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Whatever Happened to Nick Patrick?

Posted: September 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

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He has spent over 40 years involved in some capacity in professional wrestling. He was most notably a referee who worked for both WCW and WWE. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened to’ Nick Patrick?

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Stamp Your History!

Posted: September 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

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By: Sara Ludewig and Casey Hughes

University Archives is refreshing our blog! Starting with this post, we will be making the blog non-anonymous, so readers can know the voices behind the posts. We will also be using this platform to be more transparent about the work we do in UA, in addition to sharing stories of UMD history. We hope that these changes will help share the values and mission of UA so readers can develop stronger understandings of archival work. Our ultimate goal is to connect more meaningfully with our community so as always feel free to contact us via: askhornbake@umd.edu

Archives exist to preserve institutional memory and history. One major criticism of archives, and one that is rightly deserved, is that archives far too often tell only the story of administrators, faculty, and bureaucracy. Very few student records are preserved in the University of Maryland Archives. Students are…

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This Week in Wrestling 2020 Week 37

Posted: September 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

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It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 37th of 2020. Today Brian about WWE’s need to restart a developmental territory and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.

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He wasn’t a wrestler or a manager and hardly spoke one word in a promo. Yet, he was one of the most over characters for a brief amount of time in World Championship Wrestling. John Riker was his name and he was a truck driver making around $32,000 a year for WCW. It wasn’t until Chris Jericho spotted him backstage at a WCW event, that Riker’s world changed.

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‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes has been praised as both a creative genius and an ego maniac only out for himself and his friends. His booking helped catapult Jim Crockett Promotions to the national level. Some say he also led JCP into financial ruin with many of his decisions. Whether you are pro or anti Dusty as a booker and creative mind…we mustn’t lose sight that many of his ideas are still used today. Let’s also not forget that time when Dusty tried to start his own national promotion. This is the story of the PWF…The Professional Wrestling Federation and its place in wrestling history.

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Normally, I reserve this blog to talk about all the greats from wrestling’s past. The subject in this piece wasn’t a wrestler, a manager or promoter…but a huge fan. His name was Regis Philbin…a TV personality often deemed ‘The hardest working man in show business.’ He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for appearing in the most hours on television. While Philbin never wrestled a single match nor booked a card…he was a great believer in the business and would often have pro wrestlers on his various shows.

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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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Wrestling With Sin: 290

Posted: July 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

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This is the 290th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.

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Grappling with Tragedy is a series of articles that deal with unfortunate, tragic incidents that have occurred throughout the history of professional wrestling. It is unlike the ‘Wrestling with Sin’ series that deals more with the seedier side of wrestling like arrests, murders and suicides. Grappling looks more at particular tragic incidents that have in some instances altered pro wrestling in some way.

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It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 27th of 2020. Today Brian talks about who the most sought after free agent in wrestling might be and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.

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