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17 show synopsis’ for the WWE Network!

WWE is conducting a survey asking for feedback on 17 show concepts for the upcoming WWE Network.

* Stone Cold Steve Austin and his counterpart, a refined beer expert, visit a different local brewery, pub, or beer fest/competition each week in different U.S. cities. Follow the tour bus online by accessing the show’s interactive GPS map and Join Stone Cold as he meets the owners of different establishments around the country; learns how the beer gets made, learns what to eat with specific beers and on the whole, just has a great time. If you’d watch this show, give me a ‘hell yeah!’

* A show based on the real lives of the largest athlete in the world, the Big Show, and his wife Bess (who has a larger than life personality). What does it take to feed a Giant? What unusual things happen in every day life when you’re 7 feet tall and weigh 500 pounds? Travel on Big Show and Bess’ tour bus from town to town; meet their giant mastiffs that sleep in their already cramped bed, and hear the outrageous stories about the Big Show and his blunders as only his wife can tell them. Then connect with Show himself during his weekly check-in with fans at WWE.com, where viewers can also find un-lockable bonus clips, Bess’s blog, and the “Show cam”, a 24/7 webcam documenting the couple’s life at home.

* Join Mick Foley as he tours the greatest adventure parks in the United States in search of the ultimate roller coaster ride. Experience the food, the people, and the thrill of the action hosted by the greatest roller coaster enthusiast in the WWE, Mick Foley. Learn more about these amazing thrill rides viaWWE.com’s interactive coaster map; an annotated guide to the best amusements in the country. Post your own comments, and debate with Mick about the best dips and dives in Theme Park-Dom.

* Hosted by Mick Foley, this program will feature the best OMG moments in Sports Entertainment History. Relive Foley’s death defying fall off Hell in the Cell, Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb to the outside of the ring off a 12 foot ladder, or Shane McMahon’s drop off the side of the Titan Tron. What was going through their minds as they jumped or fell? What did it feel like when they landed? Would they do it all over again? Ask your questions online and have them answered in exclusive interviews by the WWE Superstars who lived the moment.

* Akin to Ice Road Truckers or Deadliest Catch, this series would follow the WWE Road Crews from show to show to illustrate the many facets of what it takes to put on a live television show week after week. This program will follow the lives of everyone backstage: the truckers, the caterers, the television engineers, the pyro crew, as well as the WWE Superstars. What does it take to put on the biggest traveling show in the world week in and week out? Watch to find out, and go online to read the daily posts and photos from these road warriors’ themselves; or thumb through WWE.com’s official guide to landing a job on the Road Crew, and submit your resume!

* A reality show that is the exact opposite of The Biggest Loser; based on WWE Superstars helping “skinny” or “scrawny” guys put on muscle mass while providing tips to build their confidence to get their dream girl. Follow along online, where the WWE Superstars provide exclusive live tips during programming, and where the contestants document their progress on a weekly basis.

* Die-hard, middle-aged fans live out their childhood dreams of becoming a WWE Superstar by training in the ring, learning how to talk on the microphone, and getting “slammed” by their childhood hero. Vote each week to rate how well contestants are performing inside the ring and help them develop their WWE persona through live online polling.

* Each show features a different WWE Superstar or Diva taking a WWE fan through their workout. Watch as the fan sweats through a routine while learning about different training techniques as well as general workout and nutritional tips for people who are looking to get in shape. Download the show’s free iPhone exercise app, and workout alongside the Superstars, from the comfort of home, as you burn calories and build muscle.

* Amazing Race meets Road Trip as the WWE Universe competes for the ultimate prize; front row ticketsto WrestleMania. Teams of WWE fans will travel the country through various challenges and roadblocks to score their chance to witness the greatest live event spectacular in entertainment, WrestleMania. A GPS tracker lets viewers follow the teams, who must use social media to help unlock tasks, get clues, and earn rewards.

* The ultimate behind-the-scenes look into the lives of six Divas as they work, train, and party together across the country in the confines of a tour bus; think Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love Tour meets Road Rules; WWE Diva’s style. How do 6 Divas share one shower? What happens when a jilted lover gets intimate with another Diva on the bus? If you thought there were sparks in The Ring every night, wait until you see what happens on The Bus…(and make sure to watch each week for a special code that unlocks the bus’s live 24/7 webcam!)

