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WWE Fastlane 2016: 10 Awesome Moments

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When World Wrestling Entertainment revealed that the new name for their February pay-per-view would be Fastlane in 2015, a fair few fans were left scratching their heads. Gone was the lengthy association between that month and the Elimination Chamber bouts, and No Way Out was an even more distant memory. Instead, WWE focused on the literal, citing Fastlane as part of the ‘Road To WrestleMania’.

This year, the main event saw a Triple Threat encounter which promised to solidify who would face Triple H at the promotion’s biggest annual showcase. Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were the combatants, and it would end up being the latter who scored the match-winning pinfall. Before the event, many people could see this coming, as much as some hated to admit it.

Massive table bumps, a first one-on-one WWE pay-per-view match for a relative newcomer, and even references to former Ecw,
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9 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE No Way Out

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In a few short weeks time WWE will present Fastlane, their February pay-per-view and the next really big stop on the road to WrestleMania. Fastlane is a new addition to the PPV/Network special calendar – before it was Elimination Chamber, a show that the WWE Universe very much looked forward to.

Before even Elimination Chamber was No Way Out, which ran between 1998 – 2009 (minus a year’s absence in 1999) before being brought back for a one-off in 2012. The event spanned the Attitude Era, the Ruthless Aggression era and the PG era, something few PPV concepts can boast.

Looking back at No Way Out cards past, if I had to sum them up it would be – so-so undercard, great main event(s). That was generally the case with the show, especially when it briefly became a single-branded affair in the mid-2000s. Many classic matches have gone on last at Nwo,
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26 Wtf Moments From WWE Attitude Era Raw 1998 (Feb 2)

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If there’s one reason this episode of Raw will be burned into the memory of any old-school WWF fan, it’s the iconic dumpster ride segment, one of the more controversial and effective moments in the early days of Dx’s dominance.

It’s always fun to pore over these classic episodes for some very un-pc signs, hilarious indicators of the time, and of course, the insane, envelope-pushing storytelling that can only be the result of one man: Vince freaking Russo.

In addition, the build continues for the WWF’s inaugural No Way Out pay-per-view two weeks later (or as it was known then, No Way Out of Texas), and there’s further teasing for the Hbk/Stone Cold match at WrestleMania, a whole two months away from the date of this show.

Here are 26 Wtf moments from the February 2nd, 1998 episode of Raw…

26. Dx’s “Enormous Genitalia” WWE.
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10 WWE Attitude Era PPV Matches That Are Severely Underrated

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With so much praise constantly heaped onto the relatively short-lived period of the WWE known affectionately as the Attitude Era, it’s difficult to consider anything about it “underrated.” And yet, despite the legions of fans (yours truly included) that won’t shut up about how wonderful this time period was, there are still a few elements that remain under-appreciated by the masses.

For instances, the matches. For some weird reason, the actual wrestling that happened in the Attitude Era has been largely forgotten, save for a few key, epic in-ring duels. The focus tends to shift to the outrageous characters, entertaining promos, and ridiculous(ly delightful) storylines.

And that’s a real shame, because although it may not have been the peak of technical wrestling in the WWE, the Attitude Era served up what should have been some truly career-defining matches. For whatever reason, though, they were
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10 Times WWE Dropped The Ball On Jack Swagger

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Although it has yet to be officially announced, Jack Swagger will likely be going up against Alberto Del Rio for the United States Championship at next Sunday at WWE’s TLC pay-per-view. The feud has failed to excite fans in recent weeks, mainly because the it’s been done before and Swagger hasn’t been relevant in years.

Swagger is far from a rookie on the rise; in fact, he’s been with WWE for over nine years, having started out as a top prospect with a ton of potential, and impressing officials in developmental before punching his ticket to the main roster. He had a strong start on the now-defunct Ecw brand, but it was all downhill for the All-American American from there.

From forgettable title runs to missed managerial opportunities, the powers that be have mishandled Swagger on multiple occasions over the course of his career.
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12 Times WWE Tried To Convince You Wrestlers Were Related

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What’s the one thing that every single member of the WWE Universe has in common? Family. How have WWE ensured they garner a reaction from their Universe in a storyline more times than they would care to mention? Have a family at the centre of any commotion!

WWE is all about connecting with its Universe, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to play the family card; calling on those everyday scenarios that happen in every household and ramping them up to 11.

This is a tactic that has been used quite literally since the beginning of time and doesn’t seem to be letting up. After all, family storylines are often the most compelling inside the ring due to the backstories you can create; just look at The Undertaker and Kane as an example of this happening…

Here are 12 examples of when WWE tricked
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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Hell In A Cell

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Hell in a Cell is WWE’s ultimate feud-ender, and one of its most punishing match types. It’s also been the site of some truly iconic moments, including Kane’s debut, Mankind’s legendary plummet, and the ‘End of an Era’ match at WrestleMania 28. Unfortunately, nothing in life is perfect – not even the Hell in a Cell stipulation.

There have been 30 Hell in a Cell matches throughout WWE history (if you include a multi-man post-Raw dark match in 2011), and a fair few have been utterly terrible.

