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Coffee Talk #434: Totally Marking Out For WWE!!!


Posted on December 21st, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Today's Specials, TV, WWE. 13 comments

Welcome to Coffee Talk! Let’s start off the day by discussing whatever is on your (nerd chic) mind. Every morning I’ll kick off a discussion and I’m counting on you to participate in it. If you’re not feelin’ my topic, feel free to start a chat with your fellow readers and see where it takes you. Whether you’re talking about videogames, random people paying off random layaway accounts at K-Mart, Rudolph vs. Frosty, or Intelligentsia’s Colombia La Loma, Coffee Talk is the place to do it.

I’m totally marking out for WWE programming right now. This has been my favorite period of WWE television since Shawn Michaels retired. A guy that used Twitter to get over and two guys I watched with dozens of other people at Ring of Honor shows are holding championship belts. I love that three guys that work hard and genuinely connect with fans are getting pushed by WWE. While I have an aching suspicion that at least one of the three championship reigns will be short, I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts. Join me as I reflect on three of the current WWE champions.

Zack Ryder United States Champion: I wrote a bit about the crazy phenomenon of Ryder a few weeks ago. As an Internet nerd, I have to give it up to a guy that used Twitter outreach and YouTube videos to connect with fans. I completely respect and admire what he did; WWE management wasn’t giving him an opportunity to shine, so he took matters into his own hands and created his own success. While I’m happy for Ryder, it’s not the same level of excitement I feel for the next two champions.

CM PUNK WWE Champion: I know that a few of you are down on Punk because of his size, but you can’t question his in-ring ability or deny the fact that he has cut the best promos in WWE all year. As you probably know, I’m partial to Ring of Honor alumni and love when those guys do well in bigger companies. Punk also gets mad bonus points for posing with some of my Pokemon dolls for a Games Radar article I did back in the day. I love that my photos of Punk and my Pokemon are on the first page of Google results when you do an image search for “CM Punk”.

Punk is just a great wrestler that has worked hard to get one of the top spots in the business. I think it’s great that he’s old school. I love that he prefers the term “pro-wrestling” over “sports entertainment”. It was nice that he wore a Randy Savage outfit and started incorporating  Savage’s elbow drop shortly after Macho Man passed away. Even though I generally don’t trust people who drink, I think Punk is awesome. He’s my second-favorite straight-edge person.

Bryan Danielson CM Punk Coffee Talk #434: Totally Marking Out For WWE!!!

Daniel Bryan World Heavyweight Champion: Before WWE re-branded him as Daniel Bryan, Bryan Danielson was one of my favorite Ring of Honor wrestlers. I believe he’s one of the top three wrestlers in WWE today. His game is just so diverse, mixing outstanding mat wrestling, high-flying moves, and modern MMA twists. Yeah, he’s still finding his way on the mic, but he’s getting a lot better (something John Morrison never did). More importantly, his wrestling is so good that fans connect with him and want to see him do well. It’s weird seeing him (fake) tan and wearing more black than red these days, but he’ll always be “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson to me — one of the best wrestlers I’ve seen live.

I love the photo above from CM Punk’s Twitter feed. Seeing Punk and Danielson with the two major WWE straps gives me warm fuzzies. It’s great seeing two guys that are superiors wrestlers make it to the top. It’s sweet that two guys that have known each other for more than a decade and have wrestled in hundreds of high-school gyms are headlining shows that are watched by millions of people. In many ways, the photo reminds me of when Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit held those belts. Similar to how Punk and Danielson made their way through the indie scene together, Guerrero and Benoit went from ECW to WCW to WWE together. The two were also great wrestlers that were on the small side. When Benoit and Guerrero were celebrating with their titles at WrestleMania XX, I remember thinking, “Damn. That’s a lot of confetti,” and also, “It feels nice to see that the right guys have the belts.”

Sadly, I don’t have a ton of faith in WWE creative to leave the strap on Danielson. Hell, he only has it now because Mark Henry suffered a groin injury and they had to quickly rewrite the match. It’s too early to tell, but I fear he’ll just be a transitional champion.

I don’t know how long these three WWE Superstars will keep their championships, but it’s great to see that, once again, the right guys have won.





  • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

    I've always been a fan of the smaller guys who can wrestle over the big brutes. Frankly, I just find them much more entertaining to watch. I may have to find some time to watch the WWE a little more if these are the guys being featured.

    On a side note, I've decided that since I've been playing a lot of WWE '12 that the ring entrance music for some of these guys is actually really good. For the longest time guys came out to the most generic sounding drivel in the world. But I really like the stuff that they're doing now for some of these guys. Drew McIntyre's music is something I would crank with the windows down. I like The Miz's entrance music a lot more than I like watching him in the ring. There's a few other ones which aren't coming to mind right now, but so much better than it used to be.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0 N8R

      My gold expired, and I'm just being lazy about renewing. But, I've been channelling my inner RPad and writing a story. I will upload it eventually and you're like the only person I know who might play it. I'd be honored if you did.

      I have another idea that I may do first since it may be quicker. The one I've been doing involves anyone worth it and goes from SS to WM. Branches all over too. You could probably play through it 10 times and get something new.

      • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

        Sounds like fun. I REALLY like the WWE Universe Mode far more than anything else the game offers up, but that's just because I find the story creation to be pretty clunky to use. But hey, if you wanna make 'em, I'll play 'em.

        If it were more user friendly, I would probably make use of it. Once upon a time I jokingly sent out an email "transcript" to all of my friends who were into wrestling of a fake WWE PPV where I placed myself and all of my friends into matches with each other. I was a heel and lost the main event match to another friend of mine after he fictitiously German Suplexed me into the steel support of a steel cage and then just climbed out of the cage while I was unconscious. In another match, I had the best man at my wedding (also a heel) get chokeslamed through a pile of wooden shipping pallets by a mutual friend. The whole thing got a laugh out of everybody.

        I feel like I've now said too much, but oh well….

      • lceman

        Wouldn't it be funny if now, after your gold subscription has expired (and you're too lazy to renew), Big Blak comes out and starts challenging you publicly to fight him in Mortal Kombat?

        -M

        • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

          I had this same thought earlier, but didn't want to give BB ideas.

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        I actually haven't renewed Gold for my personal account. I should do that at some point.

        • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

          Ray and N8 were both going to renew their XBOX live gold accounts, but then they each took an arrow in the knee.

  • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

    Man, Zack Ryder is a like a cross between The Situation and Scotty Too Hottie.

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      He's supposed to be a Jersey Shore parody. There's nothing cool about Long Island, but he thinks otherwise. Ha!

      • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

        Yeah, I get the gimmick. But with the hair and the ridiculous headband, I keep expecting him to bust out "The Worm" in the middle of a match.

        • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

          Yeah, but the body-types are so different. Scotty wishes he had the genetic gifts of Ryder.

          • http://www.gameseyeview.com/ nightshade386

            Scotty wishes he had my genetic gifts, and I ain't much to write home about. I was talking about from a purely aesthetic point of view.

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