The WWE is still missing the boat on what will become one of the worst title matches this year when John Cena tries once again to beat Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions. Sixteen German suplexes and a poor performance by Cena (who will oversell the match to death) will leave fans screaming for their money back in a hurry, both at the gate and after they plunk down the cable buy for the show. And of course we all know the night after this pay-per-view will be more enjoyable to watch than anything we saw the night before. It is just how the law of averages in the WWE works.
I am not sure why the company has now taken Lesnar and made him the “beast” he so proclaims to be. Lesnar should be beating the hell out of the likes of Heath Slater, Heath Slater and any superstar that comes to the ring in a mask. There is a reason for the squash match. Maybe the head writers should be given a copy of a wrestling dictionary.
Lesnar could be the single best super heavy weight this company has ever seen, however in my opinion, he is not being used effectively as he brawler he is known to be. With this stagnation, I have to wonder how he fits in with the greatest brawlers of all time. Here are a few we should ponder.
He would have never gotten along with Vince McMahon because he was too much of an independent. But Brody was as good as gold in the ring as a face or a heel. He helped innovate the “brawling” style and was infamous for his wild and legitimately uncooperative demeanor.
Brody competed as a freelancer in several companies including the National Wrestling Alliance, Central States Wrestling, World Wide Wrestling Federation, Southwest Championship Wrestling, Windy City Wrestling, Texas All Star Wrestling, World Wrestling Council, Deep South Wrestling, and Championship Wrestling from Florida, American Wrestling Association, and World Class Championship Wrestling.
DICK THE BRUISER
In the late 1950s, Dick the Bruiser wrestled live every Thursday on TV in the Detroit area. His typical opponent was “an up and coming young (unknown) wrestler” who would be pulverized by the Bruiser. His matches and interviews were so effective he became a household name in the Detroit area.
Along with fellow wrestler and business partner Wilbur Snyder, purchased the Indianapolis NWA promotion in 1964 from its longtime owner Jim Barnett. He renamed the territory the World Wrestling Association (WWA) and promoted himself as its champion. While he ran it as an independent promotion with its own titles and champion, the WWA had a working agreement with the larger AWA (owned by wrestler Verne Gagne), sharing talent and recognizing their championships.
The Bruiser was the first to christen Manager Bobby Heenan with the nickname of “The Weasel” during his run in the territory.
DR. DEATH STEVE WILLIAMS
Dr. Death was a three-time world heavyweight champion, having won the UWF World Heavyweight Championship twice and the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship once. In addition to his singles success, Dr. Death Steve Williams achieved notoriety in Japan in tag team competition, winning the World Tag Team Championship eight times with notable tag team partners Terry Gordy, Gary Albright, Vader, and Johnny Ace.
He also achieved great tag team success in North America, winning tag team titles in the Mid-South, World Championship Wrestling, UWF and NWA United States Tag Team Championship as well as winning the World’s Strongest Tag Determination League twice with Gordy and Mike Rotunda.
He went on to work for National Wrestling Alliance-sanctioned promotions such as Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP, out of Charlotte, North Carolina) and Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW), where he adopted the ring name Ole Anderson, and became a member of the legendary tag team called the Minnesota Wrecking Crew with his “brother” Gene Anderson after Lars Anderson left the team in the late 1960s. The team of Ole and Gene became synonymous with tag team wrestling in JCP and GCW for many years running.
The Andersons feuded with such stars as Mr. Wrestling and Mr. Wrestling II, Wahoo McDaniel, Jack Brisco, Jerry Brisco, Tommy Rich, Johnny Weaver, Dino Bravo, Paul Jones, Ric Flair, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat, Rufus R. Jones, The Mongols, and Thunderbolt Patterson throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.
Anderson was known for his rough style in the ring, especially in tag teams where he and his partner would concentrate on a part of their opponent’s body (arm, leg) and wear them down by applying pressure or abuse to the point of submission.
Known as the heel “Boston Battler”, Sullivan’s “devil worshiping” gimmick started during this time. In CWF he became associated with “Maniac” Mark Lewin (Purple Haze), Bob Roop, The Lock and Luna Vachon amongst others as the Army of Darkness. Sullivan split his time with International Championship Wrestling and brought the devil-worshiping gimmick there, along with Lewin and Roop.
He had the Fallen Angel as his valet, who later became known as Woman. Sullivan was the top heel in ICW when the company first went national and had noted feuds with Austin Idol, Superstar Billy Graham, Bruiser Brody, Joe Savoldi and Blackjack Mulligan. He was as tough as they came in the ring and for his size, may have been the best in the game.
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