Wrestling With Sin: 354

Brian Damage

This is the 354th 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.

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The Battle Of Breakfast Cereal: When the AWA and Kellogg’s Teamed Up

Brian Damage

When the American Wrestling Association (AWA) folded in 1991 and was purchased by Vince McMahon and WWE, the thought process was buy a vast, treasure trove of a rich and historic video library. While WWE did indeed do that, I am pretty sure one of their discoveries probably caught them way off guard. While legendary names like Larry Hennig, Nick Bockwinkel, Stan Hansen, Baron Von Raschke and The Road Warriors have all made their way through the Minnesota based wrestling promotion…I am confident that WWE executives weren’t expecting names like Hondo the Honeybee Haymaker, Nutri Rockne and Mr. Oat-portunity to also be included in the sale.

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The Ring The Damn Bell Olympics: The Best Wrestlers

B. Dangerous, Brian Damage and Lowlife Louie Ramos

With the Summer Olympics now in full swing over in Tokyo, Japan…I thought we would try something a bit different the next couple of weeks.  In place of the usual top Five we do…we will replace it temporarily with the Ring the Damn Bell Olympics. Basically, we will give a subject and the crew must choose our top three (Gold, Silver and Bronze with Gold being the best, silver second best and Bronze the third best) and why we chose each. For instance, This week’s contest is what country produces the best wrestlers? In the history of pro wrestling, which top three countries produced the very best wrestlers overall?

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Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: Shawn Michaels

Brian Damage

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.

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Remembering ‘The Patriot’ Del Wilkes

Brian Damage

First of all, if you are reading this and live within the United States…Happy Independence Day! Secondly, while I usually take a small breather from the blog on Sundays, I did feel the need to talk about the untimely passing of Del Wilkes…the wrestler most known as ‘The Patriot.’ Del Wilkes passed away on July 1st of 2021 of a massive heart attack. I was going to include this little write up on This Week in Wrestling, but since it is July 4th…what better time to honor a true patriot in Del Wilkes than today.

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No Sale: Ted Turner’s Attempt to Purchase the AWA

Brian Damage

We all know about Ted Turner…the media mogul who founded the Superstation WTBS and CNN among other ventures. It was Turner who bought out Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988 and formed World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Did you know that he also had ambitions to buy the American Wrestling Association and merge it with WCW? This is the story of how Ted Turner almost expanded his wrestling empire to go head to head against Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation.

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Wrestling With Sin: 320

Brian Damage

This is the 320th 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.

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