First off, allow me to offer my apologies to my loyal "students", the readers of Wrestleview.com. I was immensely busy with things around the home front and if you know me, it is family first in my life. Wrestling is fun and I enjoy writing, but one must keep their priorities straight. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this weekend's column. I should get back with a regular schedule this week.
Welcome to the latest edition of "From the Desk of Mr. V". I am Anthony "Mr. V" Valvo, your Wrestleview resident teacher with the same material as last time, but different names, matches, and articles.
So sit back and grab some coffee, cider, or bottle water. Relax as you read the 113th Installment of "From the Desk of Mr. V".
Quote of the Week
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. - Mark Twain
Seriously, the more I read quotes from Mark Twain the more I realize that this guy was a highly intelligent human being. Personally, I think no one owes anyone anything in this world. People to have earn their living. If one wants to be lazy, then enjoy that life. But do not complain or moan whenever because "the world hates you". One must put a solid effort every day and control your own destiny.
1) What on earth was the ending to Sting vs. Jeff Hardy at Victory Road?
My thoughts: First off, I may be off since I did not watch all of Victory Road, but I did manage to watch a couple of the matches as well as the infamous 88-second Main Event for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. I watched Jeff Hardy stumble into the ring, lost and out of it. I watched Sting's reaction when Bischoff talked off the microphone about these "change of plans".
When the bell rang for the match, what I saw was Jeff Hardy teasing throwing the shirt and Sting openly frustrated with the condition of his opponent. After dropping the shirt near the frame of the ring and a quick tie-up, Sting finished off Jeff Hardy with a Scorpion Death Drop and retained the title. I saw the replays and some of the fans (or cast members, I don't know) chanting obscenities and Sting agreeing with them.
Now to those fans that watched it live, they did not pay for it. But to those that did pay the money to watch this event on Pay-Per-View should have every right to feel short-changed. TNA offered a free six-month subscription to TNA OnDemand to compensate those who paid for Victory Road. After gathering the data, here is my take on those who played the parts on that show.
Sting – Honestly, I think what he did was the best he could in that situation. While he did not want to disappoint the fans and other audiences, he had to end that match quick for the sake and well-being of his opponent. If anyone watched it, they saw a visibly upset wrestler who had to just end it and deal with the critics. This was not Sting's fault. I feel like he was a customer service representative having to deal with upset customers over something that was not in his control. He was ready to put on a decent main event and his opponent was the one that dropped the ball. If anything, people should applaud Sting for his class from start to finish.
Eric Bischoff – Again, this is a guy that was fully aware of the condition of Hardy. He had no choice but to do the audible because anything else was going to be a potentially dangerous risk. Many complained about what Bischoff did, and some may say it was "all Hogan and Bischoff's fault". While I do not know if they are behind-the-scenes writing it, I could just make an opinion. TNA Wrestling took a HUGE gamble with all these signings since the Fall of 2009. I still believe that Bischoff is a very smart business guy and I think what he did was smart for business.
Jeff Hardy – I really do like to point fingers because my readers know that is not my style. However, based on what I watched and what I read on WrestleView I can conclude that most of this blame falls on "The Charismatic Enigma". And that is truly what Jeff Hardy is, an enigma. It is just very sad to watch a wrestler who literally was "a face of the WWE" in 2009 drop to this level. He was in no condition to wrestle this past weekend and if this was any other profession he could have been fired or very close to it. I can't type here that Hardy "was on something", but based on his appearance it was just a shame to see him in his condition. I just hope that Hardy cleans himself up and overcomes this huge hurdle.
TNA Wrestling – While many believe this was all 100% Jeff Hardy's fault, you have to blame TNA as well. It was TNA's decision to book Jeff Hardy as the face of the company. It was a risk to give him this push and "let him be him", and now their decision to let Jeff Hardy do what he wanted cost the company many fans.
