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« Reply #285 on: September 14, 2011, 11:00:03 PM »

Da Baldies join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. Da Baldies were a stable in ECW from 1999 to 2001. They were basically like a gang of street thugs who all happened to share the trait of having a bald head and in ring battled like brawlers but could generally go in the ring too when it called for it. The primary Baldies tag team featured Tony DeVito and Angel Medina but the group/stable also included the likes of P.N. News, Vito "The Skull"  LoGrasso, Vic Grimes, Redd Dogg and Rod Price. Sometimes they played the part of hired thugs paid to attack other teams/wrestlers/stables. Angel & DeVito feuded with the likes of Nova & Chris Chetti, Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten, New Jack, Danny Doring & Roadkill, Tommy Dreamer and Raven and were hired to attack teams such as Christian York & Joey Matthews and Justin Credible & Steve Corino.
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« Reply #286 on: September 17, 2011, 12:15:40 AM »

Bill Dundee joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Dundee after a long and successful in-ring career turned to managing in the late 1980s in Jim Crockett Promotions (although he still wrestled part-time as well). There he managed Konga the Barbarian and The MOD Squad who had only limited success under his leadership. He had more success managing and teaming with "Nature Boy" Buddy Landell in Tennessee. He also managed "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin and Masahiro Chono. In the early 1990s, he memorably managed Lord Steven Regal in WCW as Sir William. While Dundee wasn't afraid to interfere on his men's behalf, very few of them ever advanced very far up the card and Dundee was almost always still active in-ring himself so his whole attention never seemed to be on those he managed, oftentimes they were used to further his own ends.
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« Reply #287 on: September 18, 2011, 09:48:49 PM »

Kevin Nash joins the Singles Hall of Shame. Nash was actually a very successful wrestler well known for his time in WWF as "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel and then as part of the nWo alongside "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and his Outsiders partner Scott Hall. Thing is, with a little bit more in-ring effort and less behind the scenes politics, perhaps Nash could have been even more successful.

After playing college basketball until a knee injury ended that pursuit, Nash eventually decided to turn to pro wrestling. Nash struggled at first to find an identity and despite his imposing size, lost far more than he won. He started out as Steel teaming with Al Green (known as Blade) as The Master Blasters but after that didn't basically go anywhere, he'd be reinvented again this time given the ridiculous gimmick of Oz, based on The Wizard of Oz as WCW was given permission to use licensed properties belonging to Turner at the time, and managed by Merlin (actually Kevin Sullivan in disguise). Despite squashing many jobbers, Oz would soon be defeated by Ron Simmons and would disappear from the scene. Next he turned himself into Vinnie Vegas, a wisecracking pseudo-mobster type and joined Harley Race's stable which also included Big Van Vader and Mr. Hughes at the time. After the stable disbanded, he joined the Diamond Mine stable alongside the Diamond Studd (Scott Hall) and Scotty Flamingo (the future Raven) managed by Diamond Dallas Page. After Studd and Flamingo left, Vegas and Page formed a tag team and had very limited success. Try as he might, Nash could never really get any of these silly gimmicks over in WCW.

In 1993, Nash would move to the WWF and would once more be reinvented, this time as Shawn Michaels hulking 7 foot tall bodyguard/best buddy Diesel and was nicknamed "Big Daddy Cool" basically playing an unstoppable bad ass biker character. This time, he actually started to get over and the gimmick was his most successful to date. Diesel would go on to aid HBK in defeating Marty Jannetty for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Later Michaels would return the favor helping Diesel defeat Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship but he'd eventually drop it back to Ramon again. Diesel and HBK would also later team up to defeat the Headshrinkers for the WWF World Tag Team Championship but their alliance eventually ended up on shaky ground as HBK began to become jealous of his buddy's newfound success and the team would split up forcing them to vacate the tag titles. In the process, Diesel turned face and shortly thereafter squashed Bob Backlund to capture the WWF Championship, his first World title. He then fended off the challenge of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels who was furious Diesel, his former bodyguard, captured the WWF Championship before him. Following his lost at Wrestlamania XI however Michaels' new bodyguard Sycho Sid turned on and attacked Michaels essentially turning HBK face and leading to him and Diesel reforming their team/friendship. Diesel would successfully fend off more challengers including Sid and King Mabel and would also team up with Bam Bam Bigelow against Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation. Diesel and HBK also pursued WWF Tag champs Owen Hart and Yokozuna and even seemingly defeated them for the titles in a match that saw Davey Boy Smith substitute for Owen only later Owen who arrived to interfere would be pinned. This led to controversy and the titles being returned to Owen and Yokozuna. Diesel's WWF Championship reign would end a little over a year after it began when Bret "Hitman" Hart defeated Diesel at Survivor Series 1995. This reign of 358 would be the longest of the 1990s. Following his title loss, Nash would go on to challenge and lose to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XII and thereafter would turn heel to feud with new WWF Champion Shawn Michaels who defeated him a couple of times before Nash was to leave for WCW. Before Nash left however, there was the infamous Kliq MSG Curtain Call Incident which saw kliq members Nash, Hall, HBK and HHH hug each other in the ring saying their goodbyes, a serious practically unheard of breach of kayfabe at the time.

