Former WWE Superstar Rosey dies at age 47

Matthew Anoa’i better known as former WWE Superstar Rosey passed away on Monday. The former “Super Hero In Training” thrilled wrestling fans in the early to mid 2000s after joining the WWE in 2002 with his cousin Jamal in the highly entertaining 3 Minute Warning Tag Team. After Jamal left the company Rosey went on to team with The Hurricane and shared a number of great comedic moments on TV as well as a reign as WWE World Tag Team Champions before leaving the company in 2006.

Jamal rejoined in 2005 and it seemed like a 3 Minute Warning reunion was imminent until Rosey was released in early 2006 and Jamal was repackaged as Umaga and had a succesful main even run before being released in 2009 and passing away later that year.

Rosey’s wrestling family doesn’t end there though as he is part of the legendary Anoa’i Family, son of legendary Samoan wrestler Sika and the older brother of current WWE Superstar Roman Reigns who was not at this weeks Raw event before this news was made public.

Rosey had been in hospital in early 2014 with congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation, however it is currently not known wether or not this was a contributing factor to his death.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Anoa’i Family and the friends of Matthew Anoa’i.


Top 10: Royal Rumble Surprise Returns

January is a special time in the world of Wrestling. The road to WrestleMania begins and some of the biggest and best storylines and matches start to form around the turn of the new year. There is no better feeling as a wrestling fan when you’re watching the WWE Royal Rumble live and the excitement starts to build as you try to guess who’s next, the countdown happens and then the entrance music hits…

Here are my personal top 10 times of when that music has shocked me to the core and left me open mouthed with shock at the return that I am witnessing.

 

 


  1. ‘Mr Perfect’ Curt Hennig – 2002

After spending the previous 5 years down in WCW, Mr. Perfect made his surprise WWE Return in the 2002 Royal Rumble match. He entered at number 25 and made the final three, before being eliminated by eventual winner Triple H. He only lasted another 4 months in WWE however, as he was released in May due to his involvement in the infamous ‘Plane Ride From Hell’ where a number of controversial, alcohol fuelled incidents occurred, his fight with Brock Lesnar caused the termination of his contract. He sadly died less than a year later in February 2003, aged just 44, and I was there in person to witness his posthumous 2007 Hall of Fame induction the night before Wrestlemania 23.


 

  1. Kharma – 2012

Best known from her time in TNA as Awesome Kong, Kharma was one of the first major acquisitions from Triple H when he took over as an executive. She became pregnant though not long after her debut, and so her WWE career was cut pretty short. She made a surprise return to WWE at the 2012 Royal Rumble event, becoming the third woman to ever enter the match and even eliminated Hunico (now portraying Sin Cara) and was eliminated quickly by Dolph Ziggler. This marked her last appearance in WWE and she asked for her release a few months later.


  1. Booker T – 2011

In 2011, the Royal Rumble had 10 extra places added, to become a 40 man event, it was the first and last time that happened. There were two very big surprises that night, Booker T being the first, after being in TNA for the three years previous to this, he cleaned house and even treated the crowd to a spinaroonie, before being eliminated by Nexus member Mason Ryan. He has since become a commentator, and play by play announcer for the WWE Network and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame two years later in 2013.


  1. Mankind and Dude Love – 1998

In 1998, Mick Foley was competing mostly as Cactus Jack, and was announced as a Royal Rumble participant in that year, entering at number 1. His tag partner Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) entered at #2 and eliminated Cactus Jack. But this wasn’t the last we saw of Mrs Foley’s Baby Boy in this match. A while later the countdown was on to entrant #16 and the music of Mankind hits, and he comes out and eliminates Charlie. He was then eliminated by Goldust. Then fast forward to #28, the third face of Foley, Dude Love, entered the match, and lasted until the final four alongside The Rock, Stone Cold and Faarooq. He was the first wrestler to appear more than once in a rumble match. Foley is more recently the General Manager of Raw. He is due to have hip surgery at some point so, it’s unknown how much longer he will be around.


