TOP STORY: WWE BREAKING POINT PREDICTIONS   September 12, 2009
WWE 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 technical grounding.

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 disappointing.

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...

Great Khali vs Kane (Singapore Cane Match)
Making 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 the mask.

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

Kofi 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 two-in-one.

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 Match)
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 opener.

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 self-destruction.

Hopefully the goons don't have any serious impact on the match.
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.
PREDICTION: Christian

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 flipping burgers!)

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 THE MATCH!!!

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 booking style.

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 them.
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).

HARDYAC 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 prison.

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 Jeff's departure.

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 CELEBRATIONS!

Duh.


NOW AND THEN: WWE TALENT MANAGEMENT September 10, 2009
It's 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 their position.

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:
 

1997 PPV TALENT # 1999 PPV Talent # 2009 PPV TALENT #
Steve Austin
Undertaker
British Bulldog
Mick Foley
Owen Hart
Triple H
Bret Hart
Crush
Goldust
Savio Vega
Faarooq
Roadwarrior Animal
Roadwarrior Hawk
The Rock
Vader
Ahmed Johnson
2 Cold Scorpio
Henry Godwinn
Ken Shamrock
Phineas Godwinn
Sycho Sid
Bart Gunn
Brian Pillman
Doug Fumas
Jerry Lawler
Jim Neidhart
Marc Mero
Phil LaFon
Rikishi
Road Dogg
Shawn Michaels
8-Ball Don Harris
Al Snow
Barry Windham
Billy Gunn
Bradshaw
Chainz Brian Lee
Cibernetico
El Canek
Fuerza Guerrera
Great Sasuke
Headbanger Mosh
Headbanger Thrasher
Heavy Metal
Hector Gaza
Jake Roberts
Jerry Estrada
Jesus Castillo
Jose Estrada Jr
Kevin Nash
Latin Lover
Miguel Perez Jr
Mil Mascaras
Perro Aguayo
Pierroth
Scott Hall
Skull Ron Harris
Taka Michinoku
Terry Funk
8
8
7
7
7
7
6
6
6
6
5
5
5
5
5
4
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Ken Shamrock
The Rock
Steve Austin
X-Pac
Al Snow
Billy Gunn
Jeff Jarrett
Kane
Triple H
Big Bossman
Big Show
Bob Holly
D'Lo Brown
Mick Foley
Road Dogg
Undertaker
Edge
Bradshaw
Chyna
Faarooq
Goldust
Mideon
Owen Hart
Test
Val Venis
Christian
Jeff Hardy
Mabel
Mark Henry
Matt Hardy
Shane McMahon
Steve Blackman
Vince McMahon
Blue Meanie
Droz
Gangrel
Godfather
Sable
Tori
Albert
Bart Gunn
Butterbean
Crash Holly
Dan Severn
Debra
Duane Gill
Ivory
Golga
Kurrgan
Luna Vachon
Michael Hayes
Nicole Bass
Tiger Ali Singh
8
8
8
8
7
7
7
7
7
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
5
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Chris Jericho
CM Punk
Jeff Hardy
John Cena
Randy Orton
Jack Swagger
Rey Mysterio
Big Show
Christian
Edge
Triple H
Cody Rhodes
Kane
MVP
Santino Marella
Ted DiBiase II
Dolph Ziggler
Kofi Kingston
Matt Hardy
Melina
Batista
Beth Phoenix
Bradshaw
Carlito Colon
Fit Finlay
Great Khali
Mark Henry
Michelle McCool
The Miz
Shawn Michaels
Shelton Benjamin
Tommy Dreamer
Undertaker
William Regal
John Morrison
JTG
Maryse
Mickie James
Mike Knox
Primo Colon
Ricky Steamboat
Shane McMahon
Umaga
Vladimir Kozlov
Brian Kendrick
Chavo Guerrero
Goldust
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Jimmy Snuka
Rob Van Dam
Roddy Piper
Ron Killings
Shad Gaspard
Vickie Guerrero
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Alicia Fox
Brie Bella
Eve Torres
Gail Kim
Jillian Hall
Joy Giovanni
Katie Lea Burchill
Kelly Kelly
Layla
Maria
Miss Jackie
Molly Holly
Natalya
Nikki Bella
Rosa Mendes
Sunny
Tiffany
Torrie Wilson
Victoria
9
9
9
9
9
8
8
7
7
7
7
5
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
-
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

The above 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 appearance list.

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 more.

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
Some 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 of WWE).

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 "Attitude" period.

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 ended.

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
WWE 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 competition.

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
He's 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
Recently 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 1995.

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 posted.


RAGING STORM: NATHAN JONES NIGHTMARE   September 7, 2009
In 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 storyline.

It began during the Winter of 2003 and it was there that it ended.

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 TEKKEN.


BLOOD FROM A STUNNER   September 4, 2009
MICKEY 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 right!

Unphased by her injuries, Blanchett defiantly completed her scenes, before the play was later stopped by referees.


THE ARSE OF DARKNESS   September 4, 2009
It 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 Poll!


LIVE IN THE MOMENT... LIVE!   September 4, 2009
Alongside 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 return.

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 "thirty-two".

Is the world ready for the Xtreme Charismatic Enigma™ under the guise of a REALITY show? If PEROXWHY?GEN get their dues, maybe!


GREEN RANGER FIGHTS BACK   September 4, 2009
For 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, 2009
For 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 3, 2009
He 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, 2009
Over 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 REAL.

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 Parker.

If you see Rey Mysterio -- do not approach him!
He may be armed with a variety of special effects technologies!

We will follow this story as more develops.


DRUNKO INTOXICO IDENTITY UNCOVERED   September 3, 2009
PastTheTop.com 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 irresponsible individual.

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 damning.

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
A 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 wrestling!


REY MYSTERIO JOINS ROCK IN SUSPENSION  September 2, 2009
With 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
Jeff 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 Robinson!
 


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