Lucha Underground: The Cup Begins

The Cueto Cup Tournament began on Lucha Underground this week, seeing the competitors in Group A of the tournament facing off to see who would advance to the next round. The episode brought us some interesting matches as well as some storyline focus on the Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Johnny Mundo match that will occur at Ultima Lucha Tres.

The opening match between The Mack and Mala Suerte was hard fought but didn't need to be. Mala Suerte was not put in a position to look strong. He got some offense in during the match of course, preventing it from being a complete squash, yet Mala Suerte gained nothing from this match. The Mack came out a little worse for wear due to taking a long time to beat someone he should have soundly beaten. In a wrestling match, you ideally want to accomplish two things. You want a winner,
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Chris Jericho leaving WWE details, WWE star returns from injury! – WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Last night’s episode of Nxt continued the build to Nxt TakeOver: Chicago, revealing who would face Asuka for her Women’s Championship.

Because Asuka decided to beat up the final three women in the No. 1 contenders Battle Royal main event, William Regal announced that it’ll be a Fatal 4 Way in Chicago, with Asuka defending against Nikki Cross, Ruby Riot and Ember Moon.

As reported several weeks ago, however, this was the match where Moon appeared to legitimately injure her shoulder, with fans in attendance saying she was escorted out in tears. Squared Circle Sirens then reported this was just a storyline injury, but she has since been spotted wearing a sling – suggesting she really is hurt.

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#Gts = Victory for @HideoItami amidst his in-ring return on #Wwenxt,
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Smashing Pumpkins Rocker Billy Corgan Purchases National Wrestling Alliance (Report)

From The Smashing Pumpkins to body-slamming: Billy Corgan has purchased the National Wrestling Alliance, according to PWInsider. The rocker and former Tna Wrestling president now owns the name, rights and trademarks to the Nwa — he also gets its iconic championship belt. Additionally, Corgan inherits a ton of history: the National Wrestling Alliance was formed way back in 1948, and its roots are even older. Since officially starting 69 years ago, the league has produced many all-time greats, like Buddy Rogers, Pat O’Conner, Dory Funk, Jack Brisco, Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes, Kerry Von Erich, Ric Flair, Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Ken Shamrock, Jeff.
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WWE Royal Rumble Predictions

January 24th, 1988 was a great day in wrestling history. On that date, live on the USA Network, the WWE held their first ever Royal Rumble. In classic Vince McMahon fashion, holding this event for free on cable was a way to keep folks from ordering the Bunkhouse Stampede pay per view Jim Crockett Promotions put out that same day. The Royal Rumble match itself was revolutionary. Starting with two performers in the ring, at regularly timed intervals, another performer would come out until, in the case of the 1988 Royal Rumble, all twenty participants were in the ring. The winner of that first Rumble was Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

Fast forward 29 years and here we are at the 30th Royal Rumble. Unlike the Rumble’s that have occurred the past five years, the WWE has done an amazing job of promoting this event. They have some great matches in store as well
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5 Things Happening in the World of Pro Wrestling

1.Sad news this week in the world of pro wrestling when it was announced that legendary performer Mr. Fuji, Harry Fujiwara, passed away at the age of 83. Mr. Fuji had a long stay in the business, first as an in ring performer, collecting many tag team championships around the world, than as a manager of such acts as Demolition and The Powers of Pain. He also had a reputation as a ribber, someone in the business who pulls pranks to lighten the mood. Hearing a couple of the ribs he pulled off as they were discussed on the Eric Bischoff podcast when he interviewed Hulk Hogan, I have to say I am glad I never made that guy angry. Hide your cats! (Listen to the podcast to find out why.) Mr. Fuji was a legend and will be missed.

2.Ring of Honor has announced a new Six Man Tag Championship
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Review: WWE Us Championship - A Legacy of Greatness (Blu-ray)

WWE releases come in two flavours, the regular PPV sets that are always good for reliving those favourite moments, and the releases that focus on a particular topic or aspect of the WWE’s illustrious history. These latter releases have proved to be exceedingly well put together over the last few years, having established a winning template of including a feature length documentary accompanied by a couple of dozen matches.

