Ring of Honor Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies August 16th, 2003

August 16, 2003

From Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

The show starts of zoomed in on Raven’s “Rust Never Sleeps” tattoo as he denies he attacked Lucy then questions whether or not the cage match stipulations are violent enough for when he faces CM Punk so he makes it a “Clockwork Orange House of Fun” match instead.

Punk interrupts Rob Feinstein, who was bragging about being “twelve inches” to the camera man as he talked about hitting on chicks. He yells at Feinstein for creating an unsafe work environment and demands to know what happened. The Outcast Killaz interrupt, with Punk calling them “Special K” as they cut a goofy promo as Tortuga tells him to relax and drink a beer as Punk responds by kicking both of their asses. Loving how they are building up the Punk/Raven feud to start the show.

Special K are backstage. Deranged then complains that there parties are too much like a “sausage fest” as the camera briefly shows Becky Bayless. He then says they need more girls then they all go on a voyage. They run into Alexis Laree, who rejects their advances and reminds them that RoH is about athleticism. Bayless then pushes her and wants her to dance as Laree questions if she is a wrestler then challenges here to a match. Bayless says it is not a good idea but the rest of the group tell her it will be fine as she smiles then dances.

Prince Nana comes out for his scheduled match against Oman Tortuga. Homicide then comes in the ring and demands that Steve Corino come out so he can kick his ass. Instead we get Corino’s friend, Guillotine LeGrande, who promises us that Corino is here and will kick his ass for insulting him. Homicide is all fired up here. He then turns around as Nana wants a match as the bell rings.

Prince Nana vs. Homicide

Nana surprises Homicide with an overhead suplex. He hits a few charging attacks in the corner then follows with a senton. Nana chops him all over the ring but Homicide tosses him outside then follows with a tope con hilo. The crowd is fully behind Homicide here. The action heads back inside where Homicide chops him a few times then hits a low dropkick. Nana escapes from the STF then hits a side slam. Nana heads up top but misses a senton then Homicide finally puts him in the STF for the win ( 3:03) 3/4*. After the match, Homicide once again calls out Corino as Feinstein comes out and reassures him that Corino is here and that he has a match as Homicide swears at him while the crowd chants “kick Rob’s ass.” Homicide then threatens Gary Michael Cappetta as he is just going completely mental, challenging anyone to stop him from getting Corino.

Thoughts: The match was nothing but it did a great job at hyping the Corino/Homicide feud.

The Carnage Crew are talking backstage as DeVito tells Loc how he missed the last show as he could not leave work and had to deal with his wife and kids. Loc talks about driving 10 hours to Dayton and how he took the pin due to Special K interfering as they talk about how they hate them then plug the scramble match while ripping on the fans at cheering for highspots. They are now setting up the Carnage Crew to feud with the other teams on the bottom of the totem pole. At least it is something.

Ring Crew Express vs. The Purists

Dunn and Walters start off the match. Walters stretches out Dunn then tags out as Mamaluke is now in as they jumped ahead a bit. Dunn hits a Gory Bomb and tags out as Marcos hits an enziguiri. The Ring Crew Express run wild then celebrate but pay the price then as Mamaluke puts Marcos on his shoulders, Walters takes him down with a lungblower and stretches him out then Mamaluke joins in as Marcos finally taps (2:34) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Quick little match to put over the Purists as a threat in the Tag Team division.

Danny Maff tells us that to advance in the future, you have to eliminate your past. He tells Low Ki how that he got bigger and faster and became an “indy wrestling wonder” but as that happened, he was held back watching from behind but now he grew up and his bigger and is now one of the biggest bad asses that RoH has to offer. Then after his daughter told him that Low Ki was her favorite wrestler, Maff said that he felt like “smacking the shit” out of her has he goes out of his mind while flipping out about Low Ki and how he will need to be killed in order to lose this match. I appreciate Maff trying to turn up the intensity here but this went on too long and was over exaggerated at times to the point where it came off as just plain goofy at times.

