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

The Raw Rerun – No CM Punk

No CM Punk

It was rumored just about everywhere that CM Punk would make his return to WWE tonight and that didn’t happen. Some good things did, but the show ended the way that it’s ended way too often, even though the angle was hot as hell. 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

Rest In Peace Paul Bearer

Photo via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bearer

Photo via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bearer

WWE.com just reported the following:

WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer. Moody made his WWE debut in 1991 as the manager of The Undertaker and went on to become a memorable part of WWE over the course of the next 20 years.

Our deepest condolences go out to Moody’s family, friends and fans.

Bill Moody famously played Paul Bearer, the manager of the Undertaker and father of Kane. He started managing in the late 70s as Percy Pringle, but his most famous run was as Paul Bearer, a play on the word pallbearer since he worked in the funeral industry.

According to Wikipedia, Moody lost his wife Dianna in 2009. He had gastric bypass several years ago, but there’s no word on what caused his death. He was 58 years old.

Video – Undertaker vs. Undertaker – THE ENTIRE STORYLINE from 1994

YES SIR! One of the wackiest storylines the WWF did in the 90s and a lot of “hardcore” wrestling snobs hated it at the time (just read the old Observers) because it was too much fantasy. Whatever, I was 10 and I loved it and now at 28 I love it. Why? It actually had a logical start, middle, and ending (even though we never really figured out where Ted Dibiase’s Undertaker actually came from), it was well thought out, Vince didn’t change his mind about it every freakin week, AND it had actual celebrity involvement that was fun and well done. This includes all of the big promos building up the match and the angle. Soooo much fun.

Yeah the final match blew chunks, but who cares? This was fun 1994 WWF.

WWE Legends Of Wrestlemania Roster

I have a feeling my kids are going to want this game badly, even if they’re too young to have watched many of these guys wrestle.

Here’s the list of wrestlers and managers in the game according to IGN.com.

Andre The Giant
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Animal
Junk Yard Dog
Arn Anderson
Kamala
Bam Bam Bigelow
King Kong Bundy
Big Bossman
Koko B. Ware
Big John Studd
Michael Hayes
Bret Hart
Mr. Perfect
British Bulldog
Nikolai Volkoff
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake
Ravishing Rick Rude
Dusty Rhodes
Ric Flair
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Sgt. Slaughter
Hawk
Shawn Michaels
Honky Tonk Man
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Hulk Hogan
The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
The Rock
Iron Sheik
Ultimate Warrior
Jake The Snake
Undertaker
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
Yokozuna
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Mr. Fuji
Jimmy Hart
Paul Bearer