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Heartbroken

Posted in Wrestling with tags , , on April 1, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley


HBK. The Showstopper. The Icon that can still go. Mr. Wrestlemania. The journey that began back in Texas circa 1984 came to a sad end this past Monday night in Arizona; the birthplace of the Heartbreak Kid. Fittingly, one of the greatest careers in wrestling history ended where he life trek to wrestling superstardom began. Unlike most retirements in pro wrestling, Shawn Michaels’ is honest and not another carefully created storyline.

His career truly transcended wrestling. His Ironman Match against Bret Hart at Wrestlemania XII is arguably the best wrestling match of all-time. Shawn Michaels’ gift was pushing the envelope and setting a standard that will never be matched.

When the WWE needed a superstar to introduce a groundbreaking match, Shawn Michaels got the call. It’s a true testament to the masterful artistry of his craft. With it he captured the imagination of everyone who had the privilege of watching him perform. His ability was breathtaking. His sense for the moment was unsurpassed.

Even well past his physical prime, he currently rides a 6 year (2004-2009) streak of winning Match of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Prior to his injury imposed exile following Wrestlemania XIV, Michaels owned a 4 year streak for Match of the Year.

Pro wrestling lost the greatest performer in its history Monday night. He forever has a place at wrestling’s round table with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Undertaker. Like his iconic peers at that table, Shawn Michaels will never be replaced. If the WWE was Motley Crue, then he was Vince Neil and those following him would be John Corabi. The business of pro wrestling will roll on, but it certainly will never be the same without HBK.

So long Shawn Michaels and thanks for all the memories.

Hogan & Flair – It’s Never Real

Posted in Wrestling with tags , , , on November 19, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

If Ric Flair really could do this damage off a mere slap then he’d be the baddest man on the planet.

Woooo!  The latest chapter in the ongoing feud between “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan had the world buzzing for about 12 whole minutes.    TMZ was the 1st to break the story that a “real fight” between the two legendary wrestlers took place while promoting a wrestling match down under.  Hogan’s camp said it was not a publicity stunt and that the fight, as well as the injuries, was entirely real…and people actually bought it.

I love pro wrestling as much as the next guy and the idea of a Hogan-Flair match doesn’t mean what it did in the 80s or 90s, but it still doesn’t need this kind of PR garbage.  People love nostalgia and if Flair & Hogan are willing to do this dance for another 30 years then people will still flock to see it.  Wrestling fans are the most devoted fan base on Earth and they’ll continue to line up even after Hogan beats Flair for the gazillionth time.  “Hulkmania” has been running wild since the early 80s and it will never ever die.  Flair is the last “rassler” in my opinion and it doesn’t matter if the fight was real or not because Hogan-Flair is still as big a main event as you can get.

Those of you who thought, even for a nanosecond, that the altercation was real then you need to see this video:

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhguWF4Qtt1z34ljJ8

Hogan and Flair are the two biggest wrestlers of all-time.  While Hogan and Flair’s insults during the video are very personal, the fight however was not.  It’s cool though because we love them anyway.  All of their celebrated encounters captured our imaginations and still do.  That’s why people had to find out about this “fight”.  The real story is how two men, at this advanced stage in their careers as well as age, still manage to stay relevant in pop culture.  It’s 2009 and yet they still capture headlines.  That’s true staying power.  It’s what made them true living legends in the 1st place.  It’s why we’ll still tune in even when this fight heads to an old folks home.  The only real twist than can come out of this is that the winner gets Bigfoot in a steel cage on New Year’s Eve.  Even then it still wouldn’t outdo a Hogan-Flair match.

5 Reasons To Watch Fedor vs. Rogers

Posted in MMA with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

Dana White would have you believe that nothing in MMA exists outside of the UFC.  He has crushed every rival promotion that dare attempt to take a slice of the MMA pie.  Little experience and overspending have exhausted upstart promotions such as Elite XC and Affliction, but in Strikeforce/M-1 Global the UFC will see that this telecast will be different.

White knows it too.  He’s countering Strikeforce’s card with his own collaboration broadcast of main event fights from recent pay-per-view events.  It’s a colossal line up sure to put up a good fight against a quality card.  Sure to White’s displeasure, here are 5 reasons you should watch Strikeforce – Fedor vs. Rogers.

