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From the Desk of Mr. V #25

From the Desk of Mr. V #25
July 23, 2009
By: Anthony J. Valvo of WrestleView.com


Good day to everyone once again!! I hope once again that you are having a great summer (or winter depending on the hemisphere). As you all know, I am WrestleView's resident teacher Anthony J. Valvo and I will provide you with the very best and worst from the week of professional wrestling.

The usual pieces are in this puzzle this week. I have some classroom rules that need to be addressed. I also will provide my weekly commentator report card and honor roll. There will be a lot of gold stars awarded, and some new names in the infamous detention. Also I will provide the latest standings for Predictions From the Faculty (did Joe Baiamonte lose his Dean's Chair for only the second time in 2009?). So, grab a pina colada and get caught in the rain (my older readers will get that, haha). Summer School is in session once again!!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Honestly, I have a TON to cover this week. For that reason, my quote of the week will not be seen this week. Find your inspiration elsewhere, perhaps www.famousquotes.com or something in that general direction.

CLASSROOM RULES (Presented By The Honk-a-Meter...because let's face it. Santino is not using it anytime soon)

So, after a few weeks where the rule suggestions were pretty light, I got hammered with a few that I really believe should be addressed this week. Once again if you, the student, find something inappropriate or disturbing during the summer vacation period, please let me know. Most of you know the e-mail address and if you don?t, it is mistervwv@yahoo.com. Enjoy everyone!

66) If you want to showcase your top talent as a TRUE top talent, Make him look like one. (From SUPERSTARZZ)

Student Explanation: It's really sad how Kane's career has gone since winning the WWE Championship years ago. People were delighted to know that the Undertaker will have a half-brother as evil and powerful as him, but since his one-day World Title reign, Kane has been screwed up big time. Back then, he feuds with the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H. Now, he's stuck in a recycled rivalry with The Great Khali, an example of "big things with small packages". Years ago, he was an unstoppable machine who can eliminate eleven men in a single Rumble match. Now, he backs out from a steel-chair swordfight after just one hit. Not long ago, he can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of The Big Show and The Undertaker. Now, he can't even pick up a victory over Rey Mysterio. Come on, are you kidding me? If the WWE plans to show Kane as The Big Red Machine, make him look like one.

Mr. V's Take: I agree completely about Kane. I remember his title reign was at the 1997 or 1998 King of The Ring, but that was not well known because on that same card Mick Foley's body was almost broken in half by the Undertaker in what I thought was the best Hell in a Cell match ever. But back to Kane. I actually feel bad for him. He goes this once direction in which he almost takes the Big Show's eye out of his socket, then a couple years later he back out of a fight with Khali (who even a toddler can outrun). They call him the Big Red Machine/Monster, depending on if he is good or bad.

But if he is considered a top talent, treat him like one. Don?t put someone's career in limbo, especially to a guy that has been face/heel at least 25 times since the late 90s. My opinion with Kane is he stayed out of trouble throughout his career. He never was suspended nor had troubles with the law. I think, even if for a little bit, give him one more IC Title run. I think the guy deserves it given the fact that he has been punishing his body for the WWE since he was Dr. Issac Yankem, DDS.

67) If you create controversy, give your name. (From Ricky Langston)

Student Explanation: Okay, Strike one against TNA this week. If you are going to start rumors and call into radio shows and put people's careers in jeopardy, at least have the brass release your name. The people don?t really care who is living with who...they just care about entertainment, and bringing someone's personal life isn?t the way to do it, It didn?t work for Eddie and Rey, it didn?t work for Flair and Savage....It worked for Sandman and Raven but that's just because ECW Rules and can do it right...but anyway, If it really is happening, this isn?t the way to bring it out.

Mr. V's Take: I can see where this 'strike? thing is going. Ok, in case you did not hear about it, a mysterious caller went on ?Bubba The Love Sponge? caused a stir stating that Karen Angle (pro wrestling's favorite stripper-turned-wife) is now living with Jeff Jarrett. I will get into more of this in my Headlines portion.

