Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Show Review Central

Time to be a critic on everything in life, starting with the recent shows, going back to the 8/19/05 DVD-exclusive "Friday Night Fights 3" at the CSA in Burlington, NC. Before the show though, I have to recount the misadventures of Mikael Yamaha and myself from earlier in the day, that included Yamaha trying to seek out a mechanic (ironically enough) and suddenly having an out-of-body experience, envisioning himself as the driver in the "Flatout" video game and plowing through an intersection and into another car, attempting to catapult the driver of said car through the roof and into the bullseye board. That was followed up with a rescue mission of a box mattress on the interstate, which we drove backwards on for about 1/2 mile in order to save the mattress. After our possession of it, we spied a series of stalled vehicles ahead on the interstate. Upon investigation we discovered that our mattress had originally been attached along with another mattress on top of a van that had "deposited" both mattresses going 65 MPH along the interstate. However, the additional mattress had become wedged underneath a car trailing the van at that particular time. Thinking between Yam, myself, and the other poor sap wrapped up in this dilemma, we had the strength to pull the other mattress out from under his car, we attempted to do just that and failed miserably. We took a look underneath the car and found the equivalent of a military war zone as each and every spring from the mattress had been ripped out and entangled so horrifyingly bad underneath the car I couldn't help but laugh in a "Dude, you are SO fucked kinda way". Trust me, you HAD to be there to get the full effect of that visual. Anyways, onto the shows and FNF3...

1. Amber O'Neal defeated Lorelei Lee by submission in 5:43 -

A very enjoyable little women's match as I'm a pretty big fan of Lorelei's, especially considering just how green she really is. Fun little match, went the right length, and clicked on all counts. **

2. "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride and Ultra Dragon defeated the Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) in 7:33 when McBride pinned Sinn - Passable as a stand-alone match but Dragon too way too much murderous heat to be appearing again in the segment to follow. But that happens almost every time he works Vercetti and Sinn...more to come on that later. **

3. Brass Munkey defeated Donnie Dollars, Mikael Yamaha, and Brad Stutts in 6:12 of a handicap bunkhouse match when he pinned Dollars, thereby winning the right to face "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel in a match of his choosing -


One of the defining matches in Munkey's career. He's had some incredible house show matches in the past but at the CSA we frequently didn't properly capitalize on his character and his desire to defeat Corey Edsel. Make no mistake, this one match showcased that desire and determination better than we could have ever dreamed. The heels make their entrance, Stutts cuts a brief but effectively enraged promo, the lights go out, come back on, Munkey in ring kendo stick in hand, smacking the holy crap out of Dollars, lights accidentally fade back out, come back on again, and Munkey continues brutalizing the heels. As memorable of a 10-second segment as we've had in a loooong time. Munkey goes on to beat Dollars half to death with that kendo stick on a brutality level that had never before been seen in a CWF ring. For fans that are regular viewers of the hardcore style, this match wouldn't have seemed all that impressive probably. But this wasn't hardcore for the sake of hardcore, this was hardcore for a reason. This was the story of a man who was pushed so far back into a corner that he had to go into a near murderous mental state of mind to achieve his ultimate goal. The heels of course, make an eventual comeback, overpowering Munkey with sheer numbers as Stutts brings a stopsign down across Munkey's face as he's hanging upside down over the top rope, with Dollars trapped in a guillotine choke with his legs. The heels try to get their payback but when Yamaha goes outside to get a chair to finish things off, he's interrupted by Ultra Dragon who has an unfinished score to settle from the last TV taping. Dragon traps Yamaha in the christo and in a wild chaotic finishing sequence, Stutts attempts to save Yamaha to no avail, Dragon distracts Dollars only to launch himself backwards from the ring apron onto Stutts and Yamaha, as Munkey recovers enough to lariat Dollars six feet under. 1, 2, 3 and the crowd goes nuts. I cannot even begin to understate how HUGE of a match this was for not only Munkey, but Dragon as well, as for months without proper direction they have been walking the fine line between upper-card player and mid-card heel. Dragon turned the tide with the AWA tourney and the last couple of run-ins with Yamaha. Munkey always brought the heat when it came to Corey, but his determination and heart always seemed lacking when across the ring from anyone else. This one match told the story and shot every single person in the match (let's not forget about Dollars, who more than earned his stripes here) to the next level. It can't be a MOTYC because of the style and whatnot, but it's an EASY "Most Memorable" nominee. ***1/2

