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5 Best WWE Draft 2016 Moments

21 July 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

Yesterday I counted down my five worst WWE Draft moments. But it wasn’t all gloom, doom and Cesaro to Raw.

Although there were no surprise returns, the focus was still very much on the authority figures and there’s still nobody on the main roster called Shinsuke Nakamura – there were high spots.

Five, by my count…

5. The Man Raw Remembered

Way down in the 6th round, as Raw’s 16th draft pick, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley chose The Man That Gravity Forgot Until His Ankle Injury A Few Months Ago – Neville.

Why is this so important? Neville has found himself stuck in the lower mid-card since being called up from Nxt. Despite being a phenomenal high-flyer, WWE couldn’t work out the best way to use him.

Well now…they have a cruiserweight division. »

- Oli Davis

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Two Big WWE Returns! Shield Triple Threat Announced! | WWE Raw 06/20/16 Review …in about 4 minutes

21 June 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

The 06/20/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – including two big WWE stars returning to TV (and John Laurinaitis), Shieldbowl announced with a triple threat between WWE Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, a bad call by Michael Cole, and much more…

Lunatic Champion Promo

The show opened on Dean Ambrose nearly forgetting his WWE Title in a cab on the way to the arena – what are you like, Dean? – to then cut a promo on winning the championship the previous night.

The usual interruptions took place – first Roman Reigns, then Seth Rollins, then a McMahon to make a match between them later that night. The main event’ll be Reigns vs Rollins to be the No.1 contender.

Roman was heckled by “You can’t wrestle chants” yet again. »

- Oli Davis

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Aj Styles Turns Heel! John Cena Returns! | WWE Raw 05/30/16 Review …in about 4 minutes

2 June 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

The 05/23/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – including Aj Styles reuniting with The Club and turning heel, John Cena’s return, Stephanie and Shane McMahon announcing the WWE brand split, and much more…

America!

The show opened with a lengthy video package on Memorial Day. Being an Englishman, however, all I heard was the opening riff to Team America: World Police’s ‘America, F*** Yeah!’

On a more serious note, why was The Miz used as one of the talking heads? In the show, he’s a heel. Couldn’t they have just gotten another babyface? Inconsistencies like that are really annoying.

The Steph And Shane Connection

But not as annoying as the McMahon siblings. Shane and Stephanie introduced the show proper by announcing that Smackdown’s going »

- Oli Davis

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Is Aj Styles Being Buried? Seth Rollins Speaks! | WWE Raw 05/23/16 Review …in about 4 minutes

24 May 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

The 05/23/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – including Aj Styles’ continued losing streak, the triumphant return of Seth Rollins, the Flairs break up, 1,200th episode birthday celebrations and much more…

Seth Rollins Returns

The show opened with Seth ‘Crossfit Jesus’ Rollins, delivering his first babyface promo after his shock return at Extreme Rules…until he quickly went back to being a heel. The gear change came with the awesome line: “My knee, it buckled…it buckled under the weight of carrying this company on my back for so freaking long!”

Oh, did you miss any of the last 10 minutes of Rollins recapping the story so far? Don’t worry, because Shane McMahon’s here to recap everything again, which ends with him making Rollins vs Roman Reigns at »

- Oli Davis

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Bullet Club Debuts! Best Raw of 2016 So Far! – WWE Raw 04/11/16 …in about 4 minutes

13 April 2016 12:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The following is a guest post from WrestleTalk. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for new videos every day.

The 04/11/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – featuring the long-awaited debut of Luke Gallows (formerly ‘Doc Gallows’ in New Japan Pro Wrestling) and Karl Anderson, aka. The Bullet Club; two fantastic matches with Sami Zayn vs Aj Styles, and Kevin Owens vs Cesaro; Shane McMahon is in control of Raw again; everyone still hates Roman Reigns; is Bray Wyatt a babyface yet and much, much more…

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Shane’S Still Here

Shane was always meant to be the General Manager again this week, only the reason had to change. Originally the WWE were going to say it’s because last week’s ratings were so good. But they weren’t, so they went for ‘overwhelming social media support’ instead. Which means it only took »

- Oli Davis

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WWE And Tna: 7 Worst Moments Of The Week (April 3)

3 April 2016 3:32 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

WWE.com

Here we go, it’s WrestleMania time! It’s that special show we’ve been waiting all year for, and the show that WWE seems to have started booking about two weeks ago. We’ve got 11 matches at the event, with not one of them likely to top half the matches we saw at Nxt: Takeover. Such is life, though. Still, it’s Mania, so we’ll be talking about what happened for years.