Nash returned to WCW in 1996 alongside Scott Hall as apparent "invaders". They signed for a match against Randy Savage, Lex Luger and Sting where they would reveal their newest member who shockingly enough turned out to be a newly heel "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan forming the nWo in WCW, one of the most innovative and groundbreaking angles of the 1990s until it was carried on far too long. Still, Hogan, Hall and Nash dominated WCW with Hogan as WCW World Champion and Hall and Nash the dominant WCW World Tag Team Champions primarily feuding with the Steiner Brothers and Harlem Heat. Eventually though the nWo would split from within with both Nash and Hogan vying for leadership leading to Nash and Randy Savage forming a splinter nWo Wolfpac group in 1998 alongside Konnan and Curt Hennig. Hennig however would shortly revert back to Hogan's group as would surprisingly enough his long time partner Scott Hall. However Lex Luger and Sting would join the nWo Wolfpac as new members leading to a long and confusing war between the two factions with Nash primarily feuding with Hall. In late 1998, Nash would win World War 3 to earn a WCW World title shot at Goldberg whom he'd defeat, with more than a bit of help from Scott Hall and a cattle prod, at Starrcade 1998 to win his first WCW World Championship and end Goldberg's highly touted undefeated streak. Not long after, Nash fell to Hollywood Hogan's "fingerpoke of doom" basically laying down for Hogan to pin him and handing the title to Hogan in order to reform the nWo which would proved rather short-lived anyway. Nash was also at the times heavily involved with creative behind the scenes and a lot of these angles seemed to be designed to have Nash and his buddies work as little as possible earning him the nickname "Big Lazy" with some. Still Nash was popular with fans and remained successful winning his second WCW World Championship in May 1999 from Diamond Dallas Page. Eventually Nash would enter into a feud with a now heel Randy Savage and Sid Vicious and would eventually drop the title to Savage in a special tag team stipulation match in which Nash teamed with Sting. Shortly thereafter, Nash would interfere in a title defense of Savage and aid Hulk Hogan in regaining the WCW World Championship. In 2000, Nash would award himself the WCW World Championship but would lose it to Sid the same night. In May 2000, he`d defeat Jeff Jarrett for his 4th WCW World Championship in a match also involving Scott Steiner but would late give the title to Ric Flair. Not long after, Nash turned heel again attacking Hogan and now forming an alliance with Sid and Rick Steiner to battle Hogan, Sting and Goldberg with Hogan eventually defeating Nash in a "retirement" match. Nash didn't stay retired for long though returning to reform yet another version of the nWo alongside Hall, Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett. This group wouldn't last long either as Bret Hart, the group's then leader would be injured. Nash would go on to feud with the likes of Terry Funk, Mike Awesome, Scott Steiner and Booker T. with Nash eventually capturing another WCW World Championship from Booker T. in August 2000 which he'd shortly thereafter drop back to Booker again. Nash next played a variety of roles even playing WCW Commissioner at one point and later mentoring the Natural Born Thrillers team until they turned on him. Nash would go on to form a new tag team with Diamond Dallas Page called the Insiders who feuded with th Perfect Event (Shawn Stasiak and Chuck Palumbo) and won the WCW World Tag Team Championship in November 2000. Eventually they'd be stripped of the titles but would regain them at Starrcade and feuded with the Thrillers into 2001 until Nash lost yet another "retirement" match, this time to Scott Steiner at SuperBrawl.

Nash would sign with and would return to the WWF in 2002 alongside "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall, a reformed original nWo in WWF for the first time. They first appeared at No Way Out 2002 where they pretended to have changed their ways being originally friendly with Steve Austin and the Rock only to later in the night help Chris Jericho retain his title against Austin. At Wrestlemania X8, which saw the Rock defeat "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and Austin battle Hall in a match in which Nash heavily interfered. After Hogan shook the Rock's hand after losing, Hall and Nash turned on Hogan turning heel but before it could really materialize into anything, Nash suffered a series of injuries that put him on the shelf for months effectively disbanding the nWo group in short order. After nine months out with injury, Nash returned in April 2003 and was soon feuding with World Heavyweight Champion Triple H. They two squared off in a series of brutal matches which saw Shawn Michaels side with Nash and Ric Flair in Triple H's corner that culminated in an Hell in a Cell match with special referee Mick Foley that saw Triple H finally defeat Nash to win the feud. Nash would next go on to play the losing end of a feud against Chris Jericho on his way out in 2003.

In 2004, he alongside Hall would debut in TNA siding with Jeff Jarrett as a new faction - the Kings of Wrestling. They'd go on to feud with Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles and would actually suffer a defeat to Randy Savage, Style and Jeff Hardy. The group would be short-lived however with Hall leaving in early 2005 and Nash announcing his desire to win Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Nash would receive his title shot but would fall short following interference from the Outlaw (the former Billy Gunn). Nash would go on to team with Sean Waltman, his former X-Pac, Syxx-Pac nWo buddy, to feud with Planet Jarrett. Shortly thereafter Nash would suffer a staph infection and would be removed from TV. He'd finally return in October 2005 and was originally scheduled to face Jarrett in a big Bound For Glory rematch until his suffering chest pains hospitalized him and took him out of the title picture. Nash would next return in April 2006 showing much too much interest in TNA's X Division and forming an alliance with Alex Shelley. Nash would go on to feud with and target X Division grapplers particularly Chris Sabin and helped to build up young stars including Shelley, Austin Starr, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt. Soon he would move into a program with Kurt Angle aiding him against Sting who nevertheless defeated Angle anyways for the TNA World Title but Nash would later help Angle regain it. Nash shortly thereafter took on the unlikely role of mentor to Samoa Joe who would go on to capture the TNA World title. However and perhaps not surprisingly, Nash would eventually turn on Joe helping Sting win the TNA World Championship and going on to form a new villainous stable alongside Sting, Angle, Booker T. and Scott Steiner called the Main Event Mafia who dominated TNA with Nash feuding with Joe who he dominated with MEM help. Nash would go on to defeat A.J. Styles for the TNA Legends Championship, his first TNA title only to lose it to and regain it from Mick Foley. Nash would eventually lose the title to Eric Young in a 3 way match also involving Hernandez. Not long after, Kurt Angle announced the disbanding of the Main Event Mafia and Nash would go on to feud with Eric Young and the World Elite only to eventually align with them congratulating Young for outsmarting him. Next Nash would hint at another nWo reunion in TNA with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff soon coming in.  Sure enough, Nash would soon be back with old buddies Scott Hall and Sean Waltman as the Band. Eventually Hall and Waltman would seemingly turn on Nash who would team with Eric Young but it was all a swerve to get the Band contracts in TNA with Young eventually joining the group after turning on Team 3D. Nash and Hall would go on to capture the TNA World Tag Team Championship from Matt Morgan after Morgan was attacked by Samoa Joe. Eventually however Hall would run into legal problems and they would be forced to vacate the TNA tag titles. Next Nash would split with Young and would form an alliance with Sting to feud with Jeff Jarrett, who had aligned himself with Hogan and Bischoff with Samoa Joe eventually aligning with Jarrett as well.  Eventually D'Angelo Dinero would align with Nash and Sting as well and in the end, it would be revealed that Hogan, Jarrett and Bischoff were secretly the true heels as they aligned with a newly heel Abyss and Jeff Hardy as well. Nash would receive his TNA release at the end of 2010 and would return to the WWE as Diesel at the 2011 Royal Rumble as a surprise entrant getting a huge reaction from the viewing audience. Nash would next appear at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony celebrating Shawn Michaels induction. Next he made a shocking appearance at Summerslam 2011 attacking the new Undisputed WWE Champion C.M. Punk with a powerbomb leaving him vulnerable for Alberto Del Rio to successfully cash in his Money in the Bank contract on Punk. The next few weeks, Nash and Punk engaged in a war of words that eventually involved new COO Triple H as well breeding an hate between Triple H and Punk setting up a feud between the two and eventually leading to Triple H publicly firing Nash on Raw. Nash was also heavily involved in tonight's Night of Champions showdown between Punk and Triple H.

