“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan Tours Sweden and Denmark

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The whole world might as well be the United States for Jim Duggan. It doesn’t matter what country he’s in because everyone chants “U.S.A.” when “Hacksaw”  is in the building. The WWE Legend is currently wrapping up a few days in Sweden and Denmark and the fans have appreciated his time. Keeping up with all of his travels and how well he’s been received on social media has been quite a treat for those of us who are abroad.

Duggan, who won the first ever WWE Royal Rumble, has already appeared at shows and signed autographs in the towns of Goteberg and Malmo, Sweden. According to his Twitter account, the fans in Malmo were so caught up in Duggan’s presence that they all were participating with his classic patriotic chants…

One participant of the Malmo event took video of Hacksaw’s appearance and shared that special moment with the world through Youtube…

Despite all of the fun that Duggan has been having with wrestling fans in Europe, the WWE Hall of Famer took time on August 29th to offer up prayers for Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Roberts has suffered a scary bought with pneumonia this past week and was forced off of a show in Las Vegas as he went to the hospital for observation and testing. Sadly, a brain abnormality has been detected for Roberts. We should all follow Duggan’s lead in prayer for Roberts.

Duggan has since left Sweden and continued on in his travels over to Denmark. He will make his way back to the States by Monday and we should all offer him up prayers for his safe travels. But judging by one of his more recent Facebook posts, we Americans might have a hard time convincing him to come back…

                                                                                                                           

It’s always good to see wrestling legends still doing what they love so many years past their prime. Keep on truckin’, Hacksaw. But in the meantime, keep up with plenty of your favorite wrestling news and updates by following me on Twitter @MitchNickelson. Take care.

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Hulk Hogan Uses Salty Language Against Stone Cold Steve Austin

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Is “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan laying the groundwork for one final match? If not, then he has quite the problem with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Hulk Hogan, according to audio that was uploaded today, sat down with radio personalities Roz and Mocha of Toronto’s KiSS 92.5 FM to chat about a variety of issues. He addressed the many Twitter-hoaxes claiming that Hulk has died, whether or not he was responsible for ending his daughter Brooke’s engagement, and who he’d like to step into the ring with.

When asked if there is anyone in the world of professional wrestling Hogan currently has beef with, he immediately mentioned Austin’s name and associated him with the phrase “major, constant b****.” He went on to explain a recent confrontation between the two…

“I ran into him last week and I said ‘Look bro, everybody keeps talking, you know, why didn’t this happen? When I came back with the NWO in ’05 I was ready to go and it didn’t happen. I know you had some health issues and stuff like that BUT WHAT’S THE PROBLEM NOW, BROTHER?'”

It should be pointed out that Hogan got the dates slightly wrong in this interview. Hogan’s NWO run in WWE happened in 2002, not 2005. This run led to an epic Wrestlemania encounter with The Rock that could have been against Steve Austin had Austin wanted it. Austin faced off against Scott Hall instead at that event and a match between the two icons never happened.

After discussing Steve Austin, Hogan also mentioned briefly how he’d like to punk out Cena as well. The Hulkster has been saying in recent months that he’d love to get into the ring one last time and this looks like seeds that are being planted for that possibility. Austin has also had buzz circling about one final go, so maybe the chances of this happening aren’t so far-fetched.

To listen to the complete audio, check out the audio below. Hogan’s Steve Austin comments begin at around the 4:40 mark. (Warning: There is a slight content warning on the language.) 

                                                                                                   

Who wants to see Hogan face off against Austin? Could it live up to the hype with both men so far removed from their prime? Comment below and offer your thoughts. Or if you want to share your thoughts on Twitter, send them to me @MitchNickelson. Thanks for reading.

 

Ryback Goes Under The Knife

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The WWE has seen two high profile departures this past week. Rob Van Dam will be going on what can be assumed to be a routine sabbatical. Van Dam wrapped up his current run with WWE on Tuesday night, battling Seth Rollins on both Main Event and Smackdown. His Main Event match, which aired Tuesday night live on the WWE Network, ended with a DQ win due to countout.

The other high profile departure was that of Ryback. The Big Guy, who’s real name is Ryan Reeves, originally sent a not-so-clear message out on Twitter on Monday. The tweet, which has since been deleted, said this…

“Going away for a while to get some stuff fixed. Have not been myself for quite some time. P.S. Sorry Punk.”

