My Two Centsss - #AskChrisss: Today's Product, My Wrestlemania 30 Card, & More!
By Super Chrisss
Feb 15, 2014 - 3:28:17 PM
(Tom Jenner is the man!)
Happy post-Valentine's Day everyone! Whether you spent Friday evening in the company of your significant other, alone in your room playing WWE 2k14, or like I did, trekking through a snowstorm to surprise a girl with flowers at her job, it's all in the past. Today is a brand new day. You have 364 days to make February 14, 2015 even better than than this year's V-Day. Therefore, if you're not at the gym working on that six-pack (which I should be doing), or making plans for later tonight (which I should also be doing), then why not take some time to relax or drink away the blues while I open up my mailbox to answer YOUR questions!
From Facebook user, Mick:
What's the best thing happening in wrestling at the moment?
That's actually a tough question to answer, mainly because what I consider the "best thing going at the moment" will almost certainly be over in a few weeks' time. Obviously, I'm talking about the ongoing feud between The Shield & The Wyatt Family. I've mentioned it my last column, and me and The Doc have discussed this at length on our last two podcasts, but there really isn't a more compelling storyline in the 'E than the battle of the evil factions. As much as I would have preferred this feud and match to culminate at Wrestlemania XXX (which could still happen, but WWE seems determined to split up The Shield before then), they have done an awesome job of building to their match at Elimination Chamber next Sunday. The promo battles have been awesome (Ambrose vs. Wyatt on the mic is a bit of a dream feud), the interactions have been spine-tingling (this past week's Raw is a perfect example of that, and WWE have kept them out of the ring from each other since that massive six-on-six tag team match a few months back.
As a result, the impending Shield vs. Wyatt match at the Chamber has peaked my interest, and dare I say I'm more looking forward to that contest than the WWE World title match. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and there's a good chance The Shield may no longer be an unit in a months' time. So as a bit of a bonus, what's the second best thing going on in wrestling? I'd have to say
Antonio Cesaro. The dude finally seems to be getting a strong push, and his clean victory over Randy Orton seems to hint that the company is solidly behind him (possibly because of his growing face reactions?). Regardless, Cesaro is always so much fun to watch, and paired with Zeb, who is always hilarious, I'm always interested in whatever The Real Americans are doing. Jack Swagger, though...
From Twitter user, Matt:
Most over and under-rated wrestler ever?
I suppose this is the part of my column where I try and stir up some controversy. Alright, let's start with overrated. I'm going to get some heat for this one - especially from my radio co-host The Doc - but I'm going to have to go with The Rated-R Superstar, Edge. Don't get me wrong - I have a massive respect for Edge and everything he's done for the business. Some of his matches remain in my "favourite matches of all-time" list, including his battles with John Cena at Unforgiven and Extreme Rules, his matches with The Undertaker, among others. But there was something about a lot of his matches where I found myself losing interest halfway through. That, and he's never been as good on the mic as some people give him credit for. While Adam Copeland is no doubt a great wrestler who's more than deserving of the WWE Hall of Fame, I don't think he's as legendary as others do. Sorry, but I'll always regard him as a transitional world champion. I do credit him for carrying SmackDown on his back for many years, though.
Most under-rated wrestler has to be one of my old favourite wrestlers, Zack Ryder. This is a guy that could have been HUGE. But, WWE killed his push and made him a jobber for reasons we still don't know for sure. Some say it's because Ryder was a self-made star, and WWE doesn't like when wrestlers get over on their own accord. Others say it's because of his lack of wrestling ability, which to this day, I still call BS. Some people say Ryder's in-ring skills are limited because he only has "five moves". Yeah, well, so does John Cena, Sheamus, and other big faces. Yet those guys are awesome in-ring workers, and Ryder was ordered to follow that style. Go back and watch any of his matches in WWECW (especially against Christian), his Superstars matches, etc. Ryder actually can wrestle. I may no longer be a number one broski, but I'll never buy the argument that Ryder couldn't wrestle.
From Facebook user, David:
What would you book as the Wrestlemania 30 card?
You asked this question at the perfect time. We're still one week away from Elimination Chamber, where WWE could essentially push the "reset" button on their planned card for Wrestlemania by having Randy Orton drop the WWE world title to one of his five opponents. Hell, I've even seen people discuss the theory of Brock Lesnar pulling an Edge by taking out Christian prior to the match and stealing one of the pods. The point is, a lot can happen between now and April, so here's what I would book for WM 30 (note: this is a card that could happen given the current roster/rumoured returns, not one I would necessarily be a huge fan of).
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton(c.) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan
The Undertaker vs. John Cena
Brock Lesnar vs. Sheamus OR CM Punk
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (if Bryan wins, he gets added to the world title match)
Fatal-4-Way for the Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws (c.) vs. The Usos vs. The Brotherhood vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho OR Rob van Dam
United States Championship: Dean Ambrose (c.) vs. Roman Reigns
Intercontinental Championship: Jack Swagger (c.) vs. Antonio Cesaro
Money in the Bank Ladder match: Kofi Kingston vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian vs. Big E vs. Titus O'Neil vs. The Miz vs. Alberto del Rio
Divas Championship: Aj Lee (c.) vs. Tamina
Pre-Show: RybAxel vs. The Big Show & Mark Henry
Now, I know there's a bit of fantasy booking mixed in there, and I may be way off the mark (Jericho and RVD may not return or they may BOTH return, there will probably be some stupid match with the Total Divas, etc.), but that's the best I could do considering all the variables at play. We'll see what happens after Elimination Chamber and on the February 24th Raw...
