A day packed with sports and entertainment. We went to the
annual Monster Fest event held every October at the Chesapeake Library in Chesapeake, Va.
I bumped into Luke-Warm Lee Hansen – a friend I have known for over 20 years-
sadly this may be the last time I see him for quite some time as he and his
girlfriend are moving to Houston, Texas due to professional reasons. We ended
up watching a new documentary on the Bowman Body a charismatic TV horror host
based out of Richmond, VA for several decades. I enjoyed the movie-
but feels that the best movie and way to check out the Bowman Body is in the
documentary Virginia Creepers that
covers Bowman and several other hosts of late night horror shows.Bowman Body documentary a little overlong-
but still very fun and engaging just like the legendary host. After the movie
we went to Chesapeake Pizza and split a Chesapeake
special with friends.
Mike Williams and I raced across town to Knuckleheads
Roadhouse to catch the outdoor wrestling event. I actually took the first bump
of the evening as I tripped over the curb walking to the club. Sadly we found
out the event would not kick off until 3 pm. The event itself was fine and
featured 2 title matches for SPW. The Silver City Assassins lost the titles to
the team of Phil Brown and Ray Storm. The reality of the situation: one of the
Silver City Assassins could not make the gig due to commitments with his day
job- so Sterling Williams tagged up with his manager Shorty and they ended up
loosing the straps. Most of the event was spent hyping up their next Scope show
on October 22 featuring Jay Lethal versus Sonjay Dutt. It was fun watching
wrestling outside and I am glad this event took place on October first instead
of the 27th of August as initially planned- it was temperate outside
and nice afternoon of entertainment from the local promotion. On the downside I
found out the next day that Wild Child Pain shattered his arm in 3 places
during the event.
After a day out I came home to a packed DVr of wrestling and
The second installment of ROH had technical difficulties
during the first half of the show and was a wash as far as watching it. Jay
Lethal captured the TV title from El Generico in solid main event that was
granted additional time by Jim Cornette. Once again the program featured solid
wrestling and also did a good job hyping up the following weeks main event.
Masked Warriors : Lucha Libre USA returned to MTV 2 today for
their second season – to say I did not miss them is an understatement. I like
some of their talents like Rellik- but the skits fall flat and the action never
seems to spark real emotion from the audience or me. Lizmark ,Jr captured their
heavyweight title with a little help from Rellik.
Sunday October 2, 2011
My main event is the Redskins game- the undercard is the PPV
tonight- I guess I will watch to see the Sin Caras square off. Redskins won and
the Cowboys lost – too bad this was not the case last Monday.
It took a day of watching football and then looking up and
seeing the Jets playing that I really realized the folly of the Invasion angle
of 2001. In the 1960s the NFL had a major competitor in the AFL – eventually
the leagues agreed to merge. In the first 2 Super Bowls the Green Bay Packers
slaughtered the AFL representatives. The Baltimore Colts were favored to kill
the New York Jets. Joe Namath cut a promo that shocked the world when he
garuanteed that his team would win the title. IN the end the Jets won and it is
a game that still resonates 40+ years down the road. Meanwhile in wrestling the
WWE treat the incoming WCW talent as fools and basically inferior losers- and
they can’t understand why the idea of WWE versus WCW lost steam so quickly.
Invasion needed a Joe Namath – sadly that never happened.
Wrestling fans are an impatient lot- we chant boring when
the action slows for a second – we want the climax every moment and can’t
understand that anticipation makes most everything better from making love to
cooking a good meal- if it was microwave easy and backstreet sleazy all the
time it looses the true impact. But we want our guy to win and it to be the
best match ever –every time- just unrealistic. I am watching football today-
there is plenty of downtime, an off season and a week in between games-
wrestling is now NOW NOW NOW – we don’t realize that like a drug user that
builds a higher tolerance we will either OD or kick- and most kick.
2 things consistently draw web chatter and dominate gossip
sites- when attractive people start dating and when they break up. I always
wondered about that- I mean are guys sitting around going- “ok now that Demi
Moore is single again- NOW I have a shot!”
Point of clarification – I have not been pulled over in
years. But when I was pulled over – I hated the cops asking- so –do you know
why I pulled you over? Really it sucks that my insurance rates may go up and I
am on a limited budget- but now you want me to play multiple guess- seriously-
of course they are fishing – hoping I go – you know I run a meth lab like
Breaking Bad or deal pot for the Mexican cartel like Weeds- not um I don’t
I watched the event at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Virginia Beach, Va-
the place was half full by the time the main event of the PPV rolled around.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2011 from New Orleans , Louisiana
The event starts with Miz and R-Truth sitting in the
audience with their tickets. They were confronted by Johnny Ace and escorted
from the premises. Sheamus beat Christian in the opening match.Sin Cara beat Sin Cara. Air Boom retained
their tag titles against Vikki’s dysfunctional tag unit Dolph and Jack Swagger
Mark Henry defeated Randy Orton in the first of 2 Hell in a Cell matches- a
solid match with a well built crescendo to the climax.
Cody Rhodes came
out and cut a promo about the new IC strap he was defending – which is actually
a classic version of the belt- then Johnny Ace booked him in a match against
John Morrion. Rhodes competed and won in a
suit. The match was ruined by a whiny tirade by Michael Cole about Cody
wrestling in a suit.
Beth Phoenix beat
Kelly Kelly for the Diva’s strap after Nattie taunted Kelly Kelly and bonked
her on the head with a microphone.
The main event of
the evening was the first triple threat match for the WWE title in a Hell in a
Cell between champion John Cenaand
challengers Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk. After several minutes of back and
forth action John Cena was coaxed out of the Hell in the Cell and then locked
out. He was forced to look on as Alberto Del Rio won the championship by
beating CM Punk after conking him in the head with a lead pipe.
After the match
there was some chaos as Miz and R-Truth came back to beat up Cena – then HHH
and several grapplers surrounded the ring- eventually the cops came into the
ring and handcuffed the Awesome Truth- HHH attacked them several times as they
were being lead away- but he was not also arrested for interrupting a police
procedure. Overall it was decent for an event that was only 2 weeks after their
last PPV. Sadly another event is coming in 3 weeks- it really is overload. A
former co-worker of my wife complained that the event was too short- it did end
around 10:40 and she also noted that the ending looked unplanned.
It is reported that the PPV drew 180,000 buys.
Monday October 3, 2011
Santino Marella returned to Raw after missing 2 months due
to a shoulder injury suffered from a car wreck- he beat Jinder Mahal with the
cobra in a very short comedy match.
The last match of Raw was very exciting – a 12 man tag match
with tons of energy from the Cajun-Dome crowd and tons of highspots from the
performers. It was team Cena versus Team Del Rio. CM Punk was on the face team-
somehow WWE creative has completely lost track of why CM Punk was so over with
the audience- he has lost his edge and went from cool outsider to just another
The main event of Raw was HHH asking for a vote of
confidence from the WWE talent. HHH has been the Chief Operating Officer for
WWE most of this summer since replacing Vince McMahon. Miz and R-Truth have
been beating refs and announcers up and they got fired a couple of weeks ago.
However they got into the arena for last night’s PPV and caused some havoc at
the end of the event. The entire roster of wrestlers (ok not entirecrew as John Cena , Randy Orton , CM Punk and
Kelly Kelly were conspicuous by their absence)divas, refs, camera-men, and announcers all left the ring and the arena.
HHH while being shunned by all the wrestlers seemed like an underdog face and
Hank Williams , Jr. compared president Obama to Hitler. ESPN
responded by pulling the Bocephus song from Monday Night Football and saying
they will make a decision on how long the song will remain on the shelf
depending on how contrite Williams is. Seriously- free speech is completely a
figment of our imagination- say any little thing that is out there and you find
yourself walking the plank. Do I agree with Williams or his odd analogy- no-
but he should have the right to voice his misguided opinion.
Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder in Italy. The student had been in an
Italian jail for 4 years. Today’s stupid blanket statement between the unending
war against terrorism, kidnapping in Mexico and my limited funds I don’t know
if I will ever travel the world.
Office star Jenna Fischer who portrays Pam on the show gave
birth to a baby boy. The second episode of the new season was pretty darned
Tuesday October 4 , 2011
Impact wrestler Jeff Hardy began his 10 day stint in jail
for various drug charges- I wonder if TNA will send grapplers to berate him in
jail and film it.
