Before the introduction, I had a few people correct me about the Royal Wedding costs. I thank you all for informing me on all the "in between the lines" stuff and now I felt more educated on the topic. Now, enjoy the column.
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 119th Installment of "From the Desk of Mr. V".
Quote of the Week
"What is the greatest sign of success for a teacher? It is to be able to say "The children are now working as if I did not exist." – Maria Monessori
Did you watch WWE NXT this season?
There are many other topics to go over in this edition of "From the Desk of Mr. V". But I have to share with my readers something that may not be well known to them.
WWE's NXT Redemption may be the most well-balanced show in the WWE at this time.
It's truly a refreshing show for a wrestling fan. I enjoy entertainment, don't get me wrong. But I like a good portion of the programming to be the action inside the squared circle. The writers on NXT (not sure who they are) do a terrific job balancing out these pros/rookie pairings and having a unique personality with them. Allow me to elaborate.
First off, there is Darren Young. He was a member of the first season and showed some promise during his first run on NXT. He was involved in two stories before this season. He was paired with CM Punk, who wanted to do nothing with him because of his "partying" lifestyle. He was also part of the dominating faction last year in The Nexus. He was exiled from the faction after a tough loss to John Cena.
After a trial run on WWE Superstars, he is trying to redeem himself with Chavo Guerrero as his WWE Pro. While this story started off well with Young ecstatic to have Guerrero as his pro, things went south once a little leprechaun named "Hornswoggle" started to interfere in the matches. This has caused Young to lose focus on his "redemption" and he is pretty much where Chavo was at a couple years ago. Chavo's experience is trying to help Young relax and when Young doesn't, he would teach him a lesson. This is truly best for both wrestlers actually. Both were pretty flat as of late, but both have really re-booted well this season.
Conor O'Brian was probably best known on NXT Season 4 as "The Rat who loved his cheese". His initial run on NXT was pretty much distracted because Ricardo Rodriguez (Alberto Del Rio's ring announcer) was jealous of O'Brian and after a short program O'Brian was eliminated. Now the viewers of NXT are seeing O'Brian as a guy who is more relaxed and learning from an experienced pro in Vladimir Kozlov. The story between these two is simple. Kozlov is teaching O'Brian to just be himself. Just last week, we saw Kozlov teaching O'Brian to break a piece of wood over his head. Also, in a side story to this pairing, Kozlov and JTG's WWE Rookie (which I will get to later) have a contest between themselves.
Byron Saxton was probably one of the biggest surprises since NXT started. We first actually heard of Saxton before his Season 4 run on NXT, as he was the ECW commentator with Josh Mathews. While Saxton struggled a bit at first, he really came along with his charisma and wrestling ability. His pairing with his current pro, Yoshi Tatsu is an interesting one. While Saxton is on his quest in becoming a WWE superstar, he is getting no advice from his pro because Tatsu is only interested in a particular NXT host. If you guessed Maryse, you are correct. At first it seemed like the pairing was going to work, but with Tatsu's more worried about what Maryse is doing and not helping out his NXT Rookie. Now, Saxton said that he will try and do this on his own because of Tatsu's distraction. I don't expect Saxton to win this season, but the story he is telling with Tatsu is tremendous.
Jacob Novak was just there on Season 4. He moved around with WWE Pros. First his pro was Dolph Ziggler. However, after a small flirting segment and a lack of a personality Ziggler got rid of him and decided to coach Byron Saxton. Not even the mighty Chris Masters could get Novak out from being the first one eliminated. Now, JTG is the WWE Pro to Novak and at first I thought this could never work. However, this was the biggest surprise of the season. JTG did something that I never thought anyone could do with Novak. He gave Novak an identity, dressed him up like "Slam Master J" (remember that?), and has made Novak stand out in a character. By the way, did I mention that JTG is in a couple more segments as well? It is JTG who is making this "bet" with Kozlov that he could get Novak over faster than Kozlov's rookie, Conor O'Brian.
