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Respect The Beard: The Top 10 Beards In Wrestling

With Daniel Bryan being WWE’s hottest superstar and charging full steam ahead into his WWE Title match against John Cena at Summerslam next week with his epic beard attached and new “Respect The Beard” t-shirt to boot, now seems about as good a time as ever to highlight wrestling’s most notorious and glorious beards. I’ve been thinking about this one for a while now and it seems WWE beat me to the post(!), as they posted their own ‘Top 20 Beards’ feature! However, their list focused on a lot of old wrestlers; having grown up in the 90s, my beard focus will shift more towards wrestlers of the past two decades or so. So read on, tell me who I missed, and then check out WWE’s list if you’re so inclined –

10) Randy Orton 

He hears voices in his head, they come to him he understands, but are they telling him to keep the beard? A somewhat surprising entry at number 10, as Randy Orton perhaps isn’t the first name you’d associate with the beards of a wrestler, however – as JBL says – if you built a superstar from scratch, he’d look just like Orton (including the beard). While not the most outrageous or eye-catching beard, it does give Randy that edge we all know he has.

randy orton top beard

9) Curtis Axel 

Perf-eee-ccc-t! Curtis Axel’s success is partly to do with being a Paul Heyman guy, though don’t give Heyman all the credit; it was also at the same time the son of Mr. Perfect, Michael Mcgillicutty, grew his beard and made his transition into Curtis Axel onto the main roster. Winning the Intercontinental Championship on Father’s Day, there hasn’t been anyone more perfect to wear the belt around his waist than his father Curt Hennig.

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8) The Wyatt Family 

All three members of The Wyatt family could’ve quite easily individually made their way onto the beard of fame, though considering they’re new to the WWE universe and they are a faction/family, it felt right to put them on here together. All three of the men’s beards probably means they’re going to be the ones stopped and searched at customs, though the people stopping them are just sheep. Follow the buzzards.

 wyatt family

7) Mark Henry 

Some men were just destined to don the beard, and Mark Henry is one of those guys. It’s injustice to the world and to his beard that he has yet to hold the WWE title, though whether he’s cutting an oscar worthy retirement speech in a pink suit or performing amazing feats of strength, such as pulling multiple eighteen-wheelers, he’s always rocking the beard. You know why? BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HE DOES!

mark henry that's what I do

6) Damien Sandow 

Silence! Although Sandow can’t swim, his beard is, without a doubt, the most well-groomed beard on the list. In fact, the intellectual saviour of the masses’ beard makes most other people’s facial hair look like mere peasant attempts. Before Sandow turned on Cody Rhodes at Money In The Bank, Team Rhode Scholars almost had a good thing going on with Cody’s moustache (lovestache) and Sandow’s beard, though unfortunately it wasn’t to be. I blame those Ignoramuses on the WWE creative team.


5) Chris Jericho 

Now this picture is a nostalgic trip back in time. Back when his rock band Fozzy was starting and when he was the biggest and greatest heel in the business, Jericho’s long hair and sleezebag-like beard summed up his persona perfectly. It’s a very different look to the 2013 clean-shaven, short-haired baby-face Chris Jericho, though luckily for us he’s still just as every bit as good in the ring and on the mic. Come on, baby!

chris jericho beard

4) Macho Man Randy Savage 

Past, present and future, nobody better. Ohhh yeah! The cream of the crop, the Macho Man Randy Savage! Unfortunately I was a little too young to see him during his days in WCW, though of course I’ve watched plenty of the lord and master of the ring’s matches and unforgettable promos online. It was during Macho Man’s nWo days that the beard was put to full effect (I believe), as he dyed it black to perfectly match the black colours of the nWo. R.I.P Macho Man.

