Monday, July 30, 2012

CM Punk opening tonight's RAW

"The Best in the World" CM Punk will open tonight's episode of Monday Night RAW. I like the fact that WWE used social media to make this announcement. In general, it is a good idea to give people some reason to tune in every week other than, "Well, RAW is on." Honestly, WCW had it right with Nitro at one point because they announced at least one big match a week ahead of time every week for some period of time. To me, that makes that match seem like a bigger deal as well as giving the viewer a reason to tune in.

As for this particular issue, I cannot wait to see what CM Punk will say. His actions against The Rock last week capped a wildly entertaining 1000th episode of RAW. As I previously mentioned, I think a heel turn will do wonders for CM Punk. Tonight will be our first opportunity to see how that goes.

I caught this information reported on DOT NET.  You can check out Jason Powell's take on WWE's tactics there as well if interested.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

NGWA show last night

As I mentioned yesterday, Norko and I went to our first independent show in seven years or so. I am waiting to review some more footage of the show, but wanted to go ahead and tip my hat to the NGWA crew. They put on a fun, clean show for the folks and the crowd really seemed to appreciate it.

From what I saw, every one that was on the show was 100% professional and that is to be commended. I did not see one thing that would raise the ire of the "You are NOT getting booked" crowd at all. The in-ring work was solid, the crowd was hot (literally and figuratively) and the finishes were clean.

You cannot ask for much more than that. If you are in the Canton, GA area I highly recommend you check out the North Georgia Wrestling Alliance. I seriously doubt you will be disappointed.

Like I mentioned, I will be back with more specifics about the matches and hopefully some footage as well. For now, I just wanted to say, "It was a fun night with quality PROFESSIONAL wrestling."

Saturday, July 28, 2012

SAW heads to NGWA show tonight

The North Georgia Wrestling Alliance (NGWA) is coming to Canton, GA tonight and SAW (myself and Norko) will be there.  According to Norko this will be our first independent show in over seven years.  The last one I recall attending was an excellent NWA WildSide show at the NCW Arena in Cornelia, GA.

Pretty stoked to see some indy wrestling again.  Speaking of NWA WildSide, one of the promoters is Lance Dreamer who was a regular with that promotion back when the South Atlanta Boys used to attend the TV tapings.

Unfortunately, I intended to do more to actually promote this show, but the real world got in my way.  Anyhow, the poster for tonight's show is below.

Photo Credit: Lance Dreamer via Facebook

Kevin Nash: Tennessee Volunteer

This isn't news necessarily, but "Big Sexy" Kevin Nash played college basketball at the University of Tennessee.  Big Kev posted a picture back in February of him on the basketball court.

Believe it or not, that is Captain No Knees, airing out in that pic. Nash himself touches on this with the Tweet that accompanied that picture, "Me. Before the last 11 knee operations."

Follow Kevin Nash on Twitter at @RealKevinNash

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

CM Punk's "turn" on RAW 1000

CM Punk's apparent turn (or whatever it was) on RAW 1000 really could be a game changer for the champ.  He has been treated as one of the big dogs since his epic Money in the Bank performance in front of his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.  The problem was that while he attained that status, WWE neutered the CM Punk character.  There have been discussions on boards such as A1 and WCMB about Punk and how his character has changed since his "pipe bomb."  Let's take a look at that.

I put it like this in a thread on WCMB and reiterated it on A1 recently, "It's not the quantity of the push, but the quality of it."

What do I mean by that?  Basically, I appreciate that Punk has gotten a good-faith push to the top of the WWE card.  I really do.  What I did not care for was that in order to push him to that level WWE watered down his gimmick.  It is like they said, "We'll push him, but only once we force him into this cookie cutter mold of what top face/WWE Champion has to be."

 Essentially Punk got over as a rebellious voice for the voiceless who spoke his mind and did what he felt was right (face or heel).  They then pushed him by doing a bootleg Austin/Mr. McMahon gimmick with John Laurinaitis and stripping all that was good from the gimmick.  Beyond that his feuds with Jericho and Daniel Bryan (which should have been instant classics) were more convoluted than necessary and wore out their welcome far more quickly than they should have.  This is especially true for the Jericho feud, mind you.  The Bryan feud isn't as bad except it came across as a way to get AJ over more so than Bryan, Punk or the WWE Title.

