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. 75 records for Lindsey Francis. So, what is roller derby? The Demolition Derby was RollerJam’s WrestleMania but was much more like the Royal Rumble match itself. 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. The Prophet doesn't let her answer the question of when she'll be back on the track. 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. RollerJamBabe's RollerJammin' RollerJam Message Board, Where everyone can post their message. 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. It’s like a traveling circus with fighting on roller skates… or something like that, I thought. 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. An entertainment exhibition involving a contest between teams of roller skaters, first used in commerce in 1935. Roller Derby does retain some of its entertainment aspects today as colorful uniforms, catchy team names, and outlandish player nicknames still exist. Lindsey Francis, a skater who skated twice for the Florida Sundogs and also had stints with the Texas Rustlers and New York Enforcers. With all due respect to the Voodoo Penguin, Taker Fan & the late twtf.com, getting picked up by 411 meant that I had arrived. Lindsey Francis is known for her work on I Love You Puppet Man (2014) and RollerJam (1999). 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. 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. 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. Confidential. Scripted matches became the norm and eventually, popularity in roller derby began to decline. Match up features Telisa Miller and Stacey Blitsch. A brand name and logo for roller skates, wheels, and repair parts, first used in commerce in 1935. 3. 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. 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. Sports entertainment is a term modern WWE fans are very familiar with that means theatrical elements and scripted results overshadow the actual athletic performance. 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. I asked what that was and he explained in colorful detail the new wrestling-on-roller blades commercial he saw during WWF’s RAW. Lua error in Module:WikidataCheck at line 22: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). 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. When TNN agreed to the deal they wanted it on air as soon as possible to capitalize on the rising popularity of pro wrestling. Fabricated storylines and made up characters became more heavily featured around season 2 and 3, especially after ECW joined the Friday lineup. 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. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. RollerJam featured several teams of skaters competing in the fictional World Skating League (WSL). 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. I fly people places for a living and enjoy discussing the good old days of yester-year. 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. 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. Every television season climaxed with the most important event of the year, the WSL’s version of WrestleMania that they called The Demolition 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). Find Lindsey Francis's phone number, address, and email on Spokeo, the leading online directory for contact information. Jerry Seltzer quit the league after the first season citing his disgust with the scripted pro wrestling theatrics. Tom Nowicki is an American actor who has appeared in several feature films, television series, mini-series and movies of the week. RollerJam was the brainchild of Knoxville, Tennessee-based television impresarios Ross K. Bagwell, Sr. and Stephen Land. 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. 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”? 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.”. Jam 1: Stacey jams, but Telisa pulls her down by the hair and she goes down. Canine and Disable went by “The Moral Authority” in what sounds like a perfect tag team name for pro wrestling. [1] It was the first attempt to bring roller derby to TV since RollerGames. 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. The Riot came back from a 20+ point deficit to win 46-43 in the highest scoring game in RollerJam history. Leo Seltzer’s fictional granddaughter “Lisa Seltzer” was soon added to the show, played by former Mouseketeer and actress Lindsey Alley. 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. 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. 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. Lindsey Francis is on Facebook. Weston appeared in the pilot (and only) episode of “Roller Derby USA” at age 62 as she tried to help revive the sport. 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 producers would even use “heel turns” such as the case of Lindsey Francis, who skated as a “good girl character” with the Florida SunDogs. Products of Tom Nowicki on OLDIES.com. Filter and Browse options 11 Results TNN would later become “The National Network”, then “Spike TV” and is currently called “The Paramount Network.”. 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. 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. Rollerjam: Lee Reherman, Heather Gunnin, Tom Nowicki, Amy Craig, Andrea Franklin, Brian Gallagher, Brian Gamble, Cindy Zimmermann Hour 1. Arguably the fastest skater in RollerJam. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Also, much like early WCW and TNA/Impact! Join Facebook to connect with Lindsey Francis and others you may know. 