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As an aspiring comedian and ’smart’ wrestling fan whose constantly tuned into the ever-flowing internet chatter of other like-minded fans, it was a real treat to see the ‘WWE Universe’ get blasted by a super-nova of the ridiculously funny hash-tag trend #wwecovrbands on Twitter this week. Started by Twitter user @Bar_Nez and Chicago comedian @MartyDerosa this past Wednesday, the joke started with one tweet between the two wrestling fans, steamrolled out of Chicago, and onto becoming a world-wide trending topic by the end of the day. WWE superstars like @CMPunk, @IamJericho (Chris Jericho), and @ZackRyder joined in on the rock ‘n wrassl’n humor as well. I found myself writing and reading other tweets about this joke for well over 2 hours while at work on Wednesday. It may not have been a productive day at the office, but it was certainly a day where I laughed hardest ever at any job I have ever had.
Here is the origianl Tweet that started the whole thing…
The joke formula is pretty simple. You take a pro wrestling star’s stage name and combine it with the name of a popular (or once popular) musical act. It sounds silly because it is, but the results are entertaining even if you can’t come up with a clever phonetic spin on the formula. Here is a collection of the some of the funniest #WWEcoverband tweets posted this week. You can share your own #WWEcoverband joke with me @KevKellam.
@WWEMagazine : Husker Duke the Dumpster Droese
@Mikki_Sixx Akeem the African Dream Theater
@Mikki_Sixx Billy Guns ‘N’ Roses
@Joekillgallon The Velvet Undertaker
@RyanBudds Greg the Hammer My Bloody Valentine
@joemcadams They Might Be Andre the Giants
@CMPunk George Straight Edge Society
@MartyDerosa Crosby, Stills, Kevin Nash & Eric Young.
@GlitterCheese Daniel Bryan McKnight
@BdRick DJ Jazzy Jeff Hardy
I could go on and on for days. There is literally thousands of the smile-enducing gems like these on this page on twitter.com. Check out Marty Derosa continue to make Pro Wrestling funny with NWA World Champion @ColtCabana with their weekly web series, “Creative Has Nothing For You” where they spoof the behind-the-scenes life of wrestlers at the bottom of the card. The comic/wrestler duo also produce the must-see $5 Wrestling DVD series for Highspots.com, which had a sold-out crowd for a live show in Miami during Wrestlemania weekend earlier this month.
WWE has not dragged their feet in the wake of their annual Super Bowl-level show, Wrestlemania 28 by bringing former WWE and UFC Champion Brock Lesnar back to the fold to challenge John Cena. The main event match will go down right here in Chicago under shadows of 747 airliners at the Allstate Arena at Sunday, April 29th at Extreme Rules. There are several other big matches announced for the show including hometown hero CM Punk in action. Here is a preview of the announced matches for the show. If your going to the show, tweet me your thoughts about the show @kevkellam
Extreme Rules Match: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Lesnar shocked the WWE Universe and sent rumbles through UFC fandom, with his epic return to WWE on the night after Wrestlemania. With no words and a Miami crowd jumping out of their seats, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion passed off on shaking hands with John Cena and slammed him with an F5. Lesnar’s reported deal with WWE currently has him working a limited amount of dates over the next year with a hefty price tag of around $5 million dollars attached to his work. Unlike dragging the eventual fight between Lesnar and Cena out like WWE did with the Rock and Cena, they are burning up a feud between the two mega-stars as quickly as possible. For the most part, Lesnar has bested Cena in each of their confrontations including bloodying the 10 time WWE Champion which is rare in today’s WWE. Lesnar has the advantage, and Cena needs to win this anything-goes match especially after his huge lost to the Rock at Wrestlemania 28. This match is also intriguing as it’s Lesnar’s first WWE match in 8 years.
WWE Championship Chicago Street Fight: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Though the Extreme Rules Pay Per View is being sold with Lesnar vs. Cena, this match built around the manipulative Jericho attacking WWE Champion CM Punk’s straight-edge lifestyle and his family’s past issues with substance abuse. Punk has been humiliated by Jericho who poured whiskey on a vulnerable Punk, and smashed the bottle on his head. Punk wants revenge on the sacred stage of his hometown Chicago and his family int he front row. Jericho is playing up the controversial issue of Punk possibly breaking his no alcohol on this week’s past RAW in London. On RAW this coming Monday, we should get more rage from Punk and mind games from Jericho. With the Street Fight rules look for the match at Extreme Rules to be a wild outside-the-ring brawl with Punk’s family playing a role.
World Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls Match: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan may have been squashed at Wrestlemania in 18 seconds with his diehard internet following turning on WWE, and turning his catchphrase ‘YES!’ into a new fun chant. The Celtic Warrior Sheamus may be the new World Heavyweight Champion but a majority fans are not buying the big Irishman even with him pitted against the hated General Manager John Laurinitis on Smackdown in the past few weeks. Bryan has vowed to not have another “fluke” in Chicago at Extreme Rules, and promises to make Sheamus tap out to his neck-cranking ‘Yes Lock’. If the two other main events are underwhelming, this will be the match that fans walking out of the show will be talking about.
