Rick Story to weigh 190lbs against Marquardt

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 28, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

Rick Story has dismissed fears that he will suffer against the bigger man at UFC Live, revealing he will be about 190lbs when he steps into the Octagon.

Story puts his six-fight win streak on the line against welterweight debutant Nate Marquardt, who has spent the majority of his career as a contender in the middleweight division.

The fear for Story is that he will struggle to implement his wrestling game against a natural 185-pounder like Marquardt, but the 26-year-old insists power will not be a problem come Sunday evening in Pittsburgh.

“I fought [at 185lbs] in my first fight and in some of my amateur fights,” Story explained to Pro MMA Radio. “I’m pretty big. The highest weight I’ve ever been walking around at was 217lbs.

“I fought at 205 at some of my amateur fights and my first professional fight I was still coming down from a high weight and then I fought Mario Miranda at 185 for my first professional fight.

“On fight night, I’m usually walking around anywhere between 187 and 191 pounds, depending on how much liquid I drink.”

Marquardt has struggled against wrestlers in the past, losing recently to Yushin Okami and Chael Sonnen, and Story believes he has seen plenty of holes to exploit.

“Watching that fight, Chael has a lot of the same style that I do or I have the same style as Chael. It shows some tendencies that Marquardt has and what happens when the pace is pushed against him and it’s something that I can build confidence from.”

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6/24 FCW in Bradenton: WWE developmental show held in the rain, Richie …

Posted by Kari on June 27, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article



Florida Championship Wrestling
Brandenton, Fla.
Report by Dot Net reader Ryan

I attended the “Swashbucklers and Turnbuckles” event here in Bradenton, Florida. FCW was scheduled to do a full show, free of charge, after the Bradenton Marauders baseball game. It was a rainy day, so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. It started raining about halfway through the baseball game, but lightened up by the time the FCW show was going to start. They had set up a ring near the concession and picnic table areas.

What was originally advertised to be an eight match card turned out to be only five matches, but all in the pouring rain! Despite the reduced number of matches, the rain made it an unforgettable experience! The wrestling started around 10:20 p.m. and ended around 11:00 p.m.

1. Titus O’Neil defeated Brad Maddox after hitting his powerbomb. (moderate rain)

2. Husky Harris and Rick Victor defeated Richie Steamboat and a partner who’s name I didn’t catch via roll-up. Richie argued with his partner and ended up Richie superkicking him after the match. (light rain)

3. Aksana won a Diva Battle Royale. (light rain)

4. Seth Rollins, Hunico, and Epico defeated Big E Langston and a couple of other heels. (heavy rain)

5. Bo Rotundo defeated Damien Sandow after a spear. Damien played a great heel, as he brought an umbrella to the ring and cut a promo saying how he was being forced to compete in bad weather. He kept “slipping” in the ring during and after the match. (heavy rain)

I also spotted Ricky Steamboat, Tom Prichard, Trent Barreta, Derrick Bateman, and Peter Orlov at ringside.

Some tweets afterward from some of the performers:

AJ – Just wrestled ten Divas in the rain and in what I can only believe was someone’s dream sequence.

Seth Rollins – Wrestled in the pouring rain for the first time in my near 7 year career. It was awesome. Kind of made me realize I’ve been having a lot of fun in FCW. But at the same time I can’t wait to get on the road and take WWE…and the world..by storm. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be and in my heart of hearts I feel that my time is near.

Trent Barreta – About to win a dance-off at some baseball game. Here’s me with some dude.

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Al Gore slams Obama for Failing to Take on “the Merchants of Poison,” Compares …

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 22, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

Steve Austin, Shane McMahonOur Nobel prize-winning former vice president has a must-read 7000-word essay in Rolling Stone, “Climate of Denial: Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?”

Gore discusses climate science and  the link to recent record-smashing extreme weather events, of course.  And he makes clear the stakes are too high to become disillusioned by our flawed political system, “What hangs in the balance is the future of civilization as we know it.”

What I will focus on here are his blistering critique of Obama, his even tougher take on the media, and the “five basic ways” individuals can make a difference.  Let’s start with the president:

President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change. After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding. After the House passed cap and trade, he did little to make passage in the Senate a priority. Senate advocates — including one Republican — felt abandoned when the president made concessions to oil and coal companies without asking for anything in return. He has also called for a massive expansion of oil drilling in the United States….

During the final years of the Bush-Cheney administration, the rest of the world was waiting for a new president who would aggressively tackle the climate crisis — and when it became clear that there would be no real change from the Bush era, the agenda at Copenhagen changed from “How do we complete this historic breakthrough?” to “How can we paper over this embarrassing disappointment?”

… Yet without presidential leadership that focuses intensely on making the public aware of the reality we face, nothing will change. The real power of any president, as Richard Neustadt wrote, is “the power to persuade.” Yet President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis. He has simply not made the case for action. He has not defended the science against the ongoing, withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community — including our own National Academy — to bring the reality of the science before the public.

No argument here (see The failed presidency of Barack Obama, Part 2).  Gore continues:

Here is the core of it: we are destroying the climate balance that is essential to the survival of our civilization. This is not a distant or abstract threat; it is happening now. The United States is the only nation that can rally a global effort to save our future. And the president is the only person who can rally the United States…

The truth is this: What we are doing is functionally insane. If we do not change this pattern, we will condemn our children and all future generations to struggle with ecological curses for several millennia to come.

Predictably, the media has jumped on Gore’s criticism of Obama.

ABC News Politics has run the AP story with its headline, “Gore Faults Obama on Global Warming.”  The lede:  “Former Vice President Al Gore is going where few environmentalists — and fellow Democrats — have gone before: criticizing President Barack Obama’s record on global warming.”

Memo to ABC News and the AP:  Obama has been widely criticized by environmentalists.

But what is particularly absurd about this story is that it never mentions that Gore launches an even more blistering and detailed attack on the media!  In fact, that’s how Gore’s essay begins — by comparing the mainstream media today to the referees of professional wrestling (!!):

The first time I remember hearing the question “is it real?” was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by “professional wrestlers” one summer evening in the gym of the Forks River Elementary School in Elmwood, Tennessee.

The evidence that it was real was palpable: “They’re really hurting each other! That’s real blood! Look a’there! They can’t fake that!” On the other hand, there was clearly a script (or in today’s language, a “narrative”), with good guys to cheer and bad guys to boo.

But the most unusual and in some ways most interesting character in these dramas was the referee: Whenever the bad guy committed a gross and obvious violation of the “rules” — such as they were — like using a metal folding chair to smack the good guy in the head, the referee always seemed to be preoccupied with one of the cornermen, or looking the other way. Yet whenever the good guy — after absorbing more abuse and unfairness than any reasonable person could tolerate — committed the slightest infraction, the referee was all over him. The answer to the question “Is it real?” seemed connected to the question of whether the referee was somehow confused about his role: Was he too an entertainer?

That is pretty much the role now being played by most of the news media in refereeing the current wrestling match over whether global warming is “real,” and whether it has any connection to the constant dumping of 90 million tons of heat-trapping emissions into the Earth’s thin shell of atmosphere every 24 hours.

