Now after a little more than a year of waiting for the announcement the announcement has finally been made as the Von Erich 30 for 30 interview on the famous wrestling family will finally air on Sports Center after being rumored to be airing back in January. This piece will air on Friday February, 27 on ESPN at 6PM Eastern Time.
For those who may not know who the Von Erich family is, I firmly that watching the 30 for 30 will help you in understanding who the Von Erich were, and the impact they had on the Wrestling business. Without the Von Erich family wrestling in Texas wouldn't have thrived for as long as it did and may not have gotten as big as it did.
Though all of the heart break and tragedy the Von Erich family is still as important to the wrestling industry as they were during their heyday, and tomorrow on ESPN everyone will find out just who the Von Erich's are if they don't know already.
I have had plenty of people who find out I like wrestling ask “why exactly do you like a fake sport” or “how can you like a fake sport.” Well to those people who have no backup to support that and are just trying to stunt the passion we feel for the pro-wrestling business by saying those words; all I have to say is I am sorry, I am sorry that your life is that bad that you have to try and make someone feel bad enough about themselves that they question why they love something that has been a huge part of their life for over a decade or in some cases even longer. Now I know some may say that wrestling is fake, but those I say do you go to the movies and just keep saying it’s all fake or do you sit back relax and enjoy wrestling is the same way. Both of these genres of entertainment are all about the idea of the suspension of disbelief and if someone can accept it for the movies, but can’t for pro-wrestling that means they aren’t designed to like pro-wrestling.
The other part of this section is that though being a wrestling fan may carry somewhat of a stigma I don’t care; because I am proud of the fact that I am a wrestling fan. The best part was all about things that I know about the wrestling business, things I would like to learn or events I have been there watching. Now it’s time for to share so here is a little fact that not many people know, but I tend to always share to get my point across to people and that you know when people tell you their earliest childhood memory it’s usually something family related or watching a kiddy show on TV like Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers. The earliest memory of my childhood, I can remember is sitting in my living room with my family watching WCW Road Wild 1998 while it was raining outside. With that memory I can tell people that have been a proud fan of this sport for the last 16 years and nothing will change that.
Though this might be a few years old it is still relevant as LeBron did it again when he jumped from Miami back to Cleveland, sort of like Hogan going back to Hulkamania after the NWO fizzled out for the last time. Let's go back to when the new was fresh and new that LeBron James was headed back to Cleveland.
For those who don't know there are times that events that take place in the Wrestling industry can be compared to events that took place in other sports industries. Recently SI.com did an article on how both Hulk Hogan and LeBron James "legdropped" their fans and changed their sports forever. In goes in depth into not only the creation of the big three down in Miami on the NBA team the Miami Heat with LeBron, Dwayne Wade, & Chris Bosh. But it also goes into how one could see similar aspect between that and the formation of the New World Order back in the summer of 1996. However, instead of me spoiling the article, let me put in an excerpt from the article below:
"This week marks the anniversary of two shocking moments that altered the history of their sports – LeBron James fleeing the Cavaliers to create Miami’s Big Three and Hulk Hogan’s declaration of a New World Order. Both superstars were the top talents in their industries, but chose to backstab their lame franchises - the Cavaliers and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) – on live television for a chance to win greater glories with cooler cliques. These epic narratives of alliance and betrayal, which climaxed one day apart in 1996 (July 7) and 2010 (July 8), upset the balance of power in their industries. James and Hogan defined their careers with these actions, transforming from fan favorites into the biggest villains in their sports." (As the article proceeds it begins to speak about the setting of each respective moment and then proceeds from there.) To view the full article visit:
As you may be aware a couple of weeks ago I put up a post allowing you guys and gals to get a little background of me and now it's time for Part 2 of the Who's Writing This saga.
I thought it’d be good for me to use this post as a way to let you guys and gals know who exactly I am and why I do this, and for how long I have been doing this. Well first thing is that I have been wrestling about wrestling for five years now on the internet and have loved it. At first I wrote reviews of Monday Night Raw, NXT (Before it became the Performance Center), and Smackdown for the site Falsecountradio.com for about two years and I also actually started writing for them near the end of my time there. Then in June of 2011 I began writing my own blog on Google blogger and I called it evolutionofwrestling.blogspot.com and I finally thought that I found what I wanted as I was very much enjoying it, then two years past and my mind really wasn’t in it anymore and I started losing interest in it. For a brief period in 2012 I began writing for the wrestling site named Cheapheat.com, I say only for a brief period, because that arrangement didn’t really work out too well and I ended walking from it.
Then in September 2013 I began writing for my own site squaredcirclesideshow.com which was through the guys at fanvsfan. Now I am not going to go to deep into this because my ending with this site wasn’t the best, but I will say that as of January 2015 I walked away from the site not on the best terms those in charge. Then in early 2015 I applied to become a writer for the wrestling site known as prowrestlingpowerhouse.com, but that didn't last because it wasn't what I was looking for. Now all my attention is here where it needs to be on Wrestlingexpress.net
That’s where I have been and the timeline of my “freelancing” career thus far and it will continue.
