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Monday, July 11, 2016

Storyline scenario between WWE Draft and WrestleMania 33

DISCLAIMER: This is just a fantasy storyline. There will be no effect. Should this become reality, this is merely coincidence.

Storyline scenario between WWE Draft and WrestleMania 33:
Early on, Shane and Stephanie runs both Raw and SmackDown. Then, Triple H returns and ambushes Shane. Steph of course would side with Triple H. This leads to Triple H vs Shane where "Loser Leaves Raw". Triple H wins, which leads to The Authority running Raw while Shane runs SmackDown exclusively.

Fast forward months later, The Rock returns to Raw as a "free agent". He would appear on both shows for a week. Following week on Raw, Rock must make a decision to either appear on Raw or SmackDown. The Authority makes an insult towards The Rock, which leads to him signing with SmackDown on a "short term deal". 

Rock would appear on SmackDown exclusively, but not every week. On an interbrand PPV, Triple H (or one of the members of The Authority) costs The Rock a match. This leads to Rock "invading" Raw and requesting a match against Triple H at WrestleMania. Triple H accepts the challenge.

Shane would add the stipulation that if Rock wins, The Authority is no longer in power. The Authority counters by saying if Triple H wins, Rock can no longer appear in WWE again. At WrestleMania, The Rock def. Triple H. The Authority are out of power for good. No clauses, no BS. G-O-N-E. This leads to Shane appearing on both shows, but instead appoints new COO's for both brands. Rock would become a free agent after WrestleMania and returns to films.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WWE: Return of the Brand Extension

Hello everyone. Unless if you have missed it this morning, WWE has announced that SmackDown will be going live on Tuesday nights starting July 19th of this year. Not only will SmackDown be going live, but also there will be "distinct rosters" for Raw and SmackDown. Which means the brand split is returning. Here's the video where Shane and Stephanie McMahon has made the announcement:

Here are my thoughts on this: I actually like the idea of splitting the brands. The brand split had to end in 2011, because there was a deficit of talent. Now, it's a surplus of talent going forward. As for the championships? Here's my take on this:
- Have the WWE World Championship, Women's Championship, and Tag Team Championships be dual branded.
- Build Raw around the United States Championship
- Build SmackDown around the Intercontinental Championship
- Bring the Cruiserweight Championship to SmackDown and the European Championship to Raw

So, if the brands were split tomorrow, here's how the title holders would be distributed:

Dual Branded
Roman Reigns
New Day


The Miz

However, that is not the case. Fortunately, WWE has an entire month to evaluate the roster for the brand split. 

When it comes to announcing, they should definitely have brand exclusive announce teams. Here are the pictures I posted this morning on who should announce which show:

So as you can see for Raw, you would have Cole, JBL, and Saxton while for SmackDown, you would have Mauro, Lawler, and Lita. Now, I will clarify a few things. 

1. Why Cole on Raw? Mainly because whether you like it or not, Cole is the flagship voice for WWE and needs to be on the flagship show. Mauro Ranallo just started this year so give it some time. Let Mauro build up SmackDown and as long as he continues to work hard, Mauro will be promoted to Raw. 

2. Saxton on Raw and Lita on SmackDown? Currently, Saxton is the color commentator for both shows and since there is a split, Saxton has to choose one. If I were him, I would choose Raw because he's already the voice over there and someone needs to keep JBL in line. 

Now the question is why Lita to replace him? Well, I want to see SmackDown and WWE make history and have a full time female color commentator work alongside Mauro Ranallo and Jerry Lawler. ESPN did it when they chose Jessica Mendoza become a full time color analyst alongside Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone for Sunday Night Baseball. Why not WWE? Also, Lita can learn from the best and have Mauro mentor her during the hours where they are backstage reviewing notes.  And to sum it all up, the women on the current roster can have someone to look up to if they want to announce in the future. 

Last, but not least for this discussion is PPV's. For now, do not go to brand exclusive PPV's because they need to gather more resources and money for that. Also, have a split announce team for each PPV for every match per brand. As for the interbrand matches, it will be up to WWE. For example, if the wrestler from SmackDown is a face while the opponent is a heel on Raw, the commentary team from SmackDown would be calling it (and vice versa). 

That's all I have to say for now. I will do a follow up on how the rosters will build up and who's perfect for what later on. 

