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Posts by tag: Dolph Ziggler

2 months ago

Stephanie McMahon, Raw and Other WWE Thoughts

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Either the WWE did the smartest thing this year in turning Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella into a main event match, or the company is struggling so much it is hoping for any kind of ratings to boost failing story ideas.  The segment Monday night with Stephanie and Brie was so reminiscent of the inner workings of “daddy” Vince McMahon it was sick.

And oh, so salacious.

The best thing about seeing something like this is the fact that – although the company does not see it the same way – but a new form of the “Attitude Era” has returned to Monday night.

Hallelujah!

It could also become the precursor to the return of Daniel Bryan – who while not in the picture for the WWE World Title, challenging the Authority and Triple H is something that produces two things – the almighty dollar at the gate and of course – RATINGS!

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3 months ago

WWE Half-Year Predictions For 2014

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There is still plenty of time to go in 2014 as we cross the halfway mark. Thus far it has been one of the least predictable years in recent memory. What other shockers and/or surprises await the WWE Universe? Let’s dust off the crystal ball and see if the rest of 2014 will be full of just as unpredictable.

If you were to make predictions at the start of 2014, I would have missed out on some of the bigger stories of the year. Would you have predicted that Daniel Bryan would ascend at WrestleMania only to lose the title due to a legitimate injury? Would you have predicted that Seth Rollins would be the one to turn on the Shield and unite with Triple H? Would you have predicted that the Shield going over Evolution twice? Would anyone have predicted that CM Punk would walk out and retire within the ..click here to read more , , ,

3 months ago

3 Simple Steps to Fixing the WWE Undercard

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The top of the card in WWE is producing some top quality storylines at the moment. With Seth Rollins heel turn and the World Heavyweight Championship saga, there are some exciting things happening. However, the undercard isn’t quite as stimulating. In fact, it’s downright boring.

Go ahead, name the most exciting thing about the undercard. Rusev’s semi-racist weekly destruction of minorities? Cody Rhodes picking horrible tag team partners for Goldust? Wondering how R-Truth wasn’t on the latest “future endeavored” list? With the exception of the antics of Bo Dallas (I am an unabashed Bo-liever), everything on the undercard makes me thankful I watch RAW on DVR. The creative team doesn’t seem to bother giving the undercard wrestlers and secondary championships any attention when it comes to creating interesting storylines for them or developing their characters. If they don’t care about these guys, then why should the fans?

It wasn’t always this way. ..click here to read more ,

3 months ago

Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston and the New Jobbers of the WWE

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The names have changed, but obviously, the jobs have not. Welcome to the world of professional wrestling and the role of the jobber – the guy there to do his job, to make the heel or champion look good night after night in arena after arena.

Welcome to the world of Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston. No matter how wildly successful they have been as champions and as stars in the WWE, their careers have taken a path of the broken road. The company is overstocked with talent or numbers there is nowhere to go and since there are not traditional roles in wrestling like there used to be, some wrestlers fall on the sword for the good for the company. But it is hard to imagine these two as “jobbers” after such success in the past three years alone.

A slightly higher position is “jobber to the stars” (also known as ..click here to read more ,

4 months ago

Ric Flair Talks Wrestling Again, Dolph Ziggler, and Charlotte

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Did you really think Ric Flair was going to stay retired? The 65-year WWE Hall of Fame wrestler revealed in a media interview that he will be putting on the tights and is ready to take one more backdrop in September.

Flair spoke to his old friend Mike Mooneyham for a fantastic story in the Post & Courier. Among many interesting quotes, Flair breaks some news that seems to be making headlines all over the wrestling world today. Ric Flair will indeed wrestle again. Flair will be going to Japan in September. Flair was asked about his conditioning.

“(Heck) yeah! I’m excited. I’ve got so much energy, it’s ridiculous.”

This is a bit of a surprise. Flair is reportedly working towards returning to the WWE full-time. One of the big sticking points by WWE from my understanding over the years is that they don’t want Flair in the ring. At the same time ..click here to read more , ,

4 months ago

Dolph Ziggler Pokes Fun At The Spirit Squad

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Dolph Ziggler is not only of the most entertaining WWE stars in the ring, but he is also pretty damned funny outside. Ziggler steals the show once again in this brief Countdown Extra video where he takes a self-deprecating look back at the Spirit Squad.

This “You Wish You Could Pull This Off” features Ziggler recapping his run in the Spirit Squad. While the Spirit Squad may go down as one of the corniest gimmicks in WWE history, Dolph was able to use that run as a springboard (no pun intended) to a successful singles career. It just goes to show you that there is life after a terrible gimmick in the WWE. As goofy as it may be to look back on, I am sure Dolph learned a lot from this period in his career.

