Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow, Kenneth Richardson & Brian Damage
Few wrestling fans will list 2013 as one of the best years but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t had the odd moment or two that stood out. So whether it was finally seeing Cody Rhodes and Goldust pair up, Hulk Hogan exit TNA, the debut of The Wyatt Family or the unification of the titles there’s been plenty of action for us wrestling fans to enjoy.
In what is this blog’s final post of 2013, what better way to bring the year to a close than by listing the best moments of 2013 and that is exactly what Craig, Jamie, Kenneth and Brian do today.
Next year the wrestling legend that is Jim Cornette will visit UK as part of a spoken word tour with one of the stops being my hometown city of Glasgow, Scotland. It will unquestionably be a night to remember as one of the most interesting, and outspoken, people in wrestling will be let loose on a Glasgow crowd.
What we can expect is many tales from up and down America during the territory days, through to his association with WWE at the height of the Monday Night Wars as well as his long running (never ending?) feud with Vince Russo. As someone that spends a great deal of time trying to watch as much old school random wrestling as possible, I wonder how much of a mention Smoky Mountain Wrestling will get. Continue reading
Craig Wilson, Brian Damage, Russ Mortan, Jamie Lithgow and Kenneth Richardson
It’s that time of year again as we reflect on the last twelve months while at the same time looking forward to the year ahead. It’s no different on this blog as today, in the final Sunday Sermon of 2013, the team discuss what they want to see happen in 2014.
So whether that’s seeing a local indy promotion have a breakthrough year, the WWE network launched or a hero of old get some TV time in January’s Royal Rumble today Craig, Brian, Russ, Jamie and Kenneth share their wrestling hopes for 2014. Continue reading
Craig Wilson & Jamie Lithgow
Magnus winning the title heralds a new dawn for TNA
Much of the discussion on TNA this week has centered on Jeff Jarrett leaving the company but for me the biggest, and best, piece of news has been that Magnus is the new TNA Champion.
Now, I appreciate that this happened a few weeks ago but we hate spoilers as much as the next blog written by wrestling fans so it’s this week that I’m going to discuss his title win. Continue reading
Brad Armstrong, a guy that had more gimmicks than Ed Leslie…(Image courtesy of sidelineland.com)
It’s not uncommon for a fledgling newcomer or a washed up performer to get a few different gimmicks during their careers. A good gimmick can take an individual far. The Undertaker, for example… was a Master of Pain…Texas Red…even a Skyscraper before becoming a phenom. It happens to the best of wrestlers. In some cases however…it happens more than one would like. Take Brad Armstrong for instance…a solid technical wrestler with a solid wrestling pedigree. ( His Dad was Bob Armstrong )
Yet despite his obvious talent, never caught on with certain promoters and fans. It wasn’t a lack of trying, because during his career that spanned over 30 years…he was the given several gimmicks with little or no success. If Dean Malenko was known as, “The Man of A Thousand Holds,” Brad Armstrong was “The Man of A Thousand Gimmicks.” Continue reading
On December 26th 1983 the WWF hosted a show at the MSG. Considering the time of year it isn’t altogether surprising that the line-up, by WWF at MSG standards, is a weak one. That said, the event did contain a historic moment with WWF Champion Bob Backlund, with his manager Arnold Skaaland, defending against The Iron Sheik, who had “Classy” Freddie Blassie in his corner.
The finish was screwy and served the sole purpose of creating a transitional WWF Champion until a certain all-American hero got his chance at the gold in January 84 but there is no doubting the importance of this one. Continue reading
Believe it or not, at one time….Christmas and pro wrestling went hand in hand together like peanut butter and jelly. It was not uncommon for a promotion to hold a big wrestling card on or around this holiday. Whether it was World Class Championship Wrestling’s Star Wars cards or the NWA/WCW’s Starrcades or WWE’s Tribute To The Troops. Some of the biggest moments in wrestling history happened during this season.
Who could forget Terry Gordy slamming a steel cage door on Kerry Von Erich’s head to kick start the legendary Freebird/Von Erich feud? Rip Oliver defeating Billy Jack Haynes to become the Pacific Northwest Heavyweight champion? Dick the Bruiser defeating Gene Kiniski for the WWA Heavyweight title? All these moments and several other happened during Christmastime…. Continue reading
In 2013, it was announced that Brandon Silvestry better known as Low Ki (Senshi in TNA…Kaval in WWE) had retired from pro wrestling. I immediately thought about what a shame it was that the ultra talented Low Ki…never really made it bigger in the states. Most of his success was in the independents and Japan. Nothing to be ashamed about certainly…but could it have been more? That’s what got me thinking about other talented wrestlers who either had a brief cup of coffee in the bigs or never made it up at all… Continue reading
Once upon a time, not so long ago, the wrestling world had not one, not two, but three major wrestling organizations. They were collectively known as the “Big 3.” The Big 3 consisted of the NWA/WCW down south….the WWF up north and the AWA (The American Wrestling Association ) in the middle.
The AWA was owned and operated by a man named Verne Gagne….a wrestler himself…who believed that wrestlers should wrestle gimmick free. Their talents inside the ring should be the selling point…substance over flash. The AWA became a breeding ground for some of the biggest names in the sport. He had an eye and a knack for developing young stars like Leon White ( Big Van Vader ) Curt Hennig, Ken Patera, Madusa Miceli and countless others….The AWA sold out arenas and stadiums across the mid-west. As a matter of fact, the AWA’s “WrestleRock” card in 1986 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota drew over 22,000 fans….outdrawing the 2 infamous Crockett Cup shows at the Louisiana Superdome combined. The AWA also has a national syndicated TV deal with ESPN. Continue reading