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Wrestlemania 24 Press Conference

February 26, 2008

LOS ANGELES – Earlier today at the WrestleMania XXIV press conference, the trail to the year’s biggest sports-entertainment spectacle heated up weeks before WWE dips south to Orlando, Fl, for the Granddaddy of Them All.

Rey Mysterio greeted and thanked our fans for their support and attendance. Though precluded from competition due to injury for the second straight WrestleMania, Mysterio promised that his torn right bicep would not keep him from coming back better than ever. The masked Superstar also vowed to help “Pretty Boy” Mayweather in preparing for his battle with the “World’s Largest Athlete.”

Out came “The Money” Mayweather. The “undisputed, undefeated” boxing champion told the world that he would take down Big Show – a man three times his size – on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Mayweather then cast wads of cold, hard cash to the Los Angelinos in attendance, explaining that he runs the show.

His BIG opponent then made his way to the stage moments later, sharing his own comments before tossing around furniture and taunting Mayweather. A fiery staredown between the two (with Mayweather standing on a table to meet Show at eye level) ended just before they came to blows when the WBC Welterweight Champion coolly – and rudely – disregarded the 7-footer’s bellows.

The press conference then took a turn toward the sexier side of WWE, as Divas Candice Michelle and Maria spiced things up in Hollywood this afternoon. In celebration of Maria posing in Playboy magazine, the pair of the Sexiest Women on Television announced their participation at WrestleMania: The first-ever Playboy BunnyMania Match.

Also, the daunting task of facing Undertaker and his 15-0 streak at WrestleMania, World Heavyweight Champion Edge snickered at the podium and asserted his bravado. Boasting that he would find a way past The Phenom to retain the title, the champion promised that “the streak comes to an end finally at the hands of the Rated-R Superstar.” The Deadman however did not appeared.

While reputations, grudge or streak are at stake, the WWE’s gold will also, of course, be on the line at WrestleMania XXIV.

At the press conference, WWE Champion Randy Orton claimed he would emerge from the Citrus Bowl with his title carefully couched in his arms, as the Legend Killer would also kill the hopes of his Raw challengers.

One of Orton’s two opponents, John Cena, intensely described his excitement for an event he was originally slated to miss due to a pectoral injury. In a Triple Threat encounter for the WWE Championship held by the Superstar who injured him, the title-focused Chain Gang Leader offered his own prophecy for March 30.

“My promise and my prediction,” Cena said, “is that history will be made at WrestleMania XXIV.”

In addition to the comments of both the WWE Champion and Cena, 11-time World Champion Triple H offered his emotion-fueled perspective on the Granddaddy of Them All.

“Last year, I was forced to sit on the sidelines,” Triple H explained. “That ate a hole in me. This year, The Game is back.”

Guaranteeing a show that no one else in the universe can put on, the King of Kings said the world will witness his return to his golden throne.

“We will find that soon enough LIVE, in 33 days time!” proclaimed Shane Mcmahon.

Here are some videos (John Cena’s appearance) (Mayweather/Big Show), you guys can enjoy from the press conference.

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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.

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

 

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.

Column Of The Week: Rumble Equals Champ

February 10, 2008

The Royal Rumble is a platform designed to escalate anyone into the main event spot at Wrestlemania. It is a given opportunity from the company to let stars become superstars. It has been almost 21 years since the beginning of this sporting extravaganza.

The question is, does a Rumble win equals to being a heavyweight champion? Let’s us analyze. If Vince decides to let you have the honor of winning the Rumble, it means he feels comfortable enough to market you. It means you will be use as an important tool to sell for the biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania.

In the past, that doesn’t equal to being a champion. But in recent years, it has become a more favorable position to slot you into the champion spot. Historically speaking, here are the results.

15 past Royal Rumble winners has been compared. It is concluded that a strong 70% chance of Rumble winners becoming a champ. With the last 8 years having consistent winning rate, we can conclude Cena’s chance with Randy as almost absolute victory.

The Backlash
Many of us are wondering why there is this tradition for Rumble winners to be the champ. The platform itself was set up to give a chance to face the champion at the grandest stage of em’ all. Not to walk out as a definite champion. More importantly, such tradition has killed the anticipation for the main event at Wrestlemania.

The Wrestlemania main event has been always the center of attention. It is The Beast vs The Monster, The Fire vs The Water, which makes us tear ourselves apart as to who to support. Now, it is almost definite that since Cena has won the Rumble, we are just merely waiting for a conclusion to come. Let’s picture this, you are watching a movie and you already know the ending. Such perception really burns the story into bits.

Creativity
Competition really equals to creativity in some extent for this company. If you look at the table, 2001 was the start of the monopoly of WWE and the fall of WCW. In other words, Vince no longer need to please the viewers with excitement. All he need is to please himself. As long as he see it fitting, thats the law. Fans across the globe has always been slamming wrestling creativity as one of the worse. The irony itself is that they are selling poor entertainment stories and yet we are still watching it. That’s definitely something to laugh at.

Personal Thoughts
Hopefully with TNA intense competition, it can spark some creativity juice to WWE. Major events such as Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania should be given much thoughts in the story before laying them down in black and white. In WWE, there have always been this saying “Never say Never”. I guess we can bleminshed it for now.

Present Plans For Wrestlemania 24

February 4, 2008

The promotional poster for Wrestlemania 24 is out, you can view it here.

There are several plans that would likely to happen in this year’s Mania. Of course these opinions are mere speculations and WWE has high tendacy to change their final card 24/7 to make sure everything fits.

SO, with that said, let’s turn out attention to No Way Out. First up, Triple H is likely to win the EC and face John Cena at Wrestlemania. Even so, the 11 time world heavyweight champion have not kept his mind off. It is said that he has been bootlicking backstage so he could walk out as the 12th time champion.

There should be some angle involving McMahon/Finlay/Hornswoggle. It looks sluggish so I wouldn’t pay my attention on it.

Who will retire Ric Flair? The three likely candidates are Shawn Michaels, Batista and Randy Orton. Shawn and Flair has been legends, it would be good to hype up a legend vs legend match. Batista on the otherhand has been fond of Flair. It was Flair who taught him to be the man. An Apprentice vs Master match really sounds feasible. Lastly, with Randy off the title, the legend killer ending Flair should pull some stop.

The World Title side would end up in both ways. Writers have been frustrated with the sudden twists in many stories due to Lashley possible departure. It is likely that Taker will face Edge at Wrestlemania or Batista vs Mysterio.

The feud between Matt Hardy and MVP will resume very soon. The reason why Matt Hardy has yet to return is to wait for an appropriate time to feud with MVP. He is cleared off all injuries at the moment.

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: Mysterio/Edge

January 25, 2008

Mysterio and Edge match tonight will be the final blow before Rumble. Initially, I was thinking Mysterio might win big, reason being, his second title reign was long overdue. Edge screwed Punk’s title and Punk screwed Edge’s title seems justifiable. However, Edge has been duly upset over the duration of his past two heavyweight champion. Management team has been seeking to push Undertaker to feud with one of them, so its hard to say. Judging from the snapshot, my pick would be Edge.