Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dream A Little Dream

Enjoy what little bloggin ya get over the next few weeks outta me cause there's a good chance it's gonna be few and far between. To let everyone in on my private-little world (which if you've ever noticed, is only vaguely alluded to in this column), I'm attempting to buy a house. Not just any house mind you, but in my mind, amounts to my dream house. Problem being that my credit is horrible because I have yet to be able to right the wrongs from '96-'99 (I'll get that life story posted one of these days), and it's not like I have financial security or nothin. I get by and all, but to say this place is a little out of range is an understatement. At which point anyone reading this goes " how can this be an option in the first place??". Answer: It's my Mom's house. As I mentioned months back, she lost her mind and got remarried leaving her with this beautiful house and no one to live in it. So it ends up on the market and to make a long story short, everything has fallen into place that aside from the minor issue of having $200,000, it's a perfect setup for me. About 5 miles from the TV studio and plenty of room for all the junk I have collected over the past XXX years. As insane as THIS sounds, buying that house will actually be CHEAPER for me than the current money sucking pit that I rent. Plus, it'll be about 200 less miles a week that I'm on the road. Not too shabby.

However, until that date comes, I'm pretty much living on an excruciating day-by-day rollercoaster. Just to get to the point I'm at now where this can be seriously considered was touch enough, but sealing the deal seems almost impossible at times. Anyone that was around me last weekend at the show and whatnot, knows I wasn't traditional Spaz. Matty even asked me about it yesterday and it's pretty tough to deny what I'm going through emotionally right now. For me, this is IT. If I can pull this off somehow by the grace of God, it's a life-changing move that benefits not just me, but a whole bunch friends and a certain wrestling promotion that I'm kinda tight with. But if it falls through the cracks, I'm probably gonna have a nervous breakdown as alot of my hopes and dreams are gonna go up in smoke. That may sound a little much, but I have been patient for YEARS. I've always allowed myself to settle for less and have always kicked my ass later for making so many stupid decisions and mistakes over the years. This is my one glaring opportunity to right a lot of wrongs and fix just about everything that's wrong with my life. I know it's not like I'm gonna wake up the next morning and never have a worry in the world, but this is gonna go a long ways in me making my life something I'm proud of 7 days a week, rather than just 1 day a week.

My apologies now to anyone I'm around if I give off a "I just wanna die" vibe in the next few weeks. It's VERY difficult when you want something this bad and you're already high strung enough as it is trying to pull it off and on top of everything else, you're greeted with criticism and finger pointing about how you're doing this wrong or that wrong. Trying to keep everyone happy, from family to friends and so on is nearly impossible and I can feel myself breaking down everytime any criticism falls my way. Even more than wanting this, I NEED this. Patience is a virtue, but if everyone understood just HOW patient I have been over the past nine years when it came to lowering my standards of living and then never being able to crawl back out of that hole, they would understand why my patience and sanity is running thin.

More than ANYthing else in the world, I want this home. Not because it's just a "nice home". It's my "Serenity", as others have dubbed it. My peace of mind on one hand...An open door for all friends, past and present. A door that I have never been comfortable enough with in the past to open...and yes, production central for CWF television. I could go on and on. After all, that's all I do in my head as of late. Dream of the future. Dream of what could be. Fear what may not be. The stars have aligned, but there's still that one giant hurdle left to climb. In the real world it's called a my current world, it will be called an angel.

I think you get the general idea there, so let's move if I didn't have enough on my mind this Saturday is "Triumph", home of the 5th Annual CWF Rumble, my favorite event of the year. This has serious potential to be the best ever, and unquestionably, will probably be the most organized. And really, the card from top to bottom, should be as solid as any all year. It also marks the return of Kamakazi Kid, who I can't wait to see on Friday night once he gets in from Florida. For the newbies, Kazi pretty much died in two previous Rumble appearances (and if you've ever seen the footage, you know that's no exaggeration). I'd just like to go on record now saying in no way, shape, or form do I want him to attempt to cheat death yet again on sat. And actually, ASIDE from the house issue, this should be a wonderfully fun weekend. It would actually devastate me if the tension surrounding that issue ruins what otherwise is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Hopefully, it got it's "ruining weekends" phase out last weekend. Speaking of which, last Saturday 9/24 we were at the Raleigh Road Drive-In in Henderson, NC for a little house show. An acceptable turnout as several fans watched from their cars as if the show WAS a movie. It was actually my first time at a Drive-In since 1987 and "Spaceballs" and man, I tell ya, there is some serious potential with those suckers I still feel.

1. Jesse Ortega pinned Michael McAllister in 6:47 -

A tough spot for McAllister to be in as his mind was obviously elsewhere and it showed. Several moments of miscommunication led to some awkwardness. I feel bad for the boys but it happens to everyone. 3/4*

2. American Steel Ninja pinned Alex Adonis in 10:19 - Pretty bland and some awkwardness here too. Just not a very smooth show in general so far. *

3. "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse pinned CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner in 8:58 of a non-title match - Another match in this series (man, I need to check and see how many that is so far). Nothing you haven't seen before really, but solid all the way through. Too pros just out there doin' the thing. **3/4

4. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Mikael Yamaha and Julius Augusuts in 15:19 when Smooth pinned Augustus -

Seriously enjoyable matchup thanks to the crowd being a little more alive cause of the over-the-top heels. Augustus breaks out a clean shaven look which serves him SO much better. Some miscommunication early between him and the Playas though which is strange as they've worked a few times. Yam's heeling was off the charts and has been on a serious roll as of late. It's amazing just HOW much better of a worker Yamaha is when he's happy in his personal life. I mean, he's worked 3-4 watchable matches in a row now. **3/4

5. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens pinned Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride in 11:53 - What you'd expect, solid enough. Finish was freakin' horrible, especially considering they had a PERFECT finish and didn't do it, but oh well...hindsight 20/20 ya know? **

Football thoughts: The parity in the 2005 NFL season continues to run rampant with the dust settling after Week 3 and some of us dreaming of a Bengals-Bucs SuperBowl... The Pack's season is about one game away from being over and don't think for one second that Favre is gonna stick around past this year...What did I say in my preview about Chad Pennington staying healthy? J-E-T-S! J(ust) E(end) T(he) S(eason)!...If ANY team goes 9-7 this year, they're makin the playoffs. And an 11-5 team could very well have homefield throughout...Couple of topnotch games in Week 4 with the Chargers-Patriots and an awesome Eagles-Chiefs matchup.

