The WWE Network is currently the heart beat of the WWE product and right now is their biggest platform of content distribution. It is now available in over 170 countries across the world and will be further expanding over the course of the next 12 months. Without a doubt the Network is one of the greatest ideas WWE has come up with to distribute their content and it should be such a successful platform for the company to build on. But does the Network in fact cause WWE to struggle in the long term? Is it doing more harm than good right now? There’s something causing a decline in WWE’s product right now and I feel the Network is just a small part of that problem. [Read more...]
I have noticed over the last few months, when a wrestler makes a comment that would make them a heel, people get angry. When a face does something cheesey, people get mad. What can anyone do now a days to get real heat? What is real heat? What do we consider actual heat in 2014 that doesn’t cross a line? In the world with the illogical parameters that WWE sets, how can a heel be a heel? In the past the world has been black and white. My philosophy, we have continually grown to be more grey.
The grey area where we live is fraught with controversy of what we deem acceptable and unacceptable. Questioning the very foundations of what is too far, and what isnt. Those lines are completely blurred in the wrestling business, as we all know. The issue of getting over is a matter of how much stroke you have backstage, occasionally coupled with genuine ability. Even with the ability, the chance of you getting over with the right people to give you the chance to get over with the crowd, is a small one. Then you mix in that WWE has to apologize for every little thing leads me to this question; What can a heel do?
Every Monday morning when I wake up sometimes I ask myself a multitude of questions in relation to the long, at times tedious three hour program we watch every single night from eight to eleven. No, none of it pertains to my sanity…more along the lines of the people that I’ve watched for years every week at least once a week…sometimes more if you watch any of the other products WWE puts out on television or for the simple fee of $9.99 on their Network. This morning…I found myself asking myself a question that I’ve asked a few times now…and it pertains to our residential Show-Off and now three time Intercontinental Champion. It’s a very…simple question. [Read more...]
Night of Champions is behind us and Hell in a Cell is just down the road. Fall storylines sometimes don’t have that intrigue that fans desire, so it’s always interesting to see what happens right now. WWE is scrambling around trying to get main event talent. Should this even be a problem? WWE has many, many talented workers worthy of working at the top. If you don’t know or remember what I’m talking about, here’s a reminder: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, Bad News Barrett, and Roman Reigns. What do they have in common? Well, they are either gone from the company or injured. This topic leads me to this next topic…
As you may have noticed, there wasn’t an NXT Review last weekend. Have no fear, last week’s review is being combined with this week’s! So I’ll start off reviewing the 9/18/14 edition of NXT first and then this week’s show. Here we go!
So its that time of year again, we are fast approaching October where people start talking about Halloween, Christmas or in the wrestling world the discussion turns to Hell in a Cell, the upcoming ppv, and the annual discussion of will Undertaker wrestle at Wrestlemania. Indeed this is a discussion that at times has been speculated about until the dead man has appeared on Raw. Normally the obvious inclination is that Taker will appear at some point to set up a match to defend his undefeated Wrestlemania streak, a major selling point of the show for some time. However this year the discussion maybe slightly different after the events of Wrestlemania 30 and the, still shocking, loss to Brock Lesnar. Now bare in mind that the Undertaker generally only wrestles once a year at the grandaddy of them all so with no streak to defend it becomes a question of does Taker ever need to wrestle again? [Read more...]
Hell in a Cell made its debut in October 1997 at the Bad Blood pay-per-view. There have been 25 Hell in a Cells on pay-per-view, two on Raw and one dark match. 31 different WWE wrestlers have had a match inside the Hell in a Cell. So I decided to find out who is Mr. Hell in a Cell. There is one of two men who could claim that title and they are the Undertaker or Triple H. [Read more...]
Welcome Back to Weekly Rants. This time I review the IC title and WWE Title pictures. Let’s just jump right in. [Read more...]
I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write about this week. The easy choice was to go and criticize WWE for it’s lack of logic, effort, or care for their product. Instead, I decided to take the high ground this week, and put my creative mind to the test. Thus, I give you my concepts of three new tag teams WWE could form. Should WWE form these new tag teams? Probably not, but what if they did? This is how they should be formed, and what they could accomplish together. I hope you enjoy this fun article, let’s get creative!
Guys let me just start off by saying that I apologize for my absence here recently. With all the schoolwork, my long hours at work and the passing of my grandfather, my days have been extremely busy. I hope y’all haven’t missed me too much, but I’m back and better than ever! I also want to take this time to thank all my fellow writers here in their well wishes and condolences that were sent to me from all forms of social media. You guys will never know how much I appreciate it. Now that I have all that out the way, let’s get started with my latest article involving the leader of the YES! movement.
Standing around at work earlier I had a bit of an idea. This idea would be rather solid, in my opinion anyway, and would help elevate a title while also helping to push a worker who seems to have become lost in the shuffle as of late. While I love my idea, and I’m sure some of you will as well, after more consideration I realized it’ll never happen, because it would require WWE to plan something out, something impressive, and as we all know these are things that don’t exist in today’s WWE. I know that everyone feels the only thing that can be done is to remove the title from Lesnar, but I feel that he could keep it if my plan were to actually be put into place. The big problem seems to be that there’s no championship presence on Raw, Smackdown, or Live Events while Lesnar is off taking his sabbaticals, as a result you need someone to step up and take the reigns, unfortunately Roman isn’t going to be around for a while so a change must be made, and that’s where my plan begins. [Read more...]
When wrestling historians talk about periods in WWE they like to reference the current reality era, the PG era, the rock and wrestling era, the Hulkamania era, and when can we ever miss a chance to mention the Attitude era. But between Hulkamania and the Attitude era lays somewhat of a forgotten period in WWE history. This was truly the first era to break away from WWE’s style of traditional mould of pushing the muscular big guy to the top. This was the era that helped break through stars to their peak like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, and The Undertaker. The New Generation era is one of those periods where WWE was in the midst of a transition and quite often doesn’t get a mention when people think about WWE’s past. But I believe this era was one of the most crucial in WWE history and was a key to the success of the company going into the Attitude era. [Read more...]
At Bad Blood 1997, Shawn Michaels fought Undertaker in the first ever Hell in a Cell match. At King of the Ring 1998, Mankind and Undertaker would put on one of the most talked about matches ever inside the Hell in a Cell. Now WWE has a Pay-Per-View called Hell in a Cell. I will try to pick the Ultimate one. [Read more...]
The first thing we think of when we think of masks in a wrestling term is something you wear to cover your face. From the vibrant colors of a Rey Mysterio that represents the creativity of the luchadors to the Ultimo Dragons or Jushin ‘Thunder’ Ligers of the world of what the Japanese Juniors are in terms of almost being a comic book coming to life. That’s the traditional sense of what the word mask is in the wrestling ring and even for what we see today when we see Sin Cara getting squashed or travel down to NXT to see Kalisto…we see the tradition of the mask alive and well in the WWE world and I think it’s a tradition that’ll continue well past the day any of us are watching the sport whenever that day comes. [Read more...]
I wanted to wait until after WWE Raw to see what WWE would do with regards to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I was expecting there to be some sort of advance in the story of what goes next for Brock Lesnar as I wondered what would be next for the beast incarnate. While we didn’t exactly get a physical answer I think we got a truthful glimpse on where WWE goes with their champion. Night of Champions saw Lesnar retain his championship against John Cena following a disqualification as a result of Seth Rollins costing Cena what looked to be a certain victory. With that in mind I had one question going into Sunday; where does WWE go following this match with the championship? I’m going to break down what I think could happen going forward following Sunday and give my thoughts on what I thought of the result. [Read more...]