Former UFC and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar made waves this past Monday on USA Network, when he returned to WWE. His presence at the American Airlines Arena the night after Wrestlemania was overwhelming as grown male 20 something dudes in the crowd jumped up and down as the “Next Big Thing” walked down the ring and confronted mega-star John Cena. Cena offered a handshake to Lesnar, only to get an F5 slam to the canvas which elicited a huge pop from the Miami crowd.
Less than 24 hours earlier fans were watching the Rock defeat John Cena and The Undetaker steal the show in a brutal fight with Triple H at Wrestlemania 28, but the talk of the wrestling world is now focused on Lesnar and his return. Let’s look at all the possible matches we could get out of this addition to the roster.
Lesnar vs. CM Punk
The pride of Chicago, the Straigh Edge superstar, and WWE Champion are all titles held by CM Punk. The tattooed rebel has been the guy for WWE in 2011 and this year seems like he’s really getting the ‘ball’ as he defeated Chris Jericho at WM28 on Sunday and will headline Extreme Rules later this month at the Allstate Arena. So Lesnar should definitely set his sight on this guy if he wants to continue to shake things up, but Punk will not go down easily.
Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan
It’s doubtful that the intimidating Lesnar will cross paths with the former World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan (a.k.a Bryan Danielson) but if they did ever meet in the ring it would a hard-hitting gritty battle that fans would not forget. Daniel may be playing a heel character who avoids unfiltered fights with his bigger opponents, but he has legit background in Martial Arts and it would interesting to see him apply those skills in a pro wrestling match with a beast like Lesnar.
Lesnat vs. The Undertaker
This is a rematch fans have been asking for since Undertaker traded words with Brock after his UFC 121 loss to Cain Valasquez. Right after losing his Heavyweight title in the Octagon, ‘Taker who was attending the fight, made a verbal crack as Lesnar on camera as he walked by. The tense scene started a whirlwind of internet rumors in late 2010 about Lesnar’s WWE return and a match with the Deadman to challenge his Wrestlemania undefeated streak.
Lesnar vs. The Rock
Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson returned to WWE on ‘featured status’ role appearing sporadically, in the road to his main eventy WM28 match with Cena in Miami. Apparently the show did real well with Johnson’s movie-star appeal attached to it, as preliminary numbers have over 1.9 million homes watching the show domestically on Pay Per View. If WWE wants to pull the trigger on another ‘money match’ then what’s bigger than the former champ of the UFC taking on the champ of Hollywood action movies for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29 next year in New Jersey?
What do you think? Tweet me @kevkellam and let me know
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WWE Champion CM Punk once again showed why he is a Chicago sports star when he appeared last night at the United Center for the Chicago Blackhawk’s home game against the Vancouver Cannucks. Punk whose proudly displayed his love for the Cubs in the past, appeared during the Blackhawk’s second intermission classic ‘Shoot the Puck’ challenge on Comcast SportsNet where fans and celebrities take three shots at the net from center ice for prizes and charities. Watch CM Punk in the Shoot the Puck challenge on CSN
Though the Straight Edge Superstar did not score, he joked that he gets the “fighting” part of hockey better than the shooting and skating parts of the game. Punk is getting ready for the biggest pro wrestling show of the year, WWE’s Wrestlemania XXVIII where he will defend the WWE Championship against Chris Jericho on April 1st.
Last night’s game had a WWE feel to it as several fights broke out between the bitter rivals in the NHL’s Western Conference with even all-star Hawks forward Patricke Kane adding to the battle with a body check on Cannuck’s Andrew Alberts. The Hawks won in overtime 2 to 1.
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As the gravity of what just happened sank in, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White’s sickness became severe.
“I’m really not feeling good, let someone else talk,” White announced to reporters late Friday night following the first-round technical knockout loss and subsequent retirement by heavyweight Brock Lesnar, the organization’s most popular fighter.
Indeed, White has some thinking to do.
Even though he fought only seven times in the UFC Lesnar was a pay-per-view audience magnet because of his compelling past as a “champion” in the scripted action of World Wrestling Entertainment.
He reigned as heavyweight champion, headlined UFC 100, continued to generate the most Internet traffic of any mixed martial arts fighter and actually has fights left on his contract.
His departure is sobering, perhaps sickening.
Looking around, the UFC’s next most popular champion, Georges St-Pierre, is recovering from a knee injury and likely out of action for nine months. Middleweight champion Anderson Silva has cleaned out his division. And Lesnar’s conqueror, Alistair Overeem, is a lesser-known veteran of other circuits who made his UFC debut Friday.
Overeem’s next fight ikely will be in the summer against UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, who will be making his first title defense.
White and UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta took the high road with Lesnar Saturday even after the fighter blew off the post-fight news conference of his final fight.
