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Recently, the WWE began airing episodes of The Monday Night War on the WWE Network, documenting some of the biggest battles between WWF and WCW in the mid-to-late 1990s. During the war, two major factions would rise and serve as the face of their respective companies: D-Generation X and the New World Order. They were both anti-establishment groups full of renegades who redefined what it meant to be a heel in the wrestling business. It suddenly became cool to be bad.
Led by Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, the nWo blurred the lines between what was real and what was scripted in professional wrestling. For months, fans actually thought the nWo were seriously invading from the WWF, so much so that Vince McMahon filed a lawsuit. From 1996 until 1999, they were absolutely unstoppable. Effectively, WCW was split in half.
Originally formed by Shawn Michaels and Triple H, »
- Justin Seagull
Good always triumphs over evil on WWE programming, but unfortunately that’s not always the case behind-the-scenes, and for every terrific tale we’ve seen unfold, on or off screen, there’s one of woe to even it out.
If you’ve watched wrestling for a good amount of time, you’ve likely encountered a time where you found yourself aghast over something you’ve seen – and not in a ‘how is my hero going to bounce back from this?’ way, but more like an ‘I’m disgusted that someone thought this was a good idea, I’m going to break things to calm myself down’ way.
But with WWE video games you’re given a power to not only make history, but re-write it too, and with WWE 2K15 ushering professional wrestling into a new era of gaming, fans will be in a better position than ever »
- Daniel Van Boom
Thanks to Ted Turner’s big money contracts in the mid and late 1990s, the business end of the wrestling world went through a major change. Vince McMahon and his World Wrestling Federation didn’t offer guaranteed deals at the time, often working on a verbal agreement and a handshake. This left the door open for Turner’s World Championship Wrestling to offer large sums of money to many of the WWF’s top stars and steal them away — much like they did with Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall.
Eventually, the Federation had to change and began offering similar contracts for guaranteed money. These deals have now become the norm for WWE. It’s not uncommon to hear or read about some of the company’s top stars earning six figures a year. There are even a handful of guys that earn somewhere in the seven figure range. »
- Douglas Scarpa
A wrestler’s gimmick or character is their livelihood. It’s what enables them to get over and connect with the fans. As proven time and time again, the right character is extremely important. Steve Austin floundered in WCW’s midcard with the “Stunning” gimmick, but as Stone Cold, he rocketed to superstardom. Kevin Nash failed miserably in his various WCW gimmicks but achieved great success as Diesel in the World Wrestling Federation, and later as himself in the nWo.
With the right gimmick a superstar can be born. However, it’s not easy to come up with a great character or find one that connects in the perfect way with the crowd. There have been a great deal of lackluster and utterly terrible characters over the years. So, when a good gimmick is found, it’s something to be cherished.
Because of this, many wrestlers resort to »
- Douglas Scarpa
Kevin Nash is one of the most well known big man wrestlers in the history of American wrestler. He had a short career in WCW in the early 1990s before moving on to WWE as a bodyguard of Shawn Michaels named Diesel. Within a couple of years he was a top guy in WWE after winning the WWE Title from Bob Backlund on November 26, 1994 in eight seconds.
His original WWE career ended in May of 1996 due to a lucrative contract that he signed with World Championship Wrestling. It was a game changer because he was part of the New World Order stable that was booked to make it look like they were WWE guys there to legitimately take over WCW. He became a key performer in WCW until the company died in March of 2002.
With WCW out of the picture, WWE brought back Nash along with Hulk Hogan »
- John Canton
After getting past the fact that WWE: Omg! Volume 2 – The Top 50 Incidents in WCW History is a title that is confusing (should this not be 51-100 maybe?), looking back at the best and worst of WCW is always fun. There are moments that I’m sure some wrestlers would love to forget but others that they cherish as career highlights. One thing for certain is “Omg” moments are rarely dull.
It’s been well documented what killed WCW and a lot of the proof is shown here. It’s surprising that some at fault are so open to the fact that they messed up, and about time. Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash to name two are ready to hold their hands up and see the error of their ways, but hindsight is a thing that can’t fix the past. To hear they and some of the creative team behind »
- Paul Metcalf
Luke Owen reviews the second episode of The Monday Night War on the WWE Network…
Read the previous episode review here.
The first episode of The Monday Night War felt like a Frankenstein creation of a show as interviews and commentaries from previously released DVDs were merged together to tell the early beginnings of the ratings war. But the second episode, which focuses on the rise (but not the fall) of the New World Order, feels like a show that was made specifically for the Network. It features (mostly) all new interviews with only the Eric Bischoff bits and a few soundbites from Big Show are rehashed from old documentaries.