* Think Hard Knocks meets 24/7 as we follow the lives of hopeful WWE Superstars and Divas as they work, train, and struggle their way to the main roster. What relationships develop as the personal and professional lives of these young men and women intersect? Who dominates as the “alpha male”? Be a part of their triumphant success or witness the crushing blow of their failure. Who will make it up the ladder? Connect with the trainers during the show to make your opinion known, go online to pull up the live “heat map,” which rates which talents are trending most with fans in social circles, and login to Facebook to access bonus “confessional” footage.

* What match would you like to see the most? What classic WWE moment would you like to relive? You decide! Hosted out of the WWE’s state of the art HD Studio, this is where the WWE Universe programs the show and selects the content through social media voting and polling.

* A series about the romantic relationships in the WWE; showcasing famous relationships of the past between Macho Man Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, Stephanie McMahon and HHH, Edge & Lita, Mr. McMahon’s multiple conquests, and more!

* From George “The Animal Steel”, to the likes of Goldust, Mankind, and the Brood, this 10 part series focuses on the careers and back stories of the “oddest” WWE Superstars in WWE history. Who do you think was the WWE’s most unusual character? You can join the conversation through social media and upload your ideas for the most “different” WWE characters.

* From DX imitating the Nation, to Edge and Christian’s escapades, to The Rock’s classic interviews, this 10 part series highlights the WWE’s most hilarious scenes, commentary, and bloopers. You will have the chance to rate these moments through social media and earn points for finding content we might have missed! This program is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud!

* Classic matches from the libraries of the NWA, AWA, WCW, WWE, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling and more, are given a modern day presentation. The bouts of Legends like Bruno Sammartino, Bobo Brazil and Bob Backlund are enhanced with onscreen factoids and interactive interviews that offer a never before seen experience in Sports Entertainment history.

* What happened the night Mr. McMahon’s limo exploded? What happened the night Stone Cold Steve Austin filled Mr. McMahon’s prize corvette with concrete? What incident led to the wedding of Stephanie McMahon and the Undertaker? Relive these classic moments on television and interact via a second screen experience allowing you to unlock exclusive scenes and interviews in a never before seen one hour show. Go back to the water cooler!


Maryse Gets Released.

WWE announced the following today:

“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Raw Diva Maryse as of today, October 28, 2011. WWE wishes Maryse the best in all of her future endeavors.”

Maryse commented on Twitter:

“I’M OUT and sexier than ever! Thanks to all my fans, colleagues and @WWE Universe. Im Happy, im Smiling, and FREE, now its time to get Naughty …………BE SEXY”

Now my opinion is that along with Beth Pheonix she was the best heel-Diva in the company, and that she really improved her in-ring the past year (in the rare chances we actually got to see her). However looking at this trend it seems like being able to work is the downfall for a lady in the WWE. How is that that Melina, Gail Kim and now Maryse are no longer a part of the company when “DIVAS” like Rosa Mendes, Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly are? Now, if it’s only “The Look” they’re after, releasing her should be the last thing you do! She should’ve been pushed as the top Diva in the company… because she’s HOT!


Mixed Martial Arts on Wrestle Redemption

Along with professional wrestling we will bring you coverage from the exciting world of MMA, including news, reviews, articles and trending topics.

Now I know that when it comes to Pro-wrestling and MMA, for the most part people are fans of one and not the other. Most people think the two products are entirely different, and that one has nothing to do with the other, which is very true to an extent. One deals with “good guys” and “bad guys”, who have feuds together for several months to build up rivalries and put on
shows. The other one…is professional wrestling 🙂 Point is, the UFC has done pro-wrestling even better than pro-wrestling the past few years (if that makes any sense at all).

While the two worlds may seem different, true wrestling fans that enjoyed the product of the late 90’s would really appreciate what the UFC has done, and how they have done it. What was offered to Vince McMahon for 2 million dollars back in 2002 has gone on to become a billion dollar company. They have taken the WWE template in terms of marketing their fighters, growth in foreign markets, and storytelling to deliver something new and creative. They have marketed their fighters the same way that Vince McMahon has marketed his characters. Now I’m not saying that UFC fighters are necessarily “characters”, but a lot of them are personalities that the fans are engaged in to the point that you would pay to see them settle their conflicts. These are what the grassroots of pro-wrestling and MMA are; selling conflict for a resolution that you will pay to see the answer to. That being said, they’re not over-the-top characters like we are used to seeing in pro-wrestling, but that just makes fighters more real and presentable to the average person.

