The third and final Ring Posts Xtra, featuring highlights and outtakes with Kevin Eck and Axl Rotten.
August 24, 2011
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The second of three videos featuring highlights from Ring Posts Xtra with Kevin Eck and Axl Rotten.
August 20, 2011
The first of three videos featuring highlights from Ring Posts Xtra with Kevin Eck and Axl Rotten.
August 10, 2011
It was a little more than four years ago that I launched Ring Posts on baltimoresun.com and began a chapter in my career that has been both fun and gratifying.
This entry will mark the closing of that chapter and the opening of a new one.
I am leaving my job as sports content editor and pro wrestling blogger at The Baltimore Sun to become a member of the WWE creative team.
August 6, 2011
This is probably old news to many of you, but just in case anyone missed it, WWE released Melina, Chris Masters, Vladimir Kozlov and David Hart Smith on Friday.
Meanwhile, Gail Kim announced on Twitter that she has officially quit her job with WWE.
In what ended up being her final appearance on Raw earlier this week, Kim eliminated herself just a few seconds into a Divas battle royal.
August 5, 2011
TNA had the right idea on Thursday night’s episode of Impact Wrestling as far as hyping Sunday’s Sting-Kurt Angle match at the Hardcore Justice pay-per-view.
In addition to a nicely done video package, the empty arena match between the two from a couple years ago was shown – with Angle providing commentary – and the final segment of the show featured the official contract signing for Sunday’s match for Sting’s TNA world title.
After signing the contract, Sting and Angle both cut good promos that were designed to make their showdown at Hardcore Justice seem special.
However, the segment wasn’t as effective as it should have been because I was distracted by the fact that “Joker Sting” had slipped into “Sane Sting” in the blink of an eye.
August 4, 2011
I’ve often been asked who my all-time favorite wrestlers are, so I finally decided to really give it some thought and come up with my top 10.
In looking at my list, I think it’s apparent that I tend to gravitate to wrestlers with larger-than-life personas who can cut strong promos. It’s also clear that I have always favored the heels.
To reiterate, this is simply a list of my personal favorites. There are some on the list who I really marked out for when I was a child or a teenager, and others who I became fans of as an adult.
So, here’s my top 10, in descending order. Feel free to share your list.
August 2, 2011
New WWE COO Triple H announced at the end of Raw Monday night that WWE title claimants CM Punk and John Cena would meet in a championship unification match at the SummerSlam pay-per-view on Aug. 14.
That was expected. What was less predictable going into Monday’s show was how the crowd was going to react to the two champs. I was expecting the people to be pro-Punk, but it didn’t sound that way to me.
Punk, who was practically begging the crowd to cheer for him, got a good – but not great – pop from the fans in Indianapolis when he came out to open the show, but Triple H got a louder reaction when he made his way to the ring later in the segment. At the end of the show, when Punk and Cena were taking turns playing to the crowd, both received mixed reactions, but it seemed to me that Cena received more cheers.
July 31, 2011
Axl Rotten returns to the show to discuss whether John Cena is a good worker and if WWE dropped the ball with the CM Punk angle. We also play a game of word association with Axl.
July 30, 2011
Sheamus took a giant step toward becoming Smackdown’s No. 2 babyface on Friday night’s episode.
Sheamus, who has gradually been moving toward a babyface turn, got a huge pop when he came out to confront Mark Henry, who was intimidating Smackdown general manager Teddy Long and preparing to break the ankle of a severely undersized enhancement talent.
Just as Long was telling Henry that no one in the back wanted to face him because of the rampage he has been on, Sheamus’ music hit. When he got to the ring, Sheamus told Henry that he’d be glad to fight him. The crowd loved that Sheamus was standing up to the massive bully and began chanting his name.
July 29, 2011
Hey look, there’s a picture CM Punk – the rightful WWE champion and the most talked-about wrestler in the industry today – splashed on the homepage of TNA’s website.
The top headline on the site announces that Punk is coming to TNA. Well, sort of.
Maryland Championship Wrestling presents its biggest show of the year, The Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup XI on Saturday night at The Green Room in Dundalk.
In addition to the Shamrock Cup tournament, the event also features an MCW heavyweight title match between champion Cobian and The Bruiser. The MCW Rage TV and tag team titles also will be defended.
Bell time is 7:30.
During the opening segment of Impact Wrestling Thursday night, Kurt Angle challenged Hulk Hogan to “prove that you can still go.”
Personally, I wouldn’t be upset to see Hogan go – and I’m not talking about him putting the tights and boots back on for a wrestling match.
Moments after Hogan told Angle that he was never going to wrestle again – which I was glad to hear – it sure seemed as if TNA was building to a match between Hogan and Sting at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view in October.
Fueled by the appearance of Hogan on the promotional poster for BFG, there has been speculation among wrestling fans and pundits as of late about a Hogan-Sting match taking place on the show. When the rumors began to swirl, I kept thinking – and hoping – that TNA and Hogan had to know that the negatives far outweigh the positives when it comes to him wrestling again.
July 27, 2011
Entrance music in pro wrestling has become a topic of discussion this past week, thanks to an article by ESPN’s Bill Simmons and the fact that CM Punk came out to new music (well, it was actually his old music) on Raw Monday night.
Here are my top 10 favorite entrance themes in wrestling today. Only wrestling personalities who are currently active in WWE or TNA were considered. (Note: If Edge, Shawn Michaels, Batista and Chris Jericho were active, their music would certainly be on the list. So would "What's Up" if R-Truth was still using it.) The list is based entirely on my musical taste and nothing else.
I welcome your comments and your top 10 lists.
