I got off work a little after 2:30 am I believe and didn’t get to bed until slightly after 4am Saturday morning. My lovely lady E woke me for breakfast at what seemed like 8am and I was soon off to be at my sister’s house at 10am to teach several of the women in my family DDP Yoga. I arrived slightly late to see everyone there and ready. I played a few tracks off the new Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow while everyone got situated and to let my mother and sisters hear a few things in particular. Ironically enough this and a couple texts to my mother on Tuesday led her to say “Yeah, I’d really like to listen to their music.” What?! I replied “I never expected to see that!” and I don’t believe I have figured it out yet either. (more…)
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Global Force Wrestling Presents New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome (more…)
Written by Roger Malcolm I’ve been watching pro wrestling since I was 4. I was a teenager during the time of pro wrestling known as the Attitude Era and have always seen 1997 as my favorite year. After 10 years of watching, 1997 just seemed to come together so perfectly to me. Bret Hart, leading the Hart Foundation, was a heel in the U.S. and still a babyface in Canada, which made for great television and diverse crowds. Stone Cold Steve Austin, where as he was never a favorite of mine, began his meteoric rise to super-stardom. Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst Helmsley formed D-Generation X. Though perhaps the most important factor of all these former WWF personalities performing in 1997 was the announcing by Jim Ross. (more…)
TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory October 12, 2014 – Korakuen Hall – Tokyo, Japan Written by Roger Malcolm (more…)
Hoosier Pro Wrestling “Wrestling Justice” 6-7-2014
Reported Attendance: 230 Paid raised a reported $400 for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
Since perhaps the most important figure in the United States history is missing from the real Mount Rushmore, so then will perhaps the most important figure in professional wrestling history Toots Mondt be missing from my Pro Wrestling Mount Rushmore. Mondt, with Ed “Strangler” Lewis and Billy Sandow, comprised The Gold Dust Trio, which took control and dominated professional wrestling in the 1920s and forever defined the art form by combining features of boxing, Greco-Roman, freestyle, lumber-camp fighting, and theater into what Mondt deemed “Slam Bang Western-Style Wrestling”. They perfected the art of the finish, as well as such innovations as time-limit draws and double count-outs. This would cause a shift from the legitimate style to the more entertainment style of today. The Gold Dust Trio are credited as founding the first pro wrestling promotion as they moved wrestling out of old burlesque theaters to major sports venues.
So I decided to watch Wrestle Kingdom II after reading about Prince Devitt officially announcing his resignation from New Japan Pro Wrestling. It was the first event I watched of New Japan Pro Wrestling and the first time watching Devitt wrestle as he participated in the opening match. It was a six-man tag with Milano Collection A.T. and Minoru against A.J. Styles, Petey Williams and Christian. The event featured many TNA wrestlers. TNA even released a DVD they dubbed “Global Impact” using each match consisting of TNA wrestlers which was 6 out of the 10 on the card. I’m however watching the proper version in Japanese and not having to endure TNA’s commentary. Also, I am treated to 4 extra matches that are…well I’ll talk about them later.
I was listening to the Ross Report hosted by Jim Ross when Good Ol’ J.R. mentioned TNA Wrestling. He gave a few comments on their issues and what he believed they should do to help themselves out. As a pro wrestling fan I want to see TNA Wrestling succeed as does Jim Ross, only the company is a wasteland. It seems like everyday we get closer to their demise. It’s to the point where it seems at any minute news will break declaring “TNA LIQUIDATED, Panda Energy CHAPTER11?”. It wouldn’t surprise me at all. I also feel that’s a horrible way to view any company and yet it’s how most view TNA and Dixie Carter. (more…)
Written by Roger Malcolm I’ve watched Wrestlemania every year since Wrestlemania XXI when the Armed Forces Network (AFN) aired it for free in 2005. I had missed out on the first 4 Wrestlemanias as a kid. I got my start with Wrestlemania V when the Mega Powers Collided, with Hulk Hogan challenging Macho Man Randy Savage for the WWF World Heavyweight Title; Wrestlemania VI when The Ultimate Warrior challenged Hulk Hogan for the title; Wrestlemania VII when Hulk Hogan challenged and battled Sgt. Slaughter for the title; and my final as a child, Wrestlemania VIII at the Hooiser Dome, when Hogan defeated Sid Justice by disqualification. Lame. At least Wrestlemania VIII had Bret Hart challenging Roddy Piper for the IC title, and Randy Savage challenging Ric Flair for the WWF World Heavyweight title. Since then I’ve watched Wrestlemania I through XIV after acquiring the Wrestlemania boxset on VHS. There are always great moments at every Wrestlemania but there’s not one Wrestlemania that I consider my favorite overall, as Survivor Series and Royal Rumble have always been my favorite events, especially from the late eighties through the early nineties. However this all changed on April 6, 2014 when I watched Wrestlemania 30. (more…)
Sometimes it’s just better if a wrestler does a small role before tackling a lead, such as Hulk Hogan did in Rocky III as Thunderlips. It is perhaps the king of all wrestler-turned-actor bit parts, so with that said I won’t be selecting it on my list, as I’m already mentioning it. However, I do believe Hogan would have been better off sticking to this approach for his film work or just having stuck with this role alone and not continued acting anymore at all. Since his roles in No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, and Mr. Nanny were so poorly received, I don’t know how he ever climbed the ranks to land a recurring role in the Thunder in Paradise series of films and TV show. Though it’s probably a safe bet why he doesn’t still have acting roles in films. Hogan really did transcend professional wrestling and all the wrestlers turned actors surely have him to thank even if it’s just for setting the bar so low for the acting transition.
One of the most unfortunate drawbacks of being a pro wrestling fan is the absolutely awful video games that have been made that we wrestling fans force ourselves to play trying to achieve the smallest amount of fun in all the layers of bad programming throughout the years. Knowing this to be true, I have spent years tormenting myself with bad game after bad game, finally coming to a point where I feel I couldn’t be used and abused by all these horrible games anymore than I already have. These days I still play the occasional pro wrestling game, only I am much more specific on which I spend my time. I started with 8-bit graphics going through 16-bit to 3-D polygons all the way to text-based and back to 2-D sprites! That’s right, I’ve went from the 80’s 8-bit graphics on the Nintendo Entertainment System through all the flashy 16-bit button-mashers on Super Nintendo and 3-D graphics of the Playstation, Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube. Only to end up playing a text-based pro wrestling game on the PC (with the only visual art being the animated stills of the wrestlers, belts, and logos) and a 2-D sprite-based graphic engine on the PS2/PSN/Dreamcast.
I have never taken the New Year resolution very serious. I suppose I always allowed the view of others’ failures to cheapen the overall idea. It wasn’t until 2013 when I realized I should set a New Year’s resolution for myself. I thought about what it was that I wanted to do and it wasn’t long before I realized my goal.