The Making of A Rock Star: The Rise of ‘Hollywood’ Rock

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‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson is arguably the biggest star to ever come from WWE. He was over as both a babyface and heel, cut memorable promos and always seemed to have the pulse of the fans who were paying to see him. That is why in 2003, WWE fans were given perhaps the greatest incarnation of ‘The Great One.’ This version was “Hollywood” Rock and this is the story of how the character came to be.

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Wrestling With Sin: 357

Brian Damage

This is the 357th 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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The Forbidden Door Opened: The 1990 Wrestling Summit

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The fictional term of “The Forbidden Door” is used when a wrestling promotion that normally doesn’t do business with other companies, allows their contracted wrestlers to work with another promotion’s contracted talent. While WWE might be arguably the most forbidden of doors in all of wrestling…it has opened its door on occasion to work with other companies. In the past, they have had working agreements with ECW, USWA, New Japan Pro Wrestling and AAA based in Mexico. It has been accomplished, but more times than not…the WWF/WWE lives in its own bubble. On April 13th, 1990, the World Wrestling Federation cracked open their forbidden door to hold a super show with both New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling.

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