It’s time once again for a wrap up of our weekly top 5 performers, our Fave Five as Booker T would say, based on THIS PAST week of action only.
Based on highly subjective criteria, here are OUR findings, with CDW writers voting for their top 5 names in all of Professional Wrestling for the week. Could be managers, could be superstars, could be announcers.
Disagree with our results? Want to argue a placement? Want to name your top 5? Feel free to leave a comment or message us on twitter: @dukeswrestling. We’ll gladly name names of who voted for whom, and demand the defend themselves.
Hit the jump for the results for this week.
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Recorded Live on Radio Row at WWE Fan Axxess inside the IZOD Center in New Jersey, a man deeply associated with professional wrestling in the Northeast, Paul Heyman, was next up to speak with Chad Dukes Wrestling.
When Chad starts the interview by saying the Heyman Hustle is unbelievable, he isn’t joking. The former proprietor and mad scientist behind ECW has turned into quite the media mogul. Not only is he the representative of Brock Lesnar and CM Punk, his Heyman Hustle website not only breaks MMA and wrestling news, but now is challenging the TMZs of the world by breaking sex, sports, & entertainment news and being the antithesis of sites like the aforementioned.
Going into this year’s Mania, the intention is that the trio of Punk, Heyman and Brock Lesnar’s actions should make them three of the most hated men on the card. However, often from the older or “smart” fans, they are on the receiving end of cheers, signs, and chants. Heyman isn’t letting this “support” stop him from portraying a despicable character.
I’ve always gone by the concept that there’s no accounting for taste and if you’re cheering us you’ve got yo head firmly up yo ass. Because we hold you in contempt and disdain at all moments of the day.
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The direction of the CM Punk-Undertaker angle since the passing of William “Paul Bearer” Moody seems to have divided wrestling fans in two factions. One side feels that the storyline is the WWE’s way of making a buck off of someone’s death, while the other thinks that Bearer himself would find it all truly entertaining.
On last night’s Raw, the final edition before Wrestlemania 29, the WWE pushed the envelope again when CM Punk dumped the contents of the Urn (presumably “Bearer’s” ashes) onto the Undertaker, before smearing them on his face.
Michael Moody, son of the late William Moody, has since posted the following comment on his Facebook account.
“If anyone is wondering, yes, WWE did come to us wanting approval for tonight’s storyline. The way it was presented to us was ok. Seeing it on screen was a different story. I don’t even know what to say.”
So, we know that the WWE has been in contact with the Moody family about the storyline, and it appears everything has been conducted with their blessing. Regardless, I think we can all understand where Michael Moody is coming from – hearing that Paul Heyman will be dressed up as your recently deceased father is one thing, but seeing it on television (along with the iconic voice) is completely different.
How do you feel about the development of this angle? Let us know in the comments section below, or tweet us @DukesWrestling.
With no offense to Y2J, this was the highlight of my night.
I can’t help but notice so many people are down on this guy – and, well, taking all the bait WWE is clearly laying out to build heat on the most talented man yet to debut on the main roster.
Coincidentally enough, if Fandango and Big E. Langston can avoid having a scheduled match for the next two weeks, they will tie one another for being the first Superstars ever to debut on the main roster on the Wrestlemania card. Yeah. Stats. Know about ‘em.
Alright, so where were we…
Ah, the ever windy road the Wrestlemania 29. Here is what we have tonight:
- Dolph Ziggler and Big E. will challenge for the Tag Titles against Kane and DB – buuuuuut what can that hellion AJ Lee do to throw Team Hell No off there game?
- Alberto Del Rio is going to be looking to settle ALL the scores with Jack Swagger after he incapacitated Ricardo Rodriguez last week.
- Will Randy Orton and Sheamus accept Big Show as their teammate against Shield at WM?
- Chris Jericho and the Miz are still pursuing Randy Ortons IC title.
- CM Punk has reaaaalllly irked the Deadman. It seems he may be trying to play head game with the Undertaker to force a mistake that could result in a DQ win and culmination of the streak.
- Triple H and Brock Lesnar are booked, going no DQ – no holds barred. Expect recap and discussion.
- And the Rock has (finally) arrived in Philly for tonights RAW and will be confronting John Cena with a heated… I don’t know. They’ll posture around for a bit, but have a lot of work to do to explain why they are the main event.
All this and, well, yeah much much more. So much to do – in so much time.
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Our first item has been out for about a week, but I haven’t seen much chatter or promotion for it. It is the newest edition of the “I’m a Paul Heyman Guy” series. An obvious homage to the Godfather I’m in love with the front of this shirt. The Godfather title card is an iconic image and I think they did a great job incorporating Heyman’s phrase into its design.
I’m not so much in love with the Hashtag on the back. #ImAPaulHeymanGuy was a great hashtag after CM Punk dropped it during his infamous pipebomb promo, so I’m not sure more needed to be added to it. If I could fantasy book for a second, this shirt would look great worn by a stable of “Paul Heyman guys.” That one’s free, creative!
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