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« Reply #60 on: June 12, 2010, 05:20:27 PM »

The Road Warriors join the Tag Team Hall of Fame. Like futuristic members of a movie gang brought to life, Hawk and Animal were two face painted, leather and spike wearing street warriors, and coming to the ring to the tune of Black Sabbath "Iron Man", they looked like they could do battle in the streets as well as in the ring. Along with their manager, the shrewd and cunning former wrestler "Precious" Paul Ellering, the Warriors cut a swath of destruction over the tag team ranks in Georgia and then the AWA where they captured their first World Tag Team Championship defeating legends The Crusher and Baron Von Raschke to breathe fresh life into an aging AWA. Originally a part of the Legion of Doom stable managed by Ellering which also once included Jake Roberts, King Kong Bundy, The Spoiler, Matt Borne, Arn Anderson, The Iron Sheik and The Original Sheik in Georgia, eventually it was just Hawk and Animal who would be known by that name: The Legion of Doom (a name borrowed from The Super Friends cartoon believe it or not): The Road Warriors. Only 6 months after forming, the Road Warriors captured the Georgia National Tag Team Titles.

In 1984, the Warriors and Ellering moved to the AWA where they would capture the aforementioned AWA Tag Team championships on August 25, 1984. The Warriors pretty much squashed and destroyed most teams put in their path, a force of destruction the likes of which hadn't been seen in the AWA since perhaps the heyday of Bruiser & Crusher and the Vachons. While heel AWA Tag champs, the Warriors would go on to face their toughest challenges in the form of the Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) and the Fabulous Freebirds 3-man team (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts). Eventually the Warriors dominance in most matches began to gain them fans and notoriety and they would eventually become favourites battling the likes of Ivan and Nikita Koloff (during a time of AWA-NWA cross promotion in the mid-80s) and the Long Riders. The Warriors would finally lose the AWA Tag Team titles in a huge upset loss to the unlikely team of "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal (not William Regal) & "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin thanks to a lot of outside interference from the Freebirds on Sept. 1985.  The Warriors would prove so popular during this era that they would win Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Year awards three years straight from 1983-1985 and again in 1988. "We Dine on Danger and Snack on Death"

In 1985, the Road Warriors first travelled to Japan and competed in tours of All-Japan making a huge splash and getting over tremendously with fans while defeating monstrous teams such as Killer Khan & Animal Hamaguchi. When the Warriors were in between contracts with either of the big 3 American federations, they made plenty of trips overseas to Japan, enough to capture the NWA International Tag Team championships from Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta in March 1987 holding them 15 months before finally dropping them to Yoshiaki Yatsu & Jumbo Tsuruta.

In 1986, the Road Warriors made their first significant impact in the NWA, winning the first ever Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament defeating Magnum T.A. and Ronnie Garvin in the finals. They'd go on to feud with the NWA Tag Team champs the Koloffs and later the Midnight Express (Condrey & Eaton, managed by Jim Cornette) defeating the Express at Starrcade '86 in a scaffold match. In 1987, the Warriors would team up with the Superpowers Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff (winners of the 2nd Crockett Cup) to battle the Four Horsemen in a series of bloody War Games steel cage matches that still get talked about to this day. The Warriors came out victorious in said matches. While immersed in this feud, the Warriors came to pursue NWA World Tag Team Champions Horsemen Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson, managed by J.J. Dillon. The Horsemen managed to barely hold on to their tag titles at Starrcade '87 thanks to a questionable DQ decision. During this period, the Warriors & Dusty Rhodes did win two NWA Six-Man championships before the Warriors became embroiled in a memorable feud with the Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian), the first team that could arguably rival them in terms of size and sheer power. The Warriors would eventually come out on top in that feud as the Powers of Pain made the move to the WWF. In 1988, the Road Warriors made a shocking change, betraying and attacking Sting during a six-man match, attacking and injuring Dusty Rhodes and telling the fans to "Go to Hell!". This would lead to the Warriors finally winning that elusive NWA World Tag Team championship, this time from a face version of the Midnight Express (Stan Lane & Bobby Eaton, managed by Jim Cornette) in October 1988. The Warriors would briefly feud with Sting and Dusty Rhodes, even with Animal once defeating Rhodes to choose a new six-man championship partner in Genichiro Tenryu, but ultimately the fans still cheered the Warriors regardless and eventually they were shortly once more fan favourites. Ultimately they were upset by the Varsity Club of Steve Williams and Mike Rotundo and some crooked refereeing from Teddy Long for the NWA World Tag Titles on April 1989. The Road Warriors would go on to feud with the Varsity Club, the Skyscrapers (managed by Teddy Long) & the Samoan Swat Team. The Warriors last NWA hurrah would be winning the Night of the Iron Man Tag Team Tournament portion at Starrcade' 89 over the likes of Doom, the Steiners and the SST. They'd go to defeat the Skyscrapers before eventually leaving the NWA in 1990.

The Warriors finally made the move to the WWF in 1990. The Warriors came in an soon made short work of their supposed WWF imitators Demolition, who had added a new member in Crush as Ax was starting to have health issues. During this feud the Warriors would team with Ultimate Warrior & Kerry Von Erich and would pretty much dominant the entire feud with Demolition. The Warriors would also help the Hart Foundation defeat Demolition for the tag team titles, belts that would eventually move to the Nasty Boys, the Road Warriors eventual target in their WWF World Tag Team Title hunt. The Warriors would defeat the Nasty Boys, managed by Jimmy Hart at Summerslam 1991 becoming the first and only team in history to win World Tag Team Titles in the AWA, NWA and WWF not to mention Japan. Hawk and Animal would lose the titles to Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & IRS) in February 1992 after a damaging war with the Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon). LOD would briefly return at Summerslam 1992 along with Paul Ellering and a dummy named Rocco to defeat Money Inc. but Hawk disgusted by the dummy gimmick would soon be gone again as would Animal thanks to a back injury. Hawk would move on to compete in Japan with Kensuke Sasaki as his new partner in a successful pairing named the Hell Raisers. This pairing would win the IWGP Tag Team Titles on 2 occassions in the early-mid 90s.  Animal would return from injury in 1996 and reform his team with Hawk.

After a brief forgettable WCW stint in 1996 which saw them battle the Steiners, Harlem Heat and challenge Sting & Lex Luger, then champions but they didn't win the tag team titles here, they made their return to the WWF in 1997 in a surprise appearance on a February 1997 Raw that also served as an ECW invasion show. On this episode, the Warriors made short work of the Headbangers after a double countout in their match. Next the Warriors found themselves embroiled in a feud with the Hart Foundation stable which saw them team up with Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock & Goldust. In October 1997, the Warriors defeated the Godwinns to become 2-time WWF World Tag Team champions only to lose the titles around a month later in shocking fashion to a new upstart team called the New Age Outlaws. After several failed attempts to revitalize the Warriors including pairing them with Sunny as LOD 2000, pairing them up with Darren Drozdov and setting them up to feud with Ellering and D.O.A. (the Harris Brothers) and also setting up a realistic team tension due to Hawk's real-life substance abuse problems throughout 1998 and 1999, it all faltered and failed miserably. The Warriors briefly feuded with McMahon's Stooges and Shane McMahon and unsuccessfully challenged Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett in 1999 before leaving the WWF behind. Animal would go on to briefly compete in WCW on his own in 1999 while the team would reunite for several independent appearances in the early 2000s including a few in TNA. The Road Warriors made their last appearance on May 12, 2003 in a losing effort against WWE World Tag Team champions Kane & Rob Van Dam.  Hawk would pass away in 2003 but Animal would return to the WWE in 2005 to team with Heidenreich as a new version of the L.O.D. and together they would win one WWE Tag Team Championship from MNM who they would eventually drop the titles back to again. In 2007, Animal would travel to Japan to team with Kensuke Sasaki to form the Hell Warriors and would go on to win the UWA Tag Team Titles in 2008.
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« Reply #61 on: June 12, 2010, 07:01:53 PM »

"Macho Man" Randy Savage joins the Singles Hall of Fame. "Ooooh Yeah!!! Macho Madness can't be stopped! Dig It?" The colorful and flamboyant Randy Savage, also known as the Macho Man, joins the Hall of Fame. Who can ever forget his ring entrance? Pomp and Circumstance piping through the arena, and suddenly appeared Macho Man in a colorful ring garb, perhaps a bright gold or red robe, a bandanna or headband, dark sunglasses, even a cowboy hat later in his career. Most often he was accompanied by Miss Elizabeth, his one time real life wife although he was also managed by Sensational Sherri and accompanied by a female valet named Gorgeous George and Madusa in his later WCW years. His unforgettable deep, raspy voice and his guttural deep down "OOoooohhhh Yeahhhhhhhhhh!"s

Macho Man is actually a second generation grappler, the son of Angelo Poffo and the brother of Leaping Lanny Poffo. Savage first wrestled in 1973 under a mask as The Spider Friend while he worked as a minor league baseball outfielder. Savage would adopt the name Randy Savage at the suggestion of Ole Anderson who said it well described his wrestling style. Savage quit baseball and became a full time wrestler in the Midwest. Eventually he would also work in Michigan, the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and even the Eastern Maritimes. Eventually though Savage and his brother would become key players in his father's own rival promotion International Championship Wrestling in the Mid-American states.  When ICW went under, Savage & Poffo mainly started competing in Memphis. There Savage feuded with Jerry "The King' Lawler over the Southern Heavyweight Title and the brothers battled with the Rock 'n' Roll Express. Briefly in late 1984, Savage would turn face and team with Lawler to battle Jimmy Hart's  First Family stable only to eventually betray Lawler and feud with him over the Southern title yet again culminating in a Loser Leaves Town Match Savage lost.

