Conservative? Me?

Am I A Conservative?

Okay, over at http://www.AddictingInfo.org, I found an article by a man named Bruce Linder called “You Might Be A Conservative If…” and I want to take a few minutes to respond to each of his “points”. He makes some comments that have some validity to them and on other comments, he shows that he’s a bit of an assclown. So I’m reposting his article with my comments / thoughts in parenthesis directly under his remarks. Enjoy!

You Might Be A Conservative If…
Author: Bruce Lindner

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/01/14/you-might-be-a-conservative-if/#ixzz2aNeLO0fG

1: You’re irate over the president taking so many vacation days on the taxpayer’s dime (61 thus far), but you thought George W. Bush earned every minute of his leisure time (196 days at the same point in his presidency).

(I think there’s a big difference between taking vacations at the family home in Crawford, Texas or else at Camp David and flying around all over the world, costing far more millions of dollars per trip than any vacation that President Bush or his family ever took.

2: You’re happy with your 40 hour work week, paid vacations and company-provided healthcare, but you’re strongly anti-union, because those commies haven’t done anything for you lately.

(N.C. has never been strong on unions, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. Unions had their place and time and at one time, served a useful and needed purpose. But power corrupts and the unions of today are not looking out for the workers. It’s all about power and politics and they’re more problems now than help for the average workers..)

3: You strongly support the First Amendment and its guarantee of religious freedom to all, but you don’t think Muslims have a right to build an Islamic Community Center in Manhattan.

(Muslims have the right to build their Community Center anywhere they want to. That’s not the issue. The problem is that any Muslim Center in Manhattan, the site of 9/11 and the Twin Towers murders, would be wrong and disrespectful to everyone who lost friends or family in those attacks. They can build their Center there, but unless it’s to be intentionally hurtful and cruel, why would they want to?)

4: You believe Ronald Reagan was a devout Christian, even though he hated going to church, but any president who spends twenty years going to the same Trinity United Church in Chicago must be a Muslim.

(I don’t know if Reagan was a Christian or not and never really cared about it. Religious beliefs are between a person and their God. Reagan was a good leader though who helped build pride in America and came across as a strong leader. President Obama’s church and the Pastor that presides over it preaches racism, hatred of the white man and hatred of this country. I don’t think Obama is a Muslim. I do think he’s a racist and divider and doesn’t have much respect for our country and for being American. And the sermons and words of Jeramiah Wright, Obama’s minister for over twenty years, would back this up.)

5: You believe when a Republican governor creates a healthcare package with an individual mandate for everyone in his state, that’s a good idea. But when a Democratic president does it, suddenly it’s unconstitutional.

(What’s good for a state isn’t necessarily what’s good for an entire nation. And to be frank, I dont think that institutionalized health care and an individual mandate are the right direction for our country to take, regardless of who’s idea it is.)

6: You’re so enthused about demonstrating your Second Amendment rights, you can think of no finer place to brandish your pistol in public than at a presidential rally.

(I should be allowed to own my gun and protect myself. I do not think that threatening people at a rally or for any purpose, is right.)

7: You believe Bill Clinton was responsible for Osama bin Laden’s escape ten years ago, but thankfully George W. Bush caught up with him and killed him in Pakistan.

(Bill Clinton had him and let him get away. Bush’s people looked for him, but could never find him. Osama was killed under Obama’s watch. End of story.)

8: You believe in putting American jobs first, except when president Obama rescued 1.5 million GM and Chrysler autoworkers, because that was socialism.

(American jobs should come first, but if a company is mismanaged or failing, there’s a process called “bankruptcy” to help them survive. The government should not be in the car business or bailing out private companies.)

9: It angers you that you can’t communicate with the Mexican busboy at your local Olive Garden, but when you took a vacation to San Francisco’s Chinatown, you thought it’s quaint that so many Chinese-Americans are holding fast to their traditional language. Because that’s America!

(I don’t see anything wrong with speaking your native language sometimes, but if you’re going to live in the United States and be an American, you should learn english. It’s the language that the vast majority use and the one that’s used in 99.995% of signs, businesses, legal matters, etc. Learn it and use it.)

10: You deny that the lunatic who tried to murder Gaby Giffords was a conservative, even though he targeted a Jewish, pro-choice, pro gay rights, Democratic Congresswoman.

(I don’t know if he was a conservative or a liberal. I’ve heard him referred to as both, depending upon who you ask. And it doesn’t matter. He’s a lunatic and that’s all that matters.)

11: You thought it was perfectly normal that every president in history had an untethered right to raise the debt ceiling when warranted, but when Obama asked the GOP held congress to do it, you thought it only natural that it be tied to cutting Social Security and Medicare.

