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10 Of The Biggest WWE Busts In History

July 23, 2014 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Hype isn’t always a good thing for a new WWE wrestler. Sometimes too much hype can create unattainable expectations from fans. The cream doesn’t always rise to the top in these instances as these 10 busts can attest to.

Falling flat in the WWE isn’t necessarily reflective of your skills as a professional wrestler. Some of the most talented wrestlers in the world for different reasons, failed to live up to expectations set by management and fans. I came up with a list of ten who as Hulk Hogan would say, “couldn’t cut the mustard” under the big lights and heavy spotlight of the WWE.

Diamond Dallas Page - DDP was arguably the biggest signing to come over with the purchase of WCW. While Page always had his doubters, expectations are always going to be large when you are pushed that heavy by the opposition. Unfortunately Page couldn’t come close to meeting those expectations. His debut feud with the Undertaker was an absolute dud and it was a downward spiral from there. I don’t think you can find a much bigger bust during the invasion than Page.

Ted Arcidi - Arcidi was a pet project of Vince McMahon’s in the mid-1980s. Arcidi was a well-known powerlifter and one of the strongest men to ever step foot into a WWE ring. The vignettes leading up to Arcidi’s debut showcased a man that was promoted to be the next big star. Instead what WWE fans got was a guy who was clearly in over his head and lacked the charisma to make a successful transition.

Karma - As I said above, a lack of talent isn’t always the mitigating factor between success and failure in the WWE. Unlike Arcidi, Karma clearly had the skills to live up to her hype. For Karma, outside of the ring issues got the best of her. A few months after debuting she told the company she was pregnant. She reportedly lost her baby and returned as a big surprise at the Royal Rumble. She claimed that she was given her release after she was unable to meet a deadline for returning to the ring. True or not the only thing I can confirm is that she quickly disappeared from the WWE, earmarking her as the first big flop under the Triple H regime.

Sin Cara - Let’s stick with the Triple H regime shall we. The former Mistico came into the WWE with a ton of hype and was the first big signing of Triple H. The WWE held a press conference in Mexico and Mistico was targeted to be the next big star among kids and the Latino market. It wasn’t talent that prevented this but attitude that kept Mistico from reaching those heights. His lack of interest in learning English and reported bad attitude put him quickly in the dog house. The WWE certainly gave him enough chances yet in the end he was never a good fit for the company.

Waylon Mercy - Dan Spivey had all of the tools to become one of the biggest stars in the industry. The only thing he lacked was character and charisma and with Waylon Mercy, he got both. Mercy had a ton of promotion prior to his debut and developed something of a cult following quickly among hardcore fans. Unfortunately Mercy never lived up to his hype. I interviewed Dan Spivey a few years ago and he told me he was so beat up with injuries at the time that he just couldn’t get going. It wasn’t talent or motivation in Spivey’s case, it was just bad timing.

Kerry Von Erich - Speaking of bad timing I don’t think there is a bigger bust that epitomizes poor timing than Kerry Von Erich. Kerry was targeted for several years by Vince McMahon going back to when Vince would air his matches in the early days of All-Star Wrestling on the USA Network. Unfortunately the Kerry I watched on Sunday mornings on the USA Network was not the same man who came into the WWE in the early 1990s. Kerry was hampered by injuries, an addiction problem, and only had one foot by the time he signed. He was clearly not the same guy most of us had watched on tape or World Class television by this point. While Mr. Perfect carried Kerry to some very good matches, he never had a chance to live up to his expectations.

The Widowmaker - When you really think about how successful Barry as the Widowmaker could have played out you can’t help but wonder how this went so terribly wrong. Barry Windham was arguably the best worker in the United States at this point in his career. He had just finished up the best run of his career with Jim Crockett promotions that saw him tear down the house night after night. Yet for some reason he just never clicked in the WWE. It wasn’t as if they didn’t try as there were reportedly big plans for a feud between him and Hulk Hogan. He was even booked for the first few months with an undefeated streak yet out of the blue he left the company just as he was about to get to the upper mid-card. If you look back at Barry’s career he seemed to be his own worst enemy and I can’t think of a guy sabotaging his career more than he did when he left as the Widowmaker.

