Thursday, July 28, 2005

Fun, fun weekend and AWA tournament preview

New favorite goggle search that brought a viewer to this very blog: "Burlington NC Whores". Yes, yes we are.

In stark contrast to my downer of a blog last week, there's a HUGE light at the end of the tunnel this week and you better believe I'm gonna pray, behave, and not break any mirrors in hopes of pulling this one off. I REALLY don't wanan get my hopes up, but if current stars align, this would easily be the biggest life-altering (and life-improving) situation for me in years. Oh please, oh please, oh please.

Well, hell has apparently frozen over and Ricky Williams is going to be running the ball for the Miami Dolphins this year. This would pretty much be like if Hogan went back to the WWF two years after the steroid scandal. I'm still not totally convinced that Nick Saban just won't "put Williams over" in the preseason in order to try and sucker another team into a trade. If Williams does stay in Miami, then can you imagine the controversy if the Dolphins actually go undefeated while Ricky serves his 4-game suspension at the start of the year, only to then come back in and be handed the starting spot?

Another week another death as "Lord" Alfred Hayes passed on last Thursday at age 77, which you better believe has got to be as old as anyone in the wrestling biz can be expected to live. As much wrestling as I've watched over the years, I don't think I've ever actually seen a single match of Lord Alfred's. But I can sure still vividly recall his commentary, and quite honestly, being completely confused by it more often than not. For some reason, the WWF would just arbitrarily switch him from a babyface to heel role on what seemed like a weekly basis. He was certainly effective enough at both, but as a young mark, it came off more like Alfred has just plain lost his mind. Disturbingly enough, it's almost a nice feeling to know that someone in the wrestling business this year did NOT die before his time.

Well, the date is set and it is October 1st. It's pretty rare that I'll actually notae a specific show months in advance considering how many we do, but this is my baby and this is it's 5th birthday. "Triumph" will go down on Sat night, 10/1, it being the home for the Indy Rumble (aka the CWF Rumble aka the All-Star Indy Rumble, if you will). Kinda hope some of the other quality guys from around the area can make a cameo that night as well.

This past weekend was certainly a face rocking one, kicking things off with Chris Benoit's Personal Limo Driver stopping by for the first time since SuperBowl XXXVIII. I don't know why she still wants her identity kayfabed but, I'll humor her for as long as necessary. Anyways, she brought me a freakin' AWESOME one-of-a-kind item straight from the walls of Turner itself. A huge 36" or so poster-like promotional banner for WCW Classics, featuring Ricky Morton fist dropping Ric Flair. Trust me, the photo here doesn't do it justice AT ALL.

I'm seriously getting that sucker signed by Morton in silver sharpie the next time I run into him. Anyways, CBLD gets her Spaz fix and tags along for the weekend, which brings us back to the CSA in Burlington on Saturday 7/23 for another TV taping, for what was really pretty much the forgotten show sandwiched between FNF and the AWA Light Heavyweight tourney. The crowd size reflected that, but there were still as loud as a full-size crowd thankfully (well, for the first half of the show anyways).

1. Brass Munkey, American Steel Ninja, and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Drake Tungsten, Julius Augustus, Gregory Vercetti & Donnie Dollars in 8:16 when Munkey pinned Tungsten - Insanely fun opener, reminiscent of the old Horsemen vs. 4 random babyfaces in the days of old. Munkey freakin' murders Tungsten with the lariat for the finish. Pretty much perfect for what it was meant for. **1/2

2. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned Jeremy Ryan in 2:04 - Ass. Commish McAllister determines that the TRUE most deserving contender to the MA title is none-other than undefeated Jeremy Ryan (both against Yamaha, I might add), which of course draws the ire of the crowd who's dying for Ric to get his revenge and his title back. Basic 2-minute squash as Stevens makes his first defense a VERY successful one. *

3. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega pinned Sean Powers in 9:38 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament quarterfinal match - I don't know what it is lately, but man is the CSA crowd just totally heelin on Jesse. I guess he just needs a true priKC to feud with here to get some babyface support back. Powers is just OUT there, bringing a chain into the ring, giving it to Jesse, who doesn't use it, and then gets rolled up for the pin, smiling the whole time. I have NO idea where this is going and didn't make one lick of sense but I HOPE it does a few months down the road. **

4. Otto Schwanz pinned Alex Adonis (with Donnie Dollars in his corner) in 4:10 - Pure gold baby. Adonis cuts a promo about his opponent not wanting to wrestle him cause he hasn't paid his dues (shizoot!), which causes Adonis to unwisely heel on said-opponent's wife sitting in the crowd. Seconds later, Otto himself bursts through the curtain and mauls Adonis to the joy and delight of EVERYone. Insanely fun 4 minutes that included Dollars just looking AWESOME, getting murdered in all of his interference spots. At least 1,000 stars. **1/2

-GeeStar takes over the HotSeat segment from Gemini Kid for this show to bring out Classic Rock in one of the all-time great CWF fan rebellion moments as the crowd just flat out turns on CRock and boos the fuck out of them. It throws everyone off their game, with Matty Dee coming a heartbeat away from going into the heel side of obnoxious, then followed by Gee trying to save the segment and admitting that she's basically spent some rather (ahem) enjoyable times on the CRock tour bus. Unintentionally hilariously bad segment.

