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The WWE launched its much-spoken of, much-publicized and much-advertised by its announcers on television every single week, Network at the end of February and now we are just over five months on from the launch, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Network now that the issues have been ironed out, more content has been added and rumours have begun to swirl that WWE are planning to launch it in the rest of the world before 2014 comes to a close.
When it launched five months ago the WWE Network was a big of a mess in terms of glitches and errors, from people experiencing numerous problems with the sign-up process, people being charged twice, people being charged even though they cancelled before the end of the “free trial”, and then the issues that came once you signed in. Freezing during the on-demand portion of the service, »
- Chris Cummings
With the announcement that Sting would be joining the roster of the upcoming WWE 2K15 as a pre-order bonus character, fans were agog.
Last year’s WWE2K14 was a showcase for how it was possible to combine the rich history of World Wrestling Entertainment with the incredible graphics and state-of-the-art gameplay of a cutting edge video game. The two story modes in particular, 30 Years Of Wrestlemania and The Streak, brought Wrestlemania to life for gamers the world over, allowing us to work our way through three decades of WWF and WWE stories on the grandest stage of them all.
But Sting… he was one of the only professional wrestling legends never to wrestle for either WWF or WWE. Although the company had teased signing The Icon for some time (even posting a speculative promotional video for a potential Sting/Undertaker match on wwe.com back in April »
- Ben Cooke
It has been over 14 years since WCW went out of business, swallowed whole by the corporate conglomerate known as the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, but it’s never a bad time to look back at some of the reasons why the company ended up the way they did. Bad booking decisions, poor managerial moments, lousy attitudes… it’s all there, ripe for the ridicule.
At one point, WCW was the wrestling promotion. The WWF has had its struggles through the years, and WCW took advantage of that as a legitimate alternative. Once the Monday Night Wars began with the creation of Nitro as a head-to-head alternative to Raw, things really took off. Their product was so different than what the WWF was putting on television, showcasing different styles of wrestling and giving a new set of characters and gimmicks to fall in love with. Once the nWo and people like Goldberg showed up, »
- Aaron Hyden
The reaction of an audience is very important for the superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment. If somebody is gone for a while, then they come back after a lot of hype and the reaction is poor then that’s a bad sign. See Batista at the 2014 Royal Rumble as an example of that. However, if the reaction is great then it’s something we are going to talk about for years to come.
A return pop is something that WWE has done a very good job of in the last 15 years or so. In the 1980s and 1990s they really didn’t do it that often. They got way better at it in recent years, particularly by using the Royal Rumble as a way to get a big reaction. Those returns are a lot fresher in our minds because of how well they were done.
One person’s »
- John Canton
At the height of the Monday Night Wars, Raw and Nitro were highlighted by an almost-weekly parade of wrestlers defecting from one company and showing up on the competition’s program soon after. Think about some of the biggest moments from both promotions during that era: Lex Luger shows up on the first Nitro, Scott Hall interrupts a Nitro match, Chris Jericho interrupts a Rock promo, and the Radicalz take a seat in the front row of Raw.
Defections were the norm in the mid- to late 90s through the closing of WCW in early 2001. Look at the WWF and WCW rosters from those days and you’ll find plenty of examples of superstars who performed for both companies (in Rick Rude’s case, televised on the same night). But there also are several wrestlers who were either rumored to or very nearly did jump ship one way or the »
- Scott Carlson
On September 4, 1995, World Championship Wrestling produced the first episode of Monday Nitro live from the Mall of America in Minnesota. With a card featuring Brian Pillman vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Sting vs. Ric Flair and WCW Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Big Bubba Rogers, the show forever changed professional wrestling. It featured matches involving marquee names and relegated enhancement matches, once a staple of televised wrestling, to the company’s syndicated shows. More importantly, it forced Vince McMahon’s then-World Wrestling Federation to adapt or perish.
For months, the WWF and WCW would trade ratings victories. That all changed on May 27, 1996 when Scott Hall made a surprise appearance on Nitro. He indicated that there was an invasion underway and that the war with the company was looming. The debut of Kevin Nash and the shocking heel turn by Hulk Hogan ignited the Monday Night Wars between Raw and Nitro. »
- Erik Beaston
World Championship Wrestling officially came into existence as a professional wrestling company (rather than just a catchy television headline to promote the National Wrestling Alliance) in November 1988. With Ted Turner as its financial benefactor, the revamped company eventually severed ties with its Nwa roots and grew to heights few had thought possible with a program called WCW Monday Nitro. The Monday Night Wars offered the best of times and the worst of times for WCW, ultimately driving the promotion into the ground.
