Welcome to another edition of Sean O’Mac’s Pullin’ No Punches (PnP for short). Here you’ll find Sean’s opinions on one or more topics in the WWE world as well as letters from readers. Remember that you, too, can chime in with your thoughts anytime. I like the props, but love the debates and disagreements too.
Whatâ<80><99>s up WWE fans and Sean Oâ<80><99>Maniacs? Back with another edition of Pullinâ<80><99> No Punches, and one thatâ<80><99>s really â<80><9c>on the flyâ<80> so to speak. To be quite honest, Iâ<80><99>d planned on making the bulk of this weekâ<80><99>s edition an homage to Ric Flair, but a fellow columnist has already, and quite eloquently, done so.
So, rather than continue to harp about how great The Nature Boy is – a viewpoint Iâ<80><99>m sure you all know I hold – I figure to hit on some topics hitting the news boards lately, as well as open up a new can of worms for you readers out there.
HULK HOGANâ<80><99>S AFFAIR
One of the biggest headlines hitting recently was the revelation that Hogan had an affair with a close friend of his daughter Brookeâ<80><99>s, although I should again point out that this woman was in her 30s. It broke in The National Enquirer and was later confirmed by Brooke herself.
Now, I havenâ<80><99>t seen or heard anything yet from The Hulkster on this, but Iâ<80><99>m not sure that we will, either. Although the news is, by nature, public – the fact remains that this is something thatâ<80><99>s between Hulk and his family. No doubt, however, fans and cynics alike will toss this around for quite a while and come up with all sorts of things to say about it.
Just remember something, fans. Thereâ<80><99>s always two sides to every story. Also, the affair allegedly happened at a time when it was clear to both Hulk and Linda that their marriage was ending. Does that make everything right if the allegations are true? Well, I guess that depends on your own morality and upbringing. As for myself, Iâ<80><99>ve been there. The way I see it, if you know your marriage is over and itâ<80><99>s mutually agreed, why should a simple piece of paper stop you from moving on and having some fun?
Granted, a better choice probably could have been made than to get some action from a close friend of his daughterâ<80><99>s. But those of you who do have high morals should remember all the rules of that morality – one of them being â<80><9c>Judge not lest ye be judged.â<80>
FINALLY! THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO THE WWE!
So now we know that The Rock is indeed going to be on hand to induct his father and grandfather into the WWE Hall of Fame. I was happy to hear the news, personally, and look forward to seeing the ceremony.
But Iâ<80><99>m also torn on the matter. Like many, itâ<80><99>s been hard to understand why a man who has made it so big in acting wants to seemingly sever himself completely from the horse that got him there, professional wrestling. Ideally, I would love to see Rocky make an appearance at WrestleMania itself and perhaps even whip someoneâ<80><99>s candy ass all the way to the Smackdown Hotel. But the chances of that happening are unlikely.
Dwayne, Iâ<80><99>ve got nothing but love for ya man. You were a great performer in the WWE, and most of us fans out here are very happy for your success in films. But donâ<80><99>t forget those fans out there who would love for you to, if even for old timeâ<80><99>s sake, make an in-ring appearance!
SO LETâ<80><99>S HEAR IT FANS!
As the Road to WrestleMania continues and we look ahead to this yearâ<80><99>s card, itâ<80><99>s always easy to look to the past and compare this yearâ<80><99>s event to previous WMs even before it has begun. Right or wrong, weâ<80><99>re all guilty of it in some form.
But with that in mind, itâ<80><99>s time to look to the past anyways. WWE.com has some of the â<80><9c>biggest momentsâ<80> in WrestleMania history on the company site, and now I want your voice to be heard! Letâ<80><99>s hear it, fans. I want to know what you think were the best matches in the history of WrestleMania!
Hereâ<80><99>s the deal. Pick your top three bouts, rank them first through third, and send them to me with the subject head â<80><9c>Best of WrestleMania.â<80> In the final edition of Pullinâ<80><99> No Punches before the big event, Iâ<80><99>ll tally up the results and share them with the world along with some of Sean Oâ<80><99>Macâ<80><99>s top choices.