The tweet was accompanied with this picture…

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Speculation abounded as to what exactly all of this meant. When Main Event aired on Tuesday night, a backstage segment between Adam Rose and Curtis Axel revealed that Ryback was out with an injury. The Ax Man would suffer a loss to Rose, obviously aimless without his Rybaxel buddy. Michael Cole offered an on air explanation that Ryback would be out of action for two weeks.

Today, Ryback took to the internet to address speculation directly to the online portion of the WWE Universe. The Big Guy was in a hospital bed and appeared to be in the process of receiving some sort of general anesthetics. He explained that he’s been wrestling for a about seven months with a couple of strained groins (pronounced “Grow-ins”) and two sport hernias. He told the WWE Universe that he’s wrestled with injury for all of us…but especially for our mothers.

“Mother’s LOVE The Big Guy.”

After sharing some inspirational wisdom he’s received from Babe Ruth, Ryback assures us that he’ll be coming back in a big way. If the viewer hasn’t picked up on how much of this promo is done in-character by this point, Ryback perfectly ended the video by softly speaking “Ryback Rules,” nearly in a whisper as he goes unconscious. Go ahead and see The Big Guy’s amazing comedic delivery for yourself…

While Ryback’s time away and surgery seem to be the legit reason why he’ll be off television for the next few weeks, he’s finding entertaining ways to deliver the news. He’s always had a humorous approach to the IWC and this writer wishes him a safe and speedy recovery. Hurry back, Big Guy. The Ax Man and I will miss you.

 

Thanks for reading another quick news update by Mitch Nickelson. As a fan of Ryback, I had fun writing this one. Follow me on Twitter @MitchNickelson as I anxiously await his return to television. Also, there’s plenty more Mitch at MitchNickelson.com.

Main Event Review for August 26th, 2014

The night after Raw has arrived, so that can mean only one thing…WWE Main Event! This week’s show is being broadcasted out of Ontario, California. Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam has been advertized in advance.

Normally, I write my recap to this show while I watch it live, adding my opinions along the way. This week I decided to watch it all beforehand without writing anything. I typically like wrestling better if I’m not too distracted, plus I was a little too tired last night when I turned it on. I’ll try to not act too surprised as I’m going back over the show.

Tom Phillips was promoted to Smackdown last week so it looks like Michael Cole and Byron Saxton are our announce team for now on. That Michael Cole is quite the workhorse. The WWE Network lists this edition of Main Event as the 100th episode. Despite the milestone, there will be no Rybaxel-themed cake like I wished for last week.

Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam

The news going around the internet yesterday was that Tuesday night would be RVD’s last night with WWE. I think the consensus is that this will be another break and not a permanent departure. As Rollins makes his way to the ring, his eulogy of Ambrose on the previous night’s Raw is shown. Roman Reigns interrupted and avoided a harsh blow from a cinder block.

I don’t find myself going gaga over RVD matches these days, but he looked good on this encounter. Maybe it’s because Rollins is a stellar in-ring worker and knows how to make his opponent look good. RVD does all the kicks and spots you’d expect, but the crowd bought it. Whenever he’d pause and do the “RVD” chants where he points to himself, the crowd bought into it.

RVD went to the top rope late into the match and Seth shoved him to the outside, sending Rob onto the outside barricade. RVD almost was counted out, getting back into the ring barely before the ten count expired. Seth was aggressive to Rob, pummeling him to the outside again. He threw RVD into the barricade.

Seth tried to throw RVD into the barricade again, but Van Dam reversed it and sent him crashing into the time-keeper’s area. RVD runs back into the ring before they’re both counted out at around the nine count. The ref finishes his count while Seth is still on the outside, making RVD the winner.

Winner by Count Out: Rob Van Dam

If that was RVD’s last match for a while, it was a good note to leave on. That was a solid match and a win over one of the rising stars of the company.

Post match, an angry Rollins tries to attack RVD, but Rob quickly fights him off. Seth takes his briefcase and is yelling his way up the entrance ramp. He’s got a nasty mark above his eye. It looked like he  was bloodied the hard way.

There will be a recap of the latest in the Cena/Lesnar feud later in the show.

Curtis Axel vs. Adam Rose

Earlier in the day, Adam Rose was backstage with his Rosebuds. We learn in this segment that Ryback is out with an injury. Rose asks The Ax Man if he wants to join The Exotic Express. Axel declines like the stud that he is. Rose called Axel a lemon and told him that he’s going to make him into lemonade. It’s a cheesy way to build up a match, but it’s the kind of cheese that I like.

