This Week in Wrestling 2021 Week 20

Brian Damage

It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 20th of 2021. Today Brian remembers two pro wrestlers who passed away in the last week or so and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.

Remembering New Jack

Last week, controversial wrestler New Jack passed away after suffering a heart attack. Make no mistake about Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young….he was loved, hated and sometimes feared in the wrestling business. From his early days teaming with Mustafa Saed in Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling to his most infamous years with ECW….New Jack was certainly a memorable character. Most times, to his detriment.

All you have to do is mention a certain incident and you immediately know New Jack was attached to it. The Mass Transit incident, the Vic Grimes incident, Gypsy Joe incident…so on and so forth. He had his issues with various wrestlers and promoters over his years in the business and that most likely cost him more lucrative jobs in places like WCW and WWE. Despite that, New Jack was a well known, recognizable star in pro wrestling. Good, bad or indifferent…New Jack was a name in wrestling.

From his intense promos, to using an assortment of weapons in hardcore matches, to diving off balconies all while his theme song Natural Born Killaz by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube blared on the house speakers. Through all the bad incidents and memories that the name New Jack and the Gangstas evoked…he was a husband and father to 5 children (Some of whom he had a rocky relationship with). Jerome Young was just 58 years old.

Remembering Don Kernodle

The name Don Kernodle might not be as recognizable as New Jack’s to younger wrestling fans, but he was a big star in the 70’s and 80’s in the Carolina territory. Kernodle was an outstanding amateur wrestler and arm wrestling champion who was trained by Gene and Ole Anderson. He was nicknamed ‘The Pride of the Carolinas’ and for good reason….Kernodle helped elevate Jim Crockett Promotions to a national level. He teamed with Sgt Slaughter as a part of the Cobra Corps and won tag team championships with Slaughter and Bob Orton Jr and Ivan Koloff.

His steel cage match with teaming with Slaughter against Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood was a complete sell out and convinced Crockett to try his hand at putting on a pay per view called Starrcade. Nikita Koloff credits Kernodle with coming up with the Nikita Koloff gimmick and actually planned out two and a half years of storytelling surrounding a Nikita and Ivan vs Kernodle and Slaughter feud.

Don Kernodle also wrestled briefly for the WWF in the early 1980’s before returning to the NWA and Crockett. Don Kernodle was 71 years old at the time of his death.


Photo Gallery

Jerry ‘The Kiss Demon’ Lawler

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Here’s a pic of Bret Hart with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Austin’s brother…

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A cool throwback poster of Wrestlemania Backlash

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Pebbles and Bam Bam…Bigelow

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The late Umaga had a tattoo of the late Yokozuna done on his arm.

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Speaking of ink…someone tattooed Stephanie McMahon on their back.

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A random pic of Steven Seagal and The Great Sasuke

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A badass drawing of ‘The Million Dollar Iron Man’

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A recent pic of Becky Lynch getting into ring shape.

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WWE’s Sarah Schreiber

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Torrie Wilson

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NXT announcer and WWE hall of famer Beth Phoenix

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Maryse and the selfie

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Video Gallery

The WWF/WWE’s intro through the years…


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4 thoughts on “This Week in Wrestling 2021 Week 20

  1. Steven Seagal is still a fat bitch. Great Sasuke would beat his ass in a second. Whoever got that tattoo of Stephanie… he’s going to regret it.

    I’m going miss New Jack. He was a crazy-ass motherfucker but he was my crazy-ass motherfucker. When I heard that he died, I just put on Dr. Dre and Ice Cube’s “Natural Born Killaz” as that was one of my jams back in the day.

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      • I do not understand why people are getting tattoos these days as it’s become overkill and just not cool anymore. The moment you see douchebags like Ed Sheerhan and Adam Levine with a bunch of tattoos. That’s when you know it’s time has come and gone.

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  2. I’d like to add some corrections to the piece abut Don Kernodle. Don didn’t really become a big name until the early 1980s. In the 1970s and up till that time, he was a job guy and lower to mid card at best. He was a master of making lesser talents look good and was an excellent hand. For the days of Kayfabe, he was one who always made you go “Okay, this is the week he gets the big win.” It all changed when Sarge “recruited” him. He not only held the tag titles with Sarge, but also Bob Orton and Ivan Koloff. The first Starrcade was not a real PPV, in the sense of how we know it today. It was not shown on cable, but was done as a closed circuit event.

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