Be Kind and Please Rewind: Recycled Gimmicks and Angles in Pro Wrestling

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I don’t think it is much of a secret, that the wrestling world copies much of its own ideas and recycles them a few years later. Heck, they just might recycle them quicker than that….especially if you are Vincent Kennedy McMahon and you own the WWE. It is WWE’s recycling of gimmicks that are featured in this piece. Continue reading

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The Kiss of Death: The Unsolved Mystery of The Dusty Rhodes Envelope

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On this blog we love looking back at storylines that had no actual conclusion, largely due to the company realising it wasn’t working. This latest piece looks at one such storyline: what was in that envelope that Baby Doll carried around that spooked out Dusty Rhodes?
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The Next Generation of Wrestlers You May Not Have Heard Of….Yet

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Not too long ago, I wrote about the difficulties of being a 2nd/3rd generation wrestler entitled The Generation Gap: Wrestling Legacies.

In this piece, I take a look at some of these 2nd and 3rd generation wrestlers. Some you may have heard of…others not so much…not yet anyway. A new generation of wrestlers looking to make a name for themselves.

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Top Five WCW Matches

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Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow and Brian Damage

The promotion may be gone but thanks to it’s PPVs being available on the WWE Network it’s not forgotten. It’s no surprise also that the WWE are tapping in to their enormous tape library to release another WCW boxset – this time the best WCW PPV matches.

To commemorate that release Craig, Jamie and Brian list their Top Five favourite NWA/WCW matches. Continue reading

Paranoia: The Fall of The AWA

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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