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10 Things You May Not Know About Satchel Paige

10 Things You May Not Know About Satchel Paige

1. Paige learned how to pitch in reform school.

Leroy Robert Paige spent a hardscrabble youth working to support his family in Mobile, Alabama, and may have first earned the nickname “Satchel” during a stint as a porter at a local train station. He grew up loving baseball, but received no formal training in the game until age 13, when an arrest for shoplifting landed him in the Alabama Reform School for Juvenile Negro Lawbreakers. There, his powerful arm caught the attention of coach Moses Davis, who first taught him the high leg kick that became a trademark of his windup. Paige went on to sign his first professional baseball contract only a few years after his release. “You might say I traded five years of freedom to learn how to pitch,” he later said.

2. He played for dozens of different teams during his career.

Paige was a baseball nomad who was known for “jumping” between clubs in search of bigger paychecks. Along with suiting up for a merry-go-round of American teams in the minor, major and Negro leagues, he also hired out his famous right arm to foreign clubs in places like Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada. When he wasn’t busy with professional ball, he would barnstorm his way across the country playing exhibition games, often sleeping in his car and pitching day after day. Paige once estimated that he’d played a whopping 2,500 games over the course of his career—and claimed to have won some 2,000 of them.

3. Paige was famous for his on-field theatrics.

Along with being a first-rate pitcher, Paige was also a consummate showman who reveled in slapstick humor and trick plays. Fans fell in love with his windmill windups, relentless trash talk and leisurely strolls to the mound, and they were especially taken in by his penchant for showboating. One of his favorite moves was to call in his outfielders and then singlehandedly strike out the other side. According to Paige, an even more famous stunt came during a Negro League World Series game in 1942, when he intentionally walked two batters so that he could face power hitter Josh Gibson with the bases loaded. After taunting Gibson and warning him about where he intended to place each throw, Paige struck him out in three pitches.

4. He once once played for a team owned by the dictator of the Dominican Republic.

One of Paige’s strangest pitching gigs came in 1937, when he and several other Negro Leaguers traveled to the Dominican Republic and joined “Los Dragones,” a team owned by the egomaniacal dictator Rafael Trujillo. Paige and his fellow all-stars were paid a king’s ransom and put up in the country’s nicest hotels, but they soon found that working for Trujillo had its drawbacks. Games were played under the watchful eye of rifle-toting guards, and the team was put on house arrest the night before the championship to make sure they didn’t get into trouble. “Los Dragones” went on to win the title, but the Negro Leagues later slapped Paige and his teammates with a brief ban for having skipped out on their American contracts.

5. Paige often claimed to not know how old he was.

While the records show that Paige was born in 1906, his lengthy playing career made his age a constant topic of debate in the media. Many reporters incorrectly believed he’d born in the 19 century, and Paige only added to the legend by playfully claiming that a goat “ate the bible with the birth certificate in it.” He even offered a cash reward to anyone that could find proof of his age. “How old would you be if you didn’t know hold old you were?” he once asked.

6. He named all of his pitches.

Paige typically relied on his scorching fastball to strike out batters, but he gave the pitch a litany of different names including “Bat Dodger,” “Thoughtful Stuff” and “Long Tom.” He was particularly found of hurling the “Bee-Ball”—a pitch with so much zip that it supposedly buzzed like a bee as it sailed into the catcher’s mitt. As the years passed and his power faded, he fell back on an arsenal of trick pitches such as the “Midnight Creeper,” the “Wobbly Ball” and the “Whipsy-Dipsy-Do.” One of his favorites was the “Hesitation Pitch,” which saw him pause mid-delivery to fool batters into swinging early. The throw usually worked like a charm, but Major League managers complained about it so much that it was eventually made illegal.

7. Paige credited his longevity to an ointment made from snake venom.

During a stint playing semi-pro ball in North Dakota in the mid-1930s, Paige became good friends with the local Sioux elders, one whom was a medicine man. He later claimed the Indians provided him with a soothing ointment made from rattlesnake venom and gunpowder. His teammates were afraid of the strong-smelling elixir, but Paige swore by the stuff and took to rubbing it on his sore throwing arm after every game. “I always keep some of it in a jar and it kept my arm nice and young,” he later wrote. “It’s real fine oil, the best.”

