BadCast – The Undertaker (Pt. 1)

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Bovi is joined by Theo and Andy to talk about one of the most iconic, and villainous, pro wrestlers of all time: The Undertaker!

Part 1 of The Undertaker covers his history, and origins, as well as the first several years of his illustrious career in the then-World Wrestling Federation. Be sure to check out the links below to listen, and rate & review on iTunes!

iTunes: http://apple.co/2nMrX1R
Stitcher: http://bit.ly/analogstitcher

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Daniel Bryan Cleared by WWE to Return

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After a lengthy uphill battle, one of the most beloved performers in wrestling history is finally about to return to the ring. Daniel Bryan retired from in-ring competition in February 2016 after a string of concussions, but immediately let on that he wasn’t truly ready to hang up his furry boots.

Now, after months of fighting the WWE to let him back in the ring, Daniel Bryan has been cleared by WWE medical staff to return. It’s going to be one hell of a night on WWE Smackdown! tonight. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Saudi Arabia to Host 50-Man Royal Rumble

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In a deal finalized this weekend by WWE COO Triple H, the Saudi General Sports Authority, in partnership with WWE, will present the Greatest Royal Rumble event at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27th.  The event is part of a 10-year strategic partnership in support of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s social and economic reform program.

The event will feature a 50-man Royal Rumble with superstars such as John Cena, AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, and Triple H all competing on the event. No word on whether it will be aired on the WWE Network, but more information is expected soon.

Fox Interested in WWE Broadcast Rights

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A rumor had been circulating for quite some time, that Fox was interested in purchasing WWE from Vince McMahon. However, that rumor has since been debunked, and elaborated that the company is interested in bringing WWE Raw to broadcast television on FOX, and WWE Smackdown! to air on Fox Sports. The bid is meant as a fallback if Fox loses UFC, but the $400 million amount is equal to that of USA, who is hoping to retain those rights after next year.

WWE’s broadcast contract is set to expire on September 30th, 2019, but where the flourishing company goes is still to be determined. Would you watch WWE Raw on Fox?

John Cena in Talks for Duke Nukem Film

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You read that right. According to The Hollywood Reporter, WWE Superstar and Hollywood transplant, John Cena is in talks to portray the loud-mouthed video game star, Duke Nukem. The film is being set up at Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes Productions, and they’re currently searching for a writer for the film.

No director is on board, but I could see Michael Bay himself taking this on. We’ll see if John Cena’s young fan-base becomes an issue in adapting the notorious characters story.

 

Fire Pro Wrestling World to Feature NJPW Superstars

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New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that, prior to its annual Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-view, many of its biggest stars such as Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and more, will be added to the PlayStation 4 roster of Steam fan-favorite, Fire Pro Wrestling World.

The game is a retro-styled wrestling game, modeled after the classic Fire Pro Wrestling titles (that designer Suda51 helped write). The game offers a downloadable roster of thousands of user-created pro wrestlers, MMA stars and even anime & video game characters. Fire Pro Wrestling World is set to release on PlayStation 4 this summer.

AJ Styles Wins Shocking WWE Championship Match

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Fan-favorite AJ Styles took on The Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal, on WWE Smackdown! last night, and in a shocking turn of events, won the WWE Championship away from the conniving heel. This put the Phenomenal One in the crosshairs of Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, where the two will face off in a championship vs. championship match-up of former IWGP Heavyweight champions.

Speculation is that Jinder Mahal may win back the championship in front of his hometown crowd in India when the WWE travels there in December.

Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho Announced for Wrestle Kingdom 12

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After a humorously heated feud between two of the best wrestlers in the world started on Twitter, it was inevitable that Chris Jericho would challenge Kenny Omega to a match at Japan’s biggest wrestling event, Wrestle Kingdom 12. Now, it’s official. A dream match that seemed so unlikely that it was ridiculous to even imagine… is now happening.

Thursday, January 4th at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, Chris Jericho will challenge Kenny Omega. Additionally, IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada will take on Tetsuya Naito.

RAW 25th Anniversary Details Announced

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WWE has announced several new details for the January 22nd, 2018 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, which will emanate from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Manhattan Center.

Superstars from both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown LIVE will be at the Barclays Center, while the event at the Manhattan Center, the site of the first episode of Raw, will feature both WWE Superstars competing, as well as special appearances by WWE Legends The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, and more.

The Shield Reunites on Raw

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WWE has opted to bring back one of its greatest creations, as Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns reunited last night on Monday Night Raw. The group banded together to a raucous ovation to take down Miz, and The Bar, as well as taking down Braun Strowman later in the night.

It’s worth noting that The Shield is so popular, and so transcendent to the WWE Universe, that the crowd was even cheering, and following along with Roman Reigns, arguably the most hated personality in wrestling, today. The group even came out with a new t-shirt, which you can grab here.

WWE NXT Revives WarGames

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Last night, Triple H, the CCO of WWE announced on Twitter that the fan-favorite developmental territory, NXT, will be reviving the classic WCW match, War Games. The match, which was last seen in its original form in 1998, consists of two teams of four or more Superstars inside a giant, enclosed cage that encompasses two rings that are situated side-by-side.

War Games was a premiere match type created by the legendary Dusty Rhodes, was featured in then WCW during their annual Fall Brawl pay-per-view event. The match will pit sAnITY vs. The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong vs. The Undisputed Era.

R.I.P. Bobby Heenan

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Legendary wrestling color commentator and manager Bobby Heenan passed on Sunday at the age of 73. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan is arguably the greatest manager in wrestling history. His list of clients is a who’s who of legends: Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Mr. Perfect and Nick Bockwinkel.

He also set the standard for heel color commentators in wrestling, with his commentary work alongside Gorilla Monsoon on Prime Time Wrestling being a highlight for the industry at that time. Our thoughts go out to his friends and loved ones.

Ric Flair Hospitalized

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WWE has published an article stating that 2-time WWE Hall of Famer, Ric Flair, has been hospitalized. What started out as a routine-monitoring of a heart issue has apparently taken a turn for the worse, with representatives of the superstar asking for prayers and positive energy to be sent his way.

Details regarding the unknown medical issues are still scarce, but as the day goes on, we should know more. All the best, and positive energy to the legend, and his family.

 

John Cena Cast in Bumblebee Spin-Off Movie

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Proof that we don’t live in the darkest timeline after all. John Cena has been cast opposite Hailee Steinfeld as the lead in the upcoming Transformers spin-off film, Bumblebee. The cast also includes Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.

Little is known about the plot outside of its 1980’s setting. Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), will direct the Bumblebee movie from a script written by Christina Hudson (Shut In).