Special Cast 010 :: WWE WrestleMania 31 Review and Fallout w/ Fearon Derry and Lucas Disangro

Recapping WWE WrestleMania XXXI and discussing the fallout thoroughout the week afterwards, join the Dirty Dawg Darsie as he has two one-hour discussions with Mr. Beverly Hills during the first half of the show and with Fearon Derry and Lucas the Intern from Pro Wrestling Weekly during the second half!

Chatting it up about AJ Lee retiring, the 1.3 million subscribers to the WWE Network, the Daniel Bryan-Chris Benoit comparison, Triple H and Stephaine McMahon vs. the Rock and Ronda Rousey, the WWE vs. WCW storyline, Terminator vs. RoboCop, Money in the Bank concept, and so much more!

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[00:00:00-00:01:10] Intro
[00:01:10-00:04:35] Theme
[00:04:35-01:06:28] Beverly Hills and the Dirty Dawg
[01:06:28-01:09:56] Seth Rollins on NBC’s Today Show
[01:09:56-02:10:38] Fearon Derry, Lucas the Intern, and Eric
[02:10:38-02:10:50] Outtro


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CM Punk Won’t Wrestle Again

CM Punk Won’t Wrestle Again

By Eric Darsie

Week after week it seems like the discussion of “Will CM Punk come back to the WWE?” isn’t as much as the prior week. Between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, everyone online seemed to fantasy book how CM Punk would return at WrestleMania and shake things up (since he last appeared in the Rumble match). When WrestleMania XXX came-and-gone and Punk didn’t do a run-in during the show, I feel like the discussion pretty much crashed and burned about Punk coming back to professional wrestling.

CM Punk 001There’s been an article written from one of CM Punks closest friends about him, stating that “…he’s the recently retired seven-time World Champion…,” indicating to me that he has no interest on coming back with his current state of mind (the whole article can be found here). The author of that article, Natalie Slater, even appeared in the CM Punk DVD “Best in the World” that the WWE put out a few years back.

We all know that CM Punk can be moody and with how it sounds like where he’s at mentally, he won’t be back, if at all. Chris Jericho mentioned in a interview, saying that “It took a long time for me to be able to come back, and I was probably the same age as Punk is now too, so maybe he’s going through the same thing and after a few years he’ll come back.” Jericho said that it took him a couple of years to even put any professional wrestling on his television, and after he was in the spot mentally to watch again, he slowly started to gain the passion to come back, and if Punk is in the same spot as he was, Jericho could see Punk coming back after a few years out of the industry (the interview can be read here if you’re interested).

I can relate to all the CM Punk fans, I am a huge Jericholic and was down for a few weeks after Jericho was written off after SummerSlam 2005. The difference between the two is Jericho finished off his contract and Punk walked off. Still, I fully understand where you guys are coming from. Before he left, I was getting more-and-more behind Punk, but he wasn’t anywhere close to being my favorite like Y2J was when he left in 2005.

So, my opinion about Punk coming back? I don’t think he’ll ever come back. He distanced himself from the business in the last four months, enough that he finally started to tweet again about a week ago (his last tween was on January 27th and his first tweet back was on May 18th). Yes, he’s active again on Twitter but everything he tweeted about was in regards to hockey. No explanation about why he’s gone or any news on his wrestling career.

Only Punk, Triple H, and Vince McMahon know what’s going on with CM Punk and his wrestling career (at least in the WWE). Since he made most fame in the WWE and made a great living up there, I can’t see Punk going to any other promotion to preform again. If McMahon tried to offer Punk everything that he request, what other promoter would be able to grant every wish Punk desires?If CM Punk’s anything like Chris Jericho, he wouldn’t want to go to any other wrestling promotion than

CM PunkWWE because of loyalty. Jericho said in numerous interviews and in his books that he dreams were to compete for Vince McMahon and since he made most fame over there and still in good graces with McMahon, he will never compete for another company. I know Punk and Jericho are there own individuals. The impression I get from Jericho, who knows Punk personally, the vibes I get are the same for Punk that Jericho has.

