Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Good Riddance to Jeff Fisher

About time that useless idiot NFL coach Jeff Fisher got fired after he scammed Rams for more money on extension and decide do his typical poor job. No coach killed more quarterback careers than him. In a league where it has evolved into spreading the passing game Jeff Fisher never evolved as he no trust in any quarterback that played on his team. He never wanted Jared Goff to play despite the team he coaching for chose him. Jared Goff must be glad as his career received another lifeline without that cocksucker roaming the sidelines. Just because he went to one Super Bowl doesn't mean shit when he had 6 winning seasons out of 22. It's beyond mediocrity and wonder how much dick did he suck to keep head coaching job. Hope no NFL team gives this useless piece of shit a coaching job ever.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Cubs Win and Made All-Star Game More Useless

In a thrilling game 7 Cubs fought off another postseason collapse with least likely Rajai Davis doing the damage for Indians in the late innings and scoring much needed two runs in extras to finally break 108 year World Series championship drought. I'm glad they won not because of the drought. I'm glad they made then-commissioner Bud Selig decision of having winning league of All-Star game get home-field advantage a very useless incentive. After 2002 All-Star tie embarrassment he made the call to use winner of All-Star game get home-field advantage incentive prop. Nothing but mixed results since final World Series game played at away. Cubs won the game on the road at the Indians ballpark in game 7 putting away home-advantage myth. Look into NHL and NBA this year the championship team won at their opponent arena. Home-field advantage doesn't matter anymore. It's open season whether home, away, or neutral sites. How to fix the All-Star game? Offer bunch of non-contract bonus money to play. See how many willing play hard for cash.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Set Completed

It is now completed. Seven years ago, Upper Deck put out 600 card O-Pee-Chee baseball set. The packs were affordable and so were the boxes. It was no-frills, old school just cards type set while few inserts. I put this set together when it came out buying up packes, boxes both blaster and hobby, and acquiring singles online from closed down Sportsbuy to Sportlots. Yesterday I received the envelope of cards to add and complete a set. One of the cards was this:
The last card I needed to complete 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball set. I put that card in 2K9 OPC blinder. Then I looked through 67 pages of OPC cards checking to make sure every spot filled and the numbers aren't skipped. Page after page of cards til I go to last page and saw card 600 (Joe Martinez) I knew my mission was completed. After seven years I finally completed 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball set.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 Topps Minor Baseball box break

Got my hands on box of this year's Topps Minor League baseball. For those who enjoy minor leagues its a fun set put together. Got 3/4 of the base set and no duplicates. As for the variations and the inserts I got the following:
Three Minor Miracles cards featuring the following highlights: Derek Fisher California League debut, Mike Hessman the minor league homerun king, and Jordan Patterson game-winning homerun at New Britain final game. I would not be surprise if Fisher made it to Astros club next season. Patterson did get cup of coffee in the majors this season. Hessman retired and became a coach.
Blue border base card of Felix Jorge and Willie Calhoun which runs 1:10 packs and serial to 99.
1967 Topps sticker cards of the following: Dansby Swanson (this gonna sting Diamondbacks for a long time), Christian Arroyo, Jon Harris, Derek Fisher, Mike Gerber, and Screwball (Reading Fightin Phils mascot)
Base facsimile signature of one Dodgers hottest pitching prospect Jose DeLeon.It runs 1:123 pack. Impressive.
On-card autograph of Brett Phillips who spent his season at Double-A.
Raimel Tapia game-used jersey card who spent time with Rockies AA, AAA, and major league club this season. For the jersey its likely from his time as New Britain Rock Cats from last season which became Hartford Yard Goats.

