Warrior Wednesday (Writing)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we look back at The Ultimate Warrior’s hobby of writing.

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The Ultimate Warrior published a comic book called Warrior in 1996 where he was the main character.  The illustration was done by The Sharp Brothers and it was co-written with Jim Callahan.

“Warrior Machete” was the title of The Ultimate Warrior’s blog located on his personal website. On this blog, he discussed his views on politics, patriotism, sexuality, his time as a professional wrestler and even used his blog to respond to fans’ letters.  When discussing his wrestling career, individuals such as Vince McMahon, Lex Luger, Owen Hart, The British Bulldog among more were touched on.  The Ultimate Warrior also wrote about historic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr and George Washington as well as celebrities like Heath Slater and Paris Hilton and religious figures such as Jesus Chris.  On occasion, Warrior discussed America’s Founding Fathers and books he enjoyed such as As a Man Thinketh by James Allen and Odyssey by Homer.

The Ultimate Warrior also began selling watercolor paper, about 6×9 in length, with drawings, doodles and inspirational quotes by Warrior himself in 2012. He titled these pieces of art “Weapons of Wisdom”.

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Tag Team title match announced for No Mercy

With the WWE Championship and Smackdown’s Women’s Championship matches already scheduled for No Mercy, another title match was set into place for Smackdown Live’s upcoming pay-per-view.

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History repeated itself as The Usos met The American Alphas in the squared circle for an opportunity at the Tag Team titles. No smiles, handshakes, or respect were given by any member of each opposing team, as The American Alphas had a score to settle after their last encounter with The Usos.  Although Gable did well for himself in the ring after sustaining a knee injury courtesy of the brotherly duo, Jimmy and Jey focused on inflicting pain on that knee.  It worked and The Usos will once again face Heath Slater and Rhyno at No Mercy for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship.

I think it was too soon for Chad Gable to return to action. Shane McMahon had announced on Talking Smack shortly after Gable was injured that he would be out of action for 2-4 weeks.  Two weeks has certainly passed since then, but after what the WWE Universe witnessed last night, Gable is not ready to compete.  It’s too soon.  He needs to take the full, necessary amount of time to fully recuperate and heal, then come after The Usos and the Tag Team Championship.

 

Stay tuned for more announcements on the No Mercy pay-per-view.

The Best of Seven Series Continues

Sheamus and Cesaro met again last night as Match #6 in The Best of Seven Series took place last night on Monday Night Raw.  Sheamus came in with three victories under his belt while Cesaro had two.  Cesaro has continued to pick up momentum within the last two matches and did so again last night, making the Seven Series tied at three to three.

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Who will become victorious in the final Best of Seven Series Match? Stay tuned to either Clash of Champions (which it has not been announced this will take place, but it could possibly be) or Monday Night Raw to find out!

More matches announced for Clash of Champions

Clash of Champions is only six days away and General Manager Mick Foley continues to alter and add to Monday Night Raws first pay-per-view since the brand drafts occurred in July.  Here are the updated matches announced for Clash of Champions as of last night.

Rusev (c) vs Roman Reigns for the United States Championship

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These two have been at each other’s throats for over two months now which began weeks prior to SummerSlam.  Rusev and Reigns had a non-title match (and what one hell of a match it was!) on Monday Night Raw days before SummerSlam which Roman picked up the victory, but SummerSlam did not play out the same way for the former WWE Champion.  Due to Rusev sustaining an injury prior to their match at Summerslam officially starting, the title match never occurred.  I was wondering when these two would have a rematch, but with Roman’s name entered into the WWE Universal Championship picture, I thought maybe it was a thing of the past.  I was wrong, as Rusev intervened in Roman’s qualifying match last week on Monday Night Raw, costing him an opportunity at the coveted WWE Universal title.  Mick knew he had to make things right with Roman, so last night on Raw, he scheduled a rematch for Roman Reigns to take on Rusev at Clash of Champions for the United States Championship.

 

Charlotte (c) vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship

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Last week on Monday Night Raw, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Dana Brooke competed for the opportunity to take on Charlotte at Clash of Champions for the Women’s Championship.  It looked as if Bayley had it in the bag, until Sasha rolled Bayley up for the pin and to become the #1 Contender.  The Women’s Champion and her protégé Dana Brooke watched that match back and noticed that while Bayley’s shoulders were down, so were Sasha’s.  They addressed this to Mick and Mick decided, unknowingly to Dana Brooke who ignited this idea, that the Women’s match at Clash of Champions will now be a Triple Threat Match.  That’s right; Charlotte will not only face Sasha Bank this Sunday, but Bayley as well for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.

