Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Fastlane To Wrestlemania

Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins
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So, prior to this past  Sunday's WWE Fastlane Pay-Per-View event, I made some predictions on how I saw things going down.  Not just the winners and losers, but the extracurriculars that typically go along with wrestling, as well.  By that, I mean, the fun stuff.

I'd say I did pretty good, this time.  I batted around five-hundred.  Let's take a look.

Dolff Ziggler, Ryback, Erick Rowen vs The Authority

I picked the good guys, and specifically, I expected Ziggler to be the one to pin, Rollins.

I couldn't have been more wrong, here.

Seth Rollins curb-stomped them all over again.  It was basically a rehash of the previous Smackdown, except for one thing.  Randy Orton, The Apex Predator, showed up to take out The Authority, and run them out.

I'm not real sure where this is going, yet.  But I do love the Apex Predator.

Goldust vs Stardust

I picked Stardust


Goldust technically won the match, however, Stardust got the last laugh back stage, by demolishing Goldie, and telling off his dad.  The makeup smeared, but didn't come off.  This rivalry will continue for a while, to no ones enjoyment.

The Usos vs Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

I picked the Usos


I gotta tell ya, I was stunned to see the Usos lose their belts to Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.  This one blew me away.  The Usos are the most polarizing tag-team in the WWE, and they just lost their belts to two of the least interesting players in the tag-team division.  That's lame, but whatever.  A rivalry is born.

Triple H vs Sting

I picked Sting

I guess in a way, I was correct, although they didn't have an actual match.  The two tried to get the drop on one-another, and Sting got the better of Triple H.  He even had Triple H corned with a baseball bat, and motioned towards the Wrestlemania sign, indicating that they should meet again, there.  Triple H agreed.

Then Sting dropped Triple H on his head, knocking him unconscious.  I'm going with Sting won, sort of.

The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins
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Nikki Bella vs Paige

I picked Nikki

Fairly Correct

Nikki did win, and retained her title, but I also predicted that she'd need to cheat to beat Paige.  But it looked to me like she pinned her fair and square.

Afterwards, Paige protested, saying Nikki grabbed her belt or butt, or something, but in wrestling, that's hardly cheating.

Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose
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Bad News Barrett vs Dean Ambrose

I picked Bad News Barrett, but I also picked Ambrose to get disqualified by being way too crazy, after beating the hell out of Barrett.


Ambrose did beat the hell out of Barrett, before Barrett tried to literally grab his belt and completely escape the arena from any exit he could find.  Ambrose beat him and beat him and yelled and taunted the Intercontinental Champion, until he finally cornered the staggering Brit against the turn-buckle.

Then he bashed Barrett with kicks and punches, as the referee warned him to stop.  Ambrose wouldn't, and was eventually disqualified.

But then, here's the part I didn't see.  Ambrose grabbed the Intercontinental Belt, and took off with it, even though he lost.


Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt
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Bray Wyatt and The Undertaker

I predicted Bray Wyatt going after the creepyest spot on the WWE roster, and he did indeed.

The Undertaker's music began to play, a number of torch bearers walked out in a line, and then a coffin was slowly wheeled out to the ring.

Out popped Bray Wyatt, and he called out the Undertaker for Wrestlemania.  So, there you go.

Guess what Bray Wyatt?  After the Undertaker, watch out for Finn Balor.

Rusev vs John Cena

I picked Rusev, with some outside assistance


For the most part, I got this one correct.  Cena and Rusev beat the hell out  of each other, each man having a legitimate chance of winning, until Lana, Rusev's lady friend, or whatever, stepped into the ring, to distract the referee, and Rusev gave Cena a shot in the stones.

Winner Rusev, but by less than legitimate means.

Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns

I picked NO ONE, filled with The Authority interference.

I was dead wrong

It was a slugfest, and the battle was awesome.  Both men had a chance to win, but Reigns pinned Bryan fair and square, securing his spot at Wrestlemania.

Good for you Roman Reigns.

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I also predicted the return of Sheamus.  I didn't happen.  Instead, Randy Orton came back.

When will the Celtic Warrior be returning?  I can't believe we'll have to wait until Wrestlemania.

Closing Notes:

All in all, I thought this was gang-busters.  On my predictions, I went 5-for-5, and it was miles above last months Royal Rumble.  The Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns was epic, Randy Orton returned with vigor, Bray Wyatt offered his own little crazy, and Dean Ambrose, well, you know.

