Sunday, July 31, 2011

John Cena Pulls an Anthony Weiner

We will have none of those kinds of pictures here, but if you would like to check it out follow this link over to Wrestling Classics and the John Cena tweets nude pic (NSFW) thread.  You don't actually see his "Little Jimmy" as it were, but it's certainly a NSFW pic.  It would appear that the pic was meant to be a Direct Message that was accidently sent out to Twitter at-large.

Cena covered by posting this Tweet some point after it.  For that matter he posted this one about his car as well.

I'd be curious to know if there are any consequences for this.  Luckily for him the picture isn't as revealing as it could have been.  I would love to know if this pops up on WWE's radar at all, honestly.

New Poster for my Office

It appears to be from 1977 based on some of the talent on the show.  I wasn't able to find an exact match listing for that night though.  It's about 22" x 14".  Just need to get a frame now.

WCW Match on RAW

I believe this was the one-and-only "WCW" match on RAW.  This was their shot at using WCW as a separate brand and that died quickly.  Some of the belts were still referred to as WCW belts for a period of time, but I do not recall them ever having another WCW segment like this with different announcers etc.  Double A handles himself here pretty well.  It seems to me from reading some comments that this was also Buff's only WWE appearance.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Road Warriors vs Harley Race/Stan Hansen

I did some research on this card because aside from this being a kind of unusual match, I didn't expect to hear Gordon Solie do play-by-play on a card with the AWA Tag Champions.  I'm not saying Gordon never worked with the AWA, but I just was not aware of it.  Well it turns out this was from a card called NWA/AWA Battle of the Belts 1985.  The color commentator is Mike Graham who was running CWF (Championship Wrestling from Florida) at the time since his father Eddie had committed suicide on Super Bowl Sunday 85.

This really is a fun brawl despite the non-finish.  Harley clearly wasn't in his prime anymore, but he still projected the tough, grizzled bad ass.  The Road Warriors were fairly early into their legendary run and look completely jacked here.  The no-selling is off the charts.  That one spot where Harley hits Hawk with the cowbell was completely disregarded for example.  Stan Hansen is the star of the match for me.  Honestly, Stan would easily be one of my 10 favorite wrestlers of all-time had he not just been a picture and a name in the Apter Mags when I was a kid.  Stan is a lot like Ole Anderson that I appreciate him more now.  The difference was that as a kid I saw Ole, but only saw him during the Horsemen Era and never saw all of his brilliant work before that.  Beyond that Ole wasn't the type of character that was going to impress a kid the way he would a 30+ year old wrestling blogger.  In Stan's case, I knew about him.  I was glad when I saw he won the AWA belt.  I remember his run in WCW fondly, but I just did not get to see enough of him since he was in Japan so much.  His tough, wild man, cowboy gimmick is awesome.  He stands toe-to-toe with the roided up Warriors and looks every bit as bad ass as they do.

Anyhow, this was a really fun match for me due to the individuals involved.  Hope you enjoyed.

Former WWE Diva Maria Talks CM Punk

Maria had an interview recently hightlighted by this Lords of Pain article. One of the topics was CM Punk. This part was the most interesting to me.

What he cares about is wrestling. He cares about the wrestling business. He wants integrity in the wrestling business, and that is why it resonates with the fans. A lot of people care about the fanfare of it all, but they forgot what is wrestling is truly about."

I think she hits the nail right on the head. Punk is a sort of throwback in this day and age. He's a wrestler, not a sports entertainer and he cares about the industry not just taking what the industry can provide him. I think this comes through in his attention to detail. All those little things he does so perfectly that helps get any angle over that he's involved in.

That's what makes CM Punk special.

TWB: TH's 25 Favorite Wrestlers of All-Time

TH of The Wrestling Blog fame just rolled out a list of his Top 25 Favorite Wrestlers of All-Time with number one being revealed yesterday.  The URL of The Wrestling Blog should give you a pretty good idea of who numero uno was by the way.

You can click the links on the list below to see his Top 25.
SAW has already done a Top 10 Favorites of All-Time list as part of GW's Flashbacks, but it is time for me to list my favorites.  My list will obviously be a bit different from TH's.  No Chikaras, no female wrestlers and honestly, no Chris Jericho.  It will be interesting to see what kind of overlap we get honestly.

My format will be a bit different.  There will be an honorable mentions post, the top 10 list will not be ordered until we get to 1, 2 and 3.

Go check his out and mine should be posted soon.

Friday, July 29, 2011

PlayStation Magazine on WWE '12

PTOM had a paragraph long write-up on WWE '12.  What caught my eye was this blurb right here. adition to a limb-targeting feature, which allows us to inflict pain and wear down specific parts of our opponents' bodies before going for the pin.
I guess it must be the Minnesota Wrecking Crew/Original Horsemen fandom coming out in me, but that sounds great.  They used to have a feature like this in the earlier Smackdown games and I really enjoyed making guys limp and hold their shoulders.

WWE '12 sounds like it will be as good as ever.  I can't wait until November.

Jimmy Valiant's War

Do you remember happy-go-lucky "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant? Well this isn't him. I mean it is, but it isn't. I remember Jimmy from all the Saturday night wrestling I watched. My dad, GW, isn't/wasn't a big fan. I never recall him having an edge like this. I must admit that this dances that fine line between intense and cheesy, but Jimmy Valiant pulls it off I think.

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FFA: It's Friday!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

WWE '12: The Rock

Exciting news as The Rock has been revealed as a pre-order incentive for WWE '12. Now The Rock has been in the game recently as a WWE Legend, but this is the first time we get "modern" Rock in a WWE game in a good long while.  Here's an article with specifics about the pre-order incentives including alternate attires for The Miz.

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Jesse Neal Engaged

From Lords of Pain's Marc Middleton, Jesse Neal has gotten engaged.
TNA star Jesse Neal announced on Twitter last night that he and girlfriend wrestler Christina Von Eerie are engaged and will be getting married in Las Vegas. He wrote: "It is official guys me and Christina r engaged! She is the love of my life and we r happier then ever!!!!!"
No word on whether the couple has registered for food stamps yet, but South Atlanta Wrestling will keep you posted.

Michael Tarver

Lords of Pain posted this story that says former Nexus member, Michael Tarver (real name, Tyrone Evans) claimed on Twitter that John Cena intentionally broke his arm and laughed at him for getting injured.

