Wednesday, October 05, 2005

RUMBLE!!!!!!!

Even if I don't find the time to squeeze in another post this month (yeah, right), you better damn believe that you're at least gonna get a Rumble recap post. Yes, this past weekend was "Triumph", home of the 5th Annual CWF Rumble. When it was all said and done the entire weekend would become one of the most enjoyable ones I've had in a loooooooong time with plenty of friends, food, and wrestling to pretty much make life perfect for a good little 48 hours there. Kamakazi Kid (and Kristen of course) made pretty much record time from Florida, getting in Friday night to officially kick off the weekend festivities. I gotta make mention that Yamaha's B-Day celebration coincided with the Rumble as well which led to some 5-star birthday cake that was topped with COOKIES AND CREAM ICING! Are you serious??? Holy balls, that's some icing from the Heavens above to be sure. Hope it's on the buffet upstairs when it's my time to go. Trust me, the picture does it NO justice...



The Rumble was Sat night 10/1 at the CSA of course and what a show it would become. The crowd (god bless them) was actually super hot all night, especially for a CSA crowd, and I give them major props and love for that.

1. Kamakazi Kid and Xsiris defeated Shawn Christian and Donnie Dollars in 11:19 when Kamakazi Kid pinned Christian - Yes, Kazi makes his return alongside his all-time #1 rival Xsiris in a picture-perfect opener. Christian and Dollars sure make a strange pairing but it works. I tell ya, Shawn Christian is one of those guys that unfortunately has no look cause he certainly has all the tools. Super fun opener that went a touch too long for the time alloted, but it was all gravy. **3/4


Michael McAllister comes out and rips up Commissioner Cross' pre-drawn Rumble entry sheet and decides since the cat's away, he's gonna play and do the Rumble drawing himself fair and square (ahem). Gemini id comes out to dispute his actions, saying that he probably wouldn't be able to exercise his authority if McAllister was in the hospital. At which point, Gemini, total calm, turns off the mic, hands it over, and then proceeds to beat the livin snot out of McAllister. Freakin' beautiful. But Sean Powers ruins the fun and ends up choking the life out of Gemini with a chain, which would actually put Gemini out of commission for the Rumble. Awesome, hard hitting segment.




2. Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice battled Ultra Dragon to a 10:00 time limit draw -

Excellent start to the match with a very good baby-baby feeling out process with the crowd giving both guys their props. Unfortunately, that took about 5 minutes and it appeared if neither guy knew it was only a 10:00 time limit which led to the beautiful early on pace being thrown aside and the second half of the match feeling far more rushed. Major confusion at the end with the time limit sounding, 5 more minutes being requested, and then the referee counting 10 as Dragon was outside the ring. Very good start, sad crash and burn finish to something that appeared to have great potential. **1/2

3. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee in 7:19 - Conner makes his first title defense against Matty, who was fresh off of his first big singles match with Yamaha last time out. Solid enough match although not particular memorable aside from the finish as Yamaha interferes, crotching Matty on the top rope, leading to Conner giving Matty an impaler DDT from the top. Crowd wasn't balls out for this one as the other undercard stuff as it was pretty obvious that there was no chance in hell of a title change. **1/2

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned "El Fuego" Jesse Ortega in 12:23 -

Far and away, my favorite match in the Stevens MA title run. They start off hot and you just KNOW this sucker is gonna be brutal and of course they light it up with chop-city. Stevens steals the win with some gimmick in his elbow pad which is about a zillion times better than trying to hide the full blown billy-club from the referee. Very good babyface fire from Jesse in a losing effort. **1/2

Before the Rumble started, a very nice 5-minute video package aired recapping the previous 4 Rumbles. Very surreal to see at points and I couldn't help but think how Vince McMahon has traditionally ignored history and here we are showcasing a whole slew of guys that don't even wrestle here anymore. Bounty, Corey, Matt Houston, Stro, Eddie Brown, Trent, Collins, Rainz, etc, etc. Very nice to see a tribute like that, especially in pro wrestling where out of sight is usually out of mind.

