by Richard Martel on January 30, 2013 inArticleswithComments OffTweet
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This warrants a mention. A senior citizen gets shot in the eye, is back at work a few days later, and the worst part of his week was CM Punk dropping the title to the Rock. You and I can only wish to be so tough.
Lets get right into it. The Rumble Match NEVER disappoints. Some are better than others, fine. I will begrudgingly let you have that. But it’s the most exciting 60+ minutes of continuous Sports Entertainment we get all year. THE BEST!
For the last three years there has been a little running joke that Papa Shango would return during the Rumble. Wade Barrett of often was at the forefront, CM Punk was eager to needle.
I swear I just saw Papa Shango having a coffee with @wadebarrett at Starbucks.
I mean, I did not see it coming whatsoever. In fact; kudos WWE. You got us all each time. There were no extreme old-timers like Tatanka or Bob Backlund, but we all were swerved with Chris Jericho and Goldust. Not to mention, Dustin got to go RIGHT at Cody. Yes, I know it’s 1000% kayfabe and they’re very supportive of one another behind the curtain; BUT they told an amazing story. The mockery and imitations going back and forth was priceless (see what I did there?).
The delicate dance of the blurred lines between scripted sports entertainment and pure sports entertainment is under discussion again after Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones’ appearance on the Opie and Anthony Show on Sirius XM Radio promoting the Ultimate Fighter and UFC 159.
While the two sports are different, their ppv promotion models are very similar and now with recent comments from UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jones it looks like more and more fighters are starting to look towards incorporating classic pro wrestling builds and personas to sell their fights.
Chael Sonnen is one such fighter who amps up his “character” come fight time in the world of UFC and his upcoming opponent Jon Jones is taking notice.
by Louis Tully on January 25, 2013 inArticleswithComments OffTweet
In addition to the 17 confirmed Royal Rumble participants so far, WWE announced today a tournament to take place during Royal Rumble Fan Fest to determine an 18th participant. Participating in the festivities will be:
The once and future World Heavyweight Champion, The Celtic Warrior, Sheamus joined Chad Dukes today to promote the Royal Rumble, This Sunday on Pay-Per-View for 106.7 The Fan DC and Chad Dukes Wrestling. Last year’s Royal Rumble winner discusses the upcoming Royal Rumble, The Rock, The Shield and more.