Savage next turned up in the WWF in 1985 where a bidding war for his services started between all the managers. Savage shocked everyone when he announced Miss Elizabeth, his real-life wife, as his manager. Savage competed in his first ever WWF PPV The Wrestling Classic competing in a 16 man tournament and defeating Ivan Putski, Ricky Steamboat & The Dynamite Kid before finally losing by countout to Junkyard Dog in the finals. In late 1985, Savage started to pursue Tito Santana and his Intercontinental Title, a championship he would capture in February 1986 with a little help from a steel rod he'd hidden in his tights. Savage would go on to have great success as an heel I-C champion even scoring countout wins over Hulk Hogan at MSG, not to mention having memorable feuds with Bruno Sammartino and George "The Animal" Steele who became infatuated with Miss Elizabeth. Savage successfully fended off Steele at Wrestlemania 2 and held off the challenge of Jake Roberts. In late 1986 and early 1987, Savage would have perhaps his most heated heel rivalry with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat after injuring Steamboat's larynx with a ring bell. The feud culminated in a show stealing I-C Title match at Wrestlemania III that saw Ricky Steamboat, with a little help from George "The Animal" Steele, successfully defeat Savage for the title.

Randy Savage would go on to win a King of the Ring tournament in late 1987 and would soon become more embraced by the fans when he became the target of the Honky Tonk Man and the Hart Foundation. Savage would eventually become a major threat and challenger to Honky's I-C title but during a match on October 1987 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Honky & the Harts attacked Savage only for Miss Elizabeth to recruit Hulk Hogan to come to his rescue. Shortly thereafter the Megapowers team of Hogan & Savage was born. Savage would go on to compete in a 14 man tournament for the vacant WWF World Title at Wrestlemania IV, a tournament he would win with a little help from Hogan for his first WWF World Heavyweight Title. During the tournament, he defeated Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, One Man Gang and finally Ted DiBiase. Savage would go on to successfully defend the title for a year against imposing challengers like Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, Bad News Brown and Ted DiBiase. Savage & Hogan would also team to defeat the Megabucks team of Andre & DiBiase at Summerslam '88. However tension and jealousy soon started to arise in the Megapowers, especially after Hogan took on Miss Elizabeth as a manager too. After Hogan eliminated Savage at the 1989 Royal Rumble and seemingly left Savage on his own at the February 1989 Main Event match vs. The Twin Towers to tend to an injured Elizabeth, Savage exploded and turned on Hogan. At Wrestlemania V, the feud would come to an head as Hogan would defeat Savage and regain his previously held WWF World Title. Savage and Hogan would continue to feud and Savage would ultimately hire Sensational Sherri as his new manager. Savage would go on to team with Zeus at Summerslam '89 against Hogan and new partner Brutus Beefcake.

Next Savage would become Macho King after defeating Hacksaw Duggan for the crown on September 1989 while Sherri would become his Queen. Savage would begin bringing a sceptre to the ring with him which he would sometimes use as a weapon in his matches. The Savage-Hogan feud finally ended in a February 1990 Main Event special show which saw Hogan defeat Savage with Buster Douglas as guest referee and Douglas KO Savage after the match. Next Savage & Sherri would become embroiled in a feud with Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire before going to challenge the Ultimate Warrior for the WWF World Title in late 1990. When Warrior refused to face him, Savage helped Sgt. Slaughter defeat Warrior at Royal Rumble 1991 setting up a career threatening match for Savage-Warrior at Wrestlemania VII. Warrior would defeat Savage in this match despite Savage hitting his trademark elbowsmash five consecutive times (and if I had any doubt as to wrestling's predetermined-ness beforehand I certainly didn't after this). After the match, Sherri turned on a beaten Savage and attacked him with Miss Elizabeth coming to the Macho Man's rescue.

Savage would continue in WWF as a color commentator for quite some time during 1991 while also getting "married" to Miss Elizabeth at Summerslam 1991. During the wedding, Savage became the target of a newly heel Jake "The Snake" Roberts who even hid a snake amongst Elizabeth's wedding presents. Every week, Roberts would continue berating Savage while Savage tried to getting his retirement revoked. On an October 1991 show, Roberts goaded Savage into the ring and eventually attacked him with a live cobra that actually did bite Savage on live TV (although it was defanged Roberts had trouble getting the cobra to release its bite). Finally due to fan pressure and Savage's lobbying, he was finally reinstated in late 1991 and a match was made with Roberts for Tuesday in Texas. Savage and Roberts would continue to have a brutal feud for several months that would eventually be won by Savage when Undertaker, formerly Roberts ally, unexpectedly began to take Savage's side.

Next Savage would get involved in a feud with "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, who had won the vacant WWF World Title at Royal Rumble 1992 spreading rumors he once had an affair with Miss Elizabeth. Savage would go on to defend his wife's honor and win his 2nd WWF World Title from Flair at Wrestlemania VIII, a big turn around from retirement the previous year. During Savage's second WWF World Title reign, Savage & Elizabeth divorced for real behind the scenes although this was never mentioned on camera. Savage would go to successfully defend the title against a returning Ultimate Warrior in 1992, although he actually lost their match by countout, and also would team up with Warrior in mid-92. In September, Razor Ramon would help Ric Flair defeat Randy Savage for the WWF World Title initiating a machismo feud between the two, a feud eventually won surprisingly enough by Ramon. Eventually Savage would have to choose a new partner to face Ramon & Flair at Survivor Series and shocked many when Mr. Perfect, Flair's long-time WWF consultant, eventually accepted the partnership. In 1993 with the debut of Monday Night Raw, Savage returned to his previous color commentator role but occasionally still competed in ring having his last rather forgettable feud with Crush. He also challenged Yokozuna and Bret Hart for the WWF World Title around this era but came up short.

Next Savage would turn up in WCW in 1994 joining old rival Hulk Hogan and teaming with Sting against the monster heel tandems of The Faces of Fear and the Dungeon of Doom led by Kevin Sullivan. By mid-1995, Savage and Ric Flair had resumed their old heated rivalry. Savage would eventually win his first WCW World Title by winning the World War 3 1995 Battle Royal only to lose the title to Flair a month later at Starrcade'95. Savage won win a second WCW World Title from Flair on the January 22, 1996 airing of Monday Nitro. Flair however would once again regain the WCW World Title from Savage, this time in a steel cage match at Superbrawl VI and thanks to the help of Miss Elizabeth, who unexpectedly betrayed the Macho Man. Flair & Savage continued their feud till mid '96 when Savage would be at the center of another significant event, the formation of the NWO as Hulk Hogan shockingly turned heel and joined Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to defeat Savage, Sting & Lex Luger. Savage would go to feud with Hogan and the NWO but would come up short largely thanks to the numbers game.

In 1997, Savage himself decided to join the NWO, helping Hogan defeat Roddy Piper at Superbrawl VII and reuniting with Elizabeth to feud with Diamond Dallas Page and Kimberly. They had a long feud and rivalry that last about 8 months, a feud Page ultimately seemed to get the best of. Next Savage feuded with Lex Luger and basically came out on the losing end of said feud. Savage next got a chance at Sting's WCW World Title at Spring Stampede 1998 and with help from Kevin Nash and despite objections from Hogan, he won his third WCW World Title. Savage and Hogan would go on have a match over the title that would see interference from Kevin Nash in Savage's favor but also from Bret Hart in Hogan's favor resulting in Hogan eventually regaining the WCW World Title from Savage. Savage would thereafter become a full fledged babyface once again and would team with Nash, Konnan, Luger & Sting to form the NWO Wolfpac to feud with NWO Black & White led by Hogan.

