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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Let’s make a splash and name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week.

    It’s that time again. The votes have been counted and all of that. It’s been quite the week but I believe the voters nailed it with who they voted as the winner this week… AS THEY DO EVERY WEEK. Face paint is really cool, after all.

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    Steve “Sting” Borden is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. He is finally getting his Wrestlemania moment this year so you all felt he should get his Sexy Wrestler of The Week moment this year as well. This may be a bigger deal than the Wrestlemania moment. Hell, we know it is.

    Not many people know that Sting was leading a double life as real estate agent for most of his career. He kept it under wraps really well. Frank Trigg didn’t even know that “Real Estate Steve” and the Stinger were the same person. You can read that story in the latest Dirt Sheet History. Since we are the site known for having the most accurate and shocking scoops on the net, I am about to reveal something never seen before. I worked really hard and even paid a pretty penny to get my hands on this. I mean, that penny was beautiful. Here is the only known photo of The man called “Real Estate” Steve.

    Warning: This is SHOCKING.

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    Look at that man. How much did that suit cost him? Those sleek glasses that say “I’m a 90’s badass but also a classic. Please, buy this house.” I’m proud to say Sting is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week and a sharp real estate pro.

    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Let’s score a touchdown by naming The Sexy Wrestler of The Week!

    Hello, everyone. I’m sure you’re sitting there after watching the big game thinking “I could really use some wrestling content that somehow infused football into it.” As I’m sure no one else is putting those two things together I decided now is the perfect time to announce The Sexy Wrestler of The Week.

    Okay… I’m sorry for GOING LONG. We won’t FUMBLE around any longer. I am really footballing this thing up. This is going to do wonders for the hits. Here’s who you voted for.

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    Wow! You must have been in the football spirit to vote special guest wrestler Kevin Greene as The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. I was a fan of the Carolina Panthers when I was young because they used my favorite shade of blue. I think my love of the color blue says a lot about me. Maybe that I’m cool and a little laid back. I love blue drinks and blueberry flavors. I find The Blue Man Group off-putting though but that’s more about my fear of DUMB SHIT.

    Fuck The Blue Man Group. These dudes get together and just decide to cover songs using random objects while looking all mysterious. Yeah, buddy. I can take all of the pipes from Home Depot, pour water into them, and blow into them to make it sound like the theme song from Cheers too. Get a load of the absolute nerve these guys have. Call ’em The Boo Man Group because I ain’t having it!

    Damn it. Anyway… I hope you all enjoyed the Super Bowl. This is the 49th one, right? I remember when there was only 31 of those things! I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the commercials more than the actual game! Have you seen those things? They really go all out.

     

    The Wild World of WCW Announcer Fashion

    WCW was weird.

    When you watch WCW pay per views, it’s clear that fashion was a big part of the WCW announcer life when it came to the themed shows. Life was tough for broadcasters in the pro wrestling business. Enjoy.

    Here’s the announcers on a normal night

    Handsome gentlemen i their own right

    Handsome gentlemen in their own right

    Here’s the guys on Road Wild aka Hog Wild aka Eric Bischoff’s motorcycle circle jerk show

    You can go straight to hell, Eric Bischoff.

    You can go straight to hell, Eric Bischoff.

    Poor Mean Gene couldn't even escape this.

    Poor Mean Gene couldn’t even escape this.

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    What To Watch On The WWE Network: WCW 1998 (Part 1)

    We watch wrestling shows. We will talk about wrestling shows.

    @JoeySplashwater here. Recently, I used the WWE Network to watch all of the WCW 1998 pay-per-views. One of the hottest periods in wrestling and all shows I watched as a kid, I’ll share some quick thoughts and tell you what matches you should go out of your way to see on each show.

    This post will break down the first half of the year with a future post looking at the latter half including the rise of Goldberg and Dennis Rodman vs. Karl Malone main event.

    Souled Out 1998

    Watch this:

    • Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Lizmark Jr v. Psychosis, La Parka, Silver King and El Dandy was excellent. Very fun showcase of the lucha style that had the crowd red hot. One of the best lucha showcases in WCW that didn’t feature guys who were bigger than the niche such as a Rey Mysterio or Ultimo Dragon.