For the person to call using a distorted voice, that is cheap. I mean if you want to say something about it, go to the boss. Don?t announce it on a radio show! Once again, I will get to this story later.

68) Don?t put your booking into the hands of one of your stars. (From Ricky Langston)

Student Explanation: Okay, strike two against TNA this week. If personal problems between the talent and the backstage crew are creating tension within the company, don?t get rid of the crewmember and NOT have someone to bring in to replace him, Now I know that it was covered at the time, but in the long run you need someone to take control of the situation and not leave it to the Wrestlers.....It just doesn?t end well....

Mr. V's Take: Agreed, look what happened to WCW (haha). You give the booking responsibilities to an overrated talent that want to be on the map and what do you get? A mutiny in the locker, overpaid has-beens, and a dwindling fan base are examples of what you would get.

Rumors are swirling that if Jeff Jarrett is out of TNA, Kurt Angle will be the head booker, or at least part of the process. Look, I have been a fan of Kurt's since he debuted over a decade ago. But please, enough with the power trip. I don?t like it, my readers don?t like it, and the wrestling fans from around WrestleView do not like it! If Jeff Jarrett was not a founder of the company, do you think Kurt would play the power card? I doubt it. He saw that Jeff has a ton of power and he wants a piece of the pie.

This is ridiculous. My philosophy is a lot like Vince McMahon's, and it is this. If you want to leave, then LEAVE!! They can always find someone to replace individuals with egos the size of the Moon. Sadly, Dixie Carter does not see it that way. She sees Kurt Angle as her ticket to put TNA on a larger scale. He is the top guy right now, though debatable. It is a shame that this is going on. What happened to AJ Styles, Daniels, and Samoa Joe? Their Women's Division and their Tag Team Division? They are all victims of some old WCW politics! Which reminds me, I wonder if there are more WCW alumni in TNA than WWE. Can someone find out for me? Thanks!

69) Keep new talent a secret, and keep it that way. (From Ricky Langston)

Student Explanation: Okay, strike three and out for TNA this week, The bringing in of Tazz at Victory Road was, in my opinion, the 100% WRONG way to bring in a surprise new talent...The crowd was dead because they all knew it was coming...Look...WWE Brought Christian and Jericho back and Nobody was Absolutely certain that they were, there were rumors and speculation, but not downright knowledge like with TNA and Taz...Come on people.... I think it was Mike Siciliano that said "I?m all for storytelling, but keep the mystique in it, I want surprises in my stories."

Mr. V's Take: Before my take, if you want some solid column writing from one of the best in pro wrestling, check out ?Pro's From The Palace? by Mike Siciliano. This guy is awesome (actually one writer that inspired me to start a wrestling column). Plus, I got his approval to put his win-loss record in Predictions From the Faculty! So check it out, you won?t be disappointed.

Ok, back to Taz. Again, I will get to it in my Headlines portion. I think it is a worthy headline because he got NO reaction when he came out, NONE!! And that is a shame since I am a HUGE fan of Taz. He style of wrestling got me hooked to watching ECW regularly. Again, as for him going to TNA and it was not a secret? Stay Tuned?

HEADLINES! (Presented by: That's A Wrap! by David Stephens)

Headline #1: Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett for the Key to the TNA Empire (w/special guests Karen Angle and disembodied voice from Bubba The Love Sponge)

Mr. V's Take:
I already shared my opinions on this in a way. I think the person that ?ratted? him out is a coward! The man (or woman) should have kept it silent, unless that person's job was on the line.

I always thought putting a husband/wife combination in the wrestling business is not good business. The only time I saw it actually work was Booker T and Sharmelle. Karen Angle had no reason even to be in TNA in the first place. Did Kurt demand TNA to bring her in? Who knows?but I just can?t stand it when someone witch no ability or entertainment value gets put on a wrestling program.

