Courtesy on bleacherreport.com writer Keith Eliot Greenberg:
From the driver’s seat of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler, just before the turn off Florida State Road 694 into the Seminole Mall, Randy “Macho Man” Savage stared through the windshield at the sun-washed commercial strip and sensed that something bad was about to occur.
“I think I’m going to pass out,” he muttered to his wife, Lynn, in the characteristic rasp wrestling fans knew from his promos, building up matches with Hulk Hogan, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
Courtesy of WWE.com:
As much a part of professional wrestling as ring aprons and three-counts, masks have a long and important role in the history of sports-entertainment.
Although there’s some argument about when the first masked grappler actually appeared inside the squared circle — some say it was The Masked Marvel in 1915, while others claim it was The Masked Wrestler, way back in 1873 in Paris — masks have a special significance to the performers who wear them. They’re also pretty cool, and help add to the mystique of the already larger-than-life personas that have thrilled fans for generations.
May 17, 1963 – Bruno Sammartino defeated Nature Boy Buddy Rogers in Madison Square Garden to win the WWWF Title; the match lasted 48 seconds. Recently dubbed as “the original screwjob”, promoters Joseph “Toots” Mondt and Vince McMahon Sr. led Rogers to believe that the contest would end in disqualification. Bruno informed Rogers of the last minute change in plans in the ring as they were about to wrestle each other.
WWE issued the following today:
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and WWE Extend Home Video Licensing Partnership
STAMFORD, Conn. and NEW YORK May 14, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GVE), a leading distributor of entertainment and lifestyle media, today announced a multi-year extension for home video distribution of WWE programming.
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“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” — Dorothy Canfield Fisher
She’s your biggest fan and your harshest critic. She’s there for you when you need it — and even when you don’t. She’s the one who puts up with all your nonsense, she supports you in everything you do and she encourages you to follow your dreams.
David Dexter reports that former WWE creative member Court Bauer said in a recent podcast that he believes WWE will regret the Rock’s latest run with the company. Bauer spoke with Steven Muehlhausen at Between The Ropes and said that the Rock’s run from 2011 to WrestleMania 29 didn’t help anyone.
Bauer said, “I think everyone’s going to look back and have a lot of regrets about this partnership. I don’t think John Cena is anymore over for quote unquote being endorsed by The Rock at all. I don’t think the creative and the booking was at any point really great with The Rock. From day one in 2011 to the last few weeks going into WrestleMania, there was no sparkling great moment ever.”
David Dexter reports that the WWE has announced that the May 27th episode of RAW will be Bret Hart Appreciation Night. Both Hart and Shawn Michaels are expected to make appearances that night. RAW will be live from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
HBK gets his own appreciation night on May 24 at a RAW-brand live event in Salt Lake City, Utah. WWE is trying to boost their live events due to the injury of John Cena and absence of CM Punk.
AS I SEE IT – The Story of George “The Animal” Steele
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
A new wrestling biography will be making its way to store shelves in June 2013, with “Animal”, the story of George “The Animal” Steele, written by Jim Myers and Jim Evans, published by Triumph Books.
In real life, George Steele was Jim Myers, a high school teacher and coach, a Michigan State graduate and football player.
Courtesy of WWE.com:
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross once called the WWE Title “the ultimate dream of everyone who aspires to be a wrestler.” Indeed, whether it was The Dirtiest Player in the Game or The Demon from Death Valley, the Superstars who have captured sports-entertainment’s ultimate prize have realized a goal that millions fantasized about, but only 43 men have accomplished.
It’s been 50 years since the WWE Championship was first established on April 25, 1963. Since then, the world has seen 10 different United States Presidents, the innovation of the personal computer and the fall of the Twinkie. And through it all, the WWE Title has remained the pinnacle of sports-entertainment.