• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (November 10, 1991) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 1991, we lost Old School Wrestling Legend Dick the Bruiser (Real name: William Afflis) at the age of 62 due to Internal Bleeding.
He was a huge name during the territory days of the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s.
Dick the Bruiser has yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, which is likely going to happen as part of their annual ‘Legacy Wing’ inductions.
He was however posthumously inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame during the ‘WCW Slamboree 1994’ PPV.
REST IN PEACE DICK THE BRUISER!
(June 27, 1929 – November 10, 1991)
• New SmackDown Star Not Getting A Push Because Of Her Looks?
NXT wrestler Nikki Cross made her WWE main roster in-ring debut on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live and she lost to SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer speculated that Nikki might not get a push to the top due to her looks and this might be disappointing for her fans.
Below is Bryan’s explanation (credit to Ringside news for transcription):
“Everybody was so mad about Nikki Cross going up to that SmackDown show and getting beat by Becky Lynch. I mean, get ready for it. Everybody knows deep down no matter what they thing.
Everybody knows what Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn are looking for in a WWE women’s Superstar and we know what they’re going to do with Nikki Cross. We all know this — it’s wrong but it’s what’s going to happen.
I want to make it clear that I’m not saying anything bad about Nikki Cross. I think Nikki is a great wrestler, she’s pretty, she plays her character great. She’s my grandma’s favorite wrestler in fact.
But, she’s not a blonde fitness model with implants. Have you looked through WWE history? Have you looked at who gets the title and has the biggest pushes?”