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3 months ago

Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs. Vince McMahon – Wrestling’s Greatest Feuds

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The number one way to make money in pro wrestling is with a great feud. Nothing draws bigger at the box office than an exciting rivalry pitting good vs. evil. Some rivalries are based on hatred, some are based on championships, and some are based on nothing more than a motivation to be the best. Today I spotlight one of professional wrestling’s greatest feuds.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon

It is funny because most of the feuds I have highlighted in this series over the last five years have come from my childhood. I am that annoying older wrestling fans who will tell you, “They don’t make them like they did in my day.” Yet I could agree that the most exciting feud I ever watched as a wrestling fan came long past my childhood. That feud was Stone Cold vs. McMahon.

Sometimes you look back at pro wrestling history and ..click here to read more ,

3 months ago

The WWE Stock Debacle

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So…let’s talk about what happened on Friday in the best way that a guy with barely any knowledge of the stock market can do.

The WWE’s much hyped announcement of a television deal with NBCUniversal fails to impress the market. While the WWE did receive a nice $160 million for US television rights, the deal doesn’t look so well considering the last deal was for $95 million (Adjusted for inactive programming) for US television rights. This does sound great until you realize that those numbers pale in comparison to some of numbers that sports leagues are getting. Major League Soccer’s new television deal went from netting them $27.9 million dollars per year to $90 million dollars a year. Last year, NASCAR landed a 10 year deal with NBC and Fox that netted them $8.2 billion dollar deal (Going from $560 million a year to $820 million). Many in the company believe ..click here to read more

4 months ago

WWE No Holds Barred: The Match, The Movie, And The Debacle!

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“Why have a Merry Christmas, WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A NO HOLDS BARRED CHRISTMAS?!”- Vince McMahon after snorting two bricks of cocaine.

Am I really talking about No Holds Barred of all things for the Robert Zone? Seriously? Does Gargiulo have some dirty pictures of me and a prostitute that looks vaguely familiar to Stephanie McMahon? *Talks to guy off-screen* He does? Well, shit. Alright, No Holds Barred might be absolutely awful and should only be enjoyed under the influence of uncontrolled substances but the film has some benefits. First, Kurt Fuller chews every piece of scenery he can as Brell, the evil RIVAL channel owner. Seriously, the character is essentially a stand-in for Ted Turner and since I presume that Will Forte wasn’t acting in 1989, he’s perfect. Bruce Dern who would be my pick for an evil Ted Turner type after seeing Diggstown, but that would be a no-go ..click here to read more , ,

4 months ago

Zach Gowen Talks About Adversity, Vince McMahon, & Inspiring Others

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Chances are, if you wrestled your final WWE match at the tender age of twenty, you’d mope about it bitterly for years following.

Not if you’re Zach Gowen.

For a five-month frame in 2003, the pre-booze-age Gowen lived the dream of any fan, coming to the aid of Hulk Hogan, scoring pinfalls on The Big Show and Matt Hardy, and even had a pay-per-view battle against wrestling’s most powerful figure, Vince McMahon. That’s plenty to take in for someone barely out of grade school.

“I was overwhelmed; you would be too!” Gowen merrily recalls. “My reaction (to getting signed) was shock and amazement when they called me. I was a bag boy at a local grocery store when Johnny Ace called me. Becoming a WWE superstar wasn’t even a thought in my head.”

“The first day on the job, at a Smackdown taping, here I was having a conversation with Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, ..click here to read more ,

4 months ago

Warrior: The Ultimate Legend Is A WWE Masterpiece

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The WWE paid tribute to the Ultimate Warrior last week with a full week of specials on the WWE Network. Yet it was their documentary, Warrior: The Ultimate Legend that was truly nothing short of ultimate.

The WWE outdid themselves last week, producing arguably the best documentary in company history. The new documentary chronicling the Ultimate Warrior’s career paid an honest, fair, emotional, and classy tribute to the fallen WWE icon. Even more impressive is that the WWE put the production together in just a matter of days.

The documentary takes a lot of clips from the new Ultimate Collection DVD as well as clips from an unseen interview, blending them with candid footage of Warrior’s Hall of Fame, WrestleMania, RAW appearances and commentary from his wrestling peers. There are a few wrestling clips in there but it was the emotional tribute by his colleagues that captivated me from start to finish.

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4 months ago

WWE’s Tribute To The Ultimate Warrior Is Bizarre

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I know I am not the only one thinking it so I’ll just say it. The WWE’s reaction to the death of former champion Ultimate Warrior is one of the most bizarre things I think I have ever seen in over 30 years as a pro wrestling observer.

Vince McMahon has poured his heart out through WWE programming in honoring the late Jim Hellwig. The tributes to the Warrior are unprecedented in company history as the WWE has spent almost two weeks memorializing Warrior through content on their website, television shows, social media, and network. Classy yes, but it makes absolutely no sense at all.

It hasn’t even been a year since Vince McMahon welcomed Warrior back into the WWE family. Warrior returned first through promotion of the WWE 2K14 game and later officially at the Hall of Fame. The return ended close to a 20-year absence from the ..click here to read more ,

5 months ago

Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H Can Be This WWE Era’s Austin vs. McMahon

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Daniel Bryan finally ascended to the WWE world championship at WrestleMania 30 in one of the most memorable moments in Mania history. While Bryan may not be a draw on his own, the chemistry he has with the Authority rivals one of the greatest feuds in WWE history.

Triple H is one of the most polarizing pro wrestlers in WWE history. Most fans on the Internet despise Hunter for actions outside of the ring, reported and speculated upon by wrestling media over the last decade. Some of those accusations may be a little exaggerated but one thing that I cannot argue with is that not only is he the best performer on the WWE roster but he has also never been more valuable to a babyface than he is to Daniel Bryan.

The rivalry is so simple that it would be a crime not to do it. The corporate politician, hated by ..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.

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5 months ago

WrestleMania 30: Following Vince McMahon’s Ebb and Flow

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The best and worst thing about the WWE is that Vince McMahon has never been able to tell Vince McMahon, “No.” The owner of the WWE and its Chairman of the Board has been the cocky owner wrestler, and character he has always wanted to be – thus it has been his success and failure that has made the company other wrestling promotions have come to hate over the decades.

To steal a phrase from Dan Patrick, Vince is “En Fuego” and wrestling outfits couldn’t stop him, they only hoped to contain him.

Now that we have gone through our little ESPN and Sports Center shtick, let’s just face facts, if WrestleMania 30 is to succeed in New Orleans, it will live and day by the covenant of the McMahons – the way ti should always be.

Over the last decade there has been such an ebb and flow of uneasiness of the ..click here to read more

5 months ago

WrestleMania XXIII: Cram It, Cena Haters

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John Cena was victorious at WrestleMania 23-You’d think that by now, I’d be out of witty ideas for introductory paragraphs. Turns out that yes, I am. In any event, the 23rd installment of WWE WrestleMania took place on April 1, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. Funny to note that after this show, there would be many instances where WWE would boast that they drew more fans for this show than have ever seen a football game in this stadium. I dunno, I would think that in a football game, having all those seats on the floor level may interfere with the plays.

-This year, the commentary teams consist of Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler (Raw), Michael Cole and JBL (Smackdown), and Joey Styles and Tazz (ECW). This was back when ECW kinda sorta felt like the ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

5 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 ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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