REVIEW: WWE Slam Crate

After months of hype (including from yours truly), WWE Slam Crate by Loot Crate is finally being shipped out to those who subscribed over the last couple of months.

It’s not too late to get in on the action though… you can sign up for the next Slam Crate by clicking the link above. (Using it will help me continue these reviews, so I’d appreciate it.)

Back to the hype though… I’ve gotta admit, “The First” crate is not living up to it. Is it worth the $29.99+S&H though? Yeah, it is. Kind of…

Let’s start by getting the negative out of the way – some of it is filler. It’s quirky, “oh, that’s… cool?” filler, but filler nonetheless. I’ll never wear the Sasha Banks glasses or Dean Ambrose belt buckle, will probably kill the Mitch potted plant, and probably misplace the Austin Aries Topps trading card (wasn’t lucky enough to get one of the autographed ones).

To be fair, I think filler is to be expected in a lot of these subscription crates though. LootCrate just so happens to be one of the biggest offenders unfortunately.

The biggest issue I had with “The First” Slam Crate was that the “First” theme is totally contrived and poorly executed as a whole. There are so many “firsts” that could have been included in this crate, but instead WWE and LootCrate included random items for whatever made up reason they chose, and cheap items to represent something that actually did fit the theme.

For example: The potted Mitch plant was included in the theme because Mitch was “the first plant to be murdered in the WWE.” Like, what?

As I said though, “the first” WWE Slam Crate actually is worth the price.

The Enzo and Cass “Bada Boom” shirt alone makes the crate worth it. An authentic tee on WWE Shop goes for $25, plus tax and S&H. So right there you’ve got your money’s worth.

The LootCrate website notes that there may not always be a t-shirt included in the crate though. If that turns out to be the case, then it’ll be a toss up whether any crate is worth it.

My favorite item in the crate is easily, the WWE “winged eagle” championship lapel pin. Not sure what it’s made of, but while it’s very light, it feels like a quality piece. Definitely something to show off or to put in your collection.

The only other items worthy of note are the New Day unicorn figure, another quality piece, and the NXT embroidered patch, which could also be considered filler, but is still pretty cool.

So yeah, I guess WWE Slam Crate was worth the price, but I’m really hoping they can improve on the quality of the smaller items and actually make an effort to follow the theme.

Take a look at the photos and let me know how you liked “the First” WWE Slam Crate.



Once in a Lifetime Superstar

For as long as I can remember, for as long as I’ve been a wrestling fan – I’ve been an Undertaker fan.

by Lucha Lucy

I grew up during the Attitude Era. My generation grew up on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, and Degeneration X… all of whom were some of the greatest Superstars to ever set foot in the squared circle.

They all had their appeal. I mean, when you’re in the fourth grade, you don’t get much cooler than a guy who says swear words and flips the middle finger. And believe me, I thought Austin was cool. And I thought The Rock was cool, and Mankind, and DX. But no one was ever cooler than The Undertaker, the guy who talked about all these crazy, scary, dark things that I really didn’t even know anything about (because I was quite the naive child).

These wrestlers all had neat catchphrases I would repeat on the playground, all had awesome finishing moves my older brother would put me through, but they just never mesmerized me in the same way.

For me, The Undertaker was the epitome of cool; as naive as I was, whatever I thought made a great superstar – the Undertaker had it, without a doubt. I couldn’t really pin-point what it was about him that drew me in, I just knew he was special.

I’ve always thought Undertaker was pretty good in the ring. I mean, as a young kid, I hadn’t grasped the nuances of professional wrestling, but I knew what I liked. The Undertaker was this huge guy who could just power through his opponents, but he also walked the top rope, he was out there DIVING OVER the top rope… he did these things that you wouldn’t expect from him. And I liked that.

Also, he just had this completely different sort of attitude about him. When everyone else was loud and brash, he was always so calm and quiet in everything he said and did. The Undertaker was methodical, and when he spoke, it was unnerving.

As someone who’s always been pretty quiet, his was the sort of confidence I wanted. Never did get the hang of it, but then no wrestler has ever managed it either, I don’t think.

More than anything though, I think the reason why The Undertaker has always been my favorite wrestler is because I’ve always had an active imagination and no one ever captured it quite like the Undertaker.

From the very moment the lights drop, my anticipation rises. At the very first sounds of that bell, my eyes are trained on what I know is coming next. When the smoke settles and the Undertaker has walked through the flames, I’m already hooked. He’s so compelling to watch; whether it’s his steady gait to the ring or the slow, deliberate movements he makes just before the bell rings, I’m tuned into him. Even now, however many years later, watching him, I’m still just a kid whose imagination is running wild with the theatrics of it all. I sit at the edge of my seat waiting for the story he’s about to play out, whatever it may be, because I am absolutely hypnotized.