There’s a point in the match where Axel goes for a clothesline, Rose ducks it, then Axel immediately spins around to club the back of Rose’s head. The replay was really cool looking. The Rosebuds kept singing the Adam Rose tune to the annoyance of Axel. Curtis frequently screamed at the entourage when he had control of the match.

Rose did a hurricanrana off of the top rope. This lead to a sequence of moves that ended with Rose hitting the Party Foul onto Axel. He pinned the lone member of Rybaxel for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Adam Rose

Rose danced with his buddies after his win. Byron Saxton said that it would be a wonderful night for the Exotic Express.

The fantastic vignette that they aired with Lesnar and Heyman on Raw was shown here. The Hall of Fame Forum with Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair is recapped right after this. John Cena’s interruption and his matches later in the show are then shown.

Los Matadores are walking with El Torito backstage. They face Gold and Stardust next. Roman Reigns takes on Bray Wyatt this Friday on Smackdown.

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The Tag Team Championship match between The Usos and the Dusts is highlighted during the entrances. Both of those teams put on fantastic matches, so I’m looking forward to what I assume will be a Championship rematch at Night of Champions.

Stardust and one of the Matadores kicked off the action and showcased their personalities well. Stardust was frustrated when he was halted mid-Irish Whip just see his opponent pose and shout ‘Ole!’ Stardust did a cartwheel shortly after to set up a drop-kick to a seated Matadore.

This match was given over ten minutes and was a good showcase of the often-underutilized tag team division. Los Matadores are great wrestlers but is a shame they’ve been stuck in more of a comedy role Give Primo and Epico more of a chance.

The crowd mildly chanted the ‘Ole’ chants while Stardust worked on an arm. Goldust would later narrowly escape a top rope dive as he side-steps out of harms way. Goldust tagged in Stardust, who hit a version of the Russian Leg Sweep where his opponent hit the mat face first.

Winner by Pinfall: Gold and Stardust

El Torito was checking on his buddies after the match, but Stardust grabbed the little guy and threw him through the ropes to the outside. Torito took a nasty fall and hit the ground hard. The brothers posed in celebration and Stardust looked creepy with his orange and yellow eyes. Very cool contact lenses there, Cody. The show ends there.

Mitch’s Final Thoughts:

This was an average night of Main Event, carried by several good matches. I didn’t feel like WWE went out of their way to make this show feel any more special than normal, but there were three matches that were given plenty of time and that’s all I need.

I assume RVD will be back in about 6 months, so if this was his final match for a while then it was good. I like being reminded how talented he is. Seth technically lost, but it wasn’t clean and it’s on Main Event. The loss won’t damage him.

Can The Ax Man survive without The Big Guy? His match was good for what it was, but a loss to Adam Rose isn’t exactly good for a solo career. They are both wrestlers who are nowhere near being in line for a meaningful run, but maybe they can figure out something that works for them. They provided acceptable filler for tonight.

The big match of the night was great. I’m happy to see Los Matadores in a competitive match and the Rhodes are finally finding direction again. The heel attack on El Torito was fitting and might lead to another TV match or two in the coming weeks. It’s a good mini-feud for the Rhodes until they finally get their hands on The Usos.

Once again, I liked tonight. It wasn’t above-average, but there was plenty to appreciate. Thanks for reading my review and be sure to follow me on Twitter @MitchNickelson. And in case that’s not enough Mitch, go check out MitchNickelson.com.

 

Communist North Korea To Host Huge Wrestling Event

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Next Saturday and Sunday, Antonio Inoki will host a wrestling event in one of the most politically controversial locations on the planet, North Korea. Inoki is a wrestling legend in Japan and has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He famously battled Muhammad Ali in Tokyo in 1978. Japan Times provides the details…

Inoki’s latest venture will bring 21 combatants from Japan, the United States, France, Brazil and China to the International Pro Wrestling Festival at the North Korean capital’s 20,000-seat Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Stadium next Saturday and Sunday.

This will be the second time that Inoki has brought professional wrestling to Pyongyang. In 1995, he organized the “Sports and Cultural Festival For Peace” that is credited as the biggest pro-wrestling event in human history. The event was a joint venture between Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling and the now defunct North American promotion, WCW. It was dubbed “Collision in Korea” in the States.

