Saturday, May 28, 2005

Not just reasonable, but overwhelming too!

Man alive, this summer is shaping up to be awesome. The CWF schedule is just awesome featuring something like 17 shows in the 14 weeks of summer. It's been awhile since I've actually looked forward to a summer like I did back in my youth, but I'm as jakked about what's to come in 2005 as I was on the last day of school years ago. The entire thing is getting the All Japan "Summer Action Series" moniker and includes three special Clash of the Champions-like "Friday Night Fights" events which will emanate from the CSA including, for the first time ever, exclusive non-televised bouts that will be commentated LIVE by Randolph and yours truly and going direct to DVD release as part of the new AWA series. My only concern at all is getting Troxler up to speed enough to handle the main camera duties for those shows cause it's certainly a heck of alot harder than it looks as many will attest to.

Add another site to the fam as the MIA Kamakazi Kid opened up his own BLOG this past week. Even in it's infancy, it's probably as revealing and as open as any wrestling journal I've ever read. Absolutely incredible stuff that really hits hard. That crazy kid is one of my boys, but I never expected to read ANYthing like this.

American Idol Season 4 has come and gone with an extremely anti-climatic final between Bo and Carrie, who is by far the "who gives a crap" winner they've ever had. Her generic looks combined with an incredible lack of generic charisma will make her a long-lost trivia answer by...oh, say this time next year. On the other hand, Bo (along with Constantine) are gonna be true breakthru superstars, as much if not more than any Idols of the past. However, as much as the season finale lacked for in drama, in more than made up for in entertainment. Much like a SuperBowl blowout that is frequently saved by the glitz and glamour of the hoopla surrounding the event itself, that is what they've done with the AI Finale. A wonderfully fun 2-hour package that is far more memorable than the final outcome. The Hasselhoff cameo, the recap packages, Constantine doing the Beach Boys & Aerosmith, and Bo with Lynard Skynard almost made you forget that somehow, someway Carrie won the damn thing.

It was during the show that I got to lay my eyes upon the "Dukes of Hazzard" movie commercial for the first time. I was very, very nervous about this whole project in the first place since "Dukes" was, more than any other show, my baby when I was a kid. I was definitely a little nervous that they were gonna completely fuck it up with this movie version...I mean, I like them and all, but Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott as Bo and Luke??? Seriously?? But after seeing the promo, I can rest a little easier. It looked like a ball of fun with Jessica Simpson actually sounding like an acceptable Daisy and Burt Reynolds (as Boss Hogg) and Willie Nelson (as Uncle Jesse) just being some 5-star casting.

Holy shit do I love me some T-shirt Hell...

Gone back and forth as to where I should even bother touching on this subject at all as Feeche pretty much handled it himself as far as these columns go, but good lord, how ridiculous is this war of words between a certain wrestling promotion and the one I, and many others, work for. Just cause I GOTSTA do it before I go nuts, I want to take a few direct comments from some of the back and forth posting and give my brief rebuttals. Not naming names on the original posters cause I have no heat with said individuals, I'm just gonna take a few minutes to counteract the Kool-Aid THEY are drinking. I ain't even gonna touch on the "Dollar General" comment cause even I don't have a clue what that's supposed to mean either.

"i know your (Feeche) drinking on the cwf kool aid now"

Accusing Feeche of drinking CWF Kool-Aid is kinda like accusing Bruiser Brody of supporting Vince McMahon.

"with the lies that they have ties to japan"

-Multiple wrestlers that have wrestled for CWF have also wrestled in Japan for multiple organizations over there
-CWF is part of the AWA along with Zero-One Hello
-Yeah, no ties whatsoever

"and ties to wwe and all this other big time smoke up the butt bs"

-Yeah, because Mikael Yamaha, Amber O'Neal, Krissy Vaine, Brad Attitude, Chuck Coates, Otto Schwanz, etc, etc have NEVER EVER done anything with the WWE. Oh, let's not forget Shane Helms, Matt Hardy, Lita, Shannon Moore, etc, etc. No ties. Not us.

"why the hell does the supposed awa site linked from indy insiders event calender only advertise cwf shows, not one single othere supposed awa show is listed"

AWA'm looking at the events calendar for May and I see 17 events listed...3 are CWF.

"ever notice how the indy year end awards only go to guys working for cwf"

God this is so old right now and has been covered so many times, I hate to waste any more time on it. Awards are determined by promotions we cover which, since the inception of the awards we have covered CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic, TWE, ACW, RCW, NEW, ACPW, WCEW, SWA (TN), SWA (NC), EWA, USIWF, ACWA, BCW (KY), BCW (NC), NFW, Memphis, CCW, WWA, ODCW, NDW, VCW, CAPW, PGWA, NACW, NMCW, BTW, MLW, NAWA, and a few others that the names escape me on. Our apologies for not covering more areas. Yes, the majority of awards do go to wrestlers that wrestle for CWF more often than anyone else but let's face it, no one RUNS SHOWS as often so obviously the % is going to be higher. I would have no problem seeing more shows in other areas if time permitted but unfortunately that's not always possible.

