Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXIV: Hasta La Bye Bye Shawn

Wrestlemania XXVI
Date: March 28, 2010
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Attendance: 72,219
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Matt Striker

Here’s a pretty different show from last year. This is a double main event with a Taker vs. Shawn II and Cena vs. Batista II, the latter one being for the Raw Title. Other than that we have Jericho vs. Edge for the Smackdown Title and….uh….wait why would you need anything more than that? It’s Cena vs. Batista for the World Title at Wrestlemania. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXIV: Hasta La Bye Bye Shawn

Ring of Honor TV – March 22, 2017: The Benefits of Good Wrestling

Ring of Honor
Date: March 22, 2017
Location: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commentator: Ian Riccaboni

We’re at….I have no idea where we are on the calendar at this point as we’re done with the 15th Anniversary Show but we’re also coming up on Supercard of Honor XI, meaning it’s almost impossible to tell where this show fits in. It’s the nature of the ROH beast though and it’s really never going to get better. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Ring of Honor TV – March 22, 2017: The Benefits of Good Wrestling

Smackdown – October 24, 2002: How Do You Like Your Wrestling?

Smackdown
Date: October 24, 2002
Location: Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee
Commentators: Tazz, Michael Cole

With No Mercy done (and Undertaker probably still bleeding), it’s time to start the road towards Survivor Series in about a month. The real buzz is about the Tag Team Titles though after Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle became the inaugural champions in a masterpiece. Unlike Raw, there are a few things I’m excited to see develop so let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Smackdown – October 24, 2002: How Do You Like Your Wrestling?

205 Live – March 21, 2017: The A, B and C Plots

205 Live
Date: March 21, 2017
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves

This is still an interesting show as they have an hour to only build to only one Wrestlemania match. In addition to that though, there is the Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick feud. I’m not sure when that’s going to be blown off but odds are it’s going to be on regular TV instead of any major show. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »205 Live – March 21, 2017: The A, B and C Plots

Main Event – March 16, 2017: Another Forgettable Show

Main Event
Date: March 16, 2017
Location: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

I’m hoping that things pick up a bit as we get closer to Wrestlemania but there’s a good chance that it’s just not going to happen. Main Event continues to be one of the most difficult to predict shows around as it seems to be the same thing, only to have a curve thrown in every so often. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Main Event – March 16, 2017: Another Forgettable Show

Main Event – March 23, 2017: The Main Event Musketeers

Main Event
Date: March 23, 2017
Location: Barclays Center, New York Center, New York
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

You would think this show might pick up a little bit with Wrestlemania just around the corner but odds are we’re looking at some combination of Jinder Mahal, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel in the first match, followed by a cruiserweight tag. At least the Raw highlights are quick but I’m not sure how long the already limited interest is going to last. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Main Event – March 23, 2017: The Main Event Musketeers

Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXV: Not So Fast

Wrestlemania XXV
Date: April 5, 2009
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 72,744
Commentators: Jim Ross, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler

After last year’s great show, we get….this. Wrestlemania 25 is often listed alongside the worst Wrestlemanias of all time. I watched it live and thought it sucked other than the candidate for best match ever in the middle of it. This is one of the ones that I wasn’t looking forward to but I have to be tortured for this job. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXV: Not So Fast

Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXIV: WOO!

Wrestlemania XXIV
Date: March 30, 2008
Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 74,365
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, Joey Styles, Tazz

We’re going outside for the first time in a long time for this one. It’s also the first time the show has been in Florida which is odd for some reason. Anyway the main events here are Undertaker challenging Edge for the title and Orton defending against HHH and Cena. As for HHH’s life mate Shawn, he’s facing Flair in what was pretty clearly going to be Flair’s last match. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXIV: WOO!

Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXIII: Make Your Own Joke

Wrestlemania XXIII
Date: April 1, 2007
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 80,103
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz, John Bradshaw Layfield, Joey Styles

To say this show was a success is an understatement. Until Rock vs. Cena, this show drew more PPV buys than any show in the history of the company, which says a lot when you consider what came before it. The main event here is Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga, which is the Battle of the Billionaires, as Donald Trump and Vince are backing the two respectively. The losing billionaire gets his head shaved. There’s also Cena vs. Shawn in what should be awesome. Let’s get to it. Continue Reading »Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XXIII: Make Your Own Joke

KB’s History of NXT Volumes 1 and 2 Now Available in Paperback

I don’t think I’d be going too far to suggest that NXT is one of the most entertaining and well received promotions to come along in years. Now it gets its own spot on Wrestlemania weekend and feels like a genuine alternative to the main roster. But how exactly did we get here?

In these books, I take a look back at the history of NXT from its debut at Full Sail University in June 2012 to the debut on the WWE Network (Volume I) and from the Arrival special all the way through Takeover: Dallas (Volume II), looking at 190 episodes of NXT plus all ten live specials. Each show is broken down match by match and segment by segment with context, play by play and analysis.

Both are ready to go from Amazon and are full on paperbacks. Volume I runs $11.99 (£ 9.99) and Volume II runs $13.99 (£ 10.99). They are available worldwide (only in English) from any country’s Amazon page but here are the US and UK links:

Volume I:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520167571

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1520167571

Volume II:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520167806

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1520167806

Or just search “KB’s NXT” on Amazon.

All of my e-books (24 different topics) are available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Hall/e/B00E6282W6

I hope you like these and please shoot me any questions you might have.

KB