So nowâ<80><99>s your chance, fans. Letâ<80><99>s hear it!
THE PUNCHING BAG
Well, youâ<80><99>ve been hard at it again readers! Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac now has a much more powerful computer, complete with quad-core processing and 19-inch HD LCD monitor. But you know what? It doesnâ<80><99>t make answering e-mails any faster!
No matter, I still love hearing from you all. Keep â<80>~em coming, and Iâ<80><99>ll keep typing away!
Well, Mark, I didnâ<80><99>t have Royal Rumble recorded on my DVR because I actually made the trip to watch it with my keyboard comrade Chris Cash. I also didnâ<80><99>t have an episode that would have contained the promo as I only save two weeks at a time. However, I did go check it out on YouTube and can say that the similarity is indeed striking.
Hello Sean, big fan. I was just wondering who u would root for if they met at Wrestlemania 24, Taker or Flair?
Wow, Biggie. Thatâ<80><99>s a tough one. Both are legends and Iâ<80><99>m a big fan of each. I think Iâ<80><99>ve already made it perfectly clear how I feel about Flair – and Iâ<80><99>m also a fan of Taker. I suppose if I had to make a choice, a small part of me would win out in favor of Flair simply because Iâ<80><99>m dreading the day this business is without him. Granted, it is time – but â<80><9c>The Manâ<80> will never really be replaced.
Ralph, Iâ<80><99>ve got six words for you. â<80><9c>Diversity makes the world go â<80>~round!â<80> The great thing about wrestling fans, even though Iâ<80><99>m sure there are â<80><9c>closet fansâ<80> out there, is that they come from all walks of life.
Okay, first off, this is not in anyway me bashing your article. Far from it. Like you and the Authority, I feel it personifies why we as viewers of pro wrestling need a voice to be hard and this is what gives it. I could go on and on about what I feel is wrong with the WWE and TNA, but the list keeps getting more added to it so why bother. You gave reasons as to why to watch WM24. Here’s my reasons why I won’t
To each their own, Halo. I have to admit, I have yet to order a single TNA PPV event – but I do hear they are much more interesting to watch than the television broadcasts.
Not that i think this holds any water, but for the conspiracy theorists out there I’ll throw this out.Apparently Sting has resigned with TNA but has yet to appear and it is well known that flair wants to wrestle Sting one more time. Maybe a deal was worked out where its sting and flair at wrestlemania, then sting goes back to TNA, of course this will all get blown up next week when its announced its flair vs HBK or roidista and sting appears on TNA.
Well, we all know the answer to this one now, Corey. There were indeed rumors floating that Flair wanted to hook up one last time with Sting, but I think the actual chances of that happening were slim to none.
Thereâ<80><99>s certainly some truth to that, Anne. But the tag division will never be what it used to – not unless the WWE realizes that there are enough fans out here who want to see good tag action again.
Crikey, some of your fans really go on don’t they!, I just wanted to send a quick email with thoughts on Cena, if he wins the title at Mania, I will not be happy, I mean come on!!!! the guy comes back at the rumble, beats a inform, fit, fresh HHH, are you telling me this is believable, I don’t think so. So he’s straight in the title race AS ALWAYS! and I bet my last dollar he wins at Mania.
Iâ<80><99>ve said it once, Jay, and Iâ<80><99>ll say it again. How can you not keep selling a man who polarizes crowds like Cena? How many wrestlers out there get just as many jeers as cheers and so strongly? As long as that holds true, youâ<80><99>ll see Cena in main events for years to come.
As a bit of a novelty inductee into the Hall of Fame this year, why not Induct, Juanita Wright? (Sapphire)
Most of us who have been watching wrestling for years can certainly remember â<80><9c>Sweet Sapphire,â<80> God rest her soul. But Iâ<80><99>m not sure that her contribution to wrestling history would garner such an honor.
