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The John Report: Respecting The Game

March 1, 2010 94 comments

“It’s not an easy life. Careers are short, careers are fast. I’m not that tough, I’m no tougher than anybody else in our business, but I respect our business. I love our business. I put my life on the line every day for our business and I gladly do it. And I will continue to do it until I can do it no longer. You have to earn respect in the business. It’s not given to you. You earn it.” – Triple H talking about the wrestling business to Tough Enough students during season one.

When you think about World Wrestling Entertainment over the last 15 years one of the first names that will pop in your mind is that of Hunter Hearst Helmsley or Triple H. The Game. The Cerebral Assassin. The King of Kings. Pick a name, you know who it is. There’s a good chance you have a strong opinion on him too. He’s been in WWE’s main event for over ten years now. At the past ten WrestleMania’s, he’s wrestled in the WWE or World Title match eight times and one of those times was due to injury. Some think he’s a great company guy while others think he’s selfish. Some think he’s still got it while others think he’s overrated. Either way, HHH is the kind of guy that draws attention good or bad among fans of all kind. In my decade of writing online, there’s no person in WWE that can either be as loved as he is by one side or as criticized as he is by the other side.

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Your Questions, My Answers – Volume V (Formspring.com)

February 28, 2010 50 comments

The last one of these I posted is from two weeks ago. These answers are from questions over the last week, so while there are a lot of questions answered here, I didn’t have time to post all of them. The ones from Feb 14-20 aren’t here. I’m not going back in the archives that far. The answers are from questions you asked me at http://www.formspring.me/johnreport and I’ve now answered over 1,200 questions over the past month. If you go there you can see the archive of answers too. Feel free to keep asking them. I enjoy doing it. I’ve tried to make it about 80% wrestling related with some sports and other subjects sprinkled in. Sorry if there are repeat or similar questions too. There were a lot of Miz/Bryan ones especially. Enjoy

So lemme get this straight. Sheamus shows up, gets to be dull, and he’s the WWE Champion *snaps* like that while Bryan Danielson gets to be unused then forced to work his way through NXT while being coached by The Miz. What is the world coming to?

Sheamus is 6’5″ and 250 pounds. Danielson is 6’0″ 200 maybe. Vince loves big guys. Shouldn’t surprise you by this point. If WWE was based on talent instead of size first then things would be different. Nothing against Sheamus, who I like. It’s just harder for the smaller guys.

What do you think was WCW’s best year or years for the time you watched it?

I’d say 1996 and 1997. Those were pretty good years in terms of angles as well as quality matches. It started to go downhill a bit in 1998.

Rumour has it the bull on RAW only asked Kelly for directions, but she assumed it was a superstar and thought she better ride it. Your opinions?

Bwahahaha. This made me legit LOL. Awesome.

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GC: Sports Entertainment Weekly by Andrew Johnson

February 25, 2010 31 comments

Note from John: If you can’t laugh at yourself who can you laugh at? Thanks for writing this, Andrew.

So, About this Morning…

I scratched the surface of the hard wood desk in front of me with a fingernail that had been chewed to the nub. I always bite my nails when I’m nervous. I look across the giant desk at a man stirring kool-aide with an old Ultimate Warrior spoon he found at a flea market.

The irony was not lost on me.

He took a sip of his red elixir, before he spoke. He looked fiercely intimidating, and a tad sleepy.

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GC: The K Files – Top Performers of Wrestlemania

February 24, 2010 26 comments

Welcome Canton Universe to another edition of the K Files, I’m your host, Doctor David K., and today we talk Wrestlemania.  The Granddaddy of Them All is arguably the highlight of every year, bringing us new stars, and creating legends.  Over 250 competitors have stepped into the ring to take their claim at glory, and while numerous superstars have had their hand raised … only a few can truly say they became stars.  On today’s list, we look at 15 competitors that made their names at the Spring Classic, and what made them stand out from the crowd.  Along with the superstars, you’ll find their records, which Wrestlemania you’ll find them at, and the match you need to see to understand why they’re the best of the best.

