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.
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.
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.
For every Kurt Angle or Brock Lesnar, there is a Squat Team member or Saba Simba. With The Undertaker’s epic defeat
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
Retired British wrestler Tom ‘Dynamite Kid’ Billington remains in hospital after suffering a stroke, and is said to be in “very serious” condition according to Wrestling Observer Radio.
The former Tag Team Champion spent four years in WWF alongside Davey Boy Smith, wrestling as The British Bulldogs. The pair feuded with teams such as the Hart Foundation and the Rougeaus from 1984-88. Billington’s unique style, mixing old-school British wrestling with groundbreaking Japanese manoeuvres, inspired a generation of technicians. He has even been described by Bret Hart as the best wrestler ever seen.
Billington was reportedly admitted to hospital six weeks ago, and although his speech has improved since then, his physical condition is said to have seriously worsened. Won also reports that, at one stage of his ongoing hospitlisation, he believed himself to be in the ring, calling spots with Abdullah The Butcher.
The 57 year old has
The night before WrestleMania 32, WWE will present their annual Hall Of Fame ceremony. There have been murmurs that the company plan on making some sweeping changes to the format of the event this year. Previous years have felt a little too long for management, so there’s a chance many of the speeches will be shortened. Such limitations likely won’t hamper proceedings, and certainly won’t have any effect on the headline induction, whomever that may be.
‘Mania 32 takes place in Arlington, Texas, a state that is no stranger to pro wrestling, and has actually acted as a hotbed for wrestling talent over the years. For that very reason, it makes sense that WWE will look to honour many who are from the area. There are lots of choices, but they can’t all be from Texas. Generally, the promotion enjoy inducting a variety of performers, even
If you were watching the Over the Edge in 1999 you’ll always remember when the show suddenly came to an abrupt stop. Then the announcement that Owen Hart had been involved in an accident when descending down into the ring as the Blue Blazer. The show did go on, but with an atmosphere that no fan would forget. This went into the next night with Raw where Superstars paid their respects to one of their own.
Hulk Hogan has become so synonymous within the wrestling industry for his tall tales that it’s become a running joke at this point. He’s told dozens of different versions of the same story, outlandish tales and outright lies so often that we don’t expect any less from him every time he’s in front of a microphone.
Who can forget the classic Andre The Giant story, where both the Frenchman himself and the WrestleMania III crowd in the Pontiac Silverdome grows in size with each retelling? It’s become a meme, with Hogan slamming the 1,200 pound giant in front of 260,000 screaming fans!
The potent combination of Hulk Hogan’s truth-stretching and Ric Flair’s aimless – and often inebriated – ramblings makes for quite the pairing, and we were treated as such when The Hulkster joined The Nature Boy on his Wooooo! Nation podcast to share stories and shoot the breeze.
Once upon a time, the only British stars known in the United States were The British Bulldog and William Regal. The chance to make a name for yourself in the biggest market of them all seemed very limited, and world class British wrestlers instead made it their ambition to travel the world and wrestle full time across the globe, stopping off in Japan, Canada, South Africa and Germany.
But times have changed. The world has opened up and the internet means that a British match could be watched by a fan located anywhere in the world. In recent years, the WWE has recruited a number of British talents. Some have flourished, while others have returned home.
Right now, Paige is one of the most talked about Divas in the world, featuring on Total Divas, Tough Enough, Steve Austin’s podcast as well as being a regular on Raw and pay-per-views.
Back in July, we went through the 20 WWF/E Pay Per Views and ranked them from 20 to 1. There have also been 20 September Pay Per Views since 1995*, so it seems apropos to look at them again. There’s a remarkable difference between the July and September Pay Per Views. In July, the creative team is gearing up for one of the biggest Pay Per Views of the year, Summerslam. In September, however, there’s a tremendous creative lull as the summer ends and football begins in the fall, and the September Pay Per View reflects this lull.
September Pay Per Views have a lot of things in common, including non-decisive finishes in the main event. Many of the main events build toward the October Pay Per View, a few times toward a Hell in the Cell match. But there have been a few gems that have taken place while the weather gets cooler,
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
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.