  1. Chris Jericho – 2013

Usually there will be vignettes galore when Chris Jericho makes a return or an appearance in WWE, but to our surprise there was nothing, and when Dolph Ziggler was standing in the ring in 2013 awaiting the second entrant in the Royal Rumble match, he was as surprised as anyone when the lights went out and Jericho’s music hit, especially having ‘ended’ Jericho’s career the previous summer. Y2J lasted 45 minutes in the match, and put in an incredible performance. He is currently in the main event scene on Raw, and recently won the United States Championship, the only title which had eluded him throughout his illustrious career, and it meant that he became a ‘Grand Slam Champion’. Giving the first ever undisputed champion (he beat The Rock and Stone Cold on the same night, you know!) his place in history, and more substance to his self proclaimed persona as ‘The Greatest of All Time.’


  1. Rob Van Dam – 2009

RVD Left WWE in 2007, after six years as one of the most popular superstars to come out of the ‘Invasion’ angle in 2001. During his hiatus he would spend his time working on the independent scene and then moving to TNA. During this hiatus he actually made a surprise and unannounced return in the 2009 Royal Rumble match, coming in at #25 to one hell of an ovation, he lasted 13 mins before being eliminated by Jericho. He is one of the best Hardcore Champions in WWE History, and is frequently linked with a return to the company. Don’t be surprised if he is one of the entrants this coming Sunday.


  1. Bubba Ray Dudley – 2015

Ten years previous to this The Dudley Boyz competed in their last WWE Match, they went to TNA and wrestled as ‘Team 3D’ for a number of years and Bubba’s ‘Bully Ray’ character actually made it as TNA World Heavyweight Champion twice in 2013. When the 2015 Royal Rumble match was announced as emulating from Philadeliphia PA, the home of ECW, there were rumblings that a few old ECW names would be part of the match. Bubba Ray Dudley was not the first name you would have thought of, which made his appearance at #3 even more shocking and special. Not only that, it was actually his first, and only ever Royal Rumble match, as he was always too busy throwing other Tag Teams through tables with D-Von (who has also never ever been in a Rumble match.)


  1. Edge – 2010

Six months previously, the ‘Rated R Superstar’ was on the shelf with a torn achilles. His then tag partner, Chris Jericho kept calling him weak and replaced him as champion with The Big Show. WWE were very quiet about his recovery from the injury and thus making it even more surprising when he came out at #29 in the Rumble and in the process surprising the entire building, eliminating Chris Jericho, and eventually eliminating John Cena, to win the entire thing, and head to WrestleMania, where he would lose to Chris Jericho. Since then, Edge has won multiple World titles, married Beth Phoenix, fathered two children been forced to retire from wrestling and taken up his place in the WWE Hall of Fame.  


  1. Diesel – 2011

Remember me talking about the 2011 Royal Rumble, being 40 entrants, and Booker T being a surprise entrant? Well he wasn’t the only one… as the countdown kicked in towards entrant #32, no one at all could have guessed that Diesel would be the man whose music would hit. Donning the singlet of Big Daddy Cool, for the first time in over 15 years, he was eliminated by Wade Barrett, and went on to sign a Five year legends deal with WWE. He became NXT Commissioner at one point, and even made a second return to the Rumble in 2014, becoming one of Roman Reigns’ 12 victims. Like most of the names here. Nash has also gone on to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, under his Diesel persona.


  1. John Cena2008

Most probably THE most famous return in Royal Rumble history, three months previous to this, John Cena had been injured and forced to relinquish the WWE title, the fans were told he would need 7 Months ‘on the shelf’ meaning Rumble and ‘Mania were both a miss for him. But this is ‘Super Cena’ we’re talking about, the scene was set, ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena,’ Madison Square Garden. Twenty nine men had entered the match, and there was time for one more. The countdown kicks in, and to the shock of every single man, woman and child present in that arena, John Cena’s music hits and there he was! The Garden went INSANE! With no previous mention of him even being in contention to make the match, everyone was shocked to see him show up. He ended up coming out, clearing house and winning the whole damn thing! Cena is now just one WWE title win away from equalling Ric Flair’s record of 16. Don’t be surprised to see this happen sooner, rather than later.


Thank You for reading this, and we look forward to many surprises in the next Royal Rumble!