Wednesday October 5 , 2011
Former WWE Champion The Miz returned to the CW (Former home
of Smackdown) to make an appearance on H8ers – a new show were celebs confront
folks that dislike them. This felt so phony and staged that it was a complete
waste of time. The WWE fan still hated the Miz at the end of the segment btw.
Folk legend Bert Jansch passed away at the age of 67.
The Flaming Lips are releasing a 6 hour song – I doubt I
will ever hear it. I am still suffering from their concert at the Machine in
the mid 90s- which was the loudest show I have ever endured – even in the
office it felt like someone was taking a jackhammer to my eardrum.
Sometimes there needs to be a beginning, middle and end or a
short run. Wrestling should follow these rules of storytelling- but wrestling
never ends- it just finds an occasional oasis or plateau and then without
stopping continues forward. Some of my favorite TV shows had limited runs – the
British version of the Office only ran for 2 short seasons yet is still beloved
to this day. If you compare wrestling to sports – there is more than one
conference or league and several teams and offseasons. In baseball you have the
hot-stove league- meaning during the offseason you can speculate on the effects
of trades and free agents- wrestling only has the mismanaged draft. The Monday
night wars provided a brief time period where grapplers jumped ship from the
big ones like Scott Hall walking onto Raw to the odd surprise of Haku debuting
at a Royal Rumble.
Steve Jobs the mastermind behind Apple, iTunes and many
other innovations died at the age of 56.
Veteran character actor Charles Napier passed away – seen in
everything from the original Star Trek to Russ Meyers movies and many a fun
B-movie, his presence onscreen will be missed. Napier also made his bones by
doing voice acting including portraying Duke on the excellent cartoon The
Critic starring Jon Lovitz.
WWE superstar Darren Young has been suspended for 30 days
for violating the WWE wellness policy. Ok maybe his troll-doll haircut was a
bit much on NXT- but how do you cut someone’s signature locks without making it
a match stipulation or have some sort of pay-off. Either way I hope things work
out for Young- but this may be step one on the way out.
"Big Money Mike McKiernan” an independent manager for the Ontario based promotion
Classic Championship Wrestling passed away at the age of 34.
Thursday October 6, 2011
Vince Russo has been
removed as the head writer for TNA and has been replaced by Bruce Pritchard. At
the moment this is a win- sure Russo was writing some of the WWE attitude era
and crash TV – but when he came to WCW he altered the product so drastically
that it alienated the core wrestling fan from watching that show- since WCW was
the wrestling alternative to the smut and promo laden WWE Raw of the late 90s.
Since he was handcuffed by censors in WCW – his shenanagens always came off as
WWE lite. His sitdown shoot interview with Vince Russo entitled inside the WWE
was so boring even I shut it off. It took a lot of willpower to stomach his
most recent book. Don’t get me wrong I liked some of the change that Russo
forced on WCW – but I could see his fingerprints all over the Nitro product. It
was fun, trashy stuff- but he also managed to devalue the cruiserweights and
stuff so much non-wrestling into a wrestling show that it became embarrassing
to watch at times.
One day after the Miz appeared on H8er’s starring Mario
Lopez the show was cancelled by the network.
TNA kicks off Impact Wrestling promising the retirement of
Hulk Hogan. Bobby Roode and Cowboy James Storm cut a mutual respect promo
hyping their main event bout later in the show. Eric Bischoff joins the long
line of people berating Jeff Hardy for his transgressions- after a month of
being told he is lower than dirt Jeff Hardy finally strikes back as he delivers
a Twist of Hate to Bischoff. Before Bischoff was assaulted he did tell Jeff
Hardy to 12-step his way out of the ring.
The Roode versus Storm match was excellent as the Beer Money
tag team partners had a strongly contested matchup with Roode taking the win.
The final portion of the program was filled with Hulk Hogan
talking about his retirement-the crowd was cheering Hogan and there was even
one little fan dressed up as the Hulkster. After a few minutes of Hogan getting
emotional , Sting interrupts and proceeds to show Hogan and Bischoff talking
about screwing with the fans and that the retirement was fake. This led to an
enraged Hogan challenging Sting to a fight at Bound For Glory.
I always love the hidden camera trick, it reminds me of the
brilliant ending to the Elia Cazan film A
Face in the Crowd starring Andy Griffith. Griffith is a drifter who becomes a
television sensation and then becomes an egomaniac. As the credits roll for his
cornpone concoction that is his TV show- his co-worker decides to roll the
audio of him talking negatively about his fan base instead of the theme music.
This leads to public outrage and more. Used on occasion- like once every 2
years- this is an effective gimmick to show plotting and subterfuge by the bad
guys. What is irritating is hearing from different sources that Hulk Hogan
makes around 35,000 an episode to be on Impact- I wonder if the TNA office
realizes that I tend to skip every segment he is on- I am tired of Hogan. My
favorite Hulk Hogan moment was when he portrayed Thunderlips in the Rocky
movie. I was still a virgin then- ok TMI – but my point is – his act is stale-
sure it was freshened up briefly when he joined the New World Organization
(what he first said-lol) in 1996 , but then he ruined that by cutting
egomaniacal promos that would drone on and on during Nitro, to the point that I
would switch over to Raw or Springer or use the bathroom- but his tirades would
last longer than dropping the kids off at the pool and smelled worse. I
understand that Hogan is the biggest name in the history of pro wrestling and
was a huge draw during the days of Hulk-a-Mania – but that was during the heyday
of Rubik’s Cube, big hair and new wave. In the age of on-demand movies, Netflix
and X-Box live I simply don’t have the patience to listen to his prattle. I
watched his retirement speech hoping that it was true, sadly like Bret Favre
for a few seasons it was not true , I just hope we don’t ever see pictures of
the little one-eyed hulkster.
The episode ended up
drawing the lowest rating for Impact Wrestling this year, not an encouraging
sign going into their top event of the year.
Friday October 7, 2011
WWE Smackdown celebrates one year of being on SyFy with a
brief mention by Vikki Guerrero during yet another heel gabfest to start the
proceedings. Ok to be fair the show started with a well produced video package
showing what led up to Monday’s walkout by the WWE talent from Raw and the
actual walkout at the end of the Raw broadcast.
When pressed about the walkout Booker T stated he had
nothing to do with the walkout, that he was neutral on the issue and he got up
because he had to use the bathroom. The incredulous looks on Josh Matthews and
Michael Cole’s faces were priceless.
Sin Cara Negro
attacked Sin Cara Azul after his loss to Alberto Del Rio- probably setting a
Vengeance rematch or a rematch when Raw is live in Mexico. The Big Show returned after
a 4 month hiatus to confront World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry for breaking
his leg. He vowed to either get a title shot or cripple Mark Henry. At the end
of the show Henry declared that he would not give a title shot to the Big Show.
An enraged Big Show lumbered to the ring and attacked Mark Henry- this was the
biggest reaction I have heard for the Big Show in a long time- absence always
works – and also emotion. After a minute or so of Big Show dominating the
World’s Strongest Man- security ran down to break up the fracas. Big Show would
not be denied and started throwing around security like rag dolls. Then he
attacked and dominated Henry some more and threw him through the announce
table. As he was about to Pillmanize Henry’s leg, Smackdown general manager
Teddy Long told Show he could have his title shot if he did not break Mark
Henry’s leg. Show hesitated – the crowd urged Show to attack. But he walked
away. Then he returned and gave a Henry a chair shot and told him he finish the
job after he won the World title.
Saturday October 8, 2011
ROH presented another
strong hour of televised grappling. Davey Richards won the almost 20
minute-long confrontation for the World Heavyweight Title via submission over
former champion Roderick Strong. The show did a good job building to the main
event with a video package that highlighted what a smug jerkwater Strong was
and how earnest and hardworking Davey Richards is. Although the show only
featured 2 matches- I prefer 2 strong matches with proper build-up over 5 2
minute matches with screwy finishes or non-finishes. IF you are not in the
current syndicated reach of the Sinclair Broadcast Group you can watch the ROH
shows on their website the following Thursday.