5. Caprice "Ice" Coleman and Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice defeated Xsiris and Joey Silvia in 8:38 when Justice pinned Xsiris -

Man alive, CWF has just been on Cruiserweight-fire the month leading up to the AWA tourney. This is another hecka good chapter in the series and man, if Caprice started coming on a regular basis, him and Justice look freakin' GREAT as a team in the near-matching black and white biker tights. The Justice-X rivalry continues with more goodness as Justice pins X with X's own DUI finisher. **1/2

6. Tank Lawson and John Kermon (with Cornelius J. Lumpkin III in their corner) defeated Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins & "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 8:19 when Lawson pinned Collins - After the earlier promo segment, we all knew this matchup was gonna be death as far as the crowd went. Thankfully, it's not AS noticeable on tape, but you better believe they were all for Tank killing CRock. Despite the crowd crapping on them, the match itself was insanely fun and exactly the kind of entertainment ya want when watching at 2am with a group of workers. Screw workrate, it's all about the fun. Chris Collins almost one-ups his partner post-match as a dazed and confused Matty Dee asks "Did we win?" to which 3C answers, much like you would tell your dying friend that it's gonna be ok, "Yes! Yes we did!". **

7. "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse pinned Bobby Ramone in 2:08 - A belt-less Ric is on a rampage and mows down Canadian-newbie Ramone. Awesome intensity. *

8. Lexie Fyfe pinned Amber O'Neal in 10:07. *

9. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride in 14:32 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament quarterfinal match -

By no means, a great main event but more classic entertainment from the backstage perspective. Mitch and Rob clank heads like two battering rams less than 2 minutes into the match on an armdrag gone bad, which leads to Conner having to sell an armbar on the mat that's being applied by a face-down, immobile, nearly unconscious McBride. I was worried at the time but it's hilarious to watch on tape now. Rob's left eye is nearly closed for the rest of the match due to the collision so Conner brings the gold by only raking Rob's GOOD eye. We then follow THIS up by Conner dropping the kneepad and busting Rob open slightly hardway with a stiff kneedrop. Then for the finish, Tank runs in and smacks Rob with a cookie sheet (what is this, 1999???). To say the least, it was not a good day to be Rob McBride's head. An A for effort guys. **

Overall thoughts - A solid show, even workrate wise for the first half of the show. The second half fell pretty flat, but is still perversely enjoyably in the "in joke" kind of sense.

The remainder of the weekend was a whirlwind of activity spent at my mom's empty house in Burlington making as much noise as humanely possible while beating Yamaha's ass in NFL 2K5 for the millionth time. You would think if you had a 17-0 Halftime lead on the hapless Bengals SURELY you could hang on and win. But nope, Yamaha finds a way to even let the Bengals come back and win 28-20. He's talented I tell ya. Plenty of quality time with CBLD, Amber, Gee, and Stutts as well as we did two days worth of Slammin' Ladies tapings at the CSA along with Lexie Fyfe, Brandi Wine, Krissy Vaine, Persephone, Desiree Peterson, Katie Kincaid, and the newest Slammin' Lady, Kevin Matthews. Kinda missed not seeing Cindy Rogers this time around as I love her work, but still some decent stuff. Desiree is still in really good shape despite some 20 years removed from her WWF run. Krissy is one heck of a trooper, taking a multiple-match ass whipping on Monday and sucking it up like a champ. I got to ref a couple of matches, including easily the best Gee-Brandi Wine match they've done yet. Still give major love to Lexie and Scott for putting together the website and treating everyone so insanely well. Overall, between shows, friends, and general surroundings, it was the most I had flat out enjoyed a weekend in a very long time.

Which brings us to this weekend where in less than 24 hours from the time I type this, the largest profile event in CWF history will go down as we host the AWA World Light Heavyweight tournament. Unlike your normal CSA shows, this one isn't a CWF show at all, we just happen to have the most representatives in the tournament. Therefore, I have no say at all in the booking of the tourney and for once, will find out everything that's going on at the same time the fans do (which doesn't bother me in the least - it's a very nice change of pace). This does allow me to do a bit of fantasy booking on the blog though and lay out how the tournament would go if I was personally handling it.

Far and away the biggest challenge with an event like this is when you have 24 very credible athletes from around the country, how do you book it so you don't waste those that have traveled 1,000s of miles while at the same time not burying those that still have to perform in front of these same people each and every week. I suspect the crowd to be about 50/50 between the CWF regulars and the new fans attending just for the tourney. I do have some concern about a third party handling the booking and making our regulars seem completely inferior to the "outsiders". You really have to pick and choose your battles carefully and in this case somehow, someway do what's best for the wrestlers, the AWA, and the CWF all at once. Talk about a headache.

-Avoid CWF vs. CWF (or more specifically, local worker vs. local worker) as much as humanly possible. With all of this talent, the fans shouldn't have to sit through matchups that they could witness on any other weekend of the year. Plus, they shouldn't have to choose sides. That's why I always dread certain NFL playoff matchups such as the Packers vs. Panthers. I'm so torn between the two that I end up not cheering for anyone and just watching. On top of everything else, the wrestlers themselves deserve to be able to wrestle athletes from across the country, rather than being forced into matchups that they wouldn't have to leave the state for in the first place.

-All first round matchups should have 10 minute time limits. The incoming fans may be able to suck it up and handle 15 or so matches on night one, but it will be pure death for our regulars. I'm all for a couple of 1st and 2nd round time limit draws in order to cut down on the number of matches on night 2.

-Do NOT waste talent. There's a big difference between the unfortunate first day sacrifices and those that COULD be but in no way SHOULD be a first day sacrifice. I'm not exactly worried about those like Jerrell Clark or Shannon Moore falling into this category. I'm talking about those like Xsiris, who after falling short in his TV title bid, needs a good, strong showing here and I would honestly go all the way to the semis with him. The crowd is super hot for his quest as of late and his workrate has been jakked up a considerably notch the past couple of months. Possibly more than anyone else, Xsiris can carry the "CWF vs. Outsiders" theme better than anyone and whoever he loses to will have all the heat in the world heading into the finals (and therefore should put over the eventual babyface champ in the finals). The other big name that you'd be crazy to waste is Kamakazi Kid, who is making his return to the building and ring for the first time since he was carried out, career in jeopardy, 7 1/2 months ago. Make no mistake, he is the hero coming home, he will be the favorite in many minds, and deserves a quarterfinal spot. Mishandling of either X or Kazi in the tourney could easily deflate half of the attending crowd.