5) Women’s MMA

Just because Dana White didn’t want women fighting under the UFC banner doesn’t mean they don’t belong in the sport.  Make no mistake about it, these female warriors put on a good show.  In most cases their fights are more compelling than those of their male counterparts.  Carano vs. Cyborg was a massive success and even though women’s MMA is “The Gina Carano Show” this is an excellent opportunity to see the other capable women in the sport not named either Gina Carano or Cris Cyborg.  Roxanne Modaferri vs. Marloes Coenen should be an entertaining scrap and also help paint a picture of potential challenger(s) for Cris Cyborg.

4) Gegard Mousasi

"The Dream Catcher" lived up to his moniker by putting Babalu to sleep for the middleweight championship.

"The Dream Catcher" lived up to his moniker by putting Babalu to sleep for the middleweight championship.

Mousasi is arguably the most talented light heavyweight not in the UFC.  He has devastating skills and his impressive KO of former UFC champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral in his Strikefore debut opened many eyes.  His title is not on the line but keep in mind he’s the #7 ranked light heavyweight in the world regardless of promotion according to Sherdog.  Whenever a fighter is mentioned in the same breath as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida & Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, then that fighter deserves a look.  He shouldn’t disappoint.

3) Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Jake Shields

"Mayhem" is a lunatic and crazy guys are always entertaining.

"Mayhem" is a lunatic and crazy guys are always entertaining.

The Strikeforce Middleweight Championship fight is a lock for “Fight of the Night”.  “Mayhem” Miller should bring millions of fresh fans to the event thanks to his hosting gig on MTV’s “Bully Beatdown”.  Those who knew him before MTV know him for his flamboyant style and balls out fighting style.  Jake Shields is a beast that is vastly skilled and matches up well against Miller.  Shields is a heavy favorite but Miller doesn’t lat down for anybody and has promised to “beat the piss out of Jake Shields”.  You can bet the farm that both Miller and Shields will make this an instant classic.

2) Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor

Move over Mr. Rogers, this is Fedor's neighborhood.

The Russian Sambo king looks more like the neighborhood bus driver than the world’s top heavyweight, but his impressive record illustrates he’s butchered a murderer’s row of legendary heavyweights including a few former UFC champions.  Forget the language barrier because Fedor does his talking violently with his fists.  The next one in line looking to crush the folklore of Fedor is heavy-hitting Brett Rogers.  Rogers is a big and scary heavyweight who can end the fight in an instant.   At 6’5″ and 265lbs he is a monster of man who is living up the “Rocky” role leading up to the fight.  Fedor is no stranger to larger opponents and has dismantled them with the slightest window open for destruction.  This one is not going the distance and will be fun while it lasts.  If you love knockouts then this is a fight you’re not going to want to miss.

1) It’s Free

Strikeforce is exhibiting every MMA fan’s dream.  They are airing a PPV quality card for free on a major network.  The UFC has put on similar shows for free on Spike but believe it or not, not everyone has cable.  All you need is a television and you can watch Fedor vs. Rogers.

Competition is good and in this case the fans are the beneficiaries.  Pro wrestling was at its peak when Ted Turner’s WCW went head-to-head against Vince McMahon’s WWE (formerly WWF).  Competition raises the bar and forces one to boost their brand.  UFC105 is airing live on Spike and it’s not because Dana White wants to throw you a bone.

Hogan Not Acting Like A Hero

Posted in Wrestling with tags , , , , on August 25, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
Can hulk Hogan tell who is kissing him these days?  Left: Jennifer McDaniel - Right:  Brook Hogan

Can Hulk Hogan tell who is kissing him these days? Left: Jennifer McDaniel - Right: Brooke Hogan

Does this picture freak anyone else out?  A relationship between father and daughter is a special but Hulkamania is running a little bit too wild these days dating his daughter Brooke’s body double.  The picture above was taken from a recent concert in Miami for Brooke’s comeback that aired on Brooke’s reality show “Brooke Knows Best” in which Hulk Hogan made a special appearance.  After seeing this I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut anymore.  I want to be fair to one of my childhood heroes but the more I see this unfold the more it wigs me out.  From Brooke taking a peek at her father in the shower at a spa to the Hulkster applying sunscreen to Brooke’s derriere now has Hulk crossing into something disgustingly bizarre.  Sharing an intimate moment with a Brooke look-alike is body slamming the fantastic reputation Hogan built for himself as pro wrestling’s eminent figure along with all his charity work.  Hogan is a good person and unquestionable a great father in many respects but he needs to leg drop his sickness with some professional help.  Ugh, Hogan say your prayers, eat your vitamins and get straight because one father to another: lusting on your daughter is just plain sick.