Monday, August 30, 2004

Odds & Ends

All kindsa thoughts floating around in the noggin tonight....

Kicking it off with the more serious stuff. Stutts blogged some rather deep stuff the other day that I've been meaning to touch on in my own way.

I have alot of respect for those that have the fortitude to stick through college and try and make something of their lives that is beyond what many of us settle for. I had no use for college past year one because simply put, I got the same job I wanted after one year of college that I would have gotten after four years. Now, I COULD have achieved more with my career if I would have had the desire to pursue it in the sense of allowing myself to move around and such. But I was either 1) always content where I was or 2) I allowed either female or wrestling issues to control my pursuit of a more lucrative career (when you combine females AND wrestling in the same sentence when discussing a topic like that, that's probably your first clue that there's a problem there). My dad used to always say that "you make your own luck" which I thought was kind of ironic coming from someone who was known for having some of the worst luck I had EVER seen, but I understand what he was saying now. Because of his desire to take care of others or his love for someone, he would sacrifice himself in order to help them out. I HAVE made my own luck and basically set my own destiny for being one that does basically live from paycheck to paycheck. I certainly would prefer to live on more comfortable means (and actually get paid for what my resume says I'm worth), but because of certain factors over the years, I've basically booked myself into this corner where I make enough to make ends meet and that's about it. I'm not miserable by any means and for the most part, enjoy life in some bizarre spazzy way that alot of people wouldn't in my same situation. I think that's what's wrong with alot of people that either fall into the category of "redneck" or livin' "in the hood". Many, many people are a product of their own environment and never open their eyes to what life really can be. The reason I don't make $40,000 a year is not because I'm scared to open my eyes, it's because I've allowed myself to make less because of my overall pursuit of more. I think those that DO pursue more than the "accepted norm" do make more enemies on their way up simply because they do have the ambition to do what really, everyone else SHOULD be doing. We all talk about making more money or achieving this and that in life but how many people actually say "screw it" and go out there and DO it? This is why I really can't complain about not making more $ than what I do. Yes, part of it is about being in the right place and the right time but still, I've had enough control of my destiny and payrate over the years that it would be hypocritical to bitch about it now. The same could be said for those that don't diet but complain about the weight or those that complain about their lack of nookie but don't pursue it. And that brings me back full circle to the original topic: god bless those who don't accept what you "should" make but strive for much more. If people are annoyed by your drive, then they just need to deal because in the end, your friends will only respect you that much more.

Second topic: the workout. Man alive, the toughest thing about working in pro wrestling has got to be the fact that as a cameraman, you're pretty much guaranteed to be one of the most unconditioned employees on the roster (well, assuming it's a CWF show and not something like WOW). I can totally emphasize with Stutts on that issue, although our problems are as different as night and day. I need to add about 20 pounds of muscle while he needs to drop weight in general. There is pretty much only one thing that drives me to get in shape and that's the pursuit of nookie. He already has a constant supply of that so his motivation is reduced about 90% in my eyes. So he has to go with the health motivation reasoning (which in reality, is a much better reason to do it than nookie). It's something I'll yak with him more about personally, but it's still something that I wanted to make mention of here. The toughest thing about working out is the start. For those of us who have no real desire to do it in the first place, you pretty much have to completely convince yourself that you HAVE to or ELSE. It's as much mental as it is physical because once you conquer past that mental roadblock, the physical will take care of itself. It doesn't matter if you just start doing basic workouts in your house, basement, or whatever...it doesn't have to be a public spectacle, it just needs to be done. Over time as you become more comfortable with the general idea of working out and that it's simply a part of your life, it becomes much easier to get out there and do stuff in public like jog or whatnot and not have that leering thought in the back of your head of "how is everyone viewing me?". Besides, if that's the worry that runs through your mind, imagine those thoughts of others compared to when they're watching you at a restaurant as opposed to the ones they have while you're jogging down the street.

I'm just diggin the crap out of the sports world right now. The Indy scene is just tremendous here lately and pre-season football just jakks my anticipation for the regular season that much more. They ran a GREAT MNF open tonight: the usual Hank Williams Jr. song but done in a 35th anniversary theme with the old clips mixed with the new including a Barry! cameo. I HATE it when I KNOW to roll tape just in case and then something like this pops up and I'm not rolling. Arghhhh... Then, I catch this year's version of the Coors Light commercial (the twins deal) and it's hella good once again with cocksucker John Elway not even bringing down it's greatness as it has a Rich Eisen, Jillian Barberie, and a cameo from freakin' retired referee Red Cashion (the "first downnnnnnnnn!" ref from years back). Marked like a mo fo. In other news, BROCK was cut by the Vikings today but still could be allocated to NFL Europe next year which probably guarantees him of having the best selling jersey ever for a player that never even played a regular season NFL game. I still totally believe that especially with a year under his belt, he is still NFL material even if so-called experts scoff at that. BROCK + Frankfurt Galaxy = World Bowl championship bay-bee!

I'm gonna briefly STAT something while it's on my mind. CWF has had 20 different wrestlers main event through the course of 16 live shows presented this year. I would like to think that says something about the depth of our roster that we can comfortably put that many different workers in that position. Not to mention that there's another good 5-10 that could easily main event as well.

Couple of new viewing thoughts:

Passion of the Christ - Gave up on it about 15 minutes in so I ain't giving out snowflakes obviously. This has nothing to do with any religious stance either. Just in general, I don't care for either dramas or period pieces which pretty much kills any desire I have to watch ANY film like that, not just this one. Of what I did see, yeah it looked really well done and powerful and all but I just didn't have the patience of sitting through two hours of it.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 - Couldn't wait long at all to catch Vol. 2 after falling in love with the first a couple of weeks back. Completely different film, but still as beautiful as the first. If I had to watch one of the two, I'd go with Vol. 1 since I'm more of a Japanese-style mark, but this is an EXTREMELY solid film. Loved the twist of the "jobber" on the kill list actually getting more over on the Bride than any of the "main eventers". Far less bloodshed but at many times in this, less is indeed more. ****1/4

Chris Rock: Never Scared - Yeah, it's the HBO special but it just got put on DVD, so what the heck. Nice treat of a bonus feature, that being his original 1994 HBO special which is just bizarre that the two shows done 10 years apart cover the two Michael Jackson scandals and how the comedy routine changes for both of them. Anyways, great stuff comedy wise and his rants on relationships is just scary real. ***1/2

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Return to Thomasville

For a totally forgettable town here in North Carolina, Thomasville sure has provided a ton of wrestling memories. From my earliest days of helping put a ring up to my first days as a ring-apron cameraman to the heyday of NEW and now, the first-ever CWF Mid-Atlantic show in that town. Hooked up with Randolph earlier in the day to do our usual TV commentary pre-tapes and god, did this week suck. This was a combination of the quality of the matches commentated and the fact that I wasn't totally into it, thereby coming off way too forced. I mean, what we did yesterday would still be far superior to the commentary of those early shows back in 2003 but it's still frustrating and left me in a grumpy mood for the next couple of hours, now dreading the show just knowing that it was gonna be a disaster. But as soon as I got into the building for the show, my entire demeanor changed. I have no idea what it was, but it was just a wonderful vibe. A new locale for all of us, new fans turning up, and old fans showing their loyalty turned into a literally standing-room only crowd which was super-hot.

1. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned Jesse Ortega in a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament Semifinal match: Perfect opener for this show, and man, that crowd was just great. It was a perfect example of how a crowd can affect the quality of a match because this wasn't "perfect", but any of the small flaws were easily hid by the cheers. Set the pace for the night and both guys looked great. **3/4

2. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Quinson Valentino in a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament Semifinal match. Picked up right where the other semi-final left off. This was a long awaited singles match that had been on the drawing board for quiet some time but never came to be until tonight. Man, it just works out too well some days. **3/4

3. "Red Hot" Tim Blaze pinned "Tremendous" Trent Wylde: Total throw-away match just to put both guys on the show really although it didn't do anything for either one really. Basically a glorified 2 1/2 minute squash. DUD

4. Matt Stryker pinned Brad Attitude: I'll admit, I do mark out every time I get to tape the phrase "Ring of Honor's Matt Stryker" when typing up the press release results. Crowd wasn't as hot here as they were earlier but Stryker is basically an unknown to our crowd as his only other visit here was last year during the "ice storm show". Anyways, excellent stuff. These two almost seem to operate on a totally different level so during this match, even though everything they're doing is great, I still get the vibe that they're holding back SO much. ***1/4

5. J-Money, Kid Justice, and the Mid-Atlantic tag team champions American Steel Ninja and Brass Munkey defeated Xsiris, Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha, and Twisted Aggression (Mitch Norris and Sean Powers) in when Justice pinned Yamaha: My premonition on this one was pretty accurate. The vibe when all 8 came out at the start of the match just gave you the "oh hell...we're gonna be in for a treat now" vibe but the pace ended up being much slower and generic than it had any reason to be. Still, a fine little match but this thing SO could have been balls-to-the-wall from the opening bell. **1/4

6. Don and Rocky Kernodle defeated Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens and Rob "the Bull" McBride when Don defeated McBride with a sleeperhold: I cringe everytime Don is on the show, as much for his 15 minute promos as it is for his "squash-tastitc" matches. McBride (alongside Scotty Mathews) actually has the distinction for pulling the best match out of Don this decade back in March, but there was no repeat performance this night. Don actually looked worse than usual while Rocky, as usual, actually did all the decent work in the match. Poor Gary as he got basically no shine at all and was made to look like a jobber in there with Don. Finish was actually Don, Rocky, and Johnny Weaver putting on the Weaverlock on Rob, Garry, and Tim Blaze which got the expected monster pop. DUD

7. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse to win the Johnny Weaver Cup tournament: Beautiful storytelling with Corey's leg being shot and having to try and survive the MA champ and the interference of K, then the added drama of Brad Attitude trying to make it a fair match and getting buster hardway with the title belt. Ric dies on the backdrop driver for the finish and Corey-Ric add another legendary chapter to their book. Excellent, excellent finishing sequence although too "sports entertainment" to have it surpass their classic from last year's "Explosive Elements", but man...awesome stuff. ****1/4

Overall Thoughts: Yeah, two matches stunk but really, this was a 5 match show and everyone knew it. You always have to ignore the Kernodle match heading into a show cause you already know what the deal with that is cause it sure ain't on the show for workrate. Outside of that, an EASY "Event of the Year" nominee (this show won it last year and in reality, this year's outing was much better overall). On a side note, on 3/13/99 in this very building, I finished my evening of taping by shooting a blood soaked Rick Link promo in the dressing room. I had never taped one since. On this evening, in the same building, I finish my evening of taping by shooting a blood soaked Brad Attitude promo in the dressing room. Now that is some beautiful personal symmetry right there.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Fine, I'm older...time to move on...

Birthday XXIX has come and gone without any unnecessary spectacle surrounding it. While my vision of coming home and having the three Starnes sisters flash me didn't come true, it was by no means a letdown of a Bday. Had a wonderful little goop filled cake that read "Happy Birthday Statmark" and broke down and ordered the 2004 NFL Record & Fact Book for myself off the 'net. I NEVER buy anything for myself, especially with the current financial situation, but this is pretty much the one thing a year I MUST own so I'll just have to deal with the repercussions later.

I love Gostats.com tracking dealio so I can always see my SiteStats including where they came from to access my site. First off, I'm dumfounded that my freakin' BLOG is getting more hits than my actual merchandise site. As much as I get a kick out of people readin' my stuff, I would much rather them spend some $$$. ;) Secondly, one of the my recent visitors is this dude Jason Mulgrew who has a hilarious freakin' blog and I share alot of his same relationship views (which probably isn't a good thing, but oh well). His "Four Marriage Dealbreakers" is book material. Great stuff, check it out.

Pretty big show coming up Saturday for CWF in Thomasville. It's "Explosive Elements" although that title has been all but ignored for the real focus, which is the finals of the inaugural Johnny Weaver Cup. Should be a pretty good show, although it's gonna be crammed into a 2 hour block which could possibly help it in the long run in certain cases; specifically the Kernodles match (or their promo I should say). If we can get Don & Rocky out in 20, we'll be in great shape. Any longer than that, and they're gonna kill time off the REAL matches. Ric Converse, Corey Edsel, Jesse Ortega, and Quinson Valentino are the Final 4 and from a mark viewpoint, I can totally see 3 of the 4 being legit winners. All 3 tourny matches should be **3/4 at least which should make the show an automatic thumbs up. The most fascinating match on the show is actually an 8-man with Munkey/Ninja/Money/Kid Justice vs. Yamaha/Xsiris/Mitch/Sean. I'm a huge mark for 6 and 8-man tag matches, but much like the 6-person on the last show, I still think we haven't quiet reached the potential of what these matches could be in the MA territory. I think too many guys try to work them like the traditional 2 on 2 tag matches when there is SO much more you can do with that. I always will refer to the All Japan style of those kinds of matches which is exactly how these things should work. Of course, this is a half hour match that will be reduced to 10 minutes cause of the tight show schedule. ****+ potential, but I'd be surprised if it breaks **3/4 cause of the various factors surrounding it.

