CM Punk vs. Austin Aries: Finally, An Inter-Promotional Dream Match

I remember growing up in the 80’s and fantasy booking a match between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. Then I’d switch it up and pit The Hulkster against Lex Luger. My under-card would be a toss up of either Randy Savage or Ultimate Warrior vs. Sting, Bret Hart vs. Stunning Steve Austin, and Demolition vs. The Road Warriors.

All of those dream matches ended up happening one way or another. Most of them occurring when the talents were far past their primes and unable to fulfill my boyhood expectations. But there is one match that stands out far above the rest, and perhaps it is because there is a history on the indy scene, or maybe it’s because they are one of the top three performers for their respective brand.

CM Punk vs. Austin Aries …. need I say more?

As a fan of pro wrestling and NOT entertainment, I absolutely loved the encounters CM Punk engaged in against Daniel Bryan earlier this year. What infuriated me was the lack of thought put into the storylines and how such quality was wasted and essentially given away for free on television for over a month. Aries didn’t really have many memorable matches in TNA, but that is because of the lack of talent able to match up with him, but his talent was noticed enough to put him into a genuine program against another underrated great in Bobby Roode. Surprisingly, TNA took the well deserved chance on him and gave him a brief moment to shine as their headline champion. And for a moment, the wrestling world stood still. There were two champions who were a symbol of pure wrestling. For a moment, fans rejoiced that wrestling was once again wrestling. Unfortunately, it was only for a moment.

Seven years ago in Morristown, New Jersey, this dream match actually happened at ROH’s Death Before Dishonor. Punk and Aries wrestled for an exhausting 30 minutes, with Punk walking out as the victor via pinfall.

Seven years ago, Aries may have fallen to the hands of hunger and experience, but today, Aries could be the one to strike fear in the heart of Punk. Punk has already tasted the life and is now among the WWE elite, while Aries’ future is still uncertain. The tale of the tape shows Aries at the top of his game, and perhaps, he’s even surpassed Punk. His mat skills may slightly edge Punk’s; his air skills certainly do. Punk may be stronger, but Aries is without a doubt quicker. Both are aged at 34 years, but Punk seems to have a lot more mileage on him. The WWE workload has taken a toll on his body while TNA has more off time than the New York Mets.

Punk has faced better competition during those years and has worked larger scale shows such as Wrestlemania, which would play a factor in one’s mental state of performing. And this is where the tale of the tape switches over to Punk’s favor. Punk has performed at the top of his game on numerous monthly events in front of sold out crowds of tens of thousands. Add in the top five yearly PPVs, and Punk is wrestling in front of crowds between 30,000 and 90,000 fans. Aries still wrestles small indy drawing house shows that struggle to draw 3,000 – including their own Impact Zone at Universal Studios.

Two years ago, Aries was on the verge of quitting the business. He had been released by Ring of Honor and was unsigned by either WWE or TNA. In 2012, there aren’t many other options. There are two ways to look at that story. You can see it as a guy who almost gave up on his dream, or as a guy who fight his way back to the top. Ironically, CM Punk’s WWE career was holds similar truths.

So in the end, who wins this dream match? CM Punk or Austin Aries. In my opinion, their current positions in their organizations show they’ve both already won. But who wins in a match?… Who gives a shit? Just make it happen!

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What???? That’s BS!!!

Update on The Future of AAPW

Missouri Wrestling Revival

In the wake of “Zero Hour,” the backstage area became deathly quiet. No one in the locker room knew what to say of the events that transpired during the main event. People were asking questions about the future of the company.

With Executive Producer Chris Hagstrom not at the venue, Marketing Director Adam Testa tried to get answers from owner Sean Chambers. Chambers would not address the situation. Chambers told Testa he didn’t have to answer to anyone else. These events were caught on camera and will be released soon.

Following the event, Testa contacted Hagstrom about the events of “Zero Hour” and how the company would handle situation. Hagstrom in turn submitted this statement for publication on this website.

“Since last year, I have done everything in my power to give the fans of All American Pro Wrestling what they’ve wanted to see. I’ve arranged for international superstars like…

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CM Punk: Best In The World DVD Review

If you follow my writings or know a little bit about my history, you’d know that CM Punk is not a favorite of mine. About a year ago, I wrote an article entitled, “CM Punk is a F*cking Douchebag”, which talked in detail about the time I had the opportunity to work with him while I was the booker at NWA Cyberspace.

