DUNELLEN — Two years ago, the pro wrestling world lost one of its biggest personalities ever, the late great WWE Hall-of-Fame manager, star of TV, movies, and of course music videos, the one and only Captain Lou Albano.
After retiring from the WWE, Captain Lou made many appearances at pro wrestling shows and conventions around the country, but one of his favorite and most frequent stops in the tri-state area was at popular northeast promotion National Pro Wrestling Superstars.
So, when the great Captain Lou passed away, NWS immediately renamed their annual tag-team classic tournament in his memory, the Captain Lou Albano Memorial J-Cup Tag-Team Tournament. Captain Lou made a career in the WWE of managing over a dozen tag-teams to the WWE Tag-Team Titles, and we know he would be pleased to see NWS honoring his memory this way.
This year, the 2011 Captain Lou Albano Memorial J-Cup Tag-Team Tournament will take place on Saturday night July 16 at 7:35 p.m. at the Dunellen Knights of Columbus Hall (647 Grove Street, just off Washington Avenue Route 28), with proceeds benefiting The Crohns and Colitis Foundation of New Jersey
On this stellar night, eight of the best tag-teams on the circuit today will compete for the coveted J-Cup trophy in a one-night single elimination tournament. In addition to the already announced NWS Tag-Team Champions The Jersey Shore Jocks (Mike Dennis Chris D’Andrea) and previous winners Team Supreme (Corvis Fear Nicky Oceans), NWS is pleased to announce two more teams that are scheduled to compete. NWS Heavyweight Champion “Rampage” Rogers and NWS Hardcore Champion “Corrupted” Corey Havoc will join forces as Team Champion. And a new tag-team will debut with NWS on this special night, a duo known only as The New Kids On The Block.
In addition to the tournament, there will also be a special appearance by a former WWE Tag-Team Champion and Hall-of-Famer Nikolai Volkoff, and northeast wresting standout Steve “Monsta” Mack.
Tickets are only $19 for adults and $17 for kids and seniors, and are available at the following local outlets:
- Brown’s Stationary, 111 North Washington Avenue
- In Out Convenience Store, 187 North Avenue (Route 28 in the Station Plaza)
- Knights Of Columbus Hall, 647 Grove Street (see bar-keep when Knights are open)
- Quick Stop Convenience Store, 518 Route 28
Tickets are also available by calling the NWS box office at 1-732-888-1704. All major charge cards are accepted, and group rates are available for groups of ten or more.
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Best TNA Match Type Of All Time
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling is a professional wrestling business that has been running for the past nine years. Since its formation, the company has seen the debut and growth of many athletes, personalities and wrestling concepts.
The unique six-sided ring was an entirely new and intriguing concept by itself, but in my honest opinion it is out-shined by another creation: the “Ultimate-X” match.
Yes, the Ultimate-X match according to me is, the best type of TNA match as I compete with Nate Scaccia (his article) whilst representing the Black Division.
The “Ultimate-X” match is my choice as the Best Type of TNA Match. Many of you who currently or in the past have followed TNA religiously would have loved this type of match. To put it simply: the concept is totally awesome (seeing as this is a CvC contest more than anything else).
I have the usual IWC-member tendencies, wherein I feel the need to dissect things from every angle. A few questions always come to my mind, like, ”Why the Ultimate-X match? What makes it so great? How can you call it the best type of TNA match?” The reasons are plenty, and I am here to tell you so.
First of all, what is an “Ultimate-X” match? For those of you who don’t know, it is a match which involves two ropes hung from four steel girders which run in such a way that they form an X at the point of intersection of the two ropes. This is the point at which the title is hung. In order to win the match, the wrestler has to reach it, unhook the belt, and return to the floor.
Here are the reasons that the Ultimate-X match is, indeed, the best type of TNA match of all-time.
Code 1: It is a Natural TNA Creation
Honestly speaking, there are many matches which tend to bring out the best in wrestlers and send the crowd home satisfied. But I’ve realized that the gimmick-based matches we see on TNA are all more or less the same as those we’ve witnessed in the WWE. The rules and the names have been altered slightly, but the concept is the same.
