This is the first time in a long time that i have actually done a post like this and this will not be the last time as this post will be showing up a lot more. Arn whose real name is Marty Lunde, would debut in 1982 working for various indpendent companies all over the United States. In Arn's early years he would work for various territories including Southeastern Champion Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling. It wasn't until his short lived stint in Mid-South did Arn's career really begin to take off after top Mid-South Wrestling star at the time Junkyard Dog made the connection that Arn looked like an Anderson. Bill Watts who was booker at the time agreed and pulled some strings to get Arn on TV in the Mid-Atlantic region. The rest as they say is history!!
From the year 1984 on till around 1989 Arn Anderson would remain a major player of sorts in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of the men whom you think of when you are talking about WCW wrestlers or Mid-Atlantic wrestlers in general. However, in late 1985 after around a year of teaming with Ole, The Anderson clan would join forces with fellow heels in Ric Flair & Tully Blanchard to form what would called the Four Horsemen (With JJ Dillon as the Manager). The Horsemen would go on to feud with some of the top names of the territory like Magnum TA, Dusty Rhodes, Road Warriors, and others. The Horsemen would have various incarnations over the years with only two members being a part of each "version" of the faction and those two men are Ric Flair & Arn Anderson. In the years that followed Arn would be the leader in many respects of both the NWA/WCW & WWF Tag Team division with various partners including Bobby Eaton, Tully Blanchard, Larry Zbyszko, others; Arn would also become the "flag bearer" of sorts for the Television Championship as anytime it needed a boost in prestige Double A was always there to give it that boost.
After years of wear and tear on his body the "miles" began to catch up to him and he realized it was time to hang it up. In many respects due to a severe injury he was forced to hang it up, but whose keeping track. Arn would remain on with WCW from 1997-2001 in an agent role, which is the same role he would hold with the WWE following the purchase of WCW by WWE in 2001. Arn has actually been an agent in the WWE for the last 14 years and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Career Highlight & Achievements from Arn Anderson's Career:
One time WWE World Tag Team Champion
Five Time NWA/WCW World Tag Team Champion
Four Time NWA/WCW World Television Champion
One time NWA National Tag Team Champion
WWE Hall of Famer Class of 2012
Competed in the First ever War Games Match
The wrestling world incurred a tragic loss late last week when the legendary Hall of Famer "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes passed away at the age of 69. Dusty was by far the biggest star to come out of Florida was on the "ticket" to be a part of a fundraiser to help build a CWF (Championship Wrestling from Florida Wall of Fame at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, which will be restructured by the Tampa JCC. This fundraiser also became a celebration of the life of one of the territories biggest stars the "American Dream" Dusty who actually first became the Dream down in Florida. They even had a 10 bell salute to Dusty in the JCC and below are just some of the names that were at the fundraiser:
"Dusty and CWF stories could be heard in every room of the JCC with fans waiting in lines to meet their favorite stars. The massive signing included J.J. Dillon, Al Perez, Rocky Johnson, Brian Blair, Hector Guerrero, Ron Bass, Bushwhacker Luke, Jimmy Hart, Bill Alfonso, Dory Funk Jr., Kofi Kingston, Ricky Steamboat and countless others. WWE superstar Roman Reigns a big attraction for the newer fans."
Below are some stories that talent who were also at the event shared:
Dean Malenko on his Dad & Dusty Rhodes: “I remember going to the Armory with him,” he said. “We all just grew up watching wrestling. This was before any real sports teams. You had Championship Wrestling from Florida where you would go watch the shows. This was a great place to live and to work.”
He added: “Dusty’s name will always have a legacy in the state of Florida. Dusty was Dusty. He was the “American Dream.” He was this flamboyant character who connected with the audience. He will be sorely missed. That is what this is all about. Honor those who paved the way. It’s to give back to them and have a wall dedicated to their legacy.”
Steve Keirn, who called Dusty a close friend for nearly 40 years.
