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Is The NXT Formula The Future Of WWE?

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Hi Paul here with my latest article.

I’m sat here after watching NXT War Games, as tradition with NXT takeovers before a WWE PPV the card was stacked, the crowd was hot and the matches delivered on all fronts.

In NXT history there has been 18 takeovers, obviously grown since the first one to the latest one however there is no denying it has already left a legacy already in pro wrestling.

With WWE showing signs of struggling with ratings, attendances to shows etc does NXT have the formula for WWEs future.

Point 1- Keeping big stars special

Granted comparing a 3 hour show of raw to 1 hour of NXT is like apples and oranges however it can not be denied, the big match feel is so much more special with the NXT brand, rivalries are built up with out sacrificing champions and challenges having in ring action before the big night, with raw being so long and the talent roster not at is biggest there is probably no choice sometimes to make the superstars interact on a TV showing before the PPV. Raw could learn from slowly building a rivalry and keeping the big fight feel.

Point 2- Jobbers and lower card being used

Yes this might not sound like a big deal but it can help in a good TV program of pro wrestling.

For example in Hulk Hogans day, would he have become the star if in every house show or TV program he fought Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior or The Undertaker, weeks before a big match he probably wasn’t seen on TV or if he was he probably fight a jobber to Lower card talent. NXT programming does this well, big talents don’t appear every week and don’t tend to give away big matches on weekly programming often. With a bigger pool of lower cards and jobbers on main roster there no reason they cant do this on raw and smackdown, maybe not taking them off the show cause they need them to sell tickets but having upper cards and main events week in week out has made the product stale.

Point 3- Not affriad to try new things

Vince McMahon has the final say on everything that you see on Raw and Smackdown, even with writers and agents and talent have some ideas Vince will have the final say and sometimes that can restrict talent on what they can do. With NXT there is a feel there is a lot of chance for talent to show backstage and the performance centre what they can do and have a lot more input, we see a lot more different and out there gimmicks on there and it has proven to make stars, the prime example of this is the Velveteen Dream, when i first saw this i wasn’t sure but with a chance to feud on Tv with Aleister Black you get a chance to see the great mic and physiological work along with great in ring work.

Even though im a big fan of NXT im not saying its the best thing in the world and they get everything right, with more indie stars heading there and more of a PRO WRESTLING product being shown to be a big hit with the fans, why cant the main roster and front product your trying to push in fans and the bread and butter of your company take traits from this to try give fans a better product in the long run.

What do you enjoy about NXT and what you think the future of WWE is?

Im Paul Kindon and have a great day!

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Halloween Havoc or Horror ?

As a wrestling fan I sometimes feel bad making fun of WCW, but unfortunately no one remembers WCW for the good moments only the disasters. At Halloween Havoc 1995 the card was really not the best, earlier in the show The Giant and Hulk Hogan had a monster truck sumo match. After this match The Giant got thrown off the top of the building where the monster truck sumo happened so how in any way could he return for his title match later.

To no one’s surprise The Giant ‘From the dungeon of doom’ made his grand return and a very slow and boring match followed. A standard match until one certain point.

In wrestling there a specific real names fans recognise like Mark Calaway, Glenn Jacobs and Paul Levesque. Another name in history is Ronald Allen Reis, ok maybe not but maybe his WCW name should make him more recognisable – The Yeti. One of the tallest wrestlers in history with his real height at 7 ft 2 he could have been a legend in wrestling history but it was never going to turn out that way with what happened at his big debut.

Back to the match and Hulk Hogan has just dropped the Leg on The Giant which means the match is about to end. However when the referee goes for the pin Jimmy Hart attacks the ref and turns against Hogan, Jimmy Hart then signals for someone to come out which is Randy Savage and Lex Luger and them two just start fighting for some unknown reasons.

Out of the darkness a monster suddenly appears he is “THE YETAY”. The problems with this absolute monster called the Yeti is the way he looks. In my personal opinion a Yeti is a large ape like creature not a man covered in what looks like used bog roll. If you don’t believe me look below to see the spectacle for yourself.

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Whilst The Yeti stumbles to the ring The Giant has Hulk Hogan in a bear-hug. So to assist the fellow dungeon of doom member The Yeti gets Hulk Hogan in a bear-hug at the same time as The Giant. Something that looks like an awkward three way hug between people who really don’t want to be there.

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The Giant (Left Side) with Yeti (Right Side) and Hulk Hogan trapped in the middle of the double bear-hug whilst Jimmy Hart (Black Suit) just shouts a lot.
A confusing ending means The Giant wins the match but not the title, but he just takes the title anyway and the commentary team just sound confused but go along with it anyway.

