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Sunday, August 26, 2012
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Answer: No. After WCW was bought out by Vince McMahon in 2001, Sting took some time away from wrestling. In 2005, Sting returned to TNA Wrestling where he has been ever since. He even evolved from his "Crow" gimmick into a more modern "Joker" gimmick loosely based off of Heath Ledger's Joker from 2008's The Dark Knight movie (pictured below).
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Answer: In 2003 Edge suffered a neck injury that sidelined him for nearly a year and required surgery. Over time, complications from his 2003 neck injury forced Edge to retire. In the time leading up to his retirement announcement on April 11, 2011 Edge had mentioned feeling numbness in his arms and losing feeling in them. Edge then underwent several tests and an MRI revealed that he was suffering from Cervical Spinal Stenosis, and because of this diagnosis he cannot be medically cleared to compete due to Edge risking paralysis from the neck down or even death.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
by Brian Phelps
That being said, I thought Dark of the Moon was a little better than Revenge of the Fallen, but then again that's not saying a whole lot because the movie was still a let down. It was obvious that Michael Bay and Ehren Kruger spent the entire first half of this movie going out of their way to show Megan Fox just how easily she could be replaced. I literally felt like they were rubbing it in that she was cut from the third movie. The way she was so cheaply written off was funny for all the wrong reasons. I don't mind that she was cut from the third movie, but the cheap explanation hurt Dark of the Moon. All they said was that she dumped Sam, and she was mean. There was no actual explanation of why they broke up after all they had been through. Then they start off the movie with a scantily clad Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a scene that appeared to be once again nothing more than Michael Bay's way of saying that Megan Fox's are a dime a dozen and she was expendable. They clearly were trying to rub it in to Megan Fox that they didn't miss her.
Sadly, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was actually a worse actress than Megan Fox if you can believe that. Her dialogue and delivery often seemed awkward and out of sync with the rest of the actors.
I also didn't like how it's only been 2 years since Revenge of the Fallen came out and all of a sudden Sam has been out of college for a few months. I thought the whole schtick of Sam Witwicky's character is that he was supposed to be a geeky KID. Apparently, they lost sight of this and now Sam is an adult trying to get a job in a tough economy.
Once you get past the fact that the first half of this movie was just rubbing it in Megan Fox's face that she had been replaced, and the awkwardness of Sam Witwicky being an adult even though he doesn't seem like one... this movie failed plot wise for the same reasons that Revenge of the Fallen failed. For some reason, in each of the Transformers sequels they always have to have two characters that outlandishly and implausibly know each other. In Revenge of the Fallen it was Sam's dorm mate and that Sector 7 agent guy who figured out that they knew each other through some one conspiracy website amongst the billions of web sites on the internet. In Dark of the Moon, somehow Sam's girlfriend just so happened to be working for a guy that was working for the Decepticons. It's suggested that McDreamy was using Sam's girlfriend to get to Sam and I get that part, but here's the real question. How did Sam hook up with Carly to begin with? Oh wait, they never explained how he met her in the first place. Sam's supposed to be a geek whose entire relationship with Mikaela was a fluke to begin with. So, how did he land a chick as "hot" or "hotter" than her? I kept waiting for Carly to double cross Sam, or admit that she knew her boss was working for the decepticons but it never happened. So, once again how did Sam just so happen to hook up with a chick whose boss was working for the decepticons? This was never explained. There was no double cross... so it just didn't make any sense plot wise.
I also didn't like how Sam didn't even speak to Optimus until the movie was half way over. Sam was the key to the Autobots coming to Earth in the first place, and now in this movie they made it out like the Transformers don't even see or hang out with Sam anymore because they're too busy. This is another reason why this movie lacked the charm and innocence that made the original so good.
I'm not going to lie to any of you reading this. The first half of Transformers: Dark of the Moon sucks. However, the second half managed to succeed in spite of all of the leaps in logic and awkward character development throughout the first half of the movie. The second half of this movie moves at a great pace, and is actually pretty entertaining. It is also the only reason this movie is any better than the second one.
I should also note that this movie by far has the worst soundtrack out of all three Transformers movies. This movie once again had a single by Linkin Park, but it was a slower single and it just wasn't very good. What I've Done and New Divide are far superior to Iridescent. The only saving grace of this movie in my opinion was Leonard Nimoy as Sentinel Prime. He was a perfect voice over fit for the franchise, and the subtle homage lines to his Star Trek character were cheesy but nice and expected. My advice to anyone out there, don't pay to see another Transformers movie. Save your money and watch them on Netflix.
