Comedian & Pro Wrestling Fan Ron Funches talks about Enrolling in Pro Wrestling School on CONAN

You may have seen Ron Funches on NBC’s Undateable or on Comedy Central’s @midnight, and if you’ve ever seen/heard his stand-up you’d know that he’s a longtime fan of  professional wrestling. He even has a great bit about how to handle people who tell him wrestling is fake (because OF COURSE the fans already know it’s scripted and predetermined), and, to be hones, it’s a really good retort for keeping the “Negative Nancys” and those drunk off “haterade” at bay.  However, Ron is taking his love for the medium to an whole ‘nutha level by actually taking pro wrestling classes, and he explains on Conan, (in the above video) why he’s doing it. Continue reading “Comedian & Pro Wrestling Fan Ron Funches talks about Enrolling in Pro Wrestling School on CONAN”

Haunted Homes, Floppy HDDs, Syphon Filter & Failed Comebacks – WIRed #19

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This week on WIRed, Some of the more architecturally scariest homes in horror, how to use that old floppy drive of the past with your computer of today through MAGIC & some DIY hacking, how “Syphon Filter” almost never happened, and you may or may not call it a comeback…but it won’t always guarantee WWE success.   Continue reading “Haunted Homes, Floppy HDDs, Syphon Filter & Failed Comebacks – WIRed #19”

Absolute Intense Wrestling’s “Absolute Intern” Online Reality Show

Whenever the terms “reality television” and “professional wrestling” come together, the first thing that usually comes to mind would be the successful Tough Enough series from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  From it’s original run on MTV from 2001 to 2003 (not counting the competition on WWE Smackdown — sans its own show — in 2004), and it’s revival last year on the USA Network, the … Continue reading Absolute Intense Wrestling’s “Absolute Intern” Online Reality Show

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PUNK vs. BRYAN for the WWE Title at WWE Over The Limit

Indeed, on Sunday May 20th, Christmas will be coming early this year.

To the involved and dedicated wrestling fans, or “smart marks” (a.k.a. “smarks”),we felt that a championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan (or “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson) was destined to happen; it would just be a matter of time. Both wrestlers had made names for themselves on the hard-knock independent wrestling circuit (including stints in Ring of Honor) all over the world.  Punk and Bryan both have old-school wrestling backgrounds and styles, making them among the purest of athletes and finest technicians in the business (something that not as common nowadays). Both of their world title reigns were possibly the most dominant and popular in late-2011 to early-2012. Finally, in three short weeks at WWE Over the Limit, they will both meet again, but this time a world title will be on the line. Continue reading “PUNK vs. BRYAN for the WWE Title at WWE Over The Limit”

"Bring back WWE King of the Ring," says WWE.com

I’ve been saying this OVER & OVER & OVER again since 2003.

In this article from WWE.com, writer Michael Burdick discusses his wish for the WWE to bring back King of the Ring, one of the company’s trademark and (formally) annual events, citing the history-making moments and the potiential of increasing talent credentials with current WWE stars.   What began as a annual live show in 1985 and became an annual pay-per-view event in 1993, WWE cancelled the event after the 2002 edition, only to bring it back in a small-scale form in 2006, 2008, and 2010 during episodes of RAW or SmackDown. Continue reading “"Bring back WWE King of the Ring," says WWE.com”

Grantland’s Shane Ryan on Ric Flair’s Personal Struggles…

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO—-uh-oh!!! Man, it really sucks to hear anything negative about someone you respect and admire.  When it comes to professional wrestling, one of the names that gets tossed out among a discussion of “the best ever” is Ric Flair, the “Nature Boy” himself.  We’re talking about a man who legitimately broke his back in a plane crash and managed to come back to have on of the … Continue reading Grantland’s Shane Ryan on Ric Flair’s Personal Struggles…

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Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)

Okay everyone: THIS. IS. WRESTLING.

Above is the final 8:30 minutes of the “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at NWA Starrcade 1985 between Tully Blanchard (Champion; accompanied by Baby Doll) and Magnum T.A. (Challenger) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match (in its entirety, anyway) embodies my opinions of the best types of wrestling matches: it depended more on telling the story of the match to the audience through the flow of the match, rather than depend on a series of disjointed short spots like most wrestling matches today do.   Continue reading “Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)”

WWE vs. TNA vs. ROH. Who Wins? Wrestling Fans Win!!

Later this month, Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH) will return to television from HDNet, to the more-available Sinclair Broadcast Group networks (includes over-the-air stations Fox, ABC, The CW, and MyNetworkTV).  With ROH’s return to television, the professional wrestling scene in the United States will become more interesting, especially since World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) are already in the picture.  Why is that, you ask. One word: COMPETITION.   Continue reading “WWE vs. TNA vs. ROH. Who Wins? Wrestling Fans Win!!”

Please WWE, bring back the old Undisputed Title Belt

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE, Bring THIS belt back!!! This Sunday at WWE SummerSlam, WWE Champion John Cena will face WWE Champion CM Punk.  Yes, you read that correctly; both men are recognized as WWE Champion. Here’s some backstory: Punk defeated Cena last month for the title at the “Money in the Bank” pay-per-view, his contract expired that midnight, and he left WWE.  I posted a previous blog concerning … Continue reading Please WWE, bring back the old Undisputed Title Belt

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Earl Caddock vs. Joe Stecher (1920): Oldest Pro Wrestling on Film

This is about as OLD SCHOOL as it can get (or at least since it’s a miracle that the film survived)!