Monday, September 27, 2004

And now for the entertainment portion of our broadcast...

For those that haven't been here in a couple days, the more meaningful rant is under this one. This is just the sheer rambling/review section.

With more time on my hands than money in my pocket, I checked out the original Incredible Hulk CBS pilot on DVD. There were three primetime shows and three shows only when I was a kid: the Hulk ,the Dukes of Hazzard, and the Greatest American Hero. I honestly couldn't care less about any of the sitcoms of the day and would get toasted in a "What's Happening" trivia contest in about two seconds. All three were on the air from 81-83 but 79-82 were really what I remembered with both Dukes and Hulk on back to back every Friday night on CBS. My first memory of a TV Guide came back then too as I asked Grandma Sawyer if I could watch Dukes even though it was rated R. Even Grandma couldn't figure out what despicable taboo act was going on in Hazzard country that night. It turned out that in TV Guide, the "R" actually stands for "Repeat" and Daisy Duke would NOT be committing an act that would send me into puberty six years early. One year freakin' Christmas was actually booked around the Dukes of Hazzard. December 25, 1981 fell on a FRIDAY and I was in the dilemma of a lifetime. Did I watch Dukes this night or run the risk of actually staying up that extra hour and running into Santa Claus himself (which in my young mind meant that if you actually saw the big jolly man then you didn't get any presents...not sure if I was told that or what the deal was, but that was my thinking). So there I am trying my damnedest to just watch the Dukes and get to bed and the fucker shows up! Yes, apparently my mom and dad were well aware of my mental spazzing, and had actually arranged a Santa Claus to show up at the house just BEFORE Dukes went off the air. The events that followed are somewhat of a blur but I'm under the impression that I went into heart failure at 6 years old, was resuscitated by Mr. Claus, and then proceeded to bounce up and down on his knee while in a traumatic frenzy of tears and screaming. Well, I finally got to bed and he would come back again later, giving me a second chance at the presents, delivering them during my slumber. Now that I think about it, I think this came off FAR crueler than my folks had originally intended it to...

Was I talking about the Hulk? Wow...that was a detour and a half. As much as I enjoyed the Hulk during it's original run, my most vivid memories of that came during it's syndicated run in the mid '80s. It was moved to around 11-11:30pm on some Greensboro affiliate directly following "Entertainment Tonight". Grandma Holt worked a second shift and all during the summer, my mission in life at around the age of 10-11 (aside from eating Zack's out of business), was to stay awake till Grandma got home and watch the Hulk. Now to me, being able to not only stay up this late but physically be able to pull it off was a phenomenal feat. Anyways, I don't recall ever seeing this pilot episode before (it was put on DVD with the 2-part "Married" episode about a year back to promote the horribly written 2003 Hulk movie). Looking back at it now, it's amazing just HOW vital this episode was to the entire series and how it set the stage and the psychology for the entire 85-episode run. Really powerful stuff and special effects aside, just blows the 2003 movie out of the water. As a stand-alone movie, a solid little *** but for me and my nostalgia, a good ***1/2.

On a side note, the TV opens from my youth will make me about spaz as hard as anything else out there. If I hear the open from Hulk, Dukes, or "Challenge of the Superfriends" out of the corner of my ear, I will drop anything I'm doing, females included, and break my neck to indulge my nostalgia fetish.

After this, I have "Space Jam" and "Looney Toons: Back In Action" waiting on me which I'm looking forward to. Yes, this is the life of a 72-hour spazzy bachelor. I have always loved "Space Jam" as it was about as perfect of a movie combination for me you could ever get. You have your animation combined with the sports icon and hero of everyone's youth, Michael Jordan with this wonderful sports-themed story interwoven including touching on the rich history of UNC basketball and alot of cameos and all kinds of junk I love. I always wanted one of the "Monsters" basketball jerseys but they only sold them in kid sizes dammit. Lola Bunny was pretty do-able too for the record.

For anyone that actually reads my side-bar of top lists you may notice an "In Memorium" placed beside of J&G BBQ (Burlington, NC). Much to my utter shock and disappointment, J&G BBQ closed down a couple of months back. I had no idea until they were shut down that this was happening which is probably a good thing cause if I had known I was eating a final meal there, they would have probably had to drag me kicking and screaming out of that place. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I ate there as a kid. The only other restaurant I can EVEN remember existing is Zack's (and man, if they ever close down, whooo boy...sign me up for my anti-depressants NOW). As good as their BBQ and hot dogs were, Flagler & I (along with Chapman after we introduced him to the magic), never even called the place "J&G BBQ"; this place was simply called "Damn Good Fries". As in: "DUDE, let's skip 5th period to drive 30 miles and eat at 'Damn Good Fries'. Which we did. J&G was also the place where I broke the news to my Mom about both of my major relationships. In March 96 I told her I was talking to this girl named Faith in Wisconsin who I would end up being with for three years much to my Mom's chagrin. In March '99, I I told her I was talking to this girl named Jeanna in Charlotte who I would end up being with for...well, till now, much to my Mom's chagrin at first but later, approval. Ironically enough, I would point this out to Mom on what would turn out to be my last meal ever at J&G, and how I'm amazed she would ever eat there again with me. The final moral of the story would be that I guess I'm stuck with Jeanna forever cause I can never break the news about a new girlfriend to my Mom again since J&G closed down. But damn will I miss "Damn Good Fries".

Ranting would be incomplete without a little football thrown in from yesterday. Three NFL weekends = three different sportsbar trips with Bailey's in Chapel Hill still reigning supreme as THE place to watch the games. Kansas City has got to be one of the best 0-3 teams ever (whatever the fuck that means). They have these insane offensive weapons but their subpar defense is allowing the Panthers and Texans offense to run up and down the field which is just inexcusable. This team totally reminds me of that insane '93 Oilers squad that started 1-4 and finished 12-4. Even if it won't win you a championship, offensive firepower WILL take you places and I STILL say that even after 0-3, KC WILL make the playoffs and quite possibly, STILL win their division.

Michael Vick is ridiculously overrated and couldn't score a single TD against the damn Cardinals. He wishes he was Randall Cunningham and he ain't, so deal with it. My heart, as always, goes out to the poor Bengals, who shot themselves in the foot by not being ale to pull out a win at home against their #1 rival as far as the division title goes, the Ravens. Phily looks unstoppable. Miami looks...yeesh. I hope they win a game. Yes, A game. ANY game. Just 1. That's all I ask. Oh yeah, Tampa's screwed too., what can ya say. They may not be for real, but they provide some 4th quarter excitement. Indy-GB was a defensive nightmare and made for about as entertaining of a game as FOX could have ever hoped for. Rarely does a game that big live up to the HYP, but damn if it didn't. I still say Favre is the better QB because he was making stars out of nobodies while Peyton just has an awesome supporting cast.

Christ, have I typed enough today yet? One final ramble on that wonderful little word in wrestling that no one was to hear about: HEAT. It's such a good feeling when heat you've had with individuals in this business gets resolved. I mean, we're all in this together and basically, if you know how to work and understand this biz, then there shouldn't be heat. With any heat I've ever seen between people with a clue, it's always a result of some simple stupid misunderstanding (this does not include those that do not have a clue. I repeat, those without a clue still need to find one). To get heat in this biz you need a combination of any of the following factors:

1-Say something that can be taken the wrong way
3-Have a female involved
4-Be a non-worker
5-Be a booker
6-Be a promoter
7-Have a blog

And see, this is something you yourself can do at home with just a keyboard and the internet! But seriously, heat does suck and man, there is a TON of misunderstood people in this biz. Alot of them are good people too, they just fuck up and say or do the wrong thing here or there, thereby resulting in having heat with any number of individuals, no matter how innocent the original error may have been. Right now, I think I'm on a HEAT decline...maybe at a 15% or so warning level, as opposed to the all-time Statmark High of 43% a few months back.

Hey, life doesn't suck right now...god bless everyone!

Changing times....

Once in awhile you have one of those days that seem like THIS is a turning point in your life. Whether it be for good or bad, you just have that inward feeling knowing that things are changing. This would be one of those days...

Stuck at home by myself for 72 hours or so as Gee continues to branch her wrestling career out and is off in Raleigh doing just that. Mixed emotions on a whole variety of topics that I'll do my best to verbalize here and in do so, provide that little bit of therapy a BLOG always does.

