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Some rambling from me. I apologize in advance...

Hey guys. Hope everyone is well. I'm very happy it's Friday. I look forward to christening my new nephew and godson Vincent this Sunday.

I also look forward to getting out of my hellish job in about three hours, going home to relax and catch some SmackDown. Hoping for some good matches tonight, and maybe a new rivalry or storyline to start up...

I miss HBK. This company needs him more than ever...

I recently watched the documentary "Beyond the Mat". I can't believe in the past ten years since it has been released, it took me this long to catch it. For those who haven't seen it, I strongly recommend it. It's a documentary focusing mainly on the WWE and the sport of wrestling itself.

Told through the eyes of a fan, it was gripping and heartbreaking. Heartbreaking for the young guys hoping to make it (and mostly don't), and heartbreaking for the older guys whom the business has passed by.

There was some incredible footage giving us a behind the scenes look at Mick Foley and Terry Funk, including Mick's famous "I Quit" match vs. The Rock at the 1999 Royal Rumble, and Terry Funk's supposed final match vs. Bret Hart. 

We are also given extraordinary access into their personal lives, whether it be doctors visits, thoughts on wrestling, and at home with their families.

There was also a scene of a potential wrestler being interviewed by Vince McMahon, Darren Drozdov. He would later become "Puke" for a little while for his ability to regurgitate on command.

Sadly, just weeks into his tenure with the WWE, he suffered a career ending injury in a match against DLo Brown. He is quadriplegic to this day. Anyway, I recommend it to any wrestling or non wrestling fan, some fascinating stuff.

Does anyone else notice the direction the world of professional wrestling is taking, in reference to how it's superstars look? Gone are the days of the huge, hulking beast of a wrestler.

There were always your smaller guys back in the day, but as I look to the future, it seems every competitor will be that of an average-size man.

Guys like Undertaker, Kane, Triple H and Batista are part of a dying breed, and the future will be the Cody Rhodes, Evan Bournes, Tyson Kidds, Jeff Hardys, and Rey Mysterio's of the world. Does anyone else recognize this?

Every match is beginning to look like a cruiserweight bout. Not that I am complaining about this, it's more of an observation. Can this be due to the seemingly more rigid drug/steroid policies in recent times? Is the WWE's wellness policy really working? I hope so...

I think Edge and Batista have had some real good matches together...

I'm wondering, who would you guys like to maybe see Shawn Michaels start up a program with when he makes his return?

I am thinking something involving John Morrison. Something along the lines of, they say Morrison is the next Shawn Michaels, but he wants to prove he is better than Shawn. That would be cool.

I know it's not the most original premise, but the matches those two would have in my opinion would be incredible.

Things are looking up for ECW. Between Swagger, Christian, Bourne, and Kidd, they have some of the companies top talent.

Does anyone think the Undertaker will ever lose at Wrestlemania? Or will he retire undefeated? If so, who do you think is the man to beat him?

He has already had matches at WM with HBK, Triple H, Batista, Edge, and Randy Orton. Who could be the man to end the streak? You don't think John Cena, do you? Maybe another match with HHH?

One last thing, these are my top ten Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania matches:

10. Michaels vs. Diesel: WM11 (Average)

9. Michaels vs. Cena: WM23 (A War)

8. Michaels vs. Austin: WM14 (Beginning of an era, end of another)

7. Michaels vs. Flair: WM24 (Emotional and classic)

6. Michaels vs. Jericho: WM19 (Magical)

5. Michaels vs. Ramon: WM10 (Groundbreaking)

4. Michaels vs. HHH vs. Benoit: WM20 (Epic)

3. Michaels vs. Undertaker: WM25 (Legendary)

2. Michaels vs. Angle: WM21 (Incendiary)

1. Michaels vs. Hart: WM12 (Greatest match ever)

 

Thanks for listening...

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