Now I need to finish the final 1/4 of the base set along with the short prints.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fragments of the Farm

I purchased a pack of this year's Topps Pro Debut. I wasn't expecting much out of it. I ended up getting one card......a very thick card. What did I pull?
A game used base card from Rome Braves stadium. It's a damn nice relic card. This is not first time I pulled a rubber base card from a pack. My first one from 2001 Topps with autograph of then Pirates manager Gene LaMont. Both are nice cards. Another relic card to my collection.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jose Fernandez

On Sunday, the baseball world lost one of young stars, Jose Fernandez, in a tragic boating crashing. In his short time he made impact of the game. He threw a no-hitter in his rookie season only to be sidelined the following year with Tommy John surgery. He came with vengeance pitching as he never lost a step on the mound earning trips to All-Star game. His infectious smile and enjoyment of the game followed him making him beloved by teammates and fans and being the face of Miami Marlins. Jose Fernandez will be missed by everyone in the baseball world.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Match of the Week: Kintaro Kanemura vs Hayabusa (FMW 8/11/01)

Match of the Week: Kintaro Kanemura vs Hayabusa (FMW 8/11/01)
When I got into FMW I was introduce to the exploits of man with many first names in wrestling. He went through Ricky, W*ING, and Yukihiro before settling on Kintaro. What remains the same is his humor in the ring and putting his body through 25 years of hardcore wrestling style. He's calling it a career embarking on retirement tour with his last match scheduled in December. There so many highlights of his career some good, some bad, and few that might have ended his career. He survived and continue on being the unofficial king of Japanese indies. One of his highlights is his match against the late Hayabusa.

In FMW storyline, battle for ownership stakes on the line with Hayabusa putting up his 5% of his stock and WEW World title in 2-out-3 falls team matches on this show against the late Kodo Fuyuki team. On Hayabusa team is him, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Biomonster DNA while team Fuyuki consist of Mr. Gannosuke and Kanemura alongside with him. Series tied 1-1 with this being deciding match. In attendance of the show and commentary is Stuart Levy of US-based Tokyo Pop. He's part of the group trying win Hayabusa 5% to become majority owner of FMW.

Kanemura brawling style getting the best of Hayabusa outside the ring. Hayabusa goes on a rise countering Kanemura's offense and set ups putting him through a table with a frankensteiner Kanemura had set up. He dealt with interference from long tine rival Mr. Gannosuke and Mammoth Sasaki who chokeslammed him while warring factions fought outside the ring. End came when Hayabusa went for his trademark Stardust Press, but missed allowing Kanemura to hit three thunder fire bombs to the take WEW World title and Hayabusa 5% of the company making Tokyo Pop as majority owner and Yoshida as FMW president.

FMW would close six months later. Kanemura continued on throughout Japanese feds with shots at Zero One and Big Japan Wrestling and running shows under Apache Army name. He survived bad injuries and scandal that have threaten his career. His continued on til his body can't take no more. Outside the brawler is fun-loving goof who enjoys performing in the ring. Going to miss the guy and his Team No Respect dance.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Match of the Week: Arn Anderson/Tully Blanchard vs Demolition (WWF Saturday Night Main Event (7/29/89)

Match of the Week: Brain Busters vs Demolition (WWF Saturday Night Main Event 7/29/89)
A mainstay of NWA, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard ventured up north into WWF getting paired with Bobby "the Brain" Heenan and immediately liven up tag team scene for a year. They reached the pinnacle of WWF tag team division in this match.

At the previous WWE Saturday Night Main Event they took on tag team champions, Demolition, which they won in disqualification. On this SNME show they had a rematch in 2-out-of-3 falls match.

Brain Busters tries to out-wrestle Demolition using various double team moves and cheating measures. Demolition returned fire with their smash-mouth brawling. Demolition takes the first fall after Smash hits a hotshot on Arn Anderson. Second fall came when Demolition gets disqualified for excessive double teaming. During that time the late Andre the Giant showed up. Final fall came when Bobby Heenan distracted the ref just for Andre the Giant to slide a chair to Tully. He clobbered Smash with it and Arn pinned him to take WWF tag team titles ending Demolition 17 month long tag team title reign. The Heenan Family celebrates with another set of titles.