     

    • Raven vs. Chris Benoit was also outstanding. Their polar opposites of ring style and character helped give a great story. If I didn’t already know how great all combinations of Benoit, Raven and Diamond Dallas Page matches were, I’d have never guessed how wonderful a match Benoit and Raven would have had. Top tier opening two matches for a PPV.

     

    • Scott Hall vs. Larry Zbyszko due to the ending is must see. Dusty Rhodes is legendary and a brilliant performer. However, in the late years of WCW, he was more hilarious than anything. Dusty was a WCW commentator like Larry but turned heel to join the nWo. The best part was he danced as he very slowly unbuttoned his dress shirt to reveal the nWo colors. It’s amazing comedy.

    Overall show thoughts:

    The opening hour of the show is near perfect. There’s a Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio match there but Rey was injured so they didn’t showcase their best work. Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair in Bret’s debut WCW match was lackluster as they never had chemistry and Flair’s last years in WCW were rough as was Hart’s entire WCW tenure. The double main event of Lex Luger vs. Randy Savage and Kevin Nash vs. The Giant were wastes of time.

    7/10

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    Seven Things: 7 Favorite WCW Nitro Memories

    Welcome to Seven Things, a list that consists of very eclectic topics. These are of my opinions and doesn’t express the views of others on WrestlingOnEarth.

    With the WWE Network featuring recent specials on the Monday Night Wars and the best of WCW Nitro, it led me to ponder on how much I enjoyed that show growing up. We all know the great talents and the variety of characters that WCW thrived on to take over the wrestling world in 1996 and 1997.

    Some things are interesting to reflect on as memories are altered when you obtain knowledge and it can change your perception of them. That will be showcased here as I’m listing my favorite memories based strictly off how much I enjoyed them as a kid watching it as it happened in real time during the height of the Monday Night Wars.

    Reminder: If you have any suggestions for future lists, feel free to share them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter: @JoeySplashwater

    7. Goldberg wins the WCW Championship

    During the Summer of 1998, wrestling was at its hottest. The Steve Austin era in WWE was on fire along with the ascension of Degeneration X and The Rock. WCW, still putting out great numbers, was starting to lose steam due to an inability to create new stars but one guy was given “the ball” on this night and it was Goldberg.

    Even as a 9 year old, I was able to form concepts of logic in pro wrestling and usually a title match on television with little to no advertising would mean the chances of a championship changing hands were little to none. I was already dreading the run-in DQ finish that was typical for the nWo matches on Nitro but on this night, it didn’t happen. Goldberg won the title off of Hogan via a Jackhammer and the arena exploded with cheers as did my living room.

    6. Sting joins the NWO Wolfpack

    Remember when I said you look at things differently once you get introduced to knowledge and common sense? Well, this is one of those instances. When the NWO split in half, Sting joined the Wolfpack, a group of popular NWO faces wanting to get away from Hulk Hogan. As a kid, I ate this up. The coolest wrestler at the time in WCW, Stinger, joined the faction of nearly equally cool guys like Kevin Nash, Randy Savage and Konnan. Yes, I somehow thought Konnan was cool at the time. Color me shamed.

    Looking back, this was one of the most asinine decisions in wrestling history and showed the problems WCW had. One of the greatest stories in WCW history was Sting standing alone after the NWO took over HIS company and turned his friends and fans against him. Sting then rallied to be the one guy who could stand up against them and became the hero the fans needed. How can you kill that?

    By having him wear a NWO shirt a few months after he returns to the ring. Nash, Savage and Konnan all made his life hell and he joins them because a mutual friend in Lex Luger tells him they’re good guys now? I want to punch my 9 year old face for loving The Wolfpack so much at the time.