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Tank Lawson and John Kermon (with Cornelius J. Lumpkin III in their corner) in 9:00 when Money pinned Lawson - A rather unusual pairing to vie for the tag straps on FNF3, but one that could possibly work as a regular pairing down the road. Nothing especially memorable here, but solid enough. The heel timing between Lumpkin and Lawson needs some work as far as doing heelish acts at the right time and place, rather than just doing them for the sake of doing them. **

5. Xsiris pinned Caprice "Ice" Coleman in 11:47 to win a shot against AWA World Light Heavyweight champion "Krazy K" Kirby Mack on 9/10 in Wentworth, NC -

Very unusual match as I really expected a show stealing epic here between these two, especially with the sakes being so high. Instead, what we got was more of a prolonged squash with X getting the win out on nowhere. Coleman completely dominated this one and the crowd fell somewhat silent to the display, as their universal "cool guy to cheer whether you're a heel or face mark" pretty much got his head handed to him here. Not a bad match, but not nearly what anyone was expecting. In the spot-fest world these two are capable of living in, it had far less "catch-as-catch-can-action" than the recent X-Justice matches. **3/4

6. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega pinned KC McKnight in 9:31 -

A rivalry born through internet blogs comes to life square in the middle of a CWF ring for a national audience. And holy crap what a fight it was. Just about as stiff as anything you're gonna see on the Southern Indys as these two lay it all on the line and beat the living piss out of one another from the opening bell. Every chop, every forearm, every kick is IN THERE and then some. Unfortunately, Moses Manson, who was one of the ringleaders in the original angle no-showed due to some unfortunate circumstances at the last second, costing the match some of it's heat. Still, the crowd - who has been very fickle towards Ortega as of late - showed him as much love in this one as they had in months as he fought not only for his own TV title, but out of respect of the home promotion as well. The biggest drawback to the match was KC's unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions, which should be fixed in the editing process, but hurt his credibility in many people's eyes. As much as I'd love to do a long-running feud with these two, I really don't think either man's bodies could withstand it and I'd hate to even attempt to try and one-up the intensity they both showed here. ***3/4

7. "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse and Brad Attitude defeated Michael McAllister and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens in 10:59 when Attitude pinned McAllister -

On paper, the heat should have been off the charts for this one between all the different aspects of the match. Unfortunately, it failed in a few of the areas, resulting in it not producing a fraction of that it should have. Before the match, Stevens throws out the stip that he's SO confident of his team that if they lose, he'll give the winner of the fall a title shot. This is a bit of stretch logically to say the least as it's completely out of line with Steven's character to just randomly offer this opportunity up without even being goaded into it, especially considering his partner is a non-wrestler and they're wrestling two guys that he definitely does NOT want to face with the title on the line. Attitude wrestles his first match in 6 months and breaks out the old 2002 look, which is a really bizarre thing to see all these years later. Ric and Atty do the obvious hesitation dealio as partners while McAllister plays chickenshit. All as to be expected until the hot tag as the crowd is just baited and ready for Ric murdering McAllister. Hot tag and inexplicably, McAllister becomes just another wrestler as rather than cowering in the corner and being dragged in by Converse to have the proverbial stuffing beat out of him, he charges in full steam, bumps around like any normal wrestler would, heading to the eventual finish where Atty pins him to little reaction with the lionsault. Even though it's formulaic, the inaugural wrestling appearances of non-wrestlers such as Danny Davis, Vince McMahon, etc over the years were always milked to the fullest until that one moment when the babyface FINALLY got their hands on them and ripped them to shreds. That non-wrestler then, over a period of time, would be transitioned into a semi-"normal" wrestler where they would participate in more "formulaic" scenarios. This match completely skipped the golden opportunity of having McAllister getting murdered and put him immediately into that role of "normal" wrestler. *3/4 Not to go on TOO much of a rant here, but the other less-noticeable problem with this match and the ongoing angle in general is the fact that it's completely taken the focus off of what should be without question, the number one priority of the angle, that being the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title. The Converse-Stevens feud has gone from being an extremely hotly contested battled over the title, to the title being an afterthought to McAllister, Attitude, and little billy. After 7 months totally defining what a modern-day MA champ should be, Converse now seems light years away from another title run between all the other angles and scenarios that have occupied his time. On the other end of the spectrum, Stevens has had one title defense since he won it and that wasn't exactly of championship caliber. Not that this is a hopeless situation, as the ship can certainly be turned and righted with only a couple of weeks worth of quality TV.

