The man formerly as Tracy Smothers early in his career prior to joining WWE in 1996. Very early on Tracy Smothers teamed with Steve Armstrong as the Southern Boys in various territories including WCW in the early 1990's. Following his departure from WCW he would join Smokey Mountain Wrestling where he would become a top star in the company holding the SMW World Championship on two occasions. Smothers got lucky as this was during a time when WWE was bringing in talent that had side jobs like TL Hopper, Duke Drose, Bastion Booger, and others. A number of these talent came along to WWE from Smokey Mountain Wrestling after the promotion closed and thanks in part to Jim Cornette getting him a job.
His name Freddie Joe Floyd was actually a rib directed at Jack and Gerald Brisco. At this point there really isn't much to go on considering he was an enhancement talent for the most part. After leaving WWE he would move onto ECW as a member of the Full Blooded Italians with Tommy Rich & Little Gudio. Smothers was an underrated competitor at his height, but didn't really have the full package on his own which is why he fit so well in a tag team. As of this writing Smothers is still an active competitor and a more then skilled wrestler in the ring learning from two of the best in the ring.
Superstar Recall: Batten Twins
Starting in 1983 the rare sight of identical twins showed up in the Poffo family promotion called International Championship Wrestling. Brad and Bart Batten would enter the wrestling business after Angelo Poffo saw dollar signs due to the rarity of identical twins in pro-wrestling. Through their career the twins would compete almost everywhere including Central States Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, Southern States Wrestling, World Wrestling Council, World Class Championship Wrestling and various others.
The twins would have their most success in World Wrestling Council becoming headline stars in the island promotion holding the tag titles on six occasions. Neither Batten twin are very memorable names due to the fact that they never struck it big in a major promotion only having a short stay in WCW as job guys. Other than that both Brad and Bart would remain as local stars in their home area for the most part retiring in 2005 after a short retirement tour in West Virginia. In my opinion, the best way to describe the twins is that they had to jump around from promotion to promotion to keep themselves fresh and were victims of a down era in pro-wrestling.
This is by far one of the most legendary feuds of this era due to the realism, and tension that was present for this feud from the first moment. I for one really hate snakes and would never be able to sit there and allow even a devenomized snake bite me and that shows the commitment that Savage had. Especially considering the fact that once the snake had his teeth into Savage it didn't want to let go. As the stories goes Jake got the snake going and once it latched he tried and tried and tried, but couldn't get it off of Randy.
I have seen this moment only a handful of times and much like the people sitting in the crowd I can't get over the image of Savage being in pain while the snake takes a chunk of his arm. Now looking at this from a historical point of view at this point neither Savage or Jake knew what was coming. At this point, Savage had recently retired from the ring after losing a retirement match to Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania earlier in the year. Following this attack Savage would be reinstated as an active competitor to get his revenge on Jake Roberts. Looking at the timetable also this would be the Jake's last major feud in the WWE before leaving the company after Wrestlemania becoming Undertaker's second victim in the process. There is no doubt that this was truly a "Moment in Time!"
While watching old episodes of Nitro a few years back I saw this moment for the first time and this was one of the first massive moments to take place on Nitro before the New World Order. I do believe that this is underrated as a lot of fans don't normally look to the early Nitro days for great moments like this which makes this a bit of a hidden gem. For the first time ever in the fall of 1995 Flair started teaming with his best friend Arn Anderson. Every once in a while a rare feud is put together where not much build has to go to it because real life history can give you all the build you need.
This feud would culminate in a match between Arn and Flair at Fall Brawl which Arn won and then the feud would take turn to bring Sting into the picture. Overall this was one of the few bright spots for WCW in the early days of Nitro and why it was puzzling that the company didn't depend on Flair more in the later years. Outside of only a few moments Flair turning on Sting during the tag match is one of my favorite Nitro moments.
Surprisingly after all these years of running this series I haven't touched the first Clash of Champions event in 1988. All and all the show was lackluster with most of the attention set on the main event match between Sting & Ric Flair. This event was Jim Crockett Promotions answer to Wrestlemania 4 & apparently was also known for not having commercial breaks during the matches even though the matches ran for 20 minutes or more in some cases.
The most interesting part of this main event is that Sting had actually only debuted in late 1987 & within four months he was challenging Ric Flair for the title. This was Sting's coming out party his first shot at headlining an event and with the help of Ric Flair it was a success. At this time Dusty really needed a fresh name at the top of the card and even though this didn't lead to instant super stardom for the "Stinger" he did become a reliable name for the company eventually. But most importantly this not only gave the company a new match for the event, it also gave them a moment because nobody expected the match to end in a draw.
