On August 1, 2006 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, CM Punk made his WWE television debut on that week’s episode of ECW on SciFi, where he defeated ECW Original Justin Credible. Almost instantly, and thanks to a series of excellent pre-taped promos where he discussed his true-to-life straight edge lifestyle, emphasizing the movement’s disciplinary aspects of living drug-and-alcohol-free. Continue reading Relive CM Punk’s WWE Television Debut Match…
In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the background, the event itself, and the aftermath of WWE’s final ECW-branded pay-per-view event, 2006’s December to Dismember. Let’s just say it was the final one for a reason… Continue reading ECW December to Dismember 2006 – Doc’D #64
Oh Lord, the wonky buzzing noise! Sorry about that. Anyway, in this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history and lasting legacy of the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, otherwise known as the ECW Arena, the world’s most famous bingo hall. Continue reading The 2300/ECW Arena – Doc’D #48
Before he was the elder statesman of the NXT roster, before he hung out with Edge & Christian in high-profile WWE matches, and before being the ballistic missile of Pal Heyman’s ECW (and being its final champion before closing its doors), Rhyno had wrestled a few matches with WCW (and WWF) 20 years ago. After watching the match above, I took note of a couple of things:
- His Name: this is ‘Rhyno: Year One’ if you will (as in if you will allow me to make a Batman: Year One reference), as he wrestled under the name Terry Richards.
- His Opponent: Rhyno’s taking on “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and yet I know it’s just something Duggan does, why does he chant “U-S-A” chant against American opponents?
- The Guy in the Crowd: At around 2:18, you’ll see some doe marking out something fierce when Duggan starts doing mounted punches.
- That Set: Remember those entrance ramp doors from WCW Saturday Night? Pretty sci-fi for southern-based “wrasslin’,” huh?
We here at The PractitioNERD enjoy when the worlds of art meet professional wrestling (see HERE and HERE), and this story is no different. Al Creed, a Canadian artist, uses a minimal, old-school (and very 8-bit) design technique to create unique, classic video-game inspired images of WWE and NXT Superstars. Here’s Al to tell you a little more about himself after the break. Also, yes, that IS Macho Man Randy Savage as Bonesaw from 2002’s Spider-Man on the top row, 2nd from the right. OOOOOH YEEEEEAH!!!! Continue reading Check Out this Awesome WWE Old School 8-Bit Fan Art!!
In this month’s pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary ventures to the revived land of extreme to discuss the 2005 edition of ECW One Night Stand. Continue reading ECW One Night Stand 2005 – Doc’D #16
It’s time for Episode 119 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses floating architecture in Nigeria, how to hack an MP3 player and an old cassette tape, a Behind The Music style look at a Nintendo Rock Band, and some of the best matches on the WWE Network! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119
Let’s be honest: there’s a HECKUVA LOT of wrestling matches to choose from on the WWE Network (granted that it includes matches from WWE, WCW, ECW, SMW, AWA, NWA, WCCW, etc.); meaning that it takes a good amount of browsing to dig past the less-than-good matches in order to find the gems. You also have to take into consideration that there are varied factors in what a good match comprises of, whether that’s the type of match, the build of the workers, the flow of a match, and the intensity of the match. According to this (in my honest opinion) spot-on series of lists by the gang at Bleacher Report, here are some of the best matches to watch over on the good ol’ network, ranging by the best technical, high-flying, bloody, cage-style, underrated, and tag team type of matches, including which event that match takes place. Continue reading Here’s Some of the Best Wrestling Matches on the WWE Network!
It’s time for Episode/Room 112 (and bring four friends) of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses floating prisons, the smart-waterbottle, a refugee camp’s PS2-arcade & my favorite Paul Heyman promos! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading The Floating Prisons of Paul Heyman – WIRed #112
Whether it’s as Paul Heyman or Paul E. Dangerously, as the boss of ECW, Brock Lesnar’s agent or the manager of any other wrestler, you’d have to admit that Paul Heyman is one of the most captivating wrestling characters of all time. Few people in the business are blessed with the ability to deliver a promo that simply captivates an audience, but Heyman is definitely one of them, because when he talks, we listen. Heyman has been in the business for over 25 years, and I’ve come across my three favorite iconic wrestling promos from the “Mr. Dangerously” himself, ranging from insulting the crowd, other wrestlers or his employer, Heyman’s verbal venom often knows no bounds. Continue reading My Three Favorite Paul Heyman Promos