John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and Batista. The four biggest Superstars of the past decade have 34 World Championship reigns between them, five Royal Rumble Match victories, turns as King of the Ring and Mr. Money in the Bank, and even a mixed martial arts championship. But before all that, they were just four kids in Kentucky, dreaming of bigger things.
For nearly a decade, Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Ky., was the proving ground for future WWE Superstars. The top prospects of the industry weren’t placed under the bright lights of big cities like New York or Los Angeles, but in the old-school promotion based in the Bluegrass State.
OVW Photos | Watch videos of OVW action
Many hopeful Superstars headed to Derby City with dreams of making it big in sports-entertainment. Only a select few were chosen to become full-time members of the WWE roster, but these four men became bigger than anyone could have imagined. Continue reading
WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena signed their WWE TLC contract
It is a guarantee that WWE TLC will end with one champion between John Cena and Randy Orton. Who that will be, however, has never been murkier following the longtime rivals’ tense contract signing at the conclusion of Raw. The tension appeared to settle at a simmer throughout the course of the historic signing, but cooler heads ultimately failed to prevail when both competitors were allowed to speak.
Watch the tension boil over in the historic signing | Photos of the big fight
Orton’s pontificating earned him an uncommonly ferocious response from The Champ, who snarled that The Viper never lived up to his potential and challenged Orton to “step up or step aside.” The Apex Predator chose the former and made a move on The Champ, although Orton got his licks in when he turned a steel chair on Cena, The Champ got the last laugh when he turned the tables (literally) on The Viper and sent him tumbling through a table with an Attitude Adjustment. The Champ is here, and the match is on.
Teenager Jacob Whitehouse, who was given just two years to live four years ago, has defied the odds to achieve his dream of meeting a WWE Superstar.
His wish was granted by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that turns dreams into reality for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
In October 2009, Jacob was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which is a severe life-limiting condition that affects the tissues of the body. Continue reading
I attempted to make some .gifs from this week’s Smackdown. They are posted in the gallery here, and also on my Tumblr here.