Posts Tagged ‘Bobby Lashley’

Off The MainStream: 4th

February 26, 2008

Gorgeous Smackdown’s Diva, Victoria have recently ventured into custom car making. At a tender age, she’s has been avid about driving and cars. She has recently made this announcement on her blog, which have been updated here at WrestlingMAT

It must be nice to be able to sit at home, receive hefty WWE paycheck without doing anything – and that’s what Bobby Lashley is getting now. As part of the agreement on his release, WWE has agreed to pay Bobby Lashley his full contract until the end of May. In exchange, Bobby Lashley will not be allowed to jump to TNA during this period of time.

Well apparently, when you type in “Steroids” on Google.com, a photo of Batista is the first thing that show up. Ahem.

The Great Khali’s translator/manager, Ranjin Singh, is going to be off television for some time. Singh sustained a fractured patella after he was kicked from the entrance of the Elimination Chamber to the ground by Undertaker at No Way Out, this past Sunday. No word have been confirmed whether his character will be written off the storylines.

WWE’s internet marketing department have been rather aggressive lately. WWE now has official accounts on YouTube, Flickr and Facebook. You can see their YouTube page here, Flickr here and Facebook here. They’re branding their pages as the “WWE Fan Nation.” Quite a good move to engage the fans around the world.

Marty Jannetty was among the many wrestling names at the recent WrestleSlam UK convention. Jannetty stated to the press that nowadays people in WWE are being brought up way too soon and put into positions they’re not ready for. Jannetty used Mr Kennedy as an example. Furthermore, Jannetty stated that Shawn Michaels backs up his claim on Kennedy whenever the two talk. Kennedy is also rather unpopular among most of the senior wrestlers.

MVP’s reign as the United States Champion have recently crossed 282 days mark. This segment him as one of the 5 longest reigning U.S Champion, beating notable names such as Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Sting and Stone Cold. By far, he is the longest reigning US champion of his generation. *Applaud*

Right now the news are hot with Divas on WWE/Playboy. A while back, “CW11 News” in New York City did a segment where they interviewed 3 Hooters girls who had previously posed for Playboy. One of the girls, Beverly Mullins, mentioned that she will be heading to WWE. You can view the video segment here. Mullins is not the only Playboy model under a WWE developmental contract right now, former Diva Search contestant and Playboy model, Taryn Terrell is also in. I’ve updated her blog here at WrestlingMAT

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!

Wrestlemania 24 Update 3.0

February 20, 2008

With the Wrestlemania plan changing 24/7, WrestlingMAT is back with another post on it.

Right now, as mentioned earlier, these are the confirmed matches for Mania:

Undertaker Vs Edge (World Heavyweight Championship)

John Cena Vs Triple H Vs Randy Orton (WWE Championship)

Now, the attention is set to Floyd Mayweather and The Big Show. While many speculated that this match would gain attention from the media, it looks like too much hopes were pinned. As always, Wrestlemania would be a grand daddy event for the company and external big stars would grace the event. In the past, Limp Bizkit, Motorhead, Donald Trump, Mike Tyson has generated plenty amount of interest in the product during their appearances. With Floyd already in, the management is now seeking to bring in another renowned boxer, Oscar de La Hoya. Shane Mcmahon name was also being tossed around. It would be interesting to see how things would go.

What about Flair? On the past Monday Night Raw, Shawn Michaels personally made the announcement that Ric Flair would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 24 this year. You can expect the induction to be involved heavily in the storyline. With that said, Batista and Kennedy name has been thrown out. It looks like HBK/Flair match at Mania is set.

Following the line, JBL seems to be involved in another programme this past week on RAW. Hopefully, the writers would not made any silly changes to the grudge match between Y2J/JBL. Though I have to said, the built up sucks, but it would completely be a waste of the two months efforts made.

Jeff Hardy has agreed to put his body on the line at Money In The Bank. He has personally agreed to do this match despite his troubling health matters. Writers will be penning down the “against all odds angle” for Jeff Hardy in months to come which narrates around how he fail and try, fail and try, fail and try, and finally succeeded.

WWE is also discussing an idea to bring back Kevin Federline in a celebrity battle royal match. He would be the focus of the match and would win the entire thing. This would definitely make some media coverage from the press.

Whether you believe it or not, Vince might be playing up Hornswoggle head injury. I am getting sluggish over what to come for this angle. I don’t look forward to Finlay Vs Vince, i mean pardon me for those Irish friends but this angle just doesn’t seems matching. Inside of me, my hunch is telling me that Finlay would eventually betray Hornswoggle for a higher secrecy that will be sold in weeks to come.

Chavo Guerrero should lose the title to Punk at Mania. Thing is, where would Punk go after this? Would he faced the same fate like Lashley and get stripped off his title due to the draft lottery?

Candice Michelle is receiving really good hype up promo. So be sure for her to feud with Beth Phoenix.

Writers are having second thoughts now for ushering Matt in a return conquest with MVP.

Batista, Kane, Mick Foley, Kennedy, Shelton, Big Daddy V, Mark Henry, Umaga are all good names with feud yet to be settled. A possible solution is to throw them all into the MIB with Jeff.

