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Well, here we are wrestling fans. The last PPV before the big one is done and we’re on the fast track to WrestleMania. Usually this means several things – one of which is the expectation that the entertainment levels on Raw and Smackdown will pick up a notch as they try and draw us in for the big one.
With that in mind, I thought I’d start this edition of Pullin’ No Punches with my very own Top Ten list. So, without further ado – here’s Sean O’Mac’s Top Ten reasons to watch WrestleMania!
10. For those that love them, John Cena, Triple H and Randy Orton will be in the main event.
9. For those that hate them, John Cena, Triple H and Randy Orton will be beating the hell out of each other.
8. Randy Savage crashing WrestleMania by parachuting into the stadium.
7. Edge will dump Vickie and have a Live Sex Celebration with planned attendee Lindsay Lohan.
6. Rather than fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., Big Show forgoes his diet and swallows Mayweather whole.
5. Like Undertaker’s entrance? You’ll be able to enjoy 48 minutes of it as he strolls from the top rows of the stadium to the ring below. Subsequently, he breaks a record by pinning a now sleeping Edge in three seconds.
4. 75-foot aerial ladders will now be used in the Money in the Bank match.
3. Shawn Michaels continues expanding his list of submission maneuvers by debuting the the Boston Sharpshooter Figure-Four Crossface.
2. Vince read and decided he liked Scott Hudson’s idea – it will indeed be a Battle Royal to decide the next president of the United States!
1. Hornswoggle returns as … the Bionic Leprechan! We have the technology. Better. Stronger. Faster.
THE PUNCHING BAG
You fans have really picked things up lately when it comes to e-mailing Sean Oâ<80><99>Macâ<80><99>s Punching Bag. At this rate, answering e-mails might become a full-time job ï¿½” or at least a separate column unto itself.
Hey, pour it on. Tap into Sean Oâ<80><99>Macâ<80><99>s fountain of knowledge (or lack thereof, depending on your perspective.) Just do me a favor, fans! Shorten these up some! Love getting your views on things, but let’s try and keep them below the level of a novel.
So here we go. Feet together, shoulders back, good form ï¿½” letâ<80><99>s dive in!
In the interest of making things easier to read, Iâ<80><99>m going to try and categorize letters in todayâ<80><99>s edition. However, some of your e-mails cover a wide range of topics, so weâ<80><99>ll just file those under:
You know, fans, I actually thought the pirate gimmick was pretty neat. Cheesy, but cool. Indeed, gone are the days of such characters and giving fans a dose of that â<80><9c>old formâ<80> way of doing things can be fun.
Hey Sean, I’m a reader of wrestlezone. com and I come across your columns which I enjoy reading. I’ve been a fan of wrestling for over 20 years and I enjoy the matches that I get to see (I have to read about them because I work when Raw and Smackdown are on TV). I noticed quite a few people left their opinions about the whole Benoit situation and whether he should be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. My opinion of that is this. As a wrestler he was one of the finest to ever step into the ring and I will never deny that. But as we all know his actions that fateful day really put a dark cloud on a lot of fan’s minds (including my own) so I really don’t know if he will be inducted into WWE’s Hall Of Fame. I know he is in the Wrestling Observer’s Newsletter’s HOF and last I read his induction is up for recall this year. Do you think he will stay inducted in that organizations HOF or will he be removed? Unfortunately, I have the feeling he will be removed, but then again he may not becasue they could just look at what he has done prior to the murder suicide.
Glad I can keep drawing you in, Ian. Truth is, we can only speak of Benoit in hypotheticals. I gave my opinion, but at the same time donâ<80><99>t believe my opinion of things will come true. As far as Macho Man and Vince goes ï¿½” I think only they truly know whatâ<80><99>s going on there. There are rumors galore on this topic, but Sean Oâ<80><99>Macâ<80><99>s not going there. Suffice it to say even the esteemed Michael Hayes couldnâ<80><99>t get Vince to consider bringing Savage back.
