Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Ullllllllllltimate Recap

God I feel like crap as I have one of those ass-kicking summer colds so bear with me as I struggle through the latest blog so all you fuckers that make the hit counter go nuts on Mondays can finally get your Stizat fix.

Time for the weekly birthday shoutouts, this time to three of my favorite women in the whole world: Amber O'Neal, Erica Kinley (!!), and Alex Adonis. Love to all! Oh, and Brad Rainz too. Along those same lines, I normally plug everybody and their brother that has a blog, and actually...Amber O'Neal has a little diary thing goin on on her site but ya gosta head to the pay windah to see it. Nowadays ya can't mention Amber without givin a nod to Krissy Vaine, the other half of Team Blondage.

The current CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion "El Fuego" Jesse Ortega joins the BLOG family. Nothin of substance there yet although he promised me a beer if I plugged it, so there ya go. Of course I only drink those pussy mixed drinks but ya take what you can get. Meanwhile, Brass Munkey is actually trying to update his BLOG although he keeps switchin the damn URL on the thing. Check it out although if you're reading this column a year from now, he'll probably only have added one entry. Fuck a Brass Munkey.

I would SO kickass on Fear Factor if I could just dunk the bugs in that sweet icing from Domino's...oh heavenly goop, I adore you so.

Listening to Slick's "Jive Soul Bro" the other day and I could swear I heard some similar rifts and beats that would later be used in one of Afroman's songs...man, that'd be awesome if Slick ever pulled a Queen and sued "Vanilla Ice" for copyright infringement. By the way, what the hell ever happened to Slick? Holy god that guy was entertaining. There's been alot more worthless guys that never faded away into the sunset like he did.

The Charlotte Bobcats did the impossible and actually made me give a fuck about that franchise. I have pretty much turned my back on the NBA ever since Jordan's second retirement and when the beloved Hornets left town, that sealed the deal. Don't get me wrong, the NBA is still pure crap and completely watered down (Charlotte shouldn't have a franchise period that doesn't include Hugo). But along comes the NBA draft and the Bobcats use their top two picks on the UNC championship squad duo of Raymond Felton and Sean May. Absolutely brilliant in every sense of the word as the Bobcats try to capitalize on the much more popular Tarheels to actually elevate THEIR franchise (much is kinda like the WWE getting the rub from us).

Wow, Bob Saget is just WAYYY hiper than the rest of us:


I picked up the new Road Warriors DVD as well and thought it was excellent, and as good of a tribute to that duo as you could produce really. WWE does take some shots from us smartmarks on the 'net when it comes to match selection on their DVDs, but really, they do a much better job than I would have ever dreamed. I mean, really, most of the shit that's not included that we bitch and moan about is so freakin' obscure, it shouldn't be on there in the first place! The LOD DVD includes all the major career hilights as the extras: the big AWA/NWA/WWF triple crown title wins, the Crockett Cup finals, and lots of nice little goodies like the Hart Foundation match, Tenry/Hogan in Japan, and more. Point being that between myself, Stutts, and Hedd we already have almost all of this stuff but that's gonna be the case with just about every DVD they put out. But for someone that may have had a life at some point in the past 20 years, these DVDs are just pure gold. A solid ****1/2 disc (although really, anything under 4-stars for these recent DVD releases would be a joke).

