WWE Superstars Take It to the Streets With New Racing Toys


WWE Superstars Take It to the Streets With New Racing Toys

 

Playmates Toys Introduces WWE Nitro Sprints and Nitro Machines featuring John Cena,

The Rock and Other Superstars to Rev Up Playtime for Fans

 

El Segundo, CA (September 12, 2016) – Playmates Toys, a leader in the action figure category with nearly 50 years of experience in creating innovative products, has partnered with WWE to launch a new line of racing toys that take the action out of the ring, called WWE Nitro Sprints and Nitro Machines. The collection, featuring popular WWE Superstars, is available now exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide.

 

WWE Nitro Sprints are mini, motorized figures that are stylized in WWE Superstar signature ring gear and feature a unique 2” flywheel. Each figure comes with a signature vehicle, allowing fans to rev up the mini figure, drop into the vehicle and send racing into action. The WWE Nitro Sprints include the following Superstars:

·         WWE Superstar John Cena with the CENArator

·         WWE Superstar The Rock with Bull Bruiser Truck

·         WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar with Beast Bike

·         WWE Superstar Undertaker with Night Hearse

 

WWE action is also expanding beyond the ring with the introduction of WWE Nitro Machines. The fast-rolling, die-cast vehicles feature iconic WWE Superstars bursting out of the top of the cars. Each 1/55th scale vehicle is ready to race and the WWE Superstar is permanently attached to the vehicle. The WWE Nitro Machines collection includes the following:

·         WWE Superstar John Cena in Muscle Monster

·         WWE Superstar The Rock in Bull Machine

·         WWE Superstar Undertaker in Reaper Hearse

·         WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose in Wheel Asylum

“Playmates Toys is thrilled to partner with WWE to bring the action from the ring to the streets with Nitro Sprints and Nitro Machines,” said Karl Aaronian, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Playmates Toys. “We designed the figures and vehicles to represent the personality of each Superstar and we anticipate that fans will enjoy the play experience of racing their favorite wrestlers.”

 

About Playmates Toys

With a history of nearly 50 years, Playmates Toys is today among the most well-respected and innovative marketing and distribution companies in the global toy industry with a proven history in the creation of imaginative products as well as the development and management of profitable, long-term brand franchises. Key brands include TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, one of today’s top-selling male action brands. From its offices in Hong Kong and California, Playmates designs, develops, markets and distributes its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information,

 visit

http://www.playmatestoys.com 

http://facebook.com/TMNTPlay.

 

WWE(R) Superstar Undertaker(R) To Attend Wizard World Chicago, Tulsa

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WWE® Superstar Undertaker® To Attend
Wizard World Chicago, Tulsa

WWE Superstar Undertaker® returns to Wizard World in two of its most popular Comic Cons in Chicago (Friday, August 21) and Tulsa(Saturday, October 24).

At the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., Undertaker will appear from 3-7 p.m., posing for photo ops at 3 and signing autographs beginning at 4:45. He will be part of a huge WWE contingent at Wizard World’s longest running show which also includes Superstars Sting™, Randy Orton®, Daniel Bryan®, and WWE® Diva Paige™.

At the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, he will attend from 1-5 p.m., with photo ops starting at 1 and autographs at 2:45.

For more than two decades, The Deadman has loomed over the WWE landscape like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dare cross him. Imbued with seemingly mystical abilities and preternatural in-ring ability, The Undertaker is a WWE great in a class by himself, and no list of legends would be complete without him.

First introduced at Survivor Series in 1990, it was not long before he began to battle with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. This clash set the tone for Undertaker’s dominant career. No one was too big and no one too big and no one was safe from his gloved grip.

Meet him at these two great events in the coming weeks.

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You Wouldn’t Like Him When He’s Angry!
Meet Lou Ferrigno At Wizard World Comic Con

Actor, fitness trainer and bodybuilder. Sure, those describe Lou Ferrigno… But most people know him as The Hulk.

Ferrigno brings his oversize personality—and physique—to Wizard World Comic Con shows all year. Meet this Brooklyn-born star who defined the role of The Hulk in the hit series more than 35 year ago. He has more recently appeared in “The King of Queens” and is always a big hit at Wizard World shows.

Don’t miss the “Incredible” experience of meeting the original, true “Hulk,” in Pittsburgh (Sept. 11-13), Columbus (Sept. 18-20), Fort Lauderdale (Oct. 2-4) and Louisville (Nov. 6-8).

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Be there when veteran comic book artist John Beatty makes two rare Wizard World appearances at second-year Comic Cons in Tulsaand Reno later this year.

Developing into a top inker in a short period of time, Beatty has worked on every major comic character for the “Big 2” at one time or another.

Titles John has worked on include many fan favorites including Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest and many Batman projects, including a highly regarded fan-favorite 3 year run on the monthly Batman book.

Meet him at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, October 23-25, and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, November 20-22.

