If you’re like me, first of all, I’m so, so sorry. Secondly, it means you’re getting lots of mileage out of the recent Saturday Night’s Main Event uploads to the WWE Network. I’ve already rhapsodized at length about the greatest moments in the history of the show, and seeing them again only affirms my love for the greatest 90 minutes you could ask for in professional wrestling.
In a previous column, I didn’t include anything from SNME’s sister-spinoff The Main Event, a Friday night annual designed to steer the march toward WrestleMania. Though I stuck with the Saturday motif, the Friday special produced quite a few historical moments, namely its original incarnation.
On Friday night, February 5, 1988, WWE Champion Hulk Hogan battled Andre the Giant in a colossal WrestleMania III rematch on free television, drawing a 15.0 rating and over 33 million viewers that champed at the bit to see ..click here to read more
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 ..click here to read more
Barry Windham, Diamond Dallas Page, Kharma, Koslov, Lex Luger, Sin Cara, Waylon Mercy
First they were talking about Ambrose. Then they were talking about Reigns. Then Rollins happened. Now Reigns is in the works. But somehow when will be said and done, we would be talking about Ambrose (i.e, if we haven’t already!)
WWE is pushing Reigns hard. And the fans are loving it. But is it really Reigns that they are excited about? Or is it merely a new face that they are reacting to?
Reigns hasn’t done anything to really earn the momentum he is enjoying right now. WWE is pushing him and so he is in the mix of things. Otherwise he’s a new age Big Daddy Cool Diesel – bodyguard material.
A lot of people lamented about Reigns not walking away with the gold from Battleground PPV. I think Reigns’s fans should be happy that he just saved his career by not winning the gold.
Reigns is not a guy who can hold ..click here to read more
Shawn Michaels was paid the greatest compliment of his career by none other than Reid Flair.
Legend has it (according to Ric Flair’s book, To Be The Man) that Reid in an assessment of Michaels – one of his favorite wrestlers (dad being the first), asked his father, Ric Flair if he could do a moonsault off the top rope. Flair replied, “No, why do you ask?” The youngster, probably about 10 at the time, calmly looked at daddy and said, “Because Shawn Michaels can do a moonsault off the top rope.” And there, the comparisons began and the debate over Shawn Michaels place in wrestling history was started.
When the son of the “then” greatest champion of all time is comparing his father to Michaels, it means even the youngest of fans appreciate the work Michaels does in the ring and the tide of professional wrestling had started to turn toward ..click here to read more
On paper, there was a lot to look forward to with the 2nd ever Battleground pay-per-view. Rusev and Swagger had built up some great momentum, we would be getting a new Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose would finally meet in the squared circle, Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt would battle and John Cena would again be put in tough spot to retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
All the talk about Plan B and a possible Plan C coming into play made things unpredictable. Would Rollins cash in and lose? Would Brock Lesnar show up and destroy Cena? The possibilities were endless and the show absolutely fell flat on its face. Here are my lessons learned from Battleground.
Lesson 1: The World is not in His Hands
By now I’m sure you’ve notice that I am a huge Bray Wyatt guy. I love everything he brings to the table. He’s unique ..click here to read more
WWE Battleground 2014
Am I the only one who seems convinced that Roman Reigns will never be a WWE World Champion? Leave it to a predictable Battleground Main Event for leaving me a little (more like a lot) empty inside as John Cena left Tampa with the WWE World Title – again! No drama, no real excitement and no real chance of anything other than a 15-time champion continuing his reign as “terror.” Shame on you WWE for doing this to us.
When I was a late teen and in college, I discovered that not all great champions are “Champions” and not all “Champions” deserve the title. Maybe it had something to do with the idea that Tommy Rich, Kerry Von Erich, Rick Martel and Ron Garvin had all been world champions in one promotion or another and superstars like Roddy Piper, Arn Anderson and Greg Valentine had not.
