Friday, April 11, 2014

NWA vs. WWE Head to Head Part 1

Being a huge wrestling fan that I am something I always wanted to talk about is the NWA vs. WWE. Notice how I said NWA because in this blog, I want to talk about 4 specific moments during the hayday of the 1980s, which literally was NWA vs. WWE on the same day at the same time. This was way before the Monday Night War even began.



1) Thanksgiving Day 1987-At the time the NWA always promoted Starrcade on Thanksgiving Night. Starrcade was what Wrestlemania is today. Now, Wrestlemania has more padgetry and glitz and glamour than Starrcade ever did but for the NWA it was there event. Starrcade started in 1983 and featured Ric Flair defeating Harley Race in a cage match to become World Heavyweight Champion for the second time. There was a sell out in the Greensboro Coliseum and Starrcade was on its way. After, Starrcade 86 which was held in Greensboro and Atlanta, at the Omni, what would Starrcade 87 bring? Change and lots of it. First off, Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the Universal Wrestling Federation in April 1987. Crockett would use that promotion to promote the NWA. The thing is was that all those television stations plus having a studio in Dallas and Atlanta cost money. To this day people look at this as the end of the NWA for a few reasons. One, they moved the show from Greensboro/Atlanta to Chicago, alienating the loyal Greensboro/Atlanta fanbases. Second, fans wanted to see the hometown Road Warriors win the tag team titles but that didnt happen, with a finish known as the "dusty finish." http://prowrestling.wikia.com/wiki/Dusty_Finish Third, production wise it seemed like the WWE Survivor Series was a fastly polished product. Fourth, and this is an argument to this day as to why Ron Garvin was the World Heavyweight Champion. Those 4 factors really contributed as to why Starrcade got beat on that day. Not to mention that the Survivor Series and Starrcade would be on at the same time which meant cable companies had to choose which one to air. The WWE threatened to pull WrestleMania 4 from the cable companies unless they show the Survivor Series. To the cable companies, it was a no brainer as Survivor Series won out.  I will say selfishly that I'm kind of glad this happened because I have enjoyed the Survivor Series from the very first one. The Survivor Series with there elmination rules was just so fantastic to watch. Tag team elmination matches, 5 on 5 where you strive to survive, having team captains for each team. That was never done before. Fans flocked to the Survivor Series as the WWE sold out the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield Ohio. The show which had a women's survior series  match, a tag team  survivor series match plus 3, 5 on 5 matches is well received because of what it started. The Survivor Series would stay on Thanksgiving Night until 1991 where it moved to Thanksgiving Eve. That would last until 1995 where they would tradionally move to the Sunday before Thanksgiving where they have been ever since. Starrcade, on the other hand, moved away from Thanksgiving the following year to the day after Christmas. Starrcade was never on Thanksgiving again up until WWE bought out WCW/NWA in March 2001.

Its debatable as to who had the better show. Some people to this day liked Starrcade because the NWA wasn't as cartoony as the WWE was at the time.  I mean fans just were loyal to the NWA over WWE and you could tell that the NWA and WWE were two big but different companies.  As cliched as it might sound, I think the true winners were the fans. If your a hardcore wrestling fan like myself, back then and even now you could enjoy not one great PPV but two of them. I think thats a pretty good deal. Too bad, we wont have those days again anytime soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Ultimate Warrior Dying

Like many fans all over the world I was shocked and saddened to hear that the Ultimate Warrior passed away. It just seemed so shocking that a man that was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday and appear on Monday Night Raw on Monday would pass away on Tuesday. It seems like the Warrior made peace with everyone including Hulk Hogan and the McMahons. I actually did a double take when I saw on my local news Wednesday morning a crawl that said that he passed away. I actually did a double take for a minute. I didnt think it was true until the story was picked up on other news stations and outlets. I think its too early to speculate how he died but lets remember him for his memories as The Ultimate Warrior and most importantly as a husband and a father.


Its funny I dont remember Jim Hellwig when he teamed with Sting. I didnt get the UWF back then but I do remember him in WCCW as the Dingo Warrior. Believe or not, before he had "little warriors" he was a villian or a bad guy. Soon after he became a good guy feuding with I believe, Matt Borne and Buzz Sawyer. Soon after that, he went to the WWE. He caught on like wildfire and a moment to this day that I watch over and over again was when he beat the Honky Tonk Man at Summerslam 88 to win the Intercontinental Championship. From when his music hit, to the quick win and the crowd going crazy at Madison Square Garden, its one of my personal, favorite Ultimate Warrior moments.

