ESPN on the Tragic Tale of the Von Erichs

The Von Erich family is often considered to be the Kennedys of the pro wrestling business; a family blessed with good looks, near-limitless potential in their professions, and had their lives cut tragically short by sudden deaths.  Of Fritz Von Erich’s six sons (five of whom were wrestlers), only Kevin remains as suicides, drug overdoses, and childhood accidents claimed his other brothers. While it’s easy to throw around the word “cursed” when talking about trivial things like a baseball team’s World Series drought (**cough-cough** Chicago Cubs **cough-cough**), this scenario seems to be an apt one to use such a term.

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Classic Venues: The Dallas Sportatorium

dalsportWhen one thinks about the glory days of professional wrestling in the great state of Texas, you think about the talent (i.e., the Von Erich family), the promotions (i.e., World Class Championship Wrestling) and when it comes to venues, you HAVE to talk about the Dallas Sportatorium.  The Sportatorium (built in 1934) was a 4,500-seat capacity barn-like arena primarily used for professional wrestling shows, and it stood at 1000 South Industrial Boulevard (near the I-30/I35 East interchange) in downtown Dallas, Texas. Continue reading “Classic Venues: The Dallas Sportatorium”

Smashed Models Xeroxing Ghouls N Ghosts’ 12-Man Tag Team – WIRed #20

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WOO-HOO! TWENTY EPISODES!! This week on WIRed, forget smashing pumpkins – it’s all about SMASHING MODELS, the past, present, and future innovations at Xerox, belated Halloween-themed gaming tunes, and 12-man tag team match MAYHEM! All that and what I’m reading, playing, watching, and listening to this week on WIRed! NUMBERRRRRRRRR!!! TWENTYYYYYYY!!!!   Continue reading “Smashed Models Xeroxing Ghouls N Ghosts’ 12-Man Tag Team – WIRed #20”

12-Man Tag Team Match: WCCW Parade of Champions 1985

Sometimes it has to take two different full-sized wrestling  rings to contain the action and mayhem that comes with a 12-Man Tag Team Match.  This one from World Class Championship Wrestling’s Parade of Champions event in 1985 (hey, my birth year!) includes The Fabulous Freebirds teaming up with their long time rivals, The Von Erich Family.   Continue reading “12-Man Tag Team Match: WCCW Parade of Champions 1985”

Schoolhouse Stays Dry In Rain As Gaming Marching Band Wrestles on Scaffolds – WIRed #16

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This week, The Classic Schoolhouse Design Goes All “Deconstructivist-style”, How To Go Out In The Rain & Not Get Wet, The Ohio State Marching Band Goes The Way of the Gamer, and Look! Up Above The Ring! Wrestlers On A Scaffold! Plus, San Antonio MONSTER-CON is tomorrow and I may be going as The Doctor for Halloween.   Continue reading “Schoolhouse Stays Dry In Rain As Gaming Marching Band Wrestles on Scaffolds – WIRed #16”

The Scaffold Match: Going High Just To Fall Down

Here’ s an image from a scaffold match between the Rock ‘N’ Roll RPMs with Eric Embry taking on The Fantastics and Steve Simpson from World Class Championship Wrestling on May 3rd, 1987.  As you may notice from the picture, there’s a serious lacking of the trademarked squared-circle, i.e. the wrestling ring. In case the guy in the image hanging off the scaffold has you raising your eyebrows, let’s talk about this type of match, and watch a clip from that match as well.   Continue reading “The Scaffold Match: Going High Just To Fall Down”