The stipulation’s worst moments don’t just revolve around shoddy in-ring action; the Cell match has also featured its fair share of terrible booking decisions and ill-advised finishes.

10. Mick Foley Didn’t Retire After Losing His Retirement Match At No Way Out 2000 WWE.com

Everybody knows that wrestling retirements seem to last as long as the average Hardcore Title reign.
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WWE WrestleMania 31 Main Event Plans Changed

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The scheduled WrestleMania 31 main event match was Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Title against Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns, but apparently those plans could be changed.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer radio on Sunday night, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has changed his mind and has decided it to make it a triple threat with Daniel Bryan involved. A few weeks ago it was reported that they wouldn’t do a triple threat for the second year in a row, but apparently those plans have changed.

The original WrestleMania booking plans for Bryan this year involved a match against Sheamus, who would return as a heel, and then there was a rumored match against fellow babyface Dolph Ziggler, which would have been an outstanding contest to make the fans happen. Apparently those plans have changed in the last few days because McMahon probably feels that if he does Reigns vs.
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15 Rare Photos Of The Undertaker That WWE Don’t Want You To See

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The Undertaker is WWE’s biggest legend. On screen he was a fearsome character and exceptional wrestler. Off screen he was a leader and inspiration to the locker room. He has carried this revered reputation for nearly three decades now, in a main event run that is unrivalled in the business.

His legacy will endure forever, but his story is perhaps over after losing to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. That loss marked the end of Taker’s 21 year unbeaten streak at WrestleMania. It was significant, because at that point, Undertaker and the streak were one of the same thing.

If that was the narrative ending for The Undertaker character, then what we are left with are some great memories. You’ll have your own personal favourite moments, perhaps the time he launched Mankind off Hell In A Cell or his classic match against Kurt Angle at No Way Out
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10 Things You Don’t Know About WWE In 1998

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As we have seen from previous installments, sometimes the biggest stories in WWF/E happen off screen rather than on screen. Last time, in 1997, we learned that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were supposed to face off at Wrestlemania 13, the Road Dogg ended the Ecw Invasion, and Vince McMahon tried to re-sign the Ultimate Warrior…again.

In 1998, the WWF gained momentum in the Monday Night War against WCW. Stone Cold Steve Austin won the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania, the second incarnation of D-Generation X became fan favorites, and The Rock rose to prominence.

With so much happening on- and off-screen, you’d think you would know everything that went on backstage in the WWF, but you’d be wrong. There are plenty of little nuggets of trivia that came from this year. Some of these you may have also known about, but simply forgot.

10. The Quebecers Reunited
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What Was The Original Plan For Brock Lesnar’s WWE Title Win?

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Just one week ago, at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar destroyed John Cena in a one-sided contest to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar first won the title twelve years ago today, defeating The Rock at the 2002 edition of the so-called Biggest Event of the Summer. Brock last held the title in February of 2004, losing the championship to Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out of that year.

While it’s been nearly a decade since the former Ufc fighter held the most coveted prize in sports entertainment, the plan for Brock to become champion has been in place for some time. However, not everything went according to the original plan.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently stated that the original idea was for Lesnar to defeat and decimate Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam — similar to how he laid waste to John Cena. Supposedly, this would have been
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10 Reasons WWE Champion John Cena Must Lose To Brock Lesnar At SummerSlam

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One of the biggest concerns that people seem to have with the overall WWE product is the company’s constant reliance on John Cena. Most of the time, he seems to be the only person on the entire roster that is able to look strong all the time, even in the rare instances that he loses. Whenever they try to push someone new to the top, something inevitably happens, causing them to change their minds, and they go right back to putting Cena on top.

At SummerSlam, John Cena and Brock Lesnar will deliver their big money rematch from Extreme Rules 2012, a match that was heavily hyped and still exceeded all expectations. This time, the WWE World Title is on the line, making it Brock’s first shot at being atop the company heap since he dropped the WWE Title to Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out 2004.

There
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10 Hottest Summer Storylines In WWE History

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Summer is always one of the best times creatively for WWE, trailing only Wrestlemania season. Fans know that summer is around the corner when the creative team breaks out of their post-Wrestlemania lull and starts building towards Summerslam.

Some of the most memorable moments in WWE history have happened in the months of June, July, and August. So as the temperatures begin to rise and the days get longer and longer, let’s take a look at the top 10 hottest summer storylines in WWE history.

10. Vince McMahon’s Demise (2007 – 2012)

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The more things change in WWE, the more they stay the same. Like clockwork, around June of every year, Vince McMahon finds a way to get thrown off the show permanently, only to return like nothing happened. This phenomenon started in June 2007, where a crazy McMahon stepped into a limousine, which promptly blew up. A huge
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WWE: 20 Most Prolific PPV Wrestlers Of All Time

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As fans pour through the vast library of the WWE Network, you’ll see many of the same faces again and again. While more than seven hundred wrestlers have appeared on WCW and WWF pay-per-views, there’s a select group of top stars that have wrestled on dozens and dozens of times on PPV.

