Funny how many of the Zeros from last week became Heroes this week… will that trend continue? I’m trying to avoid naming someone a Zero if they were injured so let me know if you have any beefs about the list.
Here they are, your Hero & Zero – Fantasy Football Players of the Week!
I’m pleased to announce that we are reinstating the Droppin.com segment to highlight past and future players of the week. I’m not going to slice and dice this by PPR vs. non-PPR, TD based, IDP, etc. Certainly there are influences with the type of fantasy football game you play but let’s be honest… it is called fantasy for a reason. I’ll provide the top two at each position and then let’s pretend that covers all of our bases.
Okay so I haven’t done any sports themed predictions on this site since…err…lets see…MLB no…March Madness no…NBA no…NFL no…well lets just say its been a while. And far be it from me to share my useless gift of incorrectly predicting how sports seasons are going to go. So with the NBA playoffs kicking off this Saturday (and yes I can’t believe the playoffs are this Saturday. The shortened season has done wonders for the NBA this season I don’t care what anyone says.) I decided its time for me to once again to boldly predict how Kobe will capture his sixth ring…err…I mean how the playoffs will unfold. So lets do this!
(1) Chicago Bulls Vs (8) Philadelphia 76ers
I was in Philly last month on a business trip and the most memorably thing, aside from a lingering foot issue that was the result of doing a bunch of sight seeing on foot in dress shoes, was that nobody in the city really seemed to be supporting their 76ers all that much. The town very much seemed to be focused on the then upcoming MLB season and their beloved Phillies (who I might add are currently sitting at 9-10 and only just barely moving out of the cellar of the NL east thanks to a two game win streak and the taking of the Florida…err…Miami Marlins).
Maybe its just years of futility that have caused the city to stop caring about the 76ers but this team was 20-9 back in February. Of course they then 15-22 the rest of the season so that might be something to worry about. Perhaps the curse of Collins is coming to bear and the players are done with him, who knows.
Meanwhile the Bulls have been forced to learn to play without Rose this season due to a number of odd injuries (he only played in 39 games). Then stories pop up about him being angry at the Bulls staff for forcing him to tape his ankles and make his injuries worse and how he doesn’t like the limelight. Thankfully for the Bulls they did really well in his absence still locking up the best record in the east.
Philly doesn’t score particularly well but neither does the Bulls. Philly is good defensively being 3rd in the NBA in points allowed. Unfortunately the Bulls were 1st in the league in points allowed.
So the Bulls win on offense, defense and the Sixers might be rolling over on their coach. Unless Rose causes a major meltdown I’m going BULLS in 5.
(4) Boston Celtics Vs (5) Atlanta Hawks
Let me just get this out of the way. I’m very much not a Boston fan so take this prediction with a grain of salt. I would like nothing more than to see them fall in the first round. The question is, does Atlanta have the tools to beat Boston.
The regular series was very close between the two with the first two games being decided by a total of 4 points with Boston being the victor in both. Atlanta took what felt like a meaningless win a week ago to set the season series to 2-1 Boston. We all know the playoffs are an entirely different beast though.
The Celtics have been playing great defense down the stretch which bodes well for the playoffs and both teams have some injury concerns to key pieces. I’m going CELTICS in 7 because I don’t think Atlanta has what it takes to win a seven game series. If Ray Allen misses any sizable time though I take it all back.
(3) Indiana Pacers Vs (6) Orlando Magic
Indiana was really good this season but did not match up well against the Magic. Of course most of that was before the wheels came off the Dwight Howard v Van Gundy circus. Now? The Magic are hobbling into the post season having dropped 11 of their last 16 and Nick Anderson, Penny Hardaway, T-Mac and Shaq are not walking through that door. Actually who am I kidding Penny, T-Mac and Shaq probably would walk through that door if they could. The only person we know won’t be playing in this series is the second self appointed Superman himself.
Yes there is possible Ewing theory potential here but Indiana is winning this series. I think the Magic players are just ready for this whole messy season to be over with. PACERS in 5
(2) Miami Heat Vs (7) New York Knicks
Our last first round match up in the east throws the ever enigmatic Knickerbockers up against the might King James and his court. Lebron will definitely get his chance in this series to prove that he is the man in big moments. Just how good is this Miami team outside of Lebron and Wade though? Did you know that Lebron led his team in Points, Assists, Rebounds and Steals? Now I know that means he is just that good but it also means that his team sucks. How does Bosh not average more than 7.9 rebounds per game I ask you?
