Tonight, Cedric Alexander finally gets his shot at WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore, “Woken” Matt Hardy makes his in-ring debut on RAW, The Miz returns to RAW and makes his intentions known quickly. Plus, the Balor Club battles Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan in a six man tag main event! All this and more! Read more
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Samoa Joe is the current number one contender for the WWE Universal Championship that is held by Brock Lesnar. Yet, nobody seems to take him as a serious contender to the title. Yeah, Roman Reigns appears to be the guy that WWE wants to be their champion, but Samoa Joe has been presented rather well in WWE to make him a reasonable threat to Brock Lesnar.
I’m not really sure if many people are aware of what Samoa Joe managed to accomplish outside of the WWE. At the end of his Impact Wrestling career he was stuck in the mid card but for a few years in Impact Wrestling, Samoa Joe was a force not to be messed with. Heck, Samoa Joe dominated competition in Ring of Honor before he made it to Impact Wrestling. Samoa Joe is more than capable of beating Brock Lesnar. Read more
On September 21st, 1996 the World Wrestling Federation debuted a live, phone-in ("interactive"), wrestling show on the USA Network. It was hosted and produced right within the Titan Towers in Stamford, Connecticut. Not only could viewers call in with questions, but they could also submit them via fax and their then WWF AOL chatroom. Promotional videos aired weeks prior to the debut on Raw promising to "change sports entertainment forever."
Livewire had succeded "WWF Mania" - a recap show that ran from 1993 to 1996 that would also occasionally host viewer phone calls, and towards it's later years, also take a more "reality" based arch in its approach. This was more or less a trial period for the company as it would start to become aware that a lot of what had been featured over the past few years was becoming stale and stagnant to viewers.
WCW had already begun using more advanced storylines giving fans more credit for being aware of behind the scenes working of the companies, it's staff and performers. ECW had used this same approach almost since it's debut, but especially post 1994 as it broke it's ties from the National Wrestling Aliance in a "shoot" based storyline featuring Shane Douglas that had drawn a lot of attention to the promotion within wrestling circles as being unique and innovative. With the landscape changing in United States pro-wrestling, the WWF's "Livewire" show was a major step towards the "Attitude-era" that would soon come to fruition.
Now, when the Dangerous Alliance was at it’s peak I was roughly two or three years old, so I wasn’t able to experience their greatness as it happened. I have always had a great appreciation for old school WCW so when I started to watch footage of the company from late 1991 or early 1992 I was quickly interested in the faction. Read more
After years of being one-half of the tag team known as the APA, Bradshaw suddenly changed his attitude after his longtime partner and friend Faarooq was fired by then Smackdown General Manager Paul Heyman. Bradshaw would soon change his name to John Bradshaw Layfield and embraced his wall street attitude to a higher level. He felt that he was better than everyone and wasn’t discreet about how much money he made. Two months after his attitude change, the previously midcard level talent wrestler, JBL found himself in the main event scene challenging Eddie Guerrero. Read more