Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NFL Week 4 Predictions (Current Record 27-21)

Cleveland at Baltimore   Ravens
Carolina at Atlanta   Falcons
New England at Buffalo     Patriots
Minnesota at Detroit   Lions
San Diego at Kansas City     Chargers
Seattle at St. Louis    Seahawks             
San Francisco at NY Jets     49ers  
Tennessee at Houston     Texans     
Cincinnati at Jacksonville   Bengals  
Miami at Arizona      Cardinals
Oakland at Denver  Broncos 
New Orleans at Green Bay  Packers
Washington at Tampa Bay  Redskins
NY Giants at Philadelphia    Giants

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wade Barrett, a Champion in the Making.

In 2010, Wade Barrett placed his name in the history books of the WWE when he won the debut season of NXT. NXT was a show where different wrestlers competed to win a WWE contract. At the completion of the season, the contestants formed an allegiance against the entire WWE roster. Barrett led Nexus as they went on to destroy the WWE Universe on a weekly basis. Barrett feuded with John Cena throughout the fall of 2010, even defeating him and forcing him to become a member of Nexus.

Barrett earned himself a WWE Championship match with Randy Orton at Survivor Series. With Cena as the referee, and facing the stipulation that if Barrett did not become WWE Champion, he would be fired, Barrett seemed to be a shoe in for winning. Instead, Cena called the match down the line, maintaining the integrity of the WWE Championship. Randy Orton retained. As time moved forward, Barrett and the Nexus began to split, and Barrett found his stock dropping.

Just weeks before WrestleMania XXVIII, Wade Barrett injured his arm on Monday Night Raw and was scratched from the card. Many reports stated that Barrett was due to win Money in the Bank at WrestleMania. Barrett has denied these reports.

After SummerSlam, Barrett returned. He stated that he would embrace his bare knuckle roots. He changed his finisher from the Wasteland to the Spinning Back Fist. Now he has a full beard and his style is more aggressive. Wade Barrett is only days from becoming a World Heavyweight Champion!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NFL Week 3 Predictions (Current Record 19-13)

Giants vs Panthers  Giants

Rams vs Bears  Bears
Bills vs Browns  Bills
Buccaneers vs Cowboys  Cowboys
Jets vs Dolphins  Dolphins
49ers vs Vikings  49ers
Chiefs vs Saints  Saints
Bengals vs Redskins  Bengals
Lions vs Titans  Titans
Jaguars vs Colts  Colts
Eagles vs Cardinals  Cardinals
Falcons vs Chargers  Chargers
Texans vs Broncos  Broncos
Steelers vs Raiders  Steelers
Patriots vs Ravens  Ravens
Packers vs Seahawks  Packers 

This week, the AFC Championship rematch is featured on Sunday Night Football and for these two teams, it could not be a bigger game. After both The New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens coming off upset loses a week ago, they are both will be motivated. With both teams looking to win a championship this year, week 3 can be very pivotal. While it is very early in the season, the AFC playoff picture is almost guaranteed to be a tight race, and this match could very well decide who has home-field advantage in Baltimore.  In January, in Foxboro, Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady was outplayed by Joe Flacco, who has more passing yards and touchdowns. In the end, it was a drop touchdown pass by Lee Evans followed by a missed field goal by Billy Cundiff that prevented the Ravens from going to the Super Bowl. With both of these players no longer on the team, and Joe Flacco now having Jim Caldwell as his quarterback coach, the Ravens are playing with a lot more confidence with the passing game, despite last weeks lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Ravens did not lose a home game in 2011, and opened up the season with a blowout victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, they will continue their home momentum in week 3. Look for the Ravens to win 28-20.

CM Punk Renewed Interest

On November 20, 2011, CM Punk became the WWE Champion for the second time in his career. On that night he defeated Alberto Del Rio in Madison Square Garden securing himself as the face of the WWE. When Punk became champion, he was a considered a baby face (fan favorite). Since that night, Punk has held the title for over 300 days, which makes him the 10th longest running WWE Champion in history. Bob Backland, Randy Savage, Pedro Morales, John Cena, Hulk Hogan, and Bruno Sammartino are the only guys to hold the title longer than Punk. Of all these title reigns, it should be noted that John Cena was the only champion who performed at weekly pay-per-views and every Monday Night on Prime time television. During Cena's title runs, although he was the baby face, it became normal for the fans to have a mixed reaction. So that brings me to the next point, how does one keep from going stale?