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Over 340,000 North Koreans attended the two-day event in 1995, most likely under duress. Ric Flair was one of the WCW participants and hilariously recounted the ordeal in his fantastic autobiography, To Be The Man. Here’s an excerpt that summarizes this account from a review in The Herald-Dispatch...

Even though it was common knowledge in the mid-1990s that wrestling was scripted, Flair recounts humorously an instance when WCW took wrestling to North Korea. Almost 400,000 people saw the two-day event, assuming they were hosting something more like the Olympics. The local press would even contrive false statements by Ric praising the memory of the “great leader,” Kim Il Sung.

Notable wrestlers who will compete in next week’s event include Bob Sapp and Frenchman Jerome Le Banner. The event will include sideshows featuring fighting styles such as taekwondo and other martial arts. One event that will most likely not be happening will be a game called “Showing Satellite Images of North Korea at Night.”

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Judging by that image, North Korea is no more technologically developed than the ocean. So why does a country that refuses to acknowledge petty things like human rights and electricity get to host such a high profile event? Looking back to that Japan Times article…

The sports event was announced last month, days after Tokyo revoked some unilateral sanctions, including curbs on travel, against the isolated state as a reward for its decision to relaunch a probe into the fate of Japanese kidnapped by North Korean agents.

Do you see what happens when stop being evil, North Korea? You get to have nice things, like pro-wrestling. Relatively new leader, Kim Jong Un, seems to have been paving the way for this magical moment. Former NBA Champion and NWO member Dennis “The Worm” Rodman has visited the country.

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Will Inoki pave the way towards bringing the reclusive nation into the modern era? It couldn’t hurt. And all joking aside, let’s hope so. It would be wonderful if pro-wrestling plays a small part in helping bring such a reclusive, poverty-stricken nation out of a self-induced coma.
                                                                                                                       

That’s kind of depressing news update. Not only are those North Koreans deprived of good things like liberty and self-reliance, they probably have no idea that a few decades of wrestling goodness is available on demand for only 9.99. The horror! Let’s all remember how awesome John Locke is and then go follow me on Twitter @MitchNickelson. Don’t let the Communists win, people.

Evan Bourne Calls WWE Refs Snitches

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Evan Bourne (real name Matthew Joseph Korklan) has been making waves recently over claims he made about WWE referees. In a YouShoot interview he had this to say about the refs…

Every now and then they try and get the referees to be snitches on us. Not the agents, in the Talent Relations chain; someone would leverage a referee for information.

While it’s not terribly shocking to find out when management in any profession finds a segment of the workforce to keep tabs on the rest of the employees, this is a new claim to the world of WWE. Do all of the wrestlers keep one eye open when they’re around those striped shirts? Former WWE talent Tyler Reks seconded the claims…

Even if all of this is exactly as these two claim it is, this isn’t a terribly shocking claim. Management finding ways of keeping tabs on the workforce happens in virtually all work environments. Why would pro-wrestling be that different?

Another claim he made in this same interview that did seem a little shocking to this writer is that refs would get bonuses for messing with match endings at House Shows.

“Referees weren’t always with wrestlers. On the house shows they would do the ring crew so they would travel completely separately. There was certainly… they’d try to pit us against each other. They did stuff like, if you’re doing something totally illegal, like if you have a 5 count in the corner and you’re punching the guy, the ref counts to 5 and he disqualifies you. He got a bonus for that DQ because he followed the rules and we didn’t. I’m dead serious, that was a thing. They would bonus the ref for applying the rule set.”

Refs are given bonuses for not letting a match go to the pre-determined ending? That is a little odd. House Shows are not scripted too tightly like the televised shows are, so improvisation happens frequently. But allowing refs to change the ending for personal financial reward seems like a recipe for disaster. Tension between them and the wrestlers would be a natural result, which might explain why claims of wrestlers viewing refs as snitches are starting to emerge.

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Maybe he sensed that throwing all of the refs under the bus was a little rash because after these claims started circulating across the Internet, he sent out this seemingly flattering tweet…

Despite these claims by the former Evan Bourne (I assume he’ll resume using his indie name Matt Sydal), his career continues on. A fan asked him on Twitter if he’ll be popping up in Ring of Honor soon and he offered this bit of information…

Thanks for reading this brief news update by Mitch Nickelson for TJRWrestling.com. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @MitchNickelson and check me out at MitchNickelson.com.

