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Monday, April 3, 2017

WrestleMania 33 Report Card


As you all know, WrestleMania 33 is now officially in the books. Therefore, it's time for my report card.

Here is how the grading system will work:

Example: If a match is 5/10, it will get a C-

WrestleMania Kickoff

  • Neville def. Austin Aries to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
This was the very first match to kick off the WrestleMania Pre-Show to showcase the talent of #205Live. I was hoping this match was saved for the 6 PM hour, but beggars can't be choosers. The match itself was very good and both Neville and Aries did their best based on the time they had for the match. Although it looked like Aries would dethrone the King of The Cruiserweights, it wasn't enough as Neville retained the title

Grade: B-

Reason for Grade: Had the match been on a non big 4 PPV, this would've got more time.


  • Mojo Rawley wins the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
This match was a huge clusterfuck to say the least. If anything, this match should have gone first instead of the Cruiserweight match. Many who thought Big Show or Braun Strowman would win were left disappointed as they were eliminated early in the match. My issue isn't Mojo Rawley winning the Battle Royal. It's how he won it. During the match, Jinder Mahal and Mojo exited the ring under the rope and brawled. Mojo's friend and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was sitting ringside and yelling at Mahal during the brawl. Mahal proceeded to throw water at him, which led to Gronk interfering in the Battle Royal and costing Mahal the victory. At the end, the New England Patriots find a way to cheat at WrestleMania.

Grade: F

Reason: See the explanation above


  • Dean Ambrose def. Baron Corbin to retain the Intercontinental Championship
I was not surprised this match was placed in the pre-show at the last minute since this match had barely any hype on #SDLive. Many, including myself would think that Baron Corbin would become the new Intercontinental Champion. However, that was not to be as Dean retained the title. The match itself was okay as there were a lot of commercial breaks in-between (which showed that WWE had very little interest in the match). Hopefully, there will be a title change this Tuesday on SmackDown Live.

Grade: C-

Reason for Grade: Time constraints and little effort from both competitors

Main Show

  • AJ Styles def. Shane McMahon
I was one of those who didn't want this match to happen based on the rumors I read, but once I read an article from +IWNerd, I realized and understood why the match took place. If a wrestler has the honor to wrestle a McMahon, it shows that Vince has faith in that star. The hype heading into the match was that AJ Styles felt there was a conspiracy that SD Commissioner Shane McMahon and GM Daniel Bryan were out to screw him. The match surprised and exceeded my expectations as Shane was able to match AJ in the ring and was able to land a few submissions. At the end, Styles pins Shane and gets his 1st WrestleMania victory of his career.

Grade: A-

Reason for Grade: Those guys set the bar high for the rest of the talent to follow. I wish Daniel Bryan wasn't forced to retire due to concussions. It could've been Bryan vs Styles at WrestleMania.


  • Kevin Owens def. Chris Jericho to become the NEW United States Champion
This match was months in the making. During the late summer/early fall of 2016, Jericho and Owens formed an alliance on Raw. The two had a lot of chemistry together as Jericho helped Owens retain the Universal Championship on various occassions. However, that all changed during the Festival of Friendship when Owens turned on Jericho. Jericho returned the favor by interfering in Owens' title match against Goldberg which led to Owens losing the Universal title. In return, Owens requested Jericho to put up his US Title at WrestleMania. The match was well paced and had a lot of back and forth. At the end, Owens finally sought his revenge as he defeats Jericho to win the US title.

Grade: B+

Reason for Grade: While it did not live up to the Shane/AJ hype, it managed to tell the story it developed for several months


  • Bayley def. Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Nia Jax in a Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match to retain the Raw Women's Championship 
This match could've been a lot special had Charlotte retained the Women's title heading into WrestleMania and Bayley ending her PPV streak from there. However, due to impatient booking from Raw creative, it was diluted. Nonetheless, it was nice to see Charlotte and Sasha Banks fight for a title at WrestleMania in back to back years. It was also Bayley and Nia Jax's first ever WrestleMania. The matched started off with Nia Jax getting teamed up on before Nia goes for some offense. Nia Jax was the first to be eliminated in the match, therefore becoming a triple threat match. Sasha Banks was eliminated next, therefore Bayley and Charlotte were the final two remaining. At the end, Bayley defeats Charlotte to retain the title.

Grade: C+

Reason for Grade: Did not live up to the expectations from last year's women's match as well as diluted booking in the Raw women's division


Originally, this was a Triple Threat Ladder Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship. However, this happened:



Yes, you heard it right. The Hardy Boyz returned to WWE in their #EXPEDITIONofGOLD to make it a Fatal 4 Way match. Therefore:


  • Hardy Boyz DELETED The Club, Enzo & Cass, and Sheamus & Cesaro in a Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match to become the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
I was too nostalgic and marked out like crazy since I never thought it would ever happen. Nonetheless, the Hardyz haven't missed a step and they look to put the Raw tag team division on notice.

