Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Acolyte Protection Agency

Though I guess I'm in no position to really make fun of anyone else's drinking habits...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shark Boy


Now I'll be the first to admit that Shark Boy may not be quite as cute, or fill his outfit in quite the same way as his pulchritudinous female counterpart...
But come on now... He's still pretty cool.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Great Sasuke

In his early career, Masanori Murakawa wrestled under the name Masa Michinoku. Masa, from his given name Masanori, and Michinoku, after the alternate name for his Japanese home region, Tōhoku ( Taka Michinoku later adopted a similar gimmick, in part to parody him ). On a tour of Mexico, Murakawa took on the mask, uniform, and name Ninja Sasuke. This was the predecessor to the Great Sasuke gimmick he would adopt upon returning to Japan, and use for the rest of his career.

Murakawa is also the owner, and founder, of Michinoku Pro Wrestling, the first Japanese independent promotion not to be based around the Tokyo area. As part of an agreement between Michinoku Pro Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation, the Great Sasuke was part of the tournament to crown the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion in 1997. Although Sasuke was heavily pushed to be the winner of the tournament, he would later brag to the Japanese media how he would only defend the title in Japan had he won the title and would refuse to drop the title on WWF television. When the WWF heard of Sasuke's comments, he was fired as well as his working agreement with them terminated, although a former member of Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Taka Michinoku, would end up winning the title.
On April 13, 2003, Sasuke won election to the Iwate Prefectural Assembly, making him the first actual masked legislator in history. He is the fourth Japanese wrestler to get elected to office. Antonio Inoki, Hiroshi Hase and Atsushi Onita preceded him, though all of them were elected to the Japanese Diet at the national level.

It was said that when he showed up at his first day in office, he was asked to present an unmasked photo of himself, and a security guard had to check that it was indeed under him under the mask. Why wrestlers have never thought to take this measure, and spare themselves against attacks from masked doppelgangers, is beyond me.

Friday, March 27, 2009

You're an Animal

The simple jokes might not always be the best... but they are... well... the simplest.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Steve Doll

Steve Doll, who wrestled with Rex King as the Well Dunn tag team in WWE during the mid-1990s, died on Sunday from kidney and heart failure, according to family and friends.
"He was on a ventilator for his breathing," former tag partner Reno Riggins told Slam Wrestling. "I've read on a couple of websites that said his family had to make a decision to take him off life support. That's incorrect - he passed away before that had to come to pass." Riggins says he was bed-side when Doll died in the hospital after doctors tried to pump his body with blood-pressure medicine, "but it kept failing."

Doll's health problems intensified a few years ago when he had a seizure after back surgery. He had five feet of his intestines removed, according to Riggins, then he lived in seclusion with his wife trying to deal with his health issues. "He was going to a pain management clinic, and to me, those places just mask the problem by keeping you doped up on pills," Riggins said. "And Steve, since he was getting prescriptions for those things, felt that they were legitimate."

Riggins says Doll dealt with his deteriorating health with pain pills. Riggins suggests that Doll was not going to be talked out of it. "I told Steve, 'I think you need to seek other ways to deal with this.' Everyone's got their demons ... but I think that was just one thing that had a grip on him, that he chose that over some other things in his life," Riggins said. "Sometimes you don't always make the right decision on things."
Doll began training in 1984 with retired wrestlers Rick and John Davidson. In May 1985, he wrestled his first match against Dick Slater in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He wrestled for Pacific Northwest Wrestling (PNW) from 1987 to 1992, winning a total of four Pacific Northwest Heavyweight titles and eighteen Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles in teams with Scott Peterson, Jimmy Jack Funk, Crush, The Grappler, and Rex King. With Peterson, Doll formed The Southern Rockers in 1987. Rex King joined him in the Southern Rockers when Scott Peterson left wrestling in 1989. As a tag team they wrestled together for over a decade, including when they signed together with the WWF, becoming known as Steven Dunn and Timothy Well, known then as Well Dunn.

