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Tuesday July 1st 2008 Issue #2773
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Usually WWE sucks when it comes to surprises. They really do. Whenever they
hype something as a surprise it always ends up either lame, a complete
letdown or in most cases, both. Yesterday they didn't announce anything
regarding the fate of any of the Heavyweight titles moving to RAW and by the
time the first 30 minutes were done they hit a huge home run.
The idea of Punk playing his MITB contract didn't even cross my mind while
watching Edge saying that no one from RAW was going to take his title away.
I completely forgot about Punk's silly briefcase and when Batista came out
and destroyed him I thought, okay, here we go again for Great American Bash.
But as soon as Punk's music kicked in, I popped out of my seat! Yeah the way
he won is usually reserved for heels but nonetheless, I was happy to see a
young guy with the title belt. With Triple H out, the rest came out to play.
I was a bit scared that Punk was going to be used as a transitional champion
when JBL came on screen but was relieved when the show was over and Punk
still carried the gold. Good job, WWE. About damn time.
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
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> CM PUNK CASHES IN AND WINS THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE- It didn't take long for one of the Heavyweight titles to move to RAW after
on Sunday Edge and Triple H - both members of the Smackdown! brand -
retained the titles in their respective matches. On RAW yesterday, World
champion Edge interrupted Jim Ross' farewell speech to his fans and declared
that none of the RAW Superstars would be getting a shot at his title.
Batista confronted Edge while he was walking backstage and proceeded to
destroy the man who defeated him just twenty four hours ago, finishing him
with a Batista bomb. Just moments later, CM Punk emerged out of the locker
room with his Money in the Bank briefcase and referee Mike Chioda, cashing
in his contract which he won at WrestleMania XXIV. A GTS and a three count
later, CM Punk was officially announced as the new World Heavyweight
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6661]
> TOYOTA CENTER TO HOST THE 2009 HALL OF FAME- The 2009 Hall of Fame ceremony will be held next year at the Toyota Center
in Houston, TX., the night before the twenty fifth anniversary of
WrestleMania. This is the second time that the Hall of Fame will be held
inside an arena rather than an auditorium as done in the past. This year the
ceremony was held at the curtained-off Amway Arena and while more people
were in attendance several empty seats were visible. Tickets will go on sale
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> D'LO BROWN WRESTLES IN A DARK MATCH PRIOR TO RAW- Former Intercontinental and European champion D'Lo Brown wrestled Charlie
Haas in a dark match yesterday before the show went on the air winning with
his usual frog splash finisher. A month ago Brown signed a new deal with the
company, his first one since being released back in February 2003. Last year
he also wrestled some dark matches prior to television tapings but no deal
was reached between the two. The 35 year old spent six years in WWE from
1997 to 2003.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6613]
> TNA ANNOUNCES NEW TV DEAL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM- TNA Wrestling today announced that it has signed a deal with UK's Bravo
channel and a VOD agreement with BT Vision, BT's recently launched VOD
service. The new agreement will run from this month through December 2009
and was brokered by TNA's UK representatives RDA TV. The deal with Bravo
will see iMPACT! airing on Saturday nights just 48 hours after it airs in
the United States. Bravo will also air the TNA pay-per-views on Wednesday
nights on the sister channel Bravo 2. BT Vision acquired the rights for
video-on-demand TNA Xplosion which will air on a 14 day delay after the
premiere transmission on Bravo. Viewers can access these programs either on
a subscription or a la carte basis.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=9]
//->> GUEST COLUMN
By Seth Goldberg -[djgold316@...]-
Did WWE Get Punked?
Vince McMahon finally has a champion other than John Cena who fits the mold
of what WWE is looking for right now in a new, fresh face to hold the title.
Obviously HHH, Undertaker, and Batista are all championship caliber
wrestlers. But HHH is on Smackdown, and the WWE knew that it wasn't right to
put the title back on Cena (yet). So who else to turn to? Jeff Hardy is a
risk in a lot of ways. Wellness violations, injury prone. Carlito had
potential back in 2005. JBL seems to be a bit past his prime. Chris Jericho
hasn't gotten over the way we all thought he would. Booker T & Christian,
two very likely world title candidates are very happy in TNA. So who does
that leave? CM Punk?
Personally, I feel Santino Marella would have been a much better choice to
hold the title. The fans hang on to his every word right now. No one I know
changes the channel when he's on. He makes you laugh and hate him at the
same time in a way not done since the Rock. He's also a great wrestler and
he's not to muscular but not to skinny either. So he has the look of a
champion in this day and age. His look would have been a problem when guys
like Hogan and Warrior held the belt. But thanks to guys like Michaels,
Mysterio, & Benoit, someone like Santino Marella could hold the belt and be
believed and perceived as champion.
He's been in angles with Snoop Dogg and Sal from Jimmy Kimmel, yet he's
pinned credible wrestlers like Umaga. I honestly thought he was being built
up to be champion. I would have loved to see him be champion.
But I see why they chose CM Punk. He hasn't gotten a DUI recently. And I
feel that it's mostly because of the fact that he's practically zero risk
for a wellness policy violation. He's not going to get pulled over with
Marijuana in his car (cough**RVD**cough). He won't even have a drink at the
bar with the highest ranking WWE executives. So no risk for a DUI. In fact,
I'm sure he's a great designated driver. Everyone who is a top level
executive in WWE can sleep easily knowing he's champion. There will be no
troublesome phone calls in the morning informing them of a drunken, or drug
related incident the night before.
But doesn't this take away some of the exact edge that fans look for today?
Jeff Hardy has a rebellious quality about him that people can relate to. So
does Santino Marella. Who the heck can relate to CM Punk in 2008? In an era
when practically everyone has a DUI. When everyone has tried smoking weed at
some point. When clubbing is in, going to the movies is out. I think CM punk
is a great wrestler from a technical standpoint. But he seems like a boring
person. That's going to cost WWE in my opinion. People related to Austin for
reasons to lengthy to write here. They relate to Santino for reasons
mentioned above. Who relates to CM Punk. In a perfect world we'd all not
drink, do drugs and just train everyday and be "addicted to competition."
This country would be in better shape if that were the case. But it isn't.
And the WWE champion is more than just a champion. He needs to be a pop
culture symbol. And I don't think CM Punk is or ever will be. Nothing about
him is "larger than life" to me. I can't see him on the cover of TV guide.
Nor can I see him starring in movies.
Isn't it ironic that he's got the title while Samoa Joe does? But let's
hypothetically switch them for a second. Doesn't Joe as WWE Champ and Punk
as TNA champ seem like a better fit?
To be continued.....
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