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What Pro Wrestling Means to Me

For a lot of people Pro Wrestling is fake… It is seen as something that children and young adults watch, and people who are older that watch it are looked down upon as well. Well, it is fake, but so is every other TV show on television that has a story line. No one is disputing that, no fan of Wrestling argues in the opposition of that statement, yet so many people do not understand why people my age still continue to watch it. I am sure many of us have many different reasons for watching this scripted sport.

For myself Wrestling was real when I was younger. There was always the Hero (Face) taking on the Villains (Heels) and when it looked like the Hero was going to lose, he made a miraculous comeback and defeated the Villain. This was important for me growing up with a father that wasn’t around very often. These Heroes helped me overcome many things growing up that I didn’t have anyone to talk to about or listen to me. Every time Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior came back from the brink of defeat to recover and win against their opponent I knew that everything was going to be ok. With not having a male role model around these figures helped me understand the virtues that it takes to be a good person. No matter what they were like in real life, the only thing the children like myself saw was the heroes.

As I grew up and there were father figures in my life, wrestling was still steadfast. If I didn’t get along with someone the heroes I looked up to were there to comfort me, and show me that any evil can be defeated. Years went by and my home life got much better and I stopped needing them in my life, I slowed down on watching wrestling. School took over, girls took over, work took over, and growing up took over. No matter what was going on in my life however stressful or hectic, I could always turn on the WWF or WCW and watch my heroes vanquish their obstacles, and I knew that I could too.

Wrestlers such as Mr. Perfect, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, The Legion of Doom Hawk and Animal, Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, The Honky Tonk Man, Koko B. Ware, Sargent Slaughter, and so many more were such a huge part of my childhood I can never in my life repay those characters for what they mean to me. I still watch wrestling and as I don’t see as many people that have the Hero attribute as so many characters did back 20+ years ago. There are still characters kids can look up to and I hope that they mean as much to kids now as my heroes did to me.

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So Nerdy It Hurts: Monday Night Raw Review (WM31 Go Home Show)

WWE Monday Night Raw (3/23/15) Review: Wrestlemania 31 “Go Home Show”

     Well here we are only 6 days until Wrestlemania “Play Button” (31) in San Francisco, CA. The build up to this Wrestlemania seems a little lackluster, based on my feelings towards going into it. I have been away from watching wrestling full time for about 10 years. But now we, at Nerd Management, are neck deep in it. Based on what the IWC’s reactions are, and from what I have seen from the past couple of Wrestlemanias on the WWE Network the build up just isn’t there this year.

     We have had an absentee Champion, a former star who unfortunately has fallen out of favor with the IWC, the biggest star right now was hurt for 8 months and came back to lead the Mid-Cards, a nobody with an amazing gimmick that got buried for going “Over” with the fans, and an Icon coming back to only 6 appearances on a contract. Also we haven’t seen the Undertaker in a year, and his opponent; who is arguably the greatest promo man the Wrestling World has every had, is carrying a feud by himself and doing a masterful job of it.

   So the Raw Go Home Show kicks off with Sting coming to the ring and talking about kicking off a Raw. He faulters a couple of times on the mic but hey he wasn’t the worst of the night. Stephanie McMahon comes out and as always lights up the mic with amazing accuracy. The idiot crowd started in on her with the “What” Chants and instead of phasing her, she spoke faster and didn’t give them a chance to “What” her and the crowd’s momentum died. That is how you kill a “What” chant. She tries to slap Sting and HHH comes out to confront him. After this is kind of faltered, there wasn’t any real feel that they were going to face off.

     A tag team match between R-Truth and Dean Ambrose v. Luke Harper and Stardust was next with Bad News Barrett on commentary. Good wrestling, some good spots, but over all the match was overshadowed by Bad News Barrett arguing with Booker T and JBL on commentary. If that was the point then amazing job, but it was a total distraction from what was going on in the ring. The 4 guys in the ring were unable to tell a story, and my only theory has to be because the IC Title Ladder match at WM is not about them or BNB. It is about Dolf Ziggler and Daniel Bryan who have a match later in the show. With Barrett’s distracting commentary and no one paying attention to the wrestlers in the ring, Bryan v. Ziggler at Wrestlemania in the Ladder match will Steal the Show at Wrestlemania 31.

