Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Playoffs, Love, and Face Rockin' CSA action

We miss you Owen...

I gave up on the NBA years ago back around '96-'97 around the "changing of the guard" which signaled the end of Jordan and began the Kobe era. I legit have not watched the NBA Playoffs in 10 years and couldn't give a crap about them. Well, for some reason, I have been totally sucked in by the 2006 playoffs and for the first time in years have actually enjoyed them! Steve Nash and the Suns putting over white boys everywhere makes me feel all kinds of warm fuzzies, especially after bouncing TWO L.A. teams in two rounds. I'm cool with Dirk, Cuban, and the Mavs as well (talk about most improved LOGO design in the past decade!!!) but my Finals pick is definitely Suns-Pistons (It just makes the best sense booking wise). Not that I'm gonna ever bother watching that complete waste of a regular season again but the Playoffs? Sure, what the fuck....

Feelin' a lot of love here lately and sharin as much of it as I can too...of course, there's always the core group of love from the likes of the Gee and the Dee, but bein able to put smiles on my peeps faces (Ric, X, SeanP) for as much nothin in return as they'll let me get by with is just a great feeling. Munkey breakin' out the poppa-news is just heartwarming and really, the completion of the full circle after all we've been through the past few years. And being able to be there for a friend (Jason) on a random phone call is just something I've never really been able to do. It really makes you feel that the entire move last October was one of those things that was just meant to be. So many things have come together that it's almost more than just coincidence, but moreso destiny. Oh, and I got hit on by a 15-year old at the show and Winterstein & Nat have a MySpace now! Talk about the cherry on the ice cream!!

CWF Mid-Atlantic 5/20/06 CSA TV Taping thoughts: Tony Kozina-Rex Sterling was probably as perfect of an opener as you can get. I absolutely love Kozina's work and even though the crowd couldn't give a crap about Rex, just give them time cause he has tremendous upside for being so young. Kozina absolutely MURDERS him with some kind of corkscrew headdropping finish which had me markin out like mad on the apron (**3/4)...UNOD-Tank/Scotty Blaze was pretty much what you'd expect. Probably need to get Scotty on one side of the fence or the other and stick with it if possible. Went a touch too long as the second match on the show (13:36) but it told the needed story and got the point across...Gemini Kid-Trent Wylde (1st Round Weaver Cup match) was far-and-away one of the most fascinating matches EVER from a backstage point of view. It actually wasn't nearly as dramarific as many expected (and feared). Moreso just the return of Gemini's technical mastery and some whoop-ass new ring gear. Slow-paced, sure, but technically perfect...If anyone did NOT like the Matty Dee/Roy Wilkins/GeeStar vs. Mikael Yamaha/Donnie Dollars/Amber O'Neal (w/ Brad Stutts) 6-person, then shit on me. If you did like it, then praise the athletes and in my personally biased opinion, I think it was freakin' awesome and seriously, one of the best 6-mans in the history of the promotion. I have ranted many times over the years about those illustrious All Japan mid-90s 6-man tags and while I ain't crazy enough to put ANYthing in that category, it probably was the closest as far as a non-stop performance from everyone that utilized everyone's strengths and built towards a frenetic finishing sequence. I would seriously put this 6-person up against ANY other "mixed" match in North America (miles better than anything WWE is even capable of HOPING to do). In the end, the babys take out all the heels - leaving Mikael Yamaha for last and it's murder - death - kill. Finally, one of the 3 will pin Yamaha for the first time ever in CWF - and Amber pulls out the loaded Fatback pig KO'ing Roy and stealing the win. If there was ever any question about this feud's placement and importance on the card in both quality and the eyes of the fans, this sure sealed the deal (****1/4)...The heat continues with Steve Greene and Joey Silvia who are honestly, probably as hot right now as any heels in the history of the company. Absolutely off the charts heat with scuba snorkles EVERYwhere which is probably the most original fan prop since the days of Al Snow's head. Then they go and work Jesse Ortega and Brass Munkey who, ya know, are only the hottest young tag team we gots and one ring gear away from being the uncrowned champions. The match itself was almost secondary to the crazed heat that would just seemingly never end. Cool little finish as Joey flips out of Munkey's dragon sleeper and uses the ropes for the pin (***). Despite our constant head-butting on his quality of matches, Joey has seriously stepped up in 2006 and lord, you'd never know that Steve Greene and Ninja were the same person. THIS is the role he was born to play: himself...Mitch Conner calls out "the kid that just got hit with a steel pipe" in tonight's Weaver Cup action (Roy Wilkins). I absolutely hated Roy having to wrestle twice but it really made all the sense in the world and even if it didn't to some, this match will probably be forgotten as far as the context of the show as a whole. But it was good and made sense for the whole 3:29 that it went...Michael McAllister PINS Rob McBride and WINS the Mid-Atlantic TV title thanks to the debut of Solomon Spades who pretty much kills Rob dead after a horrible chair shot in the dark which KO's Rob and leads to a very scary moment as the ring fills with babys and panic quickly sets in. The wrestling was inconsequential cause the segment was awesome as everyone's jaw hits the floor (for the title change) only to land in the shit they just deposited thanks to Solomon's first appearance...Main event time with storylines abound as Ric Converse takes on Xsiris, complete with video package courtesy of yours truly. :) Jeez, I know it must seem sooooo silly to do video packages for a match. I mean, what are we, WWE or somethin'? But, then again, I guess if you think it's silly, then I don't ever have to worry about making one for your match then do I? Converse and X TOTALLY deliver the goods here as the new Dynasty wreck COMPLETE HavoK at ringside. A zillion referees die but none more so than Brandon who actually dies, has the viewing, and the burial in about 10 seconds as Joey propels through the ropes and takes his head off in one of the greatest spots EVER!!! Ric and X rock in inside the ring as well including an UNforgettable Sky High Powerbomb off the top rope which will be on every highlight reel...ever. The chaos does lead to a non-finish which is the ONLY thing preventing this thing from being a MOTYC (and still could be regardless). Dynasty even put the t-shirt on X who gets crazy heat when he momentarily joins them only to turn and the place erupts again in the opposite direction. (****1/4). Post-match, Converse sells out the CSA on 6/10 by announcing it'll be the original Dynasty vs. the new Dynasty....man, I'd sure hate to be running within a 60-mile radius of THAT show on June 10...

Overall, this show rocked my face off, put it back on, and rocked it off again (forever and always, copyright Zoe). I'll even give the crowd ****1/2 for their performance as it was the best CWF-CSA crowd EVER as far as an ENTIRE show goes. Yeah, they were there for that one little 4/17/04 semi- and main-event but as far an entire show, this was it, bar none. Their interaction has just been unreal as of late and how many times over the years have we had a simply incredible match (Ric-Edsel 10/2/04) that had a somewhat-less-than-energetic response. This crowd has thankfully turned the corner over the past few months and if our crowd and athletes can maintain the same level they've been at as of late, then we will be truly elevated into that ROH-Indy category in the eyes of those who aren't regular viewers as of yet. When all is said and done, this 5/20/06 DVD will be the best CWF DVD ever made and a must get just for the 6-person and Ric-X alone but there was NOTHING bad on the card and everything meant SOMEthing. I think it's a great statement when even the boys in the back that are watching on the monitor are chanting "CWF! CWF!" during certain spots. That's the ECW-Arena-Family atmosphere you dream of having and it feels SO good to have it here FINALLY. Ya know...it's sad when I'm going to TNA this weekend and you know there's no way possible they can do anything to top what the hometown promotion did last weekend. Boy, I bet the anti-CWF marks out there are just loved this review!

Spaz out!
Grant

Monday, May 15, 2006

Show Recaps and Rants

Hello loyal blog readers...let's hit up a few random thoughts bouncin around upstairs as I did the new revised recap of the past several CWF shows:

4/22 CSA TV Taping thoughts - Good lord, the amount of wrestlers on this show was insane and came off as a near-Supershow like feel. It was long as hell, but unlike many Indy shows in which long = painful, this one was solid from the opening bell and even concluded with the crowd as hot at the end as it was at the start...a halfhour 12-man Cibernetico opened things up which led to the biggest win in Donnie Dollar's career. Now, according to other internet (ahem) experts, we don't advance hardly any angles on our shows. God forbid we advance angels and wrestlers in the actual MATCH RESULTS than on the microphone. Anyways, with now 3 (or is it 4?) Ciberneticos under our belt in less than a year's time, hopefully we can hold off on another until "Ultimate Survivor" rolls around. And even then, we should probably institute the Toryumon-rules of the matchup to lead to even more "upset" potential finishes although you could spatula the jaws off the floor anyways after Dollars pinned Xsiris clean...The Ortega-Caprice feud is probably the best feud of Ortega's career (and I don't mean that in just a workrate sense) and just oozes realism all over the place...The crowd was just rabid for GeeStar's through-the-front-door return to throttle Amber as we enter into the next chapter of the "midcard angle that could", Fatback Enterprises vs. the Dee, the Gee, and the Roy...The OMEGA 2k6 segment went wayyyyyy too long for two guys that had never been seen before in the CSA (Ken Magnum and Ostgard). Not a knock on them at all, but in a 6-man, if they had been anyone other than OmegaAlum, that was opening match for sure. They certainly did their role IN the ring though, leading to a finish that set up one of those "First Time Ever!" Epic Indy Dream Clashes on 6/10 between Krazy K and Cham Pain...CJLIII's International Army vs. Tank is one of those half-assed midcard feuds that has taken a life of it's own and in a few short weeks has totally elevated everyone in it...The 3-way tag title match wasn't nearly as painful as it could be (for new readers: I detest all 3-ways, 4-corners, etc. style matches). Kiyia Moka gets on the mic (!!!) post match to put herself on the line in order for the Playas to get a rematch for the tag titles. It truly astounds me that after a year and a half in the promotion and knowing that we're family friendly, the first words you ever utter on the mic are "I'm pissed off"....hello???!!...ughhhh....Converse and Tracy Smothers totally tore the house down and if you're a Tracy Smothers fan, you owe it to yourself to match this one. Even he admitted it was his best in years. Thanks in part to the babys/heels surrounding the ring to cheer on their picks, the whole CSA was on their feet for nearly the duration. Ty Dillinger makes his CWF debut as well in Smothers' corner to add to the insane heat. Converse gets the pin with 2 seconds left in the 30 minute time limit. Awesome, **** stuff on that Southern Indy Scale I'm so fond of.

4/29 "Gate City SuperClash" Greensboro, NC thoughts - First time ever at the Boys & Girls Club here as we set the stage for bringing in TNA one month later...For some reason, aside from a select few, everyone seemed to be almost a step off tonight. Nothing a new fan would notice, but it definitely seemed house-show like in some of the performances despite the effort...Marcellus King and Brass Munkey had a superb opener, as both have just elevated their stock like freakin' crazy the past few months as Marcellus has proved himself to be possibly the best big man to come along in a long time and Munkey is one new-ring gear look away from being a true star in the eyes of EVERYone...The tag team battle royal with the final 2 teams facing off was a good idea back in Bear Creek in Nov cause we had a ton of teams. Here with only 4 teams and only having to eliminate 2 before a normal singles match was completely confusing and lost on the crowd. I think with commentary to guide it, it won't be as bad on DVD but it was just a big WTF to the fans in GBoro...Too many people at ringside not knowing what they're doing and what the cues are in the McBride-Cuban Assassin TV title match. One awesome false finish was blown but someone getting involved again too soon. Once again, DVD editing will prevent anyone from looking bad, but still...Corey Edsel's return was certainly a shocker to many and like I said months back, if he were to return, Lumpkin is EXACTLY who he should be aligned with, as opposed to old chum Brad Stutts...the 6-man main was a solid payoff without giving a payoff as Xsiris screws the pooch again and KO's Ric with the Dynasty's chain.

5/6 CSA TV Taping thoughts - Decent Munkey-Trent opener with some rather large akward-gaps in time moments that will once again (say it with me) be fixed in editing...Dollars and Roy "Rage!" Wilkins (Yes, you must spell Roy's name with the exclamation mark in the surname) probably attempted TOO much considering the level of experience but honestly, I gotta give it to them here because it wasn't perfect by any means but they pulled it off better than I would have expected going in...Jesus, Dynasty-Otto/Tank was near riot-like heat as Joey pisses off a good half of the crowd and makes you start looking around for the security...Gee and Yam's promo work to set up Yam-Matty was tremendous as you can just see, feel, and taste the pure hatred anytime those two get involved. The match was very solid albeit maybe a little lost on the crowd. I would have probably tweaked the way the draw ended but I think it got the point across...McBride-McAllister one-upped their match from the previous month although this non-title one actually had more of a serious "championship-feel" to it than the comedy-laced one that actually WAS a title match...Another chapter in the Stevens/Mitch-Playas war ends the show with Garry and match winning the services of Moka and carrying her out as kids in the CSA legit lose their minds and run around like chickens with their heads cut off screaming at the Playas to "Go Get Yo Womman!"

