STORY: WWE BREAKING POINT PREDICTIONS
September 12, 2009
adds to it's PAY-PER-VIEW line-up tomorrow with the first Breaking Point. The show is loosely defined
by a theme of submission matches, although, contrary to
initial assumptions, several matches have
circumvented and/or ignored the format.
This is PastTheTop.com's first PPV, so I thought it would be
fun to lodge some opinions and predictions ahead of the show.
I'd like to say they're all jokes, but if you read the
September 10 update, you know that that's just WWE in 2009.
I actually really like the concept of a submission
themed PPV, but it's a decision that seems contrary to the
current line-up of talent in WWE. A few years ago, when the
likes of KURT ANGLE, CHRIS BENOIT, and EDDIE GUERRERO were
getting their dues, you could imagine it going quite well.
Current main event talent, however, lacks that level of
The period the aforementioned wrestlers reigned over was one
that straddled the line between ATTITUDE era sports
entertainment, and more "legitimate" fighting
styles, seemingly a response to the growing popularity of
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.
That delicate balance of pageantry and in-ring ability meant
booking a special PPV around submissions could've been done
very easily if built with a sports-lite perspective. More
dramatic storylines would be welcome where fitting, but it
seems, in practise, that approach has only undermined some of
the big matches heading for submission territory.
The issue of talent management is inescapable when looking at
the suitability of wrestlers in this format. In another time,
there might have been specialists who could've stepped up to
appear more prominently in the format. In reference to our
'97/'99 data cruch, a KEN SHAMROCK comes to mind, among
others. Instead, many unrefined wrestlers are being forced to
carry large matches on a card only promising seven fights.
Personally, I prefer packing a lot of action into NINE or TEN
matches, but that's me.
Finally, before we get to the matches, I just have to mention
how disappointing it is that the INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE was
taken out of the event. Obviously REY MYSTERIO's suspension
complicated matters, but dropping the show even after JOHN
MORRISON/DOLPH ZIGGLER was mentioned during broadcast is
I would make the argument that the "IC" belt should
have more prestige and pride of place on a PPV, but of course,
the brand split and it's demand for counterpart titles across
shows has made that issue fundamentally complicated. Needless
to say, it's a very disappointing gesture to the superior show
(SMACKDOWN) and it's up-and-coming wrestlers. Fingers crossed
it finds it's way into the PPV broadcast as a surprise change
on the night. Yeah, they used to actually do that...
Khali vs Kane (Singapore Cane Match)
this a Singapore cane match does nothing to elevate the
quality of the pairing. I'd be grateful this wasn't booked as
a submission match if A) Khali wasn't one of the few wrestlers
with an established submission manoeuvre, and if B) the match
wasn't fit for a PPV in the first place.
Khali's value as a curiosity expired the minute he made his
second appearance. In the ring, he's about as convincing as a
French soldier, and only a fraction more steady on his feet.
In his prime, Kane might've done something with this match,
but he's been a pale shadow of his former-self since losing
I am given pause to wonder what the future holds for either of
these two men, particularly Kane, who has had little
opportunity to interact with his returning kayfabe
half-brother, Undertaker. It's not that I'm especially
interested on seeing THAT feud again, especially not in Kane's
current state, but if there's any plan for the future, then
you might think the Big Bald Machine could have better odds of
winning. As it is, he seems like a good heel patsy for a
pointless win for a pointless wrestler.
PREDICTION: Great Khali
Kingston vs The Miz (US Title Match)
Going back to the
September 10 update, I feel like The Miz is a guy who could be
better used building his stock exclusive to TV. As fair as it
is to have these two guys paired up, there's just something
not right about it. The US belt feels completely worthless at
this point, particularly after being shunned during previous
shows. Kofi shows a lot of promise, but needs a better vehicle
to show it off with. It just seems wrong that the IC belt got
bumped, while this pairing get a spot.
Hard to see The Miz picking the belt up at this point, which
is a positive worth pointing out. After what felt like a
continuous period of shuffling for the titles, it feels as if
WWE are trying to book some lasting champs. I've got to
believe REY MYSTERIO and maybe JEFF HARDY were a part of that,
had their personal lives not gotten in the way. Great to see
some strength in the titles.
Hopefully The Miz departs quietly in a loss, even if he picks
up some heel heat with a DQ finish, or some such. He needs to
make room for another challenger to help build this belt back
up in the same way the TAG TITLES have been.
