The Breakfast of A Champion: The Making of The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels

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He has been known by many nicknames during his singles career like The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Icon, The Main Event and Mr. Wrestlemania. He was loved and hated both inside and out of the wrestling ring. He is one of the most decorated champions in WWF/WWE history. To think it all started for ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels over cereal.

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The Day Hell Froze Over: Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Debuts in the WWF

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Vince McMahon’s old adage in the WWF was always…”You never say never in the World Wrestling Federation.” That statement was never more true than on December 7th, 1992. It was on one of the final editions of WWF’s Primetime Wrestling program where Lawler made his WWF debut. This, after years of bad blood and negative comments towards McMahon’s company. It was on that day, that Lawler and McMahon officially buried the proverbial hatchet and partnered together. Continue reading

Savage Summer: The Sweepstakes for the ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage

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In the summer of 1985, things were really heating up in the World Wrestling Federation. Vince McMahon’s national expansion was well underway, Hulkamania was running wild and a wrestler deemed the ‘top free agent in all of professional wrestling’ had his sights on the WWF. The free agent in question was none other than the ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. After his father’s ICW promotion folded and fresh off a big run in the Memphis territory where he faced the likes of Jerry Lawler and the Rock N Roll Express….Savage was lured to the big spotlight of the WWF. Continue reading

Wrestling With Sin: 276

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This is the 276th 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 Rise, Fall and Possible Comeback of Managers in Professional Wrestling

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There was once a time in professional wrestling when it was absolutely essential for a heel wrestler to have a manager. Someone who could talk up an upcoming match, interfere in said match and make that heel wrestler look more villainous. The names may have changed, but there was always a seedy, manager for a wrestler to hire. Names like Jim Cornette, Bobby Heenan, JJ Dillon, Paul E. Dangerously and Sir Oliver Humperdink were just some of the all time great managerial characters in wrestling history. They were just as important as the wrestlers themselves. As the years have gone by, managers are seen less frequently and in some ways are a dying breed. Continue reading