Another story involved Novak, JTG, and WWE NXT Commentator William Regal, which leads me to a side point. Regal is just providing commentary, trying to turn a new leaf in his professional career. Regal is doing very well in this role, just being the veteran and providing honest opinions on what he thought of the action. This upsets Novak, as Regal really does not like him one bit. Regal also loathes Novak's pro, JTG. This addition leads to an entire story in itself. The story involving these three is nowhere near over.
The next rookie is Lucky Cannon, who was on NXT Season 2 with Mark Henry as his pro. Cannon won numerous challenges and was pretty average in the ring. However, when he was eliminated from Season 2 we may have seen the turning of a new leaf. No longer worrying about the fans and providing us with a "coming from behind" story, Cannon came back very aggressive and assertive as to why he should be a breakout star in the WWE. The new story they have is a continuance from his last moments on NXT 2. He arrived this season with is pro, Tyson Kidd, in a robe and putting the moves on WWE NXT host Maryse. That is also a side story in itself, as Yoshi Tatsu does not see eye to eye with Cannon about the way he talks to a lady. Cannon also added an egotistical personality. Cannon says numerous times this season it is "all about himself". He is the biggest heel on the show, as he refuses to participate in the NXT challenges and if he does compete he tried to win illegally. It is a vast change in character that I think the readers should take an eye on.
Finally, NXT has "Big" Titus O'Neil pairing up with Hornswoggle this season. On Season 2, he was paired up with Zack Ryder and O'Neil was clearly not ready for the cameras in a WWE ring. He would try and cut a promo and it was not right. He was very green in the ring. Finally, he was probably well known for tripping over his own two feet in the Beer Keg challenge. This season is truly night and day. While O'Neil has not been involved in too many stories like his other NXT counterparts, he truly has a lucky streak with Hornswoggle as his pro. After not winning a single match with Ryder as a pro, O'Neil is undefeated this season. There is really not much to type about with O'Neil, just that he improved in the ring and is popular along with his pro.
I know this is a bit too much to compute, but I ask my readers to give WWE NXT a chance this season. All the stories are pretty good and they do their best to keep it fresh for just a one hour program. It has been the best edition of NXT yet based on the elements that makes the WWE successful.
Christian wins, then loses the World Heavyweight Championship
Ok, the Internet almost went into a frenzy then they read the spoilers that last Tuesday (5/3) at the Smackdown tapings, Randy Orton defeated Christian to become the World Heavyweight Champion. Christian's reign lasted only a mere two days. As upset I was at first, I thought that it was for the best in the business model.
The WWE has their pyramids. On the bottom are your guys that are there to take a pinfall. You have your mid-card talents who are brought in to either sink or swim. You have your solid workers that have all the talent in the world, but can't get to that top spot. At the top of that pyramid is the face of the program. The wrestler that the WWE knows can make money. John Cena is on the top of the pyramid on Monday Night Raw. On Friday Night Smackdown, since The Undertaker is pretty much done they are giving the ball to Randy Orton.
I read so many tweets about how fans will now boycott Smackdown, how they are bringing Christian down, etc. I don't think for one iota that the title loss hurts Christian. As Chris Jericho so eloquently put it...
"Hey everyone b**ching about @Christian4Peeps losing the title, have u ever thought that maybe it's just the beginning of a bigger storyline?"
Well tweeted, Jericho.
See, I think this is all a part of a bigger storyline. Will this lead to Christian turning heel? I honestly don't know but it would be pretty interesting. This is not "burying" Christian, but in a way they are planning a bigger story for him. Who knows? Maybe Christian wins the World Heavyweight Championship again at year's end? There are so many questions as to what will happen next for "Captain Charisma" and my opinion on him will never change. He is one of the best workers the WWE has right now, as I rarely (if ever) seen a bad match of his since he returned to the WWE.