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Why do I believe that the New Generation Era is the most underrated era in WWE history?

In my opinion WWE New Generation Era (1992-1997) is the most underrated era of all time.

I mean a lot of WWE Fans consider Ruthless Agression Era great and only second to Attitude Era. I don’t know how we can call that underrated. Yeah, Ruthless Agression Era is a very good era. We have awesome wrestlers and matches.

But, with WWE New Generation Era, a lot of WWE Fans consider it’s slow and cartoonish. Yeah, that’s true. WWE had a lot of stupid cartoonish unrealistic gimmicks during this era. But, anyway this era is pretty much underrated.

WWE New Generation is the era which made The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart Legends what we saw today. It wasn’t Attitude Era which made them what they are today, instead during Attitude Era they’re just helping newer stars such as The Rock and Steve Austin.

And also WWE Fans shouldn’t keep saying this era is bad. I mean, we have Bret Hart as our Icon. This man put on great matches after great matches every single night. Who can forget Bret vs Owen at WM 10 and Steel Cage Summerslam 1994? Also who can forget Bret vs HBK at WM 12 IronMan match? And HBK vs Razor Ramon Ladder WM 10 and Summerslam 1995? Also the great battles in Boiler Room Brawl and Buried Alive matches between The Undertaker and Mankind?

Also, Diesel has held the WWE championship for over a year.

I know WWE New Generation Era had a lot of bad things, but it’s one of the best era ever in WWE History and the era I started watching wrestling back In 1993. Those matches mentioned above are Legendary matches and it made many careers out if it. But in my conclusion, The ruthless Aggression (2002-2008) and The New Generation Eras (1992-1997) are my favorites. The faces of this era were Bret Hart, Diesel (Kevin Nash), Razor Ramon (Scott Hall), Undertaker and Shawn Michaels and Sid.

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Who is Mr. Wrestlemania: The Undertaker or Shawn Michaels?

By Julian Cannon

There has been one question I have started to think about ever since WrestleMania 29. Who is the real Mr. Wrestlemania? Is it The Show Stopper Shawn Michaels or The Phenom The Undertaker. I’m going to take an overall look from their early Wrestlemania matches to the middle and the climax of their matches against each other a few years ago. Here we go.

THE BEGINNING

Shawn Michaels came into the WWE before The Undertaker as a member of the tag team The Rockers with Marty Janetty in 1988. The team would have great tag team matches with teams such as the Killer Bees, the Quebecers, Hart foundation, Demolition and more. The Rockers were arguably the start of the high-flying tag teams we would see now in the 21st century. Shawn would break away from the team and become a singles competitor . At WrestleMania VIII, in his first pay-per-view singles match, Michaels defeated El Matador. Both men had simultaneously eliminated each other from that year’s Royal Rumble and the feud started from there until Wrestlemania VIII. Shortly after that, he would wrestle his only one-on-one match against Randy Savage for the WWE Championship at the UK Rampage PPV in April 1992. Wrestlemania 10 would be the next Wrestlemania for Shawn, as this time it was against Razor Ramon for the undisputed Intercontinental Championship. The match was extremely great and HBK was starting to be the “Show Stopper” that he was becoming in the future.

The Undertaker made his debut in the 1990 Survivor Series as the mystery tag partner for Ted Dibiase. The gimmick was an unseasonable wrestler and this scared the kids around the world. I don’t think that anybody else can pull this character off like The Undertaker did at the time. His first two Wrestlemania opponents were Jimmy Snuka and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Their matches were OK but not that special. Then in Wrestlemania 9, he faced the Giant Gonzales and many fans and observers call this the worst match in Taker’s career. I don’t think that it was his fault, though. Undertaker wins here by disqualification (his only Wrestlemania win by DQ). The next Wrestlemania, which is Wrestlemania 10, Undertaker missed this event due to an injury.

There was the first part. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker were on the rise to fame and their paths have not crossed yet. At this time Shawn had the better matches than The Undertaker, but let’s blame Giant Gonzales for that horrible match at Wrestlemania 9. Next I will cover from Wrestlemania 11-17.