-Going back to the opening round and those first 8 sacrifices you have to make. Like I said, you have to pick and choose and with X, Kazi, Krazy K, Caprice, and Shannon Moore looking like the local favorites, I don't expect many of the others to see Night 2. Matty Dee being the first obvious casualty, but good lord do I wish I could be in the crowd to cheer him on in his quest for a dream. Mitch Conner and Kid Justice MIGHT make round two, if only for the great heel heat. Quinn, Vercetti, Dexter, and Walker certainly seem like one and done. Same can be said for Munkey, although he's a better wrestler than half in the tournament, he's moved past the Light Heavyweight formula so much, that this is almost a step back a couple of years for him. With that all said and done, keeping in mind that I have NO idea what the heck is going on (and therefore ain't spoiling shit), here is my picks for night two, once all the smoke has cleared from night one:

Jerrelle Clark over Caprice Coleman
Xsiris over N8 Mattson
Ricky Reyes over Kamakazi Kid
Shannon Moore over Ricky Landell
Jerrelle Clark over Xsiris
Shannon Moore over Ricky Reyes
Shannon Moore over Jerrelle Clark

Whew...ok, enough fantasy bookin for me...onto the real to all and see ya next week!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Burned the F out plus FNF2 and Riders recaps

Christ have I been high strung here lately. Between the constant car issues that are gonna cost well over a grand that I don't have and the influx of animals that have decided upon taking refuge at my house, it has been one constant nuisance after another here lately. Adding to my own less-than-pleasant demeanor, is the fact that it seems I'm constantly around people that are always bitching about one thing or the other, thereby bringing me down to their miserable level. I'm really proud of the fact that most view me as so happy-go-lucky and full of love. And it fucking sucks that people haven't gotten that side of me lately. I find myself having far less patience than normal and seem to be in a constant search of a tranquil, peaceful environment that isn't on the horizon anytime soon. It seems I spend day after day trying desperately to mentally rectify the situation with no clear answers to be found. Financially, I live in the proverbial money pit, with questionably outrageous rent that I realistically can't afford but any options of moving elsewhere also point to equally miserable conditions, making me question the hassle of uprooting my existence once again. I was privy to a conversation held the other night between two of my best friends, discussing my obvious misery as of late. "Statmark" has been far from his customary spaz-like state which sucks balls and sittin in on this conversation really opens your eyes to just how much I haven't been myself as of late. Those that I don't converse with but on weekends may not pick up on the little nuances, but make no mistake, even my "happiest" times as of late have almost felt forced. It truly sucks that money is indeed the root of all evil. Honestly, if not for the constant financial woes that have plagued me for one reason or the other since 1996, I would honestly be as happily content as any human being you would ever come in contact with. And I don't mean I want to be rich. I would just like to have a dependable car that actually last me say, a year, without having to sink hundreds into it. A nice little home in the country that will one day be mine, not a never-ending struggle to pay off a rent tab that has no end in sight. As I've said time and time again, I have brought all of this upon myself. I have this uncanny ability to turn a blind eye to an opportunity that would make life easier on myself and put myself in a situation that will undeniably cause me to continue spinning my wheels in this giant rut I live in. I deserve the majority of my anguish because I've brought it upon myself but on the other hand, I've also busted my ass almost more than anyone else I know over the past decade and hardly have a damn thing to show for it. Thank GOD for the memories and the friends. I would LOVE to live closer to Burlington. Cause right now it's gotten to the point that it really sucks driving at least 3+ hours every weekend after the past four years wondering if your piece of shit car is going to leave you stranded on the highway. Trust me, there is NO worse feeling right now than coming home from shows every week. I moved away back in 2001 due to the fact that I was living in the house of me and the ex and I HAD to get out of there while I had a fantastic opportunity waiting for me in Charlotte. Since then, that opportunity has faded away, which is fine and all, but I'm left at what FEELS like a crossroads once again in my life. I could stay down here near Charlotte where things are passable some days and horrible the next. Or I could move back closer to Burlington where things COULD be better but the potential for it to be even worse is there as well. If it was 5 or 10 years ago and roommates were an option, this decision would be much easier. Splitting rent between friends and couples can certainly ease the financial burden big time. Unfortunately, I've also learned that roommates frequently turn friends into those that you want to strangle after a few months, and I REALLY don't want to put my good friendships in jeopardy. Each and every day I feel the frustration. Some days are worse than others. I want to scream some days. Today wasn't too bad. I was feeling a little more positive about my surroundings. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I just wish I could wipe my slate clean. All of the financial BS I'd endured from 96-on, I just wish I could turn back the hands of time and erase it all. Not my friends, not my experiences, just the finances. I dream of a day when I don't have this constant cloud hanging over my head. Bills? Sure, I can deal with that. But I just want the past to be fixed. For once in my life to be back to 1995 and not have to sweat it out day after day if I'm going to be evicted tomorrow. Somedays I feel redundant when discussing this but after nearly 10 years, I'm simply burned the fuck out on this bullshit. I refuse to live a life where I cannot even enjoy the simplest time with my friends because I constantly have a million other problems breathing down my neck going "Hey! Don't forget about me!". I don't know how, I don't know when, but this situation WILL be fixed. Between my own determination and refusal to let it destroy me, and my belief in God to take care of me in my time of need, I KNOW I will survive this.

On a happier note, Matty Dee now has a fuckin' BLOG!

