Inside Pulse Wrestling » wrestlemania Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:54:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » wrestlemania No Chance – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide (Wrestlemania XXX, WWE 2K15, Chris Jericho’s Third Book) Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:56:20 +0000 It’s that time of year again everyone! As the last month of the year rolls along, it brings with it a season of shopping. Yes most holiday shopping began on Black Friday but that doesn’t mean that shopping is over. (As I’m sure the television commercials won’t let you forget.) So what should you get for that WWE fan in your family? Or perhaps for yourself if nobody else will understand why you want wrestling things? How about one of the things from this handy shopping guide? Like previous years, the gift guide has been split into several different sections for your browsing ease and pleasure.(Links included for the buying)

Network Subscription

First and foremost, if there’s one thing that the WWE wants you to buy this year it’s a subscription to the network. They want everyone to buy a subscription to the network. And really, if you’re getting somebody something WWE related this year, it’s not a bad idea. A fan of the current product can see every PPV live each month. Someone who used to be a fan, but hasn’t watched in years, can see tons of the classic matches they want to watch while they talk about how much better wrestling was “back then.” And everyone can watch NXT which is a win no matter what type of fan you are.


(DVD links are to the blu ray copy when available due to Blu Ray disc usually having special features. If you would prefer the standard DVD, I feel confident that you can find a link to it on the blu ray page)

WrestleMania XXX: It’s more difficult this year than in years past to suggest that you should be spending money to buy PPVs on DVD months after they’ve aired. Not to say that as a whole the PPV scene has been worse this year, but why pay 20 bucks for a DVD when all of the PPVs this year are on the Network? Still, if there’s one that’s worth shelling out the money for, it’s got to be WrestleMania XXX.

Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman: Most wrestlers at a certain level of success have gotten a WWE produced Documentary about their life. Some have gotten two. But other than Bobby Heenan, I struggle to think of a non wrestling personality that got the documentary treatment. (Vince also got a documentary, but then again, he’s also wrestled a whole bunch) But finally Paul Heyman got his own documentary and it’s easily worth taking the time to see. Paul talks about his time in ECW, running Smackdown, and all sorts of things. Definitely worth checking out.

The Best of Sting: Don’t know who that Crow looking fella was at the end of Survivor Series, or why everyone was making such a bid deal out of him? Well have i got the DVD for you! WWE has put out a Best of Sting compilation and while your milage may vary on if the matches chosen for this collection are really the best things that Sting has done in his career, it will provide a great collection for long time Sting fans as well as a good way to get introduced to the man for those who were never really WCW fans back in the day.

Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story: Thanks to Stone Cold, we now have Vince on record saying that Macho Man will someday be in the WWE hall of fame. And here is a DVD full of reasons why he deserves such an honor. The relationship between Macho Man and WWE has been strained in the past (and you can fill in your prefered rumor as to why that it) so it’s nice to see a complete DVD set with a fairly detailed documentary and a good selection of matches to honor the guy.

OMG Volume 2: Full Disclosure, I haven’t actually gotten a chance to sit down and watch this one yet, so there’s a chance that it could be a total bust. But I dug the original OMG DVD (save for that stupid song getting played during the countdown 50 times) and wouldn’t mind getting to see 50 more “shocking” wrestling moments from WCW.


The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea: After Mick Foley, Chris Jericho is my favorite WWE author and this is his third memoir after A Lion’s Tale and Undisputed. It seems that the days of WWE wrestlers writing autobiographies is more or less done with, as there hasn’t been the number of WWE books being released as there once was, but if someone’s going to keep up with the trend Jericho is a good call, and worth reading a third book about.

The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling: This book actually came out last year, and I some how missed it initally. But once I read it I knew that it had to go on this list anyway. One of the most interesting books about the history of pro wrestling as told through the lives of wrestlers who have passed, this book is the kind of thing that you can even get a not wrestling fan to sit down and read.

The Death of WCW: The story of the company that was WCW will probably be one of the most told and retold stories in wrestling history. This book isn’t actually a new book but rather a 10th anniversary edition of a book that came out in 2004. But as with everything wrestling, time passes and more stories come out, more people voice opinions and this edition of the book has been revised and expanded. Worth checking out, especially if you haven’t ever read the original edition.

WWE 50: To celebrate their 50th anniversary, WWE has released a book detailing the history of the company from the original territory days, through the Monday Night Wars, and the steroid scandals. The book has actually been quite impressively researched and would look nice on a shelf next to that WWE Encyclopedia that they released a few years ago.

Video Games

WWE2k15: Usually deciding on whether or not to by the WWE game each year depends on how recently you bought your last WWE game and thus how out of date your roster is. But this year is the first year that 2k has really been able to dig in and do something with a WWE game. There is no comparison between the graphics this year and last year. And 2k has also made minor adjustments to improve the gameplay here and there. Nothing to write home about on the 1 player end of the game, but if you’ve got a few friends that you like to play WWE games with, it’s probably worth picking up the game this year (Link is to the Xbox One version of the game but I feel confident that you will be able to find a link to your prefered console.)

Undertaker Charger: I don’t know when this came out, but I just learned about it this year. Even if you don’t have a Wii, just… just click the link so that you can see the picture. That right there my friends is a bust of Undertaker that you can recharge your wiimotes on. According to reviews, Undertaker’s eyes glow red while the controllers are recharging. That is a thing that exists in this world.topstory120x120-×120.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

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Harrak’s Thoughts: WWE RAW 12.1.14 (Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, John Cena) Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:54:12 +0000 WWE Raw Header - 2014

#1~ John Cena tries to kill of the Anonymous GM, Dolph Ziggler is put over AND Seth Rollins brings up Sting all in the first 5 minutes of the show’s start. I guess someone on Creative actually read the reviews of RAW last week.

#2~ Seth Green is a good choice for the Slammys host. It’s definitely not Dennis Miller and finally someone who is a huge wrestling fan plus one who knows the WWE audience. I’m looking forward to next week instead of dreading it.

#3~ I don’t even remember what Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose are fighting about anymore. I do know that Wyatt was absolutely devastated when Ambrose destroyed his rocking chair so I guess there’s that. The only way this feud can escalate now is if Ambrose gets his hands on Wyatt’s lantern.

#4~ So did you realized that was Noelle Foley in the “Cyber Monday” promo with her father dressed as Santa. I think it’s safe to say that she got the high-end of her mom’s supermodel looks and not her dad’s “garbage man” good looks.

#5~ Did anyone catch why Brie Bella is now a heel? If you missed the Bellas’ entrance then you don’t because that’s the only time it came up. Apparently the explanation is that Brie fell in love with Nikki & they became friends again while Brie was Nikki’s indentured servant.

#6~ The end of that six-man tag match really shined the light on something: why isn’t Seth Rollins booked with Dolph Ziggler and John Cena with Luke Harper. It seems like such a natural switch but we get stuck with these stale match ups. In a time when there’s nothing going on and everyone is waiting for WrestleMania season, try something new! I think we’ve harkened about this for years but damn, there’s nothing interesting on the show right now!topstory120x120-×120-2013.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-×250-raw-2013.jpg|topstory500x250

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Admitting When You’re Wrong Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:44:39 +0000 Sometimes, you just have to throw your hands up and admit defeat. It’s not something that is easy to do for a lot of people. For me, it’s something that I’ve done before. When you have been a Buffalo Bills fan all of your life, throwing your hands up and admitting defeat is something that you are used to doing by Week 11 of the NFL season.

But this isn’t about the Bills. This is about admitting that I was wrong about something WWE related. Again, this isn’t something new to me. I’ve backed certain things that the WWE has done before and have it come back and bite me in the ass. And yet every time the WWE does that, I still go back to support a decision they made because I think it will be “good for business.” And once again, it has come back to bite me in the ass.

And this time it has to do with Brock Lesnar. There were a good amount of mixed feelings when it came to Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Championship. Some people were against it from the beginning. They didn’t like the idea of a part timer being WWE Champion because it was a slap in the face to everyone who works full time. I, however, thought this would be different from The Rock’s reign. The WWE had not had a dominant heel Champion in quite some time. Brock, carrying the Title around and being the bad ass that he is, would bring some legitimacy back to the WWE Title and make it seem like a big deal. Plus, there was no clear plan with Brock like there was with The Rock. With The Rock winning, we all knew it was going to be Rock/Punk, Rock/Punk, Rock/Cena. With Brock, we knew a rematch with Cena was coming. I’ve enjoyed their matches so that wasn’t a problem with me. We also knew that he was likely dropping the Title to someone at Wrestlemania, most likely Roman Reigns. But I thought the time in between would be spent giving Brock the opportunity to fight a couple more guys who he had not fought before, which I was very much looking forward too.

Well, I was wrong. And once again the WWE has screwed something up that could have been so beneficial for everyone on their roster. The fact that it now looks like Brock Lesnar’s WWE Title reign will simply be matches with John Cena and then a match at Wrestlemania is just a gigantic screw up on the part of the WWE. Once again, they failed to look at the big picture. Lesnar’s reign could have been used to help out guys on the roster that could use the rub of just simply interacting with Brock Lesnar. But for some reason, the WWE didn’t want to pay Brock Lesnar the extra cash to work more dates. When you watch RAW and Smackdown nowadays, they barely even mention that Brock is the WWE Champion. A new fan wouldn’t even know there was a Champ. And hey, at least the WWE has done a good job of covering up the fact that their Champ isn’t around!

I was willing to accept the fact that Brock Lesnar wasn’t going to be at every PPV and RAW. I was okay with that. But the blatant ignoring of Lesnar on WWE TV in recent week is just a huge glaring mistake on the WWE’s part that could effect the long term outlook of the WWE. I’m not saying they are going to be going out of business, but Lesnar being around gets people to tune in. And even if just a couple of people interacted with Lesnar during his reign, it could have given them a rub for the long term.

If I’m going to play arm chair booker here, I’m starting from after SummerSlam. You keep the Cena beatdown exactly as it was. Brock comes out with Heyman the next night and brags about the beatdown. I’m keeping Cena OFF TV for this time period. The man deserves a rest every once in a while. A few weeks before Night of Champions, you have Brock and Paul Heyman come out and issue an open challenge to anyone in the back who wants to fight Lesnar at NOC. Out comes Sheamus to challenge Lesnar. They have a match at NOC and Lesnar wins, but Sheamus gives him everything that he’s got in a losing effort. And Sheamus gets a rub because of this.

The next night on RAW, Lesnar beats down Jericho to send him off. Lesnar continues to cause havoc throughout the show until John Cena comes out at the end to take out Lesnar and challenge him to a match at Hell In A Cell. You go through with the double main event I talked about leading up to Hell In A Cell: Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar vs John Cena. Lesnar retains with the help of the Authority. That way, we can transition right into the Team Cena/Team Authority stuff that we are getting right now. And here is where I’m cool with Lesnar taking time off now. The one thing I like about this current Survivor Series storyline is that it is giving some guys a chance to get main event time that would normally not get it.

