Wrestling

WrestleMania 33 In Review: The Deadman Becomes Immortal

WrestleMania 33 was a show of two halves, front-loaded with work rate, punctuated by a preposterous slice of pseudo-reality TV, and with an ending that felt gratuitously melancholic more than triumphant, fond, or hard-won, even if it did mark the final brief chapter in the twenty-six-and-a-half year career of arguably the greatest and most beloved WWE superstar of all time. The…

Inane Final Hour Spoils WWE Fastlane 2016

The PPV between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania invariably proves something of a halfway house. Storylines towards the top of the card tend to have been established at the Rumble, and the aim is therefore to advance their progress, increasing the level of intensity in notches until WWE’s annual showcase event. For those elsewhere on the roster, the PPV can seem little…

Daily Visual 22.02.16: Shane McMahon Returns to WWE

Professional wrestling today can often seem short on surprises. In the middle of the 1990s when competition between WWE and WCW had business at its peak, wrestlers would jump between promotions on an almost weekly basis, their varying production schedules in rare cases even causing bewildering overlaps, as in November 1997 when Rick Rude appeared on Raw and Nitro on the very same…

Daily Visual 08.02.16: Pro Wrestler Daniel Bryan Retires

On Monday, at the age of thirty-four, Daniel Bryan announced his retirement as an active professional wrestler. With speculation growing over the past few days that news concerning his future was imminent, Bryan took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to confirm his fans’ worst fears, stating ‘Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll…

Apathy Reigns at WWE Royal Rumble 2016

The 2016 Royal Rumble took place on Sunday 24 January from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, and for the third year in a row one of WWE’s defining events disappointed. The victory of Triple H in the Rumble proper did not bring about the sort of ire directed at Batista and Roman Reigns in years past – and the event…

The Ten Best WWE Matches of 2015

If at the beginning of 2015 the disgruntled wrestling fan had been told that John Cena would fail to get his hands on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship once over the proceeding twelve months, that Seth Rollins instead would reign with the belt for much of the year, that Dean Ambrose would main event PPVs, Kevin Owens receive a main roster…

NXT TakeOver: London in Review

After the roaring success of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August – with a capacity crowd of 15,589 attending the first NXT special held beyond the home base of Full Sail University – NXT TakeOver: London on Wednesday night marked TakeOver’s debut abroad. At the end of a seven-show tour of Britain, which took in Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Blackpool, Nottingham, and Cardiff, the special hailed…

WWE TLC 2015 Refigures Roman Reigns

In the context of contemporary WWE PPVs, this year’s TLC was a success. Despite a relatively short build, taking place just three weeks after Survivor Series, an otherwise mediocre show was lifted by an exceptional opener and a noteworthy conclusion to the main event, which pitted WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus against perennial challenger Roman Reigns. The event took place…

WWE Survivor Series 2015 Slaps Fans in the Face

At Hell in a Cell just last month, after a string of PPVs boasting mediocre undercards and slapdash main events, there were finally some signs of life in the wheezing machine that is WWE. Inside the cell Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker put on the strongest match of their three-match series, a physical bout with an inventive finish which managed to wrap some…