Atlas Falls: The Story of a Wrestling Superstar Going From Riches to Rags

Brian Damage

Tony Atlas was known by many nicknames, ‘Mr. USA,’ ‘The Black Superman,’ ‘Black Atlas’ but there was no denying that during the 1970’s and 80’s, he was a pro wrestling superstar. Atlas had a physique that seemed it was chiseled out of granite. He was one half of the first ever African American WWF tag team champions along with Rocky Johnson in the Soul Patrol. Tony wrestled all over the world and in countless territories…winning championships along the way. Continue reading

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Wrestling With Sin: 230

Brian Damage

This is the 230th 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. Continue reading

Wrestling With Sin: 229

Brian Damage

This is the 229th 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. Continue reading

Frenemies: The Up And Down Relationship Between Eric Bischoff And Rick Rude

Brian Damage

“Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” – Michael Corleone ‘The Godfather Part 2’

Pro wrestling has been filled with wrestlers, managers, valets and promoters who were friends outside of the ring. It has also seen its fair share of enemies throughout the business. One relationship in particular, captured both the love and hate within a time frame. The relationship I speak of is between former head of World Championship Wrestling Eric Bischoff and the late ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude. 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