Outside of that, I have a very reflective-type feeling heading into this show. This is my first time in this building since March 13, 1999 which was a really big turning point in my life. It was a Chris Plano NDW show towards the end of his run where decent booking and workrate had been all but replaced by Rick Link's hardcore main event matches. That show would actually be the first time I ever physically stood on the ring apron and taped a show which, for those that don't know, is the traditional NWA cameraman approach which I still do till this day. The only wrestler who's way I got in that night would turn out to be none other than 1/2 of the "Serial Thillers" with Shane Helms, Mike Maverick, who made sure to tell me to "MOVE!". This show also happened to take place a couple of weeks after my wife had left me and I was crashing with a fellow female "friend with benefits" who I had drug along to the show. And on top of that, there was some fan running around ringside with me during Link's Thumbtack Death match taking photographs. This fan would turn out to be Brad Stutts. At ringside, one fan was ejected. That fan would one day become Corey Edsel who was sitting alongside the fan affectionately known as "King". Not only that, but there was this green kid working in the semi-main, getting squashed by NDW champ and former NWA jobber, Rikki Nelson. That kid would go onto become 1/2 of the current Mid-Atlantic tag team champions, American Steel Ninja.

So many firsts back on that fateful day of March 13, 1999. It's crazy how over 5 years later how many people that I would meet at the very first time at that show are such an important part of my life today. See ya in Thomasville guys....

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Birthdays

It's that time of the year again, a day I try and ignore like no other as I put one more notch on the bedpost of age. I must also send out bday wishes to Stutts and high school pals, PJ and Chapman (Defender of Chapstick), who also share this week in birthday land with me.

As a kid, you always felt invincible, but never moreso than on your birthday when you were not only invincible, but untouchable as well. I mean, what parent could ever get upset at a kid on his birthday? It seemed practically sacrilegious and even though I never tried to take advantage of such luxury, I was certainly aware of it.

I have a few birthday memories that stand out more than others. During my years living in Missouri (85-89), we would always travel to one of the big theme parks (Six Flags or Worlds of Fun in Kansas City) where I would pretty much spend the whole day with my best friend Neil riding water rides because I had yet to learn the joy of a roller coaster. The first "birthday reality check" for me would have been in 87 I do believe when I actually got in TROUBLE on my birthday. To me, this was an impossibility and I was dumbfounded then how I could possibly be scolded on August 25th. It was over something that really wasn't even my fault. Neil and I were to meet my mom and stepdad at a central location at a specific time and when they weren't there when we arrived, I made the decision to go to the car in the parking lot looking for them. Of course, they wouldn't be there either but I will always remember the look on my stepdad's face as we passed him on the outgoing tram ride as we were headed back in on the incoming tram. Boy, if looks could kill... I ended up getting my ass chewed out for that one (over what basically amounted to a 5:00 difference in time) and that was the official start of birthdays not having the same "unfuckwithable" stigma that they had in my younger years.

There were always two things that my birthday was synonymous with: the start of school and SummerSlam. Those two things always seemed to occur that same week of my birthday. As a kid, it's really hard to look forward to your birthday when it just happens to be the same day you head back to prison. Luckily, in 1988 that would change. SummerSlam 88 (the inaugural one) was actually the first ever PPV I saw live on TV. It occurred on August 29th but, as would come to pass in the coming years, the timing would always be right so I could swing a "birthday PPV" out of the folks whereas on any other day, they would have a much easier time telling me "NO". I think I marked as hard for Ultimate Warrior going over Honky Tonk for the IC strap as for anything I had ever done before or since. The high of that title change stayed with me for...well, I can still remember that feeling which, more than anything, tells you how well booked Honky Tonk's reign was. By the next year, it was obvious that SummerSlam was going to be a yearly tradition and, being a young Statmark, I had to calculate the year that SummerSlam would be held on MY birthday. Not the day before, not the day after, but on MY birthday. In 1990, my favorite wrestler Bret Hart came back from mid-card hell to win the tag team titles once again from my then favorite tag tam, Demolition..on August 27th. 1991 was a real treat as Bret and Curt Hennig had one of my all-time favorite matches (also for the IC strap) in the match that would define Bret as a singles star...on August 26th. So close, but yet so far. The years came and went and whether it be leap year or something else, SummerSlam never landed on my birthday. Finally, it was 1996 and this was my year. And then...they moved it. For the first time ever, SummerSlam was moved UP a week...and to the dreaded date of August 18th. I had been screwed once again out of a true birthday PPV.

2002. The fifteenth freakin' SummerSlam and FINALLY it was set for August 25th. One I could call my own! And what a lineup! Kurt vs. Rey! Rock vs. Brock! And holy god the return of my beloved HBK vs. HHH! The lineup was as solid as any the WWF had put together in the past few years and it was on by god August 25th!

I never saw SummerSlam 2002 live on PPV. I own the DVD now, but when August 25th rolled around that year, SummerSlam didn't mean as much anymore. My Grandma Holt had gone from the picture of health (at her age anyways) to gravely ill in a manner of two weeks. She passed away shortly after Midnight...on August 26th. My Mom was quick to tell me that she didn't want to leave us on my birthday. I'm the kind of person that would just call it a fluke coincidence normally, but for some reason...I can believe that...whether it be Grandma's decision to hold out for those couple of extra hours, or whether it was God's.

My Grandma Holt was my only relative to share my love for wrestling. All my other relatives tolerated it because they knew it was what I loved. And ya know, the strange thing is....I couldn't even tell you who my Grandma's favorite wrestlers were. But god knows I can tell you who she HATED: Rick Rude, Honky Tonk Man, Jake Roberts (cause of that slimy snake), and yes, "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown.

I watched my first real wrestling broadcast on the satellite dish at Grandma and Grandpa Holt's house. That was where I also indulged myself with the biz at an early age every Saturday morning. Now, with August 25th upon me once again, these are the thoughts that fill my head. Not the untouchablness of youth, but rather the memories of what made those birthdays so special. Trips to theme parks, a simple wrestling PPV, and the givingness of not only a Grandmother but to everyone who made my childhood so special each and every August 25th. There's many people who I haven't given proper thanks to here. Obviously, my Mom and Dad but also a tremendous cast of characters over the years that have meant so much to my happiness. Thanks to each and every one of you, whether you ever read this or not. Birthdays would mean nothing without friends and family to provide the love.

Now..where's my icing?

Friday, August 20, 2004

What a month

An exhausting whirlwind of a month rolls on and god I hope it's gonna settle down here soon. Gee survived surgery this past Monday and was released from the hospital after a nerve-wracking week. I think my book could include a chapter on this whole ordeal by itself. So many thoughts and emotions run through you during a time like this. Fear towards the unknown, elation towards the outcome, comfort from those that provided support, and even disappointment towards those I would have expected at least some form of well wishes out of that never came. While by no means was it something truly frightening ala open-heart surgery, it's still something that is so hard to grasp when it's happening to someone so young. If my dad went under the knife tomorrow, I'd certainly wish him well and be there whenever he needed me, but at that age, it's so much more understandable that it's easier to accept and deal with mentally. Whether that's right or wrong, that's just the way it is. I have similar feelings towards death that some people have a tough time grasping, but that's me.

