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TEN YEARS AFTER: WrestleMania 22

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WWE: WrestleMania 22
April 2, 2006
Rosemont, IL
Allstate Arena

The current WWE champions are as follows:
WWE Champion: John Cena (1/29/2006)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Shelton Benjamin (2/20/2006)
World Tag Team Champions: Big Show & Kane (11/1/2005)
WWE Women’s Champion: Trish Stratus (1/9/2005)
World Heavyweight Champion: Kurt Angle (1/10/2006)
WWE United States Champion: Chris Benoit (2/19/2006)
WWE Tag Team Champions: MNM (12/30/2005)
WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Gregory Helms (1/29/2006)

TEN YEARS AFTER: With WrestleMania 32 coming up tomorrow, I thought it might be cool to look at how WWE has changed with ten years of perspective and see if there are any similarities between then and now. Injuries and careers ending changed the game. In 2006, it’s Batista missing WrestleMania and Eddie Guerrero passing away in October. In 2016, it’s Seth Rollins injured and Daniel Bryan whose career was cut short. John Cena is in his first year of being *the man* in WWE and he’s REALLY getting booed by WWE fans right about now. In 2016, Roman Reigns is getting treated even worse by WWE fans than John Cena. Either way, both received big pushes and neither one of them were embraced by the audience. Triple H headlines his fourth WrestleMania here and he’s still being used to help boost the main event players to this day. A McMahon is mixed up in a match that he should have no chance (in hell) of winning. Shane McMahon is here. The Undertaker is still around. In 2006, we’re witnessing the blowoff to the best Divas feud in WWE history. The Divas title match going down this year is comparable to this level of greatness IMO. Just so many comparisons, it almost seems intentional. Read the rest of this entry

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WWF: Championship Wrestling (08.02.80)

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WWF: Championship Wrestling
August 2, 1980
Allentown, PA
Allentown Agricultural Hall

Your current WWF champions are as follows:
WWF Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Ken Patera (4/21/1980)
WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Wild Samoans (4/12/1980)

Pop Culture #1s of the Time:
#1 Movie of the Week: Caddyshack starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield & Ted Knight
#1 Song of the Week: “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John
#1 TV Show of 80-81 Season: Dallas starring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy & Barbara Bel Geddes

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bruno Sammartino. The ring announcer is the ever popular Joe McHugh.
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WWF: Championship Wrestling (12.10.83)

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WWF: Championship Wrestling
December 10, 1983
Allentown, PA
Agricultural Hall

Your current WWF champions are as follows:
WWF World Heavyweight Champion: Bob Backlund (2/20/1978)
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Don Muraco (1/22/1983)
WWF Tag Team Champions: The Wild Samoans (3/19/1983)

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson. Read the rest of this entry

WWE Honors Black History Month: Tony Atlas and Bobo Brazil

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Since seeing the Morgan Freeman interview on Black History month, I always think of his comments this time of year – and I totally agree with him. Anywho, the WWE Network has selected some of the greatest black wrestlers ever and offers a special on each of them. We start with a couple Hall of Famers: Tony Atlas and Bobo Brazil.

Your host is Gene Okerlund.
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Raw is War Recap (03.17.97)

WWF Raw is War
March 17, 1997
Syracuse, NY
War Memorial Auditorium

LIVE!

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Psycho Sid (2/17/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Rocky Maivia (2/13/1997)
European Champion: Davey Boy Smith (3/3/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/1996)

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

Raw is War (03.10.97)

WWF Raw is War
March 10, 1997
Worcester, MA
The Centrum

LIVE!

The current WWF champs were as follows:
World Champion: Psycho Sid (2/17/1997)
Intercontinental Champion: Rocky Maivia (2/13/1997)

European Champion: Davey Boy Smith (3/3/1997)
World Tag Team Champions: Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (9/22/1996)

Explosions are happening inside of a warehouse! Reflections of WWF superstars are seen on walls! People are fighting each other! IS THAT EVIL MARILYN MANSON MUSIC I HEAR? It must be the debut of RAW is WAR.

A tougher-looking show was just the thing the WWF needed at the time. We see pyro, we see the debut of the giant Titan Tron, and we see the steel rampway. All this change and yet we still have the same old red-white-blue colored ring. They may now have Attitude, but Vince is still totally 100% American. Those colors don’t run, ya know.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler. Read the rest of this entry

The Bash 2009

The Bash 2009, June 28, 2009, Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA

Announcers: The teams of: Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler, Jim Ross & Todd Grisham, and Josh Matthews & Matt Striker

On to The Bash now, Read the rest of this entry

Wrestlemania XXV

Wrestlemania 25th Anniversary
April 5, 2009
Reliant Stadium,
Houston, TX

Announcers: Jim Ross, Michael Cole, & Jerry “The King” Lawler

So here’s the big event for the year, Wrestlemania XXV. Read the rest of this entry

ECW on Sci-Fi 3/3/09

ECW on Sci-Fi
March 3rd, 2009
Boston, MA

(taped 3/2/2009)

The Current Champions are as follows:
World Heavyweight Champion: Edge (2/15/2009)

Intercontinental Champion: CM Punk (1/19/2009)
Women’s Champion: Melina (1/26/2009)

World Tag Team Champions: The Miz & John Morrison (12/13/2008)
WWE Champion: Triple H (2/15/2009)
U.S. Champion: Shelton Benjamin (7/20/2008)
Diva’s Champion: Maryse (12/26/2008)
WWE Tag Team Champions: Carlito & Primo Colon (9/26/2008)

ECW Champion: Jack Swagger (1/12/2009)

Boogeyman vs. Kane, Santino Marella vs. Mark Henry…….. this is goin Read the rest of this entry

ECW on Sci-Fi (2/24/09)

ECW on Sci-Fi
February 24
, 2009
Nashville, TN

(taped 2/23/2009)

The Current Champions were as follows:
WWE Champion: Edge (2/15/2009)

Intercontinental Champion: CM Punk (1/19/2009)
Women’s Champion: Melina (1/26/2009)

World Tag Team Champions: The Miz & John Morrison (12/13/2008)
WWE Champion: Triple H (2/15/2009)
U.S. Champion: Shelton Benjamin (7/20/2008)
Diva’s Champion: Maryse (12/26/2008)
WWE Tag Team Champions: Carlito & Primo Colon (9/26/2008)

ECW Champion: Jack Swagger (1/12/2009)

OH MY FRIGGIN’ GOD!!! Christian vs. Swagger for the ECW TITLE!!! It’s gonna be awesome!!!

Your hosts are Todd Grisham and Matt “The Teacher” Striker

Before we get the opening title, we see a video package hyping the big main event tonight. That’s right folks; after only being in ECW for 2 weeks, Christian gets a shot at Jack Swagger’s ECW Title. Could we have a new champion tonight?? Do I really care?? “Probably not” to both questions, but we’ll see how things go. We’re in the arena now and I’m hearing music I haven’t heard in a while. Is that DJ Gabriel?!?!?! Where the hell has he been??
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