There’s quite a few things that I need to address today, and frankly, some of them are going to be down right being pissed off. If you don’t like it, I don’t care.

First, I’m going to get to the goof that is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, and his ‘appearance’ on that walking diaper stain’s radio show, Bubba the Love Sponge. I still need to know who the hell coronated this guy as some guru of information for professional wrestling. Christ, I KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS THAN THIS massive waste of oxygen, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is saying something.

Now, looking at the recap of the interview with Angle and Mr. Guru of Goulash (it’s the only clean word I could think of that fit the moniker), there’s a few comments I want to say.

1. Obviously, this coupling with Rhaka Khan was indeed mired in insanity, because if there’s a shred of truth of what Angle had to say in response to the hearing that just recently took place, then it’s quite obvious that Trenesha Biggers has no credibility, which is also just about as much as the so called face of TNA, the World Heavyweight Champion.

2. Bubba “claims” to know that TNA low balled a contract offer for Angle to stay, and that Angle was offended by it. Listen, first off, where the hell is Bubba getting this so called insider information, and how credible is it? Let me answer that, HE’S GETTING IT FROM THE BACK OF HIS HEAD, AND IT HAS ZERO CREDIBILITY. And, if there is a SHRED of truth to this deal, then there’s something that needs to be said. Kurt, the other company, just avoided a major league bullet to the eyes. Do you honestly believe in your heart of hearts that “the other company” is even going to listen to your overtures of returning? If I was Kurt Angle, I would shut my freakin’ trap shut about his job security, thank the good Lord above he didn’t lose his job after the black eye he put on the company, and sign whatever offer they give him.

3. Bubba continues to try and make a non story a story by calling Jeff Jarrett a cancer in TNA Wreslting because “he’s sleeping with your ex-wife,” that was his quote to Kurt, based on the recap I wrote. Let me see, was there divorce proceedings in the works between Kurt and Karen Angle? I think so. Was there a law stating that neither party was allowed to seek solace or comfort or anything else for the entire length of those proceedings? Answer, no. The Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Karen Angle non story is an absolute joke, and the only person who truly was hurt by this was Jeff Jarrett, because the work he did in attempting to build up a wrestling company has basically been turned to shit because of allegiations and beliefs of somethings that happened that truly, when you look at it clearly, have absolutely zero to do with the business.

Ok, I spend about 30 lines too many on the so called “Love Sponge”, so let’s move on.

TNA recently fired Jim Cornette & BG James. I was asked on facebook for my opinion as to whether or not WWE would rehire BG James. Since Cornette was fired at the same time, I’ll mention both.

I firmly don’t believe WWE will touch Cornette with a ten foot pole. Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are like oil and water, they don’t mix. I don’t think that BG James will return to WWE, either. I don’t think that James has much left in the tank as a wrestler, even if he has anything left in the tank, and there are an awful lot of agents working backstage with WWE, and I would believe that James would be more weight to an already top heavy scale. If anything, I would like to see Jim Cornette return to Ring of Honor as an authority figure, especially with the need of named talent to lead ROH in to the future past September 26th. James in ROH, well, I don’t know. It’s possible, maybe as a manager, or something to that extent. But, their futures combined, I am uncertain.

The rumours as to why Cornette was fired is just silly. If he got in to a fight with Vince Russo over why they’re pushing Eric Young, there’s two things to say. One, Russo is a sensitive ass. Two, in my non-experienced opinion, Cornette is missing the boat. Young has really shown some improvement as the “World Elite” leader, and I think he’s worthy of a push similar to what he’s getting. Not at all close to main event status, but worthy enough to play second fiddle to Angle’s group of thugs. Now, I’m not going to dispute the mind of Jim Cornette, and maybe he sees things that I don’t, but its what I see, and that is the purpose of the forum I possess.

UPDATED 9/19/2009 10:30pm
I had done in my last column a bunch of email responses to the Jeff Hardy situation, and I received one after the fact that I found very compelling. It is from a friend of mine who has had the pleasure of competing in the ring. I thought his words would be as poignant as possible to describe the situation at hand.

His name is Lester, and here’s what he has to say.

I wanted to put my two cents in on this from the perspective of an ex-wrestler, which I am. I was a worker in the Georgia, Continental, and Mid-South areas in the ’80’s. I had a modicum of success in Japan. Still, a grunt perspective is better than none, right?

