Injuries in professional wrestling are a pretty common occurrence. The real physicality of the wrestlers does take its toll. One injury in particular, dragged an entire promotion down with it. This is the story of how a sudden knee injury to the company’s top babyface had bookers scrambling to figure out what to do next.
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.
There is no question that during the mid to late 1980’s, the Four Horsemen were the premiere attraction for Jim Crockett Promotions and the National Wrestling Alliance. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and manager J. J. Dillon were the cornerstones of that beloved heel faction. It also saw a rotating door of other wrestlers like Ole Anderson, Lex Luger and Barry Windham among others joining and then leaving the group. Promoter Jim Crockett Jr knew where his “bread was buttered” and wanted to market the Four Horsemen as much as possible.
It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 8th of 2021. Today Brian talks about the unfortunate circumstances that has led to the disintegration of the friendship of Arn Anderson and Ric Flair and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
The Four Horsemen were a very important cornerstone for the NWA and Jim Crockett Promotions. When the Horsemen were separated, the entire landscape of that promotion changed. That didn’t stop promoters and bookers to try and recreate the Horsemen magic. This is the story of the birth and subsequent death of the Yamazaki Corporation.
This week’s top five is looking at the top five greatest feuds and or rivalries in pro wrestling history. What feuds grabbed your attention and made you glued to your seat whether at a venue or watching at home? Continue reading →
One of the greatest tag teams in the history of the wrestling business was the Midnight Express. It didn’t matter if it was the tandem of ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton and ‘Lover boy’ Dennis Condrey or the combination of Eaton and ‘Sweet’ Stan Lane….The Midnight Express were an extremely successful team. Not only could the team work a great scientific match, they could brawl and adapt to any type of match they were thrust into. Add to that, having one of the greatest talkers managing them in Jim Cornette…you had a tag team that was both hated and beloved. Continue reading →
For weeks, former pro wrestler Magnum TA was serving as a color commentator for NWA wrestling. During a world tag team title match that pitted the tag champions Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard versus Lex Luger and Barry Windham…the members of the Four Horsemen were continually getting outside interference from their manager JJ Dillon. Fed up, Magnum left the broadcast position and went to ringside with a baseball bat. Magnum wound up using the bat on Dillon and Blanchard causing Luger and Windham to get disqualified. Continue reading →