Superstar Recall: Rob Terry
Starting down in Florida Championship Wrestling the man later known as the "Freak" he would be the bodyguard of Nick Nemeth. Currently, Nick is still with the WWE under the name Dolph Ziggler this repackaging was one of his first steps back to the main roster after the Spirit Squad had ran it's course. Unfortunately for Big Rob his calling wasn't in the WWE as he would be released from the company in August 2008. According to Chris Jericho's autobiography he wanted Big Rob to be his protege in 2008 when he started his heel run, but when Rob got released the role went to Lance Cade.
In April 2009, Rob Terry would make his debut for TNA Wrestling joining Brutus Magnus and Douglas Williams to form the British Invasion trio. This would be Terry's big break playing the muscle for the faction sticking with them until the dissolution of the World Elite faction which happened soon after Terry defeated former stable leader Eric Young for the Global Championship. Even though most people may not remember the title it was winning this championship that started his push up the card. In reality by the end of the Immortal faction Big Rob's push was a flop and he had been replaced by fellow Immortal member Gunner.
Rob would keep a stable spot in TNA for a majority of their run on Spike and even though he was never really given another shot to move up the card he was still a stable and safe enough hand in the ring to stick around. In my opinion, even though Rob Terry never found his footing in the ring he did have a tremendous charisma to him that always kept bookers very optimistic about giving Rob an opportunity to reach the top of his profession. Either way though Rob could also be seen as a victim of the mismanagement of TNA Wrestling during his time within the company.
Now it might be hard to believe that there has been some amazing moments in recent years, but truth be told there has been. Though the moments have been more spread out then in the past it makes it easier to remember exactly when these moments happen. With the announcement that Dean Ambrose will be likely leaving WWE in late April I was hit with the reality that Dean, Seth, and Roman have been on the main roster for WWE since 2012 which is insane thinking they've been around this long.
I still remember when this moment happened as this was back when I still watched full episodes of Raw every week and was one of those fans. I never saw it coming and was shocked when Seth swung the chair at Roman and then Dean officially breaking apart The Shield. Prior to The Shield arriving the company was struggling with developing new talent at a time when they really needed new stars. The Shield were unlike anything we saw at the time or since because it is extremely rare that WWE would push anyone especially a group from the outset of their career in the company like they did with Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns.
Overall I think that I am not alone in wishing that the recent split would've ended better for both Rollins and Ambrose or they shouldn't have broken them up. Either way though can't go back now and have to move forward looking at the bigger picture. The moment below is one of the top 5 most memorable moments that have happened in WWE within the last decade this change showed how much one switch could help breath new life into a brand.
The change continues as I am not sure that I will heading back to the "Too Little Too Late" series before the end of the year. We will be shifting to another old series and recall one of the lesser known stars of late WCW. Early on in his career Jerry Tuite had some matches as member of Extreme Championship Wrestling on spot show events. However, Jerry's first taste of success would come as a member of WCW under the name of The Wall and interestingly enough he would also work for ECW on two house shows while under contract with WCW.
With names like Hellraiser, The Wall, Sgt Awol, Malice, and others it isn't too surprising that the man named Jerry never really had a lot of success in wrestling. Though most people would probably point to his in-ring ability as the reason his career never took off; based on him never really seeming comfortable in the ring over the course of his wrestling career. I remember The Wall standing on top of a hotel during a WCW Nitro in Florida laughing at Hulk Hogan looking more like a super villain than a wrestler.
Overall his names were alright and his size really should've given him something to work with, but he was more like 911 and not enough like Van Hammer. Though some of you might think comparing The Wall to Hammer isn't really a good comparison, but I wasn't going to compare him to someone with talent. Now Jerry did go on to have a short run in TNA Wrestling during the early days of the promotion, but it didn't really last.
The reality is that sometimes series hit their peak and over the years I have found that in a lot of cases normally with the monthly series I try and push. Though none of the current monthly series have come to an end at this point as I do believe that both series especially the Monday Morning QB series still have a lot of meat on the bone. However, I will point out that the clock is ticking on the "Too Little Too Late" series which is why I will begin to mix things up by bring in some older series from time to time to help keep the current series going for the time being.
Moving to the first edition of "Moment in Time" for the first time in a long time. Though some fans might disagree with the impact of the current Raw Women's Champion debuting in the company. I would have to disagree with that, because in my opinion the arrival of Ronda Rousey was just another step in the change of perception for women in the WWE. With this being the case it was an incredible when we finally saw the "Baddest Woman on the Planet" in a WWE ring for the first time. At this point her Wrestlemania match was the first of many incredible moments still to come in the WWE career of Ronda Rousey. If you don't remember the match her take a look below:
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