I wish the Divas got a little more time.  And I was disappointed that the Usos lost the belts.  But most importantly, why does a Goldust vs Stardust match even need to happen?

But I don't want to gripe over the little things.  I thought this was a great event.  Good job WWE.  I thought they did this one right.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Step Into the FastLane

Triple H, WWE
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This Sunday night, February 24, in Memphis, Tennesee, will be the WWE's next pay-per-view event, WWE Fastlane.  That sounds exciting, right?

But, can we all agree all roads lead to Wrestlemania, at this point.  I mean, every time anyone wins a match, or any kind of drama arises, Wrestlemania is always the event that gets addressed.  This Fastlane business, is like the middle son, in a family where the eldest son is a football star, and the youngest son in a concert pianist.

So, anyway, as a recent wrestling aficionado, I made predictions on The Royal Rumble, which turned out to be rather bad predictions.  So, with that, I'd like a chance to redeem myself, because, as I said before, I've found that I am rather good at picking the winners and losers, and also the in between stuff, which in wrestling is the most fun.

In the words of the Joker, "Here we go!"

Goldust vs Stardust

Ho hum.  Seriously!  Is this really happening?  Anyway, I'll take a stab.

Winner: Stardust

There's about as much relevance to this match, as there would be if Adam Rose finally had it out with his Rose Buds.  Nobody cares about Stardust and Goldust, and their elderly dad, Dusty.

This will be a feud that eventually culminates in Stardust relinquishing the makeup and re-embracing his family ties, and going back to the equally irrelevant Cody Rhodes.  His career will continue down the path of mediocrity.  WHOO!!!

Rusev vs John Cena

Rusev and Lana, WWE
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This is a match for the United States Champions belt.  John Cena is just off his loss to Brock Lesnar for the WWE Champions belt, at the Royal Rumble, and this seems a bit like a consolation prize for the 12-time WWE Champion.

I got to say, it's a bit of a shocker.  The two have had a couple of slug fests, and pissing contests on the weekly Smackdown and Raw episodes, each one getting the better of the other at one time or another.  I guess the easy money would say, John Cena will win, because, as he said himself, he is "The Face that runs the place."  But the truth is, that's exactly why taking the United States Champions belt would by kind of a slap in his face.

Can you imagine the face of the franchise defending the lowly United States Champions belt.  I mean, at this point, Cena is more important than any of his titles.  He's the guy who got rid of The Authority, and then had to bring them back.

At the same time, Rusev is a super athlete, who has never been defeated.  He's beaten Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, Big Show, and he took the United States Champions belt from the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus.  As I said, he's never been pinned as a member of the WWE roster, and that won't go away easily.

Winner: Rusev

But my real prediction is, this won't be the end of the Rusev/Cena feud.  Rusev will likely beat Cena at Fastlane, with less than honest methods.  Cena will, at times, have him on the ropes, ready to give in, but Rusev will win out, using whatever means necessary, possible even some intervention by The Authority.

Rusev and Cena will feud for a few weeks, following Fastlane, setting up his real title defense in some type of extreme rules match at Wrestlemania.  Right now, I'm thinking CAGE!

One other thing.  Cena's role in the WWE has been as a set up man lately.  He can carry a storyline like few others, but lately he's just been a rider.  Dolff Ziggler beat The Authority out of the WWE, Lesnar pinned Seth Rollins at The Royal Rumble, so I'm thinking Rusev's first loss, and the loss of his title, will be set up by Cena, but the rewards won't go to him.  I'm thinking someone else, will eventually beat Rusev at Wrestlemania.

Nikki Bella vs Paige

Paige and Nikki Bella, WWE
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Here's another title defense.  Nikki Bella puts her Divas title on the line, against the UK goth, Paige.  First of all, Nikki never travels without her sister Brie at her side.  So, Paige will be at an immediate disadvantage.  Also, the Bella Twins have been torturing Paige, like the queen bees in high school to the geeky girl in glasses.

All the while, Paige has handled it with the greatest of grace, setting her up as the better diva.  However, that's not enough for her to win.  Not at Fastlane, anyway.