Former WWE Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man will be appearing for Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling on August 25, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information visit eccw.com
Crossfire Wrestling will be holding an event on Saturday, September 1st, 2012 in McMinnville, Tennessee. Visit crossfirellc.vze.com/ for more information
The Following Superstars Are Advertised:
Matt Hardy, Chris Masters, Carlito, Maria, Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn, Reby Sky, and Ricky Morton of The Rock and Roll Express.
Headlining Matches Include
Matt Hardy in a World Title Match
Chris Masters vs Carlito
Ricky Morton vs Kid Kash
John Morrison will be appearing for Big Time Wrestling in Newark, California on Friday, September 21, 2012. For more information and directions visit btwrestling.com
Former WWE Superstar and Brood member Gangrel will be appearing for All Star Wrestling on September 15, 2012 in Madison, West Virginia. For more information visit aswwrestlingwv.com
Kevin Nash will be appearing in Watertown, New York on November 16, 2012 to take on 2CW Champion Kevin Steen. For more information go to 2cwwrestling.com
Matt Hardy will be appearing on October 19, 2012 in Utica, NY for 2CW Wrestling. For more information go to 2cwwrestling.com
Hulk Hogan in his absolute physical prime in the WWF (circa 1987?)
Hulk Hogan today in TNA Wrestling (2010)
Friday, August 17, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
by Brian Phelps
As the road to Summerslam comes to a head, we're about to witness a clash of the titans between Triple H and Brock Lesnar. Surprisingly, this is a feud that's been building for nearly 4 months, but you'd never know that because both men have barely been seen over those four months. We would go several weeks without seeing Triple H or Brock Lesnar. However, so far we've seen a contract dispute between these two, Triple H's arm broken by Lesnar, Lesnar and Paul Heyman file two lawsuits against Triple H and the WWE for breach of contract and assault and battery on Triple H, Challenges issued, challenges refused and then later accepted, Heyman assaulted by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, as well as Shawn Michaels arm also being broken by Lesnar. All of this and there hasn't even been a match of any kind yet.
Despite all the star power in this feud, I'm really not that into it. First of all, the feud seems very forced. The whole thing just seems pointless and unnecessary. Third, this is a match that should have taken place 10 years ago, but now seems awkward and out of place. This entire match feels like something out of 2002. I mean you got Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, and Paul Heyman. It also doesn't help when there are several weeks worth of gaps in between each guys appearances over the last few months. How can I invest myself in a feud that stops and starts again all the time? Also, Brock Lesnar lost a lot of credibility when he was pinned clean by John Cena after being gone for 8 years earlier this year. Since Lesnar is 0-1 since his return, it makes him seem more beatable and less dangerous and thus takes some of the credibility out of his current feud with Triple H.
Although I am a fan of The Game, I'm kind of turned off by the fact that Summerslam is being main evented by 2 guys that have wrestled a combined 2 matches this entire year. I also don't like that both Wrestlemania and Summerslam are being headlined by guys that rarely wrestle anymore. It's because of this that this match between Triple H and Lesnar seems pointless and unnecessary. Who wants to watch a match between two guys that we probably won't see again for several months? I hate investing myself so much into part time wrestlers like Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock. Sure, it's a treat to see them again... but I feel like these superstars should be putting over new talent instead of old guys battling other old guys in matches that really have no meaning or pay off for either wrestler.
Monday, August 13, 2012
WWE is releasing a dvd on the nWo wrestling faction and is slated for release on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
by Brian Phelps
At RAW 1000, just as Kane was about to be attacked by Jinder Mahal, Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, Drew McIntyre, and Hunico the Undertaker came out to save Kane. The five mid card superstars claimed that they had not received ANY opportunities dating back to the first episode of RAW. Both Kane and Undertaker laid waste to all five jobbers before doing their trademark taunts as the crowd chanted "This is awesome!".
