A while ago, I was asked to review this DVD, and I finally got around to this weekend (I apologize for the delay). It’s the first DVD I’ve ever reviewed from MVD Entertainment Group, so I already knew I wouldn’t be looking at a top-of-the-line WWE production this time around, and that’s fine. However, I’ve gotta say I’m a bit disappointed regardless.
Overall, the concept is good. It’s a collection of matches from the “territory days” of pro wrestling, featuring matches from promotions not yet currently owned by WWE, such as ICW, CWA and NAWA. A lot of stars got their start in these promotions, stars many of you are familiar with, with quite a few of them being current Hall of Famers for WWE. So, it’s kind of cool to see a lot of these stars, such as Rick Rude, Jim Neidhart and Lanny Poffo, to name a few, working matches that took place prior to them really taking off as stars in the sport. The stars featured here are great (although some of them are very odd choices), but the matches really bring the ..click here to read more
After watching the end to Raw on Monday night, I am left with two schools of thinking.
The first centers around an idea that all of this “potential” siding with The Authority is just a cover-up by the McMahon’s and Randy Orton to again get the best of John Cena. Somehow I believe Stephanie McMahon would put herself in harms way for the good of the WWE and what is best for business.
The other is quite simple – the sight we saw with Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Kane and a shocked John Cena could very well be the new power family of the company and finally, we as fans get exactly what we want.
To steal a phrase from ESPN College Game Day analyst Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friends.” If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. So, with blinders on and a chance to really make a statement in this anti-climactic pay-per-view, I am thinking the “Cena Switch” is on.
Admittedly, I never thought the idea of a Hulk Hogan heel turn would ever work, but that along with the forming of ..click here to read more
There generally isn’t a whole lot of news that come out of the TNA Impact Wrestling tapings these days. However, a sneak peak into the future reveals a match scheduled to tape in January has some enormous implications on both TNA and the WWE’s WrestleMania 30.
TNA will be taping its Genesis television event January 16 for airing later that night on Spike TV. While a whole lot isn’t known this far in advance, a scheduled match is actually one of the bigger stories of both 2013 and 2014. A TNA superstar on the bubble rumored for WrestleMania looks like he will be staying put in the Impact Zone.
Sting’s contract status is always a huge story leading into the next year. Sting is on a yearly deal with TNA which reportedly expires at the end of the calendar year. While rumors of Sting to WrestleMania are nothing new, they were stronger this year than in any other year I can remember. Well we can put those rumors to rest once and most likely for all.
Spoiler Alert: Sting has a match booked on Genesis ..click here to read more
The WWE’s final pay-per-view is only six days away and guess what? The company destroys any momentum the less than thrilling event has by throwing the Slammy Awards at us tonight on Monday Night Raw.
Excuse me why I chuckle for a moment. Nothing surprises me anymore. I am kind of empty inside when it comes to the logical thinking of this company. The last pay-per-view of the year, the possibility of John Cena turning heel, the potential return of Paul Heyman or Brock Lesnar or some other WWE superstar and we get an awards night.
What was I thinking?
This could be a very stale night for WWE television – one that ranks with the best of Hee Haw and Alf, and unless we see something clear out of the Dukes of Hazard or Night Rider, then the pay-per-view which should leap frog us through some cold weather, awful egg nog and another fruit cake will be a dud and one we gripe and moan about for the next four weeks.
I have the solution to everyone’s misery …
Why doesn’t the WWE bring him back tonight, let ..click here to read more
The WWE Network is coming…finally. After months of teases and promises the long awaited network devoted entirely to WWE programming is on the way. Early details of the network indicate that the entire way you view the WWE will be changing shortly.
Numerous reports appear to indicate that the WWE Network will be launching on February 24. The timing shortly before WrestleMania is no coincidence. Here is a rundown of the important details, all rumors until confirmed mind you, of the big network.
- The network will launch February 24
- The network will be available on the Internet only
- The network will have an extensive library of WWE videos that will be available immediately on-demand, including every single Monday Night RAW.
- WrestleMania 30 will stream live on the network and will be included in the subscription.
- The cost of the network will be $10. Subscribers will have to sign up for 6-months at the start to get Mania.
- All of the B-level pay-per-views will air live on the network.