TNA Wrestling made the right call by sending Jeff Hardy home for their recent tapings. It was good for the company, and also for the well-being of their superstar. Jeff Hardy gave TNA a huge blow for arriving in the ring completely lost. What TNA should do is offer Jeff Hardy some rehab help. Hardy has to grow up, in my opinion (I know I will get backlash, but it needs to be typed). Hardy is a husband and father now and has to let these things go. If he accepts rehab and cleans himself up, then TNA can take that gamble and put him in that main event. If Hardy refuses to accept what happened, then TNA can't keep him on the roster.
As for the last bit of aftermath, TNA Wrestling will offer any fan who purchased Victory Road to a free Six-month subscription to TNA OnDemand. If there is one thing that TNA does well, it is listening to their fans. And while sometimes listening to fans is a problem, what TNA is doing is admitting that the main event on March 13th was poor and they will do what they can do make the paying audience happy. For that, it was a smart thing to do. If I was one who paid full-price for that show, I would be in line to accept that package.
So in conclusion to this lecture, TNA Wrestling I think knew of their failure to produce a quality main event and made that OnDemand deal to keep those fans happy. Do not point the finger at Sting, as he was obviously as frustrated as the people who watched it live. And as for Jeff Hardy, I think TNA should give him two options if the company really cares about the well-being of their superstars. Get help and welcome him back with open arms...or tell "The Charismatic Engima" to leave.
2) The Miz bumps The Rock and John Cena?
My thoughts: In 2010 when I finished up writing my notes and presented my "2010 Golden Yardsticks", I mentioned that The Miz was the Wrestler of the Year. And while many applauded my choice, some were downright mean with their words. Maybe, I was a bit jumping the gun with calling Miz "The Wrestler of the Year", but after what I am witnessing in the weeks leading to WrestleMania XXVII I will never doubt The Miz.
For weeks The Rock and John Cena were barbing each other with insults and rap, and the story kind of took Miz out of the equation. However, The Miz is the champion and while the booking team on Raw are doing a tremendous job with this storyline, I think The Miz is the star.
Before Cena's 2nd attempt to get the last word on the Rock occurred, I felt that The Miz was "The Rodney Dangerfield of WrestleMania".
The WWE Universe talked about Rock vs. Cena. However, who is the champion? Who's "championship" is being defended? Well, The Miz made his presence felt when he clubbed Cena a couple weeks ago with the title and cut a rap (to mock Cena) and followed it up with The People's Elbow (mocking the Rock, of course). Then of course what happened on Raw this past week, when we all heard The Rock's music playing only for The Miz to pull off a trick and get involved in this once again.
Look, I know that more than likely HHH vs. The Undertaker will be the final match of WrestleMania, but THIS is the Main Event without question. And while all the eyes were on John Cena and The Rock (via satellite) exchanging barbs, The Miz is the one that spoke with his actions. While I still expect John Cena to go over and win the WWE Championship in Atlanta, be rest assured that The Miz (who almost 100% of us wrote off mere years ago) will be a part of the main event on Monday Night Raw for years.
To conclude on this lecture, though Cena and Rock will be in the main event I advise my readers to watch how the Miz tells the story up until it is over. He is playing "Awesome" to perfection.
3) WGN will cancel WWE Superstars
My thoughts: I will not go deep into this topic, but all I will say is it was expected. When the ratings dropped to .5 and when they give WGN nothing but mid-to-low card talent, it would get frustrating. WGN expected it to be a "B-show" and got very little in return. At times, I even thought the wrestling on WWE NXT was much better than that on Superstars.
Due to the soon-to-be cancellation of Superstars, there are talks about "Spring Cleaning". Now while I never wish about anyone getting fired because of budget cuts, I have a bad feeling that this will happen.
In conlusion, given the fact that WWE had supbar matches on the card and more video packages it was obvious that WGN American got tired of the show and decided to air something else.