There hasn't been any life-altering changes since the surgery. There have been a few little things such as Gee actually answering and calling people on the telephone which is actually about as shocking as say, if she had come out of surgery with a third arm. For me, at times where I would usually find myself annoyed by something she does, I have a moment of reflection now along the lines of "but how would I feel right now if she wasn't here to annoy me at all?". I'm very appreciative of her slowly resurgent health and while the experience won't change the dynamics of our sometimes bizarro world relationship, it has continued to enhance our always increasing appreciativeness of the other.

I'm thankful that I can actually ramble about other topics in this blog than what transpired at the hospital because god knows, the days following it have been very therapeutic and restful when compared to the days during.

Joey Silvia's EWA is in action tonight in Jacksonville, NC which I'm missing out on cause of the prevailing health circumstances. The show has tremendous potential (talking "Event of the Year" proportions) and it's gonna suck not having it on tape. Corey Edsel vs. Scotty Mathews is the main, which is **** "beating the holy hell out of one another" material. Ironically enough, I think the only other show that I have regrets about missing to tape in the past four years had those two in a singles contest as well...down in Hamlet for WCEW I do believe in which Corey suffered a concussion. Xsiris, Brad Attitude, Chris Escobar, and DOVER are supposed to meet in a 4-way TLC match (one of these things is not like the other...) which could be the greatest thing ever or a hall-of-fame like disaster. Xsiris-Escobar is MONEY in a singles and would be serious Southern Indy MOTYC. Silvia himself is supposed to work Brad Hunter, which, if both guys have their working boots on, and they usually do if they're working the right roles, could push upwards of **** as well. Major props to Silvia too for not booking himself as the main on his own show. Sean Alexander takes on Ninja, which could be a solid **3/4 match. I hope to god the Yamaha vs. Seymour Snott vs. Styxx triangle match goes down just for the visual of Yamaha's head about to explode trying to go over the spots in the back with those two. I'm really going to miss certain guys tonight (others not so much), but I'm where I need to be and want to be and wouldn't have it any other way. Good luck to all!

Meanwhile, in football land, the Carolina Panthers have looked great the first two preseason games. If anyone thinks I crapped on them in my NFL preview, keep this in mind: they DO have the schedule from hell to start the season and even if they're BETTER than last year (which I am quickly becoming convinced of), there's no way they can match last year's 11-5 record which this schedule. That's why I'm still sticking with a 9-7 finish. Joe Gibbs has certainly not been a godsend to the Redskins yet as their starters looked pretty abysmal against Carolina. Keary Colbert's TDs in that game were fine and all but at this point, I'd attribute it more towards the piss poor Washington secondary than the QB talents of Weinke or anything. The Panthers D looked hellagood in the Giants game although it pains me a great deal that it appears that Eli Manning may actually be the real deal. I do find it interesting that with the Rams, Kurt Warner could get no blocking but Mark Bulger could so he leaves for the Giants where...they block for Manning, Warner comes in, and gets sacked twice in a row. I wonder if Kurt Warner just has some knack for pissing off his offensive line.

Been watching alot of Olympics, whether it be from being stuck in the hospital or just chilling at home. I always intend to watch them but never really get around to it. Amazingly well booked stuff that NBC must be loving. It's like every night has a specific dramatic American babyface victory. On a side note, I actually did LOVE the original '92 Dream Team but holy god, when a team is so obnoxious and bad that their own country cheers against them, I think it's time to say goodbye to the NBA in the Olympics. I can't even stand to watch these asses and pretty much sums up why I can't watch the NBA at all anymore. I actually hope they make it far enough in the Olympic playoffs to give another country some kind of storybook ending. And hallelujah, they got beat by LITHUANIA today!!! I was a big time mark of Lithuania back in '92 when they wore the tye dyed Grateful Dead basketball tees during the medal ceremony. I actually have one of those shirts somewhere and really need to break it out in celebration!

Finally, a few more movies of note I've seen lately...

Marci X - Direct to vid comedy with Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans. If there's one thing that can save a movie for me, it's someone getting maimed or a kid getting smacked in comical fashion. Thankfully, this movie had 1 funny scene in the whole damn thing but it amused me so much I won't bury the flick. The psychology of the characters in this thing is horrible and makes NO sense at all. However, between a "so-bad-it's funny" boy band parody to the fundraiser for "kids with no feeling in their arms", I'll begrudgingly put this over. *3/4 but totally skippable for the most part.

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil - I've been meaning to watch this thing for forever now as I went to school in Savannah and if you've lived in that fucked up town for any time, you know there's a certain fascination about it. Savannah would get it's own chapter (and then some in my book) but let me just say here that if you have NO history with that town, then this movie ain't for you. It's not a BAD film by any means, but there's not a whole lot there either. It's a pretty basic murder mystery that just happens to be surrounded with the bizarreness of the town itself. It's really out there at points and if you can't suspend your belief by saying "oh, it's ok; that's just Savannah", then you'll never buy into the film period. I'll give it ** but I was expecting a whole lot more and god knows, the right film maker would go nuts making a proper dramatic thriller/horror movie in this town.

Vampire Effect - Basic vampire hunter movie, but done in Japan with subtitles and all. I actually love this genre of film because even in stuff like this, you can just SEE how superior the Japanese work ethic is to us when it comes to stuff like film production. The colors are SO vibrant in this thing and just the quality of the film looks as crisp as any you'll ever see despite the fact that it's an import. For a Japanese flick, the action sequences are very solid, but not as balls-out as they tend to be sometimes. Jackie Chan has a supporting role in it and I actually wish he hadn't been because it comes off as one of those roles that was created more for his celebrity than actually adding anything to the film itself. Still pretty decent stuff overall though. **1/2

Kill Bill Vol. 1 - Holy crap this was awesome. I can't wait to see Vol. 2 here before long but it's gonna have a heck of a time matching up. The film just flies by at an hour, 50 minutes concluding with a hall-of-fame half-hour fight scene that's one of the best I've ever seen. From start to finish, there are SO many little things that just make this movie great that it's impossible to list them all. I think Pulp Fiction is a fine, fine film but Taratino outdid it here as far as I'm concerned. Completely different style than my boy Sam Raimi, but an equal to be sure. ****3/4. Seriously.

Friday, August 13, 2004

I hate hospitals

Insane couple of days as Gee's gall bladder steals my gimmick by spazzing out and putting her in the ER. Unfortunately, surgery is pretty much unavoidable which means we're gonna drive the hospital nuts for the next few years as they try to get their money out of us. She'll miss a month of ring action at least, which, all things considered, comes at a decent time as it could. No big paydays coming up and her character needs a bit of refreshening in CWF so outside of possibly missing the Indy Rumble for the first time ever, she shouldn't lose out on much.

