Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Monster weekend recap

Weekends don't get much bigger than this past one as we packed two big shows and this one little football game into a 36 hour or so madcap whirlwind that left me feeling my age waaaaay too much.

Headed off to Seagrove on Saturday for the 3rd annual supershow, where traditionally attendance far outweighs the workrate but to say the least, things evened out a bit this year as the crowd of...hell, I don't know...800? 900? 1000? were treated to one hell of an entertaining show that had something for everyone. I think it's a fair assessment to say that it's not a coincidence that the best Supershow just happened to coincide with the supershow that Jeff officially had the book on, rather than having to share it with the ACW braintrust. Speaking of which, Pat Friday needs a swift kick in the nads for having the audacity to try and hawk "TWE Night of the Legends" tshirts during the show. No offense to anyone in ACW that actually matters (Tim, Jerry, etc.), but that alone pretty much puts the kibosh on me ever working for that company.

1. "**3/4" Joey Silvia pinned Otto Schwanz in 13:25 - Fine opener that set a great tone for the night. Fast paced, plenty of heat, and aside from some clowning early on, both guys had their working boots on. Too long for an opener but a crowd this size can easily sustain stuff that runs a touch over. Fun, stuff...I have nothing to bitch about Joey! Heck, I'll even add a 1/2* for smacking that little punk ass kid in the eye with the beads. ***1/2

2. Quinson Valentino, Tank Lawson, L.A. Wild One, and "Suicide" Shawn Mayhem defeated Ultra Dragon, Rob Killjoy, "Mighty" Orlo Helmer, and Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 7:45 when L.A. Wild One pinned Killjoy - And THIS was why the phrase "5 stars" was created. Whew bajeez...reminds me of the old episodes of Animaniacs where they would throw all the different cartoon characters into the big stew pot, mix it up, and see who ends up where when they fish them out. You've got the leader from up north, the aging ACW vet, the young up and comers, and the trainees all in one match. Thankfully, it went a very bearable amount of time as the gods must have been smiling down upon us. The match itself pretty much consisted of Kid Justice getting the snot kicked out of him for 5 minutes and then the expected frenetic finish which had Mayhem jobbing to a L.A. clothesline. I should note that Mayhem could have possibly the worst look of anyone to EVER step in a CWF ring. I'm talking Chris Amos, Kid Kourageous, Delinquent...EVER. 1/2*

3. Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned "Wild" Shane West in 7:35 - Sadly enough, even though this match was only 100 times more solid than the previous one, it lost the interest of the crowd more so than any other bout of the night. Stevens-West have those kinds of matchups where if they're not just beating the tar out of one another the crowd falls asleep, and unfortunately, that was pretty much the case here. *

4. Gemini Kid, Don, and Rocky Kernodle (with Nikita Koloff in their corner) defeated Alex Adonis, Jay Sinn, and Donnie Dollars in 9:54 when Don Kernodle defeated Dollars with the cobra clutch - Quiet possibly the feel good match of the year (although it would lose that honor later in this same show). This would be Gemini Kid's first match since 2/21/03 as (in Stat-booking logic) he was permitted to perform on this show as it was a "Legends" show whereas he wouldn't be able to on a traditional CWF event due to the retirement clause. I've pretty much detested ever Kernodle entrance ever but there was something magical about Gemini walking back out to the ring again and you couldn't help but smile. Of course, the crowd goes apeshit for Nikita doing his traditional pose and scaring the ba-jesus out of Stutts. Match wise, it could have also been the BEST Kernodle match in CWF history (there's been 9 of the damn things) although that's more for the breakdown of Team Adonis vs. Gemini than everything. *1/2 Oh, and nice right-arm suplex there Paul...