Nash's title accomplishments: TNA Legends Championship (2 times), TNA World Tag Team Championship with Scott Hall and Eric Young, WCW World Heavyweight Championship (5 times), WCW World Tag Team Championship (9 times) - 6 times with Hall, 2 times with Diamond Dallas Page and once with Sting, WEWF Television Championship (2 times), WEWF World Tag Team Championship with Mark Johnson, WWF Championship, WWF Intercontinental Championship, WWF World Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Shawn Michaels.
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« Reply #288 on: September 19, 2011, 08:37:51 PM »

I like Nash.  I think if he'd have a better 'attitude' backstage with helping guys (calling Eddie Guerrero a Vanilla Midget...really?), he'd be much more respected.
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« Reply #289 on: September 20, 2011, 11:35:46 PM »

Charlie Minh joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. Minh was kind of like an high strung hyperactive Asian version of Todd Pettengill. He brought a lot of energy and excitement but seemed truly a bit over the top stereotypical even in the crazy world of WWF Wrestling. Minh did some backstage interview work and also worked alongside Dok Hendrix (Michael Hayes) on WWF Action Zone circa 1996. His stay in WWF was rather short-lived.
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« Reply #290 on: September 26, 2011, 08:21:44 PM »

The Wild-Eyed Southern Boys of Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. Armstrong & Smothers were a veteran tag team of two tall good-looking, well, Southern Boys who could go in the ring with slick, fast moves and crisp weardown holds. They could battle and brawl with the best of them. They also had some great double team finishers in the Doomsday dropkick and double superkick. They started teaming in 1987 in Florida Championship Wrestling where they feuded with the New Breed (Chris Champion and Sean Royal) and would win the NWA Florida tag gold. Later they moved to Southeastern Championship Wrestling where they feuded with the Stud Stable (Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden) and captured the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship. When Southeastern turned into Continental, they'd win the CWF Tag Team Championship twice. In 1990, they debuted in WCW where they arguably left their most lasting impression going on to memorably feud with the Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) with the Southern Boys dominating but nevertheless often getting laid out by the Freebirds. They also battled the Midnight Express amongst others. In 1991, the Southern Boys would surprise many by turning heel and going on to feud with and defeat the Patriots team of Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip for the WCW United States Tag Team Championship. They'd also feud with Big Josh and Ron Simmons. They'd break up to pursue singles interests in 1992 although Steve would later team with brother Scott Armstrong. They'd actually reunite in Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2000 to feud with the Disciples of Syn and would actually capture the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship.

Baby Doll joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame.  Born Nickla Roberts, the tall 5' 10" Baby Doll became known as "The Perfect 10" despite the fact she was a larger than usual lady. In fact, Roberts debuted in World Class Championship Wrestling as Andrea the Lady Giant. She'd also debut as Gino Hernandez's manager wearing leather pants, studded belts, spiked wristbands and dog collars and metal t-shirts while sporting a punk haircut. She managed Hernandez as he feuded with Mike Von Erich and his valet Sunshine. She'd move to Jim Crockett Promotions and would change and adjust her image to become Tully Blanchard's "Perfect 10" valet/manager. She'd manage Tully during some of his most brutal and memorable feuds with Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A. during Tully's days as United States and Television Champion in the NWA. At one point, Rhodes actually won Baby Doll for 30 days as his own valet in a match stipulation against Blanchard. Not long after, she'd be fired by Blanchard who then employed James J. Dillon and joined the Four Horsemen. This resulted in Baby Doll turning babyface and managing Rhodes on occasion against Blanchard. In 1986, Baby Doll would end up in a feud against Jim Cornette and his Midnight Express after they attacked Baby Doll with a tennis racket. She'd go on to introduce a young Warlord as her latest client. Warlord would go on to briefly feud with Express bodyguard Big Bubba Rogers before leaving JCP to further his training. She'd eventually team up with old enemies, now friends Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A. to defeat Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express at the 1986 Great American Bash. In August 1986, Baby Doll would shockingly turn on Dusty Rhodes helping Ric Flair retain his NWA World Heavyweight Championship leading to Baby Doll briefly managing Flair until JCP decided to send her to Central States disapproving of her marriage to wrestler Sam Houston. She'd go on to manage her husband Houston in the UWF and on the independent circuit. In 1988, she'd briefly return to JCP to manage Larry Zbyszko during his feud with Barry Windham over the NWA Western States Heritage Championship but with Houston now in WWF, her being in JCP was now seen as a conflict of interest and she was released. She'd go on to tryout for the WWF alongside sister in-law Rockin' Robin with Robin eventually being chosen over her. In 2005, she'd make a return to ringside managing Jeff Jarrett in a NWA World Heavyweight Championship defense against Tully Blanchard. She'd go on to manage several wrestlers on the independent circuit in the 2000s including Abyss, The Barbarian, Phil Brown, d**k Foley, Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton, Scrap Yard Dog, Rex Sterling and Damien Wayne.