Posted below is the full compilation of those Tweets courtesy of Lords of Pain's, Daniel Pena.  I would like to give Tarver the benefit of the doubt here and say he's working an angle or something. Even if that's the case, this is really bizarre. 
"Family im a baaad man YAHWEH NISSI ,, soooooooo stop me if you heard this one for starters I went from sleeping in a car to being on 2 Wrestlemanias fun fact there soooooo this guy has a dream job but an adv he meets his dream girl assn db on his dream job he was to be away From his kids so he makes it work while spendiing 3 years trying to get his daughter to tampa to live him away from addcict mother

"Now during this dream job he fights trains show crazy potential on the mic regarded as one the best ever in developmental so he moves on ,,,To nxt and raw where he is burried on tv treated like trash back stage to the point where a certain top superstar takes notice of this Guy building steam with his promos back stage and begins to feel threatend so one night on a ppv the champ purposely fractures this Persons arm with a chair and after.the match backstage laughs in his face about it and walks off you know im talking about you just cant see See him anyway he takes out threats to his throne back stage to the point where the even get released from their dream job and ironicaly This guys dream wife leaves him tthreatening to take everything from him a month later on the se day his daughter was to move in with With them now his daughter is hysterical beyond help and has to be sent back home after three years of fighting and one week there

"Hmmmmm makes you wonder is it worth it because in your opinions WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO IS BAD.ENOUGH TO SCARE A BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY So I saw to all things mention ME ,,,,,,,,IM THAT BAD MAN ,,,,,,,,,,,YAHWEH NISSI"

I'm no John Cena fan, but I honestly find these accusations pretty tough to believe.  The reference to scaring a "billion dollar company" makes me think or makes me hope at least that Tarver's just working here.  It will be interesting to see where this goes from here, if anywhere.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Michael McGillicutty's Exit from NXT

Poor Michael McGillicutty. Doesn't get to use his father and grandfather's legendary name. Teams with Jennifer Hudson's husband and jobs in handicap matches even as a WWE Tag Title holder and fumbles, bumbles and stumbles through his NXT exit interview.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CM Punk Returns to RAW

As usual there was lively discussion on A1 about last night's RAW. Considering the events of Monday's RAW it should not be surprising that CM Punk and John Cena were the hottest topics.

If you click the thread linked above you will get a great discussion about the show as well as my raw opinions about the big moment at the end of the show.  Initially, I had formatted this post to include quotes from the A1 thread along with some further explanation of my thoughts.  I quickly realized as I continued to post today that there was no way that was going to work here.  I simply had too many things to say, too many posts to respond to.  What I'm going to try to do now is simply bottom-line a couple of thoughts on CM Punk's return to WWE TV last night.

It was too soon

I believe it was.  WWE had caught lightning in a bottle as it were with the Punk/Cena program.  From the time Punk came down to do the shoot on John Cena until the time he hopped that barricade in Chicago holding the WWE Title was absolute brilliance especially from CM Punk himself. 

Road Warriors Mix It Up with the Horsemen

This whole segment is a heck of a lot of fun and here's why:
  • Hawk shows up ready to dominate.
  • Flair does not play the straight up cowardly heel.  He goes after Road Warrior Hawk.
  • Hawk takes the advantage.
  • Arn and Tully come out to catch Flair as he's tossed over the top.
  • That allows Ole to slide into the ring (nice camera work to catch that) and blindside Hawk.
  • Animal and Paul Ellering come to Hawk's aid but the numbers get to them.
  • Ellering laid out by Dillon with a foreign object.  Animal is given a piledriver outside the ring.
  • The way the Horsemen attack Hawk like a pack of rabid dogs is great.
  • Old school beat downs without silly weapons and overdone gimmicks really are effective if sold properly.
To me, that's a really great segment.  The Horsemen come off as sadistic heels yet again.  Hawk looks good after manhandling the world champion.  The little things make it work so much better than a lot of the unrealistic things we often see in wrestling.

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John Cena's Funny Dance

Actually, it appears to me that he was riffing on Shane O'Mac's old entrance dance. Cena gets a lot of crap here on SAW, but I felt compelled to share something that I thought was pretty well entertaining.

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Monday, July 25, 2011


Lords of Pain posted some excerpts from a recent RVD interview and one of the quotes really caught my eye:
The most common comment I hear every day from fans that spot me for the first time at a restaurant, mall or beach. The one comment I get is, ‘RVD, you’re my favorite wrestler. What happened? Are you not wrestling anymore? Why did you retire?’

Wow, if that doesn't tell you that TNA/Impact Wrestling isn't in the same stratosphere as WWE, I don't know what will.  It really is a shame because I would love to see a company come along that could be a legitimate number two to WWE.  I simply do not think TNA has it in them to make the right choices to help them become more competitive.  They have been so poorly managed for so long, I'm not even sure it matters what they do at this point.

RIP Dr. Merle Hamburger

The AJC had this obituary today for Dr. Merle Hamburger.  As soon as I saw the name it took me back to the days of the South Atlanta Boys (myself and SAW contributor Norko among several others) driving up to Cornelia, GA to see NWA WildSide wrestling.  I thought it odd that the photographer that covered WildSide shared a name with a doctor at the CDC.  It turns out that they did not share a name. 
One of Dr. Hamburger's favorite diversions was pro wrestling, which he turned into a business sideline.
Atlanta wrestling promoter Bill Behrens said Dr. Hamburger started as a fan. "At first Merle would take photos of wrestlers -- pictures they would buy to use to market themselves. ... Then he photographed a couple of wrestlers' weddings, and the next thing you know he was photographing weddings for nonwrestler clients."
Dr. Merle Hamburger was the photographer who covered NWA WildSide back when we were making that trip every other week to Cornelia.  Merle, as we knew him, was a friendly guy and always looked like he was having fun out there.

Here's my favorite story of Merle.  WildSide ran a show at the Globe Theater in Atlanta.  The way it was laid out we were left standing at a rail for the show.  The South Atlanta Boys saw a futon that we thought we might be able to use to sit on if we moved it over the rail.  As we had this futon about halfway over the rail Merle comes up and sternly says, "What are you doing?!"  We started to put it back down as we fumble for an apology and Merle flashes a big grin and says something like, "What do I care?"  We all got a big laugh out of it. 

Anyhow, it saddened me to read this today.  It is really unfortunate that I was not aware of all the other things Merle did aside from taking quality photos at wrestling events.  He sounds like a really special individual and I'm sure he will be missed.

RIP Merle.

The Miz is an Awesome Heel

Noticed this in a live report of a SmackDown house show in Pittsburgh, PA: 
The Miz went to another section of the audience and took a little girl's sign that said "Rey Mysterio When I Grow Up Will You Marry Me?" and mocked the sign and the little girl. The Miz took the girl's sign in the ring, tore it into three or four pieces and left it at ringside. My girlfriend noted that the girl at ringside was visibly upset and appeared to be crying. Rey went over to the fan and spoke with her for around 30 seconds.
It's nothing revolutionary, but that's some good old fashioned heel work by the Miz there.  One of the reasons it caught my eye was the fact that there have been some rumblings that WWE may try to turn the Miz face.   If that is the case, I'd say it isn't imminent or you would think the Miz would be dialing down the heelishness a bit by now. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Trevor Murdoch WWE Update

Just over a month ago I posted that Trevor Murdoch was heading back to WWE.  As a fan of his from the Cade & Murdoch days I was stoked about this news.  Apparently this is no longer the case.

