Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Mayhem: News of the Day

John Cena & the Rock
Wrestlemania 30 Press Conference
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Admittedly, My 1-2-3 Cents is not a wrestling news website.  However, I came across several items today and instead of writing several different blogs, I figured I'd put them all in one.  For most fans, this "news" is actually old at this point, but humor me in reading until the end.

Wrestlemania in the Big Easy:  The cat was let out of the bag on this one a couple of weeks ago, but the WWE made it official today (February 18) that Wrestlemania 30 (XXX) is coming to New Orleans.  The event will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Super Dome.

My reaction:  Two things come to mind, please don't let the power go out.  And please don't give us Rock-Cena III (thrice in a lifetime).

Rock retains, looks toward Wrestlemania 29
Photo courtesy: WWE
Rock Retains, Faces Cena at Wrestlemania 29: The Rock retained the WWE title at Elimination Chamber Sunday night, which means as of right now (1:34 p.m. CST on February 18) he'll defend the championship against John Cena.  This will be a rematch of last year's hotly promoted "Once in a Lifetime" match between the two.  Of course with the circumstances of Rock winning the title and Cena winning the Royal Rumble, the WWE is able to make these changes seem "legit."  I should also mention that Jack Swagger has won the right to face Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania.

My reaction:  I've ranted before about not liking Wrestlemania rematches, especially in back-to-back years.  There are rumors that CM Punk will be added to the mix to make it a three-way for the title.  I don't know if the WWE had planned on Rock-Cena II all along or if they reached a point last year that they realized they still haven't pushed anyone to the main event.  Either way I think it's not a good sign for the current product and I wonder where things will stand six months to a year from now after the Rock has (presumably) returned to Hollywood.  I'm going to digest the Swagger win a little further before commenting on it.

KOA to make Collision debut
Photo courtesy: Pro Wrestling Collision
Sweet Deal for Pro Wrestling Collision: Indy wrestling stars Sugar Dunkerton and Aaron Epic, who wrestle as the team KOA, make their Pro Wrestling Collision debuts this Saturday.  The two will be at the taping at the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale.  Bell time is 7 p.m. on the 23rd.  Tickets are $10.

My reaction: Regular readers know I work for Pro Wrestling Collision.  I'm excited to see a couple of up and comers on the indy scene wrestle here in southern Illinois.  Another admission, I don't know a whole lot about KOA.  I do know Sugar's work in Chikara where he was a member of the Throwbacks and FIST.  I'll be doing my homework this week so I can call the action that these two stars are going to be a part of.  Like Pro Wrestling Collision on Facebook to get more updates on Saturday's show.

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