This week we turn to the dark side and take a look at Dark Side of the Ring’s documentary episode on Atsushi Onita and Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW). We also give our thoughts on the portrayals of Hayabusa and Shoichi Arai.
Born: January 12, 1962 | Birthplace: Atlanta, GeorgiaDied: August 27, 2010Billed Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada/The Other Side of DarknessOther Aliases: Trudy Herd, Princess Luna, Angel Baby The future Luna Vachon was adopted by Paul “Butcher” Vachon as a young girl, when he married her mother Rebecca Pierce – his second wife – in 1966. Gertrude wished to carry on the […]
Born: August 14, 1958 | Birthplace: Huntsville, AlabamaDied: August 4, 2021Billed Hometown: The Dark Side/Stoke-on-Trent, England | Billed Weight: 233 lbsOther Aliases: Beautiful Bobby, Earl Robert Eaton Bobby Eaton was a big fan of professional wrestling from a young age, and watched the local promotion, Nick Gulas’ NWA Mid-America. At thirteen, he began setting up the ring in his hometown […]
Our second podcast! On this episode Chris and Greg have a chat about wrestling. Topics we cover include the NWA Women’s title, Chris’s issues with Ring of Honor, New Japan and COVID, early FMW and WING, deathmatches and Greg’s discovery of ECW, Dark Side of the Ring and more. We even talk about WWE for once! There’s a little bit […]
Born: May 30, 1955 (Aurelian Jake Smith Jnr.) | Birthplace: Gainesville, TexasBilled Hometown: Stone Mountain, Georgia | Billed Weight: 249 lbs Jake Roberts was a second generation wrestler, his father being the well respected wrestler/booker Aurelian “Grizzly” Smith Sr, who mostly worked in the southern United States, and later became a booker and promoter for Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestlin,g and […]
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 […]
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 […]