Archive for the ‘SuperStar Lookback’ Category

Superstar Lookback: Arn Anderson

February 21, 2008

Martin Anthony Lunde, 50, better known by his ring name Arn Anderson, is a American professional wrestler, regarded by some professional wrestling experts as the greatest professional wrestler never to have won a world title. His career has been highlighted by his alliances with Ric Flair and various members of the elite wrestling stable, “The Four Horsemen”. He currently serves as the senior Producer for WWE’s RAW brand.

Also branded as “Double A”, Anderson held the NWA Tag Team Championship belts twice with different members. His breakthrough came when he formed the Four Horsemen with Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson, James J. Dillon and Ric Flair in the NWA and in later years of WCW. Many experts argued that without Arn Anderson, The Four Horsemen would have never be so successful.

After so many long years of hardwork, Anderson was finally injured in a match in 1994 that eventually ended his promising career. Anderson was thrown into the ring ropes. The top rope broke from the turnbuckle and he landed full-force on to the concrete and hit his head, neck, and upper back. He never took time off to heal. As time passed, the injuries got worse. Later on, they found a rib, possibly torn away from the spine during the accident, was popping in and out of joint, causing shoulder discomfort and weakness.

Anderson retired from wrestling in 1997 due to these injuries and started working as a Road Agent for WWE. He does show up from time to time on WWE television trying to pull apart brawls. Anderson also did color commentary during the WCW/ECW Invasion angle in 2001.

Personally, Anderson have two sons, Barrett and Brock. Although the Anderson name is very renowned in the world of wrestling, he is in fact not related to Gene Anderson, Lars Anderson, Ole Anderson, C.W. Anderson, Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy). He remained a best friend to Ric Flair till today. They have been friends since the early days of NWA to WCW to WWE. There are several on-screen storylines that Anderson was involved with Ric.

When Ric came back to WWE sometimes in 2002. Anderson was assaulted on RAW by the Undertaker leading up the Undertaker vs. Ric Flair match at Wrestlemania X8. During WrestleMania X8, he also made a brief in-ring appearance during a match between Ric Flair and the Undertaker, delivering his signature spinebuster to the Undertaker.

Several months later he attempted to help Flair gain sole ownership of the WWE during a match with Vince McMahon. Anderson also made special appearances at RAW 2006 Family Reunion in which he was in Ric Flair’s corner for his match against Mitch of the Spirit Squad. This was followed by a match with Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, and Ron Simmons at Survivor Series 2006, where the four faced The Spirit Squad.

Presently, Anderson remained the highest possible candidate to induct Ric Flair to the Hall Of Fame this year. Therefore, expect to see him pop out on screen in weeks to come.

Every now and then, you could see him running around the sets before the show start, making sure things happen the right way. He never complain, and he never weaver. Maybe thats why he is so valued by many professionals in the business of wrestling. Today, the edition of Arn Anderson on Superstar Lookback will take you through his career as the Four Horsemen of all time. Here are the DVD videos. Enjoy.

Four Horsemen Part One

Four Horsemen Part Two

Four Horsemen Part Three

Four Horsemen Part Four

Four Horsemen Part Five

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Superstar Lookback: Kerry Von Erich

February 14, 2008

The Von Erich family is a legendary professional wrestling family. Their actual birth names are “Adkisson”, but every member of the family that went into the wrestling business used the ring name “Von Erich”, after a family wrestler’s patriarch.

The Von Erich name is viewed as a “curse” on the family. While patriarch Fritz lived until his natural death, four of his five wrestling sons died premature deaths within a 10-year span (as well as his eldest son who was electrocuted as a child). David died in 1984 under circumstances that were disputed for years, while Michael, Kerry, and Chris all committed suicide in subsequent years.

Kerry Von Erich’s death was considered one of the worse. Kerry Von Erich is the fourth son of Fritz Von Erich. He was born on February 3, 1960 in Niagara Falls, New York. Known as “The Modern Day Warrior” and “The Texas Tornado,” Kerry was by far the best-known of the Von Erich Family.

He spent 9 years in NWA (WCW) and wrestled many great talents which escalated his fame including, Ric Flair & Jerry “The King” Lawler. Subsequently, Kerry was involved in a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life and left him with a dislocated hip and a badly injured right leg. Doctors eventually had to amputate his right foot. Kerry was able to keep his amputation secret for a while. However, during a match on an AWA card in Las Vegas against Colonel DeBeers, Kerry’s secret was exposed. Eventually, he left the company.