J.B.L. joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. Following a long, successful career in WWF/WWE during which John Bradshaw Layfield had just recently reached the heights of success capturing the WWE Heavyweight and United States Championships in his most recent J.B.L. incarnation, Layfield was forced to take some time off from in-ring work to heal an injured back and soon turned to color commentating on WWE Smackdown! and considerably helped that show become more entertaining in the process even making the unlikely team of him and Michael Cole look good in the process. Layfield was quite capable in the role and helped to build many new stars and further establish several veterans as well yet he still remained true to his character and always seemed aware he would eventually return to the ring which he did in late 2006, early 2007 and wrestled for two more years before finally retiring in 2009. Surprisingly he has not since returned in a commentary role.
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« Reply #291 on: September 30, 2011, 01:18:58 AM »

The New Breed of Chris Champion and Sean Royal join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. While they were quite talented in-ring and worked well in delivering double-team moves and had a great look, their time in the spotlight came to an end almost as quickly as it started. Champion and Royal first came to team together in Florida Championship Wrestling, working a gimmick where they supposedly back in 1986 came from the future of 2002. They claimed in the future Dusty Rhodes was the President of the U.S.A., that their frequent adversary Lazer-Tron was in fact a real robot and that they used a flux capacitor, a fictional creation from Back to the Future, to travel through time. Yeah their gimmick was very silly indeed. While in Florida, they'd capture the Florida Tag Team Championship which they'd later lose in a feud with the Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong & Tracey Smothers). They'd move to the Jim Crockett Promotions NWA in 1987 and feuded with Lazer-tron and "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant before moving on to feud with the Rock 'n' Roll Express but before the feud could really get going, the New Breed were in a car accident which cut short this program. Later a returning Royal would be attacked by the Midnight Express setting up a potential new feud between great double-teaming tandems and Champion would eventually return with a cast on his arm to do some promos now claiming his arm was computerized and bionic. Sadly before this feud could get off the ground, the team disbanded with Royal giving up wrestling to become a construction worker. Several later variations of the team would show up on the independent circuit for a few years after this.

The North-South Connection of d**k Murdoch and Adrian Adonis just the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. This team of two great in-ring workers who gave it their all and bumped with the best of them night after night had great success in the WWF and Japan in the early 1980s. After Jesse Ventura retired, Adonis teamed up with Murdoch, a pair of beefy but crafty veterans who might have lacked championship looking bodies but made up for it in their ability to fight and take a beating and their general overall ring smarts. On April 17, 1984, they'd upset Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship. They'd hold the titles up until January 21, 1985, a fairly impressive run, when they were defeated by the U.S. Express of Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo. They'd break up shortly thereafter with Murdoch leaving the WWF and Adonis gaining much too much weight and adopting the "Adorable" Adrian gimmick.

"Sweet and Sour" Larry Sweeney joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. While he worked as a wrestler on the independent circuit in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Japan and Europe, Sweeney is perhaps most well known for his time in ROH managing a stable called "Sweet and Sour, Inc."  including the likes of Chris Hero, Sara Del Ray, Tank Toland, Bobby Dempsey, Matt Sydal and Daniel Puder with Sydal and Puder eventually departing. Later he'd announce his intention to take over ROH and would sign Adam Pearce, Brent Albright and Shane Hagadorn to his stable. Next he'd try to recruit Roderick Strong who refused his offer leading to Strong being betrayed by his No Remorse Corps partner Davey Richards with Richards then joining the Sweet and Sour stable. Shortly thereafter Sweeney added Go Shiozaki to the group. He'd also make appearances in Shimmer on behalf of his client Sara Del Ray. Aside from the ROH stars he managed, Sweeney also managed veteran Greg Valentine on the independent circuit.

Goldy Locks joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Goldy Locks is probably better remembered as a backstage interviewer during her time in TNA but she also spent some time as a manager/valet in addition. Truthfully she probably shouldn't be all that well remembered for either job. The character of Goldy Locks was a bit of a catty rich girl who backtalked wrestlers during interviews. Later she'd become valet/manager for on-screen love interest Erik Watts. When they inevitably broke up, she hired Abyss as her protector. Later she'd win Watts contract in a match against Abyss but would sell it to bring in her "baby bear" Alex Shelley. Goldy Locks then focused on trying to win contracts in matches pitting Abyss against different opponents basically using Abyss to punish opponents in order to let the "baby bear" come in and get the pin and claim all the glory for himself. It wasn't long before Abyss finally had enough and turned on Goldy Locks in a match pitting her, Shelley and Abyss against Sonny Siaki, Erik Watts and Siaki's valet Desire. Goldy Locks would leave TNA shortly thereafter to focus more on her work as a musician under her real name Moon Shadow and she has since provided quite a bit of music for TNA, including  theme songs for Trinity, Alissa Flash, Tara, Winter and Dixie Carter.  
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« Reply #292 on: October 01, 2011, 12:54:25 AM »

