WrestleMEHnia thoughts

8 Apr

Seems there was quite a bit of disappointment after the big show, but it wasn’t all “meh”

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Wrestlemania is the showcase of the immortals, but there was a lot lacking from the show this year. It didn’t quite feel like the grandest stage of them all in a lot of cases.

I think a lot of focus was put on a couple of matches, and those matches weren’t played out correctly on the card. The undercard matches for the most part were good, but it was a case of “too little, too late” for a few matches.

Bad planning and lack of “big fight” feel to some of the matches hurt the show, but I really don’t think it was as terrible as some may think.

Here are my match-by-match thoughts.

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

For years now, I think the challenge against The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak has been the favorite of the night. And I think this year was no exception.

The Streak match tends to follow different standards. The storyline is always brought about quickly, but is always played out really well. We expect a great match, and it’s always the best of the night.

Against a storyteller like CM Punk, a wrestler like CM Punk there was never any doubt that this match would be great. Perhaps it wasn’t as great as previous years’, but with the rumors of whether ‘Taker would even be ready by WM time, you have to expect it. And even still, these two guys gave a great match that the crowd loved.

They did their jobs and they did them well. I wouldn’t mind seeing them go again. Their place on the card might have had something to do with it. I’m all for the last match being a title match, but with that, The Undertaker and CM Punk had to have gone on earlier in the night. Let the crowd rest a bit before throwing two other main events at them.

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

It’s tricky to follow The Undertaker’s match with two other huge main events. Maybe they were hoping to piggy back on that momentum, but that just didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the last two matches suffered the consequences.

On any other night, this match would have been a crowd favorite. Wrestlemania isn’t just any other night, and to go on right after The Undertaker’s match – that’s a tough job.

Brock and Triple H had a really good, hard-hitting match, but with a subdued crowd, it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

The Rock vs. John Cena

I was really looking forward to some big Wrestlemania entrances for The Rock and John Cena, and was disappointed.

Not entirely sure how I feel about the ending of the match either. I’m glad Cena won, the WWE title hasn’t meant a thing since The Rock beat CM Punk. But… I wanted more. The match was too long, the crowd wasn’t entirely into it, and the ending was too campy, and we didn’t even get those big, Wrestlemania-worthy entrances.

On the other hand, I completely get it. The fans didn’t get the chance to really tear into Cena because they were busy cheering The Rock. Cena gets the clean win, Rock gets his cheers. I get it, not sure how much I liked it though.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

While I was hoping for the start of Jack Swagger’s America, it wasn’t going to happen.

I’ve been a big fan of Swagger’s since the get-go, so I’m disappointed this match had to be played out with his court day in mind. It could have been a great move for him, but it’ll have to wait until his future is cleared up. I’m assuming this means we’re moving closer to Dolph Ziggler’s cash-in, which I’m looking forward to.

Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield

I’m glad The Shield got the victory. They are a cohesive unit and rightfully should have the edge over a thrown-together team like the Big Celtic Vipers. And I’m glad Big Show has remained a heel during this time.

That said, I’m still really unsure of Orton’s role in this. I was expecting a heel turn, but nope. Orton’s known for not playing well with others, so why is he now buddies with Sheamus? I was expecting something from him.

Good match though. Right team won.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry

I liked the build up for this match much, much more than I liked the actual payoff. I thought from the beginning that this could have been a great gimmick match for Wrestlemania. Something like a bodyslam challenge, I think would have been good. RyBack would have gotten a great reaction from something like that whether he won or not.

Mark Henry got the win, but RyBack got the last word – I guess it worked until next month.

WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston

This was a good match, but I think there was something missing from it. Maybe it needed more crazy AJ?

The right guys won though. Dolph will have his time when he cashes in that Money in the Bank briefcase.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

I wasn’t too thrilled when this match was made, but hindsight is 20/20.

Chris Jericho did his job – he made Fandango look good and Fandango got the win.

Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz (Interactive Pre-Show Match)

For being a four-hour show, there should have been room for this match on the main card. The match was decent, nothing too special, but for Miz to win the title on the pre-show was sort of silly.

He’s needed something big to get him out of his slump, winning the IC title could have done it, but on the pre-show it’s almost like it didn’t happen.

Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins

Again, for being a four hour show this advertised match should have been on the card. At the very least, it should have been on the hour-long pre-show.

