UFC 135 pound champion Dominick Cruz was stripped of his title on Monday December 6, 2014. Dana White made the announcement during a live segment of sports center. Dominick Cruz hasn’t defended the title since October 1, 2011. This sets up an opportunity for the interim champion Renan Barão to finally become the actual champion but standing in his way is Urijah Faber. These two men fought the first time July 2, 2012 in a fight where Renan got the decision in route to winning the interim title. This rematch set for February 1, 2014 which happens to be the Saturday before the Super Bowl looks to be an interesting matchup. Can Urijah correct what went wrong in the first fight? How much better has Barão gotten between the last fight.
AS I SEE IT – Giving Thanks to My Readers
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We are only a few months out but it appears that the dust is starting to settle around WWE WrestleMania 30. A new report indicates that the company have their top matches in place, some you expected, and one that is a bit of a shocker.
Dave Meltzer breaks down the card as it stands today in the latest Wrestling Observer newsletter. Meltzer is quick to point out that these matches could change between now and the event, yet this is what the company is working with today. The biggest question up to this point has been around John Cena and his match. Big Dave says that the company has a working plan in place.
AS I SEE IT: The Post-ECW Era at the Famous Arena
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So given that, let’s take a look at part two of the building’s history, the post-ECW era. During those years, CZW was the primary promotion that ran shows at the ECW Arena. Here is a sample of that history. Please understand that it’s only a sample, as someone’s going to have to write a book to do the ECW era and the post-ECW era justice.
AS I SEE IT: The ECW Arena returns…
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It started out as a warehouse at the corner of Swanson and Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia. Over 18 years, it became one of the most well-known wrestling venues on the planet.
There has not been wrestling at the ECW Arena for nearly two years. Tomorrow night, the first show is scheduled to take place in the new Arena, as Extreme Rising show, under the new ownership of Steve O’Neill, runs the corner of Swanson and Ritner. The Arena is clearly still being worked on as I write this, with completion of the renovations scheduled for April.
It’s the intent of Roger Artigiani to bring wrestling back to the Arena, but other events as well. Previous to the Arena’s closing, MMA and boxing cards (including boxing cards televised on ESPN2, Versus (now NBC Sports), and Telemundo. He wants that to return, along with bringing in other events.
WWE announced this past Monday that The Animal, Dave Batista, is returning to the company in January. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not a huge Batista fan but this should shake things up a little bit. I feel WWE has been a little stale lately, which is usually how I feel before Wrestlemania season.
So I’m looking forward to Batista’s arrival on January. But I don’t think Vince should stop there.
The time has come to bring Hulk Hogan back to World Wrestling Entertainment.
It’s a feud that happened quite often during the 90’s between two of the most recognizable wrestlers in pro wrestling history. It all started in 1989 and ran off and on for ten years.
For most of 1988, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage were friends. In fact, they were best friends. Hogan helped Savage win the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania IV. They always had the other’s back. At SummerSlam in August they teamed up to form the Mega Powers to defeat Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant.
“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.
This week, I had a bit of a hard time choosing this week’s Most Valuable Diva. So many girls from WWE and TNA impressed me this week in their own way. With that said, this week’s edition of Most Valuable Diva will feature many WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts that stood out to me:
AJ Lee successfully defended her Divas Championship against Natalya at TLC. AJ looked as though her reign as Divas Champion was going to end after Natalya escaped out of the Black Widow and attempted to lock in the Sharpshooter. However, WWE’s resident crazy chick managed to get Natalya with a roll up and successfully defend her title. AJ’s had a long reign as Divas Champions, and she’s coming closer and closer to becoming the longest reigning Divas Champion in history.
Hello once again wrestling fans. A lot has happened since my last article, therefore, once again….Let’s get to it!
This guy’s potential is absolutely endless. The week of TLC, WWE broadcast Raw from Bryan’s home state of Washington. The reaction for him anywhere else is strong. However, in Seattle, the people seemed to get louder, the longer the night went on. Why they are not using him in the main card is beyond comprehension. Randy Orton, and much to my regret John Cena are major players, however, when chants of “Dan-iel Bry-an” and “Yes” drown out the promo’s with almost every major champion over the past decade in the ring. That speaks volumes. I like the Wyatt family, it’s a great new group of characters, but Daniel Bryan should not be wasted with them. In my mind, along with CM Punk, Daniel Bryan is the best in the business today. They should be at least used like it.