8. He made his Major League debut at the age of 42.

Many believed Paige would be the first man to break baseball’s color barrier, but his advanced age saw him passed over in favor of Jackie Robinson, who made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947. Paige didn’t get a crack at the Major Leagues until over a year later, when Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck picked him up to bolster his bullpen for the pennant race. Despite facing constant discrimination and being old enough to be many of his teammates’ father, the 42-year-old rookie didn’t disappoint. His first start drew a record 72,000 fans, and he finished the season with a 6-1 record and a 2.48 ERA. Paige later threw for part of an inning during Cleveland’s World Series run, making him the first black player in history to pitch in the Fall Classic.

9. Paige acted in a Hollywood Western.

Along with writing two autobiographies, Paige also appeared alongside Hollywood legend Robert Mitchum in the 1959 cowboy film “The Wonderful Country.” He later claimed that his cameo as a cavalry sergeant was the first non-baseball job he’d ever had.

10. He was the first black player admitted to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

In the 1960s, many fans and fellow players began pushing for Paige to be the first Negro League player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He finally won selection in 1971, but a controversy broke out after it was announced that Paige and other Negro League heroes would be “segregated” in their own wing of the Hall. The decision was reversed after a public outcry, and on August 9, the 65-year-old pitcher appeared in Cooperstown, New York for his induction ceremony. He used his acceptance speech to reflect on his long career, his battles against racism and his life philosophy. “Don’t look back,” he quipped at one point. “Something might be gaining on you.”


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10 questions i n 10 minutes

Trading Spaces is coming back! Yup, the granddaddy of DIY shows! Paige Davis is back along with most of the designers you might remember from the popular show that ran from 2000 to 2008. Along with Paige, returning are Doug Wilson, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, Frank Bielic, and Laurie Smith. Carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse are back too!

As you may remember, two sets of neighbors redo a room at each others houses over a weekend with the help of two designers for that week.

The new version premiers Saturday, April 7 at 8 pm on TLC.

I had the chance to ask Paige the 10 With Tom Questions. Here we go . . .

TOM: How did the idea for the reboot come about?
PAIGE: I’m not 100% certain, but I believe TLC felt it was good timing on the heels of the nostalgia wave that is sweeping television right now. There are currently so many reboots of old shows. It’s comforting and fun. Waiting for Trading Spaces to air is like saving the best for last.

TOM: Had you kept in touch with any of the cast/designers over these past 10 years that the show was off the air?
PAIGE: Definitely. And Facebook and social media has made it even easier than before to keep up with each other’s lives.

TOM: Where will the shows be taped? One city? Different areas of the country as in the past?
PAIGE: Our show has always been taped around the country. This reboot is no different. This season there are episodes in southern California, Atlanta, and Baltimore.

TOM: Are you stopped by fans when you travel? What is their number one question?
PAIGE: I am stopped by fans sometimes, yes. The number one thing I’m asked is, “Will you come to my house?” I always say, “Careful what you wish for.”

TOM: Are you a designer, have you designed or did you just fall into the hosting aspect of the show?
PAIGE: I am not a designer. Though I do have a love of decor and design. I am a dancer/singer/actress by trade. Trading Spaces was simply a job I auditioned for. A bit of fluke that I booked it.

TOM: If you had one super power, what would it be?
PAIGE: To never be hungry or to be able to curb cravings with the wiggle of my nose.

TOM: What was the last tv show you watched?
PAIGE: Speechless.

TOM: What’s the last thing you took a picture of?
PAIGE: The Playbill cover of Carousel on Broadway. My dear friend is in the ensemble. We went to see her last night.

TOM: When you guys trade spaces, what is your favorite room in the house for a do-over?
PAIGE: I can’t speak for the designers, but I love when we do family rooms because they have the most jeopardy if the homeowners are disappointed. Lots at stake when it’s a room you spend a great deal of time in.

TOM: Starry Night, Mona Lisa or Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso?
PAIGE: Picasso, all the way.

TOM: Thanks Paige! We’ll be looking for you on April 7!

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10 She Has Wrestling in Her Blood

It's always heartening to learn that a WWE Superstar or Diva has been a lifelong fan of the sport. Seeing them realize their dreams and make it in the industry is always humbling. Paige is more than just a fan though. Professional wrestling is how her family makes their living.

