The 15th Anniversary of The Death of WCW – 3/26/01

This month marks the 15th anniversary of WWF buying WCW in a move that changed the landscape of professional wrestling. In 2001 it seemed like the best thing in the world. Today, that might not be case anymore.

Frank Dee and I talk about the pros, cons, rumors of the sale along with our favorite memories of World Championship Wrestling. Click here to check out The Raw Deal in its entirety at Gerweck.net. 

Gerweck Report Podcast: nWo Back in Black Series – 1996

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The nWo made wrestling cool in the mid to late 90’s. Their gang like mentality and infamous black and white colors resonated with fans all over the world. Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan were the founding members of this revolutionary faction, and other members followed.

On this special edition of the Gerweck Report Podcast, Frank Dee and Atlee Greene take an informative look at 1996 with introduction of the nWo storyline and its influence on the wrestling world. We give a very honest blow by blow take on the New World Order and how it all came to fruition.

Topics include the:

Hulkamania getting booed in WCW

Razor Ramon and Diesel in the WWF

The Outsiders’ debut in WCW

Who the third man originally was supposed to be

The rumored 4th man of the nWo who was in WWF at the time

and so much more in this 2 hour podcast so sit back relax and listen as we take a ride into simpler times with the nWo. Click here to listen and be nWo 4-Life.

Lex Luger: Wrestling’s Worst Strategist

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Read to find out why this never happened.

Summer Slam 1993 was all about the WWF title match between Yokozuna and the newly minted stars and stripes babyface, Lex Luger. The end result saw the Luger use his signature metal plate infused forearm smash, which was contractually illegal, to knock Yokozuna out cold and out of the ring for a count out victory. The twelve-year-old me was baffled by this turn of events. Why would Lex Luger, who knows the title can only change hands on a pinfall or submission, use an illegal move behind the referee’s back to knock his opponent out of the ring?

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Piledriving introduction to the National Wrestling Alliance

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Professional wrestling consumed my life at the early age of 8. In fact, as far as I was concerned, the WWF was the only game in town. This idea that other wrestling promotions existed never dawned on me until a random Sunday afternoon of channel surfing. Fate brought me to TBS and I got my first taste of the National Wrestling Alliance.

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How Did You Become A Wrestling Fan?

(Column written for gerweck.net)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and while we all have things in our life to be thankful for, I think wrestling can appear on that list in some way, shape, or form. Wrestling fans come from all walks of life and all of us having our own likes and dislikes about the business. Some are casual WWE fans while others are hardcore fans who simply can’t get enough of their favorite pastime.

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The Conquistadors: All Gold and No Glory

Conquistador is Spanish for “conquerors” and is applied to Spaniard soldiers who explored the New World in the 16th century. In the late 1980’s, the squared circle of the World Wrestling Federation were treated to Conquistadors of a different variety. Gone were the warriors of strategic battle tactics and enter the two individuals who never came close to conquering anything.

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Remember Sean Mooney and the WWF Event Center?!?!

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You all remember Sean Mooney? He was a play by play commentator and an interviewer in the WWF from 1988 to 1993. His Event Center segment on weekend television would advertise wrestling matches for the upcoming house shows in whatever area you lived in. Mooney would list several of the matches coming to a particular event, for example, in the Boston Garden and then we would get a promo from one of the wrestlers talking about what they are going to do in their match.

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Awesome Wrestling Images From Deviant Art

The artists over at DeviantArt.com have produced some cool wrestling art work but their depictions cover all genres. If you think it, someone on this site has probably drawn it. Check out some of their images on this post and head on over to check out their catalog.

Savio Vega: Wrestling’s Worst Mystery Partner Ever

In the spirit of No Way Out this Sunday, I’m reminded of the very first installment of this pay-per-view happening back in 1998. It was the twentieth event under the In Your House banner and the company changed the name two weeks out to No Way Out of Texas. Jeff Jarrett defended an NWA title on WWF TV against Bradshaw, Taka Michinoku wrestled a rock band and Brian Christopher was almost fired on the spot for calling him a “jap” while on commentary.

The eight man tag team main event was scheduled to be Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie against Shawn Michaels, HHH, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. WrestleMania 14 was on the horizon and with Mike Tyson’s involvement in the Austin/Michaels title match, there was very little interest in this event. No Way Out was the first event that my friends and I didn’t care to see which is shocking if you knew how much we loved wrestling when we were in high school.

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Ten Greatest WWE Intercontinental Champions Of All Time

 

The WWE Intercontinental championship is one the most revered and perhaps the most respected title belt among professional wrestling fans. For the longest time it was this championship that produced the most anticipated and exciting matches. More times than not, those who wore this coveted title were able to elevate their careers as a result. As a kid I more excited for the IC title matches than I was for the world title matches. Today I’m going to list the Top 10 Intercontinental Champions of all time. This list is based on tenure as champion and their accomplishments beyond.

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