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Top 5: Worst Wrestling Comebacks



Ric Flair TNA Comeback

Wrestling retirements never stick, which brings us a comeback!

We all know that. Wrestlers occasionally want to step out of the ring and pursue other endeavors, but the call of pro wrestling always brings them back. They can’t control themselves. There’s always one more match to be had and one more payday to take. The only time retirement is a certainty is when the phone stops ringing.

Shawn Michaels was an exception to that rule. He had his last match at WrestleMania XXVI against the Undertaker. He insisted that he was done. He resisted the call from fans for years. He had other things to do, like hunt & go to church & train wrestlers & things like that. He was happy not wrestling.

Until Saudi Arabian money started flowing into WWE’s coffers. There are certain things they expect with the money they’re giving Vince McMahon. One of them, reportedly, is a Shawn Michaels match in their country.

One final payday is tough to turn down, and it may lead to more. How will it affect Michaels’ legacy? Will it end up being a disappointment that leaves a bitter taste in fans’ mouths? It wouldn’t be the first time, that’s for sure.

Here are the Top 5 Worst Wrestling Comebacks.

5. Trish Stratus teams with Snooki (2011)

Trish had one of the best endings to a wrestling career ever, beating her longtime rival Lita at Unforgiven 2006 in her hometown of Toronto. Sometimes you need to know when to walk away, but Trish pulled a Washington Wizards and came back after the perfect walk-off. She had a couple of Raw matches here and there, which we can forgive, but we’d like to forget when she came back for WrestleMania XXVII to team with John Morrison & Snooki against Dolph Ziggler, Layla & Michelle McCool. There were a couple of issues.

  • Snooki? Really? You’re coming back to team with Snooki?
  • Morrison’s girlfriend Melina was pretty hot about it.
  • She lost a match to Vickie Guerrero in the buildup.

It was a bad time all the way around.

4. Bret Hart feuding with Mr. McMahon (2010)

Don’t get me wrong. I love the fact that Bret made amends with WWE & they don’t have to awkwardly avoid his legacy. Things are just easier for us old school wrestling fans when our childhood favorites are accepted as WWE Legends. Bret returning on Raw, airing things out with Shawn Michaels & shaking hands with his longtime rival was brilliant television. Everything that happened afterwards, specifically in his feud with his other longtime rival, Mr. McMahon…not so much. Watching Bret try to give & take punishment years after he had any business doing either was rough.

3. Batista as a good guy (2014)

Batista coming back after a few years’ absence in and of itself wasn’t a bad thing. There was one main flaw. Just before leaving, we found out how awesome of a heel Batista could be. He was out there wearing ridiculous clothing & talking about John Cena & fat girls, and we all loved it. When Batista came back, we wanted to see that. We didn’t want the good guy Batista screaming about Randy Orton and ripping his pants on his first night back. We damn sure didn’t want him main eventing WrestleMania against Orton when he’d barely been back long enough to win the Royal Rumble. Nothing about this was what the people wanted. Hell, Roman Reigns got cheered against him at the Rumble. Roman Reigns!

Eventually we got what we wanted, as Batista joined up with Orton & Triple H to reform Evolution. He wore blue one night and that became a thing too.

2. Roddy Piper with Sean O’Haire (2003)

The Rowdy Scot came back at WrestleMania XIX to attack Hulk Hogan during his match with Mr. McMahon. OK. This led to him appearing on SmackDown on a regular basis, taking young Sean O’Haire under his wing. This made sense on paper, but failed in execution as O’Haire’s character that had impressed many in vignettes was shoved to the side so he could be Roddy’s sidekick. They also made the mistake of having Roddy wrestle with his shirt off on a regular basis, which was a bad idea in 2003. It ended badly, as Piper went on Bryant Gumbel’s HBO show and said a number of derogatory statements about WWE & the wrestling business in general. He was released shortly after, and O’Haire went on to absolutely nothing.

1. Ric Flair in TNA (2010)

Shawn remembers this one pretty well. He was given the honor of having Ric’s final match at WrestleMania XXIV. Everybody made a pretty big deal of it. Some still say it’s one of the greatest matches of all time due to the emotion involved. It was the best possible way for Flair to go out, still looking like a million bucks against one of his fellow legends. He came back. He needed the money, so he agreed to wrestle some matches for TNA. We understood why he did it, but it was sad to watch the legendary Ric Flair bumbling & stumbling around.

We would understand why Shawn wouldn’t be able to turn down the Saudi blood money. He’d probably look better in the ring than we expect. There would be a certain amount of sadness involved in the fact that after all these years of insisting he wouldn’t come back because he’s a man of his word, the reason he came back was that sweet Saudi Arabian money.

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Rob: Looking At The AEW TV Follies

Rob takes a look at the near comedic nature of the AEW television deal and the internet’s treatment of it.



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Rob takes a look at the near comedic nature of the AEW television deal and the internet’s treatment of it.

