Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nightmare Fuel

I was watching one of the recent WWE documentaries on Netflix Watch Instantly and had to step out.  I paused it and here was the still frame I was left with.

Enjoy your terrifying dreams tonight, folks!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Flair and Tully vs Ole and Luger (1988)

Watched "Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen" WWE DVD again yesterday. It got me to thinking about how I did not really remember the follow-up to Ole getting the boot from the Horsemen. I found this match from 88 where two former Horsemen team up against Arn and Tully.

How weird is that Ole is a face in this? I know full well that Ole played a face before, but this just seems so awkward. That guy was absolutely perfect as a heel. In kayfabe sense, you would have to think that Luger was concerned that Ole was going to double-cross him. After all, Ole is Evil, Mean & Nasty just like his shirt said.  Tully bumps like a madman too.  Fun match as is to be expected from these four.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Royal Rumble preview and predictions

The Royal Rumble is tonight.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch, but let's take a look at what I think may happen.  Before we get there though, check out the cool Rumble video WWE rolls out for the big event every year.

The Rumble:  Jericho wins because I really do not see any other obvious choices.  Maybe that takes us to Punk/Jericho at 'Mania or something.  Brodus "Funkasaurus" Clay gets the "Diesel Push" by eliminating a bunch of folks and Foley gets the comedy, "Quickest elimination" spot.

Ziggler/Punk (WWE Title):  Punk finds a way to win.  I'd be all for a Ziggler win and him retaining until WM 28 where Punk can reclaim the title.  Elimination Chamber makes it harder for me to see Dolph winning and retaining until WM 28 though.  So, Punk wins in spite of the RAW GM's (John Laurinaitis) best laid plans.

Big Show/Mark Henry/Daniel Bryan (WHC):  Bryan finds a way to escape with the title.  While I'm not typically a huge fan of that type of title reign, it makes perfect sense given Bryan's current character.

Cena/Kane:  I have zero interest in this, but Cena wins to give him momentum heading into his epic showdown with the Rock at WM 28.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

FFA: Bear Bryant and Coca-Cola

Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Coca-Cola, two great things that go great together. This commercial is an absolute trip. It's not enough that Coach Bryant is sitting discussing the virtues of Coca-Cola. He actually wears their uniform.

You may or may not know that my son is named Bryant for two reasons: 1)I wanted him to have a good, strong name. 2) It was in honor of Coach Bryant.

Speaking of Coach Bryant, the Bryant Museum is a very interesting place to visit. I don't just mean for Alabama fans either. The amount of college football history in that place is incredible. Coach Bryant's office is setup there and their is a Heisman Trophy there from the only Heisman Trophy winning player he ever coached (Texas A&M RB, John David Crow in 1957). Some of the exhibits are changed yearly too so you don't get the same experience every time you go.

It really is incredible.

Roll Tide, Roll!


FreebirdSTF in his early Valentine's Day present

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Friday, January 27, 2012

FFA: It's Friday!

I always thought this would be great entrance music for a wrestler. I missed a call two days ago because I was blasting this song on the way home.

As always, finish your week strong and have a great weekend folks. We will be celebrating my grandmother's 79th birthday this weekend.  New content will be up as usual.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

WWE '12 patch details and "Make Good" DLC announced

As you see, Attitude Era, Masked Kane is the "make good" DLC that THQ promised us for the glitches and server issues in WWE '12.

The Legends DLC that includes "Macho Man" Randy Savage will be out next Tuesday, January 31st as well.

The full patch notes and fixes are located in this article on the THQ WWE site.

Throwback Thursday: NWA Wildside

I'm currently working on a piece about the modern day NWA and it's promotions.  Many believe that the current state of the NWA isn't as prolific as the days of Jim Crockett Promotions.  While that may be the case, it doesn't mean there's a lack of talent, or a lack of quality matches/shows on the various promtions. 

