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WrestleMania

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Desperation Setting In With WWE And Their WWE Network?

    There was a time, back in the 80's, where if you asked any of the young WWE (back then, called the WWF) fans how much would they pay to be able to watch essentially any relevant moment in WWE history any time they wanted to from any computer or smart phone, the answer would have involved multiple ze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    College Football, Week 8: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    A few weeks ago, we had maybe the most thrilling college football weekend of the last ten years (possibly since the 2005 weekend that included, among other fantastic finishes, the "Bush Push" game between USC and Notre Dame). It was twelve hours of dramatic endings and pinball scoring stats, everyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Texans-Broncos: Five Roster Battles To Watch

    Going out to Texans practice during the preseason is one of the more enjoyable parts of my job. Typically, it's well attended by fellow media members, so it serves in part as a decent social outing each late July and early/mid August morning. In fact, the first day of Texans' training camp is the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    On the Run Is Beyonce & Jay Z's Epic Moment

    Talking about the On the Run tour without breaking into cliché is difficult. It goes without saying that any Beyoncé concert in Houston is special. It's, at the very least, a homecoming. When you add in her mega popular husband and set the whole thing in Minute Maid Park, it becomes even more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    The Mid-2014 Houston Rap Awards

    Houston rap has never been in a far more comfortable, and possibly profitable, place. Think about it: the city has two radio stations that both support local artists left and right, and the once-banished Trae Tha Truth is once more openly celebrated on the airwaves. At the same time, long-rising und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis of a Huge Chick Fight in the Upper Deck of the Rockets Game

    Branding. It's a huge buzzword in this day and age. With some many different ways to market yourself, build an audience, be memorable, branding is key to growth. Good branding is the difference between incremental growth and exponential growth. I blog at least once, sometimes as many as three tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Roddy Piper Turns 60: The Five Most Important Piper's Pits

    Who's your favorite player? For traditional sports, the answer to that question for most people is pretty easy. You know who your favorite football, baseball, or basketball player is, and you know the reasons why. Their career is a collective body of work that defines them, and your love for that a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    The Ultimate Warrior on 1990 Episode of Arsenio Hall Show

    When you go to a concert to see a legendary musical act, sometimes the regular show just isn't enough. You need an encore. And I feel the exact same way about YouTube tributes to wrestlers who pass away at a very young age. The jabronis, they get their requisite four or five videos, then it's time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Definitive Video Anthology of the Ultimate Warrior, 1959-2014

    Jim Hellwig was never an easy man to work with, and nobody knew this better than WWE chairman Vince McMahon. Hellwig, whom all of you know better under his WWE moniker of the "Ultimate Warrior" (and who, going forward in this piece will be referred to as "Warrior," seeing as Hellwig legally changed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Adventures In Gambling: Yes, People Lost Money Betting On The Undertaker At Wrestlemania 30

    All good things must come to an end. For some people, "good things ending" means the end of the Undertaker's remarkable 21 match winning streak at wrestling's annual "showcase of the immortals," Wrestlemania, which actually occurred on Sunday night as Brock Lesnar shockingly ended the "Dead Man's" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Rock Bars

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Wrestlemania 30: Rookie Footage of the Major Participants (Video)

    With a sublime combination of cuisine, bars, and a complete lack of curfew, decorum, or rules (not to mention a massive domed stadium within walking distance of all the debauchery), New Orleans is the best city in the country at doing big events. It was a little over a year ago that New Orleans ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of An Irate WWE Fan After The Royal Rumble

    The WWE's Royal Rumble is generally regarded as the second or third most prominent pay per view event on the WWE calendar. Wrestlemania is always the clear cut number one, the Super Bowl of wrestling. Then, depending on what one's tastes are, the second slot goes to January's Royal Rumble or August ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    This Weekend's Best Bets: AFC and NFC Title Games

    About four weeks into the NFL season, a prop bet popped up on the board in the corner of the internet that I visit in order to recreationally place some action Las Vegas and it went like this: * Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, 48ers to win Super Bowl XLVIII -120 * Any of the other 28 teams to win Supe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    WWE Hall Of Fame Announces It Will Induct The Ultimate Warrior (w/ VIDEO)

    While we are a mere few weeks away from the Super Bowl, we are also just a few months away from Wrestlemania. Both events represent the mecca of their respective genre. In the 29 years its been existence, WWE's Wrestlemania has essentially morphed into the Super Bowl of professional wrestling, not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    The WWE Brings Tables, Ladders, Chairs and More to Houston

    There's nothing quite like professional wrestling in the world of entertainment. In it you see the thrill of sports, the larger than life personalities of comic books, and the storytelling of soap operas, and while it shares things with each of those forms of entertainment, it remains its own beast. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Johnny Manziel 's Judgment Day: All Roads Lead To Wrestlemania (I mean, the Alabama Game)

