The Different Directions of the Dynamic Dudes

Those that remember the pre-WCW days back when WCW was still NWA, and you’d have to be a truly hardcore fan to remember this team, remember the Dynamic Dudes.  Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace composed the team and the gimmick was being a couple of surfer-type guys and they even used skateboards in the entrance. Both guys different directions in their careers.  Shane Douglas played major role in the rise of ECW from the second he threw down the NWA World Title and said that guys like Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat could kiss his ass.  Johnny Ace reached no stardom whatsoever in the states, was only successful overseas and was only known for being in the shadow of his brother in one half of the Road Warriors, Animal. Beyond that, he went from being a professional wrestler to being a suit and some would even go as far as to say “Corporate Scumbag.”  Despite never truly reaching the main event levels in other companies, Douglas had the skills and abilities that Johnny didn’t.  That being said, I have no idea what the hell Douglas’ thing at Raw was all about.

I’m one of those guys that was Pro-ECW back then.  There were a lot of matches and moments in wrestling that I found to be entertaining and still stand amongst some of my all time favorite moments as a wrestling fan.  One of my favorites to come out of ECW was “The Franchise” Shane Douglas.  There was something about the guy that I liked from the day he threw down the NWA World Title to his feud with Taz.  The whole thing on Raw with him unmasking and wearing his Franchise shirt and trying to stir up the crowd in Philadelphia, I didn’t get it.  I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now.  It pains me to see it for a lot of reasons.  One of the reasons being is hat I’ve been a fan of The Franchise and that I always felt the difference between himself and Johnny Ace is that Douglas had the charisma while his partner Johnny Boy didn’t.

Douglas was trying to call it an Extreme Revolution and I don’t know which word had less effect with me, extreme or revolution. Mark Madden said in a piece on Wrestlezone that the word extreme has been played out and I don’t disagree.  The word “extreme” in wrestling has lost almost all meaning.  From WWE butchering it by naming a PPV “Extreme Rules” to the so called extreme rules matches that they used in that fake ECW Vince tried to puke up.  As for the term “revolution” this may be a revolution that was 10 years too late.  ECW tried to be that revolution a long time ago and it lost.  Some say that it was because it didn’t draw money but I think the biggest problem was that ECW tried to move too fast for its own good and ended up trying to compete before it was even ready to be a contender against the other two.  I loved ECW and I still will and will remember some of the talent that came out of it and some of the matches I witnessed. And to those that hate on ECW, if it weren’t for ECW, we’d have never seen guys like Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, The Dudley Boyz, Rob Van Dam so to those haters that seem to forget that, you’d be better off going to Paul Heyman and saying thank you.

Here’s the difference between Johnny Ace and Shane Douglas.  Johnny Boy wasn’t able to become big here in the states and any success he did have was overseas and the rest of his career was spent putting on a suit and being a brown-nosing asskisser. Why? Because Johnny Boy didn’t have any kind of charisma whatsoever while Shane Douglas was not the ass-kissing type. The tragic thing is that the character of “The Franchise” could’ve made it anywhere .  Douglas made a character that could get over anywhere, but he didn’t get any of the opportunities because he burned bridges and pissed off a lot of people. Yeah, Douglas was in WCW, but there was no way Bischoff was gonna let him go up into main event status because Douglas pissed off Ric Flair one too many times. And as far as the WWE goes, Douglas had been there twice and the most recent was a stupid teacher gimmick where he scratched the chalkboard a lot.  Needless to say after his departure from that, Douglas was on Vince’s blacklist along with Lex Luger.

As for Douglas’ thing on Monday, why? What does it prove? What did you think was really going to happen when you pulled that? It was mentioned that Douglas got little to reaction when he pulled this and if that was true, than my best guess is that it was because many wrestling fans and especially the ones in Philadelphia have accepted that you can’t duplicate that revolution that ECW was when it was around.  Sometimes the problem with revolutions is that they don’t always work.  ECW tried it and it didn’t work in the end.  It had a loyal following that still exists to this day, myself being part of that, but not a big enough one to overshadow WWE or WCW when it was around.

