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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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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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The WWE date the start of their ‘Women’s Evolution’ as starting on July 13th, 2015. While that might be when women’s wrestling was more accepted in that company….the reality is the evolution began a few years earlier. A huge credit doesn’t go to the McMahon family, but an Irishman we all know as David ‘Fit’ Finlay.


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He was a former fashion model turned professional wrestler. He auditioned for WWE’s Tough Enough reality show in both season 1 and 2, but was not selected. Eventually, he would sign with WWE and become a four time co holder of the tag team titles. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened to Sylvan Grenier?’


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In the world of Lucha Libre, a luchador’s mask is something that is very sacred. It is a part of their identity and how they make their money and become stars. For a luchador to lose their mask becomes a very big deal. It usually happens in a highly publicized match and event. When a luchador loses their mask, it is usually towards the end of their career or they will transition to a new persona without the mask. Masks are extremely vital to the ways of Lucha Libre….then there was WCW.


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