Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Ib Solvang "Eric" Hansen (1 August 1934 - 16 November 1978) was a Danish professional wrestler, known by his ring name Eric the Red, who competed in North American and international regional promotions during the 1960s and 70s, including Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling, Maple Leaf Wrestling and National Wrestling Federation.
One of the major stars in the short-lived International Wrestling Association, he was one of the few to find success in the National Wrestling Alliance following the IWA's close forming a successful tag team with Pak Song in Championship Wrestling from Florida before his death in 1978.On November 8, he and Pak Song defeated Jimmy Garvin & Prince Tonga at a television taping in Tampa. Later that night at the Miami Jai-Alai Fronton, he and Pak Song would face Mike Graham & Dusty Rhodes defeating them by disqualification. Following the match, Hansen flew back to the Tampa International Airport and was driving through the Town ‘N Country area when his car stalled on West Hillsborough Boulevard. After telephoning for assistance, Hansen was struck by a car while crossing the median. His head hitting the windshield of the car, he suffered severe brain damage as well as numerous bodily injuries. Taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hansen remained in a coma for a week before he died from his injuries on November 16, 1978.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Having already forged a strong international fan following, Sin Cara, known for his high-flying style and awe-inspiring acrobatics, is expected to reach new heights of global success with WWE. "Sin Cara is a tremendous performer who brings the crowd to its feet every time he steps into the ring," said Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, WWE. "With us, his stardom will only get bigger and brighter."
Upon his signing, Sin Cara said, "WWE is the pinnacle of sports-entertainment. It is an honor and a thrill for me to be able to perform with the world’s best. Being a WWE Superstar will present new challenges, new mountains to climb and new competition. It is a new beginning and a new life. With that in mind, I have chosen the new name of Sin Cara in hopes to represent all the legendary Mexican masked performers and to carry the banner of their legacy to the entire world." - from wwe.com
Monday, February 14, 2011
Crabtree, was a Rugby League player before deciding to follow in his father's footsteps, and become a professional wrestler. He became a big hit in the late 1950s and early 1960s with heel gimmicks, calling himself The Blonde Adonis, Mr. Universe and The Battling Guardsman. Crabtree won two titles in the British Wrestling Federation before he quit out of frustration and retired for roughly 15 years.
Based originally on the character of the same name played by actor Burl Ives in the 1958 screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Big Daddy was first given life by Crabtree in the later 1970s, initially playing the bad guy. On 24 April 1976, he teamed up with Giant Haystacks, vs Steve Veidor and Tibor Szakacs (the good guys), for a tag team bout, but laterly played the good guy. A firm fan favorite, Big Daddy came to the ring in his signature Union Flag jacket and top hat to a theme tune in the form of "We Shall Not Be Moved" by The Seekers, in 1980 Shirley Crabtree recorded his own version on EMI Records backed by rock guitarist Legendary Lonnie. As Big Daddy, Crabtree would often team with many rising stars within the country including Sammy Lee ( the original Tiger Mask - Satoru Sayama ), Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith, and Steven ( William ) Regal.
Let me go on record here, for the first time and say "I am a fan". There's a lot of nay-sayers who credit Big Daddy for the downfall of UK wrestling, and many who put his look and lack of ability as the reason that it was dropped from tv. But you know what, in watching his matches back even now, they are fun. Sure, they are generally more "sports entertainment" than wrestling... but the crowd eats them up each and every time. Every guy at the top has people trying to drag him down, but as a fan... I can say there will only ever be one BIG DADDY!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
( From NWA press release ) During his reign as NWA North American Champion, The Sheik has met and defeated some of the top wrestlers around the world, including NWA National Champion Phill Shatter, Carlito Colon, Savio Vega and many more. However, The Sheik's actions outside of his matches have been despicable. From attacking and knocking the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce unconscious with a vicious chair assault, to the throwing of fireballs at opponents, to attempting to light Phill Shatter on fire at the conclusion of their previous match, the Sheik has shown no respect for the rules of the NWA and seems intent on simply creating havoc and injury wherever he may be. In spite of this, the NWA was prepared to order a title shot for The Sheik based upon his undefeated record as North American champ against world-class competition. However, The Sheik recently lost his NWA Midwest title to Sadist in a hotly-disputed cage match. Combining that result with his prior unsanctioned violence leads the NWA to make the following ruling as it relates to The Sheik's status as No. 1 contender:
In order to retain his status as No. 1 contender and receive a title shot at the NWA World title, The Sheik must not lose either match this weekend against NWA National Champion, The Universal Soldier, Phill Shatter. Should Shatter defeat The Sheik in either of these matches, the NWA will designate a new No. 1 contender for the title, with Shatter obviously being a strong consideration for that honor. Whomever emerges this weekend as the No. 1 contender will receive a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight title on or before May 1, 2011.
