Florida underground wrestling every Tuesday night at Gasoline Alley in Largo
The show opened with Pain Management wanting a match with Hunks in Trunks not NVUS. Ryan Sorensen came out told them and everyone that tonight they were taking home the gold. Which brought out NVUS.
Dakota Darsow told Shawn Spears that he wasn’t in NVUS. He still needs to prove himself. Until then he was no longer needed.
The debuting JD Maverick defeated James Alexander
#1 contenders match for the FUW Flash Championship
D’lo Jordan defeated Damien Angel & Maxwell chicago
Cuban Assassin defeated Romeo Razaal
FUW Flash Championship match
Wayne Wonder (c) defeated Preston Caine
Deimos defeated Kyle Blizzard
*After the match,Former WWE superstar Michael Tarver called out Deimos.
Kahagas with Dontay Brown & RaquelDakota Savage defeated Dirty White Boy
Sideshow came to the ring and announced that this Thursday night at benchwarmers in new port richey he will beat Ralph Mosca to a bloody pulp.
MAIN EVENT for the FUW Tag Team Championship
Hunks in Trunks (Nick Fame & Ryan Sorensen) defeated NVUS (C) (Kennedy Kendrick & Dakota Darsow) with Camey Kendrick & Pain Management (Ralph Mosca & Biff Slater)
*Shawn Spears came out, hit Ryan Sorensen with his death valley driver. Only to hit Dakota Darsow with it as well. Then Spears pulled Sorensen on top of Darsow for the win.
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I’ve quit a lot of things in recent years – smoking, fried food, soda, what etcetera – and in all those cases I never looked back. But this Saturday, I’m going to revisit an unhealthy 0bsession I had previously sworn off.
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a live professional wrestling event. It’s certainly not for want of live shows, since WWE has made Albany a regular stop on its touring cycle throughout the various incarnations of WWE (formerly the WWF) and the Times Union Center (formerly the Pepsi Arena and the Knickerbocker Arena) respectively. Prior to an arena in downtown Albany, the WWF and NWA made regular stops at the RPI Fieldhouse, with documentation popping up on recent WWE DVD releases showing famed World Title matches from the same mid-size arena that houses Division 1 hockey. And before that, Moose Tilly terrorized the denizens of the Washington Avenue Armory.
Professional wrestling is a fascinating, compelling, and revolting creature. Over the decades it has gone through a strange metamorphosis, starting as a fake sport that claims it’s real to a fake sport that admits it’s fake to a fake sport that admits it’s fake, revels in it, but still gets defensive and insistent that it deserves more respect than it receives. Thirty years ago, a top-tier wrestler could compete well into his fifties and even sixties, still headlining with a balding crown at the top of his head without the live crowd and television audience crying out for a youthful revolt. Then came the 1980s and 1990s. Wrestlers were now working an inexplicably high impact style under the guise of entertaining fans, though the real reason was that it was an easy way to get the attention of the men backstage that determined their placement on a card and, subsequently, the size of their paycheck. Those wrestlers, trained by the men who competed into their sixties, are lucky if they live past 40.
The truth is that shock factor, risks, and violence never compelled me or anyone else to watch professional wrestling. Rather, it was the confluence of competition and entertainment that can only be achieved on the banks of pre-determined outcomes, all dammed by a sturdy suspension of disbelief. Although to some extent that old tradition is still present in the modern version of the product presented to an increasingly shrinking fanbase by Vince McMahon’s WWE, it has been swallowed up by an industry that has transformed into a grotesque caricature of itself. The career of a professional wrestler has always lived and died by their ability to put fans in their seats, to make them believe through talk and in-ring action that they had a chance to take the title from the hero or give the villain a valiant fight. With Vince McMahon at the helm, however, it became riddled with drug-addled bodybuilders, owing directly to McMahon’s personal preference (that at times seems like a latent homoerotic fixation) for large, well defined men.
Wrestling doesn’t need to be this way, but it is, and unfortunately it drove me and many others out.
The seeds for my departure were planted when professional wrestler Owen Hart, younger brother of wrestling legend Bret Hart and son of Calgary promoter and legend Stu Hart, plummeted to his death from the top of the Kemper Arena in Kansas City. It was then that I started to pick up on the less desirable aspects of the industry. In the mainstream, the accident opened the floodgates, with pundits pointing out accurately that the industry had gone too far and pushed the boundaries of escapism past the point of reason. Wrestling put its priorities in the wrong places and bred a culture of self-destruction and death, but when put on display, the industry and its supporters instead got defensive, put on blinders and started swinging wildly at any and all critics. Fans called critics old-fashioned while Vince McMahon swore at interviewer (and one-time guest WWF commentator) Bob Costas and put his finger his face in front of millions on HBO.
For me, however, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the day we found out Chris Benoit‘s absence from his planned bout on a pay-per-view event the night before was because he had murdered his wife and child before taking his own life.
Though there were many attempts to blame steroids as a singular contributor to what drove him over the edge, the truth is that there wasn’t a single cause that contributed to a man so revered by so many doing the unconscionable. It was, rather, a perfect storm of everything that was wrong with the industry. Here was a man who at 5’6″ drove his body past the point of reason with high impact stunts that gave him permanent brain damage that after being examined post-mortem was found to resemble an eight-year-old Alzheimer’s patient. This dangerous lifestyle was compounded by a daily drug regiment that rivaled all of the athletes involved in the BALCO scandals combined (Benoit’s doctor later went to prison and launched investigations into a Florida pharmaceutical companies) and an insular world view that dangerously narrowed the priorities of a man who already wasn’t the most stable mind in wrestling. There was, undoubtedly, a darkness in Chris Benoit that was there before professional wrestling. Nobody can commit such heinous acts on loved ones without first having it in them to do so. Unfortunately, it was fed and bloated by an industry that enables the worst aspects of human nature and discourages anything resembling self-preservation.