Donâ<80><99>t get fired for my sake, Billy! Truth be told, if I had to put money on the table right now, Iâ<80><99>d bet on Hardy to take MitB. But weâ<80><99>ll just have to wait and see.
I have been watching wrestling longer then most of the readers age. My biggest dissapointment in wrestling is not the ture wrestling fan like myself but the average young wrestling fan has know idea what the WWE/WWF has achieved the last 50yrs. Most fans may not like Vince and Family but u have to admire him for innoviation of the wrestling sport. I have seen everybody from Buddy Rogers vs Sanmartino at MSG, to Gorrila Moonsoon vs Arnold Scoland from these poinneers of wrestling for WWF to the present werestlers has made wrestling over the yrs. the best sport entertainment on the TV. WWF/WWE has survived drug scandle, WCW,and now the clown show of TNA. I have tried to watch Tna being a real hadcore wrestling fan, the idiot way they use there young talent is horrible and Angle and his blown up wife need to just realize that TNA will never take over WWE. Love WWE or hate them, they are still the innoviators of wrestling entertainment and I give Vince and the whole WWE family a big thank you for bringing the wrestling entertainment out of the 50’s and almost putting pure werestling in the closet until the WWF was formed. So all these young kids who grew up Austin/Rock/Hogan, go back to see the old vidos of the 60’s wrestleres and see what the wrestling entertainmnet is really about.
That says it all, William.
Hey Sean first time write. I don’t think any of these new hires will do any good. It just seems to me that WWE hires new people puts them on television too quickly and they fail or they spend all kinds of time on vignettes then when the characters debut do nothign with the(i.e. The Highlanders). Vince and his creative team are completely out of touch with what tells a good story. The main reason for this to me is the number of pay-per-views. Angles need to be set up and pushed with no real time to tell a story. I remember as a kid watching NWA/WCW and really getting invested into the story lines of the Four Horseman versus whoever, or the Road Warriors versus Midnight Express. Those were the days that I did not watch WWF/E becasue of the Hogan dominated everything much Like HHH does now. In my opinion he is the modern day HOgan just with more talent but a lot more ego, becasue of this the possiblity of good storylines or new Superstars is squashed before they get a chance because the King of Kings isn’t ready to step aside and let new wrestlers take the spotlight. If WWE is to turn things around story wise they need to rebuild the tag divison truly, not start a team and then break them up, put renewed focus on the United States and Intercontinental titles. Thsoe championships used to eman somethign but now to me they mean nothing. I don’t think we will see a Steamboat/ Savage type of match for the IC or US titles ever agina because WWE does not care about them. Well that seems like enough today. Have a nice day and thanks for listening
I agree, and have said several times, that the tag-team division needs pumped up. And itâ<80><99>s true that the mid-card titles have seemingly lost their luster lately.
Hey man…what’s the deal with Triple H? He is starting to piss me off about this whole “I’m Triple H and I can do what the hell I want b/c I’m sleeping with the bosses daughter.” Even though he is one of my fav wrestlers, he shouldn’t get squat. Jeff deserves to headline WM 24 and win the belt. He is WAY WAY OVER with the crowd and a bit more popular and Trips. No one sould get anything handed to them b/c of who they are with. They should get something by hard work and dedication. Jeff has proved that and more and I demand that he win the chamber match on sunday. But he gets screwed outta that, which just might happen, he better be in the MITB match and win that. And then he better win the title and have a title run.
Well, demand all you want. We all know who won the thing now.
Okay, so WWE has revealed that Stephanie McMahon is pregnant. What they haven’t revealed is who the father is. Curious, no?
Read it again, Dave. They did say who the father was in the article on WWE.com, Paul Levesque (a.k.a. Triple H).
Hey Sean, interesting read, I really respect the fact that you can be a â<80><9c>tough guyâ<80> or at least have the image whilst still maintaining a sense of identity, what I mean is that your obviously not afraid to showcase your intelligence. Thatâ<80><99>s cool man.
