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Column Of The Week: The Wrestlemania Moments

February 24, 2008

Wrestlemania is the grand daddy of wrestling not just in WWE. This is not an overstatement to glorify the event but more importantly of what it stands. In 5 weeks time, Wrestlemania will reach its 24th birthday (that’s even older than me) and it would be held at Florida. Over the years, we seen history, be a part of it and more so, shaped the way how Wrestlemania is today. Now, let’s us look at the ten moments of the 24 years luxurious legacy of Wrestlemania.

1/ Several celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire and Boyz II Men have sung “America the Beautiful” over the years at WrestleMania, but perhaps no rendition was more memorable than that of the late, great Ray Charles. Charles certainly set the tone for what turned out to be a spectacular night at WrestleMania II, a night that set the success of wrestling in America.

2/ Wrestlemania III of Hogan defending his WWE Championship against the undefeated Andre the Giant was arguably one of the most anticipated match in sports-entertainment history. The Eighth Wonder of the World vs the Pride Of American. Hogan miraculously lifted Andre in the air and slammed him down to the canvas in one of the most memorable moments in WWE history.

3/ The first Intercontinental and WWE Championship match was put into a main event match at WrestleMania VI between Hogan and Ultimate Warrior. Two brothers dubbed the Ultimate Challenge, and it certainly lived up to its billing. After missing his patented leg drop, Hogan was taken down by the Warrior after a big splash. Instead of being a sore loser following the defeat, Hogan grabbed what used to be his WWE Championship and gave it to Ultimate Warrior before embracing him in a true act of good sportsmanship.

4/ WrestleMania X will go down as one of the best WrestleManias in history, because of the first-ever Ladder Match between Shawn Michaels and Razor. There were several memorable moments during the match, but perhaps the most memorable was Michaels leaping off the top of ladder and landing a splash on Ramon. Ramon may have ended up winning the match, but Michaels soaring off the ladder is a visual that will be etched in the minds of WWE fans forever.

5/ Recorded as one of the worse “bloodbath” matches, the Stone Cold versus Bret Hart match at Wrestlemania 13 definitely set the tone as one of the most memorable moment. After a brutal match that saw Stone Cold badly busted open, Hart locked in the Sharpshooter. Stone Cold could not escape Hart’s clutches, but he refused to give up. Stone Cold eventually passed out from the pain, and although he lost, he left the ring to a standing ovation as the fans chanted his name.

6/ “Iron” Mike Tyson, the self proclaimed baddest man on the planet served as a guest referee of an epic battle between Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 15. Tyson initially aligned himself with Michaels and D-Generation X, but in the end, he turned on Michaels and counted 1-2-3 for Stone Cold marking the start of the Austin Era.

7/ At WrestleMania X-Seven, Stone Cold Steve Austin challenged The Rock for the WWE Championship. It was The Rattlesnake versus the Brahma Bull. The Hell-Raising versus The Electrifying. The stakes couldn’t get higher than this one. Two top faces in the business go at it one on one. In the end, Stone Cold enlisted the help of Mr. McMahon to defeat his nemesis and regain the WWE Championship. Everyone stood in mere shock when Austin shook Vince’s hand after his victory.

8/ After a long hiatus from WWE, Hogan returned with the nWo to wreak havoc. The Rock challenged him to an Icon vs. Icon Match at WrestleMania X8, and Hogan accepted. It’s not easy for a WWE Superstar to reach an iconic status. It’s even more rare that two icons meet in the same ring to go one on one, but that was exactly the case at WrestleMania X8. In one of those rare moments that transcends the event itself, the two Icons met in the middle of the ring, face to face, for the first time. The Toronto crowd went nuts cheering back and fore for both men. It concluded with a handshake between both men.

9/ At Wrestlemania XX, the crowd of Madison Square Garden were heart-warmed in sight to see both men, who worked so hard in this business, finally achieving the impossible, and that’s Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero. Following Benoit’s Triple Threat win over Triple H and Shawn Michaels, he celebrated in the ring with his best friend and WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero as they teared and hugged each other as the capacity crowd filled the arena with applauds.

10/ Perhaps the most heavily advertised match ever in the world of wrestling and that’s two billionaire going one on one at Wrestlemania 23. The Trump Vs Mcmahon match generated huge publicity from the media and eventually, Vince got his head shaved bald as Bobby Lashley, Donald Trump and Stone Cold stood hand in hand.