This week is the fourth anniversary of the murders, a fact that had completely escaped my attention until fellow Times Union blogger Chuck Miller wrote today of his own fandom and the effect Benoit’s death had on it. Unlike Chuck, I lingered for a bit longer, but the more I read the more disillusioned I became. The rash of deaths in the last two decades opened the industry up for inspection from journalists, scholarly writers, academics, and whistle-blowers. Even the autobiography of perennial pro wrestling apologist Bret Hart, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Pro Wrestling, confirmed what I already knew: the industry isn’t what it was and never would be, having been taken over and overwhelmed by men so delusional they themselves often couldn’t see the insanity behind what they did for a living.
Yet, there is still a part of me that holds out hope that someday the industry in its current form will eventually burn and the love I had for that form of entertainment as a youth – especially those programs on TBS that had the guys with the normal physiques that could talk real good and had you on the edge of your seat with a simple headlock – would rise from the ashes.
Which is why I’m attending ”Conquest Pro Wrestling: RISE” at the Troy Boys Girls Club this Saturday, June 25th. I have a hope that these young men and women on the card love the same thing I love, rather than the violent death march that’s dominated the cable airwaves the last twenty years.
Of course there’s a chance I’ll be proven wrong and that I’ll see all the things that caused me to walk away in the first place. But $12, and a short commute to the venue, is a small price to pay for the chance to revisit something that was lost.
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Jay Lethal is ready to turn the page on two chapters in his pro-wrestling career.
Not only is he debuting with a different company (Ring of Honor) after his surprising release from Impact Wrestling, Lethal will be permanently retiring his “Black Machismo” gimmick following the recent death of “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
“My return to Ring of Honor will make it 100 percent official that I am now standing only as Jay Lethal,” said Lethal, who will appear on Sunday’s “Best in the World 2011″ Internet pay-per-view show emanating from New York City.
“When I first came to Ring of Honor (in 2003), I was young and very impressionable. I would go on to another company (Impact) where I couldn’t really be myself. I would have to do what was written for me and what I was told. Now that I’ve come back to Ring of Honor, I’ll have the ultimate chance to do what everybody who gets into pro wrestling wants. I can be myself.”
Lethal has that opportunity at least in part due to the acclaim he received for a spot-on Savage impression. While clowning backstage in 2006, Lethal nailed the Macho Man’s voice and mannerisms so well that Impact Wrestling’s nostalgia-crazed hierarchy asked him to become a Savage copycat.
“I definitely attribute that to idolizing him,” Lethal said. “When I watched wrestling as a kid, I wanted to be Randy Savage. I didn’t even have to practice the voice. It was something that came naturally.
“When I started doing the ‘Black Machismo’ gimmick, there was no Jay Lethal in my mind. I was 100 percent dedicated to this gimmick.”
Lethal had dropped the character toward the end of his 5-1/2-year Impact run, but that didn’t make the news of Savage’s death any less painful. Savage (real name Randy Poffo) died after suffering a heart attack while driving near his home in Seminole, Fla. He was 58.
“I was shocked when I heard,” said Lethal, who also lives in the Tampa area. “I never got to meet him face to face. Some people may ask how I could feel so much hurt. But I can honestly say that if it weren’t for him I would not be a professional wrestler. I would see him doing the top-rope elbow drop and do the same move at home off the dresser. It caused me to get in trouble with my mom.”
Lethal’s mom should be proud of her son’s accomplishments. Lethal is a talented enough performer to reinvent himself, especially in a company like Ring of Honor that encourages individuality rather than overly scripted presentation like Impact Wrestling.
“I realize I am extremely, extremely lucky when it comes to the wrestling business,” said Lethal, whose real name is Jamar Shipman. “I just turned 26. The things I’ve accomplished already some people only dream about. I’ve gotten to step in the ring with a few of my idols and I’ve been all over the world.”
Lethal’s travels will take him to Hawkesbury, Ontario, in September for a “Macho Man” tribute card that also features Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo. Lethal may adopt the “Macho Man” persona one more time as an homage to one of the industry’s all-time biggest stars.
“I have done about four or five little tribute shows so far,” Lethal said. “I have a hard time turning (promoters) down, although lately I have because I do believe it’s time to move on a little bit. But I always want to give everybody what they want to see. And the ‘Macho Man’ is one thing they all want to see.”
Lethal vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett, Homicide vs. Rhino and Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards for the ROH world title are among the matches scheduled for “Best in the World 2011.” The show begins at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday and will air on pro-wrestling and mixed-martial-arts Internet outlet gofightlive.tv. Cost is $14.99. For more information, visit www.rohwrestling.com or gfl.tv.
(Alex Marvez writes a syndicated pro-wrestling column for Scripps Howard News Service. Contact him at alex1marv(at)aol.com or follow him via Twitter at http://twitter.com/alexmarvez.)
