Hittin’ The Canvas Wrestling Pulsecast Matt Harrak, Justin Czerwonka, Cameron Dougharty & special guest Rob Schamberger debate the best (or the worst!) matches to open the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania!
1. I guess it’s fitting that the “new era” of the WWE launches with 1980s “Real American”. You have to give it to Hulk Hogan though, the man definitely have timing.
2. Because Batista versus was so good at Elimination Chamber that I just needed to see it again on Raw. It’s pretty funny how negatively the WWE fans have reacted to Batista return (I mean, “Boo-tista”? Seriously). He’s actually getting more boos than John Cena does nowadays. The difference is, Batista would LOVE to play a heel again whereas Cena will never be a bad guy.
3. Cesaro versus Big E just showed how good of a mid-card WWE has right now. They put on a great two segment length match that displayed the upsides of both guys and had the crowd into it all the way through. I had hoped they would showcase the IC and US titles more now that there’s only one World Champion and so far so good in my opinion.
There’s an argument raging lately on who is the hottest “new” property in the WWE. In my opinion, there’s no competition. It’s the man with the wrestling legacy & “it” factor to back it up: The Shield’s Roman Reigns. Sooner than later, Reigns will be making a break for a shot at singles’ glory and I truly believe we are seeing the leader of WWE’s future.
I’M HERE TO PLUG THE WWE NETWORK, BROTHER!
Hulk Hogan came out to start the show. He said tonight starts the turning point of his career because he is home again brother. He said 30 years ago he made history at WrestleMania and today the WWE Universe is making history with the WWE Network. He talked about the WWE Network and how the future is WrestleMania 30. He said he was going to be the host of WrestleMania 30 and that’s about it. Pretty much just a network plug.
1. I hope Jack Swagger doesn’t get lost in mid-card purgatory after his break-up with Cesaro. I’ve always found Swagger to be a good worker in the ring. I thought he did great during his promos as World Champ, it was just his booking that sucked. Swagger isn’t a main eventer but there’s no reason he couldn’t be in the upper mid-card and have competitive TV main events with some higher up guys.
1. Nice and simple tribute to the death of Nelson Frazier, Jr (aka Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V). He had a long run in WWE, longer than most people realize. And considering his size, was able to move around rather easily and although he was never a World Champion, he was definitely a monster when he got in the ring. RIP Frazier and thank you for forever having the guts (in my mind) to wear suspenders with a giant purple windbreaker outfit.
2. I sure hope this Bobby Roode story is going somewhere because right now he just seems like a placeholder. He’s the guy they need to put in the ring because he’s a bad guy. Such a waste of talent if that’s all they have for him.
You Just Knew This Segment Was Coming!
John Cena came out to start the show. Cena talked about the Elimination Chamber and said whatever superstar survives the Chamber has earned it and deserves the WrestleMania 30 title shot. Cena said it’s all about momentum, and that thumb-sucking baby Randy Orton currently has none. Cena said Orton has lost to Daniel Bryan and himself. Cesaro and Zeb Colter came out. Cesaro said that he has also beat Randy Orton and he will become the new face of the WWE and America. Cena told Cesaro that if he had something to say to his face he better come in the ring. Cena said Cesaro has never been in an Elimination Chamber match and he shouldn’t be writing checks that has mouth can’t cash.
Hello everyone. This is a day late but that might be the norm for me going forward. I’m switching jobs and I have Mondays off, so there is a good chance you will see my columns up on Monday mornings going forward.
With that out of the way, I decided to go back in wresting history again. With the Elimination Chamber PPV this Sunday, the focus of this piece will be the Elimination Chamber match itself. I would say that as far as brutality goes, the Elimination Chamber match itself has passed the Hell In A Cell match. Of course, that is nobody but the WWE’s own fault. They watered down the Cell match by giving it its own PPV and not making it seem as important. At least the Chamber usually has a purpose, and they sell it as the fact that everyone in the match is going all out and sacrificing everything to get into the main event of WrestleMania.
1. A Bully Ray/Mr. Anderson casket match and Velvet Sky versus Chris Sabin all on one show?! Man, I wish I was there! Oh and the briefcase/pro-wrestling relationship just needs to end now. It’s completely out of control.
2. Anyone else like TNA’s ladders better than the WWE’s black ones? I know the WWE likes to brand all of their equipment but I like that TNA’s ladder looks more like a ladder that I can walk into Home Depot and buy.