This is the 412th 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.
Over the years, WWE have brought in many of the biggest names in pro wrestling history. For the most part, many have shined in the brightest of spotlights…but there are a few others that never quite lived up to their hype. Superstars in other organizations, that never quite were the same in WWE.
It can be argued, that the heel faction of the Full Blooded Italians (F.B.I for short) is one of the most successful groups in the history of Extreme Championship Wrestling. Sure, they won big matches, won titles and consisted of some of the most memorable members. Aside from all of that, there have been several incarnations of the faction that have stretched way beyond ECW and into other promotions like WWE, WCW, TNA and elsewhere. To think, this group might have never been formed, if not for a near tragic accident.
It is time for another round of useless wrestling facts, stats and otherwise inane trivia. For many of you, these facts may be commonly known, to others perhaps not so much. In either case, they are all meant to be in good fun. So let’s roll up our sleeves and take a jab at these latest tidbits.
Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded…but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative but, for various reasons, faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’.
It hasn’t been uncommon to see a celebrity of some sort appear or even compete inside a wrestling ring. Celebrities from all avenues of entertainment have been used in a match whether it has been on a Wrestlemania or other big show. Countless stars from movies, TV, comedy, music, sports and even politics have been involved in professional wrestling for a very long time. For some, it was just a pay day to promote a show, movie or album…but for other famous names, they were actually fans of the wrestling business themselves. Today on the blog, we take a look at some of pro wrestling’s most famous fans.
Over the years, the WWF…now WWE… steamrolled over all of their competition in the various territories and organizations, on their way to national and eventually, global expansion. In that time, while killing off smaller wrestling promotions, the company amassed a very impressive number of video libraries. From World Class Championship Wrestling to the American Wrestling Association to Extreme Championship Wrestling and a number of other promotions in between, WWE had themselves a treasure trove of wrestling history at their disposal.
This week’s top five is all about wrestling valets that never appeared on WWF/WWE television during their successful careers. They are women that basically found fame and fortune in other promotions and territories.
After a rather unmemorable stint in the WWF as a part of the ‘Make A Difference’ Fatu angle in 1995, The Samoan Gangsta Party were brought into ECW in 1996. Originally named Gangstas in Paradise consisting of Sammy the Silk and ‘Big’ Matty Smalls, the tag team was immediately thrust into the world tag team title picture and feuded with one of ECW’s top teams in the Gangstas (Mustafa Saed and New Jack).