9 items from 2014
The Undertaker is WWE’s biggest legend. On screen he was a fearsome character and exceptional wrestler. Off screen he was a leader and inspiration to the locker room. He has carried this revered reputation for nearly three decades now, in a main event run that is unrivalled in the business.
His legacy will endure forever, but his story is perhaps over after losing to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. That loss marked the end of Taker’s 21 year unbeaten streak at WrestleMania. It was significant, because at that point, Undertaker and the streak were one of the same thing.
If that was the narrative ending for The Undertaker character, then what we are left with are some great memories. You’ll have your own personal favourite moments, perhaps the time he launched Mankind off Hell In A Cell or his classic match against Kurt Angle at No Way Out »
- Grahame Herbert
As we have seen from previous installments, sometimes the biggest stories in WWF/E happen off screen rather than on screen. Last time, in 1997, we learned that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were supposed to face off at Wrestlemania 13, the Road Dogg ended the Ecw Invasion, and Vince McMahon tried to re-sign the Ultimate Warrior…again.
In 1998, the WWF gained momentum in the Monday Night War against WCW. Stone Cold Steve Austin won the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania, the second incarnation of D-Generation X became fan favorites, and The Rock rose to prominence.
With so much happening on- and off-screen, you’d think you would know everything that went on backstage in the WWF, but you’d be wrong. There are plenty of little nuggets of trivia that came from this year. Some of these you may have also known about, but simply forgot.
10. The Quebecers Reunited »
- Justin Seagull
Just one week ago, at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar destroyed John Cena in a one-sided contest to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar first won the title twelve years ago today, defeating The Rock at the 2002 edition of the so-called Biggest Event of the Summer. Brock last held the title in February of 2004, losing the championship to Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out of that year.
While it’s been nearly a decade since the former Ufc fighter held the most coveted prize in sports entertainment, the plan for Brock to become champion has been in place for some time. However, not everything went according to the original plan.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently stated that the original idea was for Lesnar to defeat and decimate Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam — similar to how he laid waste to John Cena. Supposedly, this would have been »
- Douglas Scarpa
One of the biggest concerns that people seem to have with the overall WWE product is the company’s constant reliance on John Cena. Most of the time, he seems to be the only person on the entire roster that is able to look strong all the time, even in the rare instances that he loses. Whenever they try to push someone new to the top, something inevitably happens, causing them to change their minds, and they go right back to putting Cena on top.
At SummerSlam, John Cena and Brock Lesnar will deliver their big money rematch from Extreme Rules 2012, a match that was heavily hyped and still exceeded all expectations. This time, the WWE World Title is on the line, making it Brock’s first shot at being atop the company heap since he dropped the WWE Title to Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out 2004.
- Aaron Hyden
Summer is always one of the best times creatively for WWE, trailing only Wrestlemania season. Fans know that summer is around the corner when the creative team breaks out of their post-Wrestlemania lull and starts building towards Summerslam.
Some of the most memorable moments in WWE history have happened in the months of June, July, and August. So as the temperatures begin to rise and the days get longer and longer, let’s take a look at the top 10 hottest summer storylines in WWE history.
10. Vince McMahon’s Demise (2007 – 2012)
The more things change in WWE, the more they stay the same. Like clockwork, around June of every year, Vince McMahon finds a way to get thrown off the show permanently, only to return like nothing happened. This phenomenon started in June 2007, where a crazy McMahon stepped into a limousine, which promptly blew up. A huge »
Copyright: WWE Triple H – Thy Kingdom Come Blu-ray
As fans pour through the vast library of the WWE Network, you’ll see many of the same faces again and again. While more than seven hundred wrestlers have appeared on WCW and WWF pay-per-views, there’s a select group of top stars that have wrestled on dozens and dozens of times on PPV.
Using data collected from CageMatch.net and WCW PPV and WWF PPV star ratings from Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, I’ve compiled a list of the most prolific PPV wrestlers. Also, I’ve included match suggestions covering many of their finest in-ring accomplishments. To be on a list like this you need longevity, star power and a lot of tenacity.
Let’s see who qualified!
20. Mick Foley
57 WWE PPVs + 18 WCW PPVs + 9 Clash of the Champions = 75 PPVs and 9 other events
All three of Mick Foley’s famous personas (Cactus Jack, »
- Chris Harrington
He had just celebrated his 43rd birthday this past Friday on Valentine’s day.
Wrestling agent Eric Simms first broke this news on his Facebook page…
Others then followed suit and paid their condolences.
— Tommy Dreamer (@Thetommydreamer) February 19, 2014
Nelson Frazier/Big V has died.This really hurts!He was one of the good guys, and was always a great mentor and supportive. I Love U BigV Rip
— Chris Masters (@ChrisMasters310) February 19, 2014
First joining the WWF way back in 1993, Frazier was one of the »
- Aziz Miah
WWE superstar Big Show is celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday (Feb. 8) and has quite a career to look back on with pride. Nearing 20 years in the ring, Big Show has pretty much done it all.
To mark the big man's special day, take a look at five of his very best WWE matches below, including the company's only barbed wire steel cage match and the infamous ring implosion. Happy birthday, Big Show.
Big Show vs. Jbl at "No Way Out 2005"
Big show vs. Brock Lesnar on "Smackdown" in 2003
Big Show vs. Undertaker at "No Mercy 2008"
Copyright: WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 Blu-ray
It’s been a pretty terrible couple of weeks for WWE, but something good is on the way, and I’m not talking about Wrestlemania. I’m talking about the Elimination Chamber Pay Per View, one of the more underrated Pay Per Views of the entire WWE schedule.
Sandwiched between the two biggest shows of the year (Mania and the Royal Rumble), the Chamber doesn’t seem to get a lot of love. But at the time of year when WWE’s booking is at its strongest, we get great matches featuring (usually) six of the top superstars on each brand. So rather than dwell on the negative, I’m going to channel my inner optimist and make myself feel better by counting down the 10 best Elimination Chamber matches of all time.
There have been 16 total Chamber matches since the first one back in 2002, so »
9 items from 2014
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