At TLC, we have a Fatal 4 Way Ladder match with the winner getting a shot at Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble. Who wins that match? Ryback. Yeah, I’m all aboard the Ryback bandwagon right now. I think if you let the guy be himself he will get over. He’s already getting some solid reactions now. I think you continue to let him go on a tear up to the Rumble and you would get people behind him. Ryback comes close to winning but Brock picks up the win in the end. I’ve always said that the Royal Rumble should be a time where they take a risk and give someone a Title shot that doesn’t normally get it. People will watch for the Rumble itself. After the Rumble you have Lesnar then get ready to fight whoever he is fighting at Wrestlemania.

That kind of run, at least to me, would have been much more entertaining then Brock’s current run as Champion. It gives a couple of other guys a rub from working with Lesnar, and that would help those guys out long term.

So how would you re-book Brock Lesnar’s WWE Title run?

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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DVD Review: John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:31:49 +0000 John Cena's Greatest Rivalries Review

Despite many people discounting a lot of Michael Cole’s commentary, one thing he’s constantly said is true, John Cena is the WWE most polarizing figure in WWE history. John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries is a perfect showcase of this as his feuds range from the purest of babyfaces in The Rock to the dastardly heel, Edge.

The documentary is set up in a different way that throws back to Cena’s vintage video game era. Each new feud or matchup is introduced with a WrestleFest-style of opening. It was just an interesting touch for a normally sleek and polished production from the WWE.

The rivalries that kick off the documentary were interesting choices: Eddie Guerrero, and maybe the most rare of the bunch, Cena’s feud with Batista that began back in OVW where he wrestled as The Prototype and Batista wrestled as Leviathan. It’s amazing to see how much chemistry he had with Eddie Guerrero so easily on in his career and then to see similar elements in feuds with Edge and CM Punk.

After seeing Cena’s early stuff with Eddie Guerrero, we flashback to OVW and a match between Leviathan & a heel, long(ish) haired Prototype. It was completely strange to see Cena play a heel character with a heel manager. Yet, he still won the OVW Championship! The next match featured Batista versus Cena in an “I Quit” match that really showed the progression of both men over their careers.

And from Batista we go to Shawn Michaels, an entire 180 and yet still two great opponents for Cena. Even before the first bell, you can tell how much influence Michaels had on Cena, especially in the storyline department. Cena and Michaels had the “It Factor” no matter if they were wrestling on WrestleMania or on RAW. It was the perfect combination of strength versus skill. And they always appear to leave it out in the ring. Cena commented by saying being in the ring with Shawn was like “having the night off.” That just means that no matter how tough the match is physically on their bodies, the competitors feel exhilarated for being able to do what the love in the wrestling ring.

John Cena gave Randy Orton a phenomenal compliment when he said that Randy Orton is his era’s Shawn Michaels. Both men make wrestling look effortless and it’s absolutely true. I mention it constantly but Orton doesn’t nearly get enough credit for his fluidness in the ring and I’m glad Cena, a man who has wrestled both Orton & Michaels, can see the blatant similarities. The first match featured between Orton and Cena on this documentary is a great example of what was to come in this career long rivalry. It’s the WWE Championship match from SummerSlam 2007. One of their first main event matches together and one of the best.

But before Cena ever wrestled in the main event of a PPV, John Cena took on JBL at WrestleMania 21 for his first-ever WWE Championship win. As Cena said in this documentary, JBL was never a “soft” wrestler and John Cena wanted to prove that he could go with every style of performer. JBL was the testing ground for many young wrestlers during his career, this match just happened to be for the WWE Championship. I wouldn’t call this Cena’s “breakthrough” moment as he was tremendously over before this title match. Plus, at this time in WWE history, the World Heavyweight Championship was the official championship of the RAW brand and thus the “top” championship of the WWE (not, ironically, the SmackDown-only WWE Championship).

“Y2J” Chris Jericho is up next and so is the “You’re Fired!” WWE Championship match from RAW & their World Heavyweight Championship match from Survivor Series 2008. Jericho and John Cena were perfect adversaries. They’re a similar height, wrestle somewhat a same style (during this point of Jericho’s career) and could handle each other on the mic. Jericho might not have been able to illicit the absolute best out of him (on the mic & in the ring) but he’s definitely in the Top 3. Thinking back on it now, I’m a little surprised they didn’t feud more often.

Up next is the man who I believe to be BY FAR Cena’s greatest rival, Edge. Cena and Edge were the definition of polar opposites on-screen and were tremendously alike off-screen. Both were/are fans, both grew up with wrestling and both weren’t supposed to succeed but worked until they achieved the success they always dreamed of. The Edge/Cena matches featured are a steel cage match on RAW that featured Lance Cade, Trevor Murdoch and DX. The other is the World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing match from 2009’s Backlash where John Cena was tossed into a spotlight by the Big Show after a tremendous match. Both matches were good showcases of their rivalry, one from the beginning when they had just starting working together and one when they knew each other almost as well as themselves.

From a Hall of Famer to the “measuring stick” & future Hall of Famer, Triple H. Cena echoed similar sentiments he had for Shawn Michaels. It’s amazing how many different styles of wrestler John Cena faced and had a good match with. Triple H is no exception. Featured first is their WWE Championship match from WrestleMania 22, a great match overshadowed by Triple H’s first “King of Kings” entrance & Cena’s “Gangster” entrance that of course featured a future John Cena rival CM Punk.

The final rival featured in the documentary is probably his most well-know, his feud against The Rock. This feud was truly a class of generations as The Rock had retired from in-ring competition by the time Cena started making noise on the WWE roster. Calling out The Rock’s intentions in numerous interviews, John Cena let it be know that he believed that The Rock used the WWE to gain his fame & has tried to distance himself from pro-wrestling as much as possible. Well that all came to a head when John Cena and The Rock faced off in a WWE ring for the first. While their two WrestleMania matches weren’t the highest-rated in-ring spectacles, the hype for the matches definitely made up for it. That’s why this documentary didn’t feature the two matches John Cena & The Rock had at WrestleMania but a verbal debate held before WrestleMania 29 and then their WrestleMania 29 match for the WWE Championship.

If you’re lucky enough to pick up the Blu-Ray version of this documentary, the final feud documented is John Cena versus CM Punk. While it might not be a surprise that this rivalry was relegated to the Blu-Ray exclusives, Punk is absolutely one of Cena’s best modern rivals. Cena stays far away saying much about Punk, personally or professionally. And now you can see why the Cena/Punk feud is in the “Extras” section. Featured on the disc are the first ever meeting between Cena and Punk on Monday Night RAW and their #1 Contender Match for a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29.

Overall the Blu-Ray is a match compilation with a few comments thrown in between the different rivalries. The matches highlight the absolute best of John Cena and gives the viewer a taste of what a true retrospective of his career may contain. John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries is definitely worth a watch for any wrestling fan and an absolute buy for any John Cena fan.


Must Watch Matches:

  • John Cena vs Eddie Guerrero in a Latino Heat Parking Lot Brawl.
  • John Cena vs Shawn Michaels in a WrestleMania 23 rematch.
  • John Cena vs Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam 2007
  • John Cena vs JBL for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21
  • John Cena vs Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing Match at Backlash 2009
  • John Cena vs Triple H for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 22
  • John Cena vs CM Punk for a WWE Championship shot at WrestleMania 29

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Hittin’ The Canvas Wrestling Pulsecast: Top 3 Worst Returns In Wrestling Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:23:22 +0000 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast


It’s just Justin Czerwonka and Matt Harrak this week spitballing about future WWE plans with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan on the shelf, the merits of Dean Ambrose being the guy to go to WrestleMania and what the immediate future holds for the WWE in general.

PLUS we have a Top 3! Yes, we discuss the absolute WORST returns in pro-wrestling history! Listen as we debate and take a trip down memory lane & don’t forget to put YOUR Top 3 in the comments below.

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Classy Ring Attire 139 – I Can’t Even Muster The Energy to Title This Episode Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:47:58 +0000 I mean, really, did you guys not see Night of Champions? And then Raw the next night? And then that whole thing with Sting not showing up even though they totally alluded to him showing up? I mean why WWE? On everything, why? Just…jeez… just listen to the podcast.topstory120x120-|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

]]> 0 Brock Lesnar,chris jericho,dean ambrose,john cena,Night of Champions,randy orton,Raw,Roman Reigns,seth rollins,Sting,wrestlemania,WWE I mean, really, did you guys not see Night of Champions? And then Raw the next night? And then that whole thing with Sting not showing up even though they totally alluded to him showing up? I mean why WWE? On everything, why? Just...jeez... I mean, really, did you guys not see Night of Champions? And then Raw the next night? And then that whole thing with Sting not showing up even though they totally alluded to him showing up? I mean why WWE? On everything, why? Just...jeez... just listen to the podcast. Inside Pulse Wrestling no 52:14
JC’s Top Rope Report: Does A New Logo Mean A New Era In The WWE? Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:32:56 +0000 As talked about on the HTCPulsecast this past Thursday, the Scratch Era Logo in the WWE has come to an end. It lasted a lot longer than it seemed like, even if you only count the time it was under the WWE banner instead of the WWF one as well. A new logo is upon us, as well as a new Champion to usher in this new logo.

But could it also be the beginning of a new era in the WWE? Almost all of the WWE Scratch logo era was dominated by John Cena. And whether you love John Cena or you hate him, that’s a pretty long time for Cena to be on top. If you read my stuff you know that I think Cena (along with Randy Orton) get a lot of unwarranted criticism from fans. I’m not saying they’ve been perfect during this time frame, but I think fans can be too harsh sometimes.

This column, however, is not to talk about Cena or Orton. We don’t need another debate about that. I’m here to talk about a new logo that could possibly bring in a new era in the WWE, lead by Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. John Cena and Randy Orton have been on top so long that it is almost necessary for a new era to come sooner rather than later. Steve Austin and The Rock weren’t on top as long as those two. Other stars were sprinkled in between bust the last ten years have pretty much been centered around those two stars.

But I really think that starting in 2015, those two will be slowly phased out of the WWE Title picture. The reason I say 2015 is because I can honestly see Randy Orton getting a shot at Brock Lesnar. And I’m okay with that. But after John Cena is done with Brock Lesnar, he shouldn’t be in the WWE Title picture for a very long time. Cena needs to become a gate keeper for the main event. He seemed to be going that route already this year when he faced Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania. Remember, Cena was never going to win the WWE Title back. Daniel Bryan’s injury forced the WWE to put the Title on Cena. So you have to wonder if Cena was already going to transition to the gatekeeper role this year.

John Cena has become a big enough star that his match at Wrestlemania will already carry enough weight on its own. It doesn’t need a Title involved. Cena’s role going forward should involve programs with guys like Cesaro, Rusev and others similar. Cena is in a spot where he can make these guys better and get them ready for the main event scene.

And while Cena transitions to the role of gate keeper for the main event, the three former members of The Shield can take the reigns (no pun intended) of the WWE. All three of them bring their own uniqueness to the WWE. My colleague Matt is much higher on Roman Reigns currently than I am. That’s not saying I’m down on him, I just think he has some room for improvement before he takes over the top spot. What the WWE can’t do is turn Reigns into John Cena. One of my main problems with John Cena is that his top offensive moves look so weak. So far the WWE has gotten that part of Reigns right. The Spear and Superman Punch are delivered very well. They also can’t turn Reigns into a terrible joke teller with his promos. Keep it short and to the point with him. Reigns should get over more because he comes off as a bad ass in the ring rather than because of his promos.

