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Wrestlemania is the grandest stage in all of a wrestling – and a $100 million economic boom for whichever City hosts the event.
In recent years the ‘Wrestlemania’ brand has become a hotly fought over acquisition for major Cities. Official delegations that represent the big metropolises are keenly aware of how much money the event brings to the local economy. New Jersey’s Wrestlemania 29 for example brought in $102.2 million of direct and indirect spending from tourists who visited just for the Mania extravaganza. The 2013 event was equivalent to the creation of 943 jobs for New Jersey, with 54% of Mania attendees coming from outside the state and staying an average of 4 nights.
These sort of statistics have led to a heated bidding process for Wrestlemania 31 – and after a visit to WWE headquarters last week, it looks as if Mayor Jamie Matthews has won the event of Santa Clara, California.
A local NBC news »
- Grahame Herbert
The Royal Rumble is considered to be the beginning of the Road to WrestleMania and one of the biggest Pay-Per-View events of the year for WWE. Of course the big match that everyone looks forward to the most is the Royal Rumble Match itself. Two men start in the ring, another individual comes out at regular intervals and the winner of this massive 30-man battle royal earns a title shot for a main championship at WrestleMania. Every year, there are many speculations concerning who the winner might be, as said winner normally ends up being a pivotal part of that year’s WrestleMania, the most important show of the year for WWE. Usually, the winner can pick whether he will challenge the WWE Champion or the World Heavyweight Champion at the big event.
However, this year, the Rumble’s importance is intensified, as this month, in the TLC PPV, Randy Orton »
- Leo C
World champion John Cena is heading on a collision course with WWE champion Randy Orton at the company’s TLC pay-per-view on December 15. Their match will be to unify the titles in what could go down as one of the most historic matches in WWE history. But while Orton has the full backing of The Authority, John Cena will once again be on his own as always.
But what if he wasn’t? What if we saw a massive swerve go down at TLC? What if John Cena did the unthinkable?
Impossible; that’s what most fans are likely saying at this point. But for anyone who has ever followed the product for any amount of time, the old adage holds true; when it comes to WWE, never say never. And that has never been truer than now.
So assuming it’s possible that Cena could make the turn at TLC, »
- Tom Clark
Sunday marked an all-new episode of Total Divas and it definitely pulled at our heartstrings. Trinity and Jon got in a major fight, Brie Bella accused Nikki Bella of "being on vacation" and Nattie had to make a sad decision about her beloved cat, Gismo. In case you missed it or you just want to relive it, we've got the best moments from the show in a full pic/gif recap! The episode starts off with John Cena using an electrical device on his recovering elbow. It's making his muscles contract and it looks really weird. Because Nikki and John like to experiment, they try it out on his chest... John pranks Nikki into thinking she electrocutes him and it's hilarious. Nikki »
John Cena and Randy Orton are headed for a showdown of epic proportions at WWE’s TLC pay-per-view on December 15. The match will pit the long time rivals in a match that will unify Cena’s World Championship and Orton’s WWE Championship. While the WWE faithful anticipate this match and debate just who will walk away withe the newly unified title, I for one am considering the possible fate of another title in the company.
That title is the Intercontinental Championship, a belt that I believe will be reinvigorated by the World Championship’s removal.
The title dates back to 1979, when Pat Patterson became the first champion. And during the belt’s 34 year history, WWE has never let the fans forget its importance not only to the company but around the world. It’s a mantra that has been repeated so many times over the years and by now, »
- Tom Clark
The concept of unifying multiple titles is one that every wrestling fan seems to understand, but it’s actually a fairly recent development. The earliest example that most people would know about is Nikita Koloff beating Wahoo McDaniel to unify the Us and National titles in 1986, and then beating Terry Taylor a year later to unify the Nwa and Uwf TV titles at Starrcade 87. The Russians always were fans of streamlined labor, I guess.
Granted, WWE and other promotions have attempted to sell us this particular bill of goods before, and with only varying degrees of success. We’re going to play by rules here and only talk about matches specifically advertised as unification matches, »
- Scott Keith
If you’ve watched WWE programming in 2013 I think you can make a case for Daniel Bryan as the most popular wrestler in WWE this year. Is he the biggest draw in the company? Probably not. That’s John Cena. Is he the biggest guy? Hardly. He’s about 5’10″ and 200 pounds soaking wet.
What Daniel Bryan is, though, is one of the most talented wrestlers in the world. He’s been a top performer for many years when he was working in Ring of Honor, Japan and indies all around the world. Over the past couple of years in WWE he’s shown his talent on the grandest stage.
