QOTD 34: Heart Breaking Works of Staggering Genius

Lets talk about books. I don’t want to stick my face in The Cuch’s area, so we’ll keep this to books that don’t (directly) feature wrestlers. 

What are your favorite books, authors, stories, and genres? Whats your favorite (and least favorite) film adaptation of of a book you really liked, or vice versa? 

 
 Some Picks:

Different Seasons – This collection of Novellas by Stephen King includes “Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption”, “Apt Pupil”, “The Body”, and “The Breathing Method”. The first three stories are absolute knock outs, and the kind of stories you find looking ahead in page numbers to see how much you have left, because you don’t want it to end.

“The Shawshank Redemption” in particular is just stellar, and a wonderful companion to the movie, in one of those rare instances where the differences don’t bug you, and one happily informs the other.

“Apt Pupil” is great, and reading it Sophomore year of high-school I remember being about 9 different kinds of freaked out by the crazy ass shit the characters in that book got into, endlessly fascinated by what crazy thing would happen next. That’s cool because that’s what the book is about, namely, how an obsession with a time period, person, or historical event can be fuel for a poisoned mind to com-bust.

“The Body” went on to be “Stand By Me” which I think I’ve seen about 15 times in 20 minute chunks. The book is really good, and heart breaking, and when I picture it in my minds eye, the locations and people that flood my senses are so real I can almost touch them. Wonderful at capturing a child’s view of the world and sense of adventure, and how everything can seem big and bad and awful, but warm and welcoming at the same time. Secctiooon 8.

The Bachman Books – This includes “Rage”, “The Long Walk”,”Road Work” and “The Running Man” and again, three of the four are really great. “The Long Walk” is such an awesome concept, and “Rage” is a fun little book to read if you’re worried about the kind of shit our Nation’s Youth has to deal with. “The Running Man” is probably closer to being a TV reality than you may think.

Thinner – I like this one, being a fatty. Guy is fat, gets cursed to be thin, gets part of his hand blown off, and in a fun little tid-bit, steals my neighbor’s car. Seriously. It turns out back when that book was written, the main character hits up Bridgewater Massachusetts, and steals a car. My neighbor – relaying this to me at a party a few years ago, mentions that HE got his car stolen, and it was the same make and model as the one in the book.

The Elements of Style – A GREAT book to help you understand a bit of grammar, and one I’ll occasionally slot into my potty reading list for a refresher. Seriously one of the most iconic writing manuals out there.

On Writing – Part autobiography, part manual, and part do’s and dont’s, Stephen King uses examples from his own work to illustrate what he thinks makes good writing. My favorite part about this book is that Stephen King is happy to admit he’s a “First class, second class” writer (in so many words), meaning he’s very literary, but he appeals to a lot of people, and that folks like John Grisham do the same by writing what they know, and cutting off the bullshit. It’s a great read.

Catch Me if You Can – The autobiography the movie is based off of, this is one of my favorite true stories, written by a guy known for lying. While it may have had some ghost-writer help, it doesn’t feel it, and every little detail is wonderful to read and ponder, as the author goes into the details of how exactly he forged so many checks. It has a mostly happy ending too, which is neat.

License to Pawn – This is the book by the cast of “Pawn Stars” that is very obviously ghost written, but still *really* fucking cool, you learn a lot about the history of the cast, AND a ton about the inner-workings of the “Pawn” business, including why pimps always wear gold, and that both Chum and Big Hoss were once addicted to the Meth.

Have a Nice Day – Eh, it’s not bad.

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Blog Otter Award: The Blog Otter Award will return tomorrow, I’m writing this from work! So you all win! yay!

1. Someone explain Nook / Kindle sharing to me. Is it possible for us to share our books with each other without contracting STDS?

2. I review a Mega Man-like game that’s not bad! / I give “Card Hunter” a perfect 10!

Hogan staying with TNA


So they obviously see some kind of value in him if they offered him enough to convince him to re-sign.

I still don't understand what Dixie or anyone else sees in him. He hasn't bumped ratings or buy rates, or interest in the company. 

That money surely could've gone to hiring some new talent instead, no? 

I think perhaps Hulk talked with WWE, asked for his usual amount of money, and then got laughed out of the offices.  

