The Three Way Dance, or shall I say the “Triple Threat” is arguably one of the most underrated kind of matches that have come about in the 21st century of wrestling. We can easy say that there are variety of these matches that we can choose from but are they any good? Some of the top guys in the Attitude era have been in triple threat matches, but those matches have story-line like endings, and screwy finishes. These matches have the ability to be good matches when the workers in the match put their all into the match and do their parts with precise timing. For instance, lets take it back to the ECW days, Tajiri, Little Guido, Jerry Lynn, & Super Crazy always put on amazing three way dances as Yoshihiro Tajiri was dubbed the “The King of The Three Way Dance” . There were never a time i can recall watching a match with these men and end up being disappointed as they were all different styles of wrestling, and still had the ability to potentially steal the show. (more…)
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…)
In professional wrestling these days the audience has become as much of a part of the show as what goes on in the ring. Just flip on Monday Night Raw and during the opening segment you will see thousands of people trying to get their 15 minutes of fame by bringing signs, dressing up, or doing anything they can to get a glimpse of the spotlight.
However with the lights always turned on and the audience being completely visible, most attempts at garnering attention are swallowed up by the sheer spectacle of it all. At best, the crowd as a whole can get noticed with a chant (What?) or by singing the themes song of the popular wrestler of the week (Fandango).
There was a time though when things were different. The lights used to be focused only on the ring. Fans did get noticed then though. They certainly made themselves heard of course. Sometimes a brave soul would get up some liquid courage and storm the ring, usually to the disastrous result of an ass whooping or some jail time.
However one unlikely super fan made themselves known to everyone in the Northeast Corridor in New York, Baltimore and Washington, DC in the 70’s and early 80’s. The most unlikely of suspects – a diminutive little old lady who hated the heels and loved Bruno Sammartino. Miss Georgette Krieger – the “Little Old Lady at Ringside” (more…)
For the last few weeks, the rumors have been swirling around the future of the Phenomenal One AJ Styles. Styles, one of the “TNA Originals”, has recently been embroiled in contract negotiations with the company that revolve primarily around his pay. Styles signed a short-term contract extension with the company that would get him through the Bound For Glory PPV event, but beyond that the future is uncertain. Of course, with that comes rampant speculation that Styles may very soon find himself in another company, maybe even the WWE. And why not, right? The WWE is the premier sports entertainment promotion in the world, and has some of the best performers in the business. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, these are all guys that were transfers from other promotions who have enjoyed main event story lines. Surely a multiple-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and TNA World Heavyweight Champion would do pretty well with the wrestling giant, right? (more…)
WWE Night of Champions is fast approaching and something fascinating has happened: I can’t remember the last time that we’ve gone into a pay per view event and every single champion was a heel. That’s a pretty significant statistic, because you’ve got to think that means that a few championships will change hands. We’ve already gotten confirmation that Daniel Bryan will be challenging Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, and several other title bouts are starting to take shape as well. That being said, here’s a couple matches that I would like to see happen at Night of Champions. Note that this isn’t a prediction as much as it is a wish list. (more…)
One of the most important things in the wrestling business is to be consistent with making new stars for the future. We’ve seen this play a major part in the downfall of companies like WCW, TNA, and even WWE had a period of being extremely guilty about it. WWE, however, has usually had one plan that they could rely on to start launching someone from relative obscurity to superstardom; to varying levels of success of course. From 1993 to 2002 (and various years it returned) we had the King of the Ring. A single-elimination tournament consisting of a prime selection of current stars just chomping at the bit for that one big opportunity. From 2005 to the present we have the Money in the Bank. A high-action multi-man ladder match where the prize is a contract for a world title match at any point in a calendar year after the victory. (more…)