15. Andre The Giant – (2-3), (I, II, III, V, VI)

Match You Need To See: Wrestlemania III – Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan

There was an aura that Andre had that had never been seen before.  It was more than his size that made him the character he became.  It was the way he moved, the way he talked, hell, he even glared like a Giant.  While he was much more agile and athletic before the Wrestlemania days came around, the slow, lumbering way that he moved around the ring would add to his persona of an unbeatable force to be reckoned with. Before his match with Hogan at Wrestlemania III, he had yet to be pinned or forced to submit in fifteen years.  That build up is what made the match between him and Hogan so epic.  It was the classic tale of unstoppable force meeting immovable object.  In the end, Hogan body-slammed the 525lb giant, and made an iconic moment that still is etched into the minds of the WWE Universe.  Andre would serve as one of the foundations on which Wrestlemania stood for, the larger than life personalities.  With his hands around Bob Uecker, and Big John Studd looking up from the mat after a body slam, or Ted DiBiase buying the WWE Championship from him, we’ll always remember Andre for his Wrestlemania moments more than anything else.

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The John Report: Quick Thoughts on WWE NXT

February 23, 2010 48 comments

I wasn’t intending on writing a post about WWE NXT, but after hearing earlier in the night that Jericho/Bryan was happening I had to watch. Some quick thoughts for now. We’ll be having a regular WWE NXT recapper debuting tomorrow here on The John Report blog. I’ll just go over some quick, bullet point style thoughts on the show.

– I absolutely loved how they had The Miz & Daniel Bryan react from the beginning. They really played it up perfectly, even better than I thought. They mentioned how Bryan’s been wrestling for a decade (true) while Miz has only been wrestling for half that, but that Miz was more accomplished obviously. They even did a good job with Josh Matthew defending Bryan by talking about his success in the indies while Michael Cole said that didn’t mean anything because it wasn’t in WWE. I loved seeing Cole almost be a heel here. It gave him some personality for once. He even ripped internet bloggers. Hi Cole! Vintage! How about a hug? Anyway, I thought the way the whole thing was produced with the bickering at the start as well as Miz beating down Bryan at the end was really well done. Loved it.

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Monday Thoughts: Undertaker, Potential WWE Title Match, More…

February 22, 2010 17 comments

– If you missed my Elimination Chamber recap the link to that is here. I liked the show. The two big matches were pretty good and newsworthy. The rest? Not so much.

– The big news coming from the show was that the Undertaker’s jacket got caught on fire during his entrance in the main event. In case you missed it, when Undertaker came out for the Elimination Chamber match the jacket was on fire, he ripped it off quickly and walked into the ring at a much quicker pace than normal. The announcers tried to put it over as him being anxious to get the match going, but it was a lot more serious than that. There’s an article in a blog for the St. Louis Riverfront Times that covered it. They got a statement from a WWE spokesman, Robert Zimmerman, who said it was “a mistiming with the pyrotechnics” and the Undertaker was only allowed to perform after being cleared by a ringside physician. Zimmerman added: “”Thank God he was fine. It basically amounted to a sunburn. It wasn’t over a large area of his body, just a short area, just a little bit on his chest.”

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Guest Column: The K Files – History of the Intercontinental Championship

February 19, 2010 13 comments

Welcome back to another edition of The K Files. I’m your host, Dr. David K bringing you some background on the history of the Intercontinental belt. We’re on the brink of the Elimination Chamber PPV where there will be the throw-away match between Kane and champion Drew McIntyre. Rather than look at the two careers of these two, let’s focus on the prize that is going to come to the winner of this bout

The Intercontinental Championship came into existence in 1979, when Pat Patterson “defeated” Ted DiBiase Sr. (in a tournament that never really happened) to unite both the WWF North American Heavyweight Championship and the South American Heavyweight Championship. Neither of these belts saw much glory on their own, as Ted Dibiase was awarded the N.A. Heavy Championship when he signed with the WWF three months earlier. What came from this merger, however, would be a lineage of wrestlers that would be known as some of the Legends of today. Early reigns of the belt were considerably longer than reigns of it’s competition over in WCW with the United States Championship. From September 1979 until April of 1990, there were 15 different Intercontinental Champions … while in WCW there were 27. The belt had a bit of honor to it, as champions who had Intercontinental gold were looked upon with dignity like the World Champion. Matches such as Steamboat/Savage at Wrestlemania III, Bret Hart/Mr. Perfect at Summerslam 1991, Michaels/Razor Ramon Ladder Match at Wrestlemania X are on the top of many All Time Great lists.

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