Shore's Weekend Promo: Life gets in the way, some rare TNA love, Randy Orton as John Cena, and the return of Pro Wrestling EVO Jun 26, 2011 - 10:01 PM
In the spirit of my beloved WCW Saturday Night, welcome to the Shore Weekend Promo. Every week I will mention, the good, the bad, the ugly, and whatever else I want to talk about across all of wrestling.
Opening Series(My overall thoughts on the week): I have been away from this article for far too long my friends and I am happy to be back, as I know many of you are. As is often the case, life got in the way of writing this. And it made me think, how often does life get in the way for wrestlers? These guys are on the road all the time, especially in the WWE, and it amazes me how things don't happen to them like they do me. Perhaps it's better planning, or maybe it's not having roots that can be damaged. Whatever it is, I'm very impressed that they are able to perform as much as they are without things happening.
Pops(The best of the week):
-ROH did a very nice job with their press conference Friday. It would have been better had it streamed live on the Internet, but that didn't hurt them in any way. I don't generally like when press conferences are part work and part shoot, but they merged the two modes nicely, and I really think Sinclair has plans. I could be proven wrong. Lord knows it wouldn't be the first time. But what I saw gives me every reason to believe they are serious about this acquisition. Let's all hope I'm not proven wrong this time.
-The Bound for Glory Series has a ton of problems, but I like it none the same. There are some landmines that creative has to watch out for. And with Vince Russo driving they are sure to hit most, if not all, of them. But anything that puts a bigger deal on wins and losses is a pop for me. And I like the fact they are doing it to make one PPV the biggest of the year. Gives everyone something to look forward too. WWE had that with Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania. Let's hope TNA keeps this straight and we could have a new treat to look forward to each year.
Heat(The worst of the week):
-Capitol Punishment was one of the worst PPVs in some time. In spite of the poor build, WWE managed to put a good show together on paper in that every match was either one with a high work rate or great underlying story--and in the case of Orton vs. Christian, both. But they failed to deliver on any match, and there were several blown spots. In fact, the opener between Kofi and Dolph never clicked, and the rest of the PPV followed. And I will spare all of you my thoughts on the political BS that went with it.
-I've caught a lot of flak for this, but I stand by what I said: Randy Orton's promo reminded me of everything I hate about John Cena on Monday nights. Sure, Orton is not the aloof Dudley Do-right that Cena is. And yes, Orton has only held the belt for a short time. But it smacked of all the things wrong with Cena's prom o's nonetheless. He wasn't serious about his opponent, even though he claimed to be a serious person, and then went on to say Christian has no chance.
Now while that might be a common statement for any wrestler, the fact is Christian has no chance. No one thinks Christian is going to get the belt back from Orton anytime soon, if at all. This is the problem. If I thought Orton might lose, the promo is taken in a whole different light. But I don't think he loses anytime soon. So I stand by what I said. Oh, and those who have emailed me to say Orton has jobbed three times clean need a better understanding of what "clean" means. Orton hasn't jobbed clean in the last year that I can remember, let alone recently.
Tweet This(Best Tweets from "The Boys"):
-C.M. Punk: Usos doing a Haka on my TV is pro wrestling. It's right. It feels good. Also happens to be entertaining. Funny how that works, eh?
-Steve Corino: @ROHProdigy [Mike Bennett] I'm sure you love the truck stops...Sorry man. Our feud is over. I shouldn't say that. 1 Day At A Time you know?
-Matt Hardy: Me & @RebySky are about to pull into @ShaneHelmsCom & @H2HWaitress's [Helms's girlfriend] crib for a visit & hopefully a game of hackysack :)
-Scott Stanford: Working on a script about an imaginative elephant who responds to the cries of thousands of WWE fans - "Horton Hears a Woo Woo Woo!"
-Obligatory Iron Sheik Tweet: happy father day and for the ultimate warrior happy piece of shit garbage mothef---er day
Don't forget you can follow me on Twitter @the_shore_slant
Go Home(The Big Finish, Whatever I Want):
You've asked and now I can answer. Pro Wrestling Evo returns to action on July 23. The "Through the Curtain" series should return next week and there is much to tell. For now however, check out Episode 1 of Evo Underground.
Now Hit My Music!
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