Admittedly, the contest over global warming is a challenge for the referee because it’s a tag-team match, a real free-for-all. In one corner of the ring are Science and Reason. In the other corner: Poisonous Polluters and Right-wing Ideologues.

The referee — in this analogy, the news media — seems confused about whether he is in the news business or the entertainment business. Is he responsible for ensuring a fair match? Or is he part of the show, selling tickets and building the audience? The referee certainly seems distracted: by Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen, the latest reality show — the list of serial obsessions is too long to enumerate here.

Ouch!

Funny how the AP missed that part right up front in the piece.  But that’s not even the half of it.  Gore continues:

But whatever the cause, the referee appears not to notice that the Polluters and Ideologues are trampling all over the “rules” of democratic discourse. They are financing pseudoscientists whose job is to manufacture doubt about what is true and what is false; buying elected officials wholesale with bribes that the politicians themselves have made “legal” and can now be made in secret; spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year on misleading advertisements in the mass media; hiring four anti-climate lobbyists for every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. (Question: Would Michael Jordan have been a star if he was covered by four defensive players every step he took on the basketball court?)

This script, of course, is not entirely new: A half-century ago, when Science and Reason established the linkage between cigarettes and lung diseases, the tobacco industry hired actors, dressed them up as doctors, and paid them to look into television cameras and tell people that the linkage revealed in the Surgeon General’s Report was not real at all. The show went on for decades, with more Americans killed each year by cigarettes than all of the U.S. soldiers killed in all of World War II.

This time, the scientific consensus is even stronger. It has been endorsed by every National Academy of science of every major country on the planet, every major professional scientific society related to the study of global warming and 98 percent of climate scientists throughout the world. In the latest and most authoritative study by 3,000 of the very best scientific experts in the world, the evidence was judged “unequivocal.”

But wait! The good guys transgressed the rules of decorum, as evidenced in their private e-mails that were stolen and put on the Internet. The referee is all over it: Penalty! Go to your corner! And in their 3,000-page report, the scientists made some mistakes! Another penalty!

And if more of the audience is left confused about whether the climate crisis is real? Well, the show must go on. After all, it’s entertainment. There are tickets to be sold, eyeballs to glue to the screen.

Double ouch.

It  will be fascinating to see if the entire media simply chooses to ignore this devastating critique and focus just on Gore’s comments on Obama, which will, ironically enough, make Gore’s point that the media is interested only in the drama, not the substance.

I would add that the media doesn’t just mis-report the climate story, it under-reports the story of the century — see Silence of the Lambs: Media herd’s coverage of climate change “fell off the map” in 2010.

And Gore continues his evisceration of the media later in the piece:

Continuing on our current course would be suicidal for global civilization. But the key question is: How do we drive home that fact in a democratic society when questions of truth have been converted into questions of power? When the distinction between what is true and what is false is being attacked relentlessly, and when the referee in the contest between truth and falsehood has become an entertainer selling tickets to a phony wrestling match?

He then has a long discussion of how the media played into Bush’s hands in the run-up to the Iraq war, and then goes back to climate:

These vulnerabilities, rooted in our human nature, are being manipulated by the tag-team of Polluters and Ideologues who are trying to deceive us. And the referee — the news media — is once again distracted. As with the invasion of Iraq, some are hyperactive cheerleaders for the deception, while others are intimidated into complicity, timidity and silence by the astonishing vitriol heaped upon those who dare to present the best evidence in a professional manner. Just as TV networks who beat the drums of war prior to the Iraq invasion were rewarded with higher ratings, networks now seem reluctant to present the truth about the link between carbon pollution and global warming out of fear that conservative viewers will change the channel — and fear that they will receive a torrent of flame e-mails from deniers.

Triple ouch.

And this entire critique of the media occurs before Gore even mentions Obama.   From my perspective, as I’ve said many times, the anti-science crowd and their disinformation campaign and associated think tanks, pundits, and right-wing media deserve about 60% of the blame for our inaction.  The media, perhaps 30%.  The “Think Small” centrists and lukewarmers who also helped shrink the political space in the debate deserve 5%.

So ‘only’ 5% of blame goes to Obama and his team (along with Senate Democrats, scientists, environmentalists, and progressives).

But of course, from a historical perspective — and, I suspect from the perspective of most progressives — there are two huge differences between Obama versus the disinformers, media, and centrist/lukewarmers.  Obama is the President of the United States, a person who can single-handedly determine the agenda and the national debate.  Second, those other people don’t know any better.

So it is perfectly reasonable to focus on Obama — but the media deserves far more blame, a point Gore is clearly making by opening the piece with his critique of the media and offering a far lengthier critique of them than Obama.

Finally, as always, Gore does offer positive suggestions:

All things are not equally true. It is time to face reality. We ignored reality in the marketplace and nearly destroyed the world economic system. We are likewise ignoring reality in the environment, and the consequences could be several orders of magnitude worse. Determining what is real can be a challenge in our culture, but in order to make wise choices in the presence of such grave risks, we must use common sense and the rule of reason in coming to an agreement on what is true.

So how can we make it happen? How can we as individuals make a difference? In five basic ways:

First, become a committed advocate for solving the crisis. You can start with something simple: Speak up whenever the subject of climate arises. When a friend or acquaintance expresses doubt that the crisis is real, or that it’s some sort of hoax, don’t let the opportunity pass to put down your personal marker. The civil rights revolution may have been driven by activists who put their lives on the line, but it was partly won by average Americans who began to challenge racist comments in everyday conversations.

Second, deepen your commitment by making consumer choices that reduce energy use and reduce your impact on the environment. The demand by individuals for change in the marketplace has already led many businesses to take truly significant steps to reduce their global-warming pollution. Some of the corporate changes are more symbolic than real — “green-washing,” as it’s called — but a surprising amount of real progress is taking place. Walmart, to pick one example, is moving aggressively to cut its carbon footprint by 20 million metric tons, in part by pressuring its suppliers to cut down on wasteful packaging and use lower-carbon transportation alternatives. Reward those companies that are providing leadership.

Third, join an organization committed to action on this issue. The Alliance for Climate Protection (climateprotect.org), which I chair, has grassroots action plans for the summer and fall that spell out lots of ways to fight effectively for the policy changes we need. We can also enable you to host a slide show in your community on solutions to the climate crisis — presented by one of the 4,000 volunteers we have trained. Invite your friends and neighbors to come and then enlist them to join the cause.

Fourth, contact your local newspapers and television stations when they put out claptrap on climate — and let them know you’re fed up with their stubborn and cowardly resistance to reporting the facts of this issue. One of the main reasons they are so wimpy and irresponsible about global warming is that they’re frightened of the reaction they get from the deniers when they report the science objectively. So let them know that deniers are not the only ones in town with game. Stay on them! Don’t let up! It’s true that some media outlets are getting instructions from their owners on this issue, and that others are influenced by big advertisers, but many of them are surprisingly responsive to a genuine outpouring of opinion from their viewers and readers. It is way past time for the ref to do his job.

Finally, and above all, don’t give up on the political system. Even though it is rigged by special interests, it is not so far gone that candidates and elected officials don’t have to pay attention to persistent, engaged and committed individuals. President Franklin Roosevelt once told civil rights leaders who were pressing him for change that he agreed with them about the need for greater equality for black Americans. Then, as the story goes, he added with a wry smile, “Now go out and make me do it.”

