Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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?) Roller derby? 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. 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. Every television season climaxed with the most important event of the year, the WSL’s version of WrestleMania that they called The Demolition Derby. Much like pro wrestling organizations that go on tour to increase audience interest and revenues, the hopes for taking RollerJam on the road never materialized. 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. TNN attempted to rebrand itself as “TNN-The National Network” after it acquired WWF’s flagship show Monday Night RAW. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. Some of the older skaters the show hired to keep continuity with derby history were allowed to wear regular quad skates. RAW debuted on TNN on September 25, 2000, and despite the rumors that ECW and WWF would coexist, ECW was canceled just two weeks later. RollerJam featured 6 teams competing in the fictional World Skating League (WSL). The games were cut down into four 6-minute periods from the eight 12-minute periods played in the past. Jam 1: Stacey jams, but Telisa pulls her down by the hair and she goes down. 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. They would often be confused at the storylines and characters and tended to seem disinterested on camera. JonB Lindsey, is RollerJam the toughest sport you’ve been in? Opening: Denise Loden joined the Illinois Riot a few weeks ago, finally killing my rooting interest in that let down. 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. 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. The Demolition Derby was RollerJam’s WrestleMania but was much more like the Royal Rumble match itself. Lua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 22: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). 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. Lindsey Francis My favorite wrestler is Stone Cold (Steve Austin). 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. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. Scripted matches became the norm and eventually, popularity in roller derby began to decline. 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. Other characters included Julie Amazon (a bodybuilding skater in Season 4), Canine and Disable (minions of The Prophet who skated for the Sundogs, and "captured" Lindsay Francis during the first game of Season 4), and Devo (a convict character who skated for the Hot Dice). A clear cut heel turn, if I ever saw one. country.com A new book on the history of the Roller Derby is in the making. RollerJam tried some fan-friendly rule changes from the original to gain the viewer’s interest and attention. Francis would turn manipulative and cunning, cheating her way to a victory by secretly joining the rival New York Enforcers. [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. Jerry Seltzer served as on-screen WSL commissioner, although he only made a few appearances. RollerJam would employ several wrestling staples to try and make each episode exciting and action-packed in hopes to draw viewers. In 2000, the Monday Night War had been won as WWF was the clear winner in the weekly ratings. The first three are owned by Roller Derby Skate Corporation, a manufacturer of wheeled skates, based in Litchfield, Illinois: 1. I fly people places for a living and enjoy discussing the good old days of yester-year. https://infogalactic.com/w/index.php?title=RollerJam&oldid=2357497, First-run syndicated television programs in the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, About Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core. Two notable veterans from Roller Games, "Rockin'" Ray Robles and "Latin Spitfire" Patsy Delgato, were featured in the second season of RollerJam. Child of the 90's. Products of Tom Nowicki on OLDIES.com. [1] It was the first attempt to bring roller derby to TV since RollerGames. 2. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. © 2020 The Retro Network. Enter your email address to subscribe to TRN and never miss a new post! With all due respect to the Voodoo Penguin, Taker Fan & the late twtf.com, getting picked up by 411 meant that I had arrived. Sports entertainment is a term modern WWE fans are very familiar with that means theatrical elements and scripted results overshadow the actual athletic performance. The main play-by-play commentator was former AWA and WWF announcer Ken Resnick. She's been taking out everyone, including her main opponent tonight, Lindsey Francis. 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. Today, roller derby still exists at a mostly amateur level and it has abandoned the scripted theatrics in favor of being a pure sport. Details coming soon! In 2002, a year after the show ended “Rollersport” was formed as an attempt to revive the sport as a true athletic competition by acquiring former RollerJam skaters using their inline skates and a new track. Without the scripted sports entertainment, and the nation’s changing interests following 9-11, the fan following just wasn’t there and in 2003 the project collapsed. Match up features Telisa Miller and Stacey Blitsch. Paul Heyman, the owner of ECW, wasn’t happy that (in his opinion) TNN was heavily advertising RollerJam over ECW despite ECW getting higher ratings. Leo Seltzer is the man credited with taking the sport into its modern competitive form. His parents Buddy (Jr.) and Dru Atkinson and his grandparents Buddy (Sr.) and Bobbie Atkinson all skated for Leo Seltzer's original derby. Angry at TNN, Heyman created the character “Cyrus” played by wrestler Don Callis as the voice of “The Network.”  Cyrus was an annoying killjoy heel who would ruin matches and interviews all in the name of “The Network.”  Fans grew to resent “the Network” and, just as Heymen intended, fans began to direct that anger at TNN itself. A successful pitch to The Nashville Network (TNN) was made and a deal was signed. Under the name PageBoy Entertainment, Bagwell and Land pitched their idea for an exciting and modern version of roller derby using the trendy new inline rollerblades to television networks. Another veteran actress, Cindy Maranne was also hired to play the manager of the Nevada Hot Dice under the name Amanda Hertz (get it?). Confidential. Like many others though I was utterly OBSESSED during the wrestling boom of the “Monday Night War.”  It was in my high school cafeteria one day when my friend Joe asked if I was going to watch “RollerJam”? 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. They’d use colorful nicknames and “gimmicks” such as Devo, the escaped convict who skated for the Nevada Hot Dice, or El Numero, a luchador who was a member of the New York Enforcers. Confidential. What? This show updated the sport for a new generation and was able to seize on pro wrestling’s major popularity of the ’90s. Hour 1. In 1997, childhood derby fans Ross Bagwell and Stephen Land were inspired to revive the game after reading the obituary for roller derby legend Joan Weston. 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. 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. 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. NO FAIR. 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. 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). August 14, 2004 is one of those dates that I’ll always remember. Enter your email address to subscribe to TRN and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. • Sean Atkinson, men's captain of the California Quakes. 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. I must have been over on the other channel watching WCW’s Nitro and missed it. From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core, Rollerjam Florida Sundogs Vs California Quakes Part 1/5. 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. 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. Canine and Disable went by “The Moral Authority” in what sounds like a perfect tag team name for pro wrestling. Weston appeared in the pilot (and only) episode of “Roller Derby USA” at age 62 as she tried to help revive the sport. As the ratings declined for both ECW and RollerJam TNN decided to pull the plug. I asked what that was and he explained in colorful detail the new wrestling-on-roller blades commercial he saw during WWF’s RAW. The next few episodes would then concentrate on the difficulties of the racer switching to the new style of wheels and then eventually cover the redemption part of the story. RollerJamBabe's RollerJammin' RollerJam Message Board, Where everyone can post their message. As roller derby fans grew unhappy with the turn towards a more entertaining show than sport, the real pro wrestlers weren’t happy either. 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. This page was last modified on 10 January 2016, at 21:23. Seizing the opportunity, he created one of ECW’s most memorable storylines using TNN and RollerJam as the punchline. 3. Professional roller derby was considered near death after the moderate success of the late 80’s tv show “RollerGames” and the flop of 1996’s “Roller Derby USA”. The last skater standing was the winner of that year’s Demolition Derby. During the 1940s roller derby became extremely popular as a true sport but in the ensuing decades, however, it predominantly became a form of “sports entertainment.”. 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