Arn and Tully WWF tag title reign last for over 4 months before dropping it back to Demolition. They were on their way back to NWA/WCW when this happened. Tully gets fired from WWF after failing drug test. Word of failed test gets back to NWA/WCW who didn't want him back. Arn returned and stayed to the end when WWF bought them out. Tully, with his career in shambles, turned to ministry and preaches on the word of God. His daughter Tessa went on become a wrestler.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ode to Hastings

Last month Hasting Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Last Thursday they announced there are closing and liquidating all their stores. End of era and place I will miss. For me who used to live in west Texas cities, Hastings was vital part of my life. It's a place I could go to rent movies, browse through and purchase books, music, and movies, or just hang out. For there's nothing to do I would go there. Another place I grew up biting the dust. I will sure miss Hastings big time.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Match of the Week: Masato Tanaka vs Balls Mahoney (ECW Hardcore TV #271)

Match of the Week: Masato Tanaka vs Balls Mahoney (ECW Hardcore TV #271)
1998 is the year then FMW wrestler Masato Tanaka made his US debut in ECW. This is his second appearance in ECW and first at the famed ECW Arena going against Balls Mahoney in front of wild, bloodthirsty crowd.

He made quick impression out wrestling Balls early on then went toe-to-toe in a brawl outside. Once they got back in the ring both had chair battle trading sick chair shots on each other and still got up to roar of ECW crowd. Balls tries go for Nutcracker Suite on to the chairs, but Tanaka turns it to tornado DDT on to the chairs for the win. He won ECW Arena crowd for his skills and toughness.

It's first of many battles these two had. Both teamed up a bit later in the year winning ECW tag team titles from Dudleyz. He returned in another stint ECW in late 1999 holding world heavyweight title. Known for his toughness,Tanaka continue blaze a career in Japan with FMW then Zero 1 and various Japanese feds.

Balls Mahoney stayed with ECW til it closed and worked around northeast including short stint in TNA. Wrestled in WWE with the ill-fated ECW revival brand. He passed away this year.

Catch this match on WWE Network

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Match of the Week: Athena vs Su Yung (ACW Distrust, Dismay & Antisocial Behavior 2015)

Match of the Week: Athena vs Su Yung (ACW Distrust, Dismay & Antisocial Behavior 2015)
Pika-Su vs Charthena
Nintendo released PokemonGO app earlier this week and immediately became a big hit. So big that it got people socializing, talking, and in some cases, get shot or falling to their deaths while chasing Pokemon in public using their phone and not looking in their way.

What does this do with wrestling? How about match featuring Pokemon battle? Say what? What in creative minds would do such a thing? Creativity belongs to women wrestlers Athena and Su Yung.

Last year in Anarchy Championship Wrestling, Athena defeated Su Yung to win ACW Joshi title after spending half of 2014 chasing her. Their second battle happened at Queen of Queens when they faced other in semifinals with Athena coming on top and on her way to winning the tournament and retaining Joshi title. Two months later at this show, they faced each other in third and final match between the two. Billed as final showdown these two took creativity off the charts.

Match started with bad blood with slaps then submission holds and the original ref taking a beating as well. Both got outside the ring when anarchy happened as the locker room emptied out and brawled. After the brawl both came out under the ring dressed in Pokemon kigu with Su Yung dressed as Pikachu and Athena as Charmander. They battled to Pokemon theme and Su Yung using yellow streamers as thunderbolt on Athena. Another interference when Angel Blue appeared cutting off strand of Athena's hair. Jessica James makes the save attacking Angel Blue til one of Blue's henchmen VG Allin put stop to it. During this time both Athena and Su Yung went under the ring. Baby Dumplins came out and help Jessica James ward off attack from Angel Blue and VG Allin chasing them out to the back. Athena and Su Yung re-emerge this time as DC Comics women with Su Yung as Catwoman and Athena as Supergirl. Both went on having hard hitting straight wrestling match battling in and out of the ring. Su Yung had Athena in armbar/headscissors submission which she got out. Athena hook STF variation on Su Yung making her tap to win the final battle.