Savage shortly thereafter left WCW for nearly a year to recover from knee surgery. When he returned in 1999, he sported a brand new look, having his hair slicked back, having gotten more jacked up and now accompanied by a young valet named Gorgeous George. Eventually Madusa and Miss Madness would join with Savage as a trio of valets and together they would be known as Team Madness. At the 1999 Great American Bash, Savage teamed with Sid Vicious vs. Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page in a tag team match where whoever scored the pinfall would win the WCW World Title. Savage won the match and his fourth WCW World Title on this night. The very next night however Kevin Nash attacked Savage allowing Hollywood Hulk Hogan to defeat him for the World championship. Savage lost all of his WWF/WCW World Title to either Ric Flair or Hulk Hogan.  Following the breakup of Team Madness, Savage would go to have a forgettable feud with Dennis Rodman and briefly joined the Millionaires Club in 2000 on his way out of WCW.

In 2004, Savage would return to wrestling in TNA challenging Jeff Jarrett. He would team up with Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles to defeat Jarrett, Hall and Nash at Turning Point 2004 but ultimately would leave TNA in February 2005 apparently due to health concerns.

Savage had considerable success outside of wrestling being a longtime spokesman for Slim Jim and even appearing in the 2002 Spider-Man film. He's definitely one of those wrestlers most recognizable even to non-wrestling fans.
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« Reply #62 on: June 12, 2010, 08:10:40 PM »

Macho definitely deserves to be recognized into a hall, for sure.  Sadly, the Hall most well known to mainstream fans, the WWE Hall of Fame, looks like it WON'T be inducting him anytime soon.

Which is sad really, as I'd say he was a vital part of the WWF Rock and Wrestling Connection in the mid '80s, as much as Hogan, Piper, Cindy Lauper and Mr. T. 

And, unlike Hogan, could have decent matches. 
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« Reply #63 on: June 12, 2010, 08:38:52 PM »

The Moondogs join the Tag Team Hall of Shame. Wild and unruly looking, the Moondogs kind of look like crazed hillbilly mountain men. Sporting long mangy white hair and white beards, cutoff blue jeans, big round stomachs and hairy bodies and bringing out big ham-bones to the ring to chew on and use as weapons in matches. The Moondogs are generally known for their wild brawling nature and weren't afraid to bite, maul and chew on their opponents. The Moondogs greatest success came when they led by manager Captain Lou Albano captured the WWF Tag Team Titles from Rick Martel and Tony Garea on March 17,1981 with more than a bit of help from a bone they brought to the ring with them. This team featured Moondogs King (actually Sailor White) and Rex. However White would eventually be banned from entry to the United States due to a criminal past and he would be replaced by Spot while the Moondogs were still tag champs. Eventually the Moondogs would drop the titles back to Garea and Martel later that same year (July 21, 1981). The Moondogs would go on to have memorable feuds with the British Bulldogs and the Wild Samoans in the WWF in the mid-80s but never again reached their previous level of success without any manager to guide them. Eventually the Moondogs would be little more than jobbers in the WWF although Moondog Rex did get to challenge Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Title at one point in a losing effort. Rex & Spot however would go on to have considerable success in Memphis (AWA Southern Tag Titles) and Puerto Rico (1 time WWC World Tag Team champs, 2 times WWC North American Tag Champs, 1 time WWC Carribean Tag champs). In 1983, Rex & Spot had a memorable feud with the Fabulous Ones in Memphis. In the mid-80s, the Moondogs were the team that Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff were battling when Orndorff's jealousy boiled over eventually leading to Orndorff's heel turn on Hogan. In the late 80s, Rex & Spot moved to the USWA in Memphis where they'd seen previous success before, even once being managed by Jimmy Hart there. Rex & Spot would win 3 USWA Tag Titles before ultimately Rex would be replaced by a new Moondog named Spike who would win the tag titles with Spot 3 times in USWA as well. Spot also teamed with two other Moondogs, one named Cujo and one named Rover to win 1 more USWA Tag title with each while with Cujo under the name Splat he would win yet 4 more USWA Tag titles. Cujo & Spike would eventually become a new version of the Moondogs and win 2 more USWA Tag Team titles. Jeff Jarrett & Jerry Lawler would have a wild, bloody feud with Moondogs Spot and Cujo in 1992 that would win Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Feud of the Year for 1992. In many ways, the Moondogs in Memphis were forerunners to the later Hardcore style with their wild brawling matches full of weapon use.

Gary Hart joins the Managers Hall of Shame. Gary Hart to me always seemed like a brainy intellectual heel manager who didn't like to get his own hands dirty and liked to manipulate his men and their opponents without getting physically involved preferring to use his mind instead. After a stint as a wrestler in the early 60s, Hart became a manager by the late 60s calling himself "Playboy" Gary Hart. Hart is perhaps best known today for his successful behind the scenes booking helping contributing to the rise and success of World Class Championship Wrestling in the early 1980s. But Hart was also a wrestling manager. Mostly Hart managed a stable of wildmen and foreign heels including the likes of One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Gorgeous Gino Hernandez, Gentleman Chris Adams, Nord the Barbarian, Abdullah the Butcher, Al Perez, Jeep Swenson. Hart though is perhaps best remembered as the manager for the Great Kabuki during his World Class and NWA eras although his association with Adams and Hernandez was very successful too. In World Class, Hart also feuded with fellow managers General Skandor Akbar and Percy Pringle. In ICW, Hart also managed Bruiser Brody, Mark Lewin and Kevin Sullivan.  When World Class folded in the late 80s, Hart moved to the NWA Jim Crockett Promotions where he managed Al Perez and Larry Zbyszko in a forgettable 1988 stint. He'd have a more memorable 1989 stint though as the manager of the Great Muta and later J-Tex Corporation with Terry Funk, Dick Slater, Buzz Sawyer and the Dragon Master. Together they feuded with Ric Flair, Sting, Ole and Arn Anderson, a version of the Four Horsemen. Hart's lack of involvement in matches may have made him less memorable than a lot of other managers but he seemed a real natural fit for the foreign heel especially the Great Kabuki and the Great Muta and his pairing with Adams & Hernandez.
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« Reply #64 on: June 14, 2010, 05:23:27 PM »

The Iron Sheik joins the Singles Hall of Shame. I'll say for the Sheik, I always personally found him highly entertaining (especially his Iran #1 , U.S.A puth puth - he spits). He was a great foreign heel during the early 1980s who the fans really did loathe especially after attacking and injuring Bob Backlund to win the WWF World Title. And then Hulk Hogan came on to the scene and Hulkamania was born and the rest is history. Sheik definitely played a part in all of that. That said unfortunately Sheik has become much more remembered these days for the 1987 drug scandal and his wild over the top antics and rants/ravings against other wrestlers outside the ring such as for his appearances on the Howard Stern radio show and for the times he usually pops up in special comedy style appearances on modern era wrestling shows.

The Sheik was indeed born in Tehran, Iran. Sheik attempted to become part of the Iranian Olympic team during the 1968 trials for Graeco Roman wrestling but failed to get past the trials despite later being billed as an Olympic competitor in professional wrestling. He did however move to the United States and did help U.S. Olympic wrestling teams including acting as assistant coach for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. In 1971 he was the  Amateur Athletic Union Greco-Roman wrestling champion.

Sheik was first trained in Verne Gagne's training camp under head trainer Billy Robinson. Sheik of course had his own legit background and would himself help to train others. Eventually at the suggestion of others, Sheik would eventually adopt his Iranian gimmick, patterned somewhat after the original Sheik, but also Sheik would add the Persian clubs, which he would use to swing around his head and would use to challenge other wrestlers (this would play a key element in his eventual WWF World Title win over Bob Backlund). First he choose the name The Great Hussein Arab and under this name captured the (Vancouver) NWA Canadian Tag Team Titles, the Canadian Heavyweight Title (Toronto) twice, the NWA National TV title, NWA Mid-Atlantic title and the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Titles.

In 1979, the Sheik made his first WWF run challenging Bob Backlund for the WWF World Title but came up short. Thereafter he briefly feuded with Chief Jay Strongbow and Bruno Sammartino before leaving for the NWA territories again in 1980. In the NWA he had memorable battles and wars with Dusty Rhodes, Dick Murdoch, Ronnie Garvin and Tommy Rich.

