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Why was Monday Night Nitro was Launched?

With NXT on USA and AEW Dynamite on TNT (They know Drama) about to go head to head, I thought perhaps it would be good to have a look into why the show that started the Monday night wars was launched.

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WCW Nitro on TNT was born when Eric Bischoff requested a meeting Ted Turner (the then owner of TNT and WCW) and justified to Turner that the company wasn’t performing as well the WWF because they didn’t have a prime time tv slot like Vince McMahon had for RAW. Up until this time WCW had a show on Saturday Nights, aptly named “WCW Saturday Night”. Which was a lesser TV slot than that of a Monday Night and didn’t have the occasional advantage that RAW had of sometimes being able to go live for an episode.

Turner gave Bischoff what he wanted, but went even further by giving him a slot on Monday night that would have WCW go head to head with the WWF. It’s worth noting here that allegedly Vince had been sending Turner letters for the past year telling him “his promotion was an embarrassment to him and he should shut it down”

The debut of Nitro was a one hour show from the mall of America on the 4th of September 1995 - not so coincidently the day Monday night Raw was preempted by the Westminster Dog Show… That’s right the WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW!

I need a puffy shirt like Luger!

I need a puffy shirt like Luger!

For the first time since 2001 (minus TNA’s short-lived attempt in 2011), we’re going to be seeing two wrestling companies with go head-to-head on major TV networks and I for one can’t wait for the first shots to be fired.

The Top 5 Moustaches in Wrestling

I’ve got a moustache. Well to be honest I’ve got a fully fledged beard, so I thought. Hey, lets give the wrestlers with a fuzzy caterpillar some love! So here’s the greatest wrestling Moustaches of all time!

Honorable Mentions

Cody Rhodes – Rhodes is already a handsome man, but having a gimmick surrounding the fact he had a moustache that made him even more handsome? Genius!

Mean Gene Okerland – ‘Put that cigarette out!’ and celebrate the gentlemanly moustache of one of the most iconic ring announcers in history.

The Iron Sheik - Break your moustache and make you humble!

5. Rick Steiner

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Not only was he one-half of the greatest tag teams in professional wrestling. But he donned the thickest of horseshoe moustaches ever. Often overshadowed by his brother’s exuberant ‘Big Poppa Pump’ gimmick, Rick was a badass, legit wrestling machine. He was a tough guy in the ring, and his moustache made him look even more menacing.

I’m personally a believer in the theory that had Scott also had a Rick Steiner moustache when they were tagging, the brothers would have been the single greatest tag team in history. Come on, look at this picture and tell me you wouldn’t just hand your belt over to this man.

4. Big Bully Busick

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A throwback to a good ol’ 1920’s bully who would murder you one on one whilst ‘rassling’ on a barge. Triple B’s unconventional handlebar moustache into sideburns truly made him look like a silent film villain.

Despite being a jobber, it’s commendable that Busick had no formal wrestling training, and quite literally learnt the ‘graps’ in the ring. The only thing WWE (then WWF) has missed out on was an angle where he tied another superstar’s loved on to a train track in a whimsical manner.

3. Ox Baker

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Imagine Rick Steiner’s moustache, only longer, bushier and on a bigger man who screamed ‘I love to hurt people!’ Ox Baxter’s moustache made him look like a wild man. An individual who would go to great lengths simply to maim his opponent.

The look worked so well that Baker transitioned into Hollywood roles, alongside actors such as Jackie Chan and Kurt Russel. So let that be a lesson to you, grow a gnarly moustache and you’ll be a star!

2. Harley Race

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The late great Harley Race is an unconventional pick for this spot, but hear me out on this one. For starts, Harley Race literally went from almost having his leg amputated to being one of the manliest wrestlers ever! Not only that but his iconic moustache into mutton chops combo had every single woman in attendance swooning.

Harley Race was involved in wrestling since 1965, and was involved in the industry until the very end. Harley was one of the toughest guys to have ever lived and arguable this in part is because the power of his mutton chops transcended space and time, and have gave him everlasting tough guy cred.

1. Hulk Hogan

THAT’S RIGHT BROTHER?! WHATCHA GONNA DO?! Because let’s all be honest, it couldn’t be anyone else. Not only because the Hulkster’s horseshoe moustache was immaculate, but also because it’s iconic. Go to anyone on the street and show him just the bleach blonde moustache and I guarantee, 8 out of 10 people will name drop Mr America.

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Personally, despite the 1980’s horseshoe being Hogan’s iconic look, I feel that the moustache plus dark stubble beard combo was his best look. It gave him the grizzly dark look a good heel needed. It also reflected the grizzly dark state on WCW circa 1997.

But hey Hulkster… still hate you.

5 WWE Wrestlers Who Should Go To AEW

So AEW has the potential to be the biggest threat to the WWE since TNA… sorry I could’t help but to make that joke. AEW could genuinely be the biggest threat to the WWE since WCW. Being headed by a group of guys who are adored by the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) and financed by a legitimate billionaire they have the ingredients to create something great!