5/13 AC Fitness Greensboro, NC thoughts - The first AC Fitness show in like a year. No Orlo. No Alex Adonis. But a shockingly good show! I handed over ring apron camera chores to Mini-Mac just to torture him...Jake Manning and PWG's Davy Richards open it up in a mix strong style/southern clash that was pretty lost on the crowd despite it's solidness. One major complaint and this can go for a TON of Indy shows. If you're wrestling on the show and they're doing a street fight or some kind of brawl later in the show, then DON'T be going to the outside in the opener. I know alot of guys only care about "their stuff", but that's just one of those things that professionals should pay attention to. Kinda like not hitting a dozen DDTs on the undercard if Jake Roberts is your main event...Joey Silvia vs. Xsiris was one of those matches that made you remember how both of these guys became stars in the first place. This was Joey Silvia 2001 vs. Xsiris 2004 all day long and neither one gave a crap if they died or not. One of those "TOO MUCH" matches but man, I will totally lose my shit in commentary calling this. Some internet marks will jiz all over this match, although technically, X-Caprice was better last month at the CSA, but still. In that **** range as well...Cham Pain-Chris Guerrero was just about as anti-climatic as it gets. At least the crowd gave Chris a little something to work with...the 4-corners tag match was 18:22 of my life that I won't get back although I'm sure it wasn't as bad as it felt. Those damn matches just make no sense whatsoever and it does next to nothing for anyone...Ric Converse-Steve Greene street fight main event was probably 5 minute too long at 23:26 but it was seriously solid for what amounted to an out-and-out brawl. The closing sequence with the Converse and Dynasty teams at ringside was excellent, ending with Xsiris screwing up again (does the dude have my kind of vision or something???) as he clocks Ric by accident (surrrre....) with a kendo stick, leading to Steve winning. *** range.

Heck yeah, I knocked off some show reviews! Kiss my ass all you doubters! Ok, a couple other notes I wanna hit up too:

Ok, now I know Matty Dee getting his hair cut was one big kick in all of our balls. But hey, it happens, and I've been willing to let hair bygones be hair bygones. But the very second I was able to mentally deal with this and allow myself to stop my fasting waiting on the re-growth, an equally shocking experience awaiting me at my restaurant of choosing. The menu perplexed me. After all, I had been here how many times over the years? But something was missing. Something VERY important was missing. I had just recovered from Matty Dee's hair being missing. Heck, I'm still bothered by the loss of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disney. And now this??? What sick human being decided to do away with this heavenly creation??? For you see, TGIFriday's is DISCONTINUING the OREO MADNESS!!! Yes, the greatest mo' fo'ing dessert ON EARTH is going away. Now, I LOVE me some TGIFriday's but the damn Oreo Madness with it's creamy caramel, ice cream filling, crunchy oreo cookie, white glorious powder, and hot fudge icing is the only dessert I've ever met that will draw me to a restaurant SOLELY on the basis that I'm gonna get to eat one! They could sell these things at "Sweet Potato Land" and I would go to f'n "Sweet Potato Land" just to have an Oreo Madness! I urge all my peeps to visit a TGIFriday's in the near future (bring protest signs along if you desire) and DEMAND answers!!! Thankfully, they had "Less than One Case Left" so I had what could have been my FINAL (NOOOOOOOO!) one as I was told "When this case is gone, they're gone". It wasn't my waiter's fault, I understand his role, but how can your knee jerk reaction not be to immediately donkey punch the person that delivers such devastating news?? In the end, I hope it was only a horrible dream sequence, but, if it wasn't...Oh Oh Oh Oreo....We will never forget you....

Next topic:

Jesus, people, just get the fuck off of Barry Bonds' case already. Ok, first I will disclaimer this by saying I am a San Francisco Giants fan. Keith Olbermann always makes sure to notae it on his MSNBC show if he's putting something over that's owned by his network and I can appreciate that sentiment. But for real, it doesn't matter who I'm a fan of. Get off his damn case. In 1998, McGwire was a G-D hero and there was NEVER talk of an asterisk by his name for steroids (# of games in a season, but not steroids). Hey, I liked Big Mac just fine, but all of these fans that cheered him and are now booing Barry are f'n hypocrites. I have news for all of you sports fans that thinks Bonds has "cheated": You know your favorite sports team that won that championship in the past 10 years? Yeah, that one. That one that meant so much to you and is one of your proudest moments as a fan? Well guess what? YOUR precious team had a player on steroids. In sports today, it's a way of life. You may not know WHO it was TODAY, but someone was takin' it up the ass (a needle that is). If you want to put an asterisk by Bonds' records now, then let's put an asterisk next to that World Series or Lombardi trophy that made YOU cry when YOUR team FINALLY won it. I LOVE sports, but in today's day and age, for better or worse, you have to accept the athletes for who they are and what US, the fans and the MEDIA, drive them to do. And that's to enhance their game to try and WIN for YOU.

I'm good now. Spaz out!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Hell....Still freezing....Part 2

In all seriousness, the lack of blogging has probably the biggest guilt I've had to endure since last October 12th. That little sucker had a darn good following based on how many times I've been asked to write since that day AND the near-complete death of NC-wrestling related blog and live journal entries since that day. Not that I'm trying to take all the credit for that craze but I would like to think I inspired a few out there to retort to my opinion in a way that didn't involve physical harm to my being.

I actually miss my old blog like a long lost piece of California. As time passed in it's absence, it became the little friend that you never called anymore because after a certain point you feel bad that you haven't called in such a long time and know that when you do call, god only knows how long it will be till you call again. But here I am, doing my damnedest to pacify the masses and give everyone just enough to make them happy, but not SOOO much that it's a daily time-consuming chore that could be better spent payin for this freakin' $200,000 house. The schedule I keep, much like the rest of the real world, is ridiculous. A year ago; when I was living far, far away from the real world, I had all the time to spare and then some but hardly a spare dime to my name. Nowadays, I have been lucky enough to actually rake in some spare change but not a damn second to do anything with my extra 25 cents. Between a basic part-time job, my eBay stuffage, and the freakin' zillion wrestling projects from editing TV shows, DVDs, packages for CWF Mid-Atlantic, and now by-god commentary for the Hermie Sadler TNA house shows (at least until they realize I suck anyways), sleeping is about 27th on my list of stuff to actually do in a day. I totally love the point I'm at in life and while it is stressful and never-ending in it's workload, you better believe the sun is shining a LOT brighter than it was one or two years ago, making it alot easier to believe in myself and the future. I've been able to right a few wrongs along the way and have stay pretty darn-well behaved if I do say so myself. Between the support of my girl, my family, and my friends (both old and new); they have made this rebirthing process SO much easier and that much more rewarding.

As far as the future of blogging goes, any future rants will be simultaneously up at both my original baby: http://statmark.blogspot.com and the out-of-control-fad-to-the-point-I-can't-ignore-it, my MySpace page: http://myspace.com/statmark . But don't expect any full blown show reviews. Maybe just an occasional paragraph review of a show as a whole. Of course, if you're after blow-by-blow reviews, then just check out AirplaneSpin.com. Of course, you could also stick your nuts in a beartrap...it's almost as much fun. Don't be expectin' movie reviews either because....well, fuck...when do I have 90 spare minutes anyways? Just be happy with what I can give cause believe me, I'm givin you guys all I can.

Until next time, whenever that may be, love to all, and to all a good Spazzzzz......
Grant
Statmark
Spaz
Grizant
Stizastical Mizark
Grantham
Kemoman

Monday, April 24, 2006

Hell Freezes Over

It was obviously going to take something truly momentous to make me once again find the time to do what has been asked of me so many times since last October 12th...write a blog. One of the greatest live matches I've ever witnessed (Converse-Corino II) couldn't make me do it. Moving into a beautiful new house and basically turning my entire life couldn't make me do it. Then what possible could? Thanksgiving? Christmas? The SuperBowl? A good Mikael Yamaha match? Nope, all of these events paled in comparison to the heart-stopping dose of cold hard reality that I witnessed this past Saturday.

Matty Dee cut his fucking hair.

Yes, my long lost brother from an acid trippin' mother did the unthinkable. The vertically spiraling afro that took him to the top and inspired myself and others to one day ascend to equally spectacular heights...was nevermore. Some twisted combination of church and female opinion robbed us all of one of the greatest manmade structures this small little galaxy had ever seen. The glaring image of Matty's castrated scalp burned in my memory worse than the repeated visual of Mitch Conner's protruding ring attire.

Maybe one day Mr. Dee will come to the realization that the hair was as much of the Matty as the Rock and the Roll was. Thankfully, the lack of hair has not taken away any of the spirit. And maybe one day, in a not-so-far-away place in the not-so-distant-future, the towering locks will return but until that day, I will not rest in my quest to prove that not only is the uncontrollable ascent of black, brown, and blond hair is not only acceptable by the masses, but is extremely doable by any female within a 27 yard radius.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Greatest Photographs Ever

The following filler column is to keep everyone happy while I take care of slightly more important issues in rea life. Enjoy and I shall return...sometime...

While I was taking in my piece of heaven in the 5th Annual CWF Rumble a couple of weeks back, another piece was being handed out to a crowd of rabid fans up north. By all reports Kenta Kobashi and Samoa Joe put on one for the ages in one of the greatest atmospheres you could ever want. I'm no ROH mark by ANY means, but from everything I've heard, this match was indeed something very, very special. You better believe I'll own that sucker on DVD but in the meantime, I was checking out some photos from the show which brought me to this beauty:



Kobashi entering the ring for the first time EVER on American soil, being covered in the traditional Japanese streamers with the beautiful balcony structure behind him. Just an awesome shot. Which reminded me of a recent thread on the DVD board covering just that, the greatest photographs in wrestling history. The problem with "wrestling" and "great photographs" is it's really tough to get a GREAT photograph in wrestling because so much of it seems sooooo...uhhhh...posed...if you know what I mean. Each and every week in SI and ESPN (the Magazine), they have those 2-3 pages at the start of the mag of just some incredible jaw-dropping action shots from the week before. If you compare those weekly shots to wrestling's "greatest", it's pretty apparent that wrestling photography isn't quiet as gripping. Thankfully, once in a great, great while, something special will come along. And now that someone else has done the work, I'm gonna go and thieve my personal favs from the DVD and post them in this special edition column. For the record, everything I've selected is a true photograph, NOT a screen cap as some chose. So check it out...


Kobashi's lariat on Vader


From possibly the greatest, most intense women's match ever, Kandori vs. Hokuto - DreamSlam I.


Kawada sandwich


Mick Foley from the King of the Death Match.


A picture tells a 1,000 words...Dynamite Kid and a young Chris Benoit some 20 years ago...


Quiet possibly the best thing to come out of the WWE in the past year is this photo.


Simple dramatic shot of Tenzan, head down and emotionally defeated with the New Japan logo hovering above him...


Streamers = emotion as CM Punk lies covered in them in one of his final ROH appearances.


The classic shot of an unmasked and crazed Jushin Liger during the match with Great Muta.


An incredible artistic poster shot of Hayabusa flying taken with a fish-eye lens apparently.


The match that produced the WWE's most memorable images from 2004.


Not THE shot of WrestleMania III, but it still tells ya all ya need to know.


The best Horsemen ever, off a PWI photo shoot.


Picture-perfect German suplex by Takayama on Tenzan.


Nagata stands tall after IWGP title defense #10


Yes, THAT suplex (Williams-Kobashi).


I have no idea, but WOW.


The ultimate shot of "the champ".


Just a personal favorite for some of my favorite ring gear ever, as worn by Mariko Yoshida.

Let's finish it up with some of my personal favorite magazine cover shots ever:


Mutoh. Triple Crown and then some.


An awesome collage that summed up the dream coming true (Plus, I'm insanely biased cause I was there).


The most beautiful title belt ever, held by it's defining champion shortly after the coming of age match (against Hennig at SSlam91).