Booking SAW Part 2

We covered many booking principles in the first edition of Booking SAW.  There are still more that I would like to cover though.
Let's go!
  • Authority figures--The days of Mr. McMahon are dead for now.  Any authority figure needs to be far more neutral in my opinion.  The early days of John Laurinaitis are not a bad way to handle it.  Any authority figure should be more along the lines of Jack Tunney than evil Vince McMahon.
  • Three-way matches--By and large, I enjoy the elimination style three-way matches more and think they should be the most prevalent form of three-way matches.  Champions dropping titles in a fluky manner by having someone else taking the fall is something that I am not a huge fan of at all.
  • Championships--These are of the utmost importance and enough reason to feud, no need for convoluted storylines to get individuals involved in a feud.  There are always nasty rivalries and feuds, but sometimes it's OK to wrestle simply because you want to move up the ladder
  • Entrance music--The idea that music gets played during run-ins irritates me to no end.  It comes across as illogical and staged. 
  • Women's wrestling--Not emphasized, a few women around as managers/valets.  No over-the-top T&A segments.  I would not have a women's title or a women's division.  This is really more of a personal preference than something that I think is "wrong" with wrestling for what it's worth.
That's it for Booking SAW Part 2.  If you have some suggestions that you would like to see discussed in this series, please do not hesitate to let me know.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    SAW visits the A1 Podcast (Episode 65)

    The A1 Podcast will likely be mentioned here more frequently now that Norko has joined South Atlanta Wrestling. This one is especially noteworthy for South Atlanta Wrestling as I joined the A1 Podcast Crew for only the second time.

    Episode 65 is not currently up on the A1 Podcast page, but here is a direct link to it.

    I had an absolute blast.  Topics included:
    • Monday's RAW
    • Royal Rumble preview
    • Sound-Off (each panel member chooses a topic to discuss)
    • The passing of Coach Joe Paterno
    Some additional information related to Episode 65 is contained in the Run Sheet post on A1-Wrestling.com

    Here's a video of the room I recorded the podcast in.  When I said I was looking at figures on my wall I was not exaggerating.  I will re-upload so the creaky chair and door aren't heard, but wanted to go ahead and get this "bonus content" up here.

    Upload Credit: FreebirdSTF (South Atlanta Wrestling's YouTube page)
    Photo Credit: A1-Wrestling.com

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Stan "The Lariat" Hansen revisited

    In honor of "The Lariat's" mention on RAW last night, I feel it only proper to revisit some of the SAW's Stan Hansen posts. 
    The first was inspired by TH of The Wrestling Blog.  This clip gives context to Stan's homelife and trying to provide for his "fat wife and nine kids."

    This one is from Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    One of the fine posters on Wrestling Classics mentioned this Luger/Hansen match from Halloween Havoc 1990 so here's SAW's entry from Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

    Finally, here is my favorite Stan Hansen tribute video titled "The Origin of the Lariat."  This was posted to SAW on Monday, May 16, 2011. 

    If you so choose, you can use the search functionality to find other Stan Hansen posts here on SAW.  These were simply my three favorites.

    Sunday, January 22, 2012

    FFA: RIP Joe Paterno

    Let's get this out of the way, I find Joe Paterno's lack of action in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky child molestation case to be deplorable. That being said, Mr. Paterno did a lot for Penn State and college football and I feel that still deserves some recognition even in the face of this other mess. Yes, I am every bit as conflicted about how to honor this man as anyone, but here goes.

    Pictures like this drive home the longevity of Coach Paterno. He was in his 62nd year with the Nittany Lions' coaching staff and his 44th as the head coach of Penn State University. He coached against legends and the men who stood in the shadow of those same legends 20 some odd years later. He made an indelible mark on the college football landscape as the only FBS coach with 400 victories (409). "Success with honor" was his motto and one he shared with the men he helped shape. Once Joe Paterno left PSU, we all knew that college football would never be the same. Now that he has passed on, that is more clear than ever.

    Rest in Peace, JoePa.

