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“Ravishing” Rick Rude was a monster heel, with a one-of-a kind manner on the mic, the mic that he used to constantly insult fans while simultaneously explaining how awesome he was. In return, he got some of the biggest heat of any wrestler during that era — he’d make a show of his physical prowess, and one lucky lady in the crowd would get a kiss. We loved to hate him, and all for the right reasons.
Who in the WWE is better set to reach that pinnacle of universal hatred than our to “Intellectual Savior” Damien Sandow?
Granted, the promotion’s creative team would have to stop throwing characterless caricatures like Dave Bro-tista at us for this to happen. And Sandow would need that one big feud, a big feud like the one that saw Rude rise to the top before his departure to WCW.
Sandow proved his worthiness »
- Thom Fain
Copyright: WWE: The Best Of King Of The Ring Blu-ray
With the announcement that Daniel Bryan will now face Triple H at WrestleMania with a title shot on the line, it’s looking increasingly apparent that he might wrestle twice on that night. Over the years, sporadic incidences of double duty on the part of certain superstars have made for some of the most compelling moments.
Whether it be a gauntlet for simply needing to combat two foes in one night, superstars pulling double duty are essentially always worthy of our praise. Here’s the top ten moments associated with a superstar double dipping for the night.
In this case, memorable does not exactly mean good. In what seems like the ultimate moment of the creative team freaking out and going for a safe ending, Hulk Hogan found himself holding the WWF Championship at the end of WrestleMania IX. »
- Andrew Hypes
The card for WrestleMania 30 was filled out on last night’s Raw from Memphis with more matches and stipulations announced.
The biggest, and probably the most expected news, was Triple H agreeing to face Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30 with the added stipulation that if Bryan wins he would be added to the World Title match. It is about as much a certainty as death and taxes that the main event of WrestleMania 30 will now be Randy Orton vs Batista vs Daniel Bryan.
Hulk Hogan’s big announcement on last night’s show was also regarding a new match, revealing that there will be a 30-man “Over The Top Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal” at WrestleMania 30. The winner of the bout would receive the Andre The Giant Memorial Trophy.
Three names are so far confirmed for the Battle Royal – Ryback, Curtis Axel and Big E. More names are expected to »
- Matt Holmes
Previously on: It's "Wrestlemania" season, and all eyes are on the upcoming "granddaddy of them all" in New Orleans. Still, Daniel Bryan continued going after Triple H, while the crowd hated the planned main event of Batista vs. Triple H.
The big news: Bryan may be going to the main event, after all. He hijacked "WWE Raw," along with nearly 100 supporters who flooded the ring and ringside area, demanding a match with Triple H.
Security couldn't clear the ring, and The Authority attempting to start a match did nothing. In the end, Triple H was forced to give in, after a lot of ugly yelling from Stephanie McMahon, including yelling over and over that she "owns" Bryan.
Just like that, »
We are now less than a month away from Wrestlemania 30 and wrestling fans are practically frothing at the bit for the granddaddy of them all.
Not only that, but I think this year has a real shot at being the best show since Wrestlemania 24. There’s the potential Shield breakup to look forward to, the wrestling clinic that will be Hhh vs Daniel Bryan and a classic in the waiting: Undertaker vs Brock Lesner. Even Randy Orton vs Batista, which at the Royal Rumble seemed like a surefire disaster has been given a life preserver thanks to a desperately needed Batista heel turn.
There’s still plenty to be announced (fingers crossed they bring back Money in the Bank). Plus there’s bound to be filler, including the ritually awful diva’s match. But all in all I think we’re going to get one hell of a show in New Orleans. »
- Ben Gibson
Copyright: WWE SummerSlam 2013 Blu-ray
WrestleMania is almost upon us. Storylines that we’ve seen build for months stand to be resolved, and wrestlers we’ve watched fight for their spots throughout the last year will have the opportunity to make their careers. It’s the culmination of everything that’s been constructed since the last show of shows.
It’s also a beginning, though – just like every other year, the superstars of the WWE go straight back into their schedules without a break and those who’ve achieved glory at WrestleMania have to make it stick. It’s a season premiere as much as a season finale.
As such, WWE is already thinking about which superstars will be the focal points of their programming leading into the new season – earlier this week, Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported on a number of wrestlers who are in line for major pushes after the event. »
- Scott Fried
WWE: The Best Of Raw And Smackdown is out to own on DVD and Blu-ray now. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers, courtesy of FremantleMedia International.
WWE’S landmark 50th year of Sports Entertainment proved to be one of the greatest in its illustrious history. A year that began with The Great One’s return for one last championship run concluded with WWE’s most prestigious prizes hanging in the balance awaiting the ascension of a true Champion of Champions.