Paige's mother, Julia Hamer-Bevis, and father, Ricky Knight, are both wrestlers. Hamer-Bevis goes by the name of Sweet Saraya, which is where Paige got her birth name. While you may think that Paige grew up believing that she wanted to be a wrestler, it took her a while to warm up to the sport. Naturally, when she was a young girl, the world of professional wrestling was a confusing and daunting one. After all, watching your parents get beat up is never fun, even if it's not real. Eventually though she followed in her family's footsteps.


4. Peter portrayed a diverse scope of characters

Paige is a versatile stage actor who has covered roles in almost every genre of play. He’s played contemporary roles, parts from Greek plays, Shakespeare, and more. He starred in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Pantophobia,” “A Midsummer NIght’s Dream,” “Secret Agents,” “The Rivals,” and more. He has a long list of theatrical credits in his impressive acting portfolio. Peter is a talented actor who has established a solid reputation not only in television acting but also in the more difficult version of stage acting which requires precision and accuracy because you only get one shot at it when you’re performing live.


She’s done some talking about how the show came back after the pandemic hit, but she’s adamant that they’re only going to touch on the pandemic for a moment and then move on from it because the show is not about reality. It’s about escapism that brings to a place they can go when they don’t necessarily want to face their own reality. We like that.

She’s not going to sit down and talk to just anyone about anything. She’s got a lot going on in her life, and she’s fine with that, but she also has a situation in her life where she’s working very hard on things like keeping her private life to herself. She believes in keeping things out of the public eye, and we see no problem with that.


Behavioral Healthcare Design: Ten Things You ‘Know’ That ‘Just Ain’t So’

Preliminary meetings involving architects, psychiatric hospital management, and unit staff members often result in decisions that crystallize into critical details of facility design very early in the planning process. These can be very difficult, if not impossible, to change later on.

During these sessions, it is not unusual for psychiatric hospital staff to state any number of time-honored platitudes that, through sheer repetition, have come to be “known” as unchallengeable facts of psychiatric facility design. Typically, staff comes to “know” such things because they have heard them during their education and throughout their professional lives in the facilities in which they have worked. But using such “common knowledge” while designing new psychiatric facilities can be very problematic and very costly.

Former baseball great Satchel Paige explained the problem best when he said, “It’s not what you don’t know that will hurt you it’s what you ‘know’ that just ain’t so.”

And so it is, I find, with the design of psychiatric hospitals. The intelligent and highly educated people who are brought together in preliminary design meetings frequently fail to consider whether what they have come to “know” about psychiatric facility design is now (or ever was) valid. Let’s look at the data available from some credible sources to see if some of these “known” statements are actually correct.


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’

Here are 10 facts you might not have known about Oasis' 1995 masterpiece.

Twenty years ago today, an already-buzzing English rock band named Oasis released their second studio album. Almost immediately, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, a more pop-friendly effort than its predecessor, completely changed the band’s trajectory: The album became the third-best-selling LP in England’s history, topped only by the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Queen’s Greatest Hits, and made the band’s co-leaders and brothers Gallagher, singer Liam and guitarist-songwriter Noel, paparazzi-level famous. (That their bickering and in-fighting would grab most of the subsequent headlines foreshadowed the group’s eventual demise.)

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Sure, you know that the album spawned a pair of hit singles Stateside with “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” but there’s plenty more to learn about this quintessential Britpop masterpiece. We’ve dug through the archives and uncovered 10 things you might not know about (What’s the Story), from the young woman who inspired its hit single to Noel’s unorthodox songwriting method.

The songs on (What’s the Story) were a direct counterpoint to those on the band’s 1994 debut album, Definitely Maybe.
“The whole of the first album is about escape,” Noel, the band’s principal songwriter, told Rolling Stone in May, 1996, of 󈨢’s Definitely Maybe. “It’s about getting away from the shitty, boring life of Manchester. The first album is about dreaming of being a pop star in a band. The second album is about actually being a pop star in a band.”

“Wonderwall” takes its name from a George Harrison album, and was written for Noel’s then-girlfriend, Meg Matthews.
While it borrows its title from George Harrison’s debut solo release, Wonderwall Music, the soundtrack to the 1968 film Wonderwall, the Morning Glory track “Wonderwall” &mdash the album’s oft-quoted breakout hit &mdash was actually written for Noel’s girlfriend at the time, and later his wife, Meg Matthews. She was out of work, and he wanted her to know how important she was to him. For Matthews, having a famous song written about her was a bit odd. “You can’t go up to someone and say, ‘Hi, I’m Wonderwall,'” Matthews, who later would marry and then divorce Gallagher, told The Sunday Times in February, 1996. “It’s a joke between me and all my friends, but the average Joe Bloggs doesn’t know. George Harrison wrote the music to the film Wonderwall, so that’s the reference, but to me, it’s about being his wall of strength. His solidity.”

