The series the once was a common series on this site has once again returned after a short hiatus from the site and we are back with another blog. For those of you who may have never seen any previous installments of this series this is my way of giving back as I search the internet for wrestling blog sites and pick a post from the site to share with all of you. Now I don't think many people know that even in wrestling some talent have agents that handle their bookings it doesn't matter if it's wrestling related or not.
"Drew Galloway, Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles are among the biggest names to become available on the independent professional wrestling scene over the past couple of years. One of the first people they got in touch with was Bill Behrens.
Behrens is the most prominent and successful agent in the wrestling industry. He currently represents some of the biggest names in the business, and has dozens of clients who he books dates for. While he has booked and promoted shows and wrestlers, Behrens never was an in-ring performer. His past lies in television.
Behrens’ father worked in television, which is how he got his start. As a child, Behrens appeared in children’s programming his father produced and sold. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta and went to pursue a law degree at Wake Forest. After about a month, though, he decided that law wasn’t for him. He then began working as a syndicator for his parents and Universal Television, among other companies, before getting his first break working in wrestling. In 1993, Behrens, who was always a fan of professional wrestling, wrote a letter to the Pro Wrestling Torch. It was ridiculing a Jim Crockett Promotions television taping that was shot in high definition television, thinking that was the next big technology. That wasn’t the case in 1993, though, so Behrens felt the need to bring some of Crockett’s issues to light."
Bill has a long history in the wrestling business and it doesn't matter if it was working for WWE, TNA, USWA, JCP, or even owning his own company, Bill had a great mind for the wrestling business. It wasn't long after his second stint in TNA ended that Bill realized something. "Behrens then started having more interaction with promoters across independent wrestling, and decided his way to keep making a living in the business was as an agent. Figuring his talent was helping develop talent instead of actually booking or promoting it, he started putting wrestlers in positions to succeed across independent promotions." So to has that Bill has been able to do everything that has to do with wrestling other then getting in the ring is an understatement and honestly shows the dedication Bill has to this great sport.
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Another Sunday is here and that means we are back with another flashback to the past. Before we get to the flashback for this week I want to mention something about last week's So Far Back Sunday. Over the last few weeks I have done a post series based on an old story I found about Justin Credible, and have hit Part 4 at this point. However, this week we will be taking off to hit you with something different other then that story. But next week the story will continue and likely finish.
In an article on WWE.Com: Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Antonio Cesaro, among others praised Regal for such things as Passion for the business, Helping along young talent, Regals ability to adapt to the times, among other things. Also Jim Ross praised William Regal for his commentary on NXT saying that Regal is one of the most underrated guys behind the announce booth.
All this praising comes after Regal was the special referee in a Dark Main Event match between John Cena & Alberto Del Rio in which Cena won. Post-Match Regal praised Cena's wrestling ability before Regal attacked Cena. Cena then fought back and hit Regal with an Attitude Adjustment.
With this title you might think I am using it to draw attention to myself well your wrong. Truth be told that has nothing to do with it, as this truly is a site update for you guys. The reason for this update is two fold and what I will be covering below as we dig deeper into this post:
Change is Coming:
As we approach the end of the year we are also approach the one year anniversary of this site. Which for me is freaking incredible to think about because I still remember the night that I bought the site 8 months ago. Now everything looking how things have grown and how exciting the future looks for the site and the Express name all together it is insane. But as time goes on things have to change and I will tell you guys right now that I have actually began redesigning the look of the site, with new pages and some old pages gone. The new year wont just be a new start for people, but it will be the start of the new look for Wrestling Express. More updates will come through depending on how well this does as the year comes to a close.
This isn't the first time and it sure as hell wont be the last time that I say this, but Thank You!! This site would not be where it is today and wouldn't have the chance to go where the next road may lead without all of you. I started writing blogs and thinking that 15-30 views a day was a great amount, but then things started to change. Now I get 2,000 views a week and it isn't because of me even though I write the stuff that doesn't mean a damn thing if nobody is their to read it. All of this is thanks to you!!! To think we could break 1,000 followers and 100,000 views in around 11 months is insane to me but both things seem to be extremely possible.
I never thought that I would reach these milestones period. For those of you who don't know I don't get paid to do this and I am ok with that. I am not in this for the money or the fame or even to try and pacify my opinion on unsuspecting people. The reason I am here is, because I Love Pro-Wrestling!! It doesn't matter good, bad or indifferent I love what I do and am extremely proud of what this site has become. Not to sound like a broken record, but this is because of You! Without out you none of this would be possible and I am extremely grateful for that. I just have one thing to ask let's keep growing and become even bigger then we already are. Thank You!!
The series continues with another part to this the never ending series. I hope this series has helped give you a different perspective on things you may have never heard about before this series.
