Just last week, Ballz Mahoney, known for his time in ECW, passed away in his home. Mahoney was just 44 years old. Then last night, the wrestling world was once again rocked as Joanie Laurer, better known as Chyna, passed away at only 46.
While her death is still under investigation, Chyna made headlines recently for wanting to be put in the WWE Hall of Fame. Former boyfriend, Triple H, released a statement at the time saying that Chyna’s involvement in the adult film industry thwarted any chances of her being in the hall of fame.
This Sunday is the grand daddy of them all, Wrestlemania.It’s the WWE’s biggest show of the year, which will be taking place in Dallas at AT&T Stadium.
When it was first announced that Mania would be in Dallas, my friends and I were planning on going. We attended two years ago in New Orleans and it was quite epic. I say epic, not only because my man crush, The Rock was there and I got to meet Hulk Hogan, but because it truly was the spectacle of all spectacles.
This year’s mania just doesn’t have the appeal of Mania’s past. After seeing the card, my friends and I decided against going.
Injuries have hit the WWE hard in recent months. John Cena, Seth Rollins, Cesaro and Bray Wyatt, all fan favorites have been sidelined with injuries.
Shane-o Mac’s appearance on Raw several week’s ago was epic, but the WWE’s writing has been complete shit. While fans are still excited to see McMahon take on the Dead Man, the match seems kind of pointless. My prediction is John Cena shows up and somehow slips into the Hell in the Cell, challenging Taker to a career vs. career match next year at Mania in Orlando.
The Cardinals added some middle infield depth early on Friday by signing free-agent shortstop Ruben Tejada to a one year 1.5 million dollar contract. Tejada, who is 26 years old, was placed on waivers by the New York Mets earlier last week. Prior to being waived by the Mets, Tejada was scheduled to make $3 million in the upcoming season.
There was speculation earlier in the week that the Cardinals would submit a waiver claim for Tejada after learning all-star shortstop Jhonny Peralta will be out until the middle of the season with a thumb injury. If the Cards had claimed Tejada off waivers, they would have been on the hook for the entire $3 million owed him. When Tejada cleared waivers, however, he became a free agent, and a new contract would have to be agreed upon.
Tejada was signed by the Mets as a 16-year-old from Panama in 2006. Throughout the early part of the decade he was considered one of baseball’s top prospects and the heir apparent to shortstop Jose Reyes. Tejada made his major league debut in 2010, playing in 78 games primarily in a backup role with 216 at bats and a .213 average. The following two seasons, however, Tejeda seemed to blossom into a major league talent. In 2011, he played in 96 games with a batting average of .284 and an on-base percentage of .360, and in 2012, he played in 114 games, batting .289 and was on base at a .333 clip. The Mets fell out of love with Tejada the following season, questioning his work ethic and motivation, and after a poor start to the 2013 season, Tejada was returned to the minors for what the team called “poor conditioning.” Tejada was told to slim down and get in better shape prior to the 2014 season, which he did, however he never regained the stats from the prior seasons. In 2014 and 2015, Tejada played in a combined 235 games with a .249 average. For his career, Tejada is a .255 hitter with 10 homeruns, 99 doubles, 148 RBIs, and an on-base percent of .330. He has 328 career strikeouts compared to 187 career walks and a total of 16 stolen bases (out of 27 attempts).
After Sunday, I had my doubts that this years’ Wrestlemania would be as grand as past Mania’s had been. WWE’s Fastlane was not only predictable, but besides a pair of matches from Kevin Owens/Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho/A.J. Styles, the payperview was a disappointment.
As Monday Night Raw opened, I was hoping to find out who would be battling the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, as nothing had been mentioned with just over 40 days till the WWE’s biggest show of the year.
Rumors were all over the place, as names like Steve Austin, Goldberg, Sting and even CM Punk were being mentioned.
It was McMahon overload in the ring, as all three faced off for the first time in 7 years.
Yes, wrestling is scripted. It’s a male soap opera. I know that. Since I was 5 years old, I’ve loved the sport.
Wrestlers come and go, and it’s not very often that one is talented and endearing enough that wrestling fans form a bond with them.
Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock, Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes are a few of the special ones. You can add Bryan Danielson, known as Daniel Bryan in WWE, to that list.
On the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 8, Danielson tweeted out that he would be announcing his retirement on Raw that evening.
I, along with a few of my friends hoped that it was a work, maybe it was just part of the show. Alas, it was not. Danielson announced in front of his home town of Seattle, and millions of wrestling fans that the numerous concussions that he had suffered throughout his 15 years in the business had finally caught up with him.