Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Another weekend, another reason to love life

As I've mentioned before, I always check my gostats.com counter to see where visitors to my BLOG have been sent from. Today, someone's google search for "Southern train wreck" directed them here. Gotta love it.

Absolutely crazed, spazzed out weekend of wrestling that prevented me from seeing one single down of football on Sunday but I had so much fun, I can easily accept that.

Fist off, I have to give a nod to SCW, which ran it's final show in Durham at the same time as ours. I wish I could have been there (and was even asked to tape a few weeks prior). I was never what you would consider to be a good friend of SCW promoter Grog but I got along with him fine the few times I did work with him and at least got to witness the final solid run of the promotion back in 2001 before things began to decline. The Hardys, Shane Helms, and others got part of their start here (along with OMEGA) in the mid-90s and it is kinda sad to see what was once arguably the #1 Indy in NC shut down. It makes you wonder that even with the height of popularity that CWF Mid-Atlantic is at currently (as we enter our 5th anniversary), will we suffer the same fate as SCW in five more years. On the face of things I would say not as long as Jeff and Danny still have a hand in the company. Without their desire to provide the canvas for the workers, I think it would crumble within months. And the desire of Grog (or lack thereof) to continue fighting the fight that is survival in the NC Indys is probably exactly what led to it's demise. Within a few months, I saw one of the most insulting Indy shows of the year in 2001 (SCW Ground Zero, 2/22/01) and one of the best Indy shows of 2001 (SCW Misery, 5/31/01). The booking ran from abysmal to perfectly acceptable but it's workers were the stars and when you threw in the atmosphere of the bar King's on a good night, the potential was unlimited.

Back to CWF and Saturday night, where the "Ultimate Survivor" theme night certainly had a ton of potential itself. I was seriously worried about the attendance with the SCW final show being held about an hour away. But shockingly enough, the place was near-packed and the crowd and the energy was beyond anything we had had in recent months at the CSA and at least for one night, restored my faith in the CSA fanbase. The show itself was very solid, although the crowd thankfully saved us at spots between the occasional awkwardness, the general length of the show, and some questionable booking (not that I'm pointing fingers at anyone as much as it became more obvious in hindsight).

1. Ryin Andrews defeated Gregory Vercetti by submission in 11:43 of a "Rising Generation League" Round One tournament match: I was seriously worried about the length of this thing going into it, fearing what was still to come and the obviously needed time it all needed to make it work but at least the match itself was just a super hot opener with both guys looking fantastic and the crowd eating it up with a spoon. I would have only chopped time off of this for overall show reasons but as a stand alone match, you couldn't ask for much more from an opener. ***

2. Venus, Krissy Vaine, and Russell Simpson defeated Amber O'Neal, GeeStar, and "Classic" Chris Collins in 8:41 when Simpson pinned Collins: Very disjointed at points but as I told Collins afterwards, it was "perfectly acceptable chaos". Crowd continued to bring the heat and the babyface trio is possibly one of my most favorite bizarro world pairings ever. **

3. J-Money, Rob "the Bull" McBride, and "Wild" Shane West defeated Alex Adonis, "Big" Donnie Dollars, and J-Sin in 8:41 when West pinned J-Sin: This had all the reason in the world to be the crowd killing, "who the heck are these guys", show stopping (and not in the good way) matchup. And I'll be damned if it wasn't everything but that. Although workrate wise, nothing really stands out in memory, but J-Sin had an awesome debut just with the way the crowd took to him. Money has had probably more fire the past few shows than I've even seen him have and love him or hate him, I think you can contribute alot of that to the utter hatred that has developed for Adonis. **

4. Jesse Ortega, Kid Justice, and "Mighty" Orlo Helmer defeated the Dynasty ("Slick" Ric Converse, Brad Attitude, and "Tremendous" Trent Wylde) in an elimination match (Ortega pinned Wylde in 12:37, Ortega pinned Attitude in 13:46, Orlo pinned Converse in 15:54): A fine little elimination match with the hate between Attitude and Trent stealing every scene. I didn't care for the unneccessary clean sweep even though I know the point, I think it would have accomplished just as much and not hurt anyone by going another route. The Survivor matches (not just this year, but every year) have probably had more questionable booking calls (in my own mind at least) than any other matchup of the year. Much like this with this match, the babys always seem to get TOO much, even in defeat as we would see in the next contest. Rating wise, I'd hit this with a **3/4 thanks to the strength of the Attitude-Trent shenanigans.

5. Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens, Sean Powers, and Hugh B. Johnson defeated CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel and Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja in 29:36 of a Triathlon Survivor match (Corey Edsel defeated Hugh B. Johnson by submission in 10:55; Garry Stevens and Sean Powers defeated Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja in 8:40 when Stevens pinned Ninja; Garry Stevens, Sean Powers, and Hugh B. Johnson defeated Corey Edsel, Brass Munkey, and American Steel Ninja in 10:01 when Stevens pinned Munkey): I'm very thankful that we made use of the Hugh B. surprise return the way we did but the length of the match hurt the overall impact of what it could have been. I wasn't sure prior to the bout if it should go 2 falls or 3, but looking back now, 2 falls was definitely the route to take. It would have clipped a much needed 10 minutes off the show, capitalized on the return even more so by putting him over in Fall 1 (aided by Garry of course), and then just move the finish of Fall 3 (with Drake Tungsten pulling the surprise run-in) to Fall 2 instead. Of course I wasn't that intuitive to know that BEFORE the match when it would have done us all some good, but live and learn. Workrate wise, the match as a whole was somewhat inconsistent and would have probably been twice as good in a condensed 2 fall form. **

