3 Reasons To Watch WWE

17 09 2014

WWE Logo

I have been a fan of professional wrestling for 10 years now. I first watched Smackdown in July 2004 and can remember the first time I saw my favourite wrestler The Undertaker come out to the ring and challenge the then WWE Champion JBL for a match at Summerslam (2004), a Pay Per View (PPV) I still have on DVD. Since then my interest and enjoyment grew and I even went to see Smackdown on two occasions at the Manchester Evening News Arena. In 2008, TNA started being shown on Bravo in the UK; later Challenge and since then I have seen TNA in Manchester on two occasions. I really do enjoy wrestling, and when I have had the opportunity to do so, I have even seen local British wrestling also. But my enjoyment of WWE has begun to flounder in a chain of events which started at Wrestlemania 21 in 2005 when John Cena became WWE Champion for the first time, since which WWE has gotten to the point of annoying with John Cena being champion “ALL THE TIME” and better wrestlers not being given an opportunity. At the moment there is only (to me at least) 3 reasons to continue watching WWE, and two of those surround an area of wrestling I have not really been all that interested in.

First Reason – Paige

Paige

Back in 2011, while watching an XWA show in Morecambe, There was a sort of exhibition match which incorporated two wrestlers from Pro-Wrestling EVE, an all-female promotion, and the match was for the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship. The match was between Inaugural Champion Britani Knight and challenger Jenny Sjödin (another terrific female wrestler) with Sjödin winning the title. However most of my attention was on Britani Knight and after the match I looked into her career every now and then to see how she was doing. When the Channel 4 show “The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family” aired, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Knight had been signed onto the WWE, and from that point I was even more inspired to follow her career. The divas division of WWE has always been something that I would generally avoid as I was more a fan of the wrestling and not the eye candy that the divas division was more or less mostly about. TNA’s knockout division was more wrestling and less eye-candy and for the women’s side of wrestling was genuinely enjoyable with both good wrestling characters as well as wrestling.

Paige NXT Champion

Since the point of her debut in WWE, Knight has quickly shot through the ranks in the divas division to become one of the most interesting and best wrestlers in the entire company right now (in my opinion) all be it with the new ring name of Paige. The Divas division in WWE was finally enjoyable to watch at least from my point of view and thanks to Paige was finally able to rival the TNA Knockouts. From her wrestling skill, to her look (black hair and ring attire), the way her character is played, the way she speaks (keeping the British accent), her cool leather jacket; to just everything about her. On top of that, she genuinely has in ring talent and wrestling skill (probably mostly thankful to her wrestling family origins). So you’re not watching an ordinary match, you’re watching an actual wrestling match (and not just something which looks more like a cat fight than anything else) with a very talented wrestler up front. I found myself watching a tiny portion of Raw a few weeks ago just to watch a match she was in and then when she was no longer on-screen, I turned over because as far as I was concerned the best bit of the show was on and I did not want to watch anymore. It’s an absolute treat that someone from Britain is wrestling in the WWE big league’s right now and that it is someone as cool as well as talented as Paige is an extra bonus. She is easily one of the coolest wrestlers in quite a long time and also one of the best things about WWE right now.

Second Reason – AJ Lee

AJ Lee

The second reason to watch WWE is also Diva related and that is in the form of AJ Lee. My knowledge of AJ is varied at best as she was someone who just appeared alongside Daniel Bryan a couple of years ago, but there was something appealing about her character and since that point has become the company’s forerunning Diva. Much like Paige, everything about AJ works (minus the leather jacket because AJ does not wear one) and this includes actual wrestling Talent as well as other forms of in ring talent which includes the bizarre skipping routine which is quite cool for her character. AJ also has one of the best and most memorable wrestling themes of the moment, and not just in WWE. While I may not have much to say on her as I did with Paige, AJ Lee is still one of the most enjoyable things about WWE right now.

Third Reason – STING

Sting Champion

While I may have only been watching wrestling for the last 10 years, my brother has been a fan longer and I remember when he used to watch some of the videos he had, and one of the outstanding wrestlers on these shows was STING. This was during his stint in WCW, and through this period Sting was quite possibly their biggest star. After the closure of WCW though, Sting declined to join the company, but more recently Sting had made a comeback in TNA, and it brought back the real enjoyment of wrestling to me and I absolutely loved every minute of Stings time in the company. When it was recently announced that after so long, Sting would be appearing in WWE, I was happy. The great worry about Sting being in the WWE though is how he would be used, but I am confident that he won’t be used in either an uncomfortable way on the part of the wrestler and nor for the wrestling fans either. With Stings appointment in the company, this could be the turn around the WWE has been needing in terms of their product and it also opens possibility for the dream match that we would all like to see, Sting vs The Undertaker, and if anyone should have ended The Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania, it should have been Sting. If it happens, it could quite easily be the match of the decade.

