WWE, WCW & ECW former wrestlers

As you can see wrestling is actually a very important part of my life as well as online casino gaming. The reason for that is because as a child of 6 years old my grandfather introduced it me to it. On Saturday’s this is what we did. It bonded us in a way that has NO description. And more than enough times when I watch wrestling I feel as though he is right here with me moaning, puffing, grunting and shouting to the TV “Knock him out!”

One of the things I love the most about wrestling is being able to talk to the many fans (or shall I say marks because the real fans are far and few) that follow sports entertainment. I also love it when I get the chance to meet and talk to some of the wrestlers. I will be working on a picture gallery shortly. But one of the biggest questions that comes up in conversation is “What ever happened to?”, “Where is he now?” or after finding out someone has been released or left (after contracts expires or quitting) “Will they ever show up again?”

Wrestling is a very demanding sport both mentally & physically and in some of the things I have read most times you make little to nothing starting out. As I grow more and more into Jab & Grapple I will do my best to provide information on those often asked questions which bring me to today’s topic.

After Vince McMahon purchased WCW from Ted Turner there was a major buzz on who he would keep and who he would let go. And the same rule applied to ECW after they disbanded. At least that the PC word for it. The truth is they could not compete with WWE when it came to drawing crowds and making money.

Here are some of the former WWE, WCW & ECW stars that are now with TNA Wrestling:

  1. WWE’s Road Dogg Jesse James-Now known as “BG James
  2. WWE’s Christian-Now known as “Christian Cage
  3. WWE’s Gail Kim
  4. WWE’s Jeff Hardy
  5. WWE’s/WCW’s Jeff Jarrett-Kept his name and runs TNA
  6. Jerry Lynn formerly of WWE/WCW/ECW
  7. Kevin Nash formerly of WWE/WCW
  8. WWE’s Badd Ass Billy Gunn-Now known as “Kip James
  9. WCW’s Primtime Elix Skipper
  10. ECW’s/WWE’s Rhino
  11. WWE’s Kid Quick-Now know as Ron “The Truth” Killings
  12. ECW’s Sabu
  13. Known in WWE as “The Kid”, “The Kamikaze Kid”, “The 1-2-3 Kid” & “X-Pac” and in WCW as “Syxx”-Now known as Sean Waltman
  14. WCW’s/WWE’s Shannon Moore-Now Known as “The Prince of Punk Shannon Moore
  15. ECW’s Simon Diamond
  16. WCW’s Sting (What a surprise)
  17. Last but not least ECW’s/WWE’s Dudley Boys-Now known as Brother Devon & Brother RayTeam 3D

Wow what a lineup. Eventually I will be doing more on TNA Wrestling but this is just a small glimpse at the after life of some of wrestling well knowns after life in the WWE & WCW.

WrestleMania 22 predictions Part 3

Mr. McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels in a No Holds Barred Match

For all the MARKS out there yes Shawn should win considering everything Vince has done to him. And honestly just based upon crowd POPS he should win. But I can remember early Shawn and he is becoming a shadow of what he once was. This is not a personal attack on him the person but it is a harsh dose of reality when it comes to the countdown of a wrestlers “in ring” participation. Shawn has heart for continuing to wrestle with known back problems. At one point his career was threatened due to the severity of his back injuries. But GOD is good and saw it fit for him to return. But since coming back I noticed he is not as agile as he was before the injury, he moves a slight bit more gingerly in the ring, and if I can be honest he takes way too many beatings. He has put over lots of wrestlers since coming back and that is a good mark of a PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER. But the only way he will pull this off is if Vince thinks he should win. Prediction: Vince McMahon

World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton

All 3 wrestlers are great in the ring and all have a style of their own. When it comes to great acrobatic Lucha Libre moves Rey Mysterio represents well. Randy Orton is definitely today’s wrestler with stamina, great defensive moves, yet with a ole’ school flavor. I mean being a 2nd or 3rd generation wrestler why should he? And Mr. Kurt Angle…The technical wrestler’s, wrestler. I have been a fan of his since he came to the WWE. He has not disappointed me at all in the ring. This match will possess a lot of thrills. But I do see Angle winning this one. Prediction: Kurt Angle

