“saturation or a smart idea”
With news going around that a few new weekly wrestling shows might appear on the WWE network, I’ve been thinking about what kind of shows exactly we might see. There’s been news saying a few cruiserweight performers have been contacted by WWE for a cruiserweight show for the network. There’s also been news that FCW will be moving their tapings to a different location which will make filming much easier and much better on the eyes for the fans. Currently floating around some networks and online is WWE Superstars and NXT: Redemption. At this point we’re safe to say NXT isn’t “redemption” worthy anymore as it’s basically turned into a third brand. With William Regal running the show it’s actually turned into quite an entertaining program and also gives the opportunity to see the new up and coming superstars. Although much of this is speculation and things are constantly changing I still like the topic and find it a good topic of discussion.
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WR Global is a new idea in which our very global staff will be writing about what country they’re from and what wrestling talents have inspired them or made them proud of their country. WR has writers from all over the UK, North America and other parts of the globe who contribute amazing content each week to our readers. This is our way to get a little more personal with you and share with you exactly what has made us a fan of wrestling and what has made us proud to support it. It doesn’t quite matter if the superstar has made the biggest impact or is a fan favorite. It also doesn’t matter if they’ve made it to the big leagues or won a title. All that matters is we share information about these superstars from our respective countries and perhaps inspire our readers to do the same through commenting on the write ups. Most articles will be showcasing around 3-4 talents from the respective countries of the writers and most countries will be able to have multiple articles due to the abundance of talent. If you’re a fan and you want to share you’re superstars with us, please do! At WR we are proud to be one of the most Global sites on the internet, and your participation is one of the main reasons for that. Please enjoy Global and most of all, enjoy all the great content on WR.
“under new management”
Instead of continuing with the video game series this week, I wanted to change it up and talk about something that’s been on my mind this week. Within the past month we’ve seen Abraham Washington try to see himself to Mark Henry and others as an agent of sorts. He’s also been out “taking notes” on other superstars as if he’s trying to recruit. Does this mean that WWE might be bringing back the manager as an important role? We’ve had our era of great managers, Elizabeth, JJ Dillon, Jim Cornette, Mr. Fuji and Jimmy Hart to name a few. All these managers or valets played a really important role with basically every superstar they were with and lead most of their superstars straight to the top. I’ve been missing real managers for quite some time but have been pleasantly surprised as of late with some of the moves WWE is pulling out.
“Vintage NES wrestling games”
This week is a first in a multiple part series going over my favorite wrestling games. This week I’m doing my favorite NES games. I’m going to do my best to remember and with the help of wiki I’ll be able to give you a good description of the game along with my memories I have of playing it. Hope you enjoy the first part of this who knows how long series. Next week I’ll be discussing my favorite SNES wrestling games.
WWF WrestleMania NES – created by Rare and published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1989.
WWE has been known to travel the globe in order to put on their shows for fans worldwide. I’ve been lucky enough in my years to catch a bunch of live shows and a couple of episodes of Raw. I’ve never had the opportunity to see a PPV live like some have, but obviously that’s a huge wish of any wrestling fan. I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences from live events that I’ve been to and hope to learn about some of yours. I like how WWE will do different things for different markets. Whether it’s a hometown hero or a countries favorite superstar, it seems to be different in every market. I can’t remember exact dates and everything but the memory is what’s important. Please feel free to share yours below.
Who is the “Best In The World?”
This Sunday at WrestleMania 28 we have a match-up of epic proportions between two of the top wrestling stars in the world today. Chris Jericho, a ring veteran who is now in his 40’s made his return to Raw on January 2nd without saying a word for the first couple weeks. CM Punk on the other hand has been running wild in the WWE since the summer of ultimatums where we almost saw him leave without singing another contract. Punk, the current WWE champion has been stating since the summer that he is the best in the world, and even put it on a shirt which has sold just as much as any Cena merchandise. This obviously didn’t sit well with Chris Jericho who has been stating that for years.
Chris Jericho decided to involve himself in a match between Punk and Daniel Bryan, both brands respective champions. Jericho claimed all the talent in the WWE were just trying to be clones of him and were cheap imitation rip-offs of everything Jericho’s done. Read more
With all the hype around WrestleMania 28 I wanted to go ahead and fast forward and book WrestleMania 29 the way I’d like to see it play out.
CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Title match) – By this time next year I fully expect Dolph Ziggler to be main eventing on Raw and to be honest I could totally see him going into WM29 the WWE Champion. The matches that Dolph has already had with CM Punk have been great to say the least. The two have a good chemistry together and the styles mesh quite well. CM Punk would fit perfectly well into the veteran role against Dolph and be able to carry him through a top-notch WM match with ease. By then Dolph will be even more comfortable in the main event and with all the opportunities the two have had against each other, it will only seem natural. I would have Dolph as the heel w/ Vickie go into WM29 as the Champion. Punk would be going in to get revenge and regain his title with the crowd’s full support. This would a great place for CM Punk to win back the title and give him the WM title win. This could also signal the end for Dolph/Vickie as the final crack in the relationship if the two haven’t already moved on by this time next year.
