Around a year ago I made the spontaneous decision to sit down and write a book about professional wrestling. At this point I have been writing online for almost seven years and figured that the next step in the process would be writing a book. With that being said around February of last year I went on the "grind" and started going to work on the book.
Now for the last year I have been keeping the book under the raps for the last year and especially the couple of months as finish up editing it. I only just mentioned it for the first time as a guest on both the DWI Podcast and Attitude Aggression and went into detail about the book on those shows as well. I just enjoy saving surprises
A preview of the book can be found below:
Wrestling has always been something that brought families together as it is usually one generation passing it along to another. Some families can have lineages as fans as long as some wrestling families and the knowledge that one generation learns is passed down to the next generation. Passing down this knowledge in my opinion is a way for families to become united through generations. The other part of the story worth noting is in this book I touch upon a timeline of history from the 1950's all the way through to modern times. I tell the story of wrestling history that most fans have forgotten about and in many cases may ignore when they speak of the past.
I was thinking about what possible interview could I share with you and I decided to pick one from one of the greatest promos in wrestling history. Roddy Piper has always been the embodiment of a loud mouth who you have to respect. During his career you could see how much passion Roddy had for the wrestling business and that didn't disappear later in his life if anything it got stronger. Piper is a legend of the wrestling business and has a glorious legacy that fans look upon in awe. Listen to the "Hot Rod" do what he does best!!
Wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
A year ago the wrestling world was turned upside down as we all were shocked to find that the "Ninth Wonder of the World" Joanie Lauer passed away. Though during the Monday Night Wars drug use was rampant in every companies locker room and a lot of the talent would develop drug problems some have a more well known history then others, but most if not all have gotten over their issues. During her career Chyna was unlike any woman on the roster as she not just worked with the men, but she also was better in the ring then some of the guys.
From her debut in the company back in the mid 1990's she hadn't been booked or looked like any other woman in the company. In a period were woman weren't really taken that seriously in the company she was the only one looked at as a serious competitor. Not only did they give her a Royal Rumble appearance, but she had her debut as the number 30th entry. She would also be given a run with the Intercontinental in September of that same year defeating Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy. Chyna's push was originally set up to give her a WWF Title Match in the Main Event of Summerslam against Steve Austin, but plans changed.
Now there is no doubting the legacy that Chyna has left on the business. She was never looked at as the similar to the other woman in the company as to compare her and Debra is almost an impossible comparison. She was unlike anyone that has been in the ring before or since, because she is a legend in her own right and deserves to be remembered and never forgotten.
Last year I made a very big deal about the one year anniversary of the site, but not so much this year as I didn't even mention it. Being honest the reason was because at the time I was very wrapped up in other things unlike last year, but that doesn't mean that this doesn't mean anything to me. This year's anniversary means even more than last years because it means I've done something that I love for the last two years. The opportunities that this site has afforded me has been incredible and the friendships I have made from this site have been awesome.
Fact is like I have been saying for months, I have been working hard on things away from the site and missed the anniversary due to the other projects. One of those other projects has been a book that I have been working on in development since early last year. Yes! This is the same book that I have spoken about on both the DWI & Attitude Aggression Podcasts; but I will be just as broad with it for now.
This has been an incredible ride so far and every step of the way you guys and gals have left me dumbfounded and open to expecting the unexpected. Every time I look at the numbers I get humbled by the idea that this many of you care about what I have to say on a daily basis. I honestly never thought that this site would get to this point, but you all have give something to be very proud of and amazed by on a daily basis. I'm extremely grateful to anyone who has came to this site even once to look at a post or went on YouTube and saw just one video, thank you. This site was the first real decision I made on my own and was the first time I was actually proud of something that I did and it's all because of you. Without you this site wouldn't be half of what it is and this ride wouldn't be as fun without you either, so thank you all!
I know some people don’t view this topic as being at all important, but that’s your opinion as I am in no way stating facts right now. Though in many ways the change can be attributed to the idea that the wrestling fan has changed and they don’t want to hear announcers like Jim Ross or Mauro Ranallo or Joey Styles anymore and prefer announcers like Michael Cole and Tony Schivone. I would have to say that is unlikely and the idea that WWE is trying to change the perception of what type of announcer is better is the more likely case. Companies like Lucha Underground and TNA are proof that the latter is true with announcer’s like Matt Striker and Josh Mathews proving that putting over the talent and knowing the names of the moves adds to the show and that some fans actually do still care about that.
In both cases though it is important for the announcer to put over the importance of a big angle happening like when Scott Hall debut in WCW back in May of 1996 or when Vince said “Bret screwed Bret” or when Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE. Both a sports entertainment announcer and wrestling announcers must put over angles/storylines like this as a big deal to make the fans believe they are important. Having announcers that don’t do things like that or don’t realize that’s what they are there for makes getting a big angle/storyline over with the fans that much more difficult.
The importance of a good announcer that knows how to do their in either case is immeasurably important to both a wrestling company and their weekly programming. Even though nobody pays to see the announcer the fans will stay if you have a good announcers which means in reality the fans do pay for a good announcers.
Wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. One of the best things about the internet is that it allows us fans the opportunity to relive great moments and matches from wrestlers who are no longer with us. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to those featured in the post below:
Even in wrestling there are some joyous days were the wrestlers and staff sit back and reflect on another year gone by and much like the rest of us this usually happens on their birthdays. With so many companies it is very hard to keep track of where talent are at and what they are up to and that's why the internet so awesome, because it makes everything so much easier. But at the same time sometimes birthdays are a time to reflect on people who are no longer with us and remember the career and life they left behind. So with that being said I would like to wish everyone who is celebrating today a very Happy Birthday:
It's been a while since I have touched this series but since I had been bringing back other old series I felt like cycling past this one would also be fitting. At this point the craze of Endorphin Wrestling or animated wrestling has come and gone, but I remember when these videos were a big deal. Even though it isn't what it used to be I still feel like this is a video worth sharing because of the amount of work that went into it and just how cool I think it is.
Recently, a certain company seemingly took a trip in the old wrestling time machine to WWE circa 2010 when the lead announcers began to feud with one another. On re-launch day everything began to change for TNA with a new announcer being placed in the booth. Since 2010, the WWE has really made a strange habit of making every show have a three man announce team including even the B-Shows.
The one commonality between the beginning of the WWE's trifecta era or triple threat announce team craze is that Josh Matthews was with WWE at the time and is now with TNA to embrace their man announce team era. Back at the beginning of March when the "New Era" started they added former Ring Announcer Jeremy Borash. Once JB made his way down to the ring the arguing ensued between Borash and Josh and right from the start I started getting flashbacks to when Cole and King started feuding. Within the first few minutes we also got another flashback, because once they brought up Jim Ross it once again felt like Cole/Lawler.
The problem with announcer bickering at the broadcast table and just all in all them feuding is that the announcers shift the fans attention away from what matters. I am not saying that announcers don't matter they do, but they shouldn't be the focus of the show as the wrestlers are suppose to be the fans main focus not bickering announcers acting like three year olds. The best thing for TNA to do would be them to move on from the three man announce team as soon as they can even if it means removing one of the current members of the team. Moral of the story is that announcers fighting brings nothing to the product and is in no way good thing.