Before I get into the guys who are in my Mount Rushmore, I need to breakdown why certain legends are not represented.
I grew up watching WWE in the 1980’s, starting with WrestleMania 1. Somewhere during the greatest era in wrestling history, my priorities changed and I stopped watching. I had a vague idea of what was going on but I had zero emotion invested in the product. Thanks to the WWE Network, I know exactly what I missed. Without question, I recognize Shawn Michaels as the greatest performer in WWE history. Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock are biggest stars this company has ever seen. The Nature Boy Rick Flair is a 16-time champion and the only two-time WWE Hall of Famer. For pretty obvious reasons (not watching their careers play out live), these Hall of Famers do not have a place on my WWE Mount Rushmore.
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Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, hulk hogan, The Undertaker
After watching part one of the WWE Network’s “Monday Night War” series, I decided that I would take full advantage of the Network and go back to when it all started. With Raw beginning to air in January of 1993, I’d follow the WWF on pay-per-view going forward and pick up the WCW when Nitro starts in September of 1995.
The first pay-per-view on the docket just happens to be one of the more exciting each year: the Royal Rumble.
Best: The Gorilla and The Brain
There may not have been a better commentary team in wrestling history. Gorilla played the straight man to Heenan’s sniveling, weasel character and he played it to perfection.
The back-and-froth between the two was fantastic, with Heenan making hilarious comment after hilarious comment and Gorilla not buying a damn second of it. This was back before we had clearly defined face and heel commentators and not just three ..click here to read more
bret hart, ric flair, shawn michaels, The Undertaker, WWE Royal Rumble
My dad, God rest his soul had five favorite wrestlers: Roddy Piper, Mick Foley, The Road Warriors and The Undertaker. He liked Piper because he hated Hogan and said whatever on his mind (My dad: original SMARK), Foley because he was one crazy tough SOB, The Road Warriors because of his Chicago roots (I know they were from Minnesota and he knew but still) and The Undertaker because it reminded him of Michael Myers when he sat up, plus it was a badass gimmick.
He used to scare the shit out of me whenever he did it to me whenever I was distracted, so PARENTING! I remember before the 1996 King of the Ring actually getting the chance to meet The Undertaker at Seven Mile Fair (Visualize a giant-ass rummage sale) and I think my dad was looking forward to it more than anybody else. Fun fact, it was supposed to ..click here to read more
I never in a million years thought I’d see this one coming. The Undertaker has reappeared after going A.W.O.L. since having his streak broken by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. The Undertaker has resurfaced as part of the ice bucket challenge with a mysterious video that you would expect from the dead man.
The Undertaker is arguably the most protective of his character in the pro wrestling business. Rarely do you see this man out of character. While he is out of character here, he still keeps it mysterious. The lights are kept dim but you could hear what I would guess is his little girl’s voice in the background having a great time with her daddy and the challenge. Check it out for yourself!
As far as an actual update or status on the Dead Man that is unknown at this time. The rumor immediately after WrestleMania was that Taker would ..click here to read more
Freelance writer and published author Chris Illuminati and the CCB’s own Eric Gargiulo talk about all of the latest pro wrestling news and hot WWE rumors. This giant one-hour plus podcast also touches on a lot of old school wrestling with plenty of talk about the wrestling Eric and Chris grew up watching in the 1980s. The list of news and rumors covered in this podcast are…
- WWE Battleground results and reaction
- WWE RAW and the big angle featuring Stephanie McMahon getting arrested
- The controversy surrounding Lana and Rusev’s promo at Battleground
- Sting in the WWE, will he wrestle, and against who?
- The future of Brock Lesnar
- The booking of Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
- Paul Heyman’s promo on RAW
- Where is Vince McMahon?
- John Cena’s longevity as a babyface
- Rumors regarding possible legal action the WWE may take against CM Punk
- And much, much more.
This podcast topped out at around 67-minutes. Check back soon for more podcasts from Chris and Eric!
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Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Paul Heyman, Stephanie McMahon, sting, The Undertaker, triple h, vince mcmahon
Sting has finally landed in the WWE. The big question fans keep asking is whether Sting will wrestle The Undertaker. Streak broken or not, Sting is still interested and wants the dream match on the grandest stage in the business.
Sting debuted Monday night on RAW in a video promoting WWE 2K15. While a video game is nice, what the fans really want to see is Sting in a WWE ring. Better yet, they want to see him one on one with the dead man. Will it happen? If it’s up to Sting it will.
“I’ve made it clear I’d love to have one last hurrah, one last big match hopefully. And of course I’ve been outspoken about Undertaker being the opponent,” he told the UK Mirror when asked about one more match.
