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19 items from 2016


Goldberg returns in WWE2K17

31 May 2016 5:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you were watching last night’s edition of WWE Raw, you’ll have heard a familiar theme as one of the biggest stars of the late 1990s returned to television.

The first trailer for WWE2K17 aired last night, which saw that former WCW Champion Goldberg would be this year’s featured pre-order character. In previous years it has been the return of The Ultimate Warrior and the debut of Sting. Goldberg has not featured in a game since WWE2K14.

Check out the official trailer below:

Goldberg was thought to be the one star the Nitro era of WCW created, and was the only one to stay with the company to the bitter end (The Giant, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero all left by 2001). He was not part of the derided InVasion storyline due to WWF refusing to buy out his Time Warner contract, but he »

- Luke Owen

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Did WrestleMania 32 Prove WWE Is Out Of Touch With The Fans?

4 April 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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I cannot even begin to comprehend what Vince McMahon was thinking when he laid out WrestleMania 32. If what occurred in Dallas is not proof positive that he is out of touch with what his core fan base wants, then nothing is. He is the captain of the sinking Titanic, refusing to believe that his ship even hit an iceberg, let alone is being being sank by it.

I thought the wrestling throughout the night was solid at worst and pretty good at best, without anything blowing me away. Not the most glowing praise, but given the hotchpotch mess I was expecting going in, it actually delivered slightly beyond my expectations. 

The issue – as always – was not with the in-ring action, but with the way it was booked. WWE got it wrong not just in all of the big matches, but in every single contest.

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WrestleMania is ultimately remembered for its moments, »

- James Dixon

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: Wrestlemania XXX

2 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals':

The Card:

Tag Titles Match: The Usos (C) vs. Jack Swagger & Cesaro w/ Zeb Colter vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel vs. Los Matadores w/ El Torito (Pre-Show Fatal 4 Way Tag Match)

Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (winner of this match to be entered into WWE World Heavyweight Championship match)

The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws

First Inaugural 31-man Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Cesaro.

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt w/ Luke Harper & Erick Rowan

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman

Divas Title Match: Aj Lee (C) vs. Aksana vs. Alicia Fox vs. Brie Bella vs. Cameron vs. Emma vs. Eva Marie vs. Layla vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Bella vs. Rosa Mendes vs. Summer Rae vs. Tamina Snuka (Vickie Guerrero Invitational match)

WWE World Heavyweight »

- Shaun Eddleston

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10 Wrestling Facts We Didn’t Know Last Week (April 1)

1 April 2016 3:09 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Ask Chris Jericho what he thought about Triple H before the May 21, 2001 edition of Raw Is War, and it may have been somewhat different to his feelings afterwards. 

During a routine tag-team bout pitting Jericho and Chris Benoit against Triple H and Steve Austin, ‘The Game’ landed awkwardly upon striking Jericho from behind. Tearing his quadriceps muscle in one leg, Triple H promptly hit the mat in complete agony, the muscle literally rolling up his limb.

To his credit, the man was somehow able to finish the match. Perched atop the announce desk, he even received Y2J’s trademark ‘Walls Of Jericho’ finishing hold, which must have been excruciatingly painful to absorb. 

Many times since, Jericho has said he gained a new level of respect for his peer that evening, but the injury would come at a cost. Triple H was benched for quite some time, only able to return in early-January, »

- Jamie Kennedy

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 23

29 March 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Mr. Kennedy  vs. King Booker vs. Randy Orton vs. Cm Punk vs. Finlay vs. Matt Hardy vs. Edge vs. Jeff Hardy (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

The Great Khali vs. Kane

United States Title Match: Chris Benoit vs. Mvp

World Heavyweight Title Match: Batista vs. Undertaker

The Ecw Originals vs. The New Breed

Bobby Lashley w/Donald Trump vs. Umaga w/Vince McMahon (‘Battle of the Billionaires’ Hair vs. Hair Match) 

WWE Women’s Title Match: Melina vs. Ashley

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels

Lows:

Twenty years after WrestleMania III, the WWE’s biggest event return to Detroit, Michigan. Naturally, Vince and company were keen to exploit the nostalgia, making references to the third ‘Mania at every possible opportunity.

