Category Archives: Professional Wrestling

Top 10: Episodes for Dark Side of the Ring Season 3

Top 10: Episodes for Dark Side of the Ring Season 3 by Jerry Whitworth

Vice’s hit documentary series Dark Side of the Ring is well into production of its expanded third season with eight of its fourteen episodes allegedly revealed. Wrestler Mance Warner shared an image via Twitter claiming season three will include among its topics Brian Pillman, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW), Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW), Nick Gage, WCW/NJPW Collision in Korea 1995, Smith Family (including Jake “The Snake” Roberts), and Ion Croitoru. Mike Johnson of PWInsider also claims an episode on Chris Kanyon is in development. With over half the season revealed, the only question that remains is what will fill out the rest of the series’ third installment. We already know what will not be included in Chyna/Joanie Laurer. Following the announcement of the third season, it was revealed plans included featuring the deceased performer but were scrapped when it was learned her family was already well into producing a documentary film on her life and untimely passing. Lets then take a look at what could still emerge in the series this year.

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The Wrestling Time Machine: November of 1995

The table is set, the family is here, it’s time to turn off the big game, tell the kids to put down the Milton Bradley Karate Fighters and prepare to give thanks, it’s…November of 1995!!!

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The Toys That Made Us S3: Interview with Brian Volk-Weiss

The Toys That Made Us S3: Interview with Brian Volk-Weiss by Jerry Whitworth

The latest season of The Toys That Made Us debuted on Netflix on November 15th and the third installment features episodes “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Power Rangers,” “My Little Pony,” and “Professional Wrestling.” We contacted series creator Brian Volk-Weiss to talk about the recent offering, the show’s future, its spin-off The Movies That Made Us, Discontinued, and the feature length documentary emerging from the third season.

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Wrestling 101: Introduction to the 2019 Wrestling Landscape

Wrestling 101: Introduction to the 2019 Wrestling Landscape by Jerry Whitworth

Professional wrestling, a staged live combat-based performance dating back two centuries, has seen its popularity rise and fall over the years. Reaching mainstream media in the 1980s with the rise of Hulkamania, pro wrestling hit its pinnacle in the ’90s during the so-called Monday Night Wars and the World Wrestling Federation’s Attitude Era. After WWF, known today as WWE (E for Entertainment), crushed and consumed its competition in World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling, the industry in many ways collapsed. The territories that largely fed companies like WWF/E and WCW died and gave way to a circuit that elder statesmen of wrestling consider “backyard wrestling” while WWE reverted back to its kid-friendlier days where Hulk Hogan reigned. Independent promotions such as Total Nonstop Action and Ring of Honor arose to try and fill the void left by the loss of WCW and ECW but they lacked the funding, fanbase, and reach of their predecessors. For nearly two decades, WWE has largely been the end-all, be-all of pro wrestling, though they have abandoned that description in favor of being instead “sports entertainment.” Now, with the emergence of All Elite Wrestling on TNT and its live weekly television series Dynamite, the paradigm is shifting as WWE has its first legitimate competition since the Monday Night Wars. What more, the largest portion of AEW’s audience is made up of new fans, children of fans, and returning fans that gave up on wrestling after the deaths of WCW and ECW. With so many new people and lapsed returning fans, we wanted to offer some insight into what content is readily available to consume.

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The Wrestling Time Machine: October of 1995

Lay down some newspapers on the kitchen table, turn on your favorite Spooky Sounds cassette, get the pumpkins ready, preheat the oven to 300 degrees for roasted pumpkin seeds; that’s right, it’s…October of 1995!!!

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The Wrestling Time Machine: September of 1995

Get your garlic bread ready, here comes PastaMania! PastaMania is RUNNIN’ WILD in September of 1995!!!

(Content Warning: Blood, Violence, Weapons)

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National Pro Wrestling Day 2019 Review

National Pro Wrestling Day 2019 Review!

On Sunday, February 10th, I made my way to the Tellus 360 building in Lancaster, PA to celebrate the annual National Pro Wrestling Day.

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The Wrestling Time Machine: August of 1995

I hope you got your passport ready. We’re travelling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in this latest edition of The Wrestling Time Machine.

“And what is the nature of your visit, Mr. Nature Boy?”

