Thursday, January 01, 2004

My top 25 most unforgettable matches of 2003

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

Before I start my next writing venture, I would be remiss without making some form of acknowledgment of the distinction of being selected as the Indy Insiders '2003 Man of the Year' award winner. Going into the awards ceremony last Saturday, as far as I knew, we were giving that award to Commissioner William L. Cross for the second consecutive year. Randolph, Brad, Cross, and even King swerved me in the middle of the awards much to my shock and utter disbelief. Even now, I still say that NO man has done as much for the state of Independent wrestling over the past 2 years...heck, the past 10 Cross has done. I may eat, sleep, and breath the NC Indy but to me, my contributions to this business pale in comparisons to his. In fact, even after Cross, I would consider the likes of Jeff Rudd, Pops, and Randolph himself to be more deserving than I am. During my employment with FOX television, they had their own "award" so to speak given out to 8 individuals a year. While some seemed deserving, more often than not, the selection seemed more political than anything. I would like to think that with the Insider Awards each year, we do our best to show that politics don't come into play as much as the awards reflect those throughout the NC Indy scene that are truly deserving of the recognition bestowed upon them. With that being said, that award is probably the pinnacle of my professional career. That may sound ludicrous to anyone reading this where the NC Indy scene isn't all that prevalent, but for those of you who can't feel what I feel each and every weekend, trust me when I say that pro wrestling is no more real anywhere in the States than it is here in North Carolina. I may never receive another award such as this in my lifetime (which would be more than fine by me), but rest assured, if I'm still around in 30 years, my 2003 'Man of the Year' award will still be hanging in my house as it does today.

As we usher in 2004, everyone and their brother does articles reflecting on the year that was. While we here at the Insiders rarely fall into what is considered norm for the mainstream, the whole "Year in Review" concept is always a fun one to try and pull off. As mentioned at the Insiders awards at Battlecade IV, we here at the Insiders have combined for approximately 60 live Independent shows this year and over 400 live matches. So for any of those that say we're biased towards one promotion or the other, when you put up those kinds of numbers, your "Year in Review" lists will be taken a little more seriously as well. Now, keep in mind, this list is for MY favorite. By no means does this always mean the match was say, GOOD. These were the bouts that for me personally were either the most entertaining, the most emotional, the most real, or simply struck an unforgettable chord in me. Someone actually dared me to do my picks for the worst matches of the year but in reality, that list is an impossibility. You see, the truly BAD matches have charm. The worst matches of the year CAN'T be on a list together as they are the ones that are simply forgettable. Jamaican Joe matches may not be good, but they sure are unforgettable. With that said, here are my top 25 most unforgettable matches of 2003:

1. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel vs. "Slick" Ric Converse in a no-disqualification match (CWF; 8/9/03; Wentworth, NC): "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 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." Those were the words I wrote on my original review of this match and my feelings haven't changed at all. This bout was awarded as '2003 Match of the Year' and with good reason.

2. NEW Regional and SCW Brass Knuckles champion Malaki vs. NEW National champion Bounty Hunter in a streetfight (NEW; 1/26/03; Thomasville, NC): For seven months, THIS was your front-runner to the 'Match of the Year' award albeit in a completely different way than Edsel-Coverse. This match took place at halftime of the SuperBowl at the Empire and by that point, only around 5 fans remained in the building. Then for what reason would these two mean beat one another half to death for? For twenty minutes, these two put on an unreal show of brutality. Not because they had to, but because they wanted to. Not for the fans that had already left, but for the fellow workers that remained. And when the dust cleared, the standing ovation 10 workers gave those two showed you why it was all worthwhile.

3. 3rd Annual Indy Rumble (CWF; 9/27/03; Burlington, NC): No Rumble can ever be truly be considered as a "great" match, but it will always be my baby. The Rumble is my passion and of the three done so far, I can say that I'm proudest of this one. It was far and away, the most frenetic, fast paced 35 minute match I've ever been a part of. And to think by the end of the night that alot of the "greatness" of the match would fall into the hands of Trent Wylde tells you alot about the uniqueness that is the Rumble.

4. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion J-Money vs. Kamakazi Kid (CWF; 10/25/03; Burlington, NC): Good babyface-babyface matches are one of the hardest things to pull off in pro wrestling. Much less a GREAT one. Ironically enough, the two baby-baby matches of 2003 that make my list both involved the Kamakazi Kid. Both Kazi and J-Money wrestled one of the smartest matches I had the pleasure of witnessing in a long time and really put J-Money's Cruiserweight title reign on a new plateau of greatness in his ability to face and overcome all challengers.

5. Xsiris vs. Rising Generation League champion Kamakazi Kid in a no-disqualification match (CWF; 7/19/03; Burlington, NC): The fact that three of my top five matches are of the no-DQ style goes totally against everything I stand for in this business. Virtually every Indy promotion out there does at least 1 to, in some cases a full show, of hardcore matches. They all run together but all have one theme: no psychology, no selling, and just an overall slap of disrespect to the foundation of pro wrestling. Xsiris-Kamakazi Kid certainly had a few elements of everything that is wrong with hardcore matches but somewhere along the way, they overcame the disrespect and entered into a realm of complete respect. This was to be Kazi's final match before leaving for the military but the injuries he sustained here cost him his shot to fight for the country. Kazi and X's final embrace (which was never aired on television) was one of those moments that showed once again, why pro wrestling is just far more real than anyone wants to believe.