For the most part, I got a ton of heat from the fans. Mostly ass-kissers who were telling me to stop whining like a little bitch, yet those same ass-kissers have never done ANYTHING in this business to even warrant an opinion. I told it exactly the way it went down, and what my dealings with the future WWE champion was like. It’s a true story, and even though I was the employer and he was the employee, most fans marked out and took the side of their hero. Personally, I could care less. It is what it is, and at the time, it was business – something a mark wouldn’t understand.

The reason I bring that up is because I don’t want any reader of this review to think that I am somewhat (if not fully) biased towards my review of CM Punk’s new WWE DVD release, “Best In The World”. Like my previous story, I am here to tell it like it is. My job is simply to observe and report – no more, no less. I kept an open mind when watching the DVD and was professional enough not to let my own personal experiences blur the lines of my integrity. With that said, I think you’ll enjoy my review and perhaps find a few surprises along the way.

My review is a lengthy 3,500 word piece that dissects the DVD down to the core. My opinions are that of my own, and as critical as they may be, you can’t deny the brutal honesty that comes within those words. As much as I’d like to say that this review was an opportunity to go on a full scale rant on CM Punk, it simply isn’t. Surprisingly, I learned a lot through this DVD, and by its end, perhaps I gained a new-found respect.

By now, many of you fans may have seen the DVD yourself and have an opinion of your own. I encourage you to share your reviews with this community. Feel free to open the floor for debate. As you will read, I took this of reviewing CM punk’s DVD seriously – not because I needed something new to write about, but to reacquaint myself with a memory that I have disliked for many years. It was an opportunity to either bury the hatchet or push in even further. You be the judge.

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Is Ryback Nothing But Hype?

I’ve been really critical of the WWE product for a while now, but the truth of the matter is that the WWE product has lacked ANY effort since Wrestlemania. Apparently the WWE has decided to take some analytic risks but developing new stars in preparation of the post-Cena era. The problem is, these don’t feel like stars. They feel more like talent being forced down our throats.

Vince McMahon is a major control freak. Therefore, he doesn’t want to sit back and identify with what is working and what the fans are responding to. He considers you, the (paying) viewer, his droids. He expects to tell you how YOU feel and what YOU want. Enter Ryback.

I’ve never met the the guy, but like you, I’ve seen his work. And before I break it down a bit, let’s look at a quick list of talents that were forced down our throats and immediately regurgitated into obscurity.

Alex Riley
Mason Ryan
Wade Barrett
Drew Mcintyre
Lord Tensai
…I could do this all day!

The point that I am trying to make is that if you continue to force feed the people you want to be stars, you’ll be killing off the talents who already are stars.

Ryback’s problem is that he looks and acts like the “poor man’s” Goldberg. Then again, any jacked up muscle-head that doesn’t sell for anybody is going to be compared to Goldberg. What WCW had was lightening in a bottle, and if you remember correctly, Goldberg was heavily compared to Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bald head, black tights, black boots, goatee,…that’s Austin. But it wasn’t. Goldberg was able to break the stereotype and earn the respect of the fans. A respect that for a unique intensity that people hadn’t seen since the debut of The Ultimate Warrior in the mid-80’s. He was a human wrecking machine who felt no pain and felt no fear. So what if Ryback is a reincarnation of Goldberg? Doesn’t this generation need one?

Something is missing…or is there? Maybe Ryback just isn’t the guy? Then again he’s main eventing in six days for the world title against CM Punk at the Hell In A Cell PPV. it will be a HUGE fuck up for WWE creative to drop the ball now with him, yet they’ve put themselves in a serious dilemma if he can’t deliver the goods.

Ryback may be limited, but he has the gimmick that creative should be able to get over. (Keyword: SHOULD). But if he fails, and creative’s record of success is an indicator that it could very well happen, are we just supposed to forget that we the fans invested so much into a guy that gave us so little?

What do you think? Leave me your comments, and let’s talk about this on Facebook and Twitter.
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