“Captain Lou Albano, Classie Freddie Blassie, Fabulous Moolah, Missy Hyatt, JJ Dillon, Grand Wizard Ernie Roth, General Skandar Akbar, Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart, Mr. Fuji, Sensational Sherri, Sunny, the Perfect 10 Babydoll, Sunshine, Precious, Truth Martini, Downtown Bruno, Paul Jones, Abudadein, Doctor of Style Slick, Golden Boy Arnold Skaaland and Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan.
“If you missed the opening DVD in the series, the panel of debaters for this season are: Stevie Richards, New Jack, former WWE/WCW/TNA creative writer Vince Russo, Blue Meanie, Sunny, Diamond Dallas Page, Sandman, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash and legendary wrestling journalist/photographer Bill Apter. Some of the debaters have personal/professional history with the top five, and we do get some great stories about them. Having Bill Apter here gives the younger fans the historical viewpoint. Outside of Sheldon Goldberg, Bill Apter is the smartest man alive on the history of professional wrestling.
“I have major issues with number five and minor issues with number three who will not be mentioned since we’re spoiler free. Let’s just say the ECW fans had their computers voting 24/7. The other three members of the list should be watched by this generation of stars to learn from when cutting promos or training to be a manager in their promotion.
“I am honored to have met and interviewed several of the people in contention and voted to this list. Coming up on the Kayfabe Commentaries list of releases include: YouShoot with DDP (May 7) and Timeline: History of the WWE 1994 with Sean 123 Kid Waltman.
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*Animal (Triumph Books, June 2013) by WWE Hall of Famer George The Animal Steele and Jim Evans is the chronicle of one man -- and beast’s -- life and career during pro wrestling’s Golden Era in the 1970s and 80s.
Jim Myers lived a double life. By day, he was a respected high school teacher and coach with a master’s degree. By night, he was the hairy, green-tongued monster who spoke only in grunts and bit, arm-locked and power slammed his opponents. The foreword is by WWE Hall of Famer Cowboy Bill Watts.
*The Three Count: My Life In Stripes As A WWE Referee (ECW Press) by former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas is the story of a referee’s journey with interesting insight and humor from the ring, in the car and behind the scenes.
A proud Canadian, Korderas recalls working the Edge/Undertaker WrestleMania match in Orlando, Jack Tunney, the Montreal Screwjob, Tony Chimel, the Owen Hart tragedy, more WrestleMania moments, Chris Benoit, Mike Tyson, Eddie Guerrero and more. The foreword is by WWE Hall of Famer Edge.
*The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story (ECW Press) by former WWE superstar Bob Hardcore Holly with Ross Williams is the life story of Bob Howard, better known as Hardcore Holly.
From humble beginnings in a family struggling to make ends meet, Holly learned quickly to work hard, and he knew the meaning of honest day’s pay. He also raced cars and fought in bars for money. His passion for pro wrestling drove him into a career that steered him into WWE for 16 years. From Sparky Plug to Hardcore roughness, it’s a rollercoaster tale of success and frustration. Holly pulls no punches, telling it like it is throughout his life. This is an interesting read.
WWE and Yahoo!
Online giant Yahoo! is partnering with WWE for a new dedicated hub beginning this summer.
Among the highlights of what to expect include:
Monday Night Raw pre-show: A 30-minute pre-show to each new Monday Night Raw will be exclusive to Yahoo!.
Original programming: Two weekly series of 50 episodes per year will be produced exclusively for distribution on Yahoo!.
Premium archive: Yahoo! will have exclusive access to WWE archives of historical full matches, shows, highlights and other events.
Additional live events: Yahoo! will air live, pre-show content for every pay-per-view event.
Clips from current TV programming: Clips from all WWE television programs will now be available on Yahoo!.