After winning the IWGP Intercontinental Champion at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Power Struggle event, Chris Jericho has been frustrating many members of the NJPW roster (thanks to his now-signature surprise attacks starting since earlier this year), including his upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 13 challenger, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Tetsuya Naito, who is likely at his wits end. You’ll see why very soon…Continue reading “Tetsuya Naito Goes Chris Jericho on Chris Jericho Before his Wrestle Kingdom 13 Match with, you guessed it, Chris Jericho.”
Back in 1998, my interest in professional wrestling had kind of dwindled. I was still watching it and I was still intrigued in the saga of Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon and WCW vs. the nWo, but other than that, I found no balance between top stories/personalities to mid-card stories/personalities (which I feel are just as important — if not more important than– as the main-eventers) to keep the sense of variety going. Aside from the relatable boss vs. employee and company vs. invaders story, some swagger, trash-talking, finger-pointing and head-waggin was needed. In other words, I DEFINITELY took notice of D’Lo Brown, and I credit him for getting me back into wrestling.
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”
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. Continue reading “WWF SummerSlam 1992: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith”
There’s a special moment in professional wrestling when the fans lose their minds when they see a wrestler from Promotion A suddenly show up at a show hosted by Promotion B. Smokey Mountain Wrestling’s co-founder and owner Jim Cornette signed a working agreement with the World Wrestling Federation to trade talent, manage and serve as an on-air talent for that company to become a financially successful independent promotion. In match below (after the break), WWF Intercontinental Champion “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels defends the title against “The Nature Boy” Buddy Landell at the SMW Super Bowl of Wrestling event, on August 4th, 1995 at the Civic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Smokey Mountain Wrestling operated from October 1991 to December 1995, and though the promotion was relatively short-lived, it was held in high-regard for the quality of the matches, talent, and traditional in-ring and storyline style. Watch the entire match by clicking here ==> Continue reading “Smokey Mountian Wrestling – Shawn Michaels vs. Buddy Landell (1995)”