So the Knicks win in depth. They have the scoring talent to match the Heat with Melo and Stoudemire. Tyson Chandler can erase Bosh as he proved last summer in the finals. So advantage Knicks?
Can I really believe the Knicks are going to beat the Heat?
YES ITS MY BOLD INCORRECT PREDICTION TIME. KNICKS in 7!!!!
Wait, I just saw how that looks…never mind HEAT in 6.
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI FINALS
(1) Chicago Bulls Vs (4) Boston Celtics
We have already covered the pluses and minuses so I’ll make this brief. Both teams are defensive powerhouses who struggle at times to score. Boston has a rep for being old and washed up and a tough series against the Hawks in round 1 isn’t going to help that. I think the Bulls with a healthy Rose will be too much for the pride of the Celtics. BULLS in 6
(3) Indiana Pacers Vs (2) Miami Heat
For as wide open as the east appears on paper it wasn’t that hard for me to pick the top 4 seeds to advance. Hmm…probably means I’m already wrong in my predictions. So does that mean I jump to an ill informed upset here just to get one out of the way? Do I just bite the bullet and say hey an upset is going to happen so lets put the Pacers over the Heat now to get it out of the way? Well Knicks or Heat its hard to see the Pacers advancing out of the second round so sadly no.
MIAMI in 5
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(1) Chicago Bulls Vs (2) Miami Heat
Just like David Stern planned it…ummm wait I didn’t say that. I think its telling that in an interview Lebron has stated that this season is not a failure if the Heat don’t win the championship, just a disappointment. Hey Lebron, you are the best player in the planet and every year you don’t win a championship, no matter who your teammates are, is a huge failure. It’s almost as if hes giving himself another out!
Anywho I think the Bulls are equipped to handle whoever comes their way out of the East. BULLS in 6 (and yes I know I picked them last year…so if gambling was legal don’t put your money on the Bulls. Wait on second thought don’t take anything I say on advice for gambling period. I will be wrong you have been warned!)
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
(1) San Antonio Spurs Vs (8) Utah Jazz
A lot has been said recently of the Jazz’s three headed monster of Jefferson, Milsap and Favors. I have to ask though that if the three are so unstoppable when they are all on the floor together then why were they only on the floor for a total of 90 some odd minutes all season? Well either the Jazz coaching staff are idiots and don’t like to put their best players on the floor at the same time or they know something we don’t know.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide but I do know one thing. As someone who has been forced to follow the Jazz for the better part of my life I know that the Jazz don’t beat the Spurs, or at least not since Stockton and Malone headed out to pasture.
I think the Spurs are better then people are giving them credit for and are relatively injury free and thanks to the masterful coaching by Popovich will have fresh legs headed into the playoffs. Last years upset in the first round becomes this years motivator…
SPURS in 5
(4) Memphis Grizzlies Vs (5) Los Angeles Clippers
What I’m drawn to look at when comparing these two teams is the coaching. Del Negro has seemingly been horrible this season of course I’m not sure how you coach a bunch of players who would rather be tossing alley oops to each other then running a set offense or playing defense. Yes the clippers are exciting as any team led by Chris Paul will likely be but Paul has proven over his career that he alone is not a difference maker.
MEMPHIS in 6.
(3) Los Angeles Lakers Vs (6) Denver Nuggets
My personal bias will leak through if I try to break down how these teams match up. Let me just say there were only two teams I felt comfortable with the Lakers facing in round 1. Dallas and Denver.
LAKERS in 6 just to make me a little uncomfortable…
(2) Oklahoma City Thunder Vs (7) Dallas Mavericks
The Thunder (or Zombie Sonics as Bill Simmons coined them) were the preseason hot pick to go all the way this year. The young contenders with a great coach and all the talent in the world. Well you have to be just a little concerned with how OKC gave up the number 1 seed right? They headed into April at 39-12, a winning percentage of .735% and then went just .500 the rest of the way. Is something wrong? Well thankfully they won’t be tested in this match up. Dallas is not the team they were last season and I think that’s putting it nicely.