"who are they being judged against, only thos working for free for free"

This is the one that drives me nuts more than anything else. That damn "CWF guys work for free" BS. This is the one most overused slam on the company that comes from a completely uneducated perspective. By my count, CWF has ran 95 live shows in it's history. 51 of those are TV tapings which, as the wrestlers know, are free shows intended to raise the revenue that keeps the TV product on air and to make the overall improvements in the promotion necessary to continually improve the platform for the competitors. Simple math will tell you that leaves 44 shows unaccounted. 44...oh my lord, could it be? PAYING house shows??? I'm in shock. How dare they ever pay the talent?? And maybe it's just me, but there's not a whole lotta promotions out there that can claim they've ran 44 paying shows in their history either, much less 95 total. Personally, I think a near 50/50 split between paying house shows and free TV tapings is pretty darn reasonable, especially considering any non-paying events are only helping the talent out as well. You would think that if pay was really, TRULY an issue and we screwed the wrestlers on that at every possible chance then you would THINK that such incredible talent as Ric Converse, Corey Edsel, Xsiris, etc, etc, etc would just go where they would be treated properly since they obviously have the abilities to demand it. But if the pay rumor is false and my statements are true, then doesn't it make much more sense as to why talent of that level would rather work, even a free show at CWF, rather than a paying booking elsewhere? Think about it and YOU decide the truth for yourself.

"not 'allowing' them to work for other promoitions"

Since day one, I (and many others) have been told repeatedly that we are MORE than willing to take bookings elsewhere. I have no idea where this even came from but it's an outright lie and anyone who's ever worked there could tell you that. In FACT, one specific wrestler from this promotion was specifically invited to a CWF show by ME on April 16th, so there goes that rumor.

Personally, I'm not going to take shots at ANY promotion (well aside from WWE) on television. It's called professionalism. Anything even the least bit controversial you can find in this blog where I'll down myself for fucking up quicker than anyone else. With that being said, a few easily glossed over facts from the other side of the Kool-Aid stand.

-CWF has never showed up at another promotion's show selling tshirts with their show on it but OUR name.
-It's hard to take any criticism seriously from a booker that was actually booked as name talent on CWF shows for nearly two years straight, advertised for a good deal of them, and no-showed over HALF of his advertised appearances.
-Let's not forget that the promotion in question came to US for help with their product much like ECPW and SWA did as well. And virtually every wrestler for those promotions was welcome with open arms and still wrestles for CWF to this very day. So what makes this particular promotion different? Could it be that they didn't come to us for help as much as they came to us to try and figure out exactly how to put together quality shows and a viable TV product? They certainly had the financial resources (far more than CWF) to do anything they so desired but needed the guidance of a proven commodity to actually put something watchable together. And once they accomplished that, they simply made a roster out of the booker's friends, untrained kids, bitter non-CWF wrestlers, disgruntled former CWF wrestlers, and a random name talent here and there. Ya know honestly, that's not a BAD way to start if you are gonna do it. Kinda shaddy and backhanded, but it COULD work if you had a clue what to do with all individuals. Personally if I HATED CWF and wanted to create my own identity with a new promotion, I would start with the better talent from WCEW, ACPW, and NACW and build my promotion out of talent and the occasional name rather than out of bitterness and the occasional name.

Like I said, this is my one and only rebuttal to this whole issue. Obviously I'm brainwashed when it comes to my CWF love but as I've said many, many times I simply love wrestling and that's why I'm there. I'm as critical as anyone when we do something or a worker does something that doesn't meet a certain standard. I want to be part of simply the finest pure wrestling product in the area and if I didn't believe it was indeed just that, I wouldn't defend it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Hit that refresh button on the browser, cause it's finally back with 2 weeks to recap and 4 shows to go!

Yes, after all my cohorts checking this space for the past two weeks with no new update, I finally deliver! Just a ton of stuff goin on with the main reason for the delay being the hauling of all the crap I had stored in my mom's house to my house (which is kinda like trying go from cramming everything you own into an apartment to cramming it into a canoe). So I'm currently buried in boxes and boxes of old stuff that has lots to little memories that I either need to pawn off on some other poor unsuspecting soul or find the space for. So if anyone out there is looking for a bunch of old Entertainment Weeklys or Spawn figures, shoot me a line. Of course the real gem from my Mom's move is the new car I got out of the deal which is far and away, bar none, the nicest vehicle I've EVER had (which probably means the next time I walk outside it'll be on fire). 1995 Ford Thunderbird LX which, having ONLY been made a decade ago, is also the NEWEST car I've ever owned. Yes, I've never owned a car that was made in the same decade that I am currently living in. I did get it for free though which means the total for the 5 cars I've owned since I turned 16 is $500. Which, depending on your perspective is either really lucky or really sad.

Did a double shot of shows not only this past weekend but LAST weekend as well so we have FOUR full blown show reviews to go. I've been asked repeatedly from numerous parties when the heck I was gonna update (some being out of genuine interest and some being out of sarcasm). So let's gear up and go blow the load.

CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic on Sat 5/14 at the CSA. Another packed house as we attempt to make up for the somewhat dismal previous CSA show (who booked that abortion anyways?).

