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Happ Hazzard

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  1. Everyone should watch Robbie Brookside Video Diaries. It was a real revelation to have a semi-insider wrestling documentary being shown on primetime BBC2 in 1994.
  2. Probably just a scene where Alec was shooting at the camera. Tragic story.
  3. Hogan later bequeathed his legendary "high knee" to his friend the Booty Man.
  4. Speaking of the Killer Bees, anyone read Jim Brunzell's book?
  5. B. Brian Blair has a autobiography out, 472 pages long.
  6. Supposedly the fake Razor and Diesel thing was to support the lawsuit against WCW for them trying to pass off Hall and Nash as their WWF characters.
  7. I think John Tenta is the eternal winner of the oldest looking young wrestler award. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I found out he was only 26 when he attacked Hogan on the Brother Love show. But in saying that, WWF was full of young guys that looked old at that time. Big Bossman and Akeem were 25 and 28 years old respectively when they faced the Mega Powers on the live "Main Event" show on NBC in 1989.
  8. Animal retired at the end of 1992 and was collecting on a Lloyds of London policy. He didn't wrestle again until the Road Warriors came back on Nitro in 1996. Hawk wrestled in various places in the meantime, in Japan with Sasaki as the Hell Raisers, in Germany where he won the CWA World title, in early ECW, in SMW. I don't remember what the situation was regarding Hawk being advertised for Fall Brawl but not appearing. I assume either a dispute over money or it conflicted with New Japan dates. They put together the Shockmaster as a poorly thought out replacement and had Animal there so there was still a Road Warrior appearing on the show. Hawk was in WCW sporadically at the end of '93 but he didn't really do anything of note. I think he was brought into fulfil Davey Boy Smith's bookings but then they brought in Ray Traylor to take Davey's spot longer term.
  9. I understand the real estate in New York is expensive but is there literally no 5000-10000 seat venues in the city? For college basketball or minor league Hockey or the like? Barclays is in Brooklyn, how about the Bronx? Or is there anywhere else in Queens other than Flushing Meadow? Maybe AEW could run in Central Park?
  10. What other venues are there in NYC? MSG and Barclays? It's amazing that that major a city has so few viable venues for wrestling. I would think AEW runs MSG at some point just for the prestige, despite it being a money pit.
  11. Does the Arthur Ashe stadium regularly hold non-tennis events? I can't even begin to imagine wrestling being held at Wimbledon centre court, the venue is only used for two weeks a year, and that's it. Now AEW have run there are WWE likely to run there as an alternative to the expensive MSG or will they avoid it simply because AEW did it first?
  12. Jesse also speculated that Dr. Tom might have a degree in gynaecology.
  13. Not an Express but I seem to remember Earthquake and Dino Bravo referring to themselves as (or Jimmy Hart calling them) the "Masters of Disaster" around the same time.
  14. That's Maurice Smith, future/former UFC Heavyweight champ.
  15. Around that time they did the same with just about everyone they repackaged, mention their "real"/former name on the first appearance and then the nickname became their ring name. Curt Hennig/Mr Perfect, Davey Boy Smith/British Bulldog, Kerry Von Erich/Texas Tornado, Ricky Steamboat/The Dragon. They didn't do it with Smash/Repo Man I would imagine because it was two complete gimmick characters, but also they never refenced Hawaiian Crush as the former Demolition Crush despite him using the same name so it might have also been because of the lawsuit over the Demolition name and gimmick. I've never seen Barry Windham's debut as the Widowmaker which is in this this timeframe so I don't know if they acknowledged him as Barry Windham, former 2 time tag champ, son of Blackjack Mulligan etc. He did it at WM6 as well, asking Gorilla if he knew "Perfect's old man, the Ax". It confused me as a new fan of American wrestling and I thought Demolition Ax was Mr Perfect's father for quite a while.
  16. How many Expresses were there? Midnight Express (all versions) Rock 'n Roll Express Zambuie Express PYT Express Lightning Express Viet Cong Express Can-Am Express Orient Express Any others?
  17. Midnights were first by a year or two as they used that name in Southeastern when the team was Condrey, Rose and Austin, then the Rock n' Rolls were formed in Memphis, then when the Rock n' Rolls went to Mid-South, Watts was putting together a team to be the heel foils to the RnRs, with Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton, managed by Cornette, was thinking about names and Condrey suggested Midnight Express. I'm guessing they just used it because of the recent movie and because it sounded good. There was no Midnight Express in Memphis but I'm guessing Lawler and/or Jarrett had heard the name and named the Rock 'n Roll Express off the back of it. Then once you had the Express vs Express feud in Mid-South you started getting all the other expresses (and to a lesser extent, Rock 'n Roll/Rock named teams).
  18. R.I.P. Michael K. Williams - best known as Omar Little from "the Wire" found dead in his New York Apartment.
  19. Early publicity photo of NJPW young boys Mutoh, Hashimoto and Chono, this is when they first started being referred to as the "Three Musketeers".
  20. Harley definitely used it, I can't speak for any other NWA champions. I can't imagine Dusty or either Funk using it but you never know.
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