We Like Wrestling: Issue #3
Mission Statement: The purpose of this column is to put together a regular collection of the moments from wrestling that we love that continue to remind us wrestling just why in fact we do like wrestling. After each wrestling show that you watch, whether it be Raw, Impact, Smackdown, NXT, ROH, or anything else, I simply request that you send in whatever highlights you have. What made you smile? What made you forget that you’re an internet know it all and cheer audibly from your couch? It can be anything from something as simple as Santino mispronouncing someone’s name to a title changing hands. Anything. Just tell me what you liked and why you liked it. Hopefully, reading this others may realize they enjoyed your highlight as much as you enjoyed theirs and together we can all continue to enjoy wrestling as much as ever.
While last week I boasted that the number of submissions had jumped, this week was not so much the case. This article lives and dies with you the reader. If you don’t tell me what you found enjoyable about wrestling then I can’t tell others about it as well. However, I’ll work with what I got and it will just make more room for my opinions.
Debo: I loved the DB vs Y2J match. It was a really good one and one of my very few highlights from Raw. Oh and Tracy Sassers kid callin me daddy on cam in the chat. You had to be there.
When another person’s kid start loosely throwing out “Daddy” I try to be anywhere but there. So let’s focus more on the Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho match. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone that a pairing of these two could steal the show just as Jericho and Punk did on a previous Raw. It really feels like their letting these guys just go out there and do their thing. I wonder if the brevity of this current Jericho run is the reason their getting as many big matches out of him as possible. It makes sense if that’s the mindset and if Jericho is going to be leaving us once again anyway then the winner out of all of this is the fans.
Tracy Sasser: Why won’t Jack Swagger die?
Ok, normally I search for just the positive notes that people send in and while this might not feel like a positive reason to watch wrestling…I’m as far from a Swagger guy as anyone so this made me smile. I do appreciate however that they are making another attempt with him. It’s obvious this guy needs a mouthpiece but that’s going to mean that he needs to stay off the mic as much as possible. I’m not sure this new character will work but I’m willing to give it a shot and see how things play out.
Kevin Matchstick: Heyman proves once again that he is one of the best talkers in the business. Honestly his recent activities in WWE over the last year or so have been some of the best non-wrestler work I’ve seen. From “PLEASE LEAVE THE RING VINCE,” to simply beaming a smile and proudly hoisting up the WWE belt for Punk, Heyman has made the title picture much more interesting over the last year.
Also Swagger got a manager (besides Vicki). An interesting choice, given the recent events occurring in real life on TV. It’s what Swagger needed to prevent any major screw ups on the mic, and his new aggressive ring style is good. Calling the Ankle Lock the Patriot Act is also one of the best names for a finisher I’ve heard in a while. Honestly I always wanted to see Swagger succeed – let’s hope he can at least feud with Antonio and “The American” can capture the US Title back.
I hope that other workers out there are taking notes from guys like Heyman. Sometimes the smallest things are really the most appreciable. The way he holds up that title belt and sticks it in people’s faces is absolute gold. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the original pairing of Punk and Heyman because it didn’t feel like Punk needed him, but it’s undeniably worked out. While I think their run together may be coming to an end sometime soon, I hope that doesn’t mean we’re done with Heyman anytime in the near future.
As for Swagger, I’ve already made my feelings known but I like to see others get behind him. I’ve also heard a lot of people like the name and the more aggressive style. I still don’t see him as more than a midcard kind of guy but I hope I’m wrong and as a guy that once predicted Drew McIntyre would be world champion, it’s very possible I could be.
Max Murder: I am loving the pair of Zeb Coulter and Jack Swagger. Even though swagger is the go to internet guy choice when the typical internet guy says “wwe isn’t using him proper.” I believe he is being used so well right now. Coulter is a great mouth piece for Swagger to have and even this typical pro-american heel persona both of them bring have swayed my opinion. Swagger destroying zack ryder on smackdown and then the promo from the both post-match give me alot of hope for Swagger this year. Let’s hope all goes well for him and Zeb.
I honestly never thought there would be a day were Jack Swagger is making the top of so many people’s list for favorite wrestling moments. Good for him.
Ross Jarvis: Love a good Heyman segment, he’s like the male version of Vickie Guerrero, everyone hates him, and he’s great on the mic. That’s Heyman. Not Vickie.
Still gets me every time when he says BROOOCK LESNAR.
You almost feel sorry for him, suppose that shows how good Heyman is. WWE really needs to utilise managers like Heyman
with great wrestlers who don’t have the mic work to match. Tyson Kidd anyone?
