December 1 , 2010
Tales From A Dirt Road by Dutch Mantell is released to positive reviews online. Mantell is an engaging storyteller and great interview.
"A great storyteller in the ring and out Dutch Mantell’s Tales From A Dirt Road portrays an unbiased and candid look into an industry that was once so guarded" – Jon K. Orr
Dec 2, 2010 -
obably read this book in an afternoon @ a Big-box book store and save the 15 bucks-cool cover- but not worth owning unless you really collect all rasslin' books. C+
The Fighter is a solid boxing pic about a boxer who is dealing with family issues and struggling to succeed as a pugilist. Mark Whalberg does a decent job as Mickey Ward struggling between his controlling mom and assertive new girlfriend. Christian Bale is the older brother who is dealing with crack addiction and at one point boxed Sugar Ray Leonard. Bale does a good job as the strung out older brother (winning an Oscar for his portrayal). This is not something I would rush out to see- but it was worth the matinee price I paid. Based on a true story- the movie still has some cliche moments- but holds together well- not my favorite by this director David O. Russell (Three Kings)-but worth a Netflix slot or a Redbox rental when it comes out on DVD. B-
December 19,2010 –
Edge captures the World Heavyweight Championship in a fatal 4 way TLC match.
ghter this week. Also on the latest Rifftrax DVD release Maniac there is an Undertaker/JYD joke- originally on Cox Cable they had JBL and Cole listed as the announcers for Smackdown on USA- that turned out to be an error- as I had thought when I posted about it earlier-
December 23, 2010 - #1 trending topic on yahoo right now is Hulk Hogan- Just a week after the wrestler tied the knot with Jennifer McDaniel, the newlywed underwent 10-hour back surgery, E! reports. The 57-year-old is recovering in the hospital and reportedly doing well.
Kaval (Lo-Ki a/k/a Senshi) has parted ways with WWE after being the winner of NXT season 2. Well Kaval did not get put in the main event or disrupt one or be the focus of the television for months- instead he got the Maven push- and hell Maven made it to the Royal Rumble and eliminated Taker. Kaval now has some unique jumpsuits he can put on eBay. Lo-Ki was one of my favorite wrestlers in NWA-TNA and a reason that I would contribute 10 dollars a week to any show I knew he was on. I feel it is a shame that WWE continues to match small guys with heavyweights- they need different weight divisions. GSP is not a heavyweight but he is big box office for UFC- same goes for Mayweather and Manny in boxing- WWE needs to revisit their strategy when it comes to the smaller workers. Bottom-line it sucks that Kaval is not the type of worker that WWE will showcase- because he is the kind of worker that I will watch over and over again.
CM Punk becomes actively involved with the Nexus or New Nexus.
December 28, 2011
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan WWE DVD 2010
Heenan is one of the best in the business- a personal favorite. Sadly this DVD is fronted by a 50 minute biography that just does not do the subject justice. Of course part of the problem is the throat cancer that Heenan is battling- so no new interviews with Heenan. Does this set deserve to be ignored- no- it has a bunch of extra segments and matches including the 1992 Royal Rumble. Sadly the extras section on the first disc does not include a play all feature. If you want to learn more about Heenan I strongly suggest grabbing his 2004 shoot interview with RF Video or pick up his autobiography. B-
“As a manager that was a favorite. What bummed me out was that it was a not a 3 disc set. I felt a little bit ripped off that it was a 2 disc set. That is a favorite, as a manager I have taken a lot from Heenan.” – Timmy Danger
Bobby The Brain: Wrestling’s Bad Boy Tells All by Bobby Heenan with Steve Anderson- 2002 Triumph Books
This is a fun autobiography by wrestling’s smart aleck. Tons of old school stories about working in AWA,WWF and WCW. A way better insight to the Brain than the lackluster Heenan DVD that WWE put out today. Filled with laughs and insight- it is well worth seeking out. A
I tried watching Knucklehead with The Big Show on Netflix streaming– I could not finish it, the mix of sophomoric comedy and cliché dialog led to me shutting it off and playing Black Ops instead.