Tony Atlas joins the Singles Hall of Shame. Known primarily as "Mr. U.S.A." Tony Atlas, a distinction he earned three times in bodybuilding, Atlas had a great look for wrestling with his chiseled muscular physique and for his time, good looks. Looking at Atlas in the past, one wonders just why he wasn't an even bigger star although a big star he was. Atlas proved very popular with fans in his early days and had success in practically every promotion in which he travelled as he travelled through several territories in the 1970s and 1980s. He was known for his strength and his gentle spoken nature. Atlas even has victories over Hulk Hogan on his record back in the days when Atlas was the popular hero and Hogan played the villain. He'd have success and win titles in Georgia Championship Wrestling where he'd win several tag titles with different partners, World Class Championship Wrestling, Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council, Southwest Championship Wrestling, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Quebec International Wrestling and finally in the WWF where he won the WWF World Tag Team Championship with Rocky Johnson, the title win for which he's perhaps best remembered upsetting the Wild Samoans and becoming the first Afro-American team to win the belts. After they lost the titles to Adrian Adonis and d**k Murdoch, things started to go downhill for Atlas. Initially there were plans for Atlas to perhaps have an Intercontinental title run but Atlas' growing drug problem behind the scenes made him unreliable and Atlas ultimately proved his brains didn't quite match his brawn. Atlas fell down the card ending up in makeshift tandems with Ivan Putski, Lanny Poffo and George Wells and eventually becoming a jobber to the stars putting over new talent on the scene such as King Kong Bundy and Harley Race. Atlas would shortly thereafter leave the WWF for World Class and would start calling himself "The Black Superman" and had some success there teaming with Skip Young. Atlas would move to compete in the Northeast in IWCCW where he captured the heavyweight championship a number of times and became a top star after turning heel on Joe Salvoldi and hiring a manager named The Duke. Atlas would go on to feud with Salvoldi and Vic Steamboat. In 1991 after getting himself clean and off the drugs, Vince McMahon would give Atlas another shot this time recreating him as the jungle warrior Saba Simba. The gimmick however proved unpopular and many considered it racist and Roddy Piper was quick on commentary to point out Simba was really Tony Atlas.  Still Atlas credits McMahon for giving him another chance saying he was homeless before getting the call to come back to the WWF. When the gimmick failed to get over, he briefly moved to WCW in 1992 and eventually back to the independent circuit and the AWF. Atlas would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 and would make a surprise return to ECW as the manager of Mark Henry who was then being given a good push. He would remain Henry's manager until Henry was traded to the Raw brand in June 2009. Atlas would next show up in September 2009 as the sidekick of Abraham Washington on the "Abraham Washington Show" segments which were a mock-up of late night interview shows with Atlas doing an outrageous forced laugh often resulting in him being the butt of jokes.

Atlas's title accomplishments: AWF North American Heavyweight Championship, CWA [Century Wrestling Alliance] Heavyweight Championship, EWA Heavyweight Championship, NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship, NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (4 times) once each with Tommy Rich, Mr. Wrestling II, Thunderbolt Patterson and Kevin Sullivan, IWCCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times), Quebec International Wrestling WCWA Brass Knuckles Championship, NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, NWA West Virginia/Ohio Heavyweight Championship, NEPW [New England Pro Wrestling] Heavyweight Championship, SCW Southwest Brass Knuckles Championship, USA Tag Team Championship with S.D. Jones, WCWA Television Championship, WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship with Skip Young, WWWA Intercontinental Championship (2 times), WWC North American Tag Team Championship with Miguel Perez Jr., WWF Tag Team Championship with Rocky Johnson

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« Reply #293 on: October 02, 2011, 07:29:18 PM »

2 Cold Scorpio joins the Singles Hall of Fame. Scorpio, known for his high-flying aerial attack, has been a major player practically everywhere he's competed and found success competing in WCW, ECW and Japan. After struggling on the independent circuit in the 1980s, Scorpio under the recommendation of Big Van Vader would move to New Japan Pro Wrestling to compete and finally started to get some recognition. He'd later improve more by also competing in Mexico and Europe. Scorpio would debut in WCW as Ron Simmons' mystery partner at Clash of the Champions XXI in November 1992 quickly impressing many fans with his daredevil aerial moves including a 450 Splash. Later he'd form a tag team with Marcus Alexander Bagwell and would win the WCW World Tag Team titles with him in October 1993. Scorpio would leave WCW in 1994 and move on to have an even more impressive run in ECW where he racked up four wins as ECW World Television Champion and also once held the ECW World Tag Team Championship with the Sandman while still TV champ referring to himself as "2 Gold Scorpio" at the time. Scorpio would have memorable ECW wars with the likes of Taz, Shane Douglas, Sabu and Mikey Whipwreck. Scorpio would then move to WWF where he would be reinvented and given the Flash Funk character, a pimp style gimmick. It really didn't suit him at all and it wasn't long being he was floundering in a WWF that foolishly never seemed to know how to use 2 Cold Scorpio although he would memorably team with old allies Ron Simmons and Terry Funk and would briefly join Al Snow's J.O.B. Squad. In 1999, Scorpio briefly returned to ECW to memorably challenge Mike Awesome for the ECW World title before moving on to All-Japan and then jumping to Pro Wrestling NOAH with a lot of other former All-Japan stars. Scorpio was impressive in NOAH given a chance to shine in the hard hitting promotion and captured the GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship as well as twice winning the GHC Tag Team Championship, once with Vader and once with Doug Williams. He'd be re-signed by WWE in 2006 who would only use him in the development Deep South Wrestling territory before he left again in 2007 to compete in Booker T.'s Pro Wrestling Alliance promotion. He would make a special appearance at the TNA reunion show Hardcore Justice defeating C.W. Anderson. Scorpio has always been a very entertaining grappler and is perhaps one's of pro wrestling's most underrated stars who succeeded practically everywhere he went when allowed to be, well, 2 Cold Scorpio.