Lex Luger - I may as well stick with the theme for former JCP stars who failed to click with WWE fans. Some have called Luger the biggest bust in WWE history. I don’t know if I’d go that far. What I will say is that predicted Luger to be Hulk Hogan’s heir apparent just weeks after he debuted in Florida. He had the look and he had enough skills in the ring to get by but he lacked the one intangible needed to be the man in the WWE and that was charisma. He never clicked with WWE fans the way he did in WCW and that was evident from the start. Even after Vince shoved him down fan’s throats with the Lex Express, the fans still never truly bought into the Total Package. I will always wonder if the motorcycle accident he had upon signing was the difference here.

Vladimir Kozlov - It’s hard to forget about Kozlov. Koslov not only has the honor of being one of the WWE’s biggest busts, he also has the honor of being one of many reasons Jeff and Jerry Jarrett had a falling out. Jerry shopped Koslov to the WWE and was photographed on the WWE website at the same time Jeff was running TNA which didn’t go over well with Double J. Regardless, in the ring Koslov was beyond terrible. The WWE gave him plenty of chances and big pushes with feuds against Triple H and the Undertaker. In the end he just never got it and the WWE eventually cut their loss.

Tom Magee - Like Luger, Magee is often referred to as the biggest WWE bust of all-time. I don’t know if I’d go that far but he may be the most famous case of a flop. Vince McMahon loved bodybuilders in the 1980s and was extremely high on Magee. Magee, a former bodybuilder and Strong Man champion had one of the best wrestling bodies to enter a WWE ring at the time. Dave Meltzer described Magee at the time as having the “greatest combination of strength and agility that the business had ever seen.” Magee debuted in the WWE against Bret Hart in a match completely carried by Hart. Hart was so proud of the match that he asked for it to be included on one of his DVDs. The reason Hart was so proud is that Magee was absolutely terrible, yet Hart carried him to a great one. Upon seeing the Hart vs. Magee match, Vince was reportedly set to groom Magee to take Hogan’s spot. Unfortunately for Magee he couldn’t wrestle Bret Hart every night and was quickly exposed. A new wrestler with an equally good physique came into the company and the Ultimate Warrior quickly made Vince forget about Magee and his failed experiment.

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WWE Battleground 2014 Results and Recap: Cena Retains, Miz Wins

July 20, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE served up a cold appetizer to the biggest party of the summer, Battleground 2014. A disappointing show will be remembered for a bait and switch along with a predictable result in the main-event that should culminate with the Authority’s Plan C at SummerSlam. Quite honestly I can’t think of another WWE PPV this year as lackluster as Battleground.

Battleground was a show you can feel free to miss if you were planning on watching the replay. It played out like a lot of WCW shows in the late 1990s with predictable results and the most anticipated match on the card not even taking place. It was surprising to see the WWE fail to deliver a decent show considering the amount of six-month subscriptions coming due on the WWE Network. Hey, at least nobody will remember this show after Brock Lesnar shows up on RAW Monday night.

John Cena retained the WWE world title in a decent yet forgettable match. Roman Reigns was showcased here with several close call pin attempts. The crowd was quiet until Reigns got going. Cena and Reigns teased a confrontation throughout the match. They finally went at it and it ended with Reigns hitting a Superman punch and a spear. Kane wound up breaking up Reigns cover attempt. Reigns flurry of offense following this finally got the crowd into the match. Reigns hit a spear on Kane which was broken up by Cena. Reigns and Cena broke up pin attempts by the other. Cena hit an AA on Reigns which was broken up by Kane. Cena wound up hitting an AA on Randy Orton on top of Kane for the pin.

I saw the usual complaints on Twitter but it was the only finish that  made sense. If the plan is still to put the WWE title on Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, I see no problem with the finish. It would have done more harm than good to put the belt on Reigns and have him lose it a month later to Brock. Say what you will about Cena but he and Brock had a heck of a match the last time out at Extreme Rules 2012. I see no reason they can’t do the same again, especially since Brock has shaken off the ring rust since then.

