Cageside Seats Weekly RECs: Week ending Mar. 1

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Cageside Features: Our very own Cageside 'REC' Awards, for "Recognizing Excellence in Contributions from the Cageside Community". Are you a winner of the Interwebs? Could you be? Let's find out...

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.

As always, thanks to Cagesider Ecstasy with Extra Cheese for cleverly naming our Weekly Cageside Commenters Awards "The RECs", which perfectly sums up what this feature tries to do. After all, without all of you, Cageside Seats would not be the greatest pro wrestling website on the Internet.

So, without further ado, we present to you...

The cSs REC Awards:

Recognizing Excellence in Contributing

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FOR EXCELLENCE IN AUTHORING OF FANPOSTS:

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FOR EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION OF FANSHOTS:

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FOR SUPREMACY IN COMMENTING IN THE THREADS*:

*To see comments in the context of their own threads, click on the 'time stamp' behind each Cagesider's name.

From the "WWE Hall of Fame 2013 class the deepest ever; Jim Ross addresses physical location plans" thread:

I can only imagine all the wonderful pro wrestling artifacts and displays they could have.

The Katie Vick coffin, Shockmaster's helmet, Undertaker's magic spittoon, Mick Foley's ear, Big bossman's night stick, Rick Martel's cologne sprayer, Tony Schiavone and maybe an interactive Vince McMahon kiss my ass club display, you know for the kids :D

Don't know about a cable channel but the museum idea would be worth a $15 entry ticket.

by who me on Feb 28, 2013 5:23 PM CST 3 recs

and also from the same thread, be sure to check out some of the subsequent replies to the above comment for some gems, too.

From the "The Rock explains why he's working with john cena in his return to WWE" thread:

Bryan would be as viable as Punk

if he hadn't been booked as a comedy act over the last 6 months or so. As it stands there is absolutely nothing that would make the viewer think Bryan had any business being in the ring with The Rock. I can't remember one match he's had where he looked strong since joining up with Kane. Which is OK, he's still super over and it was something to do up until WrestleMania but he's not a viable WHC or WWE contender at all right now.

Bryan's "image" needs to be rebuilt if they're ever going to have him run at a title again because as it stands he's that guy with the beard that says Yes! and No!

by TMadeBurner on Feb 28, 2013 1:01 PM CST 6 recs

From the "Daily Open Thread for Thursday Feb 28" thread:

Note: Some of this string has staff involved, so the recs go to the Cagesiders, but you need the context to get the greatness of the string:

What on earth are the executives at WWE smoking?

WWE® Announces Business Plan and Potential Path to Significant Earnings Growth:

Based on our market research, we estimate that a fully distributed domestic pay network could ultimately attract between 2 million and 4 million subscribers at a "steady state."

by Keith Harris on Feb 28, 2013 10:49 AM CST

In reply:

Same shit Swagger was?

by C. J. Bradford on Feb 28, 2013 10:52 AM CST

In reply:

There are apparently millions of Little Jimmy clones subscribing

by their projections

by Kanenite on Feb 28, 2013 10:52 AM CST

In reply:

Salvia Divinorum?

by StrongStyle81 on Feb 28, 2013 10:55 AM CST

In reply to original comment (REC GOES TO):

They aren't specifying human subscribers, are they?

I mean, you count the cats and I count for 9 subs. Seems a pretty realistic projection if you take that into account.

by ReverendKain on Feb 28, 2013 10:59 AM CST

In reply:

I hope they aren't counting mine

my cats are pirates - they will totally just jack my feed

by Sean Rueter on Feb 28, 2013 11:24 AM CST 1 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

What is this beautiful country you live in coming to?

Those freeloading cats can all go get jobs or go back to mexico

WE THE PEOPLE

by Simark on Feb 28, 2013 11:33 AM CST 1 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

Hey now

If there's one thing We the People hate more than a freeloader,

it's some limey bastard coming over here and telling us how to run things!

(PS - Please take us back oh god why did we ever leave it hurts so much please please god no let it happen before the Queen finally bites it please for the love of god do it)

by ReverendKain on Feb 28, 2013 11:36 AM CST 1 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

your secession is making the queen die

I hope you're happy

you murderers

if only your congress wasn't so ineffectual

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TOPICAL!!!!!!

by Simark on Feb 28, 2013 11:40 AM CST 1 recs

In reply:

As long as they buy the WWE network, illegal immigrant cats can stay!

by Keith Harris on Feb 28, 2013 11:47 AM CST 1 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

I demand their deportation

RIGHT MEOW!

by King Oskar on Feb 28, 2013 12:26 PM CST 1 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

booooooooooooo

hisssssssssssssssssssss

by Simark on Feb 28, 2013 12:27 PM CST 1 recs

In reply:

Yeah!

