Posts Tagged ‘Hall Of Fame’

Jim Ross & The King On Ric Flair, Draft Lottery, IC Title & More

February 29, 2008

News-journal online’s Jeff Wilen recently sat down with good old Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler on Wrestlemania and upcoming events for WWE.

What are your impressions of the announce team of Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura and how they made WrestleManias 3, 4, 5 and 6 bigger and better?

JR: “I have always been a fan of both men’s work and was especially close to Monsoon, who became a mentor to me soon after I arrived in the WWE in 1993 when I was not considered a ‘popular hire.’ Monsoon always held his ground with the controversial Ventura, which made their on-air conflicts that much more entertaining back in the ’80s. Ventura could dominate a broadcast if he was allowed to but not with Gorilla. They meshed well, and ‘The Body’ still had plenty of opportunities to contribute in his own unique style. In my opinion, Monsoon’s best broadcast partner was Bobby Heenan, hands down, while Jesse probably worked best with Vince McMahon, but that’s not to say that the Gorilla/Body combo did not do an excellent job in the early days of WrestleMania.”

What are your best Wrestlemania moments?

King: “Every year, I think this is it — you’ll never be able to top this (and then we do).” I mentioned The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan. “That’s one of my all-time favorite matches (top three).”

Fans are anxiously anticipating Ric Flair’s Hall of Fame induction. Will Ric Flair literally ride Space Mountain at Disney World? Maybe we can expect a promo from there promoting his match against Shawn Michaels?

JR: “Flair will raise the bar as it relates to emotion and raw passion when he enters the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday night March 29 in the Amway Arena in Orlando, which no fan should miss if at all possible. I have said, and I mean it sincerely, even if I was not in the WWE, I would travel on my dime to see ‘Naitch’ take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame”

King: “I don’t think there’s anyone more deserving.”

It’s very likely, with Jeff Hardy in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WM 24, that the Intercontinental Championship won’t be defended at WM for the sixth consecutive year. Will this title ever mean something again, especially on the biggest stage of them all?

JR: “I think the IC Title means something now. Whether it is defended at WM 24 or not, the IC Title is the third most prestigious title in the WWE behind the WWE Title and the World’s Title. [notice the negligence on the ECW’s title] I do agree that there could be more focus surrounding the Intercontinental Title and the title could be featured much more than it is. Plus, one is assuming that Jeff Hardy will still be the IC Champion come WM 24”

Any chance we’ll see a WWE Draft after WM 24?

JR: “I assume that there is a chance, but I have heard nothing concrete about this matter. In 2008, I would rather see an influx of new, young talents make their debuts in an organized, systematic process rather than see the same established talents simply change addresses. I like the overall concept of the Draft, but I don’t know that it has to be a cut and dried, annual affair. Although it does generally garner a nice TV rating and helps rosters that have been depleted by injuries.”

For the full interview, you can view it here.

The Rock: “I am not coming back”

February 29, 2008

According to Pr-inside.com, The Rock is fed up with the wrestling demands. Here is the press release statment by The Rock.

The 35-year-old decided to part ways with World Wrestling Entertainment and pursue a career in Hollywood after “falling in love” with acting on the set of 2001’s The Mummy Returns. But the Scorpion King star insists he is still bombarded with queries as to when The Rock will return to the ring.

He says, “I probably wouldn’t get asked that question if I had made a bigger splash about my retirement. But I retired quietly five years ago. “I didn’t want it to be a grand exit, I just wanted to walk away, so I thanked everybody that I needed to thank, and did just that.”

Still, he could return to cut some promo for WWE, as he had did it last year for the Trump/Vince match. We will definitely look forward to more of these coming up.

Wrestlemania 4.0

February 27, 2008

Well in case you missed Wrestlemania earlier promotional video, you can find it here.

Also, Light It Up by Rev Theory have been recently added to this year Wrestlemania’s theme list. You can view it here.

