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Before I get started answering your questions this week. I would like to take a moment to recognize and thank one of my counterparts on the Wrestling Roundtable, and host of In my damn opinion, Eric Asafailo. If you saw In my Damn Opinion this past Friday, Eric handed out the Dammy Awards. He awarded me a Dammy for Producer of the Year as I have been behind the scenes producing his show every Friday. I am truly honored by the recognition and would like to thank the academy….oh wait, I would like to thank Eric for giving me this award, and also David Snipes who gives us all the opportunity to bring these great shows to you on a weekly basis. So thank you Eric and you keep up the good work.
That being said…..
This week we discuss in ring deaths, yeah kind of morbid but people wanna know these things. Also was there supposed to be a run in at the first Wrestlemania organized by Verne Gagne? This and much more!
Let’s start with a little bit of BAD NEWS!
Well here we are again on the eve of another PPV offering from WWE. Tables, Ladders and Chairs will hard hitting action in the extreme sense as these weapons will be sanctioned in some matches on the card. One of the matches I’m looking forward to is the Divas title match between Charlotte and Paige with Ric Flair in his daughter’s corner. Paige once again has the chance to become the Divas Champion. But I do have some bad news…The numbers are not in Paige’s favor in the history of the TLC event which dates back to 2009 the Divas title has been defended every year except 2010 and the Champion has always retained. Can Paige break the trend you can find out on the WWE network for only 9.99
Did you know?
Shawn Michaels debuted as a singles wrestler known as Sean Michaels. He was also known as Mike Hickenbottom his real name. He debuted against Billy Jack Haynes.
Here are the questions this week.
Eric from Williamsville IL. has a couple of questions for us this week. (Since he is my #1 fan)
Other than Owen Hart and that guy from 2015 has any other wrestlers ever died in the ring?
Not the most sensitive of topics to start off #ask7pound but you want it, you got it. We will start with the aforementioned deaths with Owen Hart. Owen as many of you already know was set to repel 80 feet down to the ring in “superhero” type fashion. According to sources, Owen was trying to adjust his cape while dangling over the ring about to repel down. The latch to the harness unfastened and Owen came crashing down to the ring hitting the turnbuckle before hitting the back of his head on the ring. I was at this event, and they say he died at the hospital, but it was pretty clear to me that he passed away in the ring.
Then you have Perro Aguayo the lucha libre sensation who was wrestling in a tag team match against Rey Mysterio Jr. Perro received cervical spine trauma from Mysterio’s drop kick and suffered severe whiplash that snapped is neck. Perry was 35 at the time of his death. He was pronounced dead backstage, however sources say that he died instantly.
Moondog Spot: Larry Booker was an established wrestler throughout the 1980s, he was apart of what is known as the “Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl” between his team known as The Blonde Bombers facing off with Bill Dundee and Jerry “The King” Lawler. He then joined the team of The Monologs and shared feuds with The Fabulous Ones, The RockNRoll Express and The Midnight Express. He won a slew of NWA Titles and even part of the WWE Tag Team titles with Moondog Rex. However Booker’s life was cut short in 2003 when he was taking part in Jerry “The King” Lawler’s Birthday bash in Tennessee as you can see what happened in the footage above. Booker was 51 at the time of his death. It was said that the cause of death was complications due to diabetes. So it was not a wrestling related injury that caused his death.
Oro: Jesús Javier Hernández Silva AKA Oro made the beginning of his Lucha Wrestling career with Los Metallicos with his brother Plata and another wrestler Platino. The trifecta would do battle with Los Destructores many times and the fans really got behind Los Metallicos. Oro and Plata won their first championship by defeating Los Destructores only a year after debuting. A few more would follow until Oro became a solo standout, he would involve himself into a lengthy storyline with Mano Negra and eventually win the NWA World Middleweight Championship. However Oro wanted to retire soon so plans were scrapped. In 1993 when Oro was in a 6-man tag match he requested to take a “Kobushi bump” similar to a piledriver just more dramatic and in doing so he was immediately injured, placed on a stretcher and passed away before entering an ambulance. The death was reportedly caused from a brain aneurysm. Oro was 21 at the time of his death.
Mitsuharu Misawa: Mitsuharu Misawa was perhaps one of the best technical wrestlers from Japan for his time and his career highlights were painted with many memorable matches that won hoards of rewards. Misawa received 24 “5 Star Match” Awards from The Wrestling Observer Newspaper along with 5 match of the year awards. He won 5 more match of the year awards from Tokyo Sports and Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked him at #2 of the Top 500 wrestlers of 1997. Misawa won almost every title in All Japan Pro Wrestling and Noah Pro wrestling. In 2009 Misawa teamed with Go Shiozaki to take on The GHC Tag Team Champions Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith, while receiving a belly to back suplex, Misawa’s cervical spinal cord was injured and that caused him to go into cardiac arrest, he later died in the hospital. Misawa was 46 at the time of his death.
