Following in my Ultimate Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, Part 3 (February Pay-Per-Views) and Extreme Rules/One Night Stand. I decided to do a little old school and do the Ultimate King of the Ring. If you haven’t read my four previous Ultimate Series, this is how I pick the matches. (more…)
I’ve grown up watching the business of Pro Wrestling, or as they call it today Sports Entertainment, I’ve had different stars stick out to me over the years who have become favorites for one reason or another. Typically if a worker could talk they were pretty high on my list, if they could talk and were able to sell themselves as an intimidating figure they climbed even higher, and if they had both of those qualities and had a certain look they made it to the highest of the high levels in my eyes. I’ve gone over the people that hit this level for me quite a few times with Undertaker, Raven, and Jake Roberts being the most often mentioned. Something about the cerebral workers that drew me to these guys, Bray Wyatt has that same feel to him which is why I’m so high up on his work and character. There were also some people who I held in high regard that for one reason or another have had a bit of controversy to their name and place among the greats in the business. When you are one of the longest reigning champions in the history of the business, typically that would automatically place you right in the upper crust, or so one would think, right? CM Punk was a hell of a worker, and for those of us who have followed his full career he was pretty close to a Hall of Fame worker, but his championship reign put him over the top, whether he returns or not he’s a Hall of Famer, period. Going from the top guy in one company into another and being one of the top workers in that other company, a multiple time champion, especially when that other company is not only competing with but beating the hell out of your former company in ratings, that should get you cred as one of the greatest of all time, right? Combining those two would almost certainly spell Hall of Fame, right? When you mix those traits with the ability to talk, a look that is beyond marketable, intelligence that’s unexpected from someone in your chosen profession, and athletic ability that is somewhat crazy for a man standing at seven feet tall, you’re a sure bet for the Hall of Fame, right? Then why the hell is a man like Kevin Nash still standing on the outside looking in while people like Koko B. Ware are immortalized in the pantheon of the greats? (more…)
According to the rules of proper debating, the second speech of both sides represents the “Crossfire” section, the purpose of which is not only to build upon the arguments from the first speech, but to refute those of the opposition. No thesis can be considered successfully defended if the opposition’s points have not been proven wrong in a constructive manner. While the relationship between WWE and its audience is far from that of rival debaters, a certain back-and-forth is inevitable in an art form which combines entertainment with on-screen competition. The general perception is that the better performers will get more accolades and screen time, but on the other hand, the production of compelling television requires fan-favorites to be held down by the villains. In such creative decisions, programming often has to go against the viewer’s desires, and in a situation of this kind, the burden is on WWE to prove a point. (more…)
This Thursday sees the debut of the new original WWE Network series, WWE Legends House. The concept of the show is very simple and is eight WWE Legends live in a house together and from the looks of it complete tasks that are set of them. Other than what we have seen in the preview video’s it is kind of hard to describe exactly what the show is going to look like but you can be sure there are going to be plenty of memories, stories, heart warming, and heart breaking moments. This show is one of the reasons I wanted to get the WWE Network, as when it was first announced in 2012 I was looking forward to seeing a bunch of legends reminisce about the past of this industry we all love. Who are the eight legends featured in the show I hear you ask? Well let me introduce you….. (more…)
I thought a good idea would be to occasionally look back throughout my wrestling watching years and recall some of my favorite wrestlers, or should I say, some of the wrestlers I have the fondest memories of, be it good or bad.
On this past episode of Raw, we were treated to the first round of a new tournament in WWE. The winner of this tournament would be declared the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship. This is a great way to start building the credibility for the Intercontinental Championship again, but who deserves the chance to fight Big E? I will be analyzing the four semi-finalists positives for winning the tournament, and give my final prediction of what should happen in the end.
Last night on Raw was the official reuniting of Evolution. Evolution, a team comprised of Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton, was a dominant team that reigned over WWE in 2003-2005. (more…)
It was August 28th, 1988 at Madison Square Garden. Originally, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake was set to face The Honky Tonk Man as the #1 Contender, but was no longer able to compete. The Honky Tonk Man, accompanied to the ring by Manager Jimmy Hart, came ready to defend the Intercontinental Championship. The Honky Tonk Man issued an open challenge, asking for anyone in the back to come and challenge him for the title. The crowd seemed a little… inattentive. No one seemed to care about a champion without a challenger… and then the first rift of a guitar broke the silence and curious stares of the audience. It was the music of The Unstoppable. It was the music, of The Ultimate Warrior.
We are now one week removed from Cesaro announcing to the WWE Universe that he is a “Paul Heyman” guy.
At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but having though about it in more detail, I think this can only be a good thing for everyone involved.
Another WrestleMania for the books and another year until the discussion of the Money In The Bank ladder match of returning to grandest stage comes around again. While I maintain that the winner of the Andre The Giant Battle Royal should have won more than simply a trophy, I think it worked quite well on the card. It was an exciting enough match with all the members on the roster getting to throw a moment in and Cesaro appears to be getting a nice push off the match. More importantly I really enjoyed seeing the trophy even if we did not get to see it smashed at WrestleMania. As for the Money In The Bank, I believe that it is a grand enough concept to warrant having it’s own PPV (Special Event now) and is usually one of my favourite shows of the year.
The April 7th 2014 edition of Raw marked a fascinating turning point in the history of WWE. Only a day after the ‘Showcase Of The Immortals’, we bore witness to a new breed of superstars taking the fore in a major way. The developmental facility and NXT are beginning to produce some quite delicious fruit that is being heavily implemented on the main roster. 2 NXT graduates had vignettes air, 2 more had in ring debuts, with one taking away a title. Add this to the fact that further graduates closed the show and received huge pops elsewhere and it’s difficult to argue the phenomenal worth of WWE’s youth development. However, it is something specific about WWE’s recent programming that has caught my attention. (more…)
The first time I ever went to a WWE show (though it was called WWF when I went) was on a Saturday, April 13, 1991. Why am I writing about a house show that happened almost exactly 23 years ago? Well it was the first and only time I’ve ever got to see the Ultimate Warrior in person. Since Raw is paying tribute to the recently departed Ultimate Warrior tonight, I thought I’d talk about the one show I saw him in. (more…)
As a wrestling fan, gimmick matches serve many purposes. They attract audiences, and make statements about feuds going forward. Many gimmick matches prosper and evolve, such as: the ladder match, and the cage match; others tend to fade away. Today, I will be looking at some of those lost gimmick matches, and listing the best and the worst of the bunch. A great gimmick match that was forgotten is one that provided an interesting concept, was entertaining, and progressed stories/superstars or created new ones. A bad gimmick match is one that has a poor concept, is mocked for its stupidity or disappointment, and if it hurt a story or superstar. For additional criteria, in order for me to consider a gimmick match to be lost, it has to be unused for years or only done once or twice before ultimately forgotten. So, with that in place lets begin this list with the #5 worst.
This week has been extremely busy for every wrestling fan. While the week has been eventful outside of WrestleMania, I’m going to be focusing on just the pay-per-view throughout the rest of this article. And before I start, I just want to say rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior. (more…)
Talk about an NXT arrival. The Raw after WrestleMania is always an exciting one, but a couple NXT stars made their presence felt. Paige debuted and won the WWE Divas Championship. Alexander Rusev made his in-ring debut. And in addition to those, Bo Dallas and Adam Rose are next to debut after their vignettes aired. I’m excited for these guys, and I can’t wait to see them on Raw and SmackDown.