Sunday, March 21, 2004

Warriors of Wrestling; 3/13/04; Southern Pines, NC review

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

As Spring Break came to a close and my reentry into reality loomed right around the corner, myself along with several Mid-Atlantic notables wandered into the Armory in Southern Pines, NC on Saturday, March 13. While Armories were once a weekly tradition for many of us, those days seemed to have passed us by when we weren't looking. Weekly trips into those brick buildings established for our military have since been replaced by refashioned facilities, Rec Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Community Centers. The Southern Pines Armory, specifically, actually hosted the most notable Armory show of the 21st century when the OMEGA Reunion show was held there in December of 2000. As our group pulled into the Armory on March 13th, it quickly became apparent that much like Dorothy and her beloved Kansas, we certainly weren't in the CSA anymore...

The show was put on by the "Warriors of Wrestling" and yes, "WOW" would indeed by the perfect acronym. According to the posters, the show was entitled "St. Patrick's Day Massacre" which was intriguing considering St. Patrick's Day wouldn't be for another four days. I am already waiting in eager anticipation for their "4th of July Spectacular" to be held on June 30th. In addition, we had the Notre Dame football mascot himself right there in full support. Now, what the Fighting Irish's involvement is with the Warriors of Wrestling is (much less in MARCH), but I have no doubts that it can only mean great things are in the works for this fledgling promotion! However, those wouldn't be the only intentional faux paus on the poster. You see, as the graphic alongside this editorial demonstrates, Southern Pines was actually in the presence of greatness on this night. You see, none other than "Stone Cold ---- Austin" would be appearing, and their slightly altered graphic on a WWE copyrighted photo of the real deal himself only confirmed that fact. Stepping away from my sarcastic tone momentarily, hearing kids in the audience actually talking about "Stone Cold" being there was nothing short of heartbreaking. I didn't have the heart to tell these kids the truth....the truth that they had been lulled into a trap by a stereotypical, slimeball wrestling promoter who would stab his own mother in the back if it meant drawing an extra buck.

However, despite all of my disgust and anguish, the pre-show festivities were not complete lost. You see, Independent Wrestling's savior was also on the show. The one man that can turn any frown upside down. The one man that can bring hope to men and women, young and old, around this world of ours; no matter how bad things may seem. The one man that CAN charge $20 for a poster for himself. None other than...."Playboy" Bert Tripp. Much like Christmas morning, seeing Tripp and his $20 posters almost brought a tear to my eye. How great is this country when I too can hang a 22X35 shot of "Playboy" Tripp in my bedroom. Unfortunately, funds were running low on this evening, but when my mom gets my wish list for the 2004 holidays, it will only have one item on as we all chant in unison "Tripp! Tripp! Tripp!"

For those unaware of the Tripp phenomenon, he is the closest thing we have to a "NC Indys cult hero." Tripp may not always have the best match on the card but you can rest assured that 1) he will dance, with or without crowd approval, 2) he's going to be entertaining, even if it's accidental, and 3) he may very well die for your pleasure. Never letting us down, us Tripp-fanatics got a tripleshot of goodness tonight, with a promo and 2 matches! Kicking off the show, Tripp graced us with his presence by calling all the kids in the building INTO the ring. The attendance was around 80 or so, and the sight of Tripp trying his best to get 30 kids IN the ring to DANCE with him (keep in mind that Tripp's gimmick is of a male STRIPPER) and none of them complying to do so, only added to the legend. Unfortunately, the amusement quickly turned into complete disgust as Slick (yes, just Slick) interrupt the festivities with a shocking diatribe on the microphone. Despite the ring being full of kids, this Slick character proceeded to use a wide variety of cuss words including calling one of the kids "a faggot" (!) on the mic. He continued for WAY too long until Tripp, being the good willed ambassador that he is, ushered the kids from the ring and had a one-one-one staredown with Slick. Slick shoved Tripp down and what would typically be a forgettable moment became the exact opposite as Tripp pantsed himself on the bump, exposing his thong, and then preceded not to pull his pants back up as he came back to his feet. This opening segment pretty much would be the basis for the show itself. Some tremendously accidental entertainment, which is nearly overshadowed by something so deplorable it makes you be ashamed that you are involved with Independent wrestling in any way, shape, or form. Slick's rant did just that and as bad as it was, it would only get worse as the show continued.

