The following bands/artists are among those who will be performing at the Bonnaroo Music Festival this summer (June 10-13 in Manchester, Tennessee.)
311, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys Bassnectar, Blues Traveler, Damian Marley & Nas, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Dave Matthews Band, Disco Biscuits, Dropkick Murphys, The Flaming Lips (w/ Stardeath and White Dwarfs) performing Dark Side of the Moon, GWAR, Japandroids, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, John Prine, Kid Cudi, Kings of Leon, Kris Kristofferson, Ingrid Michaelson, John Fogerty, Julia Nunes, LCD Soundsystem, Les Claypool, Mew, Miike Snow, The National, Neon Indian, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Norah Jones, OK Go, Ozomatli, Phoenix, Regina Spektor, She & Him, Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Stevie Wonder, Tenacious D, They Might Be Giants, Tori Amos, and Weezer..
There will be more artists added to the lineup.
My tickets are NOW purchased, looking for a better camp site for this summer.
The following is a full list of 2010 WWE Royal Rumble Participants and Eliminations. The left hand column lists the order of entrants and the right hand column lists the elimination order, with the parenthetical name indicating who eliminated that particular superstar.
Match Of The Year award winner, may be the last match between these to again this year at XXVI.
Wrestlemania XXIV - Undertaker over Edge
Edge came into the event the World Heavyweight Champ, putting his belt up against Taker's perfect record at Mania. After the two traded finishes, Edge landed a spear and looked to be in position to win but Taker pulled a gogoplata out of no where and submitted the Rated-R Superstar.
Wrestlemania XXIII - Undertaker over Batista
Batista also entered as the World Heavyweight Champ, Undertaker took the pinfall after :45 minutes of back to back, bloodied action.
Wrestlemania XXII - Undertaker over Mark Henry
Undertaker defeated Mark Henry in a Casket match. Mark Henry the heel wrestled and dominated the Taker for a good portion of the match. Taker didn't knock Henry down until a sudden Last Ride from the corner. Following another suicide dive by Taker, he tombstoned Henry in the middle of the ring and rolled him into the casket. What's interesting about this match is that Taker plays the smaller, faster guy against the lumbering bohemoth Henry.
Wrestlemania XXI - Undertaker Over Randy Orton
Wrestlemania 21 and saw the young Orton get the rub from Taker. Undertaker gave Orton a good amount of offense but Cowboy Bob Orton had to interfere near the end of the match. Randy gained the upperhand and tried to Tombstone Taker but the dead man would have none of it, administering his own Tombstone then the eventual pin.
Wrestlemania XX - Undertaker over Kane
The year was 2004 and the site was Madison Square Garden and something strange was happening. A man had risen from the dead after being buried alive by his brother Kane. Much to Kane's astonishment, the Undertaker rose from the grave take revenge on his brother thus rebooting the Deadman gimmick and ditched the American Badass. The Big Red Machine and Taker put on a good match but when the Undertaker won the chokeslam stand off, you knew he was taking the match.
Wrestlemania XIV - Undertaker over Big Show and
The Undertaker was set to team up with the felonious Nathan Jones at WrestleMania 19 against the team of the Big Show and the A-Train. Jones was attacked by Train and Show prior to the match and Undertaker was forced to fight the two goliaths in a Handicap Match. Taker came out to the insufferable Limp Bizkit and proceeded to hold his own. The match ended with A-Train in a tombstone and the Taker's record intact.
Wrestlemania XVIII - Undertaker over Ric Flair
Undertaker challenged Ric Flair to a match at Wrestlemani 18.,the two legends faced off in a No Disqualification Match. Flair countered Taker's Old School, one of the few people to do so on that stage, swinging the momentum his way. In a creative spot, Flair used a lead pipe from Taker's motorcycle. Arn Anderson did a run-in later on and delivered a Spinebuster. Still Flair only got a two count, Taker put Anderson in a Dragonsleeper before he landed the Tombstone to win the match.
Wrestlemani XVII - Undertaker over Triple H
The two of them began battling it out outside the ring before the match and took out the Spanish Announcing table very early on. After the ref was knocked unconscious when Taker slingshot Triple HHH into him, the two fought outside the ring and made their way to the technical area. After a series of chair shots from Hunter, Taker reversed it and chokeslammed HHH off the scaffold area and then dropped an elbow on him. Back in the ring, Undertaker failed one Last Ride but nailed the second and sealed the victory.
