Nature of the Beast

I’m nearing 2 years that I’ve been doing this for whether it’s on PW Journal, my own blog or on the podcast show.  I’ve come to learn something when it comes to the nature of the beast.  A few days ago, I had a little bit of a spat between myself and former ECW alum/WWE wrestler and announcer/current TNA announcer in Taz.  I had said on my Twitter account that Taz’s commentary since his heel turn and joining Aces & Eights has become painful, even Michael Cole painful. Needless to say, Taz didn’t take too kindly to it as he replied with telling me to mute the TV, in follow him (guessing he meant unfollow) and to go jump in a lake.

Now, am I writing this as an attempt to attack back? No.  Reason why?  When you become an editorialist on a blog and/or podcast, you accept certain outcomes will more likely happen.  One is that you’ll have a greater chance at people disagreeing with you than agreeing with you. Hell, you’ll probably piss off a lot of them too.  The other outcome you accept is that you’ll likely make more enemies along the way than you will friends. You accept that when writing your opinions or broadcasting them is what you want to do.

My track record as it stands in the 2 years I’ve been doing this for:  I’ve traded words with other writers.  Hell, one of them still thinks I’m an asshole for calling him out on his journalistic credibility and sounding off on another writer. I’ve pissed off a promoter for him getting me an interview and failing to mention his indy promotion and pretty sure I pissed off that wrestler I interviewed for the same reason. I’ve sounded off on another specific topic and pissed off a podcaster whose show I used to call in on, so I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m a dick.  And now, you can add pissing off a retired wrestler/current announcer to that list.

So, am I writing this as an admission of guilt or regret? No. Am I writing this as an apology? No.  Am I writing this as an admission of pride and saying I’m proud of it? Of course not.  I’m simply saying that I’ve come to understand and accept the nature of the beast as described.  Because I also remember that when I said I was going to do my blog and what I do on my podcast, I was going to do it my way and wouldn’t settle for anything less.  I speak as a wrestling fan because that’s simply what I am is a wrestling fan.  I don’t do what I do on here or on my show as anything less than that.  So the whole point in what I’m saying here and this goes to others like myself, B-Dub Brian Waters, Dwayne Allen, Riley Ross, Mayer Nation and others.  We are wrestling fans. This is who we are and this is what we do when we talk wrestling.

 

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The Analogy of “WCW All Over Again”

These days whenever TNA or WWE screws up, the analogy that is used is that it’s WCW all over again.  Now wrestling has been around for years.  We’ve seen many promotions go under. Names such as USWF, AWA, Smokey Mountain, WCCW, ECW and the list goes on.  So why of all promotions that have gone under do we use WCW as a reference? Because when it comes to WCW, we focus on what could’ve been as opposed to what it became. WCW had WWE or WWF at the time backed up against the wall. Eric Bischoff brought the company into extinction because he used it like an ATM machine and chose personal over professional.  By that, I mean he chose his friends like Kevin Nash over those that should’ve been pushed to the top.

Now we’ve seen similarities in both WWE and TNA in the mistakes WCW made towards the end.   WWE only focuses on certain guys like WCW did and focuses on trying to make a G to PG rated product.  TNA focused on who they could acquire from the other guys as opposed to growing and grooming the talent that was already there.  Now in the case of the WWE, another analogy that is made is that buying out WCW was the worst thing that could’ve happened to WWE and that goes without saying. They eliminated the competition and that means there was no reason  to raise the bar or anything to compete against.  In their eyes, there was no reason for effort.   In a way, WWE became WCW because WCW wanted to beat the WWE and bring it down. The way things have been lately with the WWE, it’s like they’re bringing themselves down from the inside.

Some people say politicians these days have forgotten and even diluded what the founding fathers built this country on.  Now this is not going to be a political debate. I don’t do politics or religion on this show.  But the WWE has forgotten the very basics of pro wrestling and a lot of that faults on how the McMahons don’t seem to want to be connected to pro wrestling anymore.  Linda is focusing on politics and Vince seems to be wanting to be part of that.  And if they don’t want to be a part of it, then perhaps it’s time for changing of the guard, sooner rather than later before some fans forget what pro wrestling is supposed to be.

Where’s the Professionalism?

For those that were unable to hear what I was saying in my Shark Bite last night, this is what I had said.

