Saturday, November 10, 2007

Memphis Wrestling TV Report 11.10.07

----I would like to comment on something before giving the report this week. Memphis Wrestling was running a commercial this week. Guess who was in the commercial?? Tatt2 doing flying moves?? Derrick King doing a good interview?? Jerry Lawler – you know the guy who is on RAW every week?? What about Brian Christopher or Ali Stevens?? Nah. It was just Corey Maclin telling you about Memphis Wrestling. You can’t just stand up there and tell people about wrestling and hope they watch it – you got to show it to them!!! I guess Maclin feels he is such a big star that he will get the product over.

THE REPORT

----Corey Maclin is joined this week again with Reggie B Fine. They spend the first few minutes go over what Reggie is wearing. Maclin says he wants to be called “Master” Reggie B Fine now.

----“Too Kool 2” [Tim Grind/Flex] interview. Flex says that Maclin is not a “shorty” anymore, he is “C-Mac”. Grind/Flex beat Gladiator/Blitz. Not good, not bad. Heat on Flex with hot tag to Grind. Gladiator was not feeding Grind. Blitz looked huge in this gimmick. He looked a little sloppy, but it might be him getting use to the mask. Blitz/Gladiator double team move using their headgear backfired and they got double pinned.

----Kevin White/Sue Young/Garry White interview. White talks about getting rid of Bill Dundee and Spellbinder. Mr. White said “I want to get rid of her” pointing at Young. White beat Crime. Crime looked a bit lost. Not good. Crime come out of heat and threw White into the ref, but no bump as White just grabbed Bill Rush and held him as Young came behind Crime with a nutshot. White used his finisher on Crime. White needs a name for the finisher.

----“Insane Clowns” [Bobo/Giggles] with Rashard Devon. Not good. Ali Stevens/Brian Christopher come out. Match is made – Southern Tag Team Titles vs Clowns’ masks. Brian C/Ali beat Clowns. Heat on Brian with hot tag to Ali. Ali looked good on the hot tag. They ended with Brian C doing the hip hop drop for the finish. They took the masks off the Clowns and they were wearing another mask underneath. Rashard hit Ali and Brian C with a keyboard. They went down, but then Rashard just waited around for them to make a comeback on him along with piledriving him and whipping him with a belt.

----Show returns with Brian C holding both the Southern Tag Team Titles. Brian then walks over to the desk holding them and says Ali would not be a champion if it wasn’t for him and walks off.

----“Opening the Vault” with “Monday Night Memories” video by Jimmy Hart. Jerry Lawler video also aired. They rush the guys to do the matches, but wasted 6 minutes on these clips.

----Reggie B Fine claims to have dirt on Maclin. He was promising a surprise about Maclin all day. Fine says he has a $8 light bill in his mansion. He shows a photo of Maclin’s partner. This was a joke about local politics and it was horrible!!! Just some more wasted time.

----Derrick King/Johnny Dotson beat Chris Lexx/Tatt2. Very good match. One of the better bouts of the year on TV. Heels started heat after Tatt2 tried to go for a 619 on Dotson, but DK caught his feet. DK held his body outside the ring with his head inside the ring and Dotson then jumped off the top rope with a legdrop. Dotson looked real good here beating on Tatt2 outside and inside the ring. Hot tag after Tatt2 hit Dotson with a swinging 360 DDT. Lexx looked real good on the hot tag even jumping from the top rope with a double closeline. DK threw Tatt2 out of the ring and Dotson cut Lexx off. DK did a reverse atomic drop on Lexx and then Dotson hit him with a running neckbreaker off the ropes.

----DK/Dotson interview. TK2 comes out. They both do a rap which ends with TK2 slugging DK/Dotson. They brawled all over the studio knocking down the infamous “blue box” and went into the crowd. Great stuff!!

NOTES

----Blitz is area worker Maxx Corbin, who has been working here as Hurricane Maxx. He is doing a football player gimmick and looks real big with pads and such. He is under a mask. He needs some “color” to his uniform. This is the kind of big heel that Lawler should love working…Fine was calling Mr. White “Boss Hog”…How can a manager get any heat in Memphis??...Brian C got a busted mouth from the keyboard…Apparently, Ali/Brian C had words for shoot and Ali threw down the title belts. That was not shown on TV. Why turn either of these guys???...The last 14 minutes of this show was some of the best stuff of the year. Too bad rest of it wasn’t as good. I didn’t really think the other stuff was that bad until the ending with the tag match and the brawl…Fine was bad this week – real bad. Maclin and he were talking about old TV shows during one of the bouts.

RRO Rasslin SuperShop Is Now Open!!

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RassleResults: WTWA Dyersburg, TN 11.09.07

----Derrick King/Tucker over Rockin Randy/Weezy…Brian Steele over Chris Lexx…Pretty Boy James over Dazzlin Dixie…Chris Rocker/Rebecca Raze over Neil Taylor/Bobcat with Mr. Sensational…Tim Grind over FBI's Big Sal

----Prolly round 60 in the crowd at $8 a ticket. Poor advertising and local football to blame…Pretty Boy James last match - quitting the business (thank God lol)…Mixed tag match had the biggest reaction of the night…Fire/Flame, Tracey Smothers and Tatt2 were no shows...There were 4 refs at the show?? LOL

Friday, November 09, 2007

A Piece of my Mind-Nov 9th,2007 by the "The Big Cheese" Sal Corrente


The long time owner of All Japan Pro Wrestling for many years was also its biggest star Shohei Baba. He was a man who was spoken well of by all as a man of his word. I never had the pleasure of meeting the Giant Baba but many men I know well did know him. I have spoken with Bruno Sammartino many times about Baba. He has many stories to tell of their in ring battles. It is clear that Giant Baba was a huge star in Japan. As he got older he also was smart enough not to continue to book himself into main events and be the focus of the evening. He was also smart enough not to try and draw the house any longer. He looked for other talent to be able to draw the house. What Baba did that I found was impressive was book himself on the card but somewhere in the middle and many times in tag team matches. In the ninety’s my old tag team partner Carolina’s Own David Isley was booked in Japan by Stan Hansen. We had worked with Stan before in Charleston and I believe the Junkyard Dog was instrumental in getting this worked out as well. On the first night David was booked into a six man tag match his partners were Abdullah the Butcher and Joel Deaton. At some point in the match Baba backed David into the ropes he was getting ready to shoot him off for a big chop. In knowing how bad Baba’s chop would look Abdullah walked down the ring apron and said to David “Please go off your feet kid” of course David did and we still laugh about that story today. In another incident years earlier Gorgeous Gary Royal was working in a tag team match in Charlotte with Baba. It was a situation where Gary wasn’t aware of the legend that was Giant Baba. Since Baba was already at a point where his skills were starting to erode Gary didn’t sell very much at all. When he got to the back the head of talent relations James J. Dillon gave him a hard time about it. All Gary said was in a very innocent way, I didn’t think you would want me to sell that stuff it looked so horrible. There is a point to this story the legend of Giant Baba is a great one. It is a great story because it was lived by a man who understood himself and understood his industry.

If anyone reading this is a Jerry Lawler fan or a fan of Memphis wrestling you may not want to continue reading. It appears to me that many people blindly support Jerry Lawler and or Memphis Wrestling. There was recently a show run by Corey Maclin under the Memphis Wrestling banner. I am told this show drew less than a hundred people. If that number is not accurate it’s close enough to be considered accurate. It is time for Jerry Lawler to stop putting himself in main events. I looked forward to working with Hulk and Jerry on the Fed Ex Forum show. It is a crying shame that match never took place and at this point I am sorry that Hulk even kept his word and still appeared. In retrospect he should have backed out once Lawler backed out and lied to everyone. I hope there isn’t anyone na├»ve enough to believe that Lawler told the truth about the incident. If I was Jerry Lawler and for years and years I drew thousands of people to come see me, their hero how could I possibly continue to perform in front of a couple of hundred people. If Corey Maclin had any sort of control over his own company he would insist that a change be made. It is time to make someone else the future of Memphis Wrestling. If Jerry Lawler wanted what was best for Memphis Wrestling he would do what ever he could to help establish that new talent. In November Lawler will be fifty eight he has made nothing but money for thirty years. I can not imagine that there is a money need driving him, this is strictly an ego thing for Lawler. How much does his ego need to be fed. He is a commentator on a top rated wrestling program. He gets to do color commentary with the best play by play guy in the business. He has a young beautiful girlfriend. What more does one need to be happy? He has real wealth he could walk away from everything and never have a worry in the world. In a territory where the smart fans that read this site by a strong majority think that the price of a ticket should be five dollars is there even a chance of adding on to the legacy of Jerry Lawler. I say that as pathetic as the Memphis Wrestling program can be. As out of control as Corey Maclin has let his company become. It is outrageous that anyone could think that a fair price for a live event is five dollars. As long as the mentality of the people running shows is stuck in one position and the people aren’t willing to pay for a decent product Wrestling in Memphis will stay exactly as is. A very poor product with a lot of good young talent that is being wasted and mislead into believing they have a chance of actually making some money in the business. Please Jerry if not for your own good, for the city of Memphis and the surrounding areas start to transition your self out of an in ring role. Stay in the background or do what you do best become a manager just talk. Can’t you use your skills and knowledge to give some else a boost. Didn’t anyone do that for you at one time?