That didn’t stop Liam from downplaying the song’s significance. “A wonderwall can be anything,” Liam told Rolling Stone months after the song’s release. “It’s just a beautiful word. It’s like looking for that bus ticket, and you’re trying to fucking find it, that bastard, and you finally find it and you pull it out, ‘Fucking mega, that is me wonderwall.'”

Some of the album’s most popular songs &mdash like “Roll With It” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger”&mdash had little to no lyrical significance.
“‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ doesn’t mean anything, even though it’s a great song,” Noel told Rolling Stone. “When I’m sober, I think too much about the lyrics. I’m at my best when I’m pissed out of me head and I just write.” Liam, for his part, disputes this. Not that he could ever put it into words. “I don’t know what they mean, but there’s still meaning there. They mean things, but I just don’t exactly know what.”

Longtime Oasis drummer Alan White agreed to join the band only one week before recording began on (What’s the Story).
“We went out for a beer, came back and had a jam, and that was it,” White, who had previously walked out of an Oasis concert because he was unhappy with the drumming, told Rolling Stone in 1996. “I thought they’d be a bunch of nutses, but they weren’t really.”‘

Noel admitted “Champagne Supernova” was his most egotistical endeavor on the album.
“‘Champagne Supernova’ &mdash for Christ’s sake, how big is that title?” he told The Sunday Times. “It’s like I’m saying, ‘I am Mr. Noel Gallagher. Do you know who I am? I am the greatest. I’m like Muhammad Ali.’ When I’m straight, you get ‘Roll With It’ &mdash little pop ditties. When I’m out of it on drugs, I get a seriously cocky bastard. Understand?”

The most famous line in “Champagne Supernova” was a casual expression often exchanged between bandmates.
“The line ‘Where were you while we were getting high?’ &mdash that’s what we always say to each other,” Noel told The Sunday Times.

The Verve’s lead singer, Richard Ashcroft, directly inspired the song “Cast No Shadow.”
“I sussed Richard wasn’t very happy for a while, so l wrote it for him, and about three weeks later he quit [the Verve],” Noel told NME in September, 1995. “It’s about songwriters in general who are desperately trying to say something. I’d like to be able to write really meaningful lyrics but I always end up talking about drugs or sex. People tend to ask my advice about a lot of things. I’m good at giving it, but I’m shit at taking it. But people like Richard and Paul [Weller] will look after me they’ll make sure I’m conscious in a chair or that I can get home.”

“Hey Now!” was a direct reflection of the changing dynamics and personnel of the band.
“This is about being in a group,” Noel told NME of the song in September, 1996. “It’s a massive step forward for us. Some people aren’t going to like it because they’re just going to want more songs like ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’ or ‘Supersonic.’ The band has changed a lot, and there’s a different vibe. We released Tony [McCarroll, drummer] because he wasn’t that good. We had some of the best drum tutors in the country, and they just said he wasn’t very good. … But I believe in fate. It had to happen for us from the first sessions of Definitely Maybe.”

Many of the best songs on the album were written in the lucid moments before Noel fell asleep.
“I write a song before I go to bed,” Noel told Alternative Press in December, 1995. “I won’t have any lyrics, just a melody. If I can remember it first thing in the morning, then I know it’s good. I’ve done it with ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and nearly every song on Definitely Maybe. When I woke up, I remembered the songs chord-for-chord &mdash I knew the vowels and syllables I was gonna use.”

Liam was already looking for a way out of Oasis.
“I’ve been up for leaving for the last couple of months,” he told The Sunday Times less than six months after (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was released. “I reckon that it’s coming to the end, right, for me. I reckon I can write better music, a lot better, about 100 times better, than what [Noel] can. But having said that, I can’t do it now because I ain’t got no time. I’m too busy getting off my head and being the Oasis singer. I’m not saying I’m not happy. I’m totally happy. But there is life after Oasis for me.”


Olivia has recently been cast in the role of a character named Nini in a new and exciting teen series. She is a member of the cast of the reboot “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series.” The title is a mouthful but they’re being clear that it’s a reboot of the original and it’s also a series. She is scheduled to appear in the new series launched in 2019 through 2020.