Bleacher Report has an article dated June 29th that the offer was yanked by WWE.  This allegedly came directly from Trevor's Facebook page, but I haven't seen a direct link to that on any of these news sites.  I found a page that appeared to be his legitimate page, but it was private. 

The given reason by John Laurinaitis was "budget cuts."  Regardless the reason, I think it is a shame that we won't get to see Trevor Murdoch in WWE in the foreseeable future.

Madison Rayne Does Not Appreciate Criticism

Lords of Pain had a story about TNA Knockout Madison Rayne's response to a blogger who criticized here work on Impact Wrestling.  Here's what she said: 
"You sir, are a d*ckhead," she wrote to Dustin Nichols of the Camel Clutch Blog. "Get a real job. =) that’s all!"
It is absolutely hilarious to me how thin-skinned some are in the industry.  It is also funny that some seem to have such utter disdain for those who are really the biggest supporters of pro-wrestling.

Lords of Pain did link to Dustin Nichols' response here as well. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Magnum TA Destroyed by the Minnesota Wrecking Crew

This is a simple and effective angle that generated great heat and makes everyone look good.  One of the guys posted the other day about Magnum TA "having a bad day" and that's absolutely the truth.  He lost the US Title, got punked by the Andersons in the locker room, missed his shot at the tag straps, tried to save Dusty from a beatdown and caught another beating.

Thanks to the wonders of YouTube we can watch this all play out right now.

Flair Returning to Ring

According to this article, SAW favorite "Nature Boy" Ric Flair is heading back to being an in-ring competitor. 

His opponent will either be Sting or Kurt Angle according to Flair and that is based on the outcome of Hardcore Justice on August 7th. 

I'm a huge Flair mark.  I mean just look at the slogan of South Atlanta Wrestling, but while I see value in him as a manger I have zero desire to see him in the ring.  I don't think Ric will ever give it up as long as he can physically go though.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wrestling Figures Wish List Updated

There were a lot of great pictures of new product being released at SDCC. These include the new Elite CM Punk and the Elite Alberto Del Rio for example. There was another picture that caught my eye.  It listed who was next in the WWE Legends line.  It is below courtesy of Ringside Collectibles and Wrestling

Here's the original Wrestling Figure Wish List I did back on July 1st with the announced ones highlighted.
  • Magnum TA
  • Big Bossman
  • Harley Race
  • The Horsemen
    • "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
    • "Double A" Arn Anderson
    • Tully Blanchard
    • Ole Anderson
    • Lex Luger
    • Barry Windham
  • The Fabulous Freebirds
    • Michael "PS" Hayes
    • Buddy Jack Roberts
    • Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy
    • Jimmy "Jam" Garvin
  • DDP, Diamond Dallas Page
  • Tazz
  • Stan "The Lariat" Hansen
  • Bruiser Brody
  • Ron Simmons (as Faarooq, still want a WCW Ron Simmons though)
  • JBL
  • Abdullah the Butcher
  • Midnight Express
    • "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey
    • "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton
    • Randy Rose
  • Brock Lesnar
  • nWo
    • Hollywood Hogan
    • Kevin Nash
    • Scott Hall
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Booker T
  • The Steiner Brothers
  • The Dudley Boyz
  • Sting
  • Larry Zbyszko
  • Junkyard Dog
  • "Sweet" Stan Lane
  • Steve Keirn
The italicized names at the bottom were the three guys who I forgot to put on the list, but I added in the comments section.

I'm liking what I'm seeing there.  I do hope they get around to the Fabulous Freebirds and Stan Hansen at some point.  If you're going to give me the Von Erichs then I need their natural rivals and SAW favorites the Freebirds as well. 

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Since this was posted I noticed the following post on  Basically the reason they are beginning to offer some Legends in other series is that the WWE Legends series will be Matty Collector exclusive.  Andre the Giant will be the first figure and we will get to vote on the other five for 2012 on the Matty Collector site.  I voted today for DDP, Barry Windham, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson and Magnum TA. 

FFA: It's Friday!

Hope you had a great week and a better weekend.  Going OT and a little different this week.  I absolutely love this song. 

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Mattel WWE SDCC Coverage, my favorite wrestling figure news site, has been doin' work at the San Diego Comic-Con.  There are some interesting offerings coming out.  Most importantly there is some news on future WWE Legends Series. 

Here are links to the coverage.  Later today there should be a follow-up with some of my thoughts about the proposed WWE Legends and comparisons to the Wrestling Figure Wish List feature done here on SAW.

Mattel/WWE Day 1 Coverage

Mattel/WWE Day 2 Coverage:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

CM Punk Crashes SDCC

TH's Wrestling Blog has footage of one CM Punk (the greatest) crashing the Mattel/WWE event at the San Diego Comic-Con.  He engages in a verbal battle with new storyline Chairman of the WWE, Triple H.  Of course, since CM Punk is the absolute greatest this is good as gold. 

Seriously you need to swing by the TWB link above to see the magic that is Punk.  In general, WWE is nailing this angle right now.  Vince McMahon starting the tournament to crown a WWE Champion while barely acknowledging Punk was the right move.  If CM Punk really bailed on WWE while champion that is pretty much exactly how it would be dealt with so it made perfect sense.  Using the attempt to fire John Cena as a way to replace VKM at the top of WWE was smart as well.  One simple reason for this was what Triple H says in the SDCC confrontation.  He tries to get CM Punk to listen to reason because there's a new boss etc.  I hope WWE has the guts to keep Punk off the air while having him run around with the title like he has.  If they keep this up people will be absolutely foaming at the mouth to see him return and confront Triple H, Vince or the new WWE Champion.

It's going to be a fun ride I think.

Kevin Nash's WWE Legends Deal

As most of you know Kevin Nash has been under a WWE Legends deal for some time.  This happened around the time of the 2011 Royal Rumble as Diesel was one of the surprise competitors.  According to this note on Lords of Pain, Nash is actually under a different type of deal than most who sign them.
Kevin Nash is reportedly is signed to a different WWE Legends deal than everyone else. Usually the Legends deals are that you make a percentage of the revenue your name and likeness generate, and they pay you a small amount of per year as a retainer of sorts. Nash is receiving a significant amount of money and as you know, right now is doing very little work for the company. Nash is said to be frustrated because he thought the reaction he got at the Royal Rumble would lead to something else on TV.
 There was a lot of speculation at the Rumble that they may be setting up Big Show/Diesel as a special attraction match at WrestleMania 27.  That did not come to pass as Nash did not appear and Big Show was involved in an 8-man tag against the Corre.

On the subject of Nash I think he's worth a follow on Twitter.  He can be found at @RealKevinNash.  For instance here are his thoughts on Sunday's MitB.
MITB better than any mma ppv I've watched. Punk continues to gain my respect and Jay is the FUCKIN man,WWE at it's best
 For all his shortcomings, I think Nash has a sharp wrestling mind.  I would love to hear that he is being used more effectively by WWE whether on-screen or behind the scenes at some point in the future.

