Hello there wrestling fans, I hope you enjoyed your fourth of July weekend. Its back to business as normal though, after most of you probably dreaded going back to work yesterday after a long weekend. Have no worries though, you can wake up to another round of Q and A with #ask7pound.
This week we discuss
Here is a little did you know?
Did you Know that Mick Foley is the only professional wrestler to have an action figure from WWE, WCW, TNA, and ECW? Foley has also won championships in all four organizations as well.
Now here is another match in David’s Dream Card. So far we have Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Tommy Dreamer, and a six man tag between the Freebirds vs the Road Warriors and The Power Warrior (Kensuke Sasaki)
Randy Savage & Magnum TA vs HHH and Paul Orndorff
Why this match?
All 4 are great talents, but I wanted a mix-up tag match. Savage as a face is awesome, and Magnum TA is a bit forgotten, but at 6’1 can matchup size-wise with the rest. HHH can deal with Savage as a nutball, and both HHH and Paul will do anything to make sure that Savage can put up a great match. Magnum can be lead to a great match, as Flair and Tully both had classics with him. I never thought Magnum was on par with the great wrestlers, but pair him with a good one, and much like Sting, could rise to the occasion.
Now here are your questions for this week.
Greg starts us off with Battle Royals at Wrestlemania.
It seems as if Battle Royals are going to be a big part of Wrestlemania for the forseeable future. Which made me wonder. How many Battle Royals have taken place at a Wrestlemania.
There have been 14 Wrestlemanias that featured Battle Royals. Some were on the main show, some were on the pre-show, and some were dark matches that were only for the LIVE audience. Thanks to my colleague Eric Asafailo, he researched every one of them, and provided the stipulation.
Wrestlemania 2: Winner Andre the Giant, NFL AND WWE
Wrestlemania 4: Winner Bad News Brown for A large trophy that was destroyed by Bret Hart
Wrestlemania 14: Winner LOD 2000, prize number one Contender for tag title
Wrestlemania 15: Winner D-Lo Brown and Test (Sunday night heat) prize Tag Team Title match at Mania
Wrestlemania 16: Winner Hardcore Holly (for the Hardcore Championship)
Wrestlemania 17: Winner Iron Shiek (Gimmick Battle Royal)
Wrestlemania 21: Winner Booker T (dark match)
Wrestlemania 22: Winner Viscera (dark match)
Wrestlemania 24: Winner Kane (Pre show) prize ECW title match at WrestleMania, Won by Kane as well
Wrestlemania 25: Winner Santina, prize Miss Wrestlemania
Wrestlemania 26: Winner Yoshida Tatsu (Pre show)
WrestleMania 27: Winner The Great Khali (Pre Show)
WrestleMania 30: Winner Cesaro (Andre Invitational)
WrestleMania 31: Winner The Big Show (Andre Invitational)
Bart from outside of Milwaukee wants to know about ring set up.
Two questions here, first, how long does it take to set up a professional wrestling ring? And how big are the rings that pro wrestlers wrestle in?
It really depends on how big the ring is and how much detail is in the ring. The rings that I wrestled in were 16 X 16, which was also the size of a standard WCW ring. Those rings took about 1 to 2 hours to set up, also depending on how many people you had helping you. I got to the point where I could set up the ring by myself in a little over an hour. A WWE ring is 20 X 20, so that would take a lot more time to set up. The ring crew consists of many people so it only takes them about 45 minutes to an hour to set up that ring, but again they have several people setting it up. I think unloading it takes the most time. Once you have everything in place, it is not that difficult at all. Plus once you do it a couple of times, it is much easier, especially when you know what you are doing. I remember the first time I set up a ring, I had no idea what I was doing and it took me forever.
Jose from Miami Florida wants to know about a veteran jobber.
Hello, what ever become of the Cuban Assassin? Do you remember him? He was with the WCW in the early 90’s and late 80’s.
How could any solid wrestling fan forge this man. He was a mainstay in WCW and NWA as you perfectly stated in the late eighties, and early nineties. Though his win/loss record is not something to be desired, he always gave his opponent a run for his money. So a little bit of history on the Cuban before I answer your question in full. His real name is David Canal, he was born in Cuba but has been in the United States since he was a year old. He is most notorious for his work with the Puerto Rican based World Wide Council where he competed as a wrestler, and also worked backstage. He has had some classic matches with the likes of Ric Flair, where when he competed under the name “Top Gun” he wrestled Flair to a 60 minute time limit draw. I guess you could say that was his claim to fame.
So on to what the Cuban Assassin is up to now a days. He is married to his long time manager Fantasy for the last 23 years. And they own a sports bar in Largo Florida called Crazy Dave’s Sports Bar. He has not competed in ring for about 12 years.
Luke from Arkansas wants to know about NFL players in wrestling.
How many wrestlers actually played in the NFL? I don’t mean practice squads like Brock Lesnar and Brian Pillman, but actually played in regular season NFL games?
Good question. As you know many wrestlers have been in the NFL, but as you stated only on practice squads. However, Lesnar and Pillman did appear in a couple of pre-season games in the NFL. So here are a couple of notables that actually played on an NFL field during the regular season.
Goldberg- who played with the Atlanta Falcons. He also was picked up by the Carolina Panthers but never played a regular season game. He was founded by Sting and Lex Luger while rehabbing in the NFL.
Ron Simmons- played one season with the Cleveland Browns
Steve McMichael- Who could forget his career with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers? He also won the United States Championship in WCW.
Marcus Cor Von- Also known as the Alpha Male in TNA and WWE, Monty Brown played for the Buffalo Bills and even appeared in a Super Bowl against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII.
Vader- Played two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams before entering the squared circle and dishing out havoc winning the WCW World title on three occasions.
Jim The Anvil Neidhart- Played with the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys before having a successful career in the WWE with the Hart Foundation.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan- Played with the Atlanta Falcons
Lawrence Taylor??? – I guess you could throw him in there, he did main event a Wrestlemania for god sakes.
Bronko Nagurski- Played with the Chicago Bears and also became the NWA World Champion in the 40’s.
The Big Cat Ernie Ladd- Played as a defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers, and Kansas City Chiefs.
Droz- Played with the Denver Broncos for a short time, then ended up getting a career injury in the WWE.
Dick the Bruiser- Played with the Green Bay Packers in the early 50’s, then had a successful career in the AWA. He was also the referee for the WCW title match between Sting and the Black Scorpion at Starrcade 90.
Kevin Greene- Played for the Carolina Panthers, and San Francisco 49ers before having a short stint with WCW in the mid 90’s
Wahoo McDaniel- Played for the New York Jets,Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins over a nine year NFL career, before having a great career in wrestling.
Then you have all those NFL players who competed in the Battle Royal at Wrestlemania II like William The Refridgerator Perry, Bill Fralic, Russ Francis, Jimbo Covert, Harvey Martin, and Ernie Holmes.
Tobias from Wichita KS asks about Strike Force.
Why did the WWF break up Strike Force. If my memory is right, Martel came back and they reunited, then they split. Why didnt they keep this team going? I thought they were great with each other?
I as well like this team with Rick Martel and Tito Santana. I main reason they split up the team was because they wanted Martel in a singles role. He was a former AWA World Champion, and had been in a tag team for most of his WWE career. He wanted to go out on his own and compete in singles. The turn happened at Wrestlemania V, when Strike Force faced off against the Brain Busters, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Santana accidentally hit Martel with his flying forearm, and Martel ditched him in the ring. The two had a short lived feud for the duration of the summer, and Martel began his “Model” gimmick, which he portrayed perfectly.
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