Pick wise for Week 3 I was a bit busy so only got to round up a few and even with parity, we all did pretty darn well.
12-3: Grant Sawyer
11-4: Matty Dee, Randolph Hedrick

This past week in the Insiders Fantasy Football league, I went to 3-0 with another mauling in a 74 point win; in the battle of the other two top teams, Hedd edged Gemini Kid by 1 point to go 3-0 as well; McAllister beat Matty Dee by 46, who is now 0-3; and Yamaha shockingly went to 3-0 as well with a 77 point win over some hopeless jobber. This week is the big one with myself vs. Hedd as someone start 4-0, Gemini vs. Matty, and Yam vs. McAllister among the CWF crew matchups.

Ok guys, you got the basic update...more again one day even if it's just a quickie Rumble recap...Love to all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Stuff I's all in here

Found a funky new little BLOG to plug the other day....a comic geek one to be certain, but just the template alone kicks ass: Dial B For Blog. Fun stuff...I shall try and steal some of their material as often as possible. In checking it out, it brought my attention towards THIS comic cover, which leaves a myriad of questions to be answered...such as (look closely)...why the hell does it say "ASSPAIN" on the theater marquee?

One plug, one piece of stolen material, one question to never be answered. Not too shabby.

Ya know what, while I'm at it, I'm gonna give good old Captain Carrot a shoutout just because...

Man, if I had never gotten laid at this point in my life I can't imagine flaunting this stuff the way I do. I mean, do Star Wars virgins sit around and actually think that dedicating their life to that movie is more important than actually attempting to give the illusion to females that you're not a complete dork?

This week's pick results from those that did it as the NFL season continues to be as unpredictable as ever:

9-7: Randolph Hedrick
8-8: Matty Dee, GeeStar
7-9: Donnie Dollars
6-10: Amber O'Neal, Grant Sawyer
5-11: Mikael Yamaha

Fantasy Football updates...I win big again, by some 69 points to go 2-0, Gemini wins by 19 to go 2-0, Hedd beats McAllister by 15 to go 2-0, and Yamaha beats Matty Dee to go 2-0 (WTF??). Week 3's big one is the Hedd-Gemini matchup as at least one team will start 3-0.

If you watched Week 1 at all, you saw those commercials for, which is that site that sells that big ass NFL decals that cover like a wall of your room. I'm dying to get some of these suckers but holy balls are they expensive.

Your basic helmet is $95 and to get a player decal is $145. Ba freakin' jeez...maybe eBay will have 'em cheaper one of these days. Honestly though, that whole decal gimmick could really replace the traditional poster. If they actually work, that's exactly how posters should start be produced so you can just slap that sucker up on a wall.

ok, onto the big show reviews from last weekend and the first thing you'll notice is the addition of even MORE action pics than usual as our other ringside photo's site, Slamfest Bob, has put them up on his new photosite. This in addition to Hedd's always great work with the Insiders. Saturday 9/17 brought us the appropriately titled CWF "Superclash" with arguably the biggest main event in company history: Converse vs. Corino for the AWA World title.

1. Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja defeated the Street Sweepers (Gregory Vercetti and Jay Sinn) in 7:32 when Ninja pined Sinn -

Well done opener as you would expect here with Munkey and Ninja almost looking better as a team now than when they were champs. TV quality. **

2. Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride pinned Donnie Dollars in 3:17 - Dollars is becoming the king of TV, having participated in nearly perfect-length TV bouts with Rob, Otto, and Ric now. And guess what? They all actually went on TV. Funny how that works when you actually work an undercard match in under 7 minutes. Good stuff, nice finish. *3/4

3. Mikael Yamaha pinned "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee in 11:58. Due to his win, Yamaha was granted the #30 entry in the 5th Annual CWF Rumble on 10/1 by Michael McAllister -

Without question, the most important match in Matty's CWF career. Pretty much abandoned at this point, he's gotta be able to turn the corner and move up the singles ladder. Problem being is that Matty's whole shtick is so ridiculously over the top, there's a fine line between the lovable dolt that amuses me to no ends and actually performing as a credible wrestler (which isn't nearly as amusing to me, but golly, does the crowd seem to like him a lot better then). Perfect matchup for him at this crossroads against Yamaprick, who I have to hear whine and bitch all weekend about how he always gets the shaft in the Rumble so he goes to McAllister who sympathizes with him and hands over the #30 spot this year if he wins tonight. God I can't stand wrestlers that whine about their spot. Near-perfect execution with Matty winning the crowd's hearts early by dumping Yam over the top rope and continuing on a roll which led to some of my worst spazzing-out-of-my-freakin-gourd play-by-play commentary in post later that night. Springboard into the superkick is **** on the Michaels-Benjamin scale. Stutts saves his boy numerous times from disaster until Yam hits a wicked snap DDT to win it. Fuck him. Matty was SO there we could taste it. Went too long but I LOVED the match and will make the "Year-End 25 list". ****

4. Amber O'Neal defeated Christie Ricci by submission in 8:59 of a AWA Women's World title qualifying match -

First time I remember seeing Christie although according to Hedd, we were on the same show as here back in 2002 for NEW/PGWA. Great look, very nice work and a pretty darn good women's bout here with Amber. It's all gravy. **

5. Ultra Dragon defeated Brandon Day by submission in 8:28 -

Solid match that was hurt by it's insane length considering what was needed. Dragon takes his usual "this guy shouldn't be alive, much less kicking out" murderous heat. Some insanity on the floor as well and Day ends up pretty much driving his own head into the canvas like a pogo stick, leading to Dragon's win. Post-match, Sean Powers hits the ring and clears house with a chain leading to the traditional pre-Rumble 15-man locker room brawl. Not a bad match, just too much. *3/4

6. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned Jesse Ortega in 8:53 to win the CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television title -

It had to happen one day and it finally did, the record setting 24-successful title defense run of Ortega (spanning 9 months and 9 days) finally came to an end with Conner's 3rd shot at the title. The meat-and-potatoes wasn't as dramatic or as crisp as some of the previous ones, but all anyone will ever remember is the final 2 minutes, ending with a Honky Tonk-Steamboat like finish with Conner rolling through the fujiwara, his feet laced into the ropes and on top of Ortega for the fateful 3 count. NO ONE saw this one coming and fans were just flat out shocked. **1/2

7. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth with Kiyia Moka in their corner) defeated Alex Adonis and Marcellus King in 14:59 when Smooth pinned Adonis -

Adonis takes the place of Julius Augustus who was in an unfortunate automobile accident on the way to the show (f'n deers). Honestly, not too shabby at all as King and the Playas really click and Adonis has worked with the Playas enough to fit into the puzzle pretty nicely. Yeah, I was surprised too. Fine little bout. **1/4

8. AWA World Heavyweight champion Steve Corino pinned "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse in 38:47 -

