I would probably be not too far off if I were to say that after this past Sunday everyone still has WrestleMania on the brain and will remember some moments a little better than others. The one moment I am looking for people to remember is from the pre-show more so the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal when JBL said "Big Show has never won a Battle Royal in either WWE or WCW." Well JBL was wrong because he once again is pretending or someone in WWE is pretending that WCW never existed and that World War 3 wasn't a Battle Royal. For those who may not know World War 3 was basically WCW answer to the Royal Rumble only WCW had a little twist on the match. Instead of a 30 man Battle Royal, WCW had a 60 man Battle Royal and the participants didn't come down at intervals everyone started in the ring at one time.Bottom of FormBottom of FormBottom of Form
Also World War 3 was a 60 man, 3 ring Battle Royal usually the stipulation was for the winner to challenge for the World Title, but they never did have the winner face the World Champion.
The card in question didn't just feature a big Battle Royal, but it also featured great matches like: Ultimo Dragon vs Rey Mysterio for the Super J Cup, Dean Malenko vs Psychosis for the Cruiserweight title, & Outsiders vs Nasty Boys vs Faces of Fear for the Tag Team Titles. That comment at WrestleMania just shows WWE's willingness to change or to cover history and not allow people now that people did actually have career's before the WWE.
Though looking back World War 3's Battle Royal now seems like a big cluster **** but back in the day I loved the match, because I am a huge fan of Battle Royal's. This post isn't about bad mouthing WWE it is about pointing out a mistake they made and letting all of you know the truth about the situation.
Look, I know most people may not look for sites where people aren’t afraid to express their opinion and allow for all of their posts to be unbiased. I have been doing this site since January and for all of that time I have tried to stay professional and keep my opinion out of it, but for once I am not going to do that. For almost over a year I have had a post in mind to do about a specific topic and about a specific arena. With the Arena’s of the Past Series I have it gave me the perfect opportunity to do so and I am taking the opportunity. This will be the longest post I have ever done on this site and maybe the most opinionative post I have done, but doing it once in a while is it really that bad. I feel very strongly about this and have developed somewhat of an attachment to this arena in the last few years so please show respect. Thanks & I hope You Enjoy!!!!
The arena and sports team I am talking about is the very resurgent New York Islanders and their home the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. For those who may not know the Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn at the end of this NHL season and the Coliseum will be closing for renovations. Little side note, if your fan and haven’t went back for the final season then get back to relive your memories as soon as possible, because this will be a season you will never forget. For those who may not know the Coliseum actually held part of Wrestlemania 2 and saw Mr. T vs Roddy Piper in the infamous boxing match. So to those who may wonder why I am writing about this that’s how a post about the Coliseum relates to wrestling.
Nassau Coliseum What the Outsiders Don’t Get:
Now on to a more personal portion and that is the environment at the Nassau Coliseum for an NHL game. If you have never been to an Islander game at the Nassau Coliseum you don’t know what you’re missing, and I am speaking from experience as up until this off-season I didn’t know what I was missing either. As I would come to find out this year when the Coliseum is rocking there is no better arena in Hockey and no better place to be, because you can feel the place shaking, the voices echoing, and the goose bumps all over; and that is just for the regular season, imagine how it is for playoffs. The environment in the Coliseum is something special and is something that you have to feel and can’t be explained. However the environment in the arena is something that in all likelihood will go the wayward way once the Islanders leave for Brooklyn. This is sad and shows that though most think we are just losing a hockey, Long Island is losing more than just a hockey team and more than just our team. Those who fill the Coliseum and have filled the Coliseum over the years, and even if the team wasn’t that good the people still came and cheered; those people will be losing their home away from home in the month of October to April once the Islanders move. I am just going to add that anyone who say what’s the big deal has never felt what it’s like to be in the Coliseum and to feel that environment. Once the Coliseum is gone, it is the last of the arenas that are for the fans and unlike the big arenas they have now that are for big businesses and corporate types. I guess what I am saying is once the Coliseum is gone the last “Barn” is gone also.
