Sure, Roddy Piper may have battled aliens in They Live and Jesse "The Body" Ventura fought the Predator, but even pro wrestling couldn't be silly enough to have aliens get in the ring. Could it? Yes, that's right. Even the sacred squared circle is not safe from extraterrestrial invaders. Here are but a few -- actually we had… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Aliens
We've covered plenty of monsters in wrestling, but it's been awhile. Just in time for Halloween, we're back to talk about the living dead in the squared circle. Plenty of pro wrestling promotions have done zombie wrestling shows -- I'm on one this Saturday night in Pittsburgh, cheap Foley plug -- but right now, we're… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Zombies!
Whew! It's been awhile, but we're back with plenty of new about the monstrous side of pro wrestling. And that brings us to...robots. You can't discuss mechanical grapplers without Shockwave the Robot. He's wrestled all over the world, feuded with Mecha Mummy (you can even get a set of figures of the two of them… Continue reading MAT MONSTERS: Robots!
Wrestling takes you to some funny places. Sometimes, you’re facing a lion/tiger hybrid who grew up in Hiroshima that hits you with palm strikes. Other times, you’re battling a robot. And if you’re not careful, you’ll end up on the wrong side of a boy who drowned and came back to life to kill some… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Jason
During our last installment, we discovered the vampiric ring denizens of Mexico. This time, we’re going to grab a spray bottle of holy water and load our fanny packs up with crucifixes as we go in search of more ‘rassling Nosferantus! The 1990s/2000s promotion 100% Lucha, based in Argentina, seems to be the bastard son… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Vampires part 2
Now, we’re gathering up all our garlic and wood stakes as we search for the vampires of the wrestling world! As always, let’s start our journey south of the border in Mexico. You may wonder, did the venerable El Santo ever battle vampires? Of course — many, many times! From 1962’s Santo Contra Las Mujeres… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Vampires part 1
From mummies and Frankenstein’s monsters to Leatherface and Freddy, monsters show up all over the world and in nearly every ring. But how about sea monsters? Is that even possible — for a beast from under the waves to make it into a wrestling ring? Of course it is! We’ll start in the USA, where… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Undersea Monsters
Over the last few months, I’ve shared the legends of the squared circle’s Leatherfaces, an ersatz Freddy Krueger and more mummies than you can shake a snake covered stick at. Now, we’ve arrived at Mary Shelley’s creation — bet he uses a lot of Gold Bond Powder! As always, when wondering, “Where has a monster… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Frankenstein’s Monster
Over two installments, we’ve covered the world of wrestling mummies. But now, we’re heading to Knoxville, TN for what I believe is the greatest of them all — Prince Kharis! In the mid 90s, Jim Cornette ran a group called Smoky Mountain Wrestling, which presented “professional wrestling the way it used to be and the way… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Mummies part 3
In our first mummy-centric installment, we covered the Mummies of the American South and West, as well as Argentina’s famous La Mumia. We’re not done yet! There are literally miles and miles of bandages covering tons and tons of the shambling and fighting Egyptian undead! Lucha mummies, Mexico, various If you aren’t familiar with Mexican… Continue reading Mat Monsters: Mummies part 2