What’s also better this week is that the show doesn’t always feel like your Granddad telling you the same stories he’s been telling you for years but you sit and listen politely too. They of course tread »
- Luke Owen
Luke Owen looks at Monday Night War on the WWE Network…
One of the first shows announced when the WWE Network was first revealed, The Monday Night War is a look back at the ratings battle between WWE (then WWF) and their rivals World Championship Wrestling as they competed for fans to tune into their shows during the late 90s. The show promises to give a full recap of the most famous battle in professional wrestling that will likely never happen again.
The first problem with the show comes to the forefront when those who have seen The Monday Night Wars DVD that WWE released back in 2004 and the Rise and Fall of WCW DVD they put out in five years later start to feel a level of familiarity. Not just in the same stories being told (the fall of Crockett Promotions, bringing Hulk Hogan into WCW etc), but they »
- Luke Owen
Over the past 12 years, there have been hundreds of men and women who have competed inside of a Total Nonstop Action ring. Some of these wrestlers were the type you’d like to forget ever worked there like the massive Cheex, Eric Bischoff’s favorite son, Garett Bischoff or the currently employed Rob Terry. Others who have wrestled in Tna possessed incredible talent with plenty of memorable matches to their name like A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels. And then, there were former and future stars that you just don’t remember ever being there.
Many of these wrestlers joined the company before their days on Spike TV, where they were only seen by a fraction of their current audience. Tna started as a $10 a week two hour pay-per-view (same price as an entire month of the WWE Network as Michael Cole would say), then moved to »
- Andrew Soucek
It seems that Hulk is upset by Brock Lesnar’s actions on the Monday Night Raw leading up to SummerSlam. WWE threw a little birthday celebration for the Hulkster who turned 61 complete with appearances from legends like Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Ric Flair, and Paul Orndorff, as well as 9.99 candles for his cake — yeah. Brock Lesnar came out to interrupt the festivities and told Hogan, “Party’s over, grandpa.”
When speaking with TMZ, the Hulkster seemed offended by the comment, saying, “Brock, I haven’t done anything to get in your way, but if you keep throwing my name around I’m gonna get in your way.” Hogan continued to throw shade, elaborating with »
- Douglas Scarpa
Keanu Reeves is on a quest for vengeance in the first photo for Lionsgate's John Wick, arriving in theaters October 24. The actor portrays a hitman who is forced out of retirement to track down the gangsters who ruined his life in this upcoming action-thriller, and you can get your first glimpse at the title character below.
Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Jason Isaacs, Lance Reddick, Kevin Nash and Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen round out the supporting cast, although little is known about their characters at this point.
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski make their directorial debuts with John Wick, after years of working as stuntmen and stunt coordinators. Chad Stahelski actually served as Keanu Reeves' stunt double in Point Break and The Matrix before serving as the martial arts fight choreographer on the actor's directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi. David Leitch also provided stunt work »
Stone Cold Steve Austin, along with quite a few other legends and current stars hosted a panel in celebration of SummerSlam to reveal the roster for WWE 2K15. There wasn’t any gameplay on display, but rather stills of each character’s selection screen portrait, which was a bit disappointing but hey, finally getting a glimpse at who is making the cut is still an event.
Unfortunately, the roster that was shown is noticeably thin. For comparison, there are only a little over 50 wrestlers confirmed in WWE 2K15, while 82 different stars made it into WWE 2K14. Naturally, this has a lot of gamers and wrestling fans upset, and subsequently glossing over some miscommunication between 2K Games, WWE, and even the stars running the panel.
The list that you see below isn’t the full roster, even though that’s what we we were promised to receive. 2K’s website simply »
- Robert Kojder
WWE Wishes Hulk Hogan A Happy Birthday
Hogan turned 61 on Monday, and Monday Night Raw dedicated their night to celebrating Hulk. The evening began with a highlight reel and happy birthday messages from celebrities, including NFL stars Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Aj Hawk.
But first, the night began with a highlight reel and a surprise ‘Nwo’ – New World Order – reunion with guests Ric Flair, ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. In the ring with Nash and Hall, Hulk, wearing his traditional red and yellow, ripped off his shirt to reveal his Nwo gear. The crowd was broke out into a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ only to be interrupted by Lesnar.
Lesnar and Hogan had an impressive stare contest »
With the lack of a Summerslam Fan Axxess event this year, WWE and 2K Sports will host a standalone roster reveal for the upcoming WWE 2K15 game. The reveal will go down this weekend during SummerSlam weekend in Los Angeles. Stone Cold Steve Austin will host and will also be joined by Jerry Lawler, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Dx, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Sheamus and Cesaro.