Then there is Dean Ambrose. You can compare Ambrose to Brian Pillman, Roddy Piper or Steve Austin. They are all accurate in their similarities. Ambrose is the type of character that the WWE has been lacking for quite some time. Outside of CM Punk, the WWE really hasn’t had someone who seemed like a true anti-authority figure during the WWE era. And Punk and Ambrose seem like two different characters. Punk rebelled through his words and calculated actions. Ambrose rebelled through causing chaos and doing whatever it takes to get what he wants. The WWE might have a real breakout star in Ambrose if they continue to play their cards right. Again, if the WWE keeps booking Ambrose like they have been he will get over huge.

I made this comparison on the HTCPulsecast this week, and I really think Reigns and Ambrose could be this generation’s Rock and Steve Austin. Will they make as much money or draw huge ratings like those two? No. There isn’t another boom period coming in wrestling any time soon. That’s what helped Austin and Rock during that time period. But there is no reason Reigns and Ambrose can’t carry the WWE like Austin and Rock did during their time on top. I think they could easily be better than Cena and Orton. They have a lot of intangibles you want to see in your top stars and they are over. And they have plenty of years left in the tank.

And I have gone this far and not even brought up Seth Rollins. He is the complete wild card in this situation. When he turned heel and broke up The Shield, a lot of people had questions about whether he could pull off the turn successfully. Well I think Rollins has done a pretty good job so far. He’s playing the right mix of full of himself while also playing the coward role and backing away from fights as well. When we talked about the break-up from The Shield, Matt and I talked about Rollins being a better version of Jeff Hardy going forward. He could still be that, but right now his heel turn is showing he doesn’t need to be that to have a successful career.

Whatever you want to call this new era, I think come 2015 it will be evident that it will be the Shield Era. They debuted strong and really never lost any of their heat despite some weak booking in 2013. All three former members of The Shield will be WWE World Heavyweight Champions some day. All three can also carry the company out of the John Cena Era and into an era of their own. One they can make their own. And if what they have done so far is any indication, this new era should be quite fun to watch.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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HTC Wrestling Pulsecast – Top 3 Moments Of The WWE ‘Scratch’ Logo Era Sat, 06 Sep 2014 01:47:14 +0000 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast


Now that the WWE have moved on to a newer, sleeker version of their logo, Matt Harrak, Justin Czerwonka and Cameron Dougharty reminiscence about the “scratch” logo’s time in the WWE (post-WWF scratch logo). Everywhere from John Cena’s debut to his 15th World Championship reign took place during this era so there will be PLENTY to talk about. Post YOUR Top 3 Moments below and let’s get the conversation started!

In Memoriam Scratch


Justin:                                    Matt:

3. Edge setting the stage for all future Money                       3. The “SmackDown Six”
in the Bank cash ins.

2. The first “ECW: One Night Stand” PPV                              2. Stephanie McMahon’s run as SmackDown                                                                                                                          General Manager (and her “business attire”)

1. Shawn Michaels return in 2002 &                                        1. Randy Orton’s legendary career                                       his entire “second run”



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Hittin’ The Canvas Wrestling Pulsecast – SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:53:12 +0000 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast

Matt Harrak & Justin Czerwonka discuss WWE SummerSlam 2014 and the following night’s RAW! From Brock Lesnar to the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt to Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt’s next feud and who Sting will wrestle at WrestleMania if not the Undertaker. Give it a listen and rate on iTunes!

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Figure Review: WWE SummerSlam Retro Figures Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:20:28 +0000 Line Up Header

Since we are officially at the beginning of SummerSlam weekend, I thought now would be the best time to review WWE’s newest flashback line of Basics, WWE SummerSlam Retro!

If you remember a few months back, the WWE and Mattel released a line of WrestleMania XXX Series figures which were a very strong Basics Series featuring many of the superstars that competed at WrestleMania 29 & 30. This season, WWE & Mattel went a little old school with their assortment.

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The first figure we have is The Undertaker from the 1994 SummerSlam when he fought The “Fake” Undertaker managed by Ted DiBiase. This was the first time The Undertaker broke out the purple ring attire instead of his normal gray attire he had used since his WWE debut. This figure intrigued me the moment I saw it as I believe this is the first time Mattel has release a figure with hair as long as this. And it doesn’t stiffen the head movement one bit as you can see for yourself in the last photo. This might be the most prevalent figure per box but definitely a distinctive one.


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The next figure up is former World & WWE Champion, Rey Mysterio! In fact, Mysterio held the World Championship just a few months before he wore this gear in a SummerSlam match against Kane. Kane had cashed in on the Champion Mysterio at the Money In Bank PPV, capturing the World Championship and setting up this rematch at SummerSlam 2010. Rey Mysterio, oversized & overmatched, took Kane to the limit before eventually falling to the champion. This orange outfit has been loved by some and hated by others. Either way, I believe this was the only time Mysterio entered the “Orange” section of the color spectrum.


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Triple H’s figure will probably be recognizable to many wrestling fans. It’s the attire Triple H wore in his classic Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship at the 1998 SummerSlam against the “People’s Champion” The Rock. This match featured two future Hall Of Famers as they began their run for main event status. Triple H, wearing his trademark smirk and signature purple, won the IC title from The Rock in a historic ladder match at Madison Square Garden. A great figure that captures the memory of a great match.


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The next figure is sure to be hot property. The recently retired CM Punk wore this Bret “The Hitman” Hart-theme set one time at the 2012 SummerSlam when he defended his WWE Championship against both John Cena and The Big Show during Punk’s historic 434-day run as WWE Champion. Paying his respects to one of the greatest wrestlers ever, Punk would only wear these tights once during his career & much like his own retirement, this gear went off into hiding as well.


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Remember the SummerSlam that was billed as “ICON vs ICON”? The one match that featured two of the biggest stars in wrestling history & WWE Hall Of Famers? When Shawn Michaels challenged Hulk Hogan to a match? While the match might not have been a technical masterpiece, Shawn Michaels’ pre-& post-match antics created a month of must see TV as Michaels conjured up part of the “old” HBK and was ready to “steal the show” once again at the 2005 SummerSlam. Whatever your impressions of the SummerSlam match is, the standout moments of the event all few upon Shawn Michaels, even though he was on the losing end of the match. The figure definitely brings back many memories of that infamous night as well as the last time Michaels played an entertaining heel before his retirement.


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The last figure on our list will easily be the collector’s chase figure. Only one per box, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase is featured in his wrestling gear from the 1992 historic SummerSlam from Wembley Stadium in London, England as he teamed with IRS as Money INC against always popular Legion Of Doom. There haven’t many DiBiase figures produced by Mattel but this is absolutely one to pick up if you have a chance to.topstory120x120-×120-2013.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Why Brock Lesnar As WWE Champ Is Best For Business Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:19 +0000 We are only a few weeks away from the Brock Lesnar/John Cena match at SummerSlam. The match itself should be just as good as the first one. And when you add in Paul Heyman cutting Brock Lesnar’s promos for him this time around, and being able to sell the match itself, the build should be a little better.

People who aren’t happy about John Cena as Champ again need to remember that this wasn’t the original plan. If you believe everything you read, this was suppose to be Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar. But Bryan’s injury forced a change of plans. Lesnar/Cena, however, didn’t disappoint the first time. They offered a very physical brawl that we had not seen in the WWE for quite some time. It’ll be interesting to see if the No DQ stipulation is added this time. If it isn’t, I’ll be interested to see what kind of match Cena and Lesnar have this time. You can’t hold Lesnar’s last match against him. He was working with a broken down, badly concussed Undertaker for most of the match.

But we can talk about the match itself all we want. What everyone has been talking about is the likely result, Brock Lesnar leaving as WWE Champ, and what will come after. Brock Lesnar NOT winning the WWE Title would just be stupid on a number of levels. First of all, it would kill any momentum Brock had from ending The Streak at Wrestlemania. We can argue about how Brock has been booked since his return, but losing at SummerSlam would be the biggest mistake of all. If it were up to me, I would have Brock Lesnar undefeated right now. I also wouldn’t have had him fight HHH three times. I would have done Rock/Brock at Wrestlemania 29 (no Titles on the line).

Since Wrestlemania I have come to be okay with Brock Lesnar ending The Streak at Wrestlemania. Having Brock Lesnar end The Streak, then go on to win the WWE Title in his next match, will make whoever beats him a huge star. Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Title right now is the best possible option the WWE has. People already don’t like John Cena as Champ. Randy Orton shouldn’t touch the Title again if it were up to me. Batista is out promoting a movie. As much as we all love Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, I just don’t think either of them is ready for a Title run. Reigns is improving but he isn’t ready to take over the, no pun intended, reigns as the top guy in the WWE.

Brock Lesnar as WWE Champ will help elevate the Title. Lesnar can assert a reign of terror over the WWE as Champion. Yes, I know Lesnar has a limited number of dates he works. And some people won’t be happy with the WWE Champ not on TV every week. But I think it is a plus. It makes seeing the Champ and the Title get defended feel like a special occasion. It can draw people to the Network. Want to see the Champ and see him defend the Title? Subscribe to the Network.

We know that Lesnar is wrestling at SummerSlam, and one would have to think that Lesnar will also be on Night of Champions. If I could, I would talk Lesnar into working the Hell In A Cell PPV. Who wouldn’t want to see Lesnar fight in a Cell match? The question becomes if you really want to let Cena lose three times to Brock Lesnar. Because that is what has to happen. You can’t trade wins and losses. You can’t have Lesnar lose at SummerSlam then win at Night of Champions. I would even listen to the idea of Lesnar just destroying Cena at SummerSlam in a 10-12 minute match. If you don’t want Cena to lose three times, you could always throw someone else out there for Night of Champions. How about revenge for Cesaro against Heyman. I wouldn’t even mind Batista fighting Lesnar. Anything that would get me Cena/Lesnar inside the Cell. That’s the big money match to me.

Now I’m sure Lesnar won’t be on every PPV this year. I would keep him around until Hell In A Cell. He’s probably taking some kind of break in the fall. How do you make up for that? Well, you would hope that it is a possibility Daniel Bryan is back by then. If he can’t, I think it would be a good time to introduce Sting. Especially going into Survivor Series, where we can all dream about the possibility of a War Games match: Sting/Cena/Amborse/Reigns vs HHH/Orton/Rollins/Kane. I know it is an absolute pipe dream, but it would be one way to keep people interested in the product while there is no Champ around.

You could bring back Lesnar for the Royal Rumble if you want. But the appeal of that match is the Rumble itself. It will always be that. Maybe you have a Sting singles match at the show. But Lesnar isn’t necessary for the Rumble. Assuming the WWE keeps the same Network subscription schedule, those won’t be due until February anyways. You have Lesnar come back and win the Elimination Chamber match. Then, he defends the WWE Title at Wrestlemania against presumably Roman Reigns (although if Dean Ambrose gets hot he may be tough to keep down). Then you have the transition to the new face of the WWE and a new Champion to usher in a new era.

