With a network launch right around the corner and the small matter of WrestleMania XXX two months away, there’s a slight feeling of a revolution in the air. The battle lines have been drawn between WWE and its ever-growing army of internet ‘smart-fans’ – with cries of work, shoot and worked-shoot bellowing long into the night.
It all started at the Royal Rumble.
At the risk of sounding like one of the aforementioned online warriors, Daniel Bryan had to win the Rumble. He had to. Continue reading →
I have wanted to write something on this for a long time. This episode of “A Moment In Time” is more a reflection of Ric Flair’s first run in The WWF (as was), but it left a very lasting impression on the minds of wrestling fans. Also, I am sure something of this importance will never happen again.
No, it’s not The Patriot’s Dad. It’s Mr America, brother! (Image courtesy of http://www.wwe.fr)
Height: 6’6″ Weight: 275lbs Hometown: Washington, DC Glory Days: A couple of months in mid-2003 Catchphrase: “I am not Hulk Hogan, brother!” Fun Fact: The Piper’s Pit segment that featured the debut of Mr America also played host to the debut of Zack Gowan.
It was recently reported in the news that Mike Dibiase…son of Ted Dibiase and half brother to both Ted Jr. and Brett was arrested after a 12 hour stand off with police. Mike…a professional wrestler himself…had spent his entire career within the independents. While half brothers Ted Jr. and Brett earned WWE contracts, Mike was left out in the cold. It made me think of other siblings of famous wrestlers who gave the business a try and never came close to matching their brothers successes. Continue reading →
Craig and Jamie’s real time look at at the Monday Night Wars focusses on the Raw and Nitro from Monday 26 January 1998. That week’s Raw promised another update on Stone Cold and Mike Tyson after the fracas on last week’s show while Owen Hart gets a shot at Triple H’s European Championship. Over on Nitro it’s a three hour show for the first time and takes place just two days after the ‘Souled Out’ PPV.
Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow, Russ Morgan and Brian Damage.
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It’s Royal Rumble time again as 30 of the WWE’s top superstars fight out out for a chance to take on the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania. Alongside the over the top rope match, Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan continue their feud, Brock Lesnar and Big Show clash and John Cena has his rematch against the undisputed champion Randy Orton.
Today Craig, Jamie, Russ and Brian share their thoughts and predictions on the entire card. Continue reading →
Despite only recently returning, Batista is seen by many as the favourite to win the Royal Rumble (Image courtesy of http://bleacherreport.com/)
Is predictability in wrestling really a bad thing? Craig Wilson
Predictability is a charge that is often levelled at wrestling. This past week I saw on Twitter someone referencing Batista and tomorrow night’s Rumble and stating that him winning is too predictable and surely WWE are better than that. Let’s be honest, predictability is hardly something new in wrestling but yet it’s something is moaned about more and more.
Throughout wrestling history there has been an air of predictability. In the territory days heel managers would bring in various superstars to attempt to dethrone the babyface champion with very little success. After all, wrestling is perhaps the most popular good v bad story in history. Continue reading →
In the past, I’ve often written of my affinity for the preliminary jobbers of yesteryear. Guys that looked like they were literally plucked off the street before a TV taping…given wrestling attire and asked to make others look great. Guys that had no wrestling training, pasty white skin with bad hair cuts and little to no definition physique wise. Bill and Randy Mulkey fit that description to a tee.
The difference between the Mulkey brothers and every other jabroni in the business, however, was that the Mulkeys grew a huge following. They became cult like heroes down in the mid-Atlantic region of the country. No gimmicks, snazzy catchphrases or 5 star matches…just an appreciation for their passion and commitment to pro wrestling. It was and is known a Mulkey Mania….a take off of the more widely known Hulkamania…and it does indeed exist to this day. Continue reading →
Hulk Hogan wearing the original Big Green WWF Championship belt shortly after winning it in 1984 (Image courtesy of http://www.wildcatbelts.com/)
On this day in 1984 one of the most significant moments in WWE history took place when Hulk Hogan pinned The Iron Sheik to become the new champion. It was a moment that gave birth to Hulkamania and saw the then WWF go from a North-East territory to a global phenomenon.