Last updated 21 April 2020
Most people decided not to admit to watching it anymore when pro-wrestling went "out of style" in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I admit it because I watched it for ten years before it was "in style". :-)
I'm overjoyed that it has now come back "in style" and generally places several shows each week in the top ten cable ratings.
- Is it fake? No.
- Are the outcomes pre-determined? Yes.
- Does anyone care? No.
It's scripted just like a movie is scripted.
That doesn't make wrestling fans or movie-goers enjoy each form of entertainment any less.
Knowing that it isn't "real" doesn't take away from the great interviews and athleticism of the Professional Wrestling matches.
This page got 27,420 hits in October 1997 and over 113,949 hits in November 1997. Thanks to everyone who visited and linked to it!
I scanned in some of the pictures I took at the March 22, 1997 WCW card at the Target Center in Minneapolis:
- The WWE got to the point where it was unwatchable about 1984 when Vince McMahon basically turned the sport into a circus. It only started to get some credibility back around 1995 when they started pushing Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin. It didn't hurt when they picked up the Number One Free Agent with his killer heel persona: Brian Pillman. I don't think they really overtook the "number one promotion" banner, though, until they signed Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Perry Saturn. In 1999, the WWF went public. In the year 2000, they switched from airing on the USA network to joining Viacom's family of networks, including MTV and TNN. They decided to jump ship from NASDAQ to NYSE, had to change their name from WWF to WWE because of the Worldwide Fund for Nature, and then got lured back to the USA Network.
- WCW became unwatchable when they lost their NWA affiliation, and was best when it was taped in the old TV studio, before moving to Center Stage). It, too, started to regain some credibility in the mid-1990s when they decided to start their own Monday night TV show and signed Eddy Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Minneapolis-native Jerry Lynn (along with a host of mind-blowing talent from Mexico), not to mention the marketing genius of the whole nWo invasion. In the late 1990s, though, they rested on their laurels, not coming up with many new ideas. The NWO got stale (not to mention watered-down when they started adding jobbers to the group), they stopped pushing cruiserweights and luchadores, and they lost the workrate-heavy Benoit, Malenko, Guerrero, and Saturn. It seemed like big news when head WWF writer Vince Russo jumped ship to WCW, but his writing style didn't fit in with the WCW core audience. The wrestling deteriorated, the inane skits filled the programs, and he got burnt out. What they really need to do it to hire about 10 to 12 episodic TV writers from Hollywood, and keep them separated from the wrestlers. In their dying days, their top workers were Kaz Hayashi and the Jung Dragons, Three Count, Kidman, and Lenny Lane. One of the darker days in the sport came when WCW ended and was bought by Vince McMahon. Wrestling quality in the US has been steadily declining ever since.
- Check out ECW if you get a chance.
It used to be limited to a broadcast on a few small stations.
They finally got national cable clearance on TNN, but when the WWF switched to TNN, ECW lost their TV slot.
Even though they lost some of their top talent (Chris Benoit, Eddy Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and
Ian Rotten) Paul E Dangerously brought in some of the better Mexican and Japanese workers. Their very first PPV on April 13, 1997 had a lot of technical complications, but it started a new era for ECW. In 2001, they planned to air PPVs on a monthly basis, bringing the total PPVs up to 36 a year. That's three every month. There were more weeks with a wrestling PPV than there were without one! In their dying days, their top prospects were Yosihiro Tajiri, Psicosis, Super Crazy, Rob Van Dam, Jerry Lynn, and Dawn Marie. Search out old DVDs!
- The Japanese federations are pretty good too.
W*ING has a lot of cool gimmick matched like "barbed wire baseball bat" matches,
"bed of nails" matches, "set your opponent on fire" matches, etc.
FMW has the same idea, but seems to be a one-man show with Onita doing all the barbed wire spots.
- For fans in the Minnesota and surrounding area, here is a list of upcoming wrestling cards and where they can be seen on TV (PWA, NPW, SPCW, UCW, NAWA, AWA, AWF, UWF, WrestleAmerica2000, etc)
Here are some ECW pictures I've taken. The links below will take you to a page with semi-descriptive filenames.
Click on the filename to view the pictures.
At the present, I haven't created thumbnails, touched up the brightness, cropped the pictures, or even turned some of them right-side up.
Hopefully I'll find time to do this in 2001.
I plan to add links for all the Upper Midwest indie cards I've snapped photos at, but don't expect to see those until some time in 2001.
In the meantime, you can try to find them with the search engine below. :-)
Okay, enough people have been telling me that there's just too much content on my Pro-Wrestling pages,
and it would be nice if there were an easy way to search for the bits of info they are looking for.
Well, your prayers have been answered. The following search engine will search through all of my wrestling pages for words or phrases you would like to find.
There is also a search engine on my main page if you want to search the entire archives.
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