Friday, September 23, 2011

Video: The Rock to Team with John Cena at Survivor Series

All the speculation and rumors can be put to rest, it is official that The Rock will be returning to the ring at Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden.  Of course we all know that John Cena vs. The Rock will headline WrestleMania 28 in Miami, but WWE is getting the Rock back in the ring before that in the world's most famous arena as he teams with John Cena.  Survivor Series will be quite the event being it is the PPV that The Rock debuted on, and in the same arena that debut took place in 1996.

In the video below, it states that Cena and The Rock will be a "tag team" for the first and only time, but word had been that they would actually be teaming in a traditional 5 on 5 Survivor Series match, so it should be interesting to see how that plays out.  Either way it will be the first time The Rock has wrestled in over 5 years, so that alone should draw huge interest for the event.

The old school magic of Survivor Series may be back in a small way, being the event is at the Garden and they are making the effort to do something special for it and promoting it this early.  Check out the video below for the official confirmation that The Rock will return to the ring at Survivor Series to team with John Cena.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Matt Hardy Set to Enter Rehab

Well it looks like the ongoing saga of Matt Hardy's "problems" may have a CHANCE at a good ending at least.  Over the past few weeks Hardy has been arrested multiple times, been in car accidents, and posted more "out there" videos on his Youtube channel than ever.  Many thought at first he was looking for publicity or creating a new gimmick, but now it's become apparent that he has a very real problem.

Matt was always the "good" Hardy that was responsible and didn't have all the "demons" his brother Jeff did.  Things changed a bit when Matt was released from WWE after apparently showing up "in no condition to perform" more than once.  When he signed with TNA, it looked like he might have been on the path to being a major player again.  Then his TNA run came to an abrupt end as he was released after one of his many DUI arrests. 

Things have gotten even worse since, with Hardy posting videos online that made people think he might be suicidal.  Following that video he posted another apologizing and claiming he was getting himself straight, but then more and more accidents and DUI's were being reported every few days it seemed like.  The latest news was that cops searched his house and found steroids, ecstasy, and drug paraphernalia in his house.

Finally after posting a video a few days ago of himself in the hospital, where he seemed to still be "on something," Hardy has come clean and is entering into WWE sponsored rehab.  It looks like Hardy has realized he has a problem with "medicating himself" to get by in the business, and is making the right choice.  Kudos to WWE for still offering this program for Superstars who need it, and hopefully Hardy can take advantage and get off the death watch he was seemingly on.  It's pretty crazy to think back to 10 years ago or so when veterans were saying the guys who were doing crazy TLC matches and such would be in wheelchairs by 40, and now we're looking at both Hardy's having very rough substance abuse problems, and Edge having to retire from the business completely. 

Here is Hardy making his big rehab announcement himself:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Timeline: The History of WWF - 1997 as Told by Jim Cornette DVD Review

For years now Jim Cornette has been one of the most outspoken personalities in wrestling, so it's no surprise that he has been one of the most popular shoot interview subjects for years.  "Corny" is very outspoken on his opinions, and holds absolutely nothing back.  In fact, it's no surprise that Cornette has done shoot interviews about his entire career that went 8 hours and still felt like everything wasn't covered. 

Kayfabe Commentaries has found a way to to provide an informative and fulfilling Cornette shoot, by including him in their "Timeline" series and narrowing him down to one year that was full of historical wrestling moments.  1997 was one of the most eventful years in wrestling, and Jim Cornette was right in the heart of it all as a member of the WWF creative team.  Many people immediately think of the Montreal Screwjob as THE event that defined 1997, and while that was definitely the most memorable and an event that Cornette has some definite opinions on that he gladly shares, there was much more that transpired in 1997.