Sting

GENEPOOL (If you can find any more reasons for the above points or can think of more reasons to continue watching WWE other than these, or none of these or not to watch WWE at all, please leave a comment below).





WWE Anthology (The Federation Years) Top 5 Wrestling Themes

26 08 2013

WWE Antholgy (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. - 2002)

Since becoming a fan of Professional wrestling back in late 2004, I have been very interested in the music that the wrestlers come out too. After going to see WWE Smackdown live in Manchester in November 2004, I was interested to hear that the music was available to buy on CD (Back in a time when the iPod was just about to be released). So soon after I bought a copy of WWE Anthology, a collection of pieces of music throughout the history of the WWE. Because the collection came on three discs, I thought I would do a top 5 of each of the discs and my favourite music on them (even though I might skip the NOW disc and just do a general top 5 of the whole collection as there are only 4 songs on the NOW disc of note and one of them is the Hurricane’s theme, I suppose I could just do a list of pieces that were produced post Attitude era). So the first disc as you can guess from the title is the Federation Years which is mostly filled with pre attitude era pieces of music. While the songs still sound tough for the wrestlers in question, they are a lot lighter in tone and some what more pleasant. So here are my Top 5 themes of WWE Anthology The Federation Years (just one thing of note quickly, best theme does not mean best wrestler, so don’t go thinking that one is better than the other just because of which of their music I prefer).

Jake Roberts

5: Snake Bit - Jake “The Snake” Roberts – With a wrestling name like that, you would consider something like the sounds of a snake or something very dark and sinister, instead what you get is a piece of music produced on a synthesizer or keyboard which sounds awe-inspiring. Generally the piece is quite calm and open and does not contain many low notes. while the opening could be considered sinister, it does not sound long and when the piece has its main opening reveal, it gives the idea of Jake Roberts holding his snake up in the air to show to the audience. It’s a simple and peaceful theme for a sinister name like that.

No Holds Barred

4: No Holds Barred – No Holds Barred theme – I have no Idea to what No Holds Barred is or was but from my quick research it appears to have been a film starring Hulk Hogan. Anyway the theme song is quite nice and holds a sense of suspense all the way through. The song almost tells a tale of what one man is going to or is about to do, his hopes or dreams perhaps of what is about to come. The songs suspense though reaches an eventual limit as it shouts at out the title of the piece and says it with pride before going back into the main rhythm of the song. It only continues to go at the risen pitch when the song starts to conclude.

HBK

3: Sexy Boy – Shawn Michaels – The theme song that would be the theme throughout almost the entirety of the career of the Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels. Possibly one of the most recognised themes in all of wrestling, HBK’s theme fits perfectly with both his charismatic style and the excitement of his matches and presence. An assortment of a bit of disco and rock, the song is pretty much showing off and would be perfect for a villain, despite the fact HBK is both a fan favourite and a good guy in wrestling and character. The song is one of only a few love orientated songs in wrestling and contains some nice guitar solo work also.

Hulk Hogan

2: Real American – Hulk Hogan – What is widely considered as the first proper theme for a wrestler (performed by Rick Derringer), the theme suited nobody better than Hulk Hogan. While the song is as patriotic as it sounds, it is generally a nice song which anybody can join in depending on nation as the song is not boisterous about the country it is talking about. The song’s opening track rhythm continues throughout with a mid guitar solo in it too. The chorus to the song is also a lot of fun as well as pleasant and does not at any point go into a dark tone. The idea with a song, particularly a rock song being light and fluffy is present in this song as it is has that feel to it.

Ultimate Warrior

1: Unstable – Ultimate Warrior – A wild piece of music for a wild wrestler. The Ultimate Warrior as a wrestler was wild and unstoppable and so the song Unstable works perfectly for him. The piece is as made as the wrestler and what he does in the ring, it gives the impression of something unstoppable, something that could not be beat, something so terrifying that you would do what you could to avoid getting on its bad side. The piece starts with an easy beat in the speed that it’s at before going into its main part which sounds like something on the rampage without going too heavy, it then reaches a slower and quick conclusion before doing it all over again. Interestingly enough, this piece actually helped me to recover in Hospital back in 2005 when I had a leg injury. Because I was put on a machine that would help me to angle my leg and had to reach an angle of 90 degrees before I could go home, I listened to this CD when I was recovering. When I got to the Ultimate Warrior track, I myself felt unstoppable and put the machine right up to 90 degrees, while it did hurt a lot, I felt unstoppable and left hospital the following Friday. SO not only is this piece my favourite from the first disc, but also it helped me to recover from a horrible accident.