The Ultimate-X match, on the other hand, is entirely different. Seeing as we are strictly talking about the best type of TNA match (a.k.a. best type of match), which can be synonymous with TNA Wrestling, this match takes the cake.
My only argument with this code is that non-TNA novelties would not fit well with the TNA audience. Speaking about TNA from the fans’ perspectives (and not from the perspectives of Hogan and Bishoff, who try to compete with the WWE at all levels), we need to realize that we do in fact view the two companies differently.
One is a billion-dollar enterprise and the other is an alternative (TNA) to it which survives on the hardcore fans who have fallen in love with it.
The Ultimate-X match carries with it all the nostalgia associated with the Golden Days of TNA and has been the home turf to some of the greatest TNA matches of all-time.
This fact alone makes it a great contender to be the best type of TNA match.
Code 2: The Scope is Endless
Another prominent feature of this type of match is that it not only gives the wrestler a huge scope for entertaining the fans and telling a story, but it lacks restrictions. For instance, fans love a steel cage match, but the fight is usually restricted to the cage alone.
Nothing beats a (TNA) Capture like this
On the other hand, in an Ultimate-X match, there are no boundaries; you can fight inside the ring, outside the ring, and even through the crowd—basically anywhere you want to.
Weapons? You got it. Not only does this match provide for some great high flying action, but wrestlers can use weapons to hit each other as well. We all love matches with these hardcore roles. In a way, this encompasses many high-risk maneuvers as well, which we also love to see.
Need to fly higher? Go ahead. The high-fliers in pro wrestling are always good for entertaining the crowd whilst both taking and giving offense. The ropes hung above the ring act as the biggest sources of inspiration for wrestlers to execute many maneuvers beautifully.
Many of the stunts, which can be described as sick and entertaining at the same time, can be performed via these ropes as well. So in a way, there is substantial inspiration to do something big and make an “impact” in a true sense.
Weight limit? I don’t think so. Another good thing about this match is that there is no weight limit for its wrestlers, which is good because some non-cruiser weights, and some people who are just a tad heavier than cruiser weights, do have the ability to perform exciting moves in these matches. The lack of any weight limit broadens the scope of talent that can be involved this match, which is another positive.
Code 3: True Spirit of Wrestling
Before I begin speaking towards this point, I would just like to say that this is not the only such match which seems to encompass the true spirit of wrestling. Many other matches, such as classic cage matches, Royal Rumble matches, and Ladder matches also have that nostalgic tinge to them, as they were made famous during the good old golden days of wrestling.
The Ultimate-X match, for me at least, is a such creation which reminds of those days.
And by the spirit of wrestling, I mean, ”The display of supreme in-ring talent and abilities, consisting of high-risk maneuvers, crazy spots, twists and turns—basically telling a story in a match, whilst both taking offence, giving offence and still managing to be entertaining”
These Ultimate-X matches provide a large scope, which enables the wrestlers to do many things. As explained above, these matches pretty much ensure that the wrestlers will give fans a dose of good wrestling.
Truth be told, when the spotlight is on you and people are watching and waiting to be entertained by you as a wrestler, you are bound to go out there and give it your best.
To put it in simply, once again: the Ultimate-X match brings out the BEST in Wrestlers, and as fans of pro wrestling, there is nothing more we could dream of.
These three reasons pretty much sum up why the Ultimate-X match is the best type of TNA match to date. I hope you were convinced, but if you need some more convincing, I present to you a super code: history supports my claims.
My argument rests on the notion that the best TNA matches we have seen to date have included Ultimate-X matches. The matches between the Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money Inc. was a great match, and so was the match between Styles, Chris Sabin and Petey Williams.
But the match which takes the cake as the Greatest TNA match ever (i.e. the triple threat match between Chris Daniels, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe) was ALSO an Ultimate-X match.
Thus, in my opinion, the Ultimate-X match is in fact the best type of TNA match to date.