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3) Hulk Hogan

That’s right, brother, you wasn’t expecting the list to go on without the inclusion of Hogan was you, Jack? Blonde hair, blonde ‘stache, black beard – not many could pull it off, dude. Despite what you may think of Hogan, he really was – what I would consider – to be the epitome of cool during his nWo days. Undoubtedly one of the most popular and iconic wrestlers of all time, Hogan turned 60 recently, though we all know Hulkamania and his facial hair will live on forever.

 hulk hogan nwo beard

2) CM Punk 

Proving that bigger doesn’t always mean better, and showing real style over substance, CM Punk returned to his hometown of Chicago at Payback against Chris Jericho in June with a Wolverine-like beard. Punk has donned the facial hair in numerous different ways over his career, and luckily enough for him he has the prowess and star power to pull it off. His match with Brock Lesnar at Summerslam is being touted as ‘The Best vs The Beast’, but we all know it’s really Wolverine vs The Hulk. Snikt!

cm punk wolverine

1) Daniel Bryan

 daniel bryan beard 

Yes! Yes! Yes! Come on, was you really expecting somebody else to take the no. 1 spot? After having a beard for the best part of a year with his run as one half of the tag team champions in Team Hell No, it’s now that Bryan’s gone solo that the WWE have capitalised on the epic-ness of the beard and have let him go full wild with it. The beard is here, everybody, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be going away anytime soon. Daniel Bryan has raised the beard-bar from here on out, and it’s going to take a lot of time and manliness to beat it.


A Week in Wrestling

Randy Orton gets low-blowed by fan in South Africa, Lesnar attacks Punk (again!), Daniel Bryan’s corporate makeover, Tito Ortiz revealed as the #August1 reveal, and Styles vs Aries!


Welly well well. That low blow came out of nowhere. A bit like an RKO out of nowhere. After the back and fourths of it being a legitimate attack, to it illegibly being a “work”, the fan who attacked Orton – Tshepo Sekhabi ‘The Wrestling Machine’ – is in jail. The reason for the attack: He doesn’t like Orton and he wanted to get the WWE’s attention. Attention granted, then. But not just from WWE, from the internet, it seems. My freakin’ mum asked me if I heard about ‘the wrestler’ being attacked. It was the first wrestling conversation we ever had together, and probably the last too. Yep, not only did WWE report the attack – as well as posting the fan’s video of the attack – mainstream news outlets were reporting on it too. Never a dull moment in wrestling, aye? Well, ok.. but you get my point.

Just a quick note on episode 2 of Total Divas because I need to get it out of my system. It wasn’t as terrible as the pilot but it was still cringeworthy – almost Big Bang Theory-like cringeworthy. I did go against my word of saying I wouldn’t watch this show again, however I wanted another reason to hate the world more and complain, so there, I watched it. On the upside though, we did get to see Daniel Bryan’s cabin in the woods and John Cena’s mansion. Bryan’s cabin > Cena’s mansion. Bryan’s Bella twin > Cena’s Bella twin. Bryan’s beard > Cena’s weird elbow. I know the lines are so blurred between actual reality and acting on reality shows, but did Cena really say ‘is Bryan’s cabin big enough to raise kids?’ Newsflash, John: you don’t need a mansion to raise kids.


Raw was from Green Bay Wiscosin this week… Mr. Kenneddddyyyyy! So they decided to throw Randy into the WWE title mix after keeping him away for a little while. Whatever the outcome at Summerslam, we’ll now likely get a triple threat between all three guys at some point, which most definitely isn’t a bad thing. And even though the chances of Randy cashing in the briefcase last night were very, very slim, I still go that ‘he’s gonna cash in’ feeling inside for a brief moment, that only a wrestling fan could truly understand. When the fans see an opportunity for a cash-in, it just creates this buzz around the arena, which reflects to us watching at home too. The cashing in of a briefcase may be my favourite thing in wrestling. Only downside is, it then brought me back to Ziggler cashing in at the Raw after Wrestlemania, which made me both elated and sad.

I don’t know if it was just me, but when Orton interrupted Cena, then The Shield coming down, then Bryan too, did anybody else want to see The Wyatts come down as well? Hell, if this was the post Wrestlemania-Raw, it probably could’ve/might’ve happened. While we’re on the Wyatts, they officially said goodbye to NXT last week, to which Bray had to tell the ruckus and very appreciative crowd to settle down before cutting an awesome farewell promo. The Wyatts may have left, but The Shield returned to NXT this week as well, to a huge reception. If you’re a wrestling fan and you aren’t watching NXT, then as much as I hate to use this cliche phrase, you’re doing it wrong. Bray Wyatt vs Kane is now official for Summerslam, which I, for one, am very looking forward to. I think everyone would’ve loved to see the rumoured Brothers of Desturction vs The Wyatts at Summerslam, but hopefully it’ll happen one day. And if there’s one entrance that can match Taker’s, it’s The Wyatt family’s. Bray vs Taker WM30? – This is amazing.

