Monday, November 21, 2011

"Piper's Pit" Returns via FunnyOrDie.com

Recently on Twitter, WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has talked about many of the project he would be involved in once he recovered from his recent neck surgery.  Today FunnyOrDie.com brings us one of those projects, which is the return of Piper's Pit as a "cable access show."

Now we're not talking about the version of the Pit we've seen in WWE over the years where Piper interviews 2 guys in the ring and mediates between them, but this is the old school version with the set and the craziness of the ORIGINAL Piper's Pit.  Roddy acting like a nutcase and bringing on crazy guests was what made the Pit famous, and now it's back and crazier than ever!  There really are no words for this, all you can do is watch:


Where to Find the Best Deals on the "WWE '12" Game

As you've all seen lately on WWE programming, the huge "WWE '12" video game is coming out this week for PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii etc.  Months ago we reported on the awesome roster on the game that even includes legends like Demolition, the Legion of Doom, Vader, Brock Lesnar and more.   It's coming out a little later this year than game releases in the past few years, and this time it happens to fall on Black Friday week which limits the deals you can find on it. 

The game is already getting rave reviews and seems to have finally fixed just about everything that was previously wrong with WWE games.  Along with the already awesome roster, a stellar line up of DLC is on the way for the game including Trish Stratus, Kharma, Batista, Mick Foley, and even "Macho Man" Randy Savage

So far it looks like if your wanting to buy the game in a store, Target will be the place to get it as they will have it available on November 22nd (this Tuesday) on sale for $47.  This price includes The Rock as a playable character without pre ordering.  It looks like this price will only be in effect at Target for a couple of days before going back to the normal $59.99 price.


If you don't mind ordering online, then Amazon.com is the place with the best overall deal on WWE '12.  They are offering the $47 price, The Rock playable character, AND a $10 dollar credit toward your next Amazon purchase.  So far these are the only 2 special Black Friday week deals on WWE '12, if you have seen any other let us know below in the comments.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wrestling Legend Kamala Has Career Ending Surgery

Pro wrestling legend "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (James Harris) has undergone a career ending surgery to amputate part of his leg due to complications from diabetes. Kamala has made cameo appearances for TNA and WWE in recent years, and was still active on the indy scene.  Sadly at age 61, Kamala will have no choice to retire after a very successful career.

Kamala began wrestling in the late 70's under the moniker "Sugar Bear Harris" before taking on the Kamala persona that was created by Jerry "The King" Lawler.  From them on Kamala was seen in every promotion around the country, doing battle with everyone from Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant to the Von Erichs and Bruiser Brody.  Kamala was one of the wrestlers that made you know you were watching something that you couldn't see anywhere else but wrestling, and made you want to see all the crazyness live.  I remember first seeing Kamala in a cage match with Andre the Giant.  The idea of a giant savage beast battling Andre in a bloody cage match was a thought that would make any fan want to buy a ticket to see it.  Kamala was an attraction and a unique character the likes of which we don't see hardly at all in today's wrestling.

Kamala posted this video from the hospital to let everyone know that he is in good spirits and still feels blessed:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shimmer Celebrates it's 6th Anniversary

Shimmer held it's first event on November 6, 2005 and not much was probably thought about it. All female professional wrestling organizations have been coming and going since the 80's, all of them would last two to three years and then they would go under. Many fans and pro wrestling insiders probably thought the same thing would happen to Shimmer. But Shimmer would take female professional wrestling to another level, and that's why Shimmer is celebrating it's 6th anniversary.

If you watch a WWE Diva's match or a TNA Knockout's match you won't see a match like you do in Shimmer. Yes, there are some talented female wrestlers in WWE and TNA like Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Tara, and Gail Kim but they only make up a small part of the female wrestler roster. The rest of the female wrestlers you will see in WWE and TNA are nothing but a bunch of models pretending to be wrestlers. In Shimmer you will see great matches between great wrestlers, that's why Shimmer calls itself "Shimmer:Women Athletes". At that first show in 2005 there would be a match between Allison Danger and future WWE Women's Champion and WWE Diva's Champion Beth Phoenix. There would be a great match between two of the best female wrestlers in the world today, Mschif and Cheerleader Melissa. Other Shimmer stars that wrestled at that first show were Daizee Haze, Lexie Fyfe, Christie Ricci, Mercedes Martinez, and current Shimmer Champion Sara Del Rey. And this was just the first show, these great matches and great shows have been going on for six years now. Another reason why Shimmer has been so successful is because they release their shows straight to DVD instead of trying to get a deal to be on cable television.



So many of the all female wrestling promotions before Shimmer would get cable TV deals but when the ratings didn't pan out, they would get cancelled and that would be the end of their promotion. But with Shimmer taking the approach of releasing their shows straight to DVD it would give them a better way of connecting with their fanbase. Shimmer has put together a package that has proven to be an absolute success, something those promotions before them couldn't do. So if you haven't seen Shimmer yet, I highly recommend that you go to http://www.shimmerwrestling.blogspot.com/ and order their DVDs, you won't regret it.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Legends of the Ring: Magnum T.A.