4) Eddie Edwards is the NEW ROH World Heavyweight Champion
My thoughts: Last Saturday in New York, Eddie Edwards defeated Roderick Strong to earn his first reign as Ring of Honor's World Champion. Edwards has developed a solid following over the past year (or more) thanks to his alignment with Davey Richards. When I think of Ring of Honor Wrestling (and when I did the recaps for their HDNet show), I thought it was all about Richards winning the title before anyone else. And while I am surprised that it was Edwards that won the title, it was a great move for ROH.
In my first few months recapping Ring of Honor I was very opinionated with Edwards. I believed that he had some talent, but Richards was the star of The American Wolves. Richards has skills in the ring and was pretty good on the mic. Edwards was pretty quiet, but had talent as well. Honestly, I thought the ROH Television Championship would have been the highest rung that Edwards would climb.
But then I thought about what Ring of Honor was about to the fans of the product. ROH is about perseverance and overcoming obstacles to be at the top. ROH asks for 100% from each member of their roster. Most of the time, everyone delivers for ROH. While Davey Richards took a break from ROH, Edwards really made a name for himself as the Television Champion. Edwards also made a bigger claim to being a top star for ROH when he won the "Survival of the Fittest Tournament". The sky was truly the limit for this young wrestler.
Also, ROH asks for toughness and loyalty. It is unquestioned that Edwards has been loyal to ROH for years. Furthermore, Edwards wrestled a match labeled "Ladder War II" with a broken arm. Heck, Edwards even took a bump or two off a ladder despite the injuries that he sustained.
In conclusion, ROH asks each wrestler to be tough, persevere, loyal, and give them 100%. Eddie Edwards has done this on numerous opportunities. The way the fans reacted to his victory is well deserved. This YouTube Clip happened moments after Edwards defeated Strong by Ring of Honor. Congrats, Eddie.
I will return to answer questions at a later date. The reason is now I have a full schedule in the real world of my life. As a teacher by day, I have been getting a lot more work now that I have in the previous years. So I will answer some questions later. Maybe before WrestleMania Week. I apologize.
Ok, I got a question. Let's see whose hand is up?
Well, make that two from Deni Danny Sahbegovic.
The Miz has been incredible, but I'm just wondering, is he being pushed WAY too hard at this point? I know the heel needs to look good, but there is such a thing as overdoing it to the extreme. The Miz needs to look good, but I'm afraid Cena is going to look so weak by the end of this, that the match won't be as good as it could be.
Answer: Thanks for the question. I agree that The Miz has been incredible and has been a solid WWE Champion. He is easily the best heel in the company right now and despite what other will say, I don't think it is even close. To answer the question very simply, I would say that The Miz is NOT being pushed too hard. I think right now he is just right with his status.
I don't think by all means Cena is looking weak. This is a typical Cena/Random Cena Opponent Feud in which Cena's opponent gets the upper hands for a week or two prior to a Pay-Per-View. Cena will then doubt himself and wonder if he will win, and more than 50% of the time he overcomes the obstacles and wins his match.
Also, I expect this match to go really well. Both had a solid feud over a year ago after Miz was drafted to the Raw brand, so I don't see any falloff from their chemistry. While I don't expect it to be Taker/HBK, I do expect them to have a nice niche on the card and I am sure it won't be the last time they will feud.
With Rock practically burying everyone (especially Cena) and Miz destroying Cena on a weekly basis, how is Cena supposed to be credible as a contender come Wrestlemania?
Answer: Well Deni, thanks for another very good question.
I think once again I can only say that this is all about the storyline. I would say more that Cena is burying The Rock because, well, The Rock never appeared live in the ring since his announcement as The Host of WrestleMania. The Miz destroying Cena the past couple weeks is just selling to the viewers that The Miz is a viable challenger to Cena.
And that is the thing with Cena. He can get buried by a heel for weeks and still come out strong. Cena will never get buried and be rest assured that moment he won RAW's Elimination Chamber makes him the easy choice as the "credible contender" for the championship. Once again, I expect Cena to go over The Miz at WrestleMania and it will be a very good match.
