Sitting Ringside

WWE loses its Edge

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After a nearly 20-year career, Edge was forced to hang up his boots last night after doctors told him a few more bumps could paralyze him. So, the 11-time champion did the only sensible thing that he could. He walked out to the ring during Raw last night and announced his retirement. Fans know his history with injuries, namely the broken neck nearly a decade ago. That alone should've kept him down, but, after a complicated surgery, he returned for nearly eight more years until problems with his ... read more

Bryan Danielson is my new hero

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For the handful of people out there who have been following WWE's NXT program on Syfy, you got to see a segment long overdue on a WWE telecast. Before we get to that, though, let's set the scene up. First of all, I'm not one of those people who have been watching NXT. I catch the spoilers, but that's about it. It's not like Tough Enough was years ago which was an actual reality show that showed some of the inner workings of the business as we got to watch real rookies learn how to perform basic ... read more

The Monday Night War ends…again

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Well, that certainly didn't take long. Barely a couple of months into the head-to-head Monday night competition between TNA and WWE, TNA is moving back to Thursdays, effective immediately. Billing it as "returning home," Impact, which was already re-airing the Monday show in their original Thursday time slot, will drop the Monday edition and permanently (for now) go back to Thursday at 9 pm. However, give credit to Spike TV for sticking with the organization to the point that Thursdays will ... read more

HBK walks the aisle for the last time

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Where does one begin when discussing the career of arguably the greatest performer to ever lace up the boots? I'll be the first one to admit that there have been plenty of times over the years when something would happen on a wrestling program that would instantly make me regret ever being a fan in the first place. There are skits or vignettes that have caused me to turn the channel and just hope that none of my friends would happen to see what was happening at the time because they all knew if ... read more

Mr. Monday Night

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As expected, the newest incarnation of the Monday Night War started up with the number two promotion looking to make as many big splashes as possible. TNA began and ended the show with both Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in the ring, crowned new Knockout tag team champions and mixed in numerous returns and debuts. Most notably, "Mr. Monday Night" Rob Van Dam found himself back on TV on Mondays. However, RVD fans don't seem to be as happy as you'd expect. Despite coming in and getting a quick win ... read more

Will Hogan and Flair ever retire?

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Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair?  Again? Still? I'm afraid so, and it'll happen next week. When TNA starts going head-to-head with Raw every week beginning March 8th, a couple of familiar names will be headlining. Hogan will team with TNA monster Abyss, while Flair partners with his newest protege, TNA champion AJ Styles. And, no, I don't really know why. Flair, who retired two years ago after an incredible match at Wrestlemania against Shawn Michaels, may still be able to take the bumps, but it ... read more

ECW 1992-2010

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The "land of extreme" will officially be laid to rest in three weeks. Of course, for all intents and purposes, the real ECW has been gone since Paul Heyman closed the promotion's doors in 2001. Vince McMahon would purchase the rights to the name and tape library and restart it, but it wasn't anywhere near the same as the independent promotion that found its way to a national audience in the late 1990s. McMahon had been running his version of ECW on Syfy since 2006. While he, at first, allowed ... read more

History tries to repeat itself

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The year was 1997. WWE was being led by Shawn Michaels and Triple H under the DX banner. It was a normal site to see HBK and Bret 'Hit Man' Hart standing across from each other in the middle of the ring. WWE shows were partly built around arguably two of the industry's biggest stars. The competition, though, was making plenty of waves itself. On a different channel Monday nights, wrestling fans could see some of WWE's biggest former stars standing in the middle of a different ring claiming how ... read more

‘Extreme’ disappointment

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When the idea to bring back ECW several years ago was bounced around, fans, such as myself, were optimistically cautious. After all, Vince had this tendency to utterly ruin any potentially big money-making gimmicks that he wasn’t directly responsible for creating. Look no further than the WCW buyout, the subsequent Invasion angle and the eventual recreation of the nWo. At least in the case of WCW, he could’ve dragged that story line out for years, instead of the few months he let it exist before ... read more

Ventura returns

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Before I get to my thoughts on last night's show, there's really one main thing that came out of the Survivor Series that should be pointed out: Kofi Kingston has gotten the attention of management, and they're giving him a huge push. Down 2-to-1 in a traditional elimination match, against two former world champs, the creative team gave Kofi the biggest night of his career with two quick falls over both C.M. Punk and Randy Orton. The reception Kofi got the next night on Raw was evident that a ... read more