Posts Tagged ‘TNA’

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

New Age Outlaws Back To WWE?

February 23, 2008

Kip James (formerly known as Billy Gunn) and BG James (formerly known as Road Dogg) have been telling people that they may be going back to WWE. The tag team division in WWE is pretty thin and inexperienced right now, so it would make sense to add a veteran team like the former New Age Outlaws. These two guys still perform as well as they used to be.

Interestingly enough, TNA management has informed them that they’re free to leave if they wished.

One could expect the potential improvement to have of the tag team division in WWE. Afterall, The New Age Outlaws was one of the most reputable tag team in the 90s. Its affiliation to Degeneration X definitely could scale up storylines.

Off The MainStream: 3rd

February 19, 2008

Welcome to the third edition of Tuesday’s Off The Mainstream.

Well first up, the incest storyline have started between Paul Burchill and his sister Katie Lea on RAW. Vince has always wanted to do an incest angle for years. He once suggested to be the father of his daughter Stephanie’s baby. As revealed on the McMahon DVD, Stephanie turned down the story. It is said that the “return of the incest angle” was initiated by both Paul and Katie. Thankfully, they are not related by blood in reality.

Carlito’s youngest brother Eddie Colowill has debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling this past week. He’s been down there training for the past few weeks since leaving Puerto Rico. You can catch him in action here.

There have been recent rumors on Eminem joining WWE a few days ago. I chose not to report it then because i speculated that it would be some prank from some idiots (as always). Indeed, the spokeperson of Eminem have cleared these speculations. Recently, there have been similar case happening to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. An impersonator claimed that Dwayne obtained gifts and memorabilia from Manchester Football club. The impersonator has been sued for fraud charges.

Well speaking of The Rock, he recently appeared with Orlando Jones and the Governator, Arnold Schwartzenegger at a banquet in Beverly Hills. They got together to commemorate the 8 year partnership between Audemars Piguet and Afterschool All-stars. You can view the pictures here.

WWE has announced that effective from 2010, Mattel will become the exclusive toy licensee covering all global territories upon the expiration of their current toy license with JAKKS Pacific Inc. JAKKS Pacific Inc. has also announced that effective 2010 they will become the exclusive toy licensee for TNA Wrestling. The TNA Vs WWE war is brewing unknowingly.

The Million Dollar Man’s son, DiBiase Jr, who is currently under Florida Champion Wrestling (FCW) was arrested recently for driving under the influence in Hillsborough County, Florida

Gregory Shane Helms of Smackdown, aka. Hurricane Helms has done an interesting interview with Marvel.com recently. Quite interesting read up on how Helms is so in love with Marvel’s comics. You can view the interview here. I have also updated Helm’s official blog here at WrestlingMAT.

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.

Hustle Update!

February 17, 2008

It’s always interesting to slip into the creative mind of Paul Heyman and get to know about his ideas, criticism, bold and yet accurate predication that no one has in the world of wrestling. The Sun, has recently tie up with Paul with another controversial interview. In any case, if it is not controversial, it is not Paul.

What do you think of Raw, Smackdown and ECW? What makes you scream and shout, in front of a WWE TV?

I don’t get emotionally involved like that any more because I lost enough hair and gained enough weight worrying about these things when I was working there.

So now, I can just sit back and enjoy it for what it is — and that is the public vehicle given to the networks to sell ad time for a thriving corporation, designed in part to satisfy the network’s criteria for paying the license fees, coupled with the need to promote, promote, promote. Vince McMahon’s theory and implementation of television is a fascinating study.

So do you think Stephanie will take over the WWE from Vince rather than her brother Shane?

I have my own conspiracy theory on this and I know some people won’t take it seriously because sometimes I don’t take it seriously. The theory is that Vince envisions himself running WWE well into his 90s, bypassing the Stephanie/Shane generation and going forward with the succession to Shane’s sons because then it’s a McMahon running the company.

Stephanie, who is far more publicly visible than her brother, has the boost of running the creative and talent ends, which is what most of the public sees. Stephanie will drive the product.

Shane, who has made and cultivated and nurtured new business relationships and explored new mediums and platforms and applications, grooms the next generation.

It’s the same deal that is going on right now with The Royal Family — The Queen is staying alive so Prince Charles doesn’t get the throne!

You talked about WWE being the dominant brand earlier — do you think rival American wrestling group TNA could ever challenge that?

I think TNA has a major hurdle to overcome — and that’s the fact that they have no BRAND. There’s no one on that roster that is branded TNA.

You look at Kurt Angle and you think WWE. You look at Booker T and you relate to, five-time, five-time, five-time WCW champ. You look at The Dudleys and you will think ECW or WWE or even tables.

You look at Samoa Joe, who should be the TNA guy, and you think this guy’s great, when’s he going to WWE. Are there hot moments? Sure. Are there personalities to like? Sure. Is there a good work rate? Sure. But there is no TNA style, TNA persona or TNA brand.

They had an opportunity to do this with the X Division, which is a totally unique concept you don’t see anywhere else in wrestling, MMA or sports entertainment.

That could have been their version of what UFC did with the Octagon but they diminished the effectiveness of their own creation.

They had a totally different and unique look and presentation, and then tossed it aside like it was just another gimmick.

For the life of me I can’t understand why.

Alright, a couple of days before the big Heyman Hustle launch can you tell us a bit about what it will involve?

Well, we had everything planned for the first episode.

This is a total improved situation which, I must confess, is 10 times the adrenalin rush and a much more exhilarating evening of production in the most sensory-heightening part of the greatest city on earth — Times Square, New York City.

One hour to go. What do we do? What the f*** do you think we did?

We did a Hustle.

For more information on the interview, you can view it here. You can view the updated Heyman Hustle commercial 4 here as well.

