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Injury Concerns for Daniel Bryan, Remembering Rick Rude

April 21, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Is the WWE pushing Daniel Bryan to perform at Extreme Rules this coming Sunday despite reports that the Intercontinental Champion is suffering from a concussion?

According to reports, Bryan suffered the injury against Sheamus prior to the WWE going on its European Tour.

Per the Inquistr.com

We know now that since the match was supposed to go long, Bad News Barrett ended up lasting a while against Cena. It made sense to have Barrett replace Bryan due to the UK affiliation. However, many still wanted to see Bryan. The reason he missed time and only did tag matches was because of an injury. WWE didn’t know exactly what was wrong with Bryan, so they wanted to get him back to the United States to seek medical treatment, which is why he was sent home from the European Tour.

Bryan, who was out of action for months and had to give up the WWE World Title due to a neck injury, has been back in the ring since the Royal Rumble, but has not changed his high octane style in the ring. For that reason alone, every time the leader of the “Yes!” movement takes a hard bump, fans ..click here to read more

Happy Anniversary AWA WrestleRock 86

April 20, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

29 years ago today the biggest and last super card in AWA history took place. WrestleRock better known for the WrestleRock Rumble took place today in 1986 in what some could argue was the beginning of the end of the AWA.

WrestleRock was Verne Gagne’s answer to the super cards being presented by his rivals the WWE and Jim Crockett Promotions. While the super card was not a new concept, WrestleMania took that idea to new heights. JCP was already in the game with Starrcade which by 1986 had become its own entity for the NWA fan base.

The AWA was on ESPN during this time and unlike the WWE and even JCP who booked their super card angles up to a year in advance, WrestleRock seemed to come out of nowhere. I remember watching the shows at the time and thinking about how random the event seemed. One would have assumed that with the power of ESPN television, WrestleRock could have turned the wrestling war around. It didn’t.

One of the biggest questions looking back on the event is why Verne didn’t take it to pay-per-view. For whatever reasons he did not and instead invested into an event similar to the Great ..click here to read more

Terry Funk: The Original American Outlaw

April 20, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

There have been many outlaws in the wrestling business. Steve Austin, Dick Murdoch, Bruiser Brody, The Undertaker, Brian Pillman and most recently, Dean Ambrose comes to mind. Than there’s Terry Funk.

No one defined the crazy Texan wrestler gimmick quite like Terry Funk. This guy has been wrestling professionally since the mid 1960’s, and seems like he’ll continue to do so until he dies. He lives, eats, sleeps and talks the wrestling business. He mixed technical ability with wild brawling and his interviews were some of the funniest moments in wrestling history.

I became a fan of Terry Funk when he feuded with Ric Flair over the NWA Championship. As a kid, when Funk slipped the plastic bag over Flair’s head and was trying to put him out of wrestling, it seemed so believable. I was scared that one of my heroes might be in potential danger. Even though I rooted against Funk in his feud with “The Nature Boy”, I respected his wrestling abilities. Their “I Quit” match at Clash of the Champions in 1989 was one of the best matches I had ever seen.

This was in an era of video stores, and our local rental place had a ton of ..click here to read more

WWE SmackDown Results and April 16 Recap

April 18, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week, the show emanates from London, England. Kicking off the show is the WWE United States Champion, John Cena. After a clip of him being attacked by a chain-wielding Rusev on RAW, Cena thanks London for hosting WWE. The energy from the crowd made RAW memorable, and admist that energy, we found out that Rusev will face Cena in a Russian chain match for the US title at Extreme Rules, which is the same damn thing as a dog collar match, a strap match, etc. Cena says the match won’t be pretty and may not even involve him. Every time he issues the US Open Challenge, you have a chance to see a new champion. So, enough about RAW and Extreme Rules. This is Smackdown, and there will be another challenge right now.

Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Natalya come out. Kidd says they’re not out here to accept the challenge. What they are out here for is to drop some facts. Cesaro says they are the greatest champions in WWE today. Fact. Kidd says they don’t pander to the audience. Fact. Cesaro says Cena came out on RAW and said London deserves a Wrestlemania. Fact. Kidd says that wasn’t a ..click here to read more

Should WWE Bring Back the European Title?

April 17, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

By the time you read this, the latest European tour will be all but over. Having entertained audiences in the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe, our favorite Superstars will be on their way back to the US, leaving behind a continent that has more than made its mark in the pro wrestling game over the last few years.

When the Europeans aren’t giving us the likes of Cesaro, Rusev, Paige, Sheamus, Barrett and countless others, their own promotions are proving to be a regular stomping ground for the biggest names on the indie scene, with the likes of the North West England’s Preston City Wrestling making an impact by combining homegrown talent with the hottest free agents around. That’s before we even mention the fans that turn out in their droves to make the UK and Europe such a lucrative market for the likes of WWE and TNA.

Yet for all their contributions to pro wrestling, Europe isn’t exactly well represented in terms of championship gold.

Sure, there was a glimmer of hope in that brief moment when Lana teased us with a Twitter pic of the old European title, but what if WWE took things a little further and actually brought the ..click here to read more

TNA Impact Wrestling Paycheck Troubles and WWE Thoughts

April 16, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The cracks in the TNA armor are starting to show again.

