• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 22, 1995) – AWA Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 1995, we lost legendary AWA Veteran “Crusher” Jerry Blackwell at the age of 45 due to complications from several injuries, after a car accident a few weeks earlier.
Not many people remember this, but Hulkamania was actually born during Hulk Hogan’s AWA feud with Jerry Blackwell, when the Hulkster turned babyface in the process.
Blackwell ended up wrestling for Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association from 1979 till 1989.
Though he never won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, he did win the AWA World Tag Team Championship with Ken Patera in 1983.
† REST IN PEACE JERRY BLACKWELL!
April 26, 1949 – January 22, 1995
• Reason Behind Alexa Bliss Deciding To Do Her Edgy Segment Last Week
As we all know, former RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss was featured in an edgy segment (at least for the current PG Era) where her bare back was shown.
This video drew big numbers on WWE’s YouTube channel (6.3 million views as of this writing) and you can watch it below:
According to Ryan Satin, this segment was Alexa’s idea as a way of paying tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. Below is what Satin said on WrestlingSheet radio:
“Okay, from what I’ve been told the segment was Alexa’s idea. It was an Alexa thing…she was trying to do a little bit of a tribute to Trish Stratus because it was something Trish Stratus did back in the day. She’s a big Trish Stratus fan.
So from what I heard it was something she wanted to do. It was not a thing that was pushed on her.”
WATCH: Nia Jax Secretly Records Alexa Bliss’ Fine Bum: