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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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Superstar Lookback: Rowdy Roddy Piper

January 31, 2008

Roderick George Toombs is better known as a 54 year old, semi-retired wrestler, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. His achievement in the company was undeniable and amazing. Many youngster would not have much impression on him, other than the fact that he made a recent appearance on the 21st Royal Rumble.

When Roderick was young, he was the boy who never hit school. He had several heat with his family, especially his father then. Angered, he left home and join boxing and wrestling. Then, he was only 16 years old.

His career took flight in WWE in the mid 80s where he had many feud with Hogan, Snuka, and Andre The Giant. Vince was particularly fond of him, because of his amazing talking skills that made the first ever interview segment, The Piper’s Pit so successful.

His close ties with Vince make it hard for people to believe that they were at odds with each other in the late 90s. Piper departed to WCW, then rival of WWE because he felt he was underused. On the otherhand, Vince felt that it was time for Piper to help path the way for youngster. It was only till 3 years after WCW closure than they decided to let bygone be bygone.

Famous corporation such as MTV, and other reputable figure also tried to poach Roderick over. But he only made few appearances there. Even till today, Roderick is on the hot list. His filmography is long list, given that he is a wrestler. He was involved in 35 hollywood production, with Bloodstained Memoirs (2008) as his upcoming work.

Roderick also ventured into the realm of voice acting, appearing on Cartoon Network’s animated series Robot Chicken, as well as providing the voice of The Pyro Messiah in the Night Traveler multimedia adventure series produced by Lunar Moth Entertainment.

He and his wife, Kitty live in Hillsboro, Oregon, and have four children; daughters Anastacia, Ariel Tiel, and Fallon Danica and son Colton. Anastacia has a child, making Piper a grandfather. He is one role model that live life to the fullest, despite having no paper qualification. As quoted by him “”Just when you think you know the answers, I change the questions” Life is like that.