1. Xsiris and Ultra Dragon defeated the Street Sweepers (Jay Sinn and Gregory Vercetti) in 8:31 -

Pretty solid spotty-style opener that you would expect from this combination. It actually had one fantastically brutal (and believable) finish as Dragon accidentally sky twister presses himself onto X, who was making the cover at the time. Heels could have easily gone over clean as a sheet there but X comes back 30 seconds later and goes over with a DDT. Well alrighty then... **

-Gemini Kid's Hotseat: Chuck Coates and Ric Converse via telephone - Gemini pulls good old Chuck Coates (Madd Maxx) out of the crowd as Chuck makes his legit first CWF appearance since...well, hell..since CWF meant much of anything to anyone outside of the core group really. July 20, 2002 was Chuck's last appearance in a CWF ring (which I just GOTTA point out was the infamous Maxx/Yamaha vs. Corey/Schwanz tag match with one of the worst finishes EVER as Yam jobs Corey out clean as a sheet to a flying butt bomb of some kind). Gemini then talks to Ric Converse on the telephone who has been barred for the building to give a "cooling down period" between him and Garry Stevens.

2. American Steel Ninja pinned Hugh B. "Bad News" Johnson in 8:48 - Hugh B. almost plays the role of babyface (???) here in a very uncharacteristic open. Solid stuff and a basic nice majistral finish. **

3. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned Brass Munkey in 7:36 - Conner's new breakaway tuxedo pants are 5-stars and then some. He also cut some of the best pre-show promos EVER as he was voted sexiest man alive by..."YOUR MAMA!". Hilarious stuff...ya should have been there. Anyways, this is the rematch of the squash from last show with a different outcome as Corey distracts Munkey, allowing Stutts to noose him from behind and Conner then kills Munkey with...something...bad. I have no clue what it was, but he went over with it. Longer (and better) than last time. Great TV. **1/2

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated Team Adonis (Alex Adonis and Donnie Dollars) in 7:17 of a non-title match - The 1000 match war continues between the Playas and Team Adonis in this thankfully condensed version. **

5. Jeremy Ryan pinned Mikael Yamaha in 4:11 - My personal little baby on this show and it came off SO much better than the first match. Ryan scores the upset pin at the last CSA taping so screw this, Yamaha's out to get revenge and of course mauls Ryan for the majority of it. Yam stops to pose, a one victory roll later and my offensively deficient hero wins another one! Fantastic TV and the crowd was on board. Post match, Stutts spits at Chuck then hauls ass, leaving Chuck to enter the ring and smack Yam around some much to the delight of the crowd. Chuck then cuts probably the best serious promo I've ever heard him do, running down his own history with the legacy of the MA territory. Awesome segment from start to finish. Match was probably *1/2 at best, but an overall ***1/2 segment, so we'll go with **1/2.

6. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse "En Fuego" Ortega pinned Tank Lawson in 8:32 - One of those oil and water combinations that ya get scared of going in but it actually wasn't too shabby until Tank splits his pants big time and then starts getting a little shaky. *3/4

7. Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride pinned "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel in 9:15 - the fourth "rematch" matchup on this show with this one falling into that "better than the first category" as well. Well, technically, it couldn't hope to be as memorable as the 1/8/05 match or even the latter street fight, but workrate wise, it surpassed both. Good stuff with Edsel suffering his first pinfall loss since the heel turn to the same maneuver by the same man that he snapped and turned heel on in the first place - Rob's backslide (following a Munkey distraction as payback from earlier). God bless continuity. ***

8. Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens and the Shadow defeated Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins & "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 12:48 when Stevens pinned Matty Dee - I swear to god Matty Dee is entertaining enough to make a Dover match watchable. Fun stuff, fun finish but an almost painfully long heat sequence that mainly had a very slooooow Shadow working a very "confused and thereby immobile deer in the headlights" Chris Collins. Garry mainly sells the destroyed ribs on the apron from Wentworth. Postmatch, Converse hits the ring to the monster pop and it's pier-6 time again as the locker room empties and chaos ensues. *

Overall thoughts - I get the impression that my review doesn't reflect the overall atmosphere of the show which was really fantastic. The crowd was on the majority of the night and even though there were no workrate classics by any means, nearly everything was really solid and fun from start to finish.

Sat night was spent at the Stutts residence and boy, families just don't get much more entertaining than that clan. In the midst of it all, I finally retrieved an old Saturday Night's Main Event which I had not seen since it first aired from 7/28/90 featuring a Curt Hennig-Tito Santana IC title match which I had recalled being great, but of course, perception in a growing smart mark's mind 15 years earlier could be greatly different than my perception now. And I will rarely reference alot of mainstream wrestling in here, but holy god, that sucker is AWESOME and has got to be one of the all-time great matches that NO ONE EVER talks about. ****1/2 and I'd put it on any "Intro to how great pro wrestling can be" comp tape. On a side note, the Rockers-Demolition match from that same show which I recalled being pretty decent, but not as good as the IC match, doesn't hold up well AT ALL as Jannetty is just off in crackland somewhere as Michaels does everything he can to make his team look halfway sober.