A1 Tag Cup Round 3

The A1 Tag Cup 2011 third round matches have begun.

Check the Slugfest of Doom at You must register at A1 to vote though.

It's still not too late to get in on the fun.  Do it now!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Best Gimmick Match: War Games

Five of the greatest words in wrestling history are "Let the War Games Begin!"  This is the gimmick match that I desperately need to see again.  It had everything.  War Games was a brutal way to settle a score between two teams.  The team building process itself was always fascinating.  During the nWo run it gave us that great moment where Sting and Luger ask Benoit and Mongo to step aside so that Team WCW will be represented by "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "Double A" Arn Anderson, Sting and Lex Luger.  It highlighted the importance of beating the nWo.  It forced bitter rivals to align for a common goal. 

Original MitB Plans?

While we are still enjoying the fallout of the epic Money in the Bank main event there is a report out there stating that things could have played out differently.  Here is that rumor from Lords of Pain:
According to a new report, the plan for Money in the Bank as recent as a few days before the pay-per-view was to have Alberto Del Rio cash in his briefcase and leave the show as the new WWE Champion, regardless of what happened between John Cena and CM Punk.
While not as great as Punk making good on his threat to Vince McMahon, this would have also been a solid turn of events.  It made perfect sense from a storyline standpoint.  The belt on ADR needs to happen sooner or later and is a virtual lock at this point.

I am glad that they went the Punk direction though because it really is a ballsy move on their part.  If for no other reason they appear to be prepared to actually have Punk stay off TV while still holding the WWE Title. 

I was a little let down by RAW last night, but this is still a great story that I can't wait to see unfold.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

South Atlanta Wrestling on Facebook and Twitter

South Atlanta Wrestling has setup some new ways to get in on the discussion/stay in the loop with the happenings here.

Pick your poison between the following:

To be perfectly honest, I really think the Facebook option is the better of the two and I would love to see as many Likes on there as possible, but please take a minute to Follow or Like either site or both so you can get in on the action here at South Atlanta Wrestling.

WWE Ditching Spinner Belt?

Let's hope they are because that thing is tacky.  Lords of Pain had this note about this today:
Several ideas have been thrown around WWE in regards to the CM Punk storyline. One of the ideas being thrown around is to use this as a way to finally get rid of the spinner WWE Title belt.
I loved it when CM Punk commented on the look of the belt last week.  I certainly hope they pull the trigger because that is not what your most prestigious title should look like

RAW Review 7-18-2011: WWE Title Tournament

This much-anticipated episode of RAW started with the Chairman, Mr. McMahon starting an eight-man tournament to crown a new WWE Champion.  It ended with Mr. McMahon being "relieved of his duties" before he could fire John Cena.

The tournament itself was a lot of fun.  Most notably the Miz toughed it out and Kofi pulled off the upset over Alberto Del Rio.  The bait and switch finish to the show where the tournament finals got pushed to next week's RAW was a bit disappointing though.  The tournament finals will be the Miz taking on Rey Mysterio. At least I hope that is what we get without any shenanigans related to the Vince/Triple H storyline development.

The big story of course was Triple H informing Vince McMahon that he was no longer Chairman of WWE.  Everyone played their parts well especially John Cena, but in the shadows of the WWE Title tournament final being moved, it kind of fell flat.

It worked in the sense that I certainly want to see how RAW turns out next week.  I guess that is a win for WWE, but as of right now I am a bit disappointed in this week's edition of RAW.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Jake Roberts WCCW Promo

It is amazing how effective a competent promo can be.  Jake is not out there cutting some cookie cutter promo where he hits some catchphrases.  The Snake is looking at his opponents and talking about aspects of their characters that he can use to compare and contrast.  The most important thing is that it feels organic and it feels real.  It doesn't come across as a guy "playing wrestling."  It doesn't rely on anything other than excellent content and delivery. 

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MitB: Who Knew the Finish?

According to this Lords of Pain article, the WWE locker room was not aware of the planned finish for Punk/Cena.  In fact, Alberto Del Rio was only briefed on it during the match by Vince McMahon himself.

We were told, “Even the producers (formerly agents) were sitting on the edge of their seats, which is why Vince McMahon only had John Laurinaitis go out to the ring with him. He didn’t want anyone else to know the finish of the match.”

According to another source, Alberto Del Rio was briefed personally by Vince once Punk and Cena were already in the ring.

If true, that is pretty wild.


Didn't get to watch the show, but followed along with the A1 Crew as well as Jason Powell with  Needless to say this sounds as if it were an EPIC ending tonight.  From Powell's article there is this play by play:
At 32:30, Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis walked halfway down the aisle. Vince had a look of disgust on his face. Inside the ring, Cena applied the STF. Vince tired to recreate Montreal by calling for the bell. He sent Laurinaitis to ring it, but Cena released the hold and cut off Laurinaitis.

Cena indicated to Vince that he wasn't going to win that way. Meanwhile, Punk recovered, picked up Cena, and hit the GTS. Punk made the cover and scored the 1-2-3. The crowd roared in approval. Cole said that in one hour and 13 minutes, Punk was going to be a free agent and could leave with the WWE Championship.

Vince McMahon went to ringside and grabbed Lawler's headsets. He said stop it and then said, "Get Alberto out here." Del Rio ran out with the briefcase. Punk blasted him with a kick to the head that left him lying in the ring. Punk looked down and Vince and smiled. Punk hopped onto the guardrail and stopped long enough to blow a kiss to Vince.

Punk ran through the crowd with the WWE Championship as the live crowd went ballistic. Vince was left standing on the ring apron with a look of shock while Punk held up the championship belt in the crowd. The camera showed Punk walking through the concourse while Vince remained in the ring in shock to end the show...
Wow, I didn't think they had the guts to do it.  Having ADR come down was brilliant as everyone thought they would take the easy out of having Del Rio cash-in.  Punk actually leaving the PPV with the WWE title?  Fascinating.

Also, I hope he does get a new belt.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A1's Money in the Bank Thread: Cena vs Punk

I'm not watching, but the guys on A1 are discussing tonight's HUGE Money in the Bank match in the Wrestling forum at

The thread can be found here.

Go give it a look.  If you want to discuss it then register and join the A1 Community.

South Atlanta Wrestling is pulling for a Punk victory with some shenanigans that cause Punk to leave Chicago and WWE without the title.

Wrestling Art on Blargh!

Would you like to see some really cool wrestling art?  I stumbled across this site the other day and found some quality wrestling pics there.  It's called Blargh! and has other works outside the wrestling industry as well.

Check out the Wrestling Tag there if you don't want to see any of the other work. 

The first one I found was a Double A that was really nice looking.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

GCW: Hansen, Hogan, Atlas and More

This Stan Hansen almost concerns me. He looks sickly compared to the Lariat we've grown to love here on SAW. The voice is the same, but the style is completely different. Other than that you get Terry Golden (soon to be Hulk Hogan), "Wildfire" Tommy Rich, Tony Atlas and Gordon Solie.