OKC in 5
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI FINALS
(1) San Antonio Spurs Vs (4) Memphis Grizzlies
(Can you tell I’m getting tired of writing? All of my breakdowns are incredibly short in the Western Conference) Hey look ma no upsets in round 1…again…crap my picks are wrong!!! (wait it will be an upset when I pick the Lakers to win the championship because they are a 3 seed right? Sweet I’m good then) Here we have the little revenge series from last season. The biggest difference is the Spurs are healthy and deeper than last year. So does Memphis have what it takes to do it again?
I think it will be a great series but I’m going to go coin toss and pick the SPURS in 7.
(3) LA Lakers Vs (2) Oklahoma City Thunder
An epic showdown with bad blood. The real question is how much home court will come into play and based on how long the first series goes will Meta come back during this series and will that cause a problem for the Lakers or the Thunder? The Thunder are younger and deeper but I also think the Lakers are actually better than they were last season. If I wasn’t a huge Laker fan I wouldn’t be picking them…but I am…go Kobe…LAKERS in 7
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(1) San Antonio Spurs Vs (3) LA Lakers
ts hard to look at the regular season as a representation of what to expect from a series from these two teams that have been the face of the Western conference for much of the last decade because Kobe was out for two of those games and the third was late enough in the season that there wasn’t really much on the line.
I’m not sure why I’m even discussing this matchup because obviously I’m a Laker fan and obviously the winner will be the SPURS in 6…call this an insulation pick. If the Lakers go to the finals I will be so happy I won’t care that my predictions were wrong!
BULLS VS SPURS
The Bulls have been great defensively this season but mediocre offensively. The Spurs meanwhile have been great offensively but mediocre defensively. The Spurs represent the old guard, the Bulls the new. So this would appear to be a match up of opposites. So which side do you side on?
They always say that defense wins championships right?
If…and I stress IF…Rose is healthy through the playoffs and has his head on straight…then I predict…
January, for some it means making resolutions of how to change our lives for the better. For others, January signals something of more significance, what wrestling fans refer to as “The road to WrestleMania”. In recent years the WWE Hall of Fame inductees is as big a deal as the WrestleMania event itself and the January-March time frame consists of a slow burn of unveiling of each years candidates.
As a big wrestling fan in the 80’s and someone who still keeps tab on the product thanks to the beauty of internet recaps, its always fun to scour the memory banks and try to predict who should get into the Hall of Fame each year. The WWE Hall of Fame is a veritable who’s who of the wrestling industry, or at least a who’s who of past performers that got in the good graces of Vince McMahon just long enough to get inducted. Looking at the list you see the legends;Andre The Giant, Billy Graham, Bret Hart, Curt Henning, Dusty Rhodes, Bobby Heenan, Gene Okerlund, Hulk Hogan, Harly Race, the Briscos, Jesse Ventura, Jim Ross, Pat Patterson, Nick Bockwinkel, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Terry Funk, The Von Erichs, The Road Warriors, Verne Gagne the list goes on and on.
For the most part, every inductee is memorable, their mark on the sport undeniable, their resume for induction undeniable. But for others…well how can I say this…well Koko B Ware is in the freaking hall of fame…the guy whose only claims to fame are Frankie the Parrot and his singing performance in Piledriver is in the hall of fame.
So with that in mind I’ve come up with my “Top 15 wrestlers that should be inducted into the Hall of Fame long before Koko B Ware” or TFWTSBIITHOFLBKBW for short…
As with any list, I have some self imposed criteria for my list that I may or may not follow depending on what I feel like. Hey its my list I can do what I want but here are few points I want to make clear on the selection criteria I tried to follow:
Most pro sports claim a grace period between when an athlete “retires” and when they are eligible for the Hall of Fame. Pro Wrestling however has more comebacks and re-retires than you can shake a stick at so this becomes a little more difficult. So I’m attempting to apply a 5 year retirement rule to my nominees and wrestling in your 60’s at an indy show doesn’t count. That’s 5 years since they last had main stream exposure.
