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.
This is the 368th 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.
Statues and monuments are erected to honor an individual and educate people about who they are or were. They are usually only reserved for military, political and religious figures in global history. You may be surprised to know that professional wrestling has several statues and monuments that stand tall all over the world. Wrestlers who not only made their mark inside the squared circle, but outside of it as well. I am not talking about the statues that WWE created, like the one above that only gets dusted off and used during Wrestlemania weekends…but actual statues that honor and showcase true wrestling heroes everyday.
New York City has often been the considered the “capitol of the world.” In regards to professional wrestling, NYC was the biggest and most successful territory for many years. In the middle of all that, was the World Wide Wrestling Federation led by Vince McMahon Sr. What happens when the WWWF and a murder in Times Square cross paths? This is that story.
It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 48th of 2021. Today Brian takes a look at the once huge market that the McMahon family monopolized for years, that no longer seems to be in their control anymore and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
‘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.