exercise ball

The Lex Express or should I say the Lex Milk Run

Leading into the summer of 1993, the WWF was looking for a new leader.  Hulk Hogan had just retired/parted ways with the WWF.  Somebody thought it would be a good idea to take Lex Luger with his blond hair and big muscles and turn him into the next Hulk Hogan.

The only problem was, Lex is no Hulk Hogan.  For me personally, Lex was still “The Narcissist”.  He had only made his wrestling debut that spring at Wrestlemania IX.  The baby face turn just never worked for me.  He was not ready to win the WWF Title.

…continue reading about The Lex Express or should I say the Lex Milk Run

Earthquake and his role in The Ultimate Challenge

In 1989, the Earthquake made his WWF debut.  He was an imposing figure.  He began his career by crushing every opponent he faced.  It was very intimidating and exciting at the same time as he would prepare for his finishing move, the Earthquake Splash, when he would jump around his opponents head shaking the entire ring.  Of course one Earthquake Splash was never enough.  He would have to do it 2 or 3 times until his opponent would be carried away on a stretcher.  As Jesse Ventura would say, “It’s the aftershock, you always have to be prepared for it”.

…continue reading about Earthquake and his role in The Ultimate Challenge

My Wrestlemania Collection

Unfortunately the picture of the Wrestlemania collection above is not mine.  The Wrestlemania VHS collection came out sometime in the mid to late 90s.  At the time I was a teenager with barely any money.  I could not afford to buy the complete collection at once.  It was somewhere in the $200 range for all 13 tapes.  Even today I would have to budget specifically to be able to buy something that nice.

…continue reading about My Wrestlemania Collection

Remembering Owen Hart

The story of Owen Hart is nothing but tragic.  As a kid, I was not an Owen Hart fan.  I hated Owen Hart.  I mean he kicked his brother’s Bret’s leg when he was already hurt!  It sounds cruel to say that I hated him, but as a grown up, it feels almost like the ultimate compliment.  He was such a great heel that I could never like him, but at the same time I could never turn off one of his matches.

I remember May 23, 1999 so well.  I was watching the Over the Edge pay-per-view as it had become a monthly tradition to watch every WWF event during this time in my life.  The Hardcore title match had just ended and the promos for the next match were on.  I quickly ran upstairs to grab a snack.  I came down no more than 2 minutes later when the world stopped.

…continue reading about Remembering Owen Hart

Rick Rude – The ultimate sports entertainer

Ahhh “Ravishing” Rick Rude.  Back in the 80s, I hated him.  How could I not?  He had one of  the greatest, long running, feuds in WWF history with The Ultimate Warrior!

Rick’s matches starts at $11,000 and would always be delayed by his need to “entertain the ladies”.  He would ask for his music to be cut, grab a microphone, and begin belittling the entire audience.  This incensed fans in the building including me at home, on my couch, yelling at my TV.

…continue reading about Rick Rude – The ultimate sports entertainer

My First WWF Live Event

Back in the 80s Hulk Hogan flexed, cupped his hand to his ear, and wrestled his way to the hearts and imagination of millions of people in North America.  I couldn’t turn on the WWE Network and watch wrestling whenever I wanted.  I was a busy kid who loved wrestling, but didn’t know when it was on TV.  To watch wrestling I had to go to the video store and hope there was a new WWF VHS that I hadn’t seen yet.  And if I was really lucky, my parents would take me to watch a live WWF event.

…continue reading about My First WWF Live Event

exercise ball