6. Number Man, Kamikaze Kid, and Kid Kazi defeated Brad Stutts, Xsiris, and CWF Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha in 18:16 of a "Triple Jeopardy" reverse elimination match (Stutts pinned Kamikaze Kid in 7:12, Yamaha pinned Number Man in 10:16, Kid Kazi pinned Xsiris in 12:55, Number Man pinned Xsiris in 15:47, Kamikaze Kid pinned Xsiris in 18:16): Thankfully, the heat for this match was WAY up there because I don't think any worker in it was actually happy with it by the time all was said and done. Xsiris' babyface turn on the end was one of those necessary evils and sadly enough, it deprives of us seeing what Yam and X could have done as a team in the long run. They had already had a number of memorable matches as a duo this year, but I wish they could have stayed together for a little program with Munkey/Ninja. A memorable match for all the series of events surrounding it, but not necessarily for what it contained within. **

Overall thoughts: This is probably the most time I've even taken as far as throwing out other booking options to a show post-mortem, the majority of which I've already gone over with the parties that actually matter. Don't get me wrong at all, this was a VERY solid show and I'd be crazy to be upset with it; I just see how TRULY great it could have been with some adjustments along the way. But you know what they say about hindsight being 20/20...

Early Sunday brought a full day of tapings with SlamminLadies.com at the rented out CSA building. Got to meet a bunch of girls I never had the chance to before as well as Mana, who resembles one of the famous Samoans but isn't actually related, just trained by them.

Mana is just one the coolest guys I've ever had the pleasure to meet in the biz and his knowledge is unreal (especially considering he was a rookie in 2001). He even did a mini-workout with Gee which certainly brought out the mark in me as he took the old Rikish/Marty Jannetty clothesline-flip bump for her. Of course he more than got his payback by holding her down and licking her leg with that big ass tongue of his. We have GOT to get Mana back down here just to do a Corey Edsel-Mana match, which would just be beyond awesome.

For those that don't know, the tapings are run by Lexie Fyfe, who has pretty much become the modern-day good will ambassador for women's wrestling. I love me some Lexie for her incredible professionalism, her attitude, and just flat out the way she treats everyone equally and fairly. Women's wrestling could sure stand to get more women like her. I must plug a few of the women I "worked" with for the first time (aside from the regulars like Gee, Amber, K, Katie, Brandi, and Jenny). It was the first time I had seen Steve Corino's sister,Allison Danger, since a UWA show in Raeford in 2001 but man alive, she is hilarious and has made a fine transition from the valet I knew to the wrestler she is now. Alere Little Feather has a ton of personality and a great attitude. I look forward to seeing her again next month. Finally, there was Cindy Rogers, who I dug the crap out of. She has really no look at all as a wrestler, but her charisma is just fantastic and her workrate is VERY solid. Plus, going by her website, she's a big Elvis mark and if I had known that on Sunday, I probably would have yakked to her more. No one I would crush on at all, but cool girl nonetheless.

Lots of solid workrate stuff throughout the day but the most entertaining was easily a Christmas Lumberjack match which I am now DYING to steal for use on one of the December CWF shows. I actually ref'd a match (Cindy vs. Amber) which would be the closest thing I've ever done to officially reffing any match aside from a training match. Think I did a fine job although I'd love to get more feedback than what I got as far as stuff to work on (although me as a ref will be a far and few between thing to say the least). The match would actually turn out to be the first time Gee and I have EVER done anything in the ring as post-match she did a run-in and DVD'd both girls. I agreeded to get killed as well with a piledriver, harkening back to the old backyard days when I had no clue as to who to actually take one and am damn lucky I'm even walking today. Anyways, my semi-butterflies on taking the move pretty much went away when Gee killed me with the forearm that was just to be the setup for the move itself. That one forearm gave me immediate empathy for Stutts who has probably absorbed more of those damn things over the past 3 1/2 years than anyone and half of the time, those were probably meant for me anyways.

Unfortunately, the weekend ended with a bit of drama that I have zero desire to go into detail about at this time but I'm also not wasting time having that cloud my mindset in what otherwise was a wonderful weekend with my friends in this biz, both old and new. We now heads towards the start of the Holiday season, to no joy of my own. Much love to all and enjoy your Turkey even if Barry Sanders no longer carries the ball on that day.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Wedgies! Packers! Small Drinks! Kids! Hand Writing! Other stuff that doesn't go together!

Finally received my Wedgies "Brat out of Hell" CD off of eBay after the elusive chase detailed in an earlier post. Needless to say, it hasn't left my CD player all week. You'll rarely see a CD review here simply because I ain't gonna waste the moolah on them nowadays with everything being available on the net anyways. Under the circumstances however, I'd say the conclusion to an 8-year quest deserves a little bit of type. The lead track, and the only song I actually had heard before is of course, "Welcome to the Tundra" which I could put on repeat all day. I solid ****3/4 in the whacked Spaz view of music. However, the closing track of the CD is right there with it in a beautiful "Bohemian Rhapsody" satire called "Green & Gold Rhapsody". And it certainly has the best line of the entire CD with "I'm just a Cowboy nobody loves me, he's just a Cowboy, check for drugs in his pee". Everything in-between are of course satires of various other hard rock songs from the 80s. I won't bore you all with track by track specifics, but I have to at least mention the "Green Bay at 12:00" song which is a takeoff of "Highway to Hell" (and yeah, that would be a stretch lyrically to say the least...just try to sing the line "Green Bay at 12:00" to the tune of "Highway to Hell" without rolling your eyes).