 As CM Punk's title reign made it ways to 200 days, we started getting the same ol' Punk. While he had two epic matches with Daniel Bryan, the lack of heels had fans wondering, who would be the next worthy contender. Then there was John Cena. Since 2006, John Cena has been the guy that the women and children love, and male demographic hates. During his feud with the Big Show and former WWE Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, fans really started to get behind Cena. But where does he go from here? Back to the top?

 As John Cena made his way back into the WWE Title picture, someone had to be a heel. Is it time to make Cena a heel? Or maybe Punk could make the switch during his title reign, like Savage did in 1989. As Punk continued to remind everyone that he is the best in the world, he started showing shades of turning his back on the WWE Universe. First, it was attacking The Rock during the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw. But since The Rock is not there every week, that was not going stand. So to make a full heel turn CM Punk attacked the beloved Jerry the King Lawler. Punk claimed that he felt disrespected when Lawler said he turned his back on the WWE Universe. Punk continued by saying that he has been disrespected throughout his entire championship run. As he and Cena began to cross paths, Paul Heyman joined CM Punk as his personal advisor. Paul Heyman has been known as very controversial figure in the history of professional wrestling. He also is responsible for bringing Brock Lesnar to the WWE, even leading him to the WWE Championship.

 Paul Heyman being around CM Punk, makes Punk even more interesting. If Punk is gold on the microphone, than Heyman is platinum. As Punk gets closer to the one year mark, we can only sit back and wait and see what these two have in store for us.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rock vs Cena DVD Review

For the first time in history, the WWE scheduled their main event for their biggest event an entire year prior. The night after WrestleMania XXVII, John Cena challenged The Rock to a match at WrestleMania XXVIII. This would be the first time the Rock wrestled since WrestleMania XX. The WWE recently released a DVD that goes behind the story and allows fans to relive the build up to this epic main event.

Fans are treated with the story from not only The Rock and John Cena's, but also what some of the other WWE Superstars think of the match. After enjoying the story DVD, fans can relive each promo in its entirety from the two. The tag team match, as well as their epic showdown at WrestleMania XXVIII is also included. There are some exclusive extras on the Blu Ray edition. If you are a fan of these two, the DVD is worth it.

Interview with Kimberly

ME: How long have you been wrestling?
K: I debuted in February 2007 but started training in the summer of 2006 
ME: Who were your favorites growing up and why?
K: Hard question because I loved everyone, but I always loved watching the Ultimate Warrior for his intensity and the Rockers for their skills.  I was a big fan also of Dean Malenko (because he just moved so fluidly) and his family and Road Warriors (who doesn't like tough guys with big spikes on their shoulder pads?), Powers of Pain, Demolition, Koko B Ware, One Man Gang, Tug Boat and all the other guys during that era.
ME: What made you decide to get in the business and how did your friends and family perceive it?
K: My brother and I used to sneak around and watch wrestling growing up.  My parents never approved.  My big brother grew out of it and I never did.  My mom wanted me to be a doctor or lawyer which I had the grades and scholarships to do, but in my senior year at FAU, I met Marty Jannetty who introduced me to the Warlord, who took me to Jimmy Snuka.  I then began my training with Jimmy and one of his instructors, Soul Man Alex G (who trained MVP and Conor O'Brian).  It was when they said I was ready that I had my try-out with The Wild Samoan Training Center and Afa the Wild Samoan.
 ME: Being introduced to the wrestling business your senior year of college must have been special to you personally, but what was the reaction from your friends and family, considering you had worked so hard in school?
 K: My father was upset. His side of the family are all successful - doctors, meteorologists, architects, etc. My mom backed me up like she always did, but I could tell she didn't understand my motivation until much later. It was when my dad saw me wrestle for the first time at WXWs Elite 8 that he got it. He knew I was meant to be a wrestler. 

ME: You were trained by one of the most famous families in wrestling, how did that put you ahead of a lot of other women in this business?
K: You can think of The Wild Samoan Training Center and the "Harvard" of pro-wrestling and Afa as the "godfather".

