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From Alabama To "Hollywood", John Tatum Whined And Whimpered His Way To Championship Gold

Throughout the history of professional wrestling, the chickenshit would almost certainly have to be considered the most despised of all the archetypes represented in the sport. Monsters are understandable: big, scary creatures capable of laying the wood to your favorite ‘white hat’ through sheer superhuman power. Athletic superior heels are equally understandable, making use of… Continue reading From Alabama To "Hollywood", John Tatum Whined And Whimpered His Way To Championship Gold

Don't Go Messin' With A Country Boy: The Wrestling Life Of Hillbilly Jim

One of a very small list of pro wrestlers about whom no one has a bad word to say, Hillbilly Jim has spent close to 40 years as a wrestler, manager, TV host and ambassador in a sport he more fell into rather than actively pursued. Born Jim Morris of Scottsville, Kentucky, he was an… Continue reading Don't Go Messin' With A Country Boy: The Wrestling Life Of Hillbilly Jim

The Meteoric Rise & Stunning Fall Of Fred Kohler's NWA Chicago Wrestling Empire

On June 29th, 1961, the NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion Pat O’Connor stood across the ring from “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. In front of a raucous Comiskey Park crowd of 38,622 fans, the men wrestled a Two out of Three Falls Match that lasted 21:30 minutes and ended with Rogers picking up the final pinfall, becoming… Continue reading The Meteoric Rise & Stunning Fall Of Fred Kohler's NWA Chicago Wrestling Empire

Surfers And Ninjas And Bikers, Oh My! – The Wrestling Life Of Brian "Crush" Adams

At 6’5” and 315 pounds with good looks and an athletic background, it’s hard to believe Brian Adams never got that signature run with either WWF or WCW that could have potentially made him a main event wrestler. Poor timing, poor gimmicks and poor decisions likely had plenty to do with him never reaching the… Continue reading Surfers And Ninjas And Bikers, Oh My! – The Wrestling Life Of Brian "Crush" Adams

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed: A Natural At Making Money While Making You Hate His Guts

"A Dog Collar Match, a 10 ft. chain... You know somethin', Junkyard Dog, you ain't housebroken yet, that's your problem! You ain't learned to go in and out of the house when you're supposed to, ya understand, so, the dogcatcher, Butch Reed, is gonna have to teach you some manners!" - Butch Reed From as… Continue reading "Hacksaw" Butch Reed: A Natural At Making Money While Making You Hate His Guts

When Old School Heat-Seeking Met Corporate America: The Night The Road Warriors Blinded Dusty Rhodes

I've been battered, I've been beat, I've been scraped and I've been cut. You should have made it a point to get both eyes, because when I get up in the morning and look at my children out of one eye, I think of you, Road Warriors! I'm gonna take a lot from you. My… Continue reading When Old School Heat-Seeking Met Corporate America: The Night The Road Warriors Blinded Dusty Rhodes

The Weight Of Family Legacy: The All Too Short Life Of Mike Von Erich

Michael Hayes, I came here just for an interview, but I have my stuff in the back and if you want someone to wrestle, I'll wrestle you. - Mike Von Erich On June 18th, 1983, the legendary Kerry Von Erich married Catherine Murray. After spending their honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the couple returned to… Continue reading The Weight Of Family Legacy: The All Too Short Life Of Mike Von Erich