me wrong, I understand the “added value for Network subscribers” deal, but I never had a problem waiting a whole month for a Pay Per View to allow for a decent build to the show from a storyline perspective…but this is 2017, a time when WWE rushes through storylines and doesn’t permit anything to have a slow burn.

Gone are the days when Austin wanted to fight McMahon in the ring and McMahon would always find a way to weasel out of the match or have someone else interfere on his behalf to push Austin off onto a separate path that Continue reading »

May 282017
 

So I’m back to talk about the weekend that just commenced in which WWE aired new programming on the WWE Network for three nights in a row. First, they started off on Friday night with a show which in all honesty was recorded a couple weeks ago from their shows in Norwich, England and it featured talents from the UK Championship Tournament they held back in January along with some cruiserweights from 205 Live. Next up on Saturday night, NXT presented the latest in their TakeOver series of specials, NXT TakeOver: Chicago, which aired live from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. And finally, to cap off the weekend, the Smackdown crew presented the WWE Backlash Pay Per View. Continue reading »

Apr 152017
 

Looking at that title makes what I’m about to do here feel like a bit of a daunting task, but I’ll do my best to share my favorite memories & thoughts on this historic career…of which I’ve witnessed almost all of and pay tribute to The Big Dog of the Yard in WWE. So here goes nothing…

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Feb 122017
 

So the other day, I attended the NXT house show down in Asbury Park, NJ at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. It was my second year in a row seeing a wrestling show there and I’ve gotta say…there’s probably no other place around here I’d rather take in a show!

I’ve been a wrestling fan now for well over 20 years, and during that time, I’ve been to Pay Per View events, Monday Night Raw, Smackdown tapings and plenty of non-televised house show events. I’ve attended shows at large venues like Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center, NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, the Nassau County Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum and have also hit small venues like the Grand Ballroom at NYC’s Manhattan Center, the Rahway Rec Center, the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, the VFW Hall in Manville, NJ, the American Legion Hall in Dunellen, NJ and most recently, the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. Continue reading »

Jan 162017
 

So WWE decided to begin to expand again. And I know what you’re thinking: I thought they were already a worldwide brand? To that, I’ll say yes, in a way they are. However, they are an American based wrestling promotion which tours the world. In all honesty, the UK fans only get to see their favorite WWE Superstars live maybe twice a year. So to that end, I believe WWE is looking to expand to run somewhat regularly in the United Kingdom (and probably other countries as well).

To achieve this, they have decided to create a new championship and run a 2-night tournament in the UK with some of the country’s top independent performers to crown a new champion who will continue to work in the UK and be spotlighted on a new featured series on the WWE Network. Continue reading »

Sep 202016
 

So it’s been awhile since I wrote one of these up and to say that a LOT has gone down in the wrestling world would be the understatement of the year. So I’ll do my best to organize my thoughts on everything prowrestling related.

First off, The Marking Out Podcast has been put on long-term and possibly permanent hiatus. The fact is that between recording, doing the post production and then sharing it across all the various social media groups and outlets I used to post it to, coupled with recording Yes and No Radio for PWInsiderElite.com, it just got to be too much with my long work days plus the commuting that something had to go.  Continue reading »