Jeff Hardy is a gifted talent. I would give my left nut to have had his high-flying talent. Sad to say, to go along with his talent is a troubled mind and soul.

I know what it is to self-medicate to be able to make the next booking. Yes, I abused substances in my day as a wrestler. I also ebdured pain and discomfort, knowing if I got carried away, I would do a crappy job in the ring and lose my job. It might have been a dream job, but still a job. I didn’t want to lose a job that most people can’t even get. A job that most who wish to do , cannot. I didn’t want to return to being a “mere mortal”, so to speak, because I had developed a drug problem. It’s a matter of common sense, man. Ya know??? Common sense.

Some of the things you said may have been harse, but that does not make them any less true. I attend church with a teenage girl whose favorite wrestler is Jeff Hardy. I told her Sunday about the incident of last Friday. I wish Jeff Hardy had seen the crushed look on her face, the disappointment in her eyes. Was that look worth a soft drink bottle of steroids, and 400+ pills? I don’t think so. I understand Hardy has two herniated discs. The pills would be the only to perform in such a condition. That I well know. I know also that my health is worth enough to not risk it further by killing the pain with drugs and risking further injury.

These comments are slightly outdated, but it comes from someone who has had the experiences of being inside the squared circle, and taking bumps maybe not as wild and crazy as Jeff Hardy’s, but perhaps just as intense. THAT, to me, is as close to an expert opinion as I can find, and I would like to thank Lester for taking the time to get in touch with me to share his opinion.

Now, on to the thing that really has me pissed.

The Raw Guest Host thing.

I can accept Seth Green, Jeremy Piven, Shaq, and even Floyd Mayweather, although the Mayweather show was a major league cluster bomb, which wasn’t WWE”s fault. I sure as hell can accept Dusty Rhodes hosting Raw, as well as Sgt. Slaughter, Trish Stratus (SO HOT, want to…nevermind, better shut up) and any other hall of famer who would want to step through the curtain and run things for one show. Bob Barker hosting Raw was a stretch, I thought, but Barker is such a legendary television personality, and obviously, retirement hasn’t dulled his rapier like wit, so the experiment with him was a major success.

But, answer me something. Does WWE really want publicity this badly to allow Al Sharpton the chance to host a wrestling show?

No, when Bob Barker’s name is mentioned you don’t think about wrestling. Same thing can be said for Piven, Seth Green, and Shaq. But, what most of the celebrities that have stepped through the curtain have done, is attract WWE”s main demographic, 18 – 34 year old males and females. What is Al Sharpton going to attract? Does Vince need to bring in someone that’s going to get so much heel heat that it may rival Vickie Guerrero’s departure?

Yes, I know the guest host spot is a chance for celebrities to plug whatever it is they’re promoting. I respect that. I respect the fact that WWE gets a rub from the name recognition of any celebrity that takes the position. However, I think there are places WWE ought to not travel to, and on September 28th, I think WWE is going down the road to nowhere special with Al Sharpton hosting Monday Night Raw. Name me one person who’s going to think he’s going to be a good host of the show, and I will love to hear their opinions as to why. In my personal opinion, he’s a loud mouth, foul human being who has nobody’s best interest in mind but his own.

One last comedic note before moving on, where did WWE dig up Cedric the Entertainer? I haven’t seen a project from him in a dog’s age.

Ok, let’s finish this up with picks for No Surrender tomorrow night. Couple of things to talk about before getting to the picks.

First off, I have zero idea what they’re going to do with the Knockout’s tag team title match. Anything short of finding a viable replacement for Angelina Love is going to make a cluster bomb out of the entire tournament. I am dying to hear what the reasoning is going to be for Love’s sudden disappearance from TNA Wrestling. This is going to be interesting to see, and even more fun to rip apart when the creative idiots screw it up.

Secondly, I know TNA is gimmick heavy. But, one thing I have enjoyed, and it’s even become apparent in WWE with the Elimination Chamber, is that certain matches only happen in certain pay per views. King of the Mountain matches only happen at Slammiversary. And before tomorrow night, Lethal Lockdown matches have only happened at Lockdown. Granted, most all of the lethal lockdowns have been fun to watch, and I suspect tomorrow night’s match will be no different. However, it takes some of the prestige away from the match when it comes back up at Lockdown in 2010, in my opinion. I know it’s a knitpick, but it’s what I think. Sad part is, I’m contradicting myself right now, because chances are pretty good that I’ll buy this PPV on DVD when it comes out because of the Lethal Lockdown match.