What say we try and actually talk about one thing that keeps me going...kicking it off with last week's "Friday Night Fights 2" at the CSA in Burlington:

1. The Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) defeated Classic Rock ("Classic" Chris Collins & "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 10:28 when Sinn pinned Matty Dee-

Absolute non-stop opener which went a touch too long, but was far superior to the similar 6-man from last month that involved these two teams. Crowd still seems to be confused by these FNF "dark matches" and if they're still supposed to cheer for dark matches or something...I don't get it. Anyways, fun stuff with the hilight being Matty Dee hitting the Alabama Jam from the HEAVENS. **1/2

2. Xsiris defeated Ultra Dragon and Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 11:16 of a triangle elimination match (Xsiris pinned Dragon, Xsiris pinned Justice) -

Another preview for the Light Heavyweight tourney and I swear, between this match and the previous tag match from last show, I'm starting to wonder if the actual tourney is gonna pale in comparison to the preview matches which is so often the case. Anyways, I hate triangle matches (talk about redundant...), but surprise, surprise, another fairly smartly worked one although Xsiris taking both pinfalls was definitely surprising. This past month for Kid Justice (6/18-on) has totally resurrected him from mid-card hell while Dragon is creeping closer and closer to it. **3/4

-Tank Lawson (with Cornelius J. Lumpkin in his corner) defeated Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride in the $500 Arm Wrestling Challenge -

Pretty typical arm-wrestling stuff although the interference of Lumpkin was pretty original as Tank and him hold hands for added leverage. Classic Rock saves Rob from a post-match beatdown although the crowd has less-than-normal confidence in them in a future challenge vs. Tank.

3. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Mikael Yamaha and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel (with Brad Stutts in their corner) in 18:12 when Money pinned Yamaha -

FANtastic old-school tag match with a little new-age overbooking thrown in for good measure. Seriously fun though with the crowd totally thinking that we were gonna see new champs. The heels do everything in their power to try and rob the Playas, but run-ins by Munkey (which takes Corey out of the equation) and Amber O'Neal (who prevents Yam from getting the brass knux) leads to a Playas win and the crowd eats it up with a spoon. ****

-Intermission brought us the hilight of "Kids Night" at FNF2 as assistant commish Michael McAllister gets locked in a steel cage outside the CSA and bombarded with water balloons from the angry chilins that he's PO'd over the past couple of months.

Wonderfully fun segment that is really, the heart and soul of what pro wrestling is all about - the kids.

5. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega defeated "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner by submission in 14:28 - One of those unforgettable matches for a number of reasons. The first being the crowd pissing ME off which is a rarity as everyone knows, and constantly (and unfairly) reminds me of, that I will generally defend our crowd. The crowd completely shits on some beautiful wrestling early on and pretty much turns on Jesse for some inexplicable reason. Mitch got very little love either, aside from some entertainment marks in the crowd. Then IT happens as Mitch goes for a simple cusifix on Jesse's back. They struggle towards the ropes and go up and over the top while jockeying for position. Then, in what immediately shoots towards the top of the "he should have died" list, they go over awkwardly and Mitch takes what pretty much amounted to a DDT from the top rope all the way down INTO the concrete floor. Horrifyingly nasty as a partial landing on his knees not only broke some of the impact but probably saved his life. His head is immediately split open and blood begins to flow. They recompose themselves as best as possible and go into some vicious almost-shoot like crowd brawling before heading back into the ring. The crowd then began to care about the match slightly more but I heard at least one comment of "oh, that's ketchup" which got the "go fuck yourself" look from me on camera (the fan actually did come up to me on Sunday and apologize for what that's worth). Anyways, the injury to Mitch doesn't help matters when it comes to Jesse's fanbase at all and when Mitch finally taps for the finish, Jesse gets just about booed out of the building for going over. Excellent match, horrible crowd, and completely fascinating from several viewpoints. Thankfully, Mitch did survive the fall and should be back in action this Saturday as usual. Major, major props to him for continuing the match. I wouldn't have expect ANY man to go after what I witnessed. ***1/2

6. "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens pinned "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse to win the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title in a "King of the Road" match (with corner men The Shadow, "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel, Mikael Yamaha, and Brad Attitude) -

After Ric survived round one, I don't think many saw this one coming. In a MAJOR shocker to EVERYone, Stevens WINS the MA title, ending Ric's very impressive 7-month, 12-defense reign. Intriguing match with all the elements surrounding ringside including Attitude, sporting an old-Hardys shit with Lita cut out of the middle which was pretty sweet. Pretty much on par with their first FNF match workrate-wise. **1/2

Overall thoughts - A TON better than the first FNF and unlike the first one, if a complete stranger to the product buys THIS DVD, then I do think they would be interested in seeking out more. Far more historically significant as well than the first. The crowd was very strange, running the gauntlet from very good (the tag title match), to very bad (the TV title match), to mediocre for everything else. Very good show by and large though.

After the show, we had a wonderful gathering of myself, Gee, Yam, Amber, Donnie Dollars, and Matty Dee himself back in Raleigh which was a first for that combo. Fun, fun stuff that there will definitely be a sequel for.

Along comes Sunday which brings us one of the tri-monthly (or so) RCW shows at Riders in the Country in Greensboro, NC with the 2005 edition of the "Great American Clash":

1. RCW tag team champions Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja defeated Mikael Yamaha and KC McKnight (with Brad Stutts and Moses Manson in their corner) in 7:41 when Munkey pinned Yamaha - Stutts and Manson merge two of their big guns for a shot at the RCW tag titles. Unfortunately, Yam stubbed his toe the day before trying to doggie paddle in a pool and might as well have been wrestling the match on crutches as much as he was hobblin' in there. Honestly though, it helped the story along and by match end, Stutts and Manson get into the cat fight that you didn't have a wet dream about. **

2. Charlie Dreamer defeated Trey-G and Zane Dawson in 9:35 of a triangle match when he pinned Dawson - Man, there's been alot of triangle matches this year...anyways, the ACPW guys get to show off with Trey playing the role of tweener, albeit somewhat confusing as his transition from babyface-side of tweener to heel-side of tweener seemed to come out of nowhere and I really didn't get the psychological positioning there...or maybe it's just pro wrestling and I'm over analyzing a TAD. They actually had some pretty sweet 3-way spots which I was unfamilar with and popped for, so that's a plus. Match did go about 2 minutes too long but had a sweet series of superkicks for the finish. **

3. The Millennium Violence Connection ("The Black Hand" Justin Feeche and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel) defeated the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) in 6:56 when Corey pinned Smooth -

The MVC make their official debut and pretty much murder the Mid-Atlantic tag champs in an out-of-control Bruiser Brody like brawl. Certainly the way to bring out a new duo. Not a match as much as it was a brawl (and a squash to some extent), but still fun and effective. ** Later in the show, the Playas request a 3 falls match for the 9/18 show vs. MVC which should be all kinds of great.