Well this was it, the epic matchup that every fan was just chomping at the bit for. Make no mistake, this crowd wanted and truly believe with all their hearts that Ric could indeed leave as the new AWA World champ. Hell of an old school matchup as the pace is very very slow but they didn't need anything more than that as the crowd is hot for every single little thing. The initial feeling out process literally goes nearly the entire first 30 minutes and there's no question that if we had decided to go with a 60 minute draw, this would have been the match to do it in and the fans would have still been there in the end. Unfortunately, Charles the ref gets KO'd by Corino late and wouldn't ya know it, Ric hits his Richter scale on Corino with no one there to count it. But wait! Here comes ref #2 Katie Kincaid to make the count and it's 1, 2, and cocksucker of the night, Ricky Landell, yanks her out of the ring and nearly gets booed out of the building. Corino comes back with a second Northern Lights Bomb to put Ric away for good and the crowd is PISSED. And I mean, in a rebellious "G-DAMN IT! FUCK!" kinda way. Resident fan Big Donnie takes the lead by bitching ME out first off (of all people) and then gets the mic from CORINO, going on a (mild) profanity-laced 5 minute rant ending with "You no good bastard". Whew, thank god we're family friendly, cause the fans sure ain't. Corino ends up bitching out Ricky Landell for f'n the finish up which in turn leads to another brawl between Ric, Corino, Landell, and the rest of the locker room. The match itself was basic as fuck and would probably be deemed boring by some (god forbid), but it told a story, one HELL of a story, and I have NEVER seen a CWF crowd that mad about who went over in a match. On a side note, Corino is the ultimate professional, putting over every single little thing about the promotion and I look forward to the rematch that was never supposed to happen. ****

Sunday night 9/18 brought us RCW "Bigger Than Average" at the Riders bar in Greensboro for a decent little turnout for what could wind up being the last show ever in that facility:

1. Ultra Dragon, Brass Munkey, and American Steel Ninja defeated "Mr. Elite" Jake Manning and the Guerreros (Jose and Miguel Guerrero) in 13:12 -

I missed the CMLL mini-show a couple of weeks back so this was my first time seeing the Guerreros in action (or Manning for that matter). Seriously fun 6-man with the Munkey past and future partners teaming on one side. Little mix of lucha in there as you would expect with the traditional southern tag format. ***

2. Sean Cruise (with Tre G in his corner) pinned Jay Steel in 7:30 - Boy, Riders is always the place I can go now to see new guys. Solid enough, but nothing truly memorable. I probably need to go back and watch on tape before really passing any judgment, good or bad. *1/2

3. Jeremy Ryan and "Texas Lightning" Bobby Houston defeated Jay Sinn and Donnie Dollars (with Gregory Vercetti in their corner) in 10:10 - Holy god, whoever gave "Houston" THAT gimmick was dead freakin' on. Bobby Houston is Sam Houston's long lost, but slightly less incarcerated, brother. I mean, absolutely PERFECT gimmick for a guy. Talk, lanky, good lookin youngster. Gave him the white tights, boots, cowboy hat and all the rest takes care of itself. Match was alot of fun actually although a touch too long at this stage of the show with what came before and what was coming later. **

4. The Millennium Violence Connection ("The Black Hand" Justin Feeche and "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel) defeated Jukebox Heroes (Charlie Dreamer and "Rock N Roll" Matty Dee) in 9:43 -

Ironically enough, the Mid-Atlantic tag champs can't make the show but the recently doubly retired MVC team does, up against a fun little duo that actually had plenty of crowd support between Dreamer's natural charisma and the CWF regulars still pulling for Matty because of what happened the night before. **

5. KC McKnight pinned "Slick Diddy" Ric Converse in 12:02 -

The "Mini-Clash" between one of, if not THE, premier MA worker and the one that has been deemed as the NEXT. Very solid bout here with Converse getting screwed for the second night straight. MAJOR props to KC on the new gear as it's a VAST improvement on some of the previous RCW and CWF stuff he's worn. I can totally see KC and Ric doing a 40-minute 3 falls match in the right setting somewhere down the road. ***

6. Amber O'Neal and GeeStar defeated Mikael Yamaha and Brad Stutts in 8:11 when Gee pinned Yamaha -

Certainly not a workrate classic, but earned major praise from others as soon as it was over as one of the most entertaining matches seen in a long time. Yamaha strikes gold on two straight days and we ALL know how rare that is. He broke out the pink motocross which actually looked awesome and not in the "questionable lifestyle" kinda way either. I won't go the full Bret Hart-monty on it, but still not too shabby. Stutts played his role perfectly and both girls were on (which is a biggie for Gee, who has had a tough time trying to reclaim the motivation and glory of 2004 post-knee injury). Very Classic Rock-Tank in the sense that you're probably talkin ** at best workrate wise, but on an entertainment level, it was WAY up there.

7. RCW Intercontinental champion "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride (with Hank the Rider's Enforcer in his corner) pinned Tank Lawson (with Penguin in his corner) in 15:20 to win the vacant RCW Heavyweight title -

Your basic Rob-Tank matchup although the ringside shenanigans were almost TOO distracting as Penguin and Hank just have no clue out there as to what to do when and pretty much spent half the match holding hands while the fans scream "For the love of god Hank, HIT HIM!!". **

8. KC McKnight pinned "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride to win the RCW Heavyweight title -

Rob wins the title back and out comes KC for an abrupt challenge that leads to a mini-match with KC pulling a Hogan-Yoko-Bret and WINNING the freakin' belt (or as some would say a Credible-Dreamer-Taz but whoever watched that stuff? :P ). I actually hate this kind of title switch and even though this one was done completely fine, not insulting in any way, I think it still degrades the sanctity of the RCW Heavyweight title. Cough,, what's that in my throat...Post-match, KC celebrates on the bar with the title and is asked to get down by former wrestler/RCW bouncer/No selling god of wrestling Grease, which leads to a confrontation between KC and Grease, with Grease grabbing KC by the throat (shizoooooooooooooot and the shizit is on!)and KC going all front facelock on him. This goes back to the locker room which in turn nearly breaks out into a full-fledged riot between the RCW wrestlers and the Riders bouncers and employees. Very, very ugly scene which should have never happened in the first place.

Ok, that's enough of an insanely large update for now..time for us all to go back to our regularly scheduled lives...peace out!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Week 1 and Wentworth

Spent the meat and potatoes of NFL Week 1 in Chapel Hill with Flagler and others as my boy had flown in from Tampa specifically for the Week 1 gathering. By the time it was all said and done, the reunion actually felt a little hollow as I wished we had gotten to spend some time doing something other than JUST watching football since we only get together like once or twice a year now anyways. Another testament to the fact that I will always prefer NFL Sunday Ticket on Direct TV at home as opposed to a bar setting just because of all the comforts that home provides and you don't have to watch a DUD of a game like what the Pack and Lions put on.