They were used primarily in WWE as an undercard tag team but feuded with The Bushwhackers on several episodes of Monday Night Raw. From there he journeyed to WCW, in fact, Steve Doll was wrestling Mike Enos on WCW Monday Nitro when Scott Hall debuted in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to start the nWo angle on May 27, 1996.

Doll went to the United States Wrestling Association as Steven Dunn. He defeated Doomsday for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. He was the last wrestler to hold that distinction until the USWA folded in 1997.

I was always a big fan of Well Dunn, and in fact, unaware of Steve's health issues at the time, drew him into a cartoon for PWI a number of months back. Breaking with the tradition of not putting my PWI toons on this page, I present that cartoon now, in honour of yet another fallen wrestler.

Much love to you all.
J.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Machines

There was a time, let's call it the 80's, when machines were huge. Videos were huge, tv's were huge, home stereo systems, hell even portable stereo systems, were huge. Computer systems still filled rooms... But perhaps the biggest of the machines were these guys...

Thank goodness for progress...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A-Train... again...

What is it with my fascination with Albert/A-Train/Giant Bernard?? Sigh...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mortimer Plumtree

Mortimer Plumtree was the manager of the Johnsons in the early days of TNA.
I thought perhaps, in drawing this cartoon, I had taken things a little too far for a family publication such as PWI. Though in my defense, TNA had taken it much further by shoving their...er..Johnsons, down my throat first. Actually, lets just forget I ever used that metaphor, and get on with today's cartoon...

For the record, Plumtree later wrote and asked me for the original.

Friday, March 20, 2009

XPW

At some point, I was doing a proposal for a regular cartoon for XPW. Shut up... the wrestling may have hit and miss, but it was still an entertaining show at times. Well, suffice to say my cartoon stylings didn't quite meet with XPW's harder edge... Either way, here's a couple of them.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Arachnaman

Professor J is back, with another lesson. The subject of todays lesson is spiders... kind of.
Now you may notice a few similarites between these two species of spider, but I can assure you that both came from original thought, and intelligent design ( ok, saying there was any sort of intelligence behind Arachnaman may be pushing it ). Arachnaman appeared on WCW tv in the early 90's, and perhaps rather unsurprisingly, disappeared soon after Marvel comics brought lawsuit against them. Come on, I'm sure is was possible that radioactive spider might have bit someone else BEFORE he bit Peter Parker, right? Man, I would have loved to see THAT case argued in court...



But for now... you can enjoy Arachnaman's tv debut in all its glory. Watch as Brad arm...er... Arachnaman, takes on the great Doug Somers, by clicking - here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mark Mercedes

While we're talking about Australian Wrestling ( we were yesterday, keep up )...
Here's a cartoon I drew a number of years ago, that got me a little heat. Either way, I still think it's kind of amusing.Mark Mercedes gained his initial training at the Malenko's Wrestling School in Florida in 1993. He returned to Australia, performed on various local shows, including both the Wrestleriot tours from the USA ( with talent like Jushin Liger, Chris Benoit, Jake Robert, Big Bossman, Dean Malenko, and others ), before heading back overseas. Whilst there, Mercedes appeared on syndicated WCW Worldwide tv show in a enhancement talent role.

In 1997 Mercedes wrestled for CWA Germany, a 6 month tour where he maintained a grueling schedule and teamed up with WWE's Rhyno ( wow... you know, I never knew that til this point... hmmmm ). Following Europe, he again appeared on WCW, and wrestled Rick Martel on WCW Monday Nitro in front of 30,000 fans at the Georgia Dome. Also wrestled a long list of American and Japanese stars before returning to Australia to help start the IWA with Tyrone Townsend.Toured Japan in 2000. Also wrestled in Tahiti, New Zealand & New Caledonia, he is a former 8 time IWA Heavyweight Champion, 2 times Trans Tasman Champion and once held the IWA Tag Team belts (with Billy Cole) as the New Crew. Faced the Mexican wrester Artifaz ( as seen on ECW ) during HRCW tour of Sydney in 2001. Was main event versus Jason Helton at Foxtel's Australian Wrestling Supershow 2002. Also wrestled Rick Steiner on WWA 2003 pay per view seen by millions of wrestling fans worldwide.
A definite main event player in the Southern hemisphere.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