Winner: Nikki Bella

But, my real prediction is, this will be a ten-minute, or less match, with the Bella's cheating for the win, and only making Paige look better.  This will be a big charade to set up Nikki's second title defense against Paige, at Wrestlemania.

The Usos vs Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

I'm not even sure why this match is happening.  Recently, these guys had singles matches between them, that both Tyson Kidd and Cesaro had won.  They also had three-way matches, that included the wives of Jimmy Uso, Naomi and Tyson Kidd, Natalya.  Most recently, Jimmy Uso had a match against Tyson Kidd, that never finished.  Rusev barged in, demolished everyone, screamed a bunch of Russian, and John Cena, and that was it.

Winner: The Usos

This rivalry has been played up ad infinitum, lately, but just like when Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose had their feud with the New Day, this match is irrelevant.

The tag-teams right now, look just a little too much like, The Usos, and then everybody else.  I mean, Gold and Stardust are battling each other.  The same is true for The Miz and Mizdow.  The New Aged Outlaws have disappeared, probably to a retirement home.  And after that, who is there?

Wait, I know.  THE ASCENSION!

That's right.  The Ascension is the only other polarizing force in the tag-team world, right now.  They crushed the New Aged Outlaws.  They beat The Miz and Mizdow.  They quickly dispatched the New Day.  Next, will probably be the Primetime Players, who've recently reunited, due to Titus O'Neil stepping in to save Darren Young from The Ascension.

The Ascension should basically cut a swath through every possible tag-team combination, towards Wrestlemania, until it's obvious they are the only plausible number one contenders worthy of facing The Usos for the belts.

And then, they should have themselves a hum-dinger of a match.

Bad News Barrett vs Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose, WWE
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Don't ya just love Dean Ambrose?  I mean the guy basically said, he's going to get an Intercontinental title shot, no matter what.  So, what did he do?  He took out former Intercontinental Champions, Kurt Axel and Luke Harper, before ambushing Bad News Barrett after his match with Damien Sindow, and tied his hands to the post.  Then forced him to sign the contract.

Yah, what court of law would actually uphold this?  The WWE of course.

Ambrose will go into this fight with a face only a mother could love, and Barrett will take advantage of Ambrose's crazy.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

Don't get me wrong.  Ambrose has already beaten Barrett, and he'll get the better of him here.  But just look at Ambrose's record, with all of his feuds.

After the shield broke up, he made a bee-line for Seth Rollins.  Do you know, he never beat Rollins, not even once?  Even when it looked like he was going to win, something crazy would happen.  In his last match with Rollins, he was about to win, before Bray Wyatt intervened, and l\cost him the match.

His feud with Wyatt, was even greater.  Those two had some epic battles.  He lost the first by disqualification due to using a steel chair.  Then there was the tables, ladders and chairs match they fought, where a monitor blew up in Ambrose's face.

He also lost a Miracle on 34th Street fight, and the final ambulance match, that closed the rivalry.  The only time he beat Wyatt, was in a no disqualifications match at Tribute for the Troops, but if you look at each of the winners of that event, the most popular guy always won.

So, it's very likely, Barrett retains his belt through a disqualification win, and this sets up at least a few epic battles between the two.

There's also the fact, that Barrett is from England, and the WWE heads to Europe in the beginning of April, so they'll need their English stars to be headlining matches.

Dolff Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowen vs The Authority

This ones been somewhat exciting, because The Authority has been demolishing these three guys (especially Erick Rowen), for the past few weeks.  And this past week at Smackdown, Seth Rollins actually curb stomped, each of them, so they are all looking for some payback.

Winner: Dolff Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowen

Ziggler has the most to gain here.  He's the guy who usually rises to the challenge, and he'll likely take out J&J security, and then pin Rollins, after getting fired up, and hitting him with is best moves.

This will all happen after The Authority appears to have the three good guys basically crippled or unconscious.  But they'll find a way.  I have a feeling.

Roman Reigns vs Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan as WWE Champion
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Here's the thing.  Roman Reigns is not very good with a microphone, so rivalries aren't his thing.  It's pretty obvious, they are taking advantage of Daniel Bryan's charm, and the "Yes, Movement!" to carry Reigns to Wrestlemania.

The Authority has been putting these two guys through the ringer the past couple of weeks, and this past week on Raw, the two of them finally went at it, and it was a slugfest.  I mean, if that's what their battle will be like at Fastlane, I'll be very happy.

