Thursday, November 27, 2014

What I'm Thankful For (Pro Wrestling Edition)

As we head into another Thanksgiving season, I'd like to take this moment to talk what I'm thankful for in our lovely sport known as professional wrestling. The first is Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. The California independent promotion continues to showcase the best and finest independent talent today. Though with a lot of the talent getting signed to the bigger promotions, it's becoming harder and harder to produce the dream matches that fans are clamoring for. They make up for it, by bringing in the next generation of indy talent. Where else would you find out Ronda Rousey in your crowd and utilize her in a way even she didn't expect to.

Plus, I'm thankful that after they run a show, they put out some of the best highlight videos to get you to purchase a show, and they've definitely earned my business.

On a more closer to home aspect, I'm thankful for NWA Smoky Mountain. The NWA affiliate in East Tennessee has been making strides since the moment I've discovered them to providing that mix that NWA Wildside used to provide when they were in business, good local talent with a few guys who are on the cusp of being discovered along with the occasional outside talent when needed to continue a storyline. Prime example is this particular episode which features a guy you need to know in Chase Owens taking on great talent like Trevor Lee, Adam Page, and Cedric Alexander.

Then there's the WWE, yup, I'm still thankful the big boy is still around, provides me lots of fodder for my podcast (which you should listen to at a1-wrestling.com). And when they're on, and business is good, the trickle down effect to the smaller promotions is also seen. If something the WWE has been consistent in doing is hyping up their matches, for example:

On behalf of my South Atlanta Wrestling writer, I'd like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

I'm a sucker for a good hall of fame and it is kind of amazing the College Football Hall of Fame has relocated to Atlanta, GA and I haven't been yet.  Anyhow, this post on Wrestling Classics got me to check out the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum website

The Class of 2015 consists of the following:


 Pretty solid list of inductees.  Of course I'm glad to see The Fabulous Freebirds be honored in any way shape or form.  Looking at the comprehensive list of inductees I think they've done a good job honoring a variety of legends. 

Greg Oliver, SLAM! Wrestling and the author of the WCMB post, has a full article on the 2015 class up at SLAM! Wrestling too.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sting's WWE Debut at Survivor Series

Photo Credit: WWE.com

The Man Called Sting finally debuted in a WWE ring at Survivor Series and it absolutely lived up to the hype in my mind.  It's hard to live up to expectations when something has been brewing for 13 years essentially, but I absolutely think WWE managed it last night.


Here's the article from WWE.com on this historic occasion.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s reign of power over WWE came to an end at Survivor Series as Team Cena triumphed over Team Authority, but that’s not the only thing people were tweeting about on Sunday night. The shocking arrival of Sting — the single biggest sports-entertainment figure to never set foot in a WWE ring — at a pivotal moment in the main event stunned not only The Authority, but the entirety of the WWE Universe.
Even though we knew it was coming eventually and even though it was heavily rumored this weekend to happen at SS, it still came off as a huge moment. The back-and-forth of the main event helped create the moment. The entrance video was really ominous and cool looking too. Triple H sold the moment perfectly and everything just kind of came together to create a truly memorable debut for WCW's Franchise.  The crowd in St. Louis deserves a ton of credit too. 

Even better is it left you wondering what this will lead to with The Authority being removed from power, Cena's ability to bring them back, Sting's involvement, etc.  I personally believe that Sting will fade into the background for a while until the Road to WrestleMania really gets fired up.  One thing I wouldn't do is have him come out and explain his motivations.  Sting as a silent avenger will be much more effective than any other way they might use him.

For the first time in a while, RAW feels "must-see."  That's a credit to the job WWE did with Sting and the Survivor Series main event last night.  I can't wait to see where we are going now and that hasn't really been the case for a while.

In the interest of not being a complete Sting homer I will have to say that the original music they used last night wasn't great.  I was also surprised to see Sting's hair that way.  The darker dye job he had been using worked with the gimmick better.  Those are minor complaints though because I loved his debut and it's good to see him on the biggest stage.

What happens next with the Stinger?  I don't know, but I'm looking forward to it as he rides off into the sunset being treated like the legend he is.  

Old School Hype Videos

Hype videos have never gone away of course, but I miss the ones from the '80s during the territory days.  One that I can't find was a Bruiser Brody one they played in his memory.  It featured The Gap Band's "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" and Joe Pedicino claimed it was Brody's favorite which made an impression on me whether it was true or not.

Here's some other examples though.



