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10 Dream Wrestling Matches That Only Happened On TV

13 September 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Wrestling fans often fantasize about dream matches, regardless of whether they’re possible or not. For example, the chances of The Undertaker and Sting finally facing off at WrestleMania are likelier than ever with Sting close to signing a deal with WWE. However, a match between Daniel Bryan and Bret Hart is pretty much out of the question with Hart retired from in-ring competition. With most dream matches being of marquee value, they only place you’ll usually see them is on pay-per-view, most notably at WrestleMania. John Cena vs. The Rock, Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock, and Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle all occurred on The Grandest Stage of Them All, but there are a handful of dream matches that did not.

In fact, there’s quite a few matches you never thought you’d see that didn’t go down on PPV at all. Whenever WWE »

- Graham GSM Matthews

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WWE Network Review – The Monday Night War Episode Five: “Have a Nice Day!”

12 September 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen reviews the fifth episode of The Monday Night War on the WWE Network…

Read the previous episode review here.

Following the rather preposterous previous episode that claimed silly things about the influence D-Generation X had on the ratings war between WWF and WCW, we get a rather sweet look back at the career of Mick Foley and the impact his work and performances had on the turning of the tides.

This episode, titled Have a Nice Day!, at times doesn’t feel like an episode discussing The Monday Night War and is instead the first few chapters of a much longer Mick Foley DVD as it looks at his humble beginnings in WCW, being fired and jumping to Ecw before finally making the leap to WWF where he would become a household name. But while it may seem as pointless as the D-Generation X episode, Have a Nice Day! »

- Luke Owen

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WWE Network Review – The Monday Night War Episode 4: “A New D-Generation”

11 September 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen reviews the fourth episode of The Monday Night War on the WWE Network…

Read the previous episode review here.

As we’ve discussed in the previous episode reviews, we’ve come to expect a certain amount of revisionist history when it comes to The Monday Night War. If you want the real truth of how the war was won and lost, go and read Bryan Alverez’s The Death of WCW, which is having a 10th anniversary reprint next month. Once you’ve excepted the fact that The Monday Night War is not the most accurate portrayal of the war, you can come to terms with it as a show. But with that said, the fourth episode of The Monday Night War, which looks at the rise of D-Generation X, is the most hilarious, self-masturbatory example of “history is written by the victors”.

Before we get started, it »

- Luke Owen

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Sean O'Haire Dead: Former WCW and WWE Wrestler Dies at 43

11 September 2014 1:34 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Former World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Sean O'Haire was found dead on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in his South Carolina home, TMZ reports. O'haire was 43 years old. The cause of death is currently unknown, but no foul play is suspected, the site reports.  The wrestling pro, whose real name was Sean Haire, made his debut on an episode of WCW Nitro in 2000, where he became a three-time WCW Tag Team Champion paired with Mark Jindrak and Chuck Palumbo. Following WWE's purchase of WCW, O'Haire [...] »

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Sean O’Haire Dies Aged 43

10 September 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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News broke sometime late last night about the sudden and tragic death of Sean O’Haire at the age of 43.

The former professional wrestler was best known for his for his stints in both World Championship Wrestling and the WWE. Beyond his career in wrestling, Haire worked as a bouncer, bodyguard, and personal trainer, among other things. His passing was first reported by former WCW alumnus, Scotty Riggs, who sent out a tweet stating he had heard about the death.

Sean Christopher Haire was born on February 25, 1971 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He got his start in professional wrestling after training at WCW’s Power Plant facility in the year 2000. In June of that year, at just 26 years old, the man called Sean O’Haire debuted on Nitro. During his WCW tenure, O’Haire helped form the Natural Born Thrillers stable — also consisting of Mark Jindrak, Chuck Palumbo, »

- Douglas Scarpa

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50 Outstanding WWE Fan Signs

10 September 2014 2:25 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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After Monday Night Raw on 1st September, a news story broke that – once again – WWE had confiscated and kicked out a fan for waving a sign saying ‘I could be home watching Nitro for $9.99’… essentially, forcibly removing the urine from WWE’s desperation policy of mentioning the low low Low price tag of their failing Network, while ironically referencing the showing of ‘classic’ episodes of WCW Nitro, and including a callback to the Monday Night War, all in one pithy and original sign.