Cornette covers everything, month by month and event by event that happened in 1997.  From Shawn Michael's "losing his smile" multiple times, Bret and Shawn getting into physical fights backstage, Cornette's one and only appearance in ECW and how it came about, the death of Brian Pillman, Vince Russo's rise to the top as a writer,  and opinions on almost everyone on the roster at the time and insight to exactly how the WWE creative team at the time worked.  Even though they narrowed it down to 1 year, this DVD is still a 2 disc set in order to fit this over 3 hour interview and make sure every detail was covered.

If you are a fan of the Attitude Era, Jim Cornette, or just inside information on the inner workings of the business, this is a great DVD.  Jim Cornette is considered one of the best in the business on the mic, and regarded as one of the most creative minds behind the scenes.  And if you especially enjoy a 100% unfiltered and uncensored point of view, Jim Cornette is the guy to provide it.  So head over to Kayfabe Commentaries and grab your copy of Timeline: The History of WWF - 1997 as Told by Jim Cornette.



Related:
Timeline: The History of ECW - 1997 as Told by Sabu DVD Review

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper to have Neck Surgery

Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper recently underwent a MRI at UCLA University and doctors informed him that he has a broken neck. The 57 year old Pro Wrestling Icon had been dealing with pain and discomfort for the last couple months before he decided to see the doctor. After the doctors at UCLA saw the results of the MRI they informed Piper that he would have to have surgery as soon as possible. The surgery was scheduled for today, after which he will be hospitalized for 10 days.
Get Well "Rowdy" and we hope to see you back in the ring real soon.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jeff Hardy sentenced to 10 Days in Jail for Drug Arrest

Jeff Hardy has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for his September 2009 arrest on drug charges. The former TNA World Heavyweight Champion will also be on probation for 30 months and must pay a $100,000 fine. As part of his plea bargain, that got him out of a longer sentence, he must enter a drug abuse program but he was granted the right to travel out of North Carolina to continue wrestling for TNA.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kevin Nash Released by WWE

The story of the day in the wrestling world is the apparent release of WWE legend Kevin Nash.  I use the word "apparent" because of the current storyline going on that saw Triple H "fire" Nash this past Monday on RAW.  There have been some odd circumstances the past couple of weeks, with Nash being set to take on CM Punk at Night of Champions, before the match was abruptly changed to Punk vs. Triple H.  The rumor that was making the rounds was that Nash had a small medical issue that kept him out of the match, but he would be good to go soon. 

Well now WWE has either taken things in the angle a step further by "future endeavoring" Nash on WWE.com, or else Nash really is gone from the company.  Nash took to his twitter page to explain that he has no medical problem, and that they simply couldn't come to financial terms.

So what do you think?  Is Nash legitimately gone?  Or is this just more fire for the storyline?  If Nash's "firing" this Monday was a legit sendoff, why did they do the segment with John Laurinaitis getting in the limo with Nash?  Is this a set up for some sort of nWo situation as hinted on WWE.com?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kurt Angle arrested for Drunk Driving

Kurt Angle was arrested for drunk driving Sunday morning, but he denies the charges and believes that he was framed. The state police in Virginia received a call from another driver claiming that Angle was driving very reckless, swerving between lanes on I-66. The current TNA World Heavyweight Champion was arrested and taken the Warren County jail. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released at 3:31am.

Queens of the Ring: Alundra Blayze

Debra Ann Miceli was born February 9, 1964 in Milan,Italy but was raised in several different foster homes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Throughout her years in school she participated in gymnastics and track, and after school she began working as a nurse part-time. She began her professional wrestling career in 1984, she was trained by Eddie Sharkey in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After her training she wrestled on the independent circuit for $5.00 a match. In 1986 she began wrestling in the American Wrestling Association under the name Madusa Miceli. On December 27, 1987 she defeated Candy Devine to win the AWA World Women's Championship, which she held until November 26, 1988 when she lost it to Wendy Richter.

