Kurt Angle wants to die young

I never try to understand what goes through the mind of wrestling superstars. I did that once during an Ultimate Warrior YouTube clip and spent the next few hours feeling like I partied a little too hard with Cheech and Chong.

As a former wrestling fan, I have no problem admitting that I was once a huge Kurt Angle fan. When he came into the WWE he was a clean-cut, milk-drinking Hogan-like “babyface”. Sometime between then and when I stopped watching wrestling he became a maniac, spit when he talks Steroid freak. Hell, I hardly even recognize him.

Recently, Kurt Angle released a DVD of his “life story” which includes him bashing the WWE lifestyle and Vince McMahon for pushing him way too hard and not letting him enter  drug rehab. He also mentions that in some way, TNA saved his life and marriage.

As you can imagine, I was just a bit shocked when I heard that Kurt was seriously considering returning to the WWE (link). Correct me if I am wrong but if WWE is too much for you to handle, causes you physical and emotional harm and you know it does, why in the world would you want to go back?

Below is a 2008 Tristar Kurt Angle certified autograph. Get ’em while you still can.

Mike Awesome – A True Hardcore Legend

The life of a professional wrestler is not an easy one. Without fail, every single year another one of our iconic, larger than life heroes passes away before their time. The cause is always different but the tragedy is always the same. One has to even wonder how someone comes to the realization that they want to be a wrestler someday. It certainly doesn’t seem like all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, you will never be short of fans who adore you but you will live every single day of your life in horrific pain until the day your body finally gives in.

Mike Awesome had wrestling roots, if there is such a thing. He was connected to the Hulk Hogan legacy early in his life but somehow never made it to WWF/WWE super stardom. Maybe he was not tall enough, too slow, or just didn’t have the “it” factor. Whatever the result, it didn’t stop Mike Alfonso from pursuing the fame and fortune promised to wrestlers who “make it big” in the industry.

After many years, Mike began to make a name for himself in Japan until landing in Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he became “Mike Awesome”. It didn’t take long for Mike to become a star in E.C.W. By the late-90’s, Mike was the E.C.W Champion but the organization was on its last legs and was about to go under. Having a family to look after, Mike left the promotion to join World Championship Wrestling. After a horrible “gimmick” AKA character, Mke made his W.W.E debut in 2001.

Unfortunately, World Wrestling Entertainment didn’t know how to use him and by the following year Mike was without a job. He made a few appearances in local shows before retiring from wrestling. A few years later, with both W.C.W & E.C.W out of business and the rights owned by Vince McMahon, E.C.W was resurrected for ‘One Night Stand’, a one-time only Pay Per View.

On that night, Mike Awesome made his final appearance in front of a TV crowd against Masato Tanaka and had the match of his career. After the event, Mike went back to Tampa, Florida and continued his new life as a Real Estate Agent, with his family & friends at his side.

One night in early February of 2007, Mike’s friends arrived at his home only to find a lifeless Alfonso hanging from a rope in his garage. Mike was 42 years old at the time of his death and unlike another infamous wrestler he once worked with, Chris Benoit, Mike didn’t hurt anyone but himself on that night. Well, at least not physically.

The following is a video I made as a tribute to Mike Awesome’s greatest wrestling match, which was also his last one. I put together the highlights from the E.C.W One Night Stand DVD, ripped them and edited the files with Windows Movie Maker. I have something a little more powerful but I have not used it much yet.

I hope you guys enjoy!

Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ fall from grace

If Jake “The Snake” ever had his moment in the spotlight it would have been between the years of 1986-1992 during his first stint in the World Wrestling Federation. Although he was extremely popular with fans for his promos and persona, Jake never won any gold in the WWF and has been bouncing around different independent venues for the last decade or more.

Wrestling fans have known of Roberts’ demons since 1999 when a shocking but “must-watch” documentary called ‘Behind the Mat’ came out (link). He’s an alcoholic, sexual addict, and is known to use extremely hard drugs but the video I am about to post is probably the low point of his career, if not his entire life.

If you are a fan of wrestling from the 80’s and end up depressed after watching that video, you can check out this one, which is a tribute made by a fan of “Jake the Snake”. As far as Roberts, his “agent” has released THIS ridiculous statement.