As much as I enjoy Bryan’s in-ring work, I’ve also enjoyed his growth as a performer in the last couple of years as well. When he first won the World Title two years ago and he turned into a »
- John Canton
We are less than two weeks away from the final WWE pay per view of the year, TLC. In recent weeks WWE Creative has done very little to promote and build for this and prior PPV events, but all of that changed this week on the Raw broadcast.
Finally WWE has taken the right steps towards creating some anticipation and excitement for this PPV, delivering a great contract signing segment between John Cena and Randy Orton in the final portion of the show. Now all eyes look towards TLC with some growing interest, at least when as it pertains to the unification of the two active championship belts.
And that’s how it should be. The unification of both the storied World Heavyweight Championship from WCW / Nwa and the coveted WWE Championship should feel like a momentous occasion, and WWE is finally on the right path towards that end. But »
- JD Shrader
Welcome to this week’s results and review of WWE Raw. The first Raw of December is under way.
The show opens with “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour playing and Cm Punk making his way down the aisle and to the squared circle as we see a replay of The Shield attacking Punk last week. Punk grabs a microphone and questions why The Shield might have attacked him last Monday night. He said last week he questioned Triple H, which is obviously why he was attacked by Triple H’s “boys” last week. Punk says he doesn’t want anything to do with The Authority. Punk says he prides himself on being one of the “biggest anti-authority guys” in WWE history. Stephanie McMahon’s music cuts Punk off and she makes her way to the stage area with a smile across her face. Stephanie says that she hoped Punk »
- Chris Cummings
Previously on: It was announced that John Cena and Randy Orton would battle at "TLC" to determine the Undisputed WWE Champion, which has happened before and will surely happen again. Plus Daniel Bryan was kidnapped by the Wyatt Family, Cm Punk was attacked by The Shield and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley sold T-shirts.
Big news: Cm Punk opens the show to spin conspiracy theories about why The Shield mowed him down last week. He says it's Triple H gunning for him due to his mocking him non-stop. Seems like the most logical answer. Stephanie McMahon is out to say she and the company respect Punk and have passed his complaints onto Kane, because that's who handles the business end of WWE these days. The qualifications that got him the job aren't clear, but chances are burying The Undertaker alive years ago plays a role.
While Stephanie says Punk is to be respected, »
History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment, 2013.
A documentary on how World Wrestling Entertainment went from its roots as a regional Us promotion to the global juggernaut it is today.
This documentary, on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) 50th birthday, details the company's rise from its humble beginnings to the worldwide behemoth it is today.
The story is told chronologically through archive footage, guided through the years by a deeply-masculine narration and a bunch of talking heads. The range is impressive, from wrestlers past and present - Jake Roberts, Roddy Piper, Daniel Bryan, a rare out-of-character Undertaker (Mark Calaway) - to celebrity fans - Mike Tyson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock. Unfortunately, each interviewee appears before the same hideous curtain backdrops.
Tracking the company's growth through its various eras is fascinating, »
- Oliver Davis
John Cena is the face of WWE. Despite the top storyline that has focused on Randy Orton since his initial win over Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam, the fact is that fans know the truth. WWE is John Cena’s company and has been for over ten years now.
And as the top guy, John Cena is the target of both criticism and outright hate. Much of that hate centers on his character and WWE’s apparent refusal to change it in the slightest. WWE fans have seen John beaten down, physically and mentally attacked, in one angle after another. We have seen him pushed to the edge on more than one occasion and we have watched him stumble and fall.
But at the end of the day, the song remains the same. John Cena is who he is and there is no getting away from it.
However, the epic heel »
- Tom Clark
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment begins with Vince McMahon getting out of his car at WWE headquarters in Connecticut and greeting employees as he makes his way to his office on the top floor of what was once known as TitanTowers.
The documentary portion of this release begins at the beginning, with information about Jess McMahon and Vince McMahon Sr, and how they began what we now know as WWE. Jess McMahon was a boxing promoter, his son Vince, turned it into a traditional regional professional wrestling promotion, and his son, the current head of WWE, Vince McMahon Jr, turned it into the multimedia conglomerate that we know today.
The talking heads are extremely relevant and well picked, it is nice to see the big names from wrestling’s history on here, talking about the history of WWE as a company and the wrestling business as a whole. »
- Chris Cummings
It’s another year and the annual WWE videogame has arrived once again. This time, the WWE license is under a new publisher in 2K Sports, but not much has changed to make the game better under the new helm. WWE 2K14 does add to an already solid series of games, but this means nothing when core issues from previous iterations aren’t addressed. What you have in WWE 2K14 is a game that has all the extra flash and flare, but the foundation is just as weak as before.