BoD Daily Update

WWE.com RAW Preview

http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2013-10-14/5-point-preview-26155679

Bray Wyatt Injury Update

Wyatt was injured at a house show this past weekend. As of now, PWInsider.com was told that Wyatt suffered a deeply bruised calf muscle and will be re-evaluated today.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

James Storm is Pitching an idea for a Reality Television Show

http://www.tmz.com/2013/10/13/tna-wrestling-james-storm-reality-show/

Wrestlemania 30 scenarios


Hey Scott, here are some potential scenarios for Wrestlemania 30. Could you tell me what you think the likelihood of each one is and how you think each would play out if they were to take place? Thanks. 1.) The Ultimate Warrior is inducted into the hall of fame. 2.) Hulk Hogan is involved in person somehow. 3.) Shawn Michaels comes out of retirement to take on Daniel Bryan. 4.) Cena takes on the Undertaker. 5.) The Rock takes on Brock Lesnar. 5.) Sting is inducted into the hall of fame.
1)  I do not believe this particular development would be very likely.
2)  Hulk Hogan returning for one last "one last" run is always on the books.
3)  Shawn really, really doesn't want to come out retirement.  But screwing him over at HIAC and then putting him over eventually at Wrestlemania would be a hell of a rub.
4)  I can't imagine any scenario where it doesn't happen.  They would be throwing away money.
5)  If he doesn't re-sign with TNA, it's 1000% likely.

Wrestlemania on free tv?

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> Scott,

> Do you or anyone else on the BoD know if Vince and company ever explored the possibility of selling Wrestlemania to the networks like the super bowl? I know with the current model they are making approx.. $60 million in ppv revenue.

> The NFL tv rights are worth $3.1 billion a year across fox, CBS and NBC and that's for all games broadcasted including the super bowl.

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> 2 years ago the super bowl brought in about $250 million in ad revenue. Could WWE draw a 3rd of that and get a network to pay $75 million for Wrestlemania? You would have to think you would get more eyeballs just because it's on free tv right?

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> Curious to hear your thoughts.

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The yearly WM special barely draws a million viewers, and their flagship show does 4 million on a GREAT day. Vince would be suicidal to throw away PPV revenue on that level when advertisers still treat our so called sport like its the ghetto of TV.

Yearly Review: WWF August 1989

The WWF gets ready for the fall and winter months with several new feuds developing.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake defeated Randy Savage and Zeus at SummerSlam when Hogan pinned Zeus following a leg drop. Prior to the match, Miss Elizabeth came out to be in Hogan’s corner. After the bout, Beefcake cut some of Sherri’s hair.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude)

The Ultimate Warrior regained the WWF Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam after Roddy Piper distracted Rick Rude by mooning him at ringside. This marks Warrior’s second title reign and the second consecutive SummerSlam where he won the championship. Rude and Heenan tried to get the match restarted after seeing the video replay of the finish but were unsuccessful.
During the August 29th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Andre the Giant made it clear that he would bring the championship back to the Heenan Family.
WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) 
Anderson and Blanchard defended the championships against the Bushwhackers and Demolition throughout the month. They would usually lose by disqualification but as a result retained their championships.
They competed at SummerSlam but in a non-title contest against the Hart Foundation. They prevailed after Anderson, who was illegal, pinned Bret Hart following a top rope axe handle shot. Hart had Blanchard pinned prior to the axe handle shot by Anderson.

Other Happenings: 