I hope you were convinced; don’t forget to vote for me if you were. Thank you for being my audience.
Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/749686-wwe-cvc-20-the-ultimate-x-match-is-the-best-tna-creation-till-date
I know what you’re thinking.
“Ah man this dude is going to say Roddy Piper is the greatest talent to never hold a WWE Championship. How predictable and cliché.”
Am I right? Well get that thought out of your head—now. Read what I have here objectively and with a clear mind. I know you’ve probably heard that Piper was the most deserving talent to become WWE Champion before, but hear my argument. I promise that I will bring up things that you haven’t thought of before. I hope you enjoy.
There are two ways to get noticed in the World of professional wrestling.
The first is by using one’s natural ability to wrestle, and having entertaining and engaging matches that help tell a story.
The other—and more difficult—way is by grabbing a hold of the audience’s attention. You never let them not pay attention to what you do and say, just by being your character.
The latter of these two is by far the more difficult. You see, to be able to do this you have to have something called charisma.
Charisma is not simply learned in the independent wrestling promotions after years of “paying dues” or “perfecting your craft.” This takes a natural ability, and either you have it or you don’t.
Sure, plenty of wrestlers have gotten by without this natural ability. But some of the greatest performers in WWE history are remembered not because they were the most technically brilliant mat wrestlers, but because of their ability to captivate the audience.
This man pictured above is the epitome of charisma and passion in the wrestling business. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you one of the most entertaining, talented, hardworking and unique individuals to ever step foot into a wrestling ring—the “Hot Rod” himself, Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Strangely enough my first name is Rowdy, so this is sort of an honor for me to write about him.
Piper, along with fellow WWE Hall of Famer inductees Mr. Perfect and Ricky Steamboat, has been the poster child for WWE’s greatest talents to never win “the big one.” There is a very good reason for this, too.
Piper has, over the years, become one of the most beloved legends in WWE history. He is one of the most fondly remembered personalities from the “Golden Era” of the WWE by fans all over the World.
A trail blazer, Piper was the first wrestler to be so good on the microphone that he got his very own talk show. The now infamous Piper’s Pit is where Rowdy’s ability to captivate the crowd with his words and his sheer comedic timing was best displayed.
Over the years dozens of wrestlers have tried to duplicate his success with their own talk show, but none have ever come close to the legendary Piper’s Pit.
The “Hot Rod” came along at a time in wrestling where the focus was on personalities, and not on one’s ability to have a 30-minute blockbuster of a match.
For the first time ever professional wrestling had integrated itself into the pop culture of America. People tuned in not looking for a 5 star wrestling match, but to see all of the colorful personalities on Vince McMahon’s wrestling show. There weren’t many more colorful than The Rowdy One.
Based upon all of this, you would think that Piper would have been an easy pick to be a heel WWE Champion for any baby face to chase after.
However, a problem arises from time to time in pro wrestling. It is in some ways a good problem, as this is often good for the business, but not so good in the long run for guys like Piper.
Something stood in Piper’s way of becoming one of the few men to hold the WWE Championship. It was the same thing that stood in the way of many great talents during this time period in the WWE.
His name was Hulk Hogan.
Hogan was and still is the biggest name pro wrestling has ever seen. While making Hulk Hogan the WWE Champion was good overall for the company because of his popularity, it meant that other popular talents like Rowdy Roddy Piper had to take a back seat to the mega star.
I’m sure no one on the roster minded working on the same card as the Hulkster because of how many fans came to see him. But it made it very difficult for other talents to get noticed.
Piper was one of the lucky ones. While he never got to hold the coveted WWE Championship, his name has survived—and is still very recognizable amongst all generations of wrestling fans.
However, you would think that because of his fantastic ability to entertain and draw heat he would have been the perfect person for Hulk Hogan to feud with, right? Well, as a matter of fact,he did.
In the first ever Wrestlemania, Piper was in the main event against Hulk Hogan in a tag team match. Piper and several other popular talents were pivotal in the success of the WWE during the mid-1980s, but he was never considered as vital to the company’s success as Hogan—no one was.