On that final point, Gore urges the people become single-issue voters, which I could not agree more with:

To make our elected leaders take action to solve the climate crisis, we must forcefully communicate the following message: “I care a lot about global warming; I am paying very careful attention to the way you vote and what you say about it; if you are on the wrong side, I am not only going to vote against you, I will work hard to defeat you — regardless of party. If you are on the right side, I will work hard to elect you.”

Why do you think President Obama and Congress changed their game on “don’t ask, don’t tell?” It happened because enough Americans delivered exactly that tough message to candidates who wanted their votes. When enough people care passionately enough to drive that message home on the climate crisis, politicians will look at their hole cards, and enough of them will change their game to make all the difference we need.

This is not naive; trust me on this. It may take more individual voters to beat the Polluters and Ideologues now than it once did — when special-interest money was less dominant. But when enough people speak this way to candidates, and convince them that they are dead serious about it, change will happen — both in Congress and in the White House. As the great abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass once observed, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.”

What is now at risk in the climate debate is nothing less than our ability to communicate with one another according to a protocol that binds all participants to seek reason and evaluate facts honestly. The ability to perceive reality is a prerequisite for self-governance. Wishful thinking and denial lead to dead ends. When it works, the democratic process helps clear the way toward reality, by exposing false argumentation to the best available evidence. That is why the Constitution affords such unique protection to freedom of the press and of speech.

The climate crisis, in reality, is a struggle for the soul of America. It is about whether or not we are still capable — given the ill health of our democracy and the current dominance of wealth over reason — of perceiving important and complex realities clearly enough to promote and protect the sustainable well-being of the many. What hangs in the balance is the future of civilization as we know it.

Hear!  Hear!

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Shawn Michaels talks about his loyalty to Vince McMahon, Hosting RAW next week

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 On Monday, WWE legend Shawn Michaels publicly commented on various aspects of his esteemed wrestling career including his relationship with Vince McMahon. Michaels acknowledged that he thought about jumping ship to WCW but was talked out of it. According to ProWrestling.net, Shawn Michaels made the following comments to Busted Open Radio:

 ”There were times when I was going through my very tough times, just let me go, just let me go. He would say ‘No, look you would be miserable, they wouldn’t do with you what needs to be done. They wouldn’t know what to do with you, and that fact that they put that kind of time in to me.’  That was really the end of it, that’s why I always sound like a company man.”

Michaels’ best friends Kevin Nash and Scott Hall jumped from WWE in 1996 to WCW and created one of the most popular wrestling storylines of all-time The NWO. Michaels stayed behind in the WWE and became one of the main stars in the company despite the infamous Kliq moment. The WWE showed their loyalty to Shawn even though he was struggling with personal and physical issues. Michaels would further tell Busted Open Radio his feelings about Vince McMahon:

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“its genuine, and I know the real guy, the real guy has cared for me a great deal, and no one is more committed to this business then he is. It was easy to stay loyal. When it comes to the rubber meeting the road, he is gonna still be in the game.”

I agree with Michaels comments on Vince’s commitment to pro-wrestling. The man has shaped the sport for years to come. He’s become a powerful force within the entire entertainment industry. His product isn’t always unanimously liked but nobody can deny his commitment and success in pro-wrestling. Perhaps I should correct myself and say Vince’s commitment to “entertainment”.

On Monday night, WWE announced that Shawn Michaels will be hosting next week’s WWE RAW from Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionaly, Michaels has a hunting show that debuts on the Outdoor channel next Tuesday.

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Wrestling, hockey and NASCAR rolled into one – The Kingston Whig

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 17, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

By JAN MURPHY

Updated 20 minutes ago

As a young boy, I enjoyed roller skating at Studio 801, which would later become Celebrity Sports World.

I can recall countless trips to the roller rink, be it as part of a school trip, a birthday party or simply a day of entertainment.

I can vividly remember countless trips around the roller rink, complete with disco ball, funky mood lighting and 1970s disco music.

In fact, just a few years ago, I did a little research on the rink. I would learn that there are a number of Facebook pages dedicated to its existence and even a few that would like to resurrect the place.

I’m also a massive hockey fan and pro wrestling nut. I’ve written extensively on both in my 13 years here at the Whig.

When it comes to NASCAR, I wouldn’t call myself a fan, but I know enough about it to hold my own.

By now, you’re probably wondering what roller skating, hockey, pro wrestling and NASCAR have in common.

Well, in my opinion, there is some of each in roller derby, which is very quickly gaining popularity in these quarters.

In fact, the Kingston Derby Girls, now in their second season, are making some serious noise in Kingston.

In their only show last season, entitled Back To Cruel 2010, the girls drew 2,200-plus spectators to the Memorial Centre for the first event to take place on roller skates since what this writer has to think were Celebrity Sports World days.

Back To Cruel is but one of countless clever names and gimmicks one encounters when you enter the world of roller derby, a world to which I had zero knowledge until I visited the Kingston Derby Girls during practice earlier this week.

This is where my comparison to wrestling is drawn from.

The Kingston Derby Girls are not Janes, Heathers and Jenns, but rather Little Orphan-Maker Annie, Skate at Home Mom, Tight E. Whitey, Junkyard Jewel, Kimminent Danger, Scarlett O’Hurtya, Flaming Hips and my personal favourite — Studio 8heryoung. Oh, and the team names for the Kingston Derby Girls are The Disloyalists and Sinderollas.

Like in wrestling, when wrestlers assume their alter identities, the derby girls are not Jane, Heather or Jenn when they lace ‘em up and hit the track either. Just ask them. I did.

“When you go on the track, you become a derby persona,” said Cat London, a.k.a. Cat O’- Clysm, but simply Cat London on this night as she is expecting her first child in the near future.

“We’re not people who normally go around hitting people,” she explained. “You get these people on the track and you become the person you want to be. You become the person who’s good at skating, who’s fierce and ferocious, or sexy or whatever she wants to be. You take on a persona.”

Like in hockey, there is skating and hitting. Lots and lots of hitting actually.

On this night, I witnessed teammates lining each other up with vicious shoulder-to-shoulder hits that sometimes ended in one or more pileups. In every case, the derby girls were back to their feet and skating in a split second.

Such was not the case last year when the girls formed.

“For a few of the practices, we had a fair number of injuries,” admitted London, citing a broken ankle as one of the more serious injuries.

“We’ve really focused on safety,” she added. “We have a health and safety committee, we have St. John’s Ambulance (on hand), we now are focused on safety first. If people are injured, we don’t let them skate. We are very proactive in terms of safety. It’s awful that so many people got hurt, but we learned a lot from it very quickly.”

As I scanned the arena, watching the warmups, I wondered aloud what the Kingston Derby Girls do by day.

“We have nurses, we have a lot of people in caring professions,” London said.

“We have teachers, we have an insurance person, we have another teacher, we have several people from (the Children’s Aid Society), we have a couple of academics, we have someone who works in a group home, I’m a photographer, you name it, we have a very wide range of people,” she said as she scanned the track.

As I mentioned earlier, I hadn’t the first clue about roller derby. London was kind enough to give me a crash — pardon the pun — course on the game, its scoring and the rules.

