Stand Back: Remembering the “37th Annual” WWF Slammy Awards

Brian Damage

Today we head back to December 1987 and to the WWF’s Slammy Awards. Billed as the 37th, it wasn’t, it was a show that lives long in the memory. A classic it was not but certainly an entertaining romp of an evening. Continue reading

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Wrestling With Sin: 211

Brian Damage

This is the 211th 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. Continue reading

Crossing Enemy Lines: The WWF’s ‘Minnesota Massacre’ in 1984

Brian Damage

Stories regarding Vince McMahon’s aggressive expansion in the mid-80s are legendary – whether it was leaving bags of money on promoters’ desks through to buying TV deals out from under them, nothing got in his way. In today’s piece, Brian takes a look at McMahon jr’s moves into Minnesota and onto the home-turf of American Wrestling Association. Continue reading

Wrestling With Sin: 210

Brian Damage

This is the 210th 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. Continue reading

Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: ECW on TNN

Brian Damage

Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded…but flourished. Others were DOA from the get-go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative but, for various reasons, faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’. Continue reading

The Cartoon World of Professional Wrestling

Brian Damage

In a world that has larger than life characters, flashy outfits, over the top promos and often times outrageous physical violence…it can become easy to associate professional wrestling being a real-life cartoon. During the 1980s into the mid-1990s, the then World Wrestling Federation was synonymous with being compared to one. It, of course, would only be natural for pro wrestlers and the industry to be associated with actual animation. In this piece, we will take a look at the various cartoons that have graced our eyes that had some sort of pro wrestling influence to them. Continue reading