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the hart house

from the hart foundation, bret hart posted in pro wrestling by prof_improbable

This house, originally built in 1902, has 22 rooms, four fireplaces and 5 chandeliers- but the main feature is the dungeon in the basement.

Purchased by Stu Hart in 1951, the amateur wrestler and promoter turned the basement of the house into a wrestling training center. The Hart Family Dungeon became the center of Stampede Wrestling (Stu's wrestling company) and a legendary wrestling school.

The house was sold by the remaining Hart siblings after Stu's death in 2003, and it was declared a municipal heritage site by the city of Calgary in 2012.

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ribera steakhouse

from the ribera steakhouse jacket posted in pro wrestling by nevereatshreddedwheat

According to Stan Hansen, Bruiser Brody discovered the Ribera Steakhouse while on the lookout for an American-style dinner during a tour of Japan sometime in the late 70s / early 80s. The hole-in-the-wall restaurant gained a legendary status shortly after that, and it became a rite of passage for pro wrestlers to pick up the satin jacket with the distinctive bull logo whenever they visited.

You can credit the Road Warriors for being the first to realize how amazing the jacket looked with a pair of Zubaz.

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las vegas convention center

from gorgeous george, muhammad ali posted in pro wrestling by pete_nice

In 1961, the outlandish veteran wrestler Gorgeous George (then 46) and the up-and-coming boxer Cassius Clay (then 19) both had matches at the same venue for the same promoter.

They were on the radio promoting their matches, and the boxer gave a half-hearted bravado for his fight.

Gorgeous George followed up by saying:

“I am the Gorgeous One! Not only am I the best wrestler, the most highly skilled, with the greatest technique, but I’m also the most beautiful wrestler who ever lived! ...And if that uneducated punk somehow manages to beat me, I’ll take the next jet to Russia! But that will never happen, because I am the greatest!”

Cassius (later Muhammad Ali) was inspired. He realized that this was a fight that he had to see. Later, Gorgeous George gave Ali the following advice at the convention center:

"...a lot of people will pay to see somebody shut your big mouth. So keep on bragging, keep on sassing, and always be outrageous.”

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where the ultimate warrior died

from the ultimate warrior posted in pro wrestling by nevereatshreddedwheat

Warrior (aka The Ultimate Warrior and formerly James Hellwig before he legally changed his name in 1993) collapsed on April 8, 2014 while walking with his wife in this residential-style hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at the age of 54.

Two days prior he was at Wrestlemania 30 as he had just been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He had only recently reconciled with Vince McMahon and the WWE, and the day before he died he made his first appearance on RAW in 18 years.

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hartford civic center

from wrestlemania, lawrence taylor posted in pro wrestling by pete_nice

On April 2, 1995, Wrestlemania XI was held at the Hartford Civic Center (now called the XL Center).

The main event of Wrestlemania 11 featured Lawrence Taylor (NFL linebacker from the NY Giants) beating Bam Bam Bigelow.

The WWF championship saw Diesel (escorted by Pamela Anderson) defeating Shawn Michaels (with support by Sid and Jenny McCarthy).

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