It matters not that the real story turned out to be said fan’s drunk and obnoxious behaviour (if you actually watch the show, the sign stays put for a looong time, which is pretty hard evidence that they weren’t that bothered about it). No, the WWE Universe (Universe? Universe?! we’re fans, not a whole Universe!) were up in arms over their right »

- Ben Cooke

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20 Ecw Easter Eggs, References And In-Jokes You Never Noticed

8 September 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Well, if considering the lampooning nature of the 1990s in the pro wrestling industry, the idea that Ecw’s place in all of this as an outside instigator is incredibly important. As the “third” major American company, the idea that Ecw promoted hardcore and pure wrestling over classic portrayals of the business and cartoonish buffoonery (and excelled in doing so) pushed forth WCW’s attempts at indoctrinating cruiserweight wrestling into the industry, as well as then then WWF’s “Attitude Era.”

Insofar as Ecw poking fun at the competition, as well as the competition poking fun at them, the silliness is obvious and rather commonplace. However, the more intriguing issues to consider center around moments when Ecw’s wrestlers, wrestling or characters were directly lifted from the bingo hall on the corner of Swanson and Ritner in South Philadelphia and put on Raw, Nitro, Smackdown, Thunder or global Pay-Per-View. »

- Marcus K. Dowling

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WCW Nitro Sign Nearly Gets WWE Fan Arrested On Raw?

3 September 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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A fan sign that was prominent during the angle with Stephanie McMahon, the Bella Twins, Paige, and Aj Lee on this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw led to a lot of discussion online in the last couple days, as stories started circulating that the fan had been kicked out and even threatened with arrest. What actually happened appears to be more complicated than WWE not liking the sign, though.

On Monday afternoon, the fan in question, who uses the name “rynoIA,” posted on Reddit asking for sign suggestions. One of the responses, from a user named “Evertak,” was “I could be at home watching Nitro (for only $9.99),” and obviously, rynoIA took him up on it. It was one of the most clever signs we’ve seen on Raw in a long time, parodying the old “I could be at home watching Nitro/Raw” signs from during the Monday Night War. »

- David Bixenspan

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Vince McMahon’s 10 Greatest Matches

3 September 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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For decades, Vince McMahon was recognized as the voice of World Wrestling Entertainment. Behind the scenes, he was a ruthless businessman who changed the industry forever by taking his company national (and later, international) and putting old school territories out of business, He was a master promoter, capable of making stars household names unlike any of his peers. More importantly, he was a visionary, a pro wrestling mastermind who understood the direction the industry was moving and was able to steer his promotion that way and ensure its success.

In the mid-1990s, however, McMahon’s company had stumbled tremendously. His company had been rocked by a steroid scandal and a rare failure to know his audience had led to insultingly bad gimmick characters debuting on a weekly basis. Trash men, plumbers and a mantaur invaded the company and fans everywhere rolled their eyes and flipped the channel to WCW Monday Nitro, »

- Erik Beaston

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9 WCW Monday Nitro Episodes You Must Watch On WWE Network

31 August 2014 1:23 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Recently, the WWE has been trying to drum up more interest in their WWE Network. We’ve all been witness to the constant plugging of the Network’s $9.99 price point. Beyond the shameless shilling, however, the WWE has continued their trend of adding new and original content to the over-the-top platform.

In the days following SummerSlam, subscribers were treated to a new documentary which focused on the three former members of the Shield and their respective journeys to the big time. A similar documentary aired after WrestleMania, focusing on Daniel Bryan, along with an insightful piece on the Ultimate Warrior following his passing.