I know that it’s easy to blame someone for this because you can as it is certain peoples fault that the Islanders are moving. However, there is a better way to make those people not think they “won” and that is even after the Islanders move, by still bringing that energy and big event feel to everything at the Coliseum. Doing that will show that even though our hockey team is gone and even though it’s a new Coliseum, the environment in that “Barn” is something that will never change unless we allow it to. A few weeks ago I read an article about the Islanders written by a fan and though I may not remember most of the article I do remember the title of the article. The title was “Losing Fort Neverlose” it detailed all that will be lost once the Islanders move and how it didn’t have to be like this. Well, I have to say from the lack of experience I have, I don’t know if we have a voice (younger generation); because where I live young people don’t really have a loud voice. It depends on how we use that voice to reflect the changes around us. The age of the dynasty may be long gone, but a new age of Islander pride is slowly rising up and though some bumps may fill the road, one day people we see the Isles in the Stanley Cup again. Sadly it may not be on the Island, but that doesn’t mean the pride for the team will waiver. Finally, though you may believe they are taking our team and our arena away. But you’re wrong because once you have gone to anything at the Coliseum, especially an Islander game you always remember the environment and the memories you made; and though they can take the team and change the Coliseum, you will Never Lose the Memories.
For the first time I am actually going to do one of these posts based on a non male wrestler like I have done every one of these prior. The women I chose was Mae Young, because though many may not believe that she had a career prior to her long stay in the WWE, she did.
Now there really isn't much known about Mae's career prior to the WWE but below is some interesting facts about Mae's career:
Mae has embodied the wrestling business for the last 70 plus years and has told Vince she wants to wrestle when she is 100 years old. I think that would be awesome just to see her walk out on RAW at age 100 because that'd very special. To quote who spoke to Mae "Thousands of people are pulling for you." Once again, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to Mae for all she has done for this business and hope she kicks this. Stay Strong Mae We All Know You Can Beat This.
With the success of other blog series in the past I figured this would be a good idea to do another one. In this blog series I will look back at past television from other wrestling companies that I can find. I thought with the fact that so many past editions of wrestling television shows are on YouTube so I thought why not use them.
The first edition of this series will see me taking us back to May 24 1999, aka RAW is Owen. A little background into the show:
It is hard to believe that it has been 14 years since WCW folded in March of 2001 and was sold for around 4.2 million dollars to WWE. This week fourteen years ago was when it all started to sink in that Wrestling was about to change forever and it would be the end of an era.
In the following six months we as fans would be given one of the worst "invasions" in the history of wrestling and many fans would turn from the business forever. But right now isn't about Invasion it is remembering the last week in history of WCW.
Being honest I remember the last Nitro like it was yesterday, but I don't remember the last Thunder as I wasn't one for watching Thunder every week as I believe by that time I was mostly watching WWF outside of watching Nitro. To quote a former WCW Writer in talking about what happened with WCW "They had the golden goose and they cut it's head off." That couldn't be more true because everyone knows the roster they had at the peak of the company but slowly but surely things started going south and never went north again. Though many will say that this final week of WCW was a long time coming I guarantee everyone single one of them would say they never wanted to happen. When it happened many thought it wasn't real, that it was joke, but it was real and it was the end of era. Look instead of me continuing to talk I am going to let the cards and the nostalgia to the talking for me.
As every year passes some things are forgotten, because new things happen and replace the old things that happen. I have said it before and will say it again that if "History isn't talked about it's forgotten." There really isn't much explanation needed for this title as I believe it explains itself.
Now I am not one of those people who think that every match from the 1980's was amazing and they could do no wrong, and that's why I won't just be posting matches from back in the day. Fact of the matter is if I believe the talent in the match deserve more attention or it might be a match that some never knew existed those are the reasons for this series.