Main Event Review for August 19th, 2014

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Tuesday night has came and went with another eventful episode of Main Event in the books. I did not watch the show on Tuesday night and am in fact watching it Wednesday morning. I’ve heard about what happened, namely Brock’s opponent for Night of Champions, and I think that qualifies as an eventful announcement. Also, Slater Gator wrestled. So I’m looking forward to what should be a great hour of wrestling.

I’m Mitch and I write about all the fun stuff on this WWE Network show. I recap and throw in my opinion along the way. I wrap it up with a spiffy summary of how I felt of everything at the end. I have fun doing this.

Usually, Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips are the announcers. This week, it’s Bryon Saxton and Michael Cole. The WWE Network lists this as the 99th episode of Main Event. Will there be a party for next weeks triple-digit milestone? Maybe I’ll have a Rybaxel cake cooked up to celebrate. Tonight’s show comes to us from the fine city of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Sheamus vs. Curtix Axel

This match is not for Sheamus’ United States Championship. These two were part of a six-man tag match on Raw the previous night that was really fun. Before the match gets started, Cesaro makes his way to the announce table in a really sharp suit. At one point, Byron asks The Swiss Superman to talk about the now-international WWE Network in Swedish. Cesaro calls him an idiot because he’s Swiss, not Swedish.

There was a fun part in this match where Axel has Sheamus in the corner and starts slapping the snot out of him. He hit him like a dozen times and Sheamus no-sold it as he looked super angry. He battled back and hit several running knees. He made it to the top rope and dove with his shoulder into Axel. Sheamus hit the Ten Beats Of The Bowery, then the Running Senton. The fans started to come alive as he set up for the Brogue Kick. Sheamus connected with it and that was enough for a successful pinfall.

Winner by pinfall: Sheamus

Post match, Cesaro grabs the US Title and admires it. Sheamus acts ticked that Cesaro is holding onto his belt too long, but then Cesaro finally throws it into the ring. It looks like the start of a new feud.

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Big Show and Erick Rowan face off later in the show, which was previously advertised. Byron Saxton says that it will be a “Monster’s Brawl.”

Triple H then cuts in as he announces that Brock Lesnar will have to defend his newly-won WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the man he took it from, John Cena. Cena requested the rematch. Bryon Saxton questions how smart this decision was, so soon after the beating he took just two days ago. He calls it the worst loss of Cena’s career.

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Nikki Bella vs. Emma

Nikki’s betrayal of her sister from Summerslam and their confrontation of Raw is replayed. The crowd starts a “You Sold Out” chant. Nikki did a spinning kick off the ropes onto Emma that connected nicely. She locks Emma into a front face lock and does a well-timed eye roll as the crowd starts up again with “You Sold Out.”

There’s a Breaking News graphic scrolling at the bottom of the screen, telling us about Lesnar and Cena again. Emma is able to lock her Tarantula on Nikki but fails to follow up with a cross-body off of the top rope. Nikki decked her with a hard right hand. She puts Emma in a Backbreaker and covers her for the win.

Winner by pinfall: Nikki Bella

Nikki makes her way back up to ramp as Michael Cole questions her relationship with The Authority.

Renee Young Interviews The Big Show And Mark Henry Backstage

Renee asks Big Show about his match with Erick Rowan tonight. Show calls Rowan a big, raw-boned, red-headed monster. Show talks about how the match will be a brawl but then says that he might pull out some top-rope luchador maneuvers. Mark Henry shakes his head and tells him, “No.” Henry then follows it up by simply telling him, “Win.” Big Shows tells him that he’ll give it the old “College Try.” He keeps rambling on and Henry tells him to just go out there and whoop him so that they can go eat. Henry adds that if Harper puts his face in it, he’ll put something in his face. Renee looks a little confused after that.

Back from a break and there’s a replay of Triple H’s announcement about the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Night of Champions again. John Cena returns to Raw next week in Anaheim, California.

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Slater Gator (Titus O’Neil &Heath Slater) vs. Los Matadores

Well I’m happy about getting to see another Slater Gator match. I’m not a huge huge fan of the Matadores, but it’s good to see Fernando back from injury. In addition to El Torito, Hornswoggle is dressed up as a little cow. That’s…odd.

I won’t comment on the match too much; it wasn’t too special. All four of the wrestlers are talented and I like to mark out for Slater Gator, but Byron Saxton and Michael Cole kept cracking cow jokes and dumb puns. I guess the entire point of this match was simply to show Hornswoggle in a cow costume. Heath Slater got the win with an Implant DDT.