What about Bryan’s promo at the top of the show then? Being how Cena and Bryan are top good guys, It was always going to be hard to build some sort of storyline/bitter rivalry between the two, but Bryan basically saying he’s a wrestler, loves wrestling and always will, to then say Cena’s an entertainer, not a wrestler, was incredible! To which Cena later responded to saying something about the flavour of his cereal. I don’t mean to hate on Cena, but considering Brad Maddox was nonexistent on raw last night, I need someone to hate-write about. Plus, when Cena goes and says stuff like that and shows off his freakish elbow, he’s asking for it. Anyway, it was Wade ‘barber’ Barret who took a head-butt and a shaving from Bryan, (never thought I’d type that) after a failed corporate makeover.

Stephanie yes chants


Punk and Curtis Axel were having a pretty awesome bout towards the end of the show, which, unfortunately, got cut short, but cut short for a good reason – Bbbbrrrooock Lesnar! Love or hate the guy, he always has intense brawls; intense brawls that usually result in blood. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that was the first time we’ve seen him on the mic since coming back last year? I don’t fully understand what the “Paul, say something stupid” was all about, but it would’ve made much more sense if it had’ve been Heyman saying ‘Brock, say something stupid’. Alas, I still laughed anyway. The scrap resulted in Punk having to have stitches again, and it also set up a match between Punk and Heyman for next week. Although it will most likely end in a no contest due to outside interference, I still want to see the match, as well as Heyman’s ring attire. – I’m assuming this grammar video was mostly made for Brock Lesnar.

To round off Raw we had a great match with RVD and Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez returning and then being taken out by Del Rio. Kofi Kingston returned wearing trousers to knock off Fandango, The Real Americans – after being jobbers ever since they formed – won against The Usos, which now squashes the little push they had, and Big E def. Dolph Ziggler. It pains me to say this, but The Big E/Ziggler rivalry has gone nowhere. If the WWE could, they’d put Ziggler in a one-on-one against AJ. It looks like there could now be a mixed tag-team match at Summerslam, featuring Dolph & Kaitlyn vs AJ & Big E. In all honesty, if the match does get made, I wouldn’t even mind if it was the pre-show match. The sooner Ziggler gets back in the title picture, the better. If you haven’t watched this promo Ryback cut in Australia, then I urge you to do so. He talks about Goldberg and taking one, too!

On a pretty sweet Smackdown, we had Fandango vs Punk, and a three-way no. 1 contenders match for the world title with RVD, Christian and Orton. Seriously PPV quality. Some, including myself, may be a little disappointed that RVD didn’t win, but you know what? RVD’s matches have been flawless since his return, and I can pretty much see him filling Jericho’s shoes. Although we haven’t seen any confrontation between Ryback and RVD, it could easily be a Summerlam match in the works. Congratulations to Captain Charisma for winning though, who has also been on a role of late. No Sheamus on either Raw or Smackdown again this week – either this is a blessing or the start of the rapture. Before I move away from WWE and sneak across the border to TNA, I just want to bring this WWE2K 14 Undertaker Phenom edition to your attention.

Undertaker 2K14

Pretty awesome, huh?

Tito Ortiz was revealed as the #August1 mystery man; not Goldberg, Batista or Jericho, who nobody expected it to be anyway. Not having any knowledge on MMA/UFC (or much of an interest), I would’ve had no idea who Tito Ortiz is/was had I have not read up on the spoilers before watching the show. My first impression of him: is that Kurt Angle’s evil brother? Seriously, they must’ve been separated at birth. I’m all for these guys with a fighting background coming to the world of wrestling, but on one condition: if they actually have an interest in wrestling and want to become a wrestler. Though i’ve been informed that Rampage Jackson and Ortiz are set to fight each other soon, so this could just be a promotional push for that fight – which sucks if that is the case. I’ll hold my reservations for now until things play-out though.

