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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hulk Hogan's Press Conference on Signing with TNA Video

Here is the video of the historic press conference that took place at Madison Square Garden yesterday that announced the signing of Hulk Hogan to TNA Wrestling. This story has the wrestling world lit up with opinions and interest, both good and bad. From what we see, Hulk Hogan makes TNA look like a big time wrestling company that can bring in the top talent, and they're getting more recognition than ever for it. There are going to be tons more information on this for months to come, but for now, here is the video that will go down as what started it all, direct from the "house Hogan built."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff Sign with TNA Wrestling!

Huge news to report today as the wrestling world has lit up with the news that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are coming to TNA. Over a year ago, we speculated on a rumored Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan promotion and how the two could finally create a rival to WWE if done right. That rumor turned out to be Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which was a fairly entertaining show but it wasn't the change wrestling needed. Then a few months ago the "Hulkamania Tour" was announced for Australia, which will feature Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair main events and a good roster of talent. Sounds like some fun shows, but again not something that will change wrestling here in the U.S.

Then today, the bomb dropped. Hulk Hogan was scheduled to have a press conference at Madison Square Garden to promote his new book, "My Life Outside the Ring." No rumors, no speculation, just Hulk promoting his book. Then suddenly some rumors began to trickle in. Glimpses of TNA Spike TV banners were seen and a story was born.

News followed that TNA officials were on the scene and at the actual press conference, Hogan announced he has signed with TNA Wrestling. Dixie Carter was on hand to take part in what is no doubt the biggest signing in TNA history. Word has it that Eric Bischoff may not only be in an on camera role, but will be working to bring more TV coverage to TNA through his production company.

Of course this news has many "smart marks" calling for another WCW, with Hogan bringing in his friends like Brutus Beefcake and the Nasty Boys and killing TNA, but we see this as exactly what TNA needs. Hulk and Bischoff bring controversy, coverage, exposure, all things TNA need. Everyone can complain about who needs to be pushed and who deserves a spot, but there is no doubt that Hulk Hogan will bring TNA a record rating this Thursday. TNA is now the hot topic, with something that's fresh and interesting, in an era where WWE is just getting worse.

In a related note, rumors are now abound that Ric Flair is also negotiating with TNA to come on board through a similar deal that Hogan and Bischoff are on board with. And for the first time TNA is a trending topic on twitter. Looks like Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are already giving us what wrestling needs, just like they did 15 years ago.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Shane McMahon Resigns from WWE...WTF?!

In what we feel is one of the biggest wrestling news stories in a few years, apparently Shane McMahon has resigned from WWE. Even though this is WWE we're talking about, it seems legit.

The following press release is on WWE.com:

STAMFORD, CT – Shane McMahon, Executive Vice President of Global Media, announced today he has tendered his resignation effective January 1, 2010.

Shane stated, “It has been an incredible experience to help build WWE® into a global phenomenon. However, having been associated with this organization for the majority of my life, I feel this is the opportune time in my career to pursue outside ventures.”

“Even though I am personally saddened by Shane’s decision to leave the company, I am proud of the enormous contributions he has made. He will unquestionably bring passion, commitment and extensive business experience to any endeavor he pursues,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO.

Now there is a statement from Shane McMahon himself, again from WWE.com:

"It is with great sadness that I announce my resignation from the WWE, effective January 1, 2010.

I have never even considered a future outside the walls of the WWE. However, sometimes life takes an unexpected turn and while it is the most difficult decision I have ever made, it is time for me to move on.

First and foremost, I would like to thank my father for the incredible education working with him has provided and for giving me the opportunity to play a role in building WWE into the global phenomenon that it is today. I am extremely proud to have been the 4th generation in this business, and I am grateful for everyday I was able to work along side not only my own, but the entire WWE family.

Thank you to all of the WWE Superstars both past and present for your passion, pride and dedication. You are truly the engine of the organization and it has been a pleasure to work with, learn from and get to know all of you. Thank you for the privilege of sharing the stage with you and for allowing me to become but a momentary member of your elite brotherhood. I have so much appreciation for the many sacrifices you endure, both physically and personally, to make this business the success that it is. The respect I have for each of you is immeasurable.

