Wrestling Is At Steak: The Iconic Ribera Steakhouse

Brian Damage

If you have been following pro wrestling for a bit, you are probably “in the know” about a little old steakhouse located in Japan called Ribera Steak House. You more than likely have seen several wrestlers wear that infamous shiny satin bomber jacket with the restaurant’s logo on it. From the likes of Hulk Hogan, the Road Warriors, the Dudley Boyz to the Young Bucks and John Cena have all been photographed wearing it. What does that jacket mean? Why is this tiny restaurant so popular with professional wrestlers? What’s the story of Ribera’s Steak House? It’s time to get seated and cut into the history of this iconic restaurant.

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Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: Mike Awesome

Brian Damage

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.

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Blessing or Curse? The Seal of Approval From Mr. McMahon

Brian Damage

Imagine being an up and coming wrestler getting a big break in WWE. Just being a part of the largest promotion in the world and dealing with the bright spotlight should be pressure enough. Now add the company’s CEO Vince McMahon to that mix and him wanting to put you over as a future main event superstar. You would think having Mr. McMahon giving his seal of approval publicly is a good thing for one’s career. Historically, however, that hasn’t been the case at all.

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Last Call: Remembering Scott Hall

Brian Damage

‘Hey Yo!’ The wrestling world recently lost a truly huge personality with the death of Scott Hall. He had gone by many different names and gimmicks over his 26 year hall of fame career, but Scott Hall will forever be known as ‘The Bad Guy.’ Hall’s career has had its fair share of ups and downs, but make no mistake about it…he left an indelible mark on the business.

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Wrestling With Sin: 374

Brian Damage

This is the 374th 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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Ring The Damn Bell: The 10th Anniversary

Brian Damage, Craig Wilson and Jamie Lithgow

It’s February and that means our blog Ring the Damn Bell is celebrating a very special milestone. This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the blog’s existence. We thought it would be a treat, to bring back a couple of the OG’s who started this thing way back in February of 2012! Let’s hear from the creator…none other than Craig Wilson about the origins of Ring the Damn Bell. Also, Jamie Lithgow who created some fantastic graphics for us to use week in and week out. So without any further ado….let’s take that wrestling trip down memory lane.

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