A story broke out about ROH Stars at an indy show stiffing the promotion and refusing to wrestle.  According to a report at a show called Adrenaline Pro Wrestling that was taking place in Iowa, ROH stars Davey Richards, Kyle O’Reilly, and Tony Kozina were advertised for the show.  The report goes on to say how they showed up well after the opening bell, bullied & threatened the promoter about their matches and demanding payment up front and that while their opponents waited in the ring, they up and left and reports have indicated that they’ve been bragging about it online and calling themselves Team Bandits as opposed to Team Ambition.  Wrestler for the promotion Jaysin Strife went off on the group in the ring in front of the crowd on a microphone. Strife went as far as to say that those guys can go and die, and that he felt they disrespected himself, the company and what he does. He referred to them as snakes and thieves.   Strife was irate for the fact that they demanded money that they didn’t earn because they didn’t do what they were paid to do in going out there and entertaining the crowd and felt disgusted to have been in the ring with those guys and that he wouldn’t rest until companies finally saw these guys as the snakes they are and how they were anything but professionals.

I always strive to maintain a professional and unbiased sense, even for those that I may not respect or like.   When I first started doing this, one of the first guys I wanted to interview because I admired his talent, his skill and I felt he deserved to win the ROH world title was Davey Richards.  I requested the interview and he said to me “Sure man. 100 bucks.”  Whatever respect I had at that point, died out because of this.  100 bucks for what? Because you’d be voluntarily giving your time for an interview?  To loosely quote Jeff Daniels on “The Newsroom”, I don’t have subpoena power. Everybody that I interview or that comes on this show does it voluntarily and none of them are demanding any payment up front or afterwards for it.  It’s one thing to no show an event but demand payment upfront and bail is just a whole new low.

In the time that I’ve done this, I’ve been fortunate to interview who I have during the course.  Kevin Steen and Prince Nana were two of my first interviews.  The first phone interview I ever did was “Scrapiron” Adam Pearce.  “The One Man Militia” Matt Justice and even more recently Adam Cole are among names I’ve had the privilege to interview.  I respected those men and others I’ve interviewed for taking the time out of their schedule voluntarily to let me interview them.  Kevin Steen was my first interview. Prince Nana after and even earlier this year when I suffered a loss in my family, Prince Nana was gracious enough to send his condolences to me. He didn’t have to do it nor was I expecting him to, but he did it anyway and to which, I’m grateful.  Matt Justice when he replied back with the answers to my questions, apologized for the time it took to get them.  He didn’t have to do it, but he still showed the class and professionalism for it. Adam Pearce was prompt in the time he called and is one of the biggest class acts I’ve had the privilege to talk with and is as good as they come.  Adam Cole in the time that I talked with him, showed a certain amount of respect, class, professionalism, and was vocal about the love, passion and honor that he holds towards what he does as a professional wrestler.

So why this you may ask? Simple, where the hell is the professionalism with some people and especially in guys like Kyle O’Reilly, Davey Richards, and Tony Kozina? This is why I have a beef with some guys like Brock Lesnar who don’t have a love or passion to be in the business.  If you don’t want to be there, than don’t be there and stop wasting your time, the guys in the back’s time and the time of the fans because you guys are getting to do what some of us fans could only dream of doing and you’re doing what other guys who are working their asses off to get a taste of even a glimpse of the limelight you guys have. Some of these guys never get to that point, but they keep doing it. Gregory Iron has a gimp hand due to cerebral palsy, but he still goes out there and wrestles.  Zack Gowen still wrestles in the indies and the guy has only one freaking leg.  You guys have no limitations physically unless in the case of what took place in Iowa, you count greed and ego as a physical limitation.

Now, I may not have the physical prowess to be a pro wrestler.  But, if I was taller, more fit and offered a job as a professional wrestler, would I take it? In a New York Minute and the difference is that when I’m paid for doing my job, I earned the pay because I did what was asked and what was expected of me. I don’t go taking the money and run and then brag about it like I nailed the head cheerleader in high school.  The difference in a guy like Brock Lesnar and in guys like Richards, Kozina and O’Reilly did is that we expect as much from Lesnar, but we expect more out of guys like those 3. There’s nothing professional about acting like a bunch of unprofessional parasites and then bragging & laughing about what you did like a jackass.  Bottom line is not only did they steal the money from that promotion, money they didn’t earn that night, but they screwed the fans over that paid for those tickets to see great wrestling from 3 guys they thought would deliver, but instead all they got was three punks who stole their money and wasted their time.

