Professional wrestling has a very long and rich history. You cannot talk wrestling history without the many contributions and achievements of African Americans and other wrestlers of color that helped pave the way in breaking ground, fighting segregation, battling racism and rising above it all. Today’s stars like Bobby Lashley, the New Day, Bianca Belair and many others might not be where they are without many of these trailblazers.
This is the 426th 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.
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.
In pro wrestling, art often imitates life. What may be hot in the news, can lead promoters to take advantage and create storylines and gimmicks based on said news items. There are times, however, where real life tragedies are just too powerful to capitalize on and lead promoters and bookers to amend or even erase gimmicks and storylines completely. Today’s Top Five looks at some of those gimmicks and storylines that were greatly affected by real life situations.
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.
There have been countless Japanese wrestlers who have competed on American soil. Of all the wrestlers that have wrestled here in the United States, no one has had the influence and overall success that Keiji ‘The Great Muta’ Mutoh has had. The character of the Great Muta has inspired and influenced wrestlers, promoters and fans throughout the years.
This is the 425th 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 7th entry of 2023. Today Brian talks about the legendary Jerry Jarrett as well as ‘Switchblade’ Jay White and where the soon to be free agent might be heading and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.