White said, “When a guy decides he wants to retire, you let him do it. This is not, ‘Go hit a ball with a stick for the next two or three years on your way out.’ This is the real deal, guys. We’ll figure it out.”
Fertitta maintained he’d have to “look up” how many UFC fights Lesnar had on his UFC contract, adding, “Doesn’t matter. If he’s done, he’s done.”
What complicates this situation is the depth of the behind-the-scenes plotting about Lesnar’s post-UFC career.
He told the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd that he was poised to retire if he lost Friday after battling for two years the effects of the intestinal disease diverticulitis. Lesnar said if he won in Las Vegas, he would pursue a chance to recapture the belt he took from Randy Couture in 2008 and lost three title defenses later to Cain Velasquez in October 2010.
“Tonight is the last time you’ll see me in the octagon,” Lesnar said.
Said White: “I had no idea he was going to do that. There were no signs.”
Some wonder if Lesnar, 34, would have bolted from the UFC if he could have beaten Overeem and Dos Santos, exiting with belt in hand.
There have been rumors dating to last year that Lesnar was exploring a return to WWE. He told The Times recently he wouldn’t shy from doing business with Vince McMahon.
The WWE will start a new television network April 1 when it stages its annual Wrestlemania event in Miami, and it is feasible he could be added with a UFC blessing to appear at the event alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena and special guest Shaquille O’Neal.
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One of the most famous NBA players of all time, Shaquille O’Neal, made a shocking revelation during a radio interview with Abe Kanan. The legendary athlete revealed that he is negotiating with the WWE to take part in a pro wrestling match at the company’s biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania celebrates its 28th year in Miami on April 1st, 2012. Shaq is certainly familiar with the popular city. Shaq played for the Miami Heat from 2005 – 2008. WWE is negotiating to get Shaq to brawl with fellow giant, The Big Show. The two athletes had a run-in with one another back in 2009 when Shaq guest hosted an episode of Monday Night Raw. Having seen every Wrestlemania since it originated in 1985, I believe this has the potential to be the biggest celebrity moment in Wrestlemania history.
For hardcore wrestling fans, putting Shaquille O’Neal in a clash with Big Show at the biggest event of the year, may get a negative reaction. Wrestling fans are uptight about outsiders coming into their sport and mixing it up with their heroes. There is a feeling among wrestling fans that Wrestlemania should revolve around the athletes who work hard all year and keep the WWE in business. And although the opinion is valid, the event Wrestlemania has never been solely about wrestling. It’s always been about creating a condition that expands and draws the interest of new consumers. Wrestling is just a part of the Wrestlemania experience.
Wrestling has been a very big and important part of my life, since I was 7. From meeting Macho Man Randy Savage, to buying The Sandman a beer in 2001, and beyond, it’s always been something I hold very close to my heart. I don’t have much concern for people that say wrestling is fake, because that’s not the point of it at all. If you wish to tell me to my face that it’s fake, then I will hit you in the face with a steel chair, or toss you in the air so you land on your back, and ask you how fake that pain you feel is. [Q101.com Editor Note: This is at least 37% of the reason that we refuse to let Comicbookjockey come to our events. He's just too high-strung and, frankly, dangerous.]
I’m 30 years old, which means my 21 years of wrestling fandom has spanned through the eras that defined wrestling. I’ve been fortunate to live through the wrestling “golden era.” One of the guys that I adored during my childhood, and teenage years, was Scott Hall, aka “Razor Ramon”.
He went from the AWA, to the WWF, where he took off as a superstar, and then went to WCW, and became an icon, that revolutionized wrestling with the New World Order storylines. I’ve always enjoyed him immensely. Not just one of his characters, but him in general. I don’t know him personally, i’ve sadly never met him, but I take a lot of pride, and enjoyment in watching his “tapes”.
Lately, however, he’s had his share of problems, with drug abuse, alcoholism, etc. I’ve seen video of him not at his best. I’ve witnessed fans make ignorant comments to him. I’ve read the bashing of him on sites, profiles, and what have you. It makes me very sad to see people say terrible things about him. Most of the people that are being assholes, probably grew up with him. What, are they disappointed? I’m sure they are. I could say I am, too. But like I said, I don’t know him personally. I don’t feel I have the place to judge another person when I don’t know them. It doesn’t matter if i’ve paid money to see said person or not, they are human beings, and with that, come problems. I would not have been one of those jag-offs in Massachusetts that night yelling shit at him. That hurts my feelings terribly.
After watching the 20 minute video story ESPN did on Scott Hall, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him. I feel like what he said is true. That son of a bitch should have dies multiple times, what with the stories we’ve all heard, and he’s still here for a reason. This isn’t a fucking comment, or statement of belief in particular religions, just that I agree with him.
I’m really happy that ESPN decided to make this a story. It makes me happy for people to see that he isn’t just a character that was on tv, and that he’s a person, with problems, just like everyone. Whether you know anything about wrestling or not, I feel that you really should watch this video, it’s very touching, and it reminds you that we’re all human.
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