Posts Tagged ‘WWF’

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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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: 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.