Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Law Reviews: WWF Backlash 2000

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April 30, 2000
MCI Center
Washington, D.C.

Sometimes I review shows solely for the purpose of having the pleasure of watching them again, and this is one of those cases. This is a phenomenal show from top to bottom that really exemplifies the best of the Attitude Era. Continue reading

Breaking News: Samoa Joe Wins NXT Championship

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In a delightfully old-school booking move, Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor at an NXT live event in Lowell, Massachusetts tonight to become the new NXT Champion.

It’s surprising that Joe won the title at a house show rather than TakeOver in Dallas, which naturally will raise speculation that Balor is being called up. Possibly as part of a main-roster Bullet Club reunion? We’ll see. But what we know for now is that Finn Balor’s record-breaking 292 day reign as NXT Champion is over.

I think Joe is a perfect NXT Champion. Monster heel, easy to build sympathy for babyface challengers, not somebody who is a great fit for a spot on the main roster at the moment. Joe vs. Nakamura is going to be a hell of a fight down the line for the NXT Championship. Even as they lose talent, NXT remains more interesting than the main roster.

R.I.P. Chyna (1969-2016)

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Joan “Chyna’ Laurer was found dead in her Redondo Beach, California home last night, as first reported by local news and then confirmed by her personal website and Twitter account.

It’s easy to forget because she’s been largely white-washed from history, but from 1998-2000 she was one of the most over wrestlers in all WWE. She made history over and over: first woman in the Royal Rumble, first woman in King of the Ring, first woman to win the Intercontinental Championship. She played a huge role in revitalizing women’s wrestling in WWE at a point where it had been virtually eliminated.

She was a genuine mainstream star. Playboy, TV Guide, Regis & Kathie. There was even consideration given to having her challenge Steve Austin for the WWF Championship (and maybe even win). She was primed for a massive, money drawing run.

And then it all evaporated. Her real-life relationship with Triple H dissolved. And then it turned out Triple H’s new girlfriend was Stephanie McMahon. Writing on the wall, goodbye Chyna. She was gone by 2001.
There’s a rabbit hole after that which I would prefer not to go down. Drugs, alcohol, sex tape, porn. She was troubled before she got into wrestling, things got worse after she left. She never really recovered, and now her life has ended far too soon.
Sadly, a lot of people would rather make jokes about her porn career then remember her actual legacy. She was a trailblazer and an inspiration to countless women and girls. For a two year period she was one of the biggest stars WWE had. Let’s hope that in death she can find the peace she never could in life.

Breaking News: Conor McGregor Pulled From UFC 200

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After sending out a cryptic Tweet teasing his retirement from fighting, Conor McGregor has been pulled from his scheduled UFC 200 fight against Nate Diaz.

There have been rumors for months about friction between McGregor and Dana White, and this may well be the result. According to White, McGregor refused to come to Las Vegas to film a commercial and participate in the marketing for the fight. White says he does not know whether or not McGregor is retiring at this point.

A shocking twist that blows a massive hole in UFC’s plans for a huge 2016. More on this as it develops.

The Law Reviews: The Big Event

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With a name as catchy as “The Big Event,” it’s kind of shocking this didn’t become an annual tradition. The show took place in CNE Stadium, which was the home of the Toronto Blue Jays before the opening of the Skydome in 1989. The stadium held about 44,000 for baseball, so with seats on the field the capacity would be even bigger here. And based on the aerial shots I don’t think they filled it, but they appear to have come pretty close. This might have been the biggest crowd in wrestling history to this point.

The show would be main evented by Hulk Hogan defending the WWF Championship against his enemy turned friend turned enemy Paul Orndorff. The two famously were on opposite sides at Wrestlemania I, but in the aftermath Orndorff and Hogan became allies against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. They became close friends, but then Orndorff got jealous. And the breaking point came when Orndorff sought to prove how close him and Hulk were by calling him during an episode of Superstars…only to be told by Hulk’s wife that he wasn’t there (though you could hear Hulk in the background). Orndorff turned on Hogan and aligned himself with Bobby Heenan. And tonight the former friends would fight for the greatest prize in wrestling. Continue reading