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Published Saturday, December 24, 2005 by DEVELOPMENTALspotlight | E-mail this post
On behalf of The Pro-Wrestling Chronicle, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who has taken the time to follow us in our short history. We would like to take a moment to apologize for the lack of activity in our pages this week. Travel and holiday preparation have taken their toll on the output of The Pro-Wrestling Chronicle, but rest assured big things are on deck as we move in to 2006 and beyond.Two weeks ago, the staff of The Pro-Wrestling Chronicle asked you to determine what historical feature we would undertake next. With 35% of the vote, you chose The History of the WBF. Some of you may have noticed the first part of this feature appear briefly on The Pro-Wrestling Chronicle yesterday. Unfortunately, human error in modifying the graphics caused an accidental deletion. This feature has been rewritten --and improved in the process. Now at over 3,000 words despite only covering one-third of the life of the World Bodybuilding Federation, we are fairly certain that when completed, this feature will be most thorough spotlight on the WBF readily available online. Sources explored for the feature include The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Irvin Muchnick, a 1993 FLEX Magazine expose', written accounts from former WBF executives, statements by bodybuilders and enthusiasts, things written by those within the WWF at the time, thoughts from a former WWF referee, my own fifteen years worth of subscriptions to both Joe Weider and Vince McMahon's bodybuilding magazines, the personal knowledge of the bodybuilding and wrestling scene by the staff of The Pro-Wrestling Chronicle, and the roughly 25,000 words worth of scattered, credible information we have unearthed on the topic.Thank you for continuing to visit The Pro-Wrestling Chronicle as we experience growing pains. We gladly accept any and all comments and suggestions via the contact information listed on the right column of our site. Have a safe and happy holiday and join us in the upcoming days as we release The Illustrated History of the World Bodybuilding Federation. We are also pleased to announce that a new project is now in the formulative stages: Fourteen More Weeks in 1990: A Summer to Remember. Until then, thank you for support.PREVIEW - THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE WBF:Nobody in the bodybuilding world quite trusted Vince McMahon --rightfully so --as he steadfastly continued to deny any intention of starting his own bodybuilding league. In late July of 1990, an announcement was made that would raise even more eyebrows. Tom Platz, one of the most beloved figures in the bodybuilding world, had signed on to the staff of Bodybuilding Lifestyles. Vince McMahon, as well as Platz, continued to insist that the magazine would be the extent of Titan Sports involvement in the bodybuilding industry. Joe Weider played it cool, but he never liked Vince McMahon. In the 1980's, he thought that McMahon was trying to recruit his bodybuilders to make stars out of in the surging World Wrestling Federation. And now, he feared that McMahon might be trying to wedge himself in to the prosperous supplement market at best, or trying to topple the Weider empire at worst. As it turned out, McMahon was plotting both. Weider had no idea that McMahon's henchmen had been on covert operations since the spring, secretly taking photos in the shadows at Weider's events...