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Faking the Fight
The Wrestling stars perform to the crowds at events across the United States
Watched on pay-per-view television and at live arena shows around the globe by hundreds of thousands, there is often a fine discrepancy between what is real and what is fake in professional wrestling. Among the numerous rosters, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is perhaps the most well known league, having made the popularity of pay-per-view soar in recent decades.
Attempting to categorise professional wrestling, particularly the WWE franchise, appears problematic. With brutally executed manoeuvres in each match, there’s no disputing that athletic prowess is required. Yet as violent as the wrestlers’ moves look, the majority of matches are scripted and the winner decided beforehand.
That the outcomes of matches were predetermined was once a well-guarded secret, but now an openly discussed reality. In WWE, ‘plotlines’ between characters can unfold over a number of years like a drawn out soap opera. But even ‘worked’ sequences can present real danger to the wrestlers. So is it heavily constructed entertainment, or is it a sport?
As with many of the ‘answers’ to questions surrounding professional wrestling, it is an inextricably woven combination of both. WWE Commentator, Scott Stanford, illustrates that it’s “run for both sporting and television entertainment: you’re combining a live in-arena show with a television show week after week, no reruns.”
Staunch supporters might be expected to aggressively argue its validity as a ‘real sport’. Chris Fitzpatrick, from New Jersey, has been a fan since he was 11, and Thomas Hall from Kentucky has been watching professional wrestling for as long as he can remember. But neither believe it is engaging purely due to its sporting value.
“It’s not pointless to claim it as a sport, but it’s kind of misguided,” claims Hall. Fitzpatrick similarly believes that professional wrestling is “misconstrued as overly violent and a male soap opera.” It’s easy to see why: a wrestler could be stricken with a barbed-wire board by their opponent, only to make a dramatic comeback speech minutes later.
“It’s a bit of everything. You have to mix in a combination of performance, athleticism and showmanship. Because you don’t really have a home base like a professional sports team does, the term sports entertainment really does fit.
“The showmanship aspect of it is probably more important than the sporting side. There have been wrestlers over the years with incredible athletic ability that haven’t been huge successes, while there have been some that have a limited amount of technique who are very successful.”
“For these viewers, fanaticism, like supporting a sports team, goes hand in hand with escapism
Yet as a performative sport, Hall thinks professional wrestling is overlooked: “people that do that on Broadway are praised for what they do and are given awards.” For the first-time viewer, why so many viewers continually invest time – and money – in the largely faked pretence of sport is difficult to comprehend. For WWE, founded in 1952; because it’s a lifestyle which has been growing for half a century.
“If Monday Night Raw suddenly went off the air, I’d be lost,” says Fitzpatrick. “For nearly 20 years of my life, WWE pay-per-views have been a great opportunity to get together with friends and immerse ourselves in a totally different world.”
For these viewers, fanaticism, like supporting a sports team, goes hand in hand with escapism. It’s a compelling situation, unlike supporting a sports team or being a fan of franchises such as Pokémon. Professional wrestling provides the opportunity to legitimately support fantasy within the context of the real world.
“The biggest misconception is that wrestling fans are losers. We’re not,” claims Fitzpatrick. “It’s just a form of entertainment we enjoy. It may be (by today’s society) a ‘geeky’ thing to be into, but whatever.
“I have dual college degrees, own a home, and make a great living. And I’m a huge fan of wrestling.”
“The characters, the storylines, the outcome of the matches consistently captivate the audience,” summarises Stanford, despite the fact that they are heavily contrived. There are no displays of denial; fans are ready to acknowledge the artificiality of the professional wrestling world. Yet those who “scoff at the fact that I am a wrestling fan and say ‘you know that shit’s fake, right?’,” Fitzpatrick terms “ignorant”.
“Me cheering for Chris Jericho to defeat his opponent is really not all that different from someone who cries during Terms of Endearment or laughs at The Hangover. Just because something is staged doesn’t mean it can’t elicit emotion, and doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for the characters that these performers portray.
“Just because pro wrestling isn’t as dignified or refined as Broadway doesn’t mean you still can’t be enthralled by it. Humans all seem to have a basic desire to suspend disbelief.”
Hall eagerly reiterates: “We know it’s Tom Hanks on the screen and not Forrest Gump, yet we get sucked into it anyway because the performance given is so good that we forget what reality is. Then the lights come up and the illusion ends. Same idea with wrestling.”
Inside the ring, demonstrating theatrical talent is just as important as technical wrestling ability.
The wrestling superstars must be able to perfect a fake cry of agony as well as mask genuine pain. With the best wrestlers, there is often little to differentiate the two. Convincing audiences to forget the potential for injury and cultivating hatred towards villainous characters over a number of weeks is a more demanding job than that of any Hollywood actor, particularly during live shows. They are responsible for breaking the fourth wall, while simultaneously appearing to be ‘untouchable’.
‘Kayfabe’ is the notion of not breaking character outside of the ring, in order to maintain the illusion that the wrestlers’ characters and rivalries are real. However, the principle has been severely broken down in the past twenty years. In 1987, on-screen rivals Iron Sheik and Jim ‘Hacksaw’ Duggan were arrested, having been found taking drugs together. As one of the first major instances of kayfabe being broken, WWE (then WWF) took serious action – firing the Iron Sheik, and suspending Duggan.
“It hurt things a lot. It was during the 90s when the walls of it were broken down and they’ve never really been repaired. The lines between reality and characters started to blur and a lot of people claim it really hurt the product overall,” describes Hall.
