Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WCCW 1977 booking calendar

The guys on Wrestling Classics shared another gem. This one is courtesy of the World Class Memories website.

The link above contains scans of the actual booking calendar that Fritz Von Erich used in 1977. World Class Memories explains the meaning of some of the notes.
Entered for each date are the city ("CC", on Thursdays, stands for Corpus Christi) and matches for that evening's card (or, for spot shows, the wrestlers scheduled to appear) and the gate for each show.
For wrestling fans, especially those interested in the history of the industry, this is a unique look behind the curtain. I cannot recommend checking out the World Class Memories link enough. Thanks again to the Wrestling Classics gang for finding and sharing this awesome information.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UCW Payback 2012

I mentioned the Universal Championship Wrestling taping in Norcross, GA the other day. There is now a two minute video recapping the show available and it looks interesting.

Matt Hardy by all accounts handled himself well and looked to be in decent shape. I can only hope that means that he is finally putting some of the nonsense behind him. If he could do that he could still be a contributor to the business. Other than that, it was good to see some familiar faces and I think Gallows comes across as the biggest star. I still wonder why WWE cut him loose.



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WWE Films: Bending the Rules

I hate to admit it, but I actually want to see the new WWE Films' entry, "Bending the Rules."  I am sure that is in at least some part due to my Edge fandom, but this one looks like it might be good, stupid fun.



I am going to go ahead and assume that I am in the vast minority on that one.

Does anyone else have any interest in seeing this?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Universal Championship Wrestling (UCW)

Saturday I was heading up to Norcross, GA for a birthday party. DOT NET had results for a UCW show the night before (2-25-2012) in Norcross as well.

Several familiar names were on the show:
  • Rock N Roll Express
  • Buff Bagwell
  • Luke Gallows (as the Big L.G.)
  • Scott Steiner
  • Reby Sky
  • Chris Hamrick
  • Lodi
  • Jonny Fairplay
  • Matt Hardy
  • Chase Stevens
  • Lance Hoyt
  • Mike Knox
UCW has a website at UCWtv.com and decent slogan of "Tradition Rises from the Ashes."  I don't really know much else about this promotion other than "The Assassin" Jody Hamilton appears to be involved as he has a column on their site called "The ASSASSINS[sic] VIEW By Jody Hamilton."  SAW favorite Adrian Hawkins also appears to have been related to this promotion at some point.

Here is how Hamilton summarized his night:
After the show was over I had the opportunity to talk to a few of the fans and they were exhausted and hoarse from hollering but felt thoroughly entertained, and when fans leave a your arena in that frame of mind then you have delivered to them what they paid for, a quality wrestling event that featured top wrestlers in competitive matches, not the owner of the company featuring himself in the Main event as you find in so many independent promotions, that’s why UCW is head and shoulder above all other independents and as far as the quality of the product is concerned, UCW doesn’t have to take a back seat to TNA or WWE either.
I think I will give this a look.  I may even go to the next show just to see what it is all about.

Friday, February 24, 2012

FFA: It's Friday!

This week's "It's Friday!" is brought to you by one of my favorite shows on TV right now, Archer.




Hope you have a great Friday and an even better weekend. I think I have a kid's birthday party to go to and then a whole lot of nothing.

Can't wait.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Flair talks Ole Anderson leaving the Horsemen

No, this is not a shoot. It is an interview segment from the angle where Lex Luger replaced Ole Anderson in the Horsemen.



This is another excellent segment from the "Ole's Ouster" series on YouTube. Flair references his kayfabed relationship with the Andersons (nevermind the fact that the Andersons' relationship was kayfabed as well).

