Wrestling With Sin: 341

Brian Damage

This is the 341st 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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Identity Theft: The Unmasking of Rey Mysterio

Brian Damage

In the world of Lucha Libre, a luchador’s mask is something that is very sacred. It is a part of their identity and how they make their money and become stars. For a luchador to lose their mask becomes a very big deal. It usually happens in a highly publicized match and event. When a luchador loses their mask, it is usually towards the end of their career or they will transition to a new persona without the mask. Masks are extremely vital to the ways of Lucha Libre….then there was WCW.

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Butchered: The Starrcade Main Event Nobody Wanted to See

Brian Damage

For the NWA/WCW, the Starrcade pay per view was the granddaddy of all their shows in the calendar year. All of the biggest matches took place on that show with the likes of Ric Flair Vs. Harley Race, Roddy Piper Vs Greg Valentine in a dog collar match, Dusty Rhodes vs Flair so on and so forth. By 1994, the landscape of World Championship Wrestling had changed. Owner Ted Turner invested a lot of money and time in bringing in Hulk Hogan to be the crown jewel of their company. Along with Hogan’s heavy price tage, came a contract which allowed the Hulkster a certain amount of creative control over his character. It would lead to one of the most disastrous main event’s in Starrcade history. Continue reading

Wrestling With Sin: 307

Brian Damage

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

Tour de Farce: Remembering the Hulkamania Tour in Australia

Brian Damage

There is no question that ‘Hulkamania’ is a recognizable name brand in the world of profession wrestling/sports entertainment. Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest names and draws in the wrestling industry’s history. Australia was and is a hot bed for pro wrestling. With all that said, what if you combined the two for a massive tour down under. In November of 2009, that is exactly what happened. You would think that the two forces together, would generate a huge financial success. You would be wrong. Continue reading

A Moment In Time: The WWF Introduces Brian Pillman

Brian Damage

As the Monday Night Wars were heating up between bitter rivals in WCW and the WWF…it was WCW who was getting the better of Vince McMahon’s once untouchable wrestling empire. World Championship Wrestling decided to go head to head with the World Wrestling Federation on Monday night’s by creating the Monday Nitro program. They also swooped in and signed away two of the WWF’s top talents in Kevin Nash (Diesel) and Scott Hall (Razor Ramon). With his back against the wall, Vince McMahon decided to fight fire with fire and in June of 1996…he did just that by signing then wrestling’s hottest commodity in Brian Pillman. Continue reading