Friday, January 18, 2008

Inside The Squared Circle: Sid’s Delusional Boast, Kurt Angle A Coward? Who Is "The Slammer?" Controversial W.W.E. Returns, Lesnar-T.N.A.-U.F.C. News

In a recent interview, “Psycho” Sid stated that he was more successful than Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Sid reasoned that those guys only had one strong run, while he had multiple runs in both W.C.W. and W.W.E. That would definitely apply to Austin and The Rock, but Hogan’s whole career has been a strong run. Some may argue that Hogan wasn’t the best technical wrestler or that he didn't possess the best mic skills, but Hogan was the complete package. There was no one like him before, and there will never be another like him. Sid had the ability to draw 70 or 80,000 to a stadium, no question. But he didn’t transcend pro wrestling like Hulk Hogan did and in many ways that he still does.

American Gladiators, which Hogan is the co-host of, has been renewed for another season off of its strong ratings. The show has done a 6.1 or better each airing.

Kurt Angle got called out by Ken Shamrock recently for being "a coward." Shamrock has challenged Angle over and over to a mixed martial arts match, only to have Angle drag his feet during negotiations. Reportedly, at this point Angle is not willing to take the necessary time off from his wresting commitments to train for what I’m sure would be a grueling bout with Shamrock.

The New York Daily News' weekly masked wrestling columnist, “The Slammer,” is a step behind today in his report that Big Show may be returning to the W.W.E. In fact, Show has signed a contract and will be making his return after the January 27 Royal Rumble. Just for the record, I am not “The Slammer,” although you never have seen him (pictured above) and I in the same place at the same time, now have you?

Candice Michelle and Bobby Lashley are each set to return later this month, both from injuries. However, a dark cloud hangs over them. Lashley, a former member of the U.S. Army and a three-time national wrestling champ while at Missouri Valley Cottage, has supposedly slimmed down to the point that he looks like a completely different person. Infer what you wish...

Meanwhile, Michelle will return with all of these Internet stories cropping up that she appeared in a soft-porn film with one of the American Gladiators. On top of that, the star of the Go Daddy Superbowl commercials apparently did some bondage shots that have popped up on the Web, as well. This stuff all took place before her wrestling career; still, the pundits – whom I am not one of – are wondering if this news will impact her standing in the W.W.E.

In a strange twist of fate, Total Nonstop Action (T.N.A.) and U.F.C. have come to an agreement in which T.N.A. will do some major promoting of the upcoming Brock Lesnar-Frank Muir bout that will occur at the U.F.C.’s February 2 pay-per-view. The ironic thing is that U.F.C. was given permission to use some of Lesnar’s wrestling footage from when he was in the W.W.E. I’m wondering now if T.N.A. will be showing W.W.E. tape on their show?

Keep it in the Ring!

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