Ranking WrestleMania – Part 1

Ranking WrestleMania

Check out part one of our series of posts on ranking WrestleMania.

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WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania XI

WrestleMania xi review

In the latest episode of WrestleMania 30 For 30, Jason, Big D and GG discuss WrestleMania XI in extensive detail.

For a show that isn’t a favorite of ours, we sure as hell had a lot to talk about.

Lawrence Taylor in Hartford? WrestleMania in Hartford?

We covered the following on this show and more:

– The terrible year for wrestling that was 1995
– The major hype job for Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow
– Bret Hart’s worst match
– Shawn vs. Diesel
– Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in WCW
– Roddy Piper – What do ya say?

It’s not the best of WWF, but that makes it all that much more interesting to talk about.

Here’s our WrestleMania XI review:

WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania IV

WrestleMania IV podcast

After the huge show that was WrestleMania III, Superfriends Universe and Fight Game Blog now bring you, our WrestleMania 30 for 30 – WrestleMania IV podcast.

How did the WWF follow up one of their best shows ever? They continued the Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan storyline, yet neither man was champion at the end of the night.

Join Big D, Jason, and I for a comprehensive discussion about WrestleMania IV.

Let us know what you think!

Chris Kanyon passes away

GG and I received the report late last night and have been sitting on it for a long time waiting for confirmation from one of the other major pro wrestling news sites.

I can sadly tell you that it is true. Chris Kanyon (real name Chris Klucsaritis), known as Kanyon, Mortis, and a few other alter egos, passed away due to what is believed to be a suicide late last evening in his New York apartment. It appears to be a suicide due to an overdose. He just turned 40 two months ago.

Kanyon worked in both the WWF and WCW. His biggest moments in the business were when he came out as the character Mortis, managed by Jim Mitchell in WCW in the late 90s when WCW tried to capitalize on the Mortal Kombat craze. Mortis was supposed to be a copy of Reptile from the video game; a reptilian ninja. Later on, Kanyon became a member of Raven’s Flock and the Jersey Triad stable with DDP and the late Bam Bam Bigelow. He created the infamous “Who better than Kanyon” catchphrase that would follow him his entire career. When WWF bought WCW in 2001, Kanyon had a brief stint there as US Champion and partner to DDP during the “stalker” angle. Kanyon was sent to OVW along with a number of WCW stars and was eventually brought back in 2003 for one or two TV appearances before being released.

We wish the best for the family of Chris Kanyon in this difficult time.

Aftermath: Survivor Series 2009

WWE presented their annual Survivor Series event last Sunday, traditionally highlighted by multi-man elimination tag matches. This year, we got three of those, plus one grudge match and two championship threeways. Was it any good?

Big D:

Thumbs Up.
Best Match: Team Orton vs. Team Kofi
Worst Match: Batista vs. Rey Mysterio

While the title matches were decent and the Batista/Rey match was simply an angle to get Rey off of TV and establish Dave as a relentless monster, it was the 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Matches that made the show and more importantly – established new stars. Since the onset of the concept in 1987 with Bam Bam Bigelow battling Andre the Giant on his own in an effort to make him a big star (this was before he jobbed to a football player), WWE has used this event to introduce as well as catapult new stars. Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, and Kofi Kingston were all made huge here. Kofi Kingston got a pin over two former World Champions and they established a future CM Punk vs. Christian program.

Overall, a pretty fun show!

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