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February is Nat'l Heart Month

posted Feb 17, 2018, 6:55 AM by Wrestling Scout

Cardiovascular disease can manifest itself in many ways and has many causes.  There is always the issue of genetics, but pro-wrestlers are notorious for a lifestyle full of risk factors.  Once athletic and active 
pro-wrestlers are worn down by injuries and become less active, they are prime targets for heart disease.  The generation that drank, smoked and had terrible diets on the road, ran into health problems later in life.  There is also that generation that used cocaine, sleeping pills and painkillers to survive the brutal road schedule, which saw its fair share of deaths.  The years of steroid abuse that led to a number of enlarged hearts and subsequent premature deaths was staggering until just a few years ago.

Los Gringos Locos both succumbed to heart attacks
 brought on by years of substance abuse.
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Gary Albright (1963-2000) 
Bad News Allen (1943-2007)
Gene Anderson (1933-1991)  
Andre the Giant (1946-1993) 
Mitsu Arakawa (1927-1997) 
Buddy Austin (1930-1981) 

Art Barr (1966-1994) 
Sandy Barr 
Big Bossman (1963-2004) 
Big Daddy (1930-1997) 
Chief Big Heart 
Blue Demon (1922-2000) 
Paul Boesch (1912-1989)
Bill Bowman
Bobo Brazil (1923-1998)  
Jack Brisco (1941-2010) 
Bulldog Brower (1933-1997) 
Bulldog Bob Brown (1938-1997) 
Jim Browning* (1908-1936)

Larry Cameron 
Edouard Carpentier (1926 - 2010) 
Donna Christianello (1942-2011) 
Eddy Cretchman 

Dream Machine 
Rudy Dusek (1901-1971)
J.C. Dykes 

Ray Eckert (1917-1996) 
Espanto #2 (1932-2013)
Jackie Fargo (1928-2013)
Gorilita Flores 
French Angel (1903-1954) 
Buddy Fuller* (1925-1996)
Dory Funk, Sr. (1919-1973) 

Tony Galento (1910-1979) 
Gorgeous George (1915-1963) 
Eddie Gilbert (1961-1995) 
Terry Gordy (1961-2001)
Dr. Jerry Graham (1921-1997) 
Crazy Luke Graham (1940-2006) 
The Grand Wizard (1929-1983) 
Nick Gulas 
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Eddy Guerrero (1967-2005) 

Hard Boiled Haggerty (1925-2004) 
Gary Hart (1942 - 2008) 
Betty Jo Hawkins 
Hercules (1956-2004)

Rufus R. Jones (1933-1993)
 
Kalmikoffs (Ivan & Karol) 
Wally Karbo 
Duke Keomuka (1921-1991) 
Lou Klein 
Killer Karl Kox (1931 - 2011) 
Kung Fu (1951-2001)
Both of the Kalimikoffs died from heart failure,
although more than 30 years apart. 
Lord Athol Layton 
Jimmy Lennon 
Little Tokyo 
Jim Londos (1897 - 1975) 

Balls Mahoney
Man Mountain Dean (1891-1953) 
Tex McKenzie** (1930-2001)
Mighty Igor (1931-2002)
Bill Miller (1927 - 1997) 
Missouri Mauler (1931-1996) 
Ray Mendoza (1929 - 2003) 
Gorilla Monsoon (1937-1999) 
Dick Murdoch (1946-1996) 
Skull Murphy (1930-1970)

Lou Newman 

Bob Orton, Sr. (1929-2006) 

Tony Parisi
Antonio Peña (1951-2006)
Nat Pendleton 
John Pesek (1894 - 1978) 
Brian Pillman (1962-1997) 
Karl Pojello 

Huracán Ramírez (1926-2006)
Buck Robley (1942-2013) 
Rocco Rock (1953-2002)
Buddy Rogers (1921-1992) 
Nelson Royal (1931-2002) 
Rick Rude (1958-1999)
Tony Rumble 
Irish Paddy Ryan 

