For a long, LONG time WWE fans, especially the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) have been asking when, or even if, the WWE was going to breath life back into the secondary titles. When will the United States, Intercontinental Championship, and Tag Team Championships hold some value again? When will these titles be more than just a throw away belt. Well who better to restore justice to the secondary titles than the hounds of justice? (more…)
In one of the more controversial endings to any match in recent memory, the WWE Championship remained in the hands of John Cena following a no-contest at Extreme Rules. The Last Man Standing bout was put to an end when Ryback drove the champion through the LED lights on the entrance way. The contender was helped back on his feet by staff, while Cena was loaded on a stretcher, only for the Post-Show to play a video of him get up, remove his cervical collar and walk off. (more…)
The Internet tends to discredit the WWE Hall Of Fame, and while I admit that it is basically a promotional tool for WrestleMania and it is not based on any sort of ranking system, but I still believe that this distinction is extremely prestigious. Another major point that a lot of serious wrestling fans believe lower the status of the Hall of Fame is the inclusion of celebrities. I believe the distinction that should solve all problems is that those inductee are a part of the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame. Further I think many pure wrestling fans don’t like to admit the fact that celebrities have contributed plenty of attention to the genre, allowing the product to be seen by as many eyes as possible, making more money, driving the product to be bigger and hopefully better. With that being said, some of celebrities inducted have no business being there and truly diminish the prestige of the Hall, like Drew Carey, fine comedian, but not nearly enough wrestling experience. Similarly there are celebrities who do deserve to be in the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame, but have not found their spot, I present my ist of celebrities who deserve to be but aren’t.
The shield has easily become one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting focal point of WWE programming. As most factions do, they’ve presented plenty of different scenarios as a team, and found themselves in plenty of main event matches fairly quickly in their time on the main roster.
The current state of the WWE in relation to titles is pretty simple, too many belts, watering down the mid card titles to a point where they’re pretty much decorations these days. Titles that once were signs of the next people in line to be the top workers in the company are no longer that important, carrying much less value than in the past. The tag team titles, while somewhat more valid than in many years, are another example of once glorious titles that have fallen into near obscurity. One of the worst things, aside from Punk’s massive reign lately, is that even the top titles have been downgraded to being an accessory in recent years. Anytime you wind up with non-title matches headlining over championship matches, you devalue the belt a little bit more. John Cena is easily the top man in the business right now, but at the same time he isn’t “bigger than the business” and shouldn’t be bigger than the title either. (more…)
With Extreme Rules coming up this Sunday, many people are getting excited to see some of their favorite gimmick matches take place, such as Last Man Standing, Strap, and Tornado Tag matches. Although there are countless types of gimmick matches that the WWE has done over the years, there are still some that they could add to their list and give the fans something besides the “usual suspects”. Here are some matches that the WWE could try out using items that are already available to them around ringside. (more…)
While I know this article will seem highly hypocritical considering my last article about the dangers of hardcore wrestling, I want to write about my love for cage matches. I am a big fan of gimmick matches when they’re used properly, and one of my favorites growing up was the cage match. There is so much history to the cage match, and even more memories. There are also all kinds of cages and different cage matches as a result of the overwhelming popularity of the concept (i.e. Hell In A Cell, Lions Den, Lethal Lockdown, Steel Asylum, War Games, Punjabi Prison, Christian Cage, etc.) though I have an issue with the way they have been used lately.
The issue is with how a match should end. Should wrestlers be put into a cage and be able to pin, submit or escape in order to win, or should it be escape only as it was in the old days? I believe it should be escape only and here is why. (more…)
Has the art of professional wrestling been lost? Do we have ourselves to blame? Our constant, and possibly unfair, critique of each product may be hindering the business. Just to clarify, this is by no means an attack on the Internet Wrestling Community — rather an analysis on such. Perhaps, with this, we can all recognize the errors of our ways.
