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WWE 2K17: Predicting All 120 Superstars Who Will Be Included


It’s hard to pinpoint what the standout feature of WWE 2K16 is, but there’s a good chance that it’s the game’s bumper roster.

My word how spectacular it is.

When news broke about 2K16 housing the biggest roster ever in the months before the game’s release, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. I’m sure you’ll agree that we got far more than we ever could have hoped for.

Although, there was one major issue with the roster and that was the exclusion of the Four Horsewomen. WWE’s gaming universe was left with a bitter taste in their mouths after Samoa Joe – a man who debuted in Nxt last May – somehow made his way into a Dlc, even though Sasha, Becky, Bayley and Charlotte had made their mark on the company a long time before.

Nevertheless, the biggest roster ever
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 13

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

The Godwinns vs. The Headbangers vs. The New Blackjacks vs. Doug Furnas & Phillip Lafon (Four Team Elimination Match)

Ic Title Match: Rocky Maivia vs. The Sultan w/The Iron Sheik & Bob Backlund

Hunter Hearst Helmsley w/Chyna vs. Goldust w/Marleena

WWF Tag Title Match: Mankind & Vader vs. Owen Hart & The British Bulldog (Double Count-Out)

Stone ColdSteve Austin vs. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart (Submission Match)

Ahmed Johnson & The Legion of Doom vs. Faarooq, Crush & Savio Vega.

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
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xii

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Show case of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Vader, Owen Hart & The British Bulldog w/Jim Cornette vs. Yokozuna, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts & Ahmed Johnson

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper vs. Goldust (Hollywood Backlot Brawl Match)

Stone ColdSteve Austin w/ Ted Dibiase vs. Savio Vega

Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. The Ultimate Warrior

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
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10 Times WWE Misread Their Own Audience


Standing there adorned in his cape and crown, the 1995 King Of The Ring winner soaked up boos from the World Wrestling Federation’s fans. ‘King’ Mabel had been crowned, defeating the likes of The Undertaker and Savio Vega on his way to becoming only the third ‘King’ in the history of the event on pay-per-view. There was only one major problem, fans weren’t booing because they detested Mabel as a top heel, they were jeering because they hated the idea of him being in main events.

People recoiled instantly at the mere thought of seeing Mabel vs. Diesel at that year’s SummerSlam. Previous King Of The Ring winners like Bret Hart and Owen Hart had seemed deserved, due to their incredible skill inside the ring. Mabel was simply an extremely large man, a physical attribute Vince McMahon seemed to think would be enough to explain why he was headlining.
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29 Wtf Moments From WWE Attitude Era Raw 1998 (Feb 9)


The February 9th, 1998 episode of Raw was the go-home show for the upcoming No Way Out (of Texas) pay-per-view, due to be headlined by an unsanctioned 8-man tag featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack, and Chainsaw Charlie taking on D-Generation X.

As it turned out, Hbk’s nagging back injuries prevented him from wrestling on the show, and he was replaced by…Savio Vega. Yeah. Even so, Raw slid the chess pieces firmly in place ahead of WrestleMania, further heightening the feud between Austin and Dx, while the show’s remainder was comprised of the usual mix of hilarious, weird and lame that defines just about any Attitude Era episode of Raw.

And with the release of Sunny’s porno, Sunny Side Up, this week, what better time to consider all the sad difference that 18 years can make?

Here are 29 Wtf moments from the February 9th,
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Ranking All 20 February WWE Pay Per Views From Worst To Best


For 20 years, sandwiched between the two biggest Pay Per Views of the year, Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, stands the February Pay Per View. From 2000 until 2009 (plus 1998), it was called No Way Out. From 2010 until 2014, it was called the Elimination Chamber. Last year and this year, it’s now called Fastlane.

The February Pay Per View is a lot more interesting than the September Pay Per View because the writing team is still in its creative peak as they build the Road to Wrestlemania. Stakes are pretty high for a non-big four Pay Per View. A major theme involves the Royal Rumble winner putting his Wrestlemania title shot on the line, which happened at the 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2015 editions of the February Pay Per View (the Rumble winner was actually going for the championship at the 1997 and 2008 editions). Interestingly enough, only Shawn Michaels in 1996 and Roman Reigns in 2015 successfully defended their title shots,
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10 Startling Stories From WWF’s New Generation


1995 was not a good year for the World Wrestling Federation. Across the board, business was down, and creative ideas were at an all-time low. Still reeling from the effects of a steroid-related trial which nearly put him in jail in the early-1990’s, Vince McMahon had no idea how to successfully transition his business away from names like Hulk Hogan and the musclebound beasts of before.

It was reasoned that smaller, more realistic workers like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were the future. Even so, McMahon still wanted to maintain the cartoon-like carnival atmosphere of the WWF he had fostered, which is precisely why he wheeled out countless hokey gimmicks like Mantaur and Kwang. Post-Hogan, Vince dubbed his product the ‘New Generation’, something which would last right up until the advent of the more successful ‘Attitude’ Era.