I think even more than the guys, the Divas in this match were hurt by it being dropped. The Bellas and Naomi and Cameron could have really shined for the Divas division. Especially since the Divas title wasn’t on the card at all.

Wrestlemania 29 – Live Results

7 Apr

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Wrestlemania 29 is live tonight from New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. Here is what the card looks like. Check back for results.

WWE Champion The Rock vs. John Cena
John Cena def. The Rock to become the *NEW* WWE Champion
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
The Undertaker def. CM Punk to maintain his undefeated streak, 21-0
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Match; If Lesnar wins, Triple H must retire)
Triple H def. Brock Lesnar, Triple H’s career is still alive
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
Alberto Del Rio def. Jack Swagger to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield
The Shield def. Show/Sheamus/Orton – Big Show turns on Celtic Vipers after the match
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Mark Henry def. RyBack – After the match, RyBack comes back to get Henry up again for the Shell Shock
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston
Team Hell No def. Ziggler/Big E. Langston to retain the tag team titles.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Fandango def. Chris Jericho in his first Wrestlemania match.
Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins
While advertised, this match was cut from the Wrestlemania card
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz (Interactive Pre-Show Match)
The Miz def. Wade Barrett to become the *NEW* Intercontinental Champion

William Moody, 1954-2013

9 Mar

I was very saddened to hear that on Tuesday, March 5, William Moody, better known as Paul Bearer, passed away.

Paul Bearer played an integral part in the careers of some of the top WWE Superstars. If you followed @wweURNiverse on Twitter, I think it was quite obvious that his passion for the business was trumped by his love for his family and grandkids.

As a huge Undertaker fan, Paul Bearer was just as important to my childhood. When I think of one, I think of the other. His was a great loss.

Be blessed. And rest in peace.

Lucha Lucy’s WWE Royal Rumble ’13 Contest

14 Jan

The Royal Rumble is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing… it’s time for the third annual Lucha Lucy’s Royal Rumble contest! I’m sure you all know how it works, but check below anyway!

What do you have to do?

Then…

  • Guess a number. That’s it!

You can leave a comment below or tweet Lucha Lucy your entry number (only one number per person). Check below for the available numbers.

Here is how you will win:

1st place –
Correctly guess the entrance number of the Royal Rumble winner!

2nd place –
Correctly guess the entrance number of the Superstar with the most eliminations!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could post/tweet the following after you’ve entered the contest:

I entered @LuchaLucy’s #WWE Royal Rumble contest. Check it out: http://www.luchalucy.com

Good luck,
Lucha Lucy 

ROYAL RUMBLE CONTEST TABLE

1. Earl                                                               16. Jessica

2.  Shawn                                                         17. Ivan

3. Jon                                                               18. Alysha

4. Steve                                                           19. Jim

5. Jeremy                                                       20. Gerardo

6. Jerrod                                                        21. Samantha

7. Emily                                                          22. @Knight_Air

8.  @FunkMonk                                           23. David

9. Rory                                                            24. Crystal

10. Ray                                                            25. Robert

11. Lauen                                                        26. Richard

12. Missie                                                       27. Kris

13. Chelsea                                                    28. Dave

14. Ryan                                                        29. Dan

15. Erick                                                        30. Tom

A film about wrestling and stuff

20 Dec

Is anyone still out there?
by Lucha Lucy

So, It’s been quite a while since I’ve last updated LuchaLucy.com, and I’m really sorry for that. Life happens, things get in the way. But we’re on the verge of a new year, and just over a month into LuchaLucy.com‘s third birthday! That means it’s time to get back on track.

While I’ve been gone, I took a Film Production class at my community college; we were given an optional assignment to film a movie that evokes an emotion and/or feeling. I chose to film my nephew Ethan doing something he does everyday – pretend he’s a WWE champion. 

I love wrestling and Ethan loves wrestling. It’s pretty special to us (or maybe it’s just special to me that we both love it). It’s something we can enjoy together. The match he reenacts in the film (John Cena vs. Batista, Wrestlemania 26) is pretty special to us too. We were there for it; it was our first Wrestlemania. 

Ethan wrestles against that Big Show teddy bear all the time, he has for years now. And he dresses his part too – if he’s pretending to be John Cena, he matches his clothing, he puts on a baseball cap, and YouTubes “My Time is Now” for his entrance… he’s very thorough in his pretending. 

