Chaos in the WWE?

The “Growing Up Bella” on Monday Night Raw this past Monday, September 1, 2014, has me a bit out of sorts. We’re supposed to believe Brie Bella is the bad twin but yet it was Nikki Bella that betrayed her sister, supposedly because of all her pent up frustration from “Growing Up Bella.” I really do not like this angle and I know I do not have to but I will watch and where WWE Creative takes this but believe me, I will be there every step of the way to point out what I like or in this case, do not like.

So far, this story line is not what I expected nor do I like it. I knew the twins would be split up eventually but there are so many other ways that could have been taken to do so. The segment seemed repetitive and bored me to bouts of yawning each time Nikki Bella came on and whatever she was spewing out of her mouth, the unbelievable web. I do believe the entire WWE Universe wasn’t caught in that web. I mean if you’re going to pull this story line off, you have to make it believable to a certain degree. It just lacked luster. To top the segment off, Stephanie McMahon comes to the ring and calls out Nikki Bella. As they are working through this WWE Creative mess, the audience is heard stating the obvious, “BORING.” They were calling it as they saw it. It was pretty boring.

The announcement Stephanie gave to Nikki Bella about being the face of the Diva’s Division and that she’ll have a title shot, that sort of got put on the back burner in a sense as AJ Lee came out saying she was the number one contender, Brie Bella came out to confront her sister, and then Paige is out there in the ring as well. The ring seemed too crowded without any real action going on. Sure, Brie Bella clobbered her sister after being yelled at by Nikki Bella to quit. I would have hit Stephanie just as an after thought, it would have been interesting. I know Paige got hit by Nikki Bella but not sure if that was scripted or a blunder. My point is this, it was too much and it seemed very chaotic. The entire night felt that way to me.

Is all of this too much too soon? Or does everyone like this chaotic direction WWE is taking? Truthfully, I have not seen the WWE this chaotic in quite some time. Let me break down not just the women’s side but the men’s as well because that was something else to witness.

The women’s side:

• Nikki Bella was sick of being in her sister’s shadow, betrays sister and now gets title shot. Also “The Growing Up Bella” Segment
• AJ Lee is upset because Nikki Bella is offered title shot but is supposedly the number one contender
• Brie Bella came out and confronted her sister only to attack her after being duped into doing so by Nikki Bella screaming at her to “quit if you love me”
• Paige comes out because well, she is the Diva’s Champion

The men’s side:

• Triple H basically says John Cena being beaten again by Brock Lesnar isn’t good for business
• John Cena says he’s ready to take on Lesnar
• Randy Orton says he should have a shot
• Kane says he should have one
• Roman Reigns says he is in contention
• Seth Rollins puts his two cents worth and the briefcase in
• Chris Jericho was thrown in the mix for good measure

Absolute chaos! I do have my favorites. I like Roman Reigns and think he deserves a chance to shine but with all those dropped in the hat, can he? For the women, my favorite isn’t even listed above, and that’s Natalya. I think out of all the women in the division, she’s the one who stands out to me. She can wrestle well and should be added in the mix. Both the women and men’s side of things is in turmoil. It’s worse than the soap operas my grandmother would watch on a daily basis. And yet I tune in weekly because I love professional wrestling and even though this wasn’t the best RAW, it still entertained and got me thinking what I would do better. It’s chaotic and turmoil but like years past, it’s cyclical. This too shall pass.

Mildred Burke

     Imagine yourself in a time when women were considered to be delicate, fragile, and meek. It seems ages ago, right? Women have come so far and one in particular paved the way for the women of wrestling today, Mildred Burke.

      Mildred Burke was born in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1915. She made her professional wrestling debut at the age of 19. She was married to promoter, Billy Wolfe and together they embarked on a career that made her popular and well known.

      Back at the time, Ms. Burke debuted, there were scarcely any women wrestling. The competition was few and far between so Mr. Wolfe had Mildred wrestle men. The men would get paid for doing so. The first arena match scheduled for Mildred Burke came with controversy, as the man did not want to wrestle Ms. Burke. He left the arena but was persuaded to come back and wrestle. Mildred Burke beat this man in eight minutes to a sold out arena. The show sold out in six hours. This was legendary!

      Mildred Burke paved the way for female wrestlers. Female professional wrestling grew in popularity because of this legendary female who held the championship belt for twenty years. She retired in 1955 from the ring but continued to be involved with the industry upon her death in 1989.

The women wrestlers of today should remember Mildred Burke as an outstanding pioneer of women’s pro wrestling.