In Athena post match speech she talked how both came up with creative touch on this match. After thanking everyone she dropped a bombshell this is her last match thus vacating ACW joshi title. Reason? She signed development deal with NXT. Amazing way go out in a fed she called home for years.

This year at Wrestlemania weekend I end up running into Su Yung and talked about the match. I wish I mention about their Queen of Queens match because I enjoy that as well. I wish she appeared down here again.

There you have it. Two women wrestlers Athena and Su Yung use their creativity featuring Pokemon and DC Comics women making this match fun and memorable to this fan.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Match of the Week: Outsiders vs Sting/Randy Savage/Lex Luger (WCW Bash at the Beach 1996)

Match of the Week: Outsiders vs Sting/Randy Savage/Lex Luger (WCW Bash at the Beach 1996)
The day Hulkamania died and New World Order arrived
The match and turn that changed the wrestling world and made WCW no. 1 for almost two years. It started when Scott Hall and Kevin Nash declared war on WCW. They took it further when Kevin Nash powerbombed Eric Bischoff through a table. They follow it up assaulting Arn Anderson, American Males, and Rey Misterio who got thrown face first on to production truck. Then this match at main event of Bash at the Beach where it was three-on-three encounter. Going to show Outsiders have not said who's the third member.

Started as two-on-three encounter with Hall and Nash dominating Team WCW with Luger getting taken out early in the match. Sting and Savage fought valiantly, but Hall and Nash kept overpowering them. Hulk Hogan showed up thought to save WCW from Hall and Nash. Instead Hogan hits the legdrop heard around the world aligning himself with Hall and Nash in one of biggest shocks in wrestling. After over decade and half being hero to the fans now Hogan turned to the other side becoming a heel. Soon ring litter with debris and trash at the three. Cut from from all showings is a fan attempting get in the ring only get stomped out. Hogan cuts a blistering heel promo with Tony Schiavone ending the show with the words, "Hulk Hogan you can go to hell!"

This is a big deal. When started watching I grew up cheering for Hulk Hogan. I was a Hulkamaniac. To see him turn heel shocked the hell out of me. Not because it came out of nowhere he's the guy that told all his Hulkamaniacs to say their prayers, take their vitamins, and never go wrong. Witness him tell the fans to shut up and stick it becoming a prima donna was all brand new to fans that grew up around 80s and early 90s. New World Order sent WCW to new heights making big money and dominating over WWF during that short period.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Match of the Week: Steve Austin vs Jake Roberts (WWF King of the Ring 1996)

Match of the Week: Steve Austin vs Jake Roberts (WWF King of the Ring 1996)
Austin 3:16 said I just whipped your ass!
The birth of Austin 3:16. Steve Austin wasn't even suppose to win King of the Ring. Triple H was penciled in as winner, but got punished for Kliq Curtain Call. Austin got the nod. He defeated Marc Mero on the PPV moving him to the finals, but a kick from Mero sent him to hospital for stitches in middle of PPV. Came back and made short work of Jake Roberts targeting the injured ribs before taking victory. It was at his coronation he cuts his infamous Austin 3:16 promo jumpstarting his way to main event and face of WWF during Attitude Era. Strange how changes from the original plans sent WWF from being bottom rung to the top in two years.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Match of the Week: CM Punk vs John Cena (WWE Money in the Bank 2011)

Match of the Week: CM Punk vs John Cena (WWE Money in the Bank 2011)
Five years ago, CM Punk gave the pipe bomb heard around the world thus kickstarting WWE version "Summer of Punk" storyline leading to this match against John Cena for WWE World Heavyweight title. Outside the ring Punk's contract was coming up and set to expire after Money in the Bank. There been talks of him not going to re-sign with WWE after the show. After he gave his infamous pipe bomb shoot promo he became most talked about wrestler with wrestlers, fans, and the media. With realism of his contract status up in the air gave main event of Money in the Bank huge buzz which was held in his hometown of Chicago. During the build he proclaim himself as "The Voice of the Voiceless." Vince McMahon threaten to fire John Cena if he does not beat Punk making it high stakes. Cena fighting for the company. Punk fighting for himself and the voices of the voiceless.