What more could you possibly want on a Saturday?

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One Man, Two Moments Vol 4: King of Harts

It's time for another edition of One Man, Two Moments.  The theme this time is obviously wrestling royalty/brothers as we tackle the two most well-known Hart brothers, Bret and Owen.

Bret Hart
It's amazing because Bret is without a doubt an absolute wrestling legend, but I really struggled to come up with his second moment.  I think these are the two correct choices.  Some would argue two things here.  One being that the Montreal Screwjob loses some of its importance with the reconciliation between The Hitman and WWE.  The other argument is that his return to WWE deserves to be on here.  I'd argue that the return was actually a bit underwhelming.  For that reason it does not belong here.  Even looking at the Montreal Screwjob from the perspective that everything is patched up, I believe it is still the most pivotal moment in Bret's storied career.

Owen Hart
Owen is another one that I really had to think long and hard about for a second moment.  Unfortunately, his untimely demise is a no-brainer on a list like this.  For all the entertaining things Owen did, I had a hard time coming up with the other moment.  I do believe that his win over brother Bret on the biggest stage of them all deserves the spot.  The only things that work against the WM X win is the fact that it opened the show (not a huge problem) and that Bret ended up having the even bigger moment later in the show with the victory over Yokozuna.  All that being said, I still believe this is the correct moment to choose for Owen.

Friday, July 15, 2011

TNA Morale: In the Crapper

You may wonder why TNA always has these little pep talks that I mentioned the other day.  Well, if you follow that promotion at all you probably will not be surprised to know that locker room morale is in the crapper according to this Lords of Pain article.
It's said that the roster has lost all confidence in Vince Russo, if they had any in him to begin with. The resentment against Hogan and Bischoff is that they have power but haven't seemed to come up with any good ideas on their own.
Like I mentioned, this should come as no shock to anyone.  How this company still employs Vince Russo is absolutely beyond me.  It's mind-numbing really.

Sting: New TNA Champion

Sting has once again captured the TNA Title at Midsummer's Nightmare last night on Impact Wrestling.  This was the spoiler mentioned here on SAW the other day. 

I'm a huge Sting fan, he may even make my Top 10 wrestlers of all-time that should be published soon.  I'm not sure that putting the title back on Sting at this point is the best idea especially given the Joker knockoff gimmick he's currently doing.

As mentioned in the spoiler post, noted that this is Sting's 15th World Title reign.

It's Friday!

In honor of the greatest current wrestler's big match on Sunday, I give you CM Punk's New Nexus Titantron.

As always, finish it strong folks.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

WWE Hall of Fame Building

Lords of Pain noted that a physical WWE Hall of Fame building is a real possibility and that Orlando, FL is a location they are considering.
WWE has made the decision to start very soon on construction for a physical Hall of Fame. Officials are still looking for a city to house the Hall of Fame and carry the financial burden of running it but Orlando, Florida is a possibility. WWE is in the process of purchasing legendary memorabilia for displays in the new Hall of Fame building.
I know I would love to visit if I were in Orlando, FL.  I think a really nice WWE Hall of Fame would be a cool spot for wrestling fans to visit.

Rasslin' in Tennessee and Alabama

Thanks to new SAW contributor, SQUIRRELCHASER, who had this to say (among other things) on a recent post before sharing this video with me.

having said that I think some homage must be paid to a couple early wrestlers that are not named on the above list...namely Mario Gallento (a good guy),El Mongol (a Mexican with a shaved head and braided pony tail that spoke with grunts imitating a Mongolian dialect),the Monroe Bros. (Rocket and Sputnik who would run their middle fingers down their face from forehead across the bridge of their nose across their lips and stop at their chins), Baron von Raschke...and of course Mad dog Vachon...

While he may no longer consider himself a fan, I found the perspective on his former fandom to be interesting.  Of course, any content shared with SAW is always appreciated. 

Thanks again to SQUIRRELCHASER for the link.

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Another TNA Pep Talk

Lords of Pain had an article today about a meeting Hulk Hogan had with TNA talent recently. It seems that someone in TNA is having these types of meeting every so often. Typically, it's Dixie or it was for a while at least.

What was it about?
where he stressed that everyone needs to step up their games when it comes to telling stories in the ring

Which strikes me as odd considering that in-ring work really isn't the major weakness of this promotion. How did the talent take this?

It's said that the talents on Tuesday weren't very receptive to the speech as they've heard it all before. Dixie Carter asked the roster if anyone had questions and nobody did.

I am not surprised. This promotion simply cannot get out of its own way. I've said it a billion times on A1-Wrestling, but TNA could immediately improve their product if they just adopted the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) mentality. They just cannot and will not do that though. There show would be better served if it looked like an episode of AWA on ESPN, but they insist on all this cutesy stuff, convoluted angles and constant reboots.

It's really frustrating waiting for this promotion to get it right.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Rock Responds to John Cena

As you may guess with the Rock, there's some NSFW language.

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Gary Hart and Larry Zbyszko Promo

I sat and watched nine hours of 1990 AWA programming with SAW contributor, Norko the other day. I fully intend to share more thoughts about that particular era, but one thing jumped out at me. Larry Zbyszko was a really fun performer. His stalling drove the crowd and viewers nuts. His promos were solid and most importantly believable. He never came across as a caricature of himself even with the huge airbrushed LarryLand backdrop. I think "The Living Legend" is one heck of an underrated/underappreciated wrestler.

As for this promo, it's interesting to see Gary Hart cut a nice little promo and then Larry finishes it up nicely.  That's Al Perez standing there with them.  I'm ashamed to admit I had to look in the comments section to figure that out.  He completely escaped me when I looked at him.

Lastly, Larry had a funny habit of ending his promos on those shows we watched with "jerks," "jerks" or "ya jerks."  He really did cut some fun promos in 1990 AWA.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

RAW Rating

Last night's RAW did a 2.9 last night per Lords of Pain.  I don't typically discuss ratings because at this stage of the game they just don't matter to me.  This one is a bit more interesting though in the sense that the IWC was chomping at the bit to see Punk return.  Punk delivered of course.  Cena did not in my opinion.  Regardless, there was a ton of buzz on the 'net about this episode of RAW after it went off the air and it got a...2.9.

I find it interesting simply because of the disparity between "the internet's" interest and the rating.

Road Warrior Animal and Son

James and Joe Laurinaitis (Road Warrior Animal)

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USWA Debut of Dr. Tom Prichard

This one's kind of embarrassing as I was a huge fan of Dr. Tom Prichard in the USWA. It never dawned on me until someone asked the question on Classics that he basically channeled "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in his promos there. I mean, it's blatant and I never noticed it. I simply cannot believe I never put 2 and 2 together on that. Anyhow, Dr. Tom was a great heel in Memphis. He did this one spot that I thought was great. He would place a chain on his foot, attempt to kick the guy with his other foot and get caught. At that point he would nail the guy with a "loaded enziguri." I always liked that spot.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Spoiler for this week's Impact

There's a spoiler for this week's Impact after the jump, don't click if you don't want to know.

