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Check out the latest episode form our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Réne, which features Guests Dave Unger (Attitude Of Aggression) and ACH (Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, AAW).
Ungar has been a lifelong professional wrestling fan. Ungar has attended many memorable professional wrestling events, including WCW’s Capital Combat, WCW’s The Great American Bash, the WWE’s Royal Rumble, and two WWE WrestleManias. Ungar has also been a regular contributor for the Bleacher Report and a featured columnist for the Washington Capitals hockey team. Presently, Ungar is the driving force behind the Attitude of Aggression website. Attitude of Aggression is a website, blog, and podcast about professional wrestling with a specific focus on the WWE and the WWE Network. The Attitude of Aggression also discusses current events, fantasy booking scenarios, and upcoming local, national, and international events, in order to give professional wrestling fans a comprehensive look at professional wrestling at the highest level possible.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, ACH trained for professional wrestling under the guidance of Jerry Reyes, Scot Summers, and the Kobra Kai Dojo. Also known as “The Last Dragon,” ACH has competed in professional wrestling rings all over the world, including St. Louis Anarchy, Beyond Wrestling, Absolute Intense Wrestling, AAW – Professional Wrestling Redefined, Anarchy Championship Wrestling, Chikara Pro Wrestling, Dragon Gate USA, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Evolve Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Impact Wrestling, The Crash, Ring of Honor Wrestling, and Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA). ACH has competed in many prestigious tournaments, including the Combat Zone Wrestling’s “Best of the Best,” Ring of Honor Wrestling’s “Top Prospect Tournament” and “Survival of the Fittest,” Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s “Best of Los Angeles,” Impact Wrestling’s “Super X Cup,” and New Japan’s “Best of the Super Juniors.” A five-time Pro Wrestling Illustrated “PWI 500” honoree, ACH is recognized as the Inspire Pro Pure Prestige Champion and the VIP Heavyweight Champion. Presently, ACH is a part of the Taguchi Japan faction and member of the “Super 69” tag team with Ryusuke Taguchi in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Other topics include the return of the XFL, Seth Rollins/Jason Jordan as WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, ROH Final Battle and the NJPW video game.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was once signified as the “Be All, End All” of professional wrestling.
By now, that statement has been detracted with talent like The Young Bucks, Colt Cabana and Kenny Omega, all of whom have achieved financial efficiency and without any WWE stints (or pushes in Cabana’s case) to boot.
Ron Snyder’s “Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One Of America’s Favorite Sports,” released by Sports Publishing, succeeds in its goal to inform and explore just how independent wrestling came to be from its eerie territorial beginnings.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan’s huge signing to World Championship Wrestling in June earlier in the year was a sign that perhaps things would change.
To an extent, that was correct.
Hogan’s arrival brought more money and sponsorships to WCW and his creative pull allowed him to bring in various faces of his past and recreate some magic.
Still, for every feud he had with Ric Flair, there was a Butcher match in the wings. If you told us that he’d be the main event of the biggest show of the year instead of doing the “Loser Must Retire” match there, we would’ve laughed too.
Star power doesn’t always provide a star product. That’s evident up and down through this card, though the quick wits of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan on commentary make it easier to sit through.
WCW tried to pass off “What’s Old Is New Again,” but alas, we just feel like it was done better somewhere else before.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Unsanctioned, Unauthorized, Unbelievable.”
If a tagline ever fit a World Championship Wrestling show, this was it.
Uncensored – WCW’s attempt to bend the rules and present an “extreme” Pay-Per-View with only gimmicked matches, was an experiment in the beginning.
Headlined by a Leather Strap Match between WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Vader in the midst of a hot feud between Hogan and “A Man Possessed,” Ric Flair, it was enough to salvage for the rest of the malarky.
What malarky? Put in a “Boxer Vs. Wrestler” Match, a “King Of The Road” Match and a “Martial Arts” Match.
Oh and because of recent creative changes, no blood was allowed at all.
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By Anthony Zevoteck
If you read the article title and hoped for me to talk about Garrett Bischoff, you may leave now.
The Bischoff of topic is Eric.
Arguably one of pro wrestling history’s greatest minds, the man worked his way up from the corporate office to become the face of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), an organization that almost put Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) out of business in the late 1990’s.
He first made an impact as a backstage interviewer and announcer in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), which allowed him to get a job for WCW, where he’d eventually change the wrestling world. After he positioned himself as Executive Vice President, he turned into a pivotal character and introduced the genius concept of television as he mixed the mainstream “New World Order” storyline with fast-paced ring action from international stars in Mexico. Before long, he’d be directly involved in the nWo storyline as their manager.
By Anthony Zevoteck
Randomly, one Wednesday this past May, WWE shook the wrestling community when Shane and Stephanie McMahon both announced via social media there’d be a roster split to create two completely different shows with Raw and SmackDown.
The news was coupled with another announcement that SmackDown would be moved to Tuesdays and to air live, which would start Jul. 19.
Expectedly, the double bombshell was met with equal cheers and jeers from WWE fans alike. For longtime fans, this wasn’t new territory, as WWE had once split the roster before in 2002 upon a sudden influx of talent from the defunct World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling promotions. It was also due to the fact that at the time, four hours of weekly television time was too little to establish new talent and called for a difference between shows.
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As you know, diversity has always been an American staple and this time of year, it’s all about America, so recover from your July 4th food coma and get comfy!