As we stood back and appreciate what has been done, Wrestlemania 24 will invades the Citrus Bowl, FL in 5 weeks time. Till then, see ya!

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Column Of The Week: My Way To The Highway

February 17, 2008

It started with a creative idea from Eric Bischoff and it evolved into a massive, high profiled match at Madison Square Garden on 2002. By far, 5 separate elimination chamber matches have torn 20 men apart. Tonight, the solid steel beams, thick vast of chain and ten tonnes of punishment will placed 12 men within its grasp. 3 brands, 2 matches, 2 winners, 1 night of glory.

Survivor Series 2002
The World Heavyweight Championship was on the line at the first Elimination Chamber. Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Kane, Chris Jericho, and Triple H all entered the steel chamber. A sweet chin music from Michaels hailed him back to the top with thunderous applaud crowning his success.

Summerslam 2003
The second EC participants were Triple H, Chris Jericho, Goldberg, Randy Orton, Kevin Nash, and Shawn Michaels. Goldberg was the man of the match before being ambushed by Triple H & his protege of evolution.

New Year’s Revolution 2005
Edge, Batista, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Triple H, and Randy Orton stepped into the 3rd Elimination Chamber to fight for a vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michael was the guest referee. This match will be remembered mainly for the fans cheering for Batista to turn on his Evolution teammate Triple H.

New Year’s Revolution 2006
Kurt Angle, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Chris Masters, and Carlito stepped into the cage to fight for John Cena’s WWE Heavyweight Championship. John Cena remained the top and after the match, Edge cashed in on his Money in the Bank award and captured the gold from the weakened Cena.

December to Dismember 2006
The Big Show put his ECW Heavyweight Championship on the line in the 5th Elimination Chamber. The challengers were CM Punk, Hardcore Holly, Rob Van Dam, Test, and Bobby Lashley. This match added unique hardcore elements of steel chair, crowbar, barbed wire, baseball bat, and tables. Bobby Lashley captures the title after eliminating Test and the Big Show.

No Way Out 2008 [RAW]
RAW’s Elimination Chamber will be hyped up with three experienced wrestlers heading to the match. Shawn Michaels will be at EC for his 5th time. Triple H and Chris Jericho will be entering for the 4th time. Triple H held the highest winner record in EC with two victory. Jeff/JBL/Umaga have never stepped into the EC before. The final push has been narrowed to two names, Jeff and Triple H. Triple H vows to be the man tonight and Jeff has built considerable amount of momentum to be able cash his victory.

No Way Out 2008 [ECW/SMACKDOWN]
Pretty new entrants for this side. Only Batista entered the EC before. Undertaker/Khali/Finlay/Big Daddy V/MVP are new to this match. With Mysterio possible departure, it would be interesting to see how things would turned out. Again, it has been to narrowed down to two names, its either Undertaker or Batista. My vote would definitely be with Taker since the original plan of Edge/Taker have not been changed.

Some interesting things to note, many who had competed in the EC have surprisingly high chances of leaving the company. Of all the 20 unique men who had entered, nearly half of them have left the company in some ways. This includes Booker T, RVD, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Chris Masters, Test & Bobby Lashley.

Since there are two EC matches in one night, be prepared for a short display of performances. (yes, booooooo~) The conservative nature of the management style have always been safe guarding its talent. Furthermore, the impending grand daddy, Wrestlemania, would require them to be around for good. So, with that said, enjoy the matches tonight! Short & Sweet.

Column Of The Week: Rumble Equals Champ

February 10, 2008

The Royal Rumble is a platform designed to escalate anyone into the main event spot at Wrestlemania. It is a given opportunity from the company to let stars become superstars. It has been almost 21 years since the beginning of this sporting extravaganza.

The question is, does a Rumble win equals to being a heavyweight champion? Let’s us analyze. If Vince decides to let you have the honor of winning the Rumble, it means he feels comfortable enough to market you. It means you will be use as an important tool to sell for the biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania.

In the past, that doesn’t equal to being a champion. But in recent years, it has become a more favorable position to slot you into the champion spot. Historically speaking, here are the results.