Field of Honor Qualifying Match
BJ Whitmer vs. Matt Stryker

The fans start dueling chants as both guys trade various holds. The chants get louder as Levy puts them over as Whitmer gets two with a leg lariat. Neither man can gain an advantage as they both spill out to the floor. Stryker then sends Whitmer into the guardrail then shortly after that takes him down with a dragon screw as Whitmer clutches his knee. Back inside, Stryker works on the injured knee. Whitmer is able to use his momentum to send Stryker to the floor then hobbles outside and hits a neckbreaker. They head back in as he kicks Stryker repeatedly to the back of the neck then stretches him out as Stryker just reaches the ropes. Snap suplex gets two. Whitmer applies a chinlock as he drives his knee into the neck. Stryker fights out but runs into an elbow then gets chopped in the corner. Whitmer places Stryker up top but gets taken off with a sunset powerbomb as both men are down. They get back up an trade chops until Stryker boots him down. They then trade suplexes for nearfalls as the crowd is really into this match. Stryker then hits a Death Valley Driver off of the top rope but that only gets two. Whitmer then cuts off Stryker from the top and hits a superplex for two. He tries for the Exploder 98 but Stryker escapes that and they end up elbowing each other before dropping to the mat. The ref starts a ten count but the bell rings at six as we learn the match is ruled a draw as it reached the fifteen minute time limit (15:00) **1/2. Gary Michael Cappetta then enters the ring and lets them know that due to the draw they are now out of the Field of Honor, despite deserving to be there then tells us that he has learned that they are both entered in the tournament based off of their performance tonight.

Thoughts: The company seems to be intent on putting these two over in the “Field of Honor” by having them both advance after wrestling in a time-limit draw. The match itself wasn’t bad but a lot of it felt like trasing holds just for the sake of doing so, while not really building into anything. Almost like a “highspot” match but instead of those moves they use mat holds. These two sold an elbow smash more than top rope suplexes, which is insane. It also didnt help that both of these guys were dull. At least Whitmer looked like somewhat of a star while Stryker was a goof with a unibrow.

Scramble Match
Dixie & Izzy w/ Special K vs. Carnage Crew vs. SAT’s vs. Backseat Boyz

Before the match, Acid chases away Special K  with a chair. The crowd is really into the Backseat Boyz. This starts off like every other scramble match where everyone take turns in the ring, getting in as many moves as possible. Nothing too impressive or horribly botched. Acid is the only one that resembles a star in this match by the way. Joel and Izzy then worked one of the more over choreographed sequences you will ever see and it looked like shit. The SAT’s hit Loc with a terribly botched double-team move then the match breaks down until the Backseat Boyz hit Izzy with the Dream Sequence. The Carnage Crew then run in and attack the Backseat Boyz as the match breaks down again, with the SAT’s hitting Izzy with a pendulum face buster. More fast-paced action occurs until the Carnage Crew hits Izzy with a spike piledriver but the rest of Special K run in and break up the pin in front of the ref, who does not ring the bell. The match continues as a big dive spot leads to Acid superplexing Special K flunky Cloudy to the floor, nearly killing each other in the process. The crowd chants “holy shit” as Lit tries a dive but Kashmere stops him but Dixie sneaks in, wearing a giant hat, and rolls up Kashmere for the win (9:19) *1/4. After the match, Special K starts a rave but that gets broken up as the DJ plays Alexis Laree’s theme music.

Thoughts: Ugh. Lots of bad looking moves and the Tag Scramble matches were way past the point of entertaining. I might have felt differently at the time but now these do not hold up well at all. Acid was the only wrestle worth a shit in the entire match.

Becky Bayless vs. Alexis Laree

Bayless fakes a fingernail after the handshake and that allows some of the Special K guys to attack Laree. Bayless then throws some forearm smashes that look horrible but Laree fights back. She hits a few kicks then some other girl from Special K jumps up on the apron to distract the ref but Laree dodges a few double-team attacks then hits Bayless with an inverted DDT for the win (2:32) DUD.

Thoughts: Luckily it was kept short. They seem to want to establish the women’s division around Laree and by the looks of things, will have a credible wrestle to face her at some point, likely brught in by Special K.

Before their match, Xavier tells Daniels that he won the RoH Title by himself, despite being the leader of the Prophecy. He then tells Daniels the best thing he can do is lay down as Daniels has had enough and reminds Xavier that he made the decision to have him be the champion. which was the only way he would have won the belt. He then tells Xavier that he doesn’t need to ask someone to lay down for him. They are certainly teasing a rift between these two Prophecy members.

#1 Contender’s Trophy Match
Xavier vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels w/ Alison Danger

