Back in the day every company had one announcer the became an important part of the company and someone you look to see every week to make sure that your watching the right show. Seeing announcers like:
- Dave Brown (Memphis)
- Lance Russell (Memphis)
- Gordon Solie (Florida, GCW)
- Jim Ross (WCW & UWF)
- Bob Caudell (JCP)
For the last 50 years Lance Russell has given his life to the world of wrestling from CWA to WCW to SMW to Memphis to Conventions it doesn't matter even now wrestling still plays a big part in the life of this wrestling legend. This why on Saturday October 24 live in the Oman Arena from Jackson, Tennessee it will be An All-Star Tribute to Lance Russell. Very few people in this business have earned such a show, but after all Lance has done for wrestling their is no doubt that he deserves this. Some special guests for the show will be:
- Rock N Roll Express
- Koko B Ware
- Rocky Johnson
- Terry Funk
- Jerry Lawler
This show will be Main Evented by:
The Final Stand
After around a year of construction the hotbed for Atlanta Wrestling was opened for business on October 14, 1972 and the arena became the largest indoor facility in terms of seating capacity. Not only did this arena become did this arena become a hotbed for wrestling, but it also became the home of the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Flames. This arena was home to an NBA team from 1972-1997 and then was home to an NHL team from 1972-1980. Every arena has held their fair share of big concerts, Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Journey, The Police, Def Leppard, Elvis Presley, and various others.
Now onto the history of wrestling in that arena, looking back at 1972 when the arena opened and it wasn't long before it became the home base of Georgia Championship Wrestling. Then in the late 1980's in became the home base of Jim Crocket Promotions. Many major and historic wrestling events were held there including Starrcade 1985, 86, 89 and the first War-games at Great American Bash. The WWE also held shows at the arena a few times, but it was the home base of WCW until the arena closed in 1997 and was demolished on July 17, 1997. The Phillips Arena replaced the arena and was built on the same site of the old arena and was opened on September 18, 1999.
Top Historical Wrestling Matches:
War Games: Four Horseman vs Super Powers, Road Warriors and Paul Ellering (GAB 87)
Scaffolding Match: Road Warriors w/ Paul Ellering vs Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba (Starrcade 87)
Cage Match: Tommy Rich vs Buzz Sawyer (Battle of Atlanta 82)
We return with another edition of this series and once again we go back to the man known to be the shoot king for the amount of times he has done different types of shoots. Corny is very much a perfect fit for this series as he isn't afraid to express his opinion. What makes this perfect is both Jim Cornete & Ric Flair as neither guy is afraid to express their opinion even if it means pissing someone off.
Now onto this shoot both Corny and Flair are shooting on the least favorite executives and the man that was least fit to run a wrestling company. This guy was one of the reasons that the early WCW was so horrible as a former manager of a Pizza Hut. One of the first Presidents of the new WCW post Turner Purchase was Jim Heard. Heard's best idea was the Ding Dongs, that should tell you something. Jim was also the president of WCW who had the idea to shave Ric Flair's head and make him a Roman Gladiator instead of Ric Flair. Well now that you know why Jim Heard was hated let's hear it from Jim Cornette and Flair:
It has been 14 years since the worst tragedy on American soil took place that being the tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001. On that day American's pulled together and showed our strength against outside threats, as thousands poured into New York City to help with recover. Other tried to figure out how to try and return to normalcy and not display fear even in a very dark time. One of those men who tried to spark a return to normalcy was Vince McMahon, and what he did was hold the largest public assembly of it's kind after 9/11, I am speaking of the 9/13/01 episode of Smackdown that my friends is the most passionate episode of Smackdown I have ever seen. For those who don't know even back in the early part of the decade Smackdown was taped on Tuesday, so yes that means it was supposed to be taped on September 11, 2001 but it never happened because the WWE let everyone have off. Then they came back to work and had the Smackdown on the day it airs Thursday, so they had it live in Dallas Texas. Throught the show WWE & Alliance superstars alike we sending their Well Wishes to New York & those who lost people on 9/11. On that night they should patriotism & a large amount of Nationalism for the US and express it in the small videos on the show. Below is a link to the show:
14 years ago in my opinion the worst tragedy in US History took place and even though years have past will still honor those lost on that day and hold them in them in highest regard for the sacrifices they made. Also we remember that we are proud to members of this Great Nation. God Bless the USA!!!
Growing up in the 80's and early 90's if there was two wrestlers I latched on to, it was Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper. As I got older and understood wrestling one guy I truly latched on with was Del Wilkes or The Patriot.
Recently Del has appeared on many podcasts and shows and its great to hear him now a days telling his story. From 1992-97 The Patriot dominated my television. From his days to Global Wrestling Federation on ESPN to WCW where he tagged with Buff Bagwell to his WWF days which were my favorite when he faced Bret Hart for the WWF title.
Del has overcome many obstacles since his wrestling days with painkillers and unemployment. Del though like the Patroit rose from the ashes and now gives testimonials and does different shows to discuss what he has overcome.
