Grappling With Tragedy: Masakazu Fukuda

Brian Damage

Grappling with Tragedy is a series of articles that deal with unfortunate, tragic incidents that have occurred throughout the history of professional wrestling. It is unlike the ‘Wrestling with Sin’ series that deals more with the seedier side of wrestling like arrests, murders and suicides. Grappling looks more at particular tragic incidents that have in some instances altered pro wrestling in some way.

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Wrestling With Sin: 405

Brian Damage

This is the 405th 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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Wrestling Is At Steak: The Iconic Ribera Steakhouse

Brian Damage

If you have been following pro wrestling for a bit, you are probably “in the know” about a little old steakhouse located in Japan called Ribera Steak House. You more than likely have seen several wrestlers wear that infamous shiny satin bomber jacket with the restaurant’s logo on it. From the likes of Hulk Hogan, the Road Warriors, the Dudley Boyz to the Young Bucks and John Cena have all been photographed wearing it. What does that jacket mean? Why is this tiny restaurant so popular with professional wrestlers? What’s the story of Ribera’s Steak House? It’s time to get seated and cut into the history of this iconic restaurant.

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Grappling With Tragedy: Giant Ochiai

Brian Damage

Grappling with Tragedy is a series of articles that deal with unfortunate, tragic incidents that have occurred throughout the history of professional wrestling. It is unlike the ‘Wrestling with Sin’ series that deals more with the seedier side of wrestling like arrests, murders and suicides. Grappling looks more at particular tragic incidents that have in some instances altered pro wrestling in some way.

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Immortalized: Professional Wrestling Monuments Around the World

Brian Damage

Statues and monuments are erected to honor an individual and educate people about who they are or were. They are usually only reserved for military, political and religious figures in global history. You may be surprised to know that professional wrestling has several statues and monuments that stand tall all over the world. Wrestlers who not only made their mark inside the squared circle, but outside of it as well. I am not talking about the statues that WWE created, like the one above that only gets dusted off and used during Wrestlemania weekends…but actual statues that honor and showcase true wrestling heroes everyday.

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Wrestling With Sin: 363

Brian Damage

This is the 363rd 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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