Saturday, January 13, 2007
----The best I can figure out is that Dustin Starr will debut in NBW in Dyersburg, TN tonight. I have talked with people in Selmer, TN at CWA and TLCW in Ripley, TN and Starr is not at either show. If I am not being ribbed, then Starr will show up in NBW tonight.
Friday, January 12, 2007
---If you attended or worked any of the following events, could you please contact me ASAP with any info you have!!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
----Just a special note to everyone. I plan to update as usual this weekend, but I am also going to be working on the Yearbook. So, if I don’t get everything posted, I will catch up on Monday with results and such.
----Please do me a favor and just take the time to hit ads either on the main site page – www.rasslinriotonline.com or here on the blog. There is very little money made with the ads, but it can at least help me pay for the site every month. Also notice that if you want to advertise on this site, then there is a place to link you. Some of you promoters that have big shows coming up can be seen on the front of the page 24/7 by just advertising.
----Austin Lane has his own thing to say about the Harrisburg, AR that got canceled this weekend. Check it out.
----Speaking of Lane, I have come to an agreement with him to produce a new DVD on his matches. The DVD schedule looks like it is going to be busy this year if everyone gets their footage to me. Look for DVDs on “The Golden Boy” Greg Anthony [I am working it now], TLCW 1.06.07 – “First Big Show of 2007”, Crime, “Picture Perfect”, Psycho, “The Cajun Sensation” Blade Boudreaux and more.
----Friday night in Osceola, AR for MCW includes The Hambones, Loose Cannon, Chris Hollywood, Big Daddy LaFonce, Derrick King, Austin Lane, Flash Flanagan, and more.
----Friday night in Tupelo, MS for TFW has Tony Dabbs, “Pure Destruction” [Brody & Cody Hawk],The Gold Diggers, POPULAR [Shawn Reed/Ryan Williams]with Anita Page, Scott Porteau and more.
----Saturday night @ True Force Arena 256 Gill Street Jackson, TN at 7:00 PM with TV Title Match: Psycho A vs Overhill & Raze, TIWF Tag Team Title Match with “Genocide” [Maxx Corbin/Albino Rhino] vs The Big Boys, TIWF Title Match: PK Ripper vs Lawman Williams, Wildside, Kaut!on, Handknocks Hooligan, Crime, Raving Ron, Jon Seymour, Hotrod, Butcherman Smith and more.
----Saturday night New Blood Wrestling @ Country Nights 1901 Saint John Ave - Bell time 8:00 PM in Dyersburg, TN – Kilo vs Lord Humongous, Tank vs Tim Edwards, the debut of “The Cowboys” [Ricky Murdoch/Bill Nasty], Jeremy Moore, Gaylon Ray, Team X, Sir Mo, and more.
----Saturday night for CWA in Selmer, TN @ Jaycee’s Building for “New Year’s Knockout” with Jerry Lawler, Brickhouse Brown, Family of Pain, Hollywood Jimmy, Danny B Good, Don Bass, Mr Wrestling 3, Chris Rocker, Chris O’Neal, “Cruzin 4 Pain”, Loose Cannon, Neil Taylor, “The Posee” and more
----Saturday night in Jumpertown, MS for JWS with Chris Styles, Little Stevie Davis, Homeless Joe, Mario, Devon Raynes, Dalton Storm, Kage, Cyrus, Chaz, and more.
----Saturday night in New Albany, MS 107 McGill ST [right off the square] with XWO will have Storm, Scott Porteau, "Pure Destruction"[Brody & Cody Hawk],Thomas Knox, Psycho, Brett Michaels, Pappy and more.
----Saturday night in Ripley, TN with TLCW 207 Washington Street – with “THE AFTERMATCH” “The Golden Boy” Greg Anthony, Simon Reed, Derrick King vs Rockin Randy,Tatt2, Motley Cruz,lex Krisis, Dell Tucker,“Picture Perfect” [Christian Jacobs/Jon Michael],“Black Out Squad” [Oz/Bishop], Flash Flanagan,Stan Lee, Brian Steele, Buckwheat, ‘Lil Chris, Tim Alfonzo, Seth Knight. “Jawbreaker” Jones and more.
---- Saturday night Batesville, AR at the Old Miller Gym for Main Event Wrestling. Admission is free Crazy Luke Graham Jr. & Gerry "Chubby" Graham Casino Kid, “Righteous Punishment” [Byg Daddy and Jack “Lockdown” Johnson], “Hot Rod” John Ellison, Johnny Harper, Matt Boyce and more.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
----Well, BT says that Five Starr is not going to be at TLCW this week. BT doesn’t know where Five Starr is going to be, but BT thinks it is either going to be Selmer, TN for CWA tagging with Chris O’Neal or maybe debuting for NBW. BT will inform you as soon as BT knows something. BT was actually shocked when he read at Five Starr’s site the following describing Derrick King: "Ungrateful, disrespectful, egotistical (even more so than ME), and just plain stupid. DK flubbed on Saturday night (maybe it was the booze) in a major way. DK has been severed from all ties with me. Just an outright goof." BT thinks Five Starr crossed the line, because everyone’s know, and that is including BT, that DK does not drink. LOL
“And so I say, that yes TLCW has more experienced and more developed guys working for them, but that my talent pool is no less than their talent, just less experienced. And experience comes with time, and in Time they will be as good if not better than the talent that is in TLCW.”
