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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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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.

Off The MainStream: 1st

February 5, 2008

Welcome to the first ever, Off The Mainstream. This section is specially dedicated on every Tuesday to cover minor news that involves personal talk of the town. They are like the deserts, and not the main dish and hopefully it suits your taste, once in a while.

First up! Hulk Hogan’s American Gladiators has been renewed for a second season. American Gladiators is a competitive television program that matched a cast of amateur athletes against each other, as well as against the show’s own “gladiators”, in contests of strength and agility. Hulk Hogan will start taping the new episodes in March of this year. The episodes will then begin airing in July.

Torrie Wilson has recently admitted on “The Weekly Spice Dish” that she had suffered from anorexic before. She also gave a brief update on her back condition and also lashed out on people who undermined wrestling. “‘Oh, it’s may be just a show. But everything we do is very physical and very athletic. You have to be an athlete. I just had four big shots in my back for a nerve block.”

Several TNA and WWE stars are reported in attendance for Brock Lesnar’s recent UFC debut. Those who were spotted on camera include the Undertaker, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Kurt Angle. In particularly, Kurt Angle and the Undertaker had a pretty long conversation. On a personal note, I am amazed by UFC overall performance. *Note* Their matches are not cooked.

Philly radio personality Chris Booker has been quoted as saying in recent Philadelphia Daily News that WWE has offered Philadelphia’s news anchor, Alycia Lane an on-air role with the company. Lane was recently arrested after being accused of assaulting a female police officer and was charged with one felony count of assault. Subsquently, she was fired from KYW-TV.

WrestlingMAT has learned that Stone Cold Steve Austin recently had his name changed legally. Steve Williams has legally changed his to Steve Austin due to copyrights, trademarks, and other financially motivated reasons. We believe it woud be easier for him as well to penetrate into the Hollywood with an established name.

About two weeks ago, WrestlingMAT has promised an update on Vince’s appearance on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. You can view the teaser here and also Vince full boardroom appearance here.

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.

Vince Vs Trump At Apprentice

January 23, 2008

With Trump appearance at last year, Wrestlemaina 23. Vince is set to make several appearances on The Apprentice in the boardroom. Speaking of Vince and Trump, the real estate section of New York Daily News newspaper has recently featured Vince buying a new $4 million apartment at Trump’s Stanford, Connecticut luxury high-rise building Trump Parc.

Vince appearance on the Apprentice will be posted shortly, on WrestlingMAT.