• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 27, 2000) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2000, we lost Old School Wrestling announcer Gordon Solie (Real name: Francis Labiak) at the age of 71 due to throat cancer.
Gordon Solie was famous for doing commentary for various NWA territories like Georgia Championship Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, USA Championship Wrestling … among a few others, before ultimately staying with Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling during the 90s.
He’s widely considered one of the greatest play-by-play announcers in professional wrestling history.
Solie was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, by another great play-by-play commentator, Jim Ross.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
January 26, 1929 – July 27, 2000
• Luke Gallows Reveals The Real Reason Him & Karl Anderson Signed With Impact Wrestling
During a recent interview with Martez Ale & Jordan Garber, former WWE wrestler Luke Gallows revealed the real reason him and Karl Anderson decided to sign with Impact Wrestling.
Below is what Gallows said:
“Karl and I both have a long history with Scott D’Amore. Scott helped me when I was leaving TNA years ago to go to New Japan, Scott put me into contact with those people. Putting together a very nice deal for me at the time. He’s always been a business associate but also a good friend.
They put together a very nice offer that had an unlimited schedule. But the most attractive thing about it was the people at IMPACT were fully on board with co-promoting our brand. We want to promote their brand and they wanted to promote ours so they promoted the ‘Talk n Shop Podcast’.
They are helping us promote our ‘Talk n Shop’ PPV, our ‘Talk n Shop’ Beer that we are coming up with. With all of this stuff we have in the works, it’s really nice to be on board with somebody that wants to help you with your outside projects.
Because with the motto at WWE, there is not a lot of room for that type of promotion and especially to do it on their television show.
That was a really big deal for me. At the end of the day, me and Karl just felt like it was the right place to go.”
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