13 items from 2015
The just-held King of the Ring 2015 will be remembered as the night we crowned Wade Barrett as king. However, look back 17 years ago to June 28, 1998’s 1998 King of the Ring tournament and no, Ken Shamrock’s victory via submission over The Rock is not what you’re remembering most.
Eleven times out of ten, it’s that one time, two times, three times, no, make that like five different times that The Undertaker nearly legitimately killed Mankind.
See, Undertaker versus Mankind on one level was a Hell in the Cell booked in order to add a darker veneer to The Undertaker’s character. Just one month prior, Mankind was Dude Love, a comic foil to Mr. McMahon who was bent on winning the WWF Championship from Steve Austin. One month later, he was shirt-and-tie wearing Mankind, being sent after an Undertaker that Vince McMahon had challenged to be a meaner and angrier wrestler. »
- Marcus K. Dowling
Mma star Kimbo Slice doesn't just want to beat down Ken Shamrock -- he wants to Break His Face ... telling TMZ Sports, "To end his career, that sounds pretty good to me." 41-year-old Kimbo and 51-year-old Shamrock are scheduled to do battle at Bellator 138 in June -- and Slice says he won't be satisfied unless he actually Shatters several of his opponents bones. "I'm gonna break his ribs and break his jaw." In fact, Slice »
- TMZ Staff
With Brock Lesnar gone, there’s another former WWE superstar still out there fighting among the ranks of Mma’s heavyweight division: Bobby Lashley, also a two-time Tna champion, who pulls double duty by fighting in Bellator Mma while still signed to Tna wrestling.
While he hasn’t had the success of Lesnar, Lashley’s 11-2 record as a professional mixed martial artist is nothing to scoff at. He’s won both his Bellator Mma fights so far, recently signed a new contract with the promotion, and a title shot is potentially on the horizon.
That’s not where the big money is for Bobby Lashley, however. As far as Mma is concerned, the biggest potential match-up would be against another wrestler. There are a number of names out there who could fit the bill, and Bellator Mma, who have shown that they are willing to book purely »
- Jay Anderson
The legitimacy of the mainstream – of sport, celebrity and big business – is something that, for all his bluster, Vincent Kennedy McMahon has aspired to for three decades or more. All of his failed commercial ventures – the World Bodybuilding Federation, the Xfl, WWE New York and Niagara Falls, some would say WWE Studios – have been attempts to diversify his company’s business out of the niche market of professional wrestling. Now we have the Network, an online streaming service working as a foundation for control of the cable television broadcast of WWE-owned product.
In the same way, when it come to the wrestling business WWE have always been keen on hyping their performers by bigging up their sporting exploits prior to joining the company. In recent years they’ve exploited the legitimate credibility of Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Steve Blackman, Kurt Angle, Shelton Benjamin, Jake ‘Jack Swagger’ Hager, »
- Ben Cooke
Every wrestler needs a gimmick. If you’re a tough amateur wrestler, or boxer, like, say, Danny Hodge, then your gimmick will likely be based around your sporting prowess. Ditto for stars like Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, Ken Shamrock and even latter day Brock Lesnar.
However, if you’re just a good, solid wrestler, then people need a reason to come and watch you wrestle – and this is where the power of a good gimmick comes into play.
Who would you rather watch wrestle a main event, Texas Red, ‘Mean’ Mark Callous or The Undertaker? If you answered anything other than ‘Taker, then you’re a nob, plain and simple.
A good gimmick can mean the difference between languishing in the mid card and rocketing to the top of the sport, or, to put it into more salient terms, a good gimmick and a bad gimmick are usually »
- Chris Quicksilver
A wrestling match traditionally takes place in a ring, which is sometimes referred to as a squared circle. That’s where the match starts and normally where it ends too. However, there have been a number of occasions where matches have ended elsewhere.
It’s time to take a look back at some matches in WWE history that ended in unique places. It’s impossible to really remember every single match that had a wild ending spot, but there are a lot of them that were memorable. Some of them took place on big shows. Others were at smaller events or TV shows that just aren’t as popular as the main ones. As long as they were in WWE, they were considered.
The key thing about these selections is they are matches that usually start in the ring or in the arena and end up somewhere else. »
- John Canton
Ken Shamrock was once known as the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” – and long before Brock Lesnar, Cm Punk, or Bobby Lashley, he made the transition from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts. Thus as one of the original crossover stars, he’s in a unique position to comment on what Phil “Cm Punk” Brooks is going through.
