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Competition: Win ‘WWE Summerslam 2017′ on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of WWE: SummerSlam 2017 on DVD and Blu-ray we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray!

WWE’s second biggest show of the year and the biggest party of the summer…. It’s SummerSlam! Coming from the Barclays Center, the main event shakes the foundations of Brooklyn when Brock Lesnar defends the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe in a Fatal 4-Way Match. And “The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura gets his first chance at WWE gold when he faces “The Modern-Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship. Plus much more!

Second only to WrestleMania, SummerSlam is one of the most exciting and hotly anticipated events in the WWE calendar – and this year’s edition was earth shattering!

The Universal Championship Fatal 4-Way is simply electric, with four of WWE’s most powerful Superstars demolishing each other for a chance to
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WWE Raw 09/12/16 Review – Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn appears on the Highlight Reel and more

Shaun Eddleston reviews the September 12th edition of Monday Night Raw

Following a pretty lacklustre episode last week (read my review here), and a rather impressive PPV from the Smackdown brand over weekend (read my review here), Raw needed to step up its game in a big way, especially with the next PPV on the horizon, Clash of Champions. Could it regain its footing as we saw the WWE Universal Champion face one of the most polarising figures in the current climate of WWE?

Raw General Manager Mick Foley addressed the Raw Women’s Championship situation

Mick Foley kicked off the evening’s broadcast and introduced fans to women’s champion Charlotte.

Frustrated by the loss suffered at the hands of Bayley last week, she attempted to force Dana Brooke to apologizse to her for the defeat. Sasha Banks interrupted, soon followed by the aforementioned Bayley. The segment broke down
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WWE are bringing back the Cruiserweight Division to Raw

As well as the announcement of the new General Managers of Raw and Smackdown, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon also announced that the Cruiserweight Division would be returning to the company.

However, unlike its last run in WWE, the Cruiserweight Division will be exclusive to Raw and not Smackdown.

The announcement comes off the back of the successful debut of the Cruiserweight Classic, which is currently airing exclusively on the WWE Network. The show is presented very differently to the current WWE product and is more evocative of Mma, which could be transferred over to Raw.

This also builds on the rumours that WWE have signed several of the competitors in the tournament, including Roh’s Cedric Alexander and New Japan’s Kota Ibushii.

See Also: WWE Cruiserweight Classic – Week 1 Review

The Cruiserweight Division began life in World Championship Wrestling and was a platform for the likes of Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio Jr.
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‘WWE – The Us Championship: A Legacy of Greatness’ Review

I’ve often said that I find the history WWE Blu-Ray releases the best, so when one was released celebrating the Us Championship I was obviously looking forward to it. Although we often see people like John Cena dominating the belt these days it has one of the more interesting histories of any of the belts. WWE – The Us Championship: A Legacy of Greatness reveals just how varied this history is.

The fact that WWE now has a huge library of footage from all kinds of wrestling federations from the past allows them to pull out some real gems. These include matches that aren’t even complete, and don’t feature commentary. This is the case of Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat with Andre the Giant as guest referee. Filmed in 1978 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling it is a nice addition for the history loving wrestling fan, especially those who love Andre.
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 2000

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card:

The Godfather & D’Lo Brown vs. Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan

WWF Hardcore Title Match: Tazz vs. Viscera vs. Pete Gas vs. Rodney vs. Joey Abs vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Taka Michinoku vs. Funaki vs. Mosh vs. Thrasher vs. Bradshaw vs. Faarooq vs. Crash Holly (Hardcore Battle Royal)

Steve Blackman & Al Snow vs. T&A w/Trish Stratus

WWF Tag Title Match: Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (Triangle Ladder Match)

Terri Runnels w/The Fabulous Moolah vs. The Kat w/Mae Young (Cat Fight)

Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko vs. Too Cool & Chyna

Ic Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit

WWF European Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit

X-Pac & Road Dogg w/Tori vs Rikishi
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16 Awesome Stories From Eddie Guerrero Tribute On Talk Is Jericho

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It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years already, but as of this week a decade has passed since the wrestling world tragically lost one of the greats. Eddie Guerrero was a performer admired by fans and peers alike; someone who visibly gave his all each time he stepped in the ring and worked hard to entertain.

One of the most gifted workers to ever set foot in a ring, the former WWE champion and member of the vaunted Guerrero wrestling family was truly one of a kind. His death hit those within the industry and on the outside looking in quite hard, and his friends and family have continued to keep his memory alive in their words and actions. Still to this day no one can perform a frog splash in any arena in the world without the crowd breaking into chants of his name.
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10 Longest WWE Cruiserweight Championship Reigns Ever

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Another month, another defunct championship history to delve into.

The Cruiserweight Championship is arguably the most poorly-booked, unfairly neglected championship in WWE/WCW history, as it provided some of the best in-ring action and some of the main excitement on shows, yet was almost always presented as a sideshow and rarely, if ever, the main attraction.

