Diamond Dallas Page to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame [February 20th, 2017]
RollingStone.com announced earlier today that former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page is the latest inductee for the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2017!
Page got his career start in 1988, working as a manager in the AWA for a team known as Badd Company (Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond). DDP managed the duo to win the AWA World Tag Team Championships before moving on to FCW in Florida to work as a commentator. In 1990, Page made his unofficial WrestleMania debut, driving the team of Rhythm And Blues to the ring in a pink Cadillac. In 1991, Dusty Rhodes signed DDP to a contract with WCW.
By 1996, Page’s career had panned out well enough to have captured the WCW World Television Championship, and he’d soon become one of the company’s top superstars. Before the company folded in 2001, Page would be a Triple Crown Champion, having also captured the WCW United States Championship, the WCW World Tag Team Championship (w/ Kevin Nash, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Kanyon), and a 3-time WCW World Heavyweight Championship. In addition to being a popular and accomplished superstar, Page also used his abilities in motivation to help save the lives of fellow superstars Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall. Often referred to as one of the best wrestlers to know on a personal level and one of the most professional men in the sport, Page is a welcome addition to the WWE Hall Of Fame!
Anon, I love you. I love you and please forgive me for the literal essay I’m about to write about Kyle.
So, for those who don’t know, which is shameful, Kyle O’Reilly is a wrestler, formally signed to Ring of Honor. He is a former PWG World Champ, former ROH World Champion, winner of the Battle of Los Angeles in 2013, 2x IWJP JR Heavyweight Tag Team Champion (with Bobby Fish), and 3x ROH World Tag Team Champ (again, with Bobby Fish). He is currently working the independents.
GUSHING ABOUT HIS WRESTLING ABILITY:
Honestly, Kyle, to me, is severely under rated. His mat wrestling skills are almost impossible to beat. I never use to really love submission based wrestling, and then I watched Kyle wrestle. It was like I was seeing wrestling in a totally different light. The mixture of kicks and punches are just perfect. All the commentators always talk about the fact that if he can’t get his hands on the arm, he’ll go after the leg. He is so versatile and believable as a genuine bad ass. Here are some of my favorite gifs of him kicking ass:
He also takes CRAZY bumps and a lot of punishment:
Yes, even I’ll admit, his mic skills are a little lacking, but he’s talented enough in the ring to make up for that. If I’m going to be 100% honest, the first matched I watched of NJPW wasn’t the Okada vs Omega match, it was O’Reilly vs Shibata (please watch this match https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ub3fOh8sww).
Kyle’s style is just perfect to me. The way he moves in the ring is so fluid and lethal. Out of all of my three main boys I thirst over (Kyle, Kevin, and Dash), Kyle is by far the better wrestler to me.
GUSHING ABOUT HIS LOOKS:
Not only is he just an amazing wrestler but he’s also just so pretty. I love his face:
I need to share my favorite pictures because he’s so beautiful:
Earlier this week, it was announced that the former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff was dealing with some heavy medical issues. Unfortunately, Ivan has lost that fight, as he passed away early this morning. He was 74.
The man known as “The Russian Bear” actually got his start in his homeland of Canada, where he began his career in the early 1960s as Red McNulty, an Irish hooligan character. After gaining some experience, Koloff traveled to Japan where he honed his craft before returning to Canada as Ivan Koloff, a Russian villain from the Ukraine. In 1969, Koloff debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, managed by Captain Lou Albano and becoming one of the biggest stars in the company. Koloff’s target was the WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino, who was the biggest hero the company heralded. After feuding with Sammartino for some time, on January 18th, 1971, Koloff defeated Sammartino in Madison Square Garden for the WWWF Championship with a knee drop from the top rope, ending Sammartino’s 2,803 reign as champion!
Koloff holds the distinction of being one of the company’s most promiment main event villains, having wrestled championship matches against Sammartino, Pedro Morales, Superstar Billy Graham, and Bob Backlund and being one of only two men to have challenged all four fan favorite champions. Koloff was also the first opponent to ever challenge for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage match. Outside of the WWWF, Koloff also found success as a tag team specialist, teaming with Nikita Koloff and/or Krusher Krushev in a team often referred to as The Russians.
