Shakin' My Head: Warrior ain't so crazy, One Night Stand's glorious card, the rebirth of the NWA, the Fantasy Tag Team Tournament finals, Loser of the Week, plus much more!!
Boo-yah, here we go!!
Item #1 Ė Itís been a slow week.
While Iíve been crazy busy with the new job and all, it hasnít been the biggest of barn-burners in the wrestling world this week. I mean, all the firings happened last week. All the injuries happened last week. All the title changes happened last week. You know itís been a slow week when the biggest story is that Rob Van Dam didnít get released as reported online elsewhere (oops!).
So what now? Well, letís take a look at some of the smaller things goiní on...
Item #2 Ė Warrior isnít as big a f*cktard as originally thought.
You may or may not know about the latest ďIron Sheik is one crazy motherf*ckerĒ incident...and if you havenít please get re-acquainted with Sheiky here.
Okay...now that this YouTube gloriousness is out of the way, letís turn to the man at the center of Mr. Humbleís wrath...Warrior. As youíre probably aware, this man has gone on to spew more nonsensical bullsh*t over the past five to ten years on his website than the National Rodeo Association. The guy is incredibly insane and his online diatribes only went to prove that the guy was nuts.
Well...his response to the "Video Heard ĎRound a Couple of Blocks" was actually tame in comparison to past posts...
The video clip, you would think, is pretty self-explanatory: there ARE former pro-wrestling talent who are "self-destructing," but not yours truly. When (supposedly) respected, online wrestling journalists watch the video and review the incident with comments such as, "Warrior can't seem to prevent himself from self-destructing" and "Why is it that all these former pro-wrestlers can't make their lives work outside the ring," you know former pro-wrestlers aren't the only ones abusing booze and dope.
I laugh at this because Iím wondering who in the world accused Warrior of self-destructing after viewing this video? Itís clear as day that the Sheik is as crazy as hell. Anyhoo...Iím interrupting:
You have to be an absolute moron to come to these conclusions after watching this video. Or either you have to be a Warrior hater. A-HA!! There we have it. WHATEVER Warrior does, it is a failure, wrong, and self-destructive. Regular visitors and correspondents to Warrior Web know I could give a rat's ass what these morons think ó or anybody else for that matter. I only mention the lunacy here because there are those of you who've been long-time fans and supporters, for all the truly positive and constructive reasons, who do take it somewhat personally when you read and hear this contemptible bullshit.
Oh yeah?? Well....ummm...I donít visit your site regularly. SO THERE!
What you see on the video beyond Sheik's obvious and maniacal self-destruction ó not anything new to him but kept secret by his fawning, fearful industry marks ó is one of my long-expressed principles of life in action: "There's nothing so embarrassing or intimidating as another human being who can kick your ass with their mind."
Dammit...Iím agreeing with him. I, for one, have always been able to defend myself with smart-ass comebacks and remarks. Of course, Iíve pissed a LOT of people off because Iíve used my mind instead of my fists when it came to disputes. Maybe turning the other cheek isnít all itís cracked up to be.
Címon, Warrior...say something homophobic! Youíre not supposed to be this lucid! (shh...I think there's a second Warrior)
For the last ten years at Warrior Web I've been telling you about it and, more, telling you who I am. I don't know why so many are still always surprised when I bring into action what I've long put into words. My reaction to Sheik's confrontation parallels perfectly the principled, classy, and classical, behavior standards I've held myself to for years. If anyone has any evidence otherwise, send it to me and I'll post it.
Okay...Iíve got him here. Letís face it, his ďclassy and classical behavior standardsĒ would probably make sense if he was talking about how he runs his personal or even his business life. I have no doubt that Mrs. Warrior and his little Warrior rug-rats think he acts normally at home, regardless of that little name change thing. However, we all know this not to be true. This (my personal favorite) and this are just two prime examples of somebody who is trying to make a point but goes about it in such a way that heís surprised and shocked that nobody wants to jump on his bandwagon to join in the fun.
You donít have to agree or even disagree with his views...thatís not the point of what Iím saying. The point is that this guy normally spews out stuff like this:
"As for you, Booby Heenan, itís just too difficult to keep a straight face talking about the pure two-faced bag of shit you are (and have always been), what, with you also actually wearing one as a piece of body jewelry. You are dying, dis-eased on the inside, and no more time is left to get back any of the integrity that matters the most on deathís bed. Imagine what it will be like, lying there taking in your last breaths, knowing you whored yourself out your whole life, and had to, in your final years, be faced with emptying your own personal shit bag affirming to you the true value of what you achieved in your life. Not even Vince could come up with a better finish than this. Karma is just a beautiful thing to behold." - Warrior, 2005
Ummm...yeah. Thatís the Warrior I know and love. But this time we get this:
I'm not a two-faced hypocrite. I did not know Sheik was going to be there or that he would attempt to come up and shake my hand. Doesn't matter, my reaction in these instances is automatic. You lyingly smear me, I let you know I don't appreciate it and I don't befriend you. Period. If the Sheik or anyone else has a real problem with me, then be brave enough to step out from behind your two-faced hypocrisy, step up, voice your beef like a man and take your best swat and let the fun begin. But please, just shut the fuck up telling me through your computers, online wrestling interviews, idiotic youtube shoot interviews, and shameful public outbursts how tough you are, how much of a queer you claim I am, how much you despise the disrespect I've shown to your so highly respectable industry, how worthless Ultimate Warrior was to the businessÖ.blah, blah, blah. If you want to fight, quit cutting promos and grab your best hold.