Thanks for reading and the props. Iâ<80><99>m really quite over the whole Edge-Vickie story as well, but still patiently waiting to see what twists and turns theyâ<80><99>ll throw into this thing.
Hey Sean O mac. I love your reviews of the weekly shows, but dude i am really getting fed up with certain storylines and angles. Is there a website or something that i can visit to let WWE know how i feel?
Well, Ty, you can give feedback at WWE.com, but they don’t accept ideas for storylines.
I wanted to talk about Paul Burchill and his new storyline for a second amongst other things. In the past Vince always matched storylines with what was happening or popular in the world. When Paul came out as a pirate, I thought it was a great character with the recent popularity of Pirates of the Caribbean . When Paul got hurt and was sidelined, I donâ<80><99>t know why the character was dropped. I liked it. His run as the pirate ranked up there with the gimmick of Gangrel and The Blue Blazer (I loved that character when I was a kid). A bit corny BUT entertaining. I still rank Gangrel on my favorites of all time (I would have loved to have him win the European Titleâ<80>¦Vampire, Translyvania-Europe, it fit) I miss CHARACTERS in the WWE. All we have now are real names. That all started with Hall and Nash going to WCW and using their real names. Now, we have wrestlers with their real names or only being called by one of their names like Snitzky, Lashley, Batista. I bet if you ask a fan of the WWE now that is about 12 years old what one of the Hâ<80><99>s in Triple H is, they wont know. I mean, the overusage of the initials are also making me a bit upset too. MVP, HHH, HBK, JBL, On top of this, what about MVP using 305 like Rey saying 619??? Many storylines need revamped, redone, rewritten with some new blood.
Good luck Paul. Sorry, but I’d be about as much help in your quest as Randy Savage.
HOW DO YOU DO IT, SEAN?
Well, Ryan, I can only speak for print journalism. Although I also have some experience in broadcast journalism, it really isnâ<80><99>t enough to speak with authority on.
Go raibh maith agat, Colm. Indeed, I am an American of Irish descent. I also worked in radio for a time as news director, so I know the turf.
Thanks, Ian. But are you kidding? My money’s on Taker remaining undefeated.
Well, Larry, you can always catch me at www.wrestlezone.com. If you miss an article, or want to look over past ones, you can check out my archive blog at www.myspace.com/wzseanomac.
“But then again, as much as I’d love to think otherwise, I doubt the creative folks are hinging every decision they make on the words of Sean O’Mac. Much a pity”
You’re joking, right? I mean, come on! I’m Sean O’Mac!
You’ve been a great addition to the site. I’ve been watching wrestling for a pretty long time and I think you’re perspective gives us something that we don’t normally get.
I appreciate that Mike. Truth is, the “Cena haters” started turning on him long before that. But either way, I think it’s great. It’s not something that’s easily created, having a Superstar that is so equally and loudly cheered and booed.
I agree that Hardy would have been a great addition to the match. But I still say the triple-threat should be a good show. Thanks for the props and for being such a faithful reader!
ARE COMMENTATORS TAKING A BREAK?
Hey Sean, love the columns.
Well Greg, I canâ<80><99>t speak for the commentators other than to say that someone like J.R. certainly knows what heâ<80><99>s doing. There are times when silence is golden and can add to the drama more than having someone talk all over it. The Palumbo destruction of Noble was certainly one of those moments.
ITâ<80><99>S DIVA TIME!
Im just writing about divas wrestling. Now although others think it’s nothing more than eye candy, I actually think there are some very talented divas. IMO, Melina is the best heekl diva there is, but over the past two weeks she has done a job to Maria and needed to cheat to win the other one. Maria would not be getting a push at all if it weren’t for her posing for playboy. I think Vince or Creative(whoever makes these decisions) needs to think a bit more about who the real wrestler is here and maybe start pushing the more talented divas harder instead of the eye candy like Maria.