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    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    Harley Race Wrestling Academy

    Riverfront Times out of St. Louis did a great piece on NWA Heavyweight Champion and wrestling legend, Harley Race and his school, Harley Race Wrestling Academy. Luckily the posters on WCMB brought this article to my attention.

    School of Hard Knocks: Halfway down the road to ruin, ex-pro wrestler turns his life around through teaching
    "My dad said I was going nowhere else but Harley," says Ted DiBiase Jr., who trained at the academy for a year before signing with the WWE in 2008. "He said, 'If you're gonna learn to do this, you're gonna learn from one of the best.'"
    I cannot think of a greater compliment to a wrestling school than a man and worker like "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase insisting on his son attending it.
    It is an underappreciated art form, a brutal-looking freestyle composition, part theater, part improv comedy, part mixed martial arts, part interpretive dance. While some wrestlers prefer to outline a match beforehand, Race's philosophy stresses extemporaneous thinking.
    In what seems to be turning into a lost art, Harley focuses on being able to call matches in the ring on the fly.  Now I am a fan of the idea that whether a match is heavily scripted or not is irrelevant so long as it's entertaining.  That being said, I think it is essential to be able to "think on your feet" if you want to be a solid worker.
    "It's crazy," Jeff remarks. "We're in the same building as Harley Race right now."
    This is exactly how Norko and I felt when we passed Harley on the way out of the NWA Legends Fanfest in Atlanta last year. He was using a walker and trying to get in the door at the front of the hotel. It was incredible just standing that close to a wrestling legend such as Harley Race.

    The article touches on a lot of painful incidents from Harley's life as well such as a bankruptcy, alcohol issues, several accidents that occurred under the influence of alcohol and the loss of two wives and a divorce from a third.  You owe it to yourself to read the entire article yourself, you will not be disappointed.

    Arn Anderson chooses sides against Ole Anderson

    This is the kind of fire and credibility that wrestling often lacks.  The way Arn chooses the Horsemen over his family only adds to how well this angle was handled. 

    As you can tell this is another chapter in the "Ole's ouster" series on YouTube.  It is in 13 parts and I will be sharing several segments from it, but I strongly recommend that you sit down and watch all 13 in one sitting as it is really solid, logical stuff.

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    Friday, January 20, 2012

    FFA: It's Friday!

    Had a short week this week and it hasn't been too bad. Hope to finish it strong today with a great Friday.  I am very happy that Norko has officially joined South Atlanta Wrestling this week as well.  He's got tons of good stuff that he is working on as well.

    As for this song, I'm not a huge country fan and this song might be a bit corny.  I do like it though.  I chose this YT video because it has the lyrics.  Good stuff, I say.

    Enjoy and have a great Friday.

    Upload Credit: Monkeychicks78

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Jack Swagger's Twitter feed

    You should be following Jack Swagger on Twitter because of things like this.  I am not only proud to be an All-American American like Jack, but also happy that we finally have a deserving US Champion.

    Cool wrestling art

    This is a very cool piece of art, inspired by the old 8-bit Nintendo days.  It's just about every WWF character from the 1960's to when they changed to WWE, can you name all the stars pictured?

    Credit: nickofdoom via deviantart

    Click here for a larger version of this picture.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    SAW's wrestling legends game roster

    Rumor has it that THQ has a "legendary" announcement coming up. Unfortunately, I am reading that it is WWE All-Stars 2 as opposed to a legitimate WWE Legends sim like the SmackDown and WWE series. 
    It got me to thinking though, what would be my roster if I could do a legends game. I'm going to go with a roster of 60.