Meanwhile the subpar Masked Warriors: Lucha Libre USA
continued to air episodes on MTV2.Petey
Williams won the main event with help from R.J. Brewer. I enjoyed this week’s
offering from CMLL but since my Spanish is rudimentary at best I can only
report that I really enjoyed the athleticism of Dragon Lee (although his team
Owner of the Oakland Raiders Al Davis passed away at the age
of 82 today. Garbing his team in silver and black and hiring the best players
he could regardless of their off the field conduct- he put together a heel
football team that inspired hatred among his rivals and garnered fans who
wanted something more than squeaky clean role models. His on-going feud with
NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle culminated with a lawsuit or 3 in the 80s when he
moved the team to Los Angeles.
To learn more about his franchise check out this DVD if you can.
Oakland Raiders-The Complete
History(2 Disc DVD) -Splendid double disc set capturing the swagger, character
and drama of one of the most compelling and villainous franchises in sports
history. Disc one had a nice retrospective of the Raiders climb from the AFL
cellar to consistent winners- it also had several featurettes on some of the
greatest moments in pigskin history from the "Holy Roller" play to
the Hiedi Bowl. Disc 2 is why I got the disc- it features an hour presentation
of the "Ghost To The Post" game - the double overtime game between
the Oakland Raiders and The Baltimore Colts-plus featurettes about the Raiders
Sunday October 9, 2011
Former Beatle Paul McCartney got married for the 3rd
I watched the episode of the Munsters when Herman became the Masked
Marvel in an attempt to get college money for Eddie. The grappling was very
stiff- clumsy stiff like Herman and off course the jokes were very dated. It
was fun catching this episode for the first time and I want to thank Howard
Brody for letting me know it existed.
An intoxicated fan threw a hotdog at Tiger Woods while he
was trying to putt today. From top of the endorsement pile to being assaulted
by a flying frankfurter it has been an odd 2 years for the one time role model.
I went to a farewell party for a long time friend. Wrestling
was a topic visited several times during the night as he and a couple of our
mutual friends have been longtime grappling fans.
DC has relaunched all their iconic characters with new story
arcs.(FIND OUT THE DATE)
Monday October 10 , 2011
Netflix announced today that they will not split up their
services into 2 different websites,so
now you will still get the discs and the streaming from one site- Netflix and
not have a second site to join, etc. Netflix was humming along as one of the
main leaders in delivering entertainment on DVD and streaming. Then they raised
their price this summer which annoyed many folks. Then they tried to make
things better by proposing to split up their services- that resulted in more
people getting upset and many competitors stepping up their advertising and
trying to let people know there are alternatives. Qwikster was stillborn out
WWE Monday Night Raw live from Oklahoma Monday October 10, 2011
The flagship program of the WWE kicks off with a video
package showing the events that led up to the walkout and the talent walking
out en masse from the end of last week’s episode. Our first live shot of the
arena shows an empty announcers booth. Eventually the camera finds COO HHH
emerging from his office and heading to the ring. HHH goes to the ring and
blabs on about the walkout and whatnot- Boomer Sooner nation seems to truly
love and support the Game. After Hunter’s filibuster squarejawed hero John Cena
comes out to lend his support to the Game and saying his loyalty is to the WWE
Universe, Sheamus then comes in and says fella and manages to say arse- oh he
is also supporting Mr. H’s. The superb late 80s rock tune “Cult of Personality”
by Living Color signals the emergence of CM Punk. I then spot my favorite sign
of the night “CM Punk is like the Honey Badger”.CM Punk says that while he is not a “smiley
good guy like you 3” he also is staying.
liked that everyone came out and gave their reason as to why they did not walk
out. It made sense for everyone to give their own individual reason why.
They’re supposed to be top guys, they should be thinking independently from
everyone else.” - Hornet
In one of the more
ironic moments of the night the king of the 24 minute opening promos Triple H
says lets do what we do best and “shut up and fight.” He books a match between
Sheamus and Cena , anoints himself ref and appoints CM Punk bell-ringer and
announcer. After 20+ minutes- the action starts! About a minute later we get a
break CM Punk states he hopes he can be a good commentator like Art Donovan.
About 30 seconds later Vinny Mac’s music hits. He ambles down to the ring to
let Trips know that “Watching Raw is a hoot” , he alludes to the Occupy Wall
Street movement and that the board of directors have relieved HHH from running
Monday Night Raw. The Crowd is very supportive of HHH. They chant “You Suck” at
John Laurenitis after he is announced as the interim Raw GM.
Hometown hero and
Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross comes out to a nice ovation after the break.
After Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole settle in – Cole compares himself to Norma
Rae and Ghandi. A distracted John Morrison looses after taking a spear from
Christian (speculation is running wild that Morrison is getting future
endeavored soon). After the match Jack Swagger , Dolf Ziggler , Cody Rhodes and
Christian take turns beating up John Morrison.
Backstage Johnny Ace is beaming whilst talking
on the phone with someone about looking like an executive, the mood changes
when HHH enters the office. After Ace tries to convince Trips that he is doing
what’s right – HHH glares at him and proclaims “You ever try to pick your teeth
with a bunch of broken fingers?”
Hall of Pain
strongman Mark Henry shows a package of the excellent Big Show/Henry
confrontation from last week’s Smackdown. We get another Randy Orton and Mark
Henry match – the match is thrown out when Cody Rhodes attacks Randy Orton. He
proceeds to put a paper bag on the fallen Apex Predator. Cody picks up the mic
and states “When you cut the head off a viper all venom comes out!”
Kelly Kelly and Eve
Torres beat Rosa Mendez and Tamina in a tag match – after the match we see the
Divas of Doom watching the encounter on the monitor.
Johnny Ace returns to
the ring to announce that Alberto Del Rio will defend his title at Vengeance
against John Cena. He then fires JR for being an ingrate- once again Jim Ross
gets humiliated in his hometown.
Air Boom and Mason Ryan defeat David Otunga , Jack Swagger
and Dolf Ziggler in a 6 man tag match.
The Brodus Clay video package is played again. WWE seems to
forget that there is competition for viewers as they waste 4 minutes of time
showing a trailer for a new John Cena movie Reunion.
Alberto Del Rio arrives for the main event driving a 2012
BMW 650I convertible worth 100 large. At one point Michael Cole reads a tweet
from a coleminer- Jerry Lawler states he must “get his tweets from twits.”
CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio are having a decent tussle- but
then mid-stream Johnny Ace announces that he wants them to tag up and face the
newly re-instated Awesome Truth.
Punk and Del Rio are doing
fine against the Miz and R-Truth when Del
Rio decides to leave limping –indicating he is hurt.
Punk valiantly battles on until Miz and R-Truth just start pounding Punk into
the mat. The match is thrown out and then HHH makes the save for CM Punk – we
cut backstage to Johnny Ace hanging out with ultra preppy David Otunga – Ace
books R-Truth and Miz versus HHH and CM Punk for the upcoming Vengeance PPV.
Honestly they had so much potential with the idea of a
strike- while the talent referenced the striking grapplers in the parking lot
it was never shown. They could have had scab wrestlers or done so many other
creative things. This episode felt like a letdown after the big walkout. On the
upside they managed to set up a few matches for the PPV that is right around
messed up it bad with CM Punk. CM Punk was someone special. You could rely on
him to tell the truth, to put down whoever and whatever. He called John Cena
the New York Yankees in Boston
and completely turned John Cena’s hometown against him, something no one had
ever done before. He was different. He was not a part of everything else. Here
it is not even 2-3 months later and CM Punk is teaming with Cena and HHH, he
doesn’t seem special anymore. I really think they dropped the ball big-time with
him.”- Roy Lucier
Tuesday October 11 , 2011
Jesse James a/k/a The Road Dog from The New Age Outlaws was
hired by WWE to be a road agent for the company.
Former WWE and TNA wrestler Tyson Tomko is being held in Florida for robbery. He
is accussed of taking Oxy a/k/a hillbilly heroin and then going to a Chili’s
and taking the painkillers. There was a brief moment in TNA where it felt like
Tomko could get a big push – that evaporated over time- and he eventually left
the company and had a brief stint back in the WWE, He had tag team success in Japan.
Clemente Marcelino Valencia Nájera who wrestled as Dr.
X-Treme was murdered at a house party while trying to break up a fight.
Severin Films releases
the cult favorite comedy show Snuff Box on DVD in the North American market.
