The Original Sin Cara Released By WWE

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In what would not be considered shocking news, the WWE announced earlier today that Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde (aka Sin Cara) has been released the company. The WWE released the following statement on their website.

“WWE has come to terms on the release of Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde effective on March 26, 2014. We wish Luis the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Alvirde made a big splash debuting in 2011, but didn’t make the impact many expected. The WWE replaced him with Hunicio now under doing the Sin Cara gimmick. Alvirde stated on his Twitter page yesterday that would continue the Sin Cara gimmick in Mexico.

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TNA Impact Wrestling (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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TNA taped an edition of Impact Wrestling on March 15th at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida that will air tonight on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Here are the matches you will see on tonight’s show.

-James Storm vs. Gunner in a no count out, no DQ, must be a winner match

-Magnus and Abyss vs. The Wolves

-Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love in a non-title match

-Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young

-Bully Ray and Willow vs. Bobby Roode and Ethan Carter III in a tables match

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Author Kevin Sullivan Talks New Book WWE 50

wwe50Author Kevin Sullivan joins the podcast to discuss his latest book “WWE 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Sports Entertainment” detailing the last 50 years in the company, what he wish he could have covered more in the book, his favorite time period to cover, who the important WWE superstar may be, having quotes from various people including Vince Russo, comparing this book to previous ones he has done for WWE, his thoughts on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and more.

You can follow Kevin on Twitter @SullivanBooks and you can get a copy of “WWE 50″ on Amazon.

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It’s Time For The Undertaker To Retire At Wrestlemania 30

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The Undertaker has been in the WWE for over 23 years debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series event. He has won the WWE/World Heavyweight Championship on seven occasions, also won the WWE/WCW Tag Team Titles on seven occasions as well and former WWE Hardcore Champion. Without a doubt though, The Undertaker is most famous for his 21-0 record at Wrestlemania. This year he has a chance to make it 22-0 as he will battle Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 in ten days at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Questions have arisen in the last few years wondering when The Undertaker will retire from the squared circle. For the most part since 2011, Taker with exception of 2013 when he wrestled two times, has only competed at Wrestlemania. When will “The Deadman” retire? This year should be the final match of The Undertaker’s storied career.

What else does he have to prove? Taker had the perhaps the greatest match in the history of the WWE when he defeated Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25. Ever since that match, it has been pretty obvious that The Undertaker was going to win at Wrestlemania. He defeated Michaels in a rematch at Wrestlemania 26, Triple H at Wrestlemania 27 and 28 and then CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29.

With each passing the year, the build gets worse and worse. You can blame Taker and the WWE for this. This is where creative makes their money as they do nothing to make you, the fan feel like their is a chance that “The Streak” has a chance to end. Then you have to give The Undertaker the rest of blame as one would think he has a say in who the opponent is each year, how you build to the match and then what they will do in the ring.

Are the matches since Wrestlemania 25 the best on the show? Absolutely, but it is no fun for the fan when you already know the end result.

The Undertaker turned 49 years old last week. With each appearance and match, he looks older and slower. I noticed it more this past week on Monday Night Raw during the final segment with Lesnar. He got the better of Lesnar when he arose from the casket and threw a couple punches and clotheslined Lesnar over the ropes and onto the casket.

Watching the segment made me want to go to sleep. It was the same act with the druids rolling out a casket, which have seen often in the last 23 years. After that, Lesnar opened the casket and Taker wasn’t there, with Lesnar kicking the casket a few times. Then the casket opened and Taker was in it. That would have been cool 15 years ago, but the fans knew what was happening and the reaction wasn’t really that loud.

Taker is getting slower and slower with the injuries mounting after each match. What else does he have to prove? He has been the conscience of the WWE for this generation. We want to remember the great times of The Undertaker, not a guy who is a shell of his former self and get to the point when you can no longer move. Leave while your on top and have the final resting place of your career be at Wrestlemania 30 when you defeat Brock Lesnar.

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Hulk Hogan Says That WWE Wrestlemania 30 Will Be The Biggest Of All Time

Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE last month and announced that he would be the host of this year’s WWE Wrestlemania 30, which takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hogan announced a couple weeks ago that an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will take place at Mania.

For this week’s interview Michael Cole interviews Hogan to preview Wrestlemania, why his match with Andre was the biggest of his career, the importance of Mr. T in the WWE Hall of Fame and much more.

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Wade Keller on WrestleMania 30, Daniel Bryan and Predictions for Next Year

kellertorchWade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch  talks about WrestleMania 30 including the buildup for the show so far, if it will be Daniel Bryan’s night, whether or not this could be The Undertaker’s final WrestleMania, the possible order of the match on the show and more.  Plus, he talks about what could lie ahead for the WWE over the summer and his best guess for WrestleMania 31 next year.

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Back Off the Conspiracies – Daniel Bryan Will Win at WrestleMania 30

daniel-bryanSince it seems like plenty of people get on their soapboxes these days, let me take a moment to do the same on something that truly drives me crazy as a wrestling fan these days.

For months on end, plenty of wrestling fans haven been firmly behind Daniel Bryan and hoping, praying, shouting in support that he will finally get his shot and be a true main even star in theWWE.  What that truly means is subjective because the argument can easily be main that he has been one for the past year.

Now, Bryan is getting his shot, facing Triple H at WrestleMania 30 on April 6th with the winner squaring off against Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship later in the show.

You can read the rest of this post at The Orlando Sentinel.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Spoilers For Friday March 28, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Boston, Massachusetts. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

There was a promo by Batista putting over his accomplishments since he’s returned and complaining about being booed and forced into a Triple Threat at WrestleMania. Out came Triple H to tell Batista that he would be wrestling tonight on Smackdown.

-Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns) beat Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in 4:00. Corporate Kane, Corporate Road Dogg and Corporate Billy Gunn came out onto the stage and introduced The Shield’ss next opponents, Rybaxel.

-Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose (w/Roman Reigns) beat Ryback and Curtis Axel in 8:00. Rollins curb stomped Axel for the win. The highlight was a nice dive by Rollins. Post match, Rollins did a second dive on Ryback, threw him in for a superman punch from Reigns and a triple power bomb. They taunted Kane, Road Dogg, and Gunn, who were still on the stage.

-Sin Cara defeated Damien Sandow in 2:00. Nothing special fans were sleeping.

Somber serious Big Show promo with Rene Young talking about The Wyatt’s having a big problem with him tonight. Batista vs. Sheamus is the Smackdown main event.

-Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeated Goldust in 5:00. Fandango won after catching Goldust with a kick to the head as he was entering the ring. The last minute featured a lot of fumbling and will take some editing to fix.

-Sheamus beat Batista by DQ in 6:00. Batista bailed before Sheamus could hit the Brogue Kick. Sheamus chased him to the floor and Batista hit him with a chair a couple of times for the DQ. Batista threw Sheamus back inside the ring and hit the Batista Bomb. Batista grabbed the mic and asked Triple H if he and the fans were happy. He said he is winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania and the fans have to deal with it. The match was clunky and both men looked lost at points. The editing team will be busy with the last two matches.

There was a backstage promo with Bray Wyatt discussing John Cena and slaying the giant.

-The Bella Twins beat AJ Lee and Tamina in 3:00. Vickie Guerrero was on commentary. Tamina had enough of AJ and pushed her down. She tagged her in and threw her right into Nikki Bella, who hit the X Factor for the win.

Santino and Emma were at a restaurant on a date. Emma said Santino is a friend with benefits. Santino wanted to tell her something, but Emma said she felt the same way….they will always be the best of friends. Santino was gonna puke. She gave him water, which he spit in her face. Not funny comedy. Pure cheese.

-Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter, Cesaro) beat Jimmy Uso. Swagger won via submission. Hot offense from Jimmy.

-Mark Henry beat The Miz in 4:00. Miz threw Henry over the top rope to show he could eliminate him in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. Henry threw Miz into the steps, and eventually performed a half hearted World’s Strongest Slam for the win.

Boston gets Money in The Bank on June 29, as Dot Net reported on Monday.

Lana was out for a quick promo in her native tongue regarding Alexander Rusev.

-Bray Wyatt beat Big Show in 4:00. Wyatt won clean with Sister Abigail. This match closed the Smackdown taping…

Dark Match

1. John Cena and The Shield over Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Kane in an eight-man tag. Wyatt challenged Cena to a one on one, Cena said he wanted Rowan and Harper out of the ring. Kane came out said it would be a handicap match with Cena vs. The Family. Vickie Guerrero came back out and made it an eight-man tag. A fun way to send the fans home happy.

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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.

The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From WWE Monday Night Raw

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The second to last of edition of WWE Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania 30 took place last night in Brooklyn, New York. Highlights of the show included a sitdown interview with Triple H, the opening segment with Stephanie McMahon, Batista, and Randy Orton and a John Cena vs Luke Harper match. Starting with this article, we will be giving you the good, the bad and the dirty from each edition of Raw.

