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The Rock and Co. Buy the XFL

Finally The Rock has Come Back To Football

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The Rock is no stranger to the gridiron, and now he has come back to take ownership. The XFL has been given a third chance at life, this time under the helm of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. An investment group including The Rock, his ex-wife Dany Garcia, and Redbird Capital have agreed to purchase the suspended football league from Vince McMahon for $15 million dollars. Just this year, McMahon was poised to bring back the XFL in full force when Covid-19 put a stop to all audience attendance at sporting events and the league had to cease operations.

Is The Rock Beating a Dead Horse?

The first time the XFL debuted, the league garnered itself some notice for being associated with the blazing hot WWE at the time. The XFL also had the added benefit of trying to back up the “Xtreme” in its name with unique jersey names along with weekly bounties and awards for winning every week. The league was attempting to set itself apart from your average Sunday afternoon offering from the NFL.

The league eventually folded due to low viewership and waning interest. Vince McMahon then announced a comeback for the league back in 2018 for 2020. You can read my thoughts about the launch back in 2018, The Return of the XFL. Sad to say, my predictions were not too far off, but Covid completely derailed what could have been a decent product. Maybe it could have worked out in the end?

As of the publishing of this article only the buying of XFL has been announced. The Rock could want to gut the league for all we know. But what if he does want to have his own gridiron league? What can the now Most Electrifying sports league owner do to make sure this is a success?

Make the XFL an Arena Football League

So, this one may not be as obvious as it seems, but its simplicity is what makes it genius. If XFL is an arena league, they can move into a Covid bubble and begin competition relatively soon.

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Come to Orlando, I’ll buy some tickets! (vaccine must be included)

The NFL is horribly lagging with their Covid protocols and getting the league up and running. The XFL at its inception and heart is an interrupter league to the NFL. It should either be there as an alternative to the NFL or a filler when the NFL is not operating. Now is the time it can be the latter. Even if the XFL were to come back with 8 teams, in an arena, it can still be football for the craving fans.

The AFL was a fantastic product when it was going. I would imagine that renting arenas would be cheaper than stadiums in both the short term and the long term. In addition, it would create a visual separation for the league against the NFL, another branding opportunity.

Make The Rock the Face of the League

The Rock
He once sold us on a movie with him as the Tooth Fairy.

This one is the no brainer. The Rock is a marketing magnate. I can’t think of anything he doesn’t touch that at least garners some kind of cultural status. The Titan Games, his show on NBC is doing respectable ratings. Ballers on HBO is somehow still going along. And he elevated The Fast and The Furious franchise to new heights as well. Oh, and he has his own Tequila

As you can see the list is endless. The man has a Midas touch. Put him on some posters, run some commercials during his own programming, and you will bring in people.

He Hate Me
Will They Hate You a Third Time?

The Rock has two other strikes at the XFL wheel to look at to see what failed. It has been a struggle for a secondary league to stay open against the NFL. The USFL tried and failed back in the ’90s. The XFL has been limping through this new millennium, but the star power of The Rock may be the crutch it needs to start cooking for the people again.

The Golden Idol Aaron James

Heels Interview Mr. Emeral Coast

Have you met The Golden Idol Aaron James? Well you’re about to in our newest interview.

Aaron James
The Golden Idol aka Mr. Emerald Coast

Aaron James is an independent wrestler who calls Victory Championship Wrestling his home. Tune in to learn a little bit more about Mr James and his wrestling journey as well as his and our current opinions on NXT, AEW, NJPW, and WWE.

If you would like to contact Aaron James you can reach him by email at bookeltonjames@gmail.com or reach him on Facebook or Twitter @theGoldenIdolAaronJames

Heels of Wrestling is brought to you by co-hosts Markus X. Murden, Esq. and Jose Miranda. Follow us on our social media pages, and make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss new episodes when they drop.

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Heels: In Memory of Hana, Larry, and Shad

We look back at a tough week in wrestling.

Heels! This week was a tough one, as we lost so much in our community. We lost an up and coming star in Hana Kimura, a stall worth of wrestling journalism in Larry Csenko, and WWE superstar Shad Gaspard. Please join us as we honor them. We then dive into the week in wrestling as usual. And remember, even though we’re heels, we’re still human. Be nice to each other when you can.