I actually probably should take a second to explain the fascination with such items that go beyond just the basic satire mark-out for me, but are more specifically related to the Green Bay Packers. It's strange that even though I lived in Missouri for some five years, it's influence on me is no where NEAR as strong as what I got out of just a year spent in both California and Wisconsin. As screwed up as my reasons were to actually go to Wisconsin and remain there, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world for the lessons in life it taught me, my time at WLUK FOX 11, and of course, the aura of the Green Bay Packers. I'll be honest, if you've never been there or haven't spent any time there, then I don't see why anyone would have any particular affliction for the Packers. But holy god, just try and spend time up there and NOT be absorbed in those people's #1 obsession. And it took me awhile to figure it out too. Alot of people say "well, the people love the Packers because it's the only NFL team actually owned by a city and the people (rather than some multibillionaire)." And yes, that's true and all but it extends far beyond that. It's much, much more than a football game that's played on Sundays in the fall and winter. It is a way of life up there and the Packers exist 24/7/365. And this, bottom line, is why: Those people have nothing else. And you may be sitting there going "Well, we don't have anything really and we're not obsessed over our football team like that." See, you don't understand. Those people have nothing BUT the Packers. And I mean NOTHING. Want another major league team? Green Bay is stuck up in this little corner of the state and it's closer to go to Canada than it is to go to Milwaukee. It's the smallest city in the league with an NFL team. But it's more than just sports. There are no amusement parks. You want one? You have to leave the state. There is barely any sunshine six months of the year. There are no skyscrapers, beaches, or mountains. The main airport is in the next STATE. Major colleges? Make the 4 hour trek to Madison. Here in NC we obsess over NCAA basketball. Imagine what it would be like if you removed virtually EVERY major sports team in the state. Take away the Panthers, Blue Devils, Demon Deacons, and Tar Heels. Imagine that NC State is the ONLY team you have and they don't even play but half the year at most. It's them against the world. Imagine your sky being gray for 6 months with no escape...no vacation spots to retreat to. You have no hopes or dreams outside of what one professional sport team can accomplish in a year-round effort to being some form of pride and joy into your life. This is what it is like for a lifelong resident of Green Bay. The Midwest mindset isn't as accepting of moving around from place to place as it is in alot of the rest of the country. The children and born and raised with very few goals: get married, have kids, see the Packers win a SuperBowl, and die (and not necessarily in that order). I was lucky enough to live there when they won SuperBowl XXXI, ending a 30-year championship drought. The electricity and atmosphere just walking down the street was incredible. Had they lost that game to the Patriots, I seriously question what the suicide rate would have been. Thankfully, they won, grown men cried, they thanked god in church services, and the news crew tried to track down anyone who didn't watch the game to expose them on tv. It's so difficult to put into words what it is TRULY like up there and just HOW different it is. It's been seven years since I moved away and while I didn't think twice about the Pack before I lived there, they are permanently entrenched in my heart now. I could never live there on a more permanent basis than the year that I did. It takes everything out of you to survive the winter. But somehow, someway...it was never as cold on Sundays.

If I overdid it a bit in my explanation above, my apologies; but quiet honestly, you simply can't overstate what that team means to those people. Some other quickie football Sunday wrap-up thoughts: The Carolina Panthers played one of the worst god-awful halfs of football I have ever seen a GOOD team play in my life on Sunday before finally coming back and playing the way they are capable of in the second half. That first half was downright embarrassing. And for the record, with 7 games left in the season, Carolina is only 3 games out of a playoff spot so never say never but we have to get on a roll NOW and you can't ask for much more than 'Zona coming to town. For the record, my preseason SuperBowl pick has NOT changed: Colts over Eagles (although here's hoping that Manning doesn't shatter Marino's TD record on the way there).

Change of topics: Ok, listen up you fast-food chain goofs. When I order a small Dr. Pepper do NOT tell me "We don't have small drinks, we have regular". Look assholes, if the regular is the smallest drink you have then it is a SMALL. I don't go to Wal-Mart and ask for t-shirts in sizes "Regular, Large, and Jumbo". I urge all three of you out there that read these rants to be a complete prick right back at these fast food chains that serve you this line of crap.

"I'd like a small Dr. Pepper."
"We don't have small drinks."
"What's the smallest size you have?"
"Then can I order the smallest drink you have that's not called a small?"
"That's one regular Dr. Pepper then?"
--at this point, fill in your own rambling Cornette-like tirade.

Finally stumbled upon Rick Titus' blog which I had actually attempted to find once he appeared to be somewhat hesitant to actually showing it to some of us. I expected some kind of hateful diatribe either on our shows or my shameless crushing on his sister-in-law but it was a far more innocent read than anticipated. Not sure if he wants it publicized so I won't link it here but it mainly consisted of political and UNCG/work related thoughts with only one show review as the blog itself hasn't been around but for so long. Even the shortest samplings of a show review are still fascinating to read from an unobjective third party. However, the blog does remind me of one fault in my own personal life that seems to come up far more often than I desire: I have one helluva time carrying on any form of conversation that doesn't relate to wrestling. Well, in regards to issues revolving around females and money problems, I can hold my own but holy god, try talking to me about politics, modern music, charitable causes, or anything revolving around manual labor and I'll probably stare at ya like a deer in headlights.