First off, I enjoy my flashes of freedom and independence probably moreso than any other person that's in any form of relationship. I never had any brothers and sisters so until I moved to Wisconsin in '96, I always operated under my own schedule and never had to give a second thought about ANYone giving me a hard time on what I did, what I spent my money on, or anything else. I took off to freakin' Los Angeles, California by myself simply because I wanted to do it and was financially set enough that I didn't have to put myself into any kind of financial peril by doing so. Times changed though and ran myself into a financial hole that I'm still trying to dig my way out of during my 3 1/2 years with my ex. Financially, I long for those days once again and while they are still out of reach at this point; I still do get those moments of freedom on occasion. The only problem being that I have been "under supervision" for SO long now that I almost don't know what to do with the independence. When you've lived with someone or the other for eight years, including the raising of kids during the first part of that span, you feel almost lost when the door is opened and the world is saying "go enjoy your break". It's almost like the very minimalist version of when Veterans come back from serving in the do you function? What in the world do you do? Because of that very issue, I find myself at a loss almost as to what to do. I almost feel that need for female companionship but at the same time know that if I did have it right here and now, I'd be searching for more independence. It's a catch-22 that will probably remain with me for the rest of time.

To add to the complexities of the very situation, freedom certainly isn't what it once was without the financial capabilities to enjoy it, but I make do. While alot of guys would probably load up on alcohol and porn to enjoy their siesta, I'm sitting hearing bloggin' with sweet tea and the pilot episode of the Incredible Hulk TV series on DVD. If finances weren't a problem, I would almost certainly be roamin' around NC, visiting people in Greensboro, Reidsville, Chapel Hill, or elsewhere. In some of those cases, the fact that I don't have gas money is probably a good thing cause it keeps me from getting in trouble (not that I don't deserve to get in trouble, mind you!).

I must now turn the subject more specifically to Gee herself who I usually don't mention in a relationship vein in the BLOG because it's simply too difficult to explain in writing the intricate nuances of our relationship for those who don't know us. Some days we're boyfriend-girlfriend, some days we're roomates, and some days we're the best of friends; but more than anything else, we are simply each other's protector. I am all for Gee's current attempt to further her career but at the same time, must be truthful when saying if it was ANY other female that had run the gimmick by me, I wouldn't exactly have been putting it over. It's very disheartening that the wrestling business and the people behind it are so ridiculously closed minded that they totally jumped all over this "Blondage" gimmick with Gee, Amber, and K but despite our best efforts, Gee's reign as the first ever woman to hold the Mid-Atlantic title barely made a peep as far as Internet publicity goes. That wasn't the fault of her or CWF or any of the wonderful people that brought that moment to life; that's a knock on all of those who simply didn't give a shit BUT will turn around and say "hell yeah, I gotta see this Blondage gimmick!". I have no respect for any of those people at all and their views on women in this business are beyond screwed up. Unfortunately, those are also the marks that actually PAY, thus resulting in an even more frustrating catch-22. Now we have the unenviable task of trying to maintain the respect and dignity brought to the GeeStar character while at the same time, trying to actually make $ in a totally different vein with the Madam Gee character. I do think it's possible to try and keep the identities separate (ala Peter Parker/Spider-Man) but it's still somewhat touchy as you don't want to step on the toes of those that made you who you are, as by no means are you deserting them; while at the same time creating this totally over-the-top character that is about as much of a 180 turn as anything could possible be.

In the weeks to come, Gee will be missing her first CWF show ever. Where she started her career and where one day, it will end. Truthfully, the time has come. Her character has lost momentum since the title reign and while the crowd will always get a huge kick out of her knocking Stutts on his ass, it does need a major refreshening in their eyes. Her pop, while still more solid than many, has diminished a good deal and a Gee heel turn is really not even an option. Taking bookings elsewhere should be a great twofold solution in both the "absence makes the heart grow fonder" sense in the eyes of CWF fans, as well as the simply $ opportunities being offered elsewhere.

I actually have a good vibe in regards to the future. 2004 has been a hellacious year financially and hopefully the tide will be slowly starting to change. What that entails though I'm not really sure about. The days of Gee and I living together on a regular basis seem to be numbered. Between her travels and mine, if we actually sleep in the same house for more than three days a week, it'll be a surprise. But that's cool. It gives us both some much-needed independence and, I'm sure, an increased sense of appreciation for the other with each passing day. A move is certainly not out of the question either as has been talked about on and off throughout the year. Raleigh (Cary wouldn't be bad either) seems to be the leading candidate right now which would certainly put me in closer contact with many of my closer friends and wrestling locals. Moving is a pain, but I've done in SO many times in my life that as long as the payoff is worth the hassle, then it's all good (the current move count being 14 times in 29 years unless I'm forgetting one during my pre-kindergarten years).

As I finish writing this, I realize the BLOG has proved to be therapeutic once gain. I'm cool with where I am right now; content with my freedom and content with my partner-in-crime off during her own thing elsewhere. The future is very fuzzy, but it's not as cloudy as it once was. I can almost feel the change coming and quiet honestly, can't wait for it to get here.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Super Size Blog!

Well, not really, but hey, it fits...

Worked out a little today, gettin a haircut, and who knows, maybe I'll get to partake in some entertainment tonight...these non-wrestling show weekends are an adventure in actually trying to find something to do sometimes without going plum stir crazy.

Anyone who's involved with wrestling and has a BLOG pretty much must make mention of the passing of Ray "Big Bossman" Traylor this past week. Talk about an out-of-nowhere shock. Some guys you aren't stunned to hear that they just dropped dead whether it be from drugs, depression, etc. But Traylor never came off as one of those guys and from what has been said, his passing came as a result of a massive heart attack, brought on by weight or mother nature itself rather than the more commonplace "dark side of wrestling". I was by no means an avid Bossman/Traylor fan, and his later run in WWF in the late 90s kinda killed some of that character's enjoyment. He was booked pretty much to perfection in the early Crockett Days, as the bodyguard, limiting his in-ring work until he was truly ready for it. That's something we don't see far enough of nowadays which leads to goofs like Mordicai and Tyson Tomko actually getting on TV in major pushes WAY before they're ready. My favorite Bossman stuff would be his WWF run in 91. Most people fondly remember him and Hogan's cage matches during the 89 run (I actually like the lesser known MSG one over the famous SNME one), but for me, he was at his best in 91. Him and Barbarian had an insanely good match at Rumble 91. I went into that match dreading that it was even on the show but damned if it wasn't great and had me and my friends biting at the false finishes and warranting death threats from my Mom for making too much noise. Later that year the same thing would pretty much happen again as him and The Mountie had a great match at SummerSlam 91, once again a million times better than anticipated. Many, including myself, overlooked Traylor as a good worker, but as has been stated elsewhere, he was as good of a big man that you could find back in the day.

Bossman actually kind of had a cult following with me and Flagler as Bossman resorted too a few too many bearhugs as his career progressed. Bearhugs would absolutely infuriate Flagler and over time, that was the basis of what became known as "The Bossman Line". To understand "The Bossman Line", first you have to know about "The Mendoza Line". In short, Mario Mendoza was a Major League Baseball player who's career average was .215; with it being amended to .200 even for the more popular "Mendoza Line" phrase. "The Menodaza Line" (.200) simply being the defining line as to whether you were worth a shit or not. If you hit over the Mendoza Line, then you had a chance at the major league level. If you didn't, then just stay in the minors. Flagler and I translated that to wrestling with the "Bossman Line", basically meaning if your workrate wasn't better than Bossman's, then get the fuck off our TV. Truthfully, that was probably a little harsh, but at the same time, it was very fitting with the likes of Sid, Mabel, etc, etc over the years.

The Death Valley Driver Board has been all kinds of fun here lately. First off, through it I have found my absolute favorite eBay auction ever just for the classic ranting that it provides, especially in the "seller added the following information" notes. The auction is over, but you can still view it here. Meanwhile, everyone and their brother is ranting about the Wrestling's Scummiest Urban Legends thread. I tell ya, for one thing, that there is no way, no how I could ever post on this thread cause it is WAY too incriminating for the workers in this biz. As ridiculously far out as some of these rumors seem to be, I can actually buy into 90% of them cause yes, this biz is THAT screwed up. Still doesn't change the fact that the thread itself is freakin' hilarious.

