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« Reply #300 on: October 17, 2011, 10:20:06 PM »

For some reason, I really liked Elektra.  Dunno.

I am a bit partial to ECW though.
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« Reply #301 on: October 25, 2011, 06:15:22 PM »

3 Minute Warning, the pairing of Rosey and Jamal join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. This pairing consisting of real life members of the famed Wild Samoan wrestling family would train with their family in their school. They'd first team together after a brief WWF stint where they appeared as gangsters stalking the "Make a Difference" Fatu character (who'd later become Rikishi) in Heartland Wrestling Association, a then WWF farm league where they wrestled as the Island Boyz under the names Ekmo Fatu (Jamal, the future Umaga) and Kimo (Rosey) where they'd win the HWA Tag Team Championship with Haku working for a time as their manager. They'd move on to compete in Japan where they'd capture the FMW Hardcore Tag Team Championship. The following year they returned to the U.S. and captured the MCW (Memphis Championship Wrestling) Southern Tag Team Championship winning it three times in total. In 2002, they were brought back to Raw as enforcers for Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff where they worked their new "3 Minute Warning" gimmick in which they'd attack and lay out anyone performing in the ring whom Bischoff declared boring. This series of segments lead to the eventual team name "3 Minute Warning" and would be known for attacking Billy and Chuck during their "commitment ceremony" which eventually lead to Rico making a switch and becoming the new manager of 3 Minute Warning. They'd go on to feud with the Dudley Boyz and Jeff Hardy. Surprisingly these two big powerful Samoan brawlers, who'd had great success everywhere else they went, struggled in WWE for a period afterwards until Jamal was released and Rosey went on to become the Super Hero In Training partner of The Hurricane. Later Jamal would be reinvented as Umaga.

"Exotic" Adrian Street joins the Singles Hall of Fame. Street is known mainly for his gender-bending flamboyant and androgynous wrestling persona but Street was actually a true legit tough guy too. Throughout his career, Welsh born Street was managed and accompanied by his powerful female valet Miss Linda who could probably go toe to toe with most men in the ring in her day as well. Street pushed all the boundaries in his time and was a true innovator with regards to portraying an apparently gay in-ring character using kisses to escape pinfalls and inappropriate grabs sure to throw his opponents off their game. When he had an opponent down and out, Street and Miss Linda were known for putting make-up on their victims. He was a successful heel wherever he travelled around the world and his music videos prove just how multi-talented a performer he truly was in his heyday. Street's primary finishers were a splash and a sleeperhold, perfect for putting his opponents to sleep to get his "make-up treatment".

Street's title accomplishments: All-Star Wrestling World Middleweight Championship (2 times), NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship, NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship, NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Diamond Timothy Flowers, NWA Wrestle Birmingham Heavyweight Championship, Mid-South Television Championship, NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division) (4 times), SCW Southwest Junior Heavyweight Championship.
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« Reply #302 on: October 25, 2011, 09:04:57 PM »

I quite liked 3 Minute Warning.
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« Reply #303 on: November 03, 2011, 12:00:00 AM »

Gangrel, A.K.A. Vampire Warrior joins the Singles Hall of Shame.  After competing for a long time on the independent circuit, David Heath had his first taste of success as one of the Masked Blackhearts winning the Stampede International Tag Team Championship and also competing in Tri-State Wrestling, Herb Abrams’ UWF and All-Japan Pro Wrestling typically paired with manager Luna Vachon. Eventually Luna who was married to Heath’s Blackheart partner Tom Nash broke up with Nash and became romantically involved with Heath who sporadically competed as a jobber in the WWF while Luna also worked there. The Blackhearts not surprisingly broke up and Heath reinvented himself as the Vampire Warrior now sporting fang-like teeth and went on to compete in Memphis where he captured the USWA Southern Championship. He’d also compete under a mask sporadically in the mid-90s as the Black Phantom before moving on to have a brief run in ECW feuding with Tommy Dreamer over Dreamer’s association with his real life wife. Heath also made a few jobbing appearances in WCW in the late 90s before moving on to his most famous role, that of Gangrel in the WWF where he was really allowed to play up his vampire gimmick for the first  time having a cool ring entrance that saw him rising from a ring of fire on the entrance stage and drinking “blood” out of a goblet on his way to the ring. In short order, he became the head of a gothic faction called “The Brood” which also included a young Edge and Christian. The trio had a very cool entrance, terrific theme music and soon made an impression on fans with their “bloodbaths” with the lights going out and when they came back on their opponents beings covered in “blood”. Eventually the trio joined the Undertaker in his Ministry of Darkness faction. Gangrel would go on to unsuccessfully challenge DeGeneration X member X-Pac for the WWF European Championship. After splitting with the Ministry, the Brood began a feud with the Hardy Boyz who were then managed by Michael Hayes. Suddenly Gangrel shockingly turned on Edge and Christian and aligned himself with the Hardy Boyz calling the group the New Brood. However this pairing would prove short-lived when the Hardy Boyz would ultimately pick Terri Runnels over Gangrel for their manager. Gangrel continued working as a WWF mid-carder up until 2001 even at one point aligning with wife Luna Vachon but he only had rather limited success there. The next few years would see Gangrel bounce back and forth between the independent circuit and WWE with WWE signing him several times but him getting little use there reportedly due to his struggle with weight (and perhaps because Gangrel always seemed more flash than substance). Gangrel continues to compete and have his most success on the independent and overseas  circuit now usually using the name Vampire Warrior.

Gangrel/Vampire Warrior’s title accomplishments:  All Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship [w/Billy Blade], All-Star Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, Atlantic Wrestling Council Heavyweight Championship, European Wrestling Promotion World Heavyweight Championship, IPWA Tag Team Championship [2 times w/Rusty Brooks], Not Rated Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship [6 times 4 w/ Tommy Gunn and 1 each with Mule and Craig Valentine], Maximum Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, NWA Florida Tag Team Championship [w/Blackhearts partner Tom Nash], Pro Wrestling Revolution Heavyweight Championship,  Stampede International Tag Team Championship [w/Blackhearts partner Tom Nash], TWA Tag Team Championship [w/Blackhearts partner Tom Nash], USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship, USWF Tag Team Championship [w/Blackhearts partner Tom Nash], NWL Heavyweight Championship

Ron Simmons, A.K.A. Farooq joins the Singles Hall of Fame. After impressing for some time as a singles star in the late 80s NWA particularly in the Florida territory, Simmons first really broke through after turning heel to form the tag team of Doom alongside Butch Reed. Initially under masks and managed by Woman, Doom struggled although they were able to score some key wins over the Steiner Brothers. Later removing the masks and now managed by Teddy Long, they rebounded in big fashion defeating the Steiners for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. They’d have an impressive nine month run as champs defeating the likes of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and feuding with the Four Horsemen. Doom are recognized as the first holders of the WCW World Tag Team Championship finally dropping the belts to The Freebirds [Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin] in February 1991. Simmons and Reed broke up shortly thereafter with Simmons becoming a popular babyface. After defeating his former partner Reed in a steel cage match, Simmons impressed defeating all comers including the likes of Oz and the Diamond Studd and went to unsuccessfully challenge now heel Lex Luger for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with Luger defeating him in a Best Two out of Three Falls Match at Halloween Havoc 1991. Simmons went on to feud with and defeat Cactus Jack. On August 2, 1992, Simmons shocked the world when he replaced an injured Sting to defeat Big Van Vader to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first African American to do so. Simmons held the title for five months fending off challenges from Cactus Jack, The Barbarian and Steve “Dr. Death” Williams with Simmons finally dropping the title back to Big Van Vader on December 30, 1992. The loss saw Simmons fall back down to mid-card status becoming a bitter heel who unsuccessfully challenged Dustin Rhodes for the U.S. Championship and Paul Orndorff for the WCW World Television Championship.  Still there’s no denying Simmons had his greatest run and success in WCW.

