Inside Pulse Wrestling » wrestlemania http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:01:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com JC’s Top Rope Report: Why Brock Lesnar As WWE Champ Is Best For Business http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/jcs-top-rope-report-why-brock-lesnar-as-wwe-champ-is-best-for-business/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/jcs-top-rope-report-why-brock-lesnar-as-wwe-champ-is-best-for-business/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:19 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168538 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

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Hulk Hogan Talks About WrestleMania 30 & Its NBC Premiere 8.3.14 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/hulk-hogan-talks-about-wrestlemania-30-its-nbc-premiere-8-3-14/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/hulk-hogan-talks-about-wrestlemania-30-its-nbc-premiere-8-3-14/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:20:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168528 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?!?! http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/17/cbs-slant-daniel-bryan-journey-erased-from-wrestlemania-xxx-replay-really/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/17/cbs-slant-daniel-bryan-journey-erased-from-wrestlemania-xxx-replay-really/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:23:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168181 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:

“WRESTLEMANIA® 30: THE WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE” TO AIR ON NBC SUNDAY, AUG. 3 AT 7/6 C

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 www.nbc.com/specials and NBC Universal Media Village at www.nbcumv.com

Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NBC and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NBC”

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How Would You Book It: Sami Zayn’s & Adrian Neville’s Call Up To The Main Roster http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/16/how-would-you-book-it-sami-zayn-adrian-nevilles-call-up-to-the-main-roster/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/16/how-would-you-book-it-sami-zayn-adrian-nevilles-call-up-to-the-main-roster/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:57:39 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168165  

You Book It - Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville Top Box

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!

That’s all I have but this is your choice people! Book Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn’s main roster debut from NXT and their first impressions to an audience that doesn’t watch NXT. YOU BOOK IT!
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JC’s Top Rope Report: The WWE Mid-Year Awards http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/13/jcs-top-rope-report-the-wwe-mid-year-awards-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/13/jcs-top-rope-report-the-wwe-mid-year-awards-2/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:42:32 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168125 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

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka
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My Thoughts: WWE RAW 7.7.14 (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/08/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-7-7-14-john-cena-seth-rollins-dean-ambrose-roman-reigns/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/08/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-7-7-14-john-cena-seth-rollins-dean-ambrose-roman-reigns/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:44:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168024 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.
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JC’s Top Rope Report: Is Dean Ambrose The WWE’s Next Anti-Authority Rebel? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/06/30/jcs-top-rope-report-is-dean-ambrose-the-wwes-next-anti-authority-rebel/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/06/30/jcs-top-rope-report-is-dean-ambrose-the-wwes-next-anti-authority-rebel/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:47:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=167906 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) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/06/16/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-6-16-14-roman-reigns-dean-ambrose-seth-rollins-stardust/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/06/16/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-6-16-14-roman-reigns-dean-ambrose-seth-rollins-stardust/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:09:19 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=167724 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.

#7~ I have nothing to say about the main event. It was what it was but I’m exhausted and the main event featured Kane & John Cena… Kane who debuted in 1997 and Cena who has been in the main event since winning his first WWE Championship in 2005. Why should I care?
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DVD Review: Batista – The Animal Unleashed http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/06/14/dvd-review-batista-the-animal-unleashed/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/06/14/dvd-review-batista-the-animal-unleashed/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:29:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=167307 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.

 

Remember you can always pick up the DVD or Blu-Ray versions of Batista – The Animal Unleashed at WWEShop.com for $23.99 or at local retailers.
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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 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/05/23/paul-heyman-cuts-promo-on-the-queen-of-england-and-the-undertaker-at-monday-night-raw-in-london-05-19-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/05/23/paul-heyman-cuts-promo-on-the-queen-of-england-and-the-undertaker-at-monday-night-raw-in-london-05-19-2014/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 21:06:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166912 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.

Great stuff.
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Classy Ring Attire 116 – Predictions for WrestleMania 31 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/30/classy-ring-attire-116-predictions-for-wrestlemania-31/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/30/classy-ring-attire-116-predictions-for-wrestlemania-31/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 02:14:25 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166570 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.
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Trashy Ring Attire WrestleMania XXX: The Post Mania Episode http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/29/trashy-ring-attire-wrestlemania-xxx-the-post-mania-episode/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/29/trashy-ring-attire-wrestlemania-xxx-the-post-mania-episode/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:20:48 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166514 In which our heroes breakdown the mont monumental WrestleMania of all time in the trashiest possible way.
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My Thoughts On WWE Raw 4.22.14 – The Return of Daniel Bryan & Evolution http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/23/my-thoughts-on-wwe-raw-4-22-14-the-return-of-daniel-bryan-evolution/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/23/my-thoughts-on-wwe-raw-4-22-14-the-return-of-daniel-bryan-evolution/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:26:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166468 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 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/21/jcs-top-rope-report-ranking-every-wrestlemania/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/21/jcs-top-rope-report-ranking-every-wrestlemania/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:38:25 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166420 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 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/21/jim-ross-comments-on-sting-to-wwe-rumors-in-latest-blog/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/21/jim-ross-comments-on-sting-to-wwe-rumors-in-latest-blog/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:59:27 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166415 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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Classy Ring Attire 115 – The Mania Main Event http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/14/classy-ring-attire-115-the-mania-main-event/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/14/classy-ring-attire-115-the-mania-main-event/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:04:10 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166209 In the most emotional wrestling weekend in quite a while, we go through the Hall of Fame ceremony, the WrestleMania XXX event and Raw the next night. We go through championship victories that we’ve waited forever to see (Talking about Paige obviously) and Streaks that we never thought would be broken come to an end (The Miz is now 4-1)
Enjoy the rundown of a truly remarkable weekend.

