Survivor Series card, death of WWE Hall of Famer make news
The card for Survivor Series, the death of a WWE Hall of Famer and Canadian wrestling icon, and TNA tidbits are all part of what's making news in the pro wrestling world this week.
Tonight at the TD Garden in Boston, the Miz, who stars in the ABC Family movie 'Christmas Bounty,' faces Kofi Kingston in the pre-show match for the annual Survivor Series pay-per-view. Big Show gets a shot at the WWE title when he squares off with champ Randy Orton. Alberto Del Rio challenges John Cena for the world heavyweight crown, and Big E Langston defends the Intercontinental belt he captured this past Monday on Raw against former kingpin Curtis Axel in other championship matches on the card.
There is also a traditional SS elimination match pitting Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro against Cody Rhodes, Goldust, the Usos and a returning Rey Mysterio. C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan team up to face the Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erik Rowan.
The Total Divas of reality show fame square off against the True Divas in a match that pits Natalya, Jo Jo, Eva Marie, Naomi, Cameron and the Bella Twins against Summer Rae, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Oksana and Kaitlin and A.J. Lee in an elimination bout.
While there is plenty of potential for mayhem, there just seems to be something missing. Perhaps it is star power, logical booking or any real hint of intrigue. In any case, barring a big surprise, it is difficult to foresee this show garnering a significant buy rate. Maybe I am wrong about that, but I don't think so.
Strahan guest host on Raw
Raw will be held at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Monday with former Giants' star, current Fox NFL analyst and tag team partner of Kelly Rippa, Michael Strahan, as guest host. He and Cena are chums and he seems to be a big wrestling fan, so the connection is a natural one and it should be an easy commute for the New York-based Strahan.
'Mad Dog' dies
Sad to report the death this past week of former wrestling star Maurice 'Mad Dog' Vachon of the famous Vachon wrestling family. Mad Dog wrestled for the Canadian Olympic team in 1948 and achieved a great deal of fame and success internationally as a professional during a lengthy career that saw him capture numerous titles, including the AWA heavyweight crown.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a few years ago. Brother and sometime tag team partner of Paul 'the Butcher' Vachon, and sister to female star Vivian Vachon, Maurice had been in ill health for a number of years since being a victim of a 1987 hit and run accident that cost him a leg. Former WWE star, the late Luna Vachon, was a niece of Maurice, who enjoyed quite a few years as one of the sport's leading heels and was especially successful in Montreal and Winnipeg.
Mad Dog Vachon was 87 and living in Iowa at the time of his death. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in Council Bluffs. His death received quite a bit of newpaper and television coverage in Canada. Several classic Vachon matches and promos were available on various wrestling websites this weekend.
TNA keeps marching on without Hulk Hogan. The company returned to Orlando to do Impact after failing to draw respectable crowds on the road these past several months. It taped Turning Point there this past week and will reportedly offer Genesis 2014 on free television. Devon of the former Dudley Boyz tag team had an interview out this week explaining why he left the company and Dixie Carter also did an interview explaining why she signed the Hulkster back in the day. Seems like they have lots of explaining to do these days.