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Roman Reigns Comments on Getting Booed at the WWE Royal Rumble 2015

January 27, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns got the Batista treatment from rabid WWE fans in Philadelphia after winning the Royal Rumble. How would Reigns react to getting booed out of the building during his defining moment? It didn’t take long to find out.

Irate fans in Philadelphia took their frustrations out on Reigns after Daniel Bryan was eliminated early in the Royal Rumble. The hostile crowd made Reigns and the WWE look like fools, practically turning Reigns heel before the biggest run of his career. Reigns however took it in stride…at least on camera in this WWE post-match exclusive.

The WWE released a video on YouTube documenting Reigns day, beginning with Reigns walking into the building. The video was shot like a documentary and featured pre and post-match locker rooms with the former enforcer of the Shield. The video ends with a humble Reigns commenting on his win and fan backlash.

You know, what? I went out there, I did my thing. One hell of a crowd, you know what I mean? Whether it’s love or hate, if I can be out there that’s all that matters for me. If I can go out there and they’re going to make some noise… they’re going to do what they want, and that’s cool. They paid their money, they can do whatever they want, they can cheer, they can boo. As long as I can be a part of it and do my thing, I’m smitten, man.

Well that was certainly a much different take than when he was asked about his critics in an interview a few days before the Rumble on CraveOnline.com.

Yeah, I think it’s hard not to pay attention these days with all of the social media networks and all of the different outlets. It’s so easy to connect with fans nowadays. You know, I have a Twitter and things like that. I’m not a crazy Twitter guy to where I’m tweeting out stuff every day and rarely even once a week, do I tweet. But I mean, occasionally, I read some stuff.

The funny part is, you have a guy like me who is kind of getting like a mixed vibe from time-to-time. I get a lot of love and then you’ll get the hate in the middle of it but its just funny, the perspectives you know, the differences between the love and the hate. As far as the hate, it makes me laugh. Everybody is a critic. Every critic I’ve ever had, they weren’t wrestlers [laughs]. Every wrestler I’ve ever had critique me, they were always into my stuff or what I’m doing out there. For a non-wrestler, someone who doesn’t even know how to lock up, and if we did lock up, they wouldn’t know what to do, for them to critique any of us, it really does pop me.

That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.”

Looks like someone got himself a media coach.

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Manny Pacquiao Becomes a WWE Wrestler

January 23, 2015 By: Category: Boxing, Humor, Sports, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Check out this fun video from the website Funny or Die featuring boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. The video shows Manny training to be a pro wrestler, including developing a gimmick including getting training by Garry Shandling. This is great stuff…unless you take your pro wrestling seriously. Lucky for Manny it’s not 1979.

Hey, if the Floyd Mayweather fight falls through it looks like Manny has another big pay day opportunity. I have to believe that WWE officials are salivating this morning over this video and the WrestleMania angle they can write off of this. Floyd did it, why not Manny?

WWE WrestleMania 32 Announcement and Press Conference

January 21, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

It is official! WrestleMania 32 is coming to AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The WWE made the official announcement on Tuesday with some heavy hitters in attendance to answer questions. Check out the video and the press conference below.

The WWE will need to lock up some heavy hitters for this one. The WWE will be looking to break its own attendance record for WrestleMania. I can tell you now that the current roster of talent aren’t bringing 90,000 people in the way it is presented today. There are a lot of rumors surrounding Stone Cold Steve Austin and a match on this show. We’ll have to wait and see.

Check out the breaking news announcement and the press conference featuring the legendary Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, John Cena, and more.

WWE SmackDown Results and January 15 Recap

January 17, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week marks the first episode for SmackDown’s move back to Thursday nights, where it originally started. This week originates from Baton Rouge, LA.

The show opens with Byron Saxton in the ring, and he welcomes Daniel Bryan out, who will return to action later this evening. The announce team for tonight is Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, with JBL thankfully nowhere to be found. Bryan says he’s back at home where he belongs, in front of the great fans, and he’s not out here wearing jeans and flannel; he’s out here in gear, because he’s ready to fight. Saxton says the man Bryan will face nearly single-handedly destroyed Bryan’s career. We get a video clip from Bryan’s run with the WWE World title, when he was repeatedly tombstoned by Kane. Back to the arena, Saxton says Bryan must be taking things more seriously. Bryan says that’s exactly what he’s doing. He knows Kane better than anyone. They had a rivalry, then became Team Hell No!, winning the tag titles and holding them for nine months. He considered Kane a friend and brother. But Kane stabbed him in the back, as well as all of the fans the moment he traded in a mask for a suit. Since then, Bryan has had all the doctors telling him he’d never wrestle again…but he’s here tonight. He’s here, and despite what the doctors say, he’s ready. He’s a little worried about his neck. No one knows what will happen until he gets into the ring. But this is how he’s going to prove his worth. Tonight, he fights Kane, and he wins. Then, in two weeks, at the Royal Rumble, he wins. Then, in three months at Wrestlemania XXXI, he wins. Now, some people think that’s a pipe dream. Does he actually think he can do it? Do the fans think he can do it? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Triple H comes out, flanked by Corporate Kane, the Big Show, Seth Rollins and J&J Security. They march down to the ring, and the bell sounds.