Brock Lesnar becoming WWE Champ will be good for business in the long run. It will help re-establish the prestige of the Title that has been lost recently. Because Lesnar won’t appear on every show, it will make seeing the Champion a special occasion. It’ll feel like the late 80s/early 90s when the Champ wasn’t on every show.

There will be people who won’t be happy with another part timer as Champ. But this is a different situation all together. Lesnar winning the Title and just dominating everyone that stands in his way will make whoever beats him a new star. With The Rock, it was a publicity stunt by the WWE to try and get main stream attention. And The Rock didn’t put anyone new over in the end. He “passed the torch” to Cena, even though Cena had been the man that point for almost 8 years. Lesnar is a different beast all together.

But who knows, this could all just be wishful thinking. I mean, John Cena could beat Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. They did it once, who says they can’t do it again. But the WWE can’t be that dumb right? RIGHT?

Until Next Time,

Justin C

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka

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Hulk Hogan Talks About WrestleMania 30 & Its NBC Premiere 8.3.14 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:20:52 +0000 Hulk Hogan Header

WWE Hall of Famer and host of WrestleMania 30, Hulk Hogan participated in a conference call for reporters where he spoke about many WrestleMania moments from the past & the present. Check out some quick highlights below and the complete conference call at the bottom.

– His Favorite WrestleMania moment still has to be slamming Andre the Giant at the Silverdome.

– What he sees as the biggest change to wrestling compared to when he wrestled: The unbelievably fast pacing in storylines and even the wrestling in the ring is a lot quicker. Where he could cut a promo with Andre in December of ’85, they wouldn’t have a match until the following December. Now someone issues a challenge and they fight 3 hours later.

– The opponent he regrets not being able to face: “That no good Stone Cold Steve Austin” (laughter)

– He had absolutely not preparation for the WrestleMania XXX opening as he had to do a press conference just minutes before the show started. When he arrived back at Gorilla, Steve Austin and The Rock were there and he had no idea what was going on.

– While he has great memories and moments of every one of his WrestleMania matches, his match with The Rock at WrestleMania 18 was his favorite.

– His favorite match at WrestleMania 30 was easily Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar. He said he noticed that Undertaker was knocked out within minutes of the match starting and was astounded that he was still wrestling, especially against the very physical Brock Lesnar. He just assumed that Undertaker was going to win and was stunned when Lesnar got the 3.

– Getting into a match with Vince McMahon was surreal but he didn’t think it would happen. He thought the match turned out great because Vince was a natural opponent, great performer and would never ask someone to do anything that Vince wouldn’t do himself.

– Roddy Piper was creating his own hype and running his own angle going into WrestleMania XXX but Hogan said it was never discussed as he is still recovering from the back surgeries.

– Triple H asked Hogan not to approach Warrior during WrestleMania weekend but they could all sit down after Raw to see if they could make amends. In a twist of fate, Hogan accidentally ran into Warrior backstage before the PPV and they were able to discuss their past and forgive one another for any past animosity.

– When asked about some of the new talent taking over the WWE, he called Dean Ambrose the new Roddy Piper but he’s in incredible shape and in ring work is awesome. He sees nothing but greatness in Seth Rollins considering his work ethic. And thinks that Roman Reigns is a modern-day, larger than life Hulk Hogan. The crowd reactions he’s getting so young in his career is amazing.

– When it comes down to WrestleMania 1, Hulk Hogan happened to share agents with Mr. T and having guest-starred on the A-Team television show, WrestleMania just grew from there. They are still good friends today.

– Hogan said he was extremely nervous before coming out at WrestleMania XXX because he didn’t know how the crowd would react. If the crowd didn’t pop, we wouldn’t be talking with us today. He said thank God the fans were receptive and even lighthearted with the “Silverdome” comment.

Listen to the entire call below and remember “Wrestlemania 30: The World Television Premiere” airs on Sunday August 3 at 7pm ET on NBC.

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CB’s Slant: Daniel Bryan Journey Erased from WrestleMania XXX Replay … REALLY?!?! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:23:13 +0000 WWE issued a press release announcing their usual one-hour TV broadcast highlighting the best of WrestleMania 30.

However, left off the list was THE ENTIRE DANIEL BRYAN STORY!!!!!

Seriously, what a slight especially considering Bryan’s two epic matches all in the same night on the grandest stage of them all.

Here’s the press release:


Hour Long Telecast to Feature Iconic WWE® Personalities Including Hulk Hogan™, John Cena®, “Stone Cold™” Steve Austin and The Rock®

NEW YORK – July 16, 2014 – NBC and WWE are bringing WrestleMania® to network television Sunday, Aug. 3 at 7/6 C with “WrestleMania 30: The World Television Premiere” on NBC. For the sixth year in a row, this special will allow fans to relive moments celebrating 30 years of the world’s most popular sports entertainment extravaganza.

The one-hour broadcast will feature the return of pop culture icons and WWE legends Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock, as well as highly-anticipated matches, including John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt™, and Undertaker® defending his epic WrestleMania undefeated streak against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar™.

On April 6, WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza sold-out the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans with more than 75,000 fans from all 50 states and 37 countries in attendance. WrestleMania 30, grossing $10.9 million, broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event, which was broadcast worldwide in more than 100 countries and 20 languages and reached a record 1 million households in the U.S. on WWE Network and pay-per-view combined.

Next year’s WrestleMania 31 takes place on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Ticket information will be announced later this year.

For more information, visit and NBC Universal Media Village at

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How Would You Book It: Sami Zayn’s & Adrian Neville’s Call Up To The Main Roster Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:57:39 +0000  

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Adrian Neville is the NXT Champion and Sami Zayn has been making an impact since he very first NXT show when he pinned Antonio Cesaro. Zayn and Neville are NXT top 2 babyfaces & it’s been that way for a good while now. Expect for maybe a championship run for Zayn, both men have accomplished all that can be done in NXT & rumors of their callups to the main roster are gaining more and more momentum.

But if or when they make their main roster debut, as the old saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Granted two superstars, Bray Wyatt & brother Bo Dallas, we’re metaphorically thrown another bone after Husky Harris debut was flat & Bo Dallas debuted  in the Royal Rumble followed by an extremely brief feud with Wade Barrett before being shot back down South.

But what to do with two of the best in-ring competitors in the WWE today?

Maybe there’s a Future versus Past Survivor Series Elimination Match where NXT & recently debuted WWE stars take on a team of WWE Legends? Or possibly Sami Zayn appears on a random edition of RAW and defeats the Intercontinental Champion, Cesaro? Now Zayn is the IC Champion in his first match on the main roster! Neville is a little bit harder to predict since there’s not many men on the current roster that can mold to his style. But how about a very good Royal Rumble, possibly eliminating a still heel Seth Rollins and they build to a match between the two at WrestleMania 31!

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The WWE Mid-Year Awards Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:42:32 +0000 We’re half way through the calendar year. That’s a shock to me on its own. I mean, its really July already? At least it means we are getting closer to football season.

But that means the WWE is also half way through their calendar year. And it is time to hand out some awards. I’ve done this the last couple years. I do a mid-year awards column and then a year end awards one. It’s interesting to see how certain things change from the middle of the year to the end of the year.

I would definitely say that it has been an interesting year, especially behind the scenes in the WWE. At Wrestlemania we all thought Daniel Bryan would be the face of WWE TV going into the summer. Now we don’t even if Daniel Bryan will return to TV by the end of the year, or ever. The WWE landscape has changed drastically this year, and looks like it will going forward to the end of the year.

So with that out of the way, lets hand out some mid-year awards!

Newcomers Of The Mid-Year: Rusev and Lana

-I had a tough time with this one. I didn’t know whether to give it to Rusev and Lana or Bo Dallas. In the end, I went with Rusev for one major reason: the gimmick is working so far. And I’m not saying Bo Dallas isn’t doing well. But Rusev gets way more heat with his gimmick right now than Dallas does. Rusev and Lana get booed every time they are out there. They just made Jack Swagger a face with one segment. It even got a “Lets Go Swagger” chant from the audience. That doesn’t happen unless the gimmick is over. For someone who has zero wrestling experience Lana is doing a good job with her promos. They get a lot of heat and are a good lead in to Rusev’s matches. And I know Rusev has his detractors, but I have seen nothing so far that makes me think he is a terrible worker. He moves well for his size and his match with Big E at Money in the Bank was a decent big man match. My guess is Rusev feuds with Swagger for a bit before moving a bit higher up on the card.

Disappointment of the Mid-Year: Paul Heyman With Cesaro

-Cesaro had a lot of momentum going into Wrestlemania. He was getting face reactions from the crowd and most assumed a split from the Real Americans was imminent. Things looked to be picking up for Cesaro at Wrestlemania when he won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. It seemed like Cesaro was going to be in line for a big face push. But then he was paired with Heyman. It was an odd pairing, but most assumed it would work because anything Heyman usually touches turns into gold. But that hasn’t happened with Cesaro. You could even argue that Cesaro is in a worse spot now than he was at the beginning of the year. Looking back, maybe pairing Cesaro with Heyman was a bad idea. If they wanted to keep Cesaro heel, then they needed to do more than what they did with him. Maybe let the Cesaro/Swagger break-up happen, then bring Heyman in later. Hopefully Cesaro is still in line for big things down the line, but his pairing with Heyman has been quite disappointing so far.

Surprise of the Mid-Year: The Undertaker Loses At Wrestlemania

-This one has to seem like its unanimous. I’m going for more on screen with this one than behind the scenes. Seth Rollins turning was a shocker as well, but deep down we all knew The Shield was going to break-up at some point. I don’t know if ANYONE saw Brock Lesnar beating The Undertaker.  If Taker was going to lose at Wrestlemania, most assumed it would be to a young guy who could use the rub. Someone like Cesaro, Bray Wyatt, or anyone from The Shield. But Lesnar ended The Streak, and it sent shock waves through the wrestling world. We will find out what the WWE has planned next for Lesnar heading into SummerSlam. Could they really convince him to win work more dates as WWE Champion? I think making Lesnar Champ next is the right move. And if he holds it to Wrestlemania whoever beats him is going to be a star. But I don’t think any wrestling fan saw Undertaker losing at Wrestlemania coming.

Match of the Mid-Year: Bray Wyatt vs Daniel Bryan- Royal Rumble

-Another tough one for me. But it isn’t because there were a couple of great matches to chose from. It’s because there were a handful of very good matches to choose from. It came down to three matches for me: Bray Wyatt vs Daniel Bryan, The Shield vs The Wyatts from Elimination Chamber, and The Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match. Honestly, I would have no problem with either of those matches at the top. It is obviously a matter of personal preference. I thought the Bray Wyatt/Daniel Bryan match was a big step forward for Bray Wyatt. He hadn’t wrestled a good one-on-one singles match yet. People weren’t sure how he would do in a longer match because of his physique. Well, he did just fine against Bryan. This match showed Bray was capable of bringing it in big time matches. Plus, it was fun for me being there live to watch it. So this match gets the nod. But if I was a betting man, I would say something passes it by the end of the year.

