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Wrestling Review Weekly: Second Edition, Number 23

January 10th, 2015 at 8:15 PM
By Peter Schifani

Ah welcome to 2015, the year of the wrestler, or so we hope. Welcome back to TNA's Impact wrestling on it's new home of Destination America. Meanwhile WWE threw all of it's fans a curve ball after The Authority returned to power Monday night.

On Wednesday night TNA wrestling re-debuted Impact on it's new home channel of Destination America with a live broadcast from the Manhattan Center in New York City. A brawl ensued at the opening of the show reminiscent of one that occurred when Raw came to fruition at the same venue over 20 years earlier. Anyway, Director of Wrestling Operations Kurt Angle made his last matches in that role, including having all four TNA Championships on the line. It was his last time doing so because he revealed to MVP in the ring that he was back on the active roster and then proceeded to beat MVP in a street fight match. Austin Aries defeated Low Ki to become the new X-Division Champion. Bobby Lashley became a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion after an "assist" by Bobby Roode's friend Eric Young that cost Roode the title. This was after MVP and Kenny King came down to the ring to reveal "The Family" with two new members. Those two additions turned out to be Low Ki and Samoa Joe but it has yet to be revealed why they would side with MVP and King, so stay tuned. One big surprise occurred during the Knockout Championship battle royal when Awesome Kong (Kharma in WWE) returned to square off with Havok. That should be a feud to see in the TNA Women's division.

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Wrestling Review Weekly: Second Edition, Number 22

January 3rd, 2015 at 7:25 PM
By Peter Schifani

In the final days of 2014 WWE presented their final edition of Monday Night Raw and what a show it was. We had some talents "shooting" to the audience, two returns that enthralled the fans and an ending that frankly deflated this writer's feelings about the use of clause that could return The Authority to power.

WWE presented a Monday Night Raw that finished up 2014 with quite a bang. The hosts for the evening were the duo of Edge and Christian, who is apparently "retired" due to multiple concussions. Anyway we saw Ryback pour his heart out in the ring and shoot to the WWE Universe about why he loves wrestling and always wanting to be in WWE, going back to the "Million Dollar" Tough Enough. He also stated how he takes any negativity and "feeds" on it and now has his sights set on Rusev. Cesaro tried to do something similar later on during Raw but he get met by the returning Bad News Barrett who utilized his bull hammer finisher to win a tough contest with the Swiss superman. Daniel Bryan also came out and played with the heart strings of the fans in attendance, and the WWE Universe in genera,l seemingly hinting that his recovery from neck surgery hadn't gone well enough and that he was possibly retiring. Alas the chants of "Yes!, Yes!, yes!" went up resoundingly after he declared he was entering the 'Royal Rumble' match later this month.

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Wrestling Review Weekly: Second Edition, Number 21

December 27th, 2014 at 5:27 PM
By Peter Schifani

The past week in pro wrestling/sports entertainment was fairly quiet all around because of the Christmas holiday for many. WWE offered up a holiday themed edition of Raw on Monday night with two matches stealing the show.

WWE held a Christmas themed edition of Raw Monday Night with Hulk Hogan coming out as "Ho Ho Hogan" in full Santa garb to open the show. John Cena got some redemption during the show by defeating Seth Rollins. The highlights of the night though went to two matches. First was the Intercontinental Championship re-match between champion Dolph Ziggler and challenger Luke Harper. They held fans enthralled with a wonderful contest that didn't even have to feature ladders or any other outside objects. Ziggler retained his title and was interviewed briefly after by Jerry Lawler stating again how he wants to be "the man" in WWE in 2015. The second match that did have many objects introduced therein was the main event of the night, the "Miracle on 34th Street Fight" between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. These two have been going at it tooth and nail in their feud with this one being another entertaining bout with many solid spots. Wyatt emerged victorious and if you are keeping score the two men are now tied at two match wins apiece starting from 'Survivor Series.'

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Top 10 World Heavyweight Champions: Countdown Part Four, Who’s Number One?

December 24th, 2014 at 1:11 PM
By Peter Schifani

During 2014 we gave our loyal readers another Top 10 countdown each and every month. Now that we are completing 2014 with the ream of the crop, World Heavyweight Champions, we complete this month's Top 10 with "the man"…"Nature Boy" Ric Flair. In case you missed the last part you may go back to read it here.

Number One: "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

Now most wrestling fans know Ric Flair as the 16 time World Heavyweight Champion between his reigns in the NWA, WCW and the WWF. Truthfully if you count the title changes that occurred in Japan for the NWA title, that were not recognized in the United States, Flair is REALLY a 21 time World Champion. He held the top prize in the NWA on 13 occasions, the WCW World Championship eight times and the WWF Championship twice. Now if you just did the math those three number add up to more than 21 but that is because two reigns were recognized by both the NWA and WCW during the timeframe when the "Big Gold" belt was being utilized as the title belt simultaneously for WCW as it was still part of the alliance. No matter how you count it or stack it up Ric Flair is the standard bearer for which all true World Heavyweight Champions are measured against. Their will never be another one quite like him and none who may be able to eclipse having won (and lost) that many championships. He is part of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame class of 2006, and the 2008 class for the NWA. Also in 2008 he went into the WWE Hall of Fame class by himself then became the first to be inducted twice as in 2012 he went in again as a member of the Four Horsemen.

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Roll Call of Wrestling Champions: December 2014 Edition

December 22nd, 2014 at 2:44 PM
By Peter Schifani

In the final month of 2014 we take a final look-see at all of the championship title holders in the major promotions, WWE, the NWA and TNA. We also look at the champions in NXT, ROH, PWG and women's top promotion Shimmer. As always new champions are in BOLD.

WWE title holders:

WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Brock Lesnar, Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler, WWE Tag-Team Champions: The Miz and Damien Sandow, United States Champion: Rusev and Divas Champion: Nikki Bella

NXT title holders:

NXT HW Champion: Sami Zayn, NXT Tag-Team Champions: Kalisto and Sin Cara (Lucha Dragons) and NXT Women's Champion: Charlotte

TNA title holders:

World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Roode, X-Division Champion: Low Ki, World Tag-Team Champions: Abyss and James Storm (The Revolution), Women's Knockout Champion: Taryn Terrell

NWA title holders:

World Heavyweight Champion: Rob Conway, Junior Heavyweight Champion: Jushin "Thunder" Liger, World Tag-Team Champions: Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith, Jr. (Killer Elite Squad), Women's Champion: Barbi Hayden, North American Champion: Tim "Perfect" Storm, National Champion: Lou Marconi, United States Tag-Team Champions: Gavin Daring and Skylar Kruze (Air America)

ROH title holders:

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