Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wrestlemania 31 Predictions

The Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania 31 takes place this Sunday. The hype for WrestleMania has been somewhat all over the place. There's the good (Sting/HHH), the bad (I-C Title hype-well anything involving R-Truth) and the bizarre (Orton/Rollins). Here are my predictions and my thoughts on how these matches were built.


Brock Lesnar vs.  Roman Reigns. I thought I missed something on Raw when Reigns came out and the next thing I saw he was playing tug o war with the title. He didnt speak? That, to me, was somewhat mind boggling. Now, people have really railed against Reigns since the Royal Rumble feeling that Daniel Bryan and maybe even Dolph Ziggler deserved Reigns' spot. I will say the crowd reaction should be interesting. I mean now that Lesnar is staying, I would think the fans at WM will cheer Lesnar wildly. Its too bad for Roman. I like Roman, I really do. I think the problem is that fans wanted some closure to Bryan's chase for the title and never got it. He got injured but there was never him chasing the title he never lost story and the fans resent Roman for it. Its not Roman's fault in the least. Btw, Paul Heyman has been nothing short of phenomonal during this. Actually, he's always great. I mean what else is there to say about him that hasnt already been said? Onto the match, I think Reigns beats Lesnar and Rollins cashes in MITB.


Sting vs. HHH- I'm a little surprised at all the WCW talk going into this considering WCW shut down 14 years today. I've liked the hype to this. Sting, standing for morals and seeing how WCW shut down wants to make sure HHH doesnt do the samething to WWE. Its obvious that fans want Sting based on his reactions and he looked good on Monday. He seemed fired up. I will say I dont think this will be Sting/Flair at the first Clash but I think it will be good enough that it will have a lot of drama. I think Sting wins clean. I'd actually have HHH call out Sting after WM and continue to taunt him to giving him a rematch and Sting comes through the crowd every other week or every two weeks and attacks Authority members like he did in 1996/1997 until they have there rematch at Summerslam.


The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt.-Tough for a guy to carry a feud when the other guy isnt there but Wyatt has done a great job. I mean he's a great talker. I see a lot of Jake Roberts and even some Mick Foley in his delivery. I guess I can understand why Taker wasnt on tv before WM but I would have liked to seen him on Raw because he is The UnderTaker. Believe it or not, I'd have Wyatt win and then build The UnderTaker for next year as a guy whose struggling after the streak. This would lead me into the UnderTaker vs. John Cena match up next year. UT wins and UnderTaker retires.

John Cena vs. Rusev- I've liked the hype to this match. Rusev looked like a badass on Monday and that was a great angle. Sadly, we've been down this road before. Cena will hulk up and give AA's to about 50 guys and he'll end Rusev's streak. I mean that shouldnt happen. Give that Ziggler or Ambrose. I mean give it to somebody that can be pushed with that. Cena doesnt need to end his winning streak. He doesnt need it. Not only that but Cena gets a little too rah-rah with me being the Ultra Patriot. I mean I get where he's coming from but he's getting a little annoying. I mean, what's next? Him coming down at WM looking like Apollo Creed in Rocky 4 with the USA Top Hat etc. So, in closing Cena wins.

The IC-Title Match- The hype for this as of a couple of weeks ago has been lousy. R-Truth adds or has added nothing to the match. Its a shame because I like Truth and loved when he was a heel with Little Jimmy. I mean all Truth has done is take a a title that doesnt belong to him, clown around on commentary and not put over the guys in the ring on commentary and treats the title as a joke. In fact, everybody played hot potato with the title doesnt make the title look strong. I think this will be a dangerous, fun and memorable match. I think Daniel Bryan wins, just because...well give the guy a break already.


Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins-This could be the sleeper match. The hype was strange as Orton came back at Fastlane attacked The Authority only to go back with them the next night. Lets face it, it made The Authority look like fools for thinking Orton was back. The whole story wasnt good. I mean what if at Fastlane Orton came back and attacked Ryback's team instead and THEN a few weeks do the beat down? I mean everybody could see that Orton was setting a trap and made The Authority look bad. That being said, I loved the beatdown that Orton gave to Rollins. It was vicious. Now Rollins should have gotten his heat back. Maybe on Monday he should have snuck in and curb stomped Orton but Orton looked stronger. Me, my prediction, I see Orton winning overshadowing that Rollins cashes in later that night.


