Want to hear a fired up John Pollock? Just ask him about Ric Flair’s retirement.
You can’t really blame The Prodigy since it’s safe to say that regardless of whether Flair and HBK tear down the Citrus Bowl this Sunday this angle has been a major disappointment for all residents of Flair Country. That is considering this will in fact be Flair’s final match. I am actually surprised as to how many people believe this will be it for The Nature Boy. I fully expect to see Flair back in some ring within 12-14 months but I guess that is a different story for a different day.
If you’ve been out of the loop and didn’t even know that Flair was on the verge of retirement I will let John explain why what could have been one of the most memorable storylines in WWF/E history turned out to be, well, simply ordinary.
So what’s the deal with BET’s Iron Ring? Apparently, it debuts tomorrow and while no one is quite sure as to who will be fighting on the show(s) we do know which celebrities will be involved.
Combat sports luminaries Nelly, Ludacris and Lil Jon will be some of the familiar names “coaching” the fighters. What exactly will they be doing? Who the hell knows but I hope their roles are more Jim Cornette than Pat Miletich. You know, interfere in the matches, get their hands dirty – that kind of thing.
One of the first thoughts that popped into my mind upon hearing the news that CBS would soon be televising Elite XC events was: Which play-by-play announcer will call the fights?
Would it remain Mauro Ranallo or would the network look to bring in new talent? This might be the chance Gus Johnson has been waiting for.
Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since the announcement and still no word on who will get the mic. So, The Fight Network‘s John Pollock decided to hold an open casting call for any broadcaster in the business hoping to throw his (or her) name in the hat.
Not surprisingly, the call was a success as the likes of Larry Merchant, Don West and Michael Buffer showed up. A solid crew, indeed.
I’m sure most of the residents of Jarry Park have attended at least one UFC event at some point in their lives.
Not so for our weekly ranter, John Pollock. The producer of Fight Network Radio and Live Audio Wrestling popped his UFC cherry this weekend when he made a last-minute decision to drive down to Columbus, OH, to watch UFC 82.
You may be thinking: “Ugh, not another blow-by-blow diary of a UFC weekend!”
Au contraire, mes amis. Take a listen as Pollock recounts his memorable drive down to the Buckeye State in the midst of a snow storm and, most importantly, breaks down his top 5 observations from attending his first MMA event.
If you’ve ever been to a show I think you’ll agree that Pollock’s POV is dead on.
Welcome to another new feature at Jarry Park. Every Monday, the producer of Live Audio Wrestling and Fight Network Radio, John Pollock, will stop by to deliver his weekly rant on the world of combat sports. It’s a little something we like to call “Pollock’s POV.”
This week, the Prodigy tackles the always head-scratching world of TNA wrestling. As Total Nonstop Action approaches its six year anniversary, the biggest question floating around the wrestling world is what needs to be done to take this promotion to the next level. Striking a deal with Spike TV? Perhaps. Moving to Thursday nights? Maybe. Two hours in prime time? Eh.
So, Pollock has devised a perfect plan that will surely help rise TNA to the top. I can’t think of one person who would not be in favor of this.
Four days later and I’m still jacked up over the Mayweather-Show Wrestlemania angle. It partially has something to do with the thought of my combat sports worlds colliding but I think more about the lost art of surprises in wrestling. That said, I will never forget the night Money May broke Big Show’s nose in a WWE ring (that and Leonard Ellerbe tripping over the guard rail).
Anyhow, you’ve all heard my opinion on the greatest angle of the last decade so I wanted to invite the producer of Live Audio Wrestling and Fight Network Radio, “The Prodigy” John Pollock, to share his views on this money-making angle as well as some of the key matches on the Wrestlemania 24 card.
We also spoke about:
* His initial reaction to the angle
* How he would book it from this point forward
* Did Mayweather really break Big Show’s nose?
* Should WWE try and turn Mayweather heel?
* Who deserves to win more: Edge or Undertaker?
* HHH’s involvement in the WWE title match
* Why is HBK wrestling Ric Flair at WM 24 and should Hulk Hogan replace him?
For the record our categories are: * Male wrestler of the year
* Female wrestler of the year
* Tag team of the year
* Feud/storyline of the year
* Match of the year
* Most improved wrestler of the year
* Worst wrestler of the year
* Best PPV of the year
* Promotion of the year
* Best book or DVD of the year
* Feud you would like to see in ‘08
I will forever remember 2007 has one of the most tragic years in professional wrestling. It’s hard to recall the highlights amidst all the negativity but, as you will hear below, John does a great job of looking back at the year that was. Enjoy.