He’d move on to briefly compete in ECW where he unsuccessfully challenged ECW World Champion Shane Douglas and battled Mikey Whipwreck and 911. He’d reinvent himself and move on to the WWF as Farooq Asad working what initially looked like a silly gladiator gimmick. He was initially managed by Sunny and went on to feud with Ahmed Johnson as he pursued the WWF Intercontinental Championship. After sidelining Johnson, Farooq seemed poised to win the title in a tournament only to lose to “Wildman” Marc Mero managed by Sable. Following the loss, Sunny and Farooq parted ways and he dumped the gladiator gimmick in favor of a black extremist gimmick forming a stable called the Nation of Domination and adopting Clarence Mason as his manager. The stable would initially feud with Ahmed Johnson and later the Legion of Doom with little success. Eventually the Nation split up with Crush and Savio Vega each forming their own factions to feud with Farooq’s now all African American Nation. In short time however, the Rock usurped Farooq’s leadership role within the group. After briefly feuding with his former allies in the Nation, Farooq briefly teamed with 2 Cold Scorpio before forming his Acolytes tandem with Bradshaw. The two powerhouse brawlers were seemingly unstoppable and plowed through much of the competition. Initially they were members of the Undertakes’ Ministry of Darkness and went on to capture the WWF World Tag Team Championship twice in that role. Later after the Ministry disbanded, they continued on as mercenaries for hire who liked to hang out backstage and play cards, drink and smoke cigars. As the Acolyte Protection Agency, they went on to win another WWF World Tag Team Championship and extended their run as a tandem in the WWF/WWE by several more years with Simmons becoming known for using the phrase “Damn!” in reference to a lot of the more bizarre WWF hijinks backstage and in-ring. The team would finally split with Bradshaw reinventing himself as the successful businessman themed J.B.L. although Simmons still makes sporadically appearances usually just to utter the word “Damn!”.

Simmons’ title accomplishments:  NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship, Memphis Championship Wrestling Tag Team Championship [w/Bradshaw], OVW Tag Team Championship [w/Bradshaw], WCW United States Tag Team Championship [w/Big Josh], WCW World Tag Team Championship [w/Butch Reed], WCW World Heavyweight Championship, WWF World Tag Team Championship [3 times w/ Bradshaw]

The Midnight Rockers, A.K.A. The Rockers consisting of Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. Friends Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels first started teaming together in Central States Wrestling, although they initially didn’t have a team name they still managed to capture the NWA Central States Tag Team Championship although they shortly lose them back to the team they initially won them from – the Batten Twins. Following this Michaels returned to his native Texas and formed a tag team with Paul Diamond called the American Breed. In early 1986, both Jannetty and Michaels were signed by the AWA which was hoping to build exciting new young stars to replace those departing to the WWF at the time.  Bookers paired Jannetty and Michaels together and they decided to call themselves “The Midnight Rockers” , the name inspired by Judas Priest’s “Living After Midnight”. They soon adopted similar ring-gear clearly patterned after the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, a fun party boy image and were soon wowing fans with their exciting fast paced double teaming and high flying, high impact moves. After a relatively fast rise up the ranks, they were soon moved into a feud with AWA World Tag Team Champions “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers and “Playboy” Buddy Rose managed by Sherri Martel. After chasing Rose & Somers throughout most of 1986 with Rose & Somers usually just dodging them along or escaping with the titles by the skin of their teeth, the Rockers finally defeated Rose & Somers to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship on January 27, 1987 but seeing the AWA was clearly in decline, the Rockers decided to sign with the WWF and dropped the AWA titles to the Russian pairing of Boris Zhukov and Soldat Ustinov on May 12, 1987.

After a very brief WWF stint which saw they fired for partying way too much and not being serious enough about their in-ring roles, they landed on the independent having a brief forgettable run in Continental Wrestling before moving on to the CWA which was at the time affiliated with the AWA. While competing in Memphis, the Rockers had intense feuds with a young Nasty Boys and the Nightmares [Dan Davis and Ken Wayne]. While in the CWA, the Rockers for the first time got to play heel turning on the Rock ‘n’ Roll RPMs [Mike Davis and Tommy Lane]. They twice win the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship as they feuded with the RPMs. The heat they were generating in Memphis got the Rockers noticed by the AWA which brought them back and the Rockers were soon splitting their time between the two areas, playing beloved babyfaces in the AWA and hated heels in Memphis. On December 27, 1987, the Rockers won their second AWA World Tag Team Championship defeating the Original Midnight Express [Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose] and would later battle with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in Memphis over the AWA World Tag Team Championship managing to fend off their challenges while playing the heels in Memphis. They’d eventually ask for more money from promoter Verne Gagne who’d refuse their request and would decide to again leave the AWA behind dropping the titles to Badd Company [Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond] on March 19, 1988 on their way out. By June 1988 they were in the WWF under the shortened name The Rockers playing pretty much the same gimmick they did in the AWA.

They’d quickly prove just as popular in the WWF as they were in the AWA although they were arguably viewed much more as underdogs in the WWF given they were smaller in stature than most of their opponents even if they made up for in great fast paced double teaming and high flying daredevil moves. They’d go on to have fantastic matches against the Brain Busters [Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson], the Hart Foundation [Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart] who they very nearly defeated for the WWF World Tag Team Championship (in fact they were briefly recognized as champs following a Best Two out of Three Falls Match but the titles would ultimately be returned to the Hart Foundation and the change was never recognized as official], the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and The Orient Express [Pat Tanaka and Akio Sato]. Finally in 1991, the Rockers who had begun squabbling backstage finally broke up with Shawn Michaels turning heel throwing Jannetty head first through a plate glass window on Brutus Beefcake “Barber Shop” interview segment, arguably its most memorable moment ever. Following a feud between Michaels and Jannetty over the WWF Intercontinental Championship that saw both men win it, Micheals eventually came out on top and Jannetty ended up forming a New Rockers tandem with Leif Cassidy [Al Snow] which would prove relatively short-lived and rather forgettable. Jannetty would leave the WWF behind by late 1996 while Michaels would go on to have a fantastic singles career. In March 2005, the original Rockers would have a surprise reunion on WWE Raw and would look great together as they defeated Las Resistance [Sylvain Grenier and Rob Conway]. Jannetty at the time also had two great bouts with Kurt Angle who was feuding with Shawn Michaels leading up to their Wrestlemania showdown. A couple of more brief later WWE appearances were made by Jannetty, once in 2006 saving Jannetty from a Spirit Squad beatdown and later refusing to join McMahon’s Kiss My Ass Club and later in December 2007, Jannetty was defeated by Mr. Kennedy who was feuding with Michaels at the time. Personal issues seemed to keep Jannetty from maintaining any long term contract.

