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Maryse Gets Released.

WWE announced the following today:

“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Raw Diva Maryse as of today, October 28, 2011. WWE wishes Maryse the best in all of her future endeavors.”

Maryse commented on Twitter:

“I’M OUT and sexier than ever! Thanks to all my fans, colleagues and @WWE Universe. Im Happy, im Smiling, and FREE, now its time to get Naughty …………BE SEXY”

Now my opinion is that along with Beth Pheonix she was the best heel-Diva in the company, and that she really improved her in-ring the past year (in the rare chances we actually got to see her). However looking at this trend it seems like being able to work is the downfall for a lady in the WWE. How is that that Melina, Gail Kim and now Maryse are no longer a part of the company when “DIVAS” like Rosa Mendes, Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly are? Now, if it’s only “The Look” they’re after, releasing her should be the last thing you do! She should’ve been pushed as the top Diva in the company… because she’s HOT!

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Stone Cold does Funny or Die – Big ol’ Can of Whoop Ass

http://www.funnyordie.com/embed/e46a67b058<div

Mixed Martial Arts on Wrestle Redemption

Along with professional wrestling we will bring you coverage from the exciting world of MMA, including news, reviews, articles and trending topics.

Now I know that when it comes to Pro-wrestling and MMA, for the most part people are fans of one and not the other. Most people think the two products are entirely different, and that one has nothing to do with the other, which is very true to an extent. One deals with “good guys” and “bad guys”, who have feuds together for several months to build up rivalries and put on
shows. The other one…is professional wrestling ūüôā Point is, the UFC has done pro-wrestling even better than pro-wrestling the past few years (if that makes any sense at all).

While the two worlds may seem different, true wrestling fans that enjoyed the product of the late 90’s would really appreciate what the UFC has done, and how they have done it. What was offered to Vince McMahon for 2 million dollars back in 2002 has gone on to become a billion dollar company. They have taken the WWE template in terms of marketing their fighters, growth in foreign markets, and storytelling to deliver something new and creative. They have marketed their fighters the same way that Vince McMahon has marketed his characters. Now I’m not saying that UFC fighters are necessarily “characters”, but a lot of them are personalities that the fans are engaged in to the point that you would pay to see them settle their conflicts. These are what the grassroots of pro-wrestling and MMA are; selling conflict for a resolution that you will pay to see the answer to. That being said, they’re not over-the-top characters like we are used to seeing in pro-wrestling, but that just makes fighters more real and presentable to the average person.

The formula is simple: “You have the title, and I WANT IT.” Two guys fight for a title, and that’s it. Getting personal with all that competition obviously does engage the fans more, but it appeals to them because it is true, unscripted animosity that is real even outside the octagon. What’s amazing is that there is no 1 dominant champion, each division has their own title and all of them actually have credibility that the fans genuinely care for, which says a lot considering that there are 7 of them. You would think that having only 2 dominant titles (like in WWE) would mean people would care like they did a decade ago.

When it comes down to business, promotion, and basic structure of the companies, you’ll see that the two products definitely have a lot to do with one another. There is no reason why we can’t be fans of both of these great forms of entertainment.
A perfect mix of the two is Chael Sonnen. Here he is cutting a great promo after his fight at UFC 136.


The Dojo: Shinsuke Nakamura


Shinsuke Nakamura as IWGP Heavyweight Champion

 

Shinsuke Nakamura

Billed Height:  6 ft 2

Billed Weight: 230lb

Born: Feb 24, 1980(31), Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Trained by: Inoki Dojo, NJPW Dojo, Osamu Kido.