Note: This podcast was recorded before the passing of Ultimate Warrior and thus does not mention his recent passing. Classy Ring Attire’s thoughts are with the family and friends of Warrior and we will talk about it more on the next episodes. Farewell Warrior, Hopefully you’re shaking the ropes in a better place.
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http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/14/classy-ring-attire-115-the-mania-main-event/feed/ 0 batista,Bray Wyatt,Brock Lesnar,Daniel Bryan,john cena,randy orton,Raw,The Miz,the undertaker,triple h,wrestlemania,WrestleMania XXX In the most emotional wrestling weekend in quite a while, we go through the Hall of Fame ceremony, the WrestleMania XXX event and Raw the next night. We go through championship victories that we've waited forever to see (Talking about Paige obviously) ... In the most emotional wrestling weekend in quite a while, we go through the Hall of Fame ceremony, the WrestleMania XXX event and Raw the next night. We go through championship victories that we've waited forever to see (Talking about Paige obviously) and Streaks that we never thought would be broken come to an end (The Miz is now 4-1) Enjoy the rundown of a truly remarkable weekend. Note: This podcast was recorded before the passing of Ultimate Warrior and thus does not mention his recent passing. Classy Ring Attire's thoughts are with the family and friends of Warrior and we will talk about it more on the next episodes. Farewell Warrior, Hopefully you're shaking the ropes in a better place. Inside Pulse Wrestling no 1:29:06
10 Thoughts (Well 8): TNA Impact Wrestling 4.10.14 (Magnus, Eric Young, Dixie Carter, The Wolves) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/11/10-thoughts-well-8-tna-impact-wrestling-4-10-14-magnus-eric-young-dixie-carter-the-wolves/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/11/10-thoughts-well-8-tna-impact-wrestling-4-10-14-magnus-eric-young-dixie-carter-the-wolves/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:10:10 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166191 TNA Impact Header - 2014

1. It’s the end of WrestleMania week which means that TNA has slowly slipped its way back onto the “10 Thoughts” radar. I honestly don’t know how I’ll receive this show after the roller coaster of a ride we’ve all been on since last Saturday but I thought I’d give it a go & see what the “other” wrestling company had to offer this week.

2. TNA opening up with the #1 Contender’s Gauntlet match tells me that TNA is sweating the competition from the new availability of WWE’s NXT on Thursday nights. And they’re smart to do so. NXT is new and fresh looking while TNA looks like the same show it was 5 years ago. It’s almost as if they need to load up every Impact with a PPV-style lineup just to hook (and hopefully keep) the fans from switching to the WWE Network.

3. Ethan Carter III & Bobby Lashley have been two good re-purposed additions to the new TNA roster. Carter has stepped up into his role and Lashley was brought back at the right time. Though I think I just heard Mike Tenay refer to Lashley as a former world champion. The only championship that might have even come close was his run as the WWE/ECW Champion but I don’t believe the WWE even referred to that belt as a “world” title. And damned if TNA’s “Santino Marella” didn’t just win the #1 contendership. I know they’ve tried to show the world that Eric Young is also a great talent that’s never been REALLY used properly but damn this is a jump. ANNNNND it’s happening tonight. I wonder if TNA watched WrestleMania XXX on Sunday.

4. What the hell is up with Davey Richards hair?! A bleached blonde mohawk?! On DAVEY RICHARDS! Good God…

5. OK, it’s always been quite plain that Dixie Carter is a horrible actress and never should have become an on-screen character. And now that Stephanie McMahon has returned as fixture on WWE TV, the glaring differences between a good female heel character & a HORRIBLE one are like a slap in the face. History has always stated that when the McMahons show up on TV, the ratings go up. The complete opposite goes for Dixie Carter. Watching TNA tonight is making me more and more interested in Jeff Jarrett’s new promotion than I am in TNA right now.

6. Seeing the Wolves now in TNA after a few months and I can only imagine the difference in their careers if they had signed a NXT contract. Sure they wouldn’t have been on the main roster right away but does that matter anymore with the WWE Network? NXT seems to be consistently talked about more weekly than SmackDown is! The WWE tag team division has taken a nose dive recently and injecting new blood like the Wolves would have been a tremendous move. Just picture them against The Usos and of course, The Shield! When they first made their choice and debuted with MVP, it really looked like they made the right decision. Now they can’t beat the Bro-Mans…

7. I don’t know why people are so down on Jeff Hardy’s “Willow” character. It’s a comic book character that’s completely different from the Jeff Hardy character. Of course it’s over the top, a little silly and insane but how many characters do you see like that in today’s wrestling? Hardy needed a bit of freshening up and while this is a bit more dramatic of a change than I thought he needed, he seems to be having fun with the character and it’s weird enough that I kind of like it too. Reminds me a little of the very early Mankind character in the WWF.