Doc Sarpolis
Dutch Savage (1935-2013) 
Mike Shaw (1957-2010) 
Sheik (1926-2003) 
Roy Shire (1921-1992) 
Sky Low Low 
Davey Boy Smith (1962-2002) 
Dara Singh (1928-2012) 
Stan Stasiak (1937-1997) 
Ray Steele (1900-1949) 
Ray Stevens (1935-1996)
Eddie Sullivan 

Toru Tanaka (1930-2000) 
Shag Thomas** (1924-1982) 
John Tolos (1930-2009) 

Ultimate Warrior (1957-2014) 

Rolando Vera (1915-2001) 
Viscera 

Dr. Wagner (1936-2004) 
Chief War Eagle 
Whipper Watson (1916-1990) 
Saul Weingeroff (1919-1988) 
Pez Whatley (1951-2005) 
Orig Williams 
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Jay Youngblood (1955-1985)
Yokozuna (1966-2000) 

(Kareem Muhammad & 
Elijah Akeem) 


The two members of the Zambuie Express both died of heart attacks.
Elijah Akeem (Leroy Brown) in 1988 and Kareem Muhammad (Ray Candy) in 1994.

Black History in Pro-Wrestling - The 1980s

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:56 PM by Wrestling Scout

Notable Fighters Turned Pro-Wrestlers

posted Feb 3, 2018, 6:45 PM by Wrestling Scout

The pro-wrestling world has been abuzz following the appearance of Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble.  Rousey, one of the biggest drawing cards and crossover stars in the history of MMA, could be a game-changer for the WWE.  However, she is hardly the first fighter to try out pro-wrestling.

There are plenty of notable fighters who actually had backgrounds in pro-wrestling - Ken Shamrock, Kazushi Sakuraba and Brock Lesnar.  In recent years, more fighters with an appreciation of pro-wrestling have tried their hand at it.  Tito Ortiz and Quinton Jackson, despite being charismatic stars in MMA, had cringeworthy showings in TNA.  Lesser MMA personalities Matt Riddle and Shayna Bazler have made strong showings, but their careers are just getting started.

Related imageDon Frye**
Growing up a fan of Superstar Billy Graham and learning under Curt Hennig, Frye had an impressive run in New Japan in between his UFC and Pride FC days. He could bump, he would sell and he was believable!

Josh Barnett
A life-long fan, Barnett was able to tour with New Japan during their down period and excelled at the style. While very good at both, he has always had unfortunate career setbacks. Barnett was a sponge for pro-wrestling and combined an old-school believability with modern-day presentation.

Bob Sapp
One of the biggest celebrities in Japan for a few years, "The Beast" did everything including pro-wrestling. While he had trained at the WCW Power Plant, Sapp was not really a pro-wrestler prior to his time in Pride FC. His charisma, star power and athleticism carried him through several pro-wrestling matches.

Bas Rutten
His appearances were few, but his skills were without question. It might be argued Bas had some less-than-legit bouts in Pancrase, but he was certainly a fighter and not a worker. He had a few matches in New Japan during their partnership with Pride FC and showed amazing potential even though he was older and not a worker.

Ryushi Yanagisawa
Another Pancrase fighter (he actually started with Pro-Wrestling Fujiwara-Gumi) who spent 10 years working there and RINGS.  He made the jump to traditional pro-wrestling rings and was given some big opportunities in New Japan.  While he adapted well to aspects of the pro style, the company was in a tough transitional phase and mainly hung around in the midcard.

Mark Coleman & Kevin Randleman
Their rollercoaster MMA careers included a few pro-wrestling matches in Japan for Zero-One and HUSTLE as a tag team. While both were untrained and raw, they had some worthwhile showings. Coleman was a lifelong fan and was always a great intense character while Randleman's charisma and amazing athleticism impressed many. It might have been a better avenue for both of them to pursue as he never accomplished much in MMA after 2004.

