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‘Chokeslam’ Review

Stars: Chris Marquette, Amanda Crew, Michael Eklund, Niall Matter, Gwynyth Walsh, Mick Foley, Harry Smith, Laurel Van Ness, Lance Storm, Paul James Saunders, Graham Bell, Agam Darshi, Meghan Heffern | Written by Robert Cuffley, Jason Long | Directed by Robert Cuffley

Corey Swanson has problems. He’s almost 30, still lives in his mom’s basement, doesn’t date, and his career amounts to slicing meat in an archaic deli that no one ever comes to – unless they want to rob it. After a chance encounter with a popular former classmate, Corey learns that his high school crush Sheena Halliday will soon be in town for their 10-year reunion. Sheena, now a world-famous athlete, has been dubbed “the Lindsay Lohan of the wrestling world”. She twists and pounds people into oblivion for a living – the same thing she did to Corey’s heart back in high school. Corey puts his broken heart (and punched face) aside,
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Lrm Interview: Lucha Underground Star Taya

I had the chance to sit down with Taya, one of the stars of the El Rey Network show Lucha Underground. We discussed her career, the state of women's wrestling, plus what fans can expect from the Mid Season premiere of Lucha Underground on May 31st.

Lrm: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. For those unfamiliar, what is Lucha Underground and why should fans watch?

Taya: Lucha Underground is a show and original series that is on the El Rey Network. We are now in the midst of the Season 3 hiatus. We come back from break on May 31st. It's a show that combines lucha libre, combined with action and gritty actions sequences. Really like a graphic novel come to life. It's not a wrestling show. It is a tv series and it is unlike anything you have seen in your entire life, I can tell you that.
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Rumored list of WWE Hall Of Fame 2017 Inductees

This time of year the WWE makes every effort they can to step up their performance. With Wrestlemania around the corner, they want to make sure as many eyes as possible are watching the Granddaddy of Them All. It’s also a time to reflect and honor the past as this is usually the time of year they start announcing the next WWE Hall of Fame class. Thanks to Bryan Alvarez from the Wrestling Observer, we may have some clue as to who will be a part of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Let’s discuss the picks now but remember, until they’re confirmed by the WWE, these choices are strictly rumor at this point.

Diamond Dallas Page

A deserving choice if there ever was one. Starting off as a manager, he worked his way up in his late 30’s to become a wrestler and eventual WCW World Champion.
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Dwayne Johnson & Vince McMahon clashing over Wrestlemania 33, WWE Roadblock return…

Good news everybody: gravity has finally remembered Neville.

The man that creative forgot has been hovering just above Earth’s Stratosphere ever since late October, but on last night’s Roadblock: End of the Line pay-per-view, he turned up at the end of the Cruiserweight Championship three-way between Rich Swann, Tj Perkins and The Brian Kendrick.

Neville was last seen on WWE TV on Raw’s Halloween show in a multi-man Battle Royal. His last broadcast singles match was two weeks before that, losing to Bo Dallas. Back when Bo Dallas had a storyline.

Following Swann retaining his title at Roadblock, Neville walked down to the ring, all smiles, looked like he was going to congratulate the champion, but instead proceeded to kick everyone while the crowd chanted ‘Thank you, Neville’.

Neville being a part of the Cruiserweight division is something many have been arguing for since the title was brought back.
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WWE Raw stars shoot on Sasha Banks & Charlotte, WWE Superstars no more…

We’re going to kick off today’s news with some Raw spoilers. Don’t want Raw spoilers? Then get off the internet.

In last night’s main event, Sasha Banks won the Raw Women’s Championship from Charlotte in a No Dq, Falls Count Anywhere match. The emphasis is on the ‘Raw’ part of the ‘Raw Women’s Championship’ there. All three of Sasha’s title victories have been on Monday Nights. Charlotte’s undefeated pay-per-view streak is a lot less impressive when she loses the belt every other Raw.

Following Charlotte’s loss, which took place in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, Lance Storm had a brainwave:

“I know now why guys used to say they were from Parts Unknown. They couldn’t be beat in their hometown. #Raw”

Hometown boy Cedric Alexander also lost on the show to Tony Nese, and Sasha had previously lost at
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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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Former Ecw and WWE wrestler Balls Mahoney passes away at 44 years old

We are saddened to report this morning that former Ecw and WWE wrestler Jonathan Rechner, better known as Balls Mahoney, has passed away.

Rechner had a run in Smokey Mountain Wrestling as Boo Radley before having a brief – but rather infamous – performance in WWF as the evil Xanta Klaus. He found fame and success among wrestling fans when he went to Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling where he wrestled as Balls Mahoney. He would become known for his vicious chairshots and would have brutal matches with the likes of Taz, Masato Tanaka, Lance Storm and Axl Rotten. So violent were his matches with Rotten that the two formed a tag team called The Chair Swinging Freaks, and they feuded with The Dudley Boyz.