For the record, I have zero patience for kids. I know, that isn't exactly earn me any humanitarian votes. I spent my time trying my damnedest to raise three of them (this goes back to my Wisconsin move). Jen, Steph, and Dom were 10, 8, and 2 when I got into that relationship and all things considered, I think I had a pretty good deal of patience under the circumstances. I COULD have been a better substitute-dad and I'm not happy with all the decisions I made or those times when I let the ex's lack of patience influence me. But those days are long since past and although I'd honestly like to be able to hang out with my "ex-kids" again one day; now that I can think on my own, I can unequivatably state that by no means do I want any of my own. Part of it is selfishness and my undying desire to be an individual and do my own thing in life without having to worry about all the issues that arises when you have kids. Aside from the money issue, I'm lovin' life right now and having kids would completely disrupt that and in alot of ways, spell an end to the things that I live for: my wrestling weekends. Of course money issues alone are a fine reason to make you question having kids and there's never been a point where I've been with a female and financial comfortable at the same time. Thirdly, I don't want kids cause quiet honestly, I think I'd suck as a dad. I can barely put up a tolerable front for a few hours to babysit no matter how great the kid is (and they don't come much better than Pooh's). There's rarely a day goes by that I don't want to give some annoying screaming brat a Yakuza kick between the eyes just in hopes of getting them to shut the hell up. There's probably as many good kids out there as there are brats but the freakin' brats are so much louder I always notice them a heck of alot more.

Some dude stopped in at work the other day and started eyeballin a post-it note I had wrote. Turns out this guy is a handwriting analyst and for some reason seemed fascinated by my stuff (he didn't try to sell me anything so outside of being a little eccentric, he seemed on the up and up). Anyways, for what it's worth, through his studying said I was "very loyal to my friends", "halfway between extrovert and introvert", "I size up situations very instinctively to figure out solutions", and "half of my decisions are made intellectually, and the other half are made with the heart." Hmmmm....sounds about right.

Well, as if this sucker wasn't long enough I might as well wrap it up with a look at this past Sat's show, held at the Central Boys & Girls Club in Asheboro, NC where attendance far surpassed the expected total of 10 and actually was pretty close to SRO at around 100 or so. The crowd totally helped give the illusion of a show that would have been very so-so in front of the apathetic CSA crowd.

1. "Red Hot" Tim Blaze, Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens, and Rob Killjoy defeated Rob "the Bull" McBride, J-Money, and Flaming Youth #2 when Killjoy pinned Youth #2: Killjoy and Youth are the Kazi and Xsiris of 2001 - all spots, no selling or psychology. Killjoy KILLS Youth with a modified piledriver for the finish which about put me into cardiac arrest until I screamed at the ref Charlie to make sure that kid does NOT walk out of here. Rob throws him over the shoulder and hauls him out. THANK GOD. 1/4*, but could have been FAR worse with the kids in there.

2. Kamakazi Kid and Jesse Ortega defeated Brad Attitude and "Tremendous" Trent Wylde when Kamakazi pinned Wylde: Perfectly fine little "partners not getting along" angle here with the heat on Trent from everyone crossing the line uncomfortably into reality at points. **

3. Xsiris and CWF Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha defeated Kid Justice and "Mighty" Orlo Helmer when Xsiris pinned Orlo: Very basic "stomp, kick" kinda stuff for the most part with a more involved finish. Nothing really memorable, aside from it being Orlo's first ever pinfall loss. *1/4

4. Amber O'Neal and GeeStar defeated Krissy Vaine and Venus when Gee pinned Venus: For the most part, had a better flow than the first matchup at Fairchild a few weeks back. **

5. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja battled Twisted Aggression (Mitch Norris & Sean Powers) to a double-countout: I liked their non-title match last month better as far as the intensity goes, but this was still up there and got the point across. **1/2

6. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned "Slick" Ric Converse: Ho Hum. Another Corey-Ric match. Another ****. Boy, there's a shocker (and I mean that with all the love in the world guys). This matchup is so automatic it's ridiculous.

A solid show getting back on track somewhat after last week's debacle. Now we head into this coming Sat and one of my fav shows of the year, that being "Ultimate Survivor" which by all rights, has the potential of being the best one we've done as far as truly capitalizing on what the gimmick can truly be. Should be a very fascinating show. For now, I is out and love to all!

Thursday, November 11, 2004


Hampered by a cold that pretty much has made my body feel as if it is made of snot, I had plenty of bloggin' material in mind but no energy to actually deliver...until I took a hypodermic injection of sugar in the jugular (aka ate some goop - aka cake icing). Never been a big fan of this "Sugar Shop" in Albemarle and usually dread Gee draggin me there for their overpriced baked goods and holy god, they had these loaded mini-cakes, goop flowers and all, on sale for a BUCK. Yes, $1 for apparently fresh sugary goodness. And whew boy, can I feel that racing through my veins. Takes me back to the days I would go to work at Channel 16 and unwrap a block of tinfoil that on the surface would appear to be supper but was nothing more than sheer cake icing underneath. And no, I don't mean cake, I mean cake icing - no cake attached.

