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A Chokehold On America

Newsweek – February 27, 2000
By Newsweek Staff

Readers were sharply divided over our Feb. 7 cover story on America’s obsession with the resurgence of professional wrestling. Many found the topic offensive and the trend disturbing. “Have you lost your collective minds by featuring professional wrestling on the cover of your magazine?” asked one. “Your story shows the depth of our current cultural rot,” wrote another. “It rolls us all downhill toward dumb and dumber.” But we also heard from enthusiasts who applauded the sport for its high-energy entertainment value. “As a closet wrestling fan, I’m not ashamed to say that this is one of my guilty pleasures,” one letter writer told us. “It’s the soap opera for men of all ages.” Continue reading

Why America’s Hooked On Wrestling

Newsweek – February 7, 2000
By John Leland

On Dec. 13 of last year, the World Wrestling Federation was broadcasting live from Tampa, Fla., and trouble, as they say, was afoot. Baseball legend Wade Boggs was in the house; the nation’s No. 1 author, a man in a leather mask named World Wrestling Federation Mankind, was scheduled to wrestle; the women’s chocolate-pudding match was good to go. Yet all was not right: not for the WWF, not for Vince McMahon, its chairman and mastermind. On the previous week’s broadcast, his real-life daughter, Stephanie, had been “tricked” into marrying his arch nemesis, the wrestler Triple H. Now McMahon was running into the ring with a sledgehammer, out for blood. Stephanie had a surprise for him. She was in love with Triple H, she told him. And further, they were taking control of the company. “Triple H outsmarted you by making business personal. That’s something you know all about.” Continue reading

Jesse The Ref: A Million Bucks?

St. Paul Pioneer-Press – July 15, 1999
By Patrick Sweeney

Gov. Jesse Ventura will return to the wrestling ring as a referee next month for a payday that will allow him to donate $100,000 to charity and perhaps pocket $1 million more in fees and royalties.

Ventura joined officials of the World Wrestling Federation on Wednesday at Target Center to announce that Ventura will be the guest referee Aug. 22 in the SummerSlam, a pay-per-view event that will decide who is the WWF’s latest champion. Continue reading

Ventura Defends Participation

Associated Press – July 13, 1999
By Rochelle Olson

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Jesse Ventura defended his return to professional wrestling Tuesday, insisting he’s entitled to a life outside politics. Ventura bristled when asked whether his renewed ties to the World Wrestling Federation threatened the dignity of the governor’s office.

“If I were a nightclub singer in Caesars Palace, would you ask the same question?” he asked. Continue reading

Ventura Jumps Back Into The Ring

St. Paul Pioneer-Press – July 13, 1999
By Patrick Sweeney

Gov. Jesse Ventura, who first achieved fame as a pro-wrestling bad guy known as “The Body,” will return to the ring next month in a pay-for-view extravaganza sponsored by the World Wrestling Federation at Target Center.

Ventura and his spokesmen refused to say Monday whether he’ll participate as a wrestler, referee, ringside announcer or perhaps as a color commentator for the television broadcast of the event. Continue reading

Ventura Body Slams His Critics

New York Post – July 15, 1999
By Gersh Kuntzman

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he didn’t have to wrestle with his conscience before deciding to go back into the ring – and slammed his critics as a bunch of spoilsports.

“There’s no rule that says a governor can’t have fun,” the former pro wrestler said, defending his planned appearance as a referee in the World Wrestling Federation SummerSlam event on Aug. 22 in Minneapolis. Continue reading

Body’s Back… Where He Belongs

St. Paul Pioneer-Press – July 15, 1999
By Bob Sansavere

As he approached the stage, Jesse Ventura walked slowly and appeared to be biting his lip. He seemed nervous, even sheepish.

Could it be common sense finally had whacked him upside the head, and he was realizing he was about to embarrass himself as well as his state?

No such luck. Continue reading

Bruiser Brody, Remembered

Dallas Morning News – July 15, 1999
By Cody Monk

Even in death, Frank Goodish didn’t follow the beaten path.

It was 11 years ago this week that Goodish, better known as Bruiser Brody, was stabbed while in the shower at Bayoman Stadium in San Juan. He died a day later.

Jose Gonzales was charged with the murder but acquitted later when witnesses refused to testify.

The motive behind Brody’s death remains a mystery. To those who knew him well, however, the way he died was not surprising. Continue reading

Canadian Plans To Snap Hill’s Streak Tonight

The Borger Daily Herald – December 11, 1939

A thrill-packed match and probably the best in many a week on the local mat is scheduled tonight at the Borger Arena for the main event.  Preliminaries start at 8 p. m.

Promoter Otis Robertson has signed up Rod Fenton, the rough house Canadian, for a headline squabble with Frankie Hill, the Kansas Cyclone, a first class misery merchant. Continue reading

Gorgeous George Meets Wright At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – March 19, 1960

Gorgeous George, spectacular blond grappler, will take on Bearcat Wright, giant ex-boxer from Kingston, Jamaica, in the non-televised feature of Sunnyside Garden’s pro wrestling program next Tuesday. Continue reading