Rather than attempt to explain it here, I’ll draw your attention to the derby girls web-site, kingstonderbygirls.ca,where you can find them.

The Coles Notes version is something like this: there are two 30-minute halves, called jams.

Shorter, two-minute jams take place, with 30 seconds between. There is a half hour worth of jams, then intermission, followed by another half hour. Whoever has the most points at the end of that wins.

There are two teams of five on the track at any time. Each team has a jammer and four blockers. The blockers, four from each team (called the pack), set off, followed by the jammers. The jammers are the racers. Their first pass through the pack determines who is the lead jammer. There is one point for becoming lead jammer, which also gives you the ability to call off a jam. The rest of the pack is trying to stop the opposing jammer getting through and help their jammer get through. The second pass and every subsequent pass is a scoring pass. Every single time a jammer passes an opposing player, she scores a point.

One thing I can tell you is that roller derby is not for the faint of heart as there are a number of vicious collisions.

Much like in NASCAR, things can be going along nicely until one person falls, setting off a pileup not unlike one seen in the Daytona 500, except with bodies instead of cars.

It’s also not for those who may fall under the out-of-shape category.

The girls perform a lot of cardio and work on stamina. Before you can officially join one of the derby teams, you have to pass a series of tests, one of which requires a person to complete 25 laps in five minutes.

“It’s a strength game and an endurance game,” London said.

So what then, is the most difficult part of roller derby?

“A lot of people find hitting difficult,” London said. “They’re not used to being hit, they’re not used to hitting. To actually go up to someone you may not know very well and just slam into them, is very challenging for some people. A lot of people find the speed very difficult. Some people have never been on skates before.”

As we talked, another Kingston journalist struggled to stay on her feet while taking in a practice with the derby girls, proof of just how difficult it can be to slap on roller skates.

The girls will showcase their skills for the first time this season on Friday at the Memorial Centre.

This time, however, they will have an opponent.

The Cinderollas will open with a a mini-bout against each other. Then, The Disloyalists take on Peterborough Roller Derby.

“It’s our first time playing another team from another city,” London said.

Finally, I had to ask: where does someone get a pair of roller skates these days, what with Celebrity Sports World a thing of the past.

“That was a challenge,” London said. “I had to get mine in Toronto. A lot of people have to order them online. If you can’t get to Toronto, you have to get them online and you have to call and explain your skate size. Sometimes they even get you to trace out your foot and mail it. It’s hard to get skates.”

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Roller derby rules

* Roller derby is a battle on an oval track between two teams, each composed of five players: four blockers and one jammer. The game is divided into two-minute periods (called jams). At the start of a jam, blockers line up (forming “the pack”) and jammers start behind them, on the jammer line. One whistle: the pack starts to move. Two whistles: the jammers start their race.

* The jammers are the players who score points: one point for every opponent she passes. This is easier said than done, since opposing blockers are doing everything they can to stop her. Players can block or check using shoulders, upper arms, hips, or upper legs. Tripping, elbowing, and shoving are illegal and lead to penalties. Four minor penalties add up to one major penalty, which results in a trip to the penalty box.

* The first jammer to get through the pack (without committing any fouls) becomes the lead jammer. This means she can call off the jam at any time by tapping her hands on her hips. If neither jammer makes it through without penalty, there is no lead jammer and the jam lasts for a full two minutes. When one jam ends, another begins, and the team who scores the most points overall wins.

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Down and derby

What: Kingston Derby Girls kick off their second season with a bout against the visiting Peterborough Roller Derby.

Where: The Memorial Centre, 303 York St.

Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, action starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: Cost $15 in advance and are available online at kingstonderbygirls.caor at Get Funky Boutique, The UPS Store, Novel Idea, or The Mansion. Tickets cost $18 at the door.

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Top 5 things to know

1) Skaters with the stars on their helmets are jammers. They score points by passing the other team’s players.

2) The first jammer through the pack is the lead jammer. She can call off the jam (a two-minute period) at any time by tapping her hands on her hips.

3) The first pass through the pack is for lead jammer status only, not points. After that, every opposing player passed gets the jammer a point.

4) Blockers try to stop the other team’s jammer. The blocker with the striped helmet is the pivot; she sets the pace of the pack.

5) No elbows, no tripping, or you’ll end up in the penalty box.

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The mystery and marvel of masks

Posted by Joe Wrestling on June 16, 2011 under FUW News | Comments are off for this article



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Rey Mysterio in one of his many masks. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

Is a mask ever just a mask? For the list of professional wrestlers who have been privileged enough to wear one, it is as valuable as any World Championship.

“We all have split personalities. We all wear masks at some point in our careers,” WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio told the Houston Chronicle in a 2009 interview. “I literally wear a mask.”

Despite having different meanings to different people, the masks always add some mystique to a wrestler’s character. Everyone wonders who’s behind it, but nobody ever wants to see that identity revealed. It’s an idea that’s similar to the mystique of comic book heroes. The main difference is that all of the readers usually know the identity of the superheroes, while the wrestlers almost always do a good job of keeping themselves covered up.

When taking a look at the history of masked wrestlers in North America, perhaps one name stands out above the rest — the legendary El Santo. El Santo, which means “The Saint” in Spanish, was one of the most popular wrestlers of all time, and arguably the most famous luchador of all time. Though sources cannot confirm the exact date that Santo started wrestling, the earliest memories of him in the ring were in the late 1930s. Santo quickly rose to fame, and became a symbol of justice for the common man. His popularity increased when he started appearing in comic books and movies. Santo’s wrestling career would continue for almost five decades. He officially retired in 1982, just a week before his 65th birthday, and would then be succeeded by his son, El Hijo del Santo.

Dan Madigan, who was a former WWE writer and a huge fan of Lucha Libre, had a book published in 2007 called Mondo Lucha A Go-Go. When working for the WWE, Madigan remembers one night and one conversation in particular that really added to his respect for masked wrestlers.

“We were in New York City for Wrestlemania 20, and I was in the hotel restaurant trying to get something to eat. Chavo Guerrero Sr. came to join me and he had no idea that I was such a big Lucha fan. And then Eddie came and joined us, and they would tell me these stories of their father, Gory, in Mexico,” Madigan said. “Gory Guerrero was actually a tag team partner of El Santo. Eddie would tell me that Santo would come over to their house and even around the house, he wore the mask. It was part of who he was.”

Since then, Madigan has become a Lucha Libre expert. He actually went down to Mexico and did tremendous amounts of research for his book. He studied the differences between the American and Lucha styles of wrestling, and studied the masks to the point that he could teach about it. And in a way, he did.

“Masked characters stand out because they have a visually compelling aesthetic, and have a natural mystery about them. A good masked wrestler can be a good storyteller, if he understands not just the role of physicality in a match, but the importance of ring psychology,” Madigan said. “The masks represent political change in Mexico. The rudos (heels) would be like the evil land owners or oppressive government officials; they symbolized what was wrong with Mexico during turbulent times. The technicos (babyfaces) were more like revolutionaries; the heroes who stood up for the people, and did the right thing. The fact that most technicos were hiding their true identities behind a mask, made the symbolizing more appealing to the masses, because the idea was that the hero could be anyone on a crowded street or in a packed arena; he was truly of the people. And of course, the same applies to the rudo. By having the identity hidden, the audience had the chance to fantasize that they were the ones in the ring at times. Ironically, in a surreal setting, the enmascarados (masked wrestlers) would bring elements of reality into the ring with them. Subconsciously, these characters were like cultural chess pieces, being played out in a game of us versus them. Consciously, they were the masked representation of what was good and bad in Mexican life.”

