Saturday, December 20, 2008
I recently had the opportunity to work with The Midnight Express and get a whole new perspective on the team. It has made me think about one of the other teams that Stan Lane was also a part of The Fabulous Ones. I had heard of them but never really saw them except recently on some You Tube clips. It was a number of years ago when I got the call from Jim Cornette. He was looking for Stan Lane to come up to Louisville for a big show. It was a tribute to Louisville wrestling history. In talking to Jimmy it was determined that I was going to come up to the show and would work on it. The first thing that we came up with was a match against the local heel manager Kenny Bolin. I received a call from Jimmy later asking me that I be the referee for Kurt Angles match against Sylvester Terkay. I was disappointed because I was trying to transition out of refereeing into managing/wrestling. I went along with Jimmy. It was his show so I agreed.
I arrived in Louisville before Stan and was supposed to pick him up at the airport. When I arrived several OVW wrestlers were at the airport to pick up various guys and deliver them to the hotel. One of them was assigned to Stan who let him know that he already had a ride and off we went. As we left he told me "hey that kid they sent to pick me up is Bob Orton’s kid". How about that? Wh would have known then that a young Randy Orton go on to have the future he has had on that fateful day.
This was a loaded show the WWE loaning Kane and Kurt Angle to the event along with my buddy Mick Foley also being there. When we arrived I remember Mick thinking that Stan Lane was Scott Steiner. I recall Stan getting a big kick out of that, of course. Lane was always in top of the line condition. It was also my first time meeting Jackie Fargo who was brought in to the show to be in the corner of The Fabulous Ones. They were going to face a good young team one of those guys was Derrick King, his partner was Jason Lee. I do know it was a good match in front of an appreciative crowd.
I remember being approached by someone who seemed to know me. I had no clue that it was the guy I knew as Wolfie D until I saw the tattoo on his chest. I had used him on shows and was a big fan of his work. He was a good guy and it was good to see him again.
It eventually became time for me to referee my match. I remember telling Kurt Angle that I thought he was the best talent to come along in quite awhile. We went back and forth on the finish based on what they wanted to get across. It didn’t seem to me that the finish was getting the point across and building for their local OVW TV but of course I went along with it. When I was announced they had built up my resume to include shoot fighting referee experience. After the match when I was heading to the dressing room my buddy Mick Foley said "I didn’t know you had shoot fighting experience". I said "neither did I". He responded with an “Oh” and then he introduced me to his son Dewey who came along for the event.
At the end of the night the final match had Kane and The Damaja vs. D-Lo Brown and Rob Conway in a tag match with special referee Mick Foley. As the match was ending about thirty of us, in groups of three, were to hit the ring each of us going towards Mick Foley, Kane or The Damaja. I was glad to see I was lined up with Mick. I asked him to just hit me with a right hand I had no desire to experience Mr. Socko at the time. It all went well as we were falling like bowling pins to right hands and choke slams.
When the show was over I headed out on the town with Stan and Steve Keirn. Nothing big, just hanging out at whatever the local place was. We had a good time and when it was time to go I walked out with Steve and then it happened. A group of guys recognized Steve and went crazy. They could not believe that they were in the presence of one half of the Fabulous Ones. I hadn’t really been around such an exhibition before. I could tell Steve was almost embarrassed. He just looked at me and said "We were pretty over here Sal". I just laughed. We got in the car headed back to the hotel. It was clear to me that the big house that Jerry Jarrett lives in had to be at least partially built by The Fabulous Ones. It always takes two to make a good dance team. I have heard nothing but good things about Jerry Jarrett’s ability to promote. I am sure there is a reason why the WWE brought him in when Vince had his issues and there was concern he wouldn’t be around. He had the vision and, as I have heard Stan say before, "you guys work out the finer points and I will execute."
I want to send out a birthday wish to former NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Gorgeous Gary Royal who turned fifty one today Dec 20th 2008. I hear that he is telling people that fifty one is the new thirty one. There is no doubt if that bell sounded today he would be out there like he just went an hour broadway yesterday. He doesn’t really know any other way.
The picture with this article is of Stan and his lovely wife Maria along with Sal Toscano. Sal is a friend of mine and Stan’s that I met years ago in Concord, NC. He also represent s me and Stan and some other friends and family on insurance and financial issues. He came out to the big show in Charlotte so I grabbed this picture before Stan and Maria headed back home.
This has been a piece of my mind
Memphis Wrestling 12-06-08
Final Rating: 0.5 ( 8,103 viewers ) 1 share
-Mr Hughes interview
-Ramsey Cahill vs Hughes
-Rock N Roll Express interview
0.2 ( 3241 )
-Nightmares vs R&R Express
-TK2 vs Koko/Dundee
0.4 ( 6,482 ) [+ 3241 viewers]
-Brian C interview
-Brian C vs Kevin White
0.7 ( 11,344 ) [+ 4862 viewers]
-Lawler vs Kamala
-“Memphis Memories” video
0.8 ( 12,964 ) [+ 1620 viewers]
----Nightmares double their viewing crowd in their quarter. Corey Maclin mentioned Danny Davis and OVW after the bout, but didn’t mention Ken Wayne, who has a school in his backyard. Who was the BeeKeeper here?? Wasn’t Buddy Wayne doing this gimmick one time??...White/Brian C gets almost a 5,000 increase. White actually holds the record in for the site in being in the highest rated segment of all time [RRO History] with Bill Dundee…Lawler vs Kamala holds their own and doesn’t drop any viewers… Good for the way the quarters increased each time…This was a fairly good show.
Memphis Wrestling 12-13-08
Final Rating: 0.6 ( 9,723 viewers ) 1 share
-DK vs Chris Rocker
-Tommy Rich vs Keith Roberson [start]
0.7 ( 11,344 )
-Rich vs Roberson [finish]
-Don Bass-Dirty Rhodes-Larry Wright beat up Rich
-Rich bleeds buckets
-Dirty Rhodes interview –Rich/Lawler come out
-Doug Gilbert/Brian C vs Moondogs [start]
0.7 ( 11,344 )
-Doug Gilbert/Brian C vs Moondogs [finish]
-Lawler vs Sid Vicious [start]
0.7 ( 11,344 )
-Lawler vs Sid [finish]
0.2 ( 3,241 ) [-8103 viewers]
----Good solid bout with Rocker/DK…Do you remember Torch?? I forgot all about him as they had Fire/Flame/Torch. They were unmasked as Bass/Rhodes/Wright. Don’t remember much about Wright [who I think was Torch; right??]. Rhodes was a damn good talker and a hell of a worker. Rich bled buckets here. Jobber Roberson worked this area [TIWF] earlier this year as Vic McNasty. [pic above]…Original aired matches from 11.08.08 Nashville show – “Lawler 35”. Not a fan of modern day Moondogs, but that bout was all over the place with all four guys working hard. Brian C even juiced...Lawler vs Sid was a slow match taking up TV time. And, the fans turned it off, just like I fast forwarded it. The show stayed the same for 3 quarters, but after the start of the Lawler/Sid match, viewers turned their TV off and went to bed.
