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Below are links to some wrestling-related blog entries & articles that I found interesting during the month of February 2010.

  • StuntGrannie: WWE Kills Survivor SeriesVince McMahon announced during the stockholders’ conference call today that WWE would no longer use the Survivor Series PPV name, stating it has “outlasted its usage” and is “obsolete.”
  • The Geek Revolution: Farewell, ECWThe last episode (ever) of ECW aired on Feb 16th. The promotion has been ECW in name only, but they still could have done a better job with the last episode.
  • Joe Montana’s Right Arm: The Many Faces of FlairWith the passing of his 61st birthday, take a look at the many faces of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
As I run across things, I’m also going to be adding them to my Delicious bookmarks page (http://delicious.com/drdarindavis). You can also find the last 10 of them on the right side of the page towards the bottom.

Below are links to some wrestling-related blog entries & articles that I found interesting during the month of November 2009.

  • Carnage Chronicles: Wrestling 101Jerry Jarrett writes about how the “Art of Professional Wrestling” has been lost, and comments about what has happened in TNA since he started it in 2002.
    I hope he’s right about Hogan and Bitchoff (intentionally misspelled) “turning TNA around”, but I doubt it.
    You can read my thoughts on that in a previous post (It’s WCW All Over Again)
  • City Pages: Hulk Hogan InterviewCity Pages interviews Hogan about his book and how his life is going down the crapper.
  • Stunt Granny: Ric Flair Getting Married AgainWTF? Flair is getting married for the fourth time. Maybe he should listen to some of his shoot interviews first, where he talks about some of his previous wives bleeding him dry in divorces.
  • The Inno View: “I Respect You, Bookerman!”A look back at Brian Pillman
  • WrestleZone: Hogan vs. Flair in Australia — Three pictures from the Hulkamania tour of Australia featuring Hogan & Flair. I really figured Flair would stay retired, but I guess he has to save up some cash for his next divorce.
  • Missouri Wrestling Revival: Welcome To Wrestling — Former Harley Race Wrestling Academy instructor Matt Murphy is writing a series of articles about the insides of pro wrestling. They include topics like training, creating characters, booking, and running TV. There are 11 chapters so far, but the link above is for the first one. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to navigate from one to the other except to do a search for “chapter” (or something similar).
As I run across things, I’m also going to be adding them to my Delicious bookmarks page (http://delicious.com/drdarindavis). You can also find the last 10 of them on the right side of the page towards the bottom.

As some of you may have seen around the net, Ric Flair is an official spokesman of the North Carolina Education Lottery. He’s more than a spokesman, really. They designed a scratch-off game based on his character.

Ric Flair Wooooooo! Scratch-off Game

Ric Flair Wooooooo! Scratch-off Game

The “Ric Flair Wooooooo! Scratch-off Game” (at least now we know the correct number of ‘o’s is exactly seven) went on sale Sept 22nd 2009. You can win up to 16 times on one ticket, which is in reference to Flair winning a World Heavyweight Championship belt that many times. There has already been a $100,000 winner as of last week.

Take a look at the snapshot of the lottery poster, and the commercial airing in North Carolina at this site.

The tagline is “More Fun Than a Figure-Four Leglock“. Of course, Flair’s signature hold for the 35+ years that he wrestled was the figure-four leglock, so that part makes sense. The part that confuses me, however, is that there are a long list of things that are more fun than a figure-four leglock. They haven’t exactly cornered that market. In fact, anything that doesn’t cause you pain is probably more fun than the figure-four leglock.

In the nearly five years that I was in professional wrestling (and even if you count my battle royal participation earlier this year), I remember being in a figure-four exactly once. I wrestled Dan Burdick, Jr. in a VFW or American Legion in Coon Rapids, MN, and he put me in one. Even though I’m not a fan of scratch-offs, I’m guessing it would be more fun than that.

During that same time period, I never put an opponent in a figure-four leglock that I recall. Probably in wrestling camp, but not in a public match as far as I know.

I used to like to use a figure-four headlock, though. It was something that not many people were using and I thought it was more interesting than just the standard reverse chinlock. It also didn’t trigger the “smart” marks to chant “rest hold”, like they would whenever they saw someone apply the chinlock.

Outside of professional wrestling matches, I have put several people in the figure-four leglock on several occasions. The last one I can think of was after a wedding reception. My friend Tim was the best man in the wedding and was wearing a white tux. I put him in a figure-four leglock in the parking lot outside a bar in Superior, WI. Good thing he paid the two bucks for the extra tux insurance– though he would have needed it anyway with all the barbecue sauce he got on the front of it.

Come to think of it, that was pretty fun. I think I might have changed my mind about scratch-offs after all. Wooooooo!

