WrestleMania Thoughts and Predictions

Well, ladies and gentlemen.  It’s that time of year again.  WrestleMania 26 will arrive this Sunday.  And top-to-bottom, it is one of the most stacked WrestleMania cards I’ve ever seen.  Nine matches, and I would say that five of them have the potential to be 4 star matches or higher. 

In this blog post, I’m going to guess as to the position of the match on the card (barring last minute additions, and any Divas or Womens matches), and guess who will win, and any other results. So, let’s break this one down, as best as possible:

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Lost’s Final Ride

Tonight is the season premiere of the final season of Lost.  Regardless of anything, it’s been an incredible ride.  Lost has broken so many rules of what can and cannot be done on network television, that I must give the creators a standing ovation for what they have accomplished, regardless of what takes place over the next 18 episodes. 

I have very mixed emotions about the show.  Initially, I thought it was the greatest show of all time.  The show that broke all boundaries of episodic television.  The show that rewarded their devoted followers more than any other.  And the show that finally achieved the crossover success and broke down the barriers between what is normal television and what is genre/sci fi television.

It has done that, but it lost me as a devotee along the way.

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The End… (Just When It Was Getting Good Too)

As a fan of comic books, you have to sit back and bask in the sunlight that is the current scene in cinema today.  You can hear it.  All of the comic book readers who were scorned back when they were teens are crying out in triumph.  As if the success of The Dark Knight has redeemed their obsessions. 

There is an inward comic book geek who does feel that way.  So I feel the elation.  There is something nice that an icon, like Batman, is going to achieve such notoriety, such financial gain… it’s a shame that it spells the beginning of the end.

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Good Ol J.R.

I really don’t get the WWE sometimes.  I just don’t get it. 

Last night, the WWE had their “Draft”, where talent gets drafted from one show to another (RAW, Smackdown, and ECW).  It’s supposed to be ‘random’, but it’s obvious that it is perfectly calculated.  But the real issue is that the talent sometimes doesn’t know it is changing rosters, until that night when their name is shown on the screen.

I mean, to a degree… the wrestlers just work on different nights and go on different ‘tours’.  It’s not that big of a deal. 

Anyway, Jim Ross, the voice of the WWE, and really the main constant in professional wrestling, got drafted from RAW to Smackdown.  Now, I have no problem with any talent or any professional being told that their job function has changed.  It happens to everyone.

However, according to his blog entry, Jim Ross found out with the rest of America that he was moving to Smackdown. 

So basically, the higher-ups of the WWE decided that it would be fun to let Jim Ross twist in the wind during a live wrestling broadcast about being moved to Smackdown, which in many eyes is seen as a demotion.  An employee of 15 years, who has become an institution.  Basically, Jim Ross is probably the greatest wrestling play-by-play man in the business.

The WWE should at least treat him with enough respect to let him know ahead of time that this would be happening.  To hang him out to dry like that is just insane. 

I mean the character of Mr. McMahon is a caricature of who he is, but there’s a saying in the wrestling business that you have to live your gimmick.  And maybe Vince McMahon is one of those people who truly believes that the only way to stay at the top is to piss on the people underneath.

There are times when I’m disgusted that I watch this crap.  Wouldn’t cock fighting be more socially redeeming?

Current Wrestling Fed Analysis (now with Metaphors)

I currently can’t find a wrestling fed to call my own.  It’s really been bothering me recently.  I mean in the years following the wrestling implosion of 2001, it was understandable that it took a while for competition to get their act together.  But here it is 7 years later, and and when looking at the three major candidates of the WWE, TNA, and ROH, not one truly captures my love and attention.

I tried to figure out why, and the only way I can do it, is to compare it to restaurants.

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The Nature Boy…

If you don’t follow wrestling, you may not have heard or even understood.  Even my wife looks at me funny…

Ric Flair wrestled his last match on Sunday (March 30th, 2008).

Now, you may not know who Ric Flair is.  Many do.  Many who only watched wrestling when they were 11 or 12 years old, and haven’t watched it since, at least know the name.   But not get the significance.  I mean it’s not Hulk Hogan, or The Rock, or Triple H, or Stone Cold Steve Austin.

If you only know the WWF, or only know the BIG big names, then maybe you don’t get it.

And at one point in time, I really didn’t get it.  I had been watching professional wrestling for maybe 2 years.  Pretty much just sat down and watched WWF Wrestling Challenge and WWF Superstars of Wrestling on Saturday mornings cause I didn’t have anything else better to do.

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Top 10 Comic Book Runs

Comic Book Resources is conducting a survey of what their readers think the top 10 comic book runs are.

Basically a run is defined by a creator or a creative team’s run on a specific ongoing comic book, with mini-series being excluded.

This is one of those topics that just get everyones juices flowing, so here are my top 10 and a few honorable mentions:

My list heavily leans towards modern comic book runs, not because I’m young, but mostly because I enjoy the modern storytelling more than the classic comic book writing – like Lee & Ditko’s Spider-Man

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