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.
The ‘If Factor’ are a series of articles that takes a look at real scenarios in pro wrestling that at one point or another were suggested, planned, considered…but did not get the green light to continue. What would the landscape of professional wrestling look like if these ideas came to fruition?
One of the most popular periods in WWF/WWE history, was the ‘Attitude Era.’ It was crash and burn television which saw WWF creative push the envelope each and every week. We saw scantily clad women, foul language, adult oriented gimmicks and storylines and for the most part, it was extremely popular with viewers on TV and at the arenas. Of course, the Attitude Era wasn’t popular with everyone. Journalists and critics like Phil Mushnick and L. Brent Bozell of the Parents Television Council were very critical of the WWF’s programming. So much so, it inspired Vince McMahon and WWF creative to create their own version of these very vocal critics.
In this day and age of pro wrestling, it is extremely common to see a particular wrestler turn heel (Go bad) or turn face (Go good) at least a few times in their careers. A really well done turn can make and/or break a career. Very few wrestlers in this business have remained face or heel their entire careers. Sure, there are the likes of Ricky Steamboat and Tito Santana who remained babyfaces for the long haul. One wrestler, who often gets put in that same category is the legendary luchador Rey Mysterio. While portraying a babyface for the majority of his career in wrestling, there was a brief and mostly forgettable time where Mysterio played the villain.
Pro wrestling has been filled with some of the greatest factions of all time. From the Four Horsemen, the New World Order, DX, The Hart Foundation and many others. Some have stood the test of time and lasted long enough to see how valuable they were, while others were ended far too soon. This edition of the Top Five will look at the factions that should have had a longer run.
It can be argued, that the heel faction of the Full Blooded Italians (F.B.I for short) is one of the most successful groups in the history of Extreme Championship Wrestling. Sure, they won big matches, won titles and consisted of some of the most memorable members. Aside from all of that, there have been several incarnations of the faction that have stretched way beyond ECW and into other promotions like WWE, WCW, TNA and elsewhere. To think, this group might have never been formed, if not for a near tragic accident.
There have been countless heavily rumored angles and storylines in pro wrestling. Some have actually panned out and happened, while others turned out to be nothing but rumors themselves…or at the very least…scrapped ideas at the last moment. Today we look at my top five rumored angles and storylines that never saw the light of day.
This is the 405th 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.
‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes was one of the old familiar faces of the old WCW. Whether he was wrestling, booking or acting as a color commentator…Rhodes was a constant on WCW programming. When the New World Order formed in 1996, Dusty represented the tradition and history of the company. He was extremely vocal against the nWo and a staunch supporter of WCW. Just two years later, all that would change and not necessarily for the better.