All of these aforementioned issues are why I am excited about the prospect of a heel CM Punk.  The main thing is that I think Punk works better as a heel.  I also think he will be given better material to work with in that role than his WWE Champion, face role.  This change should allow him to regain some of his "cool" factor and add more of an edge to his character.

I certainly hope that a full-on heel character is imminent for Mr. Best in the World.  If it is, I believe we are in for a treat.

By the way, what a great visual captured in WWE's photo above.  

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NWA Mountain State

NWA Mountain State out of West Virginia is a perfect example of making the most of what you have.

This promotion's big catchphrase is that they're the, "Flagship of the NWA".  Ooh boy, I'm not going to pull here, but if this is the flagship of the NWA, then, wow, there's not too much to look foward to.

Now, like I mentioned before, this is a promotion that does make the most of what's available to them.  However, before we do get to the positives, let's get all their negatives out of the way.

The Talent Level.  They have some guys who have some potential, guys like Matt Conard, Zac Vincent, Jason Kincaid and they bring in guys such as Chase Owens, but outside of that, the talent is the local level talent and some of that is really really bad.  The women's division consists of Misty James defending her SSW women's title against whoever, usually a lower level opponent, not one of the great women's wrestling talent that's out there, like I said, usually it's a lower level talent that's brought in to put Ms. James over.  You won't see girls like Sara del Ray or Allysin Kay here. 

The venues where they hold their events.  One of their television tapings was held on the parking lot of an IHOP and their "television studio" is a converted store on a strip.  Its hard to take them seriously as a big time promotion when they're holding events in those types of places. 

Ok, now we got those big negatives out of the way, let's talk about the positives and there are some to mention.

The announce team.  Dean Bibb and Steven Hensley are one of the best in the industry, despite the "quality" of work in the ring, these two do a great job in telling the story and doing play-by-play of what's going on in the ring.  You put these two in just about any promotion out there, they would make the show that much better with their work.  I believe these two are just that good.  Best team I've seen since Dan "The Dragon" Wilson and Steven Prazak in NWA Wildside. 

The actual production.  It looks as if Mountain State have outsourced their production to an external company, Cumcomber and Co, and it was the right decision.  First off, they film in HD and it looks good, many other big time independent promotions do not film in HD, I wish more would invest in the equipment to do it.  Audio wise, they do a perfect balance where the audio from the ring or announce team doesn't overpower the other.  And their graphics used throughout the show are modern and look really good.  It's a part of the little things that make the show look and sound good. 

Being a member of the NWA.  This promotion is proud to be a part of the NWA.  Their main focus is on the title specific to Mountain State, but, they're not ashamed to mention they are a part of the NWA and their champions want shots at the World and Tag-Team titles.  Every week, they post the World NWA Top 10 and many of their wrestlers have mentioned travelling to go after the various champions of the NWA and they've brought in the NWA World Champion Adam Pearce, NWA National Champion Shaun Tempers and World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kevin Douglas.  Here's an example of such, 1/2 of the Mountain State tag champs Eric Darkstorm calling out current World Tag Champs The Dark City Fight Club.

Overall thoughts.  Like I mentioned at the top of the entry, this promotion is a perfect example of doing the best with what they have.  Their talent level isn't high, but they still manage to go out and produce a fairly decent television show every week.  It's worth watching, or at the very least giving a shot.  Hell, just cause I like you guys, I'll make it easy for you, here's their most recent episode.

Monday, July 23, 2012

First Monday Night RAW

While I understand that many are beyond tired of WWE's social media obsession, it is important to note that it gives us access to cool things via their Official YouTube channel.

Of course this post is prompted by the 1,000th episode of RAW tonight on USA Network. I cannot wait to see what kind of spectacle we get either. It will be disappointing if John Cena walks out with the WWE Title, but what I really want is a good show. Hopefully, with all the focus on this show it will deliver. It appears we will get a lot of returns aside from the already announced DX reunion, Brock Lesnar's return as well as The Rock's.