Dean Ambrose attached Seth Rollins during a promo earlier in the night. Triple H threw Ambrose out of the building. Rollins was originally awarded a win in his match via count out. Ambrose wound up running out as Rollins walked to the back. They brawled around the building. Security pulled Ambrose off of Rollins. Triple H ordered Ambrose out of the building. About a dozen officials tried separating them. Triple H held up Rollins arm as Ambrose was taken out.

Ambrose later attacked Rollins in the parking lot. Security escorted Rollins out of the building. Rollins told them he was okay and Ambrose popped out of the trunk of a car and attacked Rollins yet again. Rollins eventually got into the car and sped off as JBL called Ambrose a “maniac.”

I get it and it was definitely different but I don’t know how you can pull this on a pay-per-view/special event. This kind of finish was okay on a RAW but if you look down the card this was probably the biggest draw on the show. There were rumors about Rollins injuring his knee on RAW this past Monday night. The WWE shut them down yet I have to wonder if there was some truth to the rumors. I can’t imagine any reason other than an injury to Rollins or Ambrose for failing to deliver such a big match.

I have to comment on the Rusev vs. Jack Swagger match. I think that the WWE misplayed their hand here. They obviously sensed the momentum on Monday night and thought that they caught lightning in a bottle. Unfortunately that was not the case and as hot as the angle was on RAW, the heat for the match and Swagger were just average. Rusev unable to defeat Jack Swagger decisively is not what you want to see from a guy that is expecting a huge push in the fall.

Chris Jericho pulled off an upset and defeated Bray Wyatt. They had the match of the night in my opinion. It wasn’t that the match was so great as it was more a result of the weak competition on the show. Rowan and Harper were ordered to the back after excessive interference.  Jericho hit the code breaker out of nowhere for the win. It was reminiscent of the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar finish in that nobody expected that pin to end the match.  That now makes two losses in a row for a guy that is supposed to be a big part of the future of the company. I am not sure I would have booked the same finish but at least these guys will probably go another round at SummerSlam.

Full WWE Battleground 2014 results and winners…
John Cena defeated Randy Orton, Kane, and Roman Reigns to retain the WWE world title
The Miz won a Battle Royal to win the WWE intercontinental title
Chris Jericho defeated Bray Wyatt
Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose via forefit
Rusev defeated Jack Swagger via count out
AJ defeated Paige to retain the WWE Divas championship
The Usos defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a 2/3 Falls Match to retain the WWE tag team championship
Adam Rose defeated Fandango
Cameron defeated Naomi

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Sting Talks Undertaker and More WWE Dream Matches

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

Sting has finally landed in the WWE. The big question fans keep asking is whether Sting will wrestle The Undertaker. Streak broken or not, Sting is still interested and wants the dream match on the grandest stage in the business.

Sting debuted Monday night on RAW in a video promoting WWE 2K15. While a video game is nice, what the fans really want to see is Sting in a WWE ring. Better yet, they want to see him one on one with the dead man. Will it happen? If it’s up to Sting it will.

“I’ve made it clear I’d love to have one last hurrah, one last big match hopefully. And of course I’ve been outspoken about Undertaker being the opponent,” he told the UK Mirror when asked about one more match.

“I know what happened at WrestleMania where Brock Lesnar broke his streak. I think, or at least I’m hoping, that Taker’s still going to come back and that he’s not done. If he’s not done, and he would consider doing it, I’d love to work with him one time.

“I’d love to wrestle him one time before I call it quits.”

“Undertaker maintains a status in wrestling and the WWE that is second to none. He’s a phenomenon,” Sting adds, before answering unequivocally as to where he might like his dream match to take place: “How about San Francisco, 2015, in April?”

What is interesting is that even after numerous reports indicating that the Undertaker was likely done after WrestleMania 30, fans are still being teased with this dream match. If the match is a dead issue you’d think that someone would tell Sting and he’d leave it alone. Maybe this is the WWE’s way of hoping that Sting can entice the Undertaker? I have always said that while the match is a fun idea, I don’t think at their advanced ages that it would come close to living up the hype.

