From the Desk of Mr. V #133
August 20, 2011
By: Anthony J. Valvo of Wrestleview.com

Introduction

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, a cold beverage, and buy some peanuts and/or cracker jacks. I hope you enjoy the 133rd installment of “From the Desk of Mr. V”.

Enjoy some music as well. Here’s another classic. If it ruins my credibility as a columnist, I don’t care. This week’s song of choice is Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”. It is a very fun, catchy song just right for the summer.

Quote of the Week

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertude Jekyll

The Teacher’s Lecture

Goodbye my students

Friends (and I feel that I can say that because if you read this column, good or bad I consider you smart fans), there is something I wanted to get off my chest for a little over a week.

To the readers that have joined my “classroom” only a week or two ago, I welcome you to the room. To those who have read my work since day 1, I thank you all. Last week, a dream came true in my life. It did not involve Alberto Del Rio winning the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. It did not involve anything in my columns or my radio show. For 132 columns some have considered me as “WrestleView’s Resident Teacher”. I was that columnist that can always keep the up to date on all things wrestling. However, some of the readers do not know that I am in fact a teacher in real life. There are no gimmicks about it.

Well, last week I got the call from a school that I have subbed at for a few years. It was an enjoyable talk with the principal of someone who has looked out for me throughout my career as a substitute teacher. Well, when something opened up in that school I was asked if I wanted the job and I without hesitation accepted. So in other words:

Mr. V has a TEACHING position!

That is true class, though part-time I will be teaching hundreds of students physical education (it’s a lot more than just dodge ball and hockey) and there are many lessons that I need to brush up on in the health portion of the curriculum. I just don’t have much time to balance my real life with my work here on this site during the course of the weekdays. It kills me to say this, but during the school week there will be no “Mr. V” column. I know I have done my best to keep your attention every Thursday (some days earlier and some later), but the readers as well as WrestleView got something at least seven days apart. I am proud of my streak as being able to find at least a few hours a week to type this column out and entertain all of these readers (some that appreciate the work that I have done and some that think I am just a jerk). So, say “goodbye” to my column usually scheduled on Thursdays. It was a wonderful day and I felt that I in a way hurt a reader’s job by reading this.

To be brief, I got over a week to plan lessons for nine grade levels and when I teach through the week it will be impossible to maintain my Thursday due date.

So, am I done? Is this truly the end? Well when one door closes…

Hello

…Another door opens. I can’t give this up; it is one of my highlights of the week to provide my WrestleView “students” with the good and bad of the week. And since professional wrestling really evolves from Mondays to Fridays (like a school week for the elementary and high school students) I decided to keep myself happy as well as the staff at WrestleView and the readers of the column.

I am MOVING “From the Desk of Mr. V” to the WEEKEND.

So not only will the WrestleView VIP members get “The Teacher’s Lounge” with Dave Stephens and I, but the VIP and non-VIP can still get all the great content of “From the Desk of Mr. V” a few days later.

Also, during the weekend you can check out the regular columns as well with Josh Boutwell’s “Viva La Raza” and Matt O’Brien’s “Notes from the Nosebleeds”. Look, wrestling is awfully light on the weekends, especially during the weekends without a Pay-Per-View.

Keep in mind, none of my work will be changed terribly. The Predictions game will stand every time a TNA or WWE PPV airs and the radio show will be on! Like Darren Young, I am really “Mr. No Days Off”. And this gets me something to work with every week.

But wait Mr. V? What about the other projects?

Well, I am glad that some of the readers may ask the questions regarding the other works I currently carry out on WrestleView. Well, I hope that when I finish writing this I don’t have t respond again.

Predictions – Well, for over two years I, as well as our staff, have been mainly in control of the WrestleView “Predictions from the Faculty” articles and I just want to let you know that we here at WrestleView WILL still be completing these articles every weekend for WrestleView. So to my regular and occasional readers that predict each PPV, keep on doing them. I will still be counting the records.

