#PromotingPositivity from Wrestlemania!

#PromotingPositivity from Wrestlemania!

Last night’s grandest stage of them all was not the harbinger of watershed change that I was hoping for, though that’s probably my own fault for having my usual #IrrationalIdealist expectations. We got the distinct impression from Wrestlemania that this is still Vince McMahon’s company and, with minimal exceptions, what he says goes.

Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enjoyable show to end an enjoyable weekend, though.

Come with me, NAIborhood, as the Pope of Positivity walks you through his personal list of favorite moments from Sunday’s Wrestlemania.

Brandon Mac’s WrestleMania 32 Predictions

Brandon Mac’s WrestleMania 32 Predictions

Tonight 100,000 people will file into AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX for a history making WrestleMania. There has been a lot of apathy towards this event due to the lackluster build and some people not being a fan of the main event. Instead of focusing on the negative in this column I am going to give my prediction on who will win each match and give a piece of positivity to each one. So let’s dive right into the WrestleMania card.

My Turn, Doc: Why I Am Excited for Wrestlemania!

My Turn, Doc: Why I Am Excited for Wrestlemania!

Yesterday, my esteemed partner in podcast crime Doc Manson posted an article about the reasons why he was excited for this Sunday’s Wrestlemania. Never one to shy away from borrowing a good idea, I’ve decided to go ahead and offer my own reasons. In order to keep the good Doctor from screaming about plagiarism on this week’s DDTpod, though, I’ve ranked the matches in order of my excitement AND I have included the three prospective pre-show contests.

Wrestlemania Watch List – The “Best” Matches from each of the show of shows.

Wrestlemania Watch List – The “Best” Matches from each of the show of shows.

For many in the NAIborhood, the last few weeks have been spent binge watching Wrestlemanias of old in preparation for next weekend’s festivities.

However, not everyone might have had the time (or interest, honestly) to do so. Still, some sort of homework must be done, so leave it to “The Teacher” to have you covered.

This is the first of what might be a couple of Wrestlemania Watch Lists, where I offer a series of matches for your entertainment and education.

Lab Works: Shane McMahon vs. the Undertaker is (Potentially) Good Storytelling

Lab Works: Shane McMahon vs. the Undertaker is (Potentially) Good Storytelling

Twitter is ablaze with comments about the latest development in the Undertaker v. Shane McMahon storyline that is being built for WrestleMania this year. The most vocal portions of the audience are displeased with the overall direction of the angle, and every new development only seems to heap more fuel upon the already blazing IWC (Internet Wrestling Community). I’m just not so sure that this storyline is as bad as everyone wants me to think it is.

RAW Response (3/22/16) – Promoting Positivity a fortnight from Mania.

RAW Response (3/22/16) – Promoting Positivity a fortnight from Mania.

The general consensus from last night’s RAW was that the show was a dud.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Most people will admit that the show was decent enough, but it paled in comparison to what many believed the penultimate RAW before Wrestlemania “should be”. I can understand where those people are coming from – the lack of Lesnar, Undertaker and Shane-O-Mac was pretty evident.

However, let’s focus on the show for what it was, not what we wanted it to be. Yes, friends, I’m donning my #PromotingPositivity Pork Pie hat and sharing with you the things I think you should be excited about from last night.

From the NAI Archive – February 18, 2016 – DC’s (Baker’s) Dozen – 13 Potential Opponents for Undertaker at Wrestlemania

From the NAI Archive – February 18, 2016 – DC’s (Baker’s) Dozen – 13 Potential Opponents for Undertaker at Wrestlemania

For weeks, perhaps even months now, the WWE Universe has been wondering one thing…

Who will Undertaker face as Wrestlemania 32?

As time goes by, that question becomes even more fervent, especially since all the likely options seem to be dwindling faster than Titus O’Neil’s WHC chances. (Though as I wrote last week, I still think there’s a way to salvage this from a storyline, which then means a PR, point of view.)

So on a whim this afternoon, I began jotting down a list of potential opponents for The Phenom. Some of these are popular options I’ve seen online; some are completely original. Well, technically I don’t think anything can count as original anymore, but some were created by me without getting help from the NAIborhood.

Therefore, I humbly present to you. . .

DC’s Dozen Potential Opponents for Undertaker at Wrestlemania

From the NAI Archive – January 7, 2016 – Thursday Trio – With Injuries Abound, Three Options for Booking Wrestlemania

From the NAI Archive – January 7, 2016 – Thursday Trio – With Injuries Abound, Three Options for Booking Wrestlemania

The news that John Cena was to undergo shoulder surgery (as of this writing, I believe he should have already completed the procedure) shocked the wrestling world yesterday, and we’ve spent the last 24 hours or so trying to absorb, analyze and appreciate the fallout.

The biggest issue, at least in a global WWE sense, is how Cena’s absence will affect Wrestlemania – No matter what the actual booking was going to be, John was to have a major role in the grandest stage of them all, and when you combine his injury with the others in the company. . . Well, let’s just say I imagine there’s some panic happening over there at Titan Tower.

Relax, WWE. I’m here to help.

From the NAI Archive – March 29, 2015 – Sunday Stats – Times and Decisions of Wrestlemania

From the NAI Archive – March 29, 2015 – Sunday Stats – Times and Decisions of Wrestlemania

Rather than craft a long-winded exposition, I’m just going to provide you with a list of stats (in absolutely no particular order) regarding the last 10 years of Wrestlemania (Well, technically 11 – From WM20 to 30).

1. Jamie Noble should be in consideration for “The Beast, Jr”, as he has had some dominant performances at Mania. At Wrestlemania 20, he won 3 matches. 3! He also beat two of his opponents in a combined total of 1 minute, 5 seconds.

Ok, I jest a little bit, but he’s very good. Even more so when he steals the briefcase from Rollins and cashes in on Lesnar tonight.