Itâ<80><99>s true that the ECW Championship has certainly lost some of its luster, but you can blame the WWE for that one. I donâ<80><99>t know their motivations, but the status of the title is something thatâ<80><99>s established by storylines. Itâ<80><99>s theirs to do with as they please, and for one reason or another theyâ<80><99>ve certainly downplayed the strap recently. But then again, is ECW anything like what you remember when it stood alone?
Hey Sean! I gotta say man, U ROCK! First things first, i was wonderin’ if 1) Sean’O Mac is ur real name or 2) is it a play on shane o mac??? So, this whole Paul n Katie Burchill thing. Seems to me like what WWE is doing is trying to bring back the adult veiwers it lost after the Benoit saga. I mean, vince has always been calling his product “soap opera for men”, doesn’t it seem a bit like a controversy stunt to get the veiwers back???Think about it.
No, and partially. Sean â<80><9c>Oâ<80><99>Macâ<80> McGuinney was born from my real name and from the surname of my Irish family, which through marriages and such has only recently died. Shawn is my true middle name, but I always chastised my mother for not using the â<80><9c>properâ<80> spelling of it. So when it came time for me to adopt a pen name, Sean McGuinney only seemed natural. The â<80><9c>Oâ<80><99>Macâ<80> certainly is a play on Shaneâ<80><99>s nickname, but rest assured he isnâ<80><99>t the first Irishman to use it!
Love hearing from readers across the globe! Thanks for the props, John.
Thanks for reading, Kenny. I have to make a confession, Tuesday nights are the one night a week Iâ<80><99>m sure to have to be in the office and away from my television, so I donâ<80><99>t catch ECW usually. I recorded this weekâ<80><99>s episode for purely personal reasons and did watch it. Kingston looked impressive to me, and if that remains consistent I hope he gets his shot to move up the roster. As far as Delaney goes, I think itâ<80><99>s a smart thing to introduce the idea that anyone can make it if they try hard enough. Remember Zach Gowen?
Personally, Dave, I think it sucks. What a time to raise prices, eh? Gas is going up, cost of living increases, home foreclosures skyrocketing. Hell, why not join the club, right?
Any of the suggestions you made would work, Seb. But saying he canâ<80><99>t be referred to as â<80><9c>stoicâ<80> suggests that you are open to only one definition of the word when, in fact, many words in the English language have multiple definitions.
Hey Sean O’ Mac,
I think you pretty much cleared it up for yourself, Ray. Granted, WWE writes its own history. But itâ<80><99>s most likely that failing to win a MitB match doesnâ<80><99>t necessarily count as a â<80><9c>loss.â<80>
Let me say that first off, the Edge thing is probably the most distasteful thing on the show. I believe thought, that is what WWE wants. That kind of reaction is good for Edge’s character and to make it interesting. It sullies the memory of Eddie, but in reality the WWE will do what it can to make money and provide entertainment, even if it means doing something distasteful. I think the Mae Young incident proved that.
I really enjoy the cruiserweights as well, and agree with a friend of mine that says the WCW really was the brand that stepped up to do them justice.
Now that weâ<80><99>ve gotten quite a few fans and accolades out, letâ<80><99>s throw in a Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac hater for good measure!
did you watch smackdown with your mommy and daddy this week? Good Column, I needed a nap.
No, Sluddy. Iâ<80><99>m a big boy now, and I get to watch TV all by myself. Iâ<80><99>m so proud.
whats up shane o mac how come you dont come back and wrestle kane like in summerslam i forgot what yeAR but u defeated him and big show thats was an elbow drop so hows the buisness?
Dude, I certainly hope you read my answer to the question about my name above. For the millionth time, I am not SHANE!
hey m8 gr8 work on wz big fan keep up the good work 🙂
HEY MAN I DIDNT GET TO WATCH SMACKDOWN FRIDAY BUT I WOULD GEUSS IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD SHOW. I ALSO THINK THAT SMACKDOWN SHOULD TRADE UNDERTAKER AND BATISTA 4 SHAWN MICHELS AND Y2J. WHAT DO U THNK?
Well, I donâ<80><99>t know about those particular players. But Iâ<80><99>m sure weâ<80><99>re bound to see some roster shifts after WrestleMania. Who knows, Nick? You may just get your wish, or at least something just as satisfying.
