12 items from 2016
The wrestling world lost one of its legendary performers as Chyna (Joanie Laurer) was found dead at her Los Angeles apartment on Wednesday, April 20. She was 46 years old. “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her,” said her website TheRealChyna.com. CNN is reporting that the wrestler/body builder was found unresponsive after a friend asked police to check on her. While foul play is not suspected, the cause of death is under investigation. Laurer was one of WWE’s leading attractions in the late 1990s while part of D-Generation X, grappling alongside Shawn Michaels and Triple H. She later earned the Intercontinental Championship as well as the Women’s Championship, »
- David Eckstein
Paul “Triple H” Levesque is the WWE World heavyweight champion and heading into a big main event Sunday against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 32. However, it’s easy to see the legendary performer is just as excited for Nxt TakeOver: Dallas 10 p.m. Et Friday, April 1 on WWE Network from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The executive vice president, talent, live events and creative will watch in awe, along with other rabid fans, as the developmental brand takes center stage. The Nxt live network specials have a track record for raising the bar. Levesque is expecting much of the … Continue reading →
- Scott Fishman
In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.
WWF Tag Title Match: Mankind & Vader vs. Owen Hart & The British Bulldog (Double Count-Out)
WWF Title Match: The Undertaker vs. Sycho Sid
Peculiarly, the lowest point of this event also just happens to be the WrestleMania debut of a future WWE Champion and global icon; Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Wrestling under the name Rocky Maivia (a homage to his father and grandfather respective), ‘The »
- Jackson Ball
In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Show case of the Immortals’.
Diesel vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer
WWF Title Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (60-minute Ironman Match)
Mercifully, on WrestleMania Xii’s entire card there is really only one match that can be considered disappointing. I’m personally of the opinion that Squash Matches (while extremely useful promotion tools) have no place on a ‘Mania show. Having said that, the beauty of hindsight as turned this particular example into the most amusing squash match of all time.
Ultimate Warrior is »
- Jackson Ball
To quote Winston Churchill: “To grow is to change. To perfect is to change often”.
Even the greatest superstars in WWE history needed a refresh from time-to-time. Some future WWE Hall Of Famers needed to undergo a complete revamping of their character, such as with Hunter Hearst Helmsley or Stone Cold Steve Austin.
And some were already made superstars that wanted to be even better, and so they constantly evolved, like The Undertaker.
Regardless of the degree to which their characters changed, the smartest professional wrestlers were sure to reinvent themselves from time-to-time.
In WWE today, there’s a number of superstars that are in desperate need of a character change. For some, »
- Matt Davis
Triple H will headline yet another WrestleMania extravaganza on April 3 when he defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns in the main event of the company’s spring classic. It is not the first time he has set foot in the squared circle in such a high-profile situation. In fact, over the course of his celebrated career he has competed in the last match on the ‘Mania card six times, has been involved in championship bouts nine times, and battled at the Showcase of the Immortals a whopping nineteen times, including eight straight.
There is a sense of importance that comes with all of his championship defenses, his heated grudge matches are often the most anticipated on the card and his victories and defeats are some of the most buzzed about of the year. One of the final remnants of the celebrated Attitude Era, he has »
- Erik Beaston
At the 2016 Royal Rumble, Triple H became the WWE World Heavyweight champion, winning his 14th World Title of his career and his 24th championship overall since arriving in father-in-law Vince McMahon’s company back in 1995. He will enter WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas, for yet another main event on the grandest stage in sports-entertainment, the latest title defense in his Hall of Fame career.
The Game has done more for the legitimacy and credibility of championships than he will likely get credit for. He, like his idol Ric Flair, has held every title with respect and dignity, fully understanding that they are the centerpieces around which television is booked. They mean something, whether he ‘won’ them or not.
It didn’t matter if he was making his way up the ranks as European champion while a member of D-Generation X or headlining events across the country as WWE standard-bearer, »
- Erik Beaston
Success in the WWE can be easily summed up with the following formula: talent plus opportunity plus gimmick. Sometimes a wrestler has the opportunity and the gimmick, but doesn’t have the talent to pull it off (Sean O’Haire comes to mind). Other times the wrestler has the talent and the gimmick, but isn’t given the opportunity to do anything with it (Damien Sandow is the most recent example). This list is dealing with the third part of the equation: the gimmick.
The WWE’s history is littered with ridiculously bad gimmicks that doomed the wrestlers that were saddled with them. In a few cases, however, the creative team came up with a new idea for the wrestler which ended up saving their careers, leading some to WWE World Championships, and others to the Hall of Fame.
The criteria for this list is as follows: the »
- Justin Seagull
Going into 1990, the then-World Wrestling Federation was running on the fumes of the last vestiges of the Rock ‘n Wrestling Era, the days of Hulkamania slowly coming to an end. Faced with a number of damaging scandals, the WWF limped into the ill-conceived ‘New Generation’, in which Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Diesel led a motley crew of technicolor cartoon characters through watered-down programming. With the breakout of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s defiant act, the Attitude Era lay just beyond the muck, and would bring Vince McMahon’s empire back to global prominence.
It’s sometimes hard to fathom that these three eras could have possibly run concurrently, where Hulk Hogan’s fifth WWF Championship reign took place a mere four years before Austin bled out all over the Rosemont Horizon in an astonishing showcase. The 1990s saw the World Wrestling Federation take many forms, and »
- Justin Henry
Triple H has a reputation for being a manipulator, with accusations of selfish backstage politics cropping up at various times throughout his illustrious career. Main eventing WrestleMania 32 as WWE Champion, when he’s forty six years old and has only wrestled one match in the last year, is a perfect example – people suspect why he’s in that spot, and whether family connections might have something to do with it…
However, The Game is actually something of a glorified jobber when it comes to the Grandaddy of Them All. Sure, he gets his name in lights at the top of the bill, and he collects the big payoff, but he’s actually been a bit of a loser at the event. The same story is likely to be true this year, since’s he’s probably going to drop the belt to Roman Reigns on April 3.
At WrestleMania, »
- Grahame Herbert
Every now and again, some history is made in WWE that will go unnoticed, flying well under the radar. Oftentimes, there are fascinating bits of trivia that happen right before the viewer’s eyes, and aren’t picked up on.
At the 2016 Royal Rumble, with Triple H carrying out the oft-predicted screwjob ending that entailed his gain of the WWE Championship, a curious bit of history had indeed been made. Not only does Paul Levesque hold the distinction of longest gap between Royal Rumble victories (fourteen years, surpassing the nine-year gap between Batista’s two wins), but he became the sixth man in WWE history to hold either the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship in three different decades.
This used to be an uncommon feat, and still kind of is. Once upon a time, it was fairly unlikely that anyone, including proven headliners, would stand atop the WWE »
- Justin Henry
After charting the fashion crimes by The Undertaker and Vince McMahon in previous articles, it seemed only natural that next on the catwalk would be the COO of WWE himself, Triple H. Paul Levesque has wrestled since the early 1990’s and since his debut in the World Wrestling Federation in 1995, he’s gone through a lot of drastic transformations.
Triple H has had some horrendous looks over the years so it’s been hard to narrow it down to just 10. There’s been a lot more leather and latex involved in his performance that you should see on most pro wrestlers but most of the time, The Game manages to pull it off.
Please note WhatCulture.com does not endorses any of the outfits that Mr Helmsley decided would be a good idea to wear in public…
10. The Blueblood Look WWE.com
In the mid 1990’s, everything was changing – music, »
- Kenny McIntosh
12 items from 2016
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