The Good

1) John Cena vs Luke Harper: The more I see Luke Harper, the more he impresses me. He has a style mixed with Barry Windham and Bruiser Brody. Cena and Harper had a 15 minute plus match and showed that Cena can work with guys not named Bryan, Orton and Punk. You can tell that Cena is still injured, but is still giving his all and you can tell in this match. The ending was well done to where both guys didn’t have to take the pinfall. Was also good to see Bray Wyatt get the upperhand on Cena once again and create more doubt going into their match at WrestleMania 30.

2) Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs The Real Americans: The match started really slow, but really picked up in the last six-seven minutes when Ambrose started to make his comeback. The more I see Rollins, the more I like him as he is finally getting to show the great ring work he possesses. Rollins is very fluid in the moves that he does and gets the crowd behind him in the process. It is good to see WWE keep The Shield together and as babyface with as a lot of money can be made with them on the other side of the spectrum. The only bad thing was Cesaro taking the pin, but that can be forgotten about by the time Smackdown rolls around.

The Bad

1) Opening Segment featuring Stephanie McMahon, Batista and Randy Orton: The segment started good with Stephanie McMahon addressing the fact that Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be on the show due to last week’s beatdown by Triple H. That changed quickly when Orton came out and cut a bland promo about how he respects The Authority and doesn’t disagree with anything she said, but then says he will take no prisoners if HHH gets by Bryan at WrestleMania. Batista was no better when he came out especially when his microphone went and did a mic check. Batista is really missing something with his promos as he can’t pronounce WWE and is lacking emotion when he is out there. Orton taking another spear does nothing to believe that he has any chance of walking out of Mania with the title. Let’s be thankful that this match isn’t a singles match as the WWE would be in a lot of trouble.

2) Titus O’Neil vs The Big Show: Very confusing as to why this match was even happening. If WWE was putting on the match because Show was facing Bray Wyatt in the main event of Friday Nigh Smackdown, then it could have just been advertised and left at that.

The Dirty

1) Final Segment featuring Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker: This segment did nothing to get me interested whatsoever and I don’t fault Paul Heyman. He has done everything in his power to get the match over, but he can only do so much. You would think that since Lesnar and Taker haven’t been in the same ring together in almost a month, you would think Lesnar would get his revenge for Taker putting him through a table. But we got druids bringing out a casket and Lesnar kicking at it a few times before it opened and Taker rose from it. Made no sense whatsoever for Taker to one up Lesnar once again as it seems like the WWE is trying to get by on the fact that the old school and hardcore fans will want to see the match. WWE better do something next week to get the fans more interested or they will be in a lot of trouble heading into a match that you should have been easy to book.

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WWE Raw Recap: Batista Gets Slapped, Brock Lesnar Sees Dead People

stephortonsmugBrian and Steve are back for the weekly podcast recapping Raw from Monday night just two weeks before WrestleMania 30 including Batista getting whacked for offending Stephanie McMahon, no Daniel Bryan, the latest interaction between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker and what is missing in that feud, the undercard for the big event and much more including your questions.

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Scott Hall Makes His First Statement Since WWE Hall Of Fame Announcement

It was announced during last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw that Scott Hall was the latest induction into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014. The class includes The Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, Lita, Paul Bearer, Mr.T and Carlos Colon.

Hall released a statement this morning on Twitter discussing the announcement.

The WWE released a video, which you can watch at the top of the page when Hall was known as Razor Ramon. The Hall of Fame takes place the day before Wrestlemania 30 on Saturday April 5, which you can in its entirety starting at 9 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw takes place from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Last week’s Raw ended with Triple H brutally attacking Daniel Bryan and left him laying.

The Road to Wrestlemania 30 will continue as we are 13 days away from the biggest wrestling show of the year. Bryan is expected on tonight’s show. One would expect him to address what happened at the end of last week’s show. The best bet would be for Bryan to get beat down again to draw more heat to HHH and give Bryan more sympathy heading into their match at Wrestlemania.

It will be interesting to see what WWE does with Randy Orton and Batista tonight. Batista has been kept strong, while Orton has been looking like a patsy taking pinfalls to Bryan two out of the last three weeks. Orton has to look strong tonight to give the impression that he can walk out of Wrestlemania with the title and WWE has to make Batista look vulnerable at some point as he has been protected from that standpoint.

The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are advertised to be on tonight’s show. Lesnar hasn’t been on Raw in three weeks and Undertaker hasn’t been on the show in two weeks. Lesnar has to look strong tonight because the last time these two were in the ring together, Lesnar took a chokeslam through a table.