This, I believe, was what kept Roddy Piper from becoming the champion of the company he helped revolutionize.
He was viewed as a fantastic talent and one of the greatest heels of the era. But unlike Hogan, Piper was thought to be replaceable. To McMahon, or possibly others working backstage, he was just another talent for Hogan to run through on his nearly endless reign as WWE Champion.
There was no way McMahon was about to take the title off of the money making machine, Hulkamania. Piper was fantastic at drawing heat, getting the crowd into whatever he was doing and having entertaining matches—but there was nothing Piper could have done to make himself more over than Hogan at this time.
Hogan was current and Piper was ahead of his time. Sometimes fans look at something and don’t immediately appreciate it as much as they should. The work Roddy Piper did in the WWE has become some of the most important examples of what a superstar should be.
“The Scot” set the blueprint for the future of the WWE. If you want to succeed you need more than a good set of in-ring moves. You have to be able to connect to the crowd and get a reaction out of them—and make them remember you by any means necessary. No one has ever done those three things better than “The Hot Rod,” Rowdy Roddy Piper.
All of these are necessary to become a good world champion in the WWE now.
The thing is Hulk Hogan did this too. Hogan connected with the audience better than any other superstar at the time. The difference is—and this is really a crime if you ask me—that Piper was the total package, and way better than Hogan in many ways. Sure, Hogan kept the fans coming back, but Piper did everything Hogan did—and did almost all of it better.
Piper was far more entertaining to watch. He was a thousand times better from an in-ring perspective and was far more charismatic and engaging. His character was dynamic, while Hogan’s act began to wear thin.
I’m sure plenty of people within WWE wanted to see Rowdy Roddy Piper as the WWE Champion, but when you see something that works—in this instance Hogan—you would have to be hard pressed to take the title off of him.
Why take a chance on Piper when they were sure Hogan was selling tickets? From a business standpoint that worked for a while, but I’m sure McMahon now sees the missed opportunity that he had with Piper.
You see, I look at like this. There has never been another talent like Rowdy Roddy Piper. His ability to entertain, engage and enthrall fans with what he did and said made him a natural choice to become a World champion.
While Piper was popular during his era and is still remembered as one of the greatest talents from the time, he was the unfortunate victim of circumstance. Many talents were pushed aside to allow room for Hogan to shine. But I guarantee you that if Piper had shown up on the scene today he would have been an instant success, and would have won the WWE Champion multiple times over.
Every superstar that has stepped into a WWE ring has a deep passion for what they do.
However, there are only several individuals that know how to convey these deep emotions back to the audience. The men and women who do this go on to become some of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. There are few other men in the world who had more of a passion for what they did than Rowdy Roddy Piper.
His passion for this industry was written all over his face every time he walked to the ring. His love for what he was a part of was seen in that sly smirk he wore as he entered the ring with his bagpipe filled entrance music playing behind him.
The only thing that could have made it better was if his name was linked to the WWE Championship.
Many great pro wrestlers have held the title and Piper’s name certainly deserves to be among them, but some things are lost to time. The Scot will never become a WWE Champion and I think he has come to terms with that. The only solace we have is knowing that Piper will never be forgotten. His ability to do what he loved will forever captivate whoever finds his work.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is what makes Piper stand head and shoulders above the rest. He is remembered among the best—without ever holding that title. His name and his talent have persevered through time, while so many others have faded away…
“Old School is (and always will be)…Cool.”
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Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/581693-cvc-20-play-in-the-greatest-wwe-superstar-to-never-hold-a-wwe-world-title
Ryan Frye and Tim Nguyen will square off against one another as the third matchup for the Cross the Line Division.
Ryan has an impressive 200 articles as a B/R Correspondent, and writes with a short and sweet style that stays lighthearted and flows well without dragging on at any point. With 199 articles, however, something is keeping him from gaining his next B/R reputation.
This competition could be the opportunity he needs to catapult him to the analyst reputation, unless Tim Nguyen has something to say about it.
