My daughter brought some sort of horrible illness into our home one week after the start of kindergarten and I popped a fever of 105.4 last night, so rather than try to make my brain work to put together a column on one single thing, let’s test out a new format and hit some topics that have been bouncing around my head, or the internet at large.
Chris Hero/Kassius Ohno - Hero became a 20 year vet yesterday, which makes me feel like a very old man.
I’ve seen a lot of great Chris Hero matches and his IWA-MS rivalry with CM Punk was the first thing I went out of my way to buy/tape trade to see all of when I was much younger. But my favorite Hero memory will always be EVOLVE 76.
Hero would wrestle Keith Lee in the main event with the ropes breaking and a whole lot of other nonsense. But before the show started, as everyone was walking through their matches, he was showing Darby Allin a bunch of different armdrags. Instead of focusing on himself, he was just walking a promising young talent through ways to up his game. It’s peak Hero, a guy who loves wrestling and just wants to help others make it as good as he can.
More than even the matches, what I love the most about newly minted 20 year vet @KassiusOhno is that he’s been building a literal archive of wrestling wisdom to learn from and share with students/proteges the whole time.— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) September 13, 2018
And, yes, Darby did bust out some of those armdrags in his own match later.
205 Live - Is the future of 205 Live having the roster act as mascots or some sort of Lucha Libre minis for the main roster?
Buddy Murphy would make a good Triple H Jr.
Put Noam Dar in the Fashion Police.
Drew Gulak as the final piece of the puzzle for Rusev Day?
What I’m saying is ... this just seems like a bad idea. The plan should be to treat the cruiserweights as wrestlers, but WWE is doing the thing that’s a killer in the long-term, saying, “look at these lil’ guys!”
Bray and Jojo - It freaks me out that anyone thinks they need to know about a wrestler’s personal life. But social media is social media and people don’t act like people when they’re presented with any degree of anonymity.
I can’t judge what happened in Bray Wyatt’s marriage, I wasn’t there, I don’t know the details of what was going on between him and his wife. And I don’t know the exact circumstances of his relationship with Jojo.
But I do know I’m not going to be mad at the guy for venting on a fan saying crappy things to him on Instagram. Remember, the people you’re yelling at are human beings, not targets for you to throw shit at.
- Friday means a double dip of recaps and reactions. First up, Impact Wrestling. Next, Lucha Underground.
- Matt Hardy was getting ready for Hurricane Florence, best wishes to anyone dealing with all of that mess.
- Renee Young’s WWE audition tape is a pretty interesting look at getting into the company.
- Mick Foley is teasing some involvement in the Hell in a Cell match beyond simply reffing — even if that’s unlikely to happen.
- Instead of making the game better, WWE 2K19 will feature a House of Horrors match ... or something.
- Stephanie McMahon better have been trolling when she named WWE’s key to success.
It’s Friday and the fever hasn’t killed me yet. Let’s call it a win.