I answered a couple questions to some fans prior to my column:

Who is at fault? All of them..flat out all of them! Karen for throwing the bait. Jeff for biting the hook of the bait that is Karen Angle. And Kurt for making this a bigger deal than it already is. Kurt and Karen are separated or divorced, who knows. If they were married, I would be ripping Jeff Jarret a new one as well. But they are not together!

Who was the ?mystery caller?? I could be very funny and say it was Eric Young. In storylines, Eric is feuding with Jarrett, right? Well, I listened to it a few times and I think I have an idea. I am probably 100% wrong on this, but my guess is Jeremy Borash! That guy looks like he causes trouble everywhere he goes! He is always around those two and he probably got something really juicy and wanted to announce it. But rather use his annoying and intolerable voice (I wish I can mute Impact during his segments), he went with a distorted voice and made the announcement. Or the caller could be Rudy Charles. Charles was unceremoniously let go by TNA before the call on Bubba's show, so was it him? Who knows! But one thing is for certain, my students. I am definitely interested in this and I want to ask you?.

**Mini Homework Assignment** Who was the mystery caller?

Headline #2: Victory Road...2009's version of WCW's Soul-ed Out.

Mr. V's Take:
I predicted on Friday with my friends from the Pittsburgh area that there would be a MEM takeover on this PPV. So what did I do on Saturday? I changed my predictions, posted them on WrestleView, and ended up with a 2-7 record. That is right?a 2-7 RECORD!!

Now I did not watch the PPV (I have better things to do than pay $30 for this), but I did hear the post-PPV show. They all talked about how the majority of the show was bad, and from what I read on Adam's recap of Victory Road it was pretty bad. Nothing to report about it other than the Main Event Mafia winning all the TNA Titles on the card, Jenna won the ?Battle of Who Could Care Less (credit Ben Folds Five)?, and Taz showed up. Oh yeah, and Tara dropped the title to Angelina Love as well.

Headline #3: Bobby Lashley?MMA Fighter and TNA Wrestler!

Mr. V's Take:
I think it is a solid move for TNA. I think Lashley, if used properly, can be a force for TNA. But of course that means wrestling, not pointing your finger to the crowd. Seriously, if someone told me I would get paid thousands of dollars to point at somebody?I would laugh.

Headline #4: Taz is the NEW advisor of Samoa Joe!

Mr. V's Take:
Honestly, I really hoped it would be Taz?NEW color commentator! But Don West survives another day (though he has improved a lot and thanks to the guy that sent me his work from 2002). Out of all the worst kept secrets of 2009?I would say this was the worst. And how sad was it that he did not get a nice reaction? That was pathetic! Really, that is all I can say for this one. Let us be 'surprised? once in a while and don?t ?purposely? lead out the information.

I blame TNA for this one. Instead of doing a surprise factor (a la Christian debuting on ECW), they threw out hints weeks in advance. That just proves to me that TNA is overdoing it in promoting new signings. If they would just put that effort into their product, then they would go really far in the business.

Headline #5: RAW will be Shaq-tastic!

Mr. V's Take:
Out of all the celebrity GMs, this one will exceed them all! I am looking forward to this coming Monday, as I know that Shaq O?Neal is a HUGE fan of the WWE. Who knows, perhaps a little Shaq-Fu (remember the game, folks?) against The Big Show?

Headline #6: Taco Bell's ?Chihuahua? died at 15.

Mr. V's Take:
I have to mention this. I still have a 1999 promotional item with the dog saying ?Happy New Year, Amigos!!? The dog's name was Gidget, and should always be remembered for putting Taco Bell on the map! Students, the next time you feel like having a fourth meal do this for me. First, tell your friend Yo Quiero Taco Bell! I hope that is spelled correctly. Then, go and purchase a soft taco. Before biting into it, say this taco is for Gidget. RIP you adorable Taco Bell dog.

**I am sorry that the Headlines were TNA heavy this week. WWE was pretty light and ROH did not have any big news. I do not want to rip TNA, but if there is something that upsets my readers and I have to put it on notice.**

DENTENTIONS AND ETERNAL DETENTIONS

Detentions go out to...