Some of these references were great, »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 22

29 March 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

World Tag Title Match: Big Show & Kane vs. Carlito & Chris Masters

Rob Van Dam vs. Ric Flair vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Finlay vs. Matt Hardy (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

United States title Match: Jbl w/Jillian Hall vs. Chris Benoit

Edge w/Lita vs. Mick Foley (Hardcore Match)

The Boogeyman vs. Booker T & Sharmell (Handicap Match)

WWE Women’s Title Match: Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James

Mark Henry vs. Undertaker (Casket Match)

Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon (No Holds Barred Match)

World Heavyweight Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio (Triple Threat Match)

Torrie Wilson vs. Candice Michelle (Playboy Pillow Fight)

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. Triple H

Lows:

Sometimes it proves a little bit difficult to single out »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 21

27 March 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Show case of the Immortals’…

The Card:

Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero

Edge vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

Randy Orton vs. Undertaker

WWE Women’s Title Match: Trish Stratus vs. Christy Hemme w/Lita

Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels

Akebono vs. The Big Show (Sumo Match)

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. Jbl

World Heavyweight Title Match: Triple H vs. Batista

Lows:

The lowest point of the WrestleMania 21 card is also the most bizarre: the sumo match between Big Show and Akebono.

Despite being a (literally) huge deal in his native Japan, Akebono has got be the most obscure ‘celebrity’ to make a WrestleMania appearance. Having the sumo champion on the card was an obvious ploy to attract pay-per-view »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xx

27 March 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card:

United States Title Match: John Cena vs. The Big Show

World Tag Title Match: Booker T & Rob Van Dam vs. Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak vs. The Dudley Boy vs. La Résistance (Fatal 4-Way Tag Match)

Christian w/Trish Stratus vs. Chris Jericho

Ric Flai, Batista & Randy Orton vs. The Rock & Mick Foley (Handicap)

Torrie Wilson & Sable vs. Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie (Playboy Evening Gown Match)

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Chavo Guerrero vs. Ultimo Dragon vs. Shannon Moore vs. Jamie Noble vs. Funaki vs. Nunzio vs. Billy Kidman vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Tajiri vs. Akio (Cruiserweight Open)

Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg (Special Guest Referee: ‘Stone coldSteve Austin)

WWE Tag Title Match: The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. The Basham Brothers vs. The Apa vs. Too Cool (Fatal »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xix

26 March 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

World Tag Titles Match: Lance Storm & Chief Morley vs. Kane & Rob Van Dam

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Matt Hardy w/Shannon Moore vs. Rey Mysterio

The Undertaker vs. A-Train & The Big Show (Handicap Match)

WWE Women’s Match: Victoria vs. Trish Stratus vs. Jazz

WWE Tag Titles Match: Team Angle vs. Los Guerreros vs. Chris Benoit & Rhyno

Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho

World Heavyweight Title Match: Booker T vs. Triple H w/Ric Flair

Vince McMahon vs. Hulk Hogan (Street Fight)

The Rock vs. ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin

WWE Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar

Lows:

One thing writing and compiling this Retrospective has made me do is re-evaluate ‘The Streak’. Now, we all know the last 7 or 8 matches of the Undertakers undefeated WrestleMania run are among »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania X-Seven

24 March 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Ic Title Match: Chris Jericho vs. William Regal

Tazz & The A.P.A vs. Right To Censor

WWF Hardcore Title Match: Raven vs. Kane vs. The Big Show (Hardcore Triple Threat Match)

European Title Match: Test vs. Eddie Guerrero

Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit

WWF Women’s Title Match: Ivory vs. Chyna

Vince McMahon vs. Shane McMahon (Street Fight)