(The President can ask, but it’s up to Congress to pay the bills and their decision. Obama likes to spend, spend, spend and needed someone to call him on it… and the Congress did. By the way, I like how everyone blames the “Republican Congress” for thwarting Obama’s plans, but the Republican’s only control the House of Representatives. Democrats (Obama’s party) control the Senate and for the first two years of his administration, they controlled both houses. So how is everything the Republican’s fault?)

12: When the new 112th Congress was sworn in, you swooned as they promised to focus on “Jobs, jobs, jobs.” But when they pivoted, and went after NPR, Planned Parenthood and gay rights, you cheered.

(No, I didn’t cheer. I thought then and still think that they screwed up by playing these political games with the “hot topic” issues rather than concentrating on jobs. I don’t mind seeing them defund NPR and Planned Parenthood because the government (and our taxes) shouldn’t be paying for radio stations that only air one point of view or abortions. Abortions should be legal – I have no problem with that, but if a woman gets an abortion, why should we (the taxpayers) pay for it? The Republican leadership should focused on helping to create jobs and save the divisive crap for later on. Jobs are important – the rest of this stuff can wait.)

13: You accuse president Obama of raising your taxes to the highest point ever, even though they’re lower today than at any time since 1950.

(Our Government is also spending more than ever before and that’s what irks me about Obama. Our taxes are too high, but I can live with what I pay. I just get irked at all of the people who don’t pay any taxes and get those big refunds back at the end of the year (on taxes they didn’t pay). And the reckless spending.)

14: You believe the wealthiest Americans are “job creators,” and they are — but it doesn’t bother you that all the workers in those positions are in India, China and Malaysia, and they’re doing the jobs that our fathers once did.

(The wealthiest Americans are the ones who create the jobs – that’s fact. And while many companies have relocated overseas and are hiring foreign workers, it’s usually because the overzealous Government currently in power over-regulates and taxes them to death, trying to put them out of business. If the Government would back off and let the businesses do business and make money, more jobs would be created. Over-regulation and forced unions cost jobs. Excessive government costs jobs.)

15: You believe gays are anti-American, because their lifestyle is a threat to the children… unless they’re married to Tea Party-backed presidential candidates from Minnesota.

(Gays are no different than anyone else, just as American as anyone else, and are no more “threats” to children than anyone else. Matter of fact, most “gays” I know (including myself) are pretty damn awesome!)

16: You strongly defend individual freedom, but that freedom doesn’t include a woman’s right to decide her own healthcare needs.

(A woman’s healthcare needs are for her and her doctor to decide – no one else.)

17: You believe corporations are people too, and are deserving of the same rights as the rest of us. Just not the same obligations to pay personal income tax free of corporate loopholes, or penalties for massive criminal behavior and tax evasion. In these matters, corporations are deserving of special rights.

(Businesses are businesses and people are people – two different entities. I don’t care what the politicians or Supreme Court says – they’re wrong!)

18: And since corporations are now people too, you must believe in their right to a driver’s license, the right to marry, to adopt children, etc. These rights shall not be denied to Exxon, Halliburton and BP (but still immune from the right of the People to try, convict and sentence to death any corporation that conspires to commit a felony… because at that point, they’re suddenly not people again.)

(Two different things – already said that!)

19: You still believe Climate Change is a myth, and the recent record highs, lows, floods and droughts around the world coinciding with climate scientist’s predictions are all an amazing coincidence. Oh, and Al Gore is FAT!

(Climate change is a myth and lie fabricated by scientists – and yes, Al Gore is FAT!)

20: You believe when George W. Bush took the national debt from $5 trillion to $11 trillion, it was necessary for him to do so to keep America safe. But when Barack Obama added to it by trying to rescue the country from a second Great Depression, he was deliberately trying to destroy America!

(Bush’s additions to the debt came across because of 9/11, Katrina and the two wars against Afghanistain (necessary) and Iraq (not necessary). Obama’s additions to the debt, which far exceed Bush’s by the way, are because of bailouts, refusals to cut spending, and bad financial management by a man who hasn’t even had a budget in over five years (thanks to his buddy, Harry Reid.))

21: You believe America is a God fearing country, and that the Almighty protects those who believe just as you do. But it’s never crossed your mind that the majority of tornados, hurricanes and floods all occur in the Bible Belt.

(Honestly, I’ve never really thought too much about this. But most of the recent hurricanes seem to be hitting the north-east harder than anyone else. At least it seems that way to me.)

22: You believe that no matter who’s in the White House, the office, if not the man himself is deserving of your respect. The only exceptions to this rule, are if his middle name sounds Muslim, and if he’s not at least as white as that black guy who works down in the mailroom at the office.

(The office of the President of the United States deserves respect, but it’s hard to show respect to a person who doesn’t respect the office himself or anyone else. It has nothing to do with his name or race, but how he conducts himself as our leader and President. And in that area, the current occupant of the White House is extremely lacking.)

