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WWE’s annual summertime extravaganza SummerSlam has been home to some of the greatest rivalries in WWE history. The Mega Powers and the Mega Bucks clashed at the inaugural event in 1988, bringing an end to a rivalry that started months earlier at WrestleMania IV. Hogan returned from a career-threatening rib injury caused by newcomer Earthquake two years later to clash with the behemoth at the 1990 event. The love triangle between Triple H, Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon took center stage during the WWE Championship defense by The Rock in 2000 and Undertaker and Edge’s year-long battle for SmackDown supremacy resulted in a vicious and brutal Hell in a Cell main event in 2008.
For every great feud that unfolded on the grand stage presented by SummerSlam, there was a feud that failed to live up to expectations. Some failed so miserably that the only way to properly describe them »
- Erik Beaston
Since acquiring both Ecw and WCW, Vince McMahon’s WWE has become the veritable titan in the sports entertainment industry. Their “Then. Now. Forever.” ethos has been exemplified on their recent video archive, the WWE Network, their Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and every episode of Raw where Michael Cole refers to a flying elbow as “shades of Randy Savage.”
Most recently, this mentality has been at the center of the last two installments of 2K’s WWE video game series, with the Attitude Era being represented in 2012, and 30 Years of Wrestlemania being showcased last year. With Sting finally signing his Legends contract, it’s the perfect opportunity for the upcoming 2K15 installment to honor World Championship Wrestling and show off some of their more entertaining storylines.
Disclaimer: No title on a pole matches included.
- Kiefer Vincent Storrer
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
3 items from 2014
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