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  • NBA Draft is over….Winners and Losers?
  • MLB All-star break is looming…Best and Worst of 1st half?
  • NFL Training Camp is 30 days away….Top Stories?
  • Tom Brady appeal was heard…Decision waits until mid-July…
  • NY Mets overpayment…Bobby Bonilla cashes in for $1.2 Million till 2035….
  • Colin Cowherd gets dissed….Jim Harbaugh not too enthused to open up….
  • NBA Free Agency heats up….Love gets $110 million, Davis gets $145……
  • 2015 Fantasy Football drafts have begun….When is it too early to draft?

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  • Warriors end the drought and take NBA title….Can they repeat?
  • LeBron averaged 35.8pts, 13.3 rbs, and 8.8 assists….Why all the hate?
  • Brock Lesnar returns from suspension….Triple H vs Seth Rollins for SummerSlam?
  • St. Louis Cardinals investigated by FBI…If guilty, does it tarnish their history?
  • Philadelphia 76ers biggest fear..Joel Embid could miss all of 2105/16 season?
  • Sam Bradford headed for PUP? Evan Mathis released….Chip’s world is spinning…..
  • Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto…Who will be the biggest prize of trade deadline in MLB.….
  • 2015 Fantasy Football….Is Le’Veon Bell the consensus #1 Pick? Demarco Murray out of 1st rd?

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dusty2

The wrestling world was hit with some saddening news of the passing of Dusty Rhodes. His death was unexpected and the ripple will be felt for years to come. He revitalized the art of professional wrestling and was continuing his trait through NXT. His presence was felt throughout the next generation of WWE superstars who looked to him daily for guidance and feedback.

If you were any kind of a wrestling fan during the 1970s and 80s, you already know the talents and traits of the American Dream. During this time is when the legend of the Common Man was built. He was one of the biggest names in the industry and left a long lasting legacy no matter what territory he was associated with.

Dusty displayed his legendary status every time he stepped into a wrestling ring and each time he had a mic in his hand. The distinct sound of his heritage along with the vision of a creative genius opened up our eyes to a man whose passion would outweigh his athletic stature. He has a litany of classic matches to his credit and a list of creations that stretch miles around the globe.

His legacy will live on through his two sons, Cody and Dustin, but there will never be another American Dream. The flood of heartfelt condolences have been pouring out around the world. You do not have to be a sports fan to know who The Dream is, which is a credit to his character and reputation that only he could have built.  In honoring his life and career, let’s take a moment to look back at some of The American Dream’s defining moments throughout his legendary Hall of Fame life.

Hard Times….

Let’s start with one of, if not the most iconic wrestling promos in the industry’s storied history. As a master on the mic, there are dozens of interviews to choose from, but this one stands above all the others. It’s a promo that should be required viewing for any wannabe pro wrestler.  It’s a creative masterpiece and is the moment that truly defined Rhodes as the blue collar hero that won him undying crowd support for decades. The promo was his answer to Starrcade 1985 and his match with the champion, Ric Flair. Dusty was a man of the people, and thirty years later the message remains relevant and this promo still resonates.

Master of Creative

Despite the fact that Vince McMahon is given the credit as the man who revolutionized the industry, it was The Dream’s vision that gave us unforgettable events like War Games, and his brilliant reputation that brought to life huge events such as Starrcade and The Great American Bash. Not to slight Vince, but for an extended period of time there was no greater mind in the business than Dusty Rhodes.

Moreover, while Vince was trying to monopolize the PPV business, Dusty came up with the brilliant vision of the free Supershow know as Clash of Champions. This was one of WCW’s premier events that not only created a newfound buzz about the company, but gave an infinite amount of defining moments that will last a lifetime.

Battles With The Four Horsemen

Is there any battle in wrestling more memorable than the Four Horsemen and Dusty Rhodes? This was an ongoing battle that was the focal point of the NWA (and, eventually, its cable-friendly successor, WCW)  and achieved legendary status due to the amount of high class personalities it took to keep the storyline flowing. The feud consumed the airwaves for some time, but always left us in suspense. This is the same kind of suspense that is greatly missed in the WWE today.

