This week, the show emanates from London, England. Kicking off the show is the WWE United States Champion, John Cena. After a clip of him being attacked by a chain-wielding Rusev on RAW, Cena thanks London for hosting WWE. The energy from the crowd made RAW memorable, and admist that energy, we found out that Rusev will face Cena in a Russian chain match for the US title at Extreme Rules, which is the same damn thing as a dog collar match, a strap match, etc. Cena says the match won’t be pretty and may not even involve him. Every time he issues the US Open Challenge, you have a chance to see a new champion. So, enough about RAW and Extreme Rules. This is Smackdown, and there will be another challenge right now.
Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Natalya come out. Kidd says they’re not out here to accept the challenge. What they are out here for is to drop some facts. Cesaro says they are the greatest champions in WWE today. Fact. Kidd says they don’t pander to the audience. Fact. Cesaro says Cena came out on RAW and said London deserves a Wrestlemania. Fact. Kidd says that wasn’t a ..click here to read more
By the time you read this, the latest European tour will be all but over. Having entertained audiences in the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe, our favorite Superstars will be on their way back to the US, leaving behind a continent that has more than made its mark in the pro wrestling game over the last few years.
When the Europeans aren’t giving us the likes of Cesaro, Rusev, Paige, Sheamus, Barrett and countless others, their own promotions are proving to be a regular stomping ground for the biggest names on the indie scene, with the likes of the North West England’s Preston City Wrestling making an impact by combining homegrown talent with the hottest free agents around. That’s before we even mention the fans that turn out in their droves to make the UK and Europe such a lucrative market for the likes of WWE and TNA.
Yet for all their contributions to pro wrestling, Europe isn’t exactly well represented in terms of championship gold.
Sure, there was a glimmer of hope in that brief moment when Lana teased us with a Twitter pic of the old European title, but what if WWE took things a little further and actually brought the ..click here to read more
The cracks in the TNA armor are starting to show again.
Even with solid numbers and a fan base that are more cult-like than the rise and fall of fan support for the WWE, TNA’s Impact Wrestling is dealing with its own issues of late. One issue in particular has re-invented itself to a point that the smoke it is causing could lead to a real fire if not put out soon.
Wrestlers aren’t being paid in a timely fashion, according to a story by Mike Johnson of pwinsider.com.
TNA is well behind on pay to their wrestlers, according to many talents who reached out to PWInsider.com under the agreement of anonymity over the past several weeks. One wrestler claimed the company is behind two pay periods while others have claimed they are still owed money dating back to February. With no TNA dates scheduled until the live Impact broadcast on 5/8, it has been a growing source of aggravation for TNA wrestlers as they are working the Indy scene to supplement their TNA income.
In asking sources within the TNA office in Nashville, I am told that the pay issues are ..click here to read more
When you think of Memphis, the first name that comes to mind is probably Elvis.
A close second?
One of the most entertaining territories of the 1970’s thru the 90’s was Memphis. It went through many names (CWA, USWA, Power Pro Wrestling and Memphis Wrestling), but the formula always remained the same: excellent mic work, fast paced matches, and the unbelievable drawing power of the main star and co-owner Jerry “The King” Lawler. Before he became the resident color commentator for WWE, his charisma, interviews, and believable wrestling style made Memphis a must watch television show each week.
The first major star of the Tennessee territory was Sputnik Monroe. One of the first true stars of wrestling, Monroe had black hair with a shock of white running through it, which was quite unusual in the days of just generic tights and boots wrestling. In the 1950’s, Memphis, much like every other Southern city of that time, was heavily segregated, and blacks were assigned a certain area to sit in during the wrestling matches at the old Memphis Civic Auditorium.
Despite the disrespect from the whites, the black fans fell in love with Sputnik Monroe. He stood up for civil rights, and questioned why ..click here to read more
Ronda Rousey got a taste of the WWE and she wants more! The UFC champion told WWE legend Roddy Piper that she had so much fun at WrestleMania 31, there is no way she is not getting back into a WWE ring.
Rousey made her first in-ring WWE appearance at WrestleMania 31 in a highly publicized angle with the Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. It had been widely circulated that the WWE have been interested in using Rousey for awhile, yet her UFC contract prevented her from showing up. With a blessing from Dana White, the WWE finally got their girl and it may be that blessing that winds up blowing up in White’s face.
Rousey was a guest on Roddy Piper’s PodcastOne.com podcast and talked extensively about her experience at WrestleMania 31. Rousey told Piper that the biggest problem is that she can’t wait to go back.
“I hit the ground running,” Rousey said. “The first I ever wrestled was at Wrestlemania with an attendance record at Levi’s Stadium. I had a problem when I left. There’s no way I can’t not go back in there again. There’s no way. After experiencing that, there’s nothing like it.
