5 items from 2014
Hulk Hogan found some measure of success as a thespian at one point, but he got by entirely on his charisma and wrestling fame. And even his charisma didn’t get him very far.
If you’re like me (read: anyone who watched pro wrestling in the 80s, 90s, or even early 2000s), Hogan was the man. Larger than life. Yes, The Rock came along in the Attitude Era and became the biggest star around, but Hogan was still the legend. Remember Hogan vs. The Rock in Toronto at Wrestlemania X8? Hogan, playing the heel role, wound up being cheered by the crowd in the “Icon vs. Icon” match. The legend is recognized and loved all over the world… for his personality and accomplishments as a sports entertainer.
As an actor, however…
Where the Rock successfully managed the transition between the pro wrestling world and Hollywood, Hogan, making the jump decades before him, »
- Jay Anderson
The 1998 to 2001 period in the WWF was a critical and commercial success, with nearly every show feeling like ‘must watch’ television. Then in spring of 2001 it felt like everything changed. Creatively the company started to dip, leading to commercial recession too. By 2002 the product was in freefall, Mania buy rates had been rising year on year since the mid 90′s, WrestleMania X8 was the first one in a long while not to top the previous year. Much loved characters and storylines were gone, attempts to introduce new stories and wrestlers being consistently misjudged. The once “popular”, “trendy”, “cool” wrestling fandom was now the reserve of “geeks” and “nerds”.
Just why did the WWF go from being the hottest pop culture subject of the late 90′s into being a ridiculed joke in the mid 2000′s? Why did they have a mainstream audience one year and only a niche fandom the next? »
- Grahame Herbert
It’s been rumored for months now and we reported about it a couple of weeks ago, but it appears to be official now that Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon will be the next inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014. The announcement is expected on WWE Monday Night Raw from Brooklyn tonight, though the reveal has been confirmed early by the following newspaper advert;
A report from PWInsider suggests that the current plan is for members of The Kliq to induct Hall. That infamous group included Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman (X-Pac). No word if all of them will present Hall or if it will be just one of them. If it was one of them, Nash appears to be the most likely since he two formed the Outsiders together. However, if all »
- John Canton
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With the arrival of the WWE Network comes a vast library of wrestling programming. With so much content to choose from now is the perfect time to play some wrestling drinking games.
Drinking rules have become extremely popular when watching films or television programs and sporting events, especially amongst students, so it seems only natural to take a look at some fun special rules that can be applied when watching professional wrestling.
There are some generic rules that can be used for any period of wrestling or company such as drinking when a finisher is hit or when a referee misses some chicanery but this article will focus on more specific rules that can be applied for extra drinking fun. The list is in no particular order and more suggestions are encouraged in the comments section, some may even get featured in a future follow-up article. »
- Philip Frazer
When the WWE bought WCW in 2001, they were left with a large roster of superstars, so when the Invasion angle had finished, they decided to split said roster into two separate rosters after WrestleMania X8 in April 2002. Half of the roster would be drafted to the Raw brand, the other half going into the Smackdown brand.
There was initially only one world title, the WWE Undisputed Championship, but when this was made exclusive to Smackdown in September 2002 (becoming simply the WWE Championship), the Raw brand brought back the World Heavyweight Championship as their world title belt.
The following list refers to the worst WWE or World Heavyweight champions from this time until the two belts were again unified at the TLC pay-per-view in December 2013.
Having separate brands and world titles allowed some superstars, who might otherwise have had the opportunity, »
- Martin Perry
5 items from 2014
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