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Former WWE Superstar Brian Kendrick may be headed back to the organisation following a successful try-out in a dark match at the latest set of Nxt TV tapings.
Kendrick, who was trained in part by the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, surprised fans at Full Sail University on Friday night by working a fast paced bout with popular indie star Sami Callihan, who has been working live shows for WWE as Solomon Crowe. Crowe would end up going over but Kendrick looked as good as ever in defeat.
We last saw Kendrick in Tna performing as a bizarre, mega-chilled out guru type gimmick that never really went anywhere or got over. It was a far cry from his zany, erratic performances as ‘Spanky’ in WWE which found him incredible success in the tag team division. Spanky and the outspoken Paul London would carry tag team gold for a total »
- Matt Aspin
Former Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin could be on his way back to WWE if the latest internet buzz is to be believed.
According to 4-Traders.com a trademark application has been filed by Lauren A. Dienes-Middlem on behalf of World Wrestling Entertainment for the name ‘Shelton Benjamin’, primarily for the use on merchandise. According to the report, the company have plans to emblazon the name on various items of clothing including but not limited to: T-Shirts, tank tops, baseball caps, gloves, sneakers and so-called Halloween/masquerade costumes.
Given Benjamin’s lacklustre run with the company in the past it is hard to think of any other reason such an application would be made. It’s not as if Benjamin is one of the company’s all-time legendary stars that fans would flock to merchandise stands for unless there was a plan in place to re-debut him.
Benjamin last wrestled »
- Matt Aspin
When a wrestler makes his debut in the WWE, they tend to take a while – a couple of years at least – to get to the level where they’re challenging for the top titles.
Moreover, even when they do reach that level, it’s generally because they’ve proven themselves to be great in-ring performers, technically proficient and hard working.
A lot of eventual big stars started out as midcarders.
Chris Jericho lost his first WWE match to Road Dogg and went on to feud with Chyna over the Intercontinental title. Rey Mysterio had to start off in the lightweight divisions of the WWE. Eddie Guerrero had to feud with the likes of Essa Rios for the European title before he became a big player. Then you had the likes of incredibly talented wrestlers such as William Regal, Dean Malenko, John Morrison and Shelton Benjamin who never really got »
- K.J. Stewart
New Japan Pro Wrestling seems to be on quite a roll lately. In the past year or so, they’ve announced partnerships with both Ring of Honor and Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling. Furthermore, they’ve been airing their major events in the United States via iPPV.
On August 10th, New Japan wrapped up their annual G1 Climax tournament — or Grade One Climax — which began on July 21st. This year was the 24th incarnation of the prestigious event — although Njpw held annual tournaments beginning in 1971 under different monikers. The shows consistently draw sold out crowds and mainstream Japanese press for each night of the event.
As per usual, this year’s event featured fantastic wrestling from all involved — including well-known American stars like Shelton Benjamin, Doc Gallows, Davey Boy Smith Jr., and current Iwgp Heavyweight Champion, Aj Styles. The tournament also featured well-known Japanese stars Satoshi Kojima, »
- Douglas Scarpa
It is now official. Cm Punk is no longer an employee of the WWE. Cm Punk’s contract from the company has expired and he is now a free man. Cm Punk came into the WWE in 2005 making his main roster debut in 2006. From that point onward, he would gain millions of fans that admired his rebellious attitude towards authority and much more. More importantly though, Cm Punk is arguably one of the best wrestlers to have stepped foot inside the squared circle in the last decade or so. There’s a reason he calls himself ” The Best in the World”, because he really is that good.
Sadly, Cm Punk’s run in WWE ended so abruptly as he quit without saying a proper goodbye. The only type of goodbye Cm Punk said to his fans was only thanking them on Twitter. It would have been better if »
- Damian Seeto
The Money In The Bank match and the resulting Mr. Money In The Bank briefcase have been fixtures in the WWE for a decade now. Fourteen WWE superstars have won the match, and fourteen WWE superstars have cashed in the briefcase and accompanying contract for a main event title shot, with varying degrees of success, fame and fortune as a result.