RISE OF WRESTLEMANIA STARDOM

What can I explain about Wrestlemania 11? The match card was a little out of place. Shawn Michaels would go against his bodyguard, Kevin Nash, by winning the Royal Rumble earlier that year. He would not win the match, but he put up a hell of a performance. Undertaker would go face-to-face with King Kong Bundy and he would pick up the win here in a short match. I would guess that Wrestlemania 11 got too much attention from Bam Bam Bigelow vs Lawrence Taylor, that it overshadowed all the other matches on the card. 1996, we would get The Undertaker vs Kevin Nash which was a very underrated feud in my opinion. The feud started when The Undertaker made his return during the Cage Match for the WWE Championship between Nash and Bret Hart by costing Nash the championship and the match. Their match at Wrestlemania was The Undertaker’s best performance in a Wrestlemania since his Wrestlemania debut. Shawn Michaels would go against Bret Hart in a 60 minute Iron Man match, which would go on as one of the greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time. Shawn picks up the WWE championship for the first time in this one. By the end of 1996 to mid 1997,the WWE was going through a rapid change due to WCW kicking their ass in the ratings every week and ECW being an alternative to both WWE and WCW. From January to March, there was going to be a rematch between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 13 but due to many backstage incidents, it was scrapped. So the main event for this Wrestlemania was The Undertaker going against Sid for the WWE championship in which the undertaker wins the belt for the second time in his career. Shawn did not wrestle in this event so taker takes the lead in this one. Now, in the summer of 1997,their paths finally crossed when Shawn became the referee for the undertaker vs Bret Hart match for the WWE title in which Bret wins due to Shawn costing the undertaker the match. weird huh? Well they would later have their first match against each other for the very first time in the very first hell in a cell match in which The Undertaker’s brother Kane made his debut. Shawn gets the win here and these two would face each other for the final time in a match for quite some time at the royal rumble 1998. During this match, Shawn would get a back injury that would eventually lead to his first retirement. Now to Wrestlemania 14. Undertaker squared off against Kane, a feud that has been going on for 6 months leads to this. The match was far from excellent and it was really the first time that the brawler side of the undertaker came out. Shawn Michaels put his WWE title on the line against the rising star Steve Austin. Everyone knew that Shawn was out the door and Austin was going to be the next face of the company so Shawn did the match despite the back injury. That’s right, while Undertaker would wrestle on the following Wrestlemania in a hell in s cell match, Shawn is at retirement. Taker’s next match would be against triple h. This time The Undertaker was doing the biker gimmick and he was more like himself instead of the unread wrestler. This match was my second favorite of the night and taker picks up the win after a nearly 25 minute brawl that went to outside the crowd.

What can I say about the second part. While Shawn had the better matches at this period, it was The Undertaker at this period that was starting to give us the moments of Wrestlemania that we all talk about. Shawn retired in 1998 and undertaker became one of the 5 faces of the WWE from 1998-2000. We are in the 21st century in this part now and I will cover from Wrestlemania 18-24

THE UNDEFEATED STREAK/RETURN OF THE SHOWSTOPPER

In the beginning of 2002, Undertaker was the hardcore champion for a few months before loosing it to the tough enough winner Maven by the help of Ric Flair. Ric flair then challenged undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania 18 in which the undertaker won. Jim Ross on commentary noted out that The Undertaker is now 10-0 in Wrestlemania. After that comment I thought to myself  “damn 10-0 already, he has an undefeated streak going on”. Also in that year, Shawn Michaels made his return to WWE as a member of the NWO. Yes the WWE version. Anyways, Wrestlemania 19 in 2003 was on the way and Shawn Michaels feuded with a wrestler that idolized him and that was Chris Jericho. This match was the match of the year in my opinion and both these guys wrestled like it was a mirror match. Undertaker went against the big show and A Train in a handicap match which was quite OK but not bad. This would mark the final Wrestlemania for the biker gimmick for the undertaker. Wrestlemania 20 marked the return of the undead wrestler gimmick with a new look. That’s right he knows how to change with the times too. He defeated Kane for the second time in a quick match. The main event was a triple threat match for the world title. It was Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit. This was a mix of everything here with Triple H’s brawling style to Shawn’s high-flying to Benoit ‘s technical shoot style. Overall I consider this the best triple threat match in WWE history. 2005 I would say was the peak of the Ruthless Aggression era. John Cena and Batista were the new faces of raw and Smackdown and this PPV had awesome matches. The match between Kurt angle and Shawn Michaels was a match I never thought would happen. Two points to make here. Nobody could out wrestle Kurt and nobody could out perform Shawn. When these two clashed, it was a war to see who was better than the other. Kurt would win here but it also proves that these two can work great matches together and they did. In the same PPV, Randy Orton challenged the streak and this was the first time that the undefeated streak became the focus of Wrestlemania. The part of the match that still gets me to this day was when taker went for a choke slam only for Orton to give taker the RKO out of nowhere. Taker wins by countering the tombstone attempt by Orton for a tombstone of his own injuring Orton in the process as well. Wrestlemania 22 was in 2006 and I believe this was the most underrated Wrestlemania of all time. Mark Henry attempts to break the streak in a casket match but the Dead man wins here. Also, Shawn Michaels went against Vince McMahon in a street fight in my mind or even Vince’s mind was his best match he ever had. After that spot from the ladder to the table I was really afraid that McMahon would get a heart attack.