The highlight of the whole promo to me is "From the time I was 16 years old I idolized Ole Anderson. He was the epitome of what being a man is all about." It is followed closely by his line at the end about thinking it was a "big deal" when Ole pushed him around as a kid, but now things are different.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ron Simmons on being first African-American World Champion

DOT NET: Ron Simmons talks....
"I’ve read a lot of stories about Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali and people of this nature and how that must have felt to cross those racial barriers and to try to make it to even the playing field level not only for all African-Americans, but for all people. So I now get a feeling of how they felt and that feeling is only something you can go through to describe it. I know this, it feels great to be in that situation, to open doors not only for African-Americans but for anyone that is inspiring to succeed not only in professional wrestling, but for anything that you want to do. If you stick with it and are dedicated to it, it can happen and I am living proof of that."
This was from DOT NET's recap of an interview Ron Simmons did with Busted Open on Sirius XM. Kind of cool to hear Ron himself talking about his historic title victory. Like I said several times recently, he was always one of my favorites. It is really cool that out of all the great African-American wrestlers throughout the years that Bill Watts gave Simmons the opportunity to be the first world champion. I also liked that Simmons pointed out that his story should inspire us all to succeed at whatever it is we do.

He also talks Bill Watts, JBL and being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Solid interview recap, check it out.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WWE HOF 2012: Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons was revealed to be the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012. As a longtime Simmons fan, I could not be happier for him. I always thought he had a great look from the first time I saw him in the powder blue trunks on the Saturday night show. Then came his time with Doom leading up to his WCW Title run.

His WCW Title win over Vader was a real markout moment for me. I know his WCW Title run was not terribly well-received, but it was still historic with Simmons becoming the first African-American world champion.



More on Ron Simmons from WWE can be found at his HOF page.

Here is some interesting discussions about Ron's induction from Twitter last night. Lance Storm discusses Ron's reputation as one of the strongest guys in the locker room.


The Wrestling Blog's TH pointed out the odd omission of Ron's time with the Nation of Domination. Actually, I don't think they addressed the name Faarooq at all.


Which then lead George of the A1 Podcast to point out that there was also no mention of his time in Doom. This is odd to me especially since Teddy Long was part of that pairing.


Finally, Good Ol' JR references what an honor it was for him to call Ron's shocking WCW Title victory over Big Van Vader.


Congratulations to Ron Simmons for his impending WWE Hall of Fame induction.

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FreebirdSTF's Top 15 Favorites of All-Time

I've already posted my three favorite wrestlers of all-time. They are the first three on this list and are in the proper order. I am not ranking the rest, but here is the rest of my list in no particular order. As I did with my dad's list, tag teams are only one entry. Stables must be listed separately, but tag teams only take up one spot.  Numbers 1 through 3 are in order.  Numbers 4-15 are in no particular order.

