WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania XX

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This is the first 30 for 30 in which Big D and Draven take over the entire podcast. GG will be back for WrestleMania 25 and 26, but otherwise, from here on out, it’s the D and Draven show.

WrestleMania XX was tagged “Where it all begins, again.” The show had a bit of a different philosophy from prior WrestleManias in that the two “champions”, though not necessarily the best pushed guys in the company, were small guys who were work horses in Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit.

D and Draven discuss that and more on this WrestleMania XX podcast including:

– John Cena’s rise
– Brock Lesnar leaving for the NFL
– PWInsider gets credit for the story
– The return of the Hall of Fame
– Discussion on the talent and creative issues
– A breakdown on the Chris Jericho/Christian/Trish Stratus love triangle

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Black Friday DVD Review: The History Of WWE: 50 Years Of Sports Entertainment

history of wweFor a company to exist 25 years is already an amazing achievement and rarity. Well how about double that? The last wrestling company left with roots to the territories celebrates 50 years of existence in 2013 with the brand new DVD/Blu Ray set – The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment. With Bruno Sammartino being back in the family, we were ensured to FINALLY have the entire story told – not just the Attitude Era or the Rock N Wrestling Era, but the pre-Hogan stuff and everything in between! But would they deliver the complete story? Continue reading

WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania 2000

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In the latest episode of WrestleMania 30 For 30, Big D, GG, and Brandon Draven discuss WrestleMania 2000.

We covered the following on this WrestleMania 2000 podcast:

– Chris Jericho as a performer
– A comparison between the Vince Russo years and they year he left
– Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko jumping over from WCW
– The birth of Smackdown
– Mick Foley’s retirment and unretirement
– Rock vs. Triple H
– A deep look at the PPV itself featuring a McMahon in every corner

WrestleMania Memories With GG

Benoit and EddieBefore I get to my favorite memories, you should first read Big D’s, Alan’s, Duan’s, and Cadillac Don’s entries.

What is your oldest WrestleMania moment?

Yes, I am old enough to have watched a copy of the first WrestleMania a few months after it happened. But I don’t have a real “first” memory from that show because I didn’t really know what I was watching. Like Don, my first memory involves King Kong Bundy, but it wasn’t of him dropping an elbow on Little Beaver. It was of he, Don Muraco, and King Kong Bundy “Pearl Harboring” the great Hulkster on the Saturday Night Main event before the big show. That angle is really what hooked me on wrestling. I didn’t get to see WrestleMania 2 live, but I was able to find out the results fairly quickly. It was the first time I cared about what happend.

What is your favorite WrestleMania moment and why?

Even though it’s probably not the most popular scene nine years later, my favorite WrestleMania moment was at the end of WrestleMania XX when two friends realized their dreams and their emotions were real in this fake sport. Continue reading

A Look Back At Eddie Guerrero’s Biography

Today is the 7th anniversary of the death of wrestling great, Eddie Guerrero.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard that he passed away. I was in Dallas for work. We were hosting a Meet and Greet for our users. I woke up and checked out the wrestling news and saw information about Guerrero suffering from a heart attack and passing away. It hit me over the head like very few wrestling deaths (but not as hard as one two years later would).

In a short time, Guerrero had become one of my favorite wrestlers ever, and one of my favorite moments as a wrestling fan ever was when he beat Brock Lesnar for the championship. I’m still bothered that I didn’t make the 60 mile drive to San Francisco to see it live.

I wanted to republish a review I wrote of his biography. The book was very enjoyable and I probably need to reread it again sometime soon. RIP Eddie Guerrero.

In what is some very unfortunate timing, a book that was going to be used to celebrate the life and overcoming of hardships of Eddie Guerrero, is now a look back at the life of a wrestler who is simply gone too soon. The book, written by Guerrero and Michael Krugman, if read while Guerrero were still alive, would read just like an inspiring Rocky story. But since Guerrero passed on November 13, 2005, it’s covered in ironies and sadness.

Eddie was the youngest Guerrero of the famous Guerrero family, young enough to be close to the same age as his oldest brother’s son. Chavo, Mando, and Hector Guerrero were all wrestling stars of their own, but it was Eddie who became the biggest star of them all. His father Gory worked alongside El Santo as one half of La Pareja Atomica, being the worker of the twosome. Eddie describes Santo as being bigger to the Mexican audience than Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin were to the US audience. Though the book doesn’t contain much information on the careers of Gory, Chavo, Hector, and Mando, Eddie story tells backward at times describing how the pressure of being a Guerrero would get to him and the fights he would get into with his brothers because of how hard they were on him.
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Greatest Wrestlers Of The WrestleMania Era: #8 – Eddy (Eddie) Guerrero

Eddy Guerrero is the greatest “all-rounder” in the history of pro wrestling. Considered in the 90s to be one of the premier in-ring workers in the world, due to his seamless fusion of lucha libre, puroresu, and old school US psychology, Eddy took his game a step further during his WWE career when the character and personality side of things became as big an asset for him as his imperial technical ability. He could be a beloved babyface, a hero to a community or he could flip a switch and be the lowest of lowlife heels. What’s more is that he could play either role with the charisma of a thousand men. While injuries and non-stop pain were a fixture in his life in 2005, he was still one of the most entertaining performers in all aspects of the game when he was tragically taken from us in November of that year. With all his knowledge, and with the type of great guy he was (always willing to help others) – losing Eddy was a massive blow to the future of wrestling.

Beginning his career in Mexico, Eddy did well as the babyface son of Gory Guerrero, but his career there took off when he turned rudo and formed Los Gringos Locos with the late Art Barr. An early highlight of his career was the sensational AAA “When Worlds Collide” PPV where he and Barr got their heads shaved in front of a rabid crowd that they had built into a frenzy. Donning the Black Tiger mask in New Japan, Eddy took on the likes of Jushin Liger, Chris Benoit and Shinjiro Ohtani in classic bouts. It was in 1995 when Eddy was finally given his shot in one of “the big two” and did well for himself during a run in WCW but injuries and mis-management prevented him from reaching his potential. Glimpses of his amazing charisma were seen during his first run as “Latino Heat” in WWE before a stint battling addiction put him on the sidelines. He rebuilt himself from rock bottom, both as a wrestler and as a man. After touring the indies and Japan, he was picked up once by WWE and his career went to new heights. Getting over as an icon to Latin fans, he was rewarded with a historic title win over Brock Lesnar in 2004. It was a match and a moment that no wrestling fan will ever forget and it was the undoubted high point of an amazing career.

Defining Match Of The WrestleMania Era: Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio at Halloween Havoc 1997

While the Lesnar match may be the most special of Eddy’s career, he had another match which may be the ultimate showcase of his talents – the classic Halloween Havoc 1997 encounter with his career rival Rey Mysterio. A textbook rudo performance by Eddy and perhaps the best match of WCW’s peak era.