If anyone remembers Tiger Jackson he was a midget wrestler who spoke very little English. His biggest claim to fame was that he became the partner of Doink, his name was Dink. Well I went overseas with him as part of a tour one time. He was just such a unique looking individual. He had no hair on his body that anyone could see including no eyebrows. He was very close to his mother so when we arrived I figured that he would call his mom to say that we arrived ok. Well he was very frugal and when I asked him if he was going to call his mother he said “Me is tell my mother to watcha the TV if the plane is no crash is ok”. This was by far the funniest midget I have ever seen just being him not trying to do anything funny at all. I was very glad he got that break to be Dink, I haven’t heard about him in years. It’s a shame because he was truly an entertainer.

This picture was taken on Rob Russen’s IWA tour of Australia. The photo consists of me as Friday, Kamala, Paul Orndorff and a young girl that worked with us on the tour her name was Debbie Levy. She was a big help and beautiful girl. The show we were to appear on was Australia’s version of Wide World of Sports on Ch 9 in Sydney. We went over a week before the rest of the talent to promote the tour. I can tell you this Paul Orndorff was over big time as a babyface.


This has been a piece of my mind

“The Big Cheese” Sal Corrente

If you have any feedback you can write to me at salcorrente929@hotmail.com

RassleResults: CWA Jamil Temple, Columbia, SC 11.08.07

----Team Macktion & Danny Dollar b. Rowe, Jake Manning, & Kaleb Connely when Dollar pin Connely…Amien Rios pin Brandon Paradise…Daffney pin Perstepanie…Spike Dudley (billed as this, btw) pin Malachi in a Hardcore match (best match of the night)…Phill Shatter pin Chris Hamrick (good match, several ECW chants - Hamrick really had his working boots on)…Timber pin Josh Magnum in a street fight (post match Timber tried to put Magnum through a table, but couldn't. Got on the Mike and declared the table the winner).

----275 in attendance with average ticket price of $20 with a gate around $5,500…I was told it was really obvious the commission rep wasn't at the show, as there was brawling into the audience and blood (two big no-no's with the commission here). This same group have a show 10/8 in Orangeburg, SC with Warlord and Barbarian. They return to Columbia, SC 10/13 with U-gene and Daffney.

RassleResults: SSW Kingsport, TN 11.08.07

Matches Taped for Championship Wrestling. Watch it Sat 2pm on CW 4

*Alyx Winters time limit with Oleg
*National Champion Steve Fury beat Adam York
*Nick Hammonds & Wayne Daniels beat Tony Givens & Robbie Cassidy for Southern States Tag Titles
*Beau James beat Shane Hanning
*Misty James beat Rebecca Lynn by DQ
*Beau James beat Bryan Wayne for Tri-Cities Regional Title
*Wayne Adkins beat Chris Richards DQ ended in Wild Bloody Brawl with James and Bryan Wayne runing in.
*Wayne Rogers and Oleg beat Tony Givens and Robbie Cassidy by DQ

Next Card is THanksgiving Night - 16th Annual Spectacular card TBA Monday

Poll Results and New Poll!!!

----What is the reasonable ticket price for a wrestling show in this area?? This was the one of the largest number of participates in a poll. I was really surprised at the results. You people are cheapskates!! I am not sure if you feel wrestling is not worth any more than $5 [as in the quality of the show] or you just want a cheap price to get in. Sal Corrente noted to me in an IM that he had once thought about doing a wrestling convention in Memphis and was told not to and maybe this is a good indication to why he was told that. It also lets you know that promoters and wrestlers in this area can not make a living at just wrestling. There were at least 24% of you that agreed with me at $7. Think about this – if you have a crowd of 200 people and charge $5 – that is a gate of $1000. If you charge $7, that is a gate of $1,400. $400 could buy you an extra “special” worker or even give your top tier of guys an extra bonus for the night. Even at the average 100 people in the crowd gives you an extra $200, which would maybe give five top guys $40.

$5 - 39%
$7 - 24%
$10 – 17%
$6 – 12%
$15 – 8%

----The new poll is - Did Jerry Lawler pulling out of the FedEx Forum show hurt Memphis Wrestling?? Yes, it hurt the promotion and drawing power of Lawler in Memphis. No, it did not hurt Memphis Wrestling it helped them because Hogan was on the show. Or, the show had no effect on Memphis Wrestling – the product is to blame for the low crowds & ratings.

LAST THREE BOUTS ANNOUNCED FOR CHIKARA/TFW SHOW 11.30.07











----The last three bouts featuring CHIKARA stars on 11.30.07 in Tupelo, MS will be the following

-UltraMantis Black vs. Nick Grymes
-Chuck Taylor vs. Shawn Reed
-Ricochet vs. Chris Styles
----Five bouts include the above with "The Man Monster" Hydra vs Max Steele and Tim Donst vs Josh Matthews. RRO will be there to cover the event. I have been told it might turn into a Best of Five Series with TFW vs CHIKARA. The Ricochet vs Styles match will probably steal the show. Reed vs Taylor should be good also. This is also the biggest match of Grymes' career.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Show I Forgot...

----A show that I forget today and it is easily the biggest show of the weekend.

----Saturday night for XOW in Savannah, TN for “Insanity in Savannah” with Anton Leveigh vs Chris Styles vs Josh Matthews, Shawn Reed/Anita Page vs Brandon Barbwire/Lil Bit, Tony Dabbs vs Chris Kilgore, Midget Match: Mask vs Hair: Kid “J” vs The Lil Devil, Steel Cage Match: “Family of Pain” [Mickey Ray/Sarge O’Reilly] vs “The Posse” [Simon Reed/Lil Chris]

RassleResults: GTW West Point, MS 11.03.07

Jay Webster was the winner over Curly Moe & J-Kidd in a three way match.

Vinnie the Blade defeated Hallow.

Neil "The Real Deal" Taylor cheated his way to victory over Curly Moe.

Devon Raynes defeated Chris Chaos by reverse decision.

The Xecutioners defeated Revolution. The only way to win was to have both members of one team locked up in the Stockades.

Nov. 17 will be Green Wave night at GTW. Anyone who comes in with a green shirt or something with Green Wave on it gets a dollar off ticket price.

Cena and Steroids??

----Below was posted on our “Top 10 Stories of The Wrestling World” affiliate. Almost every dressing room or just major wrestling discussion, the question always comes up about John Cena – whether he is on it or not on it? I have even been told that he tells some of his closest friends that he does not do them. This below is the closest I have ever seen him actually coming close to admitting it.

CNN aired a documentary on pro wrestling called "Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling" last night. It also replays at 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The WWE employees they interviewed for the documentary were Vince & Linda McMahon, CM Punk, and John Cena at his home with a sling on his arm. When asked if he had ever used steroids, Cena simply said, "I can't say that I have never taken them (steroids) and you can never prove that I have." Cena seemed to be implying that people are going to believe what they want to believe, no matter what he says on the subject of possible steroid use on his part.

Credit: www.wrestlinginc.com

"Coach's Corner" by Brian Tramel

----As you could see in the ratings report this week, Memphis Wrestling should be real happy. There were bumps in the road, but it seems that putting on quality TV shows and following storylines may be helping. Are is it?? As I stated it will really be up to the fans if they return this week to watch the show again. Most of the time the viewers do not return in big numbers. All that being said, there were over 65,000 people watching the show on an average and they drew less than 100 people at the live show the next night. Is wrestling completely dead in Memphis?? Was it the fact that they just promote a few of the bouts and no one wanted to pay to see them when they can go to the TV tapings and watch them for free?? I wished I knew the answer as I have did pieces in the past trying to collate rating/crowd size and Memphis is not the norm. But, less than 100 people?? It makes me wonder if when the history of 2007 in Memphis Wrestling is being told five years from now, will people point at the FedEx show as being the downfall of the drawing power of wrestling and Jerry Lawler in Memphis?? I think that event will be considered the most significant event this year in years to come.

