WWE Raw and Liverpool Experience

Raw in Liverpool

Winter Greetings.^^/

  1. Post-London, Pre-Raw

A lot has happened in November, especially around the time when I went to London. I found that even though I came back home, I still couldn’t really relax my mind. It seemed that everything was happening at once and I was dealing with lots of things at the same time. If it’s one thing, I usually find a way to work with it. However, too many things give me a head mush. At that point it did feel like my head was about to explode.

To cut a long story short, I had to make a decision whether I wanted to go to a surprise birthday gathering and to WWE Monday Night Raw with a few of my peeps. For the life of me I could not decide what I wanted to do. I enjoy celebrating the happiness of other people but I decided to reject the party invitation in the end. There would be lots of people there that I did not know. I didn’t fancy it in the end and decided not to go.

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I haven’t watched Raw in weeks. I sort of lost interest in WWE since Daniel Bryan and Bad News Barrett became absent. Did I really want to go to this live event when I wasn’t feeling very well? Not just any event, but an event that I’m not really that into at the moment. I literally decided to go in the last minute, an hour before I was being picked up.

It was at that point when I started to rush around. I had a shower, washed my hair, picked out my clothes and had dinner. I got it in my head as well that we were eating out, but I received a text explaining that we weren’t…oh my. So, with quick thinking, I had jacket potato with melted cheese. I fancied doing beans but as I was on my own I didn’t want to risk doing anything to myself. It’s one thing to harm myself if my parents were around, but if I’m on my home and cooking, that could spell trouble…

I tried to relax, but I couldn’t fully relax. I felt sick, dizzy, had a poorly chest and was eating a luke warm jacket spud. Haha…you’ve got to laugh in those situations. =) I decided to go to Raw as I already paid for my ticket, and, it could be interesting.

  1. Liverpool

The other reason I didn’t want to travel to Raw is because it was in Liverpool. Travelling to this city appears to be a bad omen to me. Throughout my life, every time I go to Liverpool, something goes wrong. It’s not that I dislike Liverpool it’s just that Liverpool dislikes me. XD

  1. I was going to college (which borders Liverpool) but went to the completely wrong campus! I think the driver was taking me to the technology campus. So, I was an hour and a half late for my first college class…. Later on, it was established that I was in the wrong class. Then, it was established that I was actually in on the wrong day. So yeah… I won’t forget about that day in a hurry!
  2. My Dad was taking me to Liverpool, since he used to be the kit man for a none-league side, when we broke down… the policeman helped us, but he came up to me and said ‘this is all your fault!’ It took us a full day to travel back home.
  3. I went to Liverpool to support the Foundation Degree students by watching one of their theatrical productions. However, we got completely lost and had to turn back. We asked for directions but none of the locals knew where the performance location was… silly people.
  4. I was going to perform as the violinist at the Maritime Museum and we were going to take the train, but…the train was cancelled so we had to walk in the scorching heat, take 4 buses, one underground train, and we made it with 15 minutes to spare. We only had time for one full rehearsal.
  5. We went to the theatre to watch Jonathan Pryce in a Harold Pinter production, but the show was cancelled because he was ill…

I really hoped that this trip to WWE would break my trend. I’m sure some day Liverpool and I can settle a truce and drink a J2O like old buddies. =) …that night wasn’t going to be one of those days though, as an incident occurred. It’s a recurring joke that I bring bad luck to Liverpool, but what happened was not a funny matter.

There was a car crash on the motorway involving four cars, which in turn made the roads very busy. I felt instantly bad. I thought “they had a crash because I came to Liverpool.” Thinking rationally now, that’s not really the case. Accidents happen all the time, especially when drivers get impatient on the road. Regardless of everything, I pray that they are all safe and recovering at the speed of light.^^/

  1. WWE Monday Night Raw

We just made it with five minutes to spare. It was an absolute rush. I don’t handle travelling very well, I tend to get sick. I felt unwell to begin with, but the long journey didn’t really settle me. It unsettled me more when we had to rush to our seats, and that took a while too. A gent actually hijacked one of our seats so we had to ask him to move.