And there you go. I replied to all of the comments by this guy and let’s see how it goes now. Am I a conservative? Nope, not really. Am I a libtard sheep? Not hardly either. I’m just Dougie… I’m just me. And that suits me fine.

Later gators.

Ubuntu!Image

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction: July 26, 2013

Wrestling Fact or Fiction: July 26, 2013

Happy Birthday to my “little bro”, Micheal Youngblood.

Here we are again and it’s time to take that weekly ride into the world of sports-entertainment with a little thing I’ve borrowed from 411mania.com called “Wrestling Fact or Fiction”. They supply the questions, but the answers and opinions… They’re all mine. Let’s do this.

1. Daniel Bryan has no chance of beating John Cena at SummerSlam.

FICTION: Of course he has a chance. I think the bigger question is will he pin or make Cena submit and walk out of SummerSlam with the WWE Championship or will Randy Orton cash in the “Money In The Bank” briefcase and ruin his night? It’s Daniel Bryan’s time and I’m thinking (hoping) that come the night of SummerSlam, we’ll see John Cena tap tap tap as the wrestling world screams, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”…

2. Kassius Ohno will make the WWE main roster before 2014.

FICTION: Man has immense skills, but we’ve got too many new faces in the WWE right now. 2013 is over half over and if they were going to bring Ohno up to the main roster sooner rather than later, we’d already be seeing signs of it. He’s coming up in 2014, but not until then.

3. You enjoyed Chris Jericho’s 2013 run.

FACT: Jericho is always entertaining. ‘Nuff said!

4. You would watch a movie based on the life of Chris Benoit.

FACT: Popular answer would be no, but that would be a lie. I was a fan of Chris Benoit and Nancy (Woman) both and even if it’s just to complain and cringe at the images on the screen as a (most likely tainted) version of the story is told. I’d probably hate the movie, but just like a car wreck or a dead body, I’d still have to take a look.

5. Bully Ray should still be TNA World Champion.

FACT: Sabin is good, but “World Champion” good? Nah, I don’t think so.

6. Chris Sabin will have a successful TNA World Title reign.

FICTION: Can you say transitional champion and “Tommy Rich” style reign. Happy Birthday to “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, by the way. Sabin got the belt for now, but it won’t last long. I hope he takes plenty of pics and videos.

7. The reports about TNA having financial issues are being overblown.

FICTION: Where there’s smoke, there’s something burning. Maybe it’s nothing big or major, but there are issues that need to be looked at and taken care of. TNA only survives now because Panda Energy and Spike TV are covering the major bills, but sooner rather than later, changes are going to have to be made and TNA is either going to get stronger or go belly-up. I hope it’s the first and not the latter, but I’m not very confident in TNA’s future at this point.

And there you go. I’m through. Catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction – July 18, 2013

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction: July 18, 2013

It’s that time again for me to look at the world’s greatest sport and all the issues that are the issues for this week. Yeppers, I’m doing that “Wrestling Fact Or Fiction” thing. The questions (eight of them) came from 411mania.com and the rest are from the inner-chambers of my mind. And all of the answers, that’s just me being me. As Bray Wyatt and his family would say, “we’re here!”. Let’s do this.

1. Randy Orton was the correct choice to win the Money in the Bank All-Stars match.

FACT: And he was my pick in my prediction column as well. Look at the others in the match. CM Punk doesn’t need the win and is busy with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. RVD just came back and will be a part timer. Bryan is hot right now, but he doesn’t need the contract either. Christian just didn’t seem right as a possible winner. Looking at the options, it just seemed like Orton would be the best pick. And I was right. He was.

2. CM Punk is a believable threat to Brock Lesnar.

FACT: In a purely physical match-up, Brock is too big and strong for Punk. But this is pro wrestling and we’re supposed to be able to suspend our beliefs and find a way to get emotionally involved in the confrontations between our favorites, such as Punk and Brock. Brock is more physical, but Punk is smarter so we just take it as a “brawn versus brains” type of deal. And when you look at it that way, and also try to determine where Paul Heyman will fit into the picture, it’s perfectly believable and a helluva good match-up that will leave us, the wrestling fans, wanting more.

3. Cody Rhodes will be successful as a babyface.

FICTION: Cody is a fantastic wrestler and talent and I enjoy watching him in the ring. But he just doesn’t come across to me as a believable baby-face. A heel, an ass-clown, a jerk… that’s where the money lies and the future is strong for Cody. I just can’t see him as a good guy. It doesn’t work.

4. The Usos will be the next WWE Tag Team Champions.

FICTION: I like the Usos and they’re a good team, but I expect The Shield to hold on to those titles for a long time to come.

5. Big E Langston will be AJ Lee’s next on-screen boyfriend.

FICTION: I think their relationship will be more like friends or big brother / crazy little sister than any kind of romantic involvement. AJ has already played the slut role for too long. It’s time for her character to evolve and use other methods to steal the spotlight.