MATCH 1: DANIEL BRYAN VS. CORPORATE KANE (W/THE BIG SHOW, J&J SECURITY, SETH ROLLINS AND TRIPLE H)
Bryan immediately hits a dropkick in the corner, then tees off on Kane with punches and kicks. Kane comes back with a kneelift as Byron Saxton has joined the announce desk. Bryan avoids a back suplex, then trips Kane into the buckles. Bryan kicks the middle buckle into Kane’s face, then starts to fire up the Yes! Kicks. Bryan ties up Kane’s left leg in the ropes, then hits it with a running dropkick. Bryan nails some European uppercuts until Kane hits an uppercut of his own. Kane throws Bryan to the corner for an assault, stomping him down. Kane drops Bryan with a straight right, then hits a neckbreaker. He follows up with another one, but it’s only good for 2. Kane locks in a cravat, but Bryan elbows his way out. Off the ropes, Bryan runs into a big boot for 2. Kane hits a DDT for another 2 before applying a neck vice. Bryan fights out again until Kane hits him with a kneelift. Bryan blocks an Irish whip, then low-bridges Kane to the floor. Bryan hits a dropkick through the ropes, then dives off the apron, only to have Kane floor him with an uppercut. Commercials.

Back from the break, Bryan counters a rear chinlock with a jawbreaker. Kane recovers and hits a super slo-mo DDT off the ropes for 2. Kane gets frustrated and pounds Bryan’s chest with forearm shots. In the corner, Kane hits a clothesline and follows up with a sidewalk slam for 2. Kane backs Bryan to the corner with a chinlock, then hits him with another kneelift. He sets Bryan up for a superplex, but Bryan puts on the breaks. He fights Kane off with gut shots, then knocks him down with a headbutt. He hits a cross-body for 2, and Kane is back up with a boot. Bryan backflips off a corner whip, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Bryan hits some more Yes! Kicks, and a running one gets 2. More kicks in the corner now and Bryan goes for a running dropkick. Kane goozles him and goes for the chokeslam. Bryan escapes and looks for the Yes! Lock, driving Kane down. He locks it in, but J&J hit the ring, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DANIEL BRYAN.

As Kane bails, Bryan takes out both members of J&J, dropkicks Show through the ropes, ducks a briefcase shot from Rollins and bails to the ramp.

The Authority start to stalk Bryan up the ramp, but he’s joined by Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, causing the Authority to stop almost immediately. Triple H tells them if they want to get involved, later tonight, we’re going to have a 6-man tag team match. We’ll put an end to this uprising, because that is what’s best for business.

We get the announcement for Randy Savage being inducted into the Hall of Fame, which we can all agree is long overdue.

Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron. He says he’s not a human being; he’s an ideology. He’s the forbidden fruit; he’s the cure. For thousands of years, your society labels things like him a threat. You can only contain a poison of this caliber for so long before it starts to seep out of the cracks and starts to contaminate all things they hold precious. They were right, and after he wins the Royal Rumble, it will be too late to run. Accept your fate, and follow the buzzards.

MATCH 2-6-PERSON TAG TEAM MATCH: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) AND NOAMI VS. THE MIZ, DAMIEN MIZDOW AND ALICIA FOX
Miz and Jimmy start. Miz applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes. The two crisscross until Jimmy hits a back elbow. He nails a chop, then another, and he makes the tag to Jey. They hit Miz with their double back elbow, which leads to Mizdow running into the ring and bumping off it as well. The Usos just shrug and drop a double elbow on Miz as Mizdow continues to sell. Miz gets clotheslined to the floor, then gets floored by a suicide dive by Jey. Back in the ring, the crowd begs for a Mizdow tag, which they get. However, Fox immediately tags herself in. Naomi automatically becomes legal and hits Fox with a dropsh*t. Naomi pelts her with rights, then hits a leaping hurricanrana. Fox backdrops her to the apron, where Naomi lands on her feet and hits a high kick. He follows with a top rope cross-body for 2. Fox tags out to Miz, and Jey comes in as well. Miz nails him with a big boot, then stomps him down in the corner. Michael Cole basically just called Miz talentless, which makes me happy. Miz hits a few knees, then teases a tag to Mizdow. Jey hits a few weeks shots until Miz goes for the Reality Check. Jey blocks it, and the two wind up simultaneously clotheslining each other. Jey makes the tag to Jimmy, who hits a series of strikes, ending in a release Samoan drop. He goes for the hip attack, but Miz sees it coming. Jimmy instead climbs the buckles and hits a corkscrew moonsault. Fox breaks up the pin before the ref can start counting. Naomi comes in, and Jimmy throws her over his head onto Fox in a cannonball. Meanwhile, Miz rolls Jimmy up for 2, but Jimmy reverses for 2. Mizdow comes in, and Miz shoves him into a superkick. Miz sneaks in from behind and hits the Skull-Crushing Finale for 3.

WINNERS: ALICIA FOX, THE MIZ AND DAMIEN MIZDOW.

Renee Young is standing by with Roman Reigns. She says he’ll be in the Royal Rumble in 10 days, where it’s every man for themselves. Tonight, can he coexist with his partners, knowing they could stand in between him and a title match at Wrestlemania? Reigns says if tonight was the RR, those boys would be in a world of hurt. But it’s not. Ambrose is his boy, and he has no beef with Bryan. However, he has a huge problem with the Authority and their huge crybaby, the Big Show. Tonight is another chance to screw over the Authority. As for the RR, it’s one vs. all, and we’re looking at the one. Believe that.

We see Paul Heyman marching into the arena.

