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TEN YEARS AFTER: WWE WrestleMania 23

WWE: WrestleMania 23
April 1, 2007
Detroit, MI
Ford Field

The current WWE champions are as follows:
WWE Champion: John Cena (9/17/2006)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Umaga (2/19/2007)
World Tag Team Champions: John Cena & Shawn Michaels (1/29/2007)
WWE Women’s Champion: Melina (2/19/2007)
ECW World Champion: Bobby Lashley (12/3/2006)
World Heavyweight Champion: Batista (11/26/2006)
WWE United States Champion: Chris Benoit (10/13/2006)
WWE Tag Team Champions: Paul London & Brian Kendrick (5/21/2006)
WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Chavo Guerrero (2/18/2007)

From the Figure Four Weekly dated April 9, 2007:

Between pay-per-view revenue, live attendance and merchandise, this show should gross in the neighborhood of $46 million. WWE claimed 80,103 fans from 24 countries paid $5.38 million to attend. The gate is legit and it is a new company record. I cannot confirm the attendance, but they had sold all 70,000 available tickets in the weeks before the show and more were released in the final seven days. I believe the building was set up for 75,000, but they were also selling SRO (standing-room only) tickets, so that number may be legit. It likely broke the attendance set at WrestleMania III of 78,000 fans, which the company inflated to 93,173 and has since become part of legend. The most-attended WWE show in history remains the 1992 SummerSlam at Wembley Stadium, which drew 80,355. The biggest gate in wrestling history remains the Antonio Inoki retirement show in 1998 which made over $7 million at the Tokyo Dome. WrestleMania XXIII will likely do around $1 million in merchandise, and the expected 740,000 domestic buys would net the company $22 million. It should be noted that it still falls below the December 30, 2006 Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz fight both in the gate ($5.4 million, which is actually fantastically impressive because that show only drew 1/6 the attendance) and the domestic buyrate (1.05 million buys). Worldwide, WWE should pull in 1.2 million buys.

They replay Vince McMahon’s introduction of Aretha Franklin from WrestleMania 3 as she returns to sing the National Anthem.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole & JBL, and Joey Styles & Tazz.
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WWE – Shawn Michaels: Mr. WrestleMania (BLURAY REVIEW~!)

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WWE – Shawn Michaels: Mr. WrestleMania
Released: 2/11/14
BLU-RAY SET

Because we really needed ANOTHER Shawn Michaels set. SLACKAMANIA handles the documentary segments and Blu-Ray Exclusives, while I take care of all the match recaps. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

WWE – Bret Hitman Hart: The Dungeon Collection

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WWE – Bret Hitman Hart: The Dungeon Collection
Three-Disc Set
Released: March 5, 2013

This is a SLACKAMANIA/PDRMatt exclusive DVD review. My boy Slack handles the interview portions while I tackle all of the match recaps. I want to work on the first Bret Hart DVD set here pretty soon. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy the latest WWE Home Video offering based solely on one of my wrestling heroes and hopefully one of yours: Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

DISC ONE

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WWF: Boston Garden (01.13.89)

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WWF: Boston Garden
January 13, 1989
Boston, MA

The current WWF champs were as follows:
WWF World Champion: Randy Savage (3/27/1988)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Ultimate Warrior (8/29/1988)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (3/27/1988)
WWF Women’s Champion: Rockin’ Robin (11/8/1988)

Your hosts are Rod Trongard, Superstar Billy Graham, and Lord Alfred Hayes. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: Monday Night Raw (03.22.93)

Monday Night Raw
March 22, 1993
New York City
Manhattan Center

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (10/12/1992)
Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels (10/27/1992)
World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (10/13/1992)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett. Read the rest of this entry

WWF: Monday Night Raw (01.25.93)

Monday Night Raw
January 25, 1993
New York City
Manhattan Center

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Bret Hart (10/12/1992)
Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels (10/27/1992)
World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (10/13/1992)

SIDENOTE: Don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about the last Raw of April 1997. It’s coming.

Sean Mooney catches the Repo Man driving up to the Manhattan Center in his tow truck. He’s got Randy Savage to deal with tonight since last week he stole Macho Man’s hat. Is the Macho Man ready for the Repo Man? Because the Repo Man is ready for the Macho Man. LET’S GET RAW!

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan, and Rob Bartlett. They let Heenan in the building this week since Randy Savage is a little busy. Read the rest of this entry

Raw: The Beginning (Season 1 – Disc One)

Raw: The Beginning (Best of Seasons 1-2)
Released: August 10, 2010
Season One (1993) – Disc One

I have to say that I LOVE this seasons idea and I hope it continues. Wait a minute, what is the deal with the menu music?

So long Prime Time Wrestling, it’s time to get RAW!

With every new chapter, they give us random Raw factoids that most wrestling nerds will probably know. Read the rest of this entry

Scott & Justin’s Summerslam 1990

Summerslam
August 27, 1990

Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Announcers: Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper

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Scott & Justin’s Wrestlemania VI

Wrestlemania VI
April 1, 1990
Skydome
Toronto, Ontario

Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura

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Scott & Justin’s Royal Rumble 1990

Royal Rumble
January 21, 1990
Orlando Arena
Orlando, Florida

Attendance: 16, 000
Buy Rate: 2.0

Announcers: Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura

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