By the way, how weird is it that Sean Mooney is the first voice we hear on Monday Night RAW? How about Koko B. Ware in the first match? It is bittersweet hearing "Macho Man" Randy Savage on commentary as well.

Enjoy this piece of wrestling history. The rest of the episode can be found here.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

FFA: The Dark Knight Rises

This review will be completely spoiler-free. Went to see The Dark Knight Rises on Friday night. After a single viewing I thought it was a good movie with a great finish.

Bane absolutely knocks it out of the park. Tom Hardy executes the calculating, menacing Bane in spectacular fashion. And Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman is excellent as well. The rest of the main characters are as good as you would expect based on their previous performances in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

There are a couple of fun cameos as well. As you would expect from a Christopher Nolan Batman film, TDKR is an epic movie. It is also a fitting end to a phenomenal series.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Michael Hayes' tribute to Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy

Much like the guys on WCMB that are discussing this, I have to say that this could have been done more "tastefully." I respect the fact that Hayes wants to pay tribute to his friend, Terry Gordy. Bam Bam certainly deserves the respect for all his in-ring accomplishments including being a member of the Fabulous Freebirds with Hayes.

That being said, there are some cool pics here so this is worth taking a look at in spite of the general awkwardness of the whole deal.

I would love to hear opinions on Hayes' tribute.

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Friday, July 20, 2012


Remember that cool pixel art picture that Norko posted some time back?  The artist who does these started posting on WCMB.  He linked his site which he frequently updates with new pixel art.  Some recent ones include Damien Sandow, Harley Race, Ox Baker and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.

Check it out at PixelMania.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DDP speaks about Heath Slater

As previously mentioned on SAW, I thought DDP's interview was interesting enough that it should be broken up into a few posts.  Here's the second part which discusses Heath Slater's role on RAW.
"He took an awesome Diamond Cutter. He’s a guy who grew up watching me and loving the business. He told me he loves what he’s doing right now, and it’s a great attention getter for him. People went from really hating him, to now you find people writing some really good comments about him too, and he’ll grow with his character. He’s got awesome time on primetime TV."
Someone on one of the boards I frequent was dissatisfied with the way Heath Slater was being used.  I see it the way DDP and apparently Slater himself sees it, he has gotten an opportunity to spotlight himself each week on RAW.  Prior to these nostalgia returns you would barely know what Heath Slater was even still with WWE.

Will it turn in to a bigger role for the "One Man Rock Band?"  I don't know, but I don't see a reason to be upset by his treatment.  They have been fun segments and Heath has gotten a chance to shine in them.  If nothing else, this demonstrates that Heath Slater has a good perspective on his role in WWE right now.  That is always a good thing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

FFA: TNT's Dallas

It really should not come as a surprise that a wrestling fan likes soap operas. My wife and I are really digging the new Dallas on TNT.

I have mentioned this before but JR Ewing is the ultimate heel. Seeing Larry Hagman reprise his iconic role is a real treat. Patrick Duffy as brother/adversary/white knight Bobby Ewing is excellent as well.

As for the new generation, Jordana Brewster as Elena is nice to look at and plays her role well. JR's son, John Ross is cut from the same cloth as his old man and is entertaining as well. Christopher Ewing is kind of a weak link but does well enough.

The show has more swerves than Russo-booked TNA but it works for me. While we are discussing wrestling, I would mark out for a JBL cameo on this show.

The new Dallas is a fun, nostalgic trip. Speaking of nostalgia, I am happy to report that the magnificent theme song is still in place.