After some commercials, Heyman is making his way down to the ring as we see what happened between Rollins, John Cena and Brock Lesnar on RAW, ending with Rollins curb-stomping them both. Back to the arena, Heyman introduces himself, then says he doesn’t mind admitting publicly that, for the first time in his career, he’s afraid. If you think about it, Lesnar does what he does because he’s a beast. When he conquered “The Streak”, he did it because he wanted to, because he could. When Lesnar took a hundred-million dollar franchise in Cena and dumped him on his head en route to winning the title, he did it because he wanted to. It was a Sunday, and he had nothing better to do. Now, Lesnar is pissed off. He’s walking with a purpose, and that purpose is to get his hands on Rollins and F-5 the future straight into the past.

On that note, Rollins comes down, with J&J Security. Rollins says he’s sick and tired of everyone walking around on eggshells in regards to Lesnar. He’s sick of everyone telling him he hides the Authority and J&J. He is not afraid of Lesnar. And you know what? He’s so sick of it, to hell with it, he’s cashing in tonight. He wants Heyman’s client tonight. Let’s give the crowd the biggest main event in the history of this show: Lesnar vs. Rollins for the WWE World title, right here, right now! Heyman calls the challenge interesting, but they both know Lesnar is not here tonight. Rollins says if he can’t curb stomp Lesnar, then he’s going to do it to Heyman. Heyman laughs and calls this stereotypical. Everyone says stuff like this when Lesnar isn’t around. Will this attack make him tough? Will that prove he’s the future of WWE? Rollins says it isn’t about being tough, it’s about being smart. If he feels like stomping Heyman tonight, he takes away Lesnar’s greatest asset. Then, at the RR, he’ll be fighting all brawn with no brains. Then, Lesnar is nothing more than a 300-lb. mass of muscle he will run circles around. And he’s proven Cena is not a threat to him. Let’s face the facts: he’s curb stomped Lesnar twice, and at the RR, he’ll make it count for the third time, beat Lesnar and walk out as the champion. So, tell him again why he shouldn’t stomp Heyman right now? Heyman says the Authority in power now, but they’ve already been removed once. What makes him think the Authority can’t be removed again? By hook, by crook, by the Board of Directors, by Vince McMahon’s whims. The future of WWE is a long-term vision, and since Heyman has been back in WWE, he’s gained power every day. He gained it when Lesnar conquered “The Streak”. He gained it when Lesnar became the WWE World Champion. His client has a death grip on the title, and Lesnar will control the title as he deems appropriate. Lesnar can control the title by defending it, or he can protect the new champion when Heyman decides the future is now. Heyman then marches off as Rollins looks contemplative.

MATCH 3: NATALYA (W/PAIGE) VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA (W/BRIE BELLA) (NON-TITLE)
They two lock up, and Nattie applies a hammerlock. Nikki counters with an armdrag and flexes her garter snakes. Nattie applies a waistlock, into a legbar. Nikki breaks it with a kick, then hits an elbow in the corner before hitting a tornado armbar takedown. Nikki begins to work over Nattie’s arm and snaps her over for 2. Nikki applies a scissored armbar, but Nattie rolls to her stomach and powers Nikki up, breaking the hold by slamming Nikki. In the corner, Nikki misses a clothesline. Nattie hits a snapmare, a kick to the back, a seated dropkick and a discus clothesline. She goes for the Sharpshooter, but Brie jumps on the apron with the Divas title. On the other side, Paige slaps Nikki behind the ref’s back. Nattie then applies the Sharpshooter and gets the submission win.

WINNER: NATALYA.

Renee Young is now standing by with the Big Show. Oh, joy. She starts to give the same interview she did with Reigns, but he cuts her off. He says he knocked out Cena and Reigns on RAW. As for tonight, he’ll knock out all three of them. At the RR, he’s entering himself. He dominates there. He’s a giant, and he’s going to put himself back on top. He’ll throw 29 other superstars over the top rope. Who can throw him out? There is no one who can eliminate him. The camera pans over, and we see Kane. He says he’s also in the Rumble. Also, Show has apparently forgotten all of the times people have thrown him out.

MATCH 4-INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: SIN CARA VS. BAD NEWS BARRETT (CHAMPION)
Cara immediately gets in a schoolboy for 2. He then hits another roll-up for 2. BNB nails a gut shot and sends him to the corner. Cara moves to the apron and hits a kick before going up top. BNB sends him right back down with a high hiptoss. He sends Cara into the buckles for 1 before applying a rear chinlock. Cara fights out, but BNB puts a stop to that with an elbow. Cara backlips off a back suplex, hits a kick and a pair of springboard cross-bodies for 2. BNB nails another gut shot, then hits a kneelift. Cara reverses an Irish whip, but Barrett puts on the brakes and sends Cara to the apron. Cara lands on his feet and heads up top for a dive. BNB sees it coming, moves, then catches Cara with the Winds of Change. BNB turns the elbow pad inside out for the Bullhammer, then winds up. Cara ducks and rolls BNB up in a schoolboy for 2 before powering him up and dropping him with a powerbomb. Odd spot for a cruiserweight, but it got a nice pop. Cara goes up top for the swanton bomb, but misses. He avoids another Bullhammer shot and goes for another springboard cross-body, but gets caught mid-air with the Bullhammer on the third attempt for 3.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: BAD NEWS BARRETT.

Dean Ambrose is in the back, and he says he was the kid you avoided when you were young. He was disruptive in class as well. That will serve him well in the RR. The person who wins won’t care about alliances or friendships. They won’t give a damn about their well-being, as long as the end justifies the means. Don’t count him out; count him in. Tonight, two of his RR opponents are his partners, and they have one thing in common: they detest the Authority. No one tells him what to do; he just goes out there and does it.

