Category: Blog

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My Dream Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Stone Cold, WrestleMania X8

When I think of dream matches my mind flicks to clashes of generations like the Golden Era’s Hulk Hogan facing the Attitude Era’s The Rock, or The Rock taking on John Cena (twice). I also think about combat between the companies with Impact Wrestling’s AJ Styles going against WWE’s John...

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My Favourite Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice, WrestleMania VIII

When it comes to wrestling prognostication these days it feels like I’d be as well tossing a coin – I’m still head-scratching over Roman Reigns clean-pinning Braun Strowman at Fastlane. However I am supremely confident in making this prediction: The second of the double main events at WrestleMania VIII won’t...

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CM Punk: When Winners Lose

He never had a chance. Not in the fight, anyway. But that’s not the point, is it? That’s why he won. CM Punk trained constantly for two years. He fought through various injuries and setbacks but kept pushing himself. Even though there was no way to actually be ready. He’d...

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Blog: Back in the days of kayfabe

Back in the days of kayfabe, wrestling was easy to understand. One was the bad guy, the other was a good guy. You cheered for the good guy, you booed the bad guy. Back before I even knew what “face” and “heel” meant the world was a simpler place. But...

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NZPWI’s WWE Fantasy Draft 2016

WWE fans around the world are buzzing this week about the return of the WWE Draft. To capitalise on the excitement, NZPWI’s David Dunn and Steve McCleary went head-to-head in a fantasy draft in their attempt to build the best brand possible. Every member of the WWE roster—including WWE NXT—was deemed...

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Blog: Making Superstars and Main Events

Heat and Velocity; not the name of a terrible early 90s WWF tag team, but secondary programming at its finest. For a decade, Heat was the home of Monday Night Raw’s lesser names. For about half that time, Velocity was SmackDown’s counterpart. In essence, these were the reserve grades of the WWE wrestleopolis. ...

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Blog: A message to my comrades

I’ve got a bone to pick with a certain community, a certain wrestling community, one based around something called the internet. See, there’s currently a show on WWE Network called NXT; you may have heard of it. It’s been almost exclusively responsible for the transformation of WWE’s women’s wrestling division...

Et tu, Brutus Beefcake?

Blog: Reigns Supreme

To celebrate our new WWE Champion, I thought it was time for us to take a look at how to make the “Big Dog” somewhat more… relatable to fans. While the average person on the street says, “Look, I don’t know who Roman Reigns is, why are you following me?”,...

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Blog: Odd Couple Entertainment

The first thing I ever saw in professional wrestling wasn’t the badassery of Stone Cold Steve Austin, it wasn’t the cockiness of The Rock, it wasn’t the everyman in Mick Foley, and it wasn’t the juvenile behaviour of D-Generation X. The first thing I ever saw, following the opening pyro...

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Blog: So close, but yet so very, very far

I’ve been shouting at television screens while watching wrestling for longer than I can remember. It’s omnipresent in my life – through my writing, my conversations, my game-playing and my watching habits. But I’ve never been as close to giving up on it than I was after watching WWE Survivor...