Is that you, Kurt?

Is that you, Kurt?

I didn’t want to put this in the headline (although it is headline worthy wrestling news) that Kurt Angle’s been arrested for the fourth time in six years on alcohol related charges. I know he’s been arrested now and again – like most wrestlers – but I didn’t know he had a problem that bad that he’s had to check himself into a rehabilitation facility. He doesn’t look like the kind of guy to be a heavy drinker (his evil brother Tito does however). Where this leaves him and the Main Event Mafia storyline is unknown at this point but hopefully he can sort himself out. In two weeks it’s the Main Event Mafia vs Aces & 8’s in a 5 v 5 match, with whomever gets pinned has to leave TNA. Is this Kurt’s out? Is this why he was entered into the TNA Hall of Fame this year? We’ll see.

Onto brighter news, there was some awesome matches on Impact this week. Gail Kim/ODB, World champion Chris Sabin v X-division champion Manic, and Austin Aries vs AJ Styles (for the first time). Yes, the finish was a little messy between AJ and Aries, but when superstars of that calibre are in a match that good, it should be forgiven. Not overlooked, but forgiven. Potential match of the year candidate, for me. Most interesting/exciting was Aries’ promo at the start of the show, where he said he’s going to carry Impact on his back for the next 10 years, just like AJ has the previous ten years. Now there’s a sign of confidence. If Aries is around, then Impact’s around. Get the t-shirts printed!

Sheiky baby

So until next time, folks, yours faithfully, yours sincerely and yours truly.



A Week in Wrestling

Total Divas premier, #askdixie Twitter storm, Paige wins the NXT Women’s Championship, Sandow can’t swim, and last night’s taped episode of Raw

Total Divas premiered on Sunday and…

funny total divas premier

Actual thing Cena said.

I went into Total Divas the same way I expect most other wrestling fans did – curious but with low expectations. To best describe it would be to say if the WWE ever locked up with, say, The Kardashians and awful shows of that sort, then in the words of Vince Mcmahon, “spontaneous combustion!” Total Divas is born. We do get a little glimpse of the real lives’ of the women in WWE, but for the most part it’s a scripted drama. A badly scripted drama.

It may not be aimed at wrestling fans, but being a wrestling fan, I don’t even want the WWE to crossover with the ‘Kardashian-watching demographic.’ Apparently it did quite well ratings wise, which doesn’t surprise me. However, if more people watch this show than Smackdown or Impact Wrestling – which tend to have lower ratings than Raw – then I will have lost faith in humanity. Although it won’t be the first time that I have.

miz girl angry

I think it’s safe to say this girl wasn’t watching Total Divas

I don’t want to talk about the show too much more because, well, I want to get onto some real wrestling! But there was an upside to the show: a glimmer of Daniel Bryan walking his dog. Something I could watch on a weekly basis, actually, and something that should be a web-series. Apart from Daniel Bryan and his dog, though, we got Nikki Bella and John Cena re-enacting a scene from The Playbook, newbie Eva Marie getting her hair dyed red (whilst other newbie JoJo watched like an obedient dog), The Funkadactyls waiting for their costumes to be sewn minutes before their Wrestlemania match, and one of their boyfriend’s wanting to beat up Brodus Clay. Television, folks.

To the other end of the spectrum of women’s wrestling, Paige knocked off Emma in the final of the NXT Women’s Championship tournament to become the first ever NXT Women’s champion. Hooray! And what a great match it was from two future main-roster stars. I don’t really have a whole lot else to say, other than Paige vs AJ will happen one day. Potentially even a Wrestlemania match. In regards to Emma’s future, if her dancing gimmick gets over on Raw or Smackdown as much as it does on NXT, then we could have a new ‘YES! chant’ on our hands. (On our arms.) Sorry.

Paige and AJ Lee

Nope. Don’t get better than this.