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    Match Of The Week: KroniK vs. 3 Count (WCW Nitro 2000)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen KroniK vs. 3 Count from an episode of WCW Nitro in the year 2000. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: Meet KroniK

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    Tim:

    The most vile command in the history of WCW rears its ugly head in this one. Telling someone to “stick it” always gets a gasp. Kronik goes there. Kronik gets real and that’s why they had fans who probably just liked them because “weed, dude” or “kronik bronchitis, bro.” They cut a pretty generic promo on Goldberg.

    typicalROHfan:

    I loved KroniK. The Bryan/Brian’s of my heart before Daniel Bryan Danielson existed in my world. Crush and Adam Bomb were two of my favorites so I was excited when KroniK was formed. Their promo about wanting to beat up Goldberg would have been cool if they didn’t lose to Goldberg in 3 minutes at the next PPV. (It was the main event.)

    Tom:

    Does Bryan Adams have fangs? Was that ever explained or does he just have weirdly prominent canines a la Kirsten Dunst? Mark Madden says “if anyone ever buys this damn company, he might hire KroniK to protect his job”. Mark Madden, I think it’ll take a lot more than KroniK to keep you from the unemployment line. There’s a sign in the crowd that says ‘KroniK is down with the air force’. Okay then!

    WRESTLING TALK happens from Adams. He goes on about unstoppable forces and huge egos and so on. It’s pretty typical stuff, until THE SUNGLASSES COME OFF… and then it’s more of the same. Kronik look like if Kevin Nash and Scott Hall had a couple of disappointing babies. Continue reading

    Top 10 Worst Wrestling PPV Posters

    With the WWE Network debuting Monday, one of the first things to stand out is seeing icon images of all the wrestling PPV posters over the years all lined up together in the PPV archive section.

    The bad, the very bad and the ugly, here are the top 10 worst wrestling PPV posters of all time:

    10. Great American Bash 1996

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    Many people have this as the worst but there’s a certain charm to Bobby Heenan and Mean Gene having a cook-out that represents the mid 90’s in wrestling. The WCW-shaped meat is what’s most terrifying here. Also, Bobby Heenan does not seem to be wearing pants.

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    Seven Things: 7 Mount Rushmores of Wrestling

    Welcome to Seven Things, a list that will run weekly and consist of very eclectic topics. These are of my opinions and doesn’t express the views of others on WrestlingOnEarth.

    With President’s Day being yesterday, I decided to go with a somewhat relevant topic. To add fuel to the timely fire, LeBron James recently mentioned his “Mount Rushmore” of the NBA and it led to a lot of debate. It made me wonder who would be The Mount Rushmore of wrestling. The wrestling curiosity I own made me take it further and wonder who would be The Mount Rushmore of each promotion I’ve followed closely in my life which led to a more enjoyable thought process. We go in depth to see who The Mount Rushmore of WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA, ROH and more each would be. Feel free to give your answers in the comments or send them to me on Twitter.

    Reminder: If you have any suggestions for future lists, feel free to share them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter: @typicalROHfan.

    7. The Mount Rushmore of The Mount Rushmores of Wrestling: Kevin Steen, The Young Bucks and Adam Cole

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    Okay! First off, they used the name before all these Mount Rushmore conversations started happening so they get first priority. Coincidentally, they happen to collectively and separately be among the best things in wrestling right now. Just watch the video. I promise it’s lovely.

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    Match Of The Week: Big Bubba vs. Mr. JL (WCW Saturday Night)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Big Bubba vs. Mr. JL from a random old episode of WCW Saturday Night. While the video quality isn’t ideal, the match sure is. Dusty Rhodes + bicycle + nWo ski mask refs = magic. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Tim:

    I remember the first time I ever really understood how great we had it when Dusty Rhodes was on commentary. I still can’t find video of it and I think I may have seen it once since the original broadcast somehow. In fact, I may just be making it up… like that time my dad got licked on the face by a llama while at a drive-though petting zoo that my family swears never happened. Anyways, I think it was on a WCW PPV pre-show but it involved a spark from the pyrotechnics catching Dusty’s jacket on fire and him yelling “I’m on farrr, Tony!” Again, this may or may not have ever actually happened but I like to think it did.

