The designation of Paul Bearer for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame is something that was not only warranted, but much needed. There has been so much talk amongst us media types over who should be and who should not be inducted into the hallowed rooms of the WWE greats that Paul Bearer was a natural fit for such a decorated place of superstars.
No one could match Bearer for his gimmick, the scary sound of his voice and eerie look he conjured up as he brought Kane, Undertaker or both men to the ring. And like ‘Taker who gimmick is one for the ages and never to be outdone, there was something soothing about a man white as a ghost, talking about the Rhiannon and the underworld as if was the most magical place on earth.
Fans bought into it, children were afraid and mesmerized by it and Vince McMahon cashed in on it.
As written on his Wikipedia page, William Alvin “Bill” Moody (April 10, 1954 – March 5, 2013), better known by his ring names Paul Bearer and Percival Pringle III, was an American professional wrestling manager. He is best known for his time in World Class ..click here to read more
WWE and its’ fans are in a war over CM Punk, or the lack of the Straight Edge Superstar. After news broke that Punk had supposedly quit WWE, his fans continued to support him. CM Punk fans have continued to blame WWE for not booking the former WWE Champion the right way. So while the fans are upset with WWE, Punk has not been heard or seen
Since Punk left WWE, chants among the fans have been louder than ever for one of their favorite wrestlers in the world. So naturally, when Raw was live from Chicago on March 3rd, fans wanted Punk to return. WWE fans on Twitter began using #HijackRaw to show their disinterest in the program without Punk. This was incredibly silly. Why? Because the only way to actually anger WWE is not give them money. By still attending the show and chanting, fans were giving WWE exactly what they wanted.
So who is winning the war? Well, at this point WWE is clearly winning. Fans were fooled when Raw began with Punk’s music, only to have Paul Heyman enter ringside. While it appeared Heyman was speaking as Punk’s friend again, the conversation soon became about Brock Lesnar ..click here to read more
WrestleManias are known for their magic moments, whether it is a first-time championship victory or a first-time appearance, the biggest match or the last match of your career. Who can forget the Undertaker’s classic contests with Shawn Michaels or Triple H, or that moment in Orlando when Michaels brought down the curtain on Ric Flair’s Hall of Fame career?
This year, though, unless something drastic happens in the WWE Creative meeting room between now and April, it is going to be hard to find any magic moments in New Orleans. At least in the ring.
This year’s memorable moment likely will come the night before WrestleMania XXX at the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony when Paul Bearer, a.k.a. Bill Moody, posthumously joins the list of WWE greats. Although it has not been announced yet, his likely presenters will be one or both of his prized pupils – the Undertaker and Kane.
But don’t expect to hear the gong, the weird organ music, the dry ice or the fire. We would not see the Undertaker or Kane there.
Instead, we would see Mark Calaway and Glenn Jacobs out to induct their dear friend into the hallowed hall. That is going to be very special.
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If there is anyone out there in the WWE Universe who thought that Seth Rollins would be the one to leave The Shield and let Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose handle The Wyatts on their own, please step forward.
While the rumor mill has been flooded with news of Reigns receiving a huge push to the World Title picture and the more than erratic behavior of Ambrose of late, it would have only made sense for the two Type-A personalities to clash at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans with the United states Title on the line.
Heck, it still might happen. But Rollins walking out of a six-man tag match with The Wyatts was the fly in the ointment of the storyline this tag team, or alliance or stable or unholy trinity – whichever of the titles you would like to use – needed.
Just the idea of all six of these wrestlers in the right has proven to be worth the price of admission and the match they had at Elimination chamber would be worthy of “Match of the Year” and “Feud of the Year.” More importantly, it gives us all something to continually talk about – much in the same way ..click here to read more
As we head towards the thirtieth anniversary of WWE WrestleMania, there are the matches that did happen. The all-time classics that you’ve seen so many times that you watch them when you close your eyes. We know of Steamboat/Savage, but did you know that Vince McMahon almost wrestled at that card? We all know that The Ultimate Challenge WrestleMania VI, but did you know that there were three other main events that were considered? I’ll be honest, some of the matches discussed here you’ve probably heard of, but these of these matches I didn’t even hear of. So, sit back and read about the absurd and potentially missed classics that almost happened, but didn’t. Fifteen matches and this piece isn’t some form of top ten lists, just fifteen WrestleMania main events that never happened. Should they have happened? That’s for you to decide.
