As someone who has watched, practiced and promoted professional wrestling for almost 30 years, I’m accustomed to the ridiculousness that the genre has to offer. Weird and zany names come with the territory.
So, when I heard that WWE’s July pay-per-view is titled Great Balls of Fire, I thought it was a rib and no sold it. Then, my podcast partner in crime Frank D ensured me that this was no ruse. The name of the show is legitimately called Great Balls of Fire.
Unfortunately, the biggest story in professional wrestling right now is the very real situation involving WWE commentators John (JBL) Layfield and Mauro Ranallo. It’s been reported by several news outlets that Ranallo, who suffers from mental illness, was bullied by JBL to the point where he was off TV for several weeks and is not expected to return to the company.
JBL is known for being a bully within the industry with reports going back over a decade. Several former WWE wrestlers have spoken out about JBL’s antics in light of the news. Coincidently, former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts released his new book, which chronicles his time in WWE including several instances where he was bullied by JBL.
While many have called for the Texan’s resignation, his termination won’t fix the problem. Ribbing, hazing, and bullying has always been a part of wrestling and is ingrained in WWE’s corporate culture.
The wrestling world is buzzing after Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet broke the news that WWE has been in secret talks with Sinclair Broadcast Group since January about the potential acquisition of Ring of Honor. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer elaborated on the report stating that WWE made their initial inquiry about purchasing ROH back in August.
While there is no deal on the table as of yet, WWE’s plan of acquisition seems to include the tape library, talent contracts and closing down the company. This move indicates that WWE is attempting to completely monopolize the professional wrestling market in the United States.
WWE purchased WCW and acquired ECW’s assets in 2001 because all three companies were competing for the same audience. In 2017, groups such as ROH and Impact Wrestling are competing with WWE for talent due to sub-genres in wrestling being more pronounced and defined. Continue reading
Oh boy, it’s a great time to be a New England Patriots fan. They just won their 5th Super Bowl, Tom Brady is now the undisputed G.O.A.T. and the victory parade in Boston was glorious. As happy as things are right now for this pigskin fan…. Well, let me explain.
On Feb 3, 2001, I was that guy proudly wearing a NY/NJ Hitmen hat as the XFL was just hours away from their inaugural football game on NBC. I even bought an entire box of XFL trading cards thinking that I had made a smart investment that would pay off down the line.
Sadly, I’m not joking.
Do you want to know what’s really sad? Taking a story about the unmitigated disaster of Vince McMahon’s “smash mouth” football league and turning it into the ultimate puff piece where the positives are accentuated to fit a narrative that puts minimal lights on the overwhelming negatives. Continue reading
Photo credit Getty Images
I normally don’t like to talk about politics, but when CNN sends me a phone notification that President-elect Donald Trump picked Linda McMahon, former CEO of WWE, to serve as the administrator of the Small Business Administration…well, I have to blog about it. Continue reading
Never has a WWE contracted wrestler been allowed to fight in a professional combative setting. That all changed on Saturday when it was announced on the UFC 199 pay-per-view broadcast that Brock Lesnar will make his return to the octagon next month at UFC 200, on July 9th. Monday, on SportsCenter, it was announced that Lesnar’s opponent at UFC 200 will be Mark Hunt. There are so many interesting variables to this unprecedented announcement. Continue reading
Camp WWE is the newest original program from the WWE Network. This animated series breaks from the norms of the current PG environment with a TV-MA rating that is chock-full vulgarity and laced with all sorts of crude overtones. Think South Park or Robot Chicken as your inner wrestling fan indulges in the obscene with most of your favorite WWE superstars as children. Continue reading
WWE Payback will emanate from Chicago’s Allstate Arena in just a few hours. This card is shaping up to be one of the best WWE pay-per-view events in years. There is a lot of intrigue centered on the WWE Championship match between Roman Reigns and AJ Styles.
There are lots of questions to be answered with Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson waiting in the wings. Will Roman Reigns turn heel? Is it AJ Styles who goes to the dark side? How about the rumored main roster debut of Finn Balor? Can anyone say Bullet Club or Roman Empire?
Frank Dee and I preview the entire card, give our predictions and more on the official You Tube channel of Gerweck.net.
Ryback recently turned heel and all roads lead to him challenging Kalisto for the U.S. title at WrestleMania. Some of the recent promos suggest that Vince McMahon is using Ryback to voice his personal dissatisfaction of smaller wrestlers.
You can listen to Breaking Raw in its entirety at gerweck.net. I want to give a special thanks to Cassidy Ash for stepping in to fill the co-host’s chair.
If Shane McMahon beats the Undertaker at WrestleMania, he gains complete control of Monday Night Raw. This has fans talking about the possibility of another brand extension. PWInsider noted that WWE has discussed the idea, even before Shane returned to the company. I would like to put to rest and let me explain why.
The reason why WWE is not going to move forward with a second brand split is because Monday Night Raw is three hours. The length of the show makes it a chore for most fans to watch while the writers have a hard time producing 180 minutes worth of content. That’s with the entire main roster and Imagine splitting that in half? Continue reading