So that pretty much sums up the ending of WCW Halloween Havoc 1995. Also I forgot to mention the entire the crowd is booing and shouting “bullshit” and personally I think that sums up not only this moment but the entire show in general. A horrifying moment for all the wrong reasons .

I have been Connor , Happy Halloween Wrestling Fans.

 

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43 Thoughts I Had Watching The Latest Episode of NXT

18th October 2017
Full Sail Arena.

  1. I’m still getting used to this theme music.
  2. At least it’s stuck for now, there was a period where we had a new one every week.
  3. Starting with the women’s triple threat, nice.
  4. Do you think Sonya Deville is pissed at Shayna Baszler for basically stealing her gimmick but doing it better? At least Shayna is an actual MMA star, and damn scary.
  5. I still see Ember Moon struggling with her gimmick. You cannot be a mystical werewolf/vampire if you are then going to turn into a preppy cheerleader halfway down the ramp.
  6. Ruby’s kicks looking BRUTAL.
  7. Hah, as if Mauro just mentioned Sonya being a less successful version of Shayna. Get out of my head, Ranallo.
  8. “She is against two of them.” Percy Watson’s first words on commentary tonight. Anyone else getting feelings of Perd from Parks & Recreation?
  9. Holding onto the ropes in a DQ match won’t help you, Ruby.
  10. SURPRISE ECLIPSE. Ember’s through to the Fatal Four Way.
  11. Have NXT always had this security backstage footage?
  12. I am all on board for Roddy joining The Undisputed Era. ROH Stable, please and thank you.
  13. Iconic Duo are the BEST. MEEEESTAHHH REEEGAL.
  14. “…insert me…”, PHRASING, Billie.
  15. Billie’s exasperated face and grunts give me life.
  16. No pop and generic entrance theme and music for Raul Mendoza. I am so sad.
  17. Aleister Black has the mother of all entrances. From the music to him raising from the dead, the smoke and jumping over the ropes to sit cross legged in the middle of the ring, it all works.
  18. I remember the first time I saw it at Takeover and I almost had a meltdown.
  19. Velveteen Dream looking damn good in that vest.
  20. I never, in a million years, would have thought a feud between Aleister Black and Velveteen Dream would work, but I am 100% invested.
  21. Raul flies like a damn superstar. Brother needs pushing to 205 Live.
  22. This Drew McIntyre interview is totally awkward.
  23. Christy St Cloud deserves a place in the ring with all of this overselling.
  24. Whoever came up with the idea of Zelina Vega being Andrade Cien Almas’ manager needs a damn promotion. What a turnaround for the guy, well deserved.
  25. Also, her pronunciation of Andrrrrade is on point.
  26. I love Kassius Ohno but does anyone else get the feeling he’s treading water? He needs a decent storyline and to stop facing jobbers day in, day out.
  27. Some better gear would be good too. Get Kevin Owens’ stylist on the case.
  28. SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH HYPE.
  29. SAnitY yay! Undisputed Era yay! I AM SO CONFLICTED.
  30. This is all way too generic for me. Crap music, crap video. CFO$ needs to get his head in the game.
  31. Kyle O’Reilly carries himself like a half-way animation of an ape from Planet of the Apes.
  32. Alexander Wolfe moshpit is imminent.
  33. “Cross body, and I mean BODY”, never change Mauro.
  34. Killian Dain is destroying everyone!
  35. The strength on Killian Dain is actually ridiculous!
  36. Uh oh, they’ve got you cornered now, BAY BAY.
  37. Where you gonna run to?
  38. OH SHIT AOP ARE BACK!
  39. Hah, Dain’s taunting them. “You want some? Come on then!”, AOP “…K”
  40. I can’t believe I honestly had forgotten we’ve not seen them since Takeover.
  41. Cole, Fish and O’Reilly taking this opportunity to get the hell away.
  42. WELCOME BACK BOYS.
  43. Time for a new chapter to be written.
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Roster members planning to leave following Neville Saga? – My View

Ok, so lets start this off. Recently Neville of the WWE Cruiserweight division has made the news. The Englishman has made headlines due to the apparent rumours of the man walking out of Monday Night Raw, apparently this was due to Neville not agreeing with the role that the WWE wanted him to pursue that night. According to reports, he was told that he would be facing Enzo Amore again, and lose. Obviously, Neville having already lost the title to Enzo, didn’t want to lose to him yet again.

