Monday, November 21, 2016

Goldberg Returns, Destroys Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series


The Survivor Series main event featuring Brock Lesnar taking on the returning Goldberg was seemingly already as unique as it gets when it comes to today's WWE - the fact that they brought back Goldberg for a main event match when their entire focus recently seems to have been on the next generation, on top of the fact that they haven't had the best relationship with him over the years was a big deal from the get go.  Even though it was great to see WWE thinking outside the box and going with a special match that you couldn't see any other week on free TV, it was pretty much a lock that Brock Lesnar would be getting his WrestleMania 20 win back.

Over 6 years ago we wrote about Goldberg negotiating for a WWE return, but even then it was clear that WWE wanted to focus on their own future and not a guy who was a megastar for WCW.  The one thing that Goldberg always stated is that he would make a return if it meant his son would get to see him in action live, but the way WWE would use him seemed to be the X factor that would always shut down negotiations....it was clear WWE wouldn't let their young stars be destroyed by an older star, which is one of the problems which has kept WWE in a stale state for the most part.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Dudley Boyz Officially Gone from WWE Once Again

 
When the Dudley Boyz returned to WWE a year ago, the surprise moment blew the roof off the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn and gave the impression that the tag team division would be getting a big boost from one of the best WWE tag teams ever; fast forward to one year later, and the Dudleys stood in the same building on RAW and announced their retirement from WWE.

In the last few weeks it became apparent that the Dudleys were heading for a change; yes they seemed to lose almost weekly over the past year, but in the past few weeks there was a spotlight put on the fact that miscues between the Dudleys were causing these losses and 9 times out of 10 in wrestling, this means a tag team breakup was on the way.  It was almost TOO obvious that the Dudleys were going to split, and many felt that Bubba Ray would be used as a singles star if he brought his "Bully Ray" character from TNA to WWE.  The culmination of all of this seemed set in stone as news broke yesterday that The Dudleys would be "retiring" on RAW.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Huge Breaking News: Roman Reigns Suspended for Wellness Policy Violation

Roman Reigns Suspended
 
WWE has officially announced that Roman Reigns has been suspended for 30 days for his first violation of their Wellness Policy.  This news comes as a real shocker since Reigns has of course been "The Guy" both on TV and behind the scenes for a couple of years now, with the company refusing to use him in any lesser role despite the fact that he's been welcomes by a chorus of boos at most events.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Dean Ambrose - The People's WWE Champion

Dean Ambrose WWE Champion
 
Last night at Money in the Bank, it seemed that WWE finally got the message that fans do not want Roman Reigns to be WWE Champion and will not cheer for Roman Reigns no matter what right now.  If the chorus of boos for Reigns on ever TV show wasn't enough, the drop in ratings and house show attendance surely was because WWE is making changes, although coming away from Money in the Bank with Dean Ambrose as WWE World Heavyweight Champion was one no one saw coming.

For weeks WWE has billed this Money in the Bank event as the biggest ever, with "WrestleMania-worthy" matches like John Cena vs. AJ Styles for the first time and Roman Reigns taking on Seth Rollins to finally decide who the rightful WWE Champ was.  While the "new generation" has been a nice change of pace lately, the stale WWE Title picture had fans hoping Seth Rollins would return and save the day even though his role is that of the a--hole who doesn't want their cheers - basically "anyone but Reigns" is the sentiment from the vocal majority of WWE fans.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Match of a Lifetime: How Wrestling Legend Bret Hart Beat His Biggest Opponent


Don't call it a comeback necessarily, but one of the most legendary figures in the history of pro wrestling won the most dangerous and scary battles in his life and returned to WWE recently. Bret "The Hitman" Hart, the WWE Hall-of-Famer who has had a frosty relationship with the company over the years, returned from a hiatus to be in the corner of his niece Natalya as she took on Charlotte for the WWE Women's Championship.

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.