He set his foot in the WWE’s ring in the early 90s and wrestled Mr. Perfect, Undertaker, Legion Of Doom, Warlord, Ricky Steamboat, Ultimate Warrior, British Bulldog, Sgt Slaughter. He had good fame here, and a leafy salary.

Unknowingly, he left WWE for ECW. Contemplating over his physical condition and financial issues, it doesn’t seems logical at all. Not long, Kerry committed suicide by a shot to the heart in 1993 on his father’s ranch.

Many shifted the cause of his death due to drug abuse. Well others, who are more superstitious blamed it on the curse. His beautiful daughter, Lacey Von Erich has signed a development contract to WWE in 2007. However, she was released not long ago due to the lack of commitment. The official Von Erich family blog has been updated here at WrestlingMAT.

Superstar Lookback: Mr. Fuji

February 7, 2008

Harry Fujiwara is a former all time heel professional wrestler best known for his in ring name, Mr. Fuji. He was also known as one of the best entertaining manager that attributed to many wrestlers’ success, including Yokozuna.

His renowned trait includes throwing salt in the eyes of wrestlers. The meaning is said to be a way to invite good luck before the match. His solemn flag waving gesture was also memorable. Although he was billed as a Japanese, he is a Japanese-American born in Hawaii. Then, WWE has always wanted to create a different appeal of world-wide wrestling. Mr. Fuji was a typical stereotype of Asian.

At one time, he had a career in Hawaii with Peter Maivia’s Wrestling Hawaii. He was often associated with one of Hawaii’s biggest heels, Tor Kamata. He left the company for WWE in seek for better financial profits.

Beside the dollar exchange, Harry also had several wrestling achievements. Few people remember that Mr. Fuji actually held the WWE Tag Team Championship on five separate occasions with a number of different partners including Professor Toru Tanaka (3 times when the company was known as the WWWF), with one of their reigns being the third longest tag team title reign in the WWE/F/WF, and also Mr. Saito (twice when it was known as the WWF).

Fuji is one of the most respected tag team wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment history, having held one half of the World Tag Team titles longer than any other wrestler.

Throughout his regime, Mr. Fuji also managed several famous wrestlers including Cowboy Bob Orton, The Oriental Express, Kamala, Owen Hart and Yokozuna. He retired to the city of Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 59.

After which, he opened a training dojo out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, and Dandridge, Tennessee. It went burst due to the lack of trainees at 2001.

Mr. Fuji was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31, 2007 by Don Muraco. Mr. Fuji was also in a wheelchair at the time of the induction, due to 9 knee operations.

His career will be most remembered by different generations for different reasons, but one constant will be an indelible mark – Mr. Fuji, whether as a wrestler or manager, is one of the most successful performers ever to set foot in a WWE ring.

Superstar Lookback: Rowdy Roddy Piper

January 31, 2008

Roderick George Toombs is better known as a 54 year old, semi-retired wrestler, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. His achievement in the company was undeniable and amazing. Many youngster would not have much impression on him, other than the fact that he made a recent appearance on the 21st Royal Rumble.

When Roderick was young, he was the boy who never hit school. He had several heat with his family, especially his father then. Angered, he left home and join boxing and wrestling. Then, he was only 16 years old.

His career took flight in WWE in the mid 80s where he had many feud with Hogan, Snuka, and Andre The Giant. Vince was particularly fond of him, because of his amazing talking skills that made the first ever interview segment, The Piper’s Pit so successful.

His close ties with Vince make it hard for people to believe that they were at odds with each other in the late 90s. Piper departed to WCW, then rival of WWE because he felt he was underused. On the otherhand, Vince felt that it was time for Piper to help path the way for youngster. It was only till 3 years after WCW closure than they decided to let bygone be bygone.

Famous corporation such as MTV, and other reputable figure also tried to poach Roderick over. But he only made few appearances there. Even till today, Roderick is on the hot list. His filmography is long list, given that he is a wrestler. He was involved in 35 hollywood production, with Bloodstained Memoirs (2008) as his upcoming work.

Roderick also ventured into the realm of voice acting, appearing on Cartoon Network’s animated series Robot Chicken, as well as providing the voice of The Pyro Messiah in the Night Traveler multimedia adventure series produced by Lunar Moth Entertainment.