“The Teacher’s Lounge” – Unless the place of employment suggests I leave the lounge, I plan on working with Dave Stephens to continue to put the best effort every Saturday on the WrestleView Radio Network. Right now, the only time I plan on not being there will be one weekend in September when I am in Orlando, FL.

WrestleView Power Rankings – They are still on as well. However, Gregory Walek (aka “Grash”), the WWE NXT Recapper, will set everything up. To send your power rankings for the WWE (and if you like TNA and ROH) please send them to powerrankings@wrestleview.com and we will begin this within a week.

The Year-End Awards – Time will tell. The Golden Yardsticks will be around by early-January and the Readers’ Choice should be set by February 2012.

So despite the new position, I will try my hardest to balance everything out and it can be done. I always say “if not for you, I would never have made it past Mr. V #1”. It is the truth and I hope that you continue to support me in my new endeavor outside of WrestleView.

I am sorry that this was long-winded, but I think these should answer your questions as to why my work has arrived “later than usual”. It will be better for me and trust me, it will be better for BOTH my classrooms.

Now that the lecture is over and I may write a mini-column after watching Monday Night Raw from August 15th, let me provide some “quick notes” from the week that has been in professional wrestling.

Quick Notes from “The Notebook of Mr. V”

– WWE’s SummerSlam was overall scored at around a “B” in my grade book this past weekend. Was it worth the money? Absolutely it is worth the money because it ended the Randy Orton vs. Christian feud beautifully. Also, I watched some of the best undercard matches of the year. I gave a rare “A” grade to Sheamus vs. Mark Henry because of how it ended and the vast improvement Sheamus and Mark Henry are at their roles as a face and heel respectively. Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan wrestled hard, but clean. It may have been their best showings in the WWE. The Divas Championship had good moments as well, especially the power demonstrated by Beth Phoenix.

The main event between CM Punk and John Cena was cleaner than their first encounter, but the finish was worse. I did not expect Alberto Del Rio to cash it in, but the end of the show felt very rushed and unorganized. However, it did not stop me from enjoying the show as a whole.

It was great, but it is not at the level that Money in the Bank, Extreme Rules, or Elimination Chamber was for me. I would say this show is middle of the pack for the year; however that is a good sign that the WWE for the most part have produced some of their best wrestling action in years.

– TNA’s Impact Wrestling program was cited in Germany because the level of violence exceeded what is acceptable to viewers that are 18 years old or younger. Germany has stricter guidelines on television than in the United States and obviously Germany made the right call because I feel Impact Wrestling uses a lot of “unneeded violence”. I think in this business you can tell a high-profile storylines without blood and swearing every week. Maybe it is the parent in me, but I am glad the WWE is more suitable to a broader audience.

But it is not about the WWE model of pro wrestling, but TNA’s. I don’t think this will change anything on the Impact Wrestling program, but in my opinion I just feel that they are a bit excessive in the violence.

– This may be the first time in a while that Rey Mysterio can honestly rest up after suffering a knee injury that required an MRI. Had Mysterio stayed on the Smackdown brand, I think this would have been catastrophic. But on Monday Night Raw, there are so many others that can cover for Mysterio. One of course is John Cena, the biggest star in the WWE this year. Also, stars like CM Punk, The Miz, and Alberto Del Rio will be able to hold the Raw fort. I do wish him well in his recovery from the injury.

– To those that complained about WWE’s ending to SummerSlam last weekend, you may have to check out the “Russo vs. Hogan” article on WrestleView.

SummerSlam’s ending had to have taken place days or weeks in advance and it paid off well, but not great. But it looked professional and it seemed like everyone was on the same page. Now Hardcore Justice’s ending was reportedly not set when the show was going on. As a consumer, I would rather pay for a well-produced show with superb booking at $45 than a show that is executed poorly at $35. Also, Hogan and Vince Russo need to get on the same page for the future of TNA. I type this because look what is coming up for them in a couple months. It is their “WrestleMania”, and that is Bound for Glory. If TNA has another unsuccessful top show, they have to be on thin ice. And the company will have no one to blame but themselves.

