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The WWE’s Women’s Revolution that began in 2015 certainly changed how fans of the company perceived women’s wrestling. They were no longer former models and cheerleaders turned ‘Divas’ and having lingerie pillow fights. They were now competing in matches usually reserved for ‘the boys’ like the Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank and Hell in a Cell. Women’s wrestling in WWE is now accepted and expected on their programming. Before the Divas era, women’s wrestling was more of a sideshow of Vince McMahon’s overall product. The women were not glamor models, but were tough as nails and featured names like The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin’ Robin, Judy Martin and Leilani Kai.


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They were once considered top prospects in WWE’s developmental program. After their debut…the team never seemed to hit their stride. The duo would ultimately get released after a some controversy. Today on the blog we ask…’Whatever Happened To’ The Highlanders?


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She is a business woman who took control of a wrestling company in dire financial straights. For fifteen years, she controlled TNA wrestling and was met with a lot of criticism. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened To’ Dixie Carter?


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Terrapin Tales

By Alan Wierdak, Sara Ludewig, and Casey Hughes

Today, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s 92nd birthday, we are thinking about the legacy of MLK’s work and the civil rights movement at the University of Maryland. We partnered with the Meany Labor Archives to consider the legacy and reality of Martin Luther King Jr. as an activist and the implications for labor archives and university archives today.

When most people think about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. they think of a handful of popular images: Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington and his leadership with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In her book A More Beautiful and Terrible History, Jeanne Theoharis describes how popular narratives of civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “are embraced yet simultaneously stripped of their political…

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It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 2nd of 2021. Today Brian talks about the apparent real life heat between New Japan’s Bullet Club and the Elite and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.


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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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Professional wrestling is filled with great “feel good” stories. One that immediately comes to mind, is what is currently happening on WWE’s Smackdown. The current Universal champion Roman Reigns will defend his title at the 2021 Royal Rumble against WWE official Adam Pearce. For fans not familiar of Pearce, he was and is more than just another face in a suit.


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As the old, traditional New Year’s saying goes…”New Year, New You.” It’s a typical saying for people looking for a new outlook or change in the upcoming year. To say that 2020 was a very challenging year would be a bit of an understatement. Now that the clock has struck midnight and 2020 has turned into 2021…here are five things I hope to see happen in pro wrestling.


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Whatever Happened to Lodi?

Posted: January 6, 2021 in Uncategorized

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He went from the WCW Power Plant to working for the promotion making six figures a year. He also made brief appearances with TNA wrestling. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened To’ Lodi?


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Dustin Rhodes has been known by many different nicknames and monikers. Whether it was the Natural, the American Nightmare, Goldust or the Artist Formerly Known As Goldust…heck you could even throw his brief appearance as Seven as well…Dustin always made the very best of any gimmick thrown his way. As great a career Dustin has had being a multiple Intercontinental champion, tag team champion etc…there is one period of his career he has desperately tried to forget. A period in his life where a big black cloud loomed over his head. As with any black cloud comes rain…in Dustin Rhodes’ case…Black Reign.


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