Random plug: Find out how much of a slut you are HERE. I'm at a solid 67% which was pretty much my average test score in High school. For the record, if you're in the wrestling biz and you score UNDER 50%, then you either haven't been in it very long or are a very rare breed to say the least. On a side note, when a female friend puts up the away message "Yes I'm a whore....and your point is???", is it wrong for me to feel neglected? :P

Hey, there was a show last weekend (boy, there's a shocker!)...so before this weekend and Asheboro comes and goes without me ranting on the last one, let's get it out of the way. CWF Mid-Atlantic ran the usually bi-weekly studio show with a ton of notable names missing for either other bookings or life drama. We were seriously hurting on heels and pretty much made the absolute most out of what we had. Stutts, Cross, and Gemini kicked things off with a rather drawn-out promo in an attempt to explain the bizarro "Triple Jeopardy" survivor match on the 20th and probably did about as good of a job as you could hope cause man alive, I love me some innovative matches, but the chance of that thing getting lost on our crowd is very, very high. The saving grace is that just the basic matchup itself has some of the most over heels and babys we have.

1. Jesse Ortega defeated "Classic" Chris Collins by submission in 11:42 of a "Rising Generation League" Round One tournament match: Things you thought you'd never hear chanted in a CWF ring - "3C! 3C! 3C!". Yeah, heel marks can make it tough on a crowd sometimes but when it comes to Collins, I let everything slide. Match really didn't click though honestly. 3/4*

2. Kid Justice and "Mighty" Orlo Helmer defeated Will Smooth and Tank Lawson in 12:52 when Orlo pinned Lawson: Holy ba-jeez. A complete and utter train wreck that pained me to actually tape but since it occurred, I've watched it about six times and laughed till I cried nearly every time. A DUD of a match at best, but will be long remembered by many of us for the insanity contained within. To sum it all up, referee Charles Richardson comes to the back saying "Why me...".

3. Rob "the Bull" McBride pinned Brad Stutts in 5:04: When we're short on heels, you can always count on Stutts saving a match heat-wise anyway. The match itself was actually really solid and played nicely off the random series of matches these two have had over the past two years. Even scarier was that through intermission, THIS was Match of the Night. *3/4

4. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja defeated the Shadow and Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens in 8:42 when Munkey pinned Shadow. "Wild" Shane West was the special guest enforcer: Man alive, champions since March and probably a record-setter in the "most unusual combination of challengers" department. Once again, didn't really click but thankfully, it didn't go any longer than it did. 1/2*

5. J-Money pinned Alex Adonis in 13:40 of a Dog Food match: The show pretty much hinged on this as the "Money" match...oh, the irony. Plenty passable and pretty much met expectations with the hilight being Money's kipup into the finishing flying elbowsmash. Awesome moment for him although Adonis didn't engulf as much of the dog food post-match as he should have to really get it over visually. **

6. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Sean Powers in 16:54: Corey and Ric have really set the tone for the longer MA title matches as of late but our damn CSA crowd shit all over this thing for the most part which is a shame cause it's build was actually beautiful. In truth, the build was so great that the finish seemed VERY anticlimactic and it could have used another 5-10 minutes seriously. ***1/4

Overall thoughts: This one pretty much ended the awesome show streak in it's tracks. It still had it's bright points but the lack of certain names really hurt the overall product. On the plus side, the general atmosphere and everything at the show was great although for some reason I've found myself very down and uncomfortable at shows lately. Hoping to get that turned around here soon and be the Spaz every knows and loves. Oh well, on to Asheboro...

Post-show festivities were spent in Liberty and Chapel Hill enjoying a weekend of wrestling tapes, football, and video games as is par for the course. The cold has set back in for now with the sugar burst running out so I'll have to touch upon my other topics in the very near future....Love to all!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

If ya don't like wrestling, this blog probably ain't for you...

Unfortunate amount of drama amongst friends here lately which seems to leave me in the middle more often than not. It's very difficult when there are individuals involved that you both care about and consider to be friends but they can't be in the same room with one another and be happy. It's sad and it's a no-win situation alot of times. I want to be there for all parties but sometimes it's hard to when by doing so you run the risk of infuriating one of the two halves. For those that know me and understand the person that I am, my door is always open in your time of need. While others may not want to be in your presence, as long as you have not attacked me personally, I don't have it in me to turn my back on those that I consider to be friends just because they may have issues with another of my friends.

There's a very interesting book that just came out which quiet honestly, is the first wrestling book in a while that I've actually taken note of. There's just SO many autobiographies and Scott Keith-like books out there, it's really hard for one to actually stand out. It's called "One Fall" by Spencer Baum and is actually a fictional story that is based very strongly on the legit realities of the good and bad of the biz. If you're in the biz, you have to pop for the plot: Basically, this kid is supposed to do the job to the World champ but during the match, he botches the superkick and accidentally KO's the champ on live TV. The following is directly from the Amazon.com summary: "Now the World Champion is injured and the locker room is in tatters. With the top spot open, veteran wrestlers are jockeying for position, hoping to become the next megastar, and Joey is their target. With a unique look behind the scenes at America's most violent dramatic art, 'One Fall' shows the world of professional wrestling in its rawest form. It is a world of violence, drug abuse, backstabbing, and desperation. But it is also a world of pride, honor, guts, and most of all, passion. The novel explores the most controversial issues in professional wrestling, such as the line between reality and fantasy on wrestling television; the role of women in the American wrestling scene; and drug abuse among professional wrestlers."

