When Vader was set to debut in the WWE, it was highly regarded as one of the biggest acquisitions of the company in years. Vader was a man who was internationally known. A man who had shed blood and been the cause of bloodshed in different countries, continents, and companies from the heads of numerous notable superstars over the years. In 1996, when videos began to air on WWE television hyping the forthcoming debut of “The Man They Call Vader”, audiences were in shock and wondering of the safety of many of their favorite superstars.
Much like Alexander Rusev this past Sunday, Vader’s WWE debut came in the Royal Rumble, when he entered at number 13. Unlucky for many, but Vader not being one of them. Immediately, he made an impact, eliminating 4 superstars from the ring before turning his sights on Yokozuna before getting eliminated by Shawn Michaels. Once Vader was eliminated, he re-entered the ring and laid waste to everyone still inside.
The rest of the year for Vader was essentially a banner year, as he competed at WrestleMania in a 6-man tag team match, teaming with the British Bulldog and Owen Hart to take on Yokozuna, Ahmed Johnson, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Vader then set his sights on WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels, attacking him after one of Michaels’ title defenses. At SummerSlam, Vader defeated Michaels by countout, but the title couldn’t change hands so Vader’s manager, Jim Cornette, got the match re-started. When Shawn used Cornette’s prized tennis racket to hit Vader, Vader won by disqualification. However, since again, the title couldn’t change hands by this ruling, the match was re-started again, where Shawn defeated Vader by pinfall.
Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush 
Every time I see photos of these two from that era, I wonder if they realized that they would still be in the indies over a decade later. Still, both Hero and Quackenbush have made a name for themselves from being as good as they are without a national spotlight on them. They’re known for being guys that you want to wrestle in order to make yourself better, and to be able to say that you’ve worked with the best.
I kinda just sat up, and I didn’t really know what I was gonna say. I just wanted to say something to him, after all the years of helping me. Because, you know, you’re only as good as your opponent. I told him, “Man, I love you.” And I meant that. It was something else. It was a special moment.
- The Rock, discussing the aftermath of his match with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 19
"WHAT A FREAKIN CLOTHESLINE!" (by @WrasslorMonkey)
"Did he just do a Rikishi backflip? I thought only Rikishi did that when he got clotheslined." - Derek Sturgeon
Kurt Angle Invitational:
Kurt Angle Vs. Roderick Strong
WWE SmackDown - January 13th, 2005
This almost feels surreal. Kurt Angle facing off against one of ROH’s toughest and most versatile athletes, Roderick Strong. In late 2004, Angle began challenging superstars to go for 3 minutes with him in the ring. The winner of what he called the Kurt Angle Invitaitonal would get his 1996 Olympic Gold Medal. When the WWE hit Tampa, Florida, 22-year old future ROH World Champion Roderick Strong would answer the call, and ignite Kurt from the get-go.
This Saturday, D1W presents “FIRST STRIKE” at the Colgate Gym in Clarksville, Indiana (directly across the bridge from Louisville). Tickets are $8, $3 for kids (or 2 for $5), and you’ll see the following matches:
D1W Heavyweight Championship Match:
“Wild-Eyed Southern Boy” Tracy Smothers (c) vs. “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer
“The Ninja” Hy-Zaya vs. “The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death–Defying” Sabu
The Hoosier Daddies vs Anthony Lee and Terror Khan w/ Alice Lee
Triple Threat Match for #1 Contendership to the D1W Championship:
Adam Gooch vs. “Iron Demon” Shane Mercer vs. Alex Colon
#Spotlight (Austin Bradley & Kyle Maverick w/Jason Saint) and Gabriel Grey vs. OI4K-(Dave & Jake Crist) and Apollo (w/ Neveah)
Also returning to D1W are Mad Man Pondo & “Crazy” Mary Dobson!
All this, and more coming to the Colgate Gym THIS SATURDAY! If you need tickets, contact me directly here!
Marcus Edwards - It’s All About Me 
Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of doing a lot of pro wrestling shows, and one of the wrestlers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing is Marcus Edwards, who incorporates a boxing style in his matches. Quite frankly, I believe every word he says in this video.
Ted Turner had about all of the visible threat of an ice cream parlor owner.
That being said, WCW ruled the world at one point.
I always thought Turner looked like a Scooby-Doo villain. Like after McMahon bought WCW, he should have been like “Now let’s see who you REALLY are!”, yanked Eric Bischoff’s head off, and underneath is Ted. “Why it’s old man Turner, the owner of TBS!”
I’m okay with the New Age Outlaws holding the tag titles briefly but for purely nostalgic reasons. The tag division has been so hot for months now. I hope the Usos keep it going and take the tag straps off the NAO and go to Wrestlemania defending.
^ All of that, plus the fact that Jimmy is like “This is gonna KILL my ribs!”
Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, and Dave Taylor 
Santino Marella Vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
WWE Raw - November 19th, 2007
This match starts around the 0:30 mark. Santino Marella wasn’t always a comedy wrestler. Actually, in 2007, the “Milan miracle” was a major player on the Raw brand, and once the WWE realized the drawing power and potential they had in Santino, he was given a chance to shine as a heel. Who better to work against than one of the most well-known faces for the past two decades, Jerry Lawler?
The Usos 
A year ago, I had all but given up on The Usos. I had no idea what the WWE had planned for them, and the idea that such a thing could manifest seemed bleak.
When I met the Usos at Axxess in 2011, I was as encouraging as I could be, letting them know that I believed in them and that I couldn’t be the only one. They seemed almost bittersweet about it, since they clearly knew how talented they were and had to be wondering themselves what they had to do in order to get the WWE brass to take notice.
Well, whatever they did, they did it right and they made it matter. The Usos are finally featured in the light that they deserve to be, and the WWE has given the proper initiative to make the tag team division matter. Where before, the future may have looked bleak for the team, today, they’re top contenders and hopefully surefire runners for the WWE Tag Team Championships.