TOP 15: 
  • "Nature Boy" Ric Flair--GOAT!
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts--Great psychology, finisher and look.
  • Magnum TA--Complete package, shame his career ended so tragically.
  • Fabulous Freebirds (Michael PS Hayes, Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy, Buddy "Jack" Roberts and Jimmy "Jam" Garvin--Great southern party guy gimmick.  Hayes can talk with the best of them, Buddy Jack was hilarious and Bam Bam was great muscle.
  • Booker T--Great look and charisma.  My favorite thing about WCW at the end.  Him winning the WCW Title was a true wrestling highlight for me, SUCKA!
  • "Macho Man" Randy Savage--Great worker, charisma, unique, great look. What's not to like? DIG IT!
  • The Rock--Oozes charisma, in the discussion for GOAT.
  • Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)--Revolutionized tag wrestling, scary/badass looks.  Perfect for pro-wrestling.
  • Ron Simmons--Always liked Ron, glad to see him get the APA run. Beating Vader for the WCW Title was another feelgood moment.
  • "The Total Package" Lex Luger--Great look, cool finisher.  Not a great promo, but got the crowd behind him as a face and also an effective heel.
  • DDP, Diamond Dallas Page--Hottest act in wrestling for a period of time, kind of goofy but it worked for him.  Versatile finishing move.
  • "Double A" aka "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson--Underrated, great promo. Original Horsemen and Flair's right-hand man, it's a shame he couldn't go in the ring longer.
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin--Another in the GOAT discussion, phenomenal gimmick, promo and charisma
  • Junkyard Dog--Another one that oozed charisma, the chain was a cool touch. Undeniably likeable. 
  • Sting--Another who couldn't cut a great promo, but an awesome babyface.  Crow gimmick looks dated now, but was absolute money at the time.
HONORABLE MENTIONS (Again in no particular order):
  • Ole Anderson--Tag team specialist, great heel.  Didn't appreciate him as a kid, but do now looking back at his career.
  • Kurt Angle--See below
  • Mark Henry--Unique look, realistic attitude.  Scary dude.
  • Edge--Rated-R Superstar, loved him and Lita together.
  • Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott)--Tough guys, great in the ring.
  • Nick Bockwinkel--Another guy I didn't see enough as a kid, but he was an incredible, believable champion and by every account and consummate professional.
  • Stan "The Lariat" Hansen--Rough and tumble brawler with a great finisher.  Had I gotten to see him more as a kid he probably would have made the top 15.
  • Vader--Big, agile, rough brawler.  Great gimmick until Hogan killed his heat in WCW.
  • "Rowdy" Roddy Piper--Charisma to spare and great talker. Worked well as heel or face.
  • "The Apex Predator" Randy Orton--Sadistic heel, Legend Killer gimmick was amazing.
  • Bruiser Brody--Unique brawler, another tragic ending.
  • CM Punk--Simply "The Best in the World" right now.
  • Tully Blanchard--Founding member of the Horsemen, solid "cool bad guy" and worker.
  • Barry Windham--Could do it all, nice addition to the Horsemen group. Face or heel, solid.
  • Jack Swagger--Love the All-American American, deserves better.  Glad he holds the US Title at least.
  • Kofi Kingston--Fun high-flyer. Hope he gets a legitimate push after Evan Bourne screwed up their tag push.
  • Big Show--Talented freak of nature. Funny guy and excellent as face or heel.
  • Taz/Taz--Path of Rage, great gimmick that projected badass as well as anyone.
  • Big Boss Man/Big Bubba/Ray Traylor--Georgia guy, always a fun worker no matter the gimmick.  Came across as a good guy off-screen.
  • Bret "The Hitman" Hart--Great as champ in WWE, WCW totally blew their opportunity with this guy
  • The Dudleyz/Team 3D--My favorite of the ECW tag teams and my favorite tag team act alongside the APA in WWE during that era.
  • Faces of Fear (Meng and Barbarian)--Underrated WCW tag team.
NOTABLE OMISSIONS:
  • Hulk Hogan--Loved him as a kid much like everyone my age, but his time in WCW really turned me on him for good.
  • Chris Benoit--He would have at least made the honorable mentions and probably the top 15, but I'm not going to put him there now .
  • Matt Hardy--He's a guy I was huge on until things started to unravel for him.  Had I done this list several years ago he probably would have made it.
FINAL THOUGHTS:  Taz and Kurt Angle were the two I struggled the most with leaving off the top 15.  Taz was my absolute favorite of the ECW crew.  Kurt Angle could work, interjected humor into his act effectively and had legitimate credentials.  He really was amazing through most of his WWE run.  His time in TNA has not helped him in my eyes.

That's it for my Top 15.  I am sure we will revisit this from time-to-time.

      Monday, February 20, 2012

      FreebirdSTF's Number 1 All-Time: "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

      He's the greatest champion of all-time and my favorite wrestler, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.  I don't even think I need to really explain this one.  Even if you disagree that he is the greatest, I feel you understand why others think he is.

      I loved his match against Vader for the WCW Title where the face (yes face!) Flair overcame the monster to be able to continue his career and win the big gold belt.


      Ric Flair vs Vader (Starrcade 93) Part 1 by mrbling

      Ric Flair vs Vader (Starrcade 93) Part 2 by mrbling

      SAW: A tribute to "Flair Flops"

      Then you have this gem, "Just Like That."



      Probably my favorite Flair promo of the Monday Night Wars era..."THOUGHT HE DIED!"



