So there’s something that has recently happened that has nothing to do with professional wrestling or sports that has profoundly affected me that I feel that I need to write about.
In watching this past week’s episode of NXT, we were informed by Triple H, Shawn Michaels & the Road Dogg that we were about to celebrate the 25ᵗʰ anniversary of the first WWF In Your House pay per view, so in it’s honor, the next TakeOver event would be named NXT TakeOver: In Your House! So to help jog the memory of those who watched and even those who maybe weren’t watching wrestling back in the spring of 1995, I’m here now to look back on that memorable night in 1995 and pay tribute to it!
Looking back to the beginning of 2012, this picture was taken of all the champions in WWE, which was meant to be a major shift to a new generation of wrestlers within WWE. I thought it might be fun to pick this picture apart & look at each individual’s career heights & where they are now.
So I promised a new piece reviewing this past weekend’s WrestleMania 36 & to be honest, I really have mixed feelings on the whole thing.
To start off, thinking logically about the whole ordeal with everything going on in the world today with everyone in quarantine and seemingly every form of live entertainment put on hold with the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s really hard for me to understand the “The Show Must Go On” train of thought considering the health of everyone involved in performing, recording, producing & distributing the two nights of WWE action. However, on the other hand, with all forms of live entertainment put on hold, people holed up in their homes, WWE has always prided themselves for “putting smiles on peoples’ faces” and in this time of “social distancing”, I also see the need for a show like this — to try to provide some sense of normalcy during a time that is anything but normal.
I’ve been a fan of the New Jersey Devils for just about as long as I can remember. The team originally came to New Jersey from Colorado back in 1982 — when I was 4 years old. So during the time I’ve followed them, I’ve been there from the lowest of lows – routinely finishing in the basement of the Patrick Division to the highest highs of their existence – making it to the Stanley Cup Finals 5 times, and winning the Cup three times. Unfortunately, we’re back to one of those low points in the franchise’s existence. Since making it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012 and losing to the LA Kings in 6 games, the team has certainly fallen on hard times.
As has been the case over the last few years…I haven’t really had a lot on my mind to write about, so I’ve limited my comments on the current state of wrestling to short posts on Facebook & Twitter, but there’s a lot of good stuff to write about now, so that’s why I’m back here today.
For those of you who are in our Facebook Group, WrestlingFansAnonymous or various other groups I might post to or follow me on Twitter, some of this might sound repetitive and for that, I’m sorry. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s happened in the world of Professional Wrestling over the last few weeks that I’d like to comment on, so please bear with me if I jump around a lot.
So last night, All Elite Wrestling put on their Pay Per View event titled All Out in front of a sold out crowd at the 11,000+ seat Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, IL. Leading up to this event, they boasted that the event had sold out in record time. As I’ve stated in earlier writings here, I’m not a huge fan of many of the wrestlers of AEW, but I figured I’d give the promotion another shot. I watched the two free shows they produced for streaming on Bleacher Report Live (Fyter Fest & Fight For The Fallen), which I declined to write about simply because I felt that the promotion was still getting it’s legs under them and I didn’t want to be super critical and come off in the same way that Jim Cornette often can. But now that they’ve had a few — let’s call them “dress rehearsals”, I would expect a lot of the kinks to be worked out and production should be up to snuff for last night’s show. This clearly wasn’t the case.
So I’m pretty sure most of you reading this blog can tell…I’ve been a fan of professional wrestling for a fairly long time, and when you follow anything for the amount of time I’ve followed professional wrestling, you’re going to have a lot of memories of some very big events that have happened during that time span. For example, I can remember watching these major events that shaped the history of professional wrestling like it was yesterday: Hulk Hogan turning on Randy Savage and WCW to form the New World Order with Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, Bret Hart’s exit from the WWF in what is now known as the Montreal Screwjob, or D-Generation X storming the Norfolk Scope — the building WCW had been running that night, or how about when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin cut his infamous promo after winning the King of the Ring on a defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts, coining the phrase of “you talk about your psalms, talk about John 3:16…Austin 3:16 says I just whipped you ass!”, or when Vince McMahon stood in a WWF ring on one side of the split screen while his son Shane stood in the middle of a WCW ring on the other side after the purchase of WCW.
Those were all notable moments in the history of professional wrestling where I’m sure if you were there watching, you can remember exactly where you were when you saw them. There’s another night I’d like to mention here now that I can also say I remember where I was and the emptiness I felt that night when it happened (and that same feeling of emptiness & sadness is rushing over me now as I relive that night while typing this), and that’s the night that Owen Hart fell to his death from the catwalk at Kansas City, Missouri’s Kemper Arena at the WWF Over The Edge Pay Per View, May 23rd, 1999…now 20 years ago last month.
So after watching this past weekend’s NXT TakeOver XXV, I felt it appropriate to write up another one of these. For those of you who are in various Facebook groups with me, some of this may sound familiar, but I figured I’d post it here as well and expand upon it.
So a lot has been said, rumors are flying every which way and everyone pretending to be a “wrestling journalist” is writing stories regardless of how legit and truthful they are about people asking for their releases and speculating on people jumping to the new upstart wrestling company being thrown together by the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes. And to be honest, I’m actually getting sick of seeing the damn letters AEW already — which stands for All Elite Wrestling — that hasn’t even had it’s debut event yet!