Monday, July 16, 2012

JBL on being a heel and his neck towel

I caught this on John Layfield's Facebook page and thought it interesting:

Got asked today about the towel I had around my neck when I went to ring, underneath my jacket. The story of this came from a gym in NYC, I was sitting waiting on my wife when I see some guy come in with a cheesy jacket on with a towel underneath. It infuriated me how stupid this guy looked, pure heat.
Then it occurred to me, if this thing got this much heat with me (this out of touch goof) then it was perfect for JBL. I even pointed it out to my wife and said look how stupid that looks and she just laughed, I then told her it was perfect for JBL-and she laughed and agreed.
Being a huge wrestling fan I had always seen the old pics of old wrestlers with the towels, but since it didn't happen anymore than what is more perfect for an out of touch rich guy like JBL to have this towel around his neck thinking he was the modern day Lou Thesz?
The whole key to being a bad guy is never do cool things. If you look at a ring jacket or entrance and think wow that's awesome-then a heel like I was wouldn't want to do it. You want no redeeming qualities and not do anything cool. The key is to be hated and folks to look at you and not think in any way that anything you do is cool.
That towel and jacket was as uncool as you could be and that's why I loved it so much-perfect for JBL
Say what you will about JBL and some of his antics backstage, but it is clear he understood what it took to be a heel. Remember, he was doing this in the post-nWo "cool heel" era. His thought process on this really shows you that he "got" what made a heel and was willing to go all the way with being a guy the fans hated.

I always liked that look for JBL by the way.  It made perfect sense considering his J.R. Ewing gimmick.  He really was a Wrestling God on SmackDown.

WWE '13: Austin 3:16 Collector's Edition

THQ just announced another collector's edition of WWE '13. This one features arguably the biggest star in wrestling history, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Looks great doesn't it? That is my problem with these types of collector's editions or store exclusives. It makes it that much harder for me to choose which version I want to purchase. I certainly don't blame the publishers or stores for these exclusives because it really is smart marketing on their part.

I doubt I will purchase this version, but it is really freaking cool. No matter what version I pick up I am as stoked as ever for WWE '13.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Jack Swagger's first Make-A-Wish

John Cena gets a ton of credit and deservedly so for his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  I am happy to say that "The All-American American" Jack Swagger was recently given the opportunity to make his first individual Make-A-Wish visit per this article.
The former World Heavyweight Champion admitted he was a bit surprised he was chosen by the 14-year-old New Yorker, but he was flattered.
“I know right now there are not a lot of Jack Swagger fans, so I was like, ‘Come on, stop. You’re making me blush.’ And she was like, ‘No, I chose you.’ That was pretty cool, I’ve got to say.”
For all the things we rightfully bang on WWE for, it is also important to add that they do a wonderful job with groups such as Make-A-Wish and the "be a STAR" anti-bullying program.
Congratulations to Jack Swagger for being selected for this Make-A-Wish visit and also to Brandi RedCloud-Owen for having her wish granted.

I mean, look how great this picture is....

Obviously, SAW wishes Brandi nothing but the best as she deals with this horrifying situation.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

2012 A1 Tag Cup

One of my favorite A1 traditions continues today. It is the A1 Tag Cup.

By now you should know the drill. Zandrax gives you several match ups each day until we crown our 2012 A1 Tag Cup Champions.

My favorite matchup today is the WCW duo of Sting and Lex Luger vs The Brothers of Destruction. I went Sting and Luger in that one.

Get over to and start voting today.

BSW: Tyson Kidd

As I mentioned recently, there is some talk that Tyson Kidd may be in line for a push in WWE.  Now I said this would surprise me, but that's really not here or there.  The fine folks at Barber Shop Window have a new shirt that relates to Kidd's inclusion in the Money in the Bank match.

I like the fact that it is not a black shirt as all too many wrestling shirts are. If you want to support one of The Dungeon's final graduates, this is the shirt that will let you do it.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mattel's WWE line at SDCC 2012

I love San Diego Comic-Con in large part because we get to see new WWE figures.  Below is a guide to the coverage I have seen on Mattel's WWE product this year.
What is contained in those links?  I'll give you a couple of personal highlights:
There are some nice Elite figures as well such as Best in the World CM Punk, Kevin Nash (Outsider and Diesel attire, complete with nice looking titles) and a bearded Orton figure.  I had seen those prior to SDCC however.

At this point, I think the two figures I still want to see made the most are Magnum TA and Stan Hansen.  Hopefully we eventually get those out of the WWE Legends line.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Randy Orton returning soon?

According to this LoP article, Randy Orton is scheduled for World Heavyweight Championship match.  The SmackDown taping on September 18th will be at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.  Orton will be the third competitor in a Triple Threat Match for the title with current champion Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio.