Well of course Maria is going to get a push for posing in Playboy. Itâ<80><99>s good marketing for all involved. As far as that goes, itâ<80><99>s the job of any good talent to sometimes make another performer look better than they are. That doesnâ<80><99>t mean Iâ<80><99>m saying Maria has no in-ring talent ï¿½” I think sheâ<80><99>s definitely showing some improvement. And no matter what, sheâ<80><99>s fun to look at!
MORE ON BENOIT
WWE released a compilation DVD on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin this week and it features the match between him and Triple H at Survivor Series 2000. Chris Benoit played a role in getting the action from inside of the arena to the parking lot. When these segments occur, the Survivor Series logo is suddenly shown and the match skips to the part without Benoit. This happens twice during the match on the DVD.
Well, in WWEâ<80><99>s defense, no Gun doesnâ<80><99>t have to continue making profits or answer to shareholders. I donâ<80><99>t agree with erasing Benoit from existence. But thatâ<80><99>s just the unfortunate nature of this beast that he created, whether he was in his right mind or not.
PAST THEIR PRIME?
It all depends, Josh. Some of these athletesâ<80><99> bodies start showing their age more than others. You canâ<80><99>t set an age on them. After all, Iâ<80><99>ve seen some 60-year-old guys that could probably whip the hell out of me!
REACTION TO NO WAY OUT
Hey Sean O’Mac, D’Arcy from Ottawa Canada here.
That’s the great thing about this world, D’Arcy. We’re all entitled to our opinions. I just get to share mine with the whole world! And, well, thanks to The Punching Bag – so do you!
As a 30 year fan of Wrestling I have not purchased a pay-per view for 5 years exactly for the reason of the Orton vs Cena match. I am old school and believe in 2 men enter 1 man leaves the winner by pinfall or submission. Last night I decided to spend my hard earned money and purchase the event. 1 more try. While overall it was done very well this 1 match has made me decide to NEVER purchase another WWE PPV. I like other people work very hard for the money spent on this show. It’s like if when we go to a resturant and the whole meal is not good we never go back.
So you mean to tell me if you go out to eat and are served the best damn steak you’ve ever dreamed of, but the apple pie dessert sucked, you’re never going back? You’re a hard man to please, Dave – but it’s your money and you certainly have the right. Granted, from a fan’s perspective, I hated the way the Cena-Orton match ended as well. But, in the grand scheme, it was perfect for Orton’s storyline.
whats up man…you think mayweather will be involved in a boxing match at ‘Mania?
Well, we know he’s going to be involved somehow. It would probably make more sense for it to be boxing related since Show reportedly did some boxing training during his absence from WWE.
Mr. Sean Omac
I didn’t have a good anything. Once again, I’m confused with that other “O’Mac.” *sigh*
Cena and Triple H being in the Main Event and them pretty much guaranteeing the next year will be them feuding for the title while Randy, a great heel gets pushed to midcard. Like DX, I got two words for it, it sucks.
Please refer to my Take on this week’s Raw.
LONG LIVE JEFF HARDY
The Kennedy/Flair thing doesn’t surprise me. Wrestlers work enough matches and it’s entirely possible that they put on the match they did in Honolulu for the sake of brushing it up for NWO.
LOOKING AHEAD TO WRESTLEMANIA
That would be a great twist, Jesus. But I have a feeling that if Hardy wins MitB, he’ll be so “beat up” as a result that he wouldn’t be in shape to make such a quick challenge. Love your thinking, though.
Actually… at WM15 wasn’t there a Boxing match between Bart Gunn and Butterbean… so when you say we’ve seen it before… we have, haha.
First of all, I always enjoy your opinions, although I disagree here. I am so damn sick of John Cena, its pathetic. The man is the most overrated wrestler I have ever seen. I wish just once that he would lose a title match clean. Next, I happen to like Randy Orton. He is extremely talented and plays his character perfectly. However, the man I want to win the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 24 is my favorite wrestler of all time, Triple H. Let’s face it, it has been 3 years since he had the title (not counting last year’s No Mercy for a few minutes). He is the best technical wrestler on the roster and can carry the title a hell of a lot better than Cena. Also, I think triple threat matches suck and I really wanted to see Triple H wrestle Cena one on one.
