Monday, July 29, 2013

Divas Slam Summer TV

Last night, an estimated 1.3 million people (according to Diva Dirt) tuned in to see Total Divas on E! and it was the biggest recent series premiere the network has had. I'm sure the fact that the Kardashians was the lead-in and wrestling fans who don't normally watch the network added to the mix helped.

I must say, I was surprised with the show.

That's not in a good way or bad way either. Just in general.

First off, I really liked the story that was told-- starting with life is just everything you would expect it to be as beautiful entertainer, then, slowly, bringing us to the reality that it's not as great as it seems, ending with the epic disappointment of being bumped last minute (maybe even last second) at WrestleMania. I almost feel bad for knowing it was going to happen, and blaming Ariane/Cameron and the seamstress for the bump before seeing it was actually Undertaker and CM Punk's fault. (Their match ran too long, in case you didn't see it.)

My problem was my doubts on how real it really was. I mean, it is the WWE, the masters of mixing reality with fictional storylines. The Divas are used to acting in front of the camera. I find it hard to believe the Bellas would still have jobs or the boyfriends they have if they really acted the way they do. (Maybe their West Coast/Arizona accent is also really annoying to me, as I'm sure my Jersey accent could be annoying to them. I've been left wondering all week why they are the ones WWE/E! sent out for promo interviews to all the talk shows.) I also don't think Nattie would have said what she said in, what I guess you could call confessional moments, unless she was sure he job was secure. I do think Ariane was real because she was just as annoying as she was on Tough Enough. I also think Eva Marie and JoJo were being real because as we all saw last Monday, Eva Marie needs a little (okay, a lot) more practice on the microphone.

I think the most real moment was when they were all together at WrestleMania in the aftermath of the match being dropped. All six genuinely appeared to be as I thought we would see them throughout the show-- as family. See, I was hoping the commercials were edited to make them look like their characters, and that we would find out those were acting moments and that in real life they are all really great women and friends.

And, if Natalya is by chance reading this, it looks like to me that the WWE gives you the jobs they do because not only are you extremely talented, but you are smart and good at resolving conflicts. They may even see you as a future VP of Talent Relations. It sucks right now, but it could be securing your future. I think signing up for this show could lead to you being on the card for SummerSlam.

Speaking of SummerSlam, who doesn't think it's awfully convenient that John Cena picked Daniel Bryan as his opponent? I mean, as I was announcing in my house "a Bella in every corner" it was tweeted by many others. Also, as I was watching, I started wondering how much the boyfriend has influence on Divas getting on the card. Cena is Nikki's boyfriend, and she gets on the card for WrestleMania right after returning to the company. Michelle McCool was at the top of the Diva world after she started her relationship with the Undertaker.

I hope this show opens up more opportunities for all the Divas and keeps more fans in their seats during their matches. I hope this is the plan the WWE has to revitalize the Diva division after the low it hit at WrestleMania. (And, I really hope the WWE didn't mess with these women's heads by setting up the match and knowing all along it wouldn't happen to bring more drama to the reality show.)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Age of Orton

For some strange reason, Trenton is Cena country. It is the only place where I've witnessed the cheers overpowering the boos so it appears there are none.

Last weekend was no different, but a new Trenton fan favorite may have been born.

Randy Orton hasn't exactly gotten a great amount of respect from the fans for the past few months. Granted, much of it was because of poor booking-- fans just didn't see a reason to be interested in the competition.

Randy Orton does one last pose after his match at the
Sun Center in Trenton on July 13, 2013.
But, in Trenton the night before Money in the Bank, fans not only cheered for Orton, but they started a chant to get him in the six-man tag match. WWE played to the crowd's love, as did Orton, by letting him soak it in with two end of match music ovations.

The next night, he won the Money in the Bank match. Did the reaction from Trenton determine his fate in that match?

One thing is for certain- on Raw, when John Cena asked the fans who he should face at SummerSlam, the love for Orton was minimal. The fan love was overwhelming for Daniel Bryan instead. Now, Orton and Bryan have had some friendly issues, so I wouldn't be surprised if this turns into a typical Triple Threat match for Cena at SummerSlam.

But, if the love is still lost for Orton tonight, what does that mean about Trenton? Is this just one thing that Trenton made (possibly) that the world is not taking?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Win tickets to WWE in Trenton!

Are you a WWE Superfan? Well, it’s time to prove it.
Give us your best promo on Tout telling us why you are the biggest WWE Superfan in Greater Trenton and, if our judges choose you as the winner, you’ll get two free tickets to the WWE show on Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.
Touts must be hastagged with #WWETrenton and must be submitted by 3 p.m. Friday. We’ll pick a winner from the promos and you’ll be on your way to the show!
Not on tout yet? Signing up is easy. Just look for their apple or android apps, create an account, and shoot a quick video from your smartphone or tablet. You can also sign up at and record from a webcam on your desktop or laptop computer.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Banking It

Money in the Bank will be nearby in Philly, and that means we reap the benefits here in Jersey.

The biggest treat comes Saturday night when the Superstars invade Trenton for the WWE Live SuperShow. The card is subject to change, but we can expect to see John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Curtis Axel, Ryback and The Shield at the Sun Center. Although usually we'd expect the performers to take it easy before such a brutal Pay-Per-View, Cena and Ryback plan to face each other in a tables match.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 show, but for fans who arrive early, there will be a block party in Lot 2 at Gate A starting at 5 p.m. The party will include entertainment, food, drinks, games and even opportunities for ticket upgrades. You must already have a ticket to the show to gain admission to the party.

Not only do we get the last house show before the Pay-Per-View, but there will be the typical Superstar appearances. Sure, two are in Philly, but you don't have to cross a bridge for one major star.

Tomorrow night, Dude Love will make the City of Brotherly Love laugh. Mick Foley will be performing his stand-up comedy show, Tales from Wrestling Past at the Helium Comedy Club. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sheamus will be available for autographs and photo ops from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Adventureland Store in Voorhees Town Center (formerly Echelon Mall). If you want to meet Sheamus, you must buy tickets beforehand. Tickets are $100 and available on the store's website.

Philadelphia's Best Buy (on Columbus Blvd.) will host Kofi Kingston on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.