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[Feature] Great Moments in Heel Commentary: Royal Rumble 1992

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Royal Rumble 1992 is widely considered to be the greatest Royal Rumble of them all, featuring the best lineup of superstars of any year and the biggest prize of them all: the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Lackluster undercard aside, minus the joy of seeing Roddy Piper finally win WWF gold, it’s one that I go back to on a regular basis to the point that my taped from PPV VHS has warped to eyesore levels.

But as brilliant and drama-filled as that Rumble was, I go back for a very distinct reason: the commentary of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Heenan is the benchmark for all heel commentators, a man who could make any dull match worthwhile on his gift of gab alone, and in 1992 he turned in a standout performance that borders on transcendent. And as we head into the 2013 Royal Rumble it’s worth looking back on one of the greatest commentating performances of all-time as a way to remind ourselves that, yes, a heel commentator can be done correctly. Here’s hoping someone forces Michael Cole and JBL to watch this A Clockwork Orange-style on repeat.

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[Etc. News] “Diamond” Dallas Page Helping Jake “The Snake” Roberts Mount a Comeback

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In an interview with Newsday, professional wrestling legend “Diamond” Dallas Page announced that he is currently in the process of helping fellow legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts get back into shape for a potential comeback to the squared circle. The process began three months ago in Gainesville, TX when Page contacted Roberts and offered to help him get back into shape (Roberts at the time was 302 pounds) using his “DDPYoga” program, a low-impact workout system Page himself developed to cope with a series of nagging injuries he had related to his in-ring worked. Page has since expanded the program which is used by athletes and non-athletes alike to great results.

Roberts has already lost 35 pounds thanks to the program and Page has moved him to a house in Atlanta to continue the workouts as well as train the 57 year old superstar on how to use current day social media (Facebook and Twitter, for example) to both self-promote and connect to his fanbase. Naturally with both being used to being in front of the camera, the Page/Roberts union is being taped for a possible documentary on the recovery and (hopeful) return of Roberts whose “personal demons” have continually derailed his career and life over the past thirty years (most notably chronicled in the 1999 documentary Beyond The Mat which showed Roberts as a broken-down drug addict who had thrown away his legendary career). Page will be keeping tabs on Roberts’ sobriety and if he slips up even once, Page will kick him out of the house and end the treatment.

This story has the potential of becoming one of the ultimate comeback stories if Roberts can stay healthy and stay off the drugs/alcohol. Much respect to Page for reaching out like he has to help a fellow journeyman; yes it’s good promotion for DDPYoga but he is going above and beyond the call of duty here and doing more good than most wrestlers ever find themselves doing. I’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops and keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t end in yet another Roberts tragedy. You can do this, Snake.

For more information on DDPYoga and how you can jump onto the program, check out the official website.

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[Flashback PPV Recap] WWF Summerslam 1991

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Date: August 26, 1991

Location: Madison Square Garden (New York, New York)

Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon/Bobby Heenan/”Rowdy” Roddy Piper

It’s been 21 years since Summerslam 1991 first aired live on Pay Per View. Does the event still hold up? Read this detailed and stream of consciously written recap to find out.

Lineup for WWF Summerslam 1991:

  • Match Made in Heaven: The Wedding of “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth
  • Match Made in Hell [Special Guest Referee: Sid Justice]: Hulk Hogan/The Ultimate Warrior Vs. The Triangle of Terror (Sgt. Slaughter/Col. Mustafa/Gen. Adnan)
  • Jailhouse Match: The Big Boss Man Vs. The Mountie
  • No Countouts, No Disqualifications: The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs/Jerry Sags) (c) Vs. The Legion of Doom (Animal/Hawk) for the WWF Tag Team Titles
  • Mr. Perfect (c) Vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart for the WWF Intercontinental Title
  • The Bushwhackers (Luke/Butch) Vs. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake/Typhoon)
  • Greg “The Hammer” Valentine Vs. Irwin R. Schyster
  • Ricky Steamboat/Davey Boy Smith/Kerry Von Erich Vs. The Warlord/Power and Glory (Paul Roma/Hercules)

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