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Author Archives: Jeff Peck

10 months ago

Thanksgiving wrestling memories – WWE Survivor Series 1993: Inside The Wheelhouse


For some reason when I think of Wrestling and Thanksgiving I immediately think of one event in particular. I don’t know why I think of this event when it comes to Wrestling and Thanksgiving but I do. Now most of you are probably thinking of a historic Starrcade or maybe the first Survivor Series. While they all had their moments on Thanksgiving there is one event in particular that stands out in my mind when it comes to Thanksgiving & Wrestling to this day.

For me the event I speak of is the 1993 WWF Survivor Series. The event was held on Thanksgiving Eve and was headlined by “The All-Americans vs. “The Foreign Fanatics.” Now you may be asking yourself, as you should be why does this event stand out to me the most when it comes to Thanksgiving Wrestling traditions?

The event itself wasn’t all that great. The matches weren’t over here to read more , , , , ,

1 year ago

The Greatest Pro Wrestling Angle Ever: Inside the Wheelhouse


It’s been 17 years now since the birth of quite possibly the greatest wrestling angle of all-time, the birth of the New World Order (n.W.o.) at WCW Bash at the Beach 1996. Many wrestling fans remember this moment of the birth of the n.W.o. so vividly and as if the angle happened yesterday. It impacted the future of wrestling and is without a doubt the greatest angle in the history of wrestling.

Now before you jump down my throat for such a bold statement as it being the “greatest angle of all-time,” let’s look back at what the angle helped accomplish for the world of wrestling in the late 1990s. At the time it cemented WCW as the #1 wrestling company in the United States here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 year ago

WWE Main Events waiting to happen: Inside The Wheelhouse


This week marks my 4 year anniversary with Camel Clutch Blog and for those of you who have been at the site for know by now what my annual blog tends to be. The last three years I have looked back at my very first blog where I deemed John Morrison was “a main event waiting to happen.” Well, John Morrison isn’t in wrestling at the moment and I couldn’t have been more far off then stealing that line from the legendary Jim Ross on an episode of SmackDown.

I’m going to instead take my anniversary blog with the CCB and turn into “Main Events waiting to happen” in all of professional wrestling.

Who are the future top stars in wrestling? Who has the potential of main eventing a WrestleMania at some point in their here to read more , , , , ,

1 year ago

You should be rooting for Fandango: Inside The Wheelhouse


I had the pleasure this past Monday to sit down with WWE Superstar Fandango for nearly 20 minutes and walked out of it an even bigger fan then I was before I met him.

Fandango, the WWE star we see on WWE television has gotten over with fans since his debut because the man behind Fandango has embraced it above and beyond. His in-ring work looks to be improving on a weekly basis, his promo ability is already pretty good, he has a ton of charisma and is a wrestler that has that special “it factor” we don’t see very often anymore. He reminds me a lot of a young Chris Jericho; it probably wasn’t irony that those two worked together at WrestleMania this year.

But what I like about the man behind the Fandango character is that he is a fan of the business. Nowadays we are stuck with wrestlers or here to read more

1 year ago

Antonio Cesaro has Daniel Bryan syndrome: Inside The Wheelhouse


Let me preface the title by saying that Antonio Cesaro and Daniel Bryan are two of my favorite wrestlers today. Calm down internet world.

Reports are indicating lately that the WWE believes Antonio Cesaro is a “boring” wrestler. I could not disagree more with those reports because Cesaro has “the look” the WWE wants and the charisma of what I believe to be is an “old school ethnic heel.” What I mean by that is you dislike him because he cuts a promo denouncing the United States and when he enters the squared circle you believe he can easily beat anyone in the ring based off of his size/look.

Despite what is being said on “dirtsheets” lately I believe that Antonio Cesaro is a future World Champion in the making. He has that “it factor” that appeals to the masses and connects with the “hardcore” fanbase due to his popularity on the here to read more

1 year ago

I Believe In The Shield: Inside The Wheelhouse


It’s too early to tell but this past Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules PPV could have a historical impact down the road. Sure, last week I blasted the setups and build for the PPV but when it comes to the execution, creative could actually be onto something.

“The Shield” is already established as one of the hottest groups and wrestlers in professional wrestling as we speak. They are fresh faces to a percentage of the WWE audience and were at one time, Independent wrestling heroes to a percentage of the WWE audience as well. I’ve loved what the WWE has done with them since they debuted and believe that creative has done the right thing by how this tandem has progressed thus far.