And he loves doing it. He loves pretending he’s a champion, he loves putting on his little matches. 

When we went to Wrestlemania 26, he was only five years old. He’s eight years old now. He won’t always love wrestling with his teddy bear, in fact, he may give it all up tomorrow. It’s hard growing up a wrestling fan, when everyone else around you grows out of it. I want him to be proud of being so passionate about something, even if it won’t last forever.

Wrestling may not always make him happy, but it makes him happy right now.

My hope was that this film would evoke feelings of happiness, nostalgia, triumph, innocence, and hope. I think it did a pretty good job of that for my class, and I’m glad I was able to accomplish that, but really, I hope that someday Ethan will look back at his film and remember how much he loved wrestling and how happy it made him (or still makes him). Whichever. 


Champion is a short film about a young boy named Ethan who loves wrestling and dreams of becoming a WWE champion, like his favorite wrestler John Cena. A student film directed by Lucinda Perez

Wrestlemania XXVIII predictions

31 Mar

With Wrestlemania 28 less than 24 hours away, I’m ready to officially list my predictions for the big night.

Wrestlemania 28 starts off with a WWE.com-YouTube live streaming triple threat tag team match.

Triple Threat Tag Team Championship match -
Primo and Epico (c) vs. The Usos vs. Justin Gabriel/Tyson Kidd –

The tag team division is dying a slow death, we all know this, but Primo and Epico and The Usos are legit tag teams. They need to be given a real spotlight to shine under. Because those two teams are legit teams, I really don’t mind the titles going to either one. I’m leaning towards The Usos, given the fact they are inducting the late, great Yokozuna into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. This is a great opportunity to give them the titles and give these three teams and let them all chase after each other. Sometime down the road, it might be a good idea to put the straps on the crazy-popular Justin Gabriel, but for tomorrow night – give them to The Usos.

Prediction: The Usos

Kelly Kelly/Maria Menunos vs. Beth Phoenix/Eve –

Again, I’m really disappointed to see a celebrity has taken a slot from one of the other Divas who, despite their ability (or lack thereof), has been busting their bedazzled butts all year for this opportunity. Though I understand that WWE higher-ups want that big celebrity name, couldn’t Maria Menunos have been an enforcer, or simply just accompanied the faces to the ring. She could have gotten a few shots in for good measure, of course. Anyway… the faces are winning. Maybe this will lead to something bigger down the road for the other combatants.

Prediction: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menunos

Randy Orton vs. Kane – 

This match was pretty much just thrown together for no real reason other than the fact that these two guys had nothing planned for Wrestlemania. That said though, I think they’ll pull off a decent match. Personally, I’ve not invested too much into it because it lacked so much story for me. This match could have been sanctioned No-DQ, but with the Hell in a Cell, it would have just been a frivolous stipulation. I expect Orton and Kane will open the show, or maybe be second on the card. I’d like to see Kane get the win here, his little feud with Cena earlier this year though, pretty much wiped him out of whatever momentum he had since his return though, so it could easily go to Orton.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny –

With the sole control of Raw AND Smackdown! on the line, i’m calling this a Team Johnny victory. John Laurinitis has proven over the past few months that he is now the guy the fans love to hate. Theodore Long has just about run his course as Smackdown! GM, and with the new Raw Supershow, the need for two GMs is fading quickly. With guys like Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz on his team, I’m hoping a Team Johnny win also means some pushes for these guys who could really benefit from it. Dolph Ziggler, though he has lost some slight momentum, is ready to be headlining pay-per-views and maybe this is when we get to finally see some changes. Hopefully.

Prediction: Team Johnny

Intercontinental Championship match
Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Big Show –

For over a year now, I’ve been so incredibly high on Cody Rhodes. His match against Rey Mysterio last year was one of my favorites. I think he’s proven his dedication to his character and has allowed himself to progress within it, rather than settle and become complacent. I’m almost completely disappointed in this match up; Big Show is a gifted athlete, no doubt about it, but it’s silly to think that he could give Cody Rhodes a real match. I think it would have been to the benefit of everyone to have gone with Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust, and stuck Big Show on Team Teddy. Given how much abuse Big Show has taken over the past couple of weeks, I think it’s a strong possibility that he will get the win over Cody. I’m hoping Cody can pull out a clean victory, I think he deserves it. I’ll gladly take a DQ win as well. Not sure which way this will go.

