The Wild West: The Last Days of Pro Wrestling’s Party Scene

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Brian Damage

It seems every week or so we hear or read about another former or current pro wrestler dying. It is a sad trend that quite frankly has numbed many fans almost to the point of being indifferent to the news. Today we look at whether the hedonistic lifestyles of old are actually now a thing of the past. Continue reading

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Superstars of Yesteryear: Darren ‘Droz’ Drozdov

Craig Wilson

In the third installment of ‘Superstars of Yesteryear’ post, we look at Darren Dozdov, better known to WWF fans by his ring names Puke or Droz.

After a short career in NFL, Darren Drozdov would become a professional wrestler. It was his antics in NFL that led to his signing. He gained notoriety for throwing up during a Monday Night Game of football which led to his nickname Puke. It was this off the wall behavious that led to his signing with the WWF and his hiring by Vince McMahon, where he woudl regurgetate into a bucket, was featured in the Beyond the Mat documentary. His brief wrestling career with the WWF ended cruelly after just one year after a botched powerbomb broke his neck, rendering him a quadriplegic. Continue reading

Superstars of Yesteryear: Hakushi

Craig Wilson

The very aesthetically unique Hakushi (pic courtesy of www.twylah.com)

The very aesthetically unique Hakushi (pic courtesy of http://www.twylah.com)

In the second ‘Superstars of Yesteryear’ post, following last week’s on Ludvig Borga, we look at Jinsei Shinzaki, better known to WWF fans by his ring name ‘Hakushi’.

In 1995, a mysterious Japanese performer debuted in the then WWF. As the picture to the side demonstrates, his look was completely different to anything seen before in the promotion.

The superstar was called Hakushi – meaning ‘White Messenger’ – began in traditional fashion by defeating various jobbers as he began to make more and more of a name for himself. His gimmick was very similar to the one he portrayed throughout his career in Japan, that of a Buddhist pilgim. Continue reading

Superstars of Yesteryear: Ludvig Borga

Craig Wilson

Did we ever get to the bottom of why Finland had beef with America?

Borga went to war against America over lax environmental laws and his belief that the education system was poor.

In what I hope will become a regular set of postings, I have decided to dig into the annals of WWE history and look at a number of lesser known or perhaps even forgotten superstars from time gone by. You won’t see Ultimate Warrior, Legion of Doom or Steve Austin featured here, instead you’re more likely to read about The Berzerker, The Body Donnas or Bart Gunn. In the first post we look at the life and career of Tony ‘Ludvig Borga’ Halme.

A political career after one in the wrestling industry seems a fairly well worn path now. Most famously there was Jesse Ventura and more recently we’ve seen Linda McMahon attempt to gain election to the senate in America. Another person that made the very same transition was Tony Halme, better known to WWF fans as Ludvig Borga. Continue reading