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Due to this, it makes myself wonder why aren’t the writers doing anything for him, he has bought the Cruiserweight division alive and the title more worthy than ever after his crucial campaign as the champion. He would be the ideal candidate to rival Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, which in turn would elevate Neville even more and give the Intercontinental champion more of a challenge to keep the gold belt.

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More rumours doing the rounds, is that many more competitors want to leave the company. With this being said, you can understand that many contracted superstars are underused. If you think back to the Attitude Era, many things attracted viewers to the product with many feuds and story lines that lasted long and people would tune in regardless to see their favourite feud. If you think back you had the following who had good TV time and were integral to WWE doing so well:

  • The Rock
  • Triple H
  • Stone Cold
  • Chris Jericho
  • Kurt Angle
  • Chyna
  • Dudley Boys
  • Hardy Boys
  • APA
  • Chris Benoit
  • Cactus Jack/Mick Foley/Mankind
  • DX
  • Steve Blackman
  • Al Snow
  • Undertaker
  • Kane
  • HBK
  • McMahon family

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That is just a list of wrestlers from the top of the head, and you would think they would have gone out into that ring and stole the show and gave it their all every night, the same cannot be said for the current roster. However one thing i will say is that the writers and producers are different and obviously, you cannot do some of the stuff that was produced back then on the current product, but boundaries can be pushed to help certain members of the current roster.

 

Thanks for reading

Richard McCarthy

 

 

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On This Day In Pro Wrestling October 6th

20 years ago today, 

WWF RAW is WAR gets stomped in the ratings by WCW Monday Nitro, but the WWF show creates the bigger impression with a pair of controversial moments and boy does James e know how to do that he did a few of these promos in the late 99s which were very good.

In one segment, Jim Cornette shoots on WCW. He made these comments previously on his WWF.com audio show, and Vince McMahon decided to let him air his grievances to a larger audience which is was a wise decision. below is the full quotes from the segment it is a juicy one.

“This is Jim Cornette, and the views that I’m about to express are not necessarily those of anybody else but me. But they ought to be. And as a matter of fact, they probably are. You know, a lot of things in the wrestling world make me cranky these days. Especially the way some talent is treated and some talent is looked at, by not only the promoters, but some wrestling fans as well.

“For example, a man like Arn Anderson, who just had to retire from this sport, after giving it his entire life, because of some injury he suffered. A guy like “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, who in my opinion, is one of the greatest talents in the history of this business. Guys like Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, whatever you want to call him. Great talents in the WWF or WCW.

“But who gets a lot of the attention, from the wrestling fans especially? Guys like the NWO, the New World Order. You know, all the fans think these guys are so cool and so ‘sweet’, and so funny. Well, as far as I’m concerned, the NWO is like a bunch of guys meeting out in the backyard in a clubhouse in a tree. They’re guys who, all they have to do, they’ve got the easiest job in the world, all they have to do is go out there and be themselves. Childish, obnoxious, adolescent guys with a case of severe arrested emotional development, and a fixation on trying to act macho.

“You’ve got a guy like Kevin Nash, 40 years old, trying to act like a teenager. Far as I’m concerned, the biggest “no talent” in the business. He’s got six moves, no mobility, and enough timing to cover up for some of it. But what he does is he goes around and manipulates. Kevin Nash had a multi-million dollar promotional company, the WWF, push him to the moon to make him a star, and what does he do? He leaves, after he gives his word he’s staying, so by the way, he’s a liar too, he leaves and he goes to WCW for a big contract. Why? More on that later.

“You’ve got a guy like Scott Hall, who’s a good wrestler, but good is about it. He’s the best of the bunch. But he had the same million dollar promotional company make him a star, after being in the business 10 years without putting three asses in a seat. And what does he do? He goes to WCW for a big contract. Why? More on that later.

“And then you’ve got a guy, Syxx, 1-2-3 Kid, his name’s Sean Waltman. Whatever you want to call him. As far as I’m concerned, the only reason he’s employed is because the other guys think he’s funny when he gets drunk and throws up on himself. He has the distinction, in case you haven’t noticed, of being the only guy since this wrestling war got started, that was released from a valid contract for one company to go to the other side, which shows you how valuable he is.

“You know why they’re all employed? Why they’re all in the spot they are today? Because of Eric Bischoff. The boss of WCW, not the NWO. Look at the credits on the PPV, if you can get one for free. The idiot’s name is on it. He’s the boss of WCW. He works for Ted Turner, and he throws a billionaire’s money around, just like water, so he can have guys that he likes to hang out with.