The Divas Tag Team Match- Believe it or not, this could be the show stealer. I think if there given time to work they could steal the show as all 4 divas are ones the fans care about.  Nikki Bella is really shining and Paige and AJ are great. I think Brie has lost some momentum since SummerSlam but the fact is that these 4 draw some crowd reactions and when given time to work they could put a pretty good match on. Hopefully #GiveDivasAChance is starting to resonate in WWE. I think The Bellas cheat but they win Sunday.

Andre the Giant Battle Royal- My gut feeling is saying Ryback is going to win. They seem to be pushing him a little more but I think the Big Guy takes it. I also think it comes down to Miz and Ryback and Mizdow either turns here or somehow Mizdow costs Miz the match either by accident or on purpose. If its by accident then Mizdow tries to apologize, Miz wont have none of it and Mizdow attacks the Miz. Think of when Virgil turned on Ted Dibiase at the Royal Rumble in 1991.


The 4 Way Tag Match-It shows how much I care about this match as I had to see who the 4 tag teams were. I like New Day. I do for some reason but I think they get booed so bad that there not winning. Forget Los Matadores. I cant stand that bull. Natalya could've eaten him for all I care. What an annoying gimmick they are. The Usos I would have picked but I dont know about Jimmy or is it Jey's, injury. The Uso might not do too much because of it. So, I'll say Kidd and Cesaro retain. They deserve it. Two great workers with a great worker, Natalya, in there corner.


So what do you guys think of my predictions for WrestleMania 31?

How I would change the NCAA Womens Basketball Tournament



I like the NCAA Womens Tournament. I like the fact, that just like the men, all the games are televised. Its a far cry from the days where maybe you saw one or two women's tournament games on ESPN or CBS or wherever.  I like the fact that the Women's tournament gets treated on par with the Men's as far as tv exposure, sites where the games are held etc.


But like everything else the Women's Tournament does need help. I mean if you follow the tournament somewhat you'll see that the Women's Tournament does need to broaden itself to make the overall experience good. This blog will hopefully give some ideas on how I'd fix the Women's Tournament.


1) Go to neutral sites for the first 2 rounds just like the men.  I know what your saying "why do this when the games for each site which has home teams draws nobody? Honestly, to me, its a pride thing. I mean if you watched Albany at. Duke last week, there was nobody there. Duke. At Duke and there tons of empty seats. I mean how can you justify that?

Check out this article from espn.com about the women's attendance. http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/tournament/2015/story/_/id/12553346/attendance-ncaa-tournament-sees-boost 

Uconn, the Kings of College Basketball only drew 4,000 per game for each of there first 2 games, about half of what they usually draw. Now, yes, South Carolina drew about 10,000 for each of there games but you cant tell me that even having a home game that you don't sell out doesn't worry you. The reason for the neutral sites is just to get away from being home because its embarrassing. I mean at least try what the Men's tournament is doing. Technically there not home games but at least there not campus. Imagine watching Duke play at home and nobody's there? Besides, neutral sites grow the game and I'm not talking that far away. I'll get to that in a moment.


2)ESPN needs to be better on there coverage. This article from awful announcing says it best. http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espns-coverage-womens-ncaa-tournament-carries-echoes-sports.html

If there's a better game to get to, go to it. There's no reason you have to stay with a Uconn game when there winning by 30 points and there are other games that are close. I know ESPN would stay with the game in my area because I live in CT. but you have to do a better job with there whip-around coverage as well. There have been lots of times a team will have a 20 pt. lead and they stay with the game even though its not a local team. Be like the Men's tourney used to be and when a team leads by over 10pts. switch to another game.


3)Move the Tournament back to Saturday. This Friday thing didn't work. How could it when half of the Men's Tournament started on Friday? Empty seats all over the place. I'd go to a Saturday/Monday, Sunday/Tuesday format like it was before. Therefore, you'll have the Men's Tournament involved but it wont be as bad.

