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Goldberg: Simple But Effective

Bill Goldberg – WWE (inquisitr.com (2016)

Goldberg is a wrestling superstar who in the late 1990’s was on par with WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin when it came to popularity. At 49 years of age, when most stars careers are winding down, Goldberg decided to come out of retirement and send shockwaves around the WWE. Goldberg is a one of a kind superstar, he does not possess a large repertoire of skills, but with the few skills he does possess he has managed to capture the imagination of “the millions”.

Goldberg’s matches and style are not overly complex and they could be described as mindless pieces of entertainment. In a day and age where audiences can take entertainment far too seriously, simplicity can be refreshing. Vin Diesel is one of Hollywood’s major stars and he has made a career out of simple action films. A bald, muscular hero who says very little and beats up the bad guys – this has been Vin Diesel’s blueprint to superstardom (Fast and Furious anyone?) and that exact same blueprint could be used to describe Bill Goldberg’s path to superstardom.

Bill Goldberg has managed to become a superstar due to his incredible physique, intensity and because he has one of the greatest entrances in the history of the wrestling business. Goldberg’s entrances have often been longer than his actual matches and this has never seemed to deter fans from chanting his name in unison “Goldberg! Goldberg! Goldberg!” As unfair as it may sound, Goldberg can essentially wrestle over thirty minutes less than his peers and achieve a far greater fan reaction (Survivor Series 2016 being a perfect example).

Bill Goldberg has never been known to have classic wrestling matches and the fact he returned at 49 years of age – short and sweet certainly seemed to be an appropriate mantra for Goldberg’s matches. At Survivor Series 2016, Goldberg came out full of intensity and delivered four powerful moves to beat Brock Lesnar in less than two minutes. Shockwaves were sent through the wrestling world and whether the reaction was positive or negative, fans could not stop talking about Goldberg and his match with Brock Lesnar.

A star does not have to be the most talented performer; he simply has to have some qualities that can draw a large audience. Goldberg may not be an entertaining talker, he may not be a great wrestler and he may not have the versatility of someone like Chris Jericho, but in the case of Bill Goldberg, the positives out way the negatives.  AJ Styles, arguably the most talented wrestler in the world today does not have the star power that Goldberg does; AJ could not draw forty thousand people to the Georgia Dome on three days’ notice like Bill Goldberg did in 1998 for his world title match against Hollywood Hulk Hogan. Unique is a word thrown around a lot, but Bill Goldberg is a unique star because he is so simple and so successful. Goldberg has shown the world that simplicity can not only lead to success but can also be very entertaining.

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Tyson Kidd Endorses Ryback Products, Daniel Bryan Working Out, Naomi’s Custom Title (Photo)

– Seen below, WWE Superstar Tyson Kidd has endorsed the “Feed Me More” brand of supplements released by former WWE Superstar Ryback, now known as The Big Guy:

Check out the product endorsement below:

Hell of a way to start my day. The best pre workout I’ve ever tried, highly recommended!@Ryback22 @FMMNutrition pic.twitter.com/2xb0XUJBqI

— TJ Wilson (@TJWilson) February 16, 2017

– SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan posted the following video today and wrote, “Gettin’ work done and aiming for that #DadBod! #PlantStrong #wwe @RehabPlusPHX”

Gettin’ work done and aiming for that #DadBod! #PlantStrong #wwe @RehabPlusPHX pic.twitter.com/11wLpwoDbM

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 16, 2017

– SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi received her custom title plates backstage at SmackDown on Tuesday:

It’s time to #FeelTheGlow … @trinity_fatu is up on #SDLive NEXT! #WWE

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Kayfabe Crimes: Our ‘Naughty’ WWE Superstars

 

Greetings friends and foes and my darling 4tune8s . . .  Myss Fortune has arrived and today my gaze is focused on kayfabe crimes.

 

As curious and ‘internet-enabled’ fans, we’ve got to ‘know’ our Superstars in ways we may not have had access to before. We’ve their read highs on news sites, watched their lows on YouTube and expressed our shock/disbelief at their actions on social media platforms. But that’s the person – what about the gimmick? And thinking back over the years, we’ve had some very naughty wrestlers indeed – and I’m not talking about the risqué, Katie Vick, Attitude Era stuff either – I’m talking serious crimes that would attract some serious jail time.

So, just for fun, I thought I would put together a list of eight (8) active full-time wrestlers with ‘interesting’ kayfabe criminal ‘records’. Now, this nowhere near a complete list of all the crimes committed by said wrestler – so feel free to comment on some of ones you might know – and also please note I’m using only active and full time Wrestlers because, let’s face it, with the litany of crimes committed by Mr Undertaker, Mr Kane and/or Mr Stone Cold, this post could never end.

