Harley and Haku: The Coronation of a New King of Wrestling

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In 1986, many wrestling fans were surprised to see the eight time NWA world heavyweight champion Harley Race jump ship to the World Wrestling Federation. After all, Race was a staple of the National Wrestling Alliance for several years. To see him go to a promotion widely known for its more cartoonish take on professional wrestling seemed out of place. The fact was, Race was nearing the end of his active wrestling career. He saw the WWF as a good pay day with a lot less emphasis on a stiff working style. Continue reading

Xanta Klaus is Coming To And Then Leaving Town….

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Who doesn’t love a really good ‘bad gimmick?’ It’s sorta like passing by a car crash and admiring it from a far. I am not sure this gimmick was so bad that it was good, but looking back on Xanta Klaus (The evil wrestling version of Santa Claus) it certainly was bad. Today on the blog, we examine how the gimmick came to be and why it didn’t last all that long. Continue reading

Urn Your Pay: The Last Run of Terry Gordy

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Growing up a pro wrestling fan, one of the most magnetic teams/factions I ever saw were the Fabulous Freebirds. The boys from ‘Badstreet USA’were like rock stars to me. Michael Hayes was the groups voice, Buddy Roberts was the wrestler and Terry Gordy was the group’s muscle. Together, they were so big, bad and dominant….they raised hell everywhere they went. Each member had their strengths and weaknesses individually, but together…there were very few better. Continue reading

A Million Dollar Idea: The Creation of the Million Dollar Belt

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Make no mistakes about it, ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase was once the top heel in all of the World Wrestling Federation back in the late 1980’s. In a lot of ways, the Million Dollar Man gimmick was the precursor to the Mr. McMahon character a few years later. He was sort of a rib on media tycoon Ted Turner with a bodyguard named Virgil aka Virgil ‘Dusty Rhodes’ Runnels (the head booker of NWA/WCW at the time). The Million Dollar Man was all about power and control and he did it through his immense wealth. Continue reading

The Brawler Comes to Roost: The Unveiling of The Brooklyn Brawler

“I could take any Ham and Egger and make them a star.” – Bobby Heenan

Bobby ‘the Brain’ Heenan is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers in pro wrestling history. Heenan has managed some of the all time greats in wrestling including Nick Bockwinkel, ‘Mr. Perfect’ Curt Hennig, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude, Andre the Giant and ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. As impressive as that list is, Bobby was also a star himself. Bobby Heenan’s gift of gab and quick wit made him perhaps the most hated and beloved manager in the history of the WWF/WWE. Continue reading

I Now Pronounce You Billy and Chuck: The WWE Storyline That Can Never Be Done Again

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The WWE has been known to push the envelope from time to time with some of their gimmicks and storylines. While some have been crude and at times downright offensive, Vince McMahon was never fearful of taking chances. Heck, as the old saying goes, bad publicity is just as good as good publicity….or something like that. There was one particular gimmick and storyline that started in 2001 and became the talk of the wrestling world and beyond. This is the story of Billy and Chuck. Continue reading