He first adopted the Iron Sheik nickname in the NWA territories and would take it with him when he returned to the WWF in 1983 where he, managed by Freddie Blassie, challenged Bob Backlund yet again this time taking the WWF World Title on December 23, 1983 after injuring Backlund in a previous encounter with his Persian clubs. While WWF World Champion, Sheik successfully defended the title against Tito Santana, Bob Backlund, Chief Jay Strongbow and Pat Patterson before dropping the title to a newly arrived Hulk Hogan, who took the injured Backlund's place in said match.  After losing the title to Hogan, the Sheik next major feud would be against Sgt. Slaughter who took major offense to Sheik's looking down on the USA. Their bitter feud and rivalry would last for many years but here it would be Slaughter circa 1984 who would get the best of it by winning a Boot Camp match. Shortly after this, the Sheik would form a foreign heels Tag Team with Nikolai Volkoff along with manager Blassie. Together with a bit of help from Blassie's cane, they would capture the WWF World Tag Team Titles at Wrestlemania I from the U.S. Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo) managed by Capt. Lou Albano. They would eventually lose said titles back to the U.S. Express again around 3 months later in June but would continue teaming for quite some time battling the likes of the British Bulldogs & the Killer Bees.

Sheik however would be involved in a drug scandal in 1987 when he and Hacksaw Duggan were pulled over with Duggan high from marijuana while Sheik was high on cocaine. This plus the fact the two were supposed to be feuding and such breaking of kayfabe was a major no no in the 80s led to eventually Sheik more or less getting the boot from the WWF and Duggan getting a lengthy suspension.

Sheik next showed up in World Class in 1987 and thereafter briefly competed in the AWA in 1987 and 1988 reigniting his old feud with Sgt. Slaughter and finding new allies in Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie and Colonel DeBeers. Sheik also competed in Puerto Rico's WWC around this time also feuding with Tony Atlas. In 1989, he had a brief short-lived stint in the NWA where he challenged Sting for the NWA World Television Title in a losing effort. By this time, Sheik had really ballooned up in weight and was now carrying around a much too ample midsection. Sheik would briefly return to the WWF in 1991-1992 as Col. Mustafa actually teaming with old rival Sgt. Slaughter as a pair of Iraqi sympathizers managed by General Adnan (formerly Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie). Together they would feud with Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior until Slaughter eventually turned face again leaving Sheik & Adnan on their own briefly before they again departed the WWF. Sheik would go to compete for many more years as an attraction on the independent circuit but really Sheik's best years were long behind him and pretty much had been since the late 1980s. He's of course best known today for his wild outlandish out of the ring behaviour and his many rants and ravings not to mention his long time drug issues.

Tony Schiavone joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame.  Schiavone started out as a sports broadcaster for college women's basketball (for his university James Madison in Virginia), high school football and basketball games. Thereafter he would call minor league baseball for New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles farm teams most notably the Charlotte Os, which was actually partly owned by Jim Crockett Jr..

Schiavone first got his start in wrestling around the time he was working for the Charlotte Os around 1985 where he first began announcing alongside David Crockett and conducted many backstage interviews with the wrestlers. Schiavone actually when paired with someone competent, like say Bob Caudle, wasn't so bad I personally felt around this time.

In 1989, he would move to the WWF but in my opinion, his work took a downturn in terms of quality while he was there perhaps because WWF was becoming much more a circus like environment around this time what with the Red Rooster Terry Taylor gimmick, Mathilda, Damien and Frankie as the pets for The British Bulldogs, Jake Roberts and Koko B. Ware, Honky and his guitar and many more crazy happenings. Schiavone would leave the WWF again in 1990. Upon his return to WCW, again when working with more competent announcers like Jim Ross and Bob Caudle, I personally felt he was fine.

With the debut though of Monday Nitro, Shiavone became WCW's lead announcer. Initially Schiavone was paired with Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay and at first Steve "Mongo" McMicheal. It soon would become apparent I'm sure to many listening that Schiavone just wasn't in the league of many of his predecessors in the NWA/WCW such as Jim Ross, Bob Caudle and Gordon Solie. Heck some might argue he wasn't even as good as his supporting player Mike Tenay. Schiavone it seemed used his political clout and pull in WCW to maintain his job standing apparently going so far as to hide finishes and angles from his play by play partners so he alone would have knowledge of what surprises were to come. After a while, Schiavone seemed to get quite monotonous saying the same things repeatedly and claiming every show of Nitro or even Thunder, which he also was lead announcer for, was the "greatest ever". Of course, the most infamous mistake made by Schiavone was his comments made about a taped Raw where Mick Foley, after years and years of struggling and toiling, finally won his first WWF World Title to which Schiavone said "That'll really put the butts in the seats" causing numerous Nitro home viewers to switch the channels to Raw. Schiavone later claimed to be simply acting upon orders from Eric Bischoff. Schiavone also announced on WCW Worldwide, WCW Saturday Night and worked also with Dusty Rhodes, Larry Zbyszko and Mark Madden. When WWF bought WCW in 2001, Schiavone pretty much put the wrestling business behind him aside from one worked shoot appearance in TNA in 2003 where he blasted Mike Tenay and Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer). Nowadays, Schiavone is a morning sports news anchor.
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« Reply #65 on: June 14, 2010, 10:00:00 PM »

Sadly, in Sheik's case, I only really know him from his later years appearing on shows like Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony, doing bizarre comedy bits for money.

In Schiavone's case, I quite liked Tenay and the other announcers better.
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« Reply #66 on: June 17, 2010, 07:43:56 PM »

Sheik was always entertaining in a funny sort of way yet he had a certain legit toughness to him in his prime that you kind of believed he could back up what he claimed in the ring, at least until he got that huge pot belly. Sheik also went on to win the Wrestlemania X-7 Gimmick Battle Royal despite being barely able to move at the time and has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin joins the Singles Hall of Fame. Austin got his start in the Texas area after being trained by "Gentleman" Chris Adams competing in World Class, TWF and USWA under the name Steve Williams. There he would mainly come to feud with Adams over Adams' ex-wife Jeannie Clarke in a feud that also included Adams' second wife Toni Adams. They would have many grudge bouts and mixed tag matches. When Austin moved to WCW in 1991, he'd first take Clarke with him as manager Lady Blossom. Very early after debuting, Austin would defeat "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton for the WCW World Television Title. Later that year, he would join the Dangerous Alliance. He'd finally drop the TV title nearly a year later to Barry Windham in April 1992 only to regain it again about a month later. Austin would hold on to the TV title in impressive fashion for most of 1992 before finally losing it to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat in September of '92. Not long after, the Dangerous Alliance disbanded and Austin started to concentrate on tag teams. He would replace Terry Gordy in his team with Steve "Dr. Death" Williams at Halloween Havoc 1992 battling to a draw with Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes. Eventually Austin would find an even more suitable tag team partner in Brian Pillman. Together they would form a colorful and flamboyant duo called the Hollywood Blonds. The Blonds would win the WCW Tag Title in March 1993 from Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas. The Blonds would hold the Tag Titles for five months until Pillman got injured and would be replaced in a title defense by Lord Steven Regal who with Austin would lose the tag titles to Four Horsemen Arn Anderson & Paul Roma. Shortly thereafter Austin joined Col. Parker's Stud Stable and would eventually betray and feud with Pillman. At Starrcade '93, Austin would defeat Dustin Rhodes in a best 2 out of 3 Falls match to win the WCW United States Title, a championship he'd hold on to until August 24, 1994 when he'd lose the title to Ricky Steamboat. Steamboat however would get injured and would be unable to defend the title so it would be returned to Austin due to a forfeit. However Steamboat's replacement in that match, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, would go on to beat Austin for the title in just 35 seconds. Duggan would also defeat Austin in a rematch at Halloween Havoc 1994. Finally Austin would score a countout win over Duggan in a tournament for a vacant United States title but would later lose a quarterfinal match to Randy Savage. Shortly thereafter in 1995 while recovering from a bicep injury, he'd be mailed his release from WCW by Eric Bischoff.

Next he'd turn up in the renegade ECW promotion run by old manager Paul E. Dangerously. While there, Austin did numerous entertaining vignette and interviews where he first started developing his Stone Cold character and ran down and rightly made fun of a poorly run WCW. While in ECW, Austin mainly battled the Sandman and Mikey Whipwreck, then  ECW Champion. Whipwreck would defeat Austin at November to Remember 1995 while Sandman would defeat Whipwreck & Austin in a triple threat match for the ECW title at December to Dismember 1995.

