Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Law Reviews: Extreme Rules 2016

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WWE might be getting back on track. The post-Wrestlemania period has been more positive than negative, which is the first time in awhile I’ve been able to say that. There are still issues, their booking still confuses me at times. But with a roster full of new wrestlers and the coming returns of John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Bray Wyatt, we could be in for a big summer. Continue reading

The Law Reviews: ECW One Night Stand 2006

June 11, 2006
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York City

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What a strange time this was for WWE, when Vince McMahon decided to re-launch ECW as a third WWE brand. In retrospect, a lot of people seem to think this was designed to fail, but I think the way this show is set-up disproves that theory. WWE put the full weight of their massive promotional machine behind ECW, bringing in almost all of their available stars (guys like Rhino, Raven, and The Dudleyz were under TNA contracts), putting them on pay-per-view and national television, and even adding several big WWE stars to their roster: Big Show and Kurt Angle, plus they loaded this show up with guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, and Edge. Continue reading

The Law Reviews: ECW One Night Stand 2005

June 12, 2005
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York City

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Whether this show was intended as a one-off or not, it grew into much more. By 2005 it was clear there was still equity in ECW brand, as the ECW DVD that WWE released set records for DVD sales. Vince McMahon used Tommy Dreamer as a middle-man to reconnect him with Paul Heyman, and they struck a deal to run an ECW reunion show. Everybody won on this one, and it’s a nice moment in wrestling history. If only it had been the end for WWECW it would have been perfect. Unfortunately, they kept coming back to the well. But that’s a story for later. Continue reading

The Law Reviews: ECW Barely Legal

ECW Barely Legal
April 13, 1997
ECW Arena
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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They were the little promotion that could. After years of scratching and clawing, ECW finally made it to the big leagues with their first pay-per-view in April of 1997. ECW’s influence had already been felt across the wrestling world, as both the WWF and WCW moved towards edgier, more adult products. It also had introduced international talents that went on to success in the big two: Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Konnan, Psicosis, and others. Now they were taking their talents to the “big dance” as Heyman said in his pre-show speech. Pay-per-view would never be the same again. Continue reading

The Law Reviews: WWE Payback 2016

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I was ready for a break from WWE.

Wrestlemania had disappointed me and I’ve generally been disillusioned with their product for quite some time. Really, when I look back at the past year the list of what I think they’ve done right is pretty short.

So I tuned into the Raw the night after Wrestlemania expecting it to be my last for awhile. Maybe until John Cena came back, or Seth Rollins. But something surprising happened: WWE started to get their act together. Continue reading