6. Destination X should still be a PPV event instead of an Impact episode.

FICTION: As a pay-per-view, it was lost in the shuffle and didn’t get as much of an audience for TNA as they would have hoped. As a special edition of Impact, there’s a better chance to draw in some curious viewers and help expand the fan base. TV is what is keeping TNA alive at this point and they need ratings to earn their keep. Destination X gives them the opportunity to get those ratings and keep the people at Spike TV and Panda Electric happy.

7. The field for ROH’s World Title tournament is impressive.

FICTION: There are some good talents in this tournament, but there isn’t anyone who is going to draw new viewers or put any new butts in the seats and help expand ROH’s fan base. ROH is a good company with a lot of talent, but they’re not major league in my eyes and the list of competitors that they have for this World Championship tourney doesn’t help change that perception to me.

8. Internet wrestling fans spend way too much time complaining about people that attend wrestling shows.

FACT: Internet wrestling fans spend way too much time complaining and bitching period…. ‘Nuff said!

9. WWE should bring Victoria (Tara) back to help jump-start their Divas division.

FACT: As Victoria proved time and time again as a TNA Knockout, there is still quite a bit of gas left in the tank and she would definitely be a great person for the WWE to use to help rebuild the WWE Divas division. She’s a hot mama, she has a strong fan base, and she can WRESTLE! And can you imagine the psycho-Victoria taking on the “crazy chick” AJ? Hear that? That’s the sound of the Divas actually making money for the WWE. I’d love to see it happen.

10. TNA is a sinking ship and will soon be out of business.

FACT: I hope that I’m wrong, but the rumors are out there that Panda Energy is not happy with the returns on their major investments and that TNA is starting to have a rough way to go. Top stars being let go is just the beginning. The ratings are stale and while TNA has a great partnership in place with Spike TV, how long will it be before Spike decides they want more. TNA, despite all of their best efforts, just can’t seem to get past that certain point and it’s just a matter of time that they’re going to have to either move to that next level or just fade away. I’m hoping that they find the tools and stars and make that next step and stay alive for many, many more years to come. Unfortunately, my gut feeling is that within the next 18 months, TNA will become just another footnote in the journals of wrestling history.

11. The Ultimate Warrior will appear on RAW within the next six months.

FACT: Let’s see. In the past couple of years, the WWE has started acknowledging Randy Savage favorably and quit editing Chris Benoit out of videos. They made peace with Bruno Sammartino and Bret Hart has become a semi-regular face in the WWE Universe and has even appeared with Shawn Michaels. Larry Zbyszko appeared at the Fan Access for Wrestlemania and then again this past week at the grand opening of the WWE Performance Center, as a guest of the WWE. And now, the WWE has made peace with the Ultimate Warrior, who is a part of the new WWE video game that just came out. All we need now is for Ole Anderson and Jim Cornette to show up on RAW and hell will definitely have frozen over. I think that this new / old friendship will blossom and HHH will put out the feelers and sooner or later, Warrior will decide to take the plunge and make an appearance of some type. Yeppers, the Ultimate Warrior will be on RAW. It’s got to happen and I think it will be sooner rather than later, probably leading up to Wrestlemania 30.

12. Damien Sandow was the correct choice to win the World Championship Money In The Bank Match.

FICTION: I was pulling for Cody Rhodes in this match. He came close (and is getting a good run as a face for his efforts), but close only counts in horse shoes and laughing while taking a drink and snorting out Pepsi (messy). Sandow is okay, but he’s just not “it” for me.

13. Mark Henry turning face (after attack by The Shield on RAW) is a good move.

FICTION: While I don’t mind Henry being cheered by the fans and being a “tweener”, I like to see him as a take no prisoners, kick-ass monster who is out to win the WWE title and doesn’t give a damn who he hurts or what he has to do. When the WWE turns a character face (or when the fans start to cheer someone), it generally seems that they end up getting their balls cut off and they become Cena-light wimp-asses. Henry is better and deserves better than that. If he stays the monster, then the cheers are okay. But if he starts to be the “sweet and lovable” idiot that the WWE seems to prefer, I will not be happy.

14. Chris Jericho will be greatly missed by the WWE as he takes time off to tour with Fozzy.

FACT: Jericho leaves as RVD comes in so there won’t be a total loss of the energy and talent, but Y2J is a fantastic performer and his absence will be felt. There are few performers that, win or lose, can generate the energy and magic that Chris does. He can wrestle anyone and make them look great and he doesn’t mind doing the J.O.B. since it won’t hurt him. He is that good. Hopefully, once the Fozzy tour is over, he’ll be back. And until then, the WWE will be a sadder place.