The Padres fan who boxed out a kid for a foul ball - I credit my friend TJ for this one. Really, how stupid do you look if you push a kid aside to grab a foul ball at a baseball game? Really pathetic?

WWE and Hulu - STILL not showing us chair shots!! I am sorry, but there are more sickening things in wrestling that that. Lighten Up!

Anyone in TNA or WWE with a gimmick name ?Jesse? - see last week's column for further explanation.

Brett Favre - Last time I will acknowledge you in this column.

TNA Wrestling - For the reasons above in Classroom Rules. If a student of mine gives you three strikes, then I have no choice but to place on you?re the detention list.

Michael Cole - Actually, he was not bad this past week. I just want to put him in here; I think he likes the attention.

That fan that tried to attack Jericho last weekend - Thanks to Chris Kelly for posting the information (and the 15 websites that copied off of him after WV posted it). The key word was ?tried?. I am glad Jericho laughed this one off.

ETERNAL DETENTIONS GO TO...

Jeff Jarrett, Karen Angle, and Kurt Angle - Wrestling should be an on-screen soap opera for male audiences. Not real-life soap operas that effect a few children!

Sharmell and Jenna Morasca - I am glad that storyline and match is over.

The Bella Twins - It was not Abraham Washington that bombed on his show, it was the both of you.

TNA Booking Team - Let's try and promote some of the positives in TNA, not negatives.

ETS and the Praxis Series - No need to explain on this money scheme.

Pittsburgh Pirates Ownership - HEY HUNTER GOLDEN!!! I have a joke for you. What do you call the Boston Red Sox's AAA Affiliate? The Pittsburgh Pirates!! I know you guys wanted Doumit, but enjoy Adam LaRoache. He is a class act and I hope he does well for you. Really, I wonder who would win a baseball game between the Pirates and the Paw Sox?

Dixie Carter - for handling problems in TNA the wrong way.

That fan in the front row for the RAW show in Green Bay on 6/22 - You are still the biggest disgrace I have seen while watching wrestling on TV.

MISTER V?S HONOR ROLL FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 11 - JULY 17, 2009

DISTINGUISHED HONORS - CM Punk vs. John Morrison, Friday Night Smackdown, July 17.

HIGH HONORS - Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin, ECW, July 14.

HONORS - Sarita vs. Alissa Flash, TNA Impact, July 16.


This may have been the best week in wrestling since the weeks prior to WrestleMania. All three matches have scored very high marks for chemistry in the ring, technique, and the ability to catch my attention from start to finish. Remember a strong work ethic in the ring results in a higher score.

I have to say this is the FIRST time a women's match made it at this level. Congratulations to Sarah Stock and Melissa Anderson for showing us that there are some women that can really wrestle, even though others hog the spotlight.

Honorable Mention goes to: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright on 7/11; Erick Stevens/Jerry Lynn/Kenny Omega vs. Kenny King/Rhett Titus/Austin Aries on 7/11; Roderick Strong vs. Jay Briscoe on 7/11; MVP vs. Jack Swagger on 7/13; Goldust vs. Zack Ryder on 7/14; Suicide vs. Chris Sabin on 7/16; Booker T/Scott Steiner/Kevin Nash vs. Beer Money, Inc./AJ Styles on 7/16; R-Truth vs. Kane on 7/17; Tyson Kidd/DH Smith/Natalya vs. JTG/Shad/Eve Torres on 7/17; and Jeff Hardy/Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho/Dolph Ziggler on 7/17.

WORST MATCH OF THE WEEK: Kelly Kelly/Gail Kim/Mickie James vs. Maryse/Alicia Fox/Rosa Mendes, Monday Night Raw, July 13.

I have to say that not all of them are guilty of performing bad. Just a ton of botched moves by three of them (won?t mention names, however you all know) caused the match to be rated ?poor? this week. Here is hoping for better things next week.

