Kevin Owens Is Breaking The WWE Mold

July 01, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I will be the first to admit that I was wrong and guess what? I was wrong about Kevin Owens. The WWE has shown a commitment to Owens not seen since the Shield and the payoff may be the next elite superstar of the future.

As excited as some were about Owens coming in to wrestle John Cena, it was hard to ignore the obvious. The history of WWE creative shows that they get it wrong more than they get it right. Owens starting at the top had disaster written all over it yet in this case they got it right. You don’t get many better opening nights than the one Owens had at Payback.

Then came Money in the Bank and “the most anticipated rematch in WWE history” or at least that is what Michael Cole was trying to sell us. Like many, I was concerned. The obvious finish here was Cena going over and history told us that was where this was going to go. Cena did indeed go over but the creative team did a fantastic job of keeping his heat strong. As a matter of a fact look no further than this match as an example of a here to read more

Sasha Banks: Why “The Boss” Will Revolutionize the WWE Divas Division

June 30, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

As we all know, WWE’s Divas division desperately needs a revival. The WWE Universe has made it known that they prefer to see women in professional wrestling be portrayed as something other than sex objects; they prefer to see them portrayed as competent, authentic, worthwhile competitors. For this reason, fans have become less invested in WWE’s Divas division, and are now completely enthralled by NXT’s Women’s division. The women in NXT have impactful, meaningful storylines. They are given copious amounts of screen time, which helps their ability to tell the audience a story over the course of a match. Overall, NXT’s female performers are completely equal to their male counterparts, and it just works.

In order for the main roster Divas division to capture the same magic as NXT’s Women’s division, WWE must simply change their mindset. The company will have to split up on-screen air time differently, the creative team will have to provide them with meaningful storylines, and above all, they must move away from their current idea of women serving as only eye candy.

As history shows us, every crusade needs a leader. As mainstream sports show us, every organization needs a franchise player. This idea holds true in here to read more

Happy Birthday Terry Funk

June 30, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

If you were wondering, it is still unanswered question as to whether or not Terry Funk – who turns 71 today – is retired from the wars in and out of the wrestling ring. As a fan who has watched the former NWA World Champion over the course of five decades, I am not sure if given the chance the man who helped put hardcore wrestling on the map in ECW wouldn’t get in the ring for another run or two.

That’s the kind of performer and wrestler Funk has always been. And his life within wrestling circles is living proof that some in the business can never (ever, in the words of Chris Jericho) give it up.

Funk is known mainly for the hardcore wrestling style he adopted in the latter part of his career that inspired many younger wrestlers, including Mick Foley. He worked for at least 63 promotions around the world over his 49-year career, including all major American and Japanese.

I remember him as the villain who had many great matches with the likes of Jack Brisco, Bobo Brazil, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race and Eddie Graham in my childhood.

In major promotions, Funk is a three-time World Champion, here to read more

WWE Legends Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels Talk About Their Past and Present

June 29, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Legendary pro wrestling journalist Bill Apter had the opportunity to sit down with WWE legends Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart recently. The former heated rivals updated Bill on their friendship in this exclusive Apter Chat.

Bill sat down with both guys separately and asked them about where things stood today between the two. Both were very complimentary towards each other and tell Bill they have a great friendship these days. It’s a short video but well worth the watch considering the amount of history both Hart and Michaels have together.

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Updated: Dolph Ziggler Reportedly Signs New WWE Contract…Or Maybe Not

June 29, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

While the Dolph Ziggler WWE contract rumors were fun while they lasted, the former WWE champion has put them to rest.. Rumors of Dolphs demise were premature. Ziggler has re-signed with the WWE and will be hanging around the mid-card for years to come.

Dolph Ziggler is a rallying cry of what some would call “hardcore fans” on social media. Dolph’s fans have been demanding better things for Ziggy and a bigger push. They got it a couple of years ago but an injury derailed Ziggler’s push and while he has flirted with the top, he has yet to ascend to that spot on the card which is why rumors of Dolph leaving have fans excited about his future.

Those rumors grew last week when Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter addressed these rumors.

“Regarding any rumors going around about Ziggler, his contract and leaving, this is the situation. Ziggler’s contract does expire in a few months and there are those close to him that have said he is at least considering what decision to make regarding his future that wouldn’t include WWE. I’ve got no idea what he’s going to do, past the idea he has talked with here to read more

The Rock Makes Surprise Appearance At WWE House Show (Video)

June 28, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

There used to be a time where you never knew what would happen at a WWE house show. Today, house shows are generally one in the same yet Saturday night was an exception as fans in Boston received a very big surprise.

The Rock made a rare appearance on Saturday night in Boston at a WWE house show. According to reports, Dwayne Johnson is in Boston making a movie. The Rock came out during Bo Dallas’ match and had a lengthy verbal altercation with Dallas. You can probably guess how this one ended.

