Ric Flair Says Charlotte Has Eclipsed His WWE Legacy Ahead of Wrestlemania 35

WWE legend Ric Flair believes that his own legacy has been eclipsed by that of his daughter, Charlotte. With fans constantly debating their “Mount Rushmore” of wrestling icons, one name that continues to be an ever-present part of that conversation is Ric Flair. Best known for his work in promotions such as WWE, WCW and TNA, Flair is billed as a 16-time World Champion, and is tied with John Cena for the record of most world title reigns. Known for his dastardly heel antics, endless charisma and dazzling in-ring ability, Flair is cited as a major influence by the likes of Triple H and his “Woo!” catchphrase continues to live on today, any time a wrestler delivers a mean chop to the chest.

Following in her father’s footsteps over the past six years is Ric’s daughter, Charlotte. After beginning her wrestling education with WWE, Charlotte enjoyed a meteoric rise through the women’s division, picking up belts on NXT, Raw and Smackdown Live! and bulldozing a path for female wrestling with a series of “first-ever” moments in feuds with the likes of Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch. Earning herself a reputation for being one of the best wrestlers in the world, male or female, Charlotte broke another milestone at last night’s Wrestlemania 35, participating in the first ever women’s Wrestlemania main event alongside Lynch and former UFC star, Ronda Rousey.

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Despite her relative youth, Ric Flair has now claimed in a heartfelt social media post that he believes Charlotte’s legacy has beaten his own. Speaking shortly prior to Wrestlemania 35, Ric writes:

Any wrestler with a parent in the business suffers the inevitable tag of being nothing more than that famous wrestler’s son or daughter, but as the offspring of the one-and-only Ric Flair, Charlotte has been forced to deal with this more than most. While this was perhaps to be expected when Charlotte was still a rookie, the record-breaking eight-time World Champion moved out from her father’s shadow long ago, but still frequently suffers the demeaning label of being just “Ric Flair’s daughter.” ESPN recently made this very mistake, incurring Charlotte’s wrath and likely inspiring Ric’s latest emotional tribute.

While very few wrestling fans would dare argue that Charlotte hasn’t done more than enough to be judged by her own merits, it’s still perhaps too early to truly claim that she has eclipsed the legacy of her father, purely because Charlotte may still have more than a decade as an active wrestler, and it’ll take some years before WWE fans see the true measure of her influence. However, given Charlotte’s current list of accomplishments and the ground she has broken for women’s wrestling, there seems little doubt that when she does eventually hang up her boots, Charlotte Flair’s impact on the business will be greater than that of her father.

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2019-04-08 09:04:35

Craig Elvy

WrestleMania: Batista Officially Announces Retirement After Loss To Triple H

Batista has officially retired from WWE in-ring competition following his loss to Triple H at WrestleMania XXXV. Batista made his shocking return to professional wrestling on an episode of Monday Night Raw where he attacked former tag team partner and mentor, Ric Flair. This led to Batista getting the attention of Triple H, who he has wanted to face in one last match for quite some time. The 6-time world champion turned major Hollywood actor finally got to leave on his own terms in a physical farewell match at WrestleMania.

These days moviegoers will recognize Batista as Drax the Destroyer from James Gunn’s popular Guardian’s of the Galaxy series. After leaving WWE for the second time in 2014, Batista ventured off to Hollywood just like John Cena and the Rock have done. However, Batista has always wanted to come back for one last match to leave WWE on his own terms. After teasing a potential bout against Triple H during an Evolution reunion on the 1000th episode of SmackDown last year, Batista returned earlier this year make the match official. Despite his in-ring success, The 6-time world champion and two time Royal Rumble winner has always felt that Triple H held him back from reaching his full potential. Now, Batista has officially retired from in-ring competition following his physical encounter with Triple H.

