Friday, September 19, 2014

It's Friday! Honor Jimi Hendrix

Yesterday was the 44th anniversary of death of Jimi Hendrix.  My first real exposure to Hendrix beyond hearing his songs on the radio from time to time was in high school.  Dad (GW) had gotten out his 8-track player and set it up in my room.  My favorite 8-tracks were the Jimi Hendrix ones and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Anyhow, I spent hours listening to "Are You Experienced."  The first song that really grabbed me was "Hey Joe."  To this day it's still one of my favorite songs and almost certainly my favorite song by Hendrix (although not one he actually wrote).

I remember going to the Turtle's in my hometown of Fayetteville, GA and using a couple of my gift coins and being able to get "The Ultimate Experience" for $4 out of pocket. That my friends was a good day.

 RIP James Marshall Hendrix

As for this weekend, we've got a big SEC showdown between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Gators from Gainesville, FL.  Also we've got the Tyrone Founders Day parade which my family will be a part of representing FBC Tyrone.  On Sunday I intend to take my son to his first wrestling show as part of the Founders day festivities.

Hopefully you all have a great weekend too.

Upload Credit: Abel Saiz Millana

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bad News Barrett Discusses Injury and Return

Bad News Barrett is a guy that I've liked for a while now, but his last run really ramped up my excitement for him and his future in WWE.  Unfortunately, a shoulder injury sustained against another favorite of mine, Jack Swagger, derailed his push.

Barrett was in India recently doing some promotional work for the upcoming WWE 2K15.  Here are some highlights from that interview from Sportskeeda via DOT NET.

Injury Return
"I will be back probably by December, with WWE doing their European tour this winter."
Blame Swagger?
"I don't really blame him for the injury, I've been asked that before. It is just one of those things. And, unfortunately, you can get two guys, very experienced, like Jack Swagger and myself, and sometimes things go wrong, and that's exactly what happened with regards to my injuries."
 I, personally, was interested to hear the answer to that second question for a couple of reasons.  One, Swagger is an absolute hoss and was slinging Barrett around pretty good in that segment.  Two, Swagger has taken a ton of heat for injuring Barrett in part because of the kick that sidelined Dolph Ziggler for a while.  Now you never know if you're getting a straight answer in a situation like this with Swagger and Barrett both still kicking around WWE.  By the looks of it though Barrett isn't assigning blame to Swagger publicly at least. 

Hopefully, he'll be back better than ever.  That would be some GOOD NEWS!.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RIP "Clawmaster" Jim Zordani

Greg Oliver does another touching obituary for SLAM! Wrestling, but the subject this time isn't a worker.  It's Jim Zordani who is more commonly known as "Clawmaster." 

Basically, if you've ever followed discussions that included results of classic wrestling there's a really good chance that you've been exposed to some of his work.  My main interactions with him were just seeing his results and/or posts on the Wrestling Classics Message Board.  By all accounts he was nothing if not a gentleman.  His work has been a tremendous asset for the wrestling community.

He was a legitimate wrestling historian and he will be missed.

The thread on WCMB in his memory has some excellent stories and really drives home what a tremendous guy he was.  

RIP Mr. Zordani.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WWE 2K15 Delayed on PS4 and Xbox One

Heard rumblings that something was up with WWE 2K15 for a while now and we finally have some news.  The game has been delayed on the PS4 and Xbox One platforms.  2K Games' full statement is below:
Today we're announcing a new next-generation console release date for WWE 2K15 of November 18, 2014 in North America and November 21, 2014 internationally for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 date remains unchanged and will remain October 28, 2014 in North America and October 31, 2014 internationally. This delay is in the interest of delivering the best possible WWE experience to you, the fans, and 2K's development teams are working hard to ensure its success. “Visual Concepts and Yuke’s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles,” said Greg Thomas, President, Visual Concepts. “The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.” We thank you for your continued patience and hope you'll join us on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when WWE 2K15 launches this November!
Like I said, it's not shocking news. I'm just glad that I am stuck on the PS3 and as of right now will still get mine on the original launch date of October 28th.

Mattel WWE Elite Series 33 Announced

Just saw on that Mattel has officially announced the lineup for WWE Elite Series 33.
  • Batista
  • Cesaro
  • Junkyard Dog
  • Roman Reigns
  • Seth Rollins
  • X-Pac
I'm not sure why Batista is appearing again so soon after his appearance in Elite 30 (I believe it was).  Junkyard Dog is the prize of this lineup IMHO.  Although I'll be interested to see what the Reigns and Rollins figs look like since their first Elites were when they were members of The Shield.

Monday, September 15, 2014

NFL Player Ryan Kerrigan Celebrates Likes HBK

I have a love/hate relationship with Deadspin, but this is the kind of stuff I like right here.  NFL player Ryan Kerrigan celebrated a sack like the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and I know about it because of Deadspin. That's a good thing.

The Vine linked there of the celebration is at a bad angle, but there's an awesome shot from the front where you can clearly see Kerrigan doing the HBK.

