It is said that more and more wrestling fans from outside Japan are gravitating towards New Japan Pro Wrestling, and I am one of them. Having exclusively watched American professional wrestling for most of my life I have held a NJPW World subscription for almost six months now. Today I share my first impressions of NJPW, what I like, what I don’t like, what is different and what is the same when compared to WWE. Continue reading
Weight: Over 400lbs
Hometown: The wall cavity in Ric Flair’s ‘Flair For The Gold’ set
Glory Days: 1993-94
Fun Fact: Years prior to the Nirvana and Pearl Jam rip-offs frequently used for wrestler’s entrances in WCW, The Shockmaster’s theme was a poorly executed cover of Day Tripper by The Beatles (get it?!) leading into the chorus of Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones, for some reason.
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia
Glory Days: 1989-1991
Fun Fact: Fred ‘Tugboat’ Ottman is an uncle to Cody Rhodes and Goldust, as is Nasty Boy Jerry Saggs.
Today we dip our toes back into our ‘Well That Didn’t Work’ series. Previously we have looked at such subjects as The Undertaker vs. The Undertaker and Tout… remember Tout?! Me neither. On this occasion, however, Jamie runs the risk of dividing opinion by looking at WWE’s ‘Higher Power’ storyline from way back in 1999. Continue reading
Hometown: Mount Trashmore, Florida
Glory Days: 1994-1996
Fun Fact: Before signing for the WWF, Mike ‘Duke The Dumpster’ Droese wrestled on the Florida independent scene as Garbage Man. He even made it onto the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 Wrestlers of 1993. Granted he was number 500, but it still counts.
The world of wrestling is a place often bereft of logic: Why would two (or more) performers conduct business or personal discussions in the middle of a large arena full of strangers? Why are supposedly skilled referees so easily distracted from their job? Why are wrestlers that are capable of breath-taking athletic displays so bad at climbing ladders? These gaps in logic will, for now at least, remain unfilled. However, today we shine the spotlight on one such gap that has since been closed as we take a look at The Outlaw Rule. Continue reading
Height: 10 inches
Hometown: Mick Foley’s house, probably
Glory Days: November 1998 – August 2002
Fun Fact: In total there were 240 separate Hardcore Championship reigns over the near four-year life of the title. That equates to an average of a title change every 6 days.