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Did Cesaro Just Take The Brass F**king Ring?

30 June 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Cesaro had a fantastic match against John Cena on Raw that went nearly 20 minutes and was one of the best WWE TV matches of the year.

However, backstage WWE officials may not be too pleased with how the match unfolded.

During the contest, Cesaro had to be briefly censored during the USA Network broadcast where it looked like he was flashing his middle fingers at Cena.

Upon closer inspection, it was actually his two ring fingers that he was showing because Cesaro tapes his two ring fingers and they are the ones that are clearly visible. It is likely a reference to the “brass ring” line that Vince McMahon said on WWE Network to Steve Austin.

Due to that line, his team with Tyson Kidd was referred to briefly as the “Brass Ring Club” although that name never became official for them.

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- John Canton

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WWE 2K16: 10 Moments You Can’t Recreate In Stone Cold Mode

26 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Even though it hasn’t been confirmed by WWE, 2K Sports, or Stone Cold Steve Austin himself, everyone knows that the main feature mode in WWE 2K16 will be surrounding the Texas Rattlesnake.

And even though it is arguably the worst kept secret in the history of WWE games, what the feature will actually focus on is pretty much up in the air.

Leaked video footage appeared to show Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Jim Ross recording commentary for the new game. The video shows the back of King and Jr as they recite their lines for the new game.

As the pair are doing their thing, they both mention one notable addition to the mode and the game’s roster as a whole, which has since been confirmed, in Shawn Michaels.

Should the footage be legit, this opens up a number of possibilities for the Texas Rattlesnake »

- Ross Tweddell

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10 Most Ridiculous WWE Attitude Era Matches

23 June 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Attitude Era was undoubtedly the most exciting period in the modern history of professional wrestling, bringing about a second golden era for the WWF and catapulting them past WCW to dominate the mainstream world. Superstars became household names, storylines were captivating, and Pay Per Views were doing huge numbers.

However, the period had a well-documented dark side. Thanks to the risk/reward strategy favoured by a creative team including the infamous Vince Russo, when things went wrong in the Attitude Era, they did so spectacularly.

Every match on this list is ridiculous for one reason or another; some are ruined by a naturally ludicrous stipulation, while others aimed for an epic atmosphere and badly missed the mark, instead coming across as incredibly silly.

Here are the ten most ridiculous matches of the WWE’s legendary Attitude Era. For the purpose of this article, the beginning of the »

- Jack G King

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WWE 2000 PPVs From Worst To Best

15 June 2015 6:46 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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A lot of Attitude Era fans tend to look back at that time through rose-tinted glasses. Yes, it gave us some great angles and storylines and plentiful helpings of shock TV, but there was a lot of dross, too. The wrestling was nowhere near the standard that it would be in coming years and PPVs were used to set-up the next episode of Raw (and not vice-versa).

That would change in 2000. A lot of it was down to writer Vince Russo leaving the company for WCW. His position was taken over by Chris Kreski, former writer of The Daily Show, who would greatly improve the quality of the shows writing. Kreski was the brains behind a lot of the best storylines and feuds from the era.

He had a lot of great talent to work with, of course. The Rock and Triple H were on top of their game, »

- Lewis Howse

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WWE 2K16 E3 Reveal: 10 Things That Must Be Announced

14 June 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Work on WWE 2K16 is reportedly nearing completion and things are about to be taken to the next level as it is scheduled to be part of E3 2015 next week.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is one of the biggest games festivals in the world and is used by many video game publishers and accessory manufacturers to reveal and advertise their upcoming games and game-related merchandise.

It is rightly reserved for the best of the best and never fails to create the odd headline or two.