For me, it would be VERY difficult to write a fictional book on this biz since it's all so personal but just from the initial sound of it, this book sounds downright awesome and covers everything I would WANT to touch upon but would never be sure exactly how to go about it.

Speaking of books, as this blog progresses (along with the stories already transcribed on both Stutts and Randolph's blogs), I think we could easily put together a joint effort of "Insider stories" one day down the road. Not sure if anyone outside of the three of us would read it, but if at worst, an actual publication would be an interesting take on the state of the Independent scene stretching from the mid-90s until now (and into the future). There's a ton of stories from the actual workers out there too but since they are a little more concentrated on improving their own in-ring ability and other such activities that relate to career growth for the most part rather than sitting down and typing this stuff up, our experiences are generally as close as you're going to get to hearing in-depth from anyone that even remotely matters.

The WWE's recent string of roster cuts (at this count, TEN in the past week) would be met with major applause from me IF they weren't in turn giving untrained pieces of crap a quarter of a million before they've ever worked one match. Shane Helms is probably very lucky to have survived this round of cuts so far and more power to him if he can somehow find a niche that will not only keep him on the roster but actually utilize his talents.

Like many of us in the biz, I'll throw in an old tape on regular occasion and I felt inspired to BLOG about my most recent descent into that pastime: Great American Bash '88. This was always one of those very elusive items for me...much like the Wedgies CD, it just seemed as if for years a copy of GAB 88 would just constantly elude me (the entire Clash of the Champions I show holds the current record for personal elusiveness). I finally got a master copy to watch thanks to Dangerous E (I won't even bother trying to watch and enjoy a show that's a 3rd gen dub) about a year or so back and man alive, does that sucker not hold up at all in comparison to the other great NWA PPVs of that era. The opening NWA tag title match between Tully & Arn vs. Sting & Nikita is probably the only match on the show that wouldn't fall into the "letdown" category and even it isn't exactly a classic. I just dig the hell out of the insanely basic old school psychology and the crowd just eats it all up with a spoon. The Midnights-Fantastics match (in clipped to hell form) appears to be nowhere near the level of pretty much every other Midnight match from 87-90, concluding with a generic chain finish and never seeming to really click at any point. The Tower of Doom cage match is just abysmal and if the WWE tried this gimmick nowadays, that opening top cage sequence would just be completely shit upon by the fans and it's a testament to those times that the fans were actually popping for some of that crap in the early stages. The home video then takes us to a completely pointless TV title defense by Rotundo in Greensboro vs. Sting that ends in a DQ finish. Turner REALLY needed me working in the home video department in '88 apparently cause I can't even fathom the brains that decided we needed to clip out about an hour of one of the few major NWA PPVs of the entire year in order to get this snoozer in. Windham-Dusty was decent for what and I dug some of the Iron Claw psychology while at other points it kinda strayed away from anything that made sense. I still love the Ronnie Garvin heel turn which I was completely shocked by back in '88 in that complete mizark "How could he?? WHY???" kinda way. The Flair-Luger match is very infamous for the finish alone and once again, fine for what it is, although the Starrcade '88 match is far superior in every facet.

Finally saw "Shrek 2" which I've been dying to check out for some time now. Fun, fun stuff. I'd have to watch it a couple of more times to see if it's truly on the same level of the first one (especially on the repeated viewing scale as I can still watch the original after the 30th time or so and still be amused). There's some genuine laugh out loud moments although quiet honestly, the movie's best moments involve everyone except for Shrek. The standouts being (of course) Donkey and the great Puss in Boots character which is unquestionably, the greatest thing Antonio Banderas will EVER have his name attached to. The computer animation is simply incredibly and really has you wondering at times if it was partially done in live action. Just stunning visual and like the first one, their use of music is just absolutely perfect and makes the movie that much better. There's an incredible amount of satire in here to other films, specifically Disney films, but rather than completely burying them, it's actually a very respectful nod to them. ****1/4

On a closing note (and a bit out of internet character for me), I question the gimmick and I question the possible self-destruction of it; but no matter what, at least it gave me this photo...

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The Memphis trip

Jam-packed my car with Gee, Mike, Amber, K, and myself and headed out to Memphis this past Friday night for the big show at the Mid-South Coliseum. The first notable thing about this is that we took MY car. Yes, it's better on gas and more roomy than the other available options but it looks like it would have trouble getting to the closest 7-11, much less to the Mid-South Coliseum 568 miles away. Thankfully, it had already gotten it's flat tire phase out of it's system in the past month and did a remarkable job getting us there and back without bursting into flames once.

I was actually somewhat dreading this trip headed into it, afraid of a drama-filled journey but much to my relief, that was basically nonexistent (well, at least in the vein that was expected). Gee and I actually came VERY close to backing out of the trip period and going to the Titus' Halloween bash instead. However, we behaved and headed out and despite some very low lows, I am glad we did so in the long run. After getting some much needed rest Friday night after the 11 hour drive, got up to head out the UPN 30 TV studios for the live Memphis wrestling show Saturday morning. We all met up with this guy named Sal Giliberto who works as a ref on occasion, and basically was the guy behind getting K booked on the show (which in turn got Amber, and then Gee, booked on it as well). He was with "Sweet" Stan Lane who looks tremendous for his age and was super, super cool. Made the horrible mistake of following Sal to the TV studio (and later, the Coliseum itself) because he has one of those in-car navigational systems which has got to be one of the biggest wastes of money I've ever seen in my life. We had TWO turns to make to get to the TV studio and ONE to get to the Coliseum and sure enough, we drive all over the freakin' place cause this navigation system and it's stupid blinking arrow thinks the quickest path is 27 left hand turns in a span of 1/8th of a mile. For the love of god, if ANYone in the world does a road trip with me PLEASE let me do the navigation and arrangements cause if I screw it up, at least it's my fault and not the fault of the van in front of me that I'm screaming obscenities at.

