WWE Pay-Per-View Roundtable: WrestleMania 31

by Daniel Johnson, Kyle Childers and Dave Pendleton

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Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c) (with Natalya) vs. The Usos (with Naomi) vs. Big E and Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods) vs. Diego and Fernando (with El Torito) for the WWE Tag Team Championship

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Daniel Johnson: There are a lot of good workers in this match and it’s a shame some of them aren’t on the main card. I was hoping the second WWE Tag Team Championship reign of Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso would’ve lasted longer, but WWE seems behind Cesaro and Tyson Kidd to an extent. Don’t get me wrong, WWE really bailed on pushing Cesaro as a singles star, but this attempt to revive him could’ve been worse. I’m banking on Cesaro and Kidd to retain.
Kyle Childers: I love tag team wrestling you guys. I really love multi team matches too so this is great for me especially since I genuinely like all the teams in this match. That being said, why are Los Matadores and The New Day involved here? I get trying to get more guys on the card and putting together a match that’s not just The Usos against The Brass Ring Club again, but it seems forced. Either way, even though I wish we were getting tag team turmoil, it should be a great match to kick off the show with the Brass Ring Club retaining.
Dave Pendleton: I really hope Cesaro and Kidd keep the titles in this match. The Usos have had the tag championship for the better part of a year and a half and no one really cares about The New Day or Los Matadores. This will be a good, entertaining match with The Usos and Matadores doing plenty of flipping and flying and I expect Kidd or Cesaro to use some kind of shenanigans to catch a quick pin on probably one of The New Day members.

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Indie Flashback: Brodie Lee (Luke Harper) Wrestles Michael Elgin at C4 Wrestling

by Daniel Johnson

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Although the most anticipated WWE WrestleMania debut taking place at tomorrow’s event may be Sting’s match, he is not the only one wrestling for the first time at the grand daddy of them all. After more than 11 years as an active wrestler, the 35 year-old Luke Harper, formerly known as Brodie Lee, will wrestle in a match on the biggest show of the year for the first time at WWE WrestleMania 31.

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Wrestling Game StArcade: WCW World Championship Wrestling

by Alex Knapp

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WCW World Championship Wrestling
Year: 1989
System: NES
Developer: Nihon Bussan
Publisher: FCI Inc.

Who would’ve thought that the competition between the WWF and WCW on the video game consoles extended all the way back to the ’80s? Well, it’s true. Long before The Monday Night Wars saw WCW and WWF compete for supremacy both on TV and on the home consoles, WCW took their first crack at making a licensed video game in the 8-bit era with WCW World Championship Wrestling.

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25 and Under: Owen Knight Heels It Up at AWE in Georgia

by Daniel Johnson

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Owen Knight vs. Marko Polo

Owen Knight is a 20 year-old wrestler who has appeared on shows in Georgia for a few different promotions. One such promotion is Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment (AWE), which just opened last year. In November, Knight wrestled a man perhaps named after everyone’s favorite aquatic version of hide and go seek, Marko Polo.

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Wrestling Game StArcade: WWF European Rampage Tour

by Alex Knapp

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WWF European Rampage Tour
Year: 1992
Systems: MS-DOS PC, Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64
Developer: Arc Developers
Publisher: Ocean Software

Every now and then, the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment takes the time to acknowledge that first initial of theirs, and give the tip of the hat to its international fanbase. To this day, America’s number one wrestling promotion enjoys a decent following throughout the world and goes on global tours. And one of their most common destinations is just across the pond, performing for our fellow fans in Western Europe. The WWF’s European following has ebbed and flowed over the years, just as its popularity has ebbed and flowed in its home country, but when it catches on, it can be lucrative.

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Wrestling Game StArcade: Power Move Pro Wrestling

by Alex Knapp

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Power Move Pro Wrestling
Year: 1995
System: PlayStation
Developer: Yuke’s
Publisher: Activision

The mid 1990s was a lean period indeed, for both wrestling video games and American pro wrestling in general. The WWF had lost its mojo; rocked by a series of steroid trials that hurt their public image, and with most of their major names from the ’80s gone, they were in deep financial and creative doo-doo, and despite possessing a good roster of talent, they seemed to spend much of 1995 going through the motions, resulting in the most boring, forgettable calendar year in their history. WCW was trying to take the opportunity to pull ahead, and would debut WCW Monday Nitro head-to-head against WWF Monday Night Raw in the fall of that year; but they didn’t yet have the content to back it up, and they too were struggling to be relevant. ECW, for their part, was growing a strong underground cult following, revolutionizing the business with a genuinely cutting-edge and exciting product. But they had yet to grow beyond late night syndication, tape trading, and a de-facto regional fanbase in the Northeast, and were nowhere close to the mainstream penetration they would get close to later.

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25 and Under: Jessy Jade Wrestles at NEW Provocation 3

by Daniel Johnson

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Jessy Jade vs. Melanie Gray

In celebration of former WCW star Sting returning to WWE pay-per-view at WWE Fastlane 2015 I figured I’d feature a clip from the company of another former WCW talent,  Alex Wright. Although Wright may be remembered more for his personality and silly dancing he was actually an incredibly underrated talent. It is fitting that since 2009 he has run New European Championship Wrestling (NEW) to showcase some great young European talent that otherwise might not get as much exposure. One such talent is Jessy Jade who was just 18 year-old when she wrestled Melanie Gray at NEW Provocation 3 in February 2014.

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WWE Pay-Per-View Roundtable: Fastlane 2015

by Daniel Johnson, Kyle Childers and Dave Pendleton

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Editor’s Note: Part of The Johnson Transcript since 2012, Kyle Childers/Hawk Jefferson is a cornerstone of the WWE Pay-Per-View Roundtable series and the author of the Hawkeye’s Hangout series. Elsewhere Childers is the co-host of the Ruthless Aggression Podcast, which can be found on iTunes, Sticher and Podbean here, here and here, respectively. Childers can also be found on Twitter @hawkjefferson. Dave Pendleton is a writer for The Johnson Transcript who first came on board  through this interview with independent wrestling star Victor Andrews.

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