The mass marketing machine that is WWE has convinced us for years that WrestleMania is an annual showcase of everything that makes the sports-entertainment juggernaut special. It is grandeur and spectacle, glitz and glamour. What it is not is an annual showcase of the company’s best in-ring offerings. That title belongs to SummerSlam, an event introduced in 1988 that has routinely featured some of the … Continue reading WWE SummerSlam Eclipses WrestleMania as Company’s In-Ring Showcase
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
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
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?