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Feet of Clay: The Passing of the Ultimate Warrior

Originally posted on Mark Bousquet:

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James Hellwig, who wrestled as the Ultimate Warrior, has passed away at the age of 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He is survived by a wife and two daughters.

Those are not easy sentences to understand. Or, rather, those sentences contain a complexity that is not readily apparent. James Hellwig has died, and with him his wrestling persona, the Ultimate Warrior. Few wrestlers have encouraged fans to so clearly think of the man and the wrestler as different beings than Mr. Hellwig over the years, and this despite legally changing his name to “Warrior” and merging the two personas during his Hall of Fame induction speech. The Warrior’s stock in trade was a kind of primal mysticism, while James Hellwig’s approach was less philosophical, more political, and often repugnant. The night before his death, in his last public appearance, Hellwig…

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The Big Push: WWE Raw Review 4/7/2014

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WrestleMania could be considered a season finale if you think of wrestling as an episodic show.  If that is the case, then the Raw right after should be considered the first episode of the new season.  The finale was an amazing show.  Monday Night Raw picked up where it left off.  Hopefully it sest the tone for the upcoming year of the WWE.

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Promos By Hyphen: The CM Punk Series Finale

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I just finished binge watching 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother. After 9 seasons, the show signed off the air with a finale that most of its viewers hated (more on this soon). In January, CM Punk left the WWE with no notice and again, most of the fans hated this. WWE lost one of it’s most popular wrestlers and had to rearrange storylines on the fly to make the Road to WrestleMania XXX work. Other than my appearance on The HBS, I’ve been silent publicly on this matter.

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The Big Push: WrestleMania XXX Review

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The Grandest Stage in Sports Entertainment, it came and shocked us all.  There were more then a few surprises thrown out to the fans.  Many were less than thrilled with some of the results.  Many of us are still in a daze as to what happened.  Overall, it was a great show. (more…)

WRESTLEMANIA XXX: He Lives With the Lights on Bright

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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WrestleMania XXX (April 6, 2014) – Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA) – Main Event: Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and “Mean” Gene Okerlund – Host: Hulk Hogan.

WrestleMania XXX is a stunning achievement for the WWE.

After a lackluster WrestleMania 29 a year previous which saw their internet stream repeatedly cut out and restart the event, the 30th anniversary of Vince McMahon’s ultimate vision of sports entertainment hit (almost) all the right notes, signaling the passing of multiple torches while paying off long-term story lines and setting up the immediate and longterm future of the company.

And the stream never went out, either.

After eight months of frustrating fans who wanted desperately the cheer the ascension of Daniel Bryan to the top of Title Mountain, the WWE sent the Silverdom- er, the…

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WrestleMania Week: The Big Push: WWE Raw Review 3/31/2014 – Go Home Show

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This show actually started out with a big surprise.  Instead of Triple H, instead of Stephanie McMahon, The Undertaker came out.  He then proceeded to give a very long and cryptic message that at times seemed to confuse more then intimidate.  He talked about being in the deep end, he talked about the Streak being unbeatable, like death and taxes.  It was cool and sort of uncool at the same time to watch. (more…)

WrestleMania Week: WRESTLEMANIA IX: Finkus Maximus

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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WrestleMania IX (April 4, 1993) – Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV) – Main Event: Yokozuna vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Jim Ross, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bobby Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and Todd Pettengill – Host: Gorilla Monsoon.

Welcome to the WrestleMania we wish we could forget.

In an event that has now lasted thirty years, there’s going to be a few clunkers in the mix, and this is one of the worst. Replicating the nine-match, 2.5 hour format of the previous year’s mostly excellent WrestleMania VIII, WrestleMania IX feels more like a regional wrestling exhibition at the county fair than it does the biggest event of the year.

Let’s start with the decision to hold WrestleMania outdoors at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas is a great place to hold almost any event because it’s a place people love to visit, but holding a wrestling event during…

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WrestleMania Week: The Importance of NXT ARRIVAL to the WWE Network: Are You Ready?

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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NXT arRIVAL (February 27, 2014) – Full Sail University (Winter Park, Florida) – Main Event: Bo Dallas vs. Adrian Neville (NXT Championship) – Announcers: Tom Phillips, William Regal, and Byron Saxton.

I signed up for the WWE Network the first day it was available and I’ve been gorging on the network since Monday night. I’ve watched the RAW Backstage Pass post-game show (and wondered if the existence of this show will kill the post-TV RAW dark match), an ECW match between Terry Funk and Jimmy Snuka, WrestleMania VI (and suffered through some playback issues that have already been corrected), this week’s Main Event, WrestleMania Rewind, Countdown (Top 10 Catchphrases), and Legends of Wrestling, with “Mean” Gene, Piper, Michael Hayes, DDP, and Jim Ross.

Everyone that I’ve talked to loves the WWE Network, and almost everyone has a playlist similar to mine – some of the new stuff and a big…

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WrestleMania Week: The Big Push: The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar Doesn’t Seem Right

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It is time folks.  It is time for The Undertaker to put his legendary streak on the line.  The streak is currently at 21-0.  This is unheard of for any wrestler, as even the biggest names haven’t been able to get more than handful of wins in a row at WrestleMania.  The Undertaker has done it 21 times.  The Streak has become its own thing at Mania, and has constantly been a big draw.  It has been really big in the last few years, when the matches could have arguably stolen the show.  This year, Undertaker is facing the Beast, Brock Lesnar.  Something about this…just seems off. (more…)