The show started pretty quickly. Well, actually, it began with WWE Superstars. Then, it went to WWE Raw. All the while I was still battling with my emotions and tried to focus on the show. The trick I used was taking photos and video clips for my Uncle. I sat on an end isle seat as I could escape whenever I want. However, the Echo arena was a very big arena and I didn’t really fancy getting lost in that building. Haha.

The biggest chants were “Where’s our network?” Apparently, this does not bode well with the WWE officials. When Raw was on TV, they edited this out as best as they could. Other bigger chants were Miz and Mizdown, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Sheamus and the crowd.

The crowd were bantering with each other. If the match bored them then they would find a way to entertain themselves. One guy held up a sign but he had that confiscated by a security gent and everyone chanted “you sold out!” The biggest boos were directed at another security guard. The bottom crowd were playing around with a beach ball during the Sheamus and Rusev match. He got heavily boo’d when he confiscated the beach ball, probably more than Cena. They chanted “you suck!”

The intro was funny, when everyone chanted “John Cena sucks” that went along with his entrance song. The UK really does have a good crowd.^^/

I didn’t join in with any of the banter as my head was really bad and I felt unwell. The sheer noise was not very pleasant, and it did detract from the Raw show somewhat.

Paige got a few standing ovations. I know I stood up and clapped, and I even went down a few steps so I could snap a good picture of her. =) I liked how Lilian Garcia sang our national anthem, it was sweet and touching. Some of the top tier crowd were booing though and chanting about the network. I thought that was disrespectful and in bad taste, but I just ignored them and listened to the anthem.

I also liked the Sting promo and Triple H making an appearance. I kept on anticipating Bad News Barrett making a sudden appearance though, and was gutted when he didn’t.

When the show finished we all darted out asap. I thought the show was ok but I was certainly glad when it was over. I would say that I’ve enjoyed last year’s Raw more, this year I somewhat lost interest in WWE and I was going through a lot this time around. I am focusing on what I enjoyed about the show though, rather than recalling what went through my mind at that moment. I know I’m talking all about it now, but I’m feeling much better and more open to talk about it. =)

  1. Going home

I was asked if I wanted to take a detour to McDonalds on the way home. I declined. It didn’t matter whether I was hungry or not, I just wanted to go home. When I got home my Dad bought me and my Mum McDonalds. I was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t know that there were any McDonalds that were open 24/7.

I’m not a fast food lover, but sometimes fast food is better than no food. 😉

THANKS FOR READING

I was spotted on TV courtesy of a close friend. It’s a blur, but my T-Shirt has made it on TV. I was spotted during Paige’s entrance. Haha. Fame at last. =D Here is the picture.^^/

Me on TV

I wasn’t going to upload this blog until I give account of the 1st Year Anniversary blog, which I plan to post on the 16th November. I’m still recovering from a very busy couple of days. However, my gut instinct told me to upload this blog right now instead of waiting.

With all that is said and done, I can finally relax. I have nothing pressing to focus on. It’s always important to remember to focus on the positive points. It can be hard at times when your head is in a mush, but it’s not impossible. And I like to think that I’m capable of doing that, even when I’m not in the best state of mind.

I endure a lot inside with my Autistic quirks but I always mask my face and feelings with a smile. =)

See you all for now.

Namaste,^^/

Ryan.

Dressing up as the Shockmaster!

