I'd like to preface this blog by saying I've never blogged before so if my blogging skills aren't up to par with Scott, don't stone him, he's a nice guy. I'd also like to say it was an honor and a privilege to wear the C paw on my helmet every Saturday the past 4 years and will miss terribly running the Bearcat, wildcat, wild thing, or whatever else (ed: LUALLENCAT) you may call the package in which I ran the ball up the middle, most often to the defense's surprise. This blog post will give you a little background on my love for the squared circle, how I became a Bearcat, and my omniscience on the matter of the upcoming Royal Rumble PPV.
Okay Scott, I'll be running this interview hit me with your first question:
When did you get into wrestling?
To the surprise of many, my love for the most real sport on earth, professional wrestling, came a mere 3 years ago. My roommate at the time, Mitch Meador, is a long time lover of everything pro wrestling and was watching RAW. I came down the stairs and became fixated with what I saw on the screen. From there I was hooked and couldn't get enough. After that initial viewing I started diving into the WWE's past and only loved even more what I found. While I live by the motto "no ragrets" if I had one in life it would be not watching professional wrestling from the moment I exited my mother's womb.
Have you had the chance to meet any wrestlers?
Besides dressing up as the immortal Randy "Macho Man" Savage
I have only had the chance to meet one wrestler and that was Jeff Jarrett when TNA came to town a few months back. Double J was a great guy except he was a Vol fan...
When you were leaving Georgia Tech, what caught your eye and ultimately got you to Cincinnati?
The first thing that caught my eye was Coach Coombs. When I was in high school, Coach Coombs recruited me really hard and we developed a great relationship. The day I committed to Georgia Tech Coach Coombs showed up at my high school just to congratulate me and tell me if I ever changed my mind, even when I was a 5th year senior, he would always make sure there was a spot for me at Cincinnati. That meant more to me than he could ever know. It showed me that he truly valued the bond we shared during the time he recruited me. When I realized that I was not a fit in Atlanta, I never once thought about any other school because, regardless of if he would be my coach or not, I knew I wanted to play where he was. Once I was able to visit I fell in love with the school and the people that were involved with the program. It was just an added bonus that one of my longtime friends, Mitch Meador, was playing here to help make the transition extremely easy for me.
What was more satisfying to you, throwing your first TD pass or rushing for your first TD?
That's a difficult question because they both hold such special places in my heart. My first touchdown run was great because I have always loved running the ball most, even as a QB. Probably why I played every position in football over the past two years. But it meant so much to me because it was my first college game and I promised my grandma I would score her a touchdown for her birthday. The first touchdown pass was great too because as a quarterback your first touchdown pass is always memorable. It also felt great because it was in a meaningful game and we weren't beating Austin Peay 800-0 like we were with my touchdown run.
You've gone on multiple mission trips to Nicaragua. How did you get involved with those?
It started through my church when I was a junior in high school. I really just had a heart and felt a calling to help people and spread God's love. My church took a youth group on a mission trip every year and my junior year was the first time that football allowed it. My senior year was my first trip to Nicaragua. While I was there I really felt a special connection with the country and the people in it. My dad had taken a trip just months earlier, he too felt that connection. Over the past 5 or years, he has made probably 100+ visits to Nicaragua, time lengths varying, and developed a non profit organization to help out in any way possible. Building churches, community centers, etc.
ROYAL RUMBLE PREDICTIONS:
Tag Title Match: The Brotherhood (Cody Rhodes and Goldust) vs. The New Age Outlaws:
While I love seeing a new credible contender in the tag division with a resurrected New Age Outlaws, I just don't see them ripping away the tag titles from Cody Rhodes and Goldust yet. The brothers have been a refreshing splash to the tag team division that had been very weak. I expect the Brotherhood to prevail. I just wish that Goldust would be a little more drag like he was back in the day. It was entertaining and creepy all rolled into one tight gold and black suit.
Bearcats Blog: Goldust and Cody Rhodes
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt:
Bray Wyatt has made a real run of popularity in the WWE since he came about over the summer. Daniel Bryan is also one of the hottest wrestlers in the game over the past year. I think that this match could do a lot for Bray and I truly believe that Daniel Bryan is the kind of wrestler that can be in the spotlight but also give a wrestler who is deserving, like Bray Wyatt, a real push. The WWE needs more contenders at the top and I think Bray has the ability to be a heel and stay at the top for a while. I see this being a great match and Daniel Bryan giving Wyatt the push he needs to be in the WWE spotlight for years to come. Bray Wyatt building his buzzard following Sunday night.
Bearcats Blog: Daniel Bryan
Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show:
The Big Show is old and probably needs to retire (He cant though hes broke!). He has name recognition and there is no one else that they can rotate in from midcard to main event status like Show right now (thus the necessity to push Wyatt). Lesnar will run circles around Big Show because A) Lesnar is real rough, botches moves and I would be afraid of him and B) he;s Brock Lesnar and I'm pretty sure the Big Show has fake knees at this point.
Bearcats Blog: Brock Lesnar
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. John Cena
I feel like this is one of those places where WWE just is too predictable. This will be a great match no doubt because you have Orton and Cena, two of the best over the past 15 years. However, in my eyes, it's going to be Orton all the way. I presume you will see Cena and Orton at Wrestlemania, but who knows. If that is the case I expect it to be a scenario where Cena wins the title back like last year against the Rock. I'm taking Orton simply because it sets the stage going into the biggest event of the year a few months from now.
Bearcats Blog: Randy Orton
Royal Rumble Match
Dave Batista is back. Everyone wants him to win. I want him to win. Batista is an Animal and physical specimen and I love that he is back in the WWE. I also loved that RVD was back in the WWE at Money in the Bank and was jumping out of my chair when he was within inches of the brief case; however, he never won. I don;t think Batista will win either. He is being set up for something big at Wrestlemania, but I'm not sure winning the Royal Rumble is in the cards. I could definitely see it being a rising star like Big E Langston, though I don't think it will be him because he's not good enough on the mic yet. Or someone who know one expects like Damien Sandow at Money in the Bank. My guess however is Roman Reigns. He's a mack truck and I think he can be a star in the WWE. I also love his hair and want to see him get away from the Shield because I hate Dean Ambrose. Good Luck Roman, don't prove me wrong and let down the entire Bearcat Nation. I speak for us all.
Match of the Night
My match to watch would be the Royal Rumble for sure. Not only because it's a free for all but I wouldn't leave it past WWE creative to have a hitch in the roster come crunch time. While the lineup is set, I would expect there to be some fresh faces or "late entrants" if you will. Plus the likes of WWE icon Batista, the #1 contender CM Punk, powerhouses Roman Reigns and Big E Langston, it's bound to be a great match. Also, with Goldust and Cody Rhodes in the lineup look for a possible rift between the Brotherhood following this one. They may hold a fate similar to the Rhodes Scholars over the summer. Could set up an interesting Wrestlemania match.
Jordan Luallen's Match of the Day
My favorite match is definitely Mankind vs. Undertaker King of the Ring 98 when Undertaker threw Mankind like 30 feet from the top of the hell in a cell. All time classic. The haters gonna hate but that my friends was REAL.
Tune in Sunday
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for most likely live updates, unless I'm pissed with how the matches are going. Probably live updates though.
Photos via WWE.com.