Our weekly Cageside Features awards column for Recognizing Excellence in Contributions -- The RECs, featuring you, the Cageside community.
We're back with yet another dose of amazing work injected by you, the Cageside commenters. Many of you have impressed us all by producing some amazing work and golden comments yet again. So it's that time of the week to recognize the excellent FanPosts, FanShots, and comments that were the "Best in the World" (of Cageside) this past week.
Again, thanks to Cagesider Ecstasy with Extra Cheese for cleverly naming our Weekly Cageside Commenters Awards the RECs, which perfectly sums up what this series tries to do. After all, without all of you, Cageside Seats would not be the greatest pro wrestling website on the Internet.
- Cagesider Garrbanzoo explained his CSS Greatest Matches Tournament Grading Rubric
- Cagesider StrongStyle81 channeled the Methtron of TNA
- Cagesider The Notorious Eddie Mac presented a Hell in a Cell Retrospective (Part one here, Part two here)
- Cagesider KJ Gould found what could possibly be one of the, if not thee oldest Pro Wrestling footage in existence
- Cagesider KJ Brophy shared an interview with The Undertaker about Hell in a Cell II
From the "USA airing three straight nights of WWE programming in December" thread:
From the "Cageside Seats Greatest Matches Tournament Second Round Schedule" thread
Ohhh... There could be Michaels vs. Taker vs. Michaels vs. Taker in our future.
It would be like sneezing, yawning, farting while peeing and I would collapse into my own singularity.
by keyboard punk on Oct 21, 2012 10:54 AM EDT 1 recs
and also from the same thread...
Just in case anybody is curious, here is a breakdown of who was the most frequent official participant in each of these 32 matches. I am not counting managers or run-ins, just the names of the men competing in the match. I am counting all 30 members of the ‘92 Rumble match. That match just wouldn't be the same without recognizing the contributions of Berzerker, Skinner, Repo Man, or Jerry Sags.
10 matches - Shawn Michaels
5 matches - Bret Hart, Undertaker
4 matches - Steve Austin, Triple H
3 matches - Punk, Benoit, Savage, Flair
2 matches - Angle, Eddie, Rock, Steamboat, Jericho, Brock, Joe, Edge, Christian, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Bubba Ray, D-Von, Hogan, Bulldog
1 match - Mankind, Bryan, Malenko, Daniels, AJ, Benjamin, Shane McMahon, Cena, Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon, Virgil, Warlord, Sid Justice, Sgt. Slaughter, Repo Man, Skinner, Rick Martel, Iron Sheik, Berzerker, Snuka, IRS, Duggan, Jake Roberts, Piper, Hercules, Boss Man, Nikolai Volkoff, Valentine, Texas Tornado, Barbarian, Tito Santana, Haku, Jerry Sags, Ted DiBiase
Starting with Virgil, the rest of the wrestlers on the 1-match list only participated in the '92 Rumble. That includes 24 men. The other six Rumble participants were HBK, Undertaker, Savage, Flair, Hogan, and Bulldog.
by Kanenite on Oct 21, 2012 8:08 PM EDT 3 recs
From the "WWE Raw results and live blog for Oct. 22: The Hell in a Cell go home show" thread:
but said banging took place before she got the job.
If they had issue with it then they shouldn't have hired her. This is america damnit, AJ should be able to bang whoever she wants and it shouldn't be held against her after the fact. I thought Vince loved America.
by Ecstasy with Extra Cheese on Oct 22, 2012 9:02 PM EDT 2 recs
and also from the same thread...
Vote - HBK vs. HHH
Disclaimer: HBK/HHH is probably my favorite match of all time. If not, it's very, very close to the top.
This shouldn't be particularly close. Vote for the spotfest if you want, but beyond sheer fame and "heights thrown from", HBK/HHH just does everything better.
The street fight tells a better story and the workrate is significantly better. If you're inspired by Foley's stuntman work, HBK was coming off a legit broken back and a 4.5 year layoff. Finally, while absolutely grueling and quite violent, HBK/HHH draws you in and makes you markout without needlessly sacrificing the long term health of a participant.
This is a vote for HBK/HHH because it's just a better pro wrestling match in every conceivable way.
by GuyinNY on Oct 22, 2012 8:56 AM EDT 9 recs
As someone who has tried to convince a female child that pro wrestling is a worthwhile pastime, I'd say it doesn't make much of a difference. If your presentation of females is either: a) whore, (b) conniving shrew or c) vapid eye candy, we might as well be watching Real Housewives.
Why can't we have a couple of bad-ass chicas competing to see who is better? There's nothing wrong with playing up their looks, either. Does the UFC promote Ronda Roussey as someone who sleeps with a lot of light heavyweights or who tries (to) convince Dana White that the other females in Strikeforce are up to no good? No, she's a hot chick who can break your arm.
I know the argument is that women's wrestling doesn't sell PPVs, but if guys don't care about it that much anyway, why bother trying to market it to them? You could create some female superheroes for young women to cheer for and, in so doing, create a few more lifelong customers.
They had my goddaughter interested in AJ. She dressed how she wanted to dress, was cute without being plastic and, while a little crazy, had the boys jumping through her hoops. Then they labeled her a psycho, neutered her and now have her taking the fall for a man. Nobody wants to watch that.
by s1rude on Oct 23, 2012 1:07 PM EDT 5 recs
and also from the same thread...
From the "Hulk Holland's Midweek Meltdown: The Frank Botch edition" thread:
umm....you obviously didn't watch the Rumble. And are way far off. That whole concept is what that Rumble...
...was built around. Think of the next champs. They weren't Hogans and Warriors and Undertaker. It was Flair then Savage who is no bigger. Then back to Flair to Hitman to HBK! This 1992 Royal Rumble match makes YOUR argument for Punk vs. Bryan twenty years ahead of time. I Demand this vote be changed!
by SpaceMountain on Oct 26, 2012 10:24 PM EDT 3 recs
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