Masked wrestlers weren’t nearly as popular in the States as they were in Mexico. The Americans were represented by such masked wrestlers as Mr. X or the Masked Marvel, aliases used by countless wrestlers, Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods), Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker), Red River Jack (Bruiser Brody), The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie), The Student (George “The Animal” Steele), The Assassin (Joe Hamilton), The original Super Zodiac (Gary Hart) and of course The Sensational, Intelligent Destroyer (Dick Beyer).

“I wear the mask all the time. When I drive down the road and if I’m in my home, I’ll take the mask off,” Beyer said. “But when I go out to pro wrestling events, I wear the mask. I’ve had several people tell me to take the mask off, because it’s all over. I say it’s not over. I wear it because people would not know who I am without it. So I wear it, so people know who I am.”

While Luchadores wear masks primarily to embrace their roots, the Americans wear masks for different reasons. Some of them use the mask as intimidation, while others wear it for the mystique. And in rare cases, the mask is worn for protection.

As every wrestler knows, injuries can happen. Bob Armstrong was doing bench presses one night, when the weight bench broke, and the bar landed on top of him, crushing his face. He underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the damage, but he insisted on continuing his wrestling career. However, he was forced to wear a protective mask in the ring, so as not to further injure himself. As tragic as the incident was, it actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“It made me feel different, but I felt better about it,” Armstrong said. “It was kind of a double-edged sword, but the mask became my crutch; it was my cushion. I put a big B on the front of it, which stood for bullet, and I became Bullet Bob Armstrong. I actually became more popular with the mask than I ever was.”

The popularity of the mask also extended north of the border into Canada. The late Owen Hart was always a great wrestler, but one can make the argument that he first got noticed, when competing under a mask, as The Blue Blazer. Chris Benoit was another Canadian who made a name for himself as The Pegasus Kid, while touring Japan. In the latter part of his career, John Tenta (Earthquake) competed under a mask as Golga of the Oddities. New Brunswick’s Don Jardine might have been the greatest heel masked man ever as The Spoiler.

The 1980 film Friday the 13th hit the box office like a bolt of lighting. It was only a matter of time before the wrestling business would capitalize on that success. So enter Jason the Terrible. The man behind that mask was Karl Moffatt. And as appropriate as it was for a Canadian to be wearing a hockey mask, Moffatt made it quite clear that he wore the mask, it did not wear him.

“You can’t sell with your face covered,” Moffatt said. “But it didn’t hinder my performance. If anything, it helped my career.”

The Jason character was over at the time. But that began to fade as the Friday the 13th franchise started getting stale. Nevertheless, it was a highlight of Moffatt’s career, and he enjoyed doing it.

“I didn’t know I was going to get over as well as I did, and it was a big deal at the time,” Moffatt said. “People started cheering me and I was concerned, because I didn’t want to be a face. It was much easier to be a heel.”

One of the great things about wearing a mask is that if people start to lose interest in the character, a wrestler can just lose the mask and take on a whole new gimmick altogether, without anybody knowing about it. Before The Undertaker rose from the dead, he competed as Texas Red, The Punisher and Master of Pain; three different masked men. Before Double A was the Enforcer, Arn Anderson was Super Olympia. And who can forget about Who? Jim Neidhart certainly could.

Other times, masks can be a big part of a storyline, with the hero having lost a loser leaves town match, only to return with his face hidden. Dusty Rhodes‘ stint as the Midnight Rider is probably the most famous example of this, but countless others have done it, from Rocky Johnson, who was Sweet Ebony Diamond, to Hulk Hogan, who was Hulk Machine and later Mr. America. Or then there’s the Black Scorpion in WCW, where the bookers probably even known until the last minute that it would be Ric Flair in the full-body black outfit.

The Japanese wrestlers were no strangers to masks either. In fact some of the most popular Japanese stars in history wore masks. These included Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Ultimo Dragon, Tiger Mask I through IV and The Great Sasuke.

There was a period though when the masked men in the States became a bit of a joke. A lot of them were just made to look goofy by the promotions that they worked for. But that all changed in the mid ’90s when the Luchadores were introduced to the American fans for the first time. The moves they did in the ring, combined with the incredible and unique designs of each mask were fascinating to see.

“Masks are great visuals. They are literally something out of a comic book. Mil Mascaras used to come up with a unique look every night, as he always had a different mask,” Madigan said. “Bruce Wayne didn’t just become Batman overnight. He first went through all the trials and tribulations to get to that level. The hero and villain’s journey is one of an inner search. Once an enmascarado comes to terms with who he is and how the world will see him, then that is the first step in a metamorphosis from man to mystique.”

Some stars actually made a great living under a mask. The name Del Wilkes will undoubtedly have people scratching their heads, until they are reminded that he was The Patriot.

Christopher Daniels got himself over on his in-ring ability and microphone skills in both Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling. But he had no problem wearing a mask a time or two in his career.

“The one thing about being under a mask is that you lose the facial expressions. You lose that aspect of telling a story,” Daniels said. “As long as I’ve been training, I’ve sort of learned to adapt and tell the story with my body language rather than facial expressions. It takes a while to get used to, just having that extra layer of clothing and just dealing with the fact that your body is sort of trapped inside. But after a while, it’s just something you cope with.”

Daniels has competed as both Suicide and Curry Man and tries to make each character stand out in their own way. He may have even been able to breathe some new life into his career under the masks.

“The Curry Man character was really just a character that was based on a Japanese comic and I brought it to TNA just as sort of a break from such a serious character that the Fallen Angel is,” Daniels said. “Suicide was based on the video game, and it was just something that was just written into the video game and TNA just decided to see if that character could come to life, and become a character of importance that was in the storylines.”

There is no greater insult than for a Luchador to be unmasked by his opponent. The mask is almost like a trophy or a medal. Replica masks are sold in every sports arena in Mexico, as it’s a part of the Mexican heritage, so any Luchador who is unmasked, would feel like he is letting his family and countrymen down.

“Some of the Lucha magazines are very careful not to show the wrestlers without their masks. In the old day, there was an unwritten code of respect for the enmascarado. Photographers were careful not to show the true identity of the wrestlers. There was an understanding that masked wrestlers sold more magazines, so if the photographers started to show images of the enmascarados with their masks off or torn to the point you could make out who was underneath, then the popularity of some wrestlers may have waned and in doing so, sales of Lucha magazines may or may not go down,” Madigan said. “If a wrestler in Mexico City or Tijuana has his mask pulled off or torn, it would be seen by many in a matter of seconds. Technology has even crept into the secretive word of Lucha Libre.”

It was over 15 years ago that Rey Mysterio received his first standing ovation from the American wrestling fans. Who knew that he would be as popular today as he was back then? Mysterio was the successor of his uncle, the original Rey Mysterio, but he always tries to come up with different looks for himself, so as not to look identical.

