What Happened in Vegas…Stayed in Vegas: The WWF’s Hotel and Casino

Brian Damage

There are many people in and out of the world of professional wrestling or “sports entertainment” who would consider Vincent Kennedy McMahon somewhat crazy. They felt that way when McMahon wanted to to nationally expand the then World Wrestling Federation in the 1980’s. Vince McMahon proved them wrong. Not only did he expand nationally, but he went global. People thought Vince was crazy when he wanted to take the WWE public on the stock exchange. McMahon proved them wrong and is now a billionaire. Continue reading

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Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: WCW Signs a Deal with NBC

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

Remembering the WWF’s Blue Steel Cage from the 1980’s

Brian Damage

When you think of steel cage matches in pro wrestling, you think of the violent, bloody and barbaric nature of them. You may immediately think of the mesh fence type structures that have been synonymous with cage matches. Whether it was Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka leaping off the top of the cage at Madison Square Garden or the violent confrontation between Harley Race and Ric Flair at Starrcade. That’s what many fans old school and new school see and remember. Continue reading

The End of An (Attitude) Era

Brian Damage

The Attitude Era was considered by some as the single greatest era in WWF/E history. The television ratings were astronomical, buy rates were skyrocketing and the content, well, it wasn’t exactly for the faint of heart. The language was foul, the lines between heels and babyfaces were completely blurred and the nudity was in your face. We all know when the Attitude Era was ushered in, as covered by my colleague Craig, but when did it all end? Continue reading

A Moment in Time: Shawn Michaels Wants to Jump Ship to WCW

Brian Damage

Back in 1996, all was not rosy in the WWF garden. Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling was dominating the ratings war and some of the WWF’s biggest names were now part of their success. On the home front, Vince McMahon tied down Bret Hart to a 20-year deal, prompting fury from Shawn Michaels. In this ‘A Moment in Time‘, we look at when Shawn Michaels tried to jump ship to WCW. Continue reading