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4 days ago

Hulk Hogan Talks John Cena, State of the WWE, and More

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Hulk Hogan Talks John Cena, State of the WWE, and More

Hulk Hogan has never met an interview opportunity he didn’t like. That is evident lately as new Hulk interviews are popping up online weekly. The latest comes from Inside Pulse and while short on time, an interesting conversation nonetheless.

Murtz Jaffer, an admitted Hulkamaniac caught up with Hulk at a recent Fan Expo in Canada. Hogan and Jaffer cover a variety of topics which predictably included Hogan’s memories on wrestling in Toronto. Hulk also talks about the current WWE landscape including where he lies in the “John Cena Sucks debate. Hogan also teases a possible feud with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, the Authority. Hogan also talks working as a heel or face and what he likes better.

Check out the interview. It’s a quick and dirty conversation with the Hulkster ..click here to read more

5 days ago

3 Reasons Kane Is the Best Heel of All Time

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The Big Red Monster. The Big Red Machine. The Devil’s Favorite Demon. The….Director of Operations. You all know him as the baby brother of the Undertaker. One of the longest standing performers in WWE. The guy that somehow makes fire shoot from ring posts by lowering his arms and one of the most groan inducing wrestlers from “serious” wrestling fans.

Lately, Kane has become more of a sideshow than a serious threat to anyone. He is a lapdog/enforcer in the “authority” angles. He was a comedy character with Team Hell No for about a year before that. He has had a long twisting path throughout his career in WWE which (more often than not) interweaved with the Undertaker.

But what you may not have realized, is that through it all, through the multiple masks, unmasking, corporate suit, and hideous ill-designed tag team partners, Kane has somehow become one of the biggest heels ..click here to read more

5 days ago

The Road Warriors and Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Teams Ever

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The first time I saw the Road Warriors, I have to admit, I was a little scared. Having known wrestling as a “show” of holds and counter holds, strength and resistance, the sight of two men coming to the ring to Iron Man and branding spiked shoulder pads and face paint, they were as bad a badass tag team that there could be.

And they beat everyone in their path and in the ring.

The Road Warriors were a professional wrestling tag team composed of Michael “Hawk” Hegstrand and Joseph “Animal” Laurinaitis. They performed under the name “Road Warriors” in the American Wrestling Association, the National Wrestling Alliance, and World Championship Wrestling, and the name Legion of Doom (LOD for short) in the World Wrestling Federation (despite the altered team name, they were still individually introduced as “Road Warrior” Hawk and “Road Warrior” Animal).

Under either name, their gimmick ..click here to read more

5 days ago

WCW Monday Nitro Episode Three Review: American Males, American Males, American Males

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September 18th, 1995

From Johnson City, Tennessee

It should be noted that Big Van Vader is still in the intro and this arena is pretty small for a Nitro arena. In-fact, only 2,031 fans paid to see this show and it had 1,169 freebries. Fall Brawl happened last night, so here are some quick results for those who didn’t watch it on the Network:

Johnny B. Badd defeated Brian Pillman to get a US Title Shot

Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated The Cobra

DDP defeated The Renegade to win the TV Title

Harlem Heat defeated Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater to win the WCW Tag Team Championship

Arn Anderson defeated Ric Flair

Hulk Hogan and His Amazing Friends (Savage, Sting, Luger) defeated The Dungeon of Doom (Kamala, Shark, Meng, Zodiac)

Our main event for tonight is Ric Flair vs Brian Pillman. We get the talking heads at the beginning, but we head to the BACK! An ambulance is pulling up ..click here to read more

5 days ago

Best and Worst of WWE King of the Ring 1993

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Best: King of the Ring

I’m a stickler for wrestling tournaments and the King of the Ring was one of the first shows where the concept was exclusively built around a one-night tournament. On top of that, the winner gets a crown, robe and scepter? Yes and please.

Not only that, but this show is filled with quality wrestling. Sure, most of that comes from Bret Hart, but can you really go wrong in a card that also involves Bam Bam Bigelow, Razor Ramon and Mr. Perfect? Well, yeah, actually as Wrestlemania IX showed, you can go horribly wrong.

Best: Razor Ramon

In the opening match on the card, it’s Bret Hart vs Razor Ramon in the King of the Ring tournament. As Bret comes to the ring, he does that thing he did while he was a baby face where he would take off those mirrored pink shades and give them to a ..click here to read more

6 days ago

My WWE Mount Rushmore

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Before I get into the guys who are in my Mount Rushmore, I need to breakdown why certain legends are not represented.

