“Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe, taking on Dominic DeNucci at Madison Square Garden in 1980.
If you’re a longtime professional wrestling fan with specific memories of the NWA and early-WCW, it’s incredibly likely that you remember Larry Sharpe. Sharpe had a pretty decent career as a mid-card wrestler, but he’s likely best remembered for running the legendary Monster Factory, which he and Buddy Rogers opened in 1983 in Paulsboro, New Jersey. For the uninitiated, the Monster Factory is notable for produced perhaps more pro wrestling stars than any one training facility before WWE consolidated its developmental promotions to its Performance Center and NXT. Continue reading Legendary Pro Wrestling Trainer Larry Sharpe Has Passed Away At Age 66
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I KNOW Survivor Series was this past weekend too — the show was really good overall, there wasn’t a ‘bad’ match in sight, and even Brock Lesnar getting squashed in 1:25 by Goldberg was very, VERY satisfying — but seriously, lets talk about NXT Takeover: Toronto for a minute. After months of #DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano) feuding with the NXT Tag Team Champions, The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, or as I call them, The New Brainbusters), the titles were put back on the line as the two teams battled in a Best Two-Out-of-Three Falls match. In my opinion, this match is competing with the John Cena vs. AJ Styles match from this year’s SummerSlam for the best match of the year; no joke. Continue reading Hey Guys! How AWESOME was that #DIY vs. The Revival NXT Tag Team Title Match at Takeover: Toronto?!?
It’s no secrete that Wale is a huge fan of pro wrestling, and now he’s recently put together an audio love-letter/shout-out praising one of the best and hottest (as in BOTH talent and looks) women wrestlers — and cousin of the Snoop D-O-double G — Sasha Banks. Folarin’s “Legit Boss” freestyle borrows the WWE Diva’s nickname for its title, then takes her entrance music and chops it up like I’m in Houston, Texas in the mid-2000’s as Wale spits his hot fire. He keeps it 100% complimentary, as well as admitting “every week I spend at least 180 minutes looking for her.” But to be honest, he’s DEFINITELY not the only one doing that. Guilty.
Before he was the elder statesman of the NXT roster, before he hung out with Edge & Christian in high-profile WWE matches, and before being the ballistic missile of Pal Heyman’s ECW (and being its final champion before closing its doors), Rhyno had wrestled a few matches with WCW (and WWF) 20 years ago. After watching the match above, I took note of a couple of things:
- His Name: this is ‘Rhyno: Year One’ if you will (as in if you will allow me to make a Batman: Year One reference), as he wrestled under the name Terry Richards.
- His Opponent: Rhyno’s taking on “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and yet I know it’s just something Duggan does, why does he chant “U-S-A” chant against American opponents?
- The Guy in the Crowd: At around 2:18, you’ll see some doe marking out something fierce when Duggan starts doing mounted punches.
- That Set: Remember those entrance ramp doors from WCW Saturday Night? Pretty sci-fi for southern-based “wrasslin’,” huh?
We here at The PractitioNERD enjoy when the worlds of art meet professional wrestling (see HERE and HERE), and this story is no different. Al Creed, a Canadian artist, uses a minimal, old-school (and very 8-bit) design technique to create unique, classic video-game inspired images of WWE and NXT Superstars. Here’s Al to tell you a little more about himself after the break. Also, yes, that IS Macho Man Randy Savage as Bonesaw from 2002’s Spider-Man on the top row, 2nd from the right. OOOOOH YEEEEEAH!!!! Continue reading Check Out this Awesome WWE Old School 8-Bit Fan Art!!
Thanks to Ottawa’s C4 Wrestling, you’re about to view an early prototype of a series of matches we’ve seen on WWE TV lately: Kevin Owens going one-on-one with Cesaro. For the uninitiated, these two guys have been beating the crap out of each other up and down all over the indy scene for years now. Take a look at Mr. Wrestling Kevin Steen taking on the coffee enthusiast Claudio Castagnoli in this north-of-the-border edition of their long, competitive rivalry, presented in its entirety. Continue reading Kevin Steen vs. Claudio Castagnoli (C4 Wrestling, October 2009)
So, the Hall-of-Famer Ric Flair was unable to introduce the world to “The Artist Formerly Known As” KENTA at the most recent NXT Takeover: Fatal-4-Way event on the awesome WWE Network (in which NXT is the better brand over RAW and SmackDown, one could argue) due to medical reasons which included a medical procedure. Sure it would have been cool to see, but health and safety first, boys and girls. But what is probably just as awesome to see (again, one could argue; but I LIKE IT) was something I didn’t know about, which was Flair popped up on Cartoon Network’s ‘Uncle Grandpa” right as the Takeover pre-show was starting. Continue reading WOOOOOOO!! ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair on ‘Uncle Grandpa’