“when it comes crushing down and it hurts inside”
Such a great title not only for my own life, but for what I want to discuss today! First off I want to thank those for being patient with me as I’ve been fairly ill for the last 3 weeks, and missed writing last week. It’s great to see that there’s so much talent at WR that no matter what there’s always something good to read, so I don’t feel too guilty except for disappointing my 2 biggest fans! (I love you mom and dad)
More to the point, I chose this subtitle after seeing a video of former Rocker member Marty Jannetty hit former ECW legend Balls Mahoney (yes, ECW legend) at an indy show with a controversial chair shot to the top/back of the head. If you have a chance, please watch the video on YouTube. Balls asked to get hit, taunts Jannetty a bit then bends over to take the chair shot. It seems Jannetty hit directly in a really bad spot on the head without having Balls’ back take some of the brunt. Read more
“Whining @ WrestleMania”
You see it happening, I do too. You watch Raw/Smackdown and see the matches develop. You go on Twitter and read peoples complaints. With all the negative starting to surround it, it’s hard not to pay attention to it. With the road to WrestleMania on its way and things slowly starting to fall into place, more and more it seems that wrestling fans are unhappy with the way WrestleMania is “looking” on paper. So much whining! Obviously not everyone is being negative about the booking so far and we all know it’s hard not to be sometimes due to the way WWE has been lately. I for one am starting to get excited for WrestleMania, even though we’ll be seeing a match that’s happened twice already and another match that was booted off last year’s Mania. In this write up I basically just want to go over the matches that have been booked already, or might be booked, and find the positives that could possibly come out of them. Obviously we can’t book WrestleMania, so we might as well enjoy the show that’s going to be put on for us.
In the most humble way possible I want to start off by saying it’s my birthday week! I myself personally don’t have much interest in celebrating birthdays, so instead I’ve decided to write about superstars who share the same birth month as me. That’s right, February…the shortest month of the year and frankly the corniest. The corny factor is due to its holidays, Groundhog Day(love it) and Valentine’s day(laaame). So here we go…famous wrestlers born in the month of FEBRUARY!
I first wanted to start off with Buddy Rogers. Born February 20, 1921, Buddy was the original “Nature Boy” in professional wrestling and also the first ever WWWF Champion. This fits perfectly in with the next performer that needs to be mentioned…Ric Flair!
Ric Flair, who was born on February 25, 1949, is one of the most popular superstars to ever come out of the business. Still somewhat active today in TNA, we’ve seen Flair hold almost every title in the business imaginable, and have some of the most memorable matches of the last century. I’m happy to share the same birth month with these legends, especially Ric Flair who I’ve grown up watching. I can’t actually pick a favorite Ric Flair moment, but the Rumble when he won the WWF Title was pretty epic. Also his WCW Horsemen run was quite epic, and I was able to catch the last few groupings of the stable before it crumbled. Read more
“The Name Game”
There have been some recent grumbles in the wrestling community lately, mostly from the fans about the names given to new up and comers who have been signed to WWEs FCW. There have always been corny and silly names in the wrestling world such as Bastion Booger, T.L. Hopper, Salvador Sincere and John Cena, but it seems to me since the start of NXT they’ve really been handing out the winners. The difference with these names is that most of them are made up real names. No one has a name like Undertaker or Sting or even Shock-Master. Perhaps the returning Skip Sheffield will be using the one world name “Ryback” when he makes his return, and I guess “Funkasaurus” was becoming a nickname. To me personally, I just want to be able to take someone seriously, and I also want them to acknowledge if the performer has history in his blood. It drives me absolutely insane that Joe Hennig can’t use his real name. The guy isn’t the greatest in the ring or mic yet, but he does have some pretty good skills. We keep hearing about how there’s no depth to characters and how they lack that certain piece of the puzzle. Wouldn’t it make more sense to call him Joe Hennig, push him as the son of Mr. Perfect and have Joe build his character that route? That would add 10 layers of depth right there…just acknowledging the fact that he has wrestling in his blood. I’m pretty sure more fans would invest more time in him as well if it were known he was a third generation superstar just like how Randy got his push.
The reason I wanted to bring up this subject is because since Chris Hero was hired by FCW, we’ve learnt his name in the WWE machine Read more
(Note from Ray. Hey guys, this is a site project called a ”Rambling Road To WrestleMania”, each Sunday we’ll provide a column related to WM. James has kicked it all off with this column, it’s very creative and old-school type booking. Next Sunday will be…well you gotta wait and see! They’ll be interviews, top 10 matches and much more! Hope you enjoy.)
How I would book it. CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho. WrestleMania 28
Starting at the Elimination Chamber, the feud between these two would finally get physical. CM Punk goes into the Elimination Chamber as WWE Champion, but after going through the match being on the offensive for the most part, he loses the title to a sneaky Chris Jericho who gets the win after taking advantage of a distracted CM Punk who had been teamed on all night by hungry competitors wanting to be champ. Elimination Chamber would go off the air with Jericho celebrating and calling himself the best in the world…. Read more
“theme music matters”
Over the years I’ve noticed one thing…theme music matters. Not only does it matter for the talent but also for the shows intros. Some have been able to pass the test of time and go on over decades, but for the most part talent usually gets a new theme or new remix every few years. Lately on twitter I’ve been seeing a huge rant from fans complaining about Wade Barrett’s new theme. Wade has said himself that he was so sick of his old music he never wanted to hear it again. It seems he’s happy with his new music, but if it doesn’t connect with fans will it only hurt his chances of being a top contender? Let’s not forget every time Raw and Smackdown get a make-over they also get new themes to go with it. Obviously music is a huge part of the show and as soon as a performers theme hits, the crowd knows whether they should be cheering or booing. Let’s take a look at some random WWE music which has touched all of these subjects in one way or another.
Show themes are meant to get us pumped up and excited for either Raw, Smackdown or whatever other 3rd rate show is being produced at the time. I must say when Raw had Read more