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WWE WrestleMania 34 Predictions

It’s WrestleMania week and sure enough I’m still not hyped for Mania. Something about this years build isn’t getting my blood flowing like past years. Back in January when Shinsuke Nakamura won the Royal Rumble and announced he wanted to face AJ Styles I was onboard. But in the past few weeks Style was and or is injured and may miss his Mania match… And look at Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns story, the whole no show, showing up when your suspended and still get distorted, I’m not buying it. But it’s WrestleMania this Sunday and of course I’ll be watching it and like every year past, here are my predictions.

I do believe it’s time for Reigns to go over and win the WWE Universal Championship.

Cena will call out the Undertaker at Mania and they’ll have their match. Cena did a lot of trash talking in the lead up and it’s time for Undertaker to shut him up. Hopefully we see American Badass gimmick return.

Daniel Bryan announced his in ring return… Don’t see him losing at Mania. As for Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle facing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, I’m giving to the Authority. But we all know Rousey and Angle are going over… as for the other matches…

AJ Styles

Fin Balor

Bobby Roode

Nia Jax

Charlotte Flair

Braun Strowman

Living the #FigLife Top 5 WWE LJN Figures

I been really enjoying writing about wrestling figures and I’m gonna finish this series with the LJN line. Big chunks of rubber and paint crashing into each other! They are really indestructible sometimes. What makes the LJN figs playable are the poses the superstars come in. And you can forget about Rick Rude making this list. Worst LJN ever!

5. Greg Valentine

Valentine was a figure I got much later in life from a family friend. I didn’t use him much since Hasbro was popular at the time. He mostly stood on a shelf.

4. George Steele

Talk about a brick of rubber. Maybe a bulldog or Japanese arm drag but in all reality he could splash a laying opponent. I liked Steele growing up so this fig has a lot of sentimental value.

3. S.D. Jones

The longest IC Champion when I was booking my fantasy league. SD could do it all. I gave him a chokeslam finisher.

2. Ricky Steamboat

Perfect hand for an iron claw submission or something simple as a drop kick.

1. Hulk Hogan

From leg drops, diving elbow to an hurricanrana. The Hogan fig could do it all.

The one LJN that never crossed my path was Randy Savage. Never saw one in a store or yard sale. What are some of your favorite WWF LJN figures?

Living the #FigLife Top 5 WWE Mattel Action Figures

I been buying and collecting wrestling action figures since the LJN era. My collection of JAKKS I’m very proud of but backed off when I found out Mattel took over the WWE license and thought I might as well stop with JAKKS because I really don’t want to rebuy all these figures over again… Until I bought my first Mattel and I was hooked once again. My first figure came from WWE Legends Series 5 with Macho Man Randy Savage. JAKKS never had a Savage figure and I couldn’t pass him up!

These are my Top Five favorite WWE Mattel action figures.

5. Becky Lynch (Elite 49)

I’ve always been 50/50 on Lynch but came around a year ago. I picked up her Elite 49 figure on clearance, it just looks good. She has her steampunk top hat, goggles and duster.

4. Razor Ramon (WrestleMania 32 Basic)

When I was looking for a Razor there’s a Defining Moments figure with purple ring gear, but I wasn’t looking to get anything fancy. So I found a basic with black and gold ring gear which to me is the classic Razor look. Sure he didn’t come with a vest but still a nice figure to add to my Kliq/New Generation Era collection.

3. D’Lo Brown (Elite 52)

D’Lo was my favorite wrestler in the Nation and he’s a bit underrated, he’s one of a few people in the Attitude Era that wasn’t named Hardy doing high flying moves. The Elite 52 figure is spot on, down to the protective vest.

2. Dusty Rhodes (Target Exclusive)

I skipped on buying WWE Legends Series 1 Dusty Rhodes to buy Randy Savage, years later when Target had Rhodes packaged with the WCW ring I couldn’t pass it up. Rhodes was in his NWA era ring attire with the big gold belt and by this time I was already three rings deep and having one more couldn’t hurt. But it’s the classic Dusty that I like about the figure. Cowboy ring boots, birthmark and one elbow pad. Classic!