 

 

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SummerSlam with the Family

SummerSlam was last night and I decided to add the WWE Network to mDirt Fest 2011y parents’ PlayStation so that the entire family could enjoy wrestling. My brother and his family were at my parents so I came down and we all watched SummerSlam together. We hadn’t done this sort of thing since we were younger. Also, some friends of mine showed up to watch as well.
For the most part, I totally loved the entire show. There were four matches I was really anticipating, Dean Ambrose VS Seth Rollins in a Lumber Jack match, Stephanie McMahon VS Brie Bella, Randy Orton VS Roman Reigns, and Brock Lesnar VS John Cena. These matches did not disappoint. Well, let me change that, I wanted Cena to win. I’m not all about Lesnar as far as being champion. Yes, he’s a beast, yes, he is managed by one of the greats, Paul Heyman, but he’s a part timer. I guess him being the champion doesn’t sit well with me. Lesnar is a BEAST but I think he skips leg day, just saying. I have to put humor in here and for such a BEAST of a man in his upper body, yeah his legs are lacking. It’s OK though, the guy can CONQUER and that is exactly what he did to John Cena. He conquered and totally annihilated the champ.

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins put on a great show. I don’t like that Kane got involved but I knew it was going to happen. Seth Rollins is the Authority’s baby so whatever “Daddy” wants, as in Seth Rollins winning, it was going to happen but you know what, it was great for business. It was fun to watch. Ambrose and Rollins are the future of the WWE and what a bright future we fans are going to experience with these two!

Stephanie McMahon was impressive. Her ring attire, and I can comment on this because I’m a female, it was so amazing! It Rocked!!! I loved the black attire, I instantly thought of dominance, a woman in charge, independent, strong, Kick A$$. Whoever designed this, Kudos to you, very impressive! And the match wasn’t too shabby either. McMahon still has it and the guys in the room with me were all very impressed with her as well. Now as far as Brie and Nikki, that was a very long time coming, I know but one sister turning heel over the other has me a bit perplexed. I realize they would do better on their own because the WWE has no tag team belts for women to win but at the same time, I could see other scenarios on how to break these two up, not the way it went down last night. Here’s the gist for those that did not see this, Nikki hit her twin sister Brie, and then left her for Stephanie to pin and win. It is a classic angle/storyline but I don’t have to like it. I knew it was coming but never let on to anyone in the room beforehand that something like this could happen because I wanted to see their reaction in case it did and it was PRICELESS!! Very effective WWE, almost as impressive as when the Undertaker lost his streak to Lesnar.

Of course, I’d leave Roman Reigns last because he’s very HOT right now in the WWE. I’ve joined the Roman Reigns Empire a while back. I like him, he’s got great charisma, and something about him just shines. His match against Orton wasn’t one of his greatest matches but it worked and he shined, it was fun and I was the only one in the house that wanted him to win. Yeah you read that right, everyone else was Orton crazy but then my brother was always for the heels, this has not changed. I was the babyface and he was the heel.

My brother and I started talking about what we used to do as kids after watching wrestling. We would practice the figure four on each other and pummel each other. We had so much fun, seriously we did. I would write the skits out and we would perform them in front of our parents. I would dress up as the Native American and he would be the Cowboy, we’d wrestle. It makes me wonder if the kids today would even grasp imagination like this. We had it in full force; we didn’t have the cell phones, the computers, laptops, or iPads. It was so much fun to reminisce with the family. And yeah my dad brought up “Wildfire” Tommy Rich and my brother had his phone out and Googled him for the younger ones to see who we were talking about. I’ll never escape my first wrestler crush, nor do I wish to!!

Overall, I would say that SummerSlam was extremely successful, at least for the Remer/Ruhlig household, thank you WWE for another glorious night that created great memories!

Image: My husband, Mike, me, our daughter Kaleigh, and her friend Eva at Dirt Fest 2011 celebrating, Life is Good!!

An Infographic for Roman Reigns Statistics

I have been wanting to do a statistics and percentages account on women wrestling in general but am finding that difficult but perhaps cagematch.net will have something. I did come across Roman Reigns stats and since he’s pretty hot and I mean that in the sense of wrestling, as a hot commodity, LOL, yes he’s handsome, I’m not saying he isn’t, I’m all about Roman Reigns too, but I wanted to check out his wrestling stats because I’m all about numbers so here is my link to my infographic, enjoy!!

https://magic.piktochart.com/output/2519620-roman-reigns-wrestling-statistic

Resource: cagematch.net

My Thanks to All of You!!