There are a couple of notes of interest here to me. 

Randy Orton may not be an internet darling, but I will certainly be glad to see him back.  He is over with the live crowds and is a legitimate main eventer no matter how much some people try to argue this point.  Is he a draw?  I have no idea.  I tend to think he is, but arguing about it seems silly.  At this point, I think the WWE brand is the draw more than any one guy including John Cena.

Another aspect of this is that I hope they are leading to the Sheamus/Orton feud that I so desperately want to see.  My plan would no longer include Daniel Bryan or Mark Henry, but as long as we get heel Orton vs face Sheamus I'm not going to complain how they get there.

Lastly, and most importantly, The Wrestling Blogger TH from The Wrestling Blog will be able to see his favorite WWE Superstar, Randall Keith Orton. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Doink the Clown on

Not a fan of the last line of this article, but here is an interesting look at Twitter and the idea of trending terms from CNN.

Apparently This Matters: Doink the Clown

Doink lost the match within minutes, and most people online seemed to think it was a rather lackluster performance. Alas, on this warm summer night, an old, sad clown was just doing his "job."

And perhaps somewhere a Denny's was missing its night manager

The aforementioned last line of the article is shared above.  I know it isn't unprecedented that pro-wrestlers work other jobs.  Some of those jobs are certainly not glamorous, but the parting shot by this guy just struck me as...unnecessary.

DDP talks RAW appearance

SAW favorite, Diamond Dallas Page (DDP), recently appeared on the Busted Open satellite radio show.  DOT NET has a recap of the interview and it has a lot of interesting information in it for you DDP fans out there.

The main thing I enjoyed was hearing the behind the scenes discussion of his surprise RAW appearance last week.
"No, and you know, people always bust the balls of the booking of WWE. Now, if they just booked me as another one, well then it’s just like Sid and Vader. But Johnny Ace called me up and said, ‘Hey, you want to hit someone with the Diamond Cutter on Monday night?’ I was like, ‘Sure, I’d love to.’

"The whole week I was in Louisville for a horror festival because I do a lot of those because I was Billy Ray Snapper in The Devil’s Rejects. Wrestling and horror just sort of go together. So I’d been working all week, I had to use like 3:30 in the morning to catch the flight to get down there, or I would’ve missed it, but it was worth it.

"So Johnny asked me about that, and then he told me about the Doink thing and I was like, ‘Oh that’s awesome,’ because no one knew about the Doink thing except for me, so that was an awesome secret. The people popped. There was a little bit of, ‘Oh, I thought DDP was going to come out.’ That’s what fans have told me, and then that’s why I think that pop was even better.
He is right that the Doink swerve made the whole thing better.  For one, I had heard the rumors that DDP would be on RAW that night.  I would also agree with Page that delivering a Diamond Cutter was a far more effective way to use him than a full match.  Assuming he could still "go" the Diamond Cutter would have been the highlight of the match anyway. 

Honestly, there is a ton of great information in there from DDP.  So much so that I believe I am going to break this up into a few different parts. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mike Tyson on Watch What Happens Live

My wife has Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on right now.  The guests are one of the New Jersey Housewives and WWE Hall of Famer and boxing legend "Iron" Mike Tyson.

This is not really noteworthy to me at all until Mike is presented with the "HeavyWeave Championship belt" and it is a toy WWE Championship belt with Andy Cohen's (host of WWHL and Bravo exec) face obscuring the WWE logos.

Will try to find a pic of this thing tomorrow, but it just goes to show that while wrestling fans dislike this belt it seems to get decent run out in the world of entertainment.

Ole's Ouster Part 1: Flair puts over Luger

It is time for another helping of Ric Flair promos here on SAW.  This is another from the epic YouTube series titled Ole's Ouster that has been featured here previously.

"Are you 18? Are you between 18-28?"  Classic "Nature Boy" talking about the Horsemen lifestyle.

