Last night was incredible. Daniel Bryan got his WrestleMania match(es) and Dark Souls II launched at midnight. Fantastic. Unfortunately, those aren’t the headlines. But don’t worry, we’ve still got some interesting news bits for your Tuesday news fix, including further evidence that Sheamus is a maniac, bad news for TNA, and The Rock wearing Scar’s pelt.
Sheamus Beat Up After Raw Match With Christian
Last week we saw a photo of Sheamus’ arm cut open from his backstage altercation with Christian. Pretty brutal. This week, via WrestlingInc, we have a photo of his welted back resulting from Christian’s kendo stick shots during their Memphis Street Fight on Raw.
I’m pretty sure it was in a Daniel Bryan interview that he remarked on how much he enjoyed working with Sheamus, citing the fact that he “gives it as good as he takes it.” This photo certainly adds credence to that claim.
Really, weapons like kendo sticks are great since you can go to town on a guy without risking injury. Hurt them? Yeah. But if a dude’s willing to put up with some welts, it’s a great way to make a match that much more brutal. Sheamus seems like a great guy for that: willing to put up with some soreness in order to deliver on the brutality. What a guy.
TNA Lockdown Attendance Not Great
According to Rajah, TNA sold approximately 900 tickets to Sunday’s Lockdown pay-per-view. Needless to say, that’s pretty terrible. Via TNAWrestlingNews, here’s a photo that an attendee sent them of the poor attendance.
TNAWrestlingNews does estimate the attendance to be around 1,500, although it’s likely that at least some of the 600 difference between theirs and Rajah’s reports were from tickets TNA handed out for free in order to fill seats.
TNAWrestlingNews also points out that the hard camera side of the arena was filled to make for a better TNA presentation.
I know the company gets a lot of flack, but I don’t think TNA is terrible. Their problems boil down to a lot more than booking. A lot of it is business stuff that I can’t imagine really getting into.
At this point, I just want them to scale back their operations until they become profitable. They don’t need to expand and try to compete with WWE. I rather they just stay afloat for the fanbase who’ve supported them all these years. I get that’s now how it works in the business world, that you’re expected to expand; I just rather we keep a TNA that’s a big fish in its own small pond, rather than one that flounders outside the Impact Zone.
The Rock’s Hercules Costume
The Rock Tweeted a photo showing off his duds for his upcoming role in “Hercules.”
Personally, I dig ancient mythological action flicks, so I imagine I’d like this movie well enough. And although he’s been in a ton of movies since I was a kid, there’s still a bit of novelty to seeing the guy I grew up with in the ring appear on the silver screen. (Rajah)
Zack Ryder Debuts New YouTube Show
Following in the footsteps of “Z! True Long Island Story”, Zack Ryder has again taken to YouTube to promote and develop his character outside the WWE machine with his new series, “Last ReZort.”
It’d be really easy to poke fun at this. I’m sure a lot of people will. However, with how many mid-carders and jobbers are apparently content to sit back and collect paychecks (as Ryder alludes to in his video), I respect that Ryder rather “go out swinging,” as he puts it.
It was a shame how poorly the WWE followed through on their push for him in 2011. The fans made a star for them and they just chewed him up and spit him out.
Though I respect this last-ditch effort, with how many great up-and-comers the WWE has, it’s hard for me to even prioritize him over, say, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Corey Graves, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns or any of the other tremendous talents I want to see develop. (WrestlingInc)
SmackDown Rating Pretty Good Last Week
Whereas TNA’s struggling to fill seats, according to Rajah, last week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown pulled off a solid 2.16 television rating.
It’s been a while since I’ve considered SmackDown “must-see TV.” Probably my favorite period in recent memory was the summer of 2009, back when Ziggler, Morrison, Mysterio, Jericho, Punk and Edge were tearing it up each week. Best group of SmackDown wrestlers since the SmackDown Six.
With the Brand Extension over, SmackDown mostly gets Raw’s spillover, although Friday night development feels less critical than Monday night’s. I guess that’s to be expected.
However, SmackDown can still put on a good show (and a good rating, apparently), so ultimately I’m glad that we can still get out Friday wrestling fix.
Even though I rather it be on Thursdays, but whatever.
Nicholas LeVack is a double major in English creative writing and journalism. His interests include writing, wrestling, video games and occasional outdoorsy things. You can follow him on Twitter, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and take part in his first venture into video game journalism at doublejump.co.