The Prophet eventually began interrupting the matches, fined players, and would often (in wrestling terms) cut a promo on certain skaters and occasionally the audience. Rollerjam: Lee Reherman, Heather Gunnin, Tom Nowicki, Amy Craig, Andrea Franklin, Brian Gallagher, Brian Gamble, Cindy Zimmermann In 2000, the Monday Night War had been won as WWF was the clear winner in the weekly ratings. The initial teams, each consisting of seven men and seven women, were the New York Enforcers, California Quakes, Florida Sundogs, Nevada Hot Dice, Texas Rustlers, and Illinois Riot (the original names of the latter three teams were the Las Vegas High Rollers, Texas Twisters, and Illinois Inferno; their names were changed prior to the start of the first season). He is a member of the Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors' Guild who is best remembered for his lead appearance on RollerJam (1999–2001) and also appeared in the television pilot of L.A. To prevent a match from going long, RollerJam created the “Tiebreaker Match Race” where one skater from each team would race 5 laps around the track and the first to cross the finish line won the game for their team in exciting sudden-death overtime. With all due respect to the Voodoo Penguin, Taker Fan & the late twtf.com, getting picked up by 411 meant that I had arrived. He first came to be recognized by moviegoers starring as Ricky in Boyz n the Hood (1991), a role where he played a high school running back using his football skills to escape the violent surroundings of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. He is a member of the Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors' Guild who is best remembered for his lead appearance on RollerJam (1999–2001) and also appeared in the television pilot of L.A. Ron Buffone, a producer for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), called RollerJam "That stupid roller blading show". Wikipedia defines it as “a contact sport played by two teams of five roller skating counter-clockwise around a track.”  The game consists of several short match-ups (called jams) during which each team designates a “jammer.”  The jammer scores by lapping skaters on the opposing team. A clear cut heel turn, if I ever saw one. Roller Derby legend Ann Calvello, best known for her brutal feuds with Joan Weston, skated a match race with Kenneth Loge III in RollerJam's finale. Some other pro-wrestling type events that will sound familiar to wrestling fans of the 90’s would be the “Nightgown and Lingerie Race” (Bra and Panties match anyone?) Join Facebook to connect with Lindsey Francis and others you may know. August 14, 2004 is one of those dates that I’ll always remember. Three of the most notable actors featured in RollerJam were veteran movie actor Tom Nowicki (who played WSL general manager Kenneth Loge III and Sundogs manager Leonard Loge III), Cindy Maranne (who played Amanda Hertz, the manager of the Nevada Hot Dice), former ESPN and current CBS Sports Network play-by-play commentator James Bates (who played "The Prophet", a character in Season 4 only who would interrupt games to make speeches, and later managed the Sundogs), and stage actress and former Mouseketeer Lindsey Alley (who played Lisa Seltzer, the "granddaughter" of Leo Seltzer). No Lindsey Francis in a bikini bumper? All I knew of roller derby at that time was from that one episode of Clarissa Explains it All when best friend Sam’s Mom ran off to join the roller derby. Arguably the fastest skater in RollerJam. Hour 1. She emerged victorious. Loge’s main storyline throughout the show’s run was that he was a “moral crusader” and wouldn’t stand for unruly and “wicked” behavior from the skater’s in “his” WSL. Born in the 80's. RollerJam closed out it’s run with their version of Wrestlemania called “Demolition Derby 2001.” After a total of 101 episodes over 4 seasons and just days over 2 years on the air, RollerJam’s run had come to an end. Francis would turn manipulative and cunning, cheating her way to a victory by secretly joining the rival New York Enforcers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To gain further fan interest, RollerJam held special events or matches much like pro wrestling gimmick matches or big “pay-per-view” events. Danny Wolfe talks to Lindsey Francis: Lindsey's changing her ways - she's only two steps away from completing her program. the rotating audience at Universal Studios that came in to watch the show taping often was just trying to beat the heat of the Florida sun rather than be a fan of the product. He would later turn on Loge and “acquire” the Florida SunDogs, along with his minions Canine and Disable. Seizing the opportunity, he created one of ECW’s most memorable storylines using TNN and RollerJam as the punchline. What is that? Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. RollerJam continued on for a few more months, likely only because the episodes were already filmed, before airing its final episode on January 19, 2001. Our other wrestling friend Andrew then mentioned it was a new version of roller derby. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [5] Buffone believed that TNN treated ECW on TNN, which aired prior to RollerJam on Friday nights, as a lead-in for RollerJam rather than a show in its own right, despite the fact that the ECW broadcast generated the network's highest ratings. RollerJam featured 6 teams competing in the fictional World Skating League (WSL). Products of Tom Nowicki on OLDIES.com. It was the date of the very first Impact Insight column that was posted to 411mania.com and made me an official Internet Wrestling Community figure. Skaters competed in separate interval contests where each team started with 3 or 4 skaters and every 20 seconds a new skater would join the track. RollerJam called it the “RollerJam Arena” but today pro wrestling fans know it as the “TNA Impact Zone.” The show would temporarily move to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the first half of the second season and film in the former American Gladiators studio at CBS Studio Center in Hollywood for the show’s final season. Lindsey Francis isn't exactly the woman you would bring home to mother - unless Mom is into contact sports. TNN network executives began to request ECW wrestlers appear on RollerJam to cross-promote the show and Tommy Dreamer and Axl Rotten would make appearances as “special enforcers” on a handful of episodes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The program was taped at Universal Studios Stage 21 in Orlando, Florida, known as RollerJam Arena and now the Impact Wrestling Zone, for the first and second seasons (1999 and 2000) and the former American Gladiators arena in the show's final season. RollerJam is an American television series featuring roller derby that aired on The Nashville Network (TNN, now Spike) from 1999 to 2000. What? Fabricated storylines and made up characters became more heavily featured around season 2 and 3, especially after ECW joined the Friday lineup. Filter and Browse options 11 Results Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, he's a source of deep sadness for his wife, who's succumbing to overwhelming grief. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Francis would turn manipulative and cunning, cheating her way to a victory by secretly joining the rival New York Enforcers. A brand name and logo for t-shirts, jackets, and trousers, first used in commerce i… Despite strong funding and four seasons of broadcasts on TNN, the venture never became a "live" attraction. Most often these dastardly acts were scripted in the storyline, whether it be a “bad call” from a crooked referee or a bad boy/girl skater (heel) that would rack up the penalty minutes and use them as a badge of honor. Jam 1: Stacey jams, but Telisa pulls her down by the hair and she goes down. Gamble appeared with WWE a handful of times as enhancement talent or a background actor. RollerJam would employ several wrestling staples to try and make each episode exciting and action-packed in hopes to draw viewers. The last skater standing was the winner of that year’s Demolition Derby. Fabricated storylines and characters in the mode of professional wrestling were being featured more than actual competitive skating, raising the ire of many skaters and fans of true roller derby. Despite strong funding and four seasons of broadcasts on TNN, RollerJam never became a “live” attraction. RollerJam tried some fan-friendly rule changes from the original to gain the viewer’s interest and attention. In one of the more pro wrestling type storylines, current CBS Sports Network play-by-play commentator James Bates was hired to play “the Prophet.” The Prophet was used as Kenneth Loge III’s lackey in the “crusade for morality” storyline. As roller derby fans grew unhappy with the turn towards a more entertaining show than sport, the real pro wrestlers weren’t happy either. The Prophet doesn't let her answer the question of when she'll be back on the track. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. Today, roller derby still exists at a mostly amateur level and it has abandoned the scripted theatrics in favor of being a pure sport. He also portrayed Kenneth's twin brother "Leonard Loge III", a world traveler who was more of a free spirit and also managed the Sundogs and had the hots for skater Lindsey Francis. Former American Gladiator “Hawk” was brought in as a color commentator to portray a tough guy heel commentator alongside Resnick. An entertainment exhibition involving a contest between teams of roller skaters, first used in commerce in 1935. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. RollerJam producers would even use “heel turns” such as the case of Lindsey Francis, who skated as a “good girl character” with the Florida SunDogs. He is a member of the Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors' Guild who is best remembered for his lead appearance on RollerJam (1999–2001) and also appeared in the television pilot of L.A. You have to play offense and defense at the same time. © 2020 The Retro Network. Wrestling fans know Paul Heyman as a genius when it comes to promotion and wrestling storylines. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. TNN would later become “The National Network”, then “Spike TV” and is currently called “The Paramount Network.”