What I’ve enjoyed about “The Shield’s” build is that it hasn’t been anything like an nWo or most recently, Nexus type of impact either. “The Shield” has certainly made their here to read more , , ,

1 year ago

The recent problem with setups in the WWE: Inside The Wheelhouse


There is a problem growing in the WWE recently that I don’t ever remember being this bad until now and that’s been how every match in the company has been poorly “setup” leading to a PPV match.

On paper the WWE has given us The Rock vs. John Cena II, The Undertaker vs. CM Punk, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar II (soon-to-be III as well), Chris Jericho vs. Fandango I (soon-to-be II as well), Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger I (soon-to-be II as well), John Cena vs. Ryback and the underrated Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose match. While on paper those are all very solid matches to be showcasing on WWE television, they haven’t gotten over with the fans as well as one would think. The excitement for these matches hasn’t been that strong at all.

Now I know it’s easy to blame the WWE creative team for all these faults here to read more , , , ,

1 year ago

Was The Rock’s most recent WWE run a failure?: Inside The Wheelhouse


With WrestleMania 29 in the books and The Rock’s future in professional wrestling up in the air at the moment, I thought it would be a good time as ever to discuss if The Rock’s return to the WWE was a success or a failure.

I feel like the majority of wrestling fans believe that The Rock’s run with the WWE since WrestleMania 27 was a failure. I believe fans look at it as The Rock being paired with the wrong guy, John Cena, and use that as their focal point for how the run has been perceived since he returned to WWE television on February 14th, 2011. Now those fans that believe it was a failure have very valid points.

In my opinion Wrestlemania 27 was one of the worst WrestleMania’s of the last decade and that was due in large part to the The Miz/John Cena/The Rock storyline. The WWE here to read more , , , , , ,

1 year ago

The Rock is NOT done wrestling: Inside The Wheelhouse


The Rock made some news last week in an interview with Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 in New York City when he said that it was a “possibility” that his match against John Cena at WrestleMania 29 was his very last WWE match. To me I would be shocked if this is the last time The Rock wrestled for the WWE and in professional wrestling.

While I believe that thought has crossed his mind and that movie executives may suggest for him to do that since he was injured in his last match against John Cena, I would be shocked if he never wrestles again.

Lets be honest with ourselves, The Rock is a motion picture machine and in high demand right now in Hollywood. Movie executives are probably concerned that he would get back in the wrestling ring and put his movie career/schedule in jeopardy should he get injured again. The here to read more , ,

1 year ago

John Cena will NEVER turn heel: Inside The Wheelhouse


I know I have written about this subject before but unfortunately for all wrestling fans, myself included, this topic always seems to rear its ugly head nearly every year.

But I believe wrestling fans we can finally find closure on this subject and find our inner peace. Join me in permanently burying the subject or the notion that current WWE Champion John Cena will ever turn heel for the rest of his career.

For years we have “flirted” with the subject in hopes of it actually taking place because many wrestling fans, once again myself included, saw major dollar signs in the eyes of the WWE should they ever decide to pull the trigger. Reason for that is because many “older” wrestling fans, like myself, remember Hulk Hogan turning heel famously in 1996 and forming the nWo. The heel turn added years to the life of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and nearly here to read more , ,

1 year ago

Early WWE WrestleMania 30 predictions: Inside The Wheelhouse


I’ve been doing this blog the last several years a week or so after that year’s WrestleMania wrapped up and once again it has returned by looking at the 2014 edition of the biggest show of the wrestling year, WrestleMania 30.

First and foremost I need to give credit where credit is due and say that this blog was inspired by Camel Clutch Blog creator Eric Gargiulo who “penned” a predictions blog just like this several years ago. I “borrowed” the idea myself and decided to give my own WrestleMania predictions one year before the event actually happened. So with that said lets take a look at my very early WrestleMania 30 predictions:

The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar

This is a pretty easy prediction to go with since there were reported plans for the two of them to plant the “seeds” for here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 year ago

WWE WrestleMania 29 Thoughts and Recap: Inside The Wheelhouse


This past Sunday I was able to live out most every wrestling fan’s dream by attending my very 1st WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium. The atmosphere & excitement was like no other and I highly recommend it to any wrestling fan that is or has contemplating going to the “Super Bowl of Wrestling.” With that said I thought I’d figure to give some my thoughts on the 29th installment of WrestleMania:

- The Miz def. Wade Barrett

Not a bad opener to start off WrestleMania and I completely understand the time constraints of it being on the pre-show. Therefore it wasn’t as good as some of their recent RAW matches but it got the crowd on the right foot with a Miz victory. It’s nice to see two stars with a ton of potential, be pushed up and down the hierarchy of the WWE only to make their climb back to the top.

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