2 Cold Scorpio's Title Accomplishments: ASWA Heavyweight Championship, ECW World Tag Team Championship with the Sandman, ECW World Television Championship (4 times), German Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship, NWA National Heavyweight Championship, PCW Heavyweight Championship, PSW Cordele City Heavyweight Championship, GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship, GHC Tag Team Championship (2 times), PWU World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), WCW World Tag Team Championship

Lita joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. While recovering from a neck injury she suffered on the set of Dark Angel, Lita took a color commentary role on WWE Sunday Night Heat in October 2002 alongside Jonathan Coachman replacing D-Lo Brown. She'd stay in the role until April 2003 when she'd be fired on Raw by Eric Bischoff as part of an angle. However Lita's voice never really lent itself well to an announcing role as it gets kind of grating after a while.
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« Reply #294 on: October 02, 2011, 08:42:12 PM »

2 Cold Scorpio is superb.
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« Reply #295 on: October 12, 2011, 10:22:26 PM »

Ivan Koloff joins the Singles Hall of Fame. "The Russian Bear" as he was nicknamed throughout his career was a dominant force in-ring in both the WWF and later the NWA. Koloff broke the hearts of many fans in 1971 when he ended the legendary 7+ year WWWF World Heavyweight Title reign of Bruno Sammartino with a kneedrop off the top rope. Despite dropping the title shortly thereafter to Pedro Morales, he'd remain a top contender for years and would again challenge Morales, Sammartino, Superstar Billy Graham and Backlund for the championship although he never regained it. In these early days, Koloff was an imposing figure heavily muscled and weighing close to 280 pounds although he was shorter than usual at less than 6 foot tall. He'd later drop a considerable amount of weight and some muscle mass after moving to the NWA where he formed many successful tag teams and would capture tag gold with both Ray Stevens and Don Kernodle before forming his most famous and most successful tandem - the Russians with partners Nikita Koloff and Krusher Krushchev (the future Smash/Barry Darsow). The Russians were a pretty dominant stable in the NWA from 1984 to 1986 and would memorably feud with the likes of the Rock 'n' Roll Express (whom they defeated to win NWA World Tag Team gold), The Road Warriors, Magnum T.A., Dusty Rhodes and even Ric Flair and the Horsemen at one point in time. After Nikita shockingly turned on his kayfabe "Uncle" Ivan to team with Dusty Rhodes, Koloff struggled as he feuded with Nikita with assorted new partners including Vladimir Petrov and Dick Murdoch and had limited success. Eventually he'd become kind of a coach/mentor in Paul Jones army aiding the Powers of Pain and later the masked Russian Assassins who ultimately turned on him making Ivan surprisingly enough a babyface for the first time. Ivan would go on to team with Junkyard Dog and would dominate in his feud with the Russian Assassins (who were really American grapplers under the masks) and former manager Paul Jones. Ivan Koloff, who was actually born in Canada, was so convincing in his gimmick I honestly believed him to be a genuine Russian for years and was surprised to later learn he was in fact from my own home country. He never seemed to get seen out of character back in his heyday, had a Russian hammer and sickle tattoo and his relationship with Nikita seemed very genuine too. Early on before becoming Ivan Koloff, he actually used an Irish gimmick and wrestled as the villainous Red McNulty and wore an eye patch to the ring.

Ivan Koloff title accomplishments: NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (5 times) [Once with Pat Patterson, 3 times with Masa Saito, and once with Nikolai Volkoff], NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version), NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (7 times) [5 times with Ole Anderson and twice with Alexis Smirnoff], GLWA United States Heavyweight Championship, NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version), MoM USWA North American Heavyweight Championship, NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (4 times), NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (1 time) Ė with Don Kernodle, NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship (2 times), NWA Television Championship (3 times), NWA United States Tag Team Championship (2 times) once with Krusher Krushchev and once with Dick Murdoch, NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (2 times) - once with the Russians and once with the Powers of Pain, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (5 times) [Twice with the Russians, once with Ray Stevens, once with Don Kernodle and once with Manny Fernandez replacing Rick Rude who jumped to the WWF], NWA Charlotte Legends Championship, VWA Heavyweight Championship, WOW International Heavyweight Championship, WWWF World Heavyweight Championship, WWA World Heavyweight Championship, WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship, ACW Tag Team Championship, CREW Heavyweight Championship, IWA Tag Team Championship with Mad Dog Vachon, IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight Championship.

C.M. Punk joins the Hosts/Announcer Hall of Fame. Punk did some announcing in both Ring of Honor and briefly in WWE on WWE Raw while recovering from an hip injury. He also made one appearance in a color commentary role on WWE NXT and most recently breifly got to call a little bit of a match between John Cena and Sheamus before it was interrupted by the returning Vince McMahon. Punk was superb in the color commentary role adding great insight and some inside knowledge but also adding a delightful element of humor that was refreshing amongst the often stale WWE commentary one gets nowadays. In ROH, he was also very, very good and probably even less limited as to what he could say which is all the better for Punk in this role.
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« Reply #296 on: October 13, 2011, 11:16:11 AM »

Punk was great as an announcer.

Even somewhat openly mocking the on air product while calling it.
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« Reply #297 on: October 13, 2011, 08:55:42 PM »

Magnum T.A. joins the Singles Hall of Shame. Actually Magnum T.A. was one of the most popular grapplers of the 1980s especially in Jim Crockett Promotions NWA and Mid-South Wrestling. Many believed at the time U.S. Champ Magnum T.A. was a certain future NWA World Champion and he seemed right at the cusp of his greatest success and a potential new run against Ric Flair and the Horsemen when the unfortunate happened and a car accident ended his short career. Magnum was lucky to be alive but would later return to inspire others from ringside as a manager.