Anyways, off to Sunday 5/15 and the return to Riders in the Country and Greensboro, NC with RCW "REALiTy CHECK":

1. Ultra Dragon pinned "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner in 5:01 - Good, fun opener which the crowd just wasn't there for AT ALL. For some bizarre reason, over the past year the crowds at Riders have gotten smaller as the quality of shows have gotten better. Doesn't make a lick of sense. Still, props to both guys for putting on a fine little match with absolutely zero feedback. **

2. "The Black Hand" Justin Feeche pinned Hugh B. "Bad News" Johnson in 8:12 - Tremendous smashmouth wrestling as the Southern Indys deliver it's version of Vader vs. Hansen with fantastic results. Still hardly a peep from the crowd but they slowly started to get into it and it was hard not to as Feeche and Hugh B. just put on a fantastic effort beating the tar out of one another. Fan freakin tastic. I want a rematch in front of a crowd that cares. ***

-GeeStar is out for the "return to the scene of the crime" promo where she legit blew her knee out last December and has been wrestling sporadically ever since. Vows the revenge which leads to Stutts interjecting himself which leads to Garry Stevens nailing her from behind and the brutality is underway. Garry and Stutts tape Gee's arm to the ropes, rip off the knee brace and pummel her as the crowd FINALLY wakes up and gives a shit although it's hard not to when Gee turns on the drama switch. Very good angle. I swear, does ANYone get more out of not wrestling than she does?

3. Dr. Love and KC McKnight defeated Charlie Dreamer & Trey-G and Zane Dawson & Sik Wit It in 14:19 of a triangle match when McKnight pinned Trey-G - This would be my first time seeing EVERYone here except for Trey which is a really rare quote for me after the past few years. Dreamer has a good rep but unfortunately tore his arm out delivering a chop before he could do much of anything (and for those who think that sounds strange, I've thrown my shoulder out sneezing so yeah, it happens). I liked the look of the Love/McKnight duo as Love and Matty Dee are either destined to team or feud forever. McKnight has the most traditional wrestler look out of the new guys and with some good charisma to go with it. I'm definitely interested in seeing him in singles down the road. Zane and Sik seemed very competent as a big heel tag team, their big drawback being the gear. Anyways, as far as the actual match goes, it went a little long (possibly due to the Dreamer injury) but at least had tons of energy along the way. As I've said a million times, I hate three way matches no matter who's in them but this one was passable in that sense. **1/2

4. Donnie Dollars and the Street Sweepers (Jay Sinn and Gregory Vercetti)(with Brad Stutts in their corner) defeated Jeremy Ryan and Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins and "Rock N' Roll" Matty Dee with Brian Hall in their corner) in 8:41 when Vercetti pinned Collins - Oh my god, this was the most fun ever. Of course the heels were on with Vercetti breaking out the gas mask cause of all the smoke in the Riders bar. But (as Zoe would say) Matty Dee just rocks my face off with Collins feeding off of him and Jeremy Ryan even going balls out with the gimmick. Matty actually starts smoking on the ring apron while waiting for the hot tag, including a pin breakup with no contact, only blowing a puff of smoke in Vercetti's face. Tons of energy and yeah the work was good but ya know...fuck the workrate, this was FUN. ***

5. AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega defeated Michael McAllister by submission in 2:40 - A very strange bizzaro world type match as Assistant Commish McAllister challenges Jesse, who then starts almost working heel like and beats the crap out of Big McA on the outside. Quick Fujiwara finish. Not bad, just really weird.. *1/4

6. Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja defeated J-Money and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel in 11:30 when Ninja pinned Money to win the RCW tag team titles - This would be the continuation of the Edsel-Munkey war although the focus here would be more on the lack of cooperation between Money and a now-heel Edsel. More story than anything although Munkey and Money do break out the dual leapfrog collision for a double down which should probably be used more often if people didn't die while attempting it. **1/2 Post match, the Miracle Violence Connection is finally BORN as Feeche hits the ring and him and Corey murder everyone. If they could only get together on TV on a regular basis, this would be undoubtedly the most bad ass tag team we've ever had. It'll be a fluke if it happens, but man, we can dream...

7. "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens defeated "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride, "Slick" Ric Converse, and RCW Intercontinental champion Tank Lawson in 14:44 of a "Fatal 4 Way" match to win the RCW Heavyweight title. Order of elimination: Stevens defeated Converse by disqualification in 00:03...McBride pinned Lawson in 10:10...Stevens pinned McBride in 14:44 - Pretty solidly booked 4 way although the McBride-Lawson middle segment went WAY too long for what was trying to be accomplished. Converse gets DQ'd immediately for murdering Garry with the baseball bat and then Richter scales referee Redd. Tank returns for the finial finish which is pretty abysmally executed, ending with him costing Rob. Garry wins the title but postmatch Gee gets some semblance of revenge, getting back the wrestling boots Stutts stole from her earlier and smacking Garry with them to set up Garry vs. Gee for RCW title on 7/21 which was certainly news to me.

Overall thoughts - It should be noted just HOW crucial continuity has become in the general greater MA area as if this show had been run with a completely different booking than what CWF has already put together, then it would have been lost on the crowd and the few fans that were there would have totally turned on it. But by applying the same basic heel/face structure and main angles that are already prevalent all over TV in the area but having the freedom to interject new matchups that may otherwise not see the light of day, RCW put on a fantastic show with it's own identity without sacrificing anything.

Of course during the week I just lie in a coma waiting for the next weekend to roll around which brings us to a Friday night show on 5/20 as CWF returns to AC Fitness in Greensboro..

