Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ho! Ho! Ho! That may sound like your typical comment that's fired back and forth on the message board, but it's merely a season's greeting. I promise I'm not calling anyone a hoe. Welcome to the latest installment of Good Call/Bad Call, right here on hollywoodjimmy.com. How's everybody? You know tis the season to be jolly, so with that in mind, I hope this is as much fun as opening presents and spiking the eggnog. Cheers!
WARNING: The following views expressed are in no way, shape or form, linked to the views expressed by Hollywood Jimmy, The Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Bambi, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, John Deere, Donner, Dear Abby, Blitzen, and Clark Griswold. Hollywood Jimmy already knows all, anyway. Santa Claus says that hitting the road with ZZ Top after Christmas is always a Good Call. D-Rock's views may be wrong, but he highly doubts that.
On a sad note, the wrestling world lost another brother, last week, with the tragic news about the passing of Steve Bradley. In 1998, soon after he signed a 3-year developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation, Bradley began training under Tom Prichard at WWF Headquarters in Stanford, Connecticut along with Kurt Angle. Bradley took the Memphis Wrestling scene by storm when he was assigned to Memphis-based Power Pro Wrestling. It was there that both he and Angle began feuding with each other over the PPW Heavyweight title with Bradley eventually defeating Angle for the title in early 1999 and becoming the first man to pin Angle in his professional career. Their feud would also be voted "Underrated Feud of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated that same year. What great matches these two had.
Bradley was later assigned to Memphis Championship Wrestling, a new developmental territory, in early 2001 and began wrestling with Essa Ríos and Lita on WWF house shows and dark matches on television tapings throughout the United States. Spending the next two years in Ohio Valley Wrestling and the Heartland Wrestling Association, Bradley would win the HWA Tag Team titles four times with Val Venis and Lance Cade and eventually became involved in booking for the promotion before he was released from his developmental contract in July 2002. Many of his colleagues have stated in the past how Bradley was one of the most gifted wrestlers to ever come through Memphis and often questioned why he never made it big in the WWE. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bradley's family and friends.
Until here recently, I thought that the WWE was just getting stale, but the last couple weeks have been a lot better. Things have really picked up since the return of John Cena and Edge. Maybe these two will give the WWE a much needed shot in the arm. There's also rumors circulating about Christian and Gail Kim re-signing with the WWE. Boy, TNA really sent Christian out with a bang, didn't they? I wish they would hurry up with Gail's return. She's too fine not to be on camera. That latest deal with Shane and Stephanie was pretty good too. I know it's the same ole dysfunctional family thing, but I thought it came across pretty well. They are also trying something different with the JBL/HBK storyline. That should be interesting.
Over on SmackDown, I hope last week's cage match is the last time we have to see The Undertaker and The Big Show tie up. At first, I was really looking forward to their feud, but I've really been disappointed in it. We are also getting to see a much darker side of Jeff Hardy, as of late. Things were going pretty good with that until they pulled that little hotel fiasco. I don't know about that, but I do know about that "Punjabi Playboy" The Great Khali. Now that's funny. Who would have thought that The Great Khali would now be so adored by the fans with his Kiss Cam and receive such a big Hardy-like pop? Speaking of pops, Gregory Helms returned this past Friday on SmackDown, after months and months of Hurrapops. He is now going by the name, Hurricane Helms, but is not wearing the mask or cape. However, I couldn't help, but notice that he was sporting a Hurrabelly. "I'm just sayin'!"
The Slammy Awards are returning this Monday night on a special three hour edition of Raw. That should be fun. With that in mind, be sure and keep voting for your favorites for this year's WrestlingNewsCenter.com 2008 Awards. The last day to vote will be Sunday, December 14, 2008!!!
TNA! TNA! TNA!
I had a blast at the recent TNA house show in Corinth, Mississippi. Axeman was one hundred percent accurate with his distribution of the Good Calls. I don't have too much to add considering what's already been said, so let's see. Sonjay Dutt auctioned off one of the backstage passes to a fan for forty dollars. He also hit the Bushwhacker dance, during his match with Petey. Kip was a trip. Sheik Abdul Bashir(It's just so much easier to say Daivari) got into a heated confrontation with a fan after the fan touched him. I thought it was going down. It was a real treat to see ODB and Angelina Love get it on after seeing these two ladies wrestle, locally, for DCW a few years back. You may remember Love as she wrestled as Angel Williams. After the show, the meet and greet consisted of "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Monster" Abyss taking pictures in the ring while "Maple Leaf Muscle" Petey Williams, Consequences Creed, Curry Man, ODB, and Eric Young were walking around ringside, signing autographs and taking pictures. Good stuff.