Gall bladder surgery is simple enough compared to the complexities of many surgeries, but it's still nerve-wracking when you've never been through anything like it before. You kinda expect your folks or grandparents to be in and out of hospitals for stuff like this now and again but to see it happen to the one you care so much for at age 24 is kinda overwhelming. As funky as our relationship can be, it's another testament to us being there for one another when times get tough. It's crazy how Gee is one of the most physically toughest people I know and within 48 hours, I've gone to treating her like the one of the most fragile people in the world. I've thought alot here recently about just how lucky I've been. About to turn 29 and have NEVER been in the hospital for myself. God knows I should have been a few times thanks to either Flagler killing me or my generally goofiness that leads to injury. I've had a tremendous run of good luck which I am eternally grateful for.

Aside from the hospital thing, one of our old Indy buddies, "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown, is bringing me down to Fayetteville tomorrow night to tape his RWC show which I would typically be jakked about but due to other circumstances it's been the last thing on my mind. They've canned "Playboy" Bert Tripp in favor for this one dude named Steve Corino which boggles my mind, but word on the street is he at least can cut a good promo...outside of him, he's got the Rock N' Rolls, Ivan Koloff, and Stro so it should be an entertaining night if nothing else. Also, I finally get to head to a show which I have no ties to at all from a booking perspective and can look at from a completely unbiased viewpoint.

Conan O'Brien had a fascinating piece of business on TV tonight. Instead of his normal show, they ran an hour long infomercial plugging his new DVD releases. The show, aside from the clips, was pretty atrociously bad in an hour-long format despite it being a pretty damn good sendup of generic infomercials and done completely over-the-top. It's one of those things that would be a fine 5:00 SNL skit, but as an hour is just crazy much. However, despite it being fairly unbearable 3 segments in, this is SO the kind of show that collectors go nuts trying to seek out 10 years from now just to see the damn thing. It's alot like us wrestling marks who, for example, will seek out a "Blow Away" diet commercial that was notoriously bad when it originally aired but now it's a hilarious piece of nostalgia.

Off to bed for now...Fayetteville tomorrow...SummerSlam at Bull's on Sunday with the boys and hopefully a healthy GeeStar along for the ride...See ya!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Stat's 2004 NFL Preview

With the NFL preseason now officially underway, it's time for me to look into my own crystal ball and provide Statmark's 2004 NFL Season Preview & Predictions!

AFC East
New England Patriots: This team has the potential to be scary good. The SuperBowl champs get BETTER with the addition of RB Corey Dillion. AFC East crown should be automatic and anything less than a SuperBowl will be a letdown. My pick: 13-3.
NY Jets: With a healthy Chad Pennington, the Jets have the potential to squeak into the playoffs. My pick: 9-7.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills provide nothing to get real excited about one way or the other. Bledsoe will keep them in games, but playoffs are borderline at best. My pick: 8-8.
Miami Dolphins: In all my years of picking the standings, I have NEVER picked the Dolphins to finish last in the AFC East. Well, thanks to Ricky Williams choosing pot over several million a year and screwing the Fish in the process, that time is now. There's still some decent free agent receivers out there but with Jay Fiedler at QB, that doesn't do ya alot of good since you have to actually get the ball to a receiver in order for it to mean anything. Christ this team is screwed. Good luck Zach. My pick: 4-12.

AFC North: God this division is horrible and virtually impossible to pick. Every single team here could finish 8-8 with only one actually winning the division and going to the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals: Man, could the Bengals go either way. The loss of Dillion really shouldn't hurt them but they haven't added enough firepower to really take control of the division either. Marvin Lewis will prove this year if he is a great coach or it was just a one-year wonder. My pick: 9-7...I hope.
Baltimore Ravens: Bleh...the Ravens will bore you to death on the way to running Jamal Lewis as much as humanly possible cause it's their ONLY offensive weapon. Still have a helluva defense. My pick: 8-8.
Cleveland Browns: Boy, the Browns are a fascinating team to watch this year with Jeff Garcia at QB. I don't think he has enough alongside him to really make a run, but it could be very interesting. My pick: 7-9.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are on the verge of falling off the face of the football earth. I love Bill Cowher and always have as a coach, but I really think this team needs a new face to guide them. They've become just the same old, same old year after year after year with mediocre hopes and even less delivered. My pick: 6-10.

AFC South
Indianapolis Colts: This very well could be THE year for Peyton Manning to break through. Possibly the most dangerous team in football. If the AFC championship isn't the Colts and Pats again, I'd be surprised. My pick: 13-3.
Tennessee Titans: Where oh where have my Titans gone? No Eddie George, Frank Wycheck, or Jevon Kearse. Thank god Steve McNair is still there but he has NO ONE to go to now. Last year, this division was a race between the Titans and the Colts. Those days are done. This should be the roughest year for the Titans in quiet some time and I feel sorry for their fans that have such high hopes. My pick: 9-7.
Jacksonville Jaguars: A big dark horse that will probably get overlooked alot. The revised Jags seem to have alot of breakthrough potential. Byron Leftwich could be one of the top QBs of the year if all goes well. Still not good enough to make a serious run, but definitely have a few upsets in them. My pick: 7-9.
Houston Texans: They're still a couple years away from turning themselves from an expansion team to a credible franchise. And playing in this division sure doesn't help. My pick: 6-10.

AFC West
Kansas City Chiefs: Well, defense obviously does win championships cause if it was offense, the Chiefs would be champs now. If this team had ANY form of B-level defense, they could go 15-1 probably. As it is, they'll have another good run and get stomped in the playoffs again by a better overall team. My pick: 11-5.
Denver Broncos: Boy, now here's a tough pick. The Broncos go to the playoffs last year and seemingly have gotten better in the off-season but still don't even really seem like a strong playoff team. My pick: hell if I know...10-6.
San Diego Chargers: Much like the old days of Barry Sanders on the Lions, here we have LaDainian Tomlinson and that's IT. This guy is awesome but has nothing else to work with. My pick: 6-10.
Oakland Raiders: Hopes may be high in the bay and yeah, they may be better than last years' 4-12 but c'mon, they're too old, and are pretty much the football equivalent of let's see how much shit we can throw against the wall and maybe something will stick. My pick: 6-10.

NFC East: Easily my most hated division in professional sports and making matters worse, every team is gonna be a pain this year and are pretty much stacked from top to bottom. The race to the finish for the NFC East crown should be awesome and probably won't be decided till the final weekend.
Philadelphia Eagles: Wow...scary good. They go to the NFC championship and choke (again) but then spend the offseason fixing the reason they lost the game by adding Jevon Kearse and Terrell Owens. McNabb to Owens could be the most lethal combination in the NFL in years. My pick: 13-3.
Dallas Cowboys: Jesus....Parcells does wonders with pure crap last year and now he's added Keyshawn and Eddie George. The Cowboys are gonna be pretty darn good no matter how much we hate them. My pick: 11-5.
Washington Redskins: Yes, Washington will be playing catchup to the Eagles and 'Boys, but bringing Joe Gibbs back breaths a whole new life into this franchise. This is one of those teams that would rack up in say, the AFC North, but in this division, it's a different ballgame. My pick: 9-7.
NY Giants: I can only hope to take some solace in the fact that I can watch Eli Manning and Kurt Warner both completely crumble in their newfound "promised land". They probably will be improved over last year, but still, this division is too tough for this team. My pick: 5-11.

