Sunday, June 16, 2019

Roller Derby: AFA Infernos live report June 15, 2019


Kate, Wesley, and I made the short drive to Auburn for the Androscoggin Fallen Angels home opening bout of the season as The Inferno took on the Hurt of the Commonwealth from the Worcester Roller Derby League of out Massachusetts.

I'm not privy to insider information but it appears as though the AFA has shifted their home venue from the Lewiston Armory to the Norway Savings Bank Area in Auburn.  I love the Armory, it's a fantastic building but this is a great venue.

Located next to the Auburn Mall behind Shaws it has two ice rinks inside it.  The second floor has a concession stand called the Upper Level Pizza & Grill with a full menu of food and snacks and the prices are very reasonable compared to other venues.  They also have some video games and air hockey plus the old school hockey games.  More importantly though they had a pinball machine, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and I played a couple games.



Another cool thing about the venue is that if you can't go to the bout you can live stream it, or anything they have going on, on LiveBarn.com just search for the venue.  I'm not sure if it's just a hard camera on the ice, but it's a cool feature.



The bout today was excellent!  Very hard hitting and competitive play between both teams.  Queen Bootycca was on fire today as the jammer.  Many times you'd see her tip toeing around the blockers right on the line to get passed them to score.  It earned her to top jammer honor for the game for her team.  Hoots got the top blocker honor and others that stood out included Taco Badger and Slim Katie.
 


Standouts for Worcester included Pocket Rocket, the top jammer, and Alysin Wonderslam who were jammers for the team and Nancy Drew Blood was voted the top blocker of the game.  There were a lot of other great players, I'm just not familiar with them all.


I'm not doing the ladies justice with my memory of the bout, as there was a lot of hard hits and some great game play.  The top blocker and jammer awards are voted on by the opposing team, so Infernos voted for Commonwealth and vice versa.


At the end of the first half the game was quite close, but in the second half the Inferno's really turned up the heat and took a strong lead the just kept climbing until the final jam.  The Inferno won their home opener with a score of 141 to 104.


I can't stress this enough as to how much fun it is to go and watch this live.  This is out 4th bout and the more you watch the more you pick up on the little things that go one out there on the floor.  They had a good crowd in the building tonight and they got loud whenever the Inferno took command.


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The Infernos next bout is at home on July 20th with no announced opponent

Worcester's next bout is June 23rd as their team the Triple Deck-Hers travel to Hoosick Falls, New York to play the Soutshire Roller Derby.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hulk Hogan's Rare WCW TV Matches

Back in 2017 I wrote about Hulk Hogan's Rare TV Matches in the WWF that he had on their syndicated programming.  At that time I didn't think much about his matches in WCW because I saw him on Nitro and Thunder frequently.  Recently though, I've been thinking about that time he spent in WCW before the advent of Monday Nitro.

Hulk Hogan joined WCW in 1994 and debuted on PPV defeating Ric Flair for the WCW World Championship at Bash at the Beach.  This list is going to look at the matches that Hogan had on WCW's weekend programming.  I will be excluding matches had on PPV, Clash of the Champions, Nitro & Thunder.  Let's take a look!


March 16, 1996 Dalton, GA
The Barbarian & The Shark with Jimmy Hart defeated Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage by disqualification


October 9, 1994 Atlanta, GA
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Dave Sullivan defeated Ric Flair & Masked Man (Bunkhouse Buck) with Sensuous Sherri a second masked man interfered and Ed Leslie made the save

August 6, 1995 Daytona Beach, FL
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan with Jimmy Hart defeated Kamala with Kevin Sullivan by disqualification after Zodiac & Shark interfered, Sting and Randy Savage made the save.  Michael Buffer did the ring introductions


All matches took place at Disney/MGM Studios Orlando, FL

November 12, 1994 
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Sting with Jimmy Hart defeated The Bruise Brothers: Ron & Don in 23 seconds with the leg drop and Scorpion Deathlock

taped February 5, 1995
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage defeated defeated Pretty Wonderful: Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma

February 25, 1995
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage defeated Avalanche & The Butcher

May 13, 1995
WCW World Champion: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage defeated Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater

May 20, 1995
Los Dos Amigos fought Ric Flair & Vader with Arn Anderson to a no contest after Renegade and Jimmy Hart interfered, Amigos unmasked revealing themselves to be Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage


I don't remember this happening and I find this so hilarious that I can't believe this hasn't been brought up over the years or isn't in the Hidden Gems section on the WWE Network.  You can find the match on YouTube and I suggest you go watch it.


March 23, 1996
Hulk Hogan pinned Shark at 2:44 after hitting him with a chair twice


Hulk wrestled 9 matches on three of WCW's weekend shows during his six years with the promotion.  All tag matches except for two.  What is but isn't surprising to me is that WCW's flagship show for years going back into the NWA & Jim Crockett Promotion days was Saturday Night.  He appeared on many episodes but only wrestled one match. 

