Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: Mick Foley

Brian Damage

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.

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Remembering ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton

Brian Damage

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.

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Wrestling With Sin: 344

Brian Damage

This is the 344th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.

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The Ring The Damn Bell Olympics: The Best Wrestlers

B. Dangerous, Brian Damage and Lowlife Louie Ramos

With the Summer Olympics now in full swing over in Tokyo, Japan…I thought we would try something a bit different the next couple of weeks.  In place of the usual top Five we do…we will replace it temporarily with the Ring the Damn Bell Olympics. Basically, we will give a subject and the crew must choose our top three (Gold, Silver and Bronze with Gold being the best, silver second best and Bronze the third best) and why we chose each. For instance, This week’s contest is what country produces the best wrestlers? In the history of pro wrestling, which top three countries produced the very best wrestlers overall?

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Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: Shawn Michaels

Brian Damage

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.

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Not All In The Family: The Worth of the Von Erich Name

Brian Damage

If you are a fan of pro wrestling, it is hard for you not to at least be familiar with the Von Erich family from World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980’s. The Von Erichs ruled Texas wrestling during this time. They consisted of the patriarch Fritz and his real life sons David, Kevin, Kerry, Mike and later Chris. While extremely popular, their careers were all cut short due to tragedy. Drugs, alcohol and suicide plagued the Von Erich family and brought a once very profitable promotion to its end. Despite all the scandals and tragedies, the Von Erich name still means something in pro wrestling, although perhaps not like it used to.

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Top Five Greatest Entrance Themes

B. Dangerous and Brian Damage

This week’s Top Five is all about music. What are your favorite entrance themes of all time? Music that helped get you pumped up for a wrestler’s arrival. Sometimes the music was better than the actual wrestler. What are your top five entrance themes? It doesn’t matter if it is from a well known artist/band or composed by the likes of Jim Johnston or Jimmy Hart.

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