April 2, 2016 |
The culmination of the year in professional wrestling builds this weekend as the WWE presents its 32nd annual WrestleMania, the equivalent of the Super Bowl for scripted gladiatorial combat. Sometime during Sunday's event, take a moment to tune out the spectacle, the muscled behemoths hurling their bodies around the ring, the over-the-top characters playing out their story lines in steel cages and atop precarious ladders, and give a thought to the wardrobe that has to withstand choreographed violence.
May 7, 2015 |
DOLPH ZIGGLER is attending his first Wizard World Philly Con this year - and he says he can't wait. "Yeah, this is my first Wizard show in Philly, but I've been [to Philly] a million times," Ziggler said. "It's always a great atmosphere, wrestling-fanwise. "[This show] is a chance to give back to the fans. [If it wasn't for] the fans, man, I'd be sitting around doing nothing - if they didn't react so loudly to the matches I've been in. "So, every once in a while, I get a chance to give back - whether it's at Summer Slam or WrestleMania or meet-and-greets.
May 1, 2015 |
DOLPH ZIGGLER is attending his first Wizard World Philly Con this year - and he says he can't wait. "Yeah, this is my first Wizard show in Philly, but I've been [to Philly] a million times," Ziggler said. "It's always a great atmosphere, wrestling-fan-wise. " "[This show] is a chance to give back to the fans. [If it wasn't for] the fans, man, I'd be sitting around doing nothing - if they didn't react so loudly to the matches I've been in. "So, every once in a while, I get a chance to give back - whether it's at Summer Slam or WrestleMania or meet-and-greets.
April 12, 2000
More on Lindros Eric Lindros is for Eric Lindros. When he wants to play, he can dominate a game; unfortunately, most of the season, he's either giving less than half an effort or he's out for ailments or injuries. If Lindros went all out, the Flyers would be Stanley Cup champions. But he doesn't give a damn. I'm sure it bothers Bob Clarke, a Flyer through and through, to see a talented player like Lindros play hard only when he wants to, then have to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
April 5, 2000 |
Pete Rose's appearance in Sunday's Wrestlemania 2000 came the day after his mother died, it was disclosed yesterday. Laverne Noeth died at 84 on Saturday at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Ind., where she had been visiting a daughter. The hospital yesterday would not disclose the cause of death. Noeth had lived for years in central Florida but returned to Cincinnati in recent years. Apart from Rose, baseball's career hits leader, Noeth is survived by son David Rose, daughters Jacqueline Schwier and Caryl Schnebelt, 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
October 8, 1999 |
Jesse Ventura, former pro wrestler and now governor of Minnesota, said yesterday the death of longtime wrestling icon Gorilla Monsoon saddened him deeply. "He was both a friend and a colleague and I have many fond memories of the time we spent together," he said. "He will be missed. " Monsoon, 62, who lived in Willingboro, N.J., died early Wednesday of complications of diabetes and a recent heart attack. He and Ventura teamed up as wrestling commentators after they retired from the ring.
March 30, 1999 |
WrestleMania XV ended the way it had to, the way any good populist fairy tale must: with workingman hero Stone Cold Steve Austin the new World Wrestling Federation champion, with the 20,000 fans who'd packed the First Union Center on their feet, and with WWF owner and Corporation bad guy Mr. McMahon on his knees and covered in Coors Light. Along the way, there were the requisite helpings of blood and gore and bad language, Satanic symbols, broken tables, broken chairs, fireworks, men the size of SUV's and women the shape of Barbie dolls.
March 28, 1999 |
WrestleMania fever hit hard, and early, in Philadelphia this weekend. Tickets to tonight's event at the First Union Center have been sold out for months. WrestleMania participants - call them "superstars," the World Wrestling Federation asks - have been hyping it for weeks, everywhere from national call-in sports-radio shows to late-night TV. The live show, the Convention Center party, the personal appearances by the Rock and Paul "the Big Show" Wight, the Home Shopping Network extravaganza were all set. Fans streamed into the city from across the country.
March 27, 1999 |
If you see a lot of half-clad men and buxom women wandering around town this weekend wearing leather headgear or gold wigs, don't be alarmed. It's only WrestleMania XV, the biggest, baddest, bawdiest show in the sports entertainment world ("sports entertainment," by the way, is the World Wrestling Federation's preferred term), which arrives in Philadelphia this weekend for the first time. The two-day juggernaut will feature guest appearances, a televised party with tickets selling briskly at $80 a pop, live music, a Home Shopping Network special and - oh, yeah - some wrestling, too. The main event takes place tomorrow night at the First Union Center and will culminate in the "raging climax" (again, the federation's term)
February 6, 1998 |
In Rod Serling's classic "Requiem for a Heavyweight," the ultimate degradation for faded boxer Mountain McClintock was to allow himself to be manipulated into pro wrestling by his shady manager. It seems that, with no legitimate fights to be fought, McClintock had nothing to trade upon but the tattered remnants of his good name. These days, degradation pays substantially better. But no matter how large the paycheck he will receive, the sight of once-great former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson serving as a celebrity foil for World Wrestling Federation headliners "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels should be no less depressing to boxing fans than that of the humiliated McClintock tugging on tights and going out to play-grapple with some Masked Marvel.