I was searching Google high and low for all things wrestling in order to get some ideas for Face To Heel, and I came across a strangely titled article. “Father Who Killed Son With Wrestling Move To Serve 30 Years.” According to the report, Alonso Castillo, a 26 year old man, pled guilty to second degree murder this August and was recently sentenced to serve 30 years for killing the 6 month old baby.
While caring for his son, Draven, Castillo decided it would be appropriate to wrestle with the infant when he had become a bit fussy. The report says “in a move from his favorite wrestler, The Undertaker, the defendant lifted Draven into the air and slammed him into the ground.” The child suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury, which caused his death two days after the incident. Mother, Paige Hydle, was not present during the time of the injury.
Neighbors stated that after Castillo dropped Draven, he came to their apartment and told them that his son was not breathing. He then “distractedly watched” as they called for help and attempted CPR. The neighbors stated that Castillo kept repeating over and over that he was in trouble due to a trespass warning from apartment management. Apparently Castillo had thrown a chair through a glass window while arguing with Hydle.
The investigation showed that Draven had “multiple bruises, a fractured arm, and a cut tongue.” Castillo’s original excuse was that he was imitating The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver (though the actual move is not mentioned by name in any news stories). When officers questioned Castillo a second time, he confessed to slamming Draven on the ground because he wouldn’t stop crying.
The media, as they do, latched on to The Undertaker detail and ran with it. The story became less about an irresponsible idiot murdering an innocent baby and more about the fact that imitating Undertaker caused a death. This had nothing to do with wrestling. You can’t physically perform that move with a baby. A preteen, sure, but not a baby. No, this is the story of a man who couldn’t handle himself and threw his child into the ground, then attempted a pitiful cover story when he realized that he had gotten too rough.
It’s typical; something awful happens and the go-to reaction is to find something familiar and easy to blame it on. “Guy pretending to be Undertaker” makes more sense than thinking a father would be so awful to his own child. But it happens, and we need to quit making excuses for these people and allowing them to hide themselves behind public figures, video games, or anything else. Don’t blame the Undertaker. Blame Alonso Castillo. He’s the one spending the next thirty years in jail.
Fastlane is the last PPV on the road to WrestleMania, and is meant to play a huge part in setting up what we will see at WWE’s biggest event of the year. Being a fairly new PPV, it has seen its share of hiccups in the past, but with Triple H our reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champ, I expect to see a big improvement from last year. Let’s take a look at the match card and make some predictions.
Kickoff Show: US Title 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match – Kalisto (c) vs Alberto Del Rio
A two out of three falls match for the US title is exactly what we need to see. Del Rio has the obvious size advantage, plus the rest of the League Of Nations on his side. Kalisto has speed and agility in his corner, but is still the clear underdog in this fight. If Kalisto is to win this time, he is going to have to beat Del Rio twice, which will greatly work to prove that his victories weren’t flukes or strokes of luck.
AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho
Styles was so well received into the WWE that the Royal Rumble match was rewritten at the last minute to keep him from being eliminated by another fan favorite. Styles was immediately thrown into competition with veteran, Chris Jericho, and their short feud has featured constant reminders that Styles is a “rookie” as far as the WWE is concerned. If the WWE is to have their way, us fans would forget that Styles ever had a career before January 2016. This will likely be the last match between these two men for a long while, and will prove whether or not Styles is cut out for the “big leagues” as they keep saying.
WINNER: AJ Styles
Divas Title Match – Charlotte (c) vs Brie Bella
I hate to say it, but I suspect that the only reason Brie is getting a title shot right now Is because Daniel Bryan retired and Creative is trying to use that to put her over and make Charlotte into the ultimate villain. She hasn’t been a part of the title scene and has shown no interest in the title until a few days ago. I’m disappointed in this decision, and even moreso in the decision to have Ric Flair present at Charlotte’s side for every step.
Intercontinental Title Match – Kevin Owens (c) vs Dolph Ziggler
I was thrilled to see Owens win back the IC title. I love Dean Ambrose, but he obviously has other things on his plate, so losing the title actually works to help him right now. Owens and Ziggler are two of the best the WWE currently has, and Owens is the greatest, most well-rounded heel we’ve seen in a long time. This match will say a lot about what we will see at WrestleMania, so I’m curious to see whether or not we have other IC title hopefuls come out to the ring during the fight.