John Cena vs. Triple H for the WWE Championship

Rock & Roll versus Hip-Hop, New School versus Ole’ School. Okay here we go…My mind is looking a Triple H’s resume in the WWE. He has hed the title 10 times and has survived some of the most grueling matches. He is truly a “Cerebral Assassin” as he is called. He has the true skill of mentally throwing opponents off their game. Now I can’t go without saying this…Being Vince’s son-in-law and soon to be father of Stephani McMahon’s baby I think that will definitely be a factor. I say this because behind the scene and in front of the camera Vince looks out for those who are committed to him and the company. Triple H has been there when many others left. He carried the torch when there was no one else to do it. John Cena…the Hip-Hop wrestling thug. As much as will say he has skills & flow on the mic but as long as he has been in the WWE his ring skills have not sharpened. I am not say he can’t wrestle but there have been times I have been afraid watching him wrestle. He does possess a smashmouth type of style and maybe in a hardcore match it might come in handy but against Triple H??? He needs to be just a bit more technical. Prediction: Triple H

Do not be surprised if somewhere down the line Ric Flair challenges Triple H for the title.

WrestleMania 22 predictions Part 2

Undertaker vs. Mark Henry (Casket Match)

At 13-00 in his WrestleMania matches the Undertaker is probably a favorite to win. Yeah okay because he beat Yokozuna who was his biggest opponent does not really warrant him doing it this time. If I had to just logic for this match I would look at it this way…The Undertaker has gotten older. I mean for real it is expected. I applaud him for his run and even admire the fact he is well respected in the locker room but the younger cats are bringing it now. Mark Henry has had many runs with the WWE and in all of his runs “The World’s Strongest Man” has been the center of his image. Finally He has come back with a “Crash through the wall” type of style and having this match does something for his career. Mark is the younger guy in this. He may not be fast but between the two he just strikes me as being the stronger one. That alone says he should win but I do believe the hype around The Undertaker being 13-0 and him being the senior will be factors in him winning. Prediction: The Undertaker

Money in the Bank Ladder Match

This is a inter-promotional match that will consist of 3 Smackdown Superstars and 3 Raw Superstars. The Superstars representing Smackdown will be Bobby Lashley, Matt Hardy and Fit Finlay while representing Raw will be Shelton Benjamin (current Raw Intercontinental Champion), Rob Van Dam, and Ric Flair. Out of all 6 participants Matt Hardy & Rob Van Dam are seasoned Ladder Match veterans. If I am not mistaken this is Ric Flair’s second ladder match in his whole career. At his age I am not feeling much participation from him. Now when I say that I am saying I do not see him doing some of the “Off the ladder” moves that the other participants will try. I sense the same feeling for Lashley & Finlay also. Lashey being big as all outdoors but not as agile and Finlay like Flair being up in age does not give me a good feeling when it come to utilizing the ladder for moves. Benjamin I am feeling somewhat of willing to try a move. I do not recall him being in a ladder match but he should be one to watch. Hardy & Van Dam I see taking it to the limit so they definitely are my favorites for the crowd response on ladder moves. And as funny as this sounds I think Flair just might win this. Prediction: Ric Flair

WrestleMania 22 predictions Part 1

It’s all happening this Sunday. Sports Entertainment’s biggest showcase…WrestleMania 22. Normally we have the WrestleMania party with all the fixin’s but due to a change (massive change) in household income I am praying we will be able to hold true to a household tradition.

Anyway I would like to drop my predictions. Even though those of us that are true followers of wrestling not the MARKS (Mark – A member of the audience, presumed gullible.) know all of the matches are predetermined but none the less fun to predict. So here is my 2 cents worth:

Torrie Wilson vs. Candice Michelle in a Playboy Pillow Fight

Who cares? It will be a whole lot of rolling around, T’s shaking and A’s bouncing. If Victoria stays out of it and Candice doesn’t try to use her wand I can see Torrie winning. But once again it doesn’t matter.

Boogeyman vs. Booker T & Sharmell

This one should be interesting. I am still trying to find out more on the guy that plays Boogeyman but if in fact Sharmell is not at ringside I think Booker T’s ring skill will be tested. Boogeyman’s style is more of power than technical and if he can keep Booker T grounded he could possibly win. Prediction: Boogeyman

Trish Stratus vs. Mickie James for the Women’s Championship

In watching both ladies wrestle Trish strikes me as having just a little more ring skill than Mickie does. In previous matches I have spotted Mickie over-running her spot or not hitting her move at the right time. Trish on the flipside of the coin executes the same moves but she gets the bigger POP(Pop – Sudden heat from a house as a response to a wrestler’s entry or hot move.) no matter what. This particular match has potential for a great ANGLE (Angle – A wrestling plot which may involve only one match or may continue over several matches for some time; the reason behind a feud or a turn.). But if I have to predict it will be Trish if there is no interference. Prediction: Trish