15 past Royal Rumble winners has been compared. It is concluded that a strong 70% chance of Rumble winners becoming a champ. With the last 8 years having consistent winning rate, we can conclude Cena’s chance with Randy as almost absolute victory.

The Backlash
Many of us are wondering why there is this tradition for Rumble winners to be the champ. The platform itself was set up to give a chance to face the champion at the grandest stage of em’ all. Not to walk out as a definite champion. More importantly, such tradition has killed the anticipation for the main event at Wrestlemania.

The Wrestlemania main event has been always the center of attention. It is The Beast vs The Monster, The Fire vs The Water, which makes us tear ourselves apart as to who to support. Now, it is almost definite that since Cena has won the Rumble, we are just merely waiting for a conclusion to come. Let’s picture this, you are watching a movie and you already know the ending. Such perception really burns the story into bits.

Creativity
Competition really equals to creativity in some extent for this company. If you look at the table, 2001 was the start of the monopoly of WWE and the fall of WCW. In other words, Vince no longer need to please the viewers with excitement. All he need is to please himself. As long as he see it fitting, thats the law. Fans across the globe has always been slamming wrestling creativity as one of the worse. The irony itself is that they are selling poor entertainment stories and yet we are still watching it. That’s definitely something to laugh at.

Personal Thoughts
Hopefully with TNA intense competition, it can spark some creativity juice to WWE. Major events such as Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania should be given much thoughts in the story before laying them down in black and white. In WWE, there have always been this saying “Never say Never”. I guess we can bleminshed it for now.

Column Of The Week: Why Lashley Why?

February 3, 2008

The most breaking news on January was Bobby Lashley Departure. He was the man, a multi-time champ and perhaps one of the most talented and good natured wrestler.

This was the guy that Vince McMahon built an entire brand (ECW) around him. This was the guy that Vince McMahon chose to put in the highest profile match at Wrestlemania last year. This was the guy that Vince was particularly fond of, who will be future hall of fame.

Now, this was also the guy who turned his back on the company.

Why Lashley Why?
There are a few reasons speculating his departure. Although Lashley only stated “that circumstances beyond his control has led to the departure”, we felt it was something more.

1) Bobby Lashley girlfriend, Kristall Marshall, a former Smackdown diva was released unknowingly by WWE late last year. Although there are no claims that she was the triggering factor, she remained a high possibility. It isn’t a mystery that Lashley is a Mr. Nice Guy who seems to be pushed around.

2) Too Stress To Be The Man
Very few people outside of WWE were aware that Bobby Lashley was unhappy. Then again, that’s not a surprise since very people inside the company weren’t aware either. To be the champ, you always have to overwork. That’s the key. Former WWE superstar, Kurt Angle, have also stressed his grievance on tight schedule of the company before.

3) Try New Things
Unlike other wrestlers, Lashley is fond of real style fighting. He is not grounded to wrestling because that’s an entertainment or that’s marketable. He is grounded to his interest. Lashley have always expressed interest to pick up other forms of fighting, so don’t be surprised if you see him elsewhere of wrestling.

Complications
Lashley was actually cleared off injury since December last year, the time where his gf was released. The company decided to hold him till Royal Rumble where he was supposed to return at no.30 instead of John Cena.

With that set, Lashley will then face Triple H at Wrestlemania. It would also mean, Triple H Vs Randy for the WWE Title at No Way Out, instead of participating in the Elimination Chamber. With heavy changes on the storylines for RAW, Smackdown also faced obstacles to push Taker to be with Edge at Wrestlemaina. Now, for the first time in WWE history, Both RAW and Smackdown will have EC on the same night. Guess it is something to look forward to.

With Lashley departure, words are going around backstage on who to replace Lashley. Right now, WWE are keen to push youngster such as Randy, Cena, Batista, CM Punk, Edge and Mysterio. It is likely that either Kennedy or Jeff would take his place.

Future
The official statement has still not been released by WWE. If you pray and believe in miracle, perhaps Lashley will not leave. Management team are going one by one to persuade Lashley to stay and that includes Shane Mcmahon. Now it is said that Vince, has personally gone down to see him.

Vince is trying to lure Lashley to sign on a reduced schedule contract, like Taker and Michaels. If Lashley insists to leave, it is likely that he would face the same contractual clause which forbids him to work for another wrestling company in a given time. Which means, either TNA or WWE wouldn’t get him.