WINNER: Kevin Owens
Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs Naomi and Tamina
If we’re being honest, we all have to admit that Sasha Banks deserved the title shot tonight. She’s dominant, fearless, confident, and the crowd loves her. She can carry any match single handedly and has busted her ass to get where she is. I am glad to see her and Lynch teaming up, and I hope putting them against Naomi and Tamina puts this childish feud to rest. Having the divas fight like middle school girls isn’t doing them any favors.
WINNERS: Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch
The Wyatt Family vs Kane, Big Show & Ryback
This marks Big Show’s 85,674,275th heel/face turn, if my math is correct. This is basically giants versus giants for no other reason than it looks fantastic to see men pushing seven feet tall flying around the ring. Ryback has recently gotten a bit of a makeover, which unfortunately resulted in the Goldberg chants making a comeback. To be honest, I’m not sure what this match has to do with what is coming at WrestleMania, but I’m eager to find out.
WINNERS: The Wyatt Family
WWE World Heavyweight Title #1 Contender’s Match – Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns vs Dean Ambrose
Three fan favorites in one match. I know WWE wants us all to back Roman Reigns 110% and to back him over all others, but that isn’t reality. Ambrose and Lesnar are equally, if not more, popular than Cena 2.0 and have even more to gain with a victory tonight. Ambrose has been teasing a turn lately, so I definitely expect to see Reigns and Ambrose turn on each other and break up the brotherhood. Reigns would have more to gain as a heel, especially if he has a mouthpiece to help him out with his promos. Lesnar is obviously going to dominate this match, so the main focus will be about what happens with Reigns and Ambrose. The two definitely need to square off, and it would be a perfect WrestleMania match. Having them broken will make Rollins’ return even more interesting.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar
Tonight is the last WWE PPV of 2015; Tables, Ladders and Chairs. Follow the link below to visit FaceToHeel.com and to get a rundown of the card and see my predictions. Please leave your own predictions and thoughts on the FaceToHeel comments section.
We did have a late addition that is not reflected in the article on FaceToHeel. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks will face off on the TLC Kickoff show. Considering the talent of both women, this will be a match you won’t want to miss. Sasha will have the support of Tamina and Naomi, while Becky may be on her own. I see Becky coming out on top.
Another possible late addition is Tyler Breeze vs Dolph Ziggler. I am over the moon about Breeze coming up to the main roster and see big things for him in the future. I would love for he and Dolph to put the bad blood aside and become a tag team. Only time will tell.
WWE’s Night Of Champions is tonight! Head over to FaceToHeel.com (link below) for a full rundown of the match card and to see my predictions.
I wrote the following article for FaceToHeel.com prior to finding out that Daniel Bryan was out. He was unfortunately not medically cleared for competition due to a shoulder injury. Bryan overcame all odds at WrestleMania XXX to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match. His WrestleMania moment was without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience. WWE tried to replicate it in a smaller fashion this year by having him win the Intercontinental Title, but it didn’t come close.
Now, thanks to Bryan pushing himself past his limits, his career may be over. We don’t know the extent of the original injuries and we don’t know if he was truly ready to come back. Once he was back, he acted recklessly and obviously put his body on the line just so we were entertained. I hope that this new injury is just a minor setback, but my gut tells me that our days of Bryan as our hero are over and done with.
After WrestleMania ended, we jumped right into the countdown to Extreme Rules. Brock Lesnar, who just signed a three year contract, is “indefinitely suspended” and has been off television since the Raw after WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and John Cena captured the gold, while Tyson Kidd and Cesaro managed to hold onto theirs. AJ Lee wrestled her last Mania match, retiring just days later. The United States title has been up for grabs every Monday night, while the Divas title hasn’t been defended in god knows how long. I’m not sure how extreme I would rate some of the stipulated matches on the card, but I’m hopeful that we will see some seriously hardcore matches ahead. Let’s take a look at the card and make some predictions.
Tyson Kidd & Cesaro (c) vs The New Day – Kickoff Tag Team Title Match
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Last night’s WrestleMania definitely had its ups and downs. Check out the best and worst the show had to offer, via FaceToHeel.com.
I skipped watching the season finale of The Walking Dead last night, because German Suplexes trump zombies nearly every time. We tuned into the network around 3pm to refresh on the Royal Rumble and watch a bit of last year’s WrestleMania. The preshow began at 5pm, with WM kicking off at 7. A total of nine matches were scheduled for this six hour event, with two taking place in the second hour of the preshow. Let’s take a look at the best and the worst that Wrestle Mania XXXI had to offer.