Big question mark is what's going to happen at the match. Will they straight up wrestle for clean finish? DQ finish? Be another screwjob finish? Bunch of crazy possibilities going into the match.

In the match these two put on 40 minute clinic trying out beat each other for the WWE World Heavyweight title. The loud rabid Chicago crowd fully backing their hometown guy and booing John Cena over each move they performed. The commentary was golden as they talk about possible impact if Punk wins. Vince McMahon sent John Laurenitis to screw CM Punk, but John Cena would not let it happen. Punk hits Cena with Go 2 Sleep for the win and WWE World Heavyweight title. Soon Vince sic Alberto del Rio on Punk only to eat a kick to the head. Punk escaped to the wild hometown crowd celebrating.

Behind the scenes Punk did re-sign with WWE on day of the show, but Summer of Punk storyline continued. He posted a picture of WWE World Heavyweight title in his fridge then crashing Wizard World panel that was hosted by Triple H. The angle and storyline fizzled out going into Summerslam. The months, June and July of 2011, produced one hell of entertaining RAW moment and great match at Money in the Bank.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Match of the Week: Steiners vs Sting/Lex Luger (WCW Superbrawl 1991)

Match of the Week: Steiners vs Sting/Lex Luger (WCW Superbrawl 1991)
Twenty-five years this dream match happen. This is during time face vs face matches were rare. You have face of WCW and former WCW World Heavweight champion Sting, United States champion Lex Luger and WCW tag team champions Rick and Scott Steiner. All four are top faces of the company. You put all four whom are friends in a match for tag team titles. Before the match a damn good video building up the match that is one better ones WCW produced. All four buddies have intense friendly battle hitting power move after power move for over 10 minutes of action. Also showed why to have Sting as your buddy saving Lex Luger from Nikita Koloff taking a chain shot from him. Wish he would cut some loose after getting backstabbed so many times.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Super Dragon/Excalibur vs Rising Son/Taro (XPW Redemption 2001)

Match of the Week: Super Dragon/Excalibur vs Rising Son/Taro (XPW Redemption 2001)
It was this match that expanded my horizon into world of SoCal wrestling. I could go on long rant strange state of wrestling in 2001. Maybe I should do that in later time. Some ramblings before the match.....

There was two well known feds in SoCal at the time. One was UPW, whom once had WWE development deal producing John Cena, Samoa Joe, and Miz. The other was XPW, who earn not so sterling reputation being ECW ripoff and still stinging from backlash of incident at Heatwave 2000 PPV. I still gave them a chance. If it wasn't for that chance I would not have seen this match and explore other parts of SoCal feds. I bought copy of XPW Redemption at Sam Goodys which has since long closed down. I popped this tape on VHS and this was the first match. I looked at the back of cover and it wasn't advertised.

As for the match they went balls to the wall for 10 minutes in a style I never before. It was mix of high flying and stiff strong style wrestling beating the crap out of each other. It was later I found out this style was called hybrid. They were performing revolutionary moves not seen in the states throughout the match. 619? Rising Son did it before Rey Misterio. Cradle implant DDT? Seen cradle DDT but never in implant form. Super Dragon hitting various high flying moves such as corkscrew splash. Excalibur show off a tiger driver in the match. Pyschodriver? Never seen anyone did it before Super Dragon and he did two variations in the match. The crowd? They started off negative and these four won them over once the match ended.
This match got me dig more deeper into SoCal wrestling indy scene. What I saw was a revolutionary hybrid style that set SoCal wrestling apart from everyone else. It was quick fast and hard hitting way different than what I have seen at the time. A search of the wrestlers landed me to Revolution Pro, a fed run by wrestler and trainer American Wild Child. RevPro, in turn, was precursor to Pro Wrestling Guerilla as some of wrestlers created the fed started out in RevPro. It lead me to site called SoCal Uncensored, a site dedicated to SoCal indy wrestling. Importance of RevPro wrestlers showing up at XPW help jump start to rise of SoCal indy scene. It got me into the scene.