Lastly, outside of the fact that the tag titles aren’t on the line, and the knockouts tag title is in a state of emergency, the build up for the title matches here has been, shockingly, pretty good. One question is, when Morgan and Angle were beating the crap out of each other, why didn’t AJ and Sting show up to assist?? Again, another knitpick, but something I observed.

Ok, since this has been a long column, I’ll make the picks quick.

Hernandez over Eric Young. Hernandez has the case. He has the world title shot. No chance in hell Young wins the match, and I think with Homicide turning heel and joining World Elite last week, that will cause the dirty finish in this match, and the probable DQ win for Super Mex. I wouldn’t be surprised though, if the dirty finish gives EY the win. One thing is certain, LAX is gone, and I am sad. LAX was an AMAZING tag team, and they WANTED to stay together, and they SHOULD’VE stayed together.

Bobby Lashley over Rhino My, how Rhino has fallen. Rhino gets announced for this match before he’s put in to the world title qualifying matches for the main event. So we knew Rhino was going to lose the qualifiiers. We also know that Rhino appears to be in a feud, so to speak, with an absolute rookie out of the blocks in Jesse Neal. So the question is, will Neal make his presence known here? My thoughts say no. Obviously, there’s an awful lot of push around Lashley, so I suspect Lashley will win this match pretty simply. Sad, for a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion to be reduced to a literal after thought.

Team 3D & Beer Money win Lethal Lockdown over the British Invasion & The Main Event Mafia Something tells me that even though the advantage is with the champs, the faces will win here. There needs to be some change of flow of the storylines in TNA Wrestling, and this would be the absolute prime opportunity for the ebb and flow of the show to change. I think I may have picked the champs on the good professor’s docket, and if I did, I apologize, I have had a change of heart.

Taylor Wilde & Sarita win the Knockouts Tag Team Championship No way around it, they’re marketable internationally, and they are as good, if not better than most of the teams that competed in the tournament. I think they’ll win, and more on their talent than the cluster bomb problem that TNA is in with this match.

Kevin Nash over Abyss thanks to help from Mick Foley I think the evil Mankind will return here and stop Abyss from winning the legends title. I also think they’ll be some stupid loophole that’ll stop Nash from collecting the bounty to keep the storyline going. When Abyss stopped Foley from his chance at the belt this week, it virtually sealed the deal that Abyss is going to fall at the pay per view.

Samoa Joe over Daniels to retain the X Division Championship I don’t suspect that Daniels, who has his own legal troubles to contend with, is going to be rewarded with a championship at this time. I think this will be clean, vicious, and relatively short.

AJ Styles wins the TNA World Heavyweight Championship over Angle, Sting & Morgan I believe this will be the coronation of the rebirth of the heavyweight championship reign for AJ Styles. AJ and Sting are going to assist in taking out Morgan, and leave Angle for the taking. I also believe that the perfect way for Sting to go out is against his student at Bound For Glory for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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There’s quite a few things that I need to address today, and frankly, some of them are going to be down right being pissed off. If you don’t like it, I don’t care.

First, I’m going to get to the goof that is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, and his ‘appearance’ on that walking diaper stain’s radio show, Bubba the Love Sponge. I still need to know who the hell coronated this guy as some guru of information for professional wrestling. Christ, I KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS THAN THIS massive waste of oxygen, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is saying something.

Now, looking at the recap of the interview with Angle and Mr. Guru of Goulash (it’s the only clean word I could think of that fit the moniker), there’s a few comments I want to say.

1. Obviously, this coupling with Rhaka Khan was indeed mired in insanity, because if there’s a shred of truth of what Angle had to say in response to the hearing that just recently took place, then it’s quite obvious that Trenesha Biggers has no credibility, which is also just about as much as the so called face of TNA, the World Heavyweight Champion.

