This week, joined my buddies J.C., Tina, and Jericho as a guest on episode 5 of the “Countdown City Wrestle-Cast” to preview WWE Hell in a Cell — live this Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX — as well as this year’s Mixed Match Challenge, and heap on the big ol’ CONGRATULATIONS to Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks for the awesome … Continue reading Check out This Week’s “Countdown City Wrestle-Cast” to preview ‘Hell In A Cell 2018’! I’M ON IT!
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The night of SummerSlam 2018 was home to a moment that many fans (like myself) of Becky Lynch have been waiting for. A heel turn. A chance to see a somewhat new dimension to her character (yes, I know she was a heel in NXT, but it was two-dimensional as she was essentially just part of Sasha’s heel posse ). This time, after watching the first-ever SmackDown Women’s Champion not get her chance to reign again, getting passed over by Charlotte Flair (so WWE can create a championship pedigree for her to match her father’s) and never getting even with winning the title back from quite possibly the best heel in the Women’s division, Alexa Bliss, the time was now. And it…was…WONDERFUL! It must have been, since WWE is scripting this for us to boo her, however all we can do is cheer for her Continue reading “WWE, I KNOW You WANT Me to ‘Boooo’ Becky Lynch, but Nawww-Bruuuh…”
Only two days until the “WrestleMania of the summer”, SummerSlam, airs live on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. Starting with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on Saturday (see Activision, “IV” means 4, not “IIII”), the biggest party of the summer will be a near-7-hour affair — it being one of the “Big Five” supercards on WWE’s calendar. So, to hype up such a spectacle, it makes sense to get Terry Crews to do your promotional hype video. And it…is…WONDERFULLLLL!
This past weekend was a tragic one for fans of professional wrestling. In the span of a couple of day, we’ve lost the legendary Memphis wrestler Frederick “Brickhouse Brown” Seawright, WWE Hall of Famer Josip “Nikolai Volkoff” Peruzović and Attitude Era superstar “Too Sexy”/”Grandmaster Sexay” Brian Christopher Lawler passed away over the weekend. Brown, one of the top heels in Southern US pro wrestling promotions in the 1980s and 1990s, succumbed to his long battle with cancer. He was only 57 years old. Volkoff, known for his classic Cold War-era heel work as a Soviet Union sympathizer (often with Tag Team Championship partner, The Iron Sheik) and his eventual face-turn to US sympathizer, was only 70 years old. Christopher, who was known for his rise in the WWF’s light-heavyweight division and as 1/2 of Too Cool with “Too Hot”/”Scotty 2 Hotty” Scott Taylor (often in tow with Rikishi), tragically died due to complications after attempting to take his own life while in custody on DUI and evading police charges; he was only 46 years old. Continue reading “Tributes to Brickhouse Brown, Nikolai Volkoff & Brian Christopher…”
When one door closes, another one opens. After the bankruptcy and closure of the popular and long-lasting toy retail store Toys ‘R’ Us this past month, it meant that the brand’s long-time mascot and spokes-animal, Geoffrey the Giraffe, was forced to step away from is lifelong gig. Thankfully, Geoffrey isn’t taking his newly-open schedule lying down, as he’s recently picked up a new pastime and career in the squared-circle down in the Sunshine State. Continue reading “Geoffrey, the Toys ‘R’ Us Giraffe, Entered A Royal Rumble, Fought A Vampire & Amazon Prime…”
Matt Cappotelli, who won WWE’s Tough Enough reality show competition in 2003 in it’s third season, died early this past Friday morning at the age of 38. While Cappotelli was diagnosed with brain cancer back in 2017, he was originally diagnosed 12 years earlier while he was training with WWE’s then-developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. In fact, he was the reigning OVW Heavyweight Champion, after defeating Johnny Jeter, when he was diagnosed in 2005, which forced him to relinquish the title and start treatment to remove the tumors. Continue reading “Matt Cappotelli, Former WWE Tough Enough Winner, Passes Away at Age 38 from Brain Cancer…”
In less than a month from now, New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s G1 Climax Tournament will begin, and the promotion recently announced which wrestlers will be taking part in the 28th edition of the tournament. The talent announced for the A Block and B Block for the round-robin portion tournament that will occur during the majority of the nineteen shows that will be airing live and streamed on NJPW World (along with the option of English commentary). Both blocks feature exciting possibilities, including several rematches from prior tournaments and title matches, and one-on-one matches between wrestlers who are aligned in the same stable/faction/tag team and normally wouldn’t face each other. Continue reading “The Blocks For New Japan Pro Wrestling’s 2018 G1 Climax Tournament Have Been Announced…”
back in 1997, World Championship Wrestling was at the height of its popularity, thanks to the rise of the New World Order and their tensions with the rest of the WCW roster. While the headlining (and, in the minds of many, the top) rivalry in WCW was Sting’s crusade to knock Hollywood Hogan down a peg, another, more personal, physical and bitter rivalry was taking place between Diamond Dallas Page and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. In fact, shortly after Savage joined the nWo, he physically attacked DDP and verbally attacked DDP’s then-wife, Kimberly, and after that, all bets were off. In fact, DDP had already had history with the New World Order before going head-to-head with Savage, as he was a former tag team partner of BOTH nWo co-founders Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. He was initially felt slighted when Hall and Nash recruited others into the nWo before him, but when DDP was about to be inducted, he turned them down — in spectacular fashion — and immediately became a target. Continue reading “The Spark of a Moment in the Diamond Dallas Page/”Macho Man” Randy Savage Rivalry…”
A show of hands: who felt physically exhausted after watching WWE WrestleMania 34 this past April? I’m talking about starting the near SEVEN HOURS show from the pre-show kickoff to the WWE sign-off graphic with Roman Reigns covered in blood. **raises hands** With RAW being 3 hours (thank you for the condensed 1-1/2 hour re-braodcast, Hulu), SmackDown likely move to Fox and possible extension to 3 hours, and now every pay-per-view being brand-combined and extended by another hour, you’d think that WrestleMania and the other “Big Four” events that already use the RAW and SmackDown rosters (SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series) would be exempt. Well, as far a WrestleMania is concerned, L-O-L of course not; it appears that next year’s WrestleMania might find a way to go even longer than this year’s, somehow…someway. Why God? Continue reading “Who’s Ready for an EIGHT-HOUR WrestleMania 35?”
WWE has both flirted with and fully reused the names of former WCW event in the past, and it appears to be happening again. After using Night of Champions (the final WCW Nitro broadcast and the new name of the Vengeance pay-per-view), Clash of Champions (a take on the Clash of the Champions events), Starrcade (as a non-televised house show) and War Games (as an NXT Takeover-branded event), WWE may bring back The Great American Bash. This is according to a report from PWInsider, announcing that Stamford, CT-based company filed a trademark for The Great American Bash last week. Continue reading “Is WWE Bringing Back ‘The Great American Bash’?!?”