     A 10 man Tag Team match between entrants from the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was next and we had Bill Simmons from ABC/ESPN as a guest commentator. The match was Erik Rowan, The Ryback, Zack Ryder, and Pryme Tyme Playahs v. The Ascension, Adam Rose, Miz, and Mizdow. But the star of the match was Bill Simmons for being great. He called out the WWE for making it hard to make an Andre the Giant 30 for 30, he asked were the Bunny was, he said JBL put Cena “over” at Wrestlemania 21,  he build Brock Lesnar up as a monster attraction. By far he was the best guest commentator they’ve had in a long time.

     Next was RKO v. J&J Security w/ Seth Rollins, this was a lackluster build and kind of boring. It seemed like a time filler, with 2 of the biggest stars in the business as the pieces.

     One of the Matches of the Night came next, and it was a Freaking Divas match! Nikki Bella v. Paige for the Divas Championship lasted over 10 minuets of in-ring time. It had great wrestling, good back and forth taunts by both Women, a #SUPERCENA moment for Nikki, a swerve, and a betrayal. With time like this in a match, if all of the Divas on the roster could put up this kind of intensity the division would really grow and finally get the respect that it seems to this it deserves. This was the first time I have cared about watching the Divas match instead of Fast Forwarding since I came back to watching wrestling.

     Up next was the sad funeral for #AxelMania featuring Snoop Dog as the MC and special guest Hulk Hogan as the Paul Bearer. Basically it was a trash segment to finally bury #AxelMania in the eyes of the WWE even though is still “Over” with the fans, the WWE clearly want it gone, because Curtis didn’t even walk out to the http://www.axelmania.com clock on the Titantron. Hogan completely destroys #AxelMania and we are left with only a memory of the greatest gimmick in the past 10 years in the WWE. RIP Axel Mania

     Natty with Cesaro and Kidd v. Los Matadores with El Torrito with the Usos were next and again, it seems like it was just a time sponge. Nothing exiting happened in this match to make me excited for the “Dark Match” at Wrestlemania 31.

     Rusev v. Swagger in a squash match was next but then the unexpected happened… wait the completely expected happened. Cena came out and gets decimated by Rusev, I mean utterly and completely destroyed by Rusev. Like Orton v. Rollins bad… Why did they do this you ask? #LOLCENAWINS strikes again. The same thing happens to Cena all of the time, and the same thing happened last year by Bray Wyatt before Wrestlemania 30. Cena overcomes the odds as Mania to become the US Champion. It is by far the worst kept secret on this show. But as long as its entertaining and Cena can bring the US Title back to goof standing I am actually ok this time. I don’t think it will bury Rusev, Bray seems just fine.

     Bray Wyatt comes out and cuts one of the most intense promos I have ever seen. It was masterful and great. He is single-handedly carrying this 1 sided feud and it will be amazing for the payoff. Win or Lose I can see Bray being huge at Wrestlemania and after.

     Ziggler v. Bryan with Dean Ambrose as Special Guest Referee was my co-match of the night with the Divas match. And once again great wrestling displayed by the 2 best technicians on the roster. This IC Title Ladder Match at Wrestlemania 31 will indeed steal the show. But unlike the Cena v. Rusev match. I don’t think there is a clear cut winner right now. I mean Ziggler has beaten Bryan clean twice. The Man who a year ago won the World Championship at Wrestlemania 30 has been beaten by Dolf Ziggler on Raw and Smackdown. The Dean Ambrose lays out Ziggler and Bad News Barrett cleans house as well. I know from the bottom of my fandom, this is absolutely the best match of this years Wrestlemania card.

     An amazing promo by the man called Paul Heyman; introducing the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar. The reigning, defending, undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the WWE; the 1 in 21-1, and slayer of men comes in behind Heyman into the ring and stands there mighty. Then Roman comes down through the audience like Rod Roddy just called his name on the Price is Right and got into the ring and stared down Brock Lesnar. They had an exchange of words and then THIS HAPPENED.

