8 items from 2015
There were a lot of quick finishes and long soliloquies last night, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There was also a legends panel and a Raw reunion, not all of which was necessarily great. But all anyone will remember is Sting staring down Triple H and Brock Lesnar launching Big Show like he was a duffel bag stuffed with down.
So without either of my feet touching the floor, here are the five things I took away (in addition to some sidebar observations) from the January 19, pre-Royal Rumble edition of Raw. »
So here we are, only a week away from the official launch of the Road to WrestleMania, the 2015 Royal Rumble. The Rumble is one of my personal favourite wrestling shows annually, and has been since I started watching professional wrestling 22 years ago. Let’s see if this episode of Raw, being promoted as a “Reunion Edition”, will be able to get some extra interest on that show.
Brock Lesnar, along with Paul Heyman, comes out first and Brock calls out Rollins due to what Seth did to him (curb stomp anyone?) at the close of last week’s show. Instead of Rollins, Triple H comes out and tries to calm Brock down. Lesnar asks Trips if he wants to fight. Heyman amusingly screams “he pays the bills” to Brock during all of this. Stephanie, along with Kane and Big Show comes down, and tries to appeal to Lesnar to calm down too. »
- Chris Cummings
Tonight’s WWE Raw show is scheduled to be a ‘Raw Reunion’, with several major returns planned. The show will be from Dallas, Texas, and major names appearing will be Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.
The show will be built around nostalgia and it could feature an nWo and D Generation X face off. All the major talent from the two factions will be there, leading the internet wrestling community to speculate on an nWo vs Dx angle being established. Perhaps it could even lead to a match at WrestleMania 31, as Hulk Hogan continues to talk about competing this year. The nWo vs Dx would certainly be a big money draw.
In all likelihood, any returns on tonight’s Raw will be for one night only. There does seem a very good chance of the nWo reuniting, but it will be limited to this Raw and no further dates. »
- Grahame Herbert
It was a newsworthy week for the WWE Universe thanks to a return of a favorite wrestler and the announcement of a new Hall of Famer. Daniel Bryan returned to in-ring action after eight months off and Smackdown moved to its new night on Thursday in the United States.
Bryan’s return on Smackdown was pretty good. His first match with Kane ended in a disqualification thanks to the predictable interference by J&J Security and The Authority. That was done to set up a six man tag that he won along with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. It was a feel good ending.
There was also a huge news item on Monday when Randy Savage was announced for this year’s WWE Hall of Fame. It’s great news because there was nobody more deserving than him. Even if it is about ten years too late, it’s better late than never. »
- John Canton
Kevin Nash's days in wrestling purgatory are Over -- the WWE has reinstated the icon after officials dropped the charges in his Xmas Eve father-son brawl. Vince McMahon's company had put Big Sexy's contract on ice once he was arrested for allegedly battering his 18-year-old son Tristen during a rumble in their Florida home. But after investigators determined Nash wasn't the primary aggressor -- charges were dropped ... and now the WWE is welcoming »
- TMZ Staff
Wrestling legend Kevin Nash is officially off the hook in the Christmas Eve brawl with his son -- after cops determined "Big Sexy" wasn't the one who started the fight. We broke the story ... both 55-year-old Kevin and his 18-year-old son Tristen were arrested at the family home in Florida after an allegedly drunken Tristen got physical with Kev. According to the police report, Kevin took Tristen down to the ground hard after Tristen spit in his face. »
- TMZ Staff
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying Big Daddy Cool has had a remarkable career. Kevin Nash’s name is synonymous with controversy, even as recently as last month when his name made headlines in mainstream media for an arrest related to a family dispute. Over the course of his career, Big Sexy has been called many unflattering names for various reasons by small-minded wrestling fans and bitter wrestlers alike.
But one name he should be called is “Hall of Famer.”
The former WWE Champion and five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion may have his detractors, but there is no question that he belongs in the WWE Hall of Fame beside many of the legends who have already been immortalised with the honor. The combination of being an intelligent and charismatic individual has allowed Nash to forge a prominent place in the wrestling business that has endured for over twenty years. »
- Eric Delgado
It’s no secret that wrestling involves a great degree of acting, so it comes as no surprise that a number of wrestlers have attempted to make it in the movie business. Indeed, over the years, wrestlers have moved in to acting on an increasingly regular basis – starting most notably in the late ’80s with Hulk Hogan starring in the likes of Rocky III and No Holds Barred, to later efforts by the likes of Randy Savage, Kevin Nash, and The Rock.
While movies featuring professional wrestlers are generally hit or miss, they have nevertheless produced a fair amount of great moments. More specifically, epic moments. Scenes that are so awesome that you find yourself watching YouTube clips of them for absolutely no reason other than to relive the epicness. And that’s the topic at hand today.
At times, picking the films (or wrestlers) for this list was the easy part, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
8 items from 2015
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