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2 months ago

Top Five WWE Money In The Bank Matches

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The WWE Money in the Bank match has produced some of the most exciting moments of the last ten years. The glorified ladder match features daredevil heroics, extreme punishment, and intense action. Today I look back and celebrate the top five Money in the Bank matches in WWE history.

I don’t think anyone realized in 2005 when the WWE announced the first Money in the Bank match the significance this match would have on wrestling history. Stars were made, history was written, and memories have been cemented forever thanks to this innovative match. With two new matches around the corner I thought today would be a great time to look back and count down the top matches in MITB history. Since we aren’t quite ten years into MITB I went with a top five as opposed to a top ten. Leave a comment if you agree, disagree, or want to mention ..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 ,

5 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 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 whatnot. Wrestlers tweeting threats to each other ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

WrestleMania 27 Results – The Rock Gets Revenge, Triple H Taps

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It was the old guard that stole WrestleMania 27. The Undertaker vs. Triple H will go down as a WrestleMania classic. The Rock made a WrestleMania moment of his own to close the show and Stone Cold Steve Austin delivered a pair of stunners that had the sold out crowd rocking!

The Rock was introduced as the Guest Host to open up the show. No need to wait to see the Great One right? The Rock left his suit at the press conference and hit the ring in full workout attire. He didn’t get the insane reaction he has been getting on RAW but that could have been the acoustics of the big arena.

The Rock rallied up the crowd with his promo. Rock chanted “wrestle” and the crowd chanted “mania” (Guess he wasn’t in on the recent meeting.) The ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

WrestleMania XXVI: Somehow, Some Way, I Made It

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-We are LIVE from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on March 28, 2010 for WrestleMania XXVI. Well, not me. I’m inside a one story house with a decently-furnished living room in South Jersey that belongs to my brother Josh, and we’re joined by friends Dave and Rob for this historic evening. Funny that our childhood heroes are all wrestling: Undertaker for Rob, Bret Hart for Dave, Shawn Michaels for me, and Vince McMahon for Josh (don’t ask).

-It should be noted that my feelings on this show may change in six months, as I’m writing this while coming off of the fumes of adrenaline from having just watched the show live. It’s like on IMDb when the users go see a hit movie, and then all run home to vote “10″ on it immediately. So tune in this September when I re-review ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

WrestleMania XXVI: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XXVI From University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ March 28, 2010

BACKGROUND One of the biggest differences between WWE and TNA is that when WWE utilizes older wrestlers, it’s to their maximum.

In the fall of 2009, TNA went ahead with a considerable end-run to bolster their roster, with the target of running a monster three-hour episode of Impact, live on Monday, January 4, up against Raw.

To sweeten the pot and lure in casual fans not familiar with TNA, the company brought in Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff to be major players, while negotiating with Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Ric Flair, and Jeff Hardy, as well as other familiar faces.

WWE, knowing that TNA was going to bring their best laid plans to that Monday night, countered with something that would shock fans all over the world.

On January 4, 2010, for the first time in ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

7 months ago

Ranking The WWE Elimination Chamber Matches

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It’s War Games, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble all in one – it’s the Elimination Chamber? Devised in kayfabe by Eric Bischoff over a decade ago, the Chamber has been used to decide both championships and championship opportunities. The oft-stated forboding nature of this domed structure is palpable enough to have spun off its own annual PPV each February.

There have been 16 such Elimination Chamber matches to date, and here they are, from worst to best.

The Godawfully Ghastly

16. ECW Championship: Big Show (c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. CM Punk vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Test vs. Hardcore Holly (12/3/06, December to Dismember) WINNER: Lashley MOST ELIMINATIONS: Lashley, Test (2)

Any hopes that ECW diehards had of their resurrected brand fulfilling the lost appeal of the original, died in Augusta, GA on this night. Vince McMahon monkeyed with Paul Heyman’s creation one last time before dismissing Paul E one day later, and the result ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

9 months ago

CM Punk, Contract Signings and Other Wrestling Thoughts

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The one wrestler who is most effected by the Authority angle, more so than Daniel Bryan is CM Punk. With no true angle in the aftermath of the Paul Heyman feud, the WWE scored another zero by putting one of the best performers in the company in an angle that has shown to have no real meaning story-wise.

If you count taking Daniel Bryan from the highest pinnacle of success to possibly the lowest point the could be at with Wyatt Family, then you have an angle where maybe this is a punishment for the company’s two greatest lone wolves who define the establishment.

In doing so, the “devil” Bray Wyatt continues to talk about had better be Vince McMahon – or he and Paul Heyman. Anyone else would be a serious letdown for myself and the WWE Universe.

But right now, CM Punk has in effect become the one thing he swore ..click here to read more ,

10 months ago

Top 25 WWE Survivor Series Elimination Matches

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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.”

Enjoy!

25. Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy, and The Heavenly Bodies (Million Dollar Team) def. Lex Luger, Adam Bomb, Mabel, and ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

12 months ago

WWE Wrestler of the Week: September 6th – 12th, 2013

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With just two days remaining until the Night of Champions pay-per-view, this week’s winner is not even on the event card. Raw and SmackDown were highlighted by the WWE title picture involving Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. And as per usual, both wrestlers had a successful week. However, there was one wrestler who returned not long ago and has scored wins over someone who is a champion. This week’s winner is Kofi Kingston.

Kingston returned to action from injury approximately one month ago. His return didn’t seem to make too much of a difference. He won occasionally, but was primarily used as a jobber like in the past. However, this week, Kingston scored two victories over Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel and one over Antonio Cesaro. The newest Paul Heyman Guy has been used as the scapegoat in Heyman’s feud with CM Punk. Since Brock Lesnar is not currently on WWE TV, ..click here to read more

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