Oddly enough though, this entire segment made absolutely NO SENSE storyline wise. Right off the bat, the jobbers reasons for attacking Kane made no sense. What does Kane have to do with them not receiving any opportunities? Wouldn't that be the General Managers fault? Also, wasn't Curt Hawkins a former tag team champion with Zack Ryder? Wasn't Drew McIntyre told by Vince McMahon that he was the "chosen one" early on in his WWE career? Also, I don't think any of these superstars were even in the WWE before 2006 so their claim that they had not received any opportunities since the first episode of RAW (which was in 1993) made no sense either. Curt Hawkins was about 8 years old when the first episode of RAW aired.
Here's the real part that made no sense at all about this. Why did the Undertaker help Kane? Am I the only one that remembers that the last time the Brothers of Destruction were together, that Kane left the Undertaker in a vegetative state, turned Paul Bearer against the Undertaker, and buried the Undertaker alive with the help of the Nexus? So, this whole segment from top to bottom really made absolutely zero sense. I mean I get that it's the 1000th episode of RAW and they're trying to be nostalgic, but there were better ways to reintroduce the Brothers of Destruction in a way that didn't completely contradict their own story arcs.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Answer: The Corre was a heel faction on the Smackdown brand that consisted of Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Ezekiel Jackson. The faction debuted on January 11, 2011 and lasted through June 10, 2011. The Corre was a spin off of The Nexus who claimed to be a group of equals unlike the Nexus which consisted of a bunch of followers and a strong leader. They were basically a watered down version of the original Nexus. The Corre fizzled out when they felt that Ezekiel Jackson was overshadowing the rest of the group. The rest of the group dissolved once they figured out that Wade Barrett was in it for himself.
by Brian Phelps
Back in February 2012, CM Punk made media waves by calling out Chris Brown on twitter for his assault on Rihanna. Punk took Brown to task because he felt that Chris Brown thought his recent grammy win erased his past personal mistakes. He even challenged Chris Brown to a fight where the proceeds would go to charitable causes. Punk repeatedly made it clear that he doesn't like bullies and doesn't like men who beat up on women.
Now, here's the hypocrisy in CM Punk's behavior. In July 2012, only 5 months after Punk's beef with Chris Brown, the WWE hires convicted wife beater Charlie Sheen as the "social media ambassador" for the 1000th Episode of RAW. Here's the thing, CM Punk hasn't spoken out against Charlie Sheen. You'd think for a guy that is so passionate about his disdain for men that abuse women that he would have protested his own company's hiring of a convicted wife beater. Charlie Sheen has a 20 year rap sheet of abusing women. He accidentally shot his fiancee Kelly Preston in the arm in 1990. Ex-wife Denise Richards has said that Charlie Sheen threatened her and engaged in alcohol and drug abuse. In 2009 he was charged with assault on his now ex-wife Brooke Mueller (It was stated that Sheen pulled a knife on his wife). Coincidentally, he was charged with assaulting his then wife the same year that Chris Brown was charged with assaulting Rihanna (the incident that Punk attacked Brown over). What I also find interesting is that to my knowledge, Charlie Sheen has never really displayed much public remorse for his actions where as Chris Brown at least took the time to issue a public apology. Yet, CM Punk attacks Chris Brown but says nothing about Charlie Sheen. Why has CM Punk given Charlie Sheen a pass? CM Punk talked about how picking up trash on the side of the road doesn't mean Chris Brown paid for what he did to Rihanna. Funny thing is, to my knowledge, Charlie Sheen didn't even pick up trash lol. This is the hypocrisy of CM Punk. I'm not defending Chris Brown at all or Charlie Sheen. I'm just saying it's not right that CM Punk calls out Chris Brown for beating women, but doesn't say anything about convicted wife beater Charlie Sheen working for WWE. Where was CM Punk's fight challenge to Charlie Sheen? Where was CM Punk's defense of Sheen's ex-wives Brooke Mueller and Denise Richards? Don't get me wrong. I'm actually a fan of CM Punk, but I just have a problem with CM Punk's "selective" treatment on the issue.
This is also the hypocrisy of not only CM Punk's selective treatment towards men who beat women, but it's also a complete indictment of the WWE's "Be A Star" anti-bullying campaign. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in WWE's "Be A Star" anti-bullying campaign and hiring a convicted wife beater?
Over the years, the WWE has given wrestling fans countless memories and moments. However, one thing that is never mentioned is all the things that the WWE has ruined over the years. From wrestlers to pay-per-views to entire organizations, the WWE has ruined a lot of great things over the years. On WWE's "Are You Serious" Youtube Show, they always say "WCW ruins everything". Well, I'm here to go back and give a run down of all the great things WWE has ruined over the years.
