Top Five Most Extreme WWE Matches

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Craig Wilson, Brian Damage & Jamie Lithgow

The WWE may be in the midst of a PG era but it wasn’t always that way. Blood and weapons used to be a hallmark of the WWE product, particularly during the Attitude era. The company still host a PPV dedicated to “extreme” matches but it’s largely in name only.

With Extreme Rules on the horizon it seems apt that this week’s Top Five is dedicated to some of the more extreme matches in WWE history. Continue reading

Scorned: Vince McMahon’s Women Troubles

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“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”-William Congreve

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is no stranger to controversy. He’s battled his fair share of accusations and lawsuits. For the most part, he’s come out on top…but the self proclaimed…”Genetic Jackhammer,” has a recurring theme to his troubles….women.

Mr. McMahon has been accused of several things such as…extra marital affairs, rape and sexual harassment. Are they all true? Are they all fabrications? Nobody but Vince and his accusers know for certain…what we do know is that McMahon has had his problems with the opposite sex in and out of the ring. Continue reading

The Next Generation of Wrestlers You May Not Have Heard Of….Yet

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Not too long ago, I wrote about the difficulties of being a 2nd/3rd generation wrestler entitled The Generation Gap: Wrestling Legacies.

In this piece, I take a look at some of these 2nd and 3rd generation wrestlers. Some you may have heard of…others not so much…not yet anyway. A new generation of wrestlers looking to make a name for themselves.

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Sunday Sermon: The Future of the Intercontinental & U.S. titles

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Craig Wilson, Brian Damage, Jamie Lithgow & Russ Morgan

The lineage of the Intercontinental Title and the U.S. title are graced with legends of the ring. Superstars such as Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the now late Ultimate Warrior and The Rock, amongst others, all carried the title before going on to win the WWE Heavyweight Championship. As for the US title wrestling luminaries like Harley Race, Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sting and Ricky Steamboat have all carried a title that was even defended in the main event of a PPV in 1998 when DDP retained against Bret Hart at WCW World War 3.

In this week’s Sunday Sermon the team look at the history and the future of these belts. Are they both needed? Can they be unified or could they even be restored to their previous importance? Continue reading

The Independents Matter

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Brian Damage

Once upon a time, not so long ago, pro wrestling was broken up into territories. Wrestlers would learn their craft the hard way by traveling into the different territories to make a few bucks. They would wrestle sometimes 3 or 4 times a day in different cities across the country. Weekends and holidays were especially important time to work. Wrestlers would travel together down winding dirt roads and go over their matches while trying to stay awake during long hours driving for 25 or 30 bucks a pop. Continue reading

Top Five WCW Matches

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Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow and Brian Damage

The promotion may be gone but thanks to it’s PPVs being available on the WWE Network it’s not forgotten. It’s no surprise also that the WWE are tapping in to their enormous tape library to release another WCW boxset – this time the best WCW PPV matches.

To commemorate that release Craig, Jamie and Brian list their Top Five favourite NWA/WCW matches. Continue reading

The Future part 2 – UK Wrestling and Would a UK based Wrestling promotion work on TV now?

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Kenneth Richardson and Russ Morgan

Right now the UK has one of the hottest indy scenes anywhere in the world. A hole host of promotions are making waves in their local areas and further afield. As someone living in Glasgow, I couldn’t not mention Insane Championship Wrestling who recently featured on a BBC documentary viewed by 1.5m viewers and are set to host shows south of the border for the first time.

Today Kenneth and Russ share their thoughts on British wrestling. Kenneth looks from stateside, as a former indy booker, at some of the talent that have made it or that are on the cusp of making it while Russ wonders if a UK based promotion would ever get a TV deal again. Continue reading