2014 WWE Hall Of Fame Live Play By Play

2014 WWE Hall Of Fame

I can report that so far, the stream is excellent. I missed the red carpet stuff, so I’ll have to go back and watch it.

Here’s our live coverage of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame: Continue reading

Mick Foley’s Tales From Wrestling Past – Storytelling Excellence

GG & MickMick Foley has always been a great storyteller — both in a wrestling ring and in book form. Starting with his first autobiography, “Have A Nice Day”, the stories he told were so good that I always wondered what they would sound like if he read them aloud. On Thursday night at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, that wonder became reality.

As a longtime Mick Foley/Cactus Jack/Mankind fan (and hey, Dude Love has always been good with me), I had to check him out. The great Cactus Jim of this very website and my friend Tommy Walton came as well. Before the show, I spotted Dave Meltzer who came with former Bay Area WWF ring announcer Stu Ganz and they sat near us. I got Dave’s ear about what was going on in wrestling and MMA. If you are a wrestling or MMA fan and get a chance to talk shop with Dave Meltzer, like the Nike slogan says, “Just do it.” I always have a great time when I get a chance to talk to Dave and he’s always obliged, no matter how annoying us wrestling fans can be.

Before the show, Foley held a meet and greet. He mentioned later in the show that he usually does them after the show, but he had a red eye to catch. He had some old school Cactus Jack t-shirts for sale and some photos to sign, but I just took a picture with him as you can see above. Cactus Jim did the “Bang, bang” pose, but I wanted the later Foley pose which was the culmination of a dramatic promo that ended with a “Yeah~!” and a thumbs up.

I wouldn’t necessarily categorize Foley as a standup and I don’t think he would either. The marquee wouldn’t necessarily say, “Mick Foley comedy.” The guy who came on before him, Sal, is a standup. Sal told quick hitting jokes with definitive punchlines and he moved quickly. He told a very funny joke about Hulk Hogan’s sex tape that Foley said he would later steal for sure. Continue reading

Video – DDP Returns To Raw

The latest legend to return to Raw was DDP. They tried to throw us a curve with Doink the Clown, but soon, we saw the Diamond Cutter.

Chris Kanyon passes away

GG and I received the report late last night and have been sitting on it for a long time waiting for confirmation from one of the other major pro wrestling news sites.

I can sadly tell you that it is true. Chris Kanyon (real name Chris Klucsaritis), known as Kanyon, Mortis, and a few other alter egos, passed away due to what is believed to be a suicide late last evening in his New York apartment. It appears to be a suicide due to an overdose. He just turned 40 two months ago.

Kanyon worked in both the WWF and WCW. His biggest moments in the business were when he came out as the character Mortis, managed by Jim Mitchell in WCW in the late 90s when WCW tried to capitalize on the Mortal Kombat craze. Mortis was supposed to be a copy of Reptile from the video game; a reptilian ninja. Later on, Kanyon became a member of Raven’s Flock and the Jersey Triad stable with DDP and the late Bam Bam Bigelow. He created the infamous “Who better than Kanyon” catchphrase that would follow him his entire career. When WWF bought WCW in 2001, Kanyon had a brief stint there as US Champion and partner to DDP during the “stalker” angle. Kanyon was sent to OVW along with a number of WCW stars and was eventually brought back in 2003 for one or two TV appearances before being released.

We wish the best for the family of Chris Kanyon in this difficult time.