WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania 21

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Big D and Draven are back as WrestleMania 30 for 30 goes Hollywood.

WrestleMania 21 is often remembered for the rise of John Cena and Batista. I personally remember being at the Royal Rumble in Fresno preceding Mania (and yes, watched Vince fall on his ass as Cena and Batista butchered the finish) and thinking that we were about to enter a pretty cool period in WWE.

Listen to D and Draven (who was there live) as they discuss this and more on the WrestleMania 21 podcast, including:

– WWE goes to Saitama
– Draven’s live thoughts
– D’s burial of David Lagana
– The rise of Batista and Cena
– Eddie Guerrero’s last WrestleMania
– Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels

Check it out and let us know what you think.

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