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Kurt Angle to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

It has been announced the Olympic Gold medal winner and former WWE Champion Kurt Angle will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year in Orlando, Florida.

WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H” Leveque who has been instrumental in the signing of many of the Hall of Fame inductees in recent years has said “Kurt Angle’s accomplishments both in the Olympics and WWE were extraordinary” and went on to say “He was one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the ring, and we are honored to welcome him into the WWE Hall of Fame“.

The man of the “Three I’s” had an illustrious career in WWE and was one of the most charismatic and gifted performers of the “Attitude Era“, a period in which the industry was full of mega stars and Kurt Angle was definitely one of them.

Angle left WWE in 2006 and has been one of the most missed Superstars by fans around the world ever since. His run in TNA started out very well but in recent years fans have craved a WWE instead. Could this mark the start of a new working relationship with the wrestling legend?

VIDEO: Life in 2006 – Backyard Wrestling

We got so tired of talking about 2016 that we decided to make a series on 2006 instead. I’m joined by my long time friends Justin and Terry talk about what life was like for us 10 years earlier as we react to videos of ourselves from 2006. In this episode we watch clips from when we were “Backyard Wrestlers” and talk about our lost agility, some of our questionable fashion decisions and plenty of funny memories about Backyard Wrestling and life in general.

If you like this episode then check back soon for the other episodes that see us react to more Life in 2006.

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Talk and Beans: Christmas Special – Christmas Spectacular 2016 (Part Four)

Episode #16 is Part Four of the Talk and Beans Christmas Spectacular 2016.

Scott and Tom sit down and talk about all things Christmas, including their favourite Songs, Movies, Decorations and Presents.

The boys also open gifts from each other during the Podcast and dive into plenty of random talk throughout from Scott’s story about nearing killing Michael Caine to the ultimate Christmas Dinner. Also, for some reason plenty of attempts of a ridiculous Owen Wilson impression, as well as a mixed bag of Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine, Arnie, Danny Dyer, Phil Mitchell….it all made sense at the time.

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Talk and Beans: NXT Dallas & Wrestlemania 32

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Episode #2 is a special on NXT Dallas and Wrestlemania 32 and the fallout of both.

Join Scott & Tom for plenty of ridiculous impressions, their thoughts on both events and plenty more random wrestling chat including stories about the time Scott met Velvet Sky and he and Tom met Matt Hardy.

 

 

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Top 10 Musical Performances at Wrestlemania

Wrestlemania is the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Final of Professional Wrestling and just like those events it not only displays the amazing performances of it’s own stars but often of other areas of sports and entertainment. This run down will focus on the musical acts that have performed on the “Grandest stage of ’em all” and my personal favourites. Some wrestling fans dont think there is a place for music are a wrestling show, I however, love it. I think it adds another dimension to the show of all shows and really gives it that big time feel. Plus, I’m a big music fan in general so every year I am one of those keen to find out about musical acts performing at the event, like this year when we broke the news of Travis Barker performing at the show. Wrestling and music go hand in hand in my opinion and to be honest it has played a big part in the discovery of many bands whilst I was growing up. So, here we go with my list, some include hit singles from bands and some are just kickass wrestling theme songs that have been used over the years and performed live at the once a year special event.

          

10) Kid Rock Medley (25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania)"WrestleMania 25" - 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania - Inside

Houston, Texas was the home of the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania and yours truly was in attendance. Another man in the building that night was the cocky man himself Kid Rock who performed a medley of songs “Bawitdaba”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus”, “Cowboy”, “All Summer Long” and “So Hott” The latter of the bunch was the intro to the Divas Battle Royal which as good as it may have been on paper, kind of took away from some of the special attractions to that match like some of the returning legendary Divas who perhaps didn’t get the welcome back attention that they deserved. Never the less, it was a good medley that provided a mini concert feel which to me wasn’t such a bad thing as it meant I pretty much got to see a Kid Rock concert for free. Kid Rock was also involved with the company years earlier when he performed The Undertaker’s then theme song “American Badass” live on an episode of Raw.