Good work, Ryan Kerrigan.

Mizdow vs Dolph Ziggler and R-Ziggler

As stupid as it is, I have to admit that Damien Sandow as The Miz's stunt double has been pretty funny.  The funny was ramped up on SmackDown when Dolph Ziggler brought someone in to even the score.  That person was none other than R-Ziggler.

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I know that this type of shenanigans isn't everyone's cup of tea, but to me it's stupid, harmless fun.  Not all wrestling needs to resemble Mid-South Wrestling, you know what I mean?  I'm all for a more serious tone with the product, but there's room for this as well.  I was lukewarm on The Miz as a Hollywood-type heel, but the addition of his stunt double, Damien Sandow has taken that deal to the next level.  Personally, I'm not a huge fan of how Sandow has been used in general, but he's make chicken salad out of chick *bleep* and has been really entertaining.  R-Truth is another guy who is really underrated in a lot of ways.  He's definitely got a place on the roster if for no other reason he's a guy that gets the crowd hyped up when he shows up.  He also has excellent range as demonstrated with his heel run against Cena alongside The Miz from a while back.  Lastly, it seems like Ziggler might finally be heading back up the card to some degree.  He's a talented dude and that's good to see as well.

For some reason I just got a kick out of this whole thing.  It got me thinking about how much potential these four guys have.  Hopefully, they will all be treated better now than they have been for the last little while.  Even if not, they are doing some entertaining work now.  That's enough for me as a fan.

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's Friday! features Paige

Good weekend on the agenda filled with football, family, friends, and Frozen as we celebrate my daughter's fifth birthday a bit early.

No, this week's It's Friday! song isn't "Let It Go."  I was sitting and watching RAW the other night and I realized this song had really grown on me.  Good stuff.

Anyhow, I certainly hope you enjoyed the song and have as great of a weekend as I intent to have.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

RIP Sean O'Haire

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I waited on posting this when I heard the unfortunate news yesterday morning.  I wanted to hear more details if there were any before sharing my thoughts.  Now it feels more appropriate to comment on O'Haire's untimely passing.  As for the details about his passing they are out there and all I have to say about that is suicide is a terrible thing.  I hate to know that anyone is dealing with those types of mental health issues.  Thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family in this difficult time.

Moving away from the details of his passing I figure now is as good a time as any to take a brief look at O'Haire's career.

He was one of the bright spots of later-day WCW.  In the Natural Born Thrillers stable he was the highlight of it in my mind.  "Above Average" Mike Sanders was excellent in the mouthpiece role from what I recall, but O'Haire was the guy that you looked at and said, "He's going to be a star."

That being said most of his success came with two tag teams, Jindrak and O'Haire and Palumbo and O'Haire.  Honestly, that wasn't a bad role at all for a guy like him to get some seasoning.  WWE purchasing WCW was kind of a blessing and a curse.  I have no doubt that he would have been better off in WCW despite its failings simply because there was more room for a guy like him to grow and he would be able to attain a higher level of stardom.  On the other hand, he got some exposure on a bigger stage by being part of the WCW invasion of WWE as a WCW World Tag Team champion with Chuck Palumbo.  Unfortunately, WWE bungled that angle badly.

It seemed though that with his new Devil's advocate gimmick that O'Haire was finally going to get the push that many of us originally saw in his future.  The vignettes were pretty cool and then even as it was modified his pairing with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper seemed like a winner.  I've used this word a lot in this post, but unfortunately WWE seemed to lose faith in it for whatever reason and/or Piper was released for other reasons and O'Haire's push evaporated.

After his abrupt retirement/departure from the business, it didn't take long for him to start showing up on people's "unfulfilled potential" lists.  That really is a shame because for a guy his size he got around the ring well from what I recall.  He was extremely athletic as well. 

Ultimately, I can't help but to think that he is like many other guys from that era that would have benefited from having more options available to him than just WWE. 

Of course any issues with his career pale in comparison to the real-life issues he must have dealt with.  It's always sad for us to lose yet another individual from this industry too soon.  Again thoughts and prayers with his loved ones. 

RIP Sean O'Haire

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jake "The Snake" Roberts' Cancer Has Resurfaced

The Washington Post's Marissa Payne is reporting that Jake "The Snake" Roberts is set for another cancer battle.  Bleacher Report has the information from TMZ Sports that originally credits Ms. Payne. 

How is that for a game of telephone?

Here's what Jake has to say about it and that man has the right attitude in my humble opinion.
"I've gotta have more stuff taken out of my chest, it's cancer," Roberts said. "I'm not afraid, man. I'm very comfortable with my faith. Faith not only in God above, but faith in the people that I have around me."
I think attitude is a very important aspect of dealing with adversity.  By the sounds of it Jake has a great one as he deals with this newest challenge.

South Atlanta Wrestling of course wishes The Snake nothing but the best.  He is after all an official SAW favorite and one of my three favorite wrestlers ever.