My Hero in Pink: Part 1


What do you see when you picture your childhood hero? A lot of kids idolize their favorite superheroes, like Batman or Superman. Others look up to their favorite sports athletes, like Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Not me though. My childhood hero was a combination of both, a superstar athlete, and as close as you can get to a real-life superhero, Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Some people might laugh at the notion of having a professional wrestler be your hero, but others will get exactly where I’m coming from. As a child, I still hadn’t been let in on the secret that professional wrestling was “fake,” so Bret was the end all be all for me. He didn’t wear a cape or a sports jersey. He dressed in tights, wore shiny shades, and a leather jacket. He wasn’t the most charismatic performer ever. He was always more substance than flair, but he was my hero. My hero in pink.

Most of us associate the color pink with compassion, nurturing, and love. Whether it’s right or not, most of us also associate the color pink with women and girls. As kids, many boys are conditioned to reject the color pink and lean more towards red or blue. I was just like every other boy. I was always partial more towards blue, and I honestly thought pink was a girl’s color. I saw it as soft and weak. I thought any boy that wore pink was trying to be “girly.” Then, in 1993, I got my first glimpse at “The Hitman.” He didn’t subscribe to the narrative of pink being a “soft” or “feminine” color. As a matter of fact, Bret preached that “Real men wore Pink.” The “Excellence of Execution” blew my mind as a kid. He was hands down the best wrestler on the planet, he was intelligent, and most of all, he was tough as nails. Nothing about Bret Hart implied any sort of softness or weakness, and he wore an abundance of pink gear. He had pink on his tights, pink on his boots, and even his shades were pink! Yet he was the coolest thing a young me had ever seen.

The first time I saw Bret Hart was at WrestleMania IX, where he defended the WWF Championship against Yokozuna. Hart would come up short on that day, and lose the title, but that didn’t really matter to me. I knew the moment I saw him wrestle that he was gonna be my favorite. What I didn’t know just how long I’d have to wait to see him perform again. Considering that I was only 4 years old at the time of WrestleMania IX, I wasn’t really in control of what I watched on t.v.. For the next 4 years or so, I barely caught a glimpse of my new idol. Then finally, in 1997, someone turned on a TV at a family gathering and sent me down a road that I’ve never really strayed from since. Without knowing it, I began watching WrestleMania 13, and the rest is history. Every wrestling fan has their favorite WrestleMania. For me, that will always be WrestleMania 13. WrestleMania IX will always be special to me too since it was the first one I ever watched, but 13 is the one that made me into the huge wrestling nerd I am today. I sat there in awe as some of the most iconic names in wrestling history clashed against each other on pro wrestling’s biggest stage. Owen Hart and The British Bulldog vs. Mankind and Vader for the Tag Team Championships, L.O.D., and Ahmed Johnson vs. The Nation of Domination in a Chicago Street Fight, and Psycho Sid vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Championship. Every single match had me glued to the screen, but one match blew them all out of the water. One match left an impression on me that still hasn’t faded. That match, in my humble opinion, is the best match to ever take place at a WrestleMania. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret “The Hitman” Hart, in a Submission Match. Understand that I was only 7 years old at the time, and yet, I still knew I was watching something special. Something that I knew I’d remember for the rest of my life. Bret Hart won the match, and on top of that, he and Stone Cold executed to most famous double turn in wrestling history. Bret walked into WrestleMania as the top babyface in wrestling and walked out as a hated heel. Even though I didn’t fully understand what I had just seen, in hindsight, I’m glad I got to watch it as it aired live. It’s one of my favorite moments in wrestling history.

From WrestleMania 13 forward I became obsessed with both pro wrestling and Bret Hart. On my 8th birthday, my parents took Me to ToysRUs and told me I was allowed to get a few toys, I ran straight for the wrestling section. I had been given wrestling toys before, but this would be the first time I would get to pick my very own action figures and take them out of the box myself. I looked through all the figures and picked out a few guys. Mankind, Psycho Sid, Vader, and then finally, sitting right there waiting for me to find him was my very first Bret Hart action figure. I went home a happy camper and started putting on my own WWF events at home with my new toys. I liked them all, but Bret was obviously my favorite. I liked that action figure so much, that when I would do poorly in school, or get in trouble at home, my parents would take him away as a punishment. It was cruel and unusual, but it always got the message across and straightened me out. Sadly, the real Bret Hart was about to be taken away from millions of WWF fans all across the world, including me.