If you have any other questions, Deni, or anyone that reads the column you can easily send them to [email protected] I will answer them in a future column.
Detentions are few and far this week. However, I think we can all agree on some of these detentions.
TNA Wrestling – For putting on a poor show with Victory Road. However, consider this "not" a detention because you are offering a six-month subscription for previous archived material.
Toronto Rock – Because they are ahead of Buffalo in the National Lacrosse League Standings.
Pitt Panthers – My pick to win the NCAA championship loses to Butler in the 2nd Round. Bracket Busted! Detention demanded!
GLAAD – They get one for being too sensitive with John Cena's comments on Raw in regards to his raps. I do realize that sometimes people hurt others with words, but what Cena did wasn't enough merit for the WWE to take action. If GLAAD really wants to be consistent, I want them to "call out" other artists, musicians, or personalities that intentionally harm people.
Angelina from Jersey Shore (I think) – Being upset with Snooki? Really? Get over it? As a matter of fact, get off my TV!
The Situation – Great job bombing on the Donald Trump roast. Zack Ryder would have definitely done a better job.
Hangovers – I am sure some of my readers had one on March 18th. To those that were too hungover to suggest this as a detention, you are welcome.
NFL – I am tired of those arguing over money and legal bullcrap. Make the deal done instead of making stupid comments to the media and especially on Twitter.
Time Out Chair – Jeff Hardy and Hulk Hogan
Obviously, we know why Jeff Hardy is sitting in the Time Out Chair, because of the way he presented himself on TNA's Victory Road.
As for Hogan, he may be here for a while, BROTHER! Now I did not hear his "tsunami" comment, but the way he apparently said it in The Impact Zone this past week was "too soon" and full of disappointment. Instead of sending a typed apology or even donate to The Red Cross who are risking their lives and donating time to provide for those in Japan, he just apologizes on Twitter. In the letters of my colleague Josh Boutwell "s.m.h".
Eh, let's rundown the Eternal Detentions so next week all I have to do is copy and paste it.
Praxis and the ETS Series Teachers that get arrested Ryan Clark 2010 French Soccer Team Jeff Hardy "Undefined" Alicia Fox Mike Tenay Mark Cuban and/or HDNet Hulk Hogan
I took out Matt Hardy, but The French Football Team stays here.
Mr. V's Weekly Honor Roll For the Week of March 7 – March 13, 2011
3/07 – ROH on HDNet and WWE Monday Night Raw 3/08 – WWE NXT 3/09 – OFF DAY. 3/10 – WWE Superstars and TNA Impact 3/11 – WWE Friday Night Smackdown 3/12 – This is the day you listened to "The Teacher's Lounge" (The 80s Happened). 3/13 – OFF DAY.
Distinguished Honors – Roderick Strong vs. Homicide vs. Jay Briscoe vs. El Generico, ROH on HDNet, March 7th.
How it ended – After El Generico hit a Brainbuster on Jay Briscoe, Roderick Strong took out Generico and got a cheap pin victory when he pinned Briscoe.
High Honors – Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre, Friday Night Smackdown, March 11th.
How it ended – After McIntyre controlled much of the match, Mysterio ended it quickly with a 619 and Top Rope Splash to earn the pinfall victory.
Honors – Chris Masters vs. Tyler Reks, WWE Superstars, March 10th.
How it ended: Just when Reks was about to hit his Burning Hammer finishing move, Masters reversed it into a Masterlock. Master ended the match via submission.
Grade: B- (leaned toward C+).
Mr. V's Grade Book for the past week
A+, A, or A-: None to Report.
B+: None to Report.