Week 1 provided possibly the most shocking, most unpredictable Week 1 results ever with all of us so-called experts looking like freakin' morons. Of all the CWF crew that threw in their two cents, check out this final tally for Week 1 picks:

11-5: Amber O'Neal
9-7: Mikael Yamaha, Chris Flagler
8-8: Randy Hedrick, GeeStar
7-9: Matty Dee, Grant Sawyer


I would have LOST so much $ this week. I would have bet the farm on the Rams and their 5 1/2 favored points on the 49ers. Bucs-Viks? Dolphins-Denver? Atlanta-Phily??? Whew bajeez...thank god I didn't have anyone offer me any bets.

That was the flattest I have EVER seen a Green Bay team look since Favre took over. Yeah, the Pack started off really poor last year and made the playoffs in the end, but they have NEVER looked as out of it as they did last week. I mean, we're talking Rockers at WrestleMania VI kinda lethargic. I totally think the Lions may end up winning that division at 8-8.

Is it me or does Carolina just ALWAYS play the wrong team at the wrong time? And good lord, Carolina better find a #2 receiver cause Steve Smith is gonna be dead by year's end as hard as he's playing. Speaking of which, that game was a solid ***3/4 affair. Emotionally, it was probably as big as you can get in Week 1. Other ***3/4 games from Week 1 were Chargers-Cowboys and Falcons-Eagles (which would have broken **** if ANYthing had happened in the second half...still a really entertaining game though).

Hell yeah, I'll snowflake a football game now too! Who's gonna stop me???

I was shocked by how good Atlanta's defense looked Monday Night. Forget Vick, if they go anywhere, it'll totally be because of that defense.

Since I sucked so much on Week 1, let's give Week 2 a shot. Just looking over the schedule makes me realize that this is gonna be about impossible...let's lose some $!:

Baltimore at Tennessee - Uhhhh...Balty cause I don't know what happened to Tenn in Week 1...Ravens 17-14.

Buffalo at Tampa Bay - Tampa can't be really for real can they? Man I smell upset now...oh look ma, no balls. Bills 24-20.

Detroit at Chicago - Chicago is freakin' awful. Lions 24-10.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis - Indy is gonna have a fit with this defense but Jax can't stack up offensively. Has a chance if it stays under 20, which it won't. Indy 28-17.

Minnesota at Cincinnati - Ohhhhhhh...intriguing as hell. Minnesota HAS to be better than what they showed last week. I BELIEVE IN THE BUNGULS. Just not as much if they're not playing Cleveland. Minnesota 31-28.

New England at Carolina - This could totally go either way cause the Pats didn't look THAT great vs. an Oakland team that's not in the same league as Carolina. God I don't wanna hit the sports radio shows down here if Carolina starts 0-2. Ugh. Patriots 21-20.

Pittsburgh at Houston - Uhhhh...yeah...Pitt's not THAT good, Houston's not THAT bad. Steelers 24-21.

San Francisco at Philadelphia - The rams game was a fluke...right?? Eagles 34-10.

Atlanta at Seattle - Is Seattle an upset pick? If so, this is my "Upset Pick"...Falcons come crashing down to earth after the Monday Night high and get blindsided by a Seattle team on a mission. Seahawks 28-21.

St. Louis at Arizona - Talk about a pick 'em...Kurt Warner vs. the Rams...both teams 0-1...Rams should be better but they ain't on turf either...honestly, I have NO idea but I'll go with the Rams 34-31.

Cleveland at Green Bay - This is definitely the matchup the Pack wants after that week 1 debacle. But lose here and the season's over. Packers 35-17.

Miami at N.Y. Jets - Man, Miami looked awesome last week and the Jets were...well, they were the Jets. J(ust) E(nd) T(he) S(eason)...ya know? But the Jets always have Miami's # and both teams are due after last week. NY Jets 13-7.

San Diego at Denver - Denver sure didn't look like a playoff team in their loss...the Chargers sure did though. Super Chargers 28-17.

Kansas City at Oakland - KC runs wild. Raiders try to keep up with Collins to Moss. Collins gets picked off at least twice, maybe three times. Chiefs 35-14.

N.Y. Giants at New Orleans - Well, did the Saints blow their load last week against Carolina? At least for them the Giants still aren't all that good. Screw it, Saints 27-20.

Washington at Dallas - Yeah, be proud of that 3-FG victory in week 1 Skin fans. This could get very, very ugly. ABC will be switchin back to the Giants-Saints after cause it'll be closer in the 4th quarter than this one will be in the first. Cowboys 28-6.

If I hit .500 on picks this week, I got damn lucky...

On a more positive note, my Fantasy Football team actually WON, so that's off to a hellavua lot better start than last year. I completely mauled one of our CWF fans' teams by 71 points or so. Hedd knocked off Matty Dee's squad by 16 while McAllister, Gemini, and Yamaha ALL won in week 1.

So I heard that some people may actually be looking to read about something other than football here...well, that IS how this sucker got all it's notoriety and all so let's head down that road and see what feathers we can ruffle this week....

Yes, yes, last Saturday 9/10 and it's "Wentworth Menage A Trois" which means "Wentworth III" in french. At least that's what this one chick in Reidsville told me.

In 2005 so you can be guaranteed of three things in Wentworth -
a) the lighting will suck making it unairable for TV
b) the crowd will suck making it unairable for TV
c) either Corey Edsel or Brass Munkey will do something so awesome that we have to find a way to make it airable for TV

1. Ultra Dragon and Dexter Poindexter defeated the United Nations Of Devastation (Drake Tungsten and Hugh B. Johnson) in 8:59 when Poindexter pinned Johnson - Too much comedy for my tastes for what should be the boom-boom-boom opener. Kinda hate that we don't get to do the UNOD split as like a 2-show mini-angle down here kinda like we did with KC and Jesse. The Rumble would have been SO perfect. Acceptable match, nothin memorable, just a match. *1/2

2. Rob "Boogie Woogie Man" McBride pinned Alex Adonis in 7:25 - Has anyone wrestled Adonis more this year than McBride? Boy, who's Cherrios did Rob shit in?... Actually, better than their infamous TV match which had Adonis gasping for so much *1/2

3. Caprice "Ice" Coleman pinned Rising Generation League champion Kid Justice in 9:59
of a non-title match - It's amazing how Caprice can do something SO simple like a fireman's carry takeover that the crowd pops and applauds him not for the move but because he's just THAT crisp with it. Really, super duper fun match as my favorite tag team that will probably never be collide. Oh well, I'll take a little *** Cruiser match any day of the week.