----I get this and don’t get this. I agree and I don’t. I truly believe it doesn’t matter sometimes on experience, because I myself have tons of experience. Could I have a good match?? No way. I believe NBW has a few guys that will be real good and few that ARE real good, but to compare to the TLCW crew – no one holds a candle right now.
“and I promise you, there is no fighting and bitching in our dressing room, about who’s the better worker, or any of that crap.”
----I would agree with your there. That is what has happened with TLCW. They have a real good thing going, but a lot of them on the crew feel like it should be credited to them. The egos are very big. In truth, the reason they drew that crowd the other night was simply because of the WHOLE crew, not just one person.
“exception of Flash Flanagan and Bill Dundee even have the right to consider themselves someone in this business because they’ve never done anything that will go down in the wrestling history books,”
----Does it really matter at this stage what they have done?? The fans in at TLCW could care less about their history. The storylines have made them care about the workers and Flash has been a big part of the storylines. Truthfully they could care less about Bill Dundee. It has nothing to do with what they have done in the past – it has to do with what they are doing NOW.
“these local rinky dinky independent shows even worth the 5 or 10 dollars they are getting, much less 40 or 50 that they are asking for.”
----If these guys have just started in the business, then they should have no guarantee. The guys that have been in this business for at least five years and know how to work, no matter what their egos are – they deserve more than $10 or $15.
“I think you missed it Brian. I actually don’t get paid for what I do in Dyersburg. It truthfully doesn’t make enough money to pay me to do what I do, and deal with what I deal with.”
----After a closer look at the promotion and the bills. I do understand there is probably no money for you to be paid. Best I can figure out from my sources is that anything over $150 gate goes to the workers. $150 pays the bills and rest goes to them. That is fair.
“But the guarantee goes up each week that they stay, if they are putting more asses in seats.”
----I also see nothing wrong with that. I guess that is the best way to conduct business. If that person is contributing to the gate, then give them more money. I just think some of the guys that have been in the business for so long get their chained jerked. First, they have to set the ring up and then promoters start saying, “Well if we draw more..you get more..” and at times that does not happen. Let me state I am at fault as much as the next person here – if you don’t draw you can’t pay nothing.
“But for the record, Alan Steele is my boy, so no matter what happens, I try to get him what he ask for, simply because I’m trying to help this guy make it in the business,”
----This is not anything against Steele, because I believe he is in the top 10 in this area, but if Steele is getting paid a certain amount, and then guys like Tank and Kilo should be making the same amount. Just because Steele is your friend, he should not make more. Ask the “friends” of mine from CCW – our “owners” never got paid and we always tried to give the money to the guy that drove the longest.
“AS FAR AS PAYING THE TALENT IN THE MANNER YOU SAY. I TOTALLY AGREE. MY IDEA WAS 25 DOLLARS PER GUY INITIALLY AND GIVING TOP TIER GUYS A LITTLE MORE. BUT WE HAVE TO GET TO THAT POINT.”
----That would be fair. I also in understanding that the talent gets anything over $150 and no concession and drawing only 60 people does not give everyone $25.
“I WILL SAY THIS EVERYONE ON OUR CREW GETS SOMETHING NO MATTER IF THEY ARE A STUDENT OR OTHERWISE.”
----That opens up a new can of worms. I have had this conversation with a few of the workers in this area. Where do you work the green guys?? Do you use the guys that can’t work worth a shit?? Most people think the green guys do not belong in front of a crowd and my theory is that it hurts the show in general. I have done it also though and groaned at some of those matches. I have also groaned at some of the guys that started when I did in the early 90’s and they still don’t know shit. Do you use green guys and shit guys because they are cheap?? Yep and then it makes your show look cheap.
“ASK ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME, I TRY ALL THE TIME TO TEACH THE GUYS ABOUT THE BUSINESS, ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS THEY MAY HAVE FOR ME, OR SHOWING THEM ANYTHING THEY ASK OF ME, AND NOT CHARGING 1 RED CENT FOR IT.”
----I do agree that there have been a ton of guys come thru here that have benefited from your help. As a booker or promoter, you can teach just so much, and then they go out and do what they want. No one would ever say Mo is a dummy when it comes to the wrestling.
“EACH ONE OF THOSE GUYS, IF THEY WERE SMART SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THOSE MATCHES AND TAPES AND USED THEM TO CATAPULT THEM TO A HIGHER PLACE IN THIS BUSINESS. I BENEFITED NOTHING FROM THIS, I WANTED MY GUYS TO MAKE IT AND I TRIED TO PUSH THEM TOWARDS THE STARS. UNFORTUNATELY THEY DIDN`T SEE IN THEMSELVES WHAT I SAW IN THEM, AND SO THEY HAVE JUST SETTLED FOR HANGING AROUND WEST TN.”
----I totally agree with you here. Lots of guys say they want to make it, but you got to get out there. You got to send out tapes. You got to wrestle somewhere else besides West, TN. I don’t mean this as a knock on Derrick King, but one reason most of the guys stay in this area, they see DK stays here. DK has been to developmental and has tons of friends in the “big time”, but he prefers to stay here. That not only affects DK, but it does affect the boys. How many guys has DK got a deal with for OVW?? Maybe he doesn’t have the strings to do that now with Jim Cornette gone, but at times he did have the power. DK at least does get guys on Memphis TV. DK also may be one of the most unselfish guys in this business when it comes to money.
----I agree with you here and Mo even pointed out that he got Steele more money, because they were friends.
