With all of the hilarious, MRA-leaning, man-babies crying over the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the soon-to-be 13th Doctor on the BBC’s Doctor Who, I asked myself “self, what would be a great way to use this to write a wrestling story.” The answer was simple: I’ll write about one of the best women’s wrestling matches in the last year! With SummerSlam taking place next month, I want to focus on one of the best matches from last year’s show: Sasha Banks defending the WWE Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair. Continue reading “Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair [WWE Women’s Championship], WWE SummerSlam 2016”
Back on July 19th, the WWE held its first Brand Draft since 2011, creating two different and exclusive talent rosters for Raw and SmackDown. However, back on July 7th, a Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton match was announced for this year’s WWE SummerSlam, and what makes this match very interesting is the fact that Lesnar and Orton haven’t worked a televised match together since 2002. Back in 2002, after the first WWE Brand Extension Draft in April, both superstars were on SmackDown for a brief period of time and first worked a match together on the main roster on September 5th.
As WWE SummerSlam 2015 arrives in a couple of weeks (and don’t forget NXT Takeover: Brooklyn earlier that same Sunday), I thought about one of my favorite matches of all time, featuring one of the greatest emerging faces of the era versus the the greatest emerging heels of the early 1990’s. I’m talking about the match between Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig from SummerSlam 1991, where each man truly broke away as top stars in the WWE.
Continue reading “WWE SummerSlam 1991: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart vs. ‘Mr. Perfect’ Curt Hennig”
There are moves in pro wrestling with names that either explain what the move looks like and/or does, or, well, not at all. The piledriver is a professional wrestling driver move that proves the former, as one wrestler grabs his opponent, turns him upside-down, then drops into a sitting or kneeling position while driving the opponent head-first into the canvas. See? A piledriver. The move was created and innovated by pro wrestler “Wild Bill Longson, and its name is derived from the piece of construction equipment called a “pile driver”. See? There it is again. The most common piledrivers are your basic belly-to-back (a.k.a., a Texas piledriver) and The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver, but there exist more intricate variants of the maneuver. Continue reading “The Piledriver: What Of It?”
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a simple, vernacular Canadian Train Station (The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station), Bluetooth-operated light bulbs (Bluetooth Light Bulbs), Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man form a tag team against evil (Archie Comic’s Sonic / Mega Man Series to Crossover), and The Hitman vs. British Bulldog at SummerSlam ‘92! (Hart vs. Smith for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Continue reading “Train Stations, Bluetooth Lights, Sonic/Mega Man & Classic Hart Drama – WIRed #9”
Even though the top-billed main event at SummerSlam 1992 from Wembley Stadium in London, England saw then-WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage defend the title against The Ultimate Warrior, the other main event (and last match of the show) was the Intercontinental Championship match between then-champion Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith — gee, I wonder WHO the fan favorite for this match was….. –. Hart and Smith were brothers-in-law in real-life, as Smith was married to Diana Hart, Bret’s sister. On WWF television broadcasts leading up to their match at SummerSlam, several interviews with Diana and her mother Helen Hart portrayed an image that the family was being torn apart due to the upcoming match. An example included Bruce Hart publicly supporting Smith, while Owen Hart sided with his older brother, Bret. Diana stated that she did not know who she wanted to win the match or side with because she had close ties to both men, but she would finally state that she hoped neither wrestler would get seriously injured. Continue reading “WWF SummerSlam 1992: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith”
The more things change, the more they stay the same…
I recall the amazement (just on the novelty alone) of watching large scale professional wrestling events that took place outdoors as opposed to an indoor arena. The events that come to my mind include: WWF Wrestlemania IX at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the WCW Road Wild events held in Sturgis, South Dakota during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and WWF SummerSlam ’92 at Wembley Stadium in London. There’s just … Continue reading Lamenting for more Outdoor Pro Wrestling Events
G4 corespondent (and MTV Road Rules alum) Blair Herter was in Los Angeles last month to not only attend the WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view, but also to speak with WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio, R-Truth, Natalya, and Kelly Kelly to discuss the upcoming “WWE ’12” video game. The main topic of discussion in the video below is the new game’s simpler and faster gameplay, as well as the new … Continue reading G4 Network previews "WWE ’12"