15. Steve Austin will return to the WWE and the ring for Wrestlemania 30.

FACT: Austin has said that he’s open to a return if the WWE wants to talk and work out something and for the 30th show, especially if The Rock isn’t available, I expect that the WWE, as the time approaches, will want to deliver a packed card that’s as loaded as possible. And what would be better than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin versus CM Punk? The ball is in the WWE and Triple H’s court and I think that as the plans start for the build to Wrestlemania 30, Austin’s name will start to come up more and more and in the end, we’ll see “The Rattlesnake” back in that ring one more time. It’s got to happen.

And there you go. That’s it for me today. I’ve got some stories to read, some hot dogs to eat and some tv to watch so I’m out of here. Have a great night and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

30 Things You Wouldn’t Think to Ask!

Answer these 30 Things You Wouldn’t Think To Ask. Then tag me so I can come and have a look.
After that, tag 25 friends to answer these questions. (I’ll think about it… lol)

1. Have you ever been searched by the cops? Yep, on a couple of occasions…. But I was innocent, I was being framed and the witnesses are liars. And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

2. Do you close your eyes on a roller coaster? Nah, I’m cool with roller coasters. They’re fun.

3. When’s the last time you’ve been sledding? Many, many years ago when I wore a younger man’s clothes… I think I was like 10… lol

4. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone? Someone else – I like to cuddle and have that feeling of someone else in the bed. We don’t even have to be doing anything – it just makes me feel better.

5. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes!

6. Do you consider yourself creative? I think I have a creative mind and manner about me…. yes!

7. Do you think O.J. killed his wife? Doesn’t matter what I think – he was found “NOT GUILTY” by a jury trial -that should have been the end of it.

8. Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? For what? To clean my house? Ain’t a damn thing that either of those two ho’s can do for me.

9. Can you honestly say you know ANYTHING about politics? Quite a bit actually – it’s one of my strong passions..

10. Do you know how to play poker? Yeppers, but I still always end up naked. Whassup with dat?

11. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight? Yep!

12. What’s your favorite commercials? The Snickers ones with Betty White, the “Steven” Dell commercials and the ones with the Cavemen and Geico.

13. Who was your first love? My first girlfriend was Dwan – I think I was five – I gave her a rock…. lol

14. If you’re driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around you, do you run a red light? Nope because the PoPo is always watching…

15. Do you have a secret that no one knows but you? There may be one or two of those buried deep within my subconcious…

16. Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees? How about the Bad News Bears???

17. Have you ever been Ice Skating? Nope!

18. How often do you remember your dreams? Not often enough – there have been a few doozies though that stood out and I remembered long enough to write about. Not enough of them are that vivid though.

19. What’s the one thing on your mind? My friends, the man I love and hot, steamy gay sex…

20. Do you always wear your seat belt? Absolutely!

21. What talent do you wish you had? The ability to speak in public and to others – I’ve got the ideas and the skills, but getting that message out there is the hard part.

22. Do you like Sushi? Nah…. It looks disgusting.

23. What do you wear to bed? Your boyfriend…. (just kidding) – I generally wear shorts and a t-shirt…

24. Do you truly hate anyone? Hate is a very strong and powerful emotion – only one person has truly ever stirred things up in me to the point that I can honestly say I “hate” her – and she’s a piece of shit bitch named Jill.

25. What famous person would you want to sleep with? Everyone knows about my obsessions with Juvi and Ivory, but I also wouldn’t mind seeing Eminen, Mod Sun, Jason Aldean and Bo Dallas in my bedroom. Talk about some wild times… whoo-hoo!

26. Do you know anyone in jail? Yes!

27. What food do you find disgusting? Ranch Dressing (it looks nasty), oysters and okra…. uugh!

28. Have you ever made fun of your friends behind their back? Probably – I like to make fun of everyone if given the chance – no prejidice here – I’m an equal opportunity offender and in my eyes, anything goes – I make fun of myself so why would I refrain from anyone else?

29. Have you ever been punched in the face? Yes – and it hurts! I don’t reccomend it to anyone.

30. Do you believe in angels and demons? Yep!Image

WWE Money In The Bank Pay Per View Predictions
July 12, 2013

Coming up on Sunday night is the 2013 version of the WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view. Of course, a ppv means that I have to break out the Sister Cleo outfit and the crystal ball and make some predictions. So, here you go. Let’s do this…

*WWE champion John Cena vs. Mark Henry.

I’m actually looking forward to this match. Cena is stale as the “top guy” in WWE and doesn’t need the WWE title. He’s better off away from the title and being the resident “Superman” instead. Mark Henry has really developed into a fantastic and legit top heel for the WWE and here, at the twilight of his career, has really earned that chance to be the top dog for the company and the WWE Champion. That’s how I see it and how I hope the WWE looks at it as well. After that great “retirement speech” a few weeks ago on RAW, Henry moved into that special place on the WWE roster. To steal a line from Alberto Del Rio, it’s Mark Henry’s destiny to be the WWE Champion. And I think Sunday night will be his time.

Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Mark Henry

*World champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler.