Ric putting over Luger and degrading Rhodes, Garvin and Barry Windham is also classic Ric.  His impression of Barry Windham is around 1:40 in and it's pretty funny.  It is funnier when you consider that Barry went on to be one of the greatest Horsemen of all time.  I mean there are people that consider the Windham version of the Horsemen better than the original.  I even used to think that until I got older and realized what Ole brought to the legendary unit.  That being said, "BW" was a great Horsemen.

Enough of me, listen to "Slick Ric" tell a story like only he can.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

NWA invades RAW Is WAR

Who else remembers this? I had this all out of whack because I thought for some reason that Barry Windham appeared as the North American Champion. As you can see that is not the case. Not only that, but I recalled it being the blonde Barry Windham who appeared here. He clearly is still sporting the "New Blackjacks" look from his team with Blackjack Bradshaw.

Despite my "misremembering" as Roger Clemens might say, this is an interesting slice of wrestling history here.  You may also recall that the new Midnight Express (Bob Holly and Bart Gunn) also appeared on RAW feuding with the Rock N Roll Express.

Of course this angle went absolutely nowhere.  It is positively bizarre to see the NWA featured on WWE programming in the 90s.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Bret Hart: Working Man's Champion

Interesting interview with Bret "The Hitman" Hart here posted on
"The big one was I was never a big fan of the big star on the door dressing room. Warrior had it, Macho Man had it too with Liz, but Liz had to change and it was a different thing with Macho, but I always felt Macho earned it. Hogan had the fruit basket, the flowers and the special room with star on the door too. I always felt Hogan earned it too. I never thought he didn't deserve any of that, he did. I know just when it came to me, you know the limo rides, and the limo service and all that, I didn't want any of that" ... "I want to change in the dressing room with the other wrestlers. I don't need the star on the door, I don't want it. Save the "its all a big show" for somebody else, I don't want it. I was the first champion to refuse that" ... "You see guys like Warrior and Hogan that didn't have the time of day for anybody but themselves. I changed that. I wanted to be not just the peoples champion, but I felt like I was the dressing room champion".
I think it is interesting that Bret felt so strongly about connecting with "the boys" like that. Now it is pretty clear that Bret has an ego on him as well, but it seems like he had a better handle on how to go about his business than many "top guys." I saw it mentioned on a board I frequent recently that part of what made Bret so great was the idea that he was a "working class champion." It appears that at least some of that filtered to his actions in the back as well. I think that is pretty cool. Anyhow, click below to see eight minutes of discussion with the Hitman.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Raven wanted to rent Buffy...and they didn't have it

Deadspin: More Wrestler Run-Ins
In 2000, I was in school and working part-time at Blockbuster Video. It was an easy enough gig. I'm holding the place down by myself one weekday afternoon. The store's pretty much empty when the doorbell chimes. I look over to see Raven sporting a black Wolverine tee and basketball trunks. It's strange seeing someone you've watched get bludgeoned to a bloody pulp just walking around all casual. Normal even. I've met wrestlers before, but being alone in a store with that guy put me a little on edge. Needless to say there was no way I was making this man pay late fees.

Story continued here...
The Deadspin article not only has the rest of that story but also similar stories with Zeus, Dennis Knight, Jim Ross and more.  It is part of an ongoing feature titled VirgilBag.

It reminds me of the time I went bowling in my hometown of Fayetteville, GA.  As we are busy playing there is all of the sudden a huge commotion nearby.  It turns out that Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield has decided to go bowling that same night.  I was in about seventh grade and was nervous about approaching the champ but did so.  He signed my autograph while never actually looking at me and it was the highlight of my life to that point probably.  For the record, I was never offended by his lack of eye contact as I know it's got to be exhausting to be swarmed like that everywhere you go.  I thought it was impressive that he had the process down to a science like that to be perfectly honest.  I still have that autograph and he added Philippians 4:13 (For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength., New Living Translation).

Thanks to A1 Poster and King of the Internet, FATSEXY, for sharing this on

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WWE plans for Tyson Kidd

As you probably already know Tyson Kidd qualified for the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank match.  Conventional wisdom seemed to point to Kidd being added as the "Shelton Benjamin" of the match.  You know, he'd be the guy that could do something spectacular for the sake of the match but ultimately not be a factor.

