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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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EOTR Tag Team Tuesdays: The Undertaker And Kane

By @TrueGodImmortal 

For the first several years of his WWF career, the Undertaker was seen as a solo star. Through the years, he had been a solo entity with Paul Bearer in his corner until Bearer turned against Taker and began a feud with him. Shortly after their feud got underway, Bearer hinted at Taker having a brother who was believed to have died in a fire, but he rose from the ashes. As silly as this is now, then it was a huge deal and it led to what would become an epic feud. Undertaker's brother was named Kane, and shortly after their feud, Kane and Taker would join forces briefly. The brotherly reunion was short lived in 1998, but we got a glimpse of how well these two could work together. After feuding with each other again briefly in 1999, Taker went on a hiatus for months, before returning in 2000.

Once Taker returned, we got to see the two team up as Taker was well into his American Badass persona, but that was short lived as well, with Kane turning on Taker. After another short feud against each other, Taker and Kane would go on to reunite in late 2000, just in time for the Royal Rumble 2001. The Rumble made their reunion official and throughout 2001, these two would stick together. Starting with their first PPV tag team title match at No Way Out 2001 against The Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian, Taker and Kane would make their presence felt in the tag division. After coming up short in their quest for the tag titles, Kane and Taker would briefly feud with Rikishi and Haku leading into their respective singles matches at Wrestlemania 17. After that brief feud, we got a full fledged tag team and a name. They were now the Brothers of Destruction and they had their sights set on tag team gold. It wouldn't take long for them to accomplish that goal.

Since Taker was involved in a singles feud with Triple H, who had just teamed up with Stone Cold Steve Austin, we would end up getting a huge tag team feud between Taker and Kane vs Triple H and Austin, and the stakes got raised even higher when Taker and Kane won the tag team titles from Edge and Christian. At Backlash 2001, Taker and Kane lost the tag titles to Austin and Triple H, and continued their feud into Judgment Day 2001 in singles matches. After this feud ended, we would then see a feud brewing between Diamond Dallas Page and The Undertaker. As Chris Kanyon came in to help team with DDP, Kane and Taker would team up for battle against these two as well. After defeating The Natural Born Thrillers for the WCW Tag Team Titles, The Brothers of Destruction would end up unifying those belts with the WWE Tag Team Titles for a moment after a huge cage match against DDP and Kanyon at Summerslam 2001. 

After losing their WWF Tag Team Titles to The Dudley Boyz, The Brothers of Destruction would briefly feud with Kronik before that team fell apart and went away. They would lose their WCW Tag Team Titles to Booker T and Test before going their separate ways again after Survivor Series 2001. Years would pass and the Brothers of Destruction would feud with each other off and on, including a Wrestlemania 20 contest that signaled the return of the Undertaker to his Deadman persona. The Brothers of Destruction would briefly reunite in 2005 during their respective feuds with Snitsky and Heindereich, but that, like most of their reunions was short lived. Their next official reunion came in 2006 via Smackdown, as they would feud together against MVP and Mr. Kennedy, as well as Booker T and Finlay briefly. After their 2006 reunion, we didn't see the two together often, but they did team sporadically through 2007, 2008, and 2009, before feuding once more in 2010.

The final chapters of their team came through 2012, 2013, and 2015, first starting in 2012 when the two reunited for a special segment at RAW 1000, and again in 2013 when Undertaker helped Kane and Daniel Bryan take on The Shield. The last chapter of this team came against The Wyatt Family, and it took place at the event Taker debuted at, Survivor Series. The Brothers Of Destruction weren't an all time legendary team, but their legacy rests well within each man's career and they are still a great team to observe and watch. If only they could have got a longer title reign during their time together.


Monday, October 16, 2017

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EOTR Match Of The Week: Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho vs Eddie Guerrero vs X-Pac

By @Phranchize19

We continue our Intercontinental Championship series with a fast paced match from some of the best wrestlers ever.

Jericho has an obnoxious way about him that fans love. We all know the history between Jericho and Stephanie McMahon. Jericho at No Mercy had injured X-Pac with a power bomb and following that, he injured Eddie Guerrero with the Walls of Jericho. In January, Jericho won the IC title from Benoit in a Ladder Match so all three of these men had an axe to grind with Jericho. With the way Jericho insulted Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon decided it would be fair if all three men got a shot at Jericho and the IC title.

