Wrestling Report: Smackdown Gives Us A Completely Fresh Feud
So, before we begin today, I first have to once again begin an article by informing you all (or at least the few who read this) of another untimely death in the wrestling business. Last Tuesday ECW Original and member of the famed wrestling family Matt Annoa’i passed away at the young age of forty seven. Getting his start in in his uncle Afa’s promotion World Extreme Wrestling before spending time in one of the big three promotions, Eastern Championship Wrestling (soon to be renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling) as a tag team with his cousin Samu. After having his cup of coffee in the big leagues, he and Samu tooled around the independent scene winning tag championships and making a name for themselves, until 2002 when WWE came calling. Spending a short time in developmental, he debuted in 2002 as story-line General Manager Eric Bischoff’s personal thug tag team The Three Minute Warning attacking whoever was in the segment if they had failed to entertain within three minutes. After Samula was let go, Matt didn’t do much else except a breif stint as Rosey, Shane “Hurricane” Helms side kick and official Super Hero In Training (get it, because Rosey was the… yeah). After his career in WWE petered out he had notable runs in All Japan Pro Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling before eventually starting his own promotion, Epic Championship Wrestling. While I can’t find cause of death, he was hospitalized for congestive heart failure a few years ago. All the same, sadly another ECW original and talented wrestler has to be counted among the growing list of people from that promotion who never made it past their mid forties. Our sympathies to the Annoa’i family and Rip.
The other big news from this week was that Smackdown Live continued with the spirit of the superstar shakeup by actually injecting some new blood into the title picture. Jinder Mahal, who had been nothing but a jobber on Monday Night Raw, has found himself winning a six pack challenge to become number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Champioship, and just in time for WWE’s expansion into the Indian market (a savvy marketing move, except if you want the people of India to tune in, why make the Indian wrestler a heel?). If the company decides to put the belt on Mahal he will become the first person of Indian decent (he is billed from India but was born in Alberta) and also the first person of the Sikh religion to win a world title in WWE.
Sorry this is so short but so little time so much to do.