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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 grapples with one of Baltimore’s favorite pastimes

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 grapples with one of Baltimore’s favorite pastimes

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Luke Jones

The road to WrestleMania culminates next Sunday in New Orleans with the 30th edition of the best spectacle in sports entertainment, so we dedicate this week’s #WNSTSweet16 to the greatest professional wrestling moments in Baltimore history.

Baltimore has a rich pro wrestling history that includes countless moments from WWE (and the WWF and WWWF before it) and WCW as well as a strong presence of smaller promotions such as Ring of Honor and Maryland Championship Wrestling to this day. In fact, WNST.net’s own Nestor Aparicio named a WWE card at the Baltimore Arena on the #WNSTSweet16 list of “must-attend” events for Baltimore sports fans.

Professional wrestling has changed dramatically over the years as the legendary Vince McMahon began referring to his product as “sports entertainment” years ago and began peeling back the curtain on his brand of theatrical athleticism, but Baltimore’s passion hasn’t waned as events are well-attended on a regular basis.

Without further ado, we present the #WNSTSweet16 Greatest Professional Wrestling Moments in Baltimore History:

Continue to next page for No. 16

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You’re going to find yourself “wrestling” with this week’s #WNSTSweet16

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You’re going to find yourself “wrestling” with this week’s #WNSTSweet16

Posted on 30 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’ve heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. Who am I kidding? Of course you’ve heard. But there’s a rumor there’s a guy in your office or down your street or on your softball team that hasn’t. So for that guy, I inform you that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re extending this celebration all year so that no one in your Dungeons & Dragons gaming club misses it.

To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already twelve lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any. (The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re into Week 2 of Luke Jones’ Sweet 16 residency and we’re going a bit off the beaten path this time.

If you’re like me, you’ve circled this coming Sunday on the map since April 2014, knowing the stars of sports entertainment would be descending on New Orleans for “The Showcase of the Immortals”. Yes, it’s WrestleMania season in the pro wrestling world. If for some bizarre reason you’re a terrible human being who hasn’t spent the last month glued to your WWE Network subscription and arguing about whether or not CM Punk is making a mistake in walking away, this one might not be for you.

In Week 12, Luke will be compiling “The Sweet 16 Greatest Pro Wrestling Moments in Baltimore history”.

There is a storied history shared between Charm City and the men of the squared circle. Whether it was one of the many times the WWE (and previously WWF) invaded the Baltimore Arena, the WCW’s regular stop for “The Great American Bash”, a never to be forgotten NWA event at the Baltimore Civic Center, a more recent Ring of Honor card at Canton’s Du Burns Arena or the more regional cards put together by Maryland Championship Wrestling-this area has been a prime location for rasslin’ fans.

There are some obvious moments that jump out as possibilities but it seems like number one would be fairly obvious on this list. I don’t wan to give it away, but it involves a former Florida State LB making pro wrestling history on a night that carried as much relevance for our nation’s social conscience as it did for sports entertainment.

Perhaps some of the more recent moments at the old barn downtown are deserving of making the list. In 2013, the wildly popular Wyatt Family made their debut at the Baltimore Arena on an episode of Monday Night Raw. Earlier this year, Jake “The Snake” Roberts returned to the WWE at “Old School Raw”-and maybe just as deserving of consideration would be the speech he recently gave in Joppa at MCW. (The future WWE Hall of Famer recently joined me on “The Reality Check” to talk about it-it’s worth a listen!)

There are clearly many more worth considering that have happened either recently or as many as 60 years ago.

Luke wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via luke@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor Aparicio on “The Happy Hours”.

Whether you’re a closeted pro wrestling fan or a full-blown mark, this is your chance to share your memories. Make your voice heard!

 

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