      His "retirement" match told a phenomenal story as well.

      "I'm sorry, I love you."--Shawn Michaels



      Much like with Magnum TA, it is important to point out that Flair was THE mainstay of my 6:05 Saturday night wrestling experience. That is also part of why he holds a special place in my wrestling fandom.

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      CM Punk: Still the best

      Why? Here's why...


      I saw this last night and thought it was great. DOT NET had a bit more about it.
      Brown responded on his own Twitter page. "C.M. Punk needs more followers," Brown wrote. "He's such a leader! Not to mention the roids he's on made it utterly impossible for him (to) pleasure a woman.

      "Positivity regardless of how you feel," Brown followed up. "C.M. Punk contact my assistant and I'll have 'em send you an autographed pic for my biggest fan." [Thanks to Dot Net reader Alan Powell]
      Punk's "I ain't care" attitude is part of what makes him the absolute best right now. Also, who wouldn't want to see him stomp the crap out of Chris Brown?

      Saturday, February 18, 2012

      Sting: "I'm done"

      No idea the meaning of this particular Tweet, but it was just posted to Sting's official Twitter feed. Like I said, don't know what it refers to or whether it's a work or a shoot, but here it is.



      If it does mean he's retiring, the industry is losing one of its greats. I hope and believe he is setup to enjoy retirement though. I wish him nothing but the best. It was one heck of a ride.

      SuperBrawl VIII: Goldberg vs Brad Armstrong

      SuperBrawl VIII was headlined by Sting/Hogan II for the vacant WCW Title.  That's not what I wanted to share today though.  I will say that a closer look at that whole period of WCW is worth talking about as the mess at Starrcade 97 really was the beginning of the end of that promotion. 

      The real reason I wanted to talk about this event was the Goldberg/Armstrong match.  It is a common opinion, but Brad Armstrong really was an underutilized talent.  He's had a good look and could certainly wrestle.  It is a shame that he did not get more of an opportunity during the Monday Night Wars era.  He was given two opportunities then and they were as Buzzkill (meh) and a BA, part of the No-Limit Soldiers group (double meh).

      One of the things I had forgotten about was Brad's "Armstrong Curse" phase.  I recall him wearing the shirt and that is about all I remember about it.  I also seem to recall hearing that some personal issues may have hurt Brad's career, but I am not positive about that.

      Anyhow, enjoy watching Goldberg build his streak by destroying Brad Armstrong. 


      I wonder what Brad Armstrong is up to these days. I am going to have to see if he is still active. If so, I wonder how he looks and if he can still "go."

      UPDATE:
      Looking into the Armstrong Curse a bit more and Wikipedia's entry on Job (professional wrestling) had this:
      Also, in World Championship Wrestling since 1994, the tendency of the Armstrongs (particularly Brad Armstrong) to lose matches was referred to as the "Armstrong curse". On average, however, Brad was more of a jobber to the stars, while his brothers were pure jobbers for the most part.

      Friday, February 17, 2012

      Cena/Rock: Three match series?

      I saw this piece on DOT NET today:
      There have been rumors of a three match series between John Cena and Rock for some time and this will only lead to more.
      How should this series be booked? I'm no fantasy booker, but I am really stumped and here's why.
      • This year is in the Rock's hometown of Miami, FL
      • The Rock is making his triumphant return to WrestleMania
      Why does this matter?  You really cannot or should not have the Rock lose in the WM 28 match.  The problem with that is, I don't think John Cena winning the next two is much more appealing.  Clearly though, Cena should win two out of three and definitely win the last one.  That only makes sense.

      I suppose you have a questionable finish in the second one, but if it's a match at WrestleMania then that's also not terribly appealing.  I don't know, I am having trouble coming up with satisfying outcomes for all three matches.

      I would be curious to see if any of you have some solid suggestions on how to do a three match series between these two.  

      It's Friday!

      It's a vacation day for me, but here is your "It's Friday!" song of the week. Going old-school wrestling with the Big Boss Man and Hard Times.

