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the hart house

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During WWF’s attitude era Owen Hart wrestled Ken Shamrock in the infamous Hart Family Dungeon on the July 1998 pay-per-view Fully Loaded.

Watch Owen Hart vs. Ken Shamrock in the Dungeon

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where andre the giant died

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On January 27, 1993, while he was in his home country of France to attend his father’s funeral, André Roussimoff, better known as Andre the Giant, died of a heart attack at the age of 46 in the room where he was staying at the Hotel de La Trémoille.

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the hart house

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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

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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

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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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