Grade: B+

Reason for Grade: While the match itself wasn't too spectacular, it definitely got the crowd exciting. I just hope that BROKEN Matt doesn't get offended by the grade and this blog fades way and classifies itself as OBSOLETE.


  • John Cena and Nikki Bella def. The Miz and Maryse in a Mixed Tag Match
The hype leading up to the match was spectacular. Cena and The Miz traded shots at each other and Maryse and Nikki did their part too. However, the match itself was a flop. It felt too one sided and fans who were in attendance already figured out that Cena and Nikki would win the match. I can understand that Nikki was wrestling hurt, but Cena and Miz could've put a longer match. At the end, Cena proposed to Nikki and the two left the stadium engaged.

Grade: D

Reason for Grade: Match did not live up to hype and felt way too silly


  • Seth Rollins def. Triple H in a Non-Sanctioned Match
This match was years in the making ever since Seth got injured in late 2015. The two had history together as Seth was considered the guy by The Authority and was the top star of the company. However, due to injuries, Seth was forced to vacate the WWE Championship that time. Seth did return in the summer of 2016, but things were different as Triple H turned on Seth in an episode of Raw for the vacant Universal Championship match. Although the payoff didn't happen right away, Triple H finally responds after months of Seth bashing him. However, this match almost didn't happen due to Seth getting injured in the hands of Samoa Joe.

Nonetheless, Seth managed to recover and the two finally settled the score at WrestleMania. The match itself was okay since it was too dragged out. Understandable that it didn't push the envelope as Seth was fighting the flu before last night. However, this could've been a shorter match.

Grade: C+

Reason: While the match finally happened, the length was far too long and thus fans were losing interest in the match.


  • Randy Orton def. Bray Wyatt to become the NEW WWE Champion
This match had a backstory since Orton won the Royal Rumble as a member of The Wyatt Family. However, Orton later turned on Bray and burned his house down on an episode of SDLive. Aside from the special effects that took place during the match, the match itself was really flat and uninspiring. Add the fact that the outcome was not necessary

Grade: C-

Reason: No need for Randy Orton to become WWE Champion again. Unless this leads to a bigger storyline down the road


  • Brock Lesnar def. Goldberg to become the NEW Universal Champion
The hype leading up to the match was extremely low expectations from the fans due to the debacle of WrestleMania 20. However, it finally served a purpose and Brock Lesnar finally defeats Goldberg for the first time ever and wins the Universal Championship

Grade: C+

Reason for Grade: Short match, but exceeded expectations and it's better to have Lesnar as Universal Champion than Goldberg


  • Naomi def. Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya, and Mickie James to become the NEW SmackDown Women's Champion
Disregard the graphic. Originally, this was going to be a match in the kickoff, but due to fan revolt on social media, it all changed. Instead, it became the main event for the SmackDown brand of WrestleMania. This is considered historic that the women of SmackDown were moved to the co-main event of WrestleMania as it shows that WWE has faith in them. This was also the first WrestleMania for Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Carmella. It was also the first WrestleMania for Mickie James since 2010. The match itself wasn't very long, but it served a purpose and Naomi finally gets her moment in her hometown of Orlando.

Grade: B-

Reason for Grade: Short match due to others going long, but the quality of the match served its purpose as mentioned before.


  • Roman Reigns def. The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match
This match is considered the final match for The Undertaker. Originally, fans wanted Undertaker vs John Cena to be his last match, but that was not to be. Back at Survivor Series, Reigns eliminated The Undertaker which lead to Undertaker getting his revenge leading up to WrestleMania. While the match itself wasn't too spectacular, it served as a curtain call for The Undertaker and a passing of the torch to Roman Reigns. Which also means that fans now hate Roman Reigns more than ever. 

Grade: C+

Reason for Grade: I know I shouldn't be too hard on this match, but I have to be fair. It's not Reigns' fault for the match becoming lackluster as The Undertaker is now past his prime. If this is the end, I can say #ThankYouTaker.

Now, it's time for the final overall grade:



C+

WrestleMania 33 started out well in the first half, but fell flat and dragged in the second half. However, this is still better than last year's WrestleMania










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
Charlotte 
New Day

Raw
Rusev

SmackDown 
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
ALDS
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
NLDS
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
ALCS
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
NLCS
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-



Pre-Show



  • 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-

Main



  • 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!