#OlwamTop4 : Best WWE Returns

4. Goldberg – 2003

What made the return of the man who went 173 matches undefeated in WCW and marking his WWE debut so special was the fact that no one knew what to expect and most importantly, he had remained a cornerstone in many wrestling fans hearts.

No doubt that fans kept wishing that he would make a hasty return to the ring and treat us to more body slams, standing in the pyro and blowing smoke out of his mouth like a fire-breathing dragon ready to conquer any opponent that stood between him and the world title:

3. Kane – 2002

This return was epic, pure and simple!!

Kane had been out of action for a few months having been brutally injured at the hands of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and X-Pac (the NWO) and a 2×4. We were then treated to a storyline involving Test, Lance Storm and Christian. Every member of this trio was from Canada and referred to themselves as the “Un-Americans”.

The “Un-Americans” ran rampant and they continuously imposed their will on fellow wrestlers and further pushed their anti-American rhetoric. The final straw was when they were going to burn the American flag in the middle of the ring, Booker T and Gold Dust did their best to stop this, but to no avail.

Enter the “Big Red Machine”:

P.S. What made this comeback all the more epic was Jim Ross’ one of a kind style of commentary “SEND HIM TO HELL!!!! SEND HIM TO HELL!!!”

2. Brock Lesnar – 2012

After having been defeated by “The Rock”, John Cena came out and had a whole speech about how he respected “The Rock” and he just wanted to celebrate the “Rock”. What he found instead was a beast. Hungry, well rested and eager to conquer.

No doubt Brock Lesnar was one of the guys that the crowd loved to hate, but they appreciated his contribution to the WWE. When his unmistakable theme music hit, with that beginning part that sounds like a robotic T-Rex announcing that it was ready to feed, the arena roof nearly got blown off by the loud roar of the capicty crowd in attendance cheering one of the most hated men in wrestling.

This is undoubtedly one of the most epic of returns and the crowd chanting “Holy Sh*t” as the beast prowled to the ring and stalked his prey is the only proof that we need.

  1. Triple H – 2002

After tearing his quadricep muscle, Triple was back! During his absence WWE ran many promos and videos preparing us for the return of “The Game”. Triple H returned to a raucus Madison Square Garden crowd showing their love for a personality that was greatly missed during his time on the shelf.

Triple H returned to make an enormous announcement that he was entering the 2002 Royal Rumble, but the most notable thing about this return in particular was his physique. He had returned almost double the size he was when he got injured and nothing proved this better than when he had Kurt Angle poised for his signature move the “Pedigree” as Kurt’s head completely disappeared between Triple H’s thighs.

When I watched this episode of RAW, I wished I was there to witness it live. A return that will go down in the history books.

All videos and images are property of the WWE and I do not own any of the videos posted. Videos acquired courtesy of YouTube.

Credit is also due to the creative team that helped put this list together:

Safwaan Sibda – Twitter: @SafwaanSibda

Rameez Savahl – Twitter: @Ramz_Jillybean

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Be Careful

Be careful and weary my friend, for treasures are often discovered at the very end.

Be careful and weary to not push away that one and only true friend.

You see, life and past experience dictates that you put up high walls and defences to protect yourself

Amidst all of that you end up alienating those that always were there and truly had your back

I know you may not see it or realise it now but as the pen is mightier than the sword, words always cut the deepest

So you may one day look back and see that you actually lost something special because you couldn’t get out of your own way and end up wallowing in self pity and regret

So, be careful and weary my friend and do not squander and take your gifts from God for granted

Guard that heart that was meant for you and consider if your words and actions towards them will be heartfelt.

Let yourself be supported and loved.

Olwam

Look Up, Get Up and Don’t Ever Give Up

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This is a part of a speech that I came across recently. It is a speech by NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin, this speech was made during his induction into the hall of fame:

“I doubted I would ever have the chance to stand before you today. So when I returned home, I spoke with Michael and Elijah . I said, That’s how you do it, son. You do it like they did it. Michael asked, he said, Dad, do you ever think we will be there? And I didn’t know how to answer that. And it returned me to that threshing floor. This time I was voiceless, but my heart cried out. God, why must I go through so many peaks and valleys?

I wanted to stand in front of my boys and say, Do it like your dad, like any proud dad would want to. Why must I go through so much?

At that moment a voice came over me and said, Look up, get up, and don’t ever give up. You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up or wanted to quit, you tell them to look up, get up and don’t ever give up.

Thank you and may God bless you.”

The reason I chose this speech was because of its message: look up, get up and don’t ever give up. This message reinforced three things in my mind and spirit:

1. Look Up

In my 23 years of life I have not always been sure about the existence of a higher power or a devine being but as time went by it became glaringly obvious to me that my life was not a journey that I walked alone, spiritually I was blessed with a guardian that always walked by my side and protected me from harm that came in all forms.

When Michael Irvin said “look up”, I immediately associated that with prayer and asking for assistance or help from the Almighty God.

When times get tough don’t just look down and weep, look up and seek strength.