While I know the WWE HOF houses many wrestlers who never graced the WWF/E my fandom in the 80’s was purely WWF based so my list likely will be a bit 80’s WWF focused. Many wrestlers from pre-1980’s probably deserve to be in but I just don’t know enough about them to put them on the list. Again its my list.
This year the nominees so far are Edge (who the WWE must be really confident is never coming back since he hasn’t even been retired for a year) and the 4 Horseman. This is notable because it marks the second time Ric Flair will be inducted. For that reason I am making eligible tag teams that may may already be in as singles.
We all know Bruno Samartino isn’t in the HOF and we all know why. So I’m not counting him as one of my 15 but he and Bob Backlund should definitely be in. The Hall of Fame should be named after Bruno. He held the World Heavyweight title for a combined 4040 days. That’s 11 years people, longer than most careers.
No celebs or non wrestler athletes on my list. So no David Arquettes or Bob Barkers here.
Last but not least, there are way more than 15 wrestlers who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame before Koko but there just isn’t enough time to list them all.
15. Brutus Beefcake
Claim To Fame: Cut peoples hair with gardening shears
Finishing Hold: The sleeper hold.
Titles Held: 1 – Tag Team Championship with Greg Valentine
Peak: 88-90: Fued with Honky Tonk Man for IC title. Main eventing SummerSlam 89 with Hogan vs Savage and Zeus. Becoming the first person to pin Mr. Perfect at WrestleMania VI
Memorable Because: Turned on the Dream Team at WrestleMania III to become the barber and turn face. After being attached by Outlaw Ron Bass and his spurs (including some of the first blood shown on WWF TV in the 80’s) missed his IC title match at SummerSlam vs Honky Tonk Man and launched the carreer of the Ultimate Warrior. Missed a year due to a serious parasailing accident and returned briefly with a furry mask. Hosted the Barber Shop talk segment in 91-92, known for moments like Shawn Michaels throwing Marty Jannetty through the plate glass window. Being best buds with Hogan and following him wherever he went.
Why isn’t he in? Impact on the sport has been minimized over the years. Probably won’t get in unless Hogan gets back in Vince’s good graces and pushes for his friends to get in.
14. King Kong Bundy
Claim To Fame: He was really fat
Finishing Move: The Avalanche
Titles Held: None
Peak: 85-87: Shortest match in WrestleMania history beating SD Jones in 9 seconds at WresteMania. Main evented WrestleMania 2 in a steel cage with Hogan. Squashed Little Beaver at WrestleMania III
Memorable because: Key member of the Heenan family. Would tag with Big John Studd in matched vs Andre The Giant. Broke Andre’s sternum and Hogan’s ribs with his splashes and Avalanches.
Why isn’t he in? His body of work is too short but he was a monster.
13. Rick Rude
Claim To Fame: His abs
Finishing Move: The Rude Awakening
Titles Held: 1- WWF IC Championship, 1 WCW US Championship, 3 WCW International World Championships, 1 NWA Tag Team Championship.
Peak: 87-93: Feud with Jake Roberts over his wife, Feud with Ultimate Warrior in 1989-90 over IC and World titles. Holding the WCW US Championship for 14 months, Defeating Ric Flair and Sting for the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship
Memorable Because: His airbrushed tights, winning the Jessie the Body award slammy. Participating in a “Super Posedown” with the Ultimate Warrior at the 89 Royal Rumble.
Why isn’t he in? I’m guessing his little jump to WCW during the Monday night wars rubbed Vince the wrong way but you would think his death would have eventually smoothed that over. He’ll get in eventually.
12. Rick Martel
Claim To Fame: The Model
Finishing Move: The Boston Crab…or Quebec Crab as I think he called it in WCW
Titles Held: 1 AWA World Heavyweight Championship, 1 WCW TV Championship, 3 WWF Tag Team Championship (2 times with Tony Garea and once with Tito Santana
Peak: 85-89: Winning the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. The Can-Am Connection. Beating the Hart Foundation for the WWF Tag Team Championship with Strike Force. Heel turn to The Model.