The WWE posted video of this on their YouTube channel and by the way, I love the gritty appearance of the video. It reminds me of seeing house show clips on WWF television as a kid. Video of this appearance needs to be played numerous times over the next few weeks. I think something as simple as this could really help house show business. Most know that you aren’t going to get big angles or title changes at house shows anymore. They just don’t happen. A video like this could change that mentality completely.

Finally, you have to give credit to the WWE for giving a younger guy like Bo here to read more

WWE: Killing Serial Entertainment?

June 26, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I was really interested in watching The Messengers on the CW Network. It looked intriguing, and I forgot all about the CW’s disaster called The Tomorrow People, it’s penchant for politically motivated inclusions and that it was another retelling of Apocalyptic tales (something Sleepy Hollow did well, but also plays into the theme of this piece).

Tomorrow People was a pretty cool concept, but played out a lot less like Jack Kirby and a lot more like Vince Russo, which may or may not have been caused by it not getting enough traction, by it not being quite “super-heroic” enough or maybe the casting of teenagers with older looking actors was a huge disconnect that doomed it from the start.

Tomorrow People was definitively of the modern era of episodic, serialized entertainment. It threw too many plot twists, had too many character decisions that weren’t character-driven, and plot holes the size of a Jack Kirby Celestial. Those details are long forgotten, but delving into details rarely makes a good point.

It just gives enough for dismissing the criticism.

The big picture is the problem. Having all this secretive, evolutionary, end-of-the-world dynamics, and then revealing that everyone that you thought didn’t know, knew, just blew here to read more

WWE SmackDown Results and June 25 Recap

June 26, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week opens with Seth Rollins, flanked by Joey Mercury and Kane. Jamie Noble is out with a broken rib for now. Jimmy Uso is filling in for Byron Saxton on commentary this week, as Saxton is apparently working on Tough Enough at the moment. Couldn’t tell you for sure, because I’m not watching that crap. Rollins says the Authority is back. They’ve got the band back together. They took a trip to Suplex City on Monday night, and burned it to the ground. It might have been uncomfortable for some fans, but change is a necessity. You need it to grow and evolve. He is a perfect example. A little over a year ago, he was a member of the Shield. He made the change that was necessary. It wasn’t popular at the time, but look at him now. He’s the undisputed WWE World Champion. He’s a proud member of the Authority, and he’s surrounded by true family, true brothers, like Joey Mercury. Mercury has had his back since day one and is a genius. He helped mastermind the beat-down of the Beast on RAW, and he’s glad to have Mercury on his side. It’s bittersweet for everyone, though. here to read more

Jeff Jarrett Returns To TNA Wrestling

June 25, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

In a bizarre scene for those who followed the tumultuous breakup of TNA Wrestling and Jeff Jarrett, Jeff and wife Karen returned to TNA on Wednesday night. Jeff announced his in-ring return in an angle that has created a lot of buzz for a lot of different reasons.

The return of Jeff Jarrett to TNA has brought TNA the kind of buzz they have been looking for over the last several months. While the interest lies with the out-of-ring fallout from Jeff’s return, the story has a lot of people talking. What this means for TNA, Global Force Wrestling, and Jeff are all questions people are asking.

There are multiple reports coming out of his return. Wade Keller at reported that there is a lot of heat backstage between TNA wrestlers and management. TNA wrestlers were told that they were not allowed to appear on Jeff’s GFW shows and many of them had to cancel or pass up big paydays or face a breach of contract. Those wrestlers are reportedly not very happy that they missed out on the paydays while TNA does business with Jeff.

I have some personal experience with this kind of a situation and it sucks. here to read more

Hulk Hogan Gives Advice To Aspiring WWE Superstars

June 25, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

There probably isn’t many better WWE stars to give advice to aspiring pro wrestlers than arguably the most famous star of all-time. Hulk Hogan is one of the most successful wrestlers ever so when the Hulkster is offering free advice, you listen.

Hulk Hogan is currently a judge on the WWE Tough Enough show. Why he is not a host is a question I am still trying to figure out. Whether you like Hulk or not you cannot argue with his success. He is arguably the most recognizable pro wrestler in all of wrestling history. Hogan is doing some media to promote Tough Enough and stopped by for a conversation which turned more into a coaching session for aspiring WWE superstars.

Hogan was asked about the biggest challenge he ever faced and what he learned from it.

“Making the transition from actually wrestling to trying to figure out how to generate revenue without physically getting in the ring. I had to figure out how to use my brand and exploit the 35 years of goodwill with the world and turn that into a money making machine. Once you wrestle main events for 30 years and all of a sudden it’s taken away here to read more