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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.

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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.

Rey Mysterio Update

February 24, 2008

As of today, Rey Mysterio have been confirmed to be out of action for at least 6 months. However, he could still pull a Cena’s like angle and come back soon enough. In fact, Mysterio would be heading home for a recovery period of weeks before making a little surprise and possible interference at Wrestlemania on the Big Show/Floyd Mayweather match.

Management is also considering giving Mysterio an on-screen character on either Smackdown/ECW. A lot of fans have been calling this injury a “blessing in disguise” as Rey Mysterio had been losing momentum during his feud over the past months. Having him off action for a few months could help to rejuvenate his character and give another appeal of what Mysterio can do for the show beside the usual flying around.

His recently separated wife also appeared very concerned over his condition, and this could mean an improved situation for Mysterio on his personal life.

After browsing through the roster and factoring in the possibility that Rey Mysterio won’t be out for the full six months, the Smackdown main event scene should do just fine. The draft lottery is coming soon after Mania and management could possibly just moved either Jericho/Jeff to the brand.

On a last note, there seems to be some confusion over when Mysterio surgery was taken place. Many of you might forget that Smackdown is taped on Tuesday nights and aired on Friday nights, so in another word, it is not live.

Today’s column will be on the past moments of Wrestlemania so be sure to check back soon enough.

A Matt/Jeff Story

February 21, 2008

Amazon.com has updated their pre-order of the two-disc DVD set on Matt/Jeff Hardy. It would be released on 29 April, you can view the promotional poster here.

Speaking of this highly anticipated video, Matt Hardy has posted his own preview on his blog which have been updated here at WrestlingMAT.

“Now that I’ve had the chance to watch both DVDs a few times-here’s more info for you guys and gals. There is one DVD dedicated to me. It cover all my roads traveled in the WWE, as well as the early Hardy Boyz days to catch everyone up to speed. It covers splitting with Jeff, Version One, Mattitude, The Edge-Lita-Matt controversy, the MVP-Matt saga, and a bunch, bunch more. It’s got several awesome extras and Easter Eggs on in. The Core Group of Matt, Jeff, Shane, and Shannon also have a couple of segments on the disc. Plus, there’s several of my greatest matches.”

“Jeff has a disc dedicated to him as well. It covers Jeff’s very memorable ordeals with Triple H and the Undertaker, as well as those matches. The DVD also goes into great detail about Jeff leaving and then returning to the WWE. It also includes several exclusive Jeff extras and Easter Eggs, as well as several of Jeff’s greatest matches.”

I stumbled upon Jeff’s official blog as well. It’s one of the most unique blog I ever seen. Nothing to do with wrestling, just Jeff, unique or special you would like to call him, his blog have been updated here at WrestlingMAT as well.

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.

No Way Out 2008 Video Listings

February 19, 2008

Well in case you missed the amazing show of No Way Out Last Sunday, here are the video listing for the PPV. FOC STREAMING!

No Way Out Part One

No Way Out Part Two

No Way Out Part Three

No Way Out Part Four

No Way Out Part Five

No Way Out Part Six

And that will be an hour of enjoyment. Check back in a few hours time for more parts of the show!

***** Updated*****

No Way Out Part Seven

No Way Out Part Eight

No Way Out Part Nine

No Way Out Part Ten

 

***** Final Update*****

No Way Out Part Eleven

No Way Out Part Twelve

No Way Out Part Thirteen

No Way Out Part Fourteen

No Way Out Part Fifteen

No Way Out Part Sixteen

No Way Out Part Seventeen

 

Chained Up For The Chain Gang

February 18, 2008

The creative team might not pull the punch in the storylines, but hell, I have to admit they are full of surprises. Well guys, pardon me for this late update today. I was sitting for my media examination, which I’ve been muggling for days.

Anyway back to the topic! I got the results out for No Way Out but haven’t been able to watch it yet. With Orton loss to Cena through a DQ, it is likely that an angle between Cena, Triple H and Orton will continue. This will set up huge ground for Cena to win the title at Mania.

It is said that the writers are considering putting Jeff into the title chase as well but no words have been confirmed. Wrestlemania 24 is 42 days away and that means Randy can hold the title till then. Initially, Randy was complaining that his spot light was not bright and long enough. Till Mania, he would hold the title for 170+ days, and that makes him second only to Cena’s title reign for their generation, beating Brock Lesnar and Edge. Bet he is grinning somewhere now.

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.

Valentine Frenzy – Pick A Date

February 14, 2008

Love itself is complicated. It get worse when you stole someone else partner. It get better if you date an ex-wife. It get controversial if you date a guy. Today, WrestlingMAT take a Valentine Day snapshot at many current WWE superstars and alumni and see how things are going in their love lives.

1/ Without this couple, there wouldn’t be a WWE. Today let’s honor the top wrestling promoters, Vince/Linda Mcmahon. The two met in church when Linda was 13 and Vince was 16. This would be their 42nd Valentine anniversary.

2/ Call em famous or infamous, Triple H/Stephanie marriage has skyrocketed both their career. Both are dominance in their own areas. They are expecting a second child this summer.

3/ Shane Mcmahon married his high school sweetheart Marissa Mazzola on September 14, 1996. Shane has stated that Marissa was the only girlfriend he ever had. Together they have two sons, Declan James (4 yrs old) and Kenyon Jesse (2 yrs old). Marriage is still going strong.

4/ Undertaker have two wives. He first married Jodi Lynn in 1989, and they had a son named Gunner (15 yrs old). Then he married Sara and have two daughters Chasey (6 yrs old) and Gracie (3 yrs old)

5/ Kane is married to Maurisa Jacobs and have two step-daughters. He never had a kid of his own.