Terrence Wayne “Terry” Allen was born June 19, 1959 in Tidewater, Virginia. Terry attended high school at Norfolk Collegiate School in Norfolk, Virginia where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He won the state championship in the 167 pound division, after high school he attended Old Dominion University but didn't graduate.


In 1977 Terry began his wrestling career, he joined the National Wrestling Alliance and began wrestling for Championship Wrestling from Florida and Pacific Northwest Wrestling. While in the CWF he won the Global Tag Team Championship five times before moving on to Mid-South Wrestling. Upon moving to Mid-South Wrestling he changed his name to Magnum T.A. and developed a character known as the “American Heart Throb”. While in Mid-South Wrestling Terry would get a big assist from one of the true legends of pro wrestling as Andre the Giant would suggest that he change his name. Andre thought that Terry resembled Tom Selleck's “Magnum P.I.” character, so he told him to use the Magnum and to put his initials in place of the “P.I.”. Terry would follow the advice of the pro wrestling legend and Magnum T.A. was born. On May 13, 1984 Magnum T.A. defeated Mr. Wrestling II for the North American Heavyweight Championship, a title he would hold 5 times while in Mid-South Wrestling.


In late 1984, Magnum would sign with Jim Crockett promotions, shortly thereafter he would begin fueding with Wahoo McDaniel. Their feud would climax on March 23, 1985 when Magnum would defeat him for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. A few months later Magnum would begin feuding with the Four Horsemen, on September 28, 1985 Magnum would lose a near 30-minute match to the Four Horsemen's leader, Ric Flair. This match would earn Magnum a tremendous amount of respect and prove him to be a serious contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Apparently the Four Horsemen realized what a threat Magnum T.A. was to Ric Flair's World Title, as they would mount an assault and come after him.

The Horseman that would carry out that assault would be Tully Blanchard,Tully would strike a big blow as he would beat Magnum for the NWA United States Heavyweight Title. But this was only the beginning of this war, a war that would culminate November 28, 1985 at Starrcade inside the confines of a steel cage. Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA knew that this war had to end and the only way to end it would be with a surrender. So this final battle between Magnum T.A. and Tully Blanchard would be an “I Quit Match” for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match would steal the show at “Starrcade '85” as it was one of the most intense, hard fought, bloody battles that had ever been witnessed in the history of professional wrestling. Each wrestler tried numerous times to get his opponent to say “I Quit” but neither man would give up. Both men used multiple weapons trying to get the advantage and it would be one of these weapons that would make the difference. Magnum would find a screwdriver outside the ring, he would begin to use it as he would dig into Tully's head with the screwdriver. Tully couldn't withstand the punishment and he would scream the words “I Quit!!!”. Magnum T.A. would leave the ring that night with two very important things, the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and the revenge that he sought against the Tully Blanchard and the Four Horsemen.


In April of 1986, Magnum began fueding with Ivan Koloff, who had startiing saying that his nephew Nikita Koloff was going to beat Magnum for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Jim Crockett,Jr would setup a press conference where Magnum and Nikita would sign the contract for their match. Magnum would bring his brother Marion to the contract signing, while Nikita had his uncle Ivan Koloff with him. Nikita would insult Magnum and Marion's mother, a fight would then breakout. Then, NWA president Bob Geigel would reprimand Magnum for behavior unbecoming of a champion, Magnum's response would be “Reprimand this!” and then he would clothesline the NWA president. Bob Geigel would then strip Magnum of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship, but Magnum would be put in a best of 7 series of matches against Nikita Koloff to determine a new champion. Nikita would win the first three matches, but then Magnum would come back and when the next three matches. In the seventh and final match, Nikita would defeat Magnum with help from Ivan Koloff and Krusher Khruschev to become the new NWA United States Heavyweight Champion. It looked as if there was a rematch coming but unfortunately tragedy would prevent that from happening.


On October 14, 1986 Magnum T.A. was driving his Porsche in the rain when he lost control and crashed only a couple miles from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The injuries he suffered from the crash would end his wrestling career, as his C-4 and C-5 vertebrae would explode. He was paralyzed and doctors told him that he would never walk again, but Magnum trained hard and would regain the use of his legs. Although his in ring career was over he would continue to work for Jim Crockett Promotions, he worked as an announcer and also as Dusty Rhodes manager. He would also work for WCW after they purchased Jim Crockett Promotions, he would do his last work for WCW in 1993.


Magnum T.A. Continues to live in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Courtney Shattuck-Blanchard, she is the ex-wife of Magnum's long time rival Tully Blanchard. Magnum and Courtney have two children, twins, Lucy and Tucker that they had in 2007. Magnum runs a community hedge fund and a communication towers business, Magnum's father started the Communications tower business but after his death in 2008 Magnum took over running the family business. So Magnum T.A. Continues to be a success, years ago it was in the ring, now it's outside the ring in business and in his personal life. Magnum T.A. Has just proven himself to be a Champion inside the ring and out.