It is hard to believe that it has been over thirteen years since WCW ceased to exist. More than any time since the initial years passed its buyout by WWE in March 2001, the wrestling world has been talking about WCW. So, today, we celebrate it by looking back at the top 20 matches in its history. Nothing before November 1988 was considered; just matches from World Championship Wrestling as we knew it. »
- "The Doc" Chad Matthews
The issue of relationships in the world of WWE is a contentious one. Until relatively recently the company has remained surprisingly unwilling to acknowledge existing relationships between stars in storylines, and extra-industry wives and girlfriends seem not to exist in the same terms as those attached to movie stars and other sportsmen.
With the emergence of Total Divas, and added focus on important relationships like Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, and others like Cm Punk and Aj Lee, authentic relationships have become more of a thing for WWE, but there is still some mystery over the partners of some of wrestling’s biggest stars.
But every now and then, the kayfabe is peeled back a little and fans are given an insight into who the stars go home to; who builds them up and puts them back together, and unsurprisingly for an industry built on image and physique, »
- Simon Gallagher
There are tentative plans for Sting to be included in the WWE 2K15 video game as a pre-order bonus, reports WrestlingDVDNews.com.
This is an expected development that most expected since Sting began talks about joining the WWE earlier this year. The 55-year-old is the last remnant of WCW that never joined WWE since it folded in 2001 and therefore has become the biggest star never included in a WWE video game. It’s likely Sting’s inclusion in the game will be revealed soon.
Meanwhile a new WWE produced DVD chronicling the career of former Nwa/WCW legend Sting is set to be released on DVD & Blu-Ray in the Us on September 23 and in the UK on September 29th. WrestlingDVDNews.com has obtained the synopsis of the DVD:
The Sting DVD chronicles his entire career from his Mid-South days as part of the Blade-Runners (with Ultimate Warrior) through his last WCW match vs. »
- John Canton
For more than 30 years, the sport of human chess in the squared circle has long been a favorite for video game programmers. There’s been pro-wrestling games on almost every video game system released from 1983′s arcade game “Tag Team Wrestling” (aka The Big Pro Wrestling!”) by Technos Japan to Absolute Entertainment’s “Title Match Pro Wrestling” on the Atari 2600 to the succinctly titled Nes “Pro Wrestling” (A Winner is You!) to exceptionally popular series such as “Fire Pro Wrestling” to modern multi-platform installments in franchises such as “WWE 2K14″.
Counting examples of “real life” wrestlers can be a challenging and subjective process. Should 1985′s Mat Mania “The Golden Hullk” and Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X’s “Ax Duggan” count towards Hulk Hogan? Are you counting both computer releases and video game consoles? With Create-a-Wrestler and Character packs, what’s the proper count? How do you handle »
- Chris Harrington
Copyright: WWE – The Attitude Era Blu-ray
“I can’t say this, he’s going to kill me,” she laughed, “I actually wondered if he and Shawn Michaels had more than a friendship.”
McMahon laughed about it but she wasn’t the only one who questioned Shawn and Hunter’s sexuality in the 1997 period. Both men were genuine best friends and buddied around together in the backstage. On camera they did nothing to discourage such speculation, appearing half naked together and even kissing at one point on TV.
The truth is that they really were just good friends who enjoyed goofing off. Hunter was dating Chyna at the time and Shawn was just a few years shy of settling down with a former WCW Nitro dancer. »
- Grahame Herbert
Since WWE purchased WCW and the vast video library that came along with it, there have been numerous releases devoted to WCW related content, from the Goldberg set, to the Best of Nitro stuff, down to the Nwo release, but this is the first time WWE has taken a look at the best matches from the rich history of WCW’s Pay-Per-View’s. So here it is, volume one in the greatest matches from the PPV years of WCW.
Here, in this 3 DVD/2 Bd set, you get over 20 matches ranging from 1987 until 2001 and the quality is, for the most-part, very high. From true wrestling greats, such as Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Sting, Vader, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, »
- Chris Cummings
On Total Divas Sunday night, viewers watched as Jimmy Uso exchanged vows with Naomi Knight. Unlike typical WWE weddings, no one objected and interrupted, no one smashed someone with cake or a steel chair… and stage names were not used. It was Jonathan Fatu marrying Trinity McCray.
Recently, WWE has seemingly had an unprecedented number of real-life weddings concurrently incorporated into the company’s storylines – all through Total Divas. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella tied the knot the week after WrestleMania and were immediately thrust into the spotlight on Raw upon returning from their honeymoon. And Tyson Kidd and Natalya’s marriage was woven into WWE television, with Nattie breaking away from Great Khali to partner with her husband as he returned from injury.
