Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: Pro Wrestling This Week

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Brian Damage

Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded…but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative…but for various reasons….faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’. Continue reading

Sunday Sermon: The State of WWE Raw

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After a very good Wrestlemania and an eventful Raw the following night, WWE has now settled into it’s notoriously ‘quiet spell’ before heading towards ‘Money in the Bank’ and ‘Summerslam’. Before this ‘quiet spell’ begins however, WWE embark upon their annual bi-annual European tour, usual headlined by an episode of Raw from over this side of the Atlantic. These shows are usually wildly exciting, in no small part due to the fans in attendance. However, Raw from London on Monday night was met with a lukewarm reaction from most of RTDB team. Let’s see what they have to say about this, and the general state of WWE’s flagship show…

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20 Years Ago: Collision in Korea

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Brian Damage

In April of 1995, a former student of the legendary Korean born Rikidozan…Antonio Inoki…had a plan to go over to the Communist nation of North Korea and hold a pro wrestling event in an attempt to garner peace between North Korea, Japan and the United States of America. This isn’t the first time Inoki used wrestling as a means of diplomacy….he also used his wrestling connections to go over to Baghdad, Iraq, Moscow, Russia and Peking, China. Inoki always believed that pro wrestling could unite people of different beliefs and cultures. Continue reading

The ECW Mole: Did Tod Gordon Try to Sabotage His Own Creation?

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Brian Damage

There have been many rumors, stories, urban legends, he said/she said moments….the fact is, everybody has their own version of what transpired in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) back in 1997. A potential massive defection of ECW talents to WCW, all orchestrated by an alleged “mole” within ECW. Who was the mole? Who was approached to defect to WCW? What were the reasons behind the mass walkout? Was it all a work? Continue reading

Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: WWF Shotgun Saturday Night

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Brian Damage

Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded…but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative…but for various reasons….faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’. Continue reading