WrestleMania is approaching very quickly and will be here before we know and that is why we need to take advantage of the time we have left and continue to look back at some great moments of the past. Now I thought it would be fitting to take a look back right now at two matches that have had such an impact on the history of WrestleMania that they still not only held in very high regard to this day, they are still talked about.
The two matches I am talking about are two matches from WrestleMania 3, Andre The Giant vs Hulk Hogan and Ricky Steamboat vs Randy "Macho Man" Savage. To this day for me Savage vs Steamboat is one of my favorite matches of all time, and in my opinion one of the best matches in WrestleMania history. Looking back the matches that are the best are those that defy time and even if 30-40 years pass people are still talking about them. That's how it is with these two matches from WrestleMania 3, both of these matches have surpassed the test of time are on any list of the best matches in WrestleMania history.
After nearly a year of bickering back and forth between the WWE and Rey Mysterio over Rey's contract status with the WWE. Rey can finally say after 12 year with the WWE that he is a free agent, and no longer obligated to comeback to TV. Now Rey's contract was up in May of this year however, most people believe that WWE would have renewed Rey's contract due to them feeling like Rey owns them for the time he missed, which is what they did last time and you see how well that worked.
It now seems as though Rey will be heading back to Mexico to work with AAA or heading to Lucha Underground in California following his release from WWE.
Rey has been with the WWE since 2003 and below are a list of achievements Mysterio has garnered during his tenure::
- 1 time WWE Champion
- 2 time WWE World Champion
- 2 time WWE Intercontinental Champion
- 4 time WWE Tag Team Champion
- 3 time WWE Cruiserweight Champion
- 2006 Royal Rumble Winner
- 5 time WCW Cruiserweight Champion
- 3 time WCW Tag Team Champions
- 1 time WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions
If Rey's active wrestling career is over now then he will no doubt go down in history as one of the best high fliers in the history of wrestling. But if it isn't then all Rey is doing is adding to an already Hall of Fame Caliber Resume.
I would like to take this opportunity to Wish Rey Mysterio the Best of Luck in all his Future Endeavors!!!
In this series, we look back at the moments that made us jump to our feet and took our breath away or left us in amazement, the one catch is that all of the moments must have happened at WrestleMania. With WrestleMania draws near I figured taking a second to remember some of the great moments that have happened at this star studded event over the last 31 years. Now I have a funny feeling most think they know what this moment will be, but that's why
By far in my opinion WrestleMania 3 was one of if not the best WrestleMania ever, but that's the moment WWE always goes back to and that is why I will not start their...... the place I will start is at WrestleMania 10.
Seeing that I jumped forward to WrestleMania 10 if you are one of those fans that know which matches took place at which WrestleMania. Which means you know that Owen Hart, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, & Razor Ramon in my book all stole the show on this night as they all had great matches. That's right this WrestleMania Rewind takes us back to WrestleMania 10 live from Madison Square Garden to once again witness: Owen Hart vs Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon in a Ladder Match.
Considering I wanted to get both of these matches up and I couldn't find the full Owen vs Bret match on YouTube I had to pick a video which at least shows highlights of the match.
In the sprit of Presidents day I thought it would be fitting to take a look back at some of the best Authority figures in WWE history. Now let explain my qualifications for the list.
One can make this list by:
-The Length they were on the job
-The Impact they had on the company
-The significance they have to the company
Most fans are very critical of the WWE's Hall of Fame, and whom they have inducted into the Hall of Fame and who they still haven't inducted. The fans are critical of certain former wrestlers who have been inducted that may not have had a Hall of Fame career or shouldn't have been inducted before other people. However, what really bothers me is inducting people into the Hall of Fame who never wrestled in WWE and didn't have Hall of Fame career to justify the induction.
Certain people who are considered WWE Hall of Famers in my opinion shouldn't be Hall of Famers either because they never stepped foot in WWE or because their career outside WWE doesn't warrant a Hall of Fame induction. I am not saying that certain people who are Hall of Famers shouldn't be, what I mean other people deserved to be inducted before them. Like some of these people featured below who should in my opinion be to be considered worthy just by what they have done for the business.
ll of those people featured above are people I believe that have done enough in their career and for the wrestling industry that they deserve to be inducted. Now below I have another "list of people who I think have done enough in the WWE to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. The reason I separated them is for one it would have been too long together and the other some people deserve the induction of their career in the WWE and other should get induct off they have done for business. IMO
This post was thought of after seeing the last person who was announced for this years class of the Hall of Fame. Now before you jump in and are critical of me just let me explain it is not that I don't think the person who got announced I believe last week Raw doesn't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. That is not case at all I am saying is that other people should have been either announced before him or inducted before him. Everyone is critical of what happens in wrestling even when it comes to the Hall of Fame in WWE and your allowed to voice your opinion, it just needs to be said a certain way so that you don't come off as a obnoxious POS unless that is what your looking for. Also if you don't know someone in one the pictures please feel free to ask or you proved my point as to why WWE should induct them.
Maybe an hour ago I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook and I noticed that there was a story on Drake Younger aka Drake Wuertz. To my surprise the story was posted on WWE.com which highlighted Drake's time as a death match wrestler on the independent circuit. The fact that WWE posted this story is extremely surprising because they never talk about a member of their rosters past, because usually it's something Vince likes to recreate them from the ground up. Also it has something to do with the fact that the WWE does mention anyone because they are in bubble where only they exist and nobody else does. However, whatever the reason I am extremely happy they gave Drake the opportunity to tell his story.