November 9, 1997, the day one of the greatest wrestlers ever got “screwed” in his home country by a company he helped keep alive. I remember the build up the match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series vividly. It was a huge part of my childhood. I remember knowing Bret and Shawn were bitter rivals, it had been more than implied on WWF programming. I remember not liking Shawn because he was Bret’s competition. What I remember most though, was watching Shawn Michaels deliver a SuperKick to an injured Bret Hart and knocking back into his wheelchair. It made me want to see Bret get his revenge. The two men really did hate each other, and it showed on screen. After months of build up, the big match finally arrived. What a lot of fans, including myself, didn’t know was that we were about to witness Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s final WWF match ever. Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross us all a small clue right before the match when he said, “This match was a long journey in itself. Took 18 months to get it done, and the smart money is that you will never, ever, see it again.” As an adult, I love the entire spectrum of pro wrestling, but as a kid, I was a die-hard WWF fan. What happened next would test my loyalty to both Bret Hart and the WWF. By the end of the match, my hero would be gone…


Wesly Avendano.


Heels of Wrestling Episode 3: Shoots and Ladders

Episode 3: Shoots and Ladders

The Heels are back in town! This week we discuss the current state of Raw going into the Great Balls of Fire PPV. And take a look into both women’s title picture scenes. Wrapping up the week with a shoutout to The American Nightmare Cody and the G1 Group announcements.

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Heels of Wrestling Episode 2: Money in the Bank Wrapup

Episode 2: Money in the Bank Wrapup

The Heels finish up talking Smackdown Live’s Money in the Bank decision and reviews Raw’s incoming storylines heading into Great Balls of Fire.

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Heels of Wrestling Episode 1: Intros and Money in the Bank 2017

Episode 1: Intros and Money in the Bank 2017

Welcome everyone to the Heels of Wrestling show! Baseline Times has added wrestling coverage to the roster. This debut Podcast introduces a few familiar faces next to new additions to the team to cover wrestling.

In this inaugural episode of The Heels of Wrestling, you get introduced to some of the Heels, and then they review WWE’s Money in the Bank 2017 PPV.

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Predictions: WWE Money in the Bank 2017


Tonight’s card, highlighted by the first Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match in the history of WWE:

Kickoff The Colons vs. The Hype Bros

SD Women’s Championship – Naomi (c) vs. Lana

SD Tag Team Championship – The Usos (c) vs. The New Day

WWE Championship – Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs.

Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens vs.

Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin vs. AJ Styles

Staff Predictions:

Adam Gregory: The Colons, Naomi, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Carmella, Baron Corbin

Bobby Nagel: The Hype Bros, Lana, The New Day, Jinder Mahal, Carmella, Dolph Ziggler

Justin Velez: The Hype Bros, Naomi, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Carmella,  Baron Corbin

Markus Murden: The Colons, Naomi, The New Day, Jinder Mahal, Becky Lynch, Sami Zayn

Wesley Avendano: The Colons, Lana, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Carmella, Kevin Owens


Wrestling Debut starting with Money in The Bank


Baseline Times is getting into the “Wrasslin’ Business” guys! Seriously though, Baseline Times is excited to announce the launch of our new pro wrestling section. We’re going to be coming at you guys with weekly podcasts and reviews of Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT, and everything in between. We’ll also be covering every WWE Network Special, starting with Money in the Bank, which airs live on Sunday, June 18th, on the WWE Network. The show has become one of the biggest on WWE’s calendar, and it’s definitely one that fans look forward to all year long.

Money in the Bank usually provides us with a glimpse at the direction in which WWE’s main event scene is headed. This year’s edition will probably provide us with our yearly glimpse, but it’ll also be historic for two more reasons. For starters, it’ll be the first time since the inaugural Money in the Bank ladder match, at WrestleMania 21, that the Money in the Bank concept will be exclusive to one brand, SmackDown Live.

