Dutch Mantell Profile

Born: July 25, 1881 (Alfred Albert Joe de Re la Gardiur) | Birthplace: Diekirch, LuxembourgDied: January 31, 1941 (Cancer) Before naming himself professional wrestler Dutch Mantell, he was born Alfred Albert Joe de Re la Gardiur to a French  father and a Belgian mother in Diekirch, Luxembourg. From an early age, Alfred wished to go to the United States after being regaled […]

Bruno Sammartino Profile

Born: October 6, 1935 (Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino) | Birthplace: Pizzoferrato, Abruzzi, ItalyDied: April 18, 2018 (Multiple Organ Failure)Billed Hometown: Abruzzi, Italy / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania| Billed Weight: 265 lbs Bruno Sammartino was born in the small village of Pizzoferrato in Abruzzi, Italy, in 1935. The youngest of seven children, only he, a brother and a sister were still alive when World […]

André The Giant Profile

Born: May 19, 1946 (André René Roussimoff) | Birthplace: Molien, France Died: January 27, 1993 (Heart Failure)​Billed Weight: 520 lbs | Billed Height: 7 ft 4 inOther Aliases: Géant Ferré, Jean Ferré, Monster Eiffel Tower, Monster Roussimoff, Giant Machine, André el Gigante André René Roussimoff was born on May 19, 1946, in the small town of Molien, in north-central France, to a Bulgarian father and Polish mother. By […]

Koloff Topples Bruno (January 18, 1971)

January 18, 2021 marked the fiftieth anniversary of an historic title change in Madison Square Garden back in 1971. “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff shocked the wrestling world by pinning Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Title, ending his incredible reign of seven years, eight months and one day.  The photo – taken by veteran wrestling reporter Bill Apter – captures […]

Nailz Assaults Vince McMahon ​(December 14, 1992)

Kevin Walcholz (Nailz) first arrived in the World Wrestling Federation in May 1992, and immediately went after the Big Bossman. The backstory of his character was that he was an ex-convict, who served time in Cobb County, Georgia, where Bossman was a prison guard. He claimed he was wrongly convicted and that Bossman beat him regularly. In his debut on […]

Franchise throws down NWA title (August 27, 1994)

On August 27, 1994, one of the most controversial and talked about moments in professional wrestling took place, when ECW Heavyweight champion Shane Douglas threw down the NWA World Heavyweight Title, moments after winning it in a tournament final. Tod Gordon was a Philadelphia jewelry store owner who started NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1992. Not far away from ECW’s home-base of Philadelphia […]

Austin 3:16 is Born (June 23, 1996)

The King of the Ring was one of the most prestigious pay-per-views on the WWF calendar. The purpose of the tournament was to crown a new star for the company, and there is arguably been no more memorable winner of King of the Ring than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. His meteoric rise, which had been simmering for some time after casting […]

Awesome v Taz(z) (April 14, 2000)

The Monday Night War was an interesting and entertaining time in professional wrestling. The epic war between the WWF and WCW was exciting from week-to-week, largely because you never knew what the hell was going to happen. But it’s important to note how much impact the war had on Extreme Championship Wrestling, a smaller company struggling to stay alive among these […]