1. Bret Hart (Defining Moments 5)

I gotta have my all time favorite wrestler. This figure is from In Your House: Canadian Stampede. Everything about this figure is awesome, he comes with a Canadian flag, sunglasses, and a leather jacket with the Hitman skull logo on the back. Everything you need to make a perfect Bret Hart figure.

Who’s Next? At this point Mattel is making everyone, as of this year X-PAC has four figures floating around and one of them is Syxx from his WCW run. But I really want to see a Gorilla Monsoon figure because Bobby Heenan has a figure out and one on the way, and I need a Prime Time Wrestling duo. Another figure I would buy is Haku in his King of the Ring attire.

And now a word from Lawrence of The Awesome 80’s Podcast on his top 3 favorite wrestling action figures.

Thanks Doiner for including me in this column. I was a hardcore collector from 1990-2005. Although I do have some of the early WWF figures they didn’t capture my heart at the time. After I was collecting for a few years I stopped opening all figures and kept them in their packaging. If I really wanted to open one I would buy doubles but even then I found I would have a tough time allowing myself to open the package. I found I got more joy out of holding the unopened package and looking at them than I did playing with an opened one.

If anyone is looking for gift ideas I have always regretted opening the 1990 WCW set and am willing to take donations of any of those figures. Enjoy my Top 3 list below and feel free to comment about your favorites. My favorites are all about sentimental value and not which ones looked the coolest or had the best moves.

3. Shawn Michaels (Road to WrestleMania 22 – Series 1)

Shawn Michaels as Hulk. This figure makes me laugh and reminds me of the promo HBK delivered right before their 2005 Summer Slam match where Shawn over sold everything and made Hulk look like an asshole. If you haven’t watched this match or haven’t watched it in a while as a wrestling fan you owe it to yourself to check it out.

2. Mick Foley’s Triple Threat

I was a huge Foley mark since his 1991 WCW run. So I was the worst to be around when he was at his peak in WWF from 1998-2002. I loved everything Foley did and I wasn’t shy about telling everyone I saw. When this set got released I was full on mark mode. It is of course still sitting in my collection, unopened.

1. Jim Ross (Ringside Collection Series 2)

I was also a big JR mark. This is my #1 because I searched for over 6 months to find this figure. Every Wal*Mart or Toys R Us I passed I had to stop to try to find it. The fleeting moment of joy I had when I found it and held it in my hands was a euphoric feeling for all of 10 seconds. I have four of this figures currently sitting in my basement you guessed it all unopened. Special shout out to my college girlfriend who also had to stop at everyone of those Wal*Mart’s, Toys R Us and oh ya I forgot we also stopped at every K B Toy stores.

Honorable mention to the WCW 1990 set. This was the first set that I hardcore collected. I still have the entire set in my collection but I opened them all to book shows using the WCW ring I had. Special shout out to the spring loaded ring platform.

WWE Royal Rumble Aftermath

The women’s Royal Rumble match went on last and what a match it was. Asuka eliminated Nikki Bella to become the first woman to win said match. Before she could choose which champion she wants to face at WrestleMania, Ronda Rousey made her appearance staring down Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss and Asuka. She event had a stare down and handshake with Stephanie McMahon.

Some of my favorite highlights was seeing Beth Phoenix wrestling again, I miss her in ring work so bad. Natalya Neidhart eliminated Phoenix. Another person I was surprised to see was the number thirty entrance, Trish Stratus and she still can go. She and Mickie James faced off reuniting their feud. A couple other names appeared was Molly Holly and Lita. Lita got some ring rust. Torrie Wilson and Michelle McCool were good. And entering at number nineteen was Kelly Kelly… What a joke!

Let me get this out there… Jason Jordan is the Marty Jannetty in every tag team he is in. The Bar defeated Seth Rollins to win the RAW Tag Team Championships. Jordan got taken out early by Cesaro by slamming him face first into the ring post. The match was basically a two on one match and Rollins worked his tail off.

The men’s Royal Rumble match was good but it was a bit fast. Shinsuke Nakamura eliminated Roman Reigns to win the match. I and everyone watching the Rumble was happy Reigns didn’t win. A one point it could’ve came down to Cena-Reigns and if that have happened everyone in the crowd would’ve rioted.