      Have a great weekend, folks!



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      Thursday, February 16, 2012

      Chyna's next feature

      TMZ: I Got Screwed Over By a Hulk Hogan Imposter

      It was inevitable I suppose, Chyna is doing a wrestling-themed adult film.

      Co-stars include low-rent versions of the following:
      • Hulk Hogan
      • Triple H
      • Gene Okerlund
      • Iron Sheik
      • John Cena 
      • "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

      There are others that aren't quite so easily identifiable, but look like generic wrestling stereotypes. 

      Click the TMZ link to see the pics.  Obviously, you need to proceed at your own risk, nothing too graphic there though.

      BarberShopWindow.com


      I recently saw this website on Twitter as a member of THQ's WWE team ReTweeted them a few times.  From what I can tell this site does limited runs on wrestling themed shirts.  Some of the designs are pretty clever.  They mostly avoid the "picture of a guy on a shirt" which I think most adult wrestling fans appreciate.  Here's the latest example I saw this morning in reference to the legendary Junkyard Dog.


      You can check out their past designs there too. They are no longer available for purchase, but it's worth a look to see some of their old designs. Here's my favorite, but there are some other great ones there too.



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      Wednesday, February 15, 2012

      FreebirdSTF: The Origin of the Name

      I was recently asked, "What's FreebirdSTF stand for?"

      Well, to answer that question you have to go back to 1998.  In 1998, Norko, setup a Geocities page (RIP) titled "SupTool's Domain."  Norko posts on A1-Wrestling.com as SupTool.  Anyhow, I needed a name to use on the website and for whatever reason (probably because he was a Shane Douglas/ECW fan) I was dubbed the Franchise while he was the Icon.  I liked that name just fine so I went with it, but at some point I started abbreviating it as STF for SupTool's Franchise and that was that. 

      When I finally decided to stop lurking on the original A1, I needed a display name.  I wanted to do something that was geared more directly to wrestling and did not want to simply be "The Franchise" since that was the gimmick Shane Douglas made famous.  As you know I am a big fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Michael PS Hayes and the Fabulous Freebirds.  I believe I initially tried to sign up as just Freebird, but it was taken.  I figured, "Well the STF is a kind of cool submission move and I use that name elsewhere."  At that point, I decided to register as FreebirdSTF and the rest is history.

      So there it is, more than you would ever want to know about why I post here under that name. 

      FreebirdSTF's Number 2 All-Time: Jake "The Snake" Roberts

      Number 2 on my list is none other than Jake "The Snake" Roberts. This started with my dad being a fan. The first time I saw Jake he was wearing the red karate pants and wearing the "DDT: Cruel but Fair" shirt. He had a great look, great nickname and the most devastating finisher in wrestling. What was not to like?

      I may be in the minority, but I thought the tights Jake wore in WWE were an improvement over his previous look. Of course bringing the python, Damian, to the ring really upped the psychological warfare angle with Roberts.

      One of my favorite Jake moments was when he debuted in WCW by jumping Sting.



      Unfortunately, Jake's WCW presence never really lived up to its potential as he dealt with his ongoing substance abuse issues.

      Now for some more Jake Roberts highlights. As corny as the whole setup was I loved the punchline to his betrayal of the Ultimate Warrior.



      His promo following it about the rabbit and Mr. Snake is incredible too.

      Lastly, I kicked myself for missing this show.  Had I known Jake was going to appear I would have been there.



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      Monday, February 13, 2012

      Thoughts with Jesse Sorensen

      From DOT NET's Jason Powell:
      TNA wrestler Jesse Sorensen remains hospitalized with a neck injury that occurred at the Against All Odds pay-per-view on Sunday. He has feeling in his arms and is able to move them. He has a tingling sensation in his legs but is unable to move his legs at this time.
      Hopefully this story has a happy ending, but apparently that move was screwed up pretty badly last night that took Jesse out. I haven't been able to find a video, but I read that he caught a knee in the face/top of the head on an Asai Moonsault.