If you dreamed about becoming a professional wrestler and you accomplished your dreams in the biggest company, headlined their biggest event of the year and held their company title on multiple occasions, why would you go to a smaller promotion? The smaller company wouldn’t be able to secure you the same finances like the giant company could, and did. The smaller promotion isn’t as popular as the giant company, unless you want to try to build up that smaller promotion. I’m sorry but I can’t see CM Punk going back to TNA, since they seem to be a sinking hole. Could Punk go back to ROH? I see there’s a better chance of that happening than him going to TNA.

I guess to put it in a condense statement: I believe CM Punk is officially done with professional wrestling. He’s done everything he wanted to do in the industry, he saved up money that he doesn’t need to compete in the squared circle anymore, and he’s happy to be out of the industry that’s hard to get out of. Let’s watch and discuss some of his best matches and support him with whatever he decides to do. If he decides to come back, let’s welcome him with open arms. Like said, I can’t see him coming back. Thank you CM Punk for everything you’ve done and all the punishment you put your body through to entertain me.

Could John Cena Turn Heel?

Could John Cena Turn Heel?

By Eric Darsie

One of the most popular topics to debate on wrestling podcasts, websites, and message boards is the idea of John Cena turning heel. On one of the podcasts I listen to, the Still Real to Us Show (can be found here), had several different episodes discussing if Cena could do what the smarks want him to do, and that’s “turn on his fans.” One episode I remember them talking about it was their WrestleMania XXIX episode (can be found here) when Cena challenged the Rock for the WWE Championship.

Once again, that topic was brought up on the Bryan and Vinny show twice this past week over at WrestlingObserver.com, where on the Monday, April 28th, 2014 show (can be found here) and on the Wednesday, April 20th, 2014 show (can be found here). Granted on both shows, Bryan Alveraz didn’t want to discuss Cena turning heel again, but it was being brought up again on their message board. Why him bringing it up caught my attention was one of the reasons why he believes Cena turning heel wouldn’t work, and that’s all the charity work John Cena does.

On Monday, April 28th’s WWE Monday Night Raw, a video package played airing Cena granting three wishes with Make-A-Wish that he recently granted.   With his feud against Bray Wyatt, WWE Creative is starting to tie in fans “starting to turn on” John Cena, and are being brain washed by the Wyatt Family. Bryan mentioned on one of the Bryan and Vinny shows that the spilt reaction started as far back as SummerSlam 2005 when Cena defended the WWE title against Chris Jericho. In a sense its foolish to mention that the fans are starting to turn on Cena because of the Wyatt Family since Cena mentioned it many of times before on numerous promos, as well as the announcers mentioned it during programs, and previous opponents mentioned the spilt reactions.

Does the charity work make John Cena a babyface? In the eyes of children and parents, yes. Along with what the character stands for, John Cena is a babyface, hands down. In the eyes of the female’s fans, Cena is a face for his good looks and keeping up with being in great shape. The male demographic and the internet community is tired of seeing Cena as the top babyface and demands a change in character. Like what Bryan Alvarez said during one of the Bryan and Vinny shows this past week, nothing will change if Cena’s character does.

We already saw John Cena face everybody in main events. Randy Orton, Triple H, Batista, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, they all faced John Cena as heels (or as a face). If Cena happens to turn, we’d had to see him face those guys (or other guys I haven’t mentioned) all over again, only the tides had changed. Some of those feuds I don’t want to see again. Batista isn’t accepted as a babyface, Shawn Michaels won’t wrestle again, and his feud against Randy Orton was overdone when they had it before hand.

Besides having to rehatch a lot of feuds that’s been done before, the merchandise sales would go down because the kids and the women would feel that Cena has turned on them (and he would’ve, if he became a heel). John Cena is the top selling superstar in merchandise sales (can be found here), so if he turns, it could hurt the WWE financially. As a member of the internet community, that doesn’t matter to me but I do understand that WWE wants to make the best moves for the company financially.

If the WWE is concerned about their merchandising sales if they turn Cena, then should build up a new babyface superstar to take his place, if WWE Creative and Vince McMahon decides to make that decision. Daniel Bryan could be the face of the company if they keep building him up like they have in the last few years, but he isn’t in that place right now. Maybe in a few years Bryan could be the man to carry the torch for Cena, maybe. That decision is in the hands of the WWE and in my opinion; I can’t see them making that power play.

