Friday, April 22, 2016

R.I.P. Joanie "Chyna" Laurer

Rest in Peace Chyna
 
It's been quite a year of loss for the wrestling world as some of the most iconic figures in wrestling are no longer with us. Many times the loss comes out of nowhere and there is a sense of utter shock when it happens; while not as shocking as some due to her condition over the years, today the wrestling world is mourning the loss of Joanie "Chyna" Laurer who has passed away at the age of 46.  Although Chyna has been in a bad place for the majority of the past few years, it's been great to see the recognition she is receiving today for her groundbreaking achievements in pro wrestling.

Some fans from this era may have only heard negative things about Chyna from the later part of her life, but it cannot be denied that she played a major role and was an iconic figure in the Attitude Era.  I will always remember her debut - it was during a time when RAW was becoming a show you had to watch every week because anything could happen.  When this giant of a woman jumped the rail to assist Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Yes Triple H) her impact was felt immediately and a WWE Superstar was born.

Monday, April 4, 2016

WrestleMania 32 Results - a Predictable and Unpredictable Mix

 
WrestleMania 32 was definitely not the most hyped WrestleMania ever when it comes to the card; with matches still being announced just last week and many of the matches overall not having a WrestleMania-worthy feel to them, it was a night where no one really knew what to expect.  As usual, rumors swirled about surprise appearance that could change the WWE landscape, and while there were surprises, they were not what we expected and they likely won't change the WWE landscape in the long run.

Here's a quick rundown of the results and a few thoughts:

Pre-Show:

Kalisto defeated Ryback *United States Championship*

This match kicked off the festivities with probably half the crowd inside the stadium due to a ticket issue early on.  The size difference here is just hard to believe for any old school fan, especially since they had a lengthy match.  Finish was good enough with Kalisto pulling off the victory after Ryback hit an exposed turnbuckle.

Team Total Divas defeated Team B.A.D. & Blonde

The yearly match to get all the Divas involved in, but at least they're given more time this year.  As expected, the crowd hates Eva Marie no matter what team she's on.  Brie Bella picks up the win in what could be her final WWE match based on various reports.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Full WrestleMania 32 Axxess Schedule Announced

 
It's WrestleMania 32 week and the festivities have already begun in Dallas! With numerous
appearances, independent wrestling events, and various other wrestling related things going on in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, it can be hard for fans to keep up and figure out how to schedule what they want to do and see leading up to the event.  One of the major happenings is of course WWE AXXESS, and although it's a little late this year, WWE has finally released the schedule of WWE Superstar signing appearances for this year.

If you haven't heard, this year's AXXESS will be taking place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas which is the same building that will feature NXT: Takeover Dallas on Friday night.  AXXESS will be holding session beginning Thursday night and running all the way through Sunday.  First off we'll list the schedule of VIP talent which means you'll have to pay for the VIP ticket if you want to meet these WWE stars:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon - the Real WrestleMania 32 Main Event

Shane McMahon vs. Undertaker

Just a few short months ago, there didn't seem to be a clear picture of what WWE had in mind for their biggest show of the year at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas; sure, it's been pretty obvious that Roman Reigns vs. Triple H was going to happen no matter who did or didn't like it, but outside of that match, little could have been predicted.  Actually WWE has been plagued by so many injuries that many plans have certainly been changed and others made, and what we're left with is a card that will barely feature anything I would deem "WrestleMania worthy."

The one bright spot this year in the WrestleMania build has been the surprise return of Shane McMahon.  WWE really needed a legit surprised that genuinely excited fans, and the reaction Shane received made it clear that he represented the fresh start the company needs.  It was even more of a surprise when it was revealed that Shane would battle The Undertaker inside of Hell in a Cell as one of the premier matches at the big event this year, and the possibility of Shane controlling RAW would be on the line.