2. Bubba “claims” to know that TNA low balled a contract offer for Angle to stay, and that Angle was offended by it. Listen, first off, where the hell is Bubba getting this so called insider information, and how credible is it? Let me answer that, HE’S GETTING IT FROM THE BACK OF HIS HEAD, AND IT HAS ZERO CREDIBILITY. And, if there is a SHRED of truth to this deal, then there’s something that needs to be said. Kurt, the other company, just avoided a major league bullet to the eyes. Do you honestly believe in your heart of hearts that “the other company” is even going to listen to your overtures of returning? If I was Kurt Angle, I would shut my freakin’ trap shut about his job security, thank the good Lord above he didn’t lose his job after the black eye he put on the company, and sign whatever offer they give him.

3. Bubba continues to try and make a non story a story by calling Jeff Jarrett a cancer in TNA Wreslting because “he’s sleeping with your ex-wife,” that was his quote to Kurt, based on the recap I wrote. Let me see, was there divorce proceedings in the works between Kurt and Karen Angle? I think so. Was there a law stating that neither party was allowed to seek solace or comfort or anything else for the entire length of those proceedings? Answer, no. The Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Karen Angle non story is an absolute joke, and the only person who truly was hurt by this was Jeff Jarrett, because the work he did in attempting to build up a wrestling company has basically been turned to shit because of allegiations and beliefs of somethings that happened that truly, when you look at it clearly, have absolutely zero to do with the business.

Ok, I spend about 30 lines too many on the so called “Love Sponge”, so let’s move on.

TNA recently fired Jim Cornette & BG James. I was asked on facebook for my opinion as to whether or not WWE would rehire BG James. Since Cornette was fired at the same time, I’ll mention both.

I firmly don’t believe WWE will touch Cornette with a ten foot pole. Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are like oil and water, they don’t mix. I don’t think that BG James will return to WWE, either. I don’t think that James has much left in the tank as a wrestler, even if he has anything left in the tank, and there are an awful lot of agents working backstage with WWE, and I would believe that James would be more weight to an already top heavy scale. If anything, I would like to see Jim Cornette return to Ring of Honor as an authority figure, especially with the need of named talent to lead ROH in to the future past September 26th. James in ROH, well, I don’t know. It’s possible, maybe as a manager, or something to that extent. But, their futures combined, I am uncertain.

The rumours as to why Cornette was fired is just silly. If he got in to a fight with Vince Russo over why they’re pushing Eric Young, there’s two things to say. One, Russo is a sensitive ass. Two, in my non-experienced opinion, Cornette is missing the boat. Young has really shown some improvement as the “World Elite” leader, and I think he’s worthy of a push similar to what he’s getting. Not at all close to main event status, but worthy enough to play second fiddle to Angle’s group of thugs. Now, I’m not going to dispute the mind of Jim Cornette, and maybe he sees things that I don’t, but its what I see, and that is the purpose of the forum I possess.

Now, on to the thing that really has me pissed.

The Raw Guest Host thing.

I can accept Seth Green, Jeremy Piven, Shaq, and even Floyd Mayweather, although the Mayweather show was a major league cluster bomb, which wasn’t WWE”s fault. I sure as hell can accept Dusty Rhodes hosting Raw, as well as Sgt. Slaughter, Trish Stratus (SO HOT, want to…nevermind, better shut up) and any other hall of famer who would want to step through the curtain and run things for one show. Bob Barker hosting Raw was a stretch, I thought, but Barker is such a legendary television personality, and obviously, retirement hasn’t dulled his rapier like wit, so the experiment with him was a major success.

But, answer me something. Does WWE really want publicity this badly to allow Al Sharpton the chance to host a wrestling show?

No, when Bob Barker’s name is mentioned you don’t think about wrestling. Same thing can be said for Piven, Seth Green, and Shaq. But, what most of the celebrities that have stepped through the curtain have done, is attract WWE”s main demographic, 18 – 34 year old males and females. What is Al Sharpton going to attract? Does Vince need to bring in someone that’s going to get so much heel heat that it may rival Vickie Guerrero’s departure?

Yes, I know the guest host spot is a chance for celebrities to plug whatever it is they’re promoting. I respect that. I respect the fact that WWE gets a rub from the name recognition of any celebrity that takes the position. However, I think there are places WWE ought to not travel to, and on September 28th, I think WWE is going down the road to nowhere special with Al Sharpton hosting Monday Night Raw. Name me one person who’s going to think he’s going to be a good host of the show, and I will love to hear their opinions as to why. In my personal opinion, he’s a loud mouth, foul human being who has nobody’s best interest in mind but his own.