B: Roderick Strong vs. Homicide vs. Jay Briscoe vs. El Generico (ROH);
B-: Chris Masters vs. Tyler Reks (Superstars); Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre (Smackdown)
C+: Mike Bennett vs. Andy Ridge (ROH); Ric Flair vs. AJ Styles vs. Matt Hardy (TNA);
C: Kyle O'Reilly vs. Michael Elgin (ROH); Christian vs. Brodus Clay (RAW); Titus O'Neil vs. Lucky Cannon (NXT);
C-: Eve Torres vs. Nikki Bella (RAW); CM Punk vs. R-Truth (RAW); Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison (RAW); Darren Young vs. Jacob Novak (NXT); Zack Ryder vs. Vladimir Kozlov (Superstars); D'Angelo Dinero vs. Samoa Joe (TNA); Rob Van Dam/Sting vs. Mr. Anderson/Jeff Hardy (TNA); Big Show/Kane vs. Heath Slater/Wade Barrett (Smackdown);
D+, D, or D-: Randy Orton vs. David Otunga (RAW); Daniel Bryan vs. King Sheamus (RAW); The Great Khali/Mark Henry/Natalya vs. William Regal/Tyson Kidd/Melina (RAW); Madison Rayne vs. Roxxi (TNA); Cody Rhodes vs. JTG (Smackdown); Layla vs. Kaitlyn (Smackdown);
F or INC: Angelina Love/Velvet Sky/Winter vs. Cookie/Angelina/Sarita (TNA); Kane vs. Wade Barrett (Smackdown);
Current Predictions from the Faculty Standings (As of TNA's Victory Road 2011)
1) Mike Tedesco (WWE Smackdown and WWE Superstar Recaps)..........15-4 (5-2) 2) Josh Boutwell (TNA Impact Recaps/Viva La Raza).................................15-4 (6-1) 3) Dave Stephens (Raw Recaps/That's a Wrap/Teachers Lounge)..........14-5 (6-1) 4) Ryan Rivera (ROH on HDNet Recaps).........................................................14-5 (6-1) 5) Anthony Valvo (From the Desk of Mr. V/Teacher's Lounge)...................13-6 (6-1) 6) WrestleView Students (The Readers of the article)...................................13-6 (5-2) 7) Greg McNeish (The Velvet Room)..............................................................12-7 (3-4) 8) Matt O'Brien (Notes from the Nosebleeds)................................................12-7 (3-4) 9) Nicholas Gray (The Velvet Room)................................................................12-7 (4-3) 10) Jose Marrero (Wrestling Rumblings/The Eye Gouge)...............................12-7 (5-2) 11) Evan O'Brien (WV International Desk)........................................................11-8 (3-4) 12) Gregory "Grash" Walek (WWE NXT Recapper)...........................................11-8 (5-2) 13) Clinton Bowman (The Velvet Room)............................................................10-9 (4-3) 14) Darraugh O'Connor (WV International Desk)............................................7-7 (4-3)
The next PPV will be WrestleMania XXVII. Due to a perfect 7-0 record on Victory Road, the Student of the Week for WrestleMania will be Randy McWilliams.
As for the Students of the Week that were defeated? Well, Paul Meade, Wade Bradford, Brandon Ewing, Michael Fox, Robert Downing, Nick Latham, and Pat Lorang went 6-1. Kyle Patin, VKingoftheWorldV, Joe Devine, Paul Smith, Bryan Czygan, and Antonio DeGaetano went 5-2. Frank McMahen went 3-4.
The Students of WrestleView averaged about 5.06 wins from 31 readers overall. So since I estimate the standing for the Students, they went 5-2 for Victory Road.
Who's in line for the Predictions Prize?
In case you read the Predictions column, we are now doing a contest with the readers of WrestleView. All you have to do to be a part of the work is to be consistent and predict each match for each PPV during the 2011-2012 WrestleView Faculty Season. The top three (and to prevent ties, I did add a tiebreaker) after the 2012 Royal Rumble will win a prize that will be determined at a future date, however after discussing this with Editor-in-Chief (and 2010 Golden Yardstick Winner) Adam Martin here is an idea what the prizes will be:
First Place will win a wrestling DVD. Second Place will win a T-Shirt. Third Place will win a Coffee Mug. Last Place will win TNA's Victory Road 2009, as it was as bad a PPV as what potentially someone's picks will be.