The winner of this match gets a title shot at the 9/20 Glory By Honor show. These two start on the mat as Xavier goes after the arm. The announcers put over the fact that Xavier has been out with a concussion for four months as he is in control of the match. Daniels grabs a headlock for a bit as this match is being wrestled scientifically at the start. Xavier comes back and works the arm as they keep a slow but steady pace as the announcers also let us know that Joe will not be defending the belt until the Glory By Honor show. Xavier punches Daniels in the face, who looks pissed. Danger even screams at Xavier about how they are both in the Prophecy. Daniels punches Xavier back and that triggers a shoving match. They square off then back off as they tried to trick each other into a handshake then both started punching each other. Daniels tosses Xavier onto the top rope then kicks him off as Daniels takes control of the match, to the delight of the fans. Xavier snaps Daniels neck off of the top rope then uses a baseball slide to send him into the guardrail. He then follows with a split-legged moonsault to the floor as he is in control of the match. Back inside, Xavier works the back and neck as the crowd chants “AC Slater.” He beats on Daniels in the corner as the announcers are trying way too hard to put him over. He was never at the level the company wanted to be and going overboard trying to sell him as a star just backfired. Daniels breaks up a sunset flip attempt then comes back with a basement dropkick. Gutbuster gets two. Xavier comes back with a stretch as Daniels escapes that then goes back to targeting the ribs of Xavier. Daniels locks on an abdominal stretch but Xavier escapes that and hits a facecrusher followed by an enziguiri that gets two. Daniels comes back with a spear as both men are down. They get up and go back-and-forth until Xavier yanks him off the top rope and clotheslines him down. They continue to go back and forth as neither man can gain the advantage. Xavier is able to hit a 450 splash, which looked great, but only gets two. Daniels escapes an X Breaker attempt that triggers a pinfall reversal sequence that ends with a double clothesline. They get up and fight over a backslide that Xavier wins but the ref breaks the count as he had his feet on the ropes. Xavier argues with the ref then Daniels sneaks up and gets a rollup while grabbing the tights for the win (22:25) ***1/4.

Thoughts: Good match. Slower-paced than a lot of other matches in the company but the psychology was solid. Xavier did fine but he didnt need to be a part of the RoH Title picture, especially after an unimpressive overall run as the champ.

Cappetta is backstage, looking to speak with Corino. CM Punk barges out of the locker room looking for Daniels then Cappetta attempts to interview Corino and his friend Guillotine LeGrande as they yell at Cappetta while denying that Corino is hurt.

4 Corners Survival Match
Slyk Wagner Brown w/ April Hunter vs. Jonny Storm vs. Hydro vs. Deranged

Deranged and Hydro start out as the attempt to recreate the finger poke incident between Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan but the pin attempt gets broken up. They turn their attention to Brown, who dumps them both to the floor. Storm runs in and gets clotheslined as Brown works the arm. Storm comes back and grabs a headlock as they work a so-so sequence that ends in a standoff. Deranged catches Brown with a springboard dropkick off of a blind tag. He follows with a satellite headscissors, that failed the first time, then a nearfall with a DDT. Brown catches Deranged with a press slam then follows with a standing moonsault for two. Storm clotheslines Deranged but runs into a spinning heel kick. Hydro tags as the Special K guys take turns beating on Storm. Brown tags and beats on Hydro and that leads to a wacky submission hold between all four guys. They have a dive sequence that ends with a tope con hilo from Brown, who then rolls Hydro inside. Hydro fights back and gets two with a clothesline. Top rope splash gets two. Deranged tags and says he isn’t fighting Brown so goes after Hydro and gets a few nearfalls. Storm tags in and hits a few sloppy moves on Deranged but cannot put him away. Brown cuts off Storm up top and hits a Dominator for two. Storm tries a top rope hurricarana but Brown blocks that and hits a catatonic slam for two. Brown goes up top but misses a shooting star press then Deranged tags himself in and ends up surprising Storm with an inverted hurricarana for the win (12:28) **.

Thoughts: Decent action at times but it was pretty meaningless as a whole. Brown appeared to be blown up at the end and did not impress. No one really stood out much to be honest but after this win and the scramble tag match, and the Laree stuff they seem to be building up Special K.

Punk runs down the crowd while running down Raven and Tommy Dreamer, then asks his “soldiers” in the crowd to throw up their “X” as the others in the crowd scream at him. Punk then promises that his match against Raven in Boston (Wakefield, MA) will be the bloodiest and most brutal we will ever see as the vocal minority start a “Raven’s gonna kill you” chant. Great mic work from Punk, who was knocking it out of the park week after week.

CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe

The announcers put over Punk coming back from his first tour of Japan and that he has an injured knee. Joe takes over the match to start as the announcers wonder who was behind the attack of Lucy. Levy predicts that one day CM Punk will be the RoH World Champion as he breaks up a test of strength with a kick to the gut then gets two with a rana. Joe brushes off a diving attack but Punk takes him down and works the arm. Joe comes back with an Exploder then sends Punk to the floor with a running kick as Punk is bleeding from the mouth. Joe chops the piss out of Punk then sets him up for the Ole Kick but Punk reverses it into a drop toehold in a nice spot. Punk chops Joe then mocks him as he tries the kick but Joe catches it and throws him into the guardrail. Joe finally connects with the Ole Kick then grabs a chair from a fan in the crowd as he sets him up for another Ole Kick on the other side of the ring. Punk is able to get up and run away from a third attempt then greets him with forearm smashes in the ring. Punk goes back to work on the arm but Joe catches him and slams his knee on the mat then immediately grapevines the leg. Joe stays on the attack as he puts Punk in the tree-of-woe. He works over the knee but Punk comes back then hits a slingshot senton as he goes back to targeting the arm, while selling his knee. They fight on the top rope as Joe wins that battle and goes back to targeting the knee. Both guys are down after going back-and-forth the Punk is up first and hits a Shining Wizard for two. They go back and forth again until Joe hits a Dragon Screw then makes Punk tap with a single leg crab (13:06) ***1/4. After the match, Daniels runs in and attacks Joe, hitting the Angels Wings. He then smiles at Punk, who is too hurt to stand up, then leaves the ring while shouting about being the next RoH World Champion. The ref then checks on Joe as Punk goes over and shakes his hand.

