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The Holiday Video Roundup 12/24/14

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With it being Christmas Eve, things are a little slow in the pro wrestling world.  With that in mind we’re going to send you into your holiday with a roundup of wrestling related holiday videos. Enjoy and Merry Christmas from Chad Dukes Wrestling.

Santa Foley at the Drive Thru – YouTube

Mick Foley went through the Whataburger Drive Thru to promote his film “I Am Santa Claus.”

The Rock Sings Christmas Karaoke – YouTube

From Michael & Kelly, the Rock channels Elvis in a Christmas onesie for a rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

Mark Briscoe’s Holiday Gift Solutions – YouTube

From 2012 (so pardon the Cosby references), Mark Briscoe gives gift ideas for last minute shopping.

And finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Rowdy Roddy Piper. We’ve posted these in Christmas past, but like any Christmas special, they’re required viewing.

VIDEO: Kevin Steen NXT Teaser; Set to Debut at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution

“I will fight anyone and everyone. Bet against me if you want but it’s my turn now. I am the future.”

Like Hideo Itami before him, former Ring of Honor World Champion Kevin Steen looks set to make his NXT debut at the next NXT TakeOver special. In a teaser video which aired during last night’s NXT, a shadowed Steen was introduced to the WWE Universe with no name given, just the date: 12/11/14. As we’ve reported in the past Steen’s NXT name is expected to be Kevin Owens, a tribute to both his son Owen and his favorite wrestler Owen Hart.

For those unfamiliar with Steen here’s a quick primer:

  • Trained by former WWE Star Jacques Rougeau
  • One of the most athletic big men in wrestling
  • Former ROH World Champion & 3-time PWG World Champion
  • Former ROH Tag Team Champion with Sami Zayn’s pal El Generico
  • Zoo Enthusiast
  • Twitter pal of the Rock

Stone Cold Steve Austin has also endorsed Steen’s work during Steen’s appearance on his podcast.

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The Day After: Raw 10/7/14

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The Rock Returns

Well, I guess we know why they cancelled the Rusev vs. Show match.

In a surprise appearance, the Rock showed up at last night’s Raw to a huge pop from the Brooklyn crowd to confront Rusev & Lana. The Russian duo had just called out the Big Show after berating him and the American people for racism for his “hate crime” against the Russian flag when the Great One’s music hit and we were treated to a classic Rocky promo before nailing Rusev with a few right hands to clear the ring.

I said something to this effect last night but it bears repeating: I don’t care if there’s no real pay off to a Rock/Rusev confrontation, if The Rock says he’ll show up to Raw  10 times out of 10 you put him on TV and let him do whatever. He’s simply too famous not to and Hollywood movie star versus evil foreign menace is an easy narrative to understand for casual fans flipping over from Monday Night Football. It was a true surprise in an era where shocking moments are few and far between and Rusev looks better for the interaction in my eyes.

No, he didn’t get any offense in, but in between Rock’s jabs about Moscow Mooseknuckles and Soviet Streetwalkers was the fact that the Rock recognized Rusev’s push. A huge WWE star like Rocky pointing out that nobody has been able to beat Rusev because he’s bigger, stronger, more dangerous than the rest is a good thing for building up Rusev. I thought Lana shone in the segment as well, never letting the Rock’s jabs get to her that much. I’m not going to address the misogyny discussion that always rears its head when Rock does a promo other than to wonder if the people who constantly bring this up have been watching wrestling for very long. Moving on…

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The Long-Term, Part-Time Champion

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We’re in uncharted water following SummerSlam 2014.

When the Rock won the WWE Championship at the 2013 Royal Rumble, the path was clear for the part-time wrestler to drop the title to John Cena at Wrestlemania 29.  Like a summer popcorn flick, the Hollywood ending unfolded perfectly.  The Champ was Here (again), and The Rock floated away into the ether, not to be seen again for a calendar year.

Brock Lesnar, who has not competed in a non-PPV WWE match since March 2004, reportedly has an exclusive contract with the WWE that runs through Wrestlemania 31.  I’m guessing that the WWE didn’t roll its poster boy in front of a Mack truck last night just to have Lesnar drop the title at Night of Champions or Hell in a Cell.  Further, consider that Lesnar’s wins since SummerSlam 2013 include a clean-pin over CM Punk, the devastation of the Big Show, and the ending of The Streak at Wrestlemania 30.  Rumors have the WWE looking six months down the road at WM31 for a suitable challenger to step up to the Beast.

Brock Lesnar has just become a long-term, part-time champion.  Sure, Lesnar is contractually obligated to work a certain number of dates with the WWE; he’ll be around.  He won’t be on TV every week, and, with monthly subscriptions becoming more important than PPV buyrates, who knows if the WWE title will even be defended monthly (see below).  That said, here are a few ways that the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will remain relevant in this brave new era.

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Wishful Thinking

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Happy hump day, marks. Days removed from Raw, days before Smackdown, and I think maybe Impact will be on tomorrow night. Possibly. Until then, here are some random thoughts that have been clattering around my head for a couple of days.

Enjoy your Wednesday.

  • Why do people still care about the WWE ratings? Sometimes they’re up, sometimes they’re down. Ratings for Raw and Smackdown will have to drop to unimaginable levels to be cancelled, so they’re in no danger there. I mean, I understood when people compared Raw and Nitro ratings back in the late 1990s. But now? Nobody outside of the WWE should care what the ratings are. If you enjoy something, just watch it. If you don’t like it, take to the Internet. Just stop obsessing about 0.1 ratings increases or dips. In fact, stop clicking on links that “report” ratings. If you stop, they’ll stop.
  • Wrestling fans should subscribe to the WWE Network if only to watch NXT. Sure, there’s the occasional clunker and many matches are short to maximize TV exposure, but this is also great, mainstream wrestling that is happening here (in this country).
  • Ease back on the Crossfit, Seth Rollins. My wife wasn’t really into you, and then you started wrestling without a shirt. How many marriages must be ruined before you’ll change your ways?
  • The Attitude Era was amazing. However, I’d really appreciate if people would stop pretending that 90 percent of late-90s and early-00s Internet forum chatter wasn’t complaining. I was confused every Tuesday morning when I read bitching and moaning about how much time Austin vs. McMahon received, or about how The Rock only had his… “five moves of doom.” Also, looking back further, do you not even remember how critical of Hogan’s matches people were back in the day? Now the roof blows off when Real American hits (as it should). I have a feeling that fans will be far kinder to John Cena once he’s retired. In 20 years, he’ll likely be universally praised by wrestling fans who never saw a live Cena match about his ability to garner a reaction from a crowd.
  • The Divas division could probably stand some character diversification. For a while, the only Divas to get and stay over long term are either crazy, or bitches. Or, crazy bitches. People seem to be buying into the Summer/Layla BFF/pseudo-HLA bit, but that only works until Fandango has jobbed to the entire lower card. Finding a Diva to get over like Lita or Trish seems to be even more difficult to catch lightning in a bottle, so this may be asking too much.
 
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