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.

Mysterio Injured!

February 15, 2008

I guess many should have heard the news by now that Rey Mysterio suffered an apparent biceps injury at last night’s SmackDown/ECW brand house show in Santiago, Chile.

He was teaming up with Kane against the Edgeheads (Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder). Rey Mysterio did manage to pull through and finish the match. After being evaluated by the WWE medical crew, Rey Mysterio flew back to the United States to see the renown Dr James Andrew for further examination. Dr James Andrew is the doctor that worked on John Cena, Triple H, and Bobby Lashley in the past.

The emphasis now is not on how he got injured but the complications to come. Mysterio is scheduled to wrestle Edge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at No Way Out, and a possible match with Punk at Wrestlemania 24. His injury is a double blow to the present, poor performing creative writers.

The possible solutions are narrated down to a few names. Right now, FCW, WWE’s development organization are keen to release Big Show back into action. Unless the management are willingly to allow Show to step over Edge and prepare to let Batista win the EC, this would set up a blockbuster match of Batista/Show World title match at Mania. Of course, the very “creative” team often would choose to take the conventional way. Slot someone in to fill Mysterio place this Sunday, such as Kane.

Jim Ross Update On CW, OVW & Lashley

February 9, 2008

Straight after the Ohio Valley Wrestling departure, the relationship between CW Network and WWE has broke down. This time around, it would be serious matter. CW Network has been hosting WWE’s Smackdown since its debut. After being on the air approximately 10 years on network at a prime time TV slot, the management must be fretting over which network to replace Smackdown. It is likely that NBC would take the role. As quoted from JR, “Bottom line, as Stone Cold Steve Austin would say, is that Smackdown will undoubtedly find a new home this Fall, while the compelling aspect of the matter is where and on what night? ”

JR also went on to talk about Ohio Valley Wrestling and WWE. “News of the WWE severing its ties with Ohio Valley Wrestling was met by yours truly with mixed emotions” He added “Nonetheless, OVW’s legacy will be that of helping to develop some of the WWE biggest stars of this generation and for that, Danny Davis and his crew, including trainer Al Snow, among others, should be commended” Personally, we agree on that, OVW afterall has been a big part for aspiring wrestler to reach the promise land.

Also, JR finally gave his comments on the departed wrestler, Bobby Lashley. “Knowing that Bobby had a monstrous 2007 financially and his apparent dislike for travel and/or sports entertainment, one could assume that the MMA world might be Lashley’s calling. No one knows, but Bobby, what he wants to do with his future and the rest of us are purely speculating”

JR then went on to talk about NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal, Hall of fame’s Sensational Sherri, Black History Month and WWE recent departure to Alaska. For full details on what he said, I have updated his blog on WM.

Tomorrow cover stories will be a Steve Austin interview on a possible comeback as well as a column on Rumble Winners as champ. So be sure to check back!

OVW & WWE Part Ways

February 8, 2008

World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) will no longer be affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment as an official developmental territory, making Florida Championship Wrestling™ (FCW™) WWE’s official development training facility for talent around the globe.

Over the weeks, the management team from WWE has been going on the firing rampant, axing at least 8 development talents off the list, including wrestling trainer, Al Snow. It has been one of the most sudden eruption coming from WWE since their ties with OHW has been going strong.

OVW has been a good school that created many talents including John Cena, Randy Orton, Mr. Kennedy, Bobby Lashley, Beth Phoenix, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Cody Rhodes, DH Smith, Jillian, Lance Cade, Meina, Maria, Mickie James, Paul London, The Highlanders, Santino Marella, Snitsky, Batista, Cherry, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Deuce & Domino, Festus & Jesse, Kenny Dykstra, Mark Henry, Michelle McCool, Victoria, Armando Estrada, The Boogeyman, CM Punk, Elijah Burke, John Morrison, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin & The Miz. Upon hearing this news, many of the alumni were in shock.

It was mentioned that high authoritive figures walked out of the boardroom with solemn resentment to the decision. But that’s business and that’s Vince.

For those who are unclear over FCW, it is a new training center, set up by WWE’s producer, Steve Kire for future WWE Superstars. The facility has four wrestling rings and approximately 35 contracted athletes, with plans to increase that number to more than 70 in the near future. The new training facility will also host a weekly show in front of a live audience, to be broadcast for regional television.

Coming from a WWE viewpoint, the good prospect FCW can give, makes no surprise for this decision. It is business overall.

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.

RR 08 Preview: Jeff/Orton

January 27, 2008

The second match i am looking forward to tonight’s Royal Rumble. Jeff has been tremendous, each week i see him, his skills get better, the fans get louder and his mic speech gets better. Orton on the other hand, as a champion hasn’t been much of a talk.

If Jeff were to win, who would his opponent be at Wrestlemaina? Triple H, Taker, Michaels? With Lashley possible departure, my pick now for Jeff is that he is likely to be the Wrestlemaina championship match as a contender and win it. The odds are even for this match, so it’s hard to say