Monday, March 28, 2005

It's all about da mommas (well, and the shows, and the tourney, and the...)

Definitely a tale of two mothers this past weekend with a fine little show and NCAA tournament providing the entertainment portions of the broadcast known as life.

Gee's Mom winds up in very very serious condition in the hospital with the diagnosis either being heart failure, pneumonia, blood clots, hepatitis, or liver failure. I'm not a doctor but I'm pretty sure that kind of diagnosis translates to "Fuck if we know". It turned out to be a kidney infection that got really carried away and her stubbornness to avoid going to the hospital earlier than what she did almost cost her (and all of us) big time. Word is she'll be able to come back home tomorrow which is about a million times better than the status a week ago. I can totally see my stubbornness to visit hospitals (which I absolutely detest going to) is gonna put me in a similar situation one of these days as well. Carole is a wonderful woman though and I hate to see the undo stress she puts herself under in trying to keep everyone in their rather large family happy.

Then, on the flipside of the coin, we squeeze in a meal with MY Mom and her boyfriend on Sat (mid-afternoon meals on show days drive me absolutely bonkers and I detest them with a passion). No quicker do I get a bite of spaghetti and Mom drops the bombshell "Oh, we got married". I TOTALLY thought this was a rib and was looking around awaiting a punchline that was not coming. Keep in mind that I once dated for 2 1/2 years before getting married and pretty much got crucified for tying the knot (a horrible call on my part, but that's beside the point). And now, my Mom marries this guy that she met LAST October and started dating in November. As in 2004 people. They then went on to get married with the knowledge of absolutely no one in either family which pretty much gives me free reign to do whatever the fuck I want to do EVER cause Mom can NEVER say anything after pulling this stunt.

"Grant, I'd prefer you not piss on my flower bed."
"Mom, you got dated a guy for 3 months and got married without telling anyone."
"You're right son...piss away."

I'm actually not that upset about the whole situation at all, it's just a shocker cause it's SOOO far out of anything my Mom has ever done. It's her third marriage and hopefully this one will stay with her from here on out. She was also married from '69-'79 and '81-'99 so it's not like the previous ones were disasters in their longevity or anything.

The tournament: That was one hellacious Regional Final Sat that I actually missed out on due to our corresponding show. But by the time the weekend was over, my subpar brackets were saved as I actually nailed 3 of the Final 4 teams correctly (only missing out on the worthless Dookies...god forbid them provide me my first ever 4 for 4). Which brings me to a point that I've been meaning to touch upon...what the heck are with these so-called either Duke or Carolina fans that will say "Well, if UNC/Duke loses, I'll cheer for Duke/UNC then." WHAT??? I understand cheering for a ACC team if your ACC team drops out in some cases, but if you're a UNC "fan" that was cheering for Duke to advance just cause they're in the same conference, you're a lost cause. The ONLY reason I would EVER cheer for Duke is if meant Carolina whipping their ass on a bigger stage in front of more people. Screw that conference-loyalty BS. When two-time defending champ Duke was upset by California in the second round of the '93 tournament, you think I was upset cause our conference lost a representative?? Fuck no, Flagler and I were hopping up and down in my living room, bouncing off the couch, and high fiving like we were Cal graduates cause those cocksucking Dookies got sent packing.

A report came out this week conducted by Yale and Columbia University that stated that teens pledging their virginity are more likely to have anal sex than other teens who have had intercourse. Maybe it's just me, but I have a REAL hard time picturing Zoe taking it up the butt.

WrestleMania 21 is next weekend and I VERY rarely blog about WWE stuff cause it just sucks for the most part and it's not like it doesn't get enough coverage. I think it could be a potential style clash, but regardless, I'm looking forward to the Angle-Michaels matchup. In a dream world, it'd be the HBK of '95 vs. the Angle of 2002 but it's still a fascinating matchup and I HOPE they break out the long rumored finish for Bret-Shawn back in '97 that never transpired as it fits perfectly into the story here. Outside of that, the card is very blasé for a 'Mania but hopefully it'll still provide some decent moments. Praying for the Matt Hardy run-in in the Edge match that'll never happen, but I can dream.

It's now time for the reason everyone visits this damn thing in the first place...CWF show review time! Another packed house at the CSA got a fine little TV taping with an action packed 1st half followed by a dragging second half, then resurrected by a solid main and a show-closing melee being praised by several as quiet possibly the best piece of business in company history.

1. Keenan Quinn pinned Lee McGuire in 4:12 - Very very basic opener with Quinn bringing enough heat to carry it, but then doing yet another nonsensical double-down in a 5-minute match despite taking no heat at all. Too many clothesline for a 4-minute match too. Has alot of potential there, just need to fine tune some stuff. 1/4*

2. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 4:49 of a non-title match - The Edsel rampage continues with a very solid match, especially for what amounts to a squash. Good stuff and ends with a beautimous lariat. *1/2

Brad Stutts' "Burlington Slugger" with Mikael Yamaha and Jeremy Ryan -



Stutts takes over the Hotseat segment from Gemini for one show as Yam and himself bring out newcomer Jeremy Ryan to "give the rub to". Of course things don't go as plan and Ryan takes offense to Stutts' comments (giving a great promo in the process) and ends up getting murdered by some top-notch viciousness from Yamaha. Cumulating in a shot with the brass knux, Yam nails down Quote of the Year with "NOBODY disrespects Fatback!". Tshirts anyone?