Koloff traveled through the 70s and 80s as a journeyman superstar, wrestling in Georgia, Florida, and the Mid-Atlantic territories for the NWA, capturing the NWA World Tag Team Championships in 1981 with partner Ray Stevens. This was only one of several reigns Koloff would have as a tag team champion, having also captured the titles with such wrestlers as Nikita, Pat Patterson, and Ole Anderson. In 1992, Koloff wrestled in the very first ECW card, as well as the first Smoky Mountain Wrestling television taping.
To say that Ivan Koloff had a successful wrestling career would be an understatement. He was a career heel, working dilligently through every notable company and with a “who’s who” of talent in his 30+ year career. Ivan was a wrestler’s wrestler, a good hand, and a talent who could make even the most bland superstar look like a million bucks. Rest in peace, Ivan Koloff.
… hiding in the comments section of blog posts instead of reblogging like a person who’s adult enough to engage in real discourse.
But I’m glad the anti-Roman smarks and haters are trolling. I drink your tears and use your bigotry to keep me warm at night. Also, you’re each confirming my theory that you only have one endgame when it comes to Roman Reigns in the WWE: You’ll never be satisfied until Roman Reigns is fired from the company or squashed to the point where he is forever the brown lackey supporting every white wrestler’s title reign.
No matter how good he is. No matter how much merch he sells. No matter how many men, women and children love him, wear his T-shirts or brandish signs with his name on it, you will only be happy if Roman “knows his place” and stays in it.
Why else is there a smark troll running around commenting on Roman Empire posts claiming that Vince is trying to save Roman’s career? The career that’s held the World Championship Title 3 times, Tag Team Titles once, and now the US Championship. A career where he’s been requested on numerous podcasts, comic con panels, and photos with fans any time he’s traveling on the road. A career where he’s respected in the locker room and out. A career where he’s main evented multiple PPVs and always gets a reaction from the crowd.
Yep. Sounds like a solo career that has definitely gone over like a “lead balloon.”
You guys try so hard to assert your power, but continually fail to recognize that you have little over the millions of Reigns fans because we all know what fuels your desperate need to see Roman as a thug who backs up his white friends in the ring. (Here’s a hint: It ain’t your passion for wrestling.)
I used to think seeing Roman busted down to mid-card or low-card was enough for you smarks. But no. Like all bigots, you want to use your “power” to actually end livelihoods. You think it’s your right to demand that. How’s that for privilege?
You claim Vince doesn’t give you what you want. And yet …
1. Vince gave you a brand split.
2. Vince gave you a title around Sasha Banks’s waist, multiple times.
3. Vince made Kevin Owens the second Universal Champion after giving you a win by your fav Finn Balor.
4. Vince gave you a Women’s Championship instead a Diva’s Championship, and reworked the division so that the female wrestlers weren’t just treated like models, exotic dancers and valets.
5. Vince gave you Brock Lesnar in PPV after PPV winning left and right despite being grossly overrated, unable to tell a story in the ring, and shitastic on the mic.
6. Vince gave you Daniel Bryan as a World Champion, an Intercontinental Champion and now, a GM.
7. He gave you a World Champion in Dean Ambrose and pushed him into the spotlight to the point where he’s the go-to guy to main event Smackdown on an almost weekly basis.
8. He gave you Becky Lynch as a Women’s Champion.
9. He brought in Nia Jax in all her awesomeness.
10. He split up the Lucha Dragons and gave Kalisto a singles career.
11. He re-created a Cruiserweight Division to diversify the roster.
12. He invested in a Tag Team Division that’s leagues ahead of where it was a decade ago.
13. He gave you a longer Monday Night Raw, a live Smackdown and no Jerry the King Lawler on commentary.
These are all things you’ve clamored for in the last 5 years and yet, you still sit there and say “Vince doesn’t listen to us or give us what we want! ::kicks rocks::”
Does he give you everything? Hell no. Nor should he. You’re not children. You don’t get everything you want. But don’t you dare say he doesn’t listen to you or give you anything and that’s why you boo Roman.