“Dustin Starr, you made the statement about how you feel a certain individual should do everyone a favor and just quit wrestling. Who in the hell are you to be passing judgment? In my eyes and a lot of other people I have spoken with - you are nothing more than everyone else in every little promotion in this area at best. So you have been on Memphis Television. Big fuckin deal. So have I. So you went to do a couple of spots with WWE. Ok, let’s break that up shall we. The ones that come to mind are, your very quick J.O.B.on Smackdown and lets not forget the whole security guard angle where you couldn't even take a superkick right.”
----Starr is still working the indys around here like everyone else, but yes it is a big deal to me to work for the WWE. I was very proud of all the guys that worked the show that night. Even though Starr is a pompous asshole a lot of the times, he also has reason to be sometimes. Dealing with Starr reminds me of dealing with any other sports person that is a prick, but you have to deal with him, because he is making the news and he has talent.
“I know I'm not the best but at least if I never do anything else in this business, I have lived my dream.”
----Well, you got to realize that everyone on this level is doing the same thing. No matter if they are the one wanting more money or asking for more money, they are also living out their dream. I think there are three kinds of workers in this area -- #1: Doing it for fun and living a dream. #2: Trying to make it in the big time and living a dream and #3: Doing it for fun, trying to make it in the big time and living a dream. Guys like Christian Jacobs, Dustin Starr, Jon Michael and a few others in this area fit in the #3 category.
“…some of the talent that thinks their hot stuff just because they have been granted a few spots and look down on others for not getting theirs. That is BullShit!”
----I agree. Why would some guy that has been working side by side with you think that he is better?? Who is Tank?? What has he done?? Well, even if he does fit in the #1 category, it does not make him any less of a worker. I think lots of people could take a lesson from a guy like Flash Flanagan. He treats everyone with respect and expects the same. He also the attitude of being able to have a good match with whoever is put in front of him. The characteristics of a true pro.
“I wanna point something out like my colleague Tank did - the NBW show drew around 100 fans a week without no names just your bread and butter workers who's been with the company since day one that to me shows a lot.”
----At what point did the promoters in this area starting thinking that drawing 100 in the building was ok?? I am worlds worst on this also. I will post that the show drew a 100 people and they broke $500 as if it is a big deal, because our expectations of what a wrestling show should draw is so low. The problem is that the fans have come out to watch such shit shows for so long with green guys, old guys, out of shape guys that have promoters that charge $5 to get in that they trust no one, but WWE. This is the reason the WWE can draw with tickets at $25+, but Memphis Wrestling draws 300 people for tickets at $10.
“If your own workers can't make a show then why bring in an outsider. A new worker and pay him more that’s the main point. “
----That is the very reason you would bring in someone else. If they workers on your show are not drawing, then bring in someone to try to mix stuff up. If my guys are only bringing in 100 people, then I need to bring someone else in to help things out.
“Not saying Dustin Starr doesn't deserve the money but why should others suffer or get heat over it.”
----Get rid of some of the guys that have been around forever and still can’t work. Bring in someone like Starr and then maybe the fans will hear that there is actually a guy on the card that looks like a wrestler.
“My point is the guys are who make the company. There is not an outside faction that is going to make a difference. They prove that a week or so ago and plus NBW has been drawing a steady of a crowd long before me.”
----But, NBW is not drawing well. They are drawing 60 to 75 people. I do not consider that good. They are surviving. The only three promotions that draw the best are CWA, All Pro and TLCW. The two former do not run weekly shows. TLCW is the only successful weekly show in this area right now.
----I agree 100% here. If the level was raised to just $25, then you would have a more loyal crew and guys asking for more would not exist. If the workers had the understanding that if they drew more, they got more and at what stage do they get more, then that promotion would do better with less fighting and such in the back.
“BUT THEN you have guys that LOVE THIS SPORTS so much that they don’t care if they get paid or not. if there were more that wrestled because they love this sports as much as they say they do then there would be more shows to work .”
----I don’t know about that. I think maybe that is where some promoters take advantage of the workers. If they know you will work for free, then they will book you. If you work for free, then it does not always mean you are one of the most talented in the area or does it?? It makes you look cheap. Do it because you love it, but don’t let people take advantage of you.
“Someone asked me one time at a show was I going to get an autograph or picture from a NAME that they brought in... and here is what I always told them.... HEY IM JUST AS GOOD AS THEM ..... Just because they have BEEN THERE DONE THAT........ WHERE ARE THEY NOW? WORKING THE SAME PLACE I AM.”
----Name guys are mostly brought in to try to bring up the house. The name guy deserves the respect, unless he is just a pompous asshole. I recently got my pic taken with Midnight Express and it did not make me feel like a mark. [ok I am] But, guess what?? They were at the same shitty show I was at and they knew it. Total first class guys.
“So in closing I say take a chill pill quit worrying about MONEY THAT ISNT THERE at this level ...... AND HAVE FUN.”
----I got the following letter from Brian Thompson and thought I would pass it along. This would be a great chance for you local guys to use Bobby Eaton for a show.
Hey Brian! Just wanted to say that I'm continuing to enjoy your site. Very good stuff. Keep up the good work.
Just wanted to let you know that "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton will be coming into the area for a visit in late January and will be available for some bookings in the area. Might be a good chance for local promoters to bring in Bobby while he's here. If any promoters are interested, just have them drop me an email. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
----The RasslinRiot Awards 2006 “10 To Vote” ends tomorrow night at Midnight. For those that have not voted, please vote!! A few of the categories look like they are going down to the wire. I have inserted the Awards Icon that will given to every one that wins. It will have your name and category on it and you may display it on your myspace.com account or your web page.