This macabre UK
sketch show ran in 2006. If you enjoy gallows humor with dashes of pop culture
and funny songs this is well worth seeking out. The 2 disc edition includes
funny commentary tracks on 3 of the episodes and a music CD with several of
their hilarious tunes. Also included on the set is a new featurette with folks
like Paul Rudd and Weird Al putting over the fun diversion- a worthwhile
addition to any library of DVDs- but best suited for folks that like British
humor with a scatological edge. A+
Wednesday October 12, 2011
Dissemination of information has changed so much. Not just in
wrestling but everywhere else, we have gone from big long free-form blogs to
140 characters or less on twitter. When news breaks it is all over social media
and most home pages within minutes. In professional wrestling we have gone from
depending on magazines to get some idea of what is going on outside of
wrestling, to the hotlines to now everything is instantaneous.
Gail Kim did a shoot interview on iPPV and the contents of
the interview are already being posted online. Rumors had started that JBL may
be coming back to WWE to be the new Raw GM- he actually wrote a blog stating
that no he was not. There are so many sources of information and with wrestling
a business built on misleading or deceiving it gets worse. I sometimes think
that the backstage folks will start sending us detailed reports of Vinny Mac’s
SouthPark figured out the immigration
problem on this week’s episode- basically by convincing Mexicans to have pride
in their own country they decided to return to Mexico- ok it is only a cartoon-
but another great half hour of satire from the long running show.
Thursday October 13 , 2011
Happy 61st birthday to my mother.
TNA did a good job with their go home show heading into their
main PPV of the year Bound For Glory. The company did a good job following thru
with the BFG series and the winner of the competition Bobby Roode. Roode has
looked like a world beater in the ring and the video packages are helping build
sympathy for this underdog as he gears up to take on World Champion and Olympic
medalist Kurt Angle on Sunday. Jeff Hardy came in at the end of the show to a
huge pop to help out Roode when he was being attacked by Immortal and Kurt
Angle. Although Jeff Hardy was not immediately embraced by Beer Money- the last
shot of the segment had them raising the Charismatic Enigma’s arm as they went
to commercial. That would have been how I ended the show. They instead had a
lukewarm contract signing between Sting and Hogan with Hogan grinding his boot
into Sting’s throat as the show ended. Impact also featured 2 strong tag
matches, one featuring X-division guys and helping to hype up the match between
Adub and Kendrick and another match that had AJ and RVD teaming up to take on
Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn.
I think this will be a solid event and I look forward to
watching Bound For Glory on Sunday.
The Office has been
funnier this season then it was last year, I am glad the writing has picked up.
I have been a Steve Carrell fan since he was on The Daily Show, but so far I am
not missing the Michael Scott character on The Office.
Friday October 14 , 2011
Former WWE and Friends writer and ROH director Dave Lagana
has left ROH to join the TNA creative team.
After consistently laughing at the final joke on Parks and
Recreation(it’s overrun was always on my TiVo leading into the Office) I have
been watching the show on Netflix streaming- very fun show- yeah I know I am
late to the party- but seriously a very fun show.
WWE Smackdown started with a 41 man Battle Royal. The
announcers billed it as the biggest Battle Royal in history. I am certain that
60 folks participated in World War 3 – that took 3 rings and was in WCW. Either
way Randy Orton won the match after eliminating the recently reinstated Miz.
Randy Orton’s prize for winning the battle royale with cheese was a title shot
of his choosing. He fought Mark Henry again. The match was thrown out when Cody
Rhodes attacked Orton for the second show of the week. I am so glad we get
fresh content on Friday that mimics the Raw stuff- so happy- being sarcastic.
Saturday October 15, 2011
At 5:35 A.M. Hulk Hogan was the number 4 trending topic on
yahoo.com due to his new diet plan and video game and Scott Hall was the number
7 trending topic on yahoo.com due to his upcoming story on ESPN’s E:60 next
week. n.W.o. Black and White in The HOUSE! The number one topic is also based
around Florida sports , Tampa Bay running back LeGaratte Blount is due to miss
several weeks because of a knee injury.
I went to the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton, Va.
to see VCW wrestling. They ran a split show with one event at noon and the
other at 2 pm. I missed half of the first show because the concession stand was
so inefficient. I did get to see Diamond Victor Griff confront Jay Steele and
get thrown into a trashcan for his troubles. It was an odd event- part of a
combat sports spectacular with karate, arm wrestling and boxing also part of
the event- so folks would wander from event to event sampling different forms
of action sports. It was a nice facility – but they were understaffed with
their food service- my friend Mike Williams missed the main event of the second
card because they had run out of nacho cheese and it took them forever to make
his hamburger. The main event for the second event had The Hall*Stars retain
their title by DQ over the team of Chatch and Krotch. Some die-hard VCW fans
were there including one guy that had made posters for his favorite grapplers.
The poster guy loves the indies and thinks that WWE and TNA need to feature
more wrestling on their shows. Overall it was a different experience- the small
gathering that watched the event seemed to be into it.
On Lucha Libre USA Shane Helms made his debut by saving Marco
Corleone from the rudos. In the main event of the program right wing
anti-immigration grappler RJ Brewer lost a hair versus Mask match against Magno
and got his head shaved.
Another solid syndicated show by ROH this week, once again
only 2 matches with interviews and packages to help build each match. The
Briscoes beat the All Night Express in tag bout. Eddie Edwards managed to wear
down strongman Mike Elgin to win their match by pinfall. It was a solid hour of
wrestling. I enjoyed and will keep supporting the show- but I wonder if ROH
will escape the niche it is currently encased in. The funniest moment of the
night was when Charlie Haas was asked about the Briscoe Brothers and he said
“Up Yours” – wow I am glad he did not go all out and tell them to “Sit on it” –
they might loose their over-protective parent demo.
Marvin Ward’s AWE Night of the Legends debuted on PPV
tonight. I understand the concept for a live show. Showcase veterans that still
have name value and match them up with youngsters that are easy fits for their
established characters. Mix in grapplers that have an old school appeal like CW
Anderson with guys with a more modern approach like Sonjay Dutt with Hall of
Famers and legends and if marketed correctly you have sold out shows. Does this
translate to PPV , not exactly.
Each match of the
event had the heels cutting promos with Chris Graham in the back and the
baby-faces doing the same with Bill Apter before the in-ring action.
The commentary team
for the event is Dutch Mantell , Larry Zybszcko and Chris Cruze.
The night starts off with an anti-climax. Teacher versus
student as Terry Funk tries to school Tommy Dreamer. It is a short brawl with
most of the action taking place ringside and the pinfall happening after maybe
7 minutes of brawling when Dreamer catches Funk in a small package.
The match of the night happened next as Sonjay Dutt lost an
entertaining back and forth tussle to the arrogant and amusing Jamin Olivencia.
Sadly the camera crew missed the finishing maneuver for the match. Perry Saturn
made his return to action after not wrestling for 9 years. At one time Saturn
was part of the hottest free agent group in the country – The Radicals when
Saturn, Dean Malenko , Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit left WCW to join WWE.
Sadly Benoit and Eddie are gone- Dean Malenko actually got an agent job with
WWE – and Saturn vanished. He reappeared last year and it was discovered he had
been hooked on drugs. Now a cleaner and thicker Perry Saturn defeated CW
Anderson in his return bout.
Up next jingoism took
center stage as veteran flagwaver Jim Duggan took on Arabic braggart Mohammed
Akbar and after a bunch of fisticuffs Duggan beat the youngster clean. The
Fischerville, VA crowd ate up Hacksaw’s act and chanted USA for the duration of the bout.
IN the longest bout
of the evening- ok I don’t own a stopwatch – but this match had an injury
section where Fit Finlay played hurt knee for over 5 minutes. Fit Finlay took
on Alex Silvia who was accompanied to the ring by WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch
(Sunny). The match was going well until it looked like Finlay blew out his
knee. If itwas legit or not they took a
long time trying to determine whether to continue the match or not- finally
after being called a coward- Finlay came back and managed to mount an offense
on one leg. However he ended up loosing the bout due to interference from
Sunny. Sunny looked amazing- maybe not the most downloaded person of the 90s-
but better than most cougars prancing about nowadays.
The second best match
of the evening occurred when MCW star Short Sleeve Sampson grappled Abo Shongo.
Vertically challenged Sampson picked up the victory after hitting a frog splash
on the 5’7 wrestler in facepaint.