Also advertised for the show is the guest host of Wrestlemania, Hulk Hogan. Also action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be on the show to promote his new movie, “Sabotage”.

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Top Five Matches In The Career Of John Cena

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Wrestlemania 30 takes place in 13 days from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The top matches on the show include Daniel Bryan vs HHH, Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker, Randy Orton vs Batista vs either Bryan or HHH and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt.

Throughout the next two weeks as we approach the biggest wrestling show of the year, we will be taking a look back at some of the best moments in the career of some of the superstars in the top matches.

John Cena has been the biggest star in the WWE for the last ten years. Cena is a 14 time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion and will be facing Wyatt at the “Showcase of the Immortals”. Cena has been in some of the biggest matches in the last decade and now we will take a look at the top matches in the career of Cena.

5) John Cena vs The Big Show for the United States Title at Wrestlemania 20: This was Cena’s first ever Wrestlemania as he had debuted in the middle of 2002, but did not appear at Wrestlemania 19. Going into Wrestlemania 20, Cena was on the rise as he had turned babyface at the end of 2003 and was riding a wave of momentum against Show. This match kicked off the card with Cena winning his first ever title in the WWE.


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4) John Cena vs JBL for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 21: After winning the United States title at Wrestlemania 20, Cena held the title on and off throughout 2004. After winning a number one contender’s match over Kurt Angle the previous month, Cena moved onto Wrestlemania 21 to face JBL for the WWE championship. At that time, JBL was the longest reigning WWE champion in the last decade, holding the title for over nine months. Cena ended up walking out of Wrestlemania 21 defeating JBL to win his first WWE championship.

3) John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank 2011: This is a match that Cena did lose, but this match had a lot of significance to both guys and their respective careers. Heading into the match, Punk’s contract was expiring and no one knew whether he was resigning with the company. Cena has always been known as a guy who works hard, but hadn’t had many standout matches. Added into the match was the fact it was held in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. The crowd was electric as they were chanting Punk’s name the entire night and Cena came out with his head down, focused and booed out of the building. Combine all of those factors, Cena and Punk put on the best match in 2011 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and one of the best matches in the career of Cena even in defeat.

2) John Cena vs The Rock for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29: This match in terms of work rate wasn’t a five star classic, but was significant. Cena and Rock battled at Wrestlemania 28 with Rock coming out on top after not competing for eight years. Rock’s next match was against CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2013 and won his first WWE title in ten and a half years. The match was the main event of this show, which was held in the number one market for the WWE, New York/New Jersey. Cena won the match to win his 13th Heavyweight Championship and was a passing of the torch as after the match, Rock walked up the rampway with Cena saluting him and raising his arm.


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1) John Cena vs Shawn Michaels on Monday Night Raw- April 23, 2007: Cena and Michaels faced each other at a few weeks earlier in the main event at Wrestlemania 23 with Cena retaining the WWE Championship. A few weeks later the two squared off again in the main event of the April 23, 2007 edition of Monday Night Raw in a non-title match in London, England with Michaels winning in a 40 plus minute classic. This was quite arguably not only the greatest match in the history of Raw, but it was the greatest match in the career of Cena. This was also deemed the match of the year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated for 2007.


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Give us your thoughts and if you would replace any of these matches in the career of John Cena.

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Mick Foley on Daniel Bryan, Comedy and his Amazing Package

foleywinkMick Foley talks about his WrestleMania dream vacation package which you can buy raffle tickets to (RealMickFoley.com/raffle) with all proceeds going to RAINN, all the amazing things that the winner gets, staying so busy in retirement from wrestling, some frustrations he has had with the WWE and being so public and honest about them, the current Daniel Bryan run, his comedy shows, dealing with people that interrupt him, his Santa Claus documentary and more.

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Gambling on Wrestling

 

gamingclubThe Major League Wrestling promotion featured a wide variety of different wrestling matches, from bouts between individual wrestling stars to team wrestling bouts such as the one between Funkin’ Army led by Terry Funk and the Extreme Horsemen team captained by Steve Corino. The original Major League Wrestling promotion may be no more, although fans can still view classic matches via the MLW Underground and MLW Classic television channels, but wrestling betting is very much alive and many of the stars of the sport got their start via Major League Wrestling.

At the moment not all of the major online bookies actually offer wrestling betting odds, although more are beginning to recognize that there is a customer base for gambling on the professional wrestling leagues. The oddness of wrestling betting is that matches are accepted to have pre-determined results, although neither fans nor bookmakers can be sure what these outcomes actually are ahead of the bouts. This aspect of wrestling bets nonetheless makes it unique compared with any other type of sports betting, and even different from playing popular casino games like poker, blackjack or the slot machines at online casino sites.