I grew up watching WWE in the 1980’s, starting with WrestleMania 1. Somewhere during the greatest era in wrestling history, my priorities changed and I stopped watching. I had a vague idea of what was going on but I had zero emotion invested in the product. Thanks to the WWE Network, I know exactly what I missed. Without question, I recognize Shawn Michaels as the greatest performer in WWE history. Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock are biggest stars this company has ever seen. The Nature Boy Rick Flair is a 16-time champion and the only two-time WWE Hall of Famer. For pretty obvious reasons (not watching their careers play out live), these Hall of Famers do not have a place on my WWE Mount Rushmore.

Hulk Hogan

The first ..click here to read more

6 days ago

Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman WWE DVD Review

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Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman may be one of the most inspiring documentaries produced by the WWE. The documentary chronicling the life of Heyman should be required viewing in business schools and marketing classes across America.

Heyman is one of the most under-appreciated success stories of our wrestling generation. As I pointed out in a previous piece, Heyman may be the greatest manager in pro wrestling history. Heyman has drawn money through four different decades and is better than ever. Only entertainment icons can boast that kind of pedigree. Heyman is indeed an icon.

Heyman’s journey is inspiring whether you are an aspiring enterprenaur, business student, marketing executive or pro wrestler. It isn’t so much Heyman’s rise in pro wrestling that is impressive. It was his tenacity, desire, courage, and dare I say hustle that you have to admire in or out of pro wrestling.

Heyman broke into the business ..click here to read more

6 days ago

WCW Nitro Episode 2 Review: The War Begins

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Editorial note: I realized upon further review Arn Anderson was not wearing a windbreaker in the first episode. We here at The Camel Clutch Blog apologize for the fashion error.

From the Knight Center in Miami, Florida

First off, I have to give props to WCW as the Nitro set is pretty cool for its time. Nice amount of pyro and lighting, really a step-up from what they had been presenting on Saturday Night. The all-metallic motif would set the standard for pro wrestling sets for years to come. Two interesting notes, the commentators desk isn’t set-up by the entrance like it will be until 1999 and the ringside skirt is actually see-through in certain areas with colored lights behind them. Neat.

Mongo starts off with a “Where’s the Beef” reference, which was relevant around the same time that that the Bears last won a championship. Seriously, how could a team with that ..click here to read more

1 week ago

Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

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So it’s the first Tuesday of the season and if you drafted like me you are considering 2 options. The first one being a complete overhaul of your team via the waiver wire and the second is to quit fantasy football all together and learn how to crochet because you have no business near a fantasy roster this season.

The first week of the season is always the hardest to deal with. You spend weeks planning your draft strategy only to lose in the first week to a guy who have never watched a football game in his life. So you freak out and you grab Kevin Ogletree because he scored two TDs and then you start him over Dez Bryant because after the first week Bryant is not ”the guy” everyone said he was. Now you are a loser two weeks in a row and you burned the best waiver ..click here to read more

1 week ago

WWE Ratings Are Down And They Should Not Be Surprised

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For seemingly as long as I can recall, another report surfaced recently that the WWE is in a panic over the latest ratings.

My first response to this is “really?” Are they really surprised ratings are going down considering the product is widely criticized and even weird idiots like Matt Hardy are making valid points by talking about how ass-backwards the product is?

The second thing I consider is a quote I’ve heard various times, mostly from Vince Russo (huge grain of salt needed here). Paraphrasing here, but it basically goes that Russo, Vince and the rest of creative would constantly challenge themselves to better the show that they had put on the last week. I don’t know if it’s true because Russo is one of the biggest liars in wrestling, but you would certainly hope it was.

Having said that, it’s clear here that lack of effort isn’t the culprit, despite what ..click here to read more

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WWE Top 10 Video: World Championship Victories

The WWE has posted one of the more interesting top 10 lists on its YouTube channel. The WWE ranks the top 10 WWE championship wins in a list that is bound to stir debate among wrestling fans.

Before I get into anything I just want to preface this by saying you have to take these lists for what they are. It is someone’s opinion the same as I have my opinion and you have yours. Thus there really is no right or wrong list when it comes to something this subjective. That said, this list is ridiculous!

10 – The Rock defeats Triple H (Backlash 2000) 9 – Eddie Guerrero defeats Brock Lesnar (No Way Out 2004) 8 – Mankind defeats The Rock (Monday Night Raw, 1999) 7 – Randy Savage defeats Ted DiBiase (WrestleMania 4) 6 – Ultimate Warrior defeats Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania 6) 5 – Daniel Bryan defeats Batista, Randy Orton (WrestleMania 30) 4 – John ..click here to read more , , , , ,

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