Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar was a champion amateur wrestler who arrived in the WWE with much pomp and circumstance, quickly showing his dominance with a combination of strength, technique, and agility to become the youngest champion in the company's history.

His stay in the WWE was shorter than expected as Lesnar decided he needed new challenges. Tho his propsed NFL career faltered, "The next Big Thing" never stopped looking for places to prove his dominance. The Rock had already cornered the roles for big jawed men in Hollywood, Jesse Ventura had done the same in politics, and Lesnar was rapidly running out of skin to be a canvas for aspiring tattoo artists, so he joined UFC (via New Japan Wrestling, K-1, and the court house).
Brock Lesnar's rise to UFC Heavyweight Champion was even quicker than his rise in WWE... proving, once again for the benefit of all the doubters, that the WWE is the toughest federation on the planet, full of the toughest men.

Lesnar has shown there is life after the WWE, which gives hope to wrestlers like the Boogeyman, Mantaur, Vinnie Vegas, the Red Rooster, and even former WCW Champion David Arquette... Men whose future I have often worried about ( but not, it must be said, as often as I have been worrying that brock Lesnar will see this new cartoon, and actually understand what "brachiate" means ).

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mark Hunt

I've been drawing some MMA toons again recently... more on that later...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Tojo Yamamoto

Yamamoto had success as a heel as an individual wrestler and part of a tag team, particularly in the southern United States, invoking the natural hatred for World War 2 enemies (in his case, Prime Minister Tojo and navy admiral Yamamoto; as successful were the von Brauners, who wore Iron Crosses and goose-stepped around the ring). He was affiliated with Nashville-area wrestling promoter Nick Gulas for most of his career.
Yamamoto later became a manager of other wrestlers. His rise to fame late in his career took place in the late-1980s, when Yamamoto, while in World Class Championship Wrestling, was managing Phil Hickerson, who was known as P.Y. Chu-Hi. They were involved in a lengthy storyline with Eric Embry, involving control of the World Class promotion. Later, Yamamoto and Hickerson worked a storyline with Chris and Toni Adams, which began with an attack on Toni by Hickerson and Yamamoto during a wrestling match at the Sportatorium. Yamamoto and Hickerson left World Class in 1990, but Yamamoto returned to the Sportatorium in early 1991 (under the USWA banner) to manage Embry, who had turned heel.

He retired in 1991 due to health problems which included diabetes. He died in Hermitage, Tennessee in 1992.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sheepherders

After the Sheepherders left WWC Butch decided that he wanted to return closer to home and went to Australia to wrestle. Luke remained in the United States determined to keep the "Sheepherders" name on everyone’s lips, and started teaming up with "Lord" Jonathan Boyd (Formerly of the Royal Kangaroos). The duo of Williams and Boyd quickly gained a reputation of one of the most violent, hard hitting teams in the business.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Kendo Nagasaki

Kazuo Sakurada debuted on June 21, 1971, in the old Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance against Kim Duk. When the JPWA collapsed in 1973, he joined All Japan Pro Wrestling. In 1976 he made a North American tour, and his stock increased in earnest.
Mr. Sakurada found his earliest success in Stampede Wrestling. He defeated two-time champion Leo Burke to win his first and only Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship on May 20, 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta. He then became highly regarded in Stampede's tag team division, defeating Keith and Bret Hart in early 1979 to win his first International Tag Team title with Mr. Hito. Their second win came later on the same year after the defeat of Dory Funk, Jr. and Larry Lane, only to be toppled once again by the Hart brothers.

In the early 1980s, Sakurada had started working in various southern promotions starting with the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis. During this time, he began using the "Kendo Nagasaki" gimmick, a Japanese Samurai character previously made famous by British wrestler Peter Thornley dating back to 1964. This incarnation was vastly different however; rather than wearing a mask, Sakurada wore face paint and a highly alternate style all together. His fierce character also made famous the Asian mist and frequently employed the Kendo stick as his signature weapon. As Nagasaki, he found a most prominent win in his victory over Jerry Lawler for the NWA/AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in 1982. He would lose the title back to Lawler before pursuing new territory.
After the Memphis territory, Nagasaki worked for Florida Championship Wrestling and Southeastern Championship Wrestling. He faced some of the top competition in the Florida territory throughout 1983 and 1984, and on January 22, 1984, he captured the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship from Mike Rotundo. This kicked off a rivalry with the reputable Billy Jack Haynes, resulting in his title victory over Nagasaki in March of the same year. Later, he performed on WCW television, using the stage name "The Dragonmaster". While there, he joined Gary Hart's J-Tex Corporation stable consisting of Terry Funk, Dick Slater, Buzz Sawyer, and Keiji Mutoh (previously Super Black Ninja). This heel group, conceived in 1989, feuded with the Four Horsemen until ultimately disbanding the following year after a blow off steel cage match.

Saturday, August 1, 2009