Create-A-Wrestler

Zeus

No Holds Barred - ZeusMedium: Film
Title: No Holds Barred
Bio: An ex-con street fighter who built up a larger-than-life reputation on WTN’s Battle of the Tough Guys TV show, only to fail miserably in his first pro wrestling match against Rip.
Signature Move: Crippling his opponents’ family members.

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The Best Cracked & MAD Magazine Wrestling Covers

IMG_2101Sadly, here’s another Cheap Pop Culture post based on somebody talented passing away. RIP Jack Davis.

Before Cracked became a listicle site and a podcast, and you were more likely to try a MAD Magazine fold-in than you were to look through its Twitter feed, these humor magazines served a purpose to many a youth when it came to satirical skewering of the pop culture we were surrounded with at the time. As wrestling caught on with the masses so did its coverage on many national magazines, giving us some pretty awesome Cracked and MAD magazine cover illustrations.

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Game of Thrones Wrestling Characters

Game of Thrones Logo

With season six of Game of Thrones premiering this Sunday, I figured I’d do a non “Game of Thrones Characters and their WWE Soulmates” list that Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard already did, and was then done by WhatCulture a year later. There are more connections between WWE and Game of Thrones than just hypothetical soulmates. Like Samoa Joe voicing The Beast in the video game version. Or the fact that the actor who played The Mountain, Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, showed up at an NXT show and… well, that’s all that happened.

But what about those crazy wrestling gimmicks that would actually fit within the Games of Thrones universe? Spoiler alert: A lot of these guys would fit in perfectly with the wildlings.

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Ringside Cinema

Backyard Dogs (2000)

We’re told via title card at the beginning of Backyard Dogs that by the year 2000, there were more than 18,000 backyard wrestling federations. What they don’t tell you is that there were double that amount of nu metal bands and they’re all on this soundtrack. Step into a transitional time period of baggy awkwardness that was the late 90’s and early 2000’s and witness a generation that spawned from the Attitude Era.

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What the World is Watching

Rumble

Rumble-LogoI know not all British sitcoms are going to be Fawlty Towers, The Young Ones, Peep Show, The Office, or even The IT Crowd, but who knew England could give the U.S. a run for its money when it comes to producing dumbed-down tripe. Rumble is not only offensive to British sitcoms, but sitcoms in general and, more specifically, to professional wrestling.

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What the World is Watching

Scrubs

scrubs-logo“My Fifteen Minutes”
Season 1, Episode 8
11/15/2001

Scrubs was a great show. Its use of flashbacks and day dreaming, fantasy sequences were a large part of the reason why it was great. What made it even better was this episode in which Zach Braff’s character, J.D., goes full-on 80’s wrestler in a wrestling promo fantasy sequence.

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Create-A-Wrestler: The Battling Bailiff

Night Court 2 - Battling BailiffMedium: Television
Title: Night Court
Bio: The Battling Bailiff was a newcomer to the New York wrestling territory and was scheduled to make his debut at Madison Square Garden. He had previously worked as a nighttime courtroom bailiff. Some say he was the second cousin of the Big Boss Man.
Signature Move: Bailing out of a match.

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Royal Rumble Final Four

RR1992-3The Royal Rumble is upon us once again to help make Roman Reigns look even stronger. Last year, I took a look at the best #1 and #2 entrants. This year, I decided to showcase the top ten final four competitors. Because as fun as the Rumble is, everyone knows the best part is when it’s down to the last four wrestlers.

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Bootleg Wrestling Action Figures

Bootleg Figures - Luchadores 2Tired of getting the same mainstream, high quality, detailed little plastic wrestling men Mattel keeps putting out? Do you prefer five points of articulation as opposed to twenty-something? If you answered yes, no, or the more realistic, don’t care, you should still check out these infamous lines of bootleg wrestling action figures only most hardcore collectors are familiar with. They might even make the perfect gift this holiday season.

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Ringside Cinema

Box of Moonlight (1996)

After having heard Buddy Landel on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast recently, and getting to know more about him other than my limited knowledge of his cup of coffee that was his WWF run, I realized he was an entertaining story teller and another tragic “what could’ve been” wrestling tale, and not just some poor man’s Ric Flair. So in honor of Buddy Landel, I figured I’d post this brief cameo of his in the movie Box of Moonlight. RIP “Nature Boy”.

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