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
A legend who struck poor luck and was exonerated of all the 30 year old charges that he was brought up on. The legend trying to remake his good name. Though the past should remain in the past after a certain amount of time, but it's always certain people who can't accept the past is the past and there is no changing it now. Even after so many people had expressed their opinions both positive and negative. Jimmy Snuka had his haters, but as well as his supporters who believed that Jimmy shouldn't be tried for a crime he may not have committed. Now director Anthony Blasko has created the Superfly film, take a look at this trailer:
Though not very known to modern era fans, Jerry is a legend of the wrestling business behind the scenes as without numerous legends of the ring wouldn't have gotten there start in the wrestling business. For over 60 plus years the Jarrett family name has gone hand in hand with the wrestling it didn't matter if it was in a small territory or now world wide. The Jarrett's have always been wrestling almost as much as the McMahon's have always been wrestling. Not many people know that more recently Jerry was once the majority owner of TNA and actually began the company with Jeff. But due to numerous reason Jerry walked away from the wrestling business in 2005.
For the first time in almost over a decade the business that Jarrett said he would never return to well now it seems possible that a return to the wrestling business could be imminent for the longtime wrestling promoter. Though at this point not much is known other then he has plan and it seems to be working out quite well for him. So with seemingly so much that has been going on recently we have to take the wait see approach, but if Jerry is anything like Jeff was with GFW he will release more information when it best benefits him. We just have to wait to find out!!
Though details are somewhat scarce at this point we have finally found out that filming has begun for a new 30 for 30 which is the ESPN Documentary series and it will be based around the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair for this installment. If you remember back in February of 2015 ESPN did a 30 for 30 short on the Von Erich family as it centered around Kevin and his family trying to beat the "curse" of his family and continue his once prosperous name to remember for more positive things. This would be the second time ESPN did a 30 for 30 documentary based on wrestling and nothing bigger then Ric Flair.
At this point it is unknown whether or not the Flair will be a full length E: 60 documentary film or if it will be a 30 for 30 short. Though their is plenty of material to sift through from Flair's career and it would absolutely be enough to fill a hour long documentary it's just matter of how controversial do they want to get. Now it's just about playing the waiting game until more information comes out about this story. I would really look forward to a Ric Flair documentary much like I did for both the Von Erich and NXT special. We shall wait and see what happens!!
As October comes to a close and November opens up we can look back at some great matches from the past. This was one of my favorite occasional post series that I discontinued when I made the jump to this site from my old one. Now I am choosing to let the post come with me, but you will only see it when I find it absolutely necessary to do so.
Right now I will select a match from the month of October and one from the month of November to share with you all as we reflect on a great October and look ahead to a thankful November.
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.