Check out my colleague Kevin Richardson's new video series for baltimoresun.com. In this episode, see what it takes to become a professional wrestler.
July 26, 2011
TNA star Matt Morgan is expected to be out of action for six weeks after suffering a torn pectoral muscle two weeks ago in the four-way ladder match that aired on last Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling.
Fortunately for Morgan, the tear was minor and did not require surgery.
Still, it’s a tough break for him, as he was expected to have a major story line coming out of the Bound for Glory series, according to an industry source. It will be interesting to see if Morgan’s six-week hiatus puts an end to those plans.
The Triple H Era in WWE got off to an exciting start on Monday night’s episode of Raw.
Moments after John Cena captured the WWE title from Rey Mysterio, who earlier in the show defeated The Miz in the tournament final to win the vacant championship, CM Punk made his return.
Punk, who had defeated Cena for the WWE title on July 17 at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view and then exited the company when his contract expired later that night, wore the WWE title belt that he had left with to the ring. He and Cena stood face to face, each man raising his belt in the air, but no blows were exchanged.
Also on the eventful show, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross was brought back as an announcer, and John Morrison returned after being sidelined with an injury.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Internet sensation Zack Ryder actually wrestled on Raw. WWWYKI.
July 25, 2011
Due to popular demand – OK, not really, but just humor me – all 20 episodes of Ring Posts Xtra have been added to our archives.
Now it’s easier for you to watch me and occasional co-host Axl Rotten talking wrestling, having some fun with the subject matter, interviewing wrestling personalities and doing bad imitations (well, mine are bad; Axl’s are actually really good).
To access the archives, click here.
July 24, 2011
It’s becoming clearer with every passing week that WWE is really going all the way with its push of Mark Henry as a remorseless monster heel after years of stop-and-start pushes of “The World’s Strongest Man.”
Henry, coming off an appearance at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in which he scored a clean win over The Big Show and then “injured” him in a vicious post-match attack, chose Kane as his next victim.
Moments after Kane lost a grueling street fight to Randy Orton in the main event of Friday night’s episode of Smackdown, Henry came to the ring and “Pillman-ized” Kane’s ankle, just as he had done to The Big Show.
July 23, 2011
Talking about the big CM Punk and Triple H/Vince McMahon angles in WWE. Plus, Rated Eck returns in a new role: stand-up comedian.
I conducted a phone interview earlier this week with WWE star Alex Riley, who will be challenging Dolph Ziggler for the U.S. title at the WWE Raw live event Sunday night at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Riley (real name Kevin Kiley, 30) grew up not far from Upper Marlboro in Fairfax Station, Va. Riley, whose father is former ESPN and TNT broadcaster Kevin Kiley Sr. and whose mother is former Miss Virginia Lauren Kiley, played college football at Boston College and was a starting linebacker during his senior season in 2003.
Riley, who graduated with a degree in communications, spent a few years unsuccessfully pursuing a career in professional football before eventually setting his sights on getting into professional wrestling.
July 22, 2011
If seeing the TNA Knockouts on your TV screen is your idea of a good time, then you probably enjoyed Thursday night’s episode of Impact Wrestling.
The Knockouts were all over the show. Tara and Miss Tessmacher won the Knockouts tag team title from Sarita and Rosita, and the four women (plus Madison Rayne) also engaged in a backstage brawl. In addition, Mickie James, Angelina Love and Winter all got some time on the microphone, and a scheduled Knockouts title match between champion James and Velvet Sky never got underway thanks to a wild brawl involving James, Sky, Love, Winter, ODB, Jackie and the returning Traci Brooks.
While there were no Awesome Kong versus Gail Kim classic matches on the show, it was a nice change of pace to see the women get so much screen time. I have always liked the fact that TNA comes up with angles and programs for the women on its roster, unlike WWE, which would rather just throw 14 Divas out there with no story line and have a seven-on-seven match that lasts less than a minute.
July 21, 2011
With the WWE title belt in his possession, CM Punk crashed a Q&A session with Triple H at Comic-Con in San Diego today.
Punk and Triple H – who in story line is now in charge in WWE – engaged in a brief verbal exchange in front of a roomful of fans, who immediately broke out in a “CM Punk” chant when made his surprise appearance.
July 20, 2011
Despite all the buzz and major story line implications coming off the CM Punk-John Cena match at Sunday night’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view, the ratings for Monday’s episode of Raw were nothing special.
Raw did a 3.2 rating and 4.8 million viewers. That’s a significant increase from last week’s 2.9 rating/4.3 million viewers (that show was up against ESPN’s Home Run Derby), but the numbers still have to be considered a disappointment when looking at the trend.
July 19, 2011
There was a sense of excitement and unpredictability heading into Monday night’s episode of Raw, and WWE delivered with a compelling final segment that had a plot twist no one saw coming.
Just as Vince McMahon was about to make good on his threat to fire John Cena, McMahon’s son-in-law, Triple H, came out in a suit with a concerned look on his face.
A somber Triple H broke the news to McMahon that the Board of Directors had decided to relieve the WWE chairman of his duties because of his recent questionable decisions, and he was now in charge.
- The Best of Ring Posts Xtra: Bloopers & Bleeps
- The Best of Ring Posts Xtra: Part 2
- The Best of Ring Posts Xtra: Part 1
- Goodbye, Baltimore Sun; hello, WWE
- Five performers gone from WWE
- Impact Wrestling: Am I crazy or did Sting suddenly become sane again?
- Top 10 favorite wrestlers of all time
- WWE Raw: Triple H makes CM Punk-John Cena match at SummerSlam official
- Ring Posts Xtra: Episode 21
- WWE Smackdown: Sheamus puts a new 'face' on Smackdown
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