The Mongols,  consisting of Geto and Bepo Mongol  and later Geto and Bolo Mongol, join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. The Mongols had quite an unorthodox look with bald heads and little horn of hair on the top of their head. This look would be adopted for years to come as future “Mongolian” wrestlers such as Killer Khan and Teijho Khan sported similar looks to the point it almost became stereotypical. Geto was actually a veteran Canadian wrestler named Newton Tattrie who also wrestled under the name Tony Newburry. He’d discover and train a young big brawny 315 pound Nikolai Volkoff who’d become his partner Bepo Mongol. After spending some time in Stampede Wrestling as The Mongols, they moved to the U.S. and competed in the WWWF having lots of success. The two huge brawlers dominated like arguably never seen before in that time and twice captured the WWWF International Tag Team Championship. Their first reign came after defeating Tony Marino and Victor Rivera on June 15, 1970. They’d hold the belts just over a year finally losing them to the pairing of Bruno Sammartino and Dominic DeNucci. The Mongols would regain the titles just a month later and would finally lose them on November 12, 1971 to Crazy Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler. Bepo would win yet another WWF International Tag Team Championship this time teaming with Johnny DeFazio. Geto went on to train other wrestlers one of whom was Bill Eadie, the future Masked Superstar/Demolition Ax whom Geto teamed up with giving him the name Bolo Mongol. They competed mainly in Japan winning the IWA World Tag Team Championship. Bepo of course would again reinvent himself as Nikolai Volkoff and would have even more singles and tag team success, most  notably with the Iron Sheik.

Alicia Fox joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. With a name that sounds a bit more like that of an actress or singer, Fox is most memorable for her exotic looks and slim body. Her stints as a manager/valet have been pretty forgettable so far dancing to the ring with D.J. Gabriel in ECW on Sci-Fi and later accompanying Zack Ryder briefly in the same promotion. Her runs as a wedding planner and even as Divas Champion were just as forgettable. Honestly aside from being eye candy, Fox offers very little of substance although there may be some potential somewhere within her. She’s also been in the corner of Michelle McCool, Elijah Burke, Maxine, Rosa Mendes and Tamina but all of these associations proved short-lived.

Bill DeMott joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. The former Hugh Morrus/General Rection would become more known in WWE for his time as a Tough Enough trainer and an announcer on WWE Velocity, a role he which he was actually pretty darn solid and knowledgeable adding moments of humor and insight only a wrestler could give.

Angelo Mosca joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. Following a long and successful in-ring career, Mosca had a short WWF run as a color commentator, a role in which he was pretty darn terrible honestly. It didn’t help he was paired with Jack Reynolds, who was far from great as a play by play guy too. His run as color commentator would be short-lived thankfully as he’d turn to managing his son instead.

            
         
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« Reply #304 on: November 08, 2011, 01:29:40 AM »

"Bulldog" Bob Brown joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. Brown, following a lengthy and successful in-ring career in Vancouver's NWA All-Star Wrestling, NWA Central States and Calgary Stampede where he collected multiple titles in all said promotions (he also worked as a booker in Central States), Brown turned to color commentating in 1989 in Stampede alongside Ed Whalen while also still being involved in the in-ring product as one of the top territory villains alongside "son" Kerry Brown, who was in reality his nephew. Brown was very entertaining in the role and was a perfect foil of sorts for Whalen. Brown's presence also seem to reinvigorate Whalen and added a fun new energy to the Stampede weekly show at the time. Brown worked as a police officer before turning to wrestling and became a security guard retiring from wrestling in 1996 after suffering an heart attack. He died on February 5, 1997 at age 58.
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« Reply #305 on: November 10, 2011, 10:38:13 PM »

The Patriots WCW tandem, sometimes called The WCW Special Forces Patriots, consisting of Firebreaker Chip and Pvt. Todd Champion join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. This pair of young grapplers used the gimmick of portraying everyday working class heroes with Firebreaker Chip |(AKA: Curtis Thompson) playing a firefighter gimmick and Todd Champion playing a soldier gimmick. Thompson had previously played a mailman gimmick in the USWA. The two good looking young wrestlers were pushed enough that they would defeat the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) for the WCW United States Tag Team Championship in August 1991. After feuding with the Freebirds, they moved on to feud with a newly heel Southern Boys, now called The Young Pistols - Steve Armstrong and Tracey Smothers who would defeat the Patriots for the U.S. Tag Team Championship in November of 1991. The pair split up and left WCW not long afterwards.

Michael Hayes/Dok Hendrik joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. After a lengthy and successful career as the front man for the successful Fabulous Freebirds stable that also included Buddy Roberts, Terry Gordy and later Jimmy Garvin, Hayes turned to announcing and a more behind the scenes role in WWE after his retirement. Hayes had actually previously announced while still competing in the UWF and worked alongside Jim Ross there. When Hayes initially came to the WWE following his retirement, he was actually repackaged and given the name "Dok Hendrik" although most fans immediately knew who he was. As Hendrik, he performed backstage interviews and would go on to co-host WWF Action Zone alongside Todd Pettengill and later Charlie Minh. He'd later do color commentary alongside Vince McMahon on WWF Superstars of Wrestling and on a couple of PPV events in 1995 before returning to managing with the Hardy Boyz. Eventually he moved more behind the scenes as part of creative and would more recently make some notable appearances on the Legends of Wrestling program on WWE Classics on Demand. Hayes was quite good at color commentary and added a good energy and insight although why they felt the need to change his image with the Dok Hendrik character is beyond me.
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« Reply #306 on: November 13, 2011, 05:29:12 PM »

The Headshrinkers, also previously known as The New Wild Samoans in WCW and The Samoan Swat Team in World Class, join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. The main duo/pair consisted of Samu and Fatu (now better known as Rikishi), with Samu being the son of the original Wild Samoans Afa and Fatu being the nephew of both Afa and Sika. Later further third members/additions/replacements including The Samoan Savage (formerly Tama/The Tonga Kid), Kokina (AKA: Yokozuna), Alofa/Ruopo and later in the WWF Samu would leave the team and would be replaced by Sionne (AKA: The Barbarian).

Originally Samu, billed as the Great Samu, and his cousin Fatu both competed in Montreal's International Wrestling until the territory shut down. They would then both go to Puerto Rico's WWC and would team up together becoming The Samoan Swat Team, basically continuing the famous Samoan savage gimmick originally started by their Wild Samoan family. They appeared with stringy long hair, barefoot and performed wildly in the ring. It brought them success and they would become the first ever WWC Carribean Tag Team Champions on November 7, 1987 defeating Invader I and Invader III. They held the titles for a month before dropping them to Mark and Chris Youngblood as they left the promotion. They'd move on to World Class Championship Wrestling where they were managed by Buddy Roberts as he engaged himself and them in feuds with the Von Erichs and Roberts former Freebird teammate Michael Hayes. The SST had immediate success and quickly dominated in World Class racking up an impressive undefeated streak and even defeating Kerry and Kevin Von Erich for the WCCW Tag Team Championships. They remained undefeated until they were finally upset by Michael Hayes and Hayes new partner Steve "Do It To It" Cox. The SST regained the titles four short days later. Hayes & Cox would manage to defeat the SST once more for the titles but would drop it back to them again just two days later. The SST would go on to become double tag champs in World Class also defeating "Hollywood" John Tatum and Jimmy Jack Funk for the World Class Texas Tag Team titles as well. They'd make their first PPV appearance at Superclash III where they successfully defended their titles against Michael Hayes & Steve Cox.

In early 1989, they'd make a surprise jump to Jim Crockett Promotions and quickly replaced the departing Original Midnight Express in their feud with Jim Cornette's Midnight Express here being managed by Paul E. Dangerously. The Samoans would score some key wins over The Midnights but would lose a War Games match teamed with the Freebirds Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Jimmy Garvin to the Midnights, the Road Warriors and Steve "Dr. Death" Williams. In the fall of 1989, the Samoans were revamped with Paul E. Dangerously being phased out as manager and replaced by "The Big Kahuna" Oliver Humperdink while the former Tonga Kid/Tama, real life brother of Fatu, was added to the group as third member The Samoan Savage. At the Starrcade 1989 Iron Team Tournament, Fatu and Samoan Savage would be added as replacements for the Skyscrapers after Sid Vicious suffered an injury. Now being billed as the New Wild Samoans, Fatu and Samoan Savage continued on in WCW for a little bit longer with Samu appearing in singles action but had little success. Finally they'd leave WCW in 1990 and the SST would team up in several independent promotions across the U.S., Japan and Europe often teaming up with family member Kokina Maximus, who would later gain more fame as Yokozuna.