      As someone who had a loved one suffer an SCI, here's to a quick and full recovery for this young man.

      UPDATE from Wrestling Observer
      :
      TNA reported that Jesse Sorensen sustained a fractured C-1 vertebrae (upper neck) and spinal cord edema. He is slowly regaining movement in his arms and legs.

      FreebirdSTF's Number 3 All-Time: Magnum TA

      Magnum TA came in at number three on my list.  At the time of his accident in October of 1986, Magnum was probably my favorite wrestler.  At that point this eight year old had no appreciaton for "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, the IV Horsemen or his cheating ways.  Jake "The Snake" Roberts was not someone I got to see a lot of either.  Magnum TA was on my TV most Saturday nights standing up to bullies like Flair and Horsemen.

      Magnum had a great look (Hey mullets were the IN back then!) and had a coolness about him that made him "better" than America's Team teammate, Dusty Rhodes at that point.

      The obvious highlight of Magnum TA's career has to be his Starrcade (1985) "I Quit!" cage match with Tully Blanchard.


      Magnum.T.A.vs.Tully.Blanchard.11.28.85 by Benbeeach

      I mean, it's tough to beat a scene like babyface Magnum TA burying a sharp piece of wood in Tully Blanchard's face to retake the US Title.

      As I've already referenced, Magnum's career sadly came to an abrupt end with his 1986 car accident. Slam! Wrestling does a better job covering this tragedy far better than I could hope to so check out their article here.

      Magnum could work, could promo, had a great look and undeniable charisma. For all those reasons he is my #3 favorite wrestler of all-time. Sadly, we'll never know what might have been, but he certainly left a mark on this wrestling fan.

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      Saturday, February 11, 2012

      It's Friday! (on a Saturday)

      Never got around to the "It's Friday!" post yesterday, but I  had a special one planned.  February 10th was the ninth anniversary of "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig's passing.  In memory of Hennig, here is his classic Mr. Perfect theme.



      This is a perfect marriage between gimmick and theme if I have ever seen one.

      Rest in peace, Curt.

      Have a great weekend, folks.

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      Thursday, February 9, 2012

      Throwback Thursday: Viking Hall/ECW Arena

      Viking Hall in Philadelphia has been known for years as one of the great wrestling venues in history.  It's been called a modern day Sportatorium being for ECW what that was for WCCW in the 80's.  And much like that, it continued to run shows for other promotions long after their organizations died off. 

      Recently, CZW and Evolve Wrestling held what is perhaps the last wrestling events at the arena as the new owner has decided to renovate the venue and turn it into a concert venue.  So while it is a a sad day there are years worth of great memories to look back on.  Which is why I'm posting this video.  It was made by Mike Burns at Smart Mark Video for a CZW show back in 2003.  They had just got the go ahead to run shows at the arena after XPW had lost their exclusive lease to run shows at the arena and it was done to mark the 10th anniversary of wrestling shows being run at the arena.  Unfortunately due to the WWE having rights to the ECW footage, the video was never reased commercially on DVD, but was posted online for all who were unable to attend to enjoy.

      And while this was done before other groups like Chikara, Ring of Honor and others ran shows at the arena, it's still a great look back at the history of the arena and we can look back at it as wrestling fans and smile at the great wrestling we got from this once great venue.

      Tuesday, February 7, 2012

      "The Best" feud: Punk vs Jericho

      The feud we demand seems to be in full swing, "The Best in the World" vs "The Best at What He Does"

      Here was the highlight of their clash last night in my opinion.


      Don't get me wrong, Punk refusing to speak when going face-to-face with Jericho was nice, but the real treat was seeing Jericho mimic Punk's style at the end of the show. Of course, Punk's refusal to speak set the stage for this moment so it was awesome pretty much all the way around.

      I was not crazy about the booking of the DB/Punk match, but like I said then it was nice to start heading towards the collision course between the Jericho and Punk. If last night is any indication, it will be a fun ride.

