After a short hiatus, The Crew are back and rearing to go. For those of you new to this, Taj, Wayne & Jay will answer any questions you have no matter what they pertain to. Whether you’re looking for a quick home remedy to rid yourself of crabs, want to know where you can buy inflatable horses for your own pleasure or just want to know why Randy Orton was replaced by Santino at Elimination Chamber, The Crew have you covered.
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Is Jesse Sorensen’s injury legitimate or a work?
Taj: Well, whilst some notable injuries are “faked” to allow feuds to build (i.e. the infamous Bob Orton cast) or movies to be made (see Zack Ryder), there can be no doubt that the injury Jesse received is 100% legitimate. Although I am not an active TNA follower, upon hearing of the injury, I did catch a YouTube video featuring the incident and I would be surprised (to say the least) if it were fake. Anyone with a shred of common-sense can tell from the way the initial strike from Zema Ion made contact with Jesse’s head and the consequencial unconsciousness to Sorensen, that this was a legitimate injury. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Wayne: Jesse as we have noted numerous times on the website was knocked out cold the hard way as Zema Ion’s knees caught him on the side of his head and neck and caused damage to his C1 vertabrae. Jesse when stretchered out of the Impact Zone last Sunday actually had no feelings in his arms and legs at the time and a lot of people feared the worst. Jesse started to regain feeling over the past few days and is back at his home in Tampa, Florida however it should be noted that he still has a long way to go to recovering fully.
Jay: The injury is 100% legitimate. Sorensen was stretchered out of the arena and tests showed substantial damage to the C1 vertebraeas Wayne noted. I caught the incident on YouTube and I have to say it’s one of the more nasty looking incidents I’ve seen in pro wrestling. I know there are many “kayfabe” injuries in wrestling these days but anyone who saw that could easily tell it was legit. Of course, not only I, but everyone involved on the site want to wish Jesse a speedy recovery.
What are your thoughts on Chris Hero’s new ringname, Kassius Ohno?
Taj: To be honest, I “get” the name, I just don’t particularly like it. With his initials being “K.O” it’s nice to see the throwback to his indy days. I just think the name sounds a tad stupid. It may be me immediately connotating Kassius with Cassius Clay and it resultingly not suiting the newly signed Chris Hero, or it could be the ridiculous last name in “Ohno”.
Wayne: For me the name is a bit of a surprising one and at first reminded me of the former WCW manager Sonny Onoo. With that said the initials of his name are K.O., so one could state that he’s still using some of his “That Young Knockout Kid” stick he had. My gut feeling is with Hero’s name being as foreign as Claudio Castagnoli’s FCW ring name of Antonio Cesaro, they may be brought up as a cocky tag-team, similar to that of La Resistance.
Jay: I’m currently undecided on it. I find the name a tad strange, with the obvious connection to be made to Cassius Clay but the surname also, which gives me thoughts of Yoko Ono. That being said I usually have reservations about new ringnames for wrestlers, but I’m sure I’ll adjust in time just as I did with the change to Daniel Bryan. But lets face it, ringnames aren’t the be-all and end-all in this day and age. I’m more interested in seeing how he develops in FCW and if he’ll be called up with Antonio Cesaro, formerly Claudio Castagnoli, or if he’ll be called up as a singles competitor. Whatever the outcome, fun times ahead in WWE are guaranteed.
What are your thoughts in the way that The Undertaker is pursuing Triple H for a rematch even though he was victorious at last year’s WrestleMania?
Taj: With the developments in recent weeks, I am now liking how this is shaping up. The Undertaker’s pursuit of another WrestleMania encounter with Triple H is something we have never seen from The Deadman before. It seems pretty obvious that ‘Taker is in his final years (if not year) for WWE and by blurring that kayfabe line in this storyline, it has worked wonders for me. Undertaker being haunted by his own match is on a parallel to Shawn Michaels almost losing it when ‘Taker refused a rematch and his pursuit of one final match to cement the streak as being the most dominant thing in WrestleMania history is making compelling TV. Week after week, I have been intrigued to see how this develops, and it already has me in that ‘Mania mood.