The rivalry got kicked into high gear after an incident in Charlotte, NC, when Dusty Rhodes attempted to aid Ric Flair in the August of 1985.  Flair had just defended his World Title in a steel cage against the Soviet Union’s greatest export, “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff.  Koloff’s Uncle Ivan and fellow Russian, Krusher Kruschev were beating on Flair, when out of nowhere, Dusty Rhodes comes down to the clear the cage of the evil Soviet attackers and save Flair from more punishment.

Suddenly, Ole & Arn Anderson come into the cage and proceed to attack Dusty in the middle of the ring.  The attack ended up breaking the ankle of Dusty Rhodes and led to the special boot that will go down as a piece of wrestling history. This incident led to the main even match at Starrcade ’85, for the NWA World Heavyweight Title pitting Dusty Rhodes versus “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

In 1986 the Four Horsemen and Dusty Rhodes were involved in a segment that cemented a legacy of confrontation that still lives on today. The segment that happened to be filmed in a parking lot was an old school attack and left the fans feeling the pain of Dusty’s broken arm. Remember, this was a time where a big percentage of the sport was thought to be unscripted and the fans wore their emotions on their sleeve.

All of us wrestling fans can probably still see the vision of the shaky camera chasing the action that seemed to be real. There were literally fans crying while the video was being aired. The Four Horsemen were vividly popular because of segments like these. But without the willingness of Dusty to be instrumental in putting them over, their quick rise to fame may have been stalled.

Hall Of Fame Induction

The WWE Hall of Fame is seen nationally by some as an afterthought or an unnecessary occasion. After all Vince McMahon may have welcomed this opinion by coming out and fueling the Wrestling is Sports Entertainment message.

However, it’s still a coveted honor by many of the industry’s stars and it gives them a chance to break character and thank those who helped make their legendary careers possible. Seeing Dusty inducted in 2007 by his sons Cody and Dustin was an awesome moment and will forever leave in imprint on the true life of a common man. It is always a pleasure to see a performer who meant so much to the business get the accolades and appreciation he deserves.  In classic Dusty fashion he decided to give an updated version of “Hard Times” before ending with an interpretation of his classic line of “I have wined and dined with kings and queens and I’ve slept in alleys and dined on pork and beans.”

The American Dream Meets The Nature Boy

Was there ever a greater feud in wrestling? The abundant amount of rivalries throughout the years can compile a mile long list, but the way in which they formulated a weekly saga cannot be understated. We can all look at Austin/McMahon rivalry as the elite, but the numerous battles between these two Halls of Famers belong on its own rating scale.

Dusty and Ric were so much alike in terms of character that they quite possibly could have switched places at any given time. They were so good at what they did, so convincing in their roles, that while it may be hard to imagine Dusty in a three-piece custom made suit wearing the Rolex, there is no question that he had the ability to pull it off. Fortunately for The Nature Boy, Dusty gave him some of the best advice he’d ever receive and told him “instead of trying to be the next Dusty Rhodes, focus on being the first Ric Flair.” And we all know how that turned out.

Flair and Rhodes main-evented in practically every wrestling arena in America at one time or another and always managed to add something different to keep their battles fresh. They played off each other so well and were the perfect enemies to win over the interest of the wrestling world.

Obviously, this is just a sample of some of the greatest rivalries, promos and matches of a true legend of wrestling. Dusty Rhodes was a creative genius in and out of the ring. He will be forever remembered and responsible for ideas that haven’t even been implemented yet. Yes, he was that good. Whether it was wearing Cowboy boots with Babydoll or Polka Dots with Sapphire, the American Dream was always a pleasure to hear. The fans of America have lost a great person and a true legend. Rest in peace Dusty. You will be forever missed by the millions of fans you entertained for decades and will never be forgotten.

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  • Warriors take Game 1…..LeBron and Steph did not disappoint…Predictions?
  • Pharoah takes aim at Triple Crown….Who will take Belmont?
  • WWE shake up…Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe to main roster….
  • Surprise…Adrian Peterson shows up for work….
  • Tom Brady appeal set for June 23…4 becomes 2? 0?
  • Panthers lock up Newton….5yr/103 million extension…Right move?
  • St. Louis Cardinals find another gem…Michael Wacha 8-1….
  • 2015 Fantasy Football….Have PPR Leagues finally taken over?

