Why WrestleMania needs to return to MSG

Things you need to know about me before we get into the main article.

I’m a big time Wrestling fan, been watching since 1993 and I’ve loved it ever since. I span pre Attitude Era, Through the Attitude Era, Ruthless Aggression, PG era, etc.

I’ve been to a couple events throughout my life as well.

Biggest one & the most important is WrestleMania 20 (Which was the last Mania at the most famous Arena anywhere in the world) with my uncle, Who would tragically pass away a year later to Cancer. So Wrestling will always be apart of my life.

Getting back to the point of this article though… So WrestleMania 1, 10 & 20 were all at MSG. WWE would then break that 10 year tradition by having WM 30 at MetLife stadium, Which I hated and thought was a big mistake.

For WrestleMania 35 they’re going back to MetLife. So I would like it if they went back to MSG for WM 40.

I get why they don’t put it in MSG anymore (The fact it’s small and can only hold 18-20K for Wrestling) but I don’t have to like it.

The most famous Arena should hold a Mania again in my opinion. It’s long overdue, I hate the fact Vince McMahon doesn’t like small intimate settings for Mania anymore.

The last 8 WrestleMania’s have been at The Superdome (’18), Camping World Stadium in Florida, AT&T Stadium, Levi’s Stadium, The Superdome again, MetLife Stadium, Sun Life Stadium & the Georgia Dome.

A common theme throughout all those venues is they hold over 70K+. There hasn’t been a WM under that number since WrestleMania 22 at the All-State Arena in Chicago (Which was a recorded attendance of 17, 159).

That was the last small intimate WrestleMania setting. I really hope some day they can go back to a smaller venue cause I loved having WM at MSG. So maybe it’ll happen but until then it’ll just be a dream.

Hey there’s WrestleMania 40? Though knowing WWE like I do It’ll be at the damn Superdome again.

Extra: Another benefit to having WrestleMania in a smaller venue is it would cut down on how long an entrance is. The entrances take like 8+ mins now before the match has even started.

Picture via @WrestleMania Twitter account (It’s their Avatar), I do not own it in any way shape or form. I will change it if told to do so.

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NXT Takeover: New Orleans card (SPOILERS)

After last night’s NXT taping, We have an idea of most of the matches heading into the card. This is a damn good NXT Take over card too. I’ve seen every single Takeover and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad one.

(SPOILERS AHEAD!! Stop reading now if you wanna be surprised, You’ve been warned…… Everything is still subject to change but from the tapings & what I know of the brand this looks to be the card)

Some of these matches have been confirmed during the tapings. While I am speculating on one of the matches)

  • NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
  • NXT Championship: Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas (c) vs. Aleister Black
  • NXT Tag Team Championship: The Undisputed Era (c) vs. Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne vs. Authors of Pain
  • NXT North American Championship 6-Man Ladder Match: EC3 vs. Ricochet vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Killian Dain vs. Adam Cole

The match I am speculating on is Gargano Vs Ciampa (If that match Don’t happen I’ll be a monkeys uncle)

Tyrus of GFW (fka Brodus Clay) is unhappy with creatives direction for him

Tyrus of GFW/Impact Wrestling & formerly Brodus Clay in WWE, Said today in an Instagram post that he’s upset with how GFW creative has used him over the past 4-5 tapings (Spoiler not much at all). He did it with dignity and class though & was just standing his ground.
I’m gonna quote what he said word for word (Cause reporters don’t like to do that shit LOL) So here we go THIS is what Tyrus said verbatim in the IG video…….. “Wrestling fans, Impact fans. This is Tyrus here, My mentor Dusty Rhodes once told me the Wrestling business is like a canvas and I’m the Wrestler I gotta paint that Canvas, and at the end of the day it’s my canvas. Well I’ve been with Impact for more than 3 years now and 99% of it has been mostly positive and I’ve enjoyed my time here, But the last 4-5 tapings for me and my fans have been terrible, we’ve been handcuffed and treated like a 2nd class citizen creatively and we’ve worked too hard to become a cross over star to be treated like we’re not. Soooo I’m not happy creatively with the way Impact’s been treating me, Been playing phone tag all day with em (Management?) And I don’t got time for it. You don’t wanna use me the way I think I’ve earned the right to be used that’s cool! I’m about to get my Kaepernick on and I’m taking a knee, So I will not be at TNA tapings this week cause I’m on hold out status and if your good with that cool if not whatever it is, I’m not gonna be there till I’m treated right, Nuff said”