The first champion was crowned when Brian Pillman defeated Ricky Morton in a tournament final in WCW in October 1991. 40 different competitors would hold the belt over a combined 79 reigns. Superstars as varied as Chris Jericho, Oklahoma, Dean Malenko, Alex Wright and Rey Mysterio would be champion, again showing the mishmash attitude towards its booking.

One important note is that this is the history of the Cruiserweight Championship, established in WCW and then taken over by WWE. As such, it is this lineage that is looked at here, not the WWF Light Heavyweight Title.
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Rico Is Latest Former WWE Star To Call Out Bubba Ray Dudley

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While WWE fans may have been rejoicing when the Dudley Boys returned to WWE for the first time in a decade last month on Raw, it seems as though some of Bubba Ray’s former colleagues are not marking out with them.

Earlier this week Rene Dupree claimed that Bubba was unnecessarily stiff when working with La Resistance in 2003 and that the veteran gave him ‘half a dozen’ concussions, adding that Bubba punched Sylvain Grenier full force in the face (twice). It is not the first time that accusations have been levelled against Bubba, who had a reputation for being a bit of a bully back in the day.

And now former WWE star Rico, who worked for the company between 2001-2004, has come out and made similar claims. During an interview with the Pancakes and Powerslams show, Billy and Chuck’s stylist talked about his issues when working with Bubba.
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Review: WWE Monday Night War Vol.1 - Shots Fired

In the half century that WWE has been around, there have been many defining moments, many significant events, and many controversies, but by far the most memorable chapter in the company’s history is what became known as the Monday Night War.

Officially beginning on 4th September 1995 when WWE’s rival wrestling company WCW aired the first episode of Monday Nitro in direct competition with Vince McMahon’s established flagship show Monday Night Raw, the war lasted for five and a half years until McMahon bought WCW in March 2001, bringing a definitive conclusion to the most fascinating era in wrestling history.

Recognising that such a momentous period of history could never be done justice in a single documentary, WWE produced a twenty part series for the WWE Network examining the war in minute detail, and have now released the first ten episodes in this superb collection called The Monday Night War Vol.
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16 Things We Learned From Mark Henry On Talk Is Jericho

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Despite having a rocky start to his pro wrestling career, Mark Henry is in the midst of a run that has spanned 19 consecutive years with World Wrestling Entertainment. The World’s Strongest Man has come a long way from his early days as a member of The Nation of Domination, being handed several different gimmicks to varying levels of success before someone finally realized that taking a power-lifting monster like Henry and turning his character into a power-lifting monster was the right direction to go.

Henry has had to very distinct eras of his career, as comedy mid-carder Sexual Chocolate and as the caretaker of the Hall of Pain. Behind the scenes his colleagues speak highly of him and anyone who can last nearly two straight decades in the cutthroat political atmosphere within the WWE has to be tough and affable at the same time.

Mark took some
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‘WWE Monday Night Wars: Vol. 1 – Shots Fired’ Blu-ray Review

For many wrestling fans the so-called “Attitude Era” was when WWE was at its best. This is something that I tend to agree with, with a heart full of nostalgia. This is why WWE Monday Night Wars: Vol. 1 – Shots Fired was a welcome trip down memory lane.

One thing I will say about the release though is that it is very much a WWE release. We are meant to see the McMahons as respectful business people who would never be like the likes of Ted Turner, a man who wanted to destroy the oh so saintly WWE. Just look at the history of “Sports Entertainment” to know that this is not the case. The McMahons did their own damage too.

To move back to Monday Night Wars, for people who used to sit flipping from WWE to WCW, this is the perfect release for you. Looking at the major events of the so-called wars,
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9 Times WWE Disrespected The Cruiserweights

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The cruiserweight division was one of the highlights of WCW in the 1990s. When the nWo and the ‘surprise’ appearances by former WWE stars became tiresome, you could still rely on the fast-moving, high-flying cruiserweights for entertainment.

For years, the likes of Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Juventud Guerrera, Billy Kidman and a host of others were presenting cutting edge professional wrestling night in and night out. It was the most exciting wrestling on prime time television and they often stole the show on PPV, too.

The WWE tried to compete, but their Lightheavyweight division, such as it was, had no chance of competing. The WCW guys were just in a different class altogether. When WWE acquired WCW in March 2001, however, they got the Cruiserweight Tite as part of the package and went about trying to revive the division.

With no history of being able to properly promote smaller wrestlers,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ultimo Dragon

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Ultimo Dragon is, sadly, a wrestler who doesn’t seem to get the kudos he deserves. History has been far kinder to WCW cruiserweights like Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero, whilst Dragon is often left out of the picture (probably because he wasn’t a success in WWE like the other three).

But don’t let the lack of recognition fool you. When he was on, Dragon was as good as anybody else, be they cruiserweight or heavyweight. One of the first to truly blend the Japanese, Mexican and American styles, he was a hybrid wrestler of the highest calibre, a man who routinely had great matches and captured many championships in the process.

His WWE run seems to have eroded the memory of his superlative performances against the likes of Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Psicosis and Eddie Guerrero, which is a shame. Ultimo was something
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Brodus Clay Calls WWE ‘The Triple H Factory’

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George Murdoch, who was formerly billed as Brodus Clay in WWE and currently wrestles as Tyrus for Tna Wrestling, recently took part in an interview with The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling.

