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The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.


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Now I know many of you may be asking the question….WHO?!? That is completely understandable, as I did the same thing when I saw a picture of her. Granted, this is during a time when World Championship Wrestling was really faltering. Marie was around during late 2000, so you can imagine just how bad of shape the company was in all around.


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Make no mistake about it, pro wrestling does have a dark side to it. There are hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the dark and sometimes sinister side as chronicled in my ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. This piece is a direct opposite of that. With every bad story I have shared…there are also positive stories. Stories of wrestlers making it above and beyond the ring. Positive stories to inspire. Pro wrestlers aren’t all drug addicts, scam artists and carny sideshows. They all don’t die at an early age, or are broke and need to wrestle till they die. They don’t necessarily have to get into acting like The Rock or Batista. They don’t have to necessarily switch over to MMA like Brock Lesnar or CM Punk. Some of these stories are just about hard work, dreaming big and doing whatever it takes to succeed. We’ve already covered some…

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Ring the Damn Bell

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Brian Damage

The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.


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Brian Damage

He was trained at the famed Texas Wrestling Academy…the same school that helped produce Brian Kendrick and Daniel Bryan. He made a name for himself wrestling on the independent circuit and Ring of Honor. He also wrestled a handful of matches for the upstart TNA promotion. He is a 3 time WWE tag team champion and one time WWE Cruiserweight champion. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened To’ Paul London?


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There is no question that during the mid to late 1980’s, the Four Horsemen were the premiere attraction for Jim Crockett Promotions and the National Wrestling Alliance. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and manager J. J. Dillon were the cornerstones of that beloved heel faction. It also saw a rotating door of other wrestlers like Ole Anderson, Lex Luger and Barry Windham among others joining and then leaving the group. Promoter Jim Crockett Jr knew where his “bread was buttered” and wanted to market the Four Horsemen as much as possible.


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Padraic Toolan and Brian Damage

Last week, we covered our thoughts on who the top five best authority figures in wrestling were. You can read about them here. This week, we ask who are your top five WORST authority figures from any promotion in any era?


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Growing up on the east coast of the United States, I was only relegated to watching the WWF on television. It wasn’t until the mid 1980’s when I got cable TV, that a whole new world of professional wrestling was opened up to me. I was able to watch the NWA on the Superstation TBS and of course World Class Championship Wrestling on ESPN. It was WCCW that really piqued my interest seeing stars like the Von Erichs, the Freebirds, Gino Hernandez, Chris Adams and Iceman King Parsons. The fans were red hot from the beginning of the show until the end. It all hailed from….as WCCW announcer Bill Mercer said…”The World famous Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas.”


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We all know about Ted Turner…the media mogul who founded the Superstation WTBS and CNN among other ventures. It was Turner who bought out Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988 and formed World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Did you know that he also had ambitions to buy the American Wrestling Association and merge it with WCW? This is the story of how Ted Turner almost expanded his wrestling empire to go head to head against Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation.


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Lowlife Louie Ramos and Brian Damage

This week’s top five will be top five best authority figures in wrestling of all time. Who (male or female) were your personal favorite authority figures from any and all promotions? It doesn’t matter if they were a heel or face.


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