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The two faced off in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania XXXV which resulted in “The Animal” Batista falling victim to “The Game” Triple H. The contest was very brutal from the start and the two veterans showed why they are two of the best to ever lace a pair of boots. Sadly, Batista didn’t prevail over “The Game” and suffered defeat after Flair appeared at ringside to offer assistance to Triple H and distracted Batista, which led to Triple H hitting one last pedigree for the victory. After the match, Batista posted his official retirement message thanking fans for their support over the past 17 years. Check out Batista’s farewell message below:

With his in-ring career now over, Batista can fully shift his focus to making a name for his self as a big-time movie star in Hollywood. He is currently set to reprise his role as Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, and he will return for the third entry in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, which is expected to begin production in 2021. And, while his No Holds Barred match was well executed and a fitting conclusion to his career, many fans hoped WWE would mention Batista’s film success in detail and how management ignored Batista’s interest in returning while building up to the match. Sadly, WWE danced around Batista’s actual frustration’s with Triple H but still allowed both men to go out to the squared circle and steal the show.

With Batista now retired, that leaves two out of the four Evolution members remaining as active in-ring competitors, Triple H and Randy Orton. Wrestling fans who grew up watching Batista will certainly miss seeing him compete in the ring, but moviegoers who have come to know him as Drax the Destroyer will have more to look forward to from the 6-time world champion and future Hall of Fame competitor. While the match was lacking in its build, WWE still gave Batista a brutal yet memorable in-ring send-off on the grandest stage of them all.

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2019-04-08 06:04:47

Eric Trigg

WrestleMania Winner Take All: Becky Lynch Defeats Ronda Rousey & Charlotte Flair

Becky Lynch defeated Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to capture the Raw and SmackDown women’s championships during the first ever women’s main event at WrestleMania XXXV. Ever since her attack on Flair at SummerSlam last year, Lynch has unexpectedly become the hottest act in WWE. Similar to Seth Rollins, Lynch earned her championship match at the Royal Rumble event, where she won the titular bout for the women.

Lynch has been a major influence on the current landscape of WWE, as fans have grown tired of certain stars getting the same opportunities. Refusing to stay in the shadow of her competitors, Lynch adopted a new attitude and began calling herself “The Man”. This new attitude would eventually lead to the “Irish Lasskicker” securing a guaranteed championship match at WrestleMania. After winning the Royal Rumble match, Lynch opted to challenge for the Raw women’s title, which was held by Rousey. Lynch was originally supposed to square off against Rousey at Survivor Series last year, but couldn’t compete due to injury. Despite that, Lynch’s new gimmick got the best of her and she was suspended for 60 days leaving her old rival Flair to take her spot against Rousey, the same way she had at Survivor Series. Eventually, Lynch was allowed back into the match and it became the main event. However, Flair’s presence in the match remained meaningless, so in order to prove she belonged Flair defeated Asuka for the SmackDown women’s title and the triple threat bout became a winner take all contest.

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After months of hype and anticipation, Lynch defeated Rousey and Flair to capture both women’s titles. However, the win didn’t come without its issues. While Lynch celebrated in victory, replays showed that Rousey’s shoulders weren’t down for the count entirely. Of course, this controversial ending could have been done to not only please the fans but to keep Rousey looking strong, as she is reportedly taking a break.

The match itself didn’t live up to expectations, but a small portion of that can be due to the longevity of WrestleMania, as the events seem to get longer each year. Many fans will agree that Vince McMahon should learn the importance of quality over quantity because the crowd was silent for the most part during the highly anticipated triple threat bout. While Lynch’s crowning moment didn’t end with her submitting Rousey, at least she walked away from the match victorious. And, while the match itself was sloppy and lacking in its execution, the women’s division should be looked at differently following what Lynch, Flair, and Rousey accomplished by competing in the first-ever women’s main event at WrestleMania.

With Lynch now holding both championships for both brands, it will be exciting to see if WWE makes any adjustments to the women’s division. Despite holding both titles, WWE could still have Lynch defend them one at a time, but booking Lynch to work two programs against two different opponents would probably be too difficult to book. As “The Man” tightens her grasp on the women’s divisions, WWE will more than likely merge the women on Raw and SmackDown into one mega division.