However there is one key thing they need to get the show on the road, and that’s talent. They’ve officially signed some of the hottest Indy talent out there, the likes of Joey Ryan, PAC, Britt Baker and so many more. Yet, signing some talent from the WWE might give them that extra little boost in terms of eyeballs, so here is a comprehensive list of talents who would benefit from making the move over to AEW. (This list does not include wrestlers ‘rumoured’ to have handed in their release request at the time of writing).

5. Most of the Tag Division

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Doc Gallows Machine Gun KKKKarl Anderson - Picture Courtesy of Sportskeeda


Okay this one is kind of cheating, but most of the WWE’s tag division is treated like a joke. On RAW your Champions are literally a team that was thrown together with no real story (You’re gonna say The Bar were too, but they actually had a best of 7 feud to reach that point you damn mark). Who beat a team that was managed by a dude who peed himself. The situation is a little better over on SmackDown with at least 3 teams who are consistently booked well, however the tag titles at the moment seems to be being used to further a Shane O’Mac v. Miz feud, as opposed to showing off quality tag wrestling.

Talents like The Ascension, Sanity and The Club who have proven themselves in NXT or around the world would greatly benefit from trying their hand in a promotion where tag team wrestling is almost certainly going to be held in high regard. With the Young Bucks part of the upper-echelon, it goes without a doubt that they will be booking genuinely creative and exciting tag team wrestling. As opposed to victory by peeing on robe…

4. Tyler Breeze / Fandango

Yes Yes I know they’re a tag team and thus you will say “YoU jUsT SAiD TaG TeAmZ” but listen here, I’m talking about them as individual competitors but on the same footing thus I have combined their entry, okay?

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The sexiest cops in town - Image courtesy of WWE

Tyler Breeze and Fandango individually are both great workers in the ring and outside of the ring. This is evident by Breeze’s time in NXT where not only did he contend for the main strap but also had a match with god damn Jushin Thunder Liger! And well the Fashion Files goes to prove just how good they two of them are outside of the ring. They’re two of the funniest wrestlers in the company, and if they were booked properly they could run any mid card division as individual talents, let alone as a tag team.

 

3. Ruby Riott

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What a Riot - Image Courtesy of Sportskeeda

Is the way to my heart having loads of tattoos? Yes… yes it is! But Ruby Riott (why 2 T’s why?) is potentially the most under-utilised member of the WWE women’s locker room. From having awesome, but short, run in NXT in competitive matches with the likes of Nikki Cross and Ember Moon, she’s been relegated to being the leader and basically carrying a lacklustre faction. I’m sure the intention was to have the Riott Squad do great things, and with the announcement of the Women’s Tag Titles, there is some hope for her to hold gold in the WWE, but so far her main roster run has me, mediocre at best.

With AEW promising women the same pay as men, as well as awesome indy talent to wrestle Ruby Riott would certainly be in a pretty hot spot in AEW, being able to wrestle to her fullest ability and well like I said, that pay promise ain’t too shabby.

2. Most of the 205 Live Roster

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205 Maybe Live - Image Courtesy of Cageside Seats

Listen this is my list, and I’ll format it however I darn like broski. Let’s be honest 205 Live doesn’t get nearly as much love as it deserves by the WWE. It had potential to be viewed as the most exciting programming they had to offer. But now it’s just kind of seen as ‘small dudes bing flippy shit after SmackDown’. The roster has so much potential and they rarely get the chance to showcase their true talents on WWE TV, and even worse, they usually end up wrestling their hearts out in-front of worn out crowds who don’t truly appreciate the talent in the ring.

To make matters worse the call up of Mustafa Ali (although it’s done wonders for him and I’m glad he was) has taken away the ‘Heart of 205 Live’. Since he’s left there’s been something missing from the show, and with the precedent of talents going full time on RAW or SmackDown, and very few new talents joining the 205 roster since it’s inception there is going to be something amiss on the brand.

But, if some of these guys went to AEW and were able to wrestle without the WWE restriction and in-front of hot crowds they could do wonders! Especially when they’re up against some the most exciting indy wrestlers out there! Not only that but if AEW play their cards right, they can build a cruiserweight division that is valued like NJPW values their Juniors, as opposed to how WWE basically sees them as ‘the small guys’. It’d be magnificent.

1. Zack Ryder

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Where Where Where (Are You) - Image Courtesy of WWE

When a wrestler starts a ‘still here’ hashtag and complains about not being on RAW for a year, you know it’s time for them to leave. I bet you were expecting a main-eventer but nope, Zack Ryder in my opinion is the wrestler who would benefit most and most deserves to go to AEW. And well he has an in. Sure him being friends with Cody could be seen as a bit sketchy and very reminiscent of WCW, but they guy doe shave his own benefits.

He oozes charisma when he’s in the right mind set. Do you remember the pop when he won the IC title at Mania? It was huge! But then he goes and drops it the next night on RAW… The man literally got himself over with the crowd! But was subsequently buried.

When they had the chance to go some huge things with him in that weird Cena v. Kane feud… they kinda made him look like a little bitch… He could have gone over Kane as a babyface or even had a feud with Cena as a heel. Gosh darn it he could have even had a proper feud with Mojo! Why would you not give him that at least.

The man has ‘solid mid-carder’ written all over him, and guess what, that’s not a bad thing. he could play a solid role in AEW’s mid card and not be lost in the shuffle like he is in WWE. Only time will tell…