The first order of business for the night, was, of all things, the selection of a referee. Yes, this usually would be nothing to note, but here at WOW, it seems as if EVERYthing is notable in some form or fashion. The promoter announced that quite frankly, they didn't have a referee for the evening, so they were going to select a fan from the crowd to ref the ENTIRE show. And they did just that...of course it was a plant, but still...just horrible, completely useless booking. As the show started, I couldn't help but notice a teenager there working at the timekeeper's table. He was slightly overweight, wore a baseball cap, roaming around taking pictures of the show, and then, to cap it all off, as the show started, he started calling the action in the ring over the house mic! For those unfamiliar, ladies and gentlemen, go back a few years and THIS was Brad Stutts. Maybe not the spitting image physically, but in every other way, this kid was the second coming if I've ever seen it. I was left sitting there dumbfounded thinking "My god...has someone actually followed Stutts' career and is now trying to follow in his exact same footsteps??" just anyways, I the opening contest, Triple Thrilla defeated Ashley Walker and Leviathan in a triangle elimination match (DUD). Ashley Walker was the only member of this match that any of us were familiar with at all, as he had worked the first Indy Rumble back in 2001. I'm not sure exactly what Leviathan was except for the fact his gimmick and name had absolutely nothing in common. Triple Thrilla was obviously a huge OMEGA-mark, between the OMEGA shirt, the "Serial Thrillas"-like name and spots, the gear, etc., etc. In any event, Thrilla goes over Walker with a small package.

Brass Munkey pinned Kamakazi Kid in 11:46 (**1/4). Man, it's just not as much fun to write about the stuff that was actually GOOD. Two of the best young cruiserweights in the Mid-Atlantic go at it in front of a DEAD crowd, but as always, give it their all. Kazi bumps like a madman and both guys look very, very good.

Ethan Storm pinned La Fletcha to win the WOW International title (-**). WOW is right. This match was an exercise in patience to say the least. To say Storm and Fletcha were not on the same page would be an understatement of a lifetime. Storm came out as the heel, slapping hands with the fans. Then Fletcha came out as a face. After a rough going in an attempted lucha-esque open, Fletcha gave up and started working heel and Storm picked up the face role. To add to the fun, the heel commissioner comes out during this and stands at ringside, never establishing who he's with for several minutes until Storm just walks by him on the outside and apparently is converted back to a heel, and then proceeds to put the heat on Fletcha during the "psychology" portion of this fiasco. The confusion ends when Fletcha (no longer selling the leg which he's had torn apart for 5 minutes) is clocked from behind with the title belt by the commissioner in FULL VIEW OF THE REFEREE as fellow non-booked workers at ringside scream "DQ! DQ! Straight Up Disqualification!". The referee tries to stop the commish from choking Fletcha AFTER the match but at no point turns heel himself, which would have been the ONLY way to save this hideous finish. On a side note, I should say that in all fairness, as far as the match itself, I did get the impression that Fletcha was doing his absolute damnedest to make this watchable but just couldn't pull it out.

Before the next match takes place, the Commish is out again and for no apparent reason, does this insanely long 10-minute diatribe insulting fans that seems to go on....and on....and on. I THINK the point was to simply say that that "Ha Ha, Stone Cold isn't here" (and boy, how professional that was) but my most memorable moment was him threatening to whip a row of kids with a 2X4. Jesus people....are you trying to kill the town or are you really that stupid?

Big Law Man pinned Slick in a "Fans Bring the Weapons match" (-*****). Very rarely do I get to bring out the full blown negative 5 star review but good gravy, if I've ever seen a match that deserved it, it was this beauty. First off, the "Fans Bring the Weapons" gimmick was shot from the start as the local police were there to check everyone as they entered the building and confiscate any weapons. That, ladies and gentlemen, is some beautiful irony. After several minutes of typical hardcrap action (no, that's not a typo), Slick and Big Law Man bring out the florescent light bulbs as they battle on the outside. Keep in mind this place is covered with kids. And sure enough, as they go to swing the light bulbs, they actually caught the edge of the guard rail, shattering them immediately and narrowly avoiding a child standing beside the rail itself. "Hey, we tempted fate once, why not again.?" Sure enough, out come a second batch of light bulbs which is laid across two chairs. Steel Man goes to powerbomb Slick onto them, Slick barely jumps, and comes down head first on the bulbs, within a hair of crippling him for life. To add to the pain, that is NOT THE FINISH. Both men get BACK TO THEIR FEET and head back to the ring, finishing it about 2 minutes later with a move blown so horribly bad I have no idea what they were even attempting. It did involve Slick jumping again (or as the case may be, NOT jumping), which once again resulted in him coming down on his head. Horrible disgusting match from every perspective that should have wrestling banned from the Southern Pines Armory for life. For those who wish to defend this style of wrestling, learn this: Even in Big Japan, where florescent lightbulbs are common, there is still a BUILD to the match. You do not take the powerbomb through the bulbs and then go back to the ring to get pinned with a f-ed up backdrop of some kind. Or, even better, learn how to work and avoid this crap all together.

