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This blog predates Jack Swagger's gimmick shift by a year. I named it after Hulk Hogan's entrance theme.

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Why you should be watching Lucha Underground Part II

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If you haven’t started watching Lucha Underground yet, then last night you missed what I’m calling the best diving attack spot in the history of wrestling and if it weren’t for Shane McMahon’s fall from the TitanTron at SummerSlam 2000, it would be the best dive of any kind in the history of wrestling.  You can check out the video here.

It happened in the surprise finals of the Trios Championship tournament.  We originally thought the championships would be decided in a 3-way elimination Trios Tag match between the team of Angelico, Ivelisse & Son of Havoc, the team of Big Ryck, The Mack & Killshot and the team of El Texano, King Cuerno & Cage.  However, after Ivelisse sustained an injury, Angelico & Son of Havoc managed to pull an upset win over the two other teams with Ivelisse looking on from the outside favoring her leg after she injured it on a dive from the ring apron to the floor.  However, after they had thought they’d won, the boss of the Lucha Underground promotion Dario Cueto came out of his office, which is a part of the set located at ringside and announced that they hadn’t won the championships yet because he was adding another team to the tournament.  So, out comes the boss’s crew of henchmen “The Crew” to now compete against the weakened Trio of Son of Havoc, Ivelisse & Angelico.  And it would be a No Disqualification bout on top of the surprise factor, plus remember that Ivelisse was injured in the elimination match earlier.

Over the course of the match, Son of Havoc and one member of the crew would be down and out on the floor and Angelico was beaten down out in the crowd and trapped on top of the boss’s office – or so we thought.  This left Ivelisse alone in the ring with two members of the crew.  As the two members of the crew closed in on the injured lady, Angelico took flight in the most incredible dive attack I can ever remember seeing, flying from the roof of the office and taking both men out in the ring.  And if you haven’t followed the link yet and watched the video, the office roof is about as high above the ring as a wrestler would be if he were to fall off the top of the tallest ladders that WWE uses in ladder matches.  Plus, in addition, it’s a decent distance away from the ring, so it wasn’t just a straight dive and fall.  He had a long way to jump to get there and he took off like he was shot out of a cannon and seemed to hang up in the air forever on his way to the ring where he took out both opponents.  Son of Havoc then recovered and he and Angelico finished off the two members of the crew in the ring with top rope attacks while Ivelisse prepared to ward off the third member of the crew with a kendo stick in case he tried to break up the cover and the unlikely trio won the Trios titles.

Now, let’s put this into perspective for you.  In this storyline, this would be the equivalent of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella breaking up and then winning the WWE Tag Team Championships together.  It made for very compelling television and all of the Trios involved in the tournament put on some excellent matches, all capped off with a phenomenal finish.  Well done, Lucha Underground.  If you still aren’t gonna start watching after that, then you don’t deserve to call yourself a fan.

Real American Top 10 – Potential Choices to replace John Laurinaitis as General Manager of Raw and / or Smackdown

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With the Era of “People Power” thankfully over at long last thanks to John Cena’s victory over Big Show at No Way Out and the subsequent firing of John Laurinaitis by Vince McMahon himself, there exists a power vacuum at the top of the WWE.  Will one individual be put in charge of both Raw and Smackdown or will we go back to having a separate General Manager for each show?  Could Teddy Long get his job back as Smackdown GM?  Could we see Vickie Guerrero returned to power?  Could one of GM Johnny’s former lackeys (David Otunga or Eve Torres) be promoted?  Will Vince or Triple H step up to retake responsibility for the shows?  Tonight, I assume we’re going to find out just how that power vacuum will be filled, but until then, here are some suggestions and possibilities courtesy of the Real American Top 10.

10) William Regal – Formerly the Commissioner of the Alliance during the Invasion storyline and also formerly the General Manager of Raw, Regal plays the part of authority figure pretty well and he also never fails to entertain when that authority is stripped away with him, usually taking his dignity with it.  During his last stint running Raw, he would attempt to manipulate the crowd by turning out to the power in the arena until they gave him the respect he felt he deserved.  Other than his one backstage segment on Raw last week where we were reminded of him being inducted into the dreaded “Kiss My Ass” club, he hasn’t been on Raw or Smackdown in a very long time and the last time I recall seeing him compete was in the “People Power” Battle Royal at Over the Limit.  Since his in-ring career may be winding down or finished as far as WWE is concerned, we could perhaps see him return to a position of authority.

9) Kevin Nash – He tweeted earlier today that he would be running Raw tonight, but I don’t really buy it.  He could be a solid option because he’d add another veteran presence and he is obviously still on good terms with the company after returning at the Royal Rumble last year and also being involved in a program with Triple H all the way from SummerSlam to TLC.

8) Ric Flair – Having recently ended his association with TNA, Flair is back on the market and I’ve heard rumors that Flair could be returning to WWE as a manager and his name has been linked with that of Dolph Ziggler.  However, he’s another solid choice to run a show and the young stars in WWE have always been able to benefit from having Naitch’s veteran presence in the locker room to go to for advice.  He also has been an authority figure in the past as a “Co-Owner” of the WWE following the end of the WCW / ECW Invasion storyline.

7) Mick Foley – Formerly the commissioner before the era of the brand extension and one of the best management personas in the history of the WWE.  Foley still makes regular appearances.

6) Stone Cold Steve Austin – He’s been Co-General Manager of Raw and easily the #1 ass-kicker in WWE history.  Nobody gets a louder ovation than when that glass shatters and Stone Cold appears.  We missed out on Austin this Wrestlemania season and I doubt we could be seeing him back on Raw on a regular basis in the near future with his time being taken up by his new show Ledneck Island and he’s still in demand for several B-movies a year.

5) Shane McMahon – Easily the most beloved on the McMahon family.  He has been a part of some of the most death defying stunts in the history of the WWE, from falling off the TitanTron at SummerSlam to putting Kane in a limo and sending him into a speeding crash into a tractor trailer.  It’s questionable whether or not Shane would ever come back to being a regular on screen talent, but I think we’d all love to have him back.

4) Shawn Michaels – The Heartbreak Kid shows up around Wrestlemania season every year, but surely that can’t be enough.  Like Foley, he’s been the commissioner before with some terrific results in the late 1990s when we all thought his career was over.  Since he returned in 2002, he’s firmly entrenched himself in the hearts and minds of fans forever, but he isn’t about to go back on his word and come out of retirement as a wrestler.  However, he would gladly be welcomed back with open arms to run the show.

3) John Bradshaw Layfield – The man knows money.  The man knows business.  The man knows wrestling.  If we can’t have him back at the announce desk, maybe a new job in management would be great.   However, I don’t think it’s very likely.

2) Paul Heyman – We’ve seen Heyman back recently as Brock Lesnar’s representative and he hasn’t lost a step on the mic, and as the former General Manager of Smackdown and with his experience innovating the business in ECW, he’s a very solid choice to lead Raw and / or Smackdown forward.

1) Edge – His surprise appearance to pump John Cena up for his match against Brock Lesnar before Extreme Rules was amazing.  The guy genuinely loves the business and he’s universally loved by the fans.  Since he suffered a career ending injury, running the show would be a great way for him to stay close to the business and continue to entertain, especially since he doesn’t seem to be swamped with acting jobs.