In 1992, The Samoan Swat Team would sign with the WWF and would be reinvented as the wild and crazy Headshrinkers here with Samu and Fatu being managed by Samu's father Afa the Wild Samoan. The first made their mark helping Money Inc. upset the Natural Disasters for the WWF Tag Team titles. They'd go on to feud with the Natural Disasters and new team High Energy -Owen Hart and Koko B. Ware. The Headshrinkers remained as a consistent mid-card tag team for the next couple of years feuding with the likes of Men on a Mission and the Smoking Gunns and  occasionally challenging for the tag titles. They'd also aid Yokozuna in a casket match with the Undertaker at Royal Rumble 1994. Later that year, the Headshrinkers would shockingly enough turn face to challenge then WWF Tag Team Champions the Quebecers and with the addition of legendary manager Captain Lou Albano, Samu and Fatu finally captured the elusive WWF Tag Team Championship on April 26, 1994. They'd successfully defend their titles at King of the Ring 1994 against Yokozuna and Crush but would be defeated in August by Shawn Michaels and Diesel. Shortly after losing the titles, Samu left the WWF to recover from injuries and was replaced in the team by Sionne, formerly known as The Barbarian. Fatu and Sionne became the New Headshrinkers but they had little success mostly losing matches and being used to put over other teams such as Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka and the Blu Brothers. Fatu would later be repackaged with the "Make a Difference" Fatu gimmick while Samu and his brother Alofa/Ruopa formed a new tag team sometimes called the Samoan Gangster Party and also known as the Headshrinkers on the Independent circuit even briefly feuding with the Gangstas in ECW. They also won titles in WWC and ISPW.

Spice, perhaps best known as a member of the WCW Nitro Girls, joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. She started as a Nitro Girl in 1997 but wouldn't really be used in any other capacity until November 1999 when she began feuding with fellow Nitro Girl A.C. Jazz over control after Kimberly Page left the group. Jazz left WCW shortly afterwards and would be replaced in the feud by Tygress who she'd mostly wrestle to no-contests although Tygress and Skye once laid out Spice and painted her face with makeup. In December 1999, Spice would move on to feuding with Madusa after Madusa caught Evan Karagias flirting with her. After Spice upset Madusa in a match, she'd replace her as manager of Karagias only to later betray him during a WCW Cruiserweight Championship defense against Madusa in which she helped Madusa win the WCW Cruiserweight title. She managed Madusa for about one month before returning to being just a Nitro Girl after a couple of month flirting with more.

Jeremy Borash joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. Borash is best known today for his work in TNA mainly as a backstage interviewer and ring announcer. Borash, often involved with Creative behind the scenes, first appeared in WCW working as an host and later play by play announcer on WCW Nitro and WCW Thunder towards the end of the promotion even playing the role of Vince Russo's stooge at one point and being attacked by Goldberg. When WCW shut down, Borash moved on to work with World Wrestling All-Stars out of Australia and even provided PPV play by play there alongside Jerry "The King" Lawler in 2001. After WWA went down, Borash moved on to TNA working in many roles behind the scenes as well as taking a much desired role of backstage interviewer. On June 24, 2010, Borash began working as the lead play by play commentator on TNA Xplosion and worked as a color commentator alongside Mike Tenay for the 2011 Destination X PPV. He also made an ECW documentary on the Hardcore Homecoming reunion shows. As an announcer, Borash is not particularly good but he is much better suited to the backstage interviewer role.
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« Reply #307 on: November 15, 2011, 10:15:05 PM »

"Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. joins the Singles Hall of Shame. Actually Orton, a second generation grappler, was always very talented in ring and had some great matches with a wide variety of opponents. Sadly though he's probably best remembered as the bodyguard/henchman for "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and later "Adorable" Adrian Adonis and for having a seemingly perpetual arm injury that had him wearing an arm cast in the WWF for what seemed like years and years. But hey at least he is generally remembered.

Orton, the son of rough and tough Bob Orton Sr. originally teamed with his father in the Georgia and Florida territories in the early 1970s and even once wrestled under a mask as "Young Mr. Wrestling". In the early-mid 1980s, he formed a tag team with Don Kernodle and captured the NWA World Tag Team titles. He is also remembered for his involvement in an angle where he and d**k Slater collected a $25,000 bounty placed on Ric Flair by then NWA World Champion Harley Race with the trio ganging up on and "injuring" Flair although Flair would eventually return and get his revenge. Orton only briefly appeared in the WWF in the early 1980s as a challenger to WWF World Champion Bob Backlund having little success against Backlund.

He'd return to the WWF in 1984 and adopted his most famous role as "Ace" Orton, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's bodyguard during the heights of Piper's WWF heel run in the mid-80s. Eventually this would involve him in feuds with Hulk Hogan and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka leading to him legitimately injuring his left forearm in a bout with Snuka. However he kept wearing the cast long after his arm should have been healed and it frequently became a weapon he'd use to help himself win matches. Orton memorably would be the cornerman at Wrestlemania for the team of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T with their cornerman Snuka. His interference would actually backfire here and would cost Piper and Orndorff the main event match, an action that eventually turned Orndorff face as Piper and Orton blamed him instead. Orton would continue to help Piper in his feuds with Hogan and now Orndorff whom the pair frequently teamed up against while Orndorff teamed with Hogan, Andre the Giant and even Bruno Sammartino. Eventually Orndorff too started to wear a cast to neutralize Orton leading to the WWF finally forcing both men to remove them in 1986. Orton would go on to unsuccessfully challenge Hulk Hogan for the WWF World title  and he unsuccessfully challenged Tito Santana for the WWF Intercontinental Championship as well although he'd have fantastic matches with Santana. Orton was also in Piper's corner during his Wrestlemania 2 boxing showdown with Mr. T although the two parted ways following the event and Orton became the new bodyguard for "Flower Shop" host "Adorable" Adrian Adonis even going so far as wearing a pink cowboy hat while aligned with Adonis. When Piper finally returned, he was betrayed by his long-time ally Orton who joined Adonis in an assault on Piper and his "Piper's Pit" segment. Piper would eventually come out in top in his feud with Adonis, Orton and Magnificent Muraco who became a regular tag team partner of Orton around this time. They'd remain a team for a little while but surprisingly would struggle to win eventually leading to friction between Orton and Muraco with eventually Muraco turning babyface and changing his image and name to Don "The Rock" Muraco. Muraco and Orton would feud during the summer of 1987 and Orton would leave the WWF not long afterwards.

Orton briefly returned to the AWA and the NWA where he feuded with d**k Murdoch before having a longer stay in Herb Abrams UWF in the early 1990s where he was one of promotions top heels and usually shined in some of the better matches on these generally poor cards. In 1994, he'd appear in SMW and feuded with Tito Santana in the AWF in 1996. He'd have a brief feud with Ace Steele in MVWA in 1997. Orton would enter into semi-retirement in 1999 but would still appear with other legends like Jimmy Snuka and Greg Valentine on smaller independent shows. He's also return to WWE in the mid-2000s to aid his son Randy Orton even involving himself in his son's feuds with The Undertaker and his a match against old ally/enemy Roddy Piper, Eddie Guerrero and Batista. Orton was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 but would leave WWE again in 2006. His brother Barry O was also a wrestler and now his son Randy Orton, one of today's biggest stars, has already accomplished far more than his famous father.