----Nick Bollea gets arrested and it was all deserving. As much as I want to “pull for him”, since his dad is Hulk Hogan, he reminds me of all the other celebrity kids that seem to think the law does not apply to them. My ex-wife’s father was an Arkansas State Trooper and anytime we got stopped on the road to wrestling events we got off with either no ticket or a lighter ticket. This was because, as most people know, police take care of police. Is that as bad as a celebrity getting off with a speeding ticket, because they are a celebrity?? I am not against giving people an extra chance, but Nick was warned and ticketed for the same thing he was doing. As the saying goes, it is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Too bad the guy that got hurt is probably going to be paralyzed for the rest of his life.

----Some of the comments I made about Anton Leveigh being a “Spot Monkey” seem to have went over the heads of many people. Do I think Anton has talent? Yes. Do I think he could have future in this business? Yes. Ditto goes for Brandon Barbwire. Do I think either one of them could work TNA or WWE?? Nope – not at this stage in their careers. They need a lot of improving and work on their psychology and that is what I wanted to make clear in the last edition. You may get bookings all over the world because you do crazy moves, but you have to learn the psychology of working a match and know when to put those moves into the match to make it mean something. Believe me you are going to get booking everywhere from promoters that like that sort of thing and make you put your body on the line, so they can get the cheap pops. Chris Styles got a booking in Philly, because of some of the crazy work that he did. His match in Chikira was not anything great, but that was not his fault. I actually though he looked better than any of the other guys. But, guess what?? Even though Styles has been accused of being a spot monkey also, I have seen the guy WORK a match. Does he always WORK?? No, but he knows HOW TO and that is a big difference than just getting in the ring to do moves.

----Vince McMahon’s CNN interview struck me no different than most all other times that I have seen him talk. This man believes his own hype and he has a bunch of “yes” men that stand around him telling him that. Even though he did offer drug support for all ex –employees from the past, I am convinced it was only something to make him look good. He will state he is the biggest and best wrestling organization of our time and maybe of all time, but he sees himself in no one to blame for the deaths and the steroid use. As I have said before, it is your own personal decision to do what you do to your body. If you either smoke, overeat, masturbate too much or what ever, it is your choice. The difference here is the fact that everyone in this industry knows that to make it in the WWE you had to have the look and the only way to get the look is/was steroids.

----I had to chime in on what Gene Jackson posted earlier about some guy doing the Ultimate Warrior gimmick. The guy actually calls himself The Warrior and from statements from people in the crowd, fans either thought it was the real Warrior or they thought they were coming to see the REAL one. Everyone borrows from people in the past. My gimmick of Coach BT was borrowed from “Coach” John Tolos, who managed Curt Hennig for a short time. The clipboard to use as a finish was my way of using the “tennis racket.” The other stuff – jersey, shorts and dew rag – was all my original ideas. They actually made no sense, if you think about a “Coach”, but I did have an explanation. Follow me here – if Cartman’s [“South Partk” character] dad had a fat brother that was a Coach, then he would have looked like me. It was a bigger than life type of thing. I later adopted a tie, pants and shirt for my last stint. So, to what extent can you copy a gimmick and it not be considered an infringement?? Guys like Fire/Flame/Assassins, “Too Kool 2”, “Kings of Wrestling” [Northeast group] and even guys like JD Michaels [who many think is a total Shawn Michaels rip off] don’t bother me. Mainly because all the mentioned people are good and they do not pretend to be something they are not. The ones really piss me off are the Moondog ripoffs and then a stupid ass guy like this Warrior dude and the “DeadMan” to a certain degree. Shame on the promoters that use guys like this also – it just seems like desperation.

Arkansas State Athletic Commission

----Someone posted on the message board about promotions in Arkansas. I am not sure if it is a legit official, but everything in the post is true. It states that the Commish will be making trips to some of the Arkansas promotions in the area. If you are promoter, my advice to you is this: get legal. If you are promoting with wrestlers that are not licenced, then get them legal. If you are doing nothing wrong, then you have NOTHING to worry about. CLICK HERE to read the message.

GET YOUR OWN GIMMICK!! by Gene Jackson

I saw a link to a story earlier today and went and checked it out and I wanted to comment on it and post it here so everyone else can go check it out. It's a newspaper article (with video included) of some douche bag from Jersey who is going around working shows as 'The Warrior' portraying himself to be the original "Ultimate Warrior", though only referring to himself as 'Warrior', which doesn't cover his ass cause Jim Hellwig used that name in WCW and actually had his name legally changed to Warrior. The guy even goes so far as to carry around promo pictures of Hellwig in his heyday and charges $10 a pop to sign them. This type of thing is complete bullshit in my opinion and is completely unfair to guys who are trying to come up in the business and make money on their own merit while guys like this get bookings and a better pay off from ripping off someone else. An example of this in this area is a while back when they had this guy running around dressed up like the Undertaker calling him 'the Deadman'. While I like Kenny Valiant and Rodney Grimes and some of the guys who used him, that is such bullshit to mislead people and charge them money to take pictures with some guy who they think is the Undertaker circa 1997 by the way, that's the part I didn't get about all these idiots thinking it was really him, he looked like the Undertaker 10 years ago, not the one of today. Anyway, I think this kinda shit is just another blight on the wrestling business and we really don't need anymore. Anyways, go check out the article and scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out the video of this wrestling and explaining himself.

http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2007/11/08/news/news03.txt

Shows For The Weekend 11.09 to 11.10.07

----Nothing major going on this week. USWO/SAW continue with week 2 of their fight for Friday night in the Nashville, AR. ASWF and TFW are both building shows for BIG SHOWS, so anything they do at those shows should be interesting. TFW has the return of one of the area’s best workers – “The Studd” Scott Porteau.

----Remember, if I forgot an event or you would like me to add more talent to some of the rosters, and then drop me a line.

----Friday Night for USWO @ Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN…Jerry Lynn, LT Falk, Mark Anthony, Chris Michaels, Michael Jablonski, Anthony Cevantes, Quinton Quarisma, Gigolo Jay Phoenix, Xavier Mustafa, Shawn Hoodridge, Tim Renesto, New York Gangster, Damien Payne, Kevin Dunn, Petey Wright, JC Crowe and more.

----Friday Night for SAW in Millersville, TN Gary Valiant [w/Miss Boogie], Hammerjack, Arrick Andrews, Sean Casey [w/Samantha], Chris Bomb, J-5, Shawn Shultz and more.

----Friday Night in Osceola, AR for MCW with MCW Champion Frankie Tucker, TW Justice, The Medic, Jackhammer, Bad Luck Lucky, The Hambone Express, Tank, Pimptacular, White Lightning, Tojo Yamamoto Jr, Suicidal Youth, Kilo. Mr. Excitement, Hillybilly Nate and more.

----Friday night for LAW in Rector, AR with Slim Pickens, Tommy Redneck, Stan Lee, Psycho, Arnez, Dell Tucker,Idol Bane, Jeff O’Dell, “The Golden Boy” Greg Anthony and many more.

----Friday night for The Future of Wrestling has a show at the TFW Arena on No. Eason Blvd. (Auburn Rd.) in Tupelo, MS with The Southern Saints (Shawn Reed & Chris Styles), Josh Matthews, Anita Page, "Bad Attitude" Tony Dabbs, LSD, Chris Chaos, "Prime Time" Nick Grymes, T-Byrd, The New Age Cowboys ("Southern Thunder" Chris Kilgore & "Son of the South Josh Holly), Devon Raynes, Crazy-n-Sexy (J-Kid & Curly Moe), Neil "The Real Deal" Taylor, Bless, Chazz, Chop Top the Clown, Uncle Vinnie the Blade Hunter Montgomery Jackson, and much more. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 8:00.

----Saturday night in Ripley, TN with TLCW 207 Washington ST, TGB Greg Anthony, Derrick King, Dustin Starr, Tim Grind, Genocide” [Maxx Corbin/Albino Rhino], Tommy Redneck, Dell Tucker,Ike Tucker, Shannon Lee, Allan Steele, Flash Flanagan. Chris O’Neal and much more!!!