The Match
This match starts with Jericho vs Eddie with Benoit and X-Pac battling outside. Once Benoit disposed of X-Pac, he and Guerrero double team Jericho. Jericho finally gets the upper hand only to be stopped by X-Pac. As the action continues, Benoit and Jericho fight outside while Guerrero and X Pac fight inside. After X-Pac takes a frog splash, Jericho interrupts the count. Jericho is then pummeled by Benoit and is pinned but Guerrero puts the foot on the rope. Benoit and Guerrero again double team Jericho. After a few pin attempts, Benoit and Guerrero finally begin to fight each other. As they fight each other, Jericho and X-Pac come in and attempt a double pin only for a near fall. We get back to Jericho vs Benoit in the ring. After these two go back and forth, the other competitors come to the ring. Jericho has maintained control at this point and Justin Credible comes out, but is attacked by Jericho. After Benoit is disposed by X-Pac and Credible, Jericho hits the lionsault on Guerrero but X-Pac breaks up the count. We finally get all four men in the ring where Benoit suplexes Guerrero. X-Pac then hits a mean spinning kick on Benoit and while trying to gloat, he gets rolled up by Jericho who wins the match.

-Benoit tells Guerrero to go up top in an attempt to double team X-Pac but puts him in the crossface instead 
-While X-Pac is attempting a Bronco Buster Jericho drop kicks him
-Guerrero reverses an Irish whip by Benoit into a hurricanrana
-Jericho puts all 3 men in the Walls of Jericho in a span of about 20 seconds 
-Benoit is pulled out of the ring and Credible and X-Pac both superkick him
-Guerrero performs a Mr. Perfect style neckbreaker on Benoit while he has the cross face applied to X-Pac

Grade and Analysis
While not a classic, this was still a fun Intercontinental Championship bout. The storytelling about what Jericho has done to all these men in the months preceding was smart. The action was fast with very few down spots. It wasn’t opening the show but this could’ve opened it as it was an energetic match that didn’t fail to disappoint. Lack of time hurt the bout more than anything, but it was a solid contest

Rating: 7.5/10


Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Eyes On NFL: Week 6 Games To Watch

By @TrueGodImmortal

Week 6 of the NFL season is upon us. We've seen some interesting things during the season, and with the middle of the season approaching, a lot of teams know where they stand going forward. While there aren't too many games that stick out this week as being possibly great, there are a few that will be interesting. Let's take a look at those.

*Philadelphia Eagles vs Carolina Panthers 

-This is one of the most interesting games for sure. With both teams coming into this one at 4-1, it'll be interesting to see what the outcome is. Carson Wentz is playing well, but the Panthers defense has provided some trouble for a number of quarterbacks so far this year and it could be the same for Wentz. On the other hand, Cam Newton is playing absolutely like the MVP and shows no signs of letting up. Will Cam end continuing his winning ways with another great performance? Or will the Eagles soar to another victory?

*Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings 

-I am usually not excited for NFC North battles and this isn't really much different. The Packers are 4-1 however, and with Sam Bradford back (I think Case Keenum will start likely), this game could get interesting. I would keep an eye on Stefon Diggs for the Vikings, but of course, the man to watch in this game is AR12, Aaron Rodgers. The Vikings defense is solid, but Rodgers breaks down defenses quite often. Can he do it again? All signs can seem to point to a yes, and for that reason alone, this game is one to look out for. Here's hoping Rodgers puts up 300 plus yards and at least 3 TDs.

*Detroit Lions vs New Orleans Saints

-In a way, this game has no business being on this list. The Lions, on paper, should be heavy favorites, as they've proven that they are a good enough time. However, Drew Brees is still Drew Brees and with the Adrian Peterson situation taken care of, perhaps the offense will flow much smoother. Matt Stafford will likely have a good game against this terrible Saints defense, but will it be enough? I would say yes, and I predict the Lions pull out the win in what should be a shootout.

*New England Patriots vs New York Jets 

-First things first, the Patriots defense is still terrible. Don't be fooled by the horrible field goal kicks and the miscues from Jameis, the Patriots should have lost to the Bucs. The Bucks had a touchdown overturned and missed about 4 field goals, most of which should have been easy to make. The Patriots secondary still hasn't found their niche yet, but perhaps they won't have to against the Jets. Surprisingly, both teams have the same record and I would have never guessed that would be the case going into week 6. However, the Jets and the Patriots could be interesting if the Patriots defense doesn't step up. I expect the Patriots to win, but wouldn't be surprised to see the Jets pull off an upset.

*Los Angeles Rams vs Jacksonville Jaguars 

-This game could very be one of the most intriguing of the season. I never expected either team to be where they are right now and that's with winning records. While that could all change by the next week or two, I still think this game could be interesting. Could the Jaguars defense slow down the production of the Rams offense, mainly Todd Gurley? Can Blake Bortles actually have a good game offensively for once? Can Jared Goff shine in this game? Who walks away from this game with the victory? Those questions are enough to make me tune in.

*Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs 

-Big Ben looks washed. He doesn't seem the same. While he can still manage to get some passes in, he hasn't looked great this season and father time might be calling him to the retirement land. Still, the Steelers have Le'Veon Ball and Antonio Brown, along with a solid defense, so you can't count them out. However, the Chiefs come into this game undefeated and with all the momentum in the world on their side. They could very well end up 6-0 in this game. Kareem Hunt is a beast, and Alex Smith is playing the best football of his career. Can the Chiefs maintain their undefeated run and defeat the Steelers? I think they will and they'll get a measure of revenge for what occurred in the playoffs last season. This is probably the most must see game of the week, as the Chiefs are still reigning as the best team in football until further notice.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Eyes On WWE: The 5 Best Matches Of The Shield

By @TrueGodImmortal

The return of The Shield is upon us. One of the only things the WWE has booked right in the last 5 years, The Shield was a force when they were together and people still clamor for them together. This has led the WWE to reunite the most important trio of this decade, and there are some interesting possibilities going forward. However, in order to really be excited for the reunion, you have to know the history. That's why we are here today. Let's take a look back at the 5 best Shield matches in the WWE as we get closer and closer to TLC.

5. The Shield vs John Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback
Elimination Chamber 2013

-I remember going into this match being nervous. I was certain that the WWE was about to fuck up the booking of The Shield by making them lose their first match in the company to the faux superman team of Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus. I didn't have high expectations for this match, but I was very surprised, as the match turned out great. There are a few other random six man tag matches that could have taken this spot, but this match being a pleasant surprise is what earns it a top 5 spot. The Shield get the victory and maintain their dominant run in the early stages for the Hounds of Justice.

4. The Shield vs The Undertaker, Kane, and Daniel Bryan
Raw, April 2013

-It was funny. After the Undertaker and CM Punk went at it at Wrestlemania 29, Punk disappeared for a few months. Taker on the other hand, decided to stick around for a little bit to help put The Shield over. This match was excellent, and it took place in the UK, so the crowd was on fire. On top of that, anytime you put Ambrose and Rollins in the ring with Bryan, you were sure to get a classic. This is one of my favorite matches ever on RAW, and definitely a top 10 match on RAW of the decade. When the smoke cleared, The Shield stood tall once again, walking away with the victory, earning their biggest victory as a collective up until this point.

3. The Shield vs Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Ryback
TLC 2012

-The original match of The Shield. The first contest. A month after debuting, the Hounds of Justice would take part in a brutal TLC match that kicked off what would end up as one of the biggest matches of the era. The TLC PPV didn't have much to rave about, but this match would end up being a great way to close out the year. All of these men put it on the line and left everything out there, with a lot of high impact offense being the focus of the match, and some huge spots, including a Seth Rollins spot that looked beyond brutal. Luckily Seth was okay, but the match is one of the most physical debut matches in WWE, but The Shield did what they do best and earned a victory, which kicked off their career in WWE on the right foot.

2. The Shield vs Evolution
Extreme Rules 2014

-I wanted to put this at No. 1, but it just missed the mark. In what was a dream feud in many ways, we got to see the most intriguing trio of the 2010s against the most intriguing faction of the 2000s. As a result, going into Extreme Rules had a big fight feel to it, and we weren't disappointed by what we got from both of these trios. Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton worked together well again, while The Shield did what they do best here. While the Payback match was a bit more intense, this match was aggressive and seemed about as even as can be. The Shield would pull out a big victory here, and they would start the process of burying the Evolution name and faction once and for all. This match is a definite must see.

1. The Shield vs The Wyatt Family
Elimination Chamber 2014

-There was no other choice for the best. This was the culmination of a full year's worth of begging from the fans for the mega match between the two top factions in the WWE and the very moment that we got it, the world was set on fire. While this match should have been at Wrestlemania 30 instead of Elimination Chamber, the energy in the arena for this contest was electric. The actual match itself was special, as both teams gave each other eveyyhting they had, but a miscommunication led to The Shield taking a loss and The Wyatt Family reigning victorious. Surprisingly, this is the only match on this list that The Shield lost, but in a losing effort, they managed to give their best performance. That speaks to their talent.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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EOTR Tag Team Tuesdays: 5 Great WWE Tag Team Feuds

By @TrueGodImmortal

Tag team wrestling was once a foundation that the WWE was built upon. We saw all the legendary tag teams from Demolition to the Hart Foundation to The Rockers, and many more rise through the ranks and become popular. The thing is, these teams all needed a great rival to become who they are. Today, we look back at some of the best tag team feuds in the WWE history. Some of these are more recent, as two of the best feuds of the 2000s for the entire company have come in the last year. With that being said, let's take a look at 5 great WWE tag team feuds.