    After nearly ten months of talk, the rematch is finally here. Alabama. Texas A&M. College Station. Saturday. And while, in the grand scheme of things, we still know relatively little about either team , one thing has been immutably hammered home, starting with my column from the Monday after the Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    College Football Christmas Morning Is Here! My Best Season Win Total Bets

    Anytime some marquee date on the sports calendar arrives, we always seem to want to make a "Christmas morning" analogy (admittedly ignoring that it's probably slightly offensive to some of the folks out there who value religion). Revealing the brackets for March Madness, the day before any trip to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Celebrating July 4th And The 20th Anniversary Of Lex Luger BodySlamming Yokozuna

    On this, the 237th birthday of the good ol' US of A, we turn our attention to Mount Rushmore, not so much in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical sense. These days, the term "Mount Rushmore" isn't used so much to refer to the actual South Dakota monument celebrating Presidents Washington, Jefferso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Louisville 82, Michigan 76: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    A roller-coaster first half, which had Twitter in a frenzy of hyperbole, led to a grinding second half, and in the end experience won out as Louisville knocked off Michigan 82-76 to win Rick Pitino's second career men's basketball title, making him the first coach to win it all at two different scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The 10 Shortest Wrestlemania Matches Of All-Time

    When I do these wrestling posts, one of the things I hear from readers is that the amount of content and embedded video in the post will typically derail them for an entire day at work. Well, the last thing I want to do, as I pay tribute to Wrestlemania 29 on Sunday, is be yet one more reason the ec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    A No-Holds-Barred Look at Insane Clown Posse's "Chris Benoit"

    Rewind: Insane Clown Posse Incites Spiritual Debate, Asks "Where's God?" Here's a Video of the Entire Geto Boys Show From Saturday's Juggalo Gathering It's been a pretty good week for both the Insane Clown Posse and Juggalos across the country. Aside from an argument that led to a Texas ninja gett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    In Honor Of Tonight's RAW 1000, The Definitive Timeline Of WWE's Victory In The Monday Night Wars (w/ VIDEO)

    I don't know that any television product has changed the way we visually consume it more times than professional wrestling. For a majority of its history (which I am counting as the period from "dawn of time" until around 1978 or so), syndicated television was basically a weekly commercial for whate ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Gorilla Monsoon: A Birthday Playlist For A Wrestling Legend

    Growing up as I did in the '80s, professional wrestling was more than entertainment, it was religion. The Hulkster, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage and Andre were all unapologetically over-the-top, one-dimensional; comic characters that did glorious battle for dubious reasons. It was a great time to watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Squared Circle: Top 5 Songs About Pro Wrestling

    Although the wrestling boom of the late '90s is a fading memory, the absurd mix of sport and theater continues on in bingo halls and arenas across the country. Every night, under the bright lights, someone is trying to avoid being hit with a steel chair. It should come as no surprise that there are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Weekend's Best Bets -- Final Four and Wrestlemania 28

    When I was a kid, there were only a small handful of sporting events to which you set your calendar/watch, events that owned certain weekends or weeks of the calendar year. They were the biggies: Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals. But with the advent of a million different television channels, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    6 Wrestling Finishing Moves That Would Suck at Stopping Riots (w/ Video)

    Your riot-control specialist​I am admittedly not always the most up to speed on current events. I'm a generally selfish person. If it has nothing to do with my a) job, b) family, c) friends, d) bank account or e) need to satisfy hunger pangs, then whatever "it" may be gets thrown on the back b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Top 10 Musician WTF Hobbies

    Zazzle.com​Musicians are weird. Well, the good ones, at least. It's a little-known, beloved factoid. While artists' news, drama, and private lives are sometimes aired to the point of over-saturation, it becomes more interesting when we learn relatively kept insight into their rockers' offstage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Randy "Macho Man" Savage (1952-2011) -- A Video Anthology

    R.I.P., Macho Man​In 1999, I was invited by my buddy Ken Hoffman of the Houston Chronicle to go to lunch with Randy "The Macho Man" Savage. Having grown up a child of the '80's, I was absolutely giddy. (Giddiness factor for me was a fraction of Hoffy's, although admittedly that had more to do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Undertaker's 18-0 Wrestlemania Record -- The Definitive Anthology (with VIDEO)

    Yeah, it's Final Four weekend in Houston. We're all very excited. But a little secret (that's not very well kept) -- for me, the Saturday and Monday games are a mere buffer surrounding Wrestlemania Sunday, baby! This year is special because Houston's very own Undertaker (real name Mark Calloway, Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    ESPN Headlines -- Sex, Lies, And Shrunken Testicles

