5 Wrestlemania Matches That Almost Happened

https://youtu.be/IOnCpNADPd8

This is a really weird list on WWE's part, because it's part kayfabe and part "insider" stuff.  Like the 10-man from Wrestlemania X that was cancelled is suddenly an obscure trivia question?  And the Hogan-Flair match at #1 was never gonna happen, obviously, but they do the kayfabe "Jack Tunney changed it" explanation.  And HHH v. Tyson?  Um, no, never even talked about.  Whatever, it's their list, I guess. 

Possible Awesome Matches that ALMOST happened


Good evening Mr. Keith.  So I'm going through the RAWs on the network, from the beginning, and something came to mind that kind of ticked me off.  Events/angles unfolded that lead to a brighter road that didn't end up happening, but came very close .  Two instances:

Janetty & Kid win the tag-titles from the Quebecers, weeks before the Hart Brothers shot at Royal Rumble.  They lose them back before the PPV.  I know it was to show anything can happen on RAW, but c'mon, That match would have friggin Rocked at the Rumble, Owen still could have turned on Bret, and the Quebecers could have got their rematch at Mania, and we wouldn't have had to sit through Men on a Mission

Savage comes to the aid of someone in Backlunds chicken wing.  I think it was just an audience member, but watching I would have loved to have this lead to a match between the two.  Both slowly getting crazier and crazier.  Savage wouldn't even have to give up or job, just let Backlund snap to get him and the move over.  

I'm starting Nitro slowly so i haven't come across anything as of note yet, so what are your biggest instances of a Possible awesome match coming thiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to happening, but for whatever reason, didn't?  And for the sake of the discussion on the blog, Benoit/Punk does not count 

MEGAPOWERS V. STING & LUGER!!!!!
OK, I've been beating that drum for a while now, but I feel we need to build a time machine and make it happen at Starrcade 95.  
Also, the recently discussed heel Ramon v. Undertaker match at WM11 that was set up with vignettes that never aired probably could have saved that show to a certain degree.  Probably would have revived Hall's career too. 
I also feel like World champion Shawn defending against the former Kliq members in goodbye blowoffs (heel Kid, heel Ramon) would have been epic and could have carried them through the summer.  But then 96 sucked for a lot of reasons anyway.  

Lightning Round–Whatever Happened To…

Thanks to WWE Network I’ve been able to catch up on some of the 2004-2012 stuff I missed due to disinterest and pretending like I was a grown-up and all of that. There are a number of wrestlers I’ve seen from that period who were clearly popular with the fans and/or with WWE management, but for whatever reasons didn’t become main eventers or last as main eventers. So whatever happened to…

Umaga

Died of a drug overdose a couple of years ago, sadly. 

Heidenreich

Mostly retired, does occasional indy dates and has a son in developmental. 

Shelton Benjamin

Doing reasonably well for himself in New Japan and ROH on occasion. 

Great Khali (I know he’s still around, but how did he go from unstoppable champion to comedy act?)

Very quickly, basically. 

Chris Masters

Don’t even get me started.  He was in the news a couple of years ago for ripping a goddamn tree out of the ground to save his mother from a burning building, and I don’t think anyone even called him to cash in on the publicity surrounding it.  He’s improved drastically since his WWE days and could probably be a star if given another go. 

Carlito

He stopped giving a shit once Primo came in and showed him up at every turn, and ended up going back to Puerto Rico to continue his career there.  I think he does occasional indy dates and stuff as well. 