The then-wwf was a struggling entity, one which had lost a lot of shine.
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10 WWE Attitude Era PPV Matches That Are Severely Underrated


With so much praise constantly heaped onto the relatively short-lived period of the WWE known affectionately as the Attitude Era, it’s difficult to consider anything about it “underrated.” And yet, despite the legions of fans (yours truly included) that won’t shut up about how wonderful this time period was, there are still a few elements that remain under-appreciated by the masses.

For instances, the matches. For some weird reason, the actual wrestling that happened in the Attitude Era has been largely forgotten, save for a few key, epic in-ring duels. The focus tends to shift to the outrageous characters, entertaining promos, and ridiculous(ly delightful) storylines.

And that’s a real shame, because although it may not have been the peak of technical wrestling in the WWE, the Attitude Era served up what should have been some truly career-defining matches. For whatever reason, though, they were
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10 Wrestling Facts We Didn’t Know Last Week (Nov 20)


The Undertaker is the single most enduring star World Wrestling Entertainment have under contract. At Survivor Series, the iconic character celebrates 25 years in the spotlight. It’s a real testament to the man behind the gimmick, Mark Calaway, that ‘Taker has been around for as long as he has. The gimmick was a product of the cartoon era in the company, so was never guaranteed to be around for such a lengthy period.

This week’s article features a few special facts related to ‘The Deadman’, including both Shawn Michaels and even Savio Vega. Michaels remains one of the best performers The Undertaker has ever worked against, stretching right back to the 1990’s.

On this list, 10 different wrestling-related facts are brought to light. They’re all ones that even the most hardcore of pro wrestling enthusiasts may not have known about last week, which makes them even more magical.
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10 Likeliest Mystery Partners At WWE Night Of Champions 2015


The big news going into Night Of Champions is the fact that Seth Rollins will be forced to defend both his titles in separate matches, but there’s also a far more traditional subplot to the event – the good old mystery partner angle.

Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose have been charmingly coy about the identity of their third man, hinting that it could be anybody from The Great Khali to Savio Vega (spoiler: it’s neither of these). The options are pleasingly varied, meaning that we could be in for a legitimate surprise on Sunday night.

All manner of upcoming Nxt superstars, returning legends, and members of the current roster have been touted as the babyfaces’ partner – ranging from the incredibly popular (The Rock) to the…not so popular (Eric Rowan).

Here are the ten likeliest candidates to walk down the aisle at Night Of Champions.

10. Cesaro WWE.
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WWE 2K16: 25 New Screenshots You Need To See


The roster for WWE 2K16 is complete. Well, WWE and 2K have us all believe that it is at least.

While there have been a whole host of new surprises, there are still a few glaring absentees from the now seemingly complete roster that simply must be in the new game. We can’t be having another episode like last year when someone as prestigious as Paige was made part of the season pass at an additional cost.

Do these absentees mean that these weekly reveals aren’t over? Only time will tell. You can see the confirmed roster in full here.

Nevertheless, here are the newest names in full: Bray Wyatt, Mikey Whipwreck, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E), Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady, Stunning Steve Austin, Superstar Steve Austin, Rusev, American Bad Ass Undertaker, Baron Corbin, Brian Pillman, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Konnor, Viktor,
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Full Content Listing For Upcoming Owen Hart DVD And Blu-ray


The full content listing for the upcoming WWE DVD and Blu-ray set on the life and death of Owen Hart has been revealed, courtesy of the Wrestling DVD Network. The list includes all chapter titles for the documentary feature on disc one, as well as all extras, including the full list of matches selected for the package.

Bret Hart recently commented on the documentary portion of the set, sounding very pessimistic about the chances that the documentary will do a good job telling the full story of his brother’s life. Bret believes that WWE is having to walk on egg shells to cater to Owen’s widow, Martha, who is not supporting the DVD release.

Bret told the Fight Network:

“I’m looking forward to it but I’m not really optimistic that it’s going to be a great job. Martha handcuffed them so much. I
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WWE 2K16 Final Roster Reveal – Who’s Made The Cut?

Ing, 2K

What has been billed as the final batch of Superstars for WWE 2K16 has been confirmed this afternoon.

Here are the names in full: Bray Wyatt, Mikey Whipwreck, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E), Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady, Stunning Steve Austin, Superstar Steve Austin, Rusev, American Bad Ass Undertaker, Baron Corbin, Brian Pillman, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Konnor, Viktor, Mark Henry, Ministry Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Savio Vega, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, Sting ’99, Sting Blonde and finally the two Terminator renders.

