Posts Tagged ‘ Wrestlemania ’

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

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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Undertaker’s Top Five Wrestlemania Matches

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With Wrestlemania 30 now just a few weeks away, it seems only right to delve back through the history of its most prestigious aspect- the streak. The Undertaker will return to Wrestlemania to fight Brock Lesnar, where he is undefeated in twenty-one bouts. His list of previous opponents show few pushovers, having beaten Jimmy Snuka, Jake The Snake Roberts, Kane (x2), Shawn Michaels (x2) and Triple H (x3), among others. The Undertaker has been responsible for some of Wrestlemania’s finest moments, and here we will look back at his five top encounters. Continue reading

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

Excitement Builds As WWE 2K14 Hits Shelves Tomorrow

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The latest instalment of the flagship WWE game franchise hits European stores tomorrow (November 1st), under the guidance of 2K Sports for the first time. 2K announced that WWE 2K14 will be availablefor both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Complementing the game’s launch, 2K also announced the WrestleMania 30 contest, in which players may submit creative screenshots of in-ring WWE 2K14 action – inspired by sought-after WrestleMania 30 matches – for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip for two to the pop culture extravaganza of the year, WrestleMania 30, scheduled for Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Continue reading

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

The Ballance Sheet #5 : Grappling In The Granite City

bbLast Saturday, I had the privilege of being part of a terrific show in Aberdeen, Scotland, and wrestling in front of the biggest crowd I’ve ever worked in front of; an astounding 1,103 people packed out the Beach Ballroom, and were loud and lively all evening long, celebrating the fifth anniversary of Wrestlezone.

I’ve done shows in front of big audiences before, but this one felt that little bit more special. Knowing the Wrestlezone crew as I have for the past four years- and the hard work they put into growing their promotion- I was delighted to witness the fruits of their labour for myself, up close and personal, and the phenomenal success of their big night.  Continue reading

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

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