I was somewhat disappointed to discover, then, that the new WWE Us Championship – A Legacy of Greatness release doesn’t include a documentary, as I would have thought that the long and varied history of this often overlooked belt would have been ideal for this treatment.

Instead we get a bumper crop of matches that are introduced in groups by short clips of John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield awkwardly reading off his autocue and not entirely convincing the viewer that he really wants to be there.
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‘WWE – The Us Championship: A Legacy of Greatness’ Review

I’ve often said that I find the history WWE Blu-Ray releases the best, so when one was released celebrating the Us Championship I was obviously looking forward to it. Although we often see people like John Cena dominating the belt these days it has one of the more interesting histories of any of the belts. WWE – The Us Championship: A Legacy of Greatness reveals just how varied this history is.

The fact that WWE now has a huge library of footage from all kinds of wrestling federations from the past allows them to pull out some real gems. These include matches that aren’t even complete, and don’t feature commentary. This is the case of Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat with Andre the Giant as guest referee. Filmed in 1978 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling it is a nice addition for the history loving wrestling fan, especially those who love Andre.
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7 WrestleMania Matches That Weren’t All Bad

Since its debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 31, 1985, WWE’s annual WrestleMania extravaganza has brought us some of the greatest pro wrestling matches ever contested.

Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (1987), Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior (1991), Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (1994), Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (1997), Austin vs. The Rock (2001), Michaels vs. Kurt Angle (2005), Edge vs. The Undertaker (2008), Michaels vs. Undertaker (2009 and 2010) and others held at the show of shows are widely regarded as classics.

Along this epic journey, through 31 events on which there have collectively been more than 320 matches, Vince McMahon’s organisation has subjected us to oodles of painfully average and dismal confrontations, which are not remembered fondly — or even remembered at all. Of course it has. And then there are those matches which fall into another category: bouts dismissed by pundits and wrestling devotees as absurd, tedious or dreadful which, upon further evaluation,
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 25

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

The Card:

Cm Punk vs. Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. Mvp vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Finlay vs. Christian (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

‘Miss Wrestlemania’ Battle Royal

Chris Jericho vs. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka & Ricky Steamboat (Handicap Match)

Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy (Extreme Rules Match)

Ic Title Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Jbl

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

World Heavyweight Title Match: Big Show vs. John Cena vs. Edge (Triple Threat Match)

WWE Title Match: Triple H vs. Randy Orton


One (admittedly minor) low-point of this WrestleMania was its title. Instead of simply calling it ‘WrestleMania 25’ or ‘WrestleMania Xxv’, the show’s graphics department and Michael Cole insisted on calling it ‘The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania’. Except that simply wasn’t the case, was it?
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15 Things We Learned From Scott Steiner: Live And Uncensored

In a business full of outspoken and outlandish characters, perhaps none are as outspoken and outlandish as Scott Steiner. The Big Bad Booty Daddy has never been shy about expressing himself and has in recent years garnered a reputation from shooting hard at some of the industry’s biggest names.

Which is why he was the perfect choice for a live Q and A! On March 21st 2016, Inside the Ropes presented the first night of the ‘Scott Steiner: Live and Uncensored’ tour at The Garage in Islington, London. A very enthusiastic crowd were on hand to meet the legend and hear his unfiltered opinions on everyone and everything from his 30-year career.