Finally, one movie review that I've been dying to do for awhile as I saw the documentary "Super Size Me" last night. The movie that heeled on McDonald's so bad that they actually had to take the "Super Size" option OFF their menu. I'm not sure if I would call it a great movie, but it is a fascinating one and directly responsible for me getting my ass back on the treadmill today so I guess it accomplished something. I'm hoping the director/star of the movie actually does some more stuff in the future cause his personality is actually hilarious and definitely check out the Bonus Features on the DVD. Those things are as genuinely funny as anything in the rest of the movie. I don't feel that the movie portrayed McDonald's itself in such a bad light as it does all fast food places in general, McDonald's is just the one focused on. The sad part is that the movie DOES make some of the food look good (NOT all of it, mind you) so at the end you're probably gonna want to chow down on a Big Mac WHILE you're on a treadmill. As a solid little piece of business, I'll give it ***1/4. On a side note, even though the movie isn't mentioned directly here, the DVD board also has a thread going on on Fried Oreos (as covered in the DVD Bonuses) that's worth checking out for some varying opinions. I have never had Fried Oreos, Snickers, Reeses, or any of that other artery cloggin' goodness but I'm afraid I may have to trim a day or two off my life cycle to track down one of those suckers soon

Out for now...enjoy the weekend! Love!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Totally random Movie Directors rant...

The day after I find out that John Waters has a new flick coming out comes the news that the very master of the sexploitation genre, Russ Meyer, has passed away. Now, I was never a big follower of Meyer's, but like any greater director, I always appreciated what he did because it was just SO against the grain of everything else out there. That's why I love Waters so much now. I mean, I wouldn't be the first in line to build a shine to any director not named Sam Raimi, but Waters stuff is just so gratifying in the sense that he always tells mainstream Hollywood to go screw themselves. Then, once in a great while, Waters will do a movie with either the right cast or an acceptable formula that Hollywood will accept it with open arms (Hairspray, Serial Mom) and then go right back to panning his follow-up film. Even if a film just straight out sucks, if it's totally ass backwards of your normal mainstream crap, then 9 times outta 10, I'm gonna give it a "Thumbs Up" for trying at least. It's so funny to hear people praise Raimi now when I was doing it 10 years ago. He didn't need a blockbuster to become a great director, he was already that. Ever hear of Lowell Mason? Probably not. He's only credited with one "movie" ever, that being one of my all-time favs, "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". Honestly, there's probably a damn good reason as to why he never made another film, but for one shining moment, he made one of the most quotable movies of all time and about as un-Hollywood as you can get.

I just to rant about this kind of stuff all the time back in High School. It was one of the few things I had a strong opinion on. Screw politics, just give me mainstream Hollywood and I could go on forever. Heck, back in those days, I was praising an unknown director by the name of Peter Jackson...he would go on to win an Oscar or two for some "Rings" movie he made. That's one thing you could always say about Jackson, no matter what he does, he's gonna be sure to go balls out and turn it into a movie that simply can NOT be outdone in that genre. You can't make a gorier splatterfest than "Dead Alive". No way, no how. I still want to take a shower after it. And while that's about as far of a stretch as you can get from the "Rings" movies, the similarity is still there in the sense that you just aren't gonna put together an epic that can rival that sucker. Take a look at whatever Jackson decides to do next; whatever it is I'm sure that it'll take whatever genre he tackles and trumps any movie every made before it.

I love Kevin Smith's movies as well although just for the general enjoyment from them, not because he went way off the spectrum by Hollywood standards. Hitchcock was the freakin' man and his originality as a director still holds up today. Quentin Tarantino has probably had the most success of any director ever, as far as from start to finish, being accepted by the mainstream but still doing things that shouldn't have been accepted. And now, that's how he makes his living. Tarantino has basically become the guy Hollywood sticks out there and says "See, anyone can make it here" while at the same time having the director that would be the next Tarantino escorted out of the office. I'd be remiss at not giving a nod to South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who probably are the most underrated directors of our generation because SP overshadows anything they've ever done, including the masterful slap to Hollywood's face in the SP movie.

There is VERY little in Hollywood that actually intrigues me nowadays. I watch a ton of movies but very few actually GRAB me. Bubba Ho-Tep is the closest thing this year to do that. Waters' "A Dirty Shame" intrigues me, although I think that may be for more perversive reasons. God forbid I even mention the words "Disney" here but I'm actually looking forward to their next project "The Incredibles". I'm a big comic geek anyways, and I'm diggin the previews I've seen. I just became aware of another film that sounds right up my alley that's coming out this week entitled "Shaun of the Dead". Both Jackson and Romero are already praising it, so here's hoping we have something really special on our hands.

And with that, I guess I should close by saying thank you to each and every movie director ever that had the balls to push the envelope, open their eyes, and try something different. There have been so many over the years that decided to NOT shoot films the accepted way. I obviously can't hold a candle to these guys with what limited amount of originality I can put into taping live sporting events, but regardless, many were the inspiration for what I do now, whether it be from going into the eyes of Corey Edsel and trying to capture that intensity or just sitting back and letting the camera itself take it all in, like it did with the entrance of Brad Rainz at the Rumble. In all my rants, I probably don't give nod to these guys as much as I should cause really, back in High school, as much as I loved wrestling, it was film and video that determined my future and destiny even moreso than wrestling. I'm just really damn lucky to be able to do both nowadays.

Entertainment notes...

Finally getting around to watching the ESPN 25th Anniversary Special that aired back on 9/6...Stutts hooked me up with a tape and man, am I a mark for this stuff. I could totally just sit and watch "greatest sports moments" video packages for freakin' hours. I just stare blankly at the screen, absorbing it all until a commercial break brings me back to reality and I'm going "Wow...that was a fun little out of body experience". Plus, I also got the SportsCentury special on the 89 World Series Earthquake which I lived through back during my year in CA. Fascinating time in my life and it still eats at me every day that I haven't been back to San Fran since I left there in June of 1990. I had a mini-visit to LA in '96 for WrestleMania, but as great as that was, I still long for a trip back to SF and to visit my old haunts like my asbestos ridden High School, Joe Field and Flying Colors Comics, and of course, the best damn pizza I've ever had in my life at Freddie's in Lafayette, CA (I've seriously considered trying to place an order to be shipped cross-country but always decide against in, opting to wait for the fateful day when I can walk through those doors again).

Gotta put Kazaa to use tonight...apparently Fatboy Slim has done a remake of Steve Miller's "The Joker" which I must check out. I'm a total sucker for remakes, specifically punk remakes which is exactly why Me First & the Gimme Gimmes has become one of my favorite groups ever in just the last couple of years. I'd be remiss at this point not to make mention of the passing of Johnny Ramone. Back in high school, I couldn't name a single modern-day artist, but by god, I knew who the heck the Ramones were. Their music was the first that I really start to enjoy outside of the music I grew up with (Elvis, CCR). Punk music is obviously very fitting for someone nicknamed Spaz and if I personally am just gonna spaz the fizuck out, it's gonna be to either the Gimme Gimmes or the Ramones. One visual that will always stick with me is Flagler and I sitting at a stoplight back in the mid 90s, wearing Santa hats, and swaying from side to side with the balls of the hat swaying in tune to "Do You Wanna Be My Boyfriend?" by the Ramones. God Bless Punk.

The first couple of photos from the upcoming Fantastic Four movie have come out and I must say, not too shabby....Invisible Woman looks far more do-able than she did as the mom in the comic:

while the Thing looks really solid as well:

Scanning through a recent issue of that FHM magazine, I come across a new John Waters movie that had somehow, someway completely eluded me. I mean, it's coming out this week (in selected theaters but of course) and I had NO clue about it. It's called A Dirty Shame, is rated NC-17, and features Selma Blair with ridiculously enlarged breasts. Yep, I'm gonna be buyin that one.

Guess I should wrap up with a couple of obligatory football thoughts. I am beyond stunned that the Panthers beat KC. If I'm a KC fan, I wanna jump off something rather tall right now and if somehow that team chokes against Houston this weekend, then they might as well call off the season. There's absolutely no reason a team with that kind of firepower should be going through this and I'd be calling for a total revamping of that defense immediately. However, the Bears beating the Pack in Lambeau was even MORE of a shock...2 days later and I STILL can't comprehend it. Took a little bit of luster off the Favre-Peyton meeting this coming Sunday but it should still be fun. Tennessee showed alot of heart in their loss to the Colts. If McNair can take this team to the playoffs without the weapons he used to have, then Hall of Fame talk may not be far behind. Jesus is Jacksonville's defense as good as it looks?? Just 16 points and only 1 TD allowed in the first two games. The MNF game was solid, but not the shootout everyone was hoping. TO proves that despite being obnoxious as heck, that McNabb-Owens IS deadlier than Culpepper-Moss. Deal with it Moss.