Magnum started out under his real name Terry Allen competing in Florida and the Pacific Northwest. In Florida, he'd win the Global Tag Team Championship five times while teaming with 3 different partners in Scott McGee, Dusty Rhodes and Brad Armstrong. After honing his skills in Florida, he'd move to Mid-South Wrestling an reinvent himself as Magnum T.A., his gimmick largely inspired by Tom Selleck's Magnum P.I. which was quite popular in the 1980s. In Mid-South, he'd eventually capture his first major title, the North American Heavyweight Championship defeating Mr. Wrestling II on May 13, 1984. Magnum would hold on to the belt for five months before dropping it to "The Big Cat" Ernie Ladd in October. In Mid-South, he'd also capture tag team gold with Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Mr. Wrestling II who'd he'd eventually rub the wrong way leading to the longtime fan favourite shockingly turning heel on Magnum.

He'd make the move to Jim Crockett Promotions and would soon be feuding with another former fan favourite turned heel in the legendary Wahoo McDaniel whom he'd eventually defeat to capture the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. He'd successfully fend off the challenge of Kamala and later several of the Horsemen before eventually dropping the title to Tully Blanchard managed by Baby Doll. He'd also make a run at Flair's NWA World title at this time but would come up short in a near 30 minute match in September. In November, he'd defeat Tully Blanchard at Starrcade 1985 in an infamously brutal "I Quit" steel cage match to regain his United States championship. In April 1986, Magnum would begin feuding with Ivan Koloff who claimed his nephew Nikita could defeat Magnum. This lead to the eventual Best of 7 series between Magnum and Nikita for the title with Nikita eventually winning the seventh and final match with help and outside interference from fellow Russians Ivan Koloff and Krusher Krushchev. In October 1986, Magnum had his career ending car accident losing control of his Porsche in the rain and wrapping it around a telephone pole. It is believed Magnum's physical conditioning may well have saved his life. The accident though still left Magnum paralyzed for months and it was doubtful he would even walk again. Magnum however would defy those odds in the long run. Meanwhile back in the world of wrestling, Nikita claiming he was inspired by Magnum during their previous feud and shockingly turned fan favourite and started teaming with Dusty Rhodes. Eventually Magnum would make a surprise appearance at the 1987 Crockett Cup final inspiring Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff to defeat Horsemen Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard. Magnum would later become an announcer in the NWA and WCW and also worked as a manager for Dusty Rhodes at one point. Magnum too would be in the corner of Sting and Lex Luger when they defeated Horsemen Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson to win the 1988 Crockett Cup final even aiding them with some timely interference at one point. Magnum would make sporadic appearances in NWA and WCW up until 1993.

Magnum T.A. (Terry Allen)'s title accomplishments: NWA Florida Global Tag Team Championship (5 times) [3 times with Scott McGee, once with Dusty Rhodes and once with Brad Armstrong], NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times), Mid-South North American Championship (2 times), Mid-South Tag Team Championship (2 times) [once with Hacksaw Duggan and once with Mr. Wrestling II].

Velvet Sky/Talia Madison joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. After completing her training at the House of Pain Pro Wrestling Dojo, this young woman would begin working on the independent circuit as a valet and wrestler under the names Miss Talia, Talia Doll and Talia Madison, a name she still uses on the independent scene nowadays. She'd form a tag team with April Hunter called T & A. She'd eventually capture her first championship, the WXW Women's Championship in May 2004. She'd make a few scant WWE appearances in 2005 and 2006 appearing as an extra during JBL's Celebration of Excellence, losing a match to Victoria taped for WWE Heat and dancing with the Heart Throbs. She would however fail to make the final eight in the 2007 Diva Search which leaves one to wonder what those in charge of WWE were thinking in letting this stunning beauty with the cutest tush in wrestling get away? As Talia Madison, she'd also capture the Defiant Pro Wrestling's Women's Championship. She and Hunter would defeat Team Blondage to win the WEW Women's Tag Team Championship and she'd eventually win the WEW Women's Championship defeating Angel Orsini.

She'd move to TNA and change her identity to Velvet Sky eventually forming a duo with Angelina Love called "The Beautiful People". They'd prove quite popular with fans but made even better heels after turning on Gail Kim and Roxxi Laveux with whom they'd memorably feud. They'd eventually start putting paper bags over their opponents heads while performing what they called a "makeover". Sky would earn some title matches against TNA Knockouts Champion Taylor Wilde but was unable to defeat her. They eventually starting teaming with and managing Cute Kip as they feuded with ODB, Rhaka Khan and Rhino. In March 2009, they added a new member to the Beautiful People in one Madison Rayne and ultimately fired Kip. Sky would be in Angelina's corner when she defeated Awesome Kong to win the TNA Knockouts title and again helped Love defeat Tara by spraying hairspray in Tara's eyes. Eventually a tag team match pitting the Beautiful People against ODB and Cody Deaner would see ODB defeat Love for the Knockouts Championship due to a special stipulation. This led to Rayne being booted out of the group but this would be short-lived as Rayne would rejoin the group following an apology. When issues with a work visa forced Angelina Love to leave TNA, Angelina would be replaced in the Beautiful People by Lacey Von Erich. When Love finally returned in early 2010, she'd start feuding with her old teammates. Nevertheless Sky and Rayne would win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship defeating Love and Tara and Sarita and Taylor Wilde in a three way match. Eventually Sky and Rayne would turn their focus on Love's Knockouts title and Rayne would actually win it in a tag match pitting her and Sky against Love and Tara. However after capturing the championship, Rayne began mistreating her partners and claiming she didn't need them preferring to hang around with a masked mystery woman and Sarita. Eventually interference from this woman and Rayne would cost Sky and Von Erich the Knockouts tag team title in a match with Hamada and Taylor Wilde. Sky the following week would attack the mystery woman causing a distraction that allowed Angelina Love to defeat Rayne. Sky and Love would reform their team shortly thereafter and eventually would add Lacey to the group as well although she'd leave TNA shortly thereafter. Sky shortly thereafter started feuding with Sarita and Rosita while Winter eventually worked her way in between the Beautiful People successfully teaming with Love to win the Knockouts Tag Team Championship with eventually Love turning on Sky after she cost her and Winter the tag belts. Sky would go on to feud with Love, Sarita and Rosita hoping to win the Knockouts Championship and Knockouts Tag Team titles but would soon be attacked by a returning ODB igniting a new feud that eventually also involved Jacqueline who teamed with ODB against Sky. On September 15 Sky defeated Love to earn a shot at the Knockouts Championship in a four way involving Winter, Knockouts champ Mickie James and Madison Rayne.