Orton's title accomplishments: AWF Heavyweight Championship, Central States Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Championship, NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship, NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Bob Orton (1) and Bob Roop (2), ICW Southeastern Heavyweight Championship, ICW Southeastern Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Bob Roop (1) and Barry Orton (1), ICW Television Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version)- with Don Kernodle, NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Championship, NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Mr. Wrestling II (1) and d**k Slater (1), NWA Macon Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with d**k Slater, Mid-South Mississippi Heavyweight Championship, MPW Heavyweight Championship, PCW Heavyweight Championship, OSWA Heavyweight Championship, NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Bob Roop (1), Ron Garvin (2), and Jerry Blackwell (1), UWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, UWF Southern States Championship (2 times)
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« Reply #308 on: November 15, 2011, 10:27:58 PM »

Borash is tolerable as a backstage interviewer.

As an announcer/color commentator/play-by-play, he blows.
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« Reply #309 on: November 17, 2011, 11:57:41 PM »

James Dudley joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. Dudley, a former Negro League American baseball player is perhaps best known though for his time working in the WWWF where he managed several legendary African American professional wrestlers including Bobo Brazil, Sweet Daddy Siki, Bearcat Wright and Sailor Art Thomas, himself breaking new ground as an African American manager. Dudley was a key behind the scenes player in the early days of the WWWF under Vincent J. McMahon and was involved in many elements of the business. Dudley as the manager of Bobo Brazil frequently excited the fans by running down to the ring and waving a towel before his charge. Dudley would be inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1994 and would reap rewards over the years for being loyal to the McMahons.
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« Reply #310 on: November 22, 2011, 01:36:26 AM »

Well Dunn (also known as The Southern Rockers) join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. The pair started off on the independent circuit as The Southern Rockers, a pair consisting of Steve Doll and Rex King. Actually King was a replacement for Doll's previous Southern Rockers tag team partner Scott Peterson in the Pacific Northwest territory in which Doll & Peterson won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship seven times in the 1980s. King and Doll, like Peterson and Doll before them, patterned themselves after the Rock 'n' Roll Express. King & Doll would go on to win the Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championships 4 times as a pair defeating Scotty the Body (the future Raven) and the Grappler, Brian Adams (the future Crush) and Jeff Warner, Brian Adams and the Grappler along the way. They'd finally vacate the titles in 1990 as they moved on to compete in the USWA where they'd go on to capture the USWA World Tag Team Championships 4 times battling against Stud Stable [Robert Fuller & Brian Lee], the Uptown Posse and the Dirty White Boys [Tony Anthony & Tom Burton] who finally defeated them for the belts. After losing their third championship, Doll returned to PNW and captured 7 more PNW Tag Team Championships with assorted partners while King remained in the USWA and formed a team with Joey Maggs that captured the USWA World Tag Team Championship. King would move on to Puerto Rico's WWC and would twice win the WWC World Tag Team Championship with Ricky Santana. Doll & King would actually reunite in WWC and went on to win the WWC World Tag Team Championship from Ron Starr and Doug Masters. Later the team would split again and King would replace Doll with Ray Gonzalez but would reunite again with Doll in the USWA where the pair would win their fourth USWA World Tag Team Championship from the Moondogs.

They'd sign with and would move to the WWF in 1993 reinventing themselves as Well Dunn, the team of Steven Dunn (formerly Doll) and Timothy Well (formerly King) and dressed in an unusual fashion with bright bow ties and thongs on the outside on top of their wrestling singlets. They claimed that everything they did was "well done"!  In the WWF they battled all the top babyface tag teams including The Smoking Gunns, Men on a Mission, the Rock 'n' Roll Express and the Bushwhackers with whom they had their longest WWF feud. Harvey Wippleman would become their manager in the WWF but Well Dunn had little success, losing more matches than they won although they often did have entertaining bouts with whatever opponents they faced night after night. They also battled the Headshrinkers, and feuded with Adam Bomb after he turned on manager Harvey Wippleman. Other teams they'd notably feud with included Sparky Plugg (Bob Holly) and the 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman) and the Heavenly Bodies whom they tangled with in an unusual heel vs. heel series. Well Dunn still lost more matches than they won but were competitive and even won an occasional match or two. They'd soon resume their feud with the Bushwhackers and eventually it would draw Howard Finkel into a confrontation with their manager Harvey Wippleman leading to an unfortunate tuxedo match between Finkel and Wippleman. Well Dunn also pursued WWF Tag Team Champions the Smoking Gunns but failed to defeat them. Eventually Well Dunn were reduced to little more than a jobber role putting over former adversaries the Bushwhackers, the Blu Brothers and finally the Allied Powers. After leaving the WWF, King returned to Puerto Rico and Doll went back  to the USWA. In 1998, they'd reunite yet again and would go on to capture the MCW (Memphis Championship Wrestling) North American Tag Team Championship on May 30, 1998 but following the match, Doll and new ally Reno Riggins would attack King splitting up the tandem for good while Riggins and Doll continued on as champions.
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« Reply #311 on: December 09, 2011, 01:19:29 AM »

Big Bossman joins the Singles Hall of Fame. Bossman, most famous for his run in the WWF in the late 80s, early 1990s would become one of their most popular competitors surprisingly enough embracing a kind of good guy peace officer role within the WWF.

Initially Bossman first gained attention and notice as Big Bubba Rogers, the hired bodyguard/henchman for Jim Cornette and his Midnight Express often interfering in matches on his stable's behalf and engaging in feuds in defense of the outspoken Cornette. In due time, Rogers would prove himself quite capable in ring having memorable wars with Ron Garvin, Ole Anderson amongst others before moving on to compete in the UWF where he would upset the One Man Gang to become UWF World Heavyweight Champion.

He'd impress enough to get the attention of the WWF who would sign him up and after dropping the UWF Championship to Steve "Dr. Death" Williams, he'd move on to compete there first as a top heel security guard gone bad heel, a man who'd quickly make an impact under manager Slick attacking the then former WWF World Champion with his billy club becoming a top contender for the title held by Randy Savage as well as he moved into a feud with Hogan often taking Hogan to the limit in many contests and having a particularly great steel cage showdown with Hogan at one point in time. Bossman would fail to defeat Hogan or Savage in bouts for the WWF Championship. Slick would eventually pair Bossman up with fellow stablemate Akeem, the African Dream (his former UWF adversary the One Man Gang) forming an imposing tag team known as The Twin Towers. Slick would eventually move his team into a feud with the Megapowers tandem of Hogan & Savage managed by Elizabeth. The Twin Towers would eventually factor heavily into the eventual split between Hogan & Savage after Elizabeth was bumped during a bout between the teams on the Main Event. With Hogan going to Elizabeth's aid, he left Savage to be brutalized by these two monsters. Later Savage would catch Hogan holding Elizabeth's hand as he seemed to be wishing her recovery and his jealousy would boil over eventually leading to Savage abandoning Hogan during the match and later attacking him back in the dressing room. The Twin Towers would remain a powerful tag team defeating the Rockers at Wrestlemania V and going on to feud with Demolition over the WWF World Tag Team Championship although they'd fail to capture them from Ax and Smash.