So, could John Cena turn heel? He could, Hulk Hogan did it in 1996 when he joined up with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and turned on all the Hulkamanics and WCW. I feel like it would have to be the right storyline, like it was for Hogan in 1996. The ratings didn’t jump right away for WCW Monday Nitro when “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan and the New World Order formed, but with the heat they gained while steamrolling over all the babyfaces, fans tuned in and wanted to see what was next for the New World Order. If the angle and storyline was right, John Cena could turn heel. Like mentioned earlier, WWE needs to build up the next top babyface and marketing tool if Vince McMahon and the Creative Team wants to turn John Cena. But as of now, I don’t expect John Cena to be other than the babyface he’s been for almost about a decade now. We can fantasy book it and all, but all it’ll be is fantasy. Let’s enjoy the product that the WWE is putting on and let’s see what’s next, for the next line of main eventers and next line of feuds and storylines.

Could the WWE Network Devalue the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

Could the WWE Network Devalue the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

By Eric Darsie

One of the biggest moves the WWE has made in the last decade has to be creating the WWE Network. On the opening day, I subscribed to the Network, excited to watch older pay-per-views from World Championship Wrestling and from mid-90s World Wrestling Federation. Another thing I’m thrilled about being a subscriber to the WWE Network is getting the current pay-per-views for free (technically it’s included with the $9.99 a month).

The pay-per-view name is starting to be phased out and the term “special events” are being used over the traditional pay-per-view name, since cable providers aren’t carrying the cards as pay-per-views anymore. After WrestleMania XXX, I’m starting to be concerned with how these “special events” will be booked.

First off, I find the “special events” name to be silly because I grew up with the pay-per-view name and loved the “supercard” name that was thrown around whenever I watched 80s WCW or WWF television. Whenever there’s a title match on Monday Night Raw or Friday Night SmackDown, those matches should be seen as something special, because it’s not usual to see championship brawls on television.

I feel if WWE booked these “special events” like they did for traditional pay-per-views or old Saturday Night’s Main Events, current fans and old-school fans who bought the Network off of the classic programming would tune in to watch the monthly “supercard.”

But with how the booking, in my opinion, hasn’t been as good as it once was over a decade ago, I’ve been in-and-out interested on the current product the last five or so years, depending on what storylines are a-happenin’ on the television every week. The Shawn Michaels-Chris Jericho feud from 2008, or the 400+ day WWE title reign of CM Punk, or the rise of Daniel Bryan and the Yes Movement, feuds and storylines like such are a few things that peaked my interest in WWE since WrestleMania XXV.

Secondly, and the biggest problem I have with the WWE Network is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship being devalued with the “special events.” The reason why I’m concerned that the WWE World Heavyweight title will be devalued is I’m concerned that the WWE Creative Team would consider the “special events” as an extension of Raw’s and SmackDown’s that they write for every week. Since the buyrate of the pay-per-view doesn’t matter anymore, why should they build-up storylines and have them climax once a month or why should they book a storyline that ends with a plot twist or an ending to the story once a month?

I am sure I am overreacting on my concern, since WrestleMania XXX was the only pay-per-view to be offered on the Network and only way we would know the pay-per-views/“special events” are simply an extension to weekly television once a month is waiting for WrestleMania 31 and see how things were booked between WrestleMania’s, but I feel like this is something that should be a concern for WWE and for the fan of the WWE product.

What would I suggest WWE Creative to do with my concern? I hope they prove me wrong by booking these Network pay-per-views like they had before when they were still offered on cable providers and deliver on the “special events,” making people want to turn into Raw every Monday night and SmackDown every Friday night and keep subscribing to the Network for they can continue watching to see what’s next for the following “special event.”

Yes, I am saying the Creative Team inside the WWE should do what they’re hired to do and give us angles and storylines that brings us back every week and give us a reason (or better yet, reasons) to give up our hard earned money to see what they have next week-in-and-week-out, and more yet, month-in-and-month-out. I guess, in the end, I don’t have much faith in the WWE Creative Team. They have put on awesome shows the last three months with the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, and WrestleMania. The build for Evolution versus the Shield for Extreme Rules. The beat-down that Kane gave to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan on Raw on Monday, April 21st.

