Wrestling With Sin: The Dark Side of the Squared Circle

Brian Damage

30 years after the mysterious death of Nancy Argentino, the case is being looked into once again (Image courtesy of mma-roundup.blogspot.com)

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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Remembering Matt ‘Borne’ Osborne

Craig Wilson

(Image courtesy of heavy.com)

(Image courtesy of heavy.com)

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

What Wrestling Taught Us This Week

Craig Wilson

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 www.reviewstl.com)

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

Predicting Summerslam 2013

Craig Wilson

(image courtesy of wikimedia.org)

(image courtesy of wikimedia.org)

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

The Man…Certainly The Myth…And The Not So Legend of Hade Vansen

Brian Damage

Hade Vansen, remember him? No? Well Brian Damage does... (image courtesy of wikipedia.org)

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

Who The Hell Is That?! The Obscure Wrestler Test

Jamie Lithgow

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

The Quirks About Wrasslin’ That…Well…Irk Me

Brian Damage

Touching a wrestlers hand does nothing for Brian (pic courtesy of entertainment.howstuffworks.com)

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