Mahoney was brought in by WWE as part of their Ecw revival and he would have feuds with Snitsky, Big Daddy V and The New Breed.
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania Xix

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

The Card:

World Tag Titles Match: Lance Storm & Chief Morley vs. Kane & Rob Van Dam

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Matt Hardy w/Shannon Moore vs. Rey Mysterio

The Undertaker vs. A-Train & The Big Show (Handicap Match)

WWE Women’s Match: Victoria vs. Trish Stratus vs. Jazz

WWE Tag Titles Match: Team Angle vs. Los Guerreros vs. Chris Benoit & Rhyno

Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho

World Heavyweight Title Match: Booker T vs. Triple H w/Ric Flair

Vince McMahon vs. Hulk Hogan (Street Fight)

The Rock vs. ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin

WWE Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar


One thing writing and compiling this Retrospective has made me do is re-evaluate ‘The Streak’. Now, we all know the last 7 or 8 matches of the Undertakers undefeated WrestleMania run are among
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania X-8

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

The Card:

Mr. Perfect, Test & Lance Storm vs. Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty & Albert

Ic Title Match: William Regal vs. Rob Van Dam

European Title Match: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Christian

WWF Hardcore Title Match: Maven vs. Goldust (No Contest)

Kurt Angle vs. Kane

Ric Flair vs. The Undertaker (No Disqualification Match)

Edge vs. Booker T

Scott Hall w/Kevin Nash vs. ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin

WWF Tag Titles Match: Billy & Chuck vs. The A.P.A vs. The Dudley Boyz w/Stacy Keibler vs. The Hardy Boyz (Four Corners Elimination Match)

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan

WWF Women’s Title Match: Jazz vs. Lita vs. Trish Stratus (Triple Threat)

Undisputed WWF Title Match: Chris Jericho w/Stephanie McMahon vs. Triple H


When you think of WrestleMania X-8, there is
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10 Best Things The Internet Has Done With WWE Raw (23rd Nov)

Last night’s Raw was WWE’s chance to start afresh after a lacklustre Survivor Series. With a new World Champion and a boatload of potential new storylines, creative had the opportunity to kickstart us into WrestleMania season early with a compelling new feud – perhaps involving a meaner, more vengeful Roman Reigns, or an unpredictable search for the next number one contender.

Instead, sadly, we were faced with the usual unimaginative fare. Luckily, a bad Raw means a bigger internet backlash – and that was certainly the case this week. It’s easy to tune in on a Monday night and feel baffled by WWE’s inability to change their maddeningly repetitive formula, but comfort can be found on various social media platforms. Don’t panic; everyone else is confused and frustrated too.

Of course, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Alongside the weekly outpouring of scorn and ridicule,
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WCW/Ecw Alliance – Where Are They Now?


Can you believe it’s been nearly fifteen years since the Invasion angle? Fifteen years since Lance Storm showed up on Raw and blasted Perry Saturn with a superkick. Fifteen years since Ecw and WCW joined forces to try and take down Vince McMahon and the WWE. Fifteen years since WWE screwed up the biggest money angle in wrestling history…

How time flies, huh? A lot has happened in WWE in that time, obviously, and the wrestling landscape looks a lot different today. A lot had also happened to those that made up the WCW and Ecw Alliance. Made up of guys and gals from the recently closed companies (although a lot of them had been under WWE contract for some time), the invaders had very different fortunes when it came time for the angle to end – some didn’t even make it that far.

So what exactly
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10 Things WWE Needs To Do Right Now To Save Raw


To paraphrase the great Lance Storm: allow me to be serious for a moment. After a very, very solid few months of Raw that saw some brilliant moments of TV courtesy of the John Cena Open Challenge, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker doing their thing, the untouchable New Day’s antics and the likes of Cesaro, Owens, Rusev and Ziggler getting the chance to put on great, lengthy TV matches, WWE’s flagship show finds itself in something of a creative rut again.

Now, any modern day WWE fan will hardly be stunned at such a turn of events; the product often finds itself on cruise control once the fallout from SummerSlam has died down and before the build to WrestleMania properly gets under way, but given that the company currently has one of the most talented rosters on record on its books, there really seems to be
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10 Best Things The Internet Has Done With WWE Raw (Oct 12)

There was plenty for the internet to get its teeth stuck into on this week’s Raw, a show which featured numerous Cm Punk chants, more inexplicable Big Show dominance, and two wedding engagements.

The antics of several superstars provided great material for tweets, gifs and images too. The New Day were predictably hilarious, while Kevin Owens took his aloof antics to a whole new level – while Seth Rollins got a little too close to a certain Hall of Famer’s daughter.

