WWE NXT Scouting Report for Recent Signee Kevin Steen  The news broke a while back that that indy wrestling marvel Kevin Steen was signed to World Wrestling Entertainment and will make his debut in the NXT division of the company soon.  Steen is the latest big-name talent signing to come to WWE, as he is a versatile in-ring performer, a magnetic talker and just a unique all-around talent. Hopefully, this is a sign of  WWE‘s dedication to building new stars regardless if they fit the typical Superstar mold, especially after the recent signings of Fergal Devitt and Kenta (in a sense, CM Punk — along with Daniel Bryan — DID change things). The Quebec, Canada, native has been wrestling for over a decade, beginning his career wrestling at flea markets outside of Montreal back in 2000, and has since become one of the most popular indy wrestlers and one of the most successful stars of Ring of Honor (which was helped since he held their world title for nearly a year).  But my words won’t do this guy justice, so here are a few videos to showcase the prowess of Kevin Steen, and hopefully what we can anticipate during is WWE tenure. Continue reading “FIGHT STEEN FIGHT…over to NXT!”

Brutalist ShiftBot Neutrality Best-of-Three – WIRed #110

It’s time for Episode 110 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses saving a brutalist legend, Google and MIT’s shape-shifting robot, how net neutrality effects gaming, and a classic two-out-of-three-falls-match from Ring of Honor! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Brutalist ShiftBot Neutrality Best-of-Three – WIRed #110”

Bryan Danielson vs. Paul London: 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match

Remember when I talked about professional wrestling possibly being the greatest form of performance art in world? Well if not, click this link; if so, then here’s an example of the performance art of professional wrestling.  On April 12th, 2003, Ring of Honor (ROH) hosted their event, “The Epic Encounter,” and in what is probably the match that stole the show, Bryan Danielson (now known as Daniel Bryan in the WWE) took on Paul London in a physically grueling Two-Out-Of-Three-Falls match. Oh boy, it’s QUITE a watch….and is an AWESOME match! Continue reading “Bryan Danielson vs. Paul London: 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match”

Eric Young as TNA Champion; or TNA, Stop Trying To Make Fetch Happen!

Oh yeah, THAT was a Mean Girls reference. TEN YEARS STRONG BABY!!

Anyway, Jeuron Dove — my homeboy, fellow Aggie (me Texas A&M, him North Carolina A&T), and awesome wrestling fan — wrote an interesting piece on his WordPress site, Wrestling and All That Jazz, about Eric Young winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on a recent episode of Impact Wrestling.  Now, when I say interesting, I mean that he openly and directly calls out TNA Wrestling for making such a desperate move to blatantly copy what the WWE recently did with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX early last month.  Also, when I say “desperate”, I mean sad and unoriginal. Continue reading “Eric Young as TNA Champion; or TNA, Stop Trying To Make Fetch Happen!”

It’s time for Episode 90 of WIRed (dear God, only 10 more episodes until WIRed #100), where newly-minted 29-year-old Montez McCrary discusses buildings that used to be Pizza Huts, how to resize ANY YouTube video, why the censored screens in South Park: The Stick of Truth are hilarious, and my WrestleMania weekend back in 2006! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “I’M TWENTY-NINE TODA…er…uh…YESTERDAY!!! – WIRed #90”

The Obligatory Birthday/Pro Wrestling Post…

Hello ME in 2006...How You Doin'?
Hello ME in 2006…How You Doin’?

Well, since today is my 29th birthday…(CUE HORNS)…I wanted to share some of my favorite professional wrestling-related experiences.  For today, I’m going to select the time period of March 2006 (EIGHT YEARS AGO) when I was working at VOA Associates in Chicago, IL, and was the time period that I turned 21.  Aside for the “usual celebratory things” a new 21-year-old does (wink-wink, nudge-nudge, stumble….), I attended a slew of pro wrestling events during that time, ranging from meet and greets with Candice Michelle, Shawn Michaels, Lance Storm and Roderick Strong, to attending two Ring of Honor shows and the Monday Night RAW following WrestleMania XXII. Continue reading “The Obligatory Birthday/Pro Wrestling Post…”

Playhouses of LEGO Cameras Defending Games from S.C.U.M. – WIRed #44

This week on WIRed, childhood appreciation for architectural history, dslr cameras made from LEGO, why games can be more than JUST entertainment, and Ring of Honor’s S.C.U.M. problem.   Continue reading “Playhouses of LEGO Cameras Defending Games from S.C.U.M. – WIRed #44”

Ring of Honor Wrestling Has A S.C.U.M. Problem

Rogue factions are nothing new in the world of professional wrestling. The Hart and Heenan families of the WWF in the 80’s and 90’s, the UWFi in New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid-90’s, the New World Order in WCW in the mid-90’s, and today’s most current examples would be Aces & Eights in TNA Wrestling and The Shield in WWE.  While the antics of the biker gang/Sons of Anarchy-inspired Aces & Eights and the riot police-inspired Shield are the better known current rogue angles in pro wrestling, an other one must be mentioned. That faction is one of suffering, chaos, ugliness, and mayhem, otherwise known as S.C.U.M, running wild in Ring of Honor Wrestling.   Continue reading “Ring of Honor Wrestling Has A S.C.U.M. Problem”

Reggie Parks: All Bow Down to The King of Belts

Let’s get to the point. Reggie Parks is the King Of Belts. This is not just a saying or a term based solely on respect, it is a FACT.  Mr. Parks, a former professional wrestler, has been in the business of making championship belts for over 40 years for almost (if not every) mayor pro wrestling organization in the world, from the WW(F)E, WCW, NWA, AWA, UWF, Pro Wrestling Noah, Ring Of Honor, and NCW.   Continue reading “Reggie Parks: All Bow Down to The King of Belts”

Shelton Benjamin vs Kurt Angle, 2005

Current Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling star Kurt Angle took on current Ring of Honor (ROH) wrestling star Shelton Benjamin on an episode of WWE Monday Night RAW on August 22nd, 2005.  Both were former collegiate wrestling All-Americans, and were teammates in the wrestling stable “Team Angle,” along with Charlie Haas (also now in ROH, along with Benjamin). Shelton Benjamin was a high school All-State athlete in … Continue reading Shelton Benjamin vs Kurt Angle, 2005

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