The time now is 2007. The last two left in the royal rumble that year was The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. This was the first one on one confrontation between these two since the royal rumble 1998. I would also consider this the best ending to a royal rumble match ever. Taker eliminates Shawn Michaels here and he goes to Wrestlemania to face Batista for the world championship while Shawn Michaels go against John Cena for the WWE championship. Oddly both of their matches were given a 5 star rating from many pro wrestling magazines and the question was, which match was better? in my mind I thought The Undertaker vs Batista match should have closed the show since he won the royal rumble a few months prior. And if you notice, the undertaker has now defeated every member of evolution at Wrestlemania (Triple H, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Batista). Shawn Michaels lost the match against John Cena and about a month later, these two would wrestle again on Monday Night Raw from 9:59 pm all the way to the end of the show at 11:05 pm. That hour long match I would consider the greatest raw match of all time.

WrestleMania 24 came along the way and the next opponent for Shawn Michaels would be Ric Flair. The story of this was back in September 2007, Vince McMahon cut a promo on Ric Flair and since he is the chairman of the WWE, he makes the rules. the major rule that got me hooked on this storyline is that the next time he loose a match, his career will be over. I had no idea who was going to retire Ric Flair and then Shawn would make the challenge. meanwhile at Smackdown. the undertaker wins an elimination chamber match to become the #1 contender for edge’s world championship. the story behind this one was that both edge and the undertaker are undefeated at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels defeated and retired Ric Flair and weather if you are a fan of Ric Flair or not, the emotion to see this guy retire was just heartbreaking. Edge vs The Undertaker closed the PPV on this show and many time I actually thought Edge would break the streak. Undertaker proved me wrong after those run in’s by Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. undertaker is now 16-0

There you have it. Both The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels made an impact on Wrestlemania in the 2000’s. both has made their mark in sports entertainment and both are glorified legends at this point. here is the final part in which I will cover from Wrestlemania 25 and 26

FIRST ENCOUNTER AND SECOND AND FINAL ENCOUNTER

By 2009, the streak has become the most important thing in Wrestlemania..even more important than both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn has made the challenge  to The Undertaker, pointing out that the last time they had a match was at the 1998 royal rumble in which the undertaker gave Michaels the back injury. undertaker accepts and then Shawn Michales cut some promos about how he will defeat the streak. to be honest, there were only three people before Wrestlemania 29 that really got me to believe that the streak will be broken. and that was Randy Orton, Edge and Shawn Michaels. and I would tie Shawn with CM Punk as the only two who actually came close to winning it.

So the match is now set up for Wrestlemania 25 with a lot of high expectations. From the moment this match started, I was glued on to the TV screen. The fans were back and fourth and did not know if they should cheer for the undertaker or Shawn Michaels. There were a few great spots including when the undertaker did a dive to Shawn Michaels outside the ring only for Shawn to move out and let the camera man take the bump instead. The moment when taker did the tombstone piledriver and Shawn kicked out stunned the entire audience and the world. Then Shawn went for the diving moon sault only for the undertaker to catch him and perform the tombstone again to get the victory here. Both these men stole the entire show here and many fans considered this out did the ironman match between Shawn and Bret in Wrestlemania 12 . I have to agree with the fans here and Dave Meltzer from the wrestling observer newsletter gave this match a 5 star rating. The first match in the united states to get this rating since the first hell in a cell match back in 1997. By the rest of the year of 2009, The Undertaker returned at Summerslam to feud with CM Punk and Shawn and Triple H reformed Degeneration X and would capture the tag team championship as well. At the beginning of 2010, Shawn Michaels wanted a rematch with the undertaker. Taker refused his request. Then at the elimination chamber ppv, Shawn Michaels made a run-in and give Undertaker the super kick for Chris Jericho to get the pin and become the new World Heavyweight Champion. On the next raw,undertaker accepted his challenge ..under one stipulation. If Shawn wins, the streak of 17-0 will be broken. If Shawn looses, not only the streak goes to 18-0 ,but Shawn Michaels wrestling career will be over. By this time I knew his career is coming to an end. I have watched him since 1994 and he left a lot of memories. I did not want to see it happen but it did. The match was absolutely great but the match the year before was better in my opinion . Also this was the last match on the card so it was that important to us since it was the end of Shawn Michaels.

FINAL THOUGHTS

After Shawn Michaels, it was Triple H two times and then CM Punk. Also back in 2009, I made a theory that when Undertaker reaches 20-0,he will loose the next Wrestlemania. Undertaker defeated CM Punk and he is now 21-0 .The question is, how long can the dead man go and who will break the streak. That we will leave to the WWE writers but as a fan point of view, its just a question that cannot be answered right now. Who is Mr.Wrestlemania? I would have to say the moment Shawn Michaels lost the second time, he also lost the title of “Mr. Wrestlemania “. The streak became the title that everyone wanted to break since 2005. It even had a number 1 contender match on raw this year when CM Punk defeated Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus. Shawn Michaels set the bar on his matches and he made himself an icon. The Undertaker has made his mark at Wrestlemania and now he is the one who to be hunted. So for now, The Undertaker can be called Mr.Wrestlemania

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Wrestleshock interviews Jeremy Graves from WWEDVD.co.uk

Hey guys

Been a while since there has been an interview on the podcast but that has now been rectified with Jeremy Graves who works with WWEDVD.co.uk, the home for all your WWE DVD and Blu-Ray needs.