4. "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse pinned Otto Schwanz in 9:10 -

Yes, Otto Schwanz IN Riders..I never thought I'd see the day either. And guess what? Possibly the best Ric-Otto match ever. All kinds of fun and not too goofy either. Crowd loves every bit of it. ***1/4. Post-match brings us the intriguing KC McKnight challenge to Converse for the 9/18 show as KC continues his cross-promotional "State-Wide Challenge". Which brings out Jesse Ortega, who has been on a subtle (or on KC's case, non-too subtle) war of words with McKnight on the internet. Basically, a shoot-promo that wasn't channeled the way it needed to be to be effective or believable. The entire confrontation was good in theory, but went WAY too long and too gimmicky to actually pass as a "shoot". I still think any pairing of KC and Jesse has tons of serious potential, but definitely needs fine tuning.

5. RCW Heavyweight champion "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens (with Brad Stutts in his corner) defeated GeeStar (with Amber O'Neal in her corner) by submission in 9:09 -

The infamous match from last December which pretty much ended the GeeStar of 2004 (as she blows out her knee vs. Stevens 2 minutes in) finally happens. A total kick and punch match by and large which actually got over with the crowd. Not technically pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but it was smart enough and stiff enough to work. Amber nails Garry with the billy club for a false finish that the crowd was going apeshit for. But Garry survives, Stutts gets a shot in on Gee's knee, and a half crab later and it's over. Don't know if it'll ever happen again, but now that we have the "first matchup" out of the way, I'd like to see what these two could do in an out and out fight without any hesitation from both parties. **

6. Paco Loco pinned Grease in 5:36 of a hair vs. mask retirement match -

Wow. What can I say. Some matches have shaky psychology. Some matches have no psychology. Then there's this match, which is about as far away from the word "psychology" as you can get. I can't even begin to list all the problems here but let's hit the high notes as Grease takes a double underhook piledriver on a chain that's NOT the finish, a DVD on the chair that IS the finish, but gets up and is on HIS FEET before Paco who won the fucking match! I tell ya one thing, Superman himself doesn't hold a candle to that shit. Well since a piledriver and DVD on a chair, followed by a DDT can't knock him out, Cinnamon then returns to help Paco put him out with a sleeper. Because as we all know, when it comes to hair matches, even if you get hit by a mack truck, you HAVE to be put out with a sleeper. Negative stars, just use your own judgment as to how many. On a serious note though, I think it's become apparent that Paco has outgrown that gimmick. 2 years ago, he was on fire with it, but now, I REALLY think he needs to shed it and become the legitimate wrestler that he's capable of becoming if he can just find the right guidance. He's a great guy and really hope he gets with the right person to help him step up to the next level and become more of a wrestler and less of a gimmick.

7. Rob "the Bull" McBride (with Persuasion in his corner) pinned Tank Lawson (with Cornelius J. Lumpkin in his corner) in 19:34 of a no-disqualification, falls count anywhere match to win the RCW Intercontinental title -

Rob brings back "the Bull" persona for one night and one night only and dag if I didn't kinda miss it. Total barroom brawl, going all over the place, and with nearly everyone getting busted. Pretty decent fight except for he interference from the unnamed ringsiders that only caused to clutter up the melee and make it far, far more confusion that it should have been. The finish was pretty horrible though with Mini Bull doing a very bizarre run-in, despite just having ran out in the match BEFORE as Cinnamon. Really, really fun in pieces with Tank vs. Rob but everything else just watered it down. **

Overall thoughts: I think for the first time ever, the booking was not only good, but it was good for Riders which believe me, is two totally different things. As solid as the last two Riders shows have been, there was probably too much wrestling, which was totally lost on this crowd. Alot of the matches tonight were more along the lines of fights and brawls and those were the matches that got crazy over with the fans. Of course having a larger crowd sure didn't hurt matters either. Technically, not the best Riders show of 2005 but probably the smartest one.

Well, that's it for now, hopefully happiness will invade my world as the week progresses and I will see many of you on Sat for TV!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

All-Stars, commentary, Hash, & 7/9 review

Man, I hate it when I'm so busy that all my boys are gettin up new blogs and I got nothing for the masses. Hey! Let's fix that!

Another All-Star Game has come and gone. I actually have some pretty personal feelings on that game, which I wrote about last year in this very space. Yes, I said last year which means this blog is officially one year old as of yesterday. As mentioned before, Stutts had the first blog goin out of our little NC Indys group and I found it to be a very cool and therapeutic way of speaking out on both the sport I love and my own personal thoughts about my life in general. Being able to have an outlet in that facet certainly keeps me sane some weeks.