When the Undertaker stood in the ring, I believed it, I felt it – every move he made, every word he said. I hung on it all.

Obviously, I didn’t really believe he was going to embalm and sacrifice Stone Cold (whatever that even meant) or that he actually had a family who died in a fire and that his brother Kane was really trying to get revenge for leaving him horribly disfigured. I didn’t really believe he had these awesome supernatural powers to summon lightening at the flick of a wrist. At least I don’t think I did. Maybe I did. Didn’t matter though.

Whatever story the Undertaker was telling, I was watching wide-eyed.

I’m not that naive fourth grader anymore though. While I wouldn’t say I’ve really grown up yet, I have grown older. I’ve come to appreciate those nuances that once went over my head. I get what it’s all about now and if I really make the effort, I can even put words and reasoning behind my fascination of this ridiculous thing called pro wrestling.

So many of us who are wrestling fans as kids grow out of it; those of us who haven’t quite done so, somewhere along the line, we stop believing in the spectacle of it all. We grow jaded to so much of what we had once loved. Those nuances, that’s part of the trade off and when you get a little older, it works out and it’s worth it most of the time.

Sometimes though, when we as fans – no matter what era we grew up watching – forget about some of the technicalities of being a “real” wrestling fan, we’re reminded of some of the reasons we loved watching wrestling so much as kids.

Just as with anything we love, there are struggles. Sometimes we forget just what it was we loved before. It’s not really such a big deal because most of us still love it anyway. It’s in those times though when I find myself coming back to what I loved first, what first completely captivated me when I was just a kid – the Undertaker.

He embodies everything my imagination got swept away in, and that’s never changed.

Were there others who did that for us in other ways? Sure. But the thing is, unlike so many of our beloved superstars, he’s still around to remind us. Maybe not as often anymore, but we know, around a certain time of year, to expect him. And he’s never let us down.

In the 25 years since The Undertaker first debuted in the WWE, so many things have changed. This is a good thing for the most part, as this  business is one that requires change, whose fans demand change. Through it all however, the Undertaker has always been the constant. For me and so many others, I think, he’s the steadfast reminder of all the things we loved, and still love about pro wrestling.

Every part of him and his persona has become iconic, so much larger than life. And it’s so easy to throw around words like that, but they’re fitting. I don’t know who else has been able to captivate, not just me, but so many fans of different generations, time and time again and at the level he’s reached.

Quite simply, there is no one like him. I don’t know when we’ll ever see someone like him again.

The Undertaker is truly a once in a lifetime superstar.

WrestleMEHnia thoughts

Seems there was quite a bit of disappointment after the big show, but it wasn’t all “meh”


Wrestlemania is the showcase of the immortals, but there was a lot lacking from the show this year. It didn’t quite feel like the grandest stage of them all in a lot of cases.

I think a lot of focus was put on a couple of matches, and those matches weren’t played out correctly on the card. The undercard matches for the most part were good, but it was a case of “too little, too late” for a few matches.

Bad planning and lack of “big fight” feel to some of the matches hurt the show, but I really don’t think it was as terrible as some may think.

Here are my match-by-match thoughts.

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

For years now, I think the challenge against The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak has been the favorite of the night. And I think this year was no exception.

The Streak match tends to follow different standards. The storyline is always brought about quickly, but is always played out really well. We expect a great match, and it’s always the best of the night.

Against a storyteller like CM Punk, a wrestler like CM Punk there was never any doubt that this match would be great. Perhaps it wasn’t as great as previous years’, but with the rumors of whether ‘Taker would even be ready by WM time, you have to expect it. And even still, these two guys gave a great match that the crowd loved.

They did their jobs and they did them well. I wouldn’t mind seeing them go again. Their place on the card might have had something to do with it. I’m all for the last match being a title match, but with that, The Undertaker and CM Punk had to have gone on earlier in the night. Let the crowd rest a bit before throwing two other main events at them.

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

It’s tricky to follow The Undertaker’s match with two other huge main events. Maybe they were hoping to piggy back on that momentum, but that just didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the last two matches suffered the consequences.

On any other night, this match would have been a crowd favorite. Wrestlemania isn’t just any other night, and to go on right after The Undertaker’s match – that’s a tough job.

Brock and Triple H had a really good, hard-hitting match, but with a subdued crowd, it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

The Rock vs. John Cena

I was really looking forward to some big Wrestlemania entrances for The Rock and John Cena, and was disappointed.

