As WWE SummerSlam 2015 arrives in a couple of weeks (and don’t forget NXT Takeover: Brooklyn earlier that same Sunday), I thought about one of my favorite matches of all time, featuring one of the greatest emerging faces of the era versus the the greatest emerging heels of the early 1990’s. I’m talking about the match between Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig from SummerSlam 1991, where each man truly broke away as top stars in the WWE.
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In this month’s pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the the history and legacy of Stampede Wrestling. Continue reading “Stampede Wrestling – Doc’D #20”
Paul Jay’s Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows is a 1998 documentary film which follows then-World Wrestling Federation Champion and superstar Bret “Hitman” Hart during his final year in the WWF, starting from his WWF Championship victory over The Undertaker at SummerSlam to his last match with the company versus “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels at the Survivor Series on November 9, 1997. This documentary is lauded and infamous for its access and rare look behind-the-scenes of the professional wrestling industry, including Hart discussing with The Undertaker and Pat Patterson about the course of their SummerSlam match, Triple H being accused by Bret’s wife, Julie, of his involvement in the “Montreal Screwjob” incident, and outside-of-the-ring endeavors of Vader, who had just acquired his real estate license and career plans after wrestling. Wrestling with Shadows also takes a rare look at the life of the extensive, wrestling-oriented Hart family and household.
Continue reading ““Wrestling With Shadows,” A Look Into The End of Bret Hart’s Run in the WWF”
This week, Getting Teenagers a Leg-Up in Architecture, The Re-re-re-re-re-release of Final Fantasy 3, The NES Zapper becomes an ACTUAL ZAPPER, and the Hitman vs HBK in an Iron Man Match…PLUS, The Question Of The Week!! Continue reading “DiscoverDesign, NES Lasers, FF3 Returns & HBK vs. Hitman – PractitioNERD WIRed #14”
The main event at WWF WrestleMania XII was built on two goal from two different wrestlers: Bret Hart, the then-WWF Champion, aimed at wanting to retain the WWF Championship, and the challenger Shawn Michaels, who had suffered a number of setbacks over the course of the previous year (losing a title match at WrestleMania XI, forfeiting the Intercontinental Championship, suffering a concussion, and getting betrayed by Diesel, a.k.a. Kevin Nash). To add to the build up of this event, the match between Hart and Michaels would be the first-televised, sixty-minute Iron Man Match, in which whomever scored the most decisions in a one-hour period (pinfall, submission, countout or disqualification) would win the match, and the WWF Championship.
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This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a simple, vernacular Canadian Train Station (The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station), Bluetooth-operated light bulbs (Bluetooth Light Bulbs), Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man form a tag team against evil (Archie Comic’s Sonic / Mega Man Series to Crossover), and The Hitman vs. British Bulldog at SummerSlam ‘92! (Hart vs. Smith for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Continue reading “Train Stations, Bluetooth Lights, Sonic/Mega Man & Classic Hart Drama – WIRed #9”