I want to see TNA survive and do well. There are many wrestlers that I do enjoy that are on that roster. I am happy to see Zema Ion get a shot on national television. I am thrilled to see watch Austin Aries get another shot in TNA. But the product needs to hook me in. It hooked me during Destination X, and then afterwards it was just mediocre at best.

– Speaking of TNA, props to Mexican America for winning the Tag Team Championship. We interviewed Hernandez months ago on “The Teacher’s Lounge” which you can listen to on the WrestleView Radio Network. The guy was such a class act that really deserved this championship. Now I hope he is featured on Impact more often.

– I checked out the “notes” on the first television tapings for ROH and I liked what I read and did not like what I read. First off, I am glad to read that Nigel McGuinness is back with the company as a color commentator. The team of McGuinness and Kevin Kelly calling the action should be a treat. McGuinness can really tell a story with his choice of words and I thought it will be an upgrade to the team of Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak from their ROH on HDNet days.

Also if the new ROH show does not air in your network, one can view it on ROHWrestling.com when it gets revamped. Another good idea by the company because let’s face it, there time slot is not the best in any city location.

I am a big disappointed that the ROH/SHIMMER agreement has ended. The SHIMMER athletes were tremendous talents and many of them did a fine job on the HDNet show (particularly Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze). I am certain that Prazak still loves the company and I hope they find something for him. I think Prazak was a solid color commentator recently and perhaps he can be the backstage interviewer with the new show.

Melina is asking for $3,000 plus first class air and hotel to go to independent bookings? Well, if Melina really wants to continue as a professional wrestler, she will have to lower her standards, and fast.

– Hulk Hogan turned down Dancing with the Stars. The competition involves loads of training and lots of discipline. Hogan did the right thing saying “no thank you, brother”.

– Mickie James is asking her fans to donate money to help her produce a new album. Sorry, but there are other causes I would shell money out to. Like the Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Project, The Salvation Army, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As much as I am a fan of hers, I just can’t donate money unless it would be right.

By the way, help my friend James Lacerenza send eleven children with MD to a summer camp at no expense to their parents or legal guardians. It’s free (that means no money needed) and all you need to do a click your mouse a couple times. The top 15 ideas get the grant. He is #1 with over ten days to go. Click the link below to help “make a real difference” to these kids. Also, he appeared on “Friday Fishbowl” in a very inspirational epidsode.

http://www.refresheverything.com/mda

Any Questions?

There are times where Mr. V gets questions for the column and there are times where Mr. V does not get questions. This week, I did not get any questions that I can answer at this time. So please, if you have any questions you would like me to ask, send them to mistervwv@hotmail.com.

Detentions

Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo – Let the past be the past and focus on the future of this fragile company.

WWE Generic Theme Music – It bit Daniel Bryan now. I think it sounds more like the intro music to the 11pm local news.

Heath Slater – If the rumors are true about the assault charges, then you sir are a bad, bad man.

Diana Hart Smith – Mama “DH Smith” ripped on Michael Cole after her son (David Hart Smith) was released by the company. Her son took it with class. These are the types of parents that I can’t stand to be honest with my readers. Diana, your son is a big boy. He can handle himself.

To all people who give the “PG” excuse every time something does not go their way in pro wrestling – They know who they are. Its simple logic, one must enjoy the product. People just don’t understand the business part of the WWE. It may be unpopular, but please put the litter in the garbage.

Big Andy Leavine – Tough Enough Winner. Now a one-strike WWE Wellness violator. He won a show that will at least give him work for a couple years and he makes a stupid decision.

WWE Commentary at SummerSlam – I don’t know if I can handle another Pay-Per-View with Cole, Lawler, and Booker.

