Archive for January, 2012

It’s Now or Never, Cena.

The ‘Road to WrestleMania’ began last night with the airing of WWE’s Royal Rumble 2012, and while there is currently only one match officially announced, and a few predicted, I’m definitely starting to get majorly amped up for WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1.

It’s a known fact that a big part of what makes WrestleMania easily the best pro wrestling show of the year is that every WWE SuperStar on the card gives 110 per cent.  Sure, most of these guys give it everything they’ve got night in and night out, but at WrestleMania… everything is left in that ring.

But you can still end up with a garbage show even if everyone gives it everything they’ve got.  For instance, I could have a spot on the WrestleMania card and give 110 per cent, but chances are people would be pretty displeased with what they were watching.

So far, the card is filling up with guys who can really bring it, and under the bright lights of WrestleMania, chances are pretty low that they’ll disappoint.  Sheamus is headed to the big show, where he’ll probably face Bryan Danielson.  Lots of potential for a great match there, as well as with Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk, another predicted match.  I would gladly sit through a 60-minute Iron Man Match between those two incredibly gifted wrestlers.

But obviously, the one match that every single fan of the business is waiting to see, is hands down the biggest match of this generation: John Cena vs. The Rock.

I realized last night that the WWE is doing the exact right thing with John Cena to set up this match.  Finally, after years of pretending it wasn’t there, John Cena and the WWE are acknowledging the fans who hate Cena and everything he stands for. They’ve even extended a hand to the Cena haters and given them a voice, offering a “Cena Sucks” t-shirt.

After watching the amazing, chill-inducing video package on Cena from the Rumble last night (below), I realized the genius behind these questionable decisions by the WWE. They’ve completely obliterated the heel/face aspect that is usually pivotal to any wrestling match, in order to get the eyes of every wrestling fan in the world on this WrestleMania match.

I didn’t realize the enormity of this match until last night.  It’s not just a blockbuster match for the sake of bringing in revenue, maybe even more-so this is a stage, in front of everyone, for Cena to silence his haters once and for all.

He’s stepping into the ring with one of the very best in the history of the business, and quite frankly, if he can go move for move, hold for hold with The Rock, he’ll have little left to prove to those who have been calling him out for years now.  And I, someone who dislikes Cena, think that’s exactly what he’s going to do.

April 1 the eyes of the entire pro wrestling industry will be focused on one match, but probably more on one man than the other.  For years now, I think Cena has been afraid to try and prove those who hate him wrong, for fear of failing to do so.  But if he can’t do it at WrestleMania XXVIII, he never will. I think we’re about to see a side of him we’ve never seen before.

And the haters… are gonna hate it.

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Must…resume…reading.

I feel like I used to read a lot.

These days it’s not even a little bit that I don’t enjoy reading anymore, I’ve just been so wired for a fast-paced lifestyle ever since I decided to go back to school.  Whenever I sit down to read I end up feeling like I’m not exerting enough energy to actually be doing something productive and worthwhile.

I’ve been trying to read more lately, but still have those times every now and again where I sit down with a book and get up a minute and a half later.

Luckily, we’ve been assigned to read The Savage War for Journalism class this semester.  It’s a decently hefty read, an enormously hefty read when compared to our previous assigned read, Hiroshima.

I’d be dreading tackling a book of this length over the course of this short semester, if it weren’t on a topic I’ve been pretty absorbed by this last little while.  I just finished watching the HBO classic Band of Brothers for the first time, and absolutely loved it.  Even the most boring and monotonous historical lesson can be presented in a way that’s absolutely riveting.

That’s not to say that The Second World War was remotely close to being one of the more snooze-worthy historical events, I guess I’m just saying I wish every history lesson was as easy to swallow as Band of Brothers was.

Part of what makes The Savage War so appealing is that this time around, I’ll be hearing about a war that actually took place during my lifetime.

All of the important details on The Second World War have been revealed by now, and countless books and movies made on the events.  But certainly these details weren’t immediately known during the war, or even years after the war ended.  I find it extremely interesting to be living in a time when books like The Savage War are just now being written and published, whereas all of this information will be immediately available to the generations who come after me, as the information on The Second World War was to me.

As always, I’ll have a blog assignment or two to do on this book, so you can be sure that my review of it will surface on here eventually.  But for now, I’m looking forward to getting into the book, and I just hope I’m not too stressed/busy to be able to really absorb and enjoy the information inside.

Winnipeg’s Own.

I think most people probably don’t believe in the concept of ‘fate’. I know I don’t.

The notion that I’m not in control of what happens to me, isn’t something that I find very appealing.  But every once in a while, something happens that makes even us doubters pause for just a moment, and go, “Huh…”

In this particular case, four separate occurences happened at just the right moment in time to allow me to achieve probably the most significant moment of my not-yet-existent career.  These things were:

– Requesting a work placement at True North Sports & Entertainment, and not getting it.

– Being placed, instead, at the Winnipeg Free Press.

– Chris Jericho returning to the WWE.

– The WWE scheduling a show in Winnipeg for January 20.

Click to read the article.

On any given day, just one of these things could have happened.  But for whatever reason, they all happened at just right the moment, and I do mean just the right moment, because today is the last day of my internship with the Free Press and my interview with Jericho is in today’s paper.

Not much else to be said other than a definite dream come true for me, it was great to talk to him as a journalist, but it will be even greater, as always, to watch him on Friday night, as a fan.

Break The Walls Down…

My interview with WWE Superstar and Winnipeg's own 'Y2J' Chris Jericho.