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Cruiserweight Classic an instant classic

Cruiserweight Classic an instant classic By Paul Soucy For years, World Wrestling Entertainment has been the land of the giants. From Hulk Hogan all the way to John Cena, and many in between, those at the forefront of the company’s Squared Circle have traditionally been larger than life. But over time, WWE has been lured away from that criteria, seduced...

WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES

WWE Battleground 2016 HITS and MISSES Well, it's a new era in WWE.  Let's see if I remember how to ride this bicycle. WWE Battleground 2016 HITS: [caption id="attachment_3786" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins - While not the match of the night, this match was a satisfactory...

Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it

Against all odds: 10 superstars who made it [caption id="attachment_2887" align="alignleft" width="2000"] Photo Credit: Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE[/caption] If history has taught us anything, it's that we like the underdog. The world of wrestling is certainly no exception. With the abrupt retirement of World Wrestling Entertainment's...

Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen

Daniel Bryan possessed a realness rarely seen In a world of scripted finishes and even a little kayfabe, Daniel Bryan was as real and genuine as they come. Breaking news of his retirement today is not only a blow to the business and its fans, who have been robbed of countless years of his brilliant in-ring work, but it puts an end to a realness that is rare...

A trip down MemoryMania

A trip down MemoryMania [caption id="attachment_2992" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Seth Rollins holds up his newly won WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt at WrestleMania 31 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Mike Mastrandrea/SLAM! Wrestling)[/caption]   Words such as awesome, unbelievable, unreal and amazing have become overused and almost...

Bryan grateful for fans, return to health

Bryan grateful for fans, return to health For someone so at ease inside a wrestling ring or in front of a camera or so eloquent during an interview over the telephone, it’s a bit surprising when World Wrestling Entertainment megastar Daniel is at a loss for words. But on this day, the upbeat and down-to-earth man behind the “Yes!” craze is just that,...

2014: Our Predictions Reviewed

2014: Our Predictions Reviewed In this column, we take a look back at a column Jan and I published on January 2, 2014, looking at the 2014 year to come.  We made some bold predictions, and now its time to see how they held up through-out the calender year! 1) Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore will continue to grow and establish itself as a...

6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review

6 Months In: My WWE Network Experience and Review Six months ago, WWE took an unparalleled venture into television history; a 24-hour "over-the-top" streaming service, featuring both live and on-demand programming.  Hyped for nearly 2 years, expectations were understandably high, given WWE's access to a vast number of historical tape libraries, as well as their move to...

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSES

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 HITS and MISSES WWE Money in the Bank HITS: [caption id="attachment_2080" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Money in the Bank Contract Match: On each 2014 WWE Pay Per View, there has been a match of the year contender.  This would be that contender.  An absolute car-wreck that had the live crowd on...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 05/05/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: [caption id="attachment_1996" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] The Shield vs. The Wyatts - WWE can do no wrong with either of these factions right now.  Both groups are on fire, and turn everything they touch into gold.  WWE chose the right finish here, leaving...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/21/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/21/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: Daniel Bryan: In the hours leading up to Monday Night RAW, Bryan Danielson, better known to the WWE Universe at Daniel Bryan, found out that his father had suddenly passed away.  Instead of doing what any sane human being would do, and grabbing the first flight back home to be with his family,...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/07/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 04/07/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: Overall Show: Coming off one of the best WrestleManias in recent years, the crowd at the Monday Night RAW that followed was amped as usual.  And they were given plenty of things to invest into, as this was one of the hottest RAWs in recent memory, and certainly better than any of the RAWs leading...

WWE WrestleMania 30 HITS and MISSES

WWE WrestleMania 30 HITS and MISSES Editors Note: This column will likely be one of my most discussed to date.  It is incredibly difficult for me to write, as both a fan and an author.  Rarely do I allow my emotions to get the better of me, but twice this weekend it happened.  First with Jake 'The Snake' Roberts Hall of Fame induction I was overcome with...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/31/2013 Monday Night RAW HITS: [caption id="attachment_1832" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Batista vs. Randy Orton - Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Batista vs. Randy Orton: A nice look at what was WWE's originally planned WrestleMania main event.  Although this didn't get a lot of time (starting 5 minutes before 11pm),...

WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014

WWE RAW HITS and MISSES for 03/17/2014 WWE RAW HITS: Overall show: For this viewer, this episode felt the most like a "Road to WrestleMania" episode yet this year, and certainly the best episode of RAW in recent memory in terms of storyline development, and a clear focus to where they are headed.  There were still some problems, but this was largely an enjoyable...

Raw HITS and MISSES: 03/03/14

Raw HITS and MISSES: 03/03/14 HITS [caption id="attachment_1717" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Credit: wwe.com[/caption] Opening segment: The first public acknowledgement of CM Punk by the WWE, save for Vince McMahon in addressing investors in a conference call, couldn't have been any better or more powerful. It paid homage to the man as the...

HITS and MISSES: Elimination Chamber

HITS and MISSES: Elimination Chamber [caption id="attachment_1691" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Credit: WWE.com[/caption] Elimination Chamber HITS:   The Wyatt family vs. The Shield: Absolutely the best showing either of these two teams have had against any opponents ever.  And that covers a lot of ground, and a lot of good, great and fantastic...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/17/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/17/2014 Editors Note:  Well, you guys didn't let me down.  I asked for feedback, and I got a ton of it.  You've given me a lot of great ideas, which I will now shamelessly rip off, and call my own.  Go ahead, sue me.  For those who skipped those first four sentences, and would like to send me feedback, suggestions, winning...

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/03/2014

Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 02/03/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS [caption id="attachment_1558" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Daniel Bryan drop kicks Randy Orton in the corner. Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption]   Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton: Given nearly 30 minutes of television time, and a large part of it uninterrupted, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan...

WWE Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/27/2014

WWE Monday Night RAW HITS and MISSES for 01/27/2014 Monday Night RAW HITS: Opening Segment: Well, I'm not exactly sure how to react to this.  The segment itself was a home run.  This is the attitude and aggression we have all been begging to see from Daniel Bryan for months.  Both Stephanie and Triple H played their parts well (and Stephanie pretending the YES! chants...