Prediction: Undecided — I will give an official prediction just before the match starts tomorrow night (follow me on Twitter for live updates and commentary)

World Heavyweight Championship match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus –

One of my biggest complaints going into Wrestlemania tomorrow is that WWE Creative just could not properly balance all of their main events. Of course, Rock vs. Cena got the most build up, which was expected. ‘Taker-Trips III came in second with the most dedicated story time, further out is Punk-Jericho and way, way, WAY out in fourth place was Daniel Bryan-Sheamus. I really don’t think WWE Creative cared too much about this match. They stuck them in a few tag matches, let them beat each other up a time or two, but I think they were more interested in building Daniel Bryan and AJ’s storyline. It’s a real shame, these two got booted from last year’s Wrestlemania and now had the opportunity to really show WWE higher-ups what a mistake that was. It’ll be a good match nonetheless, but a real shame they weren’t given enough time to really build themselves up. By the looks of it, I’m saying Sheamus gets the win. He’ll either get the title in the process, or he’ll win by DQ because some AJ-antics.

Prediction: Sheamus

WWE Championship match
CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho –

The battle of the best in the world really didn’t meet my expectations the way I thought it would have. Two gifted in-ring performers, two talented pipe bombers, and two incredibly over stars, but everything just fell flat for me, starting with Chris Jericho’s “end of the world as we know it” vignettes. There has been such a disconnect between his return and those videos, aside from the couple of times he’s actually said the phrase. I don’t get it, and apparently neither did Creative, so they’ve seemingly ignored the disconnect. Now, the past few weeks have been a little bit more interesting with these two, but with all this talk about Punk’s family, he has yet to drop a single bomb on Jericho. I like the limited physicality between them, but I wanted more from them. I’m a little torn for a winner, but I want to side with Punk on this one, I think I may be wrong though and we’ll see Jericho win. Either way, I hope this continues so that I can feel satisfied storyline-wise.

Prediction: Chris Jericho

Hell in a Cell w/Special Guest referee Shawn Michaels
The Undertaker vs.  Triple H –

Nearly 15 years ago, Shawn Michaels put on a referee shirt to officiate a match against Bret Hart and The Undertaker at SummerSlam. In that match, Shawn Michaels cost The Undertaker the WWF Championship. As a result, The Undertaker met Shawn Michaels in the first ever Hell in a Cell match at In Your House: Badd Blood. Fast forward 15 years, Triple H seeks retribution and immortality over The Undertaker, who just two years ago retired Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 26. While I already have my pick to win, I have no doubt that ‘Taker and Trips will put on a phenomenal Hell in a Cell match. This match is dubbed “the end of an era” and rightfully so. When Triple H spoke about the two of them being the last of their kind, he was right. They are the last of that era that was full of attitude. I’m one of the few fans who don’t want to being back guys from the 90s and remake the Attitude Era. It was a great time, but there has to be progression. The Undertaker and Triple H were two of the guys who could handle that change and succeed beyond it. They’ve both accomplished so much, but we’ll only get them for so much longer. The Undertaker vs. Triple H really is the last of an era; they’ll go out and give one hell of a match and in the end… 20-0.

Prediction: The Undertaker, 20-0

John Cena vs. The Rock –

The night after Wrestlemania 27, we got our main event for this year; truly one for the ages – John Cena vs. The Rock.

The Rock was to wrestling what Hulk Hogan was, likewise, John Cena is to wrestling what The Rock was. Like so many others, I am a bitter Rock fan who felt he left when he was needed the most, while John Cena was the flag bearer when it wasn’t too cool to be a wrestler (or wrestling fan). While I usually invest the most into the storyline and build up of a match, as great as WWE Creative wanted this build up to be, I don’t think this particular match will need to rely on that. It’s Rock vs. Cena, a wrestling fan and Attitude Era mark’s dream match. On one side, you have Team Bring It, on the other CeNation. There’s respect for both of these guys and the things they’ve done, but I am 100% CeNation on Sunday. There’s no reason for Rock to win tomorrow. Stone Cold officially passed the torch (well, beer can) to Cena, it’s time Rock did the same. Love to hate him, hate to love him, or indifferent to him, John Cena is the guy right now and has been for a long time, so I really want to think that he’ll get a clean win over Rock.

