Though at this point it might not be very early in the month it is never too late to pay tribute to the past and honor those who came be for in yesteryear. This is why I have picked two names from the past to give them the spotlight for this particular month. To be honest I do think that the reason I chose to hold off the normal events when this month rolls around is to actually try and be different then the other sites that have been focusing on this month.
Also as you might be aware I have been doing different types of posts recently by sort of putting together pieces focused on certain talent every now and again and I'd rather do that then feel like I am forced to focus on certain talent at a particular time. With that being said let's get to the talent I have selected!
I don't think that there is a better place to start then with two men that helped build the foundation of pro-wrestling in the national TV era. During the 1950's we saw a number of future legends and icons started the ground work of the wrestling business that we know today. Those two names are Bobo Brazil & Bearcat Wright. Both these individuals are created with paving the way for African American stars in the early days of national pro-wrestling and though both took different paths in their careers they are both still remembered as legends. Bobo would become one of the first successful African American wrestlers and one credited with breaking down many of the color barriers within pro-wrestling at the time of his in ring career. On the other hand with Bearcat he was credited with cutting a promo in Gary, Indiana were he stated that he would not compete in segregated matches anymore. He would then defeat both Freddie Blassie & Killer Kowalski for the WWA & Big Time Wrestling World title respectively proving how much of a draw he could be.
At this point and time both these legends are no longer with us, but their legacy's do in fact transcend time and have given us something to look back on with pride, and now that some people did it right.
Looking around through the archives for a match worth sharing with all of you and I do believe I found that within the pretty awful event that was Uncensored 1996. Now first of all in this match Fit Finlay was actually under the name of the Belfast Bruiser at this point. However, looking at the body of work both these men have put together over the course of their career speaks for themselves and the fact that they had such chemistry between each other. I will even go as far to say that this match was the best one for the entire show.
It was on this day in wrestling history one year ago when WWE Hall of Famer William Meyers aka George "The Animal" Steele would pass away. It is always tough when we lose legends of the wrestling business and it's always looking back when a former legends name enters the spotlight once again. Though most fans may remember George from his time in the WWF, but his career would actually get going in Detroit as a protégé of Gary Hart. His career would really start to take off after meeting Bruno Sammartino who encouraged him to join the WWWF & Steele would get a full run with the company as a lead rival during his title run.
George would in fact end up leaving WWE in the 1970's and would return in the early as more of a crazy heel then before, and this would become the most successful run of his career. In particular most fans remember his feud with Macho Man Randy Savage in 1986 and how he fit into the Savage/Steamboat feud. In 1988, George would be forced to retire after being diagnosed with Crohn Disease. Steele would retire and move to the backstage area as an agent and would be let go from the company due to budget cuts in 1990.
After a few years away George would be brought back to the company as an agent and would remain with the company into the late 1990's. For those fans who may not be aware in the early days of the WWE Hall of Fame he would be among those to be inducted in the original days of the HOF. Though at this point in time most fans may not think that Steele had much of an impact within the wrestling business, but he was in a way an innovator in the company as he was one of the early talents to portray a crazy heel in top card level.
There is no doubt in looking back at ECW that it was a very special company with a roster that was more like a family as oppose to co-workers. Don't believe me just watch interviews with those who there at the time and that should change your opinion. In those interviews one name is usually mentioned as the heart and soul of the promotion that being Tommy Dreamer. If you wanted to look at someone who gave everything he had for ECW then look no further then Tommy for that as he legitimately gave everything he could to make the company a success.
Nowadays, Dreamer does occasionally even still appear in the WWE & for a time was also a member of TNA back a few years ago as he is one of the few veterans that never really made many enemies. This has really helped his company House of Hardcore thrive as both TNA & WWE has lent Dreamer talent since his companies beginning a few years ago. Now even though his company isn't anything like ECW in terms of violence it could be very comparable to said company in terms of just the overall product. This connection would make lots of sense considering Dreamer getting his booking education from Paul Heyman.
With Dreamer celebrating his birthday tomorrow it felt a perfect time to look back at some of the accomplishments that Tommy has made in the world of pro-wrestling. It is fair to say now that Tommy's house of hardcore has reached the place of influencing a new generation in the world of wrestling.
Trying something new this week with the match of the week as I am looking into the WWE games franchise for this week. For someone who has been playing the WWE games for over a decade at this point it is crazy to see how far certain aspects of the game have come throughout the years. I thought the best way to spotlight this would be to put the ball in the court of two famed Hell in a Cell performers.
The name or the picture might ring a bell, because this man is best known for his time in TNA Wrestling as one half of the Rock N Rave Infection with Lance Hoyt. However, his career started way before he was one of half of a lackluster "rock band." Rave has wrestled for numerous Independent companies around the including: CZW, ROH, NWA Wildside, FIP and others, but by far he is most known in my mind for his time as the "Crown Jewel of the Embassy" in ROH. From the time he debuted till the time he left Jimmy showed so much untapped potential and the proof of that showed when Jimmy would be able to draw enough heat from the fans where they would toss rolls of Toilet Paper at him. Let me just say you gotta be really good to be able to piss people off enough that they would toss rolls of toilet paper at you.
But then again Jimmy didn't reach mainstream exposure until he began with TNA in 2007 as Lance Hoyt's (Lance Rock or Lance Archer) tag partner in the long run and their team was called Rock N Rave Infection the team really never took off and both were let go from TNA by early 2009. Then Rave began again in Ring of Honor as a part of the Embassy again and once again was termed the "Crown Jewel of the Embassy" however, before his run could gather any momentum he was let go by ROH. Sadly a few months or so after he was let go from ROH a second time Jimmy admitted to having a drug problem and checked himself into Rehab. In many respects I think his drug problem robbed him of his potential, but at least Jimmy got help and fixed the problem before it became deadly like it has for so many others. Now enjoy a look back at the man named the "Crown Jewel of The Embassy" Jimmy Rave: Did he get lost in his own Potential?