Donald Trump and WWE

Hear Donald Trump discussed on the Secret Cave Podcast!

While everyone else taps out their vitriol or support for the USA’s new President-elect, I think it’s best that Secret Cave not overtly take any political stance.  Since we’re a site that likes to focus on the forgotten elements of things, I thought i’d throw his ludicrous WWE appearances into the hat instead.  After all, this is the first time a WWE Hall-of-Famer will be taking residence at the White House, and I do think that holds some significance worth implying.  He’s had a lot of important positions in his time, but President is several steps up from noted-wrestling-cameo.  …   [continue reading]

Hyperreality and Suspended Disbelief in Wrestling

“AS GOD AS MY WITNESS, HE IS BROKEN IN HALF.”

Mankind plummets 16ft into an announce table from the top of a cell, and Jim Ross — genuinely fearing for Mankind’s life — reacts with the same conviction he would if he knew there was no threat at all.

The greatest wrestling personalities are the greatest actors, athletes and public speakers. They’re the ones who create the hyperreality of wrestling, and allow us slip in and out of the state of suspended disbelief.

Despite the WWE’s best efforts in the past, there’s no way you’re still unaware that wrestling is scripted.…   [continue reading]

Why Is The Undertaker So Important?

Hear the writers discuss this subject on the Secret Cave Podcast!

As the Phenom, the Dead Man and a clearly Big Evil, The Undertaker has been the stuff of legends from his very beginnings.  It’s not even something many people have questioned or considered.  The Undertaker is absolutely brilliant and it’s as simple as that.  The closest anyone will get is smarks dissecting his in-ring limitations, while openly accepting his undeniable quality.  I would find it utterly impossible to understand any argument that paints him as less than iconic.  A true deity in the world of sports entertainment, his long and decorated career is absolutely one of the most important things in the industry.  …   [continue reading]

And What a Maneuver, Right Here on Monday Night Raw!

Grainy video quality as Bam Bam Pigelow walks down the aisle. Chucking his arms up in the air and roaring for some reason. Horrendous ‘heavy’ ‘rock’ ‘music’ thunders through the crowd at the Manhattan Centre. It’s 1993, and tone-deaf Bam Bam’s grunting his name on his own intro music.

What’s this? Forgettable Jobber’s being given a half-arsed introduction moments before Bam Bam punches him in the head and knocks him down for far too long.

Camera angle changes just as BAM BAM’S COMING OFF THE ROPES WITH A CLOTHESLINE AND OH WHAT A MANEUVER RIGHT HERE ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW.

Headbutt, and WHAT A MANEUVER.…   [continue reading]

The Montreal Screwjob

Much has been written about the Montreal Screwjob, easily the most controversial moment in wrestling history and the catalyst for what would be known as the Attitude Era.  It’s become an infamous milestone – almost a rite of passage for those learning about sports entertainment and its many treasures.  An incident that at first seems hazed in confusion and contradiction, when lucidly explained its simplicity in fact compliments its impact.  As such, i’m going to try my hardest to be as salient as I can in an article that won’t exceed six-hundred words.

To understand the notion of a screwjob, as it’s known, requires at least basic knowledge of kayfabe.  …   [continue reading]

WrestleMania X-Seven

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No one denies that, despite a fair few shaky years, WrestleMania is the grandaddy of them all – where it all began, where it all begins again and all the other rhetoric they throw at you to sell tickets.  While there are certainly many who would take against WrestleMania’s seventeenth offering for killing the overrated Attitude era, or indeed presenting a show of sports entertainment rather than ‘rassling, it still remains the most critically lauded.  Just one look at the card shows amazing initial promise, and it’s something the entire pay-per-view lived up to in spades.

Featuring, in large part, the culmination of years of storytelling, WrestleMania X-Seven managed to give basically all of its players the swansong they deserved before transitioning into the oft-overlooked Ruthless Aggression era.  …   [continue reading]