Wayne: To me The Undertaker is hunting Triple H for something else this year, most likely HHH’s in-ring career. With the company showcasing The Undertaker cutting his hair (or wig as it was) on this past Monday’s edition of RAW and Taker talking about “Immortality”, it will be interesting to see this coming Monday if The Undertaker keeps his Deadman persona or a new character overall, maybe even becoming human in the process. Given that he’s advertised for Monday’s RAW, I’ll be interested to see how this develops.
Jay: Honestly, I’m extremely drawn into this storyline. The way Undertaker seems almost desperate to face Triple H adds a new dynamic to the story. Also the way Taker has been portrayed as an almost broken man following the beatdown portrays “The Deadman” in a more humain light than we’ve previously seen. The way Triple H has thus far rebuffed the Deadman’s challenge is interesting also as he claims he doesn’t want to “kill the last of it’s breed” in reference to Taker being the last of an older generation of wrestler in modern day WWE. I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops next Monday on RAW.
Thoughts on Santino replacing Randy Orton at Elimination Chamber?
Taj: Although injuries can never happen at a good time, this one comes at a particularly bad time at the week running up to a pay-per-view. Although Santino may not be the most obvious choice of a replacement on the SmackDown roster, it adds an interesting twist to the Elimination Chamber match. Sure, there are more favourable replacements like the returning Christian or even Jinder Mahal (he’s had some notable matches against Sheamus), but Santino should add some hilarity to a pay-per-view where the audience will have to endure two brutal Chamber matches. Or, most likely, he’s a cover-up for who is the real replacement for Orton and will be attacked prior entering the chamber. I’d have liked Santino to have had more time to allow a few vignettes featuring him training for the chamber to air, but we can’t pick and choose when injuries happen.
Wayne: Really surprising one, however I see Santino being taken out and someone like Mark Henry or Christian take his place in the match. As of last word, it was expected that this match would open up the pay-per-view this Sunday. As for Orton, I have been told that he will miss about 2 weeks of in-ring action and given that he’s a supporter of Chris Nowinski’s testing on concussions, that should explain why he’s off the card, as in the past, wrestlers would have wrestled through a concussion and do further damage to their brain.
Jay: I like the addition of Santino personally. I know that nobody believes he has any chance of winning it, but with Santino involved you’re almost guaranteed some hilarious comedic spots in what is usually a barbaric, intense and often times dramatic match. On the other side of things, I’m glad to see Orton is becoming a trendsetter in WWE by taking time off to heal any head injuries after becoming an advocate of Chris Nowinski’s concussion research.
With Shaquille O’Neal supposedly set to face The Big Show at this year’s WrestleMania, what sports star or celebrity would you like to see in a match at WrestleMania 29?
Taj: There are quite a few sporting stars that I would like to see appear at a WrestleMania. If I had to pick one, it would be Chael Sonnen. For me, Chael Sonnen would be the ideal star to feature on a WrestleMania card (with UFC permission of course) because he knows and respects pro-wrestling, has experience in the “other” wrestling and so could take a bump or pull of a few moves, and he can talk better than the majority of the WWE roster. If he were to feature on the card, I’d like it to be in a capacity similar to the tag team matches of the original WrestleManias. Imagine Chael Sonnen and CM Punk vs Steve Austin and some partner? There’s your ppv seller to non-fans right there
Wayne: That is a question that is always a tough one as there is so many people you would love to see step inside the WWE ring from any sort of sport or entertainment. Obvious choice for me would be UFC’s Chael Sonnen if an agreement between both the WWE and UFC was made, however and this might not be a popular one with some people, but other than that I’d actually like to see former footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones inside a WWE ring.
Jay: You can look no further than the “Uncrowned UFC Middleweight Champion” Mr. Medium Rare himself, Chael P. Sonnen. All you have to do is a quick YouTube search of Chael and you will be presented with a plethora of videos of Sonnen interviews where he shoots on fighters in a manner identical to that of the 80s style of pro wrestling. I think Sonnen is the ideal choice, and with his friendship with CM Punk it could be a real possibility. Sonnen For President!
That’ll do it for this edition of #AskTheCrew. Thank you for all the questions. To send in your questions, tweet us @AskTheCrew & include the hashtag #AskTheCrew.