Heels of Wrestling is brought to you by co-hosts Markus X. Murden, Esq. and Christopher Thompson. Follow us on our social media pages, and make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss new episodes when they drop.

If you can’t wait until our next episode, head over to our Heels of Wrestling archives or rewind some of our old episodes on our Soundcloud, iTunes, or any other podcast stations. Peace.

Heels: WWE Money in the Bank 2020 Review Show

The Heels cover WWE’s Money in the Bank 2020 and the fallout on Raw and Smackdown. AEW’s upcoming Double or Nothing is also discussed.

Heels! We’re back this week with our review of WWE’s Money in the Bank 2020 pay-per-view from last week. We also give our opinions on the Raw and Smackdown after shows including WWE’s new brand invitational rule. We also hit on AEW’s Casino Ladder Match and if NXT can get back to being over in WWE.

Heels of Wrestling is brought to you by co-hosts Markus X. Murden, Esq. and Christopher Thompson. Follow us on our social media pages, and make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss new episodes when they drop.

If you can’t wait until our next episode head over to our Heels of Wrestling archives or rewind some of our old episodes on our Soundcloud, iTunes, or any other podcast stations. Peace.

WWE’s Money in the Bank 2020 Preview Show

Heels of Wrestling’s 2020 Money in the Bank Preview Show

The Heels are back, and this week, we’re here to break down WWE’s Money in the Bank. This year’s edition of the PPV will be the first time that the Money in the Bank briefcases will be suspended on top of WWE’s Titan Towers for the superstars to grab. WWE’s slated the PPV with a grip of highly anticipated matchups.

Who will both figuratively and literally climb on top of WWE to get their shot of the title? With both the Men’s and Women’s match happening at the same time, how chaotic will the matches become? Listen in below to find out.

Heels of Wrestling is brought to you by co-hosts Markus X. Murden, Esq. and Christopher Thompson. Follow us on our social media pages, and make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss new episodes when they drop.

If you can’t wait until our next episode head over to our Heels of Wrestling archives or rewind some of our old episodes on our Soundcloud , iTunes or any other podcast stations. Peace.

The Quarantine Dream or How Wrestling will Bounce Back

The Quarantine Dream or How Wrestling will Bounce Back

Can WWE and AEW Bounce Back after the quarantine of COVID-19?

Heels! We’re starting 2020 speaking about how COVID-19 has put the sports world into a standstill, all except for wrestling. Now is the time more than any for WWE and AEW to reach into their bags of creativity and pull out something fantastic to draw in fans, both new and old.

We also talk about how WWE has evolved over the year from both a casual and hardcore fan perspective. Can WWE’s social media presence and 24/7 Title affect an uptick in the casual audience? Is strapping a new belt onto a celebrity the answer? OR should WWE focus on creating a product with its in-house superstars?

WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 Preview and Predictions

WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 Previews and Predictions

Roman and Braun Hell in a Cell

It has been a mixed bag of sorts heading into this PPV. On the one hand, it’s a Hell in a Cell PPV with only one title match in a cell. And then arguably the match that arguably needs it the second most, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte isn’t scheduled to be inside the cell. Oh WWE your booking never ceases to amaze us. Here are our previews and predictions for Hell in a Cell 2018.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — New Day (c) vs. Rusev Day (Kickoff Show)

Rusev’s Day has smoldered off of popularity as, much like so many others, WWE never took advantage while they were over. Rusev will likely survive to lose this series, but Aiden English on his current projection will likely flounder if they break up after this. New Day don’t need this win, and it would be nice to see the underdogs pull one out when it matters. But WWE is going to WWE, and because this is on the pre-show, I can’t see it having any critical impact.

Predicted Winners: Markus: New Day, Adam: New Day

Raw Tag Team Championship — Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose

I don’t think WWE will give The Shield all of Monday Night’s gold. However, Seth Rollins is carrying the IC belt and doesn’t even need to defend it on a PPV. Doing the hot potato with titles between Seth and Ziggler would be pretty stale booking for the past few months. I’d like to see Ziggler and McIntyre have a nice reign outside of having to go against The Shield. I know Raw’s Tag Team division has been booked into oblivion, so now’s the time to rehab a new team for them to go against.