Alright all, enjoy all the new is good, love to all!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Oh yeah, that's the good stuff

For anyone that reads these things know all roads headed towards this past weekend and my pride and joy, the 4th Annual Indy Rumble. By no means do I do this thing myself, but I always take more pride in it than any other match on the calendar. I can't even begin to relate the feeling I have knowing that Jeff entrusts me to carry out this vision. But like any great vision, without the talented roster we have to carry it out, it would all be for naught. There are TONS of Indy battle royals and royal rumbles out there. However, the majority of them fall into a generic wasteland of kicking, punching, and hanging onto the ropes trying not to be thrown over. While there are still some workers even on our roster that don't truly grasp the concept that this match is different than the rest, every effort is made to ensure that our Rumble stands apart from all the rest. I was fit to be tied on Saturday. Randolph mentioned it in his BLOG as well and I'm still on a high from what we pulled off on Saturday night. But a one match show? Oh no...not hardly...

1. 1/2 of the Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey pinned Sean Powers in 8:20: Another solid little match in this series of the tag team wars. The real hilight came in post-match as Powers murders Munkey with the chain including a wild swing over the back, and into the side of the head and ear. OUCH. **

2. CWF Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha pinned Amber O'Neal in 7:03: This is one of those that fall into the category of "the sum is greater than the parts". I could tell that both Mike and Amber were still very tired from the drive back from Indianapolis just a few hours earlier and it showed in their performance. After a shaky start, the match came together with a decent series of falls towards the end, which would result in getting the whole scenario over. *3/4

3. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse battled "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel to a 30:00 time limit draw in a no-countout match: Wow. You never know what to expect heading into a match like this. I originally pitched this booking a couple of months back and surprisingly, it got the ok which leads into the automatic questioning of "how will the fans react?". These two have had such an incredible series of matches and as different as one match has been from the next, this one was far and away the greatest diversion from their previous meetings. One thing I've noticed about matches in this style recently is that it seems as if the wrestlers involved will actually OVER pace themselves for the time allowed. 30 minutes (or more) can seem like such a daunting task sometimes and you want to pace yourself but sometimes you put yourself in a position where you actually pace for too long and then you run out of time for the final stretch run. The first 20 or so minutes was just technically beautiful and wrestling-wise, probably the best of Corey's career. However, it seemed as if time got away, and we were robbed of the final 15 minutes of a 45:00 draw. Regardless, for what it is, the match was indeed beautiful and a pleasure to be a part of. It's so hard to compare to their past encounters cause the change is SO different, but it's certainly on par with their last two meetings (the double countout match and the eaver Cup finals), superior to the title change from last December, and as far as the Explosive Elements classic...who's to say? On the Southern Indy scale, I'd have to go ****1/2 because this was a rarity in today's day and age although the non-finish and cutoff in what was an unconcluded build of the match stops it short of being as great as what it could have been. If this sounds like a cut, it doesn't mean to be. There aren't many wrestlers out there that could hold a small Indy crowd's attention and captivate it for 30 minutes and there was never a second of restlessness from the incredibly attentive crowd. Major props guys, see ya on Oct. 2 for THE rematch of THE rematch. Gee, I wonder if I can pull off a dramatic write-up for that match? :P

4. Brad Attitude won the 4th Annual 27-person CWF Rumble in 32:21 to earn a shot at the CWF Mid-Atlantic title of his choice: Wow, where to even start?? I actually STATed myself in my booking and I didn't even catch it till the next day. The match began with the only two people to ever compete in all 4 Rumbles against one another (Yamaha and Gee). Mighty Orlo made his professional debut and I actually felt kinda bad for him. I was trying to explain his spots to him beforehand and he kept asking me all these questions that in any normal match would be fine psychological questions. But in a Rumble with such time restrains, you can't do any real build to anything like you normally would which seemed to be blowing his mind (which I guess is a testimony to Jeff and how well he's instilled those basics into Orlo's mind already). The show-stopping moment of the night came at the half-way mark with the shocking return of Brad Rainz. Rainz hadn't been seen in three months, having basically disappeared off the Southern Indy scene, as well as having some off-again, on-again health problems. It was one of those magical feel good moments that a wrestler can be remembered by moreso than the greatest match they could ever dream to wrestle. Emotionally, it's one of the greatest CSA moments ever, along with Gee's TV title win from earlier this year. Even for the performers in the back, it was a total mark-out moment that you couldn't help smile while watching. The Rumble would boil down to probably the best Final Four we've ever done with Attitude, Mitch, Powers, and Numbers (!) going back and forth from inside the ring to the ring apron which would lead to a Atty's eventual victory. Really, really solid stuff. I wasn't as pleased with the overall Rumble as I had been last year BUT I will say that the workers themselves were more complimentary afterwards and it was certainly better organized backstage than in years past. I don't think there's much question that 2001 was the worst of the 4 so far...personally, I'd put 2004 and 2002 about on the same level with 2003 being my personal favorite as a whole. Still, I'm very pleased with this one and would happily give it ***.

When all was said and done, I don't think I could have been much happier with this show. Expectations were ridiculously high for this show with the double main-event and it's VERY tough to live up that kind of pressure. But this show did that just as much, if not more, than any anticipated show in recent memory.

After the show, some of us headed off to Bull's for Corey's birthday party/the De La Hoya-Hopkins fight. Not a boxing fan by any means since it's as much of a work as wrestling half the time but at least we admit to it. Anyways, spent most of the night doing some fascinating shoot interview/word association segments that really need to be taped in the future. Some wonderful openness with those that participated and some great stories were traded in the process.

Another thing that Saturday left me with was that feeling of unity in the CWF locker room once again. Much of the heat over the past few months seemed to have faded and while there will always be a touch of animosity here and there, for the most part we all seemed to be on the same page once again. That as much as anything made my weekend very, very enjoyable. It was a very refreshing reminder of why I do what I do and why I have so much passion for it.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

The final hours are torture...

The night before my favorite Indy show of the year and I can't sleep. Waking up every couple of hours, looking at the clock just wishing time would hurry up. I had to get out of bed cause my stomach was in such knots from all the butterflies in it. This is my equivalent to a kid on Christmas morning. Tonight is the 4th Annual Indy Rumble. My baby, or as Randolph calls it, the "Statmark Invitational". Stutts did a lot of first draft layout of this thing which was then revised a dozen times by the two of us, sent to Jeff for his revisions and requests, revised again and pretty much updated every day over the course of the past couple of weeks. Jeff always has the final call as to who's going over in this thing and usually does make the right call between the 2-3 realistic choices out there. The first year I pushed hard for "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown, but Caprice "Ice" Coleman took it. Yes, the right call was made which ended with Yamaha being KO'd legit at the end by Caprice and, ironically enough, "Nite Stic" would get his title shot BEFORE Caprice and win it. The second year was pretty much a universal agreement with Corey going over en route to his title run. Last year, we pushed for either Trent Wylde or Xsiris to take it, but Bounty Hunter was put over. It worked out well for all three, so no arguments here.

I'm always so jakked after one of these suckers ends that I go ahead and start brainstorming for next year. There have been SO many ideas tossed out that would have been great but never came to fruition for one reason or the other...the Trent Wylde handcuff angle, the Amber O'Neal and Joey Silvia Ironman pushes, the Corey-Gee #1 and 2 Rumble kickoff, and on and on. I've probably forgotten a ton cause god knows we used to toss this stuff around on road trips and post-show meals all the time. One thing is for sure, the Rumble that happens tonight will NOT be what's on paper as of 11:30am this afternoon or what I have visualized in my head. In reality, everything moves faster than you can ever anticipate with one-minute intervals and is as hard as anything you'd ever have to book to try and make it fair to each and every deserving participant.

Well, time to go and see if I can get 30 different colors in my to all and once again, god bless the Rumble!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Random crap....

