Saturday, August 25, 2012

Slamming for kids

WWE Saturday Morning Slam debuted this morning with its kid-friendly graphics and segments during the CW's new Vortexx block of kids programming.

The fast-paced show was like the pages of its kids magazine coming to life. It also mixed some history in the program, showing past Superstars (from Rikishi to Scott 2 Hotty to JYD) who danced like their featured Superstar, Brodus Clay.

The 8-year-old I watched the show with liked the show, but was disappointed there was only one match. (The match did seem long compared to the rest of the content on the show... They probably could have fit in two shorter --aka, Diva-length-- matches instead.)

WWE Saturday Morning Slam airs at 10 a.m. on the CW Network, between Justice League Unlimited and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dead Man

Tonight, Hulk Hogan returns to TNA to kick some Aces and Eights. At least, that's his story.

Let's just say I wouldn't be surprised if he's revealed to be the man behind the stable.

My proof? Brooke was threatened, but not touched. Plus, with all the surgeries, you could call Hogan a "dead man" in the business. The Aces and Eights is the Dead Man's Hand. The definition could be twisted so the group is acting as Hogan's "hands."

Well, TNA just came on, so we'll see soon enough...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Snoozerslam 2012: News and notes from a waste of $44


As Summerslam went on Sunday night, I kept waiting for the show to get better.

And waiting. And waiting.

Most of the night shaped up like an above-average Raw (at best), but I figured Triple H versus Brock Lesnar would make it all worth while.

It didn’t.

Lesnar has ONE MOVE, the arm grab, which he did over and over and over. It reminded me of why I didn’t enjoy Lesnar last time he was in WWE, culminating with his horrible bust of a match with Goldberg at WrestleMania. If Steve Austin hadn’t been there to stun both of them, it would have been a total loss.

There were a few jarring shots, but it had the feel of a match that neither competitor was buying into, possibly in part due to Lesnar having difficulties with WWE. Lesnar ended up winning – as someone had to – with HHH taking the roll as he has in so many big matches to make someone else look good. Maybe that was the only way it was going to go down, as Lesnar didn’t come back to lose every match.

But the action was not that great, and in many ways it was a poor effort for what is supposed to be the second-biggest PPV of the year.

The night started with Chris Jericho taking on Dolph Ziggler, and Y2J finally got the big win he had been seeking since returning to the WWE.

The match was average and not all that inspiring for the potential of these two, but perhaps they are saving something for a future encounter.

Daniel Bryan – who now is one of the top superstars in terms of crowd reaction – then pulled an upset over Kane. The fans were going wild chanting “Yes!” as Bryan kicked Kane repeatedly, while Bryan himself was yelling “No!” It is amazing how Bryan has built himself into such a popular star after starting as one of the dullest guys from the Nexus.

The Miz successfully defended his Intercontinental title with a win over Rey Mysterio, but while it is good to see a charismatic superstar like The Miz hold onto the gold, he has to do something about that used-car salesman beard.

The world heavyweight title match was also mediocre, as Sheamus cheated to retain to the belt.

Wait, what? I thought Sheamus was the face of this matchup. First he hit Del Rio with a shoe, and then he won with Del Rio’s foot on the rope. This is another example of the blurring of the line lately between faces and heels in WWE, with CM Punk as another who is a little of both.

(Side note: Going back to Bryan vs. Kane, who was the face and who was the heel in that one? I’m still not sure.)

The tag team title match was next, with the AW-less Prime Time Players – Titus O’Neal and Union Township native Darren Young – taking on Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.

(Side note No. 2: AW was in fact fired for his comment that the team he managed was “unstoppable, like Kobe Bryant in a Colorado hotel room.” Yeah, nice job, moron.)

Back to the match. It was interesting because it was one of the rare tag team championship matches involving four black competitors. The previous world tag team champions who were both black prior to Kofi and R-Truth was the pairing of legends Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas in 1983. My records do not show whether they ever defended the belts against another all-black team.

As for the present, the match was decent, but R-Truth retained the gold for his team, denying Titus O’Neal (former Florida Gator football player as Thad Bullard) to join the other members of the Sunshine State’s Big 3 teams (Miami, The Rock; FSU, Ron Simmons) to hold WWE gold.

The WWE championship match did not feel like a big PPV match. It felt like another match on RAW, and it had to be restarted when John Cena and CM Punk both had submission holds locked onto the Big Show, who tapped out to both. AJ came out and had them restart the match. That gave us, the viewers, some hope that this match could have a decent ending, but it was not to be. After about a minute, Cena hit the AA on Show, but Punk dumped Cena and retained the belt, meaning that every champion kept their belt at Summerslam, which was something of a disappointment.

This match was boring enough that I was doing the WWE Hardcore Champions quiz on Sporcle.com. If you knew that each member of the Mean Street Posse – Joey Abs, Pete Gas and Rodney – all were Hardcore champ at one time, you did better on this quiz than I did.

Overall, though, it was a pretty disappointing Summerslam.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

WWE returns to Saturday mornings

Remember watching WWE on Saturday mornings along with cartoons when you were a kid? Well, kids today will get the same experience, thanks to a deal announced today by WWE and Saban Brands.

“WWE has a long history on Saturday mornings, and we’re thrilled to make our action-packed return on Vortexx with WWE Saturday Morning Slam,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “The new program enables us to further engage kids and families, a vital component of WWE’s passionate and multi-generational fan base.”

Vortexx is the new kids' Saturday morning television block coming to The CW Aug. 25. WWE Saturday Morning Slam will air at 10 a.m., right in the middle of the 7 a.m. to noon programming block. The Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh! are also planned to air during the block.

“With a focus on action, adventure and comedy, Vortexx is the perfect home for WWE Saturday Morning Slam and will definitely excite our fans,” said Joel Andryc, co-president of Vortexx.

WWE Saturday Morning Slam will be a half hour in length and will feature one exclusive match, as well as include behind the scenes footage, Superstar profiles and highlights from the Be a Star campaign.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tout it, Tout it, Tout it, they say...

I do not like it, Vince McMahon.

WWE is a pioneer in social media. Google recognized the company's standing by giving them one of the exclusive first Google+ business accounts. When Tout came along giving everyone the opportunity of 15 seconds of fame, the WWE backed it, seeing it as the next big thing in social media.

It's too early to tell if Tout really is the next big thing, but I can tell you the Touts aired by the WWE on Raw and SmackDown over the past two weeks have not encouraged me to join the network.

The Touts also do not add anything to the shows. In fact, they are causing more problems for the company.

Tensai allegedly Touted something racist this week. You would think you'd think before you Tout, but as with Olympians with Twitter, sometimes thinking comes after the fact.