TNA is death

Kiss this greatness goodbye, you slags.

Kiss this greatness goodbye, you slags.

According to our deal close personal long time friends at the Figure Four Weekly Online site ( if you have an account with them), TNA has just given Don West the ol’ heave ho.

This is a company that not only continues to employ a pill popping alcoholic stalker, but has chosen to keep that person as its World Heavyweight Champion in spite of a recent arrest. Now, I had been getting into TNA more recently, and one of the main reasons was because of Don West’s awesome commentary. I say this with no amount of hyperbole, Don West is the best announcer in professional wrestling right now. WWE can’t pick him up soon enough for my tastes.

On the bright side, we can now look forward to Tazzz telling us all about Joey Numbahs and cahs and yahhts and all kinds of stupid Brooklyn accent nonsense on Thursday nights from now on. I want to puke. – Dusty

Stunt Granny Audio: The best of WWE Summerslam

This match doesnt bite hard.

This match doesn't bite hard.

Nuptials are about to turn to napalm, as Dusty, Eric and Jordan bring you the best of WWE Summerslam, as voted on by you, the fans (and us, the jerk store)! After tallying the votes, the top five editions of WWE’s summer tradition surfaced, and the three retro retreads took it upon themselves to dissect the results. The question even gets to come up: What is the greatest match ever to take place at Summerslam? Which show took its rightful place at number one? Which one got way more votes than it should have? Give this show a listen, in two parts, of course.

Best of WWE Summerslam (Part 1)

Best of WWE Summerslam (Part 2)

The Art of Wrestling – High Times

Did you know Bob Marley played a Les Paul guitar?

Did you know Bob Marley played a Les Paul guitar?

I’m going to hit up two high fliers t-shirts today, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. It hadn’t really dawned me that the guys that are close to breaking through rarely get t-shirts. The WWE has another new shirt for Randy Orton and HHH but I’ve reviewed their products before so I wanted a breather for myself and you the fans. I’d have to think if they put more shirts out for the lower tier guys that the WWE might get a better grasp on who is popular and who is not. I guess that they don’t want to waste creative and production efforts until they know they’ve got something good on their hands.

On to the first shirt, which is for Kofi Kingston. Since his character is a stereotype, I wouldn’t have expected much more than what we got out of this shirt. On the front is a smilin’ Jamaican with dread locks that is outlined by green and then yellow since those colors are from the Jamaican flag. On the back, is “Here Comes The Boom” and “Kofi Kingston” which is layered over top of the Jamaican flag. The flag is in lighter colors which is a good layering idea because it would have obscured the text. This shirt is obviously geared towards the kids and it works in that capacity. It’s a bland design that has very little creativity. It’s nice to reflect someone’s made up ethnic background but show me something. It could still even be kid friendly for all I care. Thumbs most of the way down for this one.

The next high flier I’m going to look at is Evan Bourne. His shirt can be found here. It’s a mainly black shirt with red print and graphics with just a little bit of silver. The print on the front is on the left side of the shirt and runs from bottom to top and says “Bourne To Fly” which was bound to happen when they decided to change Matt Sydal’s name for marketing purposes. Above the print is an red insignia that has two arrows that I believe is intended to replicate Bourne’s Shooting Star Press. It has a silver or gray outline. To the left of the insignia, is his name in small print in the same vertical. On the back of the shirt is a slow motion type multi-print of Bourne performing his Shooting Star Press. The horizontal version of his silhouette is the brightest red and it cuts back to black at the beginning of the move.

If you look even at the first picture in his photo link on his page, you see how much more complex his tights are compared to his boring ass shirt. His tights also have much more white on them than the shirt. The design on the rear could go from white to red and it’d be more interesting. The frame around the front insignia and his name would work much better in white too. Even if the grey was closer to silver, it’d work better.

Both shirts are boring and uninspired but could be worse. Here’s to hoping that Bourne’s sales take off and he gets a main eventers  variety of merchandise. -Kevin

WWE Raw guest hosts likely here to stay

To be the man, babaaaaay....

"To be the man, babaaaaay...."

Thanks to the eagle eye of Robert Miqueli, this article from Variety was uncovered. USA Network is thrilled with the extra exposure the already-successful WWE Monday Night Raw has received from the guest host gimmick, and so we can expect to see this continue for a while, as Raw has pretty much become a part of the “talkshow circuit.” Here’s a snippet, with a look into future and possible guest hosts:

Given how successful the guest hosts have been, WWE plans to continue having them appear on “Raw” at least through the end of the year, and possibly up to WrestleMania 26 next March.

“For right now, it’s really working and clicking,” [Stephanie] McMahon said. “But it’s just the beginning.”

Upcoming booked talent includes former gameshow host Bob Barker, the Rev. Al Sharpton, “Access Hollywood” co-host Nancy O’Dell, boxer Floyd Mayweather and basketball player LeBron James. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson, the Osbournes, Danny DeVito, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, Jimmy Fallon, Rachael Ray, MC Hammer, Woody Harrelson, Serena Williams and Ashton Kutcher also are in talks for hosting gigs.

While embracing the PG rating has helped WWE attract new advertisers like 7-Eleven and Pepsi, the extra star wattage is only expected to help keep sponsors happy.

“We’re letting them feel safe with the PG environment,” McMahon said. “By bringing in the celebrities, we’re saying, ‘If it’s OK for them, it’s OK for you too.’ “

First, let me just say, any gig that gets MC Hammer out of his refrigerator box and in front of a hot meal is a good one. And I would throw my mom down the stairs to see Danny Devito bring the rest of the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” with him; a tag match featuring John Cena & Day Man vs. Randy Orton & Night Man is money waiting to be printed.

The guest host idea has been met with mixed responses from us snarky fans, but so were the low 3s Raw was drawing just a few months ago. And how many times have you seen some smart mark gripe about WWE not being able to pull in good advertisers? This is becoming less of a problem, too, and we even get sweet Big Gulp cups out of the deal! So you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life. -Eric


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