Tim has a short, informative style almost similar to that of Ryan’s method of writing. Tim is still early in his B/R tenure and much like Tillster has some rough edges that could use polishing from the savvy guidance of a B/R legend.
Where’s Mike a.k.a. The Professor when you need him?
Ryan and Tim have been charged with stating a case for Sunny or Sable as the true first WWE Diva. Given their style of writing, look for these pieces to be short, very informative, and easy to read.
If this happens, you should also expect both pieces to resemble last Monday’s three-hour episode of RAW. Take that last statement however you choose to.
Both Ryan and Tim will have to step out of their informative comfort zones to creatively appeal to the reader’s senses in order to defeat their opponent.
The writer that chooses Sunny could win by arguing that Sunny was the WWE’s John Cena of the Divas Division in the past. Sunny had the charisma, the looks, and was considered the total package for what the WWE needed to attract horny teens and married men to their product.
The writer that chooses Sable could argue the exact same thing, relying on Sable’s sex appeal and wrestling ability to state a solid case for her sexual appeal the WWE needed to attract horny teens and married men to their product during the Attitude Era.
In order to avoid disrespecting both women and the wrestling section’s female fans, both writers should also take care to point out each woman’s empowering ways and personalities. Remember: Sunny managed the hell out of the Bodydonnas, and Sable gave Marc Mero all types of bad dreams.
Unfortunately Sunny had hog slop dropped over her by the Godwinns and Sable was forced by Marc Mero to wear a potato sack to the ring. There’s a bad joke waiting to happen somewhere in there.
This is a fight that could go either way; expect the winner to prove without a shadow of a doubt that either Sunny’s cheerful personality and All-American Girl looks, or Sable’s raunchy and titillating sex appeal, attracted horny men to the product.
Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/746667-br-creature-vs-creature-20-introducing-the-red-division
Now Online: PWO TV #123 - Fontaine vs. LaBar – Face-To-Face
PWO Wrestling – your televised pro wrestling alternative, with more guts, more desire, and more heart, from a young hungry roster competing to steal the show. Old school meets new age and tradition meets tomorrow, its pro wrestling the way you want it to be! It’s Cleveland-owned, nationally renowned!
Watch this episode right now! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DnrKwyHI7U
Scheduled for this week’s broadcast…
Marion Fontaine vs. Justin LaBar – Face-To-Face
A rivalry that started as a mere difference of opinions has crossed a line into very personal and physical animosity between the two. Wrestlezone journalist Justin LaBar’s candid opinions toward Marion Fontaine sent the “Megastar” into a rage, resulting in months of public humiliations, challenges, fights, suspensions, and controversial videos. This week, the restrictions are legally lifted, the waiver of liabilities are signed, and both Fontaine LaBar, despite not “officially” being scheduled both have stated their intentions on appearing. This is the first time both of these men have been in a ring at once and anything is bound to happen with no legal restrictions holding either man back! Rumors has it both men are prepared for ANYTHING, and its expected that a MAJOR bombshell could be dropped that could change PWO Wrestling forever.
#1 Contender For PWO TV Title: Shiima Xion vs. Michael Façade vs. Jason Gory
There has been no shortage of contenders for Bobby Beverly’s PWO TV Title as of late, and PWO management has taken three of the best and placed them into one match to determine once and for all who is worthy of the title shot. Shiima feels its his destiny and birthright to wear PWO gold, to equal in wrestling the same success he’s seen as an international model. Gory is on a mission from Krimson, to gain possession of all PWO gold to hold the hopes and dreams of all wrestlers captive, and thus be able to destroy and control them. Meanwhile, Façade is the one who’s gotten it done in the ring – he’s pinned Beverly, just not in one-on-one competition thanks to a variety of outside factors. Only one man will get their opportunity to shine as the top contender of the TV Title division.
