Monday, September 26, 2011

What should we see on WWE TV?

Earlier this month, WWE announced the WWE Network is coming in 2012. Fans will finally have one place to watch "greatest matches, moments and Superstars in sports entertainment history."

Since then, some have received a survey with hints to what the network hopes to offer. The survey allegedly asks viewers if they would be willing to upgrade their package for a network with new shows mixed with repeats of Raw and Smackdown and classic programming. Also mentioned are two new in-ring wrestling programs, a daily live interactive program like ESPN's Sportscenter and the four major Pay-Per-Views.

Of course, all this is beginning thoughts. There is no guarantee that all of this will happen, in fact, I think it's doubtful the PPVs will move for financial reasons.

However, the WWE Network cannot survive on Royal Rumble marathons. The following are new programs the WWE should consider for their lineup:

- JR's BBQ, the cooking show. Who better than the man who makes the best BBQ sauce to teach us how to cook? Divas can guest star as guest assistants. (okay, there is information someone else will have the cooking show: New Orleans LA : WWE developing a cooking show with The Big Show and his wife Bess)

- Piper's Pit and The Cutting Edge talk shows. Only Roddy Piper and Edge can replace Oprah in the talk show realm.

- Behind the Curtain, a news magazine show. This would be a 60 minutes-type show (I seem to remember WWE doing something similar in the past). Of course, Mean Gene would have to be involved, as well as the current backstage interviewers. I prefer this concept to a SportsCenter-type show because I think they could create more powerful material for this.

- Florida Championship Wrestling, a reality show. Yes, I would put a few of the future Superstars in a beach house in Clearwater Beach, Fla., and have cameras follow them as they interact and train to become the next star. The show would include a match featuring one of the stars. This will help with WWE's goal of getting the public to know the future talent so they can really give them that big push when they hit the big stage.

- The Real Housewives of the WWE, a reality show. This is a play on the The Real Housewives series on Bravo. Actually, the WWE probably cannot legally use the "The Real Housewives" name. The show will probably have to take place in Tampa, and would give us a look into the lives of the families our favorite Superstars leave behind as they go on the road.

Well, do you have any better ideas?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hogan sweats the small stuff

Hulk Hogan, being a wrestling legend, is the first guy Johnny Attitude thought to call when his wrestling company was failing.

See, instead of selling out arenas, the company was touring frat houses, and the talent was getting restless.

Hogan agrees to help, and brings Brian Knobs along for the ride.

Sounds like the beginnings of a reality show, right?

Well, it is. Wednesday night was the premiere of Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling.

Oh, did I forget to mention the talent is all midgets? And that their tagline is "half the size, twice the violence?"

They aren't kidding about the violence part, by the way. As if you needed any other reason to watch, there is just as much fighting outside the ring as any Jersey-based reality show, even though the promotion is based in Tampa, Fla.

Wrestlers include Demo (the co-owner), Meatball (the world's largest midget), Blixx (the know-it-all with an attitude), Trixie (the original woman with the company who's more comfortable boxing), Justice (a second-generation midget wrestler) and the new hires Huggie, Sarge and Starla.

The best moment of the premiere was when a frat boy tried paying the wrestlers less than they were due. Justice got in the frat boy's face, which the frat boy seemed to take as a joke. Justice proceeded to take the frat boy down and beat him until he handed over the remainder due.

The assessment made?

"No one skimps the MCW."

The show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on tru TV. The premiere re-airs Friday at 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rosita's inspiration lost, but never forgotten

It is a rough weekend for TNA Knockout Rosita, aka Thea Trinidad.

She is one of the many children who lost their father on Sept. 11, 2001.

Her father, Michael Angel Trinidad, was on the 103rd floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed. He called to say goodbye, but even though 10-year-old Thea was home, the line cut off before she could bring herself to speak.

In the NBC special "Children of 9/11," Thea explained her father was her inspiration for getting into the wrestling business, and feels his presence in the crowd every time she wrestles. The special was filmed before her TNA try-out.

