11 items from 2016
On Sunday night, Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar in less than two minutes in the main event of Survivor Series. It was Lesnar’s first clean defeat since losing to Triple H at WrestleMania 29 in 2013. Since then, The Beast Incarnate has defeated the likes of John Cena, Dean Ambrose and – more impressively – The Undertaker where he ended his legendary Undefeated Streak. But it wasn’t an up and comer that could have done with the rub who stopped the unstoppable Brock Lesnar, it was the returning 49-year old Goldberg who hasn’t been in the ring in twelve long years and is only back because a video game needed promoting.
And it was the perfect outcome for the match.
To argue why Goldberg needed to squash Lesnar, you need to go back to his WCW debut in 1997. At that time, »
- Luke Owen
Ic Title Match: Wade Barrett (C) vs. The Miz
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
World Heavyweight Title Match: Alberto Del Rio (C) w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
For The Shield‘s first WrestleMania match, I expected something just as good as, if not better than, their debut match at »
- Shaun Eddleston
WrestleMania returning to the New York City area was a dream come true for me, since it combined my favourite annual wrestling event with the city I love the most.
Early reports confirmed that The Rock would return for another match and this would also be Brock Lesnar’s first ‘Mania back since 2004 when the event was last held in the NY area. I was sold and promptly booked my flights.
After telling Billy Gunn to F**ck off and running up a $400 bar tab on someone else’s credit card, my friend John decided not to come back to WrestleMania. So, me and my other, more responsible buddies set off to the Big Apple for a week of wrestling festivities culminating at MetLife Stadium for what we hoped would be a great show.
In 2013, I decided to steer clear of the convention scene and enjoy a little more of New York. »
- Kenny McIntosh
After nine years away, WrestleMania returned to its birthplace and the site of some of its most legendary moments – the New York City area.
Though it wasn’t Madison Square Garden (the home of WrestleManias I, X, and Xx) East Rutherford, NJ’s MetLife Stadium, just west of lower Manhattan, was a perfect place to host one of the most anticipated rematches in WWE history – The Rock versus John Cena, part two.
The bout was a follow-up to the previous year’s show and huge “Once in a Lifetime” main event. At WrestleMania 28, The Rock pinned John Cena in front of his hometown Miami crowd and appeared to have won their intergenerational feud. When John Cena won the 2013 Royal Rumble match and The Rock captured the WWE Championship at the same event, the stage was set for their second showdown.
- Scott Fried
Every year, WWE runs a tour of the UK and other European markets just after WrestleMania. While this year’s edition had promised to be big with the announcement that Daniel Bryan would be appearing at April 19’s Smackdown! tapings in London, it just got even grander – The Undertaker will also be a part of the tour.
WWE runs two separate house show schedules with two separate rosters, and in order to give both sets of shows a shot of star power, Bryan will be on one and The Undertaker will be on the other. According to the Wrestling Observer, The Undertaker will be in action, though no opponents have been announced yet. This puts to rest any lingering speculation that the legend will be hanging up his hat after WrestleMania 32.
The Undertaker appeared on Raw in London prior to last year’s Survivor Series, but wasn’t in action. »
- Scott Fried
WrestleMania can be good, it can be bad, it can be anything it wants to be so long as its not boring. The last thing a fan wants is to wait weeks and months for WWE’s biggest extravaganza, only to be sorely disappointed by how utterly predictable the results end up being.
There have been some truly predictable WrestleManias, such as WrestleMania 29, in which Mark Henry was put over Ryback in the second match just to try and stun oddsmakers, as every other match had a non-negotiable conclusion. Other times, WrestleMania has thrown a wrench into the works of notable matches with the intent of surprising even its most jaded viewers. Oftentimes, this strategy works to a fault.
With these sorts of risky decisions, you run the risk of upsetting the audience. In some cases, the shocking finishes were virulently protested by fans that tuned in the following night anyway. »
- Justin Henry
One of my favorite things about WrestleMania season is watching as the branding and marketing for the event begins to unfold. Each WrestleMania has its own unique look and feel and WWE is careful to cultivate this in everything from the TV spots and commercials to the set up of the stadium itself.
Who can ever forget the Roman Empire imagery of WrestleMania IX at Caesar’s Palace, or the skylines and New York icons represented by WrestleMania 29? Last year in San Jose, WrestleMania took on an ‘interactive’/technology theme, whereas this year in Dallas, TX, WWE has gone the obvious route and given Mania a Texas flavor.
When we look back through history at the previous thirty two WrestleManias, perhaps nothing serves as a better time capsule than the even poster for each respective event. From the over the top imagery of the ’80s, to the »
- Daniel Donnelly
The answer is: Four – Charlotte, Paige, Natalya, and Alicia Fox
The question: Out of 17 different women that have been WWE Divas Champion (a belt that was first activated in July 2008), how many of those 17 women are with WWE today, and have never left the company at any point?
With Brie Bella likely on her way out the door to begin family life with husband Daniel Bryan, and sister Nikki staring possible retirement in the face due to a neck injury, you’d think they’d account for the twelfth and thirteenth women on the list of those former champions that walked, but the truth is, they already qualified: the Bella Twins left WWE in the spring of 2012, and were gone for nearly a year, returning shortly before WrestleMania 29. More on that in the list.
It’s been a common trend for women’s wrestlers to bow out »
- Justin Henry
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shockingly returned to WWE in 2011 in order to work a two-year program with top star, John Cena. Before Rock made his comeback, the main event of that year’s WrestleMania was scheduled to be John Cena against The Miz for the WWE Championship.
That match didn’t feel like a main event, so when The Rock made his monumental return on the February 14th Raw to reveal himself as the Guest Host of WrestleMania, it became clear that WWE had a plan to still make WrestleMania feel like an epic show.
Over the next few weeks, Rock and Cena would trade insults and even trade finishers, culminating in an-in ring confrontation where they set up a match for the next year’s WrestleMania in Miami, Florida. It was the first time WWE had announced a Mania main event 365 days before the show.
Rock would »
- Kenny McIntosh
wwe.com / wikipedia
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was the number one international box office star of 2015. He shared the news on his Instagram, stating “Thank You. World’S #1 International Box Office Star. I was blessed with this title in 2013 and now again in 2015. $1.48billion is a lot of revenue to generate in our business in only one year.”
His films this past year were Furious 7 and San Andreas, both of which did very well at the box office.
The $1.48 billion figure Rock mentions, that’s exactly why he’s reluctant to make a return to the wrestling ring. He’s set to appear at WWE’s WrestleMania 32 on April 3rd, but isn’t thought to be competing on the show. Industry expert Dave Meltzer believes it is an insurance issue.
You can understand why that would be the case, Johnson is too valuable to Hollywood. He’s worth far »
- Grahame Herbert
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently confirmed that he’ll be at WWE WrestleMania 32, but Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has stated “the impression we have right now is Rock is not cleared to wrestle on the show for the same insurance reason we reported on months ago.”
That’s bad new for WWE fans. Sure, a returning Rock is always entertaining, he certainly lit up the last two Mania shows with sensational mic segments. But for WrestleMania 32, there had been a long held expectation that he’d be wrestling. Any other role he takes at the show is going to disappoint.
It could also be considered misleading that both Rock and WWE have been hyping his appearance as if he could be wrestling.
- Grahame Herbert
11 items from 2016
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