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What Does The WWE Do With Sting Now That The Streak is Broken?

April 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

According to several sources, Sting will be signing or has signed with the WWE. The original plan was to sign Sting to a deal that allowed him to be used in a non-wrestling role in several capacities while wrestling very part time similar to The Undertaker.

For years, the one wrestler who Vince McMahon could not make part of his circus up north was the missing piece to a WCW puzzle that was never complete. Now that appears to be no longer an issue.

The first rumor going out about Sting was that he was signing for only one match at WrestleMania 31 against The Undertaker. The thing is, this type of deal does not help the WWE as it would only allow them to use Sting once. The set up alone would be great and people would get the match they wanted. However, if WWE could sign him to a legends deal, he would be able to enter WWE’s Hall of Fame next year along with having a huge role with WWE Network and wrestling from time to time.

Now that Taker lost to Brock Lesnar and the “Streak” is over, the company must now develop new storylines that keep the 55-year ..click here to read more

WWE’s Tribute To The Ultimate Warrior Is Bizarre

April 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I know I am not the only one thinking it so I’ll just say it. The WWE’s reaction to the death of former champion Ultimate Warrior is one of the most bizarre things I think I have ever seen in over 30 years as a pro wrestling observer.

Vince McMahon has poured his heart out through WWE programming in honoring the late Jim Hellwig. The tributes to the Warrior are unprecedented in company history as the WWE has spent almost two weeks memorializing Warrior through content on their website, television shows, social media, and network. Classy yes, but it makes absolutely no sense at all.

It hasn’t even been a year since Vince McMahon welcomed Warrior back into the WWE family. Warrior returned first through promotion of the WWE 2K14 game and later officially at the Hall of Fame. The return ended close to a 20-year absence from the company. If you followed any of the tributes to the Warrior, you would never know that he and McMahon spent more time fighting outside of the company than he actually did wrestling for the WWE.

I don’t mean this as any disrespect to the Warrior but I can’t figure out why he ..click here to read more

The Undertaker’s WWE Career: Survivor Series 1990 & The Birth of The Streak

April 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It was the Dream Team against The Million Dollar Team. Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase were in the midst of a good-old southern style blood feud. DiBiase first lured Sapphire away with money and luxuries beyond her wildest dreams. DiBiase then did the unthinkable on national television and would violently attack Dusty’s son, Dustin. DiBiase would leave Dustin a bloody mess, setting up Rhodes and DiBiase to lead teams for the upcoming Survivor Series PPV. Rhodes would tab The Hart Foundation and Koko B. Ware and DiBiase would recruit Rhythm and Blues. DiBiase promised a mystery partner, and just who would it be? DiBiase entered the ring and would address the audience:

“Without further ado, I’ll introduce to you my mystery partner. Lead to the ring by his manager, Brother Love, weighing in at 325 pounds, from Death Valley, I give you The Undertaker. *DiBiase Laughter*“-Survivor Series 1990 (November 22nd, 1990)

With those words, the wrestling world including the 16,000 fans at the Hartford Civic Center would turn their heads to the entrance. Just what exactly was this so called Undertaker and why was he associating himself with Brother Love of all people? As the funeral March played a man walked out ..click here to read more

Stone Cold Steve Austin Tempted By Brock Lesnar WWE Match

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Leave it to the world’s greatest master manipulator to goad one of the biggest stars in wrestling history into one more match. Paul Heyman may have done the unthinkable which is entice Stone Cold Steve Austin to get in a WWE ring for one more time.

The Steve Austin WrestleMania rumors have just started to die down as fans have become resolved with the idea that the Texas Rattlesnake is never coming back. While Austin has never said the word “never”, most assumed after Austin passed up a Mania match with CM Punk that he was indeed done. That was until Austin’s former manager Paul Heyman laid out the perfect scenario.

The former ECW mastermind was a recent guest on Austin’s podcast. The conversation ended with both fawning over Brock Lesnar. Heyman than brought up that he and Lesnar have had an interest going back to Lesnar’s UFC days in a match with Stone Cold. Heyman proceeded to lay out the scenario, billing the match as the Baddest Man on the Planet vs. The World’s Toughest S.O.B. Austin sat silent until Heyman put him on the spot. After dodging the question as to whether he would be interested he finally ..click here to read more

WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Rumored Card

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Extreme Rules 2014 is still a few weeks away but reports of a possible card have leaked out. I think it’s fair to say that if these reports are true, the WWE aren’t as hot on pushing Daniel Bryan as you would have thought coming out of WrestleMania 30.