Over the course of wrestling history various superstars have been guest stars on a large number of different television shows and sometimes the wrestlers even have more than just a guest appearance of the show sort of like Vader on Boy Meets World. Now we I would like to take a different approach and for the first time not do a guest star on an episode of Boy Meets World but instead talk about when The Rock guest started on That 70's Show in February 1999. Though he doesn't have to big a part in the episode The Rock is still featured on the show and that's what counts. Below is a short summary of the episode:
"Red was excessively strict again with Eric for being late to return library books and furious about a single 'No', but the threat of Kitty nagging constantly forces him to try 'becoming friends' so Red joins the boys -still soon taking the wheel himself- who go to a weird wrestling show in Kanosha, two huge stars against a swarm of midgets. After the show, Red ignores the 'wrestler only' sign on the locker-room and takes Eric along getting an autograph." (Source: Imdb.com)
It was announced last night that former WWE, WCW, & TNA superstar Diamond Dallas Page will be opening a 2 million dollar Yoga studio in Atlanta Georgia. This is Dallas Page's first studio, as far as I know Page used to run the classes at his home in Atlanta. Now with this building being built he and all his teachers including fellow Wrestler Stevie Richards are able to teach in the Yoga Studio all together. The building will air live workouts and feature nutritional and cooking shows.
This building will also feature a full production and editing suit. The plan is being set up later this month and will open sometime in April. For more information, check the picture below or click on the picture to visit DDPYoga.com.
From us here at Wrestlingexpress we want to congratulate and Dallas Page and all his trainers this is quite an accomplishment. I for one look forward to continue seeing DDP yoga, grow and seeing DDP continue to make a difference in people's lives.
Who’s Writing This Part 1
This is an idea I had a while back where I give you guys and gals a background glimpse into who I am and for how long I have been writing about wrestling.
When most people are asked what their first memories are as a kid they say all sorts of things, none of which I can name, because my first memory I can remember is watching WCW Road Wild 1998 on PPV. For the next 16 years following that night I have loved this business and absolutely nothing will sway me from feeling otherwise. I have grown up a fan of this sport, and even a super fan of this sport; so much so that there was a time when I could say I hadn’t missed an episode of Monday Night Raw in 6 years and that I hadn’t missed an episode of Ring of Honor on HDNET from September 2009- 2011.
To brush up on some of the knowledge I know and other things that I pride myself on that I have done. I can speak knowledgeable about “hooker” like George Hackenschmidt, Frank Gotch, Ed Lewis, Orville Brown, and many others. I can name practically every companies first World champion excluding some Independent companies. I have seen more hours of wrestling than I would like to share and double that for the amount of wrestlers I have seen debut and compete in matches.
I also take pride in the fact that I helped teach many people about the sport I love, including some knowledge they wouldn’t have known without me. Let me just mention here that I don’t usually express my knowledge of the sport openly, because I more so try to hide my knowledge from people who may not share my passion. Also I don’t claim to know everything and I never ever will say that, because I don’t and I love continuing the learning process.
Enjoy this ride as you learn about the person who’s been behind the posts you’ve enjoyed for a little over a year now. I hope can appreciate this as I allow you to take a look at me: a true mark, nerd, super fan, guy in need of a life, there are a lot of things I can be called because of all the knowledge I know about this sport, but I don’t care because I am damn proud of all that I know about the wrestling business and nobody can or should want to change that.
Even though a year has passed my goal is still the same to hopefully give you a history lesson that you actually want to learn.
Giving it some thought I was able to come up with a new post series I could do, it involves taking a look at appearance that certain wrestlers have made on television shows and in movies over the years. I will attempt to get videos of the appearances for any of them I can but if the videos aren't accessible then I will just put in a picture like I did for this one displaying his appearance on the show.
For this post we will outlook Leon White's appearance in the television show Boy Meets World as the father of misunderstood/bully Frankie Stecchino 1996 his name was Frankie Stecchino Sr. Vader played the father who disapproved of his son Frankie's bullying ways and wanted him to be more like main characters Corey and Shawn, also in his first appearance on the show he played the father that didn't pay attention to his son because his son didn't want to be like him. Vader's first of three appearances on the show took place in the episode 16 Candles & Four-Hundred Pound Men. Short summary is Frankie seeks help from Shawn & Corey to be at ringside and manage Vader during his match with Jake Roberts at a WWF House Show in November of 1996. Also prior to the start of the match Brother Love who was the ring announcer states the winner would get a shot at Shawn Michaels in MSG. As many people know the story Vader was suppose to fight Shawn for the belt and win the title but because of an incident at a prior PPV plan changed. Well I hope you all enjoyed this new post series, I hope to see this succeeded so I can do it again but if not this was just a one shot deal