Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's Official: Kharma is Pregnant

It seems that Kia Stevens aka Awesome Kong aka Kharma has some of the worst luck in the wrestling business.  Last year we were reporting that she was released from TNA for punching Bubba the Love Sponge, but this year it looked like it would turn out that the joke was on TNA since Kharma had been signed and was receiving a huge push from WWE.  Just when she was really drawing interest, a twist in Kharma's life that we don't believe has happened to any other active female wrestler in a major promotion was being reported.

For anyone that watched RAW, you saw Kharma speak for the first time in WWE as she announced that she was pregnant.  The rumors had swirled last week after the controversial angle that saw Kharma sit in the middle of the ring in tears while surrounded by the other Divas.  Now the rumor has been confirmed, and Kharma will be gone from WWE for the better part of the year.  It's very interesting that WWE basically gave her the chance to give an out of character promo and give the real story.  They had the Bella's go out and trash her a bit for being fat (something Kharma had mentioned Jim Ross told her years ago when she was just getting into wrestling) and gave her something to come back to in about a year.

The real question is, was Kharma irresponsible for letting this happen especially when she had just arrived in WWE?  Should WWE have just let her go as punishment for dropping the ball?  Or should all the Divas be allowed to let these things happen and put WWE angles in jeopardy?  Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Robocop Returns to Pro Wrestling

Last year we posted about Elite Xtreme Wrestling in Phoenix, Arizona making some innovative moves by streaming their shows live on the Internet.  Now EXW is making headlines again after reviving an idea WCW tried in 1990 - bringing Robocop into the pro wrestling world.

In 1990, Sting had just been kicked out of the four horsemen and then went on to blow out his knee the very same night.  Sting was set to make his on screen return at the WCW Capital Combat PPV, and was in definite need of some backup.  No one saw it coming when it was announced that the one and only Robocop would be backing Sting up, seemingly read to kick the Horsemen's ass.  What followed was an angle that has been brought up ever since, because it was so flat and involved no action.  Sting got locked in a cage by the Horsemen, Robocop appears, he takes the door off the cage and Sting is free.  Yep, all the hype, all the anticipation, then Robocop takes a door off it's hinges, and leaves.  Check out the video:

Robocop Comes to WCW by TSteck160

Well the infamous WCW angle has been considered "wrestlecrap" for years now, but EXW brought Robocop out of his 21 year wrestling retirement as he appeared at their most recent show.  Apparently EXW wrestler "Johnny Manson" has been coming out in recent weeks as different wrestling personas, this week he came out in Bret Hart gear.  Robocop had apparently seen enough, and took him into custody for the crime of identity theft.  It all happened pretty fast, but it looks like Robocop at least got to interact with a wrestler this time unlike the WCW fiasco. Check out the video:

Elite Xteme Wrestling has their big "Xtreme Measures" show this Sunday in Phoenix that will feature Tough Enough's Bill DeMott, Tommy Dreamer, Val Venis, and Johnny "The Bull" Stambolli.....no word if Robocop will be back to fight more pro wrestling crimes.  Tickets on sale at EliteXtremeWrestling.com

Monday, May 23, 2011

Video: The Ultimate Warrior Remembers "Macho Man" Randy Savage

In recent years The Ultimate Warrior is usually a little "out there" (yes even for The Ultimate Warrior) any time he has made a statement or appeared publicly.  That is not the case today, as The Warrior has released the most genuine videos we have seen from him as he remembers one of his greatest rivals, "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Of course everyone will always remember the legendary career match at WrestleMania 7 between The Warrior and Savage, but there were many years spent in WWE together.  It is not often that we hear The Ultimate Warrior be so genuine and give such praise to any other wrestlers, but in these videos he joins the world in sharing his Macho Man memories. This was pretty awesome for the Warrior to sit down and do, and goes to show just how much Macho Man meant to the wrestling world as a whole.  Here are part 1 and 2 of The Ultimate Warrior sharing his memories and thoughts on Randy Savage:

Remember When...Macho Man Had a Bachelor Party

Ever since Friday when we got the shocking news that "Macho Man" Randy Savage had passed away, the wrestling world has joined in sharing the countless matches and memories that the Macho Man gave us.  In viewing tons of these moments, I ran across a rare gem that many of you have probably never seen. 

One of the most memorable moments in wrestling history happened in 1991 when the "Match Made in Heaven" occurred at Summerslam 91, which was the wedding of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth.  At the time it was a pretty crazy idea to think that a wedding was being pushed as one of the co-main events at Summerslam.  It was different, it was fun, and who didn't love the Macho Man/Elizabeth reunion at WrestleMania 7? 

While the wedding has been referenced for years and most fans have seen it, did you know the bachelor party aired on Prime Time Wrestling?  It was one of the most random, crazy, and outrageous segments that is still crazy even by today's standards.  Bobby Heenan, Gorilla Monsoon, Roddy Piper, Slick, The Bushwhackers, Mean Gene, Koko B. Ware, and even Jameson joined Savage for one wild party that featured strippers (yes strippers,) cake, and random characters wandering around such as Abraham Lincoln?!

Words can't describe this one, all you can do is watch and laugh your ass off. But to watch these guys have so much fun is sure to put smiles on the faces of all the Macho Man fans:

Friday, May 20, 2011

R.I.P. "Macho Man" Randy Savage

Earlier today we reported the most shocking wrestling news of the year, that "Macho Man" Randy Savage had died in a car crash.  This comes as a total shock that has a huge impact on the wrestling world being Savage was one of the elite legends that defined an era, he was 58.  Police reports claim that Savage had a heart attack while driving and collided with a tree, he later passed away at the hospital.  His wife was a passenger in the vehicle but survived with minor injuries

For me, Randy Savage was such a loud and colorful character when I first saw him in 1986.  He drew you in because of how odd he was really.  The music, the sparkly robes, sunglasses, and freaked out mannerisms were easy to be drawn into.  I can say that Macho Man and Ric Flair were the only 2 bad guys that I pretended to be between the ages of around 6-8.  I booed them, I didn't want them to beat the good guys, but couldn't help myself but have a blast when imitating them.  Today I think back to old home videos of myself with a bandana on my head, over sized sunglasses, a towel around my shoulders for a robe, and doing the Macho Man slow spin with arms outstretched.

