Another week down, and another week beginning as we start yet another week of life with #ask7pound. This week we get into some serious detail, as one of our fans wants to know about the main event of Wrestlemania. Not just a Wrestlemania, but EVERY Wrestlemania. This and much more!
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But first lets start off with some BAD NEWS with Bad News Brennan
The Royal Rumble occurred this past weekend and on the pre-show there was a 4-way tag team bout where the winners which was won by Jack Swagger and Mark Henry. Awesome both of them made it to the rumble match… I’ve got some bad news based on watching the Rumble Match the total in ring time for both competitors totaled 45 seconds-1 minute. Really WWE? I get you need some quick eliminations but at the expense of putting on a tag team match just for them to “qualify”
Trevor is back and as always makes no sense, but he continues to give his opinion around the world of wrestling. What does Trevor have for us this week?
Did you know?
Did you know that in the first ever Royal Rumble. It was televised on the USA Network instead of PPV.
Here are the questions this week.
Frank from our nations capital gets us started with some critical thinking.
How many wrestlers have main evented Wrestlemania and are in the Hall of Fame? For those who are not, should they be? For those who are still active…will they be?
Well this is kind of a loaded question so we will take it one at a time and I will give you my opinion on the matter.
Wrestlemania I: Hogan and Mr T vs Orndorff and Piper (All Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemaina 2: Hogan vs King Kong Bundy (Bundy is not a Hall of Famer, but I think that he should be)
Wrestlemania 3: Hogan vs Andre (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 4: Savage vs Dibiase (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 5: Savage vs Hogan (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 6: Hogan vs Warrior (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 7: Hogan vs Slaughter (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 8: Double Main Event Savage vs Flair (Both Hall of Famers) Hogan vs Sid (Sid is not a Hall of Famer and as of now, I would not put him into the Hall of Fame, even though he was a former WWE Champion, and WCW Champion, he did not have a substantial career)
Wrestlemania 9: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 10: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 11: The last match was Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigalow and they are not Hall of Famers and should not be. My main event was Shawn Michaels vs Diesel (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 12: Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 13: Sid vs Undertaker (Neither are Hall of Famers now, Sid is a no, and Taker will be one day)
Wrestlemania 14: Stone Cold vs Shawn Michaels (Both Hall of Famers)
Wrestlemania 15: Stone Cold vs the Rock (Stone Cold is a Hall of Famer, Rock will be one day)
Wrestlemania 16: Stone Cold vs The Rock vs Mankind vs Big Show (Already discussed Rock. Mankind is in, and Big Show will be one day)
Wrestlemania 17: Stone Cold vs The Rock (See Wrestlemania 15)
Wrestlemania 18: Triple H vs Chris Jericho (Neither in Hall of Fame, both will be some day)
Wrestlemania 19: Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle (Neither in Hall of Fame. both will be some day)
Wrestlemania 20: Shawn Michaels vs HHH vs Chris Benoit (Shawn in, HHH will be, Benoit deserves it, but will never be in)
Wrestlemania 21: Triple H vs Batista (Already discussed HHH, I think Batista eventually will get in)
Wrestlemania 22: John Cena vs Triple H (Both will be in one day)
Wrestlemania 23: John Cena vs Shawn Michaels (Shawn is in, Cena will be easily)
Wrestlemania 24: Edge vs The Undertaker (Edge is in, Taker will easily be one day)
Wrestlemania 25: Triple H vs Randy Orton (Both are not in now, but will be one day)
Wrestlemania 26: Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels (Shawn is in, Taker will be one day)
Wrestlemania 27: The Miz vs John Cena (Cena will be, Miz is too early to tell)
Wrestlemania 28 and 29: The Rock vs John Cena (neither Hall of Famers, both will be)
Wrestlemania 30: Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton vs Batista (Daniel Bryan will likely be there one day, Orton is a lock, and Batista we covered at 21)
Wrestlemania 31: Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns (Brock yes, Roman too early to tell, same for Rollins if you wanna throw his name into this match.
Jessie from Clarksville Tennessee asks about a first
What was the first WWE Pay Per View? And what was the first ever PPV match, and main event?
The first actual PPV event was in fact WrestleMania I. Featuring Hulk Hogan and Mr T vs Rowdy Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. The first match of that card was Tito Santana vs The Executioner. However, a month before that, they held a special event on MTV called the War to Settle the Score which featured one match that was featured on the MTV network. Hogan vs Piper. But the first ever PPV event that included closed circuit TV was WrestleMania I.
Jake from State Farm has a question about the last days of WCW
I have always wondered. During the last WCW Pay Per View in 2001, Sin, I believe. Did the wrestlers know that it was the last PPV event for WCW, and that the WWE was taking over? Or did they just find out on Nitro the next night.I guess what I am asking is when did the wresters find out?
From what I have read and understand, all of the top stars like Sting, Flair, Booker T, and Scott Steiner, pretty much knew something was in the works with the WWE. Sting and Flair had said that they wanted to close out Nitro if the deal was to happen. They did just that. I think they knew at the very least the day before the sale happened. However, the deal itself was not actually finalized until Monday morning, so it was not for certain what the fate of Nitro was until mid afternoon about 5 hours prior to Nitro airing its last show. Most of the mid to undercard wrestlers found out when they arrived at the arena that tonight was going to be their last show, and they are removed from their contract. The contract that they signed would have to be honored by WWE, and they could jump ship to the WWE, or they could be released from their contract. Sting was the first one to say that he wanted out and would not go to the WWE. He went to TNA instead. Guys like Buff Bagwell, Kanyon, Booker T, just to name a few wanted to continue their contracts. It panned out for a few, but most found their way to the independent circuit.
Ryan from Omaha Nebraska and the Creighton Blue Jays chimes in
With the Royal Rumble nearing I have a question. I know that the ending is pre-determined, but is the entire match itself scripted as who gets eliminated when, and so forth? I would think that takes a lot of planning to do so.
There are spots in the Rumble that are pre-determined. Most of Kofi Kingston’s spots where he nearly gets eliminated are pre planned, and of course the outcome is pre planned, but for the most part the wrestlers are free to do what they want and they talk through it during the match. I have been a part of some battle royals myself, and it is really generally easy to talk your way through the match, and know when the right time to eliminate yourself would be. I know that they have a limit for most of them as they know who is supposed to break records and what not. So a wrestler just can’t stay in there for an hour plus in hopes to break the record for longest time in the Rumble match. Some guys will go over things before the match with each other just to make it look good, others just go out there and wing it.
Owen from Syracuse NY.
Hello, I am a big old school fan of wrestling and always had this question. The Varsity Club was a great faction in my opinion, but something did not make sense to me. You have my boy Mike Rotunda out of my alma mata Syracuse NY, Rick Steiner out of Michigan, Steve Williams out of Oklahoma, and I think they had Danny Spivey, but I cant remember where he went, though I recall he had a lettermans jacket. Now what about Sullivan, the leader of the faction. He never had his own jersey, so the question is, where did he fit it? Did he have a college himself?
While Mike Rotunda, Rick Steiner, and Steve Williams all had successful college wrestling careers. Sullivan’s claim was more of a kayfabe role. He was known as the Gamesmaster, and never sported a letterman’s jacket. He would often wear Rotunda’s as a show of unity, which eventually caused a rift between Rotunda, Sullivan, and Steiner because Steiner wanted Sullivan to wear his jacket too. Eventually they kicked Steiner to the curb, and Williams came around. I searched for an answer on where he went to school, and could not find anything on if and where Sullivan attended college.
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