In 1988 Miceli was the first woman to be awarded Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of the Year award. In 1989 she began wrestling for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. She won the IWA Women's title from Chigusa Nagayo but unfortunately lost it back to her the next day. She then began training in Japan, learning muay thai, kickboxing, and boxing. She would later sign a 3-year deal with New Japan Wrestling, becoming the first non-Japanese wrestler to do so. In 1991, while in New Japan Wrestling, Miceli and Eddie Gilbert defeated Luna Vachon and Cactus Jack. Later that same year she joined World Championship Wrestling as part of Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance acting as Rick Rude's manager.

In 1993 she signed with the WWF which had reinstated the Women's Championship that had been inactive since 1990. Vince McMahon didn't want to pay Miceli to use her 'Madusa' name, which she had copyrighted, so she wrestled under the name Alundra Blayze. She wrestled in a six-woman tournament to crown the new Women's Champion. On December 13, 1993 she pinned Heidi Lee Morgan in the final to win the title. She lost the title twice, once to Bull Nakano and once to Bertha Faye, but regained the title both times. She was still the Women's Champion when the WWF released her from her contract due to their financial difficulties.

In December of 1995 she signed with WCW where she would throw the WWF Women's Championship belt in a trash can. She would later say that she regretted doing so but was ordered to do it by Eric Bischoff. While in WCW she once again wrestled under the name Madusa, she would defeat Bull Nakano at the Hog Wild PPV in August. Later that year WCW would establish the WCW Women's Championship, there would be a tournament to crown the first champion. Miceli made it to the tournament finals but lost to Akira Hokuto, whom she feuded with for the next six months. They would meet at the Great American Bash in 1996 for the title in a Hair vs. Career match; unfortunately Miceli lost the match. She would return to WCW in 1999 where she would be part of Randy Savage's Team Madness with Gorgeous George and Miss Madness. At Starrcade in 1999 she would defeat Evan Karagias to become the first woman to hold the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship. Once Vince McMahon bought WCW in 2001 she retired because she didn't want to work for the WWF due to the direction the Women's division was going in.

After retiring from pro wrestling Miceli began racing monster trucks. She won multiple freestyle competitions and became the first woman to win the Monster Jam World Finals Racing Championship in 2005. She married Alan Jonason on June 25, 2011 and now spends her time running her pet grooming businesses in Lecanto, Fl. And although Miceli stays busy with her businesses and many hobbies she doesn't rule out a return to the ring. In an interview with WWE.com she said “Once wrestling gets in your blood it's always going to be there, you've got a bag packed and ready to go.” So maybe one these days Meceli will return to the ring, but who will she return as? Alundra Blayze, Madusa, Debra Miceli, or who she really is: Queen of the Ring.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Is the Undertaker's 19-0 Wrestlemania Record really a Big Deal?

Every year when Wrestlemania gets close you can count on one thing happening; it's time to talk about the Undertaker's undefeated streak. The announcers on Raw and Smackdown will tell you how amazing the streak is and what a legacy the Undertaker has because of it. But I have to ask one question, is the Undertaker's record at Wrestlemania really a big deal?

Let's start Wrestlemania at the beginning. At Wrestlemania VII the Undertaker defeated “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka. Jimmy Snuka is one of pro wrestling's all-time greats but let's face facts, Jimmy Snuka was 47 and the Undertaker was 26. Not exactly an even match-up. In 1993 at Wrestlemania IX the Undertaker would face the Giant Gonzalez, a wrestler who was 8 feet tall and could barely move, and the Undertaker was only able win because of his opponent getting himself disqualified. Fortunately in 1995 the WWE would finally start to put the Undertaker up against some real opponents. At Wrestlemania XII he would face Diesel(Kevin Nash). This was a hard fought victory that finally gave the streak some merit. At Wrestlemania XIII the Undertaker would face WWE Champion Sycho Sid, this should've been the end of the streak. But Bret Hart, who was in a feud with Sycho Sid, came out to the ring and attacked Sycho Sid enabling the Undertaker to win the match. It would be the next 5 years that would destroy all of credibility of the Undertaker's 19-0 record at Wrestlemania. There would be two big victories over tough opponents: Kane at Wrestlemania XIV(1998) and Triple H at Wrestlemania XVII(2001). However at Wrestlemania XV(1999) the Undertaker would defeat the Big Boss Man, who was out of his prime and not exactly a “main eventer” anymore. Then there was what was missing from this time period(1998-2003), no matches against Stone Cold Steve Austin or the Rock at Wrestlemania. And what about the incident of padding the Undertaker's Wrestlemania record when he faced 54 year old Ric Flair at Wrestlemania XVIII(2002).