That leaves him to join UFC, a renowned martial art organization. If so, fans will definitely turn their attention to UFC since Brock Lesnar has recently signed on. A Lesnar vs Lashley would sure set to be world class. The marketing value of that match would outweigh anything else, even bigger than Wrestlemania.

It is a pity that a well-groomed wrestler is leaving. Unlike many other wrestlers, Lashley’s fate in the company was good. He was given great chances to excel and never faced the fate of being an underdog.

The only thing i can comment is, perhaps the lack of ability to handle stress level is detrimental. Lashley is already 32 years old, but maturity comes with experience and not with age. Like Kurt, Lashley is more into wrestling than to entertainment. Maybe that’s why.

As a final note, WrestlingMAT would like to extend our well wishes to Bobby Lashley. May you enjoy success.

Column Of The Week: The 21st Royal Rumble

January 27, 2008

Tonight, the 30 man Royal Rumble will determine who is going to the highest spot of wrestling entertainment, the main event match with a heavyweight champion at Wrestlemaina. Over the years, superstars like Stone Cold, The Rock, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart have took the prize. There are also great talents like Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho and Kane who never had to chance a to be crowned the man. Let’s us look at some the potential winners for tonight, the 21st Royal Rumble.

Undertaker
Don’t be surprised if the Deadman wins the Rumble tonight. Management wanted to push Taker as the World Champion opponent, at Wrestlemaina. Whoever that might be, Taker/Edge could pull some stop. Undertaker has told the corporation that this could be his last few years in the company. A last strong push is well-deserved for Taker.

CM PUNK
Punk has dropped his title last Tuesday and that makes him a strong possible winner for this year, Royal Rumble. WWE.com has just removed Punk and Chavo match from the tonight event. A hunch is crawling somewhere that Punk sudden lost to Chavo is due to Lashley departure. Since Edge has been feuding with Punk lately, with Punk winning the Rumble and facing Edge at Wrestlemaina seems really feasible.

Triple H
Perhaps one of the most overrated superstar in the corporation. Triple H has used his powers to establish himself as the Game, not just to the fans but also to everyone backstage. Only his story is hype up this month, so I could say, he stands a high chance to win. He seems to be on a conquest for the heavyweight title again.

Batista
If management team were going for a safe bet that it is likely that Batista would win it and head to RAW. Raw Creative Team wanted to put him in a match against Randy Orton or Triple H. These men are protégé of the Evolution and the angle would easily lead from there. Furthermore, these men have feud since the Orton Lashback in 2004 and recent heat from Raw 15th Anniversary Show.


This year Royal Rumble should be a stick in the mud. What the creative team have done wrong was to placed too much hope on returning superstars. Cena is still on the recovery list. Lashley is going to quit. Big Show return might not be able to draw as much. RVD refused to come back YET.

It is even more annoying to learn that rising talents like Jeff Hardy, JBL, Mysterio, Y2J are involved in separate matches. Especially Jericho and Jeff who deserved to be pushed as Rumble winners instead of the potential winners.

CM Punk (Mystery Slot), Triple H, Batista and Undertaker now joins Umaga, Snitsky, Hardcore Holly, The Miz, Morrison, Hornswoggle, Foley, Kane, Noble, Finaly, Cody, Shelton Ben, Carlito, Santino, Shawn Michaels, Mark Henry, The Great Khali, Kennedy, Tommy Dreamer, Big Daddy V and Chuck Palumbo in the battle of tonight’s main event. This leaves 5 more mystery slots.

My personal support goes to Punk. Let’s see tonight show to find out!

RR 08 Preview: Mysterio/Edge

January 25, 2008

Mysterio and Edge match tonight will be the final blow before Rumble. Initially, I was thinking Mysterio might win big, reason being, his second title reign was long overdue. Edge screwed Punk’s title and Punk screwed Edge’s title seems justifiable. However, Edge has been duly upset over the duration of his past two heavyweight champion. Management team has been seeking to push Undertaker to feud with one of them, so its hard to say. Judging from the snapshot, my pick would be Edge.

Column Of The Week: Will Cena Still Suck?