Dishonorable Mention goes to: Primo vs. The Miz on 7/13; Mark Henry vs. Chris Jericho on 7/13; Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero on 7/13; Evan Bourne vs. Big Show on 7/13; Paul Birchill vs. Yoshi Tatsu on 7/14; Sheamus vs. Roman Cornell on 7/14; Katie Lea Birchill vs. Brie Bella on 7/16; Samoa Joe vs. Amazing Red on 7/16; and Homicide vs. Suicide on 7/16.

WEEKLY TV WARS

As always, reader feedback is welcomed in this column. Please share what you believe the best show this week would be by e-mailing me at mistervwv@yahoo.com.

ROH on HDNet (July 11) - On a wrestling standpoint, the show was good from top to bottom. The best match of them all (and all were solid) was the main event between Jay Briscoe and Roderick Strong. When they had their segments, it was done better than usual. The best here had to be the minute with Nigel McGuinness. He has the fans in his hands and should make a solid return when healthy. Still, there were a couple other shows that were pretty good this week. Since my students who watch this are few and far between and lacked the number of votes to get a point, sadly they receive Zero Points.

Monday Night Raw (July 13) - Honestly, I was not feeling the RAW GM that week. Seth Green just seemed too casual, like a half-hearted wrestling fan. Maybe I am wrong on this, but he could had been better. One thing Green did well was interacting with the superstars, particularly with Jericho, HHH, and Cena. This week though, the segments were way better than the wrestling. As someone that does like to watch wrestling in my programs, I found most of them to be very sloppy and way too quick. The only saving grace was the Jack Swagger/MVP match. That could be the start of a feud that can continue into SummerSlam. Still, I feel bad for MVP. He went from being in the WWE Title hunt, and now he is back on the mid-card. Since I emphasize wrestling ahead of the storyline segments, RAW got Zero Points this week.

ECW (July 14) - Not a whole lot when it comes to non-wrestling portions of the show, just that Christian and Tommy Dreamer were going to be on the Abraham Washington show and the interview with Ezekiel Jackson (aka Ahmed Johnson V 2.0). There were FIVE matches on the card, and the one that stood out the most was Christian and Shelton. That was a fantastic match, perhaps one of the best matches of the summer. I felt bad for Yoshi Tatsu missing the springboard. He is much better than that, but everyone has their off weeks. Even Goldust moved around the ring very well. I hope they still keep him on the roster. Still, a wrestling-heavy show, but not one in-ring storyline segment hurt this show. I award this show Zero Points this week.
WWE Superstars (July 16) - Really the only thing that stood out this week was the segment involving Rey and Ziggler. They should have an adequate feud that will last for a couple months. How many RAW rebounds do we have to see each week? The wrestling was average at best. Nothing really stood out for me this week. It is a shame, as for a while they had some good wrestling. This week was not one of them. I gave them Zero Points this week.

TNA Impact! (July 16) - Some very intelligent radio hosts on WrestleView declare that their Impact shows are better than the PPVs. I actually agree with them on this. I liked how they built up their PPV matches from top to bottom; too bad there was a lack of execution. That is what TNA does; they build up well towards a PPV. However when a wrestling fan shells out 30 dollars, they feel unsatisfied. The wrestling on Impact had its highs and lows. First, we have a new X Division Champion. I am very happy to see Homicide win the title, though it was against a prone Suicide. Still, Homicide worked hard over the years and got rewarded. When the NWO wrestlers attacked the good guys, there was a cool factor to it. However, MEM does the same thing ten years later, and it is not fun at all. The biggest highlight of the show was the debut of Sarita. Both Sarita and Alissa Flash (thank goodness she was not Saeed in this one) had a match that would be the women's match of the year (if there is a category). They had a good, but not great, blend of wrestling and entertainment in this episode that I did give them the award for 2nd best show of the week. Mr. V decided to give this show one point.