Something you ought to talk about is just what came out of that bit on RAW. Was JBL saying that the entire angle with Vince’s son was just a scheme? Was JBL just saying that Hornswoggle was the scheme and that there is still an illegitimate son out there? I was confused by that whole bit.
He never alluded to another illegitimate son. Just that Hornswoggle wasnâ<80><99>t Vinceâ<80><99>s and the McMahon family, along with Finlay, were all in on the deception. Iâ<80><99>m sure more details will emerge quickly as we head toward WM.
I think Flair should win at WM and then announce his retirament after the match. That would be the perfect sendoff to THE MAN!!!
Well, Iâ<80><99>d love to see him go out a winner rather than putting someone else over. But that wouldnâ<80><99>t necessarily fit the storyline. I do suppose itâ<80><99>s possible, however, that Shawn could put Flair over after one hell of a match that saw many close calls for Flair, who then decides to retire rather than â<80><9c>give Vince the satisfactionâ<80> of putting him out.
AT WM Flair should win this match versis Shawn Michaels and IMMEDIATELY challenge World Champion Edge for a title match. Because that is the belt Flair made famous. It is Flairs belt. And back a few weeks ago JBL was calling The Nature Boy the original Rated R star. It could all tie together.
Well, dare to dream, Tim. Would love to see it, but it just isnâ<80><99>t going to happen.
who did you want to win the elimation chamber matches at no way out?
In Smackdownâ<80><99>s, I recall that Undertaker was set for a long title run before his last injury cut it short, and certainly feel that he deserves it. So, I was rooting for The Dead Man there. Although to be honest, the Irish in me got a little excited when Hornswoggle showed up and tossed in Finlayâ<80><99>s favorite tool! In Rawâ<80><99>s Chamber it was a bit tougher. Personally, Iâ<80><99>ve been loving the push Jeff Hardyâ<80><99>s been getting, but also expected that Triple H would walk out of that one victorious. I would also have loved for HBK to get back into the championship mix. So, go figure. Ever watch a football game and not really care who wins, you just want to see a hell of a game? That was Rawâ<80><99>s chamber for me.
I just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoy your recaps of Raw each week. But…why did Kennedy get the upper hand at the end of Raw? The only thing I can think of is that they are making him seem like a huge threat for the MITB match.
Thanks for the props, Kim! Iâ<80><99>m sure youâ<80><99>ve probably hit the nail on the head. Kennedy, after facing a suspension, has now been back long enough to probably start getting a renewed push. Couple that with how â<80><9c>overâ<80> Jeff Hardy is, and now with Y2J in the MitB mix, it was fitting to make sure and establish someone else as a major threat.
And now for a couple of the more lengthy letters. Youâ<80><99>ll still get in, folks, but if you donâ<80><99>t want to be pushed to the end youâ<80><99>ve got to trim it down a bit! Still love hearing from you, though, so here they are.
somewhere in between insomnia and chicken, i devised the perfect finish to the raw main event.
not to take away from the SD main event. taker + edge + streak vs. streak = makes for a hell of an ending any way you slice it – although, over though taker may be, watching him walk away from mania with the heavyweight strap yet again seems a little stale.however, my idea for raw is, as the title entails, an everybody wins situation.
step one: open the show with MITB.hardy, benjamin, and kennedy are a lock. kane, morrison, miz, dreamer, hell, even umaga can find their way in. doesnt matter: hardy wins.
step two: fast forward to show’s end. the bell rings, the fancy entrances are done and over (im sorry, but conan the barbarian vs shmuck tracy at 22 did nothing for me), its main event time, and to everyone’s utter surprise, orton emerges victorious.
trip gets his mania main event. and given the fact that he’s, um, rings a bell, on the tip of my tounge, oh yeah, triple frickin’ h, chances are he’s gonna see gold again.-even cena himself must know half the population of the world’s wrestling fans are going to be tempted to drink the kool aid if he YET AGAIN leaves the building with belt in tow.-orton solidifies himself as a main eventer for good by beating out two of the biggest names in the company.
