And we’re back to normal: Me talking awkwardly on video at men who are much, much, much larger than I am!
During SummerSlam weekend, I got to not only watch the greatest panel for anything ever, but I was fortunate enough to interview the WWE talent who appeared on it. Just look at this list…WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, Raw General Manager AJ Lee, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler, and Brodus Clay & The Funkadactyls. I even got to talk to Stone Cold Steve Austin again, but as you can imagine from our previous talk, it didn’t go exactly well…
Anyway, you should totally check out this interview compilation to promote WWE ’13 (on sale now!). I talked to Sheamus about his in-game rating, AJ about advice on winning, Ziggler about character creation, Punk about being on the cover, Brodus about his dancing and JR about…Barbecue?
Watch it now!
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on October 30, 2012
How much of this is real?
What a pay-per-view! Normally Extreme Rules is the place for exciting spectacles, but not really where you expect to find compelling wrestling storytelling and drama. This year that couldn’t have been further from the truth, however, as the show featured easily some of the best wrestling television of the year thus far. I was absolutely nuts for the Sheamus/Daniel Bryan match, as well as the CM Punk/Chris Jericho contest, but what most impressed me, both from a wrestling as well as a story-standpoint, was the much-anticipated showdown between Cena and Lesnar, which had me and other fans asking that all-important question: “How much of this is real?”
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on April 30, 2012
Wrestling and nostalgia
Nostalgia is a powerful thing in any entertainment business, but in wrestling it takes on a deeper meaning. As an industry, professional wrestling tends to look back at previous decades with the rosiest of lenses, and since WWE owns pretty much every major American wrestling tape library, the promotion even has the freedom to rewrite history to be even rosier than folks might remember. This is an extraordinary tool, and WWE rarely forgets that they have a dozen old Aces up their sleeve. But as powerful as nostalgia can be, I have to wonder about how WWE made use of its Legends and Hall of Famers this week on a special retro-themed SmackDown.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on April 10, 2012
NO! NO! NO!
While not quite as exciting as the return of both Brock Lesnar and A-Train on this week’s Monday Night Raw, WWE’s SmackDown features a couple comeback kids of its own this week: Skip Sheffield in his Ryback gimmick, and the former Idol Stevens as Damien Sandow, with what has been described as an “actor gimmick.” But what I’m really interested to see this week is what WWE does with Daniel Bryan.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on April 6, 2012
As expected, WrestleMania 28 blew the previous year’s event completely away in terms of match quality, signal-to-noise, celebrity wrestler performances and any other metric you might care to apply. While it wasn’t a perfect show, and there were quite a few finishes that left me…puzzled, it was a stand-out pay-per-view that felt overwhelmingly huge and important. I watched the entire show amongst an awesome, rowdy crowd at Highland Park in NYC, so I didn’t tweet as much as I probably should have last night – besides I was trying to enjoy the show! So, instead, check out my assembled thoughts below, post late-night Mad Men catch-up and good night of sleep:
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on April 2, 2012
WrestleMania XXVIII has a really phenomenal card. Rock vs. Cena, Triple H vs. Undertaker, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus – no matter what type of wrestling fan you are, the show has something to make you happy. But even outside all the great talent on display, what makes this event truly great is that outside the fact that Taker will almost certainly maintain his streak and Maria Menounos will be victorious, broken ribs or no, most of the matches on the card could go either way.
If you want to give your picks for the biggest wrestling event of the year, head over to GuySpeed now, where you can take part in the inauguralWrestleMania Poll-o-Mania event. You’ll get the chance to sound off on the winners, as well as answer some secondary questions, including how many times you think new WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons will say “DAMN!” throughout the night.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 30, 2012