Only in the WWE can you see two executives screwing with heroes and telling the fans to stick it only to see them moments later promoting the Special Olympics and fighting bullies. And you wonder why less people are watching pro wrestling today than ten years ago?
I get it. I know it is 2014 and the cat has been out of the bag a long time ago. I am really not one of these guys that sit around longing for the old school days I grew up with. That said, there is still something said about the illusion of pro wrestling. We all know the deal but yet subliminally WWE fans like to check the reality at the door and enjoy two hours of WWE for what it is. Yet the WWE have felt the need to continually remind its viewers that what they are watching is completely scripted and ..click here to read more
Stephanie McMahon, triple h
In terms of wrestling ability, Triple H, the COO of the WWE needs no explanation.
In the course of his WWE career, Triple H has held a total of 23 championships, including the WWF/WWE Championship on eight occasions and the World Heavyweight Championship on five occasions. He was the winner of both the 1997 King of the Ring tournament and the 2002 Royal Rumble, and has wrestled in the main event of WrestleMania, WWE’s flagship pay-per-view, on six occasions (WrestleManias 2000, X-8, XX, 21, 22, and the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania). Outside of professional wrestling, he has made numerous guest appearances in film and on television.
He is easily one of the greatest performers of the modern era and could be considered a Ric Flair-esque superstar who prided himself on being one of the dirtiest players in the game.
Now that it appears everything within the company starts and stops at the feet ..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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Through questionable booking, a stock market crash, fan discontent, and the unfortunate loss of JTG, WWE has provided audiences with, if nothing else, a lot of great in-ring action. Here are my personal picks for the ten best bouts so far in 2014.
10. Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Christian vs. Sheamus (WWE Elimination Chamber, February 23)
As long as the performers cut a watchable pace in the epic-length Chamber matches, and there’s some creative mayhem taking place between the chain-link walls, it generally adds up to a great match. This was no exception, and it even came with some added drama: would Bryan avenge his exclusion from the Royal Rumble match and become WWE Champion? A spurned Twitterverse, led by a bat-wielding Mick Foley, glued their eyes to the action.
Bryan, of course, didn’t win here, succumbing to Corporate Kane (RepubliKane?) in a screwy finish. Cena ..click here to read more
Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, john cena, Natalya, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, The Shield, triple h, WWE NXT
Hunter Hearst Helmsley…AKA Triple H (I’ll forgo the use of his real name…since we all refer to him as Triple H anyway).
Trained by Killer Kowalski; debuted in 1992 in Kowalski’s promotion – just before he turned 23; he’ll be 45 soon.
He moved from the independent scene to WCW in 1994; moved to WWF/E in 1995; where he’s been ever since; it’s now 2014; he’s been doing this a while. There are only a few left on the current roster who can claim the same.
In the past he was seen as a burial machine; burying acts left and right; but that was the past…and this is today.
And people change…even burial machines; NXT is a prime example of this. There are some great workers in there. The recent swerves that have been popping up here and there have also gone towards proving that while the Triple H of the past may have ..click here to read more
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
Chris Benoit, chris jericho, CM Punk, Eddie Guerrero, jeff hardy, john cena, Matt Hardy, Money in the Bank, Rob Van Dam, Scott Hall, shawn michaels, The Rock, triple h
When you look past WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and even King of the Ring, what have been the best PPV events in WWE history? I pored through the last two decades of the promotion, and came up with this list of secondary-PPV excellence. All are recommended viewing on WWE Network.
25. Backlash 2009 (April 26, 2009 – Providence, RI)
After a largely-unfulfilling WrestleMania outside of Undertaker and Shawn Michaels’ timeless epic, WWE rebounded with a better show, surrounded by Chris Jericho’s battle with an ageless Ricky Steamboat, a tremendous Last Man Standing match with John Cena and Edge for the World Heavyweight belt, and Christian felling Jack Swagger to become ECW Champion. Tack Taker/Shawn onto this, make it four hours, and boom: a great WrestleMania.
24. No Mercy 1999 (October 17, 1999 – Cleveland, OH)
One of the few PPVs from 1999 that actually holds up years later, No Mercy took place ..click here to read more
batista, chris jericho, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Edge, john cena, randy orton, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, triple h, WWE Network
While the wrestling world wants to see what the next move for the Authority and Seth Rollins, did the WWE forget about the other two members of The Shield – Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose? What are the plans for the two superstars and will they still remain joined at the hip or part ways and seek singles success. As I watch the split – which made the WWE look like the WWF of old – I am reminded of what happened after the Four Horsemen finally disbanded and how the incarnations that were devised by WCW were never like the original or the four comprised of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham. Wresting was never the same once that era was perforated.
In September of 1988, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard left, to join the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). This forced them to drop the Tag Team ..click here to read more
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, The Shield, triple h
C.O.O. Triple H hosted a media conference call on Wednesday to promote Thursday’s WWE NXT special on the WWE Network. The call was dominated by wrestling media who were able to pull some interesting nuggets out of the Game.
This was a real interesting media call as it featured questions entirely from pro wrestling media. My hunch is that when the WWE schedules these calls, they are looking for mainstream media attention. That may be bad news for them but it was certainly good news if you follow the “dirt sheets.”
Here are just a couple of highlights from Triple H’s media call…
- NXT will have a bigger presence on the WWE Network as the Network grows. What that entails I am not quite sure. They could also have a bigger presence next year at WrestleMania.
- If it were up to Triple H, WWE NXT would air live every week. Financially though ..click here to read more
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Executive Vice President of the WWE, Triple H, sat down with Michael Cole to address the fate of the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship after Daniel Bryan’s surgery.
Daniel Bryan, Evolution, Payback 2014, The Authority, triple h
Don’t look now, but it appears the WWE has gotten it together and put the members of Evolution back into circulation as the new villains of the company to go along with the wilting “Authority” angle.
I applaud the efforts of the WWE giving this a go instead of taking a planned program like “The Authority” and shoving it down our faces. At least with Evolution, the WWE can use a basic premise of the past and apply it to the current unstable situation of new “Attitude” era.
Evolution is a villainous professional wrestling stable in WWE. They originally were apart of WWE’s Raw brand between 2003 and 2005. At the height of its original existence, the group consisted of Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista. Each of the members represented “the best in: “the past” (Ric Flair), “the present” (Triple H), and “the future” (Randy Orton and Batista) of ..click here to read more
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This is going to be a tough one for some of you out there to swallow. This probably won’t be the most popular thing I ever blog about but I am going to say it. Triple H is the best in the business and the WWE is lucky to have him. He is that damned good.
Pro wrestling fans on the Internet are a funny breed. The Internet Wrestling Community tend to get swept up into rumors and hyperbole and base their views on someone for what they do outside of the ring. Triple H is a perfect example as there is probably nobody, sans Vince Russo more hated by this base than Trips. This is unfortunate however as those fans are missing out on appreciating one of the best performers of our generation.
I say it on Twitter every time I watch him on RAW and this goes back to the ..click here to read more