TMZ – Who cares that a mouse invaded WWE Monday Night Raw last Monday? Seriously, that is San Diego’s problem not mine. For a second there, I thought that Conor O’Brian debuted on Monday Night Raw (remember on NXT III Del Rio was the “pro”)

Melina – She is reminding me of a female Matt Hardy, and that is not a good thing.

David Otunga – Yeah…he’s here.

The Time Out Chair –Linda Hogan. Mike Tedesco and I have spoken. Hulk Hogan may not be adored anymore; but you make Hulk look like someone who is honest and real to his fans. On the August 20th Edition of “The Teacher’s Lounge”, Mike Tedesco and I voted that she deserves a spot in the Eternal Detention. End of Story.

Eternal Detention

Praxis and the ETS Series
Teachers that get arrested
Michael Cole (As posted on Facebook, he will be in here until Mr. V #200)
2010 French Soccer Team
Jeff Hardy and “The Other” Hardy
“Undefined” Alicia Fox
Mike Tenay
“Roggio”
Linda Hogan (Added this week)

I decided for now to delete anything that is political or can cause a stir. When I “googled” my column I noticed they are on some sites that are not “Mr. V-approved”. Don’t worry, ETS and the Praxis Series will always be there.

“The Brody” (goes to the WORST comment under WrestleView articles)

I ask my readers to be “nosy” and search under the postings for some ridiculous or borderline brainless comments from some of the trolls that lurk under the bridge.

I want to thank Scottie Poindexter, Brian Farmer, and Jason Namako for helping me find a true Brody. However, Josh Boutwell sent me a very good one that talked bad to him and in all honesty it was not right.

This week’s winner is Tom Richards.

Here is the comment that was truly “Brody-Worthy”

(From Tom Richards) “taking cheap shots at the observer is sad and pathetic. The wrestling observer is the bible of wrestling. without it u would have no news to steal to put on this site. Anyone that pays for this site is a fool.”

Mr. V’s Thought: Since when did we call out The Wrestling Observer? I don’t think I ever did under these comments and neither does most of the staff of WrestleView.

The capitalization in this comment is bad. I am not going to rip on the man’s education because I am sure he is a pretty smart guy. Did Mr. Boutwell take a cheap shot? I don’t think so, but Mr. Boutwell had a case if he did.

I don’t like how people think they can critique our work in the public. We have e-mail addresses and it is more professional to just e-mail the respect columnists and recappers, but not like this. But since this was public, I have no choice but to take this into a teacher’s hands.

I don’t think anyone who pays for WrestleView is a fool. I think we provide tremendous insights on each radio show and I am blessed to be working with these people. Also, everyone copies off of everyone. The movies copy off each other, and I am sure these “sites” do the same thing at one time or another.

I am done and actually this was the last bit that I typed out. Have an Atlas laugh, Tom. Oh, and I did COPY AND PASTE IT!

Take it away, Tony Atlas!

I also take suggestions for “The Brody”. Send your picks to mistervwv@hotmail.com. Subject: The Brody. Thanks.

Mr. V’s Weekly Honor Roll For the Week of August 8 – August 15, 2011

8/08 – WWE Monday Night Raw
8/09 – WWE NXT
8/10 – OFF DAY.
8/11 – WWE Superstars and Impact Wrestling
8/12 – WWE Friday Night Smackdown
8/13 – This was the day you enjoyed “The Teacher’s Lounge”
8/14 – OFF DAY.

Distinguished Honors –Justin Gabriel vs. Tyson Kidd, WWE NXT, August 9.

How did it end? Justin Gabriel defeated Tyson Kidd via the 450 Splash. Outside of a few bad moments (one being obvious), this was a great light heavyweight match with a spot-on finish.

Grade: B (leaned toward B+).

High Honors –Sheamus vs. Christian, WWE Friday Night Smackdown, August 12.

How did it end? The match ended when Christian walked away and Sheamus won the match via countout. Though it was bit on the short side the wrestling was fluent. The transitions were smooth and Sheamus was tremendous as the babyface.