1. Tank Lawson, Keenan Quinn, and Donnie Dollars defeated "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride and Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins & "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 11:30 when Lawson pinned Matty Dee - More 6-man fun with Classic Rock leading the way and having Boogie as a partner sure doesn't hurt. More fun stuff that just leaves you smiling despite the abortion of a hot tag spot...twice. **

2. "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) in 9:04 of a non-title match when Stevens pinned Money - The path to Pffaftown the next night begins here with Garry bringing Corey in for a "warm up" match with the champs. Of course, if I'M Garry, I'd want Shadow for the warmup match and Corey when the titles are actually on the line, but maybe that's just me. Anyways, expectedly good stuff as the Playas continue to come into their own as a team better than I had originally envisioned **3/4

3. AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega defeated Xsiris by submission in 8:57 -
Yes, THIS matchup. A matchup that I had wanted to do something with for quiet some time now because there's just SO much history there just sitting on a silver platter but for one reason or the other, certain circumstances prevented this matchup from ever being a long running angle (Read more in my tell all book coming in 2015!). So it finally happens and certainly delivers despite zero build for it. I think X specifically asked me to rate this one a 1/4* or so since I apparently hate all his work. But seriously, it was X's best singles match in probably a year and Jesse is just REALLY coming into his own in every way possible. ***

4. American Steel Ninja and Brass Munkey defeated the Street Sweepers (Jay Sinn and Gregory Vercetti) in 9:54 when Ninja pinned Vercetti - Good lord was the crowd hot for Munkey and Ninja. Easily pop of the night which is sayin somethin. Your basic straight up match that you would expect here with plenty of quality and a nice visual finish with Ninja crane kicking the briefcase into Vercetti's face. **3/4

5. Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice pinned Alex Adonis in 9:47 - Basically Justice gets killed for 8 minutes and then gets the clean win with the froggy bodypress. Psychologically sound enough for government work. **

6. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Ric Converse pinned "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner in 9:04 -

Ric FINALLY returns to ring action for the first time since the 3/26 melee and breaks out the new white coat and blue trunks look. Ric looked as sharp as ever and MC hung right there with him. One of those matchups that had a couple of almost hesitant like moments since it was their first ever meeting, but still very solid and I could totally see this particular matchup going in that 15-20 minute range one day. ***

Overall thoughts - Of the 3 AC Fitness shows so far, this one was hands down the best (even though I got too busy to climb the rock wall which makes me very sad). Nothing even remotely close to being bad. No real angles but tons of just good, solid straight up wrestling. I can live with that any day of the week.

Stayed at Zoe's Sat night along with Gee, Corey, Munkey, and others. Holy balls that girl is one of the greatest cooks I've ever had the opportunity to eat...wait...did I word that wrong? But seriously, if there was ANY person that could have a chance at making sweet potatoes edible, it'd be her. Still ain't gonna happen though, just sayin.

And finally, last Saturday 5/21 brings us CWF at the West Central Community Center in Pfafftown just outside of Winston and what a way to end a 4 show stretch...

1. Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice pinned Keenan Quinn in 3:25 - Beautimous opener with no double downs (!) and a brutal corkscrew fisherman from Justice to win. Nice and compact. *3/4

2. Big Daddy Cole pinned Alex Adonis in 8:18 - Battle of the big men with some really solid psychology. This was a TON better than I would have expected. **1/2

3. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Ric Converse in 6:36 of a non-title match - Ric wants Garry TONIGHT but Garry's already got a match, so out comes MC to get some retribution from the night before. Of course Garry still gets involved which leads to MC scoring the huge upset. Not a repeat from the previous night by any means which is always nice for those fans that attend both. **

4. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel pinned Brass Munkey in 12:26 -

One of the greatest matches I've ever taped. Seriously. On a couple of occasions I've heard the comment "you have to have a title to fight for or you have no reason to fight." This match was a great big "Fuck That". After all the build, this would be the first Corey-Munkey singles matchup in which Munkey came to FIGHT (unlike the last Pffaftown match where he was still hesitant to fight his friend). And my god, what a payoff. Munkey reverse the backdrop driver and hitting COREY with one. Munkey lariating Corey so hard they could hear the smack in the locker room and the impact split Corey's chest open. Just the overall intensity was un fucking real. The pace was virtually non-stop for 12 minutes but still mired in so much psychology and history that it didn't take away from it, it only added to it. There were SEVERAL moments that really seemed like the end but both men refused to die until Corey decapitates Munkey with his own lariat (in front of Munkey's family I might add). Awesome, awesome match and a true MOTYC. I could go on and on but you get the point. I immediately headed to the back following the match and everyone that watched the match was either smiling from ear to ear or in tears. There were many, many embraces handed out and I have never seen as many grown men in tears following a match in the back as I witnessed with this one. It was a celebration of what had just occurred and everyone KNEW it. For all the accolades that myself and others have laid upon Corey Edsel over the past few years, someone had just stepped up to his level. Brass Munkey was always thought of as a very, very good wrestler on the rise but any talks of a bonafide singles star potential would always be met with hesitation. On this night in Pffaftown, Munkey brought it. From an emotional and physically standpoint, Brass Munkey rose to the occasion like no one I have ever seen before. The Corey-Munkey feud isn't even over and to THINK that the potential is there for this matchup to become even better as the year goes along is just flat out scary. ****3/4