Major Smackdown Creative Change

I haven't seen much press about this or discussion on any of my boards, but posted this article the other day.

Ed Koskey was recently promoted to the role of head writer on the WWE Smackdown creative team. He replaced Michael Hayes.

I'm kind of surprised in the creative change.  I am more surprised that there does not seem to be a ton of discussion about such a significant change in WWE creative.

It is also worth noting that Hayes is still with the company.  Click the article above for more details about his responsibilities.

Scott Hall vs Larry Z: nWo Souled Out '98

This was a fairly interesting angle from the nWo days. Now I'm not a huge fan of inserting retired wrestlers or commentator into matches like this in general, but in the terms of the nWo angle I kind of bought this one. Also, Larry Z wasn't really that old in the grand scheme of things which makes a difference as well. He had recently turned 46 when this match took place. That's a bit different than 60+ year old Jerry Lawler basically beating the WWE Champion, the Miz, in my opinion.

Anyhow, this is a fun match with a really idiotic aspect to it. WCW decided to turn "The American Dream" heel. That was stupid to begin with. The real stupidity starts though when they basically do nothing with that. He seconded Hall for a while (he was even his manager on WCW/nWo Revenge for the N64), but it screamed of a turn for the sake of a turn. I don't really recall any big blowoff to it. One day Dusty was just a face again and that was it. There may have been a blowoff, but the problem is that I don't remember one. I watched WCW programming religiously in those days and if I have no recollection of how the Dream turned face again then it was a fairly pointless turn.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Early Warrior and Sting

This was posted on WCMB under the premise that it's some of the earliest Sting/Ultimate Warrior footage out there. At least one of the posters claims that since this is the beginning of a heel turn for this team that there is earlier footage out there. Either way, this is some old Warrior and Sting stuff that's pretty interesting to watch when you consider where these guys ended up.

From what little I know about their early history this was between their Powerteam USA run and their more well-known Blade Runners days. A quick search of Wikipedia confirms this.

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WrestleRock Rumble

This was used to promote WrestleRock 86.  What a godawful song they came up with here.  Beyond that the effort was lacking from some of the talent.  To that point, watch Verne recite his from the paper he has in front of him on camera.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

"Colorado Kid" Mike Rapada's Son in Serious Accident

Disclosure News Online article

This is positively bizarre and unfortunate:

Rapada reportedly left Lane, who was apparently passed out, in the vehicle and went walking to get help. Our sources aren’t sure why this is the case, as they had a cell phone and could have called for help, unless they simply didn’t want to give anyone in law enforcement the heads-up; reportedly, Rapada is a nephew of Ridgway police chief Mike Kitchens.

Rapada was either slightly injured or still under the influence of something, as, once he got out to the Shawneetown/New Haven road, he either passed out or fell asleep. At around 3:42 a.m., Joyce Lynch, 58, of Ridgway and on her way to work, didn’t see Rapada in the road because of the fog, and struck him with her vehicle.

Here's some more information on his current condition and it doesn't sound good:

So far they’ve determined he’s got a broken pelvis and other broken bones, having been crushed underneath Lynch’s car then dragged 75 yards before she could come to a stop. Right now the physicians have reportedly implanted a probe in his brain to detect activity, this after surgery to relieve three spots of bleeding on the brain.

Sad turn of events. Thoughts and prayers are with this family.

GW's Flashbacks: Favorite Wrestlers Corrected

I mentioned in the inaugural edition of GW's Flashbacks that Dad had forgotten one of his favorites, "Dirty" Dick Slater.  He called the other day and without me bringing it up he had remembered that so I told him to bump someone and I would re-publish the list. 

He first told me to bump Ole Anderson.  I explained that as the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Ole and Arn were only one entry so he could bump him, but he would also need to bump another worker.  I told him to think about it, but he called back almost immediately.  "Take Sting off," he said.  I told him I figured that Mick Foley would be the one that got cut, but he said it was Sting. 

Here's another issue that I discovered as I copied the list over.  I had written down 10 acts for his list, but there were only 9 in that post.  I did not type "Nature Boy" Ric Flair in so I had omitted one of his favorites on the first list as well.

Here is the corrected list of GW's favorite wrestlers, once again in no particular order:

  • Stan "The Lariat" Hansen

  • "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

  • "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes

  • "Fabulous Freebird" Michael 'PS' Hayes

  • "The Universal Heartthrob" Austin Idol

  • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew: Arn and Ole Anderson

  • "Dirty" Dick Slater 

  • Scott Hall

  • Mick Foley

  • Terry Funk
  • If you could change one thing...

    Here is another SAW post inspired by the guys at WCMB

    The premise is, "If you could change one thing in wrestling history what would it be?"

    This stumped me for a moment even after reading some of their great replies.  Then it came to me like lightning.  It was so obvious I couldn't believe I didn't think of it immediately.  It was Magnum TA's car accident.

    Looking back on my answer I did stop to think that maybe I should have changed WCW going out of business, the Fingerpoke of Doom or the debacle at Starrcade 97.  The issue was that all those things are related and I'm not sure changing any one of them makes a big difference. 

    Magnum TA's wreck though would take away all the speculation about how big a star he could have been.  We would be looking back now on either the storied or disappointing career of a guy who was on a rocket ship to the top back in 1986.  As an 8 year old Magnum TA fan it was really crushing to see his career end that way and it would be great had he been able to play it out and see where it ended up.

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    GW's Flashbacks: Favorite Wrestlers

    It's time for the long discussed debut of GW's Flashbacks.  In case you have not heard or have forgotten let me recap what GW's Flashbacks will be about. 

    South Atlanta Wrestling's tagline is "Blame Dad, Ric Flair and Ted Turner."  Well GW is the Dad part of the equation.  I figured it would be kind of cool to take some of these discussions we have and bring them here to give more of a context to my fandom.

    All that being said, I was going a different direction with the first GW's Flashbacks, but a conversation the other day after gold made me rethink that. 

    Early in SAW's history I did a post on my 10 favorite current wrestlers.  What came out of this conversation with Dad is his ten favorite wrestlers.  He doesn't have current favorites because he no longer watches, but in no particular order here are the guys he gave as his ten favorites of all-time.
    • Stan "The Lariat" Hansen
    • "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
    • "Fabulous Freebird" Michael 'PS' Hayes
    • "The Universal Heartthrob" Austin Idol
    • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew: Arn and Ole Anderson
    • "The Man Called" Sting
    • Scott Hall
    • Mick Foley
    • Terry Funk
    It's an interesting list to me.  That is a fine collection of talent, but I was a bit surprised by some omissions.  I even tossed a couple of names out there that were specifically rejected that I thought were no-brainers for his list such as the Road Warriors, Tully Blanchard and Jake "The Snake" Roberts.  I also believe that "Dirty" Dick Slater is a guy he simply forgot to add because he mentioned him the other day.  I will verify that at some point.

