There are some finishing maneuvers that are synonymous with top tier talent in pro wrestling. For example, the Stunner with Stone Cold Steve Austin or the Tombstone Piledriver with the Undertaker. Before these stars perfected their famous finishers, they dabbled with other ways to take out an opponent. Today’s top five, looks at early finishing moves of future wrestling legends.
Grappling with Tragedy is a series of articles that deal with unfortunate, tragic incidents that have occurred throughout the history of professional wrestling. It is unlike the ‘Wrestling with Sin’ series that deals more with the seedier side of wrestling like arrests, murders and suicides. Grappling looks more at particular tragic incidents that have in some instances altered pro wrestling in some way.
When talking about the legendary faction known as the Four Horsemen, fans can’t help but bring up members of the group that perhaps had no business holding up the four fingers. Individuals, that should have been steered clear of the elite group of wrestlers. The most mentioned name is Paul Roma, who was a last minute addition after Tully Blanchard legitimately failed a drug test. After that, names like Sid Vicious, Jeff Jarrett are considered. Then, there is the ex NFL player turned pro wrestler….Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael that gets a lot of votes. While not a fan favorite of the Horsemen fandom, he was a big favorite of the members themselves. This is his story.
Many times, when a wrestler changes from a hero to a villain aka ‘Heel turn’ it’s because the said wrestler wasn’t completely connecting with fans. Other times, a heel turn is used to simply surprise or shock an audience. In either case, sometimes heel turns simply flop because the fans just won’t accept the wrestler as a bad guy/girl. Today’s Top Five looks at some of the heel turns that failed to stick…for whatever reason.
Professional wrestling has a very long and rich history. You cannot talk wrestling history without the many contributions and achievements of African Americans and other wrestlers of color that helped pave the way in breaking ground, fighting segregation, battling racism and rising above it all. Today’s stars like Bobby Lashley, the New Day, Bianca Belair and many others might not be where they are without many of these trailblazers.
In pro wrestling, art often imitates life. What may be hot in the news, can lead promoters to take advantage and create storylines and gimmicks based on said news items. There are times, however, where real life tragedies are just too powerful to capitalize on and lead promoters and bookers to amend or even erase gimmicks and storylines completely. Today’s Top Five looks at some of those gimmicks and storylines that were greatly affected by real life situations.
There have been countless Japanese wrestlers who have competed on American soil. Of all the wrestlers that have wrestled here in the United States, no one has had the influence and overall success that Keiji ‘The Great Muta’ Mutoh has had. The character of the Great Muta has inspired and influenced wrestlers, promoters and fans throughout the years.
This is the 425th 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.
It is time to travel back or forward to a bunch of useless wrestling facts, stats and trivia tidbits that will help us learn more or less about the history of pro wrestling….or probably not. Some of these we are well aware of and others maybe not so much. In either case, they are meant to be fun and enjoyable. So without any further waste of time…let’s learn.