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WWE RAW Rating Somewhat Surprising

Reactions to last night’s WWE RAW have been somewhat mixed. Overall, though, most people thought it was a stinker. There was a bunch of hype behind the show, with Jerry Lawler as the advertised guest to mediate issues between the Bella Twins. It was also billed as the “season premiere.” The show was headlined by a Chris

Paul Heyman John Cena

WWE Raw Review 9/8/2014: Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

(image courtesy WWE.com) Hey, did you know last night was the Season Premiere of WWE Raw? Because, you know, a sport that runs 12 months a year, or an entertainment property that puts up new television every single week, needs to kick off a “new season.” With Jerry Springer. Groan.

stardust

Ugh, That New Stardust Finisher…

If you were watching RAW tonight, and managed to make it past the ‘wash, rinse, repeat’ John Cena promo, or the ill-timed but mostly harmless Jerry Springer segment, you saw a newly heel Gold/Stardust team (seriously, can’t we call them something now? Space Dust? Dusty Weird? Dust Warriors 2000?) defeat those other guys.

Michael Sam

Inviting Michael Sam To Raw Is Shameful, WWE

You know what makes me angry? When a wrestling company puts something else above the industry. I get that there are stockholders to answer to, and WWE Network subscription numbers to explain away. I’m well aware that WWE Raw is getting ready to face it biggest competition in the coming weeks with Monday Night Football

bunny slater

WWE Raw Review 9/1/2014: WCW Monday Nitro!

Despite heavy criticism, I gave WWE major props yesterday for what looked like a renewed creative spirit. I thought things were clicking. Apparently, McMahon & Co felt the opposite, and decided to publicly prove me wrong on last night’s WWE Raw. Segments I kind of hate these talky interview/talk-show segements like ‘The Highlight Reel’ and

Kim Jong-un

North Korea Gets in the Wrestling Business

Forget ‘Hulkamania’ and being a real american – professional wrestling just got a little more communist. Over the weekend in Pyongang, North Korea, various indie wrestlers and (strangely enough) Bob Sapp took to the red state and introduced one of America’s past-times to Kim Jong-un. It’s being billed as the latest effort to thaw overseas

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