An outstanding match between Jericho and Bryan, made greater by the fact that these two have not squared off in a very long time. Adding Jericho to the Chamber also adds some more wrestling quality giving it the potential to be a great match.
Not enough people notice what a great referee Charles Robinson is, he sells moves a lot better than Cena, that’s for sure.
Great segment with Zeb Colter. He is exactly what Swagger needs to rescue his career, for once the Creative Team has got it right.
What a double team by Cameron and Naomi, those two might have a good future in the Divas division.
I think a big a bit credit to heyman is how much it feels like he can help guys like Punk and Lesnar who arguably don’t need his help. Also, I had almost forgot how good that Cameron & Naomi spot had come off! Good call.
Ross Jarvis: Look at the size of that crowd! Why do I get the feeling that TNA would struggle to get a crowd of that size in the US?
Great match between two excellent technical wrestlers in Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle. It’s amazing how athletic Joe is for somebody of his size. The attack by Aces and Eights was clever if predictable, since neither really deserved to lose and it protects their relationship as friends; trying to fight off Aces and Eights together.
Taryn Terrell is so hot, WWE could take a leaf out of TNA’s book and have a woman referee Divas matches.
Good match considering the British wrestlers are relative amateurs in comparison particularly to Tara and Gail Kim. It’s also quite hard to put on decent mixed gender tag matches so they did well in that respect. The confusion Tazz had with which twin was which added to the match, I must say I am enjoying him more as a heel commentator, similar to
Michael Cole’s old role. It was the right decision to let the experienced group go over the rookies, no need for two feel good victories after Magnus’s victory earlier.
Roode and Aries show great chemistry, not only in the ring, but also in backstage promos. The bickering between them where they both pretend to do the right thing also remains funny each week.
I agree about the crowd. The UK crowd is one of the best things to happen to TNA. I hope that when they take Impact on the road full time that the crowds are just as into it. It’s highly doubtful but at the least the company will feel like a real contender. The past few weeks have been really good for Impact.
I’m also on board with the Tazz thing. It’s similar to Cole but it works because he’s not the lead guy. There’s a reason the formula for so long was to have a face play by play guy and a heel color commentator…it just works.
Tracy Sasser: Sorry, haters, but Rock is in excellent shape. Shucky-ducky. Also excellent mic work. Love the five-finger discount of the belt by Punk. Silly is fun sometimes.
I greatly appreciated Clay mocking Tensai’s gait during their entrance. Very George Jefferson.
I also recall a lot of people claiming that The Rock appeared winded in his last match. I didn’t see. He was getting beat up for a good majority of it. If he had acted perfectly fine then the internet would explode calling him “Super Rock” and saying that he won’t sell for anyone. I have a serious hard time believing that he was winded as some people pretend to know he was and I think there’s just a gut reaction to hate on the guys as he’s being put over one of our internet darlings in CM Punk.
As for Tensai and Clay, I guess it is what it is. They’re a comedy duo now that celebrates with dance offs. It’s been done before but as long as it keeps getting a reaction from the crowd they will continue to do it.
Kevin Matchstick: Mark Henry vs Orton: You know honestly Mark Henry doesn’t have to do any matches for me to like him. If he just went out every night and did what he did to D-Bry, Mysterio, and Sin Cara, I’d be perfectly fine with him. Even so, this match kept a slow but steady pace, which is generally what you can expect from both Henry and Orton. I want to see Henry dominate some people at the Chamber, and hopefully we will.
Swagger vs Ryder: Swagger getting this manager was genius. I’m really enjoying his new look and gimmick. Swagger is obviously a good wrestler, and he has some serious chops having been an NCAA champion. The Patriot Act is still an awesome name for a finisher. Hopefully they’ll put him up the card and we’ll see some great action from him at the Chamber.
This is what I was looking for. More excuses to talk Mark Henry! I hope he wins at the Chamber because I think right now a combination of him vs anyone else makes for a more entertaining and intriguing world title match. We know one of the pods will be broken and we can assume Henry will have something to do with it. My prediction is that he turns the chamber into a steel cage match and wins by escaping after he rips open the chains. It may not make much sense but Mark Henry can do whatever the fuck he wants.
Also, more swagger love. I’m in the minority. I get it. But you can’t love everything about wrestling so it’s important that you appreciate the stuff you do love.
Thanks again to everyone for their submissions this week. I can only hope that reading this helps remind you why We Like Wrestling.