What was actually in the envelope.
OK, I was about to give up on RAW tonight, and I’ll probably still fall asleep because I’m old and tired, and I can watch this on DVR in the morning, but this is important.
I don’t care what you like in wrestling, unless you like Vince Russo or The Rock or TNA or Sean O’Haire. This isn’t about style preferences or workrate or nerds or “smarks” or anything else.
Daniel Bryan is currently the best performer in all of rasslin and was the clear MVP of WWE in 2013. His winning Superstar of the Year, even if it is just a Slammy, and even if The Bella Twins won one, too, is meaningful. It matters. It says something.
And by the way, if you think HHH or anyone else doesn’t realize Bryan’s value, you might want to step away from this shit for a bit to get some air. They know. And his time will come.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite moment of WrestleMania 24.
Kevin Steen: Your New AAW Champion
Because of course the first thing I would do with a belt is eat it.
Please paint me Thom Yorke wrestling Mr. T in the Facility bathroom from Goldeneye for the N64.
In this 1993 clip, Hulk Hogan, then WWF champion, talks about how he isn’t interested in holding the “toy” championship belt any more, referring to Vince McMahon’s top prize as “bullshit.”
Hogan was speaking at a New Japan press conference, building up to a challenge for their IWGP heavyweight title. Obviously, given the contrasting environments, there are less brother, jack, dudes present here than in your typical Hogan WWF promo.
I just saw this posted on the Fighting Spirit Magazine facebook page. On the post, editor Brian Elliot noted that this caused outrage in 1993, and that somehow Hogan was crazy enough to think news of this wouldn’t reach the US.
"Yeah. This is it. This is what you work for. This is the Super bowl. This is the NBA championship. This is the Olympics. This is being at the point in your life where you go right or left, and you have to go right. And if you go left, then you could either end up not in the business. You end up being marginalized, whatever. I mean, I don’t have a choice.
"Well I am because it’s important to me. And I didn’t get to where I am today by resting on my laurels or resting on what happened yesterday. I’m very hypercompetitive. I carry a chip on my shoulder. The law protects people from people like me. And John Cena is going to be a recipient of a whooping that where he can’t be protected by the law. There ain’t nobody that can protect him from me. I mean I won’t go to jail for what I’ll do to him on Sunday. So I have to do this. I’m doing it for me. I’m done. Like man, I want to do it for my family. I want to do it for the business. Like all of that stuff. And it’s real. People think that it’s some kind of wrestling angle or this and that. I told Vince himself. I was like look, I’m in it to win it, if not I’m done. And that’s what’s gonna happen on Sunday. John is gonna get his ass kicked. There ain’t no way or buts about it. Otherwise, I’m just talking shit."
Before he was a superhero, Spider-Man was a wrestler.