10 items from 2014
Dating all the way back to the very first WrestleMania, celebrities have been a major part in the celebration of professional wrestling’s Super Bowl. From Liberace, to Mohammed Ali, many top Tinsel-Town names have played an integral part in giving the fans of wrestling a memorable extravaganza. Later, and throughout the years, Hollywood celebrities would become a staple of the wrestling business, whether it was as serving as a guest host on Raw, helping in putting a regional territory on the national map, or, and in many cases, tying up the boots themselves in order to deliver their message inside the squared circle!
This top ten list is going to cover the celebrities that have had the greatest impact on the business, months and even Years after making their appearance.
10. Pete Rose
- Vince Russo
World Wrestling Entertainment is a company that prides itself on the moments it creates. It replays those moments ad nauseum in video packages, television specials and on its revolutionary streaming and on-demand network. Employees talk up those moments and their place in pro wrestling history. And rightfully so. From Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant’s face-to-face at WrestleMania III to Shawn Michaels’ boyhood dream coming true, the beginning of the Austin era at WrestleMania Xiv and the return of Brock Lesnar in 2012, they are moments in time that left fans excited, emotional and enthusiastic about the art form they love.
For every monumental moment, there are those that leave fans asking, “Wtf?!” From boogeymen to turkey suits, necrophiliacs to elderly pregnancies, WWE’s crack creative staff has been responsible for some of the most moronic, mind numbingly bad moments in professional wrestling’s centuries-long history. They are »
- Erik Beaston
When it’s done right, WrestleMania works a lot like a Super Bowl and a season finale simultaneously: Storylines and feuds peak and get resolved that night. The next day, the characters and several elements of the previous “season” carry over, but it’s clearly a new day. New storylines and new feuds emerge.
But it’s rare that a new era emerges. Fans saw this after WrestleMania Xiv with Steve Austin winning the title, and although it’s largely been erased from history, it can be argued that Eddie and Benoit embracing in the ring at the end of ‘Mania Xx was intended to mark a new era of sorts.
However, in the span of 29 hours starting Sunday at 6 p.m. Edt, WWE didn’t just end old storylines and feuds and start new ones. It didn’t simply close out an era and begin a new one. »
- Scott Carlson
Tonight at WWE WrestleMania XXX the winner of the Daniel Bryan or Triple H match will become the third man in the triple threat match with Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Some believe Daniel Bryan will defeat Triple H and enter the Main Event match, others think Triple H will go over Daniel Bryan to fight for the championship. There’s even the third option, we get no clear cut winner, a swerve of sorts, in the Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H match and both go on, turning the match with Batista and Randy Orton into a fatal four way.
Regardless of the outcome in the Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H match, no matter if Daniel Bryan comes out of WrestleMania XXX as the WWE World Heavyweight champion or if the WWE decides to screw with the rabid Daniel Bryan fanbase yet again »
- Matt Binder
Copyright: WWE WrestleMania Xiv Blu-ray
WrestleMania is fast approaching and superstars will be making plans to impress on the big stage. Everyone that makes it to the Superbowl of wrestling enters with the mission of stealing the show and leaving an impression on the viewer.
Some have made a career of it, whether it be ‘Mr WrestleMania’ Shawn Michaels and his tendency to have the best match of the night or making audiences believe in The Undertaker’s undefeated streak coming to an end or someone trying to steal the spotlight in a multiman match (such as this year’s Battle Royal), there isn’t a single performer who isn’t trying to demand attention.
There is no better way to grab the audiences attention than to do so from the moment a superstar steps through the curtain. This list takes a look back at the best WrestleMania entrances in its 29 year history. »
- Philip Frazer
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
As I write this we are only a couple of weeks away from the thirtieth WrestleMania event, which is being held on April 7th 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The excitement for wrestling fans, and more-so, WWE fans, often reaches it’s height in the weeks leading to the so-called “showcase of the immortals” and what was once, prior to Vince McMahon feeling like it made the event sound “old”, “the grand-daddy of ‘em all”.
I started watching wrestling in 1992 and the first show I ever watched was WrestleMania 8, held at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The show featured two spectacular matches, being Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper and Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair. Randy Savage would remain my favourite wrestler of all time from this event on. Looking back on this event in 2014, and these matches still hold up today. Great selling, wonderful story telling, and top notch wrestling from these four men. »
- Chris Cummings
We are fast approaching the 30th annual WrestleMania event and it is the time of year when many wrestling fans look back on the famous event and revisit the moments that, for whatever reason, were memorable to them. Through the years there have been plenty of memorable moments at WrestleMania and dozens of wrestlers have carved themselves into the tree-bark of history with their performance on the grandest stage in professional wrestling. One of those wrestlers, of course, is the man who called himself “The Heartbreak Kid” and was labelled by fans and critics alike as “Mr WrestleMania”. That man is Shawn Michaels, and this DVD/Blu-ray package is about his legacy on WWE’s main stage.
- Chris Cummings
In recent times, the WWE has been rejuvenating a tag team division that had been largely ignored or poorly booked for many years.
But the ‘Attitude Era’ was somewhat of a golden age for tag team wrestling, and I’m here to run down the Top 10 teams of that period. Teams were stars of the show just as much as some of the main event wrestlers, in all sorts of shapes, sizes and gimmicks.
The exact start and ending times of the Attitude Era are largely undefined and often the matter of opinion, but for the purposes of list, I will be looking at teams from WrestleMania Xiv in 1998 to the beginning of the Invasion angle in mid 2001.
The list will have more emphasis on actual duos of tag team “specialists” rather than teams of main event stars put together, although teams of the latter do feature. The various teams »
- Martin Perry
Copyright: WWE WrestleMania Xiv Blu-ray
As Triple H stated this Monday on Raw, “The Royal Rumble is the start of the road to Wrestlemania.”
There have been very few wrestlers to have walked that road quite as emphatically as The Undertaker. He is a star in every sense of the word, a great character and even better in-ring worker. Fans want to see him, anticipating his re-emergence with fervent anticipation. When will he be back? What he will be doing? Who will he be feuding against? – Just some of the questions that buzz around WWE fans yearning for The Undertaker’s return at this time of year.
A strong case can be made for The Undertaker returning this weekend at the Royal Rumble. It would make sense that his story begins now. There are other pointers that Taker could be returning this weekend – speculation which this feature will touch upon over the next 10 pages. »
- Grahame Herbert
10 items from 2014
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