So, without further ado . . .  I present:

 

Four (4) active full-time ‘naughty’ RAW Wrestlers

Rusev

Assault

Mutiny

 – Victim: Manager Sylvester Lefort (2013)

 

Causing international incident

Inciting public discord

Treason

– As ‘Hero of the Russian Federation’ (2014)

 

Assault with a deadly weapon

Grievous bodily harm

 – Victim: Dolph Ziggler resulting in Mr. Ziggler ‘suffering’ a trachea injury (2014)

 

Mutiny

– Victim: ‘League of Nations’ (2015)

 

Collusion, conspiracy (co-conspirator: Lana)

– Victims: Enzo and Big Cass (2016)

 

Attempted entrapment

Attempted kidnap

Excessive force, grievous bodily harm

– Victim: Enzo (2016)

 

Sheamus

Destruction of property

– Almost every Tables, Ladders and Chairs / Hell In a Cell match he’s been in (2009 – Present)

 

Aggravated assault causing grievous bodily harm

– Victim: Jamie Noble (2009)

 

Unprovoked assault

– Victims: a time keeper and Jerry Lawler (2009)

 

Assault causing grievous bodily harm

– Victim: Triple H (2010)

 

Excessive force and repeated assault with a deadly weapon (chair)

– Victim: Big Show (2012)

 

Public whipping

Assault

Excessive Force

– Victim: Mark Henry (Strap Match 2013)

 

Assault

– Victims: Daniel Bryant and Dolph Ziggler (2015)

 

Public Shaming

– Victim: Dolph Ziggler (‘Kiss Me Arse’ match 2015)

 

Colluding, conspiring and facilitating a planned group assault (with League of Nations)

– Victim: Wade Barrett (2016)

 

Public brawling

Destruction of property

Excessive force

Assault with a deadly weapon

Careless indifference

– bar fight with Cesaro (2016)

 

The New Day

Serial collusion, conspiracy and facilitation of group assault

Serial public shaming

Serial assault with a weapon (by Xavier Woods with Francesca mostly)

– Almost every rivalry they’ve been involved in – either face or heel (2015 – present)

 

Unsolicited assault – (by Kofi Kingston)

– Victims: The Lucha Dragons (2015)

 

Destruction of property

Assault with a deadly weapon

– Victims: The Dudley Boyz (2015)

 

Chris Jericho

Serial unprovoked assault

Habitual destruction of property

– (1999 – Present)

 

Destruction of property

Excessive force

– Victim: Road Dogg (1999)

 

Colluding, conspiring and facilitating a planned assault (with Christian)

– Victim: Shawn Michaels (2003)

 

Attempted vehicular homicide

Colluding, conspiring and facilitating a homicide (with Lance Storm)

Destruction of property

Aggravated assault

Careless indifference

– Victim: Goldberg (2003)

 

Assault with a deadly weapon (chair)

– Victim: JBL (2007)

 

Aggravated assault

– Victim: Shawn Michaels (2008)

 

Assault

– Victim: Rebecca ‘Michaels’ (2008)

 

Serial assault – (spree)

– Victims: Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat (2009)

 

Attempted assault with a weapon (chair)

– Victim: Rey Mysterio (2009)

 

Colluding, conspiring and facilitating a planned assault

– Victims: ‘The Nexus’

 

Assault

Potential manslaughter (dousing CM Punk in alcohol)

Public shaming

Careless indifference

– Victim: CM Punk (2011)

 

Causing International incident (Brazilian Flag)

Inciting public discord and unrest

– Victim: Brazil (2013)

 

Assault

– Victim: Fandango (2013)

 

Assault

– Victim: The Miz (2014)

 

Serial destruction of property

Serial Assault

Public shaming

Encouraging public discord

– ‘The Highlight Reel’ (2015 – Present)

 

Identity theft

Gross impersonation

– Victim: Sin Cara (2016)

 

Assault

– Victim: Kevin Owens (2017)

 

Four (4) active full-time ‘naughty’ Smackdown Wrestlers

Randy Orton

Serial assault

– ‘The Legend Killer’ (2002)

 

Serial colluding, conspiring and facilitating a planned assault

– In ‘Evolution’ (2003 – 2004)

 

Spitting

– Victim: Harley Race (2004)

 

Assault

– Victim: Stacy Keibler (2005)

 

Attempted premeditated homicide

Entrapment and forced imprisonment

Colluding, conspiring and facilitating a planned assault (with Bob Orton)

Arson

Aggravated assault

– Victim: The Undertaker (2005)

 

Character assassination

– Victim: Eddie Guerrero (2006)

 

Unprovoked assaults – spree

 – Victims: Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Rob Van Dam, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and Sgt. Slaughter (2006)

 

Assault

– Victims: John Cena and Cena’s Father (2007)

 

Assault

– Victim: CM Punk (2007)

