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It may not entirely excuse the muddled, confusing mess that the Shane McMahon-Undertaker ‘storyline’ has become, but it’s pretty clear that WrestleMania 32’s ‘everything is on the line’ Hell in a Cell match is going to include some wild stunts. It has to, in order to make up for the unimaginative build, right? Besides, Shane’s in the match. For him, falling out of a seventh-story window is merely a transition move.
It wouldn’t be the first time that WrestleMania has seen the action ante’d up with picture-esque carnage. In years past, WWE’s grandest spectacle has been the hub for wrestlers to indelibly etch themselves into wrestling lore through reckless self-sacrifice. Once ladder matches virtually became an annual staple of WrestleMania in some form or another, that was the signature on the permission slip that opened up the floodgates of insanity.
- Justin Henry
Ever since WWE initially announced plans for an Owen Hart DVD/Blu-ray set, which was released this past December, it seemed as if the company was laying the ground work for a possible WWE Hall of Fame induction.
Bret Hart has always been rather vocal about his desire to see his late brother inducted and honored during WrestleMania weekend. However, this is in stark contrast to Owen’s widow, Martha, who has always strayed from any connection to the wrestling industry following her husband’s tragic death on May 23, 1999.
Clearly, if Owen were to be inducted, Bret would be more than willing to accept the honor. Additionally, Owen could be inducted alongside his former stable mates if the Hart Foundation as a unit were inducted, similar to the Four Horsemen a few years back. However, it doesn’t appear that any of this will be happening in Dallas during WrestleMania 32 weekend. »
- Ryan Droste
The 28-year history of the Royal Rumble match is rife with the greatest Superstars to ever lace a pair of boots. Hulk Hogan, The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H and John Cena have all cashed their tickets to WrestleMania via wins in the 30-man bout. Two-time Hall of Fame inductee, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, captured his first WWE Championship in the match while Roman Reigns has the opportunity on January 24 to leave Orlando with his title intact.
As legendary as some of those competitors are, the Rumble match has also featured its fair share of duds, wrestlers who are either footnotes in history or were eliminated in rapid fashion, their legacies forever tainted by seconds-long stints in the most beloved gimmick match in WWE.
- Erik Beaston
In this regular feature I intend to put my quarter-of-a-century of wrestling viewing to good use by helping to educate and inform the modern fan about the greats of a generation they missed out on.
Bret Hart was one of the greatest in-ring performers of all time, possessing the ability to contest barn-burning matches with a variety of different opponents. He was a master technician. A creator of fine art between the ropes. He has not wrestled in a decade-and-a-half, so chances are many of the new generation of wrestling fans have never had the pleasure of watching him wrestle.
It would be all too easy to randomly select seven great Bret Hart matches, and lists of that ilk are readily available for those who want them. Everybody knows about Hart’s classics with Davey Boy Smith (SummerSlam ’92 and In Your House 5), Steve Austin (Survivor Series ’96 and WrestleMania 13 »
- James Dixon
4 items from 2016
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