Don’t hold your breath waiting for Stone Cold Steve Austin to challenge the beast incarnate at WrestleMania 32. Austin spoke about a conversation with Vince McMahon that resulted in a lot of heat and a lot of shattered dreams for wrestling fans.
Austin found himself in a little bit of hot water several weeks ago after a podcast with his old manager Paul Heyman on the WWE Network. Austin and Heyman had fun with the idea of Austin wrestling Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. Austin cut a promo on Heyman and teased the match so hard that many predicted that his promo was the first of many more to come. Unfortunately, wishful thinking will not result in seeing the dream match.
It has been reported since that Vince McMahon was irate at Austin and Heyman for teasing the match. McMahon reportedly felt that both, specifically Austin shouldn’t tease a match that big without agreeing to do it. In McMahon’s eyes, he probably saw it as a huge distraction from anything else that would be teased for Mania 32 along the way and he’d probably be right.
Austin recently spoke about the conversation with McMahon on a podcast. Here is how it ..click here to read more
Hulk Hogan kicked off what some are calling an “Apology Tour” Monday morning on Good Morning America. The former WWE world champion told Amy Robach and the world that he was sorry asking for forgiveness and understanding.
Hogan’s world came crashing down like a leg drop in 1984 a few weeks ago after the National Enquirer released a transcript which documented Hogan admitting to being a “little” racist and using the n-word in derogatory and racist fashion while being secretly recorded. Hogan immediately lost his job with the WWE and the respect of millions of minority fans who cheered for him over the last thirty-plus years.
I wouldn’t say that Hogan has remained silent since then. Hogan has primarily used Twitter as his preferred form of communication and let’s just say it hasn’t gone well. Hogan has been ridiculed by many who have played practical jokes on the Hulkster, yet to be fair he has gotten a lot of support. Yet Hogan’s attempts to spin the comments have largely backfired in his face and he has remained mum on the subject.
Hogan must have struck some kind of a deal with ABC as he appeared on Good Morning America Monday morning and will ..click here to read more
No matter how hard I try to distance myself from wrestling of the past, the more it seems I cannot get away from the way things, “used to be.”
A fan on a message board a simple question, but the answer I gave back to him was more than he probably bargained for.
“If Shawn Michaels could return for one last match, who would you like to see him wrestle?”
I’m not the biggest Michaels fan, but the answer I gave to this innocent fan was more about how I feel with the current state of WWE and its product we see on a weekly basis.
“I don’t want Shawn Michaels to return. In fact, the less we talk about Michaels in the present tense, the better off wrestling would be.”
I hope my comments did not make the fan, who was 18 years old, cry or lose sleep over this. Talking about the greats of the past is fine with me, but they retired for a reason and to try and create some dramatic ending to an already written script does very little for me. Maybe that is why the current state of Sting and WWE is more upsetting than anything else.
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This week’s show opens up with the Wyatt Family, including the newest member, Braun Strowman. So much for those rumors of Adam Rose. We cut over to his debut on RAW, where he beat up both Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, while apparently using that lame chokehold Samuel Shaw uses as his finisher. Back to the arena, the lights are still out, and the Wyatts are in the ring. Luke Harper says your eyes have been sewn shut, and your ears clogged with the lies they’ve told you. Everyone is already dead, but they don’t know it. Bray Wyatt’s truth will give everyone new life. Wyatt says unlike Reigns, he doesn’t throw out words like “brother” and “family” as a smokescreen to hide his selfish ways. No, family means everything to him, and he means everything to his family. Sister Abigail gave him so much, like guidance and inspiration. And just when he thought he had nothing left, when he needed her the most, she provided him a savior. That is what being a family is all about. Abigail has told Wyatt all about Strowman, her “little black sheep”. This is his purpose, because she knew he was perfectly imperfect, ..click here to read more
There appears to be a bit of a double standard in the WWE Universe. It seems that while the universe has been highly vocal in expressing their views on the Divas Revolution, those same voices appear to be a little too sensitive when the girls return the favor.
The wheels came off of the rails Monday night in Brooklyn on live television. During Monday Night RAW, about 15,000 fans hijacked the segments featuring the WWE Divas with catcalls and unflattering chants. Yet when the Divas went on social media to respond, those same critics cried foul.
Paige was the first to break her silence and fire back at the crowd and critics of the movement. Paige went on Twitter and scolded those fans.
“You helped us create change and then did your best to disrespect. Niceeeee jobbbbbbbb!”
Brie Bella followed by posting on Instagram “Brooklyn crowd can kiss my ass” while her sister Nikki wrote “WWE Brooklyn shame on you for disrespecting women that put their bodies on the line for your entertainment.”