Another one of my favorite Warrior moments is at the Royal Rumble 1990 when he faced off against Hulk Hogan. The crowd was going crazy and that was a huge matchup. Also the very fact that two babyfaces or "good  guys" facing off was unheard of back then. There encounter was brief but it did lead to WrestleMania 6 at the Skydome where Warrior beat Hogan for the WWE Championship. A couple of things came out of that match. First, it was the first time two babyfaces headlined WrestleMania against each other. It was always a good guy vs. a bad guy. Second, its one of the best WrestleMania matches of all time. Just a great match all the way around. Finally, Warrior winning meant that he was a double champion. He was the WWE Champion as well as the Intercontinental Champion. The image of Warrior holding both belts as fireworks shot off in the Skydome is an iconic WrestleMania moment.

His match the following year against the legendary "Macho Man"Randy Savage at WM 7 is fantastic as well. A career ending match, meaning who lost had to retire, Savage and Warrior put on a hell of a match including Warrior kicking out after 5 elbow drops from the Macho Man. Now, we all know Warrior then left the WWE in the summer of 1991 only to return at WM 8 in the main event. His music and him running down to the ring at WM 8 was another WrestleMania moment. As a closelined Papa Shango, you could feel the power of the warriors going crazy because he had come back.


Everytime, the Warrior came back, the fans WANTED him back. They would go crazy. I had the pleasure of being in Hartford, CT., the night of August 17, 1998, when he debuted on WCW Monday Nitro. Again, the fans WANTED him back as he got a huge ovation. Nobody can doubt his charmisa and appeal. I think he's one of the best characters in the history of sports entertainment and pro wrestling. To have people just go crazy for you night after night, year after year is outstanding.


Now, I have to admit, I didnt watch the Hall of Fame. I only saw snippets of what aired on USA Network and what I've read online. I did however watch Raw and saw his last interview.  I dont know if he knew it was over but again, the fans went crazy for him. Hey look, people are going to have opinions about him. But I'd rather remember him as The Ultimate Warrior and the guy who was accompied by his daughters onstage to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

To the friends and family of the Ultimate Warrior, my thoughts and condolences go out to you during this obviously tough time. To have a character like that and even better being a husband and a father makes your life, well, Ultimate. RIP.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Where have I been?




Very quickly,  I just want to say that I have had major computer problems since last July. I havent been able to frequent this blog because I just about have time to catch up on the stuff that I miss. I'm trying to get this situation rectified ASAP although its very hard. I'm trying to purchase a laptop or a chromebook or something. Even if I get my computer fixed, it will cost a couple of C notes. Let me go outside and get off the money tree. Even if that was possible, the tree is all full of snow. Only thing is that money doesnt grow on trees. I'm doing the best that I can and I will tell you first hand that this is frustrating as hell. Hopefully, my finanical situation will improve soon because we are in the process of selling our home, plus hopefully I will be able to get a job.




You know the thing is that I'm not afraid to work. Its just that theres nothing out there for me. When all this adds up: not having money, not having a computer, not having a job, not having a girlfriend or many close friends, it can be very hard and very upsetting. I would like to think that if I win the lottery soon than all this pain and BS would be worth it but I'm not holding my breath. I would like to know when this will all end for me because you get tired of doing the same damn thing over and over again.



Now as far as this blog goes, I hope to be updating soon with  some brand new stuff, so feel free to puruse the site. I'm trying to see if I could turn this freelancing of this website into a job of some sort. Thats why I have to and will keep posting so maybe I will get noticed. Check in soon for more updates.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What's a bargain?

Now, I know I should have been doing these blogs a little more but I haven't. It's my fault but I'm trying to do better. Even though the week is almost over, here is what I think are some bargains for both CVS and Walgreens.

Walgreens

Dorito's  or Lay's Potato Chips-9.5 to 11.5 oz.-$1.99
Dasani 24 pk. water-$2.99
Kraft Mac. & Cheese-12 or 14 oz.-$1.99
Celebrity Canned Ham-12 oz.-$2.29
Nice Aluminum Foil or Wax Paper- 0.89
Lipton Tea-22 or 100 pk.-26.5 oz.-$2.99
Oscar Mayer Wieners-16 oz.-Buy 1 at $2.99 get 1 free
Colgate Toothpaste-4.6 oz.-0.99
Kellogg's Cereal-8.7 to 13.7 oz.-$1.67


CVS

Scott Toilet Tissue-12-18 pk.-$7.77-limit 3
Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna-5 oz.-0.77
Theater Candy (except Mars)-0.99
Gatorade-32 oz.-$1.00
Ajax-14 oz.-0.89
Cheez It, Keebler Club, Nabisco Cookies etc.-3.8-7 oz.-0.99
Kleenex-Reg. 100ct., w) lotion 70ct. or upright 60ct.-0.99
Pepsi-2 liter or Kickstart 16 oz.-0.99 w) 0.25 off coupon


Now with both places you need to have your CVS ExtraCare Card and your Walgreens Card.
I was able to save some money at CVS because of a couple of things.