----Saturday night, Golden Triangle Wrestling returns for a show behind Cathy's restaurant, located on Highway 45 in West Point, MS. "The Warrior" Jake Prentiss, Chris Chaos, OMEGA, LSD, Lady Reb, Devon Raynes,BB, Destiny, Bloodbath, Kaleb Kastle, Jay Webster and Vinnie the Blade, and much more. I believe tickets are $5. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00.

----Saturday night New Blood Wrestling @ Country Nights 1901 Saint John Ave - Bell time 8:00 PM in Dyersburg, TN Kilo, Mark Justice,Tim Edwards, Tank, Jeremy Moore,J.R. Manson, B.L.S., Lil Tim, Gaylon Ray, Baron Malkavain, Phoenix X, John "Biscuit" Roberts, and more.

----Saturday night @ True Force Arena 256 Gill Street Jackson, TN at 7:30 PM in Moondog Rex Retirement Show with Danny B Goode, Big Jim Business, Way Cool, PK Ripper , Steven Rampage, Big Boy BOB, Lawman Williams, Ravishing Randy, Wildside, Johnny Thunder, Punisher Dra Black,.....All taking place this Saturday night bell time 7:30 tickets only $5.00

---- Saturday Night ASWF - At The Valiant Arena 201 Hwy 67 N Tuckerman Ar. (870) 349-2050 Belltime 7pm. Tickets: All Seats $6 Acid,Scott Fury, Austin Lane, Nikki Lane,Cody Murdoch,Wild Bill, X-Kaliber/Morgan Lane, San Francisco Treat with Rottn Randy,Tim Hanson, and more.

----Saturday Night in Batesville, Arkansas. Main Event Wrestling located at the Old Miller Gym at 9th and Oak Street. Admission is FREE to the public, sponsored by local businesses and community leaders. With such star's as "Crazy" Luke Graham Jr., Gerry "Chubby" Graham, The Casino Kid, "Mr. Playboy" Tommy Wayne, "The Suicide King" Ray Ray, Danger Zone{"Hot Rod’ John Ellison, "Dangerous" Dave Cox, Johnny Harper}, "The Southern Submission Machine" Wild Bill, Eric Wayne, Kid Nickels, Chris Stryker, Matt Justus, and many more. Bell is 8 P.M, doors open @ 7:15 P.M.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

FLASHBACK: October 8, 1998

----I was searching the net about various things about RIOT and found this gem. It was posted in the RSPW newsgroup in 1998. It was written by former RR zine write Rob Brownstein. He talks about all the guys he has met and even mentioned an infamous match I worked in Philly. Just how good was the BT Express?? Jim Cornette told me after the match, "As a wrestler, you are a good writer!! LOL

WRESTLERS I'VE MET by Rob Brownstein

-- Got an autographed signed by Salvatore Bellomo at a shopping mall autograph session on superbowl sunday 1984. Seemed like a nice guy. Asked me my name three times yet still addressed the autographed 8X10 to "Rober". At least he was nice enough to volunteer, or get paid next to nothing for the appearance. As a side note, about a week he was squashed by Kamala (MIA) at a Spectrum house show in under 3 minutes. To this day friends still insist on calling that fateful spelling error as the "Bellmo Curse".

-- Meet a few NWA wrestlers at the Philadelphia Marriott following
Halloween Havoc in 1989. Got Jim Ross' autograph (priceless indeed). I commented how I was a fan of his going back to the Mid-South days. He made a snide remark to the effect that "Yea, I remember that period as well". His devious smirk had "shut up idiot mark boy" written all over it. But at least he took the time to sign it.

-- Shook hands with greatness, the man, Ric Flair, the true god of
professional wrestling, at the Marriott as well. It was just for a few brief seconds, but he greeted everyone with a huge smile; all us marks who followed the guys over to the hotel from the Civic Center. One class act.

-- Lex Luger, kind of rudely rushed by carrying his bags, not stopping to greet fans. But I won't hold that against him, not when there is so much heavy baggage dealing with his work rate to weigh against him.

-- My mom got a phone call from Chris Cruise in 1990. Cruise had asked a friend in the tape business to compile a tape of Dan Spivey matches that Spivey had wanted. So I, along with two other tape traders, put together a 6hr Spivey retrospective. Cruise called my house on a Saturday to personally thank me, but just my luck I had baseball practice that after- noon. Sounded like a nice guy from what she told me.

-- Meet a ton of people in the business during my one brief moment of fame in the world of pro wrestling. I had the honor of working a 1990 benefit show put on by Dennis Coraluzzo for Tom Robinson; a huge fan from the philly area who was suffering from lupus at the time. We had several mutual friends and I got to manage "The Blade", a fellow sheet writer from NY, against BT Express, Brian Tramel, Memphis guru, friend, and editor of Rasslin Riot... It was a thrill of a lifetime, and the most wonderful part of the event was the spirit of everyone involved. Lots of big names were there, and all worked for free to raise money for Tom.

At that show:

-- I meet J.T. Smith, and other local indy guys who got a bit of a kick seeing a 5'10" non buffed teen share a locker room with them. But they were really friendly when they could have had fun at my expense.

-- Had Jerry Lawler ask if I could save some of the condoms I was carrying around as part of my gimmick for some of the boys later on. I was playing the role of a blind heel manager (hence, not really blind) named Marcus Cretin, a character I developed and wrote under in some sheets. I was decked out in a dark green trench coat, black Stetson hat, nasty boy shades, roos sneakers, argyle socks, no pants (just shorts) underneath, a thick walking cane, and a thick rope tied around my waist. The really odd thing about my get up was this was just weeks before The Undertaker
debut. This was 11/9/90, just two weeks before the Survivor Series. I am not delusional enough to believe Vince stole my bad fashion sense, but it's scary how I kinda, sorta, dressed like the Undertaker two weeks before his debut.... as part of the get up with a tin cup I carried around which contained spare change, a wrestling observer newsletter, a plastic rat, and about a half dozen condoms.... Jim Cornette did several double takes at me in the back and I was told that he cracked up watching a tape
of the match back at the hotel after the show... I was wandering around the ringside away, getting heckled by kids (who I threw a few condoms at), and I tried interfering once. When both guys were back in the corner I walked over to the ring post and whacked the iron ring post about 5 times. Got a nice pop, and Cornette was said to have really liked the gimmick..Hey Cornette, I'll work cheap. and take bumps (mail me)....

-- Met Dave Meltzer at the show, sat with him and his horde for a few matches... almost walked up to shake his hand, but couldn't muster the courage to approach The Guru; nice guy living a dream job.

Now for the highlight of my markdom.... The Funker, Terry Funk greeted me with a smile, said hello, and patted me on the shoulder as he walked past me in the locker room. One hell of a class act, and a true professional. Here I was, a mark, living out a dream, working a show to help out a friend, and at that very moment Mr. Funk was headed toward me he treated me like I was a peer. I was merely an 18 year old tape collecting, sheet writing, mark at heart, who never took a single bump in a ring (we had one scripted but we were given the signal to go to a quick finish) yet this man at the age of 45, with bad knees, hundreds of stitches, thousands of scars, bumps and bruises, treated a nobody in the business such as myself with the same dignity and respect he treated Mick Foley, Eddie Gilbert, Stan Lane, and everyone else in that dressing room who worked that show. Truly an unforgettable moment that shows just how great a professional, and how decent a human being Terry Funk is. Thank you Mr. Funk.

MET ANY FAMOUS WRESTLERS OR JUST THE LOCAL GUYS?? WANT TO TELL THE OTHER VISITORS HOW YOU WERE TREATED?? COMMENT ON THE MESSAGE BOARD!!

The Ratings: Memphis Wrestling TV 11.03.07

----The good news this week is that the show scored the 5th highest rating they have scored all year long with a 3.9 [65,813 viewers] overall. The first quarter opened strong with over 76,000 viewers. The next quarter had 88% retention dropping over 9,000 viewers. There is no way of telling whether the quarter dropped because of the finish of the tag match or started dropping with the White/Lawler stuff. But, since the 3rd quarter continued to drop more than 8,000 viewers, it is almost a given it was the White/Lawler stuff. The 4th quarter had 102% retention [meaning more watching the final quarter than the third], but overall they dropped over 16,000 viewers, which is NOT good. This year on all four occasions that the rating reached higher than this week, the next week sees the rating dropping 38%. The next few weeks will prove whether this rating was a fluke or a good sign. They have been putting on good shows, so more people maybe tuning in for that fact.

