Wrestling With Sin: 379

Brian Damage

This is the 379th 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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The Ladder Of Success: The Match That Made A Hardy Boy A Man

Brian Damage

The biggest misconception in pro wrestling in making a top star, is having said wrestler win the promotion’s world title. While that can certainly help elevate a mid card star into main event status…there are no guarantees that it will always pay off. The truth is, you can make a star out of an individual just as easily by having them lose a match. It all depends on how the match is booked. Such is the case of the ‘Charismatic Enigma’ Jeff Hardy.

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Bret Hart Snaps: The Push Towards A New Era in the WWF

Brian Damage

With World Championship Wrestling emerging as a legitimate threat to the World Wrestling Federation in 1997…the WWF began making changes to how they did business. Fewer squash matches were used to enhance top stars and in its place were more meaningful confrontations. The WWF was slowly getting a bit more edgier with its content. We were seeing less and less cartoonish gimmicks and were being given more characters with relateability. This was a time where Vince McMahon and company were testing the waters for a product with a bit more…attitude.

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Wrestling With A Grin The Brighter Side Of The Squared Circle Part V

Brian Damage

Make no mistake about it, pro wrestling does have a dark side to it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the dark and sometimes sinister side as chronicled in my ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. This piece is a direct opposite of that. With every bad story I have shared…there are also positive stories. Stories of wrestlers making it above and beyond the ring. Positive stories to inspire. Pro wrestlers aren’t all drug addicts, scam artists and carny sideshows. They all don’t die at an early age, or are broke and need to wrestle till they die. They don’t necessarily have to get into acting like The Rock or Batista. They don’t have to necessarily switch over to MMA like Brock Lesnar or CM Punk. Some of these stories are just about hard work, dreaming big and doing whatever it takes to succeed. We’ve already covered some stories as chronicled in part 1part 2 , part 3  and part 4. With that said, let’s look at some positives…

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Top Five Reinvented Wrestlers

Lowlife Louie Ramos, B Dangerous and Brian Damage

This week’s top five is inspired by the recent success of Matt (Don’t call me Zack Ryder) Cardona and his venture into the world of death matches. We look at wrestlers who may or may not have had great success under a certain gimmick or character…but have had a long career with the ability to reinvent themselves and adapt to the ever changing world of professional wrestling. 

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Wrestling With Sin: 325

Brian Damage

This is the 325th 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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