4. "A Very Handsome Man" Mitch Conner pinned American Steel Ninja in 7:00 - I hate we can't air this one on TV cause it was just sooooo perfect. Smart chain wrestling at the start, workin the headlock like a champ, building towards a completely believable, and CLEAN heel win. Just a smart, smart match. One of the more enjoyable Ninja matches in some time. **1/2

5. Julius Augustus and Marcellus King defeated CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic tag team champions the $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) in 12:36 of a non-title match when Augustus pinned Money -

And just like that a new duo is formed as they beat the champs right out of the gate. Interesting pairing that should give Augustus some direction while still grooming King. Oh and the match was actually good too. Way too much of a delay on the final cover after King pops Money with a chain, but aside from that fun stuff. Look forward to the rematch this Sat. **1/2

6. Ric Converse and CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Television champion Jesse Ortega defeated CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens and the Spoiler in 13:43 when Converse pinned Spoiler - I like the Ric-Jesse pairing, especially with the VERY subtle disagreements the two have while teaming as you can almost see the Randy Savage in Ric's eyes, as he's paranoid that Ortega is gonna put his hand on Garry's ass...err, I mean, win the belt from him first.... Match was fine filler from the upper-tier. **

7. Brass Munkey defeated "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel (with Brad Stutts in his corner) in 17:49 of a stretcher match -

Well, this is what it all boiled down to. A match 9 months in the making if you go from the heel turn. 2 1/2 years if you go from when Corey took Munkey under his wing in CWF to form "The Crew". Alot of matches these two have had in 2005, each win with a different story, with a different purpose. Then, to add just that match more drama to the entire situation, in the days prior to the match, Corey announces online that..he's DONE. I haven't commented on it because for one, as I've always said, wrestlers don't retire...they just die. Harsh, but true. "Retirements" get brought on by a whole host of factors, with as much of it being mental as it is physical. Although since this IS still the Indys, I guess it's more feasible for someone to walk away than after they have 10+ years in it, but it's still hard to fathom (not that I'm gonna question Feeche's retirement AT ALL seeing as how he does have very strong convictions when it comes to certain issues and his mentality is a bit different than your typical "retiring" wrestler). But regardless, the statement alone just added that much more to the already emotional scene. The match itself...well, it wasn't as frenetic as my beloved Pffaftown original...not as hardcore as the bunkhouse handicap match...not as "out there" as the street fight...somewhere inbetween lies this one. I would probably dub the main portion as "methodically brutal", building towards that last epic 5 minutes where the realization of Munkey's refusal to die becomes apparent and he fires back with everything Edsel has already hit him with...Dragon suplex, backdrop driver, lariat...places the monster on the stretcher, who attempts to rise himself, but collapses a beaten man as he's wheeled out of the arena...and out of our lives.

Or maybe not. But if that was indeed the swan song, it couldn't have been a more artistically perfect way to leave (by wrestling standards that is). Ignore the occasional lapse-of-judgment here and there in this rivalry, and as a whole, from start to finish, is as awesome of a story as the battles it contained. **** Munkey's post-match tears-of-joy should be on ESPN's "Images of the Year" video. You can't book reality like that.

8. AWA World Light Heavyweight champion "Krazy K" Kirby Mack pinned Xsiris in 20:37 -

A very solid main event that probably helped Xsiris' stock in losing more than it did if he had won. Thankfully, Kirby took this match more seriously than normal because of what was at stake. That's always been my one knock on him...he's more entertainer than he is wrestler but at least for this night, he did the newly formed title proud. The psychology of the match was still hit-and-miss, especially in the closing moments, but once they got going, it was balls out. And not necessarily in that "can you top this spot fest" as many of the spots, while contrived at times, were still so brutal you had to appreciate them, including X taking it like a man and getting his face crushed like a melon in-between Kirby's foot and the steel of the ring (which busted X;s lip open straight through). Much more brutal than anticipated which certainly helped the believability of the match. Big-time main event payoff and while not my style, it gave everyone their money's worth. ***1/2

Overall thoughts - Solid undercard with a double main-event that no paying fan could complain about. Quality show. Up next: CORINO. CONVERSE. AWA WORLD TITLE. Oh baby!

This week's closing note...

T-shirt don't get a dime from these guys, but hell if I won't plug the shit out of 'em....

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Stark Raving Mad

Ok, for all you people that only check this blog once every two weeks cause that's how often my lazy ass posts, you got some catchin up to do cause this is like #5 or so in the past 2 weeks....

When I posted my NFL picks yesterday, I figured that would be my final post until the weekend was done and over with. But, as I begin to type this, I am still 47 1/2 hours away from kickoff Thursday night and going absolutely bonkers in anticipation. Kinda like all those years ago when I would count down the days till Christmas or Heroes Convention or WrestleMania. Heck, I'm getting cold chills just thinking about Green Day singing "September" on the kickoff special this Thursday. Man, that song may not have originally been intended for football but you better believe that forever more, that's exactly how I will always see it.

47 1/2 hours till kickoff...25 days till the 5th Annual CWF (Indy) Rumble. More on that as the days come closer but boy, you talk about anticipation. I swear to God, there are times in say, March, where it will just arbitrarily pop in my head and I'll have to count on my fingers how many months since the last one and how many months till the next one. And boy, the entire midcard is almost brand-new nowadays, making their Rumble debut...hope they make the most of it and don't get stuck in that "generic Indy battle royal" mindset.

Yeah, this column is gonna be completely arbitrary thoughts that FLY throughout Statmark's head as I'm just looking for anything that can make Thursday get here any quicker. And christ, I ain't even a Pats or Raiders fan!!! I mean, it IS better than the fuckin' Jets-Skins kickoff game 2 years back (for the record, this is the 4th Thursday night kickoff year with last year's Pats-Colts being the cream a la crop, by far). Hey, does anyone remember that national televised Saturday afternoon game between the Skins and Jets in 1993? Final score: Jets 3-0 in a game many have forgotten, but is pretty much the worst NFL game I have EVER seen in my life. Trust me, there were some XFL games that trumped that sucker by a mile in terms of quality.

