Thursday November 28, 2013
They say that the holidays are the time of the year for family. When one thinks of famous families in wrestling, there has been none more prolific in WWE history than the Maivia/Anoa'i family. The family has had over a dozen members compete in WWE. Five of them (Peter Maivia, Rocky Johnson, Yokozuna, Afa and Sika) have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Most famously, The Rock is also a member of the family.
With all of these family members, including several with multiple ring names, it can get very confusing figuring out how they are all related to one another. Hopefully, this family tree will help you figure out how they are all related.
Photo of The Rock: Taylor Hill/Getty Images
Thursday November 28, 2013
By far and away, the question I am asked most often is about becoming a professional wrestler. William Regal, who is currently a trainer for WWE, has posted an essay online which I think every anyone who is thinking about becoming a wrestler needs to read.
Photo of William Regal & Katie Lee Burchill: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Sunday November 24, 2013
Let the rumors about WrestleMania XXX begin. The end of tonight's event might have set the stage for something that has been rumored for years. To find out how this show ended as well as what happened during the rest of the event, click here to read my recap of Survivor Series 2013.
Photo of Big Show: Steve Haag/Getty Images
Friday November 22, 2013
I'm saddened to announce that Maurice Vachon passed away yesterday at the age of 84. While the cause of his death has not been disclosed, it is known that he has been in poor health for many years. His health problems began in 1987 when he lost his leg due to a hit-and-run accident. In 1996, his prosthetic leg was used as a weapon by Diesel during a No Holds Barred Match against Shawn Michaels at In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies.
Before entering the world of professional wrestling, "Mad Dog" competed in the 1948 Olympics. As a professional wrestler, his greatest success came in the American Wrestling Association where he was a five-time World Heavyweight Champion. He also won the company's tag team titles on two occasions, once with Verne Gagne and once with his brother, "Butcher" Paul Vachon. In addition to his brother following him into the business, his sister Vivian and his niece Luna Vachon also became professional wrestlers. In 2010, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
I'd like to take this opportunity to send out my condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
Photo of Mad Dog Vachon: David Greedy/Getty Images