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2019-04-08 05:04:26

Eric Trigg

WrestleMania: John Cena Returns as Dr. of Thuganomics

WWE veteran-turned-Hollywood star John Cena returned as the Dr. of Thuganomics at WrestleMania XXXV. Cena’s in-ring career began back in 2002 on an episode of SmackDown against WWE legend Kurt Angle, who is competing in his farewell match. Fans of the 16-time world champion will recall that Cena adopted the Dr. of Thuganomics gimmick early in his career; his one and only run as a heel character. Cena appeared at WrestleMania and revisited the Dr. of Thuganomics gimmick.

The gimmick was popular during the TV-14 era of WWE, but it probably wouldn’t have any long term interest today. Cena would go around spitting rhymes at other WWE superstars and would cut hilarious promos on his opponents. For the gimmick, Cena dressed in jean shorts, a backward hat, sneakers, a jersey, and would sport a chain to the ring. Since then, he has gone on to become a well-respected babyface, but many still do not support the character he currently portrays on WWE television. More recently, Cena has become a big hit in Hollywood and has appeared in several major films such as Bumblebee, the well-received Transformers spinoff, before making a short appearance at WrestleMania.

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Cena came out to the ring tonight to interrupt Elias’ concert, a running gag that currently exists on WWE television. However, Cena didn’t come out as his current on-screen character, but instead took audiences back to 2002 and appeared as the Dr. of Thuganomics. Much to the disapproval of Elias, Cena proceeded to mock and insult Elias with rhymes before delivering an Attitude Adjustment to end the segment. This is more than likely a one-time reprisal, as WWE likes to feature all of their big stars at major events, and Cena’s appearance was a way to get him on the show.

While the return of the Dr. of Thuganomics is always welcome, Cena’s next appearance will more than likely revert him back to his babyface character. When that will occur is unknown, as he is currently focused on his career in Hollywood. However, he has made it clear that he doesn’t plan to fully leave WWE just yet. Many WWE performers have transitioned over to Hollywood, such as Batista and the Rock. With Cena thriving in Hollywood, it is only a matter of time before his in-ring career comes to an end.

An appearance by the Dr. of Thuganomics will always be nostalgic for fans who grew up watching Cena during the earlier portion of his career. Not only did the gimmick help Cena’s career, but it has offered several memorable moments for fans to go back and enjoy. While WWE likes to portray Cena as a leader of good deeds these days, it’s always exciting to see him revert back to his old gimmick.

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2019-04-07 09:04:57

Eric Trigg

WrestleMania: Kofi Kingston Defeats Daniel Bryan for WWE Championship

Kofi Kingston has captured his first WWE championship at WrestleMania XXXV after defeating Daniel Bryan in a highly anticipated match. This moment is eleven years in the making for Kingston, who has had a very successful in-ring career over the last decade. Over the last few months, Kingston has grown in popularity with the WWE universe after an awe-inspiring performance in a gauntlet match. Kingston earned his spot against Bryan after his fellow New Day partners, Big E and Xavier Woods, successfully completed a tag team gauntlet match on an episode of SmackDown.

Similar to Bryan’s rise to main event status in 2014, Kingston’s sudden career shift relies heavily on his support from the fans. Capturing a singles championship hasn’t been an issue for the tenured performer, as he has held the United States and Intercontinental titles on numerous occasions. However, Kingston had never held the WWE or Universal championship, despite being with the WWE for over a decade. Despite many believing Kingston deserved this spot, it is important to remember that his recent booking is due to Mustafa Ali coming down with an injury. Ali was set to challenge for the WWE title at the Elimination Chamber event in the titular match, but Kingston replaced him at the last moment. After failing to capture the title at the event, Kingston fought for another shot at Bryan, but was then replaced by a returning Kevin Owens. However, Kingston continued to fight for another chance, which led to his overdue world title match and victory.

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After a grueling battle between Bryan and Kingston, Kingston put away Bryan to win his first WWE championship. Fans rejoiced as the new champion proceeded to celebrate in the ring with Big E and Woods, as well as his two children. Ironically, Kingston’s victory over Bryan mirrors the way Bryan won the title when he was in Kingston’s position five years ago in a match against Batista and Randy Orton. However, since Kingston wasn’t originally intended to be in this spot, his reign will probably be simple and quick to please fans.

