Remembering WCW’s SnowBrawl 1999 on MTV

Brian Damage

It was January of 1999 and World Championship Wrestling was coming off the most profitable year in its history. In 1998, WCW pocketed over 30 million dollars for that year. So when the new year rolled in, WCW naturally tried to piggy back on 1998’s success. They partnered up with MTV to be a part of their “Snowed In” project. Continue reading

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Remembering the 1997 Tournament to Crown the WWE Light Heavyweight Champion

Craig Wilson

Now, to a casual observer, the tournament in 1997 to crown the WWF Light Heavyweight Champion would have been about crowning the company’s inaugural champion. However, in actual fact, the winner – more of that later – was actually champion number 33. Let me explain… Continue reading

Farewell to a Super Hero: The Origins of The Blue Blazer

Brian Damage

May 23rd, 1999 is to this day, one of the darkest days in not only WWE history, but in the entire business of professional wrestling. At WWE’s pay per view chillingly titled ‘Over the Edge,’ ‘The Blue Blazer’ Owen Hart plunged seventy eight feet from the top of the rafters at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. It was supposed to be a grand entrance for The Blue Blazer character as he was to descend down from the rafters using a safety harness. Instead, the harness gave way and Owen tragically died at the young age of 34. Continue reading

A Giant Cover Up? Remembering the Very Brief WWF Career of ‘Trapper John’

Brian Damage

If you have ever followed the career of Vincent Kennedy McMahon, you would know that Vince always had a love affair with giants. The bigger the wrestler, the better. Over the years, the WWF/WWE have featured wrestlers like Big John Studd, Kurrgan, The Great Khali, the Giant Gonzalez, the Giant Silva, The Big Show and, of course, most importantly Andre the Giant. Today we look at another giant and the brief run of ‘Trapper John’. Continue reading

In Rod We Trust: The WWE Storyline That Almost Happened

Brian Damage

In the storyline-verse of WWE, 2007 was not a good year for Vince McMcMahon. He would have his head shaved by his arch nemesis Donald Trump at WrestleMania and then lose the ECW title to Bobby Lashley at One Night Stand in June of that year. Seemingly distraught, embarrassed and depressed, WWE scheduled a Mr. McMahon appreciation night for Monday Night Raw on June 11, 2007 to buoy his spirits. It didn’t work and Mr. McMahon walked away from his WWE empire and entered into his limousine. Once McMahon entered the vehicle and shut the door, the limo exploded. Continue reading

Remembering The York Foundation in WCW

Brian Damage

It all started after a lunch meeting with WCW announcer Tony Schiavone at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Turner make up artist, Terri Boatright, grew up a wrestling fan. She was doing make up for the likes of CNN news anchors and guests when she caught the eye of WCW booker Ole Anderson. Anderson came up with a gimmick he thought would be perfect for Boatright. Anderson arranged a meeting between Terri and Schiavone to talk things over. Continue reading