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. 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. Gamble appeared with WWE a handful of times as enhancement talent or a background actor. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, he's a source of deep sadness for his wife, who's succumbing to overwhelming grief. I asked what that was and he explained in colorful detail the new wrestling-on-roller blades commercial he saw during WWF’s RAW. 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”. [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. I must have been over on the other channel watching WCW’s Nitro and missed it. Atkinson was the first third generation skater in roller derby history. Lindsey and Jamie Conemac jam, with Lindsey pushing Jamie into the rail. Many ECW wrestlers and fans felt that TNN was only using ECW to bring audiences to a “stupid roller blading show” as ECW producer Rick Buffone once publicly called it. [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. 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.”. In May 1998, Bagwell and Land pitched their idea to The Nashville Network (TNN). Lindsey Francis, a skater who skated twice for the Florida Sundogs and also had stints with the Texas Rustlers and New York Enforcers. The games were cut down into four 6-minute periods from the eight 12-minute periods played in the past. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Using high flying stunts, brute physicality, beautiful women, muscular male athletes, compelling storylines, bright colors, and outlandish characters made RollerJam perfect for its time and a wonderful addition to my teenage memories. Products of Tom Nowicki on OLDIES.com. The first three are owned by Roller Derby Skate Corporation, a manufacturer of wheeled skates, based in Litchfield, Illinois: 1. From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core, Rollerjam Florida Sundogs Vs California Quakes Part 1/5. 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. Originally airing a preview episode in December of 1998, TNN debuted RollerJam on January 15, 1999. She's been taking out everyone, including her main opponent tonight, Lindsey Francis. 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. RollerJam is an American television series featuring roller derby that aired on The Nashville Network (TNN, now Spike) from 1999 to 2000. 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. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Texas Rustlers versus Chicago Riot. country.com A new book on the history of the Roller Derby is in the making. The goal is to help your own jammer get past the other team while simultaneously stopping the other team’s jammer. Former American Gladiator “Hawk” was brought in as a color commentator to portray a tough guy heel commentator alongside Resnick. Roller derby has been around for over 100 years. Jerry Seltzer served as on-screen WSL commissioner, although he only made a few appearances. TNN would later become “The National Network”, then “Spike TV” and is currently called “The Paramount Network.”. Tom Nowicki. Lindsey Francis is known for her work on I Love You Puppet Man (2014) and RollerJam (1999). Two notable veterans from Roller Games, "Rockin'" Ray Robles and "Latin Spitfire" Patsy Delgato, were featured in the second season of RollerJam. 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. 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. 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. Our other wrestling friend Andrew then mentioned it was a new version of roller derby. 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). 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. RollerJam used ingredients to attract the youth of the ’90s that would make me watch all over again today given the opportunity. Find Lindsey Francis's phone number, address, and email on Spokeo, the leading online directory for contact information. RollerJamBabe's RollerJammin' RollerJam Message Board, Where everyone can post their message. 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. 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. In a similar move to ice hockey, the referee could also assign players to a “penalty box” for violating rules or face ejection from the game. The network agreed to air the show but wanted it ready by the new year, forcing Bagwell and Land to create a league, recruit skaters, build a track, design logos and uniforms, hire a television crew, and record the program all in a span of about seven months. 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”? Lindsey Francis : This Friday: Bod Squad: Mark D'Amato: Bill Barker: Brian Gallagher : Heather Gunnin : Women of the WSL: Skaters: Quakes: Related Links: Andy Wallis: Riot: Message Board : Sundogs : Welcome to RollerJamBabe's RollerJam Site! 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. 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. RollerJam featured several teams of skaters competing in the fictional World Skating League (WSL). ... Lindsey Francis (NY) shows up (1:26) but I'm too sad to care. Jerry Seltzer quit the league after the first season citing his disgust with the scripted pro wrestling theatrics. This show updated the sport for a new generation and was able to seize on pro wrestling’s major popularity of the ’90s. The Prophet doesn't let her answer the question of when she'll be back on the track. Canine and Disable went by “The Moral Authority” in what sounds like a perfect tag team name for pro wrestling. They would often be confused at the storylines and characters and tended to seem disinterested on camera. TNN attempted to rebrand itself as “TNN-The National Network” after it acquired WWF’s flagship show Monday Night RAW. [1] It was the first attempt to bring roller derby to TV since RollerGames. The first episode of the show was taped in November 1998, a week after Thanksgiving.[4]. 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. Danny Wolfe talks to Lindsey Francis: Lindsey's changing her ways - she's only two steps away from completing her program. 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. Another veteran actress, Cindy Maranne was also hired to play the manager of the Nevada Hot Dice under the name Amanda Hertz (get it?). 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. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. 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. Like everyone else in the late ’90s, I was hooked on professional wrestling. What? It’s like a traveling circus with fighting on roller skates… or something like that, I thought. 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. 2. 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. 75 records for Lindsey Francis. Child of the 90's. 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. RollerJam was derived from the original roller derby, but newer skaters used inline skates to modernize the sport (several skaters, mostly older ones, used the traditional quad skates). The match continued until all skaters had been knocked over the railing to the outside or into the track’s infield. 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. Wrestling fans know Paul Heyman as a genius when it comes to promotion and wrestling storylines. Despite strong funding and four seasons of broadcasts on TNN, the venture never became a "live" attraction. So, what is roller derby? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In another wrestling connection, Marc Lloyd was a trackside commentator who would go on to a brief stint as an interviewer in WWE during the Ruthless Aggression era. When TNN agreed to the deal they wanted it on air as soon as possible to capitalize on the rising popularity of pro wrestling. 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. 12/3 - Roller Jam. Match up features Telisa Miller and Stacey Blitsch. Scripted matches became the norm and eventually, popularity in roller derby began to decline. 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. © 2020 The Retro Network. His younger brother, Seth, is also a skater and helps run the XSL (Xtreme Skating League), which is an independent hardcore roller derby promotion equivalent to the old ECW style of wrestling. Arguably the fastest skater in RollerJam. This is the last episode of RollerJam - after about two years, TNN has pulled the plug. Question 3 Your choice for favorite female Sundogs team member: Players Votes Percent Cathy Evangelo: 14 34% Lindsey Francis: 4 10% Andrea Franklin Join Facebook to connect with Lindsey Francis and others you may know. 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. A brand name and logo for roller skates, wheels, and repair parts, first used in commerce in 1935. Confidential. The sport traces it’s origins back to the roller skating marathons of the 1930s. 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. Sports entertainment is a term modern WWE fans are very familiar with that means theatrical elements and scripted results overshadow the actual athletic performance. Roller Derby does retain some of its entertainment aspects today as colorful uniforms, catchy team names, and outlandish player nicknames still exist. A tall, handsome, and versatile American actor, Morris Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California, to Shirley (Wynn) and Morris Chestnut, Sr. What is that? Despite strong funding and four seasons of broadcasts on TNN, RollerJam never became a “live” attraction. No Lindsey Francis in a bikini bumper? Also, much like early WCW and TNA/Impact! Today, Tom work in many films and series Tv. 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. Leo Seltzer’s fictional granddaughter “Lisa Seltzer” was soon added to the show, played by former Mouseketeer and actress Lindsey Alley. Coincidentally, Seth was also a trained professional wrestle… 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. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. Rollerjam’s rules were pretty similar to older versions of roller derby except new skaters wore inline skates (Roller Blades.) Seizing the opportunity, he created one of ECW’s most memorable storylines using TNN and RollerJam as the punchline. 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. 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. In another pro wrestling connection, the first and later part of the second season was filmed at Universal Studio’s Stage 21 in Orlando, Florida. You have to play offense and defense at the same time. 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. 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. As the ratings declined for both ECW and RollerJam TNN decided to pull the plug. 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. 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. To gain further fan interest, RollerJam held special events or matches much like pro wrestling gimmick matches or big “pay-per-view” events. Roller derby? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. This irritated many of the skaters and fans of true competitive roller derby causing the ratings and interest to begin declining. Nowicki would eventually play a dual role on screen, playing not only Commissioner Kenneth Loge III but also Florida SunDogs manager Leonard Loge III. Born in the 80's. The WSL also employed some familiar faces to pro wrestling fans. Confidential. This page was last modified on 10 January 2016, at 21:23. 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. The RollerJam All-Star Game was played by fan-voted all-star rosters of each team’s most popular skaters. Jam 1: Stacey jams, but Telisa pulls her down by the hair and she goes down. Some of the older skaters the show hired to keep continuity with derby history were allowed to wear regular quad skates. He would later turn on Loge and “acquire” the Florida SunDogs, along with his minions Canine and Disable. 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 last skater standing was the winner of that year’s Demolition Derby. 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. 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 of both teams fought to eliminate the opposing players by knocking them over the rails or into the infield of the track until one skater was left standing. Francis would turn manipulative and cunning, cheating her way to a victory by secretly joining the rival New York Enforcers. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. As roller derby fans grew unhappy with the turn towards a more entertaining show than sport, the real pro wrestlers weren’t happy either. August 14, 2004 is one of those dates that I’ll always remember. Filter and Browse options 11 Results The main play-by-play commentator was former AWA and WWF announcer Ken Resnick. Ron Buffone, a producer for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), called RollerJam "That stupid roller blading show". Hour 1. RollerJam was the brainchild of Knoxville, Tennessee-based television impresarios Ross K. Bagwell, Sr. and Stephen Land. Weston appeared in the pilot (and only) episode of “Roller Derby USA” at age 62 as she tried to help revive the sport. NO FAIR. Every television season climaxed with the most important event of the year, the WSL’s version of WrestleMania that they called The Demolition Derby. A clear cut heel turn, if I ever saw one. A successful pitch to The Nashville Network (TNN) was made and a deal was signed. Francis would turn manipulative and cunning, cheating her way to a victory by secretly joining the rival New York Enforcers. Skaters would use the microphone and cut a promo on their opponents. 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. All Rights Reserved. This not only created some continuity between RollerJam and previous television versions of roller derby but gave the new venture a sense of credibility. Lua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 22: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). Several trademarks for the proper noun "Roller Derby" are currently in effect in multiple countries. Today, roller derby still exists at a mostly amateur level and it has abandoned the scripted theatrics in favor of being a pure sport. 3. Lindsey Francis is on Facebook. Lindsey Francis isn't exactly the woman you would bring home to mother - unless Mom is into contact sports. The first episode was taped in November of 1998 and RollerJam was on its way! Fabricated storylines and made up characters became more heavily featured around season 2 and 3, especially after ECW joined the Friday lineup. 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). 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. In 2000, the Monday Night War had been won as WWF was the clear winner in the weekly ratings. 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. 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