4 items from 2015
Ultimo Dragon is, sadly, a wrestler who doesn’t seem to get the kudos he deserves. History has been far kinder to WCW cruiserweights like Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero, whilst Dragon is often left out of the picture (probably because he wasn’t a success in WWE like the other three).
But don’t let the lack of recognition fool you. When he was on, Dragon was as good as anybody else, be they cruiserweight or heavyweight. One of the first to truly blend the Japanese, Mexican and American styles, he was a hybrid wrestler of the highest calibre, a man who routinely had great matches and captured many championships in the process.
- Lewis Howse
Chris Jericho may be with WWE part-time, but some of us remember when he first made his debut in the company, and then realise just how long ago that was. Some of us even remember him in WCW, even as far back as the original Ecw and this is why WWE: The Road is Jericho: Epic Stories and Rare Matches from Y2J is fun to watch. The fact I only go back to Ecw though shows that this is how far back the release goes and its restriction to the WWE video library.
Instead of going for the normal documentary structure with added matches, WWE: The Road is Jericho: Epic Stories and Rare Matches from Y2J features Jericho talking about his memories of a match or an event in his career then leading into the match itself. Presenting himself out of character he talks about how he had »
- Paul Metcalf
When you think of the WWE, the first names that spring to mind are usually The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Cm Punk, Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and latterly Roman Reigns, but there’s one man who has quietly, despite his brash and outspoken manner, become one of the legendary cornerstones of the business today. That man is Chris Jericho, and The Road Is Jericho is a collection of his war stories and rare matches from throughout his career.
I make no bones about it, I’m a Jerichoholic. I've found his three autobiographies to be hugely entertaining, and definitely up there with Mick Foley’s in terms of quality wrestling tomes, so to hear some of the stories that he’s told in print come to life from the back seat of limousine that’s he being filmed in for this release is a treat, »
News has recently surfaced that 20-plus year wrestling veteran Rey Mysterio has been released from WWE, ending his 13-year run with the company. Maybe moreso than any other wrestler the company has ever employed, losing the Mexican living legend may be as important as if, say, WWE released The Undertaker.
If that statement seems bold to you, pause and consider that it may actually not be at all. WWE’s employed luchadores before. Dating back to getting scheduled dates from Mil Mascaras in the WWF to having Eddie Guerrero, Psicosis, Ultimo Dragon, Juventud Guerrera and Super Crazy in the company, lucha megastars have all had runs “up north.” However, how many of them ever became iconic performers and pop cultural names able to become World Heavyweight Champion?
Rey’s a once-in-a-lifetime performer. From his size to his charisma to the groundbreaking nature of his maneuvers and more, he »
- Marcus K. Dowling
4 items from 2015
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