Sunday saw the second of TNA’s four pay per views this month with “Lockdown.” The event this year broke the mould of the how the event usually runs, with only three of the matches on this years’ card being cage matches in contrast to the all cage match affair that Lockdown usually is. Read more
During the 31st of January 2013, TNA teased a huge announcement during Impact. Usually when TNA (or wrestling companies in general) tease a major announcement, it turns out to be a damp squib to say the lease. Amazingly, this wasn’t the case. Dixie Carter announced that TNA would be leaving the Impact Zone to travel on the road. Read more
On the 2nd of January, 2012, the WWE answered months of the cryptic “itbegins” vignettes with the return of the self-proclaimed “Ayatollah of Rock’n’Rolla,” Chris Jericho. The concept was interesting. Have a guy who everyone knows is a fantastic talker and who they want to hear talk and deny the privilege. Even if he was only going to rip the audience a new asshole the majority of the fanbase would rather that than have him just refuse to speak outright. It was something new, and I’m sure that people will debate whether it really worked or not. The problems with Jericho’s run didn’t start there. Read more
There’s an adage in wrestling that if you’ve ever been significant in the business, then you will have at some point passed through the WWE. However, there’s been one who is the exception to the rule: Sting. At his peak of popularity during his feud with the nWo, Sting was one of the hottest commodities in the business. In December 1997, Starrcade was the culmination of a year-long angle which eventually saw The Man They Call Sting triumph (kind of) in what to that point had been the biggest selling PPV of all time. Read more
In the spring of 2012, TNA Impact was an enjoyable show that combined great in-ring work and logical storylines to produce a 2 hour show that was extremely entertaining show. Over the next few months, it appeared as though things were on the up and up. Ex-WWE talent had seemingly been put to the side. Guys like RVD & Jeff Hardy weren’t really being utilised, while guys like Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and even the artist formally known as Bubba Ray Dudley were really picking up speed and gathering momentum to become the focus of the promotion. Eric Bischoff was taken off TV to concentrate on working behind the scenes and his son, the one and only Garett Bischoff, vanished from TV for a while after the feud with his father had ended. Sting was the “Authority Figure” and fitted the role really well, acting as a brilliant supplement to what was going on.
It’s almost a year later and you’d have thought that they (TNA) would have used that as a base to really push on. Expanding their audience and pushing their home grown stars. Think again. I’ve got a lot of frustrations and things I want to talk about, and quite frankly I’m far too irritated and completely fucked off with TNA to write well. This is going to be pretty much from the heart, as I struggle to fathom exactly how TNA have strayed so far from the fantastic start they made to 2012, when they had all the pieces at their disposal to really push on.
There are 3 main categories that we’re going to be looking at. The first is the burial of talent – guys who TNA have completely dropped the ball with over the past year. The second is guys who TNA have pushed into positions they shouldn’t be in. The last will be the angles they’ve used, but we’ll talk about them as we go. Read more
Welcome to the last instalment of our rebooking of the Invasion angle. This is what the build has all been towards. After starting out in the culmination of Wrestlemania X-Seven, we reach our end game. So sit back and enjoy, it’s time for Wrestlemania X8, Invasion style! Read more
Welcome back to the next installment of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Russo!” Last week we left off after the Royal Rumble. The main talking points was that Goldberg made his WWF debut by winning the event, which means that he has a choice to compete for either the WCW World Heavyweight Championship or the WWF Championship in the main event of Wrestlemania X8. Meanwhile Scott Hall and Kevin Nash cost HHH the WWF title in his match against Austin because he refused to team with them in helping re-establishing a Kliq nWo. Along with this, Sting was eliminated by Undertaker in the Royal Rumble match, getting a measure of revenge for his defeat at the Royal Rumble.
Welcome back to another installment of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Russo.” This week we’ll be entering 2002 in our reimagined “Invasion” angle with the build-up and one of the WWF’s main events of the year, the Royal Rumble.
Previously we saw ECW being incorporated into WCW as Ric Flair bought the promotion. Paul Heyman found himself out of a job for betraying Vince and Flair having no place for him in WCW swearing revenge on everyone concerned. DDP also became WCW champion after winning the belt from Sting, who chose to leave WCW after he perceived the wrestlers and the fans as turning their back on him because he wasn’t there to help the guys who were taken out by Vince and the WWF in the run up to King Of The Ring. Read more
Welcome back to the 2nd edition of our “Invasion” series of articles. We left off on the eve of King Of The Ring, where WCW were issued with an ultimatum: win King Of The Ring or vanish. However, if they did win then Nitro would be revived in place of Smackdown. King Of The Ring is set up into a 4 man competition. DDP, the last man standing for WCW, has been drawn against the Undertaker while the Big Show has been drawn against a mystery second man promised by Ric Flair, the “owner” of WCW.
Just like the man himself, this feature has eventually returned and reared it’s ugly head! This time our focus will revolve around a historical situation, and one of the most debated and discussed angles in the history of professional wrestling : The Invasion.
In March 2001, the WWF as it was at the time finally won the Monday Night Wars. The wars were ended when WWF bought out the WCW for a reported $3m. With this Vince McMahon monopolised the industry, leaving no other major promotions in the world given that ECW had just went though its’ own financial meltdown and was also bought out by the WWF. With this should’ve seen the biggest angle of all time, with the WWF going head to head in dream matches against the WCW guys. Read more
Welcome to another edition of “Ringside Review.” This week we’ll be taking a look at the 2004 WWE documentary on the life of Eddie Guerrero, “Stealing Death, Cheating Life” Read more
Welcome to a special edition of “Ringside Review.” Given that Survivor Series is just around the corner, today marks an opportune moment to mark the 15th anniversary of one of the most controversial moments in the history of professional wrestling. To that end, this week we’ll be looking at Paul Jay’s documentary “Wrestling With Shadows” which chronicles Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s final year in the WWF as it was which culminated with the Montreal Screwjob on this very day fifteen years ago to the day. Read more