The MAIN EVENT – a match 10 years in the making – featuring
Kevin Nash and a mystery partner (DDP) against the Rock and Roll Express…..
My PPV feed froze at 11:15 pm EST and did not come back on
until the credits were rolling- so I don’t know what happened.
The crowd for the event looked like an old school NWA crowd-
older and more southern.
I liked what I saw of the event – I thought booking the young
guys with the veterans helped give the young guys the rub- I could be wrong-
but I enjoyed seeing new to me talented workers getting a good reaction from
the crowd. On the flipside this is not an event I would purchase on DVD or
something I would watch again.C-
PS – I found out later that Morton won the main event by
countout after Nash powerbombed the smaller, older manand then left the ring after a conversation
between the 2 “heated” rivals – sounds delightful (NOT).
Live this would have been a great unique event to go to –
watching on PPV it felt like some undercard matches for ROH mixed in with
Thunder matchups from the dying days of WCW. The execution seemed similar to
the Night of Legends that Smokey Mountain did in the early 90s- but without
classic footage or even the inclusion of the promo that sold me on the event-
the excellent promo with Marvin Ward in the parking lot with a vehicle with
tinted windows saying he had the best tag partner for the event –and out pops
Kevin Nash- it was one of the best promos of the year- and it was not even
included in the pre-show or the main show- that was a disappointment also.
Meanwhile the Texas Rangers destroyed the Detroit Tigers 15-5
to advance to the World Series.
Sunday October 16, 2011
Mexican wrestling legend Mil Mascaras is announced as the
first member of the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2012 – the announcement is made
during a Smackdown taping in Mexico.
It has been announced that the US
is now planning to withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of the year. US troops have been occupying Iraq for 8 years.
For the second weekend in a row Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman is the number one movie in the USA.
Ivory will be one of the honorees at this year’s Cauliflower
Ear Club gathering.
Indy car driver Dan Wheldon died today in a 15 car wreck
during the last race of the season from Las
Vegas. This is a big hypocritical moment – the truth
is – I don’t really watch racing- except the Indy 500- so I saw him that race
earlier this year and just happened to be flipping by ABC when they were
showing the horrific footage of the wreck. Being so desensitized to the wrecks-
since most drivers walk away from even the most crazy looking wrecks- I watched
the wreck from several different angles and different car cams. I do appreciate
the skill of the drivers and have always liked that the drivers race along the
edge- going 3 and 4 cars deep over 200 miles an hour- but seeing the actual
consequence unfold in front of me is bitter pill to swallow to say the least. I
face the same with wrestling – I love lucha style and high spots and even for
awhile liked the more extreme action –partially because I knew I would never do
such things and partially because it courted disaster.
Mexican America retained the TNA tag titles during the free
preview for tonight’s PPV by beating Ink Inc.
TNA Bound for Glory 2011 from Philadelphia, PA
Kicked off with an X-Division title match between Austin
Aires and Brian Kendrick –the first hour of the show was action packed –sure
some of the results were annoying- but the pace of the action and the energy of
the crowd kept me hyped up for TNA’s signature event. Austin Aires retained the
X-Division strap in a decent match against Brian Kendrick, he gained the
pinfall with a brainbuster. The crowd was fully behind the arrogant Aires.
Momentum was briefly quelled during a backstage sequence with Karen Jarrett and
Former ECW rivals RVD
and Jerry Lynn returned to the city of brotherly love for a full metal mayhem
match. Using a variety of hardware this match garnered several ECdub chants
from the Philly fans. RVD won the match by pinning Jerry Lynn with a ladder.
After the match the long time rivals buried the hatchet and shook hands.
Next up was mid-card mayhem as former world champion Samoa
Joe continues to be booked into obscurity. He lost the 3-way bout to Crimson
after Matt Morgan attempted a Carbon footprint and then Crimson speared the
Samoan submission machine. I think TNA should trade Samoa Joe for John
Morrison- both guys are talented- but they obviously need new homes..
beat Bully Ray in their falls count anywhere match by hitting Bully Ray with a
Mic-Check through a ringside table after overshooting on a swanton.
Eric Bicshoff is seen
backstage talking to referee Jackson James. It is revealed that James is
actually Eric’s son. This news seems to flabbergast the announce team of Taz
Things got worse as
the knockouts division visited an atrocity upon my screen. Instead of a
competitive 4 way match for the Knockouts belt- we got Karen Jarrett playing
rudo ref and refusing to help the faces get the win. After several minutes of
useless action Jarrett is finally taken out of the match and Velvet Sky manages
to get the win and become the new Knockouts champion.
Long time TNA
competitors AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels had an ok “I Quit” match- ok for
anyone else maybe- but below the very high standards these two excellent
grapplers usually live up to. AJ Styles won the match when Daniels quit and ran
when AJ picked up a screwdriver.
Jeff Jarrett confronted Jeff Hardy- this basically lead to
an in-ring pull apart with refs and backstage officials. A big D-Lo chant broke
out for D-Lo Brown.
I am not a Hulk Hogan
fan- I never quite understood his appeal. But when he is on- he is on and
tonight the Philly crowd wanted to share some love with the Hulkster. The actual
fight portion of the Hulk Hogan and Sting confrontation was rather lame. The
highlight of the early portion of this segment was Ric Flair being Hogan’s
second. Sting bounced around for Hogan a bit. The Sting got some punches in.
Things got interesting after Hogan submitted to the Scorpion Deathlock. At
first Immortal came out and beat the tar out of Sting. They showed Abyss
peaking through the curtain- but he did not intervene. The only person that
stood up to the onslaught was the ref Jackson James. He was rewarded for his
valor by getting a chair shot from his father Eric Bischoff. As Sting was
getting dragged down he begged Hogan to help him. Hogan helped Sting – it was
the loudest pop of the night – the Philly crowd loved good guy Hogan and went nuts
for the team of Sting and Hogan. This was the Hogan moment that TNA had paid
for 2 years ago- the Philly crowd simply ate up Hulkamania and loved the
The main event of the evening was the culmination of a 13
year journey by former Tag Team Champion Bobby Roode. He had managed to win the
Bound For Glory series and had even managed beat his buddies in Fortune and
hold his own start to look legitimate as a contender for the top prize in the
company. He battled champion Kurt Angle in a solid match where they traded
holds on the canvas and tried to get the other to submit. Eventually Angle won
the match by using the ropes for leverage while Roode’s hand was under the
ropes. It was an anti-climatic end to a solid PPV.
Hulk Hogan stole the
show- sure he annoys me when cuts 15 minute promos and his matches are not the
athletic spotfests that I tend to favor , but tonight he managed to elicit true
emotion out of the crowd and made a special moment and memory for the crowd
watching in the arena and at home.
Bound For Glory 2011 was inconsistent at times and I was not
a fan of finish for the main event – but overall it was a decent show with some
good matches and great energy from the crowd. Is this an event I would suggest
purchasing –nope- but I do not regret purchasing it myself. I think the event
could have been epic if Roode had won the belt- was it his first shot at the
belt- yes- but with the summer long build and his tenure and popularity it
would have been a memorable ending to solid PPV. Instead the company managed to
swerve expectations needlessly – again. Very frustrating. The event ended up
drawing about 3,500 folks, rumors swirl that the event ended up being heavily
The Walking Dead started season 2 on AMC- compelling
show-although the endless hopelessness can be depressing. Zombie Holocaust all
around- we follow a small-town sheriff and his ragtag group of survivors as
they try to find safety and hope.
The St. Louis Cardinals
advanced to the World Series tonight by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers.
Monday October 16, 2011
One Man Rock Band Heath Slater has extra time to rehearse-
well 30 days since he was suspended by the WWE for violating the Wellness
“I DVr them and fast forward through them to find
something I like – sometimes I fast forward through the whole show.” – Chris
Hamrick talking about how he watches TNA and WWE presently
Monday Night Raw 10-17-11 from Mexico City , Mexico
The first Raw from Mexico- this is a big deal- you
want to make a good first impression – get the crowd happy.
INSTEAD Johnny Ace
addresses the crowd, a guy with negative charisma is your first
impression.Ace taunts the crowd by
teasing that Rey Mysterio,Jr. will be there- but of course he won’t be. Ace
admits he made a mistake by firing good ole JR and asks Ross to join him in the
ring.After an awkward hug in the ring,
Johnny tells JR he will be teaming up with John Cena to take on Michael Cole
and Alberto Del Rio in the main event for the show.