3. Alex Adonis and Jay Sinn defeated Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins and "Rock N' Roll" Matty D) in 8:43 when Sinn pinned Collins -



Oooooohhh yeah....that's the good stuff. After one previous 6-man appearance, the era of Classic Rock finally begins (and if you think I gave Will Smooth a write-up, imagine if these bastards ever win the tag titles). Matty D's selling is just out of this world and he gets bonus points for the McFarlane Spidey-Hulk tshirt (!!). Collins plays off of him as good as possible although NO ONE, not even yours truly, could bring the same amount of energy to the ring that Matty does. On the other side, Jay Sinn breaks out his best Butch Reed impression along with a whole closet full of singlets that are airbrush gold. The match itself was about as entertaining as it gets and just worked in every facet. **1/4 at best realistically, but it's one of those that's gonna get watched about a hundred times in my life cause it was just so much fun....boy, that's the first time I ever said that about an Alex Adonis match...

4. Krazy K, T.J. Mack, Xsiris, and Ultra Dragon defeated Scotty Blaze, Scotty Rocker, Gregory Vercetti, and Shawn Christian in 13:10 when Xsiris pinned Vercetti - One heck of an 8-man match with pretty much the lucharific-dream team on the babyface side. This struck me as the closest thing to an interpromotional matchup CWF has ever had as it really looked like Team Virginia vs. Team Omega 2K5 (Yes, X and Dragon are from VA but fall more into that whole Omega work-style). Very solid stuff although Dragon was forced to kick out of way too much during his heat and there was just SO much to absorb in this match that it was lost on alot of the crowd who appreciated everything but also fell silent during alot of it. Certainly far more organized than many of the mish-mash 6-mans of the past. **3/4

5. Brass Munkey and "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride defeated the United Nations of Devastation (Drake Tungsten and Hugh B. Johnson) in 10:02 when Munkey pinned Tungsten - An incensed Munkey calls out Corey who no-shows with UNOD of all people coming out instead, leading to a tag match with Rob thrown in for good measure. Match actually went probably 4 minutes too long with the Crew-Drake/Houston match from Battlecade being far more along the lines of what should have been done here. Munkey still brought great intensity but the match in general didn't really fit together in the grand scheme of things. **

6. Jay Sinn pinned Gemini Kid in 7:57 -



Yes, Jay Sinn PINS both Collins and Gemini on the same show. Nice. Gemini wrestles his usual beautiful style that's a little too slow for the crowd (although it's more accepted in bigger main-event/championship style matches). Sinn actually had a huge following in this match which was really strange. Lotsa heel marks on Sat I guess. Anyways, Yam interferes, it's the brass knux, and Gemini gets carted out KO'd. **

7. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated Mitch Conner and Tank Lawson in 11:27 of a non-title match when Money pinned Conner - Holy balls was this not a good idea. Perfectly acceptable in a 5-minute non-title TV match but 11 1/2??? And to say it didn't exactly click would be an understatement Conner brings the unspoken vulgarity in the form of some very disturbing trunks. Smooth and Conner combine for the suplex neckbreaker of death followed shortly by the worst "Brick City High" powerbomb in history which brought back flashbacks to Redd and the infamous double hiptoss. Entertaining in parts for sure, but not in a good way. 1/4*

8. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse Ortega in 15:08 of a title for title match. However, since the match went past the 10:00 mark allotted for all TV title defenses, Ortega retained his championship - I questioned whether the crowd would rebell on what on the surface appears to be a cop-out finish, but thanks to the solidness of the match itself and Ric actually handing Ortega the title back out of respect (???), they did not. Not quiet the epic that it could have been (I would have loved to see 5 more minutes honestly), but still very solid with one great false finish (the pimp slap misses, into the Fujiwara) which the crowd strangely enough did not bite on. ***1/4 . The real news happens post-match as Garry Stevens pulls up in his big rig or whatever it is he drives from outside and storms the ring during Cross' "thanks for coming" speech (Stevens had been banned and fined for this after killing ref Katie on a previous show). Stevens and Cross go back and forth which ends with Stevens nailing Cross with the billy club and beating the tar out of him. Classic Rock (!!!) runs out to make the save and are quickly disposed of. Crowd is just BUZZING for Ric to come back out and he does and the place goes nuts. Very surreal. Ric and Stevens do a heel-heel staredown, ending with a handshake on the future title match. Ric goes to leave and gets nailed by that bastard Madd Trucker from behind. Stevens then beats the living crap out of the champ, leading to his ribs getting destroyed and a blade job outside the ring which prompts a locker room clearing brawl to "save the company" which means saving Ric from the guy who had his company taken from him last November. Oh, that's so good. Awesome little 10 seconds of gold as the chaos of the moment is so perfectly captured with Gee and Munkey hauling Ric out with Gee screaming "Get him out of here!", camera pans to everyone trying to stop Garry and Ortega takes a wild shot at Stutts who is out there trying to help and those two go at it and crash into the ringsiders. Just insane, insane stuff and one of the hottest angles we've ever ended a show on. This was flat out awesome in every sense of the word. The entire main event segment ran a staggering 41 minutes and while normally that would be considered outrageously too long, this FLEW by and every single person in the CSA left thinking that was one HELL of a show they just watched.



