Wrestling With A Grin The Brighter Side Of The Squared Circle Part IV

WWE's Lacey Evans Says Historic Saudi Arabia Embrace Was Not Preplanned: 'I  Am Not a Hugger' (Video)

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Make no mistake about it, pro wrestling does have a dark side to it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the dark and sometimes sinister side as chronicled in my ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. This piece is a direct opposite of that. With every bad story I have shared…there are also positive stories. Stories of wrestlers making it above and beyond the ring. Positive stories to inspire. Pro wrestlers aren’t all drug addicts, scam artists and carny sideshows. They all don’t die at an early age, or are broke and need to wrestle till they die. They don’t necessarily have to get into acting like The Rock or Batista. They don’t have to necessarily switch over to MMA like Brock Lesnar or CM Punk. Some of these stories are just about hard work, dreaming big and doing whatever it takes to succeed. We’ve already covered some stories as chronicled in part 1part 2 and part 3 With that said, let’s look at some positives…

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Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: Rhyno

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Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.

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Sale of the Century: “Classy” Freddie Blassie Sells His Wrestlers to Slick

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‘The Hollywood Fashion Plate’ “Classy” Freddie Blassie was at one time….one of the most feared wrestlers in the business. Images of him sharpening his teeth with a metal file and then biting the foreheads of his bloodied opponents were plastered on wrestling magazines for years. After being denied a new wrestling license due to his age, Blassie became a manager for the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). A successful managerial career that spanned over 12 years.

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Wrestling With Sin: 352

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This is the 352nd 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.

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Downed On The Farm: Top WWE Developmental Prospects That Never Made It…Part 63

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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.

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Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: The Young Bucks

Brian Damage

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.

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The Battle Of Breakfast Cereal: When the AWA and Kellogg’s Teamed Up

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When the American Wrestling Association (AWA) folded in 1991 and was purchased by Vince McMahon and WWE, the thought process was buy a vast, treasure trove of a rich and historic video library. While WWE did indeed do that, I am pretty sure one of their discoveries probably caught them way off guard. While legendary names like Larry Hennig, Nick Bockwinkel, Stan Hansen, Baron Von Raschke and The Road Warriors have all made their way through the Minnesota based wrestling promotion…I am confident that WWE executives weren’t expecting names like Hondo the Honeybee Haymaker, Nutri Rockne and Mr. Oat-portunity to also be included in the sale.

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