I love me some jerseys, in case you didn't know. I'd love to have a whole collection of authentic NFL, XFL, AFL, WLAF, etc, etc jerseys. But since I don't have dat kind of funds, I only get to dream. Which led me to this personal quandary (see this is the kind of shit that runs through my head on a daily basis): If you had to pick up one jersey (and ONLY one) from every NFL team, which player would it be? Which means you have to have a jersey of a team you hate. Also, the player had to have played that three years (so if ya hate the Broncos, you can't be pickin up a Jerry Rice jersey just to fill the spot). Some selections may be obvious, some may be surprising, but here's mine:

Oakland - Bo Jackson
New England - Ted Bruschi
Chicago - Walter Payton
Washington - Art Monk
Cincinnati - Boomer Esiason
Cleveland - Jim Brown
Denver - Vance Johnson
Miami - Dan Marino
Houston - David Carr
Buffalo - Don Bebee
New Orleans - Sam Mills
Carolina - Steve Beurlein
N.Y. Jets - Tom Tupa
Kansas City - Derrick Thomas
Seattle - Brian Bosworth
Jacksonville - Mark Brunell
Tampa Bay - Mike Alstott
Minnesota - John Randall
Tennessee - Frank Wycheck
Pittsburgh - Franco Harris
Arizona - Nate Poole
N.Y. Giants - Lawrence Taylor
Dallas - Emmitt Smith
San Diego - Bily Joe Tolliver
Green Bay - Reggie White
Detroit - Barry Sanders
St. Louis - Jim Everett
San Francisco - Steve Young
Indianapolis - Peyton Manning
Baltimore - Ray Lewis
Philadelphia - Randall Cunningham
Atlanta - Deion Sanders
Houston OILERS - Earl Campbell

The toughest cuts - Warren Moon and Al Del Greco in the classic Oilers was a toss-up between McNair, Wycheck, and Bruce Matthews in the Titans jerseys...Wanted to get Via Sikahema in SOMEwhere but did he even play three seasons with ANYone? Zona, Pack, Eagles, etc...Really REALLY tough call between Favre and Reggie for the Packers...some teams I REALLY don't have a feel for such as the Jags and Texans...dead last team to try and figure out was the Jets cause even as much as I hate the Cowboys, I still respected Emmitt. Thankfully, Tupa punted for the Jets for 3 years and I always liked saying his name. TU-PA.

Yeah, that was a sweet finish between FSU and Miami on Monday night but like I said last year, SO WHAT? I mean, it gets great ratings and is a big draw, but putting the two powerhouses against one another at the start of the season when YOU HAVE NO PLAYOFFS pretty much ruins one teams (in this case Miami) chances of a national championship from the very start. So now rather than trying to battle back and get into a championship playoff tournament, all the Hurricanes get to do for the ENTIRE season is battle for second best. Can you imagine if the Patriots lose Thursday and that was IT. No Superbowl, no playoffs, no nothin. It's crazy and that's exactly why, despite my utmost respect for the men that put on the pads, I just can't fathom wasting the time on a sport for which there is no payoff. It's not like this college football playoff scenario hasn't been beaten to death over the past 10-15 years but good lord, if every sports media outlet in the country has been pushing it for that long, how about doing something about it? Cause god knows March Madness has been a colossal failure ever since they started it up...

Slight segue, but if you've noticed I actually review very, very few action movies in my ramblings. I mention this because even I have wondered why I don't care for that particular genre anymore. I mean, I used to LOVE the "Die Hard" franchise back in the day. Boy, the first time I saw those my heart was poundin out of my chest they were so captivating. But over the years I find myself getting less and less drawn into such movies. And it's not that movies don't have gripping enough sequences anymore. Hell, the Subway scene in "Spider-Man 2" is off the charts, but as much I was impressed by the scene in general, it never caused my heart to skip a few beats either. So what was it that changed? It wasn't the movies, it was me. Or moreso how I viewed action movies. You see 15 years ago when "Die Hard" was coming out, I REALLY liked football but not at the level that I lived and died with how my team did that week. Over the past 15 years, that has certainly changed. And that change was due specifically on my ever-increasing love for the pigskin. What I learned is when it came to evoking human emotion, be it good or bad, there simply is no substitution for real life. No film can continue to rip my heart out after those closing credits. It took me a week to recover from the 49ers' NFC championship losses in the early '90s. No film can bring me the joy that '94 NFC championship win brought me. No film can make me fill with pride like the '96 NFC championship. Those incredible 2003 playoff games with the Packers-Seahawks/Eagles and Panthers-Rams/Patriots. If you truly love the game of football, how can a completely scripted and fabricated piece of film be superior to those gut-wrenching, nail-biting moments? The answer is it can't. Blow up all the buildings you want, be on all the unstoppable buses that you want, but you can't top the action-packed ride of a double overtime playoff game.

Have I beat the topic to death of how much I love the NFL yet? Random thought, my dream NFL party on opening weekend with my boys that also love football: Flagler, Winterstein, Yamanutts, HeddRoxx, Matty, Gemini, and myself.

Peace out, be back on Tuesday once I've had my heart restarted...

Monday, September 05, 2005

The Time Is NOW

***For football fans only disclaimer***

Yes, this is the week that us football fans wait all year for with bated breath. My mind is going so many different directions right now between my picks, the matchups, my fantasy team, etc, etc that come Sunday all I'll be capable of is some garbled screams of both joy and pain. Add the fact that my boy Flagler flies in from Tampa just in order to keep the Kickoff tradition alive, thereby defining a truly unbreakable bond between football and friendship. Plus, we're in freakin' Wentworth for a show Sat and when the hell does Wentworth take a backseat to anything??? God knows it's gonna have to be some serious shit to be a front-runner this weekend and let's pray that it doesn't become that.

Quickie notes headed into week 1: Jerry Rice retired. Good for him. Greatest receiver to ever play, especially at such a sustained level. Major respect for him, especially back when I LOVED the 49ers, before management totally destroyed a once proud organization. #80 provided me with a LOT of joy during the '90s. We'll all miss him, but we all knew it was time to go...Don't overlook Peter Warrick's signing with Seattle this week. Seattle isn't a complete team yet, but he could very well be the big time receiver Hassleback needs....Jeff Garcia's injury could actually HELP Detroit in the early going. With him out, Joey Harrington WON'T be feeling the pressure quite as much and the fans won't be clamoring for him to be benched on that first INT he throws.

Ok now, I ain't about to try and actually do a full-blown week-by-week preview during the course of the entire NFL season but just like last year, I GOTSTA do at least a Week 1 preview and picks (plus I gotta post them before Matty does since he trumped me on the season preview). So here we go kids, Statmark's NFL 2005 Week 1 Preview and at your own risk, you know I will...

Oakland at New England - ABC has done a great job promoting this sucker while glossing over the fact that Oakland is NOT a good football team. Minnesota actually HAD leadership but still couldn't get the job done with Moss. In Oakland, there is NO leadership. Collins? Sapp? Are you kidding? The Pats, even though the offseason has kicked them in the balls a couple of times are still a well-oiled machine. Oakland is everything but that. New England 24-10

Chicago at Washington - Yeesh, I pity the fool that gets stuff watchin this game. Whoever wins this one sure better enjoy the win cause neither team is going anywhere. The Bears have a rookie QB, so I'll begrudgingly pick the Redskins. Washington 24-20.

Cincinnati at Cleveland - If you're a Bengals fan, this is a GREAT confidence-building opener to get. Cleveland is tough to figure out, but Cincy is just miles better...and what happened the last time these two met? Yeahhh...Cincy 35-17.