News Story of the Mid-Year: CM Punk Walks Out

-One day CM Punk is there. The next day he is gone. What made it worse for me is that I woke up to this news on my birthday. What a terrible start to a birthday. This was something that had been done before by the likes of Steve Austin. But this came as a complete shock to everyone. Punk has always been known to speak his mind and stand by his beliefs. And he did that here. It was widely believed Punk didn’t want to wrestle into his 40s, and a lot of people thought Punk would be done once his contract expired in July. But Punk left right at the start of Wrestlemania season, throwing a big wrench into the WWE’s plans. Will CM Punk ever be back? No one knows for sure. I still think if Punk isn’t back for Wrestlemania 31 he may never come back, outside of a Hall of Fame induction. It’s pretty obvious that TV has been lacking without CM Punk. With Daniel Bryan injured, one has to wonder if CM Punk would be in the top spot now.

Superstar of the Mid-Year: Daniel Bryan

-Once again, here is another one that I would expect to change by the end of the year. At this point, I’m not expecting Daniel Bryan back before the end of the year. The more news that comes out about Daniel Bryan the worse it sounds. But you can’t deny the success Daniel Bryan has had this year. No matter how hard the WWE tried to keep Bryan down, Bryan and the fans wouldn’t let it happen. Bryan was finally given the spotlight and he rode it all the way to Wrestlemania. The site of 60,000+ people chanting yes in unison as Bryan came to the ring then won the WWE Title will be an image that lives on forever. It’ll be in Wrestlemania video packages for years to come. It’s a shame Bryan didn’t get a proper Title run. But no WWE star has had the success Bryan has had so far this year. At least not yet.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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My Thoughts: WWE RAW 7.7.14 (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns) Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:44:41 +0000 WWE Raw Header - 2014


#1~ Before you get too comfortable, did you know there’s a new Wallpaper of the Week featuring Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt? You should download it quick!

#2~ I never thought the silent but deadly Roman Reigns would open an addition of Raw with a promo, definitely not this early in his singles’ run. But damn if he didn’t pull it off. Our friend over on the WWE Creative Humor Twitter wrote about the segment that was just supposed to be funny but oddly enough it’s also a bit true. He wrote,

It’s sad but true; in this PG-era of the WWE, the guidelines only allow for a certain amount of leeway when it comes to promos and controversial words. Last week, John Cena got the nod and tonight, they gave the crowd-friendly line to Roman Reigns for an easy pop. It’s not much but it’s something for a guy who hasn’t been in the main event for very long.

#3~ It’s a shame that Dean Ambrose versus Randy Orton will only be remembered for the botched spot. In a normal situation, I would have expected Orton to throw a fit except it absolutely was Orton’s spot. I can almost guarantee that Ambrose was supposed to jump off the top rope and into a Orton dropkick. Except Orton took his sweet ass time getting up and turning around. Either way it’ll end up being Ambrose’s fault somehow. Who would have ever thought that Ambrose would be the bit player coming out of The Shield’s breakup?

#4~ One of my favorite memories of 90s WWF was the running storyline of Jerry Lawler & his absolute hatred of the Hart family. From Helen & Stu to Bret & sometimes Owen, “The King” couldn’t despise the Harts more than anyone on earth leading to all sorts of matches including the infamous Kiss My Foot match which eventually led to the debut of Lawler’s personal dentist, Dr. Issac Yankem (aka Glenn Jacobs – aka Kane). It would have been awesome to see King tease at least SOME hatred for the Harts, at least for me.

#5~ This Fandango/Layla/Summer Rae thing is still going? First I thought it was over after that “match” at the pay-per-view. Then I thought it was done when Dolph Ziggler and Summer basically had “PG sex” in the ring last week. But now not only is there a Fandango/Ziggler feud but Summer Rae is STILL trying to seduce Fandango away from Layla? I’d be OK with a Ziggler/Fandango feud (especially if the IC title was involved) but the choice between Layla and Summer is just ridiculous. Layla is stacked and is a former Miami Heat dancer. Summer pretended to be a dancer for Fandango when his first dancer didn’t want to leave college for a career in wrestling. I think you get where my allegiance lies.

#6~ I appreciate the fact that The Miz is trying something new with his character. I appreciate the new transition into his theme music and the Top Gun glasses. But so far that’s all I’ve seen. The music is the same. The promos are the same. The jacket and ring gear is the same. And most importantly, his ring work is the same. If you’re going to try to revamp your career, you NEED to add more than glasses & the beginning of The Rock’s old entrance video to your own. That’s like adding pin-striping to a ’94 Chevy Malibu & asking 30k for it. The Miz has a long way to go to ask fair market value for his presence.

#7~ Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt is going to be good. Really good. But please let them build, let them tell a story. Give them more TV time than just a promo spot after a throwaway match. Let them write their own material and be held accountable of whether or not if they’re successful. It worked with Jericho & Shawn Michaels in their modern-day classic rivalry in 2008. Take a chance again and watch the magic happen.

#8~ Kofi Kingston starts winning when he starts talking about a heel turn – OK fine. But he starts beating Cesaro, a guy who just wrestling for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, cleanly and weakly? The way Cesaro was moving up the card, I could clearly see him facing Brock Lesnar in a battle of the “Paul Heyman Guys” in the near future. Now I’m just hoping he doesn’t fall off the map completely and regain ANY momentum he had going into and out of WrestleMania 30.

#9~ Seth Rollins and John Cena had pretty good chemistry in the ring, even though they didn’t have it in the earlier backstage segment. The idea that Rollins has to remind the audience every week that he can cash in at anytime is absurd. The Money In The Bank contract has been around for almost 10 years, the “WWE Universe” knows how it works and Rollins will cash in when it’s most advantageous for him. Stop shoving it down our throats and tell the story you want to tell. Of course if that story is how much Roman Reigns and John Cena like each other, I’d rather they not.topstory120x120-×120-2013.jpg|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-×250-raw-2013.jpg|topstory500x250

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Is Dean Ambrose The WWE’s Next Anti-Authority Rebel? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:47:53 +0000 Almost one month ago, wrestling fans every where were shocked at the sudden break-up of The Shield. Everyone knew this was coming at some point down the line. But I think most of us weren’t expecting it to happen this soon. The Shield had just dominated Evolution again and seemed to be at the top of their game. But Seth Rollins turned his back on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, leaving many wrestling fans in a state of shock.

After getting over the initial grieving process that most wrestling fans are allowed, it was time to start thinking about what all of this meant. As I said in my thoughts after, there really wasn’t too much left for The Shield to do. They had just ran through Evolution for the second PPV in a row. They had already feuded with The Wyatt Family. A lot of people suggested individual feuds for all three members. But to me, that is almost the same as those three breaking up. So I was willing to let the process play out.

Many people thought that Dean Ambrose would be the one to turn heel. But the WWE gave that role to Seth Rollins instead. And after watching the first Dean Ambrose promo on the RAW following the break-up, you knew exactly why things played out like they did. Ambrose’s promo was the right amount of revenge, craziness, and flat out bad-assery that you want from a face. It wasn’t cliched or watered down like a lot of face promos are in the WWE. Some suggested after the promo that Dean Ambrose is like Brian Pillman and Roddy Piper mixed into one. And it is hard to not agree.

Everyone automatically assumed that Roman Reigns would be the next big star in the WWE. And we know that Reigns is being built up for such a role. But my question is this: Why couldn’t the next big star be Dean Ambrose? I know it is only a month’s sampling, but Dean Ambrose has won over a lot of fans in this month time period. Ambrose of course had his followers from his Indy days that followed him to the WWE. So he already had a “hardcore, Internet” fan base. But I’m pretty sure Ambrose has won over even more fans in the past month than Roman Reigns has.

Wrestling fans have grown to appreciate a lot of different wrestling characters over the years. And some times it doesn’t even matter what the character is. If fans appreciate the effort and hard work of a performer, they tend to gravitate towards said character. But if there is one character that wrestling fans always seem to love, it is the anti-hero. The man that is anti-authority and stands up to the normal ways of life. He’s the rebel. He doesn’t listen to any authority. He stands on his own and is an outlaw. Fans often like to live bi-cariously through that performer. It’s one type of character that has stood the test of time in the world of pro wrestling.

A lot of the most popular characters in wrestling history were all anti-authority. The most obvious one is Stone Cold Steve Austin. Many people consider him the benchmark when talking about this category. Before him came Rowdy Roddy Piper. Of course the most recent example is CM Punk. You could even point to Sting in WCW during his rivalry with the nWo. Some of the most popular characters in wrestling history are people who stand up to the authority.

Dean Ambrose may have only given us a small dose so far, but I think he has all the makings of the next anti-authority rebel that we wrestling fans have grown to love. So far, every one of his promos have been great. From his initial response to Seth Rollins after the Shield break-up, to his promo on RAW before Money in the Bank where he said he would wreak havoc on the PPV if he wasn’t put in the ladder match, to his promo at Money in the Bank before the match, all of those have been outstanding. Last night’s Money in the Bank promo even got my non-wrestling fans invested in Ambrose during the show.

Ambrose has even changed his in ring style to fit his current character better. As a heel in The Shield, Ambrose worked more methodically and at a slower pace. Since his face turn and even now with his loose cannon like gimmick, his offense has become more a bit more unpredictable and frantic. Not only that but who doesn’t get a tiny little resemblance of Stone Cold the last couple times Ambrose has come out to attack Rollins. And while some people might consider Ambrose’s current theme a bit generic, I think it works for him. Hell, Austin’s theme isn’t anything special. Outside the broken glass in the beginning, it’s just a lot of guitar work. The beginning of Ambrose’s theme is designed to get a pop out of the crowd.

So what exactly does the WWE have with Dean Ambrose? Most people assumed he would eventually turn heel just like Rollins did. But again, there is a reason each member of The Shield took on specific roles after the break-up. I wonder if the WWE knew just how well Dean Ambrose would come off as a face. As long as the WWE doesn’t start to water down his act, I really think Ambrose has the makings of a huge star going going forward.

Most people assume Roman Reigns has been pegged as the next top guy in the WWE going forward. The heir-apparent to John Cena. But could Dean Ambrose cause some wrinkles in that plan? What happens if Ambrose’s popularity continues to rise throughout the year? And what if people start gravitating more toward Ambrose than Reigns? I think Reigns is going to be a big time player in the WWE. And if you asked me right now what the main event of Wrestlemania 31 should be, I would tell you either John Cena or Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Title against Roman Reigns. But if Ambrose continues to play his part well, could we see another Daniel Bryan situation in the build to Wrestlemania 31? Could fans grow to love Dean Ambrose and want to see him in the top spot instead of Roman Reigns?

We are obviously a long ways away from that scenario, but it is something that should at least be thought about. Dean Ambrose has all the makings to be the next anti-authority hero of our generation. And if he continues to get the crowd reactions like he did at Money in the Bank, one has to wonder if he will become the next top face of the WWE. All three members of The Shield will find success in the WWE. But Dean Ambrose may have the ability to reach heights no one thought he could, playing a character many never expected him to be: The Anti-Authority Rebel.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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My Thoughts: WWE RAW 6.16.14 (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Stardust) Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:09:19 +0000 WWE Raw 11-13 Header

#1~ One of the best parts of the WWE Network has to be watching all of the old segments they air in-between shows. Like the Los Guerreros vignette & Stone Cold Steve Austin “Confidential” segment I just saw again. The Guerrero vignettes are classic in every sense of the word.