I don't have much else to add, but I will write this down as a little food for thought to some readers who think Christian "was never pushed" or "the WWE never treated him right". Well, he did accomplish something Edge has never done in his Hall of Fame-like career. On May 1, 2011 Christian became a WWE Grand Slam Champion. Remember, Edge never won a 3rd tier title (European or Hardcore).
I congratulate Christian on winning the World Heavyweight Championship Title. Though now it has been changing hands more than ever, still only about 1% of every professional wrestler in the world can say they were a World Champion (though he did have a couple World Title runs in TNA Wrestling). For two days, Christian was the face of Smackdown.
Looks like TNA is rebranding
Well class, TNA Wrestling appears to officially rebrand their organization as well. Hulk Hogan mentioned on Twitter that TNA will now be "Impact Wrestling".
I will be completely short in this portion. TNA did not need to re-brand. They need to re-build. Re-building means to hire agents and scout to check out the independents and find one that is on the cusp of being on a main roster. And while guys like Robbie E and Gunner (Phill Shatter) have established themselves in the company, TNA just pulls the rug on some of them in order to look at the "What WWE has let go of" menu.
When I heard Robert Roode's promo this past week, I am thinking if TNA really wants to do something I say put Roode in the World Title picture. The guy can obviously cut a promo and when he was a singles' wrestler he was impressive. I am not saying break up Beer Money, but I am saying to place Roode on the upper half of the roster. He probably turned down some lucrative offers (my opinion) to stay with the company and I think if anyone one of those "TNA Originals" have earned an opportunity to hold possession of the ball it is Roode.
Let's face it, I feel like watching a neverending story with twists (if that makes sense, maybe I should edit that out, but I am too sluggish). I think TNA needs to rebrand and while I can type 1,000 words as to what they could do to make the program enjoyable, I am just a mere columnist. I can't do something like that. TNA has to get better fast or they are in some serious trouble.
No questions this week. Now that I am on a lighter schedule I can answer questions. Just send them to me and I will try and answer them accordingly. Thanks.
I will be honest; life is good for this teacher. I mean, how can I get mad this week? So if you are looking for a long list of detentions, I am sorry this week I don't have many.
Booker T – I'm sorry, the only way his commentary works is if someone is visually-impaired. A color commentator should be analytical. I just don't see that in his work.
Karen Jarrett – Enough already. No one cares.
Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, and (why not) The Los Angeles Lakers
The Time Out Chair – DH Smith. Seriously, why is he wearing a Cowboy Hat?
Eh, let's rundown the Eternal Detentions so next week all I have to do is copy and paste it.
Note: I decided that Mark Cuban and HDNet are no longer in Eternal Detention. Since Ring of Honor Wrestling is no longer on HDNet, I no longer care about either.
Praxis and the ETS Series Teachers that get arrested Ryan Clark 2010 French Soccer Team Jeff Hardy and "The Other" Hardy "Undefined" Alicia Fox Mike Tenay Hulk Hogan Activists
Mr. V's Weekly Honor Roll For the Week of April 25 – May 1, 2011
4/25 – WWE Monday Night Raw (WWE Draft Edition) 4/26 – WWE NXT 4/27 – OFF DAY. 4/28 – WWE Superstars (first on WWE.com) and TNA Impact 4/29 – WWE Friday Night Smackdown 4/30 – This was the day you listened to the "The Teacher's Lounge" 5/01 – OFF DAY.
Distinguished Honors – Christian and Randy Orton vs. Brodus Clay and Alberto Del Rio, WWE Friday Night Smackdown, April 29.
How did it end? Just when Brodus Clay thought he had an advantage as he swept Orton's leg along the ring apron, Orton delivered the RKO right after Clay was tagged in the match.
High Honors – The Miz, CM Punk, and Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena, Christian, and Mark Henry, WWE Monday Night Raw, April 25.
