Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Last Match: WrestleMania

In this post we look at the last matches of those who competed in the first ever WrestleMania.  Surprisingly not everyone who competed at the first Mania over 30 years ago has had their last match yet.  I'm guessing they are close to it though.

The Executioner aka "Playboy" Buddy Rose
Last Match: January 29, 2005 WrestleReunion Tampa, FL
with Bob Orton & Col. DeBeers were defeated by Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Jimmy Valiant, & "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

King Kong Bundy
Last Match: May 12, 2007 Big Time Wrestling Springfield, MA
defeated "Superstar" Richard Byrne

Special Delivery Jones
Last Match: January 28, 1995 Universal Superstars of Wrestling New York City
defeated The Kodiak Bear

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Last Match: June 18, 2010 Florida Championship Wrestling Ft. Myers, FL
with Richie Steamboat defeated The Dudebusters: Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta

Matt Borne
Last Match: June 8, 2013 House of Bricks Wrestling, New Bedford, MA
as Doink the Clown defeated Kellan Thomas

David Sammartino
Last Match: May 2, 2010 Deaf Wrestlefest 2010 Edgewood, PA
with Larry Zbyszko defeated Frank Stalletto & Lou Marconi by DQ

Junkyard Dog
Last Match: June 24, 1995 National Wrestling Conference Las Vegas, NV
defeated by The Honky Tonk Man

The Iron Sheik
Last Match: March 10, 2007 Pro Wrestling Xtreme St. Thomas, Ontario
with Aaron Walpole defeated Reck

Mike Rotundo
Last Match: January 29, 2005 WrestleRunion Tampa, FL
with Barry Windham defeated by Larry Zbyszko & "Outlaw" Ron Bass
also competed in the Raw 15th Anniversary Battle Royal 12/10/2007

Barry Windham
Last Match: February 26, 2010 ACW/CCW St. Petersburg, FL
with Jesse Neal defeated Kennedy Kendrick & Sinn Bohdi

Andre The Giant
Last Match: December 4, 1992 All Japan Pro Wrestling, Tokyo, Japan
with Giant Baba & Risher Kimura defeated Haruka Eigen, Masanobu Fuchi, & Motoshi Okuma

Big John Studd
Last Match: June 2, 1989 WWF House Show, West Palm Beach, FL
with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated Andre the Giant & Haku

Wendi Richter
Last Match: WrestleRunion 2 King of Prussia, PA
with George South Jr. & The Patriot defeated Amy Love, DC Drake, & Gary Royal

Mr. T
Last Match: December 27, 1994 WCW Starrcade Nashville, TN
defeated "Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan

"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
Last Match: September 17, 2000 WCW Fall Brawl Buffalo, NY
with Big Vito, Disco Inferno, Juventud Guerrera, & Rey Mysterio Jr drew Chuck Palumbo, Johnny the Bull, Mark Jindrak, Reno, & Sean O'Haire
Match was called when Orndorff was injured performing a piledriver and the match was stopped.

Hulk Hogan
Last Match: January 27, 2012 TNA Manchester, England UK
with "Cowboy" James Storm & Sting defeated Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, & Kurt Angle

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Last Match: August 12, 2011 JCW Legends Cave-In-Rock, IL
with Bob Orton defeated Mick Foley & Terry Funk

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Roy's Review: Limitless Wrestling Past Your Bedroom 9/24/2016 results

Match 1: Anthony Green defeated Xavier Bell. Good solid match and a good choice for an opener. I enjoy both guys a lot and they both seem to get better every time I seen them. It kinda seemed like Bell was working towards a heel turn a little bit.

Match 2: Veda Scott defeated Davienne. A good women's match. In my opinion the best women's match in Limitless Wrestling so far. It was kinda strange for me to see Veda as a face. She is such a good heel I don't wanna see her as anything else. Good action throughout. I enjoy a good women's match where fight hard.

Match 3: Mike Bennett defeated Mike Graca. I wasn't really sure how this one would play out. I kinda expected Bennett to be a face just because that's usually how it works with a big name on an indy show but I glad he played heel cause he is one of the best heels in wrestling right now. Graca held his own well with Bennett. This was a good match it just was a little to slow for my liking in the middle. The heel ending was perfect.

Match 4: Troy Nelson defeated Scott Wild w/Maximum Mecca. First off, Scott Wild shouldn't have been a heel in this match. It just didn't fit. He needs to wrestle a fast pace and he didn't. This match was just really boring and I feel would have been better if it were face vs. face. Nelson on the other hand continues to impress with the moves he can do considering his physique.