So, once again, a barely memorable tag team split up with one doing his own thing regardless of who it may piss off and the other carrying a legacy of either being in his big brother’s shadow or jumping through hoops, bending over backwards, and kissing the boss’ ass and calling it ice cream. Say what you want about Shane Douglas, but at least with his career, he did his way.  And even when he was a heel, you didn’t have people repulsed to the point of changing the channel.  In the case of John Laryngitis, people want to see a face or a heel in the ring, not corporate sleaze.


Wrestlemania: What Match Starts the Show?

There has been a lot of talk about what is going to be t he opener for this year’s Wrestlemania. There have been many moments where we got a solid opener for a match.  Some examples that come to mind are Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 21, a match that I was fortunate to witness live.  Then not that long ago we had a match between Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio that stole the show.  If there is one thing that can be said for Wrestlemania, it’s that the first impressions matter and that if you don’t have a solid opener, you leave people thinking that this is gonna be a long couple of hours.  Now does this mean that you should start the show with the heavy hitter? Not necessarily because if you do that, you raise the bar too high and in some cases you’ll have matches that will not be able to reach that level.  You also have an example of last year where you started with the World Heavyweight Title match between Edge and Alberto Del Rio.  The first impression that I remembered having when watching that was that “Great, nothing is gonna happen here.”  The reason I thought that was because if there was going to be anything major that would happen in that match, it would have been later on in the card.

That being said, there has been a lot of talk about what should start off this year’s Wrestlemania.  There have been many that have said that Chris Jericho vs CM Punk should be the one to start off the show.  Bad idea because if you do that, you run the same risk of what happened with Del Rio vs Edge last year.  Punk vs Jericho has all the potential to be the show stealer and they’ve done a pretty good job to this point of building up that match.  To leave it as a 10 to 15 minute long match that will be the kick-start of the show seems like too much of a waste. So once again, you start off with this match, and you run the risk of raising the bar so high that it can’t be reached. Nobody has brought up the Hell in a Cell match and to start the show with that one would be an even worse idea so I’m not going to go into that option.

Then you have Cody Rhodes vs Big Show.  For better or worse, they’ve been hyping up this match to some kind of degree.  I could see this being the starter if anything because of Big Show since it’s not the first time he started off Mania since we once got him losing the US Title to John Cena at the start of the show.  But the reason I’m not so sure if this is a good idea is for the fact that you had Cody Rhodes kick off the show last year and while we know he can do it, this is something that should be given to something else. You also have Randy Orton vs Kane but that seems to be a step down for Orton, but the one way that it serves is that there hasn’t been near the great amount of time used to build up the storyline for that one.  You also have regrettably Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus and I say that because people ought to care about this match, but they don’t.  Bryan’s establishing himself as a heel, but I keep worrying how much of it will distract from his abilities and as far as Sheamus goes, hard to really buy into him being pushed when all he’s gotten have been tackling dummies with occasional competitors like Dolph Ziggler. It’s like Sheamus got the push for the WHC and the Royal Rumble win simply because he was there.

Then you have the 12 man tag that will determine who runs both shows.  The only reason people care about this is for the slight possibility of not seeing John Laryngitis on TV anymore, something that I would very much welcome for the simple fact that it’s bad enough that I have to put up with Monkey Cole’s horrible announcing skills where he doesn’t sell anything except himself. I have said that my problem with Not So Big Johnny is that there really is no room for his character to branch out as a heel.  His character is a one level character much like Vickie Guerrero where you see one side of them and no that no matter who you put them against, this is all we’re ever going to see and that is not a good thing. Heel characters have to have a certain ability to adapted keep their character fresh in some way without getting stale or boring. But anyway, back to the match, you have Long’s team with R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder and The Great Khali while Johnny’s team has Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and David “Dead Weight” Otunga.   Two spots remain, one for each team and the only intrigue is to see who actually makes it onto there, but it’d have to be something big and/or something that nobody expects for people to have the “you have my undivided attention” mentality which sadly, people don’t have for this match.  Some people are saying Alberto Del Rio and some are saying Rey Mysterio. I can see Del Rio on Johnny’s team but what I think could come out of this is that since The Miz is on a losing streak anyway, what if this match was him jumping on the bandwagon for Teddy’s team since he already couldn’t get a spot on Johnny’s team and ends up winning the match for Teddy Long.  It works in multiple ways because you have The Miz end his losing streak, gets his match at Mania, and you have him as a face which will leave the door open to numerous possibilities for the guy.   It’s one of the few ways that you can make this match matter or at least somewhat have a moment to kick off the show as a “Welcome to Wrestlemania” moment.