“My masks and my colors and every single costume that I’ve worn at WrestleMania or special pay-per-views have been personally created by me,” Mysterio told writer Elliott Harris. “But don’t get me wrong; every now and then, I’ll get ideas from my daughter and my son. They’ll tell me, ‘Dad, you haven’t worn a Superman outfit or a Batman outfit. Why don’t you do Superman/Batman? They do tend to help me out every now and then.”

It’s amazing that the masked characters are still popular today. Rey Mysterio is one of the biggest stars in the wrestling business. And with Sin Cara (Mistico) joining him in the spotlight, maybe this can be the start of something great. According to numerous wrestling websites, the WWE has recently signed another masked man, Averno, and apparently has their eyes on a number of other Luchadores as well.

While the masks have different meanings to different wrestlers, one thing’s for sure: they will always catch the attention of wrestling fans worldwide.

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    Strikeforce’s Daniel Cormier: ‘It’s Time For Me To Start Making My Mark’

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    Current Strikeforce heavyweight competitor and two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier is set to take on Jeff ‘The Snowman’ Monson at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. Can the blue chip prospect make good on his promise and become a full fledged contender?

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    Jun 15, 2011 – When is a proven, accomplished talent forced to reset their career and revert to prospect status all over again? In mixed martial arts, it’s when former wrestlers – even the most accomplished of their sport- attempt to import their talents for a run at professional prize fighting.

    Daniel Cormier is more familiar with the conversion process than most. The two-time Olympian and Strikeforce heavyweight prospect competed at the highest levels of amateur wrestling, becoming captain of the Olympic men’s wrestling team as well as earning a gold medal at the Pan Ams and bronze at the World Games.

    But the days of donning the singlet in the name of Oklahoma State or U.S. men’s wrestling glory are over. Wrestling very much still defines Cormier as an athlete and is still a key component of his offensive and defensive arsenal. But if Cormier is seeking anything, it’s to prove he’s redefined himself as a competitor and is a challenge to be taken seriously even in the higher echelons of the heavyweight division.

    To do that, he’ll need to demonstrate a high level of MMA-skill proficiency against credible opposition. Fortunately for Cormier, he’s got exactly that chance this weekend. He takes on former UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson on Saturday at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. Unequivocally, Monson is the most challenging opponent Cormier has thus far faced. As Cormier himself tells it, ‘The Snowman’ is on an eight-fight win streak, has more fights than he does and has already fought for a title in his career. Defeating Monson isn’t only his biggest win to date, it also shifts the paradigm of Cormier’s athletic career: first a prospect, now a contender; first an elite wrestler, now an elite heavyweight MMA contender.

    In this exclusive interview with SB Nation, we go full circle with Cormier as we discuss the potential futures of wrestling talents Henry Cejudo, Ben Askren, Jordan Burroughs and others. But we also look to the future and the next phase of Cormier’s career – what beating Monson means to him, becoming a full-fledged heavyweight contender and more.

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    Daniel Cormier: Before we start, how are you doing?

    Luke Thomas: I’m doing well. I’m excited to talk to you. About two weeks ago I had an interview with Henry Cejudo and as you know, the UFC has announced they were going to add a flyweight division. You gotta think at 125, could he be the next big star of MMA?

    Daniel Cormier: How could he not be one of them? Just with the base that he has, Olympic champion. I was looking at that stuff the other day, reading your article on Henry and after listening to it, where you stated his age at one point and I go “God, it’s hard to imagine that the kid is still only like 24 years old.”

    Luke Thomas: So continuing on Henry, he made it a point in the article that I thought was interesting. He said that on the positive side, wrestling is helping MMA because it’s increasing interest at the lower levels, you know club teams. But it’s hurting MMA at the top of the sport. Would you agree or disagree with that assessment?

    Daniel Cormier: I think that in that instance, as I said I read the article. He said that if you look at guys like Me or Mo (Muhammad Lawall) but in reality we were done. We had done two Olympic cycles so we had pursued our dreams to the highest level and we were probably going to walk away anyways. So MMA didn’t play a part in that. I didn’t decide to fight until a year after the Olympics. So in a sense, in my case and in Mo’s case, we were done. But I think it does affect it to a certain degree. I think you have guys that could compete that don’t, that have a chance to make the Olympic team. But Luke, the problem with that is that it’s just so hard to make an Olympic team. You get all these guys that wrestle every year and there’s only seven spots on the Olympic team. So it’s really difficult. So guys see MMA and they have a base in wrestling where most guys are successful and the money starts calling. I think we lost Jake Rosholt, I think he’s a guy that could have competed. I think we lost Johny Hendricks, another guy that could have possibly been in the mix to make the Olympic team for 2012. So obviously, you want to have some guys that move on a little sooner than we in the wrestling world would like but also you have cases like Me, Mo, and even Ben Askren, he might have been around for another Olympic cycle before MMA took him away from the sport. But it’s going to go both ways obviously. And you have guys that will leave early so I think it goes both ways, it’s just on a case by case basis.

    Luke Thomas: You know, I know you’re a big fan of Jordan Boroughs, I think a lot of people are after his last run at the NCAA National Tournament. He’s expressed interest in going to the Olympic Training Center. He competed at that May 5th event in New York. After he makes his Olympic run and who knows how well he’ll do, would you like to see him in MMA?

    Daniel Cormier: I’d like to see before Jordan even considers doing Mixed Martial Arts, I’d like to see Jordan try and compete at the 2012 Olympics and the 2016 Olympic games. He’s one of the guys that we can’t lose to Mixed Martial Arts early. We can’t afford to lose to guys like Jordan Boroughs to MMA because those are the guys that are supposed to be World Olympic champions for USA Wrestling. We can’t lose those guys. So in a perfect world for me, Jordan would compete during this Olympic Cycle and next and then maybe move over to Mixed Martial Arts but I would definitely like to see him pursue his goals and hopefully attain a gold medal. I think he has the ability and time once he gets the game of Freestyle because people don’t realize that he hardly knows what he’s doing and he made the World Team and won the US Nationals, so once he gets his feet under him and gets some international competition, I think he’s going to be tough to beat. Mixed Martial Arts is going to be there but if you leave wrestling early, you can’t just go back and make the team, you know?

    Luke Thomas: What do you think of Ben Askren‘s chances of making the 2012 London Games?

    Daniel Cormier: You never bet against Ben Askren. I don’t know what it is about this guy and he’ll tell you himself, don’t ever bet against Ben Askren. You know, with that being said, it’s going to be an uphill battle for him to make the Olympic team because he hasn’t been training wrestling full time but I cautiously say that because you just don’t bet against Ben Askren in anything that he does. He’s proven that time and time again whenever people doubt him he always proves them wrong. They didn’t think he could win the Bellator tournament and he did. He beats every body. He does exactly what he says he’s going to do and he wins so I will never ever rule out Ben Askren in anything he does. 

    Luke: Last question on wrestlers and then I want to move onto your fight with Jeff Monson coming up here. Jordan Oliver, the Oklahoma State phenom, looked phenomenal in his 2011 national title run. Does he have the ability to take his wrestling game past the collegiate level and to the international stage? 