During the interview, Murdoch was asked to reflect upon his time spent with WWE.

Murdoch was questioned about performers not being given the opportunity to break-through and excel in WWE. His response was interesting, to say the least.

You see it happen all the time in the WWE. Guys who should no doubt be on the top of the card and be main eventers. Guys like Cesaro. There is no reason why he shouldn’t be on his second World Title run, guys like Jack Swagger, Big E the list goes on and on of guys that are there right now that could change the game. The Triple H factory as I call it seems
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‘Ecw Unreleased: Vol. 3′ Blu-ray Review

WWE continue with their volume releases of Ecw history with the third Ecw Unreleased release, hosted by Joey Styles, Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie. I recall Ecw fondly in many ways, and it is fun to go back and look at some of the matches, wrestlers and storylines that made the grungy extreme promotion an underground (and eventually more than that) hit. With comments and introductions from the three hosts, this is a collection of matches and angles that will appeal, like the previous sets, to Ecw fans, and people looking to discover the history of hardcore.

There are some blinders in here, I have to say. But, with wrestlers like Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Cactus “Mick Foley” Jack, Lance Storm, Chris Jericho, Terry Funk and others, it’s easy to see why there is a high level of quality in some of the matches on offer. Ecw provided
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‘WWE The Road is Jericho: Epic Stories and Rare Matches from Y2J’ Blu-ray Review

Chris Jericho may be with WWE part-time, but some of us remember when he first made his debut in the company, and then realise just how long ago that was. Some of us even remember him in WCW, even as far back as the original Ecw and this is why WWE: The Road is Jericho: Epic Stories and Rare Matches from Y2J is fun to watch. The fact I only go back to Ecw though shows that this is how far back the release goes and its restriction to the WWE video library.

Instead of going for the normal documentary structure with added matches, WWE: The Road is Jericho: Epic Stories and Rare Matches from Y2J features Jericho talking about his memories of a match or an event in his career then leading into the match itself. Presenting himself out of character he talks about how he had
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Review: WWE The Road Is Jericho

When you think of the WWE, the first names that spring to mind are usually The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Cm Punk, Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and latterly Roman Reigns, but there’s one man who has quietly, despite his brash and outspoken manner, become one of the legendary cornerstones of the business today. That man is Chris Jericho, and The Road Is Jericho is a collection of his war stories and rare matches from throughout his career.

I make no bones about it, I’m a Jerichoholic. I've found his three autobiographies to be hugely entertaining, and definitely up there with Mick Foley’s in terms of quality wrestling tomes, so to hear some of the stories that he’s told in print come to life from the back seat of limousine that’s he being filmed in for this release is a treat,
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10 Awful Wrestlers Pushed As WWE Main Eventers

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When a wrestler makes his debut in the WWE, they tend to take a while – a couple of years at least – to get to the level where they’re challenging for the top titles.

Moreover, even when they do reach that level, it’s generally because they’ve proven themselves to be great in-ring performers, technically proficient and hard working.

A lot of eventual big stars started out as midcarders.

Chris Jericho lost his first WWE match to Road Dogg and went on to feud with Chyna over the Intercontinental title. Rey Mysterio had to start off in the lightweight divisions of the WWE. Eddie Guerrero had to feud with the likes of Essa Rios for the European title before he became a big player. Then you had the likes of incredibly talented wrestlers such as William Regal, Dean Malenko, John Morrison and Shelton Benjamin who never really got
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10 Most Overrated Wrestlers Of All Time

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The goal of every man who laces up a pair of boots in the professional wrestling business is to be referred to as ‘The Man’. No, not in the same way as the great Bobby Heenan did to Goldberg and certainly not in the same vein as Sid Vicious.

This is the man who is considered the top draw on the card, the man responsible for selling out countless arenas all over the world. More often than not, this man is the champion. Unfortunately, such is the nature of the business, the amount of spots at the top of the card are few and far between.

Hypothetically, this should mean the absolute best of the best will occupy those spots while the rest of the roster, who will be restricted to early matches on the card, strive to reach their very high levels.

Sadly for a plethora of fantastic workers in this business,
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‘WWE The Attitude Era: Volume 2′ Blu-ray Review

What does everybody want?

Head to the nearest man cave, give your boss a Stone Cold salute and spend the next six hours watching The Attitude Era Vol.2, the hottest set to be released since Sable’s handprint bikini. If you are old enough to order a Steve-Weiser, “Hello ladies” was your pick up line in college and you loved WWE before “Federation” became the new “F” word, then here is what you need to do. Take this all new collection, shine it up real nice, flip it sideways and stick it straight up… your DVD player!!

The Attitude Era is a time in WWE’s history that is highly beloved and well-remembered by fans of professional wrestling. A time when names like “Stone ColdSteve Austin, The Rock, D-Generation X, The Undertaker and Kane, Too Cool, The Hardy Boyz, The Dudley Boyz, Val Venis, Mr McMahon, Mick Foley and
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