Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig talks about Bret Hart’s health issues and the TNA release of Kia ‘Kharma/Awesome Kong’ Stevens while Brian shares the best wrestling-related pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon this week…
Bret Hart Battling his Toughest Opponent
Earlier this week, WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart announced via his Instagram page that he is battling cancer, in this case prostate cancer. The Hitman’s announcement came just two weeks after his older brother Smith announced that he, too, had prostate cancer and also bone cancer of the hip.
While the fact that Smith’s had already spread to his hip is not good news, the more positive news for Bret is that it was caught in the early stages. Smith is the oldest of the Hart kids – born in 1948. His career never reached the heights as his brothers, particularly Owen and Bret, with his in-ring time largely confined to Stampede Wrestling with some tours of Europe.
With a high recovery rate for prostate cancer when found early, Bret will be confident of beating it. “I’ve had a great lifelong dance and I’m a survivor of many hard battles,” Hart said on social media. Adding: “I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all.”
Everyone on this blog wishes both Hart brothers the very best in their ongoing battles with cancer.
The Sad Fall of Awesome Kong/Kharma
Brian has written about Kia Stevens – better known to WWE fans as Kharma and TNA ones as Awesome Kong – before. And her in-ring story had another sad chapter added to it this week with TNA confirming that she had been released from her contract with the company.
Tragically, during her stint with the WWE she lost the child she was carrying and although returned briefly at the 2012 Royal Rumble, by the summer of that year she had left the promotion. It was one of the many cases of ‘what might have been’ with a performer in the WWE.
Fast forward a few years, and Stevens was back in TNA as Awesome Kong. However, on a recent UK Tour, she was sent home after an altercation with Ruby Sky that saw Stevens choke out the much smaller performer for a supposed, and as yet, undisclosed offence.
There is little doubting the presence that Stevens has in the ring and that with the correct booking she could undoubtedly be a star. You have to wonder, though, if a company like the WWE will take a chance on Stevens now.
Papa Shango and Boogeyman in a car! Now this is a “Ride Along” I would like to see on the WWE network…
Gillberg is on some serious juice!!!
Speaking of “juice,” what the heck is WWE Spanish commentator Marcelo Rodriguez eating?!?
John Layfield’s groomsmen for his wedding. A who’s who a wrestling greats. To be a fly on the wall for that wedding…better yet…the bachelor party!
I have no words for this picture.
In my opinion, Shane McMahon sold the greatest Stone Cold Stunner of all time!
Can you name the legendary wrestler in this video game commercial?
He was GREAT!
Last Week on the Blog
In last week’s Sunday Sermon we looked at the fall-out from the Royal Rumble and ahead to WrestleMania, Monday we focussed on former WWE jobber Chuck Austin taking the company to court and winning, on Tuesday we looked how the WCW missed an opportunity by not making a star out of Buff Bagwell, recycled gimmicks and angles were the focus of Wednesday’s article, Thursday saw Jamie and Craig list their Top Five good gimmicks but bad wrestlers and we rounded off the week with Jamie going back in his time machine to look at this week in wrestling 20 years ago.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ columns can be read here.