How did it end? After Mark Henry turned on John Cena and Christian, The Miz seized the moment by hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on Cena. The end result was Cena being drafted back to Raw.
Honors – Rey Mysterio vs. Mark Henry, WWE Friday Night Smackdown, April 29.
How did it end? After a very intense back and forth contest, it was actually Cody Rhodes that ended the match by attacking Mysterio from behind. The result was that Mysterio won via disqualification, but Henry and Rhodes went full-attack mode after the bell.
Mr. V's Grade Book for the past week
A+, A, or A-: None to Report.
B+: None to Report.
B: Christian and Randy Orton vs. Brodus Clay and Alberto Del Rio (Smackdown).
B-: The Miz, CM Punk, and Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena, Christian, and Mark Henry (RAW); JTG and Jacob Novak vs. Vladimir Kozlov and Conor O'Brian (NXT); Tyson Kidd vs. Trent Barreta (Superstars); and Rey Mysterio vs. Mark Henry (Smackdown).
C+: 20-Man Battle Royal won by Kofi Kingston and The Big Show (RAW); Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (RAW); Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler (RAW); Rey Mysterio vs. Wade Barrett (RAW); Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young (NXT); Lucky Cannon vs. Byron Saxton (NXT); Zack Ryder vs. David Hart Smith (Superstars); Gunner vs. Daniels (TNA); Sting vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray (TNA); and Sin Cara vs. Jack Swagger (Smackdown).
C: Crimson vs. Samoa Joe (TNA); and Kane and The Big Show vs. Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel (Smackdown).
C-: Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky (TNA).
D+, D, or D-: Eve vs. Layla (RAW); Jim Ross vs. Michael Cole (RAW); Gail Kim and Natalya vs. Melina and Alicia Fox (Superstars); Anarquia vs. Chris Sabin (TNA); and Layla vs. Michelle McCool.
F or INC: None to Report.
Current Predictions and Notes from the Faculty Standings (As of WWE's Extreme Rules)
1) Mike Tedesco (WWE Smackdown Recapper).........................................25-16 (2-4) 2) Josh Boutwell (TNA Impact Recaps/Viva La Raza).................................25-16 (3-3) 3) Dave Stephens (Raw Recaps/That's a Wrap/Teachers Lounge)..........25-16 (3-3) 4) Nicholas Gray (The Velvet Room)................................................................25-16 (4-2) 5) WrestleView Students (The Readers of the article)...................................25-16 (4-2) 6) Ryan Rivera (ROH on HDNet Recaps).........................................................24-17 (2-4) 7) Gregory "Grash" Walek (WWE NXT Recapper)...........................................24-17 (5-1) 8) Jose Marrero (Wrestling Rumblings/The Eye Gouge)...............................22-18 (3-3) 9) Anthony Valvo (From the Desk of Mr. V/Teacher's Lounge)...................22-19 (3-3) 10) Evan O'Brien (WV International Desk)........................................................22-19 (3-3) 11) Greg McNeish (The Velvet Room)..............................................................22-19 (4-2) 12) Matt O'Brien (Notes from the Nosebleeds)................................................21-20 (2-4) 13) Clinton Bowman (The Velvet Room/Tough Enough recapper)............21-20 (3-3) 14) Darragh O'Connor (WV International Desk)............................................20-16 (3-3)
Tie-Breaker Points – Which are based on Championship matches correct
11: Mike Tedesco 10: Josh Boutwell 9: Dave Stephens; Ryan Rivera; Nicholas Gray; Anthony Valvo; Gregory Walek; Clinton Bowman 8: Evan O'Brien 7: Jose Marrero; Greg McNeish 6: Matt O'Brien 5: Darraugh O'Connor
All the matches on the card counted.
The best scores went to Gregory Walek. Mr. Walek was the ONLY one to pick Michael Cole and Jack Swagger to win and won this round among the WrestleView Staff. He went 5-1 on the PPV
There is a five-way tie for the top spot in the standings. Mike Tedesco, Josh Boutwell, Dave Stephens, Nicholas Gray, and The WrestleView Students are all in a tie for first.
