May 7, 2006
Clash of Styles ... wrestling not enough
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Joey Styles ripped the culture of WWE. The sports entertainment part of it. The cheerleaders. The mockery of religion. This wasn't wrestling at all, he said.
"I am sick of boogers and bathroom humor and semen. I am sick of our chairman who likes to talk about his own semen," ranted Styles. "He mocks God! He mocks God and makes out with the divas all to feed his insatiable ego. I am sick of sports entertainment. And most of all, I am sick of all of you fans who buy into that crap, this sports entertainment circus."
Then he quit. On his terms. Walked away on WWE. Gone for good. Or is he?
Uh, not likely. This seems to be the beginning of an angle to bring back the ECW brand. And to bring back Jim Ross in the Monday Night RAW announcers' booth.
Styles is being lauded for his "shoot" comments. His "army" says that wrestling isn't wrestling anymore.Too many interviews, too many girls removing their clothes. Too many comedy routines. And too much talk. I couldn't disagree more.
While some of WWE's storylines are downright stupid -- flash back to Triple H's necrophilia routine -- I wouldn't be tuned in each Monday night (I've gotta admit, I still can't get into the routine of watching Smackdown! each week) if I didn't get a kick out of the routines.
Those "great old days of wrestling" we talk about involved guys locking up in arm bars and headlocks for long periods of time. Matches sometimes lasted for an hour. I want more than wrestling. I want to be entertained.
- Here are the Backlash pay-per-view results: John Cena retained his title over Triple H and Edge; Vince and Shane McMahon beat Shawn Michaels and "God," thanks to shenanigans from The Spirit Squad; Kane and Big Show fought to a no contest; RVD won the intercontinental title from Shelton Benjamin; Trish Stratus dislocated her right shoulder in a DQ win over Mickie James; Umaga beat Ric Flair; and Carlito beat Chris Masters.
- There are rumblings that Ottawa could get a WWE live event on Sept. 16, the day before the Unforgiven pay-per-view in Toronto and two days before the RAW/Smackdown! Supershow in Montreal. Tickets for the Montreal show go on sale next Sunday.
- A lot of crotch chops from Michaels and Triple H might indicate ... hold onto your hats ... a D-Generation X reunion. Viewers Choice had a promo saying that the June 25 Vengeance pay-per-view would have a DX reunion. The wording of the promo was later changed to omit the DX reference.
- WWE 24/7 is now available on Cogeco Cable. Quebec Digital Cable subscribers will also soon be able to get the channel.
- Get ready for a double dose of wrestling June 17 at the Palais des Congres in Hull. The not-as-bizarre-as-it-sounds Inter Species Wrestling (a combination of wrestling, lucha libre and comedy) and Montreal-based International Wrestling Syndicate will go back-to-back. The ISW Processed Cheese card will be at 2 p.m., with $10 admission, while IWS' Freedom to Fight card will go at 8 p.m., with a limited number of VIP tickets at $20 and general admission tickets at $15. Tickets are on sale at End Hits (407Dalhousie St. in Ottawa). The show will be taped to air on The Fight Network. Among the wrestlers confirmed to appear: Kevin Steen, Frankie The Mobster and Beef Wellington. Stay tuned for more details.
- Here are the results from Springfield Championship Wrestling's chard April 29 in Anola, MB. The Big Sexy Beasts beat Kory Kincade and Ryan Wood; TJ Bratt beat Zack Mercury; Gord Solie Jr. beat Beautiful Bobby Jay; Adam Knight and Jon Cutler battled to a no-contest; Rawskillz beat Mentallo by DQ; Adam Knight and TJ Bratt beat Darren Dalton and Jon Cutler; and Darren Dalton won a Battle Royal.