it was like a raw on steroids.
would like to see roman form a stable with the uso's, the rock, meng, and some other samoan/tongan cats. He needs to do something because the crowd hates him. He was getting hella boos and WWE lowered the volume on the crowd noise. i caught that shit.
Opening match was awesome but after that the event really sucked. Obviously Shane is nuts but the match was still pretty bad. Reigns is a joke, he cant wrestle for shit and thats why he shouldnt be getting this super push. I really wonder what would of happened if Rollins didnt get hurt. Funny to say this but Tna wrestlers bout to revive WWE. Roode and Aries bout to make there mark sooner then later
I dug the whole show for the most part. I went in expecting one of the worst Wrestlemania's ever and ended up being entertained the entire show.
Ladder match was dope.
Styles and Jericho has a good match, didn't really like Jericho winning though.
League vs. New Day was a good match, should have been booked different though. League been beating up New Day every show and still got the win on the big stage, didn't understand that. Cool seeing a bunch of stunners go out afterwards.
Wanted more out of Brock and Ambrose, that was a weak match and seemed short.
The women's match was dope, think it was match of the night, stole the show.
Shane and Undertaker was garbage outside of Shane's leap. Undertaker needs to retire ASAP, dude was blown up and gassed out after 5 minutes lol
Liked Baron Corbin getting the win in the battle royal. Dude is a great worker for being a 6'8" monster that's only been training for 3 years.
The Rock and Cena segment was cool for the live crowd, didn't like that it was at the expense of the Wyatt's though.
Triple H and Roman should have been shorter. Match was kind of dull.
I give the show a 3.5/5, never had any boring moments to me really outside of Undertaker looking like a tired old man and the main event dragging a little bit.
WWE Legend Chyna Found Dead in Her Redondo Beach Home, at Age 45
WWE legend Chyna, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, has died, according to a post on her Facebook page.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her,” the post read.
Laurer’s manager Anthony Anzaldo confirmed to KTLA that she was found dead Wednesday afternoon at her home in Redondo Beach.
Officers were called to Laurer’s apartment in the 900 block of Esplanade after receiving a 911 call from a friend, according to a news release from the Redondo Beach Police Department.
When they arrived, officers discovered Laurer’s body.
There were no indications or signs that her death was a result of foul play, the release stated.
Seriously though, past 10 years or so of her life was horrific. She had a lot going for her for a minute, but like so many other wrestlers got into drugs and she was doing a lot of porn for a while too after the X Pac video leaked lol. I seen a video she posted earlier this week and she was in a bad way, definitely drugged out of her mind doing some pointless random shit (making coffee etc)
00:12 Jake “The Snake” explains troubling childhood with father, Grizzly Smith
05:25 How The Stro got involved in the wrestling business
08:48 Why Jake isn't in NXT Wrestling, training schools
11:30 Jake compares credibility in the ring to sex with a midget
14:22 Jake explains how “Vince McMahon killed wrestling”
16:04 The Stro talks emotion and believability in the ring
17:08 Jake breaks down the grueling road schedule in 1980s WWF
18:15 Jake “It doesn't take a great wrestler to jump off a 20 foot cage...”
19:10 Jake remembers when Mick Foley tore his ear off
20:18 Jake talks guys getting hurt in the ring and “receipts”
21:11 Jake tells the greatest “Ravishing” Rick Rude story ever
26:26 The Stro wrestles The Cat w/ James Brown on WCW PPV, Eric Bischoff
30:08 Jake is not a fan of Bill Watts...the problems in WCW Wrestling (1992)
32:35 The Stro - Jim Cornette, Terry Funk, Jerry Lawler, Bobby Eaton
34:31 Jake's feud against Hulk Hogan gets axed in the 1980s
36:00 Jake transitions from main event to prepping the heels for Hogan
38:25 How DDP saved Jake & Scott Hall, Resurrection of Jake the Snake
In a lawsuit filed Monday, WWE owner Vince McMahon is accused of putting profits above safety by requiring the performers to engage in dangerous maneuvers.
By Bob Hohler
GLOBE STAFF JULY 18, 2016
More than 50 former professional wrestlers filed a lawsuit Monday against World Wrestling Entertainment, alleging the company concealed the dangers of repetitive head injuries that caused them debilitating neurological damage.
The suit, which was filed in US District Court in WWE’s home state of Connecticut, details the experiences of 53 ex-performers who allege a possible link between their head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease that has been diagnosed in many deceased athletes and at least two professional wrestlers.
The complaint is similar to concussion cases brought by former players against the National Football League and National Hockey League. The suit against the NFL resulted in a settlement of nearly $1 billion, while the NHL case remains in litigation.
“WWE has done everything in its power to deny, conceal and deflect attention from acknowledging that this disease even exists in the community of retired wrestlers,’’ the wrestlers’ suit states.
The plaintiffs include former WWE stars Jimmy Snuka (Superfly), Paul Orndorff (Mr. Wonderful), and Joe Laurinaitis (Road Warrior Animal).
In June, the 73-year-old Snuka, facing a charge that he murdered his girlfriend in 1983, was found incompetent to stand trial because of dementia.