1. Kid Ink and Skyler Gray – There isn’t much to say about this musical performance, which is the problem. Last year, we saw two bands play Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton’s entrance themes. It was a fantastic way to incorporate musical performances into the event. This year’s performance felt awkward. Skyler has a great voice, so…
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Happy WrestleMania weekend! FaceToHeel.com will be flooding the internet with WM coverage leading up to the main event. Please check out my latest article discussing the return of Sheamus and his possible WM involvement.
Over the past few weeks, WWE has been airing video packages to get the fans hyped up for the return of Sheamus. No date has been given for when the Celtic Warrior will be back in the ring, but both logic and rumors have him coming back at WrestleMania. Sheamus has been out of action since November of last year. Fans may have expected his return to occur during the Royal Rumble, but that was the exact same thing WWE chose to do the year before, as he was a surprise Royal Rumble entrant in 2013 after recovering from injury. With this being his second major injury in two years, there is a chance he could run into the same issue that faces Dolph Ziggler and now be kept away from the title picture, used occasionally only as a tease.
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I am a senior writer for FaceToHeel.com, a newly launched site that covers all things wrestling. Over the past couple months, we’ve covered some amazing topics, met some great people via Twitter at @facetoheel, and learned a hell of a lot along the way. We’ve live tweeted PPVs, posted instant feedback after matches, and have found new ways of looking at the business of wrestling entertainment. Little by little, we are growing and expanding in our efforts to cover and discuss more about what is going on currently, what’s happened in the past, and what the future might bring.
In an effort to get to know our readers better, I have a challenge for all of you. When a wrestler debuts, there are a couple of things that can immediately determine their success; what they are wearing and what music they walk out to. I’m not all that interested in fashion at the moment, but I have always been fascinated at how a song can influence the way the audience views a wrestler. Just like we tend to judge people based on the music they listen to, we judge a wrestler by the music they enter the arena to. WWE’s Dean Ambrose becomes even more unstable and manic, Jack Swagger turns into the ultimate patriot, Adam Rose is a wacky joke, and The Miz is a conceited prick. TNA’s Angelina Love and Velvet Sky are the ultimate drama queens, Mr. Anderson is a man on a mission, and Chris Melendez is an American hero.
Eventually, certain songs become iconic. The car crash before Mick Foley’s song hits, the breaking glass signaling the entrance of Stone Cold, the ringing of the bells welcoming Undertaker; we all instantly and almost uncontrollably react. When Real American starts to play, thousands of fans promise to take their vitamins as they cheer for Hulk Hogan. If CM Punk’s opening riff ever rings out again, half of the world will entirely lose their minds. We may not always realize it, but entrance music is vital to a wrestler’s success and their lasting power.
On that note, have you ever thought about what your entrance music would be? Imagine you’re about to debut on Impact Wrestling or on Monday Night Raw. You’re in your full gear and ready to go. You stretch a bit, staring ahead at the curtain, just waiting to break through into that massive arena filled with screaming fans. Finally, you hear your music hit. What song would it be?
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My husband and I were lucky enough to not only score great seats for the June 2nd Raw in our hometown, but to also get tickets to Payback the night before in Chicago, IL. One of the perks of being in the live audience is the opportunity to get yourself noticed on TV by either geeking out to the point that the cameras can’t stay away from you or by creating a good enough sign to grab attention. I like to keep my fangirling as private as possible, but I do tend to go a bit overboard with my sign preparation. For Payback, I went with the Wyatt Family.
Not my best work, but I was proud of it. I don’t know if it made it onto the Payback PPV at all, as we have yet to hop on the network and check it out, but I hope I got a second or two of screen time. For Raw the next evening, I decided to go with Dolph Ziggler after this happened:
Had no choice but to do it after getting a nod from the man himself. I went in search of the loudest colored markers I could find and got to work:
My arms were about to fall off at this point.
This one I was damn proud of. It could not be more obnoxious looking. Sadly, it decided to rain before Raw, and my trash bag didn’t quite keep it completely dry, so the ink ran a bit. My husband and I spent the better part of Raw glued to our seats, just waiting for Ziggler’s music to hit. And finally, he comes out, we lose our minds, and he POINTS RIGHT AT US! Excited doesn’t begin to describe it. The first thing we did when we got home afterwards was check the DVR to see if that brilliant moment was captured on TV.
My husband is pointing at Ziggler there. Immediately afterwards, the camera cuts back to Ziggler and you can see him pointing back at us. We have the gif at home; I’ll try to add it later on. It was such a cool moment!