And boy was Steiner game for this. He admitted at the start of the show that he’d never done anything quite like this, going as far as to say that this was the most
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania IV

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

The Card

20-Battle Royal (Won by Bad News Brown)

*Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Ted Dibiase w/Virgil & Andre the Giant

*Don Muraco w/’Superstar’ Billy Graham vs. Dino Bravo w/Frenchie Martin

*Greg Valentine vs. Ricky Steamboat

*Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. ‘The Natural’ Butch Reed w/Slick

*One Man Gang w/Slick vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

*Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Draw)

The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hercules w/Bobby Heenan

*Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant w/*Ted Dibiase & Virgil (Double Dq)

*Don Muraco w/’Superstar’ Billy Graham vs. Ted Dibiase

*Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. Greg Valentine

Ic Title Match: The Honky Tonk Man vs. Brutus Beefcake (Win by Dq)

The British Bulldogs & Koko B. Ware vs. The Islanders & Bobby Heenan
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania III

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

The Card:

The Can-Am Connection vs. Bob Orton Jr. & Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji

Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules w/Bobby Heenan (Double Count-Out)

King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook & Little Tokyo vs. Hillbilly Jim, Haiti Kid & Little Beaver

‘King’ Harley Race w/Fabulous Moolah & Bobby Heenan vs. Junkyard Dog (Loser Must Bow Match)

The Dream TeamGreg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake w/Johnny V vs. The Rougeau Brothers

Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart (Hair vs. Hair Match)

The British Bulldogs & Tit Santana vs. The Hart Foundation & Danny Davis

Koko B. Ware vs. ‘The Natural’ Butch Reed w/Slick

Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. Ricky Steamboat w/George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Jake Roberts w/Alice Cooper vs. The Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart

The Killer Bees w/Jim Duggan vs.
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 2

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

The Card:

Paul Orndorff vs. Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji (Double Count Out)

Ic Title Match: Randy Savage (C) w/Miss Elizabeth vs. George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Jake Roberts vs. George Wells

Roddy Piper w/Lou Duva & Bob Orton Jr. vs. Mr T. w/Joe Frazier & The Haiti Kid (Boxing Match)

WWF Womens Title Match: The Fabulous Moolah (C) vs. Velvet McIntyre

Nicolai Volkoff w/Fred Blassie vs. Corporal Kirchner (Flag Match)

20-Man Battle Royal

WWF Tag Team Title Match: The British Bulldogs w/Lou Albano & Ozzy Osbourne vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake (C) w/Johnny Valiant

Ricky Steamboat vs. Hercules Hernandez

Adrian Adonis vs. Uncle Elmer

Terry Funk & Hoss Funk w/Jimmy Hart vs. Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog

WWF Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy w/Bobby Heenan
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania I

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

The Card:

Tito Santana vs. The Executioner

Special Delivery Jones vs. King Kong Bundy w/Jimmy Hart

Ricky Steamboat vs. Matt Borne

David Sammartino w/Bruno Sammartino vs. Brutus Beefcake w/Johnny Valiant (No Contest)

Ic Title Match: Greg Valentine (C) w/Jimmy Hart vs. Junkyard Dog

WWF Tag Team Title Match: Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo (C) w/Lou Albano vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/Fred Blassie

Andre The Giant vs. Big John Studd w/Bobby Heenan ($15,000 Body Slam Challenge)

WWF Womens Title: Lelani Kai (C) vs. Wendy Richter w/Cyndi Lauper

Hulk Hogan & Mr. T w/Jimmy Snuka vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff w/Bob Orton Jr.

The Lows:

Over the years, we’ve grown fairly used to WWE massaging certain ‘facts’ for their own benefit.
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9 Best Martial Artists Turned Wrestlers

For the most part, martial arts gimmicks don’t really work in the world of professional wrestling, unless the performer taking on that gimmick actually has a solid background in one discipline or another.

There are exceptions, of course. Guys like Ricky Steamboat and X-Pac went on to great success in the industry while heavily incorporating elements of hand-to-hand combat into their characters. But what they may have lacked in technical discipline, they made up for with panache and pure athleticism.

On the other end of the spectrum, not every wrestler with a martial arts background actually uses it once they step into the ring. In fact, you may be surprised at the number of WWE Superstars who had major martial arts experience prior to their in-ring debut.