WWE ruined the once prestigious Crusierweight Title.
In 2001, the WWE bought out WCW. In the process, they decided to carry over the WCW Cruiserweight Championship and continue its lineage in the WWE. The WCW Cruiserweight Championship was held by legendary performers such as Rey Mysterio, Billy Kidman, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, the Ultimo Dragon, and Dean Malenko. The WWE was never able to really recapture the magic of the WCW Cruiserweight Division, but that's not what ruined the Cruiserweight title. It was ruined in 2007 when Hornswoggle captured the Cruiserweight title. Hornswoggle who isn't even an actual wrestler won the Cruiserweight title and actually held it longer than legends like the Ultimo Dragon, Chris Candido, and Lance Storm. As a result of this, the Cruiserweight title lost all its credibility. Sadly, Hornswoggle was also the last Cruiserweight champion as the belt was vacated and decommissioned after Hornswoggle's reign. A title once known for amazing battles between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero went out with a "leprechaun" as the final champion. Thanks a lot WWE.
WWE Ruined The Great American Bash Pay-Per-View
Once upon a time, The Great American Bash was one of the hottest pro wrestling pay-per-views on the market. It was once headlined by classic encounters such as Sting vs Ric Flair in 1990, Ric Flair vs Lex Luger in 1991, and was even home to the infamous "Human Torch Match" where Sting was lit on fire by Vampiro and fell off the the top of the Turner Tron in 2000. Once the WWE bought out WCW in 2001, it appeared that The Great American Bash had come to an end. However, WWE decided to revive the WCW pay-per-view in 2004 with an updated logo. The new logo was a reflection of what the new WWE version of The Great American Bash would come to be... generic. The new logo took all the American attitude out of the classic logos and replaced it with a totally generic looking logo that looked more like something you'd see on a campaign sign in someone's front yard. Unfortunately, the WWE was never able to put together a memorable Great American Bash of their own. The revamped WWE version came across as "just another pay-per-view" rather than a true homage to the original. The only classic match that took place at the WWE's Great American Bash was the Bobby Lashley vs John Cena WWE Championship match in 2007. Aside from that match, it was just a really watered down version of the original. This was yet another attempt by WWE to "WWE-ize" something great that WCW created. It was another failed attempt by the WWE to try to out do something that WCW did better. To make matters worse, in 2009 the WWE changed the name from "The Great American Bash" to just "The Bash"... which made no sense and made it seem EVEN MORE generic than before. WWE has trashed The Great American Bash's reputation so badly that it's not even a pay-per-view spectacular anymore as last month (July 2012) The Great American Bash was nothing more than a glorified special edition of Friday Night Smackdown on the SyFy network (The only positive aspect of this edition was that WWE changed the name back from "The Bash" to "The Great American Bash"). The last Great American Bash that aired on Friday Night Smackdown was headlined by mid-carder Zack Ryder winning a battle royal to decide who would be the Smackdown General Manager for one week. It's amazing how far The Great American Bash fell once WWE got a hold of it.
WWE Ruined ECW
WWE Ruined Hell in a Cell
Back in the day, the match to end all matches was the Hell in a Cell match. Hell in a Cell was a match only used to end the most bitter of feuds. It was also only used to settle the Undertaker's feuds. Undertaker used Hell in a Cell to help end feuds with Shawn Michaels and Mankind, and because it was only used to end feuds it would go on to breed some of the most legendary wrestling matches of all-time. Fast forward to the present, and the Hell in a Cell is an entire gimmick pay-per-view. Part of the allure of the Hell in a Cell match was that you never knew when one would take place. Now, you see it every year at the same pay-per-view, and it's not just one Hell in a Cell match at the pay-per-view... it's as many as three. As a result, the match has lost a lot of its aura and value because it's over used and now anybody could wind up in a Hell in a Cell match. Before, there was only a handful of guys that you MIGHT see in a Hell in a Cell match. Now, even Alberto Del Rio has been in a Hell in a Cell match. The match isn't used only to end the biggest feuds anymore. Now, it's just another match... much like the Steel Cage match. I don't even get excited for Hell in a Cell matches anymore because they're not near as brutal as they used to be, the match is over used, and it's often times not used in the proper circumstances. It was only supposed to be used when all other options have been exhausted and the feuding wrestlers had nothing else left.