Now onto Part 3:
A stop along the road on Friday night in Virginia for an exhausted former World Champion and his wife where once again they had to deal with the same issues regarding forms of identification would not defer his journey either, as after a brief stay for a few winks (very few winks, actually), P.J. and Jill were back at it first thing in the morning in order to arrive just on time to walk in and meet the thousands on hand at the fan Fest just as it was set to begin. Myself and Steve, who have only briefly met this man prior to this were amazed at his dedication, as he stepped right from behind the wheel of his car, got his wife settled with a room key, and headed directly into the convention center where even before the pictures and banner were set up, the early entry fans were thrilled to stop over for a few words, a photo op, or for Justin to sign an autograph or two. Without missing a beat (or even eating the entire day), we came to discover through our conversations throughout the day with him that it wasn’t at all surprising that he made the long drive to the convention, as we came to see that first and foremost, Justin Credible, former ECW World Champion and WWE superstar, is still after all the years a fan, just like you or I.
Hearing him tell us about growing up a fan in the Northeast and following many of the legends that were at the event that day through the old wrestling magazines, and his genuine excitement at performers such as Tully Blanchard, the Rock n Roll Express, and even referee Tommy Young being at the event made it crystal clear a\s to why Justin Credible would make that trip on his own expense…he is genuinely appreciative of what he has been able to achieve and see as a result of his wrestling career and is even today still as big a fan as there was amongst the thousands on hand that day. As the day wore on and with a brief hour break to grab a bite and get ready for his appearance as the official in the Dreamer/ C.W. match, there was not a mention of his long drive or the expenses he had to have endured in getting there. On the contrary, he went out of his way to continue taking pictures with any of the youngsters backstage and to introduce Steve and I to anyone in sight, even sending them our way for interviews and such for our show.
After the intermission at WrestleCade, it was time for the “I Quit” match and it certainly didn’t disappoint, as Justin and Dreamer renewed their classic feud briefly when an errant elbow from “The Innovator of Violence” floored the guest referee and once regaining his feet, Justin turned on his ECW rival only to see his efforts backfire and lead to a Dreamer victory to the delight of the fans on hand. After the bout, once again, it was tough to not see P.J. Polaco, the fan, and not Justin Credible, despite the referee’s shirt, as he enthusiastically told us how once the match got rolling and it was Tommy, C.W., and Steve Corino (Anderson’s corner man in the bout) that he couldn’t help getting “that itch,” and wishing it was him competing against his longtime rivals from years gone by. While the man had to be completely exhausted given the events of the past 36 hours or so of his life, Justin was then insistent that he gives us a full length interview for our show that to be honest with you was the most real and heartfelt conversation that Steve and I have had for our program out of the 25 or so performers from “Wrestling’s Glory Days” that we have spoken with to date.
It was first reported in the early part of the year that DDP was beginning to build a 2 million dollar performance center in Smyrna, GA. The center will have various former wrestlers as trainers and also other celebrity guest trainers, as well as both day and night classes at the center. Everyone from RVD to Jake Roberts will be guest trainers at the center.
It has been a few weeks since I posted Part 1 of this glimpse back in time, but now we are back on track and continuing to look back at this story from WGDWeekly and their experience at Wrestlecade 2013 and with Justin Credible. Now instead of wasting time hearing me talk let's get to the next part of the story. To read Part 1 of this follow the link
Top of FormAs the date grew closer, both Steve and I, as well as the fans voicing their opinion on WrestleCade’s home website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts were thoroughly excited to see Justin possibly renew some old rivalries from his “extreme” days, given his history with both Dreamer and C.W. In the weeks immediately preceding the event, Justin (P.J. Polaco in his everyday life outside of the ring) had been dealt some difficult twists in the road to say the least, as his wonderful wife, Jill was diagnosed with cancer. This would be a tough enough blow for any family to take, much less one who has their personal life for the most part seen at any “curve in the road” by millions of dedicated wrestling fans on a daily basis across the internet. Now, P.J. himself has always been very open and candid in addressing his own personal demons from the past, as well, and as a recovered addict that has just recently celebrated one year of being drug free and sober, one would certainly think that unfortunate news such as this, coupled with the weekend schedule of working the independent circuit would make it even more difficult for a ring veteran of two decades to keep on the straight and narrow, which he very admirably has managed to do.
So, even though I am sure that it would be a difficult decision given said diagnosis to fly out the day after Thanksgiving to make his Wrestlecade appearance some 675 miles from he and Jill’s Connecticut home, there was never even an inkling of him not making the appearance. Fast forward to this past week, where on Tuesday, I briefly spoke with P.J. and he was dealing with some passport and paperwork issues at the Department of Motor Vehicles that he would need to take care of in order to make his Friday morning flight to Winston-Salem. After a brief conversation, I assumed all was in order and we had made arrangements for Steve to pick him up at the airport as he traveled north to Wrestlecade. Just checking to make sure all was ok, I touched base again on Friday, just hours before his scheduled take off, and after repeated attempts with the DMV, and thanks in part to the recent government shutdown, he was not able to renew or receive the documentation that he needed to board the flight. Our first thought was, although we would be disappointed, that obviously sometimes things happen that are out of one’s control, but as our conversation continued, I came to realize that P.J., along with his wife Jill had already started on the road, driving the 675 miles completely on his own dollar so to not disappoint us and more importantly the fans at Wrestlecade who were looking forward to a rare southeastern appearance by the “Extreme Icon.” “I will be there,” he told me, asking for the hotel’s address and going on to explain that in his past, he has regrets from some of his darker times in the industry and that he was not going to disappoint his fans no matter what he had to do to make the show.