Dave Meltzer has the latest card in his recent edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter. Meltzer reports that Bryan is currently slotted to defend the WWE championship against Kane. The match tells me that the WWE aren’t as committed as you would expect on Bryan. Booking Kane vs. Bryan at this point seems like nothing more than a glorified television match. Meltzer does point out that the match could change although this appears to be the working plan.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think there was some big money in this match at some point. The whole idea of these two feuding after Team Hell No was intriguing. But that ship has sailed and Team Hell No is barely even mentioned on WWE TV. The obvious match to me was Randy Orton vs. Bryan since Orton never got pinned. This is just another case of the new champion booked ..click here to read more

Let CM Punk Fade Away, He’s Not Required

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The contrast between the infamous 2014 Royal Rumble and present WWE programming is a stark one. On the one hand, watching a DVD of this year’s Rumble is akin to viewing the videotape in The Ring; you could actually be found dead within a week via its horrors.

On the other hand, the negative reception, the threats of show-hijacking, and the need to cater to fans on the fence about dropping $10 a month on the greatest on-demand service ever devised had an effect. WWE would do a 180 from their WrestleMania plans, and retailor it to fit the stimulus response to seeing Boo-tista standing tall.

Where do the changes leave us? Daniel Bryan is the WWE Champion. The Shield transitioned successfully into babyfaces with their soldier-of-fortune hellraiser act in tact. Cesaro has become a villain of escalating stock, thanks to a high-profile WrestleMania win, and a new-found alliance the company’s most watchable baddie, Paul Heyman. The Wyatt Family have yet to see their standing drop, as godfather Bray continues his psych war with John Cena.

Everyone considered a detriment to WWE’s youth movement, namely Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton, has been quarantined into the Evolution group once more, where they can ..click here to read more

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WWE Survivor Series 1999 Recap: A Minnesota Review

April 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Sunday, November 14th, 1999 – Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan – The thirteenth annual World Wrestling Federation Survivor Series pay-per-view was sponsored by Rent-A-Center and Rent-A-Center is responsible, even in name alone, on producing one of my favorite Survivor Series! Why? Big Show single handed eliminates the Big Bossman’s Survivor Series team, Kurt Angle debuts on this show, Chris Jericho and Chyna grapple for the coveted Intercontinental Championship, and the Big Show would fill in for the injured Stone Cold Steve Austin and win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H and the Rock in the main event.

Besides all of that, this is one of the last Survivor Series pay-per-views that are dominated by the traditional Survivor Series matches. The concept of the event was four-man (or five-man) teams squaring off with one another, trying to eliminate the opposing team before his/her team gets eliminated. The concept is great, the mix-and-match teams were awesome and we saw a lot of different pairings face off that we never gave a second thought on wanting to see (or even seeing, ever).

My favorite year in World Wrestling Federation pay-per-views has to be 1999, followed closely by the following two years, because ..click here to read more

Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett and Other WWE Thoughts

April 16, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE may now be faced with the question that many of us knew would be the elephant in the room – “How does the company begin to book Daniel Bryan as the new WWE World Champion?”

There are less than three weeks until Extreme Rules and the company is having to deal with the suddent death of The Ultimate Warrior, which may have pushed back some of the plans for the WWE to promote a big card with Bryan and possibly Brock Lesnar as the centerpiece.

Personally, I am not a fan of Lesnar and Bryan battling for the strap for many reasons, one being that Lesnar’s beating Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 warrants the “Beast” to be anointed as the next great WWE champion, the man who took down the most powerful force in the WWE Universe. The other reason is if Lesnar goes into Extreme Rules without Randy Orton earning a rematch, it proves that Bryan is more of a transitional champion, which would destroy the last 10 months of build for the performer.

At some point, Lesnar should be the company champion with Paul Heyman at his side and Cesaro plotting to unseat his cohort. But a confrontation between Bryan ..click here to read more

WrestleMania 30 meets Weekend at Bernie’s

April 16, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It has been just over a week since the streak of the Undertaker officially came to an end, and I am still in a bit of shock. Like many in the WWE Universe I was expecting the Undertaker to continue his ridiculous streak of only wrestling once a year for many years to come. I know that I am in the minority but I was ready to see the streak end once and for all. Let’s face it, the Undertaker should have walked away after he failed to walk out of the arena after his first win against HHH.

I don’t think it was work and if it was it didn’t make any sense. It would have made for a perfect moment. There were no more legends from the Undertakers era left to beat, and he could have retired on top of the mountain. I guess maybe there was a little more money to be made so instead of doing what was best for fans, young talent, and probably the Undertaker’s long term health they did what was best for business which was make more money off a guy who was already dead.

The WWE and the Undertaker (he has some creative ..click here to read more