Bottom line, it comes down to Sheamus vs Bryan or the 12 man tag or Randy Orton vs Kane.  The reasons vary but any of those would be better suited as an opener.  The first two for the lack of care from the fans towards it, thus you have little expectations but plenty of room to show them up and surprise them.  Orton vs Kane is not so much for the lack of caring but for the minimal amount of build-up when compared to the rest of the card. This is supposed to be one of the biggest Wrestlemanias to happen in years, and the WWE should make everything count and that includes the opener.

Looking at The Rock vs John Cena at Mania

Wrestlemania is around the corner and the big question of course will be whether or not spending a whole year of build-up will actually pay off in Miami.  Yes, I’m talking about John Cena vs The Rock.  We all know that it’s going to be in Miami and that it’s going to be in the hometown of The Rock.  The big debate that people have been going back and forth about is who is the face and who is the heel in this one. I must admit that even I’ve gotten into that a bit, but now things have changed and now I’m to the point where my answer to that is simply this.  “OH MY GOD! WHO THE HELL CARES???!!!”  Who cares about who is going to be the face and who is going to be the heel?

You’re not going to get anyone to boo The Rock because he’s the hometown boy.  John Cena is going to get the majority of booing from the crowd, but there will still be a certain percentage of people that are going to cheer for him. Though as far as the technical goes with the promos that have been going on the last couple weeks, it’s looked to me like John Cena has been the one showing up The Rock. It’s like The Rock has tried to do what he does best which apart from the ring work, it’s what he does on the microphone.  But John Cena has actually been doing what he does and making it out like he’s saying to The Rock “You’ve been away WAY too long.” and that the stuff that The Rock does, Cena seems to have a counter for it.  There have been mixed reactions about The Rock Concert from this past Monday.  My biggest complaint about it was the length of it.

The Rock Concert was too long.  It was 20 minutes and I can’t help but wonder if they considered giving The Rock a whole half hour before deciding on the 20 minutes.  Pro wrestling has been a combination of talk and action. People can handle if it’s all action but what they don’t like is nothing but talk and you damn sure don’t spend almost the final quarter of Raw with nothing but talk.  I can’t help but wonder why The Rock got 20 minutes and yet having John Cena go old school Thuganomics was so short it might as well have been 20 seconds.  I loved seeing Cena go back to that because it was the thing that put him over to begin with.  When it came to his raps, he was able to sell it on the microphone and it was also when we knew that Cena was not a technical wrestler, he was a brawler. That’s something that on many different occasions, we’ve found Cena to be more in his element and more entertaining when he’s a brawler.

The biggest part about the face/heel debate for the two is that having a two faces collide at Mania in the main event won’t work. We’ve seen it happen before and they still paid off.  Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker vs Sid, Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart in an Ironman Match are all examples of times at Wrestlemania where we had two faces collide.  Hell, even Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock 2 at Wrestlemania was face vs face even though in the end Austin went heel siding with Vinny Mac, but that’s not the point.  The point is that we’ve seen it happen where there has been face vs face in the main event.  It’s been a rarity at Wrestlemania, but it has happened nonetheless and if it worked in every one those years at Mania, why wouldn’t it work now with John Cena and The Rock.

Bottom line is that we won’t know until we see it before we know if all the build-up for this match will have paid off.   I feel that both guys are two good to let this match be a complete disaster that would put Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg to shame.  I don’t know who will go over in this match, but I kinda see that it would make more sense if Cena went over because unlike The Rock, John Cena will still be there since The Rock is not going back full-time.  In the meantime though, let’s stop the debates about who will be the face and who will be the heel and just watch the show.

What Does the Title of “Icon” Even Mean Anymore?