Next up is a 6 man
tag team match with Orton , Sheamus and Morrison taking on Cody Rhodes, Mark
Henry and Christian. Yet again John Morrison manages to get pinned, this time
by the World’s Strongest Champion Mark Henry after the other 4 contestants take
their respective fights backstage.
Once again they show
another package highlighting Brodus Clay- an effective monster heel package
where he exclaims introductions are not needed – with his opponents.
Backstage the Bellas
butter up interim GM Johnny Ace and kiss him. After they leave Alberto Del Rio
and Roberto Rodriguez complain about the main event. Johnny Ace tells them the
winner of the main event gets to pick the stipulation for the title fight at
Eve Torres actually
received a pop from the Mexican crowd en route to her win via moonsault over
The Miz and R-Truth belittle CM Punk before Punk’s match
with Miz. HHH comes out to be Punk’s second. Midway thru the match Johnny Ace
tells HHH there problems with his immigration status and he needs to leave the
CM Punk beats the
Miz . After the match Awesome Truth take liberties with the abandoned straight
Alberto Del Rio
enters the arena in an Aston Martin. Alberto Del Rio is very over with the
Mexican crowd, funny thing since he is from Mexico. He manages to get a fair
amount of offense. The tag bout ends when JR applies an ankle lock to Michael
Cole after Cole had taken an attitude adjustment
John Cena announces
his stipulation by throwing around the hometown boy and then counting. Cena wants
a last man standing match for Sunday’s PPV. So the last image of a Mexican
grappler in Mexico-
is him laying on the ground as John Cena poses for the camera.
This was a very
frustrating episode of Raw- instead of being something special- it felt very run
of the mill and like a missed opportunity. This was another skippable episode
of Monday Night Raw. Too bad since the sold out crowd really had good energy
and seemed to be hugely into the champion Alberto Del Rio.
Bloodstained Memoirs is released on DVD thru Amazon UK
Tuesday October 18, 2011
Condensate by the Original 7ven (The Band Formerly Known as
the Time) is released on CD. Nothing spectacular- but tight as all get out and
with some funkytunes I will be happy to
hear again like “Strawberry Lake” and “Toast to The Party Girl”.
Steel Panther released their sophomore offering Balls Out. Glam metal parody fun rock-
destined to offend and that is their stock in trade- think WWE during the
Attitude era with guitars.
Jim Ross noted on twitter that former WWE employee and NWA
wrestler Jerry Brisco suffered a minor stroke.
Wednesday October 19, 2011
Scott Hall is featured on ESPN’s E:60 a sports news show.
They show footage from his disastrous indie appearance in April of 2011, talk
about his shooting of another man outside of a strip club in the 80s , and
more. They interview Stephanie McMahon, Mike Mooneyham, X-Pac, Kevin Nash, Eric
Bischoff, Hulk Hogan and others discussing the demons that Hall is facing. The
piece felt very over produced – but I guess that is modern way to tell a very
dramatic story is with mood lighting and other effects- just made it feel too
Hollywood and not realistic- although most wrestling fans know the bottom-line
– Hall’s trials and tribulations are too real and too tragic.
RedState by Kevin Smith is
on Netflix streaming, after some horndog sex talk at the beginning of the
movie, it turns into a grim weird cult hostage movie. Interesting and a
departure for the director best known for movies like Clerks and Mallrats. RedState
also features a solid cast including Oscar winner Melissa Leo, John Goodman and
WWE has decided to not renew the contract for WWE Spanish
announcer Hugo Savinovich. He had been with the company since 1997.
Thursday October 20, 2011
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Spontaneous
celebrations have erupted in the streets of the country that he ruled for
several decades. Gruesome footage surfaces of a bloodied Gadhafi being punched
and taunted by a mob of rebel fighters- I guess this is our generations
Former WWE wrestler Gangrel posted on Twitter that he was
involved in a motorcycle incident and is a little banged up- but he is fine
One day after being featured on ESPN Scott Hall turned 53.
Gail Kim returned to TNA after eliminating herself from a
Divas Battle Royal on WWE Raw on August 1rst.
The NFL turkey day game is sullied by Ndamukong
one of the Packers as a stool.
Ok talking matters. I admit to zoning out – but from my
count – there was only one short match during the first hour of Impact tonight.
Tara and Miss AssMacher beat Winter and Angelina.
Ok seriously – freaking 40 minutes of promos- does anyone
speak in soundbites anymore- can’t we summarize – bulletpoints please.
And the pumped in crowd noise is seriously annoying at this
point and ridiculously overloud.
Hey at least the Pope gets TV time during the Direct Auto
I actually like the Karen Jarrett theme – it mixes the
screeching guitar riff from JJ’s theme with the drum beat from “Rag Doll” by
Aerosmith. The bad part is she came out to talk on Impact- so much verbal
garbage tonight and so little wrestling.
Gail Kim returned to Impact to attack Velvet Sky and be a
part of the bad girl clique with Karen Jarrett and Madison Rayne.
confronts his son Jackson James- Garrett Bischoff. So we get the McMahon or HHH
hogging up time in WWE and in TNA we get this 2 generation confrontation- NO
Thanx to internet
spoilers I know that James Storm will defeat Kurt Angle for the TNA World
Heavyweight Championship. The one guy who is really jumping up and down in the
front row has a laminate and had his sign torn up by Jeff Jarrett early in the
I don’t mind Storm winning- but it just seems damned odd
after spending the whole summer to get the audience into Bobby Roode only to
have him loose at Bound For Glory.
On the other hand my 360 pal Twister was very excited “Who
knew that James Storm was going to be champion, this is why I like watching TNA
more than WWE.” He seemed excited with the title switch and had several ideas
for what will happen next with Beer Money and the Cowboy champion.
The Texas Rangers made a comeback in game 2 to tie up the
World Series 1-1.
Apparently Albert Pujols is catching heat for skipping out
on the post-game press grilling. I don’t blame him. I want to know when and why
the post-game stuff became mandatory for athletes- sure some glory-hounds will
always be there. But the other guys who simply want to play and then shower and
go home – have to sit there and be either boring or figure out when to put in
the right faux pas. An NFL player got fined for removing his microphone during
a game- it was uncomfortable and distracting him. Ok I imagine it is in their
contracts now- but I would be fine not hearing every syllable a player makes in
an NFL game or watching the press trying to extract their verbal pound of flesh
after every loosing game.
Friday October 21 , 2011
New Orleans Saints Center Ollie Kreutz left the team citing
lack of passion for the game.
Tyson Tomko has entered WWE sponsored rehab.
WWE Smackdown from Mexico
The most entertaining show of the week was highlighted by an
excellent mask versus mask match featuring Sin Cara Azul versus Sin Cara Negra.
Sin Cara Azul was CMLL superstar Mistico before he signed with the WWE this
year. His time in WWE has been spotty at best- but with a cool gimmick and fun
moves he has been a top merchandise seller for the company. Between subpar
matches with Chavo Guerrero on PPV and being suspended for a Wellness policy
violation his tenure with the WWE has been a rollercoaster. WWE bought in an
old rival from Mexico
to fill in for him while he was suspended. Booker T noticed the difference and
commented on the extra muscle mass for Sin Cara. After awhile it was revealed
that 2 Sin Caras were running around and the new guy started wearing the garb
in black. They had a subpar match at the recent WWE PPV. But this match in Mexico
with the crowd chanting Mistico and booing the bad guy was superb on all
accounts- giving enough time to really engage the crowd- this was probably the
best Smackdown match I have seen in months. And with tangible steaks – a
luchadore mask- this mid-card match was an excellent choice for the semi-main
event of the evening. A solid back and forth match that featured both
highflying spots and submission maneuvers – the crowd was engaged the whole way
through and so was I. Sin Cara Azul won the match with the La Mistica his
finishing hold from Mexico. Following the stips of the match Sin Cara Negra was
supposed to unmask- since he did not do so voluntarily- Sin Cara Azul had to
detain him and unmask him.
Del Rio was also very over with the Mexican crowd as he drove into the arena in
a 2011 Mercedes Benz. He took on the Big Show in a match that ended with a DQ
when Alberto’s personal announcer Ricky Ricardo attacked the Big Show. After
the match the Big Show waylayed Del
Rio, Ricardo and Mark Henry with one punch each- with
that type of stopping power- why does he not just punch his opponent at the
Saturday October 22, 2011
Once again another solid hour was provided by Ring of Honor.