6. Scotty Matthews vs. Rob "the Bull" McBride (NEW; 8/10/03; Winston Salem, NC): My original review shows why this match finds itself at this spot; "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."

7. NEW National champion J-Money vs. Ouga Bouga (NEW; 8/10/03; Winston Salem, NC): Also, from the original review; "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."

8. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel and CWF/FWA-Carolinas tag team champions Mikael Yamaha and Gemini Kid vs. Kurt Solo and the United Nations of Devastation (Drake Tungsten and Hugh B. Johnson) in a Triathlon Survivor match (CWF; 2/15/03; Burlington, NC): The Triathlon Survivor match concept was born just a few months earlier in Japan and CWF actually got some decent coverage for being the first to do it in the states. And to top it off, it was actually a tremendous match that went in excess of 40 minutes in front of a rabid Dojo crowd; one of the all-time great matches and moments in that special building.

9. GeeStar and Brad Stutts vs. the Italian Assassin in a handicap match (NEW; 1/12/03; Thomasville, NC): Ok, this is one of those that would ONLY make MY list but when a match makes me laugh so hard I cry even after multiple viewings, there's no way I can shortchange it when talking about the year's best. It was because of a sequence between the Assassin and Stutts that I coined the term "60 seconds of magic" which I would now like to give an unofficial Insiders award of the same title to this match. The rabid look in the eyes of the Assassin as he charges full steam at Stutts is priceless stuff that is only amusing to a select few.

10. CWF/FWA-Carolinas tag team champions Mikael Yamaha and Gemini Kid (with Amber Holly in their corner) vs. Brad Rainz and Brad Attitude (CWF; 5/17/03; Burlington, NC): There's a running theme from time to time in my selections about reality. Reality goes a long ways with me. Reality in an average match can bump it to the next level. In fact, if you were judging matches by reality, this would be in the top 5 of the year. Gemini Kid dedicated this match to his grandfather who had passed away earlier in the week and in doing so, put on one of the most incredible one-man performances that I've ever seen. When Gemini hit a missile dropkick off the top 20 minutes in, I personally remember my jaw hitting the floor. In many ways, this was the match that gave new life to the Gemini Kid and would eventually crown him as the '2003 Comeback Wrestler of the Year'.

11. "Smart" Mark Michaels vs. Brass Munkey (NEW; 1/5/03; Thomasville, NC): Can one spot make a match? Much less a spot than should never have happened had it not had been preceded by a number of previously blown spots? Let's face it, Michaels-Munkey wasn't exactly MOTY material, but it will be forever known as "the superkick". I may have worn out the tape rewinding and playing it over and over and over, but the memory of it got it on this list.

12. The Crew (Brass Munkey, American Steel Ninja, & GeeStar) vs. Matt Houston and the United Nations of Devastation (Drake Tungsten and Hugh B. Johnson) (CWF; 8/9/03; Wentworth, NC): The match that turned around the careers of everyone that participated in it and in many ways, a very nice coming of age story. This was the first time the Crew had participated in 6-person action and really came into their own as a true faction, rather than a gathering of individual competitors. On the other side, it cemented the ability of Matt Houston in a CWF ring while defining UNOD as one of the top heel tag teams on the scene. A fascinating match for so many reasons outside the ring and a pretty darn good one to when it came to inside the ring.

13. Otto Schwanz and C.W. Anderson defeated Tremendously Wonderful ("Tremendous" Trent Wylde and "The Wonder" Kenny James) (CWF; 9/27/03; Burlington, NC): There may have never been a bigger mismatch in company history but my god, was it so much more than anyone ever expected. Trent Wylde and Kenny James may have gotten beat half to death in those priceless eight minutes but in doing so, also earned more respect than some workers can ever dream of.

14. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel vs. Paco Loco (NEW; 7/27/03; Winston Salem, NC): Once again, the word 'reality' rears it's head as Paco Loco wrestles his final match before leaving for the US military. The result was far less important than the aftermath as Kurt Solo and Matt Houston put away their differences towards Paco and treat him to a tearful goodbye ceremony.

15. The Crew (American Steel Ninja and Brass Munkey with GeeStar in their corner) vs. Tremendously Wonderful ("Tremendous" Trent Wylde and "The Wonder" Kenny James) (CWF; 5/17/03; Burlington, NC): Before the 6-person in Wentworth happened, the Crew's first match as a duo became one of the best openers in CWF history. I can't even recall specific spots in this match as much as I can another rabid Dojo crowd. God, I miss that building...

16. J-Money vs. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse (CWF; 3/8/03; Burlington, NC): A very good match that will always be remembered for it's historical value than it will be it's greatness. This was the main event of the first ever CWF TV taping. J-Money, no matter what, was a tag team wrestler. Period. Ric Converse was the end all, be all as Cruiserweight champion. This match and subsequent title reign could be a virtual blueprint to how to elevate talent, and deserving talent at that. Both men went in different directions after this match just as they had been doing before it, but on this one night, the crossing of their paths made history in a way no one would have ever imagined.