In 1995-1996, Austin debuted in the WWF as the Ringmaster, a masterful ring technician managed by Ted DiBiase who adopted DiBiase's Million Dollar Dream and also wore the Million Dollar championship belt. He's soon end up in a memorable feud with Savio Vega who he defeated at Wrestlemania XII but would lose a return Carribean Strap match to Vega at In Your House: Beware of Dog which would see Austin lose DiBiase as his manager. It turned out to be a good thing as it gave Austin a chance to reinvent himself as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It would be at King of the Ring 1996 however where Stone Cold would first make his mark winning the King of the Ring tournament and adopting his "Austin 3:16" catchphrase. Austin would go on to memorably feud with Bret Hart and the Hart Foundation. He'd lose to Bret Hart in a submission match at Wrestlemania XIII but his refusal to quit would earn him respect and the fans admiration. Austin & Shawn Michaels would defeat Owen Hart & British Bulldog for the WWF Tag Titles and later he'd teamed with Dude Love to win it a second time. Later despite a botched piledriver that injured his neck at Summerslam 1997, Austin would defeat Owen Hart for the Intercontinental title. The injury however would cause Austin to relinquish the title. However he'd regain it again at Survivor Series 1997, yet once again from Owen Hart. Austin would soon find himself in yet another feud over the I-C title in late 1997, this time with the Rock. Austin would go to finally win his first WWF World Title from Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XIV, after winning a shot at 1998's Royal Rumble, and soon thereafter started a war with Vince McMahon who sent Mick Foley, the Undertaker and Kane after Austin hoping to take him down. Kane would succeed for one day in a First Blood match at King of the Ring 1998 only to lose the title back to Austin the next night on Raw. Eventually both Kane & Undertaker would defeat Austin for the title and it would be held up leading to the Rock winning it in a tournament at Survivor Series 1998. Austin after a war with Vince McMahon for the championship opportunity finally defeated the Rock for the WWF World Title at Wrestlemania XV. Austin would successfully fend off the Rock but would lose the title to the Undertaker at Over the Edge 1999. Austin would regain the title at Fully Loaded 1999 in a First Blood match with Undertaker but would drop it to Mankind at Summerslam 1999 in a triple threat match with Mankind and Triple H. Austin would go on to battle the Rock & Triple H over the title until he was run down by a car due to a mysterious stranger. In actuality, Austin badly needed neck surgery from the earlier piledriver neck injury suffered in his Summerslam match with Owen Hart. Austin would return to feud with Rikishi, eventually revealed as the mystery driver and Triple H who claimed to be behind the whole plot. Austin would go on to win the Royal Rumble in 2001 which would entitle him to a world title match vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania X-7. During the match, Austin unexpectedly turned heel and joined forces with Vince McMahon to defeat the now beloved Rock. He'd go on to join force with Triple H as the Two Man Power Trip and the pair would soon dominate with Austin World champ, Triple H I-C champ and the pair Tag champs. Eventually they'd lose the tag titles to Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho in a match that would see Triple H seriously injure his quad. In mid-2001, with Austin seemingly lacking direction, he'd unexpectedly join the WCW/ECW Alliance betraying his WWF brethren. Around the time, Austin would come to feud with Kurt Angle and trade the WWF World Title back and forth with him. Austin would go to lose the WWF World Title to Chris Jericho at Vengeance who unified the WWF World Title that night by also defeating the Rock for the WWF version of the WCW World Title. Austin would thereafter briefly feud with Booker T., then the nWo's Scott Hall in forgettable feuds. Austin was on his way out of WWE with injuries catching up with him and would refuse to lose to Brock Lesnar on his way out. Austin would lose to the newly heel Rock at Wresltemania XiX which would be his last WWE match. Austin since then has made brief return appearances as a special referee or enforcer but most of these appearance would prove forgettable although he did memorably get to stun Lesnar and Goldberg at Wrestlemania XX. Austin was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez join the Tag Team Hall of Shame. Perhaps this was only due to this old-time team not being well -known to today's fans or it could be because they were up against some great competition here too. Anyways the Amazing Rocca was an incredibly popular acrobatic fan favourite in his 50s-60s heyday and Perez was his more solid, ground based all around solid wrestling performer partner who was also very popular with the fans. They were definitely ethnic favourites with Perez being Puerto Rican and Rocca being Argentine. Rocca was a former soccer player and extremely flexible. He had lightning dropkicks and commanded many leg locks and holds. In 1957, Perez & Rocca would first win the NWA Capitol World Tag Team Titles. They were tremendously popular and were a large reason for a number of Madison Square Garden sellouts. They'd hold on to the belts for five years and would never really be defeated for them. They'd also win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles (Northeast Version) which would be the real forerunner to the WWF/WWWF/WWE World Tag Team titles. Rocca & Perez would have terrific matches with many teams but perhaps most memorable were their wars with The Grahams and The Fabulous Kangaroos.

Rowdy Roddy Piper joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. No doubt this is due to his Piper's Pit segments where Piper always stirred up controversy and wasn't afraid about any political correctness restrictions in his era. His unforgettable interview segments featured many memorable moments especially as Piper interviewed and attacked Frankie Williams and Jimmy Snuka, shaved the head of Haiti Kid and mocked the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Ivan Putski and even Andre the Giant. His color commentary stint later on in the 1990s would prove less memorable but you just never knew what Piper might say which always made things interesting and Piper someone who always commanded our attention as wrestling fans.
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« Reply #67 on: June 17, 2010, 07:56:17 PM »

Sheik was always entertaining in a funny sort of way yet he had a certain legit toughness to him in his prime that you kind of believed he could back up what he claimed in the ring, at least until he got that huge pot belly. Sheik also went on to win the Wrestlemania X-7 Gimmick Battle Royal despite being barely able to move at the time and has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.


Antonino Rocca & Miguel Perez join the Tag Team Hall of Shame. Perhaps this was only due to this old-time team not being well -known to today's fans or it could be because they were up against some great competition here too. Anyways the Amazing Rocca was an incredibly popular acrobatic fan favourite in his 50s-60s heyday and Perez was his more solid, ground based all around solid wrestling performer partner who was also very popular with the fans. They were definitely ethnic favourites with Perez being Puerto Rican and Rocca being Argentine. Rocca was a former soccer player and extremely flexible. He had lightning dropkicks and commanded many leg locks and holds. In 1957, Perez & Rocca would first win the NWA Capitol World Tag Team Titles. They were tremendously popular and were a large reason for a number of Madison Square Garden sellouts. They'd hold on to the belts for five years and would never really be defeated for them. They'd also win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles (Northeast Version) which would be the real forerunner to the WWF/WWWF/WWE World Tag Team titles. Rocca & Perez would have terrific matches with many teams but perhaps most memorable were their wars with The Grahams and The Fabulous Kangaroos.

Rowdy Roddy Piper joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. No doubt this is due to his Piper's Pit segments where Piper always stirred up controversy and wasn't afraid about any political correctness restrictions in his era. His unforgettable interview segments featured many memorable moments especially as Piper interviewed and attacked Frankie Williams and Jimmy Snuka, shaved the head of Haiti Kid and mocked the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Ivan Putski and even Andre the Giant. His color commentary stint later on in the 1990s would prove less memorable but you just never knew what Piper might say which always made things interesting and Piper someone who always commanded our attention as wrestling fans.
I read somewhere (not sure if true), that Sheik was on Iran's (I believe), Olympic team at one point, either for Greco-Roman wrestling, or some sort of power-lifting style sport.  Not sure which.  I've seen matches he's had, but, like I said, being a bit younger only know him as the older, bitter, comic character.

As for Rocca/Perez: definitely before my time.  I'm not knocking them, but I'm not entirely familiar with all their matches.  I subscribe to WWE's Classics On Demand network, which showcases a bunch of matches from varying companies dating back to the mid-'50s.  I've seen matches they've been involved in, and were a decent team, but as I'm not as overly familiar with most wrestling pre-1987 or so (which is when I started watching it), I'm more familiar with anything from the mid '80s onward.  Which is why I sometimes don't vote for older guys.  Bruno comes into play: I voted for him once or twice.  He is a huge part of wrestling's history, but WWE's channel doesn't showcase him due to bad blood between him and Vince.  I saw a few matches on some show ESPN shows.  Not bad at all.

