2019 WWE Draft Grades

By Chad Cooper Twitter @thechadcooper The WWE Draft has come and gone and we here at Flagged Sports have had time to digest the spectacle. What was a cool idea turned into some silliness as both the FOX and USA Network draft/war rooms were a cheese-fest. But hey, it’s sports entertainment and what mattered most is who went where. FOX definitely got the star power.  … Continue reading 2019 WWE Draft Grades

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In Defense of Doink: Matt Borne’s Haunting Masterpiece

The frequent topic in any “worst gimmick ever” discussion, Doink is oftentimes remembered for the caricature he became rather than the extraordinarily haunting heel he was early in his run with WWE. To remember him in that form is to do the masterful work of the great Matt Borne a great disservice. According to Bruce Prichard’s Something to Wrestle With…, Doink was conceptualized by Road … Continue reading In Defense of Doink: Matt Borne’s Haunting Masterpiece

It Is Time For The Undertaker To Rest In Peace

Father Time waits for no man. Or Phenom, for that matter. Sunday night at Extreme Rules, The Undertaker returns to WWE pay-per-view, teaming with Roman Reigns to battle Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in what is little more than a desperate grab for WWE Network subscriptions and television ratings. Beyond the transparency, though, is a Superstar whose reputation as one of the greatest icons to … Continue reading It Is Time For The Undertaker To Rest In Peace

Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff Named Executive Directors of WWE RAW and Smackdown

Via Sports Illustrated WWE has named Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as Executive Directors. Heyman is set to become Executive Director of Monday Night Raw, while Bischoff will fill the same role for SmackDown Live. Both will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. The two positions are full-time executive roles, with no plans at the current time for this to be introduced as part … Continue reading Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff Named Executive Directors of WWE RAW and Smackdown

Examining Alexa Bliss’ Legacy in the Women’s Revolution

Alexa Bliss wrestled her first championship match on pay-per-view since August 2018 at Stomping Grounds, then was the subject of a spectacular edition of WWE 365 that looked at her recent concussion history, her journey back to the squared circle and her triumphant turn as hostess of WestleMania 35. The exposure she received on WWE Network raised a compelling question that has not been visited … Continue reading Examining Alexa Bliss’ Legacy in the Women’s Revolution

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler Proof That Hard Work, Persistence Pays Off

There was a time that Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler were booked against each other what seemed like every single week on Raw or SmackDown and all weekend on house show loops. Left for dead by a WWE Creative team that had nothing for them, but too talented to be ignored completely, they wrestled each other in meaningless singles match in which Kingston usually emerged … Continue reading Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler Proof That Hard Work, Persistence Pays Off

WWE Stomping Grounds…or In Your House 2.0?

What if WWE held a pay-per-view event and no one cared? Did it really happen? Does it actually count? By Erik Beaston | On Twitter @ErikBeaston The biggest wrestling promotion in the world is about to find out Sunday night as it presents Stomping Grounds, a show as lazily compiled as its stupid-ass logo. Full of rematches from Saudi Arabia, a grudge match between Roman … Continue reading WWE Stomping Grounds…or In Your House 2.0?

The Quality of a Champion’s Reign is Reflected in the Strength of their Competition

By Erik Beaston | On Twitter @ErikBeaston Unfortunately for Seth Rollins, The Beastslayer’s run as WWE Universal Champion has been adversely affected by the lack of quality contenders up and down the Raw card. So weak is the depth on the show that management has thrown out the rules of its own brand extension and introduced a wildcard rule designed to bring more starpower to … Continue reading The Quality of a Champion’s Reign is Reflected in the Strength of their Competition

Monday Night RAW Superstar Shakeup

By Chad CooperTwitter @thechadcooper Taylor Swift once declared, “gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.” And that’s exactly what happened Night One of the WWE Superstar Shakeup on RAW on April 15. In her tight-fittin’ acid-wash jeans, Stephanie McMahon told us the road to WrestleMania 36 has officially started in Montreal. Who is officially moved to RAW? The Miz – Love this move, which I also … Continue reading Monday Night RAW Superstar Shakeup