Category Archives: Wrestling

NXT Takeover: Dallas Preview

NXT is owned by WWE. NXT TakeOver: Dallas will air live on the WWE Network.

NXT is owned by WWE. NXT TakeOver: Dallas will air live on the WWE Network Friday April 1st.

With it being Wrestlemania season, the WWE kicking off it’s biggest weekend with their own Super Indy/Feeder league NXT. This time the mini promotion takes over the Dallas’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre with arguably their biggest show.

So before we get into the big Sunday show, let’s talk about the real show… Continue reading

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Image owned by WWE

Sadly the news that every wrestling fan feared was true, Daniel Bryan has to retire from Pro Wrestling. While his WWE run might be his best known work in the general sense, here are some fun matches from his early career before his name change. Cue the Final Countdown… Continue reading

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Royal Rumble HangOver

Royal Rumble is owned by World Wrestling Entertain, Inc.

Royal Rumble is owned by World Wrestling Entertain, Inc.

Much like Christmas the WWE’s Royal Rumble event comes once a year and with it comes the joys of wishing and hoping for all the big matches to come over the next few months till WrestleMania. That being said, the last few Rumbles have been a bit of a let down (to say the least). But with this being the “biggest” WrestleMania ever, the WWE needed to hit this one out of the park and get more happy eyes on the product.

Did they do that? Yes and no. Let’s discuss… Continue reading

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WrestleMania Hangover

WrestleMania 31 is owned and promoted by WWE.

WrestleMania 31 is owned and promoted by WWE.

So it’s Monday, the day after WrestleMania 31 (or Play Button) and it’s been quite a few days worth of “sports entertainment.” On top of the classic amount of 3 Hour Raws, Smackdowns and NXTs the WWE Network added even more content with the addition of two, two hour update shows on Thursday and Friday, the Hall of Fame with it’s own hour long red carpet and of course the four hour event with a two hour pre-show. Together that’s a staggering 19 hours of content in a week.

So much like the college student who spends the whole spring break at the bottom of a glass, let’s try and review some of the stuff that went down for WrestleMania.  Continue reading

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D&D Watches: The Chaperone

D&D Watches: The Chaperone from Derek Morton on Vimeo.

You got your movie in my wrestling, you got your wrestling in my movie. It’s time for a WWE films Double Feature part one! This week we see the King of Kings, Triple H do something he’s not use to, a JOB (Oh SNAP!). Watch as the 13 time Heavy Weight champion tries acting in the WWE Studios “epic,” The Chaperone.

Tune in next week for Steve Austin in the Condemned.

The Chaperone is owned by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Follow the guys on Twitter: @denisumpleby, @DereknoelMorton

Video by Denis Umpleby

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First Impressions: Lucha Underground

Lucha Underground was produced by One Three Media.

Lucha Underground was produced by One Three Media.

I hope you all had a good New Years and have all gotten use to writing 2015 instead of 2014. While the last year in wrestling was…not great, there was one new show that took up root as TNA was rebuilding. This show features high production values, a faster paced action and a roster of (mostly) new faces from Mexico and beyond.

So let’s start the blog off for 2015 with a look at what Lucha Underground has done so far. (Note this review is based upon all of the episodes that aired in 2014) Continue reading

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NXT Takeover: R Evolution

The real reason to pay $9.99...or $11.99 in Canada.

The real reason to pay $9.99…or $11.99 in Canada.

Last week, we talked about the last NXT Special, Fatal 4 Way, and it’s so-so card filled with a few moments of gold and jobber matches. This week it’s time for a all new live special from Full Sail University in Florida.

So let’s take a look at NXT Takeover: R Evolution. Continue reading

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WWE NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way

4 great wrestlers in a Main Event? Fact.

4 great wrestlers in a Main Event? Fact.

So let’s get this straight, WWE’s NXT is amazing.

While it’s sometimes bogged down by some nonsense, it’s managing to combine the work rate of a Ring of Honor with the story-telling of a WWE. The main reason for that is the solid and talented roster of wrestlers in their Florida minor league system. I’d argue that if if the majority of the WWE Roster quit tomorrow, bringing up the NXT guys would make for a more interesting show every week.

So before the newest live special next week featuring Zayn and Neville one on one, let’s look at the last special from September of this year. It’s NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way.

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Three Matches from WCW Halloween Havoc

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Logo and WCW trademarks are owned by WWE.

As World Championship Wrestling expanded their PPV schedule during the 90s a new October event was made, Halloween Havoc. The show embraced the holiday due to WCW’s love of all things theatrical. Seriously you think the New Generation was cheesy watch any of the PPV intros for WCW and you’ll change your tune.

WCW would go farther in the direction of stupidity for this yearly event and this is a promotion that seemingly wanted to start a feud between a man who acted like a bulldog and Chucky…yes the talking doll from the films (although I’d watch a feud between a grown man and a Rugrats character).

So I thought I’d ease us into Halloween by talking about three noteworthy matches from the events history, all ranging in importance and ridiculousness.

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First Impressions: The WWE Network

Coming soon...maybe.

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As you may have heard, the WWE Network recently expanded to markets outside of the United States. While the majority of countries get more or less the same product as the USA, i.e. Over-the-Top content like Netflix, here in Canada it’s different.

As part of a large 10 year contract, Rogers got the rights to air the Network as it was first intended, as a TV channel. While Rogers rushes the network through the CRTC processes they’ve given the network as smaller channel to show off what the network will bring.

While this deal only works with Rogers users, a company that isn’t even available throughout all of Canada, Rogers will deal with any other providers who want the service in the future.

So for those who either can’t get it or don’t want to jump on right now, here’s what I think of the service after just a few weeks. Continue reading

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