----I do not have a source for results in JWS, but I was told 116 in Jumpertown, MS Saturday night to see Buff Bagwell. I don’t remember what the tickets where, but I am thinking either $7 or $10. This was I believe their best gate to date. I was also told that had a good crowd for XOW with more than usual as it looks like the SGWA vs XOW is going to draw for them.
----The show opened with the first quarter scoring a 3.1 [50,604 viewers] for Nate the Rat challenging Lawler and Fire/Flame vs Dotson/Tatt2. The next quarter started with the Hart interview and ended after the Lawler vs Nate match. This quarter dropped 6,825 viewers to score a 2.6 [43,779 viewers]. The third quarter pretty much stayed the same adding only 333 viewers 2.7 [44,112 viewers] starting with the Jethro interview and ending after the 8-Man tag. The 4th quarter jumped 3,828 viewers to score 2.9 [47,940 viewers] for the “Too Cool 2” vs Starr/White match and the Flex/Grind argument, which was the best quarter. The show finished losing only 2,664 viewers from start to finish.
----Lawler was put in the second quarter of the show and still lost viewers. I guess when the fans heard it was going to be Nate vs Lawler, they just turned off the TV. That angle was actually good, expect for Grady Watson. Lawler had not wrestled live on TV since the 11.25.06 show. The last quarter was the best ending with the viewer wanting to know if Grind/Flex turn on each other next week?? I believe part of the decline in the ratings this week had to be that horrible show they aired last week. I have had so many people tell me how bad that was watching Maclin eat a ham sandwich!!
Monday, January 08, 2007
The Harrisburg show ended up being a very frustrating situation. I had not done a wrestling show since our radio station’s “4th In The Forest” event. My schedule has been crazy, and I had been turning down the bookings…plus nothing had sounded very exciting.
Anyway, Austin Lane was very persistent in trying to get a hold of me during my Christmas vacation. He wanted to talk to me about appearing at a show in Harrisburg that he was booking the talent for. Harrisburg is only about 20 minutes from my house; my schedule is a little bit lighter right now, and I told him we might be able to work something out.
He also had an idea to involve my co-host, Booger, in a “Battle Of The Sexes” deal with his wife, Nikki…and since this would play into some of our recent discussions on our morning show, I thought we could help generate some interest. A little back-story: A number of weeks ago on the show, I brought up Hillary Clinton considering running for the office of President in 2008. Booger said that there would never be a female president…that was a man’s job…and many of our female callers got extremely fired up over that comment. In wrestling terms, Booger took a heel like stance on the issue, and I saw the “Battle Of The Sexes” being a payoff of sorts for our listeners. Plus, we could make some extra money!
So we accept the booking, and begin promoting the event on our show. We were getting a great response, and so was the National Guard Armory in Harrisburg. I received a call at 10:15AM Thursday morning from a Sergeant with the National Guard. He told me that their phones were blowing up over at the Amory with people asking about the show, but the problem was that no one had booked the building! I couldn’t believe it! In all my years in the wrestling business, I’ve never heard of the BUILDING not being booked!
I was rather upset, and made a few irate phone calls. Austin Lane told me that he was responsible for booking the talent (Sarge, Mickey Ray, Hollywood Jimmy, Booger, myself, etc…), but that someone else was responsible for booking the building. He was upset as well, and he said he would get to the bottom of it all.
The guys who were supposed to reserve the building tried to resolve the situation Friday. However, due to it being the National Guard’s “Drill Weekend,” we couldn’t use the Armory. They tried to work something out with the High School, but because at this point there was only about a 24 hours notice, that wasn’t doable either. So Booger & I had to go on the air and tell our audience that the event that we had been promoting was cancelled, due to the ever popular “circumstances beyond our control”…which is an embarrassing situation!
So maybe all the talent that accepts bookings in this area should call the buildings to confirm that the show is actually going to take place! It’s stuff like this that gives wrestling a bad name in this area, and it makes it more difficult to get into good buildings, and get good television clearances. So many sponsors, buildings, and TV stations have been burned by so called “wrestling companies” over the years. And many casual observers don’t know how to differentiate between the credible companies and the groups that lack credibility. The word “Wrestling” is what they hear, and many times every company is painted with the same brush, regardless of how accurate that may be.
And even worse than that, events like this create a lack of trust with the paying wrestling fans! What about the people that planned on attending the event, only to find out it was cancelled? We tried to get the word out there on Kiss, but can you imagine how mad someone would be if they drove a good distance to attend the show…only to arrive and find out that it was cancelled because the promoter didn’t book the building? There are already less wrestling fans attending events in this area, which I believe is fairly obvious. From what I understand, many companies are happy to draw 75-100 fans!
The problem is, so many of the diehard wrestling fans have been burned by the wrestling business too…which is absolutely unheard of! The old adage, “fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice, shame on me” applies! Situations like this cause even further consumer distrust, which will ultimately mean that the crowd sizes will continue to diminish in this area!
My opinion on the PO'S and the other BS is this. It is up to the OWNER AND THE BOOKER what everyone is going to be paid. IF the owner thinks that someone is more of an asset than his regular guys and it will bring more money into his pocket to pay a higher price for talent then it is on him to say. BUT as for the other guys that are there ...... WHEN the house is down for a night are they going to be there the next show.....YES. NOW as for the guy being PAID MORE ... if the booker walks up to him and says ....you know the house is down tonight i cant pay you what you were asking...... WILL HE BE BACK...... HELL NO.
