It was the end of an era when WWE Magazine announced that it would cease production on its print publication. The final issue in October featured Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns on the cover, symbolically showing a sort of passing of the torch of the next generation of Superstars as opposed to the previous Superstars to commonly grace the cover such as John Cena, Rey Mysterio, and The Undertaker.
It’s a hard time for the print industry in general, with bookstores closing and diminishing and stories moving from the shelves of Barnes and Noble to the screens of laptops and tablets. With the decline in circulation of magazines, there’s still a pro wrestling presence in the publishing world, as seen with Pro Wrestling Illustrated. With the end of WWE Magazine, its 30-year history ended as well. While wrestlers still get interviewed and photographed by WWE’s official website as well as television appearances, radio stations, online journals, etc., WWE Magazine will be forever remembered as an excellent niche for WWE’s unique world.
Even though the world of print is declining, storytelling is forever, as these tales are shifting to digital means. On top of magazines, books are still popular, with Chris Jericho’s third book, (and follow up to A Lions Tale and Undisputed) The Best In The World…At What I Have No Idea, released earlier this month to positive reviews being an example of pro wrestling’s presence in the world of storytelling. The Internet has brought another exciting and enriching dimension to the world of storytelling, especially when it comes to pro wrestling, but it’s nice to take a minute and reminisce and remember the years of amazing interviews, photos, Q&As, articles, lists, countdowns, and specials that WWE Magazine has brought fans over the years.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio last week that TNA has enough footage from the last set of television tapings to last through the November 19th episode of Impact. For the last 6 shows of the year on Spike TV the episodes will be recap shows with old footage.
Former WWE Superstar “Edge” Adam Copeland commented via Twitter yesterday on the shooting in Ottawa, Canada, where a reported Muslim convert shot a soldier at an Ottawa war memorial. Cpl Nathan Cirillo died of his injuries. The shooter was killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. It was the second attack on Canada’s military in 3 days. On Monday, another soldier was killed in a hit-and-run in the province of Quebec.
Finally! The fight gods have spoken because after months and months heck after over a year we have the fight many fight fans want to see. That is the fight between UFC women’s batemweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Cat Zingano. It was announced today on UFC tonight by Ariel Hawani that what is sure to be an epic battle now has a date and that date is January 3rd 2014 @ UFC182 a ppv that is headlined by an anticipated title bought between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones & challanger Daniel Cormier
Of corse Rousey vs Zingano will be the co main
I don’t know about you but just for those two fights alone I am so hyped for UFC182? What about you guys? Are you excited for this fight announcement? Let us know by sounding off in the comments.
On this past Monday’s edition of RAW, the main event featured John Cena and Dean Ambrose against Kane, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton. While the actual main event was entertaining, filled with signature moves and the top of the line in-ring action that is typically expected of the WWE, there were some sentiments on social media sites about the action being repetitive and old.
On one hand, I can see where the fans are coming from. Those superstars can be utilized in other scenarios, namely competing against other wrestlers. Why not have Ambrose go against someone like Jack Swagger or The Miz to shake things up a bit? Perhaps have Seth Rollins interfere at the end of the match rather than as an opponent against Ambrose prior to the pay-per-view? Is it necessary to have essentially the same match pairings week in and week out?
On the other hand, recurring matches can help build up a feud. The intensity increases with each respective victory and defeat. When the feud cumulates at the pay-per-view, the victory will be even more meaningful. Feuds would take months and months to reach their conclusion in the past, especially in the 80’s. However, is it necessary to have a situation like the one that took place at Battleground in which Triple H ejected Ambrose from the arena for attacking Rollins prior to their match, robbing the fans of one of the most anticipated matches of the night? Does the story lose its meaning if it’s scattered with forfeit victories?
Some may wonder if this is the dawn of an era of reverting to the classic methods of storytelling with an exciting build up or whether or not the match pairings are dragging on a bit too long. Only time will tell and the pay off will come into focus, especially with the Cena/Ambrose/Authority storyline at Hell in a Cell this Sunday. And yes. For only $9.99 on the WWE Network.
On Raw this past Monday night a soldier ran into the ring to prevent Rusev from pulling down the American Flag above the ring & Rusev laid him out with a kick to the head. The soldier was played by independent wrestler & Magnum Pro Wrestling owner Jaysin Strife. Strife has no military background. The uniform used was not an actual military uniform, but a stage costume.
There are rumors that Randy Orton was injured during the 3 on 2 Handicap Street Fight on RAW this past Monday. The rumors are that Orton was injured when Dean Ambrose dove onto the heels from the announce table. A fan in attendance said later Orton went up the the WWE trainer at ringside & said, “The ruptured disc in my back is f**ked.”
Orton’s injury has not been confirmed nut Orton did not work last night’s SmackDown tapings. Orton had previously suffered a herniated disck during a Falls Count Anywhere Match against Bad News Barrett on the December 30th, 20111 show after Barrett pushed Orton down a flight of stairs. Orton chose rehab instead of surgery & was back in the ring just over a month later.
Guess it’ll be awhile before we get to see Cain Velasquez back in the octagon and further more see the “UFC heavyweight title” defended. It is being reported via UFC.com that Velasquez has suffered a knee injury and will be unable to compete at UFC180 http://m.ufc.com/news/cain-velasquez-injured-fabricio-werdum-vs-mark-hunt-new-ufc-180-main-event?utm_campaign=&utm_source=15600&utm_medium=Facebook%3A+UFC&
It is also be reported that the champ will undergo surgery this Thursday. Velasquez was scheduled to defend his title against Fabricio Werdum. Now however the main event will be Fabricio Wedum vs Mark Hunt
We here at VasquezSports wish Cain Velasquez a speedy recovery. What do you think about this injury and match up change. Is it time for Velasquez to forfeit the title? Let us know by sounding off in the comments.