Old School Profiles

The Ring Time family delivers profiles of some of our favorite Old School wrestlers. Some you maybe familiar with and others you may not.

Daniel Bryan Says Farewell to The Ring

Daniel Bryan Retires

After months of speculation the wrestling world got the news that it was not wanting to hear. Daniel Bryan made his retirement from in ring competition official around 1pm on Monday. The leader of the “YES” movement has wrestled his last match.

Daniel wrestled all around the globe and proved to be one of if not the best wrestler in the world. It took him 10 years to reach the WWE but once he got there he set it on fire. If John Cena is the most polarizing performer on the WWE roster, then Bryan might be the most unifying character that this era has ever seen. He was able to captivate all the little kids around the world and his work rate and style impressed the usually jaded hardcore internet fan base.

Punk and Bryan

Being smaller than the average wrestler that is pushed by Vince McMahon, he helped breakdown some of the size barriers that maybe on a Shawn Michaels had done before. He was willing to slug it out with big guys, fly with cruiserweights and get on the mat with any technician you can name. With 16 years in the business his two main stops of Ring of Honor and WWE have left fans with some of the greatest matches the sport has ever seen.
The magic of Daniel Bryan is that he got over with the fans organically. Just being himself was good enough to make the WWE Universe gravitate towards him. He didn’t have the machine behind him and despite their best plans to keep him down his star kept rising. While some stars got successfully buried by the powers that be Bryan able to garner an unreal level of fan support that the company couldn’t ignore.

Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of Bryan in the company. He would be good on commentary or maybe just as an ambassador for the company. The NXT crew would definitely benefit from his knowledge and ring psychology. Although we only had him for a short career I am sure most fans are just happy for the opportunity to see him perform.
Written By
Keith B. Holt
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ECW Original Axl Rotten Passes Away

Axl Rotten RIP

The imprint of ECW can never be forgotten by the wrestling world. Their brand of Extreme wrestling helped push along the WWE’s Attitude Era and cause many companies to embrace a hardcore style matches. One of the original warriors from this revolution lost life this week.

Brian Knighton better known as Axl Rotten died at the age of 44 on Thursday. Rotten was in ECW from 1993 to 1999 as he helped their transition from Eastern Championship Wrestling to the better known Extreme brand. He also worked in WCW in the beginning of his career and also did brief spots with the WWE and TNA.
Known for barbed wire matches and his bloody feud with form tag team partner Ian Rotten of which he formed the team Bad Breed with. After a solo run Axl formed another popular tag team with Balls Mahoney which he rolled with until the completion of his career with ECW. Rotten has performed on the indies and in numerous spot shows around the world.

Axl had been battling health issues over past few years and had been confined to a wheel chair. He currently has a documentary that he recorded in 2015 that is available on Youtube. It’s definitely worth the watch to as he explains his career and how he arrived at the injures he got. The video is called “Extreme Injuries and Hardcore Recovery”. Rotten even shares his thoughts on the current product and different guys that he liked.

Police as of now have not confirmed Rotten’s cause of death. His body was found at a McDonalds across from a hotel where he was staying. Hopefully Axl can find the peace in death that he was searching for in life.

Written By
Keith B. Holt
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