29 WrestleView Students sent in their predictions and averaged out 3.5 picks correctly, so the group as a whole went 4-2.
The New Students of the Week will be Ricky Langston, Paul Meade, Goose Oberstar, and Michael Fox. All four went 5-1 in the predictions (all of them went against Cole/Swagger)
Jason Namako was defeated with a 4-2 record.
Who's in line for the Predictions Prize?
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 (or now even 2011 whichever costs less), as it was as bad a PPV as what potentially someone's picks will be.
I will just type out the Top Readers at this time. The first set of parentheses is the W/L record for WWE Extreme Rules. The second parentheses are the Tie-Breaker points.
Here are the names that are currently in line for a prize.
1) Paul Meade............................................................29-12 (5-1) (10) – Tie for #1 2) Brandon Ewing......................................................29-12 (4-2) (10) – Tie for #1 3) Michael Fox............................................................28-13 (5-1) (10) – Tie for #2 4) Jason Namako.........................................................28-13 (4-2) (10) – Tie for #2 5) Paul Smith.................................................................27-14 (4-2) (9) - #3
Currently, the "last place finisher" has 18 picks incorrect. A couple are at 23-18, but one is at 14-18, so the worst losing percentage comes to play there.
The Next Pay-Per-View we will predict is TNA's Sacrifice on May 15th. It is time to place the thinking caps on and send your predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org or message it on Facebook.
Mr. V's Gold Star Segment
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Finally, some Gold Stars!
Wade Bradford – I am putting him up first because though he did not earn the right to be "The Student of the Week" for the next predictions column, he did send them to me a couple days late. Why? Because of the tornado outbreak that happened in Alabama. He was honorable in giving me his selections as if the PPV did not happen and I give him a ton of credit. My thoughts and prayers to all the victims of the tornados that hit Alabama. As my friend Josh Boutwell states "Roll Tide".
Ricky Langston, Paul Meade, Michael Fox, and Goose Goberstar – All earned a 5-1 record among the "WrestleView Students" and were the best in the class. They will now provide their picks for the next PPV article. Congrats to you all!
Gregory "Grash" Walek – The only WrestleView staff member that went with Michael Cole and Jack Swagger at Extreme Rules helped him earn a 5-1 mark this past week.
Mike Tedesco, Dave Stephens, Josh Boutwell, and Nicholas Gray – All are tied for first place among the WrestleView Staff in the Predictions column.
Paul Meade and Brandon Ewing – 29-12 in the Students standings really puts them ahead of everyone else. They are currently in the lead in the WV Students contest.
Christian – Congrats on being a World Champion. Though it was for only a couple days, he can still say that "he did it". Also, he may be the most unlikely WWE Grand Slam Champion ever. That is something he should never be upset about (nor his fans should be upset).
Randy Orton – He is the new World Heavyweight Champion on the Smackdown brand, and for good measure. He is the proven top guy. From a creative standpoint, it does make sense.
John Cena – He is the new WWE World Champion and in all honesty should have been done at the pay-per-view prior to Extreme Rules. But now Cena has the belt, and possibly this goes for a longer story.
Kofi Kingston – He brought the United States Championship back to Raw after an Extreme Rules victory over Sheamus. While I am glad to see him with the title again, I have to ask a question. Is it time to bump him up a notch?
Rey Mysterio – No one is giving this guy a ton of credit. Kudos to all the work he has performed this year. He is seriously in the running for the 2011 Wrestler of the Year award if he keeps this up.
Mark Henry – The heel turn makes Henry a dangerous man now. Now will they built him up or keep him level?
R-Truth – Same thing, his promo work as a heel is Gold-Star worthy.
Michelle McCool – It looks like this has retired from the WWE and I wish her well. Say what you want, she looked like she improved a ton the past couple years and the Divas division is losing someone who was at the top of the division.
