There is nothing like a good theme song for a wrestler. It is one of the greatest character enhancers. Remember the feel you got when the music for the Ultimate Warrior would hit. You knew somebody was in trouble. There is nothing like the smashing glass before Stone Cold Steve Austin hits the ring. Most of your favorite WWF hits can be credited to one man. Since 1985 Jim Johnston has been pumping out hits for your favorite superstars.
Writing for entrance themes for The Rock, Big Show and even the new sensation Fandango Johnston is a wrestling hit maker. He also composes most of the music for the company’s PPV and TV shows. He even does work for the movie studio projects for the WWE. Although he performs a lot of the music he also brings in talent to help bring out his vision. Whether its the band Rev Theory to perform Randy Orton’s Voices or Sugar Tongue Slim to help the Prime Time Players Make Moves he is ready to make a hit. We at Ring Time Pro Wrestling will share some of our new and old Jim Johnston favorites.
New Stephanie McMahon Theme – Welcome to the Queendom
The Undertaker – Rest In Peace
The Rock Theme
The Ultimate Warrior Theme
Fandango Theme – Cha Cha La La
While channel surfing I found a documentary that took me back to my childhood. It was about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling better known as G.L.O.W. They were women’s only wrestling promotion that was independent of both the WWF and WCW. From 1986 to 1992 G.L.O.W gave ladies a place to shine in the wrestling business and was successful.
Nationally syndicated the show featured a wide variety of female entertainers. With comedy sketches, well placed commercial opportunities very colorful characters. Women like Big Bad Mama, Mt Fiji and Sally the Farmer’s Daughter became famous around the world. They made talk show appearances and were on shows like Married With Children and Family Feud. The documentary on the LOGO channel is a must watch for any child of the 1980s. If you are not familiar it is a great chance to learn of some wrestling history.
This week the WWE has announced that Booker T will be inducted into this years hall of fame class. He has definitely earned this honor. Booker has held 35 major titles during his career in WCW, WWE and TNA. His 21 championships in WCW are the most in the companies history. He is one of only 4 triple crown winners in both WCW and the WWE.
As one half of the legendary tag team Harlem Heat with his brother Stevie Ray they were fixture in the tag team title picture in WCW thoughout the 1990s. After leaving the team Booker went on to have major solo success winning TV, US and even the World title over in WCW. After WCW shutdown Booker T was one of the few superstars to not only come to the WWE but maintained his success. Winning the tag team titles in the WWE along with the Intercontinental and World title. He has headlined PPVs and still is a big part of the company. Currently serving as the General Manager of the Smackdown brand.
We at Ring Time Pro Wrestling would like to congratulate Booker T on his Hall of Fame induction.
Today the wrestling world learned they lost an all time great in the legendary Paul Bearer. If you are familiar with his early career in World Class Championship Wrestling(WCCW) then you may know him as Percy Pringle. His birth name is Bill Moody.
Most fans are more familiar with his run in the WWF as the manager of The Undertaker. A little known fact is that this was not just a gimmick for Bearer. He actually did work in the funeral business. He has a degree in mortuary science and is certified as a funeral director and embalmer. Though out the 1990′s and into the 2000′s he has lead the charge with and against The Undertaker. In early portions of Taker’s gimmick Paul was the primary mouthpiece for the Deadman.
Later he would manager superstars like Vader, The Executioner and Mankind. He was also helped kick start the Hall of Fame career of Kane. The Undertaker’s half brother and son of Paul Bearer. His contribution was huge to the wrestling business and he will be missed by fans around the world.
Bearer and Undertaker Classic Entrance
Bearer in The Cemetery
Paul Bearer and Jim Cornette Just Kicking It
The staff at Ring Time Pro Wrestling figured it was time to return the Old School Profile. Kind of like our version of Unsung in the wrestling business. Today’s profile subject is The Beast from The East, Bam Bam Bigelow. Known for his cool tattoos and athletic ability Bigelow was big star in the late 1980′s and early 90′s.
Bigelow got started in the late 1980s and was trained by Larry Sharpe. He made his pro debut in 1986 in Memphis working for Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett. The 6ft 4in 400 pounder became the “Beast from The East” was a force and made a big name for himself. Feuding with Tommy Rich and Jerry Lawler up until mid 1987.
Bam Bam took his talent to the WWF in May of 1987 and where he was an instant hit with fans. He was managed by the late great Oliver Humperdink. His first run with the WWF lasted form 1987-1988. Bigelow move as good if not better than any big man of his era. The highlight of his tenure was the 1987 Survivor Series where he was a member of Hulk Hogan’s team. With the rest of his team members eliminated Bam Bam was left by himself against King Kong Bundy, The One Man Gang and Andre The Giant. The Beast from the East held his own against these other massive opponents.
Bam Bam Survivor Series 1987
After leaving the WWF due to a knee injury Bigelow spent time in Japan and Jim Crockett Promotions. While in Crockett Promotions which later became WCW he feuded with Barry Windham over the Untied States Championship. In Japan he formed a tag team with another dominant big man Big Van Vader. After winning the IWGP tag team titles and a successful run in Japan he came home to the WWF.
In 1992 Bam Bam returned to the WWF with new attitude. This time as a heel with that same devastating athletic ability but hell bent on destruction. In 1993 he had a legendary match in the King of the Ring tournament against Bret Hart.
1993 Royal Rumble Match
In 1994 Bam Bam was managed by love interest Luna Vachon. His main targets during this time were Tatanka and Doink the Clown. He then later joined Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation stable.
The highlight of this run was Bigelow getting to main event Wrestlemania XI with Lawrence Taylor. He lost the match but it was only time in his career where all of focus was him.
After what rumored to believe a feud backstage with the Kliq he left the WWF. He went on to compete in the growing ECW. He fought mostly with Taz and even Bam Bam Gordy. In 1997 he with Shane Douglas, Chris Candido formed the faction Triple Threat. This was probably one of the most successful times of his career. Under the guidance of Rick Rude Bam Bam went on to win the ECW TV title and World title.
After leaving ECW he appeared in WCW for about 3 years from 1998-2001. He first went after the big dog on the block taking it to Goldberg. After that he shifted his focus to the Hardcore Division with guys like Raven and Hardecore Hak. While in WCW he became apart of the Jersey Triad faction with Chris Kanyon and Diamond Dallas Page. After WCW folded Bam Bam did not return to the WWF. He let his Turner contract expire and then went on the Independent circuit from 2002-2006.
While he was mostly retired from pro wrestling he had some life struggles. In May of 2004, he was charged with reckless driving and endangering a child. He was sued by his ex-wife in 2005 for failure to pay child support. Bigelow also suffered major injuries in a motorcycle accident he had later that year. In January of 2007 he was found dead in his home in Hudson, FL. The death was attributed to multiple drugs found in his system.
Wrestling fans will never forget the entertainment and big personality the Beast from the East has brought them over the 20 years of his career. RIP Bam Bam Bigelow.
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