Big Show & Kane vs. Chris Masters & Carlito for the World Tag Team

Now this has been an interesting road for both teams. You have had both teams wrestling together as well as one-on-one. Looking at both Big Show & Kane they have both dominated a mass majority of their matches. But they are both slow. Carlito and Chris are smaller in size which makes the a little quicker on the moves. As individual wrestlers they both are very good technically and honestly they probably would do good as the Tag-Team Champions but they will resort to winning a matches anyway they can if the possibility of losing is there. That has been proven in the last 2 matches they have had. Prediction: Big Show & Kane

WrestleMania 22 predictions Part 2 (4)

United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. JBL

Bar none Chris Benoit ranks up there with some of the best technical wrestler ever to grace the squared circle. JBL on the other hand is high ranking when it comes to power wrestlers. Not to mention the fact he is also a great bleeder. The disadvantage for Benoit is height and this could possess a challenge for him. JBL is also a dirty player when things are not in his favor. This is a hard one to call. I would like to see Benoit win but I see JBL on this one. Prediction: JBL

Edge vs. Mick Foley (Hardcore Match)

No doubt some of the best Hardcore matches have been given by Mick Foley. Personally his best were with Terry Funk but none the less he is known as the top Hardcore match specialist. Edge is known to have participated in the best TLC matches in WWE history and it has yet to be recreated. But let’s go back in time for a quick second. The last good somewhat of a hardcore match Mick Foley had was in the Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker at King of the Ring. He sustained some major injuries and if you ask me those injuries had an effect on his Hardcore matches from that point on.

In his “Loser must retire” match against Triple H it was clear his injuries had not totally healed. That to me was his last hardcore match. So now we come to this match against Edge. I see Mick giving his best (as he always does) but for some strange reason I am feeling Edge with the win. I am sure Edge will probably take the beating but in the end I just think he will win. Prediction: Edge

Saturday Night Special again/ Back in the 80’s

If you are a wrestling fan like I am you should remember WWE’s “Saturday Night Main Event”. At the time it was WWF and some of the big stars that made Saturday Night’s Main Event were Hulk Hogan, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, King Kong Bundy, The Undetaker and Sid Justice just to name a few. Well starting March 18th on NBC (which is where it all started) it will air once again. This to me will be so nostalgic because I will travel back in time to my teenage years to remember how many times I actually turned down going to parties and hanging out just to see Saturday Night’s Main Event.

This was a tradition growing up and my grandmother & I literally stopped everything just to sit and watch it. I hope that today’s Superstars can bring the electricity that made this show successful. I am sure they will but it was that something special about a Saturday Night wrestling show that made it timeless.

Check you local listings to see what NBC is in your area.

Back in the 80’s

Back in the 80’s when the WWE (then known as WWWF) had finally hit a high with viewership and was seen in every household. They had a vast array of characters, one of them being Tatanka.

Chris Chavis “aka” Tatanka was born in Pembroke, N.C.; home of the Lumbee Native American Tribe. He is a former student of Bethel High School, Hampton, Va. 1975-1978. During his time in school he played football all 3 years and was voted most valuable lineman in 1977. He was also in the Army R.O.T.C.where he was promoted to the highest rank of Command Sargent Major in his Jr. year. In his Sr. year he was promoted to the highest rank of Colonel and received a scholarship to the West Point Academy.

He held the following titles in bodybuilding:

1983 1st place Mr Goldcoast.

1985 2nd place Citrus States.

1987 1st place First Coast Bodybuilding Championship

1988 1st place Mr. Gulf Coast

He tried out for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders to pursue a career in football. Although he was offered a with the Miami Dolphins he opted not to take it because he was making more working at Bally’s gym. He left Bally’s (even though he was given raises) in 1989 to pursue a career in professional wrestling and in January of 1990 turned pro. In 1991 he was signed to the WWE and had a terrific run.

As a wrestler he spent 300 days per year on the road and in 1996 decided to take a break from the sport to spend time with his wife to get his personal relationship in order. During that time he not only did he rebuild his relationship with his wife but he also developed a relationship with GOD. During that time off his wife gave birth to a baby girl.

2 1/2 years later he stepped back into the squared circle and ultimately captured The South African Heavyweight Title, The U.C.W. Heavyweight Title, and The Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title. In September of 1999 he also captured The Heavyweight Champion for I.W.A. Championship Wrestling thus making his belt count 5.

He is working the independant circuits and making personal appearances. He is also involved with WXL (another wrestling promotion) based in South America. It is good to know he is still around.