Not entirely sure how I feel about the ending of the match either. I’m glad Cena won, the WWE title hasn’t meant a thing since The Rock beat CM Punk. But… I wanted more. The match was too long, the crowd wasn’t entirely into it, and the ending was too campy, and we didn’t even get those big, Wrestlemania-worthy entrances.

On the other hand, I completely get it. The fans didn’t get the chance to really tear into Cena because they were busy cheering The Rock. Cena gets the clean win, Rock gets his cheers. I get it, not sure how much I liked it though.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

While I was hoping for the start of Jack Swagger’s America, it wasn’t going to happen.

I’ve been a big fan of Swagger’s since the get-go, so I’m disappointed this match had to be played out with his court day in mind. It could have been a great move for him, but it’ll have to wait until his future is cleared up. I’m assuming this means we’re moving closer to Dolph Ziggler’s cash-in, which I’m looking forward to.

Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield

I’m glad The Shield got the victory. They are a cohesive unit and rightfully should have the edge over a thrown-together team like the Big Celtic Vipers. And I’m glad Big Show has remained a heel during this time.

That said, I’m still really unsure of Orton’s role in this. I was expecting a heel turn, but nope. Orton’s known for not playing well with others, so why is he now buddies with Sheamus? I was expecting something from him.

Good match though. Right team won.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry

I liked the build up for this match much, much more than I liked the actual payoff. I thought from the beginning that this could have been a great gimmick match for Wrestlemania. Something like a bodyslam challenge, I think would have been good. RyBack would have gotten a great reaction from something like that whether he won or not.

Mark Henry got the win, but RyBack got the last word – I guess it worked until next month.

WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston

This was a good match, but I think there was something missing from it. Maybe it needed more crazy AJ?

The right guys won though. Dolph will have his time when he cashes in that Money in the Bank briefcase.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

I wasn’t too thrilled when this match was made, but hindsight is 20/20.

Chris Jericho did his job – he made Fandango look good and Fandango got the win.

Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz (Interactive Pre-Show Match)

For being a four-hour show, there should have been room for this match on the main card. The match was decent, nothing too special, but for Miz to win the title on the pre-show was sort of silly.

He’s needed something big to get him out of his slump, winning the IC title could have done it, but on the pre-show it’s almost like it didn’t happen.

Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins

Again, for being a four hour show this advertised match should have been on the card. At the very least, it should have been on the hour-long pre-show.

I think even more than the guys, the Divas in this match were hurt by it being dropped. The Bellas and Naomi and Cameron could have really shined for the Divas division. Especially since the Divas title wasn’t on the card at all.

A film about wrestling and stuff

Is anyone still out there?
by Lucha Lucy

So, It’s been quite a while since I’ve last updated, and I’m really sorry for that. Life happens, things get in the way. But we’re on the verge of a new year, and just over a month into‘s third birthday! That means it’s time to get back on track.

While I’ve been gone, I took a Film Production class at my community college; we were given an optional assignment to film a movie that evokes an emotion and/or feeling. I chose to film my nephew Ethan doing something he does everyday – pretend he’s a WWE champion. 

I love wrestling and Ethan loves wrestling. It’s pretty special to us (or maybe it’s just special to me that we both love it). It’s something we can enjoy together. The match he reenacts in the film (John Cena vs. Batista, Wrestlemania 26) is pretty special to us too. We were there for it; it was our first Wrestlemania. 

Ethan wrestles against that Big Show teddy bear all the time, he has for years now. And he dresses his part too – if he’s pretending to be John Cena, he matches his clothing, he puts on a baseball cap, and YouTubes “My Time is Now” for his entrance… he’s very thorough in his pretending. 

And he loves doing it. He loves pretending he’s a champion, he loves putting on his little matches. 

When we went to Wrestlemania 26, he was only five years old. He’s eight years old now. He won’t always love wrestling with his teddy bear, in fact, he may give it all up tomorrow. It’s hard growing up a wrestling fan, when everyone else around you grows out of it. I want him to be proud of being so passionate about something, even if it won’t last forever.

Wrestling may not always make him happy, but it makes him happy right now.

My hope was that this film would evoke feelings of happiness, nostalgia, triumph, innocence, and hope. I think it did a pretty good job of that for my class, and I’m glad I was able to accomplish that, but really, I hope that someday Ethan will look back at his film and remember how much he loved wrestling and how happy it made him (or still makes him). Whichever. 

Champion is a short film about a young boy named Ethan who loves wrestling and dreams of becoming a WWE champion, like his favorite wrestler John Cena. A student film directed by Lucinda Perez