Remembering TV Personality Regis Philbin And His Love Affair With Pro Wrestling

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Normally, I reserve this blog to talk about all the greats from wrestling’s past. The subject in this piece wasn’t a wrestler, a manager or promoter…but a huge fan. His name was Regis Philbin…a TV personality often deemed ‘The hardest working man in show business.’ He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for appearing in the most hours on television. While Philbin never wrestled a single match nor booked a card…he was a great believer in the business and would often have pro wrestlers on his various shows. Continue reading

Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: Jeff Hardy’s Heel Run in TNA

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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’. Continue reading

Remember When WCW Held ‘The King of Cable’ Tournament

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Superstation WTBS and professional wrestling….it went together like peanut butter and jelly. From Georgia Championship Wrestling to World Championship Wrestling (With a brief cameo from the World Wrestling Federation as well) wrestling has been a big part of TBS’ programming through the years. In 1992, TBS celebrated 20 years of pro wrestling on the super station. TBS executives in conjunction with WCW, decided to celebrate the anniversary the only way they knew possible…..with a wrestling tournament. Continue reading

The Cup Runneth Over: Remembering WCW’s European Cup

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There is no question, that the European market is very important to a global wrestling company.The great turnouts at arenas and the passion European wrestling fans exude during shows is second to none. Europeans love their professional wrestling/Sports Entertainment. The only really unfortunate side note to that statement is usually global brands like WWE and formerly WCW and even TNA have only made it their mission to travel to Europe, when business in the United States is slow and/or hurting. That’s when you’ll most likely see a promotion venture out of the country. Continue reading

WWE’s ‘G Spot’: Remembering WWE Saturday Morning Slam

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Leave it to Vince McMahon and try to corner every single television demographic imaginary. In the late summer of 2012, WWE returned to the Saturday morning market by giving us a show geared toward kids only. The show was known as ‘WWE Saturday Morning Slam’ and it was shown on the CW network as a part of the Vortexx Saturday morning block. Vortexx was a block of animated shows by a company called Saban which was best known for prducing ‘The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ franchise. Continue reading

Shear Brutality: The Infamous Haircut of Andre the Giant

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Andre the Giant was many things…he was big, strong, lovable and fearsome. He truly was larger than life in many aspects. No doubt about it, at Andre’s size…he was a very intimidating wrestler. One of the many things that helped make Andre look so imposing…was his famous long curly locks of hair. It certainly added to Andre’s look and in one night, it was all stripped away. Continue reading

Remembering the Pat O’Connor International Memorial Tag Team Tournament

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WCW Starrcade 1990 pay per view was remembered for a couple of things. First, it was the final event that was co produced under the National Wrestling Alliance. Secondly, it was the ending of the infamous Sting versus The Black Scorpion feud. Last but certainly not least, it was the event that held the first and only Pat O’Connor International Memorial Tag Team Tournament. Continue reading

Remembering WCW’s Last Big Idea….The Magnificent Seven

Throughout the years that World Championship Wrestling had been in business, there had been many storylines revolving around powerful factions. We can start with the Four Horsemen and work our way down to the likes of the Dangerous Alliance, The Dungeon of Doom, the New World Order, the Natural Born Thrillers and the New Blood. All had varying amounts of success and failures. It seems that most of the history of WCW involved an evil group of wrestlers wanting to take control of the company. Continue reading