WWE Network Pick of the Week – June 2018

Week of June 25

From 3CT contributor Tim Taylor

The Positive WWE Network Pick Of The Week:
The White Castle of Fear

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You’re six years old. Wrestling is a new experience for you. Your hero’s a charismatic, face-painted, bleach-blonde named Sting. Your villain’s a charismatic, face-masked, larger-than-life mastadon named Vader. This is EXACTLY what gets young children into wrestling. Just as The Avengers captivates audiences young and old, so too did this feud. And this video encapsulates not only the greatness that was WCW in the early 1990s, but also was a pivotal piece of this angle.

No points to hit on this but do yourself a favor, will ya? This video is a part of a Vader collection on the WWE Network. Go back and watch young Vader take on Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen. Watch his stuff with Sting and Ric Flair. Appreciate him at his best so when you watch his WWE tenure, you can see why he was such a threat when he debuted.

Vader broke the mold. Fear no man. Feel no pain.

Until next time,

Week of June 18, 2018

From 3CT contributor Tim Taylor

The Positive WWE Network Pick Of The Week:
The First Title Change on Monday Night Raw (May 17, 1993)

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Money In The Bank is in the books and did the first Raw after the event I’ve affectionately called “WWE Hard Reset did not disappoint. We saw the WWE Intercontinental Championship change hands as Dolph Ziggler answered the open challenge of then champion Seth Rollins. To go back, let’s look at the first time a title changed hands on Monday Night Raw.

1) The first title to change hands is the WWE Intercontinental Championship! Shawn Michaels, the incumbent champion, answered the challenge of his former tag team partner, Marty Jannetty! The rivalry between these two is well known, but for Marty to make his return to the WWE and to challenge and defeat Shawn Michaels for the title was proof that anything can happen in the World Wrestling Federation.

2) ON THIS SAME EVENT… The Kid defeated Razor Ramon! We all remember this moment in WWE history and for it to be paired with the first title change on Raw is just icing on the cake.

3) Also lost in the sauce here is the reign of terror of Yokozuna. This is close to a month away from Yokozuna getting his rematch against Hulk Hogan at King of the Ring 1993 and Yoko is Bonzai Dropping everyone, including Kamala in this event. This reign put the wheels in motion for the Slam Heard ‘Round The World on the USS Intrepid and the arrival of “Made In The USA” Lex Luger!

It’s always good to remember your first time… and this is no different! Enjoy the show Thursday!

Until next time!


Week of June 4, 2018

From 3CT contributor Tim Taylor

The Positive WWE Network Pick Of The Week:
The Importance of Money In The Bank (Raw – May 7th, 2007 & Smackdown – May 11th, 2007)

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Raw: http://network.wwe.com/share/video/981590783
Smackdown: http://network.wwe.com/share/video/31371427

To steal a phrase from the lovely Maria… hello all you stars and studs! This week, we take a look at Money In The Bank in general and not just the match. If you know your WWE history, you may know these dates. What we are taking a look at is the infamous “Pittsburgh Stealer” cash-in by Edge on The Undertaker! While we already had two MITB Ladder Matches with two successful cash-ins, 2007 saw a new wrinkle. Here’s three things you should know about this era of Money In The Bank History.

1) Edge did NOT win the Money In The Bank contract until the night before he cashed in. If we remember, Mr. Kennedy won the Wrestlemania 23 Money In The Bank Ladder Match. This was going to be the springboard into his huge singles run and most likely as champion. However, a misdiagnosed injury and WWE’s lightning fast decision-making saw Mr. Kennedy lose the contract to Edge on Monday Night Raw! This was also the first of four times that the Money In The Bank Bank contract had been defended in a non-Money In The Bank ladder match

2) Edge won his first WWE and World Heavyweight Championships using Money In The Bank! In 2006, Edge cashed in the very first contract on John Cena shortly after Cena successfully retained in the Elimination Chamber at New Year’s Revolution. 15 months later, Edge is back at it again, cashing in on The Undertaker after a cage match with Batista on Smackdown! Edge is the second shortest holder of the Money In The Bank contract, only to Kane who cashed in on the same night. Third is Jack Swagger.

3) The first six instances of the Money In The Bank contract cash-in all surrounded Edge! Edge successfully cashed in the first and third contract while helping Rob Van Dam defeat John Cena at One Night Stand 2006. CM Punk and Edge have Money In The Bank history as well. Punk cashed in his first contract on Edge in 2008 on Raw and almost a year later, Punk cashed in on Jeff Hardy after Hardy won the World Heavyweight Championship from Edge at Extreme Rules. The last time Edge was near Money In The Bank, he cost Chris Jericho his title to Jack Swagger for his cash-in at 2010.

Very easily, we can put the emphasis on the actual Money In The Bank match, but we have to remember that it’s always what you do AFTER you win the contract that counts!

Until next time!

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