Dolph should never have lost the title. Del Rio is okay, but I just don’t like him as the World Champion, especially without Ricardo there to help buffer things. I expect a great match and in the end of the night, Ziggy regains the big gold belt that he never should have lost anyhow.

Winner and NEW World Champion: Dolph Ziggler

*WWE championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Rob Van Dam (in his WWE return) vs. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Christian vs. T.B.A. (Kane is out due to the attack by the Wyatt Family)

This line-up truly fits the billing of “all-star match” because any of the men participating could end up as the winner and it wouldn’t be an upset. Let’s play process of elimination to determine who will be walking out with that contract. Kane is out of the match due to “injuries”. It’s been rumoured that Bray Wyatt may end up as his replacement. I like the idea of this man having that contract – it would certainly be interesting, but I don’t think the WWE is willing to put that contract in the hands of a man who’s just began to develop his character, so even if Bray is in the match, he’s not winning.

Christian won’t win either. While I would love to see “Captain Charisma” have “one more match” for the WWE Championship, his momentum since his return has been somewhat lackluster at best. He’s a great performer and talent, but not WWE Champion material at this particular point and time. RVD is returning as a part-time special attraction so he won’t be getting the win here either. I think CM Punk’s future is tied up with Brock Lesnar and Curtis Axel for the forseeable future so let’s eliminate him too. And Sheamus? Nah, ain’t gonna happen.

So that leaves either Daniel Bryan or Randy Orton. Bryan has all the momentum right now. He’s primed and ready and probably the character that could do the most with that contract. But he’s so hot right now, it’s just too obvious. I’m expecting a swerve and that spells Randy Orton. He’s been sitting on the sidelines for far too long and it’s obvious that the WWE powers-that-be are starting to regain their confidence in the “Apex Predator”. He can play either heel or face and matches up well against either Cena or Mark Henry. I think it’s time for the one-time “Legend Killer” to make a return to the top of the card and help cement his “legacy”.

Winner: Randy Orton

*World title Money in the Bank Ladder Match: WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Jack Swagger vs. Fandango vs. Wade Barrett vs. Damien Sandow vs. Antonio Cesaro.

More process of elimination, but this time, it isn’t quite as easy. Swagger has legal problems so he’s not going to win. I can’t see the WWE putting Sandow or Cesaro in the World Championship picture at this point and time so that eliminates those two. Ambrose is a helluva talent and it would be interesting to see The Shield in control of one of those contracts and after the World Championship, but I don’t think that’s going to happen yet. Fandango as the World Champion? Nah, not even in the WWE would that happen. So that leaves Wade Barrett or Cody Rhodes. I like Wade, but I’m thinking it’s time for Cody to break out and break that glass ceiling. Give this one to the grandson of the plumber.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

*Chris Jericho vs. Ryback.

Jericho is here to put on great matches and create excitement, but it doesn’t matter if he wins or loses. Ryback, according to the rumors and speculation, will be debuting a new manager in Vickie Guerrero. After the series of matches against Cena, Ryback needs to be repackaged and rebuilt. Thus, Ryback needs to walk out of the show as a winner. Ryback wins.

Winner: Ryback w/ Vickie Guerrero

*WWE Intercontinental champ Curtis Axel vs. The Miz.

So far, Curtis Axel’s time as a “Paul Heyman guy” and the Intercontinental Champion has been less than perfect. Curtis is a great in-ring performer, but he’s a wrestler in a world of entertainers and that character and personality has had a rough time breaking through. Miz has come so far since his early days and I’d much rather see him being the annoying ass-clown than the kissy-face he’s been recently, but the guy has a ton of talent and potential. Miz doesn’t need the belt right now and Axel, as much as I hate to admit it, does. He needs the belt, Heyman, and all the help he can get until he finds that niche. So no title change here. Axel wins and retains the gold as he struggles to find his way.

Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman

*WWE Divas champion AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn.

Guys dig crazy chicks. I like AJ as the Divas Champion. The WWE Diva Division is lacking big time right now and unless Natayla or Tamina moves into the title scene (or one of the former Divas like Beth Phoenix, Victoria, Lita, etc) comes back, AJ is the best thing they have going right now. Maria would be good too, but I understand that there are a couple of twin Divas who blocked that from happening. I wonder who? Hmmmm! Anyhow, Kaitlyn is just not it and AJ is. So AJ keeps the gold.

Winner and STILL Divas Champion: AJ Lee

*WWE Tag Team champions The Shield vs. The Usos. (PPV pre-game show)

The Usos are a fun team to watch, but The Shield has the momentum and it wouldn’t make any sense right now for them to give up the titles. So look for a fun, tight match and look for The Shield to come out on top and stay champions.

Winners: The Shield

And there you go – my predictions. Am I right? We’ll know on Sunday. What are your thoughts and predictions for the show? Inquiring minds want to know. Holla!