Jeremy answers what his favourite wrestling ppv is, how the acquisition of WWE Home videos came to them and the launch of Wrestlemania 29 which was the same day as the interview (monday 10th June)

Remember to head over to www.wwedvd.co.uk to pre-order the new upcoming titles, buy three titles and get 10% off and to sign up for their Newsletter as well.  On their webpage it will also lead you to their Twitter and Facebook pages where you can keep your eye out for competitions and much more!

Itunes is also the place to get all your digital WWE content with Wresllemania 29 and the hall of fame all ready for your purchases!  Available in HD and SD it is a worthwhile exercise!

Thanks go to Jeremy for the interview and stay tuned for more wrestleshock reviews!

best and worst wrestlemania matches part 1 (2000-2012)

Best and Worst wrestlemania main events part 1 (2000-2012)

Hello every one Julian cannon is here again for another article ..this will be a 3 part post of the best and worst main events in wrestlemania history. This will be part 1 and it will be from the years 2000-2012

also email me @ juliancannon70@yahoo.com for your feedback

Here are some of the best

1.the rock vs Steve Austin (wrestlemania 19)

The 3 matches they had at wrestlemania were epic but their final match I considered the best of the 3. In 2002, Steve Austin left the wwe due to creative differences and the rock was part of the smackdown brand until his loss at summerslam. 8 months later Steve Austin returned and feuded with Eric bischoff and around this time also,the rock returned to feud with hulk Hogan..there was an amount of time left for these two active wrestlers to clash one final time..the rock was a heel this time due to the heat he started to get from the fans for him choosing hollywood over wwe.going into the match, Austin was already hurt and his neck injury got to him again and many thought that he wouldn’t be able to compete. But the “rattle snake” pulled it off and him and the rock had a battle. From the rock using the stunner and to Austin using the rock bottom, and the amount of kickouts, from start to finish this match had great story telling and the fans and me brought it..the attitude era finished 2 years before this match but many fans believe that this was the real closure. The rock picked up the win on this one and this would be the last time we would see Steve Austin in a match…or is it…

2.Hardy boys vs Dudley boys vs edge and Christian (tlc II,wrestlemania 17)

I was in the 5th grade in 2001 and the whole month me and my friends were talking about this match..and the week before it,I predicted that edge and Christian would win..there was so much anticipation for this match and it delivered..every one in that match including lita, rhyno and spike Dudley were made huge stars in this match and we have seen some of the most dangerous “spots” since the closure of ecw one month before..the moat infamous spot that is often shown in wwe videos or YouTube, is when while Jeff Hardy was hanging on to the belts in the air,edge did a spear which would have both of them crashing down into the ring from 15 feet in the air..the fans roared with “holy shit” chants like it was an ecw event..after we seen Bubba ray and Matt Hardy go through 4 tables,I knew edge and Christian would get the win..this match would steal the show of the event and it got te match of the year award from the pro wrestling illustrated magazine.

Triple h vs Batista (wrestlemania 21)

In 2002, the ruthless aggression era in the wwe was born..everyone in this era wanted to make an impact and stand out with the rest..guys like Randy orton, rvd, Christian, Chris beniot and many others burst into the scene but no body other than Batista and john cena would become the biggest stars of the 2000-2010 decade.. Batista was already on smackdown in his first year but quickly moved to raw to join the newly formed evolution stable that dominated wwe raw for 2 years..Ric flair was the best of the past,triple h was the best of that time and orton and Batista was going to be the future ..in 2005,Batista became the royal rumble winner and choose to stay on raw to go against triple h for the world heavyweight championship ..I expected Batista to win but this match was an absolute war..triple h tried all that he could to take Batista down but he wouldn’t give up..even with the help of ric flair,it still didn’t help at all. Batista gave triple h a beating I wanted to see for a while and I got it. After a Batista bomb the war was over between the student and the teacher and Batista would be world heavyweight champion for the next 9 months..john cena also won the wwe championship..this ppv was the peak of the ruthless aggression era because nobody thought that these two would become champions but they proved every body wrong.