8. Eric Young is the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Now, don’t get me wrong, the man Eric Young deserved this. He’s busted his ass in the fledgling company for over 10 years and was booked seriously maybe once or twice during that entire time. Then for the last 4 or 5 weeks TNA has done anything they could to make Young a legitimate competitor again. The push appeared to have come out of nowhere and it led him straight to the TNA Championship. While this is incredible for Eric Young, I can’t help but feel like this was TNA falling back on the old “shock TV” idea that can only sustain itself for so long. One thing is definitely certain though, I’ll be watching next week to see how this all plays out so it’s working so far.
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Trashy Ring Attire – With Special Guest Host Chris http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/11/trashy-ring-attire-with-special-guest-host-chris/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/11/trashy-ring-attire-with-special-guest-host-chris/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:57 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166176 C.W. Sanders from Classy Ring Attire fills in for Blair as Blair headed over to Classy in the super special “Swappy Ring Attire” event.
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HTC Wrestling Pulsecast 4.10.14 – WM 30, Ultimate Warrior, Daniel Bryan http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/11/htc-wrestling-pulsecast-4-10-14-wm-30-ultimate-warrior-daniel-bryan/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/11/htc-wrestling-pulsecast-4-10-14-wm-30-ultimate-warrior-daniel-bryan/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:27:38 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166182 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast

 

The writers of HTCwrestling.com Matthew Harrak, Justin Czerwonka and Cameron Dougharty react to the roller coaster of a week that saw the Ultimate Warrior inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX, “The Streak” being broken by Brock Lesnar and the death of the Ultimate Warrior just days later.

 

 
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http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/11/htc-wrestling-pulsecast-4-10-14-wm-30-ultimate-warrior-daniel-bryan/feed/ 0 aj lee,big show,Bray Wyatt,Brock Lesnar,Cesaro,cm punk,Daniel Bryan,Hulk Hogan,john cena,Paul Heyman,randy orton,Raw The writers of HTCwrestling.com Matthew Harrak, Justin Czerwonka and Cameron Dougharty react to the roller coaster of a week. (http://htcwrestling.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/htc-wrestling-pulsecast.jpg)   The writers of HTCwrestling.com Matthew Harrak, Justin Czerwonka and Cameron Dougharty react to the roller coaster of a week that saw the Ultimate Warrior inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX, "The Streak" being broken by Brock Lesnar and the death of the Ultimate Warrior just days later.     Inside Pulse Wrestling no 2:36:08
DESTRUCITY II – With CB and KON (Ultimate Warrior, WWE Hall of Fame) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/09/destrucity-ii-with-cb-and-kon-ultimate-warrior-wwe-hall-of-fame/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/09/destrucity-ii-with-cb-and-kon-ultimate-warrior-wwe-hall-of-fame/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:30:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166138 I stopped chatting with Swayze, checked tweetdeck and read HHH’s tweet. A lot of us thought Hunter’s twitter had been hacked, but then Steph retweeted him and wwe.com ran an article confirming that Warrior had indeed died. Then Meltzer was phoning people trying to get confirmation… TMZ posted, but took forever to mention what actually happened… I couldn’t tweet, nor update facebook with the usual “RIP” stuff, I had no fucking words.

I headed over to /wooo/ and everyone seemed to be in the same boat. Someone put up a youtube playlist of old Warrior matches and promos – Warrior v Savage was first one on, and maybe the best match the guy ever had. This was somewhere between 5 and 6am GMT, I guess, and I’ve had texts and facebook messages throughout the day, so it’s only right that we follow up on 2012′s DESTRUCITY: With CB and KON

 

CB: Hey KON. I can’t believe we have to do this on such a sad note.

 

KON: Where were you when the news broke?

 

CB: I actually was asleep when the news first broke of The Ultimate Warrior’s death, and when I did wake up I had about ten different text messages from friends that were saying “RIP Warrior” or “Hey CB, I heard Warrior died, he was my favourite as a kid” or “I can’t believe Warrior died, I was dressed as him for Halloween once”As you can tell, these weren’t just today’s wrestling fans that were texting me, but also old school casual fans who haven’t watched in years, men and women in their 30s who were recalling Warrior moments with me just in those texts.

I then checked Inside Pulse right away and saw Rhett’s post, then went over to Google News to see some of the coverage.

After the shock wore off, I went over to YouTube to view his segment from Raw, wrote my CB’s World column to pay my respects, and here we are, just a few hours later.

It’s still all very surreal to me, KON, I can’t believe it.


KON: The past few days have been really weird. Headlining the Hall of Fame, having the special intro during Mania and then that promo on RAW… We were given more Warrior than we’ve seen for, well, forever.


CB: Yeah, and now I feel guilty for hoping he’d run down to the ring like he used to, figuring it would be no big deal to do it one last time. I am glad he shook the ropes a little bit towards the end of his segment, at least.

Have you re-watched his comments from Raw yet, KON? It’s like The Ultimate Warrior was eulogizing himself, which is crazy to think about.

 

KON: I re-watched it after the Savage match. Lots of people were copying/pasting the speech over on /wooo/, and, because it took forever for the news about him collapsing in the hotel car park to come out, some people started talking about the possibility that Warrior had killed himself. Regardless of your/my stance on suicide, I’m pretty sure it’s something Warrior was against. When things like this come out of nowhere, everyone tries to find their own way of explaining and understanding the situation.That speech on RAW was not only strange because of what he said, but because none of the other Hall of Fame members get the opportunity to cut a promo on TV two days after they’ve been inducted.