And with that, I’m out of here. Later gators.

Ubuntu!

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction – July 11, 2013

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction
July 11, 2013

It’s that time again to do that crazy-ass “Fact Or Fiction” thing. Eight out of ten questions were “borrowed” from 411mania.com. The other two came from the dark trenches of my mind. And the answers? Who knows where they came from, but it’s probably a pretty wild place. Let’s do this…

1. Daniel Bryan will win the All-Star Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

FICTION: I think that Bryan has the most momentum going into the match, but will he win? The line-up is pretty strong and it’s really anyone’s match at this particular point. I’ll have to think on this and get back to everyone later today when I do that prediction column thing. Bryan is looking good right now though so he’s definitely one of the favorites.

2. Mark Henry should be WWE Champion after Money in the Bank.

FACT: He deserves it and would be a good champion. Cena doesn’t need the title. Give Mark Henry the ball and let’s see what he can do. It’s his time and that’s what he does.

3. The Wyatt Family made an impressive debut on Raw.

FACT: Almost said fiction because just coming out and beating someone up doesn’t necessarily ring out to me as a great debut usually. It happens too often to be special or stand out. But I’m liking the Bray Wyatt character and am very interested in seeing where the WWE goes with this. There’s a surreal creepiness to the “family” that is hard to ignore and beating up Kane is as good a start as any.

4. Brad Maddox will be a good Raw General Manager.

FACT: I almost said fiction to this one too because RAW hasn’t really had a good General Manager since the Eric Bischoff days, but Maddox is an interesting character and I see a lot of potential in him. This might be the role he needs to get over and become a major character for the WWE. Or he might suck. Only time will tell, but I’ve got faith in the boy, plus he’s a hottie so I’m willing to give him a chance and see how it goes. At least he’s not an anonymous e-mail coming in on a computer terminal.

5. The Gut Check Challenge is still viable even though most of the people involved in it are gone from TNA.

FACT: It’s an interesting concept and can be used to bring in new talent and give opportunities. TNA seems to have dropped the ball for now, but that’s not unusual for TNA – they do that often. Maybe with the right person, using this challenge as a reason to bring them in, they’ll finally get it right. The concept is interesting and unique and can be a strong part of Impact and getting some new and fresh faces in the company. Whether it actually works or not though is up to the TNA officials and writers.

6. Chris Sabin will defeat Bully Ray for the TNA Championship.

FICTION: Chris Sabin is a helluva talented wrestler and has great skills, but Bully Ray has been on the ball for a while now and I just can’t see TNA pulling the plug just yet on his reign. Also, when Ray does lose the belt, it’ll probably be to a bigger “name” wrestler. Sabin has the skills, but not the marketability and name recognition that TNA needs… Not yet.

7. Low Ki will return to a major wrestling promotion within a year.

FACT: It all depends on what you mean by a “major” wrestling promotion. I think he burned his bridges with TNA and WWE couldn’t do anything with him, but I consider ROH a major promotion and they would welcome him with open arms when he’s ready to return. And I also think that working overseas and in Japan is a viable option. He might not be a WWE Superstar or a TNA wrestler, but Low Ki is talented and he puts butts in the seats so when he decides to return from this “retirement”, the options are there for him and he’ll be a prominent force in the wrestling world again.

8. Holding a tournament is a good way for ROH to crown a new champion.

FICTION: Tournaments are cool until you realize that ROH is stretching this out over an extended period of time. Wrestling fans have very short attention spans and while this looks decent on paper, it sucks in reality. A one-night tournament would work better or even a Battle Royal and I’m surprised that ROH didn’t choose one of those two options first before deciding to stretch this out so long. A one-night event would have been, in my opinion, the best way to go.

9. TNA made the right choices in their releases last week?

FACT: Well, except for Joey Ryan and Crimson. What the hell were they thinking with releasing those two? Ryan is charisma personified and Crimson reminds me greatly of a younger John Cena. He’s got the look, the tools, the “it” factor, etc. Ryan will go back on the Indy scene (and maybe ROH if we’re lucky) and I’d expect to see Crimson in WWE sooner rather than later. He’s got what it takes and, along with the also released Matt Morgan, could be very formidable talents in that WWE ring. But with the exceptions of these guys, I think the rest of the releases were no big deal and justified. (And why does Brooke Hogan have a job?)

10. You are looking forward to the Money In The Bank pay-per-view on Sunday?

FACT: It’s a loaded card from top to bottom and I think it’s going to be one of the better pay-per-view events of the year. My predictions for the show will be coming up later today. I’m actually excited to see how things go this Sunday.

And there you go. That’s all for me right now. Back later with ppv predictions. Catch you on the flip side and as the great Baron Von Raschke would say, “and dat is all de’ people need to know!”. I’m outta here.

Ubuntu!

