Atomic Drops: WRESTLEMANIA X: He Who Made Kittens, Put Snakes in the Grass

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WrestleMania X (March 20, 1994) – Madison Square Garden (New York NY) – Main Event: Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and Todd Pettengill.

For better and for worse, WRESTLEMANIA X sets the fallback blueprint for how the WWF/WWE runs WrestleMania. There is a mix of phenomenal matches and ridiculous cartoons and “celebrities” and an attempt to get newer wrestlers over with the crowd. At ten years of age, WRESTLEMANIA X is less an event that has come into its own as it is an example of wrestlers who are finally outpacing the company. Vince-esque favorites are still here: the Quebecers, Man on a Mission, Crush, Doink the Clown, and Yokozuna are all here to fulfill Vince’s need for cultural stereotypes and physical oddities, but not even Vince and Jerry “the King” Lawler’s cartoonish, end of the world announcing can…

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Slater’s Signature Finisher: Sting makes first official WWE appearance

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For nearly 20 years, Sting had been unofficially known as the biggest wrestling superstar to never sign a WWE contract. Earlier this year, rumors started making the rounds that Sting and WWE were finally in negotiations. At 55-years-old, I guess Sting realized that the time is now or never to make any kind of serious impact in a WWE ring.

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Talking Out The Dead: “A”

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Kelen Conley: So the gang’s all back together at Terminus but is it really the sanctuary that all those signs claimed it to be? Is Daryl running from his friends in the picture above or is he running with them? Who got told to look at the flowers in this Season 4 finale?

SPOILERS.

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Atomic Drops: BATTLEGROUND (2014): His Cleanest Dirty Shirt

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Battleground (2014) – Tampa Bay Times Forum (Tampa Bay, FL) – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four-Way: John Cena (c), Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and Kane – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Christian.

After a disappointing MONEY IN THE BANK, the WWE recovered nicely with a very solid (if not entirely satisfying) BATTLEGROUND PPV.

The event is somewhat less than it should be due to a rash of obvious results and stalled storylines, and I continue to think that the deeper we get into the WWE Network era, the less PPVs will matter. With PPVs essentially costing $10 now (the price of one month of the Network) instead of $50 or $60, the WWE doesn’t have to do as much to make the audience happy. And I don’t just mean letting the favorites win…

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The Promos By Hyphen 2014 WWE Year End Awards

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Last year, I introduced the concept of the WWE season, running from the Raw after WrestleMania until the curtain closes on the next year’s WrestleMania. These awards reflect upon the events that took place during the 2013-14 WWE season.

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Talking Out The Dead: “Us”

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Thomas Crawford:   I honestly wasn’t sure I liked this episode in the beginning.  After watching it once through, I was thinking, it was okay.  However, “The Grove” still has some lingering side effects.  In comparison, this episode seemed lackluster.  However…

SPOILERS.

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Promos By Hyphen: Is This The End? (Fallout)

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I decided after Money In The Bank that it was time that I stopped supporting the current WWE product. Last Monday, I was in a state of, not anger, but definitely apathy. I deleted the WWE App from my phone. I made sure my WWE Network subscription wouldn’t auto-renew come September. I started unfollowing WWE-ran accounts on my Twitter and unliked some pages on Facebook. I even unfollowed a wrestling site that I’ve relied on for news since 2008.

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Atomic Drops: MONEY IN THE BANK (2014): Fandango Loves Triangles

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Money in the Bank (2014) – TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts) – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match (vacated title): John Cena, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Sheamus, Kane – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Christian.

MONEY IN THE BANK 2014 barely qualifies as a decent episode of RAW. The first true PPV clunker of 2014, MONEY IN THE BANK featured way too much filler and two Ladder Matches that were far too crowded and far too predictable. Jerry “the King” Lawler couldn’t remember if the WWE Network cost $9.95 or $9.99 a month, but it doesn’t matter because if MONEY IN THE BANK is the only thing the Network had to offer, I’d have felt like I overspent.

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Promos By Hyphen: Is This The End?

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Sorry I haven’t written. I started my annual WWE Year End Awards column but it’s sat unfinished for a month or so. I hope to have it done before next month’s Battleground PPV. But what I’m really here for is to not complain about a man I once praised, but the product in general.

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One Season In Cleveland: Analyzing the Browns Free Agency Moves

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I’ve been sitting on this article for a while now, but with the draft looming in the near future, now is the best time to finish the article. I want to also note that all my salary info was verified through the following sites: overthecap.com, spotrac.com and rotoworld.com. So without further ado…

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