The return of an old favorite that being the infamous "Shoot of the Week" series. For the first time we have a two part shoot for this weeks edition of the series. Paul is by far one of the best if not the best when it comes to speaking on the microphone and keeping people entertained. This video is from I would think sometime in 1995, but I am not quite sure (if you the reader knows please feel free to fill me in) but the thing I want to know is how many of you didn't know Paul was in Memphis wrestling at one point. Memphis the same company owned by Jarrett & Lawler for years and the one that in many ways helped pave the way for Hardcore wrestling of the future.
Paul Heyman is very blunt with his opinion of some management members or long time employees of the territory in this promo, but that's why we love Paul E because he isn't afraid to say what's on his mind. This shoot is No!!! different and without further delay let me shut up so you can watch the videos. Enjoy!!
Top of FormCharles Wright:
Not many people know him as Charles Wright but if you saw a picture of him you would know the guy because of his longevity in the wrestling business. Charles in many respects is the man of many gimmicks as some fans know him as Papa Shango, Kama Mustafa, Kama "The Supreme Fighting Machine", The Soultaker, Sir Charles, or the one he might be most known for is The Godfather. Charles Wright was one of the better big men in the wrestling business to this day because not many 300 pound guys can move as well as he did when he was in the ring. Charles was trained by "Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe at the Monster Factory in New Jersey; then he got a job with Jerry Lawler in the USWA then he went to NJPW (New Japan Pro-Wrestling). After his tour in New Japan he began in the WWF at the suggestion of The Undertaker, before he was able to debut with the company he was repackaged as Papa Shango in January 1992.
Charles career didn't take off until the summer of 1998 after he returned to the company in 1997 and after Charles left the Nation of Domination he became The Godfather. Over the course of his career Charles became a tag team specialists forming teams with such stars as Bull Buchanon, Val Venis, Mark Henry, and D'Lo Brown. Once the PTC (Parents Television Council) started to pressure WWF about The Godfather's gimmick and saying it was being to risqué for primetime TV they had to figure out a new gimmick for him. They chose to change Charles's gimmick and have him join the new group Right to Censor which was a conservative group led by Steven Richards. In 2002 The Godfather returned for a short lived run, but his gimmick never caught on as it did the first time and it didn't help when he got suspended from May 2002 to August 2002 then led to him getting let go in the fall. But once again, I have to say not many big men were as good as Charles's was on the microphone and not many guys moved in the ring as well as he did in my book.
I hope you enjoyed this look back in time below will take a look at a flashback to see Papa Shango in action:
For this edition of the Retro Show we go back about 9 years ago to be more specific we go back to the November 15 2005 episode of Monday Night RAW. This show is a very special show to not only many fans but also to many wrestlers as on this night WWE did a tribute show for WWE Legend Eddie Guerrero who had passed away 24 hours before. Eddie did have issues with substance abuse but had just gotten clean a few months before which makes the story even sadder, Eddie was a great man, friend, mentor, father, and a very entertaining wrestler. Eddie is on a very short list of wrestlers who nobody can say a bad word about because of the type of guy Eddie was both in and out of the ring, even 9 years later Eddie is still sorely missed by all the knew him and loved him.
This show is one of if not my favorite episode of RAW ever in 15 years of being a wrestling fan, because this is one of the only times in my time as a fan that I was choking back tears. I grew up watching Eddie and from the time I found out about his passing to watching the show it was almost a surreal feeling of he is too young to die. Let me speak on the show a little by saying that this show was a very touching and nice tribute to a great wrestler in "Latino Heat" Eddie Guerrero.
If you have never seen this Great show or want to see it again feel free to take a look at the video below:
Another attempt by me to shed a little light on wrestling's past, and considering I have already done moments, superstars, and tag teams. I thought that stables would be the next step and though many would think that well why pick a random stable like the Dangerous Alliance as the first stable to look back at, well that's thing I want to shed light on the past and this were I start.
Around the fall of 1991 Paul E Dangerously would be ultimately fired by WCW as a commentator, but would end returning at Halloween Havoc 1991 as a manager. At the time nobody thought that Larry Zbyszko & Arn Anderson's attack on Barry Windham prior to Halloween Havoc 1991 would have a deeper meaning. Just like when the Halloween Phantom appeared later in the show to defeat the Z-Man fairly quickly nobody expected him to unmask following the match to revel that "Ravishing" Rick Rude had signed with the WCW. To further throw the fans nobody thought that Rick Rude would be introduced by his manager Paul E Dangerously as everyone thought Paul got fired. However, he just fired as announcer and still had his manager license which he was now going to put to use. At the following Clash of Champions in November Paul E's plan to seek revenge on the company that fired him was put in motion as future member Madusa in disguise would distract Sting allowing Lex Luger to attack Sting and injure Sting's knee.
Skipping ahead Rick Rude would defeat Sting later in the show due in part to Sting's injury to become the New United States Champion. The following week Paul E would introduce the members of his Alliance: US Champion Rick Rude, Madusa, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko, & Steve Austin. Over the course of around a year every member of the Dangerous Alliance would end up holding gold at least once. Late 1992 the Dangerous Alliance begin to break a part and by 1993 the Alliance as well as Paul Heyman would be a distant memory.
In my book the mileage they got out of the Dangerous Alliance was way to little and could have done so much more with the stable. However, for whatever reason broke them up before they could reach their full potential. I mean there wasn't another faction in the 1990's that had so much talent within the stable. They had the perfect blend of veterans & young talent, they had some of the best talkers in the history of wrestling, and yet we still question what if they would have been able to stay together for a little longer. That's one thing about wrestling sometimes missed opportunities cost the company dearly in the long run.
After a lengthy hiatus from the world of wrestling radio, my friends Steve & The Scum are back for a couple more weeks as their Second Season is slowly coming to an end with many more great interviews. Also later this year Steve & The Scum will be celebrating their one year anniversary as WGD Weekly with a very big with two big guests to celebrate with them for the show. However, their return show is big because they have with the "Leader of the Four Horsemen," the former leader of Tully Blanchard Inc., the wrestler turned manager and even for a short was promoter I am talking about the man himself "WWE Hall of Famer" James J Dillon. Now, instead of both continuing to talk and continuing to sing the praise of JJ Dillon let's get to the interview:
Some points talked about:
- Getting his break in the wrestling business
- Starting as a ref
- Working with the Funks, Haystacks Calhoun, The Shiek, Vince Sr, Giant Baba, Killer Karl Kox Starting to manage
- His thoughts on managing Abby the Butcher, Mongolian Stomper, Moondog Maine, Ron Bass, Black Bart, Buddy Landel, etc
- Formation of the 4 Horsemen
- His thoughts on early Horsemen Feuds with Garvin Brothers, & Dusty Rhodes
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.