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dr smartass phd
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Bill Watts is a wrestling genius.



Yes he was, no one could story tell like Bill


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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Big time old school rasslin' fan. Mid-South and such.

Did not know about this.

Pretty sure I have Viceland on Hulu so going to check it out.

Thanks!

My cousin wrestled with that whole mid south crowd for years. He made decent part time money as part of The Storm triple tag team ... Thunderbolt, Lightening and then Xavier Crawford’s Dad was Snowman.

We’re big men in my family and my cousin was/is no exception at 6-5 300 back then (in the 80s) and he used to get paid extra when Lawler (and later his nephew I think it was, little blond guy named Jarret or something if I remember), when Lawler would be allowed to win their matches. Lawler was tiny compared to most wrestlers.

Babies and Heels. My cousin was always a heel and the crowd at midsouth loved to hate him.

I remember the first time I saw all of them juicing (to draw blood) down in the dressing room at the Mid South Colosseum and I thought ..... wtf. It was a cage match with the chain link fence built around the ring.

LOL ... I never got it but man did they pack that place back then.


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Jake_LaMotta
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
Kevin and Kerry were druggies. They partied and were fricked out of their mind half the time. How much meth is Kevin using now? He looks like he is dying.


dr smartass phd
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Kevin and Kerry were druggies. They partied and were fricked out of their mind half the time.



One night on Fry St in Denton. I plead the 5th


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BowDownToLSU
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
I watched all those guys as a kid. The one incident I remember the most was at Southeastern University they had matches there in the mid 70’s. It was Kamala [ black guy probably 6’8 ish close to 400lbs) he was coming down the isle down to the ring when some guy slapped him on his back . Kamala turns and spits a Cobb misses the guy but hits a young white girl in the face. Like I said mid 70’s, place was packed with rednecks so they start pushing him and calling him the N word. The other wrestlers had to come from the back to help security... I was probably 10 at the time , my dad grabbed me and we left right then... he was afraid someone would go get a gun out of their car


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stapuffmarshy
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Old school Leroy McGuirk territory before Bill Watts bought it and turned it into Midsouth



I don't really remember all that but as a young kid my mom, who loved this stuff, would drag me down to I think channel 9 on Saturday mornings and they'd have live matches right there, broadcasting live. But she liked to be in the crowd They'd have like a TV champion different than the big champion.

These were like preview kinda things for the championship match at the centroplex that night or the next day. And free. We were poor, couldn't afford a ticket to the big stuff but she'd go down there and scream on a Saturday morning. Haven't thought of that in 45 years. Good memory. Baton Rouge was a big pro wrestling town way back when.

Those times were crazy. It seemed more freewheeling I guess. You knew it was fake but not scripted. Just different.


Tackle74
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Jim Cornette was hilarious.


His podcast is pretty great as well, warning all the snowflake Trump loving beta Cucks though might want to beware of it.


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Arksulli
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Don't forget when Fritz sold WCCW to Jerry Jarrett and he wrecked it




I think Jarrett mostly bought the territory to see if he could vulture it for a little while and make back his money. Which he managed to do. Eric Embry was... perhaps not the greatest draw in Texas wrestling history, but he did well enough that Jarrett got his money back and then cherry picked the surviving talent and brought them to Memphis.

It is weird how the territories worked in their prime. Jerry Jarrett gave away 6 hall of fame talents (Jim Cornette, the Midnight Express, the Rock and Roll Express, and Bill Dundee) to Bill Watts and still considers it a great deal because at the time Jarrett had so much talent he couldn't find a way to work them all into the card.

Watts is fond of talking about how he'd get calls from Vince McMahon Sr. saying he needed this talent (from Watts promotion) to start with the WWF on such and such a date. Watts would always say "Sure, glad to let you have him!" And then Vince would give him Andre the Giant for a couple of weeks.

Or, when a very young Jerry Lawler announced he wasn't going to make any of the smaller town house shows, Jerry Jarrett shipped him down to Eddie Graham in Florida to be a job guy for 6 months. It was a really different world back then.

We won't even get into Houston being a one city promotion that cherry picked the best wrestling talent from all over the US for their weekly shows or that, at one time, Australia was the home to the biggest wrestling promotion in the world.


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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Some of the best times I had as a kid was my dad taking me to the Centroplex to see Jake the Snake, the Rock N Roll Express, Junkyard Dog, all those guys



Mid south was always the best. I stopped following it when they dissapeared.


dr smartass phd
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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We won't even get into Houston being a one city promotion that cherry picked the best wrestling talent from all over the US for their weekly shows or that, at one time,



Paul Boesch worked with everyone, never heard a bad word about him.


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boogiewoogie1978
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Ric Flair would have never had his reign if David Von Erich hadn't died.

Fake news. Rick Flair's character is who he actually is. Too much charisma not to succeed


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Mid south was always the best. I stopped following it when they dissapeared.

WWE should bring him back.


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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
Behind the titantron on YouTube is better


dr smartass phd
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Fake news



Not fake news


boogiewoogie1978
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Not fake news




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Arksulli
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Paul Boesch worked with everyone, never heard a bad word about him.


It says a lot about Boesch that he is still revered in the wrestling business after all this time.


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ZIGG
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– Viceland has officially announced that the wrestling docuseries, Dark Side of the Ring, will receive extended cut episodes. These will begin airing on May 22 at 9:00 pm EST. The extended cut episodes will feature never-before-seen footage from the docuseries.
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Dark Side of the Ring Creators Have Dino Bravo Episode That’s ’75 Percent Finished’, Could be First Episode for Possible Season 2
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CocomoLSU
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing

Where can these be watched? NF? HBOgo?

I’d definitely be interested in something like this.


Red5LSU
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Where can these be watched? NF? HBOgo?

I’d definitely be interested in something like this.


VICELAND

It's a TV network. Also, it's in the thread title


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Tackle74
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re: Viceland's new series "The Dark Side of the Ring" is amazing
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Behind the titantron on YouTube is better


It is great but better is relative. He does a great job but does not have the interviews and budget of the Vice crew. I recommend the behind the Titantron though, great stuff.


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