They went at it in the ring, out of the ring, into the crowd, and back again.  Each man jockeying for control.  It was epic.  I'm looking forward to the match.

Winner: NOBODY

WAIT, WHAT!  These two haven't been able to do anything without The Authority getting involved.  I'm thinking this match will be no different.  Big Show, Kane and/or Seth Rollins will get involved somehow, and affect the match.

There will be a double disqualification

This will give Triple H, another opportunity to come out on Monday Night Raw, and announce another "contraversy."  So, he can placate the WWE fans, and make the match at Wrestlemania a Triple-Threat match, between Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Bryan.  Or, could there possibly be another.  See my notes below.

Let's just face the facts.  In the past few weeks, I think we've all seen Reigns' true colors.  He looks great, and he's a tremendous athlete, but he can't carry a narrative.  He needs Bryan to help him along.

Triple H vs Sting

I gotta tell ya, I have no idea, so I'll go out on a limb, here.

Winner: Sting

This will offer a great rivalry between the vigilante and The Authority, where Sting will get to interrupt Triple H with more mind-blowing multimedia.  It'll be fun and exciting to see the Stinger in the WWE, and all signs point to some very interesting story telling.  I'm looking forward to seeing what this will become, because, I'll be honest, I'm not really sure what Sting is capable of.  Maybe someone could help me out here.

Other Notes:


Sheamus, WWE
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There have been ads declaring Sheamus' return, where he says, "I love to fight."  However, there's been no word on when he'll return.  Could he show up at Fastlane?

It's a possibility.  But will he be a good guy, or bad?  My money is on BAD GUY!


Remember above when I said The Authority would interfere in the Reigns vs Bryan match.  Sheamus is the perfect guy to take both of these men out.  I'm just saying.  Can you imagine the Celtic Warrior showing up to Brogue Kick Reigns and Bryan, and then declaring that he should have had a shot at the Royal Rumble if not for his injuries.

Then, Sheamus, the newest hit man for The Authority demands to be included in the Main Event at Wrestlemania.  Above, I said it will be a Triple-Threat match, right.  Well, guess what?  They did that last year.  This year, what about a fatal-four-way?  Reigns, Bryan, Lesnar and Sheamus for the WWE Championship.


Bray Wyatt

The cryptic Eater of Worlds has also been displayed in vignettes lately, where he appears to be calling someone out.  Who could it be?  It's really intriguing.

Most people have identified that he appears to be driving a nail into a coffin in one of them, and that might indicate that Wyatt is targeting the Undertaker.  It would make sense, because Wyatt is easily the next in line to take the Dead Man's eerie job, as the creepiest WWE rostered member.

However, The Undertaker has defined himself at Wrestlemania, so it's rumored that Wyatt will challenge him then, and not before.  So, what about from now until then.

Have you heard of Finn Balor?

Now you have!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Who Wants a T-Shirt? Come and Get It!

Hot Girl in a Tight T-shirt
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Hey, you like fashion?  Of course ya do.  Do you like t-shirts?  Well, who doesn't.  Then you're gonna love this.

I just happen to have a line of my own t-shirts that I offer on Zazzle.  And I'm gonna give you a run down of some of my best.  These are t-shirts with my own art on them, that you can customize with whatever text you'd like.  Some of them are all set, but others are ripe for whatever you'd like to slap on them.

And here we go.

Mission Lightning Chick

This one has got to be my best one to date.  It's a drawing, I'm real proud of.  This is one badass chick, who's come back through time, with the help of lightning to save us from whatever ales us.  You know.  That old chestnut.

Mission Lightning Chick
Mission Lightning Chick
by Jackson Thom

Blast From the Past Chick, goes hand-in-hand with Lightning Chick.  She's everything her partner is, and much much more, along with crazy pink hair, and a wicked sword.  She's barely dressed, but she can take down a whole band of marauders.

Blast From the Past Chick
Black From the Past Chick
by Jackson Thom

Here's something for the holidays.  It's a leprechaun to show your St. Paddies day pride.  Drink and grin, and let everyone know what you're all about with this amazing t-shirt that says, "YEAH, I'm Irish, DAMN IT...for now!