I never got the chance to give my take on the "Just another night" blog over at Stutts'. That particular column would be the first chapter and his take on his original comment. It's actually kinda lonely to be me somedays. For anyone that's read this for any length of time knows that my enthusiasm towards this sport, and the live shows in general, is second to none. I can get cold chills while thinking of a good voiceover line for a future show open that may or may not ever happen. I can giddily spaz out walking around the grocery store thinking of some random dream angle. The sad part of that being is that my enthusiasm is usually met with either confused looks or general "what's wrong with you?" apathy. I think just about everyone in the biz loses some of their innocent love for the sport once they become a worker. That's the point when it actually goes from a "sport" to a "business"...when "wrestles" becomes "workers"...when "feuds" become "angles"...and so on and so forth. Somehow I've been able to maintain a purer love than many others I work with, which I attribute to the fact that I'm NOT a worker. While everyone else is in the back, I am out there with the fans and in many ways, I feel like that final tie between the sport in the ring and the business in the back. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect ANYone to exude the same amount of excitement I have when it comes to shows. But it just becomes very disheartening at times when you're spazzing out over your latest brainstorm and your fellow workers and friends respond with a resounding "Well, I'm glad YOU'RE excited" or remind me to "Chill out..it's just another show". I'm not upset with anyone that's ever made these comments, it just takes the wind out of my sails. When I have a dream or vision FOR someone that THEY can't get excited about, then it's doomed to start with. And when it comes to a "big" show that's had the crap hyped out of it, then why shouldn't I be excited? After all, if Grant isn't excited about a show, then do you honestly think the fans are? I do agree with Stutts' assessment that we should try just as hard whether it's 20 or 200 in attendance. But this isn't about "how hard we should try" when it comes to show day. This is about those hours and days and minutes before the opening bell. When I can barely sleep the night before, when I wake up in the middle of the night knowing who definitely should be #18 in the Rumble this year, when I pace around the house anxiously on show day waiting on the time to leave, when I zone out in the car for the 90+ minute drive envisioning one possible magical moment to try and create in just a few short hours. There is NOTHING in this world that gets me as jakked on a regular basis as professional wrestling does. Sure, you might have some 5-star nookie here or there and your favorite sports team may win the championship, but on a week in and week out basis, but nothing gives me that consistent high as does this crazy sport. Yeah, that's crazy and probably not too healthy but it's the truth. Stutts' "just another night" remark is in reality, an entirely different discussion in his mind as opposed to what it meant in mine. His points on "just another night" are dead on, I agree with 100%. But the way I viewed the original "just another night" comment stung because no matter how involved I ever am in this business, I will always be a fan at heart and when I stop getting excited about a show or a hype job or a by-god Friday Night Weaver Cup Rumble Ultimate Survivor 4+ star dream matchup, then just put the fork in me cause I'm done.




Well, last Friday night brought us the inaugural edition of "Friday Night Fights", which was originally supposed to be live commentary from Hedd and myself but due to technical difficulties (as they say), I ended up doing my regular camera duties. I still wanna give the live VO a shot one of these days, but I'm under no delusions about just how difficult that will be to pull off. The great thing about post-production commentary is you always know how to pace yourself. You know your match time and can therefore can easier balance the time you spend between the back story and the actual call of each match. And with this DVD going to a much wider audience than just our usual TV viewership, it can be very difficult to accurately relay the backstory of each and every match while still giving the current bout the attention it deserves in the play-by-play. Anyways, off to the action of FNF...

1. Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice pinned Keenan Quinn in 6:05 - This was technically the dark match which is kind of a ridiculous term in the Indys but it actually did go down a half hour before the official FNF kickoff. As it turns out, I believe there will be enough time on the DVD release to squeeze this one in as well much to the delight of both guys I'm sure. Solid enough as Quinn continues to improve on the more Southern cruiser style. Good, acceptable opener. **

2. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned Ultra Dragon in 9:02-


Very enjoyable match with some solid chain wrestling at the start, leading to Dragon's usual insanity, cumulating in Dragon DYING at the hands of an MC Brainbuster. Excellent stuff all around. **1/2

3. The Street Sweepers (Jay Sinn and Gregory Vercetti) defeated the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) in 8:26 a non-title match when Sinn pinned Money - Non-formulatic tag match that was solid enough although slightly sloppy at a couple of points when it came to the handling of J-Money's life. But everything came out just fine. **

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega battled Xsiris to a 10:00 time limit draw - Oh wow, did this one ever catch me by surprise. Finally (cough cough) the current TV champ meets the "greatest TV champ in the modern era" Xsiris one-on-one. And good gravy did it ever live up to the hype as Xsiris flat out wrestles his smartest match in a year by FAR and Jesse TOTALLY cements why he should be champ. Jesse goes to town on the arm trying to set up for the Fujiwara (as usual), but X goes to the mat and tries to murder Jesse's leg which is completely out of the norm of X's usual gameplan. The first time in a long time that at the end of a time limit draw, I genuinely wanted more, but you better believe that the wrestlers, the fans, and myself were DYING for 5 more minutes. Assistant Commish McAllister grants the extra 5 minutes due to some "persistence" from Ortega, but then bails and notes that that "extra 5 minutes" will go down the NEXT night. TRE-mendous hook for the next night to follow up on an already fantastic match. ***3/4