“Embodiment of Evil” Krimson vs. Hobo Joe
Krimson continues his mission of targeting ex-champions in PWO by picking on former co-holder of the PWO Tag Titles Hobo Joe. Krimson has let it be known his ultimate goal is Jason Bane and the PWO Title, to capture and destroy the hopes and dreams of all PWO stars. It’s Krimson’s belief that destroying that which they covet the most, will turn them all into the angry, brooding, empty entities that Krimson himself has become… and make them all follow his line of thinking. Can Krimson’s sinister plan get another step closer to fruition or can the double-tough Hobo Joe figure out this dark enigma?
Loser Out Of PWO Tag Title Picture: Nicki Valentino vs. Bryan Castle
Two of PWO’s more eccentric personalities do battle with an important stake – whomever loses this match, the team they represent will be out of contention for the PWO Tag Titles for the rest of the television season! Valentino represents former PWO Tag Champs Sex Appeal, who are looking to become the first team ever to two-peat on top. Castle represents himself as his trainer Brian Bender, who has had limited success in molding the jolly 350-pounder. Can Valentino use his 80s hi-jinx and crudely-made movelist to succeed of can Castle show Bender he’s not a lost cause?
PLUS: We will announce the first matches confirmed for PWO Wrestlelution 4, discuss PWO’s debut on iPPV with GoFightLive.tv and hear comments from stars such as Krimson, Aeroform, Ben Fruith and more!
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PWO Wrestling is a regional independent professional wrestling organization based in Cleveland, Ohio and owned and operated by PWO Productions. PWO TV airs weekly, every Sunday night at 10:00 EST on Sports Time Ohio, official network of MLB’s Cleveland Indians. Sports Time Ohio is available in 4.5 million cable homes, and nationwide via premium satellite sports packages. We at PWO stress family-friendly entertainment and present some of the most compelling personalities in independent professional wrestling today including Johnny Gargano, “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross, Shiima Xion, Portia Perez, Jason Bane, Michael “The Bomber” Façade, Aeroform and more! Some of wrestling’s most timeless legends have also stepped foot in PWO, including Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and King Kong Bundy. PWO is proud to work alongside several charitable organizations and worthy causes such as Cleveland’s Cops Kids program, Cleveland Police Athletic League, the local Army National Guard, among others. Live events are held routinely throughout eastern Ohio. For more information on PWO, please visit www.pwowrestling.com or e-mail email@example.com
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This week, Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributing writer Brady Hicks, plus DJ and Anthony Sarlo, are joined IN THE ROOM by a very special guest: former WWE and ECW star AL SNOW! Take it all in as the former WWE star (and current TNA agent) plugs his upcoming Mondo Wrestling A Go Go show at the Danny Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky, 6/24 and 6/25. Plus, check out Al’s thoughts on WWE and TNA renaming their product, what wrestling needs to be big once again, and how the developmental system could be and should be fixed. A must listen for fans of any wrestling promotion! Check it out at thebradyhicks.com.
For a direct link to the show click here.
How TNA is Positioned For the Future:
I can tell you this … I have been impressed with just how hard everybody seems to work there. It’s just impressive. From the talent down, everybody really busts their hump and really puts in the time and the effort and the passion when it comes to those TV shows and pay-per-views … Sitting in those meetings, nobody ever says “Let’s just do this.” Everything is agonized over. Every single person works really hard, I couldn’t single one out.
On WWE and Impact Wrestling’s Recent Name Changes:
WWE taking it out? I don’t care. They can call it whatever they want. They can call it farming. At the end of the day, it’s professional wrestling. That’s what they’re selling. Tell me one completely brand new thing that is now fake that is different or unique from TNA, from Mexico, from All Japan Pro Wrestling, from New Japan Pro Wrestling, wherever.
The Difference Between Setting Up Independent Shows and Doing Similar Work for TNA:
How is [anything] different than TNA? Not really. Different perspectives or ideas, different talent, and that’s a BIG thing … Wrestling as a whole is and should always be entertainment. The reclassification that it’s no longer wrestling and that it’s entertainment is really just an attempt to say they reinvented the wheel and made something different. But I was there for 13, 14 years … and when the pyro stops, the music ended, and the bell rings, I’m really curious about what is done different in the one place than in the other.