Drunken Leprechaun For St. Paddies Day
Drunken Leprechaun For St. Paddies Day
by Jackson Thom

Here's another one for the holiday season.  This one's for Halloween.  It's a skeleton rising from the grave, just in time to frighten passers by.  But don't be scared.  It's safe.  It promise...maybe???

Skeleton From the Dark
Skeleton From the Dark
by Jackson Thom

Show the world you're an artist, or at least you can handle a pencil.  This is one based on the English sign that reads, "Keep Calm and Carry On."  But it has a slight twist for the penciler to enjoy, with a hand tooling away, and the words that read, "Keep Calm and Learn to Draw."  Let people know what you're all about.

Keep Calm and Learn To Draw
Keep Calm and Learn To Draw
by Jackson Thom

Who's ever dreamed of having their own ninja army at their very own beckoned call?  Well, now you can have one, on a t-shirt.  And space ninjas to boot.  What do you think of that?

Space Ninjas, Go!
Space Ninjas, Go!
by Jackson Thom

This is a concept I had for a special soldier called Sword Six.  He's a special ops ninja soldier, who can go anywhere, anytime and execute anything necessary.  So why not wear him on a t-shirt?

Sword Six
Sword Six
by Jackson Thom

This is something I originally made as a background for something else, but I liked the way it looked so much, that I thought it deserved its own t-shirt.  So, here is Wild Moon Space Art.  It's an inter-planetary look at something wild and crazy.  I hope you enjoy.

Wild Moon Space Art
Wild Moon Space Art
by Jackson Thom

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Top Five WWE Divas

AJ Lee, Paige and Nikki Bella, WWE
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A few days ago, I reviewed the Top Five TNA Impact Knockouts.  So, now it's the Divas of WWE who get a turn.

Unlike TNA, the WWE doesn't put much emphasis on their Divas division, and the Divas they do have, don't stand out with the same chutzpah of the TNA Knockouts, but all the same, I figured they deserved a fair look.

I've also taken a closer look into this, and how the WWE shouldn't forget about them.  They should really try to inject a little more attitude, and relevance into the Divas.

Anyway, I believe the Divas of the WWE deserve a closer look see, so how about it?  Are you ready?

Well, alright then.  Without further ado, here are the top 5 Divas of the WWE.

5. Brie Bella
She's married to the inspirational beard, Daniel Bryan, and she's the older sibling in the Bella Twins.  In many ways she's the forgotten Bella, but she did have a fierce rivalry with her own sister, but now she kind of just follows her younger like a shadow.  Either way, though, she's definitely one of the best in the Divas division, and she comes in here at #5.

4. Naomi
She's married to one-half of the tag-team champion Uso brothers, and she's a force to be reckoned with on her own.  Naomi is clearly one of the most athletic Divas in the WWE, and her booty itself places her near the top of any man's list.  On this one, she finds herself at #4.

3. Natalya
Natalya is the veteran of this group, and the first ever third-generation female wrestler.  It's in her blood, as she came from the infamous Hart family that also produced Bret and Owen Hart.  She's married to up-and-comer Tyson Kidd, but she can hold her own with her six-shooter special finishing move.

2. Nikki Bella
Nikki is easily the most popular of the Bella Twins.  She's married to John Cena, and she's the current Divas Champion.  But it's her back-side swing entrance that most people remember her for.  She and her sister Brie are rarely seen apart, and they've recently begun playing the part of heels, torturing the other Divas that challenge them for their status.

1. Paige
Paige is not your typical Diva.  She's from Norwich, Norfolk, England, and she's the only Diva to hold both the NXT Divas Championship and the Divas Championship at the same time.  She's clearly the next big thing in the Divas division, and Nikki Bella will have all she can handle in this up coming FastLane, when she has to defend her title against the ravishing Paige.

There you have it.  The top five Divas of WWE.  Did I get them all right?  Who would you add?  There are plenty I left off, like AJ Lee, Cameron, Summer Rae, Eve, or what about STEPHANIE MCMAHON HERSELF!

Go on, and make your own list, and tell me all about it.  Good luck!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Top Five TNA Impact Knockouts

Velvet Sky, TNA Knockout
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Recently, I did an article about TNA Impact Wrestling, and what they've been doing that isn't exactly working.  But one thing they handle with the precision of a surgeon, is their ladies division, called the Knockouts.

