Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Inside The Squared Circle: Swaggermania Is Born!, Victoria Retiring, Von Erichs/Freebirds In The Hall Of Fame? Hogan vs. Austin?

Beatlemania, Hulkamania…now Swaggermania!

Last night, Jack Swagger defeated Matt Hardy to become E.C.W. World Heavyweight Champion and all of the little “Swagsters” at ringside that have been training and saying their prayers went wild – well, not really!

Swagger may not be a household name at this point, but from where I sit I think he has major potential to be a big star in the future. I applaud the W.W.E. for bringing in so many young wrestlers over the last six months or so and giving them an opportunity. One thing I have stressed all along is that they bring Swagger along slowly before putting him up against big-name talent. E.C.W. is the perfect place for Jack Swagger.

Next up for Swagger: Tommy Dreamer.

Next up for Matt Hardy: His brother Jeff?

Swagger, meanwhile, is a former University of Oklahoma two-star athlete and got his start in the W.W.E.’s developmental league, Florida Championship Wrestling where he held that territory's title under his real name, Jake Hagar. Swagger has all of the physical tools to be a main eventer for years to come.

One of my favorite women wrestlers is going to be hanging up her boots; Victoria reportedly announced her retirement at last night’s Smackdown taping after losing to Michelle McCool. Victoria will be busy with her other outside interests – such as designing cars.

Wrestlemania is in Texas and so it makes perfect sense that the legendary Von Erichs (born, reared and top stars in the "Lone Star State") are inducted into the W.W.E. Hall of Fame. What makes even more sense is if they go in with the threesome that the Von Erichs had their best matches with, the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts). I think it’s a logical choice, but we’ll just have to sit back and wait.

Jim Ross was a guest on a radio show based out of Tampa called "Bubba The Love Sponge." Ross was asked about Wrestlemania and the possibility of Hulk Hogan vs. Steve Austin taking place at the big show. J.R. basically ruled it out, but did propose a finish for the match, except a caller disagreed with the ending and that person was none other than Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster phoned in and said that a Hogan-Austin match would have to have a clear-cut winner and that he would have no problem "putting Austin over," which in English means he would have no issue with losing to Steve Austin.

An Austin-Hogan match would not really be that great in the ring, but the hype and the buildup would be bigger than anything wrestling has ever seen.

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