Sting was asked about other options or possible dream match scenarios in the WWE. Sting isn’t hedging all of his bets on the Undertaker, although that would be his choice.

“It’s a no brainer that the Sting-Taker match will be a popular option – that’s one way the fans can make that match happen.

“I always wanted to work with the likes of The Rock, John Cena and Randy Orton so I can’t imagine wrestling fans won’t want to do the same thing.”

When rumors of Sting to WWE started popping up earlier in the year I blogged about the possibility of a Sting vs. Rock or John Cena match at Mania. I think the Rock makes a lot of sense. Sting is a lot less physical than Brock Lesnar and both guys could get by on nostalgia. I also think that Sting may be the one name that could interest the Rock into coming back.

Whether Sting wrestles or not it is fun to think about the possibilities. Undertaker or not, chances are pretty good we’ll see Sting in the WWE and I can’t think of a more fitting way to wrap up his successful pro wrestling career.

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Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho is ‘Best for Business’

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

This Sunday at Battleground, for the very first time, Bray Wyatt gets in the ring with Chris Jericho. From the moment it started I got the feeling that this is exactly what Bray Wyatt needs right now.

Since the day Wyatt’s promos began showing up on Monday Night Raw, I knew he had the makings of something special. A cult leader that seemed to be a cross between The Undertaker and Mankind, Wyatt had a look and a voice that could change the landscape of the WWE. The more we saw of Bray, the more I was sure he could be a major player in the future. He tells a story in the squared circle like no one else currently on the roster. He uses creepy movements that fit his character and it’s always fun watching a big guy who can move in the ring.

Bray was quickly involved with some of the biggest names the company had to offer. I’m never excited when Kane is involved in a feud, but a ‘Ring of Fire match’ was a perfect fit for Bray’s first pay-per-view. Wyatt would then get involved with Daniel Bryan in what was a great program. Personally, I thought it could have gone on a bit longer but that was the beginning of Bray’s greatness and of course, Bryan would sky rocket after that. Things moved very quickly for the ‘Eater of Worlds’.

When it looked as though Bray had targeted John Cena, I was really excited. No chance a program with Cena could hurt, right? Things started off with a singles match at WrestleMania 30. It was hard to believe that Bray would be getting a match with the company’s top star so quickly. It was a huge opportunity for Cena to put a future star over at the grandest stage of them all, but it didn’t happen. His program with Cena had moments of greatness but the bottom line is that Cena took two of three against Bray. As amazing as Bray’s promos were throughout the program, losing to Cena at Mania is all I will really remember.

What was WWE thinking? My guess is that they thought they could put Wyatt over despite losing to the face of the company. Cena would have lost nothing if he put Bray over at Mania, but I’m sure his pride got in the way. It’s always risky to try and advance the career of a potential star through losing, and I was worried that they may have ruined Bray. But thanks to the return of ‘The Best In The World At What He Does’, things are back on the way up.

The Monday Night Raw following ‘Money in the Bank’, Chris Jericho made his long awaited return to WWE. It didn’t take long for The Wyatt Family to attack Y2J starting the storyline that would put Bray back on track. I don’t have an answer yet but this already feels better than Bray’s entire feud with Cena. Wyatt’s promos have the same general theme but they feel more authentic with Y2J. Of course Jericho brings a different dimension than Cena. It seems as though Jericho has no problem ‘getting crazy’ in a fight with Bray. I’m really optimistic because of Jericho’s recent track record with putting up-and-comers over on the big stage. He clearly thrives in this role and sees the importance of building the young talent. Jericho is phenomenal on the mic and is great in the ring. Right now, he’s the perfect dance partner for Bray.

Of course this could all change if Jericho defeats Bray on Sunday.

Steven Grossi is a digital video producer who likes to write a little. He’s a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hardcore MMA fan and a total wrestling nerd. He usually has a strong opinion on anything combat sports related so give him a follow on twitter @GrossiMMA.