The law of averages of professional wrestling ..click here to read more
WWE Battleground 2014
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 ..click here to read more
WWE Battleground 2014
The WWE is hoping to hit a homerun tonight in Tampa at the Battleground pay-per-view. We are all aware John Cena will retain the WWE World Title – setting up a huge confrontation with Brock Lesnar for the championship at SummerSlam. Both Kane and Randy Orton will be at odds, causing a rift in The Authority. Seth Rollins will not cash in his Money in the Bank contract and of course, Roman Reigns will not win the Fatal 4-way, which will piss almost everyone at the event off. The company has done itself a great disservice by not thinking outside the box, rather cowering in it and taking the safe route toward the second biggest event on the WWE money circuit.
To be honest, I am not so concerned with the main event match as much as I am the undercard, which must deliver for there to be any build in ..click here to read more
WWE Battleground 2014
Dean Ambrose squares off with Kane on the WWE Battleground go-home edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
MATCH 1: FANDANGO AND THE MIZ VS. WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION SHEAMUS AND DOLPH ZIGGLER
Miz and Ziggler start with a lock-up. Ziggler applies a side headlock and gets backed into the corner. Miz misses a wild swing, then crouches down while trying to protect his face as the ref calls for a separation. Back in the middle, Miz hits a kick and applies a headlock. Ziggler reverses before hitting a shoulder off the ropes. The two crisscross until Ziggler blocks a hiptoss. He misses a clothesline and goes for a dropkick. Miz catches him and goes for the figure-4. Ziggler kicks him away and Miz tags out. Fandango runs into a hiptoss before getting hit with the Show-Off Elbow for 2. Sheamus tags in and nails a blow to the gut before ramming Fandango ..click here to read more
Kurt Angle is in the stands to start the show by unveiling that tonight is the return of the 6 sided ring.
Tazz is also up in the stands, and gets a cheap pop from his hometown crowd by acknowledging how excited he is to be in New York City. Tazz couldn’t be happier that Kurt Angle is in charge, because Kurt understands one thing, one word, and that is wrestling. Tazz makes reference to “The Greatest Wrestling Revolution of All Time”, ECW, and that the TNA locker room has the same feeling and same type of men and women right now as what ECW had when they turned the corner toward greatness. There’s one sentence to sum up what Tazz is saying, “The Mood is About to Change,” complete with voice croaking. He reminds everyone he is Tazz, “Beat me if you can, survive if I let you”
Bully Ray and ..click here to read more
Impact Wrestling, TNA Wrestling
The worst possible secret in the WWE was leaked this week. SummerSlam 2014 will be headlined by a Brock Lesnar/John Cena rematch. Now, I know most of you have probably groaned at the thought of this since it’s a no-win situation for you guys.
It’s either LOLCENAWINSLOL (Of course you could put any dominant face’s name in-between the LOL’s) or we get Lesnar as a part-time champion. Considering the company can only get 25 dates out of Lesnar (They’ve used eight this year), I’d be pre-taping a crap ton of Lesnar promos with Heyman either before or the day after SummerSlam. Heck, Lesnar in a pre-tape promo isn’t that bad, Lesnar with a live mic is something we should avoid at all costs. And Mr. Lesnar, if you somehow are reading this, Levin wrote that part. *Evil laugh*.
My question is though; did the WWE miss the boat on a Lesnar/Cena ..click here to read more
Brock Lesnar, john cena, SummerSlam 2014
Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the LeBron James Sweepstakes, the biggest question in sports and sports entertainment may center on whether or not CM Punk will “un-retire” and return to the WWE. According to multiple sources, it looks like “Straight Edge” superstar and arguably one of the top three draws in the company, is official off the roster. This doesn’t necessarily make him a free agent like the former Miami Heat star, it just makes him someone who has hung up his boots for the last time.
The timing of Punk’s retirement has been offset as of late by the return of AJ Lee, Punk’s wife as of about a month ago.
Punk’s contract with WWE officially came to an end on Thursday. Punk hadn’t appeared on WWE television since January, and he’s finally been moved to the alumni page of wwe.com. Both sides have been quiet about Punk’s departure, ..click here to read more