Retro Spotlight: Jeff Hardy vs The Undertaker – Part 1

So I had the idea for a new column where I take my usual Spotlight format and look at matches, rivalries or superstars of the past. I put up a post on the blog’s Facebook page asking for suggestions of what to write about, but I thought it might be helpful if the first piece was an example of what can be done. So to kick things off, over this two-part column I’m going to be looking at two matches between two of my all-time favourites: Jeff Hardy and The Undertaker.

The first match I’m looking at takes us back 16 years to 2002. And despite this being the early days of the first brand extension, the landscape of the WWE was unbelievably different. When tensions first appeared between Jeff and Undertaker, Ric Flair still owned 50% of WWE, Stone Cold Steve Austin hadn’t taken his ball and gone home, there was a single Undisputed World Champion who appeared on both Raw and SmackDown and the Deadman, well, wasn’t a dead man. Continue reading Retro Spotlight: Jeff Hardy vs The Undertaker – Part 1

Thought’s of a Pleb: The Undisputed Championship

Source: thewrestlinganswer.com
Source: thewrestlinganswer.com

So around 13 months ago, I wrote almost 2400 words on the issue of the brand extension. I listed some arguments both for and against, and one of those I picked up on that fell into the latter category was the issue of having two “World Champions”. My point at the time was that it causes confusion even when there are two separated brands, as casual fans are being told that two different wrestlers are the best in the world at that single moment. Having done away with the brand extension idea, having multiple World Championships borders ridiculous. Two people who could easily fight each other every week shouldn’t be able to call themselves “World Champion” – how can there be more than one? Surely they can just have a match and whoever wins is the World Champion. Well, it’s taken us over a year to get there, but we have finally reached that point. Continue reading Thought’s of a Pleb: The Undisputed Championship