Three rows in front of us, we had a guy with a “BLUETISTA” sign and one that said “DANIEL BRYAN SUCKS.” They spent the majority of Raw holding their poorly made creations up and blocking the view of myself and quite a few others. Eventually, security intervened and ended up ripping the Bryan sign out of the guy’s hands. Those two are the perfect examples of what not to do. The people around you don’t want to have to spend their evening leaning left and right and left again to see around you because you’re only worried about getting on TV as much as possible. The cameras aren’t going to focus on you for more than a moment or two, so it’s pointless to be obnoxious. The audience at home is going to get more and more bored seeing you if you insist on trying to get on-screen during every single match. It’s beyond annoying.
What you should do is put some effort into what you decide to make. Hold it up when it’s relevant, throw it up a time or two when it’s not just in case, and then sit back to enjoy the show. Trust me, actually getting the direct attention of one of our favorite superstars was INFINITELY cooler than seeing my sign pop up here and there during a match. That is a moment that we’ll keep with us forever. (Also, the Team Foley sign I made for the 2012 Survivor Series will live forever on the DVD, which is another awesome moment) Aim for that. Plus, I don’t want to be the only one with arm cramps after spending far too much of my weekends making WWE signs.
Well, it’s finally happened. I have reached the point in my life where my birthday is no longer the big deal I once thought it to be. My birthday is this Friday and I will be spending eight and a half hours of it at my desk at work. I’ll be attending a promotion ceremony for a coworker, chasing around civilians for their time cards, and fielding calls and emails that are too boring to even mention. I have zero plans to go out and drink or party or get myself in trouble, although my husband is likely planning to do something amazing for dinner that evening. All my excitement about the next few days is reserved for the two WWE events in June that my husband and I have tickets for, and the gifts that he’s worked so hard to make perfect. But as far as my birthday itself? Who cares?
Let me assure you, my reluctance to make a big deal of a day that comes around every year has nothing to do with my desire to still be in my 20s, my inability to organize a perfect party, or my friends and family failing to make this into the huge production I secretly desire it to be. I would much rather celebrate someone else’s big day and allow them to be the center of attention so I can enjoy myself than be the person of the hour and have all eyes on me. I don’t expect my family to go for broke to make my birthday a huge deal and I’d feel horribly guilty if they ever did so. I’m perfectly content with my age and the stage I’m currently at in life and sure as hell wouldn’t trade it for my 20s. Unless we’re talking my metabolism from ten years ago, which I will gladly accept.
I’ve been watching an acquaintance of mine go crazy over her birthday, which is around the same time as mine. She’s organizing two days of events and trying to get the maximum amount of people involved. I keep seeing her stress about who is going to what event, who wants to do what, and a whole lot of other things that don’t seem like the kind of things one should worry about on a day they are meant to be having fun. I won’t be going to her big event, as she scheduled it on my birthday and I feel weird about celebrating someone else’s day on my own with a bunch of her friends that I don’t know. Unfortunately, my decision seems to have hurt her feelings, but I’d rather just have a quiet evening with my husband followed by some quality time with the child.
Right now, there are so many amazing things set to happen that my birthday is the least of my worries or concerns. Not only do we have a WWE Pay Per View to attend and a Raw to get to the following day, but we have some major life changes in our very near future that dwarf any birthday when compared side by side. (Not a baby. No one mention a baby. There is no baby.) It would be selfish of me to try to make this Friday into a big production when we have so many other things going on. Not only do I not care about turning 33 all that much, I have no desire to put anything else on the back burner simply so I can feel like a princess for a few hours. I don’t know what my husband has planned, but I know he’ll make me feel special and spoiled, and that is more than enough.
My birthday should be whatever I want it to be. If I want it to be just another day, throw me a happy birthday wish and be done with it. I promise it’s not some weird female trick in order to get presents and surprise parties. Hell, you can even forget about it entirely and I won’t be put off or offended. If I snap one day and try to organize the biggest party ever, you should decline to attend guilt-free if you so choose. I’ve lost count of the birthday celebrations I’ve had to skip due to financial issues, scheduling conflicts, or just because I didn’t feel like going. And that’s okay. Birthdays shouldn’t be about how many people can be forced to celebrate your day. It should be about what you want to do, who you want to do it with, and what kind of happiness you can find with whatever you receive. The way I see it, as long as I’m smiling, the day went exactly as it should have.