“You can’t ask people not to associate with each other ever. It’s a very tricky area and can change a lot over time.” Professional wrestling demands much more than other forms of entertainment through the viewer’s suspension of disbelief in a fictional storyline.
But reality and fiction sometimes appear to merge together, and how immersed wrestlers become in their characters is put under close scrutiny, by fans and critics alike. As plotlines link closely or even overlap with the wrestlers ‘real’ lives, the line between the two is often blurred.
“I don’t believe CM Punk is a psychotic cult leader, but I do believe Steve Austin in his real life could be a brash tough guy who likes good old American beer,” comments Fitzpatrick.
“The best characters are often the ones who are just exaggerations of who they really are or what they really do. Guys like Ric Flair get lost in that character sometimes, but when you’re that great, it probably goes with the territory.”
Acting aside, things can go critically wrong inside the ring. Broken legs, necks and major knee injuries have befallen wrestling magnates Steven Austin, Hulk Hogan and Sid Vicious alone. The wrestlers spend over 200 days of the year on the road, travelling and taking part in matches. “It can be far more physically demanding that regular sports which have a six month season,” explains Hall.
A career in professional wrestling is well paid – Steve Austin made over six million dollars in 1999 – but it comes with a high death rate for under 65s. Stanford, who has a first-hand view in the midst of the industry, describes the wrestlers’ jobs as a blend of athletic ability and “punishment that they put their bodies through” night after night. Under extreme physical strain, taking excessive amounts of painkillers leaves them too numb to wrestle. Subsequently, drug abuse or using steroids provides a solution to carry on working – and in many cases, to death.
However, even the wrestlers are kept from the full truth on some occasions. The ‘Montreal Screwjob’ of 1997 saw WWE’s owner, Chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon double-cross the beloved defending WWF champion, Bret Hart. Hart had been loyal to WWF for thirteen years, and was signed under a 20-year contract. But McMahon engineered a match – with the participation of Hart’s opponent, referees, and other wrestlers – to see Hart lose both his WWF title, and job at WWF. The company still describes it as “one of the most controversial moments in sports-entertainment history”.
“Every time you think you have everything down as far as what’s real and what’s fake you get a curve ball thrown at you and realise the only people that know for sure are the people behind the scenes,” explains Hall. McMahon currently controls 88 per cent of the voting power in WWE, making him the puppeteer of plotlines who doesn’t need to guess what will happen next. Instead, with a team of creative writers, he has the ability to dictate it.
In any other sporting realm, this level of manipulation would be deemed unjust. But to avoid transforming into genuine fights, or developing similarities to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, strategic storytelling in professional wrestling is a necessity.
The amount of faked action and its potential to be seriously harmful are ultimately of no consequence. Viewers’ concerns are rarely about the realities that the wrestlers and the industry face, despite the acknowledgement that WWE is a business and a product. “I don’t watch it to hear about court cases or legal proceedings or backstage politics,” states Hall. “If I wanted to hear about realistic people having realistic problems I’d have a conversation with any run of the mill person.
“I want to see something I don’t see every day of the week.” Professional wrestling allows an interactive form of escapism where, unlike the majority of entertainment, the suspension of disbelief contributes to the reality of each fan.
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What could be and what might have been can be a very common theme amongst conversation of pro wrestling. Hindsight provides people with the ability to say what should’ve happened or how something should’ve been booked. This hindsight can provide fans and the IWC with rage or a sense of great regret when the results of some feud or storyline or match are either disastrous or (to them) obviously a missed opportunity to do something great. This month’s roundtable runs on that theme while looking at The E signing and going after CMLL wrestlers rather than AAA wrestlers, K-1 kickboxers turning to pro wrestling, Hirooki Goto’s second excursion to Mexico, Ring of Honor’s new T.V. deal, and the very quick run of Chyna in TNA.
M.C.: Mike Campbell
1. Taking into account the recent signings and attempted signing of Alberto Del Rio (Dos Caras Jr.), Sin Cara (Mistico), and Averno, as well as other similarities between the products (sports entertainment, soap opera storylines, character wrestlers), why hasn’t The E tried to sign more AAA talent?
M.C.: I would guess it’s due to one of two reasons. Either because the ‘E wanted Mistico to be the next coming of Mysterio, and with AAA’s penchant for being more or less the TNA of Mexico, there really wasn’t anyone who fit the bill the same way Mistico did. Or it’s due to the fact that AAA already has an agreement with TNA and Konnan is heavily involved in AAA, and WWE (probably correctly) figures that trying to deal with anyone from AAA won’t be worth the hassle.
P.C.: I do agree with the point about Mysterio in regard to Sin Cara, but the fact that AAA is full of more character-oriented wrestlers whereas CMLL is more than anything a collection of masked wrestlers should have lead The E to AAA. To give an example of what I mean: a heel Mesias being the demonic, dark, evil character that cold scare the kids before the superhero like Cena or Orton comes to save the day; that makes sense to me. As far as dealing with people from AAA goes: if it’s management and people like Konnan, I get it. But if it’s about the talent themselves, The E could just wait until their contract is up like with Sin Cara and snatch them up then. Because if The E were to sign someone and give them that kind of exposure, that person isn’t likely to be a problem. And if they do become a problem: just ship them back down south, no fuss, no muss.
2. With Kyotaro and Yuchihiro Nagashima making their pro wrestling debuts, will we see more kickboxers and MMA fighters going to pro wrestling? If so, do you see FEG ever running pro wrestling shows as a way to try and stay in business?