Wanna know why Adam Cole got the pin over Davey Richards at the ROH Anniversary Show or why Eddie Edwards won the TV title over Davey Richards or won the World Title before him or why Kevin Steen holds that belt now? Maybe it’s because they’re just simply better or maybe it’s because they haven’t forgotten what the word “Professional” in professional wrestler means.

The Shark Attack’s Milestone

This past week, your’s truly made his debut on Blog Talk Radio in bringing to the air waves “The Shark Attack Goes Live” and bringing to the table what I bring to all of you in my articles and what I write on here.   Those of you that wish to catch it can do so Tuesday nights at 11 pm eastern time, 8 pm pacific time and the number is (347) 945-6363 and keep in mind that this is just the beginning. As weeks go on, I’ll debuting segments and interviews for all of the true wrestling fans out there.

But of course, I want to thank a lot of people that believed in yours truly and helped make the first show the milestone that it was for me. I want to thank the members of the Triple Threat of Wrestling Talk which includes the Head Cheerleader herself Kasey and creators of the Wrestling Wrealm in  Mr Main Event B-Dub Brian Waters and The Real F’N Deal and No Gimmicks Needed Thank You in Dwayne Allen.  I also want to thank Jason Chinsolo from We Want Wrestling for being one of the first to believe in my ability as well as Greg Mitchell of Ultimate Sports Talk.  I also want to thank Wrestlezone writer and ROH Announcer  Kevin Kelly for being one of the first to recognize my passion for pro wrestling. I also want to thank the creators of the Podcast of Pain in E-Rock Eric Sheppard and Charlie Speed and last but not least Addie & Mo from We Talk Wrestling.

I can’t thank you guys enough for it and I look forward to bringing you my “A” game every week when I go live.  And to use a little bit of the Rowdy One himself Roddy Piper:

My name is “The Shark” Sean Williams. I am the Apex Predator of Wrestling Talk & The Wrestling Wrealm, and you ain’t seen NOTHING yet!!!!

What the Word “EXTREME” Really Means?

For those of you that check out my work or follow on Twitter or Facebook,  I’ve been an avid caller on Perfect Plex talk radio.  It was in doing this that I established myself with the name of The Apex Predator of Perfect Plex and now, thank you Dwayne Allen, The Apex Predator of the Wrestling Wrealm.  I’ve supported Brian Waters aka Mr Main Event and at the time, I supported Mike Knoxxx.  However, things over the last week or so have changed as Mike and myself don’t see eye to eye on certain things.  One of them which happens to also be a topic I don’t like with a lot writers who do this, is the verbal bashing of ECW. Somebody had said to me that I need to come to an understanding with Mike but I understand things fine as I’m gonna explain.

Eric Sheppard aka ERock of Podcast of Pain, had an opinion of his own on ECW and a lot of what he said is what many guys including Mike don’t get about ECW.  ECW was not and I repeat NOT just about the barbed wire, flaming tables, chair, blood and violence.  It was about a sense of belonging and a sense of being a part of something and in this case, ECW was a revolution and those that were loyal to it, those fans that were loyal and chanted those 3 letters were as much a part of that revolution as the guys in that ring were. Yes, it was the misfits that didn’t get even a shot or the rejects that WWE or WCW cast out, but what made ECW special was what the guys in charge like Paul Heyman gave these guys: a chance. A chance to become something, a chance to live a dream because the fact is that no matter what the talk is about being all about the money and all that, it started out for these guys that they were doing this because it’s been their dream to be a pro wrestler and to become a star in it.  To those guys that say “It’s always been about money” or saying that the dream is just an illusion or doesn’t exist and it never did or even that no stars came out of ECW, all I can say to those guy is BLOW IT YOUR ASS!!!!!!

