Monday, February 27, 2017

WWE News: Beth Phoenix to Be Inducted Into the Hall of Fame

  WWE continues their weekly announcements for the 2017 Hall of Fame class, and former Women's and Divas Champion Beth Phoenix is getting the call this year.

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like this induction feels a bit rushed, as it feels like Beth Phoenix just retired form in-ring action, and wasn't in WWE all that long.  Phoenix was a great talent, but she seemed to come along in a period when the women (or "Divas" at the time) weren't exactly given much spotlight and didn't get a lot of time on TV; Beth was a standout talent at the time and there were hopes that she would get some better talent to work with at the time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WWE News: Diamond Dallas Page to Be Inducted Into the 2017 Hall of Fame

DDP WWE Hall of Fame

The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class just gained yet another deserving member as Diamond Dallas Page is this week's inductee announcement.  Page deserves this induction if for nothing else, his job of literally saving the lives of wrestlers like Jake Roberts and Scott Hall in recent years, but he just so happens to have a hall of fame worthy in-ring career as well.

I first saw Diamond Dallas Page in the 80s as a manager in the AWA; he was loud, he was colorful, he seemed great in his role as manager of tag champions "Badd Company."  Page's managerial talents were seemingly verified when he debuted as the new manager of the Fabulous Freebirds in WCW in the early 90s, but his transition to becoming a wrestler at the age of 35 seemed like  a major step backwards to me at the time.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pro Wrestling Legend "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff Passes Away

After losing legendary figures like Chavo Guerrero Sr. and George "The Animal" Steele, this rough week of losing wrestling legends continues as today we have lost former WWWF Champion "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff at the age of 74. 

If you became a wrestling fan in the 80s like I did, you probably saw Ivan Koloff in the NWA as the older veteran/mentor figure to younger "Russian" wrestlers like Nikita Koloff and Krusher Kruschev; but if you were an older fan or enjoyed looking back at wrestling history, you knew Ivan Koloff was already a huge star prior to that time. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele Passes Away

George "The Animal" Steele Death

2017 is already turning out to be a bad year when it comes to losing wrestling legends as we have now lost a true icon in George "The Animal" Steele at the age of 79.

The sight of George Steele's green tongue and "eating" wrestling ring turnbuckles was iconic in the "Rock n Wrestling Era" and George fit right into that new era even though he had already had a long and storied career by that time. George was a huge star in the 60s and 70s as a wildman bad guy that regularly challenged for the then WWWF Championship against the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales, and Bob Backlund.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Theodore Long Set to Be Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame

WWE Hall of Famer Theodore Long
The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class is shaping up to be a highly deserving group, as legendary figure Theodore Long is the latest inductee to be announced.  Teddy Long's name has been synonymous with being probably the most memorable SmackDown General Manager ever, but his career has spanned across many decades and many different roles.

I personally remember seeing Teddy Long as a referee for the NWA back in the 80s; little did I think that 30 years later I would be writing about Long's career as not only a referee for both NWA and WWE, but also a memorable ringside manager as well as a general manager that was involved in numerous memorable moments.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chavo Guerrero Sr. Passes Away

Chavo Guerrero Passes Away
The Guerrero family suffered another loss today as Chavo Guerrero Sr. (aka Chavo Classic in WWE) passed away at the age of 68.  Chavo was the older brother of Eddie Guerrero, father to Chavo Jr., and the oldest of the highly successful wrestling brothers.

While Chavo Sr. was a major star in territories around the country, many modern fans will remember him from his time on WWE TV as "Chavo Classic" in 2004.  During that time, Chavo managed his son Chavo Jr. but also ended up back in the ring - eventually winning and becoming the oldest WWE Cruiserweight Champion in history. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Rock "n" Roll Express Set to Be Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame

WWE Hall of Fame Rock n Roll Express
One of the most overdue inductions into the WWE Hall of Fame will be remedied this year as WWE has announced that the legendary Rock "n" Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) will join Kurt Angle in the 2017 class. 

If you were a wrestling fan in the 80s, you undoubtedly knew the popularity of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson; from multiple title reigns to wild female fans, the Rock n Roll Express were huge stars especially in the NWA. Their feuds with the Russians, Four Horsemen, and of course The Midnight Express are bits of history that could never be recreated.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Rumored WrestleMania 33 Matches

WrestleMania 33 Card

With WrestleMania 33 in Orlando being less than two months away, the speculation on the card is at an all-time high since most of the matches aren't exactly clear right now (not to mention an injury may cause a change to one of the biggest matches on the card.) 

Today we're taking a look at the current card that is rumored for WrestleMania and how we might get there from where things stand in WWE right now:

Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship - Wait, what? Neither m an is the Universal Champion and it seems odd for one of them to get it at this point, but rumor is that Goldberg will challenge champion Kevin Owens at the Fastlane PPV and go into Mania as champ.  Lesnar finally getting his win back seems to be a lock, but where would he go from there as Universal Champion?