ME: Describe the feeling when you became WXW women's champion for the first time?
K: WXW is a company that Afa and his family built over the past 40 years. To know that he had enough respect for me to carry his belt and represent his family not only to the community, but also to the world is a feeling that is so over-whelming that its indescribable. All other titles seemed meaningless. It was also on that night Afa considered me to be a daughter.  I was very emotional.

ME: For the first two episodes of Shine you were in the opening match, since that is a new promotion was there a lot of pressure to captivate the audience?
K: For Shine 1, I put a lot of pressure on myself.  It was a brand new company of all of the top women in the world and I needed to stand out.  Most of the fans didn't know me because I had been so exclusive to WXW for the past 3 years and the other girls were from Shimmer, WSU, ROH and other more dominate companies on the women's wrestling scene.  All of that pressure on top of being first on the card was a little nerve racking.  I don't believe I gave my best that day against Veda Scott. I came home and critiqued myself HARD.  
When it came time for Shine 2, I took it as an opportunity to redeem myself. My match against Su Yung was much more competitive.  I felt like I had improved and showed the fans a little more of what I was capable of (even though I lost again. booooo!). There will be more out of my bag of tricks on Shine 3.

ME: Being exclusive to WXW for three years, you explained you felt a lot of pressure, what was it about Shine that made you step into their ring, as opposed to a more established promotion?
K: I met Lexie Fyfe through Afa at my first Elite 8. She saw potential in me and brought me into her Slammin Ladies production where I've worked for a couple of years now. Her knowledge and expertise about women's wrestling is some of the best around, and I pride myself on being surrounded by great minds so I can get better, faster.   
 Last year, Lexi brought me to Chicago for a Shimmer match and broadened my thoughts on women's wrestling. I was amazed and humbled by the athletes from all over the world and their sheer passion for the business. So when she asked me to work for Shine and to have the opportunity to work with all these extremely talented women, it was a no brainier. The answer was most definitely, "Yes!"
 ME: In your match against Su Yung, You ladies had a very interesting small package roll around, how difficult was that to pull off?
K: HA!  That was definitely interesting.  If the ring was just a little bit bigger, the pins would've gone on longer, but we ran into the ropes.  Spacial awareness and equilibrium are affected in a BIG way.

ME: What can fans expect from Kimberly in the future?
K: They can expect me to be HARDER, FASTER, and STRONGER!

ME: Anything you would like to say to the fans?
K: My fans are my lifelines.  I am so grateful for each and everyone of them and its because of them that I do this.  I love wrestling. Everyone knows that.  But having the ability to touch people's lives by doing something that I hold so dear to me makes my career more meaningful.  That's why I am very active in the Usos Foundation (www.usosfoundation.org).  It was an honor to be nominated as a board member.  I want to give kids and young adults opportunities in this business I never had.  I was able to make my own dream a reality, so as a thank you, I want to help others do it as well.

Follow Kimberly on twitter @KimberlyWXW

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

NFL Week 2 Predictions (Current Record 11-5)

Bears vs Packers   Packers
Chiefs vs Bills    Bills
Browns vs Bengals  Bengals
Vikings vs Colts  Vikings
Saints vs Panthers  Saints
Texans vs Jaguars  Texans
Raiders vs Dolphins Raiders
Cardinals vs Patriots  Patriots
Buccaneers vs Giants  Giants
Ravens vs Eagles  Ravens
Redskins vs Rams  Rams
Cowboys vs Seahawks  Cowboys 
Jets vs Steelers  Jets
Titans vs Chargers  Chargers
Lions vs 49ers  49ers
Broncos vs Falcons  Broncos

Monday, September 10, 2012

September: A Meaningful Month for Baltimore

In 1996, the Baltimore Orioles made a run for the postseason as the wildcard team. The Orioles fell short in the playoffs to the division rival New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. During that time, they were the most powerful team in baseball, setting a record for most team homeruns with 257. The record lasted only one season. That same year, football returned to Baltimore after 13 years when Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns into town.  The Ravens however, would finish the season at 4-12.

In 1997, the Orioles accomplished and incredible feat, going wire to wire in first place becoming division champions. The Orioles fell short in the American league Championship Series for the second year in a row to the Cleveland Indians and have yet to make the postseason since.  That year, the Ravens improved to 6-9-1. They failed to reach the playoffs.

In 1999, the Ravens experienced their first season without a losing record as they finished 8-8. This was coach Brian Billick's first season with the team.

