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3 months ago

10 Sting Matches WWE Fans Need To Watch

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10 Sting Matches WWE Fans Need To Watch

Sting is now a member of the WWE roster and is expected to debut in 2014. Thanks to the WWE Network, new fans can get introduced to Sting through the entire WCW PPV library. Here are ten matches you should immediately watch to understand how this man became an icon among WCW fans.

Sting is coming to WWE television and for a lot of fans in the Universe, he is a stranger with a legacy. For fans that may be a little older, Sting is just one of the stars of TNA Wrestling. Yet for the fans that watched Sting for over 20 years in WCW, he is an icon of their youth. It is time you become familiar with this icon if you aren’t already.

For the purposes of this list I kept all of my choices to matches currently available on the WWE Network so it is not necessarily a definitive ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

4 months ago

The Robert Zone: WCW Ready to Rumble Review

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The Robert Zone: Ready to Rumble

I’m not doing it Gargiulo, I’m not. You already subjected me to No Holds Barred, you cannot and will not subject me to Ready to Rumble. I don’t care what you do, I will not watch Ready to Rumble. You can send John Zandig after me and tell him I ran over his car or that I took his company. You did? Oh crap, review of Ready to Rumble it is then! What Eric doesn’t know is that I’m playing the videogame from 1999, so HA! Before we start, I have a guest at the door, so excuse me.

JEEEEEEEZZZZZUSSSSSSSS! YOU’RE GONNA DIE GOEMAN, I GUARANTEE IT!

Alright, Ready to Rumble it is.

Damn you Garguilo, is Joan Severance in it?

Ghost of Dean Ambrose: Nope.

Oh shut up, ghost of Dean Ambrose. Deep breaths, deep breaths, you can do this Robert. You watched the entire Black Scorpion angle and ..click here to read more , ,

5 months ago

WWE WrestleMania X8 – Even The Rock Booed The Rock

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-So this was a bit like the end of an era for years truly. I was graduating high school in just three months, making this the first WWE WrestleMania of my adult life. The last time WrestleMania resided in Toronto, I was in kindergarten. Now, I was a high school senior, and the big event’s back at the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, this time on March 17, 2002. Weird how things end up in life.

-Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, whose knees are still worn out from the groveling he had to do to reclaim his old job. The event looks like a hybrid of WrestleManias VI and X7, which is my way of saying it’s like X7, but with a darker lighting scheme. The atmosphere’s nice, I’ll give em that.

-The story is that WWE, at the end of the Attitude era, bottomed out with a ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

WrestleMania X8: A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA X8 From The SkyDome in Toronto, ON March 17, 2002

BACKGROUND One year after rolling the dice on a Stone Cold Steve Austin heel turn, the WWF found themselves in a rather unusual position. It had been a few years since the promotion needed to make any desperate moves or decisions, the last one being to put on a raunchier product. From there, it was smooth sailing for Vince McMahon and company, as there was no force that could trip up the surging juggernaut.

Wrestling’s popularity started to wane after WCW’s dissolution, as part of the fun for a number of fans was watching the entities compete for viewers. Interest picked up at the start of WCW‘s Invasion (spiking when ECW got involved, and The Rock returned from filming The Scorpion King), but the majority of fans were let down by the ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

WWE Flashback: WrestleMania X8 – Downtown With Darsie

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Sunday, March 17th, 2002 – SkyDome – Toronto, Canada – The last WrestleMania under the “World Wrestling Federation” banner and the second WrestleMania to head outside of the United States! At this Mania card, we see Chris Jericho defending his Undisputed WWF Championship against the returning Triple H, as well as Icon versus Icon when the Rock does battle with “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair faces the Dead Man, the Undertaker!

The show opened with Saliva doing one of this year’s theme songs, “Superstar.” I miss the WWE going away from bringing in live bands performing a song or two at WrestleMania. I know it’s frustrating for me trying to pay attention to the music video for it and the camera men go back and forth on showing the band with the titan tron and panning the fans.

But besides my short rant, I do feel like “Superstar” ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

WWE WrestleMania X-Seven: Simply The Best

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-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 WWE WrestleMania 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!

-Your hosts are Jim Ross and Paul Heyman, who had taken over for Jerry Lawler one month prior when Lawler quit the company. ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 months ago

WrestleMania XII – A Portrait in Wrestling History

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WRESTLEMANIA XII From The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA March 31, 1996

BACKGROUND Never before in the WWF had such a display of hypocrisy been presented.