Man, I'm tired...I don't know what it body just feels like I haven't gotten any decent rest in days and I've pretty much felt this way since last weekend. I guess this is the effects of getting older and not being able to go 24/7 like I'm used to but damn is it annoying. Gotta get my butt in gear as we head into one of the biggest weekends of the year with the Rumble show. I've learned that I generally do have more energy if I get my butt in shape and start working out again but man is that hard to do when you have no energy to start with. Couple of parties coming up in the next month which should give me the motivation to actually try and get in shape (remember: nookie = motivation).

I was so out of it last night that I totally forgot to even comment on the Monday Night game which I've had a hard-on for since the schedule was originally released. And let me just say, there is nothin' like your favorite team completely self-destructing on primetime national television. Thankfully I love the Packers too cause god knows if that game had been against Dallas with the same result, I'd be considering suicide about now. The Packers had a far superior game plan going in which was pretty much just BLITZ like crazy and it worked as the Panthers offensive line looked horrible, between giving Delhomme very little time to throw and doing absolutely nothing for the running game. Throw the Steve Smith injury on top of that and I'm in no rush to see the Panthers back on MNF anytime soon. And now we get to go to freakin' Kansas City who is already looking to make up for their week one loss to Denver. Yes, KC still has no defense, but their offensive firepower is a heck of alot stronger than ours. My pick: KC 35-17 dammit.

Quick additional week two thoughts: The Pack should slaughter Chicago, who did nothing against a Detroit team that was doing their damnedest to give the game away. The Tampa Bay situation could get very very ugly with Seattle coming to town. If the Seahawks are for real, then this will be the game to show it: start the season by going 2-0 ON THE ROAD. Meanwhile, Cincy is poised for a big win against Miami. Just what a team needs to get their confidence built up. Then, on MNF, a great game between two teams I couldn't care less for with Philly and Minnesota. Don't like 'em, but should be incredibly entertaining.

Hey, let me be a mark for a sec (as workers respond with "and that would be different how?") and step back and look at the show this weekend. Two big freakin' matches...I'm a fan, what's the call? Converse defends the Heavyweight strap against Corey with countouts being waived following their previous encounter. No one has ever held the strap twice and the booking of recent months totally points towards Corey pulling it off. I would lean towards Corey taking it because of Attitude costing Ric the belt possibly BUT Ric has done SUCH a good job as champ here the past few months. Total toss up of a call. If Ric can survive this match with the belt intact, he's definitely etched his name as one of the best CWF champions ever (alongside Corey ironically enough). Both guys are at the top of their game and it should be a fantastic match regardless....put a gun to my head and I'll pick Corey but I could change my mind in the next 5 seconds.

As far as the Rumble goes, wow, is that one a crap shoot or what. With the result of the Rumble always being a guaranteed title shot, the focus lately has been more on the TV title than the Heavyweight with Corey already solidifying himself in that position. So as far as the favorites, you have to look at the top TV challengers, Jesse Ortega and "Number Man", possibly Kid Justice as a huge underdog, followed by either Amber O'Neal or GeeStar; which would be a complete shocker but the crowd would eat it up. IF Corey wins the title, Xsiris would be a fine pick to go over here and build towards that. Brad Attitude is always one to consider with his current direction uncertain he could possibly challenge for either belt. Although tag wrestlers generally don't win these things, I could totally see Mitch Norris going over as realistic as a tag team winner you'd ever have. Anyways, there's my thoughts as pointless as they may be. I miss being a true mark some days...hopefully our crowd will be that and then some on Saturday and provide some NOISE.

King of Colosseum II came out this past week on the PS2 in Japan so now I have to get both systems dammit...I'm just gonna start putting my Xmas list in the side column here so friends and family can just link and buy for me ;) . I'm dying to try this sucker out with all the Puro guys in it.

Kinda sucks to be on a video game kick and you don't own a damn system. Random thought: Someone needs to re-release all the old Tecmo Bowl games onto one disc like they do with alot of the old Atari games nowdadays. All the graphics in the world can't make up for those classic days of LT stopping EVERY extra point EVER and defenders bouncing around the field like popcorn. All it needed was Starman...

Of course Tecmo Super Bowl HAS to be included as well as it was actually superior to the first and still had plenty of the insane goofiness we all loved.

It's funny how when I'm not by a computer during the day I have all these deep, intelluctual things to say on my blog and then when I sit down and type at night in my atempt to provide personal therapy, I end up rambling on about damn Tecmo Bowl...

Maybe I'll provide some substance again one day...until then, love to all, god bless the Rumble!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Sunday chaper and other odds & ends

I'm pooped but have plenty rattling around in the head so here's some more of my ramblings...

Headed to Chapel Hill to crash at Flagler's house for a day of football following the CMLL show at the Coliseum. Now, let me say that I am generally not a big video game aficionado. Football games is pretty much it with a bearable tolerance for other games in the sports/fighting genre. But those role playing ones? Holy god I do not have the patience for those things. I blew my load with that on the original Super Mario Brothers back in 88-89 and haven't even attempted one since. Tried out "The Guy Game" on Flagler's XBox and wowzers...I didn't realize that an "M" rating is a directly equivalent to an "R" rating on movies. That thing is filled with gratuitous nudity and a frequent occurrence of calling the player a "mother fucker". A total party game that if you're sitting at home playing it by yourself then there is something very, very wrong. We also got to play the ESPN NFL 2K5 game and HOLY GOD this may indeed be the best football game EVER. I am DYING to buy an XBox now just to get this sucker (yeah,'s available on PS2 as well but Flagler has convinced me of the superiority of the XBox graphics). Beautiful stuff including the full Sunday Night graphics with a halftime show recapping the game YOU have been playing so far with Berman doing the calls. Realistic gang tackling and gameplay, classic scenarios, and an incredible option to play from the actual player's POV which we were just going nuts over. Plus, this game only costs like $20 and is the steal of the century. Once I get this thing and can really go to town with it (adding in the obligatory CWF roster), it'd hit the full *****.

Hit Bailey's Sportsbar on Sunday where we spent a good portion of the afternoon. I can totally see non-fans being converted over if they tagged along on many of these treks. Just a great experience with friends, food, and football. Our new motto is BELIEVE IN THE BUNGULS (which I have GOT to get on a tshirt) as Cincy and the hated Jets have the most entertaining game on opening day which is probably gonna be the only Jets win ever that I enjoyed to ANY degree. Jets have the "way to go dumbass" play of the year already as they take the opening kickoff and fumble it without ever being touched which leads to a Bengals score. Beautiful. Palmer to Johnson looks pretty deadly and the fact that kid did that good in his first game EVER is amazing. In other action, the Jags proved me right with the "finish of the week" against the Bills, scoring the game winning TD as time expired. The Lions looked awful and were lucky to beat the even-worse Bears. Cleveland over Baltimore was a shocker and then some and I have no idea what to even think about either team now. Pittsburgh and Oakland were both horrendous as Oakland plays just horrid first half football and Pitt somehow lets them stay in the game, barely winning it at the end. Same can be said for Atlanta and SF as they about set a record for turnovers there in that first quarter.

There was even a PPV on Sunday which I completely kayfabed (and thankfully so) as they put the freakin' title BACK on Triple H, thereby ending the disastrous Randy Orton babyface champion run (which everyone BUT the WWE knew was a horrible idea). RAW has been the saving grace of that promotion this year and with moves like this, they seem determined to kill what little good they do have going.

Quick movie review to finish with or I'll never get around to wrapping this up cause I still have tons of stuff to rant on in the near future...

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed - I was actually a huge fan of the first live-action flick which had one of the greatest finishes EVER with Scrappy Doo playing the heel he always was in all of our hearts. Being a huge mark for the cartoon, this one goes a LOOOOONG way for me just in the fact that it uses a ton of the classic cartoon villains from years gone past which wouldn't mean a damn thing to a non-Scooby fan. Now, on the other hand, this Scooby flick seems a LOT more commercialized than the first. The disco scene inparticular would probably be acceptable in animated form, but in it's conversion to live-action, it's just painful. In a rare feet for movies, the second half is actually better than the first half and let's just say thank god for Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, single-handling holding this entire franchise together. **1/2

Monday, September 13, 2004

What a weekend - the Saturday chapter

Great, great weekend filled with everything I love in life: friends, football, and wrestling. It was very weird for so much of our crew to be in seperate locations on Sat night. Corey, Garry, and Kid Justice in Pffaftown; Stutts and Kris in WV; Mike and Amber in VA; and the rest of us in Greensboro for CMLL at the legendary Greensboro Coliseum where I about nutted myself being able to walk onto the arena floor rather than paying for admission for the first time ever. There's plenty of people in this world that don't get a rush out of such little things, but for those of us who don't get to experience such a setting on a daily basis, it's really unforgettable. Kinda like the first time I stepped inside of Lambeau just kinda look all around you and go "Holy shit. I'm in Lambeau Field". Everything about this show was just so far beyond anything we generally get to experience on the Indys. Due to various factors, the show only drew around 300 which by regular Indy levels would be awesome but in the Coliseum, it looks kinda sad. At least the fans that were there were very vocal (as expected) and the show itself, despite my intolerance for lucha, was surprisingly solid.