Thoughts: Good match, although it felt more like the beginning of a half-hour long match. The long ole kick spot might turn people off a bit as it did go on for a while but I thought it was fun. Punk’s psychology is also improving, something he attributed to working with Raven. This also left you wanting more between these two and with Daniels running in at the end and Punk hobbling over to make sure to shake Joe’s hand, it left a lot on intrigue.

Homicide vs. Steve Corino w/ Guillotine LeGrande

Corino’s entrance is complete with his own ring announcer, streamers, and his “young boys.” His introduction lasts forever as they name off all his titles, past and present, as Homicide is being warned by the referee to put down the chair he is playing with. They finally lockup after about five minutes of introductions then start brawling in the corner. Homicide grabs a leg lock then beats the piss out of Corino in the corner. They exchange chops then Homicide slaps Corino in the ear as he sells it like his ear drum is busted. He tries to walk away but is met by Julius Smokes and Slugger then Homicide drags him back towards the ring. Homicide stays on the attack but misses a diving headbutt then Corino hits a leg lariat. Corino beats on Homicide on the floor then gets his head rammed against the post as Homicide pulls barbed wire from underneath the ring and digs it into Corino’s arm. Shit, this is pretty graphic. Homicide then smashes Corino’s arm over the guardrail as it is covered in blood. Corino comes back with a lariat then takes the fight outside and busts open Homicide and digs his fingers into the cut as Homicide’s face his drenched in blood. Corino now digs the barbed wire into the cut as this is now a brutal bloodbath. Back inside, Corino gets two with a piledriver then pildrives him though a table from the apron as both men are down, with the crowd going mental. They finally head back into the ring as Corino chokes out Homicide then taunts the crowd. He charges but Homicide boots him then hits a tornado DDT. Homicide follows with a Shining Wizard that gets two as he is down on the mat while Corino ducks outside for a breather. Homicide finally gets up but misses a tope con hilo and slams into the guardrail, flipping into the crowd. My god. Corino picks up Homicide by the ears then rolls him inside but only gets two. Corino then puts Homicide in a sleeper but he was able to make the ropes. Homicide comes back with a big boot as both men are down, with the camera zooming in on the pool of blood that covers Homicide’s face. Corino cuts off Homicide as he climbed the top rope and hits a superplex that gets two. Corino hits a running forearm in the corner then climbs the top rope after blowing snot on the apron but Homicide cuts him off and hits a Super Ace Crusher but that only gets two, to the surprise of the crowd and Julius Smokes. Suplex gets two. Corino hits a Death Valley Bomb after a reversal sequence but still cannot get the win. Homicide comes back with a tombstone as that gets two with both guys hitting each other with everything they have then Homicide puts on the STF as the crowd is fully behind him. Homicide drags him back into the center of the ring and puts on the hold again then LeGrande gets up on the apron and tosses in the towel as the ref rings the bell, with Homicide declared the winner (23:39) ****1/4. After the match, several officials check on Corino then back off when Homicide stands over him and raises his arm.

Thoughts: Holy shit, this was a brutal bloodbath and the definition of a grudge match. Both these guys earned their paychecks here. The ending also left it so this feud can continue and I didnt mind it at all, although some might not appreciate it too much.

Dan Maff vs. Low Ki

Maff starts the match by attacking Ki from behind as he made his entrance. He roughs him up then they head into the ring where he chokes him out. Ki comes back with a low dropkick then hits a barrage of kicks and chops. Maff blocks a double underhook then puts Ki in a sleeper. Ki escapes and locks on a cross armbreaker. They now slap each other repeatedly until Ki kicks down Maff. Ki tries an Octopus Hold but Maff breaks the hold and hits a half-nelson suplex. Maff regains control of the match as he works over the shoulder, even biting it at times. Maff hammers away but Ki is trying to walk of the pain. Ki comes back with a springboard kick as both men are down then the ref rings the bell as Maff is not moving. They show about a dozen replays of the kick from a few different angles as Rob Feinstein checks on Maff (11:13) **.