5. Mikael Yamaha and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated Brass Munkey and "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride in 20:09 when Yamaha pinned McBride - This would be one of those "great dream tag matches", but like so many, the problem with dream tag matches is that those types of matches are always made up of great individuals...NOT great teams. Which, probably more than anything else, was the biggest problem here. The individual parts were certainly all solid from start to finish, but it fell short of the epic tag match that I dreamed of. Tremendous build and the match delivered what it should have for 20 minutes but then ended 5 minutes too early as the babyfaces "sure win that was yanked away by the bastard heels" never materialized **1/2

6. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Ric Converse pinned "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens in 14:37-


Finally, the "payoff" match that was built and built and built for what seems like forever. Now, there was NO way the match itself could live up to this kind of 5-star build but it certainly did an acceptable job. Solid psychology building towards a very bizarre (and in that moment in time, horrible) finish. Garry powerbombs Ric half to death following a ref bump, McAllister dives in to make the count and Ric doesn't kick out as much as he unconsciously rolls his shoulder up. Garry goes for powerbomb #2, Ric sweeps the legs and flips for the jacknife pin for the 1-2-3. Probably being that Garry was on the mat FORever before the 3-count and never even attempted to kick out, making the finish look completely "predetermined" (you know you ain't gonna get me to say the F word). However, skipping ahead to the next night, as Commish Cross brings the situation to light as Garry was in the jacknife the actual referee of record (Charles Richardson) had come to and made the 3-count on Garry (who was completely oblivious to the fact that his shoulders were being counted down as his sights were set on McAllister the entire time - who he knew would NOT be making the count). Somewhat convoluted in explanation form, but live, it turned what appeared on the surface to be a miserable finish to an absolutely brilliant one. Whew...anyways, match itself was pretty solid, in the **3/4-*** range. Then, post-match, Garry tries to maim Ric again to keep the angle going and who would make the save except for Brad f'n Attitude. This was pretty much akin to the CWF version of Ultimate Warrior running out at the end of WrestleMania VIII, as NO ONE had a clue this was goin down, including yours truly. Attitude had completely disappeared since way back in February and showed no signs of returning anytime soon and (I may be misquoting here so my apologies) made the comment that he wouldn't be as long as certain others were still on a CWF roster. So when someone dove into the ring to save Converse it honestly felt like I had just entered a dream sequence...I mean...that couldn't be Attitude...there's just NO way...but there he was...for better or worse, there he was. A very, very fitting end to "the big show" as Attitude and Converse stare each other down in the ring, no words, no contact, just tons of questions to be answered both in and out of the ring.

Overall FNF thoughts: First off (not that anyone ever buys 'em), but if you're after FNF, you need to buy it here: FNF DVD rather than on my usual Statmark Video matchlisting site. Anyways, a good, enjoyable payoff show for the fans in attendance. As far as the national DVD release goes, I think it was an acceptable show although nothing a CWF newbie would buy and go "I have GOT to get me more of that". On the other hand, it's nothing that's gonna make you set your DVD player on fire either. If anything, after buying the DVD, you're gonna be trying to track down Jesse-X II which brings us too....

We were right back in the CSA on Sat 6/25 for the 100th CWF event. That's actually a pretty big deal but the fact was totally glossed over as far as the show goes which is understandable. See, when you're embodying the heritage and tradition of the AWA and the whole freakin' MA territory, it almost sounds kind of strange to plug the fact that you've hit (only) 100 live events. Which is why I will frequently chime in with the whole "in the modern-day history" line (referring to the MA post-85 and AWA post-90). For those wondering, yes, my "Best of the first 100" column is still in the works and maybe it'll make it to print before 200 rolls around. Tradition aside, it's a hell of a number for a modern-day "Indy" to hit as very, very few last long enough between the financial difficulties and the general politics to produce 100 shows under the same banner. I think it's something to be very proud of personally but anyways, off to what would turn out to be a very satisfying 100th show...

There was certainly concern when it came to crowd size on night #2 at the CSA as this show (despite a very solid lineup and multiple hooks) was still standing in the shadow of the insanely hyped FNF venture. However, the crowd still delivered on night 2 and when all was said and done, you really couldn't tell a difference from Fri to Sat.