#2~ I keep seeing Rob Van Dam in this opening segment & am so happy Alberto Del Rio beat him for the Money In The Bank ladder match. Not because I’m an Alberto Del Rio fan at all but he kept RVD out of the now WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Come on, we all know that Del Rio doesn’t have a chance but at least now we’re spared all of the Rob Van Dam fans called for a championship win for “one last run.”

#3~ Great match showcasing two young talents in Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins. I have to believe that the “reports” coming out about Ziggler not being pushed because of injuries to be true since he has had numerous concussions (and once you have one, you’re likely to have more). But you have to question the sense in that when he can put on a performance like he did tonight. He always turns it on when the “lights are on bright” & he’s got that big match mentality, showing it again tonight, making Seth Rollins look great while not looking too shabby in the process.

#4~ Dean Ambrose showing up in street clothes was the perfect touch for this feud. The “lunatic fringe” is the modern-day “rowdy one” except that Ambrose is an exceptional athlete. He started to cut another memorable promo against Rollins before competing in a very good match against the Intercontinental Champion, Bad News Barrett and in his street clothes nonetheless. I love how their focusing Ambrose and Rollins together while Roman Reigns handles The Authority & hopefully an eventual match against Triple H at SummerSlam. This seems like the best route for all parties involved.

#5~ So Roman Reigns inherited The Shield’s theme music. I wonder who the WWE thinks is going to be the star out of that faction… I like the addition of Reigns into the Money In The Bank ladder match. Not only does it give a MASSIVE babyface for the audience to root for but it also gives Randy Orton a direct adversary during the match. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no part of me that believes that Reigns is going to win the match but it adds a nice wrinkle to the storyline of the match.

#6~ Ahhhh they were too busy coming up with Stardust’s theme music to create ones for Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose. Hell, Ambrose had to wrestle in his street clothes since the seamstresses were too busy with the Stardust costume. Not that I’m complaining! You have to hand it to Cody Rhodes. No matter what’s thrown at him, he can take it and make it work. Better than make it work, he gets it over! I would not be surprised to see a huge ground swell for Goldust & Stardust this summer.

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DVD Review: Batista – The Animal Unleashed Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:29:49 +0000 Batista 2014 DVD Cover


When the 6-time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion Dave Batista left the WWE in 2010, there were endless rumors about why a star of his caliber who seemed to be going through a career resurgence would just walk away. Was it a budding movie career? Aspirations of becoming a MMA fighter before getting too old? Or was it the “PG” direction the WWE was taking that led “The Animal” to seek greener pastures? It turns out that the answer is all of the above.

When Dave Batista left the WWE in 2010, his character was riding high as a career resurgence as a heel led him to the WWE Championship and the main event of WrestleMania 26 against John Cena. He continued his feud with Cena through the next two pay-per-views, Extreme Rules and Over The Limit, but ended up quitting WWE on Raw the night after a brutal “I Quit” match at Over The Limit. At the time, the rumors as to why Batista left the WWE when he had just re-established himself as a main event heel were many and at times, outlandish. There were rumors of a career in Hollywood or MMA, his disappointment in the WWE taking a more “family-friendly” approach to their product and even rumors of steroid abuse & he wanted to leave  before being caught by WWE’s Wellness Policy. All of those rumors are finally laid to rest in this documentary.

It turns out that while SOME of the rumors were true, most weren’t. Batista pulls no punches on his reasons for leaving the WWE when he did. Like most superstars who take time off, Batista was feeling the weight of the road on his 41-year-old body (a compression fracture of his L1 spine didn’t help either). He also wanted to pursue different opportunities offered up to him before he did become too old to take advantage of them. Proving that drugs or steroids played no part in his decision, Dave Batista pursued mixed martial arts under the training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu of the famed Gracie family. He would eventually earn a purple belt in jiu-jitsu and win his only MMA fight by TKO in the first round. Unfortunately Batista would realize that he was just too old to commit full-time to such a demanding sport and decided to turn his attention to Hollywood, starring in The Man with the Iron Fists, Riddick and Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.

During the filming of Galaxy, Batista became in contact with Triple H more regularly and talk about a return was batted about. While Batista was seeing success in Hollywood, he felt that he had unfinished business in the WWE and plans were laid out for his return. But “Big Dave” made it clear, if he was going to return, he wasn’t coming for a part-time gig but a full-time run – house shows and all. Dave Batista would follow through with this promise, winning the Royal Rumble, contending in the main event at WrestleMania 30 and many of the following pay-per-views. Batista – The Animal Unleashed gives you a look into Batista return to the WWE and while the documentary doesn’t delve into the entire career of “The Animal”, it does answer a lot of questions that were never answered when he left the WWE in 2010 and his sub-sequential return. Add that to the incredible amount of matches added to the Blu-Ray version (WWE Championship “I Quit” Match vs John Cena, World Tag Team Championship Match with Ric Flair vs The Dudley Boys, Batista and Eddie Guerrero vs MNM plus over 5 hours more) and Batista – The Animal Unleashed is definitely worth a watch.


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Paul Heyman Cuts Promo on the Queen of England and The Undertaker at Monday Night Raw in London 05.19.2014 Fri, 23 May 2014 21:06:06 +0000 While bragging out Brock Lesnar ending THE STREAK at WrestleMania XXX and also promoting his client “THE KING OF SWING” Cesaro, Paul Heyman did his best to turn the London Raw crowd against him on Monday 5/19/14 by adding some comments towards the Queeen of England:

CB’s Slant: This was just brilliant work by Paul Heyman here, who really worked the London crowd like the true promo artist he is on the mic. I also loved seeing this live take where the London crowd chanted along with Heyman despite booing some elements of the promo.

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Classy Ring Attire 116 – Predictions for WrestleMania 31 Thu, 01 May 2014 02:14:25 +0000 As we do every year after WrestleMania, we take a moment to try and predict the card of the upcoming WrestleMania. So join us and our special guest as we try to predict what the WrestleMania XXXI will be and also take a look back at the matches we predicted for WrestleMania XXX a year ago so we can laugh at how silly they all seem now.topstory120x120-|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

]]> 0 Brock Lesnar,cm punk,Daniel Bryan,john cena,randy orton,Raw,The Rock,the undertaker,wrestlemania,WWE,wwe championship As we do every year after WrestleMania, we take a moment to try and predict the card of the upcoming WrestleMania. So join us and our special guest as we try to predict what the WrestleMania XXXI will be and also take a look back at the matches we pred... As we do every year after WrestleMania, we take a moment to try and predict the card of the upcoming WrestleMania. So join us and our special guest as we try to predict what the WrestleMania XXXI will be and also take a look back at the matches we predicted for WrestleMania XXX a year ago so we can laugh at how silly they all seem now. Inside Pulse Wrestling no 1:01:08
Trashy Ring Attire WrestleMania XXX: The Post Mania Episode Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:20:48 +0000 In which our heroes breakdown the mont monumental WrestleMania of all time in the trashiest possible way.topstory120x120-|topstory120x120 topstory500x250-|topstory500x250

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My Thoughts On WWE Raw 4.22.14 – The Return of Daniel Bryan & Evolution Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:26:13 +0000 WWE Raw 11-13 Header


<- It only took 8 months but it looks like they are finally moving forward with Daniel Bryan & Brie “Bryan”(?) Bella as the modern “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. I only can only think the WWE waited until Brie & Bryan were legally married before moving ahead with them as an on-screen couple. I love the idea as long as it doesn’t play out how recent WWE relationships have played out. Give them a good run together since I think they each could add a bit to each other’s characters.

<- My God that was a pop for Barrett. I’m pretty sure the “Bad New Barrett” character is falling into that “it’s so bad its good” category for most of the WWE audience. I mean, when the hell was the last time there was any reaction for his entrance music, let alone him?! And then he goes on to pin Sheamus clean to move to the finals of the IC title tournament! I have no idea who started backing Barrett but they are giving him a fairly reasonable push since the mid-card is so loaded now that there’s only one WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

<- Holy crap, Randy Orton is wearing pants. I half-expected him to come out in a dress shirt and his trunks. That said, their promo was ok but I expected more from these three guys. The video package was a great way to showcase what Evolution was to the younger generation and how good the group really was but the segment wasn’t at all memorable until The Shield showed up. At first I figured Ambrose was going to be the one doing the heavy lifting but Seth Rollins took over for the group & broke out as The Shield’s strong babyface talker. He might have gone a little too long but you were able to finally see his promo potential. Of course you’re going to have Reigns close out the promo as the enforcer but Rollins really did shine in this segment.

<- So NOW that WrestleMania 30 has passed we’ll be seeing a Cody Rhodes versus Goldust feud. AND a RybAxel push at the Tag Team Championships. Damn, just when Goldust got a coat to match his brother’s too.

<- It breaks my heart that Emma had to debut with Santino. Sure she was a bit goofy in NXT but I don’t remember her ever bringing out a “female cobra” sock. She’s so much better in the ring than anyone has gotten to see and once she’s taken seriously, Paige on top, Layla back and when AJ gets back, we could get some pretty decent Divas matches. Oh and Layla is a much better choice for Fandango. He needed someone to enhance his character and Layla’s been around long enough to know how to valet & get heat. Plus she’s also a better dancer than Summer Rae’s same routine night after night.

<- What the f’ was up with Cesaro’s new music?! I hoped they killed it early, not because of Paul Heyman’s promo, but because they realized how damn awful it is. And I’m sorry, Heyman can gloat about WrestleMania as much as he wants to get heat for Cesaro but it’s not going to work! Cesaro had nothing to do with that and the crowds love him! This is just an odd pairing and now we get Jack Swagger causing Cesaro to lose a spot in the finals of the IC title tournament (a tournament I think we all expected him to win). Now the two guys in the finals (Barrett and RVD) have both been IC champions numerous times and really haven’t done anything new since they were the IC champion. It looks more and more like Big E will be retaining the title at Extreme Rules.

<- Another good showing for Paige and I like how much offense we got to see from Aksana. I don’t know if this was just meant to put the babyface in peril but I thought it helped showcase what Aksana can do as well as tell a story of the young rookie champion fighting to prove herself.

<- Super-Cena gets the “W” in a 3 on 1 handicap match. A LONG handicap match. The dichotomy between Cena and Wyatt is certainly intriguing and they proved they could put on a good match at WrestleMania but I hope Wyatt gets the win in the cage match at Extreme Rules and moves onto a feud with someone like Daniel Bryan. Their issues are obviously not settled and with Evolution tied up with The Shield, this is a perfect time to try out new match-ups for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.