M.C.: I highly doubt it, but never say never. In this country, pro wrestling isn’t exactly highly regarded, compared with MMA. For instance, imagine if a big name UFC fighter chose to go to the WWE. He’d be ridiculed by the MMA and sports community. Not to mention that Dream Stage Entertainment’s attempt to get involved in pro wrestling was a huge bomb.
P.C.: I don’t believe that it will happen, but with the way K-1 promotes its shows and books its MMA fights (with an emphasis on freak show fights), pro wrestling doesn’t seem like that much of stretch to me. I don’t believe they will ever promote pro wrestling shows, but I do believe that more fighters could make the jump. I believe this for two important reasons: they need to eat, and pro wrestling promoters will bring MMA fighters and kickboxers into their promotions (even for a short time) because of the fact that they were actual fighters and can book them off of that alone.
3. Did U.S. pro wrestling television just get better with the purchase of Ring of Honor by Sinclair Entertainment Group?
M.C.: I guess it depends on how you define “better.” The prospect of millions of people nationwide being able to turn on their TV and see Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Chris Hero, etc. is certainly a positive. But, I don’t think this is going to mean great things for ROH in the long term. In the year 2011, being aired in syndication isn’t exactly what any serious wrestling company should be striving for nowadays.
P.C.: I do believe that in-ring pro wrestling on TV has just gotten better because we’ll get to see people like Davey and Hero and Team Angle and The Briscoes. I look forward to finally being able to say that I’m going to go watch ROH or can DV-R ROH and watch it any time I want as I’m still a bit bitter about missing the entire HD-Net era due to Time Warner and Mark Cuban getting into a tiff. Quick side-note to Cuban: kudos on the championship. Back to ROH: this is a step in the right direction for them as far as keeping the promotion from becoming just another Indy promotion. However, it’s not the catalyst for anything bigger than that. If they can generate word of mouth like TNA was able to do back in 2003 and 2004, then it could become something bigger, but for right now it’s just one step in the right direction. And hopefully the people at Sinclair don’t get in the middle of it as keeping Delirious and Jim Cornette in charge of the product is not only the right call, but the only call to make as far as who’s in charge of the product is concerned.
4. The whole Chyna in TNA for about a second fiasco…thoughts.
M.C.: LOL@TNA (bring back memories, Ditch?). It’s not like this is the first time that TNA has invested their time into someone only for it to backfire. Remember Rikishi’s cup of coffee in TNA? TNA has always been about having the right idea with the wrong execution.
P.C.: You mean TNA did an angle that ended with someone’s debut in the promotion and it turned out to be an E reject from the attitude era? And they only stayed for a month? I’d be shocked, but then I’d have to forget what promotion I was writing about. It’s just another example of this promotion wasting time that they could be dedicating to building young talent into stars, nothing more and nothing less.
5. Would a longer excursion in Mexico have been more beneficial to New Japan, CMLL, and Goto himself than Goto being brought back as quick as he was?
M.C.: I don’t think so, but it really depends on why exactly he went down there. If it was to get some polish on his work, or maybe to prepare for his upcoming heel run by learning from guys like Averno, Ultimo Guerrero, etc. then, yes, he probably should have stayed down there longer. But, if it was just to generate some interest in the Tanahashi match (he went down there right after he turned on him) then it’s not an issue at all.
P.C.: I do believe a longer excursion would’ve benefited all involved. Yeah, New Japan wouldn’t have as viable a challenger for Saturday (and the heel turn on Tanahashi did make that title match an easy one to promote), but they’d still have a heel Goto and the feud with Tanahashi whenever he came back, so it really didn’t need to be as quick a return as it was, especially if they aren’t going to continue the feud after this title match. If they continue the feud and make it the major feud of the promotion, then fine, but otherwise his return could’ve waited. CMLL would’ve benefited from having a foreign heel that didn’t take long to get crowd heat, as evidenced most notably by his challenge of CMLL’s world title in what was apparently a notably hot match. Goto would’ve benefited, as he did when he went in 2006, from the excursion because history has shown that Japanese wrestlers who go to Mexico for some seasoning come back better workers basically every single time. And fans or viewers of CMLL would’ve benefited because they would’ve gotten even more quality tag wrestling and singles matches from Goto as part of the deal. I was not only in favor of him heading back to CMLL for more than just a brief period, but I think what we got out of it proves that more would’ve been a good thing.
SEVEN MATCHES UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Jumbo Tsuruta Vs. Ric Flair, AJPW, 6/8/1982
Two of the best ever hooking up for another great match. This was the precursor to the ’83 match that I already posted. This is Jumbo in between the stages in his career when he was the young amateur wrestling stud and the surly old man, and Flair when he was just beginning to become The Nature Boy.
Cactus Jack Vs. WING Kanemura, IWA, ???
Kanemura turned out to be one of the better workers FMW had and proved that in a multitude of non-deathmatch matches in FMW. Foley, as we all know, was a great worker whether it was a deathmatch or not. This match is another of IWA’s very brutal and very weapons filled deathmatches with the master taking on one of the men who’d be the face of Japanese hardcore wrestling after Foley went back to The States full time.
Bruiser Brody, Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy Vs. Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Giant Baba, AJPW, 8/30/1983
This was during the Brody/Hansen vs. All Japan feud that was mainly contested between them and the trio they are facing. Yes it has a typically 80′s All Japan finish, but don’t let that discourage you or undermine all the other great stuff during the match itself.