MATCH 5: SETH ROLLINS, THE BIG SHOW AND CORPORATE KANE (W/J&J SECURITY) VS. DANIEL BRYAN, DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS
Ambrose and Rollins start, with Rollins going on the attack right away. Ambrose comes back with a series of strikes in the corner, then throws Rollins across the ring. He grinds his forearm into Rollins’ face before hitting a power-drive elbow. A neckbreaker connects, and now Ambrose is stomping Rollins in the gut. Reigns tags, and they give Rollins a wishbone. In the corner, Reigns hits a clothesline, followed by a beal throw. Reigns stares at Show as he hits Rollins with a suplex. Reigns begins working over Rollins’ left shoulder before applying a front chancery. Rollins fights out, but gets clubbed across the back for his troubles. Rollins hits a kick off the ropes and tags in Kane. Kane applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes for 1. He goes back to the headlock, but Reigns counters with a back suplex for 1. Kane fights off an arm wringer with rights, then sends Reigns into the ropes. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Reigns hits a big uppercut, then tags in Bryan. Bryan lays in some kicks in the corner before stomping Kane down. Bryan hits a European uppercut, then several more in the corner. Kane shoves him away and hits an uppercut of his own before tossing Bryan to the floor. Show and Rollins drop down, but Ambrose and Reigns stop them from doing anything. Bryan nails Kane, and now a brawl has spilled out between the two sides. Rollins gets thrown into the timekeeper’s area by Ambrose, and now the faces are standing tall in the ring as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Bryan nails Rollins with a kitchen sink. Ambrose tags in and stomps Rollins in the corner before grinding his face across the top rope. Ambrose nails a bunch of strikes before hitting a seated dropkick against the ropes for 2. In the corner, Ambrose hits some gut shots, then gets whipped across the ring. Ambrose blocks an incoming Rollins and goes up top. Rollins crotches him, sending him into a tree of woe. Rollins hits a flying stomp to the face, then tags in Show, who hits a big headbutt. Show applies a modified leglock, hanging Ambrose upside-down in the process. He drops Ambrose, then picks him up by the forehead. In the corner, Rollins tags in and stomps Ambrose repeatedly. Behind the ref’s back, Show and Kane get in a few cheap shots before Rollins goes for the pin, getting a 1-count. He applies a rear chinlock, then throws Ambrose into the corner for some gut shots. Show tags in and hits a running hip attack. He nails a bodyslam, then goes for a jumping elbow, which connects for 2. In the corner once more, Show goes for his big chop. Ambrose ducks and starts to unload on Show before Show stops him with a headbutt. He drops an elbow to Ambrose’s knee, then goes back to the leglock. He drops Ambrose and tags Kane, who does some jazz hands before hitting a kick. He continues the attack on Ambrose’s knee, then slaps him in the face. He picks Ambrose up and puts him right back down with a suplex for 1. In the heel corner, Rollins tags in and stomps Ambrose’s hand. Rollins screams in Ambrose’s face until Ambrose slaps him. Rollins comes back with a thrust kick and tags in Kane. Rollins peppers Ambrose with rights, and Kane hits an uppercut. Ambrose comes back with a kick off the ropes, and Kane responds with another uppercut. Ambrose falls into the ropes and hits the rebound clothesline. Rollins tags in and cuts off the tag. Ambrose sends him to the floor with a backdrop. J&J distract the referee as Show clips Ambrose’s knee. Reigns drops Show with a Superman Punch, and Rollins puts him down with a dropkick. Back in the ring, Ambrose makes the tag to Bryan, who ducks a shot from Rollins and nails Kane with a dropkick on the apron. He nails Rollins with rights, flips out in the corner, ducks a clothesline and hits Kane with a suicide dive on the outside. On the apron, he hits Rollins with a hotshot, then climbs back into the ring and nails him with a running corner dropkick. Bryan sets him on the top and snaps off a super hurricanrana for 2. Rollins comes back with a kick to the head and tags in Kane, who hits a chokeslam, but it’s only good for 2 as Reigns breaks it up. Reigns rolls to the floor, where Show drops him with a side kick. Show begins to tear up the announce desk, so Reigns tackles him over it. Back in the ring, Bryan counters a second chokeslam attempt with the Yes! Lock, only to have Rollins break it up. Ambrose nails him with a seated dropkick, then drops both members of J&J with rights. He then clotheslines Rollins to the floor before heading up top for a flying elbow to ringside, taking out everyone. Kane picks Bryan up for a tombston, but Bryan escapes and hits the running knee strike for 3.

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE, DANIEL BRYAN AND ROMAN REIGNS.

As Bryan is celebrating, Triple H comes out. He congratulates Bryan and says he got lucky tonight, but he has a feeling Bryan’s luck will run out. Next Thursday, Kane deserves a rematch, and when Bryan loses, he’ll not only lose the match, he’ll lose his spot in the Rumble. Good luck.

End of show.

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Randy Savage Going Into the WWE Hall of Fame

January 12, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Oh yeah! The Macho Man Randy Savage will finally get the honor he so rightfully has deserved from the WWE. According to several reports, Savage will be announced tonight as the first inductee to go into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame.

TMZ.com and several other sources have reported on the news. The WWE Network is also promoting this, along with the fact that Savage will be inducted by Hulk Hogan. The induction by Hogan is interesting in that Hogan and Savage didn’t always see eye to eye and had several falling outs. However, according to Hogan the two mended fences shortly before Savage’s untimely death.

“Oooooh yeaaah … “Macho Man” Randy Savage is FINALLY going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame … TMZ Sports has learned.”

