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30 Days of Wrestling Challenge: Days 12 – 30

Published November 2, 2016 by GravediggerNALK

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I usually keep my laptop connected to my television and use a wireless mouse and keyboard with it so I could lie back in bed and use it.  Unfortunately, I woke up one morning and none of that worked anymore.  USB mice and keyboards no longer work on my laptop (I’ve tried everything), even though USB storage devices still do.  It’s stressful hunching over it to type, so I’ve been putting these off for a long time.  Here’s the rest, greatly condensed.

Day 12: Funniest Moment
My favorite funny moment is an underrated one, for sure. It’s not someone being stuffed into a weasel suit.  It’s not one of Jericho’s long list of comedic highlights.  It’s not even the thought that The Miz could possibly be a wrestler.  It was a standard segment that, for some reason or another, tickled me to death.   It was the lead-up to either a Bragging Rights or Survivor Series PPV, and DX had their teammates in the ring, which included Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry.  Until recently, Kofi had been “stereotype Jamaican guy,” but dropped the accent.  Typical tense team turmoil occurs, and Triple H breaks the arguments . . . “Did you have an accent?”    That, however, is not the best part.  Mark Henry then begins yelling at Kofi, presumably about the disappearance of the Jamaican accent!

Day 13: Favorite Gimmick
The Undertaker . . . all of it.  Even if you keep the American Badass and Big Evil gimmicks in there, the entire story of The Undertaker is one of the best continual stories ever told.

Day 14: Favorite Memory
Chris Jericho being played to the ring at Survivor Series 2002 (for the first Elimination Chamber) by Saliva.  It’s a shame how far he was thrown down the card from the beginning of the year, but he made that fall look magnificent.  That entrance almost had me thinking he’d walk out with the World Heavyweight Championship.

Day 15: Favorite PPV or Show
It was a SmackDown! from late 2007(6?).  I have no recollection of the first half of the night, but the second half was all The Brothers of Destruction vs MVP & Mr. Kennedy.  If you don’t know why I love it, go find it and watch it.  Seeing Kane laugh so hard he almost falls while trying to rollback out of the ring made my night; everything else was icing.

Day 16: Favorite Promo/Segment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Acbv9q_jOQ This is one of the simplest segments in the world, but my god is it one of the greatest.

Day 17: First Wrestling memory
The Undertaker destroying someone.  Who? I don’t remember. Does it matter?  It doesn’t.

Day 18: Most Overrated Wrestler
I hesitate to put The Miz here, because that would imply that he’s a wrestler.  The “I watched wrestling from 2002-2005” part of me wants to say Triple H for obvious reasons.  I’m going to go with Sheamus.  He has all the trappings of someone that wins the opening match once-a-month on Velocity.  Whomever thought he should’ve even been a contender for any title right after he debuted must’ve been recovering from severe cerebral trauma, because most people’s responses to him winning the belt were “who?”   Don’t get me wrong, I like Sheamus.  But I think Biker Chuck Palumbo (a great face gimmick for his spot on the card, in my opinion, that he performed perfectly . . . until the horrendous heel turn) would be better suited to receive a world title shot before a completely unimpressive guy shortly after debuting.

Day 19: Most Underrated Wrestler
A natural athlete? Yes.  A skilled wrestler? Yes.  A talented performer? Yes.  In a spot to continue climbing the ladder towards the top of the card? Yes.  Good matches with top-of-the-card guys? Yes.
And the answer to that is racism.

Day 20: Favorite Wrestling Move
Chokeslam.  If it looks good, it looks like a million dollars.  If it looks bad, it looks like absolute trash.  I love it.

Day 21: Favorite Gimmick Match
The Elimination Chamber.  Once it gets done every year, it’s horrible, but a well built and meaningful EC is a real sight to see.  The first one is the best.  No one had ever really bumped on steel grates before, especially not at full force.  Broken plexiglass, chains, grates, and a lot of inner-fire.  The real “Hell in a Cell.”

Day 22: Favorite Era in Wrestling
Post-Invasion, all the way to the beginning of WWECW on SyFy.  Great wrestling every Thursday/Friday on Smackdown, Jim Ross saving RAW on its bad weeks (i.e. most of the time), and Michael Cole was a putz instead of an annoying twat? Sign me up.

Day 23: Most Improved Wrestler
MVP.  The first time I saw him in the ring, I though it was a joke.  Now, he’s one of the best overall wrestlers in the world.

Day 24: Most Shocking Moment
Austin shaking Mr. McMahon’s hand after WrestleMania X-Seven

Day 25: Favorite Commentator or Announcer
Jim Ross.  He presents the matches as sport, the wrestlers as athletes, and wrestling as real.  In other words, he does his job and he does it right.  Imagine that, someone doing their job.
Jim Ross can present divas falling over eachother in kiddie pools full of mud almost sound like sport.  If that’s not talent, I don’t know what is.

Day 26: Dream Match
Chris Benoit vs Bryan Danielson – Best-of-3 Falls, No Time Limit.