The post match:
- they were given five minutes in the ring but all four decide go into overtime. Three of four never got invited back while Super Dragon would have one more match in XPW.
- Revolution Pro closed up shop in 2004.
- Super Dragon and Excalibur along four others form Pro Wrestling Guerilla in 2003
- Super Dragon became top guy all of SoCal wrestling. Forced to retire from injuries he would returned years later teaming with Davey Richards til injury hit him again.
- Super Dragon/TARO had killer match at Bart Kapitze Alternative Wrestling Show in mask vs mask match which Super Dragon won
- Rising Son wrestled til injuries caught up to him in 2004. He returned for few matches in 2010. He passed away last year.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Match of the Week: Megumi Kudo vs Combat Toyoda (FMW 5/5/95)

Match of the Week: Megumi Kudo vs Combat Toyoda (FMW 5/5/96)
May 5 in Japanese wrestling is unofficially "FMW Day" as the company hosted big shows on this date. They don't care what day it lands on there be a show on that date. Twenty years ago this match stole the show as two women, Megumi Kudo and Combat Toyoda, battle each other in no rope explosive barbwire match. All four sides covered in barbwire while two sides contains electric explosions when touched. A retiring Combat Toyoda head into the match as FMW and WWA women champion hoping leave as champion like Atsushi Onita did on 5/5/95 show. Challenger Megumi Kudo is the face of FMW women division looking add title win no. 5.

These two told story of lifetime as these two put on a wrestling match in middle of a Japanese deathmatch as they out-wrestle and out-power each other while being surrounded by elements of barbwire. When either one landed on exploding barbwire it made Atsushi Onita looking like nervous wreck. These two women gave their heart and spirit out in this entire match caused Onita to break down after the match.

If you thought the matches Bayley, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch had in NXT was revolutionary Megumi Kudo and Combat Toyoda were 20 years way ahead of them and pushed the envelope with this amazing brutal match.

Toyoda remain retired til she came back for few one-off matches few years later. Last known match for small FMW revival brand in 2008. Kudo would retire the following year and stay out of ring competition entire time. During that time she broke many of joshi fans hearts when she married Hido.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Match of the Week: Steve Austin vs Rock (Backlash 99)

 Match of the Week: Steve Austin vs Rock (Backlash 99)
This match is one forgotten gems they had together. In my opinion, this match is far superior than their Wrestlemania 15 encounter. Going into the match the following happened:

- while Rock got his rematch, Steve Austin wanted his custom smoking skull world heavyweight belt back
- McMahons stacked the odds against Austin with Shane McMahon as referee of the match. Stipulations tacked on if Austin touched him he would be DQ'd and lose the belt
- Vince and Shane McMahon now at each other throats over power
- Rock and Austin battle on the bridge which Rock threw Austin over and into the river along with the "title"
- turns out Rock didn't toss smoking skull belt. He was wearing it and held mock funeral for the belt. Austin gained revenge steamrolling Rock's car. Both fought which Austin sent Rock down to the grave. Shane McMahon bashed Austin from behind with a shovel and is left as the last visual of holding smoking skull belt high in the air over Austin and Rock going to the show.
- before the show started match is made into no holds barred.

At least Austin and Rock made sense while McMahons feuding bit confusing. Then again its Russo style booking.