There are actually wrestling themed games on offer at these sites nowadays, as the casinos seek to reach as wide a range of people as possible, and the likes of the Andre the Giant video slot from sites like www.gamingclub.com/au/casino-games should have real appeal for pro-wrestling lovers. Games like this one have the best features of a standard slot machine, like being really cheap to game on and offering a great money jackpot. However they combine this with the sort of cutting edge video and audio that allows you to feel like you are part of the action. This is the vital extra element in casino games like these that other types of betting are not quite able to match.

Scotty 2 Hotty on Being in the Ring More, Young Talent and Theme Parks

scottywwe13Scotty 2 Hotty talks about appearance at Raw Old School earlier this year, being a part of the NXT Arrival show, why he is back in the ring more often now and working indy shows including with tag-team partner Brian Christopher after being apart for years, getting a chance to see old friends, the new talent in the WWE, helping at the performance center, why he never worked for another big company, becoming a firefighter and the TMZ story on that, being a part of WrestleMania in the past and his thoughts on this year’s show, his affinity for theme parks and much more.

Scotty will be signing autographs at WrestleCon in New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday of WrestleMania weekend.  Also, he is helping with Mick Foley’s WrestleMania Dream Vacation Raffle to support RAINN where the winner not only gets airfare to New Orleans plus tickets to WrestleMania 30, the Hall of Fame, Raw, and a whole lot more including airfare to Orlando, Florida where you’ll spend four nights at an Animal Kingdom resort, four-day parkhopper passes to Disney World and on one of those days Scotty will be your personal tour guide!

You can follow him on Twitter @The Scotty2Hotty and follow him on Facebook as well.

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Mick Foley Says That Monday’s Raw Was “Just Right”

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Mick Foley has been critical of the WWE product when it has come to Daniel Bryan. The WWE Hall of Famer went on a rant after the Royal Rumble when Bryan wasn’t in the 30 man Rumble match. Foley has taken to his Facebook to praise the show closing angle on this past Monday’s Raw featuring Bryan, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

FOR ME, RAW WAS JUST RIGHT

Following the brutal beatdown of Daniel Bryan by Triple H on Monday’s #RAW, I received many questions on social media, asking if I thought WWE had gone too far, with many pointing out the beating’s resmeblance to the one I took at the hands of The Rock in the 1999 Royal Rumble. No, I don’t think they went too far. I think they went just far enough.

A few weeks ago, when Daniel Bryan challenged Triple H, and tried to engage the crowd in a “Yes” chant, it seemed half-hearted at best, to the point where I said out loud, in the Foley living room, “he’s trying to sell a match that no one wants to see.” Well, following Monday night, that match has gone from being simply the obstacle Daniel Bryan had to hurdle to get to the main event into a match I now I feel like I need to see.

Yes, it was brutal, yes it was tough to watch at certain points – but it served notice to all of those who had forgotten, that Triple H was one of the best bad guys of his generation – and Stephanie, with her recent work on the microphone, has become an abslolutely compelling authority figure – as effective as I’ve ever seen her; seemingly channelling her inner Vince. I’ve known Stephanie a long time, and somewhere in the McMahon/Helmsley home, she still has the pot-holder my daughter made for her many, many years, ago. No matter what happens in business, she is someone I will always consider a friend. But man, do I want to see her get what she has coming to her? Maybe a WWE Diva who might happen to have a close connection to Daniel Bryan to smack the taste out of her mouth. Any candidates?

Imagine me as Goldilocks, surveying the lay of the WWE land, looking at angles from the past – far past, and recent past, trying to figure out which one is the perfect fit when it comes to selling a match – really, truly turning a match into something that the WWE Universe feels they need to see. That Rumble I did with Dwayne The Rock Johnson with the 11 unprotected chairshots? Too much. Most of what we see in the PG era? No matter how good the wrestling (and much of it is really, really good) – it’s just a little too soft. But what I saw on Monday night? As brutal as it may have been, as tough as it may have been to watch, I thought it was just right.

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Eric Gargiulo Talks WWE Network, Mania 30 and Steve Austin Missing

gargiuloEric Gargiulo of CamelClutchBlog.com talks about his experiences with the WWE Network so far, the marketing of the network, Steve Austin’s relationship with the WWE and why we don’t see him more often, the lineup for WrestleMania 30, what he thought the card was originally going to be, CM Punk walking out on the company, memories of guys coming up through the indies and more.

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