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.
Jerry ‘The Kiss Demon’ Lawler
Here’s a pic of Bret Hart with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Austin’s brother…
A cool throwback poster of Wrestlemania Backlash
Pebbles and Bam Bam…Bigelow
The late Umaga had a tattoo of the late Yokozuna done on his arm.
Speaking of ink…someone tattooed Stephanie McMahon on their back.
A random pic of Steven Seagal and The Great Sasuke
A badass drawing of ‘The Million Dollar Iron Man’
A recent pic of Becky Lynch getting into ring shape.
WWE’s Sarah Schreiber
NXT announcer and WWE hall of famer Beth Phoenix
Maryse and the selfie
The WWF/WWE’s intro through the years…
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