1. "Hurricane" Hector Veloz, Joker, and Jesse Ortega defeated Brad Attitude, Mitch Norris, and Krazy K in a best two out of three falls match: Traditional lucha matches are 3 falls for the uninitiated Very fascinating matchup of about as many different styles as you can get in one match with the CWF crew playing the rudos. Some awkward moments as one would expect but all things considered, plenty acceptable especially consdiering it went some 25 minutes! I really enjoyed Veloz's work as he seemed to be holding it all together. Joker's gimmick is WAY out there but I can totally see it working in Mexico. Gravity decided to rear it's ugly head on Norris' first plancha of his career near the finish but thankfully, he was still able to leave under his own power. It really wouldn't be fair for me to do star ratings on these considering I'm hardly a fan of the style in general, but would probably translate to around the ** mark.

2. Princesa Sugeith pinned "Special K" Krissy Vaine: I have this thing about not mixing my sex with wrestling but holy god, Sugeith would be one to make me rethink that. Of course, like Noki-A, she'd still have to have the mask on which probably falls into a fetish category which isn't my style at all. Regardless, smartly worked match by both, not trying to force anything that they wouldn't have been comfortable with. Finish came out of nowhere after Sugeith KILLED Vaine with a running senton. Major congrats to K for surviving this experience. *3/4 or so.

3. Felino and Magno defeated Averno and Mephisto in a best two out of three falls match: The 100% CMLL matches kicked off and holy god were these things insane trying to videotape. Actually, a pretty darn fun match with Felino having what I'm going to refer to as "Rick Martel-like babyface energy" in there. **3/4

Intermission - I about fell out during intermission when I start hearing my name being yelled from somewhere. Looking around there's this buzz-cut grey-hairded dude yelling "Grant!" which got the complete deer in the headlights look from me. He introduces himself as Dean of the freakin' Death Valley Driver board! Sadly, I probably marked more for getting to meet DEAN as I did CANEK which either speaks volumes for my disinterest of lucha or my love for the DVDVR...I'm not sure which. Phil and Tom (also of DVD fame) were along for the ride and hopefully we can continue the love and get them down to check out one of our regular shows sometimes.

4. Canek & Rey Escorpion (Scorpion King) defeated Pierroth Jr. & Fishman Jr. in a best two out of three falls match: Good gravy was this a brawl and then some. Just complete chaos from the opening bell that went all over the place with the seemingly ageless Canek and Pierroth just stealing the show, not with spots, but with physicality ***3/4 on the brawl scale.

Overall Thoughts: Better-than-expected show but god knows there is NO way I could tape this kind of style on a regular basis. It was very mentally exhausting and by the end of the day, I was very thankfully not to be doing the show in Charlotte the next day despite my desire to see Xsiris test his skill in the lucha style. On a side note, as some may have read elsewhere, yes, Matt Hardy and Shannon Moore were backstage at the show although I didn't have any interaction as I was too busy helping pack up and getting the heck out of there to start the football portion of my weekend.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Mucha Lucha

Kickoff is officially underway as the NFL had one heck of a game to showcase last night with the Pats surviving the Colts 27-24. New England actually came out and matched Indy blow-for-blow on the offense much to my surprise and the Colts would end up making enough mistakes to cost them the game. Vanderjagt didn't lose the game for Indy. In my opinion, the deciding play was that INT by Bruschi in the opening quarter that turned the tide. Great stuff thought that lived up to the HYP and man alive, the Pats look to be dead serious about this 3rd title in 4 years thing.

Caught a little bit of the Miami-FSU game tonight and college football is still just not my thing but this is annually about the closest thing you can get a pro game. Nice little comeback by Miami there at the end to send the crowd into a frenzy (Remind me to do a rant on why I don't like college football in the future though). Then tomorrow we get the Tennessee-Miami NFL game moved up cause of another damn hurricane (who the heck did Florida piss off???). Sucks to have the Fins game moved up cause Flagler's live reactions to a Dolphins opening day game are always memorable.

The big CMLL lucha show is tomorrow at the Greensboro Coliseum. Since I haven't mentioned it here before, let me clarify: I HATE LUCHA. Yes, it's wrestling but jesus christ, you talk about a world of difference. No selling, very little psychology, and any decent finish to a lucha match has been done by Eddie Guerrero in 2004. Give me Puro or American style ANY DAY. And I've had this argument with Rudd and Bochichio, and if they can't sway me to that style at all, no one is going to. Besides, the match that is pretty much universally known as the "greatest lucha match ever" (Barr/Guerrero-Octagon/Santo) has a very-american booking style to it. I dig me some Toryumon who is very lucha-rific but there's still FAR more selling in it and it's just SO much more fun (Genki Horiguchi has the greatest facials EVER in the biz). On the other hand, god bless our CWF workers that are actually getting to participate in this thing. It is a great opportunity to work another style with a major international promotion, but it's also a great opportunity to look like a freakin' moron in front of a few thousand people. Even the guys from our crew who more closely resemble the lucha style (Kazi, Xsiris, Munkey) are still light years away from working the "accepted" lucha style. I wish Mitch Norris, Krissy Vaine, and whoever else makes the cut from our guys the best of luck tomorrow night. I don't expect any match to get over say ** or say cause of the insane style clash but it should be a fascinating process regardless. I should actually probably mentally prep myself for this moreso than I do for a normal taping since this style has far more potential to kill me on the ring apron (or Coliseum floor as the case may be).

Couple of movie reviews to close things out here:

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd - This sequel totally reeked of desperation to cash in on the original but I will be damned if I didn't enjoy it. I know people have shit on this thing ever since it came out, but it really wasn't bad at all. Any movie which has Bob Saget cussing will automatically get a "Thumbs Up" from me and by no means is the movie as a whole, and stupider or worse than the original. The guys that play the leads DO strike a very good resemblance to the originals and anyone who views this as "well, he's no Jim Carrey" is depriving themselves of some of the fun. Not a great movie by any means, but better than most people give it credit for. **1/2

The Ladykillers - Wow, what an unusual movie. This has got to be the most unusual gathering of actors I've ever seen in my life, hilighted by the combination of Tom Hanks, the dude that plays JJJ in the Spidey movies, and one of the million Wayan brothers. Very un-Hollywood like movie at times which I am always appreciative of although it's not one that would hold up to repeated viewings. **1/2

Soul Plane - Boy, I'm on a roll for movies that the mainstream crapped on but I got a kick out of. This movie kinda reminded me of an episode of "Married...With Children" as there isn't much plot or moral to get in the way of having a good time. The times when the plot does rear it's ugly head, the movie slooooows down to a crawl, but aside from that it's actually plenty of fun (especially if you're under the influence of anything at the time, NOT that I would know). ***

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

All roads lead to Foxborough...

I am jakked. The next 24 hours are a perfect example of why I got nicknamed "Spaz". With 24 hours to go before kickoff, I am literally having moments where I just want to jump on the top of the washer and dryer, bounce over to the cabinet, and run circles on the countertop. While wrestling and the amount of action I'm not getting is usually what consumes my every thought, right now football is #1 with a bullet. That and the fact that the 4th Annual Indy Rumble is coming in just 10 days puts sex at a VERY distant #3 on the totem pole. In fact, this is as solid of a 10 day streak of sports heaven for me as you can ever get. My absolute favorite match of the year (the Rumble) with one HELL of a undercard at in the makings for "Triumph" should make this show one of the BEST ever (yeah I know, enter the jinx). Then, you have tomorrow night's freakin' ****3/4 build-up opener between the Pats and Colts, followed by a full slate on Sunday, and my DREAM Monday Night matchup between the Pack and Panthers HERE in Charlotte and I'm not even counting Week 2 in that whole 10-day slice of heaven. Oh, yeah, and I'm working in the Greensboro Coliseum on Sat! Man, I think I could die happy at the end of this stretch with or without the nookie.

