The Fabulous Years: The Rise, Fall and Rise again of Hulk Hogan

Brian Damage

There is no question that Hulk Hogan will go down as one if not the most successful box office attractions in the history of professional wrestling. Hulkamania was a legitimate movement that brought fans to the arenas, tune into on television and buy all of his merchandise. As big of a star that Hulk Hogan was, he certainly hit some bumps in the road to superstardom. His very first stint in the then WWF is proof of that.

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Wrestling With Sin: 409

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This is the 409th 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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On Newsstands Now: Wrestling Magazines and the Portal to A Whole New World

Brian Damage

Being a young wrestling fan nowadays, seems to offer them every imaginable aspect of the wrestling business like never before. From the “dirt sheets” to websites, to streaming services and everything in between…a fan can access anything and everything. Growing up in the 1980’s, it was a much different era. The internet was in its infancy and cable TV was a luxury that most couldn’t afford. To be a wrestling fan back then, meant you usually watched just one promotion and really weren’t familiar with much else. It was the wrestling magazines that invited the reader into a whole other world outside of their one territory.

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West Texas State: The Greatest Pro Wrestling University…EVER

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Football and pro wrestling go together like peanut butter and jelly. So many former football players have gone on to successful pro wrestling careers. They traded helmets for spandex with names like Dick the Bruiser, Ernie Ladd, Wahoo McDaniel, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Vader and Ron Simmons. Those are just a small few who transitioned from the grid iron to the squared circle. There is one place in particular, that has produced more football players to pro wrestlers than any other…a place located in Canyon, Texas.

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Grappling With Tragedy: Vivian Vachon

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Grappling with Tragedy is a series of articles that deal with unfortunate, tragic incidents that have occurred throughout the history of professional wrestling. It is unlike the ‘Wrestling with Sin’ series that deals more with the seedier side of wrestling like arrests, murders and suicides. Grappling looks more at particular tragic incidents that have in some instances altered pro wrestling in some way.

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To Be The Man…You’ve Got to Beat The Man…Or Just Say No Thanks! Wrestlers Who Turned Down the NWA Worlds Title

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Brian Damage

Some wrestlers over the years have stated…‘That being a world champion should be the goal of every wrestler. If it is not, why are you even in the business?’ It makes sense seeing how being a world champion makes you THE guy. The top of the mountain where there is fame and fortune. The NWA worlds heavyweight title was at one time, the most prestigious of all world championships. It was held by some of the all time greats like Orville Brown, Lou Thesz, Harley Race, Giant Baba and of course…Ric Flair. While all these men and others held this coveted title and defended it with great pride…not everyone wanted the distinction of being the man.

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