Steve Williams Vs. Kenta Kobashi, AJPW, 9/3/1993
The match that many believe made the headbump a staple of All Japan’s heavyweight style during the 90′s. Near the end, Dr. Death lands a SICK backdrop driver on Kobashi and soon those would be appearing in nearly every main-event match in the promotion. And yet, that famous suplex (try to find the photo of it if you can) is just the icing on the cake of another fabulous outing for both men.
Global Tag League Final: Kensuke Sasaki Takeshi Morishima Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa Go Shiozaki, NOAH, 5/6/2009
With the anniversary of Misawa’s death this week, I felt it was fitting to have his last Budokan Hall match here. It was the final of NOAH’s big tag tournament and had him teaming with the man they were (and still are) priming to be the star of the future for the promotion. I always believed the Sasaki/Morishima team had a fun kind of chemistry and maybe could’ve worked even better with Morishima regaining his workrate in the last year, but they really haven’t been brought back full-time as a team. While Misawa isn’t in the match a great deal, the match is notable for the arena it was in, for him being in it, and for how close to his death it was. And Shiozaki’s performance here should’ve be overlooked either.
KENTA Vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, NOAH, 6/27/2004
Just months before Takayama’s stroke he has his first of many slugfests with the smaller heavyweight-style striker. These two have always had a weird (in a good way) chemistry with one another that has seen their singles matches become not squashes, but brutal strike-for-strike exhibitions. This one is no different.
Vader Vs. Kazuo Yamazaki, UWFi, 8/13/1993
An example of the big man/little man formula working fairly nicely when implemented into a sprint. Vader had to look like an unstoppable beast here, but it wasn’t a complete squash. And it was because of Yamazaki’s selling and Vader’s willingness to make him look good while beating the dog piss out of him that made this match not only a great sprint, but got the crowd hot very easily.
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By The Masked Hernandez
Macho Man Randy Savage was the man brother and now he’s dropping that elbow on the angels. I remember when he took on my friend, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat at the Silverdome. I drank all night with Steamboat and George the Animal. With the death of the Macho Man, I sit back and think about all my fallen wrestling brothers. I recently sat down with Jake the Snake…man, I tried to get him into rehab so many times brother, but he was really feeling the deaths of our fellow wrestlers.
Brother, I wanted to list my top 10 fallen brothers and this isn’t some scientific list. This is from the heart brother. I have so many wrestling memories man and I want to share them with you, my Masked Maniacs. So, in no particular order, here are my top 10 missed brothers.
#1: “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig
The former intercontinental champion in the WWE, he was “perfect” brother. He had his perfect plex that was just a thing of beauty and he even came back to the WWE at an advanced age to do his finisher to that big giant of a man, The Big Show. Hennig held the world title in the AWA man and he really stood out and was greatly missed when the referee upstairs counted him out of this life.
#2: Big Boss Man
Ray Traylor was a great wrestler that made his name through the WWE brother, using his side slam to pin his opposition. He made up one half of the menacing team “Twin Towers” with the One Man Gang, and had quite a few memorable feuds. He was a versatile big man and left this world far too soon.
#3: “Ravishing” Rick Rude
I remember when I was hanging and banging with the WCCW crowd and Rude was getting ready to take on Chris Adams and he stole the show that night brother. He then made his way to the WWE and won that intercontinental strap from the Ultimate Warrior and got some serious heat as a heel brother. He had some great bouts with Sting too in WCW. The guy was amazing.
#4: Junkyard Dog
He may be my personal favorite wrestler of all time. The JYD was such a nice man and should have won that world title in the WWE, brother. He had that “Thump” and drew a serious crowd and he wasn’t into the drugs and all that. He passed away in an auto wreck.
#5: “Macho Man” Randy Savage
The former WWE World Champion was a high-flying heavyweight with that huge elbow drop. He had huge feud with Hulk Hogan brother, and went on to have some feuds with Ricky Steamboat, Honky Tonk Man, and Dusty Rhodes. He became “King Macho” and made a name for himself in every federation he was in.
#6: Kerry Von Erich
The “Texas Tornado” was everything that you want in a wrestler, brother. He was buff and he was a great performer, despite the missing limb that he lost in a car wreck. From the Von Erich family, Kerry fell to the same curse man. He won the intercontinental title in the WWE and would have been world champ if not for the drug problems. RIP brother.
#7: Owen Hart
I was so saddened by the death of Owen Hart brother. When he fell to his death on that doomed PPV, I wept. A big part of the wrestling Hart family, the playful spirit and tenacity in the ring made him a big asset for the WWE brother, and it was a loss for mankind, not just wrestling man, when he passed away.
#8: “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
Another member of the Hart family, Davey Boy Smith began his WWE career as part of a tag team “The British Bulldogs” with The Dynamite Kid. They would win the tag team titles and later on, Smith would win the intercontinental title. He had his running power slam and was a muscle bound man brother and a very nice man. I miss him dearly.
#9: “Crush” Bryan Adams
Coming into the WWE as a member of Demolition, “Crush” Bryan Adams presented a huge menacing force and later took off the makeup and became a face brother. He would later go to WCW and become part of the team “Kronik” and found success in tag team wrestling again. It was a sad day when he passed on brother.
#10: Chris Benoit
I have mixed emotions here brother. The Chris Benoit I knew was a nice man, man, but what he did was just terrible. I know they said steroids man and roid rage brother, but there may have been something wrong upstairs from some head shots brother. I miss him and I honor him, but I don’t like what he did man.