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. Hey Thanks for coming!! The sport traces it’s origins back to the roller skating marathons of the 1930s. Francis would turn manipulative and cunning, cheating her way to a victory by secretly joining the rival New York Enforcers. Opening: Denise Loden joined the Illinois Riot a few weeks ago, finally killing my rooting interest in that let down. August 14, 2004 is one of those dates that I’ll always remember. NO FAIR. 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. Enter your email address to subscribe to TRN and never miss a new post! Lindsey and Jamie Conemac jam, with Lindsey pushing Jamie into the rail. A successful pitch to The Nashville Network (TNN) was made and a deal was signed. 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. The games were cut down into four 6-minute periods from the eight 12-minute periods played in the past. He would later turn on Loge and “acquire” the Florida SunDogs, along with his minions Canine and Disable. 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. Roller derby? In 2000, the Monday Night War had been won as WWF was the clear winner in the weekly ratings. TNN attempted to rebrand itself as “TNN-The National Network” after it acquired WWF’s flagship show Monday Night RAW. 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. 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 tried some fan-friendly rule changes from the original to gain the viewer’s interest and attention. RollerJam would employ several wrestling staples to try and make each episode exciting and action-packed in hopes to draw viewers. The main play-by-play commentator was former AWA and WWF announcer Ken Resnick. 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). Today, roller derby still exists at a mostly amateur level and it has abandoned the scripted theatrics in favor of being a pure sport. or the Table Races (D’Von… get the tables!) Details coming soon! 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. 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. Ron Buffone, a producer for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), called RollerJam "That stupid roller blading show". I must have been over on the other channel watching WCW’s Nitro and missed it. Seizing the opportunity, he created one of ECW’s most memorable storylines using TNN and RollerJam as the punchline. 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). © 2020 The Retro Network. The first episode was taped in November of 1998 and RollerJam was on its way! Seltzer’s departure allowed the producers to take the show even further into the sports entertainment arena hoping to bolster ratings. As roller derby fans grew unhappy with the turn towards a more entertaining show than sport, the real pro wrestlers weren’t happy either. A tall, handsome, and versatile American actor, Morris Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California, to Shirley (Wynn) and Morris Chestnut, Sr. Born in the 80's. Nevertheless, some cross-promotion between the two programs did occur, notably when ECW wrestlers such as Axl Rotten and Tommy Dreamer appeared on RollerJam as "enforcers" for the Florida Sundogs against the New York Enforcers. 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?) 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. Francis would turn manipulative and cunning, cheating her way to a victory by secretly joining the rival New York Enforcers. Lindsey Francis isn't exactly the woman you would bring home to mother - unless Mom is into contact sports. Coincidentally, Seth was also a trained professional wrestle… Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, he's a source of deep sadness for his wife, who's succumbing to overwhelming grief. In one final wrestling connection to RollerJam, two skaters Brian Gamble and Tim Washington went on to moderate success as pro wrestlers themselves in the mid-2000s. They began hiring actors and creating new characters to enhance the storylines. This irritated many of the skaters and fans of true competitive roller derby causing the ratings and interest to begin declining. Confidential. 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. 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. 2. Nowicki would eventually play a dual role on screen, playing not only Commissioner Kenneth Loge III but also Florida SunDogs manager Leonard Loge III. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Like everyone else in the late ’90s, I was hooked on professional wrestling. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A clear cut heel turn, if I ever saw one. RollerJam used ingredients to attract the youth of the ’90s that would make me watch all over again today given the opportunity. This is the last episode of RollerJam - after about two years, TNN has pulled the plug. The match continued until all skaters had been knocked over the railing to the outside or into the track’s infield. Skaters would use the microphone and cut a promo on their opponents. This page was last modified on 10 January 2016, at 21:23. Lindsey, do you watch wrestling, and if so, who is your favorite wrestler?? RollerJam is an American television series featuring roller derby that aired on The Nashville Network (TNN, now Spike) from 1999 to 2000. 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! His parents Buddy (Jr.) and Dru Atkinson and his grandparents Buddy (Sr.) and Bobbie Atkinson all skated for Leo Seltzer's original derby. Danny Wolfe talks to Lindsey Francis: Lindsey's changing her ways - she's only two steps away from completing her program. Despite strong funding and four seasons of broadcasts on TNN, RollerJam never became a “live” attraction. Roller derby has been around for over 100 years. 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