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Just got off the phone with my good friend and mentor “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and during the course of our conversation he came up with this gem: “Yesterday’s dead, tommorow’s blind; We live one day at a time…”
Words of wisdom to be sure.
March 20 marks two years that Sir Oliver Humperdink passed away from bladder cancer. Sir Oliver (Red Sutton) grew up a wrestling fan and became one of the greatest managers of all time. He had a look that got instant heat and a passion for the wrestling business. He was a great guy and a lot of fun.
March 22 will mark the one year passing of Joe Blanchard and four years since Steve Doll died. Joe is the father of HOF’er Tully Blanchard as well as being a former wrestler turned promoter in San Antonio. Joe was always good to me when I started out and was well respected throughout the wrestling community.
Steve Doll had success in Portland, Texas and Tennessee before heading to WWE as one half of “Well Dunn” with Rex King.
Over the years we’ve lost some good friends and great people. The recent passing of Paul Bearer is now the cornerstone for an intriguing match at Wrestlemania.
I love this time of year. WWE will put on a tremendous show and set the bar higher each year at Wrestlemania. Truth is stranger than fiction. Putting matches together and letting them evolve organically can cause twists and turns no one could imagine. The best laid plans are never set in stone and even then there’s no telling what will happen…
Many of us were saddened by the death of Paul Bearer. When CM Punk interrupted The Undertaker during RAW and stole the urn at the end of the show, people were outraged at the disrespect and lack of class by WWE. Now the urn and Paul Bearer’s memory will be used to help the build up for Taker VS. Punk at Mania. How could they!
They could because all involved from WWE to Taker and Punk understand how much Paul Bearer meant to the business and his passion will never die. What a fitting tribute to a man loved and respected by all to play a role in one of the most important Wrestlemanias ever. I realize saying “this is the greatest, most important, super special show of ALL time” is equivalent to “this is the oldest I’ve ever been.”
Every Wrestlemania is supposed to be better than the last. I was looking through some old Houston wrestling programs and was amazed at how many “Greatest Card EVER” were advertised. The words “Greatest” and “Ever” should be used sparingly in my opinion. Too many times “greatest ever” won’t live up to the hype.
Taker VS. Punk would have been special anyway. The element of losing the man that had so much success along side The Phenom adds a new dimension to this match. 20-0 is a perfect number. 21-0 is incredible because of what that “1” will now stand for. The emotion is real and can be felt by those watching. What a better way to be a part of something so real, so raw and so intense. I don’t know anybody who can do it better than CM Punk and The Undertaker.
Rock VS. Cena II should beat all expectations and more than live up to the hype. I’ve heard some people say they’re not so excited about this match or WM overall this year. As the date gets closer, the card will be set and hopefully there will be something for them to get excited about.
Brock Lesnar VS. Triple H should be brutally stiff. The Shield VS. Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus will be a tremendous match with Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose running on pure adrenaline. Mark Henry and Ryback will do everything they can to have a classic “Battle of the Bulls.”
This years Hall of Fame, along with a card of interesting stipulations and a couple weeks left to entice fans to buy should make Wrestlemania a memorable event any way you look at it. WWE will make the event special for the participants as well as those in the stands. The action should be off the charts. Everyone knows the world will be watching.
It could possibly be the Greatest Wrestlemania of all time. All the components are there. The classic championship match, The Streak, Feuds coming to an end, new conflicts begin and controversy will abound regardless who wins…You can’t please everybody. That’s what makes Wrestlemania so great to me. The greatest EVER? We’ll have to wait and see.
Thanks for reading.