By Todd Graham – Proving Ground Wrestling
This weekend, the 31st Survivor Series will emanate from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and it will be headlined by some blockbuster inter-promotional matches.
For many reasons, I consider 1993 to be my favorite year in wrestling, but for today’s discussion, it’s because I was in attendance at the 1993 Survivor Series. Now, you are going to read a lot of articles about top ten lists, and best moments, and all of that, but what you won’t read a lot of is personal experiences from the eyes of a 7-year-old child when it comes to wrestling shows from over 20 years ago.
Continue reading From the nosebleeds to backstage: Recalling 1993 Survivor Series
It’s been rumored for months that WWE is considering doing another Superstar Shake-up.
Let me say it right now, I think it’s a terrible idea.
It hasn’t happened yet, but why do we need another Shake-up? I feel like it would be more effective for storyline if the two main brands would make trades. You’re already copping out by having John Cena join RAW as a “free agent.” But the thing that caught my eye in the report is the idea that some Superstars could wind up in NXT.
But the thing that caught my eye in the report is the idea that some Superstars could wind up in NXT.
Continue reading Five main roster superstars who would benefit from a trip to NXT
Nestlemania and JC discuss the terrible execution on the Baron Corbin cash-in, Ambrose and Rollins fist bump moment, Sasha winning in Boston, Big Cass finally breaking through, Tozawa winning the cruiserweight championship, The Demon finally returning, and much more! We also give our NXT Takeover and Summerslam picks!
Continue reading PODCAST: Summerslam/Takeover preview; Corbin’s failed cash-in; Bosstown
Throughout the history of literature and cinema, authors have used Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” or “monomyth” as a template as they tell the story of a protagonist as he travels through a transformation.
There are 17 steps in the Campbell’s original template, but it has been modified over time.
As Drew McIntyre stepped into the ring in the latest episode of NXT, I thought to myself about how his rise, departure and return resonates with Campbell’s pattern.
Continue reading Drew McIntyre is living Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” with WWE
The women of WWE have been kicking down the doors and breaking barriers the past few years as they continue their long journey to booking equality. On Sunday night the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank match took place and kicked off the show. What ensued was met with anger and complaints from the WWE Universe.
Continue reading Why Carmella’s Money in the Bank win was perfect
Whenever a talented in-ring worker just doesn’t cut it on the mic, many find themselves saying, “man, if only they had a good manager.”
The manager was somewhat of a lost art until a few years ago when WWE saw the return of Paul Heyman, the amazing pairing of Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger, and let’s not forget the arrival of Rusev and Lana.
Here we are in 2017, and there’s a ton of potential great in-ring talent, plenty of opportunities for new managers if WWE chooses to go in that direction.
Continue reading Five WWE personalities who have potential to be great managers
Nestlemania and JC discuss Extreme Rules, Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar, terrible build up to Money in the Bank, Enzo and Cass storyline, as well as a lot of Great Balls of Fire.
Continue reading PODCAST: Extreme Rules review; terrible MITB build; Enzo and Cass
WARNING: The following quickie post contains Jobber Knocker-on-Jobber Knocker crime.
Enough is enough, Nestlemania.
Week after week you say, “Finn Balor has no chance of beating Brock Lesnar.”
I’m not able to counter you like J.C. has the chance to, so I find myself just yelling at the radio. But it’s time I say my piece. . .
Continue reading Stop telling me there’s “no chance” Finn Balor can beat Brock Lesnar
Written by Guthrie The Ring Announcer
It was a classic portrayal of good versus evil this past Sunday at Backlash inside of the Allstate Arena when perhaps the most unlikely of adversaries stepped into the ring with the defending champion, Randy Orton. Heading into Sunday, many fans were very quick to dismiss any chances of Jinder Mahal – a competitor we’ve seen job to other talent endlessly since his return to the company – dethroning The Viper. But to the dismay of all those naysayers, evil prevailed Sunday night when the most illustrious prize in the business, the WWE Championship, was raised high in the air by The Maharaja himself. And this time, it wasn’t because Jinder managed to steal the belt from Orton, it was because Jinder won the belt by pinning Orton.
Continue reading The Maharaja’s WWE title victory “marks” one for the ages!
Nestlemania and J.C. discuss the Fatal 5-Way at Extreme Rules, Titus O’Neil doing some good, Jinder Mahal making the most of his opportunity, What happens with Lesnar, and of course Backlash Predictions!
Continue reading PODCAST: Fatal 5-Way; Titus O’Neil; Backlash preview