Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wrestling Ramblings

Everyone's favorite Broski...
By Chad Smart

I couldn’t think of one specific topic to write about today so I figured why not toss out some quick and short notes about several topics floating around inside my head.

The Internet is abuzz with tales of fans at Monday’s Raw taping at the O2 Arena having any pro Zack Ryder signs taking away by security. Allegedly security told fans they were ordered by WWE management to remove the signs. I don’t know how accurate these tales are, but I’m not one to let a good Internet meme go to waste. If this is true, it paints a poor picture of WWE management. At a time when WWE is in need of creating new Superstars, the often-underused Zack Ryder has taken to YouTube in order to gain fan support. Zack’s plan seems to be working as “Broski of the Week” signs have started appearing in crowds ever since Wrestlemania.

Last week on Tough Enough, Steve Austin criticized Matt Cross for not making the most of his opportunity. Austin told Cross, he can’t sit back and wait for his moment to come, he needs to create that moment. Zack Ryder is creating his moment and now WWE management apparently doesn’t want that to happen. On episode 8 of True Long Island Story footage from the Wrestlemania press conference was shown. When asked about Zack Ryder, both The Miz and John Cena put him over while Triple H said only three people wanted to see Zack on TV. I’m not exactly sure of his official title, but Triple H does hold a position in WWE management overseeing talent. For him to publicly insult a member of the roster and the fans for wanting to see someone used better than they are currently being utilized is ridiculous.

With the draft coming up next week, WWE management needs to take a serious look at their roster and realize the need for a wider main event base of talent and credible mid-card guys. I’m not saying Zack Ryder would be the next Steve Austin, but we’ll never know for sure unless he’s giving an opportunity.

Jeff Hardy's trial: continued again...
Jeff Hardy once again had his court case for drug possession extended after Hardy’s defense attorney wanted time for Jeff to be assessed for whether he needs treatment for drug dependency. (courtesy I think the DA should have shown Hardy’s “match” against Sting from the last TNA PPV as defense exhibit A showing Hardy has a problem. Seriously though, how long is this case going to be dragged out? Given the amount of drugs Hardy was busted for possessing, I don’t see how this case can end without Hardy receiving at least several years of probation. I don’t know all the ins and outs of the case so I really shouldn’t speculate on why the case keeps getting pushed back. I just wish the case would end sooner rather than later and Jeff Hardy gets the help he needs.

I have a multi-part Chikara series floating around in my head. Hopefully I’ll get it written soon.  This past weekend Chikara held their annual King of Trios tournament.  In a stunning announcement, Smart Mark Video had DVDs of the shows up for sale on Monday afternoon and started shipping orders on Tuesday. I have not seen results from the show, though I have ordered the DVDs. Even without seeing the shows, I think it’s safe to say based on the track record of past KOT’s, if you’re a wrestling fan you should buy these DVDs. Not only does the KOT feature Chikara wrestlers, the tournament features trios from several other promotions. This year’s tournament also featured the return to the ring of the 1-2-3 Kid. What more do you want?

Courtesy: ABC
Dancing with the Stars eliminated another contestant and it wasn’t Chris Jericho. It was the supermodel whose name I don’t know and am too lazy too look up. I believe they’re down to the final six. At this point I’d wager Jericho should make it to the final three. My picks are Jericho, Ralph Macchio and Chelsea Staub (again, I forget what her new stage name is and don’t care enough to look it up). Maybe I’m biased towards those three because I like them more than Kirstie Alley, Romeo and Kendra, but those are the three I want to see in the finals.
In addition to Dancing With the Stars, Jericho is hosting the Revolver Golden God Awards tonight and Fozzy will perform during the show. I will be in attendance, though the show starts at the same time I usually get out of work so I hope I don’t miss anything important. If anything exciting happens I will let you know via @my123cents on Twitter. The Miz is nominated as Heavy Metal Athlete or something similar. Since WWE is in Europe, I doubt he’ll be there to accept the award should he win.  Maybe Jericho can accept the award, not give it to Miz, which leads to Jericho’s first feud when he returns to WWE. 

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