The new names show how in-depth the Stone Cold mode will be. It looks like we’re going to be travelling right through his days as a Hollywood Blonde with Brian Pillman and that feud with Ricky Steamboat, stopping off for a cup of coffee in Ecw to feud with Mikey Whipwreck (and maybe Sandman?), and then going through his main run in WWE, including the 2001 Royal Rumble.
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WWF Raw from 20 Years Ago Today – Shawn Michaels vs. Psycho Sid, Razor Ramon vs. British Bulldog, Isaac Yankem Dds and more

Summerslam is behind us and we’re just two weeks away from In Your House, and it’s a show that features Shawn Michaels defending the Intercontinental Championship against Psycho Sid and Razor Ramon taking on British Bulldog – it’s Raw from 20 Years Ago Today…

Episode 126 – 11/09/1995

The show opens with a very excited Vince McMahon covering the Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon ladder match from Summerslam, as well as British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith turning on Diesel from three weeks ago on Raw.

1. Razor Ramon vs. British Bulldog

They showed a very bizarre confrontation between Razor and Dean Douglas in an inset video. As per usual, Vince and Jerry Lawler are talking over each other and just won’t shut up. Vince sounds like he is coked out of his mind. Razor throws one of his toothpicks at Jim Cornette who is on the outside for Bulldog. This was a pretty basic,
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8 Times Stone Cold Steve Austin Lost Clean


As with Hulk Hogan, as with The Rock and as with John Cena, when Vince McMahon points his finger at a man and says “that’s the guy” he rarely loses. When he does lose, it’s as a result of any type of creative (or not so creative) chicanery.

Stone Cold Steve Austin debuted in the WWE in late 1995 as The Ringmaster, a gimmick as uninspired and dull as its name. He was paired with Ted Dibiase shortly before he left for WCW and if you’ve never seen one of The Ringmaster’s matches, you’ve missed nothing.

The first time that “Stone ColdSteve Austin performed on PPV as Stone Cold Steve Austin was at Wrestlemania Xii from Anaheim. He won that night and hence begun a trend. One year later he would have arguably the greatest match in Wrestlemania history. Two years later, “the Austin era” began in earnest.
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10 Things You Don’t Know About WWE In 1995


Sometimes the biggest stories in WWF/E happen off screen rather than on screen. In 1994, we learned that Jacques Rougeau had a retirement storyline in Montreal, Gangrel appeared as “The Vampire,” and Vince McMahon had a really bad year in court.

Moving on to the next installment of this series, we take a look at 1995. On screen, this was one of the least exciting years in WWF/E history. The year was dominated by Diesel as WWF Champion, and saw rise to King Mabel as the top heel in the company. The best on-screen story was the rise of Shawn Michaels as one of the top babyfaces in the company, a role he would hold for the next two years.

But even as 1995 came across as rather boring, there were still some interesting trivia nuggets that came out of this year. Let’s take a look at the
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10 Lessons You Can Learn From Vince McMahon To Become A Billionaire

On October 19, 1999, World Wrestling Entertainment became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. Their initial public offering sold enough shares to ultimately make Mr. McMahon, at that point, the chairman of a billion-dollar company. However, as WWE’s stock price plummeted, so did his billionaire status.

But, with recent launches of the WWE Network, as well as capital investments in online promotion, mobile apps and talent development yielding dividends, Forbes Magazine – for the first time ever – recently listed Vince McMahon as being worth $1.2 billion. In examining the moves that took McMahon to taking his company to billion dollar status, and now himself into the billionaire’s club, there are valuable lessons that any 21st century entrepreneur can use in order to match Mr. McMahon’s ultra-rich status.

We’ve listed them for you…

10. Embrace Globalism


Evolving from Nikolai Volkoff and Outback Jack to Aldo Montoya
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WWE Wrestler Death Rates Investigated


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
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WWE: 10 Big Stars In Worthless WrestleMania Matches


With WrestleMania set as unquestionably the biggest wrestling event of the year, many of the fan’s fondest memories of the sport happened there. Who could forget Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels’ retirement match against The Undertaker or Steve Austin winning his first Heavyweight Title? There have been plenty of big stars in big matches throughout the event’s history that will continue to live on through generations to come. But what about the times that those same big stars competed in worthless matches?

It’s pretty unlikely for the top names to have a big spot on the card every year. There’s only so many opponents one man or woman can feud with before the excitement is gone, and they have to move onto lesser names just to make the show. Other times, a storyline just never comes together and leaves fans disinterested. This
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10 WWE Superstars Most Likely To Break Into The Main Event

It all used to be so simple. What worked for the territories would work for the WWF: crown your biggest draw the champ and feed him a succession of supporting players from further down the card. Don’t worry if the challenger isn’t particularly over; the rub from the champ will make him look like a star for the couple of months he spends above his regular place further down the card. It’s a model that made Hulk Hogan the biggest thing the sport had ever seen. But that was back in the day of television squash matches and only a handful of Pay-Per-Views a year.

Come the turn of the millennium, an increased production schedule necessitated the building of an extension on the VIP lounge, and it became standard practice to maintain a top-tier line-up of multiple workers, all potential custodians of the big gold belt. The Rock,
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