Well, the most ridiculous line of the week belongs to the 47-year-old Michael Cole calling the 46-year-old Shane McMahon “A young man.” This means everyone on the roster not named the Undertaker are also strapping, young men.

Since this is WWE’s weekend, and with nothing overly offensive happening in Tna this week, we’ll exclusively focus on the “E” for this edition. Also, to be positive for just one, brief moment, if you haven’t yet, »

- Andrew Soucek

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xxviii

1 April 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

The Card:

WWE Tag Team Title Match: Primo & Epico (C) w/ Rosa Mendes vs. The Usos vs Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel

World Heavyweight Title Match:  Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (C) w/ Aj Lee

Kane vs. Randy Orton

Ic Title Match: Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes (C)

Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres

Triple H vs. The Undertaker w/ Shawn Michaels as special guest referee (Hell In A Cell Match)

“Team Johnny” – David Otunga, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz & Drew McIntyre vs. “Team Teddy” – Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, & Booker T (Twelve man tag match to determine the general manager of both of the Raw and Smackdown brands)

WWE Title Match: Cm Punk (C) vs. Chris Jericho

The Rock vs. »

- Shaun Eddleston

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xxvii

31 March 2016 10:00 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:

World Heavyweight Title Match: Edge w/Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Riccardo Rodriguez & Brodus Clay.

Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio

Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella & Kofi Kingston vs. The Corre

Randy Orton vs. Cm Punk

Michael Cole w/Jack Swagger vs. Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler (Win by Dq)

Triple H vs. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred Match)

John Morrison, Trish Stratus & NicoleSnooki’ Polizzi vs. Michelle McCool, Layla & Dolph Ziggler

Michelle McCool, Layla, Maryse, Alicia Fox & Vicky Guerrero vs. Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, Gail Kim & Beth Phoenix (10-Diva Tag Match)

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. The Miz

Lows:

For anyone who’s has ever had the pleasure (or perhaps, displeasure) of watching WrestleMania Xxvii, you will know that there are quite a significant number »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 25

30 March 2016 6:46 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:

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

Lows:

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? »

- Jackson Ball

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WWE 2K17: Predicting All 120 Superstars Who Will Be Included

21 March 2016 7:10 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

2k

It’s hard to pinpoint what the standout feature of WWE 2K16 is, but there’s a good chance that it’s the game’s bumper roster.

My word how spectacular it is.

When news broke about 2K16 housing the biggest roster ever in the months before the game’s release, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. I’m sure you’ll agree that we got far more than we ever could have hoped for.

Although, there was one major issue with the roster and that was the exclusion of the Four Horsewomen. WWE’s gaming universe was left with a bitter taste in their mouths after Samoa Joe – a man who debuted in Nxt last May – somehow made his way into a Dlc, even though Sasha, Becky, Bayley and Charlotte had made their mark on the company a long time before.

Nevertheless, the biggest roster ever »

- Ross Tweddell

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10 Wrestling Facts We Didn’t Know Last Week (March 18)

18 March 2016 5:22 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

WWE.com

As the crowd either screams in delight or roars in disapproval, it’s not uncommon for Michael Cole to inform WWE viewers that John Cena divides the audience like nobody before him. 

‘Emotion’ is a word the announcers are seemingly instructed to use when talking about the split reaction to Cena, and it’s something the company have become a little more comfortable with as years have rolled on.

From the outset of his main event career, Cena has been painted as a holier-than-thou babyface. Naturally, this became more prevalent once WWE itself shifted to a ‘PG’ rating certificate, but even before that the man could always be counted on to stand up for the weak and do the right thing.