The hook with last year’s WWE ’13 was the opportunity to play through the biggest and best moments of the famed attitude era of wrestling. Taking that concept a step further, WWE 2K14 allows you to relive the greatest matches within the last 30 years of WrestleMania and the company’s premier event is plentiful in that regard. Because of the »
- Francois Chang
Survivor Series 1997 was a momentous occasion. It had two of the hottest wrestlers on the planet going hammer and tongs in a match that would re-shape the world of professional wrestling forever. On the WWE side, the character of Mr McMahon was born creating a duplicitous heel that the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, the Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and even John Cena could feud with over the years and ushering in the Attitude Era. WCW, on the other hand acquired Bret Hart- the biggest babyface, arguably best in ring worker and one of the hottest properties in professional wrestling at the time and um…wasted him.
Part four of this series of articles then (Part one, two and three can be seen here) will examine the reasons why the marriage of Bret Hart with WCW should have worked. It will then examine what stopped »
WWE wrestlers are a hard working bunch. The likes of John Cena are pretty much on the job 365 days a year, as well as wrestling the world over 3 to 4 times a week. A WWE wrestler can also be expected to do 7 to 8 promotional / media / charity appearances a week.
When you consider that these dates are spread across the east and west coast of America, and internationally, you realize that wrestlers have almost no down time. They may get the odd day with 24 hours before the next event, but then just travelling to that event can at times mean a 12 hour journey. As Big Show recently revealed in a radio interview about John Cena’s workload as a main eventer, it really is punishing for those guys.
“He was like 77 or 78 days in a row without a day off. Like he did something every single day.
“We’ll fly 16, 18 hours to Australia to the Middle East, »
- Grahame Herbert
It is a match for the ages, 11 years in the making, a significant development in WWE’s structure. Following the TLC pay per view, there will be just one world champion. In her promo on Raw, Stephanie McMahon seemed to indicate that the two belts would be unified to make one belt. The potential for creativity with the angle will be huge – and the biggest outcome could be a heel turn for John Cena.
The polarizing World champion has been getting booed for years, in many ways he already is a heel – his cheesy good guy act is arguably a gimmick character designed to get boos. The hatred for Cena was perhaps best demonstrated at Sunday’s Survivor Series. In his hometown of Boston, Cena was greeted with boos, and an entire front »
- Grahame Herbert
It wasn’t just Randy Orton, John Cena, Cm Punk and Daniel Bryan grabbing the headlines at Survivor Series 2013 – the big man of the Shield, Roman Reigns, also stood out as an excellent contender for the wrestler of the night.
For the 28 year old Samoan American, it was his big night in the WWE. Fans will look back on Survivor Series 2013 as the night that the WWE anointed Reigns as their next big star. The Samoan took his opportunity and stepped up. Fans were chanting his name, and the pop he recieved when he pinned Rey Mysterio was the sound of a star being christened.
Having stripped back the rest of the Shield, fans witnessed Reigns having to take on the team of Goldust and Rey Mysterio. Reigns overcame the odds and demolished the pair with two vicious looking spears. He had already dispatched of two others from Team Mysterio earlier in the elimination match. »
- Grahame Herbert
Previously: At "Survivor Series," not a whole lot happened. Cm Punk and Daniel Bryan beat the Wyatt Family, John Cena and Randy Orton retained their championships, and at the end the two champs faced of in the ring to close the show. Given that it's WWE's second-longest running pay per view event, "Survivor Series" just wasn't that exciting.
The big news: "WWE Raw" kicked off with Randy Orton heading to the ring. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon follow. They want him to know they always had confidence in him, but he doesn't want to hear it. He doesn't need anyone, he's awesome, he's good at kicking heads, etc.
John Cena arrives shortly after to officially challenge Orton to a Championship unification match at "TLC." The Authority agrees and sets up the Tables, Ladders and Chairs match, which Orton isn't pleased about.
What's funny is the last time WWE had »
E! has picked up second seasons for reality series Total Divas and Eric & Jessie: Game On along with interactive weekly talk show Hello Ross. Total Divas follows the private and often complicated lives of some of WWE’s most popular Divas, including The Bella Twins: Nikki and Brie and their romantic relationships with WWE superstars John Cena and Daniel Bryan. Season two will bring The Bellas’ 30th birthday in addition to Brie’s journey to the altar with Bryan. It will continue with new episodes on Sundays at 10 Pm through December 15. Eric & Jessie: Game On centers on the steamy relationship of newly married country/pop singer Jessie James and Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker as they juggle their high-profile careers, family and friends. Its season one finale aired November 3. And Hello Ross will wrap its first season on Friday November 29. Some of the guests from Season 1 of the Ross Matthews-hosted show include Gwyneth Paltrow, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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