Category Archives: wrestlemania

The American Dream

Nobody can talk the talk like “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  Seeing him and his son Cody on RAW this past week, with promises of more to come, stoked the fires just a little bit.  New fans may not know about Rhodes and old fans always enjoy a walk or two down memory lane.

So here goes, with some of the interview highlights of Dusty Rhodes – the greatest talker in the business!

Chris Benoit Thoughts, Part 2

As promised, I’m continuing my thoughts here…

I’ve watched my share of “talking head” shows over the past week.  It’s apparent that a lot of people are talking – but very few are listening.

After each new note is posted regarding the investigation, media-types seem to fall over themselves to proclaim THAT as the primary cause.

For instance, the first guess was steroids.  It HAD to be “roid rage!”  A professional wrestler committed a heinous act, so it could NOT have been anything else besides steroids.  Well, nothing about this tragedy implies rage and Benoit passed a recent WWE-sponsored drug test (which may or may not be as legit as you’d want it to be).

Next, it was the fact that Daniel had Fragile X Syndrome that sent Benoit over the edge.  Well, new evidence shows that he DID NOT suffer from that.

This was followed by the evil doctor.  We’re still not sure what went on there.

The thing is, I’m guessing there was not just one thing here to cause this tragedy.  There were probably numerous things going in Benoit’s head, perhaps different substances coursing (or not) through his body.

It’s sad to hear about all the troubles that Benoit had…how erratic his life had become, and apparently, had been for quite some time.  But since he presented himself to his fans and coworkers in a stoic, put-together way, he was not given the help he desperately needed.

If some good can come of this, I hope that it alters the sports entertainment landscape to protect the physical and mental well-being of it’s performers.

Perhaps WWE scales back from 4-5 live events a week to 2-3.  Perhaps they can offer health insurance to their wrestlers.  Perhaps they can have guidance counselors available.

I’ve studied the history of the genre a little bit.  The vast majority of superstars used to travel constantly, but within a smaller region.  Today’s Superstars roam the globe with no break, expected to perform in front of tens of thousands in the arena, in addition to millions on television.  The pressures and rigors — and the stakes — have never been higher.

Top Wrestling Entrance Themes

I think I may have done something similar to this before, but y’know what?  I’ll do it again!

In professional wrestling (nee Sportz Entertainment), the music heralding a wrestler’s entrance into the arena for a match or interview is crucial to set the proper tone.  If someone came in to a high-energy Metallica rock song, you’d get one impression of them, as opposed to if they entered to a Frank Sinatra ballad.

So I present to you this Top 10 List of the Wrestling Entrance Themes!  They are judged on the following characteristics:

– Reactiveness: Does the music make you feel an emotion?  Excitement, fear, etc.

– Coolness: Does the piece just have a unique, cool spin?

– Longevity: If it lasted for a long period of time, it did so for a reason.

– Success: On a lower level, the success of the wrestler can help make a theme awesome.

All set?  Let’s roll.

#10 – Randy Orton (Mercy Drive’s “Burn In My Light”) – WWE – Sweet song for an arrogant, rising star.

#9 – Dusty Rhodes (“Common Man”) – WWE – You want to dance EVERYTIME you hear this, don’t you?

#8 –  Jeff Jarrett (“King of the Mountain) – TNA – From the opening notes, you just HATE this prick.

#7 – Goldberg – WCW/WWE – These had slight differences but were close enough.  Amazing.

#6 – Macho Man Randy Savage (“Pomp and Circumstance”) – WWE/WCW – Can’t find a good version of it, but here’s something.

#5 – Ultimate Warrior (“Unstable”) – WWE – Sheer energy.  The forerunner of modern themes that defined the character.

#4 – Ted DiBiase (“Money”) – WWE – Just perfect.

#3 – Edge (“Metalingus” by Alter Bridge) – WWE – Amazing, amazing song.  Perfect for the character.

#2 – Sandman (“Enter Sandman” by Metallica) – ECW – This clip is from a WWE show, but this entrance is ALL ECW.

#1 Hulk Hogan (“Real American” by Rick Derringer) – WWE – Simply the best.  For over 20 years.

Vince MaMahon, BALD

Some of the great baldies in history:


 

And finally, our newest Baldy, Vince MaMahon!

More Hulk Hogan!

Wow…I had no idea my original Hulk Hogan post would be so popular!

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some highlights from the Hulkster’s career!

– Defeating the Iron Sheik for his first WWF/WWE championship:

– A musical tribute to his Wrestlemania III match vs. Andre the Giant (the most famous match of all time, to that point–and maybe still to this day!):

– Classic Wrestlemania V promo before his match with Macho Man Randy Savage:

– Hogan/Ultimate Warrior vs. Mr. Perfect/The Genius on a Saturday Night’s Main Event:

– And following that set-up, here are clips of the Wrestlemania VI main event, between Hogan and the Warrior:

The Undertaker defeated Hogan at Survivor Series to win the championship.  That couldn’t stand, so a few days later, Hogan reclaimed his belt at This Tuesday in Texas:

That’s all for now…we’ll pick up where we left off sometime soon…keep checking back!

“The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels

We continue with our profiles of wrestlers!  Today, let’s take a look at HBK himself–Shawn Michaels!

Shawn Michaels, trained in Texas under Jose Lothario, rose to prominence in the AWA (based in Minnesota) alongside tag team partner Marty Janetty.  Fast-forward a few years, and “The Midnight Rockers” moved to the WWF (now WWE) as “The Rockers.”

Here is a match between The Rockers and Demolition from 1990, featuring some guest stars at the end:

Shawn would eventually ditch Marty:

His solo career launched him to the top of the WWF/WWE, with numerous championship reigns.  Take a look:

HBK was a founding an integral part of D-Generation X, the group that helped launch WWF/WWE back to the top in sports entertainment.  Here is a great slideshow on the history of the group:

And I can’t forget his theme music, which still excites crowds today:

More profiles coming soon!

From Death Valley…The Undertaker!

On the heels of the popular Hulk Hogan and Macho Man entries, there has been demand for more wrestler profiles. So, who better to take a look at than the Deadman, himself!

Here is the end of his debut match at Survivor Series:

What about one of the weirdest nights ever, when the Undertaker “died” and rose to the ceiling?

Classic graveyard promo from 1996:

Damn…a look at the devastating Tombstone Piledriver!

His badass return at Wrestlemania XX:

And, finally, if you still don’t get it, here’s 75 seconds of awesomeness:

THAT, is The Undertaker! Enjoy! (I’ll take suggestions on future profiles, too)