“Because, even more than being a mark, yeah, for his own face and his own voice, Eric Bischoff is a guy who’s a big fan of hanging around studly guys with long hair and beards, that smoke cigars, and ride Harley’s, so that some of that can rub off on his little pansy-ass frame. So he takes that billionaire’s money, and he throws that around like water to buy guys that he can hang around, to prove that his “johnson” is bigger than everybody else’s.

“And that’s the sole reason the NWO guys are employed.

“I think, me personally, that it’s about time that the wrestling fans and the promoters, all of them in this business, start recognizing guys like “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, like Arn Anderson, like Cactus Jack. Guys who bust their ass, who work hard, and have ability and talent to get where they are. Instead of a bunch of guys that get to their spot by hanging around with the boss and sucking-up.

“I’m Jim Cornette, and that’s my opinion.”

Cornette has since apologized to Sean Waltman aka X-Pac for comments relating to him.

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Match Review – ECW Extreme Elimination Chamber

Personally I love the elimination chamber its one of my favourite “gimmick” matches and I just think it’s brilliant. The chamber is described as a hardcore structure so surely mixing the ‘land of extreme’ with the elimination chamber and then including weapons sounds like a hardcore dream right ???? Well , not exactly. The issue with the match as I will showcase is the talent and story lines involved not really the match itself , there is good reason ECW never got its own PPV ever again .

The match was apart of  December to Dismember 2006 a prominently ECW PPV that was a fairly dull card from the start but maybe this match could turn things around .The superstars involved are CM Punk , Bobby Lashley , Test , Big Show , RVD and Sabu . A pretty stacked list featuring ECW legends , hot new talent and the Big Show.

Before the match we get a Paul Heyman promo saying how ECW is better than WWE and the amount of boos is through the roof. Now on the previous chapter I said Sabu is in the match , well not exactly… Heyman announces Sabu has lost his chance and how he hates ECW legends like RVD and how great the Big Show is .

So Big Show , Lashley , Test and Punk are in the pods whilst RVD and Sabu’s replacement Hardcore Holly start the match.

About a minute the action spills the one of the chamber steel floor sections and they fight back and forth using the chamber as a weapon. Holly awkwardly dives from the top rope straight to RVD’s boot shortly followed by rolling thunder.

First entrant is CM Punk with a chair he fires in with a chair shot and then a springboard clothesline , from there he goes back and forth with little spots with RVD. Most notable is Punk smashing RVD through a chair wedged between turnbuckles , out of nowhere though Holly grabs Punk and in a power bomb position swings punk in to chain wall with a very nasty noise  . Also RVD’s face is covered in blood at this point .

Entrant number 2 is Test , who has a crowbar. He goes round hitting everyone and wedging crowbar in RVD’s head. A five star frog splash to Punk and he is then eliminated shortly after a massive boot to Holly’s head and Test eliminates Hardcore Holly.

RVD attacks Test and tries to climb up one of the pods , however Big Show grabs him through the chains on the roof of the pod. Test takes advantage and starts hammering RVD with a chair till he falls off the pod , Test then climbs up and then hit a big elbow drop from the pod to eliminate RVD.

The match is great so far so what could go wrong ? Well from this point strange ECW storylines come in to play .

So at this point Lashleys pod is selected to open but Heymans’s enforces grab the ref and keep the pod closed trapping Lashley whilst Test taunts him on the outside. Lashley uses the table in his pod the break the chains above him to enter the match and hits a big clothesline from the top to Test. He then smashes Test through the pod and starts dominating the match.

A big Lashley spear eliminates Test , Lashley throws a table at Big Show’s pod and sits in the ring waiting for Show to enter. Big Show enters with a barbed wire baseball bat and Lashley stands with a chair . This is in the midst of Big Shows 500 pounds run and you can really tell with how slow he moves about . Also he takes a swing at Lashley with the bat but Lashley clearly sells it too early and the camera gets a beautiful botch in perfect frame.

Show gets the bat stuck in the wall and takes big hits from Lashley and then gets thrown threw another pod. For those counting Lashley has broken 3 pods so far by throwing people them. Show fights back and goes for choke slam in middle ring which Lashley counters with a DDT.

Big Show goes for a big powerslam which Lashley counters , follows with a spear and then pins the big show and takes the title. Bobby Lashley has done he overcame Heyman and won the title what a great moment for a young career , unfortunately then we got more Lashley every week on ECW and soon people realised there’s a reason he is on ECW not SmackDown or RAW and had a lot practise to come.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall this match is like a train wreck horrible but you still watch anyway. Big Show being horribly overweight , Punk getting eliminated first , Test’s quite loud and obvious spot calling  , Hardcore Holly just being a bit bland , and RVD probably being stoned throughout (you know its true) . In addition I pretty much ignored the commentary mainly because its not that good , and when I mean not good I mean Tazz is on commentary.