I will just type out the Top Five Readers at this time. The first set of parentheses are the W/L record for Victory Road. The second parentheses are the Tie-Breaker points.
1) Paul Meade............................................................16-3 (6-1) (7) – Tie for #1 2) Brandon Ewing......................................................16-3 (6-1) (7) – Tie for #1 3) Michael Fox............................................................16-3 (6-1) (7) – Tie for #1 4) Randy McWilliams..................................................15-4 (7-0) (7) – Tie for #2 5) Travis Thomas..........................................................15-4 (6-1) (7) –Tie for #2 6) VKingoftheWorldV.................................................14-5 (5-2) (7) – Tie for #3 7) Wade Bradford........................................................14-5 (6-1) (7) – Tie for #3 8) Robert Downing......................................................14-5 (6-1) (7) – Tie for #3 9) Nick Latham.............................................................14-5 (6-1) (7) – Tie for #3
Currently the worst record is 10-9, and only one WrestleView reader earned that record. Best of luck as always to those near the top.
Mr. V's Gold Star Segment
Gold Stars brought to you by: ColtMerch.com! Take a look at Colt Cabana's merchandise and you won't be disappointed.
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Let's get the Gold Stars out, shall we?
Lori Carrington – The author of "The Crusierweight" is an avid reader of my work here on WrestleView. For that, I thank you.
Dave Stephens – He did a great job handling the TNA post-show for Victory Road.
Hernandez – He gets one because he gave me a name for Josh Boutwell's Truck.
Josh Boutwell – ROLL TIDE!
Evan O'Brien and Darraugh O'Connor – They earned one for a great job on Sunday's program. Listen to the first one, as I was a guest on their show.
Randy McWilliams – For going 7-0 on Victory Road and will be the ONLY WrestleView reader to provide predictions for WrestleMania!
Keurig – They get one for making a deal with Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, or so I hope at least.
Snooki – This is not a typo. She did a fantastic Thesz Press on Raw last Monday that deserves a Gold Star.
Eddie Edwards – ROH's NEW World Champion.
Sheamus (don't call him King anymore) – The NEW WWE United States Champion.
Sarita and Rosita – The NEW TNA Knockout Tag Team Champions.
Gunner – The NEW TNA Television Champion. Seriously, watch some of his work as Phill Shatter. The guy has been on my radar among indy wrestlers since April of last year. The guy is the real deal in the ring.
Chris Iorio – You hear those wonder strings on the guitar when you hear the theme for WWE Superstars. That is Mr. Iorio, who co-wrote "Invincible" (that guitar solo, that was his) and he is following me on Twitter now. I think my readers should too.
The Miz – Because he is truly "awesome" and deserves everything given to him by the WWE.
Claudio Castagnoli – He gets one for staying "Very European".
Zack Ryder – He gets one for Z! True Long Island Story. They keep getting better and better each week. Someday, I dream about being the Broski of the Week.
American Red Cross – For all their work in providing aid for the tsumani victims in Japan. To donate even ten dollars, please text REDCROSS to 90999 or go to www.redcross.org.
NO Assignments until further notice.
I won't give my readers the runaround this week. The next one may arrive in a couple weeks, as I will be working on renewing my certification to teach in Pennsylvania. Yes, if I don't get this, I can't call this "From the Desk of Mr. V" because; well I won't be Mr. V. "From the Desk of V" does not even sound professional, anyway.
Well, that does it for me this week. I thank you all for reading this column and I hope you enjoyed this column as much as I typed it out. If you want to get a hold of me during the week, please e-mail me at [email protected] or at [email protected], or by leaving me a message on Facebook. I do get a lot of e-mails and may not reply in a timely fashion, but I will do my best to give you a quicker reply.
Now, students you are allowed to leave the classroom. Please push in your chairs, line up straight, and exit to the closest door around you. Until next week, you are all......DISMISSED!!!!
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