Written by Shockage via the OWW Genesis Forums
We are all now well aware of the events that lead to the death of AWA. Bad choices in booking and promoting, the inability to follow the changing times, the need for older mat based only wrestlers being on top, and selfish demands on money all helped to destroy AWA. If one was to look at AWA, they had a big name of stars that were still there in AWA, and had the talent and ability to be huge. We will look at 1988; the last year that AWA had a chance to stay afloat had they made different choices.
Originally published on December 3, 2003
Written by OWW columnist Kenneth Coker
Editor’s note: This column is being republished in tribute to the 8th anniversary of the death of Larry Booker (aka Larry Latham or Moondog Spot in the world of professional wrestling) .
Larry passed from this life, on Novemeber 27th, 2003 at a building where he had performed probably thousands of times, The Mid-South Coliseum. He was only 51 years old.
It is certainly a sad day for not only Memphis Wrestling, but wrestling in itself, as one of the greats has left us. There are some things I’d like to point out about Spot, and his impact on my youth, and some accomplishments of his, as well.
Larry never really left his home base of West Tennessee. Despite all the success, he still called the Dyerburg community home, a place which my father and my family is from.
If you missed the Tuesday November 15th edition of the OWW Radio with Alan Wojcik &Spug. Here are the highlights:
Our featured interview of the evening came from Women Superstars Uncensored which holds Breaking Barrier II Saturday November 19th on Go Fight Live iPPV. The main event is a WarGames Cage match featuring last week’s guests the Midwest Militia (Spirit champion Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie.) Our guests this week were Team WSU (World champion Mercedes Martinez, Grand Slam champion Alicia & former Spirit & Tag Team champion Brittney Savage.) In this interview the unified trio offered their thoughts on WSU’s continued growth, putting aside old grudges to fight the common enemy, promoter Sean McCaffrey and the new roster members, new commissioner “Prime Time” Amy Lee and stepping inside the steel cage on Saturday. You can check out www.wsuwrestling.com for the entire lineup and Follow the ladies on Twitter @TheBrittySavage & @AliciaDidit. Want to pre-order the iPPV, log onto www.gfl.tv and get it locked up NOW!!
If you missed the Tuesday November 8th edition of the Online World of Wrestling Radio with Alan Wojcik, Spug & Kevin Scott as Jamal. Here are the highlights:
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The show was opened with a recap of the passings of news commentator Andy Rooney, former World Boxing Heavyweight champion “Smokin” Joe Frazier & Hip-Hop music icon Heavy D. Also discussed were the recent horrors coming out of the Penn State child molestation/abuse.
The conversation moved to the Macon, GA based TNA Impact Wrestling taping that saw Bobby Roode win the World Heavyweight title from his former Beer Money partner “Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm. A preview of this Sunday’s Turning Point PPV was given as was a preview of what the guys think will happen in the coming weeks now that Ohio Valley Wrestling will be used as a developmental territory.
If you missed the Tuesday November 1st edition of the Online World of Wrestling Radio with hosts Alan Wojcik, Spug & guest contributor Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald (www.miamiherald.com).
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The show was opened with a recap of Monday Night Raw which was highlighted by the legendary Muppets plus news and notes on the new WWE Network, former superstar Barry Windham’s health scare & the release of Maryse. Alan & Spug moved onto TNA Impact Wrestling and the story new World Heavyweight champion “Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm is viewed as “too southern” to represent the promotion.
If you missed the Tuesday October 25th edition of the Online World of Wrestling Radio with host Alan Wojcik with weekly contributor Spug. Here are the highlights:
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The 1st interview of the evening came courtesy of our friends at Crossfire Wrestling who will hold “A New Beginning” on November 5th in Nashville, TN. Our guest was former ECW/WCW/WWE/TNA superstar “The Franchise” Shane Douglas. During his time with Alan & Spug, Shane talked about his new DVD project with Kayfabe Commentaries (Timeline History of ECW 1994), many historic moments in ECW history, how much Paul Heyman owes him, who he feels is being held back in TNA and much more. Log onto www.crossfirellc.vze.com for the entire lineup heading to the TN State Fairgrounds! You can also check out Shane on www.franchisefansite.com
If you missed the Tuesday October 18th edition of the Online World of Wrestling Radio with host Alan Wojcik with weekly contributor Spug. Here are the highlights:
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The 1st interview of the evening came courtesy of our friends at Crossfire Wrestling who will hold “A New Beginning” on November 5th in Nashville, TN. Former ECW/WCW/WWE/TNA superstar Stevie Richards granted only the 4th interview since he departed WWE!!! During his time with Alan & Spug, Stevie covered a wide array of subjects including being mentored by Raven & Paul Heyman, going to WCW and eventually the WWE, the best video game release of 2011, assisting Spug with his new iPhone and much more Log onto www.crossfirellc.vze.com for the entire lineup heading to the TN State Fairgrounds! Stevie has an amazing website of his own and you can check it out at www.t4show.com or www.youtube.t4show.com
A drunken clown once told me “WRESTLING…. In Canada, it’s a Tradition… in Mexico, it’s a Religion…. in Japan, it’s a Sport… in America…. It’s a Joke.”
Now he told me he read that on a message board so if I’m ripping somebody off, I humbly apologize, but this is the most genius statement I’ve ever read! Its level of truth is unlimited..
A friend of mine purchased a travel package to go to New York for five days to watch WrestleMania XX and take in all the festivities. Now THAT’S a mark! No, I take that back, THAT’S a WWE-mark! I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’m glad you enjoy the WWE that much. Vince McMahon’s accountant says you’re not alone. But what I do take offense to is when you call yourself a “Wrestling Fan”……. Uhhhhh, stop the music, no, you are NOT a wrestling fan, you are a WWE fan! A “Wrestling Fan” or “Wrestling Mark” has seen all forms of the sport; Lucha Libre, Puroreso, Independant, and from its purest form back in the early 1900s, until the 1970s, BEFORE it was transformed into “Sports Entertainment”.
If you missed the Tuesday October 11th edition of the Online World of Wrestling Radio with host Alan Wojcik with weekly contributor Spug. Here are the highlights:
The 1st interview of the evening came courtesy of our friends at Crossfire Wrestling who will hold “A New Beginning” on November 5th in Nashville, TN. Former WWE & current TNA producer Al Snow joined the program to talk about his opponent former WWE/WCW superstar “Fit” Finlay, running WWE Tough Enough for 3 seasons, should TNA have a developmental program, traveling experiences in WWE and his territorial days, his best rib played on a WWE superstar and much more. Log onto www.crossfirellc.vze.com for the entire lineup heading to the TN State Fairgrounds!