Stars from other forms of entertainment have traditionally been involved with pro wrestling in some way for many years. From Hollywood, to the grid iron, to the boxing ring, from the music industry have all dabbled in the wrestling business. Today’s top five are my personal choices for the best celebrity appearances in pro wrestling.
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.
Amerigo Diehl, Lowlife Louie Ramos and Brian Damage
We wrap up our tributes to the late, great Scott Hall with a Top Five greatest matches, moments and memories of his career. What are some of your all time favorites involving Scott Hall? Let’s honor the true Bad Guy of pro wrestling.
‘Hey Yo!’ The wrestling world recently lost a truly huge personality with the death of Scott Hall. He had gone by many different names and gimmicks over his 26 year hall of fame career, but Scott Hall will forever be known as ‘The Bad Guy.’ Hall’s career has had its fair share of ups and downs, but make no mistake about it…he left an indelible mark on the business.
While most pro wrestlers are trained extensively for months and even years to perfect their craft, accidents may still happen. In the heat of the moment, a botched move here or there could seriously alter the course of a match. Injuries do occur and on the night of April 22nd, 1998…on an episode of WCW Thunder…Buff Bagwell nearly lost everything in a matter of seconds.
‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes was one of the old familiar faces of the old WCW. Whether he was wrestling, booking or acting as a color commentator…Rhodes was a constant on WCW programming. When the New World Order formed in 1996, Dusty represented the tradition and history of the company. He was extremely vocal against the nWo and a staunch supporter of WCW. Just two years later, all that would change and not necessarily for the better.
We return this week with the Top Five and look at wrestling factions that had a lot of promise in WWE and were ruined by poor booking decisions. It has been said in the past that Vince McMahon isn’t the biggest fan of factions in his company. What are your personal top five factions that could have been more successful than they ended up being in WWE?
The New World Order was once a very popular and powerful faction in World Championship Wrestling back in the mid 1990’s. Their popularity helped the nWo develop a great deal of power politically behind the scenes. Mostly everyone within WCW wanted to be a part of the black and white faction…if for nothing else…that is where the money was at. Ironically, the faction that helped build WCW is ultimately one of the causes that helped kill WCW. All the power struggles and backstage drama many were involved in led to the company’s demise in 2001.
He has spent over 40 years involved in some capacity in professional wrestling. He was most notably a referee who worked for both WCW and WWE. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened to’ Nick Patrick?Continue reading →