9) Ice T – “Pimpin Aint Easy” (Wrestlemania 2000)ice t

The early part of the century was a strange time in not only wrestling but pop culture. The then WWF thrived on the opportunity of its ‘Attitude era’ with a more cutting edge product that was definitely more adult friendly than it had been before. One of the most outlandish characters was The Godfather who was a pimp. Yes, a pimp. His entrance on regular shows was a sight to be seen as he would lead his “Ho Train” to the ring before a match. Wrestlemania 2000 saw The Godfather team up with D’Lo Brown and their entrance featured a newly remixed version of The Godfather’s theme song with Ice T performing the track live. Ice T was fully immersed in the role of leading the Ho Train and performed a great rendition of “Pimpin’ Aint Easy” which was from the WWF’s recent compilation rap album titled WWF Aggression. This CD was one of the first I ever bought myself and whilst this track wasn’t my favourite from it, it was a perfect fit for The Godfather’s character and provided a good Wrestlemania moment. I don’t know how Ice T kept his composure with all those… uh,fans.

8) Sean “Diddy” Combs Medley (Wrestlemania 29)diddy

WWE stepped it up for Wrestlemania 29 when they returned to what is considered home for the company to the New York metropolitan area. Although they are a global phenomenon now, their roots trace back to this area of the United States and New York in particular has been home to some of the biggest events and moments in the company’s history including the very first Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden. Therefore it was fitting to have a song like “Coming Home” by Diddy – Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey as the homecoming events theme song. Diddy performed a number of his hits including “It’s All About the Benjamins” and “Victory” as well as one of my favourite Diddy tracks “Mo Money, Mo Problems”, which I found out was being played as I was outside Met Life stadium on a sunny day listening to sound checks which hyped me up realising this show was going to have such a big time feel.

7) Living Colour – “Cult of Personality” (Wrestlemania 29)living colour

CM Punk went into Wrestlemania 29 after years of proving how good he was when he stepped up to the main event picture. This year he was going into the big event to face The Undertaker to try and break his legendary Wrestlemania streak. Punk had used this theme song unofficially on the independent circuit in his younger days and when he had arguably one of the biggest wrestling storylines and moments of all time in 2011 he started using “Cult of Personality” in the WWE. Living Colour performed the song for CM Punk in front of packed out Met Life stadium in New Jersey. I was in attendance that night and it was such a spectacle. The crowd were pumped up with Living Colour playing live and when CM Punk appeared the noise level got even louder. CM Punk may not have got his Wrestlemania moment in the sense that most people would have hoped he had gotten in the true main event for the companies World Heavyweight championship, but this incredible moment during a brilliantly executed feud with The Undertaker truly made CM Punk shine, as a live performance like this should do.

6) P.O.D – “Booyaka 619” (Wrestlemania 22)pod

When we interviewed Marcos Curiel of P.O.D we asked him about the link between the band and Rey Mysterio. Marcos was on a hiatus from the band when they performed at Wrestlemania but explained the bond between them from growing up together in the 619 area code of San Diego, California. Rey Mysterio was heading into the event after another comrade of his Eddie Guerrero had passed away months prior to the event. The wrestling world was in mourning as Rey promised to fight in Eddie’s name to get to the top of the company and he did just that, winning the World Heavyweight Championship that night. The entrance was as spectacular as Rey’s always were, from his early days on Smackdown getting thrown into their air from underneath the stage to his frequent Wrestlemania special costumes including this events Eagle head piece over his mask whilst his friends in P.O.D played him to the ring.

5) Drowning Pool – “The Game” and ”Tear Away” (Wrestlemania X8)drowning pool

2002 was a big year for Drowning Pool, they had recently exploded on the Metal scene and seemed to be getting bigger and bigger until in August their singer Dave Williams was found dead on their tour bus. Just months before this sad event the band were on top form at Wrestlemania X8. They performed ‘double duty’ that night by performing an alternate version of the song “The Game” that had been featured on the brilliant WWF Forceable Entry album which had several rock and metal bands performing new WWF Superstars entrance themes. Many of the songs on the album became the Superstars official theme song but Drowning Pool’sThe Game” wasn’t one of those tracks and has only been used by Triple H at this one event. They also performed the events official theme song “Tear Away” in front of a great video package hyping up the Main event between Triple H and heavy metal’s own Chris Jericho. This period in wrestling and rock music seemed to really fuse well together, especially when it came to these brilliantly well put together video packages.