PREDICTION: Kofi Kingston
Mark Henry/MVP vs Chris Jericho/Big
Show (Tag Title Match)
Okay, first of all -- can we stop referring to them
as the UNIFIED TAG TEAM TITLES? The mere suggestion that the
tag belts might be divided into two again sends a shiver up my
spine every time they're announced (or carried) like
Even if I'd endorsed the method in the months leading up to
it, I was a bit cynical about JERICHO/SHOW as a combination. I
have to eat some big time crow, however. With the exception of
Big Show's horrifying new tights, these guys have been the
saviours the tag belts needed. Which, quite obviously, is in
stark contrast to MARK HENRY and MVP. That's okay, though,
because that's almost certainly not their role.
As fun as it is to think about a new age NOD, Henry and MVP
need to simply lend their names to the list of contenders that
are vying for the tag titles. Step in, step out, and let's
keep the challengers coming. Mixing up the types of teams
going for the titles -- between the established synergy of
CRYME TYME, to the spontaneous pairing of solo stars, HENRY
& MVP -- is a strategy to get these stale, stale belts
feeling fresh again. A few more months of that and we'll be
able to start looking at options.
Henry & MVP have no business winning, but by simply being
in the match, they've upped their stock in my book.
Uninteresting on their own, but part of a great bigger picture
here. Should be a sluggish, but effective match. Possibly the
runner-up on the night, to the Undertaker return.
Maybe Jericho/Show pick up some heel heat with a dodgy finish,
but resist the follow-up and we'll be sweet!
PREDICTION: Chris Jericho & Big Show
Christian vs William Regal (ECW Title
Hey! Let these guys actually fight each other and I
don't see why we aren't in for a pretty decent match! It's a
shame this isn't one of the submission bouts, because I think
these two might actually have the chops to pull it off.
They're also the kind of pairing that could've carried their
part of that 'sports-lite' booking style I mentioned in the
I feel like ECW has really been heating up recently, and my
sick love of VLADIMIR KOZLOV is rubbing off on EZEKIEL
JACKSON, both of whom will presumably be scowling and menacing
at ringside during this match. It makes me wish ECW could be
in the picture of the TAG TEAM TITLES, because they'd be a
great duo to go up against the champs, before their inevitable
Hopefully the goons don't have any serious impact on the
There's a nagging blend of nostalgia and logic that constantly
longs for an ECW champ capable of HARDCORE style
"garbage" wrestling, but I couldn't call Regal a bad
champ. It's just a bad title in a bad situation in a bad
creative time for WWE.
Part of me thinks the logical course of action would be for
Regal to finally pick up the win, but instinct calls for a
clean sweep for "Captain Charisma." Regal's a
valiant contender, but snuffing him out now will at least
avoid prolonging the agony. I'd like to see KOZLOV get back in
that spot sometime, as well. Maybe after he takes care of
Jackson during their inevitable feud.
D-Generation X vs Legacy (Falls Count
Anywhere Submission Match)
I fully expect to take heat when I say -- I'm
completely bored with this combination. The match itself might
have the potential to surprise me, but the DX reunion has been
a hollow exercise in wasting time and being juvenile. This
isn't the mid-nineties and this isn't a WWE willing to push
the kinds of buttons DX once did, assuming of course those
buttons even exist in the current cultural zeitgeist.
Ironically, they probably have themselves the perfect audience
who'll get-off on the odd profanity and exposed arse. I'm not
so sure I'd care about it anymore!
Any way, to the match itself. Dibiase and Rhodes really
should've gotten some personality and ring skills before they
stepped into regular PPV spots, but now that they're here, I'm
not about to say they haven't got business. Their previous
match with DX was well received by most, but bored me to
tears. This time around I'll appreciate the conceptual
build-up on RAW (if not the execution), and hope to see some
more passion behind their chance to squeeze and twist each
other into submission ANYWHERE in the arena. Traditionally, to
my recollection you aren't supposed to be able to be DQed or
Counted Out in a Submission Match, so you'd think there'll be
some arena touring. I wouldn't object.