We also learned that Olivia is an Institute Speaker and Panelist for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. This is quite an honor because it means that there is a high level of confidence in her opinions. This is yet one more thing that she can add to an already impressive work and volunteer resume. If she chooses to go to college, she certainly won’t have trouble getting into some of the better schools with the level of responsibility that she’s already shown.


10 Things You Might Not Know About Louis Vuitton’s Iconic Handbag History

Whether or not you like the brand's ubiquitous logo bags, one thing is inarguable: Louis Vuitton is the biggest handbag brand in the world. Not only does it sit atop luxury industry indexes, but it has a handbag history as long and storied as any in fashion. In fact, that history is one of the things that keeps customers coming back, even with all the options currently available from other brands.

You could spend all day reading about Vuitton's lineage and changes through the years, but if you want to brush up on fun facts or fill some knowledge gaps, we've picked some choice tidbits about the brand's journey over the years. Check 'em out below.

[Editor's Note: this is a republication of a popular post from 2016. Think of it as PurseBlog Classic!]

1. Louis Vuitton's career started with a journey of nearly 300 miles, on foot.

These days, if you want to design handbags, all you have to do is go to fashion school and then hustle wisely in the industry for a few years. Back in 1834, Louis Vuitton had to hoof it from his hometown of Anchay to Paris on foot in order to get his start. He started his journey at the tender age of 13, and it took him two years to arrive in Paris because he had to stop and work along the way in order to survive.

2. Louis Vuitton, the man, got his big break as the official box-maker and packer of Napoleon Bonaparte's wife, Empress Eugenie de Montijo of France.

Box-making and packing were respected professions in mid-19th century Europe, and Vuitton's appointment in 1853 elevated his profile among Europe's elite. While under the empress's employ, he was charged with carefully and beautifully packaging her wardrobe for transportation among the country's various royal residences.

3. The Alma Bag was created as a special order for Coco Chanel.

She wasn't the only French icon to influence the creation of a Louis Vuitton bag, but she was the first. Chanel special-ordered a day-sized version of the Alma Voyage for personal use in 1925 the same bag was put into regular production in the 1930s.

4. Audrey Hepburn is responsible for the creation of the Speedy Bag as we know it.

In 1965, Audrey asked Vuitton to turn the popular Keepall travel bag into a miniaturized day bag that she could carry regularly. LV obliged, and it was then turned into a regular-production piece that has since become a signature for the brand.

5. The Noé Bag was developed to hold bottles of Champagne, and it still can.

Many of Louis Vuitton's innovations were made in response to Very Fancy Problems, and the Noé is chief among them. The world's first bucket bag was designed to carry five bottles of Champagne: four with their bases down, and then a fifth inverted in the middle. The biggest Noé in LV's current lineup can still carry that load.

6. Both Louis Vuitton's famous Damier and Monogram prints were created to avoid copycats.

Vuitton's first trunks were striped, and they were widely copied by less famous Parisian trunk-makers. The check print now known as Damier (which literally translates as "checkerboard") followed in 1888, but competitors latched onto it, too. Vuitton developed its monogram in 1896 in response to those counterfeiters because it was more detailed and, therefore, harder to imitate with the era's available technology. Sadly, the same thing cannot be said about 2016. Ironic, huh?

7. Louis Vuitton didn't get an all-leather bag line until 1985.

Modern handbag shoppers may think of Louis Vuitton as a brand with one of the largest, most diverse product assortments in the entire luxury market, but the brand's ascendance to that spot happened gradually and over the course of decades. The Epi Leather line, introduced in the mid-80s, was LV's first permanent collection of leather bags.

8. Louis Vuitton didn't have a clothing line or creative director until 1997.

Modern consumers think of Louis Vuitton as a full-service fashion brands that makes everything from evening wear to keychains, but for over a century of its history, LV was accessories-only. That changed in 1997, when execs at LVMH (the conglomerate that resulted when Louis Vuitton merged with Moët Hennessy in 1987) hired Marc Jacobs to found the brand's ready-to-wear collection and oversee the aesthetic evolution of Louis Vuitton as a fashion brand.

9. Louis Vuitton pioneered the artist collaboration, which is now commonplace across fashion.

In 2001, Marc Jacobs brought in world-famous contemporary artist Stephen Sprouse to graffiti-embellish some of the brand's most iconic monogram bags. The results were incredibly popular, which lead LV to collaborate with artists like Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama and inspired competitors to explore the artist-designed capsule collections as well.