Wrestlemania XV - Undertaker over Big Bossman
Hell in A Cell Match. Taker threw BBM in a Tombstone and pinned him in the middle of the ring. It was a good solid cage match but the real attraction was afterwards. The Undertaker looked up to the rafters and called forth the Brood, who tore through the top of the cage and gave the Undertaker a noose. Taker put the noose on BBM, the Brood returned from whence they came and Boss Man was hung from the middle of the cage as it was slowly raised from the ring.
Wrestlemania XIV - Undertaker over Kane
The brothers battled it out as viewers saw many of the in-ring gimmicks and moves used by the Undertaker appropriated Kane and used against Taker. It took three Tombstones to finally make Kane stop sitting up but after the match, Kane rallied and at the direction of Paul Bearer, beat the Undertaker up and Tombstoned him onto a steel chair.
Wrestlemania XIII - Undertaker over Psycho Syd
Undertaker challenged Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship in 1997, this match featured a lot of outside intereference from Bret Hart. He came out first to taunt and insult Sid, who managed to get his hands on Bret and powerbombed him. Undertaker saw the opening and started wailing away on Sid. Later on, Hart interfered again and hit Sid with a chair. Still, Sid kept strong and recovered, eventually setting up a powerbomb on Taker. But Hart came in again and distracted him and Taker was able to land the Tombstone to win.
Wrestlemania XII - Undertaker over Diesel
Undertaker and Diesel warmed up the crowd of nearly 19,000. Donning the purple gloves, which couldn't have been comfortable to wrestle in, the Undertaker took a good beating from Diesel, but the man from beyond kept on coming back. When the Undertaker landed the choke slam on Deisel you knew he was winning the match. Moments later he put Diesel in a Tombstone and took home the victory.
Wrestlemania XI - Undertaker over King Kong Bundy
Ted Dibiase and the Corporation stole the Undertaker's urn at the 1995 Royal Rumble,, the Undertaker wanted revenge. He took control of the match early and managed to re-obtain his coveted urn momentarily. Dibiase called Kama (also known as Papa Shango) in to steal the urn once again. But nothing could stop the Undertaker from his revenge, not even the massive girth of King Kong Buddy. After an avalanche splash in the corner, the Undertaker clothelined Bundy and than slammed him for the win.
Wrestlemania IX - Undertaker over Giant Gonzalez
Harvey Whippleman, Gonzalez's manager threw him a towel soaked with chloroform. Gonzales, who used it to knock the Undertaker out, the Giant was disqualified for using a foreign object and the Undertaker was awarded the victory.
Wrestlemani VIII - Undertaker over Jake "The Snake" Roberts
The pair of Jake "The Snake" Roberts and the Undertaker seemed a match made in heaven by a deranged angel, but Taker turned on Roberts. After a brutal attack by Roberts in the funeral parlor, the former partners were scheduled to square off in a match at Wrestlemania VIII. Roberts cut one of the greatest promos ever prior to the match and helped to make Undertaker a star during the course of the match.
Wrestlemania VII - Undertaker over Jimmy Snuka
Undertaker got his Wrestlemania debut here and took it to Snuka early and fast, it marked the beginning of the Undertaker's reign.
As the debut in TNA for Ken Anderson was nearly certain, it got me wondering what his gimmick would be with his new employer. I think many assumed he would be Mr. Anderson in TNA. That was the name he was using just recently on the senior citizen tour with Hogan and Flair.
I was thinking though, how funny it would have been for him to make his first TNA appearance, grab the microphone, and when he goes to introduce himself we would hear.....
So much irony and humor if he would have gone with Mr. McMahon as his new name. The storyline from 2007 that he was going to be a son of Vince McMahon but instead it ended up being Hornswoggle because Kennedy got suspended. The irony continues as Kennedy was his WWE name and the real middle name of Vince McMahon.
If anyone thinks Mr. Anderson plans to make the rest of his wrestling career in TNA, think again. He is in TNA because its the next biggest wrestling company in the United States and on television. It also provides an easier schedule that allows him to keep his hand in other potential non-wrestling projects. WWE is the top dog and the place he would want to be. Its where his wrestling idol, Stone Cold made his career, its the company that put Stone Cold on television and got Ken Anderson really interested in wrestling. WWE offers greater exposure and money!
While wrestling as Mr. McMahon would have been clever and just the verbal shot that Hogan and Bischoff would have love their new “surprise” to bring to the table, it would have not put him in any good water of ever trying to return to the WWE.
After going to TNA for a while until you have hit your personal “star status” ceiling and then coming back to WWE, you may get a roster spot back, but don't expect to get great treatment. Christian is the best example of that. He should be doing bigger things than being the ECW champion. Although there is hope as Jeff Hardy had a stint in TNA several years back and returned to the WWE to become a world champion.