CB: That’s an excellent point. I bet Warrior’s appearance on Raw after being inducted had to do with the fact that Raw was in the same city (New Orleans) as both his induction ceremony and WrestleMania and that was the best way for him to fit it into his schedule.

It’s still absolutely freakish timing and crazy how things worked out. It’s like he finally completed the reparations of his relationship with both WWE and pro wrestling, and then this happens. As I said in my column, I hope WWE honors his multi-year agreement that Warrior signed and his family gets some of the revenues for Ultimate Warrior-based merchandise and DVD sales, etc.

 

KON: Jake, Nash, Hogan and so many others appear to have made peace with the him during Wrestlemania weekend (and we can assume Vince, HHH and family made up with Warrior several months ago, when they brought him in to promote WWE 2K14). It’s interesting to see reactions from people who previously didn’t give a shit about Warrior (*cough* Kue), like Iron Sheik admitting that his hatred was a work.

 

CB: Yeah, I wonder if he had any private conversations with Sting lately, as well. Has anyone heard from him on the subject?

 

KON: He made a throwaway comment about Steve during his hall of fame speech, implying they were not on the friendliest of terms. However, Sting was singing Warrior’s praises during an interview last month.

 

CB: It would have been interesting to see Sting in the crowd for Warrior’s Hall of Fame induction speech if he’d actually signed with WWE by now.So here we are, talking about another dead wrestler around the age of 50-60 years old.

 

KON: Yeah. The reason we stopped doing these columns was that all the subjects were dead. I’m glad we covered Warrior while he was still alive, though.

 

CB: Has the cause of death been reported yet? Seemed like heart failure was the likely case this morning.

 

KON: All signs point to a heart attack, but we won’t know for a while. I think the autopsy is scheduled for this Thursday.

 

CB: Also, I wonder if they do an Ultimate Warrior Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania next year.

There goes the next season of Legends House with Warrior and Hogan rooming together too!

 

KON: Next year will be the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy Memorial Battle Royal for the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy Memorial Trophy…

 

CB: You’re probably right.

So, KON, I remember when you used to break into WARRIOR-speak in the comments section for several posts on Pulse. Is there anything you would like to say in WARRIOR-speak about The Ultimate Warrior and what he and DESTRUCITY will always mean to you?

 

KON: Truth be told, I don’t think I’ll ever drop Warrior promos in the comments section again. It was fun, it got a pop and it might even have convinced some people to check out the comic books he put out, but his speech on RAW seemed like a fitting end to the gimmick.

I’d like to say one last thing on The Ultimate Warrior as a wrestler, though, and it’s kinda what I was trying to explain on Trashy Ring Attire a few months ago…

He was booked well and he didn’t have to do a lot in the ring, but the things he did were done like no other. The promos, shaking the ropes, all those lariats, the Gorilla Press… everything was intense, everything was a notch above what the other guys on the roster were doing. Today, we have The Rybacks, Fellas, Rusevs and Mark Henrys… and you’re all free to like them and enjoy what they do, but they do it without the intensity or passion of someone like Warrior.

CB: Well, said, KON.

And Rest In Peace, Ultimate Warrior.

 

 
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BD Has A Question http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/07/bd-has-a-question/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/07/bd-has-a-question/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:09:23 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166110 Hello there. My name is BD. For anyone who doesn’t know, I host the Trashy Ring Attire podcast with my partner Jonah, and we are taping our post-Mania / RAW episode tomorrow night.

I would like to ask a question that myself and Kue can tackle responses to on the podcast.

1) Do you think the streak should have ever been broken at all? If so, by who? Whom? Whatever.

2) Does the fact that The Undertaker lost at WrestleMania to a part-timer bother you? If so, why?

2) Does the fact it was Brock Lesnar bother you? If so, why?

Post a comment below if you’re at all interested, and we’ll get to it on the show. The show will be posted here before too long.

Thanks in advance to anyone who comments.

Cheers,
BD
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Wallpaper Of The Week: Thank You Undertaker http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/07/wallpaper-of-the-week-thank-you-undertaker/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/07/wallpaper-of-the-week-thank-you-undertaker/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:11:22 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166085 I’m sorry but this was the best I could pull off on short notice and with a computer that doesn’t work. Hopefully it does the moment justice…

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My Thoughts: WWE WrestleMania XXX (Daniel Bryan, The Undertaker, Batista, Randy Orton) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/06/my-thoughts-wwe-wrestlemania-xxx-daniel-bryan-the-undertaker-batista-randy-orton/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/06/my-thoughts-wwe-wrestlemania-xxx-daniel-bryan-the-undertaker-batista-randy-orton/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:20:21 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166075 WWE WrestleMania 30 Header

 

1. That was a very good tag team match for the WrestleMania pre-show with the right team retaining the Tag Team Championships. Plus we finally got the long-awaited Cesaro babyface turn. And at WrestleMania on top of it. They must have big plans for the Swiss Superman to go ahead with this at WrestleMania and not Raw.

