Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff Named as Executive Directors of Raw and Smackdown

Brian Damage

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’. 

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Wrestling With Sin: 393

Brian Damage

This is the 393rd 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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Harlem’s Heat: The Infamous Booker T Promo

Brian Damage

Promos are an integral part of professional wrestling. They can help sell fans on a particular match or feud. Great promos can engage fans and make them feel what the wrestler delivering a promo is feeling at that moment. Most promos are forgotten over the course of time, and then there are those ones that fans never forget. It may not be the best, but unforgettable none the less…

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Blonde Ambition: Sable Shows Up on WCW Nitro

Brian Damage

During the famous ‘Monday Night War’ between rival wrestling companies WCW and the WWF, it was very common to see wrestlers and personalities from one organization, suddenly appear on the other. It was a “war” after all, so all bets were off. Millions upon millions of dollars were at stake, as well as wrestling/sports entertainment supremacy. So when Rena Mero aka Sable in the WWF, showed up ringside on WCW Monday Nitro…it was another shot fired in the ongoing battle between companies.

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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