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TNA Wrestling World Champion Returning to MMA Fighting

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

The TNA Wrestling world champion is going to fight. Bobby Lashley is returning to MMA. Lashley will be jumping back into the cage for Bellator in a rare MMA fight featuring a world champion from a top United States pro wrestling promotion.

The fight was announced earlier this week and will go down on September 5 and air live on Spike TV. Lashley is part of a beefed up lineup that will go head-to-head with a UFC event 10 miles away. Lashley will play a minor part in the show but could wind up as the biggest draw of the night due to his crossover appeal.

This is an interesting deal as I have seen and heard both arguments as to why it is a good and bad idea for TNA to have Lashley fighting. Those arguments are obvious. I am on the smart move side. I see this as a no-lose proposition. Just having your world champion in a real fight is a big coup for TNA. What do they lose if Lashley looks bad anyway? TNA is in one of its worst states so Lashley losing won’t matter. I can’t see a fan in 2014 refusing to watch TNA because the world champion lost a fight. I can see Lashley getting TNA some good publicity and giving the title a much needed shot of legitimacy. Lashley could always blame some phantom injury on a loss if he loses badly and TNA fans wouldn’t know the difference.

Brock Lesnar is the most famous crossover pro wrestler/MMA fighter of our lifetime. Lesnar not only lost his last two fights, he was destroyed by Alistair Overeem in his final fight. Since returning to the WWE Lesnar continues to be a tremendous draw, maybe even the biggest depending on the criteria you use to assess that. I think Lashley will be just fine win or lose after September 5.

What is noteworthy is that Brock Lesnar will likely be WWE champion by the time Lashley fights. The two top pro wrestling promotions in the United States will have legitimate shooters as their world heavyweight champions. I can’t recall the last time that has happened. It is certainly a throwback to an era where that was a requirement for the world champions.

I have probably watched all of Lashley’s 12 fights. Lashley is 10-2. You have seen one Lashley fight you have seen them all. He tries to obliterate his opponent in the first round and comes out gassed in the second round. The longer the fight goes the more tired and vulnerable he gets. He has a good chance of winning this one, although it has been awhile since he has fought. Again I see this as a no-lose situation for everyone.

You have to wonder if a Lashley win would precipitate some kind of grandstand challenge from Lashley to Brock Lesnar for a fight. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what WWE does first before TNA can copy it.

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The Lovable Losers: Top 10 Memorable 1980s WWF Jobbers

July 15, 2014 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

One of the most fun memories I have of being a pro wrestling fan were the jobbers. I spent many Saturdays watching WWE (WWF) stars squash preliminary wrestlers in one-sided affairs. Today I pay tribute to these unsung warriors and look back at the most memorable WWF jobbers of the 80s.

Please don’t misunderstand this blog. I am not here to make fun of these lovable losers. I am here to pay tribute and honor the brave who stood up to Big John Studd in the face of a bear hug, were clawed to unconsciousness by Blackjack Mulligan, and were showered by the spit of Captain Lou Albano. Yes, pro wrestling would not be the same for an hour every Saturday if not for these forgotten warriors.

Keep in mind a few things when reading the list. One, I am only looking at the WWE (WWF) era of the early-mid 1980s when preliminary wrestlers played a more prominent role on the television show. Two, I am ranking these guys based on their WWF tenure, regardless if they were star in another territory. Three, I am basing this list on the most memorable and memorable only. Years of conversations with other pro wrestling fans my age and a lot of, “Remember…” conversations went into creating this list. So without any further a due, I present the Most Memorable WWE Jobbers of the 80s.

Frankie Williams - I am sorry but to me, Frankie Williams was the most memorable of all the enhancement talent that I watched on Saturday mornings. Of course Williams shoots right to the top of the list based on his legendary appearance on Roddy Piper‘s Piper’s Pit. Other than winning a few matches on local independent shows, Williams was a chronic loser. Frank from Columbus Ohio, today I salute you!