 

Serial collusion, conspiracy and facilitation of group assaults

Serial assaults with weapons

– in ‘Legacy’ (2008 – 2010)

 

Assault with a deadly weapon

– Victim: Sheamus (2010)

 

Assault

– Victim: Christian (2011)

 

Assault

– Victim: Sheamus (2012)

 

Assault

– Victims: Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez (2013)

 

Serial collusion, conspiracy and facilitation of group assaults (with Batista and Kane)

– Victims: anyone opposed to the ‘The Authority’ and their associates (2014)

 

Serial collusion, conspiracy and facilitation of group assaults

– in ‘Evolution’ (2015)

 

Assault

– Victim: Luke Harper (2016)

 

 

John Cena

Assault

– Victim: Billy Kidman (2002)

 

Destruction of property including a vehicle

Aggravated assault

Grievous Bodily harm

Intentional disregard for safety

Excessive force

Careless indifference

– Victim: JBL (2005)

 

Aggravated assault

Concealing a body

Destruction of property

– Victim: Bray Wyatt (2013)

 

Bray Wyatt (not including his Husky Harris run)

Attempted mass indoctrination/s into Occult/Cult practices

False worship, deceptive influence

Inciting and encouraging public unrest and disillusionment in authority and command ( i.e. ‘dangerous thinker’)

Inciting and encouraging anarchy and/or mutiny

Attempted mass brainwashing and/or mental manipulation

– Victims: everyone (2012 – Present)

 

Aggravated assault

– Victim: Kane (2012)

 

Serial collusion, conspiracy and facilitation of group assaults

Stalking

Entrapment

– Victims: anyone not a Wyatt Family member (2012-2013)

 

Aggravated assault

Destruction of property

– Victim: Dean Ambrose (2014)

 

Multiple unsolicited assaults

– Victim: Ryback (2014)

 

Kidnap

Entrapment

Attempted brainwashing

Assault

Deprivation of liberties

– Victims: The Undertaker and Kane (2015)

 

Assault

– Victim: Randy Orton (2015)

 

Dean Ambrose

Habitual and serial destruction of property

– (2011 – Present)

 

Assault

– Victim: Damien Sandown (2011)

 

Excessive and premeditated provocation, inciting an altercation

Aggravated assault

Grievous bodily harm

– Victim: William Regal (2011)

 

Serial collusion, conspiracy and facilitation of group assaults (with ‘the Shield’)

Serial assaults with weapons (solo and with ‘the Shield’)

Destruction of property

– Victims: Anyone not ‘the Shield’ (2012-2014)

 

Assault – multiple incidences

Theft of personal property

Tampering with personal property

Fashioning an explosive device

– Victim: Seth Rollins (2014)

 

Aggravated Assault

Destruction of property

– Victim: Bray Wyatt (2014)

 

Aggravated Assault

Destruction of property

– Victim: Chris Jericho and his jacket (2016)

 

Aggravated assault

– Victim: The Miz (2016)

 

 

Well, that was quite a kooky task and there so, so many missing . . . but it does seem, even with this list, we have some very naughty boys indeed! I wonder how our girls fare in comparison? So, do tell me what kayfabe ‘crimes’ do you remember? Who’s your biggest ‘record holder’?

 

 

Serenity is an illusion . . . Myss Fortune is real . . .

– MF –

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AJ Styles Says John Cena Is ‘The Best’ & He ‘Insisted’ On Putting Bray Wyatt Over This Week

– On the latest of Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 show, Waltman talked about how he was backstage at SmackDown Live in Anaheim, California and had a conversation with AJ Styles about John Cena while he was there, check out the highlights and video below:

They sent us the following highlights:

Sean spoke with AJ Styles about Cena:

“He [AJ Styles] came up and he went, ‘I was watching your show’ and he goes, ‘I just wanted to tell you what you said about John Cena being the man and the best going, you’re a hundred percent correct.’ He goes, ‘anyone that doesn’t agree with you, it’s because they don’t really know John Cena and have never been in the ring with him.’”

Sean added on this week’s Smackdown finish:

I’m not sure what the finish was supposed to be for the match last night. But I know this for a fact, that John Cena insisted on putting Bray Wyatt over again last night, insisted on it. That’s not just a rumor.

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Update On John Cena Taking Time Away From WWE After WrestleMania 33

– As noted, WWE Superstar John Cena is scheduled to take time away from WWE action after the April 2nd WrestleMania 33 pay-per-view in Orlando. It’s believed he will be filming The Pact, which is set for a theatrical release in 2018.

According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Cena has many projects planned for the remainder of the year. He’s currently been removed from upcoming advertising for SmackDown events after WrestleMania, including the June 8th Money In the Bank pay-per-view from St. Louis.

