This weekend, the WWE Universe descends on the Superdome in New Orleans for WrestleMania XXX
, the annual pay-per-view* that serves as the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan
on Apr 5, 2014 -
Lost Dog: The Search For A Forgotten New Orleans Superhero
On a recent Friday night in the Harahan Community Center, the master of ceremonies had the capacity crowd’s attention. “This here,” he promised, “this tonight is gonna be some old-school professional wrestling.” All of us cheered. “Some of you may remember– folks my age, a little younger– the kind of old-school wrestling New Orleans was famous for. I’m talking about a certain Bill Watts. I’m talking about the Junkyard Dog.”
Some jumped to their feet, howling in approval. “Junkyard Dog!” they shouted. Most just clapped politely. When I spoke to people outside during the show’s intermission, no-one younger than forty had much to say about Junkyard Dog. Of the younger attendees, a few knew he was from here, but to the majority he was just another name, a minor figure from the distant days of Hulk Hogan.
Thirty years ago, Junkyard Dog was a New Orleans demigod. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 15, 2014 -
Professional wrestling's relationship with homosexuality and non-heteronormative presentation has long been downright hostile: from Gorgeous George
in the 1950s, to "Pretty Boy" Pat Patterson
in the 1970s, "Adorable" Adrian Adonis
in the 1980s, Golddust
in the 1990s, the infamous Billy and Chuck
in the 2000s, and even Orlando Jordan
in the 2010s, wrestlers who present as effeminate or who "might be gay" have always been portrayed as heels
, drawing boos from the crowd. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the suggestion of female homosexuality
has been called upon only to titillate.
And although former performers like Patterson
and the late Chris Kanyon
publicly acknowledged their homosexuality after their active careers had ended, and though the WWE recently hired openly-gay
retired professional golfer Jane Geddes as VP of Talent Relations
, there hasn't been an active, out WWE Superstar until now, when Darren Young, asked if he thought there was a place for a gay wrestler, told TMZ
that he's "gay ... and happy."
posted by uncleozzy
on Aug 15, 2013 -
Frank Deford, a 50-year veteran of Sports Illustrated, once labeled Meltzer the most accomplished reporter in sports journalism.
“You could cover the Vatican or State Department,” Deford said recently, “and not do as good a job as Dave Meltzer does on wrestling.”
For nearly 30 years, Dave Meltzer has published the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
, featuring weekly behind the locker room door insight into the business of professional wrestling.
How far reaching has Meltzer's impact been? In one famous incident, Hulk Hogan, frustrated by what he perceived as consistently negative coverage in the publication, burned a copy
of the newsletter during a live Pay-Per-View event.
posted by The Gooch
on May 15, 2013 -
Secrets of Pro Wrestling (1987) What happens when these two wrestlers get a raw deal from their chosen profession? They don't get mad, the get even!
) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Apr 29, 2012 -
it's a sport
. In Canada
, it's tradition
. In Mexico
, it's religion
. In the US
- it's a joke
(NSFW language). Perhaps rightly so.
In step with it’s history
, American professional wrestling has a sordid
, carnival-like backstage atmosphere
, replete with insider slang
. Extensive travel schedules and backstage politicking
(QT movie, NSFW language) take their toll in the form of drug abuse
and an unusually high mortality rate.
While a few
transition into mainstream careers
, most don’t
A billion-dollar industry
, it has seen a fair share of success
(NSFW image) over the years: Books
, video games
(not to mention an ECW
nod in the lyrics to El Scorcho
) and even punching John Stossel
in the head. But it’s inconsistent
and never seems to meet the level of popular acceptance as in other countries. It is, by and large
, dismissed as a novelty for the NASCAR crowd
, barely respected enough to be
In truth, it’s a back-breaking
, colorful soap opera of questionable taste
that is anything
posted by StopMakingSense
on Feb 16, 2005 -
RIP Mr Perfect
Former WWE star "Mr Perfect" Curt Hennig was found dead yesterday at the age of 44, joining a long list
of professional wrestlers to die
at an unnaturally young age.
It's no secret to participants and fans of the pro-wrestling industry that its performers live unusually stressful lives. With working schedules commonly encompassing upwards of 300 shows a year, their bodies take a constant beating that often leads to alcohol and painkiller dependency. Furthermore, despite the high-profile scandal of the mid-90s that eventually saw Vince McMahon acquitted of trafficking steroids to his employees, the abuse of performance-enhancing chemicals continues to be the rule rather than exception, driven by the endless quest for bigger and freakier physical size and proportions to wow audiences.
posted by plenty
on Feb 10, 2003 -