He and his wife, Kitty live in Hillsboro, Oregon, and have four children; daughters Anastacia, Ariel Tiel, and Fallon Danica and son Colton. Anastacia has a child, making Piper a grandfather. He is one role model that live life to the fullest, despite having no paper qualification. As quoted by him “”Just when you think you know the answers, I change the questions” Life is like that.

Superstar Lookback: Yokozuna

January 24, 2008

Rodney A. Anoa’i or better known for his in-ring name, Yokozuna, was a renowned two-time heavyweight champion in WWE. The term yokozuna refers to the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling in Japan. Although the “Yokozuna” character was portrayed as a champion sumo wrestler, Anoa’i had never competed as an actual sumotori and he was never a Japanese.

He was a Samoan wrestler and had strong ties with many other wrestlers in the corporation. Afa and Sika were his uncles. Samu, Rosey, Rikishi and Hollywood actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were amongst his long list of cousins.

His first debut in American Wrestling Association, in 1980s, created much stir. Back then, wrestling was not cooked up. At one of his few early appearances, he literally broke the leg of Greg Gagne, ending his luxurious career. He switched to WWE soon after, with a new manager and new gimmick.

At that time Anoa’i was one of the few Samoan wrestler who was underpaid. Despite intense competition then, he was loyal and never left WWE for ECW or WCW. He had many famous feud, including Undertaker, Owen Hart, Jake Roberts, Disel, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.

He departed the world at the age of 34. As we are riding towards the 21st Royal Rumble wave, let’s us take a minute and applaud for the 6th Royal Rumble winner, Yokozuna.

Superstar Lookback: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

January 10, 2008

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is the pioneer of high-flying style in the wrestling business. He was inducted to WWE as a hall of fame in 1996. In private, he is better known as James Reither.

To date, James is 65 years old. He started his wrestling career in Hawaii when he was 26. He wrestled there for almost 15 years before moving to WWE in the 80s.

WWE is the turning point in his career. The most famous match he had was a Steel Cage match at Madison Square Garden when he leapt from the top of the cage. This video is still been shown today.

In that time, he had good feud with many Hall of Fame, such Hogan and Piper. He left WWE in the 90s to pursue a career at ECW.

Although he only wrestled there for a year, James has left deep influence in that organization. Mick Foley, Bubba Ray Dudley and many other top-wrestling superstars in the world today look upon him as a role model. He was a cornerstone for ECW and a major influence for WWE.

Presently, James tends a lamp/bulb store in Oregon. In 2007, James made several appearances in WWE such as Taboo Tuesday and McMahon appreciation night. His adopted son, Jimmy Reither, Jr also works for WWE. He is better known as a Deuce on Smackdown.

It would be interesting to see James back to WWE if management is willingly to push Deuce.

Superstar Lookback: Hulk Hogan

January 3, 2008

The first edition of Superstar Lookback will feature none other than the biggest immortal of wrestling entertainment, Hulk Hogan. Inducted to the hall of fame at 2005, Hogan is no stranger to any wrestling fans alive.

This 54 years old, semi retired wrestler is better known as Terrence Gene Bollea in private.

Well, Terrence is one of the most popular wrestler in the 80s and was crowned numerous heavyweight champion. However, he went his back on the company and went to World Champion Wrestling (WCW). He had good moments there, high pay, top spot and even a faction call “nWo”

Surprisingly, Vince allowed him to return to the company in 2002 when WCW went burst. Hogan immediately rose to the top spot and soon after became the Undisputed Word Heavyweight Champion. He left the company eventually on the reason of being underpaid.

Recently, he appeared on RAW 15th Anniversary, which is quite ironic gesture because Terrence was fighting at the other side in hope for RAW to go burst. Nonetheless, the fan respected in for who he was. The cornerstone for wrestling in the 80s.

A father to a son, Nick Hogan and a daughter, Brooke Hogan. Terrence is always seen as a good role father figure in the media. Nick was recently involved in a car crash sometimes back in last year.

Right now, Terrence is busy shooting the NBC revival show, American Gladiators, which will be aired in mid season this year.

Terrence has claimed that he is planning to create his own wrestling federation during a recent interview with The Sun newspaper. Presently, he is saving up his money and also looking for joint venture. It would be interesting to see a triple threat competition among three wrestling corporation again.