Top Five Favorite Movies Featuring Pro Wrestlers

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Brian Damage, Tom Casola, Lowlife Louie Ramos and Amerigo Diehl

First and foremost, Ring the Damn Bell would like to welcome and introduce Tom Casola to our readers. Tom is not only a fan of old school wrestling, he was also pro wrestler himself who traveled the world. Tom’s vast knowledge of the business inside and out is extraordinary. We would also like to reintroduce ‘Lowlife’ Louie Ramos to the blog. Louie (like Tom) is also a pro wrestler and hardcore icon. We are fortunate to have both on board and I am proud to call both men friends.

Today’s top five category is about favorite movies featuring professional wrestlers. They do not necessarily have to be the stars of the movie, but have somewhat of a role. The movies themselves do not have to be about pro wrestling either. What wrestlers stood out in a particular movie you love? Continue reading

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The McMahon Effect: What is it and Why it is Here to Stay

Brian Damage

It use to be that when a promoter designates a certain wrestler to be “the man” for his/her wrestling promotion…the fans would follow along. Whether it was somebody like Lou Thesz, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, The Von Erich boys, Bruno Sammartino etc…if they were the hand picked “chosen one”…fans would get in line and cheer for them. This was the case for so many years in professional wrestling. Continue reading

Top Five Wrestling Catchphrases

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Jamie Lithgow, Brian Damage, Benjamin Trecroci and Amerigo Diehl

There are certain boxes a top wrestler has to tick, certain attributes they must possess; in-ring talent, charisma, ‘the right look’, flashy finishing move and of course; a cool catchphrase. Today the team discuss their favourite one-liners with their Top Five wrestling catchphrases.

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The End of An (Attitude) Era

Brian Damage

The Attitude Era was considered by some as the single greatest era in WWF/E history. The television ratings were astronomical, buy rates were skyrocketing and the content, well, it wasn’t exactly for the faint of heart. The language was foul, the lines between heels and babyfaces were completely blurred and the nudity was in your face. We all know when the Attitude Era was ushered in, as covered by my colleague Craig, but when did it all end? Continue reading