NOW HERE IS A REAL QUESTION FOR YOU...... if the owner cant pay for the building ...the lights....water and other expenses then where would they wrestle. IF EVERY OWNER .......PROMOTOR GOT TOGETHER and said hey everyone in the locker room is going to work for the same amount..... LETS SAY $25 if this CAN be paid after all of the bills are paid then how many of the GUYS THAT WANT GUARANTEES would stay in this business ...... NOT MANY. BUT THEN you have guys that LOVE THIS SPORTS so much that they don’t care if they get paid or not. if there were more that wrestled because they love this sports as much as they say they do then there would be more shows to work . I can see where a promoter want to see if a wrestler that wants a guarantee wants to see DRAW POWER for his GUARANTEE. If he doesnt draw more than his regular crew then why pay him more that his regular crew? LET ME ASK YOU.... if you draw 100 people every weekend ....and you have someone wanting a guarantee... then ask him would he work for what they draw over that 100 people ? I think i can answer that one NO he wouldnt work for that. THAT’S NOT A GUARANTEE....LOL.
I can remember a trip that a bunch of the CCW workers took to KANSAS CITY KANSAS one night. It took us 18 hours to get there. WE HAD A GUARANTEE.......... BUT when we got all the way there they didnt draw. THERE WENT THE GUARANTEE. BUT GUESS WHAT..... EVERY WORKER THAT TOOK THIS TRIP WORKED. WHY? WE LOVE ThE SPORT. DONT get me wrong I’m not saying if you love the sport don’t ask for money just don’t be unreasonable about it. Most of the time a promotion cant afford to pay ungodly amount to make the roster better. As long as you get your gas money then you should be happy if you love to entertain.
As for someone getting paid more because they are someone’s BOY or FRIEND. NOT RIGHT.....the other guys are doing the same thing as he is WORKING. Someone asked me one time at a show was I going to get an autograph or picture from a NAME that they brought in... and here is what I always told them.... HEY IM JUST AS GOOD AS THEM ..... Just because they have BEEN THERE DONE THAT........ WHERE ARE THEY NOW? WORKING THE SAME PLACE I AM. SO THAT MAKES THEM NO BETTER THAN ME JUST BEEN AROUND LONGER OR HAD MORE EXPOSURE. BUT most of the time it’s about how much MONEY you have. If you can afford to get to places to be seen then you are going to get more exposure than you would if you don’t have the money to get there.
I learned in the time that I was part owner of CCW that THERE IS NO MONEY AT THIS LEVEL. Sometimes there are no FRIENDS and that people will stab you in the back just to get a better SPOT . BUT THEN AGAIN how much did they improve there self for doing it....NONE there still on the same damn shows that you’re on. People take this business WAY too serious at this level. So in closing I say take a chill pill quit worrying about MONEY THAT ISNT THERE at this level ...... AND HAVE FUN. I dont wrestle much anymore because of that reason. It got to be where I wasn’t having fun anymore because of the BS.
----No attendance given…This group is running every Saturday night at True Force Arena…This group has a TV show which airs in Jackson, TN on Channel 2 each Tuesday/Thursday @ 6 PM and each Saturday morning @ 11:30 AM.
----115 in attendance with a gate close to $800. Concession sold out…Porkchop Express were unmasked to be The Hambones…After Cannon cheated to win the match vs Banks, the commish made a match for later on vs a mystery challenger. It turned out to be Treat. Treat beat Cannon when RottnRandy hit Cannon by mistake with his cane. Cannon brought out Sam Dollar and he fired Randy & they both beat up Randy….Stip on the main was if Buster lost then he got 10 lashes, but if Arnez lost then Bate got 10 lashes. Bate got two lashes before Arnez/Dale/Bane jumped in to get some lashes in on Buster…No posters or advertisement this time – just a banner in front of the Armory. This group is drawing on having good shows back to back. It makes you wonder though how many they would have drawn if they would have had posters???
----About 70 paid with a gate around $350 with 90 in the building…Big Money Gripp hit Havoc on mistake in the first match for Weezy to win…Tommy Boy has a gimmick!! LOL…This ended the winning streak for Jeremy Moore…The weapons match was real bloody[see pic]…Coming in to work Kilo for the belt is Lord Humongous next week and “The Cowboys” [Ricky Murdoch/Bill Nasty] are coming in for the tag team tournament.
----15 paid with a gate of $45….Crazy that this group drew 260 in Ripley and only 15 here – typical wrestling business…The major back story of this show was that Tatt2 walked out of his match with O’Neal because O’Neal was getting rough on him. O’Neal and Tatt2 were discussing the match before they went out and Tatt2 wanted to call the match. The dressing room pretty much agreed that would not be a good idea. When the match started Chris locked up with him and said just listen to what I say, I’m calling this match and called "duck two, headlock takeover" when he shot Tatt2 off he ducked the first one and then spinning heel kicked Chris and Chris sold it. O’Neal put him in a headlock again and said,"Listen to me" and called another spot with Tatt2 once again didn’t do and went into his own spot and started kicking Chris. Chris shot him in the turnbuckle and said splash. He went in for the splash and Tatt2 moved and stated kicking him again so Chris knocked him down and got him in a shoot headlock and said listen to me and quit this bullshit. He choked him for a second and let him go and when Tatt2 didn’t listen to the next spot, Chris kicked him in the face. At which point Tatt2 walked to the back and Derrick walked out to defend Tatt2 for a shoot. They wrestled around for a shoot for a bit then just worked a stiff match with Chris winning with a sunset flip. Chris went to find Tatt2 after the match and when he did he walked up to Tatt2 and said “hey listen” and as soon as he said that Tatt2, who was tying his shoe,picked him up by both legs and he fell on his head and neck. They started punching and then it was broke up. DK made them all talk it out…Crazy stuff with a little spot show like this with so much crap going on. Tatt2 is good at spots, but has no idea about psychology and should not be calling spots. I am not in favor of roughing anyone up, but after calling all of that I would have been pissed also. O’Neal and Tatt2 were good after all of it as they were seen hugging at TV tapings.