Even with solid numbers and a fan base that are more cult-like than the rise and fall of fan support for the WWE, TNA’s Impact Wrestling is dealing with its own issues of late. One issue in particular has re-invented itself to a point that the smoke it is causing could lead to a real fire if not put out soon.

Wrestlers aren’t being paid in a timely fashion, according to a story by Mike Johnson of pwinsider.com.

TNA is well behind on pay to their wrestlers, according to many talents who reached out to PWInsider.com under the agreement of anonymity over the past several weeks.  One wrestler claimed the company is behind two pay periods while others have claimed they are still owed money dating back to February.  With no TNA dates scheduled until the live Impact broadcast on 5/8, it has been a growing source of aggravation for TNA wrestlers as they are working the Indy scene to supplement their TNA income.

In asking sources within the TNA office in Nashville, I am told that the pay issues are ..click here to read more

Rhythm, Blues, BBQ and Battle Royals – Remembering Memphis Wrestling

April 16, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

When you think of Memphis, the first name that comes to mind is probably Elvis.

A close second?

Jerry Lawler.

One of the most entertaining territories of the 1970’s thru the 90’s was Memphis. It went through many names (CWA, USWA, Power Pro Wrestling and Memphis Wrestling), but the formula always remained the same: excellent mic work, fast paced matches, and the unbelievable drawing power of the main star and co-owner Jerry “The King” Lawler. Before he became the resident color commentator for WWE, his charisma, interviews, and believable wrestling style made Memphis a must watch television show each week.

The first major star of the Tennessee territory was Sputnik Monroe. One of the first true stars of wrestling, Monroe had black hair with a shock of white running through it, which was quite unusual in the days of just generic tights and boots wrestling. In the 1950’s, Memphis, much like every other Southern city of that time, was heavily segregated, and blacks were assigned a certain area to sit in during the wrestling matches at the old Memphis Civic Auditorium.

Despite the disrespect from the whites, the black fans fell in love with Sputnik Monroe. He stood up for civil rights, and questioned why ..click here to read more

Ronda Rousey Says She Wants More WWE

April 15, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ronda Rousey got a taste of the WWE and she wants more! The UFC champion told WWE legend Roddy Piper that she had so much fun at WrestleMania 31, there is no way she is not getting back into a WWE ring.

Rousey made her first in-ring WWE appearance at WrestleMania 31 in a highly publicized angle with the Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. It had been widely circulated that the WWE have been interested in using Rousey for awhile, yet her UFC contract prevented her from showing up. With a blessing from Dana White, the WWE finally got their girl and it may be that blessing that winds up blowing up in White’s face.

Rousey was a guest on Roddy Piper’s PodcastOne.com podcast and talked extensively about her experience at WrestleMania 31. Rousey told Piper that the biggest problem is that she can’t wait to go back.

“I hit the ground running,” Rousey said. “The first I ever wrestled was at Wrestlemania with an attendance record at Levi’s Stadium. I had a problem when I left. There’s no way I can’t not go back in there again. There’s no way. After experiencing that, there’s nothing like it.

“The second I left I ..click here to read more

WWE Continues to Mishandle Roman Reigns

April 15, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns became the focal point of an immense amount of backlash from the WWE Universe in January when he won the annual Royal Rumble match, thus making him the man that would face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 31. The fans believed that he just wasn’t experienced enough to be in the company’s top spot. On the road leading up to WrestleMania, Reigns continued to struggle on the microphone and still failed to connect with a majority of the audience.

However, Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar went on to become an instant classic at WrestleMania 31. Champion Brock Lesnar delivered a brutal assault to Reigns, hardly giving him any chance to retaliate over the course of the match. Reigns did an excellent job from a storytelling standpoint, even so much as laughing while Lesnar threw him around the ring like a rag doll.

Roman Reigns took the beating like a man and ended up earning the respect he so desperately needed from a large portion of the audience; fans who previously resented him.

Following such a large turning point for the character, WWE has now placed Reigns in a feud against Big Show ..click here to read more

John Cena is the Greatest Heel in the Pro Wrestling World

April 15, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Over the past decade John Cena has been WWE’s main attraction, their star. Cena is the face of the world wide phenomenon known as the WWE and there’s no denying he will be the face of the company for the next few years. WWE has relied on him to be ‘the go to guy’ and he has delivered as supposedly, according to most fans, their biggest babyface. While many fans see Cena as their “hero” and “idol”, other IWC members known as “smarks” love to hate him. John Cena might be a polarizing figure but he is certainly not a babyface…he is a heel, in fact he is currently the biggest heel in the wrestling world.

Whether you love him or you hate him, at the end of the day the fans have strong feelings towards the face of WWE. If you’ve been to a live WWE event, you can hear the hostility in the air as soon as Cena’s music hits. Over the past decade John Cena has truly become the biggest heel in wrestling due to the fact he’s turned into everything the average WWE fan despises. The once freestyling rapping, badass has turned into a wrestling version of ..click here to read more

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