Winners by pinfall: Slater Gator

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Heath Slater looks like he’s going to attack El Torito after the match, but Hornswoggle kicks his leg to try to stop him. Slater gets down on his knees and looks like he’s begging for a confrontation. Torito comes from behind and shoves Slater’s head off of Hornswoggle’s udders. They push Slater out of the ring, knocking Titus over in the process. Slater and Titus collect themselves, then run back into the ring to chase the two little people away. Even I have a hard time defending stuff like this.

Luke Harper is shown in an expectedly dark location backstage. Here’s what he says… “You may walk amongst the clouds, but he taught us that in order for you to be saved you must pay for your sins. And tonight the giant comes crashing down.” The camera then pans to Erick Rowan, who is in his creepy mask. “Big Show..RUN!”

Big Show and Erick Rowan still have a match later, but now we’re watching the last few days of events regarding Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. When a feud it this good, I’ll actually pay attention to the recap. Michael Cole and Byron Saxton talk about the crazy antics of Dean Ambrose since Raw went off the air. He apparently refused medical treatment and is on the loose. Make sure you check your car trunks thoroughly, people.

Renee Young Interviews Seth Rollins Backstage

Seth gets a decent heel reaction from the fans in the arena when he’s first shown. Renee asks if he has an explanation for what he did Monday night. Seth expalins that he wasn’t the one to choose the match, the WWE Universe did. The blood is on all of our hands. Seth wonders why we’re worrying about Dean anyway since he’s in some pretty good company. He talks about the WWE Superstars who’ve fallen on tough times. John Cena was demolished by Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. Chris Jericho had his return party spoiled by Bray Wyatt. Seth says that the biggest loser is Jack Swagger because he let an entire nation down. Swagger then appears opposite of Seth.

“Look who has his big boy pants on now,” says Swagger. The crowd pops for him. Jack says that Seth talks tough without Big Daddy Kane around. Seth says that Jack talks tough without Grandpa Colter by his side. Seth says that he won his match on Summerslam and it was his foot that put Ambrose’s head through the cinder blocks on Raw. Jack would’ve known that if he wasn’t too busy taking a nap for his country. That was a good insult and Jack gets really in his face at this point.

Swagger says that he’s wide awake right now and he’s done talking. Seth responds by saying if he wants a fight, he’ll fight him…but not tonight. The crowd boos. Seth then says that he’ll see Jack on Friday’s Smackdown. The crowd then cheers for this, because Smackdown is taped and the crowd gets their match Tuesday night. Seth tells Jack he can go hang out with Dean Ambrose on the missing person’s list. Jack walks away laughing and Swagger is heard calling him a coward.

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Big Show (w/Mark Henry) vs. Erick Rowan (w/Luke Harper)

Both competitors make their way to ring before the show cuts to its last commercial break. Back from the break and there’s only 7:30 left in the broadcast. Assuming they don’t fight all the way up until the last second of the show, this will not be a long bout.

Rowan starts with a headlock on Show. Off of an Irish Whip, Show takes down Rowan with a shoulder, then clotheslines him out of the ring. Show rolls out of the ring after him. Show gets sent head-first into the steel post. They battle back in to the ring and Rowan kicks the big man while he’s down. Show caught the last kick and then clotheslines him down. Show backs him into the corner and delivers a loud chop to his chest. Rowan’s shirt is opened up and he’s chopped again. Show takes him into another corner, does the ‘ssshh’ signal to the crowd, then delivers another chop.

Big Show sends him into the opposite corner and runs backside-first into him. Show bounces off of the ropes, but Rowan takes him out at the knee. Rowan runs towards Show, but Show tries to counter by lifting up his foot for the Big Boot. Rowan catches it and drops to his knees to take out the leg. Rowan hits a clothesline and gets pretty fired up. He covers Show only to get a two count.

Michael mentions Henry’s confrontation with Rusev last night. I wonder how they’ll balance these two feuds that he’s in? Rowan is punching on Show and runs hard into him in the corner. Rowan does his knuckle-squeeze onto Show’s head and slams his knee into Show’s back. Show punches his way back into the match and administers a side Russian leg sweep.

