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Updated: Dolph Ziggler Reportedly Signs New WWE Contract…Or Maybe Not

June 29, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

While the Dolph Ziggler WWE contract rumors were fun while they lasted, the former WWE champion has put them to rest.. Rumors of Dolphs demise were premature. Ziggler has re-signed with the WWE and will be hanging around the mid-card for years to come.

Dolph Ziggler is a rallying cry of what some would call “hardcore fans” on social media. Dolph’s fans have been demanding better things for Ziggy and a bigger push. They got it a couple of years ago but an injury derailed Ziggler’s push and while he has flirted with the top, he has yet to ascend to that spot on the card which is why rumors of Dolph leaving have fans excited about his future.

Those rumors grew last week when Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter addressed these rumors.

“Regarding any rumors going around about Ziggler, his contract and leaving, this is the situation. Ziggler’s contract does expire in a few months and there are those close to him that have said he is at least considering what decision to make regarding his future that wouldn’t include WWE. I’ve got no idea what he’s going to do, past the idea he has talked with ..click here to read more

The Rock Makes Surprise Appearance At WWE House Show (Video)

June 28, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

There used to be a time where you never knew what would happen at a WWE house show. Today, house shows are generally one in the same yet Saturday night was an exception as fans in Boston received a very big surprise.

The Rock made a rare appearance on Saturday night in Boston at a WWE house show. According to reports, Dwayne Johnson is in Boston making a movie. The Rock came out during Bo Dallas’ match and had a lengthy verbal altercation with Dallas. You can probably guess how this one ended.

The WWE posted video of this on their YouTube channel and by the way, I love the gritty appearance of the video. It reminds me of seeing house show clips on WWF television as a kid. Video of this appearance needs to be played numerous times over the next few weeks. I think something as simple as this could really help house show business. Most know that you aren’t going to get big angles or title changes at house shows anymore. They just don’t happen. A video like this could change that mentality completely.

Finally, you have to give credit to the WWE for giving a younger guy like Bo ..click here to read more

WWE: Killing Serial Entertainment?

June 26, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I was really interested in watching The Messengers on the CW Network. It looked intriguing, and I forgot all about the CW’s disaster called The Tomorrow People, it’s penchant for politically motivated inclusions and that it was another retelling of Apocalyptic tales (something Sleepy Hollow did well, but also plays into the theme of this piece).

Tomorrow People was a pretty cool concept, but played out a lot less like Jack Kirby and a lot more like Vince Russo, which may or may not have been caused by it not getting enough traction, by it not being quite “super-heroic” enough or maybe the casting of teenagers with older looking actors was a huge disconnect that doomed it from the start.

Tomorrow People was definitively of the modern era of episodic, serialized entertainment. It threw too many plot twists, had too many character decisions that weren’t character-driven, and plot holes the size of a Jack Kirby Celestial. Those details are long forgotten, but delving into details rarely makes a good point.

It just gives enough for dismissing the criticism.

The big picture is the problem. Having all this secretive, evolutionary, end-of-the-world dynamics, and then revealing that everyone that you thought didn’t know, knew, just blew ..click here to read more

WWE SmackDown Results and June 25 Recap

June 26, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week opens with Seth Rollins, flanked by Joey Mercury and Kane. Jamie Noble is out with a broken rib for now. Jimmy Uso is filling in for Byron Saxton on commentary this week, as Saxton is apparently working on Tough Enough at the moment. Couldn’t tell you for sure, because I’m not watching that crap. Rollins says the Authority is back. They’ve got the band back together. They took a trip to Suplex City on Monday night, and burned it to the ground. It might have been uncomfortable for some fans, but change is a necessity. You need it to grow and evolve. He is a perfect example. A little over a year ago, he was a member of the Shield. He made the change that was necessary. It wasn’t popular at the time, but look at him now. He’s the undisputed WWE World Champion. He’s a proud member of the Authority, and he’s surrounded by true family, true brothers, like Joey Mercury. Mercury has had his back since day one and is a genius. He helped mastermind the beat-down of the Beast on RAW, and he’s glad to have Mercury on his side. It’s bittersweet for everyone, though. ..click here to read more

Jeff Jarrett Returns To TNA Wrestling

June 25, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

In a bizarre scene for those who followed the tumultuous breakup of TNA Wrestling and Jeff Jarrett, Jeff and wife Karen returned to TNA on Wednesday night. Jeff announced his in-ring return in an angle that has created a lot of buzz for a lot of different reasons.

The return of Jeff Jarrett to TNA has brought TNA the kind of buzz they have been looking for over the last several months. While the interest lies with the out-of-ring fallout from Jeff’s return, the story has a lot of people talking. What this means for TNA, Global Force Wrestling, and Jeff are all questions people are asking.

There are multiple reports coming out of his return. Wade Keller at PWTorch.com reported that there is a lot of heat backstage between TNA wrestlers and management. TNA wrestlers were told that they were not allowed to appear on Jeff’s GFW shows and many of them had to cancel or pass up big paydays or face a breach of contract. Those wrestlers are reportedly not very happy that they missed out on the paydays while TNA does business with Jeff.

