When wrestling fans look back on the rich, prolific history of Wrestlemania, certain events are continually brought up as examples of when WWE get it right on their self-styled grand stage. The first incarnation of the now-historic event is generally looked on fondly, mainly because it was so radically different to anything else in 1985 and kicked off a series of shows which have become professional wrestling’s annual highlight. Similarly, Wrestlemania III is mentioned often, surely due to the incredible in-ring exploits of Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, as well as the titanic collision between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. Incarnations 6, 14, 17 and 20 are also given similar treatment from fans, as the debate rages on in regards to which event was the best Wrestlemania supershow.
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Going through some of my videos from the past few years I found this chat with Fred “Tugboat” Ottman from 2009. Enjoy …–Bill Apter Read more.
It was news that rocked the sports world. The “Living Legend” sustained a horrible broken neck at the hands of Stan Hansen’s “Lariat” during a match at Madison Square Garden on April 26, 1976. Here, just one week later, in a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bruno gives Bill Apter this exclusive look at what happened and what his prognosis for his future was back then … Read more.
:On January 18, 1971 the world was stunned with WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino lost the title to Ivan Koloff at Madison Square Garden. Amazingly though Sammartino saw this as a God-send. He had held the title since May 1963 after thrashing “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in just 61 seconds at MSG (the “old” MSG where the ’71 match was at the “new” MSG) and needed a break to spend time with his family and to let his body heal. This interview was just a few months after the title loss — during his return to MSG — and I was there with my tape recorder and got this exclusive interview!”–Bill Apter Read more.
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February 4, 2013 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Bruno Sammartino will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Madison Square Garden. Read more.
Yearning For The Territories
By Jamie Kennedy
For this piece, I wanted to open myself up to reveal some jealousy. This may strike you as a strange way to kick proceedings off, but it’s something that has niggled at me ever since I first began exploring wrestling beyond the WWF/WWE. Read more.
He was on of the most entertaining Pro Wrestling managers in history and now here he is exclusively @THE APTER CHAT on 1Wrestling.com! Read more.
A tribute by WrestleReunion Founder-“The Big Cheese” Sal Corrente
Since I attended the AWE Night of Legends Pay-Per-View last month, I have really started to watch videos and documentaries on wrestling from the 90s and early 2000s, when I watched it weekly. Although I do not watch it now, wrestling was a huge part of my childhood.
One of the writers I worked with at Philly Sports Port, Dan Cymerman, also has a passion for wrestling and he and I have decided to choose our top 10 wrestlers from that time period. Who made both of our lists? You can find out by checking here every day as I release two of our picks until we reach number one. So let’s start things off with our #10 and #9…
Brandon Apter reporting …