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Hello again wrestling fans!
The Punching Bag (Sean O’Mac’s mail bag for those of you who don’t know) floweth over this week, so I thought it best to concentrate this week’s column on getting to your e-mails. As it stands this week, I’ve already gone off on one issue, the incest angle with Paul Burchill and Katie Lea. So that’s covered.
The only other thing worth mentioning is that it looks like the WWE won’t have to face congressional hearings on performance-enhancing drugs. I couldn’t be happier. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The United States Congress has more important things to be doing than holding hearings on the use of drugs in any company, sports or otherwise!
I do want to send best wishes out to Rey Mysterio as they get a sense of the injury he suffered. Hopefully it won’t be as serious as it sounds.
THE PUNCHING BAG
Itâ<80><99>s your turn again! This is where youâ<80><99>ll find e-mails and feedback from wrestling fans on my Takes and opinions. You’re welcome to send yours, good or bad, to Sean O’Mac’s Punching Bag. But be warned – the WWE isn’t the only ones I won’t pull punches for!
To start this week’s Punching Bag, I want to share something with you fans out there. There are times when I get e-mails from readers who completely disagree with me. That’s great. Disagree, start a debate, hell – even an argument. But for God’s sake, show some degree of intelligence. Why, you ask, do I say this? Well, after getting a couple of these letters, I felt it was time to show you what someone in my position puts up with.
hi..i think its funny how you waste hours a day typing out colums trying to come off as smart but end up coming off as a complete jackass know it all. look metlzer, your no columist..your just an internet geek and wrestling nerd who has to share his opinion with everyone. when did your one and only opinion matter? f*ck off now
Ok, first of all – how many hate-mail writers do you know actually start off by greeting you?
Normally, fans, I wouldn’t give this e-mail the time of day. But this man caught me in a mood and now you see the result. To answer his final question: When did my one and only opinion matter?
I was reading on your latest PnP column and I saw someone mentioned Jesse/Festus. Well I may be the only one but I totally see the potential in them being a heel tag team. I mean come on, Jesse WILLINGLY knows that hearing a bell turns Festus into a huge lunatic, yet he actively pursued him to be his tag partner. You can’t tell me you don’t see the evilness in it. Plus his whole promos are screaming HEEL. “All of you guys out there better be careful, when Festus hears a bell he turns from a gentle giant into a monster”. Come on! I’m begging for these guys to turn heel. Maybe then they’ll be interesting.
It’s entirely possible we may see them turn heel. But then again, we could say that for any wrestler in the business. Don’t believe me? Remember Hulk Hogan and the New World Order?
Sophie, it’s my understanding that he did indeed participate in the tour – at least I’ve seen mention of his performance in Japan.
This is one we’ll have to just wait out and see, Matt. Yes indeed, that is my opinion. But in truth, if you were to ask me if I think it will happen – I’d have to say the chances are slim.
hey sean o mac, great column. i’m enjoying the new editorials and columns on the site. I’d like to throw out a bit of info i got at the Smackdown/ECW tapings on 2/6 in Houston. Taker did that move in his match against big daddy v, of course big daddy v is a mountain of a man and it’s hard to tell what Taker is trying to do. I had the chance to ask Michael Cole during the intermission since i was sitting behind the announce table, and he told me it was a version of the gogoplata and they haven’t decided on the final name yet, but he said right now they call it the “Death Valley Choke”. Also, he did say they will call the name out during a smackdown broadcast sometime after No Way out and leading up to Wrestlemania. they are building suspense on tv by saying they don’t know what it is. anyway, just thought i’d drop that along.
We tossed around some name ideas last week, but Death Valley Choke sounds pretty good to me. It’s great to know Cole and Tazz are great with the fans – it’s always nice to hear this about any of the stars. Too often we only hear of the moments when stars are jerks, and you never really know if you just caught them at a bad time. It’s good to give credit when it’s due.
How did Cena recover so quickly? Did they find out that the injury wasn’t as bad or did they lie to us or what’s going on? Much as the Cena surprise at royal rumble was truly a shock, I don’t buy that it was hard work and determination as mentioned in his promo on Raw after rumble. Can you shed some light on this?
Tom, to be honest with you I can’t speak in an overly educated voice about exactly what happened with Cena’s recovery. All I can do is speak from the standpoint of my wrestling and medical knowledge, the latter of which is at the level of a First Responder. You ask, did they lie to us? Well, of course they did. But I don’t believe they did at first.