Anyways, onto Sat 8/20 for an outdoor house show at the American Legion Ballpark in King, NC. With off-and-on storms throughout the day, the crowd was somewhat sparse although for the show itself, the weather ended up being just fine.

1. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega defeated John Kermon by submission in 5:35 - Solid straight-up wrestling match as Ortega makes successful title defense #22. I'm tellin ya, when this title run is, no body is ever breakin' that record. And trust me, when this thing started, it was NEVER planned to reach these kind of proportions **

2. Xsiris and Brad Attitude defeated the Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) in 8:23 when Xsiris pinned Jay Sinn - A good portion of this show would be the workers just out there havin some fun, which is pretty much all you got here although it was a fun little piece of business. Unfortunately, after the match, Sinn doesn't cross the line when it comes to havin fun, he completely obliterates it by flat out humping Vercetti's "package" (briefcase) in the middle of the ring. Whooo boy. *3/4

3. Mikael Yamaha and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated Ultra Dragon and Brass Munkey in 12:53 when Yamaha pinned Dragon - Another "4 guys having fun" kinda match although the work contained was definitely a but more on the professional level that the previous one. Action packed, non-stop, and pretty non-formulaic in a good way. Corey-Munkey worked a little that still stayed in line with their blood feud, but didn't give away to much in what otherwise was a meaningless tag team encounter. Yamaha nearly pants Dragon all the way to a NC-17 rating in pulling the tights for the finish. **1/2

4. Tank Lawson (with Cornelius J. Lumpkin III in his corner) pinned "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride in 12:46 - The million-match war continues between Rob and Tank. Once again, Lumpkin's involvement needs some fun tuning as he blasts Rob in the head with a dustbuster during the generic heat portion of the match. Your normal chaotic stuff from these two. **

5. The Shadow, "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner, and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens defeated "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) in 15:40 when Stevens pinned Converse - Your usual 6-man action here although Converse takes a pretty shocking pinfall loss to Stevens here on a throwaway show with Stevens' title not on the line... **

My less than enthusiastic reviews to the latter half of the show can be partially attributed to one of my killer migraines being brought on and getting progressively worse during the show's second half. Between the heat, humidity, and a f'd up sleep schedule, I was about to pass the f out on the ring apron. Of course then I can't get in my car to actually get out of King, NC cause Yamaha is bangin some hot blonde in my backseat. Oh well, can't blame him there. We eventually head out and Brass Munkey's aunt makes me feel a million times better by giving me a 5-star handjob, thereby releasing alot of the pressure in my noggin.

7 days later takes us to a double-shot Saturday (8/27), kicking off at Noon...or 1..or 2..or finally 3:15pm with the 2005 Greensboro Bike Rally in the parking lot of a high-class adult establishment. Let's just say that the building itself was the best looking thing about it...yikes. The show itself would be one of those painful ones where the crowd couldn't care less. They weren't disrespectful like the 2/6 Coliseum fans, but they were deathly silent.

1. American Steel Ninja pinned Joey Silvia in 10:16 - Boy, you stick Joey Silvia on a show in the parking lot of a strip club that he already knows is meaningless, and you're just asking for some misbehavior. But surprise, surprise, Silvia and Ninja actually turn out what would be the eventual Match of the Day as they really bust their ass for absolutely zero pop. Yeah, they did go way too long under the circumstances but it was the best singles match either guy has had in a couple of months that I've seen. **1/2

2. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens in 10:11 of a non-title match when Money pinned Justice -

Rather oddball pairing to say the least and a rare all-champions tag team matchup. Obviously, Stevens and Justice don't exactly see eye to eye with miscommunication leading to the Playas win. **

