If You Get It Right – That Would Be Phenomenal!

by Rob Steele

Two things that happened last night that bugged me.

They happened during the Royal Rumble, which if you don’t know, because you live under a rock or something, is a professional wrestling pay-per-view done by the WWE. Yes I consider wrestling to be considerably more of a sport board then something like golf, because golf is primarily a guy swinging a stick at a ball in what feels like slow motion, and then walking. Now that’s actually to the spectator point of view I understand that there’s a lot more that goes out in the sport. I can hear the complaints now. “Rob like you gotta line up the ball and figure out where it’s going and there’s the wind and this and that.”

You know what shut up. It’s not a sport it’s a competition. I’ll give you a competition it’s not a sport. In sports people get excited. You don’t get excited in golf, or if you do you have to whisper it. So no, golf is not a sport.

In professional wrestling, yes, the outcomes are preordained. I don’t consider wrestling to be “fake.” I consider it to be scripted. There’s a big difference. Yes a lot of the punches thrown don’t actually connect with anything. That’s fine. But when you have somebody pick somebody else up and throw them and there’s no wires involved, there’s a bit more reality going on.

Now do these guys know how to land properly? Yes. Thus making it essentially a stuntman competition. Look at it that way and it’s fun, as opposed to golf which is boring no matter how exciting you try to make it.

So at the Royal Rumble last night there was a new participant in the WWE. He’s a guy I’ve known for quite some time (not personally). I’ve watched him wrestle. His name is “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles and he was known for over a decade as the face of Impact Wrestling, or TNA Wrestling, or TNA Impact Wrestling (if it would pick a name that would be nice) but my point is he’s actually a fairly big name wrestler who just happen to not be in the WWE- until last night when he was entering number three in the Royal Rumble.

I had two problems with this happening the way it did. Problem number one when he was introduced. Actually there a few things with his introduction, let’s start with his theme song. He’s had the same theme song, or at least a variation thereof, for as long as I’ve known him. (2004) When it kicks in, you automatically know who’s coming- in this case: AJ Styles.

Last night they didn’t do that and that bothers me because they started off with some kind of slow country music thing, which is not exactly what his theme song sounds like, and it never picked up. It made him look boring. AJ Styles is not boring.

The Phenomenal One has FINALLY arrived. Can he save the WWE?

This is the WWE we’re talking about here. Vince McMahon, you’ve got the money splurge a little bit and get the song. I’m pretty sure AJ owns at least part of it by now. Of course they could not use his song because this would mean they have to acknowledge other wrestling companies. In a sense, I know, the announcers didn’t last night they said, “oh yes! He was the IGJPRFQ champion just like Brock Lesnar was!” Whatever the hell alphabet that was, it wasn’t the same as saying he was the five-time heavyweight TNA champion the six time X Division Champion and however many time tag team champion. (he’s got a lot of belts) And that doesn’t include New Japan or ROH. Did they mention any of those? No. Why? Because the WWE doesn’t care about history. (Which is why they’re dooming themselves by repeating it. More on that in a moment.) My point is that saying that might have actually built him up a little bit. And we can’t have that in a newcomer now can’t we?

The other big thing that bugged me was the way he was eliminated. If you don’t know about how to eliminate someone from a Royal Rumble match, you have to throw your opponent over the top rope and, yes, you can have up to, I think, they had at most 30 people in the ring at a time – up to 40 competitors. Last night there was just 30 – which is plenty.

AJ Styles was the third of the participants. A new one is introduced every two minutes or something (I wasn’t paying that much attention because I tuned and specifically to watch AJ and after that I didn’t care about the WWE- I’ll get to that in just a minute) He was eliminated a good half an hour later. That’s a pretty good run, but he was eliminated by a guy named Kevin Owens (formally Steen- of ROH)

What bothers me about him getting eliminated by Kevin Owens was not that he was eliminated by Kevin Owens. It was that Owens looked at AJ and said “welcome to the WWE!” before throwing him over the top rope. Here’s my problem with that. Kevin Owens has been with the WWE maybe six months. They got the absolute newest guy to say “welcome to the WWE!” Like he’s been there long enough to say that! If that have been said by Kane, who’s been there for 20 something years, or if it been said by Bray Wyatt, who’s still relatively new but has more than 6-months under his belt, I would have had a better time accepting that phrase being used there.

With Steen Owens, saying it, that doesn’t sit well with me.

What I was saying about not caring where the rest of the match, I didn’t. Still don’t. Especially since Triple H won the belt. Oh goody, nepotism at its finest! And that’s my biggest problem with the WWE. It is no longer about the wrestling. It’s about the ownership, namely Vince McMahon and Triple H, and how much wrestlers are willing to kiss their asses. In some cases, literally. I wish I didn’t mean that.

But there’s a bit of hope.

AJ Styles is not one of the biggest guys in the world. He’s a cruiserweight. Over the weekend, the WWE also signed Austin Aries (who I do know incidentally) to a deal with NXT – the minor leagues of the WWE. Couple those signings with the addition of a number of new “high flying” cruiserweight-style stars and we could see the return of the cruiserweight division which has been kept rather low-key in terms of being involved in the whole “Vince and Triple H Ego Show.”

You know. The way wrestling used to be. When it was fun. They have a great opportunity here and I honestly hope they don’t screw this up.   If they don’t, that would be Phenomenal.

