Slater’s Signature Finisher: Potential Surprise Royal Rumble Entrants

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One word perfectly sums up the annual January pay-per-view event known as the Royal Rumble: fun. It’s just a fun match. Two men start, another randomly-selected competitor comes out every 90 seconds; the chaos leads to fun. In addition to the chaos of all those men (and the occasional woman) trying to throw each other over the top rope, we have an added element in the surprise entrant. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Top 10 wrestling DVDs of 2013

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The following is by no means comprehensive. I did not watch every professional wrestling DVD that was produced by the major companies in 2013. I did watch a lot of them, though. And, what follows is a list of my 10 favorite. They are in order from my favorite to 10th favorite. The tally for who made what is as follows: WWE has 7 of 10. Ring of Honor has 2 of 10. And independent wrestler Adam Pearce has one. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Yes! Yes! Yes!

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I’m glad that I live in a world where professional wrestling fans can give a collective “fuck you!” to the establishment by showing their support for the 2013 version of the “People’s Champ.” When The Rock coined that phrase for himself back in the late ’90s, the irony was that he was actually the “machine’s” champ – to steal a phrase from Colt Cabana. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Finding Hulk Hogan

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I’m not sure how I hadn’t heard of the 2010 A&E documentary “Finding Hulk Hogan” until now. It chronicles the comeback journey Hulk Hogan took from the ending of his marriage, his son’s car wreck & subsequent civil lawsuit that came out of it, and his deteriorating mental and physical state. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: #7LevelsOfHate

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WRESTLING HISTORY LESSON: if you were a professional wrestler in the 1970s and 1980s, there were three major titles you vied for. There was the World Wrestling Federation Championship, the National Wrestling Alliance Championship, and the American Wrestling Association Championship. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: One Of The Biggest Mistakes WWE Ever Made

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One of the biggest mistakes WWE ever made was destroying the creative talent that is in this ring, circa August 2008. The problem that Brian Kendrick and Scotty Goldman (aka Colt Cabana) had was that they were featured in the wrong era of WWE programming. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena at SummerSlam – Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Originally posted July 17, 2013.

The July 15, 2013 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw was one of the top-to-bottom most enjoyable three-hour programs since they switched to 3 hours last summer. There were two big reasons for that. The first was because they were in front of a hot, enthusiastic crowd. New York is considered the “home market” for WWE and they were in the new Barclays Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets) for only the second time. It was the first time for Monday Night Raw. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Looking at nWo: The Revolution

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I was sending a text message the other day. As I was typing the word, “being,” my phone did something that I thought was amazing – it tried to autocorrect it to nWo. I might like wrestling a little too much…

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