-Brian C/Ali interview
-Brian C/Ali vs Fire/Flame [start]
1st Quarter 4.6 [76,558 viewers]

-Brian C/Ali vs Fire/Flame [finish]
-White – interview
-White/Gladiator vs Tatt2/Lexx
-Lawler/White interview [start]
2cnd Quarter 4.00 [67,156 viewers] [-9402 viewers]

-Lawler/White interview [finish]
-Dotson/DK vs Crime/Lair
3rd Quarter 3.5 [58,929 viewers] [-8227 viewers]

-TK2 interview
-TK2 vs Clowns
-Dotson/DK jump TK2
4 Quarter 3.6 [60,273 viewers] [+1344 viewers]

12 Week Average: 3.0 [50,885 viewers]
12 week low – 1.9 [31,395 viewers] 9.29.07
12 week high – 3.9 [66,484 viewers] 11.03.07
From start to finish [-16,285 viewers]

What Memphis Was Watching??
Action News 5/CSI Miami 9.0 [150,975 viewers]

2cnd Match Announced for TFW November 30, 2007

----The special show in Tupelo, MS for 11.30.07 has added another match with CHIKARA - Tim Donst vs Josh Matthews.

NICK HOGAN ARRESTED FOR AUGUST CAR CRASH


Clearwater, Florida — Nicholas Bollea was arrested Wednesday morning for Reckless Driving Involving Serious Bodily Injury. He turned himself in at the Pinellas County Jail.

Bollea, who is the son of wrestler Hulk Hogan, was involved in a high-speed crash in August that left his friend critically injured. 22-year-old John Graziano III remains in the hospital, reportedly on life support.

Police have been investigating the crash, but up until this point, no charges had been filed. Investigators say Bollea was racing his Toyota Supra against a Dodge Viper when he lost control and crashed into a tree.

The driver of the Dodge Viper, 22-year-old Daniel Jacobs, has been issued a court summons for Reckless Driving.

In addition to Reckless Driving Involving Serious Bodily Injury, Bollea is also charged with:

  • Use of a motor vehicle in commission of a felony
  • A person under the age of 21 operating a vehicle with a breath-alcohol level of .02 or higher
  • illegal window tint

The attorney for the Hogan family has now issued this statement:

Nick and the entire 'Hogan' Bollea family are saddened that criminal charges have been filed in regards to the tragic single car accident on August 26, 2007. Nick will meet and answer these charges in the appropriate arena - a court of law. The family’s primary focus and concern still remains for the
continued recovery of Nick’s longtime friend John Graziano. The Bolleas will also continue to stand by the Graziano family and help them in any way they can.

The tragedy to both families is compounded by the fact that unfortunately
John was not wearing his seatbelt. Thankfully, Nick was wearing his. Because of what happened to John, the entire Bollea family will make it a priority to increase public awareness about the importance of always wearing your seatbelt.

There has been much speculation as to the speed and wet road conditions
surrounding this accident. Although all the evidence has not been evaluated,
preliminary reports from the experts indicate that this was not, in fact, a
high-speed accident.

Because Nick is still a juvenile and has no prior criminal record, we are
disappointed that he is being charged as an adult offender. However, we are
confident that the evidence will demonstrate that this was an accident.
We ask all who follow these events to keep an open mind as to the facts until they have been ultimately determined. Finally, we thank all who have prayed for John’s recovery and ask for your continued support and prayers.

- Morris "Sandy" Weinberg, Jr. and Kevin Hayslett, Attorneys for Nick Bollea


---CREDIT- TAMPA BAYS 10 NEWS---

RassleResults: TIWF 11.03.07 Jackson, TN - New Tag Champs!!


----Wyked beat Dr. Doom….Buckwild Bill beat J Smooth…Chico Mendoza beat Big Boy Bob to win the TV Title in a “Moondog Rules” Match…Steven Rampage bet Danny B Goode with the help of Ravishing Randy’s golf club…Lawman Williams beat Sugar Shane in a scientific match…”Black Thunder” [Johnny Thunder/Dre Black] [pictured] beat “New Breed of Perfection” [Wildside/Waycool] to become the new TIWF Tag Team Champions.

----Over 100 in the crowd…Chico juiced…This was Moondog’s retirement and they inducted him into the TIWF Hall of Fame…After the main event they ran an angle where NBOP would not stop beating on Thunder/Black and they were suspended for 3 weeks and fined…Big Jim Business was there stating he was 51% owner of TIWF. I also noticed some familiar faces from Business’ former promotion – Buckwild Bill and Sugar Shane. I didn’t even know these guys still worked.

RassleResults: Memphis Wrestling Memphis, TN 11.04.07

----Cody Melton def The Grappler…Tatt2 def Pockerface w/Reshard Devon
(Good Match)…The Crime def “Hurricane” Maxx Corbin (Fans loved The Crime)…The Gladiator def Reggie B. Fine…(Reggie plays heel on TV but was a babyface same for Pokerface & Rude they get switched from Heel to Face on TV alot)…”Too Kool 2” [Tim Grind/Flex] def Johnny Dotson & Derrick King in a Fans Lumberjack Strap Match (Fans loved this match but they really did not attack TK2)…Brian Christopher def Doug Gilbert in a bat on a pole match(The bat fell off the pole because it was not taped down good so Brian got it and hit Doug with it and won)…Jerry Lawler w/Renee def Kevin White w/Mr. White & Sue Young (Most of the match Kevin kept trying to leave the ring)…Brian Christopher won the battle royal eliminating DK/Dotson.

----65 paid with a gate close to $900 with 100 in the building…Sources backstage stated that show was very unorganized and someone within Maclin’s organization told everyone that the gate went to “Make A Wish” but what the wrestlers didn’t know was that it was paid show from FedEx…Ali was not at the show. There was an incident during the 2cnd tapings that had either Ali/Brian C turning and Ali throwing the tag straps down. I have not been given full details about that enough to comment. I guess we will all have to watch for that this coming Saturday on TV, as it might not even be acknowledged.

CLICK HERE to see a video of the show via www.commercialappeal.com

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Piece of my Mind-Nov 6th,2007 by "The Big Cheese" Sal Corrente


I for one am looking for the return of Chris Jericho. The buzz surrounding his “expected” return has peaked. I am not sure what WWE is looking to get out of this. If it was me doing it, I would let the cat out of the bag. If there is any chance that all of this hype isn’t about Jericho they better have some huge surprise planned. I believe in build and hype as much as the next guy. What I don’t believe, at this point, is anything they are going to put together can be better than any interviews that Chris Jericho could do building up to his imminent return. At this point who do they think they are “working”? This total nonsense of getting rid of people’s signs that talk about Jericho is an insult to fans paying good money to attend a WWE event. In this day and age, for the most part, the public wants to know what they are buying and who they are getting. Please just tell the people what is happening. Give the public a chance to believe in you and your product. In a territory when there are too many run in's the people spend too much time watching the entrance to the arena rather than the match in the ring. There is more buzz about who might be coming in than about the guys that are currently there. That can be ok for a week but this is going on for way to long. I do believe years ago that surprises were good. The surprises many times, if not most times, delivered. In recent years most surprises have been disappointments or such poorly kept secrets that it didn’t matter anyway. How about the announcement that TNA made in regards to signing Kurt Angle? Did they actually surprise everyone including the talent? I would have to say that they did. What I would ask is did anymore people tune in than would have tuned in to hear Kurt Angle’s first promo?

In what could be perceived to be direct conflict to what I have written above isn’t it amazing that just like on Dec 25th when we all wait for Santa Claus. On Wrestlemania Sunday, the wrestling buying public believes in Vince McMahon and I am right in there with the fans. I promoted the first Wrestlemania on closed circuit television at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. I had already promoted a show for WWE and I wanted another one. I had been promised another show if I did well with the first one. We only had ten tickets left when the doors opened and it was a mad house after that. I thought my next show was in the bag. I contacted Ed Cohen (former long time WWE employee) at WWE headquarters. He said they couldn’t help me unless I get a bigger building that could hold at least twenty five hundred tickets. All they would tell me is that it was something called Wrestlemania and it involved Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. I believed in WWE enough to run with it and take the much bigger risk. It all worked out. We had people lined up with lunch in hand at 8:00am. That was only after people hounded us day and night for tickets that we didn’t have left. Its many years later and people seem to trust Vince even more than I did. They have sold about 50,000 tickets for next years Wrestlemania for a show with no talent announced, John Cena on the injured list and a new injury popping up all the time. If Vince could replicate that kind of belief the other 364 days a year what a company he would have. I have tried to think of another event that people pay money for with no idea who they will be seeing perform. I have to applaud Vince McMahon. He has done what all companies would like to accomplish. He has created a brand “WRESTLEMANIA” that is perceived as the symbol of excellence. I look forward to Wrestlemania every year no matter what I think of the company the rest of the year.