On a quick serious note (for me personally), I made a tough call for me earlier in the week to CANCEL a show booking. This is extremely rare for me although did happen in the past month due to the previously mention medical issues. However, this one isn't for any kind of hospital stay. As I had mention before, I was completely torn between doing the CMLL show in my own backyard (in Charlotte) on Sunday which coincides with that little thing called Opening day (and my traditional day of pigskin lovin' with Flagler). It was actually a pretty emotional thing for me to do even though I don't think either side would have had any long-lasting animosity from it. But in the end, I knew that if I had bailed on Flagler on Sunday for one of our very rare get togethers, and on a yearly tradition, that once all was said and done; I would have felt like shit, regretted it, and knew I had abandoned my best friend in exchange for something I do every single weekend of the year. Flagler's back is shot to shit, he needs surgery bad, and as much as he'd love to, he can never get out to a wrestling show to partake in something he loves a hell of alot too. I'm very lucky to be able to do the stuff I do on the weekends and I'm grateful for Jeff and Danny being incredibly cool with me bailing (as I knew they would be) and mentally, the fact that I AM doing the GBoro show on Saturday does put my mind at ease alot and I don't feel quite as guilty about it.

Don't expect me to do this every week for the season, but it's KICKOFF, so here's my week 1 predictions!!!

Indianapolis at New England - Man, the NFL finally got it right! This is the 3rd year that the season has opened on a Thursday and man, what in god's name were they thinking trying to get fans pumped up with a Redskins-Jets game last year?? But THIS is more like it! A rematch of the AFC championship with a loaded Colt team trying to gain revenge on the SuperBowl champs! Fuck yeah! The Pats are the Greg Valentine of the NFL cause the longer they work, the get better they get. Had an average start last year before rolling off 12 straight. The Colts meanwhile have that unstoppable offense that will work in their favor. If this matchup was in December, I'd lean towards the Pats but this early, I'm gonna go with Peyton. Plus, in this somewhat-traditional AFC championship game rematch, the previous years' loser usually has more to play for and comes out on top. Colts 17-14.

Arizona at St. Louis - Is 'Zona worth a crap yet? Will Bulger now choke without Warner there? Eh, I really don't care. Rams 34-14.

Baltimore at Cleveland - We'll get to see just how much Jeff Garcia can improve this team...but the Browns defense's worst nightmare is Jamal Lewis. Ravens 27-21 but I still hate Art Modell.

Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets - I am totally fascinated by this matchup and could really be THE game that decides which of these teams makes the playoff bubble at the end of the season. Prayin to God the Bengals make a good showing here but it's gonna be a tough one. Bengals 31-28 (hopefully....)

Detroit at Chicago - Diggin' this to see if the Lions offense has the young offensive explosion potential that they seem to have. Lions 28-14.

Jacksonville at Buffalo - Hmmm...interesting matchup here. I could easily see this going either way but I have a little more faith in Jax being a dark horse this year than I do the Bills (who strangely enough, are probably the better team). Jags 24-20.

Oakland at Pittsburgh - Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Yeesh, what a matchup that I would have NO desire to watch. At a complete loss to even try and guess a winner here but this has a ton of potential to be a piss-poor game. Oak 21-14.

San Diego at Houston - Man, good balance with the matchups in week one with this battle of two young teams that could be right on the verge. I see Tomlinson getting at LEAST 150 rushing years here and this could be a wild one. Man, TOUGH pick. Chargers 35-28.

Seattle at New Orleans - The Seahawks have become the fun team to watch and this really could be their year. The Saints aren't in the same league at this point. Seahawks 35-17.

Tampa Bay at Washington - Whew boy...Good test to see if Tampa's revamping job has worked. Washington has a passable offense but has looked very beatable in the preseason. Bucs 24-14.

Tennessee at Miami - Both teams are on a decline so the winner should get some decent false hope for the season at least for one week. Titans 24-17.

Atlanta at San Francisco - So just how bad is San Fran? Will Vick get more yards than the entire 49ers squad? And I LIKE the 49ers! Falcons 32-10.

Dallas at Minnesota - Don't care for either team, but a really, really good matchup. Minnesota is better, but it could go either way and both should be there in the playoffs when all is said and done. Vikings 28-24.

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia - The new era in Phily begins. It'll take everything the Giants have to stay close in this one. It's the Giants so it won't happen. Eagles 35-17.

Kansas City at Denver - Fun little Sunday night game with the crazy ass Chiefs offense on the field. This is NOT the game I want to start with if I'm Denver. Chiefs 38-17.

Green Bay at Carolina - Well, Carolina did get screwed on the MNF schedule (SuperBowl team gets ONE MNF game, first time ever...what a joke) but what a game it is. This SHOULD have been the NFC Championship rematch if not for that damn fluke 4th and 26 play in Phily. On the other hand, this is a nightmare game to get stuck with in Week One cause Favre can always make you look just damn stupid on Monday Night. I LOVE both teams and I feel awful for picking against either one (and I'll probably go back and forth on the pick up until kickoff). Panthers 28-27.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Show thoughts and yet another dilemma

SWA ran another one of it's solid little shows last night at the West Central Community Center in Pfafftown, NC. SWA is always an enjoyable change of pace from the higher (although frequently unnecessary) stress of the CWF TV tapings. Alot of the same workers on the show along with SWA's own guys. Crowd was pretty solid. 75 or so in attendance I'd say and pretty hot for most of the night.

1. Big Daddy Cole defeated J-Money and Crybaby Chris in 6:06 of a triangle match to become the #1 contender for the SWA Southern States title when he pinned Chris: Not nearly as bad as I dreaded thanks to the godness of J-Money. Chris still needs to learn how to properly bump but he didn't try anything outside of what he's capable of, thankfully. Certainly the right length for an opener. I really can't complain about this match which leaves me at a loss for words. 1/2*

2. Kid Justice and American Steel Ninja defeated Jesse Ortega and "Tremendous" Trent Wylde in 9:45 when Justice pinned Wylde: Pretty basic tag formula with one Kid Justice highspot and a little finishing sequence thrown in. *3/4

3. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Brad Attitude in 10:54: Amazingly, their first singles match EVER. Had some close calls before including some NEW tag matches alongside MENACE which need to be on a comp tape somewhere. VERY solid match as you would expect here. Probably should enjoy this one too cause a rematch is gonna be far and few between cause of various booking reasons from one promotion to the next. ***1/2

4. SWA Southern States champion the Shadow defeated "Wild" Shane West in 5:45 a Career vs. Title match: Bizarre, bizarre freakin' match with one of the most unusual finishes I've ever seen. West is oon top with the Cobra Clutch but his cornerman (a babyface) tries to interfere (why now?), throws powder at the wrestlers (????), which misses and hits the ref, who goes down but then makes the 3-count like 10 seconds later. Garry Stevens then hits the ring, KO's West, places Shadow on top (after the original 3-count), and the ref rolls over and raises the arm of the Shadow (WTF??)!! The only thing I can figure out is that when he made the 3-count he couldn't see who was actually getting the pin (which brings the question how did he know anyone's shoulders were down in the first place). Insane stuff that "ends the career of Shane West". I have a headache now... 1/4*

5. Twisted Aggression (Mitch Norris and Sean Powers) defeated Men In Black (Jake Jones and Will Smooth) in 12:38 to win the SWA tag team titles when Norris pinned Jones: It's rare that I really mark out anymore taping this stuff but holy god did I mark out for this. MIB is probably one of my most disliked tag teams in the area that I work with on a semi-regular basis. I don't care for the gimmick, look, or work but they've been crazy over every match I've ever taped so hey, what do I know. Then on the other hand, you have TA who is one of my favorite true tag teams in the area but considering the fact that Mitch isn't even on their next show cause of the CMLL shows, I knew this was gonna be just another successful title defense for MIB. And holy god, TA goes over for the titles and not only that, but it's EASILY the best MIB match I've ever seen (contribute that honor to whoever you wish). **3/4

6. SWA Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned "Slick" Ric Converse in 7:36:

You have to hand it to any promoter who not only has the balls to main event with a heel vs. heel match but actually pull it off so it WORKED! Yes, the crowd was somewhat lost on the early stages of this but Stevens turns it into an all-out brawl which he is becoming the undisputed master of in the Southern Indys (and I mean that in a psychological way - not "hardcore style" BS way). Post-match has the ref doing a stretcher job, another ref gigging from Stevens, and a Edsel-Stevens brawl to set up their match the following week. Fun stuff that should have never worked but did. **

