“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
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
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…
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
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?
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!
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!!
It’s time for Episode 121 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the design & engineering of the Death Star, the Rockefeller’s move to green energy, the Videogame History Museum in Frisco, Texas, and how WCW took on the WORLD…in a video game! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading Death Green Museums vs The World – WIRed #121
Let’s be honest: at least in America, many of the professional wrestling games we got were mostly clones on 2D fighting games, and while some were decent, most were downright awful. In Japan, they go to enjoy the spoils of the Fire Pro Wrestling series (for more, read THIS), a FANTASTIC pro wrestling video game series, and for those here in the states who knew of the FPW games, we wondered when could we get our shot at the title (game title, that is). Well, after I got my PlayStation in 1998, one of the games I picked up at FuncoLand (remember them) was 1997’s “WCW Vs. The World,” and I WORE…THAT….GAME…OUT! Continue reading Soooo Many Memories of ‘WCW Vs. The World’…
It’s time for Episode 119 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses floating architecture in Nigeria, how to hack an MP3 player and an old cassette tape, a Behind The Music style look at a Nintendo Rock Band, and some of the best matches on the WWE Network! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119