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,
Stephanie McMahon has grown up in the WWE. She was still a kid when she first worked for the company, and has clawed her way up to being one of the most powerful women in the entire entertainment industry.
Still only in her late thirties, she’s the sort of modern corporate female powerhouse that any company would desire. As WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, it is increasingly likely she’ll inherit the entire WWE empire as soon as her father Vince McMahon retires.
But away from the impressive business career, there’s a more eyebrow raising ‘character’ career. She’s been on-screen as a ‘Stephanie McMahon’ character for nearly two decades now, and even before her on-air debut, she was already busy behind the scenes in the WWF. Whatever she’s been doing in the business, it has always had people talking.
People have, and will continue,
Once again the marketing department over at 2K Games and WWE has sent us new members to what they call "the largest roster in WWE games history". As they continue to attempt to satisfy us with a roster that wont include the nWo, thank you Hulk Hogan, they have given us 24 new legends, current talent and alumni.
This go around WWE and 2K Games have given us a plethora of new talent to join the already released John Cena and Company. Billy Gunn, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, British Bulldog, Cactus Jack, Christian, Damien Sandow, D’Lo Brown, Dude Love, Farooq, Haku, The Honky Tonk Man, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Kama Mustafa, Ken Shamrock, Mankind, Paul Wight, Rikishi, Shane McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Vader, Vince McMahon,
You've probably already seen the house pictures and the Diary Room chair, and you probably know all about the UK vs USA theme, but here are 11 things we discovered from our survey of the bungalow in Borehamwood...
1. This is the view the celebrities will have when they walk into the house for the first time.
Except with fewer members of the public at the bottom and more starry folk, obviously. If you're wondering why we're wearing that fetching blue plastic over our shoes, it's to keep the place spotless before the celebs move in. Couldn't have muddy carpets, could we?
2. There is a lot of glitter in the bedroom.
Next to WrestleMania, WWE SummerSlam is viewed by many as the second biggest show of the wrestling calendar. As such, big matches are put on, and even bigger performances are delivered. Not everybody can come out of SummerSlam as a winner, though.
Looking back through SummerSlam history since the PPV debuted in 1988, now is the perfect time to see who SummerSlam’s biggest losers are. Be it in singles or tag team action, whether there’s stipulations in place, or even if it’s not winning a multi-man match, any-and-all failed attempt at victory has been taken into account for this list in order to find out who has picked up the biggest amount of defeats at the biggest show of the Summer.
A couple of participants on this list are actually in matches at this year’s SummerSlam event, and so with this piece being penned before SummerSlam,
With Battleground in the rear view mirror, WWE’s got a clear path heading toward SummerSlam, the second-biggest Pay-Per-View event of the year. While WrestleMania is the undisputed king of the company’s schedule, SummerSlam has long served as a miniature version of the “Granddaddy of ‘Em All,” featuring marquee match-ups and, in recent years, a full weekend of fan-oriented festivities.
The event has become legendary, with some SummerSlam moments — The British Bulldog defeating Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in 1992, Steve Austin and The Undertaker battling in the “Match of the Century” in 1998, and Daniel Bryan capturing the WWE Title from John Cena in 2013 — standing just as tall as any of their WrestleMania counterparts.
Of course, SummerSlam moments don’t create themselves. For the event to truly have that legendary feel, WWE has to give the fans at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center the most explosive card they can concoct.
WWE 2K16’s roster has been leaked on wikipedia. However, it looks unlikely to be the actual roster. Names like Kurt Angle are featured as a WWE Legend, which would be a surprising inclusion given his major active role in Tna Impact Wrestling. The rest of the list is reasonably plausible, albeit with a few other unlikely names.
The list in full is can be read here. The WWE names are Bret Hart, British Bulldog, Brock Lesnar, Doink the Clown, The Great Khali, Goldberg, John Cena, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Sting, Sheamus, Steve Austin, Roman Reigns, Rosa Mendes, Rusev, Ultimate Warrior and Zack Ryder.
In addition, there will apparently be an Ecw roster. That will include Rhyno, Sabu and Sandman.
There’s then a WWE Legends section, with Kurt Angle, Mr Perfect and Sid.
It is doubtful that this is the real roster. For one, why would Bret Hart
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