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Mac’s WrestleMania Diaries: Day 1

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Sunday, April 6, 2014, 10:45 pm CST:

After waiting a long six months, the moment has finally arrived. In the middle of the ring in front of a packed 70,000+ people in the Mercedes-Benz SUPERDOME, perennial underdog Daniel Bryan withstood The Authority and made Dave Batista submit to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

I was there.

A wrestler I have been following for close to a decade, it was an emotional time for me to witness his rise from a legend in the independent scene, starting from the bottom and back from gymnasiums and auditoriums, to working as big as the Budokan Hall in Japan and Arena Mexico and becoming an international sensation. I’ve always believe that he’d be a big star in WWE, but never in my wildest dreams I would have seen him as The Guy.

Within a matter of two years, Daniel Bryan went from a reliable in-ring mechanic to one of the most beloved superstars in WWE history. Sure, it can be said that was due to a simple catchphrase followed by his unique look that goes against the status quo of what a WWE Superstar should look like. But he had something that resonated with so many people in a short span of time, the same “it-factor” I had noticed when he captured the hearts of many in Ring Of Honor and across the Indies. It was a force so powerful that it had WWE Creative scrapping their original plans more than once to finally put together a story written for them for Mania.

And again, I was there.

But this is not where the story begins. No, not when Bryan finally has his shining moment 10 years after Benoit and Guerrero hugged it out in Madison Square Garden. Not when the legend of The Undertaker called a career (maybe?) when his Streak ended at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Not where I lost my voice at the sight of seeing three childhood heroes in the form of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, & Hulk Hogan in the same ring. It really begins in an Atlanta airport, mystified with my eventual journey…

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The Ultimate Goodbye: Mac Remembers Warrior

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If there was ever a time to face an emotional roller coaster for the past 72 hours, then this is it as a professional wrestling fan. Today was supposed to be the day where I highlight one of the greatest, if not, greatest weekend of my life in New Orleans. It was supposed to be a tale of adventure, happiness, drunken escapades, and conversations with wrestlers from all generations as I prepared for WWE’s biggest event at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. I was going to talk about how the dawning of a new era arose that Sunday, with the changing of the old guard imminent with the youth shining throughout. But as of right now, I am met with tragedy and bittersweet feelings of my week.

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Rest In Peace Warrior Man

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Its rare to see tons of outpouring via social media rallying together in remembrance of anyone. There have been occurrences before but there are some that take on or I should say add on to the persons already enormous constitution.

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Where Were You When You Found Out “The Streak” Was Over?

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Written by Mr Busby:

On April 6th, 2014 I was in my living room streaming the 30th Anniversary of Vince McMahon’s greatest creation on his newest greatest creation the WWE Network.  I was more emotional then usual this year vastly because I, along with the entire WWE Universe, were holding their breath to see if the WWE were really going to pull the trigger on giving Daniel Bryan his moment.  

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Heres a Closer Look at Ultimate Warrior’s WWE Hall Of Fame Ring

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WWE has revealed a sneak peek at the 2014 Hall of Fame rings. All Hall of Famers have their names engraved on the inside except for The Ultimate Warrior. His ring is engraved with his symbol, the Ultimate Warrior name and his trademark phrase, “Always Believe.”

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WrestleMania 30 Predictions

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Written by Hustle Westbrook:

As of this very moment, we’re approximately three-and-a-half days away from WrestleMania 30, and with the time ticking away, it’s the perfect opportunity to get some predictions in.

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Bret Hart vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper WrestleMania VIII

I can only find a highlight of this match… My apologies.

This match was fan-fucking-tastic, in terms of two faces at the time. In January of 1992, Bret Hart would lose his Intercontinental Championship to The Mountie. Piper at the Royal Rumble won the title setting up Intercontinental Championship match at WrestleMania VIII.

There was a series of promos that Piper did that are very underrated. Watch 1, Watch 2, Watch 3

The Interview with Bret Hart & Roddy Piper on Wrestling Challenge was intense but what sealed the deal for me was the pre-match promo.

Piper gives that classic, promo he does, giving false, facts about Bret’s childhood. Bret gave the usual bland promo saying he “Only cares about one thing, I want to win back the Intercontinental Belt, you got it, I’m gonna take it”

At the time the company had a “no blood” policy. Nonetheless, Ric Flair was caught blading directly on camera and was fined several thousand dollars.

Although Bret Hart also bladed, he was discreet enough that it was considered an accident and no fine was levied claiming Piper kicked him him the face.

On the WWE: 30 Years Of WrestleMania Podcast, Hart told host Renee Young;

“Well, the truth is, when we finished the match, we almost got into it in the back. Because Roddy had kicked me in the face and busted me open, and there was a little tension from that when I came back. I remember that Chief Jay Strongbow had to kinda get between us, and we had to cool our heels for an hour before we could at least thank each other for the match.”

Roddy Piper vs Mr. T WrestleMania 2

WrestleMania week has been our favorite time of year on this site. We pick some slept on matches or our favorites. This whole week leading up to WrestleMania we will be highlighting what really struck us.

The second feud heading into Wrestlemania 2 was between Mr. T and Roddy Piper. Piper established himself as the top heel in the WWF in 1984, and a year later joined Paul Orndorff and Cowboy Bob Orton to feud with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

Hogan and T defeated Piper and Orndorff in the main event of the first-ever WrestleMania. The Piper-Mr. T feud restarted in 1986 after their real-life hatred for each other became known, prompting the WWF to turn their animosity for one another into a feud.

Piper and others disliked Mr. T because he was an actor and unskilled wrestling ability. In response, Mr. T became a special WWF boxer and began competing in boxing matches.

On the March 1 Saturday Night’s Main Event, Mr. T defeated Orton in a boxing match. After the match, Piper distracted Mr. T, allowing Orton to attack from behind and start a 2-on-1 assault. Mr. T then demanded revenge, leading to his boxing match against Piper.

The first main event of WrestleMania 2 was a boxing match between Mr. T and Roddy Piper. T was seconded by real life boxer Joe Frazier while Piper was seconded by real life boxing trainer Lou Duva. Piper was disqualified for bodyslamming T at 1:15 in the fourth round.

WrestleMania 2 marked the last major pay-per-view appearance for “Rowdy” Roddy Piper during his initial heel run. Shortly before the event, he taped four weeks worth of “Piper’s Pit” segments that would air on the WWF’s syndicated programs in April, and then took a four-month hiatus from the ring.

When Piper returned to the WWF in August, he became a face and began a violent feud with Adonis, who had in the meantime started his own “Piper’s Pit”-type talk show called “The Flower Shop.”

John Cena Vs. The Undertaker – The Last Dream Match

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Written by Ryan Anderson:

John Cena vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 31? It is a match that that would be two years from now, but one that all wrestling fans could buy into.

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Road To WrestleMania Part Two: Cerebral Evolution

In front of raucous, hardcore crowd in Brooklyn, New York, Triple H sat down for an interview with Michael Cole on this past week’s Monday Night Raw. The current on-screen Chief Operation Officer of the WWE, Hunter has embraced his baby-boomer generational values citing that the citizens of today are too lazy, unmotivated, and cry whenever things don’t go their way.

It’s a testament that rings familiarly through the minds of fellow 60s and 70s babies; often telling their children that they have so easy now when they scratched and clawed to get where they are at. It’s the same mentality I see in the rap world, with Lord Jamar claiming that the genre was built for “Alpha Males”, but now the ‘Beta Males’ are taking over and “whitening” it. It’s a conversation for another time in a completely different setting, but it speaks volumes on how Triple H is becoming more reactionary with age.

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