So, a few weeks back I did what I swore I would never do and that is purchase a replica championship belt. In my opinion, it is one of the highest levels on the scale of mark out actions such as over-painting your face like a wrestler, buying a luchador mask, or purchasing a wrestler’s t-shirt with his face on it. But, I went against my own better judgment and bought the WWE United States Championship. I also kicked the purchase up a notch by putting a name on it that I would use in wrestling video games, or if I was a wrestler, on the name plate. Hey, if I was going to mark out, I might as well go big. Once it arrived, Mrs. Ear to the Mat laid it across our bed and when I got home from work I was in awe. I mean seriously, a championship belt was in my possession. I know, it sounds so geeky and lame because I actually didn’t earn the title, but when I grabbed it the first thing I wanted to do was put it over my head as if I was awarded the title for completing my work day. Of course I proceeded to drape it over my shoulder and strap it around my waist. I also walked around the house with it for like two hours. The belt does make you feel as though you accomplished something. Even better, I took it to all the events I attended during Wrestlemania weekend and the stares and attention I got from other fans made me feel like Antonio Cesaro or MVP. As I write this, I am thinking about getting another belt. But I won’t allow myself to get the Big Gold Belt or the WWE Championship – I’m not that much of a mark. So, with that being said, I bring to you…
Face and Heel of the Week
Face of the Week: Chavo Guerrero-(TNA Tag Team Champion)
To be honest, I wasn’t a big Chavo fan when he was in the WCW or WWE. But for some reason, I really enjoy him in TNA. Either as a heel or face, Chavo was that type of wrestler whose appeal didn't seem to come across to others, but at TNA it looks as though he is one who came on his own with a lot of history riding on his back. From the great Gordy Guerrero to the fan favorite and much beloved Eddie Guerrero, Chavo had to endure the shadows of these great figures and I feel in TNA he has hit his stride. For a man in his early 40's, Guerrero moves like a young buck breaking into the business. A key pairing with the man known as “Super Mex” Hernandez, Chavo seems to be rejuvenated and reborn. This past week, The Tag Team Champs were able to hold off the mixed personalities of Austin Aries and Bobby Roode with the unwanted assistance of Bad Influence. Eddie was known as “Latino Heat”, but Chavo is still bringing the spice and “Latino Flavor” in his wrestling nowadays.
Heel of the Week: Ryback (WWE)
I am failing to believe Ryback is a heel. I’m sorry but I’m not buying it. But for the sake of what WWE wants us to believe, I’m putting him in this week’s mention. In fact, while the fans have been chanting “Goldberg” while he was coming to the ring, I still wanted to see him as a separate individual away from Nexus and away from his “Skip Sheffield” gimmick. But it was not until recently that the “Goldberg” similarities are really starting to come into play. The skull cap, the leather jacket, and the confusing promos are giving him more of a heel-Goldberg type of vibe. This past week on RAW, Ryback walked away from a chance to gain redemption against The Shield, who has caused havoc on him and others in the WWE. Once “Super Cena” stepped in to replace him with Team Hell No, Ryback reappeared after the damage was done. I still don’t believe he has yet to receive the heat. Maybe because of the reception he still gets and the fact creative started the heel angle against Cena rather starts him off with a fan favorite face. But in the end we are just going to have to eat that he’s a heel so, FEED…ME…MORE!!!