Dammit...I want to really dislike this guy. Maybe heís finally realizing that he doesnít have to use thirteen syllable words to get his point across. Regardless...if Iím here actually telling people that Warrior isnít sounding insane in his latest online rant, then you just KNOW itís been one slow-ass week.
Item #3 Ė One Night Stand only two weeks away.
Okay...so the ďECWĒ is pretty much gone from the title. Good thing, too...because youíre going to have to watch John Cena vs. the Great Khali in an extreme rules match. Sound hardcore enough for ya??
I love that pic. Anyway...in addition to that amazing match-up weíre going to be treated to the blow-off (presumably) to the Vince McMahon vs. Bobby Lashley feud. On top of that, youíre gonna get last yearís ONS hero, Edge, going up against Mr. Hardcore Legend himself...well, I canít spoil it for you until you watch SmackDown tonight. Safe to say that itíll end up being a steel cage match and itíll probably be the last match on the card.
So what else can WWE throw together in a week in order to get a respectable buy-rate? Well, just the fact that the entire PPV will be wrestled under ďextreme rulesĒ is probably good for about 50,000 buys at least...so then what?
Please...ONS is gonna suck. Now if the name changed I might have a different interpretation of it. If the name changed, then I wouldnít be reminded of the awesomeness that was ONS 1 and even the greatness that was ONS 2. Those were two well-crafted pay-per-views that really catered to an audience and brought in decent buyrates. Now? Iím going to forever compare future ONSís to the first two...and even the complete disintegration of anything considered "ECW Original" wonít change my mind on that.
Item #4 Ė The NWA is back up for grabs.
As much as the NWA got totally screwed in their ďrelationshipĒ with TNA (whenís the last time you saw any independent NWA promotion get ad time during Impact?), branching off on their own couldnít have happened at a better time.
Listen, there is a growing fanbase out in ďmiddle AmericaĒ that has developed into quite a little clique. These are the fans that buy 5,000+ Ring of Honor DVDís every couple of weeks or who keep indies like PWG and JAPW going every month. These are the fans who flood wrestling message boards and who believe that they are smarter than the next guy when it comes to analyzing or explaining todayís wrestling scene (I know, I know...pot meet kettle...shut up).
The NWA, in todayís form especially, will have one title that is defended all over the country at various NWA indie promotions. The NWAís fanbase (i.e. the niche people) will find this an extremely exciting time because you will truly get to see greatness. How so? Well, how many times do you think people back in the 80s didnít get to see the NWA on a weekly basis when people like Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, or Ric Flair were champion on TV? Okay...how many of those people do you think got to see those champions travel the country wrestling in smaller feds like Georgia, Florida, Memphis, and Seattle and take on the local champions or ďnumber one contendersĒ once or twice a year?
Now, Iím not going to try comparing the current NWA to the 80s-era version, but the concept is the same. Listen, if I know that Joe Blow is the local wrestling dude and that (for an example) the new NWA champion Bryan Danielson is traveling through just to give him a single shot at the title...do you think Iím more likely than not to go out and see that match? I mean, even if I donít really know Joe Blow at all, just the notion that a global title (and it will be defended all over the globe once a new champion is crowned) will be defended against a guy who lives just down the street from me will be a very cool thing to see.
Whether itís Danielson or Brent Albright or Claudio Castagnoli or Adam Pearce or ďThe BomberĒ Nelson Creed...the whole notion of an international title and a single, solitary traveling champion (as opposed to creating some big new federation) is extremely intriguing to me. I, for one, cannot wait to see where this leads. My first pick would be Albright, but I can definitely see Danielson winning this one as he, much like Ric Flair during his prime OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO (sorry...just had to stress that point), can make almost anybody shine in almost any kind of match that heís involved in. Making others look good is the sign of a very good wrestler. Making others look good while also making yourself look good is the sign of greatness.
Hereís hoping the NWA gives their ball to the right person and that they run with it.
Item #5 Ė Tag team tournament finals!
Alright...this is it. After weeks of voting, the 64-team tournament is down to its final two teams. So how did it go? Did the craftiness of Edge & Christian win out over the power moves of the Steiner Brothers in their prime? Did the Hart Foundation use Jimmy Hartís megaphone to sneak by the British Bulldogs?