Wrestlemania Matches that almost happened


This was on WWE.com today.  Their Top 10 matches that were planned, but never happened.  I hadn't heard of a couple of them.  

http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/10-wrestlemania-matches-that-almost-happened

I've heard of all of them.  The Shaq-Show one in particular was weird because it was on the books for months and then just never went down.  People were kind of pissed about the Cena battle rap not happening, as he ended up doing a lame skit with cardboard cut-outs of Jay Z and others in the pregame show instead.  The feeling was that it might have helped Cena become a bigger star.  Thankfully he did OK.  
Also, on the subject of WWE awesomeness, I'll top yours with THIS:

A Whatever Happened To… Article

Hey Scott,

Longtime reader (from the rspw days) and longtime lurker on the BoD, I happened to bump into this article on my local news website and thought you might be interested. I mean lets face it, who hasn't wondered what happened to Snitsky? And the ARod connection just makes it priceless. I'm sure I'm like the 10th person to send this to you, but in case I'm not, enjoy.

http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2013/07/alex_rodriguez_hires_ex-wwe_wrestler_for_security_detail_in_rehab_in_reading_pa_–_dont_get_too_clos.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Just remember though, anything that happens to A-Rod wasn't Snitsky's fault.


*HUGE* WrestleMania matches that never happened

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1555525-5-huge-wrestlemania-matches-that-almost-happened


Always a fun topic for discussion even though sometimes people get carried away and start fantasy booking.

I never heard about Sting-Angle.  Though De La Hoya/Big Show vs. Rey/Mayweather, Show vs. Shaq, and Taker vs. Sting are pretty big omissions from any sort of discussion of this matter.

Thoughts? 

Yeah, obviously I've heard about all of these before.  I really wouldn't call Cena-Orton a HUGE match for Wrestlemania, though.  I'd call Hogan v. Piper at WM2 the biggest WM match that never happened for whatever reason.  

Greatest blow-off match that never happened

The post about the end game for the Hart Foundation/Austin angle got me thinking. Was Bret/Austin II the greatest blow-off match that never happened? It was a great angle but it never fully concluded satisfactorily. Austin got transitioned into the Owen feud, Bret was caught up HBK and then we all know what happened in Montreal so we never really got a definitive end. This is a question/discussion point for you and the other BODers; great angles that never got a proper end for one reason or another. Another one that comes to mind is Flair jumping to WWF before dropping the belt to Luger. Any others?

I'd say Austin-Hart was right up there as far as best laid plans falling apart, yeah. There's an endless list of DISAPPOINTING blowoffs (Goldberg v. Nash, Horsemen v. nWo, Vince McMahon v. The Government of the United States) but for a case where a storyline had built for a year and then was never mentioned again, I can't think of a better example than  that one.  
The Flair-Luger thing wasn't really a blowoff because Luger wasn't chasing the title in the first place and barely cared about it for most of 1991.  I think a better one would be Midnight Express v. Midnight Express, where it built to a loser-leaves-town match at ChiTown Rumble and then Dennis Condrey quit the promotion, kind of negating the entire point.  Another good one that people might not remember from the same era is Fantastics v. Sheepherders, which was obviously supposed to be the US tag title match at Starrcade 88 before Vince signed the Sheepherders away something like the day before they were scheduled to be in the finals of the tournament for the belts.  That had been an entertaining undercard feud, back when the Herders were scary heels.

10 Dream Matches that Actually Happened

http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/10-dream-matches-that-actually-happened


Interesting list. I'd buy it if it were a DVD, especially that Flair/Angle match (which I remember as being very good).

They need to format it Cracked-style and call it "10 Impossible Dream Matches (That Actually Happened!)" for maximum effect, but yeah WWE.com has been pumping out some nerd-riffic lists recently and I'm liking it.  God bless WCW Saturday Night for producing random weirdness and great matches over the years.

RoH. What Happened?

I was a big RoH fan in its big 2004-2006 run.  Like many, I dropped out of the wrestling scene around mid 2007, and only recently came back.  I've followed the basic timeline of events but the RoH now is virtually unrecognizable from what I remember.  Is there a single moment or lethal combination of events that led to its current state?

Well all their talent getting signed away by TNA and/or WWE certainly didn't help them any.  Plus basically running out of money and getting kicked off HDNet was also a bit of a setback.  The internet PPV debacles were pretty bad, though.  I wouldn't say the product is BAD or anything, it's just not something I personally would want to pay money to watch, even with the nearly-guaranteed great matches.  Maybe if they had more promos about the Briscoes shooting chickens and less generic indy guys they'd be able to get people more invested in the product, I dunno.