Even though it's a different studio now than when Gilbert ran over Lawler in the parking lot, I was still marking out to get to attend a live Memphis TV show. The studio is very small but the atmosphere is just electric. Mike and I got stuck on the back row in the studio as we were quickly ushered out there because kayfabe is still some serious stuff over there. That was more than fine by me but it was driving Mike nuts to not be able to be in the back. The crowd was probably at 100 even in the small confines and was just insanely hot. I would freakin' kill to get an atmosphere at the CSA like that but we just have too many fans that are too smart and not enough marks (don't get me wrong, I'd still take them over alot of other crowds any day). We just need more screamin kids for the heels to legit piss off and we'd be golden. I guess maybe the general public there is just used to it but I can honestly not even see how someone watching the live TV show wouldn't pluck down the 5 bucks for general admission for the live show at the Coliseum later in the night. They did three matches in the hour show but they were just complete schmozes to plug the evening's show. The main gist of the show was the promos, with the primary focus being on Jerry Lawler (working as a heel nowadays in Memphis) and former announcer Corey Maclin (who is the actual booker and one of the nicest, coolest promoters I have ever met). Personal pop would easily be Lawler actually giving Amber, K, and Gee as big of a intro rub as you could get; bringing them out in full "Team Blondage" gimmick and putting them over in his promo. Awesome, awesome stuff which gives you that warm fuzzy "wow, they actually pulled it off and made it" feeling.

After the TV show we headed back to the hotel for a few which provided one of my favorite moments from the weekend. As the girls got some rest, I amused myself by beating Mike's ass on the XBox. Then, all of a sudden, the freakin' fire alarm starts blasting through the hotel. Mike and I swing open the hotel room door to see what the heck is going on and we're met by, of all people, Ricky Morton swinging open HIS door directly across the hall from us and going "What the fuck? Are we running??".

Onto the Coliseum where it's pretty much absolutely madness from the time we get there till after we leave. The girls are second on the show and the plan was for Amber & K (with Gee at ringside) to work this REALLY green girl that came with Kid Kash named April Pennington and Tasha Simone (who actually has been around). However, Simone no-showed leaving a serious problem on the babyface side. Only solution: Gee (as GeeStar, not Madame Gee obviously) teams with April against K and Amber despite just appearing with them earlier in the day on live tv. Amazingly, not a single fan ever seem to question the switch and whether that's a reflection on the huge difference of looks between Gee's two characters or the simple fact that Memphis fans are just that accepting is beyond me, but it worked and that's all I care about. When Gee first got the tag and started bumping K and Amber around, the place actually went nuts and I about fell out thinking this HAD to be the most surreal thing I had ever seen in my life. If you had told me 6 months ago, much less three years ago, that Gee would be working in the Mid-South coliseum as a babyface and the crowd would even have totally bought into her, I would have told you you were nuts. The match itself was probably only on the 1/2* scale or so for a variety of reasons between the misunderstanding of the Memphis style and the obvious hampering of what basically amounted to an untrained worker in there. However, as far as untrained workers go, April actually didn't do a bad job by any means and she took Amber and K's double flatliner finisher perfectly which is all I could ask for.

Post-match Sal pulls the girls to the side and gives them the usual post-match advice where the first phase of the drama starts. I kinda got the vibe earlier from Sal during lunch and he petty much confirmed it for me during this conversation. I really have no desire to go into great detail but in short, it amazes me that someone as intellectual about the business as Sal TRULY is, can be so ridiculously narrow-minded when it comes to the female workers in the business. He actually wasn't familiar with many of the current female Indy workers and just books them on appearance and any advice given post-match was directed towards "the two" that he actually plans on booking despite the third member of the trio being every bit as competent in EVERY aspect of the business that actually means any damn thing.

Meanwhile, as we're going through this, someone has decided to make themselves at home in the girls dressing room; stealing all of Amber and K's cash, credit cards, check book, and cell phone! The real madness then sets in as we spend the rest of the show in complete chaos, canceling credit cards, searchin backstage, and trying to track the culprit down. "Grandmaster Sexay" Brian Christopher eventually tipped Amber off that the criminal was actually worker Reggie B. Fine (Reggie Walker) who had come to the show to say hey to Jackie Fargo and as soon as the search for the missing items began, turned the other way and made a beeline out of the arena. Shortly thereafter, someone had already spent $99 worth of alcohol on K's credit card as well as a couple of gas purchases. The police were notified immediately although they actually had to be pulled away from watching the show to actually fill out the report (yeah, we're in Memphis). One of the cops was actually a mark in the good way as he was doing everything in his power to try and help out and actually knew of Fine and his rep. After getting a serious run around on the phone from the employee at the liquor store (thereby pretty much confirming the fact that the employee knew Fine and allowed him to use K's credit card despite a SLIGHT difference in appearance, the girls, alongside the cops and in full gear, started to head off to the actual liquor store in order to seize the surveillance tape for the night. Unfortunately, for some reason that I still didn't quiet get, the officers were instructed by their lieutenant that they couldn't actually seize the tape until Monday (wtf??); at which point we would already be back in NC. By this time the actually Coliseum show is coming to a close and the girls were in the parking lot finishing up the police reports as fans began to file out. And in a kayfabe-breaking stampede, the girls start getting rushed by fans as if they're legitimate superstars and have to be ESCORTED by the police to the back of the arena. Let me tell ya, if there's one image that will stick with me from this weekend it's my caved in Chevy Celebrity with a cruiser in front and back of it, blue lights going, pulling around the Mid-South Coliseum.

