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Top 10 Wrestling Managers, Countdown Part Three

April 17th, 2014 at 3:33 PM
By Peter Schifani

After revealing numbers seven, six and five earlier this week, we advance to numbers four, three and two in our top 10 countdown of wrestling managers. In case you missed the prior parts you may read part one here and part two here.

Number Four: "Captain" Lou Albano

Probably the most successful manager of tag-teams in the history of pro wrestling despite being considered mediocre as a member of a tag-team during his brief wrestling career. Bruno Sammartino would suggest to WWWF owner Vince Sr. that Albano be the "mouthpiece" for a newcomer "Crusher" Verdu since Verdu knew very little English. So starting in 1970 Albano would begin a 15 year run as a heel manager that culminated in no less than 15 different tag-teams being lead to championship reigns and two Intercontinental Championships as well. Albano managed such teams as The Moondogs, Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika), the Valiant Brothers, The Blackjacks, and while as a face in the 80's the British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith), The Machines (including Andre as Giant Machine) and before retiring the Headshrinkers. Captain Lou's most famous feud though was as manager of Ivan Koloff as he challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF title and ended his seven year reign in January 1971. He retired altogether from wrestling in 1995 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with the class of 1996.

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Top 10 Wrestling Managers, Countdown Part Two

April 15th, 2014 at 2:22 PM
By Peter Schifani

As we continue our top 10 countdown for the month of April with the best wrestling managers in the business we look at numbers seven, six and five. In case you missed the first part of our countdown from last week with numbers 10 through eight you may read it here.

Number Seven:Skandor Akbar/Devastation Inc.

Many forget that Akbar was a wrestler before he became the manager of a group called "Devastation Inc." in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) back in the early 1980's in Texas. King Kong Bundy was the very first member of the group that would be lead by Akbar, but it would also include the Great Kabuki, Cactus Jack (Mick Foley), the Missing Link, Angel of Death, Sweet Daddy Falcone, "Gorgeous" Gary Young and so many more men over the 10 plus years that Akbar held them together. This group would not only be a thorn in the side of the Von Erichs and all the faces of World Class but also Bill Watts' Mid-South territory towards the end of days of World Class and the GWF after that federation took over in The Sportatorium in Dallas. Akbar's trademark was his lit cigar while being at ring side with all of his wrestlers and while they didn't always win gold often they certainly were a threat to do so at any time.

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Wrestling Review Weekly First Edition, Number 37

April 13th, 2014 at 12:36 PM
By Peter Schifani

Last week with the biggest event of the year happening in 'WrestleMania' XXX we did skip a week of our normal weekly review edition. Now we are back to look at the past week in the world of sports entertainment/pro wrestling as TNA heads towards 'Sacrifice' and WWE moves on to 'Extreme Rules.'

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On Thursday night's Impact broadcast TNA Wrestling held a 10 man gauntlet match that eventually became a mini battle royale to determine a new number one contender for TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The winner would be Eric Young eliminating Abyss, but instead of having that title match at TNA's next pay-per-view later this month, 'Sacrifice', Young convinced MVP to have the match on Impact. In the end Young overcame a low-blow by Magnus to win the TNA World Championship with a piledriver on the man from England. That match wasn't the only number one contender's contest as Angelina Love bested Gail Kim, ODB and new-come Brittany in a fatal-four-way to become the top contender to Madison Rayne's TNA Women's Knockout Championship.

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Top 10 Wrestling Managers, Countdown Part One

April 11th, 2014 at 12:24 PM
By Peter Schifani

Now that we are over a week into the month of April and 'WrestleMania' is behind us we delve into a new top 10 countdown for the month. Here we take a look at the top managers in the world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment over the years. We begin with numbers 10 through eight, and the remaining parts will count up to number one.

Number 10: James J. Dillon/Four Horsemen

As the manager of the most successful group of four men in the history of professional wrestling he was counted upon to help give them the elite feel that drove them to numerous NWA championships. Ric Flair would have several NWA World Heavyweight Championship reigns, Lex Luger and Barry Windham would hold the United States Championship, Tully Blanchard the Television Championship and NWA World Tag-Team Championship with Arn Anderson as well as Arn holding same with his older brother Ole. Through all of the early incarnations of the Horsemen over the years James J. Dillon was there being the glue to hold each group formation together. His leadership behind the scenes was a blueprint for many managers to come in later years even though none would reach the level of success Dillon had with the Horsemen.

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WWE Hall of Fame Member Ultimate Warrior Has Passed Away at Age 54

April 9th, 2014 at 8:15 AM
By Peter Schifani

On Saturday during 'WrestleMania' weekend WWE held it's annual Hall of Fame ceremonies and inducted many former stars including the headliner of the class, Ultimate Warrior, into its hallowed halls. On Tuesday it has been reported that the former Jim Hellwig, collapsed outside his hotel and passed away at a local Arizona hospital. He was 54 years old.

The Ultimate Warrior began his career in the Mid-South Wrestling territory as part of the tag-team the "Blade Runners" with his partner Sting. After a relatively unsuccessful run trying to recreate the Road Warriors, the Warrior went on to a solo career, first starting in Texas as the Dingo Warrior in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). He got his big break when he joined the WWF in 1987 as the Ultimate Warrior. Only a few years later, in 1990, at "WrestleMania' VI in Toronto he was given the nod to end Hogan's run and become WWF Champion for the only time.

As quickly as he rose to prominence in the WWF, becoming Intercontinental Champion as well, the Ultimate Warrior also quickly disappeared. He would return to the WWF twice more during his career and briefly appeared to be a thorn in the side of Hollywood Hogan in WCW, but never again to reach the same level of success as his first run, culminating in that one WWF Championship run.

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