As for the match both took no hold barred rule seriously at they brawled and tore everything down in their path from fencing, equipment, and announce tables. One of my favorite visual moments when Rock got hold of camera mocking Austin only eat a stunner on top of announce table. The overbooking kicked in trying screw Austin few times. Vince would enter the foray sending one of Hebners as referee of the match and KO'ing Shane with a belt. Steve Austin gave Rock another stunner then a belt shot to retain the title and is shown holding both winged and smoking skull belt at same time.

Another wild fun brawl between the two and would get to pinnacle of it few years later.

The next night on RAW Rock would turn full blown face again leaving The Corporation while Steve Austin save Stephanie McMahon from clutches of The Undertaker whom he kidnapped at end of Backlash.

Friday, April 22, 2016

RIP Prince

This year brutally sucked in deaths. So many favorites and respected people leaving this world. Prince is one my favorite. His musical ability is super uncanny. Going miss him. RIP Prince.

My silly tribute to him in this picture

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Match of the Week: Kurt Angle vs Shane McMahon (2001 WWE King of the Ring)

Back after hiatus and had great Wrestlemania weekend. I watch another classic Shane McMahon bump, this time, live when he went for elbow drop on The Undertaker from top of Hell in the Cell and ended up crashing through announce table. Throughout the years when Shane gets in the ring to battle he found a ways to get on highlight reel with his crazy stunt spots. One of his infamous matches is the crazy match against Kurt Angle at 2001 WWE King of the Ring.
The picture said it all. Both battle each other in the street fight brutally beating each other the entire match. The famous spot was Angle suplexing Shane multiple times on the plexiglass trying get it to break. Post match causality left Angle with broken tailbone and Shane lucky to be alive after nearly killing himself landing on his head when the glass didn't break.

At the end you give Shane McMahon props and respect for willing put his body on the line each and every time for the dangerous spot he perform,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ken Anderson Must Be Biggest Idiot in Wrestling

The title said all. Never have someone given a chance to be a main eventer only to piss it away in both WWE and TNA. He was loud, obnoxious, and clear on the mic. He can work around the ring. He was destined to be main eventer in the big time. But his story shows how bad he blew it.

When he debut in WWE he shined and just when things looking up he got hurt. These things happen. He recovered and given Money in the Bank win at Wrestlemania. Things really looking up but nope, got derailed by injury bug again resulting Edge beating him for Money in the Bank to get it away from him. Recovered and about receive main event push as being Vince McMahon illegitimate son. Then came one final mistake. He went public saying he never used steroids. What happen two weeks later? Got popped for failed drug test resulting in suspension and changing of WWE plans. That killed any trust of him being a main eventer relegating him to midcard status. He got sloppy on wrong person name Randy Orton effectively ending his disappointing WWE tenure. Went to land of misfits on TNA where they take anyone to put on TV and PPV whether old, drunk, drugged up, and willing take late paycheck. He was able main event on smaller scale company with TV and PPV show that try to act big but failing each time becoming champion twice. Yet cracks shown where he just shell of himself and more of loudmouth joke. Just things winding down he expected get another shot at main event. What happen? He showed up and wrestle when he is in no condition to against their longest tenure guy, Eric Young where it was reportedly terrible and cut from TV. At Young instance, TNA drug tested him (the same company that put Jeff Hardy out to wrestle in no condition) and he failed ending his TNA tenure. In silly parting shot Ken Anderson responded "Fuck TNA."

No Anderson fuck you. They gave you opportunity when no one wants touch you after your failed WWE effort putting the title on you twice. When given a chance you found a way to blow it. Whether its ill-timed injuries to opening your big mouth to your sloppiness. You somehow piss off the big players in the respected companies and you crossed another one of your last opportunity.