6/ CM Punk has reported dating RAW’s Maria for a few months. The relationship was going strong for a few months before his move to ECW. He is now single and available.

7/ Charlie Haas married wrestler, Jackie Gayda 3 years ago. He became a father in 2006.

8/ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997, a day after his 25th birthday. They have a daughter together at 2001. Late last year, they split up on mutual agreement.

9/ Loudmouth Ken Kennedy recently wed his high school sweetheart, Shawn Trebnick. This would be their first, married Valentine together.

10/ Shawn Michael is married to former WCW Nitro Girl, Rebecca Hickenbottom. Together they have a son (8 yrs old) and a daugther (4 yrs old). Shawn is said to be facing up and downs with Rebecca in their early days. Now, things seem bliss.

11/ Edge have been married on two occasions. He was originally married to Alanah Morley, Val Venis’s Sister and then allegely stole Matt’s Gf, Lita. They ended up in divorce due to public’s heavy pressure.

12/ Whether on screen or not, Matt Hardy has been a dedicated boyfriend to his 6 years relationship with Lita. After Lita’s betrayal, Matt took a long period of time to recover. He is currently seeing RAW’s Ashley Massaro.

13/ His brother, Jeff is said to be currently dating a woman that is outside of the wrestling business.

14/ With Matt and Edge departure, Lita is currently seeing Shane Morton, her Luchagors bandmate.

15/ John Morrison was in a long term relationship with Melina Perez, his former on screen manager. The pair met during auditions for Tough Enough III, although she didn’t make the show. Currently, Morrison is said to be dating someone in the Hollywood. Suit his gimmick isn’t it?

16/ Batista was married to a woman named Glenda in the early 1990’s and had two daughters with her, Keilana (18 yrs old) and Athena (16 yrs old). He was divorced and is currently dating RAW’s Melina Perez.

17/ Randy Orton married his longtime girlfriend, Samantha Speno last year. They are expecting a child this summer.

18/ John Cena and his longtime girlfriend is set to get married this year but an unexpected event caused the couple to break up recently. With his eligibility, he should have no problem finding a suitor.

19/ Rob Van Dam met his wife, Sonya, at a ringside event a couple of years ago. They dated and got married recently.

20/ Not much word have been said about Smackdown First Voice’ Michael Cole. It seems that the 40 yr old commentator is still single.

21/ Joey Styles is married to a woman named Janice and have a two year old daughter.

22/ RAW’s hotchick, Candice Michelle has been married to Dr. Ken Gee Ehrlich, a West Los Angeles chiropractor in 2005.

23/ The 21 yrs old, Kelly Kelly is currently in a relationship with retired wrestler Andrew “Test” Martin.

24/ Michelle Mccool is said to be involved in a rendezvous relationship with a “married, experienced wrestler from Smackdown” He goes by the slogan, “This Is My Yard”

25/ John Bradshaw Layfield is married to Meredith Whitney, executive director of CIBC World Markets. It is no wonder why he lives in a penthouse.

26/Potential Family Man, Jericho’s is married to a woman named Jessica Lee Lockhart, with whom he has a son, Ash Edward Irvine (5 yrs old) and a twin daughter (2 yrs old)

27/ Chavo is married and have 2 sons. His wife is named Susan, and they have been married since 1998.

28/ Lillian García was previously married, but is now divorced. She announced that she is dating a “nice guy outside of wrestling”

29/ The very cool man, Carlito is not that cool in his love life. He is still single and have not much rumor of dating around.

30/ Rey Mysterio has recently announced that he and his wife Angelica have separated. Together, they have two children, Dominik (who was involved in the Eddie Guerrero and Gutierrez storyline) and Aaliyah.

Wrestlemania 24 Update

February 11, 2008

WrestlingMAT is back with another update for the upcoming Wrestlemania.

The official theme song this year will be Snow “Hey Oh” by Red hot chilli peppers. This song won the Grammy last year, you can listen it here.

Vince has been very keen on the idea of having two faces headlining Wrestlemania, which is Triple H vs John Cena. Fans has expressed their concerns over Triple H’s troubling matters with his family. By and large, I can said, it would not affect his match at Mania.

Last year, Pop Princess, Britney Spears was actually approached to make an appearance at Mania 23. However she declined the invitation. It happened likewise for this year.

Hulk Hogan Vs Stone Cold should be unlikely to happen. Both men have personal tight schedule to follow, plus the lack of interest to do this match was also a compelling factor.

However, you can anticipate a Rock/Austin or Hogan/Austin promo to be cut at Mania this year.

Y2J/JBL and MVP/Matt Hardy match remained in the confirmation list.

Management has played down the Punk/Edge feud which means there could be a possible twist in the story. For Punk to win the title from Chavo at No Way Out is still 50-50. Writers has been getting heavy stress on who to place as Punk’s opponent at Wrestlemania if he were to win it next Sunday. Chavo remained the highest possible. Mysterio name also surfaced.

Both the writers and Vince are not keen to push Michaels for a win over Flair at Maina because of the fact that he was already an established star. They want young stars to have the moment, which means Batista or Orton remained high candidates now.

There are no much talks to change Undertaker/Edge match so it remained a high possible match. Edge/Vicki segment is likely to be put to an end as well.

The Mcmahon/Finlay/Hornswoggle angle is likely to involve the returing Big Show though words have not been confirmed.

As reported earlier, Jeff’s condition is getting worse and management has expressed their woes to put Jeff in a high profile/risk match at Mania. Therefore he is likely to just defend his I.C title. Having both Jeff/Matt to win the secondary titles of each brand is still something feasible.

As a whole, Vince has been commenting that despite a possible bad weather outbreak, the show will still go on.