OK, first start! What’s are the new updates for Mania?

Cena/Triple H/Randy Orton match have been hugely overshadowed by Mayweather/Show match. Which i find it personally kind of sad when the MAIN event is supposed to be the one that sells the most. In any case, wrestling fans are getting paranoid over Cena’s role in his new movie. I can strongly assured the fans that Cena role will not affect his match outcome at Mania.

Edge/Undertaker match is evolving something predictable as of late, but I love the reaction of how this feud is turning, especially when Taker is such a favorite.

Chavo/Punk feud is hitting the last phase smoothly. Frankly, I enjoyed their feud, each week.

Mayweather’s 20 million earning from Wrestlemania is getting huge attention from media of all areas. Expect him to appear in external interview shows in weeks to come. Big Show has been announced to be on the Smackdown roster but any brand would still cover this feud since it is the ATTENTION now. Rumors have sparked for Shane Mcmahon to be involved in some ways.

Shawn/Flair have been set. Legend Vs Legend. While many anticipate Ric Flair to lose, writers might hold Ric for a while longer. Now, that’s the killer. In any case, both of them squared off sometimes back in 2003/4’s Bad Blood PPV. Re-doing this match and hyping it to this extent is a bit blunt. Shawn is also expect to induct Ric Flair into the Hall Of Fame this year.

Y2J/JBL storyline have been canceled. It is said that Vince is behind this sudden change. He doesn’t like the way things are turning, especially the fans reaction to this tasteless grudge. Writers fault seriously.

As mentioned earlier, I knew Finlay is up to some secrecy. Now that they announced Finlay to be Hornswoggle’s dad. Things are definitely getting better. I am still trying to make sense over JBL/Vince vs. Hornswoggle/Finlay. It looks like a forcefully mixed dish to me. In any case, Hornswoggle/Mcmahon angle will set to end after Wrestlemania.

Poor Jericho. His return seems to be going down hill months after months. Now he is involved with Jeff/Shelton/Kennedy in the MITB.

Candice Michelle/Maria and The Glamazon & Melina. Typical of WWE to do at Wrestlemania but I am still looking forward to it. Puppies! (Jerry The King Lawler voice suddenly sounded in my head. Lol!)

Batista is said to be feuding with Umaga on the RAW Vs Smackdown angle.

There might be a huge tag team brawl involving Morrison/Miz, Jimmy/Shannon, Mark Henry/Daddy V, Curt Hawkins/Zack Ryder at Wrestlemania.

There are news leaked backstage that Matt Hardy is set to return this week on Smackdown. No words have been confirmed. If he do return, MVP is surely on his top list of rivalry.

Hogan/Austin name have not been added to this year Wrestlemania.

However, The Rock and Mick Foley might make an appearance. Speaking of The Rock, he would induct his grandfather and father at this year Hall Of Fame.

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.

Hogan/Bischoff Strike Back!

February 16, 2008

From dreams, to goal to reality. Hulk Hogan has enlisted Eric Bischoff’s hand to set up his very own wrestling federation. This wrestling federation is said to be one of the biggest investment ever laid on television network.

The first touch of this issue was delivered in the first edition of Superstar Lookback, which can be found here at WrestlingMAT.

As of present, Hogan and Bischoff are already in talks with one of the most, reputable televison network in the States. Though no words have been confirmed as to who would take the deal, many speculated that it would be NBC or CW.

Both Hogan and Bischoff are also in talks with lawyer regarding the branding, merchandising and licensing issues. Once they’re clear, they would made an official statement, which would be “really soon”.

“Wrestling is in my blood. It will always be a part of my life in some way. There are a lot of unhappy campers in the WWE and there are also a new breed of wrestlers that Vince McMahon hasn’t explored yet, that we have.” he added to The Sun.

His resounding actions and statements to create his own wrestling federation has indirectly cut off his ties with WWE. This would likely to include his Hall Of Fame status as well. But who cares about the name?