2. I’ll admit I wasn’t sold on Triple H versus Daniel Bryan when it was announced and they proved me wrong. Everything played out just as it should have, Bryan surviving numerous submission attempts, Pedigrees and got the clean pin over HHH. The post match beat-down was just enough to put SOME doubt in people’s minds but not enough to totally discount him. Think of the Bret Hart/Owen Hart storyline that played out at Royal Rumble 1994. Bret hurt his leg in a Tag Team Championship match earlier (with help from a kick from Owen) and his participation in the Rumble was questionable. He ended up entering the Rumble and winning (well, co-winning), earning a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 10. Daniel Bryan and Bret Hart in-ring characters are similar in so many ways and this is a story that perfectly fits the “underdog” persona. I’m excited to see how the main event plays out.

3. Wait, since when was Cesaro entered into the Andre The Giant Battle Royal?! I guess he was one of those three who wasn’t included in the 27 listed Superstars. As soon as I saw Cesaro in the ring, he was instantly the favorite. And he proved it by EASILY lifting Big Show over his head and tossing him over the top rope. I have never seen anyone lift the Big Show up the easily, let alone over their head and the top rope. Awesome moment and really made Cesaro a major story of the night.

4. Has anyone ever gotten a bigger WrestleMania debut entrance than Bray Wyatt is right now? Incredible and spot on. That match was the strangest match I’ve seen in years. Sure some people might consider it slow but it was all storytelling and it was storytelling at it’s best. While I don’t agree with Wyatt losing, it was the right way to end the story with the forever good guy finally concurring his demons and coming out stronger.

5. What the hell did I just witness? Out of all the people in the world, Brock Lesnar is the one to end “The Streak”? He’s already disliked by most wrestling fans and not in a good way. The only thing I can think of is that The Undertaker doesn’t have another match left in him and this was the end. It sure sounded like that was the case with how the announcers reacted as Undertaker exited the arena. But Brock Lesnar? I can’t wait to see the backlash from this…

6. Brilliant move having AJ Lee MAKE Naomi, in the most literal sense, tap. There’s a reason why AJ Lee is still the best Diva in the business today.

7. I know it was too much to ask for a straight up triple threat match, especially considering the story involved. I would still love to see these three men in a more typical triple threat match but it was everything it needed to be & more. “The impossible dream has become a reality!” is the new “The boyhood dream has come true!” and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy than Bryan. Just think, this story began around SummerSlam of last year and finally culminated at WrestleMania. It’s long-term booking/storytelling and I think the final chapter really lived up to all the expectations that the fans had. Finally we get a WrestleMania that truly is the finale of numerous storylines (EVEN “THE STREAK”!), as it should be. I thought this was a great WrestleMania and one that had moments that we will be reliving for years.
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CB’s Slant: Now That’s a WrestleMania (Daniel Bryan, The Undertaker, Cesaro, Brock Lesnar) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/06/cbs-slant-now-thats-a-wrestlemania-daniel-bryan-the-undertaker-cesaro-brock-lesnar/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/06/cbs-slant-now-thats-a-wrestlemania-daniel-bryan-the-undertaker-cesaro-brock-lesnar/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:07:14 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=166071 YES! YES! YES!

From the Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock intro — complete with the Silverdome / Superdome hilarity — to Cesaro breaking away from the Real Americans and then breaking out by body slamming the Big Show to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal …

… and from Brock Lesnar shockingly ending THE STREAK by pinning The Undertaker to Daniel Bryan doing IT ALL and ultimately winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, this was definitely one of the most interesting, newsworthy and FUN WrestleManias of all-time.

And now onto Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules, right?

Right.

But for tonight, let me just say congratulations to WWE and Daniel Bryan for an amazing effort at WrestleMania XXX.

That’s all from me — CB.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE WrestleMania 29 (The Rock, John Cena) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/06/a2z-analysiz-wwe-wrestlemania-29-the-rock-john-cena/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/06/a2z-analysiz-wwe-wrestlemania-29-the-rock-john-cena/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165965 WrestleMania 29

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Met Life Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ – Sunday, April 7, 2013

KICKOFF MATCH: Intercontinental Title Match – Wade Barrett vs. The Miz

Barrett has been the Champion since 12.31.12, and this is his third defense. Miz uses his quickness to try and take an early advantage, but Barrett is able to cut him off with strikes. Barrett continues to work Miz over with a variety of strikes, and then he runs into a big boot. Miz fires up and hits the Reality Check for a two-count. Back on their feet they trade finisher attempts but neither can hit one. Miz charges right into the Winds of Change and Barrett gets two. Barrett goes for the Bull Hammer but Miz ducks and puts on the Figure-Four Leglock! Luckily for Barrett he is able to reach the ropes. Barrett repositions the referee and pokes Miz in the eye. He hits Wasteland but Miz kicks out at two! Barrett is frustrated and Miz is able to trip him up and re-apply the Figure-Four Leglock and Barrett taps out at 4:08! Miz is now a two-time Intercontinental Champion. That was a fairly typical RAW match, which works just fine for the preshow.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #1: Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield

Sheamus and Roman Reigns start the match. They immediately start slugging at each other with gusto, and it’s the burly Irishman who’s able to take control. Orton tags in, and Reigns is able to tag Rollins.Momentum continues to shift as tags continue to be made on both sides. Ambrose and Show end up in the ring and Show destroys him with chops. Show charges and Ambrose hits a low dropkick. Rollins flies in with a knee from the top rope and tries to keep Show on the mat. Reigns and Ambrose get their shots in on Show as well. Show doesn’t often play the face-in-peril but it’s working here. Finally Show is able to tag Sheamus, and he’s a pale house afire. Sheamus gets to hit the clubbering forearms on both Rollins and Ambrose, and then throws out a couple of Finlay Rolls. He goes up top and Reigns pulls him down to the floor. That ignites a brawl, and Rollins takes Orton out with a suicide dive. The Shield takes Sheamus into the ring and tries the triple powerbomb but Show breaks it up with a spear. Sheamus goes to make the tag to Show, but Orton steals it at the last second. Orton hits Ambrose with the Rope-hung DDT, and catches a flying Rollins with an RKO! Reigns sneaks in and drills Orton with a Spear and Ambrose scores the pin at 10:35. That was fun and energetic, but the Shield has had six-man tags twice that long on RAW, so this didn’t quite have an epic pay-per-view feel. Still, a good choice for opener.
Rating: ***¼

After the match a frustrated Big Show knocks out both Orton and Sheamus for not trusting him. I guess that’ll teach them.

MATCH #2: Ryback vs. Mark Henry

They start off with a staredown, both men trying to intimidate the other but having no success. Ryback lands the first few blows but can’t take Henry off his feet. He charges and Henry clobbers him with one shot. Henry delivers a running powerslam for a one-count. “The World’s Strongest Man” continues to dominate and sends Ryback to the floor. Ryback makes it back in before the count of 10 but he’s looking pretty worn down already. Henry locks on a bearhug to further wear his opponent down. He then clotheslines Ryback back to the floor. Once again Henry uses the bearhug. Finally Ryback fights out of it and forces Henry into the corner. Ryback follows up with the Meat Hook clothesline. He shockingly picks Henry up for the Shellshocked, but Henry grabs the top rope and is able to fall on the back of Ryback’s head. Ouch. That’s enough to get the pin at 8:03. That was pretty dull, with a huge portion of the match taken up with Ryback laying on the floor or Henry using a bearhug. The finish was creative but it came off a bit anti-climactic.
Rating: *¾

Henry goes back in to dish out more punishment, but Ryback catches him with a spinebuster! Ryback then picks up the massive Henry for Shellshocked, and this time he hits the maneuver. FEED ME MORE!

MATCH #3: WWE Tag Team Title Match – Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston

Daniel Bryan and Kane have been the Champions since 9.16.12, and this is their seventh defense. This is Langston’s first official WWE match. Ziggler gets a kiss from AJ Lee before the match and Bryan kicks his head off! That almost gets Bryan the pin and sweet redemption for last year. Bryan knocks Ziggler to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring tags are made, and the powerhouses are in the ring now. Langston impressively throws Kane around, delivering two solid backbreakers. He drives a shoulder into Kane’s midsection, and then runs into a big boot. Langston is tenacious though, and he bowls Kane over Vader style. The challengers isolate Kane and wear him down in their half o fth ering. Kane is able to catch Langston with a DDT. Ziggler gets a tag and Kane unloads on him, hitting a sidewalk slam for two. Kane goes up top but misses the top rope clothesline. Ziggler hits the Fame-Ass-Er (sort of) and Bryan breaks up the cover, only to get hit with a dropkick for his troubles. Now Ziggler goes up top and Kane cuts him down with an uppercut. Langston breaks up that cover. Things break down and the referee loses control. Bryan takes Langston out with a flying knee off the apron. Ziggler catches Kane with the Zig Zag but only gets two. Lee hands Ziggler his Money in the Bank briefcase, but he can’t make contact with it. Kane hits a Chokeslam and then makes the tag. Bryan delivers the diving headbutt to get the pin and retain the titles at 6:18. That was extremely short, and I feel that it could have gone twice as long and it would have gotten really good. As it is, it’s an adequate, TV-style match.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

This is Fandango’s first official match. Jericho strikes first and goes on the attack, so Fandango bails. Unfortunately for Fandango, Jericho chases him and continues the beating. Jericho hits an early Codebreaker and the momentum sends Fandango back to the floor. He drills Fandango with a baseball slide dropkick and then follows him out with a cross body block from the top rope. Back in the ring Jericho goes for the springboard dropkick but Fandango cuts him off with a kick to the face. Now Fandango is in control, but it doesn’t last too long before Jericho is right back in command. Jericho hits a high cross body off the top rope for a near-fall. Fandango grabs Jericho and hurls him shoulder-first into the ring post. He hits a Downward Spiral and then follows it up with the guillotine legdrop, but Jericho kicks out at two! Jericho tries to fight back but Fandango cuts him off with a hard clothesline. Fandango goes back up top and Jericho knocks him down. Jericho puts Fandango up top and goes for a superplex but Fandango shoves him back. Fandango goes for the guillotine legdrop again but misses. Jericho goes for the Lionsault and Fandango gets his knees up so Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho instead. Fandango counters that to an inside cradle to get the shocking upset pin at 9:13. These two meshed well together and Jericho knew how to make Fandango look good. This would have to be looked at as one of the biggest upsets in WrestleMania history.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: World Heavyweight Title Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