S.D. Jones - Who doesn’t remember S.D. shooting off his air gun during ring introductions? S.D. was one of the few jobbers who got the chance to muster offense into his matches. The fans would get real excited when S.D. would get his heat by shaking his head and fists, yet the outcome was always the same. S.D. would randomly be rewarded for his strong showings by being paired with a main-event WWF wrestler in tag team matches. Heck, even Andre the Giant tagged with S.D. once. Unfortunately the match ended with Andre getting his hair cut and that was the end of the great S.D. and Andre pairing. We miss you S.D. whether you hailed from Antigua in the West Indies or Philadelphia.

Barry Horowitz - Barry came into the WWF towards the end of the 1980s. Horowitz was never able to repeat the success he had in the territories in the WWF. Horowitz is probably more known as the jobber that actually won a match against Chris Candido in 1995. Yet in the 80s, all Barry did was look up at the lights.

Tony Garea - Tony was like the Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz of the old WWF. Tony was a successful tag team champion on multiple occasions, yet one day went from champion to jobber. Like Chuck and Tito, the new influx of WWF wrestlers was just too much for old Tony to handle. Like S.D., Tony would get a win every once in awhile, specifically on house shows. Tony was a master of the sunset flip, surprising many fellow enhancement talents with the crafty move for a three count. I met Tony once and he was a bit of jerk, but in the interest of objectivity the jobber from Aukland, New Zealand lands on the list.

Johnny Rodz - Johnny was a memorable heel during the early half of the 1980s on WWF television. Johnny wrestled everyone on television from Peter Maivia to Hulk Hogan, and even wrestled Bob Backlund in Madison Square Garden. Johnny rarely won, but generally held his own thanks to questionable tactics like raking the eyes or pulling the hair. Ironically Johnny went on to train a lot of successful pro wrestlers years later.

Barry O - Barry O, the uncle of Randy Orton and brother of Cowboy Bob was a regular fixture of WWF television with his long glitter cape and long locks of blonde hair. Barry came into the WWF with a small push but was quickly relegated to jobber status. Barry would gain fame later as a whistle blower (no pun intended) during the WWF ring boy scandal. Barry’s biggest in-ring WWF moment would probably be as the final opponent of Jesse “The Body” Ventura in M.S.G.

Rudy Diamond – I’ll never forget the morning Rudy Diamond squared off with WWF intercontinental champion the Magnificent Muraco on Saturday morning television. Muraco’s “feisty” manager Captain Lou Albano spent the entire match yelling about Rudy’s feet. “He’s got white feet,” Albano yelled for five minutes as if it was some kind of conspiracy that this African American youngster had “white feet.” I’ll never forget that match and for those memories, I honor Rudy Diamond.

Iron Mike Sharpe - Inexplicably Iron Mike Sharpe went from challenging Bob Backlund for the WWF championship at the Spectrum to opening match jobber in about a month. Sharpe remained a jobber for the rest of his tenure with the WWF. However, it was Sharpe’s strong showing early on that allowed him to make his enhancement matches competitive. Oh yeah, the loaded arm pad didn’t help either. Who can forget Sharpe howling “No, no, no” as his opponent put the squeeze on the big Canadian? I can’t and if you watched Saturday morning WWF wrestling you probably can’t either.

Salvatore Bellomo - Like many of our jobbers, Bellomo came into the WWF with a nice sized push. Bellomo got some early wins at the house shows, including beating former WWWF champion Superstar Billy Graham by count out at the Philadelphia Spectrum (my first live pro wrestling show). Yet big Sal with his trademark mule kick became a consistent jobber on WWF television losing to the likes of Mr. Fuju, Killer Khan, and Tiger Chung Lee. It got so bad for Bellomo that he was even pinned clean by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan in New York. Big Sal would eventually find later success in ECW, but in the WWF he was the guy who brought Roddy Piper his pizza.

Curt Hennig - Yes the former WWE Hall of Fame wrestler wasn’t always so perfect in the squared circle. From 1982-84, Hennig worked as an opening match wrestler and went toe to toe with the WWF’s nastiest villains. Hennig received a moderate push as a tag team partner to fellow jobber Eddie Gilbert, but the two didn’t do anything significant. Even back then the most casual observer could see greatness in this young second generation star. As a kid, I always loved watching Curt wrestle on Saturday mornings. Hennig always got in a signature drop kick and had great babyface fire in his comebacks. To me, whether he went on to greatness or not he was one of the best and most memorable WWF jobbers of the 1980s.

