During the famous ‘Monday Night War’ between rival wrestling companies WCW and the WWF, it was very common to see wrestlers and personalities from one organization, suddenly appear on the other. It was a “war” after all, so all bets were off. Millions upon millions of dollars were at stake, as well as wrestling/sports entertainment supremacy. So when Rena Mero aka Sable in the WWF, showed up ringside on WCW Monday Nitro…it was another shot fired in the ongoing battle between companies.
The Funk family are one of the truly iconic families in all of professional wrestling. Starting with the patriarch Dory Funk Sr who was a legendary wrestler/promoter for decades. He had two sons, Dory Jr and Terry who superseded their father in the business. Both achieved tremendous success wrestling throughout the territories and all over the world. The Funk brothers also both won the NWA world title in different periods of time. It only seemed inevitable that when the WWF expanded nationally…the Funks would be on Vince McMahon’s radar.
Imagine being an up and coming wrestler getting a big break in WWE. Just being a part of the largest promotion in the world and dealing with the bright spotlight should be pressure enough. Now add the company’s CEO Vince McMahon to that mix and him wanting to put you over as a future main event superstar. You would think having Mr. McMahon giving his seal of approval publicly is a good thing for one’s career. Historically, however, that hasn’t been the case at all.
There is no question, that one of…if not the greatest rivalries of the WWF’s ‘Attitude Era’ was between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. It was the feud that set the tone for years to come that had a wrestler battle the corporate structure. The lines between good and evil were blurred and it became a battle of doing things the one way as opposed to doing it whatever way I want it to go. This rivalry all started with one maneuver and the rest became must see TV.
When we look back at pro wrestling history and in particular the expansion of Vince McMahon Jr’s World Wrestling Federation…we know how Vince gobbled up countless territories. He usually did this by running opposition to rival shows in the same area. He would also cherry pick all of the said territories top stars leaving the rival promotion no star power to sell tickets. In most cases, McMahon steamrolled over the territories taking over one town and city at a time. That is not to say, however, he didn’t face a few roadblocks along the way.
In the era of professional wrestling managers, Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan was arguably the very best. His career as a manager spanned close to 30 years and led some of the biggest names in the business. By 1991, Bobby was burned out by the road and was physically breaking down. Heenan made the decision to retire as a full time manager and focus his career on being a broadcast journalist. His quit wit and comedic timing working side by side with Gorilla Monsoon and Vince McMahon made him a favorite with WWF fans…even if he was portraying a heel color commentator.
It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 10th entry of 2022. Today Brian asks if people still consider Vince McMahon a genius and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
This is the 375th 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.
It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 5th entry of 2022. Today Brian looks at the rise and fall of Shane McMahon in WWE and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.