Fans have been asking to see Savage in the Hall of Fame annually for about the last ten years. Savage is probably the last of the “blacklist” to get into the Hall of Fame. Bruno Sammartino was the first to unfreeze hell a couple of years ago. Last year it was the Ultimate Warrior who made peace with the WWE and now it appears that Savage will hop into those unfrozen waters. Unless I am missing someone I believe he remains the last of that list.

Savage’s name had been reportedly suggested to Vince McMahon for several years as a possible Hall of Fame inductee. Many former employees reported that Vince would sneer at the idea and it was well known that it was best to bring up Savage’s name. Whatever the origin of these feelings were, it was obvious that Vince still had them when Savage passed away as he received a nice but minor video tribute as compared to the Ultimate Warrior who had a lot of programming dedicated to him after he passed away.

The rift between Savage and Vince has turned into an urban legend. There is a rumor that Vince’s anger has something to do with an inappropriate incident between Savage and Stephanie McMahon. Nobody has confirmed that nor denied it. The WWE recently released a documentary on Savage and if it wasn’t true, that would have been the place to address it. It wasn’t addressed, although Dusty Rhodes did allude to it in the DVD.

Savage had his own personal issues with McMahon. It was documented in the documentary that Savage was irate at McMahon for the “Nacho Man” parody that the WWE produced when Savage left. Savage was irate at the balding jokes but even more upset about what he thought was a loose reference to Elizabeth leaving him for Hulk Hogan. After Triple H mocked Savage in a WWE magazine interview, Savage called him out on a website video. However, both sides cooled off as Savage appeared in the WWE All-Stars video game and promotional campaign on WWE television.

Lanny Poffo has said that Savage would never go into the Hall unless the whole Poffo family were inducted, similar to when the Von Erichs went in as a group. Lanny said the family would support Savage’s decision after he died, yet he has softened on it in recent months. He has said that the WWE could do whatever they want, but the Poffo family wouldn’t support it. Considering that Lanny and his mom appeared in the DVD, I would not be surprised to see them at the ceremony.

The big winners here are the fans who grew up with Savage or appreciated him years later through videos, YouTube, and now the WWE Network. There is no question that he belongs in the Hall of Fame. The only disappointment is that we can’t hear a classic speech from the icon when he finally takes his rightful spot.

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Top 10 WWE Greatest Feuds In History

January 07, 2015 By: Category: lists, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

There is nothing more memorable in professional wrestling than a great rivalry. The WWE has produced some of the all-time best over the last several decades and I thought it would be fun to look back and countdown the ten best WWE feuds of all-time.

Wrestling fans will probably go through their lives watching a lot of wrestling. Yet it will be the memorable angle and great feud that resonates with them for generations. Those dramatic moments and intense matches will live on and be passed down through legend to future generations. Over the course of my lifetime, the WWE has produced some of the all-time best.

Keep in mind that I am not ranking this as a greatest feuds blog, I am specifically looking at feuds that happened within a WWE ring. While I grew up with classic feuds from territories all over the United States, only those within the WWE were readily available to be reviewed for this blog. Fortunately you can catch most of these great matches and/or moments on the Network or YouTube so even if you weren’t watching them live, you can still appreciate the chaos.

In no particular order here is the breakdown of what are in my opinion, the 10 greatest feuds in WWE history.

Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon - Let’s start with an easy one. Austin vs. McMahon is arguably the greatest feud in WWE history. If the criteria for this list was simply revenue, Austin vs. McMahon would probably top the list. Unfortunately the WWE has gone to the well so many times in recent years with heel authority figures that I don’t think we will ever see anything like this again. The timing was just right in 1997 with Vince coming off of the Montreal Screw Job, competition from WCW, the popularity of the n.W.o. bringing pro wrestling back into the mainstream, and the emergence of this biggest anti-authority hero you will ever see in a wrestling ring.

Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper - Next to Austin vs. McMahon I may call this the greatest feud in WWE history. It was certainly the biggest of my lifetime as a fan up until Austin vs. McMahon. The legacy of this feud cannot be understated. These two guys were pivotal in taking pro wrestling and breaking it out into the mainstream in 1984 and 1985. Sure Hogan was a great babyface but there was no other villain in the company that could transcend popular culture like Piper. The timing was absolutely perfect for these two to take the country by storm and they did. The same can’t be said for their rivalry years later in WCW and again in the WWE unfortunately.

Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbysko - This one was a bit ahead of my time but the legend of this rivalry has sustained several generations of pro wrestling fans. I can’t begin to explain why this one became so much bigger than others for Bruno because Bruno had plenty of allies turn on him throughout his WWE career. Yet for whatever reason, Zbysko’s defiance hit home with the fans. Zbysko breaking the chair over Bruno’s head has become iconic in its own right. The heat for their matches was ridiculous and while Hogan may take credit for it in his book, it was this match that drew a monster house to Shea Stadium in an era before pay-per-view.

CM Punk vs. John Cena - It’s funny because the best angle this feud had is arguably the least memorable, which was the night Punk got up from the commentary booth and turned on Cena. Their 2011 summer series remains the biggest feud/angle of modern day era of WWE. Punk’s pipe-bomb promo was believable and fans ate up the idea of Punk leaving the WWE as world champion. Their Money in the Bank match was rated five stars by Dave Meltzer which is incredibly high praise. Whether it has the sustainability of the others on this list remains to be seen, but on this date it was one of the all-time best.

Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage - The WrestleMania V rivalry remains an iconic feud from the 1980s era of pro wrestling. Fans today still talk about the great match and classic angle which saw Savage turn on Hogan on prime time television. The year-long build is patience that could pay off today if the WWE had a different mindset as opposed to the hot-shot angle and match. Hogan gets a lot of criticism for his work rate but all you need to do is check out their WrestleMania V match and others in the 80s to see Hogan and Savage for that matter at his best.

Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels - This is a feud that probably doesn’t get as much due as it should. The angles and series of matches throughout this lengthy rivalry remain some of the best from the last decade of WWE wrestling. Their Ladder Match in particular still sticks out as an all-time favorite. Between Jericho punching Michaels’ wife and almost blinding the Heartbreak Kid you won’t find many better heels in the last decade than Jericho was during this historic period.

Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart - Austin vs. Hart remains one of the greatest rivalries which produced arguably the greatest WrestleMania match in history (my favorite anyway). What made this one so good? I think it goes back to the Survivor Series 1996 hype and Austin telling the world that no matter what happens in New York City, the feud will never end…and it didn’t. The feud was intense, believable, dramatic, and the two just had such great chemistry that it wouldn’t have worked with anyone else. Both guys had chips on their shoulders with Bret obsessing over Shawn Michaels and Austin obsessed with proving WCW wrong after he was released. The hunger and desire out of both guys is evident in everything they did which is why it was all so great.

The Rock vs. Steve Austin - How can you go wrong with three WrestleMania main-events? While you would riot today if you saw Randy Orton vs. John Cena three times at Mania, every match was bigger and better. The timing and worlds aligned for these two to make beautiful wrestling music together. Unfortunately I don’t think this one paid off nearly as much as it should have with Austin leaving after their final match at WrestleMania 19 and never following through on his revenge. Yet there are plenty of great angles leading up to 15 and 17 readily accessible on the Network that will make you a believer if you have any doubts about how fun and memorable this feud was in its heyday.

Mankind vs. The Undertaker - One of quite possibly the most underrated feuds in WWE history would be The Undertaker vs. Mankind. Sure, this one will always be remembered for Hell in a Cell but there was so much more. For over two years these two guys waged one of the most brutal and bloody wars ever seen in a WWE ring. Mankind debuted and immediately jumped into a feud with Taker. Mankind wasted no time targeting the Dead Man as he picked a fight with Taker on his first night in the company. The next two years saw dozens of vignettes and matches showcasing the brutality of this deadly rivalry. Pick any match on the Network between these two and I can guarantee you that it will be just as exciting now as it was almost 20 years ago.

Triple H vs. Batista - It still amazes me that someone who was involved in a legendary rivalry like Batista was crapped on by the new generation of fans so badly when he returned last year. I think the WWE could have helped him out quite a bit if they went back and showed old footage of his rivalry with Hunter. What made this so good is that it had been brewing for months. Batista would shoot these subtle looks at Hunter for months prior to their match that let the fans know that it was coming. This allowed the rivalry to simmer for months before it finally boiled over into one of the greatest segments in RAW history (right up there with their contract signing). Batista won three straight matches and yet the fans couldn’t get enough of this rivalry. Again, this is another case in patience paying off at the box office for the WWE.

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Roman Reigns Talks John Cena, Favorite WWE Match, and More

January 06, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns has been pegged to be the heir apparent to John Cena. The future of the WWE has a lot of pressure on his back and is looking forward to what could be the breakout year of his young pro wrestling career.

Reigns has been touted by many as the next big superstar in the WWE. Most are predicting that the WWE will try and position Reigns like Cena. Part of that positioning with require extensive media which is why it is always interesting to hear from Reigns during the calm before the storm.

Reigns is back after a lengthy layoff and looking forward to a big year in 2015. Reigns was interviewed by the boys over at WrestlingNewsSource.com and was asked about a variety of topics including whether or not he thinks this will be his year.

I think so. I think everyone’s thinking that. I think everybody goes into these type of matches thinking they’re going to be the guy. It can happen. Whether it’s 30, 40, 100 people in this match. Everybody should be going in with that mindset. “I’m the guy. I can change my whole career. I can change my whole life if I just dominate tonight and that’s what I’m going to do. Fortunately for me I have some experience with this match. I have a record of eliminations and I’m taking last year making it all the way to the end and coming up short as a mistake I can learn from. As a good experience. Hopefully, I can capitalize on it this year and correct that wrong and go onto the big one.

We have all been hearing the comparisons to John Cena for the last year. Reigns was asked about that and he talked a bit about those comparisons and expectations.

“When I first started wrestling, I got a lot of comparisons to a lot of different people. Razor Ramon, The Rock. I had a bunch of different qualities and characteristics of former guys. I’m not trying to be the next anybody. I’m trying to be the very first Roman Reigns that’s all I can do. I’m not out to be somebody that I’m not. I know who I am and I know where I come from and I know where I want to go. It’s very flattering to be compared to someone who’s worked so hard and been so successful. I don’t want what he has, I want what I’m going to get.”

Reigns has one of the most unique entrances in pro wrestling. Reigns continues to walk through the crowd on his way to the ring. Strange things can happen out there and Reigns shared some interesting stories about being that close to the fans.

There’s been a couple of situations. There’s one time a few months ago this little girl came out and wave slapped me. Just a big bear hug on me and I didn’t even notice. She was on me before I even knew so when I looked down this 7-8 year old little girl who was as cute as can be. Not too long ago, I think last week i saw those little short films they do on the internet some girl just feeling my arm up and holding my hand. There’s so many people and I’m trying to take in the crowd and see what I’m working with the people that sometimes I don’t even notice things like that. We have an awesome job, they’re so feisty and emotional and outspoken. But they’ve been awesome with me. They haven’t done anything too crazy to where we put the entrance in jeopardy.