TNA has really been doing a great job, here lately, since their AWESOME show live from Las Vegas(This reminded me so much of the very first Nitro in the Mall of America) We also saw the formation of the Main Event Mafia on that show. I was sold from the beginning. I am just glad to see a new, powerful stable in the wrestling business. I know it may seem like another version of the NWO, but hey that's ok. As long as they don't start recruiting people like Vincent, Dennis Rodman, Horace Hogan, or The Disciple, everything should be good. A friend, recently, pitched a great idea for the TNA Frontline. He said they should bring back Christopher Daniels to join AJ Styles and Samoa Joe in leading the charge for the TNA Originals. Well, after reading the results for Final Resolution, I see that Curry Man got one of the briefcases in the annual "Feast or Fired" match. We can only hope that Curry Man gets fired this year, so this will come to fruition with the Fallen Angel returning. Now don't get me wrong, I love the dancing machine(Check out my pic), but I don't think Curry Man poses too much of a threat to the Mafia.
As I'm sure you're well aware by now, Brock Lesnar is the new UFC Heavyweight Champion after defeating Randy Couture via technical knockout at UFC 91, which was billed as, "The Biggest Fight in UFC History!" The UFC has got some big events coming up this week, leading up to a huge card on December 27th that will determine who Brock fights next.
This Wednesday, December 10, the UFC presents Fight For The Troops To Help Benefit The National Intrepid Center Of Excellence, Live on Spike, headlined by Josh Koscheck Vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
Then, on Saturday, December 13th, The Ultimate Fighter Finale will feature the last battles for the Lightweight and Light Heavyweight Ultimate Fighter Team Noguiera vs Team Mir season winners, Live on Spike. I'm a big fan of the show. I believe Spike will be airing a marathon on Saturday, if you want to check it out.
The year ends with UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 on Saturday, December 27, live on Pay-Per-View. It’s the ultimate event of the year with the original Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin defending his title against “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Then the Ultimate Fighter coaches face off as Interim World Heavyweight Champion, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira takes on former heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, with the winner facing Brock Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship. Plus, two of the hardest hitting light heavyweights go toe-to-toe when Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva battles former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Three main events packed into one huge show. If you're a fan of MMA, this is a must-see event.
The Call List
XOW Benefit for Noah Sheffield-Good Call
Booker T's accent-Bad Call
Frampton Comes Alive at Bluesville-Good Call
Our Economy-Bad Call
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling-Good Call-I know the critics have really bashed this show, but I enjoyed it. It's a reality show and all reality shows pretty much go by the same formula. You have teams and challenges(in this case, matches, performing certain moves) with the judges, deciding who ultimately is the best and who goes home. Any wrestling fan should have enjoyed it for the mere fact that Hulk Hogan, "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, and Eric Bischoff were the judges, Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake(Don't sue, Vince) were the trainers and there were special cameo appearances by Rob Van Dam and Bill Goldberg. I believe it finished strong in the ratings leaving a possibility of there being a second season. I don't feel like Dennis Rodman should have won. In my opinion, he probley should have never been allowed on the show because he's already had some wrestling experience. Hell, he wrestled on three of WCW's pay-per-view events. I think politics had a little something to do with that. NWO 4-Life!
Scott Hall drinking-Bad Call
BCS-Bad Call System
Steve Harvey in concert-Good Call
Gas prices going down-Good Call
Jake Roberts doing anything-Bad Call
Redemption Song-Good Call-This show is hosted by Chris Jericho on Fuse Tv. It's kinda like American Idol meets The Real World with eleven women competing for a second chance to land a recording contract and become a rockstar. Each lady has
faced some previous problems that delayed their chances of achieving stardom, but now is their time to shine. Bottom line-Hott Ladies+Singing+Dancing+Fighting=Good times
Ricky and Brion as Beer Money Inc.-Good Call
Hollywood Jimmy's interview with Kamala-Good Call
Santino attempting to do Melina's entrance-Bad Call
Gambling..................hanging in there
WWE releasing Elijah Burke-Bad Call
Plaxico Burress taking aim at his injured hamstring-Bad Call
Erin Andrews-Good Call
O.J. Simpson-Bad Call
The food at Huddle House-Good Call
Checking out at Huddle House-Bad Call
STP live at the Desoto Civic Center-Good Call
Inviting Jillian Hall to go Christmas caroling-Bad Call
Merry Christmas, Everybody!!!
Thanks for reading and Good Calls to All!!!
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