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Bobby Heenan dies at age 73 (Audio)

One of the most celebrated and talented contributors to the world of professional wrestling, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan passed away on September 17, 2017 at his home in Largo, Florida.

Beginning his professional wrestling career in the mid-1960s, and making his last televised pro wrestling appearance in late 2006, Bobby's 40 year involvement with the industry greatly impacted the "golden age of wrestling."

Known to be one of the best wrestling managers, Bobby was honored by the editors of Pro Wrestling Illustrated with the Manager of the Year Award in 1972, 1976, 1989, and 1991. His time managing Nick Bonkwinkel, Andre the Giant, Mr. Perfect, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, and Ric Flair are all highlights of his career.

The self-proclaimed "broadcast journalist" provided often biased and hilarious commentary. From 1993 to 2000, Bobby was a color commentary for three of the most popular professional wrestling television programs of all time: WWF's Monday Night Raw (1993), WCW Saturday Night (1994), and WCW Nitro (1995-2000). For his significant on-air impact, Bobby was honored by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter as the best color commentator for three years in a row (1992, 1993, 1994). One of his best performances can be heard, alongside Gorilla Monsoon, watching the 1992 Royal Rumble.

Rest in Peace, "The Brain"

The "Mount Rushmore" of Professional Wrestling: JCP, WCW, WWF, NWO, ECW, WWE, Lucha Libre

Artwork by Michael Calero - michaelcalero.com

Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Dusty Rhodes, Sting
JCP/Early WCW (1984-1991)
Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage
World Wrestling Federation era (1984-1992)

The Undertaker, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michales, Bret Hart
WWF "New Generation" era (1993-1997)

Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Mick Foley, The Rock
WWF: The Attitude Era (1997-2001)

Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, Booker T, Sting
World Championship Wrestling (1997-2001)

Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Syxx, Hollywood Hulk Hogan
New World Order: nWo (1996-1999)

Tommy Dreamer, Taz, Rob Van Dam, Sabu
ECW (1993-2001)

John Cena, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar
World Wrestling Entertainment (2002-2016)
El Santo, Demonio Azul, Mil Macara, Rey Mysterio Jr.
Luchadores (1952-2016)

Bret "Hitman" Hart as the WWF Intercontinental Champion (History)

Bret Hart in 1991

Bret "Hitman" Hart should be noted as one of the best World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Champions in professional wrestling history. Bret was a two time Intercontinental Champion during a very unique period in the World Wrestling Federation, 1991 and 1992. 

In the summer of 1988, Bret received his first shot at the Intercontinental Championship when facing the then champion The Honky Tonk Man. The match can be seen on the WWE Network on the July 18, 1988 edition of PRIMETIME WRESTLING.

Bret would find himself in other Intercontinental Championship matches throughout 1989 facing opponents Ravishing Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect. Bret would later reunite with Jim Neidhart to reform The Hart Foundation and hold the WWF World Tag Team Championship from August 1990 to March 1991.

After leaving the WWF Tag Team ranks in 1991, Bret scored some count out victories over Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect in April 1991, that led to Bret's win of the title at SummerSlam in New York City on August 26. This Intercontinental Championship match is regarded as one of the best and is must viewing for all pro wrestling fans.

During Bret's 144 day reign as Intercontinental Champion in 1991, he defended his title over 70 times against opponents such as "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, and Hercules. Bret defended his title the most against The Warlord (25 matches) and The Mountie (28 matches). Bret eventually lost the title to The Mountie on January 17, 1992. After the title loss, Bret spent the next few months winning matches against Enhancement Talent (B.A. Dalton, Ed Robinson, Jimmy James, and Dusty Dale Wolf).

On April 5, 1992, in what many consider "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's best match, Bret won the Intercontinental Championship Belt for the second time at WrestleMania VIII. Like many Bret Hart matches, this title match is one of the best Intercontinental Championship matches in pro wrestling history. 

Piper and Hart at WrestleMania VIII in 1992

In Bret's second title reign as WWF Intercontinental Champion, he began a feud with one of the most talented professional wrestlers of all time, Shawn Michaels. Bret faced Shawn in 50 matches where the title was up for grabs. In one such match, Bret and Shawn participated in the first televised Ladder Matches in July 1992. The match can be seen below or in HD quality on the WWE Network under the Collections section: Ladder Match.

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In 1992, Bret held the title for a total of 146 days facing numerous opponents such as Rick Martel, Kamala, The British Bulldog, and of course Shawn Michaels. Bret defended the Intercontinental Championship at least 65 times during 1992, finally losing the title to The British Bulldog in London, England on August 29 at the annual SummerSlam event in front of a crowd of 80,355 fan in attendance. The match between Bret and The British Bulldog was the last match of the evening and held added drama by pitting Bret against his English-born brother-in-law.

