Things That Take Bumps in the Night: The Most Horrifying Halloween Havoc Moments

Tis’ the spooky season! So I’m celebrating by looking at the most ghoulish, terrifying, bone-chilling series of pay-per-views in all of wrestling – WCW’s Halloween Havoc! Every October from 1989 to 2000, wrestling fans were petrified by plastic pumpkins, terrible booking, and some of the most idiotic decisions in pro wrestling. Sure, this staple of World Championship Wrestling had plenty of memorable moments, from incredible matches such as Mysterio and Guerrero, multiple Texas Death Matches, Savage vs. DDP and the thundercage tag team match, to the wonderful little touches like beautiful seasonal sets, horror legend Elvira promoting the event, and Paul Heyman dressed as a vampire. However, Halloween Havoc is mostly remembered for the curse it cast upon those that appeared on it – the curse of fucking terrible wrestling. So, prepared to be spooked as we explore the worst moments in Halloween Havoc history.

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Every Dave Meltzer Minus Five-Star Match: Ranked from Best to Worst

One month ago, I embarked on my biggest project to date – searching through every match given a full five stars by renowned journalist, Dave Meltzer, and ranking my top twenty personal favourites (CLICK HERE TO READ). It took many hours of research and hard work, but after channeling my inner Meltzer, the amazing response I received was more than worth it. However, after spending so many hours indulging in these rare, amazing quality matches, it got me thinking about an even rarer type of match, a match so bad it had to be banished to the other end of the grappling spectrum. While just over ninety matches were given that prestigious five-star rating, only five bouts in the history of professional wrestling were branded with the dreaded minus five stars. Out of the hundreds of thousands of matches to take place since 1983 when the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was founded, only five were considered to be the worst of the worst.

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Top 10 Worst Story Modes in Wrestling Video Games

I’ve spent a significant portion of my life playing wrestling video games, and it’s probably one of the main reasons why my social and romantic lives are both in the state they are. The majority of the many, many hours I have sunk into these grappling games were spent playing story modes – career modes, roads to Wrestlemanias, season modes, whatever name they were under, I was obsessed with them. Over the years, I’ve played plenty of fantastic story modes (click here for a list on those), but I’ve also wasted plenty of hours on some absolute stinkers that left me feeling bored, and at times, angry. So, with many years of experience sitting alone in my house having nothing better to do than create CAWs and play through their wrestling journeys, I’ve put my knowledge to good use by ranking the worst of the worst. Here are my Top 10 Worst Story Modes in Wrestling Video Games.

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Top 10 Worst Wrestling Stable Names in History

Names – they’re pretty important. In the crazy world of wrestling, it’s essential to get a name right as it’s often the first detail fans will know about you. A great name tells the audience exactly what a wrestler is about, and what their prerogative inside the ring is, especially when it comes to stables. On the other hand though, get a name wrong, and it can make everything set off to a very bad start. In fact, some names are so terrible, they destroy a stable’s run instantly with no hope of success.  But out of all the factions seen in promotions across the world over the last five decades or so, which stables have created the worst monikers? Well, there’s no need to decide for yourself because I’ve done all the hard work for you (you’re welcome). Here are the Top 10 Worst Stable Names.

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Top 10 Best Wrestling Stable Names in History

Names – they’re pretty important.  In the crazy world of wrestling, it’s essential to get a name right as it’s often the first detail fans will know about you. A great name tells the audience exactly what a wrestler is about, and what their prerogative inside the ring is, especially when it comes to stables. When a group of competitors come together, it’s vital they choose a name that reflects their relationship, their shared vision, their in-ring style, and their appearance. Having a fantastic name can be the difference between a faction just being good, and a faction being great. But out of all the pairings seen in promotions across the world over the last five decades or so, which stables have created the most memorable monikers? Well, there’s no need to decide for yourself because I’ve done all the hard work for you (you’re welcome). Here are the Top 10 Best Stable Names.

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Top 10 Worst Tag Team Names in History

Names – they’re pretty important.  In the crazy world of wrestling, it’s important to get a name right as it’s often the first detail fans will know about you. A great name tells the audience exactly what a wrestler is about, and what their prerogative inside the ring is, especially when it comes to tag teams. On the other hand though, get a name wrong, and it can make everything set off to a very bad start. In fact, some names are so terrible, they destroy a tag team’s run instantly with no hope of success. But out of all the pairings seen in promotions across the world over the last five decades or so, which teams have doomed themselves the most with miserable monikers? Well, there’s no need to decide for yourself because I’ve done all the hard work for you. Here are the Top 10 Worst Tag Team Names.

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Top 10 Best Tag Team Names in History

Names – they’re pretty important.  In the crazy world of wrestling, it’s essential to get a name right as it’s often the first detail fans will know about you. A great name tells the audience exactly what a wrestler is about, and what their prerogative inside the ring is, especially when it comes to tag teams. When two competitors come together, it’s vital they choose a name that reflects their relationship, their in-ring style, and their appearance. Having a fantastic name can be the difference between a team just being good, and a team being great. But out of all the pairings seen in promotions across the world over the last five decades or so, which teams have given themselves the most memorable monikers? Well, there’s no need to decide for yourself because I’ve done all the hard work for you (you’re welcome). Here are the Top 10 Best Tag Team Names.

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Top 20 Dave Meltzer Five-Star Matches

In every other field of entertainment, whether it be music, television, film, etc., the determination of how good or bad something is isn’t down to one individual. Opinions from hundreds of critics are gathered to determine whether a piece of cinema or music is universally acclaimed, middle of the road, or panned by the world. Yet as it is in so many ways, wrestling is unique when it comes to critical opinion. Despite being enjoyed by millions of people around the world, there is only one opinion that truly determines how good a match is. Sure, there are hundreds of podcasters, YouTubers, journalists and fans out there that give their opinions on every match they’ve ever seen, and yes, you may be interested in what certain people have to say, yet in the wider context of the wrestling world, their opinion holds no real merit. No match is ever quoted as being 10/10 or absolutely perfect because somebody from WhatCulture said so, or because another wrestler is quoted as saying it is, no matter how admired they are by the community. However, if respected journalist Dave Meltzer says a match is five stars, then it’s known forever as a five-star match.

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What Wrestling Means to Me – One Year Anniversary Special

On August 25th 2016, I started this blog as a way of expressing my views and knowledge on my biggest love in life – wrestling. It has dominated my life for as long as I can remember, in the last twelve months more so than ever, so for my one year anniversary, I am going to explain exactly why I spend hours upon hours every single week watching and writing about this wonderful, crazy sport we all adore. Here is what wrestling means to me.

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Five Potential WWE Tournaments

Wrestling fans absolutely love tournaments. Well, I know I do anyway. All across the world, tournaments are the highlights of every promotion’s annual calendar, such as NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors, PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles, Lucha Underground’s Cueto Cup, WCPW’s Pro Wrestling World Cup, and Progress’ Super Strong Style. From the King of the Ring to the Cruiserweight Classic, tournaments have always been a part of WWE programming, yet in the last few years, they really have seemed to have made a comeback, with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and the upcoming Mae Young Classic. These tournaments always prove to be successful, pulling in a lot of praise and attention for their great in-ring action, surprising and memorable moments, and ability to create stars. With that in mind, perhaps it’s time for WWE to draw up a few more brackets and order a few more trophies. But what tournaments could WWE potentially do in the near future? Well, I have a few suggestions. Here are Five Potential WWE Tournaments.

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