Denver at Miami - Gus Frerotte is the starting QB for Miami. What more do ya need to make a pick here? Denver 28-10.

Houston at Buffalo - this is a nifty little early "AFC Wild-card battle". Man this could REALLY go either way, but I'm gonna take the constantly improving Texans in a mild-upset. Houston 28-27.

New Orleans at Carolina - On paper, there's just NO question about the pick here. But the Saints have that one HUGE intangible on their side that can't be measure: emotion. I sure hope they save that for the Giants game on Monday night next week. Saints play hard, but the better team wins. Carolina 20-17.

N.Y. Jets at Kansas City - A great early test for KC's defense. It's either gonna be a shootout or a slaughter. But the winner is the same either way. Kansas City 38-24.

Seattle at Jacksonville - Another solid week one matchup that's a really tough pick. Seattle has a B+ offense, Jacksonville has a B+ defense. I'm gonna go with Seattle, but they are seriously screwed if they go out and turn over the football. Jax will win this if it stays low scoring. Hesitantly...Seattle 24-17.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota - Hey! Remember back when Tampa was in the SuperBowl? 2 1/2 years ago?? Are you serious??? Damn, it feels like 12. Minnesota is out to set a message on how good they are gonna be even without Moss. Minnesota 31-9.

Tennessee at Pittsburgh - Yes, the winner here SHOULD be obvious, but I swear, I am SO tempted to pick the Titans in my upset of the week. Tennessee ain't THAT bad and if they're gonna win, it's gonna be while McNair is healthy and has all those good young WRs. Pitt is actually a little banged up and Tenn has had all the time in the world to prepare for Roethlisberger. But Pitt IS the better team and of course has home field. Fuck fuck fuck. What to do. If you're betting on the spread, take the Titans. If you're betting straight up (as I do)...ughhh...Pittsburgh 30-24. I have no balls.

Arizona at N.Y. Giants - Gosh darn it, why are all my upset teams on the road this week. NY 20-14. Please don't bet going by my pick.

Dallas at San Diego - Hey! This should be fun. Boy, those early games were a lot easier to pick than these...I'm not convinced that SD is better than Dallas AT ALL, I just like them a hell of a lot better. Super Chargers 24-21 (although if they were anything other than powder blue, they're screwed).

Green Bay at Detroit - For the love of god! Week 1 should be awesome...this game should rock all faces off even if it's not well played, it should be fireworks city. Defenses need not apply. Packers 35-31.

St. Louis at San Francisco - Steven Jackson is gonna do the whole "hot knife through butter" gimmick on the 49ers' D-line. St. Louis 32-10.

Indianapolis at Baltimore - You would think Indy but Indy actually has problems with ANY team with a top-notch defense (see NE, Jax, etc last year). So this ain't gonna be an easy one, despite Balty's complete lack of offense. They're gonna smack around the Colts, like it or not, but they still have to score, something that they ain't real adept at. Indy 21-14.

Philadelphia at Atlanta - Monday! Yeah, let's get Mr. Overrated on national TV as much as possible. I'm no Eagles fan, but why the hell is this an away game for them? Please...Atlanta is so outclassed here in every position, it ain't even funny. Phily 28-17.

That be that. I'm outta here, everyone please enjoy kickoff weekend, I'll be in Chapel Hill at Bailey's on Sunday. Some weekends are just designed to be perfect. God bless football.

Your regularly scheduled wrestling column will return next week. Until then...rock on...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Losta movie reviews

As expected that last blog entry cause some ruckus to be sure. To clarify a few things...first off, I don't kiss and tell. If I get some action you ain't gonna read about it here because either a) it rocked my face off and I ain't gonna do ANYthing to risk not getting it later or b) I'm so horribly ashamed it happened I have no desire to spread the news to the world. So the "handjob" in question from the last entry was an actual hand massage of some kind that eased a nerve in my brain, which thereby reducing my pounding headache. Yeah, it was crazy to me too. But saying I got a handjob from Munkey's aunt was MUCH more amusing. So there's that.

The other issue that arose following the last blog I'm gonna hold off on for now just cause it's the right thing to do. Haste = waste and now that my age is somewhere between the age of WrestleMania and the age of the SuperBowl with a zero at the end of it, I should probably act like it. Or not, but that provides me with a segue. I think the biggest "WHAM" in the face about this recent "hardcore porn-movie rating in roman numerals" age that I've turned isn't the overall feeling of "Fuck, I'm old". After all, I certainly don't look it. God may have not blessed me with the premier physique on earth, but he did hook me up on a little fountain of youth as far as the appearance goes so you better believe I'm gonna run with that for as long as I can. But the one thing that keeps popping in my head is that now that I've passed the infamous #, I feel like I'm living on borrowed time. Even back in high school, my friends would comment about how I'd never see such-and-such an age because of my eating habits (Hey God, props on the metabolism too there buddy). But seriously, I've had an amazingly good health record thus far and I just have that feeling that anything past 8/25/05 is just a bonus. I mean, I don't wanna keel over tomorrow, but now that I'm past that date, it just seems like "Well, if I do I do, I've had a good run". Every sneeze makes me a little more paranoid now, every migraine makes me worry a touch more. Not that I'm gonna be one of those people that go to the doctor every time they fart crooked, but I'm just more AWARE of everything now. Yes, to many, it may sound ridiculous even discussing such a topic at what realistically is, still a young age. That's just how I feel so if I have a brain aneurysm over the night, I guess I was on the right track after all. On the other hand, I could just as easily pull out another XXX out of my ass. Who knows and who really cares. I got through the regulation, now it's time to enjoy the overtime.

Man, I was watching my "NFL 2003" comp tape, gettin ready for the upcoming regular season and it made me realize that in retrospect, I honestly think 2003 may have well been the best overall year of football in my lifetime. Sure, every year has some incredible games and incredible moments, but just unbiasedly speaking, 2003 was freakin' off the charts. Obviously off the top you have The Patriots in the middle of their dynasty meeting the upstart Panthers in probably one of the top 5 SuperBowls ever played. Hell, the whole playoffs were incredible from Phily-GB "4th and 26", the Panthers-Rams double OT classic, the Pats having to survive the Titans and Colts, and IMO, what may become the most underrated playoff game in NFL history because it was only a Wild-card game between the Pack and Seahawks. Watched that sucker earlier today and MAN what a game that was. Then in the regular season, you had the incredible run of the Chiefs and Dante Hall only to be eventually stopped by the shocking Bengals, the greatest finish in NFL history if it had just meant anything between the Saints and Jags, the coming-out year for Peyton Manning which included the first REAL showdown with the Pats in the regular season which was decided on the final play, the Vikings collapse in week 17 against the Cardinals (which I just HAD to add to my favorite games in the sidebar here), all of those 4th quarter miracle Panthers games, the famous Monday Night Indy-Tampa game on Tony Dungy's birthday, the awesome Cheifs-Packers OT game in Lambeau, and so on and so forth. Not sure if any other hardcore football fans aside from Matty will even understand this paragraph, but I am curious if there are any other seasons that, on a whole (not just going by your favorite team or player) stand out as being what you feel is the #1 year in NFL history. Seriously, if I knew a non-football fan I would show them this comp tape in a heartbeat...kinda like showin the non-wrestling fan a NWA '89 comp.