Stone Cold is a great choice for the hall.  Such an entertaining character, and not a bad wrestler at all, although injuries prevented him from having great matcher later on.
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« Reply #68 on: June 18, 2010, 09:09:53 PM »

Sensational Sherri Martel joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. Sherri started out as a young fan with a dream about being a future wrestler. Eventually after a failed marriage and some time as a stripper, she'd seek out training from Butch Moore in Memphis where she briefly competed as Sherri Martine. Martel however knew she needed even more training and would eventually seek out the Fabulous Moolah joining her school. Moolah changed her name to Sherri Martel and sent her to Japan for further training in 1981. Martel however would be eventually kicked out by Moolah because of her love of partying and clubbing. Martel would return to the U.S. and Tennessee where she would manage a tag team called the Heavenly Bodies (Pat Rose & Tom Prichard).

In 1985, Larry Zbyszko would help get her into the AWA where she would go on to capture three AWA Women's championships while also managing "Playboy" Buddy Rose and "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers to an AWA World Tag Team title reign. Martel was a very vital part of said team's success acting as a shapely distraction outside the ring and getting her men into advantageous positions in their matches. Eventually the Midnight Rockers Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) would get embroiled in a bloody and bitter feud and rivalry with Rose & Somers and would defeat them for the AWA Tag Team titles in January 1987.

In 1987, Jesse Ventura helped her get into the WWF and she would go on to defeat the Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women's championship in her debut match! She'd rename herself Sensational Sherri and would retain the Women's title for 15 months before losing it to Rockin' Robin in what most considered a major upset. In 1989, when the WWF phased out women's wrestling for a period of time, she'd go on to manage Randy "Macho Man" Savage after he broke up with Elizabeth and feuded with Hulk Hogan. She and Savage feuded with Elizabeth and Hogan. Brutus Beefcake would also join forces with Hogan while Zeus would team up with Savage leading to Beefcake eventually cutting Sherr's hair. Around this time, Sherri started wearing outlandish and over the top make-up leading to fans to dub the once very beautiful Sherri "Scary" Sherri. The next year 1990, Savage & Sherri would feud with Dusty Rhodes and his female manager Sapphire. Sherri would later be redubbed Queen Sherri after Savage would defeat Hacksaw Duggan for the crown and right to be called King. However when Savage lost a retirement match to the Ultimate Warrior, Sherri suddenly finding herself without a job suddenly flipped out and attacked Savage only for Miss Elizabeth to make the save and chuck Sherri out of the ring.

Sherri would go on to manage "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase but would prove surprisingly forgettable in that role. She would however be much better remembered for her time managing her "Boy Toy" & former AWA enemy Shawn Michaels, even singing his entrance theme when she first started managing him. Michaels would go on to win the WWF Intercontinental title during this time. Eventually though as he was trying to fend off a returning Marty Jannetty, who'd be flung through a plate glass window when he'd turned on Jannetty some time back to end the Rockers tag team, he would use Sherri as a human shield leading Sherri to eventually turn on HBK and help Jannetty. However when Jannetty left WWF, the storyline came to an adrupt end.

Sherri would next turn up in ECW managing Shane Douglas briefly before heading to WCW as Sensous Sherri managing Ric Flair in his feuds with Sting and Hulk Hogan. She'd even help Flair defeat Hogan with brass knuckles in a match as Bash at the Beach. Martel however would eventually go on to have her most memorable WCW run as manager of Harlem Heat who she managed to 7 WCW World tag team titles while also having a brief romance with fellow manager Colonel Robert Parker. She'd go on to win the Apocalypse Wrestling Federation Heavyweight title, a belt usually held by men in 1999, a belt she'd eventually lose to Missy Hyatt. In October 1999, she'd manage George Steele vs. Greg Valentine on an Heroes of Wrestling PPV. In 2005, she'd make an unexpected WWE appearance during the growing rivalry between Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels leading to their Wrestlemania 21 match as Angle would make Martel tap out to his anklelock submission. She would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 but would make her last on screen appearence in TNA as a potential manager for Bobby Roode.
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« Reply #69 on: June 20, 2010, 12:25:56 PM »

Jesse "The Body" Ventura joins the Singles Hall of Shame. While Jesse is widely remembered these days for his political success (being former governor of Minnesota) and being long-time color commentator mostly in WWF but also briefly in WCW, certainly one of the best and most entertaining in that field, his in-ring wrestling career outside of tag teams wasn't quite so impressive in major feds like the AWA and WWF. After serving as a Navy UDT during the Vietnam war (but later admitted he never saw action in the war), Ventura returned to Minnesota and went from time as a weightlifter/wrestler in college, a short time as bodyguard for The Rolling Stones to a career in professional wrestling where he developed a beach bodybuilder bully character with more than a bit of "Superstar" Billy Graham thrown into the mix.

Ventura debuted in Central States in 1975 where he captured the NWA Central States tag titles with Tank Patton and went on to compete in the Pacific Northwest battling/feuding with Dutch Savage and Jimmy Snuka over the Pacific Northwest title capturing said title twice, once from each. He also captured the Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles five times, twice with partner Bull Ramos and twice with partner "Playboy" Buddy Rose and one time with Jerry Oates. Ventura also held the NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles with Steve Strong and twice won the AWA Southern title. In 1979, he returned to his hometown of Minnesota and the AWA where he started teaming with with Adrian Adonis as the East-West Connection. This would be Ventura's most successful pairing with Adonis doing most of the in-ring work and Ventura helping to keep the team in the spotlight with his colorful talk and interview skills. Ventura & Adonis would capture the AWA World Tag Team titles on a forfeit when Verne Gagne, one half of the tag champs with Mad Dog Vachon, failed to show up for a title defense. The East-West Connection would hold on to the titles for around a year finally dropping them to the popular High Flyers tandem of Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne.

Not long after this, Ventura & Adonis moved to the WWF but failed to capture the WWF World Tag Team titles although Adonis would later capture it in a team with Dick Murdoch. The team split and both received WWF World Title shots at Bob Backlund but neither man could defeat Backlund. Ventura was on a path to challenge Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Title when he was forced to retire due to blood clots in his lungs. However it's very doubtful Ventura would have defeated Hogan. Ventura went on to have success after his early retirement from the ring in practically every field in which he ventured but his gift of gab made him especially suited for his work as a wrestling color commentator not to mention his political career. Ventura has made numerous special appearances since moving away from wrestling, including appearances as a special referee/enforcer and an appearance as a guest host on Raw where he helped put Sheamus, a newcomer, in position to defeat John Cena for the WWE Title. Ventura was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004. Ventura also had some limited success in acting mostly in action films such as Predator, The Running Man and Demolition Man. He starred in the horrible Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe and also had supporting roles in Thunderground, Repossessed, Ricochet, The Master of Disguise and Batman & Robin. He also appeared in an episode of The X-Files as a man in black. He's also the host of a show called Conspiracy Theory.
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« Reply #70 on: June 21, 2010, 01:53:21 PM »

The Rock joins the Singles Hall of Fame. Dwayne Johnson as the Rock was a third generation wrestler with his father being Rocky Johnson and his grandfather, his mother's father, being "High Chief" Peter Maivia. The Rock is part of a rather large family of Samoan wrestlers that also inlcudes the Wild Samoans and their many offspring. After playing college football and a short stint with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL, Johnson choose to pursue a career in wrestling. His father reluctantly agreed to train him but warned he wouldn't take it easy on him. Johnson would go on to have several tryouts with the WWF in 1996 and would impress enough to warrant a run in Jerry Lawler's USWA where as Flex Kavana, Johnson won the USWA Tag Titles with Bart Sawyer twice in the summer of 1996. Later in 1996, he would debut in the WWF as Rocky Maivia, portrayed as an hard-working blue chipper with a solid wrestling family background. He would go on to be a survivor in his Survivor Series 1996 debut and shortly thereafter would win his first major title upsetting Triple H for the WWF Intercontinental title on Raw in February 1997 and would successfully defend the title against the Sultan at Wrestlemania 13. The fans though soon grew weary of Rocky's blue chipper character and the way he so easily got ahold of the I-C title and began to turn on him chanting stuff like "Die, Rocky, Die!" and "Rocky Sucks".

Rocky would drop the title to Owen Hart on an April Raw and shortly thereafter turned heel joining Farooq's Nation of Domination and starting calling himself the Rock. He also chided the fans for the way they turned on him and quickly became a charismatic bully eventually even usurping Farooq's leadership role in The Nation which under the Rock would include D-Lo Brown, The Godfather, Mark Henry and eventually Owen Hart. The Rock next set his sights on Steve Austin's Intercontinental title only to be defeated by Austin at In Your House: D-Generation X only for Austin to forfeit the title to the Rock the following night in a rematch ordered by Mr. McMahon. Rock would continue feuding with Austin and then Ken Shamrock throughout the rest of 1997 and the beginning of 1998 before feuding briefly with Farooq over the Rock's usurping his former position. The Rock would then go on to have perhaps his most memorable feud feuding with Triple H and DeGeneration X with the Nation battling DX while the Rock battled Triple H. Eventually Triple H would wrest the I-C title away from the Rock, who then focused on pursuing the WWF World Title, eventually disbanding and defeating former members of his own Nation who stood in his way. The Rock's popularity skyrocketed as he started a campaign apparently against Mr. McMahon and declared himself "The People's Champion".

