Something weird just happened yesterday. Or actually the last two days or so. Let’s start the story on good ol’ Twitter.
I happened to see a friend of mine posting a question to two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso and I noticed he was going to do a Twitter Q&A bit, #askAlo, so I thought, hey why not? I should ask him something too being a big fan of the guy myself. But what? At that point, I was watching a video from another friend of mine who attended the 2015 IndyCar MAVTV 500 in Fontana (that was a brilliant race), and it hit me!
I had heard from the likes of Will Buxton from NBC asking Alonso and another F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel about possibly giving the Indianapolis 500 a try sometime in the future. Since I’m in Singapore, I can’t see their videos on the NBC Sports thing so I won’t know what was said. So might as well ask the man himself about one day racing at the Indy 500. We already know he wants to try the 24 hours of Le Mans (and he almost did race for Porsche this year), which 1/3 of the triple crown of motoracing (The 24 hours of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500), so what about the Indy 500?
Now, I didn’t expect him to answer or if he’ll even read it so I just went on with things, not thinking much about it. I mean, he’s probably talked about it with the NBC guys so who knows? Guess what, Alonso did reply back!
Ok, I don’t know if that counts as a reply as he quoted my tweet. And here’s the funny part, I still don’t know how to do that! So this two time F1 world champion seems to be open to the idea of racing in the Indy 500 sometime in the near future, how about that? As he says, “it’s attractive for any racing driver” and ask anyone else, I’m sure they’ll say the same thing. Things got a bit more weird with that particular sentence later on. I guess we can start to imagine the likes of one of the best racers in the world, Fernando Alonso in an IndyCar around IMS. That would be pretty cool. It would be nice if it did happen in the future!
Now with him replying to me, obviously I’ll get quite a bit of notifications on Twitter. I thought I’d have some fun and share that pic of Facebook just to let everyone know that Alonso might think about giving Indy 500 a try and that this bugger here asked him that question haha! As a friend of mine said, “how did you like your 15 minutes of fame?”. Obviously it wasn’t but hey, still a cool moment when someone you’re a fan of mentions you. Now things get a bit crazy.
I wake up the next day, and the first thing I see on Facebook was a post from IndyCar, talking about Alonso and Vettel possibly giving the Indy 500 a try. I’m thinking to myself “what are the odds that happen to see his tweet to my question on that”. Surely not. Then I get a notification on Facebook, a friend telling me to read that article.
Right at the end, I see that quote of Alonso’s and I see my name on it too. Holy crap, my name is on an article on the IndyCar webpage! Ok, it was actually my Twitter username but still, that’s me! And me being a huge fan of IndyCar, I’m going nuts about it! And then I find out ESPN has got an article about it too!
Already the first sentence caught my eye. “Attractive for any driver”, where have I heard that from? Yup, this also mentioned that answer from Alonso and this time, along with two others. The bit where he spoke about Kimi Raikkonen was bloody good, my favourite bit from his whole Q&A bit. He did own Raikkonen after all and he owned him with that answer too haha.
It’s really weird to see my name on a Motorsports article on ESPN, IndyCar and also apparently a few Dutch sites too. I did say once that being a sports journalist would be a cool thing for someone like me, I’ve always wanted to travel around and watch these races (F1, IndyCar, Formula E, NASCAR or whatever) and maybe write on stuff about it or take photos from these races. I do like taking photos of these race cars, check out my Flickr page for pictures I’ve taken from all the races I’ve been to (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kashwinner/albums). Maybe I should have done that after all and who knows, maybe my name could appear on ESPN and IndyCar a bit more often haha! I can dream right? But hey, we might not have to dream about the likes of Alonso and Vettel in an IndyCar, that might actually happen sometime soon! How awesome would that be!
Enough of me and my 2 seconds of fame and seeing my name of motorsports article, even if it was a cool moment, how would those guys do in a race like the Indy 500? We’ve already see Nico Hulkenberg have a go at the Le Mans 24 hours and not just complete the whole race, he actually won the damn thing and he was the one driving the car to the finish line. Those LMP1 cars are probably more similar to the F1 cars so it wouldn’t be much of a change but the IndyCars, especially the oval configurations, that’s something different and might take these guys a while to get it. I mean, Juan Pablo Montoya did struggle for the first half of last season when he came back to IndyCar, look how he’s doing now. He’s leading the damn championship with a second Indy 500 win to his name!
I actually think Alonso and Vettel could fare quite well in an IndyCar. Let’s not forget the story of good ol’ Nigel Mansell. He won the F1 world championship in 1992 with Williams and brought his talents and his mustache over to America in 1993, joining the then CART series and won the 1993 CART IndyCar championship as well! He could have, and probably should have, won the Indy 500 at his first attempt if not for a bad re-start. Ok, Alonso and Vettel will probably stay in F1 and won’t get much running time on an oval for an IndyCar if they decide to go for it (and if the calendar allows them to do it) but who knows, those two are two of the very best in the world, so I’m sure they’ll cope with it fine after a few runs. Would be nice if either one of them gave it a try next year for the 100th Indianapolis 500.
And to end this bit, here’s one pic from this past March from the Malaysian Grand Prix of the man himself, Fernando Alonso, in his McLaren Honda car. If only that car was any good…
2 more weeks to go until WWE makes it’s first appearance in Singapore in 8 years or so and me being a wrestling fanatic, I can’t wait for it! For whatever odd reason, I didn’t go for the July 2007 show so the last one I saw was the 5th December 2003 show (Brock Lesnar was on that show so he’s already been to Singapore haha). This show will be on 2nd July 2015 as one of three stops for their mini Asia tour along with two shows in Tokyo, Japan. I can’t wait to see the action and see the best sports entertainers in the world live for the second time in a year, my last time seeing WWE live was actually in Sacramento, California for one of their usual weekend live shows. I’m sure it’s going to be a great show and just from being around other wrestling fan during the Dolph Ziggler meet and greet session, the Singapore Indoor Stadium will be rocking in July, I’m sure of it.