Not totally wrestling related but important to me just the same. When I started this Wrestling blog I wasn’t sure if I would have an audience. I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested in what I had to say. I get very passionate when it comes to women’s wrestling. One, I am a woman, Two, I wanted to be a wrestler, and Three, and most important, I am a fan. I may walk away from the industry but I keep coming back.

Throughout the years, I have remained a fan. There were times when I did not or could not watch wrestling due to it not being on television and later jobs and raising a family. With VCRs I could record the shows and believe me I did. I missed the live shows because of working or taking care of my daughter. Family first, my passions always took a back seat.

Now my daughter is off to college and I have returned to wrestling full force. I am older but oh how I wish I could be in the ring or even do creative writing for the industry I love. I DVR so many thanks to satellite, I get more than the WWE.

I am in school and hearing my peers tell me they love my blog and respond with a positive reaction, it warms my heart. I might be a small time writer but I have big ideas and one day I will have my name out there and I will always be an advocate for women’s wrestling and women issues in general, thank you for supporting me. It truly means the world to me and helps me want to continue and succeed. To quote one of my favorite male wrestlers, Roman Reigns, “You can BELIEVE THAT!”

The Evolution of Women’s Professional Wrestling

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mastheadWomen’s professional wrestling got its start in the carnival circuit. As time went on, women found their niche in pro wrestling in the 1940s with the likes of the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, and Gladys Gillem. These women were tough as nails. They were ladies outside the ring but in the ring, they were dominant and sometimes even brutal. Gladys Gillem being one of the toughest women who wrestled alligators and bears. She was even a lion tamer at one time. Somehow, I cannot fathom any female wrestler of today, those the WWE deems “DIVAS” would even consider wrestling a bear, let alone alligators.

As is the case with so many things, there are high points and low points throughout history regarding professional wrestling. The 1940s and 1950s were very good for women’s wrestling. when World War II broke out, men went to war and the women were doing men’s…

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The Evolution of Women’s Professional Wrestling

mastheadWomen’s professional wrestling got its start in the carnival circuit. As time went on, women found their niche in pro wrestling in the 1940s with the likes of the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, and Gladys Gillem. These women were tough as nails. They were ladies outside the ring but in the ring, they were dominant and sometimes even brutal. Gladys Gillem being one of the toughest women who wrestled alligators and bears. She was even a lion tamer at one time. Somehow, I cannot fathom any female wrestler of today, those the WWE deems “DIVAS” would even consider wrestling a bear, let alone alligators.

As is the case with so many things, there are high points and low points throughout history regarding professional wrestling. The 1940s and 1950s were very good for women’s wrestling. When World War II broke out, men went to war and the women were doing men’s jobs and wrestling was one of those. However, the 1980s saw resurgence for females in the wrestling industry. Enter the valets. Sunshine, Precious, Missy Hyatt, Baby Doll, and Miss Elizabeth, all come to mind. There were also female wrestlers such as Leilani Kai and Wendi Richter.

Right around this time a movie called, “All the Marbles” starring Peter Falk as Harry Sears, Laurene Landon, and Vicki Frederick as the California Dolls, came out. This movie was about two female wrestlers trying to make their way to the top. I loved this movie and received it recently as a gift. I had to watch it again so I made sure all things were done to give the movie my undivided attention. I literally got goose bumps watching this film again. It took me back to when I was thirteen and to a time I wanted to be in wrestling. I did not at thirteen want to be a wrestler but a valet, a woman who takes care of the male wrestler, like how Sunshine and Precious were for Jimmy Garvin. I did not want to be a female wrestler until the likes of Wendi Richter and WrestleMania.

To all of those that read this and think Hulk Hogan was the reason for the up rise in Wrestling, I would definitely argue that Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter had a lot more to do with the popularity than just Hulk Hogan. I am not saying Hogan didn’t have his followers but I was all aboard the Wendi Richter/Cyndi Lauper Rock N Wrestling!

Women were wanted in the industry again. In 1986, a show dedicated only to female wrestlers made its debut. G.L.O.W., Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the creation of Matt Cimbor and David McLane. Sadly, it only ran until 1990 and I was not able to see the entirety of this show. It had its gimmicks but it was working. How I wish there was a show like that now.

The WCW had the Nitro Girls who danced around each week, and it makes me think that was taken from GLOW. The women in GLOW danced and sang as well as wrestled. I was a very big fan of WCW and hated when it was done. The WWE has had their talented women as well. Lita, Trish Stratus, Sunny, Sable, even Fabulous Moolah, and Mae Young did their thing with the WWE.