Overall thoughts - Workrate wise, an acceptable but not outstanding show. However, TONS of memorable stuff went done with my only big grips being the length of the two post-intermission tag matches which desperately needed 5 minutes knocked off of each. Do that and I'm good to go. Next week: Onto Fairchild and the big ARC benefit.



Fat Albert
- I had very little hopes for this as despite the general coolness of what the movie COULD be, the previews never really struck me as if they capitalized on those elements. Well, it's far from a home run, but the characterizations of the supporting cast are so very well done in the first hour or so of the film, that it makes this one watchable enough. Pretty fun stuff as the live actors just NAIL the original cartoon before the movie falls into the pathetically generic Hollywood formula which causes the film to drrrrragggggg for the final half hour (Fat Albert falling in love? THIS is the best plot device we could come up with?). You would think the more subtle racial undertones of the cartoon would have played better but of course this is a family film and all and they obviously weren't going to stray too far from the norm. **1/2

Monday, March 21, 2005

From Hard-on to Hero...the courageous story of Will B. Smooth

At nearly the exact same moment that Wake Forest was getting shocked by West Virginia, an even more remarkable moment was taking place just a few miles from the Wake Forest campus in a small suburb of Winston Salem called Pffaftown. A respectable, and very vocal, little crowd got to witness a dream come true although the dream paled in comparison to the journey and miraculous series of events that transpired over the past year which would lead to the crowning of not just a new champion, but a new hero to thousands of children throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. Following in the footsteps of other great African American athletes such as Jim Brown, Hank Aaron, Kenny James, and John Elway, the man once known as Smooth etched his name in history by claiming one-half of the Mid-Atlantic tag team titles this past Saturday night.

Born May 19, 1976 in Da $outh$ide, a young Smooth had no dreams of one day becoming a tag team champion. His battles in his youth were to simply to stay alive on his hand-carved canoe as it sailed along on the mighty Mississippi River. As luck would have it, the waves would eventually carry him over the Smoky Mountains and into the waiting arms of a vast array of wrestling promoters, each one putting up Bam Bam Bigelow-like offerings, trying to lure Smooth into their camp. When reminiscing on the man known as Smooth, many bring up his first real "breakthrough" match against the other one-name icon, Grease, back in 2003. While the infamous Grease split wowed the crowd initially, it was quickly forgotten in the presence of Smooth as he walked the fine line between heel and face, keeping the crowd silenced in awe while working his magic in the ring, defeating the wily veteran in just over 4 minutes.

However, it quickly became apparent that Smooth couldn't make it on just natural God-given ability alone. He had to do something different. He had to do something that would make everyone take attention. He could be Smooth no more. It was a gamble, but one that paid off big time. On April 3, 2004 WILL Smooth debuted for CWF Mid-Atlantic. Despite incredible motivation, Smooth's momentum was halted by his equally motivated male estrogen, being pinned by GeeStar in that debut match.

WILL Smooth wouldn't quit though. Rather than become incensed by the alarming popularity of "Playboy" Bert Tripp, WILL Smooth continued to keep fighting and carve his own niche in history. When the 4th Annual Indy Rumble came around, rather than being simply flung over the top by the Mighty Orlo, Smooth fought for everything he was worth and tried to ruin the gameplan of one Mr. Helmer by hanging on for dear life until being viciously kicked repeatedly in the cranium, which sent Smooth crashing three feet to the unforgiving concrete floor below.

As 2004 began to close, the stars began to align as well. An abrupt retirement from the charismatic L.A. Cash left a void in now only the $outh$ide Playas, but the entire wrestling world. Who would come to the rescue? Who would come to the aid of J-Money? Who would be the wind beneath my wings? There could only be one man for the role, one man to rise to the occasion, one man to be...a Playa. J-Money and Will Smooth were indeed the new $outh$ide Playas.

But then, tragedy struck. November 27th, 2004. A day in infamy. Money and Smooth. The new Playas. Wrestling for the vacated SWA tag team titles. The one moment in time that seemed to be Smooth's destiny. And there it was. Smooth and Money defeated Ric Converse and Trent Wylde to become the NEW SWA tag team champions...or so they thought. Less than an hour later, Corey Edsel defeated Garry Stevens in a promotion vs. promotion match which signaled the death of SWA...and in turn take Smooth's one moment in time and erase it from the pages of history.

But Smooth arose from the ashes and the tears of the fallout of November 27th, and marched on like a great prized fighter that took a nut shot in Round one. But WILL Smooth knew another change was needed. If he came that close to glory as WILL Smooth, then the writing was on the wall that he was just one step away. Therefore, exit WILL Smooth. Enter Will B. Smooth.

It was another big risk in a life filled with high risks and even higher rewards. And like all those times before, it would indeed pay off. On March 19, 2005 the Playas were booked to work Twisted Aggression for the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team titles in a non-title match. However, the wrestling gods did indeed intervene, changing the bout to a championship one while slicing the tires of Mitch Norris and Ivan Koloff in the parking lot of a Krystal, a full 6.214 kilometers away from the show, thereby forcing Sean Powers to defend the titles by himself.