She has managed many grapplers over her career including The Brain Surgeons, Simon Diamond, Romeo Roselli, Matt Striker, John Walters, Alere Little Feather, Jason Knight and perhaps most notably Angelina Love, Cute Kip and Madison Rayne.

Gorgeous George (valet) joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Stephanie Bellars after training at the WCW Power Planet with Madusa and Nora Greenwald with whom she'd team as part of Randy Savage's Team Madness in 1999. She'd adopt the name of Gorgeous George obviously a reference to her legendary predecessor as she managed her then boyfriend "Macho Man" Randy Savage during a memorable run in 1999 but she was just one of a trio that also included the previously mentioned Madusa and Greenwald (then known as Miss Madness who would become the future Molly Holly). She added little to the group aside from being an attractive distraction at ringside. She'd later become known as George Frankenstein following her marriage to Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (Paul Caiafa), the former guitarist of the American horror punk band, the Misfits.
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« Reply #298 on: October 15, 2011, 12:30:55 AM »

The Top Guns join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame.  Initially this team consisted of Ricky Rice and Jon Paul [DeMans] but later Paul would be replaced by Derrick Dukes. Rice, after being trained by Eddie Sharkey debuted in Pro Wrestling America where he first attained success capturing PWA Tag Team gold alongside Derrick Dukes before the days of the Top Guns. Rice would also win the PWA Heavyweight Championship while in the organization and would move on to the AWA initially as a singles star but eventually he ending up feuding with the Nasty Boys in several makeshift tag teams teaming with Dukes, Mando Guerrero and Baron Von Raschke. Heíd go on to team with Jon Paul forming for the first time the tandem known as The Top Guns. This well built, young and good looking duo were fast-paced and exciting to watch in ring delivering high flying moves with Rice impressing with his dropkick and Paul with his flying bodypress. They proved somewhat popular as both men were from Minnesota in which they primarily wrestled but lacked in comparison to the team they were obviously designed to replace- the Midnight Rockers. Theyíd go on to feud with the monstrous foreign menace tandem of Soldat Ustinov and Teijho Khan before moving on to become top challengers to AWA World Tag Team Champions Badd Company [Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond]. Rice & Paul would come close but would ultimately fail to defeat Badd Company.

Following a brief feud with the tandem of Beauty & The Beast from Memphis, Paul left the AWA behind and would be replaced by Riceís old partner Derrick Dukes now known as The Top Guns for the first time. Dukes & Rice would perhaps forge a little bit more of their own identity as they continued chasing and challenging Badd Company although theyíd still fall short when it came to defeating them for the AWA World Tag Team Championship although they would win a key mixed tag team match teaming with Wendi Richter to defeat Badd Company and Madusa Miceli at Superclash III. Rice & Dukes would continue teaming on and off until 1989 when they made another run at the AWA World Tag Team titles now held by the Destruction Crew [Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom] but failed to defeat them as well. Rice & Dukes would split up and go their separate ways following the closure of the AWA with Rice returning to PWA to win more PWA Heavyweight Championship winning it 4 times in total as well as capturing the AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship there although heíd lose it after only a week to Jerry Lynn. Dukes meanwhile briefly feuded with Colonel DeBeers before also returning to PWA on a sporadic basis as he also pursued a career in boxing on and off but ran into difficulties after it was learned he was taking dives. After returning to PWA, heíd capture a second PWA Tag Team Championship this time teaming with Charlie Norris. Heíd also compete as a jobber to the stars in WWF and WCW.

Mike Hogewood joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. Hogewood is best known as a sports broadcaster and freelance play by play announcer and has called ACC football games, ACC menís and womenís basketball as well as anchoring Raycom sports coverage of Nextel Cup NASCAR races. Heís done play by play work for FSN South, Sun Sports, the Speed Channel, New England Sports Network, Comcast SportsNet and HDNet. Itís his work on HDNet where he might be known to wrestling fans for calling the Ring of Honor show on HDNet as part of ROHís television deal with HDNet.
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« Reply #299 on: October 17, 2011, 10:08:30 PM »

Elektra joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. Elektra is best known for her time managing in ECW after being trained by Johnny Rodz and the Fabulous Moolah and spending some time on the Northeastern Independent circuit. Initially she managed Danny Doring and Roadkill, debuting as a gift from Cyrus the Virus to Doring. They had some success together but Elektra would eventually turn on Doring and Roadkill betraying them in favour of C.W. Anderson and Billy Wiles of The Network working alongside Lou E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance (Anderson & Wiles) as they feuded with her former allies Doring and Roadkill. Eventually she'd move on to feud with Jazz getting more involved in-ring and at one point having her shirt ripped off by Jazz revealing her ample bosom. Towards the end of ECW, she'd end up managing the stable called Hot Commodity consisting of her charge EZ Money who now worked alongside Chris Hamrick and Julio Dinero. She'd made a brief appearance in one match in TNA, a lingeries battle royal to crown a Miss TNA where she'd have her PJs ripped off by winner Taylor Vaughn resulting in her elimination. She also appeared at ECW One Night Stand in 2005 and had beer poured down her shirt by the Sandman. While perhaps largely remembered for her revealing outfits, she was actually a pretty aggressive valet who wasn't afraid to get involved in the action on her men's behalf and she definitely was a factor in their success at times. In real life, Elektra was married to Alex Rizzo (AKA: Big Dick Dudley) until his death at age 34 and she has a daughter from their marriage. She also appeared in the TV series The Sopranos as one of the "Bada-Bing Girls" and posed for Playboy.
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