This however was all a swerve and secretly the Rock had joined forces with Mr. McMahon to become McMahon's hand-picked Corporate champion at Survivor Series 1998 (the Rock was then also the youngest and first African American WWF World champion), with McMahon turning on Mankind during the match and helping the Rock win the WWF World Title in a parody of the previous year's Montreal screwjob. The Rock and Mankind, who suddenly was turned face as he stood up to Rock and the McMahons, battled over the WWF World Title for the next few months with Mankind (Mick Foley) finally winning his first WWF World Title from the Rock on the Jan. 1999 edition of Raw but the Rock regained the WWF World Title in an "I Quit" Match at the 1999 Royal Rumble. Mankind however would again defeat the Rock for the WWF World Title in an Empty Arena rematch during the Superbowl Halftime show. The Rock would regain the WWF World Title for the third time from Mankind defeating him in a ladder match on February 15, 1999 ending their brutal war which saw Rock nail Mankind repeatedly with numerous chair shots in many matches. The Rock however would lose his WWF World Title to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XV.

Shortly thereafter the Rock would turn face to feud with Undertaker, Triple H and what was now the Corporate Ministry. The Rock also feuded with Billy Gunn around this time while teaming with Mankind to form "The Rock 'n' Sock Connection" defeating The Undertaker and Big Show and going on to win the WWF Tag Team titles three times. The Rock would go on to challenge Triple H in a Four Way Elimination match at Wrestlemania 16 but failed to win after being betrayed by Mr. McMahon. The Rock continued his pursuit of Triple H defeating him at Backlash 2000 for his fourth WWF World Title. Later at Judgment Day 2000, the Rock battled Triple H in an Iron Man with special referee Shawn Michaels and lost the title after the Undertaker interfered and the Rock was DQed. The Rock would go on to win his fifth WWF World Title in a six-man tag team match at King of the Ring that would see him team successfully with Kane & Undertaker to defeat Triple H & the McMahons. Rock successfully fended off challenges by Chris Benoit, Triple H, Kane, Undertaker & Shane McMahon but would eventually lose the title to Kurt Angle at No Mercy 2000. Rock would go to briefly feud with cousin Rikishi while also teaming with Undertaker to win the WWF World Tag Team titles from Edge & Christian, titles Edge & Christian would eventually win back. The Rock continued his pursuit of Angle's title and finally defeated him at No Way Out 2001 winning his sixth WWF World Title. The Rock went into Wrestlemania X-7 as arguably the most beloved fan favourite in the company to defend against fellow fan favourite "Stone Cold" Steve Austin who shockingly turned heel and joined forced with Mr. McMahon to defeat the Rock for the WWF World Title. The Rock would shortly thereafter be taken out by the Two Man Power Trip tandem of Steve Austin & Triple H. During this time, Rock would go on to perform in the film The Mummy Returns

The Rock returned in July 2001 and took the WWF's side in its war with the ECW/WCW Alliance. The Rock would defeat Booker T. for the WWF version of the WCW World Title at Summerslam 2001 only to lose said title to Chris Jericho, who he also held the tag titles with, at No Mercy 2001. Rock regained the WCW World Title from Jericho on a November 5th edition of Raw. The Rock, with the help of an hidden WWF mole in Kurt Angle, would go on to defeat Steve Austin during the Winner Takes All Survivor Series match during which the WWF retained rights to the company name. Chris Jericho would go on to defeat the Rock for the WCW World title at Vengeance unifying it and the WWF World Title. The Rock pursued Jericho for the Undispusted WWF World Title but failed to capture it from him. Thereafter he feuded with the Undertaker and Hollywood Hulk Hogan, defeating Hogan in a match of legends at Wrestlemania X8. Only July 2002, Rock won his seventh and final WWF World Title defeating Kurt Angle & Undertaker in a Triple Threat match at Vengeance 2002. The Rock successfully fended off the challenge of Brock Lesnar & Triple H at WWE Global Warning but would lose the title to Lesnar at Summerslam 2002 making Lesnar now the youngest man to hold the WWE championship. The Rock would then leave WWE for six months.

The Rock returned as an heel in January 2003 criticizing Hulk Hogan and defeating him with a lot of help at No Way Out 2003. Next the Rock moved to Raw and targeted The Hurricane before again battling with a returning "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, whom the Rock would defeat at Wrestlemania XIX. The Rock then briefly feuded with and lost to Goldberg at Backlash. The Rock soon found himself again fan favourite though after getting involved in a one night war with Chris Jericho and Christian. The Rock briefly went on to reunite with Mick Foley as the Rock 'n' Sock Connection in a losing effort against Evolution Randy Orton, Batista and Ric Flair at Wrestlemania XX. So far, this stands as the Rock's last match as he's moved on to have a successful movie career. Since then, the Rock has made only brief guest and/or cameo appearances on select WWE events or shows. The Rock did induct his father Rocky Johnson and grandfather Peter Maivia into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Rock was definitely one of the most charismatic performers of his era. If he'd stayed involved in professional wrestling, I have no doubt he'd still be on or near the top of the heap to this day.
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« Reply #71 on: June 21, 2010, 09:58:37 PM »

I think The Rock would still be near the top of the card, but with the WWE's generic overhaul to be more "kid friendly/PG", he'd have a hell of a time trying to do some of the promos he used to get away with.  Look what happened to DX: they went from rebellious punks to being clowns having fun with midgets.

He wasn't the best in-ring competitor, but was pretty decent.  Heard rumblings of him wanting to do a short 3-month style return, as he'll have some time off later this year.  I doubt it at this point as he's a full-fledged movie star, but it'd be a lot of fun to see.
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« Reply #72 on: June 22, 2010, 01:37:47 PM »

Brother Love joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. Prior to playing the Brother Love character, Bruce Prichard (brother of wrestler Dr. Tom Prichard/Zip) had worked as a ring announcer in Bill Watts' UWF. After a brief stint as an announcer in the WWF, Prichard developed and worked the Brother Love character, a smarmy red-faced pudgy fellow in a white suit who looked like a cross between Boss Hogg and an annoying TV evangelist promising to spread the message of "love" often saying "I looooooooooooovvvvvvvvveeeeeee youuuuuu!" in the most annoying fashion possible. Introduced by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan in 1988, he went on to host "The Brother Love Show" where he would often have harsh words for the fan friendly good guys while singing the praises of fellow heels such as his main benefactor "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and his good friend Bobby Heenan. Many wrestling feuds started on the Brother Love show when a villainous wrestler would often attack a fan favorite from behind including Big Bossman attacking Hogan & feuding with him in 88-89 and Earthquake attacking Hogan and feuding with him in 1990. Also the feud between Rick Martel and Jake "The Snake" Roberts escalated there in 1990-1991. In November 1990, Brother Love became manager of an impressive newcomer named Kane the Undertaker who would eventually be better known as The Undertaker. Brother Love managed 'Taker until February 1991 when he sold Undertaker's contract to Paul Bearer. Brother Love would also be humiliated by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in a special Piper's Pit at Wrestlemania V that saw Piper de-kilt Love. A year later Sgt. Slaughter, during his heel turn, bestowed a medal upon Love calling him "the Greatest American".

Following a beating from the Ultimate Warrior, Love disappeared from the WWF airwaves. For a while in 1992-1993, Prichard managed Barry Horowitz in the GWF (Global Wrestling Federation under his own name.  After short WWF stints as the Wizard and a satire of Dusty Rhodes named Reo Rodgers, heelish characters on WWF All-American Wrestling, Prichard went on to work behind the scenes occasionally reprising the Brother Love character.