5. The Barbarian and Rob "Boggie Woogie Man" McBride defeated "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel and "Red Hot" Tim Blaze in 12:26 when "Boogie" pinned Blaze. "Boggie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant was the special guest referee - If you couldn't enjoy this match then you're more uptight about workrate than I am. Back story: Edsel turns heel and murders Rob last month; Rob cuts promo and bails on promotion, distraught over Corey's actions; Commish comes to the ring to introduce Barb's partner - none other than Rob, in complete old school Mid-Atlantic Boogie gear, hair and all as with Valiant's retirement, he adorned McBride with the Boogie gimmick so "the Boogie Man will never die".

For the record, this angle is pretty legit as far as wrestling angles goes with the passing of the torch from Boogie to Rob to keep the gimmick alive is very real and Rob plays it to an absolute tee. The match is just beyond surreal, as Rob Boogie kisses Boogie and the spot of the night as Rob and Boogie Boogie Kiss Blaze who feeds to Barb who then freezes as if he's going to do a Boogie Kiss as well but headbutts instead. A million billion stars. This whole time, Corey continues to play the killer role to perfection by not selling any of the comedy and continues to try and plow through everyone (triple Yakuza kick to Barb!). Typical Boogie like chaos (to the 2nd power) then continues for 10 minutes until Boogie nails Blaze with the chain gimmick, but Boogie makes the cover and Rob (as Boogie) makes the 3-count. If someone had tried to explain this match to be beforehand my head would have exploded, but it was a thing of beauty live. Post-match has the best heel hug spot ever as Corey shows he could have murdered Blaze as well but lets him live. Match was probably **3/4, but an easy ***** on the magical memory scale.

6. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse Ortega pinned Gregory Vercetti in 9:27 - A rematch from the CSA a few weeks back as Ortega continues to look better than ever here in early 2005. On an equal par with their CSA match but with a much bigger stage here. The finish also psychologically sets up for the finish in the main later in the night. Nice. **3/4

7. Sean Powers and Ivan Koloff defeated Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja in 14:50 of a double chain match to win the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team titles when Powers pinned Munkey. Michael McAllister was the special guest enforcer - Backstory: Powers and Mitch Norris have been chasing the titles since Munkey and Ninja won them last March so this one blowoff-style match had an insane 10 month build. Problem being that Mitch doesn't make it so stepping in as the third member of the team is Powers' own trainer, Ivan Koloff. Great stuff on the surface, but what about the match? It actually comes off as well as can be expected as theory but the actually execution is a little difficult because...well, you're tied to a damn chain! My original thought was "Well, Munkey and Powers are the workrate portion of this match" as Ninja and Ivan were tied together but shockingly, Ivan seriously dishes it out and takes it (including a sharpshooter?!!).

In edited TV form, this match will come off as just pure GOLD, the live version was expectedly here and there due to the constraints of the chain. Still, it was a fine payoff to a long build and about as good as you could expect from a chain match. ***

8. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned Brad Attitude in 20:12 -

I automatically want to knock this sucker down a few notches just cause of Atty proclaiming that they were about to deliver MOTY beforehand. But nah, I can't bees like that and this sucker did indeed deliver as one of the great title matches in modern-day MA history. A fine, fine old school build through the early portions, climaxing in a "Holy balls, the heel went over CLEAN!" finish. Major props on that alone and it was great seeing Atty live up to the potential (inside one of our rings) that he obviously has. Every reversal sequence in the match was insanely crisp and I'd wager to say very few workers here in the states could have pulled off sequences to perfection like these two did on this night. Southern Indy scale rating: *****

A fantastic show overall and despite it's length, held up remarkably well. Post-show was the traditional IHOP meal where they treated us FAR better in Asheboro than they do in Burlington, thank you very much. Crashed at the Stutts clan afterwards for about 4 hours and the next morning it was off to the By God Greensboro Coliseum (and it's adjoining Special Events Center) for the "2nd Annual Southeastern Import Car Show", otherwise known as the "2nd Annual Wiggers and Small Penis Convention". The first time we ran some matches during this sucker was two years back at the Classic Car Show and let me tell ya, the cliental for the classic cards is a WHOLE lot more respectful than it is for import cars. Leave it to some idiot fans to pretty much kill the magic that is the GBoro Coliseum (on this one particular day anyway).

1. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse Ortega pinned Quinson Valentino in 10:11 - Not pretty. Jesse hits a roadblock on his current streak as him and Quinson click very little, if at all, and then are forced to drag it out to a 10 minute draw (which actually only went like 8...shut up Stutts) in order to do the "time extension" with Ortega quickly going over with a small package. The crowd and overbearing DJ guy on the mic certainly do not help matters. 1/4*

2. J-Money won an 18-man Cadillac Battle Royal in 13:04.

Order of elimination: Gregory Vercetti by Orlo Helmer in 00:28...Jesse Ortega by Quinson Valentino in 2:53...Tank Lawson by Kid Justice and Orlo Helmer in 3:07...Michael McAllister by Garry Stevens in 3:20...Ultra Dragon by Corey Edsel in 3:21...Jay Sinn by J-Money in 3:41...Brass Munkey by Alex Adonis in 4:15...Will Smooth by Quinson Valentino in 5:22...Shane West by Alex Adonis in 5:28...Orlo Helmer by Quinson Valentino in 8:37...Rob McBride by Xsiris in 8:41...Kid Justice by Alex Adonis in 9:02...Quinson Valentino by Xsiris, Corey Edsel, and Garry Stevens in 9:44...Alex Adonis by J-Money in 10:42...Xsiris by Corey Edsel in 11:36...Corey Edsel by J-Money in 12:06...Garry Stevens by J-Money in 13:04 - Yeah, like you needed to know every elimination, but that's what I do. Pretty generic battle royal until the last 2 1/2 minutes when the final 5 kick it up a notch. Xsiris brings a brief moment of respect from the crowd by dying on his elimination, which was pretty much a bodyslam from the ring to the concrete floor that destroyed the flimsy ring barrier in the process. *1/2

3. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Rob "Boggie Woogie Man" McBride in 6:56 -

Leave it to Corey to get finally fed up with the hecklers, rip through the same barrier that Xsiris had just destroyed and basically offer a punk a chance to step up to the plate. Not surprisingly, he didn't do anything but talk smack as soon as Corey got BACK in the ring and to say it was a tense situation from that point through the rest of the show was an understatement. It felt very much like the old Mid-South/Crockett shows that Cornette talks about where he was scared to death of getting shot or stabbed. I wouldn't have been surprised in the least if a good portion of the audience had some form of knife on them. Anyways, the match was only a backstory to the other events occurring although the incident made Rob easily the #1 babyface of the day to that point. **1/2

4. Amber O'Neal and Xsiris defeated Mikael Yamaha and Krissy Vaine in 7:39 when Xsiris pinned Yamaha. GeeStar was the special guest referee - And of course, as soon as Corey leaves, we have Stutts, Yamaha, and K to rile up the "fans" even that much more. And just to make SURE that we've done everything in our power to cause a riot, K gets on the mic and calls them "Dirty Hispanics". Now THAT is 5-stars. The match itself was more than fine although not everyone was quite on the same page. **

5. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned Brad Attitude in 6:32 -

A rematch already from the classic the night before and obviously, they weren't going to even try half of what they did the previous night (nor should they have with the disrespect from the fans). Still very solid although not quiet as fluid as the night before. **1/2, and believe me, I could not WAIT to get the heck out of that place.

The show actually ended up running a little later than expected as well which put me behind schedule to get the hell back to my place for SuperBowl XXXIX. And whew boy, if there was ever a time we needed a damn motorhome as trying to get this blasted convoy of cars all together and then actually continuously running without breaking down all the way to my house was a chore in itself. Actually made it back during the opening coin toss which was some fine, fine timing. Unfortunately, after a few drinks, I was seriously getting tired after the frenzy that was the past day which sucked but it also robbed attendees of a much-requested table dance that they'll just have to keep begging for. A few friends were actually going to my house for the first time which is the biggest problem with living so damn far away from the hubbub of the regular shows. God knows I would love to have company on a more regular basis although I always feel like I suck as a host.

