When Lance Storm debuted in the WCW in the summer of 2000 it wasn't without controversy in front of him from his departure from ECW. After the financial issues began and one to many checks bounced Lance went looking elsewhere for employment and found it in the WCW. Fact of the matter is that at first Storm looked to be one of the first new talents WCW was actually going to "push" until they messed that up and made Storm nothing more than a mid-carder who was under the glass ceiling.
In ECW Lance had just been a two time Tag Team Champion (Once with Chris Candido & Once with Justin Credible). But within 6-8 months of being a apart of WCW Storm would become WCW Cruiserweight, Hardcore, & United States Champion. Storm would also become the first wrestler in WCW history to hold three titles all at the same time. Lance would rename each of the titles Canadian Heavyweight Championship, 100 kg and Under Championship, and Saskatchewan Hardcore International Title respectively.
After Storm either vacated or lost all of the titles he wouldn't go on to have much success in the WCW, but would go on to have a very solid run in the WWE following the closure of the WCW in March of 2001. Also featured in the interview that I will not speak on is Lance Storm's opinion of certain members of the WCW booking committee during the time he was with the company; one of the name is included in the title but the other might surprise some people.
Awesome on the microphone
Awesome in ring
Beginning his career in the early 70's after being trained by Verne Gagne it wasn't until he made his way to the Mid-Atlantic region that Ric started gaining attention which was around 1974. It wasn't long before Ric had gotten a belt to his name defeating Paul Jones for the NWA Mid-Atlantic TV Title. Then a little more than a year later the now infamous Plane crash happened where nature boy broke his back in 3 places. He was told he would never wrestle again, but after 4 months of rehab he returned to the NWA and became a heel after tearing up the fans get well soon cards. In 1977 Ric started a feud that would go on throughout his career vs Ricky Steamboat. After feuds vs many Hall of Famers like Jimmy Snuka, Piper, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat, Blackjack Mulligan, & Buddy Rogers. He became NWA World Champion after defeating Dusty Rhodes in September 1981 in Kansas City. Flair then stays champion through the beginning of the Freebirds vs Von Erich's feud in WCCW. Feuds with Race, & Rhodes & had matches with them some of which that had moments still talked about today. Then it happened in September of 1985 Flair turned heel and joined up with Ole & Arn Anderson after breaking Dusty's leg in a chair they later added JJ Dillon & Tully Blanchard. But that was the night the Four Horseman were born and never died.
From their he won the title and lost the title many times stole the show with the likes of Steamboat, Sting, Funk, Luger, Windum, Morton, & others. Then in 1991 Flair was fired from WCW by Jim Herd, and ended going to the WWF and stayed until the middle of 1993 won the WWE Title on two separate occasions and then left again. For the next 9 years, he stayed in WCW, reforms the Horseman with members like Benoit, Arn Anderson, Mongo McMichaels, Malenko, Pillman, Jarrett, Woman, Hennig, and Elizabeth, he would go onto win more World Titles than anyone in wrestling history by the time his tenure in WCW ended. Most people know that Ric is famous for holding the World Title a spectacular 16 times.
Then after WCW gets bought he shows up in the WWE where he wrestles wins gold but never wins a World title. Some highlights are that he managed one of the greatest stables in WWE history called Evolution, and would fight the likes of Vince, Taker, HHH, Rock, Jericho, Hogan, Michaels, Won the Intercontinental title on occasion and would lose it to Shelton Benjamin in either 2005 or 2006 and he would later win the Tag Team titles with Roddy Piper defeating the Spirit Squad. Flair would end up losing a retirement match to Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24 and stayed retired for 2 years but then went to TNA. There he has wrestled 4 matches, but mostly managed different guys like AJ Styles, Abyss, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Daniels, Kazarian, Doug Williams, Desmond Wolfe, and others.
No matter how long it takes him to say goodbye the Nature Boy will always be the limousine, Riding, Jet Flying, Kiss stealing, wheelin, dealin, son of a gun that we all know and love.
The 16 time World Champion Probably has wrestled more 60 minute classics then anyone & is one of the few who can have a great match with just about anyone. Thank you Ric for all you have done for the pro-wrestling industry over your historic career.