 

Brian Kenderick vs TJ Perkins (c) for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

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The Cruiserweight Division made its debut last night on Monday Night Raw, with four of the division members competing for an opportunity to face TJ Perkins for the Cruiserweight Championship.  These men consisted of Rich Swann, Gran Metalik, Cedric Alexander and Brian Kenderick.  Although a rematch between Gran Metalik and Perkins would have been amazing, Brian Kenderick defeated these three men in order to compete for the Cruiserweight Championship.  Perkins and Kenderick have never met in the squared circle during the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament, so to see their first encounter at Clash of Champions is going to be so exciting!

 

Nia Jax vs Alicia Fox

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Two member of Raw’s Women Division, Nia Jax and Alicia Fox, will be kicking off the pay-per-view this Sunday.  Their feud, although still fairly new, is fierce.  Their only encounter in the ring on last week’s Monday Night Raw was vicious and resulted in Nia bulldozing Alicia through the ringside barricade.  Will the same disasterous fate find Alicia Fox again?  Or will she prevail against the dominant, undefeated force that is Nia Jax?

 This question and more will be answered by tuning into Clash of Champions this Sunday, September 25th at 8pm ET only on the WWE Network!

Dolph Ziggler inducted into Kent State’s “K” Hall of Fame

WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler was recently inducted into Kent State’s “K” Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as an amateur wrestler while attending Kent State from 1999 to 2003.

Dolph Ziggler reminisced on his time as a member of Kent State’s amateur wrestling league, telling WWE.com, “I had a very fun career there,” Ziggler told WWE.com. “We did a lot of cool things, we won a conference championship, [and] a lot of special bonds [were] made with friends who I still talk to to this day.”

Dolph’s accomplishments while wrestling for Kent State include graduating as the career leader in victories, being a three-time Mid-American Conference Champion and being one of three members in Kent State history to be a four-time NCAA qualifier.

“I started wrestling when I was five,” Ziggler said. “I lost my first match and cried in front of my dad, and I never wanted to do that again. I grew from that day on, and when I get up there I will have a couple of people to thank.”

Dolph Ziggler took to Twitter to share this amazing moments with his family, friends and fans.

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Congratulations to Dolph Ziggler on this incredible achievement!

TJ Perkins is crowned the first Cruiserweight Classic Champion

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History was made last night as the inaugural winner of the Cruiserweight Classic was crowned. We witnessed 32 of the most talented men in the industry compete for this prestigious title, reducing the number from 32 to 16, then to 8 and finally, down to 4.  These four men competed in the semi-finals to move onto the finals for the chance to become victorious in this tournament.  These semi-final matches resulted in the following men advancing:

 

Gran Metalik vs Zack Sabre Jr.

Winner: Gran Metalik

Kota Ibushi vs TJ Perkins

Winner: TJ Perkins

 

Before Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins’ match took place, Triple H came out to make an exciting announcement. Whoever won this match would not only win the Tournament and the trophy, but would go onto Monday Night Raw as the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Champion!  Triple H introduced the belt to the WWE Universe and it’s somewhat identical to the Tag Team Championship belts with its circular shape, except it does resemble an octagon, placed on a purple strap with the “CWC” logo on the sides.  Triple H placed the title in front of both men, adding more motivation to these two competitors, handed it to the referee who held it high in the air with the bell being rung shortly after.

Throughout this whole competition, each competitor fought tooth and nail for this incredible opportunity, and last night was no different. Both men had given it their all then gave it some more.  As Triple H said prior to introducing everyone to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship belt, there can only be one winner and that winner was TJ Perkins as he successfully defeated Gran Metalik by submission.

Each competitor has their story, but Perkins’ really tugged at your heartstrings. Perkins experienced abandonment, became homeless, struggled financially all while chasing a dream everyone in his path said would never come true.  It’s been a rough journey throughout his eighteen years in the business, but it’s also had its moments of glory and triumph, this undeniably being the biggest moment in his life.  Deserving is an understatement and I could not be more excited for Perkins on the next step in his professional wrestling career.tjperkins

 

What are your thoughts on last night’s Cruiserweight Classic finale? Let me know by leaving a comment below!