- Kalind Patel

Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 MLB Postseason Schedule- from MLB.com

Here is the 2015 MLB Postseason schedule straight from MLB.com:

** subject to change
Wild Card Schedule
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Astros @ YankeesTuesday, October 6ESPN8:08 PM
Cubs @ PiratesWednesday, October 7TBS8:08 PM
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
ALDS A, Game 1Thursday, October 8FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS B, Game 1Thursday, October 8FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS A, Game 2Friday, October 9FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS B, Game 2Friday, October 9FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS A, Game 3Sunday, October 11FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS B, Game 3Sunday, October 11FOX, FS1 or MLBNTBA
ALDS A, Game 4*Monday, October 12FOX or FS1TBA
ALDS B, Game 4*Monday, October 12FOX or FS1TBA
ALDS A, Game 5*Wednesday, October 14FOX or FS1TBA
ALDS B, Game 5*Wednesday, October 14FOX or FS1TBA
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
NLDS A, Game 1Friday, October 9TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 1Friday, October 9TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 2Saturday, October 10TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 2Saturday, October 10TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 3Monday, October 12TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 3Monday, October 12TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 4*Tuesday, October 13TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 4*Tuesday, October 13TBSTBA
NLDS A, Game 5*Thursday, October 15TBSTBA
NLDS B, Game 5*Thursday, October 15TBSTBA
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Game 1: TBD vs. TBDFriday, October 16FOX or FS1TBA
Game 2: TBD vs. TBDSaturday, October 17FOX or FS1TBA
Game 3: TBD vs. TBDMonday, October 19FOX or FS1TBA
Game 4: TBD vs. TBDTuesday, October 20FOX or FS1TBA
Game 5: TBD vs. TBD*Wednesday, October 21FOX or FS1TBA
Game 6: TBD vs. TBD*Friday, October 23FOX or FS1TBA
Game 7: TBD vs. TBD*Saturday, October 24FOX or FS1TBA
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Game 1: TBD vs. TBDSaturday, October 17TBSTBA
Game 2: TBD vs. TBDSunday, October 18TBSTBA
Game 3: TBD vs. TBDTuesday, October 20TBSTBA
Game 4: TBD vs. TBDWednesday, October 21TBSTBA
Game 5: TBD vs. TBD*Thursday, October 22TBSTBA
Game 6: TBD vs. TBD*Saturday, October 24TBSTBA
Game 7: TBD vs. TBD*Sunday, October 25TBSTBA
World Series
GameDateNetworkAir Time (ET)
Game 1: NL Champion at AL ChampionTuesday, October 27FOXTBA
Game 2: NL Champion at AL ChampionWednesday, October 28FOXTBA
Game 3: AL Champion at NL ChampionFriday, October 30FOXTBA
Game 4: AL Champion at NL ChampionSaturday, October 31FOXTBA
Game 5: AL Champion at NL Champion*Sunday, November 1FOXTBA
Game 6: NL Champion at AL Champion*Tuesday, November 3FOXTBA
Game 7: NL Champion at AL Champion*Wednesday, November 4FOXTBA

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Why Dana White is Out of Line

Hello everyone. In case you have missed it, UFC President Dana White referred to pro-wrestling as "fake". Here's the actual context.

During a conversation he had with a fan, he was saying how "IT's FAKE" and he meant no disrespect, but that's where the mistake comes in. Dana White DID disrespect not only the fans, but also the wrestlers who saw that tweet. 

Here's the one thing to keep in mind. Professional wrestling is SCRIPTED. It's scripted just like your favorite movies, tv shows, and video games. The pain is real, and the injuries are real too. Wrestlers, especially in WWE work a schedule similar to MLB. Major difference, no offseason. Meaning, they have to work year round and travel a lot. 

For those that don't wrestle in WWE, they're known as those who wrestle in the independent circuits. The pay is far less that what their WWE counterparts make, but they use their own expenses and travel to the cities just to entertain the fans. Some have to work day jobs just to get by. 

There are those who follow both wrestling and MMA. I happen to be both. Granted, I do not watch MMA as much as I used to back in the day, but I respect both industries and want everyone to succeed. When you're a public figure such as White himself, you pretty much have to "keep up appearances". Which means, any comment positive or negative, will make an impact. That comment might've lost him potential fans who want to follow the UFC. To paraphrase Triple H, that comment was not "best for business".

Rant over.

Monday, March 30, 2015

WrestleMania 31 Report Card

Hello everyone! As you all know, +WWE's WrestleMania 31 took place last night (afternoon in West Coast) in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Here are the results as well as the grades of each match. The Grading System works like this:

For example: A match that is 7/10 would be given the grade of B-


  • Tyson Kidd & Cesaro def. Los Matadores, New Day (Kofi & Big E), and The Usos to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships
Overall, it was an intriguing way to start off the show with the Fatal 4 Way tag team match. Other than that, there wasn't anything too special about this match,

Grade: C+

I would've given them a C-, but I'll give a slight curve due to the efforts of the talents in the match.