Kharma – Welcome Welcome Welcome! This is the refreshing change that the WWE Divas Division needed.
Ezekiel Jackson – Anyone who picks up The Big Show gets a Gold Star by default.
To Whoever is writing WWE NXT – If you have not watched an episode yet, I am going to let you in on a secret. NXT Redemption has been consistent and the storylines are plenty for such a small roster. All tell a story and have a personality that is making this season the best one yet.
Robert Roode – What a great promo he cut recently, huh? He is easily one of my favorite wrestlers in the TNA roster.
Colt Cabana – It was his birthday this week. Did you wish him Happy Birthday?
Sterling James Keenan – At the recent TNA tapings, he wrestled in a dark match against Douglas Williams. I did not see it, but since Keenan is from Pittsburgh he easily earns a Gold Star.
Dave Stephens – The co-host of "The Teacher's Lounge" is days away from graduation at Rutgers. It should be a true honorable event.
Evan O'Brien – He earns one for being winning a Student Achievement Award in History.
James Lacerenza – My friend is back on the Pepsi Refresh Project. If he wins the $25,000 grant from Pepsi, he will use the money to send children with muscular dystrophy to camp. The link is here:
Take a few seconds of your time everyday and help James earn this goal. I will be campaigning for him and supporting him 100%.
Bruno Mars – Ok, so perhaps I can't stand the song "Grenade". But there are actual songs of his that I (deep breath, swallows pride) actually enjoy. I will give credit to where it is due.
Claudio Castagnoli – He will always earn one for staying "Very European".
And that is all for now. If you want me to give out a Gold Star let me know at email@example.com.
Homework Assignment (I still need a few more from some of my readers)
The WWE has changed things up. With 30 (make it 28 since Cena was drafted twice) WWE Superstars switching brands it make me think of a two-part question.
Say you are in control of the WWE Roster. If you can draft five to seven professional wrestlers outside of the WWE (TNA, ROH, Chikara, etc.), who would they be? Also, you do not want to overload your brand. Who would you release? I gave the WrestleView VIPs an example in the 5/7 edition of "The Teacher's Lounge".
When I get ten unique replies, I will post them in a future column.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com, 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!
Along with WrestleView's Raw Recapper and Columnist Dave Stephens, The Teacher's Lounge gives the WrestleView Radio Network Audience a complete rundown of the past week's events in professional wrestling all in a one to two-hour program. We even have a few games, a detention segment, as well as interviews.
Most Recent Guest Guest (on the 4/23 edition of The Teacher's Lounge)
WrestleView Smackdown Recapper Mike Tedesco
Mike Tedesco joined us to talk about the WWE Draft. Since Tedesco recaps Smackdown and Dave Stephens recaps Raw for WrestleView, we thought it was just right to have these guys plan what would be best for both Raw and Smackdown. Did the WWE agree with their picks? Check to see if the WWE are as smart as a couple of WrestleView's brightest recappers.
Already on the archives we interviewed WrestleView.com staff members, including:
Jose Marrero (Wrestling Rumblings and FYB Radio host) Matt O'Brien (Notes from the Nosebleeds) Josh Boutwell (TNA Recapper and Viva La Raza columnist) Mike Tedesco (WWE Smackdown and Superstars recapper) CJ Bowman (The Velvet Room and one-time guest host) Nicholas Gray (The Velvet Room) Adam Martin even guest hosted an episode (find out which one) (Editor-In-Chief) Paul Nemer (Site Owner)
But wait, here is plenty more!
The Teacher's Lounge also interviewed professional wrestlers and amazing writers, including:
Ring of Honor Wrestler and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Colt Cabana. TNA Superstar Hernandez Isis The Amazon (formerly Aloisia of WWE) Lori Carrington (Author of "The Cruiserweight Crystal Mai (from Diva-Dirt.com)
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