4.Chris beniot vs Shawn Michaels vs triple h (wrestlemania 20)

To me out of every wrestling promotion before styles vs Joe vs Daniels match in 2005,I considered this to be the best triple threat match of all time..beniot won the royal rumble in 2004 and he moved from smackdown to raw to face triple h and Shawn Michaels at wrestlemania ..for the first time at wrestlemania, the world championship would be on the line in a triple threat match..triple h is a ring general with brawlers antics ..Shawn michaels mixes high flying with technical mat wrestling ..and Chris beniot is a mix of 3 of those styles along with his submission style so this match was a clash of 3 worlds in one ring..beniot and Shawn had the upper hand in the beginning then triple h kept fighting back..then beniot had the fighting spirit that we knew he had..well along with those concussions he had with those diving headbutts..after Shawn hit sweet chin music I really thought the match was over..until beniot hit the crossface forcing triple h to tap out. Beniot gets the victory and celebrates with Eddie Guerrero ..those two deserved it because they came a very long way since the early 90’s

5.cm punk vs Rey mysterio (wrestlemania 26)

In 2010,the straightedge society took in full effect on smackdown..cm punk along with Luke gallows and Serena feuded with Rey mysterio.. to add insult to injury, on an episode of smackdown, Rey brought out his family and it was his daughters birthday..then the straightedge society made their way to the ring and sang the happy birthday song while the group got Rey to not attack punk..some fans thought it was disturbing but hey that is what heels do.this was pink’s first singles match at wrestlemania and these two did not disappointed anybody ..Rey came out with an avatar themed attire while cm punk came out with an GIJOE Themed attire as well.
But now to the match, punk took most of the offense until Rey made a few counters but punk came back with more counters as well..when punk was going for the GTS I thought it was over until Rey countered it..Rey went for the win for this one and Rey stated in a 2012 edition of the wwe magazine that this was his favorite match of that year.

6.undertaker vs Shawn michaels (wrestlemania 25).

Of all the undertaker’s opponents at wrestlemania, nobody has ever came close or got in the head of taker than Shawn michaels. Shawn defeated Vladimir kozlof in a match to determine who will face the undertaker at wrestlemania. The promos from Shawn michaels were the best I have ever seen..Shawn is also known as the Showstopper and Mr. Wrestlemania and since 2002 ,the undertaker’s streak has become very important..for Shawn michaels entrance, he had on a white suit and white hat,coming from the heaven, while undertaker entrance rises from hell..from the start of the match, those two went back and fourth with the usual punches and reverse moves.Shawn attempted a sweet chin music while undertaker attempted a tombstone early on through the midway of the match..then undertaker did a dive from the ring to Shawn but Shawn pushed the camera man into undertaker..the action goes back into the ring and Shawn hits the super kick but taker ticked out..the emotion begins here and I was staring into the screen..taker goes for the tombstone…1…2… kickout!!! This had everyone in the arena and home gasping at that kickout and undertaker looked shocked as well..taker goes for hells gate and hbk gets out,taker goes for tombstone again to end the match..I felt the story telling and the atmosphere of the match..and as soon as it finished, I knew it would get the match of the year vote

7.edge vs Mick Foley (hardcore match,wrestlemania 22)

When this match was building up to wrestlemania, I had no clue to who to choose for the win..at the time of 2006,edge was on a roll..he also brought up the fact that he has never lost at wrestlemania. Mick Foley the hardcore icon has had matches at wrestlemania but he stated that he has never had a wrestlemania moment.. this was the stage for him to have a moment. These two went back and fourth in the beginning of the match until the bared wire baseball bat came into play..then edge took a numb on thumbtacks, not as bad as orton took thumbtacks 2 years earlier when you saw the look on his face like he got stabbed. Lita got in the match as well and Mick used the sock wrapped in barbed wire and she was hardcore for taking it..the final spot took place where hedge speared Foley through a flaming table,which led Joey styles to shout out his famous “ohh myy God!!!!” Line back in ecw on commentary ..fans then stood up for the “holy shit” chant and edge went for the 3 count..this was clearly the best match of the show and Mick Foley finally has a wrestlemania moment.

7.Kurt angle vs Brock lesnar (wrestlemania 19).

The winner of the 2003 royal rumble was Brock lesnar and from right there, the best feud of 2003 started to kick off ..Kurt Angle was the wwe champion and these two former amateur wrestlers that turned pro, would clash in the ring for the first time..I had a gut feeling that this match would close the show and it did..match started with chain wrestling and Matt takedowns..after Brock pulled off a German suplex, the match got physical right there. Angle made sure he gave lesnar all he got..including the angle slam and moonsault..as soon ss he went for the ankle lock and lesnar reversed it,angle was trying to sell the reverse but he got injured on his neck..lesnar goes for the f-5 but angle kicks out..then lesnar goes for the shooting star press but Kurt moved out the way even though the distance was too far,which resulted in Brock landing on his head and he gets injured as well..so we have 2 injured wrestlers trying to finish the match now as lesnar hits the f-5 a.d gets the 3 count..great sportsmanship for these two and they went all out for the fans to see the conclusion even though they both got hurt very badly

Trish Stratus vs Mickey James (wrestlemania 22)