Nemesis defeated "Lucky" Leroy Green by disqualification (*3/4). Green is the man formerly known as "Seven." He's improved somewhat since those days. I definitely think he's brought more of his character out but it's still hard to tell if he's trying to be a face or heel. Nem, meanwhile, is almost always a proven commodity. Of course leave it to the ref...err, fan...err, plant...or whatever to send the match into it's doom. Green hits Nemesis with a cereal box which the ref does NOT see. Then, Green goes back outside to get a cane to whack Nem with. However, before Nem can get it, the ring announcer tells the ref about the cereal box infraction and the ref DQ's Green for it! Despite actually watching a belt shot in plain view just two matches earlier and doing nothing about it!! You couldn't dream up booking this bad...

Cold Cash D and the Show defeated Mikael Yamaha and "Playboy" Bert Tripp in 13:21 when Show pinned Tripp (*3/4). Talk about my own personal dream team. Yamaha and Tripp. That is what Indy wrestling is all about, bringing people together. Speaking of things coming together, Yam's right hand came together quite nicely with the cheek of the Show's valet. On a side note, fledging Indy wrestlers show REALLY try and find a more original name than "The Show." If you hear the name of an Indy worker and the first thing that pops into your mind is either Paul Wight or a pot-smoking spotfest, then it's time to find a new handle. Anyways, as far as the actual match went, Yamaha once again showed his true colors, turning on his partner Tripp, nailing him with the old "Nightmare on Helms Street," and leaving him for dead. Post-match, Yamaha cuts a Hall of Fame promo as he unveils the reasoning for his despicable turn, including a reference to the ill-fated Bert Tripp/Amber Holly tag team in NACW in 2001: "You see got what you had coming to you! Not too long ago you had my damn girl up on your shoulders boy!! And try and sell me a piece of crap $20 picture!! What's your problem boy???!!!" And THAT is possibly the greatest heel turn logic I've ever been privy to witness....

Joey Silvia pinned "Tremendous" Trent Wylde in 11:06 (**3/4). Every time I rewatch this match it keeps getting better. One heck of an effort by both guys and the match of the night. Both guys did the roles they were meant to do tonight: Silvia the babyface and Wylde the heel. Any other role for either and it just doesn't seem natural.

Slick won a 14-man Royal Rumble to win the vacant WOW title (-**). Even at negative two stars, this was probably as fascinating of a match as you will ever get on the Indy scene. The first two entrants were Slick and Big Law Man, who shouldn't have been near anything EXCEPT for a hospital, much less a ring after their fiasco earlier. But here they are, defying all laws of psychics, kicking off this Rumble. The Rumble is actually booked with all the actual "WOW" workers entering first and pairing off, before the rest of the talent comes in. Tripp and Cold Cash D follow one after another and eliminated one another almost as quickly with Tripp taking an insane fish-flopping bump onto the concrete floor. Then, with only the "CWF" crew left to come out...IT happened. Many are familiar with the famous "Kliq Incident at Madison Square Garden" back in 1996 as four WWF wrestlers threw aside all storylines and "kayfabe" (as it's called in the biz). What was about to transpire in Southern Pines on March 13, 2004 was indeed the NC Indy version of the "Kliq incident". Only one of the "CWF" workers were supposed to come out...but all at once, all five appeared, announced as "the Crew"...but this time, something was different. Mikael Yamaha came out, followed by...Mikael Yamaha...and then another Mikael Yamaha...until five different versions of Mikael Yamaha were ringside, prepared to enter the Rumble. The real Yamaha was actually wearing Brass Munkey's pants along with Trent Wylde's singlet while Wylde himself was a near mirror image of Yamaha circa 2001. Munkey and Kamakazi Kid also were dressed in a different Yam-era while Silvia represented the future "G'd up" Yamaha. At ringside, GeeStar and Amber Holly screamed their approval while many of the rest of the crowd applauded despite their confusion. All five entered the ring at once and immediately battled it out with one another, eliminating one after the other in rapid succession. In total, the insanity lasted just 2 minutes but was simply unforgettable. For those that would question such antics, let me just say that there's a big difference in doing something that makes no sense because you DO know better, as opposed to doing it because you DON'T know better. This would actually be proven in the finish of the Rumble, as Slick goes the distance and wins it, thereby staking his claim as GOD. I believe his next act was going to be to walk on water, but wouldn't you know it, that pesky heel commissioner sneaks up from behind and throws Slick over the top after the match, thus proving that HE is the rightful WOW World Heavyweight champion. Of course, them even promoting the WOW title as a "World title" is about as ridiculous as any of the booking on the show, but that's beside the point.

So there ya have it. My one, and probably only, experience with WOW. I can probably say that I have never before been as equally repulsed and entertained by one singular show as I was with this one. If anyone from WOW reads this column, just remember; before you take me to task for not "knowing what I'm talking about," maybe you should look around you and see that, on your OWN show, who the stars truly were and WHY they were just that. Indy wrestling may not be science, but it does deserve to be treated better than what it got on March 13th. Live and learn, my Warriors of Wrestling!

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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