    Daniel Cormier: I think Jordan Oliver could compete at the international level right now. If you watch his style of wrestling, his wrestling is way more mature than that of a 21 year old kid. In college as a Sophomore he’s got great offense, great defense. He can go get points when he wants to and he is so composed and calm under fire so I think Jordan could compete at the international level right now. He’ll never lose another college match, that’s one thing. He’s just way out ahead of those guys. And it’s because he committed himself so much to becoming a national champion and when you get guys like that, guys who make a commitment to anything they’re going to be successful so yes, I think that Jordan could be at the international level lifestyle and I truly believe that right now he’s a problem for any body. 

    Luke Thomas: Talk to me if you can, if you don’t mind my asking, what is your weight right now?

    Daniel Cormier: 245, somewhere in that area. During training camp I’m much smaller so I’m actually putting more weight back on, you know I was actually lighter during the training camp cause I was doing so much stuff. Right now I’m probably 45, somewhere in that area. 

    Luke Thomas: Do you feel that that’s an optimal weight for you? That 245 range. Do you think about it consciously and say that “I would like my weight to be at this point for this kind of a fight”?

    Daniel Cormier: I just think that if I’m training heavier, I should fight heavier. If I’m lighter in training I should fight lighter. So a lot of the times in camp I’ve been 230, 238 just after training sessions but 245 is fine. I feel good, I feel quick, I feel strong at the weight so I think right around the area I’ve been fighting in has been good, 240 is probably as light as I’d want to be. I don’t want to be any lighter than that fighting at Heavyweight. 

    Luke Thomas: Now if I’m not mistaken and I could be so help me correct the record if I am. You participated in the Real Pro Wrestling, which was actual wrestling but they just called it Real Pro Wrestling, I guess that’s where the “Real” comes into play and you won the title there at 211 pounds. Were you 211 pounds during the run through that show?

    Daniel Cormier: I can honestly tell you that I probably weighed 211 pounds for an hour, the day of the weigh ins. I weighed way more than 211. I was probably 240 when I was wrestling. I was probably only 211 for an hour before weigh ins. Then I’d go home and rehydrate. 

    Luke Thomas: Let’s talk about your fight now this weekend with Jeff Monson. Fair to say that he’s the toughest competitor so far in your mixed martial arts career? 

    Daniel Cormier: Hands down. Hands down best guy I’ve ever fought. No disrespect to the other guys but they’d probably agree. Devin Cole fought him too a while back and lost so it’s a constant progression. I’ve went from a guy with no wins and no losses in my first fight and then the next guy had five and the next guy had six, you know? It’s been a constant progression for me and my career and right now I think I’m at the point where I can start testing myself against some of the people that have been in the game a long time and have had success and have fought at the highest levels of the sport. Because how am I supposed to get there? For anybody to ever advance in the sport, you’ve gotta beat some body. You can’t continue to just fly under the radar. It’s my opportunity to step up and show what I’m made of.

    Luke Thomas: I want to talk about his submission game. You’re one of the best if not the best wrestlers in MMA and for heavyweights it’s obviously a completely different game but he is, for heavyweights, one of the best submission grapplers. Multiple titles in Abu Dhabi dating all the way back to I think ’99. To what extent does that influence your decision to go to the ground? I know you’re confident at all points of the game and I know that’s a cliche question but I guess when elite Freestyle Wrestling meets elite Submission Wrestling, how does Freestyle Wrestling win the day?

    Daniel Cormier: I’m very aware of his half guard position, whether he’s on his back or pulls guard or when he shoots and then pulls half-guard. It’s one of his strongest positions and you have to be totally aware and I am. I am aware that he is unbelievable in that area but with that being said, I cannot admit that or sit here and say I’m not going to wrestle him because that would be unfair to myself and the skills that I have. I’m a wrestler so I have to be willing to go to the ground with Jeff and hope that the training I’ve done in the gym and my partners and everything else has sufficiently prepared me for all the challenges that he’s going to present. It’s going to be extremely tough but we are confident in what I’ve done in the gym. Nobody in the gym is Jeff Monson and nobody can grapple like Jeff Monson but I’ve gotta believe that what I’ve got so far coupled with the skills I have naturally and that I’ve gained in wrestling, should be enough to allow me to grapple with him through everything else. 

    Luke Thomas: Have you at all participated in submission grappling tournaments? 

    Daniel Cormier: Honestly, I like jiu-jitsu, I think it’s fun. I like doing it in training and in the gym. But I don’t have any desire to do it competitively. You know how somethings just rev you up? Submission grappling isn’t something that gets my engine running much. If I really had the desire to do something outside of MMA competitively, I’d just go back to wrestling. It just doesn’t really get me going. It doesn’t interest me like that. 

    Luke Thomas: When you’re training MMA, is wrestling still the most fun part? I’ve talked to some former wrestlers and I guess everyone is different, but some have said that they do like jiu-jitsu and some say that striking is their new toy and others say “you know what? It’s still wrestling for me.” For you, what’s the most fun part of training MMA these days?

    Daniel Cormier: I like striking, as you said, it’s new and cool. But we wrestle a lot at AKA. We still do straight wrestling a couple times a week which is great because it allows me to keep my skills sharp. But I’m like everyone else man, learning to punch and kick it’s because you can see the advancing. Even Jiu Jitsu, I enjoy myself in Jiu Jitsu in training because I can see myself advancing. In wrestling, I’m not so focused on it and the level that Me, Mo, and Ben Askren are at, you have to spend some serious time to see any improvement in your game of wrestling. It’s not like that in striking or Jiu Jitsu, I can see my improvements very fast, so I’m kind of more into those. 

    Luke Thomas: So that’s interesting and I don’t think anyone would argue with you, but if you could elaborate. You believe it is a significantly harder climb to measure your own growth in wrestling vs submission wrestling?

    Daniel: Of course it is. I’m starting from zero. In wrestling, I’m wrestling with King Mo and those guys and Mark Ellis. We’ve been rocking so long that you can’t really gauge if you’ve gotten better because you go out and take Mark down five times because he could just be having a bad day. But in jiu-jitsu, you knew nothing in the beginning, you were getting submitted everyday. Just like Luke Rockhold would submit you every single time you guys grapple and now you’re able to grapple multiple rounds without getting submitted. You’re able to maintain top control, you’re able to escape. So you’re able to see the gains and strides in your game so much easier and faster because you were just so green at it before. So that just makes it more fun. That was my biggest thing in my first couple of fights, my coaches were telling me how much better I would be there, but I couldn’t tell at the gym. It was when I got out and fought in the cage that I was like “alright, I am getting better”. I feel more comfortable and confident and everything seems to be flowing better so it’s about seeing the gain. In wrestling you don’t necessarily see that. When I was wrestling competitively though, I would see the gains in my wrestling because I was so focused on it every day of the week and it was all I did so when I would wrestle guys that had beaten me before and beat them, I was a lot more competitive. 

    Luke Thomas: This is a side bar, but what do you think is harder to do: make the Olympic Team in wrestling or win a legitimate title in Boxing?

