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Daniel Bryan Announces Retirement

February 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan announced his retirement on Twitter today. He will elaborate on it during tonight’s RAW: Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude — Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 8, 2016 Smith’s Sentiment: That’s a real shame. Bryan was a favorite of mine for a long time. And there’s so much talent coming up in NXT right now that I would love to have seen Bryan wrestle in a WWE ring. Even matches that we had previously [...]

WWE Network Pick of the Week: Legends w/ JBL – Ron Simmons

February 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

The WWE Network Pick of the Week for this week is the latest installment of “Legends with JBL,” where JBL interviews his longtime friend and former tag-team partner Ron Simmons. Hopefully you’ve already seen it, but if not then should definitely watch it this week. Ron Simmons is a true legend in the business and had great success everywhere he went, including being the first African-American world heavyweight champion. Ron and JBL talk about his winning the world championship in WCW and what that has meant going forward, paving the way for guys like Booker T, Mark Henry, [...]

Classic Wrestling Match of the Week: Jerry Lawler vs. Austin Idol (4/27/1987)

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week, the Classic Wrestling Match of the Week takes us back to April 27, 1987 and one of the great infamous wrestling angles and moments. The AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship was on the line in Memphis, TN, but that wasn’t the only thing up for grabs in this Steel Cage match. It’s Jerry Lawler defending his title against his former friend and partner Austin Idol, and it’s also a hair vs hair match. Smith’s Sentiment: This, ladies and gentlemen, is sports-entertainment wrestling done right. The match itself was certainly not a techincal masterpiece; it was a [...]

WWE Network Pick of the Week: Royal Rumble 2016

January 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week’s WWE Network Pick of the Week is an easy one: the 2016 Royal Rumble. The Royal Rumble airs LIVE tonight on WWE Network, but of course if you can’t watch it live it’ll be available for on-demand viewing immediately following the live broadcast. The main event is of course the HUGE Royal Rumble match, which will see Roman Reigns defend his WWE Championship against 29 other WWE Superstars. This is the first time since 1992 that the WWE Championship has been on the line during the Rumble match. Only difference, back then the title was vacant. Also on the card for [...]

WWE RAW 1/18/16 Preview: Brock Lesnar on the Highlight Reel

January 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tonight on RAW, Brock Lesnar joins Chris Jericho on the Highlight Reel just six days before the Royal Rumble. Here’s what is advertising for tonight’s RAW: Will chaos erupt on “The Highlight Reel”? – Lesnar will appear on Chris Jericho’s “The Highlight Reel” alongside Paul Heyman. What questions will Y2J have for The Beast and his calculating advocate? No matter what happens, The Big Dog will be watching. Believe that. Social distortion – Now that The Social Outcasts have apparently cemented themselves as WWE’s latest faction, can we expect this [...]

John Cena To Have Shoulder Surgery Tomorrow

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

John Cena revealed on Twitter today that he’s heading to Birhimgham, Alabama tomorrow to undergo surgery on his shoulder: Rather upside down start to 2016 as tomorrow I will head to Birmingham for shoulder surgery. Life's full of set backs but #nevergiveup — John Cena (@JohnCena) January 7, 2016 put up a brief breaking news blurb about it as well, which you can read here. Smith’s Sentiment: Well that sucks for Cena. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery. Speaking of recovery, there is no word yet on what the timetable is for his return and that won’t [...]

Classic Wrestling Match of the Week: Buddy Rogers vs. Pat O’Conner (6/30/1961)

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week’s Classic Wrestling Match of the Week comes to us from Comisky Park in Chicago, IL. The date, June 30, 1961. It’s Pat O’Conner defending the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against the original Nature Boy, Buddy Rogers in a two-out-of-three falls match. Smith’s Sentiment: It goes without saying, but this was a HUGE match when it happened, and it took place in front of over 38,000 fans. Both Buddy Rogers and Pat O’Conner are absolute legends in the wrestling industry and true pioneers. This match is absolutely a must watch if you’ve never seen [...]

Impact Wrestling 1/5/16 Preview: A New World Champion Will Be Crowned

January 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tonight, TNA returns with their first live show on their new television home, Pop TV at 8pm CT. Tonight’s Impact Wrestling should be a noteworthy one for the company, as their months long point-based tournament to crown a new World Heavy Champion comes to an end. It’ll be Matt Hardy and Eric Young battling it out in a semi-final match, while Bobby Lashley and EC3 go at it in the second semi-final match. The two winners will then meet in the main event to crown the new champion. Bobby Roode will also defend his King of the Mountain Championship tonight against an opponent to be [...]

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 [...]
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