Category Archives: 1999

Pro Wrestling – A Ritual With A Bad Attitude

Orlando Sentinel – March 24, 1999
By Ramsey Campbell

I’ve never understood folks who look down on professional wrestling because it is rehearsed.

It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid reading science fiction novels and my mother occasionally would ask if I believed that stuff with the wild illustrations of UFOs and Bug-Eyed Monsters. Continue reading

Woman Recalls Grandmother Who Wrestled

Jefferson City News-Tribune – December 26, 1999
By Jon Detrixhe

Maudie “Mae” Wiseman Bartel Schaffer was a professional wrestler in the 1920s and ’30s.

She billed herself as “Mae Stein, the Jewess from Cleveland,” but to Geraldean Mae McMillin, Jefferson City, she will always be “Gram.” Continue reading

Wrestlers To Square Off At The Orleans

Las Vegas View – March 3, 1999
By Kirk Kern

When “Buffalo” Jim Barrier staged the first graduation/exhibition for Buffalo Jim’s Wrestling School, more than 2,200 people showed up.

“At that point, I figured we’d better get an arena and put on a big show,” Barrier said.

Barrier chose the arena at The Orleans for the first Buffalo Wrestling Federation card, scheduled for March 20. Continue reading

‘Rowdy’ Wrestler Has Family, Riches And Fame

Edmonton Sun – August 6, 1999
By Shelley Decker

Wrestling giant “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s biggest blows are reserved for the WWF.

These days, wrestling has been transformed into action that should be found under the big top, believes Piper, who’s in our city to play Daniel Boone in an episode of the family TV series Mentors.

“I hate it. I absolutely despise it,” said the soft-spoken Canadian, who helped spark unrelenting world attention for wrestling when he and “Mr. Wonderful,” Paul Orndorff, climbed into the ring to battle Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in Wrestlemania I in ’85. Continue reading

Pro Wrestling Takes Bite Out Of ABC

Ocala Star-Banner – January 17, 1999
By Richard Burton

For those of you who need more proof of how well pro wrestling has caught on, just look at the bite it took into Monday Night Football’s viewership this past year.

Thanks to the 9.2 million viewers who watched Nitro and Raw on Monday nights during the fourth quarter of 1998, Monday Night Football had to endure the lowest ratings in its 29-year history. Continue reading

Wrestling’s Rude Will Be Remembered

Park City Daily News – May 14, 1999

Rick Rood, known in wrestling as “Ravishing” Rick Rude, started his career with the U.S. Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tenn.

His feud with Austin Idol is legendary. Continue reading

Taking In A Pro Wrestling Match Great Father-Son Ritual

Cincinnati Post – March 23, 1999
By William Weathers

‘So close. So close.’

I remember those words going through my head as I watched live professional wrestling on the old Zenith. The show came from a studio at a station in Nashville, about 60 miles away. Continue reading

Independents Provide Entertaining Look Inside

Winchester IN Star – October 25, 1999
By Brian C. Brehm

Most fund-raisers involve baked goods, car washes, or raffle tickets. But the one held Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Winchester involved a lot of pain.

Or so it seemed, at least. Continue reading

Tim Casts His Vote For Wrestling

Cedar Rapids IA Gazette – May 26, 1999
By Suzanne Barnes

Professional wrestling has had a headlock on Tim Burrow since he was a youngster.

And the wrestler who put the hold on him was Andre the Giant, the 7-foot 4- inch 540-pound professional wrestler Tim first spied from the fourth row of Chase Arena in St. Louis. Tim had gone to the match with his father. Continue reading

Iowa Cameo On ‘Biography’

Cedar Rapids Gazette – January 11, 1999
By Gus Schrader

Maybe you missed what we newspaper types call “local angles” to significant stories in 1998.

Let’s start with Jesse Ventura, the new governor of our wonderful sister state Minnesota. I hope you were able to watch “Biography” on the A&E channel Dec. 30 when Ventura’s interesting life story was presented in hourlong fashion. Continue reading