Memphis Wrestling Poll Results 12.06 and 12.13.08
Thumbs Up – 58%
Thumbs Down – 42%
----Both shows had the same exact numbers in the poll. I would have to give both shows a “Thumbs Up” also for what they are airing. If you just go by the contest of the last two shows at least it was a bit entertaining. I enjoyed them and they did put up some new stuff on last week’s show. It is so sad though that we had to settle with this kind of programming and numbers. The highest quarters did not even feature over 12,000 fans watching the show.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Over The Top Battle Royal For #1 Contender
Some of the super stars in this Silent Mark, Cody Murdock, Scott Fury, Dre Regulator, Acid Cali, Even The Returning Gravedigger And Many more
Oasis VS Lord Humongous
8 Man Survivor Series TAg Match
LSD(Cody Only & Idol Bane),Ray Ray, and New Heavyweight Champ Chuck Fears
Austin Lane,Demon X,Casino Kid & Tommy Wayne
Mighty Midgets Lil Devil And Kid J VS Nacho Libres
Brian Christopher Vs Morgan Williams
Jerry Lawler VS X- Kailiber
Note: The ratings for RAW is listed as 2 separate hours. I will round off, to the highest number, the averages of all 2 hours for the final rating.
If you have any questions or comments just email me at: email@example.com.
Thanks and enjoy!!!
TNA Impact ( Thursday ) 12-11-08
Final Rating: 1.5 ( 24,308 viewers ) 2 share
1st hour: 1.5 ( 24,308 viewers )
1.8 ( 29,169 )
1.5 ( 24,308 )
1.2 ( 19,446 )
2nd hour: 1.6 ( 25,928 viewers )
1.4 ( 22,687 )
1.6 ( 25,928 )
1.1 ( 17,826 )
WWE Friday Night Smackdown 12-12-08
Final Rating: 3.0 ( 48,615 viewers ) 5 share
1st hour: 2.7 ( 43,754 viewers )
3.3 ( 53,477 )
2.7 ( 43,754 )
2.5 ( 40,513 )
2nd hour: 3.2 ( 51,856 viewers )
3.0 ( 48,615 )
3.2 ( 51,856 )
3.7 ( 59,959 )
Memphis Wrestling 12-13-08
Final Rating: 0.6 ( 9,723 viewers ) 1 share
Quarter hours: 0.7 ( 11,344 )
0.7 ( 11,344 )
0.7 ( 11,344 )
0.2 ( 3,241 )
TNA Impact Replay @ 8 a.m. 12-13-08
Final Rating: No show was aired.
WWE A.M. 12-14-08
Final Rating: 1.3 ( 21,067 viewers ) 3 share
WWE RAW 12-15-08
Final Rating: 4.1 ( 66,441 viewers ) 5 share
1st hour: 4.0 ( 64,820 viewers ) 5 share
Quarter hours: 3.9 ( 63,200 viewers )
3.9 ( 63,200 )
4.2 ( 68,061 )
4.2 ( 68,061 )
2nd hour: 4.2 ( 68,061 viewers ) 5 share
Quarter hours: 4.3 ( 69,682 viewers )
4.2 ( 68,061 )
3.9 ( 63,200 )
4.2 ( 68,061 )
Overrun: 1.8 ( 29,169 viewers )
Thursday, December 18, 2008
----Not sure the complete story on this one either, but Starr blogs CLICK HERE about Fury getting his teeth knocked out here. Not sure what happened in the dressing room, but this goes back to the old saying, "shit happens" when it comes to wrestling. If it was accidental [and it was], then all Wayne can do is apologize. The match should have been stopped by the ref as soon as the blood was visible. If NEW wants a style that is more realistic, then this should have been the finish. This would have been the end of any match in any other real sport.
----Renegade Pro Wrestling will having "Season Beatings" with their 2cnd Annual "toy 4 Tots Drive". RPW Arena in Metropolis, IL with bell time at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $7 and if you bring an unwrapped gift you will get $1 off at the door. Appearing will be Bill Dundee, Santa Claus, Tojo Yamamoto Jr, Diabla, Pretty Boy, Danny Ice, Mr. Kryponite, Fallen Destiny, Brooklyn Bull, D4H, Mickie Taylor, Mike Michaels, Kilo, Auburn Thunder, Brian The GM, BBB and many more.
