Flashback: Wrestling Survey – December 10, 2011

I found this old wrestling survey I took way back six years ago… Enjoy!

Flashback:  Wrestling Survey РDecember 10, 2011
1.How long have you been a Wrestling Fan?

For as long as I can remember. My older brothers and sisters used to take to me to see the weekly live shows at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC when I was barely able to walk and I grew up watching stars like Wahoo McDaniel, Ric Flair, Blackjack Mulligan, Ivan Koloff, Paul Jones, The Andersons and so many others each and every week. And I was hooked from day one. That’s been well over forty years now.

2.What got you into Wrestling?

I think I answered that in the last question.

3.What was the first Wrestling match you saw?
I have no idea. But the first match I can remember seeing live that really stood out and made a major impression in my youthful mind was the legendary Brute Benard (look him up) against “The Dean Of Professional Wrestling” Johnny Weaver, in Raleigh, NC at one of the Tuesday night shows. I think I was maybe five years old.

4.Who is your favorite Wrestler?
Of all time or current active stars? Of all time, it would be Harley Race, Ric Flair,. Blackjack Mulligan, The Masked Superstar, Jamie Noble, Larry Zbyszko and Arn Anderson. Of current wrestling stars, the top guys on my list would be CM Punk, The Miz, Juventud Guerrera, Ethan Storm and a local Indy Tag Team called BD Productions. And a man named Hunter Holtzclaw who is just too damn sexy for words to describe. I want to rock his world!.

5.What is your favorite Wrestling Company?

I grew up with the NWA and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (Jim Crockett Promotions), but unfortunately, the NWA is a shell of what it once was and Crockett is out of business. So be default (mainly because it’s the only true big time international company left), the WWE gets the nod. Also, a small but damn good group from here in North Carolina called “American Championship Wrestling”.

6.Favorite Wrestling Tag Team|Faction|Stable?

My favorite tag team of all time is The Midnight Express (Eaton and Lane). My favorite faction is the infamous Four Horsemen, but I do have to admit a soft spot for The Dangerous Alliance as well.

7.Who is your favorite Female of Wrestling?

Anyone who knows the slightest thing about me already knows the answer to this one. Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, my one true love and beloved. No one else even comes close.

8.What’s your favorite Wrestling finisher?

Either the claw (as used by Baron Von Raschke or Blackjack Mulligan) or the Cobra (as used by Masked Superstar).

9.How often do you watch Wrestling shows?

Every Monday night for sure and occasionally on Thursday and Friday for Impact and Smackdown if there’s nothing better to do.

10.What is the greatest wrestling match you’ve seen?

I don’t know if it’s the greatest, but my favorite match of all time came from a Clash of the Champions event and pitted The Midnight Express (Eaton and Lane), accompanied by Jim Cornette against The Horsemen (Ric Flair & Barry Windham), who were accompanied by J.J. Dillion. After that, my other favorite match was on WCW Saturday Night with Larry Zbyszko taking on Lord Steven Regal for the WCW TV Title.

11.Favorite match stipulation?

I’m not a big fan of gimmicks or crazy stipulations so I’ll go for something simple and to the point – how about a good old fashioned street fight.

12.Have you ever been to a live Wrestling event?

I’ve been to literally hundreds of Indy wrestling events and several WCW shows back in the 90’s. I have yet to make it to a live WWE or TNA event though so that’s on my future agenda.

13.What is your favorite wrestling manager?

Of all time, it’s got to be Gary Hart. The man just did an amazing job. And following closely behind Hart would be Woman (Nancy Benoit), Sir Oliver Humperdink and Jim Cornette.

14.If you were a manager, who would be your top star?

If I had the chance to be a wrestling manager for the WWE and could bring in who I want for my stable (which I wouild model after the Dangerous Alliance, it would be Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters, Ethan Storm, Mike Knox and Lisa “Ivory” Moretti as my co-manager.

15.Did you want to be a wrestler when you grew up?

I wanted to be either a wrestler or a writer. And as I got older, I found a great compromise. I write about wrestling. So there you go.

And there you go…

Ubuntu~

Wrestling Q&A – December 9, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 9, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Before I get started on the Wrestling Q&A, I have two things to say. First off, my condolences to the friends and family of Fred Fox, long time local radio personality who passed away earlier today. First with WEWO and then later, as the owner of WLNC, Fred was truly and will always be the “Voice of Scotland County”. RIP Fred.