10. Much of Vuitton's empire is attributable to a technological advance made in 1959.

That year, according to Vogue UK, manufacturers came up with a breakthrough in the coating process that made coated canvas thinner, softer and more pliable. That made the material much more appropriate for use in the manufacture of handbags, which made the LV we know and love today possible.

Amanda Mull was PurseBlog’s managing editor from 2008 through 2018, when she took her writing talents to The Atlantic where she now works as a staff writer.


10 things you didn’t know about Jackie Robinson

A portrait of Jackie Robinson’s life will be showcased in the new film, 42. Starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, the film takes a look at the trials and tribulations Robinson faced when he broke the racial barrier in Major League Baseball.

In honor of Robinson’s legacy and the film, we have compiled a list of the 10 things you didn’t know about Jackie Robinson.

1. Robinson was traded to the New York Giants at the end of his career, but he decided to retire instead of playing any team except the Dodgers.

2. Jackie Robinson was the MLB’s first Rookie of the Year.

3. Jackie Robinson refused to sit in the back of the bus while in the U.S. Army. He faced court-martial, but was later honorably discharged.

4. Jackie Robinson starred as himself in the movie based on his life, The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950.

5. Jackie Robinson’s brother, Matthew (Mack), won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash in the 1936 Olympics, finishing second to Jesse Owens.

6. Jackie Robinson suffered from illnesses in middle age. He was partially blind and was diagnosed with diabetes and heart disease.

7. Jackie Robinson was the first player in UCLA history to participate in baseball, basketball, football and track.

8. Jackie Robinson was partially named after President Teddy Roosevelt, who died 25 days before he was born. His middle name is Roosevelt.

9. Jackie Robinson created the Jackie Robinson Construction company in 1970 to build homes for low income families.

10. Jackie Robinson was once a teammate of Satchel Paige in the Negro Leagues.


10 Things You Did Not Know About The Funkadactyls

Their unique personality, wild antics, exhilarating dance moves, and charisma brought fun to the WWE. While the Funkadactyls made their debut as the cheerleaders and dancers for the Funksaurus, Brodus Clay, they would eventually make their way to WWE’s mid-card table.

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The Funkadactyls WWE debut was in the year 2013, after receiving a promotion from the company’s developmental program. The Funkydactyls theme song “Somebody Cally Momma” was one of the catchiest entry songs in the WWE. Upon breaking up, these two wrestlers got involved in one of the biggest upsets in women’s wrestling history. With that said, here are 10 things you did not know about the Funkadactyls.

10. Got into an Altercation with Tamina Snuka

With their fearless characters, it came as no surprise to see the duo get into an altercation within their first few months at the WWE. On February 6 th , the Funkadactyls got into a serious backstage altercation with Tamina Snuka. The Funkadactyls issue with Tamina began when Tamina constantly pushed Brodus Clay to fire the Funkadactyls. Instead of just firing the Funkadactyls, Tamina also tried to convince Brodus to hire her and Aksana as his back-up dancers.

The escalation of this backstage fight resulted in the team’s first-ever tag team match in the WWE. While this might sound something that’s totally scripted by WWE, it still managed to play a key role in the development of the Funkadactyls. While the Funkadactyls had never been in a tag team match before in the WWE, they still managed to snatch the victory on this night. The duo would later go ahead and have several high prolific matches against the likes of AJ Lee, Bella Twins, Eva Marie, and Paige.

9. Stopped Managing Brodus Clay

While Brodus Clay played a tremendous role in the development of the Funkadactyls, the duo would later drop him due to various reasons. The Funkadactyls would later reveal that they had to drop Brodus Clay mainly because of his growing attitude. After dropping Brodus Clay, the Funkadactyls instantly aligned themselves with Xavier Woods and R-Truth.

The duo would officially begin managing the team of Xavier Woods and R-Truth in most of their upcoming matches. On December 30 th 2013, the Funkadactyls would distract Brodus Clay in a match against R-Truth. The distraction would prove enough to cost Brodus the highly competitive match against R-Truth.

8. Teamed Up First at WWE’s Developmental Territory

While it may seem the Funkadactyls made their debut as the valets and dancers of Brodus Clay, the duo was part of the WWE’s developmental territory, FCW. Also known as the Florida Championship Wrestling, FCW was an independent championship that operated from the year 1961 to 1987. At FCW, the Funkadactyls holds several impressive wins against the likes of Aksana and Leah.