Thoughts: Eh, didnt care for this too much. The match was dull and the “kick heard ’round the world” stuff came off really forced as well and just an attempt to protect Maff in anyway possible. You can debate as to whether or not Maff is someone who should have been protected as well.

Special K confront Alexis Laree as Becky Bayless tells her that they are all going to take things more seriously before leaving.

Daniels is backstage with Danger as he talks about how Maff took the stiffest kick in history and that is why he is the toughest wrestler in RoH. He then talks about how he is one step closer to the title and will deal with Xavier later as it was just a spat between family members. Punk interrupts and interrogates Daniels if he was the one who knocked out Lucy. Daniels tells him to worry about September 6th and his match against Raven. Punk is about to tell Daniels something then looks into the camera and decides to cut a promo on Raven. He tells him that he was his wrestling debut August 1997 and put the “X” on his hands to stand up to those who poisoned society and grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic father. Punk then tells Raven he will bring violence and blood and be careful what he wishes for because he will get it then rants some more before leaving as the camera shows a smirking then laughing Daniels while the show ends. Great way to end the show and again, they leave a lot of intrigue.

Final Thoughts: Another solid show. Make sure to seek out that Homicide/Corino match and they had a few other solid ones but more importantly, they are building solid storylines and putting together a solid top of the card. They made the Punk/Raven match seem like must-see stuff as that feud has been terrific. The Corino/Homicide feud is heating up and they are building up Daniels and Joe to something as well. The only minuses are that the scramble matches are getting tiresome (although that is probably more in retrospect on my part as the crowd still popped for this stuff) and the Tag Team Division is unstable at the top but luckily that will be changing soon.

Here is my schedule for the next several days

Tuesday: WWF Madison Square Garden 6/14/87
Thursday: Kayfabe Commentaries 1989 WCW Timeline as told by Jim Cornette
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 6/20/87
Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 6/21/87

Gomez and Friends

So who are your top 5 jobberiest jobbers to ever job in pro wrestling history?  

Mine in no particular order:
Hardwork Bobby Walker
Zan Panzer
Rikki Ataki
Barry O
Omar Atlas

Barry O will always hold a special place in my heart for The Zodiac in Stampede.  Especially the unmasking, where Ed Whalen just completely no-sold it and he's like "Uh, I don't know who that is."  
There was a skinny geek named Chi Chi Cruz who managed to get over with the crowd at a brutal 4.5 hour Superstars taping I attended in Edmonton in 91, as he legit did something like 4 or 5 squash losses that night and every time he got more popular with the crowd for taking the beating he did.  
The ones you listed are all really good choices, especially Omar Atlas, who looked like someone that was running a convenience store in between matches.  The NWA always had some epic losers out there getting thrown around, especially the pasty goofs they would put out there on the Saturday show to get crushed by the Road Warriors and Midnight Express in particular.  I used to love how they'd find the worst-looking dweebs and just have the Midnights completely destroy them.  

Show To Make Your Friends Angry

Hi Scott,

MikeyMike from the BoD here. We've often had discussions on what wrestling matches or shows you'd show your friends to get them hooked on wrestling.

Conversely, what are some shows that you would show a friend to make sure they hated it so much they'd never watch again? Felt that this would make good blog discussion.

​Bash 91's scaffold match would be a good start, given the match makes no sense within its own context and is completely embarrassing to watch.  The other extreme is something like the Sabu-Terry Funk barbed wire match, where it's so sickening even for actual fans that non-fans would probably run away screaming.  Also, that match where the Mountie wins the title from Bret Hart, because you'd have to be really stupid or possibly brain-damaged to accept that as something that could happen.  ​

QOTD 141: Here’s to Absent Friends

The videogame I’ve played most this past year is a little iOS CCG called Shadow Era. It’s a lot like Magic: The Gathering, but has a couple of neat nuances – the least of which being a relatively small number of cards, to endear it to the casual player.

For all the Grand Theft Autos, Thiefs, Assassin’s Creeds, that I’ve got to play for free due to my not-quite-really-a-gaming-journalism job, Shadow Era gets at least 45 minutes of my time daily.

Until today. Until the release of Hearthstone. Hearthstone is a CCG by Blizzard, the folks who made World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft. They are masters of the art. Within ten minutes I knew I would not be going back to Shadow Era. Hearthstone is simply objectively better in every.single.sense.of.the.word.

What generally….minor thing do you find yourself missing more than you should? It could be a TV series, author, wrestler, movie franchise – whatever.  Do you miss the piledrivers, boobs, blood, and insanity of the attitude era, or do you find you only miss it when you think about it? 