There has been a lot of talk about where or not Sting is an icon.  Wrestlezone’s own and also member of the bleacher report Justin LaBar has gone as far as to say that Sting is not an icon and that somehow indicates that the fact that Sting has not been part of the WWE is what is keeping him from truly being one.  You know before WCW went under, there was a point where WCW was good and was watchable.  There was a time when a 3 Hour WCW show wasn’t called Monday Nitro, it was called Clash of the Champions and it was done once a month except on the months when a PPV was taking place. At the time, that was the closest thing to WCW having monthly PPVs and they were doing it before WWE/WWF did.  And long before Hulk Hogan showed up in WCW, there were two things that were always at the top of the mountain top in WCW and that was Ric Flair and Sting.

Sting was the top baby face in WCW and was the considered by many to be franchise and the flagship of WCW.  The difference between Sting and Hogan was that Hogan had his spot in WCW handed to him on a silver platter while Sting worked his way up to earn it and had no problems holding the title belts that were below the World Title picture such as the tag team titles, TV Title and the U.S. Title. When did you ever see Hogan where either of those belts during his time in WCW? Sting didn’t have a problem with that because he was about doing what was best for that company.  Sting carried that company on his back to the end and when WCW was bought out,  the WWE acquired a lot of the names from WCW but the only one that they couldn’t acquire no matter how much money they tossed to him was Sting. Yeah, Sting ended up going to TNA eventually, but prior to that, the guy was happy with having a life outside of wrestling.

Last year there was all the talk about whether Sting would go to the WWE and be the one to take on The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.  Sting didn’t do that and ended up re-joining TNA.  Now, here’s the big question. Since WHEN does going to the WWE have to the deciding factor of whether or not a certain wrestler is an icon? Jerry Lawler is still hailed as the icon and pretty much a god in Memphis for his contributions to the sport.  Bret Hart is still considered an icon for his contributions to technical wrestling as many compare technical wrestlers to him. So why is Sting not worthy of being called an icon?  Much like Tommy Dreamer was called the Heart and Soul of ECW or Bryan Danielson was called the Heart and Soul of Ring of Honor, Sting was the Heart and Soul and everything else that there was for WCW.

You’re not called an icon in wrestling just because of where you were. You’re called that because of what you’ve contributed to the name of pro wrestling.  In WCW, you had 3 names that came to mind when it was in it’s purest state. Those three names were Ric Flair, The Four Horsemen and Sting.  Hulk Hogan for better or worse is called an icon but people remember most when he was WWE/WWF and not WCW. For the most part, a lot of people have and myself included linked Hogan’s stint in WCW being one of the things that lead to its downfall. Bottom line is, Sting did more for that one company all the way until the end than anyone else did.  That alone is what makes him an icon.  Is he THE icon as in the one that is at the top of the mountain? Probably not, but his contributions to wrestling are more than enough to make him an icon.

Triple H vs Taker 3: Miami, We Have a Problem

Let me set the record straight that I had no problem with this match taking place. I was skeptic about it until they made it a Hell in a Cell match.  Everything was just fine as it was so long as there was nothing that would jeopardize this match being a final showdown between the Undertaker and Triple H at Wrestlemania.  That unfortunately is what has now happened as “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels is now the referee for the match.  There are a lot of people who are probably cutting some slack because of the fact that this is HBK we’re talking about here. I’m a big fan of HBK and have been for sometime, but it doesn’t mean that I like this idea because I don’t.  I don’t like it one little bit.

Chris Harris and James Storm had a match inside Six Sides of Steel at Lockdown years ago. This should’ve been a great match, but it wasn’t and do you know why? Because they made the match a blindfold match.  Set aside the fact that a blindfold match is one of the stupidest gimmick matches ever made, you’re have a gimmick within a gimmick match and that never works out.  It’s gimmick overkill and when you throw multiple gimmicks into one match, it looks like a mess and the worst part about this with Hell in a Cell is that you didn’t need to have a guest referee much less Shawn Michaels.  What you have here is the WWE trying to fix what wasn’t broken to begin with.  Triple H and Undertaker proved last  year they could deliver a good match because in the last match they had, they damn near killed each other.   All you needed was to have them put on a match just as brutal inside a cage that once was known to be the most brutal in the history of the WWE.  You had people thinking about how brutal and violent it was going to be in this showdown between Triple H and Taker.  Now, all you have people talking about is what the finish is gonna be or to put it simply, will there be a screwjob finish?

