Not many men beat Ric Flair. The 66-year old man celebrates his 66th birthday today in what can only be described as one of the greatest careers in wrestling history. A 16-time World Champion, a man who has wrestled in five decades, traveled the world over and made the phrase, “Woooo!” part of the lexicon of almost every male wrestling fan on the planet.
Women wanted to party with him, men wished they could be like him. Flair not only changed how we looked at professional wrestling for its entertainment value of mat wrestling (long before Hulk Hogan changed the face of sports entertainment) and the art of crowd involvement as part of the importance of Kayfabe.
In the WWF/WWE Hulk Hogan was the wrestler by which all other superstars in the promotion were measured. As Jim Cornette once said, Ric Flair was the measuring stick. The man who could make a broom look like a million bucks has been in more matches than we can count and has made the careers of Barry Windham, Sting, Kerry Von Erich, Lex Luger and hundreds of others.
Also known as “The Nature Boy”, Flair is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of ..click here to read more
Samoa Joe is only days out of TNA Wrestling and there is already a major campaign to bring him to the WWE. Some of the WWE’s biggest personalities are pushing for the former TNA champion, yet the reality is that the window of opportunity for all parties has closed.
The Samoan Submission Machine finished up a ten-year stint in TNA this week with a simple goodbye on Twitter. Joe stunned fans and media alike when he posted his farewell tweet which sent the Internet into hysterics over the possibilities of Joe coming to the WWE. A subsequent report was encouraging after it was reported that Triple H is interested in the big man.
Wrestlezone.com reported that Triple H has interest in bringing Joe in while the CEO Vince McMahon has zero interest in bringing in the big man. Further reports seem to indicate that Joe already has strong feelers out there, yet none are reported to be WWE. While the thought of seeing Joe in the WWE is certainly intriguing, I don’t think it benefits either one at this point.
I used to be a big Samoa Joe fan, like most of you. He was a hard worker and routinely stole ..click here to read more
There may be no bigger topic right now in pro wrestling than the future of Brock Lesnar. The WWE champion is coming to a cross-roads and the rumors continue to swirl about his post-Mania plans. A new report paints a picture that wrestling fans can get excited about.
Brock Lesnar’s two-year deal with the WWE is set to expire right after WrestleMania 31. The timing couldn’t be better for Lesnar. Lesnar has options to return to the UFC, fight for Bellator, or remain a WWE superstar. The latest betting line had the odds on Lesnar cashing in on a big return to the UFC. Yet a new report says that Lesnar may be having second thoughts about being punched in the face.
Dave Meltzer breaks it down in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Meltzer cites Jim Ross as a source and reports that Ross believes Lesnar is staying with the WWE.
“On the Lesnar question, Jim Ross, who is still in a position to know people who would know, wrote that sources are saying it looks more promising that Lesnar is staying due to concerns over the long-term heath effects of concussion oriented issues later in life.”
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It looks like we finally have the blueprint of the main WWE WrestleMania 31 card. The main card may lack the zest of last year’s event, yet the excitement coming out of Fastlane is a sign in the right direction.
There were no real surprises at Fastlane, especially if you have been following the backstage rumors and social media spoilers over the last few weeks. But what we did was a rock solid direction heading into the big March 29 event. I was underwhelmed a few weeks back when the card looked to be taking shape, but Fastlane offered a glimpse of hope. Here is what I took away coming out of Fastlane, as well as the latest news and rumored matches.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE world title - This one is going to be a lot of fun for all of the wrong reasons. While I do think the WWE needed to focus on Reigns, it was clear at Fastlane that the fans aren’t buying him. This match could get Goldberg-Lesnar ugly really fast without some creative booking. It’s unfortunate as I think six months ago this match could have been big. Yet the WWE booking of ..click here to read more
From the Montreal Screw Job to Vince McMahon’s steroid trial to Jeff Hardy wrestling intoxicated, check out the top 10 pro wrestling controversies caught on video.
This interesting video comes from the folks over at WatchMojo.com. Watch this video as WatchMojo.com countdown the top 10 pro wrestling controversies…as they see it.
It’s certainly an interesting video and the crew did a great job of digging up video. I don’t know if I’d necessarily agree with these, but they do get you thinking. Some are a little corny such as the end of the streak so take this list for what it is worth. Check out the video below which runs a little over fifteen minutes.
Here is the list for those of you that don’t want to watch the video.
The Death of Chris Benoit
The Montreal Screw Job
The Owen Hart Tragedy
CM Punk Walks Out of the WWE
The Mass Transit Incident
Vince McMahon’s Steroid Trial
Edge/Matt Hardy/Lita Love Triangle
The end of the Undertaker’s Streak
Muhammad Hassan (the gimmick in general)
Jeff Hardy vs. Sting at TNA Victory Road (Hard wrestles inebriated)
Honorable Mentions: Raven-Sandman Crucifix Angle, Live Edge/Lita Sex Show, Triple H-Katie Vick, The Fingerpoke of Doom, Lex Luger Shows Up on Nitro, David Arquette wins the WCW ..click here to read more
Triple H fired the first salvo when he and Degeneration X invades the WCW offices. Now, it would appear Sting is going to fire the final shot at WrestleMania 34 days from now.