Then there’s the small matter of Lance Storm watching the show alongside his mother-in-law, which isn’t a Russo-era WCW gimmick, but an actual occurrence on Monday night. All in all, it was a Raw absolutely bursting with opportunities for sarcasm, hilarity, and general mockery. Perfect.

10. Mrs Foley’s Baby Boy’s Baby Girl

.@WWE – maybe I should be a lumberjack after seeing this photo
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‘The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro Vol.3′ Review

I will admit I was much more of a WWE fan than WCW, but even with that being the case I remember some classic matches from Nitro that caught my interest. With The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro – Volume 3 being released I was wondering if we’d get some, but the cracks are starting to show, and a lack of focus is at play.

My problem with this release may come from the fact that over the last month or so I’ve reviewed WWE: The Kliq Rules, and WWE: Monday Night Wars Vol. 1 which had a focus on the Nwo. This wasn’t a bad thing, it showed them at their best and when they were entertaining. The problem is The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro – Volume 3 decides to once again give their years a focus, which weren’t some of Nitro’s best.

With the fact
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Lance Storm: “I think the Divas Revolution is being screwed”

All-around wrestling veteran and Earth’s favorite curmudgeon Lance Storm was questioned about the “Divas Revolution” in his latest Q&A session on The inquiry comes off the heels of a very hostile Brooklyn crowd during Raw that disrespected a Team Pcb/Bellas match, and reads:

“I’ve heard two schools of thought on the divas revolution. One, that it’s a dud and the same formula with different faces, and second, that it’s a proverbial “slow burn” and it will get there in due time. Your thoughts?”

Below is a very lengthy but well worded response from Mr. Serious himself:Before I get into my thoughts on what they are doing let me first state that I am a big fan and supporter of women’s wrestling and have a great deal of respect for many of the women involved in the “Divas revolution”. For the most
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WWE Interested In Two Top Indy Wrestling Stars


World Wrestling Entertainment officials are apparently interested in two top indy stars that have previously tried out for the company: Rich Swann and Biff Busick. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, both men are “strongly on the radar” and could be signed soon.

Swann attended a WWE tryout camp last September while Busick attended a camp earlier this year.

Swann is about 5’6″ and 165 pounds, so he’s on the small side, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in athleticism. He’s only 24 years old with six years of experience already, so he has a very bright future. He’s worked for companies like Czw, Pwg, Dragon Gate and Evolve as well as indies all over the world.

Busick is 6’1″ and 215 pounds and he’s 29 years old. He was trained by Lance Storm and is considered a very good technical wrestler. Just like Swann, he’s worked Czw,
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Former WWE Star Jerry Lynn Seeking Help To Pay For Major Surgeries

Jerry Lynn, a performer mostly known for his classic matches in the original Ecw against the likes of Lance Storm and Rob Van Dam, called it a career on March 23rd, 2013 – exactly twenty five years after he had his first match.

The ‘New F’N Show’ had a good, long career, which included spells in WCW, Japan, Ring of Honor, Tna and WWE. However, a quarter century of bumping has taken its toll on him and he now requires major surgeries to his neck and back.

On Thursday August 6, Lynn will hve three degenerative discs in his neck replaced, his vertebrae fused and bone spurs removed, as well. The pain is something he can no longer deal with and, although he has medical insurance, he needs help covering the $5,000 deductible as well as the three months that he will need to take off from work in order to rehab properly.
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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 Adds New Talent To Nxt Performance Center


The WWE Performance Center has added eleven new recruits. The exciting new class includes former college athletes and indie wrestlers, with the men and women coming from across seven different countries.

They’ll be joining the fifty-five people who already train at the Performance Center. It is the feeder for Nxt, which in turns feed into WWE’s flagship Raw and Smackdown shows. There’s a very good chance that you’ll be seeing the above performers in a WWE ring very soon, particularly with the WWE Network adding extra exposure to Nxt’s show.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the recruits to improve their potential in the business. The Performance Center boasts seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities

“The global reach of WWE is reflected in the diversity of this class of Nxt recruits,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque,
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Icw Interview With British Wrestler Martin Kirby

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The British wrestling industry is currently the healthiest it has been in years. There are several thriving promotions putting on sell-out shows around the United Kingdom. This is Progress, Preston City Wrestling and that old family favourite All Star are all packing them in on a regular basis.

Not too long ago it was seen as a success on most shows if you were able to draw 200 people but, for promotions such as the ones mentioned above, that would be seen as a disaster. These groups routinely attract in excess of 500 people to shows and have carved out a brand identity and a dedicated following in the process.

The most talked-about company in the UK at the moment is Insane Championship Wrestling, from Scotland. Icw have amassed a rabid, cult-like following due in no small part to the Ecw-esque experience that they offer, the two acclaimed BBC
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