Friday Night Smackdown - Hands down, the best show of the week!! All the matches were well scripted and efficient. I was impressed with John Morrison yet again, as he beat CM Punk clean for the second time! When my rankings come out, you will be surprised about John Morrison. He has shown great skills and was impressive in his storylines throughout 2009. The CM Punk/Jeff Hardy segment I thought was great, as well as the interview with Edge. I still feel bad for Edge, but this will make his return even better. I pray that he recovers quickly, as I know Dan Marino was not the same since he ruptured his Achilles? tendon while playing for the Miami Dolphins. The only parts of the show that I wished were not there were Layla's Miami pop, Pretty Ricky, and Word Up. I would say that 90% of the show was great and I can?t wait until Friday to watch this. My students agreed with me, as almost all the students voted Smackdown as the show of the week. So with that, I award Two Points and the students award One Point for Smackdown!

On a side note, I watch Smackdown on Hulu. In the middle of the show, they have a segment called ?From the Vault? or something like that. But they had a 2002 match between Biker Undertaker and a very young Randy Orton. It is worth checking out because Randy Orton REALLY improved over the past seven years. And yes, Michael Cole did commentary and it was in fact awful!

Current TV Standings
1) Friday Night Smackdown (42 Points)
2) Monday Night Raw (32 Points)
3) ECW (14 Points)
4) TNA Impact (13 Points)
5) ROH on HDNet (6 Points)
6) WWE Superstars (0 Points)

COMMENTATOR REPORT CARD (Presented By: JR's Restaurant Bar-B-Q Sauce)

Some thoughts this week when I was working on my commentator report card...

1) I am going to miss Jeff Jarrett tell off Don West. West though was pretty darn entertaining last week.

2) Dave Prazak, nothing really bad to say about him. He might be my a darkhorse for commentator of the year.

3) The ECW announce team picked it up a bit this past week after a two week slump.

4) Jim Ross was absolutely on the dot last week. He knows when to say it and how to say it.

5) Todd Grisham can do no wrong as long as he has JR at his side. If he is calling the action with JR for the next few years, who knows how far they will go.

6) Mike Tenay was pretty average, nothing over the top. He was not bad either.

7) Lawler was terrible this week with the joke, but did give us some entertainment value.

8) Michael Cole on the other hand, did not. He sounded drowsy when calling the matches last week. I think next month I am going to count how many times he says ?Vintage? or ?Viper?.

9) Mike Hogewood loves the Stars and Stripes. He was just hilarious calling the first match on ROH last week.

WWE:
Micheal Cole: D (2009 Grade: C-)
Jerry Lawler: C (2009 Grade: C)
Josh Mathews: C (2009 Grade: C)
Matt Striker: B- (2009 Grade: B+)
Todd Grisham: B (2009 Grade: B)
Jim Ross: A (2009 Grade: A-)

TNA:
Mike Tenay: C+ (2009 Grade: C+)
Don West: C+ (2009 Grade: D)

ROH:
Mike Hogewood: C- (2009 Grade: C-)
Dave Prazak: A- (2009 Grade: A-)

CURRENT PREDICTIONS FROM THE FACULTY STANDINGS

Ah yes, the additional feature that provides the students of Mr. V's classroom our latest results as of the most recent PPV, which was TNA's Victory Road.

Victory Road Win-Loss Records are in parentheses

1) Joe Baiamonte (Baiamonte's Casa).....55-36 (5-4)
2) Josh Boutwell (Viva La Raza! and TNA Recapper).....53-38 (3-6)
3) David Stephens (That's a Wrap! and ECW Recapper).....52-39 (5-4)
4) WrestleView Students (Our loyal readers).....51-40 (6-3)
5) Jose Marrero (Wrestling Rumblings).....49-42 (6-3)
6) Anthony Valvo (From the Desk of Mr. V.).....46-45 (2-7)
7) Matt O?Brien (Notes from the Nosebleeds).....45-31 (6-3)
8) Phil Chroniger (On Second Thought?).....42-37 (3-6)
9) Josh Piedra (The Shoot).....40-31 (6-3)
10) Doug Lackey (Reality From Ringside).....29-27 (6-3)
11) Chris Kelly (TNA Epics Recapper).....27-14 (6-3)
12) Sean Hurley (The Sharpshooter).....23-21 (6-3)
13) Mike Klubnik (Stylin? and Profilin?).....9-8 (6-3)
14) Mike Tedesco (WWE S.S. and Smackdown Recapper).....8-7 (0-0)
15) Ryan Droste (Ask WV).....4-4 (0-0)