1. "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride pinned "Wild" Shane West in 3:46 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match - Yes, the 2nd edition of the Weaver Cup is underway and Rob and Shane do the perfect TV opening round matchup. Boy, if there's one guy I can count on when it comes to giving out 3 minute TV-style matches, it's Shane West. *

2. Tank Lawson pinned Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins & "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 3:51 of a handicap match -


A gazillion stars. Just about the funniest, most entertaining thing I've ever taped in my life. Matty puts everyone on his shoulders and makes magic out of a match gimmick that I generally detest (and he wears my Savage Dragon tshirt while doing so!). Words can't even do it justice. *1/2 in reality-land, ***** if Matty Dee rocks your face off too.

3. Brass Munkey pinned "Phenomenal" Julius Augustus in 5:10 - Fell a little flat due to the crowd's apathy towards newcomer Augustus. Munkey probably should have murderized him a little more to get the crowd going, but he's too nice of a guy somedays. *

4. Sean Powers pinned Ultra Dragon in 9:57 - Powers actually kicks it off with the best promo of his career, to the point that some of the crowd actually started cheering FOR him. Dragon then comes out, taking except to Powers' comments towards the "entertainers" that populate the sport nowadays, rather than the "wrestlers". Crowd is hot and ready to go and then the bell rings....and it dies. On a 10-match TV taping, the pacing was astonishingly good but this was the one case where the match went almost painfully too long. Four minute match that drug onto ten and completely killed the crowd in the process. None of the work was bad at all, but between Powers' general pace and Dragon's strengths being in short singles or tag matches, this one suffered greatly. *

5. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Donnie Dollars in 5:35 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match -


THIS is what I'm dying to see in the Weaver Cup. Random first-round pairings give us this beautimous heel monster vs. heel big man matchup. Just a ton of fun as they go toe-to-toe, brutalizing the other with the crowd not knowing what to really think. Another absolutely perfect TV match. **1/2

6. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 6:25 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match - Good, good solid wrestling matchup as Conner advances in the tourney much to the shock of the fans. More quality TV. **1/2

7. Mikael Yamaha pinned American Steel Ninja in 6:05. Amber O'Neal was the special guest referee - Stat Trak! Yamaha-Ninja becomes the 700th match in CWF history (taking place on the 100th show to boot...how nice.) Amber gets appointed as guest ref after Yam used those darn knux again the night before on FNF. Fun little matchup and much more enjoyable in TV form that the extended 4/30 Wentworth match. Yam claims "DQ nutshot!", Ninja has Amber ask the fans, which gives Yam the chance to nut shot Ninja, cradle from behind for the three. What a jerk. **

8. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Ric Converse pinned "the Spotlight" Scottie Gash in 7:54 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match - Gash makes his CSA debut and you couldn't ask for a better matchup to get as him and Ric put on one heck of a show. Series of reversals in and out of finishers give Gash some major-league shine until Ric finally finishes him with the Ric-ter scale. Loved it. ***

9. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated the Street Sweepers (Jay Sinn and Gregory Vercetti) in 9:57 when Money pinned Sinn -


Fun rematch, this one for the titles, from the night before. On par for the most part, although a little smoother on all counts on night two. **

10. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega defeated Xsiris by submission in 15:56 -


The eagerly anticipated rematch from FNF. Beautiful setup as Ass. Commish McAllister tries to get involved again to prevent the injured combatants from risking their health, but Cross overrules him and says "fuck 10 minutes, fuck 15 minutes" and give X-Ortega NO time limit and the crowd LOVES him for it. X removes the arm sling he wore to the ring, Ortega removes his knee brace and it's ON. The awesome two-night story continues as they pick up where they left off and keep on going past the 10, and eventually the 15, minute mark. A series of incredible submission reversals finally ends it with X having no choice but to tap to the Fujiwara. Flat out incredibly strong psychological battle and (talk about things I never would have dreamed) a MOTYC. ****1/2. Strange that 24 hours earlier, what was almost the "forgotten" match heading into FNF fight would end up stealing the show two nights straight. By the way, will my unabashed love for this series of matches finally end the "Grant only puts over Corey/his friends?" debate. Probably not...lol. But it does feel good to be able to praise a matchup between individuals that I have no personal ties with. Major props guys.