17. Gemini Kid vs. Brad Attitude (RCW; 7/6/03; Greensboro, NC): Possibly THE dark horse candidate for 'Match of the Year' contendership. The live crowd absolutely hated this match which was a travesty now just as it was then. Gemini and Attitude put on a wrestling clinic that I for one, have not forgotten. Besides, out of the madness that was the 'Great American Clash', how can that show not have at least one representative on the list?

18. J-Money vs. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel (NEW; 4/27/03; Thomasville, NC): Another forgotten goodie that falls into the 'J-Money is God' theme as Money becomes the only man in 2003 to kick out of Edsel's dangerous backdrop driver and the subsequent facial reaction of Edsel is priceless.

19. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel vs. Bounty Hunter (CWF; 6/28/03; Burlington, NC): Literally, the biggest singles match of 2003 was as awesome of a clash as you will ever see between two men that combine for 600 pounds.

20. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion J-Money vs. Xsiris (CWF; 5/17/03; Burlington, NC): This is the match that would eventually start us considering Xsiris for '2003 Most Improved Wrestler' as he had a spectacular outing that no one expected. This would be the first of three title shots he received from J-Money, the final one cumulating in his championship win in November.

21. Kamakazi Kid vs. Krazy K for the vacant Rising Generation League title (CWF; 12/27/03; Burlington, NC): I'm really not big on spotfests and this one is SO fresh in my mind, maybe my opinion of it will drop in time, but as of now, I'm still rather impressed by the first ever meeting between Kazi and Krazy K just last weekend. As mentioned previously, Kazi was in the only two baby-baby matches in 2003 that make my list and deservedly so. While Krazy K is still new to many of us in the NC Indys, if he has many more outings like this, he may just win me over for good.

22. Ric Converse vs. Matt Stryker (CWF; 12/13/03; Burlington, NC): This match is actually probably way too low on this list because as far as pure wrestling matches go, this is a top 5 match. Converse proved that he could hang with Indy guys from other regions while Stryker showed that even if some of his fellow Northern Indy workers may not understand psychology worth a lick, he would fit in just fine down here on a regular basis.

23. Brass Munkey vs. Brad Stutts with GeeStar as the special guest referee (NEW; 4/13/03; Thomasville, NC): This was just one of those "feel good" matches of 2003 that everyone got a kick out of live and I have a personal bias towards. That, and the fact, that the shoot "Happy Birthday" song at the end falls into that "real" category.

24. Rob "the Bull" McBride vs. Brad Stutts (CWF; 10/25/03; Burlington, NC): The match itself went a touch long for what it was, but it's hard to top this gem as far as pure entertainment goes. Rob McBride as Jimmy "the Boogie Woogie Man" Valiant vs. Stutts as Paul Jones. Hilarious stuff from CWF's MASKacre show.

25. Corey Edsel vs. Menace and Cyclone in a handicap match (NEW; 4/13/03; Thomasville, NC): Oh what the heck, there's been enough classics on this list. Let's close it out with one straight out of the 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' playbook. In one of the greatest finishing sequences of all time, Cyclone trips coming into the ring, Edsel dropkicks THROUGH the chest of Menace and then stretches the living hell out of Cyclone with the Nagata Lock.

Whew, I'm blown up...and as far as 2004 goes....good luck toping that list!

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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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!

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

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

(well, 6 if you count God...)
My stepmom, Peggy
Sam Raimi
Jeff Rudd

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)

1. Inner Happiness
2. Friends
3. Family
4. Affection
5. Health
6. Respect
7. Money
8. Food
9. Sunshine
10. Boobs

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

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

1. Troy Aikman
2. John Elway
3. Randy Moss
4. Rob Johnson
5t. Kerry Collins
5t. Michael Irvin

(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

(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

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)

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 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!".

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)

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

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

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

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

1. Tokyo
2. NFL Hall of Fame - Canton, OH
3. Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
4. Honolulu
5. Pontiac Silverdome

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)

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

1. TGIFriday's
2. Applebee's 1. Tecmo Bowl
3. Madden 2003
4. Pro Wrestling
5. WrestleMania 2000

1. NFL Network
3. FOX
4. Boomerang
5. ESPN Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. The Crow
2. Spider-Man
3. Batman
4. Spider-Man 2
5. Howard The Duck

(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

1. Tetsuo the Iron Man
2. Nekromantic
3. Nekromantic 2
4. Society
5. Motorama

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

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

1. Bruce Campbell
2. No One Else Matters

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

(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!)

Brett Favre, Reggie White, Desmond Howard, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Owen Hart

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)

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.)

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

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)

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)

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


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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

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
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
SuperBowl: Grant def. Chris 21-19
Fantasy Basketball '92-'93
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
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
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 83-62
Playoffs: Dave def. Grant 68-52
SuperBowl: Chris def. Dave 86-72
Fantasy Basketball '93-'94
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
Playoffs: -Strike Cancelled Season-
Fantasy Baseball '95
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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