The Shockmaster

Spook Tidings!^^/

  1. The Idea

For Halloween I went to my brother’s Halloween party dressed as the Shockmaster.[1]

I decided to come as the Shockmaster since March, during the time when I watched WWE Wrestlemania with my Brother and co., everyone was bantering and someone suggested that we all should go to the gathering dressed up as a wrestler, to mark the occasion. I decided at that moment that I was going to dress up as the Shockmaster since it would be funny and no one would suspect it. It was sort of last minute though, so I decided to put that idea on ice. But, then I had a thought… what if I was to dress up as that gimmick for Halloween? It would be amazing, I thought, and so I would bide my time until October…

October had arrived and my brother did indeed arrange a Halloween party for us all. But, I was then under the impression that my Brother decided not to hold a party this year so I decided not to pursue with the Shockmaster costume. It turns out that that I misunderstood, so, my costume idea was back on!

  1. The Items

The Shockmaster had a huge Stormtrooper Helmet which was covered in silver paint and sprayed with a lot of glitter. He also had a huge black fluffy coat and denim jeans.

Getting my hands on a Stormtrooper Helmet was difficult. I could have bought one off Ebay but I opted out of this. The ones I saw were very expensive and not local. Haha. Upon my Mum’s advice I went to a few local charity shops to see if they had any in stock. Big moment coming up…

Me and Dad went into a shop and browsed randomly for something entirely different. We both walked out and it occurred to me that we forgot to ask for a Stormtrooper Helmet! So, I went back inside the shop, and asked the lady at the till if she had any Stormtrooper helmets in stock. She went to have a look, came back, and said no. I sort of smiled and said ‘thanks for looking’… I didn’t really know what to do after that as situations like this doesn’t happen that often. I decided to say my byes and left the store. In hindsight, I think that was the best protocol action to take.^^/

Desperate times called for desperate measures… we had to make a Stormtrooper Helmet ourselves!

  1. The Making

I refer to ‘ourselves’ since my Mum kindly gave me a helping hand with the helmet.

First off, we measured my head with a bucket. Then, we used lots of newspaper and glued it onto the bucket. We had to keep leaving the layers to dry overnight, so, we’d often put them in an airing cupboard to leave them to dry. We decided that my face required room so we then added a fruit bowl underneath the top of the bucket. Plus, it adds stability.

When bits of newspaper were dry my Dad carefully lifted the dried newspapers from the bucket with ease. However… he couldn’t get the fruit bowl out! D=

After all this we covered the newspaper with a layer of brown paper. We then shaped the front bit of the helmet using cardboard tubes, covering them first in silver foil. Our next step was to spray paint the whole thing silver. When this was dry we painted the helmet with silver glitter glue to get that sparkly effect. Thus, on the morning of the Halloween party, it was officially complete!

  1. The Party and Reaction

I sort of had my doubts to be honest, I won’t lie. Whilst we all did the best we could the helmet did not look anything like a Stormtrooper Helmet nor did it look like the Shockmaster. Haha! We all had a good laugh at it though.

I think as long as it had the comical effect and it makes people laugh, it’s all good. It was why I decided to dress up as him in the first place, to make everyone laugh. =) Still, I must say though, people would probably mistake me for a darlik rather than some wrestler from the 90’s. Haha!

I walked to my Brother’s door, knocked on it, he opened up and I shouted “I’m going to SHOOOOCK YOOOOOOOOOU!!!” he laughed, Cheese laughed and everyone else laughed as well. Everyone laughed and the atmosphere was great. My job was done. As my job was done that meant me taking off my helmet! XD

  1. The Conclusion

It was a good evening. I spoke to a couple of new people and we have similar interests in common. I was happy to speak to these new people and I felt like I instigated the conversation at times. Good for me. =D I was a little bit under the weather and felt slightly nervous at knowing or not knowing who may or who may not be there. I did ok though.

THANKS FOR READING

 The Shockmaster 3

I had utmost fun doing the Shockmaster costume. In truth though if I had more time then I reckon I could have done a better job and come better prepared. I felt a little disheartened from time to time and took jokes from my parents perhaps a little too seriously. I did ok under the circumstances. In all honestly I would have been more anxious about the Halloween party had it not been for the more upcoming London trip the following day.