That is a whole lot of information right there. The biggest takeaway at first glance is ..click here to read more
Tonight’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens with Fandango and Summer Rae in the ring. Damien Sandow is on commentary for what will be the opening contest.
MATCH 1: Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. Intercontinental Champion Big E. Langston (non-title)
Fandango asks for a test of strength, but gets back body dropped instead. Langston hits a couple of shoulder thrusts in the corner before running into a boot. Fandango slaps him, but then gets shoved through the ropes and to the floor. Fandango recovers and hits a big clothesline before rolling Langston back in the ring for 2. Fandango hits some mounted punches, then lands a few kicks to the head before applying a front chancery. Langston throws him off, then hits a pair of clotheslines. He ducks one by Fandango and catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Langston follows up with a Warrior Splash and goes for the Big Ending, but Fandango comes up with a Ghetto Blaster and gets a 2 off a kick to the head. Fandango goes up top, but gets thrown right back down. Langston hits an avalanche on the opposite side of ..click here to read more
This week is the semi-finals of the World title tournament, and to hype this, we get a bizarre video package featuring a bunch of bald, faceless men staring at a video screen like they’re in THX-1138. Only it’s, you know, not as good.
In the arena, Kurt Angle makes his way down to the ring. He says Thanksgiving was last week, and was a time to be thankful for everything we have. He’s thankful for his health and the support of the fans in his quest for the title and the Hall of Fame (that he was already inducted into and refused). This tournament is his path to prove himself. He went to war with Austin Aries, and Aries gave him the fight of his life. This round, he has an opponent that’s much closer to him. He then invites Magnus, his opponent tonight, to meet him in the ring.
Magnus comes out and Angle wants to know what happened last week when Magnus left him high and dry against four wrestlers. Magnus says he has more respect for Angle than anyone in this business. He ..click here to read more
The WWE has nine days to get this right. Five matches already planned and more to come, TLC and the year’s last pay-per-view event seems to be lacking in its ability to leave us hanging on until the new year and more of the Authority angle and few other surprises.
While the Randy Orton/John Cena unification match is a must see for the simple fact we could witness a John Cena heel turn and the ultimate reversal of fortune for Randy Orton, the lineup so far leaves me and probably the rest of the WWE Universe a little empty inside.
The 3-on-1 matches with Daniel Bryan and the Wyatts and CM Punk and The Shield offer us little in the way of true
entertainment if these types of beat downs go according to plan.
There needs to be more excitement, energy and new hope. All three haven’t begun to scratch the surface, which makes me think once again, we will plunk down $49.99 to witness mediocrity in a wrestling ring.
I am not trying to be harsh, I am just dealing with the reality of the event. The WWE has ..click here to read more
With just one week until the one year anniversary of this column, I would like to recognize two wrestlers for the award. After discussing both, I will provide my thoughts on which should ultimately be the winner this week. They both became number one contenders this week. They are Damien Sandow and Natalya.
This past Monday on Raw, Sandow defeated Dolph Ziggler to become number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. The matches between Sandow and Ziggler the last few weeks have been pretty pointless up until now. Sure, they mainly dealt with the theme of that episode of Raw, but why should anyone care about this feud? Two former Money in the Bank winners finally squared off with something on the line. While Sandow winning made sense in the fact that he is the heel, a match between Ziggler and Big E Langston would also be intriguing based on their past as partners.
Nonetheless, the choice of pushing Sandow into the Intercontinental title picture does interest me. He did appear to lose a lot of steam after failing to cash in Money in the Bank, but ..click here to read more
The rumors and speculation regarding WWE WrestleMania 30 matches appears to change monthly. It seems that this is the first Mania in years where fans don’t have any indication of where things are going. That is what makes these predictions fun.
I can’t recall a time in recent years where I didn’t have some idea of what the direction was for WrestleMania. Even if it is just one match, the WWE has generally given fans enough of a tease by now to get the buzz going. It was only two Mania events ago that the fans knew one year out what to expect at the annual spectacular.
Plans seem to be changing by the week in the WWE. Guys on top a few weeks ago are now wrestling in mid-card tag team matches. Anything is possible at this point. So with that mindset let’s look at a few logical and maybe not so logical matches that we could see this coming in April in New Orleans.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker…Unified Title vs. Streak - I have been predicting this match for years and every year I am ..click here to read more