Promotion Poster for SummerSlam 1992

Although Bret had previously held the WWF Tag Team Championship and would later hold multiple World Titles, his multiple reigns as WWF Intercontinental Championship will always hold up as a highlight in pro wrestling history.


The Progressive Liberal Dan Richards and Mickey Black of Epic Pro Wrestling (Video)

Daniel Richards of AMW
Mickey Black of Epic Pro Wrestling
Independent wrestling organizations are alive and well throughout the world. Often times the characters in these professional wrestling organizations are copies of more successful pro wrestling characters of the past or the present. However, sometimes there are original characters that inspire and create a lasting impression on their audiences. Wrestlers such as Mickey Black from Epic Pro Wrestling and Dan Richards from Appalachian Mountain Wrestling (AMW) are some of the most original and talented wrestlers on the independent wrestling circuit. Both professional wrestlers have wrestled under different names (aka gimmicks), however their current personas have enabled them both to raise to the top of their respective wrestling promotions. Below is a video spotlight of Dan Richards from the CBS Evening News.

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Helicopter Crash Landing with Shane McMahon (Video) off of New York's Gilgo Beach

 
On July 19, 2017 Shane confirms that he is Vince McMahon's son in an interview after a helicopter crash landing.

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Retro 1980s World Wrestling Federation Newspaper Advertisements (July Edition)

World Wrestling Federation Newspaper Ads from an earlier age...(1975, 1985, 1989, 1991)


July 26, 1975

July 18, 1985

July 29, 1989



July 21, 1991



Enjoy Prime Time Wrestling on the WWE Network with hosts Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan


WWE Network has over 120 episodes of the classic USA Network World Wrestling Federation television show, Prime Time Wrestling. WWE Hall of Famers Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan host the majority of the episodes offered on the WWE Network. WWF Prime Time Wrestling provides a recorded match history of some of the most popular professional wrestlers of the 1980s and 1990s. The entertaining interactions between the co-hosts provide some of the best illustrations of what made professional wrestling so popular during this period.




Wrestlemania 33: Shane McMahon and AJ Styles highlight the event


There was plenty of excellent Wrestlemania moments throughout WrestleMania 33 held in Orlando, Florida on April 2, 2017. The highlight match was between Shane McMahon, the son of legendary Vincent K. McMahon, and longtime Independent wrestler, AJ Styles (Allen Jones). Shane, 47 years old, and AJ, 39 years old, were two of the oldest wrestlers participating at WM33. Their age and experience showed as the two entertainers performed using classic wrestling moves, "classic" wrestler attacks, trash cans, the top of the announcer's table, the top rope, and much more. The effort by both wrestlers helped secure their match as the best match of the night, and a homage to some of the best wrestling matches from the past 30 years.

Happy birthday to Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri AKA The Iron Sheik, 75 years old.

Seventy-five years ago, on March 15, 1942, Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri was born in Iran. Vaziri has been an actor, amateur wrestler, and most notably a professional wrestler. Better known as The Iron Sheik, he began his professional wrestling career in 1972 with the American Wrestling Association. In 1980, while wrestling under the name, Hossein Arab, he was selected as the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Most Underrated Wrestler. After wrestling for various professional wrestling promotions during the 1970s and 1980s, he won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Bob Backlund in 1983 at the famed Madison Square Garden. He successfully defended the title for a month, including a match against Tito Santana at The Spectrum in Philadelphia (See the below video for full match).

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On January 23, 1984, The Iron Sheik lost the title to Hulk Hogan, but later won the World Tag Team Championship with Nikolai Volkoff on March 31, 1985 at WrestleMania.

Boosted by his anti-American rhetoric, the Iron Sheik was known as one of the most "hated" wrestlers in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s. In the wrestling ring, The Iron Sheik was a solid wrestler, mastering the camel clutch and various suplex maneuvers . He was also one of the best entertainers to have been in the business. Happy 75th birthday to the colorful WWE Hall of Famer.

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri Birthday


The Iron Sheik on Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_ironsheik
Documentary Film on his life: http://sheikmovie.com

The "first" WWF Royal Rumble


The first World Wrestling Federation Royal Rumble took place on Sunday, October 4, 1987, three months prior to the official televised Royal Rumble held on January 24, 1988. CBSSPORTS.COM journalist, Denny Burkholder writes an extensive article on the subject that can be found HERE.