I will tell you all about my London trip in future blogs. It was a very significant moment in my life and I’m still feeling the after affects even now. Bear with me for a couple of days and I will fill you in all about it. Stay tuned. =)

Ps, you probably gathered that I spent the evening with a fruit bowl on my head, and you would be right! 😉

Thanks for reading.

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

[1] The Shockmaster, portrayed by Fred Ottman, was a wrestling gimmick from the World Championship Wrestling promotion during the 1990’s. The Shockmaster made an infamous debut due to his falling incident during a WCW segment. Here is the Youtube clip that shows the incident: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5oMiqJRVqs>

Post WrestleMania 30 Review

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Good Evening.^^/

 

It was one of those nights again where I went over to my brother’s, stayed up half the night to watch WWE wrestling. It wasn’t just an ordinary event though, it was Wrestlemania 30. =D I’m now going to share some of my thoughts on the segments and matches.

 

Opening Segment

It was a cool touch seeing Hogan, Stone Cold and Rock in the ring together. That slip up from Hogan when he said silver dome instead of super dome is definitely a memorable moment. The Rock was funny on the mic. In my opinion, this was a great way to kick off Wrestlemania 30.

 

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

This was a fantastic match that had both elements of storyline and wrestling. I heard that Triple H beefed himself up in order to compete in this match, he certainly looked strong when he came out. My first thought was ‘My word, his neck’s disappeared!’ But then I thought ‘Wait, did he actually have a neck to begin with?’ XD Regardless, he looked the part.

I genuinely couldn’t anticipate the outcome of this battle but the match as a whole pleased me greatly. Triple H can still perform and he had one heck of a match with Daniel Bryan. This is without a doubt my favourite match of the night.

 

The Shield vs Kane and the New Age Outlaws

This was a pretty short match compared to Daniel Bryan and Triple H.

I would have liked to see the Shield perform for a little bit longer but I can see why this was made into a short match. Roman Reigns looked like a beast, with that double spear to the New Age Outlaws. The ending was just as cool with both the New Age Outlaws being at the end of the Powerbomb.

Do I believe in the Shield? …Yes. 😉

 

André the Giant Memorial Trophy Battle Royal

This was built up to make it look like Big Show would win. I felt that it would be more then appropriate that Big Show would win the trophy.  In truth, I was actually cheering Big Show to win but then surprise, surprise Cesaro won.

I most definitely did not see that coming. It was clever not to announce that he was participating or show his entrance. It seems like he’s going to become a face, which I approve, it could mean that he’s gunning for a championship once again. The way he threw Big Show out of the ring was most impressive and I’m glad to see the sportsmanship after the match.^^/

 

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

Quite decent match.

There was quite a lot of deep psychological storyline from John Cena’s point of view. It seems like not only was he battling with Bray Wyatt but he was mostly fighting with himself. With the way the match was going it made you think that he was going to turn heel. I.E., beat Bray Wyatt down, go past boiling point, and beat him up more than necessary.

In the end it was John Cena’s victory. He might have won the battle but did he win the war? It would be interesting if this leads somewhere in the future, even if his feud with Bray Wyatt has ended.

 

Vickie Guerrero’s Divas Championship Invitational

I wonder how the Female wrestlers felt since this match happened right after the Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker match. AJ Lee winning was pretty much what I had expected. Although, the way AJ moved Naomi’s hand to make it look like she ‘tapped’ was very humorous to watch. =D

 

Triple Threat for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

I thought that Batista was going to win this match since I figured that it would have been part of his contract. I was surprised again when Daniel Bryan defied the odds and ended up winning the title. It was truly a magnificent sight.

I have been following Daniel Bryan’s career when he was known as the “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson. Never in a million years would I have thought that not only would he be in WWE, be the most popular superstar but, he would go on to headline Wrestlemania and win the championship! I’m very pleased for him. I wore his “YES” shirt and I chanted proudly when he won. Haha.