Memorable Because: Tag Team specialist with the Can Am Connection and Strike Force. Had his own brand of cologne as The Model called Arrogance which he would spray in opponents faces. This led to the infamous blindfold match with Jake Roberts at WrestleMania VII. Fought in a “No punching in the face” match with Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam 92.
Why isn’t he in? No idea actually, seems like a perfect fit for one of the filler bids.
Claim To Fame: Sadly the squeegee incident and his softball career which I realize doesn’t make him sound like a great candidate for the HOF.
Finishing Move: Powerbomb
Titles Held: 1 WCW US Championship, 2 WCW World Heavyweight Championship, 2 WWF World Heavyweight Championship.
Peak: Hard to say in a carreer full of ups and downs but 96-98 featured his two WWF Championship runs and main eventing WrestleMania 13
Memorable Because: had a run in WCW as one of the four horseman. Main evented WrestleMania VIII vs Hogan in what was billed as Hogan’s last match in the WWF. Got into a real life fight with Arn Anderson in 1993 where both men supposedly stabbed each other with scissors. Had a sad near career ending leg injury with WCW in 2001 in what was seemingly one of the final nails in the coffin for the failing promotion.
Why isn’t he in? I doubt he cares enough to suck up to Vince for the invite.
10. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Claim To Fame: The snakes
Finishing Move: DDT
Titles Held: None
Peak: 88-92: Fueds with Honky Tonk Man, Ravishing Rick Rude over his wife, Andre the Giant, Ted Dibiase, The Model, and attacking Randy Savage with a Cobra.
Memorable Because: Well his snakes first and foremost. Having the best short arm clothesline and knee lifts in the biz. Master of mind games. Always found himself in memorable feuds although rarely challenging for a title, a feat that would be near impossible today.
Why isn’t he in? His life has been in shambles in recent years. Vince probably wants to avoid any potential bad press.
9. The Honky Tonk Man
Claim To Fame: The greatest Intercontinental champion of all time
Finishing Move: Shake, Rattle and Roll
Titles Held: 1 WWF IC Championship
Peak: 87-88: Wins a fluke victory over Ricky Steamboat to capture the IC title and held it through DQ’s and count outs for 1 year and 3 months.
Memorable Because: Elvis impersonator gimmick that was surprisingly successful. Had a memorable fued with Jake Roberts where Roberts became victim to one of the first guitar shots in the WWF. Memorable fued with Macho Man over the IC title led to the formation of the Mega Powers. Honky indirectly caused Macho’s first WWF World Title reign when he famously refused to drop the IC title to Savage causing a reshuffling of plans that led to Savage getting the World Title at WrestleMania IV. Great theme songs.
Why isn’t he in? I heard a few years back that he was a lock for the HOF but Honky always speaks his mind and drives a hard bargain, two things Vince isn’t fond of.
8. Demolition (Ax and Smash)
Claim To Fame: Being WWF’s answer to the Road Warriors
Finishing Move: Demolition Decapitation
Titles Held: 3 time WWF Tag Team Champions
Peak: 88-90: Ended the reign of Strike Force for their first WWF Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania IV. Memorable fueds with Powers of Pain and the Brain Busters. Feud with Powers of Pain and Brain Busters. 3 WWF Tag Team Championship reigns.
Memorable Because: While nobody will ever admit it, they started as WWF’s version of the Road Warriors before becoming very successful in their own right. Have the record for longest Tag Team Championship reign in WWF/E history at 478 days before losing to the Brain Busters in a shady 2/3 falls match where one fall ended in a DQ. Also held the titles for a record number of 698 days. Added Crush as a third member in the later years where they defended the titles under “Freebird” rules. Had an awesome theme song which declared, “Here comes the Ax, Here comes the Smasher, Demolition is a walking disaster, pain and destruction are their middle names!
Why aren’t they in? It seems like Vince wants us all to pretend Demolition never happened and he’s content to have the Warriors in.
7. Lex Luger
Claims To Fame: Horsemen, Being the heir apparent to Hogan and the first big surprise of the Monday night wars.
Finishing Move: Torture Rack and Running forearm Smash
Titles Held: 5 NWA/WCW United States Championships, 2 WCW World Heavyweight Championship, 3 NWA/WCW World Tag Team Championship, 2 WCW TV Championships, winner of the 94 Royal Rumble.