4) Saliva – “Turn the Tables” and “Superstar” (Wrestlemania X8)saliva

Saliva also pulled ‘double duty’ at Wrestlemania X8 with opening the event with a great performance of their track “Superstar” that pumped up the Toronto crowd for one of the biggest Wrestlemania’s to date. The performance had a brilliant put together video package playing on the big screens that hyped up the nights coming events. Later that night Josey and the boys made their second appearance when they played the Dudley Boyz and Stacy Keibler to the ring with their then new theme song also off of the amazing WWF Forceable Entry album. One of my favourite things about this performance was seeing the 3 of them get involved with the band as Stacy danced with Josey as the Dudleyz head banged with the rest of the band, including Bubba even smashing his hands on the drum cymbals. Saliva later worked with the company again providing the theme song for Batista.

3) Mark Crozer & The Rels – “Live in Fear” (Wrestlemania 29)mark crozer

This performance was definatley one of the best visually. Mark Crozer is most known for his time touring with the band The Jesus and the Mary Chain and with Jim Reid’s solo project. But at this event it was Mark in the spotlight with his own band playing in Bray Wyatt and his Wyatt Family in with an eerie performance of “Live in Fear”. Bray’s entrance is always something to grab your attention but the element of a live band whom were all in well suited freaky costumes and the tens of thousands of Bray’s followers holding lights up was something special that only the ‘Grandest stage of em all’ can provide.

2) Motorhead – “The Game” (Wrestlemania X-Seven)motorhead

Triple H has long shown his affection for England’s Metal legends Motorhead, using three Motorhead songs as his entrance theme over his illustrious career. Hunter is a well known Metal head and was the one who orchestrated getting one of his favourite bands involved with the wrestling world. Wrestlemania X-Seven is probably my favourite Wrestlemania ever and I love everything about it including Motorhead playing “The Game” to a sold out Astro Dome in Houston Texas as Triple H made his way to the ring to become another tombstone in The Undertakers streak. But, before it all went wrong for the cerebral assassin he had a memorablel entrance. Even though Lemmy didn’t remember all of the words, it couldn’t take away the fact that we were seeing something special here with one of the best wrestling themes ever being performed by such a legendary band for such a legendary wrestler in his prime. They performed it again at Wrestlemania 21 when a Lemmy inspired ‘handle bar’ moustache sporting Triple H came through the floor of the stage in the middle of the band playing, which was a pretty cool visual. The X-Seven performance is my pick though as it was the first time they played it live and to be honest Lemmy still didn’t know the words 4 years later anyway. But hey, it’s Lemmy.

1) Limp Bizkit – “Crack Addict” and “Rollin” (Wrestlemania XIX)limp bizkit

It had been a year since The Undertaker stopped using Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin” as his entrance theme but the opportunity for them to play it live for him came up in 2003 when they were also appearing at the event to perform their latest track “Crack Addict” which was used as the official theme song for Wrestlemania XIX. The song never made it to an official release and was dropped from the bands upcoming “Results May Vary” album, but this performance of the song was one of my favourite Wrestlemania performances. Guitarst Wes Borland had left the band in what began the first Bizkit Borland drought but they had recently hired Mike Smith as his replacement, not only did he perform with them but as did Brian ‘Head’ Welch of Korn. The performance was not only a great Wrestlemania moment but also a very big moment for Limp Bizkit fans as it was a very rare performance with Head and playing “Crack Addict”. A performance that was ripped and uploaded to many old school sharing applications and spread around as the only way to get a hold of the Limp Bizkit track that since had gone under the radar. Fred Durst and the boys went straight into playing “Rollin” as Fred and his ‘Bizketts‘ made his way to the ring to await and embrace The Undertaker when the ‘American Badass’ himself rode his motorcycle down the massive ramp towards wrestling immortality and on to defeat the legendary Ric Flair, adding another name for the tombstones to mark his winning streak.

You can find all of these performances on the WWE Network.