Brother Love returned to WWF on Raw in November 1995 on a Brother Love Show that saw Ted DiBiase introduce the Ringmaster but would disappear again in Jan. 1996. In Jan. 1997, he showed up again this time on Shotgun Saturday Night helping the Flying Nuns (aka: The Sisters of Love/eventually the Headbangers) defeat the Godwinns. The gimmick with Love would be scrapped in favor of the Headbangers one. Love would disappear again until 2001 when he took part in the Wrestlemania X-7 Gimmick Battle Royal. In Feb. 2003, he made a special appearance on Smackdown trying to convince the Undertaker, his former charge, to forgive the Big Show only to be tombstone piledriven for his efforts. At Vengeance 2003, Love appeared in a Bar Room Brawl lasting all the way to the end before being knocked out by Bradshaw. "The Brother Love Show" returned in Summer 2003 on Smackdown brand house shows that saw Love & McMahon attempt to humiliate Zach Gowen only to eventually get their comeuppance in the end. In Dec. 2008, Prichard was released by WWE after 22 years with the company.
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« Reply #73 on: June 25, 2010, 03:28:47 PM »

Edge & Christian join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. Real-life best friends Adam Copeland and William Jason Reso, who dreamed of becoming famous wrestlers in their youth, would grow up to accomplish not only that but achieved a lot of their success together - as a tag team. There have been very few tag teams who had it all - every element needed to mesh into a coherent whole but this team arguably had it all. They had the charisma (with their "5 second poses", the fun and goofiness which made them so widely appealing to fans even when fans were supposed to hate them), they had the tag team chemistry (very few teams in history have combined team moves that flow so well and so cohesively), could fight in practically any kind of street fight/hardcore match (often delivering devastating "con-chair-tos") and they could deliver in the ring too.

After completing training under Ron Hutchinson, they began teaming up under several names including High Impact, Suicide Blondes, Revolution X, Hard Impact and the Canadian Rockers. In 1997, they were part of a faction of independent wrestlers called Thug Life. In 1998, as Sexton Hardcastle (Edge) & Christian Cage, they won the Insane Championship Wrestling Streetfight Tag titles twice and the Southern States Tag Team titles. In mid-1998, Edge moved to Raw as a mysterious loner character who began feuding with Gangrel. Suddenly Edge would be haunted by a mysterious lookalike who turned out to be Edge storyline "brother" Christian, who along with Gangrel, would convince Edge to join them as The Brood. For a brief period, the Brood joined the Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness but would eventually be kicked out when Christian revealed Stephanie McMahon's whereabouts to Ken Shamrock. After a short Ministry-Brood feud, Gangrel turned on Edge and wanted Christian to do the same but Christian refused and he & Edge were suddenly fan favorites. Around this period, they also started their long-lasting feud/rivalry with Matt & Jeff Hardy.

In 1999, Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (who were suddenly the New Brood managed by Gangrel) became the focus in a series of matches called the Terri Invitational Tournament, a best of five series of matches the winner of which would acquire the services of Terri Runnels as manager along with $100,000. After the series was all tied up, the Hardy Boyz won the rubber ladder match despite Gangrel being dejected for trying to interfere.

In 2000, Edge & Christian began to form the personas that would ultimately get them over with fans and which they are probably still best remembered for as a tag team - a type of teen idol/surfer heel tag teams who dressed in outlandish colorful attire and claimed they "reeked of awesomeness". You could just tell Edge & Christian were having so much fun and despite their being heels who often made fun of whatever hometown city they were in, they eventually started to become more and more popular amongst a growing number of fans. At Wrestlemania 16, Edge & Christian defeated the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz in a triangle ladder match for their first WWF World Tag Team title and fended off challenges from Hardys, Dudleys and DeGeneration X before dropping the titles to Too Cool (Scotty2Hotty and Brian Christopher). They regained the titles from Too Cool at King of the Ring 2000 defeating not only Too Cool but also T & A (Test & Albert) and the Hardys in a Four Corners Elimination match. They successfully defended their titles against the Dudleys and Hardys in the first ever TLC match at Summerslam 2000 and after the match celebrated by mocking their opponents in hilarious fashion.

Edge & Christian would go on to lose the titles to the Hardys at Unforgiven 2000 and fail to regain them in a ladder match which meant they could no longer challenge for the titles. Suddenly a classic masked team from yesteryear, a pair of jobbers named Los Conquistadores, seemed to be back on the scene or were they? This pair of masked men seemed a lot more like Edge & Christian than the classic Hispanic jobbers from yesteryear. Under the masks, they went on to defeat the Hardys at No Mercy 2000 only for the Hardys to turn the tables on them, themselves wearing Los Conquistadores masks to defeat Edge & Christian and regain the titles in October 2000.

Shortly thereafter, Edge & Christian started teaming with Kurt Angle & Rhyno. Edge & Christian went on to win their fourth WWF World Tag Team titles in a Four Corners match at Armageddon 2000 defeating Right To Censor, Dudley Boyz & Road Dogg/K-Kwik. A week later, they lost the titles to the Rock & the Undertaker only to shortly thereafter regain them. At Royal Rumble 2001, they lost the titles to the Dudley Boyz. In March, Edge & Christian would help the Hardys defeat the Dudleys for the titles and then would defeat the Hardys for them only to lose the titles back to the Dudleys again later the same night they beat the Hardys. All of this led to TLC II at Wrestlemania X-7 that would see Edge & Christian win yet again taking home their seventh WWF World tag team championship with more than a bit of help from buddy Rhyno. In April though, they would lose the titles to the Brothers of Destruction: Undertaker & Kane.

Eventually the faction of Edge, Christian, Kurt Angle & Rhyno would begin to split apart as all four men making it into the semifinals of the 2001 King of the Ring tournament, which Edge would eventually win. Shortly thereafter Edge & Christian split up and even feuded over the Intercontinental title with Christian eventually joining the ECW/WCW Alliance and hitting Edge with a one-man con-chair-to. Edge & Christian would reunite briefly on October 13, 2002 on Smackdown defeating Los Guerreros and again on November 15, 2004 losing to Chris Benoit & Shelton Benjami. Briefly with both men as heels in 2004-2005, Edge & Christian, along with problem solver Tyson Tomko would form three man pairings for matches against fellow rivals but were never quite the same Edge & Christian team as before. Lately there have been hints of a possible new feud brewing between the two...or could a new secret alliance be in the works?

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« Reply #74 on: July 01, 2010, 02:47:03 PM »

George "The Animal" Steele joins the Hall of Shame. Now personally I felt his gimmick was great and he had me surprisingly convinced in my youth he was a genuine "madman". He legit made me believe. In fact Steele in his real life as Jim Myers achieved a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree from Central Michigan University. He was a star football player until knee problems cut that career short. He would become a teacher, amateur wrestling coach and football coach at Madison High School in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Hoping to supplement his income in 1967, he began moonlighting as a masked professional wrestler known as The Student. Eventually he would drop the mask and adopt the name George Steele to battle Bruno Sammartino in the World Wide Wrestling Federation. He was sold as an amateur expert and the nephew of Ray Steele as well as a scholar despite his odd appearance. After losing a feud to Chief Jay Strongbow and losing to Edouard Carpentier, he took a brief hiatus from the WWWF to reinvent himself as his now more well-known wildman character, wrestling like a crazed Animal hence his nickname, ripping out turnbuckles and using the stuffing to rake his opponents' eyes. Steele also would sway wildly in the ring and seemed rather apish in his movements sticking out his unusually green tongue (thanks to green Clorets), many viewers seemed to fully believe he might be the Missing Link. Surprisingly Steele would be a main event attraction with this gimmick and would have a long lasting feud with Bruno Sammartino even challenging him for the WWWF World title.

Steele had a very lengthy career in the WWWF/WWF and would eventually become a beloved babyface Animal following an incident on Saturday Night's Main Event when he was abandoned by his partners Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik along with Manager Freddie Blassie while they battled the U.S. Express and Ricky Steamboat. Manager Captain Lou Albano took Steele under his wing  and tried his best to reform the Animal. His next most famous feud would come against "Macho Man" Randy Savage (about 20 years after his debut) as Steele would become smitten with Savage's manager Miss Elizabeth and not liking the way Savage treated her, Steele would go on to unsuccessfully challenge for Savage's Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania 2. Steele however would gain a measure of revenge a year later on Savage being in Ricky Steamboat's corner and playing a key factor in Steamboat's defeat of Savage for the Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania III. In 1988, Steele started bringing a popular stuffed toy he called "Mine" to the ring with him. It was all furry and like George had a green tongue. In 1989, Crohn's Disease forced Steele to finally retire after a lenghty career. He never won any titles in the WWWF/WWF but did win a NWA Detroit Tag Team title with Frankie Lane before heading to the WWWF. He also held the Georgia GWA Heavyweight title once. He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995.

Steele may be best known on this site for his portrayal of Tor Johnson in Tim Burton Ed Wood (1994).
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