Bryan Danielson: The Biggest Swerve Ever?

June 20, 2010

I know, last weekend’s news… BUT, even though it appears that Bryan Danielson’s termination from the WWE is legit, especially with him accepting indepedant bookings now, but… what if this is all part of the greatest wrestling swerve of all time? I’m not a pro-wrestling “insider”, not do I claim to be, but I just can’t seem to get the following scenario out of my head. Keep in mind, I’m the guy that said a week ago “Who cares if it’s legit or an angle… just watch and stop trying to ‘figure out’ what goes on in the world of pro-wrestling”. Yeah, I said something like that. And I still stand by my words; but just as other people have had their ideas about how WWE should bring Bryan Danielson back to TV (assuming Danielson’s termination was a “work”) I’ve had my own “fantasy wrestling” angle.

So, here we go. Stick with me. Friday night, June 11th, WWE.com posted the standard “future endeavored” press release on Danielson. The wrestling world was shocked. At 9:20pm that evening, Danielson posted the following from his Twitter account: “Just changed my twitter name to Bryan Danielson. The winds of change are stirring.” I, as many other wrestling fans, so-called “insiders” and even wrestlers themselves, doubted the legitimacy of this release. Wrestling news sites were abuzz with constant updates throughout the weekend. Sunday night John Cena confused matters even more by posting tweets that consisted of these statements: “I am very upset to hear about the release of bryan danielson…”, “…Bryan left a lasting impression on the wwe universe in a very short time, and although it came at my expense, I agree with the majority of you who are caught off guard by this choice.”, ” I would like bryan to come back to the wwe.”, “I would like to sign your petition to bring him back. I was taught to stand up for what I beileve in. I tried and failed, so I could use some help.” and “…give him yet another chance to prove that he does belong with us.” “Dirt Sheet” writers went nuts… with some of them even speculating  that Cena’s Twitter account was hacked. But alot of people took this as “Oh, John is justing playing up the story-line…” So, “Is it real or is it an angle?” was the question that plagued the pro-wrestling world for an entire weekend, through mid-week that followed, until both Evolve and Dragon Gate USA announced that Bryan Danielson would be wrestling for both of their promotions on the weekend of July 23rd & 24th. Soon after, Chikara announced that Danielson would be taking on Eddie Kingston at their June 26th show in Taylor, Michigan, which would be Danielson’s first official indy match since his “release” from WWE. Other indy promotions world-wide began to follow suit, announcing that Danielson would be appearing for them as well. On Wednesday, June 16th, the most talked about man in wrestling confirmed via his Twitter account, that he was now available for independent bookings. The following day Danielson tweeted “Looks like my return to the independents will be next Saturday for @chikarapro in Detroit, MI. I’m stoked to be working with Chikara again!” This seemed to silent most who believed Danielson’s WWE release was an angle. BUT…

What if the WWE wrestler formerly known as “Daniel Bryan” IS still employed by WWE? What if his “release” really is all part of a story-line? What if it’s all part of the greatest swerve of all time? What if I’ve been watching far too much of  Jesse Ventura’s “Conspiracy Theory”? Maybe so, but I think it would be great. Now, can Bryan Danielson work independent shows “legally” under what was (or possibily still is LOL) his current WWE contract? Does anyone really know the details of Danielson’s WWE contract? Is it possible a stipulation for Bryan to wrestle for independents when WWE deemed necessary was in his original contract? Could it be that Danielson’s contract was amended when the idea for the “NXT invasion” angle came to fruition? I don’t know. These are just questions that I, a wrestling fan, have.

In conclusion, if a couple months from now you see Bryan Danielson show up on Raw… or a WWE Pay Per View… say… maybe… I don’t know… Maybe a little Pay Per View known as… Summer Slam… you be sure to give me credit (and probably a zillion other smarks who’ve come up with the same idea.) About a week prior to the PPV, WWE begins to leak rumor’s that Danielson could appear at Summer Slam? It would sure get the news sites and wrestling world talking again. More importantly, it could increase Pay Per View buy rates. After all, that’s what any company is about, right? Making money. Could this scenario happen? Could the contract stipulations I stated above happen legally? I don’t know. That’s why I’m asking. Maybe you know. If you do, please comment. Please comment on my scenario regardless. Am I crazy? Well, sure. Did I take my own advice of “Just watch and see how it all plays out”? No, of course not. What else is new! 🙂

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Continued Weight Loss, Thoughts on Danielson, NXT Hopeful “Jimmy Marcowitz”, Joey Image Invades Bean Town, Referee Tommy Young, Tech Stuff, etc.

June 14, 2010

As I begin to write my first blog since my self-imposed Twitter hiatus, I am proud to report, while pedaling away calories at the gym, that I’ve lost a total of 12 pounds in less than 4 weeks. I suspected I had lost more since my last weigh-in, but I never expected it to be that much. I should have been tipped-off by the “Pants on the Ground” guy from American Idol visiting my house over the weekend and serenading me with his #1 smash hit. LOL The only thing that sucks about mega weight loss is the need to constantly upgrade a wardrobe that still consists on 1970s bell-bottoms and 80s Golds Gym tank tops… not to mention those first-run Hulkamania Tees, which I’m proud to say still have their original rips and tears, and still reek of Hogan’s perspiration and stale baby oil. Not for those who have weak stomachs… And you can take THAT to the bank, Daddy!

