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1 month ago

Top 25 WWE Ladder/TLC/Money in the Bank Matches In History

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These Top-25 lists are picking up steam, so I’ll take the WWE approach of beating a good thing into the ground. With Money in the Bank coming up, it’s a good idea to look back at two decades-plus of WWE’s greatest ladder matches, and figure out what the best of the bunch truly are. There’s no bad matches to be found here; every entry is rewatchable time and time again. With TLC and Money in the Bank upping the ante of the classic ladder match, this list will cover a lot of ground, and no doubt provide a little argument fodder. Enjoy!

(Note: this list only includes matches which ended with the retrieval of a belt, briefcase, etc. As such, the TLC 2012 match with The Shield vs. Ryback and Team Hell No is excluded. Otherwise, it’d have likely been top ten).

25. Chris Jericho vs. Christian – Vacant Intercontinental Title, Ladder ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 months ago

WrestleMania XXIII: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XXIII From Ford Field in Detroit, MI April 1, 2007

BACKGROUND Being World Wrestling Entertainment has its share of diverse ways in which it can present its product. With an impressive active roster, a tremendous amount of classic legends willing to appear, expansion into wrestling-starved foreign countries, and a stranglehold on social media and merchandise licensing, even when the product falters, WWE still manages to thrive.

In 2006, WWE found itself spinning its wheels. John Cena, while a popular champion to youthful audiences, was getting choruses of boos from the more “time tested” fans who were used to wrestling being more coarse, bloody, raw (pun intended), and risqué than a near-thirty year old man in rainbow-ish t-shirts, trucker caps, and sneakers running his mouth as if he were the Disney Channel’s version of Eminem.

Since WWE was keen on keeping Cena champion long term (a strategy that has paid off if you ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 months ago

WrestleMania XXII: Oh Cena, You’re So Gangster

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-Imagine my delight when I discovered that Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” was the primary theme for this show. It’s cheesy, it’s campy, it reeks of the eighties, and thus it conjures up many great memories of my youth watching wrestling. It’s the perfect little ditty to get myself into the wrestling spirit, especially an event as grand as WrestleMania.

-And so it was, the 22nd version of WrestleMania, taking place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL, on April 2, 2006. For the fourth straight (and final) year, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler handled Raw and Michael Cole and Tazz did Smackdown, crossing over for one match. In two months, there’d be a third child born in the Brand family, although it’d be dead before age 4. But the kid was an outmoded concept anyway, so no need to shed tears.

-Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child sings the National Anthem. If ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 months ago

WrestleMania XXII: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XXII From The All-State Arena in Chicago, IL April 2, 2006

BACKGROUND A scant fourteen hours before he would have won the World Heavyweight Championship from Batista at a rare Sunday SmackDown taping, Eddie Guerrero was found dead in a Minnesota hotel room at the age of 38.

Despite beating the alcoholism that plagued much of his life four years ago, Guerrero’s weakened circulatory system, a body worn down by the rigors of the ring, and a life numbed by drugs, both prescription and elicit, all came back to haunt him at a time when his diligence and courage were heralded as one of wrestling’s greatest fairy tales.

Guerrero’s death was a blow to not only his family, friends, and fans across the globe, but to WWE itself. Guerrero’s rise to the main event scene in World Wrestling Entertainment wasn’t just a reward for cleaning up his life. Statistics showed that Smackdown’s ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 months ago

WrestleMania X8: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA X8 From The SkyDome in Toronto, ON March 17, 2002

BACKGROUND One year after rolling the dice on a Stone Cold Steve Austin heel turn, the WWF found themselves in a rather unusual position. It had been a few years since the promotion needed to make any desperate moves or decisions, the last one being to put on a raunchier product. From there, it was smooth sailing for Vince McMahon and company, as there was no force that could trip up the surging juggernaut.

Wrestling’s popularity started to wane after WCW’s dissolution, as part of the fun for a number of fans was watching the entities compete for viewers. Interest picked up at the start of WCW‘s Invasion (spiking when ECW got involved, and The Rock returned from filming The Scorpion King), but the majority of fans were let down by the complete mismanagement of what ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 months ago

WWE Flashback: WrestleMania X8 – Downtown With Darsie

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Sunday, March 17th, 2002 – SkyDome – Toronto, Canada – The last WrestleMania under the “World Wrestling Federation” banner and the second WrestleMania to head outside of the United States! At this Mania card, we see Chris Jericho defending his Undisputed WWF Championship against the returning Triple H, as well as Icon versus Icon when the Rock does battle with “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair faces the Dead Man, the Undertaker!

The show opened with Saliva doing one of this year’s theme songs, “Superstar.” I miss the WWE going away from bringing in live bands performing a song or two at WrestleMania. I know it’s frustrating for me trying to pay attention to the music video for it and the camera men go back and forth on showing the band with the titan tron and panning the fans.

But besides my short rant, I do feel like “Superstar” ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

Rob Van Dam Confirms WWE Return

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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 ..click here to read more

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

8 months ago

Top 20 WWE Greatest Survivor Series Teams Ever

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After a quarter century-plus of WWE Survivor Series matches, wherein teams of 4, 5, or even 10, try to outdo one another in the name of survival bragging rights, certain teams have stood out above the fray as being the most powerful and memorable. Here’s 20 of the all-time greats, with no real critera in place, except the gut feeling of “how awesome were they?”

20. Triple H’s Team (2004) Members: Triple H, Batista, Edge, Gene Snitsky Result: Lost (Opposing Survivor: Randy Orton) Why They Were Great: “The Game” was the reigning World Heavyweight Champion, and as such, he didn’t entirely trust his teammates. That’s because the winning team for this particular match got to each run Raw for one week during Eric Bischoff’s impending vacation.

While Helmsley was an established main eventer, Batista and Edge were each on the cusp of greatness. “The Animal” was still HHH’s enforcer, but would soon break out as ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

10 months ago

Should The WWE Re-sign Rob Van Dam?

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It’s been a few months now since the former WWE and ECW champion Rob Van Dam returned at Money in the Bank. Recent reports are that Van Dam’s contract is up and while the WWE are hoping to re-sign them, is he worth it?

According to a new report in the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Rob Van Dam’s contract is set to expire. The report indicates that the WWE are trying to sign the former champion to a new deal. Interestingly enough it is Van Dam who is holding out and according to Dave Meltzer, WWE brass aren’t happy.

“As far as the story behind the burying of RVD on Raw on 9/23, that was the internal reaction to him because he hadn’t signed a new contract yet, or at least hadn’t as of press time because it’s not a Ken Anderson, Mickie James thing where the odds are he’s done.”

Meltzer ..click here to read more

11 months ago

Alberto “dull” Rio vs. Rip Van Winkle in a WWE World Title Siesta

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In their haste to capitalize on the return of “Mr. Monday” night the WWE put together a story line and pushed it passed the point of no return. Let’s face it, this story line didn’t make sense to begin with and it sure doesn’t make sense now. Unless the point of the feud is to kill off the popularity of both character’s so that Sandow will get a shot at being the champion without being in anyone shadow. This feud is not doing this title any favors, we need a story that will give some credibility back to the World Title.

The first problem with this story line is that it not only was rushed but it was forced. The best feuds and the best stories are the ones that seem like they could actually happen. Take the angle ADR worked with Christian, it ..click here to read more , ,

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