This is the 355th 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.
If you were to have a high profile match or attend a big time show and had a choice of wrestling arenas to wrestle or watch it from….what would be your top five arenas you would choose? It doesn’t matter how big or small or if the building still exists or not.
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.
B. Dangerous, Brian Damage, Gypsy King and Lowlife Louie Ramos
This week’s top five is all about wrestlers who were really good inside the ring, but weren’t the best at doing interviews and promos. We would also like to give a warm welcome to a new contributor to the blog…The Gypsy King! Welcome!
It was the Summer of 1988 and the National Wrestling Alliance (In particular, Jim Crockett Promotions) were in deep financial trouble. Word was getting around that many NWA stars were not getting paid on time and were looking for work elsewhere. Two of those stars were Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson. They left Crockett to join the WWF as the Brainbusters.
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.
B. Dangerous, Brian Damage and Lowlife Louie Ramos
With the Summer Olympics now in full swing over in Tokyo, Japan…I thought we would try something a bit different the next couple of weeks. In place of the usual top Five we do…we will replace it temporarily with the Ring the Damn Bell Olympics. Basically, we will give a subject and the crew must choose our top three (Gold, Silver and Bronze with Gold being the best, silver second best and Bronze the third best) and why we chose each. For instance, This week’s contest is what country produces the best wrestlers? In the history of pro wrestling, which top three countries produced the very best wrestlers overall?
Potential is a word used often when it pertains to young wrestlers in the business of professional wrestling. They could have potential for their particular look, charisma, skill set and athleticism. In the 1980’s, there was an up and coming tag team with many of those aforementioned qualities. Sean Royal and Chris Champion aka The New Breed were being fast tracked to superstardom in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Then one day, it all came to a screeching halt.