Why Wrestling Has Become Less Popular:
Everybody has played other sports growing up. You connect to it. That’s why hockey has got a bigger following in Canada, more people have played it. That’s why soccer is more popular in the rest of the world, everybody has played it. That’s why it’s going to continue to grow in the US, more kids play it. That’s why more men like sports than women. What happens with wrestling is that people are attracted to the characters and to the personalities. The only thing that has changed between 1911 and 2011 is that the crowd has gotten more sophisticated.
On His Mondo Wrestling A Go Go Show:
It’s an adult circus, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a combination of burlesque, aerial acts, circus acts, fire dancers … drag queens, drag KINGS – the lesbian equivalent of women that dress up as men – …, got a guy who has a fire whip … very intriguing, and then wrestling matches, the way I can best describe it is very old-ECW-like where the referees are just there to count the fall.
All that, plus Al Snow compares wrestling to the UFC, his thoughts on Tough Enough (and compared to The Ultimate Fighter), Brock Lesnar, the future of Impact Wrestling as it continues to grow, and recreating territories.
Also on the site: Brady’s thoughts on Austin Aries on Impact, and Ratboy’s undefeated prediction streak continues with WWE Capitol Punishment. Weekly Show Schedule:
Monday – Wrasslin’ Roundup with The Wrestling Press’ Matt Roberts
Tuesday – IN THE ROOM
Wednesday – Minding The Business with “Dr. Wrestling” Rich Jones
Thursday – VOC Wrestling Nation (formerly 1Wrestling Radio)
Friday – What’s Wrong With Wrestling with Harry Barnett
Saturday – Completely Damaged TV
Saturday – Saturday Night Akbaz with Mr. Akbaz
Sunday – WrestleDope Radio LIVE
Sunday – Carny Knowledge with Matt “Doink” Borne
Thanks for supporting the IN THE ROOM podcast on thebradyhicks.com. To leave a message for the show, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 337-1031. And while you’re at the site, be sure to check out great interviews with AJ Styles (8/9/10), Kurt Angle (10/8/10), Sunny (3/21/11), Don West (12/13/10), Serena Deeb (11/8/10), Madison Rayne (6/8/10), and Kevin Thorn (10/25/10).
Brady Hicks has been writing about wrestling for more than 15 years, for Web sites, newspapers, and magazines. He is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and is also the host of his acclaimed weekly podcast – IN THE ROOM.
Article source: http://www.tnastars.com/2011/06/22/al-snow-talks-tna-wrestlings-popularity-more/
Former WWE ECW star and current TNA Wrestling agent was recently interviewed by Brady Hick, DJ, and Anthony Sarlo of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s In the Room. Below are a few highlights of the interview:
How TNA is Positioned For the Future: I can tell you this … I have been impressed with just how hard everybody seems to work there. It’s just impressive. From the talent down, everybody really busts their hump and really puts in the time and the effort and the passion when it comes to those TV shows and pay-per-views … Sitting in those meetings, nobody ever says “Let’s just do this.” Everything is agonized over. Every single person works really hard, I couldn’t single one out.
On WWE and Impact Wrestling’s Recent Name Changes: WWE taking it out? I don’t care. They can call it whatever they want. They can call it farming. At the end of the day, it’s professional wrestling. That’s what they’re selling. Tell me one completely brand new thing that is now fake that is different or unique from TNA, from Mexico, from All Japan Pro Wrestling, from New Japan Pro Wrestling, wherever.
The Difference Between Setting Up Independent Shows and Doing Similar Work for TNA: How is [anything] different than TNA? Not really. Different perspectives or ideas, different talent, and that’s a BIG thing … Wrestling as a whole is and should always be entertainment. The reclassification that it’s no longer wrestling and that it’s entertainment is really just an attempt to say they reinvented the wheel and made something different. But I was there for 13, 14 years … and when the pyro stops, the music ended, and the bell rings, I’m really curious about what is done different in the one place than in the other.