I should comment on the game itself, as it pretty much went the way I expected. Phily hung in there but in the second half you never really got that feeling that they were gonna pull it off and the Pats victory seemed extremely academic. Now we're on to the offseason which freakin' KILLS me (God lord, can you imagine what I would be like if wrestling had an offseason? I would seriously need some kind of buffalo sedative on opening day). Thank god for NFL Network....the season never ends there, ya know?

Oh, and in case I have mentioned it, as always major love to Randolph for letting me go crazy, freely stealing all of his beautiful photos from the Insiders site. Since he was gushing over many of us on his blog, let me take a sec to put my boy over here as well. When we first started CWF TV, I wasn't very confident in my own announcing abilities (and god knows they still need work to this day), and I didn't see how Hedd was gonna help matters much since I never got the impression that he would be able to pull off any form of credible announcing either. Well, low and behold, Randolph makes me eat my thoughts and pretty much carries my ass through those early shows and comes off far more capable than you would ever dream. Even now, when I sometimes get a little too carried away in the David Crockett carnival-barker style, Randolph is always there to throw a bit of levity into the commentary and pull me back down to reality. Of course, aside from our tv camaraderie, he's also one of the few completely unselfish people in this biz and like myself, just does it out of his absolute undying love for it. Plus he lets me touch his baseball cards when I visit.

Before I sign off on the love fest, I should also give props to the rest of my female contingent that made this past weekend (and many others) so much fun and keep it interesting all year round: Kris, Zoe, Ashley, Liz, and now...Cass!

Someone else I wanted to touch upon briefly is a fine worker around here named Justin Feeche. I've worked with Feeche a few times over the past few years but nothing on a regular basis, mainly because of an issue between him and CWF. I actually remember getting Feeche's demo tape in the mail back in 2001 in the early days and thinking then that there was definitely something we could do with this guy. Now, years later, there's apparently been some heat that's getting smoothed over finally as some kind of miscommunication occurred which led to Feeche getting the impression that we disrespected him when it came to a "tryout with the company". I mentioned probably a year back in an editorial how much I would love to have Feeche with us on a semi-regular basis cause workrate aside, he has as much intensity as anyone on the circuit. I think him and I have a different perspective on hardcore wrestling, but no question can he be any asset to any company that would want to use him. And man, just the fact that him and Corey have NEVER met one on one...whew boy...there's an angle right there that I'd love to see go down in 2005. Anyway, as I conclude my love fest this time out, check out Feeche's live's not as cool as a BLOG, cause it's called a live journal, and not a BLOG, but check it out anyway. Hell, he's not a starting Defense End on my ESPN NFL 2K5 game for nothin'. ;)

My god, I'm on the home stretch of this blog and as usual, we close it with some quick movie reviews:

Mr. 3000- The Bernie Mac baseball movie and of course, sports movies always get a little extra bit of lovin' from me. Fine little waste of time - fun, albeit forgettable and as usual, the #1 problem in movies today, the heel of the movie makes a babyface turn with little to no provocation near the finish to turn in that Hollywood ending. God, I hate that. **1/2

The Grudge- Perfectly fine little horror movie with my boy Sam doing some Executive Producing. I wouldn't put it in the same category as the Ring, but it's heaven on earth compared to the "Village". ***

Shark Tale- A fine piece of animation that I'm sure is loved and adorned by many although I couldn't really get into it ala Shrek. By and large, Shark Tale's best characters are barely on par with the worst ones in the Shrek movies. Not bad by any means, but the standard has been set just SO much higher **1/2

Napoleon Dynamite- Easily the best of the bunch this time out although this movie is NOT for everyone. The pace is insanely slow and it's totally dependent on the delivery of the actors which do a tremendous job. As original as any movie you'll see this year. Fun stuff and filled with automatic catchphrases. ***1/4

Until next 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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