3. Tank Lawson and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride and Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins & "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 9:31 when Lawson pinned McBride - A ton of fun as you would expect with this pairing. Matty Dee kicks it off with the Ultimate Warrior WM8 entrance and then some, running about 1/4 mile or so between start and eventual finish. A bit of exaggeration but you get the point. Pretty amusing triple-train shoulderblock finally takes down the massive heels after the individual efforts fail to do so. Historically, this match will be remembered most for Chris Collins' breaking Trent Wylde's "Most consecutive matches without a win" record. *3/4

4. "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse pinned Mitch Conner in 5:53 - Hey! The only match all day that actually went the CORRECT amount of time under the conditions as Mitch is the only heel to get any form of heat all day and Ric actually gets a halfway decent pop. That's what weekly trips to the clubs will do for ya. **

5. Brass Munkey and Ultra Dragon defeated the Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) in 7:35 when Munkey pinned Vercetti -

Boy, if this sucker hadn't been in the aforementioned location, I would absolutely blast certain people for the colorful language and actions showcased here. I'll let that part slide though and concentrate more on how freakin' abysmal this sucker was. For the millionth time, absolutely murderous heat on Dragon by Sinn and Vercetti. Not a lick of psychology to be found and Munkey hitting the backdrop driver to end it was akin to having your balls released from a mousetrap and the relief that would provide. 1/2*

6. Xsiris pinned Brad Attitude in 7:15 - Local club DJ handles the guest ref'ing for this match and actually provides one of the hilights of the day, taking a killer superkick from Atty, selling it like a champ with great facials and all...of course that was probably because Atty really did kick the shit out of him, but it was still great nonetheless, especially considering you just NEVER get that kind of stuff from a newbie ref. For some reason, X and Atty actually try in front of this comatose crowd, including X hitting the swanton from the ring to the ground. He gave his body, crowd gave nadda. Not a bad match though. **

By the time I finally got away from this "mini-show", my brain was petty much fried and trying to even comprehend putting on a watchable TV product just a couple of hours later at the studio seemed impossible. But hey, the show must go on with "Explosive Elements 2005" (not that it was ever called that) for the finals of the 2nd annual Johnny Weaver Cup (including Commish Cross ALMOST calling it the Johnny Weaver MEMORIAL Cup while actually interviewing Weaver himself to kick off the show).

1. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega defeated "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner by submission in 9:46 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament semifinal match - Man alive was the crowd HOT for this opener. Talk about a night and day difference between GBoro and the studios. Far and away, the most support for Jesse in MONTHS as the crowd is rabid and Jesse and Mitch seriously deliver and then some in a fine, fine matchup. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. ***1/4

Gemini Kid's returns with the Hotseat to interview Ass Commish Michael McAllister, which in turn sets up a Gemini-McAllister (!!) match for later in the show (Battle of the Suits!).

2. Tank Lawson and the Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) defeated Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins & "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) and 1/2 of the AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Will B. Smooth (with J-Money and Kiyia Moka in their corner) in 9:01 when Lawson pinned Collins-

Man, Matty Dee and Tank just do NOT wrestle enough. Not too shabby as everyone involved seemed to be a bit more serious than usual and Matty always works better with Sinn and Vercetti than Dragon does. Collins takes Tank's finisher like a champ as well. Crowd still didn't want to care about CRock, but we pulled it out of them by the end. **

3. Marcellus King pinned Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 7:51-

Wowzers. Generally, CWF debuts come and go pretty quietly with only time actually providing that original debut with any kind of significance. And I hate to actually shower ANY newcomer with too much praise too soon (after all, how many times have we seen new wrestlers get that treatment out of the gate and then shoot themselves in the foot shortly thereafter)? BUT, as far as a debut match goes, it couldn't have been much more successful than what Marcellus King did here. A massive individual, a menacing persona, and an impressive moveset makes King APPEAR to be a serious contender for bigger and better things down the road. And of course, Justice can make any one look good when he's on as he usual is. Served it's purpose perfectly and did so without burying Justice. **1/2

Up next, none other than AWA World champ Steve Corino himself appears on the InsidersTron, plugging the 9/17 showdown with either Converse or Edsel. Crowd popped big time and certainly got the "Holy shit! This is the real deal!" reaction from any doubters. Commish Cross then comes out to announce that the decision of who the challenger is HAS been made and it will be...

