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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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 company. ..click here to read more
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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
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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 the show and ..click here to read more
Alicia Fox, batista, Beth Phoenix, bret hart, chris jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Edge, Evan Bourne, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Jack Swagger, john cena, Kane, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Layla, Maryse, Matt Hardy, Michelle McCool, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, MVP, randy orton, shawn michaels, Sheamus, Shelton Benjamin, Ted DiBiase Jr., The Miz, The Undertaker, triple h, Vickie Guerrero, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania 26
From University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ
March 28, 2010
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.
On January 4, 2010, for the first time in over twelve years, ..click here to read more
Alicia Fox, batista, Beth Phoenix, bret hart, chris jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Edge, Evan Bourne, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Jack Swagger, john cena, Kane, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Layla, Maryse, Matt Hardy, Michelle McCool, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, Montreal Screwjob, MVP, randy orton, shawn michaels, Sheamus, Shelton Benjamin, Ted DiBiase Jr., The Miz, The Undertaker, triple h, Vickie Guerrero, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania 26
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
-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 original ECW, ..click here to read more
Bobby Lashley, donald trump, john cena, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, Umaga, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 23
From Ford Field in Detroit, MI
April 1, 2007
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
batista, Bobby Lashley, Chris Benoit, CM Punk, Degeneration X, donald trump, ECW, Great Khali, jeff hardy, john cena, Kane, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy, Melina, Money in the Bank, MVP, Paul Heyman, randy orton, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Umaga, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 23
-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
Bobby Lashley, Chris Benoit, Edge, JBL, john cena, Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, ric flair, Rob Van Dam, shawn michaels, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 22
From The All-State Arena in Chicago, IL
April 2, 2006
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
Bobby Lashley, Candice Michelle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, JBL, john cena, Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, mick foley, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, ric flair, Rob Van Dam, shawn michaels, The Undertaker, Torrie Wilson, triple h, Trish Stratus, Vickie Guerrero, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 22
From Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
March 14, 2004
Poor WWE. Despite being the most lucrative, proliferative, and memory-composing wrestling entity to ever be seen, it feels like that they sometimes can’t win.
On the one hand, fans criticize World Wrestling Entertainment for clinging to the past like rats to the hull of a sinking ship. In recent years, the likes of Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin have been “brought off the bench” to star in an occasional segment wherein they usually wind up destroying somebody who could use a victory to solidify himself.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, WWE also takes it in the shorts when things change TOO much. The company’s innovative experiments of the past decade, such as the brand extension, guest hosts on Raw, the Diva Search, having two world titles, and other concepts were met with ..click here to read more
batista, Bill Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Christian, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Kane, Kurt Angle, mick foley, Paul Heyman, randy orton, ric flair, Rikishi, Sable, shawn michaels, Stacy Keibler, Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Torrie Wilson, triple h, Trish Stratus, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 20
Once again, I am starting a new series of columns. This time, each column will focus on an event, wrestler or angle that should have been all-around more successful than it was, but for whatever reason, didn’t live up to expectations. For my first installment, I will look at one of my favorite PPVs, an event I happened to be at in the front row, and at the same time, a let down to many, that being the 19th installment of WrestleMania.
Now, after reading that first paragraph, you might be wondering how it could be such a letdown if it’s one of my favorite events? You raise a good question, one that I can and will explain over this column.
WrestleMania XIX, which took place in Seattle, WA on March 30th, 2003, and in all honesty, had the makings of one of the best ‘Mania events in history. The building was ..click here to read more
Booker T, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, hulk hogan, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Roddy Piper, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 19