Historically, the event hasn’t been used to reveal the entire version of a new game ahead of its release date, manufacturers use it to unveil specific details of their prospective titles that they believe will get the blood of each and every member of their target market pumping. So don’t expect to see two WWE Superstars playing as themselves »

- Ross Tweddell

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10 Backstage Stories We Learned From Jim Cornette

14 June 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Bobby Heenan had more wit, and Jimmy Hart was more obnoxious. But Jim Cornette had the whole damn package. With his cheap suits, sharp voice, and ever-present tennis gear, Cornette managed the WWE’s monsters during the early to mid-90’s. Among his charges were Yokozuna and Vader — massive, mostly silent giants who benefitted from having a smarmy motormouth by their side.

But as professional wrestling turned into sports entertainment, and the New Generation transitioned into the Attitude Era, Cornette’s old school wrestling philosophies fell by the wayside. He shifted around the WWE in various roles – as a booker, as a manager, as a talent developer in Ovw – before joining Tna, and then Ring of Honor.

In the midst of all this, Jim Cornette became known for his shoot promos. At first, they were the traditional ‘worked shoots’ that the WWE sometimes partakes in. But in more recent years, »

- Kevin Wong

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Sting Reveals Almost Signing With WWE To Face Steve Austin

31 May 2015 1:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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A new book about the WWE Attitude Era was released earlier this month and former WCW Champion Sting was one of the big names interviewed for it.

In the book, he revealed a little known tidbit that he nearly signed with WWE in 2003 for a potential feud with “Stone ColdSteve Austin.

“I had been negotiating with Vince [McMahon], and one of the ideas was for me to debut at the end of WrestleMania Xix and confront ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin. Negotiations fell apart and it never happened, but it makes you wonder, ‘What if?’ That was one of the times I was talking with Vince, and it would’ve been an incredible night that would’ve translated into some major, major rivalries and match-ups for years to come.”

Austin admitted that he had no idea Sting was close to signing at that point, but it would’ve been a moment for the ages. »

- John Canton

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WWE 2K16: 10 Things The Stone Cold Steve Austin Mode Must Feature

23 May 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Stop the press: news has been leaked to what WWE 2K16’s main game mode will be.

Speaking on the Memphis Cerrito Live Radio show, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler told of how Stone Cold Steve Austin will be at the centre of the new game. Lawler also revealed how he and Jim Ross have already been recording the vocals for it.

Lawler said: “We’re already been working on that. A lot of people ask about my old broadcast partner. They’re having in this year’s game, a big Stone Cold Steve Austin Attitude Era section and they have me and J.R. back together again in the studio doing voice-overs for that.”

The video packages of all Stone Cold’s tricks over the years alone makes the mouth water…

This is huge news considering the way Stone Cold and WWE’s relationship has been reportedly pretty »

- Ross Tweddell

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Steve Austin WWE Network Podcast Future Guests Revealed

18 May 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The return of the Steve Austin podcast on WWE Network was great news on Sunday. His next live podcast will be with Paul Heyman.

According to a press release issued by WWE today, Austin’s podcast will be a monthly show on WWE Network.

It was also noted that The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and Sting will be future guests.

Getting a chance to hear one of the best wrestlers ever like Austin sitting down with other legends is going to be the kind of compelling programming that will keep people tuning into WWE Network. The interview with The Undertaker will be particularly compelling just because we rarely see Undertaker do interviews like that. With a guy like Austin, we’ll be able to gets some incredible insight into one of WWE’s most unique performers ever.

Austin talking to Sting will be really cool. They have a »

- John Canton

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WWE 1998 PPVs From Worst To Best

14 May 2015 6:31 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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1998 was a huge year for the WWF. Having trailed WCW in terms of television ratings and pay-per-view buys for some, the company was finally starting to get its act together. Although top star Bret Hart had exited the company at the 1997 Survivor Series on the very worst of terms, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, for a number of reasons.

WWE was able to push their tyrannical owner Vince as the evil Mr. McMahon based off the fact that he had screwed Hart. It was money. In Hart’s absence people like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H were able to step up and fight for the top spots, too. Hart, who had publicly objected to the increasing sexuality of WWF programming, couldn’t stand in the way of the Attitude Era any longer.

