Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mr Main Event's Top 10 Matches of all time: Number 8

Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship  Royal Rumble 2003


I did not order this pay-per-view live, therefore when I first watched this match, I already knew the results, however, while I watched it, there were many times I thought that there was a mistake in the results. From the opening bell, these two mat technicians treated the fans in the Fleet Center in Boston that night to an awesome match full of action and unpredictability. Benoit, who had been chasing the title since day seemed more focus than he had ever been before, and perhaps maybe this would be the night he would achieve his dream. In the end, it was Kurt Angle, full of intensity and just a little bit more intelligence who would emerge as the victor. Unfortantely this match will not be shown again on a WWE network, but this will forever be among my personal favorites.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mr Main Event's Top 10 Matches of all time: Number 9

Number 9: Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Bash at the Beach 1994

At eight years old, I was the biggest Hulkamaniac in Baltimore City. Because I was such a huge fan of Hulk Hogan, I was deeply in love with the World Wrestling Federation. Of course I was just as much of a fan of Bret the Hitman Hart, however when Hogan left the WWF to join World Championship Wrestling, I started paying more attention to the product. Not just because it was wrestling, but because now Hulkamania would be running wild on Saturday Nights on TBS. 

On July 17, my parents ordered a WCW pay per view. This was a very rare occasion. But on this night, history was to be made. For the first time, Hulk Hogan would be lacing his boots and stepping inside a WCW ring. In his debut match, he would be challenging Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship.  Finally getting the opportunity to see these two icons of professional wrestling square off was amazing. At eight years old, I had no idea that this should have been the match at WrestleMania VIII, nonetheless here it is, Bash at the Beach Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair.

To many, this may have not been the greatest match, but to Mr Main Event, it was the match that kept me glued to the WCW product just as much as I was to the WWF. When Hogan hit the leg drop and his hand was raised by Shaquille O'Neal, I became excited because both of my favorite wrestlers were champions in both companies.




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Saturday, June 9, 2012

NBA Finals Prediction

Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder:  Heat in 7





The Miami Heat and The Oklahoma City Thunder are two of the most exciting teams in the NBA today. For the Thunder, this is their first trip to the NBA Finals. For the Heat, this is their third. In 2010, Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, and they declared that they would not win one, instead they would win multiple championships. A year ago, they reached the finals and came within two games of winning it all, but they forgot they had to win two more games before Dallas could win four. The 2010-2011 season ended in disappointment. When the playoffs began, the Heat secured the number two seed. But when Derrick Rose went down with injury, the number one seed Chicago Bulls chances of advancing were slim. As they were ousted in the first round, the pressure rose on the Heat. The Heat faced adversity twice in their run back to the finals. They faced a 2-1 and 3-2 deficit against the Pacers and Celtics. After coming back in both series, LeBron James finds himself in his 3rd career NBA Finals, and preparing for the Thunder, a team that they split the season series with. 


The Oklahoma City Thunder came into this years playoffs with a bad taste in their mouth. After being swept by the Dallas Mavericks a year ago in the Western Conference Finals, they would return the favor this year sweeping the defending champions. In the second round, they faced a team that defeated them two years ago when they made their first appearance in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers. As the Thunder steamrolled through the playoffs, only losing one game, they met a road block in San Antonio. The Spurs, a team that had yet to lose seemed as if they were going to stop the young studs in OKC. But when they returned to their home court, they were able to make the necessary adjustments and not lose again. Now these young studs are faced with the challenge of the bright lights and the world watching as they reach the first finals in franchise history.

With the Miami Heat getting rid of all the cod webs from a year ago and the being more determined than ever, it does not matter how much running the Thunder does, the Miami Hear will prevail and LeBron James will finally win his first NBA Championship

Mr Main Event's Top 10 Matches of all time: Number 10

For the next few weeks, I will be providing my top 10 favorite matches of all time. These matches are simply my personal favorite matches and the reasons will be in the article.

Number 10: Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship : Royal
Rumble 2001


Whenever I had the opportunity to watch Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit square off, I knew that I would be treated to a classic. In what would become the last Royal Rumble that I enjoyed with my late grandmother, I watched one of the best ladder matches in history. Unfortunately due to the events of June 2007, this match never existed in the eyes of the WWE.

Chris Benoit went into this match as the defending champion. As these two have done before, fans were entertained with a series of promos in which Chris Jericho constantly mocked Chris Benoit. Jericho reminded everyone that Benoit was nothing but a boring wrestling with a monotonousness voice. During the match, these two constantly beat the living hell out of each other. Both men did not hesitate to hurt themselves in order to inflict more pain their opponents. At one point Benoit went diving through the ropes after Jericho, only to be met with a steel chair directly on his skull. As both men went up the ladder in hopes to grab the gold, Jericho pulled off the unthinkable by securing the walls of Jericho on ladder. As he threw Benoit off the ladder, Jericho claimed the Intercontinental Championship. This match was certainly an all time classic.