Free your mind!

Let me guess – it’s 2016 and you made some New Year’s resolutions – right? What you’re really thinking is that you can’t wait for February – so that you can return to your old habit and not feel guilty.  Habits can be a trap for people in leadership positions – whether they are in business, politics or in any other industry.

Simply making a New Year’s resolution to have a more open mind in 2016 likely won’t be enough to turn things around. There are behaviors and practices that, through repetition and perseverance, can help leaders and anyone else develop a mindset that’s open to imaginative and better ideas. Continue reading “Free your mind!”

I May Be In The Minority…

…but I am shocked and shocked as hell that there aren’t more people talking about these damned Black Lives Matter and Muslim TERRORISTS that have dared to take over the federal building out there in Oregon!!! There’s hundreds of them dirty SOB’s walking around in broad daylight with guns that surely was given to them by the Muslim in Chief Barack Hussein Obama and no one is doing a damn thing about it! The libtard media isn’t saying a word about it either. Of course they won’t! This damned illegitimate so-called president – and he ain’t MY President dammit – is even bothering to hide his takeover. This is nothing but the second stage of Jade Helm! I have no doubt the jackbooted thugs are no doubt on their way to protect these immigrant sand – well I ain’t gonna say it but you know what I mean – and our homegrown welfare coloreds. When is this country gonna wake up!! Continue reading “I May Be In The Minority…”

A couple of thoughts on exercising!


There are so many philosophies to follow with exercising – here are two important thoughts.

1.  Never skip more than 2 days of exercise in a row.

2.  Remember that something is ALWAYS better than nothing!

Any type of activity you do is beneficial, and it all adds up.  So, set a plan, but if things change – always have a back-up plan.  So, if you’re not able to do a 3 mile walk…is there a 1 mile loop you can take?  Do you have stairs at your home?  In a pinch, you could even walk up and down the stairs for 10-15 minutes.  It’s not fun…not that exercise is necessarily ever “fun,” but it is activity. Continue reading “A couple of thoughts on exercising!”

I May Be In The Minority… by Todd Vandenberg

…but I think there’s a place for a non-sports column on a (mainly) sports site. Actually, Baseball Beer BBQ has always been about much more than sports; this is just my part of the reboot/relaunch/rebirth/rediculousnesses of that. Continue reading “I May Be In The Minority… by Todd Vandenberg”

Examining Athletes, Baby Daddy’s and today’s society!

puff-daddy-mase-shiny-suits2In my world – I’m the father that spends time editing a parental blog – which operates in the heart of TriBeCa, NY. My world-renowned nationally syndicated BTR (Late Night Parents) podcast is consumed by millions – maybe even billions globally!  Well, now back to reality – It’s 2016 – and management is ensuring that I fulfill my HHN contract.  So, on a regular basis – you’ll get a bi-weekly rant from yours truly. As you already know – I also co-host Baseball, Beer & BBQ with two of the roughest, toughest SOBs in the business. (aka MGMT) Continue reading “Examining Athletes, Baby Daddy’s and today’s society!”

JohnE McCray interview By Joel Schafer

 I am glad pleased that I got the go ahead with BBB to interview one of my favorite Disc Golfers JohnE McCray. JohnE has been around for 20 years. He has the ability to beat the kids on tour and still competes in the Pro Open instead of the Master Open Class. JohnE from all accounts has is an advocate to this growing sport. I hope that this interview will give you a little bit of an idea how cool Mr. McCray is and how determined he is to compete and grow a sport that we both love. Continue reading “JohnE McCray interview By Joel Schafer”

#MayThe4thBeWithYou! – Written by @GenuinelyH5

Star-Wars-DayToday is a day for all Star Wars fans to celebrate the great Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure brain child of George Lucas that has woven its way into pop culture like a seamstress weaves a pattern into a beautiful quilt. Ever since I can remember there were Star Wars lunch boxes, thermoses, action figures and the three iconic movies that I still never miss and watch like each time is the first time. I mean for those of you that are fans like me who can forget classic lines like “Let go Luke use the force”, or “No I am your father”, to “You have failed me for the last time” the last one I will admit is a personal favorite of mine. I’m sure just as I’m quoting different lines from the first three movies you can conjure some of your own in your head as you continue to read my fellow fan of the force. Continue reading “#MayThe4thBeWithYou! – Written by @GenuinelyH5”

Ichabod Hyde: The Interview with Paige Turner

This interview by Paige Turner is a Baseball Beer and BBQ (BBB) exclusive.

Ichabod Hyde has been the front man for Bitchhead for nearly 25 years. His band’s music has been called anything from “techno bluegrass” to “Appalachian industrial.” Known more for their live shows, and small, mostly local and fiercely loyal cult following, Bitchhead releases their 12th live album later this year.

BBB: Your band has famously never produced a studio album.  Why is this? And do you see this fact changing at any point? Continue reading “Ichabod Hyde: The Interview with Paige Turner”

“God Wants You To Eat BBQ” by Todd Vandenberg

Whew, after my article about Pete Rose, time for a chaser. No numbers, no tables, no arguments.

Okay, so the last part is a lie. There will be arguments. Because we’re talking BBQ.

OMGribs Continue reading ““God Wants You To Eat BBQ” by Todd Vandenberg”