Even though the reveal doesn’t officially take place until this coming weekend, dozens of names have already been confirmed for the game. Thus far Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Rob Van Dam, Aj Lee, Cameron, Naomi, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Cm Punk, Steve Austin, Paul Heyman, Big Show, Bray Wyatt, Bad News Barrett, The Undertaker, Triple H, Cesaro, John Cena, Darren Young, The Miz, Diesel, Classic Hulk Hogan, Current Hulk Hogan, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Classic Sting, and Black & White Sting are all confirmed for the game. »
- Sean Ross Sapp
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Kevin Nash has confirmed that he’ll be appearing in WWE 2K15 as Diesel. The former WWF and WCW was speaking as part of a Q and A session, where he also offered his opinions on the WWE Hall Of Fame, Roman Reigns and Randy Savage.
Nash’s 2K15 comments were the most revelatory. The roster is meant to be under wraps until 2K’s ‘Reveal’ this weekend. Disregarding this, Nash confirmed the Diesel character will be in the game. He stated that Jay Lethal of all people has been filming all of Diesel’s movements for the graphics.
The discussion moved on to the WWE Hall Of Fame. Nash said that he would refuse to be inducted as Diesel, he’d only go in as himself. This follows the unusual induction of Scott Hall earlier this year, who went into the Hof as Razor Ramon, despite »
- Grahame Herbert
WWE is heavily advertising Hulk Hogan’s birthday bash for this week’s Monday Night Raw, including a reunion with former nWo cohorts Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. This will serve as the first program featuring all three wrestling legends since an episode of Tna Impact over four years ago.
After news broke of the reunion, Hulk Hogan took to Twitter this weekend to hype the show. He said; “The baddest crew on the planet, we could straighten out the Authority.” The last time Hall, Nash and Hogan were together on WWE TV as the New World Order was WrestleMania 18 in 2002.
As of now there isn’t much information as to what exactly the “Hulk Hogan Birthday Bash” will entail. It will be interesting to see if the three do indeed have any interaction with The Authority. Both Hall and Nash are well-known friends of Triple H and »
- Sean Ross Sapp
We have reported for weeks about how Hulk Hogan will the be the guest star on Raw this coming Monday for his 61st birthday on August 11th. It was promoted by WWE on Raw, so Hogan’s presence will be a big part of Monday’s show in Portland.
There will also be some surprises because WWE hasn’t advertised other special names for Raw although it was teased by Scott Hall on Twitter. It’s now been confirmed by PWInsider that both Scott Hall and Kevin Nash have been booked for Raw.
As wrestling fans know, those two along with Hogan started the New World Order in WCW in July of 1996 and went on to dominate WCW for years as the top heel faction in the company. Once WCW died, they brought the Nwo to WWE for a brief run in 2002 that didn’t really go very well. »
- John Canton
After the reveal of a disappointing WWE Network subscriber account, the WWE has looked to fix flaws as it pertains to the service. Pretty soon, you may not have the luxury of sharing your Network password with your friends and family.
According to Figure 4 Weekly, the WWE has finally acknowledged a major issue with the Network, in that users can share their passwords with multiple users. On a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez revealed that someone e-mailed him stating that they shared it with up to ten users at once, without any problem. It’s more than likely that WWE will be looking to fix this soon, in an effort to increase subscribers.
WWE also recently sent a survey to fans in an effort to check fan interest in the possibility of running WWE Fantasy Camps at their state of the art Performance Center in Orlando. »
- Sean Ross Sapp
One of the departments WWE has no worries about turning a profit is their always successful home video releases. Today, new details emerge about a highly anticipated release, featuring all-time great “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
The Macho Man DVD, titled “Macho Man – The Randy Savage Story,” will be released on November 18th in North America, and will have several editions available. This will be the first feature length released on Savage, one that many fans expected in 2009 during the WWE’s first Savage DVD release.
A six-disc version, also featuring the 2009 “Macho Madness” match collection will be released as a collector’s edition, and will also contain a Randy “Macho Man” Savage T-shirt, bandana, and Savage’s trademark sunglasses.
A basic three disc DVD and two-disc blu-ray will also be available. The WWE interviewed several subjects for the project, including Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, Diamond Dallas Page, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, »
- Sean Ross Sapp
Marvel Studios is taking its biggest risk yet with Guardians of the Galaxy, banking on an obscure team of heroes to bridge the gap until the next Avengers flick roars into theaters. But there's an even larger obstacle standing in the way of box-office success: Dave Bautista.
To the uninitiated, Bautista is a six-time world champion in Vince McMahon's wrestling circus, and one of the most iconic squared-circle stars of the last decade. In Guardians, he plays intergalactic warrior Drax the Destroyer, which is unquestionably his biggest role to date. »
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