In 1990, Bossman would surprise many by turning face on the Brother Love show after refusing to accept a payoff from "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase to recover the Million Dollar Championship from Jake "The Snake" Roberts. This would lead to an eventual feud with former partner Akeem whom he'd defeat in short order at Wrestlemania VI. Bossman would have more success teaming with Hogan at the Survivor Series on the winning team in a match against a team captained by the Earthquake. In 1991, he'd move into a feud with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and the Heenan Family after Heenan foolishly insulted Big Bossman's mother. He'd go on to defeat the Barbarian and would challenge Mr. Perfect for the WWF Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania VII. While Bossman would win the match by DQ, he wouldn't win the title. He'd go on to feud with fellow "lawman" the Mountie defeating him in a Jailhouse match at Summerslam and later went on to feud with Irwin R. Schsyter. In 1992, Bossman's most memorable feud would be with Nailz who claimed to be a former disgruntled prisoner once abused by Bossman when he was a security guard, Bossman would go on to win this feud eventually defeating Nailz in a Nightstick on a Pole match. Bossman would briefly feud with Bam Bam Bigelow in 1993 before leaving to return to WCW where he initially struggled to find an identity wrestling under several gimmicks similar to his Bossman character using the names "The Boss", "The Man" and "The Guardian Angel" and memorably feuding with the likes of "Ravishing" Rick Rude and Big Van Vader but failing to gain much success. Perhaps not too surprisingly, he'd return to his Big Bubba Rogers heel roots bringing back the character, going on to feud with Sting and joining the Dungeon of Doom faction before eventually joining the nWo only to be eventually kicked out leading to him feuding with the nWo faction under his real name Ray Traylor. During this time, he'd be managed by fellow former nWo member Ted DiBiase who was also looking for revenge and would join DiBiase's stable alongside the Steiner Brothers whom he'd frequently team up with during this time as he feuded with Scott Hall, Vincent (the former Virgil) and Curt Hennig.

He'd return to the WWF in 1998 this time as more of a bully type personal security officer than a police officer essentially becoming the muscle of the Corporation stable run by Vince McMahon Jr.. He'd go on to be involved in Corporation feuds with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and DeGeneration X. While a member of this group, Bossman would have much success capturing the WWF World Tag Team titles alongside fellow Corporation muscle Ken Shamrock and winning the WWF Hardcore Championship 4 times. Bossman would however be defeated and "hanged" by the Undertaker in an Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania XV, generally considered to be one of the worst Hell in a Cell matches in history. Next Bossman would be involved in another "horribly bad" storyline feud with Al Snow in which he kidnapped Snow's dog Pepper and later killed him and tricked Snow into eating his own pet. This led to a terrible Kennel from Hell match between Snow and Bossman. Following this Bossman would enter into an arguably even more tasteless feud with the Big Show over Big Show's WWF Championship in which Bossman interrupted Big Show's father funeral (this was all part of a storyline) and towed the casket off with his car with the Big Show in pursuit. Big Show would defeat Bossman in the inevitable showdown. Big Show would next introduce his new protege Bull Buchanan whom he'd team with to defeat the Godfather and D-Lo Brown at Wrestlemania 2000 and would shortly thereafter defeat the APA at Backlash. The team however would split following a loss to the Hardy Boyz and Bossman would next wind up on Jakked and Heat feuding with Crash Holly. He'd briefly form a short-lived alliance with Booker T. before returning once more to Jakked and Heat. He'd also briefly form a tag team with Mr. Perfect in 2002 before being released in 2003, losing his last match there to Tommy Dreamer. Following WWE, he briefly competed in the International Wrestling Association of Japan competing in a tournament for the vacant title making it all the way to the finals before losing to an old rival in Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Traylor would die of an heart attack on September 22, 2004

Big Bossman's title accomplishments: UWF Heavyweight Championship, WWF Hardcore Championship (4 times), WWF Tag Team Championship (w/ Ken Shamrock)

Daffney joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. Daffney joined WCW in November 1999 portraying the mentally deranged, frequently screaming girlfriend of David Flair managing Flair and his tag team partner Crowbar with whom he held the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Her character was said to be a mix of Mallory Knox from Natural Born Killers and Harley Quinn from Batman.
 
Daffney and Crowbar defeated Chris Candido and Tammy Lynn Sytch in a mixed tag team match to make the pair co-champions of the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship previously held by Candido. Daffney would go on to have a match with Crowbar to determine the champion in which Candido would interfere leading to Daffney surprisingly getting the win and the Championship, becoming the second woman after Madusa to hold the title. She'd eventually drop the title to Lieutenant Loco in a 3 way match that also involved Disco Inferno following interference from Miss Hancock. Daffney would go on to feud with Miss Hancock who had stolen David Flair's affections away from her. She'd remain solely the manager/valet for Crowbar and briefly feuded with Shane Douglas' valet Torrie Wilson. Daffney would prove surprisingly popular with a core base of fans but would nevertheless be released from WCW in 2001. In 2002, she'd make several appearances in TNA under the names Shannon and Shark Girl, playing valet for Shark Boy. In 2003, she worked as  valet for Vic Grimes under the name Lucy in Xtreme Pro Wrestling. She'd also appear in ROH in 2003 as Lucy, valet for the Second City Saints. A few months later, she'd be signed to a developmental deal with WWE and would work as a valet for Aaron Stevens in Ohio Valley Wrestling before being released later that year. Following this, she'd retire from wrestling for a bit over two years during which she'd work as a personal trainer. She'd return in 2006 competing on the independent circuit competing sometimes under the name Lucy Furr. She'd compete in Women's Extreme Wrestling and SHIMMER and would capture titles in Alabama. In SHIMMER she would go on to manager MsChif. She'd return to TNA in 2008 playing "The Governor" in skits with the Beautiful People eventually turning on them and teaming with Taylor Wilde and Roxxi who were seeking revenge. While feuding with the Beautiful People, the Governor would receive a haircut and would revert back to her Daffney character and she'd go on to team with Dr. Stevie, who was supposed to be trying to help her and Stevie's other "patient" Abyss. Eventually Daffney would turn heel after attacking Taylor Wilde and would eventually align herself with the returning Raven as well as Stevie eventually feuding with Abyss and Wilde. Daffney would continue to serve as valet/manager for Raven and Dr. Stevie for a few months before concentrating on her singles career and pursuing the TNA Knockouts Championship and the TNA Knockouts Tag Team title battling against the likes of ODB, Taylor Wilde and Tara as well as the Beautiful People suffering several injuries that siderailed her along the way and has since filed a workers compensation suit against the company.

She has managed a lot of grapplers over the years including Aaron Stevens, Ace Steel, Amy Lee, Chasyn Rance, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, CM Punk, Colt Cabana, Crowbar, Dan Sawyer, David Flair, David Young, Dr. Stevie, Elix Skipper, Francine, Kenny King, McNasty, Nova, MsChif, Raven, Roni Jonah, Roxxi, Sal Rinauro, Sami Callihan, Scotty Riggs, Shark Boy, Steve Corino, Steve Madison, Taylor Wilde, The Unknown Soldier, Vanity and Vic Grimes.


Dutch Mantel joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Mantel had a very successful wrestling career primarily competing in the Southern territories of Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee as well as Mid-South and Puerto Rico. He almost always played the part of crafty, dirty heel even embracing the nickname "Dirty" Dutch Mantel and looking somewhat like Yosemite Sam from Bugs Bunny cartoons throughout his career. He actually was very influential in the careers of some men he managed earlier on in their careers including Sting, the Ultimate Warrior, Kane, the Undertaker and JBL. Mantel actually managed Sting and Warrior during their early raw Blade Runners days as Rock and Flash and also managed Kane and the Undertaker in their early days when they competed under names such as Unibomb and The Master of Pain/The Punisher. In the 1990s, he'd move to the WWF as Uncle Zebekiah where he managed the Blu Brothers Jacob and Eli (AKA: Ron and Don Harris) and Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw who'd later reinvent himself as JBL. He actually had very limited success as a manager but was apparently influential in the future careers of a lot of very successful wrestlers.