If I could just pick one thing to tell someone who has never heard of Drake Younger what Drake's best quality is...... I would say that it is Drake always has a smile on his face and you can tell he absolutely loves what he does and you can see his passion every time he is that ring. Though Drake may not be an active wrestler anymore after the blood sweat and tears he spilled all over the US, Japan, & Europe getting a job at WWE could have been better ending to that story. Congrats Drake you deserve everything you have earned and I for one as a fan long time fan of yours am extremely happy for you. Below is an excerpt from the WWE Article feel free to follow the link provided to view the full article:
"“Drake is very happy-go-lucky, very positive and very smiley,” Ambrose said. “You would never think he could mix it up in such intense duels with the ugly, crazy characters that we were often in the ring with.”So, how does such a positive person end up competing in some of the most brutal matches ever concocted?
Wuertz grew up in Indiana watching hours of wrestling every Saturday morning. A self-described Hulkamaniac through and through, he often went to see Hulk Hogan and the rest of the WWE crew at the Market Square Arena. However, as he got older, he stumbled upon a new, more visceral type of grappling."
Considering the WWE article of course doesn't mention any of the companies he was a part of by name which shouldn't be shock bearing in mind I don't remember WWE ever talking about someone's past in wrestling especially a ref. With that being the case bear with me for a second as I give you piece of history and show you something from Drake's past. Drake has a history with companies like WXW in Germany, CZW in Philly, PWG in California, IWA-MS in the South, and many other companies. The video below is Drake talking about some his many injuries he sustained during his days as a death match wrestler. Below is a video with Drake talking to the future NXT World Champion:
As the WWE has been doing since really the start of NXT they have talents appear on house shows with the Main Roster to give the developmental talent a chance to work in front of a bigger audience than they normally do. For those who may not be aware this isn't the first time WWE has done this as they did this with talents like: The Sheild, Charlotte, Tyler Breeze, Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, and other have benefitted in the past from such opportunities. Most recently at last weekend’s House Shows fans were able to see Sasha Banks, Sami Zayn, & Adrian Neville compete in matches and get another glimpse of what these talents bring to the table.
Now let me take a second and talk about NXT Rivals on Wednesday:
Kevin Owens vs (c) Sami Zayn
(c) Charlotte vs Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch
(c) Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake vs The Lucha Dragons
#1 Contender Match:
Finn Balor vs Adrian Neville
No DQ Match:
Bull Dempsey vs Baron Corbin
Tyler Brezze vs Hideo Itami
The fact is this card is amazing and it is an Internet Wrestling fan's dream I bet to see Kevin Owens facing Sami Zayn in the Main Event of a WWE Produced PPV. Alone Zayn vs Owens could be the match of the night, but that's not talking about the Four Way for the Women's Title, Finn Balor vs Adrian Neville, Corbin vs Dempsey, Tag Title Match, and even Itami vs Brezze. Top to bottom NXT has the chance to strike gold once again with the PPV on Wednesday. Expectations are high and they haven't disappointed yet and I can almost guarantee they won't start now.
The other thing I wanted to mention is that I firmly believe that this could in fact be at least two NXT superstars last NXT Special before being called up to the Main Roster. To not leave it to the imagination in my book the most likely possibilities are Kalisto & Charlotte could be the ones who get the call up to the main roster. Have to wait and see.
This will not be an often post, I just found out about 3-5 minutes ago that a very famous angle from the WWE's past took place on this day back in 1988. On this day back in 1988 the WWF as they were called at the time ran a special event which saw Andre The Giant face off with Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Title in the Main Event. At this time Andre was a part of the Million Dollar Corporation with Ted Dibiase and Virgil also a part of the stable with him.
On this broadcast, however, something was different and people didn't realize what it was until the end of the match between Andre and Hogan. It came to the finish of the match when we saw Hulk getting pinned and he had his shoulder up but the ref "didn't see it" and kept counting or so we thought as it turned out that the ref was paid off by Ted Dibiase to "screw" Hogan out of the WWF Title. Following the match, Andre would sell the WWF Title to Ted Dibiase and we would also find out that there were two ref's who looked exactly alike (Dave & Earl Hebner) and they would fight one another following the end of the match as well.
Now you may be thinking how could Andre sell the WWF Title well that was the thing exact thing WWF President Jack Tunney thought and there by vacated the title from Andre on the grounds that the WWF Title cannot be sold.
These events lead to the WWF World Title Tournament at Wrestlemania 4 live from Atlantic City, NJ
For a time in the WWE you could see certain people on the roster that stuck because they looked different or sounded different then everyone else on the roster. For example, I tend to go back to when John Cena was a Rapper or Chris Jericho as the slow talking heel both gimmicks were from the decade of the 2000s. But now looking at the roster very few wrestlers on the current WWE roster stick out as different, one that pops into my head is Damien Mizdow as he is different and is sticking out or Bray Wyatt is someone else. However, as you move backward time you will find during WWE's most successful periods very few talents looked or sounded the same. Now I would say about only three or four people on the WWE roster don't sound or look or act like everyone else.
This could be one of the many reasons why fans seem to have helped the popularity of the NXT brand grow to the point that has grown to over the course of time that it has been the developmental. I mean it takes special brand to be able to win the Best TV of the year two years in row from Wrestling Observer Newsletter. But look at NXT not many wrestlers on their roster look or act or sound the same. A few that come to mind Finn Balor, Baron Corbin, The Vaudevillians, Lucha Dragons, Sami Zayn, Colin Cassidy & Enzo Amore, Angelo Dawkins, and the list is too long to write. Point has talent that is different then the other members of the roster and if still don't get my point look no further then........ Aiden English aka "The Drama King"