Beginning in 1994, with Bret Hart’s ascension to his second reign as WWF Champion, Vince McMahon’s empire draped itself in the colors of an ad campaign called “The New Generation”. McMahon chose to move forward with a newer set of soldiers, trying to bury the older ghosts of his company’s past.

But while McMahon painted over the murals of Hogan and Randy Savage and Ric Flair with the likes of Razor Ramon, Diesel, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and, of course, Bret Hart himself, those banished ghosts found a new haunt in Atlanta called WCW.

And haunt Vince they would.

In 1995, WCW would premiere a trendy little show called Nitro to go head to head with McMahon’s flagship Monday Night Raw. The two shows traded victories ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 months ago

10 WCW Pay Per Views Worth Watching On The WWE Network

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WWE’s treatment of one-time arch-nemesis WCW is a curious paradox. When World Championship Wrestling was alive, they were a bumbling mess that pushed senior citizens, let the Radicalz go, and weren’t as cool as the sense-throttling action of WWF Attitude. In death, they’re looked back on with fondness as a worthy rival that shoved the McMahon Empire harder than any, and launched the careers of many notable stars.

There exists an entire generation of fans that have grown up without WCW. Yes, anyone that started watching wrestling after the spring of 2001 only knows of the company in the past tense, perhaps getting a sense of their glory on WWE DVD releases and YouTube.

With the launch of the WWE Network, curious viewers (the ones whose video isn’t besieged with more stoppages than SEPTA) have an entire archive of WCW history at their fingertips. The ones not a privy to the best ..click here to read more ,

9 months ago

Happy 16th Anniversary WWE Montreal Screwjob

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Sixteen years ago this month history was made and an entire pro wrestling industry changed forever. Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart at WWE Survivor Series 1997 in the most controversial finish of our generation in what is now known as the Montreal Screwjob.

Some people thought that Vince McMahon and the WWE were finished after seeing the way Bret Hart was screwed live on pay per view. Yet ironically a finish as simple as a sharpshooter submission was the catalyst for arguably the biggest boom in WWE and pro wrestling history.

Screwjob finishes weren’t so rare in the early days of pro wrestling. Pro wrestling champions were often picked on their ability to shoot in the ring or handle themselves in these kinds of predicaments. It wasn’t out of character for a territory promoter to go rogue and have their local wrestler attempt to beat the champion and go against the script. ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

11 months ago

How WCW Misused the World and US Titles – Downtown With Darsie

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When I had some free time on a Saturday night, I put into my VCR my newly acquired VHS tape of the pay-per-view that World Championship Wrestling produced in 1998. The PPV was WCW World War 3 and the 60-man battle royal saw Kevin Nash eliminated 59 other men to go on a month later to challenge Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and Diamond Dallas Page retaining his WCW United States Championship against Bret “the Hitman” Hart in the main event.

What got me a-thinking was, I knew “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan had a limited schedule when he was under contract to WCW back then and I knew when he was champion, which was the main reason why he didn’t defend the title at every pay-per-view. At times I question why the bookers would put the title on him, but who better than Hogan to be the company World Champion ..click here to read more

1 year ago

WCW War Games: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches WWE DVD Review

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When I heard about this DVD, I got pretty excited. War Games is one of my all-time favorite match types. At the same time, I missed several of them over the years, so when I found out it would be a collection of every televised War Games match ever, I was even more stoked. This would give me the chance to not only relive the ones I had seen, but finally witness all of the ones I had missed.

For those that don’t know, let me give a brief explanation on what War Games is. It’s two rings with a cage surrounding the entire thing, complete with a lid. One man starts for each team, and after timed intervals, another enters for the alternating teams. After all men are in (either 8 or 10), the match officially starts, and the only way to win is by submission or surrender.

The match was ..click here to read more ,

1 year ago

Happy 17th Anniversary Hulk Hogan WCW Heel Turn

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Seventeen years ago today history was made and a revolution was started. Hulk Hogan dropped the leg on WCW and joined Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to form the New World Order beginning what some would call the greatest angle in the history of pro wrestling.

It is easy for a lot of us to sit back and criticize the many mistakes WCW made but on one night they got it right. July 7 1996 at the WCW Bash at the Beach 96 one angle revitalized a legendary career, gave new life to a struggling company, created icons, and pumped new blood into an entire business that some had left for dead months earlier. The night Hulk Hogan turned heel is something that those of us that were fans in 1996 will never forget.

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