A Moment in Time: The Phantom Submission Match

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Brian Damage

It’s not often that a nothing house show features an unspectacular match-up that still gets talked about. But that’s exactly the outcome of the match pitting David Sammartino against Ron Shaw at the Philadelphia Spectrum in late 1985 and is the focus of this latest piece from Brian Damage. Continue reading

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Dawning Of A New Day Begets The End Of The NWA

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Brian Damage

Sure, I realize that the official end to Jim Crockett’s run came in 1988…but for whatever reason…I still always saw Jim Crockett’s finger prints all over WCW. Yes, that is despite the train wreck that was Jim Herd and his “ingenious” moves like the Ding Dongs and Norman the Lunatic. It still (to me anyway) had a Crockett feel to it. Despite the ridiculous characters that were being spewed out by Herd…deep down…wrestling was still the basis for the company. Continue reading

A Moment in Time: The Fabulous Freebirds Fly North To The WWF

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Brian Damage

The year was 1984 and Vince McMahon had begun his ambitious national expansion of the World Wrestling Federation. McMahon and the then WWF were gobbling up all the smaller, weaker promotions and taking their top talents away. In the midst of his takeovers, McMahon also was bringing in mainstream talents like Cyndi Lauper to attract new viewers to his product. Continue reading