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Posts Tagged ‘ Chris Jericho ’

2K Sports Announce Improvements And Roster For WWE 2K14

sheamus2k Sports have announced the entire roster for the upcoming WWE 2K14 game.

The list tops off WWE 2K14’s previously revealed roster for 30 Years of WrestleMania — a mode that allows players to relive famous matches from yesteryear. 2K Sports recently revealed all five eras in the mode, which span from “Hulkamania Runs Wild” to the “Universe Era.”

The roster reveal has thrown up some surprises with the omission of Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, Rob Van Dam , Fandango, The Uso Brothers, The Wyatt Family and Big E Langston. All are likely to feature as Downloadable Content (DLC) in the near future. Antonio Cesaro and Ryback take their bow on the full roster having served as DLC in WWE 13.

The Shield make their much anticipated debut in a WWE game that offers The Ultimate Warrior as a pre order bonus. Macho Man Randy Savage also debuts in this new title which 2K have taken over from THQ.  Continue reading

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The Shield Takes Over Extreme Rules

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One of the most anticipated and intriguing events on the WWE calendar has been Extreme Rules ever since its introduction to WWE over five years ago. Originally a homage to the original ECW’s “One Night Stand” this year’s instalment was another firm example that extreme wrestling has no place in today’s WWE. The first two matches on the card were legit wrestling matches with absolutely no gimmicks attached and the Tornado rules attached to the WWE Tag Team Title match were hardly what you could call extreme. However I found the pay-per-view very enjoyable, full of interesting matches and feuds I wanted to see resolved. My only objection is don’t label something extreme when what you want to offer a is rough at best. What was on the menu was jalapenos and I was served bacon and cabbage. Continue reading

Wrestlemania 29 Review

Before I get into reviewing the show proper, I would just like to acknowledge the great atmosphere I was lucky to be a part of whilst watching Wrestlemania this year. Showtime Cinema Limerick decided to put the event on in one of their big screens, allowing fans who usually have to watch the showcase of the immortals quietly in their living rooms to engage in a fantastic experience with those in attendance making it very clear who they liked and disliked and creating an atmosphere you thrive on as a wrestling fan. It had to be the funniest and most exciting viewing of Wrestlemania I have ever had and if Showtime decide to run again, and I don’t see why they would not as the place was a near sell-out in one of the biggest screens, I would definitely recommend anybody from the Limerick or surrounding counties to partake in what is guaranteed to be a memorable night.

The pre-show was exactly what you would expect, mainly just last-minute hype videos and skits in order to get last-minute fence sitters to purchase Wrestlemania. The featured match of the pre-show saw defending intercontinental champion Wade Barrett taking on The Miz. Many people were frustrated in the buildup to Mania when they discovered this match would not make the pay-per-view proper. Never the less the two had a fun albeit short match with the Wade bringing back his infamous wasteland move for the night. However it was Miz who would pick up the win and his second Intercontinental championship by locking in the figure four leg lock in a very unique fashion and making Barrett tap out. Naturally The Miz celebrated ecstatically however the whole pre-show seemed underwhelming and the match seemed to lack any real credibility or prestige. Continue reading

Top 5 Hardcore Title matches

The Hardcore title is long gone from the WWE, but in it’s pomp during the Attitude Era, it was a constant source of entertainment and high quality matches. It really came into it’s own when Crash Holly brought in the 24/7 rule, meaning the title could be won anytime, anywhere. There have been some prestigious holders of the Hardcore title, including Mankind, The Undertaker and one of the Godfather’s Ho’s. Here are the top five Hardcore title matches:

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Fallout From Elimination Chamber Opens The Road To Wrestlemania

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What a perfect time for me to write my very first wrestling review, as every year the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and the subsequent episode of WWE Raw are amongst the most exciting for wrestling fans. It was this period five years ago that really reignited my passion for wrestling. Continue reading

Titanic Battle Set To Encapsulate Wrestlemania

Irish News Review casts an eagerly anticipating eye over the Wrestlemania card as our very own superstar Sheamus goes in search of title glory tomorrow night .

John Cena V The Rock

These two icons clash for the first time at Wrestlemania in the The Rock’s home town of Miami. In a match that has been over a year in the making, John Cena will be looking to defy the odds and topple the self proclaimed great one.

Cena has fallen prey to The Rock on two occasions. At last year’s Wrestlemania, where The Rock served as guest host for the night, he hit his signature rock bottom on the Massachusetts native allowing his opponent The Miz to get the win and retain his title.

A few months down the line the duo were forced to team together to battle The Miz and R-Truth at Survivor Series. The match culminated with Cena falling fowl to another rock bottom.

In recent weeks the duo have been poking fun at each other but when the dust settles who will be the last man laughing?

 The Undertaker V Triple H (W/Shawn Michaels as ref)

Two of the most decorated individuals ever to enter a wrestling ring will square off inside Hell in a Cell. The question on everyone’s lips is whether Triple H can become the man to end The Undertaker’s 19 match winning streak at Wrestlemania.

The Game battled valiantly against The Deadman at last year’s event but fell short despite delivering three pedigrees to his opponent.

