Ranking WrestleMania – Part 6 (Final Part)

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Former WWE Star Umaga Has Passed

Earlier today, Bobby Lashley posted a twitter message that said:

Very sad day today. A good friend is gone.

While that may have been slightly premature based on the time that it was posted, what isn’t now premature is that his one time WrestleMania main event competitor Umaga, has passed.

Dave Meltzer from The Wrestling Observer wrote that Edward Fatu (Umaga’s real name) was rushed to the hospital by his wife after she found him not breathing and with blood coming out of his nose. He also said that family members have been told that he suffered a heart attack and that they needed to come to the hospital in Houston quickly.

Wrestling fans on the Internet were speculating that he had passed away at different points in the day, but he was holding on strong until about 6PM Eastern. He passed away after having a second heart attack in the hospital

Umaga is best remembered for his run in WWE in feuds with Triple H, John Cena, and Bobby Lashley in the match where Vince McMahon’s and Donald Trump’s hair was on the line. He also worked as a part of Eric Bischoff’s tag team 3-Minute Warning in WWE as well.
He was most recently wrestling in Australia for Hulk Hogan’s tour.

We would to send our condolences to his friends and family.

Thanks to AngryMarks and The Wrestling Observer for details.

Photo of Umaga via Wikipedia and shared via creative commons

WWE 2009 Judgment Day – The Aftermath

Overall, the FGB crew thought that Judgment Day was a pretty fun show. It wasn’t eventful save for Ric Flair’s surprise run in.

Our thoughts are below.

Alan

Show overall rating: Thumbs Up

Best Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho
Worst Match: Can I vote that Miz segment? I hated it way more than any match.

The PPV lived up to my very high expectations. Punk vs. Umaga was awesome and a perfect start to a series of matches (which I hope is what it turns into), Swagger/Christian was weaker than their other matches but still good, Morrison/Shelton was spotty but enjoyable, Rey/Jericho was friggin great and one of my favourite WWE matches in a while, the two Raw matches were slow but not awful by any means and the main event was great and almost as good as the Rey match.

Duan

Show overall rating: Thumbs Up

Best Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho
Worst Match: The Big Show vs. John Cena

That’s two very good PPV showings in a row for WWE. All the Smackdown brand stuff was excellent. I would like to see all the current Smackdown feuds continue on until at least the next PPV. I’m particularly interested in seeing where they are going with Jericho and Mysterio. Swagger/Christian was a little bit down from last months match, but still very good none the less. I think they made a mistake in putting the two Raw matches on in a row. They were both fine, but it really slowed down the pace of the show. The Miz segment was horrific, and excruciatingly long. That was the only thing on the show that I would classify as bad, but it was indeed very bad.

GG

Show overall rating: Thumbs Up

Best Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho
Worst Match: The Big Show vs. John Cena

I’m very tempted to call Randy Orton vs. Batista the worst match, but Orton worked really well, and the Ric Flair run in at the end saved it. Even though at times, the Big Show can be very useful, I just don’t enjoy watching him work with John Cena. If he’s going to be the big and bad guy around town, he has to beat an injured Cena. They can’t try to build Show and then cut his legs and then next month, pretend like he’s big and bad again.

I loved everything from Smackdown and ECW, and nothing from Raw. I have a feeling it’s going to continue to be that way for a few months. Chris Jericho is at another level right now. Rey Mysterio might be my favorite worker to watch right now. John Morrison and Jack Swagger are my two favorite young wrestlers to watch (with Tyson Kidd and Evan Bourne close behind), and as usual, Edge and Jeff Hardy gave us something fun to watch.

It was slightly uneventful, but the show was good with quality wrestling.

WWE Judgment Day 2009 Live (Sort Of) Play By Play

For some reason, I’m really looking forward to this show. After last month’s stellar Backlash, they’ve loaded this card up with good matches. Most of them are from the Smackdown side, but the Raw main event should be pretty good, even though Big Dave is going to get himself DQ’d more than likely.

