January 3, 2010
Monday night is a pivotal night in the professional wrestling industry. (Yep, talking ‘rasslin’ again…sorry…but work with me here, it’s worth it!)
Several months ago, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), the #2 wrestling organization in the world, signed without question, the biggest name in professional wrestling history, in Hulk Hogan. From the “Hulkamania” heyday of the [...]
December 17, 2009
What happens when one of the biggest entertainers of the 1980s and 1990s comes back on the scene in 2010?
What happens when said entertainer’s family life has gone through the public ringer, including a messy divorce, a tragic car crash and an apparent suicide attempt?
Well, we will all find out on January 4, 2010, when [...]
November 17, 2009
PR Buzz – Don't Be Like The Ultimate Warrior
Growing up in the 1980s and early 1990s, one of my favorite professional wrestlers was the Ultimate Warrior.
Not familiar? Take a look:
You can see why a little kid would be magnetized to him. Action figure physique, off-the-charts intensity, frenetic energy…a really fun presentation.
But at the end of the day, the Ultimate Warrior was an extended [...]
October 14, 2009
RIP Captain Lou Albano
Professional wrestling is built around oversized personalities and very few could match Captain Lou Albano, who passed away this week.
Kevin Eck from the Baltimore Sun has a beautiful tribute here.
What I want to do is share some memories of Captain Lou, who was a major cultural icon in the 1980s. Enjoy!
A classic WWF interview:
Boasting Greg [...]
August 17, 2009
PR Buzz – Drugs, Sex andKurt Angle in the Spotlight
Kurt Angle is a very accomplished man. He has been an NCAA champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist and, at last count, a 13-time world heavyweight champion in professional wrestling (including his current title reign). Now 40 years old, he has also started to transition to an acting career. Overall, a terrific American story.
On the flip [...]
August 9, 2009
Top 10 Favorite WWE Entrance Themes
I know, I know. “Rasslin” is for kids and rednecks, neither of which describe me. But I’ve been a lifelong fan and WILL be a lifelong fan. Accept it. (My fiancee is still working on that part.)
A critical part of the presentation of any WWE Superstar is their entrance music. It sets the tone for [...]
July 22, 2009
PR Buzz – The Jeff Jarrett/Kurt Angle Situation
Longtime readers of The Buzz know that I am a professional wrestling fan. Always have been, and I’m pretty sure I always will be.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is the top organization in the world. A publicly-traded company, it is a live-event/Pay-Per-View/TV machine, not to mention licensing, publishing, films and several other revenue streams. Even if [...]
July 14, 2009
Rock You Like A (WWE) Hurricane
Over the past several weeks, one of my all-time favorite WWE gimmicks has been slowly returning to TV. On ECW, the Hurricane has saved people from falling off ladders and other perils.
I can’t find a picture of it, but I dressed as the Hurricane for Halloween one year…it’s true!
To celebrate his impending in-ring return, [...]
July 13, 2009
PR Buzz – Brock, you aren't in WWE anymore, are you?
After defeating Frank Mir to become the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion at UFC 100, Brock Lesnar delivered this “instant classic” interview:
After seeing that in his cage, UFC head honcho Dana White found it hard to defend the former WWE Superstar’s actions:
But what [Lesnar] was doing out there was not real. You don’t have to act [...]
July 7, 2009
The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase!
Last night on RAW, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase served as guest host. He was always one of my favorite characters. He was so frickin’ evil! From having a manservent to buying out good-guy wrestlers, he was the consummate heel.
Here are some of my favorite memories of the Million Dollar Man:
- Entrance Music – [...]