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WWE Backlash: The Five Best Matches in the Event’s History

In preparation for this Sunday’s event, Liam Hoofe takes a look back at the best matches in the history of WWE Backlash

The return of WWE Backlash last year was met with an enthusiastic response from the WWE Universe, and with good reason. The PPV, which traditionally followed on from WrestleMania, has given us some great shows since its birth in 1999. The PPV itself would often be a better wrestling event than WrestleMania in fact, with it effectively being a re-run of the card with all of the pomp and spectacle removed.

Needless to say, the show has given us many great matches and moments over the years as well. So to get you warmed up for this Sunday’s upcoming event, here is a look back at some of the best matches from the PPV’s history, and no, Shawn Michaels and God Vs The McMahons didn’t make the list.
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6 of the best and worst moments of WWE Raw 07.04.16 – USA vs. The World! Vaudevillains jobbed out! Enzo & Cass team with Cena and more

Luke Owen looks at the best and worst moments of this week’s WWE Raw

This week’s show is going to draw a terrible rating due to the national holiday, and as such WWE put out the sort of lame-duck show one would usually see around Christmas and New Years time.

It was main evented by a cluster-tag match, a feud was seemingly ended (quickly) and there was a champion vs. champion match that means absolutely nothing in 2016. So let’s look at the best and worst from the show with our Boo! Yay! rating system.

Boo! Enzo & Cass involved with the Social Outcasts

It was slightly worrying last week when Enzo & Cass – one of the hottest acts on the roster – were involved in a terrible in-ring segment with The J.O.B. Squad 2016, The Social Outcasts. It was worrying because it was an awful use of the characters,
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WWE WrestleMania 32 Preview – Roman Reigns vs. Triple H, Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell, Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar and more

It’s the biggest WrestleMania of all-time with one of the most depleted rosters in recent memory. Injuries to top talent has left WWE in a quandary, but they’ve pushed forward with their plans questionable booking and all – it’s WrestleMania 32…

Well, it’s that special time of year. A time when wrestling fans – both current and lapsed – come together and celebrate this bizarre past time we call Professional Wrestling Sports Entertainment. Some might say that the Nxt Takeover: Dallas card is more impressive (and they’re right), but there’s something special about WrestleMania that you just can’t deny. I saw a small photo of the stage being built yesterday and my excitement grew – just a small photo! The card is problematic, and the injuries to top talent like John Cena, Seth Rollins, Neville and Cesaro along with the retirements of Daniel Bryan and Sting mean that the roster is very,
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania 2000

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card:

The Godfather & D’Lo Brown vs. Big Bossman & Bull Buchanan

WWF Hardcore Title Match: Tazz vs. Viscera vs. Pete Gas vs. Rodney vs. Joey Abs vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Taka Michinoku vs. Funaki vs. Mosh vs. Thrasher vs. Bradshaw vs. Faarooq vs. Crash Holly (Hardcore Battle Royal)

Steve Blackman & Al Snow vs. T&A w/Trish Stratus

WWF Tag Title Match: Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz (Triangle Ladder Match)

Terri Runnels w/The Fabulous Moolah vs. The Kat w/Mae Young (Cat Fight)

Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko vs. Too Cool & Chyna

Ic Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit

WWF European Title Match: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit

X-Pac & Road Dogg w/Tori vs Rikishi
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15 Most Shocking WrestleMania Moments Of All Time

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For over three decades, WrestleMania has provided WWE with countless memorable moments but for the most part, they were expected. Hulk Hogan defeating Andre The Giant, Stone Cold defeating Shawn Michaels to win his first WWE title, Daniel Bryan getting his happy ending at WrestleMania 30. They were still incredible, but at the beginning of the night, it was easy to predict that they would happen.

The truly shocking WrestleMania moments are actually few and far between. On the grandest stage of them all, the creative team plays it safe for the most part.

While we wait for the next shocking moment at WrestleMania, let’s take a look at the 15 most shocking moments from the first 31..