FLASHBACK:I can remember driving from Poughkeepsie NY to Philadelphia. I was working for Vince in Poughkeepsie and Crockett in Philadelphia. George “The Animal” Steele was working for Vince in both places. I refereed a match between The Iron Sheik and George. At one point I told The Sheik to go kick George’s doll, does everyone remember his doll "Mine"? Well The Sheik was “working” with the doll. The people were actually into it, but George said look at him working with the doll. Please tell him to kick the shit out of it. Well we were running against each other in Philly and George needed a ride and I could use the company and the transportation he would pay. It was an interesting trip to say the least. When we stopped to eat George of course was recognized by everyone. We had interesting conversation along the way. We stopped for gas and some non wrestling fan asked for directions to Perth Amboy, NJ. George knew the area well and gave him the directions and we proceeded on our way. Well we got to a toll and the car in front of us was taking a long time. Well, George looked at me and said that stupid son of a bitch is asking how to get to Perth Amboy and I just told him. I had to laugh. Well when we got to the toll I tried to pay and George leans over and says to the toll booth operator can you tell me how to get to Perth Amboy? Well the guy started telling us and eventually he figured it out and said you don’t need to know how to get to Perth Amboy. George said I just gave that stupid ass directions and now he asks you again. I always found it to be such a funny story. Working in the ring with George was hysterical anyway. This was just the icing on the cake.

This picture is of Capt. Lou Albano and Afa “The Wild Samoan #1” and I at a radio station in Reading PA. We were promoting a show that Afa was running we had a blast for sure. If you have ever been around Lou Albano you would understand

Monday, November 05, 2007

Cheap Heat Match of the Week by Gene Jackson

This week's Cheap Heat match of the week is from CCW in Parsons, TN featuring Jerry "the King" Lawler taking on Neil 'the Real Deal' Taylor. The match is split into two parts. Check it out and feel free to leave comments on the message board.






RassleResult: TFW Tupelo, MS 11.03.07

The show started with T-Byrd and Tony Dabbs coming to the ring to run their mouths. T-Byrd blamed Tony for the other members of Attitude, Inc., leaving the group, including Max Steele and Chris Styles. He also blamed Tony for the loss of the Tag Team belts to the New Age Cowboys the week before. More words were exchanged, and Tony Dabbs super kicked T-Byrd. The Southern Saints hit the ring and attacked Dabbs, giving him quite a beating. T-Byrd is now the manager of The Southern saints. Attitude, Inc. is history. Tony Dabbs was helped to the back.

In the opening match Chris Chaos defeated Chazz.

Chop Top the Clown defeated Josh Matthews w/T-Byrd.

TFW Tag Team Champions The New Age Cowboys (Chris Kilgore & Josh Holly) defeated Crazy-N-Sexy (J-Kid & Curly Moe) w/Dirty Rell Moe to retain.

The self-proclaimed King of Mississippi Wrestling Neil Taylor w/Tony "The Banana Nosed Weasel" Watts defeated "Prime Time" Nick Grymes.

The Southern Saints (Shawn Reed & Chris Styles) w/T-Byrd defeated Mark Mayhem & LSD by DQ when Tony Dabbs interfered. When it was over Tony made a major announcement about a major star returning to TFW (see below).

TFW Champion Max Steele defeated Tysin Starr to retain.

The announcement made by Tony Dabbs: The Studd, Scott Porteau, will return to TFW this Friday night. He will team with his former partner, Tony Dabbs, to re-form the tag team Parental Advisory. PA will take on The Southern Saints. That one should be wild.

The show started with T-Byrd and Tony Dabbs coming to the ring to run their mouths. T-Byrd blamed Tony for the other members of Attitude, Inc., leaving the group, including Max Steele and Chris Styles. He also blamed Tony for the loss of the Tag Team belts to the New Age Cowboys the week before. More words were exchanged, and Tony Dabbs super kicked T-Byrd. The Southern Saints hit the ring and attacked Dabbs, giving him quite a beating. T-Byrd is now the manager of The Southern saints. Attitude, Inc. is history. Tony Dabbs was helped to the back.

In the opening match Chris Chaos defeated Chazz.

Chop Top the Clown defeated Josh Matthews w/T-Byrd.

TFW Tag Team Champions The New Age Cowboys (Chris Kilgore & Josh Holly) defeated Crazy-N-Sexy (J-Kid & Curly Moe) w/Dirty Rell Moe to retain.

The self-proclaimed King of Mississippi Wrestling Neil Taylor w/Tony "The Banana Nosed Weasel" Watts defeated "Prime Time" Nick Grimes.

The Southern Saints (Shawn Reed & Chris Styles) w/T-Byrd defeated Mark Mayhem & LSD by DQ when Tony Dabbs interfered. When it was over Tony made a major announcement about a major star returning to TFW (see below).

TFW Champion Max Steele defeated Tysin Starr to retain.

The announcement made by Tony Dabbs: The Studd, Scott Porteau, will return to TFW this Friday night. He will team with his former partner, Tony Dabbs, to re-form the tag team Parental Advisory. PA will take on The Southern Saints. That one should be wild.

In other TFW news, the first match announced for the November 30th TFW show featuring CHIKARA stars is Max Steele vs. "The Man Monster" Hydra. This will be an exciting show, so make plans to attend now!

TFW will have a benefit show for DC & Brandy on Saturday night, December 1, at the TFW arena. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the show will go to DC & Brandy, who were in a very bad accident a few days ago. I will have more details closer to the show, but make plans to attend. I have been told that wrestlers from Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Alabama are coming in to be a part of this show. Don't miss it!

Credit: wrestlingnewscenter

----I would like to invite everyone to join me [possibly some other RRO staff] on November 30 and December 1 as I will be attending both of the shows mentioned above.

"Coach's Corner" by Brian Tramel

----Doing stuff creative to go into heat is one of the things that I watch for in matches. The constant heel cheating [they are heels.lol] to get the heat seems to make it look like the heel is stupid all the time. On Thursday on IMPACT as Kaz was entering the ring after doing a spot to the floor in his match against James Storm, he went to do the spot where from the apron he gives a shoulder to Storm’s stomach and then a sunset flip over the ropes and tries for pin. Seen that one a million times; right?? As he pushed his head in to shoulder Storm, Storm kicked him in the head and then draped him on the second ropes bringing him into the ring with a DDT. Bravo!!! Thank you guys for doing something different. BTW, the two most overused moves in wrestling right now are the enzuguri after on wrestler catches the other ones foot. And, a heel cutting a face off from a hope spot with a closeline. Those two moves are driving me crazy!!

----Steroids, steroids. I saw somewhere where it was written – “like father, like son.” I hate it that a young guy like Harry Smith gets suspended as soon as he gets started. Not that he really impressed me that much – other than he being Davey Boy’s son. He is still green and it is scary how guys are called up and they still look green. Why?? They do not work enough matches in front of a crowd is one thing. But, don’t they train every day?? Guys coming out of developmental should look better than the Domino, Deuce, Smith and others. I have talked to a few of the guys trying to get into OVW and my #1 advice is – stay clean!! Do not test positive for ANYTHING!! If you do, then you will just wait your turn down the road. It is proof as the money spent to bring Smith in and debut him on TV is all in the toilet right now.

----Nicolas Cage was backstage this past weekend at ROH to study for his upcoming movie “The Wrestler.” The movie is about a 1980s era star that has a heart attack and the doctor asks him to not wrestle again. There is some drama over whether he should wrestle again or not. Apparently he is going to risk his life to wrestle one more match while he is trying to build a relationship with his son during all of this. I am a big Cage mark and have seen almost everything he has ever done. This all seems a little strange to me though. Are they going to treat it like a shoot?? Wouldn’t it be better if he was a UFC guy?? I mean I am not into MMA, but it is so much popular now and at least an actual fight and heart attack would mean something. I am not sure I can take Cage as a wrestler either, because he just seems too skinny. It makes you wonder if he will juice up for the role. Have you seen Sly Stallone in the new Rambo trailers??

