Category: Opinion

The Day of (WWA: The) Reckoning

On May 25, 2003, the first ever live pro wrestling pay-per-view broadcast from New Zealand emanated from the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. The show, WWA The Reckoning, was the first time that a lot of Kiwi wrestling fans had the chance to see live professional wrestling, including some...

G5: WWE NXT, women’s main events, Extreme Rules, more

WWE NXT continues to set new standards for itself, with the first steel cage match for the brand taking place in the near future. Should NXT still be thought of as developmental? Charlotte and Natalya headlined Raw with the contract signing for their Extreme Rules match. Could there be a...

G5: John Cena, Anderson & Gallows, Cruiserweight Classic, more

John Cena will be back on Raw, and back in New Zealand, within the next couple of months. Has Cena been missed? What grade do we give Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows’ first month in WWE? Which tournament is more interesting: WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic, or NJPW’s Best of the Super...

G5: Conor McGregor, NJPW, Chyna, more

UFC fighter Conor McGregor caused a stir on social media this week when he announced a potential retirement from MMA, and followed several key WWE figures on Twitter shortly after. Is McGregor the right fit for pro-wrestling? How is New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) holding up after losing the likes of...

G5: WWE WrestleMania 32 Special

With WrestleMania 32 right around the corner we take a closer look at WWE’s marquee event in this week’s Gimme Five. With at least three matches worthy of top billing which will—and which should—go on last at AT&T Stadium? In addition to WrestleMania 32, NXT TakeOver: Dallas and a series...

G5: WrestleMania, PPV prices, Legacy of Excellence, more

The card for WrestleMania 32 is taking shape after WWE Fastlane and this week’s Raw broadcast. Are the three announced matches the best they could be? Both ROH and Shine had pay-per-view events—with pay-per-view prices—this weekend. Can companies continue to charge big money for one-off broadcasts in an age of...

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...

G5: Daniel Bryan, Global Cruiserweight Series, AJ Styles, more

Following Daniel Bryan’s emotional retirement announcement in Seattle, the Gimme Five team reflects on Bryan’s storied career. Which moments rank as Bryan’s greatest? The Global Cruiserweight Series will be the talk of the WWE Network later this year. Which competitors are we hoping to see involved in the 32-man tournament?...

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?”,...

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...