In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the background, the event itself, and the aftermath of WWE’s final ECW-branded pay-per-view event, 2006’s December to Dismember. Let’s just say it was the final one for a reason… Continue reading “ECW December to Dismember 2006 – Doc’D #64”
The fact the WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon is physically jacked-to-the-max is no secret to us, the wrestling fans. However, the fact that Vince McMahon is STILL jacked-to-the-max at the age 69 is simply astonishing. So everyone, take a good look at his latest Muscle & Fitness cover — yeah, he’s been there before — in which I suppose that look he’s going for is a re-imagined Hercules Hernandez and/or an older/richer version of the Junkyard Dog from the 1980s and 1990s. Continue reading “Vince McMahon’s New ‘Muscle & Fitness’ Cover Make Me Scared of Him Even MORE…”
Whether it’s as Paul Heyman or Paul E. Dangerously, as the boss of ECW, Brock Lesnar’s agent or the manager of any other wrestler, you’d have to admit that Paul Heyman is one of the most captivating wrestling characters of all time. Few people in the business are blessed with the ability to deliver a promo that simply captivates an audience, but Heyman is definitely one of them, because when he talks, we listen. Heyman has been in the business for over 25 years, and I’ve come across my three favorite iconic wrestling promos from the “Mr. Dangerously” himself, ranging from insulting the crowd, other wrestlers or his employer, Heyman’s verbal venom often knows no bounds. Continue reading “My Three Favorite Paul Heyman Promos”
Recently, Dean Puckering and Chris Dutton interviewed “The Narcissist”, “The All-American” and “The Total Package” himself, Lex Luger. In the interview, Luger discussed his career, finding religion and his future; also he has an autobiography out called “Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption“. Some of the interesting highlights from the interview include the well-documented rumor regarding his knowledge of his WrestleMania X WWF Championship match, his appearance on the first episode of WCW Monday Nitro, and finding God. After the break, there are some summaries from the interview, and you can listen to the entire interview by clicking this link.
PractitioNERD WIRed has crossed the half-century mark! Thanks to the subscribers, viewers, likers, dislikers, commenters, EVERYONE! This week I talk about an interesting apartment complex that’s more than meets the eye, a Bluetooth keyless home lock system, LAPD SWAT pays a game studio a visit, and the infamous “Black Saturday” incident. Interwebz drinks are on MEEEEEE!!! Continue reading “Episode F-I-F-T-Y!!! FIFTY!!! – WIRed #50”
In a world — say it in “the voice” — in a world, where we attach colors to days of the week (Black Friday, Black Monday, Blue Monday, etc.), when you look into the world of professional wrestling, this phenomenon can be found referring to the day of July 14, 1984, nicknamed Black Saturday. On that July evening, Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation took over the time slot on Superstation WTBS, typically the home station for Georgia Championship Wrestling’s (GCW) flagship weekly program, World Championship Wrestling, for 12 years. Why a big deal, you ask? Well, when thinking about the infamous Monday Night Wars, this occurrence was its genesis; McMahon’s purchase of the time-slot led to a longstanding rivalry between himself and WTBS owner Ted Turner, resulted in Turner’s purchase of Jim Crockett Promotions (formally GCW) and turning it into his own promotion, World Championship Wrestling.
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.
What’s a heel? Well, in the world of professional wrestling, a heel (or villain bad guy, ne’er-do-well) typically does things so dastardly and despicable that makes the fans boo, yell and shout insults in their general direction. However, often many fans still enjoy seeing these guys regardless of their attempts to gain negative heat from the crowd. Throughout the history of pro wrestling there hasn’t really been any particular wrestler who was 100% loved of hated (look at John Cena and CM Punk now-a-days), however, in the case of a few heels, many fans love them more than they’re intended to. Continue reading “Love To Hate Them: WWE Most Popular and Beloved Heels, EVER!”
***UPDATE: It was announced and confirmed on February 4th, 2013 that Bruno Sammartino has accepted and will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013***
Bill Apter, a professional wrestling journalist, is best known for the pro wrestling news magazines which he edited and photographed matches from the 1970s to the present. The magazine he became most prominently known for was the highly respected Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and he would later move on to WOW Magazine, Fighting Spirit Magazine, and now is the face of 1Wrestling.com. After professional wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino recently again refused induction into the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame, Apter took to the internet to post an open letter to Sammartino, asking him to reconsider joining the WWE’s Hall, for the sake of the history of the business they love and the fans who respect where the sport (yes, S-P-O-R-T) came from. Continue reading “1Wrestling.com’s Bill Apter’s Plea to Bruno Sammartino to Accept Induction into WWE Hall of Fame”