They're flea-cing our country!

by Sean Rueter on Feb 28, 2013 12:31 PM CST 1 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

Not to mention how they're always so kneady

by ReverendKain on Feb 28, 2013 12:33 PM CST 2 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

We must stop them from gracefully slinking

across our borders in the night!

by King Oskar on Feb 28, 2013 12:48 PM CST 2 recs

In reply:

Our cities

are littered with them [kitties]

by Sean Rueter on Feb 28, 2013 12:50 PM CST 1 recs

In reply: (REC GOES TO):

Winner winner

meow mix dinner

by King Oskar on Feb 28, 2013 1:51 PM CST 2 recs

From the "Dear Undertaker: Stay home, brah" thread:

Undertaker is Ruby Weapon.

He's not central to the story.

But you just have to challenge him anyway.

by The so-called Beautiful on Feb 26, 2013 8:57 PM CST 4 recs

From the "John Cena vs. CM Punk match from Raw last night (Feb. 25) pissed off Vince McMahon" thread:

I have said this in the past regarding high-flying moves, and I will say this now for more power-related moves:

Unlike cranial-directed chair shots, which are dangerous no matter who does them, moves like the Shooting Star Press and the Piledriver can actually be safe...in the hands of someone who is trained and experienced enough to do it safely. It's like the Bruce Lee saying about (rough paraphrase) someone who has practiced one kick 10 thousand times being better than someone who has practiced 10 thousand different kicks.

Punk is a veteran, and a well-trusted guy considering he's been regularly put up against high-value superstars like Cena, Jericho, and the Rock. He may not quite be as venerable in years and experience as Triple H or the Undertaker, but he is still one of those people you can more than likely trust to wield a piledriver. Someone answer me: has Punk ever legit injured someone in the ring, and if so, how long ago was the last recorded incidence? Because I certainly can't remember any injuries caused by him during his WWE run.

Bottom line: are there legit safety issues involved with pro wrestling and certain high-risk moves? Yes, of course. There always will be, and banning those moves may not necessarily be the way to fix them. Most safety issues can be mitigated by proper care and training, and I believe this is one of them.

Of course, there might be some punishment involved. I expect a token fine levied against Punk (and maybe Cena, too), but nothing worse. But that's not the point. The point is, if you can't trust one of your top guys to perform a move safely, maybe it's not entirely their fault. Maybe you need to make sure they're trained properly.

Everything written above is my weird-ass opinion, and very likely no one else's.
Time to spread a little chaos...

by Shadowbird on Feb 26, 2013 10:45 AM CST reply actions 2 recs

From the "Daily Open Thread for Tuesday, February 19: That's All" thread:

This is a work.

And a setup for Undertaker to come out and tell Punk "How 'bout you try this Tombstone on for size?".

Boom, WrestleMania feud.

by Blueblob4life on Feb 26, 2013 11:25 AM CST 2 Recs

From the "WWE's Cell fan era" thread:

great post

Thanks for the post. You have some interesting points. Your post reminded me of something I saw on PBS idea channel. Are cell phones replacing reality?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AXIAM7dTTg&list=PL69BD06CC757E1D61&index=11

[Rec'd partially due to the excellent and highly relevant link attached above]

by shaggyofdeath* on Feb 26, 2013 10:32 AM CST 2 recs

From the "Daily Open Thread for Tuesday, Feb. 26: The Game" thread:

In response to this gif of Swagger doing pushups:

Swagger should take it down a notch, I hear he is really good at blowing pushes like this.

by Kanenite on Feb 26, 2013 5:40 PM CST 2 recs

From the "Video: Michael Cole tries to interview Glenn Back, gets shot down" thread:

They should of sent Big E in reporter mode

by Eugene Banks on Feb 25, 2013 10:29 PM CST 4 recs

From the "Donald Trump to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class 2103" thread:

Trump is such a real world cartoon character. Richie Rich's uncle bad touch or something.

by keyboard punk on Feb 25, 2013 4:50 PM CST 2recs

and in reply...

Give this cat a nice set of puppies next week

Well done :)

by Eugene Saxe on Feb 25, 2013 7:12 PM CST 1 recs

From the "Daily Open Thread for Monday, February 25: Paper Wings" thread:

In response to several members humble bragging on their various degrees in higher-education:

I studied my wang

I did a long thesis,

but somehow failed the final exam

by Simark on Feb 25, 2013 2:17 PM CST 1 recs

In reply:

That's a shame.