Hi Sean o’Mac,
That’s a mouthful, Sebbie. Let’s cover them briefly:
How could you ever consider putting Benoit in the Hall of Fame. It is speculation that he was brain damaged to the point of “not being responsible for his actions”. Besides most serial killers have their excuses too, most were abused as children, were they “not responsible for their actions”?. BS.
Steve, I formed my opinion based on medical knowledge that far exceeds my own. A medical doctor says that his brain was severely damaged – who am I to argue? Who are you to argue? (Unless you are, in fact, a neurologist.)
I read your column on the Benoit and I completely agree with everything you said.
Alex, these are honestly questions I can’t answer. Of course it would be years before he was inducted. But will it actually happen? Despite my own opinion, and yours – probably not.
Thanks for reading, Joe. I always appreciate the shout-outs.
Shawn vs hardy was amazing. 2 me shawn is great one of the greatest. But the rest of the show I was very disapointed in. Its just ridiculous 2 me. I just started watching TNA. And I was more happy with impact than RAW
Well, I can’t say the same. I thought the rest of this week’s episode of Raw was alright for the most part. But the match between HBK and Jeff Hardy certainly was the best seen in quite some time. We’re not the only ones who think so – read on.
Iagree with you i thought that was the best match in a long time it had me cheering through out the whole thing i even had to stand up a few times from excitement it was just a great match.
Another rave review for Hardy vs. HBK.
I can’t lie, I’ve given up on WWE…over a year ago. While Vince has shown his genius in the past 20+ years, I feel that he’s out of touch of what the wrestling fans want, and has let his ego get in the way of his better judgement (The Montreal Screwjob in my opinion being one of the first major signs of this). The most I pay attention to wrestling anymore is either on wrestlezone.com or playing EWR Revenge 2.0.
Well, Bryan, you missed one hell of a match. But, unfortunately, I know you’re not the only one who feels the way you do about the WWE right now. But you never know what might turn things around from your perspective. Word has it that there’s going to be a “hiring spree” after WrestleMania, perhaps some of these new, up-and-coming stars (and the stories that come with them) will be to your liking?
Love him or hate him, Cena has one thing that is extremely hard to come by. The ability to completely polarize fans. You hear it all when those first notes of his theme hit. The screams and cheers. The chorus of boos. There’s no in-between with John Cena. You love him, or you despise him.
Couldn’t agree with you more, Paul. Great heels also depend on great timing, and Sgt. Slaughter’s time was definitely right. I sure do miss some of those days – Steamboat included!
Just one note, according to Pwinsider, Lea and Burchill were the ones who came up with their gimmick, not Vince. So, while you could be upset at Vince for signing off on it, it’s not like he was the one who was pushing for them to do this angle.
They may have jumped on the gimmick, Brian, but according to our sources Vince has been itching to do an incest angle for a long time. It was stated that he even proposed revealing himself as the true father of Stephanie’s first baby.
How knows, Al? If the sudden and shocking entrance of John Cena at the Royal Rumble is any indication, perhaps the WWE has gotten better at keeping things close to the vest. We know Big Show is coming – just not when or where.
Hey there…my name is Thomas Young from South Dakota. Yeah, I know it’s out in the middle of nowhere but we do have electricity. But I’m a long time reader and a fan of you column and I noticed you didn’t know the release of the B-E-A-U-tiful Maria’s Playboy….well I’m here to save the day…from what I’ve read, it hits newsstands on April 7th. So it’ll be right after WM24. Keep up the good work and in the words of ‘Naitch’ “WWHHHHOOOOOOO”
Actually, Thomas, I believe she’s going to be in the April issue, which will hit most stores and newsstands on March 7. My statement of wondering when the exact date and time it would be at my nearest convenience store was more of a joke than anything. If they hit newsstands on March 7, then they are sure to be showing up in stores on March 5 or 6… perhaps I’ve got someone on the inside who can get me an issue early?
Hey how u doin im devinder from jersey. Jus wanted 2 say ur doin an awesome job on ur column and ur takes. Keep it up and take care.
Thanks for the props!
This next letter is a beast! But I do so enjoy getting e-mails from the ladies – so here you go.
Well, Di, I’m glad you’re reading my stuff! After reading all that, I wouldn’t know where to begin to respond! 😉
Sean “O’Mac” McGuinney’s day job is as a newspaper editor. He has been a journalist for nearly 10 years and has covered everything from government to sports. The wrestling? Well, that’s just been enjoyed since he was a kid. Don’t ask how long ago that was.
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