4)Move the Selection Show back to Sunday. ESPN2 at 8pm sounds good to me. I mean something like that should be on a Sunday. Mondays at 7pm is somewhat of a burial time slot. I'd rather have it on Sundays at 8pm instead of the old days when I believe it was on before the Men's Tournament. That just didn't fit.


5)Focus on more than Uconn. We get it. There great. They draw ratings. But if you want to grow the Women's game, you need to focus more than Uconn. South Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Baylor, Norte Dame etc. It gets pretty boring when you have one team superior to the whole Women's game. People will get turned off if they don't see anybody that can be on Uconn's level, at least when it comes to exposure.


Now, back to the neutral sites. Here's how I would have scheduled the first round of the tournament:


March 21

FGCU/Okla. St.-12:30pm(Orlando)
Maryland/New Mexico St.-1pm(Baltimore)
Northeastern/Ark.-1:15pm(Dallas)
Dayton/Iowa St.-1:30pm(Dayton)
FSU/Alabama St.-3pm(Orlando)
Princeton/G.B-3:30PM(Baltimore)
Baylor/Northwestern St.-3:45pm(Dallas)
Norte Dame/Montana-4:15pm(Dayton)
Louisville's game-7pm(Orlando)
Ohio St.'s game-7:15pm(Baltimore)
Arizona St.'s game-7:40pm (Dallas)
Minnesota's game-8pm(Dayton)
South Florida's game-9:40 pm(Orlando)
UNC's game-9:50pm(Baltimore)
Texas A&M game-10pm(Dallas)
Kentucky's game-10:10pm(Dayton)

March 22

To save time, I will just list one of the teams, the times and the venues

South Carolina-12:30pm(Raleigh)
Iowa-12:45pm(Nashville)
Oklahoma-1:15pm(Moeghan Sun)
Gonzaga-2:05pm(Los Angeles)
Syracuse-2:45pm (Raleigh)
Chattanooga-3pm(Nashville)
Stanford-3:50pm-Moeghan Sun
Texas-4:40pm-Los Angeles
Duke-7pm-Raleigh
Miami-7pm-Nashville
Rutgers-7pm-Moeghan Sun
Oregon St.-8pm-L.A.
Miss. St.-9pm-Raleigh
Tenn.-9:20-Nashville
Uconn-9:30-Moeghan Sun
California-10:20-L.A.


Now the venues would be:

CFE Arena, Orlando-9,000
Baltimore Arena, Baltimore-14,000
Moody Coliseum-University Park-7,000
The Nutter Center-Dayton-10,400
Municipal Auditorium-Nashville-8,000
Mohegan Sun Arena-Uncasville, CT.-9,000
Rabobank Arena-Bakersfield, CA.-10,400
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum-Winston Salem, NC.-14,000

All venues, locations and seating capacity are thanks to wikipedia.org.


OK, so the venues don't match up to what I planned but I think you understand. The venues are there and I think if they were announced in advance you can get a little bit of a buzz going on.  So, what do you guys think of my fixing of the NCAA Womens' Basketball Tournament?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Impact Wrestling on Destination America-Episode 1

We will see how long this last but I will be reviewing Impact Wrestling on Destination America. I was looking forward to the show as all the hype they put into it and plus they have been off for a while with the exception of there year in review specials. Ok, on to my thoughts:



Thought the show was ok.  I really liked the opening. That was an expensive yet very well done opening. I didnt like the beginning 30 mins. of the show. I mean the brawl went on way too long. Also, the building seemed very dark and the sound was off. I mean maybe it was me, but I couldnt hear a lot of the chants. When I did hear the chants some of it was edited by Destination America. The street fight was eh. I mean I really couldnt hear Angle and MVP on the mic but from what they said sounded good. I do like when they have street fights, falls count anywhere matches and they dont have there gear on. Just street clothes. I guess that's what I remember when I was growing up watching wrestling. Anyway, back to the street fight. It was eh like I said. Nothing wrong with it but who has submission holds in a street fight? Thats what I didnt like about it.

I thought production had a bad night. I mean especially when they missed the reveal of Low Ki and Joe and the slap JB gave EC3. Instead there seemed to be a shot of Tyrus's crotch. Hopefully, that can be corrected. I dont see why JB is now inserted in this feud. I mean is he going to fight EC3?