Obviously I didn't get to see much of the show at all but a few notes from it...Steve Keirn no-showed it so they actually flew in 70-year old Jackie Fargo at the last second to team with Stan Lane and Corey Maclin against Lawler, Morton, and Gibson in the main. Trust me, if that wasn't Fargo's last match ever, it sure as heck needs to be. It's downright scary watching him work, fearing he's gonna drop dead at any second. They did a Halloween theme battle royal which I REALLY wish I had gotten to see with gimmicks like Freddy, Frankenstein, and others with the finish being a midget worker in Chucky garb actually doing a run-in to win it. In other news, despite his help with the police report, Brian Christopher is the single biggest coked up asshole I have ever met in this business. His assistance with that situation had more to do with him wanting to hook up with K than anything else and the rest of the time he was a complete prick to pretty much everyone in his presence including, of the times I were witness to: Made fun of Gee, gave April hell, kayfabed Mike's handshake, and did his best to try and get me kicked out of the back despite being with the girls and trying to deal with the madness. I have nothing but kind words to say about the entire Memphis crew, from the female floor director to the boys in the back where were all super nice...everyone except for Christopher who I have ZERO respect for due to his words and actions.

Due to the stolen possessions, it totally killed our post-show plans of heading down to Beale St. in Memphis for Halloween Eve which has thus put Reggie B. Fine on our "Shoot to Kill" list forevermore. Anyone that robs me of time at Elvis Presley's Memphis restaurant deserves to bite it. Halloween itself was spent on the road the full day on the way back home, thereby forcing me to not only miss Halloween but my full slate of football which saw the Pats FINALLY lose to the Steelers (the Steelers??? Are you kidding me?). We stopped in the old SMW territory of Cookeville, TN for supper at an Italian joint named the Gondola Restaurant which was pretty much an abortion in service to the point that we actually got our entire $40 meal for free. The manager even gave us pizza to go at which point when she brought it to the table Gee asks "weren't we supposed to get two?". Manager replies "Yes, I'll be right back", turns, and does the Flair flop on the floor in the middle of the restaurant. Well, not really, but ya had to be there, and the visual amuses me.

The trip itself was actually the first time I had been on the road with K. Sweet girl that will probably accomplish a good deal in this business due to a combination of looks, drive, and talent. This business has a way of pretty much corrupting everyone in comes in contact with but K is one of the few people that I just can't imagine it corrupting her past her natural desire to do whatever she has to to make it. She is very, very innocent to the realities of the biz and I would be shocked if drugs, alcohol, and sex ever became a way of life for her like so many others.

And that pretty much sums up the weekend that was Memphis. As always, I'm blown up after that entry and still have some more random thoughts to throw out there but they shall have to wait till I can give them the utmost attention. Smile on your brother, everybody come together, gonna love one another right now...

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 wait...no...they couldn't have.....OH MY GOD!!!
5. Monday Night Football (12/22/03): Green Bay Packers (41) at Oakland Raiders (7)
Notes: In one of the most incredible individual performances you could ever see, Brett Favre decides to not end his consecutive game streak and plays just one day after his father passed away from a heart attack. Incredibly, Favre throws for 399 yards and 4 TDs in a win that would become very vital in sending the Packers to the playoffs just one week later.
Honorable Mention:
SuperBowl XXIII (1/22/89): San Francisco 49ers (20) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (16) - the game that made me a fan for life.
SuperBowl XXV (1/27/91): NY Giants (20) vs. Buffalo Bills (19) - unbiasedly speaking, the best game I've ever seen.
1996 NFC Divisional Playoff (1/5/97): Dallas Cowboys (17) at Carolina Panthers (26) - the official arrival of the Panthers, and could there have been a better team to smack around?
Monday Night Football (12/18/00): St. Louis Rams (35) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38) - the Bucs' revenge game after getting screwed in the '99 NFC title game.
2002 NFC Championship (1/19/03): Tampa Bay Buccanners (27) at Philadelphia Eagles (10) - The Bucs' finally get over the hump after being ousted by the Eagles in the playoffs two straight years and win the game no one thought they could win. I'll never forget the radio call as Rhonde Barber seals the deal with a 92 yard INT return as dreams had become reality and the freakin' BUCS were going to play in a SuperBowl.
Week 17 (12/27/03): Minnesota Vikings (17) at Arizona Cardinals (18) - All the Vikings have to do is hang onto an 11-point lead over the lowly 3-12 Cardinals with just 2 minutes to go in order to go to the playoffs and win the division. They then procede to pull off the biggest choke job ever, completely blowing it, missing the playoffs, sending a crowd at Lambeau Field 1,000+ miles away into a complete frenzy, with my favorite radio call ever as Arizona's Nate Poole catches the winning TD as time expires with the Vikings announcer screaming "Noooooooooooooo!" Noooooooooo!".

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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