AR’s Breakthrough: Randy Orton vs. Chris Benoit at SummerSlam ’04

SummerSlam04I am a die-hard wrestling fan and I like to go back watching old, classic matches of wrestling. From now on these columns will go back and relive some of these matches. The first edition is for the World Heavyweight Championship from SummerSlam of 2004 involving the Champion in Chris Benoit and the challenger Randy Orton.

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Is the “Authority Figure” the right role for Triple H?

Triple H 3Many WWE fans know the back ground of Triple H, the man who changed the business and held many championships. He has been the upright gentlemen when he made his WWE debut through the young and juvenile member/ leader of “Degeneration X” to the corporate guy. In his later years the top guy in company and is the “Authority” figure of the WWE.

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Has the Survivor Series PPV lost its magic?

Survivor Series 2This year’s WWE Survivor Series PPV goes down the 24th of November. There have been so many changes to the wrestling business and the way it has gone from the golden ages to the attitude era and now to the PG era. A couple years ago it was believed to be dead and almost taken off the calendar of the WWE. With the fourth biggest PPV that WWE has (WrestleMania, Summerslam, Royal Rumble) only a matter of two weeks away.

Let’s go back and take a look at the history of this event.

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FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE: Is Anyone Else Sick of John Cena??

Falls Count AnywhereIs anyone else sick of John Cena?

June 27th, 2002. WWE Smackdown was on the air with Kurt Angle in the ring calling out anyone who was willing to take on the “very best in the business”.  Inspired by a Vince K. McMahon speech of ruthless aggression, John Cena hit the ring.  Throughout the match, he looked impressive.  He managed to counter the “Angle Slam” and an ankle lock submission, however eventually he lost to a hard amateur-style pin.  Since then, he’s won almost every single championship in WWE.  You think with 11+ years of WWE service, he would actually learn how to wrestle!

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GUEST COLUMN: “Triple H’s Heel Turn Has Been Perfectly Executed” by Tom Clark

HHH columnEditor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.bleacherreport.com and was written by Tom Clark.

Triple H‘s transformation from WWE’s babyface chief operating officer to cold and calculating dictator was a very abrupt one, to say the least.

Hunter’s betrayal of Daniel Bryan occurred of course at the company’s SummerSlam pay-per-view on August 18.  Just three weeks later, he has become the most devious corporate figure since his father-in-law Vince McMahon.

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AS I SEE IT: The McMahon-Helmsley Era – Version 2.0

AISIAS I SEE IT: The McMahon-Helmsley Era – Version 2.0
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Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
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Is anyone as unexcited by the McMahon-Helmsley Era version 2.0 as I am, after watching the last few RAWs?

The whole idea of having a program with heel chasing a face, is for fans to buy into the possibility that the face ventually gets back at the heel for what the heel did  to him, right? Well, right about now we have a situation where WWE has again painted itself into a corner with very little way out.

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Grantland.com presents: “The B.S. Report: The Masked Man discusses Triple H and the future of WWE”

HHHEditor’s note: This podcast originally appeared on Grantland.com:

ESPN’s Bill Simmons calls up his friend Gus Ramsey to talk about Ramsey catching a foul ball. Then, David Shoemaker comes on to talk about his Triple H interview and ‘SummerSlam’.

Listen to the podcast here:

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/grantland/player?id=9605992

ESPN.com presents: WWE Power Rankings: Triple H stands tall

Triple HCourtesy of ESPN.com:

It was a terrible episode of “Raw” last night, with only the six-man elimination match between Team Hell No and John Cena versus The Shield and the closing segment featuring Triple H and Brock Lesnar worth praising.

Everything just seemed off about the show, from the camera work to the announcers to the stumbling promos, and it seemed like the crowd was completely dead until Daniel Bryan and The Shield picked up the pace in the elimination match and brought it to its feet.

To read the rest of the article, and see ESPN’s list, follow this link:

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/21799/wwe-power-rankings-triple-h-stands-tall

Complete listing for the WWE’s ‘Top 25 Rivalries In History’ DVD

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Here is the complete listing for the WWE’s Top 25 Rivalries In History DVD & Blu-ray set…

Disc 1

Chemistry

#25 – Triple H vs. Mick Foley

#24 – Tazz vs. Sabu

#23 – Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero

#22 – Bruiser Brody vs. Abdullah the Butcher

#21 – Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper

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