– The Rockers and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers competed in a series of sixty minute iron man matches on the house show market. The Rockers were victorious in each instance that the stipulation was used. At SummersSlam, the Rockers teamed with Tito Santana to take on the Rougeau Brothers and Rick Martel in a six man tag match. Martel pinned Jannetty following a clothesline while Jannetty had one of the Rougeau’s rolled up.
– Barry Windham had returned to the WWF recently and was given the nickname the Widowmaker. Windham’s first feud began during the August 8th taping of WWF Superstars after he delivered a neck breaker to the Red Rooster on the ring apron.
– Rick Rude and Roddy Piper’s issues really became to escalate during the August 8th taping of WWF Superstars. Piper bullied Brother Love during a talk show segment shoving toothpaste among other things down his throat. Bobby Heenan ended up distracting Piper long enough for Rick Rude to come out and spit mouth wash into Piper’s eyes and delivered a Rude Awakening.
– Dusty Rhodes continued to aggravate the Big Bossman when he prevented Bossman from attacking a jobber after a match. Rhodes stole yet another nightstick during the August 8th taping. Rhodes competed at SummerSlam where he pinned Honky Tonk Man after Jimmy Hart accidentally hit Honky with a guitar.
– Mr. Perfect continued his winning ways and at SummerSlam defeated the Red Rooster.
– Demolition and Jim Duggan defeated Andre the Giant, Akeem and Big Bossman when Smash pinned Akeem after Duggan hit Akeem with his 2×4.
– Ted DiBiase overcame Jimmy Snuka at SummerSlam after he bragged about ending Jake Roberts’s career. At the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Jake Roberts revealed that if he had one more chance to DDT someone he would DDT Ted DiBiase.
– Greg Valentine defeated Hercules and after the match was got in an altercation with Ronnie Garvin who served as the special ring announcer for the bout.
– During the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Randy Savage defeated Jim Duggan to win the kings crown after hitting Duggan with Sherri Martel’s loaded purse. Afterwards, Savage hit Duggan with three top rope elbow drops. At the same taping, a coronation for Savage and Sherri took place. During the ceremony, Ted DiBiase gave Savage a golden scepter.
– During the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Rick Martel revealed that because of his good looks he would become a model.

Buy-rate:
SummerSlam 1989: 
4.8

Bob’s Opinion: 
Quite a bit of new developments taking place as the WWF prepares for the fall and winter months. I’m actually interested in most of the feuds. Rude and Piper are two great characters and from what I’ve watched from ’89, their feud was quite heated. They are two big names and should help the undercard for the WWF.

I’m not interested in a Andre/Warrior feud over the Intercontinental Championship.

Barry Windham’s return to the WWF isn’t all that exciting for me personally. He had a good run in the NWA with a few entertaining matches against Flair. I;d have to look into how his performance was. I will be able to do that since I recently got Superstars ’89 DVD set.

Considering Rick Martel is an underrated wrestler, in my opinion, it’s good to see Martel develop a heel persona with the Model gimmick. It’s a gimmick I enjoyed and thought more could have been done with it.

I kind of want to find the Rockers/Rougeau sixty minute iron man matches. I wonder if any of them were recorded. Did anyone ever attend a show with that match happening?

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WWF Championship Wrestling April 6th, 1985

April 6th, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
In action this week are Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog, Ricky Steamboat, Don Muraco, and the returning British Bulldogs. Also, we will get to see a match from WrestleMania