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Following the news that former WWE, WCW, and TNA Wrestling star “Macho Man” Randy Savage died in a tragic car accident today, various wrestling names have taken to their social media accounts to recall the life of Savage in the professional wrestling industry, whether they met him or not. The Rock, for example, posted the following tweet shortly after the news was broken this morning, “RIP Randy “Macho Man” Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heroes. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family.”
Kevin Nash, who worked with Savage during his WCW run in the late 1990s, said that he “lost a close friend today. If anybody in heaven is wondering who the cat in the ugly cowboy hat is it’s Randy. Love you Bro. Never another.” Former WWE Champion Christian had this to say about Savage: “Sad to hear about “Macho Man”Randy Savage..Only met him once briefly. No doubt 1 of the best influenced so many performers you see today RIP”
Other notable tweets:
Eric Bischoff: Very sad to hear the news about Randy Savage. Randy was as passionate about the wrestling business, as intense of a performer and as honest of a person as anyone I have had the privilage of working with. He will be missed. Randy loved his family deeply and my thoughts and prayers are with them.
Honky Tonk Man: Such sad news fans. We are lost for words. One of the greatest of all time.
Jim Ross: Just heard Macho Man died this morning of a heart attack while driving his vehicle in Tampa. Condolences to all Randy Savage fans/family.
Steve Corino: I can’t believe Randy Savage just passed. One of the most amazing talents EVER in pro-wrestling. Wow. Just wow.
Tara: RIP Randy Savage. A true legend.
Tommy Dreamer: Randy Savage was the 1st person I saw piledrive someone thru a table. Thanks 4 all the memories. Hope u walk the aisle w/ Liz Sherri again
Mick Foley: I just heard the sad news about the Macho Man. Randy Savage was one of my favorites performers, and my heart goes out to his loved ones.
Trish Stratus: Rest in peace Randy-my first inspiration in the ring. My prayers condolences to the Savage family
Torrie Wilson: Just heard the news of Macho Man Randy Savage passing…Rest in peace Randy.
Jeff Jarrett: His madness. Randy is gone, but will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are w the entire Poffo family.
Wade Barrett: Bow to the kingdom of the madness. RIP Macho Man, amazing performer.
Scotty 2 Hotty: So sad to hear of the passing of Randy Savage.
Jim Cornette: Our deepest condolences in losing another legend. R.I.P. Randy.
Roddy Piper: To SAD TO TWEET..
Curt Hawkins: RIP Macho Man Randy Savage… One of wrestling’s all time greats.
JTG: To one of my favorite Hall of Famers, inducted or not. Macho Man Randy Savage. R.I.P OOOOOOOOOH YEEEEEEEAH !
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A patriotic Randy Savage performs in the WWF. Photo by Mike Lano, WReaLano@aol.com
AMSTERDAM, NY – Normally, the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend in Amsterdam, NY is a celebration of achievements. This year, it’s a more sombre affair, following the death of 2009 inductee Randy “Macho Man” Savage in a car crash on Friday. At the Impact Wrestling show at the local high school and around the hotel, people who knew him talked about Savage.
Leading the charge into Amsterdam with Impact Wrestling was company co-founder Jeff Jarrett, who knew Savage back when Jarrett was only 11 years old.
“On the personal side, the Poffo family and the Jarrett family,
and I know this sounds crazy in 2011, but in the early ’80s, you talk about serious bad blood. In
Eastern Kentucky, they were trying to put us out of business, and we were trying to put them out of business. It got real personal with guns and threats, more threats, and more death threats,” recalled Jarrett before the show of the territorial battle.
“Randy was a very intense human being. At that time, he was fighting for more than a title belt, he
was fighting for his life. You can imagine the intensity he had. Then for that situation to really
become a 180, and Randy to work hand-in-hand, not just with my dad, but my grandmother — and they
had a unique relationship, and Randy respected her,” said Double J, getting a little emotional.
TNA Impact Wrestling did a 10-bell salute to Savage before the show, and fans chanted the Macho Man’s name.
Though not many from the Impact roster had ever worked with Savage, they were fans.
“It’s a very sad loss to the business and the sport of pro wrestling. He’s one of the first guys
to really put athleticism back in pro wrestling — that was much needed at that time when cartoon
wrestling was really, really popular, bigger-than-life characters were really popular at that
time,” said Matt Morgan. “Not only did Savage have the character part down, but he had the actual in-ring acumen part down as well. I think he was one of the first guys to have both. It’s something that we see with characters today. I know that’s what I strive for, and I think that’s what every pro wrestler strives for. Who could forget Macho Man and Ms. Elizabeth? Come on, everybody knows that. That’s one of the most famous duos; Macho Man by himself was one of the most famous acts of all time in pro wrestling, and justifiably so. To his credit, he was one of the best to ever do it.”
Billy Caputo, a former WWE referee and now a New York State Athletic Commission wrestling inspector, was at the TNA show in his official capacity, and was the referee the night Elizabeth was introduced as Savage’s manager.
“You talk about the roar of the crowd, and everything with John Cena, but see
there was a buildup, that was a buildup for a couple of months, who Randy Savage was going to
choose as his manager,’ Caputo recalled of that night in Allentown, PA. “When he walked out with Elizabeth, the crowd just went crazy, because they had seen her,
they knew a little bit about her, but they didn’t know exactly what her role was going to be in
professional wrestling. She came across as beautiful as ever, as strong as ever, and strong-
willed. It just was a great pairing.”