The Dudley Boyz aka Team 3-D established themselves as the baddest tag team on the planet in ECW. They didn’t go to WWE or even to TNA until after they set the standard for tag teams in ECW.  Brian Pillman became a loose cannon in ECW long before he ever went to WWE.  Steve Austin was fired from WCW by a phone call and had a chip on his shoulder. Paul Heyman and ECW gave him the chance to make that his strength.  He went to ECW before WWE and the fuse was lit in ECW and by the time the fuse reached it’s end and went off, it went off in WWE and Stone Cold Steve Austin was born.  Stone Cold came to fruition in WWE, but it was ECW that pointed him in the right direction.  Scott Levy was never going to go anywhere in WCW as Scotty Flamingo and he damn sure was never going to reach the top in WWE as Johnny Polo.  It wasn’t until going to ECW that he left those gimmicks behind and Raven was born.  Mick Foley went to ECW after WCW and thanks to that and thanks to the Death Match tournaments in Japan, gave Cactus Jack a whole new standard.  Then there’s the WCW Cruiserweight Division and the guys that made it what it was.  Let me run down the names for you as well as others that WCW acquired:  Dean Malenko, Juventud Guerrera, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Psychosis, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho.  Those guys were a quarter of WCW’s roster and if they weren’t wrestling elsewhere and making themselves known, WCW wouldn’t have even raised so much as a glance at those guys.  Public Enemy, Rhino, Rob Van Dam, Bam Bam Bigelow, 2 Cold Scorpio, Super Crazy, Tajiri, Sandman, Mike Awesome, Masato Tanaka, Chris Candido,  Steve Corino, Balls Mahoney, Sabu, Jerry Lynn and probably some others that I’m leaving out, but the fact is that ECW made these guys and for a lot of them, it was because they were given the chances that neither WCW or WWE would’ve given them on their best day.

ERock said it best about the word “Hardcore” and that it wasn’t just about the violence and brutality. It was about the passion and the admiration and the damn undying loyalty that the fans had for that product.  It was about more than the type of wrestling that we got, it was about what it represented. When people continue to refer to it as “Extremely Crappy Wrestling” and use the excuse that i was what Jerry Lawler always called it, it doesn’t change things considering that Jerry Lawler stopped calling it that almost 20 years ago.  Voicing your disapproval of a product is one thing, but when you’re continuously ripping into the product and doing so by saying the same exact thing you’ve said time in and time out, you’re pretty much looking down and spitting on what many valued and held dear because you glance at it and think that you understood what it was about.  If you’re going to rip into something, make sure you have all of your facts straight but always remember that when you have an opinion, always be ready to have somebody challenge it, disagree with it, and/or think that their opinion is superior to yours.

We’ve seen the word Extreme used to the point where it almost loses all meaning.  Yes, ECW is dead and buried and it went under and while the reasons always vary such as “it expanded too quickly” or whatever, the fact is that it went under and that’s all there is to it.  After the first One Night Stand, that was my closure on ECW. I was content with that and I was able to leave it behind me.  You want to say that you don’t like the product, than fine.  But don’t try to push it down on us that did love it and think that we’re brain-dead on the subject because the fact is that those of us that remember ECW and understood what it was about were loyal to it than and we’ll always honor it as a memory in pro wrestling. And to certain people that still don’t get that, all I can say is quite simply this:

E…..C……F**KING…….W!!!!!!!!!

“Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce vs Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana ONE MORE TIME

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PJJuX1254Uw 

It was just about two weeks ago where Colt Cabana won the NWA world title from the Four Time NWA World Champ and a personal favorite of The Shark in Adam Pearce.  This is also the second time that Pearce has lost the belt in his four title reigns to Cabana and going by the promo he cut and the challenge that he laid out, this is the breaking point for Scrap Iron himself. He’s laid out the challenge for a best of seven series that was aptly titled “7 Levels of Hate.”

Pearce made it clear that just one rematch against Cabana was going to cut it nor would beating him 2 times.  The sole mission that he has is to prove that he’s the best and that he’s better than Colt Cabana.  He’s even made it clear that while Cabana may have nothing to prove, Pearce has EVERYTHING to prove. He’s doing it to the point where he’s laying it ALL on the line or as he put it, giving Cabana his one and only chance to shut Pearce up and most of all, the chance to take Adam Pearce out of pro wrestling because he has  said that he will walk away if he can’t beat Cabana.

Some of the best moments in wrestling and the most entertaining have been a best of five or best of seven series.  TNA demonstrated that with the Motor City Machine Guns vs Beer Money in a best of five series.  Chris Benoit and Booker T had a best of seven series for the U.S. Title in WCW.  I think it’s a safe bet to say that this will be no different for Pearce and Cabana as in promos like that and given the history between the two, there is plenty of emotion involved in this and you just don’t get enough of that in wrestling these days.

As for who do I think will come out on top, I would like to see Pearce take the bar in his career and raise it up another notch and become a Five Time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.  You can feel the determination, the emotion and the mindset that he’s in with his promo.  The guy is looking at this like he’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain and history has shown that in some cases, the most ferocious fighter is the one that backed up against the wall. Pearce has the mindset of a caged animal and sometimes if they’re hungry enough or just pissed off enough, a caged animal can be as deadly as they come.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the smoke clears with these two.

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.