Why Wrestling Has Become Less Popular: Everybody has played other sports growing up. You connect to it. That’s why hockey has got a bigger following in Canada, more people have played it. That’s why soccer is more popular in the rest of the world, everybody has played it. That’s why it’s going to continue to grow in the US, more kids play it. That’s why more men like sports than women. What happens with wrestling is that people are attracted to the characters and to the personalities. The only thing that has changed between 1911 and 2011 is that the crowd has gotten more sophisticated.
On His Mondo Wrestling A Go Go Show: It’s an adult circus, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a combination of burlesque, aerial acts, circus acts, fire dancers … drag queens, drag KINGS – the lesbian equivalent of women that dress up as men – …, got a guy who has a fire whip … very intriguing, and then wrestling matches, the way I can best describe it is very old-ECW-like where the referees are just there to count the fall.
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Everything was better when I was a kid — cartoons, Coca-Cola, rock ‘n’ roll, air travel, lawn darts, and most of all, pro wrestling. Sure, now we have the Internet and hip replacements, but I’d gladly hobble to the library if it meant going back to the days when guys like Bobo Brazil, Killer Kowalski and Haystack Calhoun were dropping my jaw every Saturday morning with their ridiculous personas and zany antics. Of course, that was long before Vince McMahon and his steroid-popping goons sucked the soul out of the “sport” and turned it into a corporate behemoth.
If you, too, long for the days when pro wrestling was more carnival sideshow than glitzy spectacle, you won’t want to miss Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’. Based on Ron Hall’s book Sputnik, Masked Men and Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling, the documentary intersperses vintage wrestling footage and still photos with present-day interviews with the wrestlers, promoters and refs who worked “The Territory” — centered in Memphis and including Nashville, Little Rock, Louisville, Evansville, Ind., and other surrounding cities — from the 1950s into the ’80s. The end result is an often hilarious and occasionally poignant snapshot of a bygone era, when pro wrestling was still a wacky subculture where eccentricity reigned supreme.
Of course, when you’re dealing with a cast that includes the likes of Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant, Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart and Jackie Fargo — superstars of the Memphis wrestling scene — making an entertaining documentary is like shooting fish in a barrel. Still, director Chad Schaffler and producers Hall and Sherman Willmott deserve credit for filling that barrel with water and stocking it with fish, then firing away. There’s no narration, and while some voiceover might have been helpful in providing context, this isn’t an examination of Balkan diplomacy or the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. Through judicious editing, Schaffler manages to fill in a lot of the historical blanks: For instance, pro wrestling comes by its carnival sideshow aura honestly — it originally began as a carnival sideshow. Regardless, you don’t need much backstory to appreciate the irrepressible Fargo, practitioner of the legendary Fargo Strut — a bruiser who crows, “I was meaner than a damn rattlesnake and tougher than a two-dollar steak.”
While much of the film highlights the bravado and theatrics you’d expect, there is a fascinating and detailed look at the Lawler/Andy Kaufman feud — but if anyone emerges as the movie’s hero, it’s Sputnik Monroe, whom the late producer Jim Dickinson once hailed as the man who integrated Memphis. An especially affecting segment details the white wrestler’s arrest for drinking with his African-American friends at a “Negro cafe” on Beale Street. Monroe hired renowned black attorney Russell Sugarmon to defend him, paid the $25 fine, and headed back to the Beale Street bars. He then used his clout to do away with the “crow’s nest” — the black section of Ellis Auditorium — and allow blacks to sit wherever they could afford a ticket, no small feat in 1961 Memphis. As wrestling promoter Jerry Jarrett explains, it was said at the time that there were three pictures that black Memphians had in their homes: Jesus, Martin Luther King and Sputnik Monroe.
Memphis Heat is sure to make baby boomers wax nostalgic. But ultimately, anyone who enjoys campy shtick, outrageous personalities and absurd theatrics — in other words, anyone worth knowing — should be heartily amused.
Director Chad Schaffler will host a QA at the 7 p.m. screening Friday.
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