For Whom the Bell Tolls – Act VII I’ve been really excited for this match. I began watching wrestling somewhere in between Wrestlemania XIII and XIV. This was my first Wrestlemania and my first Streak match that I saw in real time. I was eight years old when I saw this war between brothers. What was great about Kane is that the character walked in and was immediately over because he was sold as the brother of The Undertaker. The Deadman was an established veteran at this point in hisRead More

Posted On March 24, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- March 24th

Trivia 1974 – Jumbo Tsuruta makes his wrestling debut 1992 – Triple H makes his professional wrestling debut 1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.0 to 2.5 in the ratings 2003 – Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg officially signed with WWE, & would debut the following week Events In 1991, WWF Wrestlemania VII was held in Los Angeles, California. The event changed venues from the Memorial Coliseum to the Memorial Sports Arena. WWF stated that this was due to threats against the company over SgtRead More

Posted On March 23, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- March 23rd

Trivia 2001 – The purchase of World Championship Wrestling by World Wrestling Federation was officially announced 2008 – Hiroshi Tanahashi wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Giant Bernard in the tournament final Events In 1997, Wrestlemania 13 was held at the Rosemont Horizon, in Rosemont, Illinois: Free For All Match: – Billy Gunn defeated Flash Funk (with Tracy & Nadine) PPV: – The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeated The New Blackjacks (Barry Windham & JBL), The Godwinns (with Hillbilly Jim), and Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon in a 4-way match to determine the #1Read More
The Undertaker
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Act VI The Streak continues in Rosemont, Illinois as The Undertaker tries for victory number six and for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. On this night in the Rosemont Horizon Arena, The Deadman squares off against Sid Vicious at Wrestlemania 13. The feud would begin at In Your House, the intertwined feuds of Stone Cold and Bret Hart combined with Psycho Sid and The Undertaker started with a Four Corners elimination match that Hart would win. Due to various opportunities and interference in matchesRead More
I’ve been waiting for this since the beginning. There are four guys that define the Intercontinental Championship for me. They are Chris Jericho, Ricky Steamboat, The Rock and Shawn Michaels. I love watching Shawn Michaels wear that title because i think it is the title that made him. Today, we get to see The Heartbreak kid Shawn Michaels defend the IC Title against Tatanka at Wrestlemania IX. Shawn Michaels was in a feud with Sensational Sherri who was out for revenge against her former boy toy. Shawn’s old friend MartyRead More

Posted On March 22, 2014By Jim LaMottaIn Columns

Looking at the “New Era” of TNA Impact Wrestling

The recent “Lock down” pay-per-view was promoted as a new era for TNA, which is something the company has tried before and very similar to previous attempts, it yielded mixed results at the PPV. One of the criticisms of TNA the past few years is that the promotion is presented as “WWE Lite” and they didn’t establish their own brand. As part of a deal Jeff Jarrett made before his departure from TNA, the company has a working agreement with the Wrestle-1 promotion. There was a talent exchange, including TNARead More

Posted On March 22, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- March 22nd

Trivia 2006 – WWE signed Andrew “Test” Martin to return to the company as part of the ECW brand 2007 – WWE released Rebecca DiPietro, who worked as an interviewer for their ECW brand 2009 – Hirooki Goto wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Giant Bernard in the tournament final 2009 – Chris Hero (now known as Kassius Ohno) was featured on Australian reality series Border Patrol as he was nabbed coming into the country to wrestle and defend his PWG championship on only a tourists’ visa.  In the end, Hero is allowedRead More
The Undertaker
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Act V At Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, The Undertaker would defend The Streak against Big Daddy Cool, Diesel at Wrestlemania XII. The Undertaker’s quest for victory number five wouldn’t be much of anything new in the opponent. The former WWF Champion Diesel had retained the title and defeated Shawn Michaels the year prior. While this year, Shawn Michaels would achieve the boyhood dream, The Undertaker took on Diesel. The seven foot monster had been the victim of classic Undertaker mind games in theRead More
We are off and running. The first singles match of Shawn Michael’s Wrestlemania Career. This is where he really needs to step it up because The Rockers are over. He has Sensational Sherri on his side, and he is finally The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. It is going to be a lot of fun to watch Shawn Michaels make the Intercontinental Championship look like a billion dollars. This is the Shawn Michaels that we are going to fall in love again. For Michaels’ solo career, we start with Wrestlemania VIIIRead More

Posted On March 21, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- March 21st

