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’.
As the old saying goes…”Sex Sells” and that certainly was a motto the WWF followed during the Attitude Era. This, however, didn’t happen during that period of time, but during the Ruthless Aggression Era in 2006. While WWE was a bit more toned down from the Attitude Era, there were still remnants of it lingering in the company. This segment, was just one of those remnants that had Edge and Lita simulate sex for all the WWE fans to witness live.
Heel and babyface turns happen very often in the wild world of professional wrestling. Some turns work well, while others not so much. The best turns are the ones that happen more naturally, with fans deciding who to cheer and who to boo. It is then up to the booker to give said wrestler that nudge and allow them to be accepted as either a heel or a face.
It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 29th entry of 2022. Today Brian looks at the news that Monday Night Raw will possibly get a little edgier and more adult with a TV 14 rating and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.
There is no question, that one of…if not the greatest rivalries of the WWF’s ‘Attitude Era’ was between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. It was the feud that set the tone for years to come that had a wrestler battle the corporate structure. The lines between good and evil were blurred and it became a battle of doing things the one way as opposed to doing it whatever way I want it to go. This rivalry all started with one maneuver and the rest became must see TV.
The late Scott Hall certainly carved out a great career for himself. While his tenure in WCW as a founding member of the nWo is way up there in Iconic wrestling lore….it was all made possible by hitting it big in the WWF as Razor Ramon. This piece is just going to focus on some facts about the Razor Ramon character that you may or may not know about. For more on the life of Scott Hall, please check out this piece on his life and career. For now, lets take a look at some facts about the man who oozed machismo in the WWF.
The biggest misconception in pro wrestling in making a top star, is having said wrestler win the promotion’s world title. While that can certainly help elevate a mid card star into main event status…there are no guarantees that it will always pay off. The truth is, you can make a star out of an individual just as easily by having them lose a match. It all depends on how the match is booked. Such is the case of the ‘Charismatic Enigma’ Jeff Hardy.
TJ Wilson aka Tyson Kidd was a WWE superstar that was trained by the legendary Hart Family. A pro wrestler for the majority of his life, Kidd was just blossoming as a star in WWE, when an accident in the ring ended his career and almost ended his life.