Yes, there’s talk about whether the only way to end the streak will be a screwjob finish with Triple H winning the match thanks to help from his partner in crime from DX in Shawn Michaels.  Isn’t it bad enough that HBK spent a good chunk of his career being known as the guy that screwed over Bret Hart? Hell, some people still won’t get off him about that.  Do you really think he’d like to be known as the guy that screwed over Taker or that robbed the fans of the streak? Yeah, there’s a hell of a reputation to have in wrestling.  I’ve always been open to whether the streak ends or not.  I don’t have a problem with the streak never ending, but I’m also not opposed to the streak ending if there’s some way that it benefits.  I was at Mania when Randy Orton tried to end it and I was ready to see it end.  It didn’t end that night but I was still satisfied.  If it ended that night, then it would have elevated Randy Orton to super stardom and he would live in infamy as the man that ended the streak of the Undertaker.  Immortality is the only word that comes to mind with Triple H if he ended the streak, but I also think that if they were going to end it, then it would’ve ended last year.  I still think there is a chance that he could end it, but the feeling is significantly smaller than it was last year.

The worst part about having HBK in the match is that no matter what, whether he counts down Triple H or screws over Taker, you’re going to have one of those guys gunning for him and wanting to have one more match.   Neither of which is a good move because I honestly would rather Shawn Michaels stay retired because there is really nothing left to prove.  He’s going to be known as one of the greatest of all time. Hell, he’s already called that today and there’s no reason whatsoever to jeopardize that.  The right thing to do was to let Triple H and Taker beat the holy hell out of each other in that cage and have the people talk about the brutality to expect for this match and not what is going on right now which is people talking about whether or not Miami will be the home of the Undertaker screwjob because if that’s the outcome that does happen, it’s not just Taker who will be screwed but so will the fans.

