8 items from 2014
The Survivor Series is a pay-per-view concept created in 1987 as Vince McMahon attempted to take advantage of the overwhelming popularity of his promotion while simultaneously cutting into the success of the National Wrestling Alliance and Jim Crockett Promotions’ Starrcade event. The event, carrying the tagline “teams of five strive to survive,” would feature four 10-Man Tag Team Elimination matches pitting the top Superstars in the world against one another. Some of the top feuds of the time, most notably Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, would write their latest chapters at the event while a recently-turned-babyface Randy Savage attempted to avenge a guitar shot to the head by leading his team against the Honky Tonk Man and his gallery of rogues. The show was an overwhelming success but fans could not help but be disappointed by some of the eliminations they witnessed. In fact, over the course of its 27 years, »
- Erik Beaston
When the biggest superstar of his era finally hung up his boots a decade ago, no one would have predicted that “talk show host” would become a job he would hold down. However, the proliferation of iPods and podcasts opened that door, and 49-year-old “Stone Cold” Steve Austin busted right through it, launching a new career hosting two regular podcasts (one family-friendly, one with a bit more “attitude”). Austin has found something he handles with ease, and something that entertains both wrestling fans and non-fans.
Austin is not the only former WWE superstar who has found success hosting a podcast. Semi-retired wrestler and rockstar Chris Jericho, former announcer “God Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross and Jim Cornette are among those who take to the internet waves. Even the Honky Tonk Man has a podcast.
So, if Stone Cold can do it, who else would excel at taking a spin behind the mic? »
- Scott Carlson
Not as much lately, but for years, WWE would go through announcers like a hot knife through butter. With how much they value a “TV look,” they’ve tried out a lot of announcers that, for whatever reason, didn’t work out in the long term. A number of low-level announcers came and went, lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months. One example I didn’t include in this list, since he made it on to a pay-per-view event (SummerSlam ’93), was prolific infomercial host Joe Fowler. Maybe it was longer, but it felt like he was gone within weeks, back to selling me wonderful doodads I can’t get in stores.
They also experimented with a number of existing wrestlers and managers as color commentators, interviewers, hosts of the “Event Center” segments, and so on. Just think of some of the higher profile experiments over the »
- David Bixenspan
In today’s WWE, women and men are strictly prohibited from wrestling one another. The current “PG” television rating does not allow for that sort of interaction and, quite frankly, neither does the society in which we live. The days of men giving women their comeuppance in a physical manner, such as those dished out by Tommy Dreamer to Dawn Marie or Justin Credible to Francine during the height of Paul Heyman’s Ecw, are a thing of the past. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will not be delivering a crowd-pleasing Stone Cold Stunner to Stephanie McMahon anytime soon nor will Honky Tonk Man be deliberately shoving Miss Elizabeth to the ground. And that is not a bad thing.
Violence against women is an understandably touchy topic, one that WWE does not feel comfortable presenting to its family-friendly audience. It is not okay, understandable or justifiable for a man »
- Erik Beaston
It’s typical that coming off one of the greatest WrestleMania finales in history, the wrestling world would have to deal with a sharp comedown — and a jolting dose of heartbreak. Jim Hellwig, the man known to wrestling fans the world over as the Ultimate Warrior (and who legally changed his name to Warrior at one point) passed away last night while traveling in Arizona. He was 54 years old.
Though the Ultimate Warrior didn’t have a very long run at the top in professional wrestling, his performances left an indelible mark on fans. As explained by Bobby “The Brain »
- Kyle Anderson
The WWE have had a few controversial Superstars over the year, one of the most recent of these would be Cm Punk and his walking out. Looking back through the years though one of the ones that has always been in the shadows to haunt Vince McMahon has been the Ultimate Warrior. A man who at times appears to live his character, and seem insane what is the truth about the man behind the face paint? We get a surprising answer of sorts in WWE Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection.
The answer for the most part is Warrior comes across as a surprisingly level headed man, and looking back at his career he is proud of the persona that he has created. In WWE Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection, Warrior looks back at some of the biggest matches of his career and some of the truth behind what happened. Starting »
- Paul Metcalf
The New Age Outlaws are currently enjoying a career revival on WWE TV, having won the WWE Tag Team Titles for a sixth time recently by beating Cody Rhodes and Goldust. This is their first title win in 14 years, marking the longest time between title reigns in WWE history. The best thing about it is, they can still go, and recent matches have proven that Billy Gunn and Road Dogg are just as entertaining as ever.
Often hailed as the “greatest tag team of all time,” the Outlaws were a staple of the Attitude Era and at one time could boast merchandise sales almost on a par with the Rock and Steve Austin. In honor of their successful return, we will be looking back at eight of the Outlaws most memorable moments, both in and out of the WWE.
8. The Birth Of The Outlaws
In early 1997, things were very different for the New Age Outlaws. »
- Patrick Farren
It’s the easiest paradigm in the world of Sports Entertainment that the business is cyclical. Kids who liked it when they were still true believers come back to it as adults and watch it with their kids — or they get involved in the business — and angles that used to put asses in seats, are recycled every couple of years or so. But this is a list of six old school concepts they could interject into Any part of their midcard and get viewers back into paying attention to their product again.
Let’s get it on…
5. The Man Makes The Title
Triple H – the executive in charge of Talent has famously said ‘The man makes the title, not the other way around.’ And, honestly, that’s true. Think back on heels you hated, I mean viciously hated with all your vitriol. Chances are, if you’re in your thirties now, »
- Dan Houser
8 items from 2014
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