“I know what happened at WrestleMania where Brock ..click here to read more
sting, The Undertaker
The biggest story of the year thus far remains the end of The Undertaker’s WWE WrestleMania streak. Jim Ross and Shawn Michaels are the latest to offer up their insight, with HBK unraveling a big piece of the booking mystery.
Michaels is probably only second to Mick Foley in arguably being Undertaker’s greatest rival in his WWE career. Michaels knows him well inside and outside of the ring. Michaels solved a big piece of the puzzle on Jim Ross’ latest podcast when he revealed exactly when the decision was made to end the streak.
“You know as well as I do that one person and one person alone makes that call. As much as everyone wants to think other people have some say so in that, they don’t. I was stunned like a lot of people. I was there when it all happened. I know what happened. I make the calls around ..click here to read more
shawn michaels, The Undertaker, WrestleMania 30
The Undertaker’s championship reign ended up being a short one, he only defended it against Davey Boy Smith on a tour of Ontario, beating him both times. After that, Undertaker dropped the belt back to Hogan at the WWE’s PPV special/disaster This Tuesday in Texas, albeit in a controversial finish. Time to shill: the This Tuesday in Texas experiment will be a part of a very special episode of the Robert Zone, you and your family will not want to miss this one.
The Undertaker would enter the 1992 Royal Rumble in an attempt to regain his title, but would fail. In the interim, The Undertaker would continue teaming with Jake Roberts in their various attempts to ruin the life of Randy Savage. Savage would face Robert on Saturday Night’s Main Event (Now on FOX) in what would be the big blow-off to their feud. Savage would vanquish Roberts, but Roberts ..click here to read more
Something has occurred to me lately as I have been listening to Paul Heyman gloat daily on WWE television and social media about his client Brock Lesnar ending the streak. If Undertaker can work one more match, a rematch would be massive!
The WWE may have fallen into a situation better than anyone could have even imagined. The wrestling world was shocked and even angry when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. Most were upset about the streak ending, many angry about the man who ended it. But what if at the end of all this one of the biggest matches of this era comes out of this controversial decision?
It didn’t dawn on me right away but after listening to Heyman rant about the streak ending I started to wonder if this is exactly where they are going. I certainly could be reading too much into this but when ..click here to read more
Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, The Undertaker, WrestleMania 31
As I’ve talked about in previous articles, the main event scene in 1991 was pretty sparse with heels. We were still a few months away from Ric Flair’s blow-up with Jim Herd (Do not get me started on that), so the company needed to act fast. First, a heel turn by Jake Roberts was set in motion; a great thing since Roberts was hitting the ceiling on what he could do as a face.
After WrestleMania VII, The Undertaker would be placed in a feud with the number two face in the company, the Ultimate Warrior. The events were set in motion on a segment called The Funeral Parlor, Bearer’s talk show segment. Bearer called out any superstar on the roster to come on his show. The Ultimate Warrior accepted and came on the show and in that segment; the rocket ship was effectively placed on the ass of the Undertaker ..click here to read more
Paul Bearer, The Undertaker
According to several sources, Sting will be signing or has signed with the WWE. The original plan was to sign Sting to a deal that allowed him to be used in a non-wrestling role in several capacities while wrestling very part time similar to The Undertaker.
For years, the one wrestler who Vince McMahon could not make part of his circus up north was the missing piece to a WCW puzzle that was never complete. Now that appears to be no longer an issue.
The first rumor going out about Sting was that he was signing for only one match at WrestleMania 31 against The Undertaker. The thing is, this type of deal does not help the WWE as it would only allow them to use Sting once. The set up alone would be great and people would get the match they wanted. However, if WWE could sign him to a legends ..click here to read more
sting, The Undertaker
It was the Dream Team against The Million Dollar Team. Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase were in the midst of a good-old southern style blood feud. DiBiase first lured Sapphire away with money and luxuries beyond her wildest dreams. DiBiase then did the unthinkable on national television and would violently attack Dusty’s son, Dustin. DiBiase would leave Dustin a bloody mess, setting up Rhodes and DiBiase to lead teams for the upcoming Survivor Series PPV. Rhodes would tab The Hart Foundation and Koko B. Ware and DiBiase would recruit Rhythm and Blues. DiBiase promised a mystery partner, and just who would it be? DiBiase entered the ring and would address the audience:
“Without further ado, I’ll introduce to you my mystery partner. Lead to the ring by his manager, Brother Love, weighing in at 325 pounds, from Death Valley, I give you The Undertaker. *DiBiase Laughter*“-Survivor Series 1990 (November 22nd, 1990)
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