The Rock stopped by ‘The Tonight Show’ to promote his new Hercules movie coming out this Friday, and naturally they got into some sketch comedy. The Fungo Brothers isn’t my favorite sketch of all-time, but it’s cool to see celebrities be game to spoof themselves, even though The Rock has done that his entire career in the wrestling ring. Someone needs to write a strongly worded letter to YouTube telling them Dwayne Johnson doesn’t exist. He’s The Rock. Past, present, future. Also, I watched these videos out of context from the show, but why is The Rock pulling an FDR with a blanket over his legs at the beginning of the second video? Not a cool impression, Dwayne.
Unless you live under a rock (which if you do, I sincerely apologize) you know that WrestleMania 30 was last night in New Orleans. Per usual, WWE put on one hell of a show. The coolest moment for me came at the very beginning, when three of wrestling’s greatest performers shared the same ring in the name of WrestleMania. Thanks to this new behind the scenes video, we have a glimpse of what it was like for Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock right before they came through that curtain last night. Watch and enjoy.
WrestleMania XXX is only 5 days away, so there’s really no other topic to dedicate this week’s monster blog too. Over the last 29 WrestleMania’s, hundreds of matches have been on the card, but only 29 have been the main event, and even fewer “stole the show”. Here are our picks for our favorite WrestleMania match of all-time.
Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle – WrestleMania 21
The cool thing about WrestleMania is that a lot of times the match that sticks with people the most isn’t the main event. Steamboat/Savage, Undertaker/HBK I, and my personal favorite, HBK vs. Kurt Angle. No title was on the line here. Just two guys having one hell of a wrestling match. It’s no coincidence that at 27:25, this was the longest match of the night: Angle was in his wrestling prime, and Shawn Michaels kinds of defies logic because he never got out of his prime. A lot of people rank HBK/Undertaker I as the best WrestleMania match ever, and I’m not here to dispute that, but I always enjoyed HBK’s matches with smaller guys more than the Undertakers of the wrestling world. He matched up well with everyone, but people of similar stature, especially submission specialists, always brought out the best in HBK, who was an underrated mat worker. After HBK’s slap this match gets moving and never slows down, pretty much taking the air out of the crowd for the remaining two title matches. You can virtually insert HBK vs. anyone onto this list, but I’m going with the Olympic gold medalist here. It’s true. Its’ DAMN true.
The Rock vs. Stone Cold – WrestleMania 17
First, how awesome was this promo? Probably the best of all time. Kudos to Limp Bizkit for the killer track that will forever be related to this match and promo. Legend…….wait for it…….
Heyman says it best: “This is the match that both men need to win, and neither man can afford to lose” and that pretty much sums it up doesn’t it? Two of the biggest superstars of their generation, in their prime, going head to head in their second of three Wrestlemania matches. This was one of those good old fashion brawl matches. Both guys were absolutely out for blood and it show with every punch, suplex, and bell shot. Bonus alert: who doesn’t love a match where Vince interferes.
So it’s basically The Rock in a loincloth fighting oversized animals, but I’ll probably give it a shot. I fancy myself a history buff, but I gotta say, I did not know Hercules fought so many animals. Lions, boars, sea snakes. You name it, Hercules has fought it apparently. I’m assuming he defeats all these animals and makes sweet love to that gorgeous woman in the trailer. Just another day in the life of a silverback gorilla.
(Source) “HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astrodome was a technological marvel when it opened in 1965. Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” it was the first domed and air-conditioned stadium and became Houston’s defining landmark, a symbol of the city’s can-do spirit.
But eventually, bigger and sleeker stadiums took its place, leaving the iconic structure that once hosted both professional baseball and football games empty and dilapidated, its future in limbo.
After Texas voters on Tuesday rejected a referendum that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to turn the Astrodome into a giant convention and event center, the stadium is likely to be demolished.
“We can’t allow the once-proud Astrodome to sit like a rusting ship in the middle of a parking lot. This was the best effort (to revamp the stadium), and voters have turned it down,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said. Fifty-three percent voted against the referendum.
Emmett said a final decision on what happens to the Astrodome will be up to the commissioners court, the group of local officials who manage the county. But he said the stadium’s future was pretty much sealed with the referendum’s failure. He said a decision would have to be made quickly but didn’t say exactly when that would happen.”
The Houston Astrodome was home to many events over the past 48 years, but nothing compares to the event it held on April Fools Day, 2001. That was the night the Astrodome hosted Wrestlemania XVII, the greatest Wrestlemania of all time. WWE was in it’s heyday; the roster was stacked, and everyone who competed that night had one goal in mind: to steal the show.
Check out this ridiculous card:
Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon in a street fight, with Mick Foley as the special guest referee.
Hardys vs. Dudleyz vs. Edge & Christian in a TLC match for the tag team titles.
Undertaker vs HHH.
The main event: Stone Cold vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship.
You could live three lifetimes and never see a wrestling card with that much star power. If you get a chance, watch some of those matches. Every single one delivers in a big way.
Thanks for the memories Astrodome, and thanks for the greatest Wrestlemania of all time.
P.S. It also gave us the greatest wrestling promo of all time.
The Broncos Running Backs Played “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to See Who Would Get to Punch It In The End Zone
According to Bleacher Report Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball gathered on the sidelines while waiting for a referee’s decision and played the childhood school yard (and dodge beer) game, rock, paper, scissors. As a fantasy owner I am outraged! But, as a huge fan of the NFL I am pleased to see a moment of lighthearted and innocent play. Put aside the massive amounts of fines being dished out every week and just enjoy the sport for moments like this.
PS- Hillman won with scissors after Moreno threw rock early (and was disqualified) and Ball thew paper.