Many memorable moments have been made at WrestleMania, and Kingston’s victory over Bryan will go down as another great moment. Earlier this year, Vince McMahon assured his audience that they would get more of what they want and less of what they don’t want. Kingston’s victory was certainly a case of McMahon living up to his promises. Sadly, Kingston will probably be a transitional champion, as Bryan had done great work while holding the title, and he will probably reclaim it sooner rather than later.

With Kingston prevailing over Bryan in a thrilling back-and-forth contest, fans should expect a championship celebration this week on SmackDown. His victory over Bryan was an exciting moment, and WWE hopefully treats his reign with respect. It’s unlikely that Kingston will hold the WWE championship for long, but the stint that he has with the title can still be memorable.

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2019-04-07 08:04:21

Eric Trigg

WrestleMania: Seth Rollins Defeats Brock Lesnar for Universal Championship

Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal championship to kick off WrestleMania XXXV. Lesnar had held the title since Crown Jewel last year after Roman Reigns had to relinquish it due to illness last October. Rollins earned the opportunity to challenge “The Beast” earlier this year at the Royal Rumble event, where he won the titular match. Rollins’ victory over Lesnar makes him the sixth person to hold the championship since its inception in 2016.

The history between Rollins and Lesnar dates back to WrestleMania XXXI where Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase during Lesnar’s bout. More recently, Rollins had been feuding with Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman for the past several months on his quest to “slay the beast.” Rollins, who calls himself “The Beast Slayer,” felt that Lesnar wasn’t qualified to hold the title since he is never around to defend it. Since returning to WWE in 2012, Lesnar has been on a limited schedule and only appears at major WWE events. Feeling as though fans deserved a fighting champion, Rollins set out to dethrone “The Beast.” While this is Rollins first reign with the Universal championship, many fans will recall that he was a participant in the first match to crown a Universal champion. While Rollins didn’t capture the title that night, he made up for it tonight at WrestleMania.

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In an unexpected turn of events, Rollins defeated Lesnar for the championship in the opening match at Wrestlemania XXXV. Prior to the match, Heyman marched his way down to the squared circle in order to proclaim that he and Lesnar didn’t want to wait all night, so he proceeded to introduce his client. However, Lesnar assaulted Rollins before the match could get underway. After brutalizing Rollins outside the ring, the match finally got started and Rollins made quick work of Lesnar. After delivering three curb stomps to Lesnar, Rollins picked up the victory to claim his first Universal title.

Rollins will look to have a lengthy reign with the championship, and he will more than likely look to give Reigns a shot at the title, since he never lost it. The two are known for their tenure as members of the dominant trio, The Shield. And, with WWE removing rematch clauses for former champions, Lesnar will have to earn his rematch against Rollins. Since Lesnar doesn’t show up very often, chances are Rollins’ first challenger will be his former tag partner, Reigns.

Rollins’ quick victory over Lesnar is shocking, but many fans will be excited to know that the championship will be back on weekly television. With Rollins being a more consistent member of the roster, fans will finally have a fighting champion on Monday Night Raw. The Universal title hasn’t felt important since its inception, but with Rollins now holding it, WWE can finally highlight the title appropriately.

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2019-04-07 07:04:11

Eric Trigg

Exclusive WWE: The Official Cookbook Recipes Have WrestleMania Flavor

Two more exclusive recipes from WWE: The Official Cookbook spotlight WrestleMania XXXV title challengers Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston. In many ways, Lynch and Kingston have traveled similar roads to this year’s WrestleMania, which will see Lynch battle Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair for the Raw Women’s Championship and Kingston challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. Lynch has been a fan favorite since her days in NXT, while Kingston has been one of WWE’s most dependable talents for over a decade, and helped guide popular tag team The New Day to greatness.