While the duo did not last in the FCW for very long, their impact in its tag team division was something to be admired. Their last match at FCW would be a triple threat tag team match, where the duo would emerge victoriously.

7. Made a Cameo On The Steve Harvey Show

It is no doubt that the Funkadactyls love the spotlight. Whether it is through dancing or causing drama, the Funkadactyls would do what it takes to get noticed. The duo together with the Bella Twins received an invitation to appear on The Steve Harvey Show.

On the episode, the duo got to talk about their in-ring rivalry with the Bella Twins and their friendship off the screen. The episode would eventually take an unexpected turn with a dance-off between the Bella Twins and the Funkadactyls to the amusement of the host, Steve Harvey. It was great to see the two camps take on a totally neutral platform.

6. Naomi’s Debut Single Garnered Over 4 million Views

The music video features a cameo from her husband Jimmy Uso, who appears towards the end of the music video. Part of the music video was shot in one of the best clubs in Tampa Florida, Club Drynk. The great thing about this music video is that WWE took the publishing rights and even promoted it on its website and YouTube channel.

5. Received a WWE Slammy Award

In 2013, The Funkadactyls received a Slammy Awards nomination for the category Best Dance Moves. While the Funkadactyls were great dancers, they were in a highly competitive category featuring the Miz, Fandango and Summer Rae. The surprise entrant in this category was Great Khali whose nomination came as a shock to many.

Many people saw Khali’s nomination as a deliberate move by WWE to lighten things up or maybe invoke some humour into the entire awards. At the 2013 Slammy Awards, The Rock vs John Cena match card would win the Match of the Year Award while The Shield would win the faction of the year award. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella won a couple of the year while Daniel Bryan would take another award home, Beard of the Year.

4. Received a Worst Ranked Match Nomination

In the same year, The Funkadactyls would also be part of another nomination. However, this time award it had nothing to do with their captivating dance moves. The Funkadactyls received the worst-ranked match of the year in their match with The Bella Twins, Jojo, Eva Marie and Natalya at the annual wrestling observer newsletter awards. The wrestling observer newsletter awards is an annual award created by pundit Dave Meltzer.

Its main aim is to honour the best and the worst in wrestling. Dave Meltzer is a renowned journalist and sports historian, whose contribution to the world of sports over the years is something to be admired. Held annually, the wrestling observer newsletter awards features various categories. Categories featured include the best tag teams, most improved, match of the year, best overall and several other categories.

3. Made It To The Top 50 Female Wrestlers List: 2014-2014

While they might have received the worst match of the year award, the Funkadactyls got another unexpected result. Both wrestlers got featured among the best 50 female wrestlers of 2013. Naomi got ranked at number 24 while Cameron was number 37 on the list. Cheerleader Melissa topped the list while Mickie James came second.

Other wrestlers on the list include Saraya Knight, Kaitlyn, AJ Lee, Tara and Mercedes Martinez. Professional wrestling magazine founded PWI magazine in the year 1991. The pro wrestling illustrated magazine not only ranks wrestlers but also has several other categories. Feud of the year, tag team of the year, rookie of the year are just but a few of the categories found within the issue.

2. Made a Cameo on The JBL and Cole Show

Ever since it’s premiere the JBL and Cole Show featured various accomplished WWE superstars and celebrities. While the show did not gain huge numbers, it still performed quite well gaining more than 100,000 views per episode.

Renowned names featured on the show included Stone Cold, John Cena, Kane, Florida, Daniel Bryan, Heath Sledger, Titus O’Neal, The Great Khali, Natalya, Hornswoggle and many others. It’s pretty impressive that they even got Sean Casey and WWE superstar, Shawn Michaels running their promo. On November 15 th 2013, the Funkydactyls appeared on the JBL & Cole show where they did a love segment.

1. Never Won a Tag Team Championship Title

While the Funkadactyls were not as impressive as the other women’s tag teams back in the day, they still knew how to get the job done. As a duo, they hold wins against the Bella twins, Tamina and Paige and many other women’s tag teams in the WWE.

Despite their impressive run the Funkadactyls never had the opportunity of lifting the tag team belts mainly because the titles were not in existence at the time. Though it is quite debatable as to whether the duo would have had the opportunity of lifting the titles if they were in existence, the team still would have received several shots at the titles.


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