In 2000, the Ravens put together their best season to date, finishing at 12-4. However they failed to win the division championship and would be forced to play in the first round of the playoffs. The Ravens, having only one playoff game at home defeated the Denver Broncos. They continued their run on the road defeating the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders to reach the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay. The Ravens defeated the New York Giants to become the fastest franchise in NFL history to win the Super Bowl.

The Ravens established a winning culture for the football team, while the Orioles continued to fail to reach .500.

In 2011, the Ravens played with a purpose. For the first time in franchise history, they swept their entire division and went undefeated at home. The Ravens received a first round bye in the playoffs. They defeated the Houston Texans, but would lose to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

When Orioles manager took over the team on August 2, 2010, they finished with the best record from that date on. However the playoffs was out the question. In 2011, the team went back to their losing ways.

As the 2012 season began, Baltimore fans began to cry out of desperation for the team to return to its winning ways. The Orioles played well in the first half, but they were seven games behind the Yankees and just five games over .500. Fans in Baltimore began to fear the worse. Perhaps the trend for the Orioles is play well in the first half, and crumble in the second.

As the second half began, the Orioles continued their winning ways. The Orioles finished with the month of August 18-9. They currently are behind the Yankees by just one game in the American League East. They begin a series with the Tampa Bay Rays who are currently trailing the Orioles by one game. This will be a pivotal three game series.

The Ravens began the season with heavy hearts as the man responsible for brining them to Baltimore, Art Modell passed away a week ago at age 87. For the first time in franchise history the team opened up at home on Monday Night. The Ravens, wearing T-shirts of Modell under their jerseys played a near perfect game on both sides of the ball destroying the Cincinnati Bengals 41-13.

September 2012 is a meaningful month for Baltimore sports.


Interview with New NWA Ring Warriors Bombshells Champion Sienna DuVall

ME: First of all congrats on becoming NWA Ring Warriors Battling Bombshells Women's champion, the name NWA carries weight, how did it feel to defeat La Rosa Negra and hear your name announced?

SD: Thank you Brian! It felt great. I feel that my dreams came true and that all my hard work has paid off. 

ME: Word around Facebook is, this was the match of the night, what can you say was unique about this match compared to some of your previous matches? 

SD: It was different because we hit hard the whole match, it was nothing lady like about it. I didn't let up and neither did she. We outworked the boys that night!
ME: Since we last spoke, you have been on a roll, correct me if Im wrong, but I believe this is your third championship, along with being ranked number 10 out of all women's wrestlers in the September issue of PWI Magazine. How do you manage to maintain this momentum?

SD: Hard work, promotion, and staying humble. I work hard and I'm just sitting back and waiting my turn.I've said it before, I am a persistent person, I won't stop, I'll never be comfortable with anything. Alot of women win matches and they become complacent and they almost feel like they can't lose their spot. Well for those ladies who feel like your sh!t don't stink, I'm coming for your spot, taking it and wiping it up like my name is Scott Toilet Tissue

ME: You met Vader at the NWA Ring Warriors event, can you describe that experience and what kind of advice did he give you?

SD: He was awesome and he gave some tips on some of the secret wrestling tricks I could use during my matches and he was very interested in me. It was a great feeling to have this legend take interest in me and wanted to help me become better. 

ME: In a few weeks, you will be making your debut at SHINE 3, what can the fans expect from the Diva Beater Sienna Duvall?

SD: They can except me to come hard and methodically fast. I'm not letting up. I don't care anymore, I want something, I'm getting it and I'm taking out whoever is in front of me. I don't need to win everything, all I need to do is show my talent. I'm ready, hungry and I'm from Philly...people should already know what time it is.

Follow her on Twitter: @SIENNADUVALL215

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

NFL Week 1 Predictions

Cowboys vs Giants  Cowboys
Falcons vs Chiefs  Falcons 
Eagles vs Browns  Eagles
Redskins vs Saints  Saints
Rams vs Lions  Rams
Patriots vs Titans  Patriots
Dolphins vs Texans  Texans
Bills vs Jets  Bills
Jaguars vs Vikings  Vikings
Colts vs Bears  Bears
Buccaneers vs Panthers  Panthers 
Seahawks vs Cardinals  Seahawks
49ers vs Packers  49ers
Steelers vs Broncos  Broncos
Bengals vs Ravens  Ravens
Chargers vs Raiders  Chargers