Grade: B- (leaned toward C+).

Honors –The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston, WWE Monday Night Raw, August 8.

How did it end? The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston via the Skull-Crushing Finale. Kingston has gotten a bit better as of late, especially in this match. The Miz really told a good story in this match.

Grade: B- (leaned toward C+).

Mr. V’s Grade Book for the week of 8/01/11 – 8/07/11

A+, A, or A-: None to Report.

B+: None to Report.

B: Justin Gabriel vs. Tyson Kidd (NXT)

B-: The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston (RAW); Sheamus vs. Christian (Smackdown); Cody Rhodes vs. Ezekiel Jackson (Smackdown)

C+: CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio (RAW); Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan (Smackdown)

C: John Cena vs. Jack Swagger (RAW); R-Truth vs. John Morrison (RAW); Darren Young vs. Matt Striker (NXT); David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty vs. Santino Marella and Evan Bourne (Superstars); Bobby Roode and James Storm vs. AJ Styles and Rob Van Dam vs. Devon and D’Angelo Dinero (IMPACT); Tara and Brooke Tessmacher vs. Jackie and ODB (IMPACT); Randy Orton vs. The Great Khali (Smackdown)

C-: Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres (RAW); Titus O’Neil vs. Derrick Bateman (NXT); Ted DiBiase, Jr. vs. Trent Barreta (Superstars); Alicia Fox vs. Tamina (Superstars); Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne (IMPACT); Crimson vs. Bully Ray vs. Gunner vs. Scott Steiner (IMPACT); Sin Cara vs. Tyson Kidd (Smackdown)

D+, D, or D-: Alex Riley vs. Dolph Ziggler (RAW); Brodus Clay vs. Aaron Jones (Superstars); Brian Kendrick vs. Robbie E. (IMPACT); Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. AJ and Kaitlyn (Smackdown); Mark Henry vs. Johnny Curtis (Smackdown)

F or INC: None To Report.

Current WrestleView Prediction Standings (As of WWE’s SummerSlam)

The Next Pay-Per-View is not for a few weeks. Enjoy the break everyone!

Current WrestleView Prediction Standings (As of WWE’s SummerSlam) 

2011-2012 Predictions from the Faculty Roster (SummerSlam record in parentheses)

1) Jose Marrero (Wrestling Rumblings/The Eye Gouge)……………61-38 (1-4)
2) Ryan Rivera (ROH on HDNet Recapper)…………………………..61-39 (2-3)
3) Dave Stephens (Raw Recaps/That’s a Wrap/Teachers Lounge….60-40 (0-5)
4) Gregory “Grash” Walek (WWE NXT Recapper)……………………60-40 (3-2)
5) Nicholas Gray (The Velvet Room)…………………………………..59-41 (2-3)
6) Wrestleview Students (The Readers of the article)………………59-41 (2-3)
7) Greg McNeish (The Velvet Room)………………………………….58-42 (0-5)
8) Mike Tedesco (WWE Smackdown Recapper)……………………..57-43 (1-4)
9) Josh Boutwell (TNA Impact Recaps/Viva La Raza)………………55-39 (2-3)
10) Evan O’Brien (WV International Desk)……………………………55-45 (4-1)
11) Anthony Valvo (From the Desk of Mr. V/Teacher’s Lounge)…..54-46 (2-3)
12) Matt O’Brien (Notes from the Nosebleeds)……………………….52-48 (2-3)
13) Darragh O’Connor (WV International Desk)……………………..52-37 (1-4)
14) Andrew Hayman (WWE Superstars Recapper)…………………..51-36 (3-2)

Tie-Breaker Points – Which are based on Championship matches correct

29: Nicholas Gray; Gregory Walek; Ryan Rivera;
28: Jose Marrero; Mike Tedesco
27: Dave Stephens
26: Greg McNeish
25: Josh Boutwell; Anthony Valvo
23: Evan O’Brien
21: Andrew Hayman
20: Darragh O’Connor
19: Matt O’Brien

The matches on the predictions article counted. I did not count the Six-Man Tag and Alberto Del Rio cashing in his Money in the Bank case to win the championship.