Finally Reigns was asked about his favorite match in his short career. His answer will put a smile on many faces who just voted that the 2014 Match of the Year.

Yeah, i’d have to say my favorite match was the first Wyatt match we had on pay per view. I still haven’t watched it back. I want to leave it to what I remember. The vibe and the emotion we had out there. The response. The manipulation of the crowd just going in and out of stuff. All the different chants and things like that. It was an unbelievable match. Also, I gotta say for me personally. I really dig my match I had with Randy Orton at Summerslam. I thought we did some pretty cool stuff especially down towards the end of the match. Incredible exchanges, signature moves and stuff like that. He had an RKO caught me out of the Superman Punch no one’s ever done that and that just speaks to the type of competitor that guy is and not only that I had enough in me to beat a guy like that.

Check out more of the interview including splitting with the Shield, wrestling Rusev, NXT, and much more via the YouTube interview embed below.

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UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier Results: Bones Retains Via Decision

January 04, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fought the biggest grudge fight of the year. Jones and Cormier put on a show early on but it was the UFC light heavyweight champion who wound up shining with an impressive, statement win

The fight started out hot with both guys coming out swinging. Cormier closed the distance more than I ever thought he would in the first two rounds. Jones took Cormier down for the first time in Cormier’s career, which was the difference in the first round. Cormier kept coming and won the second round with some dirty boxing and clinching. I was impressed with Cormier as I expected Jones to dominate the fight.

Jones looked sluggish early in the third round. Cormier was busy throughout the round and got inside with a lot of action. Cormier looked unstoppable until he walked into a poke in the eye. Jones hit an elbow on Cormier towards the end of the round. Cormier looked slower and more tired as the round closed. It looked like Cormier gave it his all in the start of the round and ran out of gas by the time the buzzer sounded.

Jones came alive in the fourth round. Jones took down Cormier twice and was more effective in the clinch throughout the round. Cormier looked tired and sluggish as the round continued. Jones looked strong throughout including taking down Cormier as the buzzer sounded. Jones also nailed Cormier with a short elbow. Jones looked best by far in this round as opposed to the early rounds. The body shots Jones nailed earlier had obviously taken their toll.

Cormier came out swinging and tried to get in some dirty boxing. Jones withstood the storm and the two wound up tying up along the cage. Jones doesn’t look tired at all which is amazing considering how sluggish he looked in the third round. Jones worked for Cormier’s back. Cormier spun out. Jones had the fight in hand by this round. Both grappled a bit on their feet towards the end of the round. Jones blocked all of Cormier’s takedown attempts. This was easily the most boring round of the fight. Cormier just had nothing left in the tank while Jones looked strong. Cormier was working for a takedown in the final minute as Jones dropped elbows. Cormier nailed a huge takedown in the final minute only for Jones to jump right back to his feet. Jones nailed a spinning elbow in the final thirty seconds. Jones gave Cormier the “D-X Crotch Chop” when the buzzer sounded.

Jones wins the fight via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

The grudge was deep between the two as Jones cut a pro wrestling style heel promo after the fight. Jones was awesome if you are into that kind of thing and told Joe Rogan that he really doesn’t like Cormier. Jones embracing the role of villain is money as UFC fans will continue to pay top dollar in hopes of seeing a hero take him down.

Did the fight live up to the hype? Well it depends. I never got caught up in it. It seemed like a total mismatch to me. Cormier’s record is nice but it is a bit suspect if you ask me. He only had two light heavyweight fights, one against an inexperienced Patrick Cummins and one against an aged fighter in Dan Henderson. I never thought he was in Jones’ class of fighters and thus the fight went like I thought it would. That said, I was shocked to see Cormier do as much damage as he did and survive without getting knocked out.

What’s next for both fighters? I am not sure. Cormier will be at a crossroads as to whether he goes back to heavyweight or not. The obvious fight for Jones is a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson but Gus is already signed to fight Anthony Johnson in a couple of weeks. I think you have to go with whomever wins that fight against Jones.

The truth is that Jones is much better than anyone I see fighting in the UFC right now. Whether it’s Gus, Johnson, or anyone else, I don’t see Jones ever losing the title. I see Jones going to heavyweight and fighting Cain at the end of the year, should Cain recover.

And that will be a hell of a fight!

Full UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier Results and Winners
Jon Jones defeated Daniel Cormier via decision (unanimous)
Donald Cerrone defeated Myles Jury via Decision (unanimous)
Brad Tavares defeated Nate Marquardt via Decision (unanimous)
Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Louis Gaudinot via Decision (unanimous)
Hector Lombard defeated Josh Burkman via Decision (unanimous)
Paul Felder defeated Danny Castillo via KO (spinning back fist) in Round 2
Cody Garbrandt defeated Marcus Brimage via TKO (punches) in Round 3
Shawn Jordan defeated Jared Cannonier via KO (punches) in Round 1
Evan Dunham defeated Rodrigo Damm via Decision (unanimous)
Omari Akhmedov defeated Mats Nilsson via Decision (unanimous)
Marion Reneau defeated Alexis Dufresne via Decision (unanimous)

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CM Punk Talks Hypocrisy In UFC Signing

January 03, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

“It’s great that Rock is back. Anybody in the locker room that says it doesn’t piss them off, that he works however many days a year he works when we’re working 300 days a year, something ridiculous, they’re kidding themselves; they’re scared to say it.” – CM Punk

In a strange twist of irony it took a former WWE announcer to ask CM Punk the question that most of his critics wanted answered. Punk was asked about the hypocrisy of signing with the UFC in relation to things Punk has said in the past about WWE superstars and either Punk thinks we are all idiots or he truly is living in a delusional world.