Worse, what thing have you abandoned, or stopped paying attention too simply because you fell out of it? When you try to go back to it, what prevents you from diving all the way back in?

And it makes me a little sad – all that time invested, and some money too – I think I’ve dropped…12 dollars over the last year and a half on booster packs, etc. And I feel a bit like an asshole – leaving a game I really like for the hotter, sexier, far better put together game that wows me with fancy graphics and cool gameplay modes.

Especially because the last CCG I loved, WWE With Authority, was taken away from me riighhhhtttttttt as I really started to get it 11 years ago(ish). After a near decade of poking my head into the various Peer-to-peer clients, I eventually discovered the game had been truly resurrected by an independent team of….assholes.

See, the thing about With Authority is that it was really a game like no-other. It was complicated but logical – A ” back elbow” would counter a headlock, a back body drop would counter a pedigree, a Rock Bottom would counter a clothesline, and so on.

It was fucking delicious. Made all the more delicious by the fact that 1) The development team was located in my home state of Massachusetts, and 2) It was a freakin’ CCG about pro wrestling I could play on my COMPUTER.

There were weekly and monthly live tournaments, and I associate so much of 8th grade with playing this game on weekends with my good friend Will, laughing at various drama on the forums or how folks constantly complained about “Speed” decks. There are no other games like it. None. Nothing is even close to the way this game played, the way ‘pages’ fit together to create awesome counter battles along with great sound queues and WWE-specific touches. There was real ingenuity and passion and care here.

But as I said, the game was shut down, with hooks in place to allow players to play against each other on their own, eventually an IRC client sprung up, but it wasn’t the same – it was like playing slow-pitch softball with a broomstick – it worked fine, but felt off because there was no more moving forward. Everything that game would ever be, already was.

So upon discovering this really weird remake, SynamicD (which is a dumb fucking name), I played dumb and tried to help. I worked with two of the guys who were actively attempting to get the thing past beta and into production, all the while cocking an eyebrow at the fact these folks were essentially stealing all the hard work a bunch of other people did – poorly too.  They’d constantly censor people on the forums, lash out at people actively trying to ask questions, and always retorted with a “we know what we’re doing” despite no one on the damn team having any game development experience or understanding. It stung because I thought maybe this would be an inroad into actually developing a game. But nah.

I eventually dropped off the whole endeavor after it was revealed packs and points were going to INSANELY expensive, I attempted to explain the logic of “Well, this is a niche game – actually a copy of a niche game that didn’t succeed the first time, and you think the key to making it successful the second time around is to charge MORE money?” but was, yet-again, rebuffed with a “We got this, don’t worry about it,”.

And I guess…they do? New clients, decent sized player base, but after seeing this sausage get made, and getting burnt the first time, I decided to simply give up the ghost. With Authority perhaps my favorite computer game of all time, was dead to me, forever – it’s death rattle reboot a carcass  resembling a woman I once loved, but with dead eyes and an empty soul – kind of like Sharon Stone at the end of “Casino”.

So now, leaving Shadow Era – a game I’ve defended and promoted ad-nauseum,  I can’t help but feel I’m fucking over some bizarro version of me who stumbled across this little CCG on their iPad and love it to death, dropped their allowance and birthday money on cards, only to see the diehard players leave for the simply…greener pastures of Hearthstone. 

So why should you care? Well, I think as wrestling fans we all have a bit of a chip on our shoulder regarding this silly passion of ours. Things have changed, evolved, died, been rebooted, and…it’s strange. The magic of the 90s attitude era is gone, yes (and With Authority along with it), but somehow it carries on. Pro wrestling is not going away, and it’s comforting that for all the insanity and shit and bad choices and Katie Vicks and Kerwin Whites and Stintsky baby punts, it will endure…probably forever as our last great form of performance art. We love it, we love to hate it, and we love to mourn the things that are gone from it, all the while hoping for the best from its future.

If there ever comes a day where one of us, or two of us, or seven or eight or a thousand of us simply stop caring, there are millions of others who do, and will continue to care, and pay their money to watch and cheer and jeer, sign up for forums and bitch and complain, both about the wrestling and the people talking about the wrestling (or not talking about the wrestling in my case) – all the while reverent for the stuff from the past that is rarely seen or simply goes away forever, and hopeful for the future that we maybe, just maybe, may see it again, happy to toast absent friends and, I guess, future endeavors.


QOTD 106: Soccer Dog: European Cup (and friends)

I recently saw the best movie of all time.

Soccer Dog: European Cup. 

I don’t want to ruin anything – but lets just say there’s 1) A soccer playing, genetically enhanced dog 2) A second soccer playing, genertically enhanced dog that uses a regular toilet. 3) A guy who is NOT John Lithgow. 4) Scottish people! 5) The worst CGI Soccer you’ll see in your life.