Overall thoughts - Certainly a better overall show than FNF, but the intent was so entirely different on both nights, you can't really compare them. Still one hell of a TV taping with a serious 3-4 weeks of quality TV coming out of this one (usually 2 weeks of quality stuff from one taping is the best I can hope for).

Ok, as if this sucker wasn't long enough I have one final little editorial that's itching to get out...it's the hip word of 2005 as I've referred to it before in varying context as has Rudd and Stutts.

Perception.

Perception in wrestling can be vary fascinating. We've all talked before about the fans' perception, but this time I liked to talk about the workers' perception. There are thousands of workers and psuedo-workers out there. Many of us will never cross paths. Many of us will. So much of the time, all we have to go on until we may or not meet a certain individual is word-of-mouth and the overall perception you have of a person beforehand. Sometimes that perception can be very accurate. More often than not though, reality is somewhat different than what you are led to believe. Whether it be word-of-mouth or reading this very blog, I can't help but wonder how others in this sport perceive me. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say the majority of workers that don't know me probably see me as a good hand to have around, not necessarily a huge asset, but a nice little addition. If you've worked for Ben Throckmorton, word-of-mouth would probably show me to be a know-it-all-kid with a camera who has no business trying to give his input on booking matters.

Blogs are actually a fascinating way to get people's perceptions on many issues that you may not otherwise get. Take any list of names in the NC Indys and you're gonna have a fairly large consensus on each individual name because word-of-mouth, whether it be good or bad, spreads from one worker to the next and one promotion to the next. I especially find the ACPW blogs fascinating as by and large, the majority of "our" crew isn't familiar with them at all and they're not familiar with us. So to read their perceptions on individuals that I work with on a weekly basis is especially interesting, considering almost all of that "perception" is on word-of-mouth.

Take Jesse Ortega for example. The ACPW "perception" of Jesse Ortega was born during one brief moment in time at the last Rider's show. Charlie Dreamer threw his shoulder out and in the back, there was a comment from Ortega made that was taken as disrespectful. I wasn't back there and don't know what was said. I'm not all that tight with Jesse aside from a friendly association but just knowing Jesse, I can totally see a sincere comment being taken the wrong way in the moment. Jesse's general demeanor isn't one that exudes love but he also wasn't brought up to be disrespectful in the locker room either. But ever since that one moment, their perception towards Jesse, whether right or wrong, is firmly set for the time being. Look at how many people even now perceive Brad Hunter as having an attitude problem. A few years back I think many saw Mikael Yamaha in the same light.

With Stuttsy getting involved in ACPW, they certainly have gotten their fair share of pluggin lately from his end of things. Me? Never worked there. So what are my perceptions of ACPW going ONLY on the topic of word-of-mouth and from reading around the circle of blogs? I don't know how true any of this is or isn't, but this is a perfect example of how much perception can sometimes mean...I perceive ACPW as a very tight locker room with Trey G coming off as a very stand-up promoter that has built a good solid fan base in their area. They have some very solid talent at the top with the biggest drawback in their shows being non-finishes and putting multiple gimmick matches on the same show.

Another name that keeps getting dropped as of late is Moses Manson. Boy, you wanna talk about perception. On the name along, when Stuttsy first mentioned him to me and knowing NOTHING about the guy, I immediately thought "why in the world would Stutts want to do a manager war with a guy doing a Marilyn Manson gimmick?". Seriously. And then I saw him on (of all things) TWE. Even though the abysmal TV production, I could still SEE what Stutts saw. And in that one moment in time, the perception gets changed.

KC McKnight? Saw him work briefly in Riders and enjoyed his charisma and as much work as you can get out of a tag team 3-way. But his livejournal is what really puts him over with me because you can see that he LOVES this sport. There's alot of blogs out there, but give me a guy that showers this sport with love in his blog over someone that constantly bitches about it anyday.

The point of all this? Perception is something that everyone gets labeled with. Whether true or not, it's a label you can either change or confirm. Sometimes all we have to go on is perception but when you cross paths with someone that has a label already applied, make sure you give them the chance to modify it.

Crap, I'm tired....I hope my rambling made sense...love to all and holy ball sacks am I ever blown up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CURRENT WEATHER FROM MY FAVORITE TOWNS

Chapel Hill, NC:
WXPort

Green Bay, WI:
WXPort

Walnut Creek, CA:
WXPort

Orlando, FL:
WXPort

Savannah, GA:
WXPort

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

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

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