5. Tank Lawson pinned "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride in 12:21 of a no-disqualification match - You would think after the last match, the show would crumble in it's wake but I'll be damned if everyone following it just didn't keep up the level of quality. I really didn't expect too much here as I've seen Tank and Rob battle about 100 times and never really break that ** plateu. Surprise, surprise as they put on both an entertaining and brutal no DQ match that turns into Tank's best singles match EVER. Tank even pulls off one of the most disturbingly funny spots ever as, without permission, he grabs one of our physically handicapped fans from ringside and rams her and her wheelchair like a battering ram into Rob. A completely unapproved, politically incorrect spot but damn was it funny. Tank goes over with the Al Del Greco field goal kick to the nads. ***

6. AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega pinned Scar Stevens in 9:52 - A rematch from the last Pffaftown show which was the best I've seen from Scar and this one failed into that same category. A rare (for us) Dusty finish (done the proper way) with the crowd pretty much shitting that f'n Scar won the TV title. But GeeStar comes out, and with the assistance of the ringsiders (specifically #1 fan Jimmy), gets the ref to restart it with Jesse getting the quick pin.

Brief postmatch brawl with Jesse/Gee-Scar/Destiny to set up a very unusual tag match for the next show. Fun stuff. **1/2

7. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Ric Converse and the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated the Shadow and "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens in 20:09 when Smooth pinned Shadow - Boy was this ever some story telling. For about 5 minutes we have a normal match until Garry hits Money with the dreaded piledrvier outside the ring and all hell breaks loose. Money gets carted to the back and Smooth goes it alone for several minutes while the crowd is just chomping at the bit to see Ric come out. And sure enough, Ric finally does just that as Kiyia Moka drags Ric to the ring (ala Liz-Hogan '87) and Ric WANTS THE TAG. 5 more minutes of hot tag build until Ric finally gets it and goes to town.

Brawls to the back with Garry, leaving Smooth and Shadow 1 on 1 for the tag titles. Referee Shane West then turns heel (like there ain't enough going on) but it backfires and he gets bumped to the outside. Assistant Commish McAllister runs to the ring but rather than making the 3 as Smooth has the pin, checks on West instead. GEMINI then runs to the ring and HE makes the 3-count as the Playas retain. Overbooking 101 but almost all quality with wild, wild stuff that the crowd was going freakin nuts over. ***1/2

Overall thoughts - One hell of a show with only one downer note that I never mentioned before. The crowd. Being a new town, Pffaftown hasn't been officially established as a true hotbed for quality wrestling. Add that to the fact that our advertising was shot in the foot and we end up with a less than stellar turnout. However, the crowd that was there was just fantastic and cheered their heads off with all the boys delivering big time. It was one of those shows that everyone was pretty much like fuck the crowd size, those that are here about to get the ride of their lives.

Post show festivities included a repeated flashing from a certain female attendee which I would have no problem watching repeated viewings of but one specific wrestler was embarrassed repeatedly by actions of said family member. Good stuff.

Ok, let's see if I can finally wrap this sucker up with a few movie reviews...

White Noise-
The Michael Keaton thriller is actually a passable first hour until the ending rolls around and it's just a complete letdown with a TON of plot holes and unanswered questions. A complete waste of time. *1/2

Racing Stripes-
Man alive, you would THINK with all of the talent they got to use in this movie it would have been at least watchable. Snoop Dogg's character is completely wasted and is obviously only there on the advertisements to give to try and make the movie appear far cooler than it actually is. The only funny scene in the entire thing is Jeff Foxworthy's rooster getting shat on but aside from that, it's just painfully blah including an ending so bad it forced to groan out loud and bury my head in my hands. *

Team America: World Police-
When in doubt, leave it to Matt Stone and Trey Parker to save the day. Kinda. I was never a big South Park fan until I saw the movie with Flagler and Gee when it came out. It won me over in a heartbeat and have loved that series ever since. This of course is WAYYYY different but still as disturbed. From what I've seen, most people that like SPark love this as well but I'm not AS big on it as some are. I think "Team America" is VERY well done and the puppets are as expressive in the eyes and movements as anything I've ever seen. So major A+ on the visual look of the film. BUT the story itself just doesn't do much for me. That probably has alot to do with my extreme lack of interest in political issues so a full length film in that vein, no matter how hilarious it may be on that particular subject, just doesn't appeal to me personally as much. Now, if you're big into politics and love South Park, then heck yeah this is all you. My favorite scenes were easily the puppet sex scene which is just completely f'd up and the wonderful soundtrack. For me, I can only go **1/4, but for many, it'll be better than that.

Coming Soon - Here comes June which is lined up to be an absolutely huge month. June brings us BOTH the 10th anniversary of the first Indy show I ever taped as well as the 100th CWF show, so you better believe there's gonna be some special edition blogs on both of those. Also a little "This is Your Life" piece I'm working on off and on as well as MY opinion on this whole ridiculous "War of the Words" with another local promotion. For now though, everybody can be happy that I finally updated. Love to all!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A weekend so exciting I set myself on fire

"While I'm not hoping for a repeat to August 2003, at this point, I'd almost be surprised if SOMEthing momentous doesn't go down this weekend." -Statmark's Reasonable Blog, 4/29/05

I woke up on Saturday morning, went to the computer to work on TV formats and such odds and ends for the show later in the day and was greeted by an email of a breaking news story out of Charlotte. A news story that would garner a "Holy fucking shit balls!!!" type reaction. I'm not going to go into detail and bury the individual that this news story pertained to but to say the least, it was a very, very fitting start to...

the "Return to Wentworth."

