Hawk Hogan? The Planned Split of the Road Warriors

Brian Damage

With the World Wrestling Federation going full speed with their national expansion, the rest of the territories were forced to play catch up. As the WWF was eating up all of the weaker promotions, Jim Crockett Promotions and the National Wrestling Alliance were thinking of ways to fend off and actually compete with Vince McMahon and the WWF. This, by no means, was going to be an easy task. The WWF had the single hottest star in the wrestling business in Hulk Hogan. It was up to Crockett to find his own version of Hogan and looked to a red hot tag team to do it.

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Wrestling With Sin: 364

Brian Damage

This is the 364th 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.

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Lay The FACTdown: Hitting You with Useless Wrestling Facts, Stats and Trivia Tidbits.

Brian Damage

Finally, Ring the Damn Bell has come back with useless wrestling facts! It’s time to drop some facts, stats and trivia on the business we all love or at least used to. Some of you Rooty poo, candy asses (No insult intended) know some of these facts, while others may not know any. Whatever the case may be, let us dive right in and maybe learn a little something…or nothing.

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Wrestling With Sin: 358

Brian Damage

This is the 358th 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.

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Dust Up: Dusty Rhodes Turns Heel and Joins the nWo

Brian Damage

‘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.

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Wrestling With A Grin The Brighter Side Of The Squared Circle Part IV

WWE's Lacey Evans Says Historic Saudi Arabia Embrace Was Not Preplanned: 'I  Am Not a Hugger' (Video)

Brian Damage

Make no mistake about it, pro wrestling does have a dark side to it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the dark and sometimes sinister side as chronicled in my ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. This piece is a direct opposite of that. With every bad story I have shared…there are also positive stories. Stories of wrestlers making it above and beyond the ring. Positive stories to inspire. Pro wrestlers aren’t all drug addicts, scam artists and carny sideshows. They all don’t die at an early age, or are broke and need to wrestle till they die. They don’t necessarily have to get into acting like The Rock or Batista. They don’t have to necessarily switch over to MMA like Brock Lesnar or CM Punk. Some of these stories are just about hard work, dreaming big and doing whatever it takes to succeed. We’ve already covered some stories as chronicled in part 1part 2 and part 3 With that said, let’s look at some positives…

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A Universal Failure: Jim Crockett Purchases the UWF

Brian Damage

For pro wrestling in the 1980’s, it was all about expansion, expansion, expansion. We all know that Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation were ultimately the promotion who successfully achieved national expansion. They certainly weren’t the only ones trying to do it. Bill Watts rebranded his Mid South Wrestling to the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) in a failed attempt to expand nationally. Jim Crockett Jr and his Jim Crockett Promotions (most notably associated with the NWA) also had some moderate success in expansion.

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