I can't shake the thought that this match is counter-intuitive
to recent developments in TRIPLE H's life. I mean, after
supposedly winning his brutal blood feud with ORTON, how is it
shrimp-eyes has the WWE TITLE, and Hunter's stuck tangling
with the goons? (To the point of needing Hickenbottom to quit
Alright, alright... I don't like the match, but at the end of
the day, this one at least has the grounding to make it work.
Here's hoping DIBIASE's eventual face-turn garners some
results, namely a personality. You'd think that fact [coming
in time for DIBIASE's debut in WWE films', THE MARINE 2]
would necessitate some big scalps, but I wonder if a loss at
the hands of the old guys might not be what shakes LEGACY up
enough to crack their foundations. I could be wrong!
Prediction: Triple H & Shawn Michaels
Randy Orton vs John Cena (WWE Title
"I Quit" Match)
Official DX glow sticks will do you no good when
these two get into the ring and suck everything -- even light
-- into their resulting black hole.
On a seven match card with an "I Quit" stipulation
this match is set to go forty-five minutes too long, with all
life around it being extinguished. It's bound to make the main
event look all the better, but my gawd! This audience has
familys, damn it! This ain't right!!! Somebody! ANYBODY! STOP
Though it requires the opponent to quite literally voice
their submission, this is the Submission Match for dummies.
Not dummies in the audience, but rather, the talentless chumps
exchanging laboured punches and irish whips on the outside.
This will be as much of a test of endurance for the viewing
public as the two wrestlers, but in the end, you'd think ORTON
will have the greater of the two NO SELLING powers.
I know what you're thinking!
After so many shonky finishes and low down and dirty heel
tactics, Orton is due the loss! That would be conventional
wisdom, but with the HELL IN A CELL PPV around the corner, I'd
expect Orton to keep the strap to play off his experience.
That, and there's a hint of mid-00's about Randy Orton that
makes me think he might earn some legitimate heat for his long
and regular title reigns. It certainly seems to fit the RAW
Orton, maybe looks like cheating, but maybe doesn't quite
cross the line in his victory. Or, Cena wins, and LEGACY get
their victory, because I don't see both matches going against
PREDICTION: Randy Orton
CM Punk vs Undertaker (World
Heavyweight Title Submission Match)
Easily the most anticipated match on the card, but
not necessarily for the right reasons! Obviously the return of
The Undertaker has everyone in a stir, but it's that same
arrival that's made this a messy, messy situation.
The Submission Match doesn't offer a huge amount of options
for a good finish, especially not when you're talking about a
match involving UNDERTAKER. Not only is he competent enough a
wrestler (with a couple of established holds) to be expected
to fare well in a submission atmosphere -- but he's also the irrepressible
man from the darkside whose powers cannot be doubted.
I would've liked to have seen it on HARDY longer, but the belt
obviously needs to stay on CM PUNK. Pretty tricky when you
can't have Undertaker LOSE the match.
Something tricky has to happen to end this match and chances
are it's going to be dirty and probably unsatisfying. MATT
HARDY is already a part of this equation, which makes him the
logical X-factor to interfere with the finish. As I mentioned
earlier, I don't think you're supposed to be able to be
disqualified in a Submission Match, but it wouldn't be the
first time they'd made an exception to established rules.
Especially not if the end can get out of control enough to
warrant an abrupt end.
HELL IN A CELL makes you wonder about the UNDERTAKER's future
and whether or he might acquire a new opponent through the
end. That would be the most logical way to introduce a new
party, although, without some sort of history, that's going to
be a hollow end.
KANE never met Undertaker in HIAC and is grounded enough to
drag him out of a title match kicking, screaming, and rolling
his eyes back, but... I just don't think that's in the cards.
If anything, Punk/Taker might get a HIAC rematch, ala; BROCK
LESNAR, all in the name of putting Punk over.
A draw -- also ala; BROCK LESNAR -- doesn't do a lot for the
Undertaker. It implies a double tap-out, and let's face it,
Punk ain't no Brock Lesnar! Then again, if, like the Lesnar
draw, it simply meant running down the clock with an
out-of-control fight that goes everywhere (and nowhere), then
maybe it's a possibility. I don't know! Short of driving a
zamboni over the Undertaker, I don't know what Punk does to
pick up a legit win!
He WILL, never the less, emerge with his belt.
PREDICTION: CM Punk
So! There you have it! Predictions!