Can somebody stop Storm's character? I mean he's ripping off Bray Wyatt. Hell he even did the "I'm the devil" that Wyatt did on Raw. Storm deserves a lot better than this. He should be challenging for the World Title.  The Revolution looks more like the 1998 version of the Job Squad. I will say that I am looking forward to The Wolves vs. The Hardys. That should just be a damn good match.


The battle royal is what you'd see on Raw or Smackdown although I liked Kong coming back and loved the staredown between her and Havok. Btw, didnt Havok win her first match in a battle royal? That should've been mentioned. DJ was actually one of the highlights with his intro of Robbie E. I will say if Brooke could attack Robbie E. during the battle royal, why couldnt she compete in it?

X-Division was very good and Aries and Low-Ki have great chemistry. I'd like to see these guys go 20 mins. Surprised they took the title off of Low-Ki considering he's in the group with MVP.  I mean didnt Low-Ki win the title on the final show before Impact went on hiatus? Then why bother having him win the title in the first place?

I mean I dont like the heel turns of Joe and Young. Young as a heel will give me flashbacks to the World Elite faction. Joe is too popular to turn heel.  I just dont like it. EY  was good as the babyface in peril and why they need to turn him I'll never know. I'd like to see EY stay babyface and maybe turn Roode heel although he just turned babyface recently. Joe IS your best babyface option in my opinion without AJ Styles. I mean over the years Joe has had some lousy story lines(remember when he was kidnapped? The big knife he used to carry to the ring? His ill conceived turn and joining the Main Even Mafia?) Despite all that, the fans love Joe. I like Joe too. He reminds me somewhat of Taz, a guy that can throw suplexes, is no nonsense and just kicks ass. He's more agile than Taz was but I think he should be the centerpiece of Impact Wrestling.


What did you guys think of the show? These are just my opinions.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

If I was running the NFL...

I actually tinkered with this idea a few days ago and I like it but what do you guys think? Is this crazy? Here is how I would run the NFL. Now this is just my opinion. Ok, here it goes...






THE NFL SEASON 2015

     




         Season starts on Sept. 13. No kickoff game. The real NFL starts on Sunday.

       Season ends on Jan 10, 2016. 16 games over 18 weeks. 2 bye weeks for each team.

       Week 12 is Thanksgiving so no bye weeks that week and the Turkey Day games are Divisional                      
       games.


              Thanksgiving Games


               Packers at. Lions
               Giants at. Cowboys
               Steelers at. Bengals

 There would be 8 1pm games and 3  4pm games for week 12.



The Bye Weeks

Week 3, 10-AFC South and NFC West
Week 4, 11-AFC East and NFC South
Week 5, 13-AFC West and NFC South
Week 6, 14-AFC North and NFC East

On those weeks-6  1pm games and 3  4 pm games plus SNF and MNF.

When there are no bye weeks, you could really have 10 1pm games and 4  4 pm games or any other combination.

Next year, Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday so I'm assuming there will be an NFL game. Put it at 3:30 ET. and feature maybe 2 west coast teams.


Bring back the Saturday Games!!

I would do that for Sat. Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. Therefore there would be no bowl games on those Saturdays. Have them in the middle of the week. Probably get better ratings too.


So the Saturday schedule would go:

12:30pm-CBS
4pm-FOX
8pm-ESPN




Then the following week I'd alternate the networks so for example:

12:30 PM -FOX
4PM-CBS
8PM-ESPN

Now, next year, Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday so I'm assuming there will be an NFL game. Put it at 3:30 ET. and feature maybe 2 west coast teams. Then on the 26th have the 3 Saturday games and then on the 27th  have 7 1pm games and 3 4pm games with SNF and MNF.

Now if NBC wanted in,  then put some network would be left out although they have SNF so I think they would be happy. So then on Dec. 20, you could have 8 1pm games and 3 4pm games along with SNF and MNF.


Have 3 London games. Start each one at 9:30 am. Have one be televised by FOX, another by CBS and the last one by ESPN.

I'd eliminate the TNF package and move those games to Sundays.