Trivia 2001 – The final WCW Thunder airs on TBS 2004 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Latin Lover to win the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament. This result was stricken from the AAA records when they & TNA ended their working relationship, though was reinstated when the companies resumed their relationship in 2010 2007 – Yuji Nagata wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Togi Makabe in the tournament final 2011 – WWE officially announced that Abdullah the Butcher would be inducted into their Hall of Fame class of 2011 Events In 1991, the first WCW/New JapanRead More
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Act IV The Undertaker would not compete at Wrestlemania X due to injuries. Despite his absence, a certain someone would steal the show. I’ll name names and get into detail about that in another column, but without The Undertaker, someone needed to make sure Wrestlemania stayed afloat. A year later, Wrestlemania XI would hold sixteen thousand strong in the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut to watch The Deadman return to his undefeated burial ground to toll the bell for King Kong Bundy. Their matchRead More
Third time is the charm when it comes to The Rockers at Wrestlemania. After taking losses at Mania V and VI, The Rockers opened Wrestlemania VII in the city of Angels against the team of Haku and The Barbarian. The match would not only be the last of The Rockers at Wrestlemania, it would be part of the last run of the team. A few months earlier, The Rockers had successfully captured the Tag Team Championships from the Hart Foundation, but backstage politics, or other factors are rumored to haveRead More

Posted On March 20, 2014By Joseph ShraderIn Columns

5 Things We Learned From WWE Raw (3/17/14)

I want to be excited for Wrestlemania XXX. I want to be engaged with every program that builds towards the biggest event of the year. I want to look forward to RAW, SmackDown!, and Main Event each and every week, anticipating the next big step towards the Grandaddy of Them All. I want to be excited for Wrestlemania XXX. But I’m just not. Not yet. And I don’t know if I will get there, if WWE continues to put on shows like last night’s RAW broadcast. I understand that weRead More

Posted On March 20, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- March 20th

Trivia 1981 – At a WWF house show in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Andre The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan 2008 – Former TNA performer Konnan served the company with a lawsuit pertaining to his departure from the company & their treatment of him as he was dealing with several health issues, including a hip replacement 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment announced that Afa Anoai Jr., the son of Afa the Wild Samoan, currently considered 1 of the top performers in Florida Championship Wrestling has been suspended for 30 days due to a Wellness Policy violationRead More
At Wrestlemania VI in Toronto, Canada, Shawn Michaels entered the Skydome with Marty Jannetty as The Rockers would compete against the debuting Orient Express. Mr. Fuji had sold off The Powers of Pain tag team and brought in Sato and Tanaka to form the Orient Express. Mr. Fuji would showcase his new acquisitions as the WWF’s newest threat to the tag team division. To begin their quest for tag team glory and dominance, they would have to contend with The Rockers. On the same night that a young Edge andRead More
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Act III Today, we cover the only match to date The Undertaker has not won by pinfall, or submission. The great CM Punk once said to The Undertaker with flying urn in hand that when it comes to The Streak, if you are counted out or disqualified, it is still a loss. At Wrestlemania IX, The Undertaker would benefit from that idea and win for a third consecutive Wrestlemania by DQ against Giant Gonzalez. Today, The Undertaker faces Giant Gonzalez. The man who wasRead More
Ladies and Gentlemen, on April 2, 1989 at Wrestlemania V, The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels entered the building. Only he wasn’t HBK, the Showstopper, the Main Event, or Mr. Wrestlemania yet. Once upon a time, Shawn Michaels was a tag team specialist with Marty Jannetty and the two comprised the tag team of The Rockers. The Rockers were a very different team than The Midnight Express, or Demolition. They were known more as babyface high-flyers that were popular with the female and child demographic due to their look, style andRead More

Posted On March 19, 2014By Andrew DavisIn Columns

Today In Wrestling History- March 19th

Trivia 2001 – The Monday Night War entered its last week before the WWF buyout of WCW: WWF Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.6 to 2.1 in the ratings 2007 – Sports Illustrated reports that several WWE wrestlers are linked to Scottsdale, Arizona doctor David Wilbirt, who was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency for being a part of an Internet drug ring, writing nearly 4,000 illegal prescriptions. Names included in the report included Kurt Angle, Edge, Eddie Guerrero, Gregory Helms, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton & at least five others. EventsRead More
Hello everybody! After taking a little time off from analyzing the pro wrestling, I’m back with a vengeance. To be perfectly honest I was getting so frustrated with the direction of the WWE I stopped watching for a bit. I basically threw in the towel after spending $55 on a lackluster Royal Rumble PPV. What turned me around? The launch of the WWE Network. I signed up for the free trial, and like many of you, I found myself falling in love with Pro Wrestling once again. When you areRead More