The unfathomable dream cover that came true for every smart mark in the world.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

RUMBLE!!!!!!!

Even if I don't find the time to squeeze in another post this month (yeah, right), you better damn believe that you're at least gonna get a Rumble recap post. Yes, this past weekend was "Triumph", home of the 5th Annual CWF Rumble. When it was all said and done the entire weekend would become one of the most enjoyable ones I've had in a loooooooong time with plenty of friends, food, and wrestling to pretty much make life perfect for a good little 48 hours there. Kamakazi Kid (and Kristen of course) made pretty much record time from Florida, getting in Friday night to officially kick off the weekend festivities. I gotta make mention that Yamaha's B-Day celebration coincided with the Rumble as well which led to some 5-star birthday cake that was topped with COOKIES AND CREAM ICING! Are you serious??? Holy balls, that's some icing from the Heavens above to be sure. Hope it's on the buffet upstairs when it's my time to go. Trust me, the picture does it NO justice...



The Rumble was Sat night 10/1 at the CSA of course and what a show it would become. The crowd (god bless them) was actually super hot all night, especially for a CSA crowd, and I give them major props and love for that.

1. Kamakazi Kid and Xsiris defeated Shawn Christian and Donnie Dollars in 11:19 when Kamakazi Kid pinned Christian - Yes, Kazi makes his return alongside his all-time #1 rival Xsiris in a picture-perfect opener. Christian and Dollars sure make a strange pairing but it works. I tell ya, Shawn Christian is one of those guys that unfortunately has no look cause he certainly has all the tools. Super fun opener that went a touch too long for the time alloted, but it was all gravy. **3/4


Michael McAllister comes out and rips up Commissioner Cross' pre-drawn Rumble entry sheet and decides since the cat's away, he's gonna play and do the Rumble drawing himself fair and square (ahem). Gemini id comes out to dispute his actions, saying that he probably wouldn't be able to exercise his authority if McAllister was in the hospital. At which point, Gemini, total calm, turns off the mic, hands it over, and then proceeds to beat the livin snot out of McAllister. Freakin' beautiful. But Sean Powers ruins the fun and ends up choking the life out of Gemini with a chain, which would actually put Gemini out of commission for the Rumble. Awesome, hard hitting segment.




2. Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice battled Ultra Dragon to a 10:00 time limit draw -

Excellent start to the match with a very good baby-baby feeling out process with the crowd giving both guys their props. Unfortunately, that took about 5 minutes and it appeared if neither guy knew it was only a 10:00 time limit which led to the beautiful early on pace being thrown aside and the second half of the match feeling far more rushed. Major confusion at the end with the time limit sounding, 5 more minutes being requested, and then the referee counting 10 as Dragon was outside the ring. Very good start, sad crash and burn finish to something that appeared to have great potential. **1/2

3. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee in 7:19 - Conner makes his first title defense against Matty, who was fresh off of his first big singles match with Yamaha last time out. Solid enough match although not particular memorable aside from the finish as Yamaha interferes, crotching Matty on the top rope, leading to Conner giving Matty an impaler DDT from the top. Crowd wasn't balls out for this one as the other undercard stuff as it was pretty obvious that there was no chance in hell of a title change. **1/2

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned "El Fuego" Jesse Ortega in 12:23 -

Far and away, my favorite match in the Stevens MA title run. They start off hot and you just KNOW this sucker is gonna be brutal and of course they light it up with chop-city. Stevens steals the win with some gimmick in his elbow pad which is about a zillion times better than trying to hide the full blown billy-club from the referee. Very good babyface fire from Jesse in a losing effort. **1/2

Before the Rumble started, a very nice 5-minute video package aired recapping the previous 4 Rumbles. Very surreal to see at points and I couldn't help but think how Vince McMahon has traditionally ignored history and here we are showcasing a whole slew of guys that don't even wrestle here anymore. Bounty, Corey, Matt Houston, Stro, Eddie Brown, Trent, Collins, Rainz, etc, etc. Very nice to see a tribute like that, especially in pro wrestling where out of sight is usually out of mind.

5. Ric Converse won the 5th Annual 30-person CWF Rumble in 36:57 to earn a shot at the CWF Mid-Atlantic title of his choice: #1 Chris Vega and #2 Ric Converse entered...#3 Jesse Ortega entered in 1:00...#4 Bret Sharpe entered in 2:00...#5 Shawn Christian entered in 2:59...Sharpe eliminated Ortega in 3:23...#6 Bobby Fontana entered in 4:02...#7 Kamakazi Kid entered in 5:00...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Christian in 5:20...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Fontana in 5:24...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Vega in 5:29...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Sharpe in 5:38...#8 CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner entered in 6:00...Kazi eliminated Conner in 6:33...#9 Alex Adonis entered in 6:59...#10 Jay Sinn entered in 7:59...#11 BJ Strickler entered in 9:06...#12 Ultra Dragon entered in 9:58...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Strickler in 10:26...#13 Gregory Vercetti entered in 10:58...#14 Kid Justice entered in 11:59...Kamakazi Kid, Dragon, and Vercetti eliminated Sinn in 12:19...Justice and Kamakazi Kid eliminated Dragon in 13:01...#15 Xsiris entered in 13:02...#16 GeeStar entered in 13:59...Converse, GeeStar, Kamakazi Kid, and Xsiris eliminated Adonis in 14:33...#17 Donnie Dollars entered in 14:59...#18 Brass Munkey entered in 16:00...Dollars eliminated Gee in 16:55...#19 Tank Lawson entered in 16:58...Munkey eliminated Vercetti in 17:34...Xsiris eliminated Justice in 17:56...#20 Julius Augustus entered in 17:58...#21 Rob McBride entered in 18:58...Augustus eliminated Xsiris and Kamakazi Kid in 19:50...#22 American Steel Ninja entered in 19:58...McBride and Converse eliminated Dollars in 20:43...Ninja eliminated Munkey in 20:51...#23 Will B. Smooth entered in 20:58...McBride eliminated Lawson in 21:18...#24 Coco Rojo entered in 22:00...#25 Marcellus King entered in 22:58...Augustus and King eliminated Smooth in 23:21...Converse eliminated Rojo in 23:34...King eliminated McBride in 24:32...#26 Brad Attitude entered in 24:36...Augustus and Converse eliminated Ninja in 25:33...#27 J-Money entered in 25:47...#28 Matty Dee entered in 26:47...Money eliminated Augustus in 27:22...#29 Sean Powers entered in 27:47...#30 Mikael Yamaha entered in 28:48...Money eliminated Powers in 30:26...Yamaha eliminated Money in 30:50...King and Converse eliminated Attitude in 31:43...Matty Dee eliminated Yamaha in 34:22...King eliminated Matty Dee in 35:55...Converse eliminated King in 36:57




First off, a HUGE "Thank You" to each and every Rumble participant. I had this feeling going into it that it was going to be good but I didn't want to jinx it. The WWF's 5th Rumble was actually the legendary 1992 one and that connection didn't miss me. I don't think it's much a stretch to say that as a whole it was easily the best Rumble we've ever done. There have certainly been great moments in the past but as far as a action-packed match with deep, compelling storylines from start to finish, nearly every single person in the match getting over in their own way, and not to mention a FANTASTIC finish, we haven't done anything that can hold a candle to this. I am DAMN proud of this match and time may show it to be my all-time personal favorite match as far as my input matching up with what actually transpired. Believe me, I'd love to take credit for a lot of this sucker but if it weren't for the INCREDIBLE roster we are fortunate enough to have to pull something like this off, any ideas or brainstorms I ever had would be for naught. Heck, on top of it, pretty much everyone went for non generic eliminations rather than the "duck and dump" routine seen in so many battle royals. You guys seriously rock.



Ok, match hilights: McAllister trying to fuck every top-shelf babyface over, including giving Ric the #2 spot and Jesse (who just worked Garry!) the #3 spot, KNOWING they wouldn't have a hope in hell of being there at the end. Meanwhile, he "allowed" loser-babyface Matty Dee to have the best non-heel spot late (#28) and low and behold, guess who just about stole the show...the opening 5 minutes was just great storytelling as McAllister's hired guns just do a gang-like beating on Converse and even eliminated Ortega with the crowd just going nuts for Ric begging him to come back, despite the 4-on-1 odds...His savior comes in the form of Kamakazi Kid who cleans house and then some like no one else has in our Rumble's history...Mitch Conner's 33 second elimination brings the crowd to their feet for about the 5th time in the first 10 minutes...I can't believe just HOW into this match our normally subdued CSA crowd is...Ultra Dragon and Kazi battle the Street Sweepers in a fantastically laid-out elimination for Sinn, who then has to save his own partner Vercetti by catching him in mid-air on his way to the ground and then tossing him back inside...Never before had I seen SUCH a show of babyface unity. I mean, the mid-to-upper-tier babys were just ALL on the same page and it was almost as if they were fighting for the TEAM rather than for themselves. I definitely think Ultimate Survivor is gonna play off of that kind of unity tremendously. Our crowd LOVES our babys and unity is only gonna make them all that much more over. The place went nuts when the Ric/Gee/Kazi/Xsiris quartet dumped Adonis...Boy, you could hear the breath leave the crowd like THEY were the ones that got chokeslammed when Dollars nailed Gee...Augustus got enough heat to live off of for months, eliminating Xsiris and Kazi at the same time. A-hole...As soon as I'm marking for the unity, Ninja weirds out and dumps Munkey. WTF?...the early-to-mid-20s is always the most difficult part of a Rumble. It's usually the part where it begins to hurt a lull before the upswing of the actual finish which is pretty much what we had here. Probably the only disappointing part of this year's Rumble is the timing of some eliminations as we weren't able to milk the Ric vs. Julius/Marcellus matchup before Atty came in to make the "save". A little piece of drama that never came to be but out of ALL the storylines here, missing on one was no biggie...J-Money came up bigger than expected as a late entry. Very happy for him...Ric accidentally eliminates TWO of his buddies, Ninja and Atty....the final 4: Matty Dee lies helpless in a corner while Yamaha and Marcellus take turns beating on Ric, who's gone past the 30-minute mark. In a classic "holy crap!!" crowd markout moment, Matty, all but written off, ducks and dumps Yamaha over the top rope who proceeds to loose his shit and then some on the outside. He blindsides a helpless trash can and then proceeds to grab the stiffest chair EVER. Matty, preoccupied as he's firing up on Marcellus in one of my "Images of the Year" is screaming "COME ON!" to King just before Yamaha gets back in the ring and smashes the chair across Matty's back.


Yamaha then proceeds to commit public murder in one of the most vicious beatings in CWF history to the point where Matty is about to curl up in the fetal position and die. Marcellus presses Matty over the top for the elimination and the officials carry Matty's lifeless body to the back. Meanwhile, Ric dumps Marcellus to apparently win the Rumble but all the officials are in the back with Matty! The fans are PISSED cause they KNOW Ric's gettin screwed yet AGAIN and low and behold, Yamaha bashes Ric with the same chair, cutting his back open with the shot. The officials are back out and yes, there's nothing left but for Marcellus to simply toss Ric over for the win...BUT Ric at the VERY last (and I mean VERY last) second REVERSES it, dumps Marcellus for a second time and the roof officially comes off.


Hellacious final 4 segment that made Yamaha the biggest prick ever, Matty Dee a bonafide singles star, Marcellus a serious Heavyweight contender, and Ric...well, added to his growing legend (two 37-minute matches on two straight TV tapings??? Holy crap!!). I could watch the final 5 minutes of that Rumble all day. Hell, I've watched the whole 36:57 about a dozen times now. Awesome, awesome match. ****1/2 by Rumble standards. Hell, by "Southern Indy" Rumble standards, it might as well be the full monty cause god knows we'll never get that much accomplished in one match again.

Post-show festivities at Castle CWF was just awesome with a gathering of 15 or so watchin the Rumble and just havin a great time in general. Poor Matty was virtually immobile thanks to Yamaha....


...but was it worth it? "Hell yeah". And that, ladies and gentlemen, is indeed, the sickness.

I could go on and on about the show because really, as a whole, it was that good, The workers were ON. The crowd was ON. It was just one of those nights where magic was in the air. It doesn't happen to often. Maybe once or twice a year, but on October 1st, we were all feeling it.

And with the Rumble comes my annual Rumble-stat sheets so here ya go, first off with this year's breakdown, followed by the all-time Rumble Record Book.