Speaking of the All-Star Game, I find myself listening more and more to legitimate sports commentators here lately to try and pick up little nuances that I can possibly use in my wrestling commentary. Joe Buck is such a fantastic play-by-play man. Quite possibly the best of the modern era. I love Al Michaels' stuff too. As time goes on, I find myself realizing that "knowing my role" in pro wrestling may not just include the cinematography, but also as a voice. I've never had a "TV voice" per se but since the inception of the CWF broadcast, I've certainly tried to add enough elements to my game to make up for the lack of traditional broadcasting gifts. Of course the problem with the transition to a legitimate sports call to pro wrestling is that unlike "real" sports, the more credible you treat wrestling on the mic, the less credibility you have as an announcer. Talk about a Catch-22. All the smart marks want you to talk on their level and use certain terminology so you DON'T talk down to them but in doing so, you end up taking alot of the believability of the action in the ring away. I'll give it to Joey Styles who did one hell of a job, being a "smart mark" announcer but still doing his best to get over all the angles as real as humanely possible. The WWE wants their announcers to be entertaining, and boy you wanna talk about losing complete credibility. I love Gordon Solie (obviously), but his completely understated play-by-play would almost be lost on today's fans. If anything, I'd love to become a combo of Gordon and David Crockett, who got a lot of heat for his play by play back in the day, but his excitement was truly contagious. After all, if I don't believe in the product we're selling, then how is the audience supposed to? David went over the top sometimes, but he always seemed genuine. You can't fake love and if you genuinely care, that will come out in your call. With each passing day, I become more and more serious about my handling of my commentary duties. Personally, I think I still suck. Seriously. Way too much stuttering as I get ahead of myself and lost in the call. Stutts can work circles around me in the booth. My work is passable, sure, but I've heard the best and I still have a LOOOOONG ways to go. Behind the camera, I've pretty much hit the plateau. After doing it for 15 years, I'm not gonna get much better than where I am now. But behind the mic, the sky really is still the limit. And prior to these past few months, I never put much thought into it. I always wanted to do good, but I never really thought of it as something I would be doing for years and years to come. As the growth of CWF increases and now with my voice being heard internationally on these DVD releases, I've begun to realize that improvement isn't a luxury anymore, it's a necessity. And I'm cool with that. I want to reach a respectful relationship with those viewers that I will never cross paths with. I want to find that small little niche with the wrestling fan that makes them respect your call the same way I used to respect the greats of the past. I think reality is still the key. Which is exactly why the WWE announcers fail so miserably. Rather than supporting the most absurd of angles in your call, you should seek to find that thread of reality in them and in doing so, make both your call and the product seem more realistic to the viewer.

Boy, that was a total stream of consciousness rant that I never saw coming myself...

I'm excited to have "Chris Benoit's Personal Limo Driver" make one of her semiannual treks to NC here in a week or so. Isn't it nice when just having a friend visit that you haven't seen in a long time makes your own life feel like a vacation when in fact none of your surroundings have changed at all?

It seems like a month doesn't go by without us saying goodbye to one of our own. One of the premier Japanese wrestlers of the modern-era, Shinya Hashimoto, died suddenly Monday of a brain hemorrhage. Not from drugs, not from a was just one of those things. Hash will never be remembered for his great workrate. He will be remembered (by me at least) as a Japanese looking older Elvis that simply kicked the living fuck out of people. Him pummeling Ogawa with kicks at the Dome Show that one year is one of those unforgettable images. Hash was just COOL. Seriously gonna miss that guy.

As we head into a double-show weekend, let me finally get the review from last weekend knocked out as CWF was back at the CSA in Burlington on 7/9 with the following TV taping:

1. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion Jesse Ortega pinned John Korman in 7:47 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match - First time I'd EVER seen Korman and unlike a lot of "first time viewings", Korman was actually pretty solid. Looked like a jakked up Jeremy Ryan with that serious, almost-shooter like look to him. Very enjoyable opener that was for both the tourney and the title and STAT! This marked Ortega's 17th successful title defense as he continues a record that is gonna be pretty darn hard to ever match. **3/4

2. Sean Powers pinned Jay Sinn (with Gregory Vercetti in his corner) in 4:29 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match - One of those heel-heel matchups that are fascinating but also causes you to skate on thin ice with when it comes to the fans' perception and the chance of them dying. Thankfully, this went the correct amount of time and they stayed with it. Exactly what it should have been. *1/2

-Manager Cornelius J. Lumpkin makes HIS debut, introducing Tank Lawson as the first member in his camp. Tank's strength is put over, bending a steel nail (is there any other kind?), which then leads to the arm-wrestling challenge, which is answered by Rob McBride, with the actual matchup going down this Friday at Friday Night Fights #2. The segment got everything over, but went longer than necessary and was about 30 seconds away from a serious downward spiral kicking off.

3. Brass Munkey (with GeeStar in his corner) pinned Alex Adonis in 8:51 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match - Speaking of downward spirals, here comes an Alex Adonis match. The first half of the match just kills the crowd as it's ALL Adonis with ZERO offense (or more importantly, intensity) from Munkey. Finally, we hit the comeback and despite some really out-there sequences, Munkey takes Adonis' head off with a lariat and makes the crowd happy. *

4. "Krazy K" Kirby Mack and Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice defeated Xsiris and Ultra Dragon in 13:17 when Justice pinned Dragon -

This would be one of those high-flying matches that throw psychology out the window that I always dread. Surprisingly enough, as spotty as this sucker was (and at times early, sloppy), it wasn't all that dreadful in my eyes and was actually kinda fun. Some innovative tag spots with all kinds of wonderful miscommunication chaos. Actually a perfect preview for the Light Heavyweight tournament. ***

5. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned Joey Silvia in 9:25 -

A "Oh, now THIS will be fun" dream match on paper that almost didn't happen. Thankfully it did and was just fantastic fun. Props to Joey (who like Xsiris, thinks I always hate his stuff) who put some entertainment in his wrestling rather than putting some wrestling in his entertainment (which is exactly why I pan his stuff sometimes). Perfect fast-paced, logical TV match if we can just edit around Conner's never-ending wedgie. ***

6. "Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens pinned American Steel Ninja in 7:14 of a Johnny Weaver Cup tournament first round match - Pretty 101 stuff with is more than fine from these two. **

7. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Ric Converse pinned Gregory Vercetti (with Jay Sinn, Donnie Dollars, and Alex Adonis in his corner) in 9:27 of a non-title match - Perfect preview for FNF2 and the "King of the Road" as Converse overcomes the cornermen to win. I love preview matches. Of course half the time the preview turns out to be better than the payoff. **1/2

8. Donnie Dollars, Mikael Yamaha, and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel defeated "Boggie Woogie Man" Rob McBride and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) in 15:49 when Edsel pinned Smooth - Psychologically preview perfect 6-man. This is SO what I wish the first FNF tag match would have been. Plenty of heat on the heels and big babyface comeback where they had it won but heels steal it away thanks to Corey killing a poor soul outta nowhere. I'm still shocked about how much I'm digging Smooth here lately. ***1/2

Overall thoughts - Very, very good TV taping with hardly a wasted minute. I'm real big on picking out segments and matches that went 5 minutes too long here and there that contributed to either a dead crowd or a painfully long show but I'd have to be REAL nitpicky to point out any on this show. Very concise, great TV, great FNF2 previews. Thanks to all.

Well, it's off to FNF2 and Riders this weekend...both look to be very solid shows so we shall see...still a ton of gibberish playing racquetball in my head but at least some of it is outta there now...Love to all!

Friday, July 08, 2005

The Filler Blog

By no means am I a big game nut for anything that doesn't have the word "football" in it's title, but holy balls, these Madcatz controllers are freakin' awesome! Is your life complete without a Cincinnati Bengals controller?? I think not!

Plus, they got the licensing deal for other goodies like Fantastic Four and Batman controllers for the geek in all of us. Maybe if things keep going well then Mikael Yamaha can get a controller with God's picture on it cause he sure needs some divine intervention after a 64-20 asswhipping in NFL 2K5.

Man, tell me Jesse Ortega and KC McKnight wasn't the dream #1 and #2 to kick off this year's Rumble before they cleared matters up.

I swear, between the 4 "Insiders", we've gone through like a dozen cars over the past month or so. Hedd's got two on death row, I've had three out of commission, Stutts' whole damn family of vehicles has died, and then there's Troxler's constant car issues. Nothing can totally ruin my day more than having a car break down on me.

The BLOG/Live journal family of the NC Indy crew keeps growing and growing and I've modified my sidebar link to try and list everyone that I know of that both has one and updates on a regular basis (kind of a key element ya know?).

Boy, I would have never thought that Dangers and myself would have such similar tastes in women but after a few years now and a few crossovers, both good and bad, I guess we can pretty much confirm that one.

I rarely cover WWE news but the roster cuts the past few days have just been insane with Jackie Gayda, Charlie Haas, Bubba Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Spike Dudley, Kevin "Mordecai" Fertig, Matt Morgan, Dawn Marie, Marty Jannetty, Joy Giovanni, Gangrel, Billy Kidman, Shannon Moore, Akio, Maven, Mark Jindrak, Kenzo and Hiroko Suzuki ALL being released. Some crap and alot of talent on that list. Spike Dudley has some wonderful blog-like words for the WWE which you can read HERE. I would assume Shannon Moore is the only one that may show up in a CWF ring but man alive, would Jimmy Yang ever be a coup for the Light Heavyweight tournament this month. Adding insult to injury, they release all of that talent and SIGN Big Vito (of all people). Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar will be on his way back which is a good thing as he's pretty much the ONLY superstar they ever made mean anything in the post Austin/Rock-era.

Wow, am I ever behind in blog rebuttals...Feeche put over the Spongebob Pop-Tarts during that mini-debate which reminds me that that particular flavor is actually pretty kickass. It's actually the same flavor used in all their "topical" Pop-Tarts from Star Wars to Monsters to Spider-Man, with Spidey being my personal favorite of the bunch because of that awesome iced webbing on top. Of course if that franchise ever dies, I'm screwed.

Now in searching for the pic you see above, I stumbled upon the latest nominee for greatest website ever:

Yes, an entire website dedicated to the great marketing geniuses of the past that preyed on geeks such as myself that couldn't get enough of this stuff. I tell ya, Peter Pan was my one and only Peanut Butter until by god SuperMan decided to start sponsoring some PB. That changed things up real quick. That Batman cereal is freakin' horrible but I still got the plastic bank that was shrink wrapped to the side of the box.

God I'm dying for some just about what is destined to be the literally coldest sports environment you could ever create, by god Lambeau Field is going to host a college ice hockey game in February.

For new readers, I have lived in Wisconsin and believe me, you can't even fathom just HOW cold that freakin' place can be. Much less outdoors in February surrounded by ice. 32 degrees in the south doesn't feel ANYthing like 32 degrees up there, much less -32 degrees. If I was still up there, I'd love to go cause that's just one of those wacky experiences that you want to be able to tell the grandkids about.

There's this one "layer" surveys goin around on the blogs here lately and I usually don't bother filling these things out cause 1-they're a dime a dozen and 2-everything anyone needs to know about me can already be found on this blog. But hey, no show this past weekend cause of the 4th so I need to fill some space.

Name: Grant Ray Sawyer
Birthdate: August 25, 1975
Birthplace: Burlington, NC
Current: Kayfabe, NC
Hair Color: Brown until I get inspired enough to funky-fie it
Height: 5'6, 5'7 in heels
Righty or Lefty: Right
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Your heritage: North Carolinian
The shoes you wore today: Blue
Your weakness: Wrestling, Football, Boobs, and Matty Dee
Your fears: Fire and occasionally death
Your perfect pizza: Freddie's Pizzeria; 3614 Mt Diablo Blvd.; Lafayette, CA 94549
Goal you'd like to achieve: Strangely enough, I've pretty much accomplished everything I've ever wanted in life. From here on out, financial security and continued improvement as a commentator is all I truly desire.

