Wednesday, August 13, 2003

The Weekend That Was...

The following column was written in my pre-BLOG days but is recorded here for the general sake of archiving.

Rarely does one weekend stand out so much amongst all the others. The Indy Insiders cover at least one show a weekend, sometimes two, on rare occasions three. Multiple that times 52 weeks in a year and sometimes shows become a blur in the memory banks of the mind. But what occurred this past weekend will never be forgotten by any of us who were fortunate enough to live the experience. On Saturday, CWF make it's debut in Wentworth, NC with 'Explosive Elements.' NEW on Sunday night in Winston was almost an afterthought going into it, but by the end of that night, it's legacy would be stored right alongside CWF's in what could very well be the weekend that change the state of the business in North Carolina. Right now, I'd like to take a look back at all the magical and historic moments that made this past weekend a truly unforgettable one....

The Opener: There could not have been a more fitting opener for such a memorable weekend as the Crew (American Steel Ninja, Brass Munkey, & GeeStar) took on Matt Houston and longtime rivals the United Nations of Devastation (Drake Tungsten and Hugh B. Johnson). This was actually the first time three of the four Crew members had a chance to step in the ring together and watching Munkey and Ninja really come into their own as one of the top young tag teams in the business with Gee alongside them, was a true treat to watch. Houston looked great in just his second CWF match ever and in many ways could have helped cement a future role for him. Despite the Crew's victory, the heated post-match staredown and exchange of words between Gee and Tungsten proved this feud has a long way to go and we may have only see just the tip of the intensity and hatred that could develop in the months to come.

The Debut and The Return: Jenny Taylor stepped into the ring for the first time in CWF history as she locked horns with Special K in a meeting that has been brewing for months. Meanwhile, their tag team partners have a much longer history, but no one ever expected that history to continue on this night. On July 19th, Kamikaze Kid appeared to have wrestled his final match as a professional wrestler as he headed into the United States military. However, one huge roadblock along the way appeared: in the final battle - an absolute war with Xsiris - he re-injured a long standing shoulder problem which caused him to fail his physical for the military. So, as it turns out, the military's loss is the fan's gain, as Kazi returned to action and despite an obviously incapacitated shoulder, put in one heck of a performance. On the other side, Xsiris showed incredible heart as he gutted through the match after severely injuring his back on an insane dive to the outside of the ring.

The Match: Corey Edsel-Ric Converse. No DQ. Heavyweight title. It had all the makings of a great one. But, like so many, can it live up to the pre-match hype? When it was all said and done, it didn't live up to the hype...it stomped it into the ground and passed it by. From the ring introductions, you could feel it. When Corey screamed out "brainbuster!" you could feel it. When Converse kicked out of that very move, you could feel it. I get goosebumps talking about it now. Chills run up and down my arm. It's that feeling you get when you know you're part of something special. On August 9th in Wentworth, NC; some 250 people were all part of something special.

The End of an Era: The bell that sounded the end of 'The Match' would also sound the end of an era. Dissension through the ranks of HYP had been running wild. Brad Stutts' increasing frustration with Ric Converse and Special K to pull off the big win had reached it's melting point. And when Brad Stutts threw K to the mat...and Ric Converse reappeared over his left shoulder with a look of unmeasurable hatred, you knew the end had come. Converse shockingly planted Stutts with the Richter scale and, as he ripped the piece of tape off his face, with the words "HYP" written on them, the final original member of HYP had left the fold. People can say what they want to about Brad Stutts and HYP, but face facts. When Brad Stutts formed HYP on April 26, 2002 his mission was to turn Corey Edsel, GeeStar, and Ric Converse from "held-back, establishment-ignored midcarders" into bonafide superstars. They say the greatest wrestling angles are the ones derived from real-life. And make no mistake, the original HYP was very, very real. Over a year later, and their impact on the wrestling scene is undeniable. I will always be damn proud to have been the 'HYP camerman,' traveling the Southeast documenting their work on videotape. The original HYP may be dead and gone, but the legacy it left will never be forgotten and the heights those four reached together may never be seen again.

