The Extreme Cold: Steve Austin’s Very Brief Stay in ECW

Brian Damage

For all of its faults during its existence, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was for many wrestlers…a last chance to redeem a fallen career. Many referred to ECW as “the land of misfit toys,” a place where wrestlers who were mostly considered used up and/or unwanted to continue to ply their trade. Such was the case for Steve Austin, who in 1995, was all but tossed aside by WCW because he was injured.

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OVW! OVW! OVW!: When Paul Heyman Took Over WWE Developmental

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Most fans today know about how Triple H transformed WWE’s developmental promotion NXT, by bringing in and pushing top indie talent starting in 2014. Years before Triple H’s version of NXT emerged, there was Ohio Valley Wrestling. Paul Heyman would attempt the same type of philosophy in OVW starting in 2005. This is the story about how Heyman transformed a southern based WWE developmental territory into something much different.

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The WWF’s Guardian Angel: The Woman Who Was Going to Change Wrestling (But Didn’t)

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The WWE’s Women’s Revolution that began in 2015 certainly changed how fans of the company perceived women’s wrestling. They were no longer former models and cheerleaders turned ‘Divas’ and having lingerie pillow fights. They were now competing in matches usually reserved for ‘the boys’ like the Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank and Hell in a Cell. Women’s wrestling in WWE is now accepted and expected on their programming. Before the Divas era, women’s wrestling was more of a sideshow of Vince McMahon’s overall product. The women were not glamor models, but were tough as nails and featured names like The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin’ Robin, Judy Martin and Leilani Kai.

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Downed On The Farm: Top WWE Developmental Prospects That Never Made It…Part 10

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The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar. Continue reading

The Mount Rushmore of Wrestling: The Managers

Lowlife Louie Ramos, Padraic Toolan, Brian Damage and Amerigo Diehl

For the next few weeks we are going to do something a little different. We are going to do a Mount Rushmore of top wrestlers, tag teams, managers etc. This week, we are going to do a Mount Rushmore of top managers in pro wrestling. Remember, Mount Rushmore only has FOUR faces…so you have to really narrow down your choices. Who were the top wrestling managers that deserve their face of Mount Rushmore of Managers? There are no wrong answers. These are all personal choices. Continue reading

Wrestling With Sin: 281

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This is the 281st 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. Continue reading

Wrestling With Sin: 275

Brian Damage

This is the 275th 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. Continue reading