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  • NBA Finals set…..Curry vs. King James…Who takes the trophy?
  • A-Rod passes Lou Gehrig for 3rd on the All Time RBI list with 1,995….
  • Ring of Honor (ROH) strikes TV Deal with Destination America…TNA fate sealed?
  • NFL OTA’s begin…..Who’s there, who’s not? Peterson? DeSean?
  • Samoa Joe invades NXT…..Will he continue to work the Indies?
  • Roger Goodell the Devil? What does Ex WR Joe Horn think?
  • All eyes on Johnny….How is Manziel adjusting to his return?
  • NY Mets mission….Keep Matt Harvey healthy…Is a 6 man rotation working?
  • 2015 Fantasy Football….Who’s the #1 RB?…#1 Overall Pick?

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  • Toronto Maple Leafs find their Coach….Mike Babcock signs 8yr/50 million
  • Blackhawks edge Ducks in Triple OT….Series tied 1 -1….Who has the advantage?
  • NBA Draft Lottery concludes…Timberwolves notch #1 pick…Who will it be?
  • Ryan Tannehill signs massive extension …6yr/96 million…QB market affected?
  • Automatic Extra Point no more…NFL votes to push back XP to 15yd line…
  • WWE Raw ratings rise…Elimination Chamber exclusive on WWE Network May 31…
  • Kraft drops appeal and accepts punishment…Tom Brady battle ensues…
  • Houston Astros take MLB by storm…Best record in Baseball 24-17…What changed?

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bj darden

Bad Blood Bj Darden is an independent wrestler who has wrestled for many different promotions over the years. Darden is currently the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion and takes a lot of pride in holding such a historic championship. He known for being a hard worker inside and outside of the wrestling ring. He has aspirations to travel all over the world to wrestle and show everyone what Bad Blood is all about.

By following the Independent Circuit and reading about the wrestlers and their storied careers, I am able to catch up with some of them and conduct an interview from time to time, which allows them to share with us their story. Recently I was able to catch up with Bj Darden and he was gracious enough to put a halt to his busy schedule to discuss his career, future, and accomplishments. This is what he had to say.

When did your pro wrestling career begin?

My Pro Wrestling debut was in 1997 in Montclair Ca.

What federations have you worked for along the way? 

I’ve worked for NWA Oregon, Alpha Omega Wrestling, AIWA, River City Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling Inoki Dojo, AAA, CMLL, FMLL, DMW, DWA Germany, TCW Texas, Crown Wrestling, NWA Blue Collar Wrestling, and a host of others….

How could you explain the life of an independent wrestler?

It’s an adventure to say the least… I spend more time in airports and hotels than I do at home. But honestly, it’s worth all the bumps, broken bones and the loss of free time. The looks of the fans faces after a match makes it all worthwhile.

Do you pay attention to other federations or follow other wrestlers?

I’m friends with a lot of Indy guys and I always like to keep up with what they are doing. I support Indy wrestling on all levels and it’s always good to watch others and learn from what they are doing. I’m a student
of this sport and you learn something new every day.

What would be your dream match? ­

I’d love to work with ACH. He’s an amazing worker and i think we could kill it in the ring.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in the sport of professional wrestling?

I’d say winning the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship and making history in the process. The title has a historic background with over 40 years of memories behind it. Guys like Playboy Buddy Rose, Bryan Adams, Matt Bourne and CW Bergstrom paved the way for the Northwest and it’s an honor to hold this title.

What is your most memorable match? ­

I was in an 8 man tag match and i had to face both Devon Dudley and Super Mex Hernandez. . They are amazing guys and I learned a lot from them in that match.

Who are/were some your favorite wrestlers and why?

My favorites were guys like Ric Flair, Curt Hennig and Arn Anderson. I liked Flair because he is the ultimate showman. He is always spot on and he’s the best on the mic; bar none. Curt Hennig always had my interest
because he was by far one of the best in ring performers of all time. Lastly, Arn Anderson is high on my list because he is the best tag team wrestler of all time. He’s a great leader and team player. I urge anyone if you want to learn how to be a great tag team wrestler watch his matches.

What needs to be accomplished in your ­eyes to be able to look back and call yo­ur career a success when it’s all over?

For me it’s knowing that I helped shape the career of another worker. When I started in the business, I was taken under the wing of a veteran who taught me how to treat this business as a business and to always treat it with respect. Yokozuna was a great mentor and I’d like to pay it forward.

