The Spark of a Moment in the Diamond Dallas Page/”Macho Man” Randy Savage Rivalry…

 

 

back in 1997, World Championship Wrestling was at the height of its popularity, thanks to the rise of the New World Order and their tensions with the rest of the WCW roster. While the headlining (and, in the minds of many, the top) rivalry in WCW was Sting’s crusade to knock Hollywood Hogan down a peg, another, more personal, physical and bitter rivalry was taking place between Diamond Dallas Page and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. In fact, shortly after Savage joined the nWo, he physically attacked DDP and verbally attacked DDP’s then-wife, Kimberly, and after that, all bets were off. In fact, DDP had already had history with the New World Order before going head-to-head with Savage, as he was a former tag team partner of BOTH nWo co-founders Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. He was initially felt slighted when Hall and Nash recruited others into the nWo before him, but when DDP was about to be inducted, he turned them down — in spectacular fashion — and immediately became a target. Continue reading “The Spark of a Moment in the Diamond Dallas Page/”Macho Man” Randy Savage Rivalry…”

Is WWE Bringing Back ‘The Great American Bash’?!?

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WWE has both flirted with and fully reused the names of former WCW event in the past, and it appears to be happening again. After using Night of Champions (the final WCW Nitro broadcast and the new name of the Vengeance pay-per-view), Clash of Champions (a take on the Clash of the Champions events), Starrcade (as a non-televised house show) and War Games (as an NXT Takeover-branded event), WWE may bring back The Great American Bash. This is according to a report from PWInsider, announcing that Stamford, CT-based company filed a trademark for The Great American Bash last week. Continue reading “Is WWE Bringing Back ‘The Great American Bash’?!?”

WWE Adds More Awesome to upcoming ‘WWE Starrcade’ Live Event

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Except that as-of posting this, the event will not be airing on the WWE Network. Le sigh…

Anyway, this coming Saturday (November 25th), WWE will present ‘Starrcade,’ live from Greensboro, NC, deep in the heart of NWA/WCW/Jim Crockett territory, and, yes, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair will make an appearance at the show (because Greensboro — and North Carolina, by extension — is Ric Flair country). Not stopping there, WWE aims to help make the show as much as a throwback as it possibly can — like NOT broadcasting it live to a larger audience; yes, I AM bitter — by feature an appearance by the limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing, son-of-a-gun himself, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Continue reading “WWE Adds More Awesome to upcoming ‘WWE Starrcade’ Live Event”

Legendary Pro Wrestling Trainer Larry Sharpe Has Passed Away At Age 66

“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”

Smokey Mountain Wrestling – Doc’D #56

In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the influential and short-lived southeastern professional wrestling promotion, Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

I also wrote about Smoky Mountain Wrestling back in early 2014! [https://thepractitionerd.com/2014/01/30/smoky-mountain-wrestling]

FOR MORE about Smoky Mountain Wrestling:

1) The Complete History of Smoky Mountain Wrestling [http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/smw]
2) Pro Wrestling Torch: “15 YEARS AGO – SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING CLOSES ITS DOORS – MY COVER STORY” [
http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/wadekellerdotcom/45651.shtml]
3) ‘Smoky Mountain Wrestling’ on the WWE Network [http://network.wwe.com/shows/vault/smoky-mountain-wrestling] Continue reading “Smokey Mountain Wrestling – Doc’D #56”

Remembering the Ultimate Warrior Getting PWN’D by Undertaker and Jake “The Snake” Roberts…

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The Ultimate Warrior is one of the most recognized, energetic, and interesting personalities in the history of professional wrestling. With his shocking passing a mere days after being inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame before WrestleMania 30 in 2014 (and rebuilding his bridge with WWE), his legendary career took to new heights. While he has been part of the best (winning the WWE Championship from Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 6) and worst moments of wrestling history, I wanted to take the time to focus on the two moments in WWE where he was convincingly shown as an underdog (which means the angle with Papa Shango will NOT be discussed; ugh)… Continue reading “Remembering the Ultimate Warrior Getting PWN’D by Undertaker and Jake “The Snake” Roberts…”

Things That Make You Go WOOOOOOOO! My Favorite Ric Flair Non-Wrestling Moments

Last week, 16-time World Heavyweight Champion and two-time WWE Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair celebrated his 67th birthday, but it’s clear that his fanbase extends beyond the confines of the squared circle. Flair has his fair share of followers in the entertainment industry, as he’s dipped his hand in some movies, cartoons, game shows, video games, commercials and other projects. Such as…. Continue reading “Things That Make You Go WOOOOOOOO! My Favorite Ric Flair Non-Wrestling Moments”

Remember When Rhyno wrestled for WCW? Yeah, Me Neither…

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 … Continue reading Remember When Rhyno wrestled for WCW? Yeah, Me Neither…

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More Pro Wrestling Promos Edited with Only Inhales & Exhales!

A couple of years ago, we here at The PractitioNERD shared a compilation of pro-wrestling interviews and promos edited down to just inhales and exhales. It was strange, funny, and confusing all at once.I never noticed until then that Ric Flair doesn’t breathe like a human-being? Now that we’ve had our fun, it’s time for another video of more of the same…BECAUSE REASONS!!! Continue reading “More Pro Wrestling Promos Edited with Only Inhales & Exhales!”

Check Out this Awesome WWE Old School 8-Bit Fan Art!!

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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!!”