Hopefully I'll get to see the show and maybe do a bit of a
recap for you. If nothing else, we can all come back and laugh
at how wrong I was (or how Jeff Hardy travelled through time
to give me the answers from tha future).
ARREST: JEFF HARDY DRUG BUST
September 12, 2009
Given the subject of
his feud with CM PUNK, it's a sad irony that Jeff Hardy has reportedly been arrested
for possession after a drug
bust on his property.
The Charismatic Enigma was said to have had exorbitant amounts
of prescription medications in his home and was taken into
custody to be bailed out. Hardy himself, however, allegedly
disputed this through his Twitter account (@JEFFHARDYBRAND),
where posts referred to misinformation in the press, and
specific denial of MATT HARDY having to bail him out of
Some might speculate the recently departed WWE talent might
have been batting for his still-employed brother, who could
face well publicized reprimands for his involvement. Matt,
despite recently having disturbing abdominal injuries, has
been back in action on SMACKDOWN! in follow-up action to
Hardy has yet to make a statement, but intends to.
It is unknown whether or not this news might effect a supposed
deal to film a reality TV series, or if it will interfere with
his expected return to WWE in the future. Hardy has had a
mixed history with drugs that saw him leave WWE in the past,
and even drift to rival promotion, TNA Wrestling.
Our take? A simple case of mistaken identity.
Yes, Jeff Hardy had a problem, but he got over it, and
it made it to the top of Mt. Profession by winning the World
Heavyweight Title. Is he innocent? No. In fact, the man
arrested was indeed guilty of possessing drugs -- BECAUSE THAT
WAS THE JEFF HARDY FROM THE PAST VISITING FOR BBQ GOAT AND
NOW AND THEN: WWE TALENT MANAGEMENT
September 10, 2009
easy to be cynical about WWE in 2009.
Ten years ago the company was at the height of it's modern
powers, having successfully reclaimed Monday Nights and taken
the world by storm with a couple of years of WWF ATTITUDE.
Since the fall of rival promotion, WCW, the company has
undergone a series of changes, some for the better, some not
so. Currently their efforts are focused on repackaging the
brand as a family friendly extravaganza contrary to the
in-your-face risque blend of sex and violence that secured
A PG-rating cannot take sole responsibility for what has been
a noticeable decline in quality in the last few years.
Observations might suggest there is an issue with talent
management that has undermined every PPV event on the WWE 2009
calendar. Distinction between television and PPV matches is
poor as the same talent appears to be repeatedly revisited
during both formats.
Assessing the year's calendar to-date is a larger task than
I'm willing to undertake, but what about the PPVs? Granted, it
speaks little to the quality and design of cards and talent,
but how does 2009 stack up to "better" days in terms
of talent being showcased? Can we prove PPVs have become
stagnant? Let's look:
||1999 PPV Talent
2 Cold Scorpio
8-Ball Don Harris
Chainz Brian Lee
Jose Estrada Jr
Miguel Perez Jr
Skull Ron Harris
Tiger Ali Singh
Ted DiBiase II
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Rob Van Dam
Katie Lea Burchill
statistics show the number of matches each talent had on a PPV
from January to August of that year. There were
EIGHT PPV events in 1997 and NINE in 2009.
I'm not sure if any conclusive observations can be made from
this list, but it does clearly show that in 2009 talent has
been more regularly repeated than in 1997. 2009 also shows a
longer list of talent, however, this was significantly boosted
by a twenty-five woman Diva Battle Royal at Wrestlemania XXV.
Adjusted to remove the match, the list shows there was
actually five fewer wrestlers than the 1997 eight-strong PPV
I must admit, the list was perhaps a bit more diverse than I
had actually anticipated. As I mentioned in opening, it is
very easy to be cynical about WWE in 2009, but that doesn't
necessarily mean it's entirely justified. Not on the lone
basis of this data.
I initially had some misgivings about the advantage 1997 might
have had because of it's transitional nature. This was,
afterall, the year many WWF superstars made the migration to
WCW. Never the less, I think there is a lot to be taken from
the list of 1997 wrestlers. Particularly with the benefit of
knowing how many of those names would change position within
the company structure.
Ultimately, I would remain steadfast in the opinion that there
is a lot wrong with the WWE right now. 1997 might not
necessarily hold the explicit answers for a better way, but it
does remind us what was possible when the company was heading
toward the height of it's powers in 98/99/00.