Marc Lloyd joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. He appeared as a commentator on WWE B-shows such as WWF Jakked, WWF Metal and WWF Velocity as well as appearing on WWE Smackdown in 2002-2003. He also appeared on several WWE PPVs during this period between 2002 and 2003 usually as a backstage interviewer. He was typically terrible and worked with feigned excitement or terror/fright at the events he saw unfold, typically in the same forgettable mode as Todd Pettengill and Sean Mooney before him. He kind of came across as a poor man's Kevin Kelly.
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« Reply #312 on: January 07, 2012, 01:18:20 AM »

Carlito joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. From his initial colorful introductory promos through to his in-ring career, Carlito was always gifted behind a microphone. It wasn’t really too much of a surprise then that he would have a run with his own interview segment show entitled “Carlito’s Cabana” during which Carlito often belittled or made fun of his opponents and sometimes went as far as to spit an apple in the face of those he disrespected either to rile up fans when working as an heel or to get them on side during his shorter babyface runs. Some of his more memorable moments involved him tricking Big Show into eating a bad apple, his turning on Ric Flair and later Torrie Wilson and his continued pursuit of the WWE Intercontinental /United States Championships and later the WWE Tag Team Championships.

Raymond Rougeau joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. After a lengthy in-ring career which saw his greatest success come as one half of the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and after a bad back finally forced him out of action, Raymond briefly turned to announcing in the early 1990s. His thick French accent didn’t really help him much here and he was typically bland and forgettable in the role he played although he did better with his native French/Quebec audience in the French editions WWF used to do of their shows. He stayed in this role until 2002 when WWE stopped doing said French editions.

Ken Shamrock joins the Singles Hall of Fame. Following a very successful MMA career and fame in UFC, Ken Shamrock made arguably one of the smoothest transitions from MMA into the world of pro wrestling. Actually Shamrock had initially trained for pro wrestling under Buzz and Bob Sawyer and Nelson Royal way back in 1988. He’d go on to debut under the name Wayne Shamrock and competed in South Atlantic  Pro Wrestling before later moving to compete in Japan’s UWF leading also to his eventual interest in Pancrase and MMA. So he made a smooth transition back to Pro Wrestling in 1997 following a very successful UFC career and was soon a top star in the WWF. Shamrock’s reputation as a legit badass/toughman certainly helped.
 
He’d quickly get involved in things as a special guest referee for the Wrestlemania 13 Submission match between Bret Hart and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He’d remain a top star and near headliner for the rest of the year feuding with the likes of Vader and eventually Bret Hart and his Hart Foundation stable and seemed poised to win the WWF World title until the infamous Montreal Screwjob. Thereafter he targeted Shawn Michaels and DeGeneration X but the numbers proved too much and got in the way of his capturing the top gold. His next focus would be upon The Rock and his WWF Intercontinental Championship but again he fell short of winning the title when his rage got the better of him and he ended up getting disqualified. He would however rebound by winning the 1998 King of the Ring tournament defeating enemy The Rock in the finals. Next he’d feud with Owen Hart with whom he’d trade wins and formed a short-lived stable with Mankind and the Rock. Shamrock would find much more success after turning heel in October 1998 defeating X-Pac in a tournament final for the then vacant WWF Intercontinental Championship. He’d find even more success and back-up after joining Mr. McMahon’s Corporation stable and formed a successful tag team with the Big Bossman with whom he captured the WWF Tag Team Championship as well. He and Bossman would hold the tag belts until January 1999 when they dropped them to Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett. In early 1999, he’d feud with Goldust, Billy Gunn and Val Venis who all made moves on his “sister” Ryan Shamrock. Venis would defeat Shamrock for the Intercontinental title when special guest referee Billy Gunn made a fast count on Venis’s behalf.

Shamrock would go on to feud with the Undertaker and the eventual Corporate Ministry stable after Undertaker ambushed Shamrock several times and at one point “sacrificed” Ryan Shamrock on his Undertaker symbol. This turned Shamrock face again and he’d eventually tangle with Undertaker in a memorable showdown at Backlash 1999 although he’d eventually lose said match. Shamrock along with Big Show, Mankind and Test would form a stable called “The Union” to defeat the Corporate Ministry. He’d go on to have brief feuds with Jeff Jarrett and Steve Blackman that eventually saw Shamrock and Blackman battle in a brutal Lions Den Weapons match won by Shamrock. He’d briefly feud with the newly debuting Chris Jericho before making a return to the world of MMA.

He’d return to wrestling in 2002 first refereeing a match in ROH in March between Bryan Danielson and Low-Ki before moving on to compete in TNA in May capturing the vacant NWA World Championship in a Gauntlet for the Gold match, similar to a Royal Rumble. He feuded with the last man he eliminated – Malice (formerly the Wall) for several weeks before dropping the title to Ron “The Truth” Killings before basically leaving wrestling once more to return to the MMA world.

Ken Shamrock’s Title Accomplishments: SAPW Heavyweight Championship, (TNA) NWA World Heavyweight Championship, WWF Intercontinental Championship, WWF Tag Team Championship with Big Bossman, 1998 King of the Ring Winner

Steve Blackman joins the Singles Hall of Shame. Blackman, a former weightlifter and bodybuilder, known to wrestling fans for his martial arts skills, genuine toughness, well built muscular frame and surprising blandness started out in Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling in the late 1980s after being trained by Tony Altamore.  He was actually fairly impressive in these early Stampede showings although he had limited success, he was apparently being considered for the WWF when while competing in South Africa he contracted malaria and dysentery and very nearly lost his life. It took Blackman several years before he could regain muscle mass and get back in wrestling shape. He also incorporated martial arts training in tae kwon do and eskrima into his physical therapy recovery. When finally back in ring shape, he contacted friends working in the WWF for a tryout and finally debuted in November 1997 jumping from the audience to save Vader from a beatdown by the Hart Foundation stable with Blackman now employing a martial arts gimmick. He would become the replacement for the injured Patriot at the time joining Vader’s Team U.S.A. (alongside Goldust and Marc Mero)  in a losing effort against Team Canada (Owen Hart, British Bulldog, Philip Lafon and Doug Furnas) at Survivor Series 1997. He would later team up with Ken Shamrock as Shamrock feuded with the Nation of Domination. He finally branched out on his own coming to the ring swinging glow in the dark eskrima sticks. He’d eventually turn heel by siding with Shane McMahon with Blackman frequently bringing weapons of all sorts to the ring with him in a bag. Before long, he'd end up feuding with former ally Shamrock who’d eventually defeat him and win the feud in a brutal Lions Den Weapons match at Summerslam 1999. In late 1998, he also competed in the Brawl For All defeating Marc Mero but he got injured in the bout which forced him out of the contest.

He’d go on to form a memorable tag team with Al Snow unofficially nicknamed “Head Cheese” with Blackman playing the more serious straight man to Snow’s wild and outlandish actions often involving the duo in backstage comedy skits and even forcing Blackman at times to wear a “Cheesehead  hat” on his head to the ring during their entrance, Snow trying to come up with a name for their team, Snow proposing a TV show where they solve mysteries and travel through time and Snow scheduling the always dread serious Blackman for a stand-up comedy routine at a retirement home. After his team with Snow dissolved, Blackman got involved in an area that seemed a natural for him – the Hardcore Division during its 24/7 days. Blackman however would prove hard to defeat for the title despite this rule and he wouldn’t lose the title for any length of time until Shane McMahon with a lot of help from Test,  Albert, Edge & Christian defeated him and commissioner Mick Foley suspended the 24/7 rule at the same time. He’d finally regain the title from McMahon at Summerslam 2000 with them both climbing the TitanTron and Blackman knocking McMahon off with a Singapore Cane shot and then he landed a flying elbow to get the pin. He’d finally drop the title in a more permanent fashion to Raven in later 2000. He’d briefly form a comedy duo similar to “Head Cheese” with Grandmaster Sexay in 2001 with him again playing straight man but this would be short-lived with Lawler eventually getting released and Blackman eventually getting injured and shortly after released in 2002.

