Who’s to blame for the WWE Network debacle?
Look who floated the idea in the October 1996 edition of WWF Magazine: 13-year-old Dustin Burns. See his answer to what he’d do if he were WWF president. A 24-hour-a-day channel? Hmm.
The seed was planted 16 years ago. If only the McMahons had started the network rather than, say, a football league. Or a movie studio. To this, I say boo-urns.
Today’s mail: September 10, 2012
Really stoked to get WWF Victory Magazine No. 1 and 2.
Bam Bam Bigelow on the cover of a WWF Program: 1988
Bam Bam’s colors and tattoos pop off the screen. He was a great big man in the ring — agile and powerful. Too few can match him.
Lita in WWE Magazine’s 51 Worst Offenders in WWE History: 2006
A little shocked that WWE Magazine was once written this way: “… the tattooed tart has deigned to bone Matt Hardy, Kane and Lord knows who else. When are we gonna get our turn in the sack?” Bone? Get a turn? Really? These are the times that I don’t miss the “attitude era.”
“Can the Patriot survive without communism?”: November/December 1997
Yes, he can … as long as there are Canadian heels.
The Patriot Del Wilkes makes his WWE debut: July 14, 1997
The Patriot jumped into the U.S. versus Canada when he made the jump to the then-WWF. Still one of my favorite feuds of all time.
Photos from the November/December 1997 WWF Raw Magazine.
D-Generation X wraps themselves in the flag on the cover of WWF Magazine: July 1998
Triple H, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and Chyna: The forefathers of the Attitude Era.
Hulk Hogan Right Guard ad: March 1991
“A true artiste should be known for his inspiration, not perspiration. Right Guard Sport Sticks. Anything less would be uncivilized.”
This ad campaign ran the same year that Suburban Commando was released, so it wasn’t the most ridiculous thing the Hulkster did in 1991.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (amazingly) turns 57 today (May 30).
Shotgun Saturday Night: “Get banged Saturday night … one way or another!!”
The Headbangers in a WWF Attitude-era (not-PG) marketing campaign.
“Want to be a pro wrestler?”
The Ultimate Warrior was willing to teach you how. His pitch: “Fact: Success in pro-wrestling depends more on desire, unique individuality, and entertainment ability, than it does on technical wrestling knowledge.”
Warrior University didn’t stay in business long.
No one bothered to tell Vince McMahon how stupid this jumpsuit looked?
June 1987: “Macho Man” Randy Savage strikes a pose for Miss Elizabeth.
June 1987: A Killer Bees poster and Jumping Jim and B. Brian aren’t wearing their masks? Sweet headbands and ringer tees though.
April 1991: WWF Wrestling Buddies: “The next match is at your house.”
In the ’90s, the WWE wanted us to try this at home.