WWE Has Fun with the IWC and Flies Everyone to LA for Hell In A Cell

I was going to bask in the glory of my CU Buffs winning a Pac-12 game for the first time in the last 15 attempts (on the road no less), but instead I’m going to talk WWE.  They have an event tonight (I can’t call them PPV anymore, as the vast majority of the revenue is coming from the Network, not PPV buys) and the WWE is absolutely trolling the hell out of their fans on the internet, but in a really good way. First, there are the tweets from wrestlers dropping hints about accepting the Open Challenge:

Then there’s the reports on numerous past and present WWE performers travelling to Los Angeles this weekend (as the IWC loves to take pictures of wrestlers in airports), not to mention the poll posted on the WWE’s official website. A short list of the names being rumored include:

  • Dean Ambrose
  • Daniel Bryan
  • Dolph Ziggler (double duty)
  • Samoa Joe
  • James Storm
  • Kurt Angle
  • Heath Slater (no chance)
  • Sheamus (double duty)
  • Braun Strowman
  • Finn Balor
  • Kevin Owens (double duty)
  • Tyler Breeze

As for me, I’m going with Samoa Joe.  At this point he’s wasting time in NXT.  The guy he’s feuding with just made the jump to the main roster, he’s a big enough name from his ROH and TNA days and has spent enough time on NXT so that people will know who he is and the reality is that at 36, he’s not getting any younger.  Plus, LA is Joe’s hometown (close enough anyway).  Given the lackluster build to this event, this is the one match that people are really talking about.

They company has done a great job shielding who Cena will be dropping the title to (as he’s taking time off to film a reality show), so there is quite a bit of excitement over the match.  The only thing we do know (or at least we hope we know) is that it won’t be this:

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Pubcon Day 1 – Woooo!!! Edition

I must say that I do feel lucky to be able to attend events like Pubcon.  To be around some of the smartest guys in the industry and learn from the best is an absolute treat.  The best part though, is when a childhood hero makes an appearance at said show and you get to meet him.  If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m talking about the stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, space mountain ride giving, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun known to one and all as Ric Flair.

Ric Flair at Pubcon

I don’t get starstruck very often.  I grew up in the Valley, so I’d see celebs all the time (everyone needs to buy groceries eventually).  Eddie van Halen with Valerie and Wolfgang, Michael Richards, the entire cast of Melrose Place (the OG, not the new one), George Wendt, the Zappas, Dustin Hoffman, you get the idea.  Ric Flair though, that’s an entirely different story.

I grew up watching WWF and NWA/WCW as a kid.  WCW/NWA in the old days was so different than WWF and the only place you could see Ric Flair was on Superstation TBS.  I loved to hate the Four Horsemen and getting to meet someone who I’ve watched for the last 30 years is completely freaking awesome.

As for the rest of the show, far more good than bad.  They seem to have weeded out all the lazy ass presenters from a few years ago who would just recycle the same slide decks year after year while retaining some of the best in the biz (Eric Enge from Stone Temple and Bruce Clay to name a couple).  I can’t say enough good things about Eric Enge’s one man show talking all things on page and off page SEO and I greatly enjoyed Helen Edwards from Wordstream discussing the proper way to create online ads with emotional appeal.

I do have to give a special shout out to The Hoth as well.  Bringing Ric Flair to their booth was such a wonderful, random surprise.  I will have to learn more about the company over the next couple days.

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