January 13, 2008

John Cena is perhaps of the most high profile wrestler on RAW. Cena’s success on the wrestling ring, his acting career and even as a controversial white rapper has made him a popular figure of the mainstream.

A few months ago, Cena was injured by Kennedy but was announced that it was caused by Randy. The rumor has sparked recently that Cena is recovering better than the usual and the management team is hoping to push him to be at the upcoming Wrestlemaina. He even appeared on last week RAW taping. Right now, his return could spell both good and bad news. Judging from the heat Cena had received, the writers should learn their lesson and make Cena as Cena.

His Return

#1 The first stop he could be is likely at the the upcoming Royal Rumble. If writer are willingly to let him take a risk and head for the main event, Randy/Cena match could pull some stop. Afterall, the feud did not really have an eventful ending as it is supposed to be.

#2 Will Cena be the champ? It is likely he will receive another run within this year but not anytime soon. WWE has recently announced that Cena will be at starring as the main lead in the upcoming film, 12 Rounds produced by the company. Details have not yet been confirmed but it should start shooting during Feb.

#3 Cena/Y2J feud should spark some action. According to the storyline, Jericho was retired by Cena two years ago. After feuding with JBL, Jericho is likely to head to the main event and feud with Cena. It should be interesting to see two strong faces going around.

#4 Vince has been fond of Cena because Cena has been a good wrestler; loyal, determined and willingly to work. You hardly hear any news of Cena complaining of tight schedule or the heavy stress level from the company. Like many other wrestlers who was in Vince fancy list (Brock, Kurt, Austin, Undertaker, Mick Foley), Cena return could take him off the champ light and feud him with Vince to root his spot among the fans

2008 should be a pleasant year for Cena lovers and haters. John Cena should be involved in strong grudge matches that will established him as a top player. The boos might go on for him, but his success will continue to mount within the company.

Column Of The Week: WWE 2008

January 6, 2008

2008 should be a great year for WWE. The organization has a vivid frequency of having the results of three years top, three years mid and three years down.

2008 would still be in the top scene.

For this year line-up, John Cena, Lashley, Matt and RVD are all set to return. That could mean interesting storylines coming up such as Cena/Batista, Batista/Lashley, or RVD/Punk. There is also thought for Triple H to return his world title conquest. Since JBL has transferred to RAW, a Triple H/JBL could pull some punch.

Flair is retiring and is going for an on screen character. Shawn health condition is deteriorating and that could mean a close stop to his career.

Stars that are likely to rise could be Jeff, Matt, Shelton and Kennedy. Jeff is heading towards the main event scene, and Matt is likely to escalate along with him. Both of them have been with WWE for almost ten years, and deserve to be pushed. Compared to 2001, a possible upcoming Matt/Jeff feud would prove be interesting.

Kennedy star power is likely to shift to ECW since RAW is flocking with too many superstars. Earlier last year, Kennedy won the Money In The Bank at Wrestlemaina but lost an excellent chance when he got injured. It’s high time for him to receive the torch.

If you catch last Tuesday, ECW. Tazz and Joey are giving hints that Shelton is likely to be the man for ECW. Personally, I love Shelton’s Gold gimmick. It’s quite good, and he is one of the best wrestler i ever seen. His push is long overdue, and this year could be payback time.

I wouldn’t pin my hope for Morrison though many said he would be the man this year. Morrison is rather unpopular among the management team and given the culture within the corporation, Morrison is likely to be pushed as a strong midcard wrestler.

The upcoming Royal Rumble is held at Madison Square Garden so be prepared to see good match up.

Wrestlemaina 24 has many returning superstars and that could mean fast and new feud coming up.

Management is seeking to bring back some of the ppv. Hopefully, King of The Ring and all time favourite, In Your House can make their triumph return back.

Also, look forward to good houseshow this year since many feud are waiting on the list.

Speaking of houseshow, The ECW brand is likely to expand. Right now, mid card is spear heading the show, many superstars such as Kennedy, Umaga, Kane should be flocking there. If that happens, the duration of the show is likely to extend.

This year draft lottery should be star-stunned. Even if the corporation is struck with long list of injury, many superstars are still likely to fill the place.

As you can see, 2008 should be a great year for WWE. There are so many angles writer can manipulate on.

Here’s a toast to WWE 2008!