Posts Tagged ‘Wrestlemania 24’

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 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.

Bastard Son’s Condition Worsen

February 22, 2008

Following JBL’s brutal attack on Hornswoggle during last Monday night’s RAW, doctors feared that he could have suffered a more severe trauma to his spine than initially expected.

At first, specialists believed that the nature and severity of Hornswoggle’s injuries were different and focused on other potential signs of trauma. When he showed little to no movement after 6-foot-6, 290-pound JBL repeatedly rammed the 4-foot frame of Mr. McMahon’s illegitimate son into a steel cage Monday night on Raw, physicians suspected that his back may have been broken.

However, as of Thursday morning, WWE.com reporters were told that Hornswoggle’s condition has begun to show slight signs of improvement. His mobility has been limited, but doctors say he has been able to wiggle several toes.

At this time, the doctors will continue their assessment throughout the evening and into the weekend. With additional testing, specialists hope to identify a more discernible recovery time for Hornswoggle. Hopefully he can make it to the upcoming Wrestlemania where he have a major role in the storyline with Vince/Finlay.

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.

The Flairing Interview

February 20, 2008

This interview was done a couple of weeks ago by a renowned press but I decided to keep the best for the last. And that is the stylin’, profilin’, limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’n’dealin’ son of a gun! Yeah, the 16-time world heavy champion, who, at fifty-nine years of age, is still putting on a show, still beading up a glow, and still the nature boy, Ric Flair.

On his retirement issue:
“My time is coming I guess, I mean I don’t know when that time’ll be exactly, it’s hard to know, especially when I’m wrestling every match right now and my career depends on it” – kayfabe to the end – “But there’ll be a time, and it may be soon”, when the Nature Boy’ll have to move away from competing”

So what would be next for Ric?
“I see myself as being a spokesperson for this company, I am moving in to that role, doing these sorts of interviews, taking time to talk to people, to promote this amazing company. I say this hand on heart, this company (WWE) is second to none, because it knows the way to sell.

He added that he’ll move to a role within the company outside of being in the ring. And Flair is not interested in going back to being an on-screen puppet that doesn’t wrestle. He is not interested in booking and/or being a road-agent. But he will be fostering talent. Though not merely as a guy giving advice, internally. Ric Flair wants to project.

On screen or not, we know that Ric is facing problems in his personal life – so what’s his take?
“I have had a lot of problems and a lot of it is in my head, I know that, I go out there and do my job and deliver. But it has been hard. And it’s a process I’ve been working through – And I’d like to write another book; writing was part of what helped me to get over some of those worries and fears”

His lookbacks on his luxurious career:
“You know, I can honestly say that I don’t have a favourite match or feud. I’ve had some great ones, and I think I can say that knowing that there’ll be people that will back me up. And yeah, the I Quit match with Terry was, well, you know yourself, it was epic. And of course everyone talks to me about the matches with Steamboat. And all of the matches with Funk, with Harley, you know they were all great. I am lucky when I look back because, you know, I can honestly say that I have no regrets. I’ve made mistakes. Sure. But I have no regrets”.

On a possible Hogan/Flair match:
“Well, you know, I see where you’re going, but for me, there was never any issue with Hogan, his work ethic always impressed me. He worked his butt off to help make wrestling so big, and he was out there through the 80s and the 90s, working 300 days a year, selling t-shirts, selling out arena and he worked hard. Full credit to him. [Still] I never said he was the greatest in-ring performer.”

Would he be the champ for the 17th time again?
“The only guy of any magnitude that is still on the scene that I have never gone one-on-one against properly and would love to is John Cena. But that’ll never happen now. We’re in different zones, career-wise, he’s on the up, I’m, I guess, winding down.”

Who will be the next Ric Flair?
“There will never be another Ric Flair…… ever”

We are heading towards the last phase of Ric’s wonderful and amazing career. While most fans are more interested to know who Ric will face at Wrestlemania, what’s more important is, he still can carry another “Woo” and this word will resound in our head, whether its now, or in years to come.

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.

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.

Mysterio Injury Update

February 15, 2008

Yesterday, we reported that Rey Mysterio has suffered a torn right bicepsin in a match in Santiago, Chile. Mysterio flew back to the U.S. to meet with Dr. James Andrews. He hasn’t had an MRI done. His mentality right now is that at all costs, he does not want to miss Wrestlemania, so if surgery is recommended, he’s going to have a major decision to make. His current physical condition would at least keep him out of action for 6 months.

Management team have been in constant contact with Mysterio. It is said that no pressure has been given on him to be at Mania. Afterall, the company doesn’t want to risk his health for a PPV. In the long run, Mysterio definitely worth much more. His recently separated wife appeared to be very concerned as well.

Kane, Mark Henry, Big Show & the returning Matt Hardy has been tossed around as a possible replacement.

Mysterio Injured!

February 15, 2008

I guess many should have heard the news by now that Rey Mysterio suffered an apparent biceps injury at last night’s SmackDown/ECW brand house show in Santiago, Chile.

He was teaming up with Kane against the Edgeheads (Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder). Rey Mysterio did manage to pull through and finish the match. After being evaluated by the WWE medical crew, Rey Mysterio flew back to the United States to see the renown Dr James Andrew for further examination. Dr James Andrew is the doctor that worked on John Cena, Triple H, and Bobby Lashley in the past.

The emphasis now is not on how he got injured but the complications to come. Mysterio is scheduled to wrestle Edge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at No Way Out, and a possible match with Punk at Wrestlemania 24. His injury is a double blow to the present, poor performing creative writers.

The possible solutions are narrated down to a few names. Right now, FCW, WWE’s development organization are keen to release Big Show back into action. Unless the management are willingly to allow Show to step over Edge and prepare to let Batista win the EC, this would set up a blockbuster match of Batista/Show World title match at Mania. Of course, the very “creative” team often would choose to take the conventional way. Slot someone in to fill Mysterio place this Sunday, such as Kane.