Southern Extreme Wrestling will be having live TV tapings this
Saturday at the Greater Hope Church Gym, located on 2963 Spottswood,
just 5 minutes from the Mid-South Coliseum. (see attached map)
Fans of all ages are invited for this TV taping, and admission is
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
However, he could possibly be in the area the evening prior on Friday, Dec. 26th. If you are a local promoter and will be running that night, and you may possibly be interested in booking Ricky, please drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be glad to put you in touch with him and maybe something can be worked out.
We’re flashing back 31 years ago.
Dec 18, 1977
The main event featured Jerry Lawler against NWA World champ, Harley Race. The previous week the King went to a 1 hour draw with the World champion. For this rematch, the time limit was extended to 90 minutes and the “No DQ” rule was added.
The match went back and forth when Jerry’s nemesis, Jimmy Valiant came out. Handsome Jimmy then preceded to bust a glass coke bottle over Jerry’s head, then stabing Lawler in the shoulder with the jagged edge of the broken bottle. The angle was helped when Harley Race pushed Valiant away from Lawler. Lawler was in no shape to continue and with the “No DQ” rule in effect, the referee awarded the match to Race.
The fans went crazy and Valiant barely got out of the Coliseum that night. To show how over wrestling was in Memphis, the police were called and met and questioned Lawler at the hospital about the “assault”, (the King was at the hospital getting stitches for his wounds.)
Other matches included… Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson successfully defending their Southern tag titles against Norvell Austin and Robert Gibson… Mr Wrestling defeated Tommy Gilbert… Bill Dundee and Big Red won by dq over Gorgeous George jr and the Mongolian Stomper… Soony King, Frankie Lane and David Schultz won over The Samoans and Ken Dillinger.
Newspaper Clippings” Vol 1 and "Vol 2: The Programs 1972 - 1976" James also is the webmaster to the BEST Memphis Wrestling site in the area – memphiswrestlinghistory.com - Click on his site and order his books!!
----Here are the five most important awards. They are always the hardest to pick and they usually have a lot more people voting for them. I have changed the “Best Damn” to MVP this year. The decision to change this is primarily due to the fact that the Yearbook and Awards are being seen by more people this year. I went with “Damn” to seem “edgy”, but as the years have gone by – I feel it might be a better fit as MVP. The meaning of these awards will not change.
----I also want to make note that the first four awards here is what RRO will use to post the Top 10 Singles/Tag Teams in Yearbook 2008. The six nominees get the first 6 places in the Top 10 followed by others that got the most nominees. If you do not nominate in all the awards, could you please take the time to nominate in these categories. Also, please do not nominate YOURSELF. Anyone that does that – your vote does not count!!
----Wrestler –This award has to do with drawing power, influence, visibility and just overall a good wrestler. You don’t have to be the best worker in the area, but it does help. This is probably the hardest category this year, because not one person sticks out above everyone else. Two-Time Winner Derrick King has to be considered maybe as just default, but he has been on a few big cards and is very influential in this area. Kevin White has gone forward to try to keep the tradition of Memphis Wrestling alive. When Corey Maclin shut down Memphis Wrestling and Bill Dundee joined the circus, White continued to try to give fans good quality wrestling. The guy that might seem like a “dark horse” to some people and some people might consider it BS – Austin Lane. Take a moment to think. What one guy was probably seen by more people this year than anyone?? Week after week ASWF had great crowds and Lane was seen on the big stage in front of some good crowds. Those are my three picks – Lane, White and DK.
----MVP Performer – This award is based on pure workrate. The winner last year Stan Lee is also in the running this year. He had a stellar performance at the UWL PPV and just an overall great performer. The guy that probably gets my nod over Lee would be Greg Anthony. Anthony always gives 110% every time he goes out. His matches with Flash Flanagan this year have been bragged about from everyone that watched them. Third place is just a bunch of names that put on good bouts and could fall into one of the top places also – Austin Lane, Chris Rocker, Motley Cruz, Flash, DK, Eric Wayne, Reno Diamond and Alan Steele are some that come to mind.