The Divas Division of the WWE has me conflicted. I am a female wrestling advocate and want female wrestling to be around until the end of time. However, Court Bauer recently talked about doing away with the women’s division in the WWE on his podcast, August 1, 2014 on MLW.com. He suggested doing away with them and doing a lightweight division. WHAT??? Are you kidding me??? Look, I do not like the word “Diva” pertaining to wrestling.Here is why: When hearing the word DIVA, I think of the female lead in an opera. I think soft and fluffy not strong and, for lack of a better term, ass kicker. I have issues with the pink butterfly belt as well but I do have suggestions, they are as follows: Firstly, rename the division. Secondly, create a new belt reflecting a new image of the women’s division. Thirdly, and most importantly, WWE Creative needs to do just that, get flipping CREATIVE!! The women have talent. I have read people’s opinions on whether or not these women can wrestle, but those that think they cannot, CAN YOU???? I am sure if given the chance to shine, the women on the roster will and can. Better story lines equals better content equals better ratings. This goes for the men as well as the women. It’s a NO BRAINER. Give these women a chance to shine.

An After thought:

Maybe I was too harsh on the butterfly belt and it being pink. I love butterflies, but when I think of wrestling, I think of the ladies who were the pioneers of the female side of the industry. It was a tough mountain to climb and women are still climbing that mountain. I would love to see more women’s matches. I am sure I am not the only one. I would also love to see tag team champion belts back in the female division. I mean the women in the WWE are getting paired up in tag teams so why not bring this back? As far as the butterfly belt, it fits the name Diva, which I have already voiced my opinion on that but what would I do differently, what image would I use instead of a pink butterfly? I would use a lioness or tigress because both are strong, dominant, and also beautiful and nurturing animals. Women are so many things, we can be ladies when need be but we can also be very strong and independent.There are so many ideas floating around in my head that I would love to share with anyone in WWE Creative if given the chance. I really want to see the women’s division continue to grow and be stronger and better than ever.

All the Marbles: The Movie and Me!

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The movie, “All the Marbles” came out in 1981 with Peter Falk, Laurene Landon, and Vicki Frederick. It was about these two female wrestlers wanting to make the big time as tag team champions. They were the California Dolls, Iris and Molly. They were managed by Harry Sears (Peter Falk).

I first saw this movie when I was thirteen. I had always been a wrestling fan since infancy but female wrestling was something that I was just learning about at that time. I would listen to my grandmother talk about the female wrestlers of her day and then my dad would chime in. That is how I got my knowledge at first.

I loved this movie and it was sent to me recently by a friend as a gift. I had to watch it so I made sure all things were done to give the movie my undivided attention. I literally got goose bumps watching this film again. It took me back to when I was thirteen and to a time I wanted to be in wrestling. I did not at thirteen want to be a wrestler but a valet, a woman who takes care of the male wrestler, like how Sunshine and Precious were for Jimmy Garvin. I did not want to be a female wrestler until the likes of Wendi Richter and WrestleMania.

To all of those that read this and think Hulk Hogan was the reason for the up rise in Wrestling, I would definitely argue that Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter had a lot more to do with the popularity than just Hulk Hogan. I am not saying Hogan didn’t have his followers but I was all aboard the Wendi Richter/Cyndi Lauper Rock N Wrestling!

I get carried away when I think about this so back to how the movie made me feel. I was giddy and it brought back memories and dreams that I had of really becoming something in the wrestling industry. Do I regret not trying? Sure in some ways I do. I loved the sunset flip, the figure four, and would try these at home. Now they have warnings before the WWE shows not to try this stuff at home, but back in the 80s, we were young and adventurous.

I’m glad to be a part of wrestling even if it is just being a fan. I love it! I am now writing about what I love so that keeps me connected. It also stirs up emotions that I have not felt in a really long time. I will continue to watch, to learn, and to grow with the industry. And as far as the movie, All the Marbles,” I recommend it to those that want to get a taste of what it was like for women wrestlers. Because deep down, I know there is truth to the nastiness. The grimy promoters short changing, the slime balls that thought women were to be used. I could go on and on. Even the mud wrestling made me cringe because, and I am admitting something to the masses, I’ve been in a mud wrestling match. I was young. I’ve done a lot of things, I lived is all I can say. This is a good movie, I will watch it again and probably get the goose bumps and a grin!