Well, here are the winners of the semi-finals:
...wait for it...
Yeah...Iím a little surprised myself. I was even more surprised to know that neither match-up was particularly close. I keep saying it every week and itís so true...your EVERY single vote means everything in a tournament like this. And now weíre down to two. Just remember, each team is to be judged based upon their skills during the height of their popularity/success (i.e. their prime). So vote by e-mailing me at Zah@worldwrestlinginsanity.com or send a PM to me on the message board. Either way, let your voice be heard!
Oh...and please................................no wagering.
The Steiner Brothers vs. The Hart Foundation
Summary: I love this. While the Steiners of today almost destroy their legacy much like Ric Flair is doing to his, the simple fact of the matter is that the Steiner Brothers re-defined what a power-wrestler could do. Not only that, but they re-defined how a power tag team should perform. Never was it thought that a man the size of ScottĒMullet MeĒ Steiner could perform a move like the Frankensteiner. Never was it thought that a top-rope bulldog could be performed without seriously injuring somebody every single time (yeah I know...but f*ck Bagwell...he was a pussy anyway). Very few teams made me truly believe in the ďartĒ of tag team wrestling the way the Steiner brothers did.
Of course, the first team that made me a believer was a heel team that was created out of creative desperation. Bret ďHitmanĒ Hart and Jim ďThe AnvilĒ Neidhart originally teamed together just so they could have something to do. Throw in Jimmy ďMouth of the SouthĒ Hart, a megaphone, and a few months of gelling as a team and you ended up with a team that was truly innovative and influential in terms of what a tag team should be (power guy + speed/finesse guy).
Wow...Iím glad Iím not the one to decide this one. I could go either way. Luckily, itís your vote that will determine the greatest (i.e. the most popular) tag team of
Item #6 Ė Season finales.
I mentioned last week how much I love May television. Thankfully, I wasnít let down over the past week. After a killer episode of CSI last week, I was treated to a two-hour extravaganza in Lost. Add to that Jordan as your American Idol and that hot chick winning the Dancing With The Stars show with that figure skater dude with the fíd-up facial hair...and itís been a pretty good week for TV.
Iím even looking forward to some of the summer replacement reality shows. The first episode of On The Lot was intriguing and Iím looking forward to episode two. And of course, summer wouldnít be the summer without Julie Chen pimping out Big Brother three times a week.
WHAT??? Big Brother isnít on CBSís schedule??? WTF?!?!?!?! Christ on a cracker...I guess Iím stuck watching Pirate Master instead.
Item #7 Ė LOSER OF THE WEEK.
Each and every week, I pick somebody (not necessarily always from wrestling) who has either acted in a dumb way, said something stupid, or generally was an idiot in some way, shape, or form. This week nobody really stood out for me. However, I think I can find somebody based on the headlines going around the sports world Ladies and gents, ZAHís Loser of the Week simply has to be...
Well, itís not too hard to figure this one out. One day Giambi is saying that heís made ďmistakesĒ in the past and the next heís in front of a Yankee firing squad with only the slightest of life left in him.
Okay...Giambi is having a brutal year. Horrible, in fact...at least horrible for somebody getting paid $120 million over seven years to produce. Heís hitting .260 with only six home runs and 19 RBIís. Ouch.
But it gets worse. The guy is quoted in USA Today saying, ďI was wrong for doing that stuff. ... Steroids and all of that was a part of history. But it was a topic that everybody wanted to avoid. Nobody wanted to talk about it.Ē
So then the Yankees were rumored to have put a bad season and a possible steroid scandal together and found that they equaled perhaps voiding the rest of Giambiís contract. THEN it was rumored that Giambi had recently failed a drug test for amphetamines (!!).
Wow...can his week get much worse? Well...he could have gotten fired, I guess. The fact that he didnít doesnít take away from the horrid week that he had. Therefore, for being a dope (You like the double-entendre?? ZAH says donít use drugs, kiddies!!) and getting caught, congratulations go out to Jason Giambi for being ZAHís Loser of the Week!
Pillar to Post
Sorry gang. A very busy week prevented me from getting my questions out this week. But fear not, Iíve already got my three readers all lined up for next week and theyíre raring to go. Ever thought of being a guest columnist yourself? I mean, Iíve got some openings over the next month or two and Iím looking forward to seeing who gets to join me as a guest columnist.
No problem. Seriously...itís not a problem at all. Itís a whole new year and my waiting list is sitting at one so NOW is the time for you to participate. Really...RIGHT NOW!! You can let me know either by e-mailing me at Zah@worldwrestlinginsanity.com or hitting me up at ZAH Nation, found in the Insanity Message Board and letting me know that youíd like to participate. Also, donít forget to stop by my MySpace page and add me.
So until next weekÖ
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