And secondly, we are just hours away from the Scotland High School “Fighting Scots” playing for the 4A State Championship. I graduated Scotland, Class of 85… and best of luck to my former High School. Bring it home guys. GO SCOTS!

And now, let’s do some wrestling…

1. With the end of the year coming to a near… who would you say are you top ten wrestlers in the world?

I’m mainly a WWE guy, but I do try to pay attention to the rest of the wrestling companies as well. In my opinion, the Top Ten right now would be: Brock, AJ Styles, Miz, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, Jay Lethal, Asuka, Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Neville, subject to change of course, but all of these folks can always be counted on to put on a top notch match and work well with anyone.

2. CAN or WILL Broken Matt Hardy work in WWE ??

So long as Vince refrains from getting too involved and allows Matt Hardy the creative control he needs, I think Broken Matt Hardy can and will do very well as part of the WWE Universe.

3. Who’s the top ten best tag teams in the world currently ?

This is only opinion and speculation on my part, but if I was trying to get together the best tag teams in wrestling today for an event, I would go with Cesaro & Sheamus, Gallows & Anderson, The Usos, Nick & Matt Jackson, The Revival, The Miztourage (Axel & Dallas), Harper and Rowan, The Hardy Boyz, Briscoe Brothers and Owens / Zayn.

4. Hypothetically: If WWE were to create a shoot, modern day version of the Brawl For All tournament, with MMA instead of boxing, (EXCLUDING BROCK) who would be some guys you would like to see compete and who do you think would win? Who would fill out your 16 man bracket?

Sixteen WWE guys that I think would do well in an MMA style “Brawl For All” type tournament? I think I’d go with Sheamus, Karl Anderson, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Drew McIntyre, Rhyno, Jinder Mahal, Big Show, Roman Reigns, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, Curtis Axel, John Cena, Rusev, Luke Gallows and Cesaro. And my winner, at the end, I think would be either Joe or Nakamura.

5. Do you see Batista be as big of a movie star as the Rock?

What the Rock has achieved goes above and beyond almost anyone in Hollywood history, much less anyone from the world of wrestling. Batista will and is doing well, but will he ever be as big as The Rock? Nope!

And there you go. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, questions and all feedback is welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take it easy & have a great one.

Ubuntu!

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WWE Survivor Series – Thoughts & Predictions

WWE Survivor Series
Thoughts & Predictions
November 18, 2017
DougMaynard.com

It is late Friday night as I write this and we are just hours away from the one time a year, or say they say, that WWE RAW and WWE Smackdown Live go head to head, WWE Survivor Series. It’s a totally stacked card, loaded from top to finish with eight matches announced so far. I suspect that at least one more match will be added to the Kick-Off Show since they have two hours to fill before getting to the main show and Survivor Series, but they have yet to announce anything else as of right now. But for the matches announced, it’s time to take a look-see and try to figure out who wins, who loses and which brand of WWE will reign supreme. Yes, my friends, it’s prediction time. Let’s get busy and do this, shall we?

Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto for the Cruiserweight Championship

So far, this match is the only one that has been announced for the Kick-Off Show on Sunday afternoon. Enzo and Kalisto have already switched the Cruiserweight Championship between them one time and the question here is, will it happen again? Enzo annoys the crap out of me to be honest, but I think that’s what he is supposed to be doing. Kalisto does absolutely nothing for me, period. I’d much rather see Gulak or Gallagher or “The Brian Kendrick” in action against Enzo, but the WWE wants to play up to the Latino audience and I can see why it makes good business sense. I just don’t care for Kalisto and wish he would get deported or something of that nature. Hasn’t Trump built that damn wall yet? Hell, Kalisto would probably just leapfrog over it anyhow so what’s the point. Look for Enzo to retain the title. I think Mr. Mouth still has a long way to go on 205 Live before he peaks.

Winner and STILL WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Enzo Amore

WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) vs Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions, Jimmy & Jey, the Usos.

This should be arguably the match of the night, at least so far as stiffness and working tight goes. The Usos have really dominated the tag team scene on Smackdown and the team of Sheamus and Cesaro are so damn unique and strong as a team, this match could go either way and it could not be called an upset. Both teams are that good. The Usos suffered an injury towards the end of Smackdown this past Tuesday so I think that gives the edge to the new Raw Tag Team Champions. I’m saying that this one, after a helluva tight match, goes for the Celtic Warrior and the Swiss Superman.

