Videos of the Marchiversary X sellout show in Taunton, MA USA are available now on our YouTube Channel. Thank You again to SPW for permitting us to record and post its contests. Enjoy.
Brian Partington, Chris Matrix, Derek Moore, DJ AC, G.A. West, Jack Krueger, Micky O'Shea, Rob Sandow, Ryan McDowell, Sammy DeLeon, Scott Ledeur, Sensational Scott Levesque, Showcase Pro Wrestling, SPW, Todd Harris, Zack Belair
Videos of the 29 January Showcase Pro Wrestling Comedy Slam in Woonsocket, RI USA are available now on our YouTube Channel. Thank You again to SPW for permitting us to record and post its contests. Enjoy.
“The Juice” JT Dunn is one of the top wrestlers on the international circuit today. He appeared last weekend at Beyond Wrestling with his tag partner Chris Hero in the team known as “Death By Elbow”. Mr. Dunn talks about his future plans at NEFF 5.
After the spectacles of last year’s Hollister-Maverick combat, the McCarthy-Todo Loco Ladder match, and now this insane event featuring Jack Maverick and The Canadian Giant Genesis, we have to ask: Has NECW become a hard core promotion? Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, and three times makes a trend. The Professor wonders what is on the minds of Mssrs. Goldberg and Richard.
Having asked this question, The Professor will state categorically that these were some of the most entertaining and meaningful matches he’s seen (and by physical proximity, almost been a participant). We are ambivalent about hardcore, but intensity we support 100%.
The Professor borrowed a copy of this video from The Minuteman Library Network. He’s not into providing revenue to the Walmart of Wrestling if it can be avoided.
The AWA (American Wrestling Association) was one of the greatest regional territories in history. Vern Gagne, legendary champion, was the owner. Some of the biggest names of all time were launched in this Minneapolis-based Midwestern territory.
Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Gene Okerlund, Bobby Heenan, Kurt Hennig, Sgt. Slaughter, are examples. Everyone who was anyone in the 1970s and 1980s appeared in the AWA.
The youngster who would become The Professor watched AWA on a new medium called Cable Television when it started to spread in the early 80s. Up until then it was only WWF on VHF television. Suddenly we were able to see the stars that we only knew about from wrestling magazines when the AWA, WCCW, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and Mid South were made available. The national wrestling picture came into view for the entire country and for a few short years we had it all.
Then “Walmart” took over and the other organizations died one-by-one. Now we have the homogenized “Walmart” product and the hundreds of Indies. You know the story.
The Professor has to give credit to “Walmart” for releasing this video in 2006 and acknowledging, although often in a self-serving way, the contribution of the Gagnes to the sport of Professional Wrestling. Watching AWA veterans who are now economic dependents of Vince McMahon is not exactly giving the viewer shoot videos, but here we are.
The Professor subscribes to classic liberal economics and does not necessarily miss the cartel known as the territory system or the NWA. However, replacing it with the Walmart of Wrestling as the only game in town has not improved the sport.
This video is worth a watch, especially for younger fans who were not around for the few brief Halcyon years when there was actual variety and competition on television.
Technical note: surprising for a media company as polished as the WWE, the music on this video is not only crappy, it overwhelms the dialogue in a very frustrating way. One wonders if this was an intentional Parthian Shot to Vern Gagne.