5. Ric Converse won the 5th Annual 30-person CWF Rumble in 36:57 to earn a shot at the CWF Mid-Atlantic title of his choice: #1 Chris Vega and #2 Ric Converse entered...#3 Jesse Ortega entered in 1:00...#4 Bret Sharpe entered in 2:00...#5 Shawn Christian entered in 2:59...Sharpe eliminated Ortega in 3:23...#6 Bobby Fontana entered in 4:02...#7 Kamakazi Kid entered in 5:00...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Christian in 5:20...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Fontana in 5:24...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Vega in 5:29...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Sharpe in 5:38...#8 CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner entered in 6:00...Kazi eliminated Conner in 6:33...#9 Alex Adonis entered in 6:59...#10 Jay Sinn entered in 7:59...#11 BJ Strickler entered in 9:06...#12 Ultra Dragon entered in 9:58...Kamakazi Kid eliminated Strickler in 10:26...#13 Gregory Vercetti entered in 10:58...#14 Kid Justice entered in 11:59...Kamakazi Kid, Dragon, and Vercetti eliminated Sinn in 12:19...Justice and Kamakazi Kid eliminated Dragon in 13:01...#15 Xsiris entered in 13:02...#16 GeeStar entered in 13:59...Converse, GeeStar, Kamakazi Kid, and Xsiris eliminated Adonis in 14:33...#17 Donnie Dollars entered in 14:59...#18 Brass Munkey entered in 16:00...Dollars eliminated Gee in 16:55...#19 Tank Lawson entered in 16:58...Munkey eliminated Vercetti in 17:34...Xsiris eliminated Justice in 17:56...#20 Julius Augustus entered in 17:58...#21 Rob McBride entered in 18:58...Augustus eliminated Xsiris and Kamakazi Kid in 19:50...#22 American Steel Ninja entered in 19:58...McBride and Converse eliminated Dollars in 20:43...Ninja eliminated Munkey in 20:51...#23 Will B. Smooth entered in 20:58...McBride eliminated Lawson in 21:18...#24 Coco Rojo entered in 22:00...#25 Marcellus King entered in 22:58...Augustus and King eliminated Smooth in 23:21...Converse eliminated Rojo in 23:34...King eliminated McBride in 24:32...#26 Brad Attitude entered in 24:36...Augustus and Converse eliminated Ninja in 25:33...#27 J-Money entered in 25:47...#28 Matty Dee entered in 26:47...Money eliminated Augustus in 27:22...#29 Sean Powers entered in 27:47...#30 Mikael Yamaha entered in 28:48...Money eliminated Powers in 30:26...Yamaha eliminated Money in 30:50...King and Converse eliminated Attitude in 31:43...Matty Dee eliminated Yamaha in 34:22...King eliminated Matty Dee in 35:55...Converse eliminated King in 36:57




First off, a HUGE "Thank You" to each and every Rumble participant. I had this feeling going into it that it was going to be good but I didn't want to jinx it. The WWF's 5th Rumble was actually the legendary 1992 one and that connection didn't miss me. I don't think it's much a stretch to say that as a whole it was easily the best Rumble we've ever done. There have certainly been great moments in the past but as far as a action-packed match with deep, compelling storylines from start to finish, nearly every single person in the match getting over in their own way, and not to mention a FANTASTIC finish, we haven't done anything that can hold a candle to this. I am DAMN proud of this match and time may show it to be my all-time personal favorite match as far as my input matching up with what actually transpired. Believe me, I'd love to take credit for a lot of this sucker but if it weren't for the INCREDIBLE roster we are fortunate enough to have to pull something like this off, any ideas or brainstorms I ever had would be for naught. Heck, on top of it, pretty much everyone went for non generic eliminations rather than the "duck and dump" routine seen in so many battle royals. You guys seriously rock.



