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8 items from 2016


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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10 Things You Didn't Know About WCW In 1994

21 March 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Bursting through the curtain for his first ever WCW World Title bout, Hulk Hogan looked slimmed down, healthy, and eager to make a great first impression. At World Championship Wrestling’s Bash At The Beach event on July 17, 1994, Hogan was set to face ‘Nature BoyRic Flair in a match pro wrestling fans had waited years to see.

This was the dawning of a new era for WCW, and many backstage felt the company  – upon signing Hulk – had finally hit the big time. There was a sea of change on the roster, quickly evolving into a line-up which greatly resembled the WWF roster of the late-1980’s and early-1990’s.

Hogan brought pals like Jim Duggan, The Honky Tonk Man and Ed ‘Brutus Beefcake’ Leslie along for the ride. The latter even headlined Starrcade 1994 opposite Hulk himself, a decision WCW VP Eric Bischoff would later dub a mistake that he regrets. »

- Jamie Kennedy

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10 Wrestlers Who Were Secretly The Greatest Intercontinental Champions Ever

17 March 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Intercontinental Championship has been the cornerstone of the WWF/E midcard for nearly forty years. During that time, it’s been considered a stepping stone to the big time, and has been contested in the main event at five WWF pay-per-views, including WrestleMania and SummerSlam.

It’s also seen a marked downturn in fortunes recently, in no small part due to abysmally short-sighted booking strategies that have seen the company’s chosen stars booked preferentially over the entire roster, at the expense of building new stars and creating a future.

The title has been held by seventy-six men and one woman, Chyna, in 1999; it was held by Dean Douglas for less than fourteen minutes in 1995; it’s been vacated ten times, and unified with every singles title in the company except the WWF/E Championship.

Stars that have had memorable Ic title runs on their way to »

- Ben Cooke

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10 Most Ridiculous Bret “Hitman” Hart Moments

16 March 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Bret “Hitman” Hart began his career in his father’s Stampede Wrestling promotion, before achieving global superstardom in the World Wrestling Federation in the ’80’s and ’90’s. His no-nonsense attitude, and the legitimacy that came with being a Hart Brother from the infamous family Dungeon enabled Bret to bypass the cartoon gimmicks that were handed out to his WWF colleagues.

And so, while his peers on the WWF roster were saddled with ludicrous personas (such as the gifted Terry Taylor being made to cluck and strut as The Red Rooster), Bret was able to sidestep all of the cornball nonsense and continually be presented as a serious athlete.

Forget the multiple championship wins, being presented simply as a wrestler in Vince McMahon’s 80’s universe,was perhaps Bret’s greatest accomplishment.

That being said, even a guy as respected and decorated as ‘the Hitman’ would still occasionally find »

- Daniel Donnelly

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Ranking All 21 WWE WrestleMania Intercontinental Title Matches

13 March 2016 3:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It used to be that the Intercontinental Championship would be afforded a glamour position every WrestleMania. As the belt that was fought over by prospective future WWE Champions, the Ic title was worth a prominent spot when the big card rolled around.

Once WWE officially adopted the World Heavyweight Title to fortify the brand split, the Intercontinental Championship began to increasingly lose its value. Since WrestleMania 18 in 2002, the belt has only been defended at WrestleMania on four occasions, one of which was a pre-show bout.

Gone were the days of the Intercontinental strap being the ‘workhorse’ belt. Instead, the champion would often be inserted into multi-man ladder matches or battle royals that he wouldn’t win. Hell, the champions lose enough non-title matches on free TV, so what’s another run at playing cannon fodder on wrestling’s biggest stage?

The apparently-forthcoming match between Kevin Owens and Sami »

- Justin Henry

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania V

8 March 2016 1:55 PM, PST | 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:

Hercules vs. King Haku w/Bobby Heenan

The Twin Towers vs. The Rockers

Ted Dibiase w/Virgil vs. Brutus Beefcake (Double Count-Out)

The Rougeau Brothers w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers

Mr. Perfect vs. The Blue Blazer

WWF Tag Title Match: Demolition vs. The Powers of Pain

Dino Bravo vs. ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin

The Brain Busters w/Bobby Heenan vs. Strike Force

Andre the Giant w/Bobby Heenan vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Special Guest Referee: Big John Studd)

The Hart Foundation vs. The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine w/Jimmy Hart

Ic Title Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan

‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown (Double Dq)

The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan w/Brooklyn Brawler

WWF Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania IV

7 March 2016 12:59 PM, PST | 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

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 »

- Jackson Ball

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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania III

6 March 2016 4:17 PM, PST | 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:

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. »

- Jackson Ball

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