Debut: August 29 2002

  • Finishing moves
    • Boma Ye¬†(High knee¬†to the opponent’s face or the back of the head)
    • Crucifix armbar
    • Landslide¬†(Samoan driver, sometimes from the¬†second rope)
    • Shining Triangle¬†(Nakamura¬†steps off one of the kneeling opponent’s knees¬†and quickly applies a¬†triangle choke)
  • Signature moves
    • Bridging / Release German suplex
    • Death Valley driver
    • Double underhook piledriver
    • El Ni√Īo¬†(Springboard moonsault)
    • Front facelock sleeper hold
    • Inverted powerslam
In a lot of ways Shinsuke Nakamura is New Japan’s equivalent to CM Punk. In the same way Punk represents the complete 180 of John Cena, Nakamura is on the other end of the spectrum from NJPW’s number one ace, the uber popular star, Hiroshi Tanahashi. The anti-Tanahashi, which is ironic as the two were once a very formidable tag team, even winning the IWGP tag team championships.

Shinsuke(left) and Tanahashi(right)

Outspoken, brash and arrogant, Nakamura backs it up with unparalleled psychology and technique. A fully trained mix martial artist, Nakamura has found great success since incorporating moves like his patented Boma Ye knee strike, reportedly fracturing the Tanahashi’s orbital bone, not to mention leading him to the IWGP Heavyweight title on more than one occasion.

Nakamura hits a Boma Ye on his opponent.

Debuting in 2002 and garnering much attention, Nakamura was dubbed “Super Rookie” and is recognized as the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Hiroshi Tenzan for the title. Nakamura would go on to join the BLACK stable, rechristening it RISE, with¬†¬†Minoru,¬†Milano Collection A.T.,¬†Hirooki Goto,¬†Giant Bernard,Travis Tomko, and¬†Prince Devitt. Nakamura would go on to defeat his former tag team partner and now rival, Hiroshi Tanahashi for yet another IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Recently Nakamura was entered in the G1 Climax and went on to win seven out of his nine round robin stage matches, finished first in his block to advance to the finals of the tournament. On August 14, Nakamura defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the 2011 G1 Climax and earn another shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Nakamura hits a German Suplex on Yuji Nagata


The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story


In his prime, Scott Hall was a mountain of a man – 6-foot-7, 290 pounds of solidly sculptured muscle, appearing as close as invincible as they come. As Razor Ramon, he was one of professional wrestling’s biggest names and most villainous villains, busting chairs with the likes of Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans in sold-out arenas. And he loved the life that came with it: the parties, the women, the celebrity. But the high life soon started to slip away, and Hall has been desperately doing whatever he can since to hold on ever since. Hall’s slide seems to know no bottom – from his deteriorating physical and mental condition, to his ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse that has crippled his family life and resulted in pathetic public appearances in school gyms. But he’s hanging on, somehow. Now his only son, Cody, wants to follow in his father’s tortured bootsteps. E:60 chronicles the heartbreaking story of a man who is a shadow of his former self and desperate for one last taste of the glory days.


Bret Hart with Arda Ocal Interview on The Score

Bret sheds light on the new greatest rivalries dvd, earl Hebner, and the Survivor Series.

http://video.thescore.com/embed/arda-ocal-with-bret-hart-oct-17


TNA’s Bound For Glory 2011

Tna is a company that I was excited for back when it debuted on Spike TV. It was fresh and full of great young talent that performed a fast paced style of pro wrestling. The likes of Aj Styles, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe were just a few of the rosters great talents. The addition of Sting and Kurt Angle brought the company to new heights and intrigued almost all wrestling fans to tune in.

However, much has changed since then and I am pround to say I have not watched TNA in many years. I dont check the channel or the website or read any spoilers. I have had no contact with the product except faintly when RVD and Jeff Hardy decided to jump over to the Impact Zone. While Aj Styles mimicked the nature boy persona and Sting became the clown prince of TNA provided for fun youtube videos and unbearable  promos and ring entrances, I had vowed that the company was left to the dogs. Hogan and flair and Sting continue to dominate the program and live in the past, I am uninterested.

However for Bound for Glory I will give them a chance. This promo video did not get me excited but the card did. Aj vs daniels, lynn vs rvd will feel nostalgic. While the main event of angle vs Roode is intriguing. I will watch their product this one time and hope that talents like Samoa Joe head to WWE and I can enjoy their work once again.