The company laid down the gauntlet in January »

- Lewis Howse

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Val Venis

12 May 2015 5:02 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Hello, ladies! That husky-toned call followed by the sounds of a wailing saxophone could only signal the arrival of one WWE superstar: Val Venis. Real name Sean Morley, Venis was one of the most risqué characters of the envelope-pushing Attitude Era.

Venis originally wanted to be a helicopter pilot and wrestle at weekends, for fun. He trained under one of the maddest wrestlers of all-time, Dewey ‘The Missing Link’ Robinson, and after getting booked for a summer tour in England he never stopped working full-time. Helicopter flying had to be put on hold.

He wrestled all over the place and was well-seasoned before he made it to the red-hot WWF in 1998. Vince McMahon proposed that Val play a porn star-cum-wrestling star and Val loved it. He knew it would make an immediate impact and be embraced by the young male demographic. He was right.

Val had a tremendous career in the WWE. »

- Lewis Howse

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10 Times WWE Disrespected Stone Cold Steve Austin

17 April 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon/WWE are at odds again. It isn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. The Austin/WWE relationship is a strange one which has many peaks and just as many valleys. They have done incredible business with each other but, sometimes, they have refused to do business together, too.

Austin’s appearances of late have been getting less and less frequent. His last appearance for WWE was at WrestleMania XXX in a fabulous in-ring promo with Hulk Hogan and The Rock. Since then he has hosted two editions of his podcast for the WWE Network. They could be Austin’s last two appearances working with WWE (although history says that’s probably not going to be the case).

WWE made Austin a millionaire, but Austin made the company a load of money during the Attitude Era »

- Lewis Howse

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22 WWE Stars From The 2000s That You Totally Don’t Remember

14 April 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The WWE was in a bit of a slump in the aftermath of the highly successful Attitude Era. Several huge stars, including The Rock, Triple H and Steve Austin were either hit with injuries or left the company completely. There was a definite dearth of star power and business went down as a result.

Vince and company did create some major stars to fill the gaps, such as Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista. These guys carried the company as the legends were either going off to Hollywood or winding down their in-ring careers. Guys like Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and Kurt Angle were not working full schedules due to their well-documented injury woes.

So WWE needed to create talent to fill the cards and, hopefully, strike a chord with the masses and become a future superstar. It didn’t always pan out that way, however, »

- Lewis Howse

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WWE Network Adds “Raw Attitude Era” Section

13 April 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The WWE Network has been a great resource for wrestling fans looking forward to checking out older content that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see. When WWE Network launched last February the big selling point was that live PPVs were much cheaper thanks to the $9.99 monthly price and also the PPV archive included every WWE PPV. However, there were still things missing like some of the best Raw episodes from WWE’s greatest period, the Attitude Era.

It’s great news today to see that WWE Network has added a “Raw Attitude Era” section. If you have the full on demand library, click on Shows, then In Ring and then you’ll find Raw Attitude Era right there. The update includes every episode of Raw from December 15, 1997 to January 4, 1999. It’s basically a little more than a full year of WWE’s first official year »

- John Canton

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10 Best The Rock Vs. Triple H Matches

4 April 2015 2:39 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Rock and Triple H are probably going to have a match at WrestleMania 32 next year. We have a year to speculate about it, but based on what happened at WrestleMania 31 it’s considered very likely. Perhaps it will be a tag match with Ronda Rousey joining The Rock while Triple H is joined by Stephanie McMahon. It’s more likely that they do a singles match with the ladies at ringside.

If you watched WWE in the late 1990s through the early 2000s then you know that they were two of the most important performers during the Attitude Era. They rose to the top at the same time, feuded for the Ic Title (Rock beat Hunter for it in 1997, then Hunter beat Rock for it in 1998), then the World Title meant several title changes and they headlined many shows together along the way.

The Rock first won »

- John Canton

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15 Best WWE Moments Of The Decade (So Far)

20 March 2015 5:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of the constant complaints that wrestling fans have is that ‘wrestling isn’t as good as it used to be’. Fans are saying that now about the mid-2000s the way fans then were saying it about the Attitude Era. A lot of wrestling fans during the Attitude Era thought wrestling had lost its way and was better in the 1980s.