If there is one thing I’d like to say in closing it would be this. Wrestling is what saved me. It shaped my life not only in the ring but also out of it. In this business it’s what you put into it that defines you.

***Hopefully you enjoyed this interview and learned some new and interesting things about Bad Blood Bj Darden. I would like to personally thank Bj for taking the time to share with me his stories so I could share them with all of you.

*** Bad Blood Bj Darden can be seen at many promotions such as NWA Blue Collar Wrestling and Alpha Omega Wrestling that is running a two night event called Pride of the Ring, which includes BLK Jeez (CZW Champ) on May 16th thru 17th.

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lana

The chants of Lana can be heard loud and clear all across the WWE universe. Her character is beginning to transform and don’t think the evil genius Mr. McMahon hasn’t noticed.  There has been continuous talk of long term plans to make her the female face of the WWE. Is it too early? Will it work?

Obviously, we are all well aware of what Lana is bringing to the table. But haven’t we been fooled before with so-called wrestlers like Kelly Kelly and Candice Michelle? They both at their respective times were the most attractive women on the roster and used a very provocative style to win over the fan base. The difference with Lana is her image of intelligence, the style of her clothes and overall appearance. Well, if you are only looking at her on screen that is….

There are so many questions that remain unanswered, with one of the most important being, “What happens to Rusev? Rusev’s character was predicated on his thought provoking and highly attractive representative. Is Rusev all of a sudden going to speak clear English and cut a glorious promo?  The two have great chemistry between them and without Lana Rusev is nothing more than a big Russian with greasy hair. Yes he could still be a heel, but without this relationship it will be a hard sell at first.

So what will her role be and when will she turn face? Will it be as a wrestler or a manger of another talent? The other question is, “can she wrestle?” I personally think the Diva division has made great strides over the last several months, but to add another “all looks and know wrestle” diva to the fold could reverse its direction. I know I may get beat up for this, but I think Nikki Bella has come a long way and has held her own in the ring on a consistent basis. We all know how intriguing Paige has become and the NXT future is more than bright, it’s beaming.

I keep thinking why turning Lana right now is a good decision. Is it to get ratings because of the constant drop off on Raw? Does he think the Lana/Rusev gimmick has run dry? I personally think she is perfect in the role as a manager. If the Rusev relationship is running dry, why not pair her with someone like Neville and make her dress a little more provocative. I’m sure that would definitely give the audience a little more of what they want and also let her character build as well.

Whatever the case may be, turning Lana into the female face already seems to be in motion. We are all aware of the awkward waves to the crowd and the predictable early exits ordered from the Bulgarian Brut. I just hope this idea won’t leave us with a Divas champion who can’t wrestle again. Sometimes Vince has brilliant ideas, but tends to rush into them too soon. This could turn out be a complete bust or an upper deck homerun. It all remains to be seen. One thing is for sure though; we all will have a Ravishing Russian to admire on Monday nights for some time to come!

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  • Disaster Strikes for Tom Brady….Deflagrate investigation concluded!
  • NFL Draft is a wrap…..Surprises? Steals?…Will Winston be the answer for the Bucs?
  • Mayweather wins…Was this a staged fight for a rematch? Pacquiao shoulder injury?
  • LeSean McCoy calls Racism on Chip Kelly…Is there proof?
  • Steph Curry wins MVP…Is he the best? Has he taken the torch from LeBron?
  • WWE Raw ratings continue to dip…Is it time to go to a 2hr show?
  • GFW roster finally revealed….Will Jeff Jarret have a product worth following?

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  • No Ronda Rousey for WM32…Dana White says No…….
  • Titans Select at #2 Marcus Mariota….Suspense is over. Did Philly make a push?
  • Game 7….Spurs and Clippers do not disappoint…Will they be tired for round 2?
  • Tyson rips Mayweather…..In their prime could Floyd beat Mr. Tyson?
  • Kentucky Derby takes center stage….The fastest 2 mins in sports…Who’s the favorite? Underdog?
  • Denver Broncos make bold move….Move up to get Shane Ray….Will he stay clean?
  • OKC gets their guy…Billy Donovan finally comes to the NBA..Will it work?

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