Peak: 88-91: Run with the horseman, 1st World Championship & 95-97: Jump to WCW and feuding with NWO.
Memorable Because: Membership and fued with the Horseman when that meant something. Was the only person anyone remembers with ties to Vince’s WBF in 92. The Narcissist gimmick and his push as the mega face to replace hogan. The Lex Express. The famous urban legend that he was booked to win the title at WrestleMania X before he blabbed and Vince changed his plan altering his path to become the next Hogan. The Allied Powers. Becoming the first bombshell of the Monday night wars that signified that Nitro was must see TV.
Why isn’t he in? Had some legal issues throughout the late 2000’s but that seems to be cleared up and hes in good graces with the WWE so I would imagine sooner than later he’ll be in.
6. Owen Hart
Claim To Fame: Being a member of the Hart family.
Finishing Move: Sharpshooter
Titles Held: 1 WWF Euro Championship, 2 WWF IC Championship, 4 WWF World Tag Team Championship ( 2 with Yokozuna, 1 with The British Bulldog and 1 with Jeff Jarrett.
Peak: 93-97: Feud with Bret, winning the tag titles with Yokozuna and Bulldog. The Hart Foundation stable.
Memorable Because: Tragically because of his death. Being Bret’s little brother and being one time where the matches in a feud delivered everything they should have with Bret. Won the USWA World Heavyweight championship during an invasion from the WWF. Being the King of Harts winning the King of the Ring. Of course being the Slammy Award winning Owen Hart. Not being a nugget and breaking Steve Austins neck and very nearly altering the course of all Pro Wrestling in the process.
Why isn’t he in? With Bret back in the WWE fold you would think it would be a surefire bet to put Owen in but rumors suggest his wife won’t allow it and hates Vince McMahon.
5. The Hart Foundation
Claim To Fame: Feud with the British Bulldogs and launching the career of Bret Hart.
Finishing Move: Hart Attack
Titles Held: 2 WWF Tag Team Championships
Memorable Because: Being my most hated team when they robbed the Bulldogs of the title. Led to some of the greatest tag team matches ever. Brutalized the Bulldogs in a steel cage at a house show I attended in 87 where I legitimately thought they killed Davey Boy by slamming his head in the cage door. Their two reigns put them on third of the longest period of time as Tag Team champions in WWF history at 483 days. And come on, they were the Hart Foundation, they had great matches with everyone.
Why aren’t they in? Well Bret already is and chances are everyone just forgot about the Anvil.
*He’s rumored to be getting into the HOF this year so he may need to be removed from this list soon.
Claim to fame: sitting on people and “ending” Hulkamania
Finishing move: The Banzai Drop
Titles Held: 2 WWF World Heavyweight Championship, 2 WWF World Tag Team Championship
Peak: 93-94, Main eventing WrestleMania IX & X. Ending Hulkamania in the WWF for 9 years.
Memorable Because: He was perhaps the heaviest wrestler ever topping out around 700lbs during his WWF run. Involved in one of the shortest reigns ever at WrestleMania IX. Took out Hogan at King of the Ring after Hogan “supposedly” vetoed dropping the belt to Bret Hart. Also took out the Undertaker in a casket match where the Undertaker made a double wide casket for Yokozuna. Also had memorable tag title reigns with Owen Hart. Was the first long term heel champion in the WWF since the 70’s signaling a shift in booking style from the Hogan dominated 80’s.
Why isn’t he in? Guessing its just timing, he’s rumored to be part of the upcoming 2012 class.
3. The Ultimate Warrior
Claim to fame: being absolutely insane…that or WrestleMania VI
Finishing Move: Big Splash
Titles Held: 2 WWF IC Championship, 1 WWF World Heavyweight Championship
Peak: 90-91: Winning the title from Hogan at WrestleMania VI, feud with Randy Savage and winning a career ending match at WrestleMania VII
Memorable Because: Was completely roided out beyond belief at all times. Beat the Honky Tonk Man in 13 seconds at SummerSlam for his first IC title. Was pushed as Hogan’s replacement and faced him at the Ultimate Challenge at WrestleMania VI in what may have been both men’s best match ever. Pinned hogan to hold both the IC and World championships at the same time. Started the trend of color matching title belts. Also gave the most insane interviews ever..no really check this out:
Why isn’t he in? Legal issues with the WWE and burned bridges galore make this unlikely but maybe someday.