-insert dramatic "baum baum baummmm" sounding instrumental here-

1. Ultra Dragon and "Rock N' Roll" Matty Dee defeated the Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) in 6:14 when Dragon pinned Vercetti-

Boy, you just don't get openers that are much more fun than this. Vercetti and Sinn debut their new tag team (which if it maintains, Dollars comes along for the ride as the bodyguard so we don't lose the "Shrek & Donkey" chants). They visually LOOK like a tag team, and actually (god forbid) WRESTLE as a tag team, but I don't quite understand it yet. But that does hit on 2 of the 3, so it passes. Dragon and Matty on the other hand look anything like a team, but just play off of one another so insanely well, that you can't help but love them. Tremendous energy, although too spotty, but still just a ton of fun and exactly what an opener should be. And by god FINALLY someone (Dragon) actually HITS the sky twister press (!!!) and even goes over with it. Of course Matty celebrates like he just won Olympic gold. I love that guy. **1/2

2. Tank Lawson pinned Keenan Quinn in 3:41 - Easily the one matchup on the show where you go "whew boy, this could be ugly" but it was not to be and both guys did what they're supposed to do. Perfectly acceptable TV match. *1/2

3. Otto Schwanz pinned Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 10:18 - Ahhh...god bless Otto's impending marriage as he was TOTALLY had the working boots on tonight and Kid Justice has quiet possibly his best singles match EVER. Fantastic big man vs. little man match. ***

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse Ortega defeated Donnie Dollars by submission in 9:50 - Very good first half of action until the heat begins to set in and Dollars becomes the MAN by swallowing his own hurl during the match as to not ralph in the ring. That was part of a shaky, but still held together second half which they recovered for the finish. **1/2

5. "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride pinned Mitch Conner in 8:45 - This would be your obvious comedy matchup of the show with the usual mannerisms from both guys. Fine little crowd pleaser. *1/2

6. "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel and Brad Stutts defeated Brass Munkey and GeeStar in 16:57 when Stutts pinned Gee - This was the big one with as much history and depth as any match you'll probably ever see on the Indy scene. Unlike most matches where you have your one basic psychology pattern, all four here had a different individual mental psychology that had to be interwoven together to tell the story. Munkey wants to fight Corey, who doesn't want to fight but rather wrestle while Stutts wants revenge on Gee, who doesn't want Stutts as much as she wants to find the soul inside of Corey, who is hesitant to do anything physical at all to her as he still may indeed have a heart. And can you believe they pulled it off??? Munkey's intensity is just off the freakin' charts early, basically abusing himself and screaming for Corey to "FIGHT ME!!!!" and just going ballistic when Corey goes to (just) work the arm. After Gee imprints her boot across Stutts' forehead (legit), she does the 10 punches in the corner, jumps down, and twists her good knee of all things which leads to Stutts trying to viciously maul it while Corey is extremely tentative to do anything at all. Probably the only 7 minute heat sequence you will ever see without one single bump in this day and age but the story was so deep, it didn't need it. Truthfully, the heat went two minutes too long until Gee finally kicks Stutts' knee out from under him, and the hot tag is on.

Munkey and Corey then do a fantastic balls-out 4 minute mini-match as both crippled partners match from their respective corners until Corey locks Munkey in the Anaconda Vice until he passes out. And then, the whole "devil on one shoulder, angle on the other" sequence with Stutts and Gee both pleading with Corey for totally different reasons until Corey lets the hold go and just stands in the middle of the ring trying to decide which road he takes. He extends the hand to Gee, helps her to her feet and then makes her EAT the dangerous backdrop driver. Murder. Death. Kill. Then, to confirm that he's a hall of fame prick, allows STUTTS to make the cover for the 3. And you think you've seen Munkey pissed before... A very, very hard match to judge on the star-level as the heat was nothing but selling and storyline and made up half the match. But the workrate on either end was extremely solid and all wrapped and packaged in awesome intensity. ***3/4 as an average whole I guess, but that could easily go up or down depending on what you look for in a match.

7. Mikael Yamaha pinned American Steel Ninja in 10:58 -

The Yam-Ninja mindgames come to a head and, as I somewhat feared, the match couldn't live up to the build. Very basic stuff which reminded me somewhat of the Yam-X AC Fitness match. Not bad by any means, just flat, and I liked the first Yam-Ninja CSA match much, much better. *1/2

8. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeated "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens and the Spoiler in 20:02 - A very un-main event looking match at the surface, but the payoff was just awesome. Spoiler falls into the spot much better than expected and the two teams have a very acceptable old school match for 15 minutes until a new silver Infiniti G35 Coupe screeches into the arena and out pops MA champ Ric Converse, title belt and baseball bat in hand. Reminding me of Michael Douglas in "Falling Down", Converse swings the fences at Steven's gut and the contact between bat and stomach makes a very loud and disturbingly real sound. Stevens goes down like he's been shot (which he might as well have been) while Ric continues after him. Meanwhile, the Playas take advantage and pin Spoiler with the 3-P. Match was solid but will only be remembered for the final 5 minutes. **3/4

Ric then comes back to the ring and not surprisingly, announces he IS back from injury and the crowd just eats it up like there's no tomorrow. The Ric and Garry feud have now produced arguably two of the best show closing moments in company history.