4. "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse pinned Julius Augustus in 7:15 - The warm-up for Corino for Ric actually goes 2-3 minutes too long as he gives Augustus WAY too much, especially considering the road Ric is on here. *3/4 Ric's post-match interview on Corino is pretty solid, and totally makes everyone believe that Ric has a better shot at being Corino than Stevens, as crazy as that is. That being great on one hand, but also one more reason that the actual MA title will be on the back burner for another month.

5. Brad Stutts, Mikael Yamaha, and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated Brass Munkey, Ultra Dragon, and "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride in 13:09 when Stutts pinned Munkey-

Well, it's a good thing that we did an incredible job with Munkey and Dragon at FNF3 because we just about pissed all the good we ever did away right here. Technically, not a bad match at all as you're only gonna have SO bad of a match when you have this kind of quality in one match. However, it was as counterproductive as anything we could have done and pretty much destroyed every single worker's heat and the general illusion of their character all in one match. To start with, despite Corey and Munkey being on a collision course, their rivalry isn't played up at all despite Munkey just doing everything short of homicide 2 weeks earlier just to get a future singles match with Corey (that being the upcoming 9/10 Stretcher match). Rather than either milking no-contact between the two throughout the match OR have them kill one another off the bat, we do neither and totally kill the believability of their feud. Corey then goes onto bump cleanly from an unassisted DRAGON clothesline, thereby killing THAT monster gimmick. Yamaha and Dragon do some decent stuff to move their rivalry along but Dragon takes WAYY too much heat (yet again) and when he does finally make the tag to Munkey, Dragon tags right back in nearly 30 seconds later, completely fine. McBride meanwhile, (the only babyface in this one that can even afford to take the pin) takes virtually no heat, is shitcanned to the outside for the finish, never to be heard from again. Corey then hits ONE move on Munkey, drags Stutts on top in plain view of the ref, who gets the PIN. Munkey's team not only loses heading into the stretcher match but he himself losses to one move and pinned by a manager even though he took zero heat. This is the kind of match that is downright depressing to watch. I don't expect All Japan-esqu 6-mans, but good lord, I honestly don't think we could have done a worse job. Even I have a hard time caring about the stretcher match now after that. And If I have a hard time caring... *

6. Gemini Kid defeated Michael McAllister by submission in 4:42 -

A complete 360 on the use of McAllister from the FNF3 tag match to here as his character is played perfectly here, being a cunning little a-hole, nearly pulling off a cheap win but Gemini making the comeback for which McAllister has no answer. Perfect execution. **

7. Don and Rocky Kernodle defeated Alex Adonis and Donnie Dollars (with Jay Sinn in their corner) in 10:45 of a no-disqualification match when Don defeated Dollars and Rocky defeated Adonis -

Man alive, one week Dollars is getting beaten with a kendo stick, the next he's havin to face the Kernodles. That dude needs a raise. Kernodle 101 with Weaver running in at the finish to hook up with Jay Sinn as the babyfaces do a triple Weeeeeeaverlock for the finish. Did you expect anything else? *

8. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega pinned CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens in 13:14 to win the 2005 Johnny Weaver Cup tournament -

Hard-hitting, psychological strong Cup final with what could probably be considered as a mild upset by some (at least going back to the start of the tourney). Unfortunately, the finish itself didn't do anything for Ortega as Stevens is simply distract by Converse, gets crotched on the top rope, and Ortega delivers an over-the-ropes elbow for a 3-count. The finish really jobbed out the MA champ to pretty much a non-manuever and Jesse's Cup win is now tainted because he couldn't get the job done on his own. Very disheartening, especially considering just how much Jesse has busted his ass here lately. Thankfully, post-match ignores that reality and moves onto the celebration with Weaver presenting the trophy and Jesse cutting a very thankful promo (without the word "bastard" anywhere to be found, I might add). A great moment for Jesse and I'm happy for the kid. Argue if you wish, but he deserved it. **1/2

Whew...I'd say that should be enough for now. Probably made a few comments in there that probably won't garner me alot of love, but just keep in mind, that I want to believe in this sport. I want what's best for every single worker in their specific role from the opener to the main. When we stray outside the lines of believability, whether it be in a finish or a worker itself, it hurts the show, it hurts the worker, it hurts their opponent, it hurts our fanbase. I say nothing with no ill will towards anyone. I just wish some guys would believe in their OWN characters as much as I want to.

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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