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Sour Grapes.

If you have been following the goings-on of the WWE even just casually in the last little while, you know that there has been some major developments, changes and twists taking place recently. Most notable of these is, of course, the CM Punk controversy, which just recently culminated in a battle between Punk and John Cena at WWE’s Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View.

But what really kicked the whole thing off was Punk’s “shoot” promo, which I featured earlier on this blog (You’re Doing It Wrong).

Whenever something like this happens, and sets the WWE Universe and beyond abuzz, it’s almost guaranteed that bitter souls are going to come out of hiding and try to snuff out the fire. Two former WWE Superstars have really been getting under my skin lately, and that would be Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Gene Snitsky.

Chavo chose to go after John Cena, while Gene attempted to cut down Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin. Both former WWE employees took to Twitter to vent their frustrations. Let’s start with Chavo Guerrero, @MexWarrior on Twitter.

@MexWarrior: “Ok, don’t F’in say that people will talk about this for years if you’re going to let Punk do all the work and not deliver at the PPV, Cena. I am tired and I know fans are tired of WWE Superstars talking big and not delivering. We don’t want to see someone just in a fight. And frankly no one believes it anymore. If Miz can kick your ass then the clerk at the store can kick your ass, so please deliver if you say that..

People will remember this PPV. You know Punk will bring ‘it’. I’ve been in the ring with both of you and Punk has ‘it’. Cena you have mic skills yes but if you think people believe your BS lazy comeback that you do exactly the same every match then you are mistaken. Eddie and I taught you different. We never said ‘get lazy’ and do the damn thing every night. We always said ‘think out of the box’ and give the fans what they deserve and not rely on the ‘machine’ to ‘get you over’.

I hope this lights a fire under your ass and you deliver this Sunday. Don’t just rest on you being over cause you are and that is easy. Challenge yourself and give the fans what they deserve. That’s why they boo you. Because they aren’t stupid. They know what they pay for and the ‘great’ promo guy but the shitty ‘match’ guy that you have become is not what they want. I understand ‘longevity’ but at the sacrifice of the fans trust is not worth it. Deliver on your fans and deliver on why you got into this business. Eventually the fans that you have gained with from the purple t-shirts will turn on you. Take a lesson from the Hulkster. Give the fans there $ worth and don’t become just another ‘promo’ guy. I know you love this biz and don’t get distracted from the McMahon $. Deliver please!! Have enough respect for your fans because without them, you’re working at a fast food chain.

Love you man and I support you and hope you see this because I know Punk will and I know he’s going to bring it because he’s got nothing to lose!”

That came before Punk and Cena’s classic match at the PPV.  From start to finish, Punk and Cena gave it everything they had for over 40 minutes, and blew the roof off of the Allstate Arena in Chicago.  Almost in direct response to Chavo’s challenge, Cena changed things up, and brought a lot of new offense to the table in his match. However, still not satisfied, Chavo took to Twitter once again.

@MexWarrior: “Some of u are asking me to eat my words. I’ll give credit where credit is due. Cena & Punk DELIVERED! But why should we be wondering if Cena will show up? He is the highest paid wrestler in the industry & the backbone of the WWE… He should deliver EVERY night! No question! We Never said this about Taker or Michaels. U knew they would deliver every time they stepped foot in the ring. There was never a lazy Accusation with those 2. So what u should be saying is. It’s about time Cena gave the fans there moneys worth!

I’m very happy for Punk…If he’s resigning or not, he deserves it.Nobody has lot a fire in the WWE like that since Austin and I guarantee Cena makes 3-4 times if notMore than Punk. If u make that much, u should deliver every night, no if, ands, or buts! But that’s just me, weather I was making Mysterio Quit or putting over a little person, I gave it my all every night. Not for the money but cuz I have pride in my work and I respect this biz & the fans cuz they are what matters.

There’s always some1 seeing u for the first time & for the last time every night! That’s how every Wrestler should view this biz. Nit as a stepping stone to Hollywood but as way to deliver to the ppl who pay there hard earned money to Watch them every night!!!

Viva La Raza mother f’rs! 🙂 just playing.. Dint hate!”

It’s a classic case of someone who is bound and determined to have nothing but bad things to say about someone.  And what I find most distasteful about the entire thing is how Chavo deliberately made a point of dropping Eddie’s name in both of his rants, in order to try and get people on his side that way.

John Cena is not a technician in the ring, everybody knows this.  He’s talented on the mic and appeals to a large portion of the WWE’s fanbase, which is why he’s in the spot that he’s in.  But he’s there for another reason as well, and that is because he is one of the hardest working employees that the WWE has.

I met John Cena a few years back in Montreal, and can attest to his attitude and work ethic personally.  Despite being heckled and almost physically assaulted on his 30-foot walk into our hotel, he spent about 45 minutes after checking in, beaten up and exhausted, making sure all of his actual fans got their autograph and photo with him.  He is anything but lazy, and while I will never be a John Cena fan, and will boo him until I’m hoarse, I have nothing but respect for him, and I have to wonder about people like Chavo Guerrero, a zero-time World Champion, who call Cena, a ten-time WWE Champion, lazy.