. The games were cut down into four 6-minute periods from the eight 12-minute periods played in the past. Land, a fan of roller derby in boyhood, was inspired to bring the sport back to television by an obituary for roller derby legend Joan Weston that he had read in the New York Times in May 1997, and shared his idea with Bagwell, his mentor, who gave him a positive response. Lindsey, do you watch wrestling, and if so, who is your favorite wrestler?? As the competition cooled off the viewers began tuning out of pro wrestling as the industry headed for a down period. In an attempt to build continuity between RollerJam and previous roller derby incarnations, Bagwell and Land hired Jerry Seltzer, the son of roller derby creator Leo Seltzer, to be commissioner of their new league. The goal is to help your own jammer get past the other team while simultaneously stopping the other team’s jammer. RollerJam producers would even use “heel turns” such as the case of Lindsey Francis, who skated as a “good girl character” with the Florida SunDogs. Leo Seltzer is the man credited with taking the sport into its modern competitive form. or the Table Races (D’Von… get the tables!) 3. Several trademarks for the proper noun "Roller Derby" are currently in effect in multiple countries. Rollerjam’s rules were pretty similar to older versions of roller derby except new skaters wore inline skates (Roller Blades.) Enter your email address to subscribe to TRN and receive notifications of new posts by email. Although she played a "good girl" character with the Sundogs, over time she became more and more cunning and manipulative, leading to her joining the Enforcers. When an Earthquake Stopped the 1989 World Series, GLOW in the Dark:  How a Late-Night Ladies Wrestling Show Taught Me Girl Power, Wrestling’s Black Saturday 35th Anniversary, 10 Awesome Comic Book Gimmicks of the 90s, SequelQuest | SQ Crew Reboots the DCEU | EP128, The House Show SNME: Uncle Elmer’s Wedding, Ed Wood: The Worst Filmmaker of All Time, Wax Pack Flashback: Ghostbusters II (1989). It’s like a traveling circus with fighting on roller skates… or something like that, I thought. One of the first things they did was hire Jerry Seltzer, son of roller derby creator Leo Seltzer, to be commissioner of the new league. RollerJam Photo Album By Shawn Halman This Photo Album Is Dedicated in Memory to Rollerjam And Its Skaters Rollerjam Debut January 16, 1999 On TNN, And Ended On January 19, 2001. The weird thing about this episode is, unlike others that pick up where the last one left off, this one seems to be at least 3 weeks after last week's one. His parents Buddy (Jr.) and Dru Atkinson and his grandparents Buddy (Sr.) and Bobbie Atkinson all skated for Leo Seltzer's original derby. Roller derby? 2. This forced the producers to create a league, build a track, hire skaters, create teams with logos and uniforms, and film the show in less than 7 months. Other similar events were “Fastest Skater” races or a “Quad Race.”  The Quad Race was a good storyline where an old school racer would put his quad roller skates on the line against having to wear the newer inline rollerblades. Scripted matches became the norm and eventually, popularity in roller derby began to decline. The New York Enforcers, California Quakes, Florida Sundogs, Nevada Hot Dice, Texas Rustlers, and Illinois Riot each consisted of 7 men and 7 women, a manager, and some assistant coaches. The most points ever scored in one jam was 28 in Period 3 of a game between the New York Enforcers and the Illinois Riot. The first few weeks of the show's second season, which ran from August to October 1999, were taped at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Find Lindsey Francis's phone number, address, and email on Spokeo, the leading online directory for contact information. Lindsey Francis, a skater who skated twice for the Florida Sundogs and also had stints with the Texas Rustlers and New York Enforcers. Two notable veterans from Roller Games, "Rockin'" Ray Robles and "Latin Spitfire" Patsy Delgato, were featured in the second season of RollerJam. I had been a fan going back to 1989 or ’90 when I was 5 years old and had found WCW on Saturday evenings at my Grandparents’ house. 12/3 - Roller Jam. He is a member of the Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors' Guild who is best remembered for his lead appearance on RollerJam (1999–2001) and also appeared in the television pilot of L.A. Confidential. [2] Between January 1999 and January 2001,[3] Bagwell and Land, under the name Pageboy Entertainment, collaborated with CBS to stage this new televised revival of roller derby. Lua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 22: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). Meanwhile, in August of 1999 the third-largest pro wrestling promotion in the US, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), was beginning it’s own Friday Night program on TNN simply titled “ECW on TNN.”  TNN would use this opportunity to create the “FRIDAY NIGHT THRILL ZONE” programming block pairing its new ECW show and RollerJam for an action-based Friday night. The “Last Man Standing” was a tie-breaker event with no penalties and no time limit in a full-team version of a wrestling Battle Royale match. The RollerJam All-Star Game was played by fan-voted all-star rosters of each team’s most popular skaters. Jerry Seltzer quit the league after the first season citing his disgust with the scripted pro wrestling theatrics. Originally airing a preview episode in December of 1998, TNN debuted RollerJam on January 15, 1999.

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