Second, and more importantly, Money in the Bank 2017 will feature the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match in WWE history. Needless to say, It’s going to be a huge night for two lucky SmackDown Live superstars. History has shown us that whoever pulls down those briefcases is almost guaranteed to be a future World Champion. Just in case the importance of the match still hasn’t sunk in, let’s take a closer look at the history of Money in the Bank.

The WrestleMania Days.

The original idea for Money in the Bank is said to have come from the brilliant mind of Chris Jericho. During the build to WrestleMania 21, Y2J had pitched the idea of the match to then Raw GM, Eric Bischoff. Bischoff liked the idea and booked the match for ‘Mania, as a “Raw Exclusive.” Just like that, a phenomenon was created. Edge would be the winner of the first ever Money in the Bank ladder match, and go on to cash in and become WWE Champion. For the next 5 WrestleMania’s, the Money in the Bank ladder match became a staple of the show, helping launch 3 out of the 5 winners to main event success. The match often saw crazy stunts and high spots being performed. The danger and the excitement, coupled with the fact that we only got it once a year, at the biggest show of the year, just always made it feel so special. However, all good things must end, and the final time the Money in the Bank ladder match was held on WrestleMania’s grand stage was in 2010, at WrestleMania XXVI. Jack Swagger pulled down the briefcase and would cash in a few days later on a less than 100% Chris Jericho to become World Champion. It’s kind of an underwhelming end to Money in the Bank’s WrestleMania run. Swagger was a solid performer, but he’s one of the most disappointing Money in the Bank winners ever. Nonetheless, the Money in the Bank concept was about to get a slight tweak, and it’s own event.

Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View Event.

In 2010, WWE announced that Money in the Bank would now be its own event, and would no longer be held at WrestleMania. It marked the end of an era of sorts, the Money in the Bank match had become so closely associated with WrestleMania over the years, but it had also outgrown it in a way. In hindsight, the decision to make it a pay-per-view was a great one. First, it provided WWE with another major show to run during the year. Second, the newly added twist of having two brand exclusive briefcases provided WWE with an additional cash in opportunity. By adding more cash in opportunities, the possibility of having a failed cash in an attempt at some point also increased. This year, we’ll be going back to having just one “Mr. Money in the Bank,” but we’ll be adding a “Ms. Or Mrs. Money in the Bank” too. So it should definitely be an interesting show.

A Quick Look at The Winners.

Everyone knows winning Money in the Bank virtually guarantees that a WWE superstar will become World Champion. So with that being said, here’s a quick run through of all the past winners, and their cash in attempts.

  1. Edge wins at WrestleMania 21, cashes in at New Years Revolution 2005 against John Cena to become WWE Champion.
  2. Rob Van Dam wins at WrestleMania 22, cashes in at ECW One Night Stand 2006 against John Cena to become WWE Champion.
  3. Mr. Kennedy wins at WrestleMania 23, losses briefcase to Edge, who cashes in on SmackDown against the Undertaker to become World Champion.
  4. CM Punk wins at WrestleMania XXIV, cashes in on Monday Night Raw against Edge to become World Champion.
  5. CM Punk wins at WrestleMania XXV, cashes in at Extreme Rules 2009 against Jeff Hardy to become World Champion.
  6. Jack Swagger wins at WrestleMania XXVI, cashes in on SmackDown against Chris Jericho to become World Champion.
  7. Kane wins at MITB 2010, cashes in at MITB 2010 against Rey Mysterio to become World Champion.
  8. The Miz wins at MITB 2010, cashes in on Raw against Randy Orton to become WWE Champion.
  9. Alberto Del Rio wins at MITB 2011, cashes in at SummerSlam 2011 against CM Punk to become WWE Champion.
  10. Daniel Bryan wins at MITB 2011, cashes in at TLC 2011 against Big Show to become World Champion.
  11. John Cena wins at MITB 2012, cashes in on Raw 1000 against CM Punk. Becomes the first man to unsuccessfully cash in Money in the Bank.
  12. Dolph Ziggler wins at MITB 2012, cashes in on Raw against Alberto Del Rio to become World Champion.
  13. Randy Orton wins at MITB 2013,  cashes in at SummerSlam 2013 against Daniel Bryan to become WWE Champion.
  14. Damien Sandow wins at MITB 2013, cashes in on Raw against John Cena. Becomes 2nd man to unsuccessfully cash in Money in the Bank.
  15. Seth Rollins wins at MITB 2014, cashes in at WrestleMania 31 against Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to become WWE Champion. First ever cash in at WrestleMania.
  16. Sheamus wins at MITB 2015, cashes in at Survivor Series against Roman Reigns to become WWE Champion.
  17. Dean Ambrose wins at MITB 2016, cashes in at MITB 2016 against Seth Rollins to become WWE Champion.

