Grappling with Tragedy is a series of articles that deal with unfortunate, tragic incidents that have occurred throughout the history of professional wrestling. It is unlike the ‘Wrestling with Sin’ series that deals more with the seedier side of wrestling like arrests, murders and suicides. Grappling looks more at particular tragic incidents that have in some instances altered pro wrestling in some way.
The New Age Outlaws of ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and the ‘Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were one of the most popular and successful tag teams in the World Wrestling Federation during the Attitude Era of the late 1990’s. By the turn of the century and into the 2000’s the Outlaws became exactly like their name in the WWF with drug use and being unreliable. Both Road Dogg and Billy Gunn were ultimately fired by the company at separate times….but it wasn’t the end of their story.
This is the 326th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.
It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 12th of 2021. Today Brian talks about problems between Vince McMahon and Triple H’s visions of wrestling and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.
Last week, we covered our thoughts on who the top five best authority figures in wrestling were. You can read about them here. This week, we ask who are your top five WORST authority figures from any promotion in any era?
Growing up on the east coast of the United States, I was only relegated to watching the WWF on television. It wasn’t until the mid 1980’s when I got cable TV, that a whole new world of professional wrestling was opened up to me. I was able to watch the NWA on the Superstation TBS and of course World Class Championship Wrestling on ESPN. It was WCCW that really piqued my interest seeing stars like the Von Erichs, the Freebirds, Gino Hernandez, Chris Adams and Iceman King Parsons. The fans were red hot from the beginning of the show until the end. It all hailed from….as WCCW announcer Bill Mercer said…”The World famous Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas.”
We all know about Ted Turner…the media mogul who founded the Superstation WTBS and CNN among other ventures. It was Turner who bought out Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988 and formed World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Did you know that he also had ambitions to buy the American Wrestling Association and merge it with WCW? This is the story of how Ted Turner almost expanded his wrestling empire to go head to head against Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation.
This is the 325th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.