NUMBER OF WRESTLERS ELIMINATED
Note: eliminations by multiple wrestlers at once are counted as 0.5 eliminations, the same as a dual sack in football
7.5 - Kamakazi Kid
4.0 - Ric Converse
3.0 - Julius Augustus, Marcellus King
2.0 - J-Money
1.5 - Xsiris, Rob McBride
1.0 - Bret Sharpe, Donnie Dollars, Brass Munkey, American Steel Ninja, Mikael Yamaha, Matty Dee
0.5 - Ultra Dragon, Gregory Vercetti, Kid Justice, GeeStar

LENGTH LASTED IN THE RUMBLE
36:57 - Ric Converse
13:59 - Marcellus King
11:58 - Kamakazi Kid
9:24 - Julius Augustus
9:08 - Matty Dee
7:34 - Alex Adonis
7:07 - Brad Attitude
6:48 - Xsiris
6:36 - Gregory Vercetti
5:57 - Kid Justice
5:44 - Donnie Dollars
5:35 - American Steel Ninja
5:34 - Rob McBride
5:34 - Mikael Yamaha
5:29 - Chris Vega
5:03 - J-Money
4:51 - Brass Munkey
4:20 - Jay Sinn
4:20 - Tank Lawson
3:38 - Bret Sharpe
3:03 - Ultra Dragon
2:39 - Sean Powers
2:23 - Jesse Ortega
2:23 - Will B. Smooth
2:21 - Shawn Christian
1:56 - GeeStar
1:34 - Coco Rojo
1:22 - Bobby Fontana
1:20 - BJ Strickler
0:33 - Mitch Conner

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2001-2005 ALL-TIME CWF RUMBLE RECORDS

Individual Records

Most Rumbles Competed In

5, Mikael Yamaha
GeeStar
4, Brad Attitude
Rob "the Bull" McBride
Xsiris/Caleb X
American Steel Ninja
Brass Munkey

Number of Wrestlers eliminated
Note: eliminations by multiple wrestlers at once are counted as 0.5 eliminations, the same as a dual sack in football
7.5, Kamakazi Kid (2005)
6.5, "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (2002)
6.0, "Slick" Ric Converse (2003)
5.0, Brad Attitude (2004)
Mikael Yamaha (2001)
"Ravishing" Rico Rage (2001)

Longest Length Lasted
36:57, Ric Converse (2005)
33:53, "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (2002)
30:12, "Tremendous" Trent Wylde (2003)
29:01, Mikael Yamaha (2001)
27:21, Brad Attitude (2004)

Shortest Length Lasted
0:05, Blue Angel (2003)
0:33, Mitch Conner (2005)
0:41, Larry, the security guard (2001)
0:46, Tik (2001)
0:53, Blaze Knight (2001)

The All-Time Combined Stats

Total Number of Wrestlers eliminated

Note: eliminations by multiple wrestlers at once are counted as 0.5 eliminations, the same as a dual sack in football
12.0 - "Slick" Ric Converse
8.5 - Mikael Yamaha
8.0 - "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown
7.5 - Kamakazi Kid, Rob "the Bull" McBride
6.5 - GeeStar
6.0 - Brad Attitude
5.5 - "Tremendous" Trent Wylde, Xsiris
5.0 - "Ravishing" Rico Rage
4.0 - the Stro, Bounty Hunter, American Steel Ninja
3.0 - Mighty Orlo, Gemini Kid/Number Man, Julius Augustus, Marcellus King, J-Money, Brass Munkey
2.5 - Drake Tungsten
2.0 - "Iceman" Joe Storm, Scotty Blaze, Corey Edsel, Granite, Amber O'Neal, Sean Powers, Mitch Norris
1.5 - Kurt Solo
1.0 - L.A. Cash, Brad Rainz, Otto Schwanz, Sexton Tyler, Caprice "Ice" Coleman, Scott Powers, "Lord" Everett DeVore, Ozzie Knight, Blaze Knight, "Big Cat" Lincoln Thorne, Dexter Poindexter, Alex Adonis, Joey Silvia, "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens, Bret Sharpe, Donnie Dollars, Matty Dee
0.5 - Hugh B. Johnson, "Special K" Krissy Vaine, Ultra Dragon, Gregory Vercetti, Kid Justice

Total Length Lasted in the Rumble
68:15 - "Slick" Ric Converse (2002: #1 - 14:36, 2003: #21 - 16:42, 2005: #2-36:57)
52:06 - Mikael Yamaha (2001: #5 - 29:01, 2002: #21 - 5:53, 2003: #4 - 4:47, 2004: #1 - 6:51, 2005: #30 - 5:34)
46:05 - Brad Attitude (2002: #3 - 5:31, 2003: #1 - 6:06, 2004: #7 - 27:21, 2005: #26 - 7:07)
43:08 - Rob McBride (2001: #7 - 5:17, 2002: #14 - 22:54, 2004: #19 - 9:23, 2005: #21 - 5:34)
42:03 - "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (2001: #10 - 4:23, 2002: #10 - 33:53, 2003: #10 - 3:47)
35:46 - Trent Wylde (2002: #15 - 3:28, 2003: #5 - 30:12, 2004: #14 - 4:24 and #21 - 1:10)
28:43 - Otto Schwanz (2001: #8 - 22:43, 2003: #27 - 6:00)
27:11 - Xsiris/Caleb X (2002: #11 - 0:55, 2003: #22 - 13:38, 2004: #9 - 5:50, 2005: #15 - 6:48)
26:23 - Corey Edsel (2001: #19 - 0:58, 2002: #17 - 25:25)
25:09 - Kurt Solo (2001: #18 - 1:31, 2002: #28 - 10:40, 2003: #2 - 12:58)
19:27 - Kamakazi Kid (2002: #4 - 2:46, 2003: #3 - 4:43, 2005: #7 - 11:58)
18:34 - Mitch Norris (2003: #17 - 5:05, #20 - 2004: 13:29)
17:47 - "Ravishing" Rico Rage
17:45 - American Steel Ninja (2002: #7 - 2:12, 2003: #26 - 4:18, 2004: #17 - 5:40, 2005: #22 - 5:35)
17:33 - Bounty Hunter (2002: #29 - 8:58, 2003: #29 - 8:35)
16:19 - Gemini Kid/Number Man (2002: #30 - 9:13, 2003: #31 - 2:34, 2004: #27 - 4:32)
16:06 - The Stro
15:13 - Brass Munkey (2002: #23 - 2:06, 2003: #20 - 4:55, 2004: #10 - 3:21, 2005; #18 - 4:51)
13:59 - Marcellus King
13:29 - GeeStar (2001: #3 - 2:14, 2002: #12 - 4:15, 2003: #18 - 1:37, 2004: #2 - 3:27, 2005: #16 - 1:56)
13:03 - Kid Justice (2003: #9 - 3:26, 2004: #24 - 3:43, 2005: #14 - 5:57)
12:52 - Brad Rainz (2002: #2 - 7:06, 2003: #23 - 3:32, 2004: #15 - 2:14)
12:41 - J-Money (2002: #6 - 2:51, 2003: #12 - 4:47, 2005: #27 - 5:03)
12:27 - Stephen O' Hara (2002: #19 - 4:59, 2003: #19 - 7:28)
11:16 - Sean Powers (2004: #23 - 8:37, 2005: #29 - 2:39)
10:50 - Alex Adonis (2004: #11 - 3:16, 2005: #9 - 7:34)
9:59 - Joey "Spank" Silvia (2003: #6 - 4:28, 2004: #16 - 5:31)
9:46 - Caprice "Ice" Coleman
9:30 - Scott Powers
9:29 - Sexton Tyler (2001: #27 - 5:20, 2002: #20 - 1:37, 2003: #24 - 2:32)
9:24 - Julius Augustus
9:08 - Matty Dee
9:06 - Brad Hunter
8:56 - "Iceman" Joe Storm (2001: #26 - 1:14, 2002: #9 - 7:42)
8:47 - Hugh B. Johnson (2002: #27 - 3:52, 2003: #16 - 4:55)
8:41 - Dexter Poindexter
8:36 - Granite
8:22 - Scotty Blaze
7:58 - Latin Lover
7:44 - Drake Tungsten (2002: #8 - 1:32, 2003: #13 - 6:12)
7:44 - Quinson Valentino
7:40 - Amber O'Neal/Amber Holly (2001: #1 - 3:01, 2002: #18 - 3:14, 2004: #8 - 1:25)
7:12 - Jesse Ortega (2004: #18 - 4:49, 2005: #3 - 2:23)
7:05 - Matt Houston
7:01 - Tank Lawson (2004: #25 - 2:41, 2005; #19 - 4:20)
6:36 - Gregory Vercetti
6:21 - Kenny James (2002: #5 - 4:51, 2003: #28 - 1:30)
5:49 - L.A. Cash
5:44 - Donnie Dollars
5:42 - Chris Collins (2002: #13 - 1:33, 2003: #15 - 4:09)
5:29 - Chris Vega
5:24 - Guillotine LeGrande
5:24 - William Wealth III
5:21 - "Big Cat" Lincoln Thorne
4:35 - "Conceited Kid" Bradley North
4:28 - Johnny Blaze
4:22 - Mini Bull
4:20 - Jay Sinn
3:53 - Will Smooth (2004: #12 - 1:30, 2005: #23 - 2:23)
3:48 - Lumbee
3:47 - Ozzie Knight
3:40 - "Special K" Krissy Vaine
3:38 - Bret Sharpe
3:25 - "Playboy" Bert Tripp
3:08 - Jason Blade
3:03 - Ultra Dragon
2:41 - "Red Hot" Tim Blaze
2:37 - Johnny Suicide
2:36 - Lee Williams
2:33 - "Lord" Everett DeVore
2:28 - Chris Steel
2:21 - Shawn Christian
2:12 - Ashley Walker
2:02 - "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens
1:57 - Mighty Orlo
1:34 - Coco Rojo
1:27 - Brad Stutts
1:22 - Bobby Fontana
1:20 - BJ Strickler
0:53 - Blaze Knight
0:46 - Tik
0:41 - Larry, the security guard
0:33 - Mitch Conner
0:05 - Blue Angel

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dream A Little Dream

Enjoy what little bloggin ya get over the next few weeks outta me cause there's a good chance it's gonna be few and far between. To let everyone in on my private-little world (which if you've ever noticed, is only vaguely alluded to in this column), I'm attempting to buy a house. Not just any house mind you, but in my mind, amounts to my dream house. Problem being that my credit is horrible because I have yet to be able to right the wrongs from '96-'99 (I'll get that life story posted one of these days), and it's not like I have financial security or nothin. I get by and all, but to say this place is a little out of range is an understatement. At which point anyone reading this goes "Uhhhhh...so how can this be an option in the first place??". Answer: It's my Mom's house. As I mentioned months back, she lost her mind and got remarried leaving her with this beautiful house and no one to live in it. So it ends up on the market and to make a long story short, everything has fallen into place that aside from the minor issue of having $200,000, it's a perfect setup for me. About 5 miles from the TV studio and plenty of room for all the junk I have collected over the past XXX years. As insane as THIS sounds, buying that house will actually be CHEAPER for me than the current money sucking pit that I rent. Plus, it'll be about 200 less miles a week that I'm on the road. Not too shabby.

However, until that date comes, I'm pretty much living on an excruciating day-by-day rollercoaster. Just to get to the point I'm at now where this can be seriously considered was touch enough, but sealing the deal seems almost impossible at times. Anyone that was around me last weekend at the show and whatnot, knows I wasn't traditional Spaz. Matty even asked me about it yesterday and it's pretty tough to deny what I'm going through emotionally right now. For me, this is IT. If I can pull this off somehow by the grace of God, it's a life-changing move that benefits not just me, but a whole bunch friends and a certain wrestling promotion that I'm kinda tight with. But if it falls through the cracks, I'm probably gonna have a nervous breakdown as alot of my hopes and dreams are gonna go up in smoke. That may sound a little much, but I have been patient for YEARS. I've always allowed myself to settle for less and have always kicked my ass later for making so many stupid decisions and mistakes over the years. This is my one glaring opportunity to right a lot of wrongs and fix just about everything that's wrong with my life. I know it's not like I'm gonna wake up the next morning and never have a worry in the world, but this is gonna go a long ways in me making my life something I'm proud of 7 days a week, rather than just 1 day a week.