“He was like my big brother,” he said. “We were really close these last seven years running the developmental for WWE. I got to work with Dusty real close. It was like having a blast from the past with Dusty being a mentor. He was the man. He was the greatest showman ever in this industry, way past Gorgeous George. That is the only one I can think of that maybe could compare to Dusty. He was the Muhammad Ali of professional wrestling. They ran parallel. I remember Muhammad Ali coming to the dressing room in Miami Beach talking to Dusty about doing interviews. That’s how good he was at his craft. He is the best ever at promos in this industry. Nobody can come close to Dusty Rhodes.”
Norman Smiley on Dusty: “I will miss him,” said Smiley, who also works with up-n-coming talent at the WWE Performance Center. “We actually shared an office together for the last few years. Just being around him and being drawn to his charisma and listening to his stories, it’s a tragic loss. I miss him.”
For a little more information on the event it is below, but I just wanted to say that seeing them trying to I don't if contain is the right word. Seeing them trying to save history really makes me happy, because if you don't talk about or look at it then it easily can be forgotten. It's fundraiser's like this one that help protect the past and allow it to live on for generations to come.
Note: This fundraiser was organized by the son of wrestling legend The Great Malenko and brother to WWE agent Dean Malenko, Jody Simon aka former wrestler Joe Malenko.
"The CWF fan fest kicked off a fund-raising campaign to pay for a permanent display of photos and memorabilia at the new Tampa JCC, which will be at the site of the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. The CWF Wall of Fame at the Tampa JCC will celebrate the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory’s wrestling history in Tampa. The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory was the Madison Square Garden of Championship Wrestling from Florida. All the top wrestling stars worked or wanted to work the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.
For more information on future fund-raising efforts for the CWF Wall of Fame, search “CWF Wall of Fame” and “CWF Archives” on Facebook."
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/fighting/article23826826.html#storylink=cpy
I still remember reading in shock that the Ultimate Warrior had passed away just 24 hours after making his first WWE Raw appearance in 18 years. It is hard to imagine that he has been gone now for a little over a year as that means to remember that surreal 3 day span following Warrior's induction into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 30. Formerly known as Jim Hellwig until he legally changed his name to just Warrior, Jim left an interesting past in wrestling business one that fans still take about to this day.
A day after Warrior would have turned 56 we look back at one of the most interesting characters in the history of this great sport. Warrior was a great man because he wasn't afraid to tell you what was on his mind and didn't care what you thought about what he said. Sometime that got him into trouble like when he walked away from WWF in 1996 after a short run with the company.
But that isn't what this is about, this is about celebrating one of the WWE's greatest characters they helped perfect. Some of you may not know, but Warrior actually was the Dingo Warrior before debuting in the WWE and having his name changed to the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior started in the UWF as a part of the team known as the Blade Runners with his partner known as Blade Runner Flash later known as Sting. Once their team split so did Warrior and he found his first bit of success as member of the WCCW. Then in 1987 when he signed with the WWE his stock really began to take off and by 1989 he began in opinion one of his better feuds with Rick Rude over the Intercontinental Championship. As the years went by the Warrior's stock grew and then it reached the point where Warrior was putting his Intercontinental Title on the line against Hulk Hogan's WWF Championship in the Main Event of WrestleMania in Toronto. Warrior would become WWE Champion and would eventually drop the title to SGT Slaughter at the 1990 Royal Rumble match. This would lead to Warrior's greatest match in my opinion his WrestleMania "Retirement Match" against Randy Savage. Which Warrior would win and Randy would end up retiring. Other then short runs in both WCW & WWE in the mid to late 1990's Warrior really stayed away from the business until last year when it was announced The Ultimate Warrior was taking his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Below are two videos, one from the night he returned on Raw and the other is the night he won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania:
Warrior's Let Him Hear You!!!
Gone but Never Forgotten
His Memory Will Live forever!!!
This arena is only the second arena I have done in this series that is actually still open as the Nassau Coliseum was the first of the two. The Pond opened in 1993 and was original called the Arrowhead Pond after the company Arrowhead Water bought the naming rights to the arena. Shortly after the arena opened the NHL franchise later known as the Anaheim Ducks were founded and would at the arena. Then in October 2006, Honda paid 60 million dollars for the naming rights to the arena and thereby changed the name of the arena to the Honda Center. However, this post is looking back at the matches from the arenas past before the name change.
