Mike Murphy

Digital Video Producer, YouTube/Twitch Personality, Web Journalist, Sports Fan & Lover of Many Things

Category Archives: Features

WWE.com — 5 video games you won’t believe existed

“Sports-entertainment has a long, storied history within the video game medium. From the arcade heyday of the early ’80s to the advent of mobile gaming today, players have been banging around in the virtual squared circle since the days before WrestleMania even existed.

But not every entry into the annals of wrestling games experienced the popularity, exposure and success of titles like the recent WWE 2K15, 2K Supercard and WWE Immortals. Some had the potential and fell disappointingly flat, others tried to focus the entire experience on one match type, while a rare pair went completely off the conceptual rails.

The ensuing pages will tell you the stories behind five of these titles.”

Link: www.wwe.com/inside/5-video-games-you-wont-believe-existed

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WWE.com — 8 Superstar reality shows we want to see

“’Tough Enough’ is returning to USA Network,’Total Divas’ is about to conclude its third season on E! and WWE Network introduced the WWE Universe to ‘Legends’ House’ last year. With all this success, WWE is carving a nice niche for itself in reality television.

This got those of us at WWE.com thinking: What else could WWE come up with to expand its standing within the popular TV genre? If you guessed intellectual competitions with Erick Rowan, boardroom battles for that elusive brass ring and an undercover chairman, then you’re on the right track.

Behold, the eight Superstar reality shows we want to see.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/8-superstar-reality-shows-we-want-to-see

WWE.com — WWE Fastlane 2015 predictions

“As WWE races toward WrestleMania 31, no event before The Show of Shows holds as much intrigue or importance as WWE Fastlane, which airs live Sunday on WWE Network.

The fabric of WrestleMania’s WWE World Heavyweight Title main event will be determined when Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan joust for the top-contender spot. Also at WWE Fastlane, four titles will be defended, brothers will duke it out and three of WWE’s most popular Superstars will take aim at The Authority’s handpicked wrecking crew.

But who will win? Check out these WWE Fastlane predictions by WWE Hall of Fame announcer Howard Finkel, “The Voice of Extreme” Joey Styles and WWE.com editors, and add your own in the comments section below.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwefastlane/2015/wwe-fastlane-2015-predictions-27121279/

WWE.com — 8 WWE video games we wish were real

“WWE Superstars have been a mainstay in video games ever since the Nintendo Power Glove was in fashion. But what if our favorite grapplers invaded other gaming genres throughout history? Grab a controller and join WWE.com as we imagine eight video games starring WWE Superstars that we’d stay up all night playing … even on a school night. Who’s got next?”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/8-wwe-video-games-we-wish-were-real

WWE.com — Editors’ Choice: Who is the future of WWE?

“Seth Rollins likes to call himself “the living, breathing future of WWE.” Even if he only got that moniker thanks to a glowing endorsement from his benefactor, Triple H (who, ahem, must have heard it first on WWE.com), the claim has some legs. Mr. Money in the Bank is nothing if not one of the most dynamic, versatile and physically gifted Superstars the WWE Universe has seen in years: A Jeff Hardy-style daredevil with a well-earned dash of megalomania to go with it, Rollins really does have it all.

Still, he’s certainly not the only guy in contention to be “the future.” Rollins has blinders on, as well he must, but there’s an astounding crop of talent sprouting around him even as he continues to reach both literal and figurative heights in his very young career. Just as we predicted Rollins as a future main-eventer all those months ago, WWE.com editors again regroup to select the Superstars (and Diva) we’ve pegged as the future of WWE. Plan accordingly.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-superstars-who-could-be-the-future-of-wwe

WWE.com — The 100 best matches to see before you die

“What are the best matches ever?

Who knows? We haven’t seen every single match ever. That’s damn near impossible, unless you’ve somehow been to every single mat contest since George Hackenschmidt won the World Title in 1905. What we have done, however, is watched every single match on WWE Network. From WrestleMania 30 to ECW Hardcore TV #97, we’ve reviewed everything available on WWE’s groundbreaking streaming platform, and done our very best to rank its greatest 100 matches.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/classics/100-best-matches

Note: I had two entries in what was a gigantic collaborative effort by all WWE.com editors and a few outside contributors.

WWE.com — 15 greatest Superstars in SmackDown history

Over the last decade-and-a-half, SmackDown has played host to sports-entertainment’s biggest names. Hulk Hogan, The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, John Cena, Triple H and countless others have, at one point or another, taken their talents to WWE’s blue brand. Whether it’s been Thursday or Friday nights, SmackDown has been a regular ratings juggernaut since debuting in 1999, thanks in large part to the show’s seemingly never-ending supply of legendary competitors.

In celebration of 15 memorable years and counting, WWE.com decided to take a look back and rank the 15 Superstars who laid the smackdown on WWE’s blue brand better than anybody else.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/15-greatest-superstars-smackdown-history/

WWE.com — The 10 coolest moves in WWE right now

“Sports-entertainment is constantly evolving with plenty of stylistic flourishes being added on a weekly basis in the ring. While Bruno Sammartino’s bearhug might no longer be en vogue, that doesn’t mean it didn’t thrill Madison Square Garden audiences during the ‘60s and ‘70s. The ’90s saw the emergence of Swanton Bombs, Stone Cold Stunners and even a guy stuffing a sock in his opponents’ mouths.

But what about 2014? From Brock Lesnar’s canvas-pummeling German suplex to Adrian Neville’s gravity-defying Red Arrow, WWE.com staffers took a close look at the current landscape to pick the 10 coolest moves being performed in WWE rings right now.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-coolest-moves-right-now

WWE.com — The 10 best manager-client combinations in sports-entertainment history

“For some Superstars, being at a loss for words isn’t an issue, especially when they have someone to do the talking for them. Managers have long played a prominent role as the guiding lights for many top competitors. Bruno Sammartino, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and even Hulk Hogan employed managers at one point or another.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/classics/10-best-manager-client-combinations

WWE.com — WWE 2K15 roster revealed at SummerSlam Confidential Panel

“The next generation of WWE video games now has its roster.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, an enthusiastic SummerSlam Confidential Panel audience learned which Superstars and Divas will appear in WWE 2K15, the latest edition of the revered video game series. The involvement of squared circle luminaries like Sting and Hulk Hogan has already been announced by WWE and 2K, and Saturday’s roster reveal event at Club Nokia at LA LIVE — which was hosted by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin — confirmed which stars the WWE Universe can choose for their dream match showdowns when WWE 2K15 hits the shelves this fall.”

Link: http://www.wwe.com/inside/2k/wwe-2k15/wwe-2k15-roster-reveal-summerslam-confidential-panel-26571982