My apologies now to anyone I'm around if I give off a "I just wanna die" vibe in the next few weeks. It's VERY difficult when you want something this bad and you're already high strung enough as it is trying to pull it off and on top of everything else, you're greeted with criticism and finger pointing about how you're doing this wrong or that wrong. Trying to keep everyone happy, from family to friends and so on is nearly impossible and I can feel myself breaking down everytime any criticism falls my way. Even more than wanting this, I NEED this. Patience is a virtue, but if everyone understood just HOW patient I have been over the past nine years when it came to lowering my standards of living and then never being able to crawl back out of that hole, they would understand why my patience and sanity is running thin.

More than ANYthing else in the world, I want this home. Not because it's just a "nice home". It's my "Serenity", as others have dubbed it. My peace of mind on one hand...An open door for all friends, past and present. A door that I have never been comfortable enough with in the past to open...and yes, production central for CWF television. I could go on and on. After all, that's all I do in my head as of late. Dream of the future. Dream of what could be. Fear what may not be. The stars have aligned, but there's still that one giant hurdle left to climb. In the real world it's called a cosigner....in my current world, it will be called an angel.

I think you get the general idea there, so let's move on...as if I didn't have enough on my mind this Saturday is "Triumph", home of the 5th Annual CWF Rumble, my favorite event of the year. This has serious potential to be the best ever, and unquestionably, will probably be the most organized. And really, the card from top to bottom, should be as solid as any all year. It also marks the return of Kamakazi Kid, who I can't wait to see on Friday night once he gets in from Florida. For the newbies, Kazi pretty much died in two previous Rumble appearances (and if you've ever seen the footage, you know that's no exaggeration). I'd just like to go on record now saying in no way, shape, or form do I want him to attempt to cheat death yet again on sat. And actually, ASIDE from the house issue, this should be a wonderfully fun weekend. It would actually devastate me if the tension surrounding that issue ruins what otherwise is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Hopefully, it got it's "ruining weekends" phase out last weekend. Speaking of which, last Saturday 9/24 we were at the Raleigh Road Drive-In in Henderson, NC for a little house show. An acceptable turnout as several fans watched from their cars as if the show WAS a movie. It was actually my first time at a Drive-In since 1987 and "Spaceballs" and man, I tell ya, there is some serious potential with those suckers I still feel.

1. Jesse Ortega pinned Michael McAllister in 6:47 -

A tough spot for McAllister to be in as his mind was obviously elsewhere and it showed. Several moments of miscommunication led to some awkwardness. I feel bad for the boys but it happens to everyone. 3/4*

2. American Steel Ninja pinned Alex Adonis in 10:19 - Pretty bland and some awkwardness here too. Just not a very smooth show in general so far. *

3. "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse pinned CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner in 8:58 of a non-title match - Another match in this series (man, I need to check and see how many that is so far). Nothing you haven't seen before really, but solid all the way through. Too pros just out there doin' the thing. **3/4

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Mikael Yamaha and Julius Augusuts in 15:19 when Smooth pinned Augustus -

Seriously enjoyable matchup thanks to the crowd being a little more alive cause of the over-the-top heels. Augustus breaks out a clean shaven look which serves him SO much better. Some miscommunication early between him and the Playas though which is strange as they've worked a few times. Yam's heeling was off the charts and has been on a serious roll as of late. It's amazing just HOW much better of a worker Yamaha is when he's happy in his personal life. I mean, he's worked 3-4 watchable matches in a row now. **3/4

5. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride in 11:53 - What you'd expect, solid enough. Finish was freakin' horrible, especially considering they had a PERFECT finish and didn't do it, but oh well...hindsight 20/20 ya know? **

Football thoughts: The parity in the 2005 NFL season continues to run rampant with the dust settling after Week 3 and some of us dreaming of a Bengals-Bucs SuperBowl... The Pack's season is about one game away from being over and don't think for one second that Favre is gonna stick around past this year...What did I say in my preview about Chad Pennington staying healthy? J-E-T-S! J(ust) E(end) T(he) S(eason)!...If ANY team goes 9-7 this year, they're makin the playoffs. And an 11-5 team could very well have homefield throughout...Couple of topnotch games in Week 4 with the Chargers-Patriots and an awesome Eagles-Chiefs matchup.

Pick wise for Week 3 I was a bit busy so only got to round up a few and even with parity, we all did pretty darn well.
12-3: Grant Sawyer
11-4: Matty Dee, Randolph Hedrick

This past week in the Insiders Fantasy Football league, I went to 3-0 with another mauling in a 74 point win; in the battle of the other two top teams, Hedd edged Gemini Kid by 1 point to go 3-0 as well; McAllister beat Matty Dee by 46, who is now 0-3; and Yamaha shockingly went to 3-0 as well with a 77 point win over some hopeless jobber. This week is the big one with myself vs. Hedd as someone start 4-0, Gemini vs. Matty, and Yam vs. McAllister among the CWF crew matchups.

Ok guys, you got the basic update...more again one day even if it's just a quickie Rumble recap...Love to all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Stuff I Love...it's all in here

Found a funky new little BLOG to plug the other day....a comic geek one to be certain, but just the template alone kicks ass: Dial B For Blog. Fun stuff...I shall try and steal some of their material as often as possible. In checking it out, it brought my attention towards THIS comic cover, which leaves a myriad of questions to be answered...such as (look closely)...why the hell does it say "ASSPAIN" on the theater marquee?



One plug, one piece of stolen material, one question to never be answered. Not too shabby.

Ya know what, while I'm at it, I'm gonna give good old Captain Carrot a shoutout just because...



Man, if I had never gotten laid at this point in my life I can't imagine flaunting this stuff the way I do. I mean, do Star Wars virgins sit around and actually think that dedicating their life to that movie is more important than actually attempting to give the illusion to females that you're not a complete dork?

This week's pick results from those that did it as the NFL season continues to be as unpredictable as ever:

9-7: Randolph Hedrick
8-8: Matty Dee, GeeStar
7-9: Donnie Dollars
6-10: Amber O'Neal, Grant Sawyer
5-11: Mikael Yamaha

Fantasy Football updates...I win big again, by some 69 points to go 2-0, Gemini wins by 19 to go 2-0, Hedd beats McAllister by 15 to go 2-0, and Yamaha beats Matty Dee to go 2-0 (WTF??). Week 3's big one is the Hedd-Gemini matchup as at least one team will start 3-0.

If you watched Week 1 at all, you saw those commercials for Fathead.com, which is that site that sells that big ass NFL decals that cover like a wall of your room. I'm dying to get some of these suckers but holy balls are they expensive.


Your basic helmet is $95 and to get a player decal is $145. Ba freakin' jeez...maybe eBay will have 'em cheaper one of these days. Honestly though, that whole decal gimmick could really replace the traditional poster. If they actually work, that's exactly how posters should start be produced so you can just slap that sucker up on a wall.

ok, onto the big show reviews from last weekend and the first thing you'll notice is the addition of even MORE action pics than usual as our other ringside photo's site, Slamfest Bob, has put them up on his new photosite. This in addition to Hedd's always great work with the Insiders. Saturday 9/17 brought us the appropriately titled CWF "Superclash" with arguably the biggest main event in company history: Converse vs. Corino for the AWA World title.

1. Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja defeated the Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) in 7:32 when Ninja pined Sinn -

Well done opener as you would expect here with Munkey and Ninja almost looking better as a team now than when they were champs. TV quality. **

2. Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride pinned Donnie Dollars in 3:17 - Dollars is becoming the king of TV, having participated in nearly perfect-length TV bouts with Rob, Otto, and Ric now. And guess what? They all actually went on TV. Funny how that works when you actually work an undercard match in under 7 minutes. Good stuff, nice finish. *3/4

3. Mikael Yamaha pinned "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee in 11:58. Due to his win, Yamaha was granted the #30 entry in the 5th Annual CWF Rumble on 10/1 by Michael McAllister -

Without question, the most important match in Matty's CWF career. Pretty much abandoned at this point, he's gotta be able to turn the corner and move up the singles ladder. Problem being is that Matty's whole shtick is so ridiculously over the top, there's a fine line between the lovable dolt that amuses me to no ends and actually performing as a credible wrestler (which isn't nearly as amusing to me, but golly, does the crowd seem to like him a lot better then). Perfect matchup for him at this crossroads against Yamaprick, who I have to hear whine and bitch all weekend about how he always gets the shaft in the Rumble so he goes to McAllister who sympathizes with him and hands over the #30 spot this year if he wins tonight. God I can't stand wrestlers that whine about their spot. Near-perfect execution with Matty winning the crowd's hearts early by dumping Yam over the top rope and continuing on a roll which led to some of my worst spazzing-out-of-my-freakin-gourd play-by-play commentary in post later that night. Springboard into the superkick is **** on the Michaels-Benjamin scale. Stutts saves his boy numerous times from disaster until Yam hits a wicked snap DDT to win it. Fuck him. Matty was SO there we could taste it. Went too long but I LOVED the match and will make the "Year-End 25 list". ****

4. Amber O'Neal defeated Christie Ricci by submission in 8:59 of a AWA Women's World title qualifying match -

First time I remember seeing Christie although according to Hedd, we were on the same show as here back in 2002 for NEW/PGWA. Great look, very nice work and a pretty darn good women's bout here with Amber. It's all gravy. **

5. Ultra Dragon defeated Brandon Day by submission in 8:28 -

Solid match that was hurt by it's insane length considering what was needed. Dragon takes his usual "this guy shouldn't be alive, much less kicking out" murderous heat. Some insanity on the floor as well and Day ends up pretty much driving his own head into the canvas like a pogo stick, leading to Dragon's win. Post-match, Sean Powers hits the ring and clears house with a chain leading to the traditional pre-Rumble 15-man locker room brawl. Not a bad match, just too much. *3/4

6. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned Jesse Ortega in 8:53 to win the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television title -

It had to happen one day and it finally did, the record setting 24-successful title defense run of Ortega (spanning 9 months and 9 days) finally came to an end with Conner's 3rd shot at the title. The meat-and-potatoes wasn't as dramatic or as crisp as some of the previous ones, but all anyone will ever remember is the final 2 minutes, ending with a Honky Tonk-Steamboat like finish with Conner rolling through the fujiwara, his feet laced into the ropes and on top of Ortega for the fateful 3 count. NO ONE saw this one coming and fans were just flat out shocked. **1/2

7. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Alex Adonis and Marcellus King in 14:59 when Smooth pinned Adonis -

Adonis takes the place of Julius Augustus who was in an unfortunate automobile accident on the way to the show (f'n deers). Honestly, not too shabby at all as King and the Playas really click and Adonis has worked with the Playas enough to fit into the puzzle pretty nicely. Yeah, I was surprised too. Fine little bout. **1/4

8. AWA World Heavyweight champion Steve Corino pinned "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse in 38:47 -




Well this was it, the epic matchup that every fan was just chomping at the bit for. Make no mistake, this crowd wanted and truly believe with all their hearts that Ric could indeed leave as the new AWA World champ. Hell of an old school matchup as the pace is very very slow but they didn't need anything more than that as the crowd is hot for every single little thing. The initial feeling out process literally goes nearly the entire first 30 minutes and there's no question that if we had decided to go with a 60 minute draw, this would have been the match to do it in and the fans would have still been there in the end. Unfortunately, Charles the ref gets KO'd by Corino late and wouldn't ya know it, Ric hits his Richter scale on Corino with no one there to count it. But wait! Here comes ref #2 Katie Kincaid to make the count and it's 1, 2, and cocksucker of the night, Ricky Landell, yanks her out of the ring and nearly gets booed out of the building. Corino comes back with a second Northern Lights Bomb to put Ric away for good and the crowd is PISSED. And I mean, in a rebellious "G-DAMN IT! FUCK!" kinda way. Resident fan Big Donnie takes the lead by bitching ME out first off (of all people) and then gets the mic from CORINO, going on a (mild) profanity-laced 5 minute rant ending with "You no good bastard". Whew, thank god we're family friendly, cause the fans sure ain't. Corino ends up bitching out Ricky Landell for f'n the finish up which in turn leads to another brawl between Ric, Corino, Landell, and the rest of the locker room. The match itself was basic as fuck and would probably be deemed boring by some (god forbid), but it told a story, one HELL of a story, and I have NEVER seen a CWF crowd that mad about who went over in a match. On a side note, Corino is the ultimate professional, putting over every single little thing about the promotion and I look forward to the rematch that was never supposed to happen. ****