Some of wrestling's best matches took place within the hallowed halls of the Pond, like the Hollywood Back lot Brawl between Roddy Piper & Goldust at WrestleMania 12 or the Royal Rumble match from 1999. That's right some great events took place at the arena as well like WrestleMania 12, Royal Rumble 1999, & WrestleMania 2000 (16). The best matches from the Arrowhead ponds history include: Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels in an Ironman Match for the WWF Championship from WrestleMania 12, or the I-Quit Match for the WWF Championship from Royal Rumble 1999 between The Rock & Mankind, who could forget the Triangle Ladder Match between The Dudley Boys, Edge & Christian, and The Hardy Boys from WrestleMania 16.
In many respects the Triangle Ladder match set the stage for the TLC matches that would follow at Summerslam later that year and WrestleMania the following year. This became one of the best if not the best Tag team feud in the history of the WWE as they topped themselves every time they went out their and earned everyone's respect because of it. At the point that the I-Quit match at Royal Rumble 99 happened it was something almost unheard for the WWE as they never really held I-Quit matches before. Rock & Mankind would set the bar incredibly high having one of the best matches from the Attitude Era in general. The match that helped make Shawn Michaels a star aka the first of only two 60 minute Iron Matches that WWE has had on PPV and Michaels has had a part in both of them. There is no doubt what this match did in terms of giving Michaels that last step to reach the top of the card. The Ironman match set the bar for the future and also became one of the best matches of that era much like both of the two previous matches mentioned.
Before I finish this post I feel obligated to mention some of the things that have happened at this arena. The Pond actually played host to Tina Turner's Last Concert on December 6th 2000. The arena also opened on June 19th 1993 with Barry Manilow as its first concert. These are just special occurrences that happened at The Pond before the name change in the of 2006 anything after the fact wont be mentioned in this post. I hope this look back give you a different perspective on another Arena from the Past!!!
Let's start with honesty this is the first time I have ever gone to an event as they have never been in my area to my knowledge. This is first time that a wrestling event was held the stadium in Flushing since the WWE ran Showdown At Shea in 1980. Overall the show started slow but then got better as it continued, but all the Meet & Greets went very well and the talent were very personable from what I understand. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to them coming back and would love to go again it was a great time.
Honestly the idea of having this type of show is foreign to me, because I don't really picture having a wrestling event in a baseball stadium for many reason, but that just might be my traditionalist side coming out. I just believe that wrestling events aren't meant to be held in particular venues for many reasons, but that just might be me. However, one of the many reasons Stadium shows don't work is it's harder to hear the fans cheer, but that wasn't the case today. Below is list of the guys I thought got the most heat and the biggest pops.
Earlier today I stumble upon the unfortunate news that Tag Team Wrestling veteran and one half of the 1980's Tag Team The Fantastics, Tommy Rogers had passed away at the age of 56. The hardest thing about being a wrestling fan is having to say goodbye to some of your favorite wrestlers way to young. Though I didn't grow up in the 1980's I was an avid fan of The Fantastics Tag Team as they in many ways helped set the stage for the high flying Tag Teams of the next generation.
During the territory era The Fantastics were one of the top teams in every company they ended up in whether it was Memphis or Carolina's it didn't matter the fans loved them. Tommy & Bobby are probably best known for their bloody feud against The Sheepherders in Memphis which actually saw them compete in a Barbed wire tag team match. Another one of the feuds this team was known was their feud in the Carolina's against the Midnight Express. The era of the 1980's was the era in which Tag team stayed together and only broke up if one of them were leaving the territory normally. The Fantastics also competed in companies like SMW, WWF, WWC in Puerto Rico, & WCCW just to name a few. Also Tommy would actually go on to have short run in ECW. The Fantastics would once again reform after a few years a part in the year 2006 on the Indy Circuit and both still remained Semi-Active.
Currently nothing is known about his passing other then he was found by his roommate late Sunday night unresponsive by his computer. The cause of his passing is currently unknown. I would like Send my deepest and sincerest Condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Mr. Rogers.
RIP Tommy Rogers
May 14, 1961 - June 1, 2015
Maybe Gone But Will Never Be Forgotten!
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.