Yes, Sting versus Triple H is finally going to happen. This may also be the only time we see WCW’s living legend in a WWE event. Honestly, I have my concerns.
If you would like a history lesson, it started in 1998. On episodes of Raw is War in April and May DX went to war with WCW, with whom the WWF were in direct competition at the time, through a series of legitimate visits to WCW headquarters and live events. On April 27, 1998 Raw is War and WCW Monday Nitro both took place in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, a mere 19 miles apart. D-Generation X traveled from the WWF show in Hampton to The Scope in Norfolk and shouted insults against WCW through a bullhorn, as well as mentioning the fact that WCW gave out free tickets to fill up arenas for television while sporting black armbands with the acronym POWCW (Prisoner of WCW), which referenced Kliq members Scott Hall and Kevin ..click here to read more
The WWE is in full WrestleMania 31 mode now that Fastlane is in the books. The angles and Fastlane results now paint a clearer picture of the road to WrestleMania, which doesn’t necessarily look a whole lot different than it did prior to Sunday night’s pay-per-view event.
I really enjoyed this show a lot. The show had a real nice pace and there wasn’t a bad match on the show. It was a great appetizer for WrestleMania and I would go as far as to say that the show exceeded expectations. The show really did a nice job of getting me excited for WrestleMania. I’d highly recommend checking out the replay if you missed it.
Roman Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan to retain his match at WrestleMania 31. This was a poorly booked match. Reigns was booked as the sympathetic babyface with Bryan playing heel. At one point Bryan nailed a kick in Reigns’ liver and the announcers played it up referencing Reigns’ hernia. Reigns sold for awhile after that. The rest of the match saw Bryan in control with Reigns going for comebacks. Reigns nailed Bryan with a spear on a second attempt at a running knee for a clean pin in ..click here to read more
The Flyers were the headline event for Hockey Day in America as they hosted the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. A late goal by Michael Del Zotto allowed the Flyers to come away with the 3-2 victory. The win briefly moved the Flyers to two points behind Boston, but the Bruins moved it back to four with a win of their own.
The Flyers came out with the jump early in the game’s opening minutes. They would get an early power play chance when Jay Beagle went off for holding. The Flyers made sure to make him pay.
Claude Giroux would get his first goal in 17 games on the man advantage. Mark Streit and Giroux played catch at the blue line before Giroux found open space and fired the puck through the legs of Wayne Simmonds and behind goaltender Braden Holtby for the 1-0 lead.
The Flyers would carry most of the play for the rest of the period and come into the locker room with the 1-0. They would capitalize on another power play chance early on in the second period. This time it would be Wayne Simmonds.
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The Flyers welcomed in one of the best teams in the National Hockey League in the Nashville Predators. But they turned the Predators into prey as they dominated most of the game and took the 3-2 shootout victory.
The Flyers looked to be the better team right out of the gate. The Predators iced the puck three times in the opening minutes of the period. Shots on net were hard to come by for Nashville as well. Wayne Simmonds would get the game’s first goal.
Michael Del Zotto took a shot from the point that was first blocked by Simmonds. The puck came out to Braydon Coburn on the blue-line who then returned the pass to Del Zotto. This time Simmonds redirected the shot and found the back of the net for his team leading 23rd goal of the season.
The Flyers dominated most of the rest of the period, until the Predators were finally able to break through in the last minute. Colin Wilson intercepted a pass from Del Zotto and skated the puck back into the offensive zone. Wilson fired a shot that changed direction off the stick of Coburn and found the back of the net behind goaltender Rob Zepp.
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The WWE is fighting back against an Internet icon. The WWE is finally retaliating for statements made by CM Punk on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling. While Punk’s pipe bomb podcast may have been fun fodder, the end result may be some costly hours of entertainment.
Punk broke his silence back in November when he finally spoke out against the WWE on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. The interview came just weeks after both parties reached an undisclosed settlement. To say that Punk’s interview painted the WWE badly would be a gross understatement. Punk’s allegations towards the company made the WWE look irresponsible, incompetent, and negligent in regards to the health and wellbeing of its performers.
Fans and pundits jumped on Punk’s back and went on the attack against the WWE. Specifically Punk’s statements made against the WWE regarding its doctor’s treatment of Punk were horrifying. Punk alleged that the WWE doctor misdiagnosed fatty tissue on his back which almost cost him his life. He also made severe allegations against the way they handle concussions. Pitchforks were lit, wagons were circled, and many were heavily critical of the WWE as a result of Punk’s allegations.
That was then, this is ..click here to read more