1. Ray Lewis vs Triple H (WrestleMania X7)
Coming off of a year chock full of awards (Super Bowl MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, unanimous All-Pro selection, Pro Bowl starter) and the leader of one of the stingiest defenses in NFL history, I can see why the WWE might be interested in Ray Lewis for WrestleMania X7. Maybe ..click here to read more
The big question at around 11:30 PM/EST on Monday night was “where was CM Punk?” Punk was all but confirmed by a trusted media outlet to be on WWE RAW Chicago yet he was nowhere to be found. What happened?
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported over the weekend that Punk would be in Chicago on Monday night. Meltzer to his credit said he wasn’t 100% convinced but said that a trusted source high in the company told him that Punk was 100% back. Someone was very wrong.
There have been reports for weeks that the WWE were working feverishly to combat the fan backlash in support of Punk expected in Chicago. Many reports indicated that the WWE knew the second Punk left that Chicago could turn into a television nightmare. Unlike most WWE booking in recent years, what happened in Chicago was well organized and highly thought out by the brass.
I will give the company a lot of credit. The company used rumors of a “Hijack RAW” campaign brilliantly to its advantage. The several people who bragged over the weekend on Twitter how they were going to commandeer the show were left looking like fools. The WWE not ..click here to read more
Signs slightly point to CM Punk’s time with WWE ending this July, after a remarkable nine-year run of employment that saw ‘The Second City Saint’ break ceiling after ceiling on the way up. Whether it’s the end or not, here’s a catalog of Punk’s greatest WWE hits.
20. CM PUNK VS. REY MYSTERIO (4/25/10)
Punk’s savior-ish locks were at stake against a Mysterio too heroic to swear off drugs and alcohol (that’s what the story claimed, probably inadvertently). Teetotaling Messiah Punk spared his hair for another month, thanks to interference from now-bald Joey Mercury, furthering the soon-to-be-doomed Straight Edge Society. Cultish Punk vs. Bray Wyatt would be mindbendingly fun.
19. CM PUNK VS. ALBERTO DEL RIO, WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (11/20/11)
Knowing the pulse of the moment, Punk cued a tearfully-touched Howard Finkel to be his personal ring announcer before the Madison Square Garden faithful. Even though Michael Cole tried trampling the scene, there was no silencing Punk’s victory via Anaconda Vise, the equivalent of a corporate ‘my bad’ after the Summer of Punk went horribly awry.
18. CM PUNK VS. CHRIS JERICHO, WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (4/29/12)
The depth of each man’s appreciation for wrestling history showed as both were plain-clothed for their highly-personal street fight, with Jericho presumably ..click here to read more
Rob Van Dam returned to the WWE with a lot of hype last year only to disappear a few months later. Another run has always been expected but when has been the key question. A recent tweet from the former champ has helped answer that question.
The former ECW and WWE champion has been rumored to be coming back to the WWE for several months now. His name popped up a few times as a possible Royal Rumble surprise and then there were the WrestleMania rumors. A recent backstage appearance at RAW has had fans asking and Van Dam has answered. The Pimp Hacker has cracked the story!
“@THEPIMPHACKER: Are you going to return by #Summerslam ? @TherealRVD ?” Indeed. – @TheRealRVD
So there you have it. Rob Van Dam says he is coming back. RVD says he will be back by SummerSlam. That leaves a pretty wide open window between now and then as to when he could return. All reports seem to indicate that he won’t be at WrestleMania. Maybe they give him the same run as last year and bring him back at Money in the Bank?
Numerous reports indicated that RVD and the WWE didn’t leave on the ..click here to read more
WWE Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer good old JR, Jim Ross, performed his one-man show in New York City this past weekend. Ross held two shows; one was advertised at 4pm and the other at 8pm. I attended the so-called 4pm show and overall really enjoyed everything Ross had to say.
Logistically, I had some issues with the show. Although it was advertised for 4pm, the show didn’t start until 5pm. Apparently, the doors just opened at four. I had plans after the show that I was late for and I am someone who gets annoyed and frustrated when things are poorly planned. Now, I think Gramercy Theater knew this information, but despite me trying to contact them, I didn’t find out until I was there.
However, once the show started, I was hoping it would never end. JR began talking about his personal life. Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, JR began a wrestling fan at age ten. This was a point that JR stressed throughout the show and even more so at the end. Just like those of us in attendance, JR has always been a wrestling fan. He was just one of the lucky people to make a ..click here to read more