This still may be the case, but I noticed this on Lords of Pain.
A WWE source indicates that there is something big planned for Tyson Kidd. His qualifying for Money in the Bank and the push on RAW last night are apparently the start of something bigger for Kidd.
Now we know that LoP's credibility is lacking even in the world of internet news sites.  Let's look past that for the sake of this discussion though.  It would shock me if this was the case, but stranger things have happened.  I doubt many of us saw Mark Henry getting a legitimate, good-faith, monster push and yet he did.

Ultimately, we will see what happens with Tyson Kidd.  He obviously has the talent, but the question is, "Will WWE get behind this guy?"  Only time will tell...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

FFA: RIP Andy Griffith

Mac Powell of Third Day put it this way:
Andy Griffith passed on? Man! Did anybody NOT love him? You never know how a person is in real life, but he seemed like a great man.
 I share that sentiment, but Mac said it much better than I may have.  As for someone who did know Mr. Griffith, Ron "Opie Cunningham" Howard had this to say:
 Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful RIP Andy
It's morbid, but my Dad (GW of GW's Flashbacks here on SAW) had often said, "It's going to be a sad day when Andy Griffith passes."  I always agreed with that sentiment as Andy was such a beloved figure in entertainment.  Now here we are and Dad was completely right.

You know why Andy Griffith is a big deal especially to us Southerners.  What I have not adequately explained is why he was such a big deal to me.  Well, here goes...The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS for short) was a staple of our television watching when I was a kid.  It was one of Dad's favorite shows so we watched it all the time on Ted Turner's SuperStation Channel 17.  As a child I did not appreciate the show as much as I grew to so I often asked if we could watch Diff'rent Strokes.  Luckily for me Dad typically refused and we watched TAGS.  As I grew older I started to "get" The Andy Griffith Show and it became one of my favorite things to watch.

That was my main enjoyment of Andy Griffith's work, but I also found myself often watching Matlock with Gramma.  That show was also fun to watch almost totally due to Andy Griffith as the title character.  Don Knotts even stopped by as his old friend from time-to-time and it was great to see two comedy legends on the screen together again.

For years I heard Dad say that A Face in the Crowd was another brilliant Andy Griffith performance.  While the role was completely different than the kindly Sheriff Andy Taylor and Attorney Benjamin Matlock roles, Andy really did excel in it.  If you have not seen it and are interested in checking out Andy Griffith playing a different kind of character, I strongly recommend that you take a look at it.

At this point I hope two things are clear.  One is that I am rambling and two is that I really respected Andy Griffith and his talents.  I said the following on Facebook when I read the news this morning:
Always knew it would be a sad day when Andy Griffith passed away. Oddly enough, I sat and watched a full episode of The Andy Griffith Show for the first time in a while yesterday. That man was a national treasure if you ask me.
 For the record, I 100% meant the "national treasure" line.  I think Mr. Griffith was a special talent. From everything I have seen and read from men like Ron Howard it would seem he was a special man as well.

RIP Andy Griffith, you will be missed.

Monday, July 2, 2012

1000th RAW promo

"Whoever is responsible for this...should probably get a raise."--Torgo, A1 poster

What was he talking about?  He was talking about this excellent promo for the 1000th episode of Monday Night RAW.  It's a fun takeoff on the old game of telephone.


Inside TV: WWE Raw stars go off message in witty ad -- EXCLUSIVE

Lesnar's "camp" responding on RAW

DOT NET noted that Brock Lesnar's "camp" will be responding to Triple H on tonight's RAW.  They also noted that Lesnar is advertised for the 1000th episode on July 23rd and the "go-home" show for SummerSlam.

I cannot say this really excites me much.  Honestly, my interest in WWE has decreased considerably since WrestleMania.  It was nice to have Brock around initially as the Rock stepped away from the squared circle.  The nature of his deal guaranteed that we would not see him a lot.  I am fine with that, but I think what is really killing it for me is the feud with Triple H.  I have never been a Triple H fan and as I have said before this current incarnation of The Game is doing nothing for me. 

Hopefully, something exciting will come along as we head into SummerSlam and the 1000th episode of RAW.  Right now it feels like WWE programming is "just there" to me.