So is it career suicide for Mr. Anderson that he is in TNA? I don't think it is.
He hasn't been with the WWE in 8 months, and as of his debut in TNA, he was in no better position of returning to the WWE than he was back in May. I think that if his time in TNA is long and productive enough, he can try to go back to the WWE and fight for a spot.
If Mr. Anderson is in TNA for a short 2 months, or his television appearances become random, than its due to injury, his heart not being in the product, or TNA not having nothing for him to do. All which would be extremely unattractive in your interview to get back with WWE and gain the trust and interest of the company and his fellow wrestlers.
However, if his run with TNA is steady, it keeps him relevant and a WWE return would be possible. A WWE return would mean he would have to avoid being buried and humiliated, but at least he would be back on the winning team trying to earn a spot versus beating guys like Jeff Jarrett to qualify for a title shot.
I think the best thing for Mr. Anderson to do while in TNA is to use it as a televised tryout for WWE. Stay healthy, stay good on the mic, and don't say anything stupid like.....
“Whatcha gonna do Vince McMahon, when TNA is coming for you?”
To be honest I haven't been a big TNA fan ever since Russo took over the book. For a while TNA was an attractive alternative to WWE featuring great matches with the likes of AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle (early), Petey Williams, Jay Lethal, Austin Aries, etc. And they had a very solid tag division as well as a great knockouts' division. Then they started trying to be like WWE a little bit too much and it has led to me watching WWE rather than a cheap rip off of WWE which TNA has turned into.
However, I want TNA to succeed. Competition is good for professional wrestling. When 2 companies are going at full force we get to see a better tv show no matter who we are watching. Hogan to TNA is big. But the way TNA has played it out has failed. There was no drama, no conflict, no angle, no storyline to it. Hogan and Bischoff pretty much came in and cut an hour worth of promos about how things are gonna chance and how TNA is going to be bigger and better than WWE. The way I see it, why spend your 3 hour show talking about what you are going to do. Why not just go out there, do it and make everyone happy?
But something good could come out of this. TNA needs a spark, something to make the fans want to tune into their show every week. Redoing the nWo storyline will not do that. The fans have already seen this play out 15 years ago. What TNA in my opinion needs to do is run with the little momentum that the last show has created. Put Hulk Hogan in the middle with Eric Bischoff. Then look at the roster and think about who would like to see these 2 with the ball in their hand and who would absolutely despise it.
AJ Styles - Gets his push, continues to be in the main event and put on great matches. Kurt Angle - Despises Jeff Jarrett from a real life perspective and would rather see Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in charge. Sting - is a big supporter of AJ Styles and wants whats best for TNA, a huge fan favorite. Matt Morgan - Is an up and coming superstar. Hogan said TNA is gonna be all about the young guys and he is one of them. Nasty Boys - Hulk's trucker-looking buddies.
Jeff Jarrett - He is not in charge anymore. Vince Russo - Despises Hogan and Bischoff. Mick Foley - Doesn't feel like he is being shown the respect he deserves. Daniels - Thinks that TNA has sold out by putting Hogan in charge and straying away from its' roots. Team 3D - Feel threatened that the young guys will take their spot and think that they deserve more respect. Rhino - He is with Team 3D and has already expressed his displeasure with TNA management on TV. Bobby Lashley - Pretty obvious after the promo his wife cut on Impact. ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- ---
So with this in mind we have a realistic angle forming. On one side we have people that are happy with Hulk Hogan and feel like he is going to take TNA to the top. And on the other we have people who either despise Hogan for personal reasons, are jealous of his power, or feel that TNA is selling out. So this is how I build the feud from this moment on:
Week 1: Impact
Jeff Jarrett comes out to the ring and berets Hogan. He pretty much talks about how TNA is turning for the worse with Hogan in charge and that he will kill the company that he has started 7 years ago before watching Hulk Hogan run it into the ground. Vince Russo then comes out and tells Jarrett how he absolutely agrees with him and that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have no business running a wrestling company and as far as he is concerned that he quits as a booker (drawing a pop from the crowd) and will support Jarrett in any way he can. At this point Hulk Hogan comes out and pretty much tells them both that if they don't like it here they can get out and has the security escort them.
Later that night we see Mick Foley trying to get in the arena but the security isn't letting him do so.
A backstage segment of the beaten down Nasty Boys is shown up. Everyone still wonders who is doing all of this.