15. Triple H Retains The WWF Title At Wrestlemania 2000 WWE.com

Since the inception of Wrestlemania, the show has always ended on a happy note. Throughout the first 15 WrestleManias, the WWF
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Rebooking WWE WrestleMania 2000: 8 Ways To Make It Better

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WWE were on a serious roll in 2000. The inconsistent Vince Russo was out of the picture, WCW were getting weaker as the weeks and months went by, The Rock, Triple H and others were coming into their own as main event stars and the midcard was as exciting as it had ever been.

Everything was clicking and it seemed as though the product offered the best of both worlds: you still had the outlandish, Ott characters and storylines from the Attitude Era, but mixed in with that was some damn fine wrestling courtesy of the likes of The Radicalz, Chris Jericho, The Hardy Boys, Edge & Christian, Kurt Angle and so on.

Looking back, it’s really no surprise that the company were doing such good business, with critically well-received shows doing huge ratings and PPVs doing very healthy buyrates. You’d think that, given the momentum the company had at the time,
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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Hell In A Cell

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Hell in a Cell is WWE’s ultimate feud-ender, and one of its most punishing match types. It’s also been the site of some truly iconic moments, including Kane’s debut, Mankind’s legendary plummet, and the ‘End of an Era’ match at WrestleMania 28. Unfortunately, nothing in life is perfect – not even the Hell in a Cell stipulation.

There have been 30 Hell in a Cell matches throughout WWE history (if you include a multi-man post-Raw dark match in 2011), and a fair few have been utterly terrible.

The stipulation’s worst moments don’t just revolve around shoddy in-ring action; the Cell match has also featured its fair share of terrible booking decisions and ill-advised finishes.

10. Mick Foley Didn’t Retire After Losing His Retirement Match At No Way Out 2000 WWE.com

Everybody knows that wrestling retirements seem to last as long as the average Hardcore Title reign.
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WWE: Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks on Raw – What They Did Wrong

Luke Owen looks at the Raw debuts of Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks on this week’s Raw…

Fans of Nxt and wrestling in general have been waiting a long time for this day. The day awesome women wrestlers like Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks get the call to join the main roster and show the world that women’s wrestling is about more than just tits and ass.

Since the invention of the Attitude Era (and slightly before), women’s wrestling had been portrayed as a joke; a bathroom break when you can go and top up your refreshments and not care about what’s in front of you. Even those who recall the ‘glory days’ of women’s wrestling in 2000 gloss over the fact the only women’s match on WrestleMania 2000 was a cat fight between Terri and The Kat with Val Venis as referee.
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10 Reasons WWF No Mercy Is Still The Best Wrestling Game Ever

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Last month, WWE announced the fall release of WWE 2K16, the latest installment in its annual parade of ultra-intricate, hyper-detailed video games. While last year’s 2K15 was touted as the pinnacle of wrestling games — boasting an Nxt-to-the-main-roster career mode and recreations of well-regarded real-life storylines — this year’s offering already looks ready to eclipse it: with the announcement of the game came the revelation that the roster will boast 120 playable characters, up from 67 in 2K15.

Is more always more, though? Fans salivate when new features are announced each summer, but once the games hit, reactions are often mixed. IGN panned 2K15, comparing it unfavorably to the previous year’s installment, while Game Informer was more generous, but still only offered a 7/10 rating. It seems like each game released only deepens the void separating the current output from the most critically-acclaimed wrestling game of all time.

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10 Best WWE Hardcore Champions

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With WrestleMania in the books and Extreme Rules lurking on the horizon, it’s appropriate to look back at a time when weapon-based matches were a far more common sight in the WWE.

Between 1998 and 2002, the Hardcore Championship was one of the most entertaining sideshows of the Attitude Era. If a five-star classic can be compared to a fine steak, matches contested over this particular title were usually the junk food of the wrestling world. As analytical and snooty as fans can be, nobody can deny the simple pleasure of watching two men go to town on one another with anything they can lay their hands on.

