Category Archives: Pro Wrestling
Although I haven’t written much about this particular former championship, I absolutely loved (and miss) the WWE’s Hardcore Championship. From belt itself — which was an old WWE “Winged Eagle” Championship that was smashed, destroyed and duct-taped back together — to the 24/7 defense rule in the early 2000′s, the obvious fact that this title was a nod to Extreme Championship Wrestling (E-C-W! E-C-W! E-C-W!), and — of course — the matches! As with any champioship in pro wrestling, it’s the wrestlers and the matches that make the title what it is, and the WWE recently released an online video of the Top 10 moments in Hardcore Champioship matches, ranging from the gut-wrenching to the humorous, and it’s quite a joy to watch. Enjoy…after the break, of course.
This week on WIRed, Kyle Field gets improvements to become the best college football stadium in Texas, an Iranian scientist reveals his time machine invention, the “Shadowrun” franchise return in…well…”Shadowrun Returns”, and the WCW’s classic beach-themed summer pay-per-views! Also, LEGO James Bond is kinda-sorta a thing (thanks, internet)! Read the rest of this entry
I remember my summer days as a youth: sleeping late during the week, playing outside (after being told to go outside while watching TV and playing video games, of course), going to the coast to check out the beach, and the fireworks on the Fourth of July. As a young wrestling fan, the months of June through August had three summer-themed pay-per-views to watch for my viewing pleasure. While SummerSlam was WWE’s only summer-themed PPV, WCW had two, back-to-back, summer-themed pay-per-views: The Great American Back in June and Bash At The Beach in July. Read the rest of this entry
Contents of this week’s episode of WIRed includes: talk of Vietnam’s Blade Runner-esque pavilion proposal, innovations in drive-by PHOTO shooting, Regular Show goes the way of gaming, and strange crowd reactions at Starrcade ’87. Also, Call of Duty: Ghosts and allergies are things… Read the rest of this entry
Back in the day, the National Wrestling Alliance’s Starrcade pay-per-view was one of the most — if not THE MOST — prominent wrestling supershows in the country! For a brief rundown of the history of the event, check out this older story I wrote. Anyway, at the 1987 edition of Starrcade (given the subtitle of “Chi-Town Heat” since it was held in…well…CHICAGO), Ron Garvin was defending the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ric Flair in a steel cage match. Garvin, who had been the champion for only two months up to this point, had previously beaten Flair on September 25, 1987 for the championship, and beforehand both men had been in a rivalry due to Flair lust over Garvin’s valet, Precious. While the title match was the original big story, the change in the crowd’s reaction garnered the most attention in the match’s place in history.
As I briefly mentioned, this NWA World Heavyweight Championship match was memorable for more than just being an excellently executed — wink-wink, nudge-nudge to Bret Hart — title match. During this period (and from what you may have gathered from the end of the first paragraph), Ric Flair was the heel — or villain — and Ron Garvin was the face, or good guy. Typically in that era, wrestling fans would often cheer for the good guy while booing and heckling the villain (because reasons; LOGIC reasons), but that concept of expected crowd reaction had turned on its ear that November night. About halfway through the match, the crowd would turn on the babyface star Ron Garvin and began cheering for Ric Flair. Matt “Spike Dudley” Hysen said in an interview that he was shocked that the Chicago audience turned on Garvin to support Flair, due to the nature of the time that heels were never EVER rooted on by the crowd.
In the end, Flair would reverse an Irish whip that sent Garvin’s head into the cage, and then Flair pinned him to win the match and the title. Ron Garvin’s first and only reign as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion lasted for only two short months. Ric Flair had started his fifth reign as NWA World Champion, and while remaining champion for over a year, in early 1988, a young rising star named Steve Borden — or Sting — would challenge Flair to a match at the first Clash of Champions.
This week on Episode 45 (wow) of WIRed, I talk about louvers, louvers, LOUVERS, a Confederate Army helicopter, the existence of the SEGA Pluto, and the world championship…of TELEVISION. Also, SWEEPING.
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I can remember when World Championship Wrestling was around, and one of the championship title that intrigued me the most in that promotion WASN’T the World Heavyweight Title. To be honest, it was the World TELEVISION Championship, and part of was made me curious about it was it’s name, purpose, and how the belt was treated and represented in the company. Sure, it wasn’t the primary heavyweight championship, nor was it dedicated to a class, group or weight class of talent, but the WCW World Television Title is to be recognized and remembered as one of the important titles in wrestling history. Read the rest of this entry
This week on WIRed, childhood appreciation for architectural history, dslr cameras made from LEGO, why games can be more than JUST entertainment, and Ring of Honor’s S.C.U.M. problem. Read the rest of this entry
Rogue factions are nothing new in the world of professional wrestling. The Hart and Heenan families of the WWF in the 80′s and 90′s, the UWFi in New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid-90′s, the New World Order in WCW in the mid-90′s, and today’s most current examples would be Aces & Eights in TNA Wrestling and The Shield in WWE. While the antics of the biker gang/Sons of Anarchy-inspired Aces & Eights and the riot police-inspired Shield are the better known current rogue angles in pro wrestling, an other one must be mentioned. That faction is one of suffering, chaos, ugliness, and mayhem, otherwise known as S.C.U.M, running wild in Ring of Honor Wrestling. Read the rest of this entry
This week on WIRed, a apartment complex where you can grow your air conditioning an affordable — but off-brand — 4K ultra HD television, the 20th anniversary of NHL ’94, and how to do the Faaaaaaaaaaaan-donnnnnnnnng-gooooooooooo! Trust me, you’ll be lovin’ it! Read the rest of this entry
On this week’s Louisville Cardinal-tastic episode of WIRed, get your Big Mac on at a Asian Fuel Station, Robots walking like HUMANS, Violent Games re-imagined as Dr. Seuss book covers & I didn’t know THESE guys were in WCW?!? Read the rest of this entry
It’s no secret of surprise that many talented personalities in professional wrestling has competed in multiple organizations; that’s just the nature of the business, or ANY business for that matter. Some wrestlers get their start in one company and become extremely popular for the next one they work for. Some start off popular in one and then fizzle out in the next, while some become a huge star in one and continue being top tier talent in the next company. WWE.com has complied a list of 15 WWE Superstars who used to compete in WCW that may have not been of the knowledge of its common fans. Many of us already know of Triple H’s run in WCW as Paul Levesque, The Undertaker as “Mean” Mark Callous (get it?), and even Barry Horowitz, considered as one of the hardest working men in the business, but here are 5 particular superstars that personally escaped my own mind. Read the rest of this entry
Following last weeks on-the-road & OVER THE HILL episode, this week’s WIRed discusses a wooden forest watchtower, how to hack an old HDD into a cotton candy machine, the big deal about the Oculus Rift, and why Reggie Parks is the king of belts, among other things! Read the rest of this entry
Let’s get to the point. Reggie Parks is the King Of Belts. This is not just a saying or a term based solely on respect, it is a FACT. Mr. Parks, a former professional wrestler, has been in the business of making championship belts for over 40 years for almost (if not every) mayor pro wrestling organization in the world, from the WW(F)E, WCW, NWA, AWA, UWF, Pro Wrestling Noah, Ring Of Honor, and NCW. Read the rest of this entry