NFC North
Minnesota Vikings: This has got to have been the most talented team over the past few years that just never accomplishes crap. Year after year they choke and none was greater than the Week 17 loss to Arizona last year which was one of the most enjoyable moments of divine intervention I've ever witnessed. Anyways, the Viks are a bit better (again) and the playoffs shouldn't even be in question although they always figure out a reason for them to be. Oh, and they have BROCK. My pick: 11-5.
Green Bay Packers: Ahhhh...the beloved Packers. Pretty much the same team as they were last year which automatically should mean Brett Favre = playoffs. It'll be a heck of a race with the Vikings though. My pick: 10-6.
Detroit Lions: Oh man am I look forward to the Lions this year. Kinda like the Jags, they're RIGHT THERE and could be on the verge of a huge breakthru. This team could easily be NFC North champs next year. For now, they should have plenty of upset special in them. My pick: 8-8.
Chicago Bears: How the Bears even finished 7-9 last year is beyond me. But with the improvement in this division, it sure ain't gonna happen twice. My pick: 5-11.

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons: Michael Vick annoys me which is weird cause I generally love scrambling QBs. However, if he stays healthy he can probably lead this sub-par squad to the playoffs. Ughhhh....My pick: 10-6.
Carolina Panthers: I still haven't figured out for sure if the Panthers are still THAT good or is my view as a fan clouding my perception. It probably hinges on seeing if Delhomme is as legit as he seemed last year. My pick: 9-7.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Like I said with the Titans, where oh where have my Bucs gone? I assume Jon Gruden has a vision here for a successful team cause he is one hell of a coach but heck if I can see it. I'll cheer for 'em, but god knows I don't understand them. My pick: 8-8.
New Orleans Saints: Plenty of upset potential, but nothing really here to get scared about. Could play into the division race though cause the division is so well balanced. My pick: 7-9.

NFC West
Seattle Seahawks: One of the best young teams in the NFL guided by Holmgren...what more could ya want? My pick: 10-6, squeaking by the Rams for the West crown.
St. Louis Rams: All the potential in the world but the infighting has killed the Rams the past few years. Bulger will probably start choking now that Warner is gone. Oh, the irony. Still dangerous though. My pick: 10-6.
Arizona Cardinals: A perfect spot for Dennis Green to return to coaching and he has to do next to nothing to actually improve this team. Underrated team that could sneak up on some people. My pick: 7-9.
San Francisco 49ers: Man, the Fish and the 49ers both in dead last...how times have changed. 10 years ago this was my SuperBowl pick...and for several consecutive years actually. No Garcia, no Owens. Could possibly be the worst team in the entire league. My pick: 3-13.

My playoff picks:

Denver Broncos def. Cincinnati Bengals
Kansas City Chiefs def. NY Jets
Indianapolis Colts def. Denver Broncos
New England Patriots def. Kansas City Chiefs
AFC Championship: Indianapolis Colts def. New England Patriots

Dallas Cowboys def. Atlanta Falcons
Seattle Seahawks def. Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles def. Dallas Cowboys
Seattle Seahawks def. Minnesota Vikings
NFC Championship: Philadelphia Eagles def. Seattle Seahawks

SuperBowl XXXIX: Indianapolis Colts def. Philadelphia Eagles

Barry! Barry! Barry! and other stuff that's not nearly as professional...

Stuttsy says I have various obsessive passions outside the biz like football and right on cue...

Sunday, August 8, 2004 was Barry's day. The greatest running back that ever lived, and personally my favorite athlete of all-time PERIOD was enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame 5 years after leaving the game in the middle of his career. I'll never forget the day as I was in Myrtle Beach, three hours before going to my first "Weird Al" concert when the news came on the TV making the announcement that Barry Sanders had retired. I truly believe that EVERY athlete, in every spot, should be forced to watch tapes of Barry. Not for his elusiveness which is simply uncopyable, but rather for his phenomenal professionalism 10 years in the NFL; 15,269 yards; 99 rushing touchdowns; and NEVER ONCE spiked a football. The world would be a much better place if athletes were more like Barry and alot less like Terrell Owens. Unfortunately, he would have the love for the game sucked out of him after 10 years for playing for the Detroit Lions, who never showed a serious commitment to winning. But rather than go to another team, he began and ended his career as a Lion, which is a heck of alot more noble than so many of the money-grubbing past-their-prime athletes that refuse to walk away and in doing so, destroy whatever once proud legacy they once had. He never made any noise; he just came to work, did his job, and never made a fuss. Whether it be the NFL or the Indys, there simply aren't enough people like this.



2 additional quick Barry notes: For those that want to argue about his greatness compared to Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, get over it people. I have tons of respect for both but jesus, both of them played on SuperBowl teams with an insane amount of offensive firepower and defenses that would get the offense the ball back constantly. For 10 years, Barry was ALL the Lions had. With an average-at-best offensive line, year after year, a rotating door at quarterback, and no deep threat receivers; every defense that Barry ever stepped on the field with KNEW he was getting the ball and they STILL couldn't stop him. That, to me, is the testament that Barry Sanders is indeed the greatest running back that ever lived.

Secondly, fuck John Elway. Elway was a great leader although as an actual athlete, he was no Barry. Going into the weekend, I was fully aware that Barry's induction was secondary to Elway's, but what can ya do. It was all good until Elway was interviewed on NFL Network and proclaimed Terrell Davis as the greatest running back ever. Terrell Davis???? WTF?? The guy had a very good 3-year run on which he was paired with Elway for two SuperBowl wins. But 3 years??!! And you're putting him past Barry, Emmitt, Walter, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, etc, etc?? You're damn right you wouldn't have won a SuperBowl without Terrell, but he probably wasn't one of the 25 greatest running back of all time, much less #1.

As far as the Hall of Fame game itself, why the heck wasn't it Denver-Detroit rather than Denver-Washington?? Whatever...anyways, an insane amount of flags and a poorly played game only saved by the last 5 minutes as Denver scores the tying TD and 2-point conversion with under 2 minutes to go and then the Skins kick the game-winning FG to win 20-17 as time expires. Skins FS rookie Sean Jones looked freakin' awesome but he was the only one on either squad to do crap.