EDIT: I was questioned for my choice to represent '97,
instead of '99, when comparing the past to the now. I did this
because 1997 is usually my reference for a superior year, but
maybe also because I was subconsciously aware that the numbers
wouldn't be as contrasting. I would argue that 1999 -- which
still contains wrestlers used less often [from EIGHT US PPVs]
-- showed a better management of better characters, using
repeat appearances in a more effective and diverse way.
However, on raw data, there's definitely a closer parallel
between 1999 and 2009.
I traditionally refer to '99 as the beginning of the end for
the WWF ATTITUDE era. Looking at the first eight months of
PPVs, I actually appreciate the quality of storytelling much
The big contrast between then and now is more than just TALENT
management. It's about writing and booking, as well. It's
about the distribution of talent, and HOW it's being
distributed, with diversity of the nineties being as much
about the wide range of styles of matches and characters, as
much as the rate of appearances. It certainly wasn't as top
heavy as the repetition of wrestlers from 2009.
I leave it to YOU to draw your own conclusions.
UNFINISHED EXTINCTION BUSINESS
September 8, 2009
might say it was a long time coming -- seven years, in fact,
if you do the math. Seven years since WORLD WRESTLING
FEDERATION was forced to alter it's name as a result of a 2000
lawsuit that claimed the company had violated terms of an
agreement to use the WWF trademark overseas.
The agreement was signed with the WORLD WILDLIFE FUND -- who
formed the agreement in 1994 with Titan Sports (parent company
In the middle of 2002 the WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION changed
it's name to "WWE" -- altering the acronym to stand
for ENTERTAINMENT. It was a radical decision that allowed the
company to continue to profit from the boom of worldwide
popularity the company acquired during it's late nineties
Most fans have long since adjusted to the name change, and an
entire generation of fans has been inducted into the PG-era
with no prior knowledge of WWF. Yet, for some, the war never
Stone Cold Steve Austin, one of the biggest names in
WWE history, has been fighting a one-man army to defend the
honor and name of his company. It is said these drastic
measures are a self-imposed penance for turning on the company
during 2001's INVASION event, where Austin joined
representatives of rival organizations, WCW and ECW.
Stone Cold's plan is to eradicate the species that acts as
WWF's iconic and emotional logo -- the panda.
Since 2004 Austin has toured the globe, taking with him his
unique brand of blue-collar brawling and retribution. The
Texan is said to have already made a massive dent in the
population of pandas in the wild, and in a swerve of
character, even employed lawyers to help him negotiate new
development in Beijing, which will further segregate breeding
patterns of the animal.
I THINK YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH...
September 8, 2009
Breaking Point is less than a week away and on the latest
episode of RAW we learned that former- champion BATISTA
will be making an important announcement about his immediate
future in the coming weeks.
After the success of the Bob Barker hosted
episode, many are already speculating tag team gold in the
duo's future and Batista prepares to make a comeback to
The unlikely duo of Mark Henry and MVP will contest the titles
currently held by BIG SHOW & CHRIS JERICHO, but is it
possible new contenders could emerge this late in the game?
With the submission motif of the Breaking Point event, it's
quite possible Bob Barker may be the man to ask his opponents
if they've "had enough" while he clamps on a deadly
submission after the hot tag off a Batista Bomb.
Bob Barker was brought into contact with WWE via "Mr.
Money in the Bank" Charles Robinson. It is unknown if any
deals have been struck, but news is expected before the
announcement of a card for the next event, HELL IN A CELL.
DR. DEATH & VAMPIRES: IT MAKES SENSE
September 8, 2009
one of the biggest names in the industry, but ironically, very
few people know about the man behind the legend of Dr.
Death Steve Williams.
Not to be confused with Stone Cold Steve Austin (whose real
name is Steve Williams) -- Dr. Death made a name for himself
in the eighties, touring the NWA circuit partnered with the
likes of Terry Gordy and Mike Rotunda. He won championships
tagging in ALL JAPAN PRO WRESTLING, NWA, and WCW, as well as
holding many coveted singles belts, as well.
Dr. Death has a new partner, however, and it makes a lot of
sense, if you really think about it -- vampires!
Williams overcame throat cancer in 2004 without the aid of the
undead creatures of the night. He will return to Tokyo for a
final farewell match in the country where he obtained some of
his greatest achievements. Vampires are traditionally quite
different in Japan, making his new association one that will
surely benefit him in his battles against foreign opponents.