Along the way, a scrappy, bearded underdog challenged the status quo and captured the hearts of the WWE Universe, much to the chagrin of the malicious Authority, An evil genius concocted a new stable of minions, a giant faced an uphill battle for respect, and several new faces burst onto the scene looking to leave their mark in WWE. Relive all this and »
- Matt Holmes
Stereotypes: it’s what the wrestling business has always thrived on. There’s no easier way to get a fast reaction out of a fan than to throw a stereotype their way, and if you can capitalise on ‘real world’ events at the same time, even better.
The ‘foreign menace’ heel has been around wrestling since time began. After the Second World War, a variety of German heels such as Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkisson, an American), Hans Schmidt (Guy Larose, Canadian) and Baron Von Raschke (Jim Raschke, another American) were top of the bill all the way into the 1960s. With the advent of the Cold War came a new troupe of Soviet heels, such as Ivan Koloff (Oreal Perres, Canadian), Krusher Khruschev (Barry Darsow, American) and Boris Zhukov (Jim Harrell, American).
The Gulf War in 1990 saw veteran wrestler Adnan al-Kaissie cash in on his legitimate Iraqi heritage to »
- Dean Ayass
2013 was a mixed year for WWE in terms of storylines, match quality and fan interest, but regardless of those things it is still safe to say that 2013 was a very interesting, sometimes controversial and often entertaining year for WWE and features some really excellent moments and matches, while also providing, as wrestling always tends to, some septic little happenings that annoyed, frustrated and bored wrestling fans to tears. This set looks at a variety of these moments and matches in what is labelled as the “Best of Raw & Smackdown” from 2013.
Here is the content listing:
Raw – 7th January 2013 – Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the WWE Championship – Cm Punk vs. Ryback Smackdown – 11th January 013 – Last Man Standing for the World Championship – Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio Smackdown – 25th January 2013 – The Rock & Cm Punk’s Verbal Battle Raw – 28th January 2013 – Paul Heyman & Mr. McMahon Confrontation Raw – 25th February 2013 – Winner faces The »
- Chris Cummings
We are fast approaching the 30th annual WrestleMania event and it is the time of year when many wrestling fans look back on the famous event and revisit the moments that, for whatever reason, were memorable to them. Through the years there have been plenty of memorable moments at WrestleMania and dozens of wrestlers have carved themselves into the tree-bark of history with their performance on the grandest stage in professional wrestling. One of those wrestlers, of course, is the man who called himself “The Heartbreak Kid” and was labelled by fans and critics alike as “Mr WrestleMania”. That man is Shawn Michaels, and this DVD/Blu-ray package is about his legacy on WWE’s main stage.
- Chris Cummings
Here we are. The road to WrestleMania is fully underway. It’s the biggest WrestleMania since the last WrestleMania, of course. We’ve got Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, and Randy Orton vs. Batista as the only official matches so far. So basically, this show could have happened in 2004.
Anyway, let’s try to be positive for a moment. Overall, Raw was pretty solid, even without Cm Punk showing up. The crowds didn’t even seem that invested in hijacking the show, which gave WWE the chance to finally start setting the stage for a few more high-profile matches at Mania.
But not all was well. With six hours of prime time TV to sort through, there was quite a few terrible moments in WWE this week. There was the embarrassing, head scratching decisions and laps in logic that made you reconsider your WWE Network subscription, and possibly donate »
- Andrew Soucek
With the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships finally unified into one title, the WWE finally has one champion to represent the company and headline WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. That Champion is Randy Orton and whether you love him or hate him, he is certainly deserving of the role. With only one champion at the top, the wrestler must be worthy of being called “the face of the WWE”. Being great in the ring, confident on the mike, having the right look, size, style or the mysterious “it-factor” that Vince McMahon favors so much makes a wrestler worthy of holding the title.
But when WWE had two champions to represent their company, from 2002 to 2013, they had to expand the field of potential challengers. With two championships to defend, the WWE had to elevate younger talent to the main event playing field, or in later years, rehabilitate long time mid-carders »
- Chris Smith
I don't think there are many people these days that still believe that the WWE is anything but a soap opera with brilliantly choreographed fight scenes performed by professional stuntmen, and I say this with great affection (I do write a WWE column after all), but one thing that has been sadly lacking in recent years is a wrestler with a killer character.
When I first started watching wrestling, way back in the early 1990s I was initially drawn in by the players in this violent pantomime. Wrestlers like Undertaker, Ted 'Million Dollar Man' Dibiase, Razor Ramon, Bret 'Hitman' Hart, 'Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels, and Irwin R Shyster - better known as IRS and father to the man I'm about to discuss – were larger than life and made me sit up and pay attention whenever their music played and they made their way to the ring.