Oh, and yeah, there was an Indy show on Saturday I need to review too! Unfortunately, after 2 awesome CSA shows back to back, this one was solid enough but left an overall bad taste in my mouth to the extent that I pretty much just want to say "fuck it" for awhile. Not because of the workrate, but rather because of the complete lack of maturity when it comes to some of the youth. As others have said, CWF should be a family, and it seems like every time we start to get things back together and it feels like all the workers are on the same page, someone will do something stupid to split it right down the middle once again. When all is said and done though, the family that actually loves this business and this promotion will still be the ones there while the ones that are more interested in popping their boys than actually getting something over will be long since forgotten.

1. Twisted Aggression (Sean Powers and Mitch Norris) defeated Jesse Ortega and Kid Justice when Norris pinned Justice: Perfect opener on all levels. **1/2.

2. "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens and Alex Adonis defeated Rob "the Bull" McBride and "Wild" Shane West when Adonis pinned West: Definitely needed 5 minutes shaved off of it. Didn't click from the get-go. DUD.

3. Mid-Atlantic Television champion Mikael Yamaha (with Brad Stutts in his corner) pinned Tank Lawson: WAY the heck better than anyone would have expected, including the workers involved. Awkward finish, but aside from that, exactly what it should have been. **.

4. "Tremendous" Trent Wylde, Brad Attitude, and Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse defeated GeeStar and Mid-Atlantic tag team champions American Steel Ninja and Brass Munkey when Wylde pinned Ninja: Solid stuff with a very hot finishing sequence but on a different day, there's no way this matchup couldn't be MOTYC if all parties felt like working together. This should be an-All Japan-esq 6-person, but what can ya do. **1/2.

5. Amber O'Neal pinned Krissy Vaine: WAY better than the women's tag match from the previous week with a finishing sequence that was ridiculously better than anyone expected. Crowd sucked, but it would come off great on tv. **.

6. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated Xsiris by submission in a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament quarterfinal match: A FAR superior wrestling match to the highly-praised Munkey-Xsiris match from last week but the crowd was nowhere near as into this time which is a shame. My only complaint being that, as a fan watching this, it TOTALLY seems like Xsiris is being booked for a babyface turn which isn't the case at all. Regardless, great match with an awesome, awesome finish. ****.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Individuality

As I fight sleep with everything I'm worth, I'm drawn to try and write something about relationships. It's a topic that I certainly have somewhat of a skewed opinion of but at the same time, I think I could write a pretty healthy book about how to survive one. There are SO many factors that go into making a relationship a successful one. Everyone has their own thoughts and views about what works and what doesn't but I'm going to take what I feel is the biggest factor of all and discuss it: Individuality.

We all start as individuals in this world and the majority will, at points throughout their existence, form a bond with another individual. Much like a great wrestling tag team, the success of a relationship is determinate on whether the individuals can merge their two identities together into one congealing partnership. And that's where many a relationship will either crash and burn or rise to greater heights. However, the complexity of individualism in a relationship is the real tricky part.

When we enter a partnership with another, we must sacrifice some of the individuality that made us who we were up to that point. We have to toss some of it to the side and embrace a part of our partner's individuality. Many people throw too much of their individualism aside in order to pacify the significant other. I have found myself guilty of this too many times in my past. It's very tough to try and be "yourself" when you're living your life for someone else. If you give too much of yourself away, there comes a day where you begin to feel hollow inside and you search for the answers of "what became of the person I once was?".

On the other hand, if you fight tooth and nail to not give in and remain your own person, how can any relationship survive in that context? After all, relationships are "give and take" as often said. I can respect any person that doesn't want to lose his identity, but there's a great difference between bending and breaking when it comes to doing what's right in making a relationship last with both parties being satisfied in the end.

To complicated matters further, individuals change. You can't expect what worked in the first year to still work in the tenth year. There are a precious few that can pull that off and they are certainly not the norm. Everyone comes from a different stage of life. While one may be fully mature, the other has yet to develop into the person they are destined to become. We cannot fault that person for not being at that stage yet; we simply have to learn to either adjust or move on as painful as that option can be.

I believe that encouraging your partner's individuality is a key to a successful relationship. Holding one back for your own perception of the "way things should be" does not necessarily mean it's right for everyone else. At the same time though, that individuality must be reciprocated or else the giver becomes trapped by their own generosity.

For anyone in a relationship that may stumble upon this, please take a look at yourself. Think back to years gone past and the way you were prior to your current situation. Do you feel alive and complete? Or do you feel hollow from the void that has been left by the loss of your individuality? Look at your partner. Do you give them the freedom to be an individual where they can have their own identity? Or do you keep them trapped under your watchful eye, making sure that everything they do is not by their own mindset, but rather yours.

Embrace the joy of being with someone you love. But at the same time, don't forget to carve your own niche in this world; putting your signature of individual legacy to the blank sheet of paper that is life. And when you're done doing that, make sure you hand the pen over.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Man, I am one reviewing mo fo...

Man alive has it been hectic lately...a good kind of hectic but whew...trying to settle into job-land still while being overwhelmed with live show greatness and Gee skipping town for the first time EVER without me to go to Tampa...but hey, that leaves me here to write some more in the blog....

CWF Mid-Atlantic show on Saturday was just off the charts and it seemed like everyone was just ON. Results/my legit thoughts (as opposed to the press release version that gets emailed). Ratings are on MY Southern Indy scale, not the funky "Superstar Northern Indy Workers Scale":

1. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned 1/2 of the CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions American Steel Ninja in 8:26 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match: After a questionable start to the title reign back in December and for the first part of 2004, Ric has just picked it up tenfold the last few matches and looks to be the "Slick" Ric of old again. Ninja meanwhile, had probably his best singles match EVER in CWF (StatNote: against ironically, the man he debuted against in CWF nearly two years ago). Great stuff from both guys in a great opener that got the crowd into it big time. ***1/2

2. Kid Justice defeated "Tremendous" Trent Wylde and Alex Adonis in 6:48 of a triangle match when he pinned Wylde: Holy crud do I hate 3-ways. Well, I mean...as far as wrestling goes. Ask me outside the show, and that's different. Anyways....THIS 3-way, while not always "crisp" came off just brutal (jn the good way). If Kid Justice can add a little more depth to his character and bring more and more Ohtani out in him, he's gonna be awesome a year from now. Adonis is actually playing the role he should be playing although some things seem somewhat careless at times which scares me for some future opponent. However, being somewhat new to our mindset and general product, I think that'll work itself out before long. Meanwhile, another loss for Trent who hopefully won't take it personal because I still have a feeling about the future when it comes to him as long as he doesn't self-destruct first. **

3. Xsiris pinned 1/2 of the CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey in 12:45 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match