1) When you scan your card at the coupon center, you get 0.25 off of a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi/Sierra Mist/Mt. Dew or Kickstart 16 oz.

2) When I scanned my ExtraCare Cards I got $1.00 and $2.50 extrabucks which was good for me because I could use one of the extrabucks instead of actual cash.

3)In your Sunday paper, there was a big 20% off coupon from CVS. You could use that as well, which I did  but its not for sale items. That could be a pain because there are a lot of sale items but if you find something you like not on sale, you could use your 20% off coupon.

Now I used all three things at one visit so I saved a couple of bucks. Its not a lot but every little bit helps.

WWE.Com

I was browsing through the internet and as a lot of you know I love Pro Wrestling. I've loved it since I was a kid and one of the sites I can't stop going to is wwe.com.  Now, before, I really didn't go on wwe.com. I really didn't want to see recaps of Raw and Smackdown because I already would watch Raw and Smackdown. But over the last year or two, I can't stop going to wwe.com. They have some great articles and they have there greatest matches list which a lot of them are in full match form. If you haven't been able to go to wwe.com, I'd suggest you do so immediately. I don't want to sound like a shill but its that good. Here are some examples of what I'm talking about:

http://www.wwe.com/classics/10-most-monstrous-tag-teams
http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-backstage-beefs
http://www.wwe.com/classics/badass-wrestler-stories-26102385
http://www.wwe.com/classics/hulk-hogan-wcw-jump-26122926
http://www.wwe.com/classics/wcw/20-ridiculous-wcw-moments-you-may-have-missed
http://www.wwe.com/classics/the-most-absurd-champions-ever
http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/14-superstars-you-didnt-know-appeared-in-wwe
http://www.wwe.com/classics/ecw/17-obscure-ecw-superstars


These are just some of the articles you can read on wwe.com. There's a lot of good memories about my childhood based on those memories. I remember being an 12 yr. old kid and seeing the Hulk Hogan ticker tape parade on WCW Saturday Night. I remember watching the Road Warriors come out to "Iron Maiden" as they just beat the hell out of there opponents in NWA/WCW. And yes, believe or not, I had actually ordered the Great American Bash 1999 when Sting was apparently eaten by two dogs. Hey, I didn't say they were ALL good memories. The very fact that David Arquette became WCW champion and Judy Bagwell became one half of the tag team champions is proof of that.

The thing with these articles that I listed is that I don't remember articles like these on wwe.com 2 or 3 yrs. ago. Obviously, there was Raw and Smackdown recaps but they really have overhauled the site.

Also, one of the best features as well on wwe.com is the classic full length matches. If your a wrestling fan, especially an old school wrestling fan, then your in heaven because they have full length classic matches that you can watch. Some examples are:

http://www.wwe.com/videos/ricky-steamboat-vs-brian-pillman-lumberjack-match-wcw-saturday-night-february-20-26118229
http://www.wwe.com/videos/cm-punk-vs-jeff-hardy-world-heavyweight-championship-cage-match-smackdown-august-26053186
http://www.wwe.com/videos/the-undertaker-vs-mankind-hell-in-a-cell-match-king-of-the-ring-1998-full-length-26122780
http://www.wwe.com/videos/hulk-hogan-vs-ric-flair-madison-square-garden-december-29-1991-full-length-match-26081034
http://www.wwe.com/videos/lex-luger-and-ole-anderson-vs-ric-flair-and-tully-blanchard-tag-team-cage-match-26110544

Now, I'll admit you have to search a bit to find these matches but there worth it. Some of them that I linked are some of the great matches and feature some wwe hall of famers and soon to be wwe hall of famers. Its a great feature and pretty much have any match that you want.
WWE.com is "the" site to find information about the past, present and future. And like I said there classic matches feature is something that every wrestling fan should see. Whether its old school matches, or present matches or backstage articles you must check out wwe.com. Its  great for the true wrestling fan.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

On Demand Programming

To me, it seems like that the OnDemand service that is on Comcast/Xfinity is very weak in my book. I mean for as much money as you pay for the service, I'm just underwhelmed. Even if you have HBO, Encore, NFL Network, MLB Network, WWE Classics on Demand etc. the programming isnt all that great. If you dont follow the current crop of shows on the major networks, like myself, OnDemand is somewhat of a wasteland for me. But I decided to make some changes to the OnDemand service and want to know what you guys think. Ok, here we go.