Moving into the Attitude Era characters like Mankind, »
Copyright: WWE – Stone Cold Steve Austin Blu-ray
There are a lot of great wrestling podcasts out there these days. Not only that, but you can find several of them at the same place as part of Podcast One. The great Steve Austin was the first one to get a Podcast One show, which turned out to be a great idea because he’s a natural at it. From there, Chris Jericho got a show. Then Jim Ross got one. Then WWE started doing one too. What it means for us wrestling fans is we can get a lot of great insight into the business we love from the people that we watched on our TV screens all our lives.
- John Canton
John Cena has been the biggest name in World Wrestling Entertainment for the past decade. Whether you like him or not, it’s the truth. He’s been the flagbearer of the company that has won 14 major World Championships, main evented five WrestleManias (including the last three) and is by far the biggest merchandise seller in the company.
Over the years, Cena has gone from green rookie that was one called “The Prototype” to a guy that was able to break through because of his rapper gimmick. It was something that came about when Cena was rapping on an international tour, it was picked up by people in the company and it became his on screen persona. He even released a rap album that did pretty well, all things considered.
Cena evolved as a character and a wrestler to where he is now as a man that will turn 37 years old this April. »
- John Canton
John Cena is a name synonymous with controversy. Nowadays crowds being firmly against Cena is commonplace, but there have been times in his career where crowds have not only been firmly against him, but they wanted his head. Crowds that were ready to riot, ready to rip Cena limb for limb and leave nothing left of him except a pair of shorts and a brightly coloured T-shirt with whatever his present catchphrase was.
Here we will took a look back at the crowds that would of sooner welcomed the apocalypse than another Cena title reign. These audiences wanted blood, and in certain cases got just that.
For every wrestling fan out there who’s blood boils at the sight of Cena, here is your chance to relive these great moments and experience the sheer aggression displayed by these fans and the pandemonium they created. If you’re an »
- Matthew Hallett
I’ve heard it said that somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. A world of darkness.
“Our cause is not for evil,” said Sullivan during an interview for Championship Wrestling from Florida in 1982. “Because all we’re looking for is refuge from this cold, cruel world.”
Ring a bell?
Sullivan’s dark mystique, his messianic charisma, his penchant for dark riddles — they all seem to have been resurrected in the form of Bray Wyatt.
Take, for instance, these words recently delivered by the leader of the Wyatt Family to nemesis John Cena:
“This is a terrible world,” Wyatt drawled. “A cold, cold dark and lonely place. You stand for these illusions. But »
- Marshall Ward
Despite fan disdain for WWE’s booking of Daniel Bryan, he is indeed set to become the biggest star in the company this year. Dave Meltzer at F4Wonline reports that Bryan will be pushed big after Wrestlemania, second to only John Cena as the franchise star. WWE have already put these plans into place, contacting business partners to inform them that Bryan and Cena will be the big characters focused upon this Spring and Summer.
Meltzer hinted he knows more details, sniggering and pausing on F4Wonline radio before stating about Bryan ”Him and John Cena are going to be the most pushed guys after Wrestlemania”
This means Bryan will occupy the spot held »
- Grahame Herbert
An open letter to the Internet Wrestling Community and its reviewers:
Where has the fun in being a wrestling fan gone? When did it become such an adversarial, negative experience?
Last night on Raw we saw a raucous, Chicago crowd be a primary factor to one of the best WWE shows in recent memory, complete with solid matches, hot angles, title changes, heck, even Guest Host Aaron Paul got a decent reception and lord knows that’s been a poisoned chalice in years gone by. Whilst the absence of Cm Punk from the Allstate Arena last night left a disappointing taste in everyone’s mouth come the close of the show, overall Raw was a vivacious, fun, entertaining show to watch and the passion and vocal support (or dour opposition) of the Iwc at that event was everything being a wrestling fan was supposed to be about.
Come a new dawn. »
- Liam Johnson
When you picture what a professional wrestler is supposed to look like you probably picture someone like John Cena or Hulk Hogan. A larger-than-life character who has huge muscles and looks like he could snap you in half like a twig. Wrestlers have evolved into walking action figures with physiques that look like they were carved out of granite.
However, that’s not always the case. There have been quite a few wrestlers who simply don’t look like they could run ten feet, let alone wrestle a 15 minute match. These workers appear like they have never even seen the inside of a gym and the only workouts they get are 12 oz. curls. Chances are that the only workout partners these wrestlers ever had were Colonel Sanders and Ronald McDonald.
Yet, these workers all found a degree of success in wrestling. Some of them got by based on their charisma, »
- Mike Shannon
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