So the last week of the season would be week 18 on Jan. 11, 2016

Wild Card Round on Jan. 17 and 18, 2016
Divisional Round on Jan. 24 and 25, 2016
Championship Games on Feb. 1, 2016
Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 15, 2016


So what do you guys think? Do you like it?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dear NFL...

Dear NFL,


              My name is Jack C. Catalano. I'm 32 years old and have been a huge NFL fan ever since I could remember. When I was a kid, I would wear the Starter Jackets, buy the football magazines and when Sunday came, watch the games. Let me just say, I am glued every Thursday, Sunday and Monday to the NFL. I watch as much as I can. I try not to make any plans on those days so I could watch the games. There is one thing that I miss that isnt on every Sunday during the season. Its not on  during the week or on any of the pregame shows. That one thing is the Classics. You must be saying to yourself "Whats the classics?" Well, for me, the classics is the history of the NFL.  Where is it? I mean I hear previews of the week's games ad nauseum, which is fine, but I would like to have a balance. So my question is where are the classics?


I mentioned above that I'm 32 years old so my football history is limited but I'd like to know what happened to the NFL, pre 2000? Does that even exist anymore? Did it ever? I mean what I want and I think what a lot of fans want is maybe a channel(?) devoted to the classics of the NFL. Old NFL games in its entirety, old NFL Films shows, Old NFL Pregame shows, heck even the old NFL PrimeTime shows.  Make the old stuff accessible on youtube, hulu and other forms of media. Now, I know you will argue and say "well we have old stuff. A Football Life, America's Game, etc. Its not enough. Honestly, and this is just my take, but I think a lot of the NFL fans would rather watch classic games and films and whatnot, instead of hearing hours upon hours of hype for a game. I mean how much can you hype a game, week in and week out? I mean every game played isnt the Super Bowl.  I would just like to see, maybe, the playing field being leveled a little more. Devote time to the games each Sunday like you do now and the offseason with the Draft and the NFL Combine which is fine. I have no problem with that. I just wish you would throw some of the old school fans a bone.


I'd like to learn more about the game by looking at its past. I mean I know very little of the 86 Giants. Why? Because when they won Super Bowl 21, I was 4 years old.  How could I follow my team and not know really anything about them? Thats what I would like. Educate the fans to see that there were and was football in the past. If it wasnt for the past, we wouldnt be in the present.


So, NFL, is it too much too ask to give the fans what they want? I mean we are your fanbase. We are who you cater to. Hopefully, you do agree with me but even if you dont I'll be there this Sunday watching the NFL like I always do.




                                                                                                                Thank You,
                                                                                                                Jack C. Catalano

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bound for Glory did happen, right? and other wrestling thoughts

I wanted to start off by saying that I didnt order Bound for Glory. I will say I thought from reading the spoilers and live coverage and the build-up to the show in general, it was one of the weirder shows of all time. This is TNA's signature event and they had very little hype to it. In fact, they hyped the tag team series, which were excellent, by the way, more than there premiere event of the year. I mean where was the Bound for Glory Series this year? Where was the hype and importance that TNA usually places on this event? I mean the tag team champions were not even on the show. I understand that The Wolves couldnt appear because Davey Richards broke his leg. I mean the thing is I dont think they were ever even going to be booked at the event. It just seemed odd that the tag champions wouldnt be there. What might be even odder is not having the world champion, Lashley be there. Again, why wasnt he booked? He should've been  in the main event. It almost seemed like the show was an afterthought. Plus, guys like MVP and EC3 wrestling guys you never heard of before. It just doesnt make any sense. The whole show really didnt make any sense and I wonder why TNA did this. I mean there biggest show of the year and it was hardly mentioned on tv. Very strange.


I watched Raw this past week. I thought it was way better than the past few weeks. I thought the triple threat tag match was good and it gave John Cena and Dean Amborse other opponents besides The Authority. I still think that the WWE has to shake up the top of the card a bit. How many more times are we going to see Cena and/or Ambrose against the Authority? Now, this Monday is a handicapped street fight. Hopefully, after Hell in a Cell,  Cena and Ambrose and The Authority move on to other programs.