At the get-together for the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, the various wrestlers talked of the Savage they knew through the years.
Dominic Denucci worked with Savage when he was starting out in Detroit.”He was a young buck, but he was well trained because of his father. I wrestled with his father so
many times,” said Denucci. “The kid was good, nice looking fellow, and he had hair, a lot of it. But he was good. To me, every time I saw him, he was respectable.”
“Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe first met Savage in Florida in 1974.
“Down there, we were trying to learn how to wrestle, and the
promotion was beating me in 15 seconds on TV, not giving Randy anything. The oldtimers were just
eating us up and we weren’t learning anything,” said Sharpe. “But when I wrestled Randy, it was the only time he brought his girlfriend, because he knew the match would be good. We both wanted to learn, we both wanted to work hard, and we always had excellent matches.”
Ray Apollo worked with Savage in various locales over the years.
“Randy Savage was one of the greatest ring wrestlers of all time. He had a tremendous ring
presence. He could have had a wrestling match with a broom — he was that good. The guy really
knew where he was and he took his craft very, very seriously. Anytime anybody ever bought a ticket
to see Randy Savage, they never got half a match, or a ‘B’ match, or he didn’t feel like wrestling
that night. He went in there and gave you 100 per cent of what he was capable of doing. And what
he was capable of doing was terrific,” began Apollo, who works as Doink the Clown now.
“The first time I met Randy Savage, he was in Puerto Rico and
it was in the mid-’80s. He had that territory at his fingertips. He was terrific. Randy Savage,
Randy Poffo, what you probably don’t know about him was he was a professional baseball player too.
I played in a softball game with him in Chicago, and we played a DJ named Mancow. He hit a
softball out of a major league baseball park. Do you realize what I just said? He hit a softball over 300 feet over the wall. The guy was some kind of athlete. I still can’t believe he’s passed.
He was a good friend. He was fun to be around. He had a quirky sense of humor, and I’ll miss him a
“Cowboy” Johnny Mantell only knew Savage a short while.
“I was with him in New York for about three months in ’87, and we had a thing in common, which we
both played minor league baseball as catchers. We had a lot to talk about that way,” said Mantell. “Other than
that, I didn’t know him very well. I spent about three months with him in dressing rooms.”
J.J. Dillon knew Savage from a talent and an office perspective.
“He was very, very talented, and he was one of the guys from an era where you had control of your
own person,” said Dillon. “Randy was an innovator in terms of the image that he portrayed, the costumes he wore,
they were of his own thinking.”
Most talked about how Savage was one of the greatest talents of all time.
Jarrett said he was right at the top.
“As far as a performer, I think it takes three things to be really good at what we do,” said Jarrett. “I think
your athleticism, or in-ring ability, is one. Two, is your persona, your verbal skills. Three is
that ‘It’ factor. On a scale of one to 10, I think Randy was a 10 out of 10. I don’t know if I
would say that about anybody else other than Kurt [Angle]. They’ve got it all. They can have a
match with any guy, of any style, at any time, of any era. I can’t say enough good praise, but a
lot of people will say that.”
Savage’s last notable mainstream run in wrestling can in TNA under Jarrett.
“He just had that intense look, just the things that he would say when we were negotiating to
bring him in, just Randy’s a character,” smiled Jarrett.
The accident, likely caused by a heart attack, brought Savage back into the spotlight, with reports of his death airing on mainstream sports shows, news shows, and in newspapers around the continent.
Jarrett said he was interviewed by the Associated Press, and talked a little about why we didn’t see Savage much these last few years.
“The AP writer was asking me today, that you see Hulk, you
see the Dusty Rhodes, the Ric Flairs, everybody from that, I don’t want to say era, because Randy
transcended eras, but Randy just sort of fell off the face of the Earth, quote/unquote, and nobody
heard from him. I take great pride in knowing that Randy, not just handling his money, where he
could walk away and didn’t need anything like that, but just what he did in this business, he was
ready to move on, he was happy with where he left it at and just progressed in life.”
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The news is still spreading about the tragic death of wrestling icon “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and with that we have a number of people associated with the TV universe speaking out and expressing their condolences.
We must begin with Hulk Hogan, which at one point was a part of a feared tag team that quickly became among the most popular acts ever. Here is what he had to write in a post on Twitter about the news:
“I’m completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we’ve finally started to talk and communicate … He had so much life in his eyes in his spirit, I just pray that he’s happy and in a better place and we miss him.”
Meanwhile, we also had the following quotes from various other wrestlers and TV personalities.
- Torrie Wilson: “Just heard the news of Macho Man Randy Savage passing…Rest in peace Randy.”
- Shawn Michaels: “We’ve lost one of the greats!! Our prayers go out to the family friends of Randy Savage.”
- John Cena: “The untimely passing of randy savage is indeed tragic. All true fans of wrestling will mourn this loss. One of the all time greats”
- Bret “The Hitman” Hart: “I have no words to say. This one hits me hard. We lost one of the best”
- Natalya (Bret Hart’s diva): “My prayers are with Randy Savage and his family right now.”
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: “RIP Randy “Macho Man” Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family”
- “American Idol” contestant (and major wrestly fan) James Durbin: “RIP Macho Man Randy Savage!!!!! Tears are falling”
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.
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