WWE Ruined Diamond Dallas Page
In WCW, Diamond Dallas Page established himself as the original people's champion, a hard working talent who got himself over the old fashioned way. It was because of this every man gimmick that DDP was able to become a 3-time WCW World Champion and arguably the greatest U.S. Champion of all-time. However, after Vince bought out WCW... Diamond Dallas Page just had to be "WWE-ized". So, instead of being the hard working people's champion that he had become known for... WWE thought it would be a good idea to make DDP a deranged pervert by stalking the Undertaker's then wife Sara. This storyline was lame because it didn't make any sense with DDP's already long established personality as an honest every man. Why the WWE thought they would take one of WCW's biggest names and make him a mid-card stalker is beyond me. It was a complete waste of DDP's talent and abilities. WWE's Diamond Dallas Page was just way too cartoony and over the top. It only took the WWE a couple of months to completely ruin DDP.
WWE Ruined the U.S. Title
Throughout the illustrious history of the United States Championship, it has been held time and time again by some of the greatest wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots. In the titles prime, it was held by such greats as Harley Race, Ric Flair, Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper, Lex Luger, Sting, Scott Hall, Steve Austin, Diamond Dallas Page, and Bill Goldberg. Much like the Cruiserweight title, when WWE bought out WCW they decided to continue the lineage of the US Championship. The title lost a lot of importance in WWE due to the fact that there was another 2nd tier belt (the Intercontinental Title), and the overall quality of wrestlers holding the belt took a dip early on but the title remained relevant. However, after 2006 the US title began to lose its credibility, prestige, and importance because it was being defended less and less often. For instance, during the Miz's first US title reign he held the title for seven months, but he only defended the title a couple of times during that whole seven month period. He seemed to spend all his time defending his tag team title with the Big Show, and the US Championship was ignored completely as The Miz would go months without defending it. This now seems to be the pattern among the 2nd tier champions in WWE. They win the US Championship, hold it for 3-4 months, but only defend it like twice during their entire reign as champ. Gone are the days of fighting champions like Diamond Dallas Page and Bill Goldberg, who took on all comers each and every week. It's sad that the US Championship doesn't mean anything anymore. It's just a belt now. In WCW, you had champions like Sting, Ric Flair, DDP, and Goldberg. In WWE, you got Santino Marella as the champion. In WCW, Santino would've never been the US Champ. Comedy gimmicks were for the TV Title like Disco Inferno back then. I remember when people bought WCW PPVs to see Goldberg and DDP defend the US Championship. It's amazing how far the US Championship has fallen off since WWE took it over.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
by Brian Phelps
Back in 2008, it was being reported by prowrestling.net's Jason Powell that former Fabulous Freebird and Head Creative Writer of Smackdown at the time Michael Hayes allegedly told Mark Henry "I'm more of a n***** than you are."
This reportedly happened at a party during Wrestlemania XXIV weekend at the end of March 2008. Wrestlemania XXIV took place on March 30, 2008. Michael Hayes was allegedly suspended for the racial slur for 60 days.
Mark Henry was moved from Smackdown to the ECW brand in June of 2008, and the month of June he won the ECW World Championship and held it for three months. Now, what's interesting is that if Michael Hayes was suspended for 60 days at the end of March, then he would have been returning to Smackdown in June which is the exact same time that they moved Mark Henry to ECW. Upon Michael Hayes return to Smackdown, Mark Henry wins the ECW World Title.
This makes you wonder if Mark Henry's ECW title run was a pity reign given to Mark by the WWE as an apology for Michael Hayes actions. Or could it have been WWE's way of protecting themselves from a possible lawsuit? Mark Henry could have filed a discrimination lawsuit against WWE, but by moving Henry to ECW and giving him the ECW World Title there is no way that Henry could have won a discrimination suit anymore. WWE played their cards right on this one. By suspending Michael Hayes and moving Henry to ECW upon Hayes return to Smackdown from his suspension, Mark Henry couldn't say that WWE neglected to do anything when the incident was reported. Then by giving Mark Henry the ECW World Title, Mark Henry can't claim that Michael Hayes discrimination resulted in Mark Henry being held down because he became a World Champion. It was very smart by WWE. That way, everyone wins. The bad guy gets punished, the victim gets compensated, and the company's image and finances weren't damaged by a lawsuit.