Finally, there are no words to express my gratitude to WWE fans the world over for supporting this company through good times and bad and for your unbridled passion that fuels the Superstars’ performances. I am profoundly grateful to have been able to entertain you both in front of the camera and from behind the scenes. You are the greatest fans in the world.

I will always love this business and will remain a fan forever.

Shane"

A McMahon resigning from WWE? Of course Linda did to run for Senate or whatever, but she hasn't had near the impact over the years as Shane has. And over the years, many speculated that WWE would be exciting again if Shane ever took over. Now we're doomed to think that Stephanie and Triple H will no doubt be handed the reigns of WWE someday....ugh. Is this a work? Would Shane ever entertain the thought of starting his own show or appearing on another? Probably not, but this big move definitely will start the "what if" scenarios. Let's just hope it doesn't mean Shane will be another guy who could really make wrestling great but does other projects instead that don't involve wrestling like Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff have.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RIP Captain Lou Albano

Captain Lou Albano passed away today at age 76. Lou was one of the most recognized faces during WWE's "Rock and Wrestling" era, is a WWE Hall of Famer, and recognized as one of the top managers in wrestling history.

In 1985, when WWE was taking over the wrestling world, Lou played a huge role in making wrestling mainstream after appearing in numerous Cindy Lauper videos and being involved with Lauper when she appeared on WWE programming.

Prior to this time, Lou managed numerous tag teams to gold, from the Wild Samoans, the Valiants, and Fuji and Saito, to the Moondogs and the British Bulldogs. After Lou's role leading up the first Wrestlemania, for the first time Captain Lou became a good guy and played that role until his exit from WWE in late 1986.

After WWE Lou's star kept on growing, starring in the movie "Body Slam" in 1987 with Roddy Piper, then being cast as "Mario" in the Super Mario Brothers show. Lou will always be remembered as one of the most unique and charismatic characters in wrestling history.

The rubber bands, the bright clothes, the 90 mph talk, we had no choice but to be hooked by Captain Lou. You won't find intriguing characters like the Captain in today's wrestling. Below are some videos, including talking about his role as Mario and more from the one and only, never forgotten, true Hall of Famer, Captain Lou Albano.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Why Aren't There Wrestlers Like Abdullah the Butcher Anymore?

In today's world of cookie cutter wrestlers and cookie cutter wrestling in general, I got to thinking about some of the wrestlers that made old school wrestling great, and hence this new series on the truly unique legends of wrestling.

When we talk about unique, different, special, even bizarre...Abdullah the Butcher is the first wrestler that comes to mind. A wrestler that was (and still is) legitimately feared. Abduallah the Butcher was scary, there is no argument. 1 look at a huge wildman chasing his opponent with a fork, most of the time covered in blood, and the fear was there. No one looked at Abdullah the Butcher and thought ANYthing he did was fake or that he was just pretending. Abdullah looked like a murderer in the ring, hence the reason fans running in all directions while Abdullah brawled through the crowd.

The first time I saw Abdullah, it was during his classic and never ending feud with Bruiser Brody. The site of these 2 wild men who didn't look like your normal every day guy you'd see walking down the street, brawling, bleeding, grabbing anything they could to use as a weapon, it was really something that hooked me on wrestling. Sure you had some great in-ring wrestlers, the world champions, but it was intriguing to think about what would happen if this great wrestler was up against the Madman from the Sudan. The champ could wrestle, but how would he take on the Butcher with his weapons and brawling...its the intrigue that followed Abdullah his entire career, never a dull moment. These days you can see an "extreme rules" match or "hardcore" etc., but the wrestlers all pretty much look alike, the WWE-style body builders. Gone are the days of legit scary looking bad asses who get in there and make you believe. It's too bad, because just the thought of Abdullah the Butcher vs. Brody, Dusty, Funk, The Shiek etc. is what really makes fans say "Wow, I really want to go buy a ticket to see THAT!"

Here are a few great clips of the greatness of Abdullah the Butcher. This type of action still blows a lot of the current product away.