2001: The Dark Era of Professional Wrestling

Brian Damage

Professional wrestling is a very cyclical business. There are years when the industry is red hot and everybody wants to be associated with it and then there are years where it is ice cold and nobody would touch it. One year in particular stands out as perhaps one of the very worst in the history of pro wrestling. At least on the business side of things. Today, we take a look back at the year that was 2001. Continue reading

Advertisements

Hot Mics: The Real Heat Between Pro Wrestling Announcers

announcers

Brian Damage

In the course of doing their job, they spend hours together on our screens describing and opinioning on the action taking place within the ring. That doesn’t, however, mean announcers get along away from the squared circle. Today we look at some of those behind the scenes rivalries. Continue reading

Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: Pro Wrestling USA

200px-Pwusa

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 succeed but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative but for various reasons faded away. This latest ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’ takes a look at the brief union of Jim Crockett Jr. and Verne Gagne to form a national promotion called Pro Wrestling USA. Continue reading

The Road to Ruin: The Dangers of Traveling as a Pro Wrestler

highway

Brian Damage

Being a professional wrestler is a dangerous job. Night in and night out pro wrestlers put their lives on the line for the sole purpose of our entertainment. Not only do these men and women risk life and limb inside the squared circle….but often do so just getting to the arena for the next show. Today we look at some of the dangers that face wrestlers in the pursuit of their in-ring dreams. Continue reading

The B Word: Did Pro Wrestling’s Blood Dry Up?

wewant

Brian Damage

If you grew up watching professional wrestling in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s like myself, a wrestler bleeding was a integral part of certain matches. Seeing two bitter rivals pummeling each other inside a steel cage or getting hit with foreign objects while their faces were a “crimson mask” of blood…added to the drama. It almost legitimized a feud as being truly fueled by hatred. Places like in Memphis with the CWA, Puerto Rico with WWC and every territory in between had some of the bloodiest matches you’ll ever see. Continue reading

Headed For Extinction: Pro Wrestling’s Landmarks

1511560_711711445540084_1356980735_n

Brian Damage

Like it or not, professional wrestling is a huge part of the lexicon of our culture. What has made pro wrestling a great spectacle is not only the wrestlers, but the venues that they have taken place in. Where the venues were at times, just as important as the actual matches themselves….sometimes even more important. A great venue can make or break a card.

These arenas should in some ways be made into landmarks…never to be demolished and replaced by more high tech arenas or strip malls. They should be preserved for future generations to see and learn about their rich histories. Continue reading

Paranoia: The Fall of The AWA

milliman

 

Brian Damage

Once upon a time, not so long ago, the wrestling world had not one, not two, but three major wrestling organizations. They were collectively known as the “Big 3.” The Big 3 consisted of the NWA/WCW down south….the WWF up north and the AWA (The American Wrestling Association ) in the middle.

The AWA was owned and operated by a man named Verne Gagne….a wrestler himself…who believed that wrestlers should wrestle gimmick free. Their talents inside the ring should be the selling point…substance over flash. The AWA became a breeding ground for some of the biggest names in the sport. He had an eye and a knack for developing young stars like Leon White ( Big Van Vader ) Curt Hennig, Ken Patera, Madusa Miceli and countless others….The AWA sold out arenas and stadiums across the mid-west. As a matter of fact, the AWA’s “WrestleRock” card in 1986 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota drew over 22,000 fans….outdrawing the 2 infamous Crockett Cup shows at the Louisiana Superdome combined. The AWA also has a national syndicated TV deal with ESPN. Continue reading