Winners: Sheamus & Cesaro

Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss

Another good match, albeit one we’ve seen before, but not often and both women have really grown and gotten so much better since those days on RAW. As much as I love Natayla, I think this match will be even better with Charlotte as the Smackdown Women’s Champion and taking on Alexa than even Nattie versus Alexa would have been. Charlotte has the momentum from her big win this past Tuesday night and Alexa has a ready made excuse that she was prepared for Natayla and not Charlotte. Look for the “Queen” to make the “Goddess” tap out and take that big trip to the pay window.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

The Shield vs. The New Day

I am not a big fan of either the Shield or the New Day, but this match has caught my attention and I’m actually anxious to see how it all plays out. What I would love to see happen is to have Roman Reigns go full heel and turn on his “brothers”, allowing the New Day to get the big victory and to let Roman versus Dean and Roman versus Seth be our big matches for the next six months. That would be awesome. But what I think will happen is that we’ll have a good match with both teams getting their spots in, but in the end, it’s a big trifecta-powerbomb by the Shield and they lay out each member of the New Day to take home the big win.

Winners: The Shield

Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. United States Champion Baron Corbin

This is the match I’m looking forward to most of all aside from the main event elimiation match. A rare “heel versus heel” match and if I’m correct, the first one on one match with Corbin and Miz. Miz has the experience edge and of course, the addition of Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, the Miztourage, to work in his favor. Corbin has a huge size and strength advantage and everything to win here. No one expects to see Corbin win here and a win over Miz would do wonders for his credibility. Miz can win or lose and he’s so over and so good on the mic that it won’t matter one bit. I would prefer to see Miz take that victory home to RAW, but I don’t think that’ll be the case here. I’m thinking that Corbin will surprise us all and walk out with the big victory.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Team RAW: Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Triple H vs. Team Smackdown: Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode and John Cena

It’ll be interesting to see how they make all of these personalities work together. Can HHH and Kurt Angle work together as a team or will we see a rift grow leading to a potential match between the two men at Wrestlemania? Will Braun dominate or be elminated in a wonky fashion? What side will John Cena, the “free agent” take when the smoke has cleared. Will Joe, Balor, Shinsuke and Roode all be kept strong or sacrificed for the sake of the part-timers and non-wrestler? Will Super-Shane make an appearance and withstand everyone and everything? Will Jason Jordan show up and express his disgust with the way he was taken off Team Raw? Will Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn show up and stand up for their “brand” or will they cost their “brand” everything? So many questions and this match can go so many different directions. Look for Randy Orton to hit at least one RKO from out of nowhere and for at least one big Cena comeback. And I think that mainly due to the problems with HHH and his wife Steph and their GM, Kurt Angle, we’ll see the blue team manage to steal out the win in the end.

Winners: Team Smackdown Live

Team RAW: Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Asuka vs. Team Smackdown Live: Becky Lynch, Carmella, Tamina, Naomi and TBA

The questions for this match are how will they keep Asuka strong? Probably a DQ or count-out elimination. And who will be the “TBA” for the Smackdown team now that Charlotte has moved on to face Alexa after defeating Natayla this past Tuesday night. The logical choice would be Natayla, but I’ve also heard Paige mentioned as a surprise member of the Smackdown Women’s roster. I’ve also heard Nikki Bella mentioned too, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I am looking forward to seeing Nia Jax and Tamina face off. Since I picked the Smackdown team to win the men’s match, I’ll go for RAW to win this one. This one goes to Team Red.

Winners: Team RAW

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles.

And in what should be the main event of the night, the WWE’s two top singles champions face off. I’m kind of bummed that we won’t be seeing Brock face off with the former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, but this match is better box office and I can see why the WWE management would prefer having AJ against Brock instead. I think AJ will be a bumping machine for the night and take several trips to Suplex City. I would not be surprised to see Jinder Mahal get involved in some way to hopefully injure Styles so he can have an advantage when he gets his rematch, probably on Smackdown Tuesday night. I’m expecting that we’ll see AJ and Brock put on the match of a lifetime come Sunday night. As for who wins, it’ll be the fans. And Brock. Always vote on Brock.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

And there you go, my predictions for the Survivor Series on Sunday night, live from Houston, Texas. This should be one hell of a solid and powerful show. I’m excited. So what do you think? Am I right with my predictions? Am I crazy? Let me know what you think and who you think will take home the wins come Sunday. That’s it for now. Time to go watch The Punisher over on Netflix. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Take care and thanks for reading.