He had been denied so many times before but on March 19th, Will B. Smooth would be denied no more. Crushing the jaw of Sean Powers with an expertly placed superkick, the three count was academic and the celebration officially began. A lump formed in my throat as I watched the scene unfolding in front of me. Will B. Smooth was a CWF Mid-Atlantic champion. Children squealed in celebration. Grown men wept. Others were seen making out, caught up in the moment. Hollywood scriptwriters couldn't have written a better ending. The accolades came quickly. "Will Smooth is the most deserving champion since Jeff Justice", raved Brad Stutts. "Don't know enough about him", answered Drake Tungsten in his native tongue which was translated to "That should have been my title g--dammit!".

All hail the new champion. And with the gold now officially back in Da $outh$ide, only one question remains. If J-Money is God, what does that make Will B. Smooth?



Oh, and yes there were other matches in Pffaftown that night...

1. Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice pinned Alex Adonis in 9:03 - A slower pace than the Mt. Airy bout and fine for what it was. *1/2. Post match, Adonis nearly ends our TV broadcast temporarily by grabbing me by the shirt and walking me backwards, apparently oblivious to the fact that I'm attached to our television camera which is sitting on the apron and almost takes a nosedive into a million pieces before I stop it's descent.

2. The Shadow pinned Mitch Conner in 8:32 - Boy, there's a matchup for ya. Mitch plays a fine little babyface even though he has the psycho in his eyes. Too many CWF regulars to really get behind the normally heel-Conners but such is life. Just as good as you would expect. *1/4

3. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Brass Munkey in 8:08 - Flat out beautiful. The start seems a little forced as Gee pleads with Corey not to wrestle this match and the non-regulars are somewhat confused by the scenario. However, between Corey's murdering of Munkey and Gee's screams, they quickly pick up on what the heck is going on and gradually get fully behind Munkey, who STILL won't fight back against his former best friend. Gee tries to throw in the towel, but Corey stops her from doing so and sends her spiraling off the apron which Munkey FLIPS out over (yeah, there's NO underlying theme there AT ALL) and pretty much returns the favor by beating the fuck out of Corey for the next few minutes. Munkey hits the by god Koji Cutter off the top rope but Brad Stutts distracts and then it's backdrop driver of death time. Awesome stuff and this angle continues to be hotter each time than even I expected it to be (and that's saying something). ****

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse Ortega defeated Scar Stevens by submission in 7:15 - Easily the best Scar match I've seen so far as he works this MATCH, rather than working his gimmick as I had seen in all his previous bouts. Major props to Jesse to as he continues to come of age with each and every title defense. **1/2

5. Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride in 10:12 -


Boy, that's two big hosses right there y'all. Perfectly fine stuff although really only a tease of what these two can do (which I think we're gonna see balls out in two weeks). *3/4

6. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned "Wild" Shane West in 7:55 - I think we can officially say that Shane and Ric don't exactly click. Both good guys, both have had great matches with others. But sometimes two people just don't click. What can ya do. Good covering though on the awkward moments. *

7. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated Sean Powers in 9:29 of a handicapped match to win the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team titles - Yeah, cause I need to talk about this match more. We do the poor man's Hogan-Savage-Liz knockout sequence from 2/3/89 Main Event which I guess played as well as possible under the circumstances. Good definitely use a little tweaking but it was ok by and large. Awkward match with the heel on the handicapped side, but it worked and crowd still lost it at the finish. **

Overall thoughts - Easily the best top to bottom show I've seen in my 6-7 trips to Pffaftown and I think we have a decent change of building this place back up with our upcoming monthly returns here. Wonderful time with coworkers, fans, and friends overall and left the show with a wonderful feeling. Minor drama, and the drama that did exist was almost dumbfounding in it's origin.

Side-note to the show as before we sit down to do some TV voiceovers, I innocently place my right hand on a chair and begin to wonder why it feels like my hand is being electrocuted. Rather than actually act like I have a damn brain and remove my hand, I continue to wonder when this intense pain is going to actually end for a few more seconds. I finally move my hand to find a red wasp underneath my thumb going to town on my ass. Sure enough, I end up having what is classified as a "Large local allergic reaction" as my hand, three fingers, and part of my arm blows up like a freakin' grapefruit and I can barely fit my hand in the camera to actually film the show. Thankfully it's gone down some now so I can actually type but damn if that wasn't an irritating couple of days.

Gotta give a shoutout to a faction that I never mention here and that's the Mutantville Productions crew. Gee and I did some work on their Indy horror film "C for Chaos" about a year back and they still gush over us pretty much every chance they have so I gotta repay that honor. When you've only realistically put two days work of worth into something that the rest of the crew has struggled valiantly for a year now to put together, it's a little embarrassing to still get such love from them. The man behind the movie's killer is actually an accomplished Jujitsu competitor and won a couple of medals at the 2005 Gracie World's Submission Championships. Not too shabby.



If March was a picture, the above would be it. It is indeed tournament time and even if you don't give a rats ass about college basketball the other eleven months, it is now officially time to care. I certainly don't care nuts like I once did but the blood (Carolina blue that is) still pumps on occasion and I still must try and reclaim my glory Biology class glory of '92 and conquer all in the NCAA tournament pool. College football take note: Football kicks basketball's ass. And I don't give two shits about the BCS but I love me some March Madness. Think about it.

Oh and that play-in game? Pointless. Get rid of it. Don't mess with a perfect formula. Besides everyone knew that Oakland was the shiznit anyways.

