Paige turns! [July 21st, 2014]
For several months, Paige was the anti-Diva that the WWE Universe followed like a hawk chasing a chipmunk. Her rise through the independent scene to her eventual climb in NXT to her glorious debut in the WWE has strengthened her fanbase and made her undeniable.
However, following her win of the WWE Divas Championship, Paige seemingly either got comfortable or became aware of where she was. The frightening pulse that beat in NXT became a smiling, giggling “crumpet”, who held the Divas Championship high after each successful victory. It was only when the punky A.J. returned that the WWE’s interest in the Divas Division woke back up (following the short-lived interest in Alicia Fox), as A.J. challenged Paige to a re-match and defeated the champion for the title. Afterward, Paige attempted to keep up the facade that she was alright, that it was merely competition, and that she and A.J. were still friends.
However, at Battleground, it was clear that Paige was only holding back from being the devilish threat that her long-time fans have known her to be. On the July 21st episode of Raw, following a successful tag team match, A.J. celebrated the victory with her partner and “frienemy”, Paige, only to be attacked by the former Divas Champion and left lying at ringside. The fans were stunned, having not seen this coming either at all or at least, this soon. A.J. and Paige are two examples of what women’s wrestling is personified by in the WWE. No longer are the supermodel types running the show, as pure wrestling ability has surfaced and overtaken the former runway that the Divas division use to consist of.
The only question now is, with Paige’s new attitude, will this be beneficial for her or will it be her own worst enemy? It’s been stated that when angry, people tend to make more mistakes. For Paige, this could mean either that, or that she has finally gained the focus she lacked when taking on A.J. in their last two contests. This could very well be a new beginning for Paige, and could very well spell the end for A.J.
NWA World Heavyweight Championship:
Ric Flair (Champion) Vs. Kerry Von Erich
WCCW David Von Erich Memorial Parade Of Champions - May 6th, 1984
In the mid-1980’s, if you asked around, professional wrestling had only one champion, and that champion was Ric Flair. However, that’s only if you asked most places in the world. If you asked someone in Texas, they would tell you that Kerry Von Erich was the king of professional wrestling, and to a point, they were right. Within WCCW and all over Texas, there was no bigger star than Kerry Von Erich. His popularity soared so high, in fact, that he got a shot at the prestigious NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
This match took place only 3 months after “The Yellow Rose Of Texas” David Von Erich’s untimely passing at the age of only 25 years old. The entire Von Erich family didn’t just consist of pro wrestlers who shared the name, but also all of their many fans through their home state. This match was the main event of the dedication show in the memory of David Von Erich, and with that in mind, Kerry fought harder to win this contest than he ever had in his career. This match was so wide-spread through the media that WCCW was offered the chance to go on national TV, but Fritz Von Erich (owner of WCCW) declined.
Kerry Von Erich’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign only lasted for 18 short days, but for 2 weeks and 4 days, Dallas was the capitol of the pro wrestling world. This is a classic match-up with a continuously screaming crowd, begging for Von Erich to gain the win. Enjoy!
Tempers flare at the bi-annual Bald-Suit convention when a tank-topped guy with hair shows up.
I nearly laughed breakfast out of my mouth when I read this.
I love you Jon Stewart. You are an unabashed fan.
I can’t tell if Stewart LOVES pro wrestling or he just knows how ridiculous we wrestling fans all are and wants to hang with us.
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zombieds23 said: The Stampede wrestling flier advertises a wrestler named Foley. This certainly isn’t Mick, right? He started training in 1983. I know that he wrestled briefly in WWE vs the British Bulldogs, but not in Stampede, that I know of. Who is advertised?
The man advertised simply as “Foley” is the English-born J.R. Foley, who was a manager in Stampede Wrestling and was essentially the nWo to Stampede’s WCW, in that he was the guy who led the heel group against Stampede’s babyfaces. Stu Hart had a cavalry of wrestlers in his family, such as Bruce, Keith, Bret, and Owen, who were known for their technical abilities, but Foley’s group consisted of bigger guys, such as Honky Tonk Wayne, Dynamite Kid, and Bad News Allen.
