4/20 is now known as Simply Ravishing Day

What I’d like to have right now, is for all us of fat, out of shape, wrestling fans, is to keep the noise down, while we celebrate the life of one Ravishing Rick Rude.

I’ve been a Rick Rude fan, ever since I first saw him in WCCW, when he was managed by Percy Pringle III, and came out to Sade’s “Smooth Operator” for his entrance music. He was arrogant, but he kicked ass, and beat up the Von Erich’s. I didn’t mind the Von Erich’s, but whoever was a hell against them, they stepped it up a notch. They had heat with the Fabulous Freebirds, Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, and eventually, Rick Rude.

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Rude did make a brief stop in the NWA, where he was still a badass, but I personally didn’t see him clicking with Manny Fernandez, even though they won the tag team titles.

I think my fandom hit an all time high when he showed up in the WWF, being introduced as part of the Heenan Family. He had great feuds with Jake Roberts and the Ultimate Warrior, making him one awesome heel.

After listening to the podcast Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson, they did an episode on Rick Rude, with his induction this year into the WWE Hall of Fame. Lots of great stories, and the prank Jake Roberts played on him was cruel, but at the same time, pretty funny.

One of the things that came up on the podcast, was his untimely death on April 20th, 1999. An idea popped in my head, as I don’t hang out with Mary Jane on 4/20, is that us wrestling fans can use this as a day of remembrance and celebration of Ravishing Rick Rude.

So to honor The Ravishing One, go watch some You Tube videos for Rick Rude, watch some matches on the WWE Network, take off your robes and show the ladies what a real sexy man looks like, swivel your hips and/or fling your sweat at the ladies. Definitely download the Rick Rude episode on Something to Wrestle.

Let’s make 4/20 Simply Ravishing Day

#RickRudesDong

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Me and Taker down by the schoolyard

So it is official. Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 33.

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When this obvious match was announced, it didn’t even spark any type of enthusiasm for me. Maybe if Taker was 10 years younger, there would be a spark of interest. But I got nothing. I don’t care to see this match and it’s not a selling point to want give it my undivided attention.

But for some reason, as I sat at work today, this wrestling match just kept spinning around in my head. I want my own outcome for this match. I want a good finish. So reaching back into my younger comic book reading days, resorted to the age old question, What If?

The “What If” comics were cool alternative Marvel stories that changed the original story lines you were used too, and gave you a different outcome on the heroes and villains you liked. Stories like What If the X-Men died on their first mission? Or What If Wolverine had killed the Incredible Hulk?

Now that gets me to thinking, what if I was able to submit my outcome for the Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns match? I got so caught up in the idea, I have two What If outcomes. You may hate them, but hear me out.

  1. What if we’re having a decent match between the Undertaker and Roman Reigns, both bump each other, and they’re both down on the mat. Music hits, and it’s Braun Strowman coming down to the ring. He gets into the ring, squashes both of them, and proclaims that THIS is HIS yard, and continues his attack. When all said and done, drops a knocked out Taker onto a knocked out Reigns, giving Taker the win. This also keeps the feud going after Wrestlemania between Strowman and Reigns.
  1. Again, what if, decent match, everybody gets bumped, Strowman comes down to the ring, beats on Roman Reigns, as a dazed and confused Undertaker looks on. Strowman beats down Reigns enough where he’s not coming back from a Tombstone Piledriver, and Taker gets the win. Then, as Taker and Strowman are in the ring, Taker passes on the trench coat and hat to Strowman, and passes the torch to make Strowman the next Undertaker for WWE, while Mean Mark Callous retires and gives Strowman his blessing to live on the Deadman legacy. Bonus points to the WWE if they can get a vignette of Paul Bearer nodding his head on the video screen, also giving his approval. Than Strowman goes out and has his own Decade of Destruction.

Do not worry, I’m not giving up my day job, and I will definitely leave the outcomes to the professionals. But the young talent is taking over, and our heroes from the past are riding off into the sunset. They defiantly need better ways to go out than retirement matches.

So as you just got done reading this, how would you finish this match?

GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG! GOOOOLDBERG!

Congratulations are in order for the new WWE Universal Champion, Goldberg.

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While I was kind of looking forward to this match, and kind of had a feeling of what the outcome of the match was going to be, I really wanted a swerve or a “Dusty Finish”. I wanted Owens to remain champion, anyway he could. But Chris Jericho spoiled it. He’s never coming off the List of KO now.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a Goldberg fan. I am also a Kevin Owens fan. I just didn’t want to see Goldberg vs. Lesnar for the title at Wrestlemania. Granted, for the biggest PPV of the year, you want all the big names at the top, and no two names are bigger right now than these two. But you take Goldberg, who will probably hold the title for 4 weeks until Wrestlemania, to face Brock, who will probably get the title, than wrestle about 4 times in 6 months.  Boring. Unless Goldberg retains the title, then we’ll get him to wrestle the 4 times in 6 months. Still boring. Seems like a waste of time on RAW’s main title.

I’m not shitting on either one of these guys. Both are great draws, and well worth the price of admission. Lot of people on Twitter are pretty upset about the title change, saying it’s not fair to Kevin Owens. While I would like to agree, I wonder to myself, if Sting was healthy, and he did this same thing, the internet would be ecstatic by the outcome.

But now we have all the buildup of Kevin Owens right after the Festival of Friendship, breaking killer promos against Goldberg, and now he’s not even in the main event of Wrestlemania. After getting squashed in 21 seconds at Fastlane, just makes me shake my head at the WWE. There has to be more for Owens. There must be more.  But what I want is not important. It’s all about what’s good for business. The Kevin Owens Show will be back. I’m sure of it.