TNA has a dedicated ladies division with rivalries, storylines, good gals and bad ones.  It's a thing of beauty.

I'd like a take a closer look at the best of the Knockouts division, because it is quite bountiful, and beautiful, to say the least.  So, without further ado, here are the top five Knockouts of TNA.

5. Madison Rayne

Madison Rayne was once one-third of the Beautiful People, she was the Knockouts champion once, a Playboy Playmate and also spent a short amount of time in the WWE, starts off the list at #5.

4. Taryn Terrell

Taryn Terrell started in TNA as a controversial referee.  She was later added to the roster, as a Knockout.  She became a Playboy Playmate, and she's the current Knockouts Champion.

3. Angelina Love

Angelina Love was the leader and architect of the Beautiful People.  She spent a good bit of time as the Knockouts Champion, and she routinely entered the ring with another of the top Knockouts, Velvet Sky.  It's her entrance to the ring that gains her the #3 spot.

2. Velvet Sky

As I put this list together, I actually had Velvet Sky listed at #1.  I'm a huge fan of everything she does, including her amazing Beautiful People ring entrance, to her bootylicious behind, all the way to her antics in the ring.  She's likely the most popular Knockout, but after looking at some video of one other Knockout, I just had to place her at #2.  Nothing against Velvet, but the winner is a bonafide booty champion.

1. Brooke Tessmacher

And, without futher ado, the winner is Miss Brooke Tessmacher.  It's the twerking that I couldn't get over.  I'm amazed I was able to settle on the below video, because there were so many more.  Brooke is a former swimsuit model, who's won competitions all over the country.  Her body is amazing, but her moves bring it all home.  She's also a dancer, who's appeared in numerous music videos, shaking her backside.  That's what won her the #1 spot.  Go Brooke!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Where To Get All Your WWE!?!

John Cena with Randy Orton, WWE
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A few days ago, I wrote about TNA Impact Wrestling, and how it's a great show, but not easy to find.  I mean it's one night a week, and it's only on Destination America Channel--that's cable.

So, to put that into perspective, I thought tonight, I'd show you where you can watch the WWE.

Monday Night Raw

There are so many shows for the WWE, that they literally have to name them something interesting, as well as add the name of the night it's on, as in Monday Night Raw.  Raw is shown, every Monday night, at 8:00PM, on the USA Network.

At the same time, it's also shown on the WWE Network.  And to make it even more accessible, it's offered the next day for Hulu Plus subscribers.

WWE Main Event

The thing with Main Event is, it isn't shown on any network channels.  It can only be seen on the WWE Network.  It's shown every Wednesday night at 8:00PM.  And it can be found the next day on Hulu Plus.

Main Event doesn't usually display the A-list wrestlers, but it's usually a place to get a look at some lesser known names, and a small number of the A-listers do perform against the lesser wrestlers to give the show a bit more clout.

It's also a show that gives the divas a little more time on camera.

Thursday Night Smackdown

Here's another one that requires the night it's on in its name.  Thursday Night Smackdown, much like Raw is one of the bigger shows.  The A-listers attend, and the stories and rivalries are continued in full swing.

Smackdown appears on Thursday nights at 8:00PM on Syfy Channel.  It's also shown on the WWE Network at the same time.  And it can be found on Hulu Plus, the very next day.

WWE Superstars

WWE Superstars, like Main Event doesn't appear on network TV, and it doesn't usually involve the A-list talent.  It's a place for the bottom rung players to get some air time, and to give opportunities to see some new faces, like the ones that are coming out of the NXT development program.

Superstars can be seen on the WWE Network on Friday nights at 8:00PM, and then the next day on Hulu Plus.

One thing Superstars tends to do, is it'll show the highlights of the week from the other shows, like Raw and Smackdown, to give some back story to some of the rivalries.  The A-listers that are in the highlights won't be on Superstars, but the clips can add some clout.

Pay-Per-View Events

Undertaker and Triple H at Wrestlemania
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The list of WWE Pay-Per-View Events in 2015 are:
  • January 25, 2015 Royal Rumble
  • February 22, 2015 Fastlane
  • March 29, 2015 WrestleMania 31
  • April 26, 2015 Extreme Rules
  • May 17, 2015 Payback
  • June 14, 2015  Money In The Bank
  • July 19, 2015 Battleground
  • August 23, 2015 SummerSlam
  • September 20, 2015 Night of Champions
  • October 25, 2015 Hell in a Cell
  • November 22, 2015 Survivor Series
  • December 13, 2015 TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs
These are really the end all be all of events, and they usually see the fruition of all the build up of rivalries, and storylines.  These can't be seen on any network TV stations, or Hulu Plus.  They are pay-per-view, and as such, they are only viewable, on the WWE Network, which costs $9.99 a month.

