9 items from 2014
There was a story that we reported two months ago that WWE was changing the 2015 Royal Rumble to 40 entrants in the match. That was news we got from a show in Philadelphia, which is where the 2015 Rumble is set to take place on January 25. Now there’s a new report from F4WOnline.com saying that we should hold off on that 40 person Rumble idea because WWE is sticking with the traditional 30 entrants for the annual January event.
The original reports of 40 entrants were accurate, but in typical WWE fashion they changed their minds. Apparently WWE wanted to use some Ecw Originals to help the match get to 40 people, but now they’ve changed their mind. They could still find spots for guys like Rob Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer (if he’s not in Tna), but it’s unlikely that there will be much of an Ecw flavor to it. »
- John Canton
Neither a technical whiz, nor a charismatic, catch phrase spewing movie-star-in-the-making, Tommy’s reputation was founded on his willingness to make seemingly any sacrifice for the business he loves – as well as his fanatical determination to ‘make it’ in that business by any means necessary…
Just as punk rock bands act as a great leveller (or should, in any instance), eroding the division between the performer and the fan, Tommy Dreamer perfectly epitomises the kind of ‘everyman hero’ that wrestling fans love to empathize with and live vicariously through.
However, even that is something of an illusion. Tommy Laughlin decided he wanted to be a wrestler at the tender age of 9 years old and pursued that »
- Chris Quicksilver
Professional wrestling is a crazy, crazy life. The average pro wrestler spends countless hours crisscrossing the highways and skyways of America, travelling endlessly from one place to another, with seemingly no end in sight. Its no surprise, then, that pretty much any wrestler can collect a lifetime’s worth of (often bizarre) stories after just a few short years on the road…
Away from the glory of the ring, a wrestler’s life can easily become a blurred cornucopia of bars, gyms and shoebox-sized hotel rooms, repeated ad nauseum. As a result of this crushing boredom (and to avoid, to quote Tommy Dreamer “crying looking at the pictures in your wallet”), wrestlers mostly amuse themselves by partying, playing pranks on each other and telling (usually highly embellished) ‘road stories’ about other wrestlers.
These stories are generally very well travelled – and, indeed, some may never have actually happened – but they are certainly entertaining. »
- Chris Quicksilver
With Tna Wrestling’s biggest pay-per-view of the year less than two weeks away, the company has officially released the entire card for this year’s Bound for Glory. This year’s 10th annual edition of the PPV event will take place at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan on October 12th. The show will be jointly produced along with Keiji Mutoh’s Wrestle-1 promotion.
Many fans had wondered when Tna would announce the match-ups for Bound for Glory as the event grew closer. Now, the company has officially announced the entire card for the PPV. Interestingly, only one championship will be on the line, and it’s not the Tna World title. Also, the card will unsurprisingly feature a handful of Tna versus Wrestle-1 contests.
- Douglas Scarpa
Much has been speculated and stated about Tna Wrestling and its future in the past few months. The company has seen a string of unfortunate press following the announcement that Spike TV was uninterested in agreeing to a new deal with Tna. Since the initial news, however, a temporary agreement was reached that will see Tna’s flagship program, Impact, remain on the network through the end of the year.
This past weekend, Tna held its final series of Impact tapings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In just three weeks, the promotion will head overseas to Tokyo, Japan for their annual Bound for Glory pay-per-view event. With Impact taped for the rest of the year and Tna’s last PPV of 2014 quickly approaching, many of the company’s superstars took to Twitter to share their love and support for their colleagues.
- Douglas Scarpa
“Hardcore isn’t about blood, barbed wire and tables. It was always and will always be about a competitor giving everything they have physically, mentally and emotionally in their match”.
According to the 19th Century French poet Charles Baudelaire, everything is worthy of art. Logically, this includes the scripted sport of professional wrestling, as well as its deranged (and quite possibly inbred) cousin, hardcore wrestling.
For some bizarre reason, it is still fashionable within wrestling circles to criticize hardcore wrestling. To these doubters, hardcore was wrestling without science, wrestling without substance and, worst of all, it was wrestling without skill.
Today, no matter how many hardcore wrestlers become World Champions, no matter how many hardcore wrestlers get inducted into halls of fame and no matter how many hardcore wrestlers remain big money draws long after any passing fad would have ended, the naysayers are still saying nay. »
- Chris Quicksilver
When a wrestler gets injured in WWE, the old saying “the show must go on” comes into play. Many times a wrestler will be expected to get on with the job, suck up the pain and put forth the best match possible. Such is the talent of some wrestlers, they still actually manage to put on a first rate match-up even when injured. There’s been many examples of this over the years, top stars who were injured but unwilling to take time off. They end up working through the pain and pulling off unlikely classics.
We’ve witnessed men going into matches barely able to walk, yet still somehow producing the goods. Then you have the guys who get injured mid-match, they refuse to give up and somehow steal the show. Here we take a look at 10 wrestlers who had great matches when injured.
But firstly, an honourable mention, »
- Grahame Herbert
Jones wasn’t included in the photos segment but a note at the conclusion said she had been included in on the Oscars.com site, where it was 37th of 111 photos.
On the in memoriam photo gallery on the Oscar’s official website, Jones appears on slide No. 37 of the 111 honored.
Jones, 27, was killed in a train accident while filming in Georgia. About 800 people attended a memorial Sunday in Altanta, where her spirit and kindness were heralded.
Friends and associated of Jones had been campaigning for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to include her in the “In Memoriam’ televised segment, which began Sunday with James Gandolfini.
- Dave McNary
Shirley Temple dead at 85: Was one of the biggest domestic box office draws of the ’30s (photo: Shirley Temple in the late ’40s) Shirley Temple, one of the biggest box office draws of the 1930s in the United States, died Monday night, February 10, 2014, at her home in Woodside, near San Francisco. The cause of death wasn’t made public. Shirley Temple (born in Santa Monica on April 23, 1928) was 85. Shirley Temple became a star in 1934, following the release of Paramount’s Alexander Hall-directed comedy-tearjerker Little Miss Marker, in which Temple had the title role as a little girl who, left in the care of bookies, almost loses her childlike ways before coming around to regenerate Adolphe Menjou and his gang. That same year, Temple became a Fox contract player, and is credited with saving the studio — 20th Century Fox from 1935 on — from bankruptcy. Whether or not that’s true is a different story, »
- Andre Soares
9 items from 2014
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