I love the underdog in the tourney and am thrilled with the progress State has made. Truthfully, a 10 seed was a little low for them, but after two games, you know State fans have to be looking at a possible Regional Final with Carolina.

I did fairly respectable through the first round of the tourney, going 23-9 and no bracket shattering misses. The second round totally squashed me though with Gonzaga, Kansas, and Oklahoma (all Elite 8 picks) bowed out. My Final Four is still alive with
Illinois, Louisville, UNC, and Duke (If there was ever a year where these two could meet in the tourney, it's definitely this year) with UNC over Illinois for the Championship.

Ok, that's a long enough entry for now...hope everyone enjoyed it. See ya next week!

Monday, March 14, 2005

This blog is...Incredible. Not really. I rate it **3/4 (or Joey Silvia, whichever you prefer)

As mentioned in a previous entry, I love seeing how people get directed to my little corner of the world hear through my google stats. Previously, a search for "Southern Train Wreck" brought someone to this site. Today, someone came here searching for "Big Boobs in fuzzy sweaters". 5 stars baby.



Ok, that's funny...but if Matt Hardy comes to a CWF show soon, that is in no way, shape, or form funny at all. No way. Uh uh.

I got me some new Incredible Hulk slipper socks and am damn proud of it!

Chris Benoit's Personal Limo Driver (copyright 2005 Turner entertainment) sent me a fine little link. This seems very Jackass-like, but it comes off far funny in the written form: The Sneeze featuring "Steve, Don't Eat It!". Pretty funny stuff especially the Beggin' Srips.

Much to my delight, Brett Favre has announced at least one more year as QB of the Packers which is actually a shocker with all the personal blows he's had to face in the past year. On the down side, the Packers have been hit VERY hard by Free Agency to the point that almost half of their starting line and defensive has either gone elsewhere or released due to the salary cap. Darren Sharper to Minnesota?? Fuck!!! The Packers' losses have been greater but not as notable as the Panthers with Muhsin Muhammad going to Chicago. Chicago??? I understand that financially Muhammad was going to have to leave the Panthers but of all places why in the world would he sign with a club that isn't going anywhere (with basically NO hesitation and no visits with more legitimate teams). I think Muhammed made a very bad call there and could have gotten just as good of a deal with a team that has much more to offer (the Chargers come to mind). I don't think the loss is gonna kill the Panthers as much as some may think. Ricky Proehl coming back for another year is actually a saving grace as it gives the Panthers a little more time in the WR department. Rather than basically putting Keary Colbert in a position in just his second year where he HAS to be the #2 receiver, now he can share that responsibility with Prohel while the Panthers will still have time to give a possible draft pick more time to develop as well.

Randy Moss in Oakland? Eh, apathy.

CWF was back at the CSA this past Saturday with another fine little offering:
1. Ultra Dragon pinned Keenan Quinn in 4:59 - Passable little fast-paced opener. My biggest beef was a nonsensical double down with Quinn taking virtually nadda before going into it. *1/2

2. Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride and "Wild" Shane West defeated Kenny James and Mitch Conner in 9:41 when West pinned James - I about wet myself before the show when this match was put together. There is nothing like a fine little surprise return that even I'm unaware of until he arrives to the building, that being in the form of "The Wonder" Kenny James who had last wrestled in CWF back in Feb 2004. James was the original pasty white guy of CWF before disappearing and having his spot taken by Drake Tungsten. Mitch Conner gives a wonderful "I'm from Milwaukee and have a legend by my side" promo to being KJ back in. Then of course you throw in Boogie on the other side and you're good to go. Technically too long for what it was but it was so much fun, even I don't care. **

Gemini Kid's Hotseat - Gemini plays video footage of Yam getting smacked around on national TV a couple of weeks back for everyone's amusement but the real angle is Michael McAllister coming out and granting Gemini his first ever shot at the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title in his 19 year career..later in this very show. I would kill for the editing equipment just to be able to do the video package build-up this main event SO deserves.

3. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated Alex Adonis and Jay Sinn in 8:54 when Money pinned Sinn - Not quiet on the same "energetic fun" level as the recent string of Playas-Team Adonis matches, but still fine by and large. **

4. Xsiris pinned Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in a non-title match - And the winner of the first annual CWF limbo contest is...
Really, really fast paced thing that was met by silence by and large because of the baby-baby nature of the match. They warmed up eventually as everything being done did look good, it was just missing...something. **

5. Mikael Yamaha pinned American Steel Ninja in 8:26 -



Solid psychology based match with Ninja's arm getting ripped apart but the finish didn't play into the rest of the match at all. Oh well. **

-Garry Stevens promo/Tank Lawson vs. Tony Williams - Stevens cuts his usual madman promo and then kills Williams before the bell (which in Stat world means the match never happened). He then levels ref Katie Kincaid as well and crushes her with the legdrop which the crowd NEVER saw coming and totally bit on.