My Name is Connor and  I hope you enjoyed this article about one match wrestling fans forget about , for quite good reason as well .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On This day in Pro Wrestling October 4th 2009

8 years ago today, WWE presented Hell in a Cell from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  The event, replacing No Mercy, was the first gimmick PPV since King of the Ring was introduced in 1993. 12,356 were in attendance, with 283,000 homes watching on PPV. That’s up from 261,000 for the October 2008 event No Mercy. The event had three Hell in a Cell matches, the only time three such matches were held in a single night in WWE history. This was a joint RAW, Smackdown & ECW show now it’s a Smackdown show last year RAW hosted it.

  • In a preshow dark match, Matt Hardy defeated Mike Knox.
  • The Undertaker defeated CM Punk in a Hell in a Cell match to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • John Morrison defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Mickie James defeated Alicia Fox to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
  • The Big Show & Chris Jericho defeated Batista & Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship.
  • Randy Orton defeated John Cena in a Hell in a Cell match to win the WWE Championship (21:24)
  • Drew McIntyre defeated R-Truth.
  • Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz & Jack Swagger in a triple threat match to retain the WWE United States Championship.
  • D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeated The Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase) in a tag team Hell in a Cell match.
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On This Day in Pro Wrestling History

18 years ago on this date ECW presented Anarchy Rulz from the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Over 6,000 fans were in attendance, the largest crowd for an original ECW show in its history, with about 92,000 homes watching on PPV.

The show was the final ECW PPV of Taz as a full-time performer. Three days later, he would sign a deal to join the WWF. He would appear for the promotion sporadically until November to Remember. Taz would win the ECW title again a few months in April 2000 at When Worlds Collide defeating Mike Awesome when Awesome was going to WCW.

Full match card

  • Lance Storm defeated Jerry Lynn.
  • Jazz defeated Tom Marquez.
  • Nova and Chris Chetti fought Simon Diamond and Tony DeVito to a no-contest.
  • Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Super Crazy and Little Guido in a Three-Way Dance.
  • Justin Credible defeated Sabu.
  • Mike Awesome defeated Masato Tanaka and Taz in a three-way dance to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Tommy Dreamer and Raven defeated Steve Corino and Rhino to retain the ECW World Tag Team Championship.
  • Rob Van Dam defeated Balls Mahoney to retain the ECW World Television Championship.

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On This Day In Pro Wrestling September 11th 1995

 

So on this day 22 Years ago today WWF Monday Night RAW and WCW Monday Nitro aired opposite each other for the very first time live RAW for must parts of the early to late 90s were taped weeks in advance so Raw needed to go live due to Eric Bishoff giving their results live on Nitro. On Nitro was WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Lex Luger via DQ. This was Lex’s first match back since his departure from WWF. Also on that night we had a debut of ECW star Sabu he lost to Alex Wright also via DQ Sabu would not last to long in WCW he lasted two months then went back to ECW. The Main Event for RAW was Shawn Michaels facing off against Sycho Sid.

Full Nitro Card

Alex Wright def Sabu Via DQ

WCW US Championship

Sting (c) def VK WallStreet

Randy Savage def Scott Norton

WCW World Heavyweight Championship

Hulk Hogan (c) def Lex Luger Via DQ

 

RAW Full Results

British Bulldog def Razor Ramon

Smoking Gunns def Radford 7 Brooklyn Brawler

Issac Yankem def Scott Taylor

Intercontinental Championship

Shawn Michaels (c) def Sycho Sid

 

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Enzo Amore turning heel

If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. A line made famous by none other than Eddie Guerrero. With Enzo now competing on the WWE 205 Live, it has shown a different side to Certified G. A dirty side, and one who wants to be the main guy. However there are many men within the Cruiser weight division who want to be there and some who arguably should be above Amore in the pecking order.

During the six man tag on RAW, Enzo got the hot tag himself whilst Cedric Alexander was gaining momentum, once in the ring Enzo had done a full heel move. The raking of the eyes of Drew Gulak seemed to have been another step towards turning heel.

If Enzo is to go full heel it will more than likely effect his merchandise sales and crowd momentum. Enzo at the minute is a popular face, who is/was a must see on the main roster. He is keeping the crowd in their seats for the Cruiser-weights TV time. Turning Amore heel could prove to be bad news and lower ratings again for 205 Live.