Big D and Draven are back as WrestleMania 30 for 30 is now all grown up.
The guys discuss WrestleMania 23, which is still the most overall purchased WWE PPV of all-time.
Here’s some of what they discuss for WrestleMania 23 on WrestleMania 30 for 30:
– All the matches in detail including the Battle of the Billionaires between Vince McMahon and Donald Trump.
– The terrible Chris Benoit story
– Which title match was better?
– The overloaded Money in the Bank
– Creative’s Highs and Lows
WrestleMania V is where the Mega Powers explode!
As we discussed on the 30 for 30 for WrestleMania IV, Macho Man Randy Savage was the champion by the end of that show. And he held the belt for an entire year. We discuss all that happened after Mania IV and into Mania V. It was one of the most glorious angles the WWF has ever done.
Join Big D, Jason, and I for a comprehensive discussion about WrestleMania V.
Let us know what you think!
According to sources within WWE, on the June 7th, 2010, 3 hour edition of Monday Night Raw, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is scheduled to be the special guest host of the program. Johnson has said for quite some time now that he would be thrilled to come back to the wrestling business, for one night only, and do something special. I’ve been told that Rock doesn’t just want to do the typical “guest host” spot and go above and beyond. As far as I know, it is very likely that he will indeed NOT be in an in-ring wrestling role, but hey… stranger things have happened.
There is also no word as to whether or not he will be the final special guest host, but I suppose it would make sense considering the fact that he’s the last super huge star to not be on live TV in 6 years, including the Anniversary/Homecoming special shows and because it would be almost one full year since Trump purchased Raw and started the guest host thing.
According to PWInsider.com, WWE has come to terms with the release of WWE Diva Maria Kanellis. Maria has been a WWE Diva since 2005 when she entered the company as a lovable “ditzy” babyface and was soon paired with Santino for comedy. Most recently she was involved in an angle with Dolph Ziggler as his girlfriend and then hanging around Matt Hardy’s jock. She is also the 2008 version of the WWE’s Playboy diva and the last WWE diva to be featured in Playboy (since it’s PG now).
This release is pretty surprising considering that she was one of the stars to be featured on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump.
More releases to come.
Monday’s historic commercial-free edition of WWE Monday Night Raw scored it’s highest rating in quite some time – 4.5. While a part of me is happy for WWE and I’m sure people are doing cartwheels at Titan Tower, I feel they failed to put on a blowaway show. If I have to watch another boring Big Show vs. John Cena match again, I think I may just drop WWE altogether. Orton vs. Triple H was another lackluster match, but nowhere near as terrible as the Wrestlemania match. Still – other than a couple of fun angles – I don’t think the show succeeded in drawing people back next week.
When I think about it, there are numerous reasons as to why the show did such a good number, but I’m not really sure what really pushed it that high. The show had a series of pay-per-view caliber matches in terms of booking (in fact a lot were rematches from the past couple of PPVs and Wrestlemania) as well as the presence of WWE superstars from all three brands. However, the main draw of the show was that it was the first (and we would find out last) night with Donald Trump as the “Owner of Raw”. They did a big press conference and whatnot to build up hype for the show and perhaps that popped the rating and got most of the casual audience to watch.
Therefore, a number of theories pop up as to why this show was so successful in terms of viewership:
– Commercial Free Aspect
– Because of the presence of all three brands
– Because of Orton vs. Triple H on Free TV
– Curiosity views from people who thought Trump bought Raw legitimately
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When it’s all said and done, what Wrestlemania 23 will be remembered for is a haircut match. This isn’t any random old haircut match. This was a billionaire’s haircut match. Well, at least one of them was a billionaire.
Donald Trump has been affiliated with wrestling in the past. He hosted Wrestlemania IV and V at his Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They were two of the worst Wrestlemania’s ever, but that didn’t stop Vince McMahon from calling Trump’s name some 18 years later. And McMahon needed it.
Wrestlemania is what Vince McMahon and company build to every year. It’s their Super Bowl. It’s always the biggest PPV of the year, and the one in which they pull out all the stops. This year, the stops was Donald Trump. You might wonder why putting Donald Trump on a wrestling show, and one that he won’t even wrestle on, is important. The reason it’s important is because people wanted to pay to see who would get their hair cut between Vince and the Donald. Can you imagine a bald Donald Trump? Everyone wants to see that right? Even though anyone in their right mind would know that Trump would’ve never signed on to a match in which he’d lose his hair, it was built up so well, and it went on to be the main event in the biggest money making event in company history.
Donald Trump is still a big name. Even though his television show, The Apprentice was struggling mightily, he’s a well known public figure. And to get a well known public figure who isn’t a one hit wonder (like Kevin Federline) was a major coup for the WWE. It allowed them to enter the main stream media for a short while. The media picked up on Donald Trump being involved with wrestling and it sparked a little bit of a buzz. The wrestling fans are going to buy Wrestlemania. The goal is to get everyone else to do so.