What’s your favorite so-good-its-bad movie? Specifically movies that didn’t INTEND to be bad, but turned out that way and ended up like campy, silly fun. 

The above does NOT include movies like Sharknado as I’m in the camp that if you intentionally make a bad movie, it loses all camp and ‘silly fun’ value because the joy in such flicks comes from the unintended failings of the director and film crew while trying to make a mostly decent movie. Not that I think the folks making soccer dog thought they were about to win an Oscar, but the ‘bad’ in that feels more genuine than the bad in a SCI-FI movie or what not.

Also Toss in: On The Line, The Room, and Plan 9 from Outer Space   

QOTD 63: Here’s to (no longer) absent friends.

Of all the people I’ve known in my life, I’ve been friends with the Donahue family since 2nd grade. They moved from California, I became friends with a kid named Brandon, and eventually his brother Bill. From roughly 2nd grade until…junior year of high-school I was a mainstay of the Donahue family, Bill being a gamer, and Brandon being a low-key guy who didn’t really mind what we did.

But…Bill was kind of a unique character. He was a hardcore gamer, but also…not quite a shut in, but had some sort of mental thing going on where a job wasn’t in his cards. Similarly he was a pretty dominant / rude personality when I was a kid, which I didn’t appreciate, so we ended up falling out of contact.

I still hung out with Brandon, but Bill was kind of an auxillary character – he’d come out from his man cave and we’d blab about games while Brandon was trying to watch whatever it is we were watching, and it dawned on me, fuck, I should hang out with Bill again.

So I did. It’s been two weeks (ish) and it’s a good time. I’m older and less sensitive, he’s older and more evened out, and we spent about 8 hours playing PS3 games I never got a chance to play, and listening to podcasts. It got me thinking.

Have you ever reconnected with friends from your past? How’d it go? Is there anyone you’ve been meaning to get in touch with, but haven’t? Why haven’t you? You should! Do it now! Tell us about it! 


QOTD 40: Hufffffffffpttttttttt Goldust (and friends!)

You know, I won’t lie. I’m glad Goldust is back and seems to have his head screwed on straight again (I’m assuming this is why he’s getting this run). I saw the tag match from Raw yesterday in between the Sox game with a buddy who was a big part of my wrestling fandom back in the day, and it was kinda cool to go back and talk about all the ridiculous shit we saw together despite our divergent life paths.

Do you have real-life wrestling friends, or is it purely a solo enjoyment for you? What are your fondest wrestling-related, social memories? Has there been a ‘meh’ match that you loved because of who you were with?

I have a few. I remember watching pretty much every Wrestlemania from 18 to 20 with
the friend mentioned above, and his brother who I was friends with, too. Around when Benoit died we kind of stopped being hardcore into it, but would still casually discuss it. Watching yesterday I was unsure how much he kept up with the product, and it was neat to find out he knew who the shield were, and thought the Wyatts were as stupid as I did.

When I lived in Chicago, playing WWE video-games with my buddy Ross was always a blast because we’d get high, watch a wrestling documentary on a laptop, and go through WWE universe mode fantasy booking and playing matches. I saw Over The Limit this way and we both marked out so hardcore for the simple act of a full-surfboard. Good times. While my friends were in ‘the know’ they weren’t smarks, and dug Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ Hell in a Cell match as their favorite of all time. It was nice to get an outside perspective.

When WWE 13′ came out last year and I had no one to play it with, the whole game felt hollow.because I was playing against a computer, and the thing I liked most about those games was the bonding I’d have with friends over it. It’s actually why I’m so high on those Mdickie games, it gives me that joy of ‘having a good match’ despite the fact I’m playing by myself.

I’ve almost gotten laid a couple of times thanks to my wrestling
fandom, but alas the ladies I’ve met that have been into the product
have lived really far away, or been missing a few braincells, teeth,
jobs, cars, or any combination there of.

When I try to get non-fans into the product I find myself kind of feeling meh, and like I’m trying too hard to get them into something they probably find stupid or silly. Though I have gotten my Dad to watch The Rock documentary, and we’re gonna check out the Stone Cold one, too. 

Naturally there are tons of wrestling-related memories from this blog, but obviously ‘IRL’ interactions are a little more potent.


Blog Otter Again: Your_Favourite_Loser for explaining Metal Fandom in a way non-fans like myself can happily understand.

1. Wonderful commentary yesterday! Did I understand a lot of it? Nope, but it was fun to read anyway. 
2. Is there a web-site that lists bars that play wrestling PPVs? I’m gonna have HIAC off and I wanna watch it!
3. I think Squids: Wild West is currently free on the appstore. WONDERFUL Action-RPG.

Friends HD?!

