This past weekend was a tragic one for fans of professional wrestling. In the span of a couple of day, we’ve lost the legendary Memphis wrestler Frederick “Brickhouse Brown” Seawright, WWE Hall of Famer Josip “Nikolai Volkoff” Peruzović and Attitude Era superstar “Too Sexy”/”Grandmaster Sexay” Brian Christopher Lawler passed away over the weekend. Brown, one of the top heels in Southern US pro wrestling promotions in the 1980s and 1990s, succumbed to his long battle with cancer. He was only 57 years old. Volkoff, known for his classic Cold War-era heel work as a Soviet Union sympathizer (often with Tag Team Championship partner, The Iron Sheik) and his eventual face-turn to US sympathizer, was only 70 years old. Christopher, who was known for his rise in the WWF’s light-heavyweight division and as 1/2 of Too Cool with “Too Hot”/”Scotty 2 Hotty” Scott Taylor (often in tow with Rikishi), tragically died due to complications after attempting to take his own life while in custody on DUI and evading police charges; he was only 46 years old. Continue reading “Tributes to Brickhouse Brown, Nikolai Volkoff & Brian Christopher…”
Since his passing earlier this past Wednesday, the tributes keep pouring in for the WWE and New York sports great Bruno Sammartino. The well-wishes, prayers and condolences were coming in from nearly every who’s-who in the world of professional wrestling, including a 10-bell salute before WWE’s most recent show in South Africa. It’s fair to say that Sammartino’s influence extended FAR beyond the world of professional wrestling to the general entertainment world; enter Bruno Mars… Continue reading “Bruno Mars AND Madison Square Garden paid tribute to the late, great Bruno Sammartino…”
“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…”
This past Monday night on WWE Monday Night RAW, the WWE produced a heartfelt and emotional tribute to “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali, who passed away late Friday night, June 3rd 2016. The WWE took a look back on Ali’s groundbreaking career, as he left an indelible mark on the worlds of boxing and sports-entertainment. Continue reading “Let’s Check Out Muhammad Ali’s Involvement with WWE…”
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”
I’m both very happy and very confused that this has become a thing. It’s one of those things that can only happen on the internet and makes you debate on whether you should laugh or groan in anguish over its absurdity. Ladies and gentlemen, late last year, a new, special Twitter account was born, @WWESubway, which features a series of reaction GIFs taken from the professional wrestling world, and applied to every/anything that could happen to you at a Subway. We finally did it, folks; everyone can go home… Enjoy. Continue reading “Why @WWESubway is the Perfect Wrestling GIF Account…”
In this month’s pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, obscurity, and legacy of (the inspiration and the wrestler who played) Xanta Claus. Continue reading “The Legend of Xanta Claus – Doc’D #36”
And behold, my LONG-AWAITED follow-up post from June 15th, 2012 about the 1991 Survivor Series WWE Championship main event between champion Hulk Hogan and challenger The Undertaker HAS FINALLY ARRIVED. I know you’re just as excited as I am, right?! Right? Well, after Ric Flair’s interference in that title match at Survivor Series that helped ending Hogan’s 248-day run as champ, Hogan was granted a rematch for the championship just six days later at the one AND ONLY This Tuesday in Texas pay-per-view on Dec. 3, 1991 from the Freeman Coliseum in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Continue reading “WWE Championship: The Undertaker vs. Hulk Hogan, This Tuesday in Texas (12/3/1991)”