Schoolhouse Stays Dry In Rain As Gaming Marching Band Wrestles on Scaffolds – WIRed #16

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This week, The Classic Schoolhouse Design Goes All “Deconstructivist-style”, How To Go Out In The Rain & Not Get Wet, The Ohio State Marching Band Goes The Way of the Gamer, and Look! Up Above The Ring! Wrestlers On A Scaffold! Plus, San Antonio MONSTER-CON is tomorrow and I may be going as The Doctor for Halloween.   Continue reading “Schoolhouse Stays Dry In Rain As Gaming Marching Band Wrestles on Scaffolds – WIRed #16”

Old-School Professional Wrestling Event Posters; Listen, You Pencil-Necked Geeks!!

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!

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WWF SummerSlam 1992: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith

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”

PUNK vs. BRYAN for the WWE Title at WWE Over The Limit

Indeed, on Sunday May 20th, Christmas will be coming early this year.

To the involved and dedicated wrestling fans, or “smart marks” (a.k.a. “smarks”),we felt that a championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan (or “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson) was destined to happen; it would just be a matter of time. Both wrestlers had made names for themselves on the hard-knock independent wrestling circuit (including stints in Ring of Honor) all over the world.  Punk and Bryan both have old-school wrestling backgrounds and styles, making them among the purest of athletes and finest technicians in the business (something that not as common nowadays). Both of their world title reigns were possibly the most dominant and popular in late-2011 to early-2012. Finally, in three short weeks at WWE Over the Limit, they will both meet again, but this time a world title will be on the line. Continue reading “PUNK vs. BRYAN for the WWE Title at WWE Over The Limit”

Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn, ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999

Rob Van Dam entered into a rivalry with Jerry Lynn in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1999, and he would defend the ECW World Television title at Hardcore Heaven (a rematch from their match 2 months prior at Living Dangerously) in a “no time limit” match. Since the match was deemed so good by ECW officials, wrestlers, and fans alike, ECW owner/promoter Paul Heyman aired it on ECW’s debut episode on TNN in place of a shoot (i.e., non-scripted, non-storyline) promo about TNN that he was planning, but was not allowed to air.  This turned out to be the beginning of ECW’s issues with that network due to the raw deal they had with TNN that put them at a disadvantage from the very start of they’re business relationship.

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Dolph Ziggler vs….Keith Apicary?!?

In a recent edition of the WWE YouTube series, “WWE Download,” host Dolph Ziggler gives the fans in the WWE Universe what they want: his response to the challenge from the nerdiest, creepiest and most downright awkward YouTube personality out there Keith Apicary.  Above is the original challenge from Apicary, with the response from Ziggler posted below.

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Team Hogan vs. Team Andre the Giant (WWF Survivor Series ’87)

The 25th annual WWE Survivor Series event took place last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  While keeping tabs on the match results on numerous wrestling websites, I started thinking about all of the classic matches from Survivor Series’ past.  All of that thought ended with my knowledge of the very first Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Night of 1987. In 1987, fresh … Continue reading Team Hogan vs. Team Andre the Giant (WWF Survivor Series ’87)

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Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)

Okay everyone: THIS. IS. WRESTLING.

Above is the final 8:30 minutes of the “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at NWA Starrcade 1985 between Tully Blanchard (Champion; accompanied by Baby Doll) and Magnum T.A. (Challenger) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match (in its entirety, anyway) embodies my opinions of the best types of wrestling matches: it depended more on telling the story of the match to the audience through the flow of the match, rather than depend on a series of disjointed short spots like most wrestling matches today do.   Continue reading “Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)”

Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind, WWF Mind Games, 9/22/1996

This could very well be my FAVORITE PRO WRESTLING MATCH, EVER.  If it’s not, it’s at least in the top half of my top ten favorite matches.

For some background, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels was in is first reign as WWF Champion after winning the title in a fantastic Iron Man Match at WrestleMania XII from Bret Hart (which I will DEFINITELY discuss at a later point and time).  The night after WrestleMania XII, Mankind (Mick Foley) debuted in the WWF, and after feuding with The Undertaker and eventually winning the managerial services of Paul Bearer (Undertaker’s manager), he would win the number one contendership for the WWF Championship at the Mind Games pay-per-view event.

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