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WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart is scheduled to make his WWE return on tonight’s Raw in Montreal. Hart posted the above image and caption on his official Instagram page (@brethitmanhart) over the weekend.
It is no secret that the WWE enjoys using Hart whenever they return to Montreal, the site of the famous real life Survivor Series 1997 double cross. This will be Hart’s second appearance for the WWE in Montreal since that fateful night in 1997. He last appeared at a WWE show in Montreal in September of 2012, which was also the night where Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack on the live broadcast. Hart last appeared on a televised Raw broadcast approximately seven months ago on December 9, 2013 when he presented John Cena with the “Match of the Year” Slammy Award for his main event contest with the Rock at WrestleMania 29.
Slam! Wrestling has »
- Ryan Droste
The Intercontinental Title is up for grabs following the bad news that Bad News Barrett will need shoulder injury after he was thrown into the barricade by Jack Swagger last week on Smackdown. Because of that, WWE announced on Raw that the Ic Title would be vacated. To determine the new winner, there will be a Battle Royal at Battleground probably because WWE thinks it sounds good.
There have been several Battle Royals in the past few months. At WrestleMania there was the Battle Royal for the Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy that was won by Cesaro. Then there was a Us Title Battle Royal that Sheamus won on Raw as a way to get the title off Dean Ambrose. A few weeks ago on Raw, Roman Reigns won a Battle Royal to gain entry in the Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE Title. It seems like »
- John Canton
If you’re reading this you’re a wrestling fan… which means you know my pain.
Scenario: You’re sitting there on your couch, casually flicking through the internet whilst you’ve got the latest episode of Monday Night Raw on in the background and Cesaro is wrestling Kofi Kingston. He double-legs Kofi down for the Big Swing. At this point, your brand new girlfriend of only a couple of weeks walks in and after saying “Hi.”, casts an eye over this man in tights spinning another man in tights around whilst Jerry Lawler has an orgasm.
She has No idea what this lark is. When she asks, what do you say. “It’s WWE… wrestling… no, not like the Olympics… it’s scripted, they’re acting… that’s just one of his moves, that big swing, he does it all the time… well, no, it wouldn’t hurt, »
- Liam Johnson
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Chael Sonnen is gone (maybe), but he’s definitely not forgotten.
Chael Sonnen is one of the most memorable characters in all of Mma, and he’s had more scandals and controversies than you can shake a stick at. A master on the mic, and with enough skill to rival the best pro wrestlers at the talking game, Chael also has the legit wrestling skills to back what he says up in the cage.
It’s his antics out of the cage, however, that we’re going to take a look at, in light of his recent drug test failure and retirement. Whether he’s saying outrageous things about Brazil, carrying around a fake Ufc belt, in hot water with the Nsac, or just naming a dish at his pizza place in “honour” of Jon Jones, Chael’s had enough controversies to fill several »
- Jay Anderson
It has been a rocky road for WWE since the spectacular WrestleMania 30 event in April, and while there have been plenty of things to get excited about as far as television content, such as Cesaro’s new push, Barrett’s I-c title reign, Bryan as champ and The Shield and The Wyatt’s dominating of the main event scene, there are still many problems with the WWE product, and backstage, especially when it comes to financial losses, WWE isn’t doing so well. Not to mention that the most popular guy in the company from a fan perspective, Daniel Bryan, may be out for a while with a severe injury.
There has been talk regarding WWE losing a lot of money since the launch of the WWE Network, and on top of that there are complaints that WWE have yet again hit a brick wall on their promise to present »
- Chris Cummings
There were reports recently that Ric Flair may be brought back into WWE on a more regular basis most likely as a manager. Some of the rumored names for him to manage included The Miz and also Dolph Ziggler.
In an in-depth article on Flair by Mike Mooneyham of the Post and Courier, Flair spoke about what he thinks Ziggler needs to get to that next level.
“I think he’s awesome. He’d be a great guy to manage. He looks like a million bucks. He just can’t find his gimmick. He needs to work on his entrance. I could help him with that.”
It’s merely a rumor at this point. There’s no indication that it’s going to happen although since Ziggler isn’t being used that much in WWE and Flair is coming back to the company, it’s certainly a possibility. For it to happen, »
- John Canton
Ahead of WWE’s return plans, Flair is this week attending an appointment with Dr Joseph Maroon, a full cardiovascular physical, which will ensure he is fit and able to come back. After what happened with Jerry Lawler and Ultimate Warrior, WWE is taking no chances with its older talent, everyone must meet the demands of a physical.