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      Monday, February 6, 2012

      FreebirdSTF's Top Three Wrestlers of All-Time

      Now there are tons of guys that I have respect for and have entertained me over the years.  If not, I would not still be watching at 33 years of age, but these guys are without a doubt my favorite wrestlers of all-time.

      Expanded looks at each of these guys coming soon, but here they are in countdown order: 

      3)  Magnum TA

      2)  Jake "The Snake" Roberts

      1)  "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

      I would love to hear thoughts on these selections. If you have a list you would like to share, submit it in the comments or email me at Freebirdstf@hotmail.com so I can share with the rest of South Atlanta Wrestling's readership. Please let me know how you would like to be acknowledged and if you have a blog you would like mentioned etc.

      Sunday, February 5, 2012

      Super Bowl/WrestleMania/Written in the Stars

      The comparisons have always been there between the NFL's Super Bowl and WWE's WrestleMania.  They just "shared a moment" as it were as the New York Giants entered to the WrestleMania 27 theme song.




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      Saturday, February 4, 2012

      Champion vs Champion: Punk/Bryan

      Here is a mentality I see more and more these days and I simply cannot disagree with it strongly enough.
      People can get upset about an unadvertised Champion vs. Champion match, but they should just relax and appreciate the fact that we saw a great match on TV. Besides, most people that would be compelled to watch Bryan vs. Punk would pirate it instead of paying anyways.
      This was from Will Pruett, Pruett's Pause on ProWrestling.net. Let's take a closer look at this mentality.

      Do I like the fact that I saw a great match on free TV on RAW this week? Absolutely. Does that excuse the fact that booking a champion vs champion match basically telegraphs the fact you are not getting a clean finish? Not in my mind. The only time you should book a champion vs champion match is if you plan to unify your titles. Not only that it is something that should be saved for a big show, most likely a PPV, and hyped as being important.

      One thing I did like about the booking was the fact that it was essentially booked as a desperation ploy for RAW GM,John Laurinaitis, in order to save his job. In that regard the booking makes sense. Laurinaitis pulling out all the stops to impress Triple H and the decision makers in WWE is a completely logical setup for this type of match. The problem is that you had to know there is no way you are getting a clean finish. If you did, that would be a problem too in all honesty.

      The match did take us one step closer to the seemingly inevitable Jericho/Punk feud which is another good thing that came out of this match. Again, there are other ways to accomplish that. Why not have Punk win a match against a top contender only to have Jericho attack him after the match? It accomplishes the same thing and does not suffer from the issues I have with this match.

      Basically, I have zero issue with people appreciating the fact that they got a great match on RAW this week. I do have a big issue with the idea that it is insane to take issue with giving away a champion vs champion match with zero buildup and little hope of a clean finish.

      Friday, February 3, 2012

      FFA: It's Friday!

      It's been a long week after the marathon session for the A1 Podcast, but Friday is finally here.  Hope you have a great weekend and get some rest and relaxation.  Here's some Skynyrd to help you push through to the weekend.




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      Thursday, February 2, 2012

      WWE's new channel on YouTube

      Recently the WWE announced a partnership with YouTube to produce some shows exclusively for them.  They recently put them out, but you can see them right here at S.A.W!






      Wednesday, February 1, 2012

      SAW visits the A1 Podcast (Episode 66)

      SAW was back in full force on Episode 66 of the A1 Podcast which is posted here.

      Subjects included Royal Rumble review, best finishers of all-time and each panelist got an opportunity to do a Sound-Off.

      Mentioned in this episode was the previously posted video of Savannah Jack's superkick. Also the image below done by my boy, Fried Pickles (who I sincerely hope comes up with a better nickname for use on this blog.)


      Thanks again to him for the images he has provided to us here on SAW.

      Savannah Jack's superkick

      As discussed on Episode 66 of the soon-to-be-posted A1 Podcast, I think Savannah Jack's superkick was a bit "too graceful." Skip ahead to around 3:50 to see it.



      I do not recall Savannah Jack and sadly he just passed away.

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