As wrestling fans, we’re designed to crave the unexpected. As smart as we may think we are, and as much as an outcome may seem set in stone, a pinfall can come from out of nowhere, RKO style, and send our jaws hurtling towards the floor. Sometimes surprising victories can be downright wonderful, and sometimes they can be utterly confusing. Here are the Top 10 Most Surprising Victories in WWE History.
Back in 2013, I was considerably less hairy, and a freshly single fan of the graps. To my delight, I started chatting casually to a beautiful woman who also just happened to like wrestling. She attended all of these cool indie shows, and talked about all these wrestlers I’d never heard of. At the time, I had barely dipped my toe into the re-emerging British scene, so in order to ‘impress’ someone I had absolutely no chance in hell with, I decided to educate myself a little. Out of all of the wrestlers she talked about, one name seemed to be mentioned again and again and again, so obviously I had to see what all of the fuss was about. His name was Kris Travis: he was handsome, had a fantastic physique, tattoos on his chest, and the girl I fancied was in love with him, so obviously, I fucking hated him. But over time, as we inevitably drifted further and further apart, and my interest in the British wrestling scene began to flower, my unjust hatred towards Travis subsided, and I began to realise how talented he was.
As evident by my list of the Top 25 Best Matches of the Year, 2016 was an absolutely incredible year for wrestling. It was crammed full of historic events, fantastic moments, and most importantly, amazing, memorable matches. However, even in such a landmark year for this wonderful sport, not everything was up to the world class standard. There were plenty of globally exposed matches from Vinny Mac’s House of Graps that have slipped through our minds in just less than a year. Even if you’re WWE through and through, you’ll be scratching your head when reading this one. Here are the Top 20 Big WWE Matches from 2016 that You’ve Probably Already Forgotten About.
2016 has been an incredible year for wrestling. A fucking terrible year for literally everything else – Donald Trump was elected President, Britain left the EU, almost every celebrity on Earth died, and Toblerone changed shape, but forget about all of that evil, at least wrestling was great!
What a year it has been for wrestling fans. We’ve been treated to dozens of incredible matches, entertaining characters, and memorable moments, but in this year of amazing events, who in this wonderful industry claimed 2016 as their own? Here are my Top 15 Wrestlers Who Made 2016 Their Own.
If you had asked me my thoughts on Chris Jericho before 2016, I probably would have responded, “Meh, he’s alright.”
I’ve never been much of a fan, but I’ve never really known why. When I was a child, I just didn’t take to Jericho and his weird hair, and that carried on as I got older. Have you ever thought a song sounded okay, but it was by a band you hated so you didn’t allow yourself to enjoy it? That’s how I felt with Jericho. Even when he was doing great things I couldn’t acknowledge to his brilliance. That is until this year. His current run is the lengthiest he’s had in years, and has arguably been the best work of his career. He’s one of, if not the most entertaining parts of WWE at the moment, and his impeccable work this year has made me realise how great he is, was, and always will be.
A wrestler’s finisher/s is/are the best weapon/s in their arsenal. It says something about them, explains how they choose to fight and how they decide to end their matches. Not only that, good finishers can also define the wrestler they belong to – what would Stone Cold be without the Stunner, or Scotty 2 Hotty without The Worm? Given how important they are, nailing a good finisher is one of the most important decisions a wrestler can make; sometimes they get it right, sometimes they get it wrong. In this list, I’ll be looking at the wrestlers in WWE today that really got it right (don’t worry, I’ll be looking at the bad ones later).
June 11th 2006, ECW One Night Stand. Rob Van Dam stood in the ring awaiting his opponent. A figure emerged holding his title up high and his head down to the floor as a torrent of boo’s rained down upon him. A violent feeling invaded the arena, a genuine sense of hatred and brutality from the people to the man displaying the gold spinning belt. That man was John Cena.