He'll probably also pick up some grooming tips, along the way.
We can only hope.
GOLDAR TO MAKE MMA TRANSITION
September 7, 2009
we brought you the story of POWER RANGERS
star Jason David Frank and his intentions to enter the
ring as a legitimate Mixed Martial Arts competitor. Now, we
have breaking news of another star from the show looking to
make the transition.
Goldar famously appeared in the series' early years,
partnering with Jason Frank briefly, before the star joined
the side of good as the GREEN and eventually WHITE Ranger. He
also starred in the feature film debut of the franchise in
Goldar believes JDF is all hype and that MMA is the perfect
way for him to prove to the world that he was not the schmuck
the show portrayed him as. Goldar claims he was the victim of
unflattering editing, which included scenes that depicted him
as so inept, he could not even win a fight as a giant.
The winged warrior from Titan (Jupiter's moon) would not be
allowed to wear his trademark armor in competition, but could
paint legal padding gold, if he desired. We'll keep you
RAGING STORM: NATHAN JONES NIGHTMARE
September 7, 2009
WWA he was billed as THE WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN, and to the rest of
the wrestling world, he was the COLOSSUS FROM BOGGO ROAD who
teamed with THE UNDERTAKER. His Wrestlemania spin kick save
against BIG SHOW may have been heard around the globe, but
behind the triumph of Nathan Jones is a story of terror
and nightmare far more bizarre than anything from a wrestling
It began during the Winter of 2003 and it was there that it
During a tour with WWE, Jones was forced to fight for his
life, taking refuge in a gas station during a terrifying
ordeal in a deadly snowstorm. The event traumatized the
usually placid Australian, who went on to scale a local
building and go totally King Kong on that shit.
Emotionally scarred by the event, Jones was never the same.
During a tour of his native Australia, he disappeared into the
night with no warning. THE BIG SHOW, Paul Wight, was said to
have tried to calm his friend, but only provoked further fear
as he was mistaken for the dreaded snow monster, THE YETI.
Jones was not seen again for quite some time, until filming a
commercial for herbal teas. The calming herbal blends of
LIPTON tea were said to have been a vital part of his
recovery. He returns to the screen in 2009 as Craig Marduk in
BLOOD FROM A STUNNER September 4,
ROURKE shone a light on the gritty unforgiving world of
decline in this industry, with his critically acclaimed turn in
Darren Aronofsky's 2008 film -- THE WRESTLER.
Rourke later went on to appeared on WWE programming where he
gave Chris Jericho a much needed taste of his fist. Rourke may
have to step aside, however, as the glamorous world of
Hollywood reveals it's latest hardcore superstar!
ACADEMY AWARD winning actress, Cate Blanchett, was recently
busted wide open by JOEL EDGERTON in a no holds barred
performance of A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE. She has three
children and a playwright husband -- damn it! This ain't
Unphased by her injuries, Blanchett defiantly completed her
scenes, before the play was later stopped by referees.
ARSE OF DARKNESS September 4, 2009
was just a couple of weeks ago that we witnessed the long
awaited return of The Undertaker, at SUMMERSLAM. All
eyes are now focused on BREAKING POINT, where he will
challenge CM Punk for the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT
CHAMPIONSHIP. There was, however, once another time when the
Undertaker did return from a lengthy absence in the heat of
Summer. Not to face the champion of the day, but rather, a
sinister mirror to his own dark self!
Many attempted to uncover the identity of Ted Dibiase's UNDERFAKER.
Leslie Nielsen led an investigation, but few took the time to
notice the most glaring clue that this was not the phenom
himself -- arse!
Similar though this phoney baloni 'Taker was, his arse was
simply too prominent to stand-in for the intimidating posture
of the one true Undertaker. Underfaker's hat hair was also
much more awful.
PastTheTop.com invites you to weigh in on this issue straight
from the headlines of August, 1994. Does Undertaker have one
fine phenom of a bootay? Have YOUR say in the Mt. Profession
LIVE IN THE MOMENT... LIVE!
September 4, 2009
brother Matt -- Jeff Hardy has been part of an online
stunt-filled variety show called THE HARDY SHOW.
Reports now indicate Jeff Hardy is set to sign a deal with
FOX21 to star in a reality TV programme possibly bound for
MTV, or FOX.