Shamrock, who was announced Friday night as the first opponent to face former Youtube sensation, Ufc heavyweight, and occasional pro boxer Kimbo Slice in Bellator Mma, spoke to Breitbart Sports over the weekend, and had an interesting take:
I don’t understand why he’s getting such a hard time of making that transition. He’s the only one who’s got anything to lose. He’s taken a career that he’s built in the World Wrestling Federation and made a tremendous superstar. And now he’s taking it »
- Jay Anderson
Cm Punk, just what have you gotten yourself into?
Mixed martial arts is no walk in the park. Most fighters have years of training in multiple martial arts disciplines prior to making their professional debuts. Even then, few wind up in the big leagues, and even fewer still make it to the top of the heap, or even into the top tens of the various weight classes throughout the sport.
Yet professional wrestlers continue to try and make it in the world of mixed martial arts. For some, it’s a lifelong dream. For others, they know that, should they make it, fame and fortune await. A crossover star, after all, is bigger than a star in any one profession.
- Jay Anderson
We’re full tilt in the Mma/Pro wrestling crossover. Never before have the two ventures been as closely linked as they are now. Forget that Ken Shamrock once made his way over to the WWE; now more than ever, the baddest men on the planet are looking to find work in the WWE, and the WWE superstars are considering crossing over to legitimate mixed martial arts to test their mettle.
Why? For one, Mma was not really a profitable venture twenty years ago. The likes of The Undertaker, The Rock, and Kurt Angle have all stated that if it had been, they’d likely have gone that route. Now, Mma can pay – at least top stars – and it doesn’t require a grueling travel schedule.
On the flip side, many Mma stars have grown up as fans of the WWE. Look no further than women’s champ Ronda Rousey, »
- Jay Anderson
The 1999 Royal Rumble took place at a time when WWE was firmly in control of the “Monday Night War” with rival WCW Monday Nitro. Thanks to the emergence of Steve Austin as the top babyface in the business and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as his chief rival, most wrestling fans were tuning in to see what was going to happen from week to week.
Going into the Rumble match, the big story was that somebody would get $100,000 for eliminating Austin from the match. Austin won the Rumble match the previous two years, so most people expected him to win it again just because we all figured he would main event WrestleMania 15. WWE knew what was obvious, so they decided to swerve us.
- John Canton
The Attitude Era was just getting started in early 1998 as WWE was starting to see some improvement in terms of their viewership numbers on television and attendance at live events. By the time they got to the 1998 Royal Rumble, it looked like they were ready to regain the top spot in the wrestling business by beating rival World Championship Wrestling sooner rather than later.
Two months prior to the Rumble, one of the craziest things in WWE history happened as long-time superstar Bret Hart was screwed out of the WWE Title by Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels. It wasn’t easy for WWE to rebound after that, but they did their best.
A big reason that WWE was able to bounce back after losing Hart is because of the emergence of the 1997 Rumble winner “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He officially turned babyface in 1997, so the fans were fully »
- John Canton
A lot of attention is with the growing popularity with Ufc and Mma fighting.
The popularity is translated into television and movies as viewing audiences are fixated on this sport.
Ufc fighter Paige “12 Guage” VanZant is one of the newest fighters on the Ufc scene. In the newly created women’s straw weight division, you won her first fight last November in the third round against Kailin Curran.
She was slated to be on the television show “The Ultimate Fighter,” but was axed since she was underage and alcohol was present on the show. Ufc signed her regardless and she picked up a very solid fan base after her victory.
She is currently the second youngest female fighter in the Ufc and the third youngest overall at the age of twenty.
Ufc invited Latino-Review to have a special conversation with this young female athlete via telephone. She discussed in detail about her start, »
- Gig Patta
Huge news struck earlier this month when it was confirmed that a group of former fighters would be suing the Ufc for alleged anti-trust violations, with the fighters claiming that the world’s largest Mma promotion was in fact a monopoly that bought up and killed off all serious competition, and acted illegally to keep fighter pay down, and limit other potential sources of revenue for fighters.
It was the opening salvo in a war that has been brewing for some time, as many fighters – including highly ranked Tim Kennedy and featherweight champion Jose Aldo – have complained about poor pay and treatment from the promotion. While Kennedy and Aldo are some of the larger names, there were many, many smaller ones, a large number of whom wished to remain anonymous, who had similar grievances.
- Jay Anderson
13 items from 2015
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