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The various turns of Ryback

Last Monday on Raw, Ryback left his teammates, The Big Show and Kane, high and dry in quite the heelish move.

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When asked why by Rich Brennan, The Big Guy stated a need for solidarity in order to better his career. In what turned out to be a nice little play on verse, he recited, “That glass ceiling? That brass ring? Break it. Take it.”

Coming much as a surprise to fans and commentators alike, this becomes the latest of a many character shift for the man from Las Vegas once known simply as Ryan Reeves. Read more…

T.M.Z. BLOWS COVER ON LANA AND RUSEV! – Kayfabe in the age of social media

On Sunday, October 11th, TMZ broke the story that WWE superstars Rusev and Lana are engaged, and have been for a month.

Fantastic news for the happy couple, everyone at The Daily Jobber wishes them well in life and in love.

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However, having the story publicized as widely as it was has thrown a wrench in the gears of the story-line in which Lana and Rusev’s characters are currently involved. Namely, they hate each other’s guts after their relationship dissolved months ago, Lana is hot for Dolph Ziggler, and Summer Rae is wanting to marry the Bulgarian.

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“Classic” and “New-school” booking mix to make N.O.C. exciting

This year, Night Of Champions carried on its tradition of making every title in WWE the focal point of the evening. In an age where sometimes belts, particularly any that are not the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, can become over-looked, under-played and ignored as central to feuds and story-lines, this was return to classic wrestling booking.

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Looking more closely at some of the title bouts from September 20th’s Pay-Per-View event, one can see a re-emergence of classic themes being employed in the booking.

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So, what have we learned from WWE Tough Enough?

The sixth season re-vamp of WWE’s reality television show, Tough Enough, is in the can. Two winners, one male and one female, have been chosen and each awarded development contracts in the company.

The latest version of the show broke away from its past incarnations, incorporating new elements which borrowed from popular reality “talent show” formats like American Idol and The X Factor. For the first time, which contestants would stay and which would go were selected by votes tabulated from live voting conducted via mobile app.

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With the season behind us, what observations can be made on these innovations? What problems were encountered, and how might they be avoided in the future? What worked and what failed?

What exactly have we learned, and what should the show’s producers learn from this adventure?

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What’s best for business, or what’s best for themselves?

It landed oddly on the viewer weeks ago when Stephanie McMahon, normally the biggest heel in the entire company, came out to champion the Divas revolution by introducing Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch to the main roster. It landed equally as odd at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.

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Sometimes it seems as though the characters Stephanie McMahon and her partner in crime Triple H portray on screen in the WWE can’t decide whether they are villainous overlords or benevolent leaders.

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Hulk Hogan fired!

On Thursday July 23rd 2015, the man who was born Terry Gene Bollea and known to (pretty much literally) the entire world as Hulk Hogan, was released from WWE.

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The news is shocking to say the least, and details are still a bit vague as to what precisely precipitated his termination. Thus far, several sources point toward a¬†transcript from a video from eight years ago on which Bollea uses racially offensive comments, including specific and repeated use of the word “nigger”. The video in question is currently under wraps, as it is apparently tied into a court case, so the exact nature of the context cannot be known. As already stated, the details are still scarce. Sources indicate the video was sexual in nature.

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Baron Corbin: the anti-wrestler

Thomas Pestock started his wrestling career in 2012, and it took him a while before he found his footing. But when the Baron Corbin character was re-packaged and introduced in September of 2014, the NXT Universe really got behind him. His raw animal magnetism, his impressive physical size and his rebellious look earned him an instant following. Fans, especially the female ones, began exploding whenever his entrance music hit.

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In the past months, however, a different crowd reaction has become palpably felt. When Corbin enters Full Sail University these days he is greeted with boos of disapproval, punctuated with jeering chants of “you can’t wrestle”. The once loving fans have turned on the tattooed outlaw.

Corbin currently finds himself at a crossroads in terms of character, and signs are beginning to emerge that he (and the company) are making the right moves to advance his progression as a performer.

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Lack of heel/face consistency hurting the WWE Divas division?

The most recent episode of Monday Night Raw witnessed the latest installment of the current saga playing out in the women’s division of WWE superstars. Divas Champion Nikki Bella and her sister Brie (accompanied by their new ally Alicia Fox) went to battle with former number one contender Naomi and her bosom chum Tamina.

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The match itself was good, but the booking coupled with the reaction from the crowd high-lighted an issue that has been prevalent in WWE for the last year: the designation of heels and faces among the female roster is inconsistent and often times confusing.

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Was Jeff Jarrett’s appearance on TNA Impact Live handled right?

Wednesday, June 24th, Destination America aired TNA Impact Live. During the episode, a monumental happening took place: Jeff Jarrett, former co-founder and roster member of TNA and current co-founder of Global Force Wrestling (GFW) walked out to the six-sided ring for the first time since his departure from the company in late 2013. He and his wife and GFW co-founder, Karen Jarrett, addressed the TNA audience.

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During their emotional speech, they announced that Jarrett would be returning for one night only as an Impact wrestler to compete in a King of the Mountain Match – the match that he created – on Sunday at the thirteenth anniversary of the company.

It promises to be an historic event.

The segment undeniably added to the night of surprises that TNA always shoots for anytime they go live, but certain aspects of the execution left a queer taste in the mouth, and begs to question whether the momentous occasion was carried out in the most effective manner.

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Who is winning the Wednesday Night Wars? Part Four: Lucha Underground

In 2014, famed television producer Mark Burnett partnered with the¬†Asistencia Asesoria y Aministracion (AAA) in Mexico, United Artists, and Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network to bring a new vision of pro wrestling to air. The result was Lucha: Underground.

The starting roster featured five luchadores from AAA along with talent gleaned from various independent promotions, including former WWE talent Johnny Mundo (Johnny Nitro/ John Morrison) and Big Ryck (Ezekial Jackson).

The show is innovative in a number of ways, and shows a pointed determination to stand out from all other current promotions. While other companies have been tending towards realistic characters and believable conflicts, Lucha is mired with mystery, magic and the supernatural. While TNA employs shaky, hand-held backstage camerawork, Lucha’s vignettes are highly stylized and cinematic. Aside from these innovations, it stands alone as the only modern showcase of lucha libre on television.

Since its inception, Lucha has been gaining popularity and credibility, and could even potentially earn itself a Prime-Time Emmy Award nomination in 2015. How does it stack up against more established wrestling promotions?

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