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!
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?”
I know, I know; there was an architecture story this past Monday, meaning there’s a Video Game story later in the week. So, why is there a Pro Wrestling story in the middle, you ask? Well, the usual Pro Wrestling story next week will still happen, but that’s AFTER this year’s Royal Rumble, which I want to talk about BEFORE the event. According to SportsBettingDime, the current favorite to win Men’s Royal Rumble is Shinsuke Nakamura (+250), and I want this too, especially after their classic Wrestle Kingdom match a few years ago and the tease during last year’s Smackdown Money in the Bank Match. But every year there’s a pool asking who’s winning the Men’s Rumble match, so the most intriguing question this year is who’s going to win the FIRST, WOMEN’S Royal Rumble match?
For long-time WWE fans who were watching Sunday’s Tables-Ladders-Chairs pay-per-view, Kurt Angle’s return to in-ring competition with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose was an emotional ride. Although the company ignored his contributions and amazing matches in That Company That Shall Not Be Named Whatever Its Name Is This Week, the experience was something special and endearing, from how goofy he looked in the Shield SWAT gear to his ability to german-suplex all five members of the opposing team and deliver a series of Angle Slams. Some of us even shed a little tear after he secured the pin-fall victory for his team… Continue reading “A Look Back to Just Before Kurt Angle’s Return to a WWE Ring before TLC 2017…”
Well, all it took was for Jerry Lawler to get another Jerry (Lee Lewis) to give WWE the rights his biggest hit for the RAW-exclusive Bad Blood pay-per-view to be renamed “Great Balls of Fire.” Oh boy… However, I will say that the prospect and anticipation for a Universal Championship match with Brock Lesnar defending against Samoa Joe — as well as Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in an Ambulance Match — has amped for the show. But just like WWE, they just have to quintuple-down on the pay-per-view absurd title of “Great Balls of Fire” by having a gaggle of WWE Superstars “sing” the lyrics to the Jerry Lee Lewis’ hit tune in the above promo video. Continue reading “Warning: This Video Contains WWE Superstars Singing ‘Great Balls of Fire’; You’ve Been Warned…”
In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the background, the event itself, and the aftermath of WWE’s final ECW-branded pay-per-view event, 2006’s December to Dismember. Let’s just say it was the final one for a reason… Continue reading “ECW December to Dismember 2006 – Doc’D #64”
Yesterday, WWE announced that Charlotte Flair, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, made history by becoming the first female Superstar in the company’s history to main event a pay-per-view, Raw and SmackDown in singles matches. Flair completed this trifecta this past Tuesday night on SmackDown Live when she competed with SmackDown Women’s champion Naomi to a no contest in the main event, after multiple main event matches against Sasha Banks on Raw, as well as at the 2016 edition of Hell in a Cell. Continue reading “Charlotte Flair Becomes 1st Woman in WWE History to Main Event on PPV, Raw AND SmackDown!”
In this month’s pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary ventures to the revived land of extreme to discuss the 2005 edition of ECW One Night Stand. Continue reading “ECW One Night Stand 2005 – Doc’D #16”
One of the staples of modern professional wrestling is the contract signing for an upcoming pay-per-view match (which never, EVER go wrong, right?). There’s usually a covered table (that someone may get put through), some chairs for the soon-to-be participants will be seated in (and possibly get hit over the head with), very intense and intimidating verbal squabbles (that may lead to an all-out brawl), and of course, the signing of the contract for the highly-anticipated match. After the break, there’s a photo taken of the contract for a match at this past Sunday’s WWE Payback pay-per-view between Evolution (Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton) and The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns). It’s hard to make out the text in the photo at the bottom of the contract for that was used on the May 26th edition of RAW, but it’s visible enough to read the interesting message. Continue reading “Here’s A Funny WWE Match Contract For Ya’!”
This month on The PractitioNERD’s “Rant N’ Resolve”, host Montez McCrary rants on his disappointment with Brock Lesnar ending the WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX last week. However, his reasons for being disappointed are probably NOT what you expect them to be… Continue reading “Undertaker’s Loss at WrestleMania XXX – Rant N’ Resolve # 9”