Survivor Series just ain’t what it used to be.
First, it was Thanksgiving night. Then it was Thanksgiving eve. Then it moved indiscriminately to just any old Sunday in November. When it started, it was all about the elimination matches. Now it’s about the typically-rushed storylines that are often back-burnered in favor of whatever Cena or Orton are doing, with maybe an elimination match or two shoehorned in there somewhere.
Well, forget about senile Vince McMahon and lack-of-fun Kevin Dunn for a minute. Let’s journey back to when the event MEANT SOMETHING, and let’s share some fond memories of some of the greatest elimination matches that have ever taken place at the Thanksgiving night/eve/located in proximity to the holiday tradition!
After all, it sure beats “John Cena and The Rock vs. what’re-their-names.”
25. The Holly Cousins and Too Cool def. Edge, Christian, and The Hardy Boyz (11/14/99, Detroit, MI)
Survivor: Hardcore Holly
Gotta admit; that face team would be pretty cool in any era, despite the real life problems of the brothers Hardy. For what it is, it’s a fast paced match between WWE’s “X Division” of 1999; a match in which the second oldest person (Crash) was only 28 years old. When does that EVER ..click here to read more
In light of the Adrian Peterson verdict, I am pretty fired up this morning. Stay tuned for a few thoughts on the NFL and what this guy thinks about the AP and the Ray Rice situation. As usual there are more questions than answers as we enter playoff season. Sure there are a couple of weeks left but there is no doubt that many of us are thinking about our road to the championship. All year long I preached trust in your starters and don’t worry about matchups, just let the good players play. Well that playbook is getting ready to head out the window as real team start to think about real playoffs. Time to guess who is going to play and who is going to rest. Let’s not waste any more time on this.
Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns- No one wants to admit it but the Browns are pretty good. Everyone predicted that Johnny Football was going to be running this team by the end of the year and look at what has happened. Hoyer is a top 20 QB who is a lock for 13pts each week. The running game seems to be working itself out and the ..click here to read more
The quarterly Brock Lesnar to UFC rumors have reared their ugly head again. Thanks to UFC boss Dana White, the hot topic is back in conversation and according to the UFC president, it is a real possibility.
The UFC held a big press conference on Monday to announce…well nothing of note. UFC president Dana White took questions from the media and the name Brock Lesnar popped up. White told the media that while Lesnar is under contract to the WWE right now, he is healthy and has expressed interest in fighting again.
This isn’t a new story. The Brock back to UFC story has popped up several times in the last couple of years. The irony is that as much as Dana White says he hates rumors, he is generally the one to start the talk. That said, I certainly can’t blame him when you look at the void Brock has left in the UFC.
Brock Lesnar was the biggest draw in UFC history. There are certainly a variety of reasons but it is not coincidence that the UFC has not been the same since Brock left. No, he didn’t single handedly kill the momentum of the company. However, his departure took money ..click here to read more
The blindly-devoted WWE fan and the ‘things were better back in xxxx’ gallery of cynics seem to find consensus on one thing: Michael Cole is awful. Tragically for our ears, he’s meant to be awful, because his strings are pulled through the earholes of his headset by Vince McMahon, whose modern-day ailing of paranoia-breeds-control-freakism would make Richard Nixon shake his head.
The list of Cole’s annoying quirks is plentiful, from gun-to-his-head product shilling with all of the faux enthusiasm of a car salesman hawking invisible rust inhibitor, to wooden, almost-disinterested match calls that make him sound like Joe Buck calling a football game while responding to text messages at the same time. These problems seem to stem more from the man in his ear than the voice in his heart, but that seems to be the other problem: Cole lacks heart. For the numbers on his paycheck, and his lack of wrestling experience outside of WWE’s partition, he’s never going to question McMahon.
The fact that Jim Ross’ blogs, mere written words on a plethora of subjects, amplify louder and resonate more than Cole’s robotically-strung-together bowls of word soup makes it a crime that Ross was shunted down so far in ..click here to read more
Another year, another WWE Survivor Series. That is the impression I get when I first glance at the lineup. The card is finally taking shape with less than two weeks ago and if you wanted a free month of WWE Network, this is the kind of a show you’re going to get.
The Survivor Series used to be one of the biggest events of the year. As a fan in the 80s and early 90s, the Survivor Series was heralded as one of the big four pay per view events along with the Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and WrestleMania. Somewhere along the way the show lost its luster and if you were waiting for it to return in 2014, think again.
The current card as reported in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter looks more like a SmackDown or RAW special than it does a special event. The show is nothing more than a placeholder to keep things going between now and the Rumble. It’s certainly the can-miss special event of the year.
The main-event features an elimination match with the power in WWE at stake between Team Authority (Rollins & Kane & Henry & Rusev & Harper) vs. Team Cena (Cena & Show & ..click here to read more
When one of the most intense wrestlers of our generation meets one of the most elegant distractions and one of the biggest liabilities in and out of the ring, a gasoline-like explosion will most likely happen.
On Saturday, the wrestling world celebrated the birthday and life of Randy “Macho Man” Savage. On Wednesday, the late Miss Elizabeth would have been 54 years old. I figured since it was Monday, I would meet both of them in the middle and celebrate the greatest couple in wrestling history and a major part of the beginning Vince McMahon’s legacy.
While McMahon was creating the image that bigger was better and that sports entertainers had to be mammoth to hold the WWE Title, Savage hit the company by storm and created his own dramatic story. Once he was united with the lovely and elegant Elizabeth – his real life wife – the WWF because a soap opera as well as wrestling company.
No two people, together, captured the hearts of wrestling fans and in a way, made it cool for women to like what had been traditionally a “men’s sport.”