Match 5: Lince Dorado defeated Flip Gordon. Great match. I just expected more high flying moves. This was my first time really seeing Dorado and he doesn't do anything that really blows you away but everything he does he does very well. After the match he blew me away with how respectful he is.

Match 6: Flex Rumblecrunch defeated Brian Milonas. Good solid big man match. Milonas is really good for a 400+ pound guy. He moves very well for his size and plays a solid heel. This was the best shape I have ever seen Flex in. Just good back and forth power moves. I enjoyed this way more than I though I would since I'm not really a Rumblecrunch guy.

Match 7: Tyler Nitro defeated Connor Murphy, Scott Slade, Johnny Torres and Sully Banger. Sully has some of the best tattoos of all time, especially that sweet tiger on his flabby gut. This was good 5 man match and the best of this type of match in Limitless Wrestling so far. Please bring back all these guys except for Sully. He sucked. Just lots of good action in this one. I was surprised with Nitro getting the win. I would have thought it would be Slade since he is really over.

Match 8: Brick N' Bad (Christian Cassanova and Brick Mastone) defeated The Maine State Posse (Danger Kid and Aidan Aggro). Solid match with nothing really special. I prefer Cassanova and Mastone as singles guys. As a team it just doesn't do it for me.

Match 9: AR Fox defeated Ace Romero in an Anything Goes Match. Excellent, just excellent. They killed each other just like knew they would. Gotta see this one. One of the top 3 matches in Limitless Wrestling history. Lots of sick spots.

Great show as always. Overall this is one of best so far. 

Limitless Returns Saturday October 29th in conjunction with BanGOREfest Convention at the University of Maine Orono Fieldhouse with "Who Watches the Watchmen?" featuring "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards, the return and possibly final match of Champ Matthews, Xavier Bell, Devin Blazer, Alexander Lee, Danger Kid and more.  Tickets available now at Limitless Wrestling

If your looking to watch the show TC Tapes was filming so when it is released you can expect her usual excellent high quality recording. 

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New Japan Pro Wrestling in the Soviet Union

In 1989 Antonio Inoki and New Japan Pro Wrestling had worked out an agreement with the USSR where several of there amateur wrestlers traveled to the New Japan Dojo to train as professional wrestlers.

Two of them, Salman Hashimikov and Victor Zangiev were stand outs and would go onto wrestle for NJPW and later UWF-I from 1989 - 1994.  They represented the Soviet Union at Starrcade 1990 in the Pat O'Connor Memorial Cup tag team tournament.  On May 25, 1989 in Osaka, Japan Hashimikov defeated Big Van Vader to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship losing the title to Riki Choshu on July 12, 1989.

Luzhniki Stadium formerly Central Lenin Stadium
Because of this relationship on December 31, 1989 Antonio Inoki and NJPW were able to run, what was billed as the first ever Professional Wrestling event in the USSR at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.  At the time the venue was called the Central Lenin Stadium.

New Japan Pro Wrestling Martial Arts Festival
December 31, 1989 Moscow, Russia 
attendance 15,000

Kuniaki Kobayashi defeated Takayuki Iizuka

Jushin "Thunder" Liger defeated Black Tiger (Mark "Rollerball" Rocco)

Masahiro Chono defeated Timur Zalasov

Shinya Hashimoto wrestled Wahka Eveloev to a 15 min time limit draw

Victor Zangiev
Riki Choshu defeated Victor Zangiev

Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Vladimir Berkovich

Differnt Style Fight: Habieli Victachev defeated Hiroshi Hase at 1:11 of Round 3

Former IWGP Champion Salman Hashimikov
Salman Hashimikov defeated "Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez

Antonio Inoki & Shota Chochishvili defeated Brad Rheingans & Masa Saito

The card featured 9 matches with 20 wrestlers from 4 different countries, nine wrestlers from Japan, seven from USSR, three from the United States, and one British guy under a mask.  What's surprising is that of the seven matches featuring Soviet competitors they won three, lost three, and had a draw on one.  I would have thought, being in the Soviet Union and considering the political turmoil at the time the Soviets would have dominated their matches.
Brad Rheingans
What I think is remarkable is the fact three American wrestlers including a former Olympian in Brad Rheingans appeared on the card.  It is also kind of surprising that the other two Americans are Bam Bam Bigelow and "Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez.

I have heard a lot about the Inoki lead World Wrestling Peace Festival in North Korea that aired on PPV as Collision in Korea.  It was very controversial for Americans to appear on this show, and I feel like it had to be the same for them to appear on the show in Moscow.