Predictions: Markus and Adam: Ziggler and McIntyre

Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse

If Bryan and Brie don’t win, I’ll be shocked. You have to keep the feud going until at least the Rumble, so here we go.

Predictions: Markus and Adam: Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella

Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell Match)

Jeff is going to Swanton Bomb off the cage. I’m not sure if Randy can RKO him out of it because of physics, but if they can find a way, they’ll do it. And I’m all for seeing it as well.

Predictions: Markus and Adam: Randy Orton

Raw Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss

Squash match. Anything else would probably ruin the mystique of Rousey too soon. Maybe some interference or backstabbing by Natalya may give Bliss the win, but no way it’s a clean win for Bliss tonight.

Predictions: Markus and Adam: Ronda Rousey

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch

Ahh, WWE when will you sometimes learn to allow the fans to dictate the web and flows of stories.  You tried to paint Becky as a heel, and now you’re trying to slap the Stone Cold mantle on her? Yikes. There hasn’t been a consistent build for Becky heading into this. I think Becky needs this because her last year has been mostly forgettable. Charlotte should have to chase a title for a while, but with Evolution coming up this is probably a huge tossup.

Predictions: Markus and Adam: Becky Lynch

WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe

WENDY! Samoa Joe has been cutting some great promos lately, and I’d like to see him leave tonight with the belt. They’ve been playing AJ’s title run up recently, which may mean he could be dropping it soon. Samoa Joe needs a title run on the main roster, and this more psychotic character would be an excellent precursor to a strong heel run.

Predictions: Markus: Samoa Joe, Adam: AJ Styles

WWE Universal Championship — Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman (Hell in a Cell Match)

If WWE spent three years propping up WWE to give Roman a belt just for him to lose it in a month, then I don’t know what this company is anymore. There may be some shenanigans to put Braun over in this match, but I think Reigns needs a christening match. Beating the Monster in a cage after slaying The Beast would be a potent 1-2 punch start to a title reign. If only WWE’s endgame wasn’t so obviously written on the wall.

Predictions: Markus and Adam: Roman Reigns

We’ll catch you guys tonight on Twitter @TheHowPod. We hope WWE can deliver a good post-Summer Slam PPV. They’ve been slacking these last couple years. Peace.

Markus X. Murden, Esq.

Senior Editor and Host of The Heels of Wrestling Podcast. Follow me @MXMurden and @TheHowPod

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WWE Backlash 2018 Review

WWE Backlash 2018 Review

Did WWE Start their new PPV Schedule off right?

Heels! We’re back, and we’re going over last week’s WWE PPV Backlash. In the first dual-branded B-show PPV WWE’s had since the brand split, there was a lot left to be desired. A show that started with a bang came crashing down. Listen in as we break it down.

Markus X. Murden, Esq.

Senior Editor and Host of The Heels of Wrestling Podcast. Battle Rap aficionado. Follow me @MXMurden and @TheHowPod

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WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Review and Backlash 2018 Preview

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Review and Backlash 2018 Preview

Heels! We’ve got a lot to break down with you this week. In this episode, we’re serving up our review of WWE’s The Greatest Royal Rumble, and then we swivel into the quickly approaching WWE Backlash set for this Sunday.

Markus X. Murden, Esq.

Senior Editor and Host of The Heels of Wrestling Podcast. Battle Rap aficionado. Follow me @MXMurden and @TheHowPod

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WWE Greatest Royal Rumble with Blanco Loco

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble and Blanco Loco

Blanco Loco

Heels! We’re back from our hiatus, and we’ve got Blanco Loco in for a quick interview with us. Blanco has been tearing up the independent scene, and we’re lucky to have him chop it up with us before a show. After Blanco, we delve into WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble happening April 27, 2018, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Who will prevail in this one-time grand event? Tune in and find out.

Markus X. Murden, Esq.

Senior Editor and Host of The Heels of Wrestling Podcast. Battle Rap aficionado. Follow me @MXMurden and @TheHowPod

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