Savage held 20 championships during his 32-year career. He held six world championships between the WWF and WCW, ..click here to read more
The WWE will present its 28th edition of the Survivor Series this Sunday. Some of pro wrestling’s most memorable moments have taken place on the WWE’s grand November stage. In celebration of 28 years of Survivor Series I present my top 5 memorable moments in WWE Survivor Series history.
5 – The Gobbledy Gooker…Survivor Series 1990. If you ever want to see the epitome of the crazy, corny, character-driven wrestling of the 80s and early 90s, watch the debut of the Gobbledy Gooker.
The Gookler was hyped for weeks on television. Without the advantage of the Internet, nobody was quite sure what to expect. Mean Gene Okerland hosted the segment which featured a large egg and a rabid crowd. Moments later the Gobbledy Gooker “hatched” from the egg and in a rare moment at the time, the WWF was booed out of the building.
The Gooker was played by Hector Guerrero and has been rarely seen since hatching at Survivor Series. While this is anything far from great, to leave this off of a memorable moment list would be ignorant. The Gobbledy Gooker is a Wrestlecrap.com favorite and even made a return at the gimmick battle royal at WrestleMania 17.
4 – Bret Hart vs. Steve ..click here to read more
It didn’t take long for the superstar formerly known as Alberto Del Rio to exercise his right to appear on pro wrestling events in the United States. El Patron made a surprise appearance Saturday night and blew the roof off of the House of Hardcore.
Patron (Del Rio’s new working name) made an unannounced appearance Saturday night at Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore show. The show took place in Philadelphia at the old ECW Arena and in ECW-fashion, was full of surprises. Dreamer and company promised surprises to make up for a slew of injuries that marred the event. Yet Patron was arguably the biggest of the show.
A fan-filmed video captured the moment as you can see below. The segment played out with Patron’s ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez coming out after the former Curt Hawkins lost to Christian York. Ricardo cut a promo and then introduced Patron in clever fashion by rolling out the Alberto and letting the fans complete the intro. Del Rio then appeared to one of the biggest reactions you will ever hear on a pro wrestling event in ..click here to read more
This week’s show opens up with the return of both Chris Jericho and “The Highlight Reel”. He says he’s been away for a few months, but he’s been paying attention to what’s been going on. The first thing he wants to know is who Adam Rose’s Bunny is, because that guy is awesome. Jericho thinks it might be Funaki. A “Funaki” chant breaks out. Second, he knows that if Team Authority loses at Survivor Series, they’re out of power forever, so he wants to introduce our favorite power-hungry couple, the Authority.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley make their way down to the ring. Jericho wants to know why they asked to be on the show tonight. Steph says that isn’t the question; the question is why they invited him to Jericho. How long has it been since Jericho or his show have been on Smackdown? It’s because they give the WWE Universe what they really want. In all seriousness, she likes to have fun with the fans, and this show wouldn’t exist without them. The fans represent the hard-working men and women, overcoming on a daily basis. They need wrestlers they can respect. What Vince McMahon is doing to them is ..click here to read more
Recent buzz online is that if Sting is indeed going to perform at WrestleMania 31 next year, he would need to pass a WWE mandated physical. Apparently if a guy is over the age of 45, then its part of the process and it’s something that can’t be avoided.
And I for one say good. It’s about time, let’s do this. I know what you’re thinking. Impatient much, Tom? Well actually yes I am. But honestly this whole Sting thing has made me that way. Ordinarily, I’m very laidback and very easygoing pretty much all the time, especially when it comes to pro wrestling.
Okay none of that is true. The fact is that I’m one of those guys that want Sting back in a ring and he wants him there like yesterday. And that’s been the case since WWE first brought the guy in. Tell the truth, who doesn’t want to see Sting in a WWE ring? Who does not want to see one of the top five icons that modern professional wrestling has produced over the past 30 years finally perform in the biggest company on the planet?
Raise your ..click here to read more
Where were you when the wrestling world stopped nine years ago? This week was the ninth anniversary (I hate using that term) of the death of Eddie Guerrero, one of the most decorated Latino wrestlers to ever grace the mat. What Guerrero lacked in size (5’8”) he made up for it with heart and determination. His death is still one that haunts the company and the wrestling community today.
I have been quoted as saying professional wrestling’s biggest losses of the modern era have been David Von Erich, Owen Hart, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit (I am basing this solely on his ability and his talent, not the way he died). But of those losses, I think Guerrero’s hit home the most. As a fan of all four wrestlers and a belief in the fact they could all have carried the banner for the business on their backs, Guerrero’s death may have been the hardest blow to the industry.
2005, Guerrero was found unconscious in his hotel room (The Marriott City Center) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by his nephew, Chavo. Chavo attempted CPR, but Guerrero was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived at the scene. He was 38 years old. An autopsy revealed that ..click here to read more
Week 10 Recap, Week 11 Questions / Predictions
- Week 10 had its fair share of disappointing showings. Here’s a headline that has become all but routine: the Pittsburgh Steelers losing to a far lesser opponent. Let’s not forget the Bears were destroyed and embarrassed on national TV Sunday night. And we certainly can’t forget to start the week off it was the Bengals, who yet again, crumbled…..I mean absolutely crumbled in the primetime lights when it mattered the most. I look at all these games and there is one that sticks out the most to me. It was the Buffalo Bills going down at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. This was a huge let down. The Bills have battled all season through position changes, key injuries and still found themselves at 5-3 through 8 games. They faced off against a mirror image of themselves in the Chiefs and needed to capitalize with a victory to keep pace in the division and against a team that a potential Wild Card battle could be had at the end of the season. The Bills lead most of the game and kept Jamaal Charles contained for the most part, minus a 40 yard TD ..click here to read more