----Congrats to Anton Leveigh and Brandon Barbwire for apparently getting some shots at some dates out of this area and maybe out of this county. Both of these guys are young and still got a lot of learning to do, but they can spice any show with their “spot monkey” style if the actual spots mean something. I have been critical of Anton ever since I seen him work a show for ASWF. It was all hardcore spots and the crowd was sitting on their hands. The “spot monkey” moniker stuck and he got ribbed in the dressing room because of my statement. The last match I seen him in, he had toned it down a bit, but not sure the style is something he can become adjusted with. No matter what style you work, there has to be psychology – the reason for the crowd to be into the match. A whole match of spots and then 1..2..3 might get you dates and impress some promoters, but you have to know how to WORK to go to the big time. I hope both guys have success and learn the ropes. Something they need to realize though is this – just because you get dates does not mean you are better than anyone else in this area. In other words, I hope they keep their heads on straight. Gene Jackson and I are probably two the worse guys you would ever see in the ring, but I bet we could get 100 dates a year as the infamous tag team “War Machine Express.”

----There has been and there will be more benefits announced before the end of the year. If you are a fan or worker, then please give up some of your time for a good cause. Renegade Wrestling recently run a show for people to have Thanksgiving dinner. There is a benefit in December for an area referee who has cancer. There is one on December 1st in Tupelo for DC. There will be others in December for Toys for Tots. Please put forth an effort to help those that are less fortunate than you. I plan to attend as many of these events as possible. I hope to see as many of you that can attend there also.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

RassleResults: ASWF Tuckerman, AR 11.03.07

----Morgan Lane beat Rottn Randy and now Randy has to be San Francisco Treat Valet for two months…Medieval beat Chris Steel…San Francisco Treat w/ Rottn Randy beat Lucky...Degenerates (X-Kaliber & Morgan Lane) beat CCR [Wild Bill & Cody Murdock] with Mr. X…ASWF Tag Team Non-Title Match: Acid & Scott Fury beat MacDaddy & Seth Sabor…X-Title Match: Chuck Fears beat Justin Smart…Ladies Match: Nikki Lane beat Jazz with Austin Lane as special ref…ASWF Title: Austin Lane beat Rodney Mack

----Over 100 in the crowd…Rottn Randy wore makeup and had a pink sash around his neck ala Treat…Wild Bill and Mr. X turned on Cody Murdoch and left him laying in the ring after the match…The Posse was set to return to the Valiant Arena but due to circumstances beyond both with The Posse and ASWF they did not make the show. They are scheduled for a 6 week program early 2008 here…They did a 10 bell salute to Fabulous Moolah before the ladies bout…Jazz had Nikki in a small package, but Lane just rolled Nikki over and slapped the 3 count real fast…Lane beat Mack with help from Justin Smart. After the match, Mack challenged them to a match for November Rain with them vs Mack & Ali Stevens.

RassleResults: MCW Osceola, AR 11.02.07

----HillBilly Nate/Sicilian Kid by DQ over The Hambones Express when Suicidal Youth and SouthSide Brawler hit the ring and jumped Kid and Nate…MCW Heavyweight Champion "Mr. Get Back" Frankie Tucker/Gary the Medic/Heartbreaker beat T.W. Justice/Bad Luck Lucky/Hammock…”East Coast Bad Boys” [Serpent and C-Money] by DQ over SouthSide Brawler/Suicidal Youth…Bid Daddy Lafonce/White Lighting/Frankie Tucker beat Tojo Jr/Hosa Guerro/Loose Cannon...# 1 Contendership for the Heavyweight title: Kilo beat Spiro

----125 in the crowd with a gate close to $800… SouthSide informed everyone that him and Pimptacluar had adopted Suicidal Youth as their brother..I was told the main event stole the show and believe that…Next week: Tucker/Spiro vs Heartbreaker/Kilo.

RassleResults: NBW Dyersburg, TN 11.03.07 - New Riot Squad Debut!!

----"Proud Warrior" Crazy Train defeated Baron Malkavain…"Pretty Sexy" Gaylon Ray defeated "Pure Sex" J.R. Manson to retain the NBW High Risk Title…"Motor City Madman" Motley Cruz defeated Sergeant Savage…”East Coast Bad Boys” [Spiro and C-Money]defeated "Hot Boy" John Roberts and Shawn Williams…187 defeated Kilo…"Superman" Jason Reed and "Upset Kid" Jeremy Moore defeated "The Riot Squad" [“Enforcer” Mark Justice and “The Law” Robert Justice]

----75 to 80 paid with 90 to 100 in the building…Tank no showed after making his big return last week…Shawn Williams will be good for the show…Sergeant Savage is a real army guy that just got back from Iraq. He is doing the Sergeant Slaughter gimmick in full army gear. This was also his wrestling debut...Does “The Law” name have anything to do with a stab at LAW the promotion??.

RassleResults: MEWA Batesville, AR 11.03.07 - Casino Kid Returns and Tommy and Al Go To next Round.

The First match of the night was “3-G” Eric Wayne taking “Hot Rod” John Ellison with a special 15 minute time limit. The match got off to a very fast start with each man testing the other’s speed and agility. Ellison surprised Wayne by changing his style to where he kept Wayne grounded during most of the match. Wayne tried anything he could to be able to get the upper hand during the match. Ellison at one point almost knocked Wayne out of his boots with a huge clothesline, the force from the clothesline sent Wayne flying into a complete 360 in the air before landing very hard on the mat. Once Wayne was able to get his head cleared he managed to deliver a huge snap Suplex to Ellison. As Wayne went for the final shot at the 3 count with time running out fast, the bell rang and the ref’s hand was going down to 3, this enraged Wayne that the clock hand ran out he started throwing a mad fit inside the ring.

The Second Match of the night was Greg King Jr. taking on “The Prime Time Player” Zane Richards. King came to the ring with the game plan of matching the power of Richards with his speed and agility. King managed to deliver a huge flying head scissor to Richards, but the power of Richards was way too much for King. Richards delivered a huge D.D.T to King. In the end, the power of Richards overcame King and “The Prime Time Player” Zane Richards got the victory in 9:36.

The Third Match was for the M.E.W.A World Heavy Weight Title. The champ Kid Nickels was defending his M.E.W.A World Heavy Weight Title against “The Suicide King” Ray Ray. Ray had won the battle royal last week for his shot at the title. As the champ entered the ring area the fans were going wild to welcome back after being missed last week. This match was filled with high-flying, fast paced action from the beginning to end. Kid changed his style and used a lot of submission style moves to try and make Ray tap out. Ray used some dirty tricks and old school ways, at one point Ray pulled down his right knee pad and used his bare knee to try and cause more pain to the champ. “The Suicide King” didn’t stay down long, at one point Ray hit a suicide dive on Kid going through the 2nd rope. At one point the crowd was silent as both Kid and Ray were both standing on the top rope trying to pull out a huge move, Kid somehow got the upper hand and landed a Huge Swing Neck Breaker off the top rope. Kid was somehow able to roll over and get the win in 14:04, retaining his M.E.W.A World Heavy Weight Title.

The Semi-Main Event was the second match in the M.E.W.A Tag Team Tournament. It was the tag teams of Sgt. Shakedown and “The California Dream” Christopher Lee taking on the team of “Mr. Playboy” Tommy Wayne and Big Al. This match was a high speed and power match from the get go. The team of Sgt. and Lee were out to win at all costs by pulling all the dirty little tricks they could get away with. Wayne and Al didn’t leave the action inside the ring as “Mr. Playboy” delivered a Springboard Suplex to Lee and Shakedown on the floor. Big Al was not going to let Wayne have all the fun as he landed a huge body press onto Lee and Shakedown from the second turn buckle on to them as they were still on the floor from Wayne’s springboard. After 17:18 the team of “Mr. Playboy” Tommy Wayne and Big Al got the win and will advance in the M.E.W.A Tag Team Tournament.