The formula is simple: “You have the title, and I WANT IT.” Two guys fight for a title, and that’s it. Getting personal with all that competition obviously does engage the fans more, but it appeals to them because it is true, unscripted animosity that is real even outside the octagon. What’s amazing is that there is no 1 dominant champion, each division has their own title and all of them actually have credibility that the fans genuinely care for, which says a lot considering that there are 7 of them. You would think that having only 2 dominant titles (like in WWE) would mean people would care like they did a decade ago.

When it comes down to business, promotion, and basic structure of the companies, you’ll see that the two products definitely have a lot to do with one another. There is no reason why we can’t be fans of both of these great forms of entertainment.
A perfect mix of the two is Chael Sonnen. Here he is cutting a great promo after his fight at UFC 136.


The Dojo: Shinsuke Nakamura


Shinsuke Nakamura as IWGP Heavyweight Champion

 

Shinsuke Nakamura

Billed Height:  6 ft 2

Billed Weight: 230lb

Born: Feb 24, 1980(31), Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Trained by: Inoki Dojo, NJPW Dojo, Osamu Kido.

Debut: August 29 2002

  • Finishing moves
    • Boma Ye (High knee to the opponent’s face or the back of the head)
    • Crucifix armbar
    • Landslide (Samoan driver, sometimes from the second rope)
    • Shining Triangle (Nakamura steps off one of the kneeling opponent’s knees and quickly applies a triangle choke)
  • Signature moves
    • Bridging / Release German suplex
    • Death Valley driver
    • Double underhook piledriver
    • El Niño (Springboard moonsault)
    • Front facelock sleeper hold
    • Inverted powerslam
In a lot of ways Shinsuke Nakamura is New Japan’s equivalent to CM Punk. In the same way Punk represents the complete 180 of John Cena, Nakamura is on the other end of the spectrum from NJPW’s number one ace, the uber popular star, Hiroshi Tanahashi. The anti-Tanahashi, which is ironic as the two were once a very formidable tag team, even winning the IWGP tag team championships.

Shinsuke(left) and Tanahashi(right)

Outspoken, brash and arrogant, Nakamura backs it up with unparalleled psychology and technique. A fully trained mix martial artist, Nakamura has found great success since incorporating moves like his patented Boma Ye knee strike, reportedly fracturing the Tanahashi’s orbital bone, not to mention leading him to the IWGP Heavyweight title on more than one occasion.

Nakamura hits a Boma Ye on his opponent.

Debuting in 2002 and garnering much attention, Nakamura was dubbed “Super Rookie” and is recognized as the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Hiroshi Tenzan for the title. Nakamura would go on to join the BLACK stable, rechristening it RISE, with  Minoru, Milano Collection A.T., Hirooki Goto, Giant Bernard,Travis Tomko, and Prince Devitt. Nakamura would go on to defeat his former tag team partner and now rival, Hiroshi Tanahashi for yet another IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Recently Nakamura was entered in the G1 Climax and went on to win seven out of his nine round robin stage matches, finished first in his block to advance to the finals of the tournament. On August 14, Nakamura defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the 2011 G1 Climax and earn another shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Nakamura hits a German Suplex on Yuji Nagata


The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story


In his prime, Scott Hall was a mountain of a man – 6-foot-7, 290 pounds of solidly sculptured muscle, appearing as close as invincible as they come. As Razor Ramon, he was one of professional wrestling’s biggest names and most villainous villains, busting chairs with the likes of Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans in sold-out arenas. And he loved the life that came with it: the parties, the women, the celebrity. But the high life soon started to slip away, and Hall has been desperately doing whatever he can since to hold on ever since. Hall’s slide seems to know no bottom – from his deteriorating physical and mental condition, to his ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse that has crippled his family life and resulted in pathetic public appearances in school gyms. But he’s hanging on, somehow. Now his only son, Cody, wants to follow in his father’s tortured bootsteps. E:60 chronicles the heartbreaking story of a man who is a shadow of his former self and desperate for one last taste of the glory days.


The Ladder Match 2: Crash and Burn

Reviewed by Adrian Surujbhan

WWE The Ladder Match 3: Crash and Burn

Overview:

The sequel to WWE Home Video’s 2007 release “The Ladder Match” is another comprehensive look at wrestling’s greatest high risk, high drama contest, the ladder match. Hosted by WWE veteran and ladder match pioneer Christian, we’re presented with a slew of matches from WWE, WCW, OVW and SMW.