You should've had someone help you study.

by Blueblob4life on Feb 25, 2013 3:46 PM CST

In reply:

yeah

turns out nothing I studied was on the test

my examiner just walked away and lit a cigarette, disappointed

by Simark on Feb 25, 2013 3:55 PM CST 1 recs

In reply:

I feel for you.

by Blueblob4life on Feb 25, 2013 4:18 PM CST

In reply:

x [response is merely this MEME.jpg image]

by Simark on Feb 25, 2013 4:49 PM CST 1 recs

In reply:

what the fuck is going on in this picture?

by Blueblob4life on Feb 25, 2013 5:05 PM CST

In reply:

Some kind of violation of the soul?

by keyboard punk on Feb 25, 2013 5:09 PM CST

In reply:

Sounds about right.

by Blueblob4life on Feb 25, 2013 5:41 PM CST

and from the same thread:

My Daniel Bryan YES! shirt came in the mail the other day...

I had it delivered to my mom's place in case I missed it at my apartment, so she dropped it off today and this was the conversation:

Mom: What is it? It feels like a shirt.
Me: Yes.
Mom: Will you open it up so I can see???
Me: Yes!
::opens shirt and shows it to her::
Mom: It just says "Yes!" on there, is that all?
Me: No!
::flips shirt over to show "Daniel Bryan" logo::
Mom: Is that it?
Me: YES!

I was going to ask if she felt dazzled, but that might've been overkill.

by Blueblob4life on Feb 25, 2013 4:24 PM CST 2 recs

In reply:

Were you wearing a SCSA "What?" shirt when this exchange took place?

by Kanenite on Feb 25, 2013 4:27 PM CST 1 recs

From the "CSS Weekday Wrestling Rumor Roundup for Monday, Feb. 25" thread:

easy peazy:

Punk cuts epic promo to end Raw, Raw ends with Lesnar coming out. Lesnar extends his hand, Punk reluctantly shakes it and gets F-5'd.

The next week, Lesnar and Heyman cut a promo about how Lesnar has always been Paul's favorite, how ending the Streak was HIS job. Punk was just a novelty for Heyman, he never liked him, hell, Heyman screwed him out of the title with the Shield. Brock cuts in with the obligatory, because every sword needs a shield, as they come down out of the stands.

Boom, set up for months.

Go Nevada Wolf Pack!

by BacksThePack on Feb 25, 2013 9:16 AM CST 5 recs

From the "Oscar's Wrestled with Lincoln: WWE chimes in" thread:

What is the 16th President of the United States doing in the Impact Zone?

by TheMasterGeek on Feb 25, 2013 1:06 AM CST 1 recs

From the "Why doesn't Chris Jericho face similar backlash to The Rock and Brock Lesnar as WWE part-timers?" thread:

Easy answer: Jericho Jobs and puts over talent...

Case in point, last Monday When he put over the Shield in a promo then he took the pin in there match later in the night.

Also Jericho wrestles on Raw and Smackdown, while Rocky, and Brock just show up

James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron...

James Cameron does what James Cameron does, because James Cameron is James Cameron

by Phinsphana on Feb 24, 2013 2:49 PM CST 3 recs

and from the same thread:

What everyone else said

1. He works every show and actually wrestles, doesn't just come and cut promos
2. He isn't injected straight to the main event
3. He puts over rising talent
4. He is generally awesome
5. Oh and one more: Jericho is an internet darling. He'd have to do something pretty heinous to get the IWC to turn on him.

There you have it.

by Gravity on Feb 24, 2013 3:17 PM CST reply actions 5 recs

and from the same thread...

Also -- The Rock comes back, cuts some ok promos, then has two so-so matches with CM Punk

Lesner comes back, F-5's some fools, vanishes

Jericho comes back, is nearly the Royal Rumble Iron Man, then puts on 3 long singles matches on TV, goes into the Elimination Chamber and then the next night goes out and gets Shield-ed.

Brock and the Rock give us nostalgia pop. Jericho gives us darn good matches.

by Wellington's Wellingtons on Feb 24, 2013 3:39 PM CST 5 recs

and also from the same thread...

Interesting take by Y2J -

But let's see here, Rock is a movie star and is in big time demand in Hollywood so his schedule only allots him a small window to perform in WWE. If Jericho was in such high demand anywhere else he wouldn't be in WWE. Touring with Fozzy for 3-4 months and the having 7-8 months to give WWE isn't the same as filming while also working for WWE. So in the case of Rock, he's not gonna wrestle a full schedule. If he breaks a limb while wrestling in WWE, he kills a movie budget and shuts filming down causing hundreds of other workers to lose pay. Either way it goes, Rock is in a tough spot.

Brock Lesnar is an athletic man beast who has broken PPV records outside of WWE. So he's had great success outside of wrestling like Rock has. Lesnar could get big time money fighting in any MMA company in the world. Lesnar, like Rock or even Austin for that matter can call his own shot.

Rock and Lesnar are in positions of strength and have massive leverage over Vince. Instead of being lauded for the positions that they have earned on their own, Rock dropped the WWE name in Hollywood and had to prove himself as an actor and as a movie star. Lesnar had to win his own fights on his own and train on his own, they are vilified for it. Why when in any industry, this is what happens when you are the best.