So many times in wrestling there wrestlers that got the rug pulled under them due to booking. Except for Ken Anderson he pulled the rug under him by himself when on verge of launching to the top. He end up stranded on the pad. He now coined the term "Ken Anderson'd" when it comes to wrestlers who blew their potential main event status.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Sad Hayabusa passed away. He's one of my all-time favorites to grace the ring. My first Japanese wrestling tape I ever got was FMW 4/30/98 and 5/19/98 shows. He stood out way more and became huge FMW fan as result. His feud with childhood friend and rival Mr. Gannosuke is one of underrated feuds in wrestling. He always brought the best out of everyone he faced such as Masato Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and the late Kodo Fuyuki. A freak ring accident left him paralyzed ending his in-ring career. Despite it all he continued to be in wrestling in some form. The guy loved this business. Being true fighter he worked hard through his paralysis and last year able to walk unaided. Like a phoenix he risen from re-birth from being ace of a company through serious injuries to promoting and have new career in singing. Rest in peace Hayabusa and may you be re-born and rise again.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Match of the Week: Daniel Bryan vs Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro/Ryback (WWE RAW 7/22/13)

Match of the Week: Daniel Bryan vs Jack Swagger/Cesaro/Ryback (WWE RAW 7/22/13)
Last week Daniel Bryan announced his retirement as years of in-ring punishment finally caught up to him. I was fortunate to watch him live in person few times. One of the times was this live RAW I attended. This was build to Summerslam which then champion John Cena handpicked Bryan as his opponent. On this night they had contract signing and Daniel Bryan got booked in a gauntlet match against three wrestlers to showcase he truly belong on WWE PPV main event. I called this RAW moment "30 Minutes with Daniel Bryan" because he wrestled 30 minutes or more on main event of RAW. Think about it and put this in mind. They put Daniel Bryan to wrestle on RAW main event for more than 30 minutes minutes. Before this match the last time I remember RAW given lot of time to wrestler(s) in a match was Shawn Michaels and John Cena in near hour battle.

This entry feature the photos I took of this match. His first match was against Jack Swagger who vanquished him in three minutes with a Yes Lock. His second opponent is Swagger's partner Antonio Cesaro as they had hard-hitting back and forth match with Bryan winning after countering Cesaro's Swiss Miss into inside cradle. TV timing have it for almost 15 minutes. Match was good on TV, but far superior live in person. Being there live I can tell this match of the year candidate while the two commercial breaks took it away. His last opponent was Ryback who bullied and dominated a tired Bryan in the match. Bryan made small comeback only get knocked back down. Ryback set up a table outside the ring only get met with flying Daniel Bryan. It started another comeback ending with Bryan putting Yes Lock on Ryback which he used the ropes to break it. He went for one too many high risk move as Ryback catches and counter with powerbomb on the floor. He powerbombed him again this time through a table resulting DQ and victory to Daniel Bryan. The match reached around 10 minutes. In the post match John Cena saved Daniel Bryan beating Ryback up. At the end of the gauntlet Daniel Bryan lasted more than 30 minutes.
You think that was end of this? Wrong! This post RAW dark match featured John Cena taking Mark Henry. The Shield came out attacking both wrestlers with Daniel Bryan making the save. The match turn into six men tag with John Cena, Mark Henry, and Daniel Bryan taking on The Shield which ended in a DQ. On that night he wrestled in four matches in likely total of 40-45 minutes.
There are moments you have to be there. This is one of those moments. Thank you Daniel Bryan!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Match of the Week: Christian vs Chris Jericho (Wrestlemania 20)

Match of the Week: Christian vs Chris Jericho (Wrestlemania 20)
It started with $1 Canadian bet between best friends on who can nail one of hottest woman wrestler. Turns out to be a mistake when one started develop feelings for her thinking its more deep than friends. His best friend try snap him out of it saying she's not interested. His best friend is also saying she got an eye on someone which is him. This led to split between friends duking it out for her affections at Wrestlemania. The potential love interest wander down cheering on the one who is love sick for her. Got involved only get thrown to the corner. When the one smitten with love checked on her she inadvertently elbowed him into a rollup and loss to his former best friend. She consoled him only slap him few times and went to his "best friend" side with a kiss to remember. At the end the asshole get the girl while nice guys finish last. Love hurts.

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