Bryan wrestled for just under 50 minutes in both matches combined. I’m calling it now, I want to see a 60 Minute Iron Man Match in next year’s WrestleMania between Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Cesaro and Adrian Neville. XD!

I’m hoping that Randy Orton is ok. When he used the RKO (well, technically Neckbreaker. XD) on Daniel Bryan it looked like he landed on the small TV monitor thing. He looked like he was in a lot of pain and I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t wrestle for a couple of weeks.

 

Finally, this wasn’t the last match but it’s the match that I have the most views on…

 

Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker.

I wasn’t really engaged with the hype and build-up of this match. Like a lot of people out there I automatically assumed that the Undertaker was going to win. I just thought that Brock wouldn’t gain anything from ending Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak since he’s a part time wrestler. Then, to my utmost surprise, Lesnar pins the Undertaker for the 1-2-3! =O

I was literally dumbstruck and so was everyone in New Orleans. You could’ve heared a pin drop, it was that quiet. I actually don’t think the commentators knew that the Undertaker was going to lose since their reaction seemed genuine.

I can’t really say that I approve of Undertaker losing, especially at Wrestlemania, but don’t necessarily agree with him losing to Brock. What did Brock gain from beating the Undertaker? In my opinion if the Undertaker was going to lose his streak he should have lost it to someone of the future like Daniel Bryan or Roman Reigns.  Not to someone who performs part time. Is there a secret motive to Brock Lesnar winning? Or is Lesnar going to become a full time wrestler from now on?

I felt a bit sorry for the Undertaker in general, watching the match it looked like the Undertaker was struggling to walk. Was his age catching up with him? Or are his legs going? I did get the impression that Lesnar was holding back as usually he could pound his opponents down with no remorse. He didn’t do that with the Undertaker.

 

So, with all that in mind, it begs the question, what of the Undertaker now? I’ll toss up a couple of theories now.

 

The Undertaker’s Future

What I’m thinking now is a mixture of what I’d like to happen and what could happen.

It’s no secret that Sting wants to fight the Undertaker, and it’s no secret that we all want that to happen. Since Sting’s TNA time is over the rumours of him coming to WWE have been stronger than ever.

I propose that the Undertaker and Sting have been in talks about how to make their match as realistic and most anticipated as possible. They have to make it in a way where the Undertaker and Sting are equal. Perhaps they’re working it for the following WrestleMania?

But, how do you get Sting and Undertaker on equal footing? If Undertaker goes undefeated against Sting then we can all guess for England that the Undertaker will walk away the victor. However, since he lost to Brock Lesnar, if that match between Taker and Sting was arranged then that would make them equal. So, maybe that’s the main reason why Brock beat the Undertaker. The Undertaker wanted someone to beat him for the build-up to his match against Sting and the only wrestler that could legitimately beat Taker was Brock.

I have been speculating all this time that Sting will make an entrance on Monday Night Raw, the one after Wrestlemania and interrupts Undertaker’s “retirement” speech.

There’s a strong chance that the Undertaker will come out on Raw this evening, make an “important announcement” and then Sting comes in and make his WWE debut for the first ever time. =D I seriously want that to happen and I would love it more if he gets back his crow look and crow music from his WCW days. I especially hope for the silent Sting, where stories were told with his eyes rather than through speaking. =D

 

I say all this but most of it is just me hoping to see Sting in the WWE, especially against the Undertaker.

If Sting should appear in the WWE then I would want to be taken by surprise. It’s because of that reason that I’m avoiding all media as much as I can. I can’t wait for Raw tonight. =D

 

Winding Down

Phew!

 

I never planned to make a Wrestlemania review but when I woke up very late this morning/afternoon I suddenly had the urge to.

 

Boy, did I go to bed late last night, and I’ve got badminton this evening! I’m definitely going to sleep sound tonight. =D

 

^^/

Ryan