Daniel Puder
While he did not have a notable background, Puder managed to battle his way into the WWE system through Tough Enough and was very good in his own way. After some time in OVW, he was released and returned to MMA.

Brian Johnston
A UFC pioneer, Johnston was brought into New Japan with Don Frye in the late 1990s. He was an impressive specimen and believable in his role, but never pushed as hard as Frye. Johnston had his limitations and sadly had a stroke that ended his pro-wrestling and MMA careers.

Ron Waterman
While he was never a huge success in either, the H20Man had a great look and undeniable presence. Unfortunately, he was often confused for Bill Goldberg. Older and less talented, Waterman's success in OVW never led to success on the WWF's main roster.

Tank Abbott
A legitimate bad ass dancing around my members of a pro-wrestling boy band? Although Tank's WCW run had some questionable booking and never proved to be a great worker, he had something. The charisma that got him over in the UFC translated in WCW to an extent and his run was certainly not forgettable.

Royal Rumble winners (`88-`17)

posted Jan 27, 2018, 7:14 PM by Wrestling Scout

Image result for royal rumble 2018There have been only 23 Royal Rumble winners (the last two years have had 2 repeat winners) in the past 29 years.  This year's women's Rumble will produce a 24th winner and perhaps there will be a 24th!  At this rate, there couldn't be 30 winners (male winners...) until 2024 if there were different winners each year.

  1. Jim Duggan eliminated the One Man Gang
  2. Big John Studd eliminated Ted DiBiase
  3. Hulk Hogan eliminated Mr. Perfect
  4. Ric Flair eliminated Sid Justice
  5. Yokozuna eliminated Randy Savage
  6. Bret Hart eliminated with Lex Luger 
  7. Lex Luger eliminated with Bret Hart
  8. Shawn Michaels 
    1. eliminated Davey Boy Smith in `95
    2. eliminated Diesel in `96
  9. Steve Austin 
    1. eliminated Bret Hart in `97
    2. eliminated The Rock in `98
    3. eliminated Kane in `01
  10. Mr. McMahon eliminated Steve Austin 
  11. The Rock eliminated Big Show
  12. Triple H 
    1. eliminated Kurt Angle in `02
    2. eliminated Dean Ambrose in `16
  13. Brock Lesnar eliminated The Undertaker
  14. Chris Benoit eliminated Big Show
  15. Batista 
    1. eliminated John Cena in `05
    2. eliminated Roman Reigns in `14 
  16. Rey Mysterio eliminated Randy Orton
  17. The Undertaker eliminated Shawn Michaels
  18. John Cena 
    1. eliminated Triple H in `08
    2. eliminated Ryback in `13
  19. Randy Orton 
    1. eliminated Triple H 
    2. eliminated Roman Reigns in `17
  20. Edge eliminated John Cena 
  21. Alberto Del Rio eliminated Santino Marella
  22. Sheamus eliminated Chris Jericho
  23. Roman Reigns eliminated Rusev

January 26th is National Couples Day

posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:49 PM by Wrestling Scout   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 7:54 PM ]

The following is an incomplete list of the many married couples in pro-wrestling history.