Evan O’Brien scored the best among the WrestleView staff with a 4-1 record (only WrestleView Staff and reader to accomplish the feat), only missing the Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett.

There will be FOUR new students of the week. It was not a very good PPV for the readers as a whole, but Frank McMahen, Chad Robbins, Brian Czygan, and Ken Konarzewski got 3-2 records and defeated the reigning Student of the Week to earn a spot in the TNA Turning Point article.

The last Student of the Week, Joey Devine, only scored a 2-3 record.

Jose Marrero is still on top of the leaderboard. However with only three wins separating first from seventh, it is anyone’s game still.

There were 27 predictions collected by the WrestleView Students and they averaged out 1.5 wins. I estimate the predictions of the students under these standings, and I had them at 2-3 for SummerSlam.

Who’s in line for the Predictions Prize?

See the latest Predictions article for details on how to compete.

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 five or six readers at this time. The first set of parentheses is the W/L record for WWE’s SummerSlam. The second parentheses are the Tie-Breaker points.

1) Paul Meade……………………………………………………..63-37 (1-4) (29) – Tie #1
2) Jordan Benterman…………………………………………..63-37 (2-3) (29) – Tie #1
3) Nick Latham…………………………………………………….62-38 (1-4) (29) – Tie #2
4) Michael Fox……………………………………………………62-38 (2-3) (29) – Tie #2
5) Goose Oberstar………………………………………………62-38 (1-4) (28) – #3
6) Jason Namako…………………………………………………61-39 (1-4) (26)

Four wins separate first place to eleventh place, so there is still a lot of time to catch up.

The person with the most picks incorrect is currently 54-46. Two have this record, but the one with 24 tiebreak points is deemed the worst. The other one had 27 tie break points.

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.

Also, while you are at it check out www.jrsbarbq.com. Jim Ross has some specials on all the Beef Jerky you can consume. Look at his blog and maybe buy a product or two.

Finally, some Gold Stars! These are the people, teams, and many other things that I think did a great job in wrestling, sports, news, and even charity. So, here is who I am giving a Gold Star to.

Brian Shields – I am hooked on the WWE Encyclopedia and am looking forward to buying my own copy of the book. To upcoming writers, it is tremendous research.

The fine folks at KDKA-TV – There are a few of their employees reading the column and I am proud of this. I am truly honored. Next KDKA staff member that reads this I hope is Stacy Smith (the manliest mustache in the business).

Jon Burton – One of the nicest guys on the Pittsburgh radio waves. If you are in the Pittsburgh area, he is on 93.7 The Fan.

Steve Blackman – No reason. He is Steve Blackman.

Tyson Kidd – Look, the guy makes others around him a notch better. Say what you want, he is a good worker.

Grash – For creating a WrestleView Milk Carton with Dave Stephens’s picture on it. We miss you, Dave.

SummerSlam – Sure, the ending to the show was not all that well done and a lot of the people would agree. However, the card was very good with the worst match getting a “C” in my grade book. The WWE did a great job heating up their storylines and feuds in what is usually the “down time” part of the year for the company.

Sheamus as a Babyface – Every time I see it, I want more of this. Sheamus also did a great job showing off his Brouge Kick on Conan last week.

Mark Henry – Right now if I had to pick most improved, he might edge out the competition. What an amazing display of strength and endurance by the big man.

CM Punk – He was the new Undisputed WWE Champion, for a few minutes but he won his match.

Alberto Del Rio – He is the NEW WWE World Champion. He may be considered a “mid-card” talent, but he gets a reaction and has pretty good wrestling skills. Not bad for a guy who at this time a couple years ago was in Mexico and FCW.