    • Dusty Rhodes
    • Magnum TA
    • Sting
    • Lex Luger
    • Ric Flair
    • Arn Anderson
    • Tully Blanchard
    • Ole Anderson
    • Barry Windham
    • Road Warrior Hawk
    • Road Warrior Animal
    • Harley Race
    • Scott Hall (nWo)
    • Kevin Nash (nWo)
    • Hollywood Hogan (nWo)
    • Rick Steiner
    • Scott Steiner
    • Nikita Koloff
    • Ivan Koloff
    • Booker T
    • Nick Bockwinkel
    • Verne Gagne
    • Larry Zybszko
    • Kerry Von Erich
    • Kevin Von Erich
    • Jerry "The King" Lawler
    • Hulk Hogan
    • Randy Savage
    • Junkyard Dog
    • Jake "The Snake" Roberts
    • Bret "The Hitman" Hart
    • Demolition Ax
    • Demolition Smash
    • Demolition Crush
    • Andre the Giant
    • Paul Orndorff
    • "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
    • "Million $ Man" Ted Dibiase
    • "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig
    • Ultimate Warrior
    • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
    • The Rock
    • John Cena
    • Shawn Michaels
    • Triple H
    • Batista
    • Randy Orton
    • Undertaker
    • Chris Jericho
    • Edge
    • Bruno Sammartino
    • "Ravishing" Rick Rude
    • CM Punk
    • Raven
    • Taz
    • Sandman
    • D-Von Dudley
    • Buh Buh Ray Dudley
    • Tommy Dreamer
    • Terry Funk

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Brilliant Jericho Royal Rumble idea

    Someone came up with a brilliant idea that relates to Jericho's current gimmick, building a feud with Punk and the Royal Rumble.  A1 poster, Hossler708, saw this on Scott Keith's blog and shared with A1.  Keith actually credited this post from The W.
    Read this on another message board, but my new favourite Royal Rumble scenario is it gets down to two guys (say, Orton and Barrett) with the #30 entrant still to arrive. Orton and Barrett eliminate each other, meaning #30 is the automatic winner. That man is Jericho, who just comes out and cheers, celebrates and cries about his huge Rumble victory.
    The idea apparently originated from this podcast.  To see the entire post from Scott Keith's blog, click here.

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Jody Kristofferson signs WWE developmental deal

    Saw this on WrestlingFigs.com. That name should sound familiar as it is actor/singer Kris Kristofferson's son.

    Slam! Wrestling has a picture of Jody and Kris linked here.

    Dusty charges the heel locker room

    Here is another example of what I think wrestling no longer understands. In today's business to be a bad ass you have to "overcome the odds" and kill the heels' heat. What they fail to understand is that in segments like this, the face proves his toughness simply by being willing to fight. I know I have said this very thing before, but I really do think it is a huge booking flaw in modern-day wrestling. The inability of some bookers or creative staffs to let the heels get any real heat. Dusty is not diminished one bit through this segment. He was the tough son of a gun who was willing to lay it all on the line to do what's right. He didn't need to be "standing tall" after laying out a dozen heels to look like the man.

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    Sunday, January 15, 2012

    Wrestling cards

    No, I don't mean "wrestling cards" as in the shows you visit.  I'm talking wrestling cards as if they were made by Topps.

    Wrestling cards on a card collectors' forum

    Look at this Bruiser Brody card.  There's tons of other excellent wrestling card pictures there as well.

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Great Freebirds promo

    If you only knew the WCW version of the Freebirds with Garvin and Hayes this should help you understand what is so great about this group. I have nothing against Garvin and thought he was a fine Freebird with Michael PS Hayes up until their "glitter period," but the trio is where it is at. Much like I didn't have the proper appreciation for Ole Anderson as a Horsemen as a kid, I did not properly understand how important Buddy Jack Roberts was as a Freebird.

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    Friday, January 13, 2012

    A1 Podcast Year End Awards (Part 2)

    Norko, SAW Contributor and A1 Podcast host has given some in-depth thoughts on the A1 Podcast Year End Awards for South Atlanta Wrestling.  His thought are below, exclusively for SAW.  This is Part 2 which was promised back when Part 1 was posted.  Also, I have embedded the videos in Part 1 for your viewing convenience.

