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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year….”
The classic Andy Williams Christmas tune has double meaning for wrestling fans. December brings good tidings of holiday cheer and also means that WrestleMania Season is just around the corner. Right after we ring in the New Year, we will be on The Road to The Royal Rumble. Since the WWE has established such strong connections between The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, the RAWs and Smackdowns prior to the January Classic have essentially become the first stops on The Road to WrestleMania. There is not a better time to be a wrestling fan than the few months leading up to “The Showcase of the Immortals.”
2014 will offer up the 30th WrestleMania and all signs point to the record 22nd match of, perhaps, WrestleMania’s most celebrated and successful superstar, The Undertaker. Since 1991′s WrestleMania VII, The Deadman has dominated the grandest stage in WWE, »
- "The Doc" Chad Matthews
With WrestleMania four months away, the internet is awash with rumoured matches leaked from WWE ‘insiders’. Nevertheless, for us wrestling fans the Road to WrestleMania is the most exciting time of the year and one of the biggest questions this time around surrounds Cm Punk. Who will the self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ face at the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’?
After beginning 2013 in the final weeks of his epic 434 day WWE Championship reign, Punk followed his high profile matches with The Rock and The Undertaker with a well-earned break to heal niggling injuries. Returning at Payback as a babyface, Punk has served time in the mid-card in a feud with Paul Heyman’s clients Brock Lesnar, Curtis Axel and Ryback.
- Marc Jobling
We’re heading towards that time again. The malaise from the slow descent since SummerSlam is about to be driven to a stop by one of the best PPV’s of the year, the Royal Rumble. From there we have a constant raft of new storylines, returning heroes and villainous turns.
Through it all though, as we career along to the 30 year anniversary of the big one, it is the return of an old favourite who always garners the most attention. Even in a year which might see potential returns of Hulk Hogan and Chris Jericho, it’s the returning Phenom who gets the most interest. Who will he challenge? Who will challenge him? Will the streak end or will it remain the most impressive run in sports entertainment?
Word is out that it’s already down to one or two people who could face the Deadman but with the »
- Hugh Firth
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Shadowlocked readers will be fully aware of a certain 50th Anniversary extravaganza that's recently taken place, and which has been covered in great depth, detail and devotion in a myriad of other reviews and articles, but there's another half century celebration occurring this year that has arguably had, and continues to have, a much bigger impact on the world than our beloved time lord friend.
Though for most of the world it may seem as though the WWE's history started around the time of the first Wrestlemania, held on 31st March 1985 at the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City, its history actually stretches back to 1963 when Vince McMahon Sr and James Mondt formed the World Wide Wrestling Federation. The journey from this pivotal moment to the present day is covered in the latest DVD release from WWE in the form »
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment begins with Vince McMahon getting out of his car at WWE headquarters in Connecticut and greeting employees as he makes his way to his office on the top floor of what was once known as TitanTowers.
The documentary portion of this release begins at the beginning, with information about Jess McMahon and Vince McMahon Sr, and how they began what we now know as WWE. Jess McMahon was a boxing promoter, his son Vince, turned it into a traditional regional professional wrestling promotion, and his son, the current head of WWE, Vince McMahon Jr, turned it into the multimedia conglomerate that we know today.
The talking heads are extremely relevant and well picked, it is nice to see the big names from wrestling’s history on here, talking about the history of WWE as a company and the wrestling business as a whole. »
- Chris Cummings
When many people think of the great WrestleManias, a select number of events tend to pop up in the mind of most fans. WrestleMania X7 is probably the best WrestleMania of all time and a candidate for the best American wrestling PPV of all time. WrestleMania III is up there thanks to the spectacle of the Silverdome and a rather great event overall. That’s fine and dandy, but I’m going to throw a different WrestleMania into the mix. WrestleMania VII may be the best WrestleMania that nobody talks about.
First, let’s address the elephant in the room and one of the main reasons that most fans tend to shy away from WrestleMania: Gulfsploitation. I don’t even know if that is a word, but that is probably the best name for it. Taking Sgt. Slaughter who at that point had been portrayed as an American hero »
- Robert Goeman
More than anyone else, Chris Jericho is professional wrestling's renaissance man. While he's been known longest at a WWE superstar, he also has a metal band that tours around the world, has hosted game shows, done some acting and written two books
Now, Jericho has his very own web series, "But I'm Chris Jericho." The comedy series has a little fun with Jericho's own Hollywood experiences, while creating a world that's just a little too crazy to be true
Zap2it spoke with Chris about the series, along with a vast number of other topics. From "The Walking Dead" to podcasts and the rise of online media, Jericho has thoughts about it all, including what it would take to bring him back to WWE and his third autobiography.
