Q: Should The Miz cash in and lose his MITB at WM27?
A: The worst thing that could happen is for Miz to cash in on a vulnerable champ and lose looking stupid. I think if he announces it ahead of time, goes in and has a good, hard match that’s close and down to the wire, he can still lose and get over. I’ve said it all along, if WWE wants to turn John Cena heel, start the foundation of the feud now so that the program peaks at WM27.
Q: What are your thoughts on CM Punk’s colour commentary on Raw?
A: Punk has been awesome at the announce table. He’s still too young and too talented to push him out of the ring, but I think when he’s ready to take a break or needs time off to rehab an injury, the commentators’ desk is a perfect spot for him. I think Punk, JBL, William Regal and Big Show could all be standout commentators. I hate to say it, but Jerry Lawler needs to be replaced. He’s a 14A announcer, and his personality simply doesn’t work with what WWE is trying to do. I think this is a perfect time for WWE to transition Regal into a heel commentator’s role instead of Lawler, then have King work a backstage role.
Q: Is UFC’s merger with WEC good?
A: Absolutely. UFC President Dana White has been hyping a “major announcement” all week that some were speculating would have something to do with Brock Lesnar’s future and his confrontation with The Undertaker at last weekend’s PPV. While Dana White did touch on the Lesnar-Undertaker confrontation during his announcement, that wasn’t the big news. This coming January, UFC will be merging with its affiliate promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).
As part of the merger, UFC will be adding two new divisions – featherweight (135 pounds) and bantamweight (145 pounds). It will also be adding the fighters from WEC’s lightweight division (155 pounds) to its own already-stacked roster. Jose Aldo will now be recognized as the UFC Featherweight Champion and make his first title defense of the newly branded championship at UFC 125 on January 1. The winner of the Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgensen fight at WEC 53 will officially be recognized as the UFC Bantamweight Champion. The winner of Benson Henderson vs Anthony Pettis on December 16th will face the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard to unify the WEC and UFC lightweight titles.
Bottom line, a great move. UFC continues to grow and expand. StrikeForce probably won’t last much longer, so it’ll be interesting to see what Dana does with that.
Q: Thoughts on the NFL/NHL seasons?
A: I love how the Bills are 0-6. Hysterical. Sad to see the Cowboys and Vikings doing so poorly, but such is life. Speaking of the Vikings, Brett Favre…SMH. How are the Devils 2-7-1? Didn’t see that coming. Pittsburgh had a rough start, but they’re back atop the division. Being from Toronto, I naturally hate the Leafs, but I’m glad to see that since their 4-0 start, they’ve gone 1-3-1 and everything is slowly returning to normal. Nashville’s surprising a lot of teams, and look at the Central? Detroit is last with a few games at hand, and they’re still 7th in the West. Kinda surprised San Jose is off to such a bad start.
To be honest though, the NHL season doesn’t start for me until after the World Series trophy is awarded. All playoff sports take priority over everything – except for the NBA because it’s the worst of the big-4.
Q: Thoughts on SvR2011?
A: Picked up SvR11 the other day. Essentially the same game it’s been for years, but this one is far better than 2010. It’s still got a bunch of problems with their regular engine, but it’s worth the upgrade if you’re wondering whether or not to get it.