Former WCW Star Offers 'Mania Picks & HOF Thoughts
Former WCW star The Stro (formerly known as The Maestro) has published a new column at PWMania.com. Stro gives his thoughts and expert predictions for Sunday’s WWE pay-per-view WrestleMania XXX. Stro talks about each match at Sunday's WrestleMania PPV and also talks on the WWE Hall of Fame, Scott Hall, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and more. Here is an excerpt from his entry:
"Scott Hall: My former USWA tag team partner. My fellow WCW/NWO alumni. My buddy Razor Ramon/Scott Hall. Before I met Scott. I was a big fan of his from his early days tagging with Dan Spivey as “Starship Coyote”, his time wrestling with CWF from Florida, his run in the AWA teaming with Curt Hennig , and his stint in WCW as “The Diamond Studd”. Saw a match down in Puerto Rico he had when I first saw “The Razor’s Edge” finisher. Thought at the time that was one of the most innovated finishing moves I had seen. “The Bad Guy” became Intercontinental champion in the WWE and to this day people still talk about the historic ladder match he had with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 10. Remember Dutch Mantell (WWE’s Zeb Colter) telling me he thought at one point Razor was gonna be WWE champion at the time. He certainly had all the tools. Him and Kevin Nash would later come to WCW and along with a turning Hulk Hogan made history forming the infamous “New World Order”."
"Jake Roberts: Wow. Where do I begin? Longtime good friend. Former AAA (Mexico) tag team partner. Mentor. Great wrestling mind. Great booker. All around legend. Master psychologist. That’s my buddy Jake. I remember first watching him in World Class Championship Wrestling, CWF in Florida, Mid-South, and his Georgia Championship Wrestling cliche with the Road Warriors and his feud with Ronnie Garvin. One of the most popular WWE Icons of the 80s and later one of the most hated villains. His low key voice in interviews would force you to listen to every word while his eyes would look into you through the camera. I have always felt he would be one heck of an actor for films. I have wrestled with him, against him, learned from him, starved with him, traveled with him, and kept out of trouble with him lol! He has accomplished so much in the Professional Wrestling business through the years. Talking to him is like sitting at the learning tree. He has helped so many guys through the years including myself. So many more could learn from him. It is only fitting that my buddy and fellow WCW Alumni, the man who thru DDPYoga helped turn Jake’s life around, Diamond Dallas Page would induct “The Snake” into the Hall of Fame. Inspiration. Love ya man!"
"The Undertaker vs. Brock LesnarSo looking forward to this one! Big fan of both these greats! Lesnar and Taker both use MMA submissions in their arsenal as well as both are very solid. This should be a wild one!
Harley Race Says He Will Be Surprised if Bryan Wins the Belt at 'Mania
Steven Muehlhausen, a writer for BetweenTheRopes.com, talked to WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race. Race discusses why he would be surprised if Daniel Bryan walks out of Sunday's WrestleMania 30 with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and why HHH is the best wrestler in the world today.
Why he would be surprised that Bryan would win the title at WrestleMania 30:
"Well if he (Bryan) does, it'll surprise me. Just being able to talk a great match and performing great matches six/seven nights a week is a different ballgame because it is a different time."
Triple H being the best wrestler in the world today:
"Right now, I'd have to say Hunter because I watched his style, he's a lot of mind and he took it and put it to a frame that became his. He's just good at what he does."
Race also discusses the comparisons to him and HHH, could Steve Austin be a bigger star if he was managing him in WCW, what it was like to appear at WrestleMania 3, compares that moment to wrestling at his first Starrcade, what it is like to be in the WWE Hall of Fame and much more.