Z104radio.com/ notes: Coming up on Tuesday: Erica and Whitney will have their Ladies Room segment, and for some counter programming Mathew and J.C. will be speaking to Hulk Hogan about Wrestlemania 21!”
The Sunday March 27th edition of the Los Angeles Daily News had a special pull out section dedicated to Wrestlemania XXI. Besides the usual stuff hyping up the card, there were a couple of interesting news stories dedicated to Los Angeles’ glorious past regarding wrestling.
The first story was a historical overview of the various Los Angeles wrestling promotions that were in operation during the 1940’s through 1982. It also covered the classic Freddie Blassie/John Tolos feud that was tearing up the Los Angeles based WWA during much of the 196o’s and early 1970’s, which was highlighted by a match between the two in the Los Angeles Coliseum that drew a live gate of over 25,000 people. It also covered the promotion run by Gene and Mike LaBell that was affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance until the promotion was shut down in 1982.
The article also featured quotes by Chavo Guerrero Jr., who said that this year’s card will be a sort of homecoming, especially due to the fact that his father and uncles were wildly popular babyfaces who dominated the territory during the 1970’s.
The second story was pretty much brief story on the life and career of the legendary wrestler and manager Freddie Blassie entitled “Blassie: The King of Men, and the King of L.A.” written by Keith Elliot Greenberg. The article talked about how Blassie was both a very hated heel and wildly popular baby face, especially among Latino fans.
All in all the two stories were pretty good in relating the history of Los Angeles’ rich wrestling history.