Del Rio has been the Champion since 1.11.13, and this is his third defense. Zeb Colter and Ricardo Rodriguez are in the respective corners, of course. Del Rio quickly sends Swagger to the floor and follows him out with a dropkick through the ropes. Back in the ring Del Rio gets distracted but Colter and Swagger pounces. Swagger begins dissecting Del Rio, wearing him down and keeping him on the mat. He hits a Swagger Bomb for a two-count. Del rio is able to fight back and he starts targeting the arm of course. He stomps on Colter’s fingers for fun, and then drills Swagger with a superkick to the jaw for a near-fall. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Swagger fights it off and hits a powerslam for two. Swagger attacks the knee and then puts on the Ankle Lock. Del Rio escapes and goes for the step-up enziguiri in the corner but he misses. Swagger tries another Swagger Bomb but Del Rio gets Swagger caught up in the ropes and he hits a mini Backstabber for two. Del Rio follows with a release German Suplex. He goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Swagger counters with the Gutwrench Powerbomb for a near-fall. Swagger puts on the Patriot Lock and Del Rio turns it into the Cross Armbreaker, which Swagger re-counters to the Patriot Lock. Del Rio reaches the ropes. Swagger goes for the Gutwrench Powerbomb again but Del Rio slips out and kicks Swagger right in the head. Del Rio hits the enziguiri this time and Colter has to put Swagger’s leg on the bottom rope. Rodriguez comes over to protest, and Colter is able to bully him because he is on crutches. Del Rio comes ot the rescue and Swagger takes the opportunity to capitalize and throws Del Rio into the barricade. Swagger pauses before getting back in the ring, and that’s the opening Del Rio needs to cinch in the Cross Armbreaker and Swagger taps out at 10:30. That was a lot of fun, with solid back and forth cain wrestling and reversals from both guys. It was a bit on the short side for a World Title match, but that allowed them to step up the pace and that worked.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #6: Undertaker vs. CM Punk

Punk has Paul Heyman in his corner. He gets cocky right away and slaps Undertaker in the face, twice. Undertaker responds with a boot to the face, and then he throws Punk to the floor. He whips Punk over the barricade and into the crowd. Undertaker continues to abuse Punk on the ring floor, and then sets him on the apron for the big legdrop. Back in the ring Undertaker keeps up the pressure. Undertaker goes for Old School but Punk whips him down to the mat. Punk takes control now, and he successfully executes Old School to a big pop from the crowd. Undertaker fights back and whips Punk into the corner. He charges but Punk moves, and Undertaker’s knee connects with the turnbuckles. Punk sends Undertaker to the floor and follows him out with an axhandle from the top rope. Back in the ring Punk continues to be one step ahead, keeping Undertaker on the mat and working the shoulder. Punk goes for Old School again, but Undertaker knocks him down and to the floor. Undertaker looks to be going for a dive, but Heyman gets in his way, allowing Punk to hit a springboard clothesline for a two-count. Punk hits the high knee in the corner and follows with a clothesline. He goes up top and lands the Diving elbow drop but it only gets two. Punk tries Go 2 Sleep but Undertaker slips out and hits a Chokeslam! That only gets a two-count. Undertaker keeps up the onslaught, hitting Snake Eyes and going for a big boot, but Punk cuts him off with a leg lariat for two. Punk clotheslines Undertaker to the floor and starts rearranging the furniture. He lays Undertaker out on the table and goes to the top rope, sailing down with a Diving elbow drop that does not break the table. Undertaker barely makes it back to the ring before the count of 10. Punk crawls over to make a cover but Undertaker grabs him in the Hell’s Gate! Luckily for Punk he is able to slip out and put on the Anaconda Vise! Undertaker stands up and goes for a Chokeslam, which Punk reverses to a Go 2 Sleep, and Undertaker rebounds off the ropes with a Tombstone Piledriver! Punk kicks out at two! They start throwing strikes at each other and the referee takes a bump. Punk hits the running knee in the corner, and Undertaker grabs him for the Last Ride! Heyman hands Punk the urn and Punk cracks Undertaker with it. Punk crosses the arms for the cover just like Undertaker but he only gets two! A series of reversals ends with Undertaker hitting another Tombstone Piledriver to finally put Punk away at 22:08! While the buildup was not exactly thrilling, this match managed to exceed just about everyone’s expectations. Undertaker gave Punk a lot more than he did the last time these two wrestled on pay-per-view in 2009, so Punk felt like a much bigger threat. The crowd stayed into it the entire way, reacting to all of the momentum shifts and near-falls. Punk and Undertaker worked a smart match, throwing in big spots where they made sense and finishing strong. I did not expect this match to be so good.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #7: No Holds Barred Match – Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

