Thursday, February 9, 2012

Black History Month - February 6-9

Apologies for totally falling behind on this!

February 6 - D'Lo Brown
I will never get why D'Lo wasn't a massive star. The guy was rock solid in the ring, had a unique look and was very charismatic. His last (and very brief) run with WWE was especially heartbreaking because I thought it would turn into something, but alas, it was not to be. D'Lo will go down in history as one of the biggest missed opportunities of the Attitude Era, but he could've been so much more. And the Lo Down was badass.

February 7 - "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd
Ernie Ladd was one of the first to make it big in both real sports and professional wrestling and as far as I know, is one of the very few men to be a Hall of Famer in both sports ("sports"). William Perry is in WWE's celebrity wing, but I can't think of anyone else that's a Hall of Famer for a football team (in Ladd's case, the Chargers) and WWE's wrestling-specific Hall of Fame.

February 8 - Shelton Benjamin
Speaking of missed opportunities. Shelton obviously had limitations in WWE, but there are more than a handful of people who were less talented overall that made it further than Benjamin did. In a different era, a guy like Benjamin strikes me as one of those guys that would've bounced between promotions and improved with each new journey. At age 36, I don't know if we'll ever see Shelton back in a WWE ring, but I wouldn't complain.

February 9 - Booker T
Booker T, on the other hand, is a bona fide success story. In an industry not known for being the most racially progressive, Booker shattered barriers and succeeded in spite of them. Whether it was tag team wrestling, technical showcases in the TV Title division, persevering through something as ridiculous as GI Bro, and becoming a 100% legitimate World Champion (six times, no less), Booker did it all. And since his semi-retirement, Booker has transitioned into the role of color commentator, where he's the most refreshing voice since Tazz. And no, I will not hear a bad word about Booker's commentary, ever.

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