11 items from 2014
"The irresistible force meeting the immovable object!"
It's been a long time since I've watched wrestling, but when I was a kid I was really into it, and Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant were two of my favorites. I don't see a lot of wrestling fan art that features these wrestling stars, but I came across this one created by Rbst. It brought back some great memories, and I included the video of the two champions fighting each other at Wrestlemania III. I completely forgot how overdramatic these fights were! I love it!
- Joey Paur
Although it’s not the same as it once was, Survivor Series still exists as the 2nd longest running annual event in WWE History. It was created in 1987 to extend the rivalry between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant from Wrestlemania III. Due to Andre’s eroding skills, and health, teams of 5 were created around the two legends to do battle in an elimination style format. Over the years we’ve seen numerous teams stacked with Hall of Famers, as well as teams filled with 4 versions of Doink.
With a traditional Survivor Series Match between John Cena’s team and The Authority set to headline the November classic later this month, it’s the perfect time to ask who were the best teams to ever grace the event? And will either Cena’s team or The Authority’s team able to grab a spot on this in the future? »
- Rich D. Latta II
One of the great things about the WWE Network is getting the chance to go back and take a look at some of your most cherished childhood memories, whether it was Ricky Steamboat going all-out with Randy Savage at WrestleMania III, or even some great one-off PPV events. But perhaps even more exciting than that is actually getting to see the early days of the company that would challenge the all-powerful WWF in the 1990’s; World Championship Wrestling.
The house that Turner built included a bevy of wrestlers that eventually went on to do some great things with the WWE, some of them having even become world champions. It’s quite a thrill to pop on something like Starrcade 94 and realize that you’re watching a young Triple H have a match with Alex Wright. So many men who would go on to accomplish great things in the WWE, »
- Matthew Fisher
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
WrestleMania 30 gave diehard fans everything they could have hoped for—and more. WWE icon Hulk Hogan returned to host the event, which smashed ticket-sale records once again at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans—meaning, though the $10.9 million shelled out by the sold-out crowd of 75,167 probably couldn't dislodge the 2013 Super Bowl from its sports-event pedestal, WrestleMania 30 is now the top-grossing entertainment event ever held at the arena. But apparently the evening's host was in a nostalgic mood, because as he was riling the crowd up early on, he accidentally referred to the Superdome as the Silverdome, where he toppled Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III in »
It all started with an idea.
WrestleMania was an idea Vince McMahon had back in 1985 that would fuse the worlds of professional wrestling and mainstream celebrity to create a true entertaining extravaganza. Over the years that followed it, McMahon would build the legacy of the show based on other highly successful ideas, both his and others’. There was the epic main event at WrestleMania III between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant that drew 93,173 fans to suburban Detroit’s Pontiac Silverdome. The Battle of the Billionaires in 2007 resulted in the highest pay-per-view buyrate until the titanic clash between The Rock and John Cena at WrestleMania 28 broke that record. The Money in the Bank ladder match worked out well, too.
As great as some of those ideas may have been, there were others that failed miserably. They missed the mark, some in spectacular fashion, and became blemishes on whatever show they appeared. »
- Erik Beaston
When a new wrestler makes it into the big leagues of the WWE, there’s always a level of anticipation and a degree of expectation on them and what they’ll achieve during their career.
A lot of wrestlers have had a ton of expectation on their shoulders, being labelled the ’next big thing’, only to have crumbled under the weight or by not quite living up to the hype.
On the flip side, there’s WWE stars who begin their careers without the same fanfare and backing, but go on to have tremendous careers, comebacks, matches and more. Some wrestlers have achieved more than ever anticipated, reaching higher levels of popularity, success and achievement than first thought; blowing everyone’s expectations of what they’d become out of the water, going on to be the celebrated stars that they are today.
Here’s my list of ten wrestlers »
- Gareth Cairns
Since won by WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson in 1979, the WWF/E Intercontinental Championship has been held by the “workhorses” of the WWE. Talented workers and storytellers like Tito Santana, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Mr. Perfect, and Shelton Benjamin- all great performers, but not the person the office would bank on carrying the company at house shows and PPVs- carried the Ic-title, entrusted in having great matches at- or near-the-top of the card with other mid-card superstars.
And with the WWE Network now comes the ability to access the all-time classics at anytime, anywhere, for a very affordable price. But after watching The Dragon and Macho Man at WrestleMania III, the Michaels/Ramon Ladder Match from WrestleMania X, Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog from Summerslam in England… after watching the best of the best, whose morbid curiosity hasn’t wanted to take a peek at the worst of the worst? »
- The 'House
Copyright: WWE Stone Cold Steve Austin Blu-ray
The term “final” is a pretty loosely-used one in the world of pro wrestling. I learned that the hard way as a kid, when I cried my eyes out during the video montage for Rowdy Roddy Piper’s retirement. It was set to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, and even then, in 1987, the video package brilliantly told the story of Roddy’s career. Even though he’d long been a heel, Hot Rod was overwhelmed by the fans’ reception, that record-setting 93,000 at WrestleMania III. As he walked the seemingly-endless aisle to face his final opponent, Adorable Adrian Adonis, I was astounded that this was the last time we’d get to see Roddy Piper.
Because I was only 9 years old, and twitter did not yet exist, I had no idea that Piper was merely on hiatus to film a movie. And while I »
- Heather Hickey
The 60-year-old wrestler will host “WrestleMania 30,” on April 6, from New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But he’ll be on the air before that, appearing on USA Network’s “Monday Night Raw” on Feb. 24, and on the WWE Network’s “WWE Raw Backstage Pass,” later that night.
One of WWE’s biggest stars during the 1980s, with a legion of loyal “Hulkamaniacs following his every move,” Hogan first joined the company in 1984, and left in December 2007 after the 15th anniversary of “Raw.”
“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” said Hogan, who went on to win six WWE championships and starred in movies like “No Holds Barred,” after defeating the Iron Sheik and defending the title against Andre the Giant at “WrestleMania III” at the Pontiac Silverdome. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha »
- Marc Graser
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has returned to WWE and will host "WrestleMania 30" on Sunday, April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Hogan will make his long-awaited return to WWE this Monday on "Raw," which airs live at 8 pm Et on USA Network. He will also appear on "WWE Raw Backstage Pass," airing live on WWE Network on Monday night at 11:05 pm Et. A larger-than-life icon, Hogan is one of the biggest names in WWE history. On January 23, 1984, "Hulkamania" was officially born when he defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion at Madison Square Garden. He headlined "WrestleMania III," where he successfully defended the WWE Championship against Andre The Giant in front of a record 93,173 fans at the Pontiac »
11 items from 2014
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