Kurt Angle’s ‘WrestleMania 35’ Opponent is…

Last night on Monday Night RAW Kurt Angle announced his farewell match opponent for next month’s WrestleMania and it’s…Baron Corbin, the man he has been feuding with for what seems like forever. I won’t lie and say that this announcement isn’t disappointing but it’s WWE’s prerogative I guess and if Angle’s cool with it then I’m cool with it. It’s just too bad another WWE roster member had a MUCH BETTER idea that won’t be used…

WE COULD’VE HAD DRAGO KILLING APOLLO IN PRO WRESTLING FORM, aw man.

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania VII’ – Hogan vs. Slaughter, Warrior vs. Savage

Date: March 24, 1991
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Various

The 7th annual WrestleMania features the FIGHT FOR AMERICA as Hulk Hogan challenges turncoat Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF Championship. Also on the show The Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage meet in a Retirement Match, Jake Roberts takes on Rick Martel in an infamous (for the wrong reasons) Blindfold Match, and also seven hundred other matches. It’s another beefy boi of a card, so strap in.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Sgt. Slaughter
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Mr. Perfect
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart)

The Lineup

  • The Rockers vs. Haku & The Barbarian (***½)
  • Kerry Von Erich vs. Dino Bravo (*)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. The Warlord (**)
  • The Hart Foundation [c] vs. The Nasty Boys for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**½)
  • BLINDFOLD MATCH: Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel (*¾)
  • Jimmy Snuka vs. The Undertaker (*½)
  • RETIREMENT MATCH: The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (****¼)
  • Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao vs. Demolition (*)
  • Mr. Perfect [c] vs. The Big Boss Man for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Greg Valentine vs. Earthquake (*)
  • The Legion of Doom vs. Power & Glory (NR)
  • Virgil vs. Ted DiBiase (**)
  • Tito Santana vs. The Mountie (NR)
  • Sgt. Slaughter [c] vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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Kurt Angles Announces Farewell Match for ‘WrestleMania 35’

Kurt Angle announced last night that he will be retiring from in-ring competition, intending to wrestle his ‘farewell’ match at WrestleMania 35 next month. Angle returned to the WWE in 2017 as the headline inductee into the WWE Hall Of Fame. From there he became the GM of RAW until late-2018 when Stephanie McMahon sent him on ‘vacation’ and put Baron Corbin in charge. Since then Angle has returned in a wrestling capacity, mostly in multi-man matches as his feud with Corbin continued, but unfortunately hasn’t done much of note.

If this is indeed Angle’s final match, I hope WWE gives him someone worthy of this honor and it’s not just another friggin’ Corbin match.

Triple H vs. Batista Set for ‘WrestleMania 35’

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It’s official: Triple H will face Batista in a NO HOLDS BARRED match at WrestleMania 35. The match was made during a heated confrontation last night on RAW, complete with fourth-wall breaking and another Batista Fashion Statement.

Batista has previously said in interviews that he wanted his last match to be against Triple H so it looks like he’s getting his wish. The No Holds Barred stip will keep things hopefully interesting but I swear if this goes 30 minutes I’m going to cry.

 

 

Harlem Heat Announced for WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2019, SUCKAH

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NOW I’m excited. WWE.com reports that legendary tag team Harlem Heat (2013 inductee Booker T and real-life brother Stevie Ray) will be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame next month. The tag team began their career in Texas, wrestling as The Ebony Experience for the GWF, which you might remember from catching a piece of while channel flipping in the afternoons. They moved on to WCW in 1993, taking on the Harlem Heat name, and embarked on one of the greatest tag team runs in wrestling history, winning the Tag Team Championship on ten different occasions and feuding with every notable tag team (The Road Warriors) and not so notable tag team (whatever team they shoved Marcus Alexander Bagwell into that week).

I absolutely love Harlem Heat; easily top 3 best tag teams of the 90s and in the conversation for best tag team ever. I can’t wait for these guys to get inducted, and for Booker T to probably hit another Spinerooni because OF COURSE. I believe it’s the 20th anniversary since they disbanded, so their induction this year makes sense. Well it also makes sense because it’s FRIGGIN’ HARLEM HEAT but you get my point.

The WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on April 6th, the night before WrestleMania, and will air live on the WWE Network. Harlem Heat joins D-Generation X, The Honky Tonk Man, and Torrie Wilson as the inductees announced so far.

[PPV Recap] ‘WWE Fastlane 2019’ – Becky vs. Charlotte, The Shield Reunite For the Last(?) Time

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Date: March 10, 2019
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)
Commentators: Various

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WWE moves into the Fastlane en route to next month’s WrestleMania tonight. It’s looking pretty good on paper, as Becky Lynch faces Charlotte Flair for the right to be in the RAW Women’s Championship match next month, Daniel Bryan defends the WWE Championship against Kevin OwensThe Shield reunites for possibly the final time (for now), and much more. Let’s goooo.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWE CHAMPION: ‘The New’ Daniel Bryan
  • WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Brock Lesnar
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: Samoa Joe
  • WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Buddy Murphy
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley & ‘The Boss’ Sasha Banks)
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
  • RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Asuka
  • SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

The Lineup

  • The Usos [c] vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Asuka [c] vs. Mandy Rose for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. The Bar (NR)
  • TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: The Revival [c] vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black for the RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • FATAL FOUR WAY: Samoa Joe [c] vs. R-Truth vs. Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
  • The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection [c] vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka for the WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Daniel Bryan [c] vs. Kevin Owens vs. Mustafa Ali for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
  • Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (*1/2)
  • The Shield vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, & Bobby Lashley (***3/4)

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Puro Legend Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger to Retire in January 2020

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Japanese wrestling legend Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger has announced his plans to retire early next year at NJPW’s annual January 4th Tokyo Dome event Wrestle Kingdom. Liger plans to spend the months leading to his retirement wrestling around the world, saying goodbye to the legions of fans he’s made over his decades-long career.

Liger is a legend in Japan, having won the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Championship a record eleven times, but as a dumb American I remember him the most for his appearances in WCW in the 90s. Everyone remembers his match with Brian Pillman at SuperBrawl II but I became a Liger fan through Japan Supershow III where he battled Ultimo Dragon in a GREAT (and heavily-clipped) opening match. I’m not big on going to live events but if Liger is nearby at some point before January I may need to make the pilgrimage and pay my respects to one of the true legends of the industry.