Punk hosted a UFC Q & A on Friday and did some media interviews as part of the promotion for UFC 182. Most MMA media have gushed over CM Punk asking him softball questions and accepting his questionable responses without follow up. For whatever reason nobody has challenged Punk on the hypocrisy of him signing with the UFC in relation to Punk’s criticism of The Rock and others for coming into the WWE with similar circumstances.

I have no personal problems against Dwayne. It’s very frustrating being here and watch a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the show. He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.

That was nothing. Punk ripped Rock and others repeatedly for coming into the WWE, not doing house shows, and taking someone’s spot in the main-event. Punk even took a shot at Brock Lesnar in a recent podcast interview where he said that he told Vince Brock should do house shows. The irony of Punk’s situation is amazing considering all he has said in the last several years.

Now we have a situation where Punk is signed to a UFC contract with no amateur sports pedigree nor MMA fighting experience simply because he is CM Punk. No matter how you look at it, this is the same idea as Rock stealing someone’s spot as Punk is stealing someone’s spot. Punk paid no dues and if you think this isn’t lost on UFC fighters, just ask Jon Jones.

“At the same time it would be a bad thing only because every day I’m at the gym watching these kids training. These guys have no money and they’re training their tails off, giving up everything to be a fighter.

(These guys are) living in the gym, eating turkey and peanut butter, bare minimum to chase this dream, and then a superstar like (Punk) just gets to jump into the UFC just because he knows the right people and has a name.

I just think it’s unfair for the people who have been working their tails off to earn this opportunity. That’s why I really hope UFC gives him a real opponent, so we can watch him get knocked out.”

So Todd Grisham of all people was the first to put Punk on the spot about this criticism. Punk was asked about this hypocrisy but in the world of CM Punk, this is completely different.

“The irony of the situation is certainly not lost on me and I accept all the responsibility in the world for that. But there’s also so many differences. UFC employees thousands of fighters. I look at it more as I’m not taking a spot away from somebody, I’m allowing somebody to gain that spot because whoever fights me, they’re going to make a nice chunk of change I like to think. I think that’s a good opportunity for someone else too. There’s a myriad of other differences and if I wasn’t willing to put in the work and actually train and just fight tomorrow, I could see the parallels more.”

Where do I begin? For starters, the UFC does not have thousands of fighters under contract. Last I checked there were a little over 550 fighters under contract. While a lot more than the WWE, that is a far cry from “thousands.” The best part of this is that he defends this by saying he will be bringing more money to another fighter, which is correct. I find that defense ironic because for the three years, that is exactly what The Rock did when he came back to wrestle or appear on pay-per-views. I never understood why Punk was so upset about Rock coming back when Rock vs. Cena broke WrestleMania records, thus put more money in Punk’s pockets than he would have gotten without Rock.

I can also assure you that Punk made more money working with the Rock at the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber than he would have made with anyone else at the time. It’s the same damned thing! Punk is defending his signing by saying he’ll make someone a lot more money…the same way Rock put more money into Punk’s pockets.

Look I have been accused of ripping Punk a little too much lately on here but the reality is this. All I am doing here and in other blogs is taking Punk’s own words and relating it to the current situation. I am not making this stuff up nor am I on some vendetta. I have also said that Punk desperately needs a media coach and this is another case. I can’t help but think that Punk had to be prepared to answer this question at some point and if that was the best he could come up with, the guy needs some assistance from someone in a high-level public relations firm.

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Daniel Bryan Announces WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Bid

December 30, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Daniel Bryan promised to make a huge announcement on Monday Night RAW. The former WWE superstar announced his future plans, which were in doubt due to a serious injury. You can dismiss those doubts as the Yes Movement is back!

The announcement came out of nowhere. Bryan has been out of action for about seven months after suffering an arm and neck injury. Several months of unsuccessful rehabs have worried fans and supporters who feared that Bryan’s career is over. Rest easy Yes supporters, Bryan is coming back!

Bryan came out to what I thought was a bit of a disappointing reaction initially. Fans in the past have gone crazy with Yes chants and while he was certainly appreciated, it wasn’t the madness we saw at this time last year. Bryan told the audience that his career was in jeopardy and reflected on his ups and downs of 2014. Then came the announcement everyone was hoping to hear.

“Is my career over? No. I am ready to fight. I am ready to compete. Am I entering the Royal Rumble? “YES! YES!”

Bryan officially announced his comeback and his entry into the 2015 Royal Rumble. I would presume that this will be Bryan’s first match back since coming off of the D.L. This was the first big angle shot for the Rumble which will go down on January 25 in Philadelphia, PA.

Bryan’s entry into the Rumble certainly raises a lot of questions. It was presumed that Roman Reigns would be the clear favorite to win next year’s Rumble and go on to WrestleMania and defeat Brock Lesnar for the WWE world title. With questions surrounding Brock’s future, I have to wonder if Bryan now throws a kink into those plans with the game plan for Mania completely re-shifting.

Could Bryan go into Mania and win the Rumble? I think it’s possible. I think it all depends upon the reaction fans give him over the next few weeks leading to the Rumble. Maybe John Cena defeats Brock, Rollins cashes in and wins, and it turns out to be Bryan vs. Rollins at Mania 31? Where this leaves Roman Reigns is a great question, although he could always still go on to wrestle and defeat Brock in a singles match and chase the title through SummerSlam.

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