Those of you who watch WWE Monday Night Raw have no doubt noticed the big beard sported by Daniel Bryan these days. There’s something about that crazy facial hair that adds to Bryan’s character.
Lots of guys have used beards to boost their gimmick. I’m sure many of you will immediately think of 1980s WWF mainstay Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who had a stiff, reddish goatee that he stroked while cackling during his interviews. It was an unforgettable image, and it helped Neidhart.
I think Bryan is in the elite league, along with Neidhart and others, when it comes to bad-ass beards. The great Camel Clutch Blog was nice enough to run a post I wrote about great beards in wrestling, and I hope you’ll check it out and offer your thoughts either here or on the Camel Clutch site.
Man, I don’t know if it’s just nostalgia blinding me or if things really were different way back when, but it seems like heel mannerisms — the little actions or details that set one wrestler apart from another — are a lost art these days in the WWE.
Sure, Daniel Bryan has his “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chant, and sometimes Dolph Ziggler does a handstand during his matches. But I can remember the trademark mannerisms of so many more bad guys from the 1980s WWF scene. For example:
- “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff flicking the sweat off his brow onto a vanquished opponent. Continue reading
February 1989 was an interesting month for the WWF title picture. Two unusual events occurred around that time: Continue reading
I know everyone these days gets a kick out of the WWE’s anti-bullying campaign and those ironic public service announcements from Daniel Bryan, Brie and Nikki Bella, and others.
My favorite line from that PSA? Kofi Kingston telling kids, “Be a star!”
Those with deep memories recall that PSAs are not new to 2011. Continue reading
The WWE took a nostalgic turn this week with Monday Night Raw “Old School,” with many nods to the former stars of wrestling, including plenty of 1980s characters.
I’m not going to give a play-by-play on the show because many of you saw it, but I wanted to write about a few observations.
To start, the night would not have been complete without the Iron Sheik once again pissing on Continue reading