Indeed at a present snapshot, there are many problems in the hierarchy of the wrestling business. Management are concerned with personal gains, many performing wrestlers are undermined, tag team and lightheavy weight division are classified “gone case”, writers and creative team are blowing out their mind just to see a boring list of names being tossed around.

As soon as this federation starts, it will take on WWE and TNA. It would definitely be a remake of the classic war between WWF vs WCW vs ECW. With heavy lessons learnt previously, this time round more value would be at stake, more money, more business, more creativity and definitely more resounding attitudes.

With organisation going at throats, the best who stand to gain are still the wrestlers and us, the viewers. The climax storm is brewing, and soon enough, we will all be thrown in it.

Check back for tmr’s update on The Secrets Of The Elimination Chamber

The Rock To Make An Apperance At WM?

February 9, 2008

WrestlingMAT has learned that WWE has contacted the Rock once again about making an appearance at WM. WWE has been discussing the list of wrestlers who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Including Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Von Erichs, Ted DiBiase, Mae Young, Gordon Solie, Brisco Brothers, Rick Rude, Bob Uecker. Among those on the list this year are Rocky Johnson (Rock’s dad) and Peter Maivia (Rock’s grandfather). They want the Rock to induct both his father and grandfather.

WWE would love to have the Rock make an appearance at Wrestlemania. The event is being held in Florida this year, and the Rock just so happens to live in Florida. This has been a third attempt by WWE, with the first at last year WM 23 and the second at RAW 15th Anniversary.

The original plan for The Rock was to cut a promo with then returning John Cena. It seems that it have been taken out. Nonetheless, having The Rock cutting a promo alone is enough to make the fans go wild.

Recently, The Rock has been nominated Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Best Actor award. His competition for the awards include Eddie Murphy, Ice Cube, and Johnny Depp. The event will be hosted by comedian Jack Black. The award show will be held on March 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. That is the same weekend that Wrestlemania 24 will be held.

Superstar Lookback: Mr. Fuji

February 7, 2008

Harry Fujiwara is a former all time heel professional wrestler best known for his in ring name, Mr. Fuji. He was also known as one of the best entertaining manager that attributed to many wrestlers’ success, including Yokozuna.

His renowned trait includes throwing salt in the eyes of wrestlers. The meaning is said to be a way to invite good luck before the match. His solemn flag waving gesture was also memorable. Although he was billed as a Japanese, he is a Japanese-American born in Hawaii. Then, WWE has always wanted to create a different appeal of world-wide wrestling. Mr. Fuji was a typical stereotype of Asian.

At one time, he had a career in Hawaii with Peter Maivia’s Wrestling Hawaii. He was often associated with one of Hawaii’s biggest heels, Tor Kamata. He left the company for WWE in seek for better financial profits.

Beside the dollar exchange, Harry also had several wrestling achievements. Few people remember that Mr. Fuji actually held the WWE Tag Team Championship on five separate occasions with a number of different partners including Professor Toru Tanaka (3 times when the company was known as the WWWF), with one of their reigns being the third longest tag team title reign in the WWE/F/WF, and also Mr. Saito (twice when it was known as the WWF).

Fuji is one of the most respected tag team wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment history, having held one half of the World Tag Team titles longer than any other wrestler.

Throughout his regime, Mr. Fuji also managed several famous wrestlers including Cowboy Bob Orton, The Oriental Express, Kamala, Owen Hart and Yokozuna. He retired to the city of Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 59.

After which, he opened a training dojo out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, and Dandridge, Tennessee. It went burst due to the lack of trainees at 2001.

Mr. Fuji was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31, 2007 by Don Muraco. Mr. Fuji was also in a wheelchair at the time of the induction, due to 9 knee operations.

His career will be most remembered by different generations for different reasons, but one constant will be an indelible mark – Mr. Fuji, whether as a wrestler or manager, is one of the most successful performers ever to set foot in a WWE ring.