On the Smackdown side, even though a title change is probably too soon, Edge vs. Jeff Hardy should be a really good match. I’m also looking very much forward to Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio, and maybe even CM Punk vs. Umaga, based on how Smackdown ended with all three matches being highlighted at the end of the show.

We’ll be back with live (or close to live) coverage of the show in a few hours.


We’re rolling at about 40 minutes or so late. I’ll try to catch up by fast forwarding through some of the video packages.

1. CM Punk vs. Umaga

It was a long and slow match for most of it. Umaga dominated it, but Punk started his come back and it got pretty good. He went for the GTS and didn’t get it and then took a side kick that put him in the corner. He took the ass to the face in the corner and then the spike made it all she wrote.

Winner: Umaga by pinfall

This could mean that Punk cashes in the briefcase tonight, but we thought that last PPV too.

Chavo told Vickie that John Cena has been medically cleared to wrestle. Show was also in the room and said that it wasn’t good for the fans because Cena was going to get beat up. Vickie said that no one wrestler was bigger than the WWE. Then Edge came in and said he had to speak to his wife.

2. Jack Swagger vs. Christian
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WrestleMania XXIV – I’m Sorry, I Love You

Other than their regular championship matches, Wrestlemania XXIV had two hooks.

At No Way Out, The Big Show reintroduced himself after being away for over a year. He pulled off his coat to show off his new, svelte (for Show) figure. After threatening to beat up Rey Mysterio, boxer Floyd Mayweather, who was ringside, jumped in the ring and threw some legit punches that broke The Big Show’s nose. This would lead to a match between the two at the big show. Not many people knew that what WWE wanted was Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in an opposing tag match at Mania XXIV, but De La Hoya wasn’t interested.

The second hook was a storyline involving Ric Flair’s retirement. Vince McMahon came out and said that the next time Ric Flair lost a singles match, he’d have to retire. Flair faced Mr. Kennedy, MVP, and others leading up to Mania, and at Mania, his opponent would be Shawn Michaels. The storyline was originally pitched by Stone Cold Steve Austin, and in his version (as I’ve heard), Flair was to keep winning matches and challenge for a title at Wrestlemania. It didn’t get that far, but Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at Wrestlemania was definitely a strong match and by the end of the run, they had built enough interest after it being sort of lukewarm.
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Wrestlemania 23 – Who Wouldn’t Want To Cut Donald Trump’s Hair?

When it’s all said and done, what Wrestlemania 23 will be remembered for is a haircut match. This isn’t any random old haircut match. This was a billionaire’s haircut match. Well, at least one of them was a billionaire.

Donald Trump has been affiliated with wrestling in the past. He hosted Wrestlemania IV and V at his Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They were two of the worst Wrestlemania’s ever, but that didn’t stop Vince McMahon from calling Trump’s name some 18 years later. And McMahon needed it.

Wrestlemania is what Vince McMahon and company build to every year. It’s their Super Bowl. It’s always the biggest PPV of the year, and the one in which they pull out all the stops. This year, the stops was Donald Trump. You might wonder why putting Donald Trump on a wrestling show, and one that he won’t even wrestle on, is important. The reason it’s important is because people wanted to pay to see who would get their hair cut between Vince and the Donald. Can you imagine a bald Donald Trump? Everyone wants to see that right? Even though anyone in their right mind would know that Trump would’ve never signed on to a match in which he’d lose his hair, it was built up so well, and it went on to be the main event in the biggest money making event in company history.

Donald Trump is still a big name. Even though his television show, The Apprentice was struggling mightily, he’s a well known public figure. And to get a well known public figure who isn’t a one hit wonder (like Kevin Federline) was a major coup for the WWE. It allowed them to enter the main stream media for a short while. The media picked up on Donald Trump being involved with wrestling and it sparked a little bit of a buzz. The wrestling fans are going to buy Wrestlemania. The goal is to get everyone else to do so.
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