    It's a bad news day when you're hoping for stories on barry Bonds' shrunken balls​"I see trees of green ... red roses too I see em bloom ... for me and you And I think to myself ... what a wonderful world." -- Louis Armstrong Clearly, Louis Armstrong would have never made it as a sports fan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    NFL & College Football -- Weekend's Best Bets

    When it comes to college football, I'm not a staunch traditionalist. I believe the season is more compelling when the longtime powers are strong (Translation: Texas, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Miami all being mediocre is, to me, a bad thing.), and yet I picked Boise State before the season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Ten Songs We Are Sick Of Hearing At Football Games

    Take that Crazy Train right on out of here, Ozzy. Thanks.​That sound you heard Sunday was the collective shattering of the playoff hopes of thousands of Houston Texans fans as the team suffered yet another home loss, this time against the hapless San Diego Chargers, bringing their record to 4- ... More >>

  • Music

    May 27, 2010

    Deporting All WetWacks

    Houston's Mayalino swears a lyrical vendetta against fake rappers.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Game Time: Shawn Michaels' Most Memorable Moments (With Video)

    ​Professional wrestling is one of those things that, if you're a sports fan as a kid, you probably dabble in at some point. I think at one time or another all of my childhood friends went to the matches at the Hartford Civic Center; somewhere along the way, usually as a teenager or young adult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Midweek Match-Up: U2 Vs. Wrestlemania In The Battle Of The Spectacles

    As you well know if you've been reading our sister blog Rocks Off (and Lord knows you should be), U2 is in town tonight.The new tour requires something like 90 huge trucks to cart around the massive stage they use so as not to detract from the quiet beauty of their ballads. Or to keep the people in ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2009

    The Big Show

    WrestleMania XXV brings out 72,000 fans and Mickey Rourke.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    WrestleMania: The Fans. Let's Not Forget The Fans

    Last Sunday's WrestleMania promised to bring the faithful to Houston, and in that regard at least, it didn't disappoint (unless by "faithful" you were expecting personages of some religious significance, in which case you'd certainly be a little disappointed). Let's take a look back at some of the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    WrestleMania: The Slideshow!!!!!

    "Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making its way down the street? If you've ever seen a one-legged dog than you've seen me," Bruce Springsteen sings in the title song to The Wrestler.Well, we've never seen a one-legged dog, to be honest, but we could have seen Mickey Rourke if we went to last nig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    WrestleMania: A Beginner's Guide

    Gonna be upfront here: I don't get the whole pro-wrestling thing. Never did.I grew up in New Jersey, where every pizzeria had a glossy shot of Bruno Sammartino on the walls, but it just never took.With that in mind, here is my analysis of the matches in the upcoming WrestleMania 25, which is the sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Wrestlers, Art, A Library & Bill White: The Madness Arrives

    Cameras flashed, the crowd oohed and ahhed, and WWE superstar Jeff Hardy carefully painted a nose onto an oversized white canvas. The WWE onslaught that culminates with Sunday's Wrestlemania XXV eased its way into Houston this evening in an unusually genteel (and slightly unsettling) fashion -- a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    The Best Wrestler Theme Songs of All Time

    With Wrestlemania in town for its 25th anniversary, Rocks Off thought we could take a little stroll down memory lane and relive some of the WWE's best wrestling theme songs. Nowadays, the WWE can afford to purchase the rights to slick, well-produced songs by popular music acts such as Saliva, Our L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    WrestleMania In A Dispute Over A Charity Event; No Chairs Hurled (Yet)

    Logo courtesy WWEIn the world of professional wrestling, there appears to be a smackdown going on outside the ring.Hair Balls was alerted to this controversy after reading an article in Professional Wrestling Insider -- one of our favorite sources of news about big sweaty thespians pretending to bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Oh Noes!! Mickey Rourke Drops Out Of Wrestlemania!! (Danny Bonaduce Still Available, Though)

    Houston, you have had a tough few months.Ike hit. The Texans missed the playoffs. And now -- most crushingly of all -- comes news that Mickey Rourke won't be coming to Wrestlemania after all.Of course, this being professional wrestling, things may change a half-dozen times before the event. Still, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    AC/DC to Piledrive Wrestlemania

    Do people still watch professional wrestling? We stopped watching when the Rock left to make awful mummy movies and Stone Cold Steve Austin started fighting women instead of other dudes in black Speedos. That, and we graduated high school. Nonetheless, World Wrestling Entertainment's Wrestlemania ... More >>

  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    Cyndi Lauper

    Sunday, April 25

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    You Don't Know Mac

    Get your recliner and No. 2 pencil

  • News

    April 12, 2001

    Tale of the Tape

    KHOU gets defensive about airing a blurry spring break tape

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2001

    Wham, Bam, Thank You, McMahon

    Wrestlemania X-Seven enters the ring

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