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Monday April 7th will be the most important day of Daniel Bryan’s storied 15 year wrestling career. That will be the day that the dust settles from WrestleMania XXX, where Bryan will be taking on Triple H. No titles are at stake. It won’t be the main event of the show, but it will be the single most significant match of his 15 year career.
For the past year or more, Bryan has been the archetypal people’s champion. Everyone loves an underdog, and Bryan has been the ultimate, faced with seemingly insurmountable odds every step of the way. Every time he looks like he can climb to the top of the ladder, along comes another snake to slide him back down again. Just when we thought he’d finally become the WWE Champion at SummerSlam, Triple H and Randy Orton colluded to snatch the belt away from him after »
- Dean Ayass
World Championship Wrestling became the number one wrestling company in North America in the late 1990s. The rise of WCW was brought on by the cruiserweights, realistic storylines and, of course, the New World Order. WCW rose faster than anyone could have ever predicted but it also fell quicker and harder than anyone could have imagined.
Once the World Wrestling Federation purchased WCW in 2001, fans were almost begging for the WWF to put on dream matches that they had envisioned for years. Imagine: Hulk Hogan vs. Steve Austin, The Rock vs. Ric Flair, The Outsiders vs. The New Age Outlaws, the nWo vs. Degeneration X…the possibilities were endless.
Instead, we got an Invasion angle that lacked any drama and showcased none of wrestlers that WCW was most known for. Instead of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Sting we got Lance Storm, Booker T, and Mike Awesome. Eventually, there were »
- Mike Shannon
Copyright: WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Blu-ray
On November 17th, 2002, at Madison Square Garden, the WWE introduced one of the most sadistic and destructive structures seen in Sports Entertainment. Consisting of 2 miles of steel chain, the Elimination Chamber was like no other match concept that anyone had seen before.
Combining elements of Hell in a Cell, The Royal Rumble and War Games, the Elimination Chamber soon established itself as the most destructive match on the WWE calendar. The match has settled issues such as World Championships, Number One Contenderships, and even set up the first ever Money in the Bank cash in over the course of it’s existence.
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- James Tee
The level of job security in professional wrestling is not very high. It’s not often that a wrestler stays in the same company for even 10 years. Due to the grueling schedule, the injuries and the stress there are very few people who can stick with it. On top of that, Vince McMahon is always looking for something new, and he also easily loses interest in his talent. For a lucky few, they can remained employed with WWE for the majority of their career, but it takes a special breed.
So which wrestlers and announcers has Vince kept around the longest? It’s time to find out. For this article, we’ll only be looking at people who are still with the company in an active role, and not signed to Legends deals, so no Shawn Michaels or Booker T here. Other talent who took years off (like Jbl or »
- Andrew Soucek
To borrow a phrase from WWE Superstar Booker T, “Tell me I didn’t just see that!”
The Royal Rumble match has thrown up several incidents where that phrase could be used. It’s one of the most dramatic nights of the WWE year, a match where anything seems possible as dreams are made and hopes shattered. The one hour 30 man classic has led to several exciting interchanges of action. The key spots throughout the hour tend to be built around surprising eliminations.
The shock exit is a way for talent to relight the spark of engagement that can inevitably wane in viewers over the hour period. We have seen some epic eliminations over the years, moments that we genuinely didn’t see happening. There have been genuine favorites dumped over the top rope early, scrawny underdogs eliminating giants and legends overturned by rookies. We have even had a WWE diva dumping out a giant. »
- Grahame Herbert
Tonight the WWE will host ‘Old School Raw’ live in Baltimore, Maryland pulling out all the stops for the nostalgia filled 3 hour spectacular in the build up to the Royal Rumble. Last year’s Old School Raw featured the Undertaker returning for Wrestlemania season, a confrontation between The Rock and John Cena, Triple H challenging Brock Lesnar to a match at Wrestlemania and a bevy of surprises from the past to get fans talking. We love it when WWE embraces the past and we are all suckers for the magic of nostalgia, especially in professional wrestling.
Let’s face it, how awesome was last year’s show? From the classic red, white and blue ring ropes to the big red Raw letters on the stage plus all the visual cues and vintage logos the WWE really went out of their way to make the show special.
Last year’s Old »
- Rod McCance
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