Macho Man hasn't been in the spotlight very much in the past 10 years since WCW closed, only making a couple of appearances for TNA back in 2004.  Earlier this year it seemed Savage was slowing getting back into the WWE fold when he made surprise video appearances to announce he would be featured in the new "WWE All Stars" video game...his first WWE related appearance in 15 years.  For years fans have been waiting for the moment Macho would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame or make a return to WWE TV in some fashion.  In a huge bittersweet situation, I feel that we will now definitely see Randy Savage inducted into the 2012 Hall of Fame, but none of us wanted it under these circumstances.

I had intended on finding a few classic Macho Man moments and matches to share in this post, but quite frankly there are just too many.  Macho hit the WWE scene in 1985, and immediately made an impact.  From challenging Hulk Hogan right away, to winning the Intercontinental title from Tito Santana in 1986, Savage created memories immediately.  His 1988 WWE Championship win was a huge deal for me, as it was the first time I had seen anyone other than Hogan as champion since becoming a fan.  He became an iconic figure during his WWE years and was a household name.  He continued to be a main event star in WCW, taking part in the wildly popular nWo era and winning multiple championships in WCW as well.

For years people have speculated on why Macho Man wasn't brought back into WWE and what Vince's problem was with Savage.  Also Macho had a much publicized feud with Hulk Hogan over the years.  Today both WWE.com and Hogan commented on Randy Savage's untimely death:

via Hulk Hogan's Twitter:

"I'm completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started to talk and communicate."

"He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him."

"We miss him a lot. I feel horrible about the ten years of having no communication. This was a tough one."

via WWE.com:

"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, a.k.a. Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Poffo was under contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fans." 

I could post for days on all the memorable moments Macho Man gave us, but I will simply share the match that is regarded as one of the greatest matches of all time to this day.  His WrestleMania 3 match with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat is still talked about by today's wrestlers as one of the all time classics.  It was a masterpiece that will never lose it's magic, so here it is once again as we celebrate the life of the one and only legendary "Macho Man" Randy Savage:

Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat, WM3, Part 1. by akim93
Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat, WM3, Part 2. by akim93

Macho Man Randy Savage Died in a Car Crash

Legendary Wrestler and Slim Jim meat stick endorser Macho Man Randy Savage is Dead. Our friends over at TMZ are reporting that Macho Man died in a car crash.

This is sad news for not only hardcore professional wrestling fans, but anyone with even a passing interest in wrestling as WWF fans during their childhoods in the 80s/90s or just a general awareness of pop culture. Randy Savage, as Macho Man, had one of those outsize personalities that transcended the role of his character in the ring. For me he was probably in the top 2 of all WWF wrestling personalities during my childhood, and he was featured in my favorite match of all-time at Wrestlemania 3. If you check the current reactions on twitter and the blogosphere, you will find a lot of guys expressing that same opinion.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Savage was driving his Jeep Wrangler when he crossed the median and ran into a tree. Fortunately, he wife survived. I'm sure we will have more to say later.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interview with Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez is without a doubt, the most dominant female wrestler on the indy circuit today. We have a chance to speak with the Latina Sensation to discuss her career, her experiences, her influences and thoughts on the state of the industry and the female workers who continue to fight hard for equality in the male dominant pro wrestling business.

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Interview with Roxie Cotton

Just when you thought that the wrestling business was overcrowded with "divas" and "knockouts" who spent more money on their boob jobs than they did on actual wrestling school, comes and old school throw back to the 80's in Roxie Cotton.

This northeast valley girl airhead (yeah - I know there aren't any valleys in the northeast) comes in full 80's gimmick with a deafening high-pitched voice and florescent ring attire. But she's also equipped with a strong determination and passion for the business...and a great all natural rack!

DieHard Wrestling talks to Roxie about her career, her experiences, the state of female wrestling and much more.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Interview with Portia Perez

She may seem small, but Portia Perez is as tough as they come. The technically sound Canadian "ninja" discusses her career, her inspirations and her experiences in the wrestling business - with a wise-cracking attitude that's sharper than a ninja's blade.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Interview with TNA and Ring of Honor Star, "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

DieHard Pro Wrestling presents an exclusive interview with former TNA star and one of the “founding fathers” of Ring of Honor “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, conducted by “DieHard” Derek Gordon.

It’s absolutely mind boggling that Christopher Daniels is not performing on a main stream level any more. Sure Ring of Honor is one of the few elite when it comes to indy wrestling – but a talent with the caliber and experience that comes in the package deal of the Fallen Angel is something that any money hungry promoter can cash in on in an instant. Daniels has the pure ability to electrify a crowd and deliver a five star match with a broom stick. Bar none, he is arguably the hottest free agent on the market right now. Even with 17 years experience under his belt, some may challenge him by saying he’s past his prime. But Daniels is quick to prove them wrong by showing them that he only gets better with age. No doubt about it, Christopher Daniels belongs in the WWE…RIGHT NOW!

In this interview, Daniels discusses his thoughts on the state of indy wrestling, talent that should be signed by WWE and TNA, his influences, and some “best of the best” rapid fire questions.

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