TNT ( yes Greg... you )

After yesterday's post, I thought that today, maybe I'd give a bit of time to the "other" TNT.
Greg Bownds better known by his stage name TNT, is an Australian professional wrestler and promoter, currently working for the Australian Wrestling Federation.

Bownds is often regarded as one of the most well-known wrestlers in Australia, not only becoming an established headliner amongst numerous promotions across the country but also in Japan, where he has worked for Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX, one of very few Australian wrestlers to do so, he also has studied Mexican lucha libre wrestling whilst in Mexico.

Monday, March 16, 2009

TNT ( sorry Greg, the other one )

Rivera was born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico where he received his primary and secondary education. After he graduated from high school, he went to Miami, Florida, where he auditioned for the WWF. He was accepted and sent back to Puerto Rico, where he wrestled for the World Wrestling Council and was managed by El Profe and feuded with Chicky Starr, Abdullah the Butcher, Rip Rogers and Carlos Colon. In 1989, he debuted under the identity of "T.N.T." and once he had gained enough wrestling experience, he was sent back to the United States.
He is probably best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)... tho likely more as Savio Vega, than as Kwang the Ninja.
He is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a road agent and is the current RXW World Heavyweight Champion.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Nick Bockwinkel

I was asked ( well truth be told, I kind of invited myself ) to contribute something, cartoon-wise for this year's Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion. The Cauliflower Alley Club, if you don't know it, is a non-profit fraternal organization, which includes a newsletter and website, comprised of both retired and active professional wrestlers and boxers in North America. Established in 1965 by Mike Mazurki and Art Abrams, the organization hosts an annual reunion dinner which has traditionally been attended by celebrities and other professional athletes. It is well worth your effort to look then up, and join their cause.
Anyway... I was asked if maybe I could perhaps draw an illustration of the great Nick Bockwinkel. Now anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge mark for Bockwinkel, and rate him as one of the top ten wrestlers of all time. Watching a Bockwinkel match is about as high on the Wrestling enjoyment scale as you can get. And, well... I didn't think my last drawing of him would quite be what they were looking for...
Either way, I gave it a go ( after much stage fright ), and I'm relatively happy with how it came out... so, as it happens, are they... good times...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sara Jay

There are many things to like about Sara Jay. The running, flying, dropping elbow off the ring apron. The hurracanrana from the top rope. The way she enters the ring... But the most talked about aspect is the shorts. Unfeasibly short. Illegally tight. They are justifiably burned into everyone's mind for an eternity.
One of the thrills in following the independent wrestling scene is seeing new talent blossom. Sara Jay is one such case. Debuting at the age of 16, she immediately set about making a name for herself in this crazily competitive, male-dominated sport. Sometimes she drew the cheers and attention for her distractingly short, incredibly tight, shorts ( have I mentioned them already? ), but mostly, it was for her willingness to wrestle anyone, anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

She has wrestled for just about every federation in Australia, against the best female competition she can find ( and sometimes teaming with them as well, as the photo of her and TNA Knockout Christy Hemme above testifies ). Her looks and smile inspires mania in the audience as soon as she appears, and once she unleashes her mat and aerial skills, she wows them all over again. Beauty and ability are an uncommon pairing in wrestling ( despite the claims many so-called "divas" may make about themselves ), but Sara Jay has both of these things... in spades.
2009 looks to be her year, as she heads overseas to impress, dominate, and excite an audience on an even larger scale. It has recently been confirmed that the World Wrestling Council in the Caribbean have sought her out, and signed her to a deal.

Where next for this dynamo? Who knows?!? Did I mention her pants by the way?? They are very short...