WWE will be ending their Classics On Demand service beginning January 31st, 2014, according to a new memo sent out to cable subscribers this weekend.
“As of January 31, 2014, WWE CLASSICS ON DEMAND will no longer be available as a monthly subscription service. This is not a choice made by Mediacom, but rather a business decision made by the WWE in order to focus on other programming content.”
The refined gentlemen in the WWEClassics.com office have been rewatching old WCW shows as a profession for years and we’ve stumbled upon more than a few dopey moments we can’t believe we missed the first time around. Everyone remembers when David Arquette won the WCW Title, but what about the night Scott Steiner set attack dogs on Sting? Or that time Hulk Hogan got into an endlessly quotable confrontation with The Wall, who just happened to be standing on the top of a hotel a mile away from The Hulkster?
It is 2013 right? Well yes it is if you’re an old school fan who grew up on tag team wrestling than you love what WWE is doing right now. Triple H AKA Paul Levesque is starting to get that trend back in the eyes of the WWE universe. He has taking a more of a backstage role if you didn’t know and was living under a rock for the past two years.
WWE.COM: What have you been up to since we last saw you on WWE television?
EVE TORRES: Well, aside from building a house and planning a wedding and all of that real-life stuff that I’ve finally gotten around to, I’ve been teaching a lot of women’s self-defense classes at the Gracie Academy. Since January, I’ve pretty much been teaching Gracie Women Empowered self-defense full-time, working with women from all walks of life. We’ve got grandmas in there, we’ve got mothers with their daughters, and we’ve had several contracts with the U.S. Air Force.
The December 2013 issue of WWE Magazine features an in-depth interview with Shawn Michaels, who weighed in on his most memorable matches and how he became one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time. Without mentioning Daniel Bryan by name, he addresses the topic of undersized WWE Superstars being overlooked for main event positions and how he personally responded to Vince McMahon’s perceptions at a time when larger-than-life individuals ruled the promotion.
WWE Divas Title Match: Natalya defeated AJ Lee (champion) by DQ, Tamina Snuka interfered and AJ ran away through the crowd with the title.
A better than standard match that saw Tamina make the save. This does two things, one it makes it build more storyline and they can have a rematch most likely at Suvior Series PPV. Two it gives creditability for Natalya that she can beat the champion. Brie Bella had a bit of that early in her feud but not anymore. Natalya is a serious contender for the belt. I wish they would have built this match up more instead of going straight to it. Main Event has lost all the special element of the show.
Justin Gabriel defeated Tyson Kidd
Two smaller guys going at it in an action paces match. It is surprising that Kidd lost since he has been and still is in a program with Fandango. Gabriel who don’t see a lot get a win over kidd. With that being said if you like smaller guys wrestle with a quicker pace than this is your match.
3MB defeated R-Truth, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
Another surprise win from a group who is a jobber for most tag teams. With Truth going over on Ryback it’s interesting to see that he lost. Does WWE management not think that their WWE universe not watch main event or they just don’t care what common sense is? A filler and throw away match no doubt.
This aside from the divas title feels like a superstar’s edition. The divas match isn’t enough to keep my interest up in this show at all.
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!
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!
Marvel.com: You just returned from a major injury way sooner than everyone expected. What motivated you to come back so soon?
John Cena: I just don’t like [being out]. I really like the job and it comes with ups and downs and I know not necessarily everyone at my job loves me but that shouldn’t sour me from my place of employment. I’ve truly found a home in the WWE and when I’m not there all I want to do is be there. I think that helped me get back really soon because everything I did was focused on getting back sooner and sooner.