Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Remember When..."Stone Cold" Steve Austin Won the King of the Ring in 1996?


It's hard to believe that what would become the most memorable moment in WWE King of the Ring history happened 19 years ago this year.  It was 1996, a great year for wrestling overall but not necessarily WWE at this point; business seemed to be down for the company as WCW just lit a fire with Hulk Hogan's legendary turn and the formation of the nWo, ECW was revolutionizing the business with their edgy presentation, all while WWE was sort of floundering without a whole lot of direction; little did anyone know that Steve Austin (who was pretty much a mid-carder up until this point) would begin a path on this night to becoming arguably the biggest star in WWE history.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jeff Jarrett Returns to TNA Wrestling

Jeff and Karen Jarrett return to TNA
 
In one of the most peculiar situations to take place in wrestling in quite some time, Jeff Jarrett made a shocking return to TNA last night on Impact.  Why is it so shocking?  Maybe it's the fact that Jarrett left the company to start his own Global Force Wrestling promotion that recently launched, maybe more so because Jarret walked out in a GFW T-Shirt and put his company over many times on Impact, or maybe just shocking that TNA allowed any of this at all.

Monday, June 22, 2015

R.I.P. "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel

On the heels of the much publicized passing of Dusty Rhodes, wrestling has lost another name from the 80s and 90s in "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel who has passed away at the age of 53.

Landel (real name William Ansor) made a name for himself mainly in the Memphis and NWA areas, where he wasn't the only bleached blonde "Nature Boy;" in fact, Landel had numerous matches with Ric Flair in the 80s and early 90s that were dubbed the "Battle of the Nature Boys." Landel was actually managed by famed Horseman manager J.J. Dillon against Flair before Dillon ended up by Flair's side for the majority of Flair's famed NWA run.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

R.I.P. "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

Rest in Peace Dusty RhodesPro wrestling lost one of its most iconic figures in history this morning as "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes passed away at the age of 69. 

Dusty Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels) was one of the biggest stars throughout multiple generations in wrestling, and an influential force in numerous ways as well.  From being the man behind the scenes during the NWA's explosive era in the 80s right up to being a major influence to probably the entire NXT roster, Dusty Rhodes' influence will be etched into the history of wrestling forever.

Dusty Rhodes' career spanned many generations, with some fans probably not realizing that he was a "bad guy" early on and was part of the legendary "Texas Outlaws" tag team with partner Dick Murdoch in the 60s.  It was in the 70s that the "American Dream" was born as Dusty first became one of the most popular stars in wrestling in the Florida area and it was also during this era that Dusty first wrestled for WWE (then WWWF) in Madison Square Garden, drawing record setting crowds against WWWF Champion "Superstar" Billy Graham.

Monday, February 23, 2015

5 Reasons NXT Remains Better Than the Main WWE Product

Now that it's been almost a year since the first NXT special aired on the WWE Network, it's safe to make a statement on the quality of the product since it can't be claimed there's some sort of "bandwagon" effect over one show.  NXT has gained a definite cult following over the past year and the rabid live crowds are evident of that on every show; the fans are invested in the characters and that was evident this past week as we saw many of the emotional fan reactions during NXT Takeover: Rival.