2. Get Up

As much as God is there to help us through our toughest times and rejoice with us in our happiest, He will not force you to do anything. In my eyes prayer is a plea and a request for opportunity, so when we ask for wealth we do not get money on our laps but we get opportunities to work hard and build that wealth.

So, get up and know that as God is protecting you, Jesus guiding you and the Holy Spirit inspiring you, you have all it takes to get it done within you. So get up and get it done!!

3. Don’t ever give up

Through all of our trials and tribulations there is one thing that we all have in common and that is the fact that we were not born with a spirit of fear, so when times get tough and the situation appears to be rough have no fear and push forward because success lies after the pain! God has equipped you with all that you will ever need to be everything you want to be in life, “talent is God’s gift to you but how you use it is your gift to Him”.

Success will be yours!! You just have to dig deeper and show that it is what you want more than anything.

Never forget that God is the key to everything!

Peace & Love

Is South Africa In Trouble?

The other day I watched a video on Facebook, in the video it showed two police officers from the South African Police Services in Hanover Park Cape Town who had responded to what seemed to be a domestic violence incident. The police officers managed to apprehend the accused perpetrator and were on their way to locking him up in the back of the van.

For the benefit of those who have never seen what a typical South African police van looks like, allow me to describe it to you. This thing is a testament of the state of crime in beautiful South Africa; it is basically a single cab van with a reinforced chassis. On that chassis lays tiny cage big enough to fit six or seven seated grown men. The only way in is through a small door that you have to crouch to fit through. This still has a very strong stench of Apartheid where these vehicles were used to round up more than one black person who either did not have their dom pass on them or were just guilty of being black.

Anyway, back to where I started. The incident in Hanover Park then proceeded to take an ugly turn for the good guys, well depending on which side of the fence you are standing. After the alleged perpetrator was apprehended and was about to about be locked up in the van, the community then proceeded to attack the policemen who were attempting to lock him up. In the chaos and madness the “bad guy” managed to get away and the two arresting officers were then abandoned by their colleagues who later returned with some back up to rescue the remaining officers.

Now, the question that I have, the one thing that has been increasingly weighing in on my mind about this whole situation is this, are we as a country sabotaging ourselves by not trusting the system to do the right thing or has the system failed its people so much that our relationship with the law makers and enforcers is such of distrust and hopelessness? Allow me to elaborate.

Are We As A Country Sabotaging Ourselves?

Too often we have heard of cases such as the above mentioned. Sometimes we have heard of communities living in fear of a particular gang member/ criminal that has at some point terrorised so many people that they have somewhat become legends in their communities, but when the police eventually get a hold of said individual then the community is set into a frenzy of outrage questioning why the police would victimise this person so much.

In some instances when we look deeper into this phenomenon we discover that these people are actually adored and treated as role models in the communities that they come from for whatever reason, but in other communities they wreak havoc.

Is this a case of “how long until he turns on us”? Could this be a case of Stockholm syndrome? Or are we just setting ourselves up for failure?

There’s an old saying that goes “You can bring a snake into your house from the outside, feed it until it becomes big, but do not be surprised when it turns on you because a snake will always be a snake.”

Has The System Failed?

In my humble opinion, simply put it is a resounding “YES!!”

How can we ever feel safe in our homes when those tasked to protect us are the ones that are robbing and killing us? How can we be sure of a brighter future when those that are tasked to protect our futures and make it a better country for the generations to come steal and lie to us?

Has the greed and hunger for a quick buck taken us to the verge of moral bankruptcy, emotional detachment or are we just desensitized to all that is happening around us?

As Edmund Burke once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

– Olwam

 

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Image References:

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1618744/saps-arrest-several-poachers-in-a-week/

https://lowvelder.co.za/208594/saps-participate-67-minutes-mandela-day/

http://searchsa.co.za/saps/articles/great-success-mitchells-plain-police

http://www.sa-transport.co.za/police_and_riot/police.html

 

Letter To My Princess 👸 

 

My Princess, I have something I need to tell you. 

It won’t be pretty, I will not sugar coat it, but I MUST protect you. 
My baby, you are going to go through a sick, dangerous and continually degrading world. 

A world that will take pleasure in trying to hurt you and yes it’ll make you mad. 
My girl, it’s as if the guilty ones hate women, they hate your beauty. 

They’ll try to strip away what God made and gifted to you. 
Although there are good men fighting daily against this evil, 

Understand that all you need is within you and you will win 
God has given you everything you need to thrive, you literally create miracles. 

You bring life into this world and it’s such a spectacle. 
Your bones break, your skin tears and you shed tears, 

Bringing beautiful lives into a world ruled by wicked men. 
Woman you are strong. Woman, you are special. Woman, you are heaven sent. Don’t let them tell you otherwise. 
♥ 

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I wrote you a poem, but you’ll never get to read it.
I recorded a song for you, but you’ll never get to hear it.
I took for granted that you would be here tomorrow,
Now I sit here in deep sorrow wishing you had more time to borrow.