Rey Mysterio, Adam Cole and Andrade Cien Almas made surprise appearances. Mysterio shocked me the most since he’s been in Lucha Underground and the way he left the E wasn’t on good terms.

Brock Lesnar retained the Universal Championship in a brutal match with Braun Strowman and Kane. Strowman kneed Lesnar in the head and got a punch in the face receipt for it. Strowman looked a bit shaken by it. This match was spot heavy, from getting hit by chairs and destroying three announce tables and two additional tables. Just watch the match it’s worth it.

AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to retain the WWE Championship.

The Usos defeated Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.

Royal Rumble (2018) was good but I still say NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia was a better show when it comes to in ring work.

Rhodes Turns On Omega At New Beginning

Last night at New Japan Pro Wrestling: The New Beginning event in Sapporo saw Cody Rhodes turn on Kenny Omega after he lost his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship to Jay White. After Cody hit the Cross Rhodes on Omega and anymore damage could be done Kota Ibushi made the save. Reuniting the Golden Lovers once again!

Omega getting kicked out of the Bullet Club has people saying he may appear in tonight’s Royal Rumble match. I don’t see that happening. Omega is a face now and with the help of Ibushi, I see them trying to destroy the Bullet Club. Maybe a Omega-Cody match is in the works, love to see that in a year long build and at Wrestle Kingdom 13.

WWE Royal Rumble Predictions (2018)

The road to WrestleMania starts at the Royal Rumble. One man and one woman will go on to headline WrestleMania 34.

Dirt sheets are saying John Cena will win the rumble but face Undertaker at Mania and not go for a world championship title shot. Cena has won in the past and I really don’t like repeat winners and if Cena wins there still needs to be someone going for the SmackDown or RAW world championship. I’m predicting Bray Wyatt to win.

The women’s rumble match I’m really looking forward to but let’s not have Ronda Rousey win the match, just have her as a surprise entrant. I can’t wait to see who’s all going to be in this rumble, hopefully some past WWE superstars pull a one shot. Right now I’m high on Nia Jax and want her to win the rumble.

Triple threat match for the WWE Universal Championship… Brock has been champion for awhile now and Kane is kinda busy on the political scene and then there’s Braun Strowman. The man who tipped over an semi truck! He’s so over with the crowd and Wrestle Twitter, it’s time for him to win gold and I hope he does.

Handicap match for the WWE Championship… AJ Styles will face Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. I like the direction where Owens and Zayn is going but I can see Owens turn on Zayn if they win the championship. Keep it on AJ and give him his WrestleMania moment in a singles match that has nothing to do with Shane McMahon.

Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin over the Usos to become the new SmackDown Tag Champs.

Cedric Alexander is going for the Cruiserweight Championship facing Enzo Amore and it’s time for Alexander to get gold. He’s a great performer and the Lumbar Check is a sick finisher.

Update: Enzo Amore got future endeavored. So he won’t be making it to the Royal Rumble.

Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan vs Cesaro and Sheamus… Not a fan of Jason Jordan and Kurt Angle’s family storyline and ever since I’ve been sour on Jordan. The Bar has already seen tag team gold, Jordan and Rollins will hold the belts a little longer.

Side Notes: Wrestle Twitter is saying Daniel Bryan will make his in ring return at the Royal Rumble. I would like to see D-Bry back in the ring but not to win the rumble. If he does have a come back, let’s get that Lesnar match out of him and put Reigns to the side. Or Bryan-Miz would be a match I see Bryan wrestling in because the storyline is there if you watched Talking Smack in 2016.

Top 10 Monday Night RAW Moments

WWE is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Monday Night RAW this Monday night by having a simulcast, part of show will take place at the Manhattan Center while the other half will go down at the Barclays Center. And the WWE is bringing back some of their heavy hitters like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Scott Hall, and even… She’s so bad they named her twice, it’s Kelly Kelly!

And I’m here tonight to give all of y’all my top ten favorite Monday Night RAW moments!