The WWE lashed out at a Hingham lawyer, Konstantine Kyros, who is part of a six-member legal team that filed the suit. Kyros has helped file several previous lawsuits against WWE, including one in which a judge dismissed several elements of the case, including a class-action claim, but allowed two former wrestlers to pursue their allegation that WWE fraudulently failed to warn them they could suffer permanent brain damage from repetitive head injuries on the job.
“This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class-action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed,’’ WWE said in a prepared statement. “A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about WWE, and this is more of the same. We’re confident this lawsuit will suffer the same fate as his prior attempts and be dismissed.”
Kyros denied that a judge has ruled he made patently false allegations.
“It has been the studied practice of WWE through its counsel to denigrate the motives and integrity of anyone who is courageous enough to protest WWE’s self-serving choice to ignore the human toll and health crisis that its policies, fraud, and mistreatment of its workers have created,’’ Kyros said.
WWE has previously denied concealing medical information on concussions from performers and has claimed the company has outpaced sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures.
The 214-page complaint accuses WWE and its owner, Vince McMahon, of putting profits above safety by requiring the performers to engage in maneuvers such as pile drivers, brainbusters, and neckbreakers to wow its crowds and market its products, despite the dangers. For decades, WWE performers in scripted matches struck each other in the head with metal chairs, until the company banned the practice in 2010.
Professional wrestling, despite its required athleticism, has been legally classified as entertainment rather than sport because of its choreographed nature and predetermined outcomes. Its performers often feign pain, but repetitive impacts to the head are all but inevitable in the ring and practice facilities.
WWE performers are treated as independent contractors and do not receive union representation, as do athletes in the major professional sports. The lawsuit contends WWE misclassified the performers as independent contractors and seeks damages for depriving them of employment rights, some of them health-related.
Unlike the major professional sports leagues, WWE is a publicly traded corporation.
Some of the 53 former performers allege their job-related brain injuries are so severe they require psychiatric care for symptoms that include suicidal thoughts, which have been associated with CTE.
Laurinaitis, 56, the lead plaintiff, once formed one of the most famous tag teams in WWE history. He alleges he performed hundreds of nights a year and suffered at least four major concussions but received little or no treatment from WWE’s ringside doctors.
Laurinaitis, whose son is a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, claims to suffer an array of cognitive problems, including memory loss.
Orndorff, 66, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, performed in the 1980s with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. The lawsuit quotes Orndorff as saying he was “pressured to work injured” and alleges he routinely suffered head trauma that has caused numerous symptoms associated with CTE, including clinical depression, paranoia, confusion, and severe mood swings.
As for Snuka, one of his legendary antics as a WWE headliner occurred Oct. 17, 1983. As Superfly, Snuka leaped 15 feet from atop a steel cage at Madison Square Garden and crashed onto his opponent, who lay on his back on the canvas.
A year later, Snuka, a native of Fiji, was conked on the head with a coconut by Rowdy Roddy Piper during a promotional event. Snuka’s guardian, his wife, Carole, alleges he suffered neurological damage at the time and has since experienced serious cognitive and neuropsychological impairment from the cumulative head trauma.
In June, a judge in Lehigh County, Pa., accepted a forensic psychologist’s diagnosis that Snuka suffered from dementia so severe that he was unaware he had been charged with homicide, according to The Morning Call of Allentown. The judge ordered him to be evaluated every six months.
The lawsuit alleges WWE was aware of the consequences of brain injuries for years but failed to warn its performers and take other precautionary measures before it implemented a concussion management program in 2008. In 1995, the suit says, WWE televised a scripted event describing the dangers of post-concussion syndrome and cited comparisons to football players and boxers.
“While the WWE knew for decades of the harmful effects of sub-concussive and concussive injuries on a wrestler’s brain, it actively concealed these facts from trainers, wrestlers, and the public,’’ the suit states.
The risks of traumatic brain injuries gripped professional wrestling in 2007, after WWE star Chris Benoit killed his wife, his 7-year-old son, and himself. Chris Nowinski, one of Benoit’s wrestling colleagues, said Benoit told him he had experienced “more [concussions] than I can count.’’
Nowinski, who had retired from WWE in 2003 because of head injuries, later created a concussion research foundation he would affiliate with Boston University. He obtained Benoit’s brain for an autopsy, and his then-partner, Dr. Bennet Omalu, diagnosed Benoit with severe CTE, the first confirmation of the disease in a WWE performer.
Omalu later diagnosed professional wrestler Andrew “Test’’ Martin with CTE. He currently is examining the brains of three deceased wrestlers, including Brian Knighton (Axl Rotten), whose estate is suing WWE with the other 52 plaintiffs.
As part of the 17-count complaint, the former wrestlers criticize the relationship between Nowinski’s Concussion Legacy Foundation and WWE, which has pledged $2.7 million to the BU-affiliated nonprofit. They cite a Globe report that Nowinski and his foundation have not obtained the brain of a wrestler for CTE research since WWE began donating to the nonprofit.
Nowinski successfully fought a subpoena to testify in the lawsuit against WWE brought by the two former performers who had been cleared by a judge to pursue their claim that the company fraudulently failed to warn them about the dangers of head injuries on the job.