  • Big Show wins the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The match itself was a lot better than the previous one. The most intriguing storyline was when Damien Mizdow turned on The Miz after months of verbal abuse from The Miz. However, at the end, I feel this was a letdown because The Big Show last eliminated Mizdow after the latter achieved his crowning moment of awesome. I won't discredit Show since he did deserve it, but I feel that Sandow shouldn't be a casualty.

Grade: B-


  • Daniel Bryan def. Wade Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Luke Harper, and Stardust in an Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
This was definitely a great way to start off WrestleMania. Prior to the match, the ladder match was hyped up, mentioning great ladder matches in WrestleMania history. I feel that it was a good way to garner interest after the Money in the Bank Ladder match was no longer part of WrestleMania. At the end, Daniel Bryan has sought redemption after being out for most of 2014.

Grade: A-

  • Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins
After the excitement of the ladder match, it was time to simmer down and see how the Orton/Rollins rivalry would play out. To talk in Kingdom Hearts terms, Orton embraced the darkness when he joined The Authority. Thus, Seth Rollins was a mirror image of  Orton to a small extent. Even though the two were similar in terms of their fighting stance in the match, at the end Orton prevailed. However, Rollins was not done for the night.

Grade: B+

  • Triple H def. Sting
This is probably the only match I didn't like due to the outcome. For months, Sting went after The Authority to seek justice against them. Triple H responded and made this a WCW vs. WWE thing. At the beginning, it started out good, but quickly went south when Sting vs. Triple H became a nWo vs. DX rivalry. Once that happened, you knew things weren't good for Sting. This was probably the worst match of the night, and it's all because of Vince McMahon's ego. Note to Vince: this isn't 2001. WWE fans are aware of the aftermath of The Monday Night Wars. Also, this was Sting's first ever WWE match after years of not joining them. 

Grade: 3/10- F

  • AJ Lee and Paige def. The Bella Twins
After the ending of Sting/HHH, it was hard for the crowd to invest in the match in the beginning. At the start of the match, it started off one sided in favor of the Bellas. Fortunately for AJ and Paige, they overcame Nikki and Brie and managed to defeat them. What I liked about this match is that AJ and Paige didn't look bad and in addition fans weren't chanting CM Punk (Lee's real life husband).

Grade: C+

I was originally going to give it a D prior to the ending, but I gave it a slight curve since the match was balanced. Also, that would've given the impression that I was talking about Nikki Bella when the match has to be evaluated.

  • John Cena def. Rusev to become the NEW United States Champion
In an ideal scenario, fans would be happy that an American defeated someone who has disrespected America for almost a year. Instead, it was a mixed reaction for both sides. Most fans were tired of Rusev's pro-Russia propaganda, but at the same time fans didn't want to see Cena win. To me, this felt like Giants/Patriots in Super Bowl 42 where neither one has any investment that fans should root for. At the end, someone had to lose and I preferred it to be Rusev since he was undefeated in singles competition for far too long and needed some humble pie.

Grade: B-

  • The Rock and Ronda Rousey confront The Authority
Now this wasn't a match since it was a segment where The Authority was gloating until The Rock (and later UFC Women's Champion Ronda Rousey) confronted them. I thought this was a pretty entertaining segment since someone had to put Stephanie in her place. What's alarming is that it took a MMA fighter to subdue an authority figure in pro-wrestling. That doesn't look too good for the WWE Divas.

Grade: A

  • The Undertaker def. Bray Wyatt
This was definitely the surprising outcome of the match since Undertaker recently turned 50 and how WWE handles it. Last WrestleMania, Undertaker suffered a big loss at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Nonetheless, Undertaker bounced back nice and managed to make Bray Wyatt look good. Even though Undertaker won, Wyatt doesn't have anything to be ashamed of.
Grade: B+

  • Seth Rollins cashes in his MITB contract between Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
This match originally was between Lesnar and Reigns. Originally, expectations were extremely low for this match since Reigns' Rumble win ended in controversy while Lesnar's contract was nearly over. However, prior to WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar announced he signed an extension with WWE. The match was good for the most part since it featured strong brawling from the two as well as multiple suplexes from Lesnar where he dubbed it "Suplex City B*+ch". However, the match got even intense when MITB winner Seth Rollins entered the match to make it a Triple Threat match. Even though Rollins won the championship, Lesnar wasn't pinned.

Grade: A

Even though fans expected this to be bad, no one looked bad at the end.

