Now that we know Undertaker will face Brock Lesnar and John Cena is headed for a crash course with Bray Wyatt, the WWE must at some point address the most glaring question left unanswered in the company – Will Kane ever find the ring again on a full-time basis?
The loss of the Big Red Monster in the ring is a crying shame in my opinion – one the WWE may have done because of a roster full of superstars and not enough space for everyone, but it galls me to see one of the best in-ring performers standing on the sidelines as part of the Authority.
If this were the old Degeneration X, Kane would be starring in the role that was taken by Rick Rude, which baffled me for some time. While Kane and Rude are in many ways the same in terms of their creativity to the company and their potential for excitement, Kane’s path in the company warrants more than just being a “bit” player in this angle that must find a resolution to see the man in red back in a mask beating the hell out of his opponents. Anything else is in my mind, criminal on ..click here to read more
Growing up, there was this place called Blockbuster in-which you could rent movies and games for a certain period of time for a certain price. The great thing about Blockbuster was their wrestling section at each store had a different selection. Some stores had a good majority of WWE, others had a mixture but the Blockbuster by my aunt’s house was WCW heaven. It had almost every WCW PPV from 1989-1993, so going to my aunt’s house, I always had hope for a Blockbuster trip. One time, I picked Halloween Havoc 1990, a card I will defend till I die. Yes, the ending to Sting/Sid was god awful and it must have been worrying that the fans cheered for Sid over Sting and went nuts when Sid won.
The event had some great matches: A great opener between Midnight Express against Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich, The Steiner Brothers against The Nasty Boys and Scott Steiner’s coming out party, a great Stan Hansen/Lex Luger brawl (Apart of Luger’s run of great PPV matches) and Doom against Flair and Anderson is great even though the finish is bad. What intrigued me the most was this weird guy taunting Sting by the name ..click here to read more
Kane really cannot want to end it on this note, can he?
The man who once came out in a leather mask, red bodysuit and surrounded by fire now walks out in a white tank-top undershirt and slacks. Instead of looking like the Big Red Monster, he now looks like the prototypical American slob sitting in his stained recliner at home, beer in one hand and remote in the other, cursing the television.
It’s even hard to call him Kane now, given his appearance. The Kane I once knew should be up on the shelf, his place taken now by Glenn Jacobs, a big tough guy from eastern Tennessee.
“Corporate Kane?” Don’t even go there. All he is doing is making the transition from in-ring performer to backstage worker, maybe as a road agent like so many other former WWE wrestlers.
We should not be surprised at what we are seeing, though. For the past couple of years, Kane has been just this side of a WWE comedy act. He used to strike fear in the hearts of his opponents. Not any more.
The character went from fearful to farcical. He got involved in a silly “anger management” storyline with Daniel Bryan and a quack ..click here to read more
CM Punk fans have started to concede this week that their straight-edged hero will not be back for WWE. The grieving has begun and fans have started to move on. I don’t want to give anyone false hope but I think that process may be a little premature.
I was with you. At around 11:30 PM/EST Monday night I concluded that Punk’s career in the WWE for 2014 was over. Yet as the week progressed and I started to think about it, I wasn’t sure that the door is slammed shut. I started wondering whether Chicago was just a pawn in a bigger angle that is taking place.
There are a few things that just don’t make sense right now. The big one being the WrestleMania 30 main-event. The booking of that match and the current direction would lead you to believe that they would be inserting a babyface here. Could it be Daniel Bryan coming into the match as part of a stipulation of his Mania bout with Triple H? It could but Bryan’s motivation appears to be focused on Triple H with very little mentions of the championship. There is nobody else but Punk who would make sense here? Would ..click here to read more
TNA Wrestling is promoting a major shake up to the Knockouts division. There is a little banner on the bottom of their Knockouts page that says the following.
“The Knockouts Division is about to be shaken up”
What does that mean? Does it mean more Knockout photoshoots coming? OK, I do run a gallery that has the Knockout photos as well and we title them as well as writing critiques on them. You can check the link at the bottom of the entry for the site, but what I think it really means is that the division is about to be shaking up with fresh stuff and brand new Knockouts. Honestly, I’m excited for this and ready to see what is about to come with this division because it needs to be shaken up badly and it needs a HUGE turn around.
