Down Goes Faker: Famed Broadcaster Howard Cosell and The World Wrestling Federation

Brian Damage

There is an old saying that goes…‘Never meet your heroes, because they are sure to disappoint you.’ That may or may not be the case, but for the owner of the World Wrestling Federation…Vincent Kennedy McMahon…the saying rang true. Vince was a big boxing fan and why not? His grandfather Jess McMahon was a successful boxing promoter. Some of that blood was still coursing through the veins of the young Vince Jr.

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Wrestling With Sin: 310

Brian Damage

This is the 310th 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

A Wrestling With Sin Special: The Tragedies of Ikki Kajiwara

JAPAN – OCTOBER 01: Author Ikki Kajiwara is seen in October 1970 in Japan. (Photo by Kyodo News Stills via Getty Images)

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This latest entry into the ‘Wrestling With Sin’ series is a bit different than most others. The subject is a man named Ikki Kajiwara and while he was not a wrestler, referee or promoter…he did have an influence in puroresu aka Japanese professional wrestling. This is the story of how his creativity helped move puroresu forward and how scandals and tragedies befell him.

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Not So Magnificent: Don Muraco Becomes ‘The Rock’ In The WWF

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Everybody loves a good comeback story, this unfortunately isn’t one of them. There is no question that ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham was a game changer in his heyday for the WWWF. A world champion who was built like a Greek god and someone who oozed charisma out of every pour of his body. Graham truly was a superstar for the promotion. The thing was, he also had a fierce love/hate relationship with the McMahon family and the WWF. Continue reading