War What is it Good For? Is Wrestling Headed for another War?

Brian Damage

I think we all remember the infamous Monday Night Wrestling War between WWE and WCW in the mid to late 1990’s. Two of the biggest companies going at it for television rating and pay per view buy rate dominance. In the process, the wrestlers were jumping from promotion to promotion making millions in guaranteed money contracts. It was a good time to be both a fan and a wrestler as the industry was simply booming. Continue reading

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Road Rash: WCW’s Failed Idea to Bring a Pay Per View to New York City

Brian Damage

Long before the WWE’s dual broadcast of Monday Night Raw’s 25th anniversary special that emanated from both Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Manhattan Center in New York City, WCW had a similar idea. First off, the Manhattan Center has held its fair share of wrestling shows through the years. Not only WWF/E shows, but shows from Ring of Honor, ECW, TNA and even the ill fated World Wrestling Network run by both Paul Heyman and Jim Crockett Jr. Continue reading

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

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