I rank this as the best divas match in wrestlemania history ..but the best divas match in history was lita vs Trish in a November 2004 episode of raw(also the only time ever on raw that the main event was for the women’s championship) . Mickey James only debuted a few months earlier, got the attention of many fans. Including Trish Stratus herself. 5 minutes into the match the crowd was not dead at all because these two women were going all out with an array of moves..looking back at this match, it was like a mirror match because they clicked too well that it was like they both wrestled eachother for years even though it was their first match. The match itself is self explanatory because they both pulled it off and when Mickey got the pin,the fans were all shocked including me because nobody would have thought that a divas match at wrestlemania would be a 5 star quality match

Honorable mentions

Triple h vs the undertaker hell in a cell match (wrestlemania 28)

The rock vs hulk Hogan (wrestlemania 18)

Team angle vs Chris beniot and rhyno vs Los Guerreros(wrestlemania 19)

Ric flair vs Shawn michaels (wrestlemania 24)

John cena vs Shawn michaels (wrestlemania 23)

Kurt angle vs Chris beniot (wrestlemania 17)

Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho (wrestlemania 19)

 

now lets go through the worst now. bear with me readers lol

1.Daniel Bryan vs shaemus (wrestlemania 28)

This match from last year’s wrestlemania that opened the show with an 18 second win outraged the fans at the arenas and home .. people paid good money for tickets and ppv to not get ripped off..these 2 wrestlers Daniel Bryan and shaemus are two world class athletes with different styles so the match would have been very interesting..what makes this worse is that throughout the year of 2012,shaemus would use the 18 seconds on a lot of his promos for a cheap pop..Daniel did not deserve to drop the belt in that way..the crowd was entirely behind him at wrestlemania and this was a slap in the face to everyone who saw it.

Rey mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero (wrestlemania 21)

I wouldn’t say that this match was bad but it could have been a lot better ..for these two, you would expected a lot more in this match..the beginning was solid up until when Rey mysterio’s mask was out of place 7 minutes into the match..from there on,it just got sloppy Like it was two unprofessional high school kids doing backyard wrestling..kudos for at least trying but it failed to meet expectations..

The rock vs triple h vs big show vs mankind (wrestlemania 16/2000)

This has to be the most odd wrestlemania main event in the attitude era..here is the story..the rock wins the royal rumble, big show shows footage of both the rocks feet touching the ground first..then triple h defeats cactus Jack..in no way out, the big show defeated the rock with the help of Shane McMahon to get the rock’s spot at wrestlemania ..at the same ppv,triple h defeated Mick Foley inside hell in a cell to end Foley’s career..the rock then earned his spot back by defeating big show on raw with the help of Vince McMahon .so now at mania, its a triple threat match..however, Linda McMahon brought in Mic Foley to make it a fatal 4 way.. along with every McMahon on ringside. On paper it sounds like a good idea since there is a 75% chance that the title will change hands..but to me the match didn’t work at all..for some reason every body did not click in with eachother at this match with too many messed spots and big show should have not been in this match in the first place. Triple h got the win on this match but it didn’t matter because the triangle ladder match stole the show earlier that night and this main event was rarely ever mentioned on wwe television again

Bret Hart vs Mr.McMahon (Wrestlemania 26)

10 years later we get another great rivalry but another horrible match..Bret Hart made his wwe return in 2010 to bury the hatchet with Shawn michaels and to start his rivalry with Vince McMahon ..it was built on the Montreal screwjob back at survivor series 1997.as soon as Bert’s music played and he entered the ring with his t-shirt band blue shorts,every body was thinking, “where in the hell is the pink and black attack “..it was like he just finished drinking coffee and was told his match is next..but anyways,other than Vince trying to get Hart’s family to turn on him, Bret repeatedly his Vince with the crowbar and then he went for the sharpshooter forcing McMahon to submit …I had the mindset to go over there to Arizona to punch both of them in the face..no disrespect to the legendary Bret Hart who is one of my favorites..but this match was booked like it was a Wcw show and I understand that he had a stroke years ago,but be should have not done this match in the first place.

John cena vs the miz(wrestlemania 27)

I can say that 2010-2011 was the year of the miz. He has improve a lot since teaming with john Morrison..him becoming wwe champion in the end of 2010 got me more interested in this Guy.. now for his match at wrestlemania against arguably the biggest star of the wrestling world today john cena had me puzzled about who would win..the match started very slow and the fans were not buying that the miz were to beat cena. A few botches threw me off for this match And the spot where the match ended in a double count out was not well received by everyone ..so the rock..oh wait Dwayne Johnson who was the host of the show cones out and says that the match will be restarted .. Dwayne then gives cena the rock bottom and miz goes for the pin..this was the weakest finish in wrestlemania since wrestlemania 9 and Dwayne making that run in just didn’t make the cut at all

Goldberg vs Brock lesnar (wrestlemania 20)