A.J. Petruzzi & Matt Borne vs. British Bulldogs
The Bulldogs returned after a several moth absence. Borne and Dynamite go back-and-forth in a nice, fast-paced sequence. Davey and Petruzzi tag in and trade hammerlocks. Davey gets a slam and tags Dynamite, who hits a missile dropkick. He hits a snap suplex then drops an elbow. After a backbreaker he tags Davey, who grabs a side headlock. He hits a running powerslam then Borne comes in and Davey picks him up in a fireman’s carry and tags Dynamite, who climbs up top then jumps off the back of Borne and hits Petruzzi with a diving headbutt for the win (3:39). The fans went crazy for that finish.
Thoughts: The Bulldogs were unlike any other team in the WWF at the time. Dynamite also was unlike just about any other worker in the United States at the time. The Bulldogs looked great and this was an awesome way to re-introduce themselves to the WWF audience.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. He lets us know that Paul Orndorff is pissed after what happened to him at WrestleMania. He shoots it over to Mean Gene, who tells us that Orndorff was angry at being left behind in the ring and says that he guesses he has no friends after all.
Don Muraco vs. Billy Mack
Once again, Fuji is absent. Mack has the physique you get from working out in prison. Muraco is billed as 270 lbs by McMahon. Muraco beats on Mack, targeting the neck and back. He uses a nerve hold then a slam as this match is dragging. Mack fights back but ends up running into a dropkick. Muraco hits a gordbuster then finishes him off with a tombstone (2:57).
Thoughts: A fairly dull squash but that might have been part of Muraco settling into his “beach bum” persona.
Okerlund is with Tito Santana. He says that Valentine has to use outside help or run away in order to keep his title. He then promises Valentine that he will get him back into the ring and regain his title.
Jose Luis Rivera & Aldo Marino vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake w/Jimmy Hart & Luscious Johnny Valiant
The crowd starts a “Tito” chant aimed at Valentine. Rivera slams Valentine then works the arm. Valentine comes back with a clothesline and a shoulderbreaker. Beefcake tags and stomps away. Valentine hammers away behind the ref’s back from the outside. The heels use quick tags to beat on Rivera, who fights back. Marino tags in and slugs away but runs into a knee on a charge. Valentine slams Marino then tags Beefcake, who puts him away with a running knee smash (2:37).
Thoughts: An odd pairing, especially with both managers present. At this time, it was rare for a singles title holder to team up with someone else. They seemed okay together though.
Okerlund is backstage. He says we will find out what happened at WrestleMania later on but does let us know that Andre the Giant is not retired. He brings out Muraco then asks him about Fuji. He tells us that he is taking care of his harem. He then tells Okerlund that he can thank him for ruining his marriage by saying he told everyone that he was fooling around and acting crazy. Muraco tells us that darkness is spreading across the country and if untreated, the fungus runs rampant. A wacky interview.
Jim Haley vs. Ricky Steamboat
Haley attacks Steamboat from behind and gets a backdrop. Steamboat comes back with a shoulder tackle and a dropkick before working the arm. Vince shits on Haley’s physique, he has a huge gut, as he rakes the eyes of Steamboat. Haley misses a charge in the corner and Steamboat hits a back suplex before getting the win with a flying body press (3:08).
Thoughts: The crowd is becoming more receptive towards Steamboat. At this point, he needs a feud to take him to another level. That will happen soon enough.
Piper’s Pit with Big John Studd. It takes place in the locker room at MSG. They all look glum. Piper talks up Studd, who gets angry and says that Andre made a fool out of him. Studd said that he never slammed him and he should go back to France.
The Tag Team Championship match from WrestleMania is shown joined-in-progress. We see the last half of the match.
Bob Wade & Rusty Brooks vs. Tito Santana & Junkyard Dog
Tito is sporting black trunks, which was unusual for faces at the time. JYD headbutts Brooks then works the arm. He and Tito use quick tags to beat on Brooks. JYD hits his crawling headbutts then Wade tags into the match. Tito tags and knocks around both guys before working the arm of Wade. JYD tags and gives them the double noggin-knocker. Tito tags and gets worked on by both guys but fights out and tags JYD. He nails Wade with a clothesline then tags Tito, who puts him in the figure-four, getting the win (3:53). Now, after every match JYD dances with a fan and that makes Vince happy. On this occasion, JYD pulls an older lady out of the crowd and Vince goes insane, just screaming “GET DOWN GRANDMA!!!!” as he dances with her briefly.
Thoughts: Tito showed a lot of aggression out there and had a different look with the black trunks but that was about it here. The rest of the match was dull.
Okerlund is hosting the “Manager’s Forum,” with Jimmy Hart, Johnny Valiant, and Bobby Heenan. Valiant runs down the outfit of everyone, Heenan looks disgusted at him and after reviewing his shoot interview, it was clear that he hated this guy. Valiant rambles on about the Air Force and how they are cheap like Capt. Lou Albano. This goes on for way too long, Heenan makes a green card joke about Santana then said that the only thing missing at a Mexican picnic is jumper cables, and the segment ends. The gist of all this is that the managers hate and are jealous of Albano.
Bruno and Vince run down next week’s show. We will see the Women’s Title match from WrestleMania. Also, we will see King Kong Bundy, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat, Big John Studd & Ken Patera, and David Sammartino. Plus, a special update on Paul Orndorff.
Final Thoughts: Well, the Bulldogs returned and looked awesome. Also, they show us some of the fallout from WrestleMania and the feuds that will be continuing. Another key thing is the status of Orndorff, who by the report given to us by Okerlund, hinted at not wanting to be aligned with Piper or Orton anymore. I thought this was a fine show overall

After careful consideration.

I’d like to start by thanking Scott for granting me posting privileges to this fine blog.

I’m sure some of you have noticed I haven’t made a post in a couple weeks, and after some thought about my schedule and priorities–I am announcing that I’m going on Hiatus from my ROH reviews for the foreseeable future.  I’ve put this off for awhile thinking I could handle everything on my plate right now, and some weeks I can–other weeks I cant.   

When things settle down, and I’ve had a chance to refresh, I’d love to return as a contributor (Scott permitting), but for now this is it for me.

Thank you to all my readers who gave me nothing but support, I hope I’ll be able to write for you again sooner rather then later.

–Kyle Warne