Sunday night 9/18 brought us RCW "Bigger Than Average" at the Riders bar in Greensboro for a decent little turnout for what could wind up being the last show ever in that facility:

1. Ultra Dragon, Brass Munkey, and American Steel Ninja defeated "Mr. Elite" Jake Manning and the Guerreros (Jose and Miguel Guerrero) in 13:12 -

I missed the CMLL mini-show a couple of weeks back so this was my first time seeing the Guerreros in action (or Manning for that matter). Seriously fun 6-man with the Munkey past and future partners teaming on one side. Little mix of lucha in there as you would expect with the traditional southern tag format. ***

2. Sean Cruise (with Tre G in his corner) pinned Jay Steel in 7:30 - Boy, Riders is always the place I can go now to see new guys. Solid enough, but nothing truly memorable. I probably need to go back and watch on tape before really passing any judgment, good or bad. *1/2

3. Jeremy Ryan and "Texas Lightning" Bobby Houston defeated Jay Sinn and Donnie Dollars (with Gregory Vercetti in their corner) in 10:10 - Holy god, whoever gave "Houston" THAT gimmick was dead freakin' on. Bobby Houston is Sam Houston's long lost, but slightly less incarcerated, brother. I mean, absolutely PERFECT gimmick for a guy. Talk, lanky, good lookin youngster. Gave him the white tights, boots, cowboy hat and all the rest takes care of itself. Match was alot of fun actually although a touch too long at this stage of the show with what came before and what was coming later. **

4. The Millennium Violence Connection ("The Black Hand" Justin Feeche and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel) defeated Jukebox Heroes (Charlie Dreamer and "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 9:43 -

Ironically enough, the Mid-Atlantic tag champs can't make the show but the recently doubly retired MVC team does, up against a fun little duo that actually had plenty of crowd support between Dreamer's natural charisma and the CWF regulars still pulling for Matty because of what happened the night before. **

5. KC McKnight pinned "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse in 12:02 -

The "Mini-Clash" between one of, if not THE, premier MA worker and the one that has been deemed as the NEXT. Very solid bout here with Converse getting screwed for the second night straight. MAJOR props to KC on the new gear as it's a VAST improvement on some of the previous RCW and CWF stuff he's worn. I can totally see KC and Ric doing a 40-minute 3 falls match in the right setting somewhere down the road. ***

6. Amber O'Neal and GeeStar defeated Mikael Yamaha and Brad Stutts in 8:11 when Gee pinned Yamaha -



Certainly not a workrate classic, but earned major praise from others as soon as it was over as one of the most entertaining matches seen in a long time. Yamaha strikes gold on two straight days and we ALL know how rare that is. He broke out the pink motocross which actually looked awesome and not in the "questionable lifestyle" kinda way either. I won't go the full Bret Hart-monty on it, but still not too shabby. Stutts played his role perfectly and both girls were on (which is a biggie for Gee, who has had a tough time trying to reclaim the motivation and glory of 2004 post-knee injury). Very Classic Rock-Tank in the sense that you're probably talkin ** at best workrate wise, but on an entertainment level, it was WAY up there.

7. RCW Intercontinental champion "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride (with Hank the Rider's Enforcer in his corner) pinned Tank Lawson (with Penguin in his corner) in 15:20 to win the vacant RCW Heavyweight title -

Your basic Rob-Tank matchup although the ringside shenanigans were almost TOO distracting as Penguin and Hank just have no clue out there as to what to do when and pretty much spent half the match holding hands while the fans scream "For the love of god Hank, HIT HIM!!". **

8. KC McKnight pinned "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride to win the RCW Heavyweight title -

Rob wins the title back and out comes KC for an abrupt challenge that leads to a mini-match with KC pulling a Hogan-Yoko-Bret and WINNING the freakin' belt (or as some would say a Credible-Dreamer-Taz but whoever watched that stuff? :P ). I actually hate this kind of title switch and even though this one was done completely fine, not insulting in any way, I think it still degrades the sanctity of the RCW Heavyweight title. Cough, cough...man, what's that in my throat...Post-match, KC celebrates on the bar with the title and is asked to get down by former wrestler/RCW bouncer/No selling god of wrestling Grease, which leads to a confrontation between KC and Grease, with Grease grabbing KC by the throat (shizoooooooooooooot and the shizit is on!)and KC going all front facelock on him. This goes back to the locker room which in turn nearly breaks out into a full-fledged riot between the RCW wrestlers and the Riders bouncers and employees. Very, very ugly scene which should have never happened in the first place.

Ok, that's enough of an insanely large update for now..time for us all to go back to our regularly scheduled lives...peace out!

GRANT "STATMARK" SAWYER
NORTH CAROLINA
I was born 8/25/75; although I did attend an Elvis Presley Concert in Greenboro, NC 35 days BEFORE I was born (7/21/75). I Have lived in NC, MO, CA, GA, and WI. I went to high school at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, CA (89-90) and Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC (90-93). Attended one year at the Savannah College of Art and Design as a Video major (93-94). Worked at WAAP TV 16 in NC from 94-96; WLUK FOX 11 in Green Bay, WI from 96-97; and WGHP FOX 8 in High Point, NC from 97-99; doing various duties including Master Control, Directing, Technical Directing, Editing, Camera, and Audio opeartion. Started an on again/off again with Independent wrestling in 1997, holding video production for local shows (which was the early basis of Statmark Video itself). Then, in December 2000, Statmark Video went fulltime, handling video production for various Independent promotions around the state of NC including CWF Mid-Atlantic, the stand-out promotion in the Carolinas that embodies the heritage of the old MA territory. I handle videography, assistant producer, and color commentary chores for them. The broadcast can be seen throughout the Carolinas as well as parts of VA, GA, and NY on various cable outlets.
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ARCHIVES
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BLOGS BY THE BOYS
Brad Stutts
Randy Hedrick
Mikael Yamaha
"Slick" Ric Converse
Justin Feeche
Kamakazi Kid
Brass Munkey
"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel
"Rock N' Roll" Matty Dee
Jesse Ortega
Jeremy Ryan
Michael McAllister
Jesse McAllister
Katie Kincaid
KC McKnight
Trent Wylde
Tre G
Kurt Solo
Damage Inc
Moses Manson
Zane Dawson
Brad Rainz
Scott Keith
Raven Mack
Incredible Hulk
The Blue haired goddess, Zoe!

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
GeeStar
Brad Stutts
CWF Mid-Atlantic
Indy Insiders
"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel
Brass Munkey
"Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride
"Slick Diddy" Ric Converse
"Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens
Kamakazi Kid
American Steel Ninja
Amber O'Neal
Krissy Vaine
Katie Kincaid
Ultra Dragon
Justin Feeche
Tank Lawson
Kid Justice
SouthSide Playas
Gregory Vercetti
Randy Hedrick
Gemini Kid
Drake Tungsten
Trent Wylde
Joey Silvia

ONE-LINE REVIEWS
Mikael Yamaha & Sexton Tyler vs. Joey Silvia & Brad Rainz (11/8/03):
"That seriously is the worst match I've ever been at ringside for and I managed Mark Michaels." - Brad Stutts

"I thought that match was fucking great." - Mikael Yamaha

"A mother fucking Butterfinger beats the shit of a G-D Clark Bar" - Flagler

5 PEOPLE WHO MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY
(well, 6 if you count God...)
Dad
Mom
My stepmom, Peggy
Sam Raimi
Jeff Rudd

MOST SIGNIFICANT DATES IN MY LIFE
August 25, 1975 (I was born, so yeah, it's up there)
July 21, 1987 (become officially hooked on wrestling)
October 17, 1989 (The California Earthquake)
June 10, 1994 (got first job in television)
April 26, 1996 (moved to Wisconsin)
March 28, 1999 (met Gee)
December 30, 2000 (the first CWF show)

TOP 10 THINGS I DON'T TRULY APPRECIATE UNTIL I NO LONGER HAVE THEM IN MY LIFE
1. Inner Happiness
2. Friends
3. Family
4. Affection
5. Health
6. Respect
7. Money
8. Food
9. Sunshine
10. Boobs

TOP 5 FAVORITE WRESTLERS
1. Shawn Michaels
2. Ricky Stamboat
3. Bret Hart
4. Chris Benoit
5. Kurt Angle

TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL PLAYERS
1. Barry Sanders
2. Steve Young
3. Randall Cunningham
4. Brett Favre
5. Don Beebe

TOP 5 MOST HATED FOOTBALL PLAYERS
1. Troy Aikman
2. John Elway
3. Randy Moss
4. Rob Johnson
5t. Kerry Collins
5t. Michael Irvin

TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAMS
(somewhat interchangeable depending on circumstances)
1. Carolina Panthers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Miami Dolphins
5t. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5t. San Francisco 49ers

TOP 5 MOST HATED FOOTBALL TEAMS
(somewhat interchangeable depending on who's being a bigger pain in the ass this week)
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. NY Jets
3. NY Giants
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Washington Redskins

TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL UNIFORMS EVER
1. Frankfurt Galaxy (1996 NFLE home version)
2. Orlando Thunder (91-92 WLAF home version)
3. San Diego Chargers (powder blue throwback home version)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (basic '90s home version)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976-1995 home version)

TOP 5 FAVORITE FOOTBALL GAMES EVER
1. 1994 NFC Championship (1/15/95): Dallas Cowboys (28) at San Francisco 49ers (38)
Notes: After two consecutive heart-breaking losses in the NFC title game to the Cowboys and the constant shadow of Joe Montana hanging over his head, Steve Young FINALLY gets over the hump in the most gratifying payoff to what seemed to be a never-ending chase that I've ever seen. I was literally jumping up and down on the control room table while at work at WAAP and still get chills to this day when watching hilights from the game. It was magic and I'll never forget it.
2. 1996 NFC Championship (1/12/97): Carolina Panthers (13) at Green Bay Packers (30)
Notes: While not a great game by any means, I lived in Green Bay during this one, having moved away from NC the year before and everything surrounding the game just has SO much meaning to me. The expansion Panthers go to where no one ever expected them to be while the Packers try and go to the SuperBowl after having not been there in 30 freakin' years. I do my best to try and cheer for the Panthers knowing that if they win, the suicide rate in Green Bay is going to skyrocket. You had to be in GB then to really understand what this game meant to those people and to their lives and they got their payoff. God bless them.
3. 2003 NFC Divisional Playoff (1/10/04): Carolina Panthers (29) at St. Louis Rams (23) (OT)
Notes: The emotionally draining double OT classic that by the end if it, I could barely cheer as I was about to pass out from exhaustion. Even now I can barely write anything about the game because it was THAT draining.
4. 1992 AFC Wild Card Playoff (1/3/93): Houston Oilers (38) at Buffalo Bills (41) (OT)
Notes: Even if you didn't give a crap about either team, if you watched football in the early 90s, you KNOW this game. I was on the way back from Florida, listening to some of the game in the car on the radio. Houston's up 35-3 in the 3rd quarter so I allow Dad to change the station. We check back awhile later at which point it sounded like OJ was reporting about the Bills victory...but that couldn't be right...could it?? Was the radio signal fuzzy...or was that the crowd? What the hell was going on in Buffalo? Was their a riot after the Bills lost? oh wait...no...they couldn't have.....OH MY GOD!!!
5. Monday Night Football (12/22/03): Green Bay Packers (41) at Oakland Raiders (7)
Notes: In one of the most incredible individual performances you could ever see, Brett Favre decides to not end his consecutive game streak and plays just one day after his father passed away from a heart attack. Incredibly, Favre throws for 399 yards and 4 TDs in a win that would become very vital in sending the Packers to the playoffs just one week later.
Honorable Mention:
SuperBowl XXIII (1/22/89): San Francisco 49ers (20) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (16) - the game that made me a fan for life.
SuperBowl XXV (1/27/91): NY Giants (20) vs. Buffalo Bills (19) - unbiasedly speaking, the best game I've ever seen.
1996 NFC Divisional Playoff (1/5/97): Dallas Cowboys (17) at Carolina Panthers (26) - the official arrival of the Panthers, and could there have been a better team to smack around?
Monday Night Football (12/18/00): St. Louis Rams (35) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38) - the Bucs' revenge game after getting screwed in the '99 NFC title game.
2002 NFC Championship (1/19/03): Tampa Bay Buccanners (27) at Philadelphia Eagles (10) - The Bucs' finally get over the hump after being ousted by the Eagles in the playoffs two straight years and win the game no one thought they could win. I'll never forget the radio call as Rhonde Barber seals the deal with a 92 yard INT return as dreams had become reality and the freakin' BUCS were going to play in a SuperBowl.
Week 17 (12/27/03): Minnesota Vikings (17) at Arizona Cardinals (18) - All the Vikings have to do is hang onto an 11-point lead over the lowly 3-12 Cardinals with just 2 minutes to go in order to go to the playoffs and win the division. They then procede to pull off the biggest choke job ever, completely blowing it, missing the playoffs, sending a crowd at Lambeau Field 1,000+ miles away into a complete frenzy, with my favorite radio call ever as Arizona's Nate Poole catches the winning TD as time expires with the Vikings announcer screaming "Noooooooooooooo!" Noooooooooo!".