10. Chris Jericho’s RAW debut (8-9-99)

9. Shane McMahon buys WCW (3-26-01)

8. Brian Pillman – Pillman’s got a gun (11-4-96)

7. Lita and Trish Stratus main event RAW for the WWE Women’s Championship (12-6-04)

6. Lightning Kid defeats Razor Ramon (5-17-93)

5. Brock Lesnar returned and destroyed John Cena (4-2-12)

4. DX reunites on Raw’s 1,000th episode (7-23-12)

3. CM Punk’s pipe bomb promo (6-27-11)

2. Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian received a standing ovation (10-18-99)

1. Bret Hart returns (1-4-10)

There you have it my top ten RAW moments! Now let’s see what special guest Lawrence from the Awesome 80’s Pod have to say about some of his favorite RAW moment.

1. RAW is Owen: Nothing will ever rank higher than me than the night after Owen died. The emotions were high and every superstar was vulnerable and real. Best moment for me was the Road Dogg and Godfather deciding to go smoke a fatty and swap Owen stories instead of wrestling each other. (5-24-99)

2. Formation of the Union: Foley, Test, Shamrock and Big Show. The group only lasted a few weeks but their gimmick was perfect for the time and place. (5-3-99)

Their hokey entrance music just added to the legend.

3. Steven Regal – Real Man, unfortunately Mr. Regals substance abuse issues led to this gimmick lasting only a short time but this theme and gimmick made me pop every time I saw it and is too often forgotten. (10-24-98)

Honorable Mention: Ric Flair had the best retirement in the history of wresting from his last match to the next night on RAW. This would be my number one if he didn’t screw it up by wresting for TNA. (3-31-08)

Survivor Series (2017) Aftermath

After two nights of wrestling, give me more. I’m calling it now. Survivor Series (2017) was the best PPV, special event, whatever you wanna call it from the WWE. NXT TakeOver: War Games is just a notch below.

The five on five Survivor Series style match’s were awesome! The face off between Snuka-Jax was something I been waiting on for awhile. And I popped when Snuka said, I’m a real samoan. That five on five ladies match was great. Hated to see Becky Lynch get eliminated so early and Asuka cleaning house I didn’t expect anything less.

As for the men’s match. I knew someone was gonna double cross their teammates but thought it was going to be SDLive who did it but it all started with Joe and Balor and it all went down hill from there. Strowman getting taken out early was expected. Having a power house like him, he could take out all of Team Blue. Cena made a return, I guess he is Team Cena unless you count his blue jean shorts. Angle, glad to see he’s back in the E but he can’t go like he used to, a bit slower in the ring and his match up with Cena was a letdown. The ending with Triple H turning on Angle wasn’t a big surprise but Strowman dominating Hunter was nice. It even happened twice. Team RAW won the night beating Team SmackDown Live four to three.

Styles and Lesnar put on a great match. Hated to see Styles ragdolled around the ring but once he got his comeback it was on he took Lesnar to the limits. Styles should’ve won but they gotta keep Lesnar strong. Styles can’t put on a bad match and he brought out a lot in Brock tonight.

SHIELD beat New Day… Also Miz-Corbin was good, it became my match of the night. Corbin won. And Usos best the Bar.

Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair did not disappoint… Woo! I can see these two ladies having a program together very soon. Bliss had the upper hand most of the match but Flair walked out the victor, but she had to work for it.

Tomorrow is Monday Night RAW and the fallout of Survivor Series… What did you think of Survivor Series? Comment below.

Survivor Series Predictions And Thoughts On NXT TakeOver: War Games

Tonight is the WWE Survivor Series and it’s RAW vs. SmackDown Live in a battle for brand supremacy. And after last nights NXT TakeOver War Games match I’m totally looking forward to Team RAW taking on Team SmackDown in a five on five Survivor Series match and after looking over who’s on who’s team I gotta say Team RAW with Angle, Triple H, Strowman, Bálor, and Samoa Joe will walk out as victors.

I can see Team SDLive fall apart mid match with someone turning on their partner, maybe Orton attacking Nakamura or even Roode doing so.

In a non-title match Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is taking on WWE Champion AJ Styles. I really want Styles to go over because Lesnar is getting old in the ring with Suplex City. But the E likes to book Lesnar strong and he’ll go over, not in a matter of minutes or seconds because Styles will put up a fight.

