Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig discusses stipulation heavy PPVs while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures he’s stumbled upon this week and more.
Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded…but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative…but for various reasons….faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last.’ Continue reading
It was just a couple of months before WCW fired the first shot in the Monday Night Wars in 1995. The WWF was still enamored with over the top gimmicks and characters. It was style over substance…the bigger the physique…the better. It didn’t really matter if the guy could wrestle a 5 star match or not…just be flashy.
Of course, if a wrestler had size and athletic ability, it was a plus…not mandatory…but a plus. Enter a wrestler by the name of Harry Del Rios. Del Rios by his own admission…was the WWE’s first ever developmental wrestler under contract. He was trained by the great Johnny Rodz in New York City and had a great look. He was 6’3 and close to 275 pounds of lean muscle. He also wasn’t half bad inside the ring. Continue reading
We all remember the WCW “Invasion” angle in the WWE back in 2001. To say it was an utter disappointment would be an understatement. For the most part, the WWE guys were booked to look stronger than the WCW guys. Speaking of WCW guys, the majority of talent that came over from the WCW buyout were undercard guys. The bigger names like Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Goldberg, Scott Steiner, Ric Flair and Sting would either come after this storyline played out…or in Sting’s case…never came at all. Continue reading
In the year 1988, it had become blatantly obvious that the World Wrestling Federation was the top dog in pro wrestling. Jim Crockett had just sold his company to billionaire Ted Turner to form World Championship Wrestling to solidify itself as the number 2 promotion in the US. American Wrestling Association owner Verne Gagne was a far distant third. Most of his young homegrown talent like Curt Hennig and The Midnight Rockers jumped ship to the WWF. Continue reading
To those familiar only with the current WWE product, the name Glenn Jacobs is synonymous only with ‘the big red machine’ Kane, but in fact he is in his 21st year as a professional wrestling that has seen him compete in the USWA, Smokey Mountain Wrestling and, since 1995, the WWF/E.
Of course, such a lengthy career in most fields would include both highlights and lowlights and that is the same for Jacobs’ wrestling career. From the highs achieved during his stint as Kane to the lows during the run as Lawler’s dentist and the Fake Diesel. Few can doubt, however, that Jacobs is a shoe-in as a future induction into the WWE Hall of Fame when he eventually hangs up his mask. Continue reading
On this day in 1997 The Dudley Boyz defeated The Eliminators (John Kronus & Perry Saturn) to win the ECW tag titles whilst in the USWA Tank – better known as Mantaur – defeated Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
Tank would drop the belt back to Lawler seven days later. Tank was part of the Truth Commission at this stage. The group would eventually join the full WWF roster later in 1997 but Tank would only last one match. In the WWF, of his team mates Kurrgan was pushed as a monster heel while Recon and Sniper competed mainly in the tag team division.