Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: The WWF Debut of The Arabian Butchers

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’. The latest piece focuses on debut and re debut of The Squat Team or the Arabian Butchers.
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Wrestling With Sin: 245

Brian Damage

This is the 245th 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. Continue reading

Wrestling With Sin: 242

Brian Damage

This is the 242nd 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. Continue reading

I KENTA Believe What I Just Saw! New Japan’s Version of Bash At The Beach ’96

 

After several rather disappointing, injury plagued years in both NXT and WWE, KENTA formerly known as Hideo Itami…emerged in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He was introduced to New Japan fans by his best friend Katsuyori Shibata in June of this year. Despite being put over by the much beloved Shibata, KENTA was exactly the most well received new star in NJPW. According to announcer Kevin Kelly, KENTA was seen as an outsider from all his years of success carrying the Pro Wrestling Noah banner…a sort of rival to New Japan.

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Wrestling With Sin: 235

Brian Damage

This is the 235th 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. Continue reading

The Evolution of Chris Jericho

Brian Damage

To “make it” in professional wrestling takes a lot of talent and skill. To last in the business for as long as some have, it takes allowing yourself to adapt and evolve. It isn’t just about turning heel and or babyface a dozen times. It is about developing a character that connects with the audience and tweaking it when necessary. If there ever was a master at this practice, for me, it would have to be Chris Jericho. Continue reading