Honorable Mention….
Jose Luis Rivera - If I was doing the top 11, he’d be there. I don’t know what it was about Jose, but I always liked watching him work opening matches at the Spectrum. He had a lot of talent, yet the WWF rarely gave him a chance to show it on television.

Terry Gibbs - He wasn’t flashy but he was certainly memorable. Like Johnny Rodz and Iron Mike, Gibbs was another guy with territorial success that never had a chance to repeat it in the WWF.

Butcher Paul Vachon - He had a personality, a look, and stood out from the rest of the typical enhancement talent. The Butcher is probably most memorable for the chaos that ensued at his wedding on Tuesday Night Titans.

Moondog Spot - One of the few jobbers who had an actual gimmick during that time period. Like Tony Garea, a former WWF tag team champion demoted to jobber status. Spot was also an opening round victim to the Junkyard Dog on the first ever WWF pay per view, The Wrestling Classic.

Jim Powers and Paul Roma - Powers and Roma were two guys with million dollar bodies and twenty-five cent win/loss records.

Swede Hansen - Big Swede like a lot of the above named jobbers had some success in the WWF and then was demoted to enhancement status for reasons unknown. Even then, Swede was always competitive in his matches and would squeeze out a win from time to time. Swede is an answer to the WWF trivia question, “Who was Bob Backlund wrestling when Superstar Graham smashed up the WWWF title?” Ironically even while a preliminary wrestler, Swede would get spots as a special guest referee from time to time due to his size. I always liked the big guy.

Brooklyn Brawler - If I was doing the 1990s, he’d be right at the top. Steve Lombardi didn’t morph into the Brawler until 1989 which takes him out of the top ten.

Tiger Chung Lee - From headliner in New Japan Pro Wrestling to opening match jobber in the WWF. Lee had a brief push in a tag team with Mr. Fuji, but even those two wound up becoming a weekly stepping stone to bigger stars. Tiger was a man ahead of his time with his Singapore cane, yet was never smart enough to use it like the Sandman. It went all downhill after he couldn’t break the bricks.

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Sting Coming To WWE 2K15

July 15, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

It only took 26 years but Sting is finally coming to the WWE…sort of. Rumors have been confirmed that Sting will play a big part in the marketing of the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. Check out the first promo featuring the former WCW champion.

Sting to WWE2K15 is not necessarily a shocker but it is big news nonetheless. This will be the first time Sting will be featured in a WWE video game. Like the deal made with the Ultimate Warrior last year. This does not indicate that Sting has signed a deal with the WWE. This is simply a deal between Sting and the video game company, although most suspect that a deal with the WWE is imminent.

The WWE posted an official press release announcing the news which featured quotes from Sting. Here are some of the highlights.
One of the most popular and revered competitors in WCW history, Sting will be featured in “WWE 2K15″ through two unique playable characters: the mysterious, ghost-like persona with trademark black-and-white face paint who was the face of WCW during the “Monday Night War” era, as well as his earlier look, sporting bright colors and a blond, flattop hairstyle.

The only thing for sure about Sting is nothing’s for sure, except my debut in ‘WWE 2K15,’” said Sting. “I’m honored to have my legacy immortalized in a video game. It’s showtime!”

Making his WCW debut in 1991, Sting generated worldwide recognition for his unique presence and in-ring prowess. Across more than a decade, he amassed eight WCW championships and competed against many notable rivals, including “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the New World Order (nWo), Vader, Rick Rude, The Four Horsemen and Ric Flair.

“We’re eager to introduce fans to Sting in a compelling new way, while debuting the next generation of gaming in the ‘WWE 2K’ franchise,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Pre-ordering ‘WWE 2K15′ is the ultimate way to embrace the history and individuality of Sting’s impressive career.”

I think one of the big questions coming out of this is the status of Bill Goldberg. There were multiple reports out that indicated Goldberg would be featured in WWE2K15, precluding a return to the ring at WrestleMania 30. I am not sure where this leaves Goldberg or if it changes anything.

