The Big Man – Bull Bronson

The Big Man – Bull Bronson

NWA MIDSOUTH
The BIG Man The "big man" is, arguably, the foundation of professional wrestling. In generations past, if you were lucky enough to have matches that your dad (or mama) could take you to, it was the big man that most likely captured the young imaginations of the audience's younger members. Like, all of these guys are big, because I'm seven, but THAT guy is HUGE. Barry Blaustein's cut of Beyond the Mat depicted the scenario perfectly - standing on the aisle, gazing upward as the light is completely blocked out by a for-real monster. Growing up in eastern South Dakota, we had the opportunity to see the AWA, and their big man - the first big man I ever saw - was John Nord, who became The Viking/Berserker in WWE.…
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Matt Riviera: Wrestling’s Rap Mogul

Matt Riviera: Wrestling’s Rap Mogul

NWA MIDSOUTH
There's a distinct parallel between professional wrestling and hip hop music that goes almost completely unnoticed: the personalities of, both, pro wrestlers and emcees are large. Confidence and bravado to the point of arrogance often fuels success. Egos clash and feuds spark. Matt Riviera represents the point at which wrestling and hip hop seamlessly blend, becoming too obvious to ignore. "Mr. 5.5" isn't just an athlete and competitor, he's a mogul on a come up. He's building a brand. He's building (pun intended) an empire. Think of Riviera as the Jay-Z of professional wrestling - broadening his portfolio, expanding his reach, establishing his own parameters, and stacking paper. Always stacking paper. His broker and accountant are no doubt happy, but without that same approach in the ring, none of it…
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