5 items from 2016
Unquestionably, the biggest wrestling stars on offer at the original WrestleMania event were Hulk Hogan and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. They were the glue holding the actual grappling side of things together, along with others like Paul Orndorff, Andre The Giant and Big John Studd. However, Vince McMahon didn’t believe professional wrestling was enough to make the event feel grand by itself.
For that very reason, he enlisted the help of celebrities like Mr. T, Liberace and Muhammad Ali. Mixing his WWF Superstars with these household names greatly helped ‘Mania, and it can’t be denied that the show is still the biggest highlight on the annual wrestling calendar to this day.
Back in 1985 however, not everyone was on board with McMahon’s vision. Some felt he was tarnishing the legacy of his father’s promotional techniques, turning wrestling into more of a casual entertainment attraction than a credible business. »
- Jamie Kennedy
Eighteen months ago I wrote about the ways in which WWE was already managing to ruin the Bray Wyatt character. In the intervening period, things have significantly improved for the real life Windham Rotunda and his giant cronies… no, only joking. They’ve actually gotten worse.
Let’s compare Wyatt’s treatment by WWE’s creative wing with that afforded to the only other character in WWE history with a similar pedigree and aura to him: The Undertaker. The level of protection that Mark Calaway received as a callow twenty-five-year-old with the WWE is pretty much unprecedented in wrestling.
He’d barely lose at all for years, whether engaged in minor feuds in the midcard or competing for the WWF Championship. Vince McMahon’s edict for his debut was that the big man should never leave his feet unless he did it himself, and that order would remain »
- Ben Cooke
Even the biggest stars in pro wrestling history have had ups and downs in their careers, it’s just the way life works. Did people really believe Steve Austin would go on to become the biggest box office name in the industry when he was working WWF Superstars matches as ‘The Ringmaster’? Adversity comes in many forms, and it’s sometimes hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the chips are down.
WWE performers don’t only have to prove themselves to their peers and top-level management, they must also prove their worth to the paying audience. As much as Vince McMahon may like to believe that he can simply tell people who to cheer and boo, the fact is that WWE relies on the fans to tell them what’s working and what isn’t.
Each one of the men and women »
- Jamie Kennedy
This is gonna be short and sweet, folks. What I'm writing tonight is primarily just an introduction for this new weekly column, which will have a limited run every Wednesday night on Latino-Review throughout the Road To Wrestlemania. This means it shall conclude on Wednesday, April 6, three days after Wrestlemania 32.
So, what can you expect? Let's start with an overview of my history as wrestling fan, so you can better understand the filter through which I view the product these days.
Age 5-12(1988 - 1995) = Fan
Age 13-19 (1996 - 2002) = Obsessive Super Fan
Age 20-22 (2003 - 2005) = Fan
Age 23-27 (2006 - 2010) = Casual Fan Who Pops Up For Big Moments
Age 28-Present (2011 - 2016) = Someone Who's Mildly Familiar With What's Going On
Yes, while I began watching WWF Superstars as a 5 year old boy, sitting on the couch next to my grand-grandfather Ernesto and eventually became the kind of nerd that owned Almanacs, watched every TV show, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Today, Monday Night Raw is WWE’s flagship program and a constant showcase for the promotion’s biggest rivalries and non-ppv matches. The show runs for 3 hours each week, but that wasn’t always the way things were for Vince McMahon’s brightest idea of 1993.
Upon its debut on January 11 ’93, Monday Night Raw was a one hour programme, no different in time scale to much of the federation’s other TV output. There was just one difference – Raw seemed a little more lively compared to Wrestling Challenge or WWF Superstars.
Those long-running syndicated shows had become terribly stale, featuring endless runs of squash matches. Monday Night Raw was supposed to represent something different. Whilst the show did feature enhancement talent to begin with, it quickly evolved into showcasing competitive matches between top stars, such as Ric Flair facing Mr. Perfect on the January 25 episode.
In total – including pre-taped »
- Jamie Kennedy
5 items from 2016
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