Overall Grade: B-

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Mixed Bag of All Sorts

Hello everyone! As you may know, this is my last blog post of 2014. Primarily because this is the last day of 2014. So here is a reflection of 2014 from my personal standpoint.

Basically, the year of 2014 was a mixed bag for me. Personally, it was a great year for me. However, it was a terrible year for all of my favorite sports teams. Here is how it was terrible in a nut shell:

In addition, Team USA got eliminated in the Knockout round during the FIFA World Cup. However, that was more of me rooting for the country more than the team itself since I started following soccer recently (cut me some slack, folks!).

If you have noticed the list, only one team made the postseason in that calendar year and that was the New York Rangers. However, the loss to the Kings still stings a lot considering that they haven't won the cup since 1994.

Now, let's move on to me since the good definitely outweighed the bad. For me, 2014 was a life-changing year for me since I started the year off as a college student and finished the year as a college graduate with a job. Here are the positive things that happened to me or have witnessed personally.

  • Visited Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for the first time since 2002 and got to greet a talking version of Mickey Mouse.
  • Covered a Rutgers Men's Basketball Game as a member of the media with press credentials (even if it was for one night)
  • Got an internship (which led to a temporary/full time position)
  • Interviewed an up and coming professional wrestler for a profile (to be uploaded)
  • Attended a game at Yankee Stadium to see Derek Jeter play in his final year
  • Graduated Kean University with a B.A. in Communication
  • Was part of a big celebration for a wedding in my family
  • Celebrated with friends and family about graduation from college
  • Volunteered at Techweek and got to connect with individuals from many different parts of the tech industry
  • Visited Cancun for the first time (definitely worth it)
  • Attended a Knicks game with friends at MSG
Going back to sports, not everything was all bad. There were some bright moments:

  • Derek Jeter's walk off base hit in his final game at Yankee Stadium
  • Geno Smith getting a perfect passer rating in the game against the Dolphins (every bad QB has their bright moments people)
  • Seeing the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup
  • The whole country of the USA chanting "I believe that we will win!" to show their support for Team USA
  • KC Royals headlining a World Series for the first time since 1985 (not my favorite team, but was fun to watch)
Before I forget, there was also professional wrestling. For the most part, WWE hasn't had the best year since injuries occurred to star performers, but there were moments where I marked out as a little kid.
  • Daniel Bryan beating all three members of Evolution (Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton) to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania
  • Sting making his debut in the WWE for the very first time at Survivor Series
To sum it all up, it has been an interesting year. I know for a fact to start 2015, WWE is not off to a good start. However, that will be discussed later. Fortunately, professional wrestling has some upside since New Japan has a TV deal with AXS TV to telecast their events as well as TNA Impact Wrestling moving to it's new home Destination America. Also, a regional promotion in my area called Pro Wrestling Syndicate has a television deal with WLNY TV 55/10 to televise their shows.

Let's see what 2015 has in store. Until then, stay gold. Happy New Year!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Percy Harvin traded to New York Jets- What does this all mean?

I know I have been away for quite some time since I have been making a decision on how to re-brand Wrestling with Green Pinstripes. However, today is the day I officially break my silence.

As you are all aware, the +Seattle Seahawks have traded WR Percy Harvin to the +New York Jets in exchange for a conditional draft pick yesterday evening. The Jets made the announcement official this morning:

Jay Glazer from FOX Sports originally broke the news, and since then the media and the fans are trying to wrap their heads into the details. I also don't know too many details either on why Harvin was traded, but here's what this all means for the Jets.

  •  Evaluate for the 2015 season
At the record of 1-6 and in last place in the AFC East, the New York Jets already know that they are out of contention for 2014 and decided to make the trade for Percy Harvin to evaluate for next season. This will also determine whether Geno Smith is the future for the franchise going forward since he will get a full evaluation now that there are two playmakers on the offense. 

  • Low Risk, High Reward
With plenty of cap space going forward, the New York Jets managed to get Harvin in exchange for a conditional draft pick. NFL Network's Ian Rappaport broke it all down:

This means that if Harvin doesn't pan out, the Jets can release him without penalty. If he does manage to get on the same page with New York, Harvin will be on the Jets payroll going forward. Once again, this is a low-risk, high reward move that Idzik and Schneider negotiated to get Percy Harvin come over to the Jets. After all, with the record of 1-6, there is nothing left to lose.

  • R-E-L-A-X 
Ever since the trade was announced, both Seahawks and Jets fans are still digesting how this trade will work out. There is one thing I have to say to both fanbases: RELAX. It's still early to make judgements and when the games are played, we will find out.

That's all I have to say for now. Take care.