WCW Worldwide, arguably the lowest tiered of the weekend shows was where he wrestled the most matches at six, but these were taped in Florida where Hogan lived.  Hulk Hogan managed to accomplish what many others wished they could.  He reached a level of stardom where he only needed to wrestle a few times a month and make millions of dollars doing so.  Good for him!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

My Wrestling Viewing Habits

I'm going to be 40 years old this month, it's something that is bothering me tremendously even though it shouldn't.  The point being is that a fans availability to watch wrestling has changed tremendously throughout the years.  Before we were subject to what was on our local television and later cable television and now we can stream live shows around the world!


I have been watching wresting on Monday Nights for over thirty years.  It began with Prime Time Wrestling and then Monday Night Raw.  For a few years Raw and WCW Monday Nitro fought for me attention, but I was still watching every Monday night.  After WWE won the war they were free and clear until 2010 and TNA's ill fated attempt at the Monday Night wars.  Raw has been unopposed for nearly a decade.

What used to be a way of life for me has become an after thought.  I haven't watched live Monday night wrestling regularly for a few years now.  I read the results and keep up on the story lines and if I hear about a good match I watch it on Hulu.  Sadly I don't feel like I'm missing out at all.

Here is what I watch for professional wrestling:


World Wrestling Entertainment

I rarely watch the Raw & Smackdown live shows weekly, typically if I am at work I will fire them up on the USA Network app on my tablet as it has a live TV option and I watch it while I'm working.  I like SmackDown better than Raw.  I no longer have cable so until Smackdown is on Fox this October I don't have the option of watching it live at home.  I read the results for the shows and keep up with storylines and watch matches that sound interesting on Hulu the next day.

I do have the WWE Network and I do watch all the Pay Per Views and live network specials.  I don't watch 205 Live every week but I do watch NXT and NXT UK every week without fail.  As well as all the Takeover specials.  My friends and I talk about this after every Takeover and I know many other people agree with us.  NXT is a weekly one hour show that has 2.5 or more months to build five solid matches between PPV's very similar to how it was watching wrestling when I was a kid.

I love the WWE Network because I love watching all the classic and original content.  I've had a subscription since the day they launched.  As much as I love wrestling I really do enjoy watching more than just the matches.  This week alone we got two new specials one about Triple H leading up to WrestleMania and the second about Ronda Rousey and her first year in the promotion.  I don't care if you are not a fan of the current product or not the WWE Network is an amazing resource for classic wrestling.



New Japan Pro Wrestling


I have been a subscriber to New Japan World starting a few months after they launched.  Currently this is my favorite wrestling promotion in the world to watch.  Since the launch of New Japan World the number of English commentary dates have grown to the point that all seventeen shows in the Best of the Super Juniors this year featured live English commentary.  Kevin Kelly has become my favorite guy to call the action and he does it with multiple partners, Chris Charlton being the most regular one.

I just love the style and formatting of the shows.  Tag team matches where rivals get their hands on each other but the finish doesn't involve them it just continues the story.  The team that the world champion is on doesn't always win.  Singles matches mean something.  I watch all the shows, even th ones that don't have English commentary because the wrestling is that good.


AAA

Lucha Libra AAA has a twitch Channel as well as uploading shows on YouTube.  They too have expanded their English Commentary on Twitch as along as you watch it live.  I try to catch the shows when I can and if you are familiar with AAA you know that have a uniquely different style and are not afraid to spill some blood on the canvas.  It doesn't hurt that AAA is where Faby Apache hangs her hat and I've been a fan of hers for years.

YouTube

YouTube has made it so I can follow multiple promotions from around the world by either watching full shows or clips.  I've started watching MLW weekly on YouTube and I'm really enjoying it.  I'm excited that they signed the Von Erichs and looking forward to see if they can bring it like their dad and uncles did.

NWA, Being the Elite, AEW, and other wrestlers vlogs provide behind the scenes look at both upcoming or previous wrestling shows.  Kenny Johnson makes some of the best wrestling documentaries out there today posting them on his channel.

Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

These social media platforms are overflowing with gifs and video clips from wrestling old and new from around the world.  It's tremendous!

Ring of Honor / Impact

Ring of Honor has fallen so far down for me ever since the mass exodus of the Bucks, Page, Cody, & SCU.  They've has some good moments as a whole it's just not great for me.  Impact on the other hand has been getting better and better ever since D'Amore & Callis took over running the shows.  They are producing some solid wrestling.


Progress / Highspots Network

I love Progress wrestling, they put on some great shows and Jim Smallman is a fantastic ring announcer / ambassador for them.  I follow Progress and every few months I will subscribe for a month and catch up on the shows.  Same with Highspots every few months I will subscribe for a month and catch up, usually when CZW has a big show.  

On the audio side of things I listen to a lot of podcasts about wrestling including: Art of Wrestling, Something to Wrestle, 83 Weeks, Talk is Jericho, NJPW English Podcast, Limitless Wrestling, and more.  Some of these I listen to all the episodes and others selected ones. 

This thing is for me consuming this much wrestling is not something that I have to work at, it's something that I enjoy.  And even though how I watch wrestling and what I watch has changed tremendously over the years what hasn't changed is my love for professional wrestling. 

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