This comes after Hardy allowed his contract with WWE to expire
last week, ending his run on Smackdown! with a pinkslip match
against CM PUNK and a heartfelt farewell forecasting his
It is unlikely the show will feature his upcoming appearance
on Raw is War in 1996, where he is set to take on Owen Hart.
Records will show he fought the match underage, but of course,
we know that he was able to convince then-WWF officials that
he was of age because he recently turned
Is the world ready for the Xtreme Charismatic Enigma™
under the guise of a REALITY show? If PEROXWHY?GEN get their
RANGER FIGHTS BACK September 4, 2009
two decades he has been the chosen warrior for Supa Sentai
POWER RANGERS fans across the United States -- to his friends
and tax accountant, he's DTV film star, Jason David Frank!
The SWEET VALLEY HIGH guest-star now has his sights set on a
potential fight on the card for Ultimate Fighting
Championship. Unlike many of his POWER RANGERS co-stars,
Frank actually had an extensive history in martial arts,
including a sixth degree karate black belt. In 2006, he
broadened himself to the world of Muay Thai and Mixed Martial
Arts, just one year after received the ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
CLASSICS MASTER APPRECIATION AWARD.
No matches have been scheduled, but speculation suggests it
will be unlikely that Frank will be allowed to use his
Dragonzord during the fight. We'll keep you posted.
SECRET ORIGIN OF STING September 4,
decades he has been a looming shadow over the world of
professional wrestling, but behind the face paint inspired by
the hit film THE CROW, there is a deeply introspective man
known to friends as THE STINGER.
Sting made a name and fortune for himself in the now
defunct World Championship Wrestling organization, but the
industry hasn't always been so good to this gothic warrior
currently appearing in TNA WRESTLING.
In an unscripted "Moment of Truth," the Stinger
elaborates on his tragic past -- which included watching
midget wrestlers kill his family, as a child.
Even the merest mention of an Insane Midget Posse would
be enough to lead many down a path of madness, but Sting is
philosophical about it. Horrific, though his origin story may
be, he found dark purpose he could never have obtained as a
"surf dude with attitude (kinda groovy)." The
vengeance he felt fuelled him to become the Californian
Nightmare and one of the biggest headline talents to resist
offers from WWE.
PastTheTop.com salutes him and all he has achieved.
THE FALLEN ANGEL EXPOSED September
might not be a household name of the calibre of THE ROCK,
STONE COLD STEVEN, or FUNAKI, but ask any professional
wrestling fan to list the greatest independent
and international stars, and "FALLEN ANGEL" Christopher Daniels will
be at the top!
PastTheTop.com recently broke the truth behind the story of
Daniels' DUI arrest, with help from journalist, GREGORY HELMS.
It now seems the jailing has revealed new personal secrets
about the Fallen Angel. Arresting officers have discovered
that Daniels secretly shaves his X-division to match the
floorboards with the blinds.
Daniels is yet to issue a statement.
THE MASK HAS TWO FACES September 3,
the years, professional wrestling has struggled to shake off
the moniker of "fake." While their escapades are
elaborate in design and their feuds pre-scripted, the skill
and risks each wrestler takes are equal -- or greater -- to
that of any of their sporting counterparts.
For one superstar, however, the life has become frighteningly
We recently covered Rey Mysterio's suspension for
failing the WWE Wellness Policy, with some reports speculating
Great Khali may have been involved in framing him. With
the help of undercover reporter GREGORY HELMS, however, WWE
have uncovered a far more sinister truth behind the luchador
known as Rey Mysterio Jr.
In an uncharacteristically frank article on WWE.com, they have
revealed a twisting tale of darkness behind the colourful
masks of this beloved icon. It seems through a combination of
daring feats of high-flying and special effects wizardry, Rey
Mysterio has lived a life of super-crime. WWE have connected
him to the Chicago Fire of 1871, the assassination of John F.
Kennedy, the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl, the founding of
the Nazi Party, and the possible kidnapping of one, Aunt May
If you see Rey Mysterio -- do not approach him!
He may be armed with a variety of special effects
We will follow this story as more develops.
DRUNKO INTOXICO IDENTITY UNCOVERED September 3,
recently included wanted posters of a masked wrestler
responsible for intoxicating TNA indie legend Christopher
Daniels. The incident resulted in the jailing of the
"Fallen Angel" after he was arrested for driving
under the influence of alcohol.