----Tag Team of The Year – Last year’s winner “The Posse” [Simon Reed/Lil Chris] has continued to work this year in one form or another, but not as much. The #1 team in the Ranking last year – “Too Kool 2” [Tim Grind/Flex] should not even be considered this year. The tag team award [based on drawing power, influence, visibility] is a throw up between two teams this year. “Asylum” [Pappy/Arnez/Psycho] and “Black Label Society” [AJ Bradley/Robbie Douglas/Void]. I would give the nod to “Asylum” for doing so many dates and maybe BLS because they have been in higher profile matches. AJ Bradley is also the best worker of the six, so it might get them the win. Others teams consider – “Parental Advisory” [Scott Porteau/Tony Dabbs], “SOBs” [Kilo/Mark Justice], “Pain Inc” [Izzy Rotten/Brett Michaels],“Sons of the South” [Chris Styles/Josh Matthews], “Missouri Bad Boys” [Mark Southern/Missouri Renegade], Anton LeVeigh/Brandon Barbwire and Lawman Williams/Tank Turner.
----MVP Tag Team of The Year – Who is the pure working team in this area?? This is going to be a hard one this year also with not as many people staying teams, so I will throw out a bunch of names here. “Hot Topic” [Derrick King/Stan Lee], Eric Wayne/Kid Nikels, “Naughty by Nature” [Pokerface/Rude] [2007 winner], “Black Label Society” [Void/AJ Bradley/Robbie Douglas], “Parental Advisory” [Scott Porteau/Tony Dabbs] and “SOBs” [Mark Justice/Kilo]. My top two here would be “Hot Topic” and “Parental Advisory”.
----Rookie of The Year – There is a very good rookie class this year. I have to mention that Kid Nikels and Eric Wayne were both eligible last year. They are not eligible this year. This award goes to someone that worked at least 26 dates in their first year of wrestling. Three guys that stand out here to me are Cody Melton, Robbie Douglas and Greg King Jr. Melton and Douglas both have worked in both 2007 and 2008. It might hurt Douglas because he has not worked as many dates as Melton. Melton is probably the front runner here, but anyone that has seen King in the later part of the year at NEW has been impressed. Matt Justyce and Mike Anthony should also be considered here.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Mike Cooper and Moe Jenkins beat Bobo Brown and Kole Layton King
King,Brown, Dookie and Cooper all came out together after first match. All but Coop complained about the refs and what happened to them on Thanksgiving Night. When it came Coopers time to talk he told them to grow up and just admit they lost which lead to big argument and Jenkins came out and the match was made. Jenkins got the pin on Brown when he tried to use a chain and Coop grabbed his handed and allowed Jenkins to get a school boy.
TV Champion Nick Hammonds pinned Ryan Dookie w/Kole L King
This was the 3rd meeting between these two since Sept and it gets better every time. Dookie got the pin with his feet on the ropes but MIsty James came out and told the ref the match was restarted and Nick hit the dimond cutter for the 3 count.
After the match Dookie said he was going to get Misty and Rebecca no matter what it took. This is twice they have embressed him.
Rebecca Lynn and Misty James beat Sarah Lynn and Ashlee Hope
Misty and Rebecca are super over in Kingsport. They people love them. Rebecaa got the pin on Sarah following a knee lift from Misty and a elbow by Rebecca. After the match Dookie, Jamesy Gibson , and Kole Layton King ran in and started pushing Misty and Rebecca around until Sarah Lynn joined in and helped Misty and Rebecca kick all three men far below the Mason Dixon line
Tony Givens and Wayne Adkins beat "King of Kingsport" Beau James and AWA Champion Brian Logan by disqualification
Wayne and Tony started off with a lot of fast action and quick tags. Beau used his whip handle to slow down Adkins and the Beating was on. James and Logan double team Wayne for a while until he was able to tag in Givens. All four men in the ring with Givens and Adkins having the upper hand. James stopped Givens as Wayne rolled up Logan. James grabbed Adkins and tossed him over the top rope for the DQ. James and Logan then hung Givens with the whip. Nick Hammonds tried to make a save but was blind sided by Chase Owens. Owens joined in and they beat on the members of G1 until Moe Jenkins hit the ring like a wild man and cleaned house.