Onto Smackdown, which was predominately focused on Cody Rhodes stealing Sandow’s briefcase and throwing it into the sea. Wrestling fans will know that this has been done before before but it really was a nice change of pace to the normal Smackdown ending of, well, ending on a match (usually a Del Rio match). Not only did we get a masterclass performance from Sandow, but we also got Sin Cara rummaging through a dustbin (ironically, his best performance yet). And much to my amazement/disappointment, the google search of ‘Sin Cara rummaging through a dustbin’ came up empty. But picture evidence or not, it happened on Smackdown, I swear! What was he looking for, though? Spare change? Food? A one-way ticket back to Mexico? Rey Mysterio? We’ll probably never know, but I just hope the poor sod found what he was looking for.

Sandow can't swim

Would one of you ignoramuses help this man

Onto last night’s taped episode of Raw, which had a very ‘house show vibe’ to it. A lot of matches, but not a whole lot of progression in terms of building current story-lines and/or creating new ones for Summerslam. But you know what? It was still better than last week’s show, and we got more than a few better-than-average matches. And we got the tables match between Ryback and Cena that has, reportedly, been the dark match of Raw for the past few months or so now. So he can lighten up now he’s no longer going to be put through tables anymore. I’m trying to think of something funny to say but I’ve got nothing, guys. Sorry.

Strangely enough, there was no Orton again on Raw this week, however he was on Smackdown again. Potentially keeping him off Raw to keep him away from the Bryan/Cena angle? There was no Sheamus this week either. Are you satisfied now, hardcore wrestling fans? Maybe one week, just one week, we’ll get a show with no Sheamus, Cena or Del Rio – aka Vince Mcmahon’s favourites, but wrestling fans’ arch enemies. Perhaps this is why their new pay-per-view is called Battleground, no? Book it. And speaking of battlegrounds, last night’s tables match was somewhat of a battleground, wasn’t it? Tables were planted everywhere like mines. I liked it.


Before I get off the topic of the fairly quiet Raw, I want to know how in God’s name live tweets were being reported on by Cole and Lawyer if it was a pre-taped show? My only solution is that people in the crowd were tweeting during the show? It’s going onto my list of mysteries alongside the ‘what was Sin Cara looking for’ mystery. Last thought on Raw: Vince Mcmahon’s promo with Daniel Bryan was a little weird, wasn’t it? He doesn’t want neither Bryan or Cena to win? Both Maddox and now Vince have been squeezed into the story for the sake of there being a villain, which I understand but don’t necessarily like. I just hope there’s no outside interference during the big match. But let’s change directions and head to TNA and the whole #askdixie debacle, shall we?

If you read some of the tweets people were sending using the ‘askdixie’ hashtag last week, then you’ll know Ill timing may be describing the Q&A session somewhat lightly. #askdixie was the number one trend in the UK and was also trending worldwide. As one fan simply put it, the good news for TNA: #askdixie is trending. The bad news for TNA: #askdixie is trending. In fact, I think she took such a roasting that she couldn’t do much answering. I mean, just when is Bilbo Baggins going to join the Impact roster? Tell us, Dixie!

There was a lot of heat and bad vibes sent her way, including hate towards Hogan, Brooke and Bischoff, too. In the end it got so blown out of proportion that Dixie sent out a message regarding the recent departures of talent, the state of the company, and future endeavours. The only way I can ever see a wrestling related hashtag being topped would be if there was ever an #asktotaldivas hashtag. Which I would participate in.


Thursday’s Impact itself saw a new X-Division champ in Manic (formerly known as Suicide, and formerly took his mask off for one week then to put it back on). We got three good matches in Mickie James vs Gail Kim, Samoa Joe vs Christoper Daniels, and the standout match between Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles. The crowd then chanted ‘you tapped out’ straight after Hardy tapped out. Way to go, wrestling fans. I don’t understand this whole BFG series scoring system, as points seem to randomly be given out. I don’t know if the TNA creative knows how the scoring system works either, though if I was in charge, I’d just rip off WWE’s King of the Ring format. Just saying. We also got Bully Ray and his Kevin Nash-lookalike lawyer threatening to sue TNA for his loss of the World Title, which, of course, makes no sense, but when Bully Ray’s involved, I’m invested.