2. The British Bulldogs
Claim To Fame: being the best tag team ever…
Finishing Moves: Combinations of slams and diving headbutts.
Titles Held: 1 WWF World Tag Team Championship
Peak: 85-87: Winning the Tag Team titles from the Dream Team at WrestleMania 2 and fueding with the Hart Foundation.
Memorable Because: The most underrated team ever. One of the most innovative teams of the 80’s they wrestled a style years ahead of its time. Title run was abruptly ended when Dynamite Kid severely injured his back. They then fought the Hart Foundation where Dynamite took a megaphone shot before the match started to hide his injury and get the titles off of the Bulldogs. Every match with the Hart Foundation was a gem. Had a mascot named Matilda who was then kidanapped in story by the Islanders. After they got her back the WWF launched the “Get Well Matilda” campaign where fans could send letters to Matilda wishing her well, in reality this was just a clever ploy by the WWF to fill out their mailing lists for the WWF catalog. Injuries and legitimate issues between Dynamite Kid and the Rougeau Brothers cut short a promising tag team.
Why aren’t they in? Dynamite has been critical of the WWE and pro wrestling in general for years and I doubt he wants anything to do with it. I’m guessing Davey Boy will get in someday as its hard to piss McMahon off when you aren’t alive but maybe there is something there I’m not aware of since it seems like he has the resume to already be in.
1. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (and Elizabeth while you are at it)
Claim To Fame: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH YEAH!!! DIG IT!
Finishing Move: Flying Elbow Drop
Titles Held: 1 WWF Intercontinental Championship, 2 WWF World Heavyweight Championship, 4 WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Peaks: 87-92: WrestleMania III with Steamboat, winning the World title tourney at WrestleMania IV, explosions of the Mega Powers at WrestleMania V, Macho King and fueds with Warrior, Jake Roberts, and Ric Flair.
Memorable Because: He was the greatest wrestler of all time. Nearly every fued he was in was memorable. Perhaps the greatest combination of in ring ability, mic skills and charisma ever. Too many memorable moments to name.
Why isn’t he in? Depends on who you believe. Whether its just some long seeded anger regarding money and McMahon or a more dubious wrestling urban legend many thought with Macho’s untimely passing last year and the WWE’s willingness to get back in the Macho fold that this might be his year. Who knows.
The news won’t be official until tomorrow but it is rumored that the Blue Jays will be reverting back to an updated version of their old “woodpecker” logo. The press release is scheduled for November 18th… hearing noonish (est). There are also rumors of a red jersey… I’m always down for a red jersey. I was fine with their current set but I also enjoyed the past set so count me in… good move Toronto.
Rumors have hit the interwebz today that Nintendo is planning to release a $10 add on peripheral for the 3ds later this year that will somehow add a second analog stick to the machine. Rumors from inside the big N state that the plan all along was for two sticks but the 3ds was rushed to market to beat the Vita…whoops I think they had plenty of time.
Anywho to back this rumor up Nintendo has apparently been approaching third party developers about creating games using two sticks. Thats not the big news though. The big shocker, or maybe not so shocking since its Nintendo, is that the big N is planning to release a new version of the 3ds in 2012 that will feature said second stick and a rebranding to move away from focusing on the 3d nature of the system. Apparently Nintendo thinks the reason why mom and dad aren’t buying the 3ds for their little jimmy’s and jill’s is because the reports of eye strain and the 3d functionality messing with our little tikes eyesight.
Anywho I did a quick, ever so professional, mockup of said new system using MS Paint, forgive me I didn’t have anything better on this laptop:
So is their any truth to the rumors? Well it would explain why Nintendo decided to drastically drop the price point on the existing version…run those out at basement prices for the holiday season and then come March 2012 they can release a new and improved version for $200 and try over again. Lets just say they have done this sort of thing before. The only real speculation is what they change the name to…3ds lite? DS3? or ugg…DS U?