We were inundated with calls from you -- the fans -- who had
information about the true identity of this awful and
In conjunction with an inside investigation by GREGORY HELMS,
we have been able to uncover the identity of "Drunko
Intoxico" as none other than the PUCKERING PUNJABI
PLAYBOY, Great Khali.
As you can see, comparisons with the police sketch are
Khali was set to face KANE in a singapore cane match at
BREAKING POINT on PPV, but we now question if further action
should not be taken. It is as yet unknown how, or if, Great
Khali was involved in Rey Mysterio's drug test failure. Some
speculate it was Khali who prevented Mysterio from obtaining
documentation to prove the drugs present in his system were
prescribed medications for a prior condition. Great Khali was
unavailable for comment.
IN YOUR FACE!!! #2 (Podcast)
September 2, 2009
brand new NINE MINUTE edition of the IN YOUR FACE
podcast as we discuss the changing face of WWE and Jeff
Hardy's celebratory milestone. Also in the show, parting words
from Hardy himself, and discussion about upcoming events in
REY MYSTERIO JOINS ROCK IN SUSPENSION September
persistent rumors circulating regarding the suspension of
popular WWE luchador, Rey Mysterio Jr; we here at
PastTheTop.com have decided to lament another questionable
long running suspension -- that of The Rock.
The former wrestling megastar first fell from grace in 2001
when he was alleged to have attempted to kill Brendan Fraiser
under the misdirections of an undead High Priest.
After brief absences for counselling; The Rock was finally
suspended in 2004, after brutally beating future DESPERATE
HOUSEWIVES star, Neal McDonough.
Rock was eventually invited back, in time for WRESTLEMANIA,
where the star of the nineties was granted emotional
acceptance. Sadly, this good grace was not enough to steer him
back from madness.
Believing himself to be a super-mutated ultimate human from
Mars, he attempted to eradicate all human life he encountered.
This, coupled with subsequent indiscretions, led WWE to
suspend The Rock indefinitely, and eventually withdraw his
right to use their trademark name, forcing him to become
Dwayne Johnson once more.
The drug-addled world of Hollywood has been more forgiving
toward The Rock's problems, despite the disrespect he showed
to legend of film, Christopher Walken. Fortunately for him,
this was 2003, the same year as GIGLI. Tinseltown retaliated
by merely requiring he appear on a television programme hosted
by Ashton Kutcher.
Rock's partner in crime, Sean William Scott, suffered a much
sterner punishment. The end of his career.
Although he played it loose with tha juice, we hope Rey
Mysterio does not go down this dark path. Think of the children.
MILESTONE OF DURATION FOR JEFF HARDY
September 1, 2009
Hardy is known to WWE fans as the
death-defying superstar who dominated tag team
wrestling, tamed tables ladders and chairs, and
made it to the top of Mt. Profession as the World
Heavyweight champion. The Charismatic
Enigma™ has reached for a new achievement,
however, as he celebrates his 16830720th
minute of existence!
In conventional timelines this roughly equates to
thirty-two human years of age, depending on leap
years. In conjunction with the milestone, he has
opted not to renew his WWE contract immediately,
to instead pursue his interests in THE HARDY SHOW
online programme, and his work with legends of
rock and bass, PEROXWHY?GEN.
PastTheTop.com wishes the Jeff Hardy
Brand luck in all it's endeavours, past,
present, and future.
IN YOUR FACE PODCAST
September 1, 2009
Tha latest IN YOUR
FACE podcast has arrived straight off
the Phenom Express with a fresh perspective of
the strange and extreme world of Jeff
Hardy. Also in the show, more on TNA
Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle!
The Rise and Fall of
Mr. Money in the Bank: Charles Robinson
This latest release from WWE
details a time in wrestling when competition was
pushing the industry to new heights and the
ATTITUDE of the era was unpredictable and daring.
Do not miss this must-own DVD that details the
man known as "Mr. Money in the Bank"
and one of the most influential and destructive
forces in the industry -- Charles
Your Face Podcast #2:
thanks to investigative
journalist GREGORY HELMS for helping
us uncover the identity of "Drunko
Intoxico." We ran the story on Sep
3, exposing him as GREAT KHALI.
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