Ok, match hilights: McAllister trying to fuck every top-shelf babyface over, including giving Ric the #2 spot and Jesse (who just worked Garry!) the #3 spot, KNOWING they wouldn't have a hope in hell of being there at the end. Meanwhile, he "allowed" loser-babyface Matty Dee to have the best non-heel spot late (#28) and low and behold, guess who just about stole the show...the opening 5 minutes was just great storytelling as McAllister's hired guns just do a gang-like beating on Converse and even eliminated Ortega with the crowd just going nuts for Ric begging him to come back, despite the 4-on-1 odds...His savior comes in the form of Kamakazi Kid who cleans house and then some like no one else has in our Rumble's history...Mitch Conner's 33 second elimination brings the crowd to their feet for about the 5th time in the first 10 minutes...I can't believe just HOW into this match our normally subdued CSA crowd is...Ultra Dragon and Kazi battle the Street Sweepers in a fantastically laid-out elimination for Sinn, who then has to save his own partner Vercetti by catching him in mid-air on his way to the ground and then tossing him back inside...Never before had I seen SUCH a show of babyface unity. I mean, the mid-to-upper-tier babys were just ALL on the same page and it was almost as if they were fighting for the TEAM rather than for themselves. I definitely think Ultimate Survivor is gonna play off of that kind of unity tremendously. Our crowd LOVES our babys and unity is only gonna make them all that much more over. The place went nuts when the Ric/Gee/Kazi/Xsiris quartet dumped Adonis...Boy, you could hear the breath leave the crowd like THEY were the ones that got chokeslammed when Dollars nailed Gee...Augustus got enough heat to live off of for months, eliminating Xsiris and Kazi at the same time. A-hole...As soon as I'm marking for the unity, Ninja weirds out and dumps Munkey. WTF?...the early-to-mid-20s is always the most difficult part of a Rumble. It's usually the part where it begins to hurt a lull before the upswing of the actual finish which is pretty much what we had here. Probably the only disappointing part of this year's Rumble is the timing of some eliminations as we weren't able to milk the Ric vs. Julius/Marcellus matchup before Atty came in to make the "save". A little piece of drama that never came to be but out of ALL the storylines here, missing on one was no biggie...J-Money came up bigger than expected as a late entry. Very happy for him...Ric accidentally eliminates TWO of his buddies, Ninja and Atty....the final 4: Matty Dee lies helpless in a corner while Yamaha and Marcellus take turns beating on Ric, who's gone past the 30-minute mark. In a classic "holy crap!!" crowd markout moment, Matty, all but written off, ducks and dumps Yamaha over the top rope who proceeds to loose his shit and then some on the outside. He blindsides a helpless trash can and then proceeds to grab the stiffest chair EVER. Matty, preoccupied as he's firing up on Marcellus in one of my "Images of the Year" is screaming "COME ON!" to King just before Yamaha gets back in the ring and smashes the chair across Matty's back.


Yamaha then proceeds to commit public murder in one of the most vicious beatings in CWF history to the point where Matty is about to curl up in the fetal position and die. Marcellus presses Matty over the top for the elimination and the officials carry Matty's lifeless body to the back. Meanwhile, Ric dumps Marcellus to apparently win the Rumble but all the officials are in the back with Matty! The fans are PISSED cause they KNOW Ric's gettin screwed yet AGAIN and low and behold, Yamaha bashes Ric with the same chair, cutting his back open with the shot. The officials are back out and yes, there's nothing left but for Marcellus to simply toss Ric over for the win...BUT Ric at the VERY last (and I mean VERY last) second REVERSES it, dumps Marcellus for a second time and the roof officially comes off.


Hellacious final 4 segment that made Yamaha the biggest prick ever, Matty Dee a bonafide singles star, Marcellus a serious Heavyweight contender, and Ric...well, added to his growing legend (two 37-minute matches on two straight TV tapings??? Holy crap!!). I could watch the final 5 minutes of that Rumble all day. Hell, I've watched the whole 36:57 about a dozen times now. Awesome, awesome match. ****1/2 by Rumble standards. Hell, by "Southern Indy" Rumble standards, it might as well be the full monty cause god knows we'll never get that much accomplished in one match again.

Post-show festivities at Castle CWF was just awesome with a gathering of 15 or so watchin the Rumble and just havin a great time in general. Poor Matty was virtually immobile thanks to Yamaha....


...but was it worth it? "Hell yeah". And that, ladies and gentlemen, is indeed, the sickness.

I could go on and on about the show because really, as a whole, it was that good, The workers were ON. The crowd was ON. It was just one of those nights where magic was in the air. It doesn't happen to often. Maybe once or twice a year, but on October 1st, we were all feeling it.

And with the Rumble comes my annual Rumble-stat sheets so here ya go, first off with this year's breakdown, followed by the all-time Rumble Record Book.

NUMBER OF WRESTLERS ELIMINATED
Note: eliminations by multiple wrestlers at once are counted as 0.5 eliminations, the same as a dual sack in football
7.5 - Kamakazi Kid
4.0 - Ric Converse
3.0 - Julius Augustus, Marcellus King
2.0 - J-Money
1.5 - Xsiris, Rob McBride
1.0 - Bret Sharpe, Donnie Dollars, Brass Munkey, American Steel Ninja, Mikael Yamaha, Matty Dee
0.5 - Ultra Dragon, Gregory Vercetti, Kid Justice, GeeStar

LENGTH LASTED IN THE RUMBLE
36:57 - Ric Converse
13:59 - Marcellus King
11:58 - Kamakazi Kid
9:24 - Julius Augustus
9:08 - Matty Dee
7:34 - Alex Adonis
7:07 - Brad Attitude
6:48 - Xsiris
6:36 - Gregory Vercetti
5:57 - Kid Justice
5:44 - Donnie Dollars
5:35 - American Steel Ninja
5:34 - Rob McBride
5:34 - Mikael Yamaha
5:29 - Chris Vega
5:03 - J-Money
4:51 - Brass Munkey
4:20 - Jay Sinn
4:20 - Tank Lawson
3:38 - Bret Sharpe
3:03 - Ultra Dragon
2:39 - Sean Powers
2:23 - Jesse Ortega
2:23 - Will B. Smooth
2:21 - Shawn Christian
1:56 - GeeStar
1:34 - Coco Rojo
1:22 - Bobby Fontana
1:20 - BJ Strickler
0:33 - Mitch Conner