Admittedly, the Hardcore Championship’s history is littered with terrible moments: Al Snow and Boss Man’s dog kennel match, the botched finish of the WrestleMania 2000 battle royal, and countless garbage matches clogging up television time and PPV undercards. However,
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12 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About The Royal Rumble

The Royal Rumble is one of the most popular events in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. The annual January Pay-Per-View event features the most unique match of the year when 30 men compete in a Royal Rumble match. There are other matches on the show every year, but it’s that Rumble match that is always the main attraction for the fans.

We love watching the Rumble match because even though it’s a predictable match at times in terms of knowing who might win it, WWE always finds a way to make it fun. We look forward to friends battling it out for the sake of winning the mach. We want to see guys getting tossed over the top rope or tease it just because it’s the most unique match on the WWE calendar every year.

It’s time to look back at the Rumble moments that WWE wants us to forget.
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WWE Possibly Running The Rock Vs Triple H At WrestleMania 31

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WWE have taped a backstage segment that features The Rock and Triple H. Airing on this Friday’s Smackdown 15th Anniversary show, the angle could lead toward a WrestleMania 31 match.

WWE isn’t going to tease something in that direction if it’s not the planned direction” is what Dave Meltzer said of the exchange, in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The match was first teased at the start of the show. Stephanie McMahon opened proceedings and talked about how Rock came up with the “smackdown” name. She then added that her husband had went on to defeat The Rock.

Later in the show, a backstage vignette developed things further. Rock, Hunter and Stephanie featured in the segment, which ended up being very notable. First of all, Triple H mentioned he had defeated Rock in the first ever Smackdown main event. Rock then shot back that he had
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8 WWE Stars Who Should Consider Retiring In 2015

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The term “retire” in wrestling usually leads people to wonder if the wrestler really is retiring. There have been so many instances of guys saying they were retiring only to return soon after. Mick Foley was a great example of that in WWE because he retired in 2000 in a PPV main event only to return at the next PPV main event, which happened to be WrestleMania 2000. Guys like Terry Funk and Ric Flair retired so many times in their lives that it became a running joke.

When looking at the current WWE roster, there are a number of wrestlers that are in their 40s that are at a point in their careers where they seriously have to consider the idea of calling it quits. That’s a hard thing for a lot of wrestlers to do because being a pro wrestler is all they’ve known for their adult life,
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10 Celebrities That Had The Most Influence In WWE History

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Dating all the way back to the very first WrestleMania, celebrities have been a major part in the celebration of professional wrestling’s Super Bowl. From Liberace, to Mohammed Ali, many top Tinsel-Town names have played an integral part in giving the fans of wrestling a memorable extravaganza. Later, and throughout the years, Hollywood celebrities would become a staple of the wrestling business, whether it was as serving as a guest host on Raw, helping in putting a regional territory on the national map, or, and in many cases, tying up the boots themselves in order to deliver their message inside the squared circle!

This top ten list is going to cover the celebrities that have had the greatest impact on the business, months and even Years after making their appearance.

10. Pete Rose

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For three straight years from Wrestlemania Xiv through WrestleMania 2000, Pete Rose was
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SuperCard Becomes Most Popular WWE Mobile Game

2K Games purchased the license to produce games for WWE last year after the prior license holder, Thq, filed for bankruptcy in December of 2012 and subsequently went out of business. Thq had a long-standing deal with WWE, dating back to their first game for the company, WrestleMania 2000, in October of 1999.

Since 2K Games’ purchase of the WWE license, they have released WWE 2K14 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. Now, the company is gearing up for the release of WWE 2K15 on October 28th of this year. While anticipation for the wrestling simulator continues to build, 2K quietly released a mobile game just one week ago.