Ricardo Rodriguez – A few staff members mentioned this, he has to be the ring announcer for everyone on at least one Monday Night Raw.

John Cena – This is the Cena that I do enjoy watching. He is emotion and near his breaking point. The Internet should be happy of this edgier Cena, but I am sure the “basement dwellers” will complain some more (only to watch it again on Mondays).

Randy Orton – He really had a strong outing against Christian. If this was the “ending” of this summer-long feud, then I am very happy that it played out this way.

Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett – Wow what a hard-hitting match. It was an absolute treat to watch that action at SummerSlam.

Cody Rhodes – He is the new Intercontinental Champion. He is another guy in my “Most Improved” category and maybe most surprising.

The Miz – Remember two years ago when you were told by people that you would be “Marty Jannetty? Well, I was one of them and I am glad I am wrong.

Mexican America – They earn one for being the NEW TNA World Tag Team Champions.

Colt Cabana – He did a great job working on his latest “Art of Wrestling” Podcast. This week’s guest was Tracy Smothers. Please make sure to check it out. It is a great listen.

Chris Masters – Well, he crashed the SummerSlam Axxcess in a respectful manner (unlike a diva that I won’t mention). Also, I read that he is coming out with “Masterpiece Theatre” on YouTube. If the theme music is like that from PBS’ classic series, then I will be hooked.

Zack Ryder – Keep taking care and spiking that hair.

Chris Masters – He is upset of his WWE release (and to be honest I have no problem with Masters being upset) and he was a bit creative when he appeared walking around SummerSlam Axxess during the weekend of the pay-per-view. Outside of that wrestling persona he had in the WWE, he appears to be showing a side of humor that the WWE could have done a bit more with.

Matt Striker – For a guy that has not wrestled in years, he is not bad. Plus, the theme music is spectacular.

Mike Tedesco – He came to the plate and co-hosted “The Teacher’s Lounge” with me this weekend. It was pretty short notice.

The 90s Nickelodeon – Just look at the lineup and you all can thank me later.

Claudio Castagnoli – He earned 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 mistervwv@hotmail.com.

This Week’s Homework Assignment

No Homework Assignment this week. Until I get myself situated I won’t have any of you work on any homework. Enjoy the break.

Dismissal

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 like it, tell a friend! My classroom has many desks inside. If you want to get a hold of me during the week, please e-mail me at mistervwv@hotmail.com or at lounge@wrestleview.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!

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THE TEACHER’S LOUNGE IS NOW AIRING ON SATURDAYS!

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 (appeared on the 8/20 edition of The Teacher’s Lounge)

WrestleView Smackdown Recapper Mike Tedesco!

With Dave Stephens still out due to computer problems (blame Best Buy, not him) that will be fixed in due time, the August 20th edition of “The Teacher’s Lounge” featured a guest host! I welcomed WrestleView Smackdown Recapper Mike Tedesco in The Teacher’s Lounge and we talked about various topics in WWE, TNA, ROH, and other important information. We also had a great Title, Job, Fire Segment involving TeenNick programming that was a big hit.

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 recapper and three-time guest host)
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)
Evan O’Brien (WrestleView International Desk co-host and one-time guest host)
Darragh O’Connor (WrestleView International Desk co-host and one-time guest host)
Frank McMahen (WrestleView VIP member)
Jason Namako (WrestleView VIP member)

But wait, here is plenty more!

The Teacher’s Lounge also interviewed professional wrestlers and amazing writers, including:

Ring of Honor Wrestler and Former NWA World 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)
ROH, SHIMMER, and Chikara Professional Wrestler Sara Del Rey

As always, Dave Stephens and I thank all our listeners as well as our readers. For $4.99 a month, you get all of this along with many other hours of content from the other shows on the WrestleView Radio Network. It does cost a bit of money, but we will do our best to make it worth it. If you want to be a part of the Lounge for our “E-mails” section, you may drop us a line at lounge@wrestleview.com. To sign up, click here.