Tribute to the Ultimate Warrior RIP Jim Hellwig

Tribute to Jim Hellwig aka The Ultimate Warrior (1959-2014)

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…)

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Daniel Bryan – Buried or Not, Here He Comes!

Daniel Bryan Chants Yes!
“Seriously? A yes chant’s more popular than I am?”
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…)

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Brains & Brawn: Cena vs. Sandow and Hogan vs. the Genius

This past Sunday night at WWE’s Hell in a Cell saw the return of John Cena to the active WWE roster. He was last seen on WWE TV on Raw the night after losing the WWE title to Daniel Bryan. During that appearance, Cena announced he was leaving to repair a torn tricep (the legitimate reason for the title change). Cena, whether by his own choice or at the behest of WWE, returned to action several months before he was due to return with a shot at Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship.  With the legitimate injury being worked into the match, Cena pulled off the comeback and defeated Del Rio for the WHC.  His celebration was set for the opening segment the next night on Raw where he declared once again “the Champ is here.” However the Intellectual Savior of the Masses, Damien Sandow, with a combination of smarts and vicious opportunism attacks John Cena. He then cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase for an impromptu title match. One can imagine the late, great Gorilla Monsoon verbally admonishing Sandow for doing a “Pearl Harbor job” on Cena. (more…)

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