    On to the match… Mr. JL wearing my second favorite purple wrestling attire ever. Big Bubba and NWO Ref are matching and I think that is cute. While I’m thinking about how excited the crowd must be it happens. “HE GOT A BITHYCLE.” The NWO referee was really pissed that he got called into work while he was getting ready to go skiing with Mrs. NWO Ref but when he saw his man, Big Bubba, using a bicycle it all became worth it. Dusty is still ranting about the bicycle and I believe he said something about “a-filibusterin’.” Jerry Lynn is amazing but still loses to “Bubber.” This match was such a blessing.

    typicalROHfan:

    This short match is a work of art. WCW Saturday Night featured so many gems, some good, great great, some the opposite of good and great. This was all of the above. Dusty Rhodes is the best worst announcer there can be. He’s not good at all but he’s hilarious in his wacky forming of words that he isn’t as intolerable as someone today like a JBL or Tazz. A match like this shows the best of his material.

    Mr. JL and Sabu had the most underrated WCW feud that no one remembers so I’m partial towards the JL mask. Not as partial to NWO ref Nick Patrick‘s ski mask. With all the power and money the NWO claimed to have, couldn’t they afford a better mask or at least to have the NWO letters on it?

    With the WWE Network coming, I have the idea that matches as beloved as this one should be recreated. Imagine Luke Harper choking The Miz with a bicycle. Dusty Rhodes would have to be on commentary. If we leave the commentary as is, Jerry Lawler would just make a joke about his future gf learning how to ride a bike and JBL would try to acquire a two seat bike for him and Vince McMahon.

    Tom:

    We’re launched straight into the action and OH WOW, there’s immediately a lot to take in:

    1) Mr. JL is a very terrible name, but his gear’s pretty good! Did he predate Mysterio in wearing a sleeveless shiny shirt? Man, Jerry Lynn gave so much to the wrestling business and asked for so little in return.

    2) The dastardly nWO ref concealing his identity in a balaclava is fantastic, especially since it has a bobble on top, just like any good #HEEL would have. “You can’t even market that mask” declares Dusty, which is definitely not true – if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the wrestling business can market anything (though not necessarily successfully).

    3) WAIT NEVER MIND THE REST BECAUSE HE GOT A BITHYCLE!

    And yeah, the rest of the match might as well not have happened, because Dusty Rhodes freaking out about the presence of a bithycle in a professional wrestling match pretty much hijacks the rest of the show. Dusty asks about the whereabouts of the child who was a-riding that bithycle, but that dolt Tony Schiavone doesn’t have any answers for him.

    Great moment of commentary, or GREATEST moment of commentary? I might go for the latter, since it’s also the inspiration for my greatest artistic achievement; a ceramic tribute to the American Dream:

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    Honestly, I think Dusty’s never looked better than in mug form.

    Match Of The Week: Booker T vs. Buff Bagwell (WWE Raw 7/2/2001)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Booker T vs. Buff Bagwell from the July 2nd, 2001 episode of RAW. This was the first WCW match on RAW after WWE purchased the WCW. Many says this match is the reason why WWE decided to end the concept of WCW shortly. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: WCW Monday Night Raw

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    Tim:

    Arn Anderson as a commentator is… well, something different, I guess. I don’t know if anyone has ever said this but there were a few different ways they could have handled having the WCW name that would have been way better. We did get this match out of them doing it this way though so there is that.

    typicalROHfan:

    The first introduction we get to WCW is Scott Hudson botching by saying Buff Bagwell is going for the “WWF Championship” against Booker T. In retrospect going with Stacy Keibler as ring announcer and Hudson & Arn Anderson as the commentators was not the best decision at all. (Sorry, Arn. You still have the best Spinebuster ever.)

    Here comes Buff Bagwell in an airbrushed top hat and the theme song “Buff Daddy.” WCW never had a chance.

    Tom:

    As a die-hard WWF fan, I’d been conditioned to believe that WCW was a backwards company of has-beens and losers and I’d be mad to watch it. On this fateful night in 2001, Buff Bagwell and Booker T proved me wrong; it was much, much worse.

    Scott Hudson and Double A, Arn Anderson are here to call one of the weirdest matches ever. “WCW is back in business!” Oh, okay! Stacy Keibler is ring announcer, and she’s… sort of competent? Definitely not good, but she manages to say the words at a pitch that’s almost audible to humans. Buff’s theme song is pretty incredible. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

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