Children of 9/11 clip:

With the No Surrender PPV tonight, Rosita is in Orlando, Fla., listening to the names and watching her brother, Tim Trinidad, at the ceremony on television.

"Good morning everyone, first off thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers," Rosita (@RositaTNA) tweeted this morning. "As sit here in an empty apt watching the ceremony I think about that day, something that has been engraved in my mind since I was 10 years old and I cry. I miss you Daddy. you are my strength and my never ending inspiration. I love you. ... Rest in peace Daddy, please continue to be my guardian angel along with Papa & Joey."

Rosita thanks fans for their support on Monday:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Another shot?

Jeff Hardy is sorry.

On March 13, Hardy was scheduled to wrestle one of his childhood inspirations, Sting, at TNA's Victory Road. It was to be an epic match. Unfortunately, it was epic for the wrong reasons.

Hardy showed up to the arena that night apearring to be severely under the influence of something. He made it out to the ring, but the match only lasted 90 seconds because of Hardy's impaiment, disappointing both the fans and the idol.

The "Enigma" was told to go home once again for his issues-- in 2003, he was released for the WWE for drug and behavior issues, and in 2005 was released from TNA for no show issues.

Last night, ironically on the same day Hardy pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for drug charges from 2009, he made his return to the wrestling stage and briefly asked for forgiveness.

"I can't expect you or the guys in the back to give me another shot," Hardy said. "But I can ask for one."

As with any highly talented athlete who gets in trouble, I'm sure he'll get that shot from the company and the fans. The trouble, I believe, will be from the locker room. He will have to convince them he's turned his life around and prove to them another Victory Road will never happen again. He will have to regain their trust and respect.

I hope he can regain that trust and respect, and that he stays away from drugs. If he goes back down the wrong road, I fear writing his obit won't be far behind.

Friday, September 2, 2011

CM Punk is coming to Trenton, like it or not

CM Punk is coming to Trenton on Saturday night, where he is scheduled to wrestle against John Cena and Alberto Del Rio.

To read The Trentonian’s interview with CM Punk, click here.

At Night of Champions, he is facing Triple H, and Kevin Nash has been his chief antagonist lately, so the line is starting to get long for people who want to whoop Punk in the ring.

But Punk is particularly ticked at Nash, as evidenced by his Twitter profile, which says he is “angry with OZ,” referring to one of Nash’s prior nicknames.

“I want to show everyone how high I can kick,” Punk said referring to facing off with the 7-foot Nash at some point. "I really just want to kick him in his weird head.”

“I’m not going to believe Triple H when he says that he didn’t tell Nash to attack me. Something’s going on and I’m going to get to the bottom of it. I want to punch someone in the face, and Kevin Nash is No. 1 on my list, but I’ve got to deal with Triple H first.”

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Punk said he is thrilled to have “Cult of Personality” as his new theme song.

“It’s a kick ass song. I used it in the indies and I think entrance music is a big part of what we do,” he said. “When you come into WWE at an entry level, you don’t command the right to have the company pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the rights to a song. I’m just glad I can use it again because it’s just iconic.”

Getting WWE to fork over the cash for the rights to the song was just one of the perks Punk was after when he returned to WWE with a new contract. He had complained he was not pictured on programs or lunch boxes, and that he did not have a cool T-shirt to sell.

Those things have obviously been rectified, and now he is headed into a match with The Game.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, I’ll tell you that.”

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Punk said he does not pattern his career after anyone, per se, but he has prided himself on hard work and proving he belongs with the elite wrestlers in the world.

Now that he has escaped awkward bookings and failed stables like the New Nexus and the Straight-Edge Society, he fans are starting to realize it, too.

“When you’re on TV for six years, the people form a connection with you. Even if they’re supposed to boo you, they start respecting you because of that connection.

You look at a guy like Stone Cold who just worked so hard for years, and the people recognized that,” he said.

The fans have certainly taken to the new CM Punk, much like they took to Steve Austin, The Rock, Goldberg and other guys who changed the game.

Luckily, the fans of Trenton get to see him up close and personal this Saturday.