Nothing says red, white, and blue like good ol’ professional rasslin! World leaders would search far and wide for the biggest, creepiest, and most sadistic men to invade America and challenge wrestling’s biggest heroes. In celebration of July 4, I present America’s Most Patriotic Wrestlers.
Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, let me remind you that this is all for fun. While wrestling has always thrived on feuds, the feuds in wrestling used to be much different. Taking pages out of current foreign disputes, promoters would generally book heels from the world’s axis of evil to take on the current top star. Wrestlers “from” Iran, Russia, Germany, France, Vietnam, Japan, China, Mongolia, and others would come to America to destroy wrestling’s hero.
Seth Rollins’ betrayal of his Shield teammates in favor of Evolution has drawn both shocked reactions and lukewarm reception from viewers. While it’s too early to stamp Rollins’ turn as a success or a failure, here’s a look at some of the wrestling history he’s up against, the twenty-five best shifts to the dark side ever.
25. Shawn Michaels Superkicks Hulk Hogan (July 4, 2005)
Would’ve meant more if WWE had stuck to Michaels’ heel run, but Hogan’s alleged refusal to lay down (ironic if you’re Michaels) killed the impact. Independence Day Raw ends with Hogan and Michaels passively celebrating a win, and Michaels landing Sweet Chin Music out of nowhere.
24. Terry Taylor Gradually Betrays Chris Adams (May 1987)
-For the remaining nine reviews, since they’re all 4 hours (and one is 5), I’ll be chopping out a little bit of quantity to make it my standard 4000+ word format. Which is a shame because for this show, I want to rant forever.
-Who was the April Fool on April 1, 2001 as we come to you from the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, TX for WWEWrestleMania X-Seven? Well, Vince had just bought WCW so they were finished, and ECW was days away from its bankruptcy hearing, so the biggest non-fool was Vince. Wait, why am I wasting time? I only have 4000 words to tell you that this is the greatest wrestling show in the history of time, so let’s just do it!
After two straight WrestleManias in which the WWF held a sizeable lead over WCW in the Monday Night Wars, the Monday before WrestleMania X7 would see Vince McMahon pull the plug for good.
On Friday, March 23, 2001, McMahon purchased selected assets of World Championship Wrestling from parent company AOL-Time Warner, ending WCW’s 13 year existence. After gutting the corpse of talent contracts and the film library, McMahon left WCW for dead, effectively monopolizing the wrestling industry for himself.
The latest Camel Clutch Blog Extra podcast covers the recently published blog covering the top 10 babyface turns in WWE history. My old STRU podcast partner Jeff Peck and I go back in time and relive all of the excitement and impact surrounding these historic WWE moments.
Here is the list as it originally appeared on the CCB. Check out the blog for a more detailed description.
You can listen to Jeff on “The Bower Show” every Monday – Friday from 3pm – 7pm ET on 97.9 ESPN in Hartford, CT. You can listen online at www.979espn.com
I’m writing this from my trusty couch, a mere twelve hours after the conclusion of Elimination Chamber 2010. Jericho-Edge? Cena-Batista? Shawn-Taker? I’m AOK with all of this.
-So it’s March 24, 1991, and we’re located in Los Angeles at the Sports Arena, just mere days after the Rodney King beating. Initially, the show was booked for the LA Coliseum, but poor ticket sales moved the show to a venue 1/5 of the size. WWE internally claimed that it was a “bomb threat” that moved the show indoors, supposedly directed toward Sgt. Slaughter and his anti-American gimmick. Because, you know, moving the show indoors removes the threat of an explosive. If by “bomb threat”, they meant that the show was going to bomb due to the tasteless storyline, then yeah, I understand.
From The Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, CA
March 24, 1991
It’s easy to look back at ideas and events with the benefit of hindsight, and be able to say “Ahh, well, they shouldn’t have done that.”
With business dropping off in WWF in the early 1990′s, due mostly to waning interest, as well as public loss of favorability thanks to the steroid allegations, Vince McMahon wasn’t willing to rest on his laurels and accept a slide into pop culture obscurity. Instead, since he had originally booked the 100,000 seat Los Angeles Coliseum for WrestleMania VII, he needed to find a way to fill a venue that would surpass the record crowd in Pontiac, Michigan from four years prior.
One of the most popular blogs in the history of the CCB was a piece last year on the top 10 WWE heel turns. So it only makes sense to come back with a companion piece which takes a look back at the top 10 babyface turns in WWE history.
Babyface turns aren’t generally as dramatic as a great heel turn but there are some notable turns that were just as exciting as the great heel turns in WWE history. There is certainly a different kind of emotion evoked with a great babyface turn. The drama, intensity, and the sympathy are what separate the classics from the rudimentary. In no particular order here is a look back at what I felt are the WWE 10 all-time best.
Eliminations are the backbone of the Royal Rumble match. After all, they’re strung together to ultimately decide the winner of the match, right? Some of them, over the years, have been far more dramatic and bold than others. Here’s a list of 30 of them (an appropriate Rumble number) that stood out above the rest.
30. Carlito (2007)
Tossed by: The Great Khali
Rewind several years earlier to when the Great Khali was a ruthless killing machine, one that had beaten John Cena cleanly more than once. In 2007, Khali entered at #28, and tossed out 7 men in succession, including Carlito. But when the cool guy tried to springboard back in, Khali chopped his skull in mid air.
29. The World’s Greatest Tag Team/Matt Hardy (2003)
Nobody loves a great comeback more than the WWE Universe. Some of the greatest superstars have left the WWE for over a year and returned for a successful career rebirth. Here is a look back at the 10 greatest comebacks in WWE history.
With Batista gearing up for a big comeback I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the all-time greats. Let’s talk about the criteria. I kept the list strictly to WWE stars that left for a minimum of one year for whatever reason. Guys like Eddie Guerrero and Triple H who great comebacks are unfortunately left off of the list because their WWE vacations lasted under a year. So before you start ripping the list for missing this guy and that guy please keep in mind the time frame.
Not all WWE champions are created equal. For every Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and The Rock you will have a Miz, Kevin Nash, and Iron Sheik. A look back at the elite class of former champions reveals a class that may not all be so elite after all.
Worst topics are always fun in pro wrestling because let’s face it. There are a lot of terrible ideas that have made it to the ring over the years. Yet one of the most interesting to debate is world champion. There were a lot of great ones for sure, but a look back at the historic list of former WWE champions reveals several disappointments throughout the long lineage of champions.
Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! This week’s winner is both the final 2012 WWE WOW and first WWE WOW of 2013. Before we get to the winner, let’s give homage to the runner up, Antonio Cesaro.
Antonio Cesaro was 3-0 this week on Raw, SmackDown and Main Event. His matches on Raw and SmackDown were typical with squash matches over Zack Ryder and the WWE Hall of Famer, Sgt. Slaughter. It was on Main Event that Cesaro claimed the WWE WOW runner up. Cesaro is known for his feats of strength as he puts superstars, big and small through his finisher, the neutralizer. On this past week’s Main Event, Cesaro was able to accomplish the biggest feat of his WWE tenure. He was able to put the seven-plus-foot Great Khali in the neutralizer. As I discussed in last week’s WWE WOW, I believe Great Khali ..click here to read moreKofi Kingston, Sgt. Slaughter, Wade Barrett, Zack Ryder