It was Ric Flair, Arn & Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard that made me turn away from my local Fox Station where WWF came on at about 1 pm to see Ric and the boys promote the next beating they would issue out. These guys made me believe. Ric was smart, Arn and Ole were tough and Tully was a blend of both. With JJ Dillon in tow, it was an unstoppable force. Tag team gold, Television Title, World Title and NWA National Heavyweight Title, they were the pinnacle of success and they really lived it. Although there would be changes in line up as Ole was pushed out and Luger came in, Barry Windham, Sting, Vicious, Benoit and Many others as well, Arn and Ric were always the cornerstone and foundation of that group. Few stables came as close to the legacy these men created. Some have come damn close though. Here is a look at some of the other stables that resulted from the legendary groups success. (more…)
It is the one night of the year when the WWE goes “extreme.” WWE Extreme Rules comes to you live from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO this Sunday. This PPV will play a crucial role in how WWE will play out their feuds heading into the summer months, generally seen as “dull months” in the sports entertainment industry. With four long months in between WrestleMania and SummerSlam, creative has to come up with something that they can run with and something the fans can hook to. After going 5-5 in my WrestleMania 29 picks (counting the 8 person mixed tag that was pushed to RAW the next night), I am ready to give you my thoughts on Sunday’s festivities! (more…)
WrestlingNewsWorld has been reporting for a couple of months now that The Shield might be in store for a WWE Tag Team Championship reign and as of this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw, the board is set and the pieces are moving. It is now official that Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will be challenging Team Hell No for the belts at Extreme Rules. A more surprising addition to this Sunday’s card turned out to be a United States Championship match with current champion Kofi Kingston defending against the third Hound of Justice, Dean Ambrose. (more…)
Like most people know, there is no more important night of the year for me than WrestleMania, and as much as WrestleMania is a variety show, the main event is what really brings people in. So it’s reasonable for wrestling fans to compare main events the same way that we compare WrestleMania’s throughout the year. Personally, one of my least favorite WrestleMania main events, one that ranks right up there with the WrestleMania 9 debacle of a main event was number 21 with Triple H defending his world heavyweight title against The Animal Batista. My reasoning for this? Well I assign the blame to Batista. Triple H has been in multiple WrestleMania main events, and they all seem to be extremely entertaining, this match even had Flair. However the match falls flat, there’s blood, hammers, but it all amounts to a fairly lackluster match that was WILDLY overshadowed by Shawn Michaels Vs. Kurt Angle. I bring up points because I’ve heard whispers on the internet that the WWE is thinking of bringing Batista back on a part time contract. I understand he’s got a good look and some name recognition, but my God, he wasn’t that good in his first run with WWE, he was also fairly old then, so why are they bringing him back?
There is no question, Ryback has exceptional heel potential. One should only look at his promos and actions in the past week to see he is as intimidating as he was as a face, but now he seems dangerous. Perhaps this is because he has taken a page from two of the brands best heels in recent times, a pre-injury Mark Henry and Champion CM Punk. From Mark Henry, he seems to move at almost a cerebral pace even though his intentions are not of the Harley Race, organized destruction but because he is aiming to beat you until you can’t mount an offense and then finish you. From Punk, he has crossed to the side where he will do anything within his power to inflict pain and get his point across. (more…)
Something has been on my mind for a couple weeks now, watching Raw tonight it finally has bubbled to the surface enough to get me to write an article here about it. I’ve been thinking for a while now about who Alberto Del Rio has been reminding me of lately, and when I paid attention to his music again tonight it really struck me again who it is that I’ve been comparing him to, rather unfairly I must say. While he’s not really BAD in the ring, he’s not great either, he’s talented and nobody can deny that one but he’s not GREAT. I’ve watched his matches, he’s worked some solid bouts over his time in WWE, but he’s yet to really impress me with anything I’ve seen from him. He’s also one of the more boring people I’ve seen on the mic in quite some time. Ryback may be horrible, but at least he’s got enough energy to make you laugh, Del Rio doesn’t even get that much. (more…)
I noticed something a week ago while watching Raw, and found myself wondering if I was the only who caught it, or if it would be leading to something bigger. Tonight I got confirmation that the “something bigger” is about to happen, and I am very happy to hear it’s on the way this Sunday. We’ve all been following The Shield, and nobody has been able to say anything but great things about the guys forming the faction. The only downside I’ve been able to see to this point is that Roman Reigns isn’t that great on the mic, but with a family member like The Rock, he’s got someone he can easily reach out to if he wants some help in that department. (more…)