by William Renken Just before we launched the New Blood Rising Podcast in March of 2015, I had the chance to interview Mike Mooneyham, famed wrestling columnist for the Post and Courier who to this day spins many a beautiful tale of recap and nostalgia of today and yesterday. This was a dream interview … Continue reading John Skyler’s NeXT Chapter in Wrestling
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) The nostalgia of the Raw Reunion (excuse me, #RawReunion) and a stage surrounded by the likes of the New Age Outlaws, the NWO, and the APA proved too much for the newest outsiders The Ascenion, last Monday. I'm careful to maintain "The" in front of their name. It's … Continue reading The Ascension Is Coming For Your Tag Team…Wherever You Are!
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) My six a.m. alarm goes off with the usual intro to Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls," which snaps me to attention immediately. The challenge is to dismiss it before the heavy guitar kicks in. Two gongs. Not a lot of time. No worries, though, in disabling it. … Continue reading The Hard Goodbye to Parts Unknown
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) Four months ago, I called it a "mad, mad scene" in Ferguson. Four months later, it is still a mad, mad, scene. Sadly, it hasn't changed. In fact, it is has spread more than Ebola was ever forecasted by the most irrational yokels. Injustice has a way of … Continue reading Twas’ the Beast That Killed the Beauty: Or How I Learned to Recant the Catharsis of Brock Lesnar
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) There are a great many of us that have grown up with professional wrestling in some regard. Simply put, it's been generational for us; two fold. Not only has it been running parallel to our growth from boys (or girls) into rebellious teenage adolescence all the way into … Continue reading Wrestling Pyrite
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) I feel like this has been brewing for sometime. Only recently have I been able to draw attention to it. We all watch varying degrees of WWE programming. Whether, its Raw, Smackdown, NXT, Main Event, Superstars, even shows back in time thanks to the Network. It's not a … Continue reading Has A Dive Through the Ropes Lost its Luster?
A two-parter written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) A very early morning. Little sleep. I bring up the Youtube in the wake of watching Monday Night Raw the night before. I've got Mark Henry on the brain for some reason. It's great seeing him back in the full-fledged heel role he's best at … Continue reading The Remarkable Mark Henry
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) We are so damn smart, aren't we? Put the magazines away. This is the generation of forums, Youtube, podcasts, and countless forms of media. All of these combine to make us the smartest mother fuckers on the planet. At least when it comes to wrestling. Where we … Continue reading True Gamesmanship
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) For many years in sports, film, and wrestling, the big three of my entertainment sphere, I had a paradigm that existed that as a kid I couldn't explain or understand. For the sake of current events, I'll use Peyton Manning as an example before we get into the … Continue reading Welcome Back, Big Guy: The Raging Return of Ryback
Written under duress by Critical Bill (@williamrenken83) It was the perfect storm of events. Sometime around mid afternoon on Monday, a series of vines started circulating Twitter, retweeted and favorited in droves. Very familiar "fail" videos; poor unsuspecting yokels in everyday life that take the worst kind of tumbles that bring out the … Continue reading Randy Orton RKO’s Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, and, well, Twitter.