Stories about WWE

Why the alleged spat with WWE epitomises Mohammad bin Salman as a leader

In recent news, the famous American World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is apparently in a spat with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. It was initially reported that the latter had not paid the former their dues for two special events held in Saudi Arabia this year and reportedly owes WWE Chairman Vince McMahon between $300 and 500 million. Additionally, WWE wrestlers missed a show scheduled immediately after the last Saudi event after Salman ‘retaliated’ to McMahon threatening to cut off the Crown Jewel live television feed by ordering that the departee wrestlers are taken off their flight out of the ...

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The unholy alliance between WWE and Saudi Arabia

The year 2018 has brought with it a promise of progress. While Pakistan’s the new leadership has been taking steps towards economic growth, Saudi Arabia is apparently adapting to the 21st century modus operandi and opening its doors to the world. In one of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s (MbS) progressive reforms, the Kingdom opened new cinemas for the first time in decades. They followed it up by lifting the driving ban on women, which was a much-applauded move. Adding to the propaganda of change is World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the American sports entertainment conglomerate, which signed a 10-year, $450 million ...

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“You know it’s fake, right?” – professional wrestling and the respect it deserves

Being a proud pro-wrestling fan, I’d like to talk this sport in Pakistan, the mockery I experience, and why I love watching it despite it all. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if wrestling is “fake”, I’d be a millionaire right now. So let me start off with the facts. Wrestling is not fake; it is scripted. There’s a difference. Firstly, what is so wrong with something being “fake”, for argument’s sake? Do you watch movies? TV shows? Why do you watch them, if, technically speaking, they are “fake” too? On top of that, most of the stunts ...

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Six reasons why wrestling will never be the same without The Undertaker

Recently, on April 2nd, Mark Callaway called it quits after 27 years of service to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). For those who do not know, Callaway is the man behind one of the biggest characters in sporting history, The Undertaker. Like Tiger Woods, Diego Maradona, Lance Armstrong or Muhammad Ali, it did not matter if you were an avid watcher of their respective sport, you just knew them. For those who didn’t and for those who did know him, it was an emotionally surreal moment. Be it video games, the silver screen or the internet, Taker, for the last 30 years, has been a media icon, and regardless ...

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What encourages the crowd to cheer for the ‘bad guys’?

The art of professional wrestling has often been undermined and condescended, given its scripted nature. What such people have yet to understand is that it’s not only about winning and losing, but also the art of storytelling and the performances. In wrestling, ‘heels’ (the ‘bad guys’ you love to hate) mostly lose, or even if they win, most of the time, it’s by using dirty tactics. (Hey, not everyone can be the badass suplex-hitting, opponent-dominating world-conquering Brock Lesnar) Brock Lesnar made a successful return to the UFC after 5 years away. Photo: AFP What’s interesting to note is that ...

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Triple H – The only reason to watch WWE

If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. Royal Rumble (2016) saw the demise of a big thorn in Authority’s way, Roman Reigns. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion had been knocking  curve balls Roman Reigns way, which he managed to throw right out of the park. This was the case till Authority was derailed by 15 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the boss, Triple H. Triple H has evolved from a privileged wrestler wanting to make it big into a rebellious delinquent who ushered in a revolution. He is arguably the most decorated champion in wrestling ...

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Badshah Pehalwan Khan, bringing honour and dignity to Pakistan

One’s understanding should be clear when it comes to wrestling; it’s not an easy sport. In order to reach to the top tier, one has to struggle vehemently. They must fight for their success; they must fight to achieve fame; and moreover, they must essentially fight to entertain their fans. WWE wrestlers are very famous in Pakistan and there is a huge fan-following of old and young alike who have seen different wrestlers come and go and make their mark for their fans. However, this time it’s not about the usual wrestling superstars like Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Undertaker or Randy ...

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December 18, 2013
 Omer Anwar

WWE TLC: Chair smashing mayhem in all its glory!

It was time for Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC). That moment in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) when things started to change and a new landscape came forth. Sunday night featured various filler matches and two high-profiled handicap matches but of course the highlight was the unification of the company’s biggest titles. Be warned that the following review contains spoilers, features and debatable opinions and focuses on the entertainment that is the WWE Pay Per View (PPV). The former Indie gods faced their toughest challenge  It is one thing to compete against a formidable opponent but it is quite another to take on a ...

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The 3 greatest moments in the WWE ‘Hell in a Cell’ series

We all have certain happy childhood memories that we cherish throughout our lives. Some of these include playing with our siblings while others circle around spending time with our friends. And then there are those when we just enjoy the sheer thrill of watching someone else’s skull being crushed into the ground during a fight in an arena. No, I am not talking about childhood fights. Quite a few of my happiest memories originated from the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) matches aired on television. The way two wrestlers are left in a cell to tear each other apart is simply ...

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WWE’s Hell in a Cell: The good, the bad and the ugly

Hell in a Cell has been considered one of the most gruelling staple matches of all time, since its début in 1999. Although it has inspired many imitations, none have been able to replace the demonic steel cage that has shortened the careers of so many. What better month to ‘go to hell’ than October – the month of Halloween! Like most matches, this one also had its fair share of the ‘good, the bad and the downright ugly’. The Good Tag Team Division The titles were defended between the Rhodes Brothers – Cody Rhodes and Dustin ‘Goldust’ Rhodes – the Uso Brothers – ...

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