As SmackDown‘s first dedicated PPV post-WrestleMania, my expectations for BackLash were as low as they were for Payback. In fact, if anything, my expectations were a little lower. However you try to dance around it, SmackDown‘s a B-show. That doesn’t mean it can’t bring some compelling things to the table. It’s just that, by and large, you can always look to Raw for a bit of added spectacle. With a main event pitching Jinder Mahal against Randy Orton, my hopes were far from high. The only thing on the card of real intrigue, to me, was the inevitable debut of Shinsuke Nakamura on a WWE main roster.… [continue reading]
In the wake of a largely enjoyable WrestleMania, I always expected Payback this year to naturally fall short. The lead-in to it was weak. Its card didn’t seem to present anything of any intrigue. After all, the superstar shake-up was quite a heavy distraction. That aside, there was still plenty of room for something to be pulled out of the bag. On the whole, it would be fair to describe Payback as a slightly below-par affair. However, with the inclusion of the awful “House of Horrors” match, I can’t help but give this a pretty resoundingly negative review.
There wasn’t really a single segment of this PPV that engaged me.… [continue reading]
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]
“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]
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]
Controversial backstage antics aside, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t consider Shawn Michaels one of the best ring technicians to ever enter the squared circle. The King of the Oversell (until dethroned by The Rock) and one of the most entertaining athletes to hit our screens, Michaels completely voids the crimes of his personality with every inspired flourish and line of mic work. A magnet for five-star matches, you could always be assured that he would bring you fluid execution and developed psychology.
A holder of a variety of championship belts, his success is officially well documented. Generally well received by the audience too, finding anyone who will straight up deny his talents is a rarity I greet for its comic value. … [continue reading]
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.
While i’m only three articles into writing about wrestling and this is the second spotlighting someone called Jim, it’s simply a subject I had to discuss today. It’s odd how things happen. Thinking about Jim Cornette and his incredible live appearances after my write-up on him two weeks ago, I sent him a cursory tweet asking him if he’d ever show his face in England again. Hearing back from him almost instantly that he’ll in fact be making some appearances in just less than a month, I bought VIP tickets instantly to his upcoming Inside the Ropes show with Jim Ross himself (how could I pass up a chance to get a picture with two of my absolute heroes?).… [continue reading]
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]
Look at this grotesque Momma’s boy with his loaded tennis racket. Isn’t that just one of the most punchable looks for anyone to sport, anywhere in the world and at any time? Such is the genius of the heat-getting motherfucker that is Jim Cornette, King of the shoot interview and advocate for that old-timey wrestling your grandmother used to watch. In my opinion, to not be aware of Cornette and what he’s brought to the squared circle is to disregard the entire medium – which i’m sure many of you do anyway (since this isn’t a dedicated wrestling/sports entertainment blog).