<- I debated a lot about putting this note at the bottom of this review (which is why it’s going up on a Wednesday) but I feel like I put my heart and soul into this website & I should share this. You might have noticed that I haven’t been posting as often or to the quality I usually post and there’s a reason for that. For the past few months, my wife Colleen (the “Wrestling Wife”) has been suffering from migraines and deteriorating vision. After going to the optometrist, we learned she may have either a pseudo-tumor which basically means she has too much spinal fluid or she may have an actual tumor that needs to be removed. Either diagnosis is bad as each may very likely cause her to go blind and as a 30 year-old painter, sculptor and stay at home mom of a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, this has hit her and the whole family quite badly. Of course if she knew I was posting this she’d probably just kill me now so everything would be moot! It’s a good thing she doesn’t read what I write, I guess. We’re not asking for anything from you but your support through this uncertain point in our lives. I’ll continue to post & do the radio show when I can as it’s a nice distraction. I am going to post below a few designs I did today on Redbubble that you can customize any way you’d like if you enjoy alternative wrestling shirts and I’ll also post my PayPal address for anyone out there who’s famously wealthy and would like to donate to our hospital bills. Again though, all we truly need is your prayers and support & as much as the IWC gets bashed, I know we stick together.

Thanks all,

-Matt Harrak



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JC’s Top Rope Report: Ranking Every Wrestlemania Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:38:25 +0000 Well, this is something that I thought about doing before this year’s Wrestlemania. But I decided to hold off until after Wrestlemania 30 so I had a nice round number to do for the rankings. Every year I try to watch every Wrestlemania leading into the show and I finally did this year. There’s really no set way to my rankings. This just goes off the overall event itself. Not much of an intro, but that really isn’t needed. So on we go!

30. Wrestlemania 2

-There is one thing that makes Wrestlemania 2 the worst of the worst when it comes to Wrestlemanias: Celebrity Announcers. It couldn’t get any worse than Susan St. James. The trio of Jesse Ventura. Lord Alfred Hayes and Elvira wasn’t any better. The three venue set-up wasn’t great. In today’s day and age it wouldn’t work (and would probably cost A LOT more money, even with inflation) and it wasn’t a success here. The only real highlight match was The British Bulldogs vs The Dream Team for the Tag Titles. We also got to see the Nassau Coliseum crowd cheer for Roddy Piper over Mr. T. But unfortunately, those two things can’t save this Mania from being the worst of all time.

29. Wrestlemania 9

-The cheesy and corny Caesar Palace theme and togas fit for the time period of this Mania. Seeing Bobby Heenan come out on a camel was funny. But nothing on this card was anything great. The opener between Shawn Michaels and Tatanka was good. Bobby Heenan was a riot during the Doink vs Crush match, especially after the second Doink appeared with him shouting “WHAT AN ALLUSION!” The ending was dumb an just didn’t make sense. Build up Yokozuna, have him win the Title, and lose it immediately. Yokozuna never recovered even if he did go on to have a long Title reign. We also got the worst match of The Undertaker’s Streak against Giant Gonzalez. Definitely not a memorable show.

28. Wrestlemania 4

-I’m a believer in tournament’s working on PPV in certain settings. But this one didn’t work. You should just never do any kind of tournament at a Wrestlemania. The problem was that the matches were way too short. Not only that, but no match really stood out at all. The Hogan/Andre match that was hyped up big time was a huge letdown. Both men were DQ’d even though Hogan used the chair well before Andre did. The announcers did a good job saying Andre did it so Ted DiBiase could get a bye, but the execution was just off. Randy Savage getting the top billing he deserved makes the end memorable. And of course, the battle royal on this show set the precedent for trophies being destroyed.

27. Wrestlemania 15

-This PPV took place in the middle of the Attitude Era but it was just not very good at all. The main event between Rock and Austin was good but probably the worst out of their three Mania encounters. But when Shane McMahon and X-Pac have the second best match on the show then you know you have a problem. The Hell In A Cell Match had two heels fighting each other. Chyna rejoined D-X, only to leave D-X and turn heel again with Triple H later. And who could forget the classic Bart Gunn/Butterbean boxing match? Anytime people clamor for the return of the Attitude Era you can point to PPVs like this that were sometimes the norm for the time period. It may have been entertaining TV but the matches were often not good.

26. Wrestlemania 11

-Some people call this the worst Mania if only because Lawrence Taylor main evented the show. I didn’t think LT was that bad. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible either. And you can understand the WWE at the time wanting to get some publicity with business not being that great. The Title match between Shawn Michaels and Diesel was very good and is underrated in my opinion. Nothing else on the show was anything special. Razor Ramon and Jeff Jarrett had a decent match ruined by a DQ finish. And Bret Hart vs Bob Backlund was disappointing. It’s a one match show. But Lawrence Taylor didn’t embarrass himself and had one of the better celebrity performances at Wrestlemania.

25. Wrestlemania 16

-What makes this Wrestlemania one of the worst ever? How about the tag line “A McMahon In Every Corner.” The main event itself was less about the fight for the Title and more about the drama going on in the McMahon Family. The wrestlers in the match were playing second fiddle to the McMahon Family outside the ring. Also add in the fact that there was only ONE singles match on the entire card and you have a recipe for a poor Wrestlemania. It did have some good matches, the ladder match and Jericho/Angle/Benoit triple threat, but the main event was very lackluster and the rest of the card was a hot mess.

24. Wrestlemania 7

-Remember, this Wrestlemania was suppose to be held in the LA Coliseum. Vince thought they could sell out the Coliseum at the time he thought of the idea at Wrestlemania 6. They were probably going to go with Hogan/Warrior 2, but they lost faith in Warrior and pulled the plug on the Coliseum idea due to a lack of ticket sales. Instead we got this Wrestlemania. It had the start of The Undertaker’s Streak. It also has one of my personal all time favorite matches in Randy Savage vs Ultimate Warrior. Just a great story told throughout. But the main event of Hulk Hogan vs Sgt. Slaughter was bad. The IC Title match disappointed. The opening Rockers tag match was fun. Everything else on the show was just okay.

23. Wrestlemania 27

-This was the first Wrestlemania I attended. Once I took off the rose colored glasses from that, I realized that this wasn’t that great of a card. Especially when you re-watch it a second time. The Undertaker/HHH match was more of a big spot, rest, big spot, rest kind of match. And while it wasn’t bad it isn’t great on second viewing. The main event fell flat because everyone was waiting for The Rock to run in and do something, and when it did happen it was a bit of a letdown. I think more than anything the build of the main event hurt the show. Miz was had a lot of heat at the time, but he was stuck behind The Rock and John Cena during the build. Everything else on the card was pretty average and that’s why this card didn’t really stand out as a big Mania crowd.

22. Wrestlemania 1

-Some people might rate this higher because of the spectacle that was the first Wrestlemania. I think I actually would have rated this lower if it wasn’t the first Mania. But just the pure spectacle of this show puts it here. There weren’t really any great matches on the show. But the main event definitely felt like a big deal. You had Muhammad Ali and Liberace involved, two huge celebrities at the time. Add in Mr. T and the whole MTV connection and you had a pretty big show for that time period.

21. Wrestlemania 29

-Man, do I have a bad track record of going to Wrestlemanias? I’m trying to go next year, so that might give you an indication that it might not be very good. I dubbed this card “ReMatchMania.” We got Rock/Cena 2, which was almost a carbon copy of the year before. HHH/Brock Lesnar 2 happened, and that outcome was telegraphed with the match stipulation. The best match on the card was CM Punk/Undertaker, which was no surprise. The mid-card didn’t have anything great. The Shield opener was fun but Jericho/Fandango disappointed and the tag title match was too short. Many people would consider this Mania forgettable and I would have to agree.

20. Wrestlemania 6

-There are a lot of Wrestlemanias that can be considered one match shows. This one is no exception. Everyone remembers this show for Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior. And it definitely was a good match. It exceeded my expectations. But I bet there are a lot of people who couldn’t name more than one or two other matches on the card. They ruined a potential Dusty Rhodes vs Randy Savage match by adding Sensational Sherri and Sapphire to it. Jake Roberts and Ted DiBiase kind of disappointed. And Mr. Perfect suffered his first loss to Brutus Beefcake? There wasn’t a lot to like about the undercard of this show. But the spectacle of the main event bumps it up a bit.

19. Wrestlemania 12

-The WWE took a big chance giving Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart 1 hour to work a match at Wrestlemania. They did a commendable job, but the match really doesn’t hold up well. LOTS of rest holds. Now of course you can’t expect non-stop action throughout. But it isn’t the classic a lot of people make it out to be. Here we also got the entertaining Back Lot Brawl with Roddy Piper “chasing” Goldust through the California Highway via a White Bronco, which looked very similar to the OJ Simpson chase *wink wink.* The Ultimate Warrior’s return fell a little flat and everything else was average.

18. Wrestlemania 14

-Any time I watch this Wrestlemania, I cringe every time Shawn Michaels takes a bump. Knowing how bad of shape his back was in, it was commendable he even went out there and did anything. But he still put on a very good match and put Austin over in the end. Despite it being only about five minutes long, the Light Heavyweight Title match was fun to watch. We also got the Pete Rose gag that started here. Kane and The Undertaker was built well but the match was a bit of a letdown. The dumpster match for the Tag Titles was entertaining, outside of Terry Funk’s nasty bruise he received on the back.

17. Wrestlemania 18

-Here’s a Wrestlemania that I was excited to get to, but it just didn’t hold up for me on a second viewing. Obviously everyone remembers this for The Rock and Hulk Hogan. And it was very entertaining and fun. But the rest of the show kind of fell flat. Undertaker/Ric Flair didn’t hold up well. Triple H/Chris Jericho was obviously hurt by following Rock/Hogan. And others matches you would expect to be good (Edge/Booker T, RVD/Regal) weren’t given enough time to develop. Another Mania that was a one match show and doesn’t have much else to help bolster it.

16. Wrestlemania 5

-I couldn’t tell you if Savage/Hogan was the plan for WM5 all the way back at Wrestlemania 4, but it was a damn fine year long build for this match. Tensions rose just at the right time and exploded perfectly leading up to Wrestlemania. Maybe I overrate this Wrestlemania a little because of that but I really liked it. This Wrestlemania also had a couple good tag matches (Twin Towers/Rockers, Strike Force/Brain Busters) to go with it. And Rick Rude also got a good match out of Ultimate Warrior. I’ve seen this Mania lower on a lot of lists but I enjoyed it and it was definitely a step up from WM4.

15. Wrestlemania 13

-Another Wrestlemania that I’ve seen lower on a lot of lists but one that I really enjoyed. The Austin/Hart match here was a classic and one of my favorite matches of all time. The six man Chicago Street Fight was an entertaining brawl. And I think the Tag Title Match between Vader/Mankind and Bulldog/Owen Hart is very underrated. It was tough for the crowd to pick a side because both teams were heels but I enjoyed the action throughout. Triple H and Goldust had a nice little match. The main event between Undertaker and Sid struggled because of what it followed, but I thought it was a passable main event and not as bad as some people might think.

14. Wrestlemania 25

-This Wrestlemania has my favorite all time match on it in The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels. The match is one of the all time greats. But this was also a show dragged down by two sub-par main events. The Triple Threat World Title Match was poorly built and the Title itself felt secondary compared to the corny love triangle. The WWE Title Match between Orton and HHH was also a weak build in a match not a lot of people wanted to see happen again. I thought the Hardy Brothers match was a bit flat as well. We did get a solid showing out of Ricky Steamboat and a good Money in the Bank match, but for what was suppose to be a big show (the 25th ANNUAL Wrestlemania, not anniversary WWE) the show really didn’t live up to the hype.