You don’t boo Roman because he’s handpicked by Vince. You don’t boo Roman because he hasn’t earned it. At this point, he’s earned every title shot 10 times over. Why didn’t Roman put his US Title on the line at Roadblock? Because Kevin Owens wasn’t smart enough to demand it beforehand. Rollins demanded the US Title be put on the table when Cena challenged him for the World Championship Title. KO didn’t. That’s on him. Not on Roman. And the fact that KO didn’t demand it should have told you that Roman was going to lose (hint: sometimes there are clues if you pay attention).
But please, continue your trolling. Continue your facile excuses. Continue trying desperately to hide your bigotry in a weak attempt to fool everyone into believing your anti-Roman rhetoric has merit.
Go ahead. Roman’s fans will still be here. And so will he.
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Hardys offered WWE contracts [March 21st, 2017]
Last week, rumors surfaced that the WWE were in talks with former WWE Tag Team Champions The Hardy Boyz, who recently departed from TNA where the duo had reinvented themselves in their new “Broken” image. PWSheet recently confirmed that an deal has been offered in an attempt to bring the duo back to the WWE.
The first time the duo teamed on WWE television was in 1996, despite Matt Hardy having been used by the WWE since 1994 (when Matt was 19). The duo became a hot commodity in 1999 when they captured the WWF World Tag Team Championships from The Acolytes on Raw. The real-life brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy continued to be fan favorites until 2003, when Jeff left the WWE and Matt stayed with the company. In 2006, Jeff returned to the WWE and the duo began teaming again within months, regaining glory as the WWE World Tag Team Championships in 2007. Matt and Jeff split from the WWE within a few years, after Jeff had a reign as the WWE Champion while Matt was the ECW World Heavyweight Champion.
In 2011, the team reformed in TNA, and again in 2014, marking their place in history when the duo became the TNA World Tag Team Champions. It was during their run in TNA that Matt and Jeff began experimenting with new directions, such as Jeff’s run as Willow. It was during this time that Matt became “Broken”, blaming his brother Jeff for his descent into madness. Jeff soon followed, and the duo became hellbent on capturing every tag team championship across the globe.
Today, the Hardys are wrestling for Ring Of Honor, where they’re the current ROH World Tag Team Champions under a short-term contract with the company. In addition to this, the brothers also hold championships in various independent companies, some international. Despite this, the WWE has reached out to the two, who would undoubtedly do business with each company and seal off any loose ends. If the duo come to the WWE, it’s possible that the “Broken” characters won’t be used, due to a current legal battle with TNA over the image (which Matt created). It’s also possible that the brothers won’t use the characters simply because they had full creative control while in TNA, and the WWE would likely not allow such a thing. However, with the WWE’s budget, it’s entirely possible that the duo would do something similar and there’s no doubt that the fans would embrace the returning pair. I guess for now, time will tell, but this writer is rooting to see Matt and Jeff back where it all began!
Kia Stevens: Wrestled in various Japanese promotions under the name of Amazing Kong, and won many championships such as the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship, the WWWA World Tag Team Championship, and the AAAW Tag Team Championship.
She is more known however for her work in TNA Wrestling, under the name of Awesome Kong, where she dominated the Knockouts division. She became a 2x TNA Knockouts Champion and a TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship.
She also had a brief stint in the WWE as Kharma. But during her time there, she became the third WWE Diva to enter in the Royal Rumble.
Additional Championships: AWA Superstars World Women’s Championship, Hustle Super Tag Team Championship, LLPW Tag Team Championship, NEO Tag Team Championship, RPW Women’s Championship.
Context: Reader is
AJ’s wife. She finds AJ upset and worried about his future and his career.
**A/N: ** I came up
with this while listening to the song “Cold Water” by Major Lazer
(ft. Justin Bieber & MØ) and it gave me major AJ feels. I never wrote a fic
like this before so if anyone wants to offer some suggestions for possible
future fics, feel free!
Also this was long overdue but finals week in college is upon me so I felt like I should post this now.
This was perhaps the greatest assembly of wrestlers that TNA ever held. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle set up matches for his stable mates at Victory Road, including Kevin Nash defeating AJ Styles for the TNA Legends Championship, Booker T and Scott Steiner defeating Beer Money for the TNA World Tag Team Championships, and Angle himself successfully defending the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Mick Foley.