So those were the only wrestling related deaths that occured in the ring. I won’t publish the videos, but you can see these deaths in the ring on YouTube, except for Owen’s death.
Was there plans to have Bruiser Brody do a run in during the first Wrestlemania?
Brody was incredibly well-known during the ’80s, but hadn’t really made the national spotlight his own, as he wasn’t a WWF mainstay at the time of WrestleMania in 1985. All that was about to change, however, as Brody was reportedly offered a large sum of money to run in during the main event of the inaugural Mania and attack the competitors. However, he wasn’t supposed to attack just any of the four combatants involved. No, Brody’s shoot assault was to be focused solely on one of the biggest draws the company had at the time. Not Hulk Hogan, but his tag team partner, Mr. T.
The run-in, however, never occurred, as Brody allegedly rebuked any and all offers to perform such an unadvertised and unwanted stunt. The incident was just the first in a string of bizarre occurrences for Brody’s career, which ended tragically in 1988 when Brody was stabbed to death by wrestler/booker Jose Huertas Gonzalez backstage at a World Wrestling Council event in Puerto Rico.
If you could rewrite any storyline from 2015, what would it be and how would you change it?
I think to be honest that I would have changed the way that Seth Rollins won the WWE championship. I would have liked to see Reigns win the championship over Lesnar at Wrestlemania, then have Rollins cash in the next night on Raw or maybe the next pay per view. Having Rollins win at Wrestlemania completely ruined all the hype between Reigns and Lesnar leading up to Wrestlemania. I would have had no problem at all putting the championship on Rollins shortly thereafter. However, with that, and I am kind of adding one on top of the storyline. Rollins wins the championship and does not become a punk bitch of a champion. He defends the championship every pay per view, and on the occasional RAW. He wins clean the majority of the time, and does not win via outside interference. It made his championship run seem redundant and went down as one of the worst champions of all time in my opinion.
Manny from Rantoul wants to know about Goldberg
Why did Goldberg leave wrestling?
For the most part, Goldberg just did not have wrestling in his heart. He was 35 when he started wrestling in WCW, after his run in the NFL. So first, he got a late start. His look was so impressive that WCW ran with his look and put him over so quickly. Problem is, he was not ready. He did not possess a skillset that really was needed to be a world champion, or a world class professional wrestler. His undefeated streak was still one of the most talked about things in wrestling today. When it came to and end against Kevin Nash at Starrcade 98, he sort of fell by the way side, and was regulated to a mid-carder. When he came to the scene in the WWE in 2002, the WWE tried to do the same thing WCW did with him, but again his heart was not in it, and he was not prepared for it. His title run only lasted a couple of months, and then his showdown with Brock Lesnar, which on paper, should have been a dream match. Completely sucked because it was leaked that both Lesnar and Goldberg were leaving the WWE for different reasons. The crowd knew it, the wrestlers put on a piss poor performance, and that was the last time Goldberg set foot inside of a ring.
Derrick from West Virginia chimes in
What was the most successful tag team in history that was just thrown together and not supposed to have much success?
When I first saw this question I immediately thought of two teams. Daniel Bryan and Kane and also Demolition Ax and Smash. Yeah okay Demolition was a team, but Barry Darsow was a middle of the run replacement as Smash when Krusher Kruschev had a contract dispute with the McMahons and abruptly left the company. So that was just kind of thrown together and the two went on to win the WWF tag team championship three times. Most thought this team would not get over. Same with Daniel and Kane, this was just supposed to be a project to give them both something to do. They had awesome chemistry together and they just took off.
That being said, as good as these teams were, I have to go with a team that was thrown together simply because of each of their gimmicks. The two had much singles success in the WWE and in WCW. This team was thrown together simply to give one of them something to do while they tried to recreate his character. The other was just supposed to be his pawn to build him up. This team was Money Inc. Ted Dibiase and IRS. This team was not made to last. It was supposed to build up Dibiase to start yet another run at the WWF title after Wrestlemania when Randy Savage defeated Flair. Savage and Dibiase had a great feud in 1988, and they were going to start that over again. However, Dibiase and IRS worked so well together, they decided to continue their partnership, on the advice of Dibiase none the less, and the two went on to be maybe the most successful tag team in the early 90’s. Winning the tag team championship on three occasions.
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