In more recent months, both Lynch and Kingston have seen their already considerable popularity surge, leading Lynch to a run with the SmackDown Women’s Championship and Kingston to fight for the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber. However, both have also had their rises stymied by WWE boss Vince McMahon, in the form of his Mr. McMahon TV character. McMahon repeatedly attempted to block Lynch and Kingston from getting the WrestleMania title shots the fans so desperately wanted them to have, in a manner ironically reminiscent of the many hoops Triple H and Stephanie McMahon made Daniel Bryan jump through before WrestleMania XXX.

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Now, with Lynch and Kingston firmly set for main event-level matches at WrestleMania XXXV, fans can’t wait to see if one or both leave MetLife Stadium with championship gold. In the meantime, WWE: The Official Cookbook publisher Insight Editions has provided us with two more exclusive recipes to pass along, with one focused on Lynch and the other on Kingston. Both are drink recipes, designed to quench the thirst of wrestling fans worldwide. Check them out below, entitled “Becky Lynch-burg Whiskey Blarney Stone” and “Coffee Kingston.”

WWE: The Official Cookbook – which retails for $29.99 – contains a collection of recipes inspired by some of the greatest superstars to ever step into the ring for McMahon’s sports entertainment juggernaut, and is written by Allison Robicelli with photography by John Dean. We previously covered two recipes based on D-Generation X members Shawn Michaels and Triple H, but there is much more to be found within the cookbook, including “Ba-quiche-ta,” inspired by Triple H’s WrestleMania opponent Dave Bautista.

Some other choice selections found within WWE: The Official Cookbook include recipes inspired by legendary big man Andre the Giant, soon to be Hall of Fame inductee Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, and current United States Champion Samoa Joe. It truly is a fun collectible for WWE devotees, especially those who know their way around a kitchen.

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Source: Insight Editions

2019-04-06 11:04:25

Michael Kennedy

AJ Styles vs Randy Orton Match Confirmed For WrestleMania

The WWE has confirmed AJ Styles and Randy Orton will have a singles match at WrestleMania XXXV. The two former world champions have been teasing the match for several weeks now, with the most recent tease taking place this week. After the two went back and forth in an explosive promo on Tuesday’s edition of SmackDown, Styles issued a challenge to Orton. Orton didn’t agree to Styles’ offer, but now the match is set.

Teases for the match first began at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view when the two participated in the titular match for Daniel Bryan’s WWE championship. The issues between Orton and Styles stem from Styles claiming that he is the man solely responsible for making SmackDown what it is today. In response, Orton came to the ring during this week’s SmackDown to remind “The Phenomenal One” of his accomplishments in the WWE since arriving on the scene in 2002. Styles would have none of it, as he reminded Orton that most of his accomplishments came from him using others to get ahead in the business and because of his family ties to the industry. Now the two are set to go one on one in a few weeks at WrestleMania XXXV.

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WWE has confirmed that AJ Styles and Randy Orton will face each other at this year’s WrestleMania pay-per-view; their match will take place on April 7 at MetLife Stadium. An official preview was listed on the promotion’s site detailing the bad blood that has been building between the two former world champions. After reminding Styles of his successes, Orton claimed it was time for the former “indy darling” to pay up because Orton believes he made it possible for Styles to step into a WWE ring.

Since his surprise arrival at the 2016 Royal Rumble event, Styles has been thriving on WWE’s main roster and quickly captured the WWE championship in a few short months. Considering the WWE tends to waste talent not originally established in the company, Styles’ success was a welcomed surprise since the feeling was that he would be used to build up the company’s current poster boy, Roman Reigns. Orton’s career began back in 2002, and he quickly became one of WWE’s biggest stars. As of now, he is a 13-time world champion and will likely add another title to his resume before he retires. With the two set to settle their differences in a few weeks, fans will get to see who is the superior athlete.

WrestleMania XXXV already has several major matches taking place, and the addition of a singles competition between two of the WWE’s greatest athletes in Orton and Styles makes the card look even better. Personal differences aside, these two decorated stars will certainly put on an interesting match, as both have very unique wrestling styles. With the match made official, the WWE must now continue to build interest for the match between the two as WrestleMania approaches.

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2019-03-14 01:03:22
Eric Trigg