Let’s Give Maria and Mike Kanellis a Chance

Tonight at Money in the Bank, the WWE Universe saw the debut of a new superstar and the return of a familiar face.

“The First Lady of Professional Wrestling” Maria Kanellis made her WWE return – now as a member of the Smackdown brand – and she brought with her, her real-life husband Mike Bennett – or as he is now known, Mike Kanellis. I think JBL said what many of us were thinking “he took her name.”

There were reports that Mike and Maria were in St. Louis and would possibly make their Smackdown debut at the event. After they made their debut, some fans didn’t know what to make of the segment. From their promo, it looks like the couple are going to teach the WWE Universe about love – and by the tone of Maria’s voice, they’re going to be heels.

Although the segment left me with some questions, I liked the confidence in Maria’s voice. She’s no longer the bubbly backstage announcer or Santino’s girlfriend who later shared a kiss with Snoop Dogg. She’s now all business.

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Will Ferrara and Cheeseburger vs. The Fraternity

This week on Will Ferrara and Cheeseburger take on The Fraternity. Cheeseburger is alright – but I think the Fraternity have potential.

They’re a bit of a comedy team – and with move names like Keg Stand and Eiffel Tower it’s a little hard to take them serious – but with some character development, they could be vicious heels.

WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup (1st Round Scottish Qualifier)

I’ve been trying to expand my professional wrestling horizon with videos on Youtube as well as catching up on content on the WWE Network. What Culture Pro Wrestling has been creating a lot of buzz with their promotion and World Cup and it’s exciting.

As you may know, I”m a big fan of tournaments, so this was right up my alley.

What I like about the WCPW World Cup is it reminds me of the K-1 Grand Prix where wrestlers have to win qualifiers in different countries to advance to the finals of the tournament.

These are matches from the first round of the Scottish Qualifier

Joe Coffey vs Liam Thomson

Drew Galloway vs Mark Coffey

BT Gunn vs Lewis Girvan

El Ligero vs Grado

Joe Hendry vs. Kenny Williams

Martin Kirby vs. Travis Banks

Jinder Mahal Should be the Next WWE Champion

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

Since he’s came from Raw to Smackdown Live, #WWE superstar Jinder Mahal has made the most of the opportunities given to him.

On the April 18 episode of #SmackdownLive, Mahal won a six-pack challenge – after interference from the Singh Brothers (a.k.a. The Bollywood Boyz), which began the formation of a new stable – for the No. 1 contendership for the WWE title

Mahal will face Randy Orton at #Backlash, May 21. Before he meets Mahal, Orton will clash with Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match at #Payback this Sunday.

After he won the six-pack challenge, Mahal asserted his status and called out the fans in a good heel post-match promo.

Mahal garnered some real life heat from fans after he won the six-pack challenge. Some folks tired of the anti-American gimmick – which has been a staple in professional wrestling for decades. However, Mahal animosity on the crowd focuses more on people’s intolerance of foreign wrestlers rather than the classic “(insert country) is better than the United States” tagline.

Others felt wrestlers like United States champion Kevin Owens, former world title holder A.J. Styles and recent Smackdown signee Shinsuke Nakamura deserve to face Orton. There’s also speculation that WWE’s expansion into India is playing a part in Mahal’s ascension up the ranks. Mahal, real name Yuvraj Singh “Raj” Dhesi, is of Punjabi Sikh origin and from Calgary, Alberta Canada.

I think WWE made a good move in pushing Mahal to the main event scene, and putting him in a stable with the Singh Brothers. Most fans think he’ll take a loss to Orton when they have clash at Backlash and move on to the U.S. title. Personally, I’d like to see Mahal as WWE champion, even if it’s only for a cup of coffee.

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FUN Wrestling Episode 17: Omega arrives

The aftermath of the superstar mixup between Friendo Unified Network and World Golden Powers Wrestling continues as Lenny Omega – formely of WGPW – makes his debut in the FUN ring. He takes on Merica Machine and Captain Horsemask in a triple threat match to determine the No. 1 contender for the Larson Libre championship.

Also World’s Best champion Butch Bacon is in action.

WGPW Episode 1

It’s been awhile since I posted any gameplay videos with Steve and Larson. To get caught up, Steve Here sold WSTEVEW to King Llama of the Golden Powers – who renamed the brand “WGPW” – World Golden Powers Wrestling. WGPW and FUN Wrestling also had a superstar mix up with several wrestlers switching brands.

On this episode, Heel Supreme – one of the new members of the Golden Powers – and Meatloaf champion Beef Supreme take on World Champion Matthew Audet and a mystery partner. Also Bo Kada and El Steinero face off to determine the newest member of the Golden Powers.