They both make their way to standing and Rowan kicks Big Show right in the face, knocking him down. Pinfall for only two. Rowan is squeezing his knuckles onto Show’s temples again. Shows throws Rowan over his own body to break it that time. Another well-timed foot to the face from Rowan to Show. Rowan climbs to the second rope and dives elbow-first into Big Show. Rowan gets a lot of boos at this point. He taunts Show to get up.

Big Show is on his feet and Rowan goes for a body slam on Big Show and he hits it! He did that on Raw and it’s still pretty impressive. Pinfall for only two again. Rowan wants Show to get up again. As he tries to get close to him, Big Show lands a KO Punch onto Rowan. Big Show rolls him over and pins him for the win.

Winner by pinfall: Big Show

Mark Henry gets in the ring to raise The Big Show’s hand in celebration. Luke Harper is outside the ring, looking on like a creeper. The Wyatts look on as Show and Henry start making there way out of the ring. The show ends there.

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Mitch’s Final Thoughts:

I usually really like Main Event, but tonight was a below average show. The Triple H announcement was huge, but none of the wrestling matches felt special. I’d probably name the opener, Sheamus vs. Axel, as the best match of the night. But even then, it was just there to lay the groundwork for a Sheamus/Cesaro US Championship rivalry. Cesaro did a good job on commentary. I’d like to see him be his own mouthpiece more.

I like being a big Slater Gator fan, but it seemed like the whole point of that tag match was just so Cole and Saxton could crack really bad cow puns. People have been responding well to Slater’s fluke wins in recent weeks, I wish they’d make that more of a thing. Hornswoggle in corny outfits should not be the focus of any segment, even on a B show like Main Event.

The crowd liked chanting “You Sold Out” to Nikki Bella, so kudos to her for getting some heat. The Seth Rollins and Jack Swagger confrontation was interesting. I hope they good a good match on Smackdown.

The main event, Big Show vs. Erick Rowan, was just alright. They didn’t have much time, so I think that was the biggest fault. Erick Rowan’s body slam on Show is an impressive move. I was expecting interference and a melee between all four guys at the end, but that never happened. I hope this is a feud that carries on for a few weeks, but with Henry facing off against Rusev this tag feud might not get that much attention. I hope that’s not the case because I think Henry can deliver the goods in both angles.

What did you think of the show? Comment below with your thoughts and we’ll discuss it. Also, follow me on twitter @MitchNickelson. And if that isn’t enough Mitch for you, check me out at TJRWrestling.com. I actually write this review for that site, then repost it here. I will post a news update there at least once a week as well.

Al’s Classic Matches: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Scott Hall Wrestlemania X8

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Now this was an interesting Pay Per View. The previous year before, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock had a legendary main event match for the Heavyweight Championship that ended with Austin winning the belt. Now we’re back to the next year and Austin has a match that isn’t even a title match. This lead to the reason that he “dropped his ball and went home.”

The NWO had invaded the WWE and were looking for some competition. Hogan took on “The Great One,” The Rock, and had a flat out classic. If most fans were asked what the real main event was at WrestleMania X8, they’d say Rock vs. Hogan. Triple H and the Undisputed Champion at that time, Chris Jericho, were the main event and put on a good match…but on to the match I’m talking about, Austin vs. Hall.

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At the time, people must have been saying to themselves, “Man, Austin deserves better than this,” and at the time I would’ve agreed. Now that I look back on it, what an entertaining match! Two WWE Hall of Famers, still In their prime, putting on a classic. Scott Hall is always gonna be on my list of guys who never got to have the championship belt who darn well should have! This match was a brawl from the moment it started. Both guys gave the crowd a good show and let’s just say this match has my favorite Stone Cold Stunner of All Time! Austin wins, fighting not only Scott Hall but interference from “Big Daddy Cool” Kevin Nash.

Hulk Hogan To Star In Movie With David Hasselhoff and Ken Jeong

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Hulk Hogan is no stranger to the Silver Screen. With such amazing flicks as Mr. Nanny, Santa With Muscles, and Suburban Commando (pictured above) under his belt, Hogan is surely in constant demand in Tinseltown.

According to Variety.com, the man with the 24-inch pythons is currently working on a WWE Studios project with Ken Jeong and David Hasselhoff. Jeong is well known for his role in the hit Hangover movie series and for his character in the cult-favorite television show, Community. Hasselhoff, in addition to being every woman’s fantasy, has built his career off of running alongside gorgeous people in slow-motion (Baywatch) and talking to cars that have digitally captured the soul of Mr. Feeny (Knight Rider).