“The second I left I ..click here to read more
Roman Reigns became the focal point of an immense amount of backlash from the WWE Universe in January when he won the annual Royal Rumble match, thus making him the man that would face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 31. The fans believed that he just wasn’t experienced enough to be in the company’s top spot. On the road leading up to WrestleMania, Reigns continued to struggle on the microphone and still failed to connect with a majority of the audience.
However, Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar went on to become an instant classic at WrestleMania 31. Champion Brock Lesnar delivered a brutal assault to Reigns, hardly giving him any chance to retaliate over the course of the match. Reigns did an excellent job from a storytelling standpoint, even so much as laughing while Lesnar threw him around the ring like a rag doll.
Roman Reigns took the beating like a man and ended up earning the respect he so desperately needed from a large portion of the audience; fans who previously resented him.
Following such a large turning point for the character, WWE has now placed Reigns in a feud against Big Show ..click here to read more
Over the past decade John Cena has been WWE’s main attraction, their star. Cena is the face of the world wide phenomenon known as the WWE and there’s no denying he will be the face of the company for the next few years. WWE has relied on him to be ‘the go to guy’ and he has delivered as supposedly, according to most fans, their biggest babyface. While many fans see Cena as their “hero” and “idol”, other IWC members known as “smarks” love to hate him. John Cena might be a polarizing figure but he is certainly not a babyface…he is a heel, in fact he is currently the biggest heel in the wrestling world.
Whether you love him or you hate him, at the end of the day the fans have strong feelings towards the face of WWE. If you’ve been to a live WWE event, you can hear the hostility in the air as soon as Cena’s music hits. Over the past decade John Cena has truly become the biggest heel in wrestling due to the fact he’s turned into everything the average WWE fan despises. The once freestyling rapping, badass has turned into a wrestling version of ..click here to read more
Before you get out your pitchforks and start complaining about the booking of Daniel Bryan as WWE intercontinental champion, you should probably be aware that things aren’t exactly as they seem for the American Dragon.
Fans were excited when Bryan won the Ladder Match at WrestleMania 31 to become new intercontinental champion. The hope was that Bryan’s win would bring dignity and integrity back to a title that means more today than Ted DiBiase Jr.’s Million Dollar championship. Unfortunately it seems like you may have to wait as Bryan’s reign as champion may be just as short as world title reign of 2014.
Dave Meltzer reported on a recent F4Wonline.com podcast that Bryan is hurt. Meltzer wouldn’t get into the details but did report that Bryan is injured and the WWE are being very cautious with their former champion. This would explain Bryan’s limited participation in tag team matches on television and on the recent European tour.
The timing of this news is not that surprising. Bryan just returned a few months back after being sidelined for close to a year with neck and arm issues. Yet Bryan worked a high impact ladder match at Mania which put him at great ..click here to read more
It’s still unclear what Monday’s addition of Attitude Era content to WWE Network exactly entails. Hopefully, it’s enough to satiate the subscribers that have been holding their breath for 1997 episodes of Nitro for close to a year. The uploading schedule has the regularity of asthma attacks, and it seems once the Network is on a kick (ECW week! 16 months of Nitro! A new classic Raw every Wednesday!), the idea is quickly left in a roadside ditch in favor of some other hastily-concocted idea.
Whatever Attitude programming makes its way to the Network on Monday, I thought it’d be nice to put the actual era in perspective and sift through the top moments with the benefit of hindsight. I do enjoy my listmaking; you may have noticed.
In picking the 50 most memorable moments of wrestling’s most unpredictable and fun era ever, I adhered to a few guidelines.
1. The time frame for the Attitude Era isn’t exactly etched in stone, so I went with the timeline used on WWE2K13 for their Attitude Era mode: the moment Shawn Michaels hit Undertaker with a steel chair at SummerSlam 1997 through Steve Austin and Vince McMahon’s handshake at WrestleMania X7. Some say the era ..click here to read more
CM Punk is making some waves with some recent comments about his former trade. The former WWE champion who was once a big pro wrestling fan has now to come to despise it and is a lot less impressed with his former skill set than most of you are.
Punk did a lengthy Q&A with SI.com and whether it is the door officially closing on pro wrestling in his household due to his wife retiring, a million-dollar lawsuit, or pressure, he does not have any kind things to say about his pro wrestling career and the WWE. So for you wrestling fans if you think Punk is coming into the UFC and fighting for you, he is here to tell you that he isn’t.
“What does it mean to be a good fake wrestler? That’s an identity crisis that I think I struggled with. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best, someone else picks who they want in the top spot.
It’s fake. People always get offended by that word. ‘No, we like to say it’s pre-determined.’ For whatever reason, people get angry at fake. Pre-determined eases the blow? It’s fake. At the end of the day it doesn’t really mean ..click here to read more