FAVORITE WRESTLING MATCHES EVER
This is a list of MY favorite matches of all-time (well, at least for this week anyways)...yes, there ARE better matches workrate wise in some cases, but these are my personal favs, so quit arguin'.
1. Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (WrestleMania III, 3/29/87)
2. Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (SummerSlam, 8/26/91)
3. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Chi-Town Rumble, 2/20/89)
4. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (WrestleWar, 5/7/89)
5. Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat in a 30:00 Ironman match (Beach Blast, 6/20/92)
6. Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (Crockett Cup, 4/11/87)
7. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (Royal Rumble, 1/19/03)
8. 1992 Royal Rumble (1/19/92)
9. Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (SummerSlam, 8/29/92)
10. Owen Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (King of the Ring, 6/16/94)
11. Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match (SummerSlam, 8/27/95)
12. Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (In Your House, 2/18/96)
13. Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Liger (SuperBrawl II, 2/29/92)
14. Brian Pillman & Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (3/2/93)
15. Curt Hennig vs. Tito Sanata (Saturday Night's Main Event, 7/16/90)
16. Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (In Your House: Mind Games, 9/22/96)

FAVORITE WRESTLING PPVs EVER
1. Great American Bash '89
2. SummerSlam '91
3. WrestleMania III
4. WrestleMania XIX
5. WrestleMania XX
6. 1987 Survivor Series
7. Beach Blast '92
8. Canadian Stampede
9. SuperBrawl II
10. WrestleMania VIII

TOP 5 FAVORITE INDY SHOWS I'VE EVER TAPED
1. CWF Mid-Atlantic; April 17, 2004; Burlington, NC
2. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic "New Year's Knockout"; January 8, 2005; Burlington, NC
3. CWF/FWA-Carolinas "Triumph"; September 28, 2002; Graham, NC
4. CWF/FWA-Carolinas "Ultimatium"; January 26, 2002; Burlington, NC
5. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic "Night of the Mid-Atlantic Legends"; February 5, 2005; Seagrove, NC

TOP 5 WORST INDY SHOWS I'VE EVER TAPED
1. VCW; March 16, 2001; Mt. Airy, NC
2. Wahoo McDaniel Memorial Show; July 13, 2002; Charlotte, NC
3. NMCW; February 16, 2002; Albemarle, NC
4. SWA 1st Anniversary Show; August 2, 2002; Huntsville, TN
5. Warriors of Wrestling; March 13, 2004; Southern Pines, NC

TOP 5 FAVORITE VACATION SPOTS
1. 1. San Francisco, CA
2. Orlando, FL
3. Green Bay, WI
4. Savannah, GA
5. Los Angeles, CA

TOP 5 PLACES I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO THAT I'VE NEVER BEEN
1. Tokyo
2. NFL Hall of Fame - Canton, OH
3. Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
4. Honolulu
5. Pontiac Silverdome

TOP 5 FAVORITE AMUSEMENT PARKS
1. Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, VA)
2. Islands of Adventure (Orlando, FL)
3. Universal Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
4. Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL)
5. Universal Studios (Orlando, FL)

TOP 5 FAVORITE MUSICAINS
1. Elvis
2. Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
3. "Weird Al" Yankovic
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. Bloodhound Gang

TOP 5 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS
1. TGIFriday's
2. Applebee's 1. Tecmo Bowl
2. ESPN NFL 2K5
3. Madden 2003
4. Pro Wrestling
5. WrestleMania 2000

TOP 5 FAVORITE NETWORKS
1. NFL Network
2. ESPN
3. FOX
4. Boomerang
5. ESPN Classic

TOP 5 TV SHOWS EVER
1. Dukes of Hazzard
2. Family Guy
3. King of the Hill
4. Incredible Hulk
5. Greatest American Hero

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIES EVER
1. Evil Dead 2
2. Dead Alive
3. Army of Darkness
4. Rocky Horror Pitcure Show
5. Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil Subhumanoid Flesh Eating Living Dead Part 2

TOP 5 FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES
1. The Crow
2. Puppet Master
3. Twice Dead
4. The Frighteners
5. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

TOP 5 FAVORITE COMEDIES
1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
2. Undercover Brother
3. Naked Gun
4. Christmas Vacation
5. Tommy Boy

TOP 5 FAVORITE ACTION MOVIES
1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
2. Con Air
3. Terminator 2
4. Back to the Future
5. Back to the Future 2

TOP 5 FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIES
1. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
2. Space Jam
3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
4. Lilo & Stich
5. Transformers: The Movie

TOP 5 FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIES
1. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
2. BASEketball
3. Dodgeball
4. The Replacements
5. Major League

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIES BASED ON COMICS
1. The Crow
2. Spider-Man
3. Batman
4. Spider-Man 2
5. Howard The Duck

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIE TRILOGIES
(or whatever they're called if there's more than three of them)
1. Evil Dead 1/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness
2. Clerks/Mallrats/Chasing Amy/Dogma/Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
3. National Lampoon's Vacation series
4. Back to the Future
5. Nightmare on Elm Street

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIES THAT ARE REALLY F'D UP
1. Tetsuo the Iron Man
2. Nekromantic
3. Nekromantic 2
4. Society
5. Motorama

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIE FINISHES
1t. Darkman
1t. Psycho
3. Scooby Doo
4. There's Something About Mary
5. Man on the Moon

TOP 5 FAVORITE MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS
1. Rocky Horror Pitcure Show
2. Summer School
3. Cocktail
4. The Replacements
5. Dude, Where's My Car?

TOP 5 FAVORITE ACTORS
1. Bruce Campbell
2. No One Else Matters

TOP 5 FAVORITE DIRECTORS
1. Sam Raimi
2. Kevin Smith
3. Quentin Tarantino
4. Peter Jackson
5. John Woo

MY "TO DO" LIST
(excluding people I actually know for both their own sake and mine)
1. Noki-A (with the mask only!)
2. Trish Stratus
3. Pamela Anderson
4. Jillian Barberie
5. Lindsay Lohan (2003-2004 only!)

FAMOUS PEOPLE THAT I'M PROUD TO SAY I'VE MET IN PERSON
Brett Favre, Reggie White, Desmond Howard, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Owen Hart

TOP 3 FAVORITE MONTHS
1. March (ACC tourny/March Madness/WrestleMania/Many noteable memories in relationship land from March/Start of Spring)
2. September (NFL Kickoff/Indy Rumble)
3. January (NFL Playoffs/Royal Rumble)

LEAST FAVORITE MONTH
1. December (Start of Winter/The Headache that is the Holidays/The College Football Playoffs...oh, wait...what's that? They don't have any?? Freakin' morons.)

FUCK JOHN ELWAY...25 BETTER RUNNING BACKS THAN TERRELL DAVIS
Barry Sanders
Walter Payton
Emmitt Smith
Earl Campbell
Jim Brown
Roger Craig
Gale Sayers
Billy Sims
OJ Simpson
Marshall Faulk
Thurman Thomas
John Riggins
Eric Dickerson
Larry Csonka
Franco Harris
Ottis Anderson
Marcus Allen
Edgerrin James
Steve Van Buren
Tony Dorsett
Jerome Bettis
Ricky Watters
LaDainlian Tomlinson
Priest Holmes
Eddie George

10 BRET HART SINGLE MATCHES BETTER THAN THAT DAMN OVERRATED SURVIVOR SERIES '96 MATCH VS. STEVE AUSTIN
Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (8/26/91)
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (3/20/94)
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (3/23/97)
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (4/5/92)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (8/29/92)
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (11/25/92)
Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (6/19/93)
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair (10/12/92)
Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (7/4/94)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (12/17/95)

RATING THE BATTLECADE MATCHES - FROM BEST TO WORST
Sometime around WrestleMania XIV I believe, PWI put out this major WMania magazine and listed every single freakin' Mania match in order from best to worst (all 100+ of those suckers). So, on a much smaller scale, I present my pointless tribute to that, the CWF Mid-Atlantic Battlecade list of matches, from best to worst (5 Battlecades have been held for those oblivious to what the heck I'm yammering about).
1. "Slick" Ric Converse vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel with Brad Attitude as the special guest referee (V)
2. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel vs. "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (III)
3. Krazy K vs. Kamikazi Kid in the "Rising Generation League" tournament finals (IV)
4. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion Mikael Yamaha, Sexton Tyler, and Amber Holly vs. Caprice "Ice" Coleman and Main Attraction (II)
5. CWF Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha vs. Xsiris vs. Kamikazi Kid vs. Number Man in a "Fatal 4 Way" match (V)
6. Gemini Kid and Mikael Yamaha vs. the United Nations of Devestation (Drake Tungsten & Hugh B. Johnson) for the vacant CWF/FWA-Carolinas tag team titles (III)
7. John Brooks and David Cole vs. Krazy K and Dexter Poindexter (V)
8. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion Madd Maxx vs. "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (II)
9. Kid Justice vs. Jesse Ortega in the "Rising Generation League" tournament finals for the vacant RGL title (V)
10. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja vs. Drake Tungsten and Matt Houston in a non-title match (V)
11. CWF Cruiserweight champiobn Gemini Kid vs. Hot Property vs. Mikael Yamaha in a triangle match (I)
12. Maxx Madd vs. Ethan Cage in a Hardcore match (I)
13. Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja vs. "Tremendous" Trent Wylde and CWF Mid-Atlantic Cruiserweight champion Xsiris (IV)
14. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Kenny James and Xsiris (III)
15. The Hirydaz (Mikael Yamaha and Gemini Kid) vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brad Attitude and Brad Rainz in a hair vs. titles match (IV)
16. "Slick" Ric Converse vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel (IV)
17. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse vs. Joey "Spank" Silvia (III)
18. Rising Generation League champion Kamakazi Kid vs. Brad Attitude (III)
19. Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens vs. Ryin Andrews (V)
20. Joey Silvia vs. Alex Stone (IV)
21. Sexton Tyler vs. Stephen O' Hara (III)
22. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Sean Powers and Mitch Norris (IV)
23. Rob "the Bull" McBride vs. "Tremendous" Trent Wylde (V)
24. Tony Platinum vs. J.T. Sparxx (II)
25. Don Kernodle vs. Black Hart (I)
26. The Wild Eyed Southern Boys ("Wild" Shane West & Gary "Madd Trucker" Stevens) vs. Dexter Poindexter and Rob "the Bull" McBride (IV)
27. Lexie Fyfe vs. Amber Holly (I)
28. Carolina Stud vs. Kid Courageous (I)
29. The Spoiler vs. "Classic" Chris Collins (V)
30. Bounty Hunter vs. Malaki (III)
31. The New $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) vs. Alex Adonis and Jay Sinn (V)
32. "Mighty" Orlo Helmer vs. "Red Hot" Tim Blaze (V)
33. Ethan Cage, Kenny James, and L.A. Stevens vs. Granite, Johnny Blaze, and "Playboy" Bert Tripp (II)
34/35. Otto Schwanz vs. Dewey Cheatum and Pat Cusick in a guantlet match (III)
36. Rob McBride vs. Larry Isley (II)
37. CWF/FWA-Carolina tag team champions the Southside Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Otto Schwanz and Jeff Justice (II)
38. Fun Lovin' Criminal and Kozmo vs. Patrick O' Hara and J.P. Fairchild (I)
39. The Russians vs. Chris Collins and Deacon (III)

SPORTING EVENTS I HAVE BEEN IN ATTENDANCE FOR OVER THE YEARS
2/15/88, WWF
Hearns Coliseum; Columbia, MO
Notes: B-level house show with a 14-man battle royal as the main, won by Jim Brunzell as he dumped the Bolsheviks (payback for doing the job in tag action earlier on the show). Match of the night would easily by the Jumping Bomb Angels defending the WWF Women's tag team titles against the Glamour Girls.