This news has upset the Sheik, who believes the NWA is running scared. In a press release from the Sheik's management team, they have stated that - "Once again, Bob Trobich and the NWA have shown their true colors to the world. They are running scared of The Sheik. They are using all means at their disposal to keep him from the Ten Pounds of Gold that he so richly deserves, The NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title.
NWA National Champion Phil Shatter is given shot, after shot, after shot, but still no shot for The Sheik. The racism is clear... The NWA North American Championship does not matter when it’s around the waist of an Arab. The Sheik continues to destroy every opponent put in his path while he plots his next move, and in August 2010, NWA Wrestling Legends FanFest in Charlotte, NC - He strikes. He attacks without warning and he attacks with a vengeance. He knocks out NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce with a steel chair. Does he have his title shot now? NO! The Sheik chases Adam Pearce to Hollywood, CA. and attacks him again. Does he get a title shot? NO, he gets banned from NWA TV. The Sheiks response, face "NWA Golden Boy" Phil Shatter in an NWA sanctioned NO-DQ Match. Phil Shatter passes out from the pain inflicted by The Sheik. Does The Sheik get his title shot? NO!
Now Bob Trobich says The Sheik must not lose his NA title in back to back defenses against Phil Shatter to keep his place as the #1 contender. To get the title shot he’s earned many times over, Sheik must now defeat Shatter 3 times while Shatter must only defeat The Sheik once? Is this fair? Is this justice? Is this not a clear showing of favoritism toward Phil Shatter by the NWA. The Sheik has already beaten Shatter and left him unconscious in Florida, he has left Savio Vega unconscious in Puerto Rico, he has burned his face of Carlito Colon in Texas, and he has knocked out the Worlds Heavyweight Champion, Adam Pearce, to prove his point.
Bob Trobich, you have put The Sheik’s back against a wall and have signed a death warrant for your golden boy, Phil Shatter. He may call himself the "Universal Soldier", but he better prepare for this war like he’s never prepared before. Feb. 4th at NWA MidWest - Xtreme Limit in Waukesha, WI and Feb. 5th at NWA MidWest - Supreme in Streator, IL, The Sheik will wage Jihad on the NWA, and your "golden boy" Phil Shatter will fall under the boots of the Middle Eastern Madman."
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
For those of you who don't know, Steve Rickard ( seen here with fellow On The Mat star Mark Lewin, with whom he shared the Australasian Tag Team Championship ) was a wrestler and promoter, specifically around the Pacific area ( New Zealand, Asia, Hawaii ) for over 30 years. I've mentioned him before here , and as I said - "He was also the first wrestler I ever met, and more importantly from an historical point of view, the man behind the "On The Mat" television show in New Zealand. The show that "hooked" me into wrestling. I owe Steve Rickard a lot... "
I've wanted to draw Steve before, but always kind of got stage fright in drawing someone I hold in such high regard.. today I persevered, and put into cartoon form pretty much how I feel ( and also perhaps how most of the girls I've ever dated do too ).
Thank you Steve, for everything.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
I've been watching quite a bit of Portland wrestling lately, and I must say, even now its still a lot of fun. Easily one of the best episodic wrestling shows ever produced. Even to this day, I still miss the territories so very much.