So It looks like Tyrus will not be at Impact till he is treated the way he rightfully should be. I say good on him for taking a stand and holding his ground on being treated well with Impact creatively, He’s too good to be sitting at home for months & months. Edit 3: Though I will say Impact can’t just cater to Tyrus, they do need to at least give him something worthy of his talents. Not main event stuff but mid card stuff & being in a tag team would be great…… Like my friend BQ_KOTM on Twitter said I would hate being a body guard type character for so long especially with his cross over appeal and the stuff he has done with Fox & GLOW on Netflix. I just learned that Tyrus has landed a role on the new AMC show Preacher. I didn’t wanna say this but it’s looking like Impact has dropped the ball with Tyrus now just like WWE did all those years ago. 

Mauro Ranallo back in WWE as the head NXT commentator

Written by RustyRages

The WWE and Mauro Ranallo have come to an agreement for one of the best Play by play men in the sports business to continue with the WWE as the head announcer for NXT. 

This is great news for all WWE fans! We get Ranallo to come back and call matches on NXT TV and Takeover specials which will make that product even better then what it already is. It also keeps Ranallo away from the bully that is John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL). Here is the statement Mauro Ranallo released on his Instagram page

“WWE and I mutually agreed to end my responsibilities on SmackDown having nothing to do with rumors about disputes,” he wrote. “As I remained under contract with WWE, we discussed a variety of options. Despite originally agreeing to part ways, there was always a desire to continue working together. We have come to terms on a new agreement that benefits both WWE and me, and I am thrilled to announce I will now be part of the NXT broadcasting team.”

Ranallo has confirmed he will make his debut for NXT at Friday’s (Tomorrow) tapings. So we should see him calling NXT not next week but the week after.

After all the stuff with JBL (Allegedly) I didn’t see him coming back to the WWE so I’m super happy as a fan to see him back. Welcome back Mauro Ranallo.

Why I love Wrestling so much at 30

I was born in 1987 so I’ve lived through the break-up of the Rockers and the birth of HBK when Shawn Michaels threw Marty Jannetty through the pain glass window, the rise and fall of WCW, the creation of NWO & DX, I saw the beginning transformation of The Ring Master to Stone Cold Steve Austin, Seeing Rocky Maivia turn into The Rock, Hunter Hearst Helmsley into Triple H and so on.

The Attitude era for me and most fans of my age will always be our Golden age of Wrestling. Nothing will ever come close to that again. 

 I will admit Wrestling today just isn’t what it used to be, Most of that probably has to do with the fact the product is PG so it’s geared more toward kids (at least WWE) and well the wrestlers just don’t have as much freedom like the guys I mentioned had in the early to late 90’s)

But Wwe/Wrestling as a whole is still amazing to me. There’s no better feeling than watching 5 star classic matches or seeing something breath taking like Shawn Michaels Vs Bret Hart (Wrestlemania 12 the Iron Man Match), Bret Hart vs Stone Cold (WM13), Kazuchika Okada Vs Kenny Omega (WK11), Pete Dunne Vs Tyler Bate (NXT: Chicago), Stone Cold dropping HHH while he’s in a car from a fork lift, Shane McMahon going through the glass at King of The Ring ’01, Mick Foley taking that scary ass bump in his Hell in a cell match with Undertaker, All the crazy stunts the Young Bucks pull in Ring of Honor, etc.

So why do I still love Wrestling at a time when I should essentially be growing out of it….. The spectacle of it all still fascinates me, as stated above when you get those special moments/great matches​, NXT, ROH, New Japan Pro Wrestling, all the indie stuff. Women are finally starting to be able to wrestle again like the early 00’s when we had Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Lita, etc. There is still great Wrestling out there even if you don’t like the major brands i.e Raw/Smackdown/Impact.

Wrestling to me is the best form of natural high and a lot of other wrestling fans as well.