With World Championship Wrestling emerging as a legitimate threat to the World Wrestling Federation in 1997…the WWF began making changes to how they did business. Fewer squash matches were used to enhance top stars and in its place were more meaningful confrontations. The WWF was slowly getting a bit more edgier with its content. We were seeing less and less cartoonish gimmicks and were being given more characters with relateability. This was a time where Vince McMahon and company were testing the waters for a product with a bit more…attitude.
The next category of the Ring the Damn Bell Olympics is the top three most influential wrestlers of all time. You can only pick one from a particular country. Remember Gold is first, Silver is second and Bronze is third.
‘Cowboy’ Bill Watts was a wrestler turned promoter who found great success running his Mid South territory based in Oklahoma. The Mid South territory became so successful, Watts attempted to take his promotion and expand nationally. He’d change the name to the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF), but unfortunately it came at a time when the wrestling business was down and he ultimately sold his promotion to Jim Crockett Jr. Watts would have a run in WCW controlling things creatively, but would be let go after racially insensitive comments were deemed inappropriate by Turner executives and was fired in favor of Eric Bischoff. In 1995, he received a phone call from Vince McMahon and soon, he joined the World Wrestling Federation as the number two man behind Vince. The partnership didn’t last long.
This is the 307th 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 →
Lowlife Louie Ramos, Brian Damage and Padraic Toolan
This week’s Mount Rushmore, we are going to do top four babyfaces in wrestling. Who are the good guys you loved to cheer and root for growing up as a fan in this business. These are all your own personal choices so there are no wrong selections. Who are your four best babyfaces?Continue reading →
This week’s top five is looking at the top five greatest feuds and or rivalries in pro wrestling history. What feuds grabbed your attention and made you glued to your seat whether at a venue or watching at home? Continue reading →
There is the old saying, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it , does it make a sound?” Well, in pro wrestling…If a wrestler defeats a reigning world champion and it isn’t televised, is the wrestler now a champion? In the case of Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, the answer is yes.Continue reading →
It’s Saturday so time for the latest installment of ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 33rd of 2018. Today, Brian remembers Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart while sharing all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week.Continue reading →