One of the things that is so funny is that in the history of wrestling, wrestlers have wanted to be in the exact same position as Rock and Lesnar and many have failed and crawled back to Vince for his downside guarantee contract. Rock and Lesnar earned this right and they get scorned for it. We should be cheering them because they are really raking Vince for his cash, they actually defeated the machine of wrestling and its history of leaving its top stars crippled or dead but WWE has pushed Rock and Lesnar as spoiled part timers. Cena and Punk aren't cutting those promo's on their own, those are Vince's promo's.

Vince McMahon, the wrestling promoter, hates both of these guys because he wants to suck every inch of money out their asses he can. How can the "IWC" be on the side of the wrestling promoter? Well they will be on Vince's side because he used CM Punk as his mouthpiece. The most favored son of the IWC and one who for sure won't spew company line in his promo's. It's such BS. Rock and Lesnar beat Vince. They left on their own terms to pursue careers without his backing and without his help. If I was a wrestler I'd pick the Rock's brain about what he did and how hard he had to work and how to do it instead of jealously vilifying him for taking advantage of Vince McMahon, not the fans, Vince McMahon.

These two guys that came from wrestling, have made their way to other successes and have no need to wrestle ever again but they are wrestling, just on their terms.

"Everybody said, 'Well, they're better without Carmelo' and all this nonsense," Bryant told reporters. "You guys really put the hammer on him, and as a result, he kind of got a little gun shy and a little self-conscious about things.

"I asked him, 'What's going on? What the hell are you doing?' I said, 'Do what you do best,' and I think the organization put pieces around him that allowed him to do that. Now you guys all celebrate him for what he's always done. God bless you guys."

by Major on Feb 24, 2013 3:41 PM CST 7 recs

and also this one from the same Cagesider in the same thread, as well as here, here and here.

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and from the same thread... different Cagesider sums it up perfectly in just two words:

Because armbar

by WeeJa on Feb 24, 2013 3:43 PM CST 12 recs

From the "WWE brilliantly hypes Monday Night Raw with Undertaker return at house show" thread:

I never pictured the Undertaker being bald for his final run in WWE.

I always pictured him coming back as like, a Gandalf the White for his final run. White hair, white beard, and such. I am a huge fan of the Deadman, ever since I saw his entrance at Wrestlemania 9, but its weird for me to see him in kind of a broken down state. I hope he can pull off one more great match, and my two options would be Punk or DBry, as I feel they could really get a great match out of him.

by BFisch28 on Feb 24, 2013 2:26 PM CST 2 recs

From the "Glenn Beck saves Jack Swagger's push, major league burial expected on WWE Monday Night Raw"thread:

You know what I'd like to hear?

Damien Sandow's opinion of all of this.

by Dark_Passenger on Feb 23, 2013 11:51 PM CST 5 recs

and from the same thread:

[No REC award, as he is staff, but it deserves a mention nonetheless]:

How fucking great would that be?

WWE "breaks" kayfabe, only for them to be working on a complet ‘nother level.

That's some kayception shit right there!

by C. J. Bradford on Feb 24, 2013 3:00 AM CST 6 recs

From the "Undertaker Returns to WWE at House Show Tonight (Feb 23) in Waco" thread:

In re: "Taker will probably get in better shape but if he showed up at mania with a belly would anyone care if the performance is great? Are we complaining about how he looks without knowing"...

His entrance will be the open for Raw

and throughout the show there will be recaps of him walking to the ring for the main event.

by keyboard punk on Feb 24, 2013 1:15 PM CST 4 recs

and from the same thread...

how he feels?

Isn't this why guys take roids in the first place? If Taker feels great, I'll cheer him gut or no gut.

"Everybody said, 'Well, they're better without Carmelo' and all this nonsense," Bryant told reporters. "You guys really put the hammer on him, and as a result, he kind of got a little gun shy and a little self-conscious about things.

"I asked him, 'What's going on? What the hell are you doing?' I said, 'Do what you do best,' and I think the organization put pieces around him that allowed him to do that. Now you guys all celebrate him for what he's always done. God bless you guys."

by Major on Feb 24, 2013 2:25 PM CST 3 recs

and from the same thread...

this comment section is high comedy

If you want to know why wrestlers juice , just take a hard look at about half of these comments.

We got ppl calling out a man in his mid 40's -- For looking like "shit". Not to mention the dude is battling a bad hip which is clearly gonna affect ones ability to train. Most of y'all will be damn lucky to look as good as taker looks when your 35 much less 45 or how ever old taker is.

Don King is one of the great humanitarians of our time. He has risen above that great term prejudice. He has screwed everybody he has ever been around. Hog, dog or frog, it don't matter to Don. If you got a quarter, he wants the first twenty-six cents."

by Elstriko on Feb 24, 2013 10:47 PM CST 3 recs

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