    Storyline of the Year- Bound for Glory Aftermath

    While it did not produce the ending that TNA probably should've went with, what it has done
    has brought Robert Roode, James Storm and AJ Styles to the forefront of TNA storylines.
    And while it has not been the storyline that we all wanted, all have shown they deserve
    to be in the spots they're in and performed as such since then, showing they're the
    best things in the much improved TNA.

    Swerve of the Year- Edge's Surprise Retirement

    While not a swerve in the storyline sense, who all expected this to happen?  We knew he had
    some injuries and had a bad neck, but this severe?

    Feud of the Year- Rock vs John Cena

    This one is on the strength of the promos upon Rock's return.  It definitely was
    the strongest feud of the year, and the one that did indeed last the whole year.  In my opinion
    it has to be one that's so heated that it does last the year if not more.

    And there you have it, those are my Year-End Awards.  An addendum to my match of the year
    candidate.  While I still have the Gargano/Cross/Prohibition 3-way match as the match
    of the year, I submit to you one I just watched that I believe is outstanding and deserves to be
    seen.  It's Chase Owens vs Jason Kincade from NWA Smoky Mountain 8/20/11.

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    FFA: It's Friday!

    Only one song is appropriate for the Friday following Alabama's dominant BCS Title Game victory.

    Hope you have a great weekend. My employer is observing MLK Day so I will not be back to work until Tuesday. I have plenty of new content in mind already. Part 2 of Norko's Year-End post will be up this weekend.

    Have a great weekend an Roll Tide, Roll!

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    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    NWA Gulf Coast theme

    Old NWA territory out of Mobile, AL has an awesome theme.  According to the uploader, timmy8271b, this is from January 1977.  Another YT commenter points out that the footage in the opening montage is of the Andersons, Ole and Gene.  It's hard to tell, but the one guy's hair does look like Gene's.  Also the boots on the other guy certainly appear to be the trademark "Anderson" boots.

    I am an absolute mark for videos like this.  YouTube is one of the best things that could ever happen as it relates to exposing old-school wrestling to the current generation.

    Upload Credit: timmy8271b

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Ranking the Horsemen

    With the announcement that the 4 Horsemen would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, there has been quite a bit of discussion about the fact they are inducting the Barry Windham incarnation of the group.

    Someone on WCMB took the opportunity to rank the Horsemen and I thought, "That's a good idea."  FWIW, I am not including managers or valets in this list.
    1. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair--The focal point of the group throughout its many incarnations. The man who carried "the 10 pounds of gold" or "the big gold belt." 
    2. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson aka "Double A"--The bruiser/mat tactician who did a lot of the heavy lifting, always there as well with Ric.  The heart and soul of the group.
    3. Tully Blanchard--Another great technician who was flashy and fit the Horsemen image that Ric portrayed so well.
    4. Ole Anderson--The grizzled vet/foundation of the group.  Him and Arn did most of the dirty work and were the guys who could really get in there and mix it up with anyone. Tough as nails.
    5. "The Total Package" Lex Luger--Followed more in the Flair image, flashy, phenomenal athleted, cocky and smug.  An excellent replacement for Ole Anderson.
    6. Barry Windham--I remember an Apter mag running an article about how BW was the "one man heels could trust" or something like that. An excellent worker whose persona fit right in to the group.
    7. Brian Pillman--WCW Pillman who was developing the "Loose Cannon" persona had a good look and seemed to be a natural fit with Ric and Arn.
    8. Chris Benoit--A buzzsaw, tough and all about the business.  A great Horsemen who would be remembered fondly as such if it weren't for the horrific things he did.
    9. Curt Hennig--He was a throwback to the Horsemen of old.  I felt WCW could have better used him as a Horsemen than as a member of the nWo. Almost did not include him in the list.
    10. Jeff Jarrett--Aside from his dopey ring attire I liked the idea of "Double J" in the Horsmen.  That could have allowed Mongo to become more of a bodyguard type while Flair, Arn, Benoit and Jarrett handled the in-ring work. Almost didn't include him because you could argue he never actually was a member of the Horsemen.
    11. Dean Malenko--Size worked against him especially with Benoit there too. Persona was solid for the group though. Could have stood to be a bit "nastier" as Horsemen I think.
    12. Sid Vicious--Impressive looking obviously, but wasn't a great fit.
    13. Steve "Mongo" McMichael--I thought he carried the Horsemen look off just fine.  Probably should've been a bodyguard type for the group instead. His promos weren't great, but felt organic at least. In-ring? Awful. Nice touch though adding a Super Bowl champion to the group though.
    14. Paul Roma--They should've paid Tully to come on back in, failed drug test or no.  Decent look for the group though.
    15. Sting--I hesitated to "count" him either as he was kind of a Horsemen in name only and it was just a ploy by the Horsemen to keep him away from Flair's title.
    I think that just about covers everyone.  Hennig would probably be hire on the list had they actually used him instead of it being an nWo swerve.  Benoit and Malenko may have placed higher had they not been so short or had they not both been in the group at the same time.  My opinion has changed on this over the years, but I think the definitive group will always be Flair, Tully and the Andersons.

