JC’s Top Rope Report: Ten Thoughts On 1998 WCW

Thanks to the WWE Network, I have been going through all the old Nitros and PPVs in succession. It would be great if Thunder was also on the Network, but considering WCW barely ever acknowledged Thunder’s existence it doesn’t seem like that is necessary. I like being able to go back and watch these. I watched both as a kid, but when push comes to shove I always leaned toward the WWF.

By mid 1998, WCW seemed like a mess. It had so many stars under one umbrella that you have to scratch your head trying to figure out how they failed. We all know at this point that WCW was pretty much its own victim. They imploded from within. There were too many egos in one company and they were all out for their own well being. And by the time they realized they needed to make new stars, WCW was on its last legs. There was no saving it at that point.

If you followed my tweets about a week ago on Starrcade 98 you know that by that point WCW was in a bad spot. Their last light of hope, Goldberg, was defeated. WCW really had nothing left. And the reformation of the nWo in 1999 was never going to help things.

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The Midcard’s 15 Minutes: Cam’s Top 5 Wrestlemania Matches Of All Time

WrestleMania 33 is just days away. Outside the Universal Title and presumed ‘main event’ of the Ultimate Thrill Ride, the build for every other match hasn’t quite been Shakespeare but it would make 1998 Vince McMahon proud. Will any of the matches on this year’s biggest show be remembered among the WWE’s top WrestleMania matches? (Cough) Chris Jericho/ Kevin Owens, anyone?

There has been an entire catalog of great wrestling matches and stories told throughout the first 32 years of Wrestlemania’s existence. Narrowing it down to a list of five was not only difficult, I lost sleep. My first child will be born in two weeks, you better believe I’ll stay up countless hours telling her how I got it all wrong.

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Why Goldberg versus Roman Reigns Needs to Happen

 

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Goldberg made his return to the WWE this past Monday, after spending the past decade plus dabbling in movies, television and color commentary for MMA promotions World Fighting Alliance and Elite XC, to answer Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman’s challenge to a fight. Twelve years have past since the ill fated Wrestlemania 20 match between Lesnar and Goldberg. The timing couldn’t be worse for Lesnar and Goldberg going into that Wrestlemania, both were on their separate ways out of the WWE, the fans were in on it and the match was less than memorable. Now Goldberg is back so I guess, his son can watch him wrestle in person, not like money was involved or anything and returned in newly found WWE legend fashion; agreeing to be in a video game. The late, great, Ultimate Warrior started this tradition followed by Sting. Continue reading

WTF Friday: Papa Shango Puts A Curse On The Ultimate Warrior

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First off, I would like to thank my buddy Bub for the new banners for the weekly features. He makes great photoshops and you can follow him on Twitter @bubotomy.

The WWF in 1992 was at a low. Ticket sales, TV ratings and PPVs were all down. They were in the middle of a steroid and sex scandal. Hulk Hogan left after Wrestlemania. Sid was gone after less than a year. The WWF was looking to regroup.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: What If Money In The Bank Existed In The Past?

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This Sunday, the WWE presents us their annual Money in the Bank PPV. The Money in the Bank concept has been around since 2005, when it was introduced at Wrestlemania 21. The concept when it was first introduced was different and unique. It was first introduced as a match at Wrestlemania, then became its own show in 2010.

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10 Thoughts… WWE RAW 2.15.16 (Fastlane, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles)

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1. Now that’s an exciting way to kick off RAW. I was wondering what path the Intercontinental title was going to take now that Dean Ambrose is in the main event picture and by putting the title on the line on the RAW before Fastlane I believe it gives fans MORE faith in an Ambrose title win on Sunday since he won’t be “weighed down” by also being the IC champion. Go ahead, name all of the other secondary champions that won the “big one” at the same time as holding the Intercontinental or United States Championship not named the Ultimate Warrior. I’ll wait.

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HTC Action Figure Sale – Spread The Word!

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Hey HTC Readers,

HTC is in need of funds and since we don’t have a donation link (who would even think of clicking on that), we decided to offer up some of our classic figures at a discounted price. eBay has become a problem since their funds don’t clear for a month but I will have to post these on eBay come Sunday if they’re not bought up. Contact me with any questions at MHPulse@InsidePulse.com and I’d be happy to have a conversation. Everything will have to be paid through PayPal though and I’ll pay shipping.

Just let me know if you’re interested.

 

Dude Love – Jakks Classic Variant: $25

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Jeff Hardy – Jakks Classic: $25

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CM Punk – Walmart Exclusive: $20

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HHH – Jakks Classic: $35

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Hulk Hogan & Classy Freddie Blassie: $35

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Slam City Arena – $20

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Sheamus vs The Ultimate Warrior Two-Pack: $45

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HTC Action Figure Sale! (Spread The Word!)

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Hey HTC Readers,

I’m looking to clear out some space & raise some money for expenses without having to go through the hassle of eBay. The prices I’m posting are the general amount these are going for but I’ll listen to almost anything, everything will just have to be paid through PayPal (I’ll pay shipping).

Just let me know if you’re interested.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: The RAW Truth Review For 4.14.14

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The show started with a very well done video package and a ten bell salute to the Ultimate Warrior.

From World Title Match To Intercontinental Title Tournament First Round Match

It’s a first round match-up in the IC Title Tournament with Rob Van Dam taking on Alberto del Rio. Del Rio jumped RVD at the bell with some quick kicks to the gut. RVD reversed Del Rio and tossed him into the corner then hit a flying crossbody. RVD sent Del Rio to the outside. After getting back in the ring both men exchanged blows. Del Rio caught RVD with a kick to the face. Del Rio took control with some more kicks but RVD ended up sending Del Rio to the outside. RVD went for a standing moonsault off the apron but Del Rio moved and caught RVD with a clothesline. He then tossed RVD into the barricade going into commercial.

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JC’s Top Report: Remembering The Ultimate Warrior

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I thought it was going to be a normal Tuesday night. I finished up my column for Wednesday. I just watched the Daniel Bryan Documentary and Countdown show on the WWE Network. I was ready to pack in and go to bed. Then my phone went off and I got this text message from a friend: “Ultimate Warrior Is Dead.”

To say that I was in a state of shock was an understatement. After taking a few moments to regain myself, I went immediately to social media to see if it was true. And indeed it was. I just didn’t know what to say. The Ultimate Warrior was just on TV the night before. He gave a message to all his Warriors who had stuck with him through all the years. He had finally made peace with all of the people he had issues with over the years. He took his place in history by going into the WWE Hall of Fame. And now he is gone.

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