Yes, in wrestling things were always better ‘back then’. Sometimes it’s an understandable reaction. After all, nostalgia plays a big part in wrestling. A lot of people look back on the Attitude Era as a golden age because of the presence of stars such as Steve Austin, Triple H, The Undertaker and Mick Foley, but those same people tend to look past the bad comedy, misogyny and short matches.

WWE is sterile and has been for several years now. The spontaneity has gone and everything is too micro-managed and lacks authenticity. »

- Lewis Howse

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10 Undertaker WWE Dream Matches That Would Have Ruled

25 February 2015 9:29 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Undertaker versus Bray Wyatt has all but been made official for WrestleMania 31. This will be Undertaker’s first match since Brock Lesnar ended The Streak one year ago. It is rumoured that Undertaker will not make an appearance before the live crowd before ‘Mania in order to increase anticipation for his appearance.

Now semi-retired, The Undertaker only wrestles one match per year these days. But that’s Ok – as much as fans want to see The Undertaker perform, he’s given more than enough for them and the company, working through serious injuries in times of need.

Plus, ‘Taker has wrestled all the major players in wrestling already. Or has he? Sure, he may have worked with The Rock, Steve Austin, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, Hulk Hogan and even Vince McMahon, but he hasn’t quite wrestled everybody who’s anybody. There are plenty of »

- Lewis Howse

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10 Most Memorable WWE Raw Moments From 1997

20 February 2015 5:55 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

1997 is widely viewed as one of the most entertaining years in Monday Night Raw history. Not only was “Stone ColdSteve Austin catapulted into superstardom that year, but the entire Shawn Michaels Vs Bret Hart feud had gotten really heated and personal, eventually giving us the birth of the Mr. McMahon character. The Attitude Era was definitely in full swing, and even though they weren’t winning in the television ratings (Raw only beat Nitro five times in all of 1997), WWF was absolutely on fire, and the product was really rounding into shape.

The show’s fifth year on the air saw a drastic and dramatic shift in mature content, as the aforementioned Attitude Era really began to change the way pro wrestling was presented. More characters, gimmicks and stories that pushed the envelope and helped to finally turn the tide for the WWF and helped them to “win” the “war”. You have to remember, »

- Aaron Hyden

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE In 2000

9 February 2015 9:15 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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By the turn of the millennium, the then-World Wrestling Federation had pulled itself head and shoulders above main competitor World Championship Wrestling. Things were so shambolic in Atlanta that Vince McMahon’s company could pretty much do whatever they wanted – even the absence of top names such as Steve Austin and The Undertaker from late-1999 to mid-way through 2000 couldn’t hurt the WWF.

Wrestling fans often bemoan the lack of competition for WWE nowadays, but the fact is that in 2000, there really wasn’t much warfare in wrestling. 2000 would mark the last full year in which WWE would have to keep a keen eye on what a rival was doing, something which holds true to this day.

Thankfully, the year 2000 is looked upon fondly when fans recall WWE history. Pay-Per-View quality was averagely good, and then-wwf television was entertaining, more often than not. The Attitude Era was in full swing, »

- Jamie Kennedy

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15 Best WWE Attitude Era Matches

28 January 2015 11:15 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Attitude Era was a lot of things but, from an in-ring standpoint, it was often very far from good. In fact, some of the wrestling during that period was downright abysmal.

The athletic standard has certainly improved in recent years and the wrestling on WWE shows is, in general, a lot better today. These days it’s normal to have good to great, long matches on episodes of Raw and Smackdown. The audience demands it. But back in those halcyon days of 1997-2001, fans were so into the characters and storylines that they often overlooked what could be, at times, pretty shoddy wrestling.

That’s not to say that the Attitude Era didn’t boast it’s fair share of great matches, however. With performers the caliber of Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Mick Foley, Chris Benoit and The Undertaker knocking around fans were still treated »

- Lewis Howse

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