This past Thursday brought out a lot of chatter on Twitter about AEW and their very unclear prospects at landing a TV deal.  We’ve been hearing for some time now that they have multiple bidders offering good money and that it’s a matter of picking which one.  We’ve also heard that Warner Media appeared to have decided to go in with them and that an announcement of some kind should be coming soon.  But now a new rumor surfaced, that they might have to pay for the TV themselves.

Which brought on the jokes from a lot of different people and in turn brought out the ‘you guys are a bunch of WWE stans, why do you want AEW to fail?’ responses from some supporters of AEW.  So yes, Thursday night on Wrestling Twitter became the clusterf@# that most nights tend to be.  Now before I go any further, let me put out a little disclaimer here.

I am not anti-AEW.  I got no quarrel with any of the people there.  I’m not a fan of some of them as performers but it’s nothing personal.  At least from what I’ve seen Cody in particular has been nothing but gracious towards his former employers and co-workers, and has shot down many an attempt by fans to goad him into bashing WWE and/or Vince McMahon. I don’t know him personally but he seems like a good dude all around, and I respect the hell out of him for not just leaving WWE but leaving with a plan to accomplish what he did not there and not going on and on about his push or lack thereof.  I do however take issue with the constant bombardment on my Twitter feed from overzealous fans predicting that AEW is going to take down the WWE, the constant rumors about this WWE wrestler or that one being unhappy why they could/should go to AEW, and with Dave Meltzer’s state run media treatment towards them.  Dave has always loved those guys but since the run up to All In he’s become co-opted by The Elite and has spun everything they do as successful and a big deal.  He’s already declared that they are the number two company even though they haven’t run a show yet.

So yeah, when something pops up that runs contrary to all the bragging and boasting that the worst AEW fans have been doing….yeah, there are gonna be some jokes fired off.  That doesn’t mean we want it to fail, ok?  To be honest most of the people I’ve talked to are curious but not necessarily interested in it at all, and would be perfectly fine leaving it to exist and not saying a word one way or the other.  As for myself, I’m more interested in the operational side than whatever kind of content they’re ultimately going to be producing.  Quite frankly I’m not that pressed to see more wrestling than what I already watch, and that’s not where their success is going to come from anywhere.  The thing that rarely gets talked about re: WWE is that how they’ve run their office vs all of their former and current would be competitors has been the real difference maker and not the quality of their wrestling.  There are plenty of guys and gals who can get in a ring and put on a good match but there aren’t as many people who can competently run a wrestling company.  But anyhow…..

Does this thing have any credibility? We don’t know of course, but consider that virtually every other wrestling company outside of WWE is in a less than prime spot as far as television.  Even if the Turner folks don’t hate wrestling like they did 20 years ago there hasn’t been much demand shown for anything that’s not WWE, which has 35 years of branding and trust built up working to it’s advantage.  AEW or any other start up company is walking into a network environment that, while it may be friendlier than before, still isn’t looking to do any favors to a wrestling company that may not even out rate some of the reruns that they carry.  While them having to pay or maybe just not getting any rights fees may not be what happens, I’m willing to bet they don’t get some huge amount of money.  Why?  Take off your fan hat and look at things objectively.  What kind of audience they’ll bring in is purely speculation at this point – just how many people fit into the pool that might be interested but will actually tune in to watch?  That’s the real question, and we don’t know yet.  So far they’ve only announced special events, one offs that are easier to sell because they’re rare.  But when it’s the middle of July and you’re running the third week in a row of matches between the same people to further an angle, are there enough people willing to do that for a company they’re not already invested in?  That’s the key, in my opinion.  Can you get enough people in the tent who will stay with you through that?

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We’ll see what happens.  Network upfronts are coming soon and then all will be revealed.  The TV deal, should they get one, is an important building block in any success they have.  TV rights don’t just get you exposure they often pay the bills.  The NFL has been dining out on TV rights fees so much that attendance at games is an afterthought now.  A good timeslot where they have a chance to draw a good number will be the difference between them doing well or going down the tubes in short order.  But this whole thing is also a referendum on Dave Meltzer, as he has been doing a full Baghdad Bob routine and insisting that they have multiple big money offers and it’s just a matter of choosing which one.  Dave sounds like a full on shill at this point and has been straight up cheerleading them the whole time.  And look it’s fine to be a fan/shill for someone, but you just got to admit it and not play objective reporter.  Dave is All In (pun intended) on AEW, to the point where he’s venturing into crazy talk land to boost them up.  We’ll find out soon enough just how this thing plays out, and then we can go back from pretending to be TV experts to pretending we know how to book wrestling shows.

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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE Monday Night RAW (4/22/2019)

Tiffany offers her real-time takes on WWE Raw, including AJ emerging as #1 contender and Bray Wyatt…emerging…



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Tiffany takes a look back at WWE Raw in the first (official) edition of Tiffany’s takes!