The belief is that Flair can only come in as a babyface at this revered stage of his career, but given his love of the heel role you just never know. Despite his desire to work with Ziggler, WWE have different ideas. Dolph hasn’t been used as a top star in over a year and that »
- Grahame Herbert
For over twenty years and for 52 weeks a year, WWE has presented “Monday Night Raw”, their flagship television product and the show that, much of the time, has defined WWE’s content. Beginning at one hour, moving to two and now clocking in each week at three hours long, Raw remains a popular focus for wrestling fans all over the world, to this day. This release is something very different, as we get to see some of the things that occurred in the Monday Night Raw ring once television audience had long since been cut-off. The Best of Raw: After the Show takes a look at matches and segments that were filmed by cameras after the events had concluded.
Hosted by the energetic and easy-on-the-eye Renee Young, this set is a fun one in many ways and offers something different than the usual “list” or “biography” release we tend to get from WWE home video. »
- Chris Cummings
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
Change is inevitable in all walks of life, none more so than the WWE. In the world of professional wrestling, the more things change, the better things get. This is not an unfounded statement; after all historically, change has always improved and bettered the wrestling business. You only have to revisit the ground-breaking changes pioneered by the WWE during the 1990s to understand just how vital the role of change has played in the WWEs longevity.
Though as the WWE embark on the road from WrestleMania 30 many fans suggest that change has been the one thing severely lacking in the current WWE product. They refer to the WWE as ‘predictable’, ‘boring’ and ‘repetitive’, citing WrestleMania 30 as symptomatic of product stagnation. It is perhaps worrying that such a large cross section of the WWE Universe are unhappy with investing their time and money into a company that, in their opinion, »
- Martin Rowe
The Shield has been running roughshod over WWE since the day they walked into the promotion 16 months ago. They have taken out Hall of Famers, terrorized world champions, and beaten all-star three-man teams of multiple combinations. Everyone knows when their music hits, the Hounds of Justice will be bringing the goods to the ring.
Recently, the Shield’s targets have transitioned away from fan favorites to the villains that they once sided with. A particular incident on Raw when Kane demanded they beat up Jerry Lawler crystalized the turn. The Shield instead attacked Kane and are now heading toward their second consecutive WrestleMania six-man tag match, this time with the crowd’s backing.
Even though it might seem strange, the timing of this turn – and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a full face turn – is right for several reasons and opens the door for new directions for the team. »
- Scott Carlson
“Looks like they’re going to put him over tonight.”
“Why aren’t they pushing this guy already?”
“She’s giving off some major heat for her actions in the ring.”
Have you ever heard wrestling fans say one or more of lines like these and later wondered what they meant? What does it really mean for someone to be put “over”? Is giving someone a “push” good or bad in wrestling? What the heck does making “heat” mean? Those are just three of the many different wrestling insider terms that experienced wrestling fans have been hearing and using in their vocabulary for ages.
For newcomers to professional wrestling, some of these words don’t make a lot of sense in the context they are used, but once the smoke and mirrors are noticed, eventually the terms are fully established and viewers will start to understand what a particular word means, »
- Tom Gibbs
“You’re either Nexus or you’re against us,” was the motto of the original Nexus group, led by Wade Barrett. In what may have been one of the most shocking debuts on WWE Raw, eight Nxt rookies made their way to the ring on June 7th, 2010, to sabotage the main event of the night, and destroy everything in its sight.
Wade Barrett was the first to make his way down the ramp and cause a distraction during the match between WWE Champion John Cena and Cm Punk. From there we saw the seven other Nxt rookies make their way to the ring through the crowd, and over the barricade. This Nexus group would first attack Luke Gallows on the outside of the ring, followed by Cm Punk. All eight members would surround the ring, and methodically plan their attack on WWE Champion John Cena, who didn’t stand a chance. »
- Enzo Marino
Every professional wrestler dreams of performing at a WrestleMania. If they say otherwise they’re likely lying to themselves and to you. It’s where dreams come true for the performers and the memories last forever for the fans. It’s also the place where there’s more pressure to perform than anywhere else in the world.
Along with the pressure comes hype. That hype is created by a number of sources from the wrestlers themselves to the WWE machine promoting the match and of course from us fans watching at home. We set the expectation level. We wonder if two wrestlers can match what we expect them to do. Sometimes they don’t and we wonder why. We find people to blame. Maybe it was the booking or simply a case of two performers having no chemistry.