Interview with Co-Owner of PWS Eric Tapout

This is the Shark Attack. I’m yours truly “The Shark” Sean Williams. I’m talking with the co-owner of the Pro Wrestling Syndicate. He is Eric Tapout. Eric, thank you for your time today and it’s great to be talking to you. How are you?
ERIC: I’m doing great Sean, thanks for taking the time to talk to me about Pro Wrestling Syndicate.
THE SHARK: There has been a lot of talk with the PWS regarding the event which took place on March 9th where Sid Vicious was supposed to be in the main event at your show and no-showed.  Has there been anything regarding word from Sid or any updates following the event?
ERIC: I have not had any conversation with Sid since the morning of March 9th when he informed me he would not be showing up due to his wallet being stolen at a deli.  I’m not sure if Sid vs Hardy was the main event for Super Card though, as much as it was a special attraction match.  Sami Callihan vs Colt Cabana for the PWS Title was the Main Event.  The only update I have though is this:   Sid’s flight was to leave Memphis at 6am.  If going by his story over the phone at 10:45am that his wallet was stolen at a deli … I couldn’t help but be curious what delis were open during the time of early morning when Sid would have had to enter. For a 6am flight, he would have had to be at Memphis Airport by 4am. Where does this deli come into play?  For my own piece of mind I did some research.  For starters there is no deli at The Memphis Airport. The food terminal at the airport consists of the following:  Starbucks (opens at 7am) , Back Yard Burger (opens at 7am), Blue Note Cafe (opens at 6:30am), Hudson News (opens at 7am), and Maggie O’Sheas (opens at 7am).   There is no deli or anything resembling a deli that would have been opened prior to Sid’s 6am departure at The Memphis Airport. Another fun fact: there are 193 delis in the city of Memphis.  A large portion of those are Blimpie & Subway restaurants which are not open at 6am.  The largest deli chain comprising another large chunk of those 193 delis in Memphis is called Kroger.  All of the Krogers in Memphis (which are delis within a the supermarket) are open 8am – 10pm.  The second largest chain is Front Line which opens at 10:30am. There are no 24/7 delis in Memphis and there are no delis in Memphis that would have been open between 3-5am on March 9th.   Once again, Sid’s flight was to depart at 6am and he claimed at 10:45am that his wallet was stolen earlier in the morning.  Why did Sid wait all those hours to phone PWS?  It does not add up at all.
THE SHARK: There is no bigger definition of a death sentence to one’s reputation than no-showing a main event, much less no-showing at a show period. Have you had any problems like this with anyone in the past and if so, were any of them as frequent with it as Sid?
ERIC: Sid definitely has been an exception in this department.  We are not used to no shows like this at all at PWS.  Of course, things do happen here and there.  For instance Zema Ion was to be on the March 9th event however his car broke down.  While I was on the phone with him that morning, he was legit at the auto repair place getting his car fixed.  I wouldn’t call that instance a ‘no show’ as much as I’d call it a legit accident that happened. PWS has been pretty good at delivering what we advertise.  Off the top of my head the last day of show big name change for us was in 2007 when Samoa Joe missed a flight and was replaced the day of show by Low Ki. That was 5 years ago. 
THE SHARK: You have said that there are some that side with what you guys did and some that feel it was crossing a line.  How big a percentage would you say is the majority that favor what you did in retaliation for Sid’s no-show?
ERIC: I wouldn’t even say it was retaliation. I don’t wish harm on Sid or anything like that.  There were 927 fans in attendance at Super Card 2012 and judging by their reaction they were happy with our brutal honesty about the situation. I do understand that some people may view it as unprofessional conduct on our part and all I can do is ask those people what they would have done any differently. We are running a business and will not be bullied around by Psycho Sid. 
THE SHARK: There are people still wondering if Sid will be at the next PWS show or any PWS show after this.  How do you and Pat Buck feel about that and do you feel that this is in fact a third strike for Sid?
ERIC:  Sid is a blessed individual to have the crowd demand that he does.   Third strike? Absolutely.  We have tried to be so patient and accommodating with Sid due to the crowd demand for him and each experience was more miserable than the one before. 
THE SHARK: You were able to get Jay Lethal to take the place of Sid. How much did it mean to you guys that Jay was able to fill in on such short notice and what would you guys have done if Jay wasn’t able to be there?
ERIC: After I got off the phone with Sid at 10:47am I contacted Buck and we immediately began rapid fire calling people.  Briscoes, Steen, Kennedy, Morrison, and TNA’s talent director Bob Ryder were just amongst the first handful of calls made.  We knew we had to do something.   Marty Jannetty and Balls Mahoney both agreed to wrestle a match for us, and Jay Lethal really came through huge in a clutch.  We were very lucky that Jay was in town (from Florida) and came through in such a big way.  Lethal started wrestling in PWS in 2007 and his match with Hardy was perhaps his most entertaining PWS match to date. 
THE SHARK: Some have said that using Sid’s cell number at the show was crossing a line. If given the chance, do you think you or Pat would’ve done things differently or did you feel this was the only way to truly show how pissed you guys were that he did this a 3rd time?
ERIC: If we could go back in time, I think we would have just booked Matt Hardy vs Jay Lethal from the start.
THE SHARK: In an article that featured an email you wrote to Chris Cash explaining happened, you pointed out that you offered refunds to those in attendance, but nobody wanted it.  What did that mean to you and Pat that despite not being given the main event that was advertised because of one guy not showing up, they still didn’t require their money back?
ERIC: I feel that fans in the North East area are the smartest wrestling fans in the world. That said, I believe they deserve high quality shows in exchange for their hard earned money. PWS tries to keep our tickets low ($20-30) and really give our fans the most bang for their buck possible.    Even without Sid, fans still got a lot of high quality matches and a lot of tv name power for their money.   I think by not one fan asking for a refund it just proves my thesis that fans in the North East are the smartest fans in the world.  They get it.  They really GET it. They get that one person doesn’t make or break a show.  They get that if a guy can’t have his stuff together to show up and wrestle before them for their hard earned money then they are not going to support that individual. Instead I think fans respect that Matt Hardy was there and busted his ass. They respect that Masada took a fireball to the face. They respect that AR Fox and Samuray Del Sol did things that appear to be humanly impossible. They respect that Danny Maff wrestled through an injury because he didn’t want to let the fans down. They respect that Jay Lethal was there in a clutch. They respect guys like Brett Gakiya, Nick Brubaker, and CJ Esparza that legit sat in a car for 11 hours just to be there at PWS to perform.   The list goes on.  I love our locker room as its filled with some of the absolute best and most dedicated wrestlers in the world and I am humbled that our fans ‘get’ that. 
THE SHARK: Finally, with the March 9th show now in the rear view, where do you guys go from here and what can wrestling fans expect from the Pro Wrestling Syndicate in the future?
ERIC: As great as the March 9th show was, I truly believe our May 4th Refuse To Lose 2012 event will blow it out of the water as we return to Rahway NJ with an even more insanely stacked lineup headlined by WWE Hall Of Famer Bret Hart.  Matt Hardy, Maria Kanellis, and Jillian Hall are just some of the names already announced for that event.  The full card will be announced in the coming days at 
THE SHARK: Eric, it’s been great talking to you and I thank you very much for your time and wish all the best for you, Pat and the rest at PWS.
ERIC: Once again, thank you Sean for your time and it’s been a privilege to give my opinions. 

