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Retro: WrestleMania X7 (2001) Recap

February 26, 2010 20 comments

Friday is going to become my retro column posting day. With WrestleMania coming around the corner, I figured it would be a good idea to re-post the various WM columns I have in my archive. I currently have writeups for WM 17, 19, 21, 22, 23 and 25 in my archives. Why don’t I have all of them? Because at various points in my writing career I wrote less. I’m a pretty random guy in many ways. Anyway, here’s the original writeup for the best PPV in WWF/E history: WrestleMania X7. It’s in its original form. I’m not editing. It was written in 2001, so any predictions about future possibilities can be laughed at if you want. If you’ve never seen the show, find it and watch it. If you have seen it, reminisce with me. And then watch it again. It should be viewed multiple times. Enjoy.

WrestleMania X7 Recap
Originally written April 2, 2001. The show took place in the Houston Astrodome and the announcers were Jim Ross and Paul Heyman.

This was undoubtedly the greatest WrestleMania of all time. After seeing it live I also think that it is the best PPV I have ever seen. Why? Let’s get to it. This is not a full play by play recap of what happened; it is basically just my thoughts on each match. I’ll use the standard five star rating system to rate the matches. Without further Apu, here she blows…

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Retro TJR: The Top 50 WWE PPV Matches from 2000 to 2004 (#10-1)

February 21, 2010 11 comments

This is part two of the top fifty. For an explanation of what this massive column is all about and to read part one you should click RIGHT HERE. If you’ve already been there and you want to get to the rest then go right ahead. Enjoy!)

The Top 50 WWE PPV Matches from 2000-04 (#10-1)

Original posting date: May 5, 2005

10. Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Title @ No Way Out – 02/15/04

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Retro TJR: The Top 50 WWE PPV Matches from 2000-04 (#50-11)

February 21, 2010 6 comments

Note from John: I wrote this column in May of 2005. I originally posted it on and The Wrestling Oratory in five parts. If you were reading my work five years ago you might remember it. For my blog, it’s going in here in one post. It’s over 40,000 words in length. It’s the longest column I’ve ever written. I’m not taking out Benoit parts. Yes, I don’t like his work today as much as I did in the past, but I’m not going to omit him from the column. Nothing was edited in this column. You’re seeing it as it was originally posted. To answer the question that I know I’ll be inevitably asked, I am not planning on doing a top 100 for the entire decade although I’ve thought about it. I just don’t have the time today that I did five years ago. I had to post this in two parts because I guess there’s a word limit. This part has matches #50 to #11 with the second part having the top ten. Enjoy!

The Top 50 WWE PPV Matches from 2000-04 (#50-11)
Original posting date: May 5, 2005

When somebody asks you why you like the wrestling business, what do you tell them? Is it the characters, is it the in-ring action, is it for the interviews or is it for any combination of those three? Most of us would say a combination. If you truly like the business then you like it for all the reasons. For me, as a fan of WWE for over twenty years now, it’s the matches that stand out to me the most. It’s the matches that make me remember why I love the business so much. This column is a tribute to the great wrestling we have witnessed in WWE in the past five years.

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Retro TJR: The Untouchable One

February 8, 2010 10 comments

I wrote this column on July 22, 2003. It’s comparing John Cena (who was less than a year into his rapper gimmick) to The Rock. I’m not going to edit anything I said then. I think it’s an interesting read now. Times have certainly changed, though.


There have been a lot of times in the past where wrestling fans have labeled a young wrestler to be the “next” something. Whether it’s calling Chris Benoit “the next Dynamite Kid” or Chris Jericho “the next Shawn Michaels” it is something that has existed for as long as I can remember. Normally I try to avoid the comparisons to legends. Lately, though, I found somebody that compares favorably to one of the best wrestlers of this era. That doesn’t make him the “next one,” but it allows me to see just how similar these two are.

Who is this man? John Cena. Who does he remind me of? The Rock.

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Jake’s Snake Bites Macho Man…

January 23, 2010 7 comments

One of my favorite moments ever that I forgot to put on my top 29 admittedly. Thought I’d post this for those that might not have seen it. Classic. Keep in mind that WWE was way more PG then they are now yet could they do something today as good as this? This felt so real. Maybe because I was only 11 years old and Savage was my favorite, but I was nearly in tears as this was happening. For those of you that remember it, enjoy the reminiscing. For those that haven’t seen it, enjoy it for the first time.

Have a good weekend. I might be back Sunday in the morning for the TNA post.

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Retro: Greatest Matches – HHH vs. Cactus Jack (Royal Rumble 2000)

January 15, 2010 18 comments

I had this ready last night and forgot about posting it. It’s a look back at one of my favorite matches ever. A brutal street fight that really tested HHH to see if he was ready to be a main eventer while Mick Foley tried to prove that he still had something left in him after an injury plagued 1999 year. This was originally written in 2003. Enjoy.

I wrote a series of columns that I like to call the Greatest Matches in Wrestling History. This time around, I’ll be taking a look back at a match that’s now ten years old. A match that will forever be known as one of the best world title matches in the history of this business. To me, it’s also the best match in the history of the Royal Rumble PPV although I’d say Angle/Benoit at the 2003 Rumble is right there too.
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Retro: The 2007 Royal Rumble Running Diary

January 13, 2010 12 comments

After three posts in two days, it’s time for the retro Wednesday posting. Remember when ECW’s wrestlers were called extremists? When Ken Kennedy was actually considered a future star? When Melina was allowed to dress sexy? When Jericho wasn’t around? All of this stuff happened at the 2007 Rumble.

The Royal Rumble is coming up soon, so I thought it would be good to post a Royal Rumble recap. This is a running diary I did live while watching the PPV. Don’t blink or you might miss The Miz in this Rumble. I doubt I’d rate the PPV as high as I did because I’d like to think I’ve become a tougher grader, but I thought it was a very good PPV for the most part. I really liked the Cena/Umaga match and the Rumble is really well booked. I went nuts for the final two as you will see. Anyway, check it out. Enjoy.

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