Bryan Danielson released from WWE? Chances are this has been talked to death already on Twitter, so I won’t write too much about it other than to say this: This is my unprofessional opinion… it’s a win-win situation! If it’s not true that WWE released him and it’s all part of an elaborate “NXT invasion” angle, then congrats to WWE for getting the fans and news sites talking about it… over an entire weekend no less. You all will be tuning into Raw tonight, won’t you? Then WWE has done their job. If it’s indeed a legit release, then how is that a “win”? Simple. “American Dragon” will once again be tearing it up on the independent wrestling scene in the very near future. His “stock” automatically goes up because of his WWE television exposure, which means more money in his well-deserved pockets. And it’s a “win” for indy wrestling fans, who’ll get to see, once again, Danielson showcase his talents the way HE wants to. That all being said, whatever happened to the days when we had to WAIT for storylines to play out on TV? I mean, we still do, but now with the internet and wrestling news sites / dirt sheets, everyone wants to be an armchair booker. 25 years ago, fans wouldn’t have even known about this “firing” until sometime in the future. Many of us wouldn’t have even noticed he wasn’t on TV any more until a couple or few weeks have gone by. I’ve been asked by a few fellow fans if I thought Danielson’s “release” was legit or not. My FINAL ANSWER (eh hem, game show reference!) is…… I don’t know, and I don’t care. JUST WATCH! ENJOY THE SHOW! WAIT… and see what happens. Have patience. We don’t always need to know things RIGHT NOW. That’s my attitude at least, and I’m sticking to it.

(Disclaimer: Portions of the following topic are fictitious, and as of this writing, Mark James has NOT been hired by the WWE. That means YOU, dirt sheets! LOL) I was very happy to hear that a man whom I respect very much, Mark James, had a tryout with WWE yesterday. As most of you probably know already, Mark feels it went well and I’m told WWE officials will “be in touch”. If you’re a wrestling fan and you’re not already following @MarkJamesBrand on Twitter, you should be. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an NXT Season 3 or 4 rookie named “Jimmy Marcowitz”. That’s right, Jimmy Marcowitz! (Hey, there’s been worse NXT rookie names… maybe.) If “Jimmy Marc” (get it? “Jimmy Mac”… the Oldies song? Nothing? OK) shows up on your television screen Tuesday nights, you let ’em know you heard it HERE first, folks. (Cite your sources, dirt sheets!)

I was happy to hear that my buddy Joey Image (@JoeyImageDotCom) had a blast in Boston this weekend. Joey’s activities included attending a wrestling show (I hope he gets booked by Chaotic Wrestling!) and sushi eating. I know, I was as surprised as you!

Over the weekend I got the opportunity to watch Tommy Young’s Shoot Interview 2-DVD set. If you’re a wrestling fan and you don’t know who Tommy Young is, just watch any NWA/WCW Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat match from the mid to late 80s. Young’s refereeing style was unlike anyone elses and always stood out to me, even as a kid. Young discusses how he went from being a pro-wrestler to a referee, of course the obligatory Ric Flair road stories, his in-ring injury that put him out of wrestling for good, and much more. This DVD set is currently selling for only $5 on Highspots.com. I highly recommend it. (Just click the Highspots link and it’ll take you right to the Tommy Young DVD page. Yup, I’m getting the hang of this wordpress.com stuff!)

While I’m on the subject of professional wrestling… (I know, when am I not?)… I was happy to hear that Tommy Dreamer (@TheTommyDreamer) showed up on TNA’s Slammiversary PPV last night. I’m not sure if he’s under contract or what said contract would entail, but I sure hope it doesn’t interfere with him tagging with Eddie Kingston at Chikara’s July 25th show in Philadelphia, PA. Tommy & Eddie are supposed to take on Claudio Castagnoli (@ccastagnoli) & Ares (@areswrestler) of the BDK. (Speaking of the Bruderschaft Des Kreuzes, check out http://b-d-k.org ) Anyway, I’m selfish. Dreamer, be in Philly on July 25th, OR ELSE (LOL!)

One last thing… (Boy, I am NOT missing Twitter’s 140 character limit! LOL) I downloaded the Opera Mini 5 browser on my HTC Android phone last night. This browser is sweet and fast as hell! Totally blows away the default browser that came with my phone. I haven’t done alot with it, but if it’s fast, it’s for me. If you’re a late bloomer like me, and are not aware of Opera (NO! Not Opra!) check out http://www.opera.com.

Thanks to all who have reached out to me via text, e-mail, DM, Facebook, Yahoo IM, etc. over the past few days. @TheMaskedTweeter and @FlairChops even teamed up the other day to send me smoke signals. I still don’t know what “Come bock to twooter” means though. LOL

God Bless you all, and I hope to speak to each of you real soon.

Oldies Mike