Remembering the WWF’s ‘GTV’

Brian Damage

In early 1999, a series of grainy, black and white hidden camera videos began airing on WWF television. The videos would capture both heels and babyfaces in compromising positions. The videos were originally labeled GD TV, but it was later shortened to simply G TV. Fans began to speculate who was behind this voyeuristic look at the WWF locker room. Continue reading

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From Trash to Cash: The Dropped Heel Turn of Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese

Brian Damage

In 1995, The World Wrestling Federation was filled with many outrageous, goofy and all in all ridiculous gimmicky characters. From plumbers, a hockey player, race car driver, magician, hog farmer and even a clown (although I still say that the evil Doink the Clown was awesome) One such wrestler was a wrestling garbage man named Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese. Duke Droese was a fan favorite or at least a babyface for all of his WWF career. There was a time, however, Droese was pegged to become something much different at the tail end of his WWF tenure. Continue reading

War What is it Good For? Is Wrestling Headed for another War?

Brian Damage

I think we all remember the infamous Monday Night Wrestling War between WWE and WCW in the mid to late 1990’s. Two of the biggest companies going at it for television rating and pay per view buy rate dominance. In the process, the wrestlers were jumping from promotion to promotion making millions in guaranteed money contracts. It was a good time to be both a fan and a wrestler as the industry was simply booming. Continue reading

From the Archive: Well That Didn’t Work: World Bodybuilding Federation

Cover of the WBF magazine, note the font and colouring used for the title (Image courtesy of www.ebay.com)

Cover of the WBF magazine, note the font and colouring used for the title (Image courtesy of http://www.ebay.com)

Craig Wilson

You need only have watched any WWF event from the late 80s and early 90s and you would have established that the company had a fondness for musclebound performers. It was little surprise, then, that Vince would dip his hand into the bodybuilding world and start his own organisation and in this ‘Well That Didn’t Work‘ I look at the short-lived World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF). Continue reading

Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: WWE Signs The Ultimo Dragon

Brian Damage

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