The True Story of the Royal Rumble Review

by Chris Vint! 

“Every man for himself” was a phrase I always remember Gorilla Monsoon saying in the earlier Royal Rumble matches. 

The Royal Rumble in 2017 will have been around for 30 years and now we have a way of looking at some of the memorable matches and moments throughout the years.

Pat Patterson was the brains behind the Royal Rumble match and it wasn’t until he mentioned it to Dick Ebersol at NBC who thought it was a great idea for TV and that’s how it started! 

No doubt if you are a wrestling fan you have some Royal Rumble memories and I’m going to hopefully cover some of them in my review! 

In my eyes the best Royal Rumble was in 1992 where Ric Flair won the vacated WWF world championship. The only time the championship was up for grabs….until 2016 when Triple H becomes the 14 time champion!

The Royal Rumble started giving the winner title shots from 1993 onwards and 13 times the winner has won the title at the grandest stage of them all…Wrestlemania!

What makes the Royal Rumble special? Unpredictability is the big factor here! How many returning superstars have garnered a huge response from the crowd? In 2010 Edge returned to action after a horrible injury…the crowd reaction was insane and better yet Edge won the royal rumble that year. Very much like Triple H did in 2002. Coming back after tearing his quad and headlong Wrestlemania X8 with Chris Jericho was a personal highlight for me! 

With the internet now it’s very hard to keep anything a secret but some of the returns like Chris Jericho in 2013, John Cena in 2008 and this years surprise entrant was the pick of the bunch. Finally after many years of wondering “When will he come to WWE?” AJ Styles made his debut to the sheer delight of the crowd!

The Royal Rumble had 30 entrants (yeah we won’t talk about the 40 person one they did once) and you’ll have some superstars face off that you haven’t seen for a long time or not seen at all! Hulk Hogan faced off against The Ultimate Warrior in the 1990 Royal Rumble which was something to savour. Then in 2007 we had The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels as the last two competitors…wow. This was before their Wrestlemania matches but again, this made you lick your lips with how awesome this was! 

You’ll notice I said entrants above. That’s because in 1999 Chyna became the first female competitor to enter the Royal Rumble. She eliminated Mark Henry which is no mean feat! Beth Phoenix and Kharma would be two other females who would enter the Royal Rumble match years later.

This blu-ray set gives us a fascinating insight into the Royal Rumble and hearing from Superstars past and present is very much welcomed. It is also great to see Roddy Piper talk about his time in the Royal Rumble before he passed. As always, the blu-ray set gives you some added extras.

If you want to know more, head to https://www.wwedvd.co.uk/true-story-royal-rumble-p-12287.html?osCsid=c78f89a99103cd009c717b6f92b0cb11 and place your pre-order.  


This for me was a good watch and I loved hearing from the older superstars and saying to myself “oh I remember that” or “i forgot about that”. It’s not as strong as the True story of Wrestlemania and i would have rathe that this set had more structure rather than going from 1988 to 2016, back to 1993 and just jumping year to year. If you’re new to wrestling or a lifelong fan, there is something here for everyone!

That’s it from me, I’m off now to stand and point to a Wrestlemania sign! 

The Hell In A Cell concept and match has been ruined

There used to be a time where the Hell in a Cell match actually meant something. A Hell in a Cell marked the climax of a big story, a match where big scores needed to be settled once and for all. A match where it was guaranteed something ‘big’ will happen, a lot of blood will be spilled and (in kayfabe) potentially a career would end in front of our very own eyes. Just the mere mention of ‘Hell in a Cell’ brought fear.

We all know the events of King of the Ring 1998, and whenever the match is mentioned, it’s that match that springs to mind, the match which could easily have killed Mick Foley. The match that made Mick Foley famous. Mick Foley now advocates two women to perform in that match, and does so with a smile on his face… Where in the blue hell is the story-telling? Have they completely eradicated his past? It’s simply unacceptable.Another Hell in a Cell that springs to mind is the ‘Armageddon Hell in a Cell’. Now, to most, this match is famous for Rikishi plummeting down from the top of the cell, and although that is famous for a good reason, to me, the match reminds me of the build-up, where Vince McMahon would plead with every competitor not to go through with the match as he was worried sick they wouldn’t be able to return to action after it. This was a brilliant piece of story-telling, and really put over how dangerous this match was.


I’m not going to go through each match and it’s great build-up, most of you know full well how big it was. Lesnar/Taker’s 2002 build-up was great, Triple H’s matches with Nash and Michaels were great, repeated brawls ending with Bischoff’s screaming of “HELLL IN A CELLLL!!” was brilliant. Randy Orton fearing for his life in the build-up to his Cell encounter with Taker. Even a few years ago we had Triple H and Undertaker (as well as HBK) really putting over the effects of HIAC in the build-up to Mania 28. I could go on and on and on.


Lately, the match is build-up like a normal steel cage match, just with a roof on top. It’s awful, and totally unacceptable. It began way back with the likes of Cena and Orton treating it like any other ordinary match and this continued with the likes of Punk, Del Rio, Bryan, Sheamus etc. but lately it’s ten times worse. This year’s build-up has been nothing short of rubbish. Rollins and Owens’ rivalry has had nearly no mention of the Hell in a Cell structure, and more so on Jericho’s trunks – Rollins and Owens should be concentrating on their own careers’ rather than promoting comedy. Sasha Banks takes the biscuit, though, she SMILES and on the verge of tears with HAPPINESS when talking about being inside Hell in a Cell… The likes of Undertaker and Kane had an tad bit of fear about stepping inside there and here we have Sasha Banks doing the complete opposite.