Chris Adams & Jeannie Clark
Chris Adams & Toni Clark
Alberto El Patron & Paige
Kurt Angle & Karen Angle
Steve Austin & Lady Blossom (Jeannie Clark)
Steve Austin & Debra
Bad Boy Hido & Megumi Kudo        Lia & Peter Maivia began a dynasty!
Don Bass & Maw Bass (Mae Weston)
George Becker & Judy Grable
Brute BernardBetty Jo Hawkins 
Brian Blair & Mike McGuirk
Booker T & Sharmell
Brazo de Oro & Lady Apache
Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella
Chris Candido & Tammy Sytch (Skip & Sunny)
Ripper Collins & Barbara Baker
Corsica Joe & Sara Lee
Mike DiBiase (Sr.) & Helen Hild
Dirty White Boy (Tony Anthony) & Dirty White Girl
Tommy Dreamer & Beulah McGillicutty
Fishman & Lola Gonzalez
Doug Gilbert & Kay Noble
Eddie Gilbert & Missy Hyatt
Gran Apache & Lady Apache
Eddy Guerrero & Vicki Guerrero
Ray Gunkel & Ann Gunkel 
Sam Houston & Baby Doll
Jeff Jarrett & Karen (Angle) Jarrett
Brock Lesnar & Sable
Sam Menacker & June Byers
Peter Maivia & Lia Maivia
Roy McClarty & Shirley Strimple
Gordon Nelson & Marie LaVerne
CM Punk & AJ Lee
Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Mitzuki Wong
Akio Sato & Betty Nicolli
Randy Savage & Miss Elizabeth
Hugo Savinovich & Wendi Richter
Eddie Sharkey & Princess Little Cloud
Silver King & Xochitl Hamada
The Spoiler & Evelyn Stevens
Adrian Street & Miss Linda
Kevin Sullivan & Fallen Angel (Nancy Sullivan)
Minoru Tanaka & Yumi Fukawa
Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
Villano III & La Infernal
Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rossy Moreno
Billy Wolfe (Jr.) & June Byers
Billy Wolfe (Sr.) & Mildred Burke

Highest Rated Episodes of Monday Night Raw

posted Jan 21, 2018, 6:05 PM by Wrestling Scout

Since January 1993, a little pro-wrestling show has aired on most Monday nights.  From Monday Night Raw at the Manhattan Center to the outrageous Raw is War show that aired opposite Monday Nitro for more than five years.  The highest rated episodes of Raw happened during this period, specifically between May 1999 and July 2000.  
The show has changed its look some, it even changed networks (bouncing over to Spike TV for five years) and saw the collapse of WCW and yet it has never had ratings like it did during the Attitude Era.


Unbelievable Alliance - May 10, 1999 (8.1)
Steve Austin teams with Vince McMahon and The Rock to take on Triple H, The Undertaker and Shane McMahon

Backlash from Backlash - May 1, 2000 (7.4)
Fallout from Backlash leads to a main event between The Rock and Shane McMahon in a steel cage

RAW is Owen - May 24, 1999 (7.15)
A show long tribute to Owen Hart who died in a tragic accident the night before

McMahon/Austin - Over? - July 26, 1999
Vince McMahon is sent packing as part of stipulation of Steve Austin defeating The Undertaker the night before at Fully Loaded

The Undertaker Returns - May 22, 2000 (7.1)
After showing back up in his "American Bad Ass" persona the night before, the Raw audience tunes in to see for themselves

Family Feuds - April 24, 2000 (7.1)
Chaos ensues among Triple H, Stephanie, Shane and Linda McMahon with The Rock, Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho find themselves in the mix

Fully Loaded Follow-up - July 24, 2000 (6.9)
A big show following a pay-per-view with Commissioner Mick Foley in command

“This Is Your Life!” - September 27, 1999 (6.8)
Mankind orchestrates a bizarre piece to look at the life of The Rock

Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker - June 28, 1999 (6.8)
A WWF Championship match between the two top stars

Higher Power Revealed - June 7, 1999 (6.65)
The Undertaker reveals to Steve Austin that Vince McMahon is the "Higher Power"

wRESTle in Peace - 2017

posted Jan 1, 2018, 6:16 AM by Wrestling Scout

wRESTle In Peace

2018 saw the deaths of figures in pro-wrestling of all types - promoters, announcers, managers, trainers and, of course, pro-wrestlers.  These individuals had influence or notable runs in all the major countries and territories.  Some, like Lance Russell and Stan Kowalski, were well-respected by their peers.  Others, like Tom Zenk and Ron Starr, did have their detractors as they had reputations as self-important complainers.  And then there are controversial characters like Jimmy Snuka and Bob Sweetan (not to mention Johnny K-9 aka Bruiser Bedlam!).