Some Fun Facts.

To me, it seems like just yesterday when Money in the Bank was introduced, but in reality, its been well over a decade now. When something has been around for that long, fun facts start to pop up. So here are some about everybody’s favorite ladder match.

  1. 5 out of the 17 winners have successfully cashed in, and been successfully cashed in on. Edge, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, and Randy Orton.
  2. 5 out of the 17 cash in attempts have taken place on Raw. Including the only 2 unsuccessful cash-ins ever, John Cena and Damien Sandow.
  3. John Cena is the only Champion to have MITB successfully cashed in on twice. By Edge and Rob Van Dam.
  4. Edge has the longest gap between winning Money in the Bank and cashing it in, 280 days.
  5. Kane has the shortest gap between winning Money in the Bank and cashing it in, 49 minutes.
  6. The month of June has had 4 cash in attempts. Two by CM Punk, and one a piece by RVD and Dean Ambrose. All attempts were successful.
  7. Rob Van Dam, Mr. Kennedy, Edge, and Adolph Ziggler all had to defend their Money in the Bank briefcase. Only Kennedy lost.
  8. Kane has competed in 7 MITB laser matches, the most ever.

Our Staff’s Favorite Cash-Ins.

  1. Wesly Avendano: CM Punk’s first Cash in against Edge on Monday Night Raw.
  2. Adam Gregory: Edge’s first cash in against John Cena at New Years Revolution.
  3. Markus Murden: Edge’s second cash in against The Undertaker on SmackDown.
  4. Bobby Nagel: Dolph Ziggler’s cash in against Alberto Del Rio on Monday Night Raw.
  5. Justin Velez: Seth Rollins’ cash in against Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31.

Final Thoughts and Predictions.

Money in the Bank has been a personal favorite of mine for years. The match itself is always extremely entertaining, and the anticipation of the cash in is always a fun ride too. With the briefcase being brand exclusive now, we’ll only have cash in opportunities on Network Specials and Tuesday nights, but that’s ok since that’s where all of WWE’s good programming happens anyways (just a joke, chill out Raw fans). Now let’s get to some predictions

First off, the Women’s Money in the Bank match. I think this one is going entertaining, and have more dangerous bumps than some people think. At this point, it’s unfair to expect this, but I’m pretty sure we all expect Charlotte to execute a moon sault off the ladder. While that will undoubtedly be the highlight of the match, and possibly the night, my gut tells me a heel will walk out with the Women’s Money in the Bank briefcase. That points to Carmella, BUT don’t be surprised if they can execute a proper heel turn for Becky Lynch. If so, she’ll be walking out with a future title shot.

Now, the men’s Money in the Bank match. If only one brand was going to get Money in the Bank, in glad it was SmackDown Live. On paper, this could be one of the most epic Money in the Bank ladder matches ever. AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens, and Shinsuke Nakamura all have a shot at being “Mr. Money in the Bank.” My pick, however, Kevin Owens. I know KO is the current U.S. Champion, but holding that same belt didn’t deter The Miz in 2010, and WWE is hinting at him dropping the title to Nakamura soon anyways. Plus Kevin Owens is by far the best heel on their roster right now. An eventual KO cash in could also set the stage for a Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens feud over the WWE Championship. That is if WWE ever decides to properly push Zayn. So there it is, that was a super brief breakdown of Money in the Bank’s history, and a quick look forward to this year’s event.

Money in the Bank is Sunday at 8 PM EST on WWE Network.

Wesly Avendano