    Daniel Cormier: I don’t know. I’ve never won an IBF or WBC championship but again, guys like Andre Ward who’s a WBA champion or Henry Cejudo who’s an Olympic champion, they’ve been doing it their whole lives. I’m pretty sure that Henry would tell you that he trained harder to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Wrestling than Andre did to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Boxing and vice versa. So I think it’s depending on who you’re asking. Me personally? I don’t think anything is harder than training in wrestling. I think it’s the hardest thing in the world. We were talking about it the other day at the gym because there’s so many wrestlers and Cain and I were sitting in the sauna yesterday and I go “how come wrestling seems so hard?” and he said “I dunno, it’s just really hard”. I don’t know what makes it so hard to train because it’s not such a diverse set of things that you’re doing. You’re doing striking, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, hitting bags, and all this other stuff in MMA but in wrestling you’re just straight wrestling. You drill, you wrestle, you run, you lift weights, but wrestling seems so much harder than anything else. 

    Luke Thomas: Alright, if you beat Jeff Monson circling back to this fight. Where does it put you in the division? Fair to say it cracks the top 25 for you in the rankings? Is it something you don’t care about? Do you think of this fight as a place for you to make a position among the elite heavyweights in MMA?

    Daniel Cormier: It’s time for me to start making my mark. I’m still really young in this sport but I feel confident. I train with the best heavyweight in the world three days a week in sparring, I do Jiu Jitsu and wrestle on the other days so it’s time to start making my mark. I beat Jeff, I beat a guy who’s been fighting for a long time, I beat a guy who was there in the dark days of MMA, a guy who helped build the sport, and I do think it should start putting me in the route for big fights. I love big time competition and this it what MMA is to me. So Jeff is a huge competition and my training camp has shown that to my coaches and to every body else. I love big time competition and I win this fight it’ll put me in line for bigger fights. I think the next step would to take on the winner of Chad Griggs and Valetijn Overeem in the alternate tournament. The four guys who have fought along side the tournament, I think you could take it that way and then after that you get some of the bigger named guys coming out of the tournament. 

    Luke Thomas: Alright, I appreciate your time, one more question or two. Talk to me about Cain Velasquez and I hate to make it all about me but the only reason I say this is because I’ve had the exact same injury he had. I had labrum surgery two years ago, I tore it weight lifting. I also tore my rotator cuff. Different shoulders but I’ve had both. I’m not world class athlete, far from it but I lost a lot. I can’t do a lot, I lost range of motion. How is Cain’s development going? We’ve heard that it’s slow than before and I’m sure he’s still motivated and doing everything he can, but can you talk to me now about where he is in his rehabilitation process? 

    Daniel Cormier: I think it’s going as stated a little slower than anticipated, but not because of Cain’s commitment to his rehab. He’s fully committed to getting better. He’s fully committed to getting healthy and he’s doing what he can. As soon as they told him he could get back in the gym, he started working. Cain Velasquez is a work horse. He wants to be in the gym getting better. So even in this time down, it allowed Cain to step back and work on different aspects of his game. Just because he hasn’t been fighting or training doesn’t mean he’s not getting better. He’s working on his mental. He’s working on his skills now. He’s working constantly to get better at all facets of the game and you’ll see him better whenever the fight with Dos Santos comes around. People are so afraid because it’s such a serious injury but due to his level of commitment, I think he’s going to bring himself back bigger, stronger, meaner than he was before.

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    Article source: http://sbnation.com/mma/2011/6/15/2225618/strikeforce-daniel-cormier-overeem-werdum-showtime-mma-news

    ‘Fire Pro Wrestling’ (XBLA) – Screens

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    This is a wrestling game in which players choose from customizable characters to compete in various matches. Players punch, kick, and perform a variety of wrestling moves (e.g., grapples, overhead throws) to defeat “cartoony” opponents. Matches are highlighted by “dizzy star” effects, light bursts, and impact sounds as characters are slammed to the mat. Players may also initiate a variety of “taunts”; for example, female wrestlers can bend over and slap their buttocks. One wrestling move allows players to sit on opponents (cowboy/rodeo-style) and slap them on the posterior with a riding crop.



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    A quick word: WWE diva Eve

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    A quick word with WWE diva Eve, a beauty among the many brawny and beefy beasts of the American wrestling roadshow coming to town next month…


    WWE diva Eve. Photo / Supplied

    You seem to be on the nicer side of the Diva ranks because some of them are pretty scary. Is that fair to say?
    I try to represent the image of what I associate with the Divas, which is sporty, athletic, sexy. So I try to keep that in mind all the time, whether it’s in the ring, in interviews, or whatever it might be. And I’ve always been fascinated by these strong, powerful, women figures. And so the concept of the Divas always intrigued me because that’s what they have always represented. On top of that I was a dancer, a model and I also did martial arts, so wrestling was everything I enjoyed doing encompassed into one.

    Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction in the ring?
    No. But it’s something we’re very aware of because your wardrobe is the last thing you want to be worried about when you’re having a serious clash with someone. You try and make it so it’s not even an issue, but when I first started, when I was trying to figure out what I liked to wear in the ring, there were some very close calls, I have to say.

    You’ve only been in the game since 2009 and won the Diva Championships twice already. How did you go about making your presence felt so quickly?
    Actually the first year I was with WWE [in 2008] I was a backstage interviewer, and during that entire time I was training because I knew I wanted to become a competitor.

    And I knew I wanted to be champion, I wanted success, and that’s really the plan I had since day one. And the usual stuff like working hard helps, but also being respectful to those around you because it’s an industry and a competition that is built on respect. It’s also about finding the confidence within you that transcends through the television.

    For all the spectacle and entertainment value of wrestling it’s still very confrontational – have you always been that way inclined?
    I’ve always been competitive. But I think it’s how you view competition and that’s what wrestling is about. We have some people who will do what ever it takes to win, be it stepping on others or cheating. Whatever it takes they will do that. And then there are other people who see that as sport, and as something that they are passionate about and put their heart into it, and so I feel I’ve always had that competitive spirit in me but it’s just about how you deal with the confrontation – and I try to be a good sport and take everything in my stride.

    How do you describe or style? First, your fashion style and then your wrestling style.
    My fashion style depends on what day of the week it is. Right now I’m in my work-out clothes, and that’s usually what it is. But I really like sexy and classy mixed together. And I think there is something sexier about not being over the top – you know, leaving something to the imagination.

    What about wrestling style?
    I play to my strengths obviously, and I grew up doing gymnastics and acrobatics, so that’s something that sets me apart, and I also incorporate jiu-jitsu when I can, so the combination of those two has helped me tremendously in competition.

    *WWE is on at Vector Arena, July 6.

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    ‘Fire Pro Wrestling’ (XBLA) – Screens

    Posted by Joe Wrestling on under FUW News | Comments are off for this article

    This is a wrestling game in which players choose from customizable characters to compete in various matches. Players punch, kick, and perform a variety of wrestling moves (e.g., grapples, overhead throws) to defeat “cartoony” opponents. Matches are highlighted by “dizzy star” effects, light bursts, and impact sounds as characters are slammed to the mat. Players may also initiate a variety of “taunts”; for example, female wrestlers can bend over and slap their buttocks. One wrestling move allows players to sit on opponents (cowboy/rodeo-style) and slap them on the posterior with a riding crop.



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