The Main Event was a revenge match between returning Casino Kid and the M.E.W.A World Light Heavy Weight champion “The Main Attraction” Matt Justice. [pictured] As soon as the opening bell rang Justice demanded the mic. and told Casino that if he left now then he would get hurt again this week. The Casino Kid brought on the fight with Justice all through the match. Justice tried to run from Casino not wanting any part of Casino. This match was inside and outside the ring with both men wanting to get the upper hand for a clear advantage. Casino had come ready, willing and in hopes to get revenge on Justice for putting him out of action. But after a short time of 7:48, M.E.W.A World Light Heavy Weight champion “The Main Attraction” Matt Justice got the win with a school boy roll up and by pulling the tights of the Casino Kid.

Before returning to the locker room Justice got a steel chair from a fan and hit Casino in the back. Justice went to hit Casino with the chair again, as he lay on the mat. The Casino Kid grabbed the chair and took it away from Justice causing Justice to flee for his life.

The crowd was up this week with 252 in the stands.

LAST SHOW of the Weekend

----Agricenter International Shelby Farms Memphis, TN Bell Time 5:00 PM “Make a Wish” fund raiser TONIGHT!! Bat On A Pole Match: Brian Christopher vs Doug Gilbert, Jerry Lawler with Renee vs Kevin White with Sue Young – Loser’s Valet Gets 10 Lashes, and Lumberjack Strap Match: Derrick King/Johnny Dotson vs “Too Kool 2” [Tim Grind/Flex], Tatt2, Chris Lexx, Fire, Flame, Crime, Ali Stevens, Gladiator, Insane Clowns, Rashard Devon, Reggie B Fine and more.

Memphis Wrestling TV Report 11.03.07

----Corey Maclin intros the show and Reggie B Fine has joined him again.

----Agricenter International Shelby Farms Bell Time 5:00 PM “Make a Wish” fund raiser tomorrow [Sunday] night. Bat On A Pole Match: Brian Christopher vs Doug Gilbert, Jerry Lawler with Renee vs Kevin White with Sue Young – Loser’s Valet Gets 10 Lashes, and Lumberjack Strap Match: Derrick King/Johnny Dotson vs “Too Kool 2” [Tim Grind/Flex].

-----Brian Christopher/Ali Stevens interview. Good interview. Brian C/Ali beat Fire/Flame. Ali takes the heat. Good solid match. Hot tag after Ali double closelined them and dives for the tag. Brian then tagged in Ali again and Fire/Flame came out of it with clothelines. Fire/Flame went to the top rope and did a double dive from opposite corners and Ali/Brian C moved to pin both guys.

----Kevin White/Sue Young/Mr. White/Gladiator interview. Good interview. White/Gladiator beat Tatt2/Chris Lexx. Good short match. Heat on Tatt2 with hot tag to Lexx. White cut him off quick and went for some variation of a Russian leg sweep on Lexx for the pin. Tatt2 did a dive onto Gladiator to the floor, but camera did not catch it.

----Jerry Lawler interview via phone. Kevin White/Young/Mr. White come out. Stip are made for White vs Lawler bout. Lawler wanted to know how Reggie B Fine was still on the show. LOL

----Derrick King/Johnny Dotson with Rashard Devon. Fine says he want to interview them. Dotson/King beat Charlie Lear/Crime. Lair is taking the heat and just tags Crime. You can see Dotson looking over at King and it looks like he is thinking, “What the hell is he doing?” LOL Dotson/DK do a catapult into a superkick with Crime falling back in position as Dotson pins him. Good, except the hot tag screw up. After the match DK/Dotson/Rashard start whipping Crime with belts. Tatt2/Lexx/Lair try to make the save, but they are jumped also. Rashard hit Lair with his laptop [in a case]. “Too Kool 2” [Tim Grind/Flex] made the save.

----Clip of DK/Dotson vs TK2 match from last week. TK2 interview. TK2 by DQ “Insane Clown” [Bobo/Giggles] with Rashard. Flex had Bobo pinned after their double team finisher when Rashard jumped in and hit Flex with a keyboard. DK/Dotson hit the ring with straps. TK2 ended up taking them away from them and whipping them. Good setup for the strap match.

NOTES

---- Reggie said he drove to Japan with Sue Young and it took $5,000 worth of gas…Fire & Flame are the same two guys that worked here as The Assassins and have not been here since the infamous Sal Corrente “Sam’s Town” show. Good to see them back though, they are good solid team… Flame looked to almost just fall off the top turnbuckle doing the double dive spot. Both of these guys are in the 300 lb range, so that is pretty amazing coming from them…Fine mentioned that there is wrestling every Saturday night in Ripley, TN and he wrestled Tatt2 last week…Fine said that Jose Conseco snitched on Lair, because he is not on them steroids anymore. LOL Lair looks to have lost about 20 lbs since last time on TV and is very skinny…Lair got hardway from that laptop shot …They only gave three matches for the Argicenter show….Good show with 4 tag team matches. I liked that because I am a tag team mark. I do not believe I am saying this, but Fine was ok this week. He did not get in the way of the matches and did a good job making me laugh. He was also dressed very nicely and looked like an announcer.

RassleResults: SAW TV Tapings Millersville, TN 11.02.07

Around 120 attended the second Friday TV tapings. The arena has a familiar ring in it (the one that had been at the Stadium Inn). They have 2 hard cameras and a third handheld running. As usual, they will be taping 2 episodes tonight. Absentees include Commissioner Freddie Morton, AM Vision, & Shawn Shultz (which is explained shortly).

Jack Johnson and Hot Rod Biggs do commentary.

Kurt Herron and "Nashville's favorite ref" Ricky Bell are the referees for this evening.

Show #1
Arrick Andrews b Jerry Lynn
(Lynn double shotted, working at USWO)

Mason Raige b "The Graduate" Jason James

Mike Sircy comes out to the desk holding the SAW TV title. He basically says Shultz' behavior is unfitting for a champion, then reads a statement from the board of directors echoing the sentiment, saying they don't want Shultz representing the company and are stripping him of the TV title.

TJ Harley b Nore Havoc (w/ "Towel Boy" Paul Adams)

Hammerjack (w/Charming Charles) b Lennox Lightfoot

JJ is joined by Homicidal Tendencies (Kory Williams & Vic the Bruiser), who are not only the SAW tag champs, but the NWA Southern tag champs as well. Champs out all dressed up, as KW says that this is what true champs should look like. VB not pleased with JJ's "stupid questions", noting that the Naturals are gone. KW says they will hold their titles by whatever means necessary.

Arrick Andrews b Sean Casey (w/Samantha!)
Finish here was when Casey full nelsons Andrews, then Samantha gets up on the apron to spray him but he ducks and Casey gets it.

End Show #1. I will say the tapings moved along rather well tonight, both episodes taking around 70 minutes each.

During intermission, Biggs went outside followed by a camera followed by Hammerjack & Charming Charles.

Show #2

Damien Adams b TJ Harley

Mike Sircy back out to tell us that 8 names have been chosen for a TV title tournament (which will be taped on 11/16).

Sean Casey and Samantha! come back out. SC has sunglasses and a cane because he was blinded by the hairspray and joins Johnson at the desk to call the next match which was pretty funny.

Mason Raige b Nore Havoc (w/"Towel Boy" Paul Adams)
Casey calls the action, but it's all wrong! Raige wins with a powerslam in 6:00 though that wasn't the way SC called it, lol.


Lennox Lightfoot b Tatsu

Kory Williams & Vic the Bruiser b Chris Bomb & Ricky Fontaine

Johnson intros Jimmy Valiant and gets a kiss! JV has one reason for being here, to watch Gary Valiant's back. JV notes he started wrestling in 1964, has had 10,000 matches, and driven 4 million miles to those matches. Hammerjack & Charming Charles interrupt this, with CC saying nobody cares about what JV does. HJ says JV will soon join GV in the hospital! JV challenges CC to get in the ring.
JV in the ring, CC and HJ circle on opposite sides with one trying to sneak up while the other distracts JV. CC finally gets in and draws back but JV turns around and CC backs off, then JV immediately turns around and pops HJ, who was sneaking up from behind. CC grabs his cane and whacks JV in the knee, then grabs the hammer and chokes JV while HJ grabs a chair. Gary Valiant (in a neck brace) runs out to save to a huge pop! The Valiants pinball HJ as CC bails. Valiants dance and celebrate with the fans as Show #2 ends

Next Friday: a regular SAW show
Friday 11/16: Next SAW TV taping

NOTES: I was told that Shultz went back to work for Bert Prentice, which to me is not a big shock. Raige could be from OVW since I think he came down with Lightfoot & D. Adams, as could Fountain.

Credit: Jimmie Daniel