If Triple H loses this match, his wrestling career is over. Shawn Michaels gets his own entrance just to be in his friend HHH’s corner. Lesnar of course has Paul Heyman in his corner. They start slugging right away and quickly spill to the floor. HHH has the early advantage but Lesnar cuts him off and throws him into the crowd. Lesnar picks up a chair but before he can use it HHH clotheslines him down. They go back to the ring and Lesnar tries to hit HHH with a chair again but HHH hits a high knee. Heyman grabs the chair and takes it out of the ring so HHH can’t use it. Momentum continues to shift and they go back to the floor, where Lesnar lands a belly-to-belly suplex. Lesnar throws HHH around, even dropping him on the Spanish Announce Table to finally break it. The Beast is fully in control, and they head back to the ring for some more abuse. This goes on for several minutes, with Lesnar beating on HHH and cutting off any of his comeback attempts. When they go back to the floor Lesnar gets distrac by Michaels, and HHH hits a hard clothesline, and then another one to send Lesnar into the timekeeper’s pit. HHH grabs a steel chair and finally gets to hit Lesnar with it, which must be satisfying for him. Back in the ring Lesnar ducks a clothesline and hits a German Suplex for two. Heyman gets up on the apron so Michaels responds in kind, and Lesnar cracks him int the mouth to knock him down. Lesnar turns around right into a spinebuster. HHH goes for the Pedigree, which Lesnar counters to the F-5. Michaels gets in the ring and tries a Superkick but Lesnar instead hits him with the F-5. That allows HHH to get up and hit Lesnar with the Pedigree, but it only gets two. HHH goes outside the ring and finds his sledgehammer. He goes to use it but Lesnar ducks and hits an F-5 for two! They go to the floor and Lesnar abuses HHH with a steel chair and then whips him into the steps. Lesnar continues the assault with the steps, but can’t keep HHH down. HHH tries to fight back with a Pedigree but Lesnar gets a hold of his arm and puts on the Kimura Lock! After a brief time HHH powers his way out of it but the damanage has been done. Lesnar charges into the corner but HHH moves and Lesnar’s shoulder connects with the ring post. HHH delivers a low blow, and that swings the momentum in his favor. The “Cerebral Assassin” targets Lesnar’s arm, wrapping it around the ring post and then bashing it with a steel chair. Back in the ring HHH continues to use the chair to his advantage. Now HHH uses the Kimura Lock and Heyman gets in the ring with a chair, but Michaels takes him out with Sweet Chin Music! Lesnar is able to pick HHH up and drop him on the steel steps. The tenacious HHH puts the Kimura back on and Lesnar slams him off the steps again. HHH puts the Kimura on for a third time and Lesnar picks him up, but this time HHH hits a DDT onto the steps! Finally HHH drills Lesnar with the sledgehammer, and then hits a Pedigree on the ring steps! That’s enough to slay the Beast at 24:00. A lot of people hated on that match, but I liked it. It wasn’t amazing, but they did a good job making the battle feel heated, and they didn’t do super ridiculous spots. The involvement of Michaels and Heyman was a nice addition and not overdone.
Rating: ***½

Hall of Fame Class of 2013

This year’s inductees are Mick Foley, Booker T, Trish Stratus, Bob Backlund, Donald Trump, and at long last Bruno Sammartino. That’s a really impressive slew of nominees.

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – The Rock vs. John Cena

The Rock has been the Champion since 1.27.13, and this is his second defense. Cena scores the first knockdown, but both men are approaching this match with caution with so much on the line. Rock fires back, and then puts on a headlock. He hits a big hiptoss and Cena takes a powder. Back in the ring Cena goes on offense but the Rock fights back and will not be denied. Momentum continues to shift between these two powerhouses. Rock puts on a Sleeper to slow Cena down. Cena powers out of it with a Protoplex for a two-count. Rock delivers a Samoan Drop and both men are down. It hasn’t even been ten minutes but both men have taken a lot out of each other. Cena hits a Fisherman Suplex for two. A quality series of reversals ends with Rock putting on a pretty good looking Sharpshooter. Cena powers his way out of that and hits another Protoplex. He goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Rock avoids it and hits a hard DDT. Rock tries the Rock Bottom but Cena counters to the STF, which Rock counters to a cradle for two. Cena catapults Rock into the buckles and hits yet antoher Protoplex. This time Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and he tries the Attitude Adjustment. Rock slips out and hits the spinebuster. He goes for the People’s Elbow but Cena counters and puts on the STF! Rock powers his way out and hits the Rock Bottom but Cena kicks out! Cena pops up and hits the AA but it only gets a two-count. He goes up top for the Cena Slice but Rock avoids it. Rock hits the spinebuster and connects on the People’s Elbow! Cena kicks out at two, and then wisely rolls to the floor. Back in the ring they trade shots and the crowd is fully behind The Rock. For some reason Rock tries a cross body block and Cena catches him. Rock reverses the AA attempt into a Rock Bottom but it only gets two! The People’s Champ goes for another People’s Elbow, first telling Cena that he can’t see him. That fires Cena up, and he is able to hit the AA again but it only gets two! That’s a nice callback to last year. They rise and trade strikes again. Cena gets a schoolboy rollup for two. He then hits a Rock Bottom for a near-fall! The crowd is hot. Cena looks at a downed Rock and thinks he has him in the perfect position for the People’s Elbow. Rock pops up, just like he did last year, but Cena holds on to the ropes! That was awesome. Cena goes for the AA but Rock counters to the Rock Bottom! Another series of reversals concludes with Rock hitting a solid DDT. Rock goes for the Rock Bottom but Cena counters with the AA to finally score the pin and win his eleventh WWE Championship at 25:00. I think this was another popular match to hate on, but I really liked it. I love matches with two titans throwing bombs at each other, and that’s exactly what this was. They did a lot of cool reversals and callbacks to last year’s match, and I certainly thought it was a fitting main event.
Rating: ****

After the match the two men embrace in a show of respect. Cena then cedes the ring to The Rock, as it is likely the last match for The People’s Champ.
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