Wrestling With A Grin The Brighter Side Of The Squared Circle Part V

Brian Damage

Make no mistake about it, pro wrestling does have a dark side to it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the dark and sometimes sinister side as chronicled in my ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. This piece is a direct opposite of that. With every bad story I have shared…there are also positive stories. Stories of wrestlers making it above and beyond the ring. Positive stories to inspire. Pro wrestlers aren’t all drug addicts, scam artists and carny sideshows. They all don’t die at an early age, or are broke and need to wrestle till they die. They don’t necessarily have to get into acting like The Rock or Batista. They don’t have to necessarily switch over to MMA like Brock Lesnar or CM Punk. Some of these stories are just about hard work, dreaming big and doing whatever it takes to succeed. We’ve already covered some stories as chronicled in part 1part 2 , part 3  and part 4. With that said, let’s look at some positives…

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Help Wanted! Job Opportunities: Mick Foley

Brian Damage

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.

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Top Five Reinvented Wrestlers

Lowlife Louie Ramos, B Dangerous and Brian Damage

This week’s top five is inspired by the recent success of Matt (Don’t call me Zack Ryder) Cardona and his venture into the world of death matches. We look at wrestlers who may or may not have had great success under a certain gimmick or character…but have had a long career with the ability to reinvent themselves and adapt to the ever changing world of professional wrestling. 

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Compound FACTure: Breaking In With All The Useless Wrestling Facts and Stats You Can Handle

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Yep, we are back with another fun filled piece on useless pro wrestling facts, stats and whatever else comes to mind. Some of these factoids are painfully obvious to some of you, while others not so much. Regardless, they are all meant in fun and will not win you any awards by hearing about them. So let’s get cracking and learn some stuff. Continue reading

FANdemonium Is Breaking Loose! Spotting Fans Who Would Later Get Into Pro Wrestling

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Brian Damage

If there is one definitive lesson that we can all take away from the “great” pandemic of 2020, it’s that pro wrestling (As great as it can be) desperately needs fans in attendance to make the product work. A good match can be made great with fans cheering and going crazy for it. Wrestling fans are just as much a part of the show as the wrestlers themselves in many ways. It is their fandom, their passion, their excitement that creates an inexplicable energy that the wrestlers feed off of. Continue reading

WWE’s ‘G Spot’: Remembering WWE Saturday Morning Slam

Brian Damage

Leave it to Vince McMahon and try to corner every single television demographic imaginary. In the late summer of 2012, WWE returned to the Saturday morning market by giving us a show geared toward kids only. The show was known as ‘WWE Saturday Morning Slam’ and it was shown on the CW network as a part of the Vortexx Saturday morning block. Vortexx was a block of animated shows by a company called Saban which was best known for prducing ‘The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ franchise. Continue reading