MISTER V?S GOLD STAR SEGMENT (Presented by: Arby's Roastburgers)

Ok, I just got back from eating a FREE Roastburger at Arby's. I had the BBQ Bacon Cheddar one and it was AWESOME. Since it was free, Mr. V definitely gives it a seal of approval.

?Dean? Joe Baiamonte - You surived another scare, and you still dominate among the WrestleView faculty. Congratulations.

?College Grad? Joe Baiamonte - Cheers to you for graduating college. Welcome to the real world (laughs in an evil tone).

Jose Marrero, Matt O?Brien, Josh Piedra, Doug Lackey, Chris Kelly, Sean Hurley, and Mike Klubnik - All of these faculty members earned one for their 6-3 picks for Victory Road.

Robert Downing and Ben Phillips - You both laid the smackdown on all of us and earned a record of 8-1. The only one among WrestleView staff members that you did not defeat was King Adam Martin, whom you shared the record with.

To all who have e-mailed me your picks for the homework assignment - I thank you all and I will keep in touch soon. Interviews for teacher are by the tens for me right now and I am having a hard time keeping up with e-mails.

Chris Kelly - You posted a video of Jericho almost being attacked, and the wrestling world took notice.

National Football League - Finally, something to get my mind off of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

TNA Women's Division (sans Jenna and Sharmell) - Thank you for giving us your best efforts.

Dolph Ziggler - Was it 6 months ago no one gave you a chance in the WWE? Now look! He must be living the dream knowing his a #1 contender for a title for a WWE PPV.

Mr. Ken?I mean Ken Anderson - Your video clips are the best thing since Zack Ryder's theme song.

The Smackdown Roster - Everything is just working well in that brand. The best wrestling show in America right now!

Jonathan Coachman - I wonder if I can get him to sponsor one of the parts of my column. They paired him up with ESPN's best commentator John Buccigross and they were perfect!

Angelina Love - You found a way to re-capture you TNA Knockout's Title. Props to you!

Kevin Nash - For becoming the TNA Legend's Champion.

Booker T and Scott Steiner - They are the NEW TNA Tag Team Champions!! Now let's hope Beer Money get them back sooner than later.

ZZ Top - I thought they were great on Monday Night Raw. Of Course I am a huge fan of their music. I listen to ?Sharp Dressed Man? every time I drive to work. That and Perfect Strangers by Deep Purple (I think my students know why..).

SUPERSTARZZ and Ricky Langston - much thanks for giving me some classroom rules. Those were some pretty good ones.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT (Presented by Josh Piedra's ?The Shoot?. If you don?t do it, you will be shot!)

Last week, I gave the classroom a couple of questions for a homework assignment. Let me give those questions to the class again (Will be due either July 30th or August 6th). As for the mid-year column I am going to do a questionnaire for the ?Faculty?. I read it and I need more interaction in it. It is too much of my opinions, and we get enough of them in my column anyway :)

As we all know, my long-awaited middle of the year column featuring the best of the half year will be out soon. I want your suggestions for the following two questions:

1) Who is the most outstanding wrestler of the year? (It could be any type of wrestler on any brand in professional wrestling)

2) Not including PPV matches, what do you think was the best match of the year so far? (If you don?t know the answer, just answer question #1).

Please complete this by next week or the week after. Signed by: AJV.

That sums it up this week. Thank you all for reading and participating in this professional wrestling classroom. And as always if you have questions regarding my column or want to send your thoughts, you can do so at mistervwv@yahoo.com. Until Mr. V's middle of the year awards or Predictions from the Faculty, this is Anthony Valvo telling you to enjoy the week that approaches. You are officially...DISMISSED!

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