In the main event we have Kurt Angle and AJ Styles teaming up against Daniels and Desmond Wolfe. The match ends with Angle/Styles winning after Daniels walks out on Wolfe. After the match Daniels cuts a promo at the top of the ramp about how he is sick of being in TNA and how he is disgusted at what the company has turned into. He quits as well. At this point Jeff Jarrett and Mick Foley make their way through the crowd and into the ring. They start fighting with Angle and Styles. Daniels joins in overwhelming the faces. Russo comes down as well and the 4 of them raise hands in the middle of the ring. Hulk Hogan comes out to the stage and announces that at the bragging rights there will be a 6 man tag match: Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and Desmond Wolfe Vs Daniels, Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett.
Week 2: TNA Genesis PPV
Vince Russo comes out during the first match of the night interrupting joining the announce team. He says that he will be calling the matches with them tonight and asks Hogan to dare and stop him.
There is a tag team championship match going on. British Invasion Vs Beer Money. The match ends in no contest once the Team 3D/Rhino show up and take both teams out. They bring the tables out Rhyno gores British Invasion through the 2 tables set up at the opposite ends of the ring. Team 3D hit 3D through the table on James Storm and toprope double team powerbomb Rhoode through the 4th table. Then they reveal how they have been the ones taking out all the tag teams during the last several weeks and how Rhino played possum to make the others think it wasn't them. Then they cut a promo about how TNA is not giving them any respect and how they will destroy anyone who gets in their way including Hulk Hogan. Vince Russo praises them from the announcer position.
Hogan, Nash, Hall and Waltman are seen discussing the main event backstage. Hogan asks the other 3 if they have his back and they nod.
Main Event is Jarrett/Foley/Daniels Vs Styles/Angle/Wolfe. Hulk Hogan comes out and announces that match is going to be no disqualifications. Team Styles is dominating the match until Team 3D and Rhyno interfere. It becomes a 6 on 3 beat down. Vince Russo joins in as well making it 7 on 3. Hogan, Nash, Hall and Waltman make their way down the ramp. They get in the ring and a big stare down ensues. Hogan then turns around into a big right hand from Nash. Everyone in the ring starts beating Hogan down as AJ/Angle/Wolfe are laid out. Hogan does a blade job selling it. Nash then cuts a promo telling Hogan how his time has passed and that he is not welcome in TNA. Jarrett takes the mic as Hall/Nash sit Hogan up and hold him back that soon TNA, just like the Hulkomania, will be dead. Then he spits in Hogan's face. The crowd at this point should be going crazy with boos.
Week 3: Impact
Eric Bischoff is backstage with TNA roster telling them how this is their company and that they are not going to allow a bunch of has beens, bullies and degenerates to take it away from them. Pretty much a motivational speech trying to rally the roster behind himself and Hogan.
Jeff Jarrett, Vince Russo, Mick Foley, Nash, Hall, Waltman, Daniels, Team 3D and Rhino all come out to the ring. They are pretty much trying to get across that after what they did to Hogan he is never going to be seen again and how they are the ones running the things now. And if anyone tries to stop them they will do to them what they did to Hogan. Then they announce their newest addition and according to them the next TNA World Champion, Samoa Joe.
During the night this new clique is bullying pretty much everyone from announcers, to wrestlers, to people working backstage.
Bobby Lashley comes out with his wife once again saying how TNA hasn't granted him his release yet and that he not happy about it. Vince Russo comes out and tries to negotiate with Lashley by kissing his ass. He offers him more money. Lashley doesn't seem too interested. Russo offers him to pick his own work schedule. Still not interested. Then he offers him a guarantee that he will never have to see Hulk Hogan again. Lashley nods and walks away.
Sean Waltman wins the TNA X-Division championship in a 4 way match after Nash and Hall take out everyone else in the match.
In the main event we have AJ Styles going 1 on 1 with Chris Daniels. Styles wins in a 15 minute match after hitting the Styles clash. Samoa Joe makes his way out and attacks AJ. Daniels regains his composure and it becomes a 2 on 1 beat down. Kurt Angle runs out making the save. Hall, Nash, Waltman, Team 3D and Rhino make their way out and turn this into a 8 on 2 beatdown. Hernandez, Morgan, Wolfe, and Beer/Money come out evening up the odds. Lashley hits the ring and and starts hitting all the good guys drawing a chorus of boos from the crowd. And then Hulk Hogan makes his way out helping the good guys prevail. All of the bad guys get knocked out of the ring. We see a shot of Jarrett, Foley and Russo pissed off backstage. And then we see a shot of Sting looking down from the rafters. ----------------------------------- ---------------------------------
Anyway, if you have patience of an angel and have read all of this you know where this one would be going. And in my opinion it would be a great, realistic way to pull the TNA fans back into watching the show. And it would result in some interesting match-ups on PPV.