The Ravens defeated the 49ers in the Super Bowl two weeks ago (you know, the game that was initially a blowout so the lights went off because God switched the channel and Bane TOTES DID NOT show up), so this week I feel compelled to share this list from About.com on the 10 best football legends to ever square off in the wrestling ring, with the ranking based on the quality of their football careers (so sorry, no Bill Goldberg here; he did MORE than good-enough on the wrestling side of things than the football side of things). Read the rest of this entry
First off: !BANG! is a pro wrestling promotion owned by wrestling legend Dory Funk, Jr., who also runs the Funking Conservatory, a full-service pro wrestling school. The school and promotion offer a three-step, three-week program for aspiring wrestlers of any and all skill levels, offering students the chance to work in front of a live crowd and even to become a star on the !BANG! TV show.
Second: a dropkick maneuver, invented by wrestler Abe Coleman, is defined as an attack where the wrestler jumps up and kicks the opponent with the soles of both feet, with the standing dropkick (the hardest to pull off) requires great leg strength for proper elevation for the wrestler to catch the standing or running opponent with a dropkick from a standing position. In order to be pulled off effectively, it requires great leg strength to gain elevation.
Now with that knowledge, imagine a video of the HIGHEST DROPKICK EVER (or, at least on the internet…and it’s not from this picture)! Read the rest of this entry
In professional wrestling the strap match is known by many other names and is performed with many slight variations. You can say that this is a case where something could have multiple personalities, and not have to be committed to a mental institution Essentially, the match has both competitors placed on the opposite ends of a restraint (that being a rope, leather strap, chain, bullrope, etc.) in order to keep them in close physical proximity. The rules of the match are of such: the strap—as well as anything attached to it—are legal for use as weapons, and the most common rule for winning is that one wrestler has to touch all four corners of the ring (either the top turnbuckles or ring posts) in sequential order without stopping. Some match rules include the possibility of winning via pinfall, and due to the legality of using the strap as a weapon (often as a choking device — SEE LEFT), submissions are usually not allowed. Read the rest of this entry
This week on WIRed, Some of the more architecturally scariest homes in horror, how to use that old floppy drive of the past with your computer of today through MAGIC & some DIY hacking, how “Syphon Filter” almost never happened, and you may or may not call it a comeback…but it won’t always guarantee WWE success. Read the rest of this entry
Even though the history of the “Big Gold” World Heavyweight Title Belt goes back to the days of the National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling, the WWE wants to pay tribute to the title that has been in the company since the title’s reintroduction into the WWE 10 years ago (yeah, THAT long ago) in August 2002 (during the initial brand division, and Brock Lesnar taking the WWE Championship to SmackDown).
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Much like how most people look at ballet, a Broadway show, a film or photography, professional wrestling is very much an art form in its own (or any) right. This photoblog on Tumblr, Pro Wrestling Is Art, is a collection of beautiful photography from various professional wrestling shows from around the world. The blog is a child project of DirtyDirtySheets.com, and its purpose is to highlight the beauty of the art form of pro wrestling and the photographers that capture the many moments of the in-ring (and out-of-ring) action. Read the rest of this entry
Dusty Rhodes, Cowboy Bill Watts, Jim Ross and Michael Hayes join host Gene Okerlund on the show WWE Classics for a roundtable discussion of the greatest Superstars to come out of Texas (for example: The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Terry Funk, Stan Henson, Dick Murdoch, Dusty Rhodes, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Von Erich family, Eddie & Chavo Guerrero, Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield, Paul London, Billy Gunn, etc.) and top events from the Lone Star State. (WrestleMania 17 & 25, and many more). Read the rest of this entry
Facebooking Gehry, Solar Energy Spheres, Secret Shenmue 3 & E-C-W is Born! – The PractitioNERD, Ep. 10
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses the World Headquarters of Stalking gets a new HQ (http://goo.gl/sNom9), Solar Spheres better than Solar Panels (http://goo.gl/2gdw0), the subliminal release of Shenmue 3 (http://goo.gl/yL6iu), and ECW? Born out of Controversy? Really? (http://goo.gl/1bgfT)
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Read the rest of this entry
Did you get the reference in the title of this post? “Classy” Freddie Blassie FOR THE WIN!!
Let’s reminisce and go back to the days of when advertising posters for live professional wrestling events were simple, to-the-point, and weren’t focused on a single wrestler. Back in the day when the poster designers used the simplest of typography strategies to establish the show’s (and the poster’s) hierarchy – which may look ugly to some — that works in its own vintage, antique-style way. Either way, here’s a trip via the way-back time machine called “The Internet,” and I hope you enjoy this series of classic professional wrestling posters!
Even though the top-billed main event at SummerSlam 1992 from Wembley Stadium in London, England saw then-WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage defend the title against The Ultimate Warrior, the other main event (and last match of the show) was the Intercontinental Championship match between then-champion Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith — gee, I wonder WHO the fan favorite for this match was….. –. Hart and Smith were brothers-in-law in real-life, as Smith was married to Diana Hart, Bret’s sister. On WWF television broadcasts leading up to their match at SummerSlam, several interviews with Diana and her mother Helen Hart portrayed an image that the family was being torn apart due to the upcoming match. An example included Bruce Hart publicly supporting Smith, while Owen Hart sided with his older brother, Bret. Diana stated that she did not know who she wanted to win the match or side with because she had close ties to both men, but she would finally state that she hoped neither wrestler would get seriously injured. Prior to the match, Smith was hospitalized with a legitimate staph infection (not “kayfabe,” or “written as a storyline”), and despite health concerns, he decided to work the match as planned. After an excellent back-and-forth match, it ended with Smith countering Hart’s sunset flip pin attempt, ultimately pinning Hart to win the Intercontinental Championship. After the match, Hart initially refused to shake Smith’s hand, but would later change his mind and hugged Smith as well as Diana Hart, who was celebrating with her husband as the show came to a close. Check out the match in its entirety after the break, and you’ll see just how the talent held the Intercontinental Championship in high-regard and respect at the time — as it was nick-named the “Work Horse” title by Triple H –, just (but not only) by having a match for that title main event a pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry
Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – The PractitioNERD, Episode 7
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!
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The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Despite a faulty camera, a day of lost work, and computer issues, here is the debut episode of “The PractitioNERD Show.” After a brief introduction to myself and the blog, I’ll discuss :
PLUS, the QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!