I grew up a Patriot fan because of how patriotic he was. On top of that he was an incredible wrestler who had an amazing move set. To me the Patriot could do no wrong, as he stood for America, he was an All American in football and he had some of the coolest moves such as the Uncle Slam and The Patriot Missile.
I recently have gotten the chance to message Del Wilkes and to me it has meant so much. To me he is a hero he takes time out of his day to talk to his fans, he cares still about the business and he still loves football.
I always thought he should of won a title in the WWF. He came close vs Bret Hart, and perhaps maybe he would have had a collarbone injury and various other injuries forced him to retire. Del did win 2 tag title championships in WCW with Buff Bagwell and won a few titles in GWF.
I am so grateful for what Del gave to the business and I will always consider him to be my favorite wrestler of all time. I hope one day to meet him and thank him personally in person. But for now this is the best way to thank the man. If you get a chance take a look at his shirts on Pro Wrestling Tee's and follow him on twitter. I honestly don't think we will ever have a wrestler like the Patriot again and I am ok with that because to me there will always only be one Del Wilkes.
If I had to pick a wrestler who mostly wrestled in WCW and I had to have him be my all time favorite Wrestler from WCW, to me that would be an easy answer. I would pick Scotty Riggs or when he was in the Flock, just Riggs.
Most people remember Scotty Riggs as a member of the American Males, the tag team of Scott Riggs and Buff Bagwell. They would come out clapping and had the most interesting entrance theme quite possibly in wrestling history. They would go on and win tag gold. After that Buff Bagwell would go on to the NWO and Scotty Riggs would feud with the NWO and in fact represented WCW in NWO Souled Out 97.
To me this was an exciting time in wrestling and finally Scotty Riggs got a push to help WCW go against NWO with his ever famous line WCW 4 Life. To me that was awesome and got me so pumped because I was honestly never a NWO fan and so stoked that Scotty Riggs was a WCW guy, I was also 13 years old when this was happening.
Scotty would then go on and join The Flock wearing his ever famous Eye Patch. To me the Flock was the greatest faction ever in WCW. It was like a bunch of outsiders that came together and formed this interesting faction of various wrestlers with different gimmicks and backgrounds. The Flock would have a huge following and Riggs was simply awesome in it. He was so memorable with his eye patch, it was pretty awesome. It was also the prime time of WCW with the various NWO’s, WCW, The Flock and all the Japanese wrestlers that came to wrestle in WCW.
After The Flock disbanded Scotty Riggs would become the Narcissist which was my favorite gimmick of his. He use to come out with a mirror and admire himself. I thought it was great and he had a fun match at Spring Stampede vs Mikey Whipwreck in this gimmick. I always wished that they would have pushed him to win the US or TV title for WCW when he was in this gimmick. No matter what happened I was always a Scotty Riggs fan.
Scotty Riggs would leave WCW and go to ECW where he had a memorable match vs RVD which is absolutely a must watch if your an ECW fan.
Recently this past week marked 20 years since Nitro first debuted. Scotty Riggs appeared on many Monday Night Nitros and in fact was on the first 2 hour episode of Nitro. To me he will always be my favorite WCW wrestler and is in my Top 3 of all time favorite wrestlers. Scotty Riggs is happily retired from wrestling and is one of the coolest wrestlers on social media. It’s always awesome to talk to one your all time favorite wrestlers and hands down probably one of the nicest guys out of the ring.
If you ever get a chance go on the WWE Network, type in American Males, and type in Scotty Riggs and enjoy many great matches.
A different title then your used to seeing eh? I have only done this type of post one other time on this site, but the last time I did this post I mentioned that this used to be one of my favorite post series as it allows me to mix things up. Especially this time, let me just jump right into things:
It was earlier in the week that I went on the internet and was at a loss for word, darn I say that I was down right shocked when I saw the news. A legend arrested after 30 plus years of silence...... unfair yes, but I do feel that justice has a strange way of being served. A lot of other writers have been fortunate enough to have met Jimmy Snuka in the past, but I had no such luck. Just the though of him being wheel chair ridden at this point and still being arrested by local PD well it turns my stomach to be honest with you. Snuka was diagnosed with stomach cancer a few months ago and various reports have said he was wheel chair bound when arrested.
Look I know some of you maybe looking around for someone to believe and questioning what is going on with this situation, so let me take a second and say somethings:
- Jimmy is 72 years of age and got arrested for an unsolved crime that happened 32 years ago in the state of New Jersey I do believe.
- His trial is set to begin before the end of the month in the state of Jersey
- The gap maybe to far to have an accurate account of the events that took place on that day in question over 30 years ago.
With all the sites out there reporting facts and what happened, this post isn't what you have come to expect from writers talking about this situation. You remember the ones that aren't like the others, rather then the ones that are all the same. Some may question my stance on this situation and that's more then fine, but let quell the talk and say no matter what happens this will always be how I view Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka:
God Bless "Superfly"
You'll Always Be A Legend
Nobody Can Take that Away
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.