“Gimme,” “No, YOU Gimme.”

Are you kidding me WWE? Seriously you end a great “Go Home Show” like this? What are you thinking? SMH I guess we will have to find out this Sunday 3/29/15 on the WWE Network at 7pm when Wrestlemania 31 starts.

Picked up some Childhood Heroes today! Legion of Doom!

What A Rush!!!

 

That’s right I found the Series 30 WWE Elite Road Warrior Hawk (RIP) and Road Warrior Animal that I have been looking for! So awesome!!!

These guys were my childhood heroes, I mean I rarely got to see my father because his substance abuse problems he was in and out of jail for most of my childhood. But! when he was home we watched WWF Wrestling together and we both loved The Legion of DOOM! Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal were so dominant and I imagined that they were me and my dad taking out all of the bad guys in the world. So for me these guys are a very large part of the good things about my childhood that stand out.

Here’s to you dad, OOOOHHHHHH WHAT A RUSH!!!!!

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Nerd MGMT Top 5: All Time Favorite Wrestling Moments

Nerd MGMT Top 5’s: Favorite Pro Wrestling Moments of All Time!

That’s right we’re back from the hiatus and we’re bringing you an all new Top 5 list and this time its gonna Slam some thoughts! Think back to your childhood or even currently for some of us. What are your ALL TIME favorite Pro Wrestling moments? Could be any from the WWE, TNA, NWO, WCW, ECW, and any other Pro League.

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Nerd MGMT Top 5: Favorite Pro Wrestlers of ALL TIME!

Nerd MGMT Top 5’s: Favorite Pro Wrestlers of ALL TIME!!!

That’s right we’re back from the hiatus and we’re bringing you an all new Top 5 list and this time its gonna Slam some thoughts! Think back to your childhood or even currently for some of us. Who are your ALL TIME favorite Pro Wrestlers? Could be any from the WWE, TNA, NWO, WCW, ECW, and any other Pro League.

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Hot Toys: SDCC Toy Announcements

We have had already some big announcements from Mattel, HASBRO, and Playmates. There were more but these are the 3 I care about so that is what I care to listen to. The last half of 2014 and 1st half of 2015 will be a real wallet-draining time period for me, but I am alright with it based on what I have seen so far.

Mattel and the WWE have teamed up for some amazing toys and the newest WWE cast member Sting joined Hulk Hogan and Daniel Bryan at the SDCC panel to announce their toyline. It looks like we’re going to be getting some new Ultimate Warrior Figures as well. Here are some pictures from SDCC courtesy of Toynewsi.com

 

Hasbro announced another Spider-Man Marvel Legends wave featuring some unique figures. I guess because of movie licensing issue we may never see a Fantastic Four Wave. But they did redeem their (in my eyes) failing 3.75″ line by giving us a Jim Lee Beast, Sandman, and Bishop. They are also putting out a great 2 waves of 6″ Legends figures such as Odin, Captain Marvel, White Iron Fist, and so many more to count. Here is a video from Marvelousnews.com and some pics.

 

Finally my favorite announcements came from Playmates at SDCC reguarding TMNT and all things Turtle!

Mutation TMNT Figures

– 9 Figures that you can swap parts between them (similar to HASBRO’s Marvel Supe Hero Mashers)

Role Playing TMNT

– Casey Mask w/ Bat

– More TMNT Masks with eye changing colors

Vehicles

– Casey Jone’s Zamboni w/ a new Casey Figure

– Hovercraft w/ Raph

– T-Rocket

– TMNT BLIMP!!!!!!

– Pizza Thrower with 2 seats!!! for Nick Toy Line

-Pizza Thrower for the Classics wave!

– Transforming Vehicles like a 3 wheeler and Motobike that turn into Hovercrafts

Figures

– 6″ Shredder and Kraang

– Tiger Claw

– Robo Foot

– Mikey as Turflytle

– Fly Baxter

– Serpent Karai

– Bebop and Rocksteady!!!!!! for the Cartoon Line!!!!!!

– 4 New Mystic Ninja Turtles

– Classic Comic Book Figures for the Cartoon Line

– Monkey Brains