His rap-influenced persona of before has largely been phased out, replaced by an ambassador of sorts for the WWE organisation as a whole. Fans know exactly what »

- Jamie Kennedy

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WWE And Tna: 7 Worst Moments Of The Week (March 13)

13 March 2016 3:35 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

WWE.com

As we move closer to WrestleMania, the stakes are getting higher with each passing day. Rivalries are building to a crescendo, leaving fans excited, and hopefully ready to subscribe to the network, becoming lifelong supporters. With only a few short weeks away from the biggest event of the year, this was the perfect episode of Raw for a wrestler to deliver the line “My butt would explode!” to really seal the deal.

Because Fastlane wasn’t enough, we were given a special pay-per-view to kill time before Mania in Roadblock. Besides an unnecessarily long Sami Zayn vs. Stardust match, the show was extra special because it had Hhh in the main event. Enjoy it while you can, because this will probably only happen another 50 or 60 times!

The worst line of the week belongs to Michael Cole who announced at Roadblock that Y2AJ “Was doing so well, they had t-shirts made! »

- Andrew Soucek

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Do WWE Know What They Are Doing?

1 March 2016 6:22 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Let’s dispel once and for all this fiction that WWE doesn’t know what it’s doing. It knows exactly what it’s doing. It’s making smart marks out of us all.

Fans and critics agree that the continued rise of Roman Reigns as the company’s top babyface seems to prove that WWE are out of touch with its fans. “Can’t they hear the boos?” we all ask, week after week, as Roman overcomes impossible odds, gains title shot after title shot, and dominates the roster.

In one of his latest “What Just Happened” videos, Adam Blampied had this to say about Fastlane:

“It’s confirmation in the fans’ minds that no matter what we want, no matter if we boo or cheer, we’re only being given one thing, and that’s what they’re telling us we want. …What [WWE does] is confirm everything »

- Derek Brennan

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5 Ups And 10 Downs From Last Night’s WWE Raw (Feb 29)

1 March 2016 12:04 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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After dropping a bombshell six weeks out from WrestleMania last week with a Raw that announced two major matches and stoked the flames of a third, it was going to be interesting to see if WWE could (as Michael Cole loves to say) build momentum Monday night.

Not only did Raw not “build momentum,” it demolished the upward swing, jumped in a crater, dug a few feet deeper, and then curled up to take a dirt nap for three hours. If you took Dean Ambrose out of Raw Monday night, you’d have the most unwatchable episode in nearly two years of reviewing the show.

(Fair warning, the writer is suffering from several ailments right now, so some of the gripes might be flu-induced. Still, this was an awful episode of Raw – sick or healthy.)

Raw promised to name a #1 contender for the Divas Championship, which it didn’t deliver. »

- Scott Carlson

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8 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Michael Cole

26 February 2016 2:12 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

WWE.com

Michael ‘Maggle’ Cole has been the lead announcer of Raw for eight years now, and hasn’t particularly endeared himself to fans in that time. His slick, snappy style has always drawn (unfavourable) comparisons to more emotive predecessor Jim Ross, and an ill-advised heel turn in 2010 opened the floodgates of criticism for good.

Despite this, he’s remained a vital member of WWE’s televised set-up for almost a decade – largely due to his status as a professional, willing company guy.

It might therefore be a surprise to discover that Cole hasn’t always maintained a squeaky clean image. Several controversies have peppered his career, from offensive posts on social media accounts (and even WWE.com itself), to an involvement in his fair share of outrage-sparking angles.

It’s likely that, when Cole eventually hangs up his headset, he’ll be remembered a lot more fondly than current »

- Jack G King

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22 Thoughts on WWE Fastlane

22 February 2016 12:36 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, WWE Sunday Night Raw Fastlane was…a show. Some good bits, some bad bits – but not enough either way to focus on for a whole ‘5 Reasons Why Fastlane was the Best PPV Ever!’ piece, or ‘8 Times We Wished No Way Out Would Come Back’. So, instead, here is a completely unstructured list of 22 Thoughts on WWE Fastlane…in both video and text form!