The Iconic Ladder Match

The Good:

From start to finish the breadth of great matches on the set is pretty staggering. The 3 disc set features twenty-one matches that run the gamut. The bulk of matches are from recent WWE history including from the first Money In The Bank PPV, as well as this years Extreme Rules PPV. The production is a pretty straight forward affair that plays great and definitely has repeat value. Considering this is the second dvd set dedicated to ladder matches, WWE Home Video has done a great job of mixing rare matches like an old WCW gem like Syxx vs. Eddie Guerrero for the US Title to classic, often seen matches like the legendary Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels Intercontinental Title match. As usual with WWE Home Video releases, the opening aptly sets the stage for the high risk, unbelievable offense and the OMG moments that follow. The little snippets we get of Christian between the odd match are a lot of fun and add necessary levity to the proceedings.

Mr.Kennedy wins Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania 23

The Bad:

The original set didn’t really cover a whole lot of ground in terms of history and excluding a brief origin story we don’t get any here either. The original did however give us promo videos to open a few of the more famous matches that really helped set the mood and get first time viewers up to speed. The lack of any back story might alienate newer wrestling fans from otherwise great matches. For instance, the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Vince and Shane McMahon Ladder Match from King of the Ring ’99 really didn’t come across as important as it really was when I went in cold.  Having hit Youtube to recall what lead to this match it helped establish a sense of urgency and gravity to the match, which I felt was lacking on the original viewing. One thing I enjoyed from the original set was the small interviews from WWE superstars between chapters that added an interesting dynamic, really bringing home the danger that goes into these match-ups. Unfortunately like the original, volume two contains no extras. No interviews or personal accounts, no bonus matches, nothing but an online survey. The Blu-Ray contains a few extra matches, but nothing to write home about.

Sheamus vs John Morrison TLC 2010

Highlights:

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship

Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon
- WrestleMania X 20th March, 1994

This match has been well documented but has stood the test of time.  This may not have been the original ladder match but in a lot of ways this match is the conception. A true classic, always worth a watch.

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship

Christian vs. Rob Van Dam
- Raw 29th September, 2003

I can vaguely recall watching this match in my bedroom when I was 14 years old so I was so happy to get the chance to see it again. Van Dam and Christian had a lot of chemistry and told a great story in this one. A really engrossing match-up even knowing the outcome.

Ladder Match for the Undisputed OVW Women’s Championship

Katie Lea vs. Beth Phoenix
- OVW 23rd December, 2006

Had no idea this match existed until I bought the set. A really intriguing concept, that Phoenix and Lea pulled it off.

Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

The Hardys vs. The World’s Greatest Tag Team -
One Night Stand 3rd June, 2007

I’ve only been able to stand The Hardy’s in a tag situation and even then it’s fleeting. The ladder match is where they shine. In a lot of ways their second run as a tag team was more fruitful than their first. They’d never shared the amount of success as Edge and Christian or The Dudleys. This time around they were the veterans and clearly in their element. The match was a great mix of athleticism, high risk and creativity.

 

Lowlights:

 

TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship

Undertaker vs. Edge
One Night Stand 1st June, 2008

As much as I loved the rivalry between Edge and The Undertaker throughout 2008, including their epic Wrestlemania match and their subsequent rematches, I have never enjoyed their foray into the ladder match. The match was more or less a contrived spot fest. Very hokey and shallow. Not up to their usual standard.

 

Ladder Match

Tracy Smothers vs. Chris Candido -
Smoky Mountain Wrestling March, 1994

Talk about a head scratcher. I have no idea why this match was added to the set. Tracy Smothers and Chris Candido aren’t exactly big names but worse even is the match itself. Nothing that sets it apart as worthy of making the cut other than it’s classification as a ladder match.

Ladder Match for the Hardcore Championship

Mankind vs. Big Boss Man
Raw 30th November, 1998

Another “what were they thinking?” match, a quick, completely forgettable contest for the meaningless Hardcore championship.

Jeff Hardy Leg Drops Edge at Wrestlemania 23

The Verdict:

I’m honestly happy with my purchase. If nothing else, it’s a great companion piece to the original three disc set.  It may be very bare bones and I may have liked a few extras, interviews, etc, but you can’t argue with the result. It’s a focused production, it’s intention is to shed some more light on the ladder match and it does just that.

Repeat Value: 3/5

Presentation: 4/5

Match Quality: 4/5


Ditto

I’d like to echo the sentiment of my fellow writer. I’m very much looking forward to many rousing debates and discussion about something that really has defined a great portion of my life.