13. Wrestlemania 23

-Unlike WM25, this Wrestlemania is placed high because the two main event matches made the show good. A lot of people say Shawn Michaels/John Cena was the best match on the card, but I’m a big fan of the Undertaker/Batista match here. I thought it was the best match on the show despite being almost half the length of Michaels/Cena. The Battle of the Billionaires was okay entertainment made better by the shenanigans of Steve Austin, Vince and Shane McMahon. There was your usual Money in the Bank match that had a lot of star power this year. Of course, the show also had Great Khali/Kane and Melina/Ashley which dragged it down a bit. But a solid Wrestlemania overall.

12. Wrestlemania 26

-So how does the Mania that has the second best Taker/HBK match get placed two spots higher on the list? Well it had a couple better matches. John Cena and Batista put on an entertaining match. I think Jericho/Edge was good, but it didn’t live up to the hype that people expected from it. But both Title matches were better than the previous years. We also got a good little CM Punk/Rey Mysterio match. The Money in the Bank match had a surprise winner and it’s a shame that Jack Swagger was booked so poorly. Randy Orton was all of the sudden one of the hottest commodities in wrestling. While this had a lot of good, there was no doubt that Bret Hart/Vince McMahon fell flat. Just booked completely wrong. Similar to Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler from Wrestlemania 27, the match had a very good build but a horrible match.

11. Wrestlemania 8

-Watching this Wrestlemania makes today’s commentary team look like a team announcing a JV football game. Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan were ON here. It may have been there best work ever. And that is one reason I have this Mania rated so high. The commentary throughout the whole show is great. It gets better after Flair loses and Gorilla is egging on Heenan for the entire Martel/Tatanka match. Just awesome. Not only that, but this show also had some good matches including a classic Flair/Savage match, Piper/Hart and HBK/Santana. In a way this Mania started the new generation with three future stars (Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Bret Hart) going over three former stars (Tito Santana, Jake Roberts, Roddy Piper). The show fell a bit flat after the Savage/Flair match, but the Warrior’s surprise return at the end of the show was fun. An underrated Mania if you ask me.

10. Wrestlemania 30

-If I go back and watch this Wrestlemania next year, I may not have it listed this high. Perhaps the rose colored glasses haven’t come off yet. But I really do think this was a good show. Daniel Bryan and Triple H had the match of the night in the opener. The main event delivered as well. It followed the Wrestlemania 20 main event’s script pretty closely. John Cena and Bray Wyatt had a good match even if you didn’t like the outcome. Another reason this Wrestlemania gets put so high is it because it had two iconic moments on it. The first being the end of The Streak. The second being the opening segment with Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin. Who would have ever thought that a talking segment would make a Wrestlemania better? Well, when you have three greats in the ring at once, it does make a difference. I really do think this Wrestlemania will be looked on quite favorably in the coming years.

9. Wrestlemania 28

-I thought the Top 3 matches on this show delivered in different ways. The Undertaker and Triple H told a great story in the ring. And Shawn Michaels added to it as special referee. The Rock and John Cena was a great spectacle of stars from different generations. While the moment really wasn’t at Hogan/Rock levels, the match was better quality. Chris Jericho and CM Punk had a really good wrestling match. The match might get looked over by some because of the other two matches I mentioned, but this was definitely the match of the night. This show might have cracked the Top 5 if Daniel Bryan and Sheamus were given an actual match. Even Randy Orton and Kane put on a decent match. A good show overall.

8. Wrestlemania 22

-An all around solid show. This might have had one of the best women’s matches the WWE has seen in the last ten years with Mickie James and Trish Stratus. Edge had a star making performance in his match with Mick Foley, which had a memorable ending. Shawn Michaels carried Vince McMahon to a very respectable No Holds Barred match. The John Cena/Triple H main event was a great atmosphere for a Wrestlemania main event. And the match itself delivered too after having some questions going in. The Triple Threat was too short to reach its potential. Given another ten minutes it could have been a classic. Of course, by this point the crowd was sick of Rey Mysterio being shoved down their throats. There were a couple of solid matches too (Tag Titles, US Title) that were good watches. It was a good show with very few down spots.

7. Wrestlemania 3

-This show doesn’t get put this high because of the match card. Like a lot of the older Wrestlemania shows, there wasn’t much of a build to most matches. But there is no denying that the show may be the most historically significant show the WWE did. After the let down that was Wrestlemania 2, the WWE knew they had to knock it out of the park with this show. And they definitely did by putting two of the biggest draws in wrestling history against each other. Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant was probably the biggest main event the WWE ever did. It’s bigger than Rock/Hogan, Rock/Cena and any Rock/Austin match. Andre the Giant was thought to be unbeatable and Hulk Hogan was the man during this time period. The show also had the classic Ricky Steamboat/Randy Savage match that showed off both men’s skill sets perfectly. While there may not have been a lot of classic matches, the historical significance of this show puts it high on the list.

6. Wrestlemania 20

-The Wrestlemania where it all began again. The WWE was looking to start a new with this Wrestlemania. They definitely did, it’s just a shame that the moment that ended this Wrestlemania can now never be looked upon the same again. The Triple Threat for the World Title is one of the best triple threat matches you will ever see. Just a great story told throughout. The Eddie Guerrero/Kurt Angle match was good but they have had better matches. Chris Jericho and Christian had a good match with a surprise Trish Stratus heel turn at the end. The three-on-two handicap match was good fun. Goldberg/Brock Lesnar was a train wreck but the crowd made it entertaining. The tag title matches were okay. I thought The Undertaker’s return was well done but again, his match with Kane wasn’t great. Overall this was a strong show and had Chris Benoit not done what he did, it would probably be in the Top 3.

5. Wrestlemania 21

-There are some people who don’t rate Wrestlemania 21 high because of the main events. While I will agree John Cena/JBL wasn’t that good, I think Batista/HHH is an underrated match. It’s not anything great but there have been much worse Wrestlemania main events. But the WWE essentially hit the reset but at Wrestlemania again a year later with John Cena and Batista closing the show on top. This show also gets a high rating because it may have had the best under card in Wrestlemania history. You got the classic that was Kurt Angle/Shawn Michaels, the very first Money in the Bank match, and a surprisingly good Randy Orton/Undertaker match. It’s a PPV like this that makes me wish for the return of the brand split. The Taker/Orton and HBK/Angle matches were inter-promotional matches and felt like a big deal at the time. And this was another show where a talking segment in Austin/Piper, along with Hulk Hogan taking out Mohammed Hassan, made the show better. Everything on this show was watchable, except Akebono/Big Show. A top notch show.

4. Wrestlemania 24 

-Floyd Mayweather might have had the best celebrity performance at Wrestlemania here. Floyd was written a pretty big check by the WWE and could have half-assed his way through the match. But he actually put in a solid effort and sold pretty well for someone that isn’t a wrestler. He made what many thought would be a trainwreck a very fun match. Everything about this show was good. Even the Divas match became entertaining when the power went out. Flair and Shawn Michaels went all out to put on a great match. Both Title matches delivered. I think if Edge/Taker had switched places with Flair/HBK, the crowd would have been more into the first half of it. The opening Belfast Brawl was good. JBL and Finlay are two veterans who knew exactly what they had to do to make the match good. Money in the Bank delivered as it always does. Batista/Umaga was a struggle to get through, but that is really the only negative thing you could say about the card.

3. Wrestlemania 10

-It’s very rare for a Wrestlemania, or any show, to have two five star matches on it. But this Wrestlemania did. It had the best opening match in Mania history with Bret and Owen Hart. That storyline is still one of my favorites of all time, and it was a big shock moment to see Owen win. And then that played into the story later that night with Bret winning the Title and still getting the big moment in the end. Meanwhile, Owen is left to ask how Bret still gets the recognition in the end despite his win earlier in the night. In addition to Bret/Owen, this show also had the classic Shawn Michaels/Razor Ramon ladder match. It was so new and unique at the time both men didn’t have to use the flashy moves everyone uses today. The crowd was into everything they did with the ladder. It really was a breakout performance for Shawn Michaels. The show also had a fun Randy Savage/Crush match, which was the blowoff to a pretty well built feud between the two that doesn’t get enough praise. This was a great show that helped continue a great Bret/Owen feud and started Shawn Michaels reputation of being Mr. Wrestlemania.

2. Wrestlemania 19

-Deciding between the last two Wrestlemanias on the list was tough for me. I really like both of these for each of their own reasons. But in the end, Wrestlemania 19 ends up as number two on the list. To this day, I still don’t get how this show only did 650,000 PPV buys, which is incredibly low for a Wrestlemania. This show was loaded with great matches. Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle were two great matches. And considering Angle was wrestling with a bad neck and Michaels wasn’t back for more than a year, it was a nice surprise. Hulk Hogan vs Vince McMahon, which a lot of people feared would end up main eventing the show, actually put on a fun brawl. And of course we got the great visual of bloody Vince coming up from the apron. We also got the final Rock vs Austin confrontation which was just another good one between the two. The undercard was solid but it could have gotten some more time. A lot of people, and rightfully so, still question Triple H going over Booker T. When the worst match on the show is The Undertaker match, then you know you are doing something right. This is a great show, and it really did just miss out on being the top Mania of all time.

1. Wrestlemania 17

-And here it is. The top dog of all Wrestlemanias. This one gets the top billing for a few reasons. One is that many people considered this to be the end of the Attitude Era. That makes it a pretty big event. It had the two biggest stars of that Era, Steve Austin and The Rock, go head-to-head in the main event in what felt like a huge match. Take away the Debra stuff and it also had a great build. The Undertaker and Triple H had the best of their three Wrestlemania matches here. Of course, both guys were ten years younger compared to their other two brawls. Vince and Shane had a slightly better brawl than Vince and Hogan. There were a lot of bells and whistles involved but it played into the match. And the pop Linda McMahon got for leaving her chair was amazing. The TLC Match may be the best one of the three with all teams involved. Another reason this gets the nod as top Wrestlemania is because the undercard was given a bit more time and had some great matches. That includes a good opener between Chris Jericho and William Regal, a solid Kurt Angle/Chris Benoit match, a fun Hardcore Title match and a gimmick battle royal that was a good nostalgic kick. As close to a perfect Wrestlemania as you can get.

Well, there’s my list and I’m sticking to it. What is your list? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Jim Ross Comments on Sting to WWE Rumors in Latest Blog Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:59:27 +0000 In his latest blog, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross comments on the rumors swirling regarding Sting coming to WWE. Says Ross:

Getting tons of questions regarding Sting signing with WWE of which I don’t know the answer and if I did and was asked to keep it confidential I would, for the record. However, I see it as a no brainer for WWE to sign Sting and to begin immediately in monetizing his intellectual property. WWE owns virtually every minute of video tape that Sting has appeared on except his work in TNA. Some of the UWF content and early WCW matches are particularly outstanding. It’s a match made in grappling heaven even if Sting never wrestles in WWE. In my perfect, booking world, which actually doesn’t exist and is an oxymoronic statement, Sting would have one match…a retirement match at WM31 against a suitable villain even though some will lobby for that retirement match opposition to be Undertaker. A smaller, athletic young talent who needs the “rub” would arguably be ideal.

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