I am looking forward to seeing how the six-man tag match will climax at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view and I am excited to see how Daniel Bryan retains the WWE World Heavyweight strap in a Extreme Rules match against the Big Red Machine. I hope the Creative Team keeps this trend up because if they do, my faith will be built back up in them and they’ll bring me back into the current product.

So, could the WWE Network devalue the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? As a whole, I don’t think so. But the Creative Team can by how they book pay-per-views. That’s with any champion and any era. I feel like the WWE Network could help bring value back to the WWE World Heavyweight title, and any other title the Creative decides to put value back in. Like said above, I hope the Creative Team keeps up with how they’ve been booking feuds and storylines so far this year, things are slowly starting to look positive.

WWE SummerSlam Tour

WWE SummerSlam Tour

One of the perks of where I work, I’m able to listen to my iPod and usually listen to podcast, to help past the time.  I listen to a lot of wrestling podcasts, talking news and reviewing classic events, among listening to different podcast of interests I have outside of the industry of professional wrestling.

Anyways, one of the wrestling podcasts I listen to discusses wrestling events that’s ten years old or older.  The podcast I listen to is called the Old School Wrestling podcast (found here) and on their 99th episode, the host discussed the National Wrestling Alliance’s 1987 Great American Bash tour (podcast can be found here).  Pushing a three hour show, I enjoyed listening to the Black Cat and Dre from start to finish.  While listening to their show, I thought of something that inspired this blog.

What if Vince McMahon takes the World Wrestling Entertainment on a similar tour that Jim Crockett took the Jim Crockett Promotions on the Great American Bash tour for a few years in the late-80s?  Could a professional wrestling tour be successful in the 2010s?

With SummerSlam being the WWE’s summer WrestleMania, why not give it a different taste than your normal wrestling pay-per-view feel and combine what the Jim Crockett Promotions did and capitalize on a summer tour?

Here’s my idea for the WWE SummerSlam tour: eliminate the June and July pay-per-views and after the May show, build up SummerSlam by the winner of a summer tour gets a shot at the WWE Champion.  To go with the SummerSlam DVD sales, why not make it a two-disc sell and on the second disc, put together all the matches of the summer tournament tour, for we receive a snapshot of why the challenger was facing the WWE Champion in the main event.

One thing I enjoyed from my teenage years was when the WWE did for one year only when building up Brock Lesnar in 2002, having him win the King of the Ring tournament and challenge for the Undisputed WWE title at SummerSlam and used the July pay-per-view as a stepping stone between the July PPV and the August PPV to continue building “the Next Big Thing.”

Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown, as well as WWE’s Wednesday Main Event should host a few of the matches, but shouldn’t be the focus of the three WWE weekly shows.  Why not add in a few summer specials on television, similar to what they did in the late-80s and early-90s with Saturday Night Main Events, only for the summer.  Maybe call it the “WWE: SummerSlam Special Tour, Episode (insert a number here)” and limit those shows to a couple a year, to make it something special, and make the SummerSlam build mean more.

Could the WWE use their June and July pay-per-views to build up properly to SummerSlam?  They hadn’t in years and I don’t have the faith for them to try again.  So if they eliminate two pay-per-views and schedule only ten PPVs a year, having three months between the May show and SummerSlam, SummerSlam would mean more since, if booked properly, would mean more since there were months between the paid shows.

I guess you, the reader, might be yelling at your screen, telling me that I answered my question in the paragraph above, saying that even eliminating two pay-per-views, WWE would crap on my idea since their bookers can’t write the storylines that a lot of us loved when we were kids.  I’ll give you that.  WWE has guys like Zeb Colter (Dutch Mantel) and Paul Heyman, who the books could be given to after WrestleMania and let them book the storyline and let Triple H or Vince McMahon, whoever, guide them and approve and disapprove on where the storylines go.

WWE had everything at their fingertips (or in their hands, depending on how old school they really are) on booking this correctly.  I don’t have much faith in their booking abilities nowadays but the little faith that I do have in them, if they treated this like something special, they could make this mean something.

