Rhyno looks to prove his worth against #1 contender Finn Balor. The Vaudevillians return to action. And Eva Marie thinks twice about coming back to the NXT arena.
There is a hilarious interview segment in WWE’s 2005 DVD The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior that has Chris Jericho, Edge (who as a teenager attended Wrestlemania 6 and thus got to see The Ultimate Warrior wrestle Hulk Hogan), and Christian. The 3 modern-era WWE superstars talk about Warrior’s over-the-top frenetic, rambling stream-of consciousness promos and then deliver almost perfect imitations of those promos. Jericho notes that he and his friends would ask each other “did that make any sense?” “No, but it sounded kinda cool, so yay!” (more…)
The reason for any individual to be involved in the world of professional wrestling is to grab the brass ring, win the big one, become champion. To hold the championship means you are the best in the world at what you do, you are to be taken seriously, you are numero uno, and that every other person on the roster better take notice. It is expected that you will headline the pay per views, you will make the media appearances, you will be the face of the company. Yet, with all of that being said, the various championships in the WWE continually lose their importance and value. The championships have become secondary to the drama that fuels the company. (more…)
Several weeks back, the WWE held a tele-conference for it’s shareholders where Vince McMahon expressed disappointment in the 296,000 pay-per-view buyrate for Summerslam compared to the over 350,000 buys the 2012 edition of the show received. This year’s main event had featured John Cena defending the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan with Triple H as the guest referee. Despite working with a torn tricep, Cena put in a terrific performance which couldn’t have done a better job of putting Bryan over as a legitimate main eventer. Bryan, for his role, showed that he could compete on the big stage with wrestling’s biggest draw of the last decade. The pinfall finally came when Bryan struck Cena with a stiff-looking flying knee strike. It was a wonderfully orchestrated moment of triumph for the Indy Wrestling darling who made it to the business’s big leagues. A capacity crowd at L.A.’s Staples Center all chanting “YES! YES! YES!” in the kind of communal unison reserved for Democratic and Republican presidential nomination conventions. It was a replay of Shawn Michaels’ “boyhood dream” Wrestlemania 12 main event victory over Bret Hart, except Bryan is a genuinely likable and relatable character and thus better positioned to convey the sentimentality of the “boyhood dream coming true”. (more…)