This is my first attempt at a DVD Review and considering actual age of this DVD it may not be as up to date as some other DVD's. For this edition of the Guest Booker series host Sean Oliver is joined by wrestling legend and former booker "Dirty Dutch Mantell aka Zeb Coulter. They discuss various subjects including Dutch's career in wrestling which has spanned over 30 years and mostly focus their attention on how Dutch would have handled the "re-launch" of TNA on January 4, 2010.
Overall I thought that this really displayed the almost closet knowledge of the wrestling business that Dutch has, but nobody either knows about or really talks about. Mind you this DVD was made before Dutch made his way to Vince and became Zeb so that provides the reason as to why there is no mention of the WWE. If you'd like to purchase this DVD follow any of the links provided below:
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With Classic Wrestling Revolution right around the corner and though an official date has yet to be announced we do know that it is in the early part of next year. Therefore, going with Shane Douglas for this edition of the Shoot of the Week I thought was pretty academic.
Instead of giving you detail for detail what can be found in this podcast I am going to let you find out for yourself. Good luck and I hope you enjoy.
It's another week gone and that means it's time for another match of the week, over the last few weeks have been moving from company to company and now we are moving again. This time we are moving to the WCW where we look back at one of the top feuds in WCW history and dare I say one of the top matches as well. Let's take the old time machine back to the spring of 1997 when Diamond Dallas Page began what would be a two year push to the World Title. We hitting his first of what would be three matches against Randy Savage in one of the best series of matches ever seen in WCW:
Because I couldn't find the full match that I wanted I chose to put two videos up.
Recently I sat down with legendary referee James Beard. This was the first time I actually had the opportunity to actually sit down with an actual wrestling personality and it was extremely enjoyable and one of the best experiences I have had. James I sat down and talked for around an 1:30, some things we spoke about like:
- His time in World Class Championship Wrestling
- Commuting from Japan back to the US
- The end of WCCW and the beginning of USWA
- His time in Global Wrestling Post WCCW
All this and much more!!!
Back in the 1980's the wrestling tradition around the major wrestling promotions was running big events on Thanksgiving night. The original night for the WrestleMania of WCW which was Starrcade was held on Thanksgiving night from 1983-1987 until it was moved to the month it became known for which was December. The WWE didn't hold their biggest show on Thanksgiving, but it did become their second ever PPV ever which was Survivor Series. That is right for the first few years the WWE held Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Night, even when it didn't fall on a Sunday.
Though now it would never happen, because no company in my opinion would be able to get a fair amount of buys to run on Thanksgiving night due to many factors. But now I recreate this one time tradition by taking you back in time to witness the past let's go back in the wrestling time machine to the years when wrestling was the focal point of Thanksgiving night. Enjoy!!
So a few weeks ago I spoke about the rumors of Jerry Jarrett possibly returning to the wrestling business after being out of the limelight for over 10 years. For those who missed it from the last post Jerry left the business back in 2005 for various personal reasons. Also Jerry with his son Jeff began NWA-TNA back in 2002 with Bob Ryder they were the replacement in the wrestling world of WCW. Now we journey deeper into the upcoming project that Jerry will be a part of:
- At first it was rumored that he would be a part of either CWR or GWF, but as it turns out he isn't going to be a part of either. Jerry will actually be heading a new 13-week wrestling series that will be very similar to WWE's Tough Enough or the wrestling version of American Idol.
- Jerry's team will be visiting different independent promotions to search for talent and will be calling indie wrestlers to submit audition tapes.
- The idea is to invite 30-50 talents in to begin the process. The competitions will likely tale place at smaller indie promotions with a few special events ran from major markets like Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago or New York City.
- The finalists would then compete against each other at major market events
The idea is to then do a tour with the winners of the competition and some of the finalists as well as a few established wrestlers that have been with WWE or TNA, or Japan in the past. In terms of the actual competition the indie wrestler will perform in the ring, in front of a three judge panel. If there's a botch or something the judges don't like, they will have a buzzer that they can stop the match with. Though not many other details are known about the show other the information I mentioned above I will say this concept seems awesome. Though Tough Enough didn't work out I think they would keep the voting out of the hands of the fans and leave it to the judges the way they should do it. But at this point we have to play the waiting game until we find out more information about this project.
The report read Breaking New earlier this morning, when the news that Nick Bockwinkel has passed away at the age of 80 years old. Nick was an incredible talent during time in the ring and was the Ric Flair of Minnesota. He was the leader of the AWA with Verne Gagne. With Verne leading way with in ring skill and Nick balanced it out being the complete package and showed it every night. It didn't matter if it was Nick by himself or in tandem with Ray "The Crippler" Stevens was still the man of Minnesota.
Minnesota, was the home base of the AWA from the mid 1960's - 1991 when the company went bankrupt. Nick remained with the company from day 1 to the end. Nick was the promo master of his day and talked more people into the arena the just about anyone of the era. Though the old saying is some guys were designed to be regional stars and couldn't make it on a national scale well Nick wasn't one of those people. Now we look around and see that Nick has been added to that never event in the sky and now many dream matches never thought possible can happen again. The promo master is back at work once again talking people into the arenas forever and always. Now I say goodbye to one of the greats, so long Nick and God Speed!!!
RIP Nick Bockwinkel
1934 - 2015
Gone But Never Forgotten
Thanks for the Memories
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It was only a few weeks ago when I made note of the fact that ESPN was in the early stages of planning a 30 for 30 or an E: 60 on Ric Flair. Though I do believe at this point it is becoming a little clearer that ESPN is doing a 30 for 30 documentary on the Nature Boy I do think they could have done either and both would have been fantastic. At this point the documentary is still in the developing or early stages and most likely wouldn't air until sometime next year.
As of this writing it has been said that WWE will allow ESPN access to their wide array of video footage of Ric Flair which covers pretty much his entire career considering WWE owns both the AWA, and WCW tape libraries. For the most part Flair wrestled in Jim Crockett Promotions which later was to be known as WCW and would get his start in the AWA. Also it seems like ESPN will have a crew at Survivor Series and will be doing interviews with various WWE Superstars about Flair's career and his legacy in the Wrestling business. One has to wonder will ESPN include the influence Flair has had on the Indianapolis Colts considering the players use his old catchphrase in their post game celebration.
On this day 10 years ago the wrestling world was turned on it's ear when the news broke that "Latino Heat" Eddie Guerrero had passed away. Eddie was still in his peak and right in his prime, he got clean and was ready to live his life free and clear. He was man among men and a mentor to all he came in contact with and to quote a certain other WWE superstar "Nobody has or ever will forget the name of Eddie Guerrero."
Now for somewhat a personal story about when I found out that Eddie had passed; I don't have the memory when it comes to remembering things that have happened to me in my life, but even 10 years later I still remember when I was told and who told me at first I didn't believe him and couldn't understand how it was possible. Eddie lead the life we all would be lucky to lead having a job that you love, having a full & loving family, and having a always having a smile on his face. When the realization set in I was sort of dreading the start of Raw cause I knew what was coming and I didn't want it to be real. When Raw started the idea of fighting back the tears also began and at that time and still now I don't really cry easily or often, but that was the first I was actually fighting back tears watching wrestling.
I know a lot recently has happened and for those who saw any of my tributes to those who passed away and it didn't matter if you enjoyed them or not, because the emotion within them was real. When Eddie passed it was the first time I actually witnessed someone I grew up watching pass away so it me pretty hard.
10 Years Gone But Still Alive and Well in our Memories
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.