    Remember kids, "Diamonds are forever…and so are the Four Horsemen."

    Starrcade '83 Press Conference

    I've been looking for this clip for a while.  I love absolutely everything about this.  This is the type of realism that I would like to incorporate in my wrestling promotion.  See the Booking SAW series for more information about the booking principles in which I believe.

    Harley is such a great, serious promo. "Crockett you just arranged a match to eliminate Ric Flair from wrestling. You have put up the money to eliminate a kid from wrestling." Flair is excellent too, "To call it a tremendous moment is putting it very, very lightly. I never dreamed that Jim Crockett Promotions would be able to bring this match back into the Southeast..." Gordon Solie talking about it being a shame that Tampa didn't get the match and tying that to Super Bowl 84 as he referred to it is also brilliant in my opinion. The whole look and feel of the segment is spot-on.

    Upload Credit: Stamatis57

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    A Tribute to "Flair Flops"

    Always loved this spot. LSU's performance in the BCS National Championship Game last night reminds me of this too.

    Upload Credit: TJWFilmProductions

    Alabama Crimson Tide: 2011 BCS National Champions

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Huge WWE HOF inductees announced

    The Rated R Superstar, Edge and the 4 Horsemen (Flair, Arn, Tully, Windham and JJ Dillon) are being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

    Hate to see Ole not get there, but it's to be expected.

    Here's the video package for Edge's induction:

    Here's the one for the Horsemen:

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    Jericho does a Ron Simmons impression

    In honor of the first RAW back since Jericho debuted, here is a fun clip with him talking about Ron Simmons and a plane ticket.

    With the BCS Title Game tonight, I probably will not get to RAW until Saturday when they replay it on Universal HD.

    Upload Credit: hawk67

    Sunday, January 8, 2012

    GW's Birthday

    My dad, GW, turns 58 today.  Happy birthday to a great guy, father and wrestling fan.  He is seen below in his "natural habitat," his recliner.  My son is to his right and my nephews are the other two.  My daughter is not shown in this particular picture. Some may ask why I feel the need to share his birthday here on SAW. It's simple really, SAW's tagline is "Blame Dad, Ric Flair and Ted Turner." Since GW is responsible for my wrestling fandom, I think it's only appropriate that his birthday gets a mention here.

    Happy birthday Dad!

    Wrestling-themed Band Names

    A1 poster/SAW Contributor/Old friend, Norko and I got to talking about some wrestling-related phrases that would make good band names.

    Here are a few I have come up with, I'd love to see what the SAW readership might be able to add.  Any that I didn't come up with on my own will have the real author's name in parentheses next to it.
    • Ole's Makeshift Shirt or Ole's T-shirt (This was based on a discussion between me and Norko)
    • Hogan's Cross
    • The Big Boot
    • I Broke Wahoo's Leg (Norko)
    • Heel Champ
    • Traveling Champion
    • Bock's Taped Fist
    That's about all I have for now.  I would love to see some other suggestions.

      Saturday, January 7, 2012

      Skyrim Macho Man tribute

      Haven't played Skyrim, but thanks to @edsbs, I have seen this.  "Dig IT!"

      Upload Credit: fncypntz

      Slater vacates title

      ...into the Arkansas River.  I'm not sure who first pulled that stunt, but it of course reminds me of the later angle where Austin tossed the Rock's IC title in a river.  I do not care for the TV Title being a medal either.  That is just odd. 

      Upload Credit: Bourbonjimbo

      Friday, January 6, 2012

      Booking SAW Part 1

      Early in South Atlanta Wrestling's run I participated in The Wrestling Blog's All-Time Draft.  We had a ton of fun with it and I really enjoyed the roster I assembled.  At the time I had every intention to talk more about how I would book my fantasy promotion.  That never really happened.  The other day I was thinking about this again and decided I would try to tackle it, but in a slightly different manner.  Basically, I'm not going to talk specifically about SAW's roster here.  What I am going to do is talk in general about some booking principles I would employ and others that I would not use frequently or at all.  Some of these may get their own entries here some day, but for now this will be attacked via a list with some brief comments.

      Let's get started:
      • Tag team wrestling--I prefer a strong tag division that stands on its own apart from the singles division.  If two single stars team against the tag champs they will be at a disadvantage since the champs are tag team specialists.  If a tag team is popular enough (think the Roadies) one member may even get a shot at the world title from time-to-time.  Same rule applies though, the tag team member is at a disadvantage because he is not as familiar with working singles matches.  Also, tag matches with "thrown-together" tag teams will often headline cards so feuding wrestlers can mix it up without giving away their one-on-one matchups before the big card.
      • Handicap matches--Not happening frequently.  They would be booked accordingly.
        • Monster destroys lower card wrestlers. Think Big Show vs two jobbers.  Only booked to show off how physically impressive the "monster" is.  The individuals taking him on are either comedy gimmicks or simply lower card folks that have enhancement value but will most likely not ever work up the card.
        • Tag team match gone awry.  This will be the old situation where a babyface partner is beaten mercilessly backstage and is unable to compete.  If no one is able to assist the other guy, then the match goes on and he is at an extreme disadvantage. 
        • Heel manages to get a handicap match booked.  This may be an evil authority figure or someone who plays on the hero's pride to get the match.  The hero will show his courage by simply being willing to fight.  He most likely will not be able to overcome the odds however.
      • Non title matches--Don't love them, especially for the secondary belts.  Too often they are used as a lazy way to justify why the challenger gets a title shot.  The challenger earns his shot through either his impressive record or a personal issue with the champion.  To me, that makes far more sense than neutering your title holders.
      • Champion always introduced last--I am an old school fan and one thing I believe is that the champion should always come out second.  If you are having a big unification bout then I would probably introduce the face champion second, but in all other situations the champ has earned the right to come out last.
      • Cage matches--I thoroughly enjoyed the Daniel Bryan/Mark Henry WHC cage match, but in general I do not care for the escape method of winning these things.  To me, the cage is there to contain the action, keep outsiders out and to be used as a weapon.  If you must keep the escape method as a way to win the match I think that pin and submission have to be in play too.  I also think you should have to climb over the top to win.  I hate the idea of the official standing at the door and opening it so you can simply climb out that way.  It's beyond silly.
      That is it for the first edition of "Booking SAW."  Hope you enjoyed and I would love some feedback on these booking principles.

        It's Friday!

        Pretty solid week back to work for me. If you follow me on Twitter (@mckinneydg), you may have noticed that I mentioned that a particular Alice Cooper song would make excellent entrance music.

        As always, the great Alice Cooper is not off-topic due to being in Jake Roberts' corner at WrestleMania III.

        Enjoy your weekend!

