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Posts Tagged ‘ Raw ’

The Ballance Sheet #9: Mid Term Report

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Hope 2014’s been good to you, folks. My own is going pretty well, all told. Here’s a few bits and pieces on the last six months.

WEDDING CRASHERS
Well, technically we were invited, and it was actually at the very end of 2013, but I’ll include it here, anyway. My blog, after all… I wrestled at a wedding reception just after Christmas last year in the Radisson in Galway, working a singles match with Bam Katraz, and a tag match against him and Omen, where I teamed with Tucker. An interesting experience, and certainly the best-dressed audience I’ve ever worked for! The crowd- mostly non-wrestling fans (muggles)- were appreciative, though probably a little perplexed at the same time. It was after dinner, though, so I’d say a bit of the ol’ gargle helped matters. No hiptoss into the wedding cake or superkicking the father of the bride mid-speech, unfortunately, but it was a grand evening nonetheless. Continue reading

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WWE Announces The Death Of The Ultimate Warrior

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WWE has expressed it’s sincere shock and deep sadness at the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior.

Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter.

Last Saturday night, The Ultimate Warrior accepted his rightful place in the WWE Hall Of Fame before appearing at Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday and Monday Night Raw.  Continue reading

Wrestlemania 30: End Of One Era, Beginning Of Another

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Wrestlemania 30 turned out to be quite an extravaganza, with spectacular colours and personalities right from the off, along with a number of entertaining cameos from old faces, as well as a number of genuine shocks in matches throughout the night, which was sure to have been a big success for the WWE.

The night kicked off with a few words from the event’s host, Hulk Hogan. Hogan made his way down to the ring with his classic entrance music, and the place went wild. As he got talking about the history of the event, he was interrupted by some striking entrance music; that of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stone Cold made his way down to the ring to stir up the crowd a bit, and he whipped them into a frenzy at the prospect of him kicking Hogan’s ass. That didn’t materialise, however, as he said he had too much respect for what Hogan had done for the business. Shortly after this, he was interrupted himself, as The Rock made his way down to the ring. The crowd roared, as three of the all-time fan favourites occupied the ring at the same time and, although there was some notable mic rustiness from the three, they got great cheers as they rattled through their catchphrases and downed some beers.

The first match of the night saw Triple H taking on Daniel Bryan, with the winner going on to take part in the World Heavyweight Title triple threat main event match. Triple H came down to the ring on a huge throne, with a tremendous golden crown, as well as armour, adorned upon him. Bryan had come down with his shoulder heavily strapped, having re-injured it during his attack on Triple H on Raw, but he brought the fight to his opponent early. He landed a barrage of kicks on The Game, before the Cerebral Assassin’s size and power advantage took over. Triple H landed a number of heavy blows on the leader of the yes movement, working hard on the injured shoulder. He put Bryan in a number of crossface-style submission holds, to inflict maximum damage. But Bryan would not go down or tap out, and he kept fighting back hard. Triple H landed a couple of Pedigrees, but couldn’t keep Bryan down for a three count. Bryan had to land a couple of running knees himself before actually pulling off the victory, but it did not end there. Stephanie McMahon, who had been at ringside throughout, slapped Bryan several times after the match, before Triple H attacked him from behind, and hit his injured shoulder with a steel chair, raising doubts about his ability to compete in the main event.

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WWE Network To Launch In Ireland Later This Year

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WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, will launch in Ireland in late 2014/early 2015, featuring all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania – valued at more than $600 per year for $9.99 per month with a 6-month commitment. WWE Network will also include groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and more than 1,500 hours of video on demand at launch. Continue reading

Five Things Sheamus Could Do When He Returns To WWE

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For those of you who are unaware Ireland’s premier wrestling export former WWE champion Sheamus has been out of action nearly 3 months with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. I honestly have hardly noticed his hiatus as it seamlessly coincided with the return of Rob Van Dam who has asserted himself in the spot once held by Sheamus. This actually leaves WWE with a lot of freedom when re-introducing Sheamus into WWE TV in a few months time as he can be slotted in where ever they want him. With that in mind here are five spots Sheamus could occupy when he returns. Continue reading

WWE Brings Down Dublin With Action Packed Night

The WWE Wrestlemania revenge tour rolled into Dublin on Friday night, with some of Raw’s star performers putting on a great show in front of a packed out 02.

The opening bout saw R-Truth battle 3MB leader Heath Slater. Truth received a good pop from the Dublin crowd and had the firm backing of the fans who cheered him throughout. R-Truth would emerge victorious from this back and forth match when he hit Slater with his signature Lil Jimmy.   Continue reading

The Ballance Sheet #4 : Smart Fans Allow Wrestlers To Up Their Game

The crowd at the post-WrestleMania episode of Raw this week was, I think many would agree, one of the rowdiest and liveliest that WWE have had in quite some time. While some of the reactions weren’t the ones desired- particularly for the Sheamus/Orton match and Ryback’s heel turn- the noise throughout the night, from some of the bizarre antics and chants, made for an exceptionally entertaining show.

The crowd at the Izod Center in New Jersey was quite different from your regular episode of Raw, in that it was composed of holidaying die-hard fans from all over the world; a so-called “smart mark” audience. Get a “smart” audience on your side, and you’re pretty much made. Lose them, though, and the reaction you get could border on vitriolic, as seen from Sheamus and Orton’s match. Such is the interesting dichotomy of this particular branch of the wrestling audience. Continue reading

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