Sting’s appearance in the game would indicate an emphasis on WCW in the upcoming game. Last year’s game focused on the nostalgia surrounding 30 years of WrestleMania. My hunch is that this next game will focus on WCW and could feature several former WCW stars in the game. In that case I’d imagine Goldberg could also play a big part in the game.

It’s funny how the WWE can get a game right 13 years later and yet failed to sign Sting in 2001 during the Invasion angle when it counted. Nonetheless he is coming and this may be your only chance to get your Sting vs. Undertaker WrestleMania match.

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WWE SummerSlam 2014 Planned Matches and Card

July 14, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The biggest party of the summer is only several weeks away and it looks like we have a preliminary card. WWE SummerSlam is about as stacked a show as you are going to get right now with one of the most intriguing rematches in recent years scheduled to headline the big event.

Keep in mind that these are all preliminary ideas and any of these matches are subject to change before they are officially announced by the WWE. This all comes via a report in the Wrestling Observer newsletter.

John Cena will defend the WWE championship against Brock Lesnar in a highly anticipated rematch, at least by this blogger. This one gets real interesting outside of the ring as the big question here is who goes over. Cena went over Lesnar in their first match back at Extreme Rules 2012. The result was criticized by fans and wrestling media alike as one of the dumbest business moves in WWE history at the time. What happens two and a half years later?

At the time I was one of only a few who thought that people were overreacting to the decision. I would like to think that I have been proven right. Lesnar remained a business draw following the loss and continues to remain a hot attraction in the company. Would he be stronger today if he hadn’t lost? Who knows but the idea that they killed his marketability was as big an overreaction as I have ever seen from critics.

I think there is only one finish here and that is Lesnar over Cena clean. Lesnar has tremendous momentum right now following his win over Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. I have already written an extensive blog explaining why I think Brock is the perfect choice to be WWE champion. Cena can certainly take a loss and maybe the split wins sets up a trilogy at WrestleMania? As sick of Cena as some people are I think fans are quickly forgetting how incredible their first match was at Extreme Rules. Cena or not, I have no problem seeing what these guys can do a second or even a third time.

Roman Reigns will have his first big singles match against Randy Orton in what will probably be billed as second from the top. It’s an intriguing match but a little disappointing to see on a SummerSlam. The expected Reigns vs. Triple H match is being held off for a few more months. Reigns and Orton have been wrestling singles matches for a while now at house shows so I’d expect them to have something decent down pat by that point. It is a huge match for Reigns as it is truly his first test as a singles in a top match. Say what you will about Orton but he has done a great job in recent years with guys in this same position so I am expecting a decent to very good match here.

Chris Jericho will lace up the boots at SummerSlam once again and take on Bray Wyatt as expected. This feud has been fun to watch thus far and they haven’t even wrestled. Jerciho looks like he hasn’t lost a step since his last go-around and Wyatt is red hot right now. If not for Lesnar vs. Cena I’d look for this one to be a show-stealer. It will certainly give the top match a run for its money.
Stephanie McMahon is penciled in to wrestle Brie Bella. I am not sure what to think of that one. In my opinion the WWE have tried too hard to have it both ways with both Steph and Brie for anyone to care. Steph is firing Vickie one minute and then cheering on the Special Olympics 20 minutes later. Brie is the caring wife by Daniel Bryan’s side yet is shown (in the few Total Divas I have seen) on Total Divas being caddy and mean towards some of the other Divas. Fans are confused and confusion leads to complacency in pro wrestling. At some point this is all going to come back to bite WWE in the butt and that point could be SummerSlam.

Finally while not reported I’d expect Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins in some kind of gimmicked match on the card. How can you go wrong with these guys? Very quickly this rivalry is turning into one of the hottest feuds in recent years. With a match at Battleground already set, my hunch is they have some kind of stipulation match, maybe a ladder match for the MITB briefcase at SummerSlam. I don’t care if it’s a blindfold match, if they are wrestling each other, I am sure it will be good.

That’s your SummerSlam lineup…for now.

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