----Kevin Nichols beat Eric Wayne; Mr. America vs Pokerface went to a 15 minute draw; Danny B Goode beat Alex Krisis; Matt Riviera with Boyd Bradford beat Gary Gram; Koko Ware/Gypsy Joe beat Tracy Smothers/Scotty McKeever and in the Main Event: Title vs Hair – “The Cowboys” [Ricky Murdoch/Bill Nasty] with Jim Casey vs “Picture Perfect” [Jon Michael/Christian Jacobs] ended in a DDQ.
----50 in attendance with a gate of around $250…I hate that didn’t draw, because this looked like a good show…I was told the main event was not good and pretty much because The Cowboys suck!!!...I would have marked out for Joe/Koko vs Smothers/McKeever. I was told that Joe gave Bobby Eaton a stink face somewhere in NC the other night. OMG!!...How do you end a Hair vs Title match in a DDQ??
Sunday, January 07, 2007
----Dustin Starr is also gone from TLCW. So, we had a "Loser Leave Town" match last night and both participates left. One of my friends and I were talking this over just a few weeks back when the gates starting going up. He said, “When is it going to start exploding within??” Well, it has started the process and where will it end?? We will just have to see. I do know that Starr and O’Neal were unhappy with the behavior of Derrick King last night. I was also told that most of the workers were unhappy about their payoffs, because they were not much more than they usually get and there was at least a hundred more people in the building. DK was not happy with the quality of the match. Most people I have talked to today [all workers] have said that it should have been a bloodbath and the guys were scared of the barbwire. They felt that Starr/O’Neal did not live up the hype because the fans needed to see them throw themselves into the barbwire. I can not see how anyone left that show unhappy unless it was because they didn’t want to see O’neal lose or they had to leave before the finish because of the long intermission. Will Starr go to NBW now?? Will Chris O’Neal follow?? Will there be more to follow??
----Just a quick site update. I have tons of results sent in and I promise I will be posting them sometime tomorrow. I am still tired from the show last night. I worked on the report and the Memphis Wrestling TV report all day. So, I have results, a letter from Mark Justice, a letter from Brandon Baxter, results with a shoot in the ring, a new DVD coming soon, hopefully some video clips and pics from last night and much much more!!! I also corrected the mistake about Matt Boyce on the TLCW report – I knew it was Foley and don’t know why I typed Boyce. I had a Maclin moment.
----Nate the Rat comes out with Fire/Flame for interview. Nate challenges Jerry Lawler to a match today!! He says 2007 will be the “Year of the Rat”. LOL
---Fire/Flame beat Johnny Dotson/Tatt2. Everyone looked ok in this bout, but no psychology with Dotson/Tatt2 getting all the shine with no heat or hot tag. The end had Dotson doing a frogsplash on Fire, but Derrick King enter the ring [with ref Bill Rush being distracted by Nate the Rat] hitting Dotson with brass knuckles and Fire getting the pin. At the same time this was happening Tatt2 did a dive over the top rope onto Flame.
----Jimmy Hart interview via phone aired next. Hart talks about “Road to Wrestlemania”. Hart talks about a “big announcement” upcoming. Maclin promotes it as it’s going to be Hulk Hogan vs Jerry Lawler. Hart says he will make it in a few weeks and will call back next week. Lawler comes out. Maclin says that all the negotiations have not been worked out yet. Lawler says bring Nate the Rat out.
----Lawler beats Nate by DQ when Jethro jumps in. Lawler goes to piledrive Nate, when Jethro jumps in. Jethro gets in some good looking punches on Lawler and then attempts to piledrive Lawler. Grady Watson jumps on Jethro’s back and Jethro then slugs Watson. He goes to piledrive him, when Lawler makes the save. Nate was good in this, but I just don’t like Watson. He does not belong on TV.
----Jethro comes out for an interview. He says he doesn’t know if it will be the year of the rat, but it will not be the year of the King. Maclin talks about Memphis Wrestling and it will be on the road for 2007. He promotes the Jackson, TN show coming to The Palace January 18, 2007. Bill Dundee comes out to promote the show to let everyone know that Jethro, Lawler, King, Kevin White and himself will be there.
----Reggie B Fine/Derrick King interview. DK/Fine/Pokerface/K Hill vs “The Posse” [Simon Reed/’Lil Chris]/”Picture Perfect” [Jon Michael/Chris O’Neal] ended in No Contest. They got the heat on ‘Lil Chris and hot tag from O’Neal. After the hot tag everyone got in the ring and after DK hit a superkick on O’Neal – Dotson came out and chased DK to the back.