    I hope to have some more explanation about how this list was assembled in the future.

    FFA: It's Friday!

    In honor of the first edition of GW's Flashbacks being posted later today, I give you one of his favorite songs.

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    Jimmy Jack Funk vs "Rebel" Dick Slater

    I was looking for a hilarious Jimmy Jack Funk promo that WrestleCrap once covered and found this. I have very little, if any, recollection of "Rebel" Dick Slater in WWE. It baffles me that the "Rebel" gimmick was a babyface in 1986. When did the Dukes of Hazzard go off the air? Let's see, 1985. Well, then that might actually make some sense. Anyway, this match is interesting to me for other reasons. Jimmy Jack Funk was the kayfabe brother of Dory Funk, Jr and Terry Funk. Dory Funk, Jr worked in WWE as Hoss Funk in the 80s. Jimmy Jack's real name is Ferrin Barr, Jr. His father was Sandy Barr, a promoter whose name I have heard, but know little about. His brother? Art Barr. Yep, Eddie Guerrero's famed teammate Art Barr was the brother of Jimmy Jack Funk. Art was also the Juicer, one of WCW's lamest 90s gimmicks. Furthermore, Barr worked that gimmick as Beetlejuice in Portland and it was Roddy Piper's idea.

    Thanks for allowing me the "stream of consciousness" approach to this post. I hope you enjoyed, now take a look at the 3 minute match that caused all this.

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    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    A1 Tag Cup 2011 Begins

    The A1 Tag Cup 2011 opening round matches have begun.

    Check the Slugfest of Doom at  You must register at A1 to vote though.

    Get in on the fun.

    CM Punk: Still the Greatest

    You know how I feel.

    Here's the latest evidence, the much talked about segment from the June 27th RAW.

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    TWB: Happy Anniversary, New World Order

    I did not realize this until TH posted it on The Wrestling Blog, but today is the 15th anniversary of the nWo's formation.  On July 7, 1996 one of the hottest angles in wrestling history was launched.

    Take a look at what TH has to say about the genesis of the nWo.  I think he summed it up well there.
    Still, even for as much as the wrestling industry has changed in 15 years, it's still cool to look back on the dates that mattered. July 7, 1996 may have been the date that mattered most, regardless of how badly Bischoff and his cronies paid it off (or in a sense never paid it off).
    It's a good read.  It makes the timing of my review of The Monday Night Wars even more fitting, I think.

    Mattel's WWE Figures Q&As

    Mattel is back with another round of Q&As for This will be a regular feature on SAW as I am very interested in wrestling figures.

    In this batch topics include:
    • Will you make the following?
      • Lex Luger
      • Tully Blanchard
      • Barry Windham
      • Arn Anderson
      • Honky Tonk Man
    • Has Defining Moments been successful?
    • Daniel Bryan Elite figure?
    • WCW, ECW, AWA, etc. lines?
    That's just the tip of the iceberg.  If you like figures I highly suggest you check these out.

    Mattel Q&A Part 1

    Mattel Q&A Part 2

    Mattel Q&A Part 3

    Mattel Q&A Part 4

    Scott Hall's Latest Mug Shot

    This mug shot is from his drunken incident back in May 2010 per TMZ.  "The Bad Guy" obviously isn't looking so good.  It's sad really.  From a professional standpoint Hall accomplished a lot, but had the tools to accomplish so much more.  From a personal standpoint, it's obvious this guy has some serious demons he's battling.  It feels like he's never going to get it together though.

    I cannot even imagine what all this guy has put his loved ones through.  It's just terrible all the way around.

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    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    The Monday Night Wars

    Since I found "The Monday Night Wars" in that $5 bin at Walmart, I have been dying to give it a look. Actually, I have wanted to see this DVD since it was announced. Oddly enough, I just now got around to it. It was definitely an enjoyable documentary to watch, but as a WCW/Southern Wrestling guy there were some things that I did not like. 
    During the show, I took to Twitter (@mckinneydg) to discuss some of these things. I will certainly spend more than 140 characters here to tackle those thoughts. I will also have some other insight I would like to share that I did not share on Twitter.

    Let's get started.

    Yeah, for whatever reason I never picked this up. I don't know if it's just because I rarely purchase wrestling DVDs or what. I put it on my Christmas list a couple of times etc., but I never ended up with this DVD. I think the most annoyed I got about it is when I had preordered the Smackdown game one year and another store gave you a free copy of this DVD with a preorder there. I didn't bother with switching my order so I was once again denied. I have, however, seen The Rise and Fall of WCW which touched on several of these issues. I believe some of the comments, specifically Bischoff's, were used in both documentaries.

    The Horsemen Beatdown Dusty at the Omni

    It's 1985 and the Russians (Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff and Krusher Khrushchev) decide to make "Nature Boy" Ric Flair pay after a successful NWA World Title defense at the Omni in Atlanta.  "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes possibly fueled by his common man patriotism or hatred for the despicable Russians decides to enter the cage to save Ric Flair.

    This is is how he is repaid:

    There is more to this angle in the related videos on that page. All are worth a look of course if you're a fan of these individuals or this era.

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    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    A1 Tag Cup 2011 Seedings

    Here are the seedings for the aforementioned A1 Tag Cup 2011.  Once again, A1's Zandrax deserves all the credit for doing the dirty work to get this accomplished.

    This should be obvious, but now is as good a time as any to show you who South Atlanta Wrestling supports.

    Here are the seedings:
    1. Steiner Bros. (Rick & Scott)
    2. Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene & Ole Anderson)
    3. Rock n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
    4. Team 3D/Dudley Boyz (Brother Ray & Brother Devon)
    5. High Flyers (Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne)
    6. Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal)
    7. Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey)
    8. Demolition (Ax & Smash)
    9. Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika)
    10. Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy)
    11. Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray)
    12. Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Saggs)
    13. Bushwackers/Sheepherders (Luke & Butch)
    14. Outsiders (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash)
    15. Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart)
    16. Valiant Bros. (Jimmy & Johnny)
    17. New Age Outlaws/Voodoo Kin Mafia (Billy Gunn & Roadd Dogg)
    18. Brisco Bros. (Jack & Jerry)
    19. Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat
    20. Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond)
    21. Money Inc (Ted Dibiase & IRS)
    22. Ric Flair & Greg Valentine
    23. Mr Fuji and Mr. Saito
    24. Horsemen (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard)
    25. Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan)
    26. Briscoe Bros. (Jay & Mark)
    27. Funks (Dory & Terry)
    28. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
    29. Blonde Bombers (Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens)
    30. The Sheiks (Crusher Blackwell & Ken Patera)
    31. Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane & Steve Kiern)
    32. Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge)
    33. Colons (Carlito & Primo)
    34. Bruise Bros. (Ron & Don Harris)
    35. Hollywood Blondes (Steve Austin & Brian Pillman)
    36. Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff)
    37. Edge & Christian
    38. Bad Attitude (Rick Michaels & David Young)
    39. Paul London & Brian Kendrick
    40. Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)
    41. Samoan Swat Team/Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu)
    42. Destruction Crew/Beverly Bros. (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom)
    43. East-West Connection (Jesse Ventura & Adrian Adonis)
    44. Flying Scotts (George & Sandy Scott)
    45. Miz & Morrison
    46. Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre)
    47. LAX (Homicide & Hernandez)
    48. Tomko & Giant Bernard
    49. PG-13 (JC Ice & Wolfie D)
    50. British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid)
    51. Dark City Fight Club (John Davis & Kory Chavis)
    52. Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee
    53. Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden
    54. Backseat Boyz (Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere)
    55. World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
    56. Chief Jay Strongbow and Jules Strongbow
    57. Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli)
    58. Beer Money (Robert Roode & James Storm)
    59. Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher)
    60. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta
    61. Koloffs (Ivan & Nikita)
    62. Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel)
    63. Colossal Connection (Andre The Giant & Haku)
    64. Fantastics (Bobby & Jackie Fulton)

