Who should induct The Undertaker into the WWE Hall of Fame?

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Now that news is surfacing regarding The Undertaker’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, questions are rising as to who will induct the greatest WWE Superstar ever?

He wrestled on the very first episode of WWE Monday Night RAW on January 11, 1993. He wrestled at WrestleMania VII in 1991 and he wrestled at WrestleMania 33 in 2017. His legendary stature in the WWE has been no less than an inspiring one for the rookies and an entertaining one for the WWE Universe. He is an institution in himself – a league of his own – a legend by all means! He is The Undertaker.

Be it Monday Night RAW or SmackDown, The Undertaker has always delivered his best in the ring. Whether it’s Summer Slam, Survivor Series, WrestleMania or any other pay-per-view extravaganza, he has fought with his soul and poured out his blood and sweat inside the ring.

After being defeated by Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33, The Undertaker took off his coat, gloves, and hat and placed them in the middle of the ring, signaling that this match might have been his last.

Throughout his career in the WWE that began in 1990, The Undertaker has had countless matches of all types. His gimmicks have also changed over the years that included Western Mortician, The Deadman, Lord of Darkness, leader of the Ministry of Darkness, The American Bad Ass, Big Evil, The Phenom and The Last Outlaw. Where his gimmick of The Deadman led him to create his Lord of Darkness and The Phenom persona, it was his American Bad Ass gimmick that earned him much admiration. Cladded in jeans and jacket, wearing sunglasses and bandana, The Undertaker would enter the arena riding his motorbike. Those were the good days.

The Undertaker was one tough competitor. He knew the WWE inside out. However, his winning streak at WrestleMania, the grandest stage of them all, gave him the legendary status he holds today. He enjoyed 21 consecutive wins at WrestleMania from WrestleMania VII on March 24, 1991, to WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013. Perhaps the most shocking moment in WWE and WrestleMania history came forth on April 6, 2014, at WrestleMania XXX when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker, ending his streak. Michel Cole’s words still echo as if it were yesterday, “The Streak, is over!”

Now that news is surfacing regarding The Undertaker’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, questions are rising as to who will induct the greatest WWE Superstar ever?

In all honesty, I believe there are only three WWE Superstars who are worthy enough to induct The Undertaker. First, it is Kane, with whom The Undertaker reigned supreme as The Brothers of Destruction and won WWE Tag Team titles twice. However, it was the energy and electricity Kane and The Undertaker brought to the ring with them when fighting together. Their strength, agility, speed and height advantage over their opponents made them a force to reckon with.

Then there is Shawn Michaels. Michael became obsessed with The Undertaker and vowed to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania and end his streak. He fought two amazing matches against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 (April 5, 2009) and WrestleMania 26 (March 28, 2010). However, he could not get the job done. Later, Shawn Michaels’ partner in DX, Triple H, stood up against The Undertaker and fought him at two consecutive WrestleManias to end his streak. He first tried his luck at WrestleMania 27 (April 3, 2011) and later at WrestleMania 28 (April 1, 2012).

The Undertaker vs Triple H at WrestleMania 28, also known as ‘End of an Era’ match contested inside Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee was one defining moment in WWE history. At one point even Michaels tried to influence the decision by hitting The Undertaker with a Sweet Chin Music followed by a Pedigree by Triple H. However, The Undertaker kicked out. Following the end of the match, the sight we saw was beyond comprehension as it is still etched in memory. Triple H was unable to walk up the ramp on his own strength. The WWE Universe and the world saw Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker help Triple H walk out of the ring. The three competitors hugged each other before exiting the arena, leaving millions of memories behind.

I personally believe both Shawn Michaels and Triple H should induct The Undertaker. They were part of the End of an Era match, and they should induct The Undertaker into the WWE Hall of Fame for he has led and defined an Era in the WWE more than once.

However, I also believe that The Undertaker should continue making appearances on Monday Night RAW or SmackDown even if his in-ring career has come to an end. The best decision by the WWE could be to bring back the American Bad Ass gimmick and make The Undertaker the General Manager of SmackDown. Now that will be the beginning of a new Era in the WWE!

WrestleMania 33: Wins, Losses and The Undertaker saying goodbye!

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World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Wrestlemania 33 was indeed a showcase of the immortals held under the clear sky of Orlando, Florida, USA. Appearing in this year’s Wrestlemania were The New Day as the Hosts who, being a tag team of the New Era in the WWE,  could not overshadow the legends of the WWE’s Attitude Era who made their presence felt at WrestleMania with panache and force.

Among all the matches held at WrestleMania 33, I believe fivedid turn out to be memorable ones.

1. AJ Styles VS Shane McMahon

Winner: AJ Styles

Following their rivalry at SmackDown Live, AJ Styles and Shane McMahon decided to settle the score inside the squared circle. After an intense match during which Shane also delivered the infamous “Coast to Coast” on AJ Styles, it was Styles who cashed in the match after delivering his Phenomenal Forearm.

2. Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Match: The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c), Cesaro and Sheamus, and Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Winners: the Hardy Boyz

Just when the three teams of the match, originally on the cards as a Triple Threat Match for the WWE RAW tag Team Championships, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Cesaro and Sheamus and Enzo Amore and Big Cass were waiting for the bell to ring, the New Day informed of a fourth team to make their way to the ring. As soon as The Hardy Boyz’s entrance music hit, the Camping World Stadium in Orlando erupted into a frenzy of excitement. After making their return to the WWE after nearly seven years, The Hardy Boyz beat all odds to become the new WWE RAW Tag Team Champions.

3. Seth Rollins Vs. Triple H

Winner: Seth Rollins

Triple H along with Stephanie McMahon entered the ring on a badass looking motorcycle, which I guess was a tribute to The Undertaker’s American BadAss gimmick during the early 2000s. HHH was fighting against Seth Rollins in a non-sanctioned match to settle their scores. The highlight of the match was when HHH accidentally threw Stephanie off the ring apron making her crash through the table. This was enough distraction for HHH when Rollins delivered The Pedigree for the win.

4. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Former tag team champions, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt fought for the coveted WWE Championship. Orton had earned the right to compete in this match following his win at the 30-men over-the-top match at the Royal Rumble. Despite Wyatt’s evil ways to intimidate his opponent, Orton prevailed the onslaught and defeated his former tag team partner to become the new WWE Champion.

5. Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker

Winner: Roman Reigns

There is not a single WWE Superstar could ever match the thrills The Undertaker sends down the spine of the WWE Universe when making his way to the ring at Wrestlemania or on RAW and SmackDown.  Following his first-ever loss at WrestleMania by the hands of Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30 in April 2014, it was evident that The Undertaker would soon be hanging his gloves. At WrestleMania 33, The Undertaker wrestled against Roman Reigns, the former Shield member and The Big Dog in the WWE. The Undertaker gave a decent fight and delivered his signature moves, however, Reigns emerged victorious and cashed in the biggest win of this career by defeating The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Following the match, as the sold-out Camping World Stadium was clapping for The Undertaker and chanting “Thank You Taker!”, The Undertaker took off his gloves, leather robe and hat to place them in the middle of the ring. As he left the right, he broke character to hug his wife before making his way up the ramp. It is evident that this was perhaps the last match of The Undertaker’s illustrious wrestling career in the WWE. However, it would be great to see The Undertaker becoming the SmackDown General Manager not as The Deadman but as The American BadAss!

 

Goldberg wins WWE Universal Championship. What Next?

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He is known for his thunderous Spears and for his devastating Jackhammers. He is known for his dominating in-ring presence in the WWE. He is Bill Goldberg. However, it is safe to say that Goldberg was intimidating and much more during the 1990s when he was part of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) during 2003 to 2004. After a hiatus of nearly 12 years, Goldberg returned to the WWE in 2016. He continued his rivalry against Brock Lesnar, whom he beat at WrestleMania 20 in March 2004.

Although Goldberg looks a bit old, mainly because of his white mustache and beard and his not-so-fit physical appearance, he is, in fact, a part-time WWE superstar who has been sent to fame in the WWE. Following his win over Lesnar at the 2016 Survivor Series in November 2016, Goldberg’s future in the WWE looked dreary. However, Goldberg faced the then WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens, for the title match at the Fastlane 2017 on March 5, 2017. Goldberg, after Kevin’s attention was distracted by Chris Jericho, delivered him a Spear and a Jackhammer to win the match and become the new WWE Universal Champion.

This moment, although a historic one for Goldberg and the WWE, would have been a sight of repugnance especially for those full-time WWE Superstars who deliver their best every week on RAW. Perhaps the WWE wanted to give Goldberg one last Championship run before retiring. However, his match at WrestleMania 33 is against Brock Lesnar and it will be for the WWE Universal Championship. Stakes are pretty much high for this match however, with Goldberg winning his recent matched against Lesnar and Owens within two minutes may create a predictable nature to his match at WrestleMania 33. I hope these two Superstars do give the WWE Universe what it deserves, a good match with slams and powerful moves. I also believe that the WWE would add credibility and power to the WWE Universal Championship by making Goldberg wear it around his waist for some time. Who knows which part-time Superstar emerges from the oblivion to win this title. I certainly hope Lesnar does not remain a WWE Universal Champion for long and that the WWE must give one of the regular full-time WWE RAW Superstars to become the WWE Universal Champion. Until Goldberg is Champion, let us see what does he do NEXT!

WWE: Royal Rumble 2017 sizzles for more than one reason!