Oddly enough, you will see that these pay-per-view events, have been strategically set up to have one-per month, sort of ensuring that subscribers will continue to pay for each and every month.


So, there you go.  The WWE is almost everywhere.  They've saturated the wrestling market to the point that TNA is just a tiny blip on the radar.  I'm not sure how they can survive, when the WWE is pretty much everywhere.

Monday, February 2, 2015

TNA Impact Wrestling??? What Is You?

Miss Tessmacher on the Ropes, Impact Wrestling
Miss Tessmacher on the Ropes, Impact Wrestling
Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons License by Ed Webster
Have you heard of TNA Impact Wrestling?

The TNA stands for Total Non Stop Wrestling, and it's supposed to indicate a bit more of an extreme style of wrestling than what the WWE has to offer.  If you take a look at some of the matches, and the roster, you'll see that they are indeed off the hook.

All matches take place in Hollywood Studios, Florida, and many of them require tables, fire or other such extra items.

One of the things that TNA does very well, is the handling of their lady wrestlers ,which they call Knockouts.  In a previous blog post, this is something I indicated, that the WWE could do a better job of.  As in, Don't Forget the Ladies.

Miss Tessmacher and Velvet Sky
Miss Tessmacher and Velvet Sky
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Anyway, the WWE could use a little of what TNA has to offer.  Their women's roster is loaded with buxom young beauties, and wouldn't you know it, they give them storylines and rivalries, just like the guys.  That's crazy right?

However, take a moment now, and try to figure out how easy it is to watch TNA Impact Wrestling?  Go ahead, I'll wait...

That sure took a while.  Right?

I mean, they use to at least be shown once a week on Spike Channel, but now, where are they?  DESTINATION AMERICA???  I mean, COME ON!

The WWE has RAW, Smackdown, Superstars and Main Event, and they're on USA and SYFY Channel.  Those are easy to find.  Destination America doesn't show up in my area until Channel #147, that's pretty far down.

But that's not even my biggest problem with this.  I don't have cable, so now how can I watch?  WWE has the WWE Network at just $9.99.  I have a ROKU.  How am I supposed to watch TNA Impact Wrestling?

The answer is, I can't.

That's right.  This is the insane alternative wrestling that doesn't offer any kind of insane alternative viewing capabilities.  If you don't pony up for BIG CABLE, you can forget it.

No, No, really!  You can forget about watching this second class wrestling show.  There's just no chance.  If you don't have mainstream TV, you'll have to settle for the mainstream WWE.  Which is just fine by me.  I like the WWE.

But what about TNA?  Don't they want new viewership?

At the end of 2014, they were dropped by Spike TV.  They tried to be a travelling show, much like the WWE, but the costs were just too high, so they settled for being a one location shop, making their home Universal Studios.

They grab any roster stars the WWE throws away, like Sting, Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam.  They are also losing rostered wrestlers like flies.  They recently cut lose stars Velvet Sky and Bully Ray, who are together in real like.

Bully Ray
Bully Ray
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Interestingly enough, Bully Ray started on WWE, and recently made a surprise appearance as one of the entrants in the WWE's Royal Rumble.

So, what to do?


It's just a thought.

I mean Roku, Apple TV, Chrome Stick and Amazon Fire are taking over.  Think about it TNA, you could offer 24/7 subscriptions, and if you watch what WWE has done, they just rerun everything they have.

Even if TNA doesn't offer their own subscription service, why not put all old episodes on Hulu Plus.  I mean, that right there will get you some new viewers.  I know Hulu is how my family got into the WWE.

But, whatever, TNA, just go ahead and rot on Destination Whatever.  What do I care?

Velvet Sky, Knockouts Champion
Velvet Sky, Knockouts Champion
Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons License by Mike Kalisnik
The truth is, though.  I've seen a few of the episodes, and they have some great entertainment, and it'd be a shame to see it go to waste.