Along with these docs, the WWE has produced a handful of original shows which air exclusively on the Network. Chief among these shows was the successful Legends’ House reality series. Now, the WWE has delivered on a long-promised series, the Monday Night War. The program »

- Douglas Scarpa

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WWE Network Review – The Monday Night War Episode 3

28 August 2014 4:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen reviews the third episode of The Monday Night War on the WWE Network…

Read the previous episode review here.

The second episode of The Monday Night War, which looked at the rise of the nWo, was a step in the right direction after the mishmash of previous DVDs that was the first episode. This third episode, which looks at the invention of The Attitude Era, follows on the style of the second episode and it’s all the better for it. This is very much the same content as the Attitude Era DVD they released a few years ago, but it’s more involved and more detailed with the perspective given from both companies. And as such, it’s a lot more interesting.

This story thread of WWF falling behind WCW’s vastly better ratings that was set up at the tail end of the previous episode and they pick up from there. »

- Luke Owen

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WWE Network Review – The Monday Night War Episode 1

27 August 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen looks at Monday Night War on the WWE Network…

One of the first shows announced when the WWE Network was first revealed, The Monday Night War is a look back at the ratings battle between WWE (then WWF) and their rivals World Championship Wrestling as they competed for fans to tune into their shows during the late 90s. The show promises to give a full recap of the most famous battle in professional wrestling that will likely never happen again.

The first problem with the show comes to the forefront when those who have seen The Monday Night Wars DVD that WWE released back in 2004 and the Rise and Fall of WCW DVD they put out in five years later start to feel a level of familiarity. Not just in the same stories being told (the fall of Crockett Promotions, bringing Hulk Hogan into WCW etc), but they »

- Luke Owen

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Portrait Of Rob Schamberger: The Man Who Paints Wrestlers

14 August 2014 1:07 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Imagine taking your passion, and turning it into your livliehood. For most people, it just can’t be done. Sure, many would love to give up their unsatisfying office jobs to own their own coffee shop, write the great American novel, or become an astronaut, but they don’t. They never make it into outer space. They may be afraid to give up the security, or there may only be so many of those job openings available.

And what if your passion takes you to places that no one has been to before?

How many people just want to paint wrestlers full-time and have the actual talent to do so? Just one, and his name is Rob Schamberger. He may be the only person in the history of the planet to have this occupation.

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From August 15-17, Rob will be at the SummerSlam Confidential Panel in Los Angeles, »

- Andrew Soucek

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10 Craziest Ever WCW Nitro Moments

31 July 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Monday Night Wars between WCW and the WWF (as it was back in the day) were responsible for some of the looniest stories and angles in professional wrestling history, as WWF chairman Vince McMahon and WCW president Eric Bischoff each attempted to outdraw each other for ratings of their flagship Monday night shows, Raw and Nitro.

Everyone knows that the WWF won the ratings war, the elevation of ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin and his feud with the tyrannical owner Mr. McMahon finally pushing pushing Raw’s ratings over and above Nitro’s in April 1998.

Incredibly, Eric Bischoff would actually outdo himself in an attempt to claw back the top dog position for Nitro and WCW. While the WWF went from strength to strength with the Attitude Era, WCW’s characters, stories and angles became increasingly ridiculous. In September 1999, Bischoff was removed from power due to plummeting ratings »

- Ben Cooke

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WWE Network – Five Months In, let’s take a look.

28 July 2014 2:59 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

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

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WWE 2K15: 15 Legends Who Need To Join Sting On The Roster

27 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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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

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WCW’s 10 Biggest Mistakes

9 July 2014 3:49 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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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

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20 Loudest Crowd Reactions For WWE Returns Ever

23 June 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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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

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10 Wrestlers Who Nearly Defected During The Monday Night Wars

20 June 2014 1:49 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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

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10 Reasons WCW Beat WWE 84 Weeks In A Row

11 June 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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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

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