Wrestling With Sin: 356

Brian Damage

This is the 356th 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 Forbidden Door Opened: The 1990 Wrestling Summit

Brian Damage

The fictional term of “The Forbidden Door” is used when a wrestling promotion that normally doesn’t do business with other companies, allows their contracted wrestlers to work with another promotion’s contracted talent. While WWE might be arguably the most forbidden of doors in all of wrestling…it has opened its door on occasion to work with other companies. In the past, they have had working agreements with ECW, USWA, New Japan Pro Wrestling and AAA based in Mexico. It has been accomplished, but more times than not…the WWF/WWE lives in its own bubble. On April 13th, 1990, the World Wrestling Federation cracked open their forbidden door to hold a super show with both New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling.

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Malpractice: ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams in the WWF

Brian Damage

In 1998, the World Wrestling Federation was looking for their next top level, main event star. On the recommendation of Jim Ross, he suggested they keep an eye on a former football player turned pro wrestler nicknamed “Doctor Death.” Steve Williams and JR had been friends since Williams’ days playing for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. While Williams had some success as a pro wrestler in the United States, his biggest achievements were competing in Japan for All Japan Pro Wrestling. In Japan, Dr. Death was a bonafide superstar. The WWF saw how popular he was and figured that popularity would translate here in the States.

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I Want My MTV…and Wrestling: A Pop Culture Tag Team

Brian Damage

August 1st, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking channel known as Music Television or more affectionately known as MTV. A network that was a very big part of many young lives growing up. The network has certainly changed over the years and for many, it devolved into a channel of horrible reality shows and no longer focuses on music videos. Many Generation Xers will say that MTV’s greatest years were from 1981 until 1999. Regardless of how we may personally feel about the channel, it definitely has a very rich history of helping promote professional wrestling.

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Wrestling With Sin: 338

Brian Damage

This is the 338th 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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