The show kicked off with the television debut of T.J. Perkins as he defeated
Mike Mondo with a La Mahistrol cradle in a good match. In between the 2 matches
ROH made judicious of their time continuing to work in more information about
their group of grapplers. I love the talk of team Richards. World Champion
Davey Richards details his group of training partners and how he is using
different disciplines of fighting to stay competitive. It reminds me of MMA
training and boxing training camps. In the main event of the show TV champion
Jay Lethal battled Mike Bennett to a time limit draw. Lethal asked for 5
additional minutes to wrap up business- but Bennett walked out – this led to
Nigel McGuiness proclaiming Bennett may be a bit of a “Nancy”.
Meanwhile on MTV 2
Masked Warriors :Lucha Libre USA Rudismo captured the tag straps in a fun trios
match after a couple of masked mystery men interfered in the proceedings.
There is always a fear of going native, embedded spies and
narcs and soldiers that get too close to the enemy and then want to help the
bad guys. Wrestlers and promoters aren’t bad guys – but they are the subject of
this book. I inserted myself into the local wrestling scene in April of this
year- local workers know me and talk to me either at shows or on facebook or
whatnot. I want them to succeed and without cheerleading or blinders- there are
talented folks on the local scene. But there is such a huge disconnect between
the indie scene and WWE. Tonight I went to SPW Crossroads. When I pulled up the
venue – the parking lot under the venue was full and the lot across the street
was almost full when I arrived. Then when I got to the actual arena I realized
that the Admirals(local AAA hockey) were playing in the main part of Scope
while the wrestling event was in the exhibition hall of Scope, so the traffic
jam was not due to local wrestling but instead hockey. The crowd was ok-of
course I did not have a financial stake in the evening- but not as many for the
event held by the promotion in May-this is a visual and memory estimate only. I
do think the no-shows from the last event hurt this event. SPW Crossroads was a
solid event highlighted by a good back and forth match between ROH Television
champion Jay Lethal and his friend from TNA Sonjay Dutt. Jay Lethal picked up
Other highlights included a 25 man Battle Royal won by
Shorty Smalls and Ray Storm and Phil Brown retaining the tag straps.The main event of the evening was a 3 way
dance between Mark Anthony, Ryan Nuzzi and SPW champion Curtis Mack. Mark
Anthony won the belt after long time referee Bobby Cruz turned heel and caned
Curtis Mack and another referee to assist long time villain “Dustman” Mark
Anthony in his quest to regain the gold.
Ok – if you know any
of the names in the last paragraph and you are not related to these folks –
raise your hands. I am not trying to be mean spirited- but it is the reality
that indie wrestling faces. Folks weaned on the WWE star machine want larger
than life stars- regardless of the sick reality of how some folks got to be
larger than life and the toll it will extract on the juiceheads down the road.
They also equate production value with good wrestling or complain that ROH
looks subpar- while ROH is consistently providing the best athletic sports
competition on TV in the US
right now. Wrestling is entertainment- so are all sports. We tell ourselves
differently- but wait until you sit next to some guy who painted himself the
home team colors and is sitting shirtless in the cold during a gridiron contest
and tell me how that is different than a fan holding up signs at Raw. Every
wrestling fan is convinced they know the answer to turn wrestling around- what
is wrong and how to fix it. The same goes for most indie promoters and they try
their damndest – but it is a rough world out there- they are competing with a
variety of entertainment – from videogames to movies on demand to the World
Series to twitter, etc. Folks have less free time –unless they one of the
millions and millions that are unemployed. So they have to justify either the
use of time or the spending of money. If they have been burned by no-shows at
indies or worse bad shows at indies- the consumer gets gunshy- so as an indie
promoter you have to work 10 times as hard to get that one customer.
After ignoring the media after a 9th inning error
slugger Albert Pujols hit 3 home runs and knocked in 6 runs while leading the
Cardinals to a 16-7 win in game 3 of the World Series.
Sunday October 23, 2011
Ankara, Turkey was hit by a 7.2 magnitude
earthquake. Over 45 buildings have collapsed and early estimates put the death
toll between 500 and 1000. Sobering news to start the day.
WWE Vengeance PPV
Emanating from San
lackluster PPV was something I barely watched. Yes I left the house and went to
Buffalo Wild Wings to watch it- but in the end I spent as much time talking to
friends as glued to the action. Sure it was neat when they repeated the ring
implosion spot from Smackdown with Brock and Big Show – this time with Mark
Henry and Big Show. The World Title match ended up a no contest since both men
were out for awhile and Big Show had to be wheeled out.
This left a main event in a capsized ring. It was
interesting seeing John Cena and Alberto Del Rio tussle in lopsided ring with
half stable ropes.John Cena debuted a
new shirt for the event embroidered with the slogan Rise Above Hate- less
colorful than his usual rainbow of shirts and for the second shirt debut in a
row –Cena lost the match. John Cena debuted a shirt that reminded me of the
Confederate flag at Wrestlemania this year- he lost that match also. They
eventually brawled backstage and took turns throwing each other into furniture
and whatnot. After some ringside spots and an announcer table bump Miz and
R-Truth came out to help Del Rio win- that was
not enough kryptonite to stop Cena and his new t-shirt- so eventually Del Rio clobbered Cena
with the belt and got the win. When I say eventually- I mean a bunch of stuff
happened – but my notes are always illegible- by the main event – the bar was a
ghost town- basically the spot of the night was the collapse of the ring. In
undercard action Kevin Nash attacked HHH and powerbombed Triple H awkwardly
during the Punk/HHH match against the Awesome Truth.
The PPV ended up garnering 130,000 buys reported to be the
second worst WWE buy-rate in history. The worst is still the godawful December
to Dismember PPV under the banner of the ECW
Monday October 24, 2011
Raw kicks off with Nash attacking HHH with a sledgehammer.
Then he attacked HHH again as he was about to be put on an ambulance.
Raw ends with John Cena spitting a big glob onto the
microphone as he proclaims his love for the Rock. I mean he wants the Rock to
be his tag team partner at Survivor Series, which is awesome since they are
best buds and often go to the spa together. Strike that- they have been feuding
all year through social media and The Rock cost Cena his match at Mania. I
loathe the notion of enemies being tag partners.
In between these 2 storylines, Michael Cole posted some
embarrassing doctored pictures of Jim Ross and some decent wrestling took
place. Raw scored a decent rating considering it was up against a football game
and the World Series.
Michael Buble releases his Christmas album which would end
up being the top selling album of the year.
Tuesday October 25, 2011
ESPN debuts the short film The Real Rocky showing the
similarities between the life of Chuck Wepner and Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky
movie franchise. It is a good short film and includes footage from the Andre
the Giant match against Wepner, Victor the wrestling bear and quotes from Vince
McMahon, Jr. Amazing watching life imitate art or vice versa- because segments
of the Wepner and Andre match are recreated in Rocky III for his charity
confrontation with Thunder Lips(portrayed by Hulk Hogan). As a wrestling fan, boxing
fan or even as a human interest story this is a compelling short film and worth
seeking out. In the end Wepner and Stallone settled out of court.
Ironically Stallone is also in the news for being sued for
the derivative movie the Expendables for being very similar to a script by
WWE released a 3 disc set covering the rivalry between Bret
Hart and Shawn Michaels.
Disc one is a sitdown interview conducted by Hall of Fame
Announcer Jim Ross.
In between footage and clips showing their respective
careers both men discuss their ascendancy in the business, their friendly
competition and respect and how they worked each other into a shoot. They
discuss the differences and perceived lack of respect between each other. They
discuss the infamous Montreal Screwjob. They discuss their eventual
reconciliation and more. Given over 2 hours this is an excellent look at one of
the biggest rivalries in the pro wrestling industry.
Disc 2 is a good collection of early matches between Bret
and Shawn and even includes a match from Tokyo
with Japanese commentary.
Disc 3 includes the Hall of Fame inductions for both
grapplers, their hour plus match at Mania and Bret’s return to WWE in 2010.