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The 30th annual Royal Rumble took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on January 29, 2017. The highlight of the evening was the supercharged matched between AJ Styles and John Cena where Styles was defending his WWE Championship. When it seemed AJ Styles will retain the title, Cena – eyeing a 16th World title win – delivered two consecutive Attitude Adjustments to Styles to win the World title, hence tying Ric Flair’s record of 16 World  Championship title wins. In another one-on-one confrontation, Kevin Owens successfully defended his WWE Universal Championship belt against Roman Reigns, after Reigns was beaten up by Brawn Stroman. The referee could not do anything as the match had a ‘no disqualification’ stipulation attached to it.

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The 30-men over the top Royal Rumble was the match everyone was waiting for especially after The Undertaker made his presence felt on Monday Night RAW with Goldberg and Brock Lesnar standing in the same ring. WWE fans were pondering over to who will eliminate these three legends of the sport.

Lesnar and Goldberg’s confrontation at the 2017 Royal Rumble, during the 30-men elimination match, was a Deja Vu moment following their match at Survivor Series (2016), where Goldberg defeated Lesnar in one minute and 26 seconds. At the Royal Rumble, however, Goldberg took a little time in dismantling The Beast after hitting him with a Spear and throwing him over the top rope. Minutes later, after delivering a Spear to The Undertaker, it was the Dead Man who eliminated Goldberg. However, Roman Reigns, made history – or perhaps a mistake – by eliminating The Undertaker from the Royal Rumble. With Randy Orton winning the 30-men over the top Royal Rumble match and securing his main event status at WrestleMania 33, he will face the WWE  Champion, John Cena, in renewing one of the most heated rivalries in recent memory.

Moreover, we will soon find out what matches will take place at WrestleMania now that we have multiple storylines brewing up where The Undertaker could face Roman Reigns, Goldberg could face Brock Lesnar, or perhaps – in a dream match – we could have a triple threat encounter at Wrestlemania with Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar Vs. The Undertaker. Let’s see what WrestleMania has in store for the WWE Universe.

WWE: Will Kurt Angle make his WWE return anytime soon?

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The former Olympic gold medalist, Kurt Angle, who many few years as a WWE Superstar at the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) by the ring name of name Kurt Angle, has recently been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. After appearing in his last match for the WWE in 2006, Kurt Angle left for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling. Although Angle was a WWE Superstar of repute, he did not return to the WWE, not even as a surprise entrant in any of the Royal Rumble 30-man over-the-top matches.

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However, now that Angle has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, it is expected that Kurt Angle’s iconic music just might hit during the 30-man Royal Rumble match for a world championship match at WrestleMania 33. Although Angle returning to the WWE at the Royal Rumble are merely rumors, at the moment, they might become a reality now that Angle is yet again associated with the WWE as a Hall of Famer. The WWE might come up with a storyline for Angle to enter the Royal Rumble match that may give him more in-ring appearances following the Royal Rumble at Monday Night RAW or Smackdown Live. If Kurt does return to the WWE at the Royal Rumble, he will doing so after a hiatus of 11-years.  It is yet to be seen what future Angle will have in the WWE. Now that Angle is a Hall of Famer, it pretty much means that his in-ring career is over however, he might show up for verbal confrontations with WWE’s heel characters in delivering them his famous Angle Locks and the Olympic Slam. The landscape of the WWE will certainly change, even if Angle returns to the WWE as a non-competitive wrestler.

Milestone Achieved: Babar Azam – First Pakistani to score 1,000 runs in 21 ODI innings

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It seems lady luck is finally shining over Pakistan’s cricket team. After defeating Australia on Australian soil after 12 years, the Pakistan ODI cricket team’s Babar Azam became the first Pakistani to score 1,000 career runs in 21 ODI innings. He equals a record that was set 37-years ago and puts his name in the history books of cricket. Well done Babar!

Included in this exclusive club are Sir Viv Richards (West Indies), Kevin Pietersen (England), Jonathan Trott (England) and Quinton de Kock (South Africa) who scored 1,000 runs in 21 innings. The inclusion of Babar Azam in this list will certainly be a morale booster for Pakistan cricket. The 22-year old right-hand batsman made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Lahore on May 31, 2015, while played his first Test match against the West Indies at Dubai in October 2016.

On January 19, 2017, when Pakistan played the 3rd ODI of its series against Australia at Perth, Babar Azam scored 84 (100) while scoring four boundaries and a six. Along with opener Sharjeel Khan who scored 50 off 71 balls, both gave Pakistan a decent target of 263 in 50 overs.

Babar Azam’s shot selection and his temperament on the pitch during the last many ODIs are a testament to his batting skills and hints at him becoming a long-serving player of Pakistan’s ODI squad. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the team management must ensure that they do not keep moving Azam up and down the order and let him play at one spot so he can focus on her career while adding value to the team.