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Kevin Nash: “Do you remember your first blowjob?”
Those words came out of Nash's mouth about 12 hours after I had been in Atlanta. I knew right then that if there was ever any doubt of how fun of a week I was going to have in Atlanta, Nash's start to that sentence cemented that memories and laughs were going to fuel a non stop sleepless wrestling trip.
By the way, the context and elaboration of that Nash sentence can be seen and heard later on this weeks Chair Shot Reality. I (along with several others of the Wrestlezone & CSR crew) had the privilege of having the exclusive access to the party to cover and help in ways such as me hosting/MC of an uncensored Q&A session with Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman. Again, something you can catch ONLY on this weeks CSR. Here is a snap shot of my co-host Josh and myself with one of the vendors at the party, BG James aka Road Dogg!
I worked in Dallas covering the Super Bowl. I worked in Atlanta covering WrestleMania. Atlanta did a great job hosting the week festivities compared to an ice covered Dallas, who had insane roads and many restaurants ran out of basic things such as coke and pepsi. Which by the way, me being a pepsi drinker, Atlanta was not the place to be. I tried to be a smart ass and ask for captain and pepsi....all I got was a nasty look and a very expensive but very weak coke and captain drink.....NOT WINNING!
But that was one of a very short list of complaints....and it was definitely behind Tony the “taxi” driver. This was the driver trying to charge 150 bucks for a cab ride. That 150 was his price before the Arby's sandwich, hookers and line of blow. Needless to say we didn't pay Tony for any of that, including the cab ride.
Other than Coca-Cola and a gypsy taxi, it was a great week. We filmed CSR part 3 on location. It was purposely done at 11am outside of the Georgia Dome and right next to where WWE Axxess was taking place. I knew we were going to miss out on some CSR fans. I don't blame anyone for wanting to go get a picture with Maryse over us, but we still got to meet a ton of fans and gained some new ones who stumbled upon us.
I had more fun filming that part of CSR than probably any other of the 3 parts in each of the 72 weeks we have done shows. So number 1 out of 216 parts, thank you to all involved. You can check it out by clicking here.
Agility dog show, getting some sun, great lunch, a wonderful limo and an early bed time all comprised the rest of Saturday.
Then came Sunday. WRESTLEMANIA! We started it off with the waffle house for breakfast. I took the tasty biscuits and gravy as a good omen for a successful day. For me, a successful day would be an awesome WrestleMania. Well rather than using the quality of the food as an omen, I should have used the prices of the menu as an omen. CHEAP!
WrestleMania 27 is not going to go down as the worst but it certainly will never.....and LaBar means never....be discussed in the conversations of the best. The key word of WrestleMania was “timing.”
Wrestlezone had exclusives posted prior to Mania about critiques and changes from Vince himself regarding the times of the matches and segments on the WrestleMania script. It makes me wonder, what the hell did the original script look like?
The Michael Cole match was too long. For a year they have sold his character to us (much to the annoyance of many fans) so Mania was suppose to be the payoff and conclusion. Instead we got more selling and more questions.
The 8 man tag was more of a waste than I thought. At least originally I thought The Corre would go over so at least while I am taking a piss I know that the characters who should be getting the WrestleMania rub are getting just that. Instead, The Corre got beat and I didn't even make it to the bathroom.
6 person match was what I expected. Snooki certainly wasn't terrible. She at least held her own in the celebrity spot she got and did it without embarrassment.
Orton match was good but as he pointed out, too early in the night.
Loved Rey & Cody. Really loved Cody. Apparently someone in Charlotte didn't!
The WHC match was an unprecedented start to Mania and I was okay with it.
HHH/Taker.....what can I say that hasn't already been said?! Excellent! They knew they couldn't top the kind of performance Taker had with HBK for the 2 years prior, so they did a different pace and type of match. I thought it was terrific and was sad I couldn't hear Jim Ross & Lawler call that match. That is on my things to do list for this week is hear the commentary.
The WWE title match was rushed. I was scared for the WWE when both men were counted out and it was 10:54. All 71,000 knew this wasn't the end, well actually they didn't, many were heading for the doors! Do you actually think WrestleMania would end like that?
Anyways, most of us knew it wasn't going to end that way but there is still only 6 minutes until we have a 1998 Halloween Havoc situation. So a the finale of The Rock costing Cena the belt and Miz retains.
This was rushed and seemed anti-climactic in its delivery. Let's not forget the match I predicted to be one the best if given time was taken off the PPV card in Daniel Bryan and Sheamus.
Bad timing of matches, bad timing of carrying on stories past WrestleMania. Again, I come to Mania for conclusion, not set up for the next Mania.
Which brings me to RAW.....