In another five on five Survivor Series match Team SDLive with Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Snuka and Neidhart will go over Team RAW. SDLive have the strongest women wrestlers out of the ten.

In a match between Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss should be a classic. And the amount of momentum Flair has behind her, I see Bliss going over. WWE loves a good story but they also like to turn everything upside down.

SHIELD is facing New Day and SHIELD will go over to keep Roman Reigns strong.

Lastly… Miz, Enzo, and Uso’s will win their matches.

NXT TakeOver: War Games was a fantastic show. I never seen Kassius Ohno get man handled before. He and Lars Sullivan put on a good short match with Sullivan going over via pinfall.

The fatal four way women’s match for the NXT Women’s Championship was match of the night for myself and I’m so happy Ember Moon won and became the new NXT Women’s Champion. I’ve been following her career since Shimmer. She’s a great athlete and what she is doing with the Ember Moon character is awesome.

As for the NXT War Games match I loved every bit of it, but I could’ve done without bringing weapons into the match and I didn’t have a problem that the cage didn’t have a top on it. Having a ceiling on the cage is more restrictive.

Hulk Hogan: The Missing Matches

When a buddy comes up to you at work and hands you a VHS tape that says, Hulk Hogan: The Missing Matches still sealed. You gotta ask where did you find this gem. I was told at our locale thrift store and there’s like ten copies. Told him to get me another because I need one opened and sealed.

Cut to a few weeks later I finally sat down and watched said VHS tape and it’s gold. The first match is Hogan-Lawler, and the tag line is “The match that Hulk did not want you to see!” Yea, it’s basically highlights from a match from the 80’s in Memphis. The video quality is okay.

The next two matches are pure gold to me. The next match is Nick Bockwinkel facing Manny Fernandez in a classic Tv taping match. And the last match is a looser leaves town between Mark Lewin vs. The Sheik. I haven’t seen much from the Sheik but what I saw was so brutal. The Sheik did win the match and Sheik U.S. Title. The video quality for the last two matches are good.

This release has nothing to do with at the time WWF, it’s kinda a bootleg tape with some awesome matches on it. 3-G Home Video is who put it out and they did a great job putting this collection together.

ESPN 30 for 30: Nature Boy Gets Its Premiere Date And Trailer

ESPN announced that its 30 for 30 documentary “Nature Boy,” on wrestling legend Ric Flair, will premiere on Tuesday, November 7th, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can watch the trailer below.

Geek Nerdery Podcast: GLOW and Spider-Man Homecoming

A few weeks ago (I got busy) I rounded up a crew and we sat down to discuss not only the new Netflix series GLOW but also the recently released Spider-Man Homecoming.  Joining me is Doug from The Last Horrorcast, Noah from Hero Unabridged, Michael from The Awesome 80’s Podcast, and Mike Patterson of being Mike fame.  There is a spoilery section but we denote it in the show so feel free to listen without worry.

Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.

Jared Followill Vs The IWC

If you been following along on Twitter today, Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill made a huge mistake by tweeting out “Hey, adults. Let’s maybe not watch professional wrestling. Ya know?” Since that tweet the IWC has been on a rampage… For the full story visit Pro Wrestling Sheet

WWE: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story Blu-Ray Content

There has been many Keven Steen DVD’s released over the past couple years and it was a matter of time for WWE to release their own. And on July 4th, 2017 you’ll have your chance to see Fight Owens Fight when it drops on DVD and Blu-Ray. So what’s on the Blu-Ray… Let’s have a look. 

Starting off you have your standard WWE produced documentary. Here’s the chapter listings.

  • My Journey
  • Maybe I could be a wrestler?
  • A Moment that Switched Our Lives Entirely
  • Mr. Wrestling
  • Turning Point
  • The Top Guy
  • WWE Tryout
  • NXT
  • WWE Debut
  • WrestleMania 32
  • All For Family
  • Payback
  • WWE Universal Championship Match
  • The Kevin Owens Show

With every WWE home video release you gotta have some matches and maybe bonus content from the documentary.