I could smell it a mile away but I see a heel turn coming for Mark Henry. Just the whole "I'm dejected,  I'm upset, I'm angry" usually leads to a heel turn. In fact, it cant come any sooner. Let Henry go back to destroying people like he was doing before. I'd love to see maybe, a Henry vs. Ambrose match soon. I could see Big Show on his way to beating Rusev until Henry comes in and turns on Big Show and giving Rusev another win. Maybe Rusev finally loses to Kurt Angle if Kurt comes back to WWE? It would make sense because Angle is a former Olympian for the US and Rusev is billed from Russia.


For a while now, I have actually wished that the WWE would bring back Sunday Night Heat. Now, your saying the WWE market is over saturated as it is but hear me out. I really wish they would go back to what they did when they started Main Event. Everybody raved about it. They did pre match video packages and interviews before the top match and had and interview with the winner later in the show. That would be gold for a show like Sunday Night Heat or Main Event. For ex. imagine, Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton with proper build? How about Bo Dallas vs. Jack Swagger with proper build? What I'm trying to say is that they dont have to be PPV quality type main events but a little buildup could go a long way. I think it would get the viewer invested in the product and the wrestlers because there not just throwing matches out there. Also,  a show like Heat would be a nice preview to Raw. Now the show would get pounded now because of the NFL, but a nice little vechile to promote Raw would help. Hell, if the WWE ever got serious about crusierweights and the divas, a cruiserweight match, Tyson Kidd vs. Kofi Kingston, maybe, and a divas match AJ Lee vs. Alicia Fox plus maybe a Swagger/Dallas match and its not a bad show. If the talent was given enough time, it would hardly be a missable show.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Will my life ever break for me??




This is a question I ask constantly. I'm in a terrible rut and have been for seemingly ages. I mean I just cant find a way to be happy or feel good about myself. I mean its been a tough life, a tough go of it for years now. As you may or may not know, my grandparents started to take ill in the year 2000. My grandmother, who was 80 at the time had stomach cancer surgery. I think the surgery was only to be for a couple of hours but literally took all day. In 2001, in fact it was the first week college football was being played after 9/11, my grandfather collasped at the Yale/Cornell game. So, in essence,  my plate was full helping taking care of them. Taking care of my grandmother who made out of surgery and my grandfather who had quadrouple bypass surgery is a lot to take but I kept going.

In 2003, my grandmother had a case of Yellow Jaudice. In fact she was rushed to the hospital the day we toppled Saddam's statue in Iraq.  My grandfather died in 2006 and my grandmother died in 2010. Throughout those 10 years,  my life wasnt my own. You know I tried to do everything for them. I got there mail, there medication, helped them when they had doctor's appointments, threw there garbage out, went grocery shopping with them and lots more. I did what I had to do.

Now we fast forward to my grandmother's funeral in 2010, where I see my father. Up until that day, I hadnt seen my father in over 10 years. I dont know what happened but it was like he vanished off the face of the earth. There are reasons how it started but I wont get into that right now. Well, anyway, he shows up. Here I'm thinking that I'm going to have some sort of relationship with the guy and after about a year(?) of having communication with my mother and myself, he just disowns me again. I mean, in some circles, I guess you would call him a "deadbeat dad."  I dont know what I did to deserve being treated like that but it is what it is. I've phoned many times but get no response. Sent cards and whatnot but still nothing. Its like he wants nothing to do with me and frankly from a financial standpoint, I need his help, so right now, pardon my french, but it really sucks.  So basically, its really my mother and me.


Now for some of you who know, my mother has to have hip surgery. She had to postpone it because she had to go back to work and doesnt get paid for sick time. Right now, like I mentioned, I have no job or money. I'm just very disgusted with the way my life turned out.  I didnt think it would be this bad. I'd like to know if there will ever be an end in sight? I mean its just one thing after another. You know the old saying "when it rains, it pours," yeah, by this time, I'm pretty much drowning. I dont have a social life, per say, as I understand people have lives and responsiblites of there own. Believe me, I understand that. You have no idea how much I understand that.   There are days where its harder than others. I mean all you do is work to pay bills. Thats not a life, thats existing.  I just hope my life gets better sooner than later.