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        Thursday, January 5, 2012

        German Blood Match

        I had forgotten about this type of match, but the German Blood Match certainly sounds interesting. I'm sure it has been run under multiple names and I seem to recall seeing one at one point while digging around YouTube for wrestling gold. I think the funniest aspect is how Dory Jr. points out that "they started with handkerchiefs and went to towels" or however he put it. It's a clever concept in that it gives you a good visual in the blood-soaked towel and also it guarantees the crowd they will see some juice on that card.

        The video also touches on Fritz Von Erich, what it was like to wrestle in Texas Stadium and Dory's favorite match of his father's.

        It's worth a couple of minutes of your time if you are a wrestling fan.

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        Wednesday, January 4, 2012

        Chris Jericho "interview"

        If you haven't seen this by now, it only accentuates the brilliance of Jericho's return on RAW.

        The best part? When he stops to turn his jacket on, nods his head and walks away. Like my wife said, "It's like he's saying, 'Yeah, that happened.'"

        Now I've been critical of Jericho in the past. For example, I still think he is overrated in a lot of ways. I don't think he is a very good face. I don't think he's nearly as over as a face as many seem to suggest. I thought his last WWE return was poorly handled and thought that his initial face run completely flopped. All that being said, he certainly has charisma and a mind for the business. Once I completely understood the segment the other day I realized that it looks like we are getting quality Jericho this go-round.

        I certainly hope that the oft-mentioned feud with CM Punk is on the horizon. Those guys working together can be nothing short of brilliant.

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        Thanks to A1 poster, Zandrax, for posting this on A1 as well.

        Tuesday, January 3, 2012

        RAW: Last night's main event

        That main event last night on Monday Night RAW was absolutely horrendous and baffling to be honest.

        There were a couple of things I did not love about it and then we got the end of the show. 

        • Having the heels at a disadvantage was odd, against formula and not terribly effective. 
        • Eliminating Big Show and Henry the way they did was bizarre, but I do feel that it pointed to a Big Show heel turn. 
        • Admittedly, I dislike Ryder. Watching the finish of that match I felt it would be nice to get some heat on Swagger by defeating the US Champ in a tag match.  Instead we get Ryder making the hot tag and Cena winning.
        • Of course the faces winning this match means next to nothing since they had a 3-2 advantage to start.
        Those are all minor complaints really.  What came next was no minor complaint though.  Everything about Kane's involvement was terrible and I actually like Kane.  The whole thing was silly.  He didn't do a whole lot to Ryder, smothers Cena with the gloved hand and then tries to drag Ryder "to hell" like the typically Undertaker nonsense...in 2012. 

        Just when I thought it couldn't get worse, John Cena recovers (because he's SuperCena of course) dives on the mat to pull lil' brudder, Zack Ryder back to safety.  At that point, Ryder and Cena look horrified at the hole in the mat and we get some pyro.  The pyro was a fairly interesting visual and that is about all I can say about this main event.

        I seriously fail to understand how professionals can book such a godawful waste of time, but here we are.

        Monday, January 2, 2012

        Chris Jericho Returns

        All the spooky vignettes were for the return of "Y2J" Chris Jericho.  Let's forget about the fact that I posted I still thought it would be Undertaker right as the return video started by the way.

        At first I was disappointed in the return, but as Jericho continued to stall so much it would make Larry Zybszko blus, I realized that this could be completely awesome.  That segment deserves a second look.  As it played out I absolutely hated it, but looking back it may have been amazing.

        Can't wait to see what Jericho has to say. 

        RAW: He Is Here

        We've only got 45 minutes or so left and RAW and the mystery man has yet to be revealed.

        Who will the "familiar force" be?  I still think Taker, but I hope I'm wrong.

        Sunday, January 1, 2012

        Blackjack Mulligan Jr.

        Check out a young Barry Windham wrestling in Southeastern back in 1981.  It wasn't until recently that I even realized that Barry had wrestled as a junior.  That's in spite of the fact that I knew for a long time that he was Blackjack Mulligan's son.

        As an aside, I really miss studio wrestling.

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