For starters, I do like the fact that over the past couple of tapings, they’ve used well known girls that wrestle over in the United Kingdom such as The Alpha Female and Shanna. The Alpha Female has been used in a storyline with Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky with Alpha Female being the body guard like type for Chris Sabin. Shanna ..click here to read more
Yesterday, I praised the WWE for its decision to honor William Moody – better known to us as Paul Bearer – with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Now, on the flip side, it’s time to ask a time honored question when it comes to the selection process and the decision of “Who is in” and “Who is out.”
- Ken Patera out.
- Rick Rude out.
- Big Boss Man out.
- King Kong Bundy out.
- Vader out.
Seriously? Come on, man. There are wrestlers who are sitting, drinking tea in this prestigious honor row and those five names haven’t sniffed the green room of the HOF ceremony, but someone like Koko B. Ware is safe and secure in its confines.
Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth. That explains the inconsistency of the selection process.
What can you say about these five performers who gave the fans everything they had in the ring and then some? Faces, heels – it did not matter. The fans accepted them as part of the circus Vince McMahon and their cartoon-like performances were the stuff of wrestling lore. Their success spoke for themselves.
King Kong Bundy
Bundy achieved mainstream recognition in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in the 1980s and ..click here to read more
I’ll be the first to admit, I never in my wildest dreams thought for one second that Triple H would become a main event attraction, let alone marry Vince McMahon’s only daughter. Boy, was I wrong.
Trained by the late legendary , infamous (for removing the ear of fellow competitor, Yukon Eric’s head) WWE Hall of Famer, Walter “Killer” Kowalski, it wasn’t long after a very short stint on the New England independents, that the now defunct, WCW came calling.
From the beginning, Helmsley proved himself a true student oh the game (pun intended). Even though he was a contracted worker, you could find H honing his craft at WCW’s training facilities, the Power Plant. It would be here, where Triple H would befriend a veteran of the English carnival circuit, one Mr. William Regal ( I think it’s safe to say that this friendship would benefit Regal years later). After a short time teaming with Regal, with his one year contract up, Helmsley would move on to the “show”, “New York”, Vince McMahon’s WWE.
It wasn’t always easy for Helmsley, stuck with an aristocratic American blue blood gimmick, wrestling garbage men and pig farmers. The upside (though, some may say downside) however ..click here to read more
I’ve stayed quiet on the quagmire that is the CM Punk leaves WWE situation up until now, and for good reason. As someone who wouldn’t classify themselves as a do or die CM Punk fan, but someone who appreciated the spectacle he bought to the ring, I severely underestimated the response this situation would generate. Which made me think long and hard about what my place is in this situation. Keep in mind that what you’re about to read is simply my uneducated and partially informed thoughts on CM Punk, his fans, and WWE’s handling of the entire situation. I could end up being wrong about everything I’m writing in this article. Oh well.
I would like to start off by saying that nobody truly knows the reason why CM Punk left WWE. Rumors and speculation have run rampant about what could possibly be the problem, but neither he nor WWE management have spoken up and provided a concrete reason as to why he’s gone. Which is problematic if you’re the type that likes to point the finger. From what I’ve heard and read, It could be a combination of many different factors. If you believe the sheets, it’s because Batista ..click here to read more
Everybody loves to see destruction, but sooner or later, some of it has got to come to an end.
Nothing will whip the crowd up into a frenzy like going down to ringside and throwing things around. Like chairs. Like monitors. Like…other wrestlers. Folks tune in to pay-per-views sometimes just to watch the Spanish announcers table get pummeled to pieces.
Brock Lesnar has made his living throwing things around, both in and out of the ring. On a couple of occasions, adrenaline has kicked in, and he got a bit too…well, let’s say, enthusiastic. One night, a folding chair he threw into the ring almost cleared it. A few more inches further and it would have sailed into the crowd.
Monday night at the Raw show in Chicago, Lesnar finally hit paydirt, if we can call it that. During his latest ringside tirade, he picked up the monitors from the announcer table (not the Spanish one because that was nowhere to be found) and heaved them into the ring. Only one of them reportedly went over the ring and into the crowd.
According to WrestlingInc.com., which posted a fan’s video of the action, the monitor sailed over the ring and went into the ..click here to read more