Now there are a few independent companies in Russia, Colt Cabana did a tour there in 2015 and the WWE ran House Shows there in 2012 & 2013.  At the time of the event the Iron Curtain was still up and the Soviet Union never had events like this.  Even though the show wasn't that great, it was still a monumental event in the history of wrestling.

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You can buy the show at the following websites:

Wrestling Epicenter Store has the entire show available for sale on DVD for $5.99.

IVP Videos has a DVD with 5 of 9 Matches from an episode of NJPW TV on DVD for $2.99

Monday, September 19, 2016

Signed Trading Cards: Santana Garrett, Jeff Cobb, & Devin Blaze

Here are three various independent wrestling trading cards.

IPW Trading Cards 27 - Jeff Cobb

"Mr. Athletic" also know as Matanza in Lucha Underground appeared a Limitless Wrestling show in Orono, Maine where my buddy Roy was able to get this card signed for me.  This particular set of cards was made by a fan and released a couple years back, he got some flack from some of the wrestlers and he quickly sold them off to Huskerhav. You can find what's left of this set here: IPW Cards

Missouri Wrestling Revival series 2 card 23 - Santana Garrett

Once again I have Roy to thank for this card.  The MWR set is produced by Brian Kelley, you can find the cards and instructions on how to purchase them here. Series one had 100 cards, series two has 25 to date.  I've bought a few cards off of Brian and he is fast with shipment.

Devin Blaze playing card

This card I actually got myself at a Limitless Wrestling show.  Roy got me one a few shows back as well.  New England independent wrestler Devin Blaze simply got a deck of playing cards with his image on them.  They fit his character "Funny Man" well and it's cheap merchandise for him.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

After G.L.O.W.

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling was an all women's wrestling promotion that ran in syndication from 1986 - 1990 producing 104 episodes of television.  The wrestlers were made up of mostly dancers, models, actresses, and other women hoping to break into Hollywood through this venture.

Trained by Mando Guerrero for six weeks before the filming began, a few continued in the world of wrestling stepping into rings outside of the GLOW universe.

Lisa Moretti wrestled in GLOW as Tina Ferrari and is better known as Ivory.  The most successful wrestler to come from GLOW Moretti would win the GLOW crown leaving the promotion after the second season.  Moretti would wrestle under names Nina and Tina Moretti for Powerful Women of Wrestling & Ladies Professional Wrestling Association and also competed in the UWF and the AWA.

Moretti debuted in 1999 in the WWE as Ivory first as a manager and then a competitor becoming a tree time women's champion leaving when her contract expired at the end of 2005.  She returned to the indy scene winning a few independent titles before officially retiring in 2006 with an impressive 20 year career.

Tiffany Mellon born Sandra Margot competed for GLOW 1988 - 1989 becoming a porn star in 1992 changing her name to Tiffany Million.  In 2010 she appeared in the documentary After Porn Ends.

Cynthia Peretti had been a professional wrestler for 18 years competing at Princess Jasmine before she joined GLOW as a trainer.  In season one she was Pepper in the tag team Salt & Pepper.  After leaving GLOW Peretti challenged Sherri Martel in both AWA & WWE for her Women's Championship.  She passed way May 8, 2009.

Emily Dole of Samoan decent wrestled as Mt. Fiji for the entire run of the promotion.  She was never defeated  and rarely left her feet.  After GLOW she had bit parts in movies and tv shows.

Debi Pelletier debuted in 1983 as The Killer Tomato in Los Angeles changing her name to Dallas when she joined GLOW for the first season. After GLOW  she joined the AWA as Killer Tomato challenging Sherri Martel for the women's championship.  She appeared in the 1985 movie Grunt! The Wrestling Movie.

Olympia Hartauer was an original cast member of GLOW under the name of Corporal Kelly, one of two people to play the character Corporal Kelly.  She left GLOW and continued her training under the Fabulous Moolah which lead her to having matches in the WWE and AWA under her given name.  She retired in the 1990's then returned in 2007 for the NWA-ECCW.

Trudy Adams joined GLOW in 1987 as Amy the Farmer's Daughter leaving the promotion later that year she joined POWW using the same gimmick under the name Brandi Mae.  As Mae she competed in several other all girls promotions and challenged Madua Miceli for the AWA Women's Championship before retiring in 1991.