GENEPOOL





XWA Vendetta 2012 Photos

22 08 2012

Much like what I did for War on the shore, here are some photos from this year’s XWA Vendetta, Enjoy.

GENEPOOL





XWA 2012 – War On The Shore VIII Photos

17 05 2012

This past weekend it was XWA War On The Shore 8 at the Hexagon at Lancaster and Morecambe College. So I thought I would share some of the photos I took. Now I am not going to comment on the matches, I thought I would do that with another My Week post, Enjoy.

GENEPOOL





TNA 2012

1 02 2012

This past Friday I went with my Mam and my Brother to Manchester to see TNA Wrestling at the Manchester Arena. Now this was part of their Maximum Impact Tour and it was not a live recording. The show was just a tour show, in other words it was a show that was put on for the fans to see the wrestlers have matches that were not going to be on TV. However Me and Mam agreed that it was better than the live recording shows because it meant that it was straight onto the show and no interviews, Just proper Wrestling. This was not the first time I have seen TNA Live or gone to the Manchester Arena. The first 2 times I went to the Manchester Evening News Arena as it was called back then was to see WWE Smackdown. I then went to see TNA in 2009 and then again this past week. Now a lot has changed since I last went to see TNA, there is no longer a 6 sided ring, there are no Beautiful People and Matt Morgan and Abyss used to be in a Tag Team.

OK when we arrived and took our seats we missed the Big Opening and there were problems with our seats because some people took them. However when we sat down it was straight into it. First off was an X Division Title match between current champion Austin Aries, Mark Haskins and Alex Shelley. Austin Aries won but the match was filled with High Flying manoeuvres which are one of the best parts about smaller wrestlers.

During the event the 2 hosts Christy Hemme and Jeremy Borash were handing out Backstage passes. They also introduced the wrestlers and referee Earl Hebner.

The next match was between Crimson and Britain’s own Doug Williams. Now this is not the first time I have seen Doug Williams. The first time I saw the FWA at the Morecambe Dome I saw him wrestle. I saw him wrestle again at another FWA show in a Tag Team with 2 Cold Scorpio. I also Saw him the first time I went to see TNA. I think he would be a great Wrestler to become the first British Wrestler to become World Heavyweight Champion (Currently only William Regal, The British Bulldog and Desmond Wolfe have come near enough to achieving it) although Magnus would also be a Good Wrestler to do it and he debuted in TNA just after I saw TNA in 2009. Crimson won the match.

Next up was a match between Gunner and AJ Styles. I don’t think this was as Fantastic as AJ Styles matches can be but it was Great to see him in Manchester again, AJ Styles Won.

Next up was a Tag Team match in the Knockout Division. It was current Knockout Champion Gail Kim who is also one half of the current Knockout Tag Team Champions along with Madison Rayne. They fought the Tag Team of Tara and Mickie James. Tara and Mickie won. An Intermission followed this match.

After the intermission was a World Heavyweight Championship match between the Current Champion Robert Roode against Samoa Joe. Now at the moment Samoa Joe is not popular on TV but he was incredibly Popular in Manchester. When I saw him make his entrance it was incredible and then it was also incredible when Robert Roode made his entrance. It was an amazing Match but Robert Roode still retained his Title.You can watch the match on TNA Xplosion either this week or Next Week.

Before the final match of the Evening TNA President Dixie Carter came out to the audience and thanked them all for coming and saying why she loves to come to Britain and also how TNA Impact has become the biggest Wrestling show on UK Television. You see, TNA cares about its fans, you don’t see Vince McMahon come out to the audience and say Thank you for coming, another reason why TNA is the Best. Dixie Carter also mentioned an old lady called Ann Timson who was in the front row who became a famous after beating up some robbers.

The final match of the evening was a Tag team Match between Bully Ray (who mentally attacked a Manchester crowd by wearing a Liverpool Football shirt) with Kurt Angle against James Storm and Sting. Now what is interesting is that my Brother used to watch WCW almost 20 years ago when Sting was in it and I don’t think he would ever think that he would see Sting Live. It was Amazing because I have known about Sting for a long time as well. Then before the match started Robert Roode came out and added himself to the match so Sting added Hulk Hogan to the Match so it was an even playing field, Yes I saw both Sting and Hulk Hogan just a few metres from where I was sitting. The match concluded when Hulk Hogan used Ann Timson’s walking stick on Bully Ray (who verbally attacked her). The show ended with some in ring showing off for the fans from James Storm, Hulk Hogan and Sting.

It was an incredible and Fantastic Evening. I love to watch Wrestling and being in an amazing building like the Manchester Arena to see it is Amazing. It was like a Rock Concert with Fighting instead of Singing. It was an Amazing Event and I can’t wait to see it again.

GENEPOOL








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