The Funk family are one of the truly iconic families in all of professional wrestling. Starting with the patriarch Dory Funk Sr who was a legendary wrestler/promoter for decades. He had two sons, Dory Jr and Terry who superseded their father in the business. Both achieved tremendous success wrestling throughout the territories and all over the world. The Funk brothers also both won the NWA world title in different periods of time. It only seemed inevitable that when the WWF expanded nationally…the Funks would be on Vince McMahon’s radar.
It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 41st of 2021. Today Brian looks at the possibility that the Dudley Boyz are no longer…”Boys” and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
This week, professional wrestling lost one of its best friends when ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton passed away. A true professional in and out of the ring, Eaton was considered a quiet and gentle soul. A vastly underrated worker who could bring the very best out of any opponent he was competing against. Stone Cold Steve Austin named Eaton as the best wrestler he ever shared the ring with. While a great worker, it was his quiet demeanor that perhaps held him back from bigger accolades as a singles competitor.
Potential is a word used often when it pertains to young wrestlers in the business of professional wrestling. They could have potential for their particular look, charisma, skill set and athleticism. In the 1980’s, there was an up and coming tag team with many of those aforementioned qualities. Sean Royal and Chris Champion aka The New Breed were being fast tracked to superstardom in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Then one day, it all came to a screeching halt.
They were once considered a great up and coming tag team in professional wrestling. A tag team that basically began their careers together and made it all the way to the World Wrestling Federation. While the team found success, it was individual accomplishments that ultimately ended the team and for the most part…their friendship. This is the story of Mo and Mable aka Men on a Mission.
He was trained at the famed Texas Wrestling Academy…the same school that helped produce Brian Kendrick and Daniel Bryan. He made a name for himself wrestling on the independent circuit and Ring of Honor. He also wrestled a handful of matches for the upstart TNA promotion. He is a 3 time WWE tag team champion and one time WWE Cruiserweight champion. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened To’ Paul London?
By now, we should be all well versed in the infamous WWF ‘Montreal Screw job’ that took place on November 9th, 1997. If not, basically Vince McMahon made the decision to strip Bret Hart of the WWF world title in a match against his bitter rival Shawn Michaels. McMahon used referee Earl Hebner (who Bret trusted) to ring the bell after Michaels had Hart in Bret’s own finisher…the sharpshooter. This, despite Hart not submitting. The end result was Bret going to WCW and Shawn as the new champion. While unscripted, there is a base of fans who believe that Bret was in on the whole thing. It wasn’t the first time there was a controversy in Montreal involving the WWF.
They were supposed to be the next generation of tag team wrestling for World Championship Wrestling. The next bigtime babyfaces. Their blonde hair, rugged good looks, colorful outfits and skateboards…yes skateboards…the Dynamic Dudes were ready to set WCW on fire! That didn’t exactly happen…the Dynamic Dudes became the Dynamic Duds. This is their story…
In the Summer of 1988, the WWF acquired the services of the Warlord and the Barbarian better known as The Powers of Pain. At the time, it was a huge coup for Vince McMahon who always had his sights set of bringing in the Road Warriors. While the Powers of Pain were not in the same class as Hawk and Animal…they had a very similar look with the mohawks, physiques and face paint. If Vince couldn’t get the Road Warriors…this was surely the next best thing.