21-1: Dissection of the Undertaker’s Streak

April 15, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The Undertaker’s Streak, WrestleMania’s greatest attraction has come to an end, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I’m not outraged like a lot of fans are, even though I understand their sentiment. I’m not sure if I’m satisfied with how it ended, but I can certainly live with it. When I broke down this match on the Bodyslam Podcast, I said I wouldn’t be surprised if Brock Lesnar won which was the opposite opinion in the studio. I would have bet the farm on the Undertaker getting his hand raised but something about the buildup to the match told me it might go the other way. When Lesnar delivered that third F-5, I knew it was over. Instead of looking at the TV screen, I looked at my friends in the living room as the referee counted 1-2-3. The room was pin-drop silent, and my friend’s jaws were on the floor, which mirrored the fans inside the Superdome.

So, why Brock Lesnar? It’s been reported that it was Taker’s call to make him the guy, but what were the circumstances that lead to this decision? Was this Undertaker’s last match? Was this a designed to make Lesnar matter here to read more

WWE RAW Ultimate Warrior Tribute Video

April 15, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE RAW opened up RAW with a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior that will bring chills to even the most hardened of wrestling fans. The WWE are going to make sure that while the Warrior may be gone, he’ll never be forgotten.

The WWE Universe continues to mourn the untimely passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Vince McMahon and the company have done more to pay tribute to Jim Hellwig than any other wrestler that I can remember who has passed away since Vince took over the company. The RAW tribute was only a piece of a two week tribute ongoing in the WWE.

The WWE Network begun devoting programming to memorialize the Warrior the day of his passing. Warrior’s career highlight, beating Hulk Hogan for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 6 has been replayed several times in recent days. The WWE Network will continue its tribute presenting a four-part special on the Warrior throughout the week.

I have to say that the treatment and honor that Vince is paying the Warrior is nothing short of bizarre. I don’t know if it is Vince getting older or just timing but there is obviously a deep personal connection here he had with the Warrior. I here to read more

Rumored Brock Lesnar WWE WrestleMania 31 Opponents

April 14, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

What do you do with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 a year after breaking the Undertaker’s streak at 30? That is the question being asked on social media and a new report reveals some interesting scenarios in discussion for the former UFC and WWE champion.

Bryan Alvarez has the scoop in the latest edition of his Figure Four Weekly newsletter. According to Alvarez, the WWE have penciled in a couple of possible Mania 31 opponents for Brock. One is the usual suspect while another is a bit of a surprise.

According to the report the WWE are still hanging on to the hopes that they can pull off a Brock vs. Rock match at WrestleMania. Alvarez reports that the WWE are penciling in the match, hoping that The Rock will be game for the big match. For those of you keeping track, that will be the second Mania in a row that they have tried to pull off the match although I remember hearing some rumblings back at 29 about a match.

I think the idea is great but I am not so sure it is realistic. The Rock suffered some serious injuries in his last match with John Cena at here to read more

Put The Next Madison Square Garden Show On The WWE Network

April 14, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Are we all enjoying WWE Network?

I know I sure am. Six weeks into its existence and I haven’t even begun to grow bored with it yet. Virtually every 1993 Monday Night Raw is available, most ECW episodes from 1994, every PPV under Vince McMahon’s lock-and-key can be watched, and WrestleMania XXX was there to be relived the day after the event.

Why, if I had a social life, I’m sure the people in it would be worried about my continuous absence.

Exploring every nook and cranny of the WWE Network map with a grapple-mark’s wanderlust, the section I love most, being a thirty-year-old male fogey who still actively buys CDs (“Digital downloads?! In my day….”), is the Old School folder.

After a steady diet of WWE’s glitzed-up, high-tech, billion-watts-of-light, jillion-watts-of-salesmanship-and-huckstering production for years and years on Raw and pay-per-view, it’s fun to just turn the lights down, install some low-key announcing from Gorilla Monsoon and whoever else, and just take the sense of urgency out of the action, no commercial breaks to be in bondage to.

I have more appreciation for these kinds of broadcasts after attending a house sh–err, ‘live event’ a year ago in Atlantic City. Characters that were just tiresome on here to read more

WWE SmackDown Results & April 11 Recap

April 13, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens with a graphic for Warrior who, as you know, passed away on Tuesday. Michael Cole announces a special this Monday night on RAW.