One last comedic note before moving on, where did WWE dig up Cedric the Entertainer? I haven’t seen a project from him in a dog’s age.

Ok, let’s finish this up with picks for No Surrender tomorrow night. Couple of things to talk about before getting to the picks.

First off, I have zero idea what they’re going to do with the Knockout’s tag team title match. Anything short of finding a viable replacement for Angelina Love is going to make a cluster bomb out of the entire tournament. I am dying to hear what the reasoning is going to be for Love’s sudden disappearance from TNA Wrestling. This is going to be interesting to see, and even more fun to rip apart when the creative idiots screw it up.

Secondly, I know TNA is gimmick heavy. But, one thing I have enjoyed, and it’s even become apparent in WWE with the Elimination Chamber, is that certain matches only happen in certain pay per views. King of the Mountain matches only happen at Slammiversary. And before tomorrow night, Lethal Lockdown matches have only happened at Lockdown. Granted, most all of the lethal lockdowns have been fun to watch, and I suspect tomorrow night’s match will be no different. However, it takes some of the prestige away from the match when it comes back up at Lockdown in 2010, in my opinion. I know it’s a knitpick, but it’s what I think. Sad part is, I’m contradicting myself right now, because chances are pretty good that I’ll buy this PPV on DVD when it comes out because of the Lethal Lockdown match.

Lastly, outside of the fact that the tag titles aren’t on the line, and the knockouts tag title is in a state of emergency, the build up for the title matches here has been, shockingly, pretty good. One question is, when Morgan and Angle were beating the crap out of each other, why didn’t AJ and Sting show up to assist?? Again, another knitpick, but something I observed.

Ok, since this has been a long column, I’ll make the picks quick.

Hernandez over Eric Young. Hernandez has the case. He has the world title shot. No chance in hell Young wins the match, and I think with Homicide turning heel and joining World Elite last week, that will cause the dirty finish in this match, and the probable DQ win for Super Mex. I wouldn’t be surprised though, if the dirty finish gives EY the win. One thing is certain, LAX is gone, and I am sad. LAX was an AMAZING tag team, and they WANTED to stay together, and they SHOULD’VE stayed together.

Bobby Lashley over Rhino My, how Rhino has fallen. Rhino gets announced for this match before he’s put in to the world title qualifying matches for the main event. So we knew Rhino was going to lose the qualifiiers. We also know that Rhino appears to be in a feud, so to speak, with an absolute rookie out of the blocks in Jesse Neal. So the question is, will Neal make his presence known here? My thoughts say no. Obviously, there’s an awful lot of push around Lashley, so I suspect Lashley will win this match pretty simply. Sad, for a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion to be reduced to a literal after thought.

Team 3D & Beer Money win Lethal Lockdown over the British Invasion & The Main Event Mafia Something tells me that even though the advantage is with the champs, the faces will win here. There needs to be some change of flow of the storylines in TNA Wrestling, and this would be the absolute prime opportunity for the ebb and flow of the show to change. I think I may have picked the champs on the good professor’s docket, and if I did, I apologize, I have had a change of heart.

Taylor Wilde & Sarita win the Knockouts Tag Team Championship No way around it, they’re marketable internationally, and they are as good, if not better than most of the teams that competed in the tournament. I think they’ll win, and more on their talent than the cluster bomb problem that TNA is in with this match.

Kevin Nash over Abyss thanks to help from Mick Foley I think the evil Mankind will return here and stop Abyss from winning the legends title. I also think they’ll be some stupid loophole that’ll stop Nash from collecting the bounty to keep the storyline going. When Abyss stopped Foley from his chance at the belt this week, it virtually sealed the deal that Abyss is going to fall at the pay per view.

Samoa Joe over Daniels to retain the X Division Championship I don’t suspect that Daniels, who has his own legal troubles to contend with, is going to be rewarded with a championship at this time. I think this will be clean, vicious, and relatively short.

AJ Styles wins the TNA World Heavyweight Championship over Angle, Sting & Morgan I believe this will be the coronation of the rebirth of the heavyweight championship reign for AJ Styles. AJ and Sting are going to assist in taking out Morgan, and leave Angle for the taking. I also believe that the perfect way for Sting to go out is against his student at Bound For Glory for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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