It’s fair to say that those John Cena vs. »
- John Canton
We continue on the Road to WrestleMania XXX and are less than three weeks away. Recent developments in the storylines leading to the event have made it all the more appealing and opened up some intriguing questions as we approach the thirtieth “showcase of the immortals” in New Orleans. Tonight, we are live from San Antonio, Texas.
The quick results of the matches tonight:
The Real Americans defeated, Tag Champs, The Uso’s Sheamus pinned Titus O’Neal Daniel Bryan pinned Randy Orton after interference from Batista Goldust pinned Fandango The Funkadactyls beat Aj Lee & Tamina Snuka Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry & Big E defeated Ryback, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow & Alberto Del Rio in tag team action Bray Wyatt beat Kofi Kingston
This was a decent episode of Raw that did plenty to develop the angles as we approach WrestleMania. It is important at this point that each television »
- Chris Cummings
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Stables have long been a part of professional wrestling. Usually consisting of a group of heels banded together to battle the babyfaces, a stable presents seemingly insurmountable odds for the hero to overcome.
They’re also a very useful tool to elevate up and coming wrestlers; by placing them in a faction with established stars, the newcomers are given a significant rub by being elevated in the eyes of the fans.
Jimmy Hart’s First Family is commonly credited as being one of the first stables, uniting to battle Jerry Lawler in Memphis during the 1970s. And of course The First Family helped serve as a launching pad for many men who would go on to become major stars, such as “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Randy Savage, Eddie Gilbert and King Kong Bundy.
Let’s take a look at the stables who have garnered »
- Brad Hamilton
WWE have been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism in the past few weeks even though it is louder than normal, some fans have been giving the company stick ever since it changed its rating from TV-14 to a PG rating back in 2008. While there are reasons for genuine complaints at WWE for “watering down” its product to change its target audience, the PG rated product has still produced plenty of good moments.
The recent Raw in Chicago provided WWE’s greatest pay-per-view event in months and it was just an episode of Raw. Thanks to the company fearing the “Hijack Raw” movement stemming from a combination of the missing hometown hero Cm Punk and general displeasure with the current product, WWE put on a fantastic show with very little not to enjoy. This was followed with the unique and amazing visual on this week’s Raw »
- Philip Frazer
Given the PG aspirations of WWE in recent years, however, the action won’t nearly be as “extreme” as when the term was coined in the more violent, hard-hitting 1990s.
WWE considers gratuitous chairshots and bloodletting too extreme for TV nowadays, but such excesses were a necessary evil when they first rose to notoriety, insists a man who personified the era.
“Extreme rules, hardcore wrestling — whatever they want to call it — was born out of a necessity to survive,” said the hardcore legend Terry Funk, who revolutionized the business. “In Ecw, hardcore wrestling wasn’t done just for the fun of it. It was done for a purpose, for a reason. And for me, it was done to exist and produce a revenue for my family. »
- Marshall Ward
The legendary WWE announcer recently told an embarrassing Vince McMahon story on the Anthony and Opie Show, referencing that the chairman once went on TV after “sharting” his trousers. The incident was over a decade ago, Vince was in the gorilla position with Gerald Brisco, and as a rib he bent down to fart in Brisco’s face. Unfortunately Vince followed through and even more unfortunately he was immediately due out in the ring for a Mr. McMahon segment. He had no choice but to go to the ring with a brown stain in his khaki trousers, which none of the production team dared to show.
This week on Raw we witnessed what was probably a Vince inspired response to Ross telling this story. John Bradshaw Layfield on commentary started talking about how much »
- Grahame Herbert
It’s obvious that long time WWE commentator Jerry Lawler is showing his age as he commentates on Raw every week and on pay-per-views once per month. It happens to everybody. The 64 year old has been a fixture on WWE TV for over twenty years and has been one of the main voices on Raw along with Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Michael Cole.
Lawler at his peak was a tremendous announcer, especially as a heel. During the Attitude Era that we all loved so much, he was perfect as the guy that sucked up to evil Vince McMahon while Ross countered everything he said by defending the good guys. They were arguably the best announcing duo in the history of WWE as they complimented each other perfectly.
In September of 2012, Lawler suffered a heart attack while Raw was on the air. It was one of the scariest moments in WWE history as Lawler collapsed. »
- John Canton
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