WWF Tag Titles Match: The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (TLC Triple Threat Tag Match)

The Gimmick Battle Royal won by The Iron Sheik

The Undertaker vs. Triple H

WWF Title Match: The Rock vs. ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin

Lows:

I’m just going to come right out and say this up front: WrestleMania X-Seven is the greatest edition of WrestleMania since the event began. »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 2000

24 March 2016 3:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card:

The Godfather & D’Lo Brown vs. Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan

WWF Hardcore Title Match: Tazz vs. Viscera vs. Pete Gas vs. Rodney vs. Joey Abs vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Taka Michinoku vs. Funaki vs. Mosh vs. Thrasher vs. Bradshaw vs. Faarooq vs. Crash Holly (Hardcore Battle Royal)

Steve Blackman & Al Snow vs. T&A w/Trish Stratus

WWF Tag Title Match: Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (Triangle Ladder Match)

Terri Runnels w/The Fabulous Moolah vs. The Kat w/Mae Young (Cat Fight)

Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko vs. Too Cool & Chyna

Ic Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit

WWF European Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit

X-Pac & Road Dogg w/Tori vs Rikishi »

- Jackson Ball

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10 Grand Moments We Need To See At WrestleMania 32

18 March 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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WrestleMania, cultural phenomenon that it is, has become a stage where the moments are made that last forever, and even though fans have come to pretty much expect classic matches and big-time appearances from superstars, it’s those moments that end up making the show.

Nobody will ever forget some of the greatest WrestleMania moments of years past – Bret Hart defeating Yokozuna at WrestleMania X and being hoisted up in celebration by the roster’s babyfaces. Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit standing side by side as champions in the closing moments of WrestleMania Xx. Daniel Bryan overcoming all the odds to reach immortality at WrestleMania XXX.

Each WrestleMania needs to deliver a series of moments that ensure that it will last in the memory, standing alongside the shows that came before it. This year is no different, and while the card may seem weaker than usual at first glance, »

- Scott Fried

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10 Best Tag-Team Matches In WrestleMania History

16 March 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Way back in the 1980’s, tag-team wrestling was a vital part of the then-World Wrestling Federation’s product. There’s just something so simplistic about good tag wrestling, but such directness really doesn’t detract from the excitement tandem matches can provide. 

Despite the fact that tag team wrestling has had its importance diminished by WWE management in recent times, wrestling fans have a great fondness for doubles bouts. Apparently, those in charge of the company don’t feel tag wrestling is quite as interesting as it once was, because there’s been a real lack of emphasis on the style in the modern era.

Arguably the last truly great period for tag wrestling in WWE fell when Los Guerreros were tearing it up in matches against the likes of Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, Edge, Rhyno and Team Angle on Smackdown in 2002-2003. 

Since then, things haven’t been the same, »

- Jamie Kennedy

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10 Most Soul-Destroying WrestleMania Moments

11 March 2016 9:20 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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“The boyhood dream has come true”, gushed Vince McMahon as Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart to become the new WWF Heavyweight Champion. The match-concluding ‘Sweet Chin Music’ at WrestleMania Xii has been played time and time again, and for good reason; it was an extremely heartfelt moment.

In similar fashion, seeing genuine tears roll down the cheeks of both Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero at the close of WrestleMania Xx was seriously emotional. Fans couldn’t help but join in, recognising the hard work and sacrifice the pair had consistently made to get to that point.

Moments such as those outlined above are undoubtedly ones consumed by sheer, unadulterated joy. When these moments occur, fans can’t help but punch the air in delight. Unfortunately, WrestleMania has also been home to moments after which those same fans want to punch holes in the nearest wall out of frustration. »

- Jamie Kennedy

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New Japan Announces Super J Cup 2016

3 March 2016 8:41 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Earlier today, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced the return of the Super J Cup tournament after a seven-year absence. The reintroduction of the classic event can only be seen as a response to WWE’s upcoming Global Cruiserweight Series tournament.