But what do you really know about the Money In The Bank ladder match? In celebration of the fifth Money In The Bank pay per view coming up this Sunday, here’s a few highlights, lowlights, key statistics and analysis that may surprise you about one of the most popular events in the WWE calendar…
It’s one of those little bits of received wisdom that’s been passed around wrestling fans for a decade now: Y2J himself, »
- Ben Cooke
Money in the Bank is coming up on June 29th in Boston, Massachusetts this year and the hype is already starting to form. With Daniel Bryan’s injury coming at this time, he is slated to return around the time the pay-per-view will hit.
Over the years, it has become a yearly spectacle that highlights World Wrestling Entertainment’s young stars with high-flying action, dangerous stunts and bone-chilling drama.
Moments will stand the test of time like when Sheamus powerbombed Sin Cara through a ladder during the Smackdown Money in the Bank ladder match in 2011. Injuries do occur frequently throughout the match, and sometimes WWE will use it as a storyline during the match.
The Miz »
- Jonathan Fisher
Pro wrestling is usually known for its singles stars, and to a lesser extent its tag teams, but every so often there comes a trio of Superstars that makes a lasting impressions.
Sometimes there is a clear leader with two underlings, while other times it is a group of three equals. Many of these groups have come and gone, but there are some that will be talked about for years to come.
Groups like the original New World Order and Dx helped to usher in a new era of wrestling, while groups like Demolition and The Fabulous Freebirds focused on tag team feuds. Others were created to get a single Superstar over, while some were made to elevate an entire group at once.
This slideshow will take a look at 10 three-man teams who had lasting impacts or are currently making waves in WWE.
10. Team Angle
- Chris Mueller
A lot of people have been talking about Benjamin Morris’ 538 piece, “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?”
Like Morris, I am neither an actuarial scientist nor a demographer. So, our interpretations of the data should be taken with a grain of salt. My results were somewhat different from Morris’ due to a difference data set and changes in how we calculated actuarial predictions.
Differences in methodology from Morris
I also used Social Security Actuarial Life Tables, but my “expected mortality rates” for the age groups were not the same as Morris’. For each wrestler, I calculated what their age would have been as of today. Then, based on gender, I looked up the number of lives (out of 100,000) that were expected to still be alive and converted that to a percentage. His analysis looked at wrestlers who were on 20+ WWF PPVs through 2002. I went with a »
- Chris Harrington
Since won by WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson in 1979, the WWF/E Intercontinental Championship has been held by the “workhorses” of the WWE. Talented workers and storytellers like Tito Santana, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Mr. Perfect, and Shelton Benjamin- all great performers, but not the person the office would bank on carrying the company at house shows and PPVs- carried the Ic-title, entrusted in having great matches at- or near-the-top of the card with other mid-card superstars.
And with the WWE Network now comes the ability to access the all-time classics at anytime, anywhere, for a very affordable price. But after watching The Dragon and Macho Man at WrestleMania III, the Michaels/Ramon Ladder Match from WrestleMania X, Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog from Summerslam in England… after watching the best of the best, whose morbid curiosity hasn’t wanted to take a peek at the worst of the worst? »
- The 'House
WWE: Stone Cold Steve Austin Blu-ray DVD
The wrestling business has seen thousands of people walk into WWE and leave an impact on wrestling fans that we will never forget. Some people have careers in the ring that last over 30 years like a Ric Flair. Others have had really short runs like…The Boogeyman? Okay so we’re not going to focus on a guy like him in this column.
What this column is about is looking at WWE performers that called it quits before the age of 40. Why 40? Because a lot of wrestlers perform well into their 40s. If you start in your early 20s like a lot of them do then you’re talking about a 20+ year career in the wrestling business.
For this one, we’re going to look at five women and five men that left an impact in WWE that called it a career for one reason or another. »
- John Canton
11 items from 2014
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