ThinkSoJoE’s Thoughts: Ride it ’til the wheels fall offBy thinksojoe · · 3 Comments
Welcome once again to the show that never ends, I’m so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside!
Yes folks, it is I, the patron saint of Bored Wrestling Fans around the world, ThinkSoJoE, back with another ThinkSoJoE’s thoughts. If you’re wondering about the title of this week’s article, “Ride it ’til the wheels fall off,” which you’ll recognize as a line from R-Truth’s “What’s Up,” I actually literally did just that to my car this week. Actually, I wasn’t in the car when it happened, and luckily the people who were borrowing my car at the time weren’t hurt. A lesson for those of you who, like myself, don’t know a damned thing about cars – if you must use a donut spare, it goes on the rear wheels of a front wheel drive vehicle. Nobody told me that, and three struts broke off of my car and the wheel fell off.
Anywho, NXT Season 4 started up this week. Nobody in the United States gives a crap because we don’t get it on television anymore, and I don’t know about any of you, but the web feed on WWE.com is extremely pixelated on my computer. Rumor going into last week’s announcement of this season’s rookie/pro combinations was that Michael Cole was initially slated to be a pro, but was nixed at the last minute. So here’s my take. Rather than have Cole start the season off as an NXT pro, he gets RKO’d on RAW the night before the season premiere. Cole will undoubtedly seek some kind of protection from future attacks, so have him interrupt an NXT broadcast (webcast?) and proclaim himself as a pro, have his rookie destroy one of the other rookies, and take their spot. Cole mentors the guy, and in exchange, the rookie watches over Cole on RAW. Sound good?
Ahem. CO-BRA, CO-BRA, CO-BRA! New WWE Tag Team Champions this week in Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, with the major assist to John Cena, who distracted Justin Gabriel just long enough to allow Santino’s Cobra to strike.
Ah, John Cena. Looks like he’ll be fired for all of four weeks – you know that The Nexus isn’t going anywhere and that without Barrett, there’s nobody fit to lead the group, in my humble opinion. Look, factions don’t work well without their original leader, save for an HBK-less DX in the late 90s. Nexus without Barrett would be like The 4 Horsemen without Ric Flair, the nWo without either Hogan or Nash at the helm, or the Straight Edge Society without CM Punk. Besides, the t-shirts they just released last week feature Barrett’s picture right on them. He ain’t going anywhere.
I do love the Top Rope Nexus t-shirts that they were all wearing this week on RAW. Too bad they cost $40. BTW, if you’re looking for something to get me for Christmas, get me something for the benefit of those with flash photography.
Hmm. Edge got to pick the stipulation for his match with Kane at TLC and picked – wait for it… wait for it… – a TLC match! You’re kidding!
Jeff Hardy allegedly showed up in no condition to perform this past Sunday at TNA Final Resolution. Yet, he still managed to go out and wrestle. I didn’t see the match, but I’ve heard that Matt Morgan carried him through it. Good thing for TNA and Jeff Hardy that Matt Morgan does have a pretty good wrestling mind. Hardy was back in court earlier today, but I’ve heard no more info as of this time.
Hey, here’s some interesting legal news. The Tennessee Titans are planning to challenge WWE’s trademark of the word “Titantron.” Here’s the problem with that. WWE was using the word “Titantron,” and likely had the trademark, at least two years before the NFL franchise changed their name to the Titans. The team adopted the name in 1999, nearly 11 years ago, and are just now challenging this trademark. Good luck with that one.
Hey, here’s a random thought – if Jeff Hardy is supposed to be in court, isn’t that something that would prevent him from leaving the country and going somewhere like, say, Abu Dhabi? Ah well, I digress.
I guess that’s it for now. I’ll see you all again real soon!
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That's not a bad premise for NXT. I did catch the premiere last night, and it was mediocre. It wasn't horribly bad like the last installment. Grisham and Matthews as an announce team was the best part of it, as they were both professional and have a good chemistry. While I enjoyed the gong show approach that season 3 dissolved into in the broadcast booth, it was more the novelty of this that was entertaining. That Saxon guy (used to do commentary on ECW) looks to be someone who needs a little in ring work, but could easily get a roster spot regardless of what happens in the show's storyline.
My guess on Hardy is that he had any visa issues cleared up from his prior charges when he returned to the WWE for his last stint. Then, since the charges he's facing now could impede international travel, the verdict is still pending. As a result, he would be likely able to swing a work visa in lieu of that. Or so I would guess. But it does seem kind of odd.
I also can't help but think Hardy's "condition" at the last PPV might be interrelated to his own perception of the upcoming verdict as well. Obviously I'm just speculating, but you have to wonder if he's thinking it might be his last big match going in, and letting the depression allow him to delve into bad habits.
I haven't caught NXT yet – to be honest, the show completely dropped off my radar during season 3. Which is pretty odd, considering how much I enjoyed the first 2 seasons.
I'm glad to hear the commentary is more serious this time around, though. And I'll be interested to hear Mathews and Grisham as an announce team.
That E&C t-shirt is sweet, man. I might end up splashing out for one of them after Christmas…
Hmmmm, I may have to tune into Season 4 and see if it is in any way an improvement over the previous 2 seasons. The initial series was decent but since then…man…I've grown to despise the entire concept.
Josh Matthews on commentary however = ratings in the Kennedy household.