Some bad news to report. Buddy Landel has passed away. He was involved in a car accident but was able to come back home. The following day, he was found unresponsive. For those that do not know, he was a star during the 1980s. Landel wrestled for several territories, but he is most known for his work in the NWA and Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
June 22, 2015
In what is being viewed as quite the bold move, the NWA has decided to follow in the foot steps of WWE and New Japan by offering an online video streaming service. Their content is going to include footage from the 1960s until the early 1980s. The company is promoting the fact that they have nearly 800 hours of content for fans of old school wrestling. The video library is the one that is owned by legendary promoter Paul Boesch.
June 8, 2015
In some sad news, Tommy Rogers has passed away. He was found in front of his computer in the middle of the night by his roommate. The initial belief is that the former NWA star might have committed suicide, as he was facing a prison stint after getting involved in a fight with a police officer. Reports have surfaced that there was no suicide note left behind. Rogers teamed with Bobby Fulton as the Fantastics, a very underrated tag team during the 1980s.
June 1, 2015
One of the most memorable roles in movie history was almost played by Nikita Koloff. The former NWA star revealed that he was one of the three finalists to play the role of Ivan Drago, the main antagonist to Sylvester Stallone in Rocky 4. He stated that he was flown out to Los Angeles for one final audition. However, studio executives decided that it would be best to go with Dolph Lundgren because he was not as big as Koloff.
May 24, 2015
Back when Barry Darsow decided to leave the NWA for WWE, he was told that he would be dropping the Russian gimmick and adopting what we now know as Demolition. He invited Nikita Koloff to make the jump with him and even told him of the new character that he would be portraying. Koloff felt that it seemed like too much of a Road Warriors rip off that he was turned off on the idea. He decided to remain loyal to the company that gave him his start.
May 24, 2015
In what seemed like the longest job interview in the history of mankind, WWE has finally signed Adam Pearce to a contract. He will be joining the developmental training staff of NXT. Pearce will also be working as a producer on their weekly show. Over the past year, the former NWA Heavyweight Champion has done guest training at the performance center. Management was impressed, but they did not finalize a deal until now.
May 19, 2015
A rather disgusting incident took place during the eulogy for Verne Gagne, who passed away late last month. His son Greg Gagne and Mean Gene Okerlund were the two key speakers at the funeral. For whatever reasons, Bob Backlund rushed to the stage, took the microphone and began cutting a heel promo. Many that attended the event said that it was ridiculously out of place and unwarranted. Backlund has received a lot of heat for the incident.
May 7, 2015