‘The Hollywood Fashion Plate’ “Classy” Freddie Blassie was at one time….one of the most feared wrestlers in the business. Images of him sharpening his teeth with a metal file and then biting the foreheads of his bloodied opponents were plastered on wrestling magazines for years. After being denied a new wrestling license due to his age, Blassie became a manager for the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). A successful managerial career that spanned over 12 years.
This is the 349th 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.
There is the old saying…”If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” but when it pertains to some professional wrestling gimmicks…”If at first you don’t succeed…KILL IT WITH FIRE!” Today’s piece is all about some of your favorite well known wrestling stars and the early gimmicks they once had. Sure, we know all about Steve Austin changing from The Ringmaster to Stone Cold and Kane was the fake Diesel and Isaac Yankem DDS. There are others that were a bit more obscure. Perhaps, they might want to forget these gems from long ago. In many cases, I wouldn’t blame them at all.
This is the 337th 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.
This week’s Top Five is a bit different and may require some serious thought. In many organizational sports, there are logos that identify their brand. For instance, the NBA logo has a silhouette of Jerry West dribbling a basketball or Major League Baseball has a silhouette of Harmon Killebrew at bat. If professional wrestling was organized under one umbrella and they wanted a silhouette of a wrestler on a logo to represent the business…what top five wrestlers would you suggest as the choice to be the so called “face of the wrestling business?”
Vincent Kennedy McMahon is without question the most successful wrestling promoter in the history of the business. He took a regional territory and grew it into a billion dollar empire. A third generation promoter, Vince McMahon Jr helped make household names of wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, The Rock and John Cena. He took risks and created events like Wrestlemania. He was often times ruthless in eating up smaller and weaker territories across the country and having exclusive deals with certain arenas that blocked out the competition. Vince went head to head with other billionaire owners like Ted Turner and came out victorious. Today, World Wrestling Entertainment is a world wide company that is traded on the stock exchange.
Lowlife Louie Ramos, Amerigo Diehl and Brian Damage
Ok peeps, this week’s selection is top five hardest hitting or stiffest wrestlers of all time. Wrestlers (could be both male and female) who you watched and believed were the most physical inside a wrestling ring.
Not every world champion can be looked at like Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair. Some world champions have seemingly flew low under the radar so to speak. Despite that, they had great careers holding a version of the world championship. Who are your top five underrated world champions of all time?