First held in 1994, the Super J Cup is traditionally a one-night, single elimination tournament involving the best junior heavyweights from New Japan and a variety of affiliated promotions. The inaugural event was won by Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) and is widely considered one of the best wrestling shows in history. Since that time, there have been four subsequent Super J Cups, with the legendary Jushin Liger winning in 1995 and 2000, and current Noah star Naomichi Marufuji winning in 2004 and 2009.

No competitors have been announced for the tournament yet, but a host of the world’s best wrestling promotions will be sending talent. In addition to New Japan, the Super J »

- Scott Fried

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10 Ways A Brand Split Would Help WWE Right Now

11 February 2016 9:48 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One topic that divides wrestling fans in 2016 is whether WWE should go back to a brand split or keep the roster together.

The first WWE brand split occurred in 2002 when WWF had hired a bunch of ex-wcw & Ecw stars along with the contracts they adopted from the 2001 WCW purchase.

Initially, the two rosters were positively stacked as Raw had Steve Austin, Booker T, The Undertaker and the nWo while SmackDown had Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Chris Benoit, Edge and Kurt Angle. The idea was for both shows to stay separate, except during pay-per-view events where there would be Raw matches and SmackDown matches and, in time, they could have inter-promotional ‘dream matches’.

Sadly, in the end it didn’t quite work out and the rules of the brand split were adhered to less and less as the years went by. Eventually in 2012, the two brands merged and the »

- Kenny McIntosh

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10 Awesome Wrestlers Who Had No Chemistry Together

10 February 2016 12:09 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The very definition of the word is deeply entrenched in the world of science, but there’s another meaning commonly associated with the word ‘chemistry’. If most school children could have linked chemistry to pro wrestling, perhaps the subject would have taken on more interest, but it’s actually vital to how the industry works.

As pertains to in-ring grappling, chemistry dictates the ’emotional or psychological interaction between two people’.

It also comes in to play when analysing the physical interaction between those who step foot inside a wrestling ring together. Chemistry can be vital in ensuring matches are exciting or successfully manage to draw fans into the action. There are numerous examples of those pairings who exhibited excellent chemistry, such as Steve Austin and The Rock or Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit.

Any time those men were handed the opportunity to work opposite one another, there was magic in the air. »

- Jamie Kennedy

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10 Superstars Kurt Angle Needs To Face Before He Retires

22 January 2016 3:24 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Wrestling fans are famous for having a vast array of differing opinions, especially in this world of social media and the infamous Iwc, but there’s one thing that we all can agree on: Kurt Angle is one of the very finest wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots.

As well as being an Olympic gold medalist, Angle is a 6-time Tna World Champion, a 4-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and has a raft of other championships and accomplishments to his name. Simply put, this wrestling machine is one of the best of all-time, and his battles with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit (are we allowed to mention him yet?), Samoa Joe, Triple H, Steve Austin, and The Rock are legendary.

Now, whilst Kurt Angle is set to retire from Tna during their tour of the UK later this month, he’s not retiring from the wrestling business altogether. »

- Andrew Pollard

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Josh Bredl To Debut At WWE Royal Rumble 2016?

20 January 2016 3:04 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Josh Bredl could debut in WWE at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble. F4wonline reports that all Nxt talent will be there at the event, and people in the company want to see him debut in the Rumble match.

The reason for that, is all the heat he has courted this past week. As we noted earlier, Bredl made a comment about the Social Outcasts being “Social Jobbers”, which caused Stardust and Kevin Owens to hit back at him on Twitter. “Probably going to be a long day for young Josh,” Bryan Alvarez stated in his update about Bredl being backstage at the Rumble.

The wrestlers will want to see him in the Rumble match so that they can chop the hell out of him. That’s what happened with Tough Enough winner Daniel Puder back in 2005, with Chris Benoit and Hardcore Holly legit beating the hell out of the arrogant rookie. »

- Grahame Herbert

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