Editor’s note: this article originally appeared on http://camelclutchblog.com in June 2013 and was written by Eric Gargiulo. I thought it was interesting and you would enjoy reading it!
“Top 10 Biggest WWE Upsets in History” by Eric Gargiulo
In this day and age of spoilers it is rare to see a surprise WWE result. Big upsets rarely happen in the WWE today but history shows that they are possible and here is a look back at ten of the biggest in World Wrestling Entertainment history.
When I say surprise result or big upset I mean a match in which the end result was just unthinkable. I recently did a similar blog looking at WWE championship matches but this is different. These are matches between two wrestlers that look completely lopsided on paper. Not only are these huge upsets but they are some of the most memorable moments in WWE history.
Every month, WWE Magazine celebrates WWE’s most malicious malcontents and all their evil machinations they’ve wrought on the WWE Universe by honoring them with our prestigious boot trophy. It’s the finest honor a villainous Superstar or Diva can hope to receive — unless they have a case of “Jerk” denial. Say hello to 2013’s most dastardly, despicable Superstars and Divas and read what they had to say when we gave them “the boot.”
A Match To The Death: Mental Health Issues Among Professional Wrestlers
Since 1970, a growing number of pro wrestler deaths have not been due to natural causes. Accidents, drug or alcohol abuse, and in more recent times, suicides, have been steadily contributing to their untimely demise. Have the physical and personal demands of the industry, taken its toll on their mental health? From gunshot wounds, drug overdoses or other self-inflicted means, over 20 known pro wrestlers have taken their own lives. Aside from their professions and affiliations in the world of wrestling, what did these men and women “of the ring,” have in common? Earlier this year, the shocking news of Reid Fliehr’s death, baffled the world. He had just returned home from an all Japan wrestling tour, which he had been involved with since 2008, when was found dead in a North Carolina hotel room. The autopsy report revealed Reid overdosed on a lethal combination of heroin and prescription medications. His father, former 16 Time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Ric Flair, along with the rest of the family, grieve the loss.
Bob’s Random Rumblings: Bob’s opinion on Chris Harris
There may be some people who don’t know who I’m talking about. The sad fact is that the man known as Chris Harrisis probably best remembered for his extremely brief run in the WWE’s version of ECW under the name Braden Walker.
“WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium and the Evolution of WWE’s Marquee Event”
After initially being reported by both NBC Bay Area and Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer (F4WOnline.com subscribers-only link), WWE.com has officially announced that WrestleMania 31 in 2015 is going to be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Scheduled to open this Summer and located right on the border of Santa Clara and San Jose, Levi’s Stadium will be the home of the NFL’s San Franscico 49ers starting next season.
The following article appears on Grantland.com and was written by The Masked Man:
Last Monday, John Cena (the actual face of WWE) interrupted an in-ring conversation between Randy Orton (the story line “face of WWE”) and Triple H (the actual and story line front-office figure). In trying to make sense of the crowd’s seeming revolt of late — incessantly invoking Daniel Bryan’s “Yes!” chant, not shelling out for PPVs, ignoring Randy Orton — Cena posited: “You wanna know why they cheer for Daniel Bryan? You wanna know why they chant ‘Yes’? It’s because they’re sick of the administrative B.S.”
Pro wrestling is an art that works in broad strokes, a form with simplicity at its core, so when trying to figure out an answer, Occam’s razor usually does the trick. It could be that fans are disappointed that Bryan got shuffled ungraciously from the main event picture, only to be replaced by the Big Show, who usurped Bryan’s “Yes!” chant and who, combined with Orton, sucked all the air out of the arena at Survivor Series. Bryan, meanwhile, was paired with CM Punk to take on a group of evil newcomers named the Wyatt Family. As compelling as the Wyatts may be, the feud was widely seen as a demotion for Bryan and Punk. Not everybody can be in the main event every month (except Cena), and the Wyatt feud was good for what it was — and even better for the joy of seeing Punk and Bryan together in the ring and in interviews. The real problem wasn’t their absence in the main event — it was the absence of dynamism in the Orton-Show story line. WWE sensed this and ended the Survivor Series main event with John Cena — who had concluded his own milquetoast feud with Alberto Del Rio earlier in the night — storming to the ring and holding up his World Heavyweight Championship belt as Orton held the WWE Championship belt, making the universal sign for a champion-vs.-champion match.
Greg Oliver, the Producer of SLAM! Wrestling is reporting that Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon, one of the greatest heels of all-time and a former Canadian Olympic wrestler, passed away this morning at 4 a.m. in Omaha, Nebraska. He was 84 years of age.
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on http://slam.canoe.ca and was written by Bertrand Hebert.
I have had the second volume of Blood Red Turns Dollar Green right at the top of my reading list for about two months, but I was very busy with different projects and frankly, I was a little worried. The first book was so much fun, what if this one did not live up to it? What if I didn’t like it? Then I read Mick Foley’s take on it.