Day 27: A Wrestler You Want to See More Of
Chris Benoit
Shelton Benjamin

Day 28: Favorite Rivalry
I know I just shat on every RAW from 2002 – 2005 earlier, but Triple H vs Shawn Michaels is on up there with “The Story of The Undertaker” and “The Story of Steve Austin” as one of the greatest stories ever told.  I don’t think it ever got the blow-off it deserved, but the package leading into SummerSlasm 2002 was amazing.

Day 29: Favorite Wrestling-related Image

William Regal playing with the trunk of an elephant.

Day 30: Why Are You A Wrestling Fan
Crazy attracts crazy, Jim Ross is God, the WWE’s video production team is the best in the world, and BY GOD SKITTLES ARE DELICIOUS!


30 Days of Wrestling Challenge: Day 11 – Favorite Manager/Valet

Published August 20, 2016 by GravediggerNALK

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My favorite manager is a man that eats like I do, gets angry like I do, and is quick-tempered like I am, but can spit on that mic better than almost anyone could ever hope to. Watching James E. Cornette is the best. What could make it better? Fire him up in his “retirement” over real-world stupidity.  Ignoring the shoot interviews and documentaries, Jim is still hellacious on the mic.

Not too much I can say that you can’t see for yourself.  You can search YouTube for his promos to get a feel for it, and many of his matches managing The Midnight Express are also uploaded there. A talented manager packaged with an excellent tag team ended up as one of many great choices on the part of Bill Watts.  Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey, and later Stan Lane, would have wrestled great matches regardless of Cornette’s involvement, but there’s no doubt that the Cornette’s mic work helped get them into multiple Tag Team Championships.

30 Days of Wrestling Challenge: Day 10 – Least Favorite Male Wrestler

Published August 19, 2016 by GravediggerNALK

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A heel’s job is to get me to hate them, so I watch for them to get their comeuppance.  Hell, every wrestler’s job, either directly or indirectly, is to get people into the arena and/or to tune in on television.

I fucking hate The Miz. He’s trash. I don’t want to see him get his comeuppance, I don’t want to see him period. I turn off the television whenever I see him, and that’s the exact opposite of doing your job right.  I don’t like the way he wrestles, I don’t like his mic work, I don’t like the way he looks, I don’t like his face, I don’t like the way he bumps, and I can’t think of a single redeeming quality.

Main event at WrestleMania? Cringeworthy.  World Champion? Nauseating. Skills on the microphone?  Mindnumbing. Physique? I could whip his ass. Ring work? I’d bet that Lex Luger could wrestle a better match today than The Miz ever will.  Every decent match The Miz has ever had has been due to either his opponent dragging every ounce of latent talent out of him kicking and screaming or his tag partner carrying the team the entire time.  When he opens his mouth, he can turn a great segment into a shitty one.  Him holding the Intercontinental Championship is on par with Hornswoggle holding the Cruiserweight Championship, except the WWE isn’t going to be putting the IC Championship out-to-pasture anytime soon.

If you’re so bad that I would rather turn off my television than put up with you for a segment, you suck.

30 Days of Wrestling Challenge: Day 09 – Least Favorite Female Wrestler

Published August 19, 2016 by GravediggerNALK

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I cannot pick a least favorite female wrestler.  Every name that comes to mind belongs to someone that’s not even a wrestler . . . they all belong to super models that got hired into wrestling companies.  Pick one of the women I’ve seen throw punches back and forth and not connect with a single one over the past 6 years in the WWE and you might find your answer.

30 Days of Wrestling Challenge: Day 08 – Favorite Angle

Published August 17, 2016 by GravediggerNALK

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It is too hard to choose just one, so I’ll just go with the entirety of the buildup to Steve Austin vs The Rock at WrestleMania X-Seven.  The Debra shit aside, the entire buildup was godlike.  The two biggest guys in wrestling, leading into a stacked WrestleMania, with great promos and in-ring segments throughout. The match ended up being one of the biggest fuck-ups in the history of professional wrestling, but by god that build was the best.

30 Days of Wrestling Challenge: Day 07 – Favorite Stable

Published August 17, 2016 by GravediggerNALK

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I don’t really like stables.  It’s rare that I find a duo-dynamic that I like, and even rarer for a group.  I wouldn’t count The Midnight Express or Team Extreme as stables, since they’re just tag teams with a manager.  The nWo went from fun to overbearing too quick. Degeneration-X wasn’t my favorite in the beginning, and the enjoyable times I had watching them was the tag-team parts. I’m not a big stable guy.

30 Days of Wrestling Challenge: Day 06 – Favorite Tag Team

Published August 13, 2016 by GravediggerNALK

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The Brothers of Destruction

Two absolute badasses exerting unparalleled force on everyone else in the ring. They really only had a handful of memorable matches, and the majority of what I enjoyed was the random “comedy” they did, if you can call it that, in the middle of them manhandling their opponents.  It’s not really easy to talk about, since constant feuding and breaking apart kept them from really staying together for very long each time they got together.

My favorite match was a one off tag match in 2006 against Mr. Kennedy and MVP.  The match was just fun. There was plenty of Teddy Long too, and that always helps.