Edge and Bianca Belair Reign at the Royal Rumble

The road to WrestleMania has officially begun as Edge, and Bianca Belair won their respective Royal Rumble matches. Edge joins the two timers club 11 years after winning his first one, while Bianca Belair becomes the first African-American wrestler to win the Rumble.

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Drew McIntyre is a Made Man

Drew McIntyre won the 2020 Royal Rumble match on Sunday, which emanated from Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. The big story going in was WWE Champion Brock Lesnar voluntarily entered the rumble match as the number one entrant. Continue reading “Drew McIntyre is a Made Man”

Top Five Royal Rumble Eliminations

This past Sunday’s Royal Rumble match treated fans to some fun over-the-top-rope eliminations. One elimination, in particular, saw Braun Strowman hurl the ill-suited James Ellsworth out of the ring with a chokeslam that sent him crashing to the floor, hip first.

Seeing this hip-crushing ejection got me thinking of some of the memorable Rumble match eliminations over the years that have stuck with me. Some made for great moments while others served as the kick-off to a bitter feud. Then some are just plain terrible. 

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2017 WWE Royal Rumble Review

Another WWE Royal Rumble is in the books as fans were treated to four great title matches and a Rumble that was entertaining but didn’t live up to the hype. Atlee Greene reviews all of the happenings that occurred inside San Antonio’s Alamodome.

Road to the Royal Rumble is Heating Up

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This Sunday’s Royal Rumble card appears to be finalized with eight matches that will be rounded out by the 30-Man Rumble match. The Kick-Off show will begin at 5:00 pm EST with the official pay-per-view beginning at 7:00 pm EST.

What I’m digging about this year’s Rumble is that I have absolutely no idea who is going to win. Normally, it’s easy to figure out the winner well in advanced based on story-line direction or if a particular wrestler is getting a main event push.

AJ Styles and John Cena will duke it out for the WWE Championship while Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns will battle in a No DQ match for the Universal Championship, which leaves four main event players out of the Rumble.  Continue reading “Road to the Royal Rumble is Heating Up”

The Undertaker enters the 2017 Royal Rumble

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The Undertaker returned to Raw on Monday and announced that he would be entering the 2017 Royal Rumble. The announcement was made during the top of the show’s second hour where Stephanie McMahon threatened GM Mick Foley with the possible loss of his job if ‘The Deadman’ didn’t appear.

Raw emanated from New Orleans where the Phenom’s WrestleMania streak was broken. Undertaker mentioned this to a course of boos and followed up with that he’s dug 29 holes for 29 souls. Undertaker closed the segment by vowing to win the Rumble and return to the main event of WrestleMania.

This was an interesting appearance on a few fronts. Taker stated that he goes where he wants, wherever he wants, and that no one controls him, which heavily suggests that he’s not going to be tied to one specific brand.  Continue reading “The Undertaker enters the 2017 Royal Rumble”

The Odds of AJ Styles vs. Shawn Michaels Actually Happening

 

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It’s only fair to start this post by stating that this match is probably not going to happen….but what if?

An image made its voyage around the internet last week hyping a fantasy match up at next year’s Royal Rumble pitting WWE World Champion AJ Styles against Shawn Michaels. Styles himself added more fuel to the speculative fire when he tweeted out the image in question and said “Interesting photo…is it not?”  Continue reading “The Odds of AJ Styles vs. Shawn Michaels Actually Happening”

Favorite Matches #9: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit

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What is your favorite wrestling match? This is the single hardest question for any enthusiast of the squared circle to answer. There have been so many legendary nights over the years that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one.

Over the next ten weeks I’m going to write about my ten favorite wrestling matches of all-time. The listings will be in no particular order as I’ve given up on trying to rank every match in specific fashion. Now I just enjoy them as fun collection.

Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit: Royal Rumble 2003    Continue reading “Favorite Matches #9: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit”

AJ Styles makes his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble

If you’re a wrestling fan who’s only experience with the genre is what occurs on WWE television, the name AJ Styles might be foreign to you. The Gainesville, Georgia native, at 38 years old, is arguably the best wrestler on the planet today.

The 18 year veteran has been tearing it up in Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling for the past two years. Styles has been involved in a plethora of match of the year candidates over his career. His most recent was on January 4th against the Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom 10.

Much to WWE’s credit, they didn’t change a thing about his character. They went out of their way to promote him as a big deal based on his illustrious past, and even made reference to the internet rumors of his pending arrival. This is something WWE rarely does today.

Click here to check out my review of last night’s Royal Rumble at Forces of Geek.com

 

My Column on Tough Enough Winner Josh’s Backstage Heat in WWE.

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Professional wrestling maybe the strangest business in existence. That doesn’t mean the word “respect” is lost on the genre. In fact, it’s one of the first things listed on the syllabus of Wrestling 101. Whether you are humble or arrogant, no one is immune to taking part in this lesson.

Those who learn to appreciate the privilege of being in the business will, in time, start to earn respect from those who’ve come before you. The ones who are stubborn and hard headed will either learn the hard way or be shown the exit.

Tough Enough winner, Josh Bredl, made headlines this week for a disparaging remark he made on Twitter about the Social Outcasts being “Social Jobbers.” This reportedly drew the ire of several WWE superstars, with Stardust and Kevin Owens publicly firing shots at the Division I athlete.

Click here to check out the column in its entirety at Gerweck.net: Pro Wrestling Since 1997