WWE European Championship – Doc’D #40

In this month’s pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, impact and legacy of the WWE European Championship. Continue reading “WWE European Championship – Doc’D #40”

Razor Ramon vs. Owen Hart: WWE King of the Ring, 1994

At WrestleMania X, Owen Hart defeated his brother Bret Hart in a classic, five-star-quality match that kicked off the show, and it became a defining win of Owen’s career to that point as it immediately lifted him into becoming a top main event heels in WWE.  However, Owen had little time to revel in his victory, as he would watch Bret celebrate his second WWE Championship win in the show’s main event, and feeling as if he was back in his big brother’s shadow. If probably didn’t help that at the same show, Razon Ramon made history with “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels by becoming the undisputed WWF Intercontinental Champion in a classic and very memorable ladder match (which was NOT the first ladder match in WWE). Continue reading “Razor Ramon vs. Owen Hart: WWE King of the Ring, 1994”

We’re FINALLY Getting an Owen Hart DVD Collection!

At this point, WWE recent DVD retrospective have dug into almost every nook and cranny of the company’s deep history, including areas no-one expected them to go, such as the Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Bret Hart, etc. There was the exception regarding WWE being very reluctant to showcase any footage of Owen Hart, likely from not wanting to remind anybody of his tragic passing under their watch during a live … Continue reading We’re FINALLY Getting an Owen Hart DVD Collection!

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Free Class Translate Sign Another World’s UK Hart – WIRed #106

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It’s time for Episode 106 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses free high-profile architectural edu-mah-cation, translating sign language automatically into verbal language, Another World releases for its 20th anniversary, and one of the late-great Owen Hart’s earliest matches! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Free Class Translate Sign Another World’s UK Hart – WIRed #106”

Owen Hart vs. Marty Jones on ‘World of Sport’

In 1987 (just before the WWE made its way to the United Kingdom), the late-great Owen Hart — youngest brother of WWE Hall-of-Famer Bret “Htiman” Hart — was supplementing his time in Canada’s Stampede Wrestling promotion with tours of Japan and Europe. On April 25th of that year, he and Marty Jones wrestled for Joint Promotions’ vacant world mid-heavyweight championship title on the popular World of Sport program. Competing under British wrestling rules, the wrestlers could go 12 three-minute rounds until one of them either scored two falls or submissions, or was knocked out. Each wrestler carried their country’s flag to the ring, and due to Hart’s hometown of Calgary’s western tradition, he wore a cowboy hat and came to the ring as “Bronco Owen Hart.” Continue reading “Owen Hart vs. Marty Jones on ‘World of Sport’”

The Piledriver: What Of It?

There are moves in pro wrestling with names that either explain what the move looks like and/or does, or, well, not at all. The piledriver is a professional wrestling driver move that proves the former, as one wrestler grabs his opponent, turns him upside-down, then drops into a sitting or kneeling position while driving the opponent head-first into the canvas. See? A piledriver.  The move was created and innovated by pro wrestler “Wild Bill Longson, and its name is derived from the piece of construction equipment called a “pile driver”. See? There it is again. The most common piledrivers are your basic belly-to-back (a.k.a., a Texas piledriver) and The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver, but there exist more intricate variants of the maneuver. Continue reading “The Piledriver: What Of It?”

SCOUTing Torin’s Outdoor Classrooms with Hart – WIRed #49

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Before we party like it’s episode 50 (coming NEXT WEEK), this week’s 49th weekly episode of WIRed discusses fundraising for an outdoor classroom in Denver AND the Scanadu SCOUT health analysis device, the underrated “Torin’s Passage”, and remembering Owen Hart & “RAW is OWEN”. Also, cockroaches may have evolved from Jawas… Continue reading “SCOUTing Torin’s Outdoor Classrooms with Hart – WIRed #49”

Remembering Owen Hart…

Last Thursday, May 23rd 2013, marks the 14-year anniversary of the tragic passing of pro wrestler Owen Hart. He died on May 23, 1999 after an equipment malfunction during his entrance from the arena’s rafters at the Over the Edge pay-per-view from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.  Hart was a 1-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion — during its partnership with the WWF –, a 2-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, 1-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, 1-time WWF European Champion and 4-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. Hart also the won the 1994 WWF King of the Ring tournament, and although he never won the WWF Championship, He not only challenged for the title, but he headlined multiple WWF pay-per-view events in the 1990s.   Continue reading “Remembering Owen Hart…”

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”