Variety has provided the info on what we Hulkamaniacs can expect from this sure-fire blockbuster…

The project, currently being developed under the working title “Untitled Celebrity Death Pool,” will have the thesp portray a struggling nightclub owner who after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win a long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill Hasselhoff.

Hogan will also appear in the film in a cameo, as will Hasselhoff, while other celebs are also expected to make appearances as celebrities with targets on their backs.

Sadly, Hogan’s role is only a mere cameo at this point. Is this the time for the Internet to use its magical powers of hashtagging and bugging studio execs until they give us the one thing that we so desperately want? Of course, I’m talking about Rocky III Part 2. The new Expendables kind of bombed, so I’m sure Stallone needs something to do. Until we get what we want, we still have this classic movie scene featuring Hogan and The Undertaker…


                                                                            

What movies are you most wanting from the man who administered the famous Finger Poke Of DOOM to Kevin Nash? Comment below with your movie wishes or send them my way on Twitter @MitchNickelson. As always, thanks for reading.

5 Matches That Prove Roddy Piper Is A Legend

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The word legend gets thrown around a lot folks so let’s be honest, if you achieve any amount of success nowadays you’re a legend. Well, that’s not how I see it. You’ve got to earn that title. You’ve got to pay your dues and it takes more than just a few years before you’re a “legend” in your field. Michael Jordan is a “legend”. Babe Ruth is a “legend”. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, ladies and gentlemen, is a ” legend”.

Now we all know Piper is one of the all-time greats on the mic. No one, and I mean no one, got as “rowdy” and down right insane as Piper did in his interviews and promos and with the era of YouTube you can sit for hours and soak in the Piper promos like a sponge. But I want to talk about how he was in the ring. Roddy had some very classic matches in his career and I want to discuss just 5 of his best ones.

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1. Bret Hart vs Roddy Piper – Wrestlemania 8 (Intercontinental Championship)

This was, is, and will always be my favorite Roddy Piper match of all time. Did Bret Hart bring out the best in Piper? Perhaps, but Roddy deserves credit in this match as well. It wouldve been the best match on the card easily but I’ll give the Savage – Flair match a slight edge. But folks if you haven’t seen this one, SEE IT! I won’t tell you who wins either so it’ll be even more fun. See how nice I am?

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2. Greg the Hammer Valentine vs Roddy Piper – Starrcade 83  (Dog Coller Match)

Brutal, Violent, and just plain vicious. This match was a bloody massacre. I watched this about a month ago and realized why so many fans are still talking about that match. Piper was victorious in the match after whipping Valentine with the steel chain. If you haven’t seen Roddys WWE DVD release Born to Controversy, please pick it up. He goes into great detail about this match. A true classic between two of the greats.

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3. Roddy Piper vs. Goldust – Wrestlemania 12 (Hollywood Backlot Brawl)

This one was……interesting. It was supposed to be Razor Ramon vs Goldust but that didn’t happen so Piper took on The Bizarre One. This one started in the backlot with an all out brawl involving cars, dumpsters, trash cans…you name it. Then on to a high speed car chase parodying the OJ Simpson chase. Then eventually they found themselves in a WWE ring where Piper proceeded to rip off Goldusts clothes, blah blah blah, right? Bottom line is, Piper was at the decline of his career at this point but was still able to stir up controversy and get an enormous pop from the crowd. He’s Roddy Piper for crying out loud!!!!!

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4. Roddy Piper vs. The Mountie – Royal Rumble 1992 (Intercontinental Championship)

This match is special to Hot Rods career because it was the first time Piper tasted championship gold. (Hard to believe it took that long, right?) The match, for what it was worth, wasn’t that bad. Heck, I liked the Mountie character. Check out the fan reaction to Piper winning the IC Title. Good stuff.

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5. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. – Wrestlemania 1

Piper was there from the beginning, and at this time in his career, he was at his best. Roddy Piper could get heat like no one else could, and he just didn’t care. I think he loved being a heel. How can you be such a jerk and have that smile and that attitude and not love it? There aren’t very many heels in my opinion that come close to touching Piper, but a couple are Shawn Michaels and Triple H. People hate them. Not their character, they hate them as a human being. And I’m talking HBK circa 1998 when he was a gigantic jerk. We all know Wrestlemania 1 needed Piper to make it work. Perhaps more than Hogan.

Well, there ya have it. 5 reasons why Hot Rod is, you guessed it, a legend!