Malpractice: ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams in the WWF

Brian Damage

In 1998, the World Wrestling Federation was looking for their next top level, main event star. On the recommendation of Jim Ross, he suggested they keep an eye on a former football player turned pro wrestler nicknamed “Doctor Death.” Steve Williams and JR had been friends since Williams’ days playing for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. While Williams had some success as a pro wrestler in the United States, his biggest achievements were competing in Japan for All Japan Pro Wrestling. In Japan, Dr. Death was a bonafide superstar. The WWF saw how popular he was and figured that popularity would translate here in the States.

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A Universal Failure: Jim Crockett Purchases the UWF

Brian Damage

For pro wrestling in the 1980’s, it was all about expansion, expansion, expansion. We all know that Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation were ultimately the promotion who successfully achieved national expansion. They certainly weren’t the only ones trying to do it. Bill Watts rebranded his Mid South Wrestling to the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) in a failed attempt to expand nationally. Jim Crockett Jr and his Jim Crockett Promotions (most notably associated with the NWA) also had some moderate success in expansion.

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Wrestling With Sin: 337

Brian Damage

This is the 337th 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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Wrestling With Sin: 325

Brian Damage

This is the 325th 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 Question Is Muta: The Rejected Plan to Turn The Great Muta Babyface

Brian Damage

When you hear the name of ‘The Great Muta,’ many fans will recall how he took a large portion of the wrestling world by storm here in the United States in the late 1980’s. Not many wrestlers could do the things Muta was able to do in the ring. From his speed, quickness and agility…to his unique look with face paint…Keiji ‘The Great Muta’ Mutoh quickly became a bonafide star for the NWA/WCW in 1989. So much so, some within the promotion wanted to make Muta the face of the company. It never happened…

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Wrestling With Sin: 291

Brian Damage

This is the 291st 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