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

"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

Sputnik Monroe’s Main Event Win Over Jim Crow – Pt. 2

Read Sputnik Monroe's Main Event Win Over Jim Crow, Pt. 1 here. Win if you can, lose if you must, always cheat, and if you have to leave the ring, leave tearing it down. - Sputnik Monroe A White Hat Rides Into Town    A few months prior to Monroe, Billy Wicks had arrived in Memphis,… Continue reading Sputnik Monroe’s Main Event Win Over Jim Crow – Pt. 2

Baby Doe: From Johannesburg, South Africa To Armourdale, Kansas?

Writer’s note: the following story concerns an arm of professional wrestling formerly, and, perhaps, currently in some areas, called midget wrestling. As we evolve as a people, so too does our language. The term ‘midget’ is not a medical term, nor was it ever recognized as an acceptable descriptor. Point of fact, the term was… Continue reading Baby Doe: From Johannesburg, South Africa To Armourdale, Kansas?

Pre-hipster Portland Was A Pro Wrestling Mecca

The Pacific Northwest Championship is symbolic of heavyweight supremacy. Right now, I've got it and I'm damn proud of it! - Dutch Savage Before Vince McMahon began his national push with the WWF, effectively killing the territory system, the Don Owen led Portland Territory was the hottest thing going on the West Coast throughout the… Continue reading Pre-hipster Portland Was A Pro Wrestling Mecca