To conclude, this was a fun idea for me to kick around and I hope you guys enjoyed reading it.  Let me know if you guys think my idea could work, or what changes you would cause, or if you could simply rewrite my blog and add in your own ideas, what are they?  I’m more than happy to hear your thoughts and opinions.  Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day!

To the WrestleMania Haters: Stop Complaining and Watch

To the WrestleMania Haters: Stop Complaining and Watch

By Dirty Dawg Darsie

One thing I’ve been hearing a lot for this year’s WrestleMania is a lot of complaining since the build-up for the WWE Championship match between champion the Rock versus his challenger John Cena haven’t been “up to par for the die-hard fans.”  I even heard people comparing this year’s WrestleMania to WrestleMania IX in 1993.  I’m writing to those people who are down on WrestleMania XXIX: quit complaining!

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I want to bring attention to last year’s WrestleMania, WrestleMania XXVIII, with the main events being Triple H versus the Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell, the WWE Champion CM Punk defending the title against Chris Jericho, the World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan facing Sheamus, and the Rock taking on John Cena – deeming that match “once in a lifetime.”  Okay, why bring up those four main-events and why bring up last year’s WrestleMania?  Everyone wanted to watch those matches yet after the show, only match they liked was the “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell match.

After the show last year, I remember people crapping on the show since it didn’t live up to their expectations.  For me, WrestleMania lived up to my expectations, and I had none.  Why?  I listen to podcasts, recapping the shows and discuss the main angles from the week, and I watch Raw from every week, but when I hold any wrestling show to a certain standard, it never lives up to it.  Last year for WrestleMania, I didn’t hold any standards for it, so it blew nothing out of the water.

So, those who been bashing WrestleMania XXIX, stop doing so!  Do what I and if the build-up for any of the matches aren’t living up to your expectations, don’t have any.

The WWE Championship build-up hasn’t tickled me in any way, with John Cena and the Rock missed a Raw a few weeks back and the Rock missed the following Raw, so I understand on how that build-up hasn’t been that great.  Their promos have been hit and miss for me.  Whenever both men are serious and say why they believe they can defeat each other, and obviously respond, I enjoy it.  Whenever Cena goes on a long mumble or they joke around stuff that doesn’t matter, they kill the excitement for me.

Also, in regards to their match, I hate that people are complaining about their WrestleMania 2012 match was built as “Once in a Lifetime” and they’re facing each other again.  What did they expect once the Rocky defeated the active, full-time John Cena?  Rock grew up in the business and is back wrestling the few matches he has to give back the industry he loves and grew up in.  Yes, Rock defeated CM Punk twice, but for business, that was the best thing to do.  And for business, Rock losing to Cena at Mania this year is good for business (that’s what is expected).

I’m sure you, the reader, aren’t excited for the Chris Jericho/Fandango match either.  I wasn’t either once that match was announced, or when those two teased it on television.  We all know that Jericho’s at the end of his career and comes around whenever his schedule allows him to.  With his run last year, losing to CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler, Jericho’s back to put the new generation of stars over.  If you don’t believe me, look at his last run when he came back in 2007 and feuded with Randy Orton, he put over Orton right from the start!

With Triple H versus Brock Lesnar, all I can say about their match is, just watch.  Yes, even I expect Triple H to go over, even though rumors already from the Wrestling Observer gentlemen, Lesnar will be facing the Rock next year at WrestleMania in New Orleans, and it’ll make sense for Lesnar to go over, but the last several WrestleMania matches Triple H’s been in, they’ve been amazing, regarding as one of the best matches on the WrestleMania card, and even for the year!  I don’t think Triple H came out of “retirement” to retire from wrestling, but enjoy the ride and see what he and Lesnar have for us to watch.  I know both men want to steal the show and want their match to memorable, so let’s step back, not hold any standards to their match, and enjoy what they do best, and that’s put on a show inside that twenty-by-twenty ring.

To conclude my opinion piece, if you don’t like what the WWE Creative Team has for us in regards to the build for WrestleMania 29, don’t hold any expectations and enjoy the ride that we’re on.  I did that for WrestleMania 28 and enjoyed the show and don’t understand why people crapped on the matches from that card.  No one likes to hear people complain, keep those negative opinions to yourself and let the wrestlers do their job and entertain us.