6. 1/2 of the CWF/AWA-Mid Atlantic tag team champions Sean Powers defeated Brass Munkey and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel in 8:03 of a handicap match when he pinned Munkey -



Probably about as untraditional of a match as you will ever see in CWF (well, aside from Magic Moon vs. Hangtime). A heel on the handicap side against an ubber babyface and his former friend, now psychotic partner; aligned because McAllister is trying to help them patch things up by granting them a tag title shot. Anyways, Munkey just brings 5-star intensity beating the freakin' crap out of Powers for all he's worth. Corey of course does the inevitable and levels Munkey, leading to the pin. Strange match but considering the awkwardness this kind of unorthodox booking can sometimes bring, this was pretty decent. **1/2

7. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned Gemini Kid in 17:39 -



A technically fantastic match, easily heading towards that holy grail 5-star level for the majority of it. Hilight is Gemini doing the top rope knee drop that he's never hit...but hits it and absolutely CRUSHES Ric's knee. This match lacked the one or two great false finishes that would have really added to the drama and then sports entertainment asshole Yamaha interferes with the brass knux in the ribs to set up the Richter scale finish. Still a very, very good match that shouldn't be overlooked and had the crowd definitely believing in a possible title change. ****1/4


The Incredibles
- As good as the modern run of computer animated films have been ever since "Toy Story" came out about 10 years back, there has NEVER been one in that genre that I watched and was SO well done that you can almost forget you're watching an animated movie. Downright beautiful in nearly aspect with a wonderful storyline, great characters, and some incredible action sequences that I would put over any "legitimate" action movie. It's also one of the longest non-Anime animated films I've seen, clocking in at just under 2 hours but it flies by. Every character, even those with the most minimal of roles, are just written to perfection to the point that if I ever had kids, the name "Dash" is right up there with "Bret" now. Syndrome is just an awesome freakin' heel, with a great origin, and does everything a heel should do with NO remorse. Old school comic geeks like me will love the little nods throughout to so many comic book cliches. I hesitate to go the full monty here just because you just don't do that with animated films...there's always that lacking ingredient that prevents them from reaching the same levels as the truly great live action films. Ah fuck it. It's incredible. *****

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Odds and ends catch up time

Actually received an email request from a friend the other day that stated "if ever you decide to reference me in a blog entry, an alias would be much appreciated!" which I will amusingly adhere to; just know that said person is ALWAYS being lumped into that "week in March 1999". ;)

Munkey passed this on the other day, and it's definitely worth checking out and being amused by if you have not seen the Fat Dutch Kid yet.

Happiness is...an email from the genius that is Winterstein.

Suffered through an abysmal lunch yesterday at which one point it was all made worthwhile thanks to a line from the waitress. After delivering the wrong order initially, she responded with "I'm sorry...the cook is new. He gets a little nervous when people order."

Happy birthday shoutouts to Flagler and Chris Benoit's Personal Limo Driver (seriously).

This past Saturday, CWF was up in still-frigid Mt. Airy with a basic house show. Crowd was way down for a Mt. Airy crowd, in the 60-70 range but like most of the recent house shows, got one stand-out match to make the drive worthwhile. The show kicked off with Tank Lawson mauling a security guard which was supposed to be a match, but between the awkwardness of it and no bell officially starting the match, it never became one. Fine for what it was although the security staff kinda killed the illusion of reality with their behavior and reactions, or lack thereof.

1. Mikael Yamaha pinned Keenan Quinn in 2:21 - Quinn's Mid-Atlantic debut. Perfectly fine for the two minutes but I would have obviously liked to have seen an extended version of this matchup. 1/2*

2. Alex Adonis pinned Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 6:19 - Really solid little boom, boom, boom match for TV as Justice got some fine shine and the heel goes over clean. Good stuff. **

3. Scar Stevens pinned American Steel Ninja in 8:08 - The word is Stevens is a solid wrestler and he continues to appear certainly passable, but the gimmick still just falls flat for me and with nearly ever heel going over already on the show, I seriously question him going over on the far more established Ninja. Match was very basic stuff with the generic cheap rollup, pull of trunks finish. *

4. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride in 17:10 of a street fight - Excellent street fight with logical brawling sequences and pretty deep psychology for a gimmick match of this kind. McBride even breaks out a version of the Fujiwara which doesn't pay off. Finish is a modified STF (as in modified with a noose around McBride's neck) which I freakin' loved. Probably ***1/2 as a whole, but the finish was so darn beautiful, I'll give it ****.

5. the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens and the Shadow in 15:34 to retain the #1 contendership to the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team titles when Smooth pinned Shadow - Match was actually more solid than anticipated as Smooth continues to show surprising improvement in his overall performance. Crowd was extremely hot for the match but the "heel screwjob finish with referee restart and babyface win" was somewhat clustered and lost the crowd somewhat. **1/4

6. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned "Wild" Shane West in 10:06 - From what I understand, West's current health aliment may be holding him back somewhat as this match was very sub-par for both guys and the crowd never really bought into the "hometown hero going for the gold" gimmick unfortunately *3/4


Psycho
- Between my love for the original Hitchcock classic and the fact that Vince Vaughn has become one of my favorite current actors, I had to break down and check out the 1998 remake. While not a bad film by any means, it's kind like watching the Bret-Hennig King of the Ring '93 match after the SummerSlam '91 one...it's a near exact replica minus a few minor changes and the result just leaves you longing for the original. Vaughn is more than acceptable as Norman Bates and does as good of a job as you could expect someone to do. On the other hand, Anne Hache is pretty abysmal in Janet Leigh's role. **1/4 for a fine attempt at a replica and probably worth seeing for comparison reasons but by no means in the same ballpark as the first.