So I’m flipping over to WGN tonight and they’re showing old episodes of Friends like usual…but now in HD!  And not like squish-o-vision like A&E does with their shows on the HD feed, but what appears to be fully restored and properly formatted episodes, even the ones from the first season.  I know Seinfeld got the redo treatment because it was originally shot on film and thus fairly easy to alter the aspect ratio, but Friends was done on videotape and only shot for 4×3.  Someone solve this mystery for me, and then give me a release date for the Blu-Rays!

Friends HD?!

So I’m flipping over to WGN tonight and they’re showing old episodes of Friends like usual…but now in HD!  And not like squish-o-vision like A&E does with their shows on the HD feed, but what appears to be fully restored and properly formatted episodes, even the ones from the first season.  I know Seinfeld got the redo treatment because it was originally shot on film and thus fairly easy to alter the aspect ratio, but Friends was done on videotape and only shot for 4×3.  Someone solve this mystery for me, and then give me a release date for the Blu-Rays!

Friends HD?!

So I’m flipping over to WGN tonight and they’re showing old episodes of Friends like usual…but now in HD!  And not like squish-o-vision like A&E does with their shows on the HD feed, but what appears to be fully restored and properly formatted episodes, even the ones from the first season.  I know Seinfeld got the redo treatment because it was originally shot on film and thus fairly easy to alter the aspect ratio, but Friends was done on videotape and only shot for 4×3.  Someone solve this mystery for me, and then give me a release date for the Blu-Rays!

Friends HD?!

So I’m flipping over to WGN tonight and they’re showing old episodes of Friends like usual…but now in HD!  And not like squish-o-vision like A&E does with their shows on the HD feed, but what appears to be fully restored and properly formatted episodes, even the ones from the first season.  I know Seinfeld got the redo treatment because it was originally shot on film and thus fairly easy to alter the aspect ratio, but Friends was done on videotape and only shot for 4×3.  Someone solve this mystery for me, and then give me a release date for the Blu-Rays!

Friends HD?!

So I’m flipping over to WGN tonight and they’re showing old episodes of Friends like usual…but now in HD!  And not like squish-o-vision like A&E does with their shows on the HD feed, but what appears to be fully restored and properly formatted episodes, even the ones from the first season.  I know Seinfeld got the redo treatment because it was originally shot on film and thus fairly easy to alter the aspect ratio, but Friends was done on videotape and only shot for 4×3.  Someone solve this mystery for me, and then give me a release date for the Blu-Rays!

Friends HD?!

So I’m flipping over to WGN tonight and they’re showing old episodes of Friends like usual…but now in HD!  And not like squish-o-vision like A&E does with their shows on the HD feed, but what appears to be fully restored and properly formatted episodes, even the ones from the first season.  I know Seinfeld got the redo treatment because it was originally shot on film and thus fairly easy to alter the aspect ratio, but Friends was done on videotape and only shot for 4×3.  Someone solve this mystery for me, and then give me a release date for the Blu-Rays!

Friends HD?!

So I’m flipping over to WGN tonight and they’re showing old episodes of Friends like usual…but now in HD!  And not like squish-o-vision like A&E does with their shows on the HD feed, but what appears to be fully restored and properly formatted episodes, even the ones from the first season.  I know Seinfeld got the redo treatment because it was originally shot on film and thus fairly easy to alter the aspect ratio, but Friends was done on videotape and only shot for 4×3.  Someone solve this mystery for me, and then give me a release date for the Blu-Rays!


“Hey Scott, I had a quick question for you and the blogsters. I recentlysubscribed to WWE 24/7 and I was wondering how things were added onthere. For example, this month it says “WEEK 1″ spans from 8/28 to 9/3.I was wondering if everything was added on 8/28, or if it was addedbetween the two dates. I was also wondering what versions of thingswere being shown, for instance, SummerSlam 1996 is on there right now,would that be the live ppv version or the commercial releaseversion…Also while Im writing this, I was wondering if I could get afree copy of your newest book, since I’ve been a supporter of yours,spanning all the way back to the rantsylvania days and I have your 3other books. Hey…you cant blame a guy for trying right? Thanks Scott”

Ho ho, pretty sneaky at the end there. I do have a whole bunch of copies and I’ll probably do some sort of contest once my friends and relatives have siphoned all the books they need off me, but that probably won’t be a while.

Anyway, past about 1995 there was little difference between the live PPV and commercial versions of shows, because everything had to conform to the 2:40 standard that PPV companies set anyway. So I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Besides, Coliseum video was still distributing WWE stuff as of 1996, and I can’t see WWE using the Coliseum versions, because that’s just how they roll.

As for the other parts of the question, I’ve never used 24/7, so I couldn’t say.