The glaring omission from the DVD set is the infamous match
from Survivor Series 1997, sure it is on other discs and has been seen over and
over- but given the context of the main interview on disc one it is a shame
that this match is only on the Blu-Ray release. This is yet another unsubtle
hint that the DVD format is the past.A-
A good supplement to this disc is Got Heat from RF video it
has a 26 minute segment dedicated to the Montreal screwjob and has clips from
HBK and the Hitman along with the Anvil and Earl Hebner talking about the
screwjob. HBK and Hitman are a little less diplomatic in the unofficial
60’s grappler Doug Adkins passed away at the age of 69.
Wednesday October 26, 2011
Nick Dinsmore (A/k/a U-Gene) defeated Jason Wayne to win his
9th OVW championship.
Second generation grappler Barry Windham suffered a heart
attack and is in ICU.
Former member of WWE creative and stand-up comic Patrice
O’Neil suffered a stroke Tuesday night.
Spoilers ruin another week- I already know that Bobby Roode
will win the TNA championship on the November 3rd airing of Impact.
Thursday October 27, 2011
Impact wrestling started off strong with a nice video
package making a case for Cowboy James Storm being their new champion.
Christopher Daniels lost to Bob Van Damme after he hit RVD with a toolbox- this
led to AJ Styles running Daniels off. Gail Kim cut a whiny heel promo and
aligned herself with Karen Jarrett- she then proceeded to have a good debut by
streamrolling past Tag Team champion Tara in
her first match back with TNA. Jeff Hardy managed to survive a pre-match attack
by JJ and then a match with Bully Ray to win his first contest with TNA in 7
months, his first wrestling match since he lost in less than 90 seconds to
Sting at a PPV. The main event of the evening was a solid number one
contender’s match between Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode. Bobby Roode won the match
clean with a fisherman’s suplex. While it would have been neat to end the show
with wrestling instead we got the Bischoff family soap opera. Eric Bischoff
commanded his first born to enter the ring and apologize. Garrett Bischoff
refused to apologize and this eventually led to Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff
beating down the former ref as the logo and datestamp rolled across the screen.
Beavis and Butthead made their return to MTV – the last time
they were on television Bill Clinton was the president. Their return episode
had them lampooning JerseyShore and MGMT along with
a porn addict. Simplistic but fun- I have always enjoyed their style. Creator
Mike Judge also created King of the Hill and directed Office Space and
The St. Louis Cardinals
extend the World Series to game 7 by rallying to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 in
the bottom of the 11th inning of game 6.
Veteran grappler Killer Karl Kox suffered a massive heart
Redbox sent out an email announcing a price increase. So
first Netflix now Redbox- it costs more to see movies at home now.
VCW announced today that Roddy Piper will be at this year’s
Lutz Cup in Hampton
on December 3rd,2011.
Friday October 28,2011
GAME 7 of the World Series- sure I will watch Smackdown on
the DVr- but honestly a game 7 is something I can’t miss. In retrospect I wish
I had skipped it and watched on Sportscenter. Sure everyone talked about how
great game 6 was- but honestly I missed the extra innings and only got the
recaps second hand. I went over to a friend’s house in Portsmouth and we watched all 9 innings- I
guess if I had really cared for either team I would have enjoyed it more. I
wanted the Rangers to win since they had never won the championship but the
Cardinals won 6-2 at home.
A superb Friday night program and more entertaining than the
World Series finale- of course I skipped the commercials and the Monday night
recaps- so it was easier to watch. The highlight of the night was an excellent
match between Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler with Cody Rhodes joining Cole,
Booker and Josh on commentary. The in-ring action was spot-on and augmented
perfectly by the commentary. It was one of those moments that WWE managed to
present everything perfectly. That is what is so frustrating- they have the
talent –especially in ring. But when they switch prestigious titles the way
Lady Gaga picks out stage gear there is a problem. Sure the title change gets a
pop- the crowd eats it up- but at what cost. Sometimes you have to build new
people- why diminish Alberto Del Rio by taking a title off of him only to give
it back to him less than a month later. I digress. This match featured 2 of the
most respected in-ring workers in the industry and while I do get tired of
Orton’s schtick – the audience loves it and that is what is important. Orton is
predictable- the crowd spoons it up with glee – waiting for the clotheslines
into the bodyslam into the mid-rope DDT into the RKO- they just love it- I
would be bored of it- but I like the energy of the crowd it is an acceptable
tradeoff. Orton wins the match btw- with an RKO.
Smackdown also featured a solid match between HBK pupil
Daniel Bryan and the last person trained in the Hart Dungeon Tyson Kidd. The
match is sparked up after the wrestlers in the back watch a commercial for the
superb Rivalries DVD featuring HBK and Hitman Hart. They take it to the ring
and deliver a solid match with Bryan
picking up the win via submission and the Labelle lock. Big Show and Mark Henry
have a heated discussion about who gets to go to the buffet line first-ok that
is wrong not like I am not overweight- but the 2 big men discuss their ring
imploding match from Vengeance and discuss the possibility of a rematch. Big
Show wants to fight right now- but Henry leaves the ring while taunting Big
Show with the championship belt. Hunico cuts an aggressive promo after being
unmasked in Mexico
and vows revenge on Sin Cara. CM Punk wins the main event of the evening with
the GTS and pinfall over Christian.
WWE released 2 time Divas champion Maryse today.
Former Disney actress and TMZ sensation Lindsey Lohan will
be appearing in Playboy she will receive 800,000.
Saturday October 29, 2011
Lucha Libre: Masked Warriors USA announced this morning on
Facebook that they will be going on hiatus and will not be on mTV2, but they
will air a match between Shane Helms and Lizmark, Jr. on the internet. I was
not in love with their product- but it was starting to finally find a groove
and they had some good talent on the roster. I will not miss this promotion but
it is always a shame to see an opportunity for the workers go away.
Ring of Honor delivered another fine hour of wrestling with
superb athleticism and they continue to use vignettes and interviews to help
build their characters. Dem Boys from South Fork Delaware The Briscoe Brothers
defeated the All-Night Express in the main event of the program to earn a
championship match against the World’s Greatest Tag Team.
The Huffington Post posted an article about classic Mexican
film luchadores and their antagonists as part of their Halloween coverage.
British performer Jimmy Savile passed away at the age of 84.
The Eastern seaboard was hit by a Noreaster and that led to
an early snowfall and over 2 million people loosing power.
Sunday October 30, 2011
NO PPV today- I am fine with that- totally fine with that. I
ended up watching the Redskins get trounced by the Buffalo Bills in their first
international game, another compelling episode of The Walking Dead and another
middling final season episode of Desperate Housewives. Desperate Housewives has
been saved by Miguel Farrar cameos as a bitter art teacher.
Wrestler John Allen’s wife of 25 years passed away from
Kim Kardashian is divorcing her NBA hubby- and I was just
getting around to sending them their wedding card – oh well.
Monday October 31
Monday night Raw kicks off with a pre-taped interview with
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson answering John Cena’s plea to tag with him at
Survivor Series in MSG against the Awesome Truth. Rock eventually states he
will be at Survivor Series- although posters have confirmed as much previously.
Up next is short
match between CM Punk and Mark Henry. CM Punk needs to win this match to get
his title shot against Alberto Del Rio.Before the match starts they show
footage of the ring implosion from the Vengeance PPV. This was one reason that
I would have contemplated buying the DVD- but now I got the best moment of the
night for free. Mark Henry wins the match with CM Punk by DQ. Punk got DQed
when Ricardo Rodriguez hit Mark Henry with a shoe.
The Muppets are tonight’s special hosts of Monday Night Raw.
I did not really grow up a Muppets fan but I understand they are cultural icons
and they provided some humor throughout the evening. Their first segment on Raw
features Miss Piggy bumping chests with Vikki Guerrero. Other segments include
drummer Animal ringing the bell and Beeker and Sheamus conversing about a
I did not mind the
Muppets on the show- it was a fun diversion. Was it blood and guts grappling of
ye olden times- no- it was a pop culture put-on for fun.
“Wrestling is still wrestling no
matter what Vince McMahon and his stooges want to call it!” – Smith Hart
I had a few trick or treaters I gave out a generic
assortment of candy to the costumed youth. One boy had this weird smile and
seemed to be frozen in place after I placed his allotment of candy into his
bag. It took his grandmother to tell him to get his candy and get out of the way
for him to finally move.
The number one movie is Puss N Boots a spinoff from the
successful Shrek series.