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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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The Flairing Interview

February 20, 2008

This interview was done a couple of weeks ago by a renowned press but I decided to keep the best for the last. And that is the stylin’, profilin’, limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’n’dealin’ son of a gun! Yeah, the 16-time world heavy champion, who, at fifty-nine years of age, is still putting on a show, still beading up a glow, and still the nature boy, Ric Flair.

On his retirement issue:
“My time is coming I guess, I mean I don’t know when that time’ll be exactly, it’s hard to know, especially when I’m wrestling every match right now and my career depends on it” – kayfabe to the end – “But there’ll be a time, and it may be soon”, when the Nature Boy’ll have to move away from competing”

So what would be next for Ric?
“I see myself as being a spokesperson for this company, I am moving in to that role, doing these sorts of interviews, taking time to talk to people, to promote this amazing company. I say this hand on heart, this company (WWE) is second to none, because it knows the way to sell.

He added that he’ll move to a role within the company outside of being in the ring. And Flair is not interested in going back to being an on-screen puppet that doesn’t wrestle. He is not interested in booking and/or being a road-agent. But he will be fostering talent. Though not merely as a guy giving advice, internally. Ric Flair wants to project.

On screen or not, we know that Ric is facing problems in his personal life – so what’s his take?
“I have had a lot of problems and a lot of it is in my head, I know that, I go out there and do my job and deliver. But it has been hard. And it’s a process I’ve been working through – And I’d like to write another book; writing was part of what helped me to get over some of those worries and fears”

His lookbacks on his luxurious career:
“You know, I can honestly say that I don’t have a favourite match or feud. I’ve had some great ones, and I think I can say that knowing that there’ll be people that will back me up. And yeah, the I Quit match with Terry was, well, you know yourself, it was epic. And of course everyone talks to me about the matches with Steamboat. And all of the matches with Funk, with Harley, you know they were all great. I am lucky when I look back because, you know, I can honestly say that I have no regrets. I’ve made mistakes. Sure. But I have no regrets”.

On a possible Hogan/Flair match:
“Well, you know, I see where you’re going, but for me, there was never any issue with Hogan, his work ethic always impressed me. He worked his butt off to help make wrestling so big, and he was out there through the 80s and the 90s, working 300 days a year, selling t-shirts, selling out arena and he worked hard. Full credit to him. [Still] I never said he was the greatest in-ring performer.”

Would he be the champ for the 17th time again?
“The only guy of any magnitude that is still on the scene that I have never gone one-on-one against properly and would love to is John Cena. But that’ll never happen now. We’re in different zones, career-wise, he’s on the up, I’m, I guess, winding down.”

Who will be the next Ric Flair?
“There will never be another Ric Flair…… ever”

We are heading towards the last phase of Ric’s wonderful and amazing career. While most fans are more interested to know who Ric will face at Wrestlemania, what’s more important is, he still can carry another “Woo” and this word will resound in our head, whether its now, or in years to come.

Hogan/Bischoff Strike Back!

February 16, 2008

From dreams, to goal to reality. Hulk Hogan has enlisted Eric Bischoff’s hand to set up his very own wrestling federation. This wrestling federation is said to be one of the biggest investment ever laid on television network.

The first touch of this issue was delivered in the first edition of Superstar Lookback, which can be found here at WrestlingMAT.

As of present, Hogan and Bischoff are already in talks with one of the most, reputable televison network in the States. Though no words have been confirmed as to who would take the deal, many speculated that it would be NBC or CW.

Both Hogan and Bischoff are also in talks with lawyer regarding the branding, merchandising and licensing issues. Once they’re clear, they would made an official statement, which would be “really soon”.

“Wrestling is in my blood. It will always be a part of my life in some way. There are a lot of unhappy campers in the WWE and there are also a new breed of wrestlers that Vince McMahon hasn’t explored yet, that we have.” he added to The Sun.

His resounding actions and statements to create his own wrestling federation has indirectly cut off his ties with WWE. This would likely to include his Hall Of Fame status as well. But who cares about the name?

Indeed at a present snapshot, there are many problems in the hierarchy of the wrestling business. Management are concerned with personal gains, many performing wrestlers are undermined, tag team and lightheavy weight division are classified “gone case”, writers and creative team are blowing out their mind just to see a boring list of names being tossed around.

As soon as this federation starts, it will take on WWE and TNA. It would definitely be a remake of the classic war between WWF vs WCW vs ECW. With heavy lessons learnt previously, this time round more value would be at stake, more money, more business, more creativity and definitely more resounding attitudes.

With organisation going at throats, the best who stand to gain are still the wrestlers and us, the viewers. The climax storm is brewing, and soon enough, we will all be thrown in it.

Check back for tmr’s update on The Secrets Of The Elimination Chamber

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.