30 years after the mysterious death of Nancy Argentino, the case is being looked into once again (Image courtesy of mma-roundup.blogspot.com)
I decided to write this article because two things happened this week, the death of Matthew Osbourne AKA Matt Borne and the reopening of the 30 year old cold case involving Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.
Now, a few years ago, a friend and myself were approached to write a book on this subject, but for various reasons, fell through. As great and as lighthearted pro wrestling can be…there is also another side…a much darker side. An underbelly if you will, that involves sex, lies, drugs, murder and cover-ups. There are many tales that I have heard or witnessed throughout the years and today, I will share just a few. Continue reading
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Yesterday (Friday 28 June 2013) the wrestling world lost Matt Osborne, perhaps best remembered as playing the first Doink the Clown in the WWF, after he was found dead in his Texas residence aged 55.
Osborne debuted in wrestling in late 1978, performing for various independent promotions including Mid-South. During his stint in the indys, Osborne participated in the inaugural Wrestlemania in 1985 when he faced Ricky Steambeat, in a losing effort, at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading
I have my doubts he’ll win the WWE title at Money in the Bank but the build up has been brilliant. Still a woeful jacket… (image courtesy of http://www.reviewstl.com)
With Jamie still on his hols, I’ll again sit in and cover his ‘What Wrestling Taught Us This Week’ column. Another excellent Raw this week on the back of a thoroughly eventful week of wrestling the previous week. All in all a solid two week period for the WWE as we continue the build-up to Money in the Bank 2013 and then Summerslam 2013 – perhaps the second hottest period of the wrestling calendar, after the Rumble through to Wrestlemania period obviously. Anyway, without further ado… Continue reading
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Not content with looking at likely candidates for this year’s winner of the Money in the Bank briefcase, today I will look towards Summerslam and with two months out I will look at contenders for what will feature on the card.
With the current programming, I think we’re going to have a pretty stacked card and with Summerslam generally being one of my favourite PPVs of the year, I’m more excited than normal about this year’s. So, without further ado, he goes. Continue reading
Hade Vansen, remember him? No? Well Brian Damage does… (image courtesy of wikipedia.org)
Not so long ago, in a Universe not so far away….was a man with a rather peculiar name. It was sort of a cross between Vader and Stan Hansen, not quite either. His name was Hade Vansen. Who was he? What did he do? Everything and nothing.
To tell you his story, you must first understand the WWE. It is a global brand, that thousands upon thousands of wrestlers dream of one day being in. Of the thousands that dream about one day being a WWE Superstar, only a handful get signed. If you are one of the few lucky enough to get signed to a contract, you are not immediately thrust into the spotlight. No, first you must pay your dues. Whatever you learned in wrestling school and the indies is thrown out the window, and you must be re-trained, the WWE style of Sports Entertainment. That still doesn’t guarantee you a spot on the main roster. Many of these “developmental” wrestlers never see a WWE ring. Sometimes they are cut or released. Others quit and return to the indies and some quit wrestling altogether. It’s not an easy road to the top and nor should it be. With the absence of territories , there are only a few competitive wrestling organizations to hone your craft. The developmental system is essential to grow and mature as a potential WWE Superstar. When your name is finally called to “the majors,” you’ll be ready. That brings us to Hade Vansen. Continue reading
The main function of this blog is to give it’s writers and followers a chance to relive wrestling’s past. We naturally tend to concentrate on the more memorable matches, moments and superstars from history. However today we are concentrating on the superstars that most of us have completely forgotten about. Below are 20 superstars from WWE’s past, but how many can you name? Continue reading
Touching a wrestlers hand does nothing for Brian (pic courtesy of entertainment.howstuffworks.com)
Like many of you reading this article, I have watched a lot of wrestling. Sometimes, too much. As the old saying goes, “Sometimes too much of something, can be a bad thing.” In all the years I have watched or attended a show, I have noticed a few things. Things that may or may not go unnoticed by the untrained eye. I refer to them as “quirks” or just simple observations. Whatever the terminology may be, they are things, some not all, that irritate the crap out of me. Let’s see, if you all or if you’re from the south, Y’all can see what I see. Continue reading
Last week on Raw is War, Ahmed Johnson turned on The Undertaker and defected to The Nation of Domination joining the other new member Kama Mustafa. In this week’s #Rawrewind we continue the WWF tag team tournement and Owen Hart defends the Intercontinental Title against Triple H and Goldust.
All the previous Raw Rewinds can be located here.
Champion Roll Call:
WWF Champion: The Undertaker
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Owen Hart
WWF Tag Team Champions: Stone Cold Steve Austin & Shawn Michaels
WWF European Champion: The British Bulldog Continue reading
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With Jamie on holiday, I’m flying solo this week with the Sunday Sermon as I look towards next month’s Money in the Bank PPV and, more specifically, who is going to leave the show with the briefcase containing the contract for a title shot.
A few months is certainly a long time in wrestling. Around Wrestlemania I’d have plucked for Fandango as the guy who would get the nod for winning Money in the Bank. A flying start to his career with a Mania win over Jericho and the crowd apparently hotter than hot for him. Since then, however, the crowd appear to have grown slightly weary of his shtick and a concussion ruled him out of Payback where it was widely expected that he’d leave the show with the IC title. Continue reading