Deleted Scenes include…

  • WWE Tryout Match?
  • IWS
  • Steve Corino
  • Reflections in Brooklyn
  • No Singlet
  • The Name Kevin Owens
  • Six Months
  • WWE Debut
  • Grandfathers
  • Superstar Ink
  • Unfiltered
  • Teaser # 1
  • Teaser # 2

Matches…

Kevin Owens vs. CJ Parker
NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution December 11, 2014

NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
NXT TakeOver: Rival February 11, 2015

Kevin Owens Confronts Sami Zayn
San Jose, CA March 27, 2015

Kevin Owens WWE Debut
RAW May 18, 2015
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
Elimination Chamber May 31, 2015

Intercontinental Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback
Night of Champions September 20, 2015

Last Man Standing Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Royal Rumble  January 24, 2016

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
Main Event April 12, 2016

Kevin Owens & Triple H vs. Sami Zayn & Dean Ambrose
Paris, France April 22, 2016

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Battleground July 24, 2016

Fatal 4-Way Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Big Cass
RAW August 29, 2016

Hell in a Cell Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Hell in a Cell October 30, 2016

United States Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho
WrestleMania 33 April 2, 2017

Blu-Ray Extras…

NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville
NXT February 18, 2015

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Payback May 1, 2016

Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
RAW September 12, 2016

No Disqualification Match for the Universal Championship
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
RAW November 21, 2016

There you have it, the complete Blu-Ray breakdown for WWE: Fight Owens Fight – The Kevin Owens Story.

WrestleMania 33 Aftermath

The fatal four way to me was match of the night and even though Charlotte Flair lost, she did steal the show. Unlike the SmackDown six pack challenge. Alexa Bliss put on a good performance and should’ve kept her championship.

Since Goldberg’s WWE return it’s been disappointing until tonight when he went to Suplex City ten times. This match was far better than Goldberg-Lesnar from WrestleMania XX.

Since Brock Lesnar defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, every time I watch Taker at Mania I’m expecting him to loose and tonight that happened. The WWE’s golden boy Roman Reigns defeated Undertaker and this starts the road to Undertaker’s retirement. Hopefully going in to the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 34.

And now a word from Disco Stu…

With this match ultimately being Takers final match it makes sense that Reigns would go over and let The Undertaker go out on his back.

I’m glad that Taker made this decision to hang up his boots. Tonight was by far one of his worst outings in years. I have read the rumors for weeks that he was in a great deal of pain and needed career ending surgery and tonight’s match showed me that’s all true. He looked miserable out there and clearly wasn’t himself. He had one of the best WWE careers any wrestler has had and certainly was relevant longer than any modern day wrestler. Now it’s time for him to live as Mark assuming he still knows how to.

Charlotte Flair may have stole the show for me, but having the Hardy Boyz return got the biggest pop in the Massive’s household.

I’m glad Owens, Styles, and Rollins won their matches. As for the Miz and Maryse they should’ve won. Miz was so over, he was getting bigger pops than Cena. But Cena had to ask Nikki Bella to marry him… Lame!

Overall, WrestleMania 33 was a damn good card from start to finish. And what was up with that Orton-Wyatt match? 

WrestleMania 33 Predictions

The go home shows are over, dirt sheets have been read. But here’s my WrestleMania 33 predictions!

Goldberg and his thirty seconds matches will come to an end… Hopefully. Goldberg already defeated Lesnar on more than one occasion, it’s time for Brock to get the victory.

People are saying Roman Reigns will defeat Undertaker and the way the E is booking nowadays I see that happening. But my soul is on Undertaker.

I really wanted AJ Styles to have his WrestleMania moment without the help from Shane McMahon. It’s obvious we will see a OMG high spot from Shane, that’s all he does. Styles is getting the upper hand when it comes to SmackDown! but Shane will get his victory at Mania.

I’m pleased having Bray Wyatt as WWE Champion. There’s no need for Orton to win, he already made it to the mountain top many of times over. I see happening is a screwy finish to get the belt off Bray.

I’m glad to see Austin Aries back in action, he’s always been one of my favorites. Enjoyed his TNA Impact Wrestling run as well and now it’s time to take the cruiserweight division by storm. I see him defeating Neville to become the new cruiserweight champion.