So let’s dig through the roster and see whose hands should be registered as lethal weapons.
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10 Biggest Oversellers In Wrestling

The art of selling is something that’s lost on the industry today, at least according to legendary announcer Jim Ross. On his podcast, Ross has been highly outspoken about the idea of modern wrestlers slowing things down a little more. It’s hard to argue that things have quickened, WWE matches move at a startling pace nowadays. More often than not, this comes at the expense of selling.

To ‘sell’ in wrestling means to convey the idea of pain or distress to the watching audience. Those who do it effectively – such as Ricky Steamboat via his facial expressions – have been able to make careers out of the art form. It makes sense that there have been good sellers and bad sellers in wrestling history, not everybody can be a master. However, there are those who have a craving for the dramatic, which is where the idea of ‘overselling’ comes into play.
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10 WWE Superstars Who Tried Their Hand At A Music Career

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There’s something about wearing tights and beating up on people in front of a roaring crowd that makes you feel invincible. After all, if you deliver a perfect and precise flying elbow drop from the top turnbuckle or fall twenty feet through a table and get right back up, then truly nothing is impossible!

Except making really good music, apparently. Because the skills learned in the ring apparently don’t magically translate to the recording studio. Who Knew?

As long as wrestlers keep trying to branch out from the industry that made them famous and expand their personal brand by any means necessary, then we’ll never have to worry about living in a world where wrestling superstars don’t make cringeworthy albums.

Although, as you’ll read below, not all of these attempts are terrible. In fact, you might even like a few of them, if
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10 Best Survivor Series Teams Of All Time

In today’s WWE Universe, the Survivor Series has turned into just another pay-per-view (or “WWE Network special presentation”, however you want to say it), but, back in the day, it was one of the premiere events on the WWE calendar.

An Original Four event, the Survivor Series featured an entire card stacked with teams of four wrestlers taking on another team in an elimination tag match. In its earliest incarnation, the “survivors” of the matches on the card would meet in the main event in an Ultimate Survivor Match to determine the king(s) of the Survivor Series.

However, with the Attitude Era came changes in the product and WWE felt that the late 1990s audiences didn’t have the attention span for Survivor Series matches, which sometimes ran as long as 40 minutes to tell a proper story. This made the event far less important and less
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WWE 2K16: 25 New Screenshots You Need To See

The roster for WWE 2K16 is complete. Well, WWE and 2K have us all believe that it is at least.

While there have been a whole host of new surprises, there are still a few glaring absentees from the now seemingly complete roster that simply must be in the new game. We can’t be having another episode like last year when someone as prestigious as Paige was made part of the season pass at an additional cost.

Do these absentees mean that these weekly reveals aren’t over? Only time will tell. You can see the confirmed roster in full here.

Nevertheless, here are the newest names in full: Bray Wyatt, Mikey Whipwreck, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E), Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady, Stunning Steve Austin, Superstar Steve Austin, Rusev, American Bad Ass Undertaker, Baron Corbin, Brian Pillman, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Konnor, Viktor,
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WWE 2K16 Final Roster Reveal – Who’s Made The Cut?

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What has been billed as the final batch of Superstars for WWE 2K16 has been confirmed this afternoon.

Here are the names in full: Bray Wyatt, Mikey Whipwreck, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E), Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady, Stunning Steve Austin, Superstar Steve Austin, Rusev, American Bad Ass Undertaker, Baron Corbin, Brian Pillman, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Konnor, Viktor, Mark Henry, Ministry Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Savio Vega, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Sting ’99, Sting Blonde and finally the two Terminator renders.

The new names show how in-depth the Stone Cold mode will be. It looks like we’re going to be travelling right through his days as a Hollywood Blonde with Brian Pillman and that feud with Ricky Steamboat, stopping off for a cup of coffee in Ecw to feud with Mikey Whipwreck (and maybe Sandman?), and then going through his main run in WWE, including the 2001 Royal Rumble.
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