Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! For everybody else, Happy Thursday! As is the tradition here on the blog, we have our Top Five Wrestling Turkeys for the year. Basically, the very worst in pro wrestling this past year. What bombed, flopped or simply stunk in professional wrestling?
There is no question that Hulk Hogan will go down as one if not the most successful box office attractions in the history of professional wrestling. Hulkamania was a legitimate movement that brought fans to the arenas, tune into on television and buy all of his merchandise. As big of a star that Hulk Hogan was, he certainly hit some bumps in the road to superstardom. His very first stint in the then WWF is proof of that.
Pro wrestling has been filled with some of the greatest factions of all time. From the Four Horsemen, the New World Order, DX, The Hart Foundation and many others. Some have stood the test of time and lasted long enough to see how valuable they were, while others were ended far too soon. This edition of the Top Five will look at the factions that should have had a longer run.
The WWF’s Attitude Era in the late 1990’s certainly was a wild and crazy time for the company. Outrageous gimmicks, scantily clad women, vulgar language and a whole lot of violence. Most fans loved this era in WWE history by the astounding TV ratings and big pay per view buy rates. It was a wild and crazy time in the company and it almost got a bit wilder.
There are a few wrestlers in the world of pro wrestling, that have the innate talent of being able to constantly evolve and reinvent themselves. While guys like Chris Jericho are well known for constantly evolving and staying relevant…Matt Hardy must also be put in that conversation. One of Hardy’s very first gimmick changes may arguably be one of his finest. Today on the blog, we look at the character known as ‘Matt Hardy: Version 1.’
There have been countless heavily rumored angles and storylines in pro wrestling. Some have actually panned out and happened, while others turned out to be nothing but rumors themselves…or at the very least…scrapped ideas at the last moment. Today we look at my top five rumored angles and storylines that never saw the light of day.
For years, WWE has signed countless independent wrestlers to developmental contracts. Some thrived in developmental and then became stars on the main roster, while others faded into obscurity. The story of Scott ‘Colt Cabana’ Colton’s WWE journey was really neither of those examples. While he never had the WWE career he envisioned, Cabana certainly did not just fade away.
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’.
Wrestling fans are familiar with Michael ‘PS’ Hayes, the very charismatic member of the team known as ‘The Fabulous Freebirds.’ The group also consisted of Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts and together ran roughshod through various territories…mainly World Class Championship Wrestling based in Dallas, Texas. For a very brief five months, the Freebirds joined the ever expanding World Wrestling Federation. While their run with the WWF was mostly unmemorable, it could have been way much more.