Jericho-Owens have been putting on a damn good show. From being the best of friends to Owens turning on Jericho at the Festival of Friendship. Some say Jericho is taking time off after Mania, I’ll give this win to Kevin Owens.

John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse… I can care less about Cena and Nikki. Give it to the heels, Miz and Maryse.

Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax… I’m a Bayley fan 100% but as of late not so much. I don’t really see a change but maybe that underdog character she’s been playing is getting to me. Banks is injury prone and the only person that can have a decent run with the strap is Charlotte Flair and that’s who I’m going with. As for Nia Jax, it’s too soon for her to get the belt.

2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal… Pick anyone on the WWE roster and that’s your winner but Luke Harper is mine. Picking a second, Bo Dallas. Bolieve!

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus… These multi tag team matches at Mania is too loaded. It’s like having a triple threat match each year at Mania. I like Gallows and Anderson so I’m going with them.

Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Naomi… Another multi person match that may last three minutes, gotta get everyone’s spots in. Keep the belt on Bliss.

Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin… It’s time to give Corbin a championship. And defeating Ambrose for the belt would make his stock rise.

The Triple H, Seth Rollins story has been ongoing for a good couple years or so. And finally they are facing each other. I do hope Rollins gets his revenge but let’s not forget that Samoa Joe is a factor.

Emma To Emmalina And Back Again

Emmalina made her WWE return tonight on Monday Night RAW… Those “Premiering Soon” vignettes has been running since October and I was beginning to think the E was treating her like Brodus Clay, building up this beast of a wrestler but only got the Funkasaurus.

Basically, Emmalina walked out on stage and cut a strange promo and left. From what I got out of it is, Emmalina wants to be Emma again… No idea. Hopefully she turns back as a heel and brings along her sunglasses and leather gloves. Because that was the best incarnation of her g‪immick.‪

Shoot Interview With Disco Stu, Part Two

I read that FUW got shut down by the state of Illinois, why did the state come after FUW?

At the time the State of Illinois was treating pro wrestling as a sanctioned athletic event. They wanted FUW to purchase a promoters license at a rough cost of $10,000 and have our referees go through training at another cost of around $1,000. The State went around to the venues we were playing and told them if they booked us they could be fined as well. We kept doing shows and just stopped promoting them on our website. That worked for a couple of shows until we got a cease and desist letter from the state. Around that time we were tipped off that Vince McMahon was actually fighting the state of Illinois because he had to pay money to the state every time he ran shows in Illinois. Illinois was going to drop the fees the first of the next year which was three months away so we stopped doing shows until the time had elapsed. Dre (co owner) and I had a couple of meetings with the state. We didn’t really talk about it with the rest of the federation but there was a time that I was more than a little concerned about our future and the consequences we may have faced.

I recently watched the documentary Disco Stu: I Will Survive, where a story line mirrored the situation with your legal troubles with the state. Looking back do you think it was a good idea? Also, that was a innovative story line playing off a real life situation. You were ahead of your time as a booker.

The idea for the story line seemed so natural and as you saw from the videos you watched was hugely over with the crowd. I loved that angle and was so happy to be a part of it and help create it. I have no regrets at all about doing it. It’s one of my favorite angles we ever ran and I think it really help step up our product.

FUW being an outlaw promotion do you think you had enemies and maybe one of them was a whistleblower to get your promotion shut down?

Good question. We had fairly concrete information that a fully licensed fed in Chicago turned us in. We were a bunch of “untrained armatures” which we basically were but due to our business model of wrestling at colleges or college bars and having our stories appealing to that audience we were attracting a few hundred a show at that time while they were lucky to get a 100 in a community center. We did things like having live commentary throughout the show that injected a lot of comedy. Basically we didn’t take ourselves seriously and that’s what made our product enjoyable to the college crowd. This fed was pissed off by that and turned us in.

At anytime did you run shows out of state?

No we ran most of our shows in Bloomington/Normal, IL. We did run a couple of shows in both Peoria, IL & Charleston IL.

Did you bring in any “big names” to pop the town you were in?