Notes - 59 paid about 70 range in the building...We new it would be down this close to Christmas....This was first time James and Logan have teamed since 2001.
Derrick King beat Rockin Randy.
Ty Hamilton beat The Fire.
Agent Corbin beat Albino Rhino
Patrick Smith def. Agent K-Hill
Lani Kialoha def. Bill Dundee
Doug & Michael Gilbert beat Kevin White & Cody Melton.
They had some great sponsors for this show, The Jaycee's sold out on concessions...Patrick Smith was a 2002 grad of Kevins school, he had worked in Nashville and on some of our shows but got away from the business for a few years and started training again a few months back... ...Bill Dundee took control of the locker room and things ran smooth as silk...Attendance was standing room only. They put our all the chairs they had - 238 - a lot of folks had to stand...They also gave out around 200 toys.
Monday, December 15, 2008
"Austin is a tremendous talent and we are proud to have someone of his caliber working with us. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Austin as we venture into TV and working house shows in the state of Arkansas as well as Mississippi" Martin said.
----RWA ran a show this past Friday night in Mcgehee Arkansas and is planning to run in Greenville Ms as well as Monticello Ar, Pine Bluff Ar, and Marianna Ar.
Cassanova Kid defeated Tysin Starr w/Dustin Burcham by DQ when PHAT Foundation interfered. Nick Grimes & David Andrews in to make the save.
PHAT Foundation (Justin Rhodes & Chris Fontaine) w/Paul Rhodes vs. Down To Party ("Prime Time" Nick Grimes & David Andrews) ended in a no contest when Tysin Starr & Cassanova Kid interfered.
24/7 (Kross & JR Mauler) defeated Dagger & Kilo Green.
The Ghost Riders (Buzz Harley & Blade) defeated "Super Freak" Danny Morris & "Dangerous" David Cox w/Dustin Burcham.
Pain, Inc. (Izzy Rotten & Brett Michaels) w/Nathan Lee cheated their way to victory over Bonecrusher & Soultaker. After the match, the members of Pain, Inc were suspended by EPW Promoter Edith Poole for the rest of the year because of their actions.
Next week's EPW card will include PHAT Foundation & Tysin Starr vs. Down To Party & Cassanova Kid.
Crowd was about 80.
Credit: "Axeman" Randall Lewis @ www.wrestlingnewscenter.com
Damien Payne b Mexican Dragon
Saint b JD Fluffy
Psycho Medic b Kevin Dunn by DQ when Chris Norte attacked Medic
Michael Jablonski & Anthony Wayne b Chris Norte & Kevin Dunn when Jablonski pinned Dunn
Steven Green b Damien Payne
Credit: Jimmie Daniel
Curly Moe won the TFW Lightweight Tournament over Josh Matthews, Chris Styles, DJ Stunner, & Suicide to become new Lightweight Champion.
PHAT Foundation (Justin Rhodes & Chris Fontaine) defeated "Southern Thunder" Chris Kilgore & "Spectacular" Shawn Reed.
Curly Moe defeated LSD.
Mason defeated "Bad Attitude" Tony Dabbs.
Chop Top the Clown retained his TFW Championship by defeating Izzy Rotten.
Syn & DJ Stunner won the TFW Tag Team Championship by defeating Sons of the South (Josh Matthews & Chris Styles). After the match there was a confrontation between Josh & Chris, which ended with Josh slapping Chris and leaving the ring.
Crowd was about 100.
Credit: "Axemman" Randall Lewis @ www.wrestlingnewscenter.com