----Kevin White/Dustin Starr interview. “Too Cool 2” [Flex/Tim Grind] come out. Southern Tag Team Title Match: Starr/White retain beating White/Starr. Good match. Heat on Starr with hot tag to White. After the hot tag with the ref’s back turned, Grind tried to hit White with one of the title belts, but hit Flex. Starr pins Flex. After the bout Grind/Flex argue and it looks like they might be turning one of them, but you know how Memphis Wrestling is.
----When they came back from the last commercial break, Grind/Flex are still arguing. Maclin promises to see what is happening between these two next week. This was a very good way to end the show. Fans may tune in to see what happens next week.
RassleNotes: Nate said while talking to the crowd –“I will wet your lips and stick you to the wall.” to an African American guy. I know. Horrible….Dotson/Tatt2 would make a good babyface tag team… Nate’s wrestling attire is hilarious. It is a singlet with one strap and some work boots with brown socks. I have no idea how Lawler worked him without cracking up…Fine says, “it is 19..I mean 2006..” Yes, he said it was 2006. LOL DK cracks up…Dotson is really small and it was funny seeing DK running from him. DK should say the reason he ran from him is because he has a fear of midgets…Main event was best bout on the show. I don’t know their plans, but Flex would make a super babyface.
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----I will go on record in saying this was the best show I have attended since starting this site in May, 2006. The TLCW building is very small, but it packed 260+ fans – and they were loud and rowdy fans. This group has been promoting for the big show to end all the angles and in my opinion the payoff was last night. As usual though, there was some kind of backstage controversy as everyone with the company seem to be unhappy with the main event from those that thought it was just not bloody enough to others thinking that both guys looked off their game. Others were fussing about the actual finish, while others were just saying it did not live up to the hype. I personally enjoyed the match and my comments are below. All in all though, it will be hard to see any promotion in this area beat this kind of show from top to bottom.
----“The Golden Boy” Greg Anthony beat Simon Reed. Good opening match. Both guys looked ready and moves were smooth. ‘Lil Chris came out to cheer Reed on in the match. The crowd was so hot for “The Posse”. The match finished with Anthony hitting Reed with the skateboard and putting the “Goldi-Lock” on him for the submission. Reed was out, so ref Bill Rush called for the bell. [**1/2]
----Tatt2 beat Derrick King and Rockin’Randy in a Triple Threat to win the TLCW JR Title. Tatt2 was so over. Crowd was so hot when he came out. DK got a good reaction also, but I think Tatt2 was more over. This was a very good match. I am not fond of triple threats, because most turn into a clusterfuck. This one did not due to the fact that DK kept usually only two people at a time working. A very smart match. A lot of crazy spots. Randy has turned into a good worker. DK hit a superkick when Tatt2 springboarded from the top rope – looked awesome!! Tatt2 pinned DK to win and the crowd popped big. Randy attacked him after the bout and with them gone, Jethro came out and powerbombed DK leaving him laying. [***1/2]
----Brian Steele came out with Rick the Stick to do an angle with Buckwheat. Steele was singing and Buckwheat came out to tell him he sucked. Steele challenged him to a dancing contest that ended up with Steele hitting Buck with his guitar. Steele and Stick are both so smooth in their delivers. They got legit heat. Stick is just a big and obnoxious heel manager that the marks would love to see slapped and that is a good thing. Buckwheat is so small and looks like just someone out of the crowd.
----Matt Foley came out to do an interview and this was the worst part of the show for me. Foley seems to be over with the fans as a heel [not at the level you would expect though from as much as he as done here], but when it comes to actually brawling or punching, Foley is really “see-thru”. Tim Grind came out and got a good pop. Grind is over. They ended up brawling in and out of the ring. They were near the announcer’s desk, but near the crowd when I heard Grind call spots for Foley. Foley and Grind was sword fighting with chairs at one point that looked good. Overall the worst segment of the show though.
----Lil Chris beat Tim Alfonzo, Jawbreaker Jones, Crime, Motley Cruz, Dell Tucker, Seth Knight and Alex Krisis in an Elimination Hardcore bout to win the TLCW Hardcore Title. There really is no way to describe this bout. Too much going on. Tables, trashcans, thumb tacks, chairs, and a bunch of other stuff. Cruz was on putting everyone into the tacks with suplexs and drivers of all kinds. That was the highlight for me and the Canadian Destroyer that Crime took onto the tacks from Seth Knight to get eliminated. The finish seen Tasha Simone give Cruz some lighter fluid and just as it was going to light the table, “Black Out Squad” [Oz/Bishop] came running out slamming Cruz on the table. They then put more light fluid on the table and were going to light Cruz up, when out of the back 187 ran out to make the save. Chris pinned Krisis in the end with an elbow smash from the top rope with chairs on top of Krisis. Krisis beat up the ref and Chris after the bout and Reed made the save. [***1/2]
----“Picture Perfect” [Jon Michael/Christian Jacobs] retain the TLCW Tag Team Titles beat “Black Out Squad” [Oz/Bishop] in a Stretcher match. This was also a hard match to describe as the action was everywhere with all four guys wrestling at the same time. Rashard brought out some ether [which was fingernail polish and you could smell it] and used a towel on CJ to put him out. Michael then used it on Bishop putting him out. [First time I can remember the babys turning the tables on the heels with the ether] Two guys were out and the finish was set up. Oz set chairs up and put Michael on the top turnbuckle, but it ended up with Michael powerbombing him from the top rope onto the chairs. CJ woke up and him/Michael carried Oz outside the arena and won the match. Lots of stiff shots in this bout with chairs and CJ took a hard shot with a Playstation. CJ and Oz both did dives over the top rope to stop from their partners being carried out on a stretcher. Wild and crazy bout with the crowd heat up during the whole bout. After the match, PP got a super reaction milking the crowd for them to dance. [****]