Interview with ROH’s own Nigel McGuinness

Not too long ago, I had the honor and privilege to talk briefly with a man who holds a record  as being one of the longest reigning world heavyweight champions in Ring of Honor history.  He is now one half of the announce team that provides the voice for ROH TV in Nigel McGuinness.  Here’s how the interview went:

THE SHARK:  This is “The Shark Attack.” I am Sean Williams and I’m talking to a man who holds the record as being one of the longest reigning world champions in Ring of Honor history.  He currently provides the voice for Ring of Honor TV with Kevin Kelly and the master of “The Tower of London” and the Lariat. I’m talking of course about Nigel McGuinness. Nigel, it’s truly an honor to be talking to you. Thank you so much for your time and welcome to the Shark Attack. How are you?

NIGEL: Great.

THE SHARK: You’ve been back with Ring of Honor for quite a while now. How has the transition been for you thus far from in-ring competitor to broadcaster?

NIGEL: It’s not easy. But I get a little more comfortable each time. And working with Kevin, Jim and Delirious is awesome and helps me out no end.

THE SHARK: Over the years, the definition of a “heel” in wrestling has changed in most companies   Having spent a lot of your career as a heel, what has been the secret for you in being a heel and in your opinion, why has the definition of a heel changed?

NIGEL: Be yourself, well the part people don’t like. Everything has evolved since the eighties. Wrestling was just last to evolve.

THE SHARK: Is there a part of you that misses being in the ring and if you could wrestle one more match, who would you want your opponent to be out of anyone in the ROH roster right now?

NIGEL: I do miss it sometimes.  I was lucky enough to wrestle Eddie on my retirement tour. Either him or Roddy or Ciampa or Bennett or Jacobs.

THE SHARK: If circumstances were different and you were wrestling right now in ROH, would you have loved to win the ROH World Title one more time and break the record of your previous title reign and the title reign of Samoa Joe?

NIGEL: Hell No. I’d never have survived.  🙂 

THE SHARK: You left Ring of Honor to join TNA (aka Impact Wrestling) and became Desmond Wolfe. How did that environment compare to the one you left in ROH?

NIGEL: It was more commercial. Less of a family. But still welcoming as I knew so many of the guys there already. I was really happy to be there at first.

THE SHARK: Your first PPV match in TNA was against Kurt Angle. Was there pressure in having your first match be against a wrestler the caliber of Kurt Angle?

NIGEL: I never feel pressure for my big matches because I’m confident of my opponent’s ability. Kurt was as better than I could have possibly imagined. The Best.

THE SHARK: If you had stayed in TNA, what is something you would’ve loved to do that you weren’t able to do while you were there?

NIGEL: Punch Hulk Hogan in the face. Just kidding. I wished I’d have had a Title Shot on a PPV.

THE SHARK: How much of the opposition such as TNA and WWE do you watch at the moment and who are your favorites to watch?

NIGEL: I can’t watch WWE or TNA. For different reasons.  But I read about them and hearing about my friends makes me happy.

THE SHARK: As mentioned, you had one of the longest world title reigns in ROH history.  Why do you think that these days, most wrestling don’t seem to favor having anything long term whether it’s title reigns or rivalries?

NIGEL: Its what people learnt in the Monday Night Wars I guess. But the effects are being seen now. 

Check your local listings to find an affiliate of Sinclair Broadcasting to find Ring of Honor TV.  Big thank you to Nigel McGuinness for taking the time to answer my questions.