Ok, catch up time on the DVDs and such reviews...

Lilo & Stitch 2 -
Stitch is actually like my favorite Disney character EVER bar none. Any cutsy lookin alien that loves Elvis gets an automatic "AWWWWWWWWWW" from me a heartbeat, no matter how girlie that may sound. Since this is one of Disney's direct-to-DVD movies, you know it's not even gonna be close to on par with the original, but at least they made the effort to go out and pay for some Elvis songs in order to keep that theme alive (which was SUCH a strong element in the first one, that they pretty much booked themselves into a corner on that one). Fun, enjoyable stuff that will tug at the heart strings a little as Disney MUST do in every film. Good likable cast of characters. Not close to a classic or nothin, but give me this collection any day over 99% of the other animated stuff out there. **3/4

Dave Chappelle - For What It's Worth
I don't know if it's because we've all been SO spoiled by Dave's greatness of his own show or what, but to me, this special fell totally flat and no where NEAR the standard Dave has set for himself. Prisoner of his own success, ya know? But even in comparison to his original comedy special back prior to Comedy Central, this one still doesn't hold up. Amusing at moments here and there but otherwise forgettable. I am afraid that the magician may be running out of tricks. *1/2

Silent Bob Speaks : The Collected Writings of Kevin Smith
Hey that's not a DVD! Yep, it's a BOOK. I read a mother fuckin' book. It happens once a year at VERY best. And I actually enjoy one even rarer than that. After Mick Foley and Brian Bosworth's autobiographies, it's a long long drop. Now, I'm not one of those crazed Kevin Smith marks. I love me some Mallrats but I find Clerks to be in the "Ok" range rather than an Indy masterpiece as some would shill it as. Anyways, the book is not as much of a book as it is a collection of articles he wrote for various newspapers all collected together (the equivalent of me releasing this blog as a book which ain't a bad idea really..I mean, I bet I could sell at least a dozen copies or so just to the workers that would want to spit on, defecate upon, or just burn it to the ground). Some of the chapters can drag when Smith goes outside of the element that endears him so much to the reader, mainly himself (just plain skip the Tom Cruise interview). But Smith's blunt personal observations serve to remind all of us that it's ok to talk about the last time you jerked off at the computer or the fact that you're the luckiest bastard in the world to persuade some poor women to actually put out now and then. I see some minor similarities between my writings and his (to say his are slightly more polished is an understatement, but it's his candor that I'm referring to). Now, I see a LOT of similarities between his style and Stutts to the point that on some pages, you could easily mistake it for Stutts' writings verbatim. Fun, entertaining read especially in sections. ***1/2

Guess Who-
Some good chemistry between Ashton and Bernie Mac early on but after you cross the hour mark, it goes from entertaining comedy to another dull, generic romance story. Why can't movies nowadays make up your mind as to what to be? Either go ALL the way in one direction (say, "The Notebook".....shudder) or ALL the way in other direction (say, "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle"). Otherwise, we're just half assing two genres and wasting everyone's time. *1/2

Japanese film that got an American release thanks to movies like "Ringu" hitting it big here in the states. First off, I love the Japanese style and I'll watch one of their movies just so I can dream about how much I'd love to have hair like THAT. "Infection" is creepy enough although it's actually TOO psychologically creepy as it keeps dragging you along for the ride without giving any kind of real serious minor payoffs along the way to keep you truly enthralled. And then there's the ending which is just WAY the hell out there and fuck if I understood it. If you like the style, then it's worth a look I guess. If not, then you are seriously gonna hate it. **

Six Feet Under, the Complete Fourth Season-
Wow, I had forgotten just how incredibly good this show was. See, I don't believe in HBO. And I don't mean in the Winterstein "I don't believe in Homosexuals because I've never met one" kinda way. I mean, I just don't believe in paying $20 or whatever a month for a TV station that essentially shows reruns all day long of the same show. TV Land I'm cool with cause they have about a zillion shows and you ain't gonna get the same episode of Cheers three times in one day. But you better believe HBO will show you the same Jennifer Aniston crap-fest three times in one day. The only good thing they have going IS their original programming and Six Feet Under is right at he top of that list. The writing is just incredibly original and aside from one "what the fuck?" show in which David gets kidnapped for like the whole episode, it's an awesome season. Plenty of drugs, sex, alternative lifestyles, and dead people. What more do ya want? ****1/4

Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Fourth Season -
I've ALWAYS loved the Dukes and I've ranted before here in the blog how it was one of the pivotal shows of my childhood. With that being said, it's actually been years since I've been able to sit down and truly watch and appreciate it. Let me tell ya, it's just as funny and enjoyable now, if not MORE so, than it was when I watched it as a child. The chemistry between Rosco and Boss Hogg is just off the charts and the genuine camaraderie between the entire cast just makes it feel so REAL. This show did a tremendous job of doing the little things right. Whether it be a little ad lib here or there or a hand gesture or the movement of the eyes, they had mastered what needed to be done to make the audience believe this place was real and these people were real. How many shows nowdays can say that? Watching these episodes is just like a flood of memories coming back, from my beloved "Double Dukes" episode, to Luke turning heel and trying to destroy the General Lee, to Uncle Jesse's coma. Man, Season 4 kicked ass. Hours of hours of nonstop entertaining...27 episodes mind you, back when a season WAS a season, not these pussy 13-episode seasons they have nowadays. ****1/2, ***** for personal nostalgia.

Sin City-
Watching "Sin City" I was almost taken aback so much that I couldn't enjoy it. It's just SO much to absorb but in the days that followed, my opinion of the movie began to grow and grow. I'm willing to bet that if people go back and think about their very, very first initial impressions of "Pulp Fiction", they'd feel very similar. They knew they had watched something unique but until they sorted everything out in their head and reflected on it, you couldn't really enjoy what you had just seen. And that's how I felt about "Sin City". Now that I've had a chance for the story to sink in and look back on those fuckin' visuals (!!!!), make no mistake, this was a classic. Maybe not in the classic sense...maybe revolutionary would be a more appropriate term. Incredible acting and as faithful to a comic book as any movie ever could be. Even if you end up hating it, a movie everyone should at least witness once in their life. Just to know what is truly possible. ****

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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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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