And before I go, TNA are teasing an appearance from a mystery man on this week’s Impact, with the latest video stating that it’s not Dave Bautista. Huh? I don’t think anyone really expected it to be Batista, but hey, what the hell! Who could it be? Wild internet speculation so far suggests that it could either be A) Adam Pierce; B) Hardcore Holly; C) John Morrison; or D) somebody else. I’m going with D).

But until next time, folks, take care.

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A Week in Wrestling

WWE’s Reddit Leaks, Chris Jericho says farewell to WWE (for now), Daniel Bryan competes in 4 matches in one night(!), Chris Sabin wins the TNA World Championship, and reported backstage woes in Impact Wrestling

Well, just when you think the Vickie Guerrero problem has been solved and you get used to the fact that she’s been eradicated from our TV screens … she becomes the new General Manager of Smackdown.

Tell me you did not just say that

Tell me you did not just say that

There goes the rumblings of her becoming Ryback’s manager, then. Unless she manages to do both..

Shacky Quacky.. Agh forget about it

Shacky Quacky.. Agh forget about it

But in all seriousness, she’ll be better suited on Smackdown. The B-team. The less important show. Let it be known that these are the nicest words I’ve ever aimed towards Vickie Guerrero. Don’t you let me down now, Vickie! But from one GM to another, Brad Maddox opened Raw once again this week (still without any entrance music, but with a deflating drumroll). Mick Foley took to Twitter last week to voice his concern/disappointment with Maddox being appointed being GM, and still to this day, whenever I see Maddox, I can’t help but think to that promo he cut about justice in the Bane-voice. And as long as he’s on TV acting out as the goofball and doing nothing but burying himself, I don’t think I will forget.

So in a way to get cheap heat, he bad-mouthed Bryan during the contract signing for no particular reason other than.. he’s smaller and not as strong as Cena? Anyway, Bryan, not for the first time, had to wrestle multiple times, which is never a bad thing. Three times on TV, and then for a fourth time in a six-man tag match against The Shield in the dark match! He’s undeniably the hottest thing in WWE right now and everyone’s behind him to win at Summerslam, but the only problem I have with him competing in what was the last half-hour segment on Raw was that the top half of the show was real hard work to get through. Yes, hard work to watch a TV screen of men wrestling for 2 and a half hours.

Table fail wwe game

After last week’s great post Money in the Bank Raw, I came to realise that post PPV Raw’s are the only 3-hour Raws actually worthy of viewing the full show. Maybe there has been some exceptions to the rule, but to hell if I can remember. There were some real filler matches this week, which weren’t necessarily bad, but they were just kind of.. there. Sheamus vs Del Rio (which I’m sure the WWE faithful have seen a gazillion times), Christian v Titus O’Neil, and Cody Rhodes v Fandango. And don’t even get me started on the Divas segment on Miz TV. I’ve started now, it’s too late. Before the negative, though, new Diva on the block Eva Marie looks like she could be an interesting cat. And besides, the role of ‘sassy redhead’ was never really filled when Lita left. And as far as other newbie JoJo goes…


I was a little interested when Total Divas was first announced, as it would be cool to get to know the Divas outside of kayfabe reality. But if  the little clip they showed last night is any indication of what’s to come, it doesn’t seem like that’s what we’ll be getting at all. And if the word ‘reality’ in reality shows has taught us anything over the years, it’s that the shows are going to be as far away from reality as humanly possible. And I suppose I can’t go on without mentioning Brie’s nip-slip last night, but the only thing I really have to say about it is this: It probably wouldn’t have happened had she have had a boob job like her twin. Just saying.

Paul Ranger

CM Punk and Heyman continued their feud last night and the Summerslam match between Punk and Lesnar was made official. And I’ll admit that – sometimes – I take the class and professionalism of both Heyman and Punk for granted, as they’re both a class act. And last night was no different. The only concern here is that Punk is legitimately banged up; he tweeted out a nasty photo of his ankle last week, and last night he noted of some other injuries. But Summerslam is a few weeks away yet, so hopefully he’ll be at 100% come showtime. Hot on heels of his bout with Jericho last week, RVD had a great match on Smackdown against D. Young and against Barret last night on Raw. No mic time or storyline indications for him yet, but as long as he’s having great crowd-pleasing matches.. who cares?