There’s definitely some personal feelings going into this match from both men, which will only make the match that much greater. They’ll put in everything they have to make it a great match, and I also like to think that that’s what this entire match is about for them both – two of the biggest Superstars, just putting on a big match on the biggest stage of them all.

Prediction: John Cena (CeNation & wrestling fans)

It’s gonna be a good show, guys. Don’t be so uptight, I’m going to try not to be, let’s enjoy it.

– Lucha Lucy

WWE Royal Rumble 2012

29 Jan

Live results from WWE Royal Rumble 2012

World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry

Winner: Daniel Bryan retains the World Heavyweight Championship

8-Diva Tag Team match
Beth Phoenix, Natalya & The Bella Twins vs. Tamina, Eve, Kelly Kelly & Alicia Fox

Winner: Beth Phoenix, Natalya & The Bella Twins

Singles match
John Cena vs. Kane

Double count out

Singles match
Drew McIntyre vs. Brodus Clay

Winner: Brodus Clay

WWE Championship match
CM Punk (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ special guest refee John Laurinitis

Winner: CM Punk retains the WWE Championship

Royal Rumble match

Winner: Sheamus 

WWE Royal Rumble ’12 contest

4 Jan

To celebrate the 25th annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view, LuchaLucy.com, sponsored by Rudo Reels, is happy to once again announce our Royal Rumble contest!

What do you have to do?

Then…

  • Guess a number. That’s it!

You can leave a comment below or tweet Lucha Lucy your entry number (only one number per person). Check below for the available numbers.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could post/tweet the following after you’ve entered the contest:

I entered @LuchaLucy’s #WWE Royal Rumble contest, sponsored by @RudoReels. Check it out: http://www.luchalucy.com

Here is how you will win, and what you get:

1st place – 5 DVDs!
Correctly guess the Royal Rumble winner’s entrance number.

(One winner, one guess per person)

2nd place – 3 DVDs
Entry number of the Royal Rumble runner-up.
(one winner)

3rd place – 1 DVD
Entry number of Superstar with the longest Rumble duration.

Entry number of Superstar with the most Rumble eliminations.
(two winners)

Good luck,
Lucha Lucy 

ROYAL RUMBLE CONTEST TABLE

1. Nick                                                                          16. Mark Jabroni

2. Daniel                                                                    17. D’el

3.  Jeff                                                                          18. Dan

4. Julian                                                                      19. James

5.  Mike                                                                       20. Mohamed

6. Alysha                                                                    21. David 

7.  Jerry                                                                      22. Shane

8. Conor                                                                      23. Anthony

9.  Chelsea                                                                  24. Robbie

10.  Manny                                                                 25. Robert

11. @FunkMonkv1                                                  26. Genevy

12. Constantine                                                         27. Eric

13.  Thomas                                                                28. Jane

14.  Jessica                                                                   29. Ryan

15.  Derrick                                                                 30. TJ

WWE TLC

18 Dec

Live, updated results for WWE TLC

United States Championship match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Zack Ryder - 

Winner: NEW United States Champion – Zack Ryder

Tag Team Championship match
AirBoom (c) vs. Primo/Epico

Winner: Still Tag Team Champions – AirBoom

Tables match
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett

Winner: Randy Orton

Divas Championship match
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. KellyKelly

Winner: Still Divas Champion – Beth Phoenix

Ladder match
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash

Winner:  Triple H

Singles match
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger

Winner: Sheamus

World Heavyweight Championship Chairs match
Mark Henry (c) vs. The Big Show

Winner: NEW World Heavyweight Champion – The Big Show

Daniel Bryan cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase.

World Heavyweight Championship match
The Big Show (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

Winner: NEW World Heavyweight Champion – Daniel Bryan

Intercontinental Championship match
Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Booker T

Winner: Still Intercontinental Champion – Cody Rhodes

Triple Threat WWE Championship TLC match
CM Punk (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. The Miz

Winner: Still WWE Champion – CM Punk

AOW wrestling in Palm Desert

10 Dec

Highlight video from Alpha Omega Wrestling’s debut last month.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, AOW is holding their second show, “The Ghost of Christmas Bash,” at the Palm Desert YMCA.

AOW – Highlight #1 from Resound Productions on Vimeo.

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