Blackman’s Title Accomplishments: Stampede British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship, WWF Hardcore Championship (6 times)

The Von Erichs join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. From their early days in wrestling, Fritz Von Erich’s popular good-looking sons teamed together as it seems after all natural for brothers to do, initially the teams involved Kevin, Kerry and David Von Erich. Following David’s death however, son Mike and father Fritz also often played a role in tag team alliances and showdowns, frequently of the six-man variety. The Von Erichs most long lasting and memorable feud was against the Fabulous Freebirds of Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts and Terry Gordy, but there were also feuds with the likes of Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, Iceman King Parsons and different members of General Skandor Akbar’s Devastation Inc. stable. They also supported one another as Kerry, David and Kerry all challenged for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship held by Harley Race and later Ric Flair. In later years, Lance Von Erich (not a true Von Erich) and even youngest son Chris would join in on the tag team showdowns. There’s no denying however the best pairings always involved Kerry, Kevin and David.  The Von Erichs held many tag championships including AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship (David and Kevin), NWA American/WCCW American/WCWA World Tag Team Championship (Kevin and Kerry- 5 times)- (David and Kevin – Once), NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Texas version) (9 times) - Fritz, Kevin, and Mike (1), Kevin, David, and Kerry (2) Kevin, Kerry, and Mike (3), Kerry, Lance, and Kevin (1) Kevin and Kerry with different people (2), NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version) (6 times) - Fritz (2), Kevin (1), David (1) and Kerry (3), WCCW/WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship (5 times) - Kevin and David (2) and Kerry (3), WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (6 times) - Kevin (4) and Kerry (2).

PG- 13 join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. After turning heel against his famous father Bill Dundee in the early 1990s and transforming himself from Jamie Dundee into white rapper J.C. Ice, the young star would go on to form a successful heel tag team with partner Wolfie D. called PG-13. It would be in their birthplace the USWA they would have their greatest success capturing the USWA Tag Team Championships on 16 different occasions. After being forced to leave the USWA after losing to Bill Dundee, they briefly return under masks as the Cyberpunks until finally being unmasked and forced to leave once again. They briefly turn up in the WWF in the mid 1990s losing the Smoking Gunns and briefly joining the Nation of Domination as members. They’d eventually move to ECW where they’d become known for goading the audience. While there they battled the likes of the Dudley Boyz, Mikey Whipwreck, The Eliminators and Spike Dudley. In the early 2000s, they spent some time in WCW mostly competing on WCW Thunder against the likes of the Jung Dragons and Three Count before returning to Memphis. PG-13 are still competing as a team on the independent circuitand are the current Showtime All-Star Tag Team Champions. They’d also held titles for Kick-Ass Wrestling and Wrestling International New Generations.

Tygress joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Tygress, real name Vanessa Sanchez, started off as a Nitro Girl but would eventually get involved in the action primarily as a valet for the Filthy Animals stable (Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera, Billy Kidman, Disco Inferno) sometimes even wrestling against enemy valets of rival stables including Major Gunns of Misfits in Action and Torrie Wilson who managed Shane Douglas. Tygress replaced Torrie Wilson in the group as they moved into a heel role in 2000-2001. At one point, she successfully teamed with Konnan to defeat Wilson and Douglas.
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« Reply #313 on: January 07, 2012, 09:55:38 AM »

Shamrock was a favorite when I was younger.  Blackman too.
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The Insiders join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. This team consisted of Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash in WCW during its dying days of 2000-2001. Actually they'd teamed previous to this years back as The Vegas Connection way back in 1992 when both men were still young and struggling to find their identity. Then former manager Page turned grappler teamed with hot young prospect Vinnie Vegas. They had previously been together as part of Page's stable The Diamond Mine that also included the Diamond Studd (Scott Hall) and Scotty Flamingo (who'd become better known as Raven). In the mid to late 90s when Nash returned to WCW as a core member of the nWo having made a name for himself in the WWF as Diesel, Page seemed a natural addition to the group and at one point even seemed poised to join them only to shockingly enough reject the invitation and in turn became one of WCW most popular stars at the time feuding with his old buddies Nash and Hall in the nWo not to mention Randy Savage and Curt Hennig. Anyways several years later and the nWo now pretty much history, Kevin Nash would be betrayed by the Natural Born Thrillers stable in late 2000 and would need a new partner so he turned to his old friend Diamond Dallas Page becoming The Insiders, a play-off on Nash & Hall former Outsider name and also a recognition of the close behind the scenes friendship both men had with WCW official Eric Bischoff. They'd come to the ring to Nash's Wolfpac Theme. Nash & Page were soon feuding with the Perfect Event (Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo) and defeated them for the WCW World Tag Team Championship at WCW Mayhem. Shortly thereafter they would be stripped of the titles by Perfect Event ally/then WCW Comissioner Mike Sanders but would regain the titles at WCW Starrcade 2000 but would drop the titles again by January 2001 to Natural Born Thrillers Sean O' Haire and Chuck Palumbo. They'd split shortly thereafter as a team with WCW being bought out by WWE. Both men would later turn up in WWE but never again teamed together.

Maria (Kanellis) joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. Maria who started out in the 2004 Diva Search, a contest she'd lose, would go on to become one of WWE's most popular valets and backstage interviewers ever. Maria had a seeming innocence and even naievety about her that generally made her very likable in the eyes of fans. Even though she frequently played the dumb blonde character, despite being a brunette, fans could still pretty much see through that to know underneath it all she was much smarter than she let on. By 2005, Maria worked hard and took her bumps and bruises as she tried to become an in-ring competitor battling the likes of Trish Stratus, Melina, Victoria and others. She'd be very involved in the angle that led to Eric Bischoff eventually getting fired for abuse of power. Maria continued to battle in-ring and even managed to get some title shots against Mickie James although she'd come up short in those. Later she'd become involved in angle with John Cena teaming with him against the Rated R pairing of Edge and Lita. In mid-2007, she'd begin a storyline romance with Santino Marella, for whom she'd become valet. Eventually they'd break up over Marella's disapproval of her appearing in Playboy. She'd go on be involved in a Playboy inspired Wrestlemania match teaming with fellow cover girl Ashley Massaro but would lose said match to Melina and Beth Phoenix. In 2008, she'd be drafted back to Smackdown where she'd pursue Michelle McCool for the Divas Championship but would fail to defeat her. She'd eventually go on to feud with McCool and McCool's partner Layla at one point teaming with Melina to defeat them. She'd next get involved in a storyline romance with Dolph Ziggler even though he was an heel and she was still playing the face. She'd briefly become his valet until he blamed a loss on her and the pair split up. She'd take a brief hiatus from wrestling to appear on Celebrity Apprentice and upon her return would team up with Mickie James to feud with the team of LayCool. Maria would next begin to support Matt Hardy and briefly teamed up with him and the Great Khali as their manager but this would prove short-lived as she'd be released from WWE shortly thereafter in early 2010. She only recently made her return in ROH as valet for real-life boyfriend Mike Bennett. Maria definitely has an instantly likable quality to her and seems a natural for fan approval.
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