Overall thoughts - It may not wind up as historically significant as the last Wentworth show, but it was still one hell of a follow up with a near-perfect-by-matchup-and-structure undercard, an unforgettable tag match that officially killed the Crew faction, and a super hot closing sequence that brought the champ back to life.

On a non-wrestling side note, and in a completely fitting Wentworth tradition, Sarah Hamlet (looking as smoking hot as ever) showed up, who I hadn't seen since last October. We were actually invited back to her place after the show (and whew boy, you talk about making a full circle). But in all, from open to close, I think this past weekend was one huge piece of closure. This 48 hours from Sat morn-Mon morning was the final closure for not just me, but several others, from the 48 hours that were August 2003. I almost feel myself getting old when I say that (and everyone who knows me knows how much I fight that), but that's exactly what it seems like. There was almost a peaceful tranquility to Monday morning. I, we, everyone...survived the return to Wentworth. No drama. No heartache. Just friends doing what we do better than anything.


Moving on with the rest of the weekend, we crashed at Zoe's after the show and good lord, is she one hell of a hostess. She is seriously gonna make some guy insanely happy one day (I still wish the big man was up here cause I would set those two up in a heartbeat). In the span of abut 12 hours, she made us beef stir fry, some god-like brownie concoctions, and a full blown breakfast. She's also becoming our latest sponge as far as wrestling goes. Come Sunday afternoon; Katie, Gee, a still forehead-scared Stutts, and myself headed over to Hedd's for a bit so Stutts could dip into his stash. I swear, give us old wrestling tapes and we're like kids in a candy store. Then god forbid we both want the same last piece. During the visit, I'm doing my usual nosing around Randolph's card collection and all when it starts feeling really for some reason Hedd just turned on a fireplace behind me. I think I even looked back, didn't see a fireplace (only the bookshelf as expected), and then did a double take realizing I WAS ON FIRE. Yes, I was standing directly in front of a candle that my shirt just happened to have been close enough to. Not only that, but of all things, it was the now out-of-print CWF shirt that was burning to pieces. Of course, I decided that if it was going to burn that maybe it be best if it not do that while I'M WEARING IT so I calmly (albeit quickly) got that sucker off and to a sink. Thankfully, I only got a minor burn on my left side about an inch and a half long that only stung bad the first day. Could have been much worse but it's one of those things to look back and be amused about now. After Hedd's, we bummed around the mall briefly and man, when you have just semi-stardom and don't have to deal with thousands of marks, it's still really cool when you have a fan walk past your group in the mall, stop, and be like "Hey...aren't you?".

Sunday concluded with the return of Family Guy on FOX..there's just one, ya know? Flat out awesome episode and I totally forgot just how much I loved that show. You couldn't ask for a better final "hurrah" to the weekend than that.

Love to all that made this past weekend so much every single mo fo on the crew and backstage, to all the friends...just to everybody...I'm still broke, but is just grand.

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

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

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

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

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

(well, 6 if you count God...)
My stepmom, Peggy
Sam Raimi
Jeff Rudd

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

1. Inner Happiness
2. Friends
3. Family
4. Affection
5. Health
6. Respect
7. Money
8. Food
9. Sunshine
10. Boobs

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

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

1. Troy Aikman
2. John Elway
3. Randy Moss
4. Rob Johnson
5t. Kerry Collins
5t. Michael Irvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Tokyo
2. NFL Hall of Fame - Canton, OH
3. Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
4. Honolulu
5. Pontiac Silverdome

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

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

1. TGIFriday's
2. Applebee's 1. Tecmo Bowl
3. Madden 2003
4. Pro Wrestling
5. WrestleMania 2000

1. NFL Network
3. FOX
4. Boomerang
5. ESPN Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. The Crow
2. Spider-Man
3. Batman
4. Spider-Man 2
5. Howard The Duck

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

1. Tetsuo the Iron Man
2. Nekromantic
3. Nekromantic 2
4. Society
5. Motorama

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

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

1. Bruce Campbell
2. No One Else Matters

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

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

Brett Favre, Reggie White, Desmond Howard, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Owen Hart

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

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

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

Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (8/26/91)
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (3/20/94)
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (3/23/97)
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (4/5/92)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (8/29/92)
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (11/25/92)
Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (6/19/93)
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair (10/12/92)
Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (7/4/94)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (12/17/95)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Starting back in 1992, my buds and I would do random Fantasy Sports Leagues and in tribute to those great moments and friends of years long since passed, here are the all-time results. Fantasy Baseball '92
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 4 games to 0
Playoffs: Ben def. Grant 4 games to 1
World Series: Chris def. Ben 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '92
SuperBowl: Grant def. Chris 21-19
Fantasy Basketball '92-'93
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Grant def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Chris def. Grant 3 games to 1
Fantasy Baseball '93
Playoffs: Devon def. Grant 4 games to 2
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 4 games to 3
World Series: Devon def. Chris 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '93
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 83-62
Playoffs: Dave def. Grant 68-52
SuperBowl: Chris def. Dave 86-72
Fantasy Basketball '93-'94
Playoffs: Grant def. Jason 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Dave def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Dave def. Grant 3 games to 2
Fantasy Baseball '94
Playoffs: -Strike Cancelled Season-
Fantasy Baseball '95
Playoffs: Grant def. Chris 4 games to 1
Playoffs: Josh def. Dave 4 games to 3
World Series: Grant def. Josh 4 games to 3

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