This month marks the 15th anniversary of WWF buying WCW in a move that changed the landscape of professional wrestling. In 2001 it seemed like the best thing in the world. Today, that might not be case anymore.
The nWo made wrestling cool in the mid to late 90’s. Their gang like mentality and infamous black and white colors resonated with fans all over the world. Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan were the founding members of this revolutionary faction, and other members followed.
On this special edition of the Gerweck Report Podcast, Frank Dee and Atlee Greene take an informative look at 1996 with introduction of the nWo storyline and its influence on the wrestling world. We give a very honest blow by blow take on the New World Order and how it all came to fruition.
Topics include the:
Hulkamania getting booed in WCW
Razor Ramon and Diesel in the WWF
The Outsiders’ debut in WCW
Who the third man originally was supposed to be
The rumored 4th man of the nWo who was in WWF at the time
and so much more in this 2 hour podcast so sit back relax and listen as we take a ride into simpler times with the nWo. Click here to listen and be nWo 4-Life.
- Timing is everything when it comes to the world of professional wrestling. Striking while the iron is hot or simply knowing when you have a good thing is paramount in having a successful business model. However, creative aspirations tangled with a personal agenda can miss the mark entirely with a second shot at redemption never materializing. You only one chance to make a first impression. Wrestling is littered with missed opportunities at creating some memorable moments.
Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna – Summer Slam 1993: Yokozuna vanquished the mighty Hulk Hogan, and Titan Towers needed a new hero to appeal to the masses. One body slam later on the USS Intrepid, and Lex Luger instantly became the red, white, and blue star of the company. He just needed the crown in the form of the WWF title to validate his rule.
The problem is Vince McMahon decided to delay Luger’s coronation until next year’s WrestleMania, banking on a more significant box office return. Luger won by count out, and a hollow celebration ensued as confetti and balloons fell from the ceiling. The title didn’t change hands, and the Lex Express had run out of gas by the time WrestleMania 10 rolled around. People want what they want when they want it. Telling the consumer otherwise leads to all-around disappointment.
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels – Survivor Series 1997: My opinion on this matter comes from a different place than most. I’ve always been a super mark when it comes to wrestling. All I knew was what I saw in front of me. No rumors, no newsletters, which is how the majority of fans enjoy their professional wrestling. When Michaels got Hart in the Sharpshooter, and the bell rang for some inexplicable reason, my friends and I were left feeling, huh?
I didn’t know what actually happened until I discovered the internet a year later. I’ll always believe the Montreal Screw job is the biggest work in the history of the business. You’re trying to tell me that Vince McMahon couldn’t get his troops in line and tell them how things were going to be? Bret should have gone over at PPV, and Michaels should have won it the next night on Raw. If this was legit and Vince was really concerned that Bret would show up on Nitro with the belt, he should have stripped him of the belt and put it on someone else or even start the Austin era four months earlier. Leaving a paying audience hanging is not good storytelling.
Al Snow vs. Shane Douglas – Wrestlepalooza 1998: Al Snow was so popular ECW that he could have read Shakespeare to the bloodthirsty fans inside the ECW Arena, and he still would have received the biggest pop of the evening. The snowman could do no wrong as wrestling rings across the country were littered with styrofoam mannequin heads as audience chanted “Head! Head! Head!” and “We Want Head”
The night finally came when Snow challenged Shane Douglas for the heavyweight title. The match had fans on the edge of their seat as they counted down to the crowning of a new “Head” champion. The last thing anyone expected was for Douglas to pin Snow clean in the middle of the ring.
That is precisely what happened
The result was a big kick below the belt to wrestling fans. Douglas and Snow did the handshake gimmick after the match as the locker room emptied and hoisted both men on their shoulders in an attempt to mask the unpopular outcome with celebration. It didn’t work. Fans threw their heads in the ring in disappointment
Al Snow was initially booked to win the title. However, what many people forgot was that Snow was under contract to WWE at the time and was on loan to ECW during a time when the two promotions would exchange lower card talent.
When Vince Russo learned of Snow’s surge of popularity, he was recalled by the WWF and made his Raw debut on June 1st. In the end, it was better for Snow’s career to go back to WWF. Still, a title change would have been a classic moment.
Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle: Bound For Glory 2011: TNA has this uncanny ability to consistently book the polar opposite of what the audience wants to see. Bobby Roode went over in the BFG series and earned a title shot against Kurt Angle. The stars were perfectly aligned. Roode was booked stronger and stronger each week on television, and the people were digging it. They believed in Bobby Roode Bobby, but they didn’t just want him to win; they wanted TNA to put their stamp of approval, stating he is the man.
Hulk Hogan, in his infinite wisdom as head of creative, thought it would be better for Roode to lose in the biggest main event of the year, turn heel, and win the belt a week after. Better late than never doesn’t apply in this case because when something is highly anticipated, wrestling fans want it when they expect to get it. Roode is no worse off than before, but he should have been given a shot at being the star of the company. After all, nothing else has worked for TNA.
Kevin Nash vs. Goldberg: Starrcade 1998: We all know how this went. Kevin Nash was in charge and booked himself to go over Goldberg, thus ending the famous undefeated streak. The IWC despised Goldberg squashing opponent after opponent, but casual fans, which makes up the majority of the audience, loved it.
Goldberg beat everybody under the sun, and Nash was the last main event player to defeat.
If he would have defeated Nash, the mystery and intrigue surrounding who eventually ends the streak would have grown to the level of the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak. Another main eventer could have gone over on their second or third turn with Goldberg or elevating a mid-card player by having him win in a shocking upset. Having Goldberg go down at the hands of a cattle prod was another pro wrestling angle and turned something special into something ordinary.
Professional wrestling consumed my life at the early age of 8. In fact, as far as I was concerned, the WWF was the only game in town. This idea that other wrestling promotions existed never dawned on me until a random Sunday afternoon of channel surfing. Fate brought me to TBS and I got my first taste of the National Wrestling Alliance.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and while we all have things in our life to be thankful for, I think wrestling can appear on that list in some way, shape, or form. Wrestling fans come from all walks of life and all of us having our own likes and dislikes about the business. Some are casual WWE fans while others are hardcore fans who simply can’t get enough of their favorite pastime.
Conquistador is Spanish for “conquerors” and is applied to Spaniard soldiers who explored the New World in the 16th century. In the late 1980’s, the squared circle of the World Wrestling Federation were treated to Conquistadors of a different variety. Gone were the warriors of strategic battle tactics and enter the two individuals who never came close to conquering anything.
You all remember Sean Mooney? He was a play by play commentator and an interviewer in the WWF from 1988 to 1993. His Event Center segment on weekend television would advertise wrestling matches for the upcoming house shows in whatever area you lived in. Mooney would list several of the matches coming to a particular event, for example, in the Boston Garden and then we would get a promo from one of the wrestlers talking about what they are going to do in their match.
The artists over at DeviantArt.com have produced some cool wrestling art work but their depictions cover all genres. If you think it, someone on this site has probably drawn it. Check out some of their images on this post and head on over to check out their catalog.
In the spirit of No Way Out this Sunday, I’m reminded of the very first installment of this pay-per-view happening back in 1998. It was the twentieth event under the In Your House banner, and the company changed the name two weeks out to No Way Out of Texas. Jeff Jarrett defended an NWA title on WWF TV against Bradshaw, Taka Michinoku wrestled a rock band, and Brian Christopher was almost fired on the spot for calling him a “jap” on commentary.
The eight-man tag team main event was scheduled to be Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie against Shawn Michaels, HHH, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. WrestleMania 14 was on the horizon and with Mike Tyson’s involvement in the Austin/Michaels title match, there was very little interest in this event. No Way Out was the first event that my friends and I didn’t care to see which is shocking if you knew how much we loved wrestling when we were in high school.
The WWE Intercontinental championship is the most revered and perhaps the most respected title belt among professional wrestling fans. For the longest time, it was this championship that produced the most anticipated and exciting matches.
More times than not, those who wore this coveted title were able to elevate their careers as a result. As a kid, I was more excited for the IC title matches than I was for the world title matches. Today I’m going to list the Top 10 Intercontinental Champions of all time. This list is based on tenure as champion and their accomplishments beyond.Continue reading “Ten Greatest WWE Intercontinental Champions Of All Time”