For a complete listing, please refer to the CACC's 2017 Finishes

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Don Arakawa
Gran Apache
Tom Jones                        
Bill Kersten                                     British wrestling legend - Vic Faulkner
Stan Kowalski                                Ron Starr was one of the great workers of his day
Benjamin Mora, Jr.
Joaquin Roldan
Rosey
Hans Schroeder
Larry Sharpe
Jimmy Snuka 
Doug Somers
Dennis Stamp

Christmas Night in the Carolinas (1968-1979)

posted Dec 25, 2017, 6:31 PM by Wrestling Scout

While the tradition of big pro-wrestling events on Thanksgiving night is widely known, many forget that Christmas night was a big night for pro-wrestling throughout the territorial era as well.

Mid-Atlantic, ran two shows, one in Charlotte, North Carolina and one in Greenville, South Carolina for many years.  Some years, they even ran a third town!  For families in those cities, Christmas day might have been full of gifts and food, but the evening was full of headlocks and piledrivers.  In looking back at the results, it might seem curious that there were so many tag matches, but that was the modus operandi for the territory.  The matches were often enhanced by being a "fence match" or a "death match," which promised plenty of red to go with green (and not just at the green at the box office!)



1968

Greenville - Abe Jacobs & The Scotts (George & Sandy)  vs. Aldo Bogni & Bronko LubichGeorge Harris

Raleigh - Rip Hawk & Swede Hanson vs. Sam SteamboatMr. Wrestling (Tim Woods)


1969

Greenville - Mr. WrestlingThe Scotts vs. J.C. Dykes & The Infernos


1970
Charlotte - Missouri Mauler vs. Argentina Apollo



1971
Charlotte - Missouri Mauler & Brute Bernard vs. Argentina Apollo & Johnny Weaver




1973
Charlotte - Johnny Valentine vs. Johnny Weaver 

Greenville - Jerry Brisco vs. The Destroyer (Don Jardine)

Raleigh - Gene Anderson & Ole Anderson vs. Jay York & Brute Bernard


1974
Charlotte - Johnny Valentine vs. Paul Jones

Greenville - The Super Destroyer (Don Jardine) vs. The Avenger (Reggie Parks)

Raleigh - Gene Anderson & Ole Anderson vs. Jay York & Brute Bernard


1975

Greenville - Blackjack Mulligan vs. Paul Jones



1976
Charlotte - Blackjack Mulligan vs. Paul Jones


Hampton, VA - The Superstar vs. Rufus R. Jones

*The IWA ran a show in Durham, North Carolina headlined by Bulldog Brower defending his North American title against Karl Krupp*


1977
Charlotte - Wahoo McDaniel vs. Greg Valentine



1978
Charlotte -  Blackjack Mulligan vs. Ric Flair




WOHOF - Who is Going on the 2018 Ballot?

posted Dec 6, 2017, 7:11 PM by Wrestling Scout   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 7:16 PM ]

In 2018, at least two candidates are known to be on the ballot.  They have some similarities - both handsome young men who were athletic worker and worked there way to the top of a major organization and both were not above playing silly characters.  The differences may end there though.

Rick Martel had an impressive career with some twenty years of being a top worker capturing titles all over the globe.  He worked on top in New Zealand, Portland and Montreal, but had notable runs in the WWWF/WWF as part of tag teams with Tony Garea, Tom Zenk (Can-Am Connection) and Tito Santana (Strike Force).  While his career might have peaked with his AWA title run in 1984, most remember Martel from his heel run as "The Model" starting in 1989.  He did enjoy a brief career renaissance in WCW in 1997.

Kenny Omega is a pro-wrestler currently at the peak of his abilities.  He started in 2000 and gained a WWE developmental contract in 2005.  After requesting his release, Omega focused on building his name value on the indies.  He also was brought to Japan by DDT and built his reputation there as well.  By 2010, Omega was emerging as one of the premier talents on both sides of the Pacific.  He worked for the top indies in the States and started with New Japan.  Since that time he has had numerous MOTYC performances and continuously upped his game.

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