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Ultimate Warrior WWE Network Recommendations

Thursday April 10, 2014

This week's WWE Network recommendation is dedicated to the Ultimate Warrior. In his final address to the WWE Universe, the overriding theme was that while a human will die, if they did amazing things in their life then they will become immortal by the people that tell his stories. As you watch the following matches, you will find that his message rings true. While the body of the Ultimate Warrior is no longer with us, the stories he told in the ring will carry on.

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Ultimate Warrior 1959 - 2014

Wednesday April 9, 2014

It is with a great deal of sadness that I must report that the Ultimate Warrior passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 54. According to TMZ, the iconic wrestler collapsed while walking to his car with his wife outside of a hotel in Arizona.

Warrior was one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history with his career highlight coming at WrestleMania VI when he won the WWE Championship from Hulk Hogan. For close to two-decades, Warrior and the WWE had a nasty and contentious relationship which was recently mended. On Saturday night, he took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and on Monday night he returned to Monday Night RAW and delivered an old-school Warrior-style promo that he was famous for.

I would like to take this moment to send out my condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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WrestleMania XXX Recap and Results

Sunday April 6, 2014
WrestleMania XXX

Who walked out of WrestleMania XXX as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion? Did Brock Lesnar end the streak? Shockingly, the answer to both questions is "Yes. Yes. Yes." To find out how these events happened as well as what else occurred at the show, click here to read my recap of the show.

Photo of WrestleMania XXX Host Hulk Hogan: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

WrestleMania XXX Predictions

Saturday April 5, 2014
WrestleMania XXX

Tomorrow is the biggest day of the year for wrestling fans. Please note that in my predictions, next to every wrestler's name is their record at this event. For a further breakdown of these numbers, click here. As is always the case, you can let me know what you think will be happening at WrestleMania XXX by clicking on the comments link at the bottom of this post.

WWE Tag Team Championship: Champions Jimmy & Jey Uso (0-0) vs. The Real Americans [Jack Swagger (2-1) & Antonio Cesaro (0-0)] vs. Ryback (0-1) & Curtis Axel (0-0) vs. Los Matadores [Diego (0-0) & Fernando (0-0)] - This match will be taking place during the Kickoff Show that takes prior to the start of the pay-per-view. The Kickoff Show starts at 5:00 PM EDT with the first hour airing on WWE Network and all the usual websites (wwe.com, YouTube.com, Facebook.com), however the final hour of the show will air exclusively on the WWE Network. I don't see Los Matadores as serious title contenders and feel that The Real Americans are closer to breaking up rather than reaching the top of the mountain. The only reason I can see Rybaxel having been removed from the Andre the Giant Battle Royal and added to this match was because they have a legitimate shot of winning this match. While I wouldn't be shocked if they won the titles here, I think the Usos will be the team walking out of this match with the titles. Predicted Winners: The Usos

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2014 WWE Hall of Fame - WWE Network Recommendations

Thursday April 3, 2014
Mr. T

On Saturday night, seven people will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. In honor of their accomplishments, this week's WWE Network recommendation will feature one match of each Hall of Famer so you can become familiar with their work and know why they are being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Please note that this listing isn't necessarily their best match, it is their best match currently available on the WWE Network which hasn't already been recommended.

The Recommended Matches (in chronological order)

  • Starrcade 1983: Carlos Colon vs. Abdullah the Butcher
  • WrestleMania: Mr. T & Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff
  • The Big Event: Jake Roberts vs. Ricky Steamboat in a Snake Pit Match
  • SummerSlam '92: WWE Champion Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior
  • Bash at the Beach '96: Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & a mystery partner vs. Sting, Lex Luger & Randy Savage
  • SummerSlam '96: Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Mankind in a Boiler Room Brawl
  • One Night Stand 2006: Lita, Edge & Mick Foley vs. Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer & Beulah

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Photo of Mr. T: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The Best Wrestlers in the History of WrestleMania

Thursday April 3, 2014
Undertaker

Who is the best wrestler in the history of WrestleMania? It seems to be such a simple question but coming up with the right answer was a difficult decision. Is it Undertaker, who is 21-0 at this show and has made his match and the streak more important than any title in the business? Is it Shawn Michaels, a wrestler who earned the nickname of Mr. WrestleMania due to being in nine matches at this show which went on to win the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year? Or is it the Hulkster, the man that is responsible for this show and was somehow involved in the final match at first nine events of this show? You'll have to click here to see who I named the greatest wrestler in the history of WrestleMania.

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Photo of Undertaker battling Bam Neely: Gaye Gerard/Getty Images

The 10 Best Matches in WrestleMania History

Sunday March 30, 2014
Rock vs. Austin

This week's WWE Network recommendation will be based off my list of the 10 Best Matches in the History of WrestleMania. Over the past few weeks, I've recommended two WrestleMania events as well as every WrestleMania match which Shawn Michaels has competed in. Shockingly, that leaves only three matches on the top 10 list which haven't been recommended already. If you haven't been following my weekly recommendations, this would be a great list to start off with so you can catch up to the other readers of this site who have been following along.

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Photo of Bret Hart: Steve Haag/Getty Images

WWE Network Weekly Recommendation #4

Sunday March 23, 2014
Rock vs. Austin

With WrestleMania XXX only a few weeks away, now would be a great time to watch some of the best events in the shows history. A few years ago, I wrote a list of the five best WrestleMania shows. WrestleMania III, was the number one item on that list and was my initial recommendation. This week's recommendation is the second item on that list, WrestleMania X-Seven.

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2 New WWE Cartoons

Tuesday March 18, 2014
John Cena and Scooby-Doo

Wrestling fans that enjoy animated cartoons are in for a treat as there are two new WWE-related cartoons for them to enjoy. On Tuesday, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery will be available on DVD and Blu-ray. The plot of this one is that a creature is threatening to ruin WrestleMania and the superstars of the WWE get some help from Scooby-Doo and his friends to solve the mystery. The WWE wrestlers featured in this one are John Cena, Triple H, Kane, Miz, Brodus Clay, Sin Cara, AJ Lee and Mr. McMahon. As part of the promotion for this movie, Scooby-Doo will be making an appearance on Monday Night RAW next week. You can view the trailer by clicking here.

The other animated program involving WWE Superstars is WWE Slam City. In this city, every WWE Superstar has been fired and has to find a new job. As an example, in episode #1, John Cena attempts to become a mechanic. These series of shorts can be found at www.WWESlamCity.com.

Photo of Scooby-Doo trying to steal the WWE Championship from John Cena: Rich Polk/Getty Images

WWE Network Weekly Recommendation #3

Saturday March 15, 2014
Shawn Michaels

While all the hype about the WWE Network has focused on no longer having to buy anymore pay-per-view events, my review of Shawn Michaels: Mr. WrestleMania made it abundantly clear that subscribers of the network will also be saving a lot of money at the DVD store as well.

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