The goal of every young sports-entertainment hopeful is to hear their name announced as they strut down the aisle in a WWE arena. For a select few, that dream comes true. But for others, the name that ends up being announced is a complete nightmare.
WCW is the greatest rival WWE has ever faced. The Monday Night Wars are one of the most pivotal battles in the history of sports-entertainment. WCW’s success rested on the shoulders of experienced competitors and high-flying young ring warriors. More than a decade since the demise of the Atlanta-based organization, WWE Classics lists the Top 50 WCW Superstars of all-time.
But before you cover the WWE Classics’ Facebook wall with missives like “What about Tully Blanchard???,” take a moment to read the guidelines the WWE Classics team followed when compiling this list.
Sports Illustrated online has posted an exclusive feature article on TNA President Dixie Carter! Titled “Welcome To Dixieland: A Look at Pro Wrestling’s Female Boss”, the piece looks at Dixie’s past, the rise of TNA Wrestling, the early years of the company, the success with SpikeTV, the future of TNA and so much more!
The boos get louder each time Dixie Carter steps out onto the stage, but in pro wrestling, that’s never a bad thing. After a decade of running Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), the No. 2 pro wrestling company in the world, Carter has learned that any reaction is a good reaction.
WWE Survivor Series Mailbag: Answering the tough questions about the weak link in pro wrestling’s Big Four pay-per-views
By The Masked Man on
Welcome to the RassleBag. Sunday brings us Survivor Series, the least big of the “Big Four” shows on the WWE calendar. Whereas WrestleMania is sui generis and SummerSlam and the Royal Rumble remain the epic tentpoles they were originally envisioned to be, Survivor Series is a remnant of a time when pro wrestling storytelling was about dragging out major feuds as long as possible (and when Thanksgiving seemed like a reasonable time to program a big wrestling show). I charted the history of the Series two years ago, but here’s the short version: It used to be four or five good guys versus four or five bad guys. No longer. These days, you won’t find superstars wasting time in multi-partner tag matches. The title bouts are just like at any other PPV; the only difference is that WWE makes a lackluster effort to keep the tradition going by tossing out a couple teams of mid-carders. All it does is remind us how far the event has fallen. But don’t take my word for it — take it from my readers.
When did Survivor Series cards start resembling Payback? Isn’t this supposed to be one of the big four? Why not push the 4-on-4 elimination style matches as a once a year extravaganza?
Why doesn’t WWE stick with the traditional Survivor Series format? It seems that the old format would be more conducive to extending feuds and keep them from having to create too many new angles.
Why doesn’t WWE bring back War Games?
This is just a taste of the torrent of mail I got from wrestling fans exasperated about the state of Survivor Series. Grantland’s own Bill Simmons is on the record as advocating that it be replaced by Money in the Bank because MITB at least has a big match built into it. I can’t totally disagree, except that I’m a whiny traditionalist who thinks the Survivor Series legacy is worth salvaging. But how?
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It’s that time of year again. Just like we did last November, WWE.com cornered some of your favorite Superstars (and Fandango) in the locker room and asked them to choose the four members of their dream Survivor Series teams. The playing field was wide open. Superstars could pick any competitors, past or present, just as long as they gave us a reason why they’d like to tag up with them.
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Online World of Wrestling is pleased to welcome the Road Warriors, Hawk and Animal, into its Hall of Fame! The Road Warriors had an amazing career and their inclusion into the OWW Hall of Fame is long overdue.
OWW’s editor-in-chief David Buckler wrote this tribute to the Road Warriors:
Oooooh, what a rush! The Road Warriors were composed of Michael “Hawk” Hegstrand and Joseph “Animal” Laurinaitis and are perhaps the greatest tag team of all time. During their careers they won championships all over the world and in the process redefined the look of tag team wrestling, coming to the ring with intimidating face paint and large spikes, and using dominating power moves such as the innovative Doomsday Device. They achieved great success in all of the world’s largest promotions: the AWA, NWA, WCW, WWE, and Japan. Managed by Paul Ellering, the Road Warriors had legendary feuds with the Fabulous Freebirds, the Four Horsemen, Demolition, and the Steiner Brothers. On April 2, 2011, the Road Warriors with Paul Ellering were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Sadly, Michael Hegstrand passed away in 2003.
Hold up. Don’t post that comment just yet. Before you cover the WWE Universe’s Facebook wall with missives like “What about Harlem Heat???,” take a moment to read the guidelines the WWEClassics.com team followed when compiling this list.
1. Only WWE teams were eligible. Meaning no Gangstas, no Sting & Lex Luger and no Mulkey Brothers.
2. Teams were rated only on their accomplishments while in WWE, so the achievements of The Steiners in the NWA had no bearing on their placement (or lack thereof) here.
3. Eligibility began with the first recognized World Tag Team Champions, Luke Graham & Tarzan Tyler, who won the titles on June 3, 1971.
4. Rankings were based on everything from longevity to cultural impact. Personal biases may have also crept in, as witnessed by an extended argument over the significance of Tony Garea & Dean Ho.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, here are the 50 greatest tag teams in WWE history, presented by Totino’s!
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AIWF Senior Executive Vice President Tim Dolan announced recently that in an effort to further solidify the AIWF’s prominence we are pleased to introduce Bobby Horne as Vice President of Talent Relations. Most people will remember Mr. Horne as Sir Mo from his WWF days as a member of Men on a Mission, a tag team with his former partner Mabel (Viscera).