9 items from 2014
When discussing any topic, the negatives usually get more attention than the positives. It’s just part of human nature to critique what we don’t like more than what we appreciate, in the hopes of making whatever is wrong better. With regards to the WWE, the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, there are many who think that it has its flaws.
While no company can ever truly create anything that’s 100% perfect (sorry Curt Hennig), some of the more casual fans look at the WWE as the standard for professional wrestling. However, like any company, WWE has good years and bad years, and 2014 has, so far, been a very bad year.
Due to a combination of bad business decisions and poorly-timed injuries, WWE has been going through a hard time in 2014. Things were bad from the beginning; from the terrible fan reaction to Batista winning the Royal Rumble match, »
- Alexander Podgorski
Twenty years ago, the pro wrestling landscape was in a completely different place. Take a look at July 1994 and where mainstream pro wrestling was. WWE was in a transitional period; moving away from Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage to pushing new stars like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was acquiring mainstream talent, like Hogan and Savage, that shifted momentum in the world of pro wrestling into their direction. Meanwhile, a little promotion in Philadelphia, Eastern Championship Wrestling, was on the verge of taking things to “The Extreme.”
Here we are in 2014; taking a look back into the annals of pro wrestling history with just one major company in play. While Tna & Ring of Honor are doing what they can to make a splash, WWE is still the mark of excellence in professional wrestling; overcoming the onslaught of competitors along the way.
WWE is the place to be. »
- Jay Alletto
When Bret Hart signed a deal with WCW in late 1997, he inadvertently changed the face of professional wrestling forever. His employer at the WWF, Vince McMahon, went on to screw Bret out of his last match with the company, and subsequently gave rise to the Mr. McMahon character.
One of the most unfortunate things to come out of the whole ordeal (aside from desecrating on one guy’s career and putting a black mark on it forever) was the fact that Bret Hart was no longer able to feud with the burgeoning talent pool that the WWE was beginning to amount. Sure, Hart went to WCW, which was filled with guys of similar build and style like Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Curt Hennig, and Dean Malenko, but he was thrown straight into the nWo and never really worked with any of those guys a great deal.
Plenty of »
- Mark Riley
Back in the day, Summerslam was considered the second-most important pay-per-view event of the year, right behind Wrestlemania. Summerslam has provided wrestling fans with many great memories and great matches from legendary performers who showcased their talents on the big stage of the World Wrestling Federation (and later, World Wrestling Entertainment).
But what about those matches and moments that we’ve shoved away from our minds? How about the matches that were so incredibly terrible or awful that we would rather pretend they never happened?
Those are my favorite kinds of lists.
You see, anyone can make a list of great matches or moments because they are so easy to remember. We all know that Bret Hart and Curt Hennig put on a classic for the ages in 1991 or that the Rock and Triple H had a career-defining ladder match in 1998.
However, it’s tougher (and, admittedly, more »
- Mike Shannon
South Korea’s Mirovision has sold Kim Myung-gyun’s Mr Perfect to a slew of Asian territories including Twin for Japan.
The coming-of-age comedy drama has also gone to Vietnam (Lotte Vietnam), Taiwan (Cola Films) and Malaysia (Hwayea Multimedia). The film, about a golfer and his relationship with his manager, stars two rising actors from Korean TV dramas, Yoon Si-yoon and Yeo Jin-goo.
Mirovision is also launching sales on Roy Lee’s Melo, a ‘hardcore melodrama’ about a woman who becomes unhinged when her lover’s ex-girlfriend shatters her happiness. The film stars Kim Hae-na and Victor Lee. »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
A lot of people have been talking about Benjamin Morris’ 538 piece, “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?”
Like Morris, I am neither an actuarial scientist nor a demographer. So, our interpretations of the data should be taken with a grain of salt. My results were somewhat different from Morris’ due to a difference data set and changes in how we calculated actuarial predictions.
Differences in methodology from Morris
I also used Social Security Actuarial Life Tables, but my “expected mortality rates” for the age groups were not the same as Morris’. For each wrestler, I calculated what their age would have been as of today. Then, based on gender, I looked up the number of lives (out of 100,000) that were expected to still be alive and converted that to a percentage. His analysis looked at wrestlers who were on 20+ WWF PPVs through 2002. I went with a »
- Chris Harrington
When third-generation wrestler Windham Rotunda (son of Mike Rotunda, grandson of Blackjack Mulligan, and nephew to Barry and Kendall Windham) debuted in June 2010 as Husky Harris on Nxt, it was almost as if he was doomed to failure. Similar to Joe Hennig (song of Curt Hennig, grandson of Larry “The Ax” Hennig) being repackaged as Michael McGillicutty, denying the historic lineage of these competitors seemed ridiculous, as it denied them an obvious route to initially creating a connection with the WWE Universe. As “Husky Harris,” Rotunda’s run in WWE lasted just under six months, the brawler largely gaining a following among internet fans who found him to be surprisingly athletic for a man well weighing well over 300 pounds.
- Marcus K. Dowling
As I write this we are only a couple of weeks away from the thirtieth WrestleMania event, which is being held on April 7th 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The excitement for wrestling fans, and more-so, WWE fans, often reaches it’s height in the weeks leading to the so-called “showcase of the immortals” and what was once, prior to Vince McMahon feeling like it made the event sound “old”, “the grand-daddy of ‘em all”.
I started watching wrestling in 1992 and the first show I ever watched was WrestleMania 8, held at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The show featured two spectacular matches, being Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper and Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair. Randy Savage would remain my favourite wrestler of all time from this event on. Looking back on this event in 2014, and these matches still hold up today. Great selling, wonderful story telling, and top notch wrestling from these four men. »
- Chris Cummings
Yes, yes, January is a fresh start, but it also means going back to school or work, long nights with no more promises of presents, and things getting even colder than they already have been. Unsurprisingly, it's about now that we fancy finding someone to cuddle up with.
And what better place to do that than the set of Take Me Out, which returns on Saturday? As Paddy told us, the show's already produced two weddings, two babies and an engagement. So we braved the overpowering scent of hairspray, took a sneaky look at the back of the love lift, cowered at the thought of walking down the stupidly steep steps in heels and marvelled at the canopy erected to protect the girls' hair and makeup on the short trip from the dressing rooms to the studio and decided that actually we'd quite like a go too please.
But what »
9 items from 2014
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