Thanks for the props, Brandon. I always welcome opinions, even when they differ from my own.
I don’t know how anyone could have a problem with HHH and Cena being in that match. This is Wrestlemania and whether HHH is married to the boss daughter or not he is one of the most popular stars in the company and he has earned it, he is one of the best if not the best on the stick, has a good look and has decent matches, though I don’t think he had succesfully hit a pedigree in some time and should actually develop a new finisher. Orton is the one that doesn’t belong, dude is just DULL, his matches suck, his promo’s suck worse and are just so slow and plodding, unfortunately he is the one holding the title (after all the crap he has put this company thru clearly he has pictures of someone with a donkey- Pat Patterson err nevermind), but something tells me that won’t be for long.
You don’t actually expect me to respond to ALL of THAT, do you Steve?
I’ll just say this real quick, why were alot of the fans booing mayweather? he doesnt seem like he’s going to get alot of love from the wwe audience so maybe he should think about turning heel and letting big show be the face in the fued. man did you see those shots he gave big show at no way out, didnt someone tell him this was not a real fight. anyway the main event at WM 24 looks good to me, i hope edge and taker close the show, cause as we all know which ever match closes the show is the real main event. taker should win, i dont think edge is the man that should break that streak. and im soooo happy kennedy is dumped into a MIB match, and he wont be a featured wrestler at WM. kennedy sux!!
WEEEEEEELLLLL IT’S THE BIG SHOW!
Now I’m no mark, been watching since I was 3 and I turned 25 today. But can somebody, maybe you, explain why The Big Show is being made out to be a punk. I mean here’s a guy huge as hell, Raw could use him, Smackdown could REALLY use him, and what do they do about his debut? They have a midget beat him up. And on Raw, they let a Midget “itimidate” him. If im PBF, Im happy. I look like a legit badass. But if im the Big show and Vince I’m questioning how come a big star, is made to look like a nobody. Why would anybody really want to pay PPV money for a guy who cant even beat a short, skinny Boxer. Just blows my mind.
For no other reason than the classic “my skills are better than yours” bit, really. Now I’m not saying I’m in love with this by any stretch, but if you’re really going to set up a match with these two, you’ve got to show somehow in the lead-up that Mayweather is an actual threat.
hey Sean O’Mac
You know I have to confess, Fulton. I can’t recall off the top of my head when the last time was Hardy actually defended that belt. But, in all honesty, I’m not going to dive in and research it with this many letters to answer!
Hi im alex rangel i attended the raw show in anaheim it was a pretty good show the crown was hot and they hated cena after the show i was walking to my car and there was a jerk passing out xpw fliers that there making a comeback he handed me one and i left him hangin i reminded him that im a loyal wwe fan he said arent you a hardcore wrestling fan i said yes but in 1999 ecw had a ppv called heatwave in los angeles and tommy dreamer punked kaos from xpw when kaos came from the crowd chanting xpw xpw xpw well tommy dreamer and ecw still live i told him so get your shit and take your punk ass out cuz im a loyal wwe fan and a ecw fan even if its not original cuz chavo is entertaining he fell stupid and left. I just wished it was a tna guy so i can really let him have it.
What’s up Sean,
I didn’t care enough to mention it, and no. Thanks for reading!
Its going to be hard to “Get over it” because this is WWE’s safe way of doing the Main Event at WM XXIV.
And your rants are welcome, Jason.
Am I the only one that found that really disturbing last night? Granted…I know it’s a storyline and I know that Hornswoggle is a wrestler and knows how to take bumps but that was really, REALLY bad! I really felt bad for the little guy.
You know what, Kim? WWE got the exact reaction from you they were hoping for.
And you know what, fans? If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this week’s edition, you’re either really bored right now, extremely dedicated, just had an hour to kill or have no life!
I’ll let you assign your own status there, fans.
I think it’s time for Sean O’Mac to invest in some of that fancy “you talk, it types” software!
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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