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2001-2005 ALL-TIME CWF RUMBLE RECORDS

Individual Records

Most Rumbles Competed In

5, Mikael Yamaha
GeeStar
4, Brad Attitude
Rob "the Bull" McBride
Xsiris/Caleb X
American Steel Ninja
Brass Munkey

Number of Wrestlers eliminated
Note: eliminations by multiple wrestlers at once are counted as 0.5 eliminations, the same as a dual sack in football
7.5, Kamakazi Kid (2005)
6.5, "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (2002)
6.0, "Slick" Ric Converse (2003)
5.0, Brad Attitude (2004)
Mikael Yamaha (2001)
"Ravishing" Rico Rage (2001)

Longest Length Lasted
36:57, Ric Converse (2005)
33:53, "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (2002)
30:12, "Tremendous" Trent Wylde (2003)
29:01, Mikael Yamaha (2001)
27:21, Brad Attitude (2004)

Shortest Length Lasted
0:05, Blue Angel (2003)
0:33, Mitch Conner (2005)
0:41, Larry, the security guard (2001)
0:46, Tik (2001)
0:53, Blaze Knight (2001)

The All-Time Combined Stats

Total Number of Wrestlers eliminated

Note: eliminations by multiple wrestlers at once are counted as 0.5 eliminations, the same as a dual sack in football
12.0 - "Slick" Ric Converse
8.5 - Mikael Yamaha
8.0 - "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown
7.5 - Kamakazi Kid, Rob "the Bull" McBride
6.5 - GeeStar
6.0 - Brad Attitude
5.5 - "Tremendous" Trent Wylde, Xsiris
5.0 - "Ravishing" Rico Rage
4.0 - the Stro, Bounty Hunter, American Steel Ninja
3.0 - Mighty Orlo, Gemini Kid/Number Man, Julius Augustus, Marcellus King, J-Money, Brass Munkey
2.5 - Drake Tungsten
2.0 - "Iceman" Joe Storm, Scotty Blaze, Corey Edsel, Granite, Amber O'Neal, Sean Powers, Mitch Norris
1.5 - Kurt Solo
1.0 - L.A. Cash, Brad Rainz, Otto Schwanz, Sexton Tyler, Caprice "Ice" Coleman, Scott Powers, "Lord" Everett DeVore, Ozzie Knight, Blaze Knight, "Big Cat" Lincoln Thorne, Dexter Poindexter, Alex Adonis, Joey Silvia, "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens, Bret Sharpe, Donnie Dollars, Matty Dee
0.5 - Hugh B. Johnson, "Special K" Krissy Vaine, Ultra Dragon, Gregory Vercetti, Kid Justice