Dee Booher competed in GLOW as Matilda the Hun in the shows first two seasons but is better known as Queen Kong.  Booher first began competing in Roller Derby as Queen Kong before training to become a wrestler.  After GLOW she delivered "Slam-A-Grams" thinking singing telegrams except with bodyslams, and had several bit parts in movies and televisions shows wrestling sporadically into the mid 90's.  Check her website for more 

Jody Haselbarth appears in season 2 - 4 as Tulsa After GLOW she became a stunt woman in Hollywood appearing for such pictures as The Chase, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and more.  She currently has a Go Fund Me page started by her nephew to aid with medical bills from pulmonary embolisms here.

Eileen O'Hara competed as Melody Trouble Vixen or MTV from season 3 until the end of the show.  Eileen is the co-founder of Sisters Fierce Productions she wrote, produced, and directed a documentary about GLOW "Behind GLOW's Doors Making Gorgeous Ladies."  You can find out more about her and her production company here.

Cheryl Rusa competed as Lightning from season 3 until the end of the shows run. After GLOW Cheryl wrestled in POWW and other women's leagues before becoming an actress and stunt woman. You can read more about her on her website here.

Becky Mullen wrestled in season 1 & 3 as Sally The Farmer's Daughter After GLOW she became an actress appearing in several TV shows and a few films.

An excellent documentary was released in 2011 called GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling that chronicles the story of GLOW and even films a talent reunion.  If you haven't seen it please take the time to. You can find more information about it on the film's website here.

Netflix has ordered a 10 episode TV series based on the GLOW premise even using the name G.L.O.W. starring Alison Brie as Ruth an actress down on her luck turning to women's wrestling to get exposure.  Also staring Marc Maron as the promoter.  Created by Jenji Kohan who created "Weeds" and "Orange is the New Black".

American Angels, Baptism in Blood was a movie made in 1989 with Jan Sebastian as Lisa a girl who wants to follow in her grandfathers footsteps to become a professional wrestler for the all women's league American Angels.  This film featured many wrestlers from GLOW but also starred "Magnificent" Mimi Lesseos and actress and stunt woman who got her start in wrestling just not in GLOW.  Mimi started with the AWA and had matches in FMW in Japan and AAA in Mexico.  Her webpage is here.

During my research I came across a project that has been billed as both a Movie and Reality TV show called "Femme D'Action" and it features many of the former GLOW girls. IMDB has it listed as last updated May 14, 2013.  It appears wrestling related and you can find clips about it on you tube and Cheryl Rusa has an album of over 50 photos of it on her website.  I hope to find this so I can watch it.

This is by no means an official or complete list of what the ladies have done After GLOW was over.  With a roster of near 100 wrestlers during the promotions run I basically highlighted those that I could find information on.

This blog post began as a conversation with my friends during a podcast where we talked about the new GLOW show on Netflix.  Off the top of my head I couldn't only thing of Ivory having wrestled anywhere After GLOW so it was exciting to learn about the other ladies.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Signed Trading Cards: CW Anderson

CW Anderson a 23 year veteran of the ring he first came into prominence in 1999 with ECW staying with the company until it closed in 2001.  Near the promotions end he has an amazing feud with Tommy Dreamer culminating with an "I Quit" Match at Guilty as Charged PPV January 7, 2001.

He later toured the independents and Japan before landing in WWE where he was under utilized from 2004 - 2007.  Since leaving the WWE he has continued to perform on the independents.  He appeared for one night at TNA's ECW reunion PPV Hardcore Justice August 8, 2010 in a losing effort to 2 Cold Scorpio in what I think was the best match of the night.

Christopher W. Anderson Topps Payback 2007 card 82 

CW Andersen Lamincards WWE 2006 card 75 

These two cards were both released in Germany, what I like about the Payback card is it has the name Christopher W. Anderson which was what he used for one television appearance on ECW on Sci-Fi losing to CM Punk.  I got these cards signed by Mr. Anderson through the mail.

Tristar TNA Xtreme 2010 card 29

TNA released a set that was essentially based on the Hardcore Justice pay per view, which was a great move!  I got this card signed by Anderson through the mail and 2 Cold Scorpio in person in 2012 at a Pro Wrestling Syndicate show in Rahway, New Jersey.

Wrestlecade CW Anderson Promo Card

My buddy Roy got me this card when he went to a show with CW Anderson, it's not a trading card but it is similar in size.  Used to promote Wrestlecade IV with took place November 28, 2015 where CW Anderson defeated 2 Cold Scorpio.

CW Anderson is one of my favorite wrestlers, I have almost met him in person a few times but something always prevented it from happening.  The chances are getting slimmer and slimmer that it'll happen because even though Anderson can still go in the ring, he is 45 years old.

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