I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: wrestling fans are the best worst thing about wrestling.
Like, yeah, the product can suck. It does some terrible things and promotes some terrible values, but man…the fans kill me. Now, I’m not saying that all the fans are awful. I have met some great wrestling fans. There are a ton of cool ones.
But god damn, some of them are like lighting a wasp’s nest on fire and punting it into a bus full of kindergarteners. They either shit on everything or shit on you for liking what you like and when they do this, they do it SO LOUDLY that you can’t ignore how terrible they’re being.
They have no boundaries or tact and just generally muck it up for the people who just want to have a good time.
Wrestling fans are the reason we can’t have nice things.
Bless you, megsukeoffice. Nailed it.
Referee Vs. Referee:
Josh Ashcraft Vs. Chris Sharpe
OVW Saturday Night Special - July 5th, 2014
In the mid-2000’s, I use to sit next to Josh Ashcraft at the OVW arena every week. We’d cheer the heels, no matter who it was, and would get a kick out of being the most loud, obnoxious cats in the building.
Fast forward nearly a decade, and things have come full circle. Ashcraft is now one of the biggest heels in OVW, and he’s without a doubt one of the most loud, obnoxious cats in the company. While the concept of a referee vs. referee match might be hard to swallow at first, in Ohio Valley Wrestling, it was the hottest feud going leading up to the July Saturday Night Special event. Due to some questionable decisions made by Ashcraft, Chris Sharpe, the OVW senior referee, challenged his decisions and ultimately got so fed up with him that the challenged him physically. The two butted heads on numerous occasions until the match was finally made, and it took place in the hottest show of the Summer!
If you have any doubts about this match, just click play and skip around. The crowd is hot for the match, for a reason. This is one of those matches that could have went so wrong, but was perfect in every way possible. It’s rare that I admit things like this, but I’m legitimately proud of my friend(s).
Best known as one half of the Dude Busters in WWE, Kris Pavone has transitioned from in ring warrior to children’s author. Host Josh Harris sits down with Kris to discuss his multiple tenures in WWE, the ups and downs associated with being a professional wrestler and his new venture as Author and Illustrator of “No Beard the Pirate”.
I know this man as Chris Cage. Anyone in the Louisville area knew him under that name, but if you were watching the WWE at the start of the decade, you knew him as Caylen Croft, one half of The Dudebusters in the WWE. This interview spans his entire career, from debut to current events, and is an interesting listen from a guy who was literally in every developmental territory. Enjoy!
Meeting Wrestlers: Serena Deeb [July 12th, 2006]
Though I’d actually met Serena a year prior to this photo, I think this was the first photo that we’d taken together. Serena was a starry-eyed teenager when we first met, sitting on the bleachers at an OVW show at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. After talking to her for a while, we developed a friendship based on our mutual love for pro wrestling and the OVW product. Several years later, I get the chance to see Deeb wrestling all over the world through various videos. Every time I see her, she still has that same huge smile, and always greets me with a hug. One of the rare sweethearts in the business who takes wrestling very seriously. Someone I truly adore.
Chris Benoit German suplexes The Rock [September 24th, 2000]
The build toward Unforgiven 2000 was the furthering of multiple feuds that culminated in one match for the number one prize in the WWF. The main event of Unforgiven was The Rock, the WWF Champion, defending the championship against Chris Benoit, Kane, and The Undertaker.
Following SummerSlam 2000, where The Rock retained the WWF Championship against Triple H and Kurt Angle, The Undertaker cost his brother Kane a match against The Rock for the title. This reignited the longstanding on again/off again feud between the two that had been stagnant for a while. On the following episode of SmackDown, The Undertaker faced Chris Benoit to crown the new number one contender, but the match was thrown out when Kane interfered. On the following episode of Raw, Kane and Chris Benoit had a match to once again attempt to declare a number one contender, but Kane attacked Benoit with a chair and neither man was made the number one contender. Following this contest, The Rock and The Undertaker defeated Kane and Chris Benoit, which led to General Manager Mick Foley making the match at Unforgiven a Fatal 4 Way for the WWF Championship at Unforgiven.
The match itself is one of the most exciting Fatal 4 Way matches I’ve ever seen. I’ll have to post it soon. The closing moments feature each man getting closer and closer to winning the match only to have another competitor thwart their efforts. It concluded when The Undertaker chokeslammed Chris Benoit, was yanked out of the ring by Kane, and The Rock hit Benoit with the Rock Bottom to retain the WWF Championship!
Junkyard Dog Vs. Nick Bockwinkel
Mid-South Wrestling - September 24th, 1982
Click play. Wait a minute or two. Close your eyes. Listen. It’s 100% clear that there is a defined heel and a defined face in this match. This is professional wrestling. This is Mid-South Wrestling glory.