*The Hardy Boyz vs Edge & Christian 

-Of course, there's no other feud from the Attitude Era that shaped wrestling quite like this. One would argue that the Dudley Boyz should be included but the truth of the matter is, there was no need to include them into the rivalry aside from the tables element for TLC. While that was a big deal and a huge part of the rivalry, this feud kicked off with The Brood (Edge and Christian) splitting from Michael Hayes and The Hardy Boyz taking their spots, then the two young teams fighting over the managerial services of Terri Runnels. Literally, from May 1999 onward, these two teams were feuding with each other off and on for the better part of two years. The feud got heated with the great Terri Runnels Invitational series that culminated in a classic Ladder Match and from there, tag team wrestling was never the same. The two teams would do battle in a very good match at No Way 2000, which is underrated, and then of course, they would have their epic series that included the Dudley Boyz, spawning three classic TLC matches and a classic Triple Threat Tag Team Ladder Match. There are more great matches between just the two teams, along with a ladder Match on RAW shortly after Summerslam 2000, and a great Steel Cage Match for the titles at Unforgiven 2000. There are no two teams that are more synonymous with each other than these two teams, and it's possible this is the greatest tag team feud in WWE history.

*Los Guerreros vs Rey Mysterio and Edge vs Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit 

-A short lived feud that stands as the best tag team feud of the Ruthless Aggression era. It's crazy, because with all of the other teams from the era, these three teams are the most memorable and their 2 month feud for the Smackdown tag team titles gave us a number of classic matches. First, we can talk about Kurt Angle and Benoit going against Los Guerreros on Smackdown prior to No Mercy 2002 to set up the Smackdown tag title tournament Finals, which was a great match. Or, we could talk Edge and Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle and Benoit in one of the greatest tag team title matches ever at No Mercy 2002. We could also reference the Edge and Rey Mysterio vs Los Guerreros tag team match that took place a week later on Smackdown. That was another great battle. Or, for good measure, we could also talk about the classic 2 out of 3 falls Tag Team Title match between Angle and Benoit vs Edge and Mysterio, another match that absolutely raised the bar. The match that closed out the feud officially was the epic triple threat Tag Team Elimination match at Survivor Series 2002, where Los Guerreros walked away as the winners of the titles and the winners of the feud. This is the greatest short feud of all time in WWE, as there is no three way feud that spawned more classics in two months than this. Not even close.

*Hart Foundation vs British Bulldogs 

-Going back to the older WWF days in the 80's, these were the top two teams in the world. When the wrestling world refused to adapt and evolved, the Hart Foundation and British Bulldogs attempted to make them evolve and their matches were the first sign of the next wave that would actually hit the WWF some years later. Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid made up one of the best yet most underrated teams ever, while the legacy of Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart is solidified. From matches on the MSG Network, WWF Superstars, house shows, Prime Time Wrestling, and Wrestlemania 3, these two teams battled it out for years and would end up having the tag team rivalry of the 80's without question. Their best match however came on Saturday Night's Main Event in a best two out of three falls that finished with a screwed ending, but the action was top notch. These two are the best teams of the 80's, so it is no shock their feud makes this list.

*The New Day vs The Usos 

-Is it too early to call this a classic feud? After what I just witnessed this weekend? No. Not at all. In fact, I don't even want this feud to end. It's the best thing going in WWE right now and I can remember everyone saying they wanted New Day to break up just a few months back... hell even a year ago. Now look at them. The New Day and The Usos are having the feud of the year over on Smackdown and they are the highlight of that show at the moment. The Usos and The New Day have feuded before this year, and their feud then was fun to watch, but once The Usos hit their stride as heels and The New Day found new life by coming to Smackdown, everything changed. Starting with their match at Money In The Bank 2017, their feud seemed to get better and better. Battleground 2017 would see the two teams have another great match, before reaching their peak at Summerslam on the pre-show. They would put on a classic street fight in Vegas at Smackdown, and this would then lead to their most recent battle, and perhaps their best, inside  Hell In A Cell. These two teams have traded the tag team titles back and forth, and despite the title changes, they've made tag team wrestling fun again in 2017. Aside from their awful rap battle with terrible host Wale, these two teams have had a flawless feud, making this one of the best tag team feuds we've seen in years.

*The Revival vs DIY 

-There haven't been many feuds in the WWE this decade that has really hit the mark, but NXT struck gold with their greatest tag team feud in their short history. One could argue that The Revival vs American Alpha is close to this rivalry, and you would be correct in that assumption, but there was something about this rival that we just couldn't get enough of. Whether it was their involvement in the Triple Threat Tag Team Title match at NXT Takeover Orlando, their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover Toronto, or their near classic at NXT Takeover Brooklyn 2016, these two teams delivered every time they faced off, and I only wish we could have seen a few more contests between the two. Still, what we've witnessed from both teams is beyond legendary and when we look back on this feud 10 years from now, it'll still be remembered as a classic feud, just like the rest of these listed.