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Mr Main Event's Top 5 Entrance Themes

Recently, wwe.com listed Edge's theme Music, Metalingus by Alter Bridge, as the number one theme music of all time. TheScore.com later held an interactive tournament and fans ruled also Edge's theme as number one. The criteria for best theme included the longevity, would you listen to this if it was not a wrestling theme and how well does it fit the wrestler. At any given time, Mr Main Event can be found riding through the streets of Baltimore, Maryland listening to wrestling music. On my iPhone, Edge's music is on there also. However, I would not say that this is my favorite theme off all time. In the tournament for thescore.com, Edge defeated CM Punk's theme Cult of Personality. Any wrestling fan can see that these two superstars are well defined by the lyrics of their respective themes. The Following are my personal favorite themes. These are songs I blast proudly in my care, no manner who is around.

5. CM Punk Cult of Personality.
When this music hits, you are automatically hooked well before lyrics.
4. Ultimate Warrior
Whether you are a wrestling fan or not, When you hear the Warrior's theme, immediately you want to run and find some ropes to bounce off the way he did.

3. Hulk Hogan Real American
As a child, when this music hit, Mr Main Event knew that his superhero was on his way to ring.

2. Shawn Michaels
For anyone who has a lot of confidence in his ability to land a woman of his choosing. This song also makes you want to dance anytime you hear and you cannot help but think of the biggest heart breaker of them all, Shawn Michaels.

1. NWO Hollywood theme
WCW may be dead, but the NWO theme is my favorite theme of all time. I could listen to this day in and out.  When this music hit, that mean there was a gang coming out and when they left, the place would be left in pandemonium.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Ryback Today's Goldberg???




In September 1997, Bill Goldberg brought even more excitement to World Championship Wrestling when he began his undefeated streak against the veteran Hugh Morrus on Monday Nitro. In a company that was already defeating its competition, the WWE. fans had even more reason to tune in. Week in and week out, he would squash local jobbers, wrestlers from the powerplant, and even wrestlers on the midcard. Goldberg would continue this streak and rack up the United States Championship after defeating Raven in what was his 75th consecutive win. Goldberg continued his dominance through the WCW locker room. Standing 6'4 weighing 285 pounds, he was a force to be reckoned with. Goldberg, a former NFL player, incorporated his NFL tactics in the ring with his trademarked spear which was used to set up his finisher, the Jack Hammer. The United States Championship however was too big for Goldberg, as he eyed the big prize. The WCW World Heavyweight Championship. On July 6, 1998, Goldberg would defeat Hollywood Hulk Hogan to become the WCW Champion. He held the title and his win streak all for the next few months, destroying all competition. But at Starrcade 1998, Goldberg's streak ended at 173 wins when he was defeated for the title by Kevin Nash. While Goldberg would regain WCW gold again, he was never the force that he once was.


Today Smackdown's up and coming Monster Ryback reminds fans of Bill Goldberg. He is built like a house and every week he runs through opponents like they are paper goods from a factory. Like Goldberg he is undefeated. Unlike Goldberg, Ryback has yet to face someone over 250 pounds, where Morrus, Goldberg's first opponent was well over 300. Will Ryback continue pummeling local jobbers, or will fans really be able to compare him to Bill Goldberg when he begins defeating competition on the WWE roster.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ten Year Anniversary of Shaq and Kobe Last Championship



 

Many would consider Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant the greatest one two punch in the history of the NBA. Some would argue Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabaar, or John Stockton and Karl Malone instead.   But let's take a look at the duo of Shaq and Kobe. When the Los Angeles Lakers signed Shaquille O'Neal in 1996, Jerry West told him that they had an 18 year old they just traded for in the draft and because of those. Two they would win multiple championships. The result: Three (2000-2002)
 
When the duo made their debut for the Lakers in 96 there was no chemistry. Bryant was an over confident teenager who loved to take multiple shots in the game, even if they were not falling. While Bryant was finding his identity, O'Neal was establishing himself as one of the most dominant players in the history of the game. As Bryant matured he learned that team work is very essential in winning.
 

In 1999, the Lakers hired Phil Jackson and history was to be made. The Lakers would win three consecutive championships under Jackson but ultimately falling in 2003 after the injuries caught up with them.

 
In 2003 they signed all stars Gary Payton and Karl Malone. These two players both fell victim to the duo of Jordan and Pippen and now they were falling to Shaq and Kobe. However they finally had an opportunity to join this duo and possibly win a championship. But with all the Hollywood Drama taking place in LA, the Lakers fell short in the 2004 NBA Finals  to the Detroit Pistons and Shaq and Phil Jackson both departed from LA.

When O'Neal left, he went to Miami and won one more championship. Five years later Bryant , rejoined with Jackson, won two more championships with the Lakers. Imagine if these two could have just got along, they would have easily won three of four more Championships