Zap2it: Your appearance on "The Talking Dead" outed you as a big fan of "The Walking Dead." Is it just the show, »
The WWE Royal Rumble kicks off the road to Wrestlemania and this year’s is a little more significant compared to years prior. Up for grabs this year for the person to outlast 29 other men is a title shot at, not only Wrestlemania, but the landmark 30th Wrestlemania. The winner will more than likely challenge for the WWE title at Wrestlemania, which takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A lot more emphasis for this one, so let’s check out who will most likely come out of the 27th Royal Rumble as the victor.
Dolph started 2013 very well with a strong Rumble appearance and a world title win after cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase against Del Rio. However, it seems to be a trend with WWE in the past few years to have first time world champs flat line immediately after their big win; it also happened to Edge, »
- Francois Chang
As a child who grew up during the 1990s, pro wrestling was a pretty big deal in my life for a while. From around 1994 to 2002, every Monday I would park myself down in front of the TV and make sure to catch Monday Night Raw. There’s just something about watching angry, colorful characters beat the tar out of each other that really appeals to kids.
In addition to these weekly staples of programming, one Sunday a month would feature a pay-per-view with a clever title such as King Of The Ring or Survivor Series. While these certainly were big events that saw feuds end and titles change hands, the biggest of all events was WrestleMania. I remember watching countless WrestleManias while being in awe at the sheer spectacle of it all and being amazed at the classic matches being put on display. Being able to relive these epic moments »
- Eric Hall
Hosted by The Miz, the compilation features every Money in the Bank Ladder Match in history. The match debuted at WrestleMania 21 in 2005, quickly becoming a WrestleMania tradition and in 2010 proved so popular that it was given its own annual PPV event. Several top Superstars have been Money in the Bank winners including John Cena, Kane, Edge, Cm Punk (twice!), Rob Van Dam and many more. 11 of the first 12 winners have used the match as a springboard to winning a championship, and several times the match has helped a Superstar who has never win a World Championship break through to claim their first. Much like the Royal Rumble Match, the Money in the Bank match represents a golden opportunity for a Superstar to achieve immortality, and its entire lineage is presented here.
It is nice to see this match receive its own box-set release. The “Money in the Bank” concept »
- Chris Cummings
1 week…as of writing this article John Cena has been back 1 week and already I am finding myself experiencing an emotion I try with all my strength to avoid.
Hate…I already hate John Cena.
I know it is cliche to b*tch about the man who has produced more shirts than Nike but it is the fact that he has made me feel so negatively in such a short space of time that means I have to write about it to relax. Words are my marijuana and WhatCulture is my lighter. Breath in the second hand smoke that is this article and be medicated against the cancer that is John Cena. Ugh I wish I was cool enough to believe in my own metaphors.
Anyways here’s why John Cena is a pain in the ass etc etc.
4. Receives A Title Shot Without Earning It
I am currently in »
- Brett Mills
Former WWE and WCW wrestler Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts has told Black Man Inc that he would be interested in buying Tna Impact Wrestling if it is in fact for sale and that he would be a legit rival for Vince McMahon and the WWE.
Roberts, who has recently moved out of Diamond Dallas Page’s Accountability Crib where he was being treated alongside fellow former WWE star Scott ‘Razor Ramon’ Hall for issues pertaining to substance abuse, was being interviewed about his new attitude on life since sobering up as well as his intentions to win a spot in the 2014 Royal Rumble next January. When talk turned to the news that Tna – where Roberts once worked – was allegedly coming up for sale Roberts had the following comments to make:
“God, it needs to. I mean, I watched for 10, 12, 15 years, however long it’s been out there and they suck. »
- Matt Aspin
Though it sometimes seems like the WWE is an endless parade of Pay Per View (PPV) presentations, there are four that serve to underpin the annual offerings; Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania (which incredibly hits its thirtieth birthday next April), Survivor Series and SummerSlam. That's not to say that the rest of them aren't important, because they are, but once the annual climactic celebration of all things WWE that is Wrestlemania has come and gone then all eyes are looking towards SummerSlam to deliver the next peak in the wrestling calendar.
Summerslam 2013 is out on Monday 28th October on DVD and Blu-ray »
So, this coming Sunday is the annual Hell in a Cell event, an event in which two matches will be held inside the barbaric “Hell in a Cell” cage. It’s a match concept used to definitively end feuds and put an exclamation point at the end of a rivalry. Sunday’s event will feature six advertised matches (as of right now) and one pre-show match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, so let’s get this preview and predictions thing underway, shall we?