Many people say that their was an era for them that wrestling was perfect and nothing could be better and for most people that era was the Attitude Era or the Monday Night Wars. During this period the WCW and the WWF went head to head on Monday Nights for brand supremacy and ultimately the WWE won out buying WCW in March of 2001. But in reality this show is one of the many reason the WWE ended up coming out on top of their competition. Raw killed it on this night with an 8.4 rating and Nitro didn't even run due to a pre-emption, this night made things even worse for the slowly fading WCW. Below are results from the night that has since been called the "Raw that Changed it All" and is also the Highest Rated Raw in the History of WWE.
WWF Monday Night Raw: (5-10-99)
Kane vs Billy Gunn
The Big Show vs Paul Bearer
Debra vs Sable w/Nicole Bass in an Evening Gown match for the Women’s title with Val Venis as Special Ref
The Big Bossman vs Test in a Nightstick on a Pole match
Cactus Jack vs Mideon & Viscera in a Hardcore Handicap match
Farooq vs Bradshaw ended in a Lumberjack match (Members of the Union served as Lumberjacks)
Gerald Brisco & Pat Patterson vs The Mean Street Posse (Pete Gas & Rodney)
Jeff Jarrett w/Debra vs Val Venis
Ken Shamrock vs Chyna w/Triple H
Steve Austin & The Rock & Vince McMahon vs Shane McMahon & The Undertaker & Triple H (Shawn Michaels was the referee)
For reasons out of my control I haven't been able to secure access to the full show. But if you want to watch the show that would become the Highest Rated Raw ever then just look for the....... 5-10-99 episode of Monday Night Raw.
Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday dear Rocky, Happy Birthday to you. Beat you didn't see this post starting off like that now did you. For those who don't know Dwayne Johnson was originally thought destined to become a football player, or that's what most thought after he graduated from the University of Miami in 1995. But after coming up short in the CFL (Canadian Football League) Dwayne began to look elsewhere. In late 1995 though his dad resisted at first Rocky began to train to become a pro-wrestler. With the help of Pat Patterson, Rocky landed tryout matches with the WWE or WWF at the time, though nothing really happened Rock didn't give up.
Rocky ended up down in Memphis, TN as a part of the promotion called USWA (United States Wrestling Association) which was owned by Jerry Jarrett & Jerry Lawler. Dwayne's original debut came as a part of this company under the name of Flex Kavana. Sometime in 1996, Rocky signed with the WWE and would be set to the training camp to receive further training from Dr. Tom Pritchard. Rocky would debut for the WWE at the 1996 Survivor Series in a Traditional Survivor Series elimination match; Rocky would be the sole survivor for his team.
Fast forward around a year and after the crowd turned their back on Rocky, with chants such as "Die Rocky Die." The white meat baby face that was once Rocky Maivia seemingly became The Rock overnight. Around this time his first feud with Steve Austin began over the Intercontinental Title. As time wore on The Rock would become one of if the top stars ever to be in the WWE both in and out of the ring. The Rock's feuds during this time with the likes of: Mankind, Triple H, Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, The Undertaker, & many others produced some of the greatest matches and even of the most underrated matches in the history of the WWE.
Around the beginning of 2001 The Rock began working in Hollywood as well as the WWE and his work began with the movie The Mummy Returns. By 2003 The Rock's movie career had begun taking off and he was officially putting wrestling behind him in place of his movie career. Though over the next few years Rock would make the occasional appearance it wouldn't be until 2011 that The Rock would Finally (No Pun Intended) return to the ring. The Rock would return to the ring at WrestleMania 28 against John Cena in a match that was billed as "Once in a Lifetime" only to have a rematch set for the following year. At the Royal Rumble 2012, The Rock would become WWE Champion by ending the 474 day reign of CM Punk, and would proceed to defeat Punk again at No Way Out and then lose the title to Cena at WrestleMania 29. Since then The Rock has appeared sporadically including the appearances at the last two WrestleMania's and having a face off with Rusev on Raw.
Below is a list of The Rock's Wrestling Achievements:
8 time WWE World Champion
2 time WWE Intercontinental Champion
5 time WWE Tag Team Champion
2 time WCW World Champion
2 time USWA Tag Team Champion
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.