Next up is Gene Snitsky, ONLY known for his one angle with Kane and Lita back in ’04 or ’05, simply because of how ridiculous it was.  He’s a garbage wrestler with the personality of a brick, and here is what he had to say about The Miz and people who defend him. *Language warning*

@therealsnitsky: Well said chavo! Wtf is seriously scared of the fukn Miz? Ru kiddin me!!!!

@therealsnitsky: RU fukn kiddin me? Heez a putz and i mean that.”

@therealsnitsky: “Love the haters on twitter!!!! I beat the miz in 30 secs and he could nvr hold my jockstrap! Im a div 1 athelete, former NFL player! Fags”

As you can tell, Gene Snitsky is an incredibly intelligent man.  The childish namecalling is simply that, but there is a little bit more weight behind the things he said about The Miz.  It seems to me that he truly believes he’s better than The Miz, and that is nothing short of mind-boggling, in my opinion.

Snitsky was let go from the WWE many years back now, and this seems like a pretty clear case of someone who misses the spotlight (which he had for about a month), in my opinion. I actually went to try and grab these quotes right off of his Twitter today, only to discover that Snitsky has deleted his account.  I think that says it all.

 A lot of wrestlers have/had a lot of contempt for The Miz, because he was a Tough Enough contestant, which is basically a reality show competition for a WWE contract.  The Miz didn’t win the show, but instead worked his tail off in order to get a WWE contract.  Even still, he was hazed and resented by a lot of the wrestlers upon making it to the WWE.

He even recounts a time that he reduced to using a public restroom stall in the arena, next to a young boy who was wearing a Miz t-shirt.  Talk about degrading.  But he took his share of crap, continued to hone his craft, and became the WWE Champion.  I will always have an enormous amount of respect for The Miz, maybe even more than any other WWE Superstar, for what he had to overcome on his way into the WWE.

No matter what you do, there is always going to be someone who does it better than you.  Worry about yourself, and what you should be doing to get better, instead of trying to cut down those who are proven to be better than you.  Because the person you’re cutting down, can’t even hear you; they’re too busy continuing to be better than you, and loving it.

This Just In!

One of my favourite moments in the CM Punk vs. John Cena match at WWE’s Money in the Bank PPV was one of Punk’s beautiful knees to Cena’s mug. Finally managed to get my hands on a GIF. Enjoy!

Note the precautionary leg slap!

Money!

Last night Money in the Bank rolled into Chicago, IL and what a night it was! I buy two Pay-Per-Views a year; Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. So, first of all, there’s a lot to be said for the fact that I even had the interest in buying this one.

All of the elements were there to make a colossal explosion, it was simply a matter of whether or not the WWE would pull it off, and I think they actually did it bigger than a lot of people expected.

Let’s start first with the Smackdown! Money in the Bank match. Couple of things to touch on here, the first being the Sin Cara injury angle. I honestly can’t see any reason for it other than Sin Cara being let go, or possibly being sent down to FCW to work on not botching every second move that he does. I found something suspicious in the way Booker specifically said, “Well, Sin Cara’s had an amazing run here… but I wonder if this could possibly be the end for him.” I can only assume we’ll find out for sure this Friday on Smackdown!

EDIT: Sin Cara has been suspended for 30 days for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy. Mystery solved.

Hats off to Bryan Danielson. I was surprised but equally thrilled to see him pull that briefcase down, and the emotion that he showed after doing it just proves that it was the right thing to do. Danielson is 30 years old, and spent over 10 years on the independent circuit before making it to the WWE. Just off the top of my head, I don’t think there’s another Superstar currently on the roster who’s spent that long on the indies.

Danielson is in the business simply because he loves it, and there’s only small number left who that is true for. Winning the briefcase essentially guarantees him a World title run in the near future, and shows that the WWE has a lot of faith in his ability. Nice to see that payoff finally come for him, and I will eagerly await his first title run.

(I’ve got a copy of Wrestling Road Diaries currently on its way to me, and will be doing a full review of it on here hopefully in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that!)

I don’t know whose idea it was to unmask Rey Mysterio while he was on top of a ladder, but it was a bad one. Next.

Alright, here we go; John Cena vs. CM Punk. An amazing storyline, an amazing match, an amazing crowd, or an amazing finish; nailing one of the four will usually put a smile on the people’s faces. But when you somehow manage to put all four together… something special happens, and it happened last night.

Punk’s dynamite promo a few weeks ago lit the fuse, and that, combined with a cluster of other elements, set the stage for a historic night. Punk’s contract was expiring, it was for the WWE Championship, Cena would be fired if he lost, and it was taking place in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. I’m not sure if the entire thing could have been planned any better.