Using data collected from CageMatch.net and WCW PPV and WWF PPV star ratings from Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, I’ve compiled a list of the most prolific PPV wrestlers. Also, I’ve included match suggestions covering many of their finest in-ring accomplishments. To be on a list like this you need longevity, star power and a lot of tenacity.

Let’s see who qualified!

20. Mick Foley

57 WWE PPVs + 18 WCW PPVs + 9 Clash of the Champions = 75 PPVs and 9 other events

All three of Mick Foley’s famous personas (Cactus Jack,
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WWE: Big Daddy V (Viscera) Is Dead At 43

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Nelson Frazier Jr, also known as Viscera and King Mabel in many of his WWE incarnations, has passed away after suffering a heart attack in his hometown of Memphis, Tennesse.

He had just celebrated his 43rd birthday this past Friday on Valentine’s day.

Wrestling agent Eric Simms first broke this news on his Facebook page…

Others then followed suit and paid their condolences.

I am shocked & so sad. Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V (Nelson Frazier) passed away. He was a good friend. He just celebrated his 43Bday

— Tommy Dreamer (@Thetommydreamer) February 19, 2014

Nelson Frazier/Big V has died.This really hurts!He was one of the good guys, and was always a great mentor and supportive. I Love U BigV Rip

Chris Masters (@ChrisMasters310) February 19, 2014

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Happy birthday, Big Show: WWE superstar's 5 best matches

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WWE superstar Big Show is celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday (Feb. 8) and has quite a career to look back on with pride. Nearing 20 years in the ring, Big Show has pretty much done it all.

To mark the big man's special day, take a look at five of his very best WWE matches below, including the company's only barbed wire steel cage match and the infamous ring implosion. Happy birthday, Big Show.

Big Show vs. Jbl at "No Way Out 2005"

Big Show and Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio and Batista at  "Hell in a Cell 2009"

Big show vs. Brock Lesnar on "Smackdown" in 2003

Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle at "Vengeance 2003"

Big Show vs. Undertaker at "No Mercy 2008"
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WWE: 10 Best Elimination Chamber Matches

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It’s been a pretty terrible couple of weeks for WWE, but something good is on the way, and I’m not talking about Wrestlemania. I’m talking about the Elimination Chamber Pay Per View, one of the more underrated Pay Per Views of the entire WWE schedule.

Sandwiched between the two biggest shows of the year (Mania and the Royal Rumble), the Chamber doesn’t seem to get a lot of love. But at the time of year when WWE’s booking is at its strongest, we get great matches featuring (usually) six of the top superstars on each brand. So rather than dwell on the negative, I’m going to channel my inner optimist and make myself feel better by counting down the 10 best Elimination Chamber matches of all time.

There have been 16 total Chamber matches since the first one back in 2002, so
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Film Review: ‘Closed Circuit’

Film Review: ‘Closed Circuit’
Opening a week after Bradley Manning’s sentencing in the U.S., where significant portions of the case were held in secret to protect national security, British courtroom thriller “Closed Circuit” challenges the validity of policies that shield key evidence from public scrutiny. Since the topic itself isn’t especially sexy, screenwriter Steven Knight cooks up a plot in which a pair of defense lawyers who were once a couple find themselves on opposite sides of the secrecy divide, injecting romantic intrigue into this slick, smarter-than-usual conspiracy yarn — a late-summer counter-programmer for those who prefer brain stimulation to having their eyeballs and eardrums pummeled.

The risk of appealing to the audience’s intelligence is that they’ll be smart enough to see through the logical gaps perpetrated along the way, and “Closed Circuit” presents some pretty big ones, managing to be righteously indignant about the handling of a high-profile terrorism
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‘WWE In Your House’ Blu-ray Review

One of the WWE’s most famous monthly PPVs which began in the mid-1990′s In Your House provided fans with higher quality product for a cheaper then usual price compared to the likes of Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania; and no pay-per-view series produced more epic matches, historic moments or championship showdowns than the WWE’s In Your House. Hosted by Todd Pettengill, who was the face of In Your House, this eight hour collection features matches from all the top WWE stars of the 90’s, such as Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Triple H, The Rock, Kane, Diesel and many more!

Debuting in 1995 and retired in 1999, the In Your House PPV’s were the preeminent setting for the top Superstars in WWE to settle their scores in the months between the “big 4” events. Spanning five years and 28 events the PPV’s featured the first ever Hell in a Cell,
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WWE: For All Mankind – The Life And Career Of Mick Foley DVD Review

In life, sometimes when you chase a dream you have to take a leap of faith. This jump is not without its consequences, gaining you many bruises and scars along the way. But if you put passion and love in everything you do you could transcend anything you thought possible and make an impact in the world. These words personify one of the most iconic wrestlers in the modern era. A guy that is the best-selling author, philanthropist, comedian, world champion and sock puppet aficionado Mick Foley. In the latest WWE DVD release, entitled “For All Mankind: the Life and Career of Mick Foley” they attempt to get a more in-depth look at the man behind the madness. Personally I think it’s much like the subject it follows it’s pretty good.

The set which features the first-ever WWE documentary on the Hardcore Legend complete with comments from his
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