Overall thoughts: This was SO much better than I expected going into it. Decent compacted little show with nothing being unbearable long which is always a major plus. Plus you get mini-dream matchups that you would NEVER see on a TV taping (Corey-Attitude, Converse-Stevens). If you'd like to humor me and buy a copy of the show, you may do so here.
CMLL double-shot is next weekend in Saturday and Sunday which is ALL gravy except for one very notable exception. It's in direct competition with NFL kickoff on Sunday which is the only thing that even comes close to touching wrestling for me. I've spent every kickoff weekend for years with Flagler (otherwise known as Chris, my best bud from back in high school) and it's freakin' killin me to bail on him this year to tape the CMLL show. If it was ANY other Indy on earth I'd say fuck it but since it's CWF, I'm stuck. I want to do the show, there's no question about that at all, and even though the next weekend is the Rumble show, Corey's bday, and a full day of Sunday football which Flagler is invited to, there's still just something special about opening day. It's kinda like All-Star Game with Grandpa Sawyer and it's just not gonna feel right to be anywhere else that day but chillin with Chris watchin' the games. No win situations freakin' suck.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

From Giving to Grief

One thing I've come to realize over the past few years is that, by and large, the most generous and giving people on a wrestling show aren't the workers. Now, I don't mean that in a physical sense. The boys (and girls) sacrifice their bodies each and every time out there for little to no pay, for the love of the biz and the always hopeful exposure it could bring them. But there are also those that get even less pay, that get even less exposure, that do everything they can to get the boys over, and are still there each and every single show. I'm speaking of those like Randolph, who runs audio for the shows, does ring announcing, does color commentary, and spends his entire Sunday revamping a website to showcase the previous night's show. And does it for absolutely nothing. I'm speaking of those like Pops, a man in his 70s, who each and every show, does everything that his body will allow him to do to clean, furnish, and provide the necessities needed to present live shows. He gains absolutely nothing for his efforts except a sincere "thank you" and the inner joy he gets out of providing for all of us. I'm speaking of Danny Winkel, who doesn't even need this business financially but does everything he can to provide the finest platform for the workers in the Southeast to perform on simply because he loves the business. Now, this blog isn't intended to put myself over at all. There are those that provide far more for the biz than what I do. I stand nothing to gain at all from it. I've been given the opportunity to turn in a demo reel to Vince but I've turned it down simply because I love what we have here in the NC Indys and no amount of money can make me leave that. But yes, I'm even speaking of myself, as week after week I try my damnedest to put every single worker over, whether it be from the other side of the lens or in color commentary.

I will admit that I do have off days on commentary. Some matches I flat out suck. Then other times, everything clicks and you can just feel the flow as you're calling the match. You're conveying the excitement of the show to the audience and most importantly, you're getting the boys over. I am by no means perfect but one thing I have NEVER done is put myself over before the boys. Which is what it boggles my mind that to this day, I am still criticized on occasion for being helpful and, god forbid, a "friend" to some of the boys.

I have never put down any worker that can actually work. EVER. Sure, I have slammed some cause they were complete idiots and didn't respect the business, but they deserved it. I don't have to actually like a worker to put over his stuff. I've had heat with various parties now and then for whatever reason, but I never let it affect how I viewed their workrate. Not to single anyone out, but Ric Converse and I had some unfortunate heat earlier this year that since seems to have been smoothed over. But even though Ric and I may have had heat, that still doesn't take away from the fact that he had one hell of a run this summer, putting out one of the most solid strings of matches I've seen in quiet some time. I'd have to be crazy not to admit that and put it over, whether we were on speaking terms or not.

Amazingly, there's still some people that get all pissy when I'm critical. No matter how much you've put them over or done for them in the past, god forbid you to go to bat for someone else rather than them this week. I think there or several workers (both those that I'm sociable with and those that could care less for me) that would be surprised at the number of times I have pitched stuff that they never knew anything about, just in order to give them some quality material to work with and get them over. This includes everything from a hot angle or even a championship run. Some have happened, some have not. The final decision is never in my hands, but I really don't think there's a single worker on the roster that I haven't pitched something for at some point in order to help them out. Unfortunately, there have been times I have regretted pitching stuff for people because either it was improperly executed, or because they would personally self-destruct before my very eyes.

Some may take this blog as "jesus christ, this mother fucker is full of himself" and those that do are missing the entire point. I am defending myself and my views from the off-again, on-again criticism that has arose and will inevitably arise again. I don't kiss ass in this business. I have no motivation to further my career. I'm content where I am and my only desire is to improve the scene here. I would happily take the witness stand for Randolph, Pops, Danny, or any other non-worker that unselfishly contributes to this business while asking for nothing in return. ALL we all want to do is put the TRUE stars of this business, the workers, over. PERIOD. For any of those that would rather criticize our generosity then you're more than welcome to continue your career without it.


Ok, now that THAT is over with...

The BROCK jersey thing is just classic. The guy gets RELEASED from the Vikings and on, this is the direct quote from his jersey listing: "Though Brock was released at the end of August, due to the extreme commitment and demand of his supporters we are continuing to offer the No# 69 Lesnar Home Jersey until the limited supply within the manufacturing cycle is exhausted." followed by "Note: This jersey is now available for pre-order only. When ordered in conjunction with other items this product will ship separately. Ship date is estimated in the beginning of September.". Think about this. Not only were they selling a ton of jerseys of a guy that saw maybe 10-15 plays in pre-season but AFTER he got released, demand is so high that they are STILL having to manufacture more. This has GOT to be a first in the history of the NFL and amuses me to no ends at all. I want one of these right after I get an old Bengals "Pillman #99" jersey.

Very sad to hear about the news of both John Tenta and Steve Williams. Both have been stricken with cancer, with Tenta's being the graver of conditions. I have a bit of history with both guys. Back in '97, during my online RRGN newsletter days, old pal INWOsuxRED put up what basically amounted to a John Tenta tribute page. Tenta had become pretty much a modern-day cult legend to all of us and this was before the days of Wrestlecrap. His "I'm not a fish" promo is legendary and had one of the bizarre fluke STATs of all time as he was NEVER pinned on PPV for a run of 9 YEARS (!!!) until he did a job as "Golga" on some WWF PPV in the late '90s. Hogan couldn't do it, Warrior couldn't do it, but by god, John F'N Tenta could do it by God! It's gonna be a very sad day when Tenta goes. He's one of those guys that was never too full of himself and understood his role in the biz and accepted his cult status with arms wide open. God bless him. As far as "Dr. Death" goes, my memories with him are far more recent on the MLW trips in 2003 for which he cut a hilarious TV promo with Corey Edsel and stumbled his way into all of our hearts with his overall goofiness that had to be seen to really be appreciated. I wish both these guys well. There's alot of asses in this biz, but these are two of the good guys.

That's enough rambling for now, love to all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Bruce Campbell
2. No One Else Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (8/26/91)
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (3/20/94)
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (3/23/97)
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (4/5/92)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (8/29/92)
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (11/25/92)
Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (6/19/93)
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair (10/12/92)
Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (7/4/94)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (12/17/95)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Starting back in 1992, my buds and I would do random Fantasy Sports Leagues and in tribute to those great moments and friends of years long since passed, here are the all-time results. Fantasy Baseball '92
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 4 games to 0
Playoffs: Ben def. Grant 4 games to 1
World Series: Chris def. Ben 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '92
SuperBowl: Grant def. Chris 21-19
Fantasy Basketball '92-'93
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Grant def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Chris def. Grant 3 games to 1
Fantasy Baseball '93
Playoffs: Devon def. Grant 4 games to 2
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 4 games to 3
World Series: Devon def. Chris 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '93
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 83-62
Playoffs: Dave def. Grant 68-52
SuperBowl: Chris def. Dave 86-72
Fantasy Basketball '93-'94
Playoffs: Grant def. Jason 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Dave def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Dave def. Grant 3 games to 2
Fantasy Baseball '94
Playoffs: -Strike Cancelled Season-
Fantasy Baseball '95
Playoffs: Grant def. Chris 4 games to 1
Playoffs: Josh def. Dave 4 games to 3
World Series: Grant def. Josh 4 games to 3

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