Ubuntu!

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NXT TakeOver: War Games – Thoughts and Predictions

NXT Takeover: War Games
Thoughts & Predictions
November 17, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Coming up on Saturday night, live from Houston Texas, the WWE and NXT presents: NXT Takeover: War Games. It’s the return of the greatest match of WCW history, the War Games and several other great matches as well as the kick-off to an epic 4-event spectacular begins. Of course, I have a few thoughts on each of the matches announced for the night. I’ll have my predictions for Survivor Series up probably late Friday night, but this is NXT and the War Games. Let’s get all psychic and shit. Let’s do this…

WarGames: SAnitY vs. The Undisputed Era vs. The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong

Somewhere up in wrestling heaven, Dusty Rhodes is looking down, taking a break from his getting funky like a monkey and raising hell with Murdoch and Mulligan and giving that million dollar smile, if you will. One of his greatest creations, the War Games is back in business. True, the WWE has made some modifications to the match, but that’s what they do. At least they finally brought it back. As for this match, I expect a lot of crazy brawling and plunder being involved. The AOP and Strong are not a regular team and I don’t really think we’ll be seeing them with the upset win for this event. Actually, I keep hearing that the AOP is due to be moved up to the main roster sometime soon so this may be their swan song with NXT. Eric Young’s SAnity group is so freakin’ over already, they don’t need to win here. I think that the victory and the group, at the end of the night, who takes that trip to the pay window, will be The Undisputed Era. They need it most and have earned the honor.

Winners: The Undisputed Era

NXT Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

The addition of Zelina Vega with Almas has done wonders for his character and role and really elevated what was already a good and fun character into a main-event level performer. Almas is really damn good and one of the most entertaining men in NXT right now. As for the champion, Drew McIntyre, he is on fire and gets better and better each and every week. It’s hard to believe this is the same man who used to hang out with Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater as part of the 3MB just a few years ago. This might possibly be the match of the night and I expect plenty of close calls and two-counts. I also expect Zelina to get involved quite often in her efforts to help Almas win the NXT gold. But alas, it won’t work and at the end of the night, look for the champion to remain champion. Drew makes the great comeback and scores a big win to retain the NXT title.

Winner and STILL NXT Champion: Drew McIntyre

NXT Women’s Championship: Kari Sane vs. Peyton Royce vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross

Four amazing and very talented women who can really go and look great in that ring. There can be arguments made for why all four women deserve this title and should be the next Women’s Champion and all points would be valid. My own personal opinion is that in the end, it’ll have to come down to either Ember Moon or Nikki Cross. Nothing against Peyton or Kari, but I don’t think it’s their time… yet. Ember has come so close so many times and gave the former champion, Asuka, all she could handle before Asuka gave up the title and moved to the main roster. Nikki has that great character and is so unique and has the backing of her associates in SAnity. Its a tough call, but I think I’m going with Ember Moon here. No real reason except that I just think it’s her time to shine.

Winner and NEW NXT Women’s Champion: Ember Moon

Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream

Two really good and unique characters that have had a really good feud going as of late. This should be an epic and memorable match for all of the right reasons. I think that we’ll see Dream look great and be really strong for probably 80% of the match, but in the end, I think that things will go as they should and Aleister will manage to snatch that win from the jaws of defeat and get that arm raised in victory. Both men end up looking great and Aleister takes home the win.

Winner: Aleister Black

Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan

This should be another fun match to watch. Ohno is a great perfomer and can make almost anyone with a pulse look good. Sullivan is a throwback to the classic monster and doesn’t need much help to impress and terrify in that ring. Ohno will take bumps and make Sullivan look like the star he is beginning to be. Sullivan will learn and impress and dominate. And in the end, Sullivan gets the victory.

Winner: Lars Sullivan

And there you go. Am I correcr with my predictions? Am I crazy? Let me know what you think and who you think will be victorious come Saturday night. It should be one hell of a show. And now, I’m down and gone. It’s getting late and I have a few more things to do before I go to bed. Catch you later. Thanks for reading.

Ubuntu!

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