The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
- Much to my own surprise (as I generally heel on the majority of modern day cartoons), I get a huge kick out of Spongebob. Of course, Patrick is the true star of the show, but to each his own. Anyways, this was one of the few movies in the past year that I REALLY wanted to see in the theater but never got the chance so I was eagerly anticipating this sucker finally coming out. And man, oh man, it's even better than expected. For those that know me, I generally won't hysterically laugh out loud. Whether it's a joke told by a friend or a good comedy, the most you usually get out of me is a smile or slight chuckle. Well, at one point in this sucker, with no chemical assistance mind you, I flat out lost it in a way I really haven't since the days of "Dead Alive" where I was literally rolling on the floor of the theater. Just a super, super fun movie that I will own to say the least. My only complaint was the finish as the David Hasselhoff stuff came off almost too cheesy and the finale was just TOO far out there. But Spongebob and Patrick's actual search for the crown is just gold. ****1/2

A little nervous when people order?????

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

1700 miles to recap but the focus is deeper than that....

Randolph already covered this in his blog, but just how great is it to see a friend's dream come true? We all have different dreams. Someone may view someone else's dream as laughable, but for that person, there is no greater feeling than it coming to life. Stutts got just that this past weekend, truly becoming Cornette 2K5 and managing the legendary Midnight Express. We were all certainly thinking about our boy while we were elsewhere and personally, I was genuinely afraid that the promoter would yank the plug at the last second, taking the opportunity away from him. Thankfully they didn't for which I give great thanks to and from all accounts, the actual moment was better than even the dream. His blog account of the show is truly touching and as tough as it is for a manager to find that "coming of age/one moment in time" in today's day and age, I think this past Saturday was truly that day for Stutts.

A mind-numbing 3 1/2 days finally come to a close at 5am Tuesday morning after traveling somewhere over 1700 miles in that time frame (including 1600 of it in 41 hours). That's not much in comparison to what truckers do, or what even many workers do, but for someone who doesn't travel for a living (although at times it sure seems like I do), it's a pretty good haul. The basis of the journey (that being from Chapel Hill to St. Petersburg), was to finish moving the big man (Flagler) as I had promised him back in January that when the time came, we'd help him out as far as hauling the rest of his stuff down.

First, let's kick things off with the actual show review from FRIDAY at AC Fitness in GBoro. The GBoro Alternative Newspaper "YES! Weekly" actually just ran a feature article on the previous CWF show there (sans any Santa Clause references) which I checked out as well. Tremendous cover photo showing Ortega's chest. The article itself was passable at best with way too many spelling errors to be taken credibly, but of course, any publicity is good publicity. The crowd responded to everything MUCH better the second time around as they were fairly hot from the opening bell on this show rather than just for the AC Fitness employees as they were last time.

1. "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride pinned Tank Lawson in 7:03 - Really basic stuff but the crowd ate it up. 1/2*

2. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned "Rock N' Roll" Matty D in 5:13 - Actually my favorite of the three Corey-Matty D squashes so far. **

3. Brass Munkey, American Steel Ninja, and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse Ortega defeated Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens, Alex Adonis, and Mitch Conner in 12:04 when Munkey pinned Conner - Really unconventional 6-man with an extended babyface shine for the start and Adonis doing absolutely nothing and bailing halfway through. Not bad, but just all over the place. *3/4

4. Otto Schwanz pinned Matt Stryker in 12:47 - Yep, Ring of Honor's Matt Stryker graces CWF rings one more time (along with Sonny Siaki and David Young who were along for the ride). This would be one of those goofy Otto matches which are more geared towards entertainment than actual work, which will drive ya nuts sometimes but you get used to it. It was what it was. **

5. Xsiris pinned Mikael Yamaha in 10:11 - Boy, talk about a fascinating story. This matchup, in all truthfulness, SHOULD have been main eventing CWF shows for the first three months of the year. Instead, their one and only singles matchup is on the midcard of a CWF house show. And really, the work contained was probably a good indicator of why this matchup never did reach the heights many thought it would. Definitely two guys working with two different mindsets towards what should and shouldn't be done, with motivation (or lack thereof) being another key element. Insane amount of basic heat that started to drag. Yamaha also pulls off the biggest "WTF??" no sell in CWF history by popping right back up after a beautiful leg lariat. Match in Westfield, NC last 6/12 was much better. 3/4*

6. "Mighty" Orlo Helmer and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice defeated Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn in 9:26 when Helmer pinned Sinn - Exactly what you would expect with Justice carrying the show for his side, Vercetti and Sinn doing their usual, and Orlo coming in for the kill. **

7. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse pinned Brad Attitude in 14:00 - Very good match although it seemed more like a TNA tryout than it did a CWF main event with Stryker, Young, and Siaki watching. Good stuff aside from some brawling that didn't lead anywhere. Stryker actually runs-in and DVDs Atty, which I'm all for as we actually use Stryker in an angle that we can get a little mileage out of despite his infrequent appearances. ****



Overall thoughts - Aside from a really solid main, one of the more forgettable shows as of late although it was never intended to be anything more than a house show anyways. Still plenty of fun to be had and wonderful post-show festivities with Corey, Munkey, Cass, and others at a diner I hadn't walked into since that fateful week in March 1999.