The Titles: Some fans didn't get it. Some just didn't know what to think. But by the time the final bell sounded in Wentworth, history had indeed been made in a way no one expected. For over 40 minutes, Gemini Kid did everything in his power to retain the tag team titles alongside a bloody and beaten Mikael Yamaha. Gemini's technical mastery, punctuated by a heroic dive over the top, ignoring the pain of 36-year old knees and back, was a thing of beauty to watch. However, on this evening, the Brads would not be denied. A seven month quest for the titles came to an end as Brad Attitude and Brad Rainz survived the most grueling match of their young careers to become the new Carolinas tag team champions. When all was said and done, it seemed like so much more than a title change. It was a changing of the guard. The veterans had been defeated. At just 20 and 21 years of age, the Brads had ended the longest tag team title reign in the history of the promotion and now set out to create a dynasty of their own.

The Speech: If you were in attendance in Wentworth and left early, shame on you. Because after the epic tag title contest, CWF commissioner William L. Cross stepped into the ring...and in a 5 minute speech, lifted the spirits of every fan who has gotten disgusted with what the business has become over the past five years. The simple words of 'Jim Crockett' nearly brought the crowd to it's feet and when Cross turned off his microphone, every fan knew that CWF was indeed the place where a fan can truly....Believe Again....

The Breakthrough: And finally, onto New Empire Wrestling the next night in Winston Salem. Going into it, the lineup looked...decent. Nothing spectacular but NEW has always been the 'little promotion that could.' And on August 10, they certainly proved that statement to be true once again. When I saw J-Money was slated to defend the National title against the bizarre Ouga Bouga I thought to myself "that should be fun." Much like an old Hogan vs. Kamala match from '86, you don't expect much out of it, but you know you'll be entertained. Well, I was entertained to say the least. In fact, I was left with my jaw hanging open. I dare say that when all was said and done, this was the most unexpected '2003 Match of the Year' candidate I've EVER witnessed. Bouga is a far better wrestler than his gimmick would ever allow you to believe and the simple fact that he stood back up after coming perilously close to breaking his neck on a beautiful moonsault, certainly earned him his spot in my book. And as we all know, J-Money is God.

The Rematch: 10 months in the making. It's the rematch that had been talked about off and on for some time by a number of individuals. Some wondered if it would ever even happen again, but on August 10th, in the most fascinating male-female match the Indys have to offer, Corey Edsel stepped in the ring to face his Mini-Me, his Crew companion, GeeStar. Last October, the defining match of Gee's career was against none other than Edsel, in a match that far surpassed all expectations. Corey would go up 2-0 in their series on this evening with the Nagata Lock III, holding it for what seemed like forever after the bell, ripping apart Gee's shoulder to the extent that the only thing that could mask the pain on her face were the tears streaming down it.

The Series: Brad Attitude and Kurt Solo had split apart while being the reigning NEW tag team champions. A Best of 5 series was scheduled in order to determine the true champions (Solo alongside Unholy Empire partner, Matt Houston, and Attitude along with the other half of the Brads, Brad Rainz). Solo and Houston were already up 2-0 in the series and as all wrestling fans know, the Brads would be winning the next two to send it to a deciding Match 5. Match 3 was tremendous, dare I say another Match of the Year candidate, but along the way something funny happened. The Brads' 40-minute battle the night before left them drained and tired and despite a valiant performance, fell in defeat to Solo and Houston, who accomplished a very rare feet in winning the series 3-0 and once again becoming the NEW tag team champions.

The Farewell: The final moment of the weekend was a very fitting one as well. The previous week, Scotty 'F'N' Mathews (previously known as the monster 'Malaki') wrestled his first match for NWA-TNA Explosion. With Matthews' career taking him away from his life in the Carolinas, he made the announcement that this would be his final match in front of the NC fans. He was given the opportunity to choose any opponent in the locker room and with a touching speech in front of all the boys, he selected Rob "the Bull" McBride. The match was a battle of respect, a fitting farewell to the man who has created so many wonderful memories with his unpredictability here in the NC Indys. There was hardly a dry eye in the house as Mathews said his farewells in his post-match interview, brought his lovely girlfriend Melissa into the ring and thanked her for her support. On a personal note, having Scott look at me and say "Thanks, Grant" was something I'll never forget and cherish forever. To be appreciated by the boys when you're a lowly cameraman is an honor and for him to make public acknowledgment of that means the world to me. Thank YOU Scott.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the weekend. A weekend that saw it all. Debuts, returns, a farewell, three Match of the Year nominees, the End of an Era, 5 hours sleep in a 67 hour period, and so much, much more. A year from now, so many events in this business will be able to be traced back to it's roots at this very weekend. Thank God I was around to witness it. And I feel sorry for any true wrestling fan that wasn't. Oh, and about that party...

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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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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