No, that wasn’t our model. We went after the colleges crowds who were more interested in our story lines and characters than our athletic ability. This was also a different time in “Indy Wrestling”. Now I can hop on Twitter and message a wrestler from my childhood and offer him money to come do a meet in greet as way to market my show. Back in 99 it wasn’t that easy. The accessibility just wasn’t there. We did have a good relationship with LWF in Chicago. They were like older brothers to us and if we ran into any issues they would give us advice and at times a few of them would come down and watch our shows.

In today’s indie circuit a majority of wrestlers have to work a day job while wrestling at night, was that the case for you or was FUW making a decent income to keep you away from a nine to five?

So I mentioned our business model earlier but in retrospect to this question I will revise the term business model. FUW didn’t exist for profit. Truth be told FUW lost way more money than it ever saw. We never ran it as a business for of like the opportunity more like building out a dream. We would use the money made to update our equipment. Once we stared making decent pay days we as a group rented a warehouse where our ring was set up and allowed people to train, sleep and hang out.

As a person who wrestled, managed, and book a territory which job was your favorite?

I loved booking and getting in the ring but I’m not a wrestler. I had my moments and as much as I wished I was a wrestler the facts are I was not a great worker. I got the character over which allowed the crowd to give me leeway in the ring. Working as a manager was great because I was able to get that high of being in front of the live crowd without the pressure of trying to be a better worker and allowed me to use my character to help get another guy over.

After FUW folded was there any ambition to join another any indie company or try your hands with the big two WWF(E) or WCW?

I mean I had dreams of being a manager and character but realistically I was never a wrestler.

If Disco Stu was still in the wrestling business today, other than WWE or TNA what company would Stu go after to get booked?

I could see myself as a manager in an Indy or even ROH. If I had an opportunity to get my character over I think I could do well in a managerial role.

Back in 2008 there was a 10 year reunion for FUW, any chance for a One Night Only show in the future?

I don’t think so. We no longer have a ring or any of our stage and lighting rigs. As what happens in time a lot of us have lost touch with each other for various reasons. I think it’s best to leave that time in the past.

What does the future hold for Disco Stu?

Well as you know my alter ego Lawrence is the host of a weekly 80’s podcast but as far as Disco Stu goes I think there is one last project out there for me to put that final bow on FUW. I think the story of what we did would be interesting to lots of people out there. I have worked on a couple of ideas recently so don’t be surprised in the next year or two if you see one last FUW project out there and as I already mentioned it won’t be a show.

I know that wrestling documentaries and tell all books are huge with fans, can we expect one of those in the near future? And tell me more about this podcast, if you will.

The thing about FUW is we recorded everything, and I mean everything. There is a lot of footage out there that I think something could be done with and I may have starting working on something but I am in no rush to finish something. If it comes together I would be very happy but mostly I’m just enjoying going back and reliving some of what we did. When I look at what this group of untrained misfits did from an outsiders perspective I am still a little amazed at what we accomplished. When you live through it you often don’t look at it from a high level perspective. Going through footage and answering these questions has really made me appreciate what each member of FUW accomplished during that time. I haven’t talked to some of the guys and girls for many years but if anyone of them called me ‪tomorrow‬ I would take that call and love reliving the old times and catching up on life.My podcast is called the Awesome 80’s podcast. We review, relive and explore 80’s movies, television and pop culture. My partner Carlson (longest reigning FUW champion) and I do this weekly and can be found on iTunes, YouTube and TheAwesome80s.com‬. Over the past 7 years we have had the opportunity to interview some of our favorite 80’s celebrities and meet our incredible fans. We do occasionally discuss wresting and team up with other podcasts like the Old School Wrestling Podcast and the Drunken Zombie Podcasting Network.

Lastly, I have a few names I want to throw at you. Whatever comes to mind…

Hulk Hogan?
Creative control.
Tully Blanchard?
Cocaine = Jesus.
Nancy Benoit?
Woman.
Harlem Heat?
Wendy’s.
Carlson Mann?
Punk bitch.
Mad Dawg?
16 year old girls.
Bondage?
Awesome.

Before you go is there anything you want to say to your fans?

I will always appreciate our fan base that for 5 years showed up monthly to watch us perform, follow our silly storylines and allowed a bunch of skinny and fat kids to live out there dreams.

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