Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lillian Garcia, "Sex Lies and Headlocks", Raw, Eric Bischoff/the Hulkamania Tour, and more!

**NOTE: this is going to seem out of date; I actually typed it 3 days ago - like Tuesday or so - and then hit 'save draft' instead of 'publish'. But wanted to share my thoughts anyway. Will be discussing this next hour on ITVR so meh ... **

Lots to talk about today guys - after a quiet weekend, it's been a busy couple of days in the wrestling world. So let's just jump into it, shall we?

  • First of all, congratulations are in order to Lillian Garcia, who got married this weekend. It's interesting that she is the second high-profile Diva in the last couple of years to leave the WWE to get married. How very old-fashioned, and yet also considerate of hubby-to-be. Would that male wrestlers gave as much thought at times to the loved ones they leave at home. Regardless, congratulations Lillian and all the happiness in the world to you and your new husband.
  • For that matter, happy birthday as well to former WWE competitors Tajiri and Steve Blackman! "Smackdown Numba One Announcah" and "Head Cheese" for life!
  • I just finished reading "Sex Lies and Headlocks" by Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham - a truly interesting and important wrestling book, perhaps one of the best I've read yet in terms of covering how the industry itself has changed in the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st; while there are some factual discrepancies (check out my personal blog at for a full review), this book is a true and enlightening piece of work on Vince McMahon and the WWE in particular, and wrestling in general. Check it out!
  • Raw this week had many fine moments; I loved DX's promo with the Legacy kids, although I wish the young guys had had more of an opportunity to talk back, and the final image of John Cena and Randy Orton fighting on the Hell in a Cell structure did a great job of selling Sunday's PPV; and making even me, who is dreading it, dread it a whole lot less. I wish Cena hadn't had to no-sell the beating he'd gotten from JeriShow in order to participate in that last go-home moment, but it was still cool. At the same time; Jack Swagger and Evan Bourne deserve to be showcased better than they were this night, and the Mickie James-Rosa Mendes match was lacklustre given what these women can do. And Al Sharpton ... don't get me started. A very poor job, and I LIKE the guy! He'll have a hard time justifying his stand on stereotypical portrayals on TV, however, when he appeared in one scene with Santino Marella, Chavo Guerrero, Primo Colon, Hornswoggle ... but perhaps he's mainly against stereotyping blacks? Good thing they kept Cryme Tyme under wraps!
  • Eric Bischoff will be appearing on the Between the Ropes radio show (click here to check out their site) tonight to promote the Hulkamania tour of Australia - added to the tour today were Paul London and Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore. I definitely hope they get some DVD distribution going on in North America; this sounds like it could be a fantastic show if played right.
  • Lastly, the week ahead: in WWE-land Friday should be a big night as it's Smackdown's 10th anniversary episode, featuring a guest spot by none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who hasn't appeared on WWE television whatsoever since 2008's Hall of Fame ceremony. Sunday is the big Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, and Monday night's show will be hosted by NFL great Ben Roethlisberger, fresh off his Sunday game, going head-to-head with Vikings vs. Packers; a good mainstream get with an opportunity to grab the football crowd during commercials and (if done right) keep them. Thursday night we will also be giving TNA a shot to see how their new writing team is doing. This means that ITVR will be going up a bit later than usual, but we'll be able to discuss TNA on it. Should be interesting anyway. Also on that show we will have a recap of the news discussed here, anything that happens in the next couple of days, and our Hell in a Cell predictions, so be sure and tune in late Thursday. Until then, be well!


blog analyzer
HammerMill Copy Paper