It’s less than 2:00 but it is a fun look back with one of the guys ..click here to read more ,

4 months ago

Dolph Ziggler is Best Choice to Work With Ric Flair

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Any of you who know me and my writing, you know what a huge Ric Flair mark I am. As a charter member of the NWA fan club and a follower of “real” wrestling in the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia and any of the other dozens of promotions across the country, seeing my “idol” while growing up has saddened me as of late. The antics, the court dates, the arrests and the drunken stupors have me twisted in knots over the use of “The Nature Boy” as of late.

Hopefully recent news of Flair becoming more involved in the WWE’s plans this year and into the future will prove the 65-year old mat man has gotten past some of his demons and can be a viable character on Raw.

Flair’s last stint with the WWE was short-lived but it involved a program with The Miz – a paring that looked to be magical, ..click here to read more ,

4 months ago

5 WWE Superstars Who Could Transition To MMA

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5 WWE Superstars Who Could Transition To MMA

30 years ago the debate would be which pro wrestler was the toughest of the locker room. Today, it is about which pro wrestler could jump over to the UFC. So I thought I would have a little fun and take a look at 5 WWE superstars that have the intangibles to fight in the UFC.

Please keep one thing in mind with this entire list. I am certainly not saying that all of these guys would jump into the UFC or MMA and have the success that Brock Lesnar. All I am saying is that these five guys have the background and skills to at least attempt a jump to MMA without embarrassing themselves.

So with that said, let’s dive deep into the resumes of your favorite WWE superstars and take a look at who has a shot…albeit a long shot of jumping into the octagon. Whether they would be Brock ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

Has Dolph Ziggler Become This Generation’s Tommy Rich?

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I remember a conversation about a year ago with a maniac wrestling fan who told me Dolph Ziggler would be the next Shawn Michaels, take over the WWE and rule professional wrestling – taking that title from John Cena.

I am sure the fan, who was as passionate about his wrestling and Ziggler as I am about my relationship with my girlfriend, regrets what he said right about no. The man with loads of talent, a former World Heavyweight Champion and one of the best athletes in the company, is stuck on a “Wrestling Purgatory” that cannot be defined by a couple of words. Ziggler, along with Sheamus, Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger are basically in “no man’s land.”

For all the talent Ziggler has, and the idea that had been thrown about to make him a “Michaels-like” character in the WWE, he is going nowhere. His fall, which was preceded by ..click here to read more

6 months ago

WrestleMania XXVIII: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII From SunLife Stadium in Miami, FL April 1, 2012

BACKGROUND It’s been purported that each WrestleMania event is generally planned a year in advance, and the booking is written backwards to support what they want to present on the grandest stage. While recent WrestleManias seem a bit more thrown-together at times, owing to an increasingly frenetic Vince McMahon being known to make constant changes, WrestleMania XXVIII was an event where a year-long plot was used, this time as an actual storyline.

One night after WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta, John Cena called out The Rock. Rather than thrash the previous night’s guest host for costing him his World Title match against The Miz, a calm and happy-go-lucky Cena simply challenged Rock to a match at next year’s big event, giving both men one year to prepare for the clash of the ages.

The idea was unique for a modern time frame in which that $45 ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 months ago

WrestleMania 27: Well, That Was Different

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-Another day, another running diary. But I keep coming back to entertain all (sixteen) of you that read my work. And, unlike certain hosts of certain PPVs, I will NOT phone it in via satellite!

-I’ll phone it in right here, in person.

-We are looking LIVE (Trademark Brent Musberger) from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where fingerpoking and NFL playoff choking are all the rage. I’m joined at my brother Josh’s domicile by Josh himself, and jaded buddies Dave and Rob for some good action and, hopefully, some unintentional comedy to offset the cost of this shindig. Also, Domino’s Pizza is the order of the day, because if you’re going to pay to see Snooki, you should at least get fat on Cheesy Bread doing it.

-Keri Hilson performs America the Beautiful, and is the latest contestant in the “Are they Black or White?” game with Derek Jeter, Latoya Jackson, Alicia Keys, ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 months ago

WrestleMania XXVII: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XXVII From The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA April 3, 2011

BACKGROUND WrestleManias these days are more like the Super Bowl than ever before. In the NFL’s biggest annual game, while the outcome determines a champion, thus making the game the most relevant part of the weekend, the lure and aura of the halftime show, commercials, and interminable pre-game shows loaded with puff pieces draw in the casual viewer.

With WWE’s ratings and buyrates waning incrementally from the Attitude Era’s ending, Vince McMahon has discovered other ways to appeal to the casual viewer, especially come “WrestleMania season.”

In the last year and a half or so, World Wrestling Entertainment has dove into the deep end of social networking. You can’t sit through more than five minutes of Monday Night Raw anymore without Michael Cole prattling on in his cacophonic shriek about “hashtags” and “trending” and ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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