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

Off The MainStream: 2nd

February 12, 2008

If you are wondering where is RAW’s DAMM nice man, Ron Simmons, he has recently took up WWE’s rehab offer. Simmons is currently staying at a rehab center in Atlanta along with Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall. Just earlier today, Jake has expressed his gratitude to the company. I’ve updated his blog link at WM.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are expecting their 2nd child sometime this summer. The couple already have a baby daughter together. Current WWE Champion, Randy Orton is also expecting to be a dad for the first time. With Cena taking over, it would be a good time for him to take a break for his family.

WrestlingMAT has learned that AAA is trying to sign Booker T and Rob Van Dam for a huge show next month. AAA, which is one of the top wrestling promotions in Mexico, really wants both superstars to make an appearance at the Rey de Reyes show in Monterrey. Ron Killings would be there too.

WWE will be expanding to the China market soon, which will be good news for Asian wrestling fans. Recently they received a prestigious award for its community outreach in China. They have also signed Miss China, Angela Fong to WWE. She will report to Floria Championship Wrestling first before debuting in main rosters.

Kurt Angle recently discussed how WWE like to over work talents on a Radio talkshow. Angle also said that when he worked for WWE that he would only get to come home about five days in a month. Then they asked him about Brock Lesnar and Kurt surprisingly semi-complimented him by saying he was a good in ring competitor but then stated that he was a “mental midget,” claiming Lesnar could not do well under pressure. Apparently, Lesnar has been cool about this.

Lexi Pillman, step daughter of the late Brian Pillman is close to making her wrestling debut. Kind of interesting that she would choose to join the wrestling business given that she have good paper qualifications.

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.

DVD Unleashed

February 6, 2008

And here’s the bombshell, within the next 24 hours, WrestlingMAT challenge you to break the record of a thousand viewers.

Once it is done, simply email us your answer to this question

“What is WrestlingMAT’s newest campaign about?”

The best answer will stand a chance to win a newest and baddest dvd, The Legacy Of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Free delivery to anyone and anywhere!

Well speaking of dvd releases, here are the updated WWE DVD releases in 2008

* HHH: King of Kings, March 25th
* Evolution of the Hardys, May 6th
* The Rock, June 3rd
* Best of Starrcade, July 8th
* Life & Times of Mr. Perfect, September 9th
* Complete Hell (Hell in a Cell anthology), October 7th
* Edge, November 4th

WWE has decided not to go forward with the creation of a Randy Savage and Sting DVD in the near future. Mcmahon is still on bad terms with Savage, and Sting just signed with TNA, so that idea is off limit now. There are talks to create a Shane Mcmahon DVD as well as one for CM Punk.

WrestlingMAT Speaks Out & More!

February 6, 2008

As we are ushering into a new CNY and the recent “Get You Talking Campaign” launched, WrestlingMAT sat down with our founder, Scott.TA and get him talking about the upcoming Wrestlemania 24, as well as his new publicity manager and more!

So Scott, tell us us more about yourself: I am a broadcast mass media student in Singapore. I’ve been watching wrestling ever since I was 7, and it has been almost 13 years now. I love wrestling because of its unique entertaining style; it is something so violent perceived by others but yet when you immersed with it, it’s so addictive.

What’s your views on the current wrestling business: (thinking really hard) I think we passed the prime of wrestling but we might be reaching another. WWE has been so powerful that it almost stomped any mainstream competitors. In business view, the monopoly company is sure good for itself while in our consumer view, definitely, it driven out creativity and excitement.

Alright, let’s cut down straight, why made you want to set up WrestlingMAT:
I always wanted to have a say in wrestling. My distant dream is to be a creative writer for the company and/or commentator. In Singapore, when you said that to anyone, the likely response you will get is (laughs) “Get REAL kid!”

So how far has WrestlingMAT gone: Setting up this site has been awesome. We have good responses, faithful viewers who dropped by everyday. I would like to thank them personally. I can said that setting up this site has been time consuming, most of my free time has been drained out. But then, it’s what i like no no it’s what I love to do. I remember a couple of weeks ago, I was hosptialized and WrestlingMAT have to put on hold. The only thing that was going through my mind was, damm i need to be back for them.

Was there any part of you that admire any wrestlers: When I started as a kid, Shawn Michael has been my favorite. I remember his classic ladder match and the night when his boyhood dream has came through. And came the great one, The Rock. He was simply electrifying. He was so entertaining that I hardly remember anyone who had surpassed him. Currently, my pick would be Taker. I have a lot of respect for him. It was a gradually thing that made me come to realisation that this man is not just a deadman. This man is loyal, smart and dedicated.

Now the attention, let’s talk about your new publicity manager: Well~ it is my pleasure to announce a new member to our team, his name is JH and he has been a close friend of mine. We are expanding so it’s good.

So what’s to come for WM: With JH around, we will then look at the picture and see how far we can grab audience here. Next week, we will be doing a Valentine Specials which is something i find it really interesting. Also, to celebrate the CNY, today we will be dropping a big bombshell to our viewers tonight. So be sure to come back in hours time.

Enough of WM, let’s talk about Wrestlemania: Hmm.. i don’t think this Wrestlemania would surpass some of my favorite ones. I would said things are getting monotonous. We have really great potential storylines but we are not heading there. No one actually contemplated a Batista/Cena match which is quite sad. To run JBL and Y2J for so long really burnt the anticipation in us.

What about TNA: I am not a fan of TNA yet but I love what they are doing and where they are heading. TNA Vs WWE should be coming. I am actually rooting for TNA to knock some sense in WWE.

Closing Thoughts: If you are smelllllllllllllll~what (laugh) (laugh) (laugh) Hahahaha!