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction – July 5, 2013

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction
July 5, 2013

And here we are again. Independence Day is now over, as is my birthday (thankfully). Now it’s time to get back to bid’ness and into the swing of things. That means it’s time to do that Fact Or Fiction flow. So here you go. Let’s do this. As per usual, I “borrowed” most of the questions from 411mania. The answers though, are mine…

1. Vickie Guerrero will still be on TV whether or not she passes her job evaluation on Raw next week.

FACT: Vickie gets a reaction and heat from the fans that 99% of the talent would kill for. Vince and the McMahon’s love her and she does a fantastic job. I am pretty positive that as long as Vickie wants a job with WWE, she has one and will be featured in some capacity, be it an “executive type character”, a “manager” a “valet” or just to come out and piss people off with those two magic words. Vickie may have gotten her job for the wrong reasons, but she busts her ass and has earned her spot and regardless of how this storyline works out, she’s going to be around for a long time to come.

2. Fans of Ryback should not be worried about his position on WWE cards.

FACT: What? Ryback has fans? Who? I think he sucks! But I don’t think his fans (either of them) have too much to worry about. He got a push and now he’ll move slightly down the card to a mid-card role until Creative has something for him to do. He’s not my cup of tea by any means, but he’s a big guy with a big look. Put him with a manager or someone to act as his mouth-piece (Vickie perhaps?) and he can be a big star and play a major role for the WWE.

3. You’re excited about the Wyatt Family debuting next week on Raw.

FACT: I liked Bray Wyatt as “Husky Harris” and I’m pretty sure I’m going to like this too. The build and hype has been tremendous and I’m thinking that this is one set of characters (the Wyatt Family) that might actually be able to live up to expectations.

4. The Shield losing to Christian & The Usos on SmackDown was ok.

FICTION: While I’m not too upset about it since it was Christian on the winning team (and I am a loyal Peep), I still think it was wrong to have The Shield lose the match. They should have maybe gone for a no-contest or a DQ or even a count-out. I’m not saying that The Shield should be winning all the time, but for the time being, the losses should be few and far between and mean something besides a meaningless match on Smackdown.

5. Samoa Joe joining the Main Event Mafia makes sense.

FICTION: Joe is better as a solo-act who kills bitches dead. Being part of any team, especially one where he has to play second fiddle to Sting, Kurt Angle and some MMA punk, just doesn’t set right with me. Joe should be beating their asses – not joining and kissing them.

6. Austin Aries posing as Suicide was an interesting reveal on Impact Wrestling

FACT: It was “interesting”, as is almost everything that Aries does, but in the end, it will be a wasted moment and TNA will screw it up, because that’s just what they do.

7. You watched Celebrity Wife Swap featuring Ric Flair & Roddy Piper.

FICTION: I prefer to remember Flair as he was, not as the pitiful shadow of himself that he’s become. I’ll admit that there was a little interest at first, but as I heard more about it, I realized that watching Flair style and profile and make an ass of himself again on national TV was not anything I wanted to see.

8. Hulk Hogan was the greatest American hero in wrestling history.

FICTION: Long before Hulk Hogan was a “real American”, we had a gentleman known as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes criss-crossing across the globe and showing the word just exactly what “the son of a plumber” could do in that ring. Hogan may have been pushed and shopped to more people, with the power of the WWE machine firmly behind him, but I never bought his character or liked him. Sgt. Slaughter may have been a contender at one point, but the whole “traitor” routine with The Iron Sheik and General Adnan disqualifies him. Hell, the most “real American” I can remember was “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch. He represented the America I know best and live in. Hogan had the powers-that-be behind him, but he’s not wrestling’s version of the “greatest American hero” in my eyes by a long shot.

9. You are enjoying the build to the Money In The Bank pay-per-view.

FICTION: I’m looking forward to the pay-per-view because it looks as if there will be some great matches. But after a strong first week of pushing and building towards the event, the WWE seems to have slipped into automatic mode and gone from a strong push to just ‘eh! I’m hoping that this last week coming up before the pay-per-view is good and really does a job in selling the pay-per-view, but so far, they’ve got a lot of work to do.

10. Taz was right to sign a new deal with TNA?

FACT: He would make more money with WWE to be sure, but he would also be lost in the announcer shuffle there too. They have JBL and Lawler, not to mention Miz, Alex Riley and William Regal (on NXT). WWE can’t even find a place for Jim Ross, arguably the greatest wrestling announcer of all time, in their roster, so what would they do with Taz? Better to remain a big deal and a big fish in the small pond than go back to the ocean and get lost in the rip-tide.

And you know what? That’s it for me today. Gotta a story to go finish and find me asexy man to flirt with. I’ve got one that I love to talk too, but unfortunately, he’s a straight boy and one of my best friends, but I can still talk trash and annoy the hell out of him, right… cause that’s what I do… lol. Have a great week and I’ll talk at you later.

See you at the matches.

Ubuntu!