Cena is still expected to team with girlfriend Nikki Bella to xhallange The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33 but that has not been confirmed.

WrestleMania 33 will take place on April 2, 2017 from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

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Pete Dunn On Working With Wrestling Legends, WWE Being A Massive Learning Curve, More

– Pete recently Dunn spoke with Mirror about a wide variety of wrestling topics, check out the highlights below:

On being praised by wrestling legends:

“It was one of those things where at the time, you’re in work mode and your mind is on lots of other things. But on reflection it was absolutely surreal the stuff that Triple H was saying. I was getting loads of tweets from people saying that Shawn Michaels had talked about me on Chris Jericho’s podcast and then I got to meet Shawn Michaels when I was over in Florida. It was unreal to be around Fit Finlay and William Regal and pick their brains. It’s absolutely surreal. But like I say that’s on reflection. At the time your head is screwed on and you are ready to work and it all feels more familiar than it should do.

“Afterwards we all sat around and we were like ‘how has this happened?’ Myself and Tyler were sat there together in a hotel after the show and we were scared to look at our phones, we were like ‘how has this gone so fast?’ Three months before that when we were heading up on the train to Glasgow for try-outs, honestly not even expecting that much, Tyler saying ‘I’m probably too young’ and me saying ‘you never know, something could happen’. And then fast forward three months later and we’re sitting there scared to look at our phones, just thinking how much everything has changed.”

Tyler Bate’s talent at a young age:

“I think he’s incredible. I always say to him he could be anything he wants to be. He could be the best wrestler in the world, the best powerlifter, the best bodybuilder. It’s special for us in many ways, but I had a hand in training Tyler. I’m very proud of him. He had his first match with me and his first bookings. It was a really cool moment and I couldn’t be happier for him. We had the sort of match we’ve had so many times and it all felt familiar, but obviously with this reach that WWE has. You don’t quite understand it until you’re a part of it. But the match itself felt familiar and I think that’s why it came across so well, or I thought it did when I watched it back. We worked with complete confidence in what we were doing because we’ve done it so many times.”

Learned from working in WWE:

“It’s been a massive learning curve. At independent shows the crowd are very involved and it’s about interacting with the live audience. With WWE that’s less important and it’s more about portraying your character and getting it across to as many people as possible. It was a complete eye-opener.”

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Paige And Alberto Del Rio To Be Married Soon, Samoa Joe Working RAW Live Events, Zack Ryder

– According to The Wrestling Observer, schedule permitting, Paige and Alberto Del Rio are scheduled to be married in May.

No word if the wedding will be filmed for WWE’s Total Divas.

As noted, Paige proposed to Del Rio in the ring at an indie event in Puerto Rico last October.

– WWE Superstar Samoa Joe will start working WWE RAW live events this weekend in California. He’s current scheduled to face Sami Zayn, who he’s also expected to face at the March 5th Fastlane pay-per-view.

– Seen below, “Zack Daddy” tears into Funko’s new Walgreens-exclusive vinyl figures of HBK and The Devil’s Favorite Demon, reliving some pleasant (and unpleasant) memories along the way.

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Darren Young Out Of Action For Six Months, “Glorious” Bobby Roode T-Shirt (Photo), More

– As noted, WWE Superstar Darren Young underwent surgery on February 9th in Birmingham, Alabama after suffering an elbow injury during a WWE Main Event taping in mid-January.

According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Young is expected to be out of action for around six months and will not be participating at WrestleMania 33.

– Seen below, WWE Shop is releasing a new “Glorious” t-shirt for WWE NXT Champion Bobby Roode soon:

This new @REALBobbyRoode tee is coming soon to #WWEShop. And it will be #Glorious! #WWE #NXT #BobbyRoode pic.twitter.com/tsbBwcy43d

— WWEShop.com (@WWEShop) February 16, 2017

Jimmy Hart reveals how he became known as “The Mouth of the South”

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Bayley Stops By Full Sail (Photo), Linda McMahon Swearing-In At The White House (Video)

– Newly crowned RAW Women’s Champion Bayley made her first stop at Full Sail University this week and posted the following on her history with Charlotte Flair:

In September 2014 I had my very first title match for #NXT vs Charlotte Flair in that building behind me. I didn’t win. But now….. pic.twitter.com/bl6yyXDrGh

— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) February 15, 2017

Seen below is video of Linda’s swearing-in with her grandkids and Vice President Mike Pence.

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Bullet Club on TNA?

Cody Rhodes had the following to say on a recent episode of  Morgan Richards Interviews

 

“As far as TNA is concerned, I’m open to going back. I had a really great experience, and in the middle of my great experience was during that storm with what was going on with them. I think it would be a really cool thing to see a Bullet Club shirt in Impact Wrestling; it definitely appears to be headed in that direction.”

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