In 2004 the WWE would finally start to give the Undertaker some real opponents. From 2004 to 2011 he faced Kane, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Batista, Edge, Shawn Michaels(twice), and Triple H. But is it too little, too late? Think about all of the greats matches that could've happened, but didn't. No matches against Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man Randy Savage, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Shawn Michaels(when he was in his prime), Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Bill Goldberg, or Brock Lesnar. And what about John Cena? Cena has been in the main event at Wrestlemania ever since he won his first WWE Championship at Wrestlemania XXI. So that's six Wrestlemanias without the Undertaker and John Cena facing each other in the main event. And I have to ask, what would be bigger than the "Phenom vs. the "Franchise"? So with all of these great wrestlers that the Undertaker could've faced at Wrestlemania, and didn't, you have to ask yourself a question. Is the Undertakers 19-0 Wrestlemania record really a big deal?

Update: The Undertaker's Legendary Wrestlemania streak came to an end at Wrestlemania 30 in 2014.

"Why is the WWE flushing the Divas down the Drain?"

On Sept. 17, 2006 at the WWE pay-per-view “Unforgiven” Trish Stratus wrestled her final match where she defeated WWE Women's Champion Lita in a great match that we had become so used to. But none of us knew that in just 5 years the Women's Division would become a mere shadow of it's former self.

The Women's Division suffered a tremendous loss when Trish Stratus and Lita both retired in 2006. Fortunately there were some very talented Divas waiting for their opportunity to shine. Mickie James would defeat Lita for the title in Lita's final match in 2007. Also that same year former “Diva Search” contestant Candice Michelle would defeat Melina for the title. Candice would hold the title for nearly 4 months before she lost it to newcomer Beth Phoenix. Melina would defeat Beth Phoenix at the 2009 Royal Rumble for her third Women's Championship. The Women's Division would continue to flourish until 2010 when an absolute debacle would begin.

It would start on April 22, 2010 when the WWE would release 5-time Women's Champion, and huge fan favorite, Mickie James. Then, on Sept. 19, 2010 the WWE would retire the Women's Championship when they had a title unification match between Melina(Women's Champion) and Michelle McCool(Diva's Champion). Michelle McCool would win the match to become the Unified Diva's Champion. But the question has to be asked `Why eliminate the Women's Championship?`

You have talented Divas on both Raw and Smackdown and all of them are fighting for just one title. Why can't there be two titles or, like in TNA, one singles title and a tag-team title. With the lack of championship gold to fight for, creative story lines are needed to keep things interesting. However the WWE looked at it differently as they would remove the storylines all together. Diva matches would be put together with no storyline and for no apparent reason whatsoever. Whomever was holding the title became irrelevant because the same thing would happen over and over. The champion would hold the title for no more than three months, then there would be a series of about three matches against a new opponent. In the third match, the challenger would win the title; she would then retain the title in a rematch, and then a new challenger would emerge and the exact same scenario would happen again.

So we have gone from a Women's Division that had talented female wrestlers, great storylines, intense rivalries, and awesome matches to a Diva's Division where the WWE has released all the great female wrestlers and replaced them with models who have no in-ring ability whatsoever, a nonexistent story line, no rivalries, and five minute matches that are just absolutely painful to watch.

In conclusion, I would like to ask the WWE one question, Why?