This will be the third time the duo have squared off at the showcase event and few would bet against Undertaker losing his streak however with Shawn Michaels acting as special guest referee  who knows what may happen. 

Team Teddy V Team Johnny

The WWE board of directors have signed up this 12 man tag match where the man behind the winning team will gain sole control of both Raw and Smackdown. Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis had enlisted the returning Christian, Dolph Ziggler, David Otunga, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger and The Miz to aid his cause. However after Christian suffered a reoccurrence of his injury on the final edition of Raw before Wrestlemania he has been replaced by Drew McIntyre. Smackdown General Manager has added Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston and WWE legend Booker T to Team Teddy.

WWE Championship match: CM Punk V Chris Jericho

This rivalry which has become personal in recent weeks will reach an exciting climax on the grandest stage of them all.

The returning Jericho first locked horns with CM Punk at the Elimination Chamber where a kick from Punk floored the Canadian, rendering him incapable of finishing the match.

One day later on Raw Jericho earned the right to battle Punk at Wrestlemania by winning a ten man battle royal.

Since Jericho’s victory he has poked fun at his straight edge opponent claiming the reason Punk lives the fine life is due to his upbringing by his alcoholic father. Jericho has also had a laugh at the expense of Punk’s sister which has sent the Second City Saviour into a fury. His claim that Punk is “the legal definition of a bastard” has also gotten inside the champion’s head.

At Wrestlemania he must unleash this fury which was evident on Raw when he injured Christian in order to maintain his WWE title and prove he is the better wrestler.

World Heavyweight Championship match: Daniel Bryan V Sheamus

Dubliner Sheamus takes to the ring in Miami looking to win his fourth top title in WWE. The two time WWE champion and one time United States Champion will have to be smart in planning a way to defeat the manipulative and crafty World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan.

The roles of the duo have reversed since Sheamus defeated Bryan last March. On that day the Royal Rumble was billed as the heel while Bryan was the fans favourite. Sheamus has come a long way since and has endeared himself to the fans while Bryan has done everything in his power to keep his coveted title, much to the annoyance of everyone around him. Bryan has sunk to low depths in order to defend his title including spitting in Sheamus’ face which caused the former Irish Whip Wrestling champion to snap and be disqualified during a recent match.

The duo will be eager to put on a top match this year having seen their scheduled match at last year’s card demoted to dark match status. 

 

Intercontinental title match: Cody Rhodes V Big Show

Although he holds countless accolades in his incredible WWE career, The Big Show has never won in singles competition at Wrestlemania. The giant will be looking to end this streak on April 1st when he battles Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental title.

Rhodes has been a thorn in the side of the Florida native, costing him the World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber.

His brash and arrogant style has infuriated Show, whose Wrestlemania stands at 3-8, having won three tag team matches at the event.

Show will have to be at top form in order to topple the rising star of the WWE.  

Randy Orton V Kane

This match has ferociously developed since Randy Orton returned to the ring on March 2nd. Kane interrupted Orton`s return during his match with Daniel Bryan and began assaulting the Apex Predator. Since then Kane has developed something of an obsession with Orton and will be aiming to finish off The Viper at Wrestlemania.

The duo have been involved in a spate of brawls since and The Big Red Monster has revealed his aggro with Orton stems from his refusal to shake his hand after a gruelling street fight last year.

Kane has vowed to decimate Orton at Wrestlemania but there is little telling what will happen when these two larger than life forces meet. 

Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos V Beth Phoenix and Eve

The host of NBC’s Extra Maria Menounos is stepping back into the squared circle again to team up with Kelly Kelly to take on Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve at WrestleMania XXVIII.

It’s a match two years in the making, as Beth and Eve have been caught in a bitter rivalry since late 2009. Menounos, who scored a shocking pinfall victory over The Glamazon in an Eight-Diva Tag Team Match at WWE Tribute to the Troops in December, may face her toughest challenge yet in Miami, as both Beth and Eve want to teach a stern lesson to the Dancing with the Stars competitor.

The tag titles will also be up for grabs in a special pre Wrestlemania match to be shown at wwe.com as Primo and Epico defend the gold against the Uso Brothers and the newly formed team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.

 

Irishman Wins Royal Rumble

A Dublin man has become the first ever Irishman to win the WWE Royal Rumble.

Two time WWE Champion Sheamus, real name Stephen Farrelly, defied the odds to overcome 29 superstars enroute to victory.

The win guarantees the superstar a title shot of his choosing at the biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania, which will be held on April 1. Sheamus now has a huge opportunity to reclaim the gold and will be keen to put on a solid performance at Wrestlemania, having been dropped from the card at the final hour in 2011.

Cabra native Sheamus entered the bout at number 22 and used his brute strength to persevere, overcoming a tense battle with Chris Jericho to win the rumble, knocking the returning superstar to the floor with his devastating Brogue Kick.

The win puts The Celtic Warrior up there with some of the finest superstars of all time who went on to win the Royal Rumble such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

He is now faced with a decision that will envy his fellow superstars, does he stay on the Smackdown brand and challenge Daniel Bryan for his title or does he jump ship to Raw and face CM Punk for his championship.

This story featured in both The Irish Daily Mirror and The Irish Sun on January 31st 2012.

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