(Credit to WGD Weekly with Steve and the Scum) Original post can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/WGDWeekly?ref=br_tf
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At one point this used to be one of my favorite series, because most of the time I would end up shedding light on some hidden videos that have to do with wrestling but aren't always directly related to the wrestling genre. For this post the video I found does directly relate to the wrestling arena. The video I found is from the Wrestling With Wregret YouTube channel. This channel is hosted by wrestling fan Brian Zane where he basically picks a topic for every video and talks about the topic, like Hall of Fame or the Talent Roster or even video game reviews. Now I rarely agree with every word people say nowadays, but for the most part I found I agree with what Brian Zane had to say in this video about the fact that WWE has to many active titles. Though this video is old is the idea of to many titles in WWE still true? Maybe Brian can help you form your opinion:
The number of past talent from the wrestling to have substance abuse problems over the years has been incredible and sad in numbers. One of the most notable talents that had such issues over the years is Scott Hall. Many people have seen the negative side of Scott's issues and a lot of it was broadcasted by various news outlets. However, none of those new outlets thought to ask Scott for his side of the story or why things happened. That was until former announcer and now occasional writer for Fox Sports "Good Ole JR" Jim Ross sat down with Scott and they talked about his past.
Time for a little insight, all of this is from JR's Fox Sports article (link below):
"Scott was diagnosed with having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as the result of being involved in a fatal shooting when he was a young strip-club bouncer and before he got into pro wrestling in the early '80s. The shooting occurred at a Doll House location on Orange Blossom Trail in Florida when an armed man with a lengthy police record took issue with an unarmed Scott Hall over a woman and the two fought for the weapon."
Scott had deep seeded problems and there seemed like there was only one end insight and that was one thing nobody wanted to happen. It was the Spring of 2013 and Diamond Dallas Page was still in the process of helping the legend Jake Roberts get back on his feet and beat his demons after years of battling. On April 5, 2013 Page and Roberts called Scott who was living in Florida at the time and told him he should come to Georgia to live with Dallas and Jake and get help to beat his demons. This is what Scott said about that phone call: "I don't even know I answered the phone when Dally and Jake called because I wasn't answering any calls or talking to anyone. I guess it was fate. Jake was one of my professional heroes and Dally was always a great friend. It was just the two of them and me in Page's home."
In the end we are all ecstatic that Scott got clean, because we all have heard stories about how smart Scott is when it comes to the wrestling business and yet all everyone added to that was when he was clean. Now the wrestling world is able to see the real Scott Hall and I for one couldn't be happier. There is always a time for fun, but when fun becomes an addiction is really fun anymore.
"Hard Work Pays off, dreams come true, bad times don't last, but bad guys do."
- Scott Hall
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I have tremendous Respect for Scott Hall after the demons he was able to conquer and am very happy that he has a clear head and can share his love of the wrestling business with his son Cody and others to make the next generation even more prosperous.
Look at the title and either you will groan or be intrigue either way we are taking some what of a different approach for this week's flashback. I say we are taking a different approach because I never have looked at someone's debut in this series. I will also say that I can tend to agree with the idea that some gimmicks have a sorted shelf life and when they reach that shelf it's time for a change. Kane reached that shelf life a long time ago and is in need of a desperate change to try a salvage what's left of his career. So let's go back now November of 2013 when Corporate Kane made his first appearance:
Last week on Raw Big Show took on the Shield and Randy Orton in a handicap Match, and just when it looked like Show would take care of Orton Kane's music hits here comes a 7 foot tall man in a suit and tie. Yes Kane cam to the ring with a suit and tie on. That distraction proved to be all the Shield and Orton needed to get the advantage. Once Kane got to ringside he proceeded to throw chairs to the Shield to use on Show.
Now in an interview with Michael Cole on WWE.com Triple H stated that Kane's role in the Authority was the Director of Operations. This change in Kane is great as for 16 yrs he's always been the monster Kane but now we have a change in Kane that can lead him to new heights in WWE if the angle is done right.
This edition of greatest wrestler ever from state focuses on Montana. The state known as the Big Sky state or the Treasure State, another state with no speed limit. The state is also known as the 4th biggest state, and has many mountains. Montana though is not a pro wrestling hot bed, its kind of like its neighbor the state of Wyoming which we touched on recently.
Montana did raise 2 pro wrestlers the most famous though was not born in Montana but he did grow up, went to high school and was billed from Billings Montana.
The man I am talking about is Gary Albright. Albright married into the famous Anoai and had a great career in Japan. Albright also wrestled for UWF and debuted in Stampede Wrestling.
Albright was mostly a tag team wrestler and won a few tag titles especially with All Japan with Stan Hansen and Steve Williams.
Albright was considered a great guy by his fellow wrestlers. Albright would die in the ring while taking a bulldog in 2000.
Because of his titles that he won and being related to the Anoai family Gary Albright is the greatest wrestler from Montana.