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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.61
Hey,

WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield was on the 93X Half-Assed Morning Show here in Minneapolis this morning and had some interesting stuff that may be of some importance to some of you W's.

Quickly and, most importantly, when asked about the undercard for WrestleMania 21, JBL confirmed that the WWE was signing Japanese sumo superstar Akebono (who appeared on SmackDown! last month) to face Big Show on the grand stage of Sports Entertainment.

JBL sounded very at ease and wasn't at all in character. I really got the impression that he was having a good time and he came off as a really cool guy on-air.

As a note, when the crew asked JBL about his long-title reign, JBL said something to the relative effect of, "I think the WWE said to themselves, 'This guy has been around for too long and won't leave, maybe giving him the belt will shut him up.'" Good stuff.

Anyway, take all that news for "what it is."

EDIT: In Studio pictures of JBL on the Morning Show are located here...
http://www.93x.com/photowall.asp?id=12941

(edited by Whattaburger on 4.3.05 1819)


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.35
If this is true, then theyd better get started on some form of buildup ASAP. Most American fans dont even know who Akebono is, and hes only appeared briefly in cameo from that week in Japan. While this would go over huge in Japan, I have a feeling that the American crowds will mostly use this as a chance to get more beer and hit the restrooms.
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    Originally posted by Phantom
    If this is true, then theyd better get started on some form of buildup ASAP. Most American fans dont even know who Akebono is, and hes only appeared briefly in cameo from that week in Japan. While this would go over huge in Japan, I have a feeling that the American crowds will mostly use this as a chance to get more beer and hit the restrooms.

(1) It's the Big Show, wouldn't that (beer/bathroom breaks) already have been the case? :-)

(2) I think you underestimate how much press Akebono has received in the past. He's the first American to reach the level of Yokozuna (not the former wrestler, the highest position in Sumo), and has had a good deal of pub in the past.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.68
I hope he comes out dressed as Ake-Show and they do comedy because a straight up match would probably be among the worst ever.



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If nothing else it will give them a reason to bust out the old "specially reinforced ring" spiel not heard since the days of Andre,Earthquake and Yokozuna...



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He's going to be at the Mall of America (or maybe he has been already? I forgot what time) as part of the Judgment Day hype. I had a presale password and forgot to use it - or I TRIED but the ticketmaster.com website is a total piece of crap and didn't really want me to spend any money...which is fine.

Also, Taco Bell was giving away a meet-and-greet with JBL or something - since I didn't win it I don't remember what the prize was. I kinda thought I'd be the only guy to enter and thus I'd win, but apparently there are still more than a few fans still kicking around the Twin Cities Metro area who are also part of the extremely exclusive SPICE UP THE NIGHT! club.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.10
He was also on the RAW Is Tokyo show. Sounds to me as if Vince is covering all angles and spending money to make money in Japan. What are the buyrates for WM in Japan?

I understand the crowds that turned up to the RAW show was good , is that indicative of the following or would it be like here in Australia ''a special event''?



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Frankly, a better option would be to put Big Show and Akebono as a tag team in a handicap match against, say, Orlando and the Bashams. It would be fun to see the cowardly Cabinet try to somehow counter the 'biggest tag team in the world' as they would no doubt be billed.

On a side note, with all of the talk about Undertaker's unbeaten streak, could this be the year that Big Show finally gets a win at the WWE's "big show"? Big Show is 0-5, having lost to Mankind, HHH, Kane, Undertaker and Cena.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.48
Keller said Show's grumpy about the politics of the match, so my guess is negatory.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.06
    Originally posted by Hogan's My Dad
    Keller said Show's grumpy about the politics of the match, so my guess is negatory.


If so, it'll be interesting to see how they back out of it, given that the challenge was "accepted" by Big Show on last week's SmackDown!.
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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53

    (1) It's the Big Show, wouldn't that (beer/bathroom breaks) already have been the case? :-)
    (2) I think you underestimate how much press Akebono has received in the past. He's the first American to reach the level of Yokozuna (not the former wrestler, the highest position in Sumo), and has had a good deal of pub in the past.


He HAS gotten some American media exposure, but c'mon. Ask the average person, or even the average wrestling fan, who Akebono is. Probably nine times out of ten they won't have any idea who you're talking about. Granted, I completely pulled that figure out of my ass, but you get the idea.



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    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    He HAS gotten some American media exposure, but c'mon. Ask the average person, or even the average wrestling fan, who Akebono is. Probably nine times out of ten they won't have any idea who you're talking about. Granted, I completely pulled that figure out of my ass, but you get the idea.
But...he was on Iron Chef!!!!



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    Originally posted by Whattaburger
    JBL sounded very at ease and wasn't at all in character. I really got the impression that he was having a good time and he came off as a really cool guy on-air.



Haha, someone thinks JBL is cool...

Anyway, I'm interested to see how this match goes down. Will it be wrestling? Will it be sumo? Will it be a work? A shoot? A WORKED SHOOT?!? WILL VINCE RUSSO RETURN AND HIT SHOW WITH A WOODEN CROSS?!? I MUST TUNE IN TO FIND OUT!!!



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I was actually thinking that one day they might go the opposite Undertaker way and milk Big Shows zero-wins-at-Wrestlemania-streak. If he also goes down this year, there's definitely hope for a unique angle for WM XXII.



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