While reality TV has increased the profile of these married couples, WWE has certainly incorporated real-life marriages into storylines before – to varying degrees of success. »
- Scott Carlson
Let’s be honest, most wrestling t-shirts are fairly nerdy. It takes a very strong man (or woman) to wear a wrestling shirt out in public, especially now that WWE isn’t as popular as it was in the late 1990s. Wrestling shirts usually have a superstar’s name way too big or has the worker’s ugly mug staring creepily from the article of clothing.
However, every so often a wrestling shirt comes out that actually, believe it or not, looks pretty cool. Whether it’s stylish or just plain menacing, a wrestling shirt can enter pop culture and actually become a fashion trend.
From Hulkamania to Austin 3:16 to Degeneration X to the Nexus, wrestling shirts have gone from extremely nerdy to awesome to hit or miss. We thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the coolest wrestling shirts that have graced our closets. »
- Mike Shannon
The wrestling business has changed a lot since its heyday in the 1990s. People can say that the 1980s were great and that the 2000s were a lot of fun while the 2010s have provided memorable moments, but the best time to be a fan was in the 1990s. That’s when we got to experience so many game changing moments that most fans today don’t really appreciate.
The 90s gave us so much from the battle between Raw and Nitro, Hulk Hogan’s improbable heel turn leading to the New World Order, the rise of Steve Austin from fired WCW employee to top star in WWE, the incomparable Rock talking in the third person, Eric Bischoff challenging Vince McMahon to a fight on his show and the late great Ultimate Warrior started off the decade by doing the unthinkable as he beat Hulk Hogan clean for the WWE Title. »
- John Canton
In 1992, a brash new bad guy entered World Wrestling Entertainment and wasted little time making an impact. Known as Razor Ramon, he would align himself with Ric Flair in the Nature Boy’s rivalry with “Macho Man” Randy Savage. His matches with Savage, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect and the 123 Kid established him as a fine in-ring performer and his character (and the conviction with which he was portrayed) set him apart from the other more goofy gimmicks of the time.
The machismo that he exuded led to Ramon becoming a fan favorite and one of the marquee stars in Vince McMahon’s promotion. A leader of the New Generation initiative, Ramon battled Shawn Michaels in classic contests including WrestleMania X’s epic ladder match.
One of the most popular stars of the era, Ramon caught the eye of opposing promoters, leading to an impressive contract offer from World Championship Wrestling »
- Erik Beaston
After about a month of taking in what the WWE Network has to offer I thought we could take a look at some of the things that are worth your time on there, and even just to pick up on DVD. Every PPV event from WWE(F), WCW and Ecw is included on the on-demand section of the network, which means there is hundreds of shows and thousands of hours worth of wrestling to dig through, so I wanted to whittle it down to ten shows that I feel are worth watching, and the reasons will be highlighted too.
Let’s begin with an obvious one shall we?
WWE: WrestleMania 1
Held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, the very first WWF pay-per-view ever presented and a show that lit the fuse on the rocket that became sports entertainment and the concept of pay-per-view. The show isn’t »
- Chris Cummings
It’s been rumored for months now and we reported about it a couple of weeks ago, but it appears to be official now that Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon will be the next inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014. The announcement is expected on WWE Monday Night Raw from Brooklyn tonight, though the reveal has been confirmed early by the following newspaper advert;
A report from PWInsider suggests that the current plan is for members of The Kliq to induct Hall. That infamous group included Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman (X-Pac). No word if all of them will present Hall or if it will be just one of them. If it was one of them, Nash appears to be the most likely since he two formed the Outsiders together. However, if all »
- John Canton
One of the most admired and recognized records in professional wrestling is “Nature Boy” Ric Flair’s combined 16 reigns as World Champion (though Flair himself will tell you he is a 21-time World Champion, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Nwa, Tna and WWE all recognize only 16 of those reigns/title changes) since his first reign in 1981 when he defeated Dusty Rhodes for his first reign.
While some of those reigns lasted only scant hours, others lasted a year or longer and saw Flair face down and defeat the biggest names in the history of wrestling including Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Magnum Ta, Sting and many, many others proving that Flair truly was the man to beat and while there were always several promotions touting world champions at the same time, the title held by Flair (be it Nwa, WCW or WWE) always seemed to »
- JV Vernola
The New York Knicks are one of basketball’s most storied franchises but they haven’t won an NBA title since 1973. Celebrity fans like Spike Lee, Woody Allen, and screenwriter William Goldman worshipped the star-studded — but team-first — Knicks teams of that championship era, and a generation of aging sportswriters refuse to let those hardwood legends die. Actor Michael Rapaport was only three years old when the Knicks won their last title, but he’s turned his yearning for those glory years into a documentary, When the Garden was Eden.
Rapaport’s movie, which is also part of Espn’s “30 for 30″ series, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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