Below are links to some wrestling-related blog entries & articles that I found interesting during the month of July 2009.

  • 450 Splash: Jarrett/Angle ControversyJarrett off of TV? Angle in control of TNA? Karen Angle cheated on Kurt with Jeff? Better than a Mexican soap opera?
  • Blog of Duty: TNA GripesTNA throws all of the former WCW talent into a stable and runs over the new talent/future of TNA wrestlers. Agreed- horrible idea that needs to stop
  • WWE.com: THE Brian Kendrick ReleasedExplains why he was jobbed out to Kofi I guess.

As I run across things, I’m also going to be adding them to my Delicious bookmarks page (http://delicious.com/drdarindavis). You can also find the last 10 of them on the right side of the page towards the bottom.

Below are links to some wrestling-related blog entries & articles that I found interesting during the month of April 2009.

As I run across things, I’m also going to be adding them to my Delicious bookmarks page (http://delicious.com/drdarindavis). You can also find the last 10 of them on the right side of the page towards the bottom.

Below are links to some wrestling-related blog entries & articles that I found interesting during the month of March 2009.

As I run across things, I’m also going to be adding them to my Delicious bookmarks page (http://delicious.com/drdarindavis). You can also find the last 10 of them on the right side of the page towards the bottom.

Below are the my best articles for the year 2008, listed in chronological order. If you didn’t get a chance to see them when they were first posted, you may want to check these out.

Previous articles are always available through the Archives box on the right, the Category selection, or the Search box.

  • A Killer Bee and Me (Dec ’07): My experiences with former AWA and WWF Superstar “Jumpin” Jim Brunzell.
    [Ok, technically this was posted in Dec 2007 but I’m including it in the year-end list because I didn’t have enough content to do this in 2007]
  • One Degree of Separation? (Jan): A follow-up to the previous Brunzell article, where I talk about my potential as a celebrity look-alike.

Ric Flair’s final farewellIf you don’t know the results of the recent Wrestlemania XXIV, you might want to stop reading this now.

I’ve been trying to think of how to describe this, but I don’t think anything I write could do it justice.

On March 30th 2008, in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL, at Wrestlemania XXIV, in front of a record-setting crowd of nearly 75,000 fans, “The Greatest Wrestler of All Time”, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, wrestled his last professional match, ending a 35+ year career.

Through all the changes there have been in the wrestling landscape (ECW folding, WCW bought by WWE, ECW resurrected by WWE, lack of competition), there were three things you could always count on: Death, Taxes, and that Ric Flair would still be wrestling.

It’s not like I didn’t see this coming. When they set up the storyline 6 months or so ago that the next time Flair lost a match he would be forced to retire, you knew it was just a matter of time. Wrestlemania seemed like the logical place for that to happen. But during the match I kept hoping that it was just a big swerve. That maybe they would tease the retirement and that Flair would win the match. I ignored the feeling I had after seeing the expression on Flair’s face while he was walking down the ramp to the ring. It was the expression of a man that has been given one more night to live and wants to take in every moment.

I might be a little over-dramatic here, but in some ways his retirement actually feels more like a death. When other wrestlers have “retired” over the years, it seemed like it was always with a wink in their eye, or their fingers crossed. You knew the retirement wouldn’t really stick. Would they be out of action for six months? Eight? Would they jump to another promotion? Wrestlers like “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, while they never technically announced retirement, would keep popping up from time to time and get back in the ring for “one more match”. Newer superstars like The Rock, Mick Foley, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin would be away from the squared circle for a while doing movies, books, and other projects, but you always had the hope that they would come back for “one more match”. Usually, the only thing that would take away that hope was when they left this Earth.

But when Ric Flair said in his farewell speech on Monday Night Raw that he “…will never, ever, wrestle in this ring again.”, I believe him. I don’t think we will ever see him wrestle again. And since he has already been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (the first active wrestler to be inducted), there is a chance that we may never see him in front of the camera again.

How long will wrestling fans remember him? Will the next generation of fans know who he is and what he’s done for professional wrestling? Will they care? If we as the current generations of fans keep reminding them, will they listen?

I would hope so, but I can’t be sure.

The only things I am sure of are Death, Taxes, and that there will never, ever, be another “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. He will always be “THE Man”.

Wooooooooooooo!


The WWE.com site has some good pictures of this match (Flash player required), or look at them here.

The tribute during the last 20 minutes of Raw was well done. It was good to see some of guys he ran with like the Four Horsemen, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Harley Race come out to congratulate him, along with his family, all the wrestlers in the back, and what seemed like the entire production crew. There is a decent writeup of this on the WWE site as well.