In my opinion, because of the circumstances surrounding his name Frank Goodish isn't talked about by most people as great worker, because the mystery surrounding his passing clouds the name of the man who worked in the ring. Frank was one of the best brawlers of his era and though many though he was head case it also could be though that he was just trying to protect his best interest. Frank Goodish or also known as Bruiser Brody was murder before a wrestling show in Puerto Rico while in the locker room. Because of what happened in Puerto Rico I think that immediately takes peoples attention away from Bruiser the Wrestler and moves to Frank the man. Using this logic people overlook how good Bruiser was in the ring and why he is considered one of the Greatest Brawlers in Wrestling history. Enjoy the Match and This Look back in time.
This post is basically just about looking back at the past, because I am a strong believer in keeping the past alive and this is just another way to do that. Everyone always says "wrestling was so much back in the day" and that is how this series came to be, I wanted to give people an outlet to relive the glory days of wrestling. Looking back at past shows from WWE, WCW, TNA, ECW, NWA, etc allows maybe for a new group fans to see the old school footage and give the past access to a new generation.
For this installment of Retro-Show we will be looking back and comparing the same company, but the past vs the future of the company or more closely the NWA vs WCW. For many years, numerous fans said that the golden age of wrestling was the 1980's and I don't disagree, but some fans also say that the Attitude Era was the Golden Age of Wrestling.
Now everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and I expect there to be some people who think 1980’s & others who say 1990’s. But now let's compare the past to the future, which I mean Jim Crockett Promotions (MACW) from 1985 to WCW from 1998. The arena would be bigger and brighter, but is the talent much different and where the matches much different. I am not only doing this to compare which era was better, but to show the differences in pro-wrestling from the 1980's to the late 1990's.
Best Skills: Good on the microphone, Decent in the ring
Kevin began his career in WCW first as "Steel" who was one half of the tag team called the Master Blasters. However that team didn't last and they separated within a year, then Kevin was repackaged as Oz based off the book the Wizard of Oz. Much like Steel, the Oz character was short lived. He was repackage again, this time as Vinnie Vegas and like the story goes that's the character Shawn Michaels saw Nash doing and thought he would be good in the WWF as Shawn's bodyguard. Low and behold, Kevin got out of his WCW deal, and jumped to the WWE and finally got something that stuck his name was Diesel.
Within less than a year Nash won every title there was to win in the WWE from the Tag Team Titles to the Intercontinental to the WWF title as well. Which is one of the reasons that contribute to him jumping back to WCW in 1996 I also think it was the more money for less work. Kevin jumping ship allowed one of the best angles in wrestling history to play out and that was the NWO. Even though the NWO, became one of the leading causes of death for WCW it was one of the main reasons WCW started to get hot in the mid-90s like they did. Nash stayed in WCW until 2001 when the company closed and from 1996-2001 he amounted to have 9 Tag Team Titles & 5 World Titles to his name. After WCW went out of business he went back to the WWE for a short run first with Hall & Hogan then Solo. It never really meant much. More recently he was a part of TNA & was with WWE for a short run in 2011. But I think it's safe to say Kevin Nash is done with active wrestling for any company and he will just continue to make occasional appearances for WWE when necessary.
“When Your NWO, Your NWO 4 Life”
I was going to put this post up yesterday but I figured I would give people at least a day to watch the "short documentary" on the Von Erich's. After months of wait The Von Erich 30 for 30 piece aired on Sports Center/ESPN on Friday, February 27 at 6 pm Eastern time. I saw from my stats that some people may have had a difficult time finding the video or documentary that was aired.
Though this 30 for 30 piece didn't capture the full essence of the Von Erich family it did do a great job of giving a little background into the families successes and failures. Also it depicted how Kevin Von Erich coped with his brothers passing's in a very subtle yet interesting way. Now I can sing the praises of this "short documentary" forever, but everybody is going to have their opinion; so if you haven't seen and want to now is your chance to form your opinion.
Click Here to watch the full Von Erich: Wrestling The Curse "Short Film"
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.