Curtis Axel has held the intercontinental title for a number of months and he puts the belt on the line here against Big E Langston. Now, Big E Langston only turned baby-face a week ago so the question mark remains as to whether or not the fans will accept the former Ziggler-muscle as a hero. »
- Chris Cummings
There many different locations in the WWE universe that have garnered much respect. We have the sacred ground of Madison Square Garden, the Allstate arena in Chicago and the Boston Garden. But out of all locations WWE has been, there’s nothing more fun than when WWE goes to “Bizarro World” in Toronto Air Canada Center.. And it’s only fitting that the bizarre one Goldust returns this past Monday from Toronto to avenge his brother attempting to get Cody’s job back against the WWE champion, Randy Orton.
The night begins with the returning WWE Hall of Famer Edge coming home to Toronto and the company. The Rated R Superstar comes back to a racous reaction. He says that he loves being back but it wasn’t of his own accord. Edge says he was mandated by Triple H to have a reunion with his old partner not Christian »
- Paul Jordan
On Thanksgiving night in 1987, WWE created its second pay-per-view franchise called Survivor Series. The event which later became dubbed “WWE’s Fall Classic” brought an interesting elimination tag concept never seen before. These matches became tradition and brought forth many interactions between the over-the-top personalities of Vince McMahon’s WWE Universe.
Over the years this format, which made it stand out more into more of a traditional pay-per-view Event. In 1991 , we had our first title match in the franchise history. Soon non-traditional matches become a regular staple of each year. The traditional tag format would be cut down to one or two matches a year. In 2011, the company almost removed the little brother of Wrestlemania from its schedule altogether saying the concept was antiquated.
They created Bragging Rights in 2009, a battle between the Raw and Smackdown brands which featured a five on five tag team match just one month before the November tradition, »
- Paul Jordan
To be honest, when Alberto Del Rio won the World Heavyweight Championship from Dolph Ziggler at Payback, I was very much against it. Alberto Del Rio has had a number of title reigns before but none of them have lived long in the memory… primarily because they never lasted long at all. Del Rio’s first WWE Title reign lasted a month, his second one lasted just over a month and his first World title reign lasted about 3 months. Del Rio was never able to prove himself as a strong world champion losing each of the belts so easily and so quickly. It was starting to be hard to believe that he would become a strong heel main-eventer for years to come. There was only the prestigious Royal Rumble victory in 2011 and his announcer Ricardo Rodriguez that was making Del Rio relevant in WWE anymore.
So I was a little »
- Thomas Robinson
John Cena has been on top of WWE programming for close to a decade and him being put to the sidelines for a while with an elbow injury is something that should stir things up. This is a period in time when young talent could rise and fill the void the injury has created. Heck, it happened back in 1999 when Stone Cold Steve Austin had to take time away and The Rock stepped up to become arguably one of the biggest stars ever in the WWE. Cena’s injury should be seen as a stimulus to birth a new star and even wrestling dirt sheets are reporting that the WWE has been telling this to the up-and-comers.
The longest time John Cena had been away from WWE television since he became a main eventer was back in October of 2007 when he injured his right pectoral muscle. A little over 3 months later, »
- Francois Chang
Recently in WWE we have seen many superstars change their image and name. Joe Hennig went from Michael McGillicutty to Curtis Axel in order to save his career, Ryan Reeves went from Skip Sheffield to Ryback and has gained more recognition since even main eventing Extreme Rules against John Cena for the WWE Championship.
More recently we have seen Windham Rotunda change his name from Husky Harris to Bray Wyatt, although this has been a huge positive and lift for Wyatt’s career there has been chants of ‘Husky Harris’ through the arena most notably on his debut.
In this article I’m going to look at the history of name changing in the WWE and bring to you the superstars who have altered their persona for success.
5. Isaac Yankem Dds Became Kane
- Nathan Ritchie
WWE Money in the Bank is always a big PPV- so much so that it could be argued that it has taken over Survivor Series’ spot as one of the ‘Big 4′ that also include Summerslam, Royal Rumble and, of course Wrestlemania. Part of the reason for this is that so much of importance is decided during the PPV. Not only are there the usual world title matches, but we also get to see an idea of who may be the future World Champions of the company in the coming year- something that everyone gets excited about as the Iwc can look at who is getting anointed with the next big push.
But the big match in this year’s Mitb is not one of the ladder matches, nor one of the World Title Matches, it is actually a bout that has no title or contract on the line.
The most important match on the card, »
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