All the fear this match has brought is all gone. It’s a sham, and should be left alone. They should just replace ‘Hell in a Cell’ with ‘Steel Cage’, because that’s how it’s built up as.

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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.

 

Wizard World Philadelphia 2016 is an great place for friends and family to go to

Last week, me and my girlfriend Fidelina Roman had the opportunity to cover Wizard World Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Thursday until Saturday and we had an blast. There was many cosplayers, comic writers, contests, video game tournaments, face painting and much more for families and friends and kids can go out and geek out over there. People can go there and dress up as their favorite super hero, super villian, video game character and anything else that they love and show it off in good fashion. here are some pictures of good cosplayers and costumes that we have taken.



here is the video game tournament area where games such as Mario Kart 8, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. for WiiU and more were featured


We have also attended some Q and A panels from WWE Superstars and the first one is former WWE Champion Seth Rollins as he discussed his future goals for Wrestlemania, having matches with Finn Balor and AJ Styles, his sacrifices and much more.

Seth Rollins Q and A

The Second one we have attended was Sheamus as he also is featured in the Ninja Turtles movie that was just premiering that week. He talked about that along with Daniel Bryan, different styles of wrestling, how did he feel when he became WWE Champion back in 2009 and much more. Before the Q and A ended, he gave a fan an autographed (signed by him) Ninja Turtles magazine.

Sheamus Q and A


The final one was WWE Sasha Banks as she responds to internet rumors, her thoughts on women’s wrestling and much more

Sasha Banks Q and A


The Rest of the panels we have covered are the Captain America: Civil War panel which had Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie and also Stephen Amell’s Q and A panel


Overall, it was an great show and we hope to bring you more coverage when we go back next year. follow us on twitter @AltMindz and @Julianexcalibur 

My thoughts: today’s product of WWE since after Wrestlemania 32

While Wrestlemania 32 gave us some fantastic moments, I think most would agree the ending left us feeling underwhelmed and disappointed, a sour note in an otherwise very solid show. I for one had went to sleep that night feeling very deflated, and quite frankly pissed off that they would so blatantly ignore the fans wishes, just to get the title on the good looking, muscular, Samoan dude. Everything was going to remain the same, Raw was going to kick off with a 20 minute Authority promo, and conclude with Reigns beating every member of the League Of Nations while Cole screams, “Roman Reigns has overcome all the odds tonight!” It felt like WWE had no plans on changing the product, being content with their current stagnant state, despite the outcry of smarks and casuals alike, for change.

Until… Well, the next night.. 

The Raw after Wrestlemania felt fresh, the focus on young stars was a welcome change of pace, and something just felt different, it didn’t feel like an average Raw, it started with Shane being put in charge and ended with AJ Styles becoming the Number 1 Contender in an incredible Fatal Four Way, with 4 of the best workers in the business. However, I still wasn’t convinced, Shane’s tenure in charge seemed like a one-week thing, and this focus on the younger and more ‘IWC friendly’ guys may just have been to please the crowd the night after Mania, who they knew, if they gave them the same old stuff, would crap all over it, their fear of which was apparent through the commentators’ “boo the people they normally cheer” shtick. My skepticism seemed warranted given what we’d seen in the past. 

Boy was I wrong! 

The weeks that followed have kept with this theme of intriguing storyline development, new stars being built in the likes of Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Enzo and Cass etc, and overall simply a better product. The card for Payback looks amazing, I’m looking forward to pretty much every match, the build has been fantastic, every match has been given meaning, purpose, and most importantly air time to build organically, little to none of it seems shoe-horned in, and there are two major plots which could give us a massive indication on the companies direction for the foreseeable future . The introduction of Anderson and Gallows has made for some compelling television, and an aura of mystic surrounds their inevitable eligance. Though it seems set up for Balor to join forces with Gallows and Anderson to turn on AJ, they could just as easily throw us a curve-ball, which hasn’t been felt in a very long time. Vince’s decision on Sunday, will shape the company for the next while at least, I can’t see it being as cut and dry as him picking one or the other, the possibilities are endless, which is very exciting.

Ratings…DO NOT PANIC! 

Yes, the ratings have been fairly poor, but that should be expected, the new talent needs to be given time to settle in and get over with the casual audience. These guys are mostly unknown to casual fans, so when the guys they’ve known to be the stars aren’t on the show, they won’t tune in for a while, which is exactly why this opportunity needs to be taken, while a lot of your money and ratings draws are out, to enhance the new guys, and give them time to establish themselves with a new audience. Don’t go rushing back to the old guys in a panic because the ratings have dropped, it would completely derail all the good things that have been done since Wrestlemania. 

Potential For Change: 

I refer back to the title, the sense of change is looming, the opportunity to usher in a new era in WWE is very much in the companies hands, this Sunday, is a huge night for the WWE and professional wrestling in general, you can give back to us fans, and make us once again proud to call ourselves wrestling fans, the feeling of unpredictability once so synonymous with professional wrestling, feels like it’s slowly creeping it’s way back. The potential for two, company altering swerves, is here, my skepticism though not fully gone, is fading, don’t disappoint WWE. 

TWC Episode 87- Teddy Long Interview (link in description) 

Today’s episode of The Wrestling Court, I interview former WCW and WWE manager/referee and the former General Manager of Smackdown, Teddy long. Topics include:
*his rise in Jim Crockett’s NWA and WCW and how he got his start as an referee.

*his thoughts about the chi-town rumble match between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat that he refereed.

*stories involving Kevin Sullivan, The Undertaker, Edge, CM Punk, Ron Simmons,Vince and more.

*His thoughts about the career ending injury of Darren Drozdoff.

*who got him to the WWE?

*The Smackdown GM playa!
and more
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