RVD > Ryback

There was no Orton, Curtis Axel, Big Show or Wyatts on Raw this week, though The Wyatt Family did create  3 Man Band body pile up on Main Event, and Luke Harper and Eric Rohan lost the NXT Tag-Title Belts to Adrian Neville and Corey Graves on the latest episode of NXT. Big Show was scheduled to return but didn’t for reasons unbeknown, Orton is possibly out due to injury – which wasn’t mentioned by any of the broadcasters, although he tweeted out that he’s fine – and I can only imagine that Axel was doing the deed of filming Heyman via the Satellite stream on Raw. Axel was on hand on Smackdown to defeat and retain his IC title against Jericho in a great match, which was ultimately the last time we’ll probably see Jericho this year. But don’t worry, baby, he’ll be back. It may be too early to say, but he’s going to be up there in my hypothetical ‘wrestler of the year’ award come the end of this year.

Jericho's put just about everybody over... apart from Bane Maddox that is

Jericho’s put just about everybody over… apart from Bane Maddox that is

Comic-Con was last week and WWE was their in force to host their annual Mattel panel, which this year featured Miz, Ziggler and an unannounced appearance from Foley. There was some pretty great ‘ribbing’ going on between both Miz and Ziggler and the crowd, too. WWE put up a really cool comic-related article not too long ago that I just came across, listing 10 superstars as Marvel comic book characters. (Dammit, why didn’t I think of doing that?)  It’s pretty great, and being the dirty heel that I am, I may have to do my own DC version of Superstars – with Maddox being Bane, obviously.

Daniel Bryan's beard

A Reddit user has supposedly been getting inside information from within the WWE regarding match results, as over the past few months he’s posted match results of WWE’s shows – including PPV’s – and he’s been right every time. Even going as far as to leak the winner out to some betting websites. 1) I don’t know what would possess someone to be as gratuitous to leak wrestling results, and 2) I hope whoever is leaking the results feels the eternal wrath of Vince McMahon. Big E almost got intimate with AJ Lee on Smackdown, and Sandow named Cody Rhodes the protector of the case! I like Damien Sandow… and I like Cody Rhodes. But who is better? There’s only one way to find out…

harry hill official fight

Switching over to Impact, they held a (kind of?) free-per-view, Destination X, that featured an – unsurprisingly – great match between Roode and Aries, a whole lot of X-division matches and then a great World title match.. which Sabin won! The match itself wasn’t a classic like Sabin and Aries had a few weeks back for the X-division belt, but it did tell a story of the big bad bullying the underdog. And it also told the story of Bully almost stripping Sabin stark-buck naked! It was a feel-good moment for sure, but… is Sabin going to be a transitional champion?  I hope not, but I don’t know if TNA would have him in a main event at one of their limited PPV’s? I see this going two ways: either A) Aries feuds with Aries for a while, or B) Bully Ray wins back the belt within the next month and it sets up a match between Bully and Magnus at Bound For Glory (which Magnus will win).


So if it does go the way of option A), does this spell the demise of The Aces & 8’s, then? They’ve pretty much been in the main picture of TNA for over a year now, and with the recent departures of both D-Lo Brown and DOC, they’re left to just six men. Seven including Tazz, but who’s counting? It will be especially weird for me not seeing them around, because I actually only started watching Impact Wrestling just September/October time last year, so I haven’t actually experienced any episode of TNA without the Aces & 8’s.

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TNA gets a lot of criticism which is sometimes fair, sometimes not, but their is some cause for concern as of late over the recent money issues and roster cuts due to their travelling schedule. In the past month we’ve seen Matt Morgan, D-Lo Brown, Madison Rayne, Taeler Hendrix, Christian York, Joey Ryan, Crimson, and now Doc, all released from TNA. Their roster is thinning out, but considering they only have one show a week and one PPV every few months, it’s a strong roster and not a bad size at all. Of course it’s sad to see future prospects like Christian York go, but TNA doesn’t want to go back to that dreaded Impact Zone – and the fans certainly don’t want that either!

That’s it for another Week in Wrestling, folks. So until next time, be good. But if you can’t be good, be safe.