I’ve seen myself twice on that video bit, I’m on the WWE Network haha! 😀
Now, who will we get to see in action? But first, who won’t be on it.
WWE usually has two rosters for their weekend live shows, there’s usually two shows in two different places so you won’t see everyone in one show, it just doesn’t work that way. Anyone hoping to see Randy Orton, sorry to give you the bad news but he doesn’t really do house shows anymore. In saying that, he’s going to be in the Australian and Puerto Rico shows! Come on man! By the way, the Australian roster looks really good. It would be nice to see more of the NXT guys on tour but I guess they’ll stick to their own NXT shows for the moment. At least we’ll get two of them here.
Let’s start with the guys and gals that are on the Winnipeg show. The ones that are advertised to be on the show are WWE Champion Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Big Show, WWE Tag Team Champions Prime Time Players, Natalya, The Miz, Fandango and Stardust. So we can count these guys out unfortunately, there are quite a number of wrestlers on that list that I’d really like to see in action live here instead.
There’s also the guys who were supposed to be on the Singapore/Japan shows but have been injured or were pulled out. Dean Ambrose was advertised for the show initially but as you know now, he’s on the Winnipeg show. Chris Jericho had planned to be on the show but now he can’t make it due to Tough Enough (thanks for ruining my chance to see one of my all time favourite wrestlers!), so he won’t make the Singapore show but he’ll be on the two Japan shows. Daniel Bryan was another who was advertised but he got injured shortly after that news so he’s out. The main event was supposed to be John Cena vs Rusev but Rusev is also injured. Tyson Kidd just recently joined that unfortunately list when he had his serious neck injury so he too won’t make it (big fan of Tyson here so that’s a real shame). Wishing those three a speedy recovery!
Before I end this list, there are a few more I’ve got to include. For those hoping to see Brock Lesnar, haha give up. Let’s be real, Brock Lesnar does not do house shows. Hell, he doesn’t even show up for most of the bloody Raw TV shows! Why would he want to travel all the way to Singapore just for a show? Ok sure, he’ll be in the second Japanese show which is his first “house” show in ages but that’s only because he had planned to go to Japan himself to visit some friends. And since WWE has a show there, why not get paid to beat the crap out of Kofi Kingston? Hideo Itami won’t be in the Singapore show because from what I know, he’ll be heading for Japan first to visit his family. How do I know this? Hehe…my brother met him and he told him about it! Nice to have some inside scoop for once haha!
Ok, now that’s out of the way, who’s going to be on the show itself? Here’s the card (as of right now, June 21 2015):
United States Champion John Cena vs NXT Champion Kevin Owens
Dolph Ziggler vs King Barrett (or as I like to call him now, Sir Bad News of Barrett)
WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella vs Paige vs Naomi
Finn Balor vs Neville (Easily match of the night, let’s go Neville!)
Lucha Dragons vs Los Matadores w/ El Torito
Cesaro and Lucha Dragons vs The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E)
Kane will be on the show too, he was supposed to be in a match with Chris Jericho but that obviously will change.
Why are Lucha Dragons scheduled for two matches? I know the planned Cesaro and Kidd vs New Day match can’t happen now but why have them wrestle twice? Just doesn’t make sense. I mean, WWE have got a lot of guys on their roster, surely they can bring in another tag team or bring a few guys and throw them together for that match. Perhaps the joke team of Mandow and Axel Mania for the laughs? Would be nice if Luke Harper and Eric Rowan could fill those spots but they’re a heel team themselves and I have a feeling they’ll be on the Winnipeg show too. What about two face guys together, Jack Swagger and R-Truth maybe? Ok, that won’t work surely. It would be a shame if Kane’s role becomes that of a “general manager”, he can still go in the ring. I initially thought Cesaro would be the perfect guy to replace Chris Jericho but I guess that won’t happen.
I’ve noticed something, Sheamus isn’t planned for either shows so who knows, maybe he might be a last minute addition? Would be nice, I’m digging his new character. I’d like to see Bo Dallas too, he cracked me up at the Sacramento house show last August, we need these guys for the entertainment bit. Looking at the roster heading for Singapore, the only guy who’s likely to cut a promo will be Barrett and New Day (to cheer the power of positivity to a loud NEW DAY SUCKS chant) there’s gotta be more surely. It’s entertainment too.
The card is alright, could have been a bit better but I can’t complain, it’s not always that WWE shows up in Singapore, I’ll take whatever I can get. I’m more than happy that Neville will be on the show, with Jericho not doing wrestling full time, Neville has become my favourite wrestler in the WWE (and NXT before that) so it’ll be awesome to see that amazing wrestler live in person. And he’s gotta hit his amazing finishing move, the Red Arrow. I will go nuts when I see it, I’m sure of it. They have to let him do it surely.
And I’m sure whatever happens, Cena will probably end up the winner at the end. Kinda weird that he’s been on all three shows I’ve been to (Singapore 2003, Sacramento 2014 and Singapore 2015). I’m sure it’s gonna be a great show, I’ve got row 2 seats for it! $400+ but hey, it’s not always WWE will be here and why not, just an expensive seat for once, see if it’s really worth it and I’m sure it will be. I mean, the seats I got in Sacramento was not bad and it wasn’t the first few rows!
Less than 2 weeks away, I can’t wait!