Your most overused phrase on AIM/messenger: "I gotcha".
Your thoughts first waking up: A random collection of thoughts processing at a million miles an hour from "Fuck!" to "Must...toast...Pop-Tart" to "God I need to color my hair" to "What are we doing Saturday" and so on and so forth.
Your best physical feature: Yeesh...let's go with the hair on a good day cause otherwise, I'm ALL personality baby.
Your bedtime: At the conclusion of Conan O' Brien's monologue.
Your most missed memory: How can you have a missed memory?? If you're missing it, then how can you remember it???

Pepsi or Coke: Coke if I have to pick between one of those two.
McDonald's or Burger King: McDonald's, no question.
Single or group dates: I don't go on dates as much as I "hang out with friends", even if they are girls. But yeah, singles if ya have to call it "a date".
Adidas or Nike: Oh now, that's just TOO corporate. Just give me some comfy shoes with some color.
Lipton Iced Tea or Nestea: It don't matter as long as it's sweet-ass homemade sweet tea that will make your teeth nervous.
Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla easily, but give me some Peach, Cookies N' Cream, or Strawberry any day.
Cappuccino or coffee: Coffee!! Like I need it...

Smoke: Seriously have never smoked a cigarette in my life and never will.
Cuss: A ridiculous amount.
Sing: Oh, the jukebox is always on random in my head.
Take a shower everyday: As long as I have time, for sure.
Have (a) crush (es): The day I don't have a crush will be the day I'm dead.
Do you think you've been in love: No question, for better and worse.
Want to go to college: Went one year as a video major at SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design...Division III bitches!)
Like high school: Surprisingly enough, yes because I didn't let grades and homework get in the way of havin fun.
Want to get married: Married in '98, technically still am but haven't seen her in years. I may never marry again, but that's sure not reflective of the amount of love then compared to now.
Believe in yourself: Fuck yeah
Get motion sickness: Quiet frequently when I'm a passenger on country roads.
Think you're attractive: Not as much on the surface, but I have this strange little charm that seems to woo girls over.
Get along with your parents: Yeah, although distance probably helps that. I love 'em both but I definitely make them roll their eyes sometimes.
Like thunderstorms: Not really, but give me them over winter storms any day.
Play an instrument: My Mom made me take piano lessons once. You can imagine how well that went over.

In the past month have you...
Drank alcohol: Sure.
Smoked: See above.
Done a drug: Kayfabe
Had sex: Nope...boy, that's sad.
Gone on a date: Uhhhh...I guess others would consider meals 1-on-1 with females a date so sure...
Gone to the mall: Sadly no...and that depresses me more than the lack of sex...
Eaten an entire box of Oreos: In the past month? No...but give me a box of stale Oreos tomorrow and I just might.
Eaten sushi: Nadda never.
Been on stage: on stage?? What a strange survey this is. I mean, do normal people fill these things out and actually put "Yes"?? I GUESS I could say "Yes" although our "stage" is dependent on your definition of the word.
Been dumped: Not it a looong time.
Gone skating: Roller skating back in the day.
Made homemade cookies: Dude, I can barely make cereal.
Gone skinny dipping: Full blown skinny dipping no, but I've done it in a pool and let me tell ya that's every bit of 5 stars. Oh wait, this section is "In the past month"...I keep fogetting. Is skinny dipping that common of occurance that we have to put it in the "In the past month?" section. Who the hell made this survey??
Dyed your hair: Every chance I get but not in the past month.
Stolen anything: Nope.

Have you ever..
Played a game that required removal of clothing: Sure.
If so, was it mixed company: I'd hope so!
Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Yeah, but not on as much of a regular basis as most of the boys that would fill this one out.
Been caught "doing something": not jerking off if that's what that question implies!
Been called a tease: lots.
Gotten beaten up: Amazingly enough, no. I'm sure if it ever happens though it'll be because of this damn blog.
Shoplifted: See, this is the problem with surveys. Why the hell would they ask you "Stolen anything?" just a few questions earlier and then turn right around and ask "Shoplifted?". No, I've never stolen anything but I shoplift like a mother fucker. Christ.
Changed who you were to fit in: God no. Well, I mean, I put on shirt and pants to get a job or go to church, but mentally...never.

Age you hope to be married: I don't know but it sure as heck wasn't 23.
Numbers and Names of Children: Kaitlyn Star and Bret
Describe your dream wedding: If I haven't made it clear yet, a "dream wedding" doesn't exist in my world cause I ain't dreamin' of no damn wedding. But if it came to be, just give me an afternoon wedding so all the boys can attend with a show to work on that night.
Where you want to go to college: This survey was made for teeny boppers wasn't it?
What do you want to be when you grow up: Young.
What country would you most like to visit: Japan.

(for the opposite sex):
Best eye color: Doesn't matter, just prefer that they have eyes period.
Best hair color: Either blond or any funky blue/green/pink kinda color.
Best height: Eh, prefer that they not tower over me but doesn't matter aside from that.
Best weight: Not anorexic, not obese...anything inbetween is all gravy.
Best articles of clothing: just be real and be comfy, damn. Or just show off some cleavage...either way works for me.

Number of drugs taken illegally: I can totally skim by this question by just saying I'm not sure seeing as how I probably have taken unprescribed medication for various aliments that would be considered "illegal" by some, thereby rendering the actual count impossible to come by. Oh now that was one fantastic political answer!
Number of people I could trust with my life: More than I should probably.
Number of CDs that I own: Not as many as I once did when my whole freakin' book of CDs was stolen from the VFW in Winston...yeah, I'm still bitter...
Number of piercing: nadda
Number of tattoos: none...yet.
Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper: A couple here and there...been on TV much, much more.
Number of scars on my body: nothin real notable.
Number of things in my past that I regret: nothing because if they had not happened, then who knows where I may be instead today.
Current Music: anything by "Me First and the Gimme Gimmes"

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


Chapel Hill, NC:

Green Bay, WI:

Walnut Creek, CA:

Orlando, FL:

Savannah, GA:

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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