The crowd was unreal. It was almost as good as ECW One Night Stand 2, as the crowd was overwhelmingly supportive of their hometown hero, CM Punk. Cena rarely gets the “You can’t wrestle!” chants anymore, unless he is in pretty hostile territory.

The match was an exceptional display of both men’s ability, and I was pleased with the way Cena performed. He pulled out quite a few new moves, and seemed to work pretty well with Punk. The match flowed great, and both men did a fantastic job of keeping the fans on the edge of their seats, right to the final bell.

The finish made sense. John “Superman” Cena, Mr. Hustle, Loyalty and Respect, not allowing Vince to pull off another “screwjob” because he’s got too much pride, and it immediately bites him in the ass, giving Punk the 1-2-3, and igniting the hometown crowd.

It was at this point that I expected the classic WWE cop-out to come. Yep, here’s Vince getting on the headset and calling for Alberto Del Rio to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, and take the strap off Punk. Normally, this is where the WWE would go “gotcha!” and insult the fans’ intelligence, like they seem to really enjoy doing lately.

"Mwah!"

I can honestly say I did not expect the finish; Punk laying out Del Rio, and escaping into the crowd – his crowd – with the WWE Championship. Again, makes perfect sense. WWE storylines and character behaviour is not often well-thought out and realistic, but I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw out of Punk. He’d just won the title, of course his next move would be to haul ass out of there while he still could.

Many questions to be answered on Monday Night RAW tonight, the biggest of which is; is CM Punk truly finished in the WWE? Storylines and kayfabe completely aside, many people, including myself, are of the opinion that it would be truly unfortunate if Punk was really done in the WWE. As great as this angle was, to unleash a Superstar’s full potential a month before his contract expires doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Where normally I would feel like Punk “re-signing” with the WWE would be another typical WWE cop-out, this time I wouldn’t even care; more CM Punk!!

And also, didn’t CM Punk promise to re-design the title if he won it? Whether Punk is leaving or not, I think this could possibly be the end of Cena‘s spinner championship, and let me tell you; I am so okay with that.

And finally, to Chavo Guerrero; you need to shut the hell up. You spoke your mind once, great, but then when Cena actually delivered like you asked him to, you just went full “whiny bitch”, and took a completely cynical attitude toward the match. Chavo, you say Cena is lazy? Well damn, I guess he’s won 10 WWE Championships on lazy mode then, as opposed to your big fat zero and you say you give it everything you’ve got every single night. Maybe if you were as critical toward yourself as you are toward him, you’d still be in the WWE.

Major Headache

This is exaggerated. I'm really not stressing quite as hard as this young boy here.

As most of you probably know by now, Journalism is out for me as a major next year. If you don’t know, click here.

I’ve exhausted three contacts and four attempts to smash my way into the J major, to no avail. While I may yet try a formal appeal as a last ditch effort, the time I’ve had to sit with my “situation” has me feeling a little bit differently these days.

At first I felt slighted and very “Bret Hart at Survivor Series ’97” about the whole thing. But the fact of the matter is that I’m already well on my way in the Journalism field, and perhaps it’s actually in my best interest that I focus on something else for a major.

Where does the headache come in, you ask? Let me tell you; I also chose Broadcast Journalism as an elective, so in order to keep that, I’d have to choose Media Production as a major. I have absolutely no interest in radio though, and while I have a little bit more interest in TV, it just barely beats out radio. I’ve also got a video documentary on my plate for my IPP, so that would just be more Media Production than I could handle in one year.

Public Relations was my very first, instinctual thought when I found out I couldn’t take Journalism. I’ve always fared well in PR, and, not counting event-planning, I enjoy the writing style of PR as well (news releases, pitch letters, etc). And we’ve all heard the running joke multiple times in first year, that journalists jump over to PR when they decide they “want to make money”, and movies like Page One: Inside the New York Times scare the shit out of me as a journalist. I’m in the magazine field at the moment, but those will be next to go once the newspaper goes the way of the dinosaur.

Advertising was never even on my plate until I suddenly realized recently that I actually enjoyed it. The “book learnin'” side of anything is never my strong-suite and that definitely goes for Advertising as well, but overall I did well in the course and actually enjoyed the assignments. Working on ads with InDesign was actually something I could willingly sink hours into, and not go out of my mind with boredom. I’m far from talented with the program, but I can produce B-worthy creations, and as an F-student for the better part of my school-life… yeah, I’ll take it.

Now ready yourselves, because I’m about to go full-dweeb on you (I’ll throw some curse words in there though, to try to keep an even plane). I feel like I’m a goddamn Hogwarts student and these four majors are the four houses in the school. And I wish I could just put on some raggedy-ass hat that would make the decision for me (I could let it smell me and it would put me into Journalism though).

So while I stew over my future at RRC, I turn the microphone over to you. Got a strong case for a particular major? Tell it in the comments. But at the very least, show some love to the poll and let’s see which major’s got the most love behind it!