To stand by the side of the biggest villain in WWE history as he stands tall over the man he just defeated in the main event at WrestleMania. In one hand, he’s clutching my fist, tears streaming down my face and a demented smile with eyes as wide as quarters and glowing like a cat’s in the night. In his other hand, he’s gripping the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, to a chorus of people who either appreciate what he’s been through and that evil finally has taken over, or a chorus of people who are completely displeased, gleaming as I realize how difficult it’s going to be to get my car out of that parking lot in one piece.
Kevin Sullivan is the one who took me aside to have a conversation with me. He gave me so much love and it meant so much for him to praise me as he did. That dude spoke to me as if I was his hero. I will never forget the feeling in my heart after that conversation ended.
I was. The most memorable bout, by far, was Johnny Jeter Vs. Matt Cappotelli on October 29th, 2005. The feud was so perfectly built up and it was performed with pure excellence. Jeter and Cappotelli were a tag team in OVW for about a year known as The Thrillseekers, who were both young, handsome guy who flew through the skies and wrestled their asses off. Under Cornette’s tutelage, they were the hottest tag team in the indies. However, when Heyman took over, he continued to build them during the Summer of 05 and then split them up, making Jeter a heel for the first time and making Cappotelli the guy that everyone fought for and rooted on until their voices were hoarse. It was so intense that for the first time, I would see fights in the parking lot between people who supported Cappotelli or Jeter. Legitimately, that much passion in the story. Jeter was my boy, so I supported him, and in that match, he retained the OVW Heavyweight Championship.
So far, I haven’t. I’ve always loved professional wrestling and I’ve always, even in times where things were goofy, found things to love and appreciate about the show. The WWF/WWE has always entertained me, through hand birthing, peepee chopping, hot lesbian action, pudding matches, farmers, Portuguese man-o-war’s, Blue Meanies, ball pit matches, and people getting lit on fire. I’ve seen it all, and loved every bit of it.
Stampede Wrestling Flier [August 25th, 1983]
This is a good example of the great action brought to you by Stampede Wrestling in 1983. Some of the high tier names featured include Nick Bockwinkel, Dynamite Kid, and Jim Neidhart. There was also a 15 Man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal that featured the 7’5” Andre The Giant, who was the only man advertised for the match. In my eyes, that simply says “Hey, this is who’s going to win.” It could have easily made someone a superstar if the match had boiled down to Andre and another wrestler, had the other wrestler eliminated Andre, but according to my records, it was Andre who won the contest. There’s also the I.W.A. Special Referee Smith Hart, who you really don’t hear much about these days but who still writes a column on PWMania called The Hart Grapevine.
Great question. When I think about guys like Joey Styles and Jim Ross, I consider them to be the best guys of all-time to have at ringside. There have been a lot of guys, the likes of say Todd Grisham and Matt Striker, who have worked well together when it comes to calling a match, but this current crop just seems to be more about selling the merchandise than selling the product, and it really ruins what makes the show so great. “Buy our shit! Buy our shit! The network! The app! WWEShop.com has 25% off tonight!” They sound like… TNA.
A.J. Lee reacts to the “CM Punk” chants [July 21st, 2014]
Sincerely the best reaction that anyone’s given to this nonsense. At some point, WWE fans need to realize that they’re doing absolutely no good whatsoever by chanting “CM Punk” at WWE shows. Every time I’ve been to a show this year and that chant breaks out, it completely burns every semblance of happiness I have and replaces it with strong irritance.
It’s over. Move on.
As of last Thursday night, the 2014 IWA Mid-South Ted Petty Invitational has added four new superstars to the tournament! “Mean” Mitch Page, Reed Bentley, Ace Perry, and John Wayne Murdoch (at the recommendation of Davey Richards) were invited personally by Ian Rotten to be a part of the tournament. These three join the already announced Chris Hero, Tommaso Ciampa, Michael Elgin, Hy Zaya, B.J. Whitmer, and Shane Mercer. Several more to be added, with one superstar already being advertised of being “reBourne”!
I forgot to mention John Wayne Murdoch earlier, which was a misstep on my part. So here’s the updated version!
Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid 
Can anyone provide some background as to why The British Bulldogs are seen here as sailors?