I cannot lie..the moment when Brock and Goldberg had that face to face standoff, I knew something big was going to happen..the feud leading into this match was great and adding in Steve Austin as the referee made the match huge..the week before wrestlemania, it was leaked from wrestling websites that Brock lesnar is leaving after wrestlemania to go to the NFL..a few days later,it was also leaked that Goldberg is leaving too..this angered the fans and when the match started, both Brock lesnar and Goldberg were heavily booed in the Madison square garden arena, then the “you sold out” chants began ..anyways, the match started by them two stalling in the ring with no moves whatsoever for about 4-6 minutes ..the most we saw was a few holds and throws and that was it..the next 20 minutes the fans were already tired of them two and chanted for Steve Austin and started the “boring ” chants as well..the match didn’t really pick up until the last 6 minutes with Goldberg going for the spear and jackhammer and going for the 3 count but that still didn’t satisfied the fans..so stone cold did the stunner to both lesnar and Goldberg for the fans to finally give a huge reaction .. to tell you the truth, both lesnar and Goldberg deserved that angry crowd reaction and I’m happy that they did

Divas battle royal (wrestlemania 25)

Where do I start with this one..this battle royal took the spot for the tag team title unification match and I was sure the fans wanted to see it than seeing kid rock’s performance along with this very sloppy botchamania written match. This also features the divas from the past and present and the divas from the past could not keep up with the ones right now ..from the silly falls to the forgettable missed spots,this match was very un watchable..did I mention that santino marella win with the gimmick of santina marella. That’s enough said for this match..if you would like to see this kind of mess, either watch this match or watch the male version of it..its called the XFL.

Honorable mentions:

Big show vs Floyd mayweither (wrestlemania 24)

Triple h vs Randy orton (wrestlemania 25)

Test vs Eddie Guerrero (wrestlemania 17)

Undertaker vs Kane(wrestlemania 20)

Scott hall vs Steve Austin ( wrestlemania 18)

Kane vs the great khali (wrestlemania 23)

Wrestleshock Reviews #20 – Wrestlemania 29

Hello all and welcome back to another edition of Wrestleshock Reviews

Thanks to our good friends at WWEDVD.co.uk Chris is able to give you a review of the upcoming Wrestlemania 29 DVD/Blu-ray release (out june 10th in the uk/europe) and Chris goes through the matches and talks about what was his match of the night!

Chris then talks about the hall of fame class of 2013 and who inducted who and what was the star inductee.  like you need any hints there!

There is also a chance to win a copy of WCW Best of Monday night Nitro Vol 2 on DVD AND Blu-ray.  Chris gives you one question for the DVD and two questions for the blu-ray.  please make sure your subject reads WCW DVD or WCW blu-ray if you are wanting to enter for one of the prizes!  Competition closes on the 17th June 2013.  Make sure to email vinto316@gmail.com and good luck!

Keep an eye on wwedvd.co.uk as a lot of great upcoming releases there and also don’t forget that you can buy matches or full pay-per-views now on Itunes in HD or SD!  great idea and the full royal rumble matches are also there!  Some of Chris’ personal favourites!

Wrestleshock Reviews #19 – Royal Rumble 2013 and For all Mankind!

Welcome all to another review show brought to you courtesy of our good friends over at wwedvd.co.uk the home of all upcoming WWE DVDs and Blu-rays in Europe!  Make sure to follow them twitter – wwehomevideouk and on Facebook www.facebook.com/wwehomevideouk.  Also their newsletter has plenty of information about upcoming items so you are always in the know!

Chris first reviews the traditional January ppv which is the Royal Rumble 2013.  The main event is CM Punk vs The Rock.  Would CM Punk’s 434 day reign as WWE Champion come to an end at the hands of “The Great One” The Rock?  Who would return for the Royal Rumble?  What number would everyone get and how would it hold up against last years

After Chris goes through his thoughts on the Royal Rumble Card, he the reviews For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley.  Whether it was Cactus Jack, Mankind or Dude Love, Mick Foley seemed to have a persona for every situation.  We find out in this documentary how he got into professional wrestling and many stories that you may not be aware of.  What is Chris’ opinion of this set?  Mick Foley isn’t one of his favourite wrestlers so will that have any bearing on the outcome of the review?. Order 3 DVDs/Blu-rays and get 10% off any pre-orders or orders from www.wwedvd.co.uk

Follow Chris on Twitter – @Vinto316 and also check out his Youtube Channel – Vintomania where there is plenty of Wrestling talk going on there!

There will be a few weeks of a break as Chris and his pals attend Wrestlemania but stay tuned to wwedvd.co.uk for any upcoming pre-orders!

Part 4 of the Northern Ireland Wrestling Connection Roundtable Discussion

In the 4th part, Chris V, Hayley, Chris H and Allan continue their discussion about the money in the bank and also talk about The Undertaker.

Follow us on twitter @NImania29 and email us at niwrestlingconnection@gmail.com with what YOU would like us to discuss and there will be prizes up for grabs!!