Texas All Star Wrestling: Big Bad BRUISER BRODY by GShea1968




Upload Credit(s): GShea1968, vicvenom, i have no title

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Love Machine" Art Barr

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Art Barr. For those that do not know who he is, he's probably best known as the tag team partner in Eddie Guerrero in AAA as "Los Gringos Locos". This man, like Guerrero, Dean Malenko and others of their ilk was on track to make a reappearance in the US wrestling scene and probably would have make as much of a mark on the scene as the previously mentioned guys had. Unfortunately, he passed before he could've started his run in ECW with Guerrero. However, it was in ECW when Guerrero started using the frog splash as a tribute to his fallen tag-team partner. What's interesting to note, in the match I'm about to post, you'll see Barr's frog splash resembles more like D-Lo Brown's than Eddie's. The match I'm posting as a tribute to him, is the one he'll always be most known for, his 2 out of 3 falls Hair vs Mask match with him and Guerrero vs El Hijo del Santo and Octagon. Commentary is by Chris Cruise and Mike Tenay and is part of the AAA When World's Collide PPV show.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kamala The Ugandan Giant: Double Amputee

Bleacher Report did an excellent story on Kamala The Ugandan Giant.  We discussed it here a while back when he lost his first leg to an amputation.  Since then he has lost the other leg as well.

Even in an industry where we are used to tragic developments, this one is hard to read.  It doesn't help that everyone I've heard speak of him has said he was one of the nice guys in the business.

Here's the article:


Kamala was always one of my favorite colorful characters in the business. It's a shame that these types of gimmicks started disappearing to some degree. 

The most powerful part of the article comes at the very end.
No matter what happens, Harris says he won't complain.

He's no longer interested in dwelling on things that went wrong in the past—or in letting his current situation spoil what may lie in the future. Losing his limbs may have taken away his ability to walk, but it didn't rob him of who he is.

It didn't take away his spirit.

"Don't feel sorry for me," Harris says. "If you want to, encourage me. Embrace me. I'm going to be all right—just like I've always been."

Harris smiles and winks.

"I'm still Kamala," he says.
That's an impressive perspective to have.  I'm sure that attitude will help Kamala take on anything life throws at him.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pick Your Survivor Series Team

Saw this on the A1-Wrestling.com Facebook page (Facebook.com/A1Wrestling) and I thought it was pretty cool.



My team came out like this:
  • Captain: Dusty Rhodes
  • Magnum TA
  • Fabulous Freebirds (Michael PS Hayes and Terry Gordy)
  • X-Pac
I was on a roll there until ol' X-Pac reared his ugly head. In my world Hayes and Gordy punk X-Pac and leave him backstage. As Seth from A1 pointed out then the 'Birds could get Buddy Jack Roberts to replace him. Heck, even Jimmy Jam Garvin would be a suitable replacement.

Check out A1-Wrestling.com and on Facebook and Twitter (@A1Podcast).  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nick Bockwinkel vs Billy Robinson

I believe this match was one recently recommended by Steve Austin himself, so if he and I can agree on a match that needs to be watched, it's a much watch.  Seriously though, this one is simply a great match between 2 old vets, Bockwinkel being I believe 46 at the time and Robinson being about 43, showing the young up and coming kids of All-Japan pro wrestling how it's done. Note at about the 15:45 mark where Robinson hits Bockwinkel with a forearm and he responds in kind with a slap, and moves out of the way when Robinson rages towards him. Bockwinkel was indeed great!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bruiser Brody vs Texas Red (The Undertaker)

I've been on a Bruiser Brody kick lately in part because I made a crappy Brody CAW for WWE 2K15.  Anyhow, this took me to YouTube and I found this match where Bruiser Brody kicks the crap out of a young Undertaker wrestling as Texas Red.  Of note, is Taker being managed by Percy Pringle III who went on to become Paul Bearer. 




Upload Credit: SwitchbladeWrestling

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mattel WWE Elite Series 34


Elite Series 34 has been revealed.  WrestlingFigs.com has the lineup.

  • Bad News Barrett
  • Doink The Clown
  • Hulk Hogan
  • John Cena
  • Paige
  • Rusev
I'm sure some will be excited to get a new Elite Diva with Paige.  I will be interested to see what Barrett and Doink look like because I haven't pulled the trigger on Barrett yet. The only must-have for me is Hulk Hogan although the Defining Moments one may be the one I pick up instead down the road.