MATCH 1: The Big Show vs. Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman) I LOVE the pairing of Cesaro and Heyman. This will do nothing but further Cesaro’s push, without question. Heyman comes out to do a formal introduction for “The King of Swing”. He continues talking as Cesaro and Heyman make their way down, listing off his credentials, then calls Cesaro the “Next Big Thing”. The bell rings, and Cesaro offers a handshake. Show obliges, and it’s clean. Heyman is now on commentary. Cesaro shoves Show back out of a lock-up, and Show reciprocates, knocking Cesaro down. Cesaro runs into a shoulder, but then comes back with a European uppercut. Show hits another shoulderblock, and Cesaro rolls to the apron. Show picks him up and hits an open-hand chop against the ropes. He rolls Cesaro back in the ring, where Cesaro hits a boot and goes for a suplex from the apron. Show blocks it and picks Cesaro up on his shoulders. Cesaro rolls through and looks for a powerbomb to the floor, but Show here to read more

Eric Young: Right TNA Wrestling Champion at the Wrong Time

April 12, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It’s unfortunate that some professional wrestlers are picked to win a title at the wrong time in the business. For Eric Young, Thursday night’s win over Magnus on TNA Impact Wrestling and the TNA World Title reign could not have come at the worse time for him as a professional.

Young, who may me as talented as any cruiserweight in the business, does not get the credit he deserves for not only his work in the ring, his work on in promos and the zany antics that he has had to endure for 10 years in TNA’s outfit. But putting him over now was really the wrong thing to do.

It was just as odd to me as it was to the Miami Herald that wrote about Young’s ascension to the top the TNA food chain.

“In a surprising twist, professional wrestler, TNA Superstar, fantasy sports fanatic and Animal Planet star Showtime Eric Young (twitter: @ShowtimeEY) became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, defeating Magnus at Universal Studios Orlando during an explosive episode of IMPACT WRESTLING on Thursday, April 10 on Spike TV.”

When things like this happen, I have to stop and think to myself, “who comes up with these things?” The fact Young’s here to read more

TNA Impact Wrestling Results & April 10 Recap

April 11, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s TNA Impact Wrestling show opens with Dixie Carter stepping out of a limo. She tells AI she has a lot to say, just not right now.

We have a 10-man gauntlet to determine a new #1 contender for the title later tonight. This segues to MVP talking about the World title and recapping last week’s main event. He says that, unfortunately, Samoa Joe will not be one of the 10 in the gauntlet. He informed TNA he’s not available, but he has a replacement. The winner faces Magnus for the title at the Sacrifice PPV on 4/27. The time for talking is done, because the gauntlet starts now.

MATCH 1-10-Man TNA Gauntlet, with the winner becoming the new #1 contender for the World Championship; Participants: James Storm, Gunner, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Ethan Carter III, Bobby Lashley, Abyss, World X-Division Champion Sanada, Eric Young and Willow James Storm is the first participant out. Big surprise, Gunner is entrant #2. They brawl on the entrance ramp, then around ringside. Gunner dominates after slamming Storm’s face into the ring steps twice, then rolls him inside. He continues the attack with rights and a back elbow. More rights, and Gunner tries to throw Storm here to read more

Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection WWE DVD Review

April 11, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Before his untimely passing, The Ultimate Warrior was given a rare chance to save his WWE legacy. This opportunity turned out to be Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection and it will give you a new appreciation for one of wrestling’s most polarizing figures.

The biggest smear job ever produced by the WWE was a DVD a few years back which ripped apart the Ultimate Warrior as a performer, a businessman, and a man. Warrior’s legacy was shredded apart by his peers, leaving viewers with an opinion that the Warrior was over-hyped, terrible in the ring, and made it on luck over talent.

The new DVD, T\Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection gives the Warrior a chance to tell his own story. It’s one of the best documentaries the company has ever produced in that it left very few stones unturned and offers a side to the Warrior that most fans have never seen. Whether you like the Warrior or not, and I have always been in the middle on him, you can’t help but have a new appreciation for him coming out of this production.

Warrior wastes no time in the production blasting the Self-Destruction DVD. Warrior is ready to dispute the critics on here to read more

Looking At The Premiere Pro Wrestling Podcasts

April 11, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I had a busy couple weeks and I truly realized it when I looked at my phone and realized how far behind I was on my wrestling podcasts.

I first heard about podcasting back in 2007, when my college offered a 1-hour podcasting mini-course. I was unsure as to how this would become something relevant and thus I dismissed it. With hindsight having perfect vision, I now realize that I really missed out on an awesome opportunity, especially as I started my own podcast last fall.

I learned of Colt Cabana around the same time I knew of all the “indie stars” of the early aughts. I knew about Bryan Danielson, Low Ki, Spanky, etc in 2001 after hearing about their success in the ECWA Super 8. Then 2003 was when I discovered the next set through Ring of Honor, people like Paul London, CM Punk, and the aforementioned Cabana.

I became aware of Colt Cabana’s podcast sometime probably about four years ago. I read a column in Pro Wrestling Illustrated that took a look at it. At that point, I had already gone through the ups and down of being a Cabana fan. I knew that he was a talented “funny guy” here to read more