WWE SuperCard allows players to build a deck consisting of various WWE superstars and train them to improve their stats. Players can then use their decks to compete in exhibition matches and King of the Ring tournaments, earning more cards along the way. 2K
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10 Worst Injuries Suffered In WWE Ladder Matches

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Many wrestling fans will point to WrestleMania X as the birth of the ladder match in professional wrestling, and many wrestling fans would be absolutely wrong with that assertion. Not only was the famous WrestleMania X ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon not the first ladder match in wrestling history, it wasn’t even the first ladder match in WWF/WWE history. That honor went to Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, who competed in a ladder match in 1992 that was filmed for release exclusively on home video. As Hart tells the story, he came to Vince McMahon with the idea of doing a ladder match, as he had competed in them in Stampede Wrestling early on his career. Vince was not familiar with this type of match, so Bret and Shawn went out to show Vince what kind of match a ladder match could be.

There
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33 Wrestlers That Have Appeared In The Most Video Games

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For more than 30 years, the sport of human chess in the squared circle has long been a favorite for video game programmers. There’s been pro-wrestling games on almost every video game system released from 1983′s arcade game “Tag Team Wrestling” (aka The Big Pro Wrestling!”) by Technos Japan to Absolute Entertainment’s “Title Match Pro Wrestling” on the Atari 2600 to the succinctly titled Nes “Pro Wrestling” (A Winner is You!) to exceptionally popular series such as “Fire Pro Wrestling” to modern multi-platform installments in franchises such as “WWE 2K14″.

Counting examples of “real life” wrestlers can be a challenging and subjective process. Should 1985′s Mat Mania “The Golden Hullk” and Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X’s “Ax Duggan” count towards Hulk Hogan? Are you counting both computer releases and video game consoles? With Create-a-Wrestler and Character packs, what’s the proper count? How do you handle
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WWE: 10 Best Drinking Games To Play When Watching Wrestling

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With the arrival of the WWE Network comes a vast library of wrestling programming. With so much content to choose from now is the perfect time to play some wrestling drinking games.

Drinking rules have become extremely popular when watching films or television programs and sporting events, especially amongst students, so it seems only natural to take a look at some fun special rules that can be applied when watching professional wrestling.

There are some generic rules that can be used for any period of wrestling or company such as drinking when a finisher is hit or when a referee misses some chicanery but this article will focus on more specific rules that can be applied for extra drinking fun. The list is in no particular order and more suggestions are encouraged in the comments section, some may even get featured in a future follow-up article.
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WWE Backstage Report: Daniel Bryan Will Lose To Triple H At Wrestlemania 30

Daniel Bryan will face Triple H at Wrestlemania 30, with most in WWE believing that Bryan will Not go over.

The report comes from PWinsider, a WWE source stating that they expect the match not to change. This despite what looked like WWE setting up a Kane vs Bryan feud this week on Raw.

While the Bryan vs Hunter match looks safe from change, the rest of the Wrestlemania 30 card remains up in the air. The same PWinsider report notes that several major Wrestlemania 30 creative meetings took place this last week. Several discussions involved change, with various scenarios getting suggested. Still, the source doesn’t expect much to actually get changed.

The reaction to a Bryan loss at Wrestlemania is going to be huge. Triple H and WWE may see this as a good move, believing (rightly) the heel heat on Hunter would be historic. However, the reaction could boil over.
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WWE: 15 Memorable Staples Center Moments

In a year where the WWE’s other spiritual home, Madison Square Garden has learned that it will be soon be moving locations, I’ve been thinking a lot about the arenas that have housed the biggest moments in wrestling history. Since Madison Square Garden is getting its own WWE DVD, I decided to take a closer look at the WWE’s official home for the biggest party of the summer, the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Opened in 1999, the Staples Center has always been a hotbed of WWE activity, despite also being the home of the La Lakers, La Clippers and the La Kings.

15. Raw: April 3rd 2000 - The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship

The first big WWE event in the Staples Center was an episode of Raw broadcast the night after Wrestlemania 2000, which according to Jr sold out in 11 minutes. This Raw would host the fallout from the night before,
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