3/7/90, WWF
Cow Palace; San Fracisco, CA
Notes: This was a 23-match, 3-week Wrestling Challenge taping and the "Ultimate Challenge Special" that aired on the USA network leading up to WrestleMania VI. The official main event was WWF World champion Hulk Hogan & the Big Bossman defeating Mr. Perfect & the Genius. In other action, WWF IC champion the Ultimate Warrior & Jake Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase & Akeem and WWF tag champs Andre the Giant & Haku defeated the Rockers by DQ.

6/10/90, MLB:
Oakland A's 3, Kansas City Royals 2
Oakland Coliseum; Oakland, CA
Notes: Jose Canseco is on the DL as then second-banana Mark McGwire carries the load. Multi-sport star Bo Jackson strikes out each time at the plate...and breaks his bat each time as well.
The Future: Oakland would go on to win the ALCS before being swept by Cincinnati in the World Series.

3/30 & 4/1/91; NCAA Final Four:
Kansas Jayhawks 79, UNC Tarheels 73
Duke Blue Devils 79, UNLV Rebels 77
Duke Blue Devils 72, Kansas Jayhawks 62
Hoosier Dome; Indianapolis, IN
Notes: Duke pulls one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, knocking off powerhouse UNLV en-route to winning their first ever national championship.

10/30/92, NBA:
LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dean Dome; Chapel Hill, NC
Notes: This otherwise forgettable perseason game would actually become fairly noteable as it would turn out to be Magic Johnson's final game before retiring due to the AIDS virus (and subsequent pressure). Of course he would end up returning to the NBA after a hiatus which rendered this game a little more meaningless.

2/17/93, ACC:
UNC Tarheels, Clemson Tigers
Dean Dome; Chapel Hill, NC
Notes: Clemson's Chris Whitney goes 8-10 from the 3-point line but Clemson remains winless 4EVER at UNC.
The Future: UNC would go onto win the 1993 NCAA National championship less than two months later.

2/25/94, NBA:
Atlanta Hawks 111, Milwaukee Bucks 100
Omni; Atlanta, GA
Notes: The Bucks were horrid at the time and the only saving grace to even watch the game was to see Dominique Wilkins play. Then, the day BEFORE the game, Wilkins gets traded to the other side of the country to the LA Clippers.
The Future: The Hawks would tie a franchise record with 57 wins this year and go to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Orlando

12/17/94, NBA:
Charlotte Hornets 111, Denver Nuggets 92
Charlotte Coliseum; Charlotte, NC
The Future: Charlotte would make the playoffs but go out in the first round to the Bulls.

8/15/95, MLB:
Baltiore Orioles 8, Cleveland Indians 3
Camden Yards; Baltimore, MD
Notes: This would be Cal Ripken's 2,110th consecutive game played, 21 before he broke Lou Gehrig's all-time record.
The Future: The Indians would go all the way to Game 6 of the World Series before finally losing to Atlanta.

3/31/96, WWF WrestleMania XII
Arrowhead Pond; Anaheim, CA
Notes: Shawn Michaels realizes his "boyhood dream" by defeating Bret Hart in OT of a 60:00 Ironman match. I can be seen clearly on the "Free-For-All" countdown show holding my "Shawn Is God Here" sign. I also attended the 1996 Slammy Awards, held the day earlier.

6/23/96, WWF 1996 King of the Ring
The Mecca; Milwaukee, WI
Notes: A pivotal show that led to the "boom" as Steve Austin coins his "Austin 3:16" phrase after winning the KOTR tournament. Also, WWF World champ Shawn Michaels goes over on Davey Boy Smith in a frequently overlooked match.

6/24/96, WWF RAW IS WAR
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: A three-week taping for RAW, most noteably hilighted by the Ultimate Warrior defeating Owen Hart by DQ which would turn out to be Warrior's last WWF match EVER as he bailed on the company the next week. This show was also highlighted by Brian Pillman saying "GD" on live TV and two awesome Shawn Michaels matches, as he went over Billy Gunn and former partner Marty Jannetty in a tremendous outing.

3/23/97, WWF WrestleMania 13
Rosemont Horizon; Rosemont, IL
Notes: The defining WWF match of the boom as Bret Hart and Steve Austin put on a 5-star classic. I also attended the 1997 Slammy Awards, held the day earlier.

5/5/97, WWF RAW IS WAR
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: This was the episode of RAW where the Hart Foundation would search throughout the arena for Shawn Michaels the whole night. The main event had Steve Austin pinning WWF European Champion Davey Boy Smith in non-title action. In a never-aired match taped for Coliseum Video that was never released, Brian Pillman wrestled his first match in over a year as he teamed with Davey Boy and Owen Hart against Steve Austin and the Legion of Doom.

9/28/97, WWF
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: House show card main evented by the Undertaker defeating WWF World champion Bret Hart vby DQ. The show is most noteable for the fact that it was Brian Pillman's next-to-last match ever (he was pinned by Goldust) as he would pass away seven days later. Also on the show, Mankind defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a falls count anywhere match.

2/5/99, WWF
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: House show card hilighted by Steve Austin defeating Kane, the Rock, and World champion Mankind in a fatal four way match.

5/10/99, NBA Playoffs Round One:
Atlanta Hawks 89, Detroit Pistons 69
Georgia Dome; Atlanta, GA
Notes: Dikembe Mutombo sets a personal playoff high with 28 points as Atlanta goes up 2-0 in their series.
The Future: Atlanta would win the series 3-2 before losing to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, this game would be remembered more for getting absolutely trounced in the ratings by RAW which scored an 8.1 to the game's 1.7.

5/15/99, Break The Barrier
Viking Hall (ECW Arena); Philadelphia, PA
Notes: This was the very strong but poorly recorded joint Indy show at ECW Arena, put on by Scoops' Al Isaacs. Very strong show live that was never done justice on videotape.

6/27/99, WWF 1999 King of the Ring
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: Billy Gunn wins the KOTR tournament. Children cry.

9/27/99, WWF RAW IS WAR
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: The classic RAW with the Mick Foley-Rock "This Is Your Life" segment. This would also be the final RAW written by Vince Russo as he left the company later in the week. For actual wrestling content, the The Rock battled WWF World champ Triple H to a no contest when Davey Boy Smith attacked both men.

4/23/00, WWF
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: House show card with WWF tag team champs Edge & Christian defeated the Hardys and the Dudley Boyz in a triangle match main event. Noteable earlier matches were WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero pinning Kurt Angle after Chyna interfered and the Rock & Chris Jericho defeating Chris Benoit & WWF World champion Triple H when Rock pinned Benoit.

8/29/00, WWF Smackdown
Crown Coliseum; Fayetteville, NC
Notes: Pretty basic SDown taping, highlighted by Al Snow winning the European title from Perrty Saturn and a Angle-Guerrero main event as the backdrop to HHH-Stephanie's relationship woes.

1/22/01, WCW Nitro/Thunder
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Winston-Salem, NC
Notes: Dual TV taping hilighted by the WCW tryout/debuts of Christopher Daniels and Michael Modest in which Daniels nearly breaks his neck. Then on Thunder, Rey Misterio Jr. wins an awesome "Cruiserweight Contender Countdown" match (Gauntlet Match).

7/30/02, WWF Smackdown
Charlotte Coliseum; Charlotte, NC
Notes: Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero surprisingly jump from RAW to Smackdown and then go onto defeat Rock and Edge in the main. In other action, Hulk Hogan defeated Kurt Angle by DQ and Rey Misterio Jr. pinned Yoshihiri Tajiri.

9/16/03, WWE Smackdown
RBC Center; Raleigh, NC
Notes: Brock Lesnar defeats Kurt Angle in a 60:00 Ironman match to win the WWE Undisputed title. In other action, Eddie & Chavo Guerrero defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin to win the Smackdown tag team titles.

10/27/03, NFL:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12, Carolina Panthers 9
Ericsson Stadium; Charlotte, NC
Notes: Bucs K Martin Gramatica hit a 47 YD FG with 47 seconds left for the win. QB Randy Fansani made his first ever NFL start for Carolina, going 5 for 18 with 46 yards and 3 INTs, never to be heard from again.
The Future: Tampa Bay would go on to defeat Oakland and win SuperBowl XXXVII

CURRENT WEATHER FROM MY FAVORITE TOWNS

Chapel Hill, NC:
WXPort

Green Bay, WI:
WXPort

Walnut Creek, CA:
WXPort

Orlando, FL:
WXPort

Savannah, GA:
WXPort

QUICK & DIRTY MOVIE RATINGS
This is an extensive list of the movies I have reviewed since my BLOG originally debuted and the star ratings I gave them, from best to worst
***** - The Incredibles, Pauly Shore Is Dead
****3/4 - Kill Bill Vol. 1
****1/2 - Spongebob Squarepants The Movie, Bubba Ho-Tep, Spider-Man 2
****1/4 - Longest Yard, Saw, Dodgeball, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Shrek 2
**** - Sin City, A Dirty Shame, Friday Night Lights, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Mean Girls
***1/2 - Freddy vs. Jason, Bad(der) Santa, School of Rock, Club Dread, Dawn of the Dead (2004)
***1/4 - Napoleon Dynamite, Super Size Me
*** - The Grudge, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Elf, Soul Plane, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, 50 First Dates, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Daddy Day Care
**3/4 - Lilo & Stitch 2, Be Cool, The Girl Next Door, Rundown
**1/2 - Seed of Chucky, Fat Albert, Shark Tale, Mr. 3000, The Haunted Mansion, The Ladykillers, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Vampire Effect
**1/4 - Team America: World Police, Psycho (1998), Frostbite, Garfield, Lion King 1 1/2
** - Infection, Hitch, The Hulk, Without a Paddle, Eurotrip, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
*3/4 - Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Marci X, Gothika
*1/2 - Guess Who, Dave Chappelle - For What It's Worth, White Noise
* - Racing Stripes, Scary Movie 3
3/4* - Taxi, The Village, Along Came Polly

THE FANTASY SPORTS RESULTS LIST
Starting back in 1992, my buds and I would do random Fantasy Sports Leagues and in tribute to those great moments and friends of years long since passed, here are the all-time results. Fantasy Baseball '92
Chris...15-5*
Grant...15-5*
Ben......10-10*
Dave....8-12*
Devon..7-13
Matt......5-15
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 4 games to 0
Playoffs: Ben def. Grant 4 games to 1
World Series: Chris def. Ben 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '92
Chris...13-3*
Grant...11-5*
Matt......10-6
Dave....8-8
Devon..8-8
Ben......7-9
SuperBowl: Grant def. Chris 21-19
Fantasy Basketball '92-'93
Chris...27-8*
Devon..24-11*
Grant...23-12*
Dave....13-22*
Matt......12-23
Ben......7-28
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Grant def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Chris def. Grant 3 games to 1
Fantasy Baseball '93
Grant......16-5*
Chris......14-7*
Josh.......13-8*
Devon.....12-9*
Dave.......11-10
Ben.........10-11
Graham...5-16
X-Team...3-18
Playoffs: Devon def. Grant 4 games to 2
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 4 games to 3
World Series: Devon def. Chris 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '93
Chris......12-2*
Dave.......10-4*
Grant......9-5*
Josh.......8-6*
Devon.....7-7
Jason.....5-9
X-Team...3-11
Ben.........2-12
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 83-62
Playoffs: Dave def. Grant 68-52
SuperBowl: Chris def. Dave 86-72
Fantasy Basketball '93-'94
Grant...13-6*
Dave....11-8*
Devon..10-9*
Jason...10-9*
Chris....9-10
Josh.....4-15
Playoffs: Grant def. Jason 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Dave def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Dave def. Grant 3 games to 2
Fantasy Baseball '94
Grant......15-4*
Dave.......12-7*
Jason.....10-9
Josh.......10-9
Chris......10-9
Paul........8-11
Brian.......6-13
X-Team...5-14
Playoffs: -Strike Cancelled Season-
Fantasy Baseball '95
Grant......16-5*
Josh.......15-6*
Dave.......13-8*
Chris......12-9*
Brian.......10-11
Jason.....9-12
Yoshi......8-13
X-Team...1-20
Playoffs: Grant def. Chris 4 games to 1
Playoffs: Josh def. Dave 4 games to 3
World Series: Grant def. Josh 4 games to 3

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