The Bellas and Paige immediately got heat for their social media escapades and were criticized for being unprofessional to their fans. Paige actually went back and deleted her tweet. Unfortunately ..click here to read more
As if it needs to be said, Jerry “The King” Lawler has led an incredible life and career, the latter of which has spanned forty some-odd years. In that time, Lawler has damn near seen it all and done it all. With this set, Lawler finally gets to share those stories and talk about his life in and out of the squared circle in a new set that should not be missed.
Like most of these sets, Lawler starts off talking about his life growing up, his family, etc. As you might expect, he initially got interested in wrestling as a way to bond with his dad, and the two used to attend matches weekly in his hometown of Memphis. During his early years, Lawler also developed an interest in art, specifically drawing/sketching, and during the matches with his dad, would draw pictures of what he was seeing. Eventually, he submitted some of those drawings to the local network that showed wrestling, the art was later shown on TV, and that led to the head of the territory, the now-legendary Jackie Fargo, inviting Lawler to come back and become the official artist for the promotion.
As if that weren’t enough, not only ..click here to read more
So it was Sunday night and it would be the first Summerslam pay per view I’d watch live in its entirety in almost four years. I went over my friend’s house to watch the event along with my WWE pay per view crew. The card had the potential to be one of the better Summerslams in recent memory and as the evening progressed my prediction came true. Aside from a couple of lame decisions, the action was solid and a hot crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York was a plus.
I know I’m late with my recap but I got up early the morning after Summerslam for a day trip to Ocean City, New Jersey. But as I was chilling out on the beach I flashed back to the night before to summarize my thoughts match by match. Here’s what came to mind.
Jon Stewart opens the show as host. Visually confirms he let himself go after the final Daily Show. He looks good for his age but it’s amazing what make up and highlights do to one’s appearance. I smell interference in the near future.
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The WWE Universe will see an unlikely headliner at Night of Champions. Former WCW and TNA champion Sting will challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE world title in one of the strangest bookings this company has seen in years.
It was obviously never the long term plan to take a semi-retired former WCW star and turn him into the next headliner. When Sting signed with the WWE earlier this year the word on the street was that the company didn’t have any solid plans for the former champ. As a matter of a fact, when Sting was booked on WrestleMania, rumor has it that WWE officials felt it could be his last shot. Boy were they wrong.
Fast forward several months later and the WWE is coming off of one of the biggest SummerSlam events in recent memory. Unfortunately for Vince McMahon and the brass, the Undertaker is riding back into the sunset and Brock Lesnar is out of town once again. How do you follow up the hottest August that the company has seen arguably since the Summer of Punk? Well with Sting of course.
As many of you know by now, Sting returned to the WWE on RAW Monday night to ..click here to read more
Several days later, I am still astounded by what I just saw at the Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 22, 2015. I was very confident that Beholder was going to have a great shot at becoming the first female to win the Pacific Classic. I was very pleased that the 5YO mare won the race and made history as the first female to win the prestigious race. What I was NOT expecting was how easily Beholder won, and how effortlessly she ran the race. I am still in disbelief.
At the start, her jockey Gary Stevens places her in the third position, while Bayern and Midnight Storm battle it out on the front end. As Bayern needs to have the lead all to himself, I figured that he’d give up, and Beholder would take over the lead. I also thought there’d be challenges from Red Vine or Hoppertunity. Well, Beholder was wasn’t having any of that. As the field approached the far turn, Beholder surged to the front in the blink of an eye, and never looked back. At the top of the stretch, she was about five lengths ahead. She obliterated the field by 8 1/4 lengths. She ran the ..click here to read more
Ric Flair continues to broadcast the best podcasts in the business. Flair recently had on former WWE and TNA executive Bruce Prichard and the two gave a fascinating critique of Dixie Carter and the business of TNA Wrestling.
I can’t say it enough. Flair is killing it on his podcasts, so much that I find myself getting excited every week when a new one gets posted. What makes Flair different than all of the other pro wrestler gone podcasters is that Flair has conversations with his guests. Flair doesn’t just as questions, Flair has conversations, offers anecdotes, and reminisces in a way that you feel as if you are eavesdropping on him and his guest at dinner. That is what makes every Flair podcast so much fun to listen to (and his weekly anti-marriage rants).
Former WWE and TNA Wrestling producer Bruce Prichard was a recent guest on WOOOOO! Nation with Ric Flair and while they discussed a variety of topics and told a lot of great stories, it was their discussion on TNA that I found most fascinating. The two pulled the curtain back on what it’s like to work in TNA from a talent and producer’s perspective, specifically the frustrations ..click here to read more