(Content Warning: Blood, Violence, Weapons)

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How I Fell in Love with CHIKARA

 

Welcome wrestling fans, and join me as I introduce you to the fantastical universe of CHIKARA Pro Wrestling.

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King of Trios Returns to Easton

King of Trios Returns to Easton by Jerry Whitworth

Tournaments are no stranger to professional wrestling and the independent scene has some notable ones: PWG Battle of Los Angeles (BOLA), ECWA Super 8, APW/PWR King of Indies. But arguably the most notable among these is King of Trios, the biggest event for one of the most dominant independent wrestling companies in the United States in Chikara. Attracting some of the finest wrestlers from across the planet including countries like Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, it’s a showcase of veterans (from companies like WWE, TNA Impact, and Ring of Honor) and future stars like A.J. Styles, Daniel Bryan, and the Young Bucks (the Jacksons having competed in four KOT tournaments). Just last year alone, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate (and current NXT Tag Team Champion), and Mae Young Classic competitor Meiko Satomura were among the tournament entrants with Dunne, Bate, and fellow British Strong Style member and current NXT Tag Team Champion Trent Seven taking home the title (competitors are not separated by gender). In 2017, the three-night event took place in Wolverhampton, England but this coming August 31st, September 1st and 2nd, it comes home to the Palmer Center/Funplex in Easton, PA. Lets take a look at some of the sixteen teams competing.

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A Brief Guide to Today’s New Japan

A Brief Guide to Today’s New Japan by Jerry Whitworth

While WWE remains the undisputed king of pro wrestling, the world’s second biggest promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling has been gaining a lot of attention of late due in no small part to the Bullet Club. However, New Japan can at times be a bit daunting to get into because, like WWE, it has decades of ongoing storylines composed of dozens of characters today alone. I myself have only followed the promotion for a couple years largely because of watching the weekly show on AXS TV which brought me to Ring of Honor’s weekly television show (which some don’t realize is often available on local stations). Friends of mine have started to follow wrestling recently and kept hearing about the Bullet Club and New Japan as I’ve tried to explain some of the company’s larger storylines without trying to lose them with an information dump. It’s with this in mind I thought to try and make an article that provides the basics so that new fans know what’s going on while tying it a bit to wrestling knowledge they already have.

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The Wrestling Time Machine: July of 1995

The action is heating up…

In the latest edition of The Wrestling Time Machine!

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The Wrestling Time Machine: June of 1995

Hear ye, hear ye!!!

That’s right, plebeians!

It’s the latest installment of The Wrestling Time Machine!!!

(Content Warning: Blood, Violence, Weapons)

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Global Expansion: The WWE Invades the World

Global Expansion: The WWE Invades the World by Jerry Whitworth

In less than a couple of weeks, this year’s WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament will air on the WWE Network as the company is reportedly moving forward with a UK-based ongoing series to air on its streaming service. While WWE’s aggressive expansion into the UK market was seemingly due to the return of World of Sport on ITV last year (which stalled only to recently get back on track), the UK scene has exploded of late (as has the wrestling industry in general). This is clearly evident by New Japan’s recent announcement of Strong Style Evolved UK N1 which happens only days after WWE airs its UK tournament. New Japan has already expanded its territory into the US in the last year and the UK is its latest bid to become a global brand like WWE. This has led to battle lines being drawn as WWE has made arrangements with UK promotions Insane Championship Wrestling and PROGRESS as well as snagging several of World of Sports’ stars while New Japan has formed an alliance with Revolution Pro Wrestling and prominently features Zack Sabre Jr (who participated in WWE’s inaugural Cruiserweight Classic), Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll, and “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith Jr. in its promotion (Ospreay and Smith are also both featured in upcoming episodes of World of Sport). However, these moves could very well only be the opening salvo for a much larger confrontation as WWE tries to bring its Network to every corner of the world and New Japan has been emboldened by its consistent significant growth to try and offer some semblance of competition since WWE consumed WCW and ECW to become the undisputed king of sports entertainment. The question then becomes what country will enter WWE and New Japan’s optics next.

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The Wrestling Time Machine: May of 1995

The phone’s ringing, better pick it up.Because it’s the latest installment of The Wrestling Time Machine!!! Continue reading