Total Length Lasted in the Rumble
68:15 - "Slick" Ric Converse (2002: #1 - 14:36, 2003: #21 - 16:42, 2005: #2-36:57)
52:06 - Mikael Yamaha (2001: #5 - 29:01, 2002: #21 - 5:53, 2003: #4 - 4:47, 2004: #1 - 6:51, 2005: #30 - 5:34)
46:05 - Brad Attitude (2002: #3 - 5:31, 2003: #1 - 6:06, 2004: #7 - 27:21, 2005: #26 - 7:07)
43:08 - Rob McBride (2001: #7 - 5:17, 2002: #14 - 22:54, 2004: #19 - 9:23, 2005: #21 - 5:34)
42:03 - "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (2001: #10 - 4:23, 2002: #10 - 33:53, 2003: #10 - 3:47)
35:46 - Trent Wylde (2002: #15 - 3:28, 2003: #5 - 30:12, 2004: #14 - 4:24 and #21 - 1:10)
28:43 - Otto Schwanz (2001: #8 - 22:43, 2003: #27 - 6:00)
27:11 - Xsiris/Caleb X (2002: #11 - 0:55, 2003: #22 - 13:38, 2004: #9 - 5:50, 2005: #15 - 6:48)
26:23 - Corey Edsel (2001: #19 - 0:58, 2002: #17 - 25:25)
25:09 - Kurt Solo (2001: #18 - 1:31, 2002: #28 - 10:40, 2003: #2 - 12:58)
19:27 - Kamakazi Kid (2002: #4 - 2:46, 2003: #3 - 4:43, 2005: #7 - 11:58)
18:34 - Mitch Norris (2003: #17 - 5:05, #20 - 2004: 13:29)
17:47 - "Ravishing" Rico Rage
17:45 - American Steel Ninja (2002: #7 - 2:12, 2003: #26 - 4:18, 2004: #17 - 5:40, 2005: #22 - 5:35)
17:33 - Bounty Hunter (2002: #29 - 8:58, 2003: #29 - 8:35)
16:19 - Gemini Kid/Number Man (2002: #30 - 9:13, 2003: #31 - 2:34, 2004: #27 - 4:32)
16:06 - The Stro
15:13 - Brass Munkey (2002: #23 - 2:06, 2003: #20 - 4:55, 2004: #10 - 3:21, 2005; #18 - 4:51)
13:59 - Marcellus King
13:29 - GeeStar (2001: #3 - 2:14, 2002: #12 - 4:15, 2003: #18 - 1:37, 2004: #2 - 3:27, 2005: #16 - 1:56)
13:03 - Kid Justice (2003: #9 - 3:26, 2004: #24 - 3:43, 2005: #14 - 5:57)
12:52 - Brad Rainz (2002: #2 - 7:06, 2003: #23 - 3:32, 2004: #15 - 2:14)
12:41 - J-Money (2002: #6 - 2:51, 2003: #12 - 4:47, 2005: #27 - 5:03)
12:27 - Stephen O' Hara (2002: #19 - 4:59, 2003: #19 - 7:28)
11:16 - Sean Powers (2004: #23 - 8:37, 2005: #29 - 2:39)
10:50 - Alex Adonis (2004: #11 - 3:16, 2005: #9 - 7:34)
9:59 - Joey "Spank" Silvia (2003: #6 - 4:28, 2004: #16 - 5:31)
9:46 - Caprice "Ice" Coleman
9:30 - Scott Powers
9:29 - Sexton Tyler (2001: #27 - 5:20, 2002: #20 - 1:37, 2003: #24 - 2:32)
9:24 - Julius Augustus
9:08 - Matty Dee
9:06 - Brad Hunter
8:56 - "Iceman" Joe Storm (2001: #26 - 1:14, 2002: #9 - 7:42)
8:47 - Hugh B. Johnson (2002: #27 - 3:52, 2003: #16 - 4:55)
8:41 - Dexter Poindexter
8:36 - Granite
8:22 - Scotty Blaze
7:58 - Latin Lover
7:44 - Drake Tungsten (2002: #8 - 1:32, 2003: #13 - 6:12)
7:44 - Quinson Valentino
7:40 - Amber O'Neal/Amber Holly (2001: #1 - 3:01, 2002: #18 - 3:14, 2004: #8 - 1:25)
7:12 - Jesse Ortega (2004: #18 - 4:49, 2005: #3 - 2:23)
7:05 - Matt Houston
7:01 - Tank Lawson (2004: #25 - 2:41, 2005; #19 - 4:20)
6:36 - Gregory Vercetti
6:21 - Kenny James (2002: #5 - 4:51, 2003: #28 - 1:30)
5:49 - L.A. Cash
5:44 - Donnie Dollars
5:42 - Chris Collins (2002: #13 - 1:33, 2003: #15 - 4:09)
5:29 - Chris Vega
5:24 - Guillotine LeGrande
5:24 - William Wealth III
5:21 - "Big Cat" Lincoln Thorne
4:35 - "Conceited Kid" Bradley North
4:28 - Johnny Blaze
4:22 - Mini Bull
4:20 - Jay Sinn
3:53 - Will Smooth (2004: #12 - 1:30, 2005: #23 - 2:23)
3:48 - Lumbee
3:47 - Ozzie Knight
3:40 - "Special K" Krissy Vaine
3:38 - Bret Sharpe
3:25 - "Playboy" Bert Tripp
3:08 - Jason Blade
3:03 - Ultra Dragon
2:41 - "Red Hot" Tim Blaze
2:37 - Johnny Suicide
2:36 - Lee Williams
2:33 - "Lord" Everett DeVore
2:28 - Chris Steel
2:21 - Shawn Christian
2:12 - Ashley Walker
2:02 - "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens
1:57 - Mighty Orlo
1:34 - Coco Rojo
1:27 - Brad Stutts
1:22 - Bobby Fontana
1:20 - BJ Strickler
0:53 - Blaze Knight
0:46 - Tik
0:41 - Larry, the security guard
0:33 - Mitch Conner
0:05 - Blue Angel

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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