Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s Saturday so time for the latest instalment of ’This Week in Wrestling’. Today, in part 36, Craig talks about Brian Pillman jr. while Brian talks about the rumoured future of TNA/GFW and shares all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week.
In the early 90s, “Flying” Brian Pillman was one of the most entertaining acts on World Championship Wrestling (WCW) shows. A former football star, and cancer survivor, Pillman would find himself as one-half of the iconic Holywood Blondes alongside “Stunning” Steve Austin.
Developing a storyline “Loose Cannon” gimmick, to add authenticity to he would convince Eric Bischoff to release him from his contract. From there, he’d end up briefly in Extreme Championship Wrestling before finding his way to the WWF.
But by this time, it wasn’t the Pillman of old. A car crash in April 1996 left him in a coma and forced surgeons to fuse his ankle into the walking position, rendering his high-flying style to the past.
Injury prevented his WWE career from sadly amounting to much and his in-ring work paled in comparison to what it once was. On the day of October 1997’s ‘Badd Blood: In Your House’ PPV, Pillman was tragically found dead in his hotel room. He was aged just 35 years.
Now, Brian Pillman Jr, who is aged 24, has pulled on the trunks and is training with Lance Storm’s wrestling school – having previously spent a short time working with Rip Rogers. “I start training with Lance on Monday, September 11 and will be working with him Monday through Friday until December 1st,” he told Fightful.
Having trained the likes of Emma, Tyler Breeze, Peyton Royce and Oney Lorcan, Pillman is in good hands and I hope he can be a successful second generation superstar and can reach similar heights to his father.
You can find out more in the following clip, which is available via fightful.com
Well, here we go again! The latest rumors coming out this week say that Anthem Sports wants to get out of the pro wrestling business and sell Global Force Wrestling A.K.A. Impact Wrestling aka Total Non-Stop Action. This certainly isn’t the first time we have heard or read about this company’s demise.
When Dixie Carter was running the company, it seemed almost daily we were reading about how the company was about to go under. The same could be said when the Jarrett family was running things. Yet, every time we were ready to sing TNA’s swan song, something changed and the company survived to wrestle another day. For the last 15 years, we have heard it and nothing happened…ever.
This time, however, just might be different from any other time we heard of the promotion’s demise. Why do I say that? Simply because a corporation is now running the show in Anthem. They like every other corporation have a bottom line and if the rumors are true and the GFW is haemorrhaging money, it just might be the end of the line.
Dixie Carter was able to keep TNA alive, simply because this was her pet project. She loved wrestling and this was her toy. Despite all of her bad creative decisions, she single handedly kept it alive by continuing to convince her parents to pour money into her beloved toy. Before there was Dixie, Jeff Jarrett kept it alive through his sheer passion for the business. Anthem is neither like Jeff Jarrett or Dixie Carter, they just want to see a profit.
Just remember the same situation with WCW back in the day. It survived, hell it even thrived for a while because Ted Turner’s bank account was behind it. Once he sold off his assets to AOL Time Warner, they had no love for wrestling, just the numbers. So, while I will hold off calling the GFW’s demise, I must say, if true, this time they are in a much more dire situation than ever before. And that is saying something.
A cool sketch of Andre the Giant
An edition of Monday Nitro from 1998. Do you recognize the female in this picture alongside the Four Horsemen and Eric Bischoff?
Speaking of lookalikes!
A very ominous picture looking back at it now…
When you’ve got to get that perfect picture…
The NFL season begins this week, guess who this is…Damm!
Take a good look at this picture. Does it seem that Triple H is reaching his hand out of the Titantron to touch Cody Rhodes shoulder?
An Undertaker Dominos Pizza commercial
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