From Twitter user, Thirandu:
What made you become a wrestling fan?
Some may feel this is a redundant question, or something that every wrestling fan has to answer at some point in their lives. Well, now it's my turn. I became a die-hard fan through...hype. No, not Hustle's columns, but word of mouth. Back in high school, two of my good friends were constantly bickering over who was 'gayer' - Shawn Michaels or The Rock. I was constantly lost in conversation, so one day while flipping through random TV channels on a Monday night, I stopped on TSN (Canada's home to Raw before The Score/Sportsnet 360 picked it up) where a graphic hyped the tag team of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock competing in the main-event. I knew those two guys via word of the mouth, so I didn't reach for the remote. And ever since then, I've been a fan. There have been some periods of time where I didn't watch (either because of school, work, or a huge disinterest in the product, such as last year's Road to Wrestlemania), but it's rare that I'm not watching Raw on a Monday night. Frankly, I can't imagine what life would be like without five-hours-plus of wrestling every week, checking LOP daily, writing columns, watching DVDs, etc. I can't even imagine NOT being a wrestling fan, to be honest.
From LOP's own, Al Laiman:
When things are at their worst, what's the best way to stay invested?
Find a guy (or guys) you like and make him/them your focal point of the show. During my hiatus of early 2013, the one wrestler who made me regret missing out on Wrestlemania 29 and the shows leading up to the Pay-Per-View was CM Punk. Even during the fall, when WWE was screwing around with Daniel Bryan, the WWE title, and The Authority storyline, Punk managed to keep me interested thanks to his feud with Paul Heyman and his "guys". Now, it's a bit harder to stay invested due to Punk no longer being there, but as I mentioned earlier, I'm really enjoying the feud between The Wyatts and The Shield, and I like the emphasis being put on young stars like Reigns, Wyatt, Cesaro, even Titus O'Neil (even though he's not exactly 'young'). I may hate 90% of the divas on the main roster, but the two that I do care about - Aj and Tamina - are featured on a prominent basis. Tag teams seem to be heading towards splitsville, but there are feuds going on, and younger guys like Cody and The Usos have been elevated thanks to months of build and show-stealing performances.
My best advice is to ignore all the negative, fast-forward through the filler/disinteresting parts, and make the most out of what you do like.
From Twitter user, MaverickTenSays:
Favourite video game?
This is a bit of a vague question. Do you mean favourite video game of all-time, series, or at the moment? No worries, I'll just answer all three!
All-time is a three-way-tie between Super Mario 64, Goldeneye 007, and WWF No Mercy. Super Mario was just an incredibly fun platformer (I still haven't collected ALL the stars!); Goldeneye was one of those games you could play for hours with friends over, and No Mercy is simply one of the best wrestling games of all-time. Even after all these years, and advancements in graphics, controls, etc., nothing tops No Mercy.
My favourite series has to be Pokemon. Pokemon Red was one of the first video games I ever played - back in 1995, during the Gameboy days - and I have never missed an entry into the collection (I'm currently playing Gen VI - Pokemon X). How any gamer has never gotten into - or at least tried - Pokemon is beyond me.
At the moment, I play both Gears of War 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf almost everyday. There is just so much stuff to unlock in both games, I never get bored, and they're the ultimate time-killer games. I like the Call of Duty series as well, but third-person shooters are way more fun, in my opinion.
From Twitter user, Matt :
Favourite TV show?
Another non-wrestling related question? Sure, what the hell. There are so, so many I could list (thanks to the awesome creation known as Netflix) so I'll just name a few.
Breaking Bad is a show that is so amazing and brilliant, words cannot begin to describe it. Don't give up after a very slow and lackluster first season - from season two onward, BB is a non-stop rollercoaster that will keep you guessing. I think I watched all five seasons in less than a month, that's how addictive it was. It also stars Bryan Cranston (Hal from Malcolm in the Middle), so there you go.
How I Met Your Mother is one of the funniest shows on television. Period. I prefer it over The Big Bang Theory simply because it tells a story and you get to know the characters on a personal theory. Big Bang doesn't do that - they're all nerds. HIMYM has had it's lows during it's nine-season run, but trust me, it is indeed "legend...wait for it...ary!"
The Walking Dead. Enough said.
I might lose some man points for this, but The Vampire Diaries is a guilty pleasure of mine. The cast is excellent, there's plenty of horror and badassness, and I'm left with a "WTF?!" reaction at the end of almost every episode. Your girlfriend/wife approves, and if she's willing to watch Raw with you, then TVD isn't a bad trade-off.
Dexter. Every one of us has a secret obsession. Don't deny it; we all do. Dexter Morgan just has a compulsive need to kill people - bad people. How he's gone all these seasons without getting caught (he actually works for the LAPD!) is beyond me (no, I'm not caught up, so no spoilers please), and makes the show a lot of fun to watch.
From Twitter user, MaverickTenSays
Last wrestling shirt you purchased?
Damn, it's been a while, actually. I hate ordering from WWEShop because those damn custom fees as well as shipping and handling often cost as much as the shirts! Therefore, I tend to wait for WWE to come to Montreal so I can buy some merch at the arena. My last purchase was probably Dolph Ziggler's "It's not showing off...if you back it up" shirt from two years ago. It's also a lovely shade of pink. I don't know why I decided to buy that one - and in that colour - but it was probably during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Needless to say, I tend to use that one as a pyjama more than anything else...
Well, that will do it for today. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. Hopefully you had just as much fun reading my replies as I did answering them! I'll be back sometime before next Saturday with my Elimination Chamber predictions, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
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