I have some personal experience with this kind of a situation and it sucks. ..click here to read more

Hulk Hogan Gives Advice To Aspiring WWE Superstars

June 25, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

There probably isn’t many better WWE stars to give advice to aspiring pro wrestlers than arguably the most famous star of all-time. Hulk Hogan is one of the most successful wrestlers ever so when the Hulkster is offering free advice, you listen.

Hulk Hogan is currently a judge on the WWE Tough Enough show. Why he is not a host is a question I am still trying to figure out. Whether you like Hulk or not you cannot argue with his success. He is arguably the most recognizable pro wrestler in all of wrestling history. Hogan is doing some media to promote Tough Enough and stopped by BizJournals.com for a conversation which turned more into a coaching session for aspiring WWE superstars.

Hogan was asked about the biggest challenge he ever faced and what he learned from it.

“Making the transition from actually wrestling to trying to figure out how to generate revenue without physically getting in the ring. I had to figure out how to use my brand and exploit the 35 years of goodwill with the world and turn that into a money making machine. Once you wrestle main events for 30 years and all of a sudden it’s taken away ..click here to read more

WWE: Building One Beast Up, Tearing One Down

June 25, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE did Roman Reigns a favor when it decided to place him in a program with Bray Wyatt. The idea of taking the company’s would be Superman and pitting him against the master of manipulation at Battleground has all the makings of a great storyline that can only help Reigns ascend further up the company’s food chain. Maybe this will move toward a possible WWE title run down the line.

The idea of taking the seemingly immortal Reigns – Vince McMahon’s new version of John Cena – and showing his vulnerability for his family is brilliant and should get the former Shield member over even more with the fans.

The move also strengthens Wyatt’s grip on being the WWE’s puppet master – only to get the best out of stars who need to be tested mentally and then physically.

Over the years in different territories and promotions, professional wrestling has preyed on the concept of attacking a star’s family in order to see them rise above the conflict only to come out on the other end victorious. It is just another form of connection between the fans and the wrestlers who are more human than given credit. Regardless ..click here to read more

TNA Wrestling Reportedly Make A Play For Rey Mysterio Jr.

June 24, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

TNA Wrestling are fighting for their television lives and they are looking for some heavy hitters for assistance. According to reports, TNA are making a big play for a former WWE star in hopes that he can give them a much needed boost and open up a new audience.

Dave Meltzer had the story in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. According to Dave, Dixie Carter is making a big play for Rey Mysterio Jr. According to Meltzer, the company is doing everything it can to entice the former WWE world champion.

“The company made a big play this past week for Rey Mysterio Jr., who is still most likely headed to Lucha Underground, even though nothing official has been announced yet. John Gaburick and Dixie Carter both talked with him. They pushed the idea that they could get his merchandise into all the stores, and open doors for movies and TV to him, and they would build around him as their long-sought-after Mexican superstar. They also noted that if he signed with them, he could work anywhere he wanted on his off days.”

This is yet another aggressive move by the company to sign a former WWE Latino ..click here to read more

Happy Anniversary Austin 3:16 WWE1996 King of the Ring

June 23, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

19 years ago on June 23, 1996 Steve Austin was able to capitalize on a unique opportunity and delivered a catchphrase that turned the pro wrestling business around. Happy 17th anniversary WWE King of the Ring 96 and Austin 3:16.

It is hard to imagine how different the pro wrestling business would have been if not for Austin’s performance at the 1996 King of the Ring. Austin was already breaking out but on that night he went from star to a superstar on the cusp of a phenomenon. It is even crazier to think about that if not for WCW signing away Hall and Nash, Austin 3:16 may have never even happened.

The original plans for the 1996 King of the Ring were booked for Hunter Hearst Helmsley to win the tournament. Triple H was booked to be in Austin’s spot, beating Marc Mero and Jake Roberts en route to a big push. Instead, Hunter was pinned in the opening round on television by Jake the Snake. This was of course all a result of Hunter’s participation in the “Kliq Curtain Call” at M.S.G. If you take a step back and look at the big picture, if WCW never signed Hall ..click here to read more

WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: June 22, 2015

June 23, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Monday Night Raw kicked off with the appearance of Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman. Lesnar was given the opportunity to be reinstated, but only if he apologized directly to Michael Cole and JBL. Lesnar did just that, and actually gave Cole a grade school noogie for good measure. Hilarity ensued shortly after the apology.

How awesome is Lesnar’s “Suplex City” shirt? Vince McMahon and the WWE organization continue to be marketing geniuses.

Heyman then waxed poetically about what Lesnar is going to do to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins when they meet in their title match at the Battleground PPV. Words simply can’t do Heyman’s mic work justice. He epitomizes everything a promo should be.

For those wondering, Booker T hasn’t been at Raw due to his involvement in the “Tough Enough” series. Anyone notice that Byron Saxton (Booker T’s replacement) suddenly turned into a face on commentary? It is pretty random, considering he played the heel on Smackdown for the entirety of his inclusion on that show.

First match last night featured Dean Ambrose against Kane. Say what you will about Kane, but at the age of 48 the guy is in great shape and can still put ..click here to read more

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