When we looked into the future it seemed infinite and so full of possibilities,
I pictured you in every thought of my success and facing life’s realities,
I could have never even imagined doing this without you,
I could have never imagined living life without truth.

This for everyone that has ever lost someone.

Rest In Eternal Happiness!!

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At A Loss

The mind and the heart, where most wars begin

Slow silent deaths caused by brutal pains unseen

Faint pulse and gasping for air, oxygen escaping your lungs

Imagining how your last days were, can I stand it when the day comes?

The day where we bid you farewell and you go for your last ride

The day when we realise that it is true and we weep out loud

When we lower the casket, bow our heads and pray for your safe passage

People sending condolences and well wished like repairing a gunshot wound with a band aid

 

I miss you and you’ve only been gone for a day

A busy life kept me from calling when I missed you while I was away

Now, my chance for visits and phone calls is no more

My heart is heavy and my chest feels so sore

 

May you be welcomed home with open arms and warmer smiles

Forever in our hearts as we always think of you when we look towards the sky

 

  • Magona

Where You Left Me….

Where you left me is where you will find me, like a boulder at sea…
Though the winds try to sway me and the waves crash against me…
I remain steady and firm waiting for you to come back to me.
As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, where you left me is where you will find me.

If I had to choose between my earthly possessions and you, I’d be broke forever…
I would be sheltered from the rains of sorrow, I would drink from an overflowing cup of happiness and joy…
I would feast for eternity from the fruits of unconditional love…
Then, surely, looking at all of this I am far wealthier than I ever was.

Where you left me is where you will find me, now and forever more…
When this world gets too cold and bitter, I’ll have your back and whisper sweet nothings into your ear…

The Mark of A Champion, Birth of A King!

What makes you a winner?

What makes you a champion?

Do we look at what you have?

Do we look at your friends and companions?

 

Do we look at the designer labels?

Do we look at the German vehicles?

Do we compare the digits in the bank?

Do we count the number of trips overseas?

 

How about your history, look at the past…

How did you get here? What have you been through?

Have you ever lost it all, not even a bite to eat?

Have you ever fought back tears as your heart continues to bleed?

 

When I have nothing, will you accept me or look at me with disgust?

Will you still respect me or will the money change you?

Are you willing to win at all cost no matter who you hurt?

How you treat people around you is what matters most.

 

Difference between us? I would sacrifice the very clothes on my back

As a winner, thinking of number 1, instead of helping you take a step back

You are a winner, a conqueror, a slayer of men

I am a king, a servant, a natural leader of men

 

What is mine is theirs, I love them dearly

Their time belongs to you, you do not even appreciate it

So, be careful at the top because that is where you will hang from

Success is not a faithful girlfriend once you make it

 

So be a King, a champion of the people

Treat people right, study the game so that you can master it

Be a King, a leader

Be a winner, a champion of the people.

What Is Your Why? (Dying a Slow Death)

Every day when you wake up, why do you do it?

Every day when you breathe you die a slow death.

They say “Don’t drink, don’t smoke it’s bad for your health.”

But when the stress and pressure drain your life force, can you feel it?

 

You jump out of bed before you are fully rested, not enough sleep.

You work hard hoping that you will be noticed and move up the ladder.

Someone else’s ladder built for their own wealth and to be rich.

Caught in a hamster wheel secretly wishing you were an undelivered letter from God so you can be sent back to sender.

 

Cleaning your revolver at home, bullets on the table.

You hear the “click” of the hammer dropping as you pull the trigger.

The chamber is empty, now you wonder if you are truly mentally stable.

You drift off to sleep as thoughts of a better tomorrow continue to linger.

 

But, you see, God is great and works in His own time.

He has decided that your time has come and now you can move mountains.

He says to you “Rise up my child, claim your royal birth right and drink from the success fountains.

I have given you all the tools to conquer this sick world, it is all in your mind.”

 

So you wake up the next day like a starving lion ready to devour the opposition.

Like a train with no brakes you are unstoppable, getting up after every knockdown.

The world tries to keep you down 99 times, but you get up and rise one hundred.

When things get better it is so unbelievable. You wonder what is real and what‘s fiction.

 

So, when you know the “WHY”, you will pave the path.

You will be resurrected daily like the sun that brightens the day.

So, do not be troubled if you do not know the History of Math

The most important thing is what you get and give when you pray.

I Think…

I think I am guilty…

I think I am guilty of investing too much.

Guilty of giving the best of me,

Guilty of why we are now so out of touch.

I think I am guilty,

I think I am guilty of letting the fires burn,

Incinerating all hopes of us and what was our beauty.

Ashes to ashes, our bond living within an urn.

I think, in the most ideal reality of life,

Mistakes made and words not said would be forgiven,

Acknowledging that we are imperfect and often blind,

Blind to the gifts of life, so we let it affect our feeling.

I am guilty of breaking such a precious connection.

I let the realities of life warp what was built

Now I am watching the credits as this movie comes to an ending,

But we control life, so let us put the pieces together and rebuild it.

O