Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year

December 31, 2009 2 comments

I’m about to head out for New Year’s, but before I go I wanted to just put a note up here saying thanks a lot for all the support you readers have given me this year. I’ve been writing online on and off for about a decade, but in the past two years I really didn’t write a lot. I barely even watched any wrestling from the summer of 2007 until around WrestleMania 24 in 2008. This year I got the itch to write again. I’m not sure why. I just did. I don’t think there was any one moment or person that brought be back to the wrestling business, but I missed it and now I’m glad I came back. I’ve got thousands of regular column readers, my Facebook page has 1200+ friends and growing in only about six months, my twitter account is growing and I’ve even been able to get in touch with some of the WWE performers I write about on a regular basis. It’s pretty cool. I’m glad I found my love of writing again, that’s for sure.

Looking ahead, I’m really excited about January 4th. Not just for WWE with Bret Hart, but I want to see what TNA is going to do. I think it’s an exciting time to be a wrestling fan especially with WrestleMania around the corner as well. Even though we may criticize things in the business, we’re still fans and we want to see the best things possible in the business. I’ve got a column coming up soon, probably in two weeks, called “Why We Still Watch Wrestling” that I think will cover a lot of those things. I think all this buildup to the Bret Hart Raw as well as the TNA 3 hour show is going to help me craft that one.

I’ll be back tomorrow at some point with some news related stuff and then the Smackdown recap on Saturday.

Thanks for reading as always. Be safe and have a Happy New Year 2010!

Categories: General Wrestling

The John Report Q&A – Part 2

December 30, 2009 18 comments

I said I would finish this by year’s end. I have. Part one is here. Both parts are together at the top of the blog where it says “John Report FAQ” so you can read that whenever you want. Reader questions are in blue. Mine are in regular black.

Why does the WWE complain about not being able to create new young talent but whenever they get a potential star they either bury them (i.e Jack Swagger, MVP) or release them from their contract (i.e Elijah burke, Mr. Kennedy etc.)?
I think it’s a case of being scared to push new people because you never know if they are in it for the long haul (think of Lesnar and Lashley), so they tend to rely on the veterans more like HHH and Undertaker because they know they’re loyal company guys.

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Retro (from 2002): How Good is Chris Jericho?

December 30, 2009 10 comments

I’m in the process of moving (not that big a deal), so I don’t have the time this afternoon to write much as I’ll be unpacking boxes. Later tonight I’ll be posting part two of my FAQ because I’m 80% done that and I want to get it posted before year’s end as I promised. For now, here’s a column I loved writing from seven years ago. This was posted in February of 2002. Two months after he became the first Undisputed Champion and before he had to walk Stephanie’s dog while being the World Champion and getting buried by HHH. I think Jericho in 2008 and 2009 is as good as ever, but he was pretty damn great in 2002 too. Here’s that column:

The John Report: How Good is Chris Jericho?
February 9, 2002

For the past two months a guy has been carrying around two world titles claiming to be the “first ever” undisputed champion in the history of the WWF. He’s the same guy that used to parade around with a ninja, a fat guy named Ralphus and wrestled a referee with an arm tied behind his back. I’ve talked to some of my friends that aren’t exactly big time wrestling fans and they all ask me the same question:

Why is THAT guy the WWF champion right now?

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Retro: ECW One Night Stand 2005 Recap

December 29, 2009 9 comments

One of my favorite PPVs ever. I felt like re-posting it. Enjoy.

ECW One Night Stand
New York, New York

We open with a choked-up Joey Styles in the center of the ring. After a hearty “OH MY GOD!” Joey welcomes the fans to ECW One Night Stand. He introduces us to his broadcast colleague for the night, Mick Foley.

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The John Report: The Raw Deal for 12/28/09 (Sheamus vs. Cena)

December 29, 2009 16 comments

The John Report: The Raw Deal for 12/28/09 (Sheamus vs. Cena)

Live from Hartford, Connecticut this is the Raw Deal…

The show started with the best in the world, Chris Jericho, outside of the ring trying to petition fans to get him back on Raw. What’s funny is that after Raw I check my emails and twitter messages. People have petitions actually set up wanting me to push them in this column. It’s an angle, people. Geez.

By the way, in the WWE open they have replaced the Hogan part with Dibiase. A lot of people write me about this too, so this is my acknowledgment to you that I see it. Remember that Vince doesn’t care about TNA, though. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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The John Report: My Booking for Raw on January 4th & WM26

December 28, 2009 44 comments

The John Report: My Booking for Raw on January 4th & WM26

(Feels so good using that banner while being able to talk about the current product.)

The most common questions I’ve been asked over the past couple of weeks have been related to Bret Hart. Not a shock considering he’s making his return to WWE TV (if you don’t count the Hall of Fame) after 12 full years of being away. Most people are asking me what I think will happen while others are asking how I would book it? Rather than trying to figure out the crazy mind of Vince McMahon, I’d rather tackle the “how would I book it” question. I wrote this out over the course of the last two weeks. I tweaked a lot of things here and there. It ended up being longer than I envisioned probably because I liked writing it a lot. I don’t foresee myself writing fantasy booking columns again because I’d rather right about what we actually see rather than what I want to see. I guess if feedback is good, though, you could change my mind.

Before we get to January 4, I’m going to assume that on tonight’s Raw Sheamus will retain the title somehow through questionable means leading to some kind of Sheamus/Cena rematch at the Royal Rumble on January 31. I wrote this with the idea that the outcome of that match isn’t that important. The purpose of January 4 is to bring Bret Hart back into the mix more than anything else. I’m also going to assume that WWE will run a video package showcasing Bret Hart with Vince McMahon saying he’s not in favor of Bret hosting, but that the board of directors are forcing his hand. Now, let’s go to January 4th. Keep in mind too that there’s no Smackdown brand show that night, so wrestlers from other brands could be used. After each segment, I’ve put in some **NOTES** to explain what I was going for.

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Top 5 Movies & TV Shows of the 2000s (Drama/Comedy)

December 27, 2009 24 comments

I write about wrestling and sports obviously. Wrestling is the main thing I write about on this blog and it will continue to be. However, with the decade winding down I thought it would be cool to look back on the best of the decade in movies and TV. I nearly went into film school out of high school, but decided against it. I did take some university level film classes out of curiosity more than anything. It helped me appreciate film more, that’s for sure.

Here are my top five dramatic and comedic movies of the 2000s as well as my top five dramatic and comedic TV series of the 2000s. If you don’t like spoilers for stuff then leave. I’m writing about stuff that took place over the course of a decade. It’s not like you haven’t had time to see this stuff.

Top 5 Movies of the 2000s – Drama

It was a decent decade for movie dramas. I liked the 90s more (Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty) while the 80s gave me my favorite drama ever (Goodfellas) and the 70s of course had the two Godfather films. I don’t know if any of these will crack my top ten all-time, but I still liked them a bunch.

1. No Country For Old Men (2007) – One of those movies that when you watch the first you realize it’s really good, but when you watch it a few times you see just how smart it is. Great dialogue, strong acting and a simple story that they pull off really well. I absolutely love the main heel character, Anton. What a cold hearted killer.

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Categories: Movies & TV