WWE Classics on Demand

                    1. Not to sound like a shill but I think WWE Classics on Demand is the best channel thats offered. I think there programming is better than NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV etc. WWE shows the best in classic programming like Monday Night Raw, Monday Nitro, WCW Worldwide, older PPVs as well as the current ones. For a 8 dollars a month, well worth the price if you like wrestling like I do. Maybe the only thing I would change is that I would offer a little more free stuff that you dont have to pay for.  I would offer more programming that you have to pay for and some free programming.

What you'd pay for:

Legends, TV Classics, Hall of Fame, The Big Ones and Shorties
NWA WorldWide Wrestling  x 4 shows a month
Wrestling Challenge x 4 shows a month
World Champ.Wrestling x 4 shows a month
Mid South Wrestling x 4 shows a month
ECW x 4 shows a month
WWF Mania x 4 shows a month
Monday Night War x4 shows a month
Primetime Wrestling x 4 shows a month
WCW Thunder x 4 shows a month
WCW Saturday Night x 4 shows a month
WWF All Star Wrestling x 4 shows a month

I'd also have examples of old PPVs as well. Starrcade 86, The Big Event, Backlash, Great American Bash, Hostile City Showdown 1994, Saturday Night's Main Event.


What would be totally free

Worldwide Wrestling, Wrestling Challenge, Monday Night War, Primetime Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling. 2 shows for the whole month. Also, Starrcade 1986.


2.  One thing that I've complained about is the lack of classic tv. Now we do have Antenna TV and ME-TV but we do complain about those channels as well as they dont hit home runs all the time. Here's what I would do. I'd bring back Tube Time. Tube Time was a free service with free classic tv shows that was available on Xfinity/Comcast.  Here's the lineup that I would present:

What would be free

All in the Family, Who's the Boss, I Love Lucy, Beverly Hills 90210, Gilmore Girls, Facts of Life, One Day at a Time, ALF, Newhart, Growing Pains, Taxi, Leave it to Beaver. 6 shows each for the whole month.


3. One of the channels that I'm disappointed in is NFL Network. I think what they show on there Network is subpar but they have available OnDemand isnt that great. They really need to upgrade there programming. I mean for what you pay to have NFL Network and what they show isnt good. Here's what I would do:

What you'd have to pay for on NFL Network OnDemand

NFL Films, Hall of Fame, Super Bowl Highlights, Actual Games, America's Game, NFL Top  10, Super Bowls(Actual Games), Game of the Week, Classic NFL Drafts.

What would be free

NFL Films, Super Bowl Highlights, NFL Top 10


4. MLB Network would be another channel. I mean you should have programing OnDemand DURING the MLB Season. I think that would be common sense. I think MLB Network would have a lot to offer if they had an OnDemand channel

What you'd have to pay for on MLB Network OnDemand

Prime 9
MLB Network Countdown
Classic Games
Triumph and Tragedy
This Week in Baseball
20 Greatest Games

What would be free

This Week in Baseball
MLB Network Countdown
20 Greatest Games

So do you guys have any other suggestions? What would you change about your OnDemand service or do you like it the way it is?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Some of my favorite music

I'm not a big music guy. I couldnt tell you and MP3, I-Pad, I-phone etc. if my life depended on it. But I do like certain songs. I figured I would share them with you to see if you agree with me.



"Love is Strong"-The Rolling Stones
"California Love"-Dr. Dre/2Pac
"Empire State of Mind"-Jay Z/Alicia Keys
"Umbrella"-Rihanna
"Maneater"-Nelly Furtado
"22"-Taylor Swift
"We will never get back together"-Taylor Swift
"The Scientist"-Coldplay
"Goldigger"-Kanye West
"We Built this City"-American Starship
"Take on Me"-A-Ha
"Losing my Religion"-REM
"Hot and Cold"-Katy Perry
"Teenage Dream"-Katy Perry
"I Love It"-Icona Pop
"Calling All Angels"-Train
"Clocks"-Coldplay
"One More Thing"-Finger Eleven
"Poker Face"-Lady Gaga
"Bad Romance"-Lady Gaga
"Smells Like Team Spirit"-Nirvana


So these are just some of the songs that I like. I know what your thinking "Not a great list." Remember this is just a handful. So what do you think? Do you have any favorite songs?