Tagged: CM Punk

Heel ref Brad Maddox harkens back to the great Danny Davis

There is some interest about where the WWE plotline is heading with crooked referee Brad Maddox, who gave Ryback a low blow at Hell in the Cell, leading to a CM Punk victory.

Maddox brings back memories of perhaps the most infamous heel ref, Danny Davis, who peaked in 1987 with the gimmick.

Davis, who is from New Hampshire, was a longtime referee in the early 1980s for the WWF, often working the house shows at the old Boston Garden. He got wrestling experience in the ring by competing under a mask as Continue reading

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Ricky Steamboat: Overlooked in the WWF

It’s hard to believe that Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat held a championship in the WWF for only about three months.

He won the Intercontinental Title in the famous match with Randy “Macho Man” Savage at WrestleMania III in March 1987, but then lost it almost immediately to the Honky Tonk Man in June 1987.

I seem to recall that Steamboat took some time off for personal reasons at the time he lost the belt, so that likely explains the short reign. But how is it that a guy who held the NWA World Title and had classics with Continue reading

MSG loudly welcomes back Howard Finkel at the Survivor Series

It was so great to see ring announcing legend Howard Finkel get the spotlight for a fleeting moment this past weekend at the WWE Survivor Series, during which he served as C.M. Punk’s personal ring announcer to offset Alberto Del Rio’s lackey, Ricardo Rodriguez.

The moment was special because the event took place at Madison Square Garden, in which Finkel Continue reading

“What a maneuver” and other great lines from McMahon’s commentary days

I guess every wrestling TV commentator has his sayings that take on a life of their own. Certainly, Jim Ross’ “slobber knocker” phrase is well-known to WWE fans, as is Jerry “The King” Lawler’s penchant for racy suggestions during diva matches.

But no one had more well-remembered one-liners than the chairman himself, Vince McMahon, back when he was the lead commentator on WWF Championship Wrestling in the 1970s and ’80s. Here is a collection of McMahon-isms that I bet many of you can still hear in your mind: Continue reading

Why the opinions of us hardcore fans matter little today in the WWE

I want to again thank the great Camel Clutch Blog for indulging me in my decidedly non-1980s post, “The Voice of Hardcore Pro Wrestling Fans Insn’t Too Loud Today.”

In the piece, I look at how despite being vocal and opinionated, the Internet wrestling community wields little influence these days in the WWE.

Case in point: Although many of us got excited about the prospects for C.M. Punk after his “worked shoot promo,” in terms of ratings and money, Punk’s angle has gone nowhere, much to the dismay of many hardcore fans. Check out my full rant here.

The Kevin Nash-CM Punk angle might work

Watching and listening to Kevin Nash and CM Punk go at it verbally is amusing. Punk says every time Nash shows up on WWE Monday Night Raw, people change the channel. Nash tells Punk he looks like a short-order cook at Waffle House. Punk states that instead of “Big Sexy,” Nash’s nickname should be “Big Lazy.” And on and on…

However, some members of the insider Internet wrestling community have gone haywire because they don’t like 52-year-old Nash strolling onto Raw and grabbing a top spot from younger stars like Punk. Hey, when Triple H took over, we all knew Nash would be one of the first people he’d call.

I don’t find myself as insulted by Nash’s presence. I’m not one of those people who believes that the only role older stars play is to put newer guys over.

For example, I remember when the WWF brought back Continue reading