    A1 Tag Cup 2011

    You may remember that Harley Race won this year's iteration of the A1 Cup.  What you may or may not know is that A1's Zandrax also organizes an A1 Tag Cup.  As the title of this post implies, it's time for the 2011 A1 Tag Cup

    Before we get into the specifics of this year's tourney let's discuss its history.  Here is a brief profile of the tournament:
    • It starts this week with first round matches announced on the A1 podcast
    • This is the third tournament
    • 128 teams are vying for the crown
    • Teams are still allowed in the tournament after winning it
    • No wrestlers or names may be entered twice in a single tournament
      • If Freebirds are Gordy and Hayes then Miracle Violence Connection cannot compete
      • If Arn and Tully are the Horsemen then Malenko and Benoit cannot compete as Horsemen (not under that name at least)
    • Two different teams have won the crown so far
    • The Hart Foundation won the first tournament by edging the Road Warriors
    • I still think A1 got that one wrong
    • A1 redeemed itself when the Road Warriors won the second tournament
    There you have it, the Hart Foundation and the Road Warriors are the two previous winners of the A1 Tag Cup.  You may wonder why I didn't mention who the Road Warriors defeated in the finals the year they won it.  It's a long story that I will cover at a later time.  I will say that the original A1 went down and had to be replaced with a new one.  Due to this we cannnot always just look back at old threads to figure out how these tourneys (A1 Cup, A1 Tag Cup and Slugfest of Doom) played out.  Like I said though, more on that later.

    If the A1 Tag Cup sounds like fun to you don't hesitate to get in on the action.  Go to and register so you can have a say on who wins the battle between these 128 teams.

    Monday, July 4, 2011

    "Double A" in the WWE Hall of Fame?

    If "The Viper" Randy Orton has his way...yes.

    Thanks to one of the guys on WCMB, I caught this Tweet by Randy Orton.

    Since Arn's an agent with WWE, I certainly think it's only a matter of time. "The Enforcer" was a solid talent for a lot of years and the man behind "THE MAN" Ric Flair. Arn is certainly appreciated by the IWC, but I still don't think he really gets his due.

    I would love to see him inducted by "Nature Boy" Ric Flair so if this needs to wait until Flair is done with TNA/Impact Wrestling, I could live with that.

    All-in-all though, Orton's right. Arn Anderson needs to be in the WWE Hall of Fame.

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    Happy 4th of July

    I hope you have a good one today. 

    Enjoy this US Title Match while you hopefully can eat some food, hang out with family and friends and have some drinks.

    I'm withholding analysis on this match/angle/setup until later this week though.

    Again, enjoy your holiday TOUGH GUY! HOOOOOOO!!!!

    USA! USA! USA!

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    Sunday, July 3, 2011

    CNN: The secret world of WWE figure collecting

    CNN: The secret world of WWE figure collecting

    I know exactly how this guy feels.
    "Now I collect as a hobby. I tried to quit buying last year when Mattel took over the WWE license, but the figures are so incredible I just couldn't stop," Epps said.
    There's also some fun discussion with WWE Superstar and former World Heavyweight Champion Christian.
    "It is the coolest thing having your own action figure," said former World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage. "It is hard to describe to go into a store and see yourself there on the shelf. It is kind of a surreal thing. You kind of know you have arrived when you get an action figure."
    I can only imagine how cool that would be.

    FFA: The Chaos of Kids

    Here's another small peek into my day-to-day life.  I am so very glad they got these from a birthday party.  I'll never understand why parents do that to one another.

    What's really amazing is that I wouldn't trade this racket for anything.

    I hope you enjoy your 4th of July celebrations tomorrow.  I know I intend to enjoy mine. 

    Saturday, July 2, 2011

    The Dudley Boyz Dominate Hardcore Heaven 99

    This was one of the few ECW PPVs that I bought.  It was one hell of a fun show too.  There was tons of great wrestling action, but the highlight for me in some ways were these backstage segments with the Dudley Boyz.

    Unfortunately, it appears on segment is missing. Maybe I can track it down in my VHS library. I do believe I still have this PPV on tape somewhere.

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Wrestling Figure Wish List

    No, this isn't one of those wish lists that used to be so prevalent amongst internet "models." 

    Oh, hi guys, I'd like you to buy me these items off this Amazon wish list. 


    Moderately Attractive Internet Woman
    This is an off the top of my head list of figures I would love to see Mattel produce as part of their WWE Legends line.  Fortunately, Jakks made several of these as WWE Classic SuperStars.

    Anyhow, here's my list.  I'm not taking into account the fact that a lot of this talent obviously cannot be uses.  This is simply a list of wrestlers I'd love to own a figure of that don't currently have a Mattel figure or haven't had a prototype shown.  The list is in no particular order.  I am also quite sure I could double this list next go around.

    •  Magnum TA
    • Big Bossman
    • Harley Race
    • The Horsemen
      • "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
      • "Double A" Arn Anderson
      • Tully Blanchard
      • Ole Anderson
      • Lex Luger
      • Barry Windham
    • The Fabulous Freebirds
      • Michael "PS" Hayes
      • Buddy Jack Roberts
      • Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy
      • Jimmy "Jam" Garvin
    • DDP, Diamond Dallas Page
    • Tazz
    • Stan "The Lariat" Hansen
    • Bruiser Brody
    • Ron Simmons
    • JBL
    • Abdullah the Butcher
    • Midnight Express
      • "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey
      • "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton
      • Randy Rose
    • Brock Lesnar
    • nWo
      • Hollywood Hogan
      • Kevin Nash
      • Scott Hall
    • Hulk Hogan
    • Booker T
    • The Steiner Brothers
    • The Dudley Boyz
    • Sting
    • Larry Zbyszko