however…the innocent onlookers are confused as the bad guy emerges champion, and any mark worth their salt knows there’s about a popsicle’s chance on the sun of a heel winning the main main event. edge beating taker – not only possible, but not all that unlikely. the show ending with orton wearing his evil imgonnadobadthingstoyouinyoursleep face? no.
so there’s gotta be a catch.
out comes none other than jeff hardy. THE most over sonofabitch in all the wwe.
thanks to our old friend edge, its become somewhat of a tradition for that briefcase to be utilized in such underhanded and holy$&!t surprising ways, so why wait a year when you can you can pick up a trick from your formal rival – hey, better that than his disturbing taste in spouses. (ill reserve my opinions on that particular twist, because it isnt worth my opinion. yes, im that pissed.)
long story short, orton’s a walking cadaver thanks to his beating from seargeant shmuck and hunter hearst whotoldyouyoucouldtouchstephaniethere, and hardy, regardless of whatever ridiculous spot he’s gonna pull in MITB this year, has had a good two to three hours rest, 2 + 2 = hardy’s the champion and 80 thousand people are screaming like little girls.
they could have him pull a kane and drop the belt to newly smartened eugene the next night for all i give a damn, this would be one of the biggest spots in wrestlemania history. unforgettable. hardy could never come within 100 feet of that belt again, and he would NEVER lose his luster from pulling a stunt like this. and tell me…does it not beat the thought of ending the night listening to “its all about the game”, or…god forbid…”my time is now” for the 903,235,789,045’th time?
exactly. me 1, whatever crappy finish they have planned right now 0.
my name is BOX, and i…really dont have a life at all, do i?
Well, BOX â<80>¦ I donâ<80><99>t know you socially. But if you have to ask the question â<80>¦
Hey Sean –
First off I wanted to give you props for your work so far. I’ve been coming here for years and you’re the first columnist I’ve read consistently and agreed with consistently. There aren’t enough of us die hard WWE marks around these days.
That said, let me get to my topic of discussion; Jeff Hardy’s push. The main reason I was tempted to write this is a comment in your last ‘PNP’ where a reader complained about the Mania ME (which I personally think is awesome) and said Hardy-Orton would be a bigger draw. Let’s compare how many times Jeff has main evented compared with Triple H and Cena- a minimal amount. This is the first reason I would give for him not being in the main event at Mania-he doesnt have enough MAIN EVENT exposure.
Second of all, his push is just starting. Jeff’s been a strong face for over nine years now, but until he was re-signed after his last absense, he was never pushed strongly as a single’s competitor. His past indiscretions (not turning up to shows, drugs etc) cannot be ignored and are also surely reasons why his push is being paced as it is. Is it intelligent to push a guy who could slip up and be a liability? The answer is no. However, he deserves a chance and that’s what he is getting. But instead of being rocketed straight to the top, he’s getting there gradually. If he wins MITB this would be perfect- he would have a whole year, then, in which to solidify his reliability and credibility as a singles competitor and an employee and finally be given his chance to lead the show/brand/company. I am personally a HUGE fan of Jeff and I hope he pulls it off.
It’s my personal opinion that WWE are timing his push to perfection, and that Mania is going to be amazing. The heat Orton vs. Cena generated since the Rumble was incredible. I don’t know about you, Sean, but I was anticipating Orton/Cena more than any other match at NWO, despite knowing that it wouldn’t end with a clean fall. Their feud has incredible heat. And the addition of Triple H is genius, not only because he has history with both of them in different ways, but also because it makes the recipe complete- bona fide face (Triple H) vs. Heel (Orton) vs. Tweener (Cena). How else better to put Orton over as a heel?
I could waffle alot more but I’ll spare you =D
Thanks for the props, Ben, and the letter.
I appreciate each and every one of you that write in each week!
Sean “O’Mac” McGuinney’s day job is as a newspaper editor. He has been a journalist for nearly 10 years and has covered everything from government to sports. The wrestling? Well, that’s just been enjoyed since he was a kid. Don’t ask how long ago that was.
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