Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Making A Mockery Of Himself

You can sit there and criticize Brett Favre all you want for retiring and then un-retiring year after year after year, but Brett has nothing on this guy.

Yes, believe it or not at the ripe old age of 56, Hulk Hogan is stepping back into the wrestling wars. He signed on with TNA Wrestling yesterday. Did Hulk's wife take everything in their divorce? Is he that desperate for cash?
Hogan is the man that made wrestling become main-stream. He is what I believe the only professional wrestler to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Will wrestling fans even believe Hogan's act now that he is 56. It certainly says something for trying to elevate the younger stars of the organization as well. The current TNA champ (by the way I don't watch this group the way I watch WWE) is someone named AJ Styles. Knowing Hogan and knowing wrestling, I'm sure Hogan will take the strap from this guy in the next six months. TNA hopes Hogan will draw ratings. I'll likely watch to see what type of condition he is in and what type of match he gives and then tune out. I don't think I'm alone in that statement.
Speaking of not utilizing your young talent, Vince MacMahon is also guilty of that. After finally putting the Randy Orton-John Cena rivalry to bed on Sunday, it was time for some young blood to step up and challenge Cena. It was time for someone like Ted DiBiase Junior, the Miz (I hate that guy) or Jack Swagger to take a run at Cena and the heavyweight championship but NO! Its announced that Cena will take on old standards Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a triple-threat match at the next pay-per-view for the belt. Both Triple H and Michaels have carried the company long enough. Its time for fresh blood. By not giving Cena some of this young blood to compete against, it shows that perhaps even though there are some talented youngsters out there, Vince isn't ready to hand the keys to them. Too bad!
Many of you are now likely saying I can't believe you have started off a blog posting with wrestling. Many are you saying its about time. Hey, you never know what you are going to get right.
Many of you commented about my post regarding the B.C Lions playing at Empire Stadium next year. Some of you said the Lions couldn't play at their old facility because it was no more. Others said they were going there. I did some research and this is what I came up with......

I find the comments about people getting spoiled by being back outside that they won't want to go back inside once the retractable roof at B.C Place is completed. It got me wondering what people will say five years after Regina's dome is constructed. Look no further than the Metrodome which is something the people of Minneapolis wanted saying they didn't want to deal with the elements anymore and that when its cold outside, they will be comfortable. Fast forward a few years later and those people are now saying baseball was made to be played outdoors and that being in the dome took something away. Is that what Saskatchewan football fans who want a dome will say 5-10 years after the facility opens whenever that occurs? If Regina is going to get a new facility, it will need a retractable roof. We don't want to sit indoors in the middle of July when its 30 degrees outside, but we won't mind it one bit in November when its minus 5 or minus 10 or worse and we are huddled up going into the building only to be comfortable for three hours when inside. It really is the only way.
How about Andre Agassi? The tennis legend admits he used crystal meth in 1997 and how he lied to the powers that be in tennis as to avoid a suspension by coming clean, but lying about how he came clean. All of the revelations come out in an auto-biography that is soon to be released.
Why is it a certain faction of Rider fans must remain negative? I heard three people Tuesday say the Riders will lose Saturday in Hamilton because they won't take the Ti-Cats seriously and they are concentrating too much on Calgary. This just in, the Riders don't want to face Calgary having lost the previous week much like the Stamps won't want to come into Regina having been beat by B.C. I also don't think the Tabbies will be pushovers because they are fighting tooth and nail with Winnipeg for second in the East. Both teams have a lot to play for Saturday. I really don't think the Riders will take a light approach to their Eastern rivals.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins tells Jay Leno that his team will win the World Series in 5 games. If you believe that Jimmy, go ahead and say it, but I'm not buying it. The Yankees are just too stacked and I say they may win it in 4.
Speaking of the World Series, USA Today is asking its readers for the best all-time World Series moment. From Bill Buckner to Don Larsen to Joe Carter to Carlton Fisk. My three all-time World Series moments

1) Jack Morris pitches 10 innings of shutout ball in Game 7 of 91 World Series to give Minnesota a 1-0 win over Atlanta. As I have said before, this is probably the best baseball game I have ever seen.

2)Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit homer in Game 1 of the 88 World Series when he hobbled to the plate because of bad knees and then struggled to make it around the bases.

3) That Saturday night in Georgia in October of 92 when Mike Timlin flipped the ball to Joe Carter giving the Blue Jays their first World Championship.

Of course, these will change the day the Cubs win the World Series-------if I am still alive.
The Colorado Avalanche are 9-1-2?? Who exactly is this Craig Anderson?
One other thing. It is election day in Saskatchewan as we vote for who our mayors, councillors, school board reps will be. I know civic elections leave many apathetic as they decide not to cast their "X". If you are one of these people, don't bitch if a snowplow doesn't come down your street, if your property taxes go up, etc. etc. etc. Today is a day in which you can have a say as to who you want representing you. Take advantage of that and get out to the polling station nearest you.


Anonymous said...

I watched Hulk on Larry King yesterday. Yes after all these years he is a guy that will make me stop watching a good hockey game with Van/Det to see what he has to say. Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes are the other two. I watched "Hogan Knows Best", and that was truly a sad family situation. His biggest dilema during that show was not having financial security. His wife spends it as fast as he made it, and he often complained about that. His reality show "Celebrity Championship Wrestling" was awesome. Hulk just has that X factor when it comes to getting over with people.

Hulk will never be considered the greatest in ring tactitician that ever lived. He did have a great work rate, and he his top 3 when it comes to the mic work. For in ring work skills the line starts with Rick Steamboat, Brett Hart, and Jerry and Jack Brisco. When it came to the mic work it's Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, then Hogan. Hogan nailed 2 out of 3 which is more than most guys. For whatever reason Hulk is the epitome of "getting over". I believe he needs the money, and people will show up to watch him no matter his age. If he is smart and the Bookers are smart they'll play up Hulk's "needing the money" aspect, and let him get his ass kicked week after week. People will root for him just hoping he can get his lustre back, and then build the story line towards that. That's the smart thing to do. It would also be smart if Hulk will finally pass the torch and get those younger guys over. Promoters are now short sighted so they'll take the immediate gate, but kill the story line within 3 months. Hulk will probably have his squash matches, then in 6 months he's gone.

Do you remember when Terry Funk went to ECW and got everybody over? Doing that and after 4 years Terry was still the most popular guy there, but because of his sacrifice now everybody knows Raven, Perry Saturn, Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, and Sandman. That's at least another generation of Wrestlers moving the business forward.


Anonymous said...

C'mon Mitch. I come here to get your thoughts on the Riders, the Pats, sports topics in general. But wrestling? Who cares!!