The trip itself was pretty academic with nothing really notable occurring aside from me besting Flagler in the pro football player version of the name game, redeeming myself from the humiliating defeat at the hands of both Gee and eventual winner Stutts during the Kentucky trip from last year. Finally got my hands on those blasted Limited Edition Inside Out Reese's Cups which can't be found anywhere in NC apparently.


Pretty good although I still prefer the original Reese's.

Also tried the new Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper which has got to be the longest soda name ever. Passable for a Diet drink, but that's about it. Speaking of which, I need to give a quick plug to the "Not Quiet What The Doctor Ordered" website which chronicles all those off brands of Dr. Pepper over the years (such as Dr. Perky and Dr. Bob). Yes!


The St. Pete/Tampa area was, as always, beautiful despite the off-again, on-again rain and I hate that I couldn't have spent more time than what we did as Florida is pretty much my favorite state to visit. Chris (Flagler) was actually staying with his aunt during the transition time from move to actual apartment and let me just say Holy Balls, his aunt's place is just about the nicest house I have EVER been in. Words really don't do it justice and seeing as how I don't actually have the vocabulary to illiterate when it comes to home interiors, let's just say it was freakin' beautiful, had a pool, and a kickass plasma tv. It's one of those things that got me thinking in both a positive and somewhat depreciating way.

When I originally started this blog last summer, it was meant to be not much more than a personal diary of sorts with just the occasional reader. Nowadays, I seemed to have gathered a much wider readership than I ever anticipated and while I am grateful, the remainder of this blog leads to the question of just how much do I open up within these pages? I don't like being all serious here because it's not a lot of fun and quiet frankly, there's only SO much you want to reveal as with the more you reveal, the more vulnerable you become. However, more than anything else, it is extremely therapeutic which is exactly what I'm seeking.

You sit there and look around this beautiful house and you sit there and watch your best friend of 15 years moving away to improve the quality of his life and you can't help but start wondering what you've done wrong with your own life. I have a work ethic that's pretty darn unmatchable if you ask any former employers, a great attitude, and a killer resume in my field but yet I have NEVER had a job in which I made over 25K a year. You start questioning yourself and the choices you have made. Have you sold yourself short? Have you tried as hard as you think you have or have you just convinced yourself that you're better than what reality has actually proved. Why am I not working at Universal in FL making 50 grand a year? Why am I not the head of a local video production company? Why the hell do I have to constantly struggle when those far less qualified in virtually every facet of life get to enjoy a much more comfortable existence?

Is it because I left college to pursue my career with a job that had fallen into my lap? Is it because I turned my back on that very job to leave not for greener pastures, but for female affection? Is it because I moved to a barren wasteland for legitimate jobs and have never been able to dig myself out of that hole I dug in 1996? Is it because of the burnout I suffered between politics and lack of pay that ended my last job in TV in 1999?

Yes it is. It is between these personal mistakes (and others) in my professional career that still cause me to struggle to this day. But when I look back at each and every decision that I made, I did so out of the pursuit of genuine happiness. I received a call from my Mom earlier today asking if I would be interested in a position at UNC that had come open. Without hesitation, I declined as have been perfectly content lately with my perfectly acceptable home and the wonderful location that it resides in. As much as I love Chapel Hill, it would take a great deal for me to uproot myself once again (remember that I've moved some 15 times in my 29 years). After an hour or so after hanging up I began to realize how many of the questions I poised above corollate directly with my lack of hesitation when it came to this job offer. Like so many times in the past, once again my current contentment had trumped any prospect of a more prosperous future. And there in lies the question that I have been confronted with many, many times in the past with still no clear answer in sight: Is a more financially secure future elsewhere better than the passable current conditions that I currently live in?

My mind contemplates both sides of the fence, the pros and cons, and the self-doubt that makes me ask myself "Am I making decisions out of what I truly want or am I making decisions out of what I have convinced myself I should do". As I discussed in a blog long since forgotten, I'm not an overly religious person but when the time comes that I am truly torn, when I begin questioning myself and every little decision I make to the point that my spirit and belief in myself begins to be in jeopardy, I too turn to God. I don't think it's right for people to only turn to God when they're the ones in need and I'm guilty of that far often than I'd like to admit. But it's certainly not right for people to try and maintain a facade in their devotion to him while doing everything opposite of it in their daily lives. I am no saint by any means, but if there's one thing I've learned in my life that in the end, God WILL point me in the right direction. Even when I'm being pulled between family, friends, jobs, money, and other intangibles and cannot make a decision that will make even myself satisfied, I know that he will open the right door for me to follow through. As much as I would like to be able to say "Yeah, I kicked my ex to the curb to save my life", it's not the truth. I didn't have the balls back in 1999 to do that but in a very strange way, everything fell into place in virtually every aspect and it's because as my heart was torn apart that fateful February, he was already setting the events in motion to bring me to where I am today. That's when, as I laid on my bed agonizing over my current decision, I remembered that when all is said and done, he will guide me to my final destiny.

That would be the gist of my current state of mind, but I do need to give a little nod to Zoe, who out of everyone I hang with, is far and away the most loyal in her devotion to God. Still very young and innocent in so many ways, but even on those RARE occasions when she may stray slightly from the written word, she never strays from her belief. And I respect the heck out of that.

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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