At Greg DeMarco’s suggestion, we’re trying something new, so let’s see how it goes starting with Monday’s edition of WWE Raw!

WWE Universal Championship

The Seth Rollins Era of RAW kicked off with two HUGE triple threats to determine just who would be the first challenger for Seth Rollins’ Universal title. I LOVED the interaction between Triple H and Rollins, it felt KIND of like the old Authority, but they were on more equal terms. Everyone coming out to run their mouths was funny considering that, except for Styles, Rollins had faced and beat all of them either one on one or as part of the Shield.

The first Triple Threat was AMAZING and could’ve easily been the main event. Styles vs Mysterio lived up to the Dream Match hype, so poor Joe felt like a third wheel, and the final sequence was amazing.

After that, the second triple threat was pretty much a ‘meh’ for me. Corbin stealing the win from McIntyre wasn’t surprising and would probably lead to a feud if one of them was a face. Other than that, it was just blah.

I’m honestly surprised that Styles won tonight. Styles vs Rollins is a Big Four level match and I don’t see why it’s being put on a B-PPV, especially Money in the Bank, but we’ll see but it should be a great match.

Naomi vs Billie Kay

I’m not sure what to make of this match. The IIconics running their mouths took longer than the actual match. That said, I’m glad that the Women’s Tag Titles aren’t exclusive to SmackDown after all, but since Naomi doesn’t have a partner, I don’t see what the point was.

Elisa looks great in her Chairshot gear.
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Bray Wyatt’s Promos

Well, we’ve finally gotten an answer to who was behind the creepy puppet promos and it was resident creep Bray Wyatt. This was just super fucking creepy and the fact that they were spoofing PBS children’s programming was just…ugh. This is another ‘wait and see’ but honestly, I’d burn the tape and forget that promo ever happened.

Sami Zayn

With Owens being a babyface now, apparently Zayn feels he needs to be an extra obnoxious heel and nothing is more obnoxious than forcing people to sit through your vacation photos. That said, this new gimmick seems to be a clapback about all the ‘Unhappy Wrestler’ reports that the dirt sheets are so fond of reporting. The most intriguing part of the segment was the staredown between Cedric Alexander and Zayn because that’s a match I’d love to see.

Cedric Alexander vs Cesaro

Well, either the Bar is no more or Sheamus will be joining Cesaro on RAW as soon as he’s back from injury. Either way, we got a FANTASTIC match between Cesaro and Cedric Alexander. I’m very disappointed that Alexander lost, but he definitely showed that he can hang with the vets.

The Usos and The Revival

Jimmy and Jey didn’t have a match this week, but we got another tease of a feud with the Revival along with a bangingly funny promo that managed to be a little self-deprecating, but still fun.

Viking Raiders vs Lucha House Party

What’s Viking for ‘squash’? Seriously, that was a brutal as hell non-match (bell never rang). Sadly, the crowd was either worn out from all the good matches thus far, or they had no idea what to make of the Viking Raiders, which is a more interesting name than ‘Viking Experience’.

Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins

Talk about success going to your head! Ryder and Hawkins have only won two matches as a re-formed team, but the way they talk, you’d think they’ve been hugely successful and relevant for the ten years they’ve been in WWE, or Ryder has, anyway. I honestly want Viking Experience to squash the hell out of them because they are annoying me.

Becky Lynch vs Alicia Fox

So the Becky Lynch vs Lacey Evans feud has barely started and I’m already over it. I don’t like Lacey Evans and don’t like what she claims to represent. I’m also confused as to why Alicia Fox, who supposedly went AWOL after showing up to a house show drunk in an incident that cost Arn Anderson his job, was give a match against the RAW Women’s Champion on her first night back. I’m glad that Becky won, but WWE is risking making her look bad by letting Evans get the jump on her with that horrible finisher of hers. Hopefully, this will end at Money in the Bank.

Robert Roode vs Ricochet

With Aleister Black sadly gone to Smackdown, Ricochet was left on his own on RAW against Robert Roode and his porn-stache. The match was really good, and I’m glad to see Roode regain his edge, but I just couldn’t get into it and I’m mad Ricochet lost, but I don’t think it’ll hurt him long term, but we’ll have to see.

Overall Thoughts

The Rollins Era kicked off with a bang and did a pretty good job of delivering on the potential of the Shakeup with the two Triple Threats. I’m not really sure giving us Styles vs Rollins so soon is a great idea, but it’ll definitely be a huge match.

I think Rollins will be fine as THE Man on RAW, even without the Shield, he’s come a long way from where he was in 2015 and it shows in his confidence in speaking to Triple H. Gone is the whiny, over-confident, eager-to-please, Seth Rollins of 2015. 2019 Seth has hit rock bottom and found his way back to the top with the help and support of the fans and his Shield brothers and became a better person for it. He doesn’t NEED Triple H’s approval anymore and that made their interaction much more interesting.

Click in tomorrow for SmackDown coverage and Use your head!

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