From the second Bockwinkel’s name is announced, the crowd voices its displeasure. Bockwinkel had been a thorn in the side of favorites in Mid-South Wrestling for some time, and his opposition on this night was one of the most adored superstars in pro wrestling history. Not just in Mid-South Wrestling, but in the history of the sport. Bockwinkel’s catch as catch can and slick style paired well against the strength and heart of Junkyard Dog. Where Junkyard Dog was outmatched in ability, Bockwinkel was unprepared for the strength and persistence of Junkyard Dog.
Well, Kalisto, it seems that Prince Pretty has taken a gorgeous shit on your existence.
Kalisto is so cool. I love both of these dudes. Where Kalisto is an awesome, exciting wrestler, Tyler Breeze is one of the best characters NXT’s ever produced.
I would no joke be dead today if it weren’t for wrestling.
Every bit of this. Gospel.
Oh, Shane’s gonna get a kick out of this.
ROH Tag Team Champion Tyler Black 
When the wildly popular and internationally despised Age Of The Fall team came to an end, Tyler Black defeated his former teammate, Jimmy Jacobs, to signify the end of their feud. Shortly after, he disappeared from active competition in order to have surgery on his neck, returning to ROH and being immediately thrust into the title hunt. After wrestling Austin Aries to a 60-minute time limit draw, the decision was made to have the two face off yet again with judges at ringside in the case of a draw. The judges would prove to be needless as Black defeated Aries by pinfall to become the ROH World Champion.
Though his winning of the championship was well-received by ROH fans, the glory wouldn’t last long, as the new broke the following Summer that Black had signed a contract with the WWE. ROH fans immediately labeled him a sellout (something that would carry through in his career years later) and turned on Black, which led to him in turn, turning on the fans. After threatening to take the ROH World Championship with him to the WWE, Black was defeated by Roderick Strong for the title at Glory By Honor IX.
Paul Burchill (w/ Shelly) Vs. The Road Warrior
WWE Velocity - May 6th, 2006
I can never understand, in my entire life of living, how the WWE dropped the ball with Paul Burchill. This is a guy who has a hell of a body and can wrestle his ass off, not to mention made the pirate gimmick totally work for him. In this video, he’s joined by Shelly, his pirate wench, who only appears with him in this one instance. Shortly after, she attempts to get in touch with him at OVW, but is unsuccessful in getting more “pirate love”.
I keep forgetting that Johnny Swinger was in the WWE for an entire cup of coffee. The dude’s had quite a career being “roster member #61”, wrestling for ECW, WCW, the WWE, and TNA. That’s got to be pretty weird to always kind of be there but never quite be one of the top guys.
Shelly Martinez as Ariel [October 2011]
There is a very, very low demographic in wrestling history of sexy, dark-minded females in pro wrestling. Among them are Victoria, Daffney, Paige, and in 2006, Shelly Martinez joined that circle as the popular ECW vampiress, Ariel. Ariel was the manager by the side of Kevin Thorn who would also wrestle in several matches, but was unfortunately released from the WWE before gaining any momentum in key storylines. It’s a shame, really, especially considering why she was released. She’s a beautiful gal who had an amazing body and a great aura about her, and she’s one of the few Divas who I truly miss.
JBL Vs. Eddie Guerrero [June 27th, 2004]
If there was ever a more emotional, hatred-fueled feud in professional wrestling history, Eddie and JBL worked tirelessly to top it. In terms of great wrestling action, great character development, and gripping television, this was, without a doubt, the best feud of 2004.
The long journey from rookie to WWE Champion was no easy road for Eddie Guerrero, who finally captured the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar at No Way Out in February of 2004. After a successful title defense at WrestleMania XX, where many assumed he would lose the title, Guerrero’s next challenger was the boisterous JBL. Having undergone a total makeover, JBL went from the beloved beer-drinking Texan to the despised millionaire, flaunting his eccentricities by having a limo drive him to the ring and donning a Stetson hat.
When JBL’s demeanor changed, as did his focus. He no longer wanted to be the focal point of every brutal encounter in the WWE, he now wanted to be the champion. In order to get into the head of WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero, JBL’s focus on downsizing the immigration of Mexicans to America increased, in a classic promo that showed JBL defending the country against hopeful fence-hoppers. This infuriated Guerrero, whose family are of Mexican descent, and he fought harder in his title defenses against JBL. Their first one-on-one contest for the WWE Championship on pay per view was at Judgment Day, where Guerrero retained the title by winning via disqualification. Two weeks later, SmackDown General Manager Kurt Angle declared that JBL would once again be fighting for the title at The Great American Bash, giving JBL the option to choose the stipulation.
The stipulation that JBL chose was a Texas Bullrope Match for the WWE Championship. Though the two wrestlers had a strong showing, the match ended in controversy as both JBL and Guerrero had touched three corners of the ring. When JBL went for the fourth corner, Guerrero attempted to jump over JBL and successfully touched the corner. However, when Kurt Angle came out to shed some light on the situation, he showed that Guerrero had actually knocked JBL into the corner, showing that JBL had actually touched it first. Because of this, JBL was declared the WWE Champion, in a reign that would last for 280 days.