----Bill Rush beat Rashard Devon in a ref vs manager bout. Not a big fan of this type of stuff, but neither guy made a fool of himself. Rush was always a good worker and only one spot looked bad and that is when Rashard sent Rush into the corner and Rush took forever to get there. Stip of the match was that the loser had to wear a dress, so Rashard was going to leave, but they made him come back to put on a red dress and a wig. This was really over with the crowd. [**]
----Stan Lee beat Flash Flanagan to win the TLCW Title. Match was slow building and not as good as I expected. Lee was off on a couple of spots including two Tajiri springboards from the ropes and also a german suplex spot. Flash just worked slow paced match with quick spots in it. Flash started heat when Lee missed a split leg moonsault. A lot of Flash fans in the crowd. Finish had Flash go into the crowd for a chair after a ref bump. As he was going to hit Lee, Dustin Starr ran out and had the book/tablet thing that Rashard carries out and wants to hit Lee with it. Lee moves and Starr hits Flash. Lee pins him for the win and title. Crowd popped big for the win. [***]
----Barbwire Loser Leave Town Match: Dustin Starr beats Chris O’Neal. The ring was wrapped in barbwire – outside the ropes. The security had to hold the barbwire up as the guys got in. Starr brought barbwire in the ring with him to use as a weapon. They did all the stall spots of going into the barbwire or using the barbwire. Finally O’Neal got color and see him blade like 3 times, but still not that much color. Flash Flanagan walked out with a kendo stick wrapped in barbwire. Starr thought he was going to give it him, but Flash handed it to O’Neal. Starr got color then. It looked real good at one point, but then the blood sweated off. Rashard came out to try to help Starr win. Finish had Starr pinning O’Neal with O’Neal foot on the rope with Rashard pushing the foot off with the ref not seeing it. Although both guys did not seem to click as much as I thought they would, I liked the bout. [***]
----Final figures look like 200 in paid attendance 18 giveaway tickets, 36 people in the building as helpers, security or family of workers. Also lots of kids. The building had at least 260 people in it. I was told that the concession stand sold out twice. There is no telling what the “gate” of the concessions was. I was told a $1,300 gate, but if there were only 200 paid then that is closer to a $1,200 gate and probably at least $300 in concession. Great turnout for TLCW…There was a couple that reads this web site that drove 5 hours to see the show – please e-mail me!!!...Jethro is a big man. He showed more charisma in doing that powerbomb on DK than he has shown during his whole time on Memphis Wrestling…I don’t know if it is the size or what, but Rick reminds me of Ronnie P Gossett. The only thing is that Gossett was a bit more feminine than Stick….Even though I blasted the Grind/Foley segment – it was no where bad like you see on other shows. I think it was just because everything else was so good….It felt like too many people in the hardcore match, but it was exciting. Lil Chris winning was more an upset than I thought – the ref counted wrong because Krisis was suppose to win the belt. Krisis apparently had words with the ref after the bout. I seen Alfonzo after this bout and it looked like he got hit by a truck. Tasha did something so subtle- it was just perfect last night. Cruz/Tasha are always pushed as the baddest hardcore people in this area. Even the announcers were putting that over. When Krisis came out carrying a table and running around the ring Tasha ran like she was terrified. What did that do?? It just got Krisis over that much more. Those things you can just not teach…My only bitch about the stretcher match would be no blood. But, they were told to save the blood for the main event…This show ended close to midnight. Almost 4 hours of stuff. That would be my only compliant for the show in general. I seen a lot of people getting up and I think it was because the show ran way too long. They had a giveaway before the main event that lasted way too long in the ring. Got to the Main and then do the giveaway. Lots of kids probably had curfews and had to go home…Bill Rush took a nasty bump into the barbwire that Starr brought into the ring. After the bout, it looked like a cat had jumped on his stomach…I was told by one of the workers that the main event was being laughed at by some in the back because I think most of them felt like it was not brutal enough, since they had been building so long for the match. I also was told that people were getting up and did not like the bout, but I am not sure of that. I am not making excuses, it is just the show was running so long, I think the fans had tired out…Finally, let me say that TLCW has the best damn announcing crew I have heard in a long time – not only in this area, but wrestling in general. Michael Ward and Dustin Hickenbottom do such a good job getting over the product and the moves. If I had a wrestling TV show, I would hire these guys to a long term contract.
----The show did not end until about 11:45 PM. We were unable to connect at the building and send results, but I am working on that for the next big show. Here are just who beat who. I will have a full arena report sometime tomorrow. I will have some pics from the Barbwire match and I also took some video clips of the big crowd during the Stretcher Match. For those wondering, yes it did live up to the hype. Great show!!!
----TGB beat Simon Reed; Tatt2 become the new TLCW Cruiserweight champ beating Derrick King/Rockin Randy; Brian Steele beat up Buckwheat; Tim Grind and Matt Foley brawled; Lil Chris won the Hardcore Title; PP beat BO Squad in a Stretcher match to retain their belts; Stan Lee beat Flash Flanagan for the TLCW belt and in the Main Event: Dustin Starr beats Chris O’Neal in a loser leave town barbwire match.