6 items from 2016
It’s a roster culling the likes which we’ve not seen in a few years, with WWE announcing they have come to terms with the releases of Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow, Santino Marella, Hornswoggle, Cameron, El Torito, Alex Riley and Zeb Colter.
Barrett was a release we’d known for some time, as it was rumoured to have been sorted out as far back as WrestleMania. Barrett was kicked out of The League of Nations a few weeks ago and he hasn’t been seen since. He debuted in WWE as part of the very first season of Nxt which he won, and he and his fellow Nxt alumni- including Darren Young, Skip Sheffield (Ryback), Heath Slater and Daniel Bryan – formed a group called Nexus who were involved in a now legendary angle on Raw where they tore the set apart and destroyed John Cena and Cm Punk. Barrett »
- Luke Owen
In the build-up to Wrestlemania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous instalments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…
Ic Title Match: Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes (C)
Triple H vs. The Undertaker w/ Shawn Michaels as special guest referee (Hell In A Cell Match)
“Team Johnny” – David Otunga, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz & Drew McIntyre vs. “Team Teddy” – Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, & Booker T (Twelve man tag match to determine the general manager of both of the Raw and Smackdown brands)
The Rock vs. »
- Shaun Eddleston
Michael Cole w/Jack Swagger vs. Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler (Win by Dq)
Triple H vs. The Undertaker (No Holds Barred Match)
For anyone who’s has ever had the pleasure (or perhaps, displeasure) of watching WrestleMania Xxvii, you will know that there are quite a significant number »
- Jackson Ball
In the Rock ‘n Wrestling Era, it was Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, and King Kong Bundy. Into the nineties, The Undertaker, Psycho Sid, Yokozuna, and Diesel dominated main events. Undertaker held over well into the Attitude Era and beyond, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Kane and The Big Show. Undoubtedly, the Vincent K. McMahon-era of WWF/E has been haven to a number of memorable goliaths, colossal immortals presented on the merit of immensity and intimidation factor.
Since the closing of the Attitude Era, however, WWE has failed to yield many brand new monsters with lasting power. Brock Lesnar and Batista qualify to an extent, but they’re also promoted with human qualities. If you’re talking ‘larger than life’ in the sense of going beyond human qualities, you can add Umaga to the list of successes, as well as to a very small degree, »
- Justin Henry
It has been one of the stories of 2015. Whilst creatively WWE has found itself in a complete rut, one group has stood tall as a beacon of light throughout the year. The most surprising thing to many is that the group is spearheaded by a man who would have been on a number of predicted future endeavour lists at the start of the year.
I’m talking of course about Xavier Woods. When he arrived on the main roster in 2013, Woods was randomly paired with R-Truth, the dancing good guys that nobody cared about. He feuded with Brodus Clay over the use of Ernest Miller’s music and the dancing Funkadactyls, and the entire thing was a washout from the start.
This was winter 2013, and Woods did a whole lot of nothing until he approached Kofi Kingston and Big E in the summer of 2014. This led to the formation of The New Day. »
- John Bills
2015 brought with it the breakout of Naomi, who emerged from the background to steal the spotlight as one of the lead heels in the Divas division.
A highly athletic woman with a penchant for using her booty to down opponents with a finisher known as the Rear View, she had previously been stuck dancing alongside Brodus Clay as one-half of the Funkadactyls. Her in-ring ability left undiscovered for the most part, she had been open in her desire to work between the ropes.
She finally did on a more consistent basis late in 2014 and into the following year, where she developed her on-screen persona and finally put behind her all of the pre-match dancing and smiling. She was a villainess poised to take her shot at the Divas Championship.
As much as her television time increased, there is still a great deal unknown about the dynamic performer. Now one-third of Team B. »
- Erik Beaston
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