1. Kalisto retained his Us Title after defeating Alberto del Rio dos falls to uno in the pre-show. Del Rio intentionally lost the first fall via Dq by hitting Kalisto with a chair, so he could then capitalise on that for the second. I may be reading to much into this as a tribute, but it reminded me when Daniel Bryan used the same tactic in his 2012 Extreme Rules match against Sheamus.

Where’s a Kevin Owens pop-up powerbomb when you need one?

2. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly was in the crowd. »

- Oli Davis

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WWE Fastlane 2016: 10 Awesome Moments

21 February 2016 10:23 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When World Wrestling Entertainment revealed that the new name for their February pay-per-view would be Fastlane in 2015, a fair few fans were left scratching their heads. Gone was the lengthy association between that month and the Elimination Chamber bouts, and No Way Out was an even more distant memory. Instead, WWE focused on the literal, citing Fastlane as part of the ‘Road To WrestleMania’.

This year, the main event saw a Triple Threat encounter which promised to solidify who would face Triple H at the promotion’s biggest annual showcase. Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were the combatants, and it would end up being the latter who scored the match-winning pinfall. Before the event, many people could see this coming, as much as some hated to admit it.

Massive table bumps, a first one-on-one WWE pay-per-view match for a relative newcomer, and even references to former Ecw, »

- Jamie Kennedy

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WWE SmackDown 18/02/16 Recap and Review – Jericho accepts Styles challenge, Ambrose and Reigns vs. Dudleys and more plus Fastlane predictions

21 February 2016 3:46 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

WWE SmackDown rolled into Ontario, CA with only a few days to go until the Fastlane pay-per-view event. The prospect of Brock Lesnar hung over the entire show, which was headlined by the brothers in arms Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose taking on the newly heel Dudley Boyz. It’s the SmackDown Report…

1. Lucha Dragons and Dolph Ziggler vs. League of Nations

It’s becoming something of a trend for SmackDown to start with a match rather than the in-ring promos that always kick off Raw. This week was no different, with Kevin Owens hopping on the commentary table for this bout, running down Michael Cole for seemingly having chased popular newcomer Mauro Ranallo from the SmackDown announce team. The match itself was the kind of unremarkable fare that too often fills time on WWE TV, culminating in Owens interference. The Intercontinental Champion’s distraction allowed Sheamus to nail Ziggler »

- Tom Beasley

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17 Wtf Moments From WWE SmackDown (Feb 18)

19 February 2016 2:58 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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This week’s SmackDown saw WWE bring out the big guns. Reigns, Ambrose, Lesnar, Triple H and Paul Heyman all featured, as well as Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, Us Champion Kalisto, and Divas Champion Charlotte. New Day also made a backstage appearance, although they didn’t wrestle.

Things are clearly gaining speed as we race further along the road to WrestleMania, but rest assured, WWE haven’t quite stripped their product of Wtf Moments just yet. If anything, they were more numerous this week, with various moments (some intentional, many unintentional) giving viewers cause for confusion.

From the tension between Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose finally boiling over to Goldust dressing as tired hip-hop cliche, the Fastlane go-home show was a particularly bizarre one from start to finish.

 

17. Michael Cole!? Never Fear, Owens Is Here. WWE.com

We open SmackDown with the shocking news that new play-by-play man »

- Jack G King

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Mauro Ranallo Misses WWE Smackdown Tapings Due To Flu

17 February 2016 1:48 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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At Tuesday’s Smackdown! tapings, new play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo was absent from his post. Instead, Michael Cole filled in, reuniting the Raw announce team of Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Byron Saxton.

Many fans were nervous that this quick about-face signaled disaster for the WWE career of Ranallo, whose expert commentary has been seen as a breath of fresh air. It was especially disconcerting given that the usually Twitter-friendly broadcaster was silent in the face of fan questions regarding his status on Smackdown!

Thankfully, Ranallo’s position with WWE is safe. According to reports (and later, Ranallo himself via Twitter), the 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter TV Announcer of the Year was stricken with a case of the flu. He showed up to Tuesday’s Smackdown! tapings in Ontario, CA willing to work, but when management assessed his condition, they decided he would be better served by going back home to get some rest. »

- Scott Fried

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