Wow...what can ya say. X and Munkey both got the ovations on their way to the back and god knows I'm a mark for reality. X destroys his leg on the outside and despite other solutions, gets back in the ring to FINISH THE MATCH which pretty much etched this match into Southern Indy folklore. They could have easily done a countout finish with Stutts rolling X back in and Munkey unable to make it in time and the fans wouldn't have felt jipped at all. Instead, youth and stubbornness trump logic and they continue. Oh, and let me add that this all happened AFTER X nearly died on a German from the ring apron back inside. Breathtaking stuff. ***1/2 match, adding an extra 1/2 for the guts. ****

4. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens in 9:56 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match: Scary position to be in following that but the crowd was STILL hot which amazed me. This would be the third singles match of father vs. son in the past few months and once again, both delivered. Of the three, none have really stood out to be superior to the others, but basically on the same par. One thing I love about this matchup is that Garry is one of the few guys Corey can believably bump for and it turned into one of Corey's best ever from a bumping and selling viewpoint. **3/4

5. Jesse Ortega pinned Brad Attitude in 13:17 a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament quarterfinal match. A match that I thought would be perfectly acceptable, but by no means could it possibly top what we had already seen. And then it did. It's easy to say that this was Jesse's best match (a title previously held by the 16:00 one with Yamaha on the April 17th show) in CWF yet, but I'd go as far to say that it was Attitude's as well. The fact that Atty can go balls out was never in question but he generally does more of a comedy routine in CWF being paired with Rainz, the Playas, or whoever and it had been a LONG time since we had seen workrate like this out of him. Felt alot like a New Japan juniors match, ending with a tremendous finishing sequence that had the crowd in the palm of their hand. ****

6. "Special K" Krissy Vaine and Brandi Wine defeated Amber O'Neal and Jenny Taylor in 11:43 when Vaine pinned O'Neal: First ever woman's tag in CWF although it made very little sense in the greater scheme of things but sometimes ya just gotta throw it out there and hope no one else catches on. More than likely, I'm the only one that does so it's all gravy. I'm glad Jenny did the tag with Amber cause it prevents us from hotshoting the Amber/Gee team-up which has had like a year and a half build now. I think a Jenny heel turn here would have been prefect and the crowd would have ate it up. Aside from my random booking thoughts, the match itself was basically what you would expect. Women's singles are hard enough and sticking 4 individuals who are defined as single wrestlers and not established tag team wrestlers at all doesn't make it much easier. Match was in a tough spot too, being the first after intermission as the crowd has already blown itself up in the first half of the show. *1/4

7. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned J-Money in 10:49 a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament quarterfinal match: Subtle psychology is the key as we flashback to 3/8/03 and the defining moment of Money's career as he small packages Converse to win the Cruiserweight title. Now, 7/31/04 as Money small packages Converse, but this time Ric kicks out, and follows with "Never again!". If anyone in the crowd caught it, major props to them. Extremely solid workrate, crowd was just getting tired but they bought into the possibility of Money winning moreso than I expected. ***

8. CWF Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha battled Rob "The Bull" McBride to a 10:00 time limit draw: I was shocked by the finish, but I do think it's good to establish the time limit as a huge factor with a heel champion which we started to with Xsiris just before he dropped it. This was actually the first singles match ever between the two who have combined for some 25+ years in the biz. I actually think they could produce a better match without the belt on the line and the time constraints. Gemini "Numbers Man" Kid's run-out at the end fell somewhat dead basically because with the resurgence of new fans, many weren't even around last February when Gemini wrestled his final match and were therefore made no connection with the gear that was being worn. **

Final thoughts: Awesome, awesome show. I wish the final half of the show would have had the same crowd heat as the first half, but it's completely understandable why it didn't as the crowd had just given it their all early on. I sit back in amazement of the talent that we have. I mean, this show was just awesome and think of who didn't even work on it: Kamakazi Kid, GeeStar, Twisted Aggression, Joey Silvia, Krazy K, etc, etc. Major props to everyone involved with this show.

Nothing can follow that but bear with me as I get these final movie reviews outta the way....

Scary Movie 3 - I actually loved the first Scary Movie and thought the second one wasn't even in the same league. With the Zucker Brothers fame taking over the franchise, I had high hopes for the third one. Unfortunately, apparently the Zucker Brothers have blown their load cause even as the masters of this genre they barely provided more laughs than the Wayans did in the first sequel. The first half of the movie was bearable with a few amusing moments and the addition of Charlie Sheen seemed to freshen up the staleness of the otherwise stale characters. However, the second half drug on and on with no real focus and barely anything original or amusing. As much as I love the older movies in this genre like "Airplane" and "Naked Gun", this film is a testament to the fact that there is simply not much more you can do that hasn't already been done. *, if for no other reason the utter hotness of Pamela Anderson in the opening scene and the chariot dogs that follow it.

Barbershop 2: Back in Business - I wasn't a big fan of the first one, although it was fine for what it is. I do think Ice Cube is one of the most underrated actors going today as his performances are always totally believable. Not much to say here....a fine time waster but nothing to go out of the way for. *3/4

Lion King 1 1/2 - The original "Lion King" is actually my all-time favorite Disney movie if for no other reason, the defining moment of Disney animation and what it was truly capable of. A couple of years later though they'd put out Pocahontas, one of my most hated Disney films ever, and shoot it all to hell. Anyways, the concept of this thing is actually great as all through the movie Timon and Pumba (or however ya spell it) are constantly pausing the film and basically doing a mini version of MST3K. The animation is of course not on par with the original but the overall plot and general entertainment value it is better than your typical direct-to-video release. **1/4

School of Rock - There are some roles that just seem SO genuine it seems as if the actor was just born to play it. Jack Black's performance in "School of Rock" is one of those occurrences. I would be stunned to learn that he doesn't have a deep-rooted love for the art of rock music because his passion for it in this film is just so genuinely believable. Extremely enjoyable film from start to finish. ***1/2

50 First Dates - Unlike the slapstick comedy in "Scary Movie", where I go into it wanting to like the film and it lets me down, "50 First Dates" is one of those that I go into praying that it's not gonna be the painfully emotional lovey dovey date movie that I'm afraid it will be. Surprisingly enough, it WAS that BUT it was actually so wonderfully done, that I can't help but like it. This movie is everything "All About Polly" wishes it could be. It actually IS funny, has animals that actual contribute to the film, and is touching on top of it all. Yes, it is a date flick, but Sandler and Berrymore appeal to both males and females so well that even though you can totally see WHERE this movie is going, even those as jaded as me don't mind the journey there. On a side note, I marked like a mo fo for the very subtle nod to "Tommy Boy" as Dan Akroyd refers to funding provided by "Callahan Motors". I don't put over date movies much, but yeah, I'll put this over. ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CURRENT WEATHER FROM MY FAVORITE TOWNS

Chapel Hill, NC:
WXPort

Green Bay, WI:
WXPort

Walnut Creek, CA:
WXPort

Orlando, FL:
WXPort

Savannah, GA:
WXPort

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

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

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