Is Eli Drake trustworthy? Will Tim Storm retire? Will we finally here from Kamille? So many questions, and some are answered this week on Power! Read more
Posts tagged ‘Jim Cornette’
This week on NWA Powerrr, Colt Cabana has a mystery tag partner. NWA National Champion James Storm may have a new challenger for the gold. NWA Tag Team Champions the Wildcards defend against Eddie Kingston and Homicide in the main event. Plus, will Kamille finally have a chance to speak? Read more
In recent years, the National Wrestling Alliance has been on the upswing in terms of being known about in the wrestling business. For many years since the faithful night in Philadelphia when Shane Douglas tossed down the NWA World Championship to begin the era of Extreme Championship Wrestling, the NWA had been regarded mostly as a joke. Read more
It’s the first look at the Wrestle America magazine. In the magazine, the curse Papa Shango had on Ultimate Warrior is highlighted, a dream match between Bret Hart and Owen Hart, Jim Cornette in SMW, and the friendship between Nikita Koloff and Sting in WCW. Read more
The first edition of a new series I’m doing is called Inside The Magazine, which is rather self-explanatory. I have way too many magazines, and that number continues to grow. I thought it might be interesting to take a look inside some of the old magazines and look at what was written about, maybe something crazy happened at the time. Perhaps in the results section of a PWI there was a shocking match or something along those lines. I think this will be fun…
I have plenty of magazines to choose from, so it’s really just the first one out of a pile. For this first installment, I’ll be looking at The Wrestler Magazine from June 1995. The cover of the magazine is the British Bulldog who is hyped as barking and is ready to bite. Mind you, this is before his heel turn on WWF television. There appears to be quite a lot about Big Bubba Rogers, as well. Read more
Smoky Mountain Wrestling was founded in 1991 with television being aired starting in 1992. The company was a regional company that toured Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Jim Cornette was responsible for the day to day operations.
Fans in the South believed in wrestling and it was presented in a very old school manner. The good guys always did the right thing and the heels were cheaters. There wasn’t much of an in-between. There would be times where fans would turn a wrestler from heel to good (Dirty White Boy) or from good to bad (Brian Lee), but for the most part SMW kept it by the books from 1992 to the summer of 1994. There weren’t many risks… Read more
On September 21st, 1996 the World Wrestling Federation debuted a live, phone-in ("interactive"), wrestling show on the USA Network. It was hosted and produced right within the Titan Towers in Stamford, Connecticut. Not only could viewers call in with questions, but they could also submit them via fax and their then WWF AOL chatroom. Promotional videos aired weeks prior to the debut on Raw promising to "change sports entertainment forever."
Livewire had succeded "WWF Mania" - a recap show that ran from 1993 to 1996 that would also occasionally host viewer phone calls, and towards it's later years, also take a more "reality" based arch in its approach. This was more or less a trial period for the company as it would start to become aware that a lot of what had been featured over the past few years was becoming stale and stagnant to viewers.
WCW had already begun using more advanced storylines giving fans more credit for being aware of behind the scenes working of the companies, it's staff and performers. ECW had used this same approach almost since it's debut, but especially post 1994 as it broke it's ties from the National Wrestling Aliance in a "shoot" based storyline featuring Shane Douglas that had drawn a lot of attention to the promotion within wrestling circles as being unique and innovative. With the landscape changing in United States pro-wrestling, the WWF's "Livewire" show was a major step towards the "Attitude-era" that would soon come to fruition.
Recently, I started to take a look back at the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 magazine series that started in 1991. That seems to have gotten some traction as a popular idea. Thus, I decided to take a look back at the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Year-End Awards that the magazine issues out each year.
The Year-End Awards date back to 1972. I’m not going to start at the very beginning. Instead, since the PWI 500 was introduced in 1991, I’ll stay with that theme of the 1990s and begin the series in 1990. I may go back at do the late 80s, but for now I’ll start with 1990.
Lets take a look back at the PWI Awards and see how the fans voted for various awards. Read more