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Classic Wrestling Match of the Week: Gorgeous George vs. Hans Schnable (11/03/1950)

November 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wednesday’s are now Classics Appreciation Wednesday’s here on Vortex Effect, and that means old school wrestling gets some love too. This week we’re going all the way back to 1950, but I should stress that the Match of the Week won’t always be quite that old school. Most weeks will probably feature a match from either the 70s or the 80s. This week’s match features a true pioneer who became mainstream and one of the most recognizable stars the industry has ever produced, the one and only Gorgeous George. So, here’s Gorgeous George taking on Hans Schnable in [...]

WWE Network Pick of the Week: Nick Bockwinkel Spotlight

November 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Early this morning, news broke that one of the all time greats in the wrestling industry, Nick Bockwinkel, passed away at the age of 80 due to health issues. Bockwinkel had a career that spanned over four decades and he was a mainstay and top draw for the American Wrestling Association, holding the AWA Championship on four occasions. Outside of AWA, in his retired from active competition years, Bockwinkel worked for WWE as a road agent and occassional commentator, and for WCW as the on-screen commissioner. Nick was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. For our WWE Network Pick of the [...]

Wrestling Legend Nick Bockwinkel Passes Away at 80

November 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Some sad news came out early this morning that one of the all-time greats in professional wrestling, AWA legend and WWE Hall-of-Famer Nick Bockwinkel, has passed away at age 80. The news was first reported by Morgan Dollar, the Executive Vice President of the Cauliflower Alley Club, an organization which Bockwinkel was once President of. You can see their announcement below: It is with a heavy heart the Cauliflower Alley Club announces that “The Greatest AWA World Champion of All Time” and former CAC President and WWE Hall Of Famer, Nicholas “Nick” Bockwinkel, passed away Saturday [...]

WWE Smackdown 11/12/15 Preview: WWE Championship Tournament Continues

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s a non-spoiler rundown of the matches taped on Tuesday in Manchester, England for tonight’s WWE Smackdown television show. Braun Strowman vs. Fandango. King Barrett vs. Neville in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament match. Ryback vs. Kalisto in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament match. Alberto Del Rio vs. Stardust in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament match. The Uso Brothers vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Smackdown airs tonight at 7pm CT on SyFy. Smith’s Sentiment: Not a very good looking card, and an overall weak first round for [...]

WWE RAW 11/9/15 Spoilers

November 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tonight’s RAW was taped earlier today in Manchester, England. Below are the match results for tonight’s show, so don’t continue reading if you do not wish to be spoiled. Roman Reigns defeated Big Show in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament match. Kevin Owens beat Titus O’Neil in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament match. Becky Lynch beat Paige. Dolph Ziggler beat The Miz in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament match. Natalya beat Naomi. Cesaro beat Sheamus in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament match. Dean Ambrose defeated [...]

WWE RAW 11/9/15 Preview: WWE Championship Tournament Begins

November 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

Tonight, WWE storms into the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England for a huge edition of Monday Night Raw! Last Wednesday, Seth Rollins suffered a torn ACL and MCL during a show in Dublin, Ireland. As a result, he will be out of action for six to nine months and has vacated the WWE Championship. Tonight, a tournament will begin to crown a new WWE Champion at Survivor Series. The show is currently being taped right now in the UK, and we’ll have the spoilers a little later this evening. But here’s what is saying about tonight’s show: Master of the Universe – [...]

WWE Network Pick of the Week: Survivor Series 1998

November 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Survivor Series is just a couple of weeks away, it’ll air LIVE on WWE Network on November 22, and unfortunately plans have changed. Seth Rollins was set to defend his WWE Championship against Roman Reigns, but Seth tore his ACL and MCL at a show in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday. This injury will keep Rollins out of action for six to nine months. As a result, Rollins has had to vacate the WWE Championship. WWE has since announced that a tournament will take place at Survivor Series to crown a new champion, although no other details have been revealed. We’re sure to find out much [...]

Seth Rollins Injures Knee, Will Vacate WWE Championship

November 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Some unfortunate news for WWE and Seth Rollins today. Rollins, the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion, tore his ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus during a match against Kane yesterday in Dublin, Ireland. The news pertaining to the seriousness of the injury was first reported by ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman on Twitter and was quickly confirmed by BREAKING: Last night in Dublin, IRL, @WWE Champion @WWERollins suffered right ACL/MCL/medial meniscus tears; out 6-9 months. — Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachESPN) November 5, 2015 Seth is expected to be out of action for six to nine [...]

WWE NXT 10/14/15 Preview: #1 Contender’s Battle Royal

October 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tonight the hottest wrestling program around returns for another action packed hour. We’re one week removed from the heavily praised NXT TakeOver: Respect live special that saw NXT Women’s Champion Bayley defeat Sasha Banks three falls to two in the first ever women’s Iron Man match. Tonight, Bayley is in the NXT Arena at Full Sail to celebrate her win, and maybe come face to face with her next challenger. Here are the matches that will be airing on tonight’s episode. This is a non-spoiler rundown. Sawyer Fulton & Angelo Dawkins vs. NXT Tag Team Champions The [...]

WWE Confirms Rusev/Lana Engagement

October 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

Real life wrestling couple Rusev and Lana have been engaged since last month as first reported by TMZ yesterday. The real life engagement garnered enough attention from the TMZ post that WWE has had to acknowledge the engagement on their website. All wrestling fans, and especially us Rusev fans, should be thrilled with this turn of events. This means the angle of Lana being with Dolph Ziggler and Summer Rae proposing to Rusev is going to go away. Obviously it won’t just end like it never existed, but this poor chapter in the book on the career of Rusev and Lana (and for that matter [...]

WWE RAW 10/12/15 Preview: Dawning of a New Day

October 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tonight, WWE rolls into the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL for three hours of live Monday Night RAW action (or a lot of talking). Last week’s RAW ended with New Day taking out John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, and the Dudley Boyz. They’re sure to be gloating this week. As per usual, WWE has nothing announced for tonight’s show (at the moment, if that changes, we’ll update accordingly). However, these are bulletpoints they’re highlighting heading into tonight’s show in their weekly “RAW Five-Point Preview.” Dawning of a New Day? – Anyone who had the [...]

WWE RAW 8/31/15 Preview: Sting Strikes

August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tonight, World Wrestling Entertainment brings Monday Night RAW to Tampa, FL and WWE has announced that “the Icon” Sting will kick off tonight’s show after his return last week. Sting has been granted a WWE Championship match against Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. As per usual, WWE hasn’t announced any matches for tonight’s show as of this writing. However, we do know that there will be three Diva’s matches tonight, as Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch will indirectly compete against one another in a Beat The Clock challenge where the winner will [...]
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