All posts tagged: wrestlemania

It’s time to Rumble, it’s time for the ROYAL RUMBLE

It’s one can’t miss event of the year for both wrestling fans and used to be wrestling fans. It’s the Royal Rumble, where 30 men try to throw each other over the top rope for a main event slot at WrestleMania. The Rumble has been running since 1988, when “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan became the inaugural winner. Since then, the event has been come a staple for the WWE. Even though they don’t do it as much now, I get most nostalgic about the Royal Rumble when thinking about the classic intros where they show all 30 competitors. Remember the SNES version… The Rumble has had many great moments, from Ric Flair 1992 win, Rey Mysterio winning for the late great Eddie Guerrero, to Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior squaring off for the first time. Every year, the WWE puts out a great video package called “by the numbers” that always gets me hyped. The Royal Rumble is on Sunday, January 25th.

MTV’s The War To Settle The Score

In 1984/85 the popularity of professional wrestling, in particular the WWF, was booming. The WWF was the first promotion to recognize that what they did was entertainment and not 100% sport. Visionary Vince McMahon (WWF’s CEO) knew that he needed to reach a younger demographic and thus was born the Rock n’ Wrestling connection, a partnership between the WWF and MTV. This partnership saw rock stars like Cyndi Lauper and pop culture celebrities like Mr. T get involved in the wrestling action. To kick off the Rock n’ Wrestling connection, MTV aired a one-hour special entitled The War To Settle The Score. This special featured a championship match between Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper – Live from Madison Square Garden. The War To Settle The Score put the WWF into pop culture status and made Hulk Hogan a household name (if he wasn’t already). The special also was the precursor to the WWF’s premiere event known as WrestleMania. Definitely worth a watch to see all of the celebrity appearances including Danny DeVito, Joe Piscopo, …

Celebs at WrestleMania

This Sunday is a landmark for sports entertainment and professional wrestling, as WrestleMania 30 emanates from New Orleans. For every wrestling fan WrestleMania is our version of the SuperBowl. But it’s more than just a blow off of the year’s top storylines, and best matches…it’s a spectacle filled with fireworks, crazy lights, music and celebrities. This year’s Mania currently has no adverted guests, but expect to see a few stars appear. It’s almost tradition that at every WrestleMania, someone from TV, film or music will share some of their shine to enhance the WWE superstars. This tradition started at the very first WrestleMania with Muhammad Ali, Liberace, Billy Martin, Cyndi Lauper and Mr. T. Many celebrity appearances at WrestleMania are forgettable. I mean who remembers when Clara Peller appeared just before the WrestleMania 2 battle royal to proclaim “Where’s the Beef?”. Or what about at WrestleMania 15 when Butterbean knocked out Bart Gunn in the Brawl For All…okay that was pretty memorable. It will be interesting to see if the WWE tries to go after …

No Holds Barred: The Match The Movie

It is the epitome of 80s pop culture, it’s Hulk Hogan in his first starring film role. No Holds Barred was an 80s masterpiece of terrible dialogue, cheesy acting, fight scenes, beefcake and awesomeness! The film centers around RIP (Hulk Hogan), who is the heavyweight wrestling champion (just like in real life at the time). Ratings for his matches are beating every other television program so bad that the evil head of the World Television Network wants RIP for his own network. When he can’t get RIP, he tries to replace him with ZEUS. What happens next is a fight to the death! To promote the release of the film, WWE brought ZEUS (played by Tiny Lister